20 Oct

St Modwen share price hits high after 20% NAV growth

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18 Oct

Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Mar 2020 8:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Italy’s Serie A have already been playing matches behind closed doors (Picture: AFP )So far major sporting events in the UK have gone ahead as planned – including Six Nations games, Premier League matches and the Cheltenham festival.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveBut that could change depending on the outcome of the government’s Cobra committee meeting on Thursday morning, with a move from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase expected to see a ban on large public gatherings.The Premier League and Football Association have already been in discussion with the government and, according to The Times, the football season will not be postponed but instead played exclusively behind closed doors.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWhile the 3pm television blackout will still be observed on Saturdays – with officials worried about setting a precedent that would remove the protected slot – matches look set to be moved from that time period and live streamed instead.All Premier League season ticket holders, and individual match ticket holders, will be able to stream the games live from their homes.center_img PSG played Dortmund behind closed doors – though fans turned up anyway (Picture: Getty)Broadcasters will also be permitted to screen multiple games in the lunchtime and tea-time slots on Saturday, as well as on Sundays andMonday nights.Matches will be blocked from being broadcast in pubs, however, to avoid large public gatherings and will be threatened with the loss of their license if they flaunt the rules.The Premier League’s broadcasting contracts mean it would face a huge penalty if the season was terminated, hence the reluctance to follow the lead of the NBA and suspend the current campaign.MORE: Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus 48 hours after making light of the worldwide panic over the diseaseMORE: Diego Costa coughs on reporters after win against Liverpool amid coronavirus outbreakFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan Matches could be played behind closed doors from this weekend onwards (Picture: Getty)The Premier League have put plans in place to live stream all matches played behind closed doors should the government decide to upgrade its response to the coronavirus pandemic.Football matches in Italy and France are already being played behind closed doors – with PSG beating Borussia Dortmund in an emptyParc des Princes stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Juventus also took on Inter Milan in their Serie A title clash behind closed doors, with both teams now suspending training and going into isolation after Juve defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for Covid-19.last_img read more

27 Sep

Why I’ve lost my hunger for violent, unethical games

first_imgOPINION: Sydney Morning Herald 3 April 2012Clare Cannon is editor of GoodReadingGuide.com.The arrival of The Hunger Games on the big screen has sent thrills around the world. Already a publishing blockbuster, Suzanne Collins’s sensational trilogy is cleaning up at the box office as well. The first instalment is an enthralling film that keeps audiences spellbound throughout. Or so I hear, for I won’t be going. I read all three books in my professional capacity as a reviewer and experienced first-hand their hypnotic quality. But while they may provide gripping entertainment, they carry some worrying ethical messages….. Firstly, Collins distorts the meaning of heroic rebellion. The lead character, Katniss Everdeen, clearly has more courage than most people on the planet. In addition, she seems to have no choice but to go along with the Games and try to survive. If she refuses, not only will she die, but her family and friends will also suffer. But is it real rebellion to allow herself to be trained up for a killer-survivor episode? Could one say no? Other heroes have shown it is possible. Passive resistance was the ”weapon” of choice for Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and anti-Nazi activists Sophie Scholl and her brother. And may we mention Christian martyrs? In all these cases, even where their protests led to sudden death, their story didn’t end. Katniss is courageous, but her ”rebellion” is a compromise.Secondly, survival justifies killing in this story. By participating in the Games, even the heroes allow themselves to be infected with its kill-or-be-killed ethos. Katniss reluctantly begins by dropping an insect nest on someone’s head so they swell up and die ”naturally”, then destroys others’ food so they will starve. Later, she has no problem shooting a citizen who blocks her path.Thirdly, characters are desensitised to sexual exploitation. The reality television framework makes body appearance important: each contestant has a stylist who must first assess them without clothes (Katniss ”bravely” resists the urge to cover herself), and then a full body wax makes them camera-ready. This is probably normal for reality TV, but don’t tell me it’s brave. A fake relationship between Katniss and the male lead, Peeta, is also played up to win sponsorship. So physical affection is given for food, or later because she’s ”so desperately lonely [she] can’t stand it”. This selfish mockery is all the love that is shown in The Hunger Games.Fourthly, feelings replace right and wrong. For Katniss, the pattern is repeated over and over: a catastrophic situation is followed by her passionate but often unethical reaction, then a soul-searching analysis of her feelings to deal with her guilt, followed by defiant justification that she had no choice, or that she was confused, which is the fault of those who created the catastrophe. Thus she becomes the victim-hero: they made her do it.Finally, there is the seductive sensationalism of the storytelling. It is like watching a graphic news story that turns horrific events into entertainment. The screaming, the blood, the broken bodies – and when all this is no longer enough, the slow and graphic death of some poor, innocent character we’ve come to like. How can this series be a critique of using injury and death for entertainment when it does the same itself?http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/why-ive-lost-my-hunger-for-violent-unethical-games-20120402-1w8pl.html#ixzz1quyZy5Uhlast_img read more

27 Sep

Why Can’t Two Gay Brothers Marry?

first_imgCharismaNews 23 October 2015  One of the strongest arguments against consensual adult incest is that incestuous unions could result in children with genetic defects, but since that concern wouldn’t apply to same-sex couples, an Irish political leader has argued that gay cousins should be allowed to “marry.” And that only begs the next obvious question: Why not gay brothers or gay sisters?As reported in The Irish Times, Independent Senator David Norris, himself gay, “has said that gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other following the same-sex marriage referendum.”“It would not take a feather out of me if two cousins married each other,” Mr. Norris said. “What is the problem with that?”So, no sooner does the Irish Legislature officially announce the legalizing of same-sex “marriage” than an Irish Senator calls for gay cousins to be allowed to marry.Yes, “Mr. Norris said the regulations covering cousins marrying were introduced to protect the genetic pool, but that this would remain relatively untroubled by same-sex marriage.”Then wouldn’t the same line of reasoning apply to gay brothers or sisters who wanted to “marry”?http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/52814-why-can-t-two-gay-brothers-marrylast_img read more

25 Sep

‘Selective’ martial law in Mindanao mulled

first_imgPresidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said he plans to recommend martial law extensions in Sulu, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao due to the presence of terror groups that have pledged allegiance to international terrorist network of Islamic State (ISIS). “We might recommend to the Secretary of National Defense some areas lang in Mindanao where there is presence ng mga ISIS-inspired groups,” says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. GMA NEWS “As an independent body, we might recommend to the Secretary of National Defense some areas lang particularly Sulu, area ng Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, where there is presence ng mga ISIS-inspired groups,” Galvez said. “Any decision on Mindanao martial law should be thoroughly assessed since terrorists could conduct attacks in any area in the island region,” Galvez said. MANILA – As martial law in Mindanaonears its deadline, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Processmight recommend an extension only in selected areas in the region. He agrees with the proposal to have a “selective” implementation of martial law but will abide by the final recommendation of security forces and local officials. “Martial law would no longer be needed if the Human Security Act is amended to allow warrantless detention of terror suspects up to one month. The current maximum detention of three days is not enough to build the case and disrupt the terrorists’ plans,” he added. President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 because of the Marawi siege. He has since asked Congress to extend it three times. The latest martial law extension in Mindanao is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019 unless President Duterte will asks for another extension and Congress approves it./PNlast_img read more

22 Sep

Manchester United Board to blame for club’s on-field woes, says Neville

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United’s struggles are the result of poor planning by the club’s board and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs time and money to get the team back on track, former defender Gary Neville has said.United, once the dominant force in English football, made their worst start to a Premier League campaign in 30 years and dropped to 12th in the table two points above the relegation zone after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United.Solskjaer is the fourth permanent manager to take charge since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with the 20-times English champions enduring mixed fortunes under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho despite spending heavily on players.“United are getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level,” Neville told Sky Sports.“The board (is) responsible for this with poor recruitment, poor selection of managers, going with them and then pulling off them.“If you change direction as a board every two years, investing 250 million pounds ($308 million) along the way in each manager, you’re going to have big problems.”Solskjaer, who sanctioned the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku in the close season, is trying to rebuild the side with a greater emphasis on youth, and Neville said the board would have to be patient with his former team mate.The club signed centre back Harry Maguire, right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James before the season started, but need to bring in another “five or six top players”, he added.“Solskjaer needs… the opportunity to spend the money the others have had to spend.“If United recruit well in the next three or four windows, they’ve got the bones of something. If they recruit badly, they’ll end up suffering.“There’s no quick fix and it has to be done methodically. I hope, because of the poor results, they don’t come off the path they’re on which is to develop a young, progressive team but they do need some quality and experience in there,” Neville said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Gary NevilleManchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

16 Sep

Footballers can topple Armagh says former All Star Lacey

first_imgPeter Creedon’s men will get their league campaign underway this Sunday in their opening game in Division 3. They’ll travel to the Athletic Grounds to take on Armagh and Brian Lacey says the Tipp Seniors have the ability to defeat their Northern opponents. He said: “Kieran McGeeney’s teams are built around a defensive system and they’re very strong and aggressive and physical. But I think that’s one area where Tipperary could exploit them.  “I don’t think they [Armagh] have the forwards up front to put up huge scores against a team whereas Tipperary does have a lot of natural forwards.“If they can get a run at all against Armagh, Tipp have the scoring forwards  to actually put up a good score and come out with a victory up there.”Throw-in is at 2 o’clock on Sunday and Tipp FM will bring you full live coverage in association with Supermacs.last_img read more

31 Aug

Jamaican Consulate to suspend passport applications in Miami until January

first_imgJamaican Consulate announces temporary suspension of passport applications at Miami officeAs of Monday, December 18, the Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami will temporarily suspend the collection and processing of Jamaican passport applications at its location in downtown Miami.Regular passport processing services will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.During that period, persons travelling in emergency situations should contact the Consulate General at telephone 305-374-8431 or via email at  contactus@jamaicacgmiami.org or consularinfo@jamaicacgmiami.org or info@jamaicacgmiami.org.Please note, however, that the Jamaican Consulate remains open for all other consular services. Those seeking to do other business with or at the Consulate may visit the office Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.As a reminder, the Consulate will be closed to the public on 25th and 26th December, 2017, and 1st January, 2018.last_img read more

28 Aug

Herbert Addo blames Inter Allies’ profligacy for their defeat in Wa

first_imgInter Allies coach Herbert Addo has blamed his sides profligacy in front of goal for their 2-0 defeat at Wa All Stars.The Tema side held their own for large portions of the game against the league leaders for large portions of the game as well as creating decent chances.A combination of their wastefulness and goalkeeping heroics by Richard Ofori kept the scoreline level.With time running out and Inter Allies heading for a priceless away point, Richard Arthur and Emmanuel Ocran scored in quick succession to obliterate Inter Allies’ dreams .Herbert Addo is ruing the missed chances against their opponents.“Once again we failed to bury our chances and we were punished for that,” he said. “In football if you get your chances and you don’t take them your opponents will take advantage of that and that is what we saw today.“We just have to go back and prepare for a next game at home.”Inter-Allies host Techiman City at the Tema Park next week Sunday in a matchday 10 fixture  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

27 Aug

Tonight’s FanDuel NBA DFS lineup: Pick advice, sleepers for Tuesday, Dec. 4

first_imgAfter frustrating NBA DFS players with post-lock lineup changes over the past couple of weeks, the Suns seem to have gotten their shenanigans out of the way early Tuesday, already ruling leading scorers Devin Booker and T.J. Warren out for tonight’s games.Those injury announcements should have a ripple effect through a five-game slate previously devoid of many high-quality value plays. We’ll help you decide who to start and who to fade in our latest installment of FanDuel cash game advice. MORE: SN DFS | Player UpdatesAs part of our multi-step lineup approach, we used Fantasy Alarm’s premium features to analyze points allowed by position and projected point values. Below are the conclusions of that research.Tonight’s FanDuel NBA DFS lineup: Pick advice, sleepers for Tuesday, Dec. 4FAVORITE VALUE — PG Corey Joseph, Pacers vs. Bulls ($4,400). The Bulls are a complete trainwreck right now, and the immediate aftermath of Fred Hoiberg’s firing is the perfect time to take advantage of their defensive ineptitude. Joseph has been a pretty safe bet to reach 20 FD points on a nightly basis since Victor Oladipo went down, and he’s even gotten above 30 FD points twice in as many weeks. Among cheap point guards on this slate, there are few options who can provide as much cash game comfort.STUD TO STICK WITH — PG Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers @ Dallas ($9,900). Lillard costs way more than anyone else at point guard in this slate, but he’s worthy of your investment, going for at least 59 FD points in two of the past three games. Pair him with Joseph and prosper. STAR TO AVOID — SG Donovan Mitchell, Jazz vs. Spurs ($8,500). Mitchell is in play for GPP formats, but he’s likely too boom-or-bust at this price point to consider him for cash games. He just isn’t passing the eye test right now, missing too many shots he would have hit last year and seemingly forcing things at times. Because of the sheer volume of shots he puts up, he’ll provide DFS value on many nights, but counting on him Tuesday in what should be a grind-it-out game against San Antonio probably isn’t the best move.TAKE A CHANCE ON ME — PF Domantas Sabonis, Pacers vs. Bulls ($7,700). We were burned by Montrezl Harrell on Monday behind similar thinking, but we’re confident Sabonis can deliver the goods as a high-floor power forward option, especially on an evening without elite options like Blake Griffin or Anthony Davis. According to Basketball Reference, Sabonis actually plays center about 80 percent of his time he’s on the floor, which is important because the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA against that position. Sabonis is also coming off his worst performance since Oladipo got injured, which might scare people off him despite scoring 35-plus FD points in six of the past eight games.INJURY PLAY — PF Josh Jackson, Suns vs. Kings ($5,600). If you didn’t read our extended blurb on Jackson last Friday, here’s a succinct version: Play him until he does something to suggest you shouldn’t. An uptick in performance level has coincided with injuries to Devin Booker and T.J. Warren, leaving Jackson as one of the primary ball handlers of the Suns offense. Against the fast-paced Kings, he has plenty of upside. Center Deandre Ayton ($6,800) and small forward Mikal Bridges ($4,300) are also decent plays from this game.last_img read more