France youngest team since Pele’s 1970 triumphant Brazil to win World Cup

first_imgFrance on Sunday lifted their second FIFA World Cup after they defeated Croatia in a high-octane final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.France defeated Croatia 4-2 thanks to goals from Mario Mandzukic (own goal), Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.The victory helped France become the youngest side since Brazil’s victorious team of 1970 to lift the Trophy. France had the average age of 26 years and 10 days at the start of the World Cup while Pele’s champion side was aged 25 years and 5 days at start of the tournament in 1970.France took the lead when Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic headed Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick into his own net in the 18th minute.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final. This was also and unfortunately 12th own goal of a record-breaking tournament in Russia.Griezmann’s free kick brushed the top of Mandzukic’s head and sailed over his own goalkeeper to give France a 1-0 lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.Also read – France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsCroatia’s Ivan Perisic, who had also scored in the semi-final, levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later after France had failed to clear a Luka Modric free-kick.But Perisic was then responsible for conceding a penalty for handball that was give following a VAR decision and Griezmann coolly converted the spot-kick in the 38th to put the French back in front to go into the break with a 2-1 lead.advertisementAlso read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersIn the second half, France stretched their lead further when Paul Pogba swept a left-footer into the net. If Croatia had any hopes of a comeback, they were dashed with that stunning strike. Pogba also became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final.Six minutes later, France extended their advantage when Kylian Mbappe became the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final. His precise kick past Subasic meant there was very little for Croatia to do than see their chance slip away.Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupMandzukic, who must have been gutted after his own goal in the first half, then reduced the deficit for Croatia. But that was not enough as France continued to deny Croatia till the final whistle.Mandzukic also became the second player in World Cup history to score a goal and an own goal in a single match after Ernie Brandts for the Netherlands against Italy in 1978.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

Ancelotti dismisses Bayern departure talk

first_imgBayern München Ancelotti dismisses talk of early Bayern departure amid links to China Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 00:35 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlo Ancelotti - cropped Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Bayern München v Mainz 05 Mainz 05 Bundesliga CSL The Italian coach claims he would be open to extending his stay in Bavaria once his current contract ends, rather than make a premature exit. Carlo Ancelotti has brushed aside speculation surrounding his future at Bayern Munich by confirming he is “very happy” at the Bundesliga giants.Reports emerged this week that a clause in Ancelotti’s contract could enable the Bavarian outfit to sever ties with the Italian at the end of the campaign, his second season in charge.FCB 9/4 to beat PSG Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ancelotti, who has dismissed rumours linking him to the Chinese Super League, guided Bayern to their fifth straight domestic title last term, but an underwhelming pre-season and a 2-0 defeat to Hoffenheim last weekend has sparked rumours of discontent.However, the 58-year-old has no interest in a premature exit from the Allianz Arena.”I am very happy here and I would like to stay for a long time,” Ancelotti told reporters.”AlI I can say about my contract is that it runs until June 30, 2019.”But I am not thinking about my contract at the moment. I only know that I would like to do a good job here.”Ten years of Lederhosen shoots!Who else can’t wait for Oktoberfest to begin? #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/lBbFeT9RgJ— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 15, 2017 After a 3-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday, Bayern will look to return to winning ways in the Bundesliga when they host Mainz on Saturday – the first day of Oktoberfest.Ancelotti insists it will not be long until his side silence the doubters.”We are not top of the league right now, but we will be soon,” he said.”I do not have to answer every critic. I know that many people always give advice and I promise I will have a big party for these people at the end of the season, with good wine and good food.”last_img

Nick Saban Has Brutally Honest Comment On Former Assistant Coaches

first_img Finebaum then asked Saban to get more specific.“Coaching,” he said. “We had a lot of guys who wanted to be head coaches at different places. It takes a special person to say focused on what they have to do now when they have job somewhere else that’s awaiting them and they have a responsibility on staffs.”Alabama, which fell to Clemson in the national title game in blowout fashion, had major coaching turnover following the year.The Crimson Tide lost seven assistant coaches following the 2018 season, with just one – Mike Locksley to Maryland – taking a head coaching job.Saban added that he’s not being critical of those coaches. It’s just something the program has to deal with.“I’m not being critical of those people,” Saban added. “It’s just very challenging. And we had a lot of that on our staff last year, and I think those relationships with players go a long way to keeping players where they need to be to do the things they need to do – continue to prepare, practice the way they need to practice so that they can continue to improve and get better, and we just didn’t do that very well at the end of last year.”Alabama heads into the 2019 season with high hopes once again.The Crimson Tide are expected to start the year ranked No. 2 in the country, as the favorite in the SEC. nick saban runs onto the field before an alabama gameAUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team in warm ups prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Assistant coach turnover has been a major topic of discussion for Nick Saban’s Alabama football program lately, with one major recruit suggesting it’s a factor in some of the Crimson Tide’s recent recruiting losses.Saban was asked about his coaching staff turnover at SEC Media Days today.The Alabama head coach gave an honest assessment of things, speaking to Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network.“When the season started, I think we were great,” Saban said. “When we won the LSU game, it just seemed like people’s own agendas starting to become more important.”last_img

India and China join hands to boost silk trade

first_imgKolkata: India and China have joined hands to boost production and trade of silk.”We want to improve silk trade and bilateral ties between India and China. Around the globe, silk signifies opulence and fine quality and it is a matter of great delight that China and India are the leading producers of this product,” said Zha Liyou, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata while delivering the inaugural address at the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Silk Association of India held at Bharat Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe meeting was attended by Rajendra Kapoor, president of Silk Association of India and Sitaram Sharma, president of BCC. While China is the largest producer of silk in the world followed by India, Mysuru and North Bengaluru in Karnataka are famous for their silks and are called the “Silk City”. “We want to make India self-reliant. Silk Industry should be given financial support and incentives for participation in global Trade Fairs,” said Kapoor. Central Silk Board (CSB), a statutory body under the Ministry of Textiles, is encouraging production and export of silk. In a bid to benefit farmers engaged in sericulture, CSB is implementing a restructured Central Sector Scheme ‘Silk Samagra’. The restructured scheme will give assistance to sericulture stakeholders for plantation with improved Mulberry varieties, Irrigation, Chawki Rearing Centres with incubation facility.last_img

Eight core sectors growth slows to 21 pc in July

first_imgNew Delhi: Growth of eight core industries dropped to 2.1 per cent in July, mainly due to contraction in coal, crude oil and natural gas production, according to a government data released on Monday. The eight core sector industries — coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity — had expanded by 7.3 per cent in July last year. These core industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Ouput of coal, crude oil, natural gas and refinery products recorded negative growth during the month under review. Similarly, growth rate in production of steel, cement and electricity declined to 6.6 per cent, 7.9 per cent and 4.2 per cent, respectively, as against 6.9 per cent, 11.2 per cent and 6.7 per cent. However, fertiliser output marginally grew by 1.5 per cent in July as against 1.3 per cent in July 2018. For April-July period, the eight sectors growth rate almost halved to 3 per cent as compared to 5.9 per cent in the same period last year. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The growth rate of these eight sectors are declining since April this year. It slowed down to 5.2 per cent in April from 5.8 per cent. Then it came down to 4.3 per cent in May and 0.7 per cent in June. The GDP data too has shown deceleration with the growth rate coming down to over six year low of 5 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal, mainly on account of sharp dip in manufacturing sector, which registered almost a flat growth of 0.6 per cent.last_img

Thunder Bay police board announces nine investigations will be reopened

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsAfter a scathing report that found systemic racism in the Thunder Bay police last year, the service is moving ahead with some of the recommendations that were made including reopening nine investigations.wfilddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img

European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK

first_imgBRUSSELS – Brexit is still well over a year away but two European cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain’s departure from the European Union.Two major EU agencies now in London — the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority — must move to a new EU city because Britain is leaving the bloc. The two prizes are being hotly fought over by most of the EU’s other 27 nations.Despite all the rigid rules and conditions the bloc imposed to try to make it a fair, objective decision, the process has turned into a deeply political beauty contest — part Olympic host city bidding, part Eurovision Song Contest.It will culminate in a secret vote Monday at EU headquarters in Brussels that some say could be tainted by vote trading.The move involves tens of millions in annual funding, about 1,000 top jobs with many more indirectly linked, prestige around the world and plenty of bragging rights for whichever leader can bring home the agencies.“I will throw my full weight behind this,” French President Emmanuel Macron said when he visited Lille, which is seeking to host the EMA once Britain leaves in the EU in March 2019. “Now is the final rush.”At an EU summit Friday in Goteborg, Sweden, leaders were lobbying each other to get support for their bids.The EMA is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU. It has around 890 staff and hosts more than 500 scientific meetings every year, attracting about 36,000 experts.The EBA, which has around 180 staff, monitors the regulation and supervision of Europe’s banking sector.With bids coming in from everywhere — from the newest member states to the EU’s founding nations — who gets what agency will also give an indication of EU’s future outlook.The EU was created as club of six founding nations some 60 years ago, so it’s logical that a great many key EU institutions are still in nations like Germany, France and Belgium. But as the bloc kept expanded east and south into the 21st century, these new member states see a prime opportunity now to claim one of these cherished EU headquarters, which cover everything from food safety to judicial co-operation to fisheries policy.Romania and Bulgaria were the last to join the EU in 2007 and have no headquarters. Both now want the EMA — as does the tiny island nation of Malta.“We deserve this. Because as we all know, Romania is an EU member with rights and obligations equal with all the rest of the member states,” said Rodica Nassar of Romania’s health care ministry.But personnel at the EMA and EBA are highly skilled professionals, and many could be reluctant to move their careers and families from London to less prestigious locations.“You have to imagine, for example, for the banking authority, which relies on basically 200 very high-level experts in banking regulatory matters to move to another place,” said Karel Lannoo of the CEPS think-tank . “First of all, to motivate these people to move elsewhere. And then if you don’t manage to motivate these people, to find competent experts in another city.”As the vote nears, Milan and Bratislava are the favourites to win the EMA, with Frankfurt, and perhaps Dublin, leading the way for the EBA.last_img

Closing Bell Stocks lose early momentum amid RIM profittaking

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday, held back by a wave of profit-taking on Research In Motion shares while mining and energy stocks failed to benefit from rising commodity prices.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,815.91 -0.72 -0.01%S&P 500 — 1,500.18 -2.78 -0.18%Dow — 13,881.93 -14.05 -0.10%Nasdaq — 3,154.30 +4.59 -0.15%The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 0.71 of a point to 12,815.91, while the TSX Venture Exchange was off 9.36 points at 1,217.88.The Canadian dollar was unchanged at 99.35 cents US. It had earlier flirted with a six-month low around the 99-cent mark.Still, the dollar has tumbled 1.39 cents US since the Bank of Canada indicated last Wednesday that it will be slower to raise interest rates than had been expected because of economic weakness.The dollar has been supported in recent months partly on sentiment that the central bank might hike rates later this year. Data released Friday showing low inflation in Canada at the end of 2012 further suggested that investors will have to wait longer for the central bank to move. Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.U.S. indexes lost early momentum as a disappointing housing sector report competed with a well received earnings report from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and data showing higher than expected durable goods orders in December.The Dow Jones industrials gave back 14.05 point to 13,881.93 as the National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales dropped 4.3% to 101.7 in December. That’s still 6.9% higher than it was a year ago. Sales were held back by a limited supply of available homes.The Nasdaq gained 4.59 points to 3,154.3 and the S&P 500 index was 2.78 points lower at 1,500.18.U.S. durable goods orders rose by a greater than expected 4.6% in December. That was more than double the consensus forecast for a 2% gain.Caterpillar’s fourth-quarter profit fell 55% to US$697 million, or $1.04 a share. Revenue dropped seven% to US$16.08 billion but still beating estimates of $16 billion. Ex-items earnings were $1.91 per share versus expectations of $1.69, and its shares were up 1.96% to US$97.45 in New York.The lacklustre performance on North American markets on Monday followed solid gains through most of January, pushed along by a stronger than expected string of U.S. fourth-quarter earnings reports. The TSX gained 0.7% last week while the Dow industrials ran ahead 1.8%.“The markets are probably a little ahead of themselves, capturing the relief that we didn’t have great protracted political battles in the U.S.,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates, referring to the so-called fiscal cliff and raising the U.S. debt ceiling.“All the while, we know that the U.S. economy is improving (and) China is turning around. And what is most encouraging, we’re seeing fund flows back into equities like we haven’t seen going back more than a decade.”The Canadian corporate earning season kicks into gear this week with some of Canada’s biggest companies reporting.Canadian Pacific Railway and grocer Metro Inc. report earnings results on Tuesday while Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan and Canadian Oil Sands hand in numbers on Thursday.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Research In Motion Ltd. unveils its new BlackBerry 10 product line in New York on Wednesday. Its stock has been on a tear lately amid optimism about the new lineup, rising 50% in January and 12% last week alone. However, its stock fell 7.61% to $16.27 Monday on profit-taking.The financial sector was up 0.5% even as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the long-term senior debt ratings of six big Canadian financial institutions — Bank of Montreal , Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, TD Bank, Caisse centrale Desjardins, and National Bank — by one notch.Moody’s says the downgrade reflects ongoing concerns about the banks’ exposure to the “increasingly indebted Canadian consumer,” while elevated housing prices have left the banks “more vulnerable to unpredictable downside risks facing the Canadian economy than in the past.”The telecom sector gained 0.82% with Rogers Communications ahead 76 cents to $47.02 while Telus Corp. rose 66 cents to $65.69.The gold sector was down about 1% as February bullion stepped back $3.70 to US$1, an ounce. Au Rico Gold Corp. shed 16 cents to C$6.96 while Kinross Gold Corp. faded 22 cents to $8.36.The mining sector also helped depress the TSX, down 0.58% as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose one cent to US$3.66 a pound. Thompson Creek Metals dropped nine cents to C$4.10 and Turquoise Hill Resources declined 15 cents to $8.25.The energy sector was slightly lower even as oil prices advanced, with the March crude contract ahead 56 cents to US$96.44 a barrel. Talisman Energy lost 17 cents to C$11.87 while EnCana Corp. dropped 17 cents to $19.54.Economic news will also hopefully read more

Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka in May, Health Minister and Cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne has said.Modi will inaugurate a hospital and participate in an event in Colombo, Senaratne told The Hindu newspaper. The events will be held around the Vesak festival, a Buddhist celebration. In March 2015, Modi was in Sri Lanka – the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years. He was the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Jaffna in the island’s Tamil-majority Northern Province. The hospital is being built with Indian assistance in Hatton, a town in Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, home to Tamils of recent Indian-origin who work largely on the island’s famed tea estates. Health Minister Senaratne said he also discussed the possible import of medicines from India with his counterpart, J. P. Nadda, who is in Sri Lanka for a summit organised by the World Health Organisation.The two health ministers held a yoga session at Colombo’s sea-facing Galle Face hotel Wednesday morning. (Colombo Gazette)

UN agriculture agency warns of water scarcity in North Africa and Near

Access to water is a fundamental need for food security, human health and agriculture, and sustainable water use for agriculture requires transforming food systems and diets, said Jose Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a news release on his visit to Egypt.Per capita availability of fresh water in the region is now 10 times less than the world average, he said, underscoring the need for a significant overhaul of farming systems. A recent FAO study showed that higher temperatures may shorten growing seasons in the region by 18 days and reduce agricultural yields a further 27 per cent to 55 per cent less by the end of this century.The rising sea level in the Nile Delta is exposing Egypt to the danger of losing substantial parts of the most productive agriculture land due to salinization.Moreover, “competition between water-usage sectors will only intensify in the future between agriculture, energy, industrial production and household needs,” he said. Mr. Graziano da Silva attended a high-level meeting on FAO’s collaboration with Egypt on the Ƈ.5 million feddan initiative,’ the Government’s plan to reclaim eventually up to two million hectares of desert land for agricultural and other uses. Policy advice and best practice ideas on the governance of irrigation schemes is a key offering in FAO’s Near East and North Africa Water Scarcity Initiative, backed now by a network of more than 30 national and international organizations. The initiative has gained momentum, buoyed by its endorsement by the League of Arab States as well as donor support, Mr. Graziano da Silva said, noting that urgent actions supporting it include measures aimed at reducing food loss and waste and bolstering the resilience of smallholders and family farmers.

Old school Experienced Gonzaga Virginia stand tall early

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Experienced Gonzaga and Virginia sent not-so-subtle reminders not to discount talented, veteran-led teams.While Duke and its vaunted freshmen class were the talk college basketball for the first two weeks of the season, Gonzaga and Virginia walked away with titles to cap off Thanksgiving holiday tournaments.The Zags held off the much-ballyhooed Blue Devils to win the Maui Invitational in what could have been a preview of a late-March showdown. At the other end of the spectrum were the Cavaliers, who beat No. 25 Wisconsin to win the Battle 4 Atlantis in a low-scoring game featuring teams content to grind it out with defence and clock-melting stretches that limited the number of possessions and magnified any mistake.Both styles worked.“We said we want to learn something as every team would as they come into this tournament,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said after Friday’s win against the Badgers and preseason Associated Press All-American Ethan Happ.Experience also showed for No. 6 Nevada and No. 11 Michigan State in winning separate brackets at the Las Vegas Invitational , with both being led by upperclassmen (Wolf Pack fifth-year senior Caleb Martin and Spartans junior Cassius Winston) who earned MVP honours. And in Michigan State’s case, that title came by maintaining poise well enough to rally from 19 down against Texas.Here are some takeaways from those holiday tournaments:MAUI’S TOP TRIOMaui had the best field of the week with Duke, Gonzaga and No. 8 Auburn, so there were plenty of measuring-stick moments among legitimate Final Four contenders.No team was more impressive than Gonzaga — in any tournament.The Zags offence created problems for Duke, with the Blue Devils having a hard time deciphering all their ball screens and motion. Gonzaga will only get stronger when 6-foot-10 junior Killian Tillie returns from preseason ankle surgery in the coming weeks. Tournament MVP Rui Hachimura, a versatile and aggressive 6-8 junior forward, is establishing himself as one of the nation’s top players.But it was Gonzaga’s defensive efforts that most impressed coach Mark Few, who said, “We can really build on that.”DOMINANT HUNTERVirginia showcased a growing, game-changing presence in 6-7 redshirt sophomore De’Andre Hunter.Hunter was the Atlantis MVP in the Bahamas after three sometimes-dominant performances. First came a near triple-double against Middle Tennessee. Then he matched a career-high with 23 points and hit a key 3-pointer with about a minute left to help hold off Dayton . He closed with 20 points against Wisconsin.He was the ACC’s sixth man of the year last year but suffered a broken wrist that sidelined him for the NCAA Tournament — and the Cavs certainly missed him as they struggled to contain UMBC’s guards in that unprecedented 16-vs-1 March upset. As long as he stays healthy, he’s a weapon at both ends alongside veterans Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome, not to mention Virginia’s best NBA prospect by far.“You look at the length and the dimensions, and some of those nice plays he makes offensively,” Bennett said. “But I get equally excited about what he’s doing defensively, spreading out and being able to guard sometimes a 4, sometimes a perimeter guy. And his alertness took a step in the right direction.”CHAMPS BACK?There is reason for optimism at Villanova, though the reigning national champs still have work to do.The Wildcats looked befuddled in a blowout home loss to Michigan in a rematch of last year’s title game and an overtime home loss to Furman , which knocked the Wildcats out of the Top 25 poll. Guard Phil Booth said at the time the Wildcats are “a young team trying to find our way.”Villanova looked more like it had figured out that path at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Florida.The Wildcats beat Canisius, Oklahoma State and No. 14 Florida State. Sunday’s 66-60 win against the Seminoles prompted coach Jay Wright to note: “We’ve grown so much.”And they are still growing, trying to replace the talent from last year’s title winner, including AP national player of the year Jalen Brunson and Final Four most outstanding player Donte DiVincenzo.ON POINTFreshman Coby White could be taking hold of the starting point guard job for North Carolina.He had 33 points — the most by a UNC freshman since Harrison Barnes had 40 in the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament — and seven 3-pointers in the loss to Texas in the Las Vegas Invitational. He followed with 19 points and eight assists against UCLA.The production came with junior point guard Seventh Woods sidelined by a concussion. Woods lacks White’s scoring potential but has 27 assists with just six turnovers.REPLACING YOUNGOklahoma senior guard Christian James appears ready to fill the scoring void created by the one-and-done departure of Trae Young to the NBA.Young led the country in scoring and assists; James arrived at the Battle 4 Atlantis averaging a Big read more

Vial thieves steal blood of Pope John Paul II

first_imgA TUBE CONTAINING Polish Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, sparking a region-wide search involving sniffer dogs and 50 police officers according to reports in Italian media.The vial was stolen on Saturday from the San Pietro della Ienca church in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy where the pope, who died in 2005, loved to go on skiing holidays, according to the Repubblica daily.Police and sniffer dogs are sweeping the area, famed for its weathered stone houses and the little church where the head of the Catholic Church once reportedly took refuge in a storm.Pasquale Corriere, head of the “San Pietro della Ienca” association, said there are only three vials in the world containing the former pontiff’s blood.John Paul II and the Italian pope John XXIII, known as the “good pope”,  are set to become saints in a ceremony at the Vatican in April expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.© – AFP 2014 Read: Two miracles later and Pope John Paul II is on his way to sainthood >Read: 9 reasons why Pope John Paul II was the best pope >last_img

There was no way I was going to miss the final It

first_img Apr 4th 2019, 7:11 PM When John Sugrue was appointed as Laois boss in late 2017, he brought Cannon on board to oversee the team’s physical preparations.Things have gone smoothly to date, with back-to-back league promotions already in the bag, in addition to last summer’s Leinster final appearance. The clash against Westmeath will mark their fifth trip to Jones’ Road in the past 12 months.“The guys are looking forward to it. They’d love to be playing in Croke Park every game. I think there was talk of it not being in Croke Park, there was talk of it being in Tullamore. When guys then found out it was Croker you could see they were delighted “They’ve worked really, really hard. They’ve done everything I’ve asked them and everything John’s asked them and they’re getting the rewards.“There’s a saying in sport that you get out of it what you put into it and the lads have secured back-to-back promotions so it’s been a very pleasing year and a half for these players and management.“We’ve pretty much followed the same programme this year as we have last year. Certain players will have little bit more individual things that they’ll have to do but it’s pretty similar.The majority of players are all a lot stronger now for sure, they’re a lot leaner. We’re just going to try and keep getting them fitter. Gaelic football is a running game and the leaner these guys are the more efficient they are going to be.“That’s what we’ve been focusing on. They’re going well at the minute and we have a good team spirit in there.” As well as working with Laois, Cannon has some high-profile clients in the golfing world including Shane Lowry.Lowry’s invitation to the Masters was confirmed earlier this week after his bright start to the year which featured an early season win in the prestigious Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.“I was out with Shane in Dubai the week before his win,” he says. “We did a great week’s work and he was moving great.“He was in a composed state of mind and he just worked really, really hard the whole of January so it wasn’t a surprise to see him go out and get the win. He had a good week the week after that too. Shane Lowry is gearing up for the 2019 Masters. Source: Debby Wong“He’s obviously playing Augusta next week so we’ve been in touch this week. He’s been working away on his program in the gym and on his game on the course.“He’s happy where his game is at the minute and he’s excited for next week. “When Shane plays near to his potential he’s one of the best players in the world. He knows that. “I’m expecting a big year from him this year and he’s had a great start. I’m excited to see him drive on now.”Balancing his own golf game around a busy work schedule can be tricky at times for the Balbriggan native.His victory at the Irish Close Championship last August delivered his third major following previous wins in the South of Ireland Championship in 2009 and the Irish Amateur Open in 2013.He’s now halfway to his stated goal which is to win all six majors on the amateur scene in Ireland.“That was my third championship. I missed a couple of championships last year because we had football games.“I missed the West of Ireland last year because of the Division 4 final and I missed the North of Ireland because we played Monaghan. But after championship was over I just had a bit more time to practice and actually played really nicely in the South of Ireland the week before the Irish Close.I put a lot of work into it and the more work you put into it you tend to get rewarded. It’s always a good mindset to have.“I’m missing this weekend but there’s a lot of golf to be played this year for me. I’ve been able to balance it pretty well over the last 18 months or so. That’s the thing, I’m an amateur golfer, I’m not a professional golfer so I have to work and put bread on the table.”Carefully scheduling his time is vitally important as he juggles the various glass balls in his life.“I just try to plan it well. I get my diary and try plan it out in advance when I can have practice sessions and stuff. This time of year it can be difficult because of the weather.“Like, I tried to get a couple of hours done yesterday afternoon but it was pretty miserable out there with the wind, cold and the rain.“You just try and work on other things then instead. If you plan it in advance you can get the work done. I have a motto – I try and do something every day. Cannon during his 2013 Irish Amateur Open victory. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“Whether it’s working on my wedge play or even if it’s a little bit of psychology work – if the weather is bad you can still get stuff like that done. It all adds up and if you’re just doing stuff every day, every day, every day it will add up over time.”The psychology aspect is an interesting one. Cannon read more

Special delivery for Santa: 200 bikes for Scott Campbell Christmas Promise

first_imgDoug Morris of Waste Connections donned a Santa suit while helping to unload a truck with 200 bikes for the annual Scott Campbell Christmas Promise on Tuesday at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services in Vancouver.Police said last Wednesday that thieves stole 16  bikes from a trailer parked behind a Vancouver Walmart on Dec. 4. Cyndi Holloway, with Waste Connections, said she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community, and that it’s been a record year with well over 850 bikes. “From heartbreak to overwhelming generosity,” she said.last_img

Taylor Swift Brandon Uries ME Breaks YouTube Vevos 24 Hour Streaming Records

first_imgNews Twitter Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Video Breaks Records taylor-swift-brandon-uries-me-breaks-youtube-vevos-24-hour-streaming-records Taylor Swift & Brandon Urie’s “ME!” Breaks YouTube & Vevo’s 24 Hour Streaming Records Swift released the track last Fri., April 26, along with a playful candy-colored visual, which she co-directed with fellow GRAMMY winner David Meyers Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs May 2, 2019 – 2:08 pm GRAMMY-winning pop star Taylor Swift has broken yet another record. Her music video for “ME!,” which features Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie, now holds Vevo’s record as the fastest video to reach the 100 million views.Via a press release, Vevo revealed the visual hit the 100 million mark in just 79 hours following its release on Fri., April 26. The video replaces Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” which hit the mark in just under four days, following its Nov. 30, 2018 release. Vevo notes that Swift’s own “Look What You Made Me Do” previously held the No. 1 spot, following its 2017 release.More: Taylor Swift Delivers New Song “ME!” Featuring Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie”ME!” also broke Vevo’s record for the most views in the first 24 hours, hitting 65.2 million views at that point. That number (all Vevo videos are hosted on now YouTube) also gave Swift the No. 1 spot on YouTube held by a solo artist and a female artist. At the time of this writing, 6 days after its release, the video has earned over 126.9 views. https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1121628001353908225 Facebook https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1122306245313138688 The candy-colored video has had the Swifties buzzing with excitement, not just for its joy-filled scenes but for all the fun surprises and Easter eggs she hid throughout. Not only is the adorable kitten that Urie gives her in the video now her newest family member, she also hid the otherwise-yet-to-be-revealed name of the album and second single in the video, which she clued fans into the following day on Twitter.It was directed by Swift and GRAMMY winning video director Dave Meyers, who is known for his stunning music videos, including Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” Grande’s “God is a woman” and Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.;” which earned them both a GRAMMY for Best Music Video at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.”Taylor has consistently demonstrated the ability to break records on Vevo. She continues to expand upon a deep history of incredibly striking audio-visual work. Likewise, director Dave Meyers continues a storied career as one of the premier music video directors in our industry. On behalf of the Vevo family, we congratulate Taylor Swift & Republic Records on yet another historic accomplishment,” JP Evangelista, SVP of Content, Programing & Marketing at Vevo wrote in the press release. Email Swift co-wrote the song with Urie—her first time collaborating with him—and GRAMMY-winning songwriter Joel Little, who earned a win at the 56th GRAMMY Awards for his co-write on Lorde’s breakout hit “Royals.””‘ME!’ is a song about embracing your individuality, and really celebrating it, and owning it. With a pop song we have the ability to get a melody stuck in people’s heads and I just want it to be one that makes them feel better about themselves,” Swift said in a recent interview.Ariana Grande, BTS, Taylor Swift Make Time’s Annual “100 Most Influential People” ListRead morelast_img

Woman sandwiched to death by 2 buses

first_imgA housewife was killed after being sandwiched by two running buses at MA Matin Bus Terminal in Sirajganj on Thursday, reports UNB. The deceased was Sathi Khatun, 39, wife of Noor-E-Alam of Khaga village in Sadar upazila. The victim’s husband said the two buses coming from the opposite direction pinned Sathi in the morning, leaving her severely injured.The injured was taken to a hospital and then moved to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.Officer-in-charge of Sirajganj sadar police station Rafiqul Islam said police rushed to the spot on information but failed to seize the buses.last_img

Full Show Freezing Temperatures And Political Roundup Jan 3 2018

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Freezing temperatures have much of Texas and Greater Houston shivering. But the weather is more than just an inconvenience for some residents — namely the homeless. We find out when the cold snap will subside and learn about efforts to protect the area’s most vulnerable.Also this hour: We examine the latest political stories from around the world and nation and discuss their potential impact on Houston and Texas. And a medical expert answers your questions about getting a good night’s sleep.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-degree Facebook Live Video Listen 00:00 /50:32 X Share last_img

Reliving the glory of Balgandharva

first_imgOn the occasion of the fiftieth death anniversary of famous Marathi theater actor and singer Bal Gandharva, Rajkamal Prakashan and Delhi Marathi Foundation launched the Hindi translation of his biography ‘Balgandharva;’ at Sahithya Akademi Hall, Rabindra Bhavan.Balgandharva is the Hindi translation of the book ‘Asa Ha Bal Gandharva’ which was originally written in Marathi by Abhiram Bhadkamkar, who also happens to be the scriptwriter of biographical Marathi movie Balgandharva. The book is translated in Hindi by Gorakh Thorat, Professor at SP college, Pune and published by Rajkamal Prakashan. This novel is the biography of Narayan Shripad Rajhans, who got the title of Balgandharva from Bal Gangadhar Tilak after hearing him sing at a very young age and from then onwards he was known by the same name. He was also the first person in the country to receive Balgandharva Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt the book launch, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, MP Rajya Sabha and President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations along with Kirti Shiledar, stalwart of Marathi sangeet natak, Ram Gopal Bajaj, senior theater personality, Deepak Karanjikar, actor and writer, Professor Gorakh Thorat, Satyanand Nirupam, Editorial Director of Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh and Abhijit Godbole from Delhi Theatre Foundation paid glowing tribute to Bal Gandharva. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations said, “All the works of Abhiram Bhadkamkar are exceptional and the magic he creates with his writing is sensational. Translating Balgandharava into the Hindi language is a historic step, and we look forward to see this book being translated into other languages as well.” He also said that he would take the initiative along with the help of others to bring this book to the World Hindi Conference. The author of the novel, Abiram Bhadkamkar, said, “There are many such aspects of this novel on which Marathi society does not want to talk about. While writing this biography I experienced such a beautiful forest of talent that even now I have not been able to get out off. He was born in theater and he had spent his whole life on stage. Through this biography, I am just able to show a very small part of his life”.Ramgopal Bajaj senior artist said, “Balgandharva’s actions and the devotion towards theatre dragged me on this stage, and I consider myself fortunate enough to have a chance to speak on Balgandharva’s death anniversary.”Kirti Shiledar, a well-known Marathi actress, said, “Theatre has seen the good days only in the era of Balgandharva Natak Mandali.”last_img

Few more days to go until Ladies Night so get your tickets

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladies, there are only a few more days to go until our ‘Ladies Night’ that will be taking place this Friday (September 1).Man International, together with Damon Beard, are coming to put on the Ladies’ Night in Ladysmith. This night has been organised in aid of the Toys for Joy drive.They will be performing at Naunton’s Guest House, starting at 7pm. Tickets are priced at R150 a person or you can book a table of 10 people.A few tickets are left, so purchase yours ASAP. A cash bar will be available, with a free drink on arrival. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your table.For more ticket information, contact Algene on 0828086532, Arlene on 0720377278 or the Ladysmith Gazette offices on 0366376801Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

Needless to say the ongoing NFL lockout is affecti

first_imgNeedless to say the ongoing NFL lockout is affecting all NFL players and teams, but it is impacting some a lot more than others. “[The lockout] benefits everyone that’s been to the playoffs and the Super Bowl teams,” Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett told ESPN Tucson’s Jody Oeheler.“It’s benefitting all them, but not the teams that finished in last place, the teams that need quarterbacks or have new coaches. I think it’s hurting more people than they realize.” Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The lockout may not be “benefitting” teams as Dockett states, but it is certainly hampering the Arizona Cardinals and other teams in similar situations. The lockout is currently preventing them from addressing the quarterback situation, establishing team unity and most importantly improving the team.The NFL’s current work stoppage is frustrating for Dockett and the Cardinals because the star lineman is eager to get back on the field and wash away the miserable memory that was 2010.The Arizona Cardinals finished 5-11 a year ago and while no professional athlete enjoys or accepts losing, Dockett made it very clear that last year’s results were unacceptable and that he was extremely motivated to increase the team’s win total in 2011. “The only way we are going to get out of last place in to work harder than everyone else,” Dockett said. “Every time I look up and see that Seattle won the division, it makes me sick.” Knowing that Dockett can’t stand to see other teams win the division should be a positive sign for Cardinals fans who are still recovering from last season. Dockett’s motivation and work ethic may be a sign of things turning in the right direction, especially if his attitude is contagious amongst his teammates. However, Dockett’s rigorous offseason training regimen means nothing unless there is a 2011 season.last_img