Rivers wants to make most out of short stint by winning title

first_imgGuest player Krystal Rivers rued the poor start which doomed Pocari Sweat in Game 2 of the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Finals on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “I’m just going to go out there and play my game. They will probably make adjustments so I have to adjust. That’s the game of volleyball and I try to be the best volleyball player that I can be and try to help my team win a championship,” she said. “It’s pretty quick (stint) so I want to make the most of it, and making the most of it is winning a championship. I want to do everything I can to leave with a championship.”Game 3 is on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’ll go and evaluate, watch the match, and focus on changing and doing better in the next game in starting strong,” she said.Rivers unleashed 26 points, all of which coming from attacks, to lead the fight for Pocari Sweat in Game 2.Despite the Lady Warriors allowing the Finals series to go the distance, Rivers is confident that whatever mistakes they committed will no longer be the case come Thursday.“We’re pretty confident. We fought at the end of this game and the plan is to come back and fight harder the next time. We have training tomorrow and make the necessary adjustments and come out ready to fight on Thursday,” said the former SEC Player of the Year.And that goes for herself, too, as Rivers made it clear that she only has one goal on her mind in this short stint in the PVL: to win the championship.ADVERTISEMENT Herndon focused on helping Wangs, not just getting numbers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We just have to focus on starting strong. That’s what we didn’t do as a team today,” she quipped.Looking to close the best-of-three series quick, the Lady Warriors started out flat and gave up the first set, 25-15, before failing to equalize the match in a tight Set 2, 26-24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough Pocari Sweat still made a late run to force a deciding fifth set, Grethcel Soltones brandished her strength for Bali Pure to extend the series to a winner-take-all Game 3.The 23-year-old Rivers said that the Lady Warriors must find a way to fix those woes if they want end their season with a title. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

City updates

first_imgWhat’s new in the big cities.LondonMusic festival: A month-long musical bonanza takes over St Martin-in-the-Fields Church at Trafalgar Square. The Handel Festival begins April 2, with the maestro’s choral masterpiece Messiah. Till April 30. www.stmartin-in-the-fields.orgStreet photography: An interesting collection of street photography at the Museum of London (150 London Wall; tel: 020 7814 5503) captures the diversity and vibrancy of the city.Exhibition: James Watt, one of the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution, is the subject of a new exhibition at the London Science Museum (South Kensington; tel: 020 7942 4000). Titled Watts Workshop, the exhibition recreates, for the first time, the attic workshop in which Watt experimented with chemistry, engine design and more.Seafood restaurant: Chef Massimo Riccioli, who has made a name for himself in Rome, has brought to London La Rosetta, a seafood speciality restaurant, at the refurbished five-star Corinthia Palace (www.corinthia.com).New yorkMuseum reopening: The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria; tel: 718 777 6888; Monday closed) has reopened with a newly expanded and redesigned building. Additions include a cafe, store, screening areas and a garden. Exhibition: Step into a magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which opened at Discovery Times Square this month. Original artefacts from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part I and the highly anticipated finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2, are on display. Runs till September 5.Brunch menu: Austrian tavern Edi & The Wolf (102 Avenue, 7th & 8th Streets, East Village; tel: 212 598 1040) has just launched a weekend brunch. Timings: 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.Must seeArt installation: The Union Square is where a 10-ft tall sculpture–a tribute to Andy Warhol–has been installed. Created by artist Rob Pruitt, it has the Pop mastermind with a camera around his neck. It’s sure to be the backdrop of many photos itself. The sculpture will remain there till October 2.advertisementMelbournePizzeria: After delighting the city with artisan pizzas from its Fitzroy outlet for the past few years, Ladro has opened a branch on Greville Street, Prahran (03 9510 2233). An additional bar menu includes Cotechino Sausage and Polenta-crumbed Sardines. You can also order some house-made pasta and roasted meat. Beer bar: Masterchef contestants Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins are the owners of Josie Bones, a new beer bar at Smith Street, Collingwood (03 9417 1878). A good way to start the evening is with the beer flight, which gives you a taste of three varieties served in 110 ml glasses. Comedy festival: Get your fill of laughs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which runs till April 24. Considered the third largest festival of its kind, tickets to this comedy bonanza comes for AU$ 22. More details on www.comedyfestival.com.auCyclists guide: A new edition of Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists Guide is designed with the food-savvy and culturally-aware cyclist in mind. It includes a ‘Window Shopper’ journey through the CBD, Richmond and South Yarra. Buy for AU$ 3 at bookshops or pick up free with any Humble Vintage bike hire; http://thehumblevintage.comMumbaiAdventure park: Della Adventure in Lonavala, an easy drive from Mumbai, is perfect for both the lazy and the active. The 34-acre park offers everything from rock-climbing and rappelling or pottery and karaoke. Restaurant and Lounge bar: Mumbai’s favourite Busaba has opened a branch at Lower Parel (Next to Blue Frog, Senapati Bapat Marg; tel: 022 6747 8971). The dishes on the menu, we are told, are mementos from the people that owner Nikhil Chib has met over the years. Deli: The newest hotspot for cupcakes is Indigo Deli (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road, Colaba; tel: 022 6655 1010). On offer are cupcakes that range from flavours like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and red velvet to more spirited flavours like tequila, cointreau and pi-a colada. Goan restaurant: Tavira (LT Road, Gorai, Borivli West; tel: 022 6511 2248) looks every bit of its owner’s Bandra restaurant Soul Fry, with its cheery orange and yellow walls. Thursdays are karaoke evenings.BangloreSky diving camp: This one is for those with a head for heights. A sky diving camp at Waltair Escapade Thrills (101 Silver Meadows, Off Sarjapur Road; mobile: 99860 41076/ 93436 38695) will give you a certificate that allows you to practice the sport anywhere in the world. Join by April 7.Crepes menu: Canadian yogurt chain Kiwi Kiss (outlets at Phoenix Arcade on Church Street & Koramangala) has introduced a range of sweet and savoury crepes too. Options for toppings include Nutella, maple syrup, honey, fresh fruit, Cayenne chicken and cottage kadai. Deli counter: You can now take home Toscano’s pesto and tomato oils. They’ve opened a deli counter at the Whitefield restaurant (Forum Value Mall; tel: 080 2593 9224) and the fresh take-away list includes cheese, pasta, cookies, cakes and breads. Vietnamese restaurant: If ambience is what you rate higher than the food, then Phobidden Fruit (HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar; tel: 080 4125 5175) may be worth a visit. Don’t be surprised if the waiter brings you a torch along with the menu card at this dimly-lit restaurant. The atmosphere is just what you would find in a Saigon eatery; the prices are affordable and the pho, decent.advertisementToronto with Akshay KumarThe city: I first visited Toronto in 1994 for a shoot and fell in love with this gorgeous city. I told myself that I will have a home here someday, and make it a point to visit every three or four months. You’ll get everything in this city, be it great food or good weather. CN Tower: One of my favourite attractions in Toronto is the CN Tower. Riding the glass elevators up one of the highest freestanding structures in the world (553m) is one of those ‘typical’ things you just have to do. The other thing you must do at the CN Tower is having a meal at Horizons. The casual cafe boasts spectacular views of the city and Lake Ontario. Don’t miss a fascinating 3D theatre experience at CN Tower theatre. It is now showing The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, first 3D surf film ever created. (There are shows every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m; www.cntower.ca)Japanese restaurant: One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto is Blowfish (668 King Street West; tel: 416 860 0606)–we celebrated Suniel Shetty’s birthday there while we were in the city to shoot for Thank You. The menu features the expected sushi and sashimi, but the quality and presentation are uniformly excellent.last_img read more

Australian Open to have 10-point tiebreakers in deciding set

first_imgWimbledon announced in October it will next year have a standard first-to-seven-points tiebreaker when the deciding set reaches 12-12.The U.S. Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to introduce final-set tiebreakers, with a first-to-seven-points game at 6-6.The French Open is the only remaining Grand Sam still decided by a long deciding set by advantage.The Australian Open begins on Jan. 14. FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Croatia’s Marin Cilic wipes sweat from his face as he plays Switzerland’s Roger Federer during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships, in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Open in January will play a 10-point tiebreaker in deciding sets, joining Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in using tiebreakers to avoid long matches. Temperatures often soar to 37 degrees Celsius (100 F) and beyond during the tournament. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian Open in January will play a 10-point tiebreaker in deciding sets, joining Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in using tiebreakers to avoid long matches.The tournament said on Friday the decision, reported widely a month ago but denied by Australian Open officials, came after consultation with current and former players and tennis officials. Temperatures often soar to 37 degrees (around 100 F) and beyond during the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says “we asked the players — both past and present, commentators, agents and TV analysts — whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there.“We went with a 10-point tiebreak at six-games-all in the final set to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic contests, with the longer tiebreak still then allowing for that one final twist or change of momentum in the contest. This longer tiebreak also can lessen some of the serving dominance that can prevail in the shorter tiebreak.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefIn the men’s singles draw, the first four sets will feature a seven-point tiebreaker at 6-6, with the final set going to a 10-point tiebreaker at 6-6.In women’s singles play and men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, the deciding set of three sets will be played with a 10-point tiebreaker at 6-6. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rockets’ Chris Paul out at least 2 weeks with hamstring injury MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Ishant Sharma’s parents elated at son’s stellar performance

first_imgTeam India’s man of the moment Ishant Sharma, whose seven wickets in the match against England ensured a Test win at Lord’s after 28 years, is getting congratulatory messages from allover the world. His parents, who live in Delhi, are also marvelling at the stellar performance of their son.  “Its a great feeling, hope the team keeps winning in the rest of the tour as well,” said his mother Grisha Sharma.His father Vijay Sharma, however, gave the credits to the entire team.”We are very happy, it was a total team effort,” he said.After drawing the first Test at Trent Bridge, India won the second match by 95 runs.Right-arm pacer Ishant rattled the England batsmen by bowling bouncers regularly which helped him earn career-best figures of 7/74 and the Man of the Match award.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Dinesh Karthik seeks to take a leaf out of Virat Kohli’s book

first_imgWicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who will be plying his trade with the new Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Lions this season, said the T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots.”In modern cricket, many batsmen play innovative strokes which I think are not enough to score runs in T20 format,” the 30-year-old batsman said here at the SCA stadium in Khandheri where Gujarat Lions players started practise. (Indian Premier League 2016: Complete team list) The Lions will play their first match on April 11 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots, as batsman like Virat Kohli have been scoring lot of runs by playing only cricketing shots” he said.”In this format, the batsmen should stay calm and execute their shots selection properly to score runs,” the Chennai-born player said.Karthik, who had earlier represented Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils among other teams, said he was very happy to be associated with Gujarat Lions.”I am very happy and excited with the new team as most of things are new like coach, teammates and ground,” he added.Karthik, Pradeep Sangwan, head coach Brad Hodge, bowling coach Heath Streak arrived here yesterday, while rest of the players like captain Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja will join the team soon.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Rio 2016: Leander Paes’ commitment can’t be questioned, says All India Tennis Association

first_imgWith less than 48 hours to go for India’s men’s doubles pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna to start off their Rio Olympics campaign, the country’s hopes for a medal in tennis have been thrown into a tizzy.It was reported that Paes, who will be playing in his record seventh Olympics, failed to arrive in Rio on time, forcing Bopanna to train without him.Paes was scheduled to arrive in Rio yesterday, a couple of days ahead of their first match on August 6.(RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)However, Paes arrived today after playing in a tournament in the United States of America, created a stir on his first day.Paes and Bopanna will take on the Polish duo of Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot in the first round tomorrow.Paes was scheduled to fly to Rio along with the other athletes on August 1 but he didn’t because he was playing in the World Team Tennis tournament being held in New York. That didn’t go down well with India’s non-playing captain, Zeeshan Ali, who said: “Arriving on the 4th for a match that may be on the 6th is definitely not enough time (for preparation).”However, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has come out in full support of Paes.  “This is in connection with some media reports on Leander Paes arriving late at the Rio Olympics.  Some sections of the media have questioned Leander’s commitment to the nation. “All India Tennis Association requests the media to see the history of Davis Cup for the last 25 years, Leander’s participation in the last six Olympics as well as Asian Games and ascertain for themselves the commitment which Leander Paes has shown for the nation.  Davis Cup, Olympics and Asian Games records speak for themselves,” the AITA said in a release.  (Also read: Rio 2016: Leander Paes yet to reach Rio, doubles partner Bopanna starts training) “This is the time when efforts of everyone should be to unite the team by correct understanding of Leander’s role in India’s Davis Cup Olympics & Asian Games history and his commitment to the nation over the last 25 years,” it added.advertisementEarlier, in an interview with India Today, Leander’s father, Dr. Vece Paes said AITA was aware of his son’s schedule and it had no problems with the arrangement. The 1972 Games medallist said certain sections of the media created an unnecessary controversy.last_img read more

‘I don’t know what Emery’s been doing for six weeks!’

first_imgUnai Emery has been blasted for making little impact at Arsenal since taking over from Arsene Wenger, with Tony Adams questioning what the Spaniard has been doing in pre-season.After parting with their former long-serving coach, the Gunners turned to the ex-Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss for inspiration.Emery was given no transfer warchest with which to reshape his squad, but was expected to make Arsenal more competitive after two seasons outside of the top four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! An opening day clash with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City was always going to be a baptism of fire, but Adams feels there were no signs of progress under the new regime.The former Gunners captain told talkSPORT on the back of the 2-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium: “It was the same kind of performance. I was a little bit deflated and disappointed.”Coming from Arsene who always played open attacking football, I really wanted the new manager to come in there and tighten things up.”For the last 10 years now – [we’ve been] leaking goals, soft away from home.”I wanted him to put his new goalkeeper [Bernd Leno] in, work with his back four, have two screening central-midfield players, and keep a clean sheet.”It was crying out for it. But I didn’t see that. I thought he got a lot of selections wrong.”His three best players were his subs [Alexandre Lacazette, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Lucas Torreira]. I don’t know why he didn’t start with them.”Granit Xhaka Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2018-19Things are not about to get any easier for Arsenal, with a trip to Chelsea next up on Saturday, and Adams has seen nothing to suggest that Emery can force the club back into title contention.He added: “I can’t see it. I don’t know what he’s been doing for the last six weeks.”He’s been rotating all of his players and giving them all a game. They’ve got some good results but it’s pre-season.”From minute one, I would’ve picked my own goalkeeper, my back four and put the two lads in that I want to screen those, and get a firm base that’s been missing for the last ten years.”You’ve had six weeks of pre-season – go on, get on with it!”Arsenal fans up and down the country all want him to challenge for the title but at the moment we’re nowhere near.”last_img read more

Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha to get Rs 5 crore, wishes pour in on social media

first_imgVidarbha Cricket Association president Anand Jaiswal announced that the Ranji champion team will be richer by Rs 5 crore, which will be distributed among the players as well as the support staff.”The players will be felicitated by the state association. The Vidarbha Cricket Association will be distributing Rs 3 crore among its players. Also the winners prize money of Rs 2 crore will also be distributed among the players,” Jaiswal told reporters after the team’s historic Ranji Trophy triumph.Wishes started to pour in for the whole team after captain Faiz Fazal lifted the Ranji Trophy at the Holkar stadium in Indore.Well done Vidarbha on winning the Ranji Trophy. I can tell you from experience that there will be fewer better days than this one. Congrats @faizfazal U guys deserve it all as u had consistency in ur corner @BCCI @BCCIdomestic @faizfazal- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 1, 2018Proud of the way my entire group, Delhi played the season. No shame in being second to a better team in Vidarbha. Let�??s learn from the past n plan for the future but be proud of ur self…very proud @BCCI @BCCIdomestic- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 1, 2018Every year, every month, every week, every moment is nothing but an �??opportunity�??. For me 31.12.2018 will decide what as a human race/as a nation we did with this �??opportunity�?? called year 2018. Till then, let�??s work as a team in making it a more progressive 2018.- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 1, 2018Heartiest congratulations to Vidarbha on winning their first #RanjiTrophyFinal. Thank you MPCA for being such gracious hosts @BCCIadvertisement- Rahul Johri (@RJohri) January 1, 2018Heartiest Congratulations to Vidharba cricket team on winning their maiden Ranji Trophy title. Its been an incredible journey for the first time champions. pic.twitter.com/6Tocxomfm6- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 1, 2018Well done Vidarbha. To come from nowhere to win the Ranji Trophy is an outstanding achievement. Biggest day in the lives of these players. Much respect.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 1, 2018Congratulations to the new Ranji Champions 2017/18 #VIDARBHA well done my friend #Akshay urf Mukesh �??? Top effort by this young fella #Gurbani #RanjiTrophyFinal #Bsports proud clothing partners & sponsors pic.twitter.com/7CKNfRnbwf- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 1, 2018Congratulations Vidarbha on your maiden Ranji trophy title. Great team work and well deserved �??��??� #RanjiTrophyFinal#Vidarbha @BCCIdomestic pic.twitter.com/zJkSr7cdUs- Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) January 1, 2018Great for the game with Vidarbha winning #RanjiTrophyFinal Well done Chandu and the boys @BCCIdomestic pic.twitter.com/9itmnZKABx- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 1, 2018Rajasthan did it earlier. Vidarbha has proved it again….that if the administrators really want to turnaround a team�??s fortunes, they surely can. Lesson for the rest. #RanjiTrophy- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 1, 2018Congratulations to each and every member of the Vidarbha Ranji Team on winning the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy.- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 1, 2018Vidarbha celebrated the new year in style by winning the Ranji Trophy final by 9 wickets to lift their maiden title at the Holkar stadium in Indore on Monday.Captain Faiz Fazal got out leg-before in the first over from Kulwant Khejroliya  but then Sanjay Ramaswamy and Wasim Jaffer knocked off the runs in just 5 overs to trigger the celebrations in the Vidarbha dressing room. Jaffer scored the winning runs as he smashed a boundary off Khejroliya in the final ball of the fifth over.Vidarbha celebrate after clinching the @paytm #RanjiTrophy 2017-18 with a nine-wicket win over Delhi #Final #DELvVID pic.twitter.com/UEes6Xb7YS- BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 1, 2018This was Jaffer’s 9th Ranji Trophy final and he’s ended up on the winning side every time.Earlier, Akshay Wadkar’s knock of 133 from 262 balls helped Vidarbha take 252-run lead in the first innings. Aditya Sarwate, Siddhesh Neral and Fazal also made useful contributions for Vidarbha, who made it to the final for the first time in history.Vidarbha led Delhi by 233 runs at stumps on Day 3, as they finished with 528/7 after 156 overs on the board.The stage was set for Wasim Jaffer, resuming his inning from 61, to score another ‘big one’. But Jaffer was surprised by a incoming Navdeep Saini delivery. The veteran had to depart for 78, trapped while trying to work the ball from his pads.Delhi were sniffing for a way back in the game, but in stepped Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate for the seventh wicket to flatten any such misconceptions.They joined forces at 204 and by the time Delhi finally managed to breach Sarwate’s defences, Vidarbha had gone make 415 on the scoreboard.On day 2 , Rajneesh Gurbani ended a 45-year-old drought by claiming his maiden hat-trick, to become only the second bowler after Tamil Nadu’s B Kalyanasundaram to take three wickets of successive deliveries as Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295.advertisementGurbani removed Navdeep Saini, Dhruv Shorey and Kulwant Khejroliya off successive balls.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

‘Crushed’ Christian Pulisic questions US development after World Cup failure

first_imgnews Share via Email Christian Pulisic Share on WhatsApp USA’s World Cup failure was a catastrophe years in the making Read more Christian Pulisic: ‘It was scary – you’re not thinking about football that night or the next day’ Borussia Dortmund Share on LinkedIn Topics Christian Pulisic has spoken out on his dismay at USA’s failure to reach next year’s World Cup, as well as addressing the level of football talent in America. Pulisic, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, has been able to ply his trade in the EU since he was 16 because he has dual US-Croatian citizenship. He believes it is not a lack of talent that holds US soccer back but rather a lack of opportunity.“Why is it that EU players are allowed to move country once they turn 16 … but non-Europeans can only do so at 18?” he writes on the Players’ Tribune. “Why aren’t we campaigning for a level playing field, where our best 16 year olds – who may not have an EU passport like I had – are free to move when they turn 16, like the best young players in Europe can? And in the meanwhile, as long as some of our best young players aren’t getting the opportunity like I had to go to Europe when they’re 16 … are we doing everything in our power to make sure the level of play in US soccer is high enough so that they can continue to develop up to their maximum potential? Read more In his article, Pulisic plays down comments from people who see him as the saviour of US soccer: “I’m not a prodigy – or a ‘wonderboy,’ as some have put it.” Instead, while conceding he was born with some natural talent, he says that his experience of going to Europe young helped him develop.“In the US system, too often the best player on an under-17 team will be treated like a ‘star’ – not having to work for the ball, being the focus of the offense at all times, etc – at a time when they should be having to fight tooth and nail for their spot,” writes Pulisic. “In Europe, on the other hand, the average level of ability around you is just so much higher. It’s a pool of players where everyone has been ‘the best player,’ and everyone is fighting for a spot – truly week in and week out. Which makes the intensity and humility that you need to bring to the field every day – both from a mental and physical perspective – just unlike anything that you can really experience in US developmental soccer. Without those experiences, there’s simply no way that I would be at anywhere close to the level that I am today.”Pulisic concedes leaving behind a support network in the US is not the right decision for everyone but raises concerns about opportunities for young players in America. “It really does frustrate me, when I watch MLS, and I see our best U-17 players – who, again, are so talented and so capable – being rostered … but then not being put on the field much to actually play. I watch that, and I just think about how I was given a chance … a real chance … and it changed my life.” Share on Pinterest USA Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this content US sports Living in Germany, Pulisic has seen the effects a World Cup can have on a culture in which football is the dominant sport. “If your city’s club team is having success, or if your national team is having success, there’s just this amazing sense of personal pride that comes with it. I saw a spark of that [with Clint Dempsey’s goal against Ghana at the 2014 World Cup] — it almost felt like that one moment changed the mood of the entire country. And it’s hard to put into words how powerful that is. Which is why I feel so crushed that we won’t be giving people that feeling this summer.”Pulisic, who turned 19 in September, will have many more opportunities to play in World Cups, and ends his article on a positive note. “I think – I hope – that we’re going to be able to build something, here, with US Soccer, where it’s not just going to be about one lost match, or one lost cycle, or one lost team. It’s going to be about an entire country, rallying around an entire sport, in a way that lasts. So let’s plan on it, then – 2022 … We’ll be there.”US Soccer told the Guardian they did not have a comment on Pulisic’s article. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Fans Upset That Alabama Was Called For Zero Penalties vs. Mississippi State

first_imgMississippi State got a terrible call against Alabama.Alabama knocked off Mississippi State 24-0 on Saturday, moving one game closer to an undefeated season and a College Football Playoff berth. It was a dominating performance, yet again.During the contest, there was one particularly bad call by the referees that went against Mississippi State – which is all likelihood negated a touchdown for the Bulldogs.The call – coupled with another stat – has fans crying foul. That other stat? Alabama was not called for one penalty against the Bulldogs the entire afternoon.To be fair, Alabama is an extremely disciplined team. Nick Saban doesn’t stand for dumb penalties, and players know the consequences when they make mistakes on the field. Still, it’s a frustrating stat for opponents.College football fans have been tweeting photos and videos of what they believe should have been penalties called on Alabama.Holding? pic.twitter.com/LqHifirOyy— MedDawg (@MedDawg) November 10, 2018He’s basically taking his jersey off. pic.twitter.com/qWhkyYpAj2— Justin M. Strawn (@JustinMStrawn) November 10, 2018Alabama has no penalties and we get phantom pass interference and black in the back penalties that take away touchdowns. But yes there was no holding on this play at all.. #givemeabreak https://t.co/Kxfk83XsD9— Matt Bethea (@peachestheboot) November 10, 2018Regardless, Alabama is now 10-0 with games left against The Citadel, Auburn and Georgia in the SEC title game. They’re getting close to being a lock for the Playoff later this year.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Nov. 28. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Grand Pre Bridge Grand Pre Bridge is reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road, for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Sunday, Dec. 3. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Traffic on sections of Trunk 3 from Boutiliers Point Road to the intersection of Route 333, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-3935 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Part of Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have a one-lane closure for construction of a new bridge until Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 29, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should take extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Leitches Creek Bridge Leitches Creek Bridge on Route 305 (Keltic Drive) will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 2. Detour on Highway 125. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, draining pipes, patching and paving until Thursday, Dec. 15. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-4350 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31, to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the Lower South River bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection, south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection, south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Dec. 2. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road, to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Saturday, Nov. 26. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge on Lake Vaughan Road will be closed for repairs. It is expected to reopen Wednesday, Nov. 30. A marked detour is available. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road, over Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Folly Mountain Baseline Road, eight kilometres south of the Cumberland/Colchester county line, will be reduced to one lane for paving, graveling and shouldering until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour, over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 9. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Dec. 15. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mountain Bridge Mountain Bridge on the Mountain Road, near River Phillip, will be closed for repairs until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-477-7002 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Lane Closures, Canso Causeway Traffic on Highway 104 on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane from sunset to sunrise for guardrail installation and shoulder improvements. Traffic control staff and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction zone. Work is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Dec. 15. Please drive with extra care during construction period. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771last_img read more

Russia Too early to consider exchange of US spy suspect

first_imgMOSCOW — Russia’s deputy foreign minister is brushing back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian.Paul Whelan, who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him as a pawn to exchange for Maria Butina, the Russian who pleaded guilty last month to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.But deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said Saturday that discussing the issue would be premature because Whelan hasn’t been formally charged, according to Russian news agencies.Some Russian news reports earlier had cited unnamed sources as saying Whelan had been indicted on charges that could bring 20 years in prison if convicted.The Associated Presslast_img read more

A year after Danforth shooting teens who lost friend grapple with anxiety

first_imgTORONTO — They were eight care-free teenagers out celebrating a birthday when the bullets flew. The rampage that ensued on July 22, 2018, changed their lives.Days before the first anniversary of the shooting in Greektown, four of the teens who survived the tragedy sit in the living room of an east Toronto home talking about their struggles with anxiety, depression and the feeling of loss. It’s better than therapy, they say.“I feel like the people I am surrounded with is my therapy,” says Skye McLeod, as her friend Noor Samiei, whose 18th birthday they were celebrating the night of the shooting, gently holds her hand.Their best friend, 18-year-old Reese Fallon, was one of two people who were killed when a deeply troubled 29-year-old man went on a shooting spree. Thirteen people were injured, including their other friend, Samantha Price.Price has largely recovered physically, but she says she cannot stop the morbid thoughts that often race through her mind. The 18-year-old will watch cars go by and think the driver will shoot her in the head. She’ll notice a stranger on the street and fear for her life. She thinks large crowds make for a perfect place for a bomb to go off.“It’s horrible,” she says. “But I can’t help it.”All four have tried various forms of therapy. Three say it didn’t help.McLeod stopped after one session with a therapist. Samiei, 19, says she saw a therapist twice.“The therapist would look at me and if she didn’t initiate the conversation, I would just look back at her,” Samiei says. “What I really wanted was feedback.”“Tell me how to heal,” Price says. “It sucks to go outside and be this age and not have fun.”Max Smith, however, says therapy has helped his recurring anxiety.“We just talk about what I’m feeling,” he says. “(My therapist) is super helpful and gives me insight and has given me some breathing techniques.”All four say they think about the shooting a lot.The night of the celebration started with dinner at an Italian restaurant downtown. Then they moved to Greektown for gelato. They were chatting at a nearby parkette when some noticed a man across the street, staring at them.Price remembers Faisal Hussain raising a gun and firing. A bullet shattered her right hip and she collapsed. Next to her, two of her friends were on the ground bleeding.McLeod also went down, but wasn’t shot. “I remember looking at him,” she says. “Do I get up to run? Will that make me a bigger target? Do I play dead?”Smith, who was next to McLeod, says he crouched down when the bullets flew.“It was like tunnel vision,” he says. “I remember saying ‘Skye, we have to go.’”“You saved my life,” she says to Smith. He blushes.In the commotion, Samiei ran straight onto Danforth Avenue, tripped and fell, smashing her chin and knee on the road.“While on the ground, I looked behind me and saw him shooting,” she says.Samiei noticed Smith, McLeod and another friend duck into a nearby cafe so she got up and followed. The four ended up in a basement bathroom with two strangers.Price watched her friends dash into the cafe, but also noticed restaurants were closing their doors.Somehow, despite her shattered hip, Price made her way to Christina’s, a restaurant where a waitress helped her in and called for a doctor. She’d spend the next five days in hospital.Her friends, meanwhile, were trying to track down members of their group. Samiei, while still in the basement bathroom, called Fallon repeatedly but got no answer. McLeod called her father, who rushed over.Patrick McLeod, a retired police officer, found his daughter and her three friends in the cafe bathroom. After speaking with police at the scene, he ended up identifying Fallon’s body.The friends later learned that Fallon had run in one direction while they scrambled in another. Her body was found in the parkette where they had gathered.“That’s when our lives changed forever,” Samiei says.While three of them started university last September, McLeod chose to travel. She headed to Greece, but the horror of what happened soon took hold.“I immediately had a panic attack,” she says. “I had never been so depressed in my life. Crying constantly. Everything just hit me.”Her father flew over to help and McLeod eventually carried on to Italy, but delayed her trip to Australia.“I realized I needed time at home to heal,” she says.Her travels helped, but like Price, McLeod says she grapples with disturbing thoughts. At a recent concert, for instance, she found herself thinking “this is a great place for a shooting.”Smith moved to Guelph, Ont., for university and said being away from Toronto has also helped.“It’s easy to forget about the shooting because you’re just not there,” he said. “It hits you when you get home.”Samiei, now a student at the University of Toronto, says commuting to the school’s downtown campus was a challenge because crowds on the subway distressed her. So her mother commuted with her for months. Now, she’s able to make the journey on her own.“I will change cars if I see someone weird, though,” she says.Price has also struggled with parts of city life — a walk around her neighbourhood on Canada Day triggered a panic attack when she heard fireworks.“It’s become so difficult,” she says. “I’ve loved growing up here and loved living here, but I feel uncomfortable at any public event.”Despite their issues, the friends say they try to be positive as much as they can, especially when it comes to remembering Fallon.“Reese’s last meal was her favourite: raspberry and chocolate gelato,” Samiei says with a smile.Smith shows a video of the group at the restaurant that night where Fallon makes a goofy face. Everyone laughs.“As horrible as that night was, at least until then, we had such a good time,” Smith says.Samiei visits the parkette regularly to keep Fallon’s memory alive. She puts photographs of her friend on a tree. Someone takes them down, but she returns to put them back up.“It’s important,” Samiei said. “So people don’t forget.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Katharine Viner appointed editorinchief of Guardian newspaper first woman to hold top

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2015 11:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Guardian newspaper has appointed Katharine Viner, currently editor of Guardian U.S., its new editor-in-chiefThe newspaper named Viner on Friday as the 12th editor in its 194-year history. The first woman to hold the post, she replaces Alan Rusbridger, who is stepping down after 20 years.Under Rusbridger, the liberal London-based newspaper expanded its digital presence and international impact, including online editions in the U.S. and Australia.It was instrumental in publishing documents obtained by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks and last year shared a Pulitzer Prize with the Washington Post for stories based on files leaked by ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.The scoop brought the paper into conflict with British intelligence services, but Rusbridger said it had prompted a debate about the extent of poorly regulated snooping. Katharine Viner appointed editor-in-chief of Guardian newspaper; first woman to hold top job read more

Nucifora insists Ireland are simply playing by the threeyear residency rule

first_img By Murray Kinsella Share11 Tweet Email Friday 28 Oct 2016, 7:45 AM Oct 28th 2016, 7:45 AM Add us: the42.ie 22,699 Views Short URL 46 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE DEBATE AROUND the three-year residency rule in rugby well and truly burst back into life this week based on the searingly honest comments from Luke Fitzgerald.Whether or not you agree with what the former Leinster and Ireland back had to say, his genuine answer to a question that has bothered so many in the game must be applauded.There are many, many more people within the sport – particularly players – who share Fitzgerald’s opinions, but their hands are tied and lips sealed in terms of giving an honest opinion on the record. Bundee Aki qualifies for Ireland next year. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe IRFU’s stance on the matter, underlined by performance director David Nucifora again yesterday, is simple.“They’re the rules, so that’s what is set out for us,” said the Australian at the Aviva Stadium. “So like every other country, we all operate from the same set of rules. Whilst they’re there, we’re happy to abide by them, again, like every other country does.”Nucifora was quick to stress that it is the provinces who identify foreign players to bring to Ireland with contract offers, therefore rejecting the notion that the IRFU is actively scoring the globe for possible project players to qualify for Ireland.“I don’t think every player comes up here with that view [to play for Ireland]; players come up here to play rugby for a living. There are a lot of players who come up here who qualify, who aren’t good enough to play for Ireland.“There are players who come up here and fill the required time frame, and over that three years and beyond they do prove that they’re good enough.”Nucifora also insisted that “it doesn’t really worry me” if the recently-formed working group reviewing the residency rule on World Rugby’s behalf finds that a change is required.While players like Bundee Aki are likely to continue to filter into the Ireland team after three years of living here, Nucifora says the IRFU is spending more time thinking about its development pathway for young players on this island.“Our focus is on producing Irish players, hence that’s why our strong investment has been in the pathways to keep giving those young players the opportunity.“When foreign players come up here, we look very closely – we just don’t let anyone come in. We look at how it effects the pathway, how it effects the succession planning, and a case in point is probably young Joey Carbery. Carbery has thrived with opportunity at Leinster. Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland“Leinster would have loved to have had a foreign replacement when Ian Madigan left but we felt that they had the depth there and needed to give these boys an opportunity. And from that, look at what we’ve got now. We’ve got a player of genuine ability who has been given an opportunity, and now he’s in the national squad.”Balance is the key for Nucifora, who pointed out that provincial fans get excitement from the signing of players from abroad.“The foreign players will always be welcome. They fill a place in Irish rugby, as they do in every other country.”The popularity of some foreign imports was made clear by the anger in Ulster at the IRFU’s decision to prevent them from re-contracting South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar beyond next summer.The decision continues to cause grievance in the northern province, particularly with many sharing the view that Ulster don’t have the necessary depth to cover his loss at scrum-half.“I think it was a fairly clear-cut situation, to be honest,” said Nucifora. “Ruan has been a great servant for Ulster Rugby over seven years. Did we think it would be wise for him to stay nine years? No. I mean, that doesn’t fit in with any of our plans.“So his role within Ulster Rugby, he’s done a great job, but it’s time to move on and as I’ve just referred to with Joey Carbery coming through, when someone moves on people think, ‘Gosh, we’ll never replace him, we’ll never find someone to fill that spot’.“But there’s always someone who comes through once that opportunity presents itself. It may be uncomfortable for a short period of time, but I’m sure that someone will put their hand up now that an opportunity presents itself.”As for the re-contracting of homegrown players, Nucifora is hopeful that the IRFU and the provinces will be able to make a number of announcements in the coming weeks. Toner is out of contract at the end of the season. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThere aren’t too many high-profile Ireland internationals coming towards the end of contracts this season, but the likes of Devin Toner, Donnacha Ryan, Darren Sweetnam, Dave Kilcoyne and others are.“The good thing is we don’t lose too many players,” said Nucifora yesterday. “For the number of players who choose to go, our retention rate is pretty good.“There are a number of players off contract. We are in negotiations with a number of them and things are travelling on pretty well. I’d like to think we’ll start to be able to announce a few players over the next few weeks that have re-signed.“It is a busy period at the moment for the provinces and ourselves in that area. There is some good news coming, not too far off.”Nucifora also underlined his pleasure at Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt ignoring the high levels of interest from elsewhere to finally sign a new contract with the IRFU through to the 2019 World Cup, saying that the Kiwi “actually had a lot longer to make a decision if he wanted to.”With Schmidt and assistant coach Andy Farrell now locked in until the 2019 tournament, Nucifora and the IRFU will look to extend the contracts of their fellow Ireland coaches.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Nucifora insists Ireland are simply playing by the three-year residency rule The IRFU performance director says there is more good news to come on the contracting front. https://the42.ie/3050410 ‘As you see with Bundee, Pacific Islanders can all dance and entertain!’Ex-Connacht man McFarland appointed to Townsend’s Scotland coaching teamlast_img read more

The tribunal is dead long live the tribunal Irelands messy love affair

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The price of the humble loaf of bread led to a tribunal. Source: Shutterstock/Gamzova OlgaHowever, he also seemed to hit onto a problem with such investigations:“The resolution provides that the Commission is to make practical suggestions for the reduction of prices. Now, I have no objection in asking them to do so, but I do not wish to be taken as one of those who really believe that the Commission can effectually reduce prices.”In any case – and whether it worked or not – the entire cost of the exercise was an estimated £1,667.Throughout the 1920s, tribunals remained in vogue with probes into various scandals to do with ports and harbours, the marketing of butter, maize and cereals and the shooting of Timothy Coughlan (an IRA volunteer linked with the assassination of Minister for Justice Kevin O’Higgins) all brought forward.They were still popular in the 1930s and 1940s – to look at pig production, the grading of fruit and veg, town tenants, public transport and fires at Pearse Street and St Joseph’s Orphanage in Cavan – before hitting a lull in the 1950s.By then, politicians had been burned by the public’s outrage at the £4,389 cost of a 1946 examination of allegations against a parliamentary secretary in de Valera’s government.  As a result, the Oireachtas established just one public inquiry over the following decade (at almost half the cost).Eight years passed but soon public sector pay landed the government of the day in hot water, leading to what would now probably be an inevitable inquiry. And then the death of Liam O’Mahony in custody on 30 May 1967 and subsequent claims that the deceased had received injuries in a garda station prompted Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan Senior to establish a tribunal.In their 65-page report, three judges looked at questions of garda conduct and the use of batons which circulated in media reports.They found no wrongdoing by gardaí, ruling that O’Mahony – who was intoxicated at the time of his detention – died from injuries sustained in a fall from a barstool. Evidence and re-enactments were seen and heard by the three-strong panel.The judges, however, did criticise the intemperate language used by journalists in two newspapers which stirred the public’s disquiet and ultimately forced the £13,000 tribunal.Two years later, an RTÉ programme called Seven Days aired a report by Bill O’Herlihy focusing on the victims of illegal money lenders.O’Herlihy tracked down those who worked in the black market and talked to them about their behaviours. It caused huge controversy at the time because of the use of hidden cameras, microphones and actors which eventually led to a full-blown inquiry entangling the soon-to-be household sports name, the national broadcaster and the government. Senior Counsel, the late Adrian Hardiman, arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Source: Eamonn FarrellThe first 23 tribunals held in this State between 1925 and 1982 cost either hundreds or thousands of pounds (the lowest coming in at £622 in the 1920s).But by the 1980s, with television, radio and newspapers clamouring, scandals got bigger – and more costly.When the Kerry Babies Tribunal was formed, it was a talking point for the entire nation.There were protests outside the offices and it provided a conversation starting point for such lofty topics as women’s rights, Ireland’s attitude toward reproduction and sex.Also involving the gardaí, it was asked to examine how they investigated the discovery of a newborn baby’s body at the White Strand near Cahircaveen. A young woman living in the village of Abbeydorney 75 kilometres away – who had given birth to a child who had also died – became implicated following a search for its mother and the discovery of a second body.Both the woman at the centre of the horrific case, Joanne Hayes, and the investigating gardaí were criticised by the final report, but no charges were ever brought. Hayes continues to contest the finding that she precipitated the death of her baby. A protester outside the Kerry Babies Tribunal in 1985. Source: Rolling NewsMore than 30 years on and the harrowing images of Hayes being questioned at the Tribunal in Dublin Castle endure. Not only was the public interest heightened in the case, but the bill was also higher (£1.645 million).The 1980s had nothing on 1990 tribunals, however.For starters? The Beef, of course.That will be £27.233 million (in 1991). And a government collapse (four years later).The Tribunal of Inquiry into the Beef Processing Industry was launched following an ITV programme which put the spotlight on Larry Goodman’s food empire.His links to Fianna Fáil’s Charlie Haughey and Albert Reynolds became unsettling – enough so that Progressive Democrat leader Des O’Malley threatened to pull the plug on their coalition if a tribunal wasn’t set up. Albert Reynolds – then Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader – after finishing giving evidence at the Beef Tribunal. Source: RollingNews.ieIn the end (August 1994), Reynolds said the judges’ 580-page report left him “fully and totally vindicated, both personally and as a minister”. But his Tánaiste Dick Spring wasn’t feeling in the same spirits and eventually their coalition ruptured.The lukewarm findings of the Beef Tribunal didn’t stop the train. In rolled Finlay (into Hepatitis C infection of pregnant women; £4.7 million), McCracken (into Alleged Payments by Dunnes Stores; £6.56 million) and Lindsay (HIV and Hepatitis C infection of haemophiliacs; £46.649 million).They had nothing on the length and cost of the pleasantly named trio of Morris, Moriarty and Mahon though.The Tribunal of Inquiry into complaints concerning some Gardaí of the Donegal Division was led by Justice Frederick Morris – and, yes, also involved allegations of poor policing.Six years and €70 million after being established, its sixth and final report outlined a shocking web of lies and corruption, as well as a ‘blue wall of silence’, in the investigation of the death of local cattle dealer Richard Barron.In July 2013, the Irish Times published a story with the headline: Morris tribunal recommendations yet to be implemented by An Garda.As Morris dragged into the bowels of 2008, so did Moriarty. Despite starting the job years earlier, Justice Michael Moriarty was still up against it. Former Esat chairman Denis O’Brien outside the Moriarty Tribunal in 2001, where he had been giving evidence. Source: Graham HughesOfficially called the Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters, it began in the late 1990s to look into the financial affairs of Charlie Haughey and Michael Lowry. It was still chugging along in 2008, and beyond.It cost over €46 million and eventually – after 14 years – found that former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry had an “insidious and pervasive” influence over the awarding of Ireland’s second mobile phone licence in the 1990s to Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone company.Lowry is currently still a sitting TD for Tipperary. He rejects the findings of the Tribunal, as does O’Brien.And we come back to Mahon – the Tribunal to End All Tribunals.It cost an estimated €159 million. It took a staggering 15 years to complete, running from 1997 until the publication of a final report in 2012.It heard from 600 witnesses over 1,200 days. All to figure out why councillors rezoned land which planners had advised against. Why, indeed.Although it stopped short of finding him corrupt, Bertie Ahern rejected the findings of the tribunal. It did conclude that the former taoiseach had lied about the source of over STG£215,000 lodged in bank accounts connected to him.The report made findings of corruption against former Fianna Fáil minister Padraig Flynn, developer Owen O’Callaghan, the late Fianna Fáil TD Liam Lawlor and 11 councillors.It was still heartily criticised for being mostly toothless, with many forced to resign from the Fianna Fáil party (including Bertie) but facing few other sanctions. While the tribunal was ongoing, former Justice Minister Ray Burke was sentenced to six months in jail for tax evasion after being found to have taken corrupt payments.Testimony about him was some of the more memorable and explosive. During one public hearing, whistleblower James Gogarty revealed how he had been with property developer Michael Bailey in 1989 when an envelope filled with cash was handed over to Burke.Afterwards Gogarty said he asked Bailey if he would get a receipt for the money. Bailey’s response was succinct:Will we fuck.And, so here we are. The tribunal has risen like a phoenix from the country’s collective shallow memory pool.We still have to learn the who, the how, the when and the where but for now, Mick,  welcome back the sublime and the ridiculous.Oh, and in case you missed it, Fianna Fáil has an 11-point lead in the latest opinion polls. Source: StatistaExplainer: What exactly is a Tribunal of Inquiry?LIVE: There will be a Tribunal into alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabeMore: Another garda whistleblower says Tusla investigation also opened in his case By Sinead O’Carroll http://jrnl.ie/3240068 Justice Fergus Flood, the first Chairman of the Planning Tribunal, outside his office In Dublin Castle. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe publication of the Mahon report in March ended the era of tribunals.That was a line penned by Irish Examiner journalist Michael Clifford for his newspaper on 1 January 2013.Citing Mahon and Moriarty, he finished that same (excellent) column with a farewell to an era of public inquiries that “cost an arm and a leg”.“You provided endless realms of news for those of us in the news business. And you weren’t beyond the odd light moment, when sublime and ridiculous collided as tales of madness for days of yore poured out. We’ll not see your likes again. Thankfully.”The irony that Clifford would be at the heart of a scandal that would wrench those very same, antiquated, unwelcome throwbacks from the brink of extinction.For the past three years, while the word tribunal was packed away in a closet with Bertie’s yellow pants, Clifford has been writing about the plight of garda whistleblowers, specifically Maurice McCabe.Yesterday, Enda Kenny dusted off the 1921 Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act to confirm he would establish a public inquiry into allegations that a smear campaign was waged against the sergeant by senior gardaí.A senior judge will be asked to investigate this central question and report findings to the Oireachtas. He will have the powers of the High Court to compel witnesses and to ensure their cooperation because, after all, these are probes only set up to inquire “into matters of urgent public importance”. Former Fine Gael Minister for Communications Michael Lowry arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal. Source: Leon FarrellTo anyone who does not remember Mahon or Moriarty, that might sound a quite straightforward prospect. But, most will know that Ireland’s history with such probes has been nothing of the sort.‘Tribunal’ became a dirty word because of their duration, their cost and, in many cases, their ineffectiveness.They are essentially fact-finding missions. They cannot dole out justice but they can point fingers. They, in theory, can satiate an Irish desire to know everything about everything (and everyone). The truth is important to us as a society but tribunals often let us down. The truth – or the journey to it, to be more correct – is often too messy for our appetites.In 1925, the State’s first ever tribunal investigated the ‘retail prices of articles in general consumption’ (or the Tribunal on Food Prices for short).It was established at the time to figure out what was inflating the price of consumer goods. Moving a motion on the matter in the Seanad on 27 January 1926, Senator John Douglas explained why it was being called, in layman’s terms.“There was evidence that the loaf in London, which is decidedly cheaper than the loaf in Dublin, is not the same loaf,” he said.We can discover whether it is not, or whether there is an explanation of that, and then whether it is desirable, contrariwise, that we should have a somewhat reduced loaf. I give this illustration of a matter that the Tribunal might be instrumental in setting right. Feb 15th 2017, 6:32 AM Short URLcenter_img The tribunal is dead, long live the tribunal: Ireland’s messy love affair with ‘the truth’ “The tribunal has risen from the shallow pool of our collective memory.” 28 Comments 11,966 Views Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:32 AM Share102 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Irish doctors monitoring US warnings about ecigs after lung disease outbreak

first_img By Michelle Hennessy Image: Shutterstock Before people start getting antsy about it, they need to have that information. I personally haven’t come across anything like this in Ireland and haven’t heard anything coming out of England either. “If it turns out that it’s just e-cigarettes delivering purely nicotine that would be a cause for concern,” he said. In 2017 the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) published an assessment of smoking cessation interventions. It advised that while available results for e-cigarettes were promising there was insufficient evidence to reliably demonstrate their effectiveness as an aid to smoking cessation. Hiqa said a decision to advocate their use should take into consideration any information on the long-term safety of e-cigarette use.Professor Lane said it is left to individual physicians to decide on the advice they give patients who are heavy smokers. “It’s a controversial topic. In the US they are very anti-vaping, in the UK they strongly advocate their use as the lesser of two evils. No one is advocating for people who don’t smoke to use them, but if you have someone who is smoking 100 cigarettes a day and you can get them down to ten with vaping, that has to be a positive thing. It can be very effective, but it’s not ideal. In a way it’s like methadone and heroin, it’s not ideal but what can you do? That’s why it’s so important to advocate against smoking – nobody is off the hook if they’re addicted to cigarettes or e-cigarettes. According to the 2018 Health Ireland survey, 4% of the population uses e-cigarettes and a further 12% have tried them at some point. Dr Dermot O’Callaghan, a consultant respiratory and general physician at the Mater Private hospital in Dublin, told TheJournal.ie that he finds the US reports “highly concerning”. “The exact cause of why patients develop breathing problems with these devices is still not entirely clear but there is strong likelihood similar issues will start to be reported in Irish e-cigarette users.Certainly, more information is needed to be able to better understand if any particular device or product poses a risk to the health of e-cigarette users. What is known however is that e-cigarette fluid contains a number of compounds that have been linked both to the development of irreversible lung damage and potentially lung cancer.Dr O’Callaghan also referenced what he described as “often aggressive marketing campaigns” by some companies and the use of vapes by teens. US President Donald Trump’s administration announced this week that it will soon ban flavoured vaping products to stem a rising tide of young users. The move could later be extended to an outright prohibition of vaping if adolescents migrate to tobacco flavours.O’Callaghan said nicotine replacement and other therapies that have been robustly tested in clinician studies would be his first recommendation for smokers who want to quit. “If a person is motivated to trying to give up cigarettes, they should talk to their GP, practise nurse or local pharmacist about how they can accomplish this, or alternatively get help from, for example, the HSE or Irish Cancer Society quit support services,” he said.“Similarly, patients should contact their doctor if they have concerns about their lung health.”The Department of Health said the Minister has asked the Health Research Board to undertake a review and assessment of more recent studies on e-cigarettes which will examine the health harms as well as their effectiveness as an aid to smoking cessation. The review is expected to be completed in March next year. The department said EU regulations mean health warnings that advise consumers that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and should not be used by non-smokers are mandatory.“In addition the regulations provide for maximum nicotine concentrations for e-cigarettes containing nicotine and maximum volumes for cartridges, tanks and nicotine liquid containers. The Regulations also require that e-cigarette manufacturers must notify the HSE of all products they place on the market.In relation to advertising the regulations prohibit advertisements for e-cigarettes online and in printed publications except for those directed at persons in the e-cigarette industry or publications printed and published outside the EU and intended for markets outside the EU. Sat 7:31 AM Irish doctors monitoring US warnings about e-cigs after lung disease outbreak Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4808789 IRISH CLINICIANS SAY they are closely watching developments in the US as health authorities there warn of an outbreak of severe lung disease among vapers.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said more than 450 people across 25 States who reported recent use of e-cigarettes have fallen ill. Initial symptoms included breathing difficulty and chest pain before some were hospitalised and placed on ventilators. Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas. Yesterday New York’s health department said laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by all 34 people in the state who had fallen ill after using e-cigarettes.“As a result, vitamin E acetate is now a key focus of the Department’s investigation of potential causes of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses,” the department said in a statement.Vitamin E acetate is a commonly available nutritional supplement taken orally or applied to the skin. However it is not supposed to be heated and inhaled into the lungs.Although authorities in New York are focusing on a potential link to cannabis cartridges, federal authorities have yet to identify a single substance common to all cases. Some affected patients said they had only inhaled nicotine products. Irish clinicians have told TheJournal.ie that they have not seen any cases of similar illnesses linked to vaping but they are paying close attention to see what the cause of the outbreak is. “It’s all very early yet. The numbers are very small if you take the number of people in America who are vaping. They still don’t know if it’s related to nicotine or cannabis or other drugs, or if it’s a particular company or batch,” said Professor Stephen Lane, a consultant respiratory physician at Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin.  18,613 Views Share15 Tweet Email6 In addition, advertisements for e-cigarettes are prohibited on television and on radio. Finally, any form of contribution to an event, activity or person with the aim of promoting e-cigarettes and with a cross-border effect is also prohibited.Health Minister Simon Harris is currently developing a draft scheme for a Public Health (Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill which will include provisions to introduce a new licensing system for the retail sale of tobacco products and nicotine-inhaling products such as e-cigarettes.It will also contain provisions to ban the sale of nicotine inhaling products to people under the age of 18. 52 Comments Image: Shutterstock Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 7:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cr Doukas unhappy about new wind farm permit laws

first_imgMoyne mayor Jim Doukas is unhappy the state government has decided to dump enforcing permit conditions on some wind farms on local councils instead of dealing with it themselves. Cr Doukas is arguing new state legislation requiring local government to be responsible for enforcing wind farm permit conditions could impose high costs on councils. Councils will now be responsible for enforcing conditions such as noise levels on eight wind farm projects unless the permit conditions say the state planning minister is responsible. The Moyne Shire – south-west Victoria – lobbied the state government last week, saying the planning minister should be responsible for the enforcement of all the permits. Speaking in support of the bill last week, Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay said he was aware that some councils were “not overjoyed at the prospect of taking on the responsibility of the enforcement and compliance of wind farm permits that were issued under the previous government”. Cr Doukas says the legislation unfairly makes for ‘messy’ and confusing new rules that will hurt the council. Having the state responsible for the enforcement of the wind farm permits would allow wider community concerns to be heard rather than only those who protested loudly. Mr Ramsay said he will work towards helping the councils adjust. “I believe support should be provided to those councils that must now take on this responsibility, given their previous lack of involvement with the issue,” Mr Ramsay said. He said it followed through on the government’s pre-election commitment to give local councils a greater say in the issuing of wind farm permits and for enforcing compliance with their permit conditions. The eight wind farm projects covered by the legislation include the planned Woolsthorpe and Mortlake south wind farms. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

ONeill pleased with teams display in disappointing draw

first_imgRepublic of Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill insists he is proud of his team’s display, despite a disappointing draw against Denmark.The Irish hosted Denmark in only their second game of the group in the UEFA Nations League after losing their first game to Wales and were greeted by jeers after the draw with the Danes.O’Neill said, according to IrishMirror: “We had pockets of possession and I thought we had a feeling we could do something with it but we wanted to create more than we did.”“I thought we started the game well but we allowed Denmark dictate things possession wise.”“And while they didn’t cause us that many problems, they had more of the ball and we were chasing it. But when we kept the ball much better in the second half.”Meanwhile, the former Aston Villa manager praised Cyrus Christie who played in an unfamiliar role, tucked into midfield with Matt Doherty making his competitive bow at right wing-back.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“I thought Cyrus was terrific and I’ve a lot of faith in him. He is athletic and strong and he keeps himself in great condition.”“I thought Sisto might cause us problems and Cyrus was usually the first one out to deal with him and he also had a great shot on goal.”Doherty who plays his club football with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League, winning the PFA Player of the Month award.And O’Neill said: “There was a lot of expectation on him as he’s doing well with Wolves and is getting used to the Premier League. He didn’t do too badly.”But O’Neill was not crying foul about Shane Duffy’s late penalty appeal, stating: “I think it would have been harsh on them. He has touched him, but I don’t think it’s a penalty.”last_img read more

Sandals kicks into Overdrive with Unveiling events for Travel Agents across North

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, October 26, 2017 – On the personal invitation of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, over 6,000 travel agents across the United States and Canada are currently being invited to attend a series of ‘Overdrive Unveiling’ events.   The events are designed to showcase not only the Sandals and Beaches brands and their various and upcoming innovations, but also the wider Caribbean destination which is up and running and awaiting visitors.The 21 city high-energy trade-show-styled presentations and dinners will run from September 25 through to December 6.  Stops along the route include Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Long Island, Toronto and Montreal.   The Unveilings provide an avenue for travel agents to view and gain first-hand information on product updates through direct interactions with senior Sandals and Beaches Resorts executives.The Unveilings also present the opportunity for the agents to engage with Tourist Board representatives from several Caribbean islands.The Sandals Chairman shared that, “One of the main reasons for Sandals’ success these past 36 years, and why we continue to be named the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand year after year, is our commitment to our travel partners.   We have the biggest sales team globally and we are constantly on the road, engaging the trade.   We take the time to actively educate them on our Caribbean destinations, our resorts and our products, thus providing them with the necessary tools to effectively sell to our mutual clients.”The expos are a long standing tradition for Sandals Resorts and feature personalized presentations each year.   Things are ramped into ‘overdrive’ this year however as the company is steadfast in showcasing the Caribbean’s continued readiness to welcome vacationers.    Along with highlighting the much-anticipated opening of its latest resort, Sandals Royal Barbados, the unveilings provide a sneak peak of Sandals’ new wedding inspirations scheduled for roll-out later this year.  Exciting upgrades to its flagship Sandals Montego Bay and the jewel of Jamaica’s southern coast, Sandals South Coast, as well as plans for Saint Lucia were also on display.Gary Sadler, senior vice president of global sales states ‘We recognize that our clients are not sitting and waiting for us, nor are they under our desks.  It is therefore necessary for us to go where they are and the best way for us to get them to help the Caribbean particularly at this time, is for us to promote the Caribbean.   We are aggressive about marketing the Caribbean and our Unveilings are doing just that.”Working alongside the company’s North American sales force at each leg of the tour are more than 30 team members from various departments at Sandals and Beaches resorts across the Caribbean, all dedicated to the Unveilings’ success.Press Release: DPA news Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more