Football stadiums and their views of famous landmarks

first_imgLiverpool’s main stand towers over the Kop at Anfield and now provides a view of both the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals on Hope Street in the city centre, while the Tyne Bridge can be spotted from St James’s Park in Newcastle. Twitter Dirk Maas reports that Feyenoord “wore nine different shirts and 10 different kit combinations in 1991-92”. And finally, inevitably, we have Manchester United during their golden age of shirtswappery. Any more for any more? You know where to email or tweet.Playing (a long way) away from home“Las Palmas and Tenerife are based thousands of miles from mainland Spain, yet play in the Spanish divisions. Are there any other examples?” asks Jon Pople.Let’s hop across the border to Portugal and this example from Nuno Peixeiro. “Santa Clara (Clube Desportivo Santa Clara) is based in the Azores and plays in the Portuguese 1st Division,” writes Nuno. “There are teams in the westernmost islands of the Açores, but they never made it to the First Division. That makes them some 1,500km (932 miles) from the mainland. You could try to cheat and not have a sea between the mainland and the ‘annex’, and go with FK Baltika Kaliningrad but that’s only some 500km from the rest of Russia.”Andrew Law has an example from Australasia. “It might be slightly stretching the definition but New Zealand side Wellington Phoenix of the A League are based 1,383 miles (2,226km) from Sydney, their closest away trip. As an added bonus they are also the only club to play their domestic football in a league that belongs to a different confederation to their national team after Australia moved to the AFC in 2006.”Unsurprisingly the vast landscape of America offers another contender. “I nominate Team Hawaii,” writes Boris Cule. “They participated in the NASL 1977 league and were based in Honolulu, nearly 2,400km from the mainland.”Boris has an even more extreme example. “If we include national cups, I don’t think anyone can beat teams from New Caledonia taking part in the French Cup (New Caledonia is over 10,000 miles away from mainland France). Teams from Tahiti, which is not much closer, also take part, as do teams from French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and Mayotte. The Knowledge The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Twitter Twitter Photograph: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters The Atomium is visible from the east stand of the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, where Belgium’s national team play. The Tin Boonie (@TheTinBoonie)In 2017, Clayton Lewis completed a transfer from Auckland City to Scunthorpe, a distance of 11,252 miles. Can anyone beat that?November 20, 2018 Share on Messenger Seán Smith (@SeDanSmith)How about this view of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, from Partizan’s stadium in Belgrade. pic.twitter.com/0jNvXQsjOVNovember 15, 2018 There may even be a glimpse of the Royal Liver Building but it is not conclusive on this photograph. Photograph: Barrington Coombs/Getty Images Facebook Next up, some of yours. “I’d point you towards 2015 and 2016 Slovak Super Liga champions AS Trenčín,” writes Steve Guy. “Their Štadión na Sihoti has a stunning view of the city’s picturesque castle. Incidentally, the castle is well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in the city.” • Email your questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Sam. (@sammyev)I don’t like to endorse this particular club, but you do get a nice view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge from Bristol City’s Ashton Gate (best pic I could find) pic.twitter.com/KvT3U3BNt2November 14, 2018 Facebook Pinterest Christine Camillo (@mlle_c_camillo)@TheKnowledge_GU Not exactly “from your seat” but Dumbarton’s C&G Systems Stadium has Dumbarton Rock and Castle looming over it. pic.twitter.com/OoilvVE5teNovember 14, 2018 Most kit combinations in a season (2)In last week’s Knowledge, we looked at teams with the most kit combinations in a single season. And there are plenty more kits where they came from.“In 1993-94,” writes Dan Teece, “my beloved Sheffield Wednesday wore eight different shirt, shorts and socks combinations. That included four different away, one of which was Bolton’s. Full details can be found here.” Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Harry Lingard Pinterest Football Twitter Matt Lawton (@LeytherMatt)You can still see Arthur’s Seat from the Famous Five Stand at Easter Road, although it isn’t quite as prevalent as it was pre-rebuild pic.twitter.com/fiEeZDJWV0November 14, 2018 Here’s Harry Lingard. “I give you the relatively new Singapore national stadium which is open at one end,” he emails. “Through the gap you can see the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the ‘Eiffel Tower’ of the east.” Topics features Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Andy Rockall (@Statto_74)Special mention to Coventry City who wore SIX entirely different shirts in the 1982/83 season, the home & away shirts featured the Talbot T too prominently for televised games so alternates were made, including 2 different home versions, plus a yellow Talbot kit used twice.November 14, 2018 Share on Pinterest Knowledge archive“I remember reading about a football pitch in South America which had a large tree in an awkward position near the centre of the pitch,” wrote John Malcolm in 2007. “Are there any other examples of such environmentally friendly pitches?”Unfortunately we weren’t able to track down John’s tree, but a couple of St Albans City fans did email in to give us details of the large oak that once dominated the main terrace at their Clarence Park ground. Due to its age, the tree was legally protected, and couldn’t be taken down as long as it was healthy.“It used to get a huge cheer if any opposing player managed to hit it with a wayward strike,” recalled Fraser Mann, but supporters were less enthused when it prevented the club from getting promoted in 1992-93. According to the club’s website: “During a second spell in charge, John Mitchell took the Saints to the (Isthmian League) Premier Division runners up position in 1992-93 only to be denied promotion to the Conference at that time due to a 140-year old oak tree standing within the terrace behind one of the goals. In 1998 the diseased tree was felled.”• For thousands more questions and answers look through our archive.Can you help?“What is the heaviest defeat inflicted on a top-division side by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup?” asks Lindsay Davis. “The best I can discover is Scunthorpe United (2nd Div) 6-2 Blackpool (1st Div) in the 1961 third round.”“Who was the last player transferred for a fee under £1m that had a major impact on a club winning the league?” ponders Joe Norman. “My best guesses are Riyad Mahrez to Leicester and Nicolas Anelka to Arsenal.” unitedkits.com (@manunitedkits)United had 13 in 1998-99, helped in part by having a kit specially for European competition and borrowing socks from Derby County (there also was another variant worn in a testimonial).November 14, 2018 Ricardo (@leoeslions)@TheKnowledge_GU RE: Famous landmarks from your seat. @BelenensesSAD’s stadium has some pretty fantastic views of the Ponte 25 de Abril and the Cristo Rei. pic.twitter.com/rqbrKWBrzbNovember 15, 2018 Liquid 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@GTPLiquid)I was reading up that when Steve Gibson once bought out Scottish & Newcastle Breweries’ shares in Middlesborough FC. It was reasonably common that grounds used to be owned by breweries back in the day but have many clubs themselves been owned by breweries?November 20, 2018 Facebook “As I looked at the Canton Tower while sat in the North End of Guangzhou Evergrande’s Tianhe stadium, I wondered … are there any other stadiums in the world where you can see a famous landmark from your seat?” tweets Jack Tanner.Here are a few that we thought of to get the ball rolling, starting with that of Real Balompédica Linense (main image).Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank, looking up to Lincoln Cathedral. Facebook Lincoln Cathedral on the hill. Photograph: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport via Getty Images Pinterest Share on Twitter Several of you also flagged up Toronto FC’s BMO Field, from where the CN Tower can still be seen. While the Space Needle can be seen during Seattle Sounders games from parts of CenturyLink Field. And then, here are some more of your suggestions on Twitter: Facebook Photograph: Steve Guy Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img read more

Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and 4 other I-League clubs write to FIFA asking for help

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 20:02 IST Players in action during an 2018-19 ISL match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTS6 major I-League clubs are not happy with the way AIFF is running the sport in IndiaThe major issue of contention is the status of ISL as the premier football league in IndiaThe clubs have also sought an inquiry into the functioning of the AIFFTop I-League clubs such as Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have written to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, asking for his help in their fight for survival in Indian football.Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC are among the six clubs to have written to the sport’s global body, with Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj signing the letter.The clubs’ biggest bone of contention is the top tier status accorded to Indian Super League by the All India Football Federation as per the Master Right Agreement (MRA) signed between the AIFF and IMG-Reliance in 2010.”Recent media reports and press statements from the AIFF itself have indicated that the AIFF is seeking to make the ISL, which came into existence in 2013, the senior most league in the country, whereas I-League, that dates back to 2007 when it was launched as India’s first-ever professional football league is sought to be made into a second tier and inferior league,” the clubs wrote in the letter.This comes days after the aggrieved clubs wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, briefing him about the crisis facing Indian football.The clubs also requested Infantino to set up an enquiry to probe the manner in which the AIFF is functioning.”There is a sharp decline in the standard of Indian football. Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, including India, but this popularity has not been matched by necessary and good administration as far as the national body is concerned,” the letter further read.advertisementEarlier this month, AIFF president Praful Patel assured the I-League clubs that their future is secure and said he would approach the AFC to ensure that I-League continues to co-exist with the ISL for another 2-3 years.Regarding the franchise-based league, the clubs said in the letter, “The ISL is a purely commercial venture played by franchise-based clubs owned by the clubs. It has no relevance. More importantly, players invariably are in the 35-plus age bracket. Players who have no takers abroad are roped in, leading to a decline in the standard of Indian football.”ISL is just like the IPL of football and so the question that arises is how can a purely commercial league be made into the senior-most league of the country which has no international recognition or standing.Also Read | 2022 FIFA WC Qualifiers: India clubbed with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and BangladeshAlso Read | Influential Pogba must stay at Manchester United, says Juan MataFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow FIFAFollow AIFFFollow i-leagueFollow ISL Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and 4 other I-League clubs write to FIFA asking for helpMinerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC have written to FIFA asking the world body to take action against ISL becoming the top priority for the All India Football Federation.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

VLGC Oversupply to Put More Pressure on Freight Rates

first_imgzoom High scheduled deliveries and low demolition prospects will drive unwanted fleet growth of very large gas carriers (VLGC) in 2017 putting additional pressure on freight rates, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.VLGC rates remain under pressure on account of ample vessel supply and weak arbitrage opportunities caused by low LPG fuel prices. With 64 additional ships due for delivery next year, fleet growth is expected to accelerate to 12% in 2017, further exacerbating the supply gut.Shipowners are hoping that a recent revival in VLGC demolitions might help keep fleet growth in check. Two vessels have been scrapped in recent months, the first such demolitions in this segment since 2011. Moreover, the recent Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) regulation which requires all vessels to have an in-built BWTS or retro-fit by September 2017 or on their next survey has provided further impetus to hopes of higher scrapping.However, Drewry believes that there is little scope for demolitions given the young age-profile of the fleet. There are just four ships in the current VLGC fleet over 30 years of age, and a further 13 of between 25 and 30 years.“Although the average scrapping age could fall sharply in a weak market, we do not expect this to happen in the current VLGC market as there are no signs of panic demolitions yet. Therefore, we believe excess vessel supply is here to stay, which will keep rates under pressure in the next year too,” Shresth Sarma, senior analyst for gas shipping at Drewry, said.last_img read more

Expansion du programme de prématernelle

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial ajoutera 130 nouvelles classes de prématernelle cet automne dans 87 communautés scolaires à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « La première année du programme de prématernelle a connu du succès. Plus de 800 enfants de quatre ans et leurs familles ont tiré profit de cette possibilité d’apprentissage précoce, affirme le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. Nous voulons que nos enfants reçoivent des bases solides pour commencer l’école, peu importe où ils habitent ou leur environnement socioéconomique. Le programme de prématernelle nous permet d’atteindre cet objectif. » Cette année, le ministère établira un partenariat avec un fournisseur agréé de garde d’enfants qui offrira le programme de prématernelle à titre de projet pilote dans le comté de Kings. « Notre intention est toujours d’offrir le programme de prématernelle dans les écoles, mais lorsque l’espace n’est pas disponible, il est logique de faire partenariat avec la communauté pour bien servir les familles, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. La demande des familles pour un programme offert dans un plus grand nombre de collectivités est élevée, et la prestation du programme par l’entremise d’un fournisseur agréé de garde d’enfants peut donner accès à ce programme plus rapidement à un plus grand nombre d’enfants en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Cet automne, le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial offrira le programme provincial de prématernelle dans le cadre de son programme « Grandir en français ». L’expansion du programme de prématernelle créera un plus grand nombre de possibilités pour les éducatrices de la petite enfance en Nouvelle-Écosse puisque le programme sera offert à l’échelle de la province d’ici septembre 2020. Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance fait partenariat avec les services d’emploi Nouvelle-Écosse au travail et le ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire afin d’attirer et de recruter des éducatrices de la petite enfance en Nouvelle-Écosse. Les familles qui habitent dans une communauté scolaire où le programme de prématernelle est offert et qui souhaitent inscrire leur enfant au programme peuvent communiquer avec leur conseil scolaire régional pour en apprendre davantage au sujet du processus d’inscription. Pour consulter la liste complète des nouveaux emplacements du programme de prématernelle et obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires au sujet du programme, consultez le www.ednet.ns.ca/fr/programme-de-prematernelle .last_img read more

Protestors at Trans Mountain terminal risk arrest after challenging Kinder Morgans injunction

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsClose to 100 people risked arrest as they gathered in front of Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Dock in Burnaby, B.C.Alongside them was a heavy police presence.But the people who were there say they will continue to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline extension – no matter who owns it.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img

Salesforce buying Tableau Software in 157B allstock deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce is buying Tableau Software in an all stock deal valued at $15.7 billion.Tableau uses self-service analytics to help people with any skill level work with data. Once the transaction closes, Tableau will operate independently and stay headquartered in Seattle.The acquisition is expected to add about $350 million to $400 million to Salesforce.com Inc.’s fiscal 2020 revenue.Each share of Tableau common stock will be exchanged for 1.103 shares of Salesforce.The deal, which was approved by both companies’ boards, is expected to close during Salesforce’s fiscal third quarter.Shares of Tableau jumped 36% before the market opened Monday. Salesforce’s fell 3%.The Associated Press read more

TSX erases early gains as crude gold pare advances

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed sharply lower, with nearly every sector pulling back as fresh U.S. economic data raised questions about whether stocks are overvalued. The S&P/TSX composite index ended down 151.89 points at 14,929.37 as worries spread.On Wall Street, traders were faced with a discouraging report from the U.S. Commerce Department which showed that orders for durable goods fell 1.4% in February, suggesting that lower demand for commercial aircraft, cars and machinery could be a sign of further trouble to come.The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 292.60 points to 17,718.54, while broad weakness in technology and biotech stocks dragged the Nasdaq 118.21 points lower to 4,876.52. The S&P 500 index fell 30.45 points to 2,061.05. In commodities, crude oil settled at its highest level in more than two weeks, as political uncertainty in Yemen added pressure to supply concerns. TSX energy sector was the sole advancer as the May crude contract moved ahead $1.70 to close at $49.21 a barrel.The Canadian dollar also lost ground, dropping 0.1 of a U.S. cent to 79.89 cents. read more

Genivar firstquarter profits revenues increase on UK acquisition

Genivar first-quarter profits, revenues increase on U.K. acquisition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2013 4:55 pm MDT MONTREAL – Genivar’s profits increased 41 per cent in its latest quarter as it continued to realize the benefits from last year’s acquisition of U.K.-based WSP Group.The Montreal-based engineering and consulting firm said Wednesday it earned $14.1 million or 27 cents per share for the quarter ended March 30.That compared with $10 million or 31 cents per share a year ago when it had fewer shares outstanding.Revenues increased to $406.8 million from $137.1 million, reflecting the contribution from WSP Group PLC, acquired last August for $442 million in cash.“I am pleased with our performance, which meets our targets within our previously disclosed outlook,” president and CEO Pierre Shoiry said in a statement.“Emerging markets such as Colombia, the Middle East, China and India posted double-digit organic growth in the first quarter. Our largest regions continue to be resilient and stable and, as we build upon our global reach and expertise, these results reinforce our confidence in our ability to meet our 2013 targets.”Genivar (TSX:GNV) was expected to earn 35 cents per share on $403 million of revenues in the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.The results were impacted by amortization of intangibles relating to the WSP transaction. Excluding this factor, it earned $18.3 million or 36 cents per share.Pre-tax operating income or EBITDA was $37.1 million, in line with analyst estimates of $38 million and up from $21.2 million a year ago,Genivar, which plans to change its name to WSP, financed the acquisition by raising $225 million on the public markets and $197 million in private placements with two of Canada’s largest public pension funds, which were already shareholders.Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Securities said Genivar is “generating organic momentum.”Its order backlog was $1.4 billion or 8.7 months of work, with the Canadian backlog appearing to increase 12 per cent, he wrote in a report.“The Canadian showing is in line with expectations as stronger performing Western provinces are doing better compared to Quebec and Ontario.”Sytchev said Genivar’s shares have increased 23 per cent this year as investors are gaining more comfort that the WSP acquisition is actually working.Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets described the results as negative.But he said a 2.5 per cent growth in organic WSP revenues underlined the timeliness of the acquisition. Revenues of Genivar’s legacy business decreased by 6.6 per cent.Genivar has 15,000 employees — mainly engineers, technicians, scientists and architects, as well as various environmental experts — based in more than 300 offices in 35 countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Genivar’s shares closed down 43 cents, or 1.8 per cent, at $23.51 in Wednesday trading. read more

New York Jets Sign Ed Reed One Day After

Ed Reed was recently let go by the Houston Texans, but the free safety wasn’t unemployed for long. On Thursday, Reed officially joined the New York Jets.According to USA Today, “The New York Jets announced a contract agreement with Reed and expected to have the five-time all-pro and former defensive player of the year on the practice field today.”Reed and Jets head coach Rex Ryan  worked together before while the two were part of the Baltimore Ravens organization.“Reed and Jets coach Rex Ryan overlapped for seven years with the Baltimore Ravens, who employed Ryan as their defensive coordinator before he took the big promotion in New York following the 2008 season.”Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry are the Jets’ current starters at safety and even though it’s well pass the halfway point in the season, Reed still has time to get in the lineup.“Reed theoretically has time to work his way into the lineup as part of New York’s nickel and dime packages — while getting his legs underneath him if need be — and could play more center field, especially given Allen’s effectiveness at covering tight ends.”In this season so far, Reed made only 16 tackles in seven games. The defensive veteran has appeared in nine Pro Bowls and was at one time the NFL’s active interception leader.  However, this year Reed has failed to force a turnover or even defend a pass.Albeit, Reed still has value as an experience player with a Super Bowl win on his resume. He was fired on Wednesday and it took less than 24 hours to secure his latest job. read more

The Last Stand Of Manu Ginobili NBA Unicorn

Once it becomes apparent a star player’s career has begun winding down, it’s a ritual among NBA fans to hit the crates and dig out the old hits. Kobe’s got the 81, but what about that 48 and 16 in Game 4 against the Kings in 2001? Sure, Jordan gave the Knicks the double nickel in 1995, but have you watched the highlights on that 51-point game as a 38-year-old lately? Good golly. On and on down the line — Magic’s 42-15-7 when he was forced to play center as a rookie, Hakeem’s prolonged annihilation of David Robinson’s Spurs in 1995 playoffs — the impactful moments of a star player’s career are preserved in the box score fossil record.That’s how things go for the NBA’s most venerated stars. Just not for Manu Ginobili, who will turn 40 this July and finds his San Antonio Spurs down 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors.Ginobili, who could potentially play his last game in tonight’s Game 4, is unlike any other star of his caliber in that his game logs never quite captured his effect on the court. Ginobili’s career was borne out in moments. And pulling a moment out of a Play Index can be difficult.Mostly, this came down to playing time. Ginobili has averaged just 25.8 minutes per game for his career and had just two seasons in which he played more than 30 per game, leaving him without the per-game numbers of his peers. But dig into his per-minute stats, and you begin to see his true effect in the game.By Win Shares per 48 minutes since 1960, Ginobili career number is 28th, just behind Dirk Nowitzki. If we refine that to just the first 10 years of a player’s career — since dinosaurs like Manu and Dirk get docked points for playing a bunch of years in their decline phase — Ginobili rises to 16th, tucked between Larry Bird and Jerry West. Minute for minute, Ginobili out-produced contemporaries such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, though he was never asked to carry a team the way they were, either.It’s franchise-player talent stuffed into a super-sub role, and it makes it difficult to find a historical comparison for Ginobili. His comps via Basketball Reference’s similarity score, for instance, contain a puzzling mix of Terry Porter, Jeff Hornacek and Allen Iverson — three profoundly unsimilar players. (My notion for Manu’s aesthetic comparison was always a stubbier Tracy McGrady, but Ginobili’s catch-all style makes him comparable to any tallish All-NBA level guard from the 3-point era.)Yet even among those allegedly similar players, Ginobili’s career stands apart from the others, again, owing to his minutes. We can quantify the number of “big game” performances using John Hollinger’s Game Score, a measure of how well a player played in a given contest. A 20-game score is something like Ginobili’s 27-point, five-assist, three-steal performance in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference semis; 30-game score is more like a 40-point, nine-assist, six-rebound performance from 2005. Ginobili’s short minutes meant that while he was producing at a Larry Bird level possession by possession, he had fewer big game lines than Hersey Hawkins. Lenny Wilkins85.7—–—– NO. OF GAMES WITH A GAME SCORE OF … Manu Ginobili’s legacy runs deeper than single games Allen Iverson88.6381–92– Ray Allen85.4239–28– Eddie Jones87.6127–6– PLAYERSIMILARITY SCORE2030 Terry Porter89.8171–21– Hal Greer86.2—–—– Similarity scores for first 14 seasons of career. Game Score since 1983-84.Source: basketball-reference.com Vince Carter88.2267–57– Manu does have his share of signature games, such as a career-high 48-pointer against the upstart Suns in 2005. But his legacy runs deeper than single games. Ginobili made the eurostep’s side-to-side weave on the way to the rim as central to the modern game as the crossover or step-back. He was the posterboy for the rise of flopping, but he was also one of the first guards to combine a high free-throw rate with a high volume of 3s. By our homebrewed Morey Index, which finds the players who lean most heavily on three pointers and free throws,1Using the geometric mean of free-throw rate and 3-point attempt rate. Ginobili’s 2004-05 ranks 56th of all player seasons since 1980, with multiple other appearances in the top 100. He punctuated that season with a standout Game 2 of the 2005 Finals — back when Ginobili had hair and Al Michaels called basketball games — with 27 points on just eight field goal attempts, going 4 for 5 from 3 and 11 for 13 from the line.But not every piece of a player’s game can be quantified, and with Ginobili it feels as if more than most goes unaccounted for — whether it’s the no-look passes that were as much a danger to the cotton candy vendors as they were to defenders or the little funk he put on something as simple as an entry pass. Ginobili has always been reckless — he smashed the bat, and fouled Dirk and played with an abandon that had Gregg Popovich with one breath holding him up as an exemplar of competition, and with the next reminding him, “Manu: It’s f—ing September. Never do that again in September,” as quoted by ESPN.com. Every one of his minutes was a delight because you never knew what would happen next and, you suspected, neither did he.A lot of things can happen between now and the end of the Western Conference finals. The San Antonio Spurs may push the series to a gentleman’s sweep. They may even force the Golden State Warriors to six or seven games, or even take the series. But regardless of the outcome, the time we have left with the inimitable Manu Ginobili is running short. He has spent a career packing memorable moments into short minutes; we can hope he’s got one or two more on his way out. Manu Ginobili110–14– Jeff Hornacek89.2164–15– Hersey Hawkins85.3138–18– Jason Kidd87.8244–25– read more

Another €500m of TBills for sale this week

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) has announced it will hold another auction of €500 million of Treasury Bills this week.The auction will take place this Thursday with a three-month maturity to 19 August offered on the bills.In April, the NTMA sold the same amount of bills with total bids received for them amounting to 4.8 times the amount on offer. The bills sold last month had a yield of 0.19 per cent.These auctions are part of a series of sales by Ireland as it attempts to return to normal lending markets.The sale on Thursday will be conducted on the Bloomberg Auction System and bills will be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.Read: Ireland sells €500m of Treasury Bills at auction>Read: Ireland buys back €500 million of its own bonds>last_img read more

Watch Mick Wallace says he was the victim of an unlawful arrest

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L87w6YH1KAYouTube: Hugh O’ConnellINDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace has said that he was the victim of an unlawful arrest as he was questioned repeatedly today about allegations published earlier this month which are now the subject of legal proceedings.Wallace was speaking at a press conference where he and fellow independent TDs Clare Daly, Luke Ming Flanagan and Joan Collins sought to highlight problems arising out of the recent investigation into the cancellation of penalty points.Wallace was quizzed by RTÉ crime correspondent Paul Reynolds about his alleged arrest for directing traffic while working on a construction site on Thomas Street in Dublin in September 2000 and a subsequent settlement that was reported in the Irish Independent recently.In a heated exchange, Wallace said the story was false, he did not break any law but that he was not permitted to talk about the case as there is a “pending legal battle on it”.“I will tell everything that has to be told about it in my own good time when my solicitor tells me I can do so,” he said.A short time after the exchange – which you can view in full above – Wallace stated there was no discretion used by gardaí when he was arrested.“There wasn’t any discretion used when I was arrested. I was the victim of an unlawful arrest and it’s a bit disingenuous to try and spin it here to the divert from the real issues that are at hand,” he said.Shatter: ‘Do I think it was a mistake to mention the incident surrounding Deputy Wallace? …Of course I do’Kenny: ‘The difference is Wallace broke the law, and Shatter didn’t’last_img read more

New migrant center at site of old Athenian airport

first_imgThe government is planning to open a new center for refugees on the site of the Greek capital’s old international airport at Elliniko, in southeastern Athens, Alternate Immigration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas told mayors from the broader area Monday as authorities scramble to deal with a burgeoning migration crisis.In his meeting Monday with the mayors of Elliniko, Palaio Faliro, Glyfada and Alimos, Mouzalas did not determine whether the center would be just for refugees or also for economic migrants nor exactly how it would operate.The meeting came following protests by the mayors, who are concerned about venues in their areas being overwhelmed by thousands of migrants pouring into Athens after arriving on the Aegean islands from Turkey.After police dismantled a makeshift migrants’ camp near the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia last week, following a decision by FYROM to filter migrants by nationality, more than 2,000 migrants were bused to the Greek capital. Of those, around 1,000 have been staying at the Tae Kwon Do Stadium, a former Olympic venue, in Palaio Faliro for the past few days. Scuffles between groups of migrants have broken out on several occasions, prompting the intervention of riot police. A group of more than 100 Moroccan immigrants were transferred to a detention center in Corinth on Monday as speculation mounted that authorities would be obliged to reopen a highly criticized detention facility at Amygdaleza, north of Athens.Greek authorities are said to be concerned by the fact that an increasing number of migrants arriving in Greece are not from war zones but are economic migrants from countries such as Morocco and Myanmar.Mouzalas on Monday did not conceal his concern about the migration crisis. He drew an analogy between the relentless influx of migrants who are unable to leave the country and a bottleneck when the pressure becomes too much to bear, saying the bottle was bound to break.The migration problem is to be discussed at an EU leaders’ summit on Thursday and Friday. Ahead of the meeting, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to visit migrant reception centers that have been set up on the Aegean islands of Leros and Chios tomorrow to check on their operation.Although the situation on the islands remains a concern, a new source of worry is the thousands of migrants who end up in Athens and other major cities as they are unable to leave Greece.Visiting European Union officials Monday pledged to spend 80 million euros on a housing scheme for migrants and asylum speakers stranded in Greece. Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner for budget and human resources, signed an agreement for a rent subsidy program for up to 20,000 people next year.According to sources, Greek authorities told European officials that they will create accommodation for up to 30,000 by early next year.Greece is keen to ensure that Turkey makes good on a pledge to the EU to crack down on smugglers packing boats with migrants along the Turkish coast.However, government sources did not confirm that a meeting between Tsipras, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in the works, despite claims by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias that such a meeting was expected in early February.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Autiste un test sanguin pour diagnostiquer ce trouble dès 1 an

first_imgAutiste : un test sanguin pour diagnostiquer ce trouble dès 1 an ?Des chercheurs américains ont annoncé avoir développé un test sanguin pour diagnostiquer l’autisme chez les enfants, et ce dès l’âge de un an.L’autisme est une maladie classifiée comme un trouble envahissant du développement (TED) qui se manifeste dès l’enfance. En France, l’Inserm estime que près de 30.000 enfants sont atteints par une forme d’autisme. D’où l’importance d’un dépistage précoce afin de mieux prendre en charge ce trouble. Justement, des chercheurs de l’Université de Californie ont annoncé avoir trouvé un moyen de repérer l’autisme dès l’âge d’un an, et ce grâce à un test génétique.Bien qu’elles restent floues, les origines de l’autisme sont en grande partie génétiques. Le professeur Eric Courchesne, de l’Autism Centre of Excellence, affirme avoir identifié plusieurs gènes responsables et avoir compris la façon dont leur association provoque la maladie. “Durant les 4e, 5e et 6e semaines de grossesse, ces gènes dérèglent la production de cellules cérébrales en produisant soit trop, soit pas assez d’entre elles, ainsi que la façon dont elles sont connectées” a-t-il expliqué lors d’une conférence. “Nous avons aussi identifié 4 gènes qui forment une signature biologique de l’autisme chez les enfants à partir de 1 an”. Le professeur explique ainsi que sa méthode se base sur l’association des gènes entre eux, plutôt que sur un en particulier. Le test consisterait donc à rechercher l’existence de mutations au niveau de ces gènes afin d’identifier une éventuelle forme d’autisme le plus tôt possible, en l’occurrence ici dès 1 an. Selon le scientifique, il pourrait être disponible dès l’année prochaine. De nombreuses voies de recherche  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Grâce à un diagnostic aussi précoce, des prises en charge adaptées chez les enfants pourraient permettre de mieux gérer la maladie et d’améliorer le mode de vie des malades et de leur famille. L’autisme se manifeste par des difficultés à établir des relations sociales et à communiquer. Souvent, les autistes semblent ainsi comme isolés dans un “monde intérieur”. A l’heure actuelle, il n’existe pas de traitement de l’autisme, mais plus le diagnostic et la prise en charge sont précoces, plus l’enfant peut améliorer ses capacités à communiquer.De nombreuses recherches sont en cours sur l’autisme pour tenter de mieux comprendre ce trouble. Grâce aux techniques d’imagerie cérébrale, les chercheurs arrivent à identifier les régions du cerveau dont le fonctionnement est altéré chez les autistes, comme celles qui s’occupent du langage ou de la cognition sociale. Dans un article publié récemment dans la revue Brain, de l’université d’Oxford, des chercheurs ont également découvert que l’autisme affectait très différemment le cerveaux de femmes et celui des hommes. Le 11 août 2013 à 18:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Serie A clubs will honor Ponte Morandi disasters victims

first_imgAll the teams will wear a prematch shirt with the legend “Genoa in our hearts” after more than 41 persons died after a bridge collapsedAfter the Ponte Morandi disaster, the Italian Serie A continues to honor those who died in the tragedy.A bridge in Genoa collapsed and killed more than 41 persons, pausing the opening fixtures for Genoa and Sampdoria.“As a sign of participation and solidarity with the victims of the Genoa tragedy, Serie A will start, as has already been announced, a fund which will be going to the needs of the Genovese population in accordance with the local authorities,” an official statement read as reported by ESPN.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“To show our togetherness and to dedicate our thoughts to the victims of Morandi Bridge and to their families, in all the matches of the second weekend of football in Serie A, the players and the officials will walk onto the pitch in a commemorative shirt which demonstrates that the hearts of everyone are with Genoa.”La Lega Serie A istituirà un fondo destinato alla popolazione genovese ed, in occasione della 2ª Giornata di #SerieATIM, calciatori ed Ufficiali di Gara scenderanno in campo con una maglia commemorativa per esprimere che il cuore di tutti è con Genova! #Genova nel<3 #PonteMorandi pic.twitter.com/xd7IZmAYt9— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 22, 2018last_img read more

Sarri We could have won better

first_imgMaurizio Sarri feels Chelsea could have won better but lost a bit of focus that allowed Brighton back into the match on Sunday.Sarri’s men ran away 2-1 winners over Brighton thanks to goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard but Italian manager Sarri wasn’t too satisfied with the manner of the victory.“I think that we could have won better,” Sarri said as cited by team talk.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played very well for 60 minutes. We conceded a goal when we were in full control. In my mind it was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the box, we are not a physical team. I tried with the substitutions to have more of a physical presence.“When we have the feeling to be in control of the match it is dangerous for ourselves. The first situation in our box in 30 minutes, I think we were a bit unlucky. When we are sure to be in control of the match.“Complacency? I don’t know.”last_img read more

EnergyAustralia invests 12m to close gender pay gap

first_imgEnergy retail organisation EnergyAustralia is investing $1.2 million (£678,309.21) in pay increases in order to close its 2% gender pay gap.Effective from April 2018, the organisation will be awarding approximately 350 female employees with a one-off pay adjustment payment of $3,500 (£1,978.40) as part of its annual salary review process. This is to ensure that male and female employees with equivalent experience and skills receive the same pay for performing the same jobs. The one-off pay adjustments will work to close EnergyAustralia’s current 2% gender pay gap.Around 80 male employees will also have their pay adjusted following pay reviews of employees not on enterprise bargaining agreements.EnergyAustralia has implemented numerous measures in order to improve gender representation at the organisation. This includes establishing a mentoring programme for women, creating a women’s network and holding related events, offering return-to-work support to female employees returning from maternity leave and embedding checks for unconscious bias into HR processes for remuneration, promotions, reward and recruitment.EnergyAustralia has been striving to reduce or remove gender bias since 2014, with its past focuses tackling recruitment, working arrangements, succession planning, internal appointments and promotions, performance assessment and remuneration and reward.Currently, 40% of EnergyAustralia’s 2,500 workforce are women and a further 40% are employed in management positions. Half of EnergyAustralia’s board are female.Catherine Tanna, managing director at EnergyAustralia, said: “I’m proud of the good progress we’ve made in the past four years with hiring women to senior roles, the make-up of our workforce and in remuneration generally. But it’s not right or fair to expect women to have to wait any longer for the pay gap to close, so we’re fixing that right now.“Energy is a vibrant industry with an exciting, but challenging, future. If we want to attract our share of the bright, talented women out there we must also treat them fairly and give our people opportunities to do the best work of their careers.“Most of the roles at our energy assets, which typically offer good, well-paid jobs, are done by men. That’s why it’s important we encourage women to join our power stations. It’s about opening opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender, background or affiliation.”last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriff Announces Completion Of 19th Annual Youth Public Safety Academy 1050

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian thanked the cadets, families and community partners involved in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office 19th Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) this summer. Over 1,300 youngsters applied for this year’s summer camp, with over 1,050 participating.“YPSA is a true community program – it’s about our kids, our officers and firefighters, and our hometowns,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “I am so happy we could welcome over 1,000 children to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office this year to learn safety skills, challenge themselves and make new friends with classmates and officers alike.”YPSA cadets experience a week full of activities structured around team building, safety education and engagement with law enforcement officials. This year, cadets came from forty-four Middlesex County communities, including Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Waltham, Watertown, Wakefield, Westford, Woburn and Wilmington.Officers and firefighters from many of these communities joined cadets throughout the camp. Several public and private organizations also provided educational resources, including AT&T of Massachusetts, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), and the National Park Service (NPS).This year, a $23,500 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) allowed the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to accept an additional 146 cadets from its waitlist as well as hire additional staff.“We are incredibly grateful for the support of EOPSS and all of the72 public and private organizations who assisted with this year’s Academy,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “They truly make YPSA the success that it is, and we hope to have all of them back next summer as we celebrate our 20th year.”Registration for next year’s YPSA is expected to open in early March, 2019. For information on the Academy and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office’s other community-based programming, please visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Fords Fiesta Focus transmission troubles attract NHTSAs attention report says

first_img Tags 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout 0 6 Photos 2015 Ford Focus offers more safety and better looks More From Roadshow Ford null Originally published at 12:08 p.m. PT.Update, 1:40 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Ford. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performercenter_img Enlarge ImageFord’s Focus and Fiesta models have been plagued by serious issues with their PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Roadshow Way back in 2009, Ford’s new Fiesta hit dealer showrooms across the US. It was the first Fiesta to hit the US in decades and it looked better than ever, and its fuel economy figures were seriously impressive. That latter attribute was thanks in large part to their new and innovative dual-clutch automatic transmissions, which Ford called PowerShift, and referred to internally as DPS6.Here we are 10 years later, and those transmissions are proving to be a massive thorn in not only owners’ sides, but increasingly they’re becoming an issue for the mothership back in Dearborn. The problems with the transmission include many reports from owners that it will drop into neutral between gears, leading to a lack of acceleration. Other reports state that the cars will lurch forward and shift jerkily.These issues are so prevalent, and Ford’s reaction to owners’ complaints have reportedly been so unsatisfactory, that now the US government is looking at getting involved.Several Democratic congressmen — including Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, who is on the committee that oversees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — have called for a review of the ongoing situation, the Detroit Free Press reports.Ford dealers interviewed by the Free Press stated that they hadn’t received clear instructions on how to handle customer concerns going forward, or how (or whether) to charge customers for transmission repairs to their PowerShift-equipped vehicles.Ford’s representatives stated that the company had issued a service bulletin explaining how to handle the increased number of customer concerns and informed dealers that affected vehicles brought in before July 19 would receive extended warranty coverage, something it’s done before for individual components of the transmission. The bulletin promised further communication on or around the 19th, but to our knowledge, no new bulletins have been issued.”The DPS6 transmission was all-new technology from Getrag when it was introduced nearly a decade ago to improve fuel economy in Fiesta and Focus models. We launched those vehicles in good faith — like others, only after they reached key development milestones. Quality issues emerged after they were on the road,” Ford representatives said in a statement. “We acted quickly and determinedly to address those issues. Resolving them took longer than we expected — that frustrated and was inconvenient for many customers, some still today, which we regret. Along the way, we have rightly gone to great lengths to correct the problems: understanding what caused them, alerting dealers and consumers, recommending and making repairs, and extending warranties. In the meantime, automobiles using the DPS6 transmission were and remain safe to drive.”Given the likely cost of each individual repair, combined with the sheer number of vehicles equipped with the faulty gearboxes around the US, a forced recall by NHTSA would likely be a very, very expensive proposition for Ford. 2014 Ford Fiesta Ford Now playing: Watch this: 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Share your voice 2:31 Car Industry Hatchbacks Sedanslast_img read more

Shiloh Baptist Church 30th Pastoral Anniversary Gala for Bishop Heber M Brown

first_imgThe 30th Anniversary Gala for Bishop Heber M. Brown of Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore County will be held on April 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Temple, 304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD where the Gala Preacher will be Bishop Dennis V. Procter, bishop of AME Zion of Alabama & Florida. The culminating celebration service will occur on May 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Shiloh Baptist Church of Baltimore County where the Anniversary Preacher will be Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Sr. of the New Psalmist Baptist Church. For more information call 410.477.8886.last_img read more