Nick Kyrgios fined USD 10,000 for Shanghai walk off

first_imgAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios has been fined $10,000 and deducted his $21,000 first-round losers’ cheque following his decision to walk off after losing the first set against Steve Johnson in the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.The tempestuous Kyrgios had just been beaten in a tiebreak against Johnson when he walked to the net, offered his hand to the American and stormed off court to the bemusement of his opponent and chair umpire Fergus Murphy.Kyrgios, 22, was booed off court by the crowd.The ATP said on Wednesday that Kyrgios had been punished for “unsportsmanlike conduct”, saying he had failed to complete a medical visit to explain his actions.Kyrgios, ranked 21 in the world, said later on Twitter that he had been suffering with a stomach bug and a shoulder problem.”I’ve been battling a stomach bug for the past 24 hours and I tried to be ready but I was really struggling on the court today which I think was pretty evident from the first point,” Kyrgios said.”My shoulder started to hurt in the practice which didn’t help either and once I lost the first set I was just not strong enough to continue. I’ve not eaten much in the past 24 hours.”Last year, Kyrgios was fined $16,500 and banned for eight weeks for deliberately throwing a game during his second-round defeat by Mischa Zverev in Shanghai.The ban for “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game” was reduced to three weeks after he agreed to a “care plan” under the direction of a sports psychologist.advertisementHe was also docked a penalty point against world number one Rafael Nadal in the China Open final last week following a disagreement with the chair umpire.last_img read more

Dominant PSG still searching for right balance: Unai Emery

first_imgFinding the right balance of individual talent and tactical discipline remains a challenge for Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery, even after the side’s convincing Champions League win at Anderlecht on Wednesday.The 4-0 success in the Belgian capital means the Parisians have won all three of their Group B games and are well on their way to qualifying for the knockout phase.”We were happy to take the three points. Our goal is to finish first of our group,” Emery said after the match, while emphasising that the acquisition of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe had forced changes that were still being bedded in.”We are like a new team, we need to progress, to improve on the details. We didn’t master the game in the way we wanted to,” he added.”We were better in terms of balance, positioning and tactics in the second half but we still need to properly mix the two aspects: the tactical discipline and the individual talent. It’s my job is to give this balance to the team.”Reuters PhotoWednesday’s triumph came relatively comfortably as Mbappe scored after just three minutes before Edinson Cavani, Neymar and substitute Angel Di Maria added the other three.”It’s true it’s easier when you start by scoring after just three minutes. But in the dressing room at half-time, we emphasised that it was necessary to improve our control of the game,” Emery said.”This season we are very strong in the transition. Especially if the opponent gives us space. We want to have this control, with the possession and transition, but it’s still missing in a lot of our performances.”advertisementPSG, who could confirm progress to the next stage when they host Anderlecht in Paris on October 31, have won 12 of 13 games in all competitions since the start of the campaign. Last month’s goalless draw at Montpellier remains the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record.last_img read more

Padres Stun Dismayin’ Mets, 8-7

first_imgNEW YORK — Justin Upton’s three-run homer through a driving rain with two outs in the ninth inning set off a raucous dugout celebration.If it was the last time this group of Padres was together this season, the send-off was appropriately lengthy.Upton’s go-ahead drive before the second of two rain delays in the ninth completed San Diego’s stunning comeback from a six-run deficit July 30 in an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets.“Bedlam. It was crazy,” Padres Manager Pat Murphy said of the mood in the dugout after the home run. “To have it happen against a pitcher of that quality is a testament to how good he is, how clutch he is. They had a good time ever since. It’s been a good time around here for about three hours.”With a darkening sku, Jeurys Familia entered with a 7-5 lead and got two quick outs in the ninth before a torrential downpour stopped play. Frustrated, the Mets closer stood on the mound as the other players cleared the field.When play resumed 44 minutes later, Derrick Norris fell behind two strikes before singling for his career-high fifth hit.Matt Kemp singled as the rain began again and Upton, in what could be his final at-bat with the Padres, sent the first pitch soaring to right-center for San Diego’s first lead.“He was fine to come back after the delay. Thirty minutes isn’t that bad,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “He just has to locate. The pitches he made were over the middle of the plate.”Upton was not thinking about what might transpire before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.“Absolutely not” Upton said. “Livin’ in them moment. Whatever happens tomorrow happens — or doesn’t happen. Just taking it day to day.”Earlier in the game, Upton hugged his teammates in the dugout as if he was saying goodbye after a trade. “I thought that was funny,” Upton said. “That’s what happens when people like to tweet everything.”Afrer Yangervis Solarte grounded out, play was halted again, this time for 2:52. Craig Kimbrel then was perfect in a 5-minute ninth for his 30th save, in front of just several hundred fans.“We all stayed away from him,” Murphy said of how they treated the closer during the delay. “You could see his intent.”Marcos Mateo (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win.Familia (2-1) dropped to 0-for-3 in save opportunities since the All-Star break. He was 27 of 29 before the four-day hiatus in mid-July.New York lost its second straight to the Padres (49-53), falling three games behind Washington in the NL East heading into a weekend series between division rivals.With San Diego trailing 7-1 in the seventh inning, Norris hit his second grand slam of the season, off Hansel Robles, who was facing his first batter after Bobby Parnell loaded the bases. Kemp had an RBI single in the sixth off Jonathon Niese for San Diego, winners of 8 of 12.Only hours after the premature announcement on social media of a deal that never happened and left Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores in tears on the field, all was quiet on the trade front at Citi Field a day ahead of Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline in a game between two teams expected to be active for different reasons.The Mets had taken a 4-0 lead on Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly and Curtis Granderson’s three-run homer off Andrew Cashner.They upped it to 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth on Juan Uribe’s first homer for New York, his ninth overall. Juan Lagares had a sacrifice fly and Ruben Tejada a run-scoring single after Clint Barmes’ fielding error at shortstop.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pakistan Open to return to Asian golf circuit after 10 years

first_imgThe Pakistan Open will return to the Asian golf circuit from March 27, after a 10-year hiatus, officials announced on Thursday.The country’s national championship, which was inaugurated in 1967, will be held for the first time on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the highly-acclaimed Defence Raya Golf and Country Club offering a prize fund of $80,000.”We are delighted to announce the return of the Pakistan Open for the first time since 2009. We are confident that the championship course will be in superb condition once again when we return next month,” Asian Tour chief operating officer Cho Minn Thant said in a statement.”I would also like to thank the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) for its outstanding support of the game. The tournament’s return is a massive step forward and we hope to inspire a new generation of golfers in Pakistan as we continue to strengthen the game across Asia,” Cho added.The ADT, launched in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour, first sanctioned an event in Pakistan in 2017, where Thailand’s Poosit Supupramai secured his breakthrough win here.In 2018, the Asian Tour marked its return to Pakistan by staging an event in Karachi where Tirawat Kaewsiribandit of Thailand sealed his maiden victory.The Pakistan Open was held previously on the premier Asian Tour where England’s Chris Rodgers and Malaysia’s Airil Rizman claimed their respective maiden wins in 2006 and 2007. The last edition was staged on the domestic circuit in 2009.The Pakistan Open, jointly sanctioned by the PGF and the ADT, will feature an international field of 144 players, with 50 players from the ADT, 80 players from the PGF, nine invitees and five amateurs.advertisementWith the addition of the Pakistan Open in the 2019 ADT schedule, players will have another opportunity to boost their rankings on the Order of Merit and play their way on to the Asian Tour.The leading seven players on the final ADT Order of Merit will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2020 season.All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.Also Watch:last_img read more

Christian Eriksen grabs the points for Spurs as Brighton wilt at the last

first_img 22 Montoya 7 Son 7 Kayal Zac Efron brought a touch of Hollywood glamour – the actor, who was picked out by the TV cameras, changed into a Spurs shirt for the second half – yet there was frustration around him, particularly at the delaying tactics of the Brighton goalkeeper, Mat Ryan.Duffy headed at Hugo Lloris from a tight angle on 46 minutes but the pattern was entrenched: Spurs pushing, Brighton resisting. There were lengthy periods in the second half when Lloris was the only player outside of Brighton’s defensive third.The margins were agonisingly fine. Toby Alderweireld saw a shot hit the inside of the post and roll across goal but Spurs could not force the ball home and they had other chances. Rose’s dipping long-range shot was palmed up in the air and away by Ryan, while Alli, Son Heung-min and Trippier all went close.Not for the first time, Spurs could be grateful to Eriksen. He has been tipped to depart in the summer when he enters the final year on his contract but losing him does not bear thinking about.“It is a very special situation,” Pochettino said. “The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something is maybe different to another player. I hope and I wish Christian can be with us in the future. Christian and us – we are so open to talk and we will see what happens. It is so close, the end of the season, and [there is] a lot of time to talk after.” Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Corners 16 Jahanbakhsh Share via Email 6 3 7 12 Substitutes Share on Messenger 9 Janssen (s 90′) Brighton Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Pinterest 20 Alli (s 73′) 12 Wanyama 3Tottenham Hotspur353070 5Arsenal342566 (s 64′) 6 Stephens 8 Bissouma 2 Trippier 4 Duffy Thank you for your feedback. Read more Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels 5 Dunk Facebook 23 Eriksen Fouls Share on Twitter BRI22TOT78% 27 Button 1 Lloris 4Chelsea352167 4 Alderweireld 9 Locadia 1 Ryan (s 86′) There were 88 minutes on the clock when Christian Eriksen picked up possession in front of the Brighton penalty area, as he had done throughout the match, probing for the solution. It had eluded him yet this time he found it, arrowing a low drive through the defensive shackles and into the bottom corner.Like Eriksen, Mauricio Pochettino had struggled to see a way through. The Spurs manager even sent on Vincent Janssen as an 80th-minute substitute; the club’s forgotten striker was given a stirring ovation on his first action of a bizarre season. But thanks to Eriksen’s flash of inspiration, Spurs remain on course.It is a curiosity that they have lost as many league games this season – 11 – as they did in the previous two combined. Yet they have drawn only once and have frequently been rewarded for their indomitable spirit. Their run-in features two home games out of three – against West Ham and Everton – and their record at their stadium remains unblemished. It shows four wins from four matches in all competitions and no goals conceded. Their other fixture comes at Bournemouth. 3 Bong (s 80′) Share on Pinterest 2Man City346586 21 Foyth 22 78 33 Davies 27 Lucas Moura 15 Dier Brighton & Hove Albion Chris Hughton has been in the game for long enough to know how cruel it can be and this was the latest reminder. At full time, he marched over to the Brighton supporters, hands held high in applause; the picture of defiance. On the inside, he was devastated.Hughton must go back to the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on 9 March for Brighton’s last league goals; they have gone 660 minutes without scoring. But this looked like being a match when what they did at the back would fire their survival hopes. Lewis Dunk, in particular, was immense. The centre-half sank to his knees when Eriksen’s goal went in and for him and his teammates it added up to a sixth defeat in seven matches.Brighton had started the day in 17th place, three points clear of Cardiff, who had played one game more, and under no illusions about the size of their task. Their home match against Newcastle on Saturday already felt enormous and how about it now? Brighton finish with a visit to Arsenal and home game against Manchester City and the fear for them is that Cardiff may get something from their games with Fulham (away) and Crystal Palace (home). Share on Facebook match reports (s 82′) 22 Gazzaniga 17 Murray Share on WhatsApp Christian Eriksen lets fly from outside the area. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters Show 24 Spurs Off target 5 Brighton 5 Spurs On target 1 Brighton Substitutes 13 Gross Amid all the excitement surrounding Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final against Ajax it has been possible to forget their basic target for the season remains a top four domestic finish. There was no room for a slip-up against Brighton, no scope for their focus to drop and, on a dramatic night, they got the result that they wanted. Just. Shane Long scores after 7.69sec in Southampton’s draw at Watford Possession Match stats Lineups 30 Bernardo 14 Balogun Spurs Twitter Brighton’s determination was ferocious. Hughton’s men flooded the space around the Spurs attackers while they put their bodies on the line time and again, none more so than Dunk, who made some colossal interventions.It was rough and ready at times – witness Jan Vertonghen’s elbow on Florin Andone in the 25th minute, which he levered into his opponent, rather than throwing it. The referee, Christopher Kavanagh, took no action.Andone himself diced with disaster. Harshly booked for a trip on Danny Rose, as Kavanagh tried to assert his authority, the Brighton striker stamped into a tackle on Kieran Trippier in the 36th minute, missing the ball and catching the Spurs full-back. It looked like more of a yellow card than the one he received but Kavanagh disagreed.Spurs lacked invention in the first half. Dele Alli took a marvellous touch on a high ball and prodded goalwards only for Shane Duffy to clear off the line, while Vertonghen saw Dunk block a shot at close quarters. It was otherwise heavy going. Brighton could point to a one-man break from Andone that was halted by a slide challenge from Rose. 5 Vertonghen Was this helpful? Goal attempts 20 March 6 Sanchez Topics Reuse this content 3 Rose BRI TOT Share on LinkedIn 18 Llorente PosTeamPGDPts 1Liverpool355988 Premier League Hide 52 Skipp 10 Andone Tottenham Hotspur 33 Burnlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorra

first_imgBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has signed the son of Tito Vilanova for FC Andorra.Adria Vilanova is already training with Andorra, reports Sport.Adria came through Barcelona’s academy and was a highly-rated centre-back as a teenager. While with Barça B he joined Hercules on loan before moving to Mallorca B this season. His switch to FC Andorra is a step up to an ambitious club with the aim of re-finding his best football. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Incredible Nick Saban Quote About Alabama’s Injuries Is Going Viral

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama is the best program in the country, but even Nick Saban has to deal with injuries.The linebacking corps has been a serious trouble spot for the Crimson Tide in the last few years. That situation got worse this week.Chris Allen is out for the season due to an ACL tear. Saban confirmed the injury during a press conference this afternoon.Saban says LB Chris Allen suffered a knee injury that required surgery and he’ll be out for the season, also confirmed RT Matt Womack stepped on somebody’s foot the other day & broke his foot again, will likely be out 4-6 weeks.— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) August 18, 2018Allen was expected to be a key second-teamer for the reigning national champions.The news is not good for Alabama, but Nick Saban’s reaction to the Chris Allen injury is pretty fantastic.Even Alabama has depth issues, despite a seemingly-never ending wave of blue-chip players joining the program. Saban reminded us of that in an incredible manner.Saban on injuries: “You all just think that every time something happens, we just shit another player…”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) August 18, 2018Luckily for us, SEC Country’s Marq Burnett got video of Saban’s phenomenal use of press conference profanity.Nick Saban said Alabama can’t just “shit” more players pic.twitter.com/PjPzVku4Y2— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) August 18, 2018No team has recruited at the level of Alabama over the last four or five years, so the Tide definitely have more depth than the average team. Still, injuries are always tough to overcome.Alabama opens its season with Louisville on Sept. 1. The two teams are playing in Orlando.last_img read more

A New Nova Scotia Company Takes Flight

first_imgA Truro-based producer of custom-moulded plastics and an international manufacturing company have joined forces to take advantage of Nova Scotia’s growing aerospace industry. The province announced today, July 2, a $2.9-million loan and a $1.6-million training incentive for a new company, Composite Sea to Sky Ltd. This is a joint partnership between Bartlett Plastic and Precision Machining Ltd. and MIPNET, a French manufacturer of equipment for aircraft. Composite Sea to Sky will manufacture and export ventilation equipment for use in aerospace, defence and commercial industries, and expects to create up to 200 new jobs over the next five years. The loan is from the Industrial Expansion Fund and will be used to help provide equipment for the startup business and is repayable with interest over ten years. The training incentive is payable based on the company reaching employment targets. A $869,000 repayable loan will also be used to refinance an existing bank loan and line of credit assigned to Bartlett Plastics. “Composite Sea to Sky is an innovative startup company looking to compete in a technologically advanced industry,” said acting Minister of Economic Development, Jamie Muir. “The company brings together the best in manufacturing ability and management expertise, which will contribute to job growth and enhance sustainable prosperity for this province.” “With our leadership, experience and unique technology to manufacture complex composites, we are excited about expanding into the North American market with the creation of Composite Sea to Sky,” said Pierre Conze, CEO of Composite Sea to Sky and MIPNET. “This new company will contribute to a growing aerospace and defence industry, while combining our expertise with local experience to create quality jobs.” A combined capital investment from Bartlett Plastics and MIPNET will create about $1.2 million in additional bank financing for the new company. “This government investment will help to establish a new composites and plastic manufacturing company right here in Nova Scotia,” said Barry Bartlett, owner, Bartlett Plastic and Precision Machining Ltd. “Our company will provide Composite Sea to Sky with skilled workers, work orders and a foot in the door to the North American market.” The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

UN refugee operation given high marks by US Government study

“Near-complete repatriation and reintegration are facts of life and were achieved with an indispensable contribution from the programme of assisted return,” according to the study commissioned by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has assisted with the return of nearly 500,000 people, or 6 per cent of the population, over the past seven years, mostly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Tanzania.The report, compiled by independent experts, was intended by PRM, one of the main sponsors for UNHCR’s Burundi programme, to assess its impact on the return and reintegration of Burundian refugees.Most refugees interviewed for the study said that they had benefited from their returnee status in Burundi, with families who had been back in their home country for four years in similar living conditions to those who had never fled.UNHCR has “ensured comprehensive physical, legal and economic protection of Burundian refugees during their repatriation,” the experts found, but pointed to challenges that remain such as access to land, overcrowded schools and lack of food security. 21 April 2009The assisted voluntary repatriation operation scheme run by the United Nations refuge agency has been praised in a report commissioned by the United States Government, which has hailed aspects of the programme as being the “best practice responses” to refugee and humanitarian crises in general. read more

Search operations to be conducted around schools

He also said that school vans and school buses will not be permitted to park near schools.Gunasekera said that special parking areas will be designated for the respective schools. The Police spokesman said that tight security will be in place at schools around the country when they resume for the second term on Monday. The Police and security forces are to conduct search operations around schools tomorrow.Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the search operations will be focused mostly on Colombo schools. He said that vehicles will not be permitted to park around Colombo schools from 1pm tomorrow (Sunday). read more

Already alarmed by civilian casualties in Iraq UN agencies now concerned by

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (OHCI), Ramiro Lopes da Silva, is pursuing the matter with coalition forces and reminds them that the occupying power has the duty under international conventions to ensure law and order in occupied territory, spokesperson Veronique Taveau told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities.She said looting continued in Um Qasr and Basra in the south. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) added its voice to the concern, reporting that drivers of its aid convoys had witnessed looting in certain areas, especially in Zubair, south of Basra.The drivers reported that schools were being looted, UNICEF spokesperson Wivina Belmonte said. “While the situation was chaotic it was manageable,” she added. “People are, very simply, desperate and need to be reassured that aid trucks coming in will continue to supply them with the items they need.”Looting in schools was a dual concern, Ms. Belmonte said. The obvious one was the added damage it caused an already sorely rundown educational infrastructure. The other was that schools and other locations where intense fighting took place might become places of curiosity for children, drawing them to hunt for souvenirs and remnants of war. Souvenirs of war can be lethal souvenirs for a child, she warned.The World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated its serious concern about the level of civilian casualties in Baghdad and the impact this had on hospitals. Hospitals and hospital staff were reported to be overwhelmed by the number of casualties, and this was putting huge pressure on both medical supplies and medical staff, who were working round the clock to provide emergency treatment, spokesperson Fadela Chaib said.There were reports that some hospitals were beginning to run short of crucial surgical and medical supplies, she added.Ms. Taveau also said hospitals were being stretched to their limits, and personnel faced increasing difficulties getting to work. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that many of the electricity grids were not working, and less than 20 per cent of households were receiving power, she added.The ICRC supplied five main surgical hospitals with emergency drinking water: 80,000 litres by water tankers and 23,000 one-litre plastic bags were delivered. It also provided additional drinking water to several suburbs in central and northern Baghdad that are not connected to the water network.Emergency supplies continued to be trucked into Iraq or readied in its neighbours. UNICEF’s trucking operations into northern and southern Iraq continued. Five trucks carrying 31 tons of supplies were on their way across Turkey and expected to reach northern Iraq tomorrow.Another 11 UNICEF trucks were on their way into the south today, to Um Qail, South Basra, Safwan and Zubair, bringing to 85 the number of trucks taking life-saving supplies into southern Iraq since the agency began its humanitarian deliveries from Kuwait.The World Food Programme (WFP) reported that with a large convoy rolling into northern Iraq from Turkey today its first major corridor into Iraq was functioning well. Nearly half of the wheat flour it had brought in from Turkey over the past few days had already been distributed, spokesman Maarten Roest said. A total of 6,000 tons of wheat flour, donated by the Canadian Government, was to be delivered in the coming week.The UN High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) reported a tiny trickle of refugees out of Iraq – five to Jordan and 11 to Syria. read more

Peppers Miller Davis among 32 Man of Year finalists

NEW YORK — Veterans Julius Peppers, Von Miller and Vernon Davis are among the 32 nominees announced Thursday for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one player from every NFL team is a finalist. All will be recognized and participate in NFL functions during Super Bowl week. The Man of the Year will be revealed at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press’ individual NFL awards are announced, on Saturday night, Feb. 2 in Atlanta.The Man of the Year is honoured for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. It was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 for the Hall of Fame running back.“The Man of the Year Award gives us the opportunity to acknowledge 32 exemplary players whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the field,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “This year’s nominees have used their platforms to transform communities across the country. We are proud of their work and celebrate their dedication and impact through this award.”A total of $500,000 will be donated in the name of the 2018 recipient, with $250,000 going to Character Playbook, the NFL and United Way’s digital character education program. An additional donation of $250,000 will be made to the charity of his choice.The other 31 finalists will receive a donation of $50,000 in their name to expand Character Playbook, and an additional donation of up to $50,000 to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, United Way Worldwide, and Nationwide, the presenter of the Walter Payton Award.The five current players who have won the award — Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning and J.J. Watt — wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys. All 2018 finalists will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning this week through the end of the season.The finalists:Arizona Cardinals — Antoine BetheaAtlanta Falcons —Grady JarrettBaltimore Ravens —Brandon CarrBuffalo Bills— Lorenzo AlexanderCarolina Panthers— Julius PeppersChicago Bears— Trey BurtonCincinnati Bengals— Carlos DunlapCleveland Browns —Christian KirkseyDallas Cowboys— Dak PrescottDenver Broncos — Von MillerDetroit Lions— Matthew StaffordGreen Bay Packers— Kenny ClarkHouston Texans— Whitney MercilusIndianapolis Colts —Jabaal SheardJacksonville Jaguars —Blake BortlesKansas City Chiefs— Dustin ColquittLos Angeles Chargers — Corey LiugetLos Angeles Rams —Andrew WhitworthMiami Dolphins —Kenny StillsMinnesota Vikings —Kyle RudolphNew England Patriots — Devin McCourtyNew Orleans Saints — Mark IngramNew York Giants —Michael ThomasNew York Jets — Kelvin BeachumOakland Raiders — Marshawn LynchPhiladelphia Eagles — Chris LongPittsburgh Steelers — Cameron HeywardSan Francisco 49ers —Robbie GouldSeattle Seahawks —K.J. WrightTampa Bay Buccaneers —Gerald McCoyTennessee Titans —Jurrell CaseyWashington Redskins — Vernon Davis___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press read more

London City Airport shut Flights cancelled after Second World War bomb found

first_imgAll passengers due to travel from London City on Monday are advised to contact their airline for further information. Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport until further notice.(2/3)— London City Airport (@LondonCityAir) February 11, 2018 Police urge motorists to find alternative routesSpecialist officers are working with the Royal Navy to remove the ordnance, the Metropolitan Police said.A spokesman said:”At around 10pm on Sunday an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.”Overnight, officers have been helping to evacuate properties within the exclusion zone and police are working with the local authority to provide residents with temporary emergency accommodation and the appropriate support.”A number of road cordons are in place, and motorists planning to travel through this part of Newham borough are urged to seek alternative routes. The explosive device was found at the George V Dock, just yards from the City Airport dockCredit:Commission Air/Alamy “The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy. “While we endeavour to progress the operation as quickly as possible and minimise disruption, it is important that all of the necessary steps and precautions are taken to ensure it is dealt with safely. “We would like to thank everyone affected for their patience and cooperation.”London City Airport is the 14th busiest in the UK with 4,540,000 passengers in 2017, according to data from the Civil Aviation Authority.Newham Council evacuates residents in bomb alertIn a statement, Newham Council said:”Officers are assisting with a controlled evacuation of people in this exclusion area. Affected at this stage are parts of Holt Road, Leonard Street, Lord Street, Newland Street, Tate Road, Muir Street and Kennard Street.”Some residents have chosen to remain in their homes and others have made arrangements to stay with friends or family. A rest centre has been opened and Transport for London are ferrying people to it”Work will not start on lifting and removing the device until the initial 214-metre zone is clear. When work starts to remove it, it is expected the exclusion zone will be extended to 250 metres and more properties will need to be evacuated. The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police, Royal Navy and London Borough of Newham (3/3) https://t.co/9ZD3jDFdOw— London City Airport (@LondonCityAir) February 11, 2018 Passengers warned not to travel to City AirportAirport chief executive Robert Sinclair said: “All flights in and out of London City on Monday are cancelled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area.”I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.”I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.” Following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock as part of planned development works, a 214m exclusion zone has been implemented as a precaution by the Met Police. As a result, London City Airport is currently closed. (1/3)— London City Airport (@LondonCityAir) February 11, 2018center_img Aerial photograph of London City Airport “The operation is expected to continue until Tuesday morning. Further updates will follow. ” A 700ft (214-metre) exclusion zone was put in place on Sunday evening to ensure the device could be dealt with safely.People living inside the zone were evacuated from their homes overnight, while police said a number of road cordons have been put in place in Newham.Passengers were urged not to travel to the airport on Monday and advised to contact their airline.On the trains, Docklands Light Railway services between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal have been suspended. London City Airport has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb, affecting tens of thousands of passengers.All flights into and out of the airport, in east London, will be stopped on Monday after the device was found nearby in the River Thames on Sunday.The closure led to the cancellation of more than 100 departures and was affecting up to 16,000 passengers, according to a spokeswoman.The device was discovered at the George V Dock at about 5am on Sunday during planned work at the airport.Newham Council said the bomb was a German 500kg fused device and warned work to deal with it would last until Tuesday.The Metropolitan Police said the airport was shut at 10pm, as officers worked with the Royal Navy to remove the bomb. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

NHS will send thousands of patients home sooner to end long stay

“Intensive support” will be offered by health officials to help trusts tackle levels of “bed-blocking” by ensuring more care is available outside hospitals. Failure to cut long-stays by 25 per cent will be deemed a safety issue, with extra monitoring of struggling hospitals, trusts will be warned.Charities welcomed the initiative, but said the plans would only work if hospitals and councils were able to put in place enough care in people’s homes.It comes as social services chiefs warned that the care sector was becoming “increasingly fragile” with one in three councils seeing home care providers close within the last six months.Andrea Sutcliffe, the chief inspector of social care, has previously raised concerns that pressures to empty hospital beds could see vulnerable patients moved into inadequate facilities.Rachel Power, the chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “Improved support to ensure patients can stay as well as possible in their own homes, whether immediately after an admission or as a way to prevent one, will be vital in ensuring the NHS meets the changing needs of our population.” There will be more support for care home staff so residents can be treated without being admitted to hospital.Officials say acting now should free up 4,000 beds ahead of next winter.Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester today, Mr Stevens will say: “Over this past year hospitals and local councils have successfully worked together and have turned the corner on delays in patients being discharged. Now they need to go further in order to ensure patients are treated with dignity and looked after in the right setting for them.”Officials want to avoid a repeat of the crisis last winter, with A&E delays the highest on record, and the highest number of cancelled operations for 25 years. This year, trusts are being advised to start their planning earlier, to free up thousands of beds. The NHS is to send thousands of hospital patients home sooner in a bid to end a “long stay” culture on the wards, the head of the service will say today.Simon Stevens will pledge to cut long stays in hospital by one quarter, to free up beds for those most in need.Nearly 350,000 patients spend at least three weeks stuck on a ward each year. They take up one fifth of all beds – the equivalent of 36 hospitals.Officials say too many elderly people are being forced to endure miserable stays on wards, which strip too many of their independence and mobility – often permanently – when what they need is help at home.Today Mr Stevens will order hospitals to do more to ensure patients can be sent home sooner, with the right help. Trusts will be told to speed up assessments so more patients can be discharged at weekends, instead of being stuck waiting for checks by care workers. Hospitals will be told to carry out more routine treatment as day cases. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Un nouvel accessoire deux en un pour Ipad 2

first_imgUn nouvel accessoire “deux en un” pour Ipad 2Si la dernière pochette pour Ipad 2 signée Thanko ne se fera pas remarquer pour son coté esthétique, elle pourrait bien trouver le chemin de votre choix pour son aspect pratique !Généralement, à la sortie de nouveautés Apple, de nombreux fabricants se lancent dans la production d’accessoires en tout genre, permettant, soit de bénéficier au mieux des capacités de votre nouveau bijou technologique, soit pour une question esthétique. À lire aussiLes iPads 2 et les iPhone 4S finalement jailbreakés ?On ne peut pas dire que Thanko ait joué la carte de l’esthétisme avec sa nouvelle pochette pour iPad 2 et sa matière imitant le cuir de manière très basique. C’est plutôt son clavier amovible Bluetooth qui s’avère très pratique si vous rédigez beaucoup avec votre tablette Apple. Pendant que la première partie se déplie et se réhausse pour faire office de socle pour l’Ipad, la partie “clavier” se détache donnant une véritable possibilité de transformer l’ensemble en netbook.La pochette est disponible sur le site de Thanko pour 7980 yens, soit un peu plus de 70 euros…Tout de même.Le 31 octobre 2011 à 13:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Why Mourinho is looking to buy Croatian Marcelo Brozovic

first_imgMarcelo Brozovic has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, Manchester United, but there are talks of a new contract at Inter Milan.Brozovic could be playing Croatia’s midfield in the World Cup final against France. He’s one of the most important players of the Croatia midfield, with 40 caps and six goals under his belt, his major role today could be stopping Paul Pogba.Even though the 25-year-old doesn’t start every time, Mourinho has seen his potential and what he could bring to Manchester United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Marcelo is happy at Inter, so much that he could extend his contract on improved terms. Another club coming in is a possibility, as there is a release clause but we are in no rush”, insisted the midfielder’s agent, according to Daily Star.In the Croatian’s midfield, Brozovic is the one allowing Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric to get forward. Today, he may be crucial to the possible first World Cup victory of his country.last_img read more

BNP cohorts tried to topple govt Anisul

first_imgAnisul HuqLaw, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs minister Anisul Huq on Friday said BNP-Jamaat and their cohorts tried to topple the government by inciting the recent movement of the students, reports BSS.“Recently the students took to the street after the sad death of two students in road accident. They had demanded for Road Transport Act and the cabinet has already approved the draft as part of accepting their demand after giving support to their legitimate movement,” he said.The minister said these while addressing a rally marking National Mourning Day at Kasba Mulgram union in Brahmanbaria.“The next general election will be held in December. But BNP-Jamaat and their cohorts are trying to make the election commission disputed by raising ridiculous allegations like the polls will not be fair,” he added.Recalling memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his (Anisul’s) father Advocate Serajul Huq, the law minister said Huq had told Bangabandhu not to confess any crimes and to plead not guilty before the court in 60s.“But when the judge asked him whether he is pleading guilty or not, Bangabandhu had said whatever I did for the people of Bangla were correct. This was Bangabandhu, who never bowed down to any wrong,” Anisul said.The minister said like her father, prime minister Sheikh Hasina too never makes any compromise with any unjust, adding, “She has introduced Bangladesh as a developed nation to the world. God willing, we will become a developed country under her leadership in 2041.”Presided over by Mulgram union Awami League president Md Shah Alam, the rally was addressed by Uttara Group chairman Motiur Rahman, Upazila chairman Anisul Haque, Awami League leaders MG Hakkani, Qazi Azharul Islam and Shahin Sultana, among others.last_img read more

Fewer Sea Turtle Hatchlings Being Cared For At Texas Lab

first_imgTwitter User @oceanaBen Higgins recently hovered over a blue crate containing a swimming loggerhead sea turtle, one of about 60 he’s helping to raise. The Galveston County Daily News reports Higgins has worked at the Galveston Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, informally known as the “turtle barn,” for more than 20 years. He’s never seen the space as empty as it is now, he said. Most years, the crates contain almost three times the number of loggerhead hatchlings than they currently have, Higgins said. “This is the fewest number of turtles we’ve ever had,” said Higgins, the laboratory’s sea turtle program manager. “It’s kind of sad, but it is what it is. You go through cycles.” The change should be temporary, Higgins said. Federal officials this year ordered the laboratory not to capture sea turtle hatchlings for rearing and eventual release, departing from a practice underway for nearly 40 years. Since the late 1970s, workers based at the Galveston laboratory have annually picked up loggerhead hatchlings from Florida and brought them back to the island to be raised. The laboratory has returned the turtles back to Florida each year since the mid-1980s to test shrimp-net safety devices and release the loggerheads back into the ocean, according to the laboratory. The decision not to rear a new set of hatchlings this year is owed to a lack of devices ready for testing next year, Higgins said. The laboratory typically collects the loggerheads every year to raise them until they are big enough to test with turtle excluder devices, which are components of a shrimp trawl. The device connects to the trawls — large nets pulled behind shrimp boats — and allows sea turtles to escape, while still minimizing the number of shrimp lost in the process, according to the administration. Three types of trawls don’t require turtle excluder devices, or “TEDs,” as long as they have “tow-time” restrictions, or limits on the amount of time the net can be dragged in the water, according to the administration. Exceeding the tow-time risks drowning any turtles caught in the nets, according to the administration. The administration in December proposed to withdraw the tow-time rule and to require skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, wing nets and butterfly trawls to use certified turtle excluder devices. That change hasn’t gone into effect but is being reviewed, said Allison Garrett, media specialist for the administration’s National Marine Fisheries Services. Turtle-exclusion device testing should continue sometime after the new rules are implemented, Higgins said. The turtles that would have been collected this summer most likely wouldn’t have had any devices in time for 2018 testing, he said. “We don’t have a need for them in 2018,” Higgins said. “Once a new piece of gear is introduced to the fishery, they can use it and give feedback. When we get that feedback, that’s when we start making modifications.” The administration’s fisheries service made the devices mandatory for most shrimp trawls in 1989. Thousands of turtles drowned each year before that and trawls had been identified as a major cause of death, according to a 2016 administration environmental report. Even though turtle excluder devices are already certified, the administration continually tests new and existing designs. Many environmental advocates have continued to push for turtle-exclusion devices across all types of trawls. Joanie Steinhaus, campaign director for the Gulf Coast office of the Turtle Island Restoration Network, said she hopes no trawls, fisheries or boats are excluded from the regulations. “As we see an increase in the sea turtle population, we’re going to see smaller turtles in the areas the vessels work,” Steinhaus said. “I hope if they do come out with regulations, which they should, that they are required across the fleet with no exemptions.” While Higgins said he hopes testing can continue in the future, Garrett said the administration hasn’t made any decisions on whether the laboratory will collect turtles next year. The laboratory will focus for now on other efforts, Garrett said. “For now, we are continuing to take in and rehabilitate stranded, sick and injured sea turtles,” Garrett said. ___ Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com Sharelast_img read more

Even Bronns Mailman Is Angry at Him After Last Sundays Game of

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Nobody is a fan of Bronn anymore after the climactic battle scene in last week’s Game of Thrones. The scene was filled with harrowing moments, but Bronn’s final act almost definitely elicited the most gasps. With Daenerys riding atop Drogon, burning all the wheat in sight, Bronn raced to a covered structure. Throwing aside a sheet, he revealed a massive crossbow and arrow. One that could pierce the hide and bone of a dragon. The first shot missed, but the second hit the beast in the shoulder bringing both dragon and mother crashing to the ground.If you’ve been watching the series all the way through, chances are you feel almost as protective of the dragons as Daenerys does. They’re the only ones left in the world. Do NOT hurt the precious babies. The scene even surprised Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn on the show.Speaking to HBO’s Making of Game of Thrones, Flynn said, “I was surprised when I was watching it. I spent weeks on that sequence, but I was on the edge of my seat, the adrenaline was running — they really nailed it.”Until now, Bronn has been one of the more likable associates of the Lannisters. Much of that comes from his relationship to Tyrion, the only decent member of the family. But, as he is a mercenary, he has allied himself with Jaime so he may acquire as much gold and land as he can. Unfortunately, that means fighting against Tyrion’s new queen and doing some especially unsavory things like shoot adorable dragons out of the sky. And though it is just a TV show, that doesn’t make the anger people feel any less real. Some are even taking it out on Flynn himself.“Although since the day the battle aired, I’ve been a little unpopular, I have to say. My postman won’t speak to me because I shot the dragon,” he said. Totally understandable. He’s lucky he’s still getting his mail at all, if you ask me.Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jerome Flynn (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)Flynn does appear to enjoy the fact that the audience is that invested in the show. Talking about fans being torn on who to root for in this messy war, he said, ”How brilliant is that? And that’s Tyrion’s perspective, standing there. He’s got Daenerys when she gets shot down, and then his brother is who’s trying to kill her; Tyrion can’t win, really. But that’s part of the brilliance of where we’ve got to in the story after seven years of that character investment.”So where does Bronn go from here? Well, things don’t sound too promising. HBO asked if fans should worry about Bronn’s fate, and though he didn’t say much, his answer seemed to hint at something. “I think it depends on if you care for him. If you’re really angry, he’s been shooting at Drogon, then maybe not.”Hmm, interesting. The last shot we saw in that episode was Jaime sinking into the water after Bronn pushed him out of the way of Drogon’s fire. Is it possible that he was caught in the blast? The good news is, we only have two days until we find out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more