9 Nov

‘A blind horse is better than Phil Jones’

first_imgManchester United ‘A blind horse is better than Phil Jones’ – Shocking tackle leaves Man Utd fans bewildered & Chelsea fans euphoric Ronan Murphy 01:09 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Phil Jones Eden Hazard Manchester United Chelsea 19052018 Getty Manchester United Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea FA Cup WTF Red Devils supporters took to social media to criticise the defender, who handed advantage to the Blues in the FA Cup final with a terrible tackle A badly-timed challenge from Phil Jones handed Chelsea advantage in the FA Cup final, leaving Manchester United fans outraged as the Blues took the lead from the resulting penalty.The centre-back bundled Eden Hazard over in the penalty area, picking up a yellow card in the process, with the Belgian brushing himself off before slotting the spot-kick past David de Gea.Jones was chosen in the starting XI ahead of Eric Bailly by United boss Jose Mourinho, leaving some fans wondering why the error-prone defender was selected in such an important game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Former England captain Alan Shearer admits he would have enjoyed the opportunity to come up against Jones during his own playing career.”If I was a centre-forward playing against Phil Jones going into a game for 90 minutes, I would feel confident he would make at least one mistake in the game that I could pounce on,” the ex-Blackburn and Newcastle striker told the BBC.”It’s a last-ditch tackle, it’s his mistake in the first place for letting [Hazard] get in there. But it is a genuine attempt.”England supporters were also concerned by Jones’ poor tackle following his inclusion in the Three Lions’ squad for the World Cup, where Gareth Southgate’s men take on Belgium and Hazard in the group stage.Red Devils and England fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment in Jones, urging Southgate to look elsewhere for defensive cover in Russia.I’ve been saying this for ages but a blind horse would be an improvement on Phil Jones.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) May 19, 2018The Futility of Man’s Struggle Against HimselfPhil Jones2018-105m x 69m pic.twitter.com/wNoZFJedlO— Zito (@_Zeets) May 19, 2018My manager leaves Eric Bailly, our best CB, on the bench, whilst still playing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. I give up.— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) May 19, 2018Never understood Jose’s obssession with Phil Jones. He’s always got a mistake in him. Not called Calamity Jones for nothing#MUFC— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) May 19, 2018Phil Jones trying to keep up with Eden Hazard. pic.twitter.com/ChrQ6XEmUI— Coral (@Coral) May 19, 2018Phil Jones giving us a preview of things to come in the World Cup— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) May 19, 2018Phil Jones. pic.twitter.com/W3fpoxiPju— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 19, 2018🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Chris Smalling❌ NOT included in England’s World Cup Squad🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Phil Jones✅ IS included in England’s World Cup Squad. pic.twitter.com/RjWDQqRBfn— SPORF (@Sporf) May 19, 2018Phil Jones, what a donkey that lad is!— LFC Stanley House 🇺🇦 (@LFCStanleyHouse) May 19, 2018Phil Jones may have a few good games every now and again but at the end of the day, he’ll always be Phil Jones.— JoshGI 🇾🇪 (@JoshGI97) May 19, 2018Gareth, if you’re watching mate, let’s not start Phil Jones at the World Cup please. Especially not against Belgium 🇧🇪— The Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) May 19, 2018Phil Jones has gifted Chelsea the FA Cup.— 👑 DaddyMo PhD CEng 👑 (@officialdaddymo) May 19, 2018⚽️🏆 💩Phil Jones giving us a preview of things to come in the World Cup… pic.twitter.com/PFYxJot6tl— Football Funnys (@FootyFunnysUK) May 19, 2018Phil Jones is going to the World Cup….— ManUnitedZone (@ManUnitedZone_) May 19, 2018Jones almost made amends for his mistake just before half-time, but could only head wide following an excellent cross from Ashley Young.last_img read more

7 Nov

Tight at the Top – Australian Women’s Snatch Last Gasp Victory

first_imgRelated LinksWomen’s Match Report In a very tight tussle, it was Australia who somehow managed to keep their composure under fire and close out an amazing win considering they only hit the lead late in the second half. For coach, Swain Rovelli it was welcome relief and a good win first-up. “It was good to get that one over with and it’s good to get started with a good win.“We were ready to go but then we started to settle and once we got a read on what we had to do, we got on top and took it away from there.“Our changeovers were a bit slow and once we started going direct and once we nailed that, we knew that we could score tries and hold them out.“We knew what we needed to do and where to get to and thankfully Marikki’s try sealed it at the end for us.”New Zealand came firing out of the blocks early against Australia with Tenika Willison and Charlotte Davis crossing early for the Kiwis.The captains quickly got in on the act with Lizzie Campbell crossing the stripe in the middle section then New Zealand captain, Jean Marsh following Australia’s Hayley Maddick’s touchdown on debut.Tenika Willison went over for her double and was then followed by Samantha Hopkin on the spot of Campbell’s earlier touchdown.In the second half it was Mia Johnstone who then drew Australia level with New Zealand at 4-all with 13 minutes remaining.Shellie Davis put Australia in front for the first time in the match scoring her first Trans Tasman touchdown soon-after with Leah Percy pushing Australia out by two (6-4).The Kiwis’ Hayley Lee was the recipient of a great long ball left crossing out wide edging New Zealand closer before Charlotte Davis scored locking the game up at 6-all with minutes remaining.Then at the very death and following the script of the earlier Mixed Open match, Marikki Watego crossed right on full-time to deliver Australia a last gasp 7-6 victory and an opportunity to wrap the series up tomorrow.FINAL SCORE: Australia 7 (Campbell, Hopkin, Maddick, Johnstone, Percy, S Davis, Watego) defeated New Zealand 6 (C Davis 2, Willison 2, Marsh, Lee) last_img read more

28 Oct

10 months agoMan City striker Gabriel Jesus sets sights on displacing Aguero

first_imgMan City striker Gabriel Jesus sets sights on displacing Agueroby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Jesus is desperate to replace Sergio Aguero as Manchester City’s first choice striker.The 21-year-old has struggled for form since his close-knit family returned to Brazil after their UK holiday visa expired 18 months ago.But after scoring four in Wednesday night’s 9-0 win over Burton Albion, Jesus feels he’s back in form.”I’ve already forgotten the problems of last year and I’m really happy now,” he said. “My family is going back to Brazil, unfortunately, but that’s an issue just at home, not on the pitch.”I’ve had amazing days beside them, I’m grateful for the family I have, they are always beside me and allowing me just to focus on football.”I’ll miss them, obviously, but I’m mentally stronger now and I just want to play well, score goals and help the team.”He added: “Sure (I can do it) like when I first came here,” he told Esporte Interativo. “I’ve always respected and will always respect Sergio and the manager’s decisions, but it’s up to me to pursue a place in the team.”I try to show on a daily basis, training hard trying to get into the first XI.”I know Sergio is having an amazing season, but I’m here able to help whenever they need me.”I haven’t played a lot on Premier League this season and I want to help.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 Oct

Lucio Castro’s Fall/Winter Collection Recap

first_img 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Fashion Week is here and our good friend and photographer  Leandro Justen offered to share his shots with us from some of the shows he was covering.Today we get a look at Lucio Castro‘s fall/winter 2015 line. Inspired by the hypnotic made-for-tv movie ‘Ubu Roi’ by Jean-Christophe Averty in 1965, there are lots of modernist and Dada references while still being anchored in an effortless and masculine ‘invisible uniform’ the design always strives for.last_img read more

24 Oct

Meet Up Mondays: Sunspel

first_imgEnglish brand Sunspel has a heritage that is more than 150 years old, yet it couldn’t be any more modern with its clean, purposeful, and luxurious design philosophy. Famous for its Riviera polo custom made for Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale,” Sunspel also produces fine jersey tees and “loopback” sweatshirts that rank among the best-made, most understated and quietly innovative in the world. As the category of luxury basics continues to grow globally, the company is now gearing up for even greater success with an expanded offering and distribution stateside going into the fall. We checked in with co-owner Nicholas Brooke recently to learn more.Tell us about the history of the brand.It’s a great story. Historically we are a cut-and-sew jersey brand with two factories. On the one side, there was one factory that made cut-and-sew underwear and t-shirts and had done so for about 150 years. (Some of the earliest t-shirt ever made as undershirts were made there.) The other side made boxer shorts, pajamas and dressing gowns, and in the 1930s two brothers took over the business. They then fell out. One did the boxer short side, one did the knitwear side, and there’s a little yard in the middle. When I bought the business there was only one of the brothers left and he asked me, “What do you wear? Boxer shorts or briefs?” I said, “Well, it slightly depends on the weather.” And he said, “Boxer shorts—nasty things!” because he was the brief guy. So that’s what its history is. Now the focus is really on a range of colored t-shirts, because underwear is not something that we can make in the UK. But we’re still using the same fabric, which is Egyptian cotton, picked and spun in Egypt, knitted in Leicester, dyed in Nottingham, and made up in our factory. Another big wholesale product is the Riviera polo shirt. It’s got a very cult following because of the Bond film, and that’s a special fabric as well. It’s made in Portugal because we couldn’t find a machine that can still knit this fabric in the UK. So for our wholesale business it’s very much t-shirts and polo shirts. It is slowly expanding now into shirting, also done incredibly well. This has the look and feel of what a Sunspel guy wears as a shirt. It’s got that soft handle; it’s not super casual, but it’s relaxed. And then knitwear is developing as a category. Our knitwear is similar to Smedley, but it’s a little bit heavier. Smedley is very fine, which means it’s quite esoteric. This has got the same luxury feeling, but it’s a little easier to wear. Then you’ve got heavier gauge knitwear, coats, and trousers.When I was reading about the brand’s history, I came across a lot of references to the 50s.Yeah, the 50s was an interesting period. If you look at the history of the business, it started in 1860 and it was a hosiery business. It was a vertical business, and it was the Industrial Revolution. We were spinning the cotton, we had the mills, we had a huge factory in Nottingham, and they were exporting to the rest of the world. Ironically their biggest export was China because Britain was industrialized and in places like China it was still craft. They had lots of different brands, but the luxury brand was called Sunspel and they were doing Sea Island Cotton as luxury. At the end of the First World War there was a collapse in Sea Island Cotton. There was an infestation of weevil, so Sea Island Cotton disappeared and you had the Depression and then the Second World War and consequently the business was making utility underwear for the air force and the army. After the war it slowly began to emerge again. They brought the boxer short from the US and began to emerge as a brand. The 50s was a big moment in a way because the export business started opening up again. We started exporting to all over the world, predominantly the old British colonies (I’ve got letters from Jamaica, South Africa, what was then called Rhodesia). If you wanted to get the best underwear then it would be Sunspel. So that’s why the 50s was a big period.So since you came on board in 2005, what have been some of your more iconic innovations?In terms of product, I think the key one is the loopback. It’s one of the strongest parts of the business. It kind of fits with what the rest of the brand is about. We spent a lot of time developing a fabric that had the right weight on the front and the back, made the cut nice and slim, and slightly tailored so it’s not a slouchy, super sporty, relaxed look; you can wear it dressing up or dressing down, and it’s really, really comfortable and it’s really high quality. So it’s almost the perfect version of what we are as a brand, which is casual luxury. The knitwear is important as well.Related: J.Crew Unleashes First-Ever Collab with Lacoste.You certainly seem to be picking up and adding more items going into fall. How do you see the brand moving forward?There’s much less than you think. When I think about it, it feels as if it’s been agonizingly slow! I think we have been quite slow. We add things, but when we add them we spend a lot of time in advance. Loopback took two years to develop the product. We think of it more as product development than new fashions, because what we want to do is create new products that will last into the future. And then we don’t just go, “Now that’s done.” We tend to tinker with it, just like we’ve been doing with underwear for years and years to try and make it a little better. We’re always trying to improve it.You teamed up with the designer Jonathan Anderson in the past. Is there an interest in doing more designer collaborations?We do have a designer that’s replaced Jonathan. She was on Savile Row for eight years before she did her own line, so she brought in a lot of these looks and fits. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to move into outerwear with confidence [for fall]. We have someone who really knows what they’re doing.So the collaborations are never branded separately?They’re all under one label. We do do collaborations. We’ve got a little capsule collection in the US with the store Unionmade. And we like doing that sort of thing. One of the great advantages of having a great factory is you can do something fun and interesting and do quite small runs.What else do you have in the vault that you might resurrect?It’s difficult to say what we might do. It tends to be something that happens when you bring in a new designer and a fresh pair of eyes. They see something new and different and they create something. That is why I think it’s very difficult for me to know what’s likely to come out of the archive. There may even be prints from the old letters that we could use. We’ve got great old labels before the crest was used, which we could run as a different line, so there’s a lot in there. One of the things I’m really focused on is we’re not a vintage brand. That’s not what we’re about. We’re about being modern and contemporary—but we have a history.Who is the Sunspel customer, especially the guys who go to your shops?If you look at the locations—we have one store on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, then Soho, Chiltern Street, and Jermyn Street which is pretty classic—we appeal to different customers right across the spectrum. Our brand is about product and it is clean and it is modern, but it’s not about saying we’re for this type of person and not that type of person, which is one of the things that makes it a brand that is not a fashion brand in that sense. Most fashion’s about a customer making a choice and being part of a tribe. We’re much more democratic than that and I hope everybody likes it.Do you feel there’s a void in the market for good basics?It depends on how you define good.Quality.I don’t think there are many brands that really do quality basics, because there’s always a temptation to make them a little less well and sell them to more people, and that means to get them to more people you have to spend more on marketing and consequently less money on real product quality. It’s incredibly competitive in the US, but I think if there is a bit of a void in the market it’s for English brands doing what we’re doing—with a heritage. I don’t think there are many English brands doing that at all. I think if we came to the US [and opened a store], Sunspel would be that brand. 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12 Oct

Fraudster caught red-handed; cops recover several fake HP products

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that staff from Jyoti Nagar police station have conducted a raid at a sewage pumping house near Loni Road, New Delhi and recovered a carton full of several counterfeit HP products that included printer toners and cartridges among other things.They said that as a result of the raid, one accused, identified as Ajay Kumar (22) was caught red-handed with the counterfeit products. Police had initially filed a case based on a complaint registered by Hewlett Packard (HP) through a person holding powers of attorney in Delhi earlier this year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSpeaking to the Millennium Post, DCP Atul Kumar Thakur (North East District) said that upon cursory checking of the carton in possession of the accused, nine HP cartridges with different versions of HP laser jet toners in them were discovered. The raid was conducted in the presence of an expert from the company, who checked and confirmed the nature of these products as being counterfeit. In addition to this, HP has also claimed that a raid was conducted at a computer retail store in the busy business locality of Bhikaji Cama Place where one arrest was made. According to a police seizure report in possession of Millennium Post, this raid was conducted at a basement store in Ansal Chamber-1 where about 25 pieces of different HP counterfeit products were recovered. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHowever, DCP Thakur said that he cannot disclose any information about this particular raid as investigations in the case are ongoing. In its complaint, the company alleged that certain retailers in Delhi were selling spurious and counterfeit products such as computer toners and cartridges under the brand name of HP, without the company’s consent, thus violating its copyright and intellectual property rights. The company accused these retailers of using its trademark, trade logo, and artwork to dupe unaware consumers into believing they were purchasing products manufactured by HP. The complaint also said that the alleged fraudsters packaged their counterfeit products in a manner similar to their own packaging, further trying to pass off their products as genuine. In addition to the raid in Delhi, HP representatives in India also claimed to have conducted raids with assistance from local authorities in Noida, Gurugram and at least five other states across the country. A case against the accused has been registered under section 63 of the Copyright Act at the Jyoti Nagar police station.last_img read more

12 Oct

Algeria to Fly Drones Near Moroccan Border to ‘Capture’ Drug Traffickers

Rabat – Algerian forces will fly drones near its southwestern borders – which includes the southern portion of the Moroccan-Algerian border – for the first time in order to monitor border activities and capture drug smugglers, according to a source who spoke to the Algerian Press Service.The official from the Ministry of Justice made the statement Wednesday night, during a press conference on border security in the region of Bashar.“The important, portable, and effective devices will widen security efforts and improve the oversight of the western border,” the anonymous source said. The drones – which will be deployed over the 3,058 kilometer western border – have hidden cameras that interpret ultraviolet rays and other forms of light that are difficult to capture with regular lenses.“Our efforts will not exceed the field of counter narcotics,” the official said. “Since last January, more than 12 million tons of keef, has entered through the border with Morocco.”Keef is a form of cannabis – grown in Morocco – that is smoked from a pipe.Another source from the Algerian Ministry of Defense added during the same press conference that terrorist groups had been participating in activities near the southwestern border that threaten the North African country’s safety.“The big smugglers have been working with terrorists and different criminal organizations that work in neighboring countries that share borders with us, so border security requires constant alertness,” the defense source said.Algeria, which consists of largely arid land, shares borders with Morocco, Mali and Mauritania on its southwestern side.Border tensions between Morocco and Algeria have on the rise throughout 2016. Last year, the kingdom built a 100 km fence along its border with Algeria, separating the Moroccan cities of Ahfir and Beni Drar from the rival country. In response, Algeria built an equality long fence 3.5 meters high along the same route earlier this year. read more

2 Oct

Tulsa denies SMUs bowl hopes with a 2724 win

TULSA, Okla. — Seth Boomer threw for 251 yards and a touchdown and Tulsa thwarted SMU’s bowl hopes with a 27-24 win on Saturday.The Mustangs were looking for their sixth win for the second consecutive week to become bowl eligible for the second straight year. Memphis beat SMU 28-18 last week.Ben Hicks completed an 11-yard scoring pass to James Proche with 91 seconds left and SMU was within 27-24. The ensuing onside kick went out of bounds and Tulsa (3-9, 2-6 American Athletic Conference) ran out the clock.Tulsa led from the start building a 21-0 lead. Shamari Brooks scored on a 15-yard run, Boomer threw a 2-yard TD to Keenen Johnson and Corey Taylor II plunged in from 1 yard out. SMU (5-7, 4-4) responded with a nine-play, 68-yard drive that ended when Ke’Mon Freeman scored from 2 yards out.In the third quarter, Rodney Clemons blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt by John Parker Romo and scooped the ball and raced 45 yards to the endzone to make it 21-14.Romo made field goals of 34 yards in the third quarter and 22 yards with 3:28 to play.The Associated Press read more

2 Oct

Weighty move dropping pounds helps Miller excel for Texans

HOUSTON — Lamar Miller was searching for ways to improve this off-season after what he calls a disappointing 2017.It was then that the Houston Texans running back decided to take the advice of two former Miami Hurricanes running backs with a combined 25 years of NFL experience.Edgerrin James, a four-time Pro Bowler who spent 11 years in the NFL, and Frank Gore, a 35-year-old who made the Pro Bowl five times and is in his 14th season shared their secret for NFL longevity: weight loss.“They were just telling me that every year they tried to play lighter and lighter because as you get older they say you lose a step … and all that weight is not good,” Miller said.“So just having guys like that to give you some knowledge on some of the things that helped them throughout their career, I just felt like it would help me. So that’s something I tried to focus on this off-season was to lose some weight.”Gore called Miller his “little brother” and said he’s a big believer in running backs getting lighter as they age.“I used to play at 217, 218 when I was younger,” he said. “Now I try to play lighter than that.”That led the 5-foot-10 Miller to shed about 7 pounds, dropping from 225 last year to 218 this season.Though he didn’t make the change until this season, his transformation was about three years in the making.Gore, who Miller has long looked to for advice, first brought up that he started playing a bit lighter every year as he aged before Miller’s first season in Houston in 2016. But Miller was just 25 at the time and thought he was too young to worry about something that helped older players.So, he went the other way and gained a few pounds before that season because he thought it would help him carry a bigger rushing load.He had a good year, rushing for 1,073 yards with five touchdowns, before a 2017 season where he finished with 888 yards rushing and never ran for more than 75 yards in a game all season.And when he spoke with James this off-season and he shared the same thing as Gore and suggested Miller should slim down, too, he decided to give it a try.“I thought: ‘They had success doing it so why can’t you,’” Miller said.It’s a change he believes has made a big difference.“I can feel it,” he said. “I feel lighter when I’m running and stuff and overall my body feels good. I think it’s helped me. So far, I’ve been doing good. I don’t really see how it hasn’t (helped).”The numbers back it up. Miller had 103 yards rushing last week for his fourth 100-yard game this season, and with five regular-season games left he needs just 13 yards to eclipse last year’s rushing total.Coach Bill O’Brien has been impressed with Miller’s improvement this season.“He really wanted to come in this year and have a good year for us and that’s what he’s done,” O’Brien said. “I think we’ve managed him pretty well and he’s done a great job of, in the off-season, training and then having a good training camp. He’s always been a consistent performer for us.”The thing that disappointed Miller most about his numbers last year was that he averaged a career-low 3.7 yards a carry.“That was bad,” he said. “My whole career I was averaging 4 yards or better, so that was a big drop-off for me.”This season he’s boosted his average to 5 yards a carry, which is second only to the 5.1 yards he averaged in 2014 when he ran for a career-best 1,099 yards in Miami. Miller ranks sixth in the NFL in yards rushing and has the longest TD run in the league this season after he rumbled 97 yards for a score in Houston’s win over Tennessee on Nov. 26.That run made him the only player in NFL history to have two TD runs of 95 yards or longer after he also had a 97-yard touchdown run in 2014 while with the Dolphins.Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said that Miller looked like a rookie on that run and Miller, who was a sprinter on Miami’s track team along with playing football, said he heard similar things from many old friends after that touchdown.“People were saying: “oh you still have your speed and stuff,’” Miller said. “So just hearing it from a lot of people that I grew up with was good.”Gore was among those who delighted in seeing Miller break that long run and he raved about his work this season.“He’s balling,” Gore said. “He’s taking advantage of his opportunity. I hope he gets in the Pro Bowl.”Miller knows the solid play of Houston’s offensive line and his focus on being more decisive have also contributed to his success this season. But he’s sure the weight loss gave him a boost and that’s why he’s going to follow in the footsteps of his fellow former Hurricane friends for the rest of his career.“I’m back in a rhythm,” he said. “I’m doing some positive things to help this team win and that’s always a good thing. So, I’m going to keep that formula to try to keep losing weight as I get older.”___AP Sports Writer Steven Wine contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLKristie Rieken, The Associated Press read more

25 Sep

India snub nothing to do with decision to quit says Bravo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBravo out of T&T squad pending WICB meetingJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news”CWI opens doors for Narine, Pollard and Bravo comebacks into national sideJuly 24, 2018In “latest news”WI Captains allegedly sacked; Bravo denies reportsNovember 5, 2014In “Sports” West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo(CMC) — All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has shot down suggestions his decision to retire from international cricket was influenced by his non-selection for the ongoing limited overs tour of India.The 35-year-old last week announced he was quitting international cricket, as he prepared for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s semi-final in the Regional Super50 at Kensington Oval in Barbados.“Not being selected in the West Indies team to go to India had nothing to do with my decision because I haven’t played for West Indies in one-dayers since 2014 and in T20s since 2016,” Bravo told CNC3 TV.“So not being selected in the West Indies team — I’ve actually gotten accustomed to it now.”Bravo made a rare appearance for Red Force in the just concluded Super50 but had little impact, scoring just 96 runs from five innings and picking up seven wickets at 24 runs apiece.Red Force reached the semi-finals before they were upset by eventual champions Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.Bravo, who also quit Test cricket three years ago, said he would continue to ply his trade on the global T20 circuit.“Life continues for me. I just officially announced my retirement but I’m going to continue to play around the world, I’m going to continue to play for Knight Riders,” he explained.“To all my fans who got scared and thought they would never see me play cricket, you can rest assured I will continue playing — just that I won’t be playing for West Indies.“I will be trying to keep my body fit so I can play as long as possible.”Bravo was repeatedly snubbed by Windies selectors despite guiding Trinbago Knight Riders to back-to-back titles in the Caribbean Premier League over the last two seasons.He captained West Indies in ODIs for 19 months up to 2014 when he was sacked and dropped from the squad following his key role in the controversial abandoned tour of India earlier that year, owing to a player’s pay dispute with Cricket West Indies. read more

22 Sep

ASTI reject Haddington Road agreement vote for industrial action

first_imgTHE UNION REPRESENTING second-level teachers has voted to reject the Haddington Road agreement and in favour of industrial action.In a ballot of its 17,000 members, the ASTI rejected the Government’s public pay proposals by 63 per cent to 37 per cent.In a simultaneous ballot, ASTI members voted by 65 per cent to 35 per cent in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action.Speaking following the outcome of the ballot today ASTI general secretary Pat King said that teachers are sending the message that “they have given enough”: The Haddington Road Agreement is a step too far. Second-level schools are at the tipping point, having been stripped of key supports and personnel. Young people’s education has been diminished and their futures compromised.A second teaching union, the TUI, has also balloted its members on the Haddington Road agreement.The ASTI’s committee will meet on Monday to discuss the outcome of the ballot.Read: Another public sector union has voted in favour of Haddington Road >Read: Two more unions sign up to Haddington Road public pay deal >Read: TUI, ASTI recommend ballot of members on Haddington Road pay deal >last_img read more

22 Sep

Two arrested in Heathrow by counterterrorism police

first_imgBRITISH POLICE SAID today they had arrested two people at London’s Heathrow Airport on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.A man and a woman, both aged 26, were detained by officers from the counter-terrorism command at 8.30PM yesterday after arriving on a flight into the airport, according to a Metropolitan Police statement.They were being held at a central London police station, police said: The arrests form part of an investigation into travel to Syria in support of alleged terrorist activity.Officers executed two search warrants at separate residential addresses in east London in connection with the inquiry.last_img read more

21 Sep

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Source: Shutterstock/Beats1EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. CORK: Gardaí believe that a pair of machete killers are Irish, as they check to see if well known criminals have left the jurisdiction.2. #PORTUGAL: A couple have fallen to their death from a balcony while attempting to take a selfie.3. #WATER WATER EVERYWHERE: Ireland’s drinking water will comply with EU regulations by 2020 – 16 years late.4. #TRUMP ‘N’ KIM: The US president has hailed his summit with the North Korean leader as having drawn the world back from ‘potential nuclear catastrophe!’.5. #IRISH FERRIES: The company’s helplines reopen this morning after the cancellation of 6,000 services yesterday threw holiday plans into chaos.6. #MPRRACOON: Social media is agog over the adventures of a skyscraper-scaling raccoon in Minnesota.7. #MIXED MESSAGES: The Irish film censor stands by its decision to rate an Irish film as 18, compared to the British rating of 15.8. #CHILD HOMELESSNESS: The Children’s Ombudsman has sounded a warning about ‘invisible’ homeless children in homeless children and family hubs.9. #MENTAL HEALTH: Simon Harris is to draft emergency legislation after a court found part of Irish mental health law is unconstitutional. No Comments http://jrnl.ie/4067938 The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all you need to know this cloudy Wednesday morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 9:00 AM Jun 13th 2018, 8:03 AM Short URL 9,898 Views last_img read more

18 Sep

Ajax boss An opportunity that we need to go for

first_imgErik ten Hag believes his Ajax side must go all-out for the opportunity they have at Benfica tonight in the Champions LeagueVictory for the Dutch giants will book them a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.Currently, Ajax lead Group E on goal difference from Bayern Munich and are four points ahead of tonight’s opponents Benfica.“This is the fourth game of the group phase, and it’s an important one. A lot is at stake,” Ajax coach Ten Hag told reporters on the club website.“We definitely have the possibility of getting closer to making it through the winter break in the Champions League. And it’s an opportunity that we need to go for.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…A late goal from Noussair Mazraoui handed Ajax a narrow 1-0 win over Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena last time out a fortnight ago.But former Manchester United defender Daley Blind doesn’t expect an easy time from Benfica in Lisbon tonight.“The next round is within our reach,” said Blind.“It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a huge opportunity. We are very aware of this. We’re going to have to do our best to grab those three points.”The Group E game between Benfica and Ajax will begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

16 Sep

Explorer program teaches valuable life skills

first_imgThe official goal of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Explorer program is to offer young people “an opportunity to observe the criminal justice system and assist them in making an informed career decision.”But don’t believe only the official line, because the program is much more than that.Ask any of the young people enrolled in the program what it means, and you’ll hear about police stuff, sure, but they also say it teaches you to rise up both mentally and physically.“Explorers sets a standard,” said Jacinda Rose, a high school junior from Ridgefield who is in the program. “It puts a higher standard on you to learn about everything.”Rose would know. She’s a recent champion of a statewide Explorer camp physical agility test. That challenge included a dummy drag, some sprints through a marked course and a bear crawl to the finish line.And that’s not even the tough part. The camp offers up exposure to some of the paramilitary structure still prevalent in law enforcement. There are drills and chores, and for first-timers there are times when you just get yelled at.last_img read more

14 Sep

Playboy Reports 31M First Quarter Loss

first_imgPlayboy Enterprises, parent company of Playboy magazine, this morning announced its first quarter 2008 revenues were $78.5 million, down 8 percent over the same period in 2007. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of $3.1 million, down from a $1.5 million profit in 2007. Revenues in the publishing division fell 14 percent to $20.1 million, down from $23.3 million during the same period last year. The company also said it expects second quarter ad pages to be down about 5 percent.According to first quarter Publishers Information Bureau numbers, Playboy’s ad dollars were down 13.4 percent to $16.3 million. Ad pages dropped 4 percent over the quarter. In February, the company said it expected first quarter ad revenues would be downby as much as 30 percent. Playboy Enterprises chairman and CEO Christie Hefner said the company’s publishing and domestic entertainment businesses “continue to face unprecedented change in the way consumers access and use media content. We believe we are making good progress in streamlining our operations and improving the future performance prospects of these businesses.”Hefner noted also the company’s plans to redesign Playboy.com to “accelerate growth of that business, expand our total audience and create a better portal to our other properties.”First quarter revenues in Playboy’s entertainment business were $2.7 million, down from $4.3 million during the same period in 2007. Revenues in its licensing business were $6.7 million, down from $10.5 million last year.last_img read more

13 Sep

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Urges Hearing on Groundwater Contamination

first_imgPennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) is calling for a congressional hearing to investigate potential groundwater contamination at more than 600 sites at former and active military installations across the country stemming from chemicals in firefighting foam.In a written statement, Boyle acknowledged that DOD is assessing groundwater samples from affected sites for perfluorinated compounds and beginning voluntary remediation.“However, despite the serious health risks posed by prolonged exposure to and accumulation of PFOS and PFOA in potable water sources on these sites, the response has lacked the urgency I believe is necessary to address this public health threat. These investigation and cleanup efforts are seriously undermined by a lack of urgency on the part of the DOD,” Boyle said.The first term congressman’s Philadelphia-area district includes two former installations — Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster — where elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds were found in about 100 public and private wells in 2013 and 2014.“Concern among Horsham’s residents has significantly increased since the EPA tightened its health advisory guideline for these contaminants in our drinking water,” Boyle said. In May, EPA released new lifetime exposure health advisories for PFOS and for PFOA, reported the Intelligencer.Boyle sent his request for a hearing to the chair and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which he is a member.“While I appreciate the EPA’s heightened scrutiny of these contaminants and the Navy’s commitment to monitoring wells and taking implicated wells offline, I believe officials have thus far failed to present adequate information to the public regarding the latest science and known health risks posed to our community,” Boyle said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

5 Sep

Indias ecommerce sector likely to grow by 67 to Rs 251 lakh

first_imgThe domestic e-commerce market is estimated to grow by 67% to $38 billion (Rs 2.51 lakh crore) in 2016 from over $23 billion (Rs 1.52 lakh crore) last year, boosted by a rise in Internet and mobile users, according to a study by an industry body.With buying trends during 2015 witnessing a significant upward movement due to aggressive online discounts, rising fuel price and wider and abundant choice will hit the e-commerce industry in 2016, Assocham said in a statement.”Increasing Internet and mobile penetration, growing acceptability of online payments and favourable demographics has provided the e-commerce sector in India the unique opportunity to companies connect with their customers,” it said.India’s e-commerce market was worth about $3.8 billion in 2009. It went up to $17 billion in 2014 and to $23 billion in 2015, said D S Rawat, Secretary General Assocham.”The customer is connected 24×7 through their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, which is leading to a gradual evolution of e-commerce into mobile commerce, and there is an issue of convenience which also leads to impulsive buying,” said Rawat.Shopping online through smartphones is proving to be a “game-changer”, and the top players in the sector expect m-commerce to account for 70% of their total revenues, it said.It noted that with browsing trends, which have broadly shifted from the desktop to mobile devices in India, online shopping is also expected to follow suit, as one out of three customers currently makes transactions through mobiles in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities.According to Rawat, 78% of shopping queries were made through mobile devices last year, compared to 46% in 2013.Among the various segments, apparel shopping recorded the highest growth of 69.5% in 2015, followed by electronic items, baby care products and beauty care products at 62%, 53% and 52%, respectively.”The most important contributing factor to the rapid growth of digital commerce in India is the increase in the use of smartphones. Mobiles and mobile accessories have taken up the maximum share of the digital commerce market in India,” said the chamber.It revealed that Mumbaikars have left behind all other cities in India in shopping online in 2015.last_img read more

5 Sep

Vijay Devarakonda even more tensed about his brothers career after watching Dorasani

first_imgVijay Devarakonda with his brother Anand DevarakondaTwitterActor Anand Devarakonda, who is making his acting debut with Dorasani (Dorasaani), has revealed that his brother Vijay Devarakonda is very tensed about his career even after watching the film.Dorasani is slated for its theatrical release on July 12. Its promos have grabbed many eyeballs and generated a lot of curiosity about the film. Anand Devarakonda, who has pinned a lot of hopes on the movie, is currently busy promoting the flick, which is expected to get him the big break of his career.”Dorasani is a periodic love story set in the rural areas of Telangana. The film is a very realistic approach towards filmmaking and none of the roles are forced. The happenings are real and we have shot the film is some real locations to get the authentic vibe. The hard-hitting proceedings will surely shock the audience,” Anand Devarakonda told 123Telugu.What has raised more curiosity about Dorasani is that Anand Devarakonda is the brother of Vijay Devarakonda, who is the most successful actor among the younger generation of stars. Until its pre-release event, the Geetha Govindam star did not talk about Anand’s career and Dorasani.When asked about his brother’s reaction, Anand told, “Vijay was super tensed before watching the film. He had no hopes on the project and watched it with an open mind. Once he saw me perform, he was very happy. There is no denying the fact that he is even more tensed now as the film is ready for a release.”However, Anand Devarakonda has quit his engineering job at a reputed company like Deloitte in the US to pursue a career in acting. His brother Vijay Devarakonda was very upset with his decision and he stopped talking to Anand. The actor himself revealed it at the pre-release event of Dorasani, where he was a chief guest.Addressing the event of Dorasani, Vijay Devarakonda said, “I didn’t like Anand quitting his job at Deloitte in the USA. I told him that acting is not an easy job. Since that day, I didn’t inquire about how Dorasaani was progressing. I watched the film before coming to the event and I must say, the entire team has made me proud.”last_img read more

5 Sep

Kapil Sharma Show Akshay Kumar reveals hilarious reason behind not partying

first_imgTrust The Kapil Sharma Show to bring out the most candid and scandalous confessions from guests on his show. Something similar happened when Akshay Kumar visited the sets of Kapil’s famous show.The 51-year-old actor appeared on the show to promote his upcoming film – Mission Mangal – along with his lady gang from the film. On being asked why he doesn’t party, Akshay had quite a candid reply. He revealed that he doesn’t go out with his friends for partying as he fears he would have to pay the bill. Now, isn’t that just hilarious?Well, this was not the first time when we got to know how serious Akshay Kumar is about financial matters. On Karan Johar’s Koffee with Karan, Ranveer Singh had revealed the advice he got from Akshay Kumar early on in his career. Singh had revealed that the veteran actor had asked him to do anything for money. Akshay had said, “Mujhe paisa barbaad hote huye dekhna achha nahi lagta hai. Mujhe dekho, shaadi hai, main naach raha hoon. Birthday hai, main naach raha hoon. Mundan hai, bacha ro raha hai, main naach raha hoon.”Talking about appearing in Forbes and taking the 33rd rank of highest-paid celebrities, Akshay had told HT, “Surely, it feels good. But I just go through the headline and not the detailed copy [of such articles]. On a serious note, money does matter to me but only in a limited way. And I know it’s my hard-earned money. I work extremely hard for each and every penny. Money doesn’t come easily to you. I have put my sweat and blood for that. So, yes, it does matter to me.”Mission Mangal, which is loosely based on ISRO’s space mission Mangalyaan, stars Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Nitya Menon in pivotal roles. The film is slated to release on August 15.last_img read more