Ginebra acquires dela Cruz from Blackwater‬

first_imgView comments PBA IMAGESThe rich get richer as Ginebra acquired the services of hardworking sophomore Art dela Cruz from Blackwater.‬The deal, which is set to be approved this Thursday afternoon, will send dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar to the Elite in exchange for ‬Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo from the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ellis has been averaging 3.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 13.12 minutes this conference for Ginebra. Malaysia dismiss judging concerns as SEA Games close Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Both Ginebra team manager Reyboy Rodriguez and Blackwater team manager Johnson Martines confirmed the trade.Dela Cruz has averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in his second year in the league, but missed the import-laden conferences due to his ruptured Achilles injury after being selected to be a part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis entry to Ginebra will be a shot in the arm for the squad, which is betting on its youth with Scottie Thompson, Kevin Ferrer, and Aljon Mariano in tow. Blackwater, meanwhile, will receive serviceable forward Marcelo and the high-flying Ellis, who is looking to get the biggest break of his career with his new team. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Aussie team doctor warns athletes of dengue at CWG

first_imgThe medical director of the Australia’s CWG team Dr Peter Harcourt says at least a couple of athletes would catch the dengue fever during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.The deadly fever has claimed many lives in the host city. Health remains a concern for international athletes and many of them have pulled out of the sporting event only due to this reason.British diver Peter Waterfield is the latest athlete who withdrew from the Games citing health concerns.Harcourt hoped the number dengue cases was below than the Kuala Lumpur Games, where six or seven caught the fever.”I’m assuming I’ll get a couple of cases and I’m hoping that’s all there is,” Harcourt quoted as saying by the ‘Age’.Heavy rains in the past few days has added to the woes of the organisers as the basements at the Games Village are still waterlogged.An under-construction overbridge also collapsed just outside the main venue Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium.Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit yesterday said it was a bit difficult to dry up the water-logged basements.CGF chief Mike Fennell also said today the waterlogging remains a concern for them.Olympic silver-medallist swimmer Eamon Sullivan said the Aussie athletes are well-prepared to deal witb the dengue threat in in the Indian capital.”I think everyone seems to be forgetting about the mosquitoes, that’s going to be a very interesting one, you definitely have to take precautions,” Sullivan told reporters in Sydney.”We’ve got mosquito nets, we’ve got mosquito repellent, we’ve got long sleeve clothes, we’ve got wash that puts repellent on your clothes, we’ve got hand sanitizer, we’ve got the works,” he said.advertisementThe Australian contingent today headed to Kuala Lumpur for a pre-Games camp before landing in Delhi on Wednesday.last_img read more

Apurvi Chandela Banking on Maturity and Experience to Return with Medal from 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi: Apurvi Chandela believes maturity and experience will hold her in good stead at next year’s Olympics and she will work on her technique and mental strength to return with a medal from Tokyo.Apurvi, currently ranked world no.1, emerged as a top medal contender at the Rio Games after a slew of record-breaking performances but “went blank” during the 10-metre air rifle competition, eventually ending 34th in the qualification round. “I was younger then, but now I have matured, have more experience and a better sense of how to handle any kind of situation. These have been learning experiences,” Apurvi, who secured an Olympic quota with a bronze at the 2018 World Cup in Changwon, told PTI.”Overall this year has been good for me. Going into the Olympics, I have to focus on my technique, physical condition and mental shape and get better in them,” added the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist.The Indian rifle and pistol shooters have been in phenomenal form this year, topping the medals tally at all four World Cup stages, picking up a total of 22 medals, including as many as 16 gold.India have nine quota places so far for the Olympics and Apurvi believes with a bunch of young go-getters in their ranks, the country will be able to put up a good show at next year’s Games.”The Indian team has grown so well, we have a big chance of winning medals at the Olympics,” said Apurvi, who achieved the world number one position in the women’s 10m air rifle event in May this year.”We have a good lot of shooters, you are focused on the task and are young and go-getters. The kind of spirit that they have got into the team is amazing and so I think we would be able to do better this time.”India’s young shooting brigade comprising the likes of Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Yashaswini Deswal and Elavenil Valarivan are giving stiff competition to their senior counterparts.Apurvi, who won two individual gold medals in the World Cups in Delhi and Munich besides the mixed gold in Rio, attributed her success this year to the intense competition that she faces from the younger lot.”The competition is helping me excel right now, I just can’t be satisfied with anything. So many youngsters are doing well and it is kind of pushing me more,” said Apurvi, who won gold in the 10m air rifle mixed event with Deepak Kumar at Rio World Cup.”The kind of scores that I am shooting now is something I couldn’t have imagined to shoot three years back. I mean, I couldn’t have thought of shooting a 633 in a World Cup.”So the margins are higher and the things that I am extracting from myself, which at some point, I thought I am not capable of, so boundaries are being broken.”The 26-year-old from Rajasthan said she is happy with her overall performance this season and focusing on the upcoming tournaments in November.”The preparation that I have been doing till now is working out well for me and things are looking up. I have been trying to be consistent in my shooting.”We have two more important tournaments in November this year, the Asian Championship and the World Cup Finals, so I am looking to doing well there,” said Apurvi.While the Asian Championship (November 3 to 13) is an Olympic qualifier, a record 14 Indian shooters will compete in the year-end World Cup Finals, scheduled to be held in Putian, China between November 17 and 23.Ahead of the Rio Olympics, Apurvi had suffered a foot injury and she says it was a big setback for her at that time.”I had a foot injury in March, 2016. It has taken me about one and a half year to get over that and try to increase my training hours or stand that long,” she said.”That was a setback because till then I was doing well, but then I had to take a break, I couldn’t stand for more than 20 minutes in training as my feet would burn but it is better now. My mentor and personal coach Rakesh (Manpat) helped me during that phase,” she recalled. 2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsapurvi chandelaexperience First Published: September 20, 2019, 1:16 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Pakistan move to top of Test rankings for first time in history

first_imgPakistan have moved to No.1 in ICC Test rankings for the first time in history after wet ground at the Queen Park Oval, Port of Spain, denied India the opportunity to defend the top spot which they had reclaimed from Australia last week.The result of the fourth and final Test means India won their series against the West Indies 2-0, finishing on 110 points – one behind Pakistan and two ahead of third-ranked Australia. Following the Sri Lanka-Australia series, India needed to win the Port of Spain Test to retain the number-one ranking, the ICC said in a press release.India entered the series on 112 points, 44 points ahead of eighth-ranked West Indies. And because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, India’s failure to win by a better margin has seen them dropping two points and the West Indies earning two points.The Port of Spain Test has also brought down curtains on what has been highly competitive and entertaining six weeks of Test cricket in four different parts of the globe which saw the Test team rankings top spot change hands three times inside five days.In Africa, New Zealand beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in Bulawayo, England and Pakistan played out an absorbing two-all drawn series in England, Sri Lanka swept aside Australia 3-0, while India beat the West Indies 2-0 in the Caribbean.For Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq’s side has become only the fifth team after Australia, England, India and South Africa to top the Test rankings since these were introduced in 2003. Pakistan have dropped to as low as seventh three times in the past 13 years with the last being in January-February 2010 following the three-Test series in Australia – 10 months before Misbah took charge of the side.advertisementMisbah was delighted to become the first Pakistan captain to inspire his side to the top of the Test rankings.”There is no greater feeling than to achieve the number-one ranking in the most traditional and purest format of the sport. This is what cricketers play for and want to achieve in their careers,” Misbah was quoted as saying by the ICC.”Number-one ranking is a reward for something we had planned as a group a few years ago and have worked extremely hard to achieve it. To top the Test table, which boasts some of the best sides and players, is something to be very proud of. I want to compliment everyone who has been involved in the process, including all the players, the support personnel, the management, as well as our loyal fans and followers who remained committed to us and continued to back and support the side through the good and not-so-good days. “For us, the number-one ranking is not a destination but part of a journey. Our long-term objective and strategy is to remain competitive, continue to challenge the top sides with good cricket and once again become the most followed side like the Pakistan teams of yesteryears. If we can achieve these on a consistent basis, then I am sure there will more laurels like this down the line,” he added.ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Pakistan on achieving the number-one Test ranking. “Misbah and his side deserve our heartiest congratulations. The number-one ranking is well deserved and a testament to the quality of cricket the team has consistently played over the past few years.”The past few weeks of Test cricket have been incredibly absorbing with some high-quality competitive series being played, exhibiting what is so special about Test cricket. The battle for the top ranking has made it even more exciting for all fans,” he said.The battle for the number-one ranking between two traditional rivals, India and Pakistan, will resume in September-October when New Zealand will visit India and Pakistan will host the West Indies in the UAE. Both the series will be three-Test rubbers.last_img read more


first_imgAsked if the Indian officials were available after Jaisha Asked if the Indian officials were available after Jaisha fainted at the finish line, Kavita said, “I finished the race 10 minutes after Jaisha. After I completed my race, I went to the changing room and saw Jaishas kit bag lying there. I sensed that there could be something. I had doubts thinking whether Jaisha had fallen down after the race. “Me and Sudha Singh (who competed in 3000m steeplechase event) started searching for Jaisha. We then met chief coach and deputy chief coach and got to know that Jaisha has been given medical treatment and (Jaishas personal coach) Nikolai is inside the medical station with her. Sudha and I also accompanied Jaisha to the Games Village polyclinic in an ambulance along with the coaches. “Just as we came to know that Jaisha has been given medical attention, everybody was there, the officials and coaches,” she added. Jaisha collapsed at the finish line after completing the race and had to be rushed to a hospital (Games Village polyclinic) where her coach Nikolai Snesarev got into an altercation with one of doctors and ended up being detained for half-a-day by local police. Under the rules, no official of participating countries can enter the field of play without permission from the organisers. Any athlete who suffered any injury or who required any medical treatment inside the field of play will only be attended by the organisers first. Asked if she had come across empty refreshment stations of India as has been claimed by Jaisha, she said, “I was not going to use the personalise drinks and I was going to run only by using normal water. So, I did not give any attention or thought whether there were such stations specifically meant for India or not. I did not see them.” Kavita said she had slight fever on August 17, just a day before her departure for home from Rio but shes all right now. “I took some medicines from the Games Village polyclinic. I am fine now except for a slight cough,” she signed off. PTI PDS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Haryana govt plans Science City

first_imgNew Delhi, June 2 (PTI) Haryana plans to have a state- of-the-art Science City built on the lines of Kolkatas famed science complex.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar met Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma today to discuss the proposal, which is slated to be developed at a cost of Rs 191 crore by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture.Khattar, accompanied by a team, suggested two sites – Sonepat and Gurugram — be studied for the project. The areas have enough land for the development of a sprawling Science City, he said.Sharma assured Khattar of an in-principle approval for the proposal and said an NCSM team would soon visit the suggested sites to assess the feasibility of the project.The minister set a deadline of October 31, 2018, for the completion of the project, which is also the deadline for all projects of the culture and tourism ministries.The proposed Science City will boast of thematic galleries, a fun-filled science gallery and a high voltage sports theatre, among other attractions.Kolkatas Science City — built on 49.6 acres of land — was set up in 1997 under the NCSM. PTI ASG BDSlast_img read more

Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli and Co. in the nets at Wankhede

first_imgArjun Tendulkar, son of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, yesterday joined the Indian cricket team during their net session, ahead of the first New Zealand ODI in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.Arjun was seen bowling to Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli and other batsmen in the nets.The official Twitter account of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also posted the pictures of 17-year-old Arjun bowling to the players.”We are at the Wankhede Stadium and our preparations for the #INDvNZ have begun,” BCCI tweeted.We are at the Wankhede Stadium and our preparations for the #INDvNZ have begun. BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017Last month, Arjun was selected in Mumbai’s Under-19 squad for JY Lele All India Under-19 Invitational One Day Tournament, which was held in Baroda.The 17-year-old has previously been part of the Mumbai Under-14 and Under-16 teams.Contrary to his father Sachin, Arjun is a left-handed all-rounder, who is more known for bowling seam ups.last_img read more

Laurie Daley’s State of Origin reign ends with no new NSW contract offered

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more news NRL Laurie Daley’s time as NSW State of Origin coach is over after the NSW Rugby League confirmed it would not renew his contract. Daley’s spot was under pressure following this year’s series capitulation to Queensland, which marked the fourth defeat in the Blues legend’s five-year tenure.After a meeting on Friday, the NSWRL board confirmed it would conduct an “organisational overhaul and restructure”, including the appointment of a new coach. State of Origin Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport “I have spoken with Laurie and he understands the decision,” chairman George Peponis said. “He is obviously disappointed but he has enjoyed the journey and appreciated the opportunity.”Daley had remained coy on his future after the Blues were completely outplayed in a 22-6 loss in last month’s series decider. But on Friday, the board made Daley’s decision for him.“Obviously we thank Laurie for the significant contribution he has made over the past five years,” Peponis said. “He is a legend of the game and has done a tremendous job. He is the only New South Wales coach in the past 12 [years] who has won a State of Origin Series.“We felt it was time to make a change. All aspects of the business will be looked at from coaching staff to team operations and personnel.”Daley coached the Blues to their drought-breaking 2014 series victory, but maintained a modest 6-9 record at the interstate level.NSW assistant Brad Fittler is the likely front-runner to replace Daley, while former Blues players Dean Pay, Craig Fitzgibbon and Geoff Toovey could also feature as options.If the Blues were to consider an NRL coach – as has been floated by former mentor Phil Gould – Craig Bellamy could earn a second bite at the cherry. Current and former assistants Danny Buderus and Shane Flanagan have previously ruled out their interest in the role.A disappointed Daley said he respected the board’s decision on Friday. “I’ve enjoyed my time working for New South Wales Rugby League,” Daley said. “I understand that the business is results-driven and I respect the decision of the board to go in another direction.“I will always support New South Wales and I wish their team and their coach every success in the future.”The Blues camp locations, management structure and team protocols will also likely form part of a wide-sweeping review. Former Newcastle Knights player James McManus has win in concussion court battle Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Topics Share on Pinterest Share via Email Rugby league Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Emenalo’s successor at Chelsea likely to answer to Granovskaia not Abramovich

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Michael Emenalo’s exit leaves Chelsea board without a crucial safety net Dominic Fifield Read more Share on Facebook Emenalo had made clear his desire to resign in the summer, craving time with his young family as he approached a decade spent in various roles at Chelsea, and Abramovich failed in a final attempt to persuade him to stay during talks at the club’s Cobham training base at the end of last month.The owner is not used to key figures stepping down of their own accord and the fact the club still hoped to dissuade Emenalo from leaving meant there is no clear succession plan in place. Abramovich has since spoken to the directors Granovskaia, Eugene Tenenbaum and the chairman, Bruce Buck, over how to proceed.The structural review remains in its infancy, with all options being considered as to how to fulfil the duties performed by Emenalo. Granovskaia, who is primarily involved in transfer negotiations, has taken on the technical director’s responsibilities in the meantime, withemployees such as the head of international scouting, Scott McLachlan, and the loan technical coach, Eddie Newton, reporting directly to her. One option being explored is whether she could accept the bulk of that workload full time while delegating other aspects to staff already at the club and thereby negate the need to secure a direct replacement for Emenalo.Similarly, the role could be redefined and a slightly more junior figure recruited. However, should the club opt to secure a like-for-like replacement then it is unlikely whoever comes in would enjoy the same level of communication with Abramovich as enjoyed by his predecessor and would instead most likely consider Granovskaia their line manager. Abramovich was close to Emenalo, one of his most trusted lieutenants and a key figure who was hired as a scout in 2007.Leonid Slutsky, whom Chelsea had put up in one of the hotels at Stamford Bridge when he moved to London to learn English and study football in this country this year, has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the role and is someone Abramovich knows and trusts. Yet the former Russia manager is committed to his job at struggling Hull City in the Championship. Didier Drogba, the player-owner of Phoenix Rising in the US, intends to become that club’s sporting director once he retires from playing and it is unclear whether he would be in a position to rejoin Chelsea in the near future.The club’s hierarchy are keen to impress on Conte that his duties in charge of the team will not be affected by Emenalo’s departure, with the Italian set to restore David Luiz to full training on Wednesday afternoon. The defender must prove he warrants inclusion for the next match, at West Bromwich Albion, having been dropped for poor form and his questioning of the manager’s tactics. Share on Pinterest news Antonio Conte Share on Messenger Topics Chelsea Marina Granovskaia’s influence behind the scenes at Chelsea is set to increase in the wake of Michael Emenalo’s resignation, with any successor as the technical director likely to have to report to her rather than enjoying a direct line of communication with Roman Abramovich.The Premier League champions are undertaking a review of their management structure following Emenalo’s decision to stand down, with Abramovich taking a keen interest in the process as he seeks to ensure Chelsea remain stable through another period of transition. The hierarchy are also keen to make sure Antonio Conte is not unsettled by the changes above him. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Juve target Hamsik: I’m not leaving Napoli

first_imgTransfers Juventus target Hamsik has no doubts over Napoli future Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 17:38 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MarekHamsik - cropped Getty Images Transfers Juventus Napoli Serie A Atalanta v Napoli Juventus v Genoa The Naples club have regularly lost their major stars over recent seasons but their captain is determined to stay put and claim Serie A glory Marek Hamsik has offered assurances he will remain with Napoli as he eyes the Serie A title with Maurizio Sarri’s men.Slovakia midfielder Hamsik became Napoli’s all-time leading scorer earlier this season, usurping Diego Maradona’s long-standing record, and he has skippered the club to the summit of Italy’s top flight – a point ahead of Juventus ahead of this weekend’s resumption from the mid-season break.Since joining Napoli in 2007, the 30-year-old has seen star names such as Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain leave Stadio San Paolo amid an era of dominance for Juve, while being linked with the Turin side himself.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, Hamsik told Slovakian newspaper Pravda he will be going nowhere as he aims to bring the Bianconeri’s run of six consecutive Scudetti to an end.”I’ve got no doubts about my future, I’m a Napoli player and I’m not going to leave,” said the player, whose current contract in Naples runs until June 2020. “Now I’m concentrating on finally bringing the Scudetto to Naples, that’s my main objective. “We’re at the top, then there’s Juventus and the other teams are nine points or more behind us.”Juventus are without doubt our toughest opponent, but I don’t even want to talk about other teams.” Napoli travel to Atalanta in Sunday’s early kick-off before Juventus host Genoa on Monday.last_img read more

Bologna vs Juventus: Ronaldo rested for Coppa clash

first_imgWith the mid-season break done and dusted for many Italian sides, Juventus now get back to the business of defending their first major piece of silverware of the season.The Bianconeri are in action in the Coppa Italia as they look to retain the trophy they won in convincing fashion against Milan last season.They first must overcome Serie A rivals Bologna, who they downed with a pair of early goals in a 2-0 win in September – but the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara will likely prove a cauldron for Massimiliano Allegri’s side to contend with. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Will Juve be heading to the quarter-finals in comfortable fashion? Or is there an imminent twist in the tale set to foil their ambitions? Game Bologna vs Juventus Date Saturday, January 12 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available for streaming on the ESPN+ channel. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 3 and streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Bologna players Goalkeepers Skorupski, Da Costa, Santurro, Pirana Defenders Helander, Calabresi, Gonzalez, De Maio, Danilo, Paz, Dijks, Mattiello, Mbaye Midfielders Pulgar, Nagy, Donsah, Soriano, Svanberg, Dzemaili, Valencia, Sansone, Krejci, Okwonkwo, Orsolini Forwards Santander, Destro, Falcinelli, Palacio Bologna starting XI: Da Costa; Calabresi, Danilo, Helander; Mattiello, Svanberg, Pulgar, Soriano, Dijks; Destro, Sansone. Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro, Barzagli Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic, Kean Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Benatia, Spinazzola; Khedira, Pjanic, Can; Bernardeschi, Kean, Costa.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are priced as heavy favourites at 1/3 to win this clash at bet365. Bologna can be backed at 15/2, while a draw is on offer at 4/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Paulo Dybala Juventus 2018-19The new year is in full swing and Juventus return from the mid-season break, like the rest of Italian football, refreshed and raring to go.Before they can return to their defence of Serie A, however, they must first begin their defence of the Coppa Italia, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side aim to make it a historic five domestic doubles on the bounce.The Bianconeri have not exited the competition since a quarter-final defeat to Roma way back in 2014, with a virtually spotless record since.They face a trip to relegation-threatened Bologna looking to keep that intact and will feel confident of doing so against a side who have not progressed beyond this stage, bar once, for two decades.Filippo Inzaghi knows how to win this tournament though – the former Italian World Cup winner saw victory as a player with Milan in 2003.As a manager, he knows how to contend with the pressure of knockout football too, taking Venezia to the Coppa Italia Lega Pro final in 2016-17, defeating Matera.The visitors are the clear-cut favourites, of course – led by a fearsome attack that has provided last year’s marquee signing Cristiano Ronaldo with no shortage of opportunity to find the net.But could their imperilled hosts find themselves delivering a shock to the established system? The magic of the cup might be with them this weekend.last_img read more

Oklahoma Could Have Just One Scholarship Quarterback Entering Spring Camp

first_imgLincoln Riley staring across the field as Oklahoma's head coach.MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Oklahoma has been on a roll with quarterbacks – considering Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray are the past two Heisman Trophy winners. But the Sooners could now be in a tough situation at the position – even if it’s temporary.With Murray expected to either enter the NFL Draft or head off to play professional baseball, backup Austin Kendall was, in theory, supposed to be next in line to get playing time at the position. But Friday, it was revealed that Kendall is now listed in the NCAA’s transfer portal.It’s unclear why Kendall is exploring a transfer. It could be that he knows another quarterback (like a Jalen Hurts) is transferring in to Oklahoma. It could be that he thinks he’ll lose the job to incoming freshman Spencer Rattler. Regardless, if he leaves, Oklahoma will be short-handed this spring.If Murray and Kendall both leave, Tanner Mordecai is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster for the spring.Unless, of course, someone does transfer in to compete for the job.Tanner Mordecai is, most likely, the only scholarship QB left for spring football. Spencer Rattler comes in the summer time. Jalen Hurts is a potential transfer option, and we can’t forget about the seemingly unlikely option of Kyler Murray returning for another year.— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) January 11, 2019Rattler will arrive this summer, and there’s a chance he could be the team’s starter when the regular season starts, but that’s a lot to ask of a true freshman.Mordecai, a freshman this past year, is a class of 2018 recruit who was a four-star player in high school.As for Hurts – one of ESPN’s analysts thinks it’s down to either Oklahoma or Miami. It’s going to be an interesting week.last_img read more

Add Style (and Storage) to Your Space with these Exceptional Media Stands

first_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now In our media-saturated society, the TV has become the focal point of the living room. And with good reason — most of us enjoy spending long evenings at home, directly in front of the television, Netflix and chilling.How you place your television is very important to keeping things aesthetically cohesive. A proper entertainment center indicates you’ve made an effort to not only research and buy a big-ass TV, but that you have the artistic ability to find a complimentary media stand.As the name implies, an entertainment center is also a great place to hide techno-clutter. If you have a lot of Blue-Ray discs,  internet modems, cable boxes, and speakers, you’re going to need somewhere to store all of this stuff without making your home  look like a garage sale. Whether you’re in a studio apartment and have little to no space to work with, or have a knack for design and decor, functionality is key when setting up your living area.We’ve compiled a diverse list of media stands that will tailor to just about any layout. If you want to hang your television, by all means, go ahead. Just find the damned studs first.Lincoln TV Stand and Panel 1.9 – $1,073Call us crazy if you like, but we can’t help loving the American Psycho vibe of this wall-mount media stand. And we’re not just talking about the imposing dimensions or the high-gloss paint. (Which, we might add, is coated Microban Antibacterial Protection, perfect for … er, easy cleanup?) The functionality of this piece will please the most finicky consumer with its tempered glass shelves, telescopic door slides and embedded LED lights. This arresting, room-anchoring media stand comes in black as well as white, or get it in one of several natural wood veneers for a slightly warmer vibe.See ItSauder Credenza – $325With easy-glide drawers and open storage shelves, the chic Credenza would make a stylishly and practical addition to any home. The pale oak finish is complemented by brass handles and the structure is built to support up to a 70-inch TV.See ItCB2 Suspend II Media Console – $999If you’re looking for something more minimalist, consider the Suspend Media Console from CB2. The stand is crafted with a combination of marble, wood, and metal, making for a look that is equal parts elegant and masculine. Aesthetics aside, this bad boy can hold up to 70 pounds and includes easy-access storage.See ItCrate & Barrel Sawyer Media Stand – $611The space-saving Sawyer Media Stand will bring a clean, creative aesthetic to your living area. With two leaning bookcases on each side, the stand has plenty of room for storing media components, books, certificates, photos — you name it. The open stand also features a sliding-door cabinet (for hiding all the ugly junk) and a large cord-management section for keeping your wires in check.See ItCullen Deco TV Stand – $340This easel-style TV stand sports a trim profile, a warm wooden finish, and just enough shelving to keep your media accessories tidy. We especially dig the wheels mounted on the base, very handy for sliding into your bedroom when the roommate is sleeping. (Don’t worry–they come with brake locks to keep it stationary.) Hell, why not roll it into the kitchen during meal prep time? The adjustable height runs upward of 60 inches, making it easy to see over the countertops.See ItWest Elm Staggered Wood Console – $1,499The Staggered Wood Console from West Elm is a modernist’s dream, featuring a unique open design that provides excellent storage for books, DVDs, and various tchotchkes. The walnut top is secured by a sturdy iron base, so all your valuables are guaranteed to stay in place.See ItWalnut Brown Ashlyn Bookshelf – $300Versatile, budget-friendly and adaptable to a variety of decor styles, this media stand is built from poplar with a rich walnut veneer. And at just 60″ width, it’s perfectly suited to shoebox-sized spaces and studio apartments. Floor glides are included, allowing you to drag it around every time the mood to rearrange strikes without risking your rental deposit.See itMidcentury Modern Console – $1,399We are totally here for the revival of mid-century modern design. Along with being solid, stylish, and au courant as hell, this 80″ piece from West Elm is crafted with the very loftiest environmental ethics. For one thing, it’s built from sustainably sourced eucalyptus in a Fair Trade-certified facility, which means your purchase helps support ecosystems and economies worldwide. The honey-colored finish is water-based and GREENGUARD Gold Certified, protecting your home environment from nasty chemical emissions. But this one wins from a purely looks-based perspective, too–we dig the mid-rise profile, beveled edges, tapered legs, and sliding doors that keep storage neat as a pin.See ItAstro Media Center – $350This quirky media center is perfect for the homeowner who wants something totally unique for their living room. The retro design features four open compartments packaged up in a smooth walnut veneer, which is bound to give your place a classy, mid-century modern vibe.See ItHome Loft Concepts Elton TV Stand – $240Looking for something simple that caters to space-saving situations? Give Home Lift Concepts a try. The Elton TV stand can easily hold a large television, but it also pairs well with that TV you heroically hung on the wall. Plus, there’s room for a soundbar, cable box, and all movies.See ItCrater TV Stand – $1,799The ultimate in Zen furnishing, this media console makes us feel calmer just looking at it. The kinetic textures within the live-edge base balance on a razor’s edge with the empty space it divides. Anchored against a brushed cement background, it seems to be floating in space. What it lacks in nooks and shelves it makes up for in breadth — 102 inches across gives you plenty of space to store your TV as well as your books on minimalism, your palo santo shrine, and a few of your girlfriend’s assorted crystals.See ItOnce you get your living room square away, it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor space. Or maybe your guest room needs an update.Article originally published by Bryan Holt on February 15, 2017. Last updated by Chelsea Batton on August 8, 2018. How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

DNV GL to Standardise Subsea Documentation

first_imgMay 21, 2014 zoom DNV GL has launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to standardise sub-sea documentation. This long-awaited initiative has been welcomed by the industry, with broad participation from operators, EPC(I) contractors and suppliers representing all parts of the supply chain.A typical sub-sea project can involve more than 10,000 documents over a span of 30 years. To develop, maintain and verify the quality, security, accuracy and availability of documentation, operators, contractors and suppliers often spend millions of dollars on document management, technical review and information management systems.Consequently, the lack of standardisation can lead to misunderstandings, a reduction in quality and difficulty in handling approvals, distribution and availability. This further leads to increasing project lead-times and costs for both customers and suppliers.There are multiple sub-sea projects, both in Norway and elsewhere, that would benefit from an industry standard for sub-sea documentation. As well as improving documentation quality and assisting with on-time delivery, a standard should save suppliers, contractors and operators valuable engineering hours by reducing the need to define and review technical documents.“The aim of this broad industry collaboration initiated by DNV GL and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association is to develop a standardized set of sub-sea system documents for designing, approving, manufacturing, verifying, operating and maintaining equipment,” said JIP project manager Jarl S. Magnusson of DNV GL – Oil & Gas.The collaboration originated from the KonKraft Åm report (2010), which sought options to increase hydrocarbon recovery on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The proposal to standardise documentation arose from one of several projects developed by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association to drive standardisation within the sub-sea arena.The outcome of this JIP will be a DNV GL Recommended Practice (RP) aimed at establishing industry guidelines and recommendations required to document typical sub-sea products and systems, with an associated minimum set of documentation. Initially, the RP will provide a method for industry variations and options for add-on documentation. It will be linked to current sources of industry standards and practices.Jan Ragnvald Torsvik, Lead Engineer of Life Cycle Information at Statoil and co-chairman of this JIP, said: “Statoil is participating in this JIP because the RP has the potential to deliver a significant degree of standardisation, efficiency and increased quality. This will be implemented in Statoil through updates of our technical requirements.”last_img read more

Study Confirms Fishery Remains Leading Employer in Nova Scotia

first_img A new study ranks Nova Scotia’s fishery as the leading employeramong industries that make their livelihood from the sea. Nova Scotia’s ocean sector had an overall $4-billion impact onthe province’s economy as measured in gross domestic product(GDP) in 2001. The contribution of fish harvesting and processingto that figure has risen gradually over the past decade, to $986million in 2001. The figures are contained in The Economic Value of the NovaScotia Ocean Sector, a study prepared by Gardner PinfoldConsulting Economists for the federal and provincial governmentsand the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council. The study coversthe period 1996-2001 and was released Monday, April 11. By 2001, the importance of fish harvesting by the province’s5,450 vessels to the Nova Scotia economy had risen to about $361million, from $214 million in 1996. Household income fromharvesting rose from $128 million to almost $185 million duringthe same period. The study’s authors determined that, withstability in the number of harvesters at around 7,500, averageincomes rose from about $17,000 to about $25,000 per year. When you include spin-off activity, which occurs primarily inNova Scotia’s rural communities, the fishing industry generatedabout $672 million in household income, or 31.3 per cent of theprovince’s ocean-sector total. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nova Scotia’s Office ofEconomic Development, and numerous other departments will beusing the results of the study to help make decisions aboutfuture policy directions relating to Nova Scotia’s oceanindustries. “I am pleased to see the fishing industry growing in new areas sothat fisheries will remain an important component of the NovaScotia economy, employing literally thousands of people,” saidEconomic Development Minister Ernest Fage. The study identified a positive economic upswing in sectors likeshellfish harvesting, which includes lobster, scallop snow craband shrimp. Among the other encouraging trends noted by thestudy, fisheries continues to be the province’s leading source ofexport earnings. The importance of the fishing industry (including processing) toNova Scotia is clear: it leads all other sectors in employmentand ranks second to National Defence in income impact, accordingto the study’s authors. The authors found that better conditions in the fishery followedthe collapse of the groundfishery and lower earnings of the1990s. By 2000, the shift was being made from haddock and cod,they said, and vessel owners began responding to improvedshellfish landings and better markets by replacing vessels andinvesting in additional ones. The study is available on the website . -30- NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is a feature release outliningfindings in The Economic Value of the Nova Scotia Ocean Sector, astudy prepared by Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists, as theyrelate to the fisheries. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Study Confirms Fishery Remains LeadingEmployer in Nova Scotialast_img read more

Aditi recalls her days as a Bharatanatyam dancer

first_imgNew Delhi: Aditi Rao Hydari, who was a classical dancer before she became an actor with Tamil film Sringaram (2007), says she still feels a strong connection with Bharatanatyam. “I was five when I started learning Bharatanatyam. It was my choice to dance, also because I was surrounded by the classical arts. I was lucky that I got a teacher like Leela Samson. Although I was in boarding school and my mother was very insistent that I finish my education, I performed a lot before I became an actor,” said Aditi, who was recently in New Delhi for a fashion show. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaAccording to the actor, “Any art form, beyond its own learning bring along a whole new world view and a new way of being. One of the major things that I learnt and one that still stays with me, is that we’re all unique. And it is better to work on improving yourself rather than compare yourself with others.” Does she still get time to rehearse? “Hardly. I learnt from such an amazing teacher, I feel I would be doing a disservice to the art form if I don’t practice and I just step on to the stage. I’m happy being in front of the camera, because I do it everyday. It’s like riyaaz,” the actor said. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaBut “once a dancer always a dancer”, she said and added: “I dance whenever I get the chance, I go to Akka (Samson) in Chennai whenever I can, and I rehearse with the gang that is rehearsing.” Aditi also learnt music from her mother Vidya Rao, an acclaimed classical singer. “As performers people admire you and say good things about you. It’s a lot of things that come together to make that for you. The only thing that you can do is work hard and be sincere to what you do,” she said.last_img read more

UN meteorological agency reports end to El Niño pattern over the Pacific

The weather pattern known as El Niño rapidly dissipated in early May, giving way to the development of cool, neutral to weak La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today.El Niño refers to an abnormal warming of surface ocean waters in the eastern tropical Pacific, while La Niña is characterized by unusually cool ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific. Both events can disrupt the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation, and have widespread impacts on climate in many parts of the world. The prevailing conditions are more likely than not to strengthen into a basin-wide La Niña over the coming months, according to the El Niño/La Niña update issued by WMO.By mid-June, the sea-surface temperatures had decreased to approximately 0.5 degrees Celsius below normal over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, near the borderline of La Niña conditions.Further, below average sea temperatures exist beneath the surface of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. Forecast models continue to predict further decreases in the central and eastern Equatorial Pacific sea-surface temperature. In particular, most dynamic models strongly favour further La Niña development, according to WMO.While it is likely that La Niña conditions will further develop in the next several months, the timing and magnitude of such an event in 2010 are as yet uncertain, with no indications at this time of a particularly strong event in terms of sea-surface temperatures.The unusual climate patterns and extremes that occur in association with La Niña conditions also occur independently of La Niña, and therefore individual users of climate information should seek detailed interpretation for their locations and sectors, WMO said in the update.Over the coming months, the climate forecasting community will provide detailed interpretations of regional climate conditions through the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, it added. 6 July 2010The weather pattern known as El Niño rapidly dissipated in early May, giving way to the development of cool, neutral to weak La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today. read more

UN advocate welcomes formation of committee to protect Afghan children in conflict

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said in a press statement that the formation of the steering committee means the Afghan Government is keeping to its earlier commitment to protect boys and girls from the ongoing conflict.Elements of the Taliban and other rebel groups continue to fight Afghan forces and their international partners, nearly nine years after the Taliban lost power in the impoverished nation. Deliberate attacks against civilians, including children, are frequent.The high-level committee, set up earlier this week, will consist of representatives of key government ministers as well as the national President’s office and the national directorate of security.Ms. Coomaraswamy said the new committee “marks a first step towards a broader national engagement in protecting children from the adverse effects of the Afghan conflict – which must include the development of an action plan to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers in the Afghan national security forces.”The Special Representative, who visited the country in February, added that she was “hopeful that the Afghan Government will take the necessary measures to ensure that its national police are removed from the Secretary-General’s list of shame.”The police are one of six parties to the conflict in Afghanistan that were named earlier this year in a UN report identifying groups that recruit or use children during armed conflict, or kill, torture or commit sexual violence against them.The other Afghan parties named in the report are the Haqqani network, Hezb-i-Islami, Jamat Sunat al-Dawa Salafia, Taliban forces and the Tora Bora Front.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has also welcomed the formation of the committee, but its representative in Afghanistan, Peter Crowley, said that it was vital to ensure that the committee’s plans “do not remain only on paper, but are fully implemented across the country – and that adequate resources are made available for this purpose.” 22 July 2010The United Nations advocate for children during periods of armed conflict today welcomed the Afghan Government’s establishment of a committee to tackle and respond to grave violations against children in the war-wracked country. read more

President PM stress on coexistence during New Year

The Prime Minister, in his New Year message, said that the ancient customs and traditions of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year are closely tied to sustainable good practices that preserve and respect the environment around us – they encourage the younger generation to share the same values and preserve them for posterity. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Sinhala and Tamil New Year brings a message of prosperity and unity to the nation, acknowledging the role of the Sun in the agrarian society and its blessings towards a greater harvest. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today stressed on unity and coexistence during the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year.The President said that the New Year serves as a catalyst to change the attitude of the people to bring fresh thinking. “It is also an occasion that strengthen ties between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, one that unites them and fosters a great degree of fellowship amidst shared customs and a reverence towards nature and its elements that are significant towards sustainable prosperity,” he said. read more

Sierra Leone gives office space to rebel army turned political party

According to UNAMSIL, the news was conveyed to a UNAMSIL radio station by Omrie Golley, a senior RUF official. The transformation of the RUF into a political party was expected to have been discussed at the sixth meeting of the Joint Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, a body that includes representatives from the Government of Sierra Leone, the RUF and UNAMSIL. The meeting was scheduled to take place today in Freetown.In other news, UNAMSIL’s Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Daniel I. Opande, yesterday visited new deployments of Pakistani and Zambian UN peacekeepers in the eastern districts of Kono and Kenema. In Kono, Mr. Opande learned that although the security situation was relatively calm, there were problems associated with ongoing mining activities, indiscriminate possession of shotguns by the government-backed Civil Defence Force (CDF) and an inflow of returnees from neighbouring Guinea. In response, the Force Commander said it was the responsibility of the Government of Sierra Leone, and not UNAMSIL, to curtail mining in the area. He said Sierra Leone authorities, with the assistance of the Mission, would soon embark on a programme to collect all shotguns in the area. The Force Commander also said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would soon open an office in Koidu to address the inflow of returnees in the area. In Tongo, Mr. Opande learned that combatants were no longer carrying weapons in public. An RUF representative assured the Force Commander that he would continue to inform his supporters on the pending disarmament exercise in the area. read more