Lopez proud to see former teammate Blatche play for Gilas

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Nadal, Djokovic launch French Open assaults BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBrook Lopez thinks the Philippines is lucky to have Andray Blatche as its naturalized player.“I can’t say enough because I know how much he loves the game and I know how much the Filipino people love the game as well. It’s a natural partnership,” Lopez said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Lopez feels proud seeing how far his former teammate has gone since leaving the NBA with Blatche making a name for himself in the international stage.“It was great to see him be a part of the Gilas team. It’s a great thing and I love seeing him play for this country,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The two spent two years together with the Brooklyn Nets before Blatche opted to go to China and play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in 2014.That same year, Blatche’s naturalization papers were approved which allowed him to represent the country starting in the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingLooking back at their two seasons together, Lopez shared that the 6-foot-11 Blatche is just a bundle of joy to be with, imparting character to the team on and off the court.“Playing on the same team with him, he’s such an amazing talent,” he said. “He made things easier for me when we’re on the floor together and he’s such a fun locker room guy. He brings a lot of energy. We call him ‘Dray Live’ and he’s a great guy and a great person to be around.” BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Forget group win over Pakistan, Virat Kohli warns before final

first_imgIndia’s captain Virat Kohli has urged his team to forget the 124-run drubbing they inflicted on old rivals Pakistan in the group stage of the Champions Trophy ahead of the teams’ sell-out final at The Oval on Sunday.That overwhelming triumph may be regarded as giving Kohli’s team a psychological advantage but he insisted at a news conference on Saturday that it meant nothing.”I don’t see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament,” he told reporters.”Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done.”So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world.”At the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing.”Like any meeting of the two countries, the final will attract enormous interest in the cricket-mad sub-continent, but the experienced Kohli is treating that just as matter-of-factly.”It’s been quite a few years I’ve been dealing with that, so nothing new,” he said.”You can’t think of those things when you step onto the field. I know there are people that expect the team and myself to do well every time that we play, but I understand as a player and as a person that it’s not possible.”This is a part of being an Indian cricketer.advertisement”You have to maintain a balance and then focus on what you need to do on the field.”If anything, India have tried to distance themselves from all the noise by ignoring social media.”It’s so important to stay away from those things,” the captain added.”You have to make that sort of effort to stay in a good zone and a good mindset. I’ve learned a lot how to handle certain things. And that can only happen when you’re able to connect with yourself first.”If you’re too distracted listening to too many suggestions or praise or criticism, then you can’t focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team.”Admirable as those sentiments may be, Kohli will find few cricket fanatics in the two countries agreeing with him when he says of the final: “It’s just another game of cricket.”last_img read more

PBL’s fourth edition to start with Sindhu-Marin clash

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The rivalry between reigning Olympic and World champion Carolina Marin and Rio silver medallist P.V.Sindhu will be renewed when they face off in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) Season 4 opener at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on December 22.Marin could be the ace that actress-turned-owner Tapsee Pannu will be relying on to give the kind of kick-start that debutants Pune 7 Aces would need when they start their PBL campaign against the Sindhu-led Hyderabad Hunters.For the left-hander Marin, it comes as a challenge which she will cherish as the Spaniard would be playing against the team that she has been a part of until last season. That itself makes the opening contest an exciting affair as she is expected to take on none other than Sindhu, who will be returning home after being with the Chennai Smashers in the previous season.”I will be representing my own city and that makes this opening clash even more special. You can expect full-throated support from the Hunters which will prove to be our strength as we face Pune. I will look forward to play against Carolina and it will surely be a match to remember,” said Sindhu, talking on her singles contest against the Spaniard.The 2016 Olympic champion, who had helped Hyderabad hunt down the title last year, will have no qualms while competing against the team that she had represented. This is what makes the lung-opener in Mumbai very interesting.”I am now part of a new team and yet another Indian city; you can expect me to give my 100 percent to Pune 7 Aces. As for the match against Sindhu, both of us will want to win our tie. My job is to play to the best of my ability and I will certainly do it,” said the Spaniard.Indeed, the two have had a great rivalry, especially since the Rio Games final which spilled over to the Worlds. Sindhu, who lost on both occasions will have the home advantage and would be looking to avenge her back-to-back losses in Mumbai, to give a positive start to the Hyderabad Hunters.advertisementThe added advantage is the South Korean mixed doubles specialist Eom Hye Won, a marquee player who can change the fortunes for the Hunters. As a counter, 7 Aces have Danish doubles former No.1, Mathias Boe and promising Lakshya Sen in their ranks.The badminton extravaganza will witness 30 ties being played including seven double headers this season; each city will be hosting one double header though Pune and Ahmedabad will see two double headers this year.”We have a new team in Pune 7 Aces and this season we will be playing in two new cities — Ahmedabad and Pune — keeping in mind BAI and PBL’s efforts to promote and take the game far and wide,” Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma said.Syed Modi International champion Sameer Verma-led Mumbai Rockets will open their campaign from Mumbai on December 23. The Pune leg will witness yet another marquee clash between Sindhu and Saina Nehwal when Hyderabad Hunters meet North Eastern Warriors on New Year’s Day. This contest would be as keen for both the top-ranked Indians as well as their followers as it will be a keenly-watched uproarious contest with the locals equally divided in their support!Former world champion Viktor Axelsen-led Ahmedabad Smash Masters will start their home campaign against Awadh Warriors and later play against the defending champion, Hyderabad Hunters.India’s top-ranked Kidambi Srikanth-led Bengaluru Raptors will see the home leg starting from January 7 with the semi-finals and the final being played in Bengaluru. H.S. Prannoy turning up for Delhi Dashers will play their first match against Mumbai while Chennai Smashers will kick off their campaign against Ahmedabad Smash Masters.The 23-day event will witness nine teams Delhi Dashers, Ahmedabad Smash Masters, Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashes, North Eastern Warriors and Pune 7 Aces slug it out for a prize purse of Rs 6 crore in five cities with the inaugural rounds being held in Mumbai, followed by Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.–IANStri/bglast_img read more

Road rulers

first_imgThe year 2019 will be a landmark one in the Indian automotive industry as it will see the launch of not one but multiple global standard electric cars as well as cars with the next level autonomous driving capabilities. While the Korean manufacturing giant Hyundai will be the first to,The year 2019 will be a landmark one in the Indian automotive industry as it will see the launch of not one but multiple global standard electric cars as well as cars with the next level autonomous driving capabilities. While the Korean manufacturing giant Hyundai will be the first to launch an electric or rather battery operated SUV (BOV) in the market, there are many players waiting in the wings to launch BOVs in India as soon as they see some action on that front. Hyundai will be followed by Kia while the likes of BMW, Jaguar and Audi wait in the wings. The next generation of premium vehicles can virtually drive by themselves and we will have examples of those in the BMWs, Volvo and the Mercedes that we have previewed. Autonomous features combined with the next level of comfort, convenience and driver-assistance features means that the car can do a lot for you apart from just driving you. You can say, Hey BMW, I am feeling tired, and the car will switch on an energising massage combined with interior light and fragrance themes. Or a car can keep you steady even while negotiating a corner so that you can concentrate on your work while being chauffeured.Yogendra PratapMercedes-BenzGLE 400dENGINE 6-cyl inline 2925 ccPOWER 330 bhp0-100KMPH 5.8 sTOP SPEED 240 kmphESTIMATED PRICE Rs 1 crBMW 3-SERIESOver the last three generations BMW’s most sporty sedan has undergone a change belying its positioning in BMW’s sedan range. The 7th generation 3-series is now a bigger car and looks it. With a 44mm increase in wheelbase leading to a 76mm increase in length the 3 has been given a total makeover. It now looks modern with nice sculpted lines; the interiors are also totally new. The instrument panel moves to a 12.3 in digital screen in keeping with previous models and incorporates the company’s Live Cockpit Professional with OS7 that gives flexibility and choice of information. All the glass is acoustic and the sun roof is bigger. The centre console has a heavy chrome treatment with the infotainment system screen now at a 10.25in. While BMW is launching the new three series with 6 engine options to start with, in India we will most likely see the 330i and 320d.advertisementYogendra PratapBMW 320dENGINE 4-cyl 1995ccPOWER 190 bhp0-100KMPH 6.8 sTOP SPEED 240 kmphESTIMATED PRICE Rs 40 lakhMERCEDES-BENZ GLEMercedes has totally revamped the existing GLE for its fourth generation. It is both longer and wider and the interiors have a hidden surprisea third row of seats are available as an option for the first time. There is a huge difference in the layout and technology. The dashboard layout is different, infotainment system is all new and a great number of driving assistance systems. It’s actually like an all-new car from the inside. The infotainment system is the latest generation of the MBUXMercedes-Benz User Experience and is made up of two large 12.3in screens as standard, arranged side-by-side. The car comes with both petrol and diesel engines and is expected to launch with one diesel and one petrol engine in Indiaboth straight-six engines with 450 and 400d nomenclatures. With totally customisable air suspension and a Mercedes assistant much in the mould of an Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa, this car is a big step up in terms of both comfort and convenience as well as capability.Yogendra Pratap MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS HATCHTargetted at those looking for more thrills from the Mini 3-door hatch, the company will launch the hotter John Cooper Works variant in May. Based on the 2019 Mini Cooper that was unveiled last year, updates to the model include refreshed styling at the front and back featuring full-LED headlights and an LED pattern for the tail lamps inspired by the British Union Jack. Inside, the Mini John Cooper Works gets synthetic leather bucket seats and piano black trim with backlit illumination for the passenger side. Globally, the Mini John Cooper Works is offered with a choice of 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions. However, the India-spec version is likely to feature only the 8-speed automatic option. Fortifying its hot hatch credentials are a sports suspension, a sports brake system and a John Cooper Works aerodynamics kit.Dhruv SaxenaENGINE 2.0-litre turbocharged4-cylinder petrolPOWER 231 bhpTORQUE 320 NmESTIMATED PRICE Rs 40-45 lakhSKODA KAROQThe Karoq was introduced as the replacement for the Yeti in global markets during 2017-18. Skoda is contemplating launching the SUV in India with its arrival expected to take place sometime this year. As far as design is concerned, the Karoq is unmistakably a Skoda thanks to the prominent trapezoid grille and the signature shape of the headlamps which feature full LED tech. The fog lamp, though, has been positioned closer to the headlamps to ensure that they do not get damaged while venturing off the road. Further there are three wheel sizes in the offing which include 16, 17 and 18 inch units. The Karoq will be offered with a customisable digital instrument panel. It will also come with three individual keys, which will remember a driver’s preferred setting which include drive mode, lighting, infotainment The top of the line, Columbus infotainment system, features a 9.2 in screen and gesture control. Other features include a wireless smartphone charging pad. The Karoq will be able to seat five and have space for 521 litres which can be further increased to 1,810 litres.advertisementDhruv SaxenaSkoda KaroqENGINE 2.0-litreturbo dieselPOWER 150 bhpTORQUE 340 NmESTIMATED PRICE Rs 25 lakh VOLVO S60Firstly, Volvo is calling the S60 a sports sedan, a big departure from the positioning of the S90, the bigger sedan. From the front the S60 looks sporty (albeit like a Volvo) while the profile is a departure from the previous notch-back to a more sedan like appearance. The front headlights with extended Thor’s Hammer design, and the unmistakable Volvo grille are all hallmarks that are carried forward from the rest of the new cars.The S60 becomes the first new Volvo model to do away with a diesel engine entirely. It will be available with a four-cylinder petrol engine in T5 and T6 guise as well in a twin engine configuration with the T8 powertrain. On the inside, while the S60 uses the exact same tech as seen on the other SPA vehicles including the advanced Sensus infotainment system, the same high-end music systems and all the driver assistance systems including many of the autonomous driving features, as well as emergency braking and pedestrian, cycle and large animal detection. All in all, not only does the S60 make you feel special on the inside but also offers the best in safety tech available anywhere in the world.Yogendra PratapVolvo S60 T5ENGINE 4-cyl turbochargedpetrol 1969ccPOWER 250 bhp0-100KMPH 6.5 sTOP SPEED 240 kmphESTIMATED PRICE Rs 4050 lakh HYUNDAI KONA EVHyundai sure wants to make a statement and in sync with that the company plans to launch the new Kona EV this year. We hear that the new SUV will be manufactured at the company’s Chennai facility and this in turn will also allow Hyundai to price the Kona EV aggressively. The Kona EV looks the part and comes with all the bells and whistles which include LED headlight, contemporary Hyundai design and sporty stance which sure makes it looks cool. Inside the Kona EV comes a mega sized 8.0-inch infotainment system that offers all possible connectivity options. It also offers a Heads Up Display which beams all relevant data for the driver along with other features like cruise control and wireless charging. International models are offered with either a 100kW motor or a 150kW motor. The motors produce 130 and 201 bhp and offer blistering performance as all the torque is available right from the word go. We also hear that the Kona EV will offer a 350 km range and the battery pack will also feature a quick charge option. This will then allow the battery pack of the Kona EV to gather 80 per cent charge in less than an hour.Rahul Ghoshadvertisement Hyundai Kona EVENGINE 100kW electric MotorPOWER 136 bhpTORQUE 395 NmPRICE TBA BMW X7The first ever X7 is BMW’s full sized SUV and sits above the X5 and X6 in the BMW hierarchy of SUVs. It has the standard three rows and is being touted as the flagship of the BMW range, along with the 7-series sedan. It is supposed to be the most luxurious and comfortable of the BMW vehicles while at the same time retaining the driving characteristics that BMWs pride themselves on. The exteriors are eye-catching to say the least with the huge kidney-shaped grille, the largest yet ever on a BMW taking centre stage. With upto 22 in wheels measuring over 5.1 metre, the X7 is imposing no matter which angle one looks at it from. At its launch in the US, it mixed well with the ubiquitous truck, but in India it will definitely have presence on the road and make heads turn. At its launch, it is powered by two diesel and two petrol engines bearing the 30 and 50 numbering for the diesel and the 40 and 50 numbers for the petrol. We expect the car to be launched with the 40i and the 50d and that translates into inline six cylinder engines. Of course, the car will also be equipped with the best of assistance systems and features including the latest generation iDrive, two 12.3 in touch screens and the biggest ever third generation head-up display as well as the BMW assistant. How’s that for power and punch? Yogendra Pratap JEEP COMPASS TRAILHAWKSay Jeep and the first thing that springs to mind is a rough-tough off roader. If that is your idea of an SUV, look no further than the Compass Trailhawk. It is the more off-road focussed version of the Compass and will come with Jeep’s sophisticated Active Drive Low 4×4. With 225mm of ground clearance and sophisticated go anywhere system, the new Trailhawk variant will be unstoppable. With Trail Rated’ badges stuck to every nook and cranny, the SUV will have even higher water wading capability. The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the mean time will offer 170 bhp and 350 Nm of torque approximately. The engine will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission as well. As far as looks are concerned, the Trailhawk will come with a snazzy paint job, special decals and will even get a panoramic sunroof among other luxury features. Expect the price to go up rather high. Rahul Ghosh KIA SOUL EVThe biggest USP of the Kia Soul EV is its oddball looks. It has boxy proportions and we really love it. The front end comes with a sleek grille flanked by LED lights. The charging point is positioned up front and is easy to access. The large windows and wheels give the Soul a very interesting profile. The rear end is also unique and more slab sided in sync with the profile., while the interiors look rather futuristic. The instrument panel is also fancier and offers all the info one might need to operate the car. It also offers climate control and wireless charging. The drive modes are operable via a knob located on the centre and offer a floating like design cue. Another unique feature is very relatable for Indians. On the go, the car is rather silent, so Kia has artificially engineered what seems like a horn. It plays at very low frequencies and is inspired by Japanese train horns. The 64kW battery is good enough to power both these for 450km. Now that’s impressive. Rahul GhoshAUDI Q3Audi will bring the second generation Q3 to India this year. The styling draws inspiration from the flagship Audi Q8 with a more prominent single frame grille flanked by full LED headlights. The all-new model has grown in size translating to increased cabin space. Designers have opted for an edgier dashboard design with angular lines. As with all new Audi vehicles, the Q3 will come with the Virtual Cockpit fully-digital instrument display albeit as an option. In the centre console sits a new 10.1-inch touch enabled display for the MMI Navigation infotainment setup. Safety includes new on board tech such as adaptive cruise assist, park assist, and pre sense front safety system. Globally, it will be offered with three petrol and one diesel option. – Dhruv SaxenaAuto Today is a monthly auto magazine and a weekly TV show on India Today Televisionlast_img read more

World cup 2019: Match vs West Indies cost us the whole tournament, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan exit

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted that it was unfortunate that his team could not qualify for the semifinals even after playing really good cricket in the last four matches. However, Sarfaraz lauded his teammates for the commendable comeback after heavy defeat to arch-rivals India.Following their loss India, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan, riding on some impressive performances by Babar Azam and Haris Sohail in the batting department.Sarfaraz went on to to say that the team’s opening match against West Indies cost Pakistan the whole tournament.Pakistan had suffered a humiliating 7-wicket defeat to West Indies in their opening match of World Cup 2019. Pakistan were bowled out for just 105, with Oshane Thomas taking four wickets, before Chris Gayle smashed a quick-fire fifty as West Indies romped home in just 13.4 overs.”We played very good cricket in the last four matches, but unfortunately we couldn’t qualify. Only the one match against West Indies cost us the whole tournament, but the way the boys responded after the India match was honestly commendable,” said Sarfaraz in the post-match presentation ceremony.Pakistan came up with a spirited performance to beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord’s on Friday but couldn’t prevent their exit from the tournament based on a lower net-run-rate in comparison to New Zealand.Sarfaraz also stated that inclusion of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Sohail settled the Pakistan team. The skipper also heaped praises on Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq.”The way we started the combination was not great, but when Shaheen Shah and Haris Sohail came in, I think we were a settled unit. The way our batsmen – Imam, Babar, Haris, and the bowlers, as well, the way they have responded is extremely good. The way Shaheen has bowled in the last four matches has been very encouraging, particularly today, I think he’s taken six wickets.”advertisementSarfaraz thanked the fans for immense support throughout the tournament and said the team needs to sit and do lots of work after the World Cup.”We need to sit down together, and do lots of work – we have almost two months off. I’d also like to thank the crowd for their support throughout the tournament.”Also Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan breaks Sachin Tendulkar’ World Cup recordAlso See:last_img read more

Giroud scores 100th goal for Arsenal

first_imgOlivier Giroud Giroud scores 100th goal for Arsenal Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 02:11 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Olivier Giroud Theo Walcott Arsenal Getty Images Olivier Giroud Arsenal BATE v Arsenal BATE UEFA Europa League Stats The French striker became the 19th player to hit the milestone for the Gunners with a penalty in Europa League action on Thursday Olivier Giroud has scored his 100th goal for Arsenal against BATE Borisov on Thursday, becoming the 19th player in club history to hit the milestone.The 30-year-old French striker converted a 49th-minute penalty to hand the Gunners a 4-1 lead in Belarus, giving him a century goals in 238 matches in all competitions since joining the club from Montpellier in 2012.Giroud 4/6 to score v Brighton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. 100 – Olivier Giroud has scored 100 goals for @Arsenal in all competitions; the 19th player to do so for the Gunners. Centurion. pic.twitter.com/iSTFcXAsKt — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 28, 2017 100 – Olivier Giroud is the 12th fastest player to reach 100 goals for @Arsenal ; one game quicker than Robin van Persie. Handsome. pic.twitter.com/QvjTOUAPQR — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 28, 2017 Giroud is the 12th-fastest Arsenal player to score 100 goals, besting Robin van Persie by one match.Olivier Giroud 100 Arsenal goals GFXIt was Giroud’s second goal in nine appearances this campaign having been kept out of the regular starting XI by Alexandre Lacazette.He rejected the opportunity to leave the club for Everton over the summer but continues to find opportunities hard to come by.last_img read more

‘France can win the World Cup’

first_imgFrance ‘France can win the World Cup’ – ex-Man Utd striker Saha backing Les Bleus Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 16:21 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe France USA Friendly 09062018 Gettyimages France World Cup Manchester United The attacking talent at their disposal has seen Didier Deschamps’ side tipped to be major contenders at Russia 2018 due to their style of play Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes France have the required ability to win the World Cup, due mainly to their brilliant attacking players.Les Bleus face Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C, and boast such attackers as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona’s brilliant youngster Ousmane Dembele.Saha won 20 caps for France during his career, and believes that Didier Deschamps’ men are one of the favourites to win the competition because of their embarrassment of riches in the final third of the pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “France have very good players in every position. So why not? They could win the World Cup,” Saha told Goal.”I think the most important thing is that, when you look at all the 32 teams, they have players who can disrupt and it is very attacking minded. There is no team like Italy from back in the day.”France also have a deep pool of defenders, including Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.However, Saha insists that football has changed since he was playing, and believes that attack-based teams are more likely to succeed in Russia.”You can’t defend like you used to before,” he added. “Defending is not an option, you have to get possession and be technically gifted enough to get chances.”It is not about crossing anymore, so it is going to be a very entertaining World Cup with a lot of goals, I think. A modern team with an exciting style of play will win it and France have all that.”France kick off their tournament on Saturday against Australia before facing Peru and Denmark in Group C.Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the competition on Thursday.last_img read more


first_imgSports Cover Australia in Association with SBS is poised to allocate the second round of 2006 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF) grants to amateur sporting clubs nation wide. Applications for the ten remaining $1000 grant close on Friday 24 November 2006. Between August and December 2006, The SSF will have awarded 20 x $1,000 grants to amateur sporting clubs and associations throughout Australia. Southern Districts Touch Football Association in Western Australia were successful in their Grant application in Round 1 of allocations in September.Southern Districts received the grant to assist with the purchase of a new line marker and a coaching development program for their association to increase junior participation levels.If your affiliate/assoication applied in Round 1 there is no need to reapply for Round 2 as your application will be automatically re-entered for round 2.Winners will be announced during the week of 4 December 2006.For an application form and further information visit the Sports Cover websitelast_img read more

Government Looking to Strengthen Law Applicable to Breaches of Single-Use Plastics Ban

first_imgStory Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon Daryl Vaz, says the Government is looking to strengthen aspects of the law applicable where breaches of the ban on single-use plastics, which takes effect on January, 1, 2019, may be committed.While noting fines ranging between $50,000 to over $1 million for breaches of stipulations under the Natural Resources Conservation Authority and Trade Acts, Mr. Vaz contended that, “too often [in several instances] we are using archaic outdated legislation and laws that are totally inadequate in terms of the consequences through fines and imprisonment, and whatever else”.“We are looking at that… [and] I can assure the public that there will be teeth [in the law]”,” the Minister added.He was speaking at the recent launch of the Integrated Water, Land and Ecosystems (IWEco) sub-national project to restore the hydrological and other features of the Negril Great Morass in Westmoreland.Come January 1, the Government will commence imposition of the ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging material.They include single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws, which are often improperly discarded, causing significant harm to the environment. While noting fines ranging between $50,000 to over $1 million for breaches of stipulations under the Natural Resources Conservation Authority and Trade Acts, Mr. Vaz contended that, “too often [in several instances] we are using archaic outdated legislation and laws that are totally inadequate in terms of the consequences through fines and imprisonment, and whatever else”. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon Daryl Vaz, says the Government is looking to strengthen aspects of the law applicable where breaches of the ban on single-use plastics, which takes effect on January, 1, 2019, may be committed. “We are looking at that… [and] I can assure the public that there will be teeth [in the law]”,” the Minister added.last_img read more

Iran’s Tankers Free to Visit Any Port

first_imgzoom Iranian oil tankers face no more obstacles when traveling to any port in world, says Ali-Akbar Safaei, managing director of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).According to Safaei, quoted by IRNA news agency, NITC has secured all the required certificates from international insurance agencies for its tankers, thus removing the insurance-related hurdles and enabling its ships to dock at any port worldwide.Unimpeded entrance to Iran’s ports by foreign tankers is also to be ensured, now that there are no pending insurance problems, he added.As informed, talks are also nearing conclusion between Iranian shipping lines with international insurance companies on obtaining the most competitive insurance policies.Due to the latest turn of events, NITC said that it expects to return to European ports in June this year after over four years of suspension.Iran’s tanker fleet is valued today at USD 2.7 billion and is currently placed 8th in the world by value comprising 70 tankers. NITC, Iran’s largest VLCC owner, is ranked 6th in the world, owning 37 VLCCs worth USD 2.1 billion, according to VesselsValue’s data.The country revealed earlier this year that it plans to invest up to USD 2.5 billion to upgrade its oil tanker fleet as it gears up to restore pre-sanction shipping links.The investment is needed in order for the company’s fleet to be able to compete with international counterparts that have predominantly more modern and younger ships.Iran announced that it expects to reach the production level of 3.8 million barrels per day this month.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NASA boss in Ottawa fuels speculation about new Canadian spacestation role

first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the U.S. space agency says Canada’s knack for artificial intelligence will be useful for exploring the moon, if we want in.Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says Canada has developed crucial artificial intelligence-based robotics technology that could help operate the next-generation outpost the United States is planning to send into lunar orbit.He started a two-day trip to Ottawa today by taking part in a demonstration at Carleton University by Mission Control, a Canadian company working on robotic technology that can be used to test soil samples.Bridenstine says he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new “Lunar Gateway.”Bridenstine is to give a keynote address on Wednesday at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, where speculation is running high that Canada’s participation in the Lunar Gateway — NASA’s next-generation space project — is expected to be announced.In September, the Canadian Space Agency issued tenders for projects designed to position Canada to contribute to future space missions involving human and robotic exploration.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nvidia and GE rise while Dillards and Sasol fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Nvidia Corp., up $10.79 to $159.56The chipmaker with a focus on video game consoles handily beat Wall Street’s second quarter financial forecasts.General Electric Co., up 78 cents to $8.79The industrial conglomerate’s CEO bought nearly $2 million worth of stock following allegations of fraud against the company.Accuray Inc., down 23 cents to $2.83The radiation oncology company reported a surprise loss during its fiscal fourth quarter.Alliance Data Systems Corp., down $13.81 to $138.69The company acquired nearly 10% of its outstanding stock from investors through a modified Dutch auction.Dillard’s Inc., down $1.28 to $55.31The department store operator reported a wider loss than Wall Street had forecast.Sasol Ltd., down 74 cents to $17.67The chemical and energy company said it is delaying reporting financial results as it reviews a large chemicals project in Louisiana.JPMorgan Chase & Co., up $2.52 to $107.72Long-term bond yields, which banks rely on to set interest rates on loans, edged higher after slipping all week.Devon Energy Corp., up 92 cents to $22.54Energy stocks rose with the price of oil.The Associated Press read more

UN relief official deplores murder of humanitarian worker in Somalia

One unnamed worker was killed and two others were injured after gunmen ambushed staff from the German Agency for Technical Assistance (GTZ) near the town of Berabera in the Somaliland region.In a statement issued in New York, Mr. Egeland offered his condolences to the victim’s family and those injured, saying such attacks cannot be tolerated.”The killing of one of our colleagues is a tragic reminder of the risks humanitarian workers face every day,” he said.The Somalia Aid Coordination Body (SACB) – which comprises UN agencies, donors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – also expressed its shock and sorrow in a statement after the killing.The SACB said the killing highlights the deteriorating security situation for international aid workers operating in Somalia. On 29 January a UN field security officer was kidnapped in Somalia’s south by armed militiamen before being released more than a week later. read more

The Secret To The Rams Blocking Success Isnt The Linemen Its Sean

Returning to Los Angeles, the Rams used the 11 personnel more than any other team in the NFL in 2018. So it’s possible that instead of the Rams being generationally superior at run blocking — or instead of Gurley being a one-of-a-kind game-altering running back — the Rams’ offensive line just faced fewer crowded fronts than other teams. This would at least provide some context for their overwhelming success — and help explain how Anderson could Wally Pipp an MVP candidate in the playoffs.To find out, I created a reasonable facsimile of Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards and then calculated the number of yards each team earned either over or under expected based on the number of men in the box and the field position from which the play originated.6I removed QB scrambles but left WR run plays in. I also did not adjust for shotgun. Finally, I did not scale the adjusted line yards metric so that it looks like running back yards per carry. My version of adjusted line yards will not agree exactly with Football Outsiders, but there still is a high degree of correlation. Each metric predicts the other at an r-squared of 0.68.Both Football Outsiders’ line yards and my version agree that the Rams had the best rushing offensive line unadjusted for box count. When we look at line yards over expected after accounting for box defenders, however, the Rams aren’t the best run-blocking offensive line ever. In fact, they’re not even in the top four since 2009. 18New England20093.062.720.364.43 *Box-adjusted line yards adjusts for number of defenders faced near the line of scrimmage.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group But an NFL offense is not just at the mercy of the defense when it comes to running against stacked or light boxes. Play-callers actually have a large degree of control over how many defenders near the line of scrimmage they will have to face. When an offense trots out three or more wide receivers, the defense nearly always matches with an equal number of defensive backs, which limits the number of linebackers on the field and lightens up the box.Since the 2009 season, the number of rushing plays that faced six or fewer defenders in the box has skyrocketed. This is a reflection of an evolving offensive philosophy, not a defensive one. The increasing number of light boxes was a response to the massive shift by NFL offenses to the “11 personnel”: 1 running back, 1 tight end and — most importantly — three wide receivers. Over the course of the past decade, the 11 personnel became the most popular personnel package in the NFL. It’s now the base NFL offense. And nickel5Defenses with five defensive backs on the field. is the current base defense — a sea change from the previous decade when 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts were the norm. 2New England20103.322.730.604.82 10Washington20123.162.740.434.24 Teamseason538 adj. line yds538 box adj. line ydsbox adj. line yds over expectedfootball outsiders adj. line yds 8New England20173.082.650.445.05 One explanation is that the Los Angeles Rams offensive line is just very, very good, and Gurley has been reaping the rewards. But I think there’s another factor at work — one that has more to do with the head coach than with the players on the field.Some football observers have gone so far as to suggest that the Rams 2018 run-blocking unit might be the best in the history of the NFL. While offensive lines are perhaps the trickiest position to evaluate with data, there’s actual evidence for this scorching-hot take using a metric created by Football Outsiders called adjusted line yards. Adjusted line yards are calculated by looking at each running play and using a formula to attempt to assign the proper credit to the offensive line. The metric punishes blockers for losses on run plays, credits the hog mollies with half of the yardage on runs from 5 to 10 yards, and gives the line zero credit for any field position gained 11 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.2Football Outsiders also adjusts for plays from shotgun, down, distance and situation, and it removes any scrambles and handoffs to players who aren’t running backs. By this measure, the Rams are the best-performing line in at least the past 22 years, the period for which data is available.31996 to 2018.But one problem with adjusted line yards is that the metric doesn’t account for the number of defenders the offensive line has to face during any given play, which has huge implications for how effective a rush will be. Running the ball when there are seven or eight defenders near the line of scrimmage is much harder than running against six or fewer. If a team runs more of its plays against light fronts, we should expect it to have more success in general. We’d also expect the offensive line in particular to have an easier time opening holes against defensive fronts that have fewer, rather than more, defensive players near the line of scrimmage that they have to block.Looking at 10 years’ worth of data from ESPN’s Sports & Information Group,4For a total of 126,154 running plays. We excluded scrambles and any plays for which no defender data was given. that’s exactly what we find. If we split the field up into 10-yard chunks, there isn’t an area of the gridiron that exists where running against seven or more men in the box is easier than running against six or fewer. 13New England20183.042.650.415.03 11Baltimore20183.122.710.434.61 5Los Angeles20183.312.830.515.49 1San Francisco20123.192.570.634.50 3New Orleans20113.312.730.594.95 14Houston20103.012.610.414.52 7New Orleans20183.122.690.455.19 Todd Gurley began the 2018 season on fire, accumulating yards and scoring touchdowns at a historic pace. Despite missing the final two games of the season, the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL led the league in rushing touchdowns and finished fourth in yards from scrimmage. And yet, Gurley may start Super Bowl LIII as a backup. Since returning from injury, the Rams star has been outplayed by fill-in journeyman running back C.J. Anderson, who has more or less relegated Gurley to a change-of-pace role.How is this even possible? How can a player go from being the league’s premier running back to backing up a guy who was cut by the Denver Broncos in May, the Carolina Panthers in November and the Oakland Raiders in December? We’ve seen backup running backs fill in admirably before — when the Chiefs released star RB Kareem Hunt this season, Damien Williams was just as, if not more, productive1Williams averaged 114 yards from scrimmage and 1.6 TDs in regular-season games he started, while Hunt averaged 109 yards from scrimmage and 1.4 TDs. — but it’s hard to remember it happening to a back as seemingly indispensable as Gurley, let alone on a stage as big as the Rams are on now. 15Seattle20123.142.780.374.42 12Carolina20113.112.710.424.32 9New York20103.172.730.434.56 17Dallas20092.982.600.374.48 19Tennessee20163.052.700.364.63 16Kansas City20103.062.700.374.44 6Miami20093.012.550.474.44 4Jacksonville20103.202.620.594.63 The Rams have the fifth-best offensive line since 2009NFL offensive lines by two metrics for regular-season adjusted line yards, yards accounting for the number of defenders in the box and yards over expected based on defenders in the box, 2009-2018 In fact, if all you know about a running play in the NFL is the approximate field position of a team and the number of defenders near the line of scrimmage, you’re able to predict the leaguewide yards per carry with an extraordinarily high degree of accuracy: 96 percent of yards-per-carry totals are explained by the offense’s field position and the number of men the opponent has in the box. How many defenders are in the box is almost certainly the most important factor in determining rushing success in football, so it follows that we should try to account for it. The 2012 San Francisco 49ers — who were 5 yards from winning a Super Bowl under Jim Harbaugh and QB Colin Kaepernick — take the honor of fielding the best run-blocking offensive line since 2009. Thinking back on the number of big plays Frank Gore broke off against stacked boxes, the ranking certainly passes the smell test. The 2010 Jaguars offensive line, ranking just ahead of the Rams, was also formidable: It opened massive holes for Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings, who combined for nine touchdowns and 1,783 yards on the ground despite QB David Garrard doing nothing to scare opposing defenses away from crowding the line and trying to stop the run.The Rams still fielded the fifth best offensive line in our time frame and easily the best this year. But much of the credit for the success of the running game should probably go not to Gurley, Anderson or the Rams offensive line, but to Sean McVay. The second-year coach has put his players in the very best position to succeed through his scheme and play-calling. Running the ball out of the 11 personnel helps dictate to the defense and lightens the box for his linemen, allowing them to open holes even thrice-cut journeyman running backs can run through.While league observers can fall into the trap of over-weighting the effect of coaching, in some cases the credit and praise is warranted. The distribution of talent across teams is so even, it’s really not so much a matter of who you run the ball with — or behind — it’s a matter of when you run it. McVay chooses his spots as well as anyone in the NFL, and the Rams are in Super Bowl LIII because of it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Dozens of Dublin homes snapped up before building work starts

first_imgDozens of Dublin homes snapped up before building work starts Irish housebuilder Cairn Homes is working on a new project with Nama. 43,136 Views By Fora Staff Feb 22nd 2017, 1:00 PM Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3252569 Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM Share39 Tweet Email3 center_img 67 Comments Read: One of Ireland’s biggest companies is selling a chunk of the business behind Avonmore milkRead: Pinterest has rolled out its advertising platform for Irish businesses IRISH HOUSEBUILDER CAIRN Homes has secured sales on most of the houses at its new development – despite the fact that construction hasn’t even started yet.The company announced this morning that it is set to build 71 housing units at a site adjoining its existing Parkside development off the Malahide Road in Balgriffin.The firm has struck an investment agreement in which the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) has a minority interest, and the two organisations will form a joint venture to work on the project.Cairn said that the development will have “an estimated gross sales value of €25 million”. Construction is due to start on the site “immediately”.While building has not officially started yet, Cairn said that €18.1 million of sales, representing 52 units, “has already been secured through strong pre-sales in January and February 2017″.Pre-salesA spokeswoman for Cairn said that a full deposit has been put down on the 52 units.Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley said that the project “is in line with our strategy of building quality new homes on attractive sites in the greater Dublin area”.“This alternative operating model is a new departure for the company which we hope will offer us further opportunities in the future. The strong level of pre-sales we have seen demonstrates the pent-up market demand for well-built, new homes in good locations.”Cairn started working on its Parkside development at the start of 2015. It has built and sold more than 160 homes at the site, and has plans to construct about 150 more.The company is a young one, first listing on the Dublin and London stock exchanges in 2015.Open for businessIt was the first Irish housebuilder to complete an initial public offering in almost 20 years. The last beforehand was McInerney Holdings in 1997.Cairn’s full year results for the year to the end of December 2016 will be released in March.Goodbody financials analyst Eamonn Hughes said in a research note that he expects Cairn to complete 355 home sales in its 2017 financial year after completing 104 sales in 2016.“This announcement indicates strong momentum at the Parkside location,” he said.Davy analyst Colin Sheridan said that the announcement indicates “two important points”.“The first is that Nama is open for business with developers like Cairn and, as the largest holder of residential development land in the country, this opens up future opportunities to partner,” he said.“The second point is that the demand seen at the site has clearly been exceptional since the beginning of the year, with the continued shortage of supply and the recently launched ‘Help-to-Buy’ scheme continuing to drive better conditions for selling homes.”Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Short URL Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The Bicester Village Shopping Collection hires Howlett

first_imgMadeline Howlett has been hired as the new benefits and reward manager at retail organisation The Bicester Village Shopping Collection.Howlett has 15 years of reward experience and specialises in developing reward and benefits strategies that align with business growth plans.Previously, Howlett had been employed as reward manager at Countrywide, reward business partner at Home Retail Group, reward partner at Cognita Schools and global reward specialist at International Business Systems.last_img

Royal Caribbean volunteers remodel Little Haiti school for annual Give Day

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – More than 1,500 Royal Caribbean volunteers took part in the company’s 21st annual Give Day, Saturday.Volunteers went to Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary School in Little Haiti to remodel the school.“So, when I look around, they’ve got 1,600 Royal Caribbean people and their families planting, painting, generally fixing up the school. When the kids come back on Monday, they’re gonna be shocked. It feels so good,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean.Volunteers painted the school inside and out, landscaped the grounds and planted fruit trees, herbs and vegetables.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

FCA leans on Harman and Google for new connectedcar services

first_img 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 2019 Dodge Durango SRT: A big utility with big performance More From Roadshow More about 2019 Dodge Durango SRT AWD Review • 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car Preview • 2019 Dodge Durango: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact null 73 Photoscenter_img Tags Share your voice Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google Auto Tech Future Cars 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 0 In the US, it’s been generally acknowledged that Fiat Chrysler has kept its focus on the older-school elements of the auto industry while others have gone all-in on things like electrification and connectivity. But now, its Uconnect telematics are set to receive a big boost to help adapt to the future of in-car services.Fiat Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it will rely on tech from Harman and Google to build out its connected-car services. This “ecosystem,” as FCA refers to it, is set to launch in the second half of 2019, and it’ll be part of all new FCA vehicles around the world by 2022.Harman’s Ignite cloud platform will serve as the base for the out-of-car side of FCA’s services. With 4G connectivity and tech that fosters “the evolution to 5G,” FCA says its cloud services will work with any service provider worldwide. It’ll cover all the normal stuff that other automakers have in their connected-car portfolios, like fuel and charging station locations, predictive maintenance and over-the-air updates. It should also be capable of working with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.Enlarge ImageHere’s a quick look at the major things FCA wants its new system to deliver. Yes, it’s a lot. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google comes into play inside the car. The next version of its Uconnect infotainment system will run on Android, further bridging the connection between phone and in-car telematics. While this might conjure memories of Volvo’s announcement that it will use Android OS in the upcoming Polestar 2, there’s one key difference. Whereas Volvo’s foray with the operating system includes Google Maps, Google Assistant and other apps and services, FCA’s system won’t have any of those ancillary bits, just the operating system.FCA was quick to note that these new foundations will allow for a number of services specific to electrified vehicles, too — an area where, at least in the US, FCA lags behind its competitors. These platforms will enable remote battery management, EV navigation that keeps range in mind and services that help the vehicle work better with the electrical grid.There’s even more than that in store. FCA has its sights set on alternate mobility methods, too — its system is capable of working with usage-based insurance, varying-term vehicle rentals and even peer-to-peer car sharing. The automaker didn’t say which parts would start rolling out first, but as we push into the next decade (just a few months away!), we’ll get a better idea of what FCA has in store.Originally published April 30, 8:08 a.m. PT.Update, 5:32 p.m.: Clarified differences between Volvo and FCA operating systems.last_img read more

Minister T Vanita distributes artificial limbs

first_imgEluru: Minister for woman and child welfare T Vanita called upon the differently-abled persons to move ahead with self-confidence as the government is ready to extend its total support for their welfare. She distributed artificial limbs to 138 differently-abled persons at a cost of Rs 7.4 lakh at a programme organised to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of famous blind author Helen Keller here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Vanita urged people to encourage the differently-abled persons to excel in their field of interest. They should be helped to come up in life with their innate talent. The minister appealed to the physically-challenged to compete with others and never give up hope.last_img