Neymar, Andre the Giant and when Der Eismaschine attacks

first_imgYouTube archive Play Video Share on Pinterest 1) There has been so much focus this week on the transfers, the wheeling and dealing, those Super Mario unveiling videos – but what about the football? In Portugal, the Taça da Liga, the national cup, came alive before kick-off, with cardboard boxes dancing away before the match ball was delivered in an unimaginable showboating style. It certainly gives this, hardly mundane delivery in May a run for its money.2) Bend It Like Beckham? Bend It Like Emile Smith-Rowe. An outstanding effort into the top corner from the young Arsenal midfielder. Talking of the sublime, how about some Neymar slapstick, with the Paris Saint-Germain star opting to control the ball on his back, on this occasion, but this, against Hamari Traoré was rather sneaky, wasn’t it? Or Ricardinho, just doing his thing. And with the sublime, must go the ridiculous: feel free to make your own jokes when we tell you that this bloke’s name is Dodo.3) Houston sports radio hosts lose the run of themselves quite significantly.4) With seconds to go, witness the feel-good factor on court at Evanston Township High School in Illinois. 0:28 Incredible full-court shot on the buzzer wins basketball game – video Since you’re here… 5) And Straubing Tigers ice hockey player Stefan Loibl is giving a casual half-time interview when Der Eismaschine attacks.Our favourites from last week’s blog1) The Andre the Giant documentary trailer is here. And here he is on Letterman.2) Lyth and Finch team up for a first amazing catch. And a second one!3) But a groundsman shows them how it’s really done. Plus some comedy here.4) Dunks? Dunks! Dunks. Spotters badges: LeeWall, DaddyPig, RobBarwick and BostonLager.Guardian YouTube football channelDo subscribe, if you fancyGuardian YouTube sport channelDo subscribe, if you fancy Share on Twitter Topics Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Sport Share on Messenger features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Steve Bruce vows to change Newcastle style in apparent swipe at Rafael Benítez

first_img Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Steve Bruce Newcastle United Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp news Steve Bruce is not impressed by suggestions Newcastle United’s players are confused by his frequently shifting tactics. “I think that’s the biggest insult I can have,” he said. “Graham Potter changed Brighton’s formation four times during last week’s game [a 0-0 home draw]. Graham’s radically changed Brighton’s style and I want to change my team’s too, but I won’t do it radically. It’ll be gradual, it won’t be overnight.”In what could be construed as a veiled dig at his predecessor, Rafael Benítez, Bruce cited Newcastle’s lack of possession retention as his biggest problem. “Last season Newcastle were second bottom of the Premier League in the respect of keeping possession,” he said. “If we’re to improve, it’s something we have to get better at – we have to keep the ball better.”Under Benítez Newcastle were very much a counterattacking side and passing the ball around fluently for prolonged periods did not really feature in their gameplans. “It [not having the ball] is something the players have become accustomed to,” said Bruce. “They’ve been used to playing in a certain way but I would hope we can slowly change it.” Share on Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img Topics Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Bruce was sanguine about the latest takeover talk surrounding Newcastle – namely Peter Kenyon’s second attempt to buy the club, this time backed by the Florida-based GACP Sports – but Mike Ashley seems unlikely to be leaving any time soon. In a rare interview given this summer Newcastle’s owner issued a reminder that the details of the takeovers which get completed tend to remain discreet.“Peter Kenyon convinced me last Christmas that it was going to get done,” said Ashley. “I’m never doing that again. The reality is with these deals that once it gets out, if it’s not done, it’s probably not going to get done.”Accordingly the leaking of a 46-page brochure designed to attract additional investment – at the moment Kenyon and co can afford a £125m down payment and would aim to raise the outstanding balance over three years – suggests GACP will not end up succeeding Ashley.“I’m not really bothered about it,” said Bruce, who has minimal contact with the owner. “I don’t know anything. There’s been what, two takeover stories a season for the past five years?”last_img read more

Altidore fined for calling MLS refs ‘absolutely horrible’

first_imgJozy Altidore has been handed an undisclosed fine by Major League Soccer for violating the league’s public criticism policy. The U.S. national team forward wasn’t even with his club team, Toronto FC, when he sent a tweet hitting out at the officiating in MLS after seeing TFC denied a late penalty in a 1-1 draw with D.C. United. Altidore was still on international duty with the USA, but took to social media to call MLS referees “some of the worst in the world” and “absolutely horrible” following a controversial end to the Canadian club’s clash with United.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The moment that sparked the outburst saw Toronto’s Ayo Akinola pick up a ball in the D.C. United box before being run into by a defender looking to win the ball. What appeared to be a penalty went uncalled, and Altidore took to Twitter to let his feelings be known. MLS refs are some of the worst in the world. Absolutely horrible. https://t.co/XDBeERVlwQ— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) June 30, 2019Altidore made his return to club action last Saturday and scored a late goal as TFC took a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact. It was just the second win in 12 outings for Toronto, with the club currently sitting seventh in the Eastern Conference standings and looking to claw back a 10-point gap on East leader Philadelphia.  Altidore has scored six goals for Toronto so far this term despite playing in only half of his side’s league matches to date.  The 29-year-old also started three matches for the USA at the Gold Cup, scoring in the his first start in the group finale against Panama before taking over as the team’s lead forward in the semifinal against Jamaica and the keeping his place in the starting side for the final against Mexico. MLS also handed an extra-game suspension to D.C. United star Luciano Acosta for violent conduct in a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas on July 4.  Acosta, who was shown a red card for the incident at the time, stepped on Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal as the 19-year-old went to ground. He served the first game of his two-match ban last Friday as United worked out a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Atlantic Canada Celebrate We Day

first_imgThousands of students from across Atlantic Canada came to Halifax today, Nov. 27, for Free the Children’s We Day Atlantic Canada. We Day is a day-long educational event that celebrates the power of young people to create positive change in their local communities and around the world. The event brings together student leaders from across Atlantic Canada who are volunteering and working to make a difference in both their local and global communities. Attendance at We Day cannot be purchased, but is earned through a commitment to service. “We Day Atlantic is a celebration of the outstanding work being done here and around the world by our students,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who was one of the speakers at the event. “The students here today represent the future of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. It’s safe to say our future is in great hands.” We Day is part of a year-long program called We Act that gives educators resources to help bring social justice issues into the classroom and to encourage students to get involved in issues about which they feel passionate. To support the message of civic engagement and global citizenship provided by We Day and We Act, the government of Nova Scotia provided a contribution to the international charitable organization Free the Children. For more information on We Day, visit www.weday.com .last_img read more

See La Vie en Drole

first_imgAdvertisement The ComediHa! Winter Fest will be featuring a winter component to the population and visitors coming through the capital from next January 26 to February 19, in the charming setting of the Petit-Champlain District and at Place Royale. Festival goers will be able to celebrate winter over four weeks of activities in a humorous, festive and warm atmosphere.The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ComediHa! Festival, François Macerola considers that « the decision made by Comediha! to organize a winter Festival is part of a regional consensus to make Quebec City a true winter and nordicity capital, but also a lively cultural capital all year long. »According to the founding president of the ComediHa! Festival, Sylvain-Parent-Bédard, « to underline the beginning of the ComediHa! Winter Fest, we are most enthusiastic in featuring a fun indoor and outdoor program for the whole family in the day and for adults in the evening. We are proposing to festival goers four weeks of rip roaring laughter where humour will be the number one priority. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Programming: More Than 150 Shows Given in 7 Uncommon PlacesFestival goers may attend more than 150 comedy shows lasting from 15 to 45 minutes. They may also take part in numerous humorous experiences, which will all be given in 7 uncommon sites in this historic sector. Several open-air humoristic activities will be held in the ComediHa! Villages installed at Place Royale and at the Parc de la Cetière.Programming of the ComédiHa! 2017 Winter FestWinter Village at Place RoyaleFree for everyoneAt the heart of the ComediHa! Winter Fest program, the Place Royale village is the perfect place to take a break between two comedy shows. Come and See la vie en drôle with a giant fireplace, warm beverages, treats and an uncommon setting. (Ticket office on the spot)Show times: Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m.Winter Village at the Parc de la CetièreFree for everyoneThe Parc de la Cetière is brought to life by ComediHa! with a unique and comical winter experience. Larger-than-life setting, uncommon activities, a landscaped terrace, an outside bar and treats are waiting for you.Open hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m.ComediHa! Bistro – Information CenterFree for everyoneComediHa! welcomes you at its pop up bar in the vault of the Louis-Fornel House. Come in to warm up to the sound of live traditional music and celebrate winter with a drink or warm beverage! You have questions for us? Come see us at the information center located on the ground floor.Open hours: Thursdays to Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. – Traditional music from 7:00 p.m.Les p’tites vitesLocation: Vault – Musée de la Place RoyalePass requiredIt’s cold outside? Les p’tites vites will help you warm up and discover talented comedians. Fifteen minutes of a crazy stand up comedy show in a historic vault is just enough to thaw your toes and have a good laugh before having another glass.Open hours: 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays)Le CabaretLocation: Salle du Roy – Musée de la Place RoyalePass requiredAttending a Les Denis Drolet show is like finding a twenty-dollar bill in your coat pocket at the beginning of winter, except that the bill is in fact an odd duo of dudes with long hair. It’s surprising, unique, and it helps you deal with the cold weather!Show times: 7:00 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.  (Thursdays and Fridays) – 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:15 p.m. (Saturdays)La grosse ½ heureLocation: La FirmePass requiredLa Grosse ½ heure is a 30 minute stand up comedy show that is so hilarious you’re going to end up with Channing Tatum’s abs. You’ll be so close to the comedian you may even receive the comedian’s spittle after each punch line. Coming out of a show all wet with abs is way better than a hot yoga class!Show times: 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays)The Big 45Location: Vault – Maison Historique ChevalierPass requiredEnglish-speaking people of the Capital, gather for 45 minutes and have a laugh with some of the best Canadian comedians of the moment. Get there early to enjoy some traditional folk music before the opening act!The Big 45: 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays)Traditional music: 6:30 p.m, 7:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays)Children’s talesDive into the completely wacky world of ComediHa! tall tales and let your imagination soar. Every Saturday, our storytellers will be waiting for you in a magic and warm atmosphere where youngsters and parents can have a great time!Show time: 2:00 p.m. (Saturdays, Sundays)FREE ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SITES AND AN AFFORDABLE PASS FOR INDOOR PROGRAMMINGAccess to the winter villages at Place Royale and Parc de la Cetière will be free of charge for all. The Gobelet ComediHa! passes will be available on-line at festivalcomediha.com or at one of the three official ticket offices at the sites.The Gobelets ComediHa! passes allow access to all of the shows for the duration of the event: Advanced sales reserved for ComediHa! members from Wednesday, January 18 to Friday, January 20, at noon at a preferential rate of $25.  Sales to the general public will be on from Friday noon, January 20 at a rate of $35. ComediHa! members, persons having the Quebec Carnaval Effigy, as well as persons having tickets, accreditations and passes for the Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament may purchase the Gobelet ComediHa! Pass at a preferential rate of $25.Collaboration with many major partnersPartnering with the Petit Champlain District, the Quebec Carnaval and the Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament, ComediHa! combines winter humour at this Festival which will make citizens and tourists see the funny side of life.The staging of this event is the result of close cooperation by the ComediHa! Winter Fest, the Petit Champlain District Cooperative, the Musée de la Civilisation, the SODEC, the storekeepers at Place Royale and also as a result of the usual support by the government of Québec, Québec City and the Office du Tourisme de Québec.Website: festivalcomediha.com https://www.facebook.com/comedihahttps://twitter.com/comediha  https://www.instagram.com/comediha/ LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Soulpepper artistic director Albert Schultz resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Soulpepper Theatre Company announced Thursday evening that it has accepted the resignation of artistic director Albert Schultz.The resignation comes after four civil suits alleging sexual harassment against Schultz, who is also a founding member of the Toronto stage company.“While I will continue to vigorously defend myself against the allegations that are being made, I have made this decision in the interest of the future of the company into which I poured the last 20 years of my life, and in the interest of the aspirations of the artists and administrators of the company,” Schultz said in the statement issued Thursday evening. Soulpepper Theater Company artistic director Albert Schultz resigned Thursday, the company’s board of directors said. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Soulpepper’s associate artistic director, Alan Dilworth, will serve as acting artistic director, the company said in a separate statement.The company also said Schultz’s resignation will allow it to “focus on its core mission: to provide a safe community for its exceptionally talented group of professionals. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Qatar signs on to buy 12 Rafale fighter jets from France

first_imgDOHA, Qatar – Qatar’s ruling emir and French President Emmanuel Macron signed 12 billion euros ($14 billion) in deals during the French president’s visit to Doha on Thursday, including the purchase of 12 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets with the option of buying 36 more.The agreement brings the total number of Rafales the Gulf Arab country will have to 36.Macron is travelling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who in 2015 as defence minister helped negotiate a deal with Qatar to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets. As part of a deal negotiated two years ago, Qatar exercised its right to purchase 12 aircraft.France and Qatar also agreed that Qatar would purchase 490 VBCI armoured vehicles from French firm Nexter, and signed a transportation deal with France’s national rail authority to manage and maintain Doha’s planned metro, as well as a light rail system north of Doha.Qatar announced it would additionally buy 50 Airbus twin-engine A321s with option of buying 30 more.Macron’s one-day trip to Qatar comes as the Gulf nation faces continued isolation and a boycott by some of its Arab neighbours. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut relations with Qatar over allegations it supports extremists and has too-close relations with Iran.Qatar has long denied supporting extremists and shares a massive offshore natural gas field with Tehran. It has also rejected demands put forth by the quartet as infringement on its sovereignty.In a rare press conference, held with Macron, Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said it was especially disappointing that neighbouring states cut off ties with Qatar during the holy month of Ramadan in June.“For us, our dignity and the sovereignty of Qatar are above everything. If our brothers want to resolve this crisis then we are ready on a basis that is clear and feasible to everyone and without the interference of anyone’s sovereignty,” he said.Earlier this week, a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Kuwait failed to bring the standoff any closer to a resolution.While in Qatar, Macron travelled to the vast al-Udeid air base, which hosts U.S.-led international coalition operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and the war in Afghanistan.The air base is home to some 10,000 American troops and the forward headquarters of the U.S. military’s Central Command. France also has a contingent of several hundred French troops in Qatar as part of the 1,200 French forces active in the region in the battle against the IS group.Macron smiled and shook hands with the French and American soldiers who greeted him at the base before walking into a meeting with the base’s top commanders.Speaking to coalition soldiers, he said the next few months of battle will determine the outcome of the war against the IS group in Iraq in Syria.“This military win does not signify the end of the operations and the end of our battle because first we need to stabilize and win peace in Iraq and Syria,” he told troops. “Next spring is decisive in the situation in Iraq.”Macron also stressed in his remarks at the air base that France wants to avoid partition in Syria and “avoid the domination of certain international elements whose interests contradict peace.”Later, during his joint press conference, he noted the importance of maintaining the Iranian nuclear accord that France helped negotiate alongside other world powers. He also called for an internationally defined framework to contain Iran’s regional ambitions and “ways to put limits” on Iran’s presence in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.___Follow Fay Abuelgasim on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fayabuelgasim .__This story has been corrected to show that the deals signed are worth 12 billion euros, not $12 billion.last_img read more

Around 60 polling in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi recorded a voter turnout of around 60 per cent for the seven Lok Sabha seats, five percentage points down from the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Delhi chief electoral officer said on Sunday.The turnout was not as per the poll body’s expectations considering the number of campaigns it had undertaken to draw the voters to the polling booth, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said. Voting recorded till 6 pm was 60 per cent and the figure may slightly go up as polling continued at several places way beyond the deadline. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”In 2014, it was around 65 per cent, but this time it might turn out to be around 61 per cent, which is a disappointment,” Singh said. In Delhi, the Congress, the BJP and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party are in the race for the seven Lok Sabha seats, with former-chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Union Minister Harshvardhan, former Olympian boxer Vijender Singh and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir among key candidates. Aam Aadmi Party’s Malviya Nagar legislator Somnath Bharti alleged that voting machines at three booths were not functioning. Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said 5.5 per cent EVMs were replaced in the morning. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenNational security, unemployment and demonetisation were among the various issues on which Delhiites exercised their franchise on Sunday. Age is just a number, says a family member of 111-year-old Bachan Singh, the oldest voter in Delhi who carried a youthful enthusiasm into the polling station in Tilak Nagar here. Centenarian Bachan Singh and 110-year-old Ram Pyari Sankhwar were the oldest man and woman respectively to cast their vote for the Lok Sabha elections in the national capital Sunday. For students of Delhi government schools, it was a Sunday well spent at polling booths in the national capital where they volunteered to help disabled and elderly voters to cast their ballot.last_img read more

EU slaps biodiesel duties on Indonesia over subsidy concerns

BRUSSELS — The European Union says it has imposed extra duties on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia, claiming that the government in the Southeast Asian country is subsidizing the fuel.The EU’s executive commission said Tuesday that a probe “found that Indonesian biodiesel producers benefit from grants, tax benefits and access to raw materials below market prices.”The commission says “this inflicts a threat of economic damage to EU producers,” so it’s imposing duties of 8% to 18% “to restore a level-playing field for EU biodiesel producers.”So-called “countervailing duties” are permitted under global trade rules.The commission says the duties are temporary but that more definitive measures could be imposed by December as the investigation evolves.The 28-nation EU imports around 400 million euros ($450 million) worth of Indonesian biodiesel annually.The Associated Press read more

Suspicious athletes led to coaching great Salazars downfall

DOHA, Qatar — Alberto Salazar was so excited about a performance-enhancing supplement he was trying out on his runners, he sent an email to none other than Lance Armstrong.“Lance, call me asap!” Salazar wrote to the world’s most famous cyclist, who himself was only months away from being banned for life for doping. “We have tested it, and it’s amazing.”The supplement the track coach was so jazzed about back in 2011 was called L-carnitine, and Salazar was preparing to have it infused into his runners’ systems so it could take effect in time to help them for the upcoming Olympics in London. The entire project was bankrolled and supported by Nike, including an encouraging email from the CEO about the experiments.Problem was, none of the runners were quite sure what the effects were. More importantly, the athletes on Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project team weren’t always positive about what medications were being given, and how much.Some athletes expressed their concerns to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, thus sparking a six-year investigation that culminated Tuesday with Salazar, a former marathon champion and America’s pre-eminent distance training coach, receiving a four-year ban from his sport and being kicked out of the track and field world championships in Doha.“The athletes in these cases found the courage to speak out and ultimately exposed the truth,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said.USADA released a pair of 100-plus-page decisions by an arbitration panel that delivered the suspensions for both Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown, the endocrinologist who did contract work for NOP and administered the medicine.The documents, combined with earlier reporting spearheaded by the BBC and ProPublica , paint a picture of a coach and doctor who used athletes, employees and, in one case, even Salazar’s own sons, as guinea pigs to test theories on how supplements and medicine could enhance their performance. The documents also show they went to great lengths to produce falsified and incomplete medical records that made their master plan hard to detect.Behind it all was the world’s largest sportswear company. Nike wrote the contracts and paid the athletes, making it difficult for them to refuse the direction of their revered coach and his hand-picked doctor.It “will be interesting to determine the minimal amount of topical male hormone required to create a positive test,” Nike CEO Mark Parker wrote to Brown in an email exchange about an experiment Salazar was conducting on his sons with testosterone gel.The take-down of Salazar adds him to a long list of high-profile Americans — with Armstrong at the top — who have been targeted by USADA, the drug-fighting watchdog that has been criticized for being too harsh on Russia, the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency, as they struggle with that country’s ongoing doping scandal and rehabilitation.It also serves as a stark reminder that doping continues to plague this sport not only in one country.Salazar’s most-accomplished runner is Mo Farah of Britain, a four-time Olympic gold medallist who was knighted Queen Elizabeth in 2017.U.S. Olympic silver and bronze medallist Galen Rupp is on the list, as is Sifan Hassan, who runs for the Netherlands and won the 10,000 metres at the world championships last weekend.Hassan is one of seven Salazar athletes competing in Doha this week. Two of them, Americans Clayton Murphy and Donavan Brazier, were set to compete in the 800-meter final Tuesday night. The others hail from Ethiopia (Yomif Kejelcha), Germany (Konstanze Klosterhalfen) and the United States (Jessica Hull and Craig Engels).Salazar had vehemently defended himself against these charges in the media over the years, and on Tuesday, he said he would appeal the decision.“The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping,” Salazar said.Nike stood by him, singling out one section of the report that said Salazar didn’t appear to have been motivated by bad intentions to commit the violations.“As the panel noted, they were struck by the amount of care Alberto took to ensure he was complying with the World Anti-Doping Code,” Nike said.Later in the same section, however, the arbitrators wrote that Salazar was so consumed with getting the best performance he could out of his athletes, that “unfortunately, that desire clouded his judgment in some instances, when his usual focus on the rules appears to have lapsed.”The athletes in Salazar’s program have been subject to rigorous drug testing over the years without a positive.The documents and evidence the arbitrators produced describe the lengths Salazar and Brown went to ensure that.The supplement that started it all, L-carnitine, was not a banned substance and not considered off limits if infused at amounts of 50 millilitres or less. But Brown’s first test of the supplement, conducted on an MOP coach and trainer, Steve Magness, was done at a higher level. Magness, who was one of the key whistleblowers on the USADA case, appeared to benefit from the infusion, thus prompting the excited email from Salazar to Armstrong.And when Salazar’s athletes, including Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, were sent down to Brown’s Houston office to receive their own infusions, arbitrators determined they were intended to be at the same levels as the one Magness received, and that records were tampered with to make it look like less.Magness left the Oregon Project in 2012 and now coaches at the University of Houston. He tweeted Monday , “Tell the truth. Own your mistakes. Choose the difficult path. In the short term, it might feel horrible, but over the long haul it’s the only path to take.”Salazar was also accused of misusing and trafficking in testosterone, which has long been recognized as one of the most basic and easy-to-detect performance enhancers.Arbitrators wrote about an instance in which Salazar rubbed testosterone gel on the backs of his sons as a way of finding out how much gel could be used before sparking a positive test. It was after that experiment that Brown exchanged emails with the Nike CEO to update him on the test.The arbitrators said there were “numerous other examples of this type of ‘medical’ direction in the record of this case.” The directions involved calcium supplements, anti-inflammatories, sleep medication and the consistent pushing of thyroid medicine that is often used to increase metabolism and control weight.It led Goucher to comment that she “was very concerned (about Dr. Brown’s role with the NOP) because everybody on the team had hypothyroidism.”Though Salazar has been expelled from the world championships, this almost certainly doesn’t mark the end for him. The Cuban-born runner was a college star at Oregon, then went onto win four major marathon titles in New York and Boston from 1980-82. He founded the NOP in 2001. When stories about the case first emerged, he wrote an extensive defence of his method, one that also derided USADA for its aggressive investigation.Though the expected appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will likely be a dense legal case, the core issue is whether Salazar was simply trying to push to the edge of the boundaries of fair play, or if he crossed over them because of the medicine he practiced with athletes who eventually grew wary of his methods.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsEddie Pells, The Associated Press read more

Wrestling Kyle Snyder named James E Sullivan award recipient

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder waves to the crowd no senior night prior to the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State senior wrestler Kyle Snyder on Tuesday was named the 88th AAU James E. Sullivan Award winner, a recognition given to the nation’s best amateur athlete as voted by the general public. Snyder took home the hardware over other finalists North Carolina guard Joel Berry II, Michigan runner Erin Finn, Nebraska setter Kelly Hunter, Nebraska outside hitter Annika Albrecht, Paralympic equestrian Angela Peavy, and Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani. Snyder is the second Buckeyes to win the award in the past four years with running back Ezekiel Elliott having been honored in 2014. Past winners of the award include Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps and Tim Tebow. The last wrestler to win was Rulon Gardner in 2000. Snyder adds this honor to a long list of achievements, highlighted by his 2016 Olympic Gold Medal and his three individual national championships as a Buckeye. The Amateur Athletic Union was founded in 1888 and has been presenting the award — named after the AAU’s founder James Sullivan — since 1930. According to its website, the criteria includes qualities of leadership in addition to accomplishments at the collegiate or Olympic level.Snyder won his third national championship in Cleveland back on March 17, and helped Team USA win the 2018 Wrestling World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa, on April 8. read more

Opinion No person or institution can be left behind in the motherandbaby

first_imgYESTERDAY, THE COALITION of Mother and Baby Home Survivors expressed concerns about the forthcoming mother-and-baby home inquiry.We expressed disappointment that an international judge was not appointed, something we had called for in a recent meeting with Minister Flanagan, in which we had provided him with a list of suitable international candidates. Notwithstanding this, regarding the appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy, our groups also have mixed views. Whilst Judge Murphy did a commendable job on the Murphy Report into child sex abuse, we are very aware of concerns by symphysiotomy survivors regarding the redress scheme which Judge Murphy was recently involved in overseeing.A lack of public debateThe Commission will be established and will operate under the Commission of Investigations Act 2004. Under the Act, the Minister is obliged to bring the Establishment Order before the Dáil for approval, but can decide to publish the Terms of Reference and proposed appointments separately, without debate and prior approval by the Dáil. Sinn Fein had called on him to publish the Terms of Reference and proposed appointments as part of the Establishment Order, as he is free to do under the legislation, so that these may be subject to public debate and Dáil approval.Following yesterday’s announcement we have expressed concerns on the lack of public debate on the appointment of the Inquiry Chair, which is hugely disappointing. This is of particular concern given the strong criticism of the Irish Government before the UN on Wednesday as part of Ireland’s fourth periodic examination before the UN Human Rights Committee of its human rights record under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The committee’s chair Sir Nigel Rodley was strong in his criticism of the Irish Government, of the myriad of rights abuses that the State has failed to properly investigate. He also criticised the State’s consistent failure to make truth finding and accountability central to the redress provided to victims.Another member of the human rights Committee, Christine Chanet also questioned the degree to which the McAleese inquiry into the Magdalene abuse was independent of the State. As a result, we are now calling for the remaining members of the inquiry Commission to be drawn from external international experts, and for the terms of reference to be publicly debated before the Dáil. In failing to do this, the question must be asked whether the mistakes of past inquiries and reports such as McAleese, are at risk of being repeated all over again?Interdepartmental reportIt is presently unclear from the report of the interdepartmental group whether all of the institutions will be included in the terms of reference which have now been put on hold until the autumn; the conclusions from the report seem to indicate that the county homes will not be expressly included in the inquiry, as the conclusions appear to only refer to the nine mother-and-baby homes. In our meetings with Minister Flanagan, we had made it abundantly clear that  excluding any homes from the Commission of Inquiry would, in effect, represent an ongoing failure to initiate an investigation and provide redress into alleged abuses that we have expressly brought to the attention of the Government – which we believe is in violation of the UN Convention Against Torture.In one particular case, one of the West Bank Home survivors was part of our delegation who extensively briefed the Minister last week on the extent of the severe physical, sexual and mental abuses he experienced in West Bank, where a number of Protestant children ended up being transferred to from the Bethany Home. Therefore we are very dismayed to note that there was no mention whatsoever of the West bank Home in yesterday’s report.The interdepartmental report published yesterday also contains some glaring inconsistencies such as the exclusion of the Temple Hill holding centre while including another holding centre, Stamullen. The fact that only registered births are used to calculate figures in the nine mother-and-baby homes, instead of the numbers of expectant mothers, also misrepresents and underestimates the numbers involved. Additionally, the issue of illegal adoptions has not been mentioned in the report, which we believe is vital in investigating the full picture of what occurred at the mother-and-baby homes.No person or institution can be left behindNotwithstanding the announcement yesterday, our coalition is calling for full and immediate consultation with survivor groups, particularly with regard to the terms of reference and appointment of remaining members of the Inquiry Commission which will now be announced later in the autumn.The Coalition made a formal submission to the Government in relation to the mother-and-baby home inquiry, joining forces in calling for inclusivity, full consultation and a modular approach to the inquiry with specific recommendations. We will continue to campaign, and we will use our forthcoming complaint to the UN Torture Committee, to ensure that no person or institution is left behind. This must be the final inquiry to end all other inquiries. Mairead Healy is the legal Advisor to the Coalition of Mother and Baby Homes Survivors which she does in a private capacity. She is also the Executive Director of Future Voices Ireland and a Global Ashoka Fellow.Read: Number of maternity homes a difficulty for mother and baby inquiryRead: Here’s the latest information about the Tuam mother-and-baby homelast_img read more

To say I could have had a great career in England thats

first_img‘To say I could have had a great career in England, that’s only b******s’ Life in the League of Ireland, as seen through the eyes of iconic ex-Cork City midfielder Patsy Freyne. He’s taking good care of himself nowadays too. Cigarettes and alcohol have been replaced by vaping and shandies. The arrival of his first grandchild has given him a fresh outlook on life: “I suppose it’s the kind of thing that makes you realise that you want to be making sure you’re around for as long as possible.”After making the short walk from the Tory Top Bar to Turner’s Cross, Patsy Freyne and I go our separate ways inside the ground. As I’m heading for the press area, I bump into one of my former secondary school teachers behind the Donie Forde Stand.“I see you’re keeping good company these days,” he laughs. “I spotted you in the Tory Top with Patsy earlier. Isn’t he looking well? I’d say he could still do a job too.”Even at 53, that’s a team selection many Cork City supporters still wouldn’t argue with.Therein lies the legend of Patsy Freyne.‘To be told at the last minute that I wouldn’t even be on the bench, it was a sickener’‘Brian Kerr used to call me ‘Johnny Forty Teeth’ because I’d be missing training every second week to go to the dentist!’ Apr 16th 2017, 9:30 PM Dave Barry celebrates after giving Cork City the lead in a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in 1991. Source: ©INPHO“I never thought I’d be back,” he says. “I was okay with that too, to be honest. I had let go of that thought by then. But it was good to be back and things were a bit different. I cut the drink out and probably just looked after myself a bit better. It didn’t do me any harm either.”If Dave Barry felt he was taking a risk by bringing back a 33-year-old whose previous spell with the club was characterised by underachievement, Freyne didn’t take long to put his new manager’s mind at ease. At the end of November in 1996, he travelled to Dublin to collect the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland player of the month award.It took a while, but tales of Patsy Freyne’s legendary exploits off the field were eventually eclipsed by his performances on it. Pat Morley, John Caulfield and Ollie Cahill made most of the headlines, but the darling of the Shed End was Patsy Freyne.“Are a lot of the stories about me on the drink over the years a bit exaggerated? Probably, but a fair bit of it isn’t either. I suppose people had good reason to be feeling that way. I used to be in the pub the night before games, that’s true, but I never played a game while I was steaming or anything.“After we won the FAI Cup [in 1998], all the lads were off out celebrating at a house party. I took the dog out for a walk, then I sat down at home with a cup of tea.“I trained my bollocks off when I came back. I was the first to show up for training and I put in the work. I would have been found out otherwise. I ended up playing the best football of my career in my 30s and I did nothing in my 20s. It’s supposed to be the other way around.” Patsy Freyne in possession for Cork City against Shamrock Rovers in November 1996, when he was the League of Ireland’s player of the month. Source: INPHO/Patrick BolgerAlthough the drink was gone, the cigarettes were never likely to follow: “Davey [Barry] used to take me off if we were a few goals ahead late in the game. We were up in Sligo one day and we were two or three up with only a few minutes to go, so Davey took me off. I was sitting in the dugout and the crowd sent me down a lit fag, which I was delighted with.“I smoked a fair bit — in the dugout, the dressing room, half-time, whatever — but I think people just thought, ‘Leave him alone, don’t be upsetting him’, that sort of thing. It’s all changed now but at the time I didn’t know any better. If anyone tried to stop me I probably would have packed up,” he laughs.Thanks to a fourth-place finish in the Premier Division, City qualified for the Intertoto Cup at the end of Freyne’s first season since returning to the club. A trip to Israel for a goalless draw with Maccabi Petah Tikva had him back on a plane for the first time since China.“The crowd we were playing against, there was some problem with their pitch, which meant the game had to be played about 50 miles away in Haifa, so there was hardly anyone at the game,” Freyne explains.“But we had a bit of support out there because Eddie O’Halloran from Cobh was serving out in Lebanon on a peacekeeping mission. Himself and about 50 of the troops came down for the weekend, which was brilliant.“But they had a young lad with them who was after stepping on a landmine over there only a few weeks earlier and it was his first time out since it happened. They brought him down for the trip and to watch the match to try and give him a bit of a boost.“There was me worrying about the flight and the fact that we had to try and get a result away from home, and this poor fella was in a wheelchair after just losing his leg. You wouldn’t be long getting a reality check with something like that.” The Cork City side that won the FAI Cup in 1998, with Freyne in the centre of the front row. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHOFreyne got his hands on an FAI Cup medal when City defeated Shelbourne in a replay to win the competition for the first time in the aforementioned 1998 final. After that, he came close to making amends for the league title triumph he missed out on in 1993 when City found themselves in consecutive title races.Ultimately the achievement eluded him, however, as a Cork City team comprised of experienced veterans and young up-and-comers fell short against St Patrick’s Athletic in 1999 and Shels in 2000. A second League Cup medal, again at the expense of Shamrock Rovers, was scant consolation.“It was probably because we were getting old — the likes of myself, Caulfield, Morley, Deccie [Daly] — and the young lads were a bit too young. Fellas like Ollie [Cahill] and Derek [Coughlan] went on to win leagues with Shels and Bohs after, which shows it,” Freyne says.“If they were a couple of years older and we were a couple of years younger, we would probably have won leagues at Cork City. It’s something that still gets to me, to be honest. I’d love to be able to say I won a league. I thought I was good enough to win one but I never did.”Freyne, who’d eventually go on to earn substantial coaching experience with his local Munster Senior League club Castleview, got his first taste of life on the touchline when Liam Murphy was appointed Cork City manager in 2001 and asked him to be his assistant.Freyne: “There was no big ending to my playing career with City or anything like that. When Liam took over, I was assistant manager but I’d play if we were caught. Things just petered out really from there. Freyne had a stint as Cork City’s assistant manager under Liam Murphy. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO“But I know I cried going out the gate at the Cross when it ended. I knew I was after playing my last game — I think it was against Bohs — and the tears were streaming down my face as I was leaving. I knew I was never going to play for City again. I was on my own heading to the car and I cried away.”When Corkonians wax lyrical about Patsy Freyne’s ability on a football pitch, there often tends to be some embellishment involved. Spend enough time at Turner’s Cross and the patrons will have you convinced that Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United would have battled for his signature had he been a model professional in the early days.Such assessments may be fanciful, but there’s an element of method to the madness. Freyne played the game in a manner which, even now, is seldom associated with footballers from these shores. Moreover, age was no longer on his side during his second spell, yet he never used it as an escape clause when the mission required grind over guile.They recognised his brilliance while he played and the passing of time has only served to increase the affection Cork City fans have for Patsy Freyne. That’s something they won’t allow him to forget. It’s why supporters who are too young to have seen him play know their history when the name ‘Patsy’ is mentioned.“That kind of stuff, I just feel embarrassed about it really,” he says, stirring uncomfortably in his chair. “It’s not the kind of thing that sits easily with me. If someone stops me in the street it’s nice, but only because I know they used to go to the Cross and you’d have that connection with them then.”He adds: “As a player, I just liked to pass the ball. That’s the way I was wired. You don’t make a conscious decision to be the kind of player who likes to pass the ball. Every player is different. I think a lot of it is down to how well you understand the game. I think I could understand the game while I was playing. That was it.“To say I could have had a great career in England, that’s only bollocks. I don’t know if people really believe that. I certainly don’t. I don’t think I was anything special. I wasn’t able to keep it together earlier in my career to get the best out of myself, but the only regret I have about that is that it meant I wasn’t able to be better for Cork City. “I cried going out the gate at the Cross when it ended.” Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“Any regrets I have are nothing to do with playing in England or anything like that. Cork City were my club, I knew I could have been better for them, could have given them more, and I didn’t. That’s what I regret.”Freyne’s assertion that he didn’t do enough for Cork City is unlikely to find much agreement among supporters on Leeside, in spite of a first spell with the club which was sometimes more rough than smooth. That’s evidenced by the warm welcome that still awaits him when he walks through the Turner’s Cross turnstiles. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 55,516 Views 25 Comments IT’S LATE ON a Friday afternoon when Patsy Freyne gets up from a table in the Tory Top Bar to order another drink.Cork City’s home game against Derry City will kick off across the road in just under two hours’ time and supporters are gradually filing in for pre-match hydration. The presence of one of the greatest players ever to represent the club hasn’t gone unnoticed.At the table adjacent to where he has spent over an hour regaling me with tales from his career, one Cork City fan — probably in his early 20s — uses Freyne’s brief absence to confer with a friend.“Patsy fuckin’ Freyne, boy! My old man always goes on about him. He was supposed to have been some player.” Patsy Freyne pictured in 1997. Source: © INPHO/Billy SticklandIt’s 15 years since Freyne last played a game for Cork City, but he’s usually able to ensure that his night shifts with Musgrave’s don’t prevent him from making it to Turner’s Cross when the team are playing at home.After nursing a couple of 7-Ups on this particular afternoon, he watches his former club record a 3-0 win before getting back into his car and heading home to a pot of tea and the Late Late Show.It’s the first time Cork City have won their first eight league games of the season since Freyne was pulling the strings in midfield. City failed to make that start count when they jousted with St Patrick’s Athletic for the title in the 1998-99 season, but he expects a more favourable outcome for the current crop.“They’re looking good,” he says before the game. “I think they’ll do it this season. I talk to John [Caulfield, manager] a good bit and I think he’s got the squad now that he’s been looking to have for a while.“Dundalk were the better side for the last few years, no doubt about it. But the fellas they’ve lost, [Daryl] Horgan and [Andy] Boyle, you can’t just replace players of that quality at this level in the space of a few months.”The lack of a league medal on the mantlepiece in his Baker’s Road home on the northside of the city still rankles with Patsy Freyne. He made his Cork City debut in 1986 and didn’t play his final game for the club until 2002. But when City won their first Premier Division title in 1993, he was in the midst of a five-year hiatus that separated his two spells with the club. Cork City manager John Caulfield applauds following his side’s recent win against Derry City. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOIn discussions over the greatest player in Cork City Football Club’s 33-year history, Freyne is often the main challenger to Dave Barry, his former team-mate who brought him back to the club when he was appointed manager in 1996.More cult hero than superstar, Freyne is still revered by those who were fortunate enough to see him play. Standing at five-foot-nine on a good day, he was never the most physically imposing midfielder. However, he was head and shoulders above the vast majority of his peers in the domestic game when it came to footballing intellect, first touch, vision and his range of passing.Even against the sternest of defences, Freyne could identify an opening and possessed the ability to exploit it. Pat Morley and John Caulfield, Cork City’s joint leading goalscorers of all time, were often the beneficiaries. His skills were worthy of a stage greater than the League of Ireland, yet he never ventured any further.Therein lies the conundrum of Patsy Freyne.That he didn’t manage to carve out a professional career in England wasn’t necessarily down to a lack of opportunities either. He played hurling and football for St Vincent’s GAA club but Shandon View FC got the best of his teenage years.At 16 he was invited over for trials with Bolton Wanderers, who were then in the old Second Division, with the likes of Brian Kidd, Frank Worthington and Sam Allardyce all playing for the club. Freyne’s time in Lancashire was short and not very sweet. Dave Barry Source: © INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan“I went over there for a few weeks but I hated it. I had never even been out of the northside. It just wasn’t for me,” he says. “I was homesick and fellas there were giving me a hard time — ‘IRA, Paddy’, all that kind of stuff. Looking back, it was a bit of slagging, but I was too young to realise that then. I took it to heart and went home.“It actually turned me off football altogether for a while. I hated the experience. Knowing what I know now, I would have accepted it as the kind of banter that goes on. But I was too young to know any better at the time. If English clubs were interested in me after that, I didn’t even want to hear about it.”After his dalliance with the possibility of a career in England, Freyne went back to playing locally in Cork — first for Shandon View, then Central Rovers. While doing so, he came to the attention of former Cork Hibernians defender Noel O’Mahony.When Newcastle West AFC — Newcastle United as they were known then — became founder members of the League of Ireland’s First Division in 1985, O’Mahony was at the helm. He brought several Cork players with him to represent the Limerick outfit at national level. Patsy Freyne was one of them.Freyne’s style displayed hallmarks of the two players he most admired — Liam Brady and Bryan Robson — and O’Mahony was impressed. He was appointed Cork City manager for the 1986-87 season and made sure Freyne followed him to Turner’s Cross.“It meant a lot to my dad actually,” Freyne says of his move to Cork City at the age of 23. “I suppose he was probably more of a GAA man so he saw it as me representing Cork. He got a kick out of it. I know he was proud of me for that, which was nice.” Noel O’Mahony Source: © Lorraine O’SullivanINPHOCork City were a mid-table team in the Premier Division for the majority of Freyne’s first spell with the club, but he did play a part when major silverware was captured for the first time in City’s four-year existence.Freyne has fond memories of a 1-0 League Cup final win in 1988 against the famous Shamrock Rovers side that had just come off a run of four consecutive Premier Division titles and three FAI Cups: “To even be on the same pitch as those fellas was a privilege. To beat them was incredible.”He admired that Rovers side, but the Hoops were often fond of him too. During the course of his career, attempts were made to bring him to Dublin. Bohemians were also interested.“That was never going to happen,” Freyne insists. “I couldn’t see myself going up to Dublin. Can you imagine me playing for Shamrock Rovers at the Cross? I’d have been run out of Cork. I would have had to fake an injury or something. I couldn’t do it, no way.” https://the42.ie/3335305 It didn’t take long for Freyne to earn a reputation as a player capable of producing a moment of magic that could change a game. He was subsequently a marked man and the League of Ireland wasn’t a place for the faint-hearted. Freyne took plenty of punishment — but few shrinking violets have ever emerged from Gurranabraher.“I never ran away from the rough stuff and that’s something you learn more about as you get older,” he explains. “I got kicked so much. You’d be up in Dublin and fellas are threatening you and kicking you. You’re either going to back off and get bullied, or you can say ‘Fuck you’ and stand up for yourself. Patsy Freyne tangling with Derry City’s Paul Hegarty in a game at Turner’s Cross in 2000. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“As you get older then you get more clever about how you go about it. I got a lot of abuse but I had no problem with that. You might be black and blue sometimes but I didn’t mind once I was in one piece going off the pitch.”He adds: “One incident that stands out from over the years was when I was more or less knocked out up in Derry one night by an elbow off the ball from Paul Hegarty — great player he was too. Outstanding player. I think he took offence because I got him booked after nutmegging him when we played them in the Cross. He got me then up in Derry.“The GAA got me used to it as well. If I got a kick or a thump I’d always try to get up or keep running around, because they’d be wondering, ‘What do I have to do to quieten this bastard?’ Once you could give it back you were grand.“The League of Ireland was very physical in the 80s and 90s. If you didn’t stand up for yourself you’d get nowhere. A lot of the football was played in the air back then as well; set pieces and stuff like that. The league would probably suit me better now.”A defeat to Derry City in the 1989 FAI Cup final was enough to secure European football for Cork City for the first time. The trips abroad stand out among the highlights of Freyne’s career, although he wasn’t quite so keen on the means of travel.City were drawn to play Torpedo Moscow in the 1989-90 European Cup Winners’ Cup. They were beaten 5-0 away in the first leg, before losing 1-0 at Turner’s Cross. But for a young man whose only previous journey abroad had taken him to Bolton for little more than a fortnight, Russia was an eye-opener. Derry City’s Noel Larkin and Paul Carlyle celebrate after their 1989 FAI Cup final win over Cork City. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“That trip was unbelievable,” he says. “These are all places you only ever think you’re going to see on the telly. We were used to playing in places likes Monaghan, not Moscow.“I was shitting myself on the plane over. I hated flying. The plane was this huge Aeroflot jumbo jet. It was about the size of Turner’s Cross. I said to one of the lads, ‘How the fuck is this thing even going to get off the ground?’“I was shook. We made it there in one piece anyway, but I was delighted because the woman sitting next to me was a smoker so I was smoking all her fags with her on the way over. You could smoke on the planes back in those days. They had smoking and non-smoking sections, which was fucking stupid when you think about it.”Freyne later played for Cork City in Israel, Switzerland, Sweden and Ukraine, as well as being central to significant home wins over IFK Gothenburg and CSKA Kiev.He adds: “I loved those European trips. They were incredible experiences. We might have enjoyed ourselves afterwards but for the few days away we took it very seriously. It was a chance for us to live like professionals. We had some very good performances as well.“Apart from that game in Moscow, we were never beaten heavily. I don’t ever remember feeling out of my depth in any of those games. We were well able to hold our own for an hour. Our legs just went after that. It was the difference between full-time professionals and us. You always got more time on the ball in Europe as well, which I enjoyed.” Patsy Freyne holds off IFK Gothenburg’s Hakan Mild during Cork City’s 1-0 second-leg win in the Uefa Cup at Turner’s Cross in 1999. Source: Tom Honan/INPHOThere were good times on the road closer to home too, although Phil ‘Biscuits’ Harrington might not necessarily agree when looking back on Cork City’s visits to Derry. Harrington, the club’s former goalkeeper and current goalkeeping coach, hailed from Wales, which his team-mates used for their own entertainment when entering Northern Ireland.Freyne explains: “There was the old border crossing years ago up there and Biscuits used to be shitting himself at the back of the bus. We used to be shouting at him, ‘Biscuits, get down! If they catch you you’re fucked’. And he believed it at the time, the poor bastard.“He thought he was going to be shot. Coming from Wales, he didn’t know any better about it. He’s a great character but he used to be a bit nervous going up north for the first couple of years.”In July 1991, there was a trip away like no other. A few months after they missed out on their first Premier Division title following a decisive home defeat to Dundalk, City participated in the Shanghai Marlboro Cup — a pre-season tournament — in China.“Another fucking nightmare of a flight,” Freyne recalls. “I’m not sure how we ended up in this tournament anyway but it was mad. When we arrived there was a massive crowd at the airport and a load of TV cameras. We were wearing Ireland kit — the tracksuits, jerseys, the whole lot — so they must have thought we were the national team.“We got some shock when we watched the first game. It was Den Haag from Holland versus the Romanian Olympic team and the standard was unreal. We had to call a team meeting that night. We hadn’t even trained. We just said, ‘Lads, we’re going to have to tune in here or we’re fucked’.“We ended up losing 3-0 to Poland and 4-1 to the Chinese Olympic team. We were well beaten in the two games but we managed to avoid making a show of ourselves at least.” Patsy Freyne with the shirt he wore in China, which he donated to Cork City supporters’ trust FORAS in 2009. In an auction, the shirt raised €850 for the trust. Source: FORAS TrustAs that summer of ’91 drew to a close, Freyne was about to head into his sixth season with Cork City. It was an exciting time for the club. Buoyed by how close they had come to winning the title in the previous season, supporters were attending home games in large numbers and Bayern Munich were about to visit for a Uefa Cup tie.But just weeks after returning from China, Freyne was no longer a City player. A drinking culture existed in the League of Ireland at the time but the mentality was work hard, play hard. Freyne got the balance wrong and his time with Noel O’Mahony’s side came to an abrupt end.“Of course it was hard,” he says. “That’s not the way I wanted things to go. I only had myself to blame but it was tough because it was a successful time for the club. Things were going in the right direction. The lads won the league for the first time the following season and I wasn’t involved. The big European games, Bayern Munich, Galatasaray, I couldn’t even go and watch. I missed out on a lot. Does that still bother me now? Yeah, it does.”After parting company with Cork City, Freyne found a new footballing home 25 kilometres down the road at Cobh Ramblers. He eventually decided to leave the League of Ireland behind in 1994 and instead satisfied his appetite for the game by lining out for Cork club Everton.Two years later, however, the appointment of a friend and former team-mate as Cork City manager paved the way for his return to Turner’s Cross. City were in a rebuilding phase, Dave Barry needed experience in his squad and he believed that the talents of Patsy Freyne, even at 33, were being wasted in the Munster Senior League.He isn’t prone to cliché, so there was no talk of Freyne being determined to make the most of a second bite at the cherry. Nevertheless, lessons had been learned and changes were made when he returned to the Cork City squad for the 1996-97 season. By Paul Dollery Share Tweet Email5 Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 9:30 PMlast_img read more

Tourism gets twenty new officers now in training

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 9, 2016 – The touted twenty new tourism police are now in training and will be ready to hit the beaches and tourism hot spots in three months.  Their training began on August 1st and includes classroom and situation training according to Police press officer, Kevin Clarke.The group will be well versed in police procedures, swimming and lifesaving skills, customer service, fire arm and self defense, drills and physical training. Go to Magnetic  Media Fanpage on Facebook to see the new recruits. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:tourism officers in training, twenty new officers for tourismlast_img

ASA Raises Concerns about Policy Priorities in Proposed Senate Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has scheduled a mark-up to consider their proposed Farm Bill for tomorrow, but is raising several concerns about policy priorities in the proposed bill, and with the level of support provided for key soybean programs.”ASA commends the efforts of Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss to develop a new farm bill that responds to the changing needs of farmers, ranchers, and others in America who will benefit from various provisions of this omnibus legislation,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “However, there are several areas of major concern to soybean producers that need to be reconsidered or eliminated.”First, the bill reduces baseline spending under the Commodities Title by about $3.0 billion, which is reallocated to other titles. ASA and other farm organizations have consistently opposed shifting funds out of farm programs. At the same time, the proposed bill establishes the soybean target price under the traditional farm program at $6.00 per bushel, well below ASA’s original proposal of $6.85, based on equity with other program crops.”ASA does not believe that a $6.00 target price provides an adequate income safety net for soybean producers or a level of equity with other program crops,” Hoffman said. “We believe the soybean target price needs to be increased to a minimum of $6.30 per bushel, and wish to work with Senators Harkin and Chambliss, and other Committee members, to increase the target price to this level either in mark-up or in Conference.”A second concern is with the introduction of the recourse loan in farm policy under the proposed Average Crop Revenue (ACR) program.”ASA does not believe whatever benefit the recourse loan may provide as a financing tool outweighs the very negative precedent its introduction would represent as an alternative to the marketing loan program,” Hoffman said. “ASA recommends that the recourse loan provision in the ACR program option be eliminated.”ASA is also concerned with the proposed requirement that producers relinquish beneficial interest in their commodities in order to receive a Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) under the marketing loan program. The LDP was developed as a “short cut” for realizing a Marketing Loan Gain without requiring producers to take out and repay loans. There would be no saving from eliminating the LDP option, and it would force all producers to take out and repay loans when prices are below the loan rate for their commodities.”This would be costly and cumbersome for the Farm Services Agency to administer, and could cause unnecessary difficulties in the timely and efficient operation of the marketing loan program,” Hoffman said.In the Energy Title, ASA is very concerned with the level of funding provided for payments to domestic biodiesel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Biodiesel producers have seen prices for their feedstocks, including soybean oil, more than double in the past year as aggressive policies to raise ethanol production have shifted nearly 12 million acres from soybeans to corn this year. As a result of higher feedstock costs, the biodiesel tax credit is not sufficient to ensure competitiveness of domestic biodiesel in the U.S. market.”An additional payment is essential to ensure the viability of our fledgling domestic biodiesel industry in the current volatile energy market,” Hoffman said.Unfortunately, the funding level provided in the proposed bill would not allow a payment sufficient to make domestic biodiesel competitive. Also, and for the same reasons, the proposed bill should provide payments on all biodiesel production, as has been done in the past, not on incremental production. In addition, the proposed requirement that biodiesel producers choose between biodiesel payments under the Bioenergy Program and the small biodiesel producer tax credit would be a disincentive for start-up biodiesel companies, and should be eliminated.ASA is pleased the Committee bill authorizes the Quality Incentive Program, which will encourage the production of soybeans and other oilseeds with high-stability characteristics that will enable food companies to eliminate trans fats without increasing the use of unhealthy saturated fats. ASA is asking the Senate Committee to work with their House counterparts in Conference to provide funding for this Program in order to ensure timely and effective implementation.”ASA strongly supports enactment of a new farm bill this year, and will continue to work with the Committees and their staff to ensure its timely completion,” Hoffman said.last_img read more

LL Cool J Makes Kennedy Center Honors HipHop History

first_img Email Twitter Rap icon joins fellow GRAMMY winners Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie in this year’s class of honoreesRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 7, 2017 – 9:30 am GRAMMY.comLL Cool J is an accomplished TV star, GRAMMY host and an iconic GRAMMY-winning rapper. For his numerous achievements, he is adding another honor to his collection: the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.LL Cool J’s award is a significant benchmark because he is the first-ever hip-hop artist to receive the honor. In addition, at age 49, he’s the youngest honoree in the award’s history.”To knock the door down for a new genre — the word is just ‘dope!'” said LL Cool J, who hosted the GRAMMY Awards from 2012­ to 2016. “To be able to come from the corner of Farmers Boulevard in Queens, banging on a garbage can, all the way to the Kennedy Center Honors, that’s a long journey.”Announced on Aug. 3, the other 2017 Kennedy Center honorees include GRAMMY winners Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, TV writer/producer Norman Lear, and dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade.This year, the Kennedy Center Honors celebrate 40 years of recognizing performing artists in all mediums — from television to dance, comedy and music — who have made outstanding contributions to the arts during their careers. Over the years, other GRAMMY winners such as Led Zeppelin, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, and Buddy Guy have also been honored.The 2017 awards will be held at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 3. They will air on CBS, the home of the 60th GRAMMY Awards, on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.Rewind: Remember These 11 Most-Requested “TRL” Videos?Read more News Facebook LL Cool J’s Kennedy Center Honors Milestone ll-cool-j-makes-kennedy-center-honors-hip-hop-history LL Cool J Makes Kennedy Center Honors Hip-Hop History last_img read more

Sensex Nifty close with modest gains BSE gets approval for IPO

first_imgIndian stock markets ended Tuesday trading with modest gains, reversing losses of Monday, the first trading day of calendar year 2017. The BSE Sensex, led by Power Grid Corporation, Axis Bank and Coal India, closed 48 points higher at 26,643 while the NSE Nifty ended at 8,192, up 13 points.Power Grid Corporation gained 2.49 percent, Axis Bank 1.90 percent and Coal India 1.53 percent.Read: Domestic car sales in December show mixed trend “Weak macros failed to dent markets’ enthusiasm, as November figures were expected to be on the weaker side, and with budget announcement expected in just a month, sentiments remained positive. However, with US markets back after holidays, global cues will have more weightage in the coming days especially with jobs data scheduled this week,” Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, said in a note.The government had released provisional data for eight core sectors for November 2016. The eight sectors that account for have a 38 percent weight in the factory output benchmark (Index of Industrial Production) rose 4.9 percent YoY while the eight-month cumulative growth also came in at 4.9 percent.In an update, the Union Finance Ministry said the disinvestment receipts at Rs 23,529 crore constitute about 41 percent of the Rs 56,500 crore target for the financial year 2016-17. The target comprised Rs 36,000 crore from disinvestment of public sector undertakings and Rs 20,500 crore from strategic disinvestment.The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Asia’s oldest, got capital markets regulator’s approval for its Rs 1,500-crore initial public offering (IPO). Existing shareholders of the BSE including Singapore Exchange, Bajaj Holdings and Investment and others will be offloading about 29.9 million shares to the public.Infosys, Wipro write letters to employeesIn separate letters, Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, and Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro, have asked their employees to brace up for a tough 2017.”At a time when the world around us seems ever more influenced by the baser instincts and tendencies, we must bring the best of our intentions, and the best of our imagination, our knowledge and our conviction, to all that we do,” Bloomberg quoted from Sikka’s letter.Infosys will be declaring its Q3 results on January 13, while  Wipro will be announcing its financial performance on January 25.NRIs all set to meet in Bengaluru this weekThe 14th edition of the annual convention of Non Resident Indians (NRIs), officially called Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or PBD, will be held in Bengaluru from January 7 to 9. There are about 31 million Indians living abroad, of which 17.8 million are NRIs and 13.4 million persons of Indian origin (PIOs), according to a government statement released on Tuesday.The event will be graced by many leaders of foreign countries as well.”Prime Minister of Portugal Dr Antonio Costa will be the Chief Guest for the inaugural function. Ministers from Malaysia Dato’ Seri S Samy Vellu, Special Envoy of the Government of Malaysia for Infrastructure, Dato’ Seri Dr S Subramaniyam, Minister of Health and Mauritius Minister Prithvi Raj Singh Roopun will also participate in the PBD as special guests,” the statement said.last_img read more

Markets are bleeding but Jeff Bezos adds 25 billion to his fortune

first_imgWhen market fears trade war, Jeff Bezos adds $25 billion to fortuneReuters FileEven as the global market and indices stare at difficult times ahead amid tensions between nations over trade tariffs, the wealth of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos continues to grow. The world witnessed massive sell-offs in the past couple of months as markets bled. Still, Bezos added $25 billion to his net worth in less than three months.According to Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Bezos’ net worth is $125 billion (on March 26). On January 1, his net worth was $100 billion. He added $25 billion despite suffering a loss of $3.83 billion last week due to a drop in S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average. Compared to his billionaire peers, Jeff Bezos’ net worth is increasing since the start of this year.At present, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, with a net worth of $89.1 billion, is in the second position in the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.Due to stock markets trading in the red, about $10.3 billion was wiped from Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune last week and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison suffered a drop of about $7 billion, as per the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. Since January, the wealth of the richest 500 people has declined $436 billion. Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Alphabet Inc.’s Larry Page have lost a combined $17 billion.On Tuesday last week (March 20), Amazon surpassed Alphabet Inc. in market value to become the world’s second-most valuable company in the United States. Growing and profitable cloud computing business, groceries, physical stores and new data centers and warehouses helped Amazon to overtake Google’s parent company.Earlier this month, Bezos became the world’s richest man by bumping Bill Gates and Warren Buffet according to Forbes magazine’s Annual World’s Billionaires List 2018. Bezos, who is currently the number one on the Forbes list of billionaires, is the first centi-billionaire ($ 100 billion) in the world.last_img read more

Samsung applies for patent on wraparound phone display

first_img Explore further Many in the press have been suggesting that the saturation point for smartphones is fast approaching, causing companies that make them, to dig deeper in coming up with new ways to entice buyers. Now that variations in phone size and allowing for some customizations to cases have been exhausted, phone makers are looking to change the display. Samsung has been leading the charge with “bendable” displays—most noticeably those with its patented Youm technology that allows for curved displays.In this new effort, Samsung appears to be exploring the possibility of side screen edges that bend down, allowing images to be seen from different angles. Labels on the diagrams in the patent application indicate that side displays could be used for icons, as functions, navigation tools, indicators or even as a way to facilitate communication between devices. The bend angles appear to be set at the factory, thus users will not be able to adjust them.Samsung has indicated in the past that its ultimate goal is to make a smartphone that can be folded up and placed in a pocket—similar to a wallet or billfold. To achieve that goal, engineers must overcome several hurdles. One of those is how to make a phone strong enough to survive being sat on, dropped, etc. while also being tough enough to withstand scratching or outright breaking. Other issues are how to make a bendable type of plastic screen that doesn’t grow foggy, or break apart after repeated bends.For its part, Samsung hasn’t made any announcements about the new side bending technology, but others in the press, citing knowledgeable insider information claim that such a phone could be on the market as early as next year. If so, that should help the company keep ahead of Apple—that company is reportedly also working on a bendable screen—one with sensors that can gauge how hard a person is pressing and allow phone apps to respond accordingly. World’s first curved smartphone hits South Korea market (Update) © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Samsung applies for patent on wraparound phone display (2013, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-samsung-patent-wraparound.html (Phys.org) —Samsung has applied for a US patent on a new type of wraparound display for a smartphone. According to diagrams in the patent, the wraparound would be more like single bends on either side of the main screen that take up part of the side of the phone. The result is a beveled look, where the bevel can display images and respond to touches just like the main screen. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Singur farmers to present paddy to Mamata in bid to silence Opposition

first_imgKolkata: Farmers associated with West Bengal Kishan Khet Mazdoor Trinamool Congress Committee have proposed to present paddy produced in Singur to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a bid to silence the Opposition’s allegations that the area has failed to yield any crop.A meeting of the committee was held at Trinamool Bhavan on Sunday afternoon. Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee was present in the meeting. Chatterjee said that under the BJP-led government at the Centre, the condition of the farmers throughout the country has turned from bad to worse. The Centre has proposed to hike the income of farmers three times by 2022, while the state government has already done it. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBecharam Manna, president of the committee, said the farmers have proposed to present paddy that is being produced in Singur. He alleged that the Opposition is trying to mislead people by making false allegations that Singur and its adjoining areas have failed to yield paddy. It may be mentioned that after returning the land to the farmers as directed by the Supreme Court, the state government took several steps to produce paddy in Singur. Agriculture experts had visited the spot and the soil was tasted. Mamata Banerjee herself had sown seeds and later distributed them among the farmers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSingur was the vegetable bowl of Bengal before the land was forcibly taken from the farmers to start an automobile factory by the Tatas. Factory sheds and other concrete structures came up on nearly 1,000 acres of land where the proposed factory was supposed to come up. The fertile land was supposedly converted into a barren one in the process. Meanwhile, the farmers have decided to call a convention where the achievements and problems faced by the farmers will be discussed at length. The committee will request Mamata Banerjee to attend the convention, whose date and venue are yet to be finalised, said Partha Chatterjee. Farmers and agriculture labourers will also attend the Brigade meeting on January 19 in great numbers. After coming to power in three states in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Congress government is waiving the loans to the farmers but the condition of farmers has improved in Bengal over the past seven years. Arup Roy, state Cooperation minister, said loans worth Rs 5,200 crore have been disbursed among the farmers at 7 percent interest in the current financial year. 3 percent loan was waived if the money was not returned on time. However, the tendency to repay the loan has been among 95% and above. The state government has cracked down on the middlemen and from January 1, 2019, the farmers will receive cheques for selling paddy and the slogan for the same is “give your paddy and take your own cheque.”last_img read more