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ScienceShot: How to Tell if a Spider’s Been Sleeping Around

first_imgIt may be an awkward question, but male St. Andrew’s Cross spiders (Argiope keyserlingi) need to know how many partners their potential mate has already had sex with. Females have two vaginalike receptacles, placed side by side, in which males deposit sperm using two penislike palps. To prevent others from copulating with a former love, males will break off a palp after copulation and permanently seal the female’s genital orifice. When a male loses a palp, he can have sex again only if his last sex organ aligns with a partner’s unfilled genital opening—a left-sided phallus couples with a left-sided “vagina,” for example. If a male (smaller spider shown above) approaches an incompatible female or one that’s been plugged twice, he not only wastes time, but he also runs the risk of being cannibalized by a pregnant and hungry lady spider. But males aren’t clueless to a beloved’s former promiscuity, according to a report published this week in Behavioral Ecology. A suitor was placed on a wooden peg linked by silk strands to the webs of two prospective paramours. Males used pheromones on the silk to detect how many previous partners the females had, and chose those with only one former lover 75% to 90% of the time over females that had mated twice. When deciding between two females that had mated once, however, males couldn’t distinguish which genital opening was available based on pheromones alone, meaning their “spidey sense” had its limits. In a third experiment, virgin males with two palps were presented with a virgin female, but interestingly, they never mated twice, opting to save a palp for a future mistress. These findings suggest that A. keyserlingi males have adapted to be polyamorous, the researchers say, unlike other Argiope species, which tend toward monogamy.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion

first_imgView comments “It’s been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years,” Alexander said in a statement.“I’ve had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans.”Fertitta, the head of Landry’s Inc, a company which includes restaurants, casinos and hotels in its portfolio, has dabbled in sports ownership before.He was forced to sell a stake in the Houston Texans NFL team when he completed a purchase of the Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas.Alexander, whose reign included NBA title triumphs in 1994 and 1995, said he planned to remain active in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “The Houston community has been home to me,” Alexander said. “I will continue to support the charities I have made commitments to throughout the years. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the fans, partners, city officials and employees who care so deeply for this team.“I’ve made this decision after much deliberation with my family and friends, and do so knowing the franchise is in great shape with the players, coaches and management team in place,” added Alexander, who last week donated $4 million towards the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. CBB WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Meralco seeks QF slot vs TNT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This file photo taken on April 1, 2016, shows Tilman Fertitta attending the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day in California. Fertitta has bought the Houston Rockets in a record-breaking $2.2 billion deal, the highest amount ever paid for an NBA franchise, a statement said on September 5, 2017.  AFPHOUSTON, United States — The Houston Rockets have been bought by US restaurant tycoon Tilman Fertitta in a record-breaking $2.2 billion deal, the highest amount ever paid for an NBA franchise, a statement said Tuesday.Fertitta, a Houston-based billionaire, was one of several potential buyers circling the Rockets, who had been put up for sale by owner Leslie Alexander.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “I am truly honored to have been chosen as the next owner of the Houston Rockets,” Fertitta said in a release from the team.“This is a life-long dream come true. Leslie Alexander has been one of the best owners in all of sports, and I thank him immensely for this opportunity. He has the heart of a champion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlexander, 73, bought the franchise for just $85 million in 1993.Forbes had valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion, making it the eighth most-valuable in the league, with revenues of $244 million.last_img read more

NU in no celebratory mood yet, braces for Ateneo fightback in Game 2

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte After all, winning Game 1 is only half of the battle and the real challenge awaits on Friday in Game 2.“We’re happy but we have yet to reach our main goal,” said star big man Carl Tamayo in Filipino after leading the Bullpups with 15 points and 12 rebounds to a 70-58 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: Bullpups close in on UAAP juniors titleThe Bullpups have already beaten the Blue Eaglets thrice this season after sweeping them in the elimination round. MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 38, but is denied MVP in defeat LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University has plenty of reasons to feel excited about after beating defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 junionrs basketball finals opener on Monday.The Bullpups, however, also know they still have a ton of work left to accomplish before they can celebrate.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief And though it may appear that NU has Ateneo’s number, the Bullpups know they can’t let that thought get inside their heads and allow just even a tad bit of complacency.“They (Ateneo) are going to come back stronger in Game 2 and we need to double our preparation,” said NU forward Kevin Quiambao, who also posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.Tamayo and Quiambao teamed up to limit Ateneo’s 7-foot-2 center Kai Sotto, who still led the Blue Eaglets with 16 points and 15 rebounds but was limited to just two points and without a field goal in the fourth quarter.“We just have to continue to do what we do best and we have to be consistent,” said NU head coach Goldwin Monteverde, who is aiming to steer the Bullpups to their first crown since 2016.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

DDCA Sports Committee results announced

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) The DDCA Sports Committee election results were declared today by the two-member observer panel of Babu Lal and GP Thareja. The 10-member committee was a split one with six members from the ruling and four from the opposition group were inducted in the panel. Vinod Tihara came back into the committee along with Naresh Sharma, Padam Singh Chauhan, Vijay Bahadur Mishra, Anil Kumar Sharma and Pradeep Agarwal, who are members of his faction. The opposition group had only four candidates including former Delhi Ranji player Gautam Vadhera, Narender Kumar Sharma, Mahesh Bhati and Pradeep Kashyap. PTI KHS ATKlast_img

Diego Costa recovered, fit to play: Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that Spanish international Diego Costa has fully recovered from his injury and will be able to face Middlesbrough in their English Premier League (EPL) tie on Sunday.Costa fell from the Spain squad for the duels against Macedonia (4-0) and England (2-2) after suffering a bruise in the left groin, an injury sustained during Chelsea’s tie against Everton, reports Efe.”I have all the players available, they are in good form,” said the Italian coach on Friday in the Chelsea sports city of Cobham, southwest London.”Costa had a bit of an injury after the game against Everton. He started to train with us on Wednesday, his physical condition is good, there is also tomorrow (Saturday) to perfectly look at the situation,” he added.last_img read more

Why is there a Saturday TV football blackout in the UK?

first_imgSince before the inception of the Premier League, Saturday 3pm kick-offs have been forbidden to be televised in the UK, with broadcasters only able to show the early and late matches on national television.Though the 3pm kick-off is the slot in which the majority of weekend football matches are played with multiple games happening at the same time, they are never broadcast live on television due to the ‘football blackout’.But what is the football blackout, and why aren’t 3pm games allowed to be televised on UK television? Goal brings you everything you need to know as well as its history, reasoning and future.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! What is the football blackout? Which countries observe the football blackout? Has there been any effort to get rid of the football blackout?What is the football blackout?The football blackout follows the rule that no Premier League, Football League or FA Cup matches be broadcast on live television on Saturday between 2:45pm and 5:15pm. Games may be played on that day and on that time, but they are forbidden to be televised – with Saturday televised kick-offs mostly occurring at 12:30pm or 5:30pm.This follows a rule set in place since the 1960s when Burnley chairman Bob Lord successfully convinced fellow Football League chairmen that televised matches on Saturday afternoons would negatively impact the attendance of lower league games.He was convinced, for instance, that if Manchester United were to play Liverpool on Saturday at 3pm, fans of lower division teams would instead opt to watch the match on television instead of attend the match of the team they actually supported.As a result, the financial income of lower league football would be reduced.More than 40 years on, the rule is still in place. Foreign matches are also affected by the blackout – Sky Sports do not show the first 15 minutes of a La Liga match that kicks off at 5pm UK time.Until recently, the FA Cup final was an exception and had been broadcast at 3pm on a Saturday in May; however, in 2012, the FA Cup Final was moved to 5pm.To be in accordance with blackout rules, the final day of the Premier League has all ten games kick-off at the same time on Sunday at 3pm with the final round of Football League fixtures scheduled from 3pm onwards on a Saturday in order to broadcast multiple games.During the blackout period, live radio broadcasts are permitted both nationally and locally.It is also illegal for public houses such as pubs and bars to broadcast 3pm games via a live stream.Which countries observe the football blackout?Millwall fans 2017The UK is the only country to prohibit the broadcast of 3pm Saturday kick-offs.The country has even made a tradition of the 3pm blackout, with Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday – a show where a panel of pundits narrate in-game action excitedly to viewers with none of the match footage actually being showed – ever popular while the blackout could be one of the reasons as to why ratings for Match of the Day remain ever-popular.Major European leagues in France, Spain, Germany and Italy do not observe such a blackout, and there has been sufficient evidence to prove that closed periods do not affect the outcome of lower league football match attendance.It is a major irony that you are able to watch more Premier League games based in North America or Asia rather than England, who have prided themselves as a nation who are the home of football.Has there been any effort to get rid of the football blackout?Liverpool fans 2018-19Naturally, UK-based football fans don’t always have the resources or financial ability to always attend the game on matchday, only able to follow their game on television – and not being able to watch your team at 3pm can be frustrating.There has been research about the impact of televised football on matchday attendees, with the consensus being that there is little to no correlation (if you are a local supporter, you would attend your home game regardless of who played at 3pm on television).In February 2011, Advocate General Kokott of the European Court of Justice launched an investigation into the “closed periods” and concluded that they did not affect match attendance at lower league games.”It is, in fact, doubtful whether closed periods are capable of encouraging attendance at matches and participation in matches,” she said in a statement.”Both activities have a completely different quality to the following of a live transmission on television. It has not been adequately shown to the Court that the closed periods actually encourage attendance at and participation in matches.”No closed periods were adopted in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, or in Northern Ireland, that is to say, within the sphere of influence of English football.”In 2016, Ofcom launched an investigation into the rights of televised football and surveyed football fans about whether they wanted to see a change.Their findings concluded that football fans were keen to see a balance struck between the number of games televised and the number of games that are to kick-off on Saturday at 3pm.In December of 2017, however, the Premier League announced plans to bring forward a new kick-off time on Saturday at 7:45pm starting from the 2019-20 season, with slots for eight games to be played at that time throughout the campaign. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rogers Media Expands Local Coverage in Waterloo Region with Debut of KitchenerTodaycom

first_img Facebook KITCHENER, ON Residents of the Tri-Cities have a new home for local community news with the launch of Led by Rogers Media’s award-winning news and talk radio station, 570 NEWS, the digital site features local news, community events, obituaries, entertainment, current affairs, and also features live stream video from the Rogers tv community channel. With a focus on hyper local content, audiences will get their morning started with The Jennifer Campbell Show, and stay engaged and informed on current affairs throughout the day with The Mike Farwell Show.“The debut of shows how committed we are to investing in our community,” said Mark Campbell, Director of News Programming, 570 NEWS. “As today’s media landscape continues to evolve, we saw a great opportunity to expand our local news coverage in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, and to continue to deliver award-winning stories that our audiences rely on.” Advertisement In collaboration with Village Media, the digital news network is offered on smartphone, desktop, and tablet.Highly respected in the industry for building successful locally-focused digital news sites, marks the third collaboration between Rogers Media and Village Media. Indicative of audiences’ desire for hyperlocal content, both and, have experienced great success reaching more than 1 million people since launch in October 2017, and 300,000 people since launch in March 2018, respectively* serves residents of Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario. Rogers Media is the exclusive advertising representative to sell Canadian advertising inventory on *Google Analytics, since date of launch to June 13, 2018Social Media LinksLike on FacebookFollow on Twitter @KitchenerTodayAbout Rogers MediaRogers Media is a diverse media and content company that engages more than 30 million Canadians each week. The company’s multimedia offerings include 55 radio stations, 29 local TV stations, 23 conventional and specialty television stations, 9 magazines, podcasts, digital and e-commerce websites, and sporting events. Rogers Media delivers unique storytelling through its range of powerful brands: Maclean’s, City, OMNI Television, Today’s Parent, TSC, KiSS, FX, Sportsnet – Canada’s #1 specialty network, and the Blue Jays, Canada’s only Major League Baseball team. Rogers Media is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

first_imgA private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm.Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in the St. Louis area, said he issued a written report for the company in August 2017. It explained why the boats’ engines — and pumps that remove water from their hulls — might fail in inclement weather.He also told The Associated Press that the tourist boats’ canopies make them hard to escape when they sink — a concern raised by regulators after a similar sinking in Arkansas killed 13 people in 1999.The accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake outside the tourist town of Branson also is raising questions about whether storm warnings in the area went unheeded and whether any agency can keep boaters off the water when inclement weather approaches.“If you have the information that you could have rough waters or a storm coming, why ever put a boat on that water?” Paul said.A witness’ video of the duck boat just before it capsized suggests that its flexible plastic windows might have been closed and could have trapped passengers as the hybrid boat-truck went down. It does not show passengers jumping clear.“The biggest problem with a duck when it sinks is that canopy,” Paul said. “That canopy becomes what I’ll call a people catcher, and people can’t get out from under that canopy.”A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, the company operating the duck boats in Branson, did not respond Saturday to telephone and email messages seeking comment. Spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala has noted that Thursday’s accident was the only one in more than 40 years of operation.An archived version of Ripley’s website said it operates 20 duck boats in Branson and described them as “built from the ground up under United States Coast Guard (USCG) supervision with the latest in marine safety.”In central Wisconsin, Original Wisconsin Ducks in the Dells has no plans to change how it operates after 73 years of safe rides, general manager Dan Gavinski said. But his company operates World War II-vintage boats, not the modified modern version.Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike. Their height can obscure cars, pedestrians or bicycles from a driver’s view, and maintenance problems can be severe.Paul said he won’t know until the boat that sank is recovered from the lake whether it’s one of the two dozen he inspected for Ripley Entertainment in August 2017.The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat that sank was built in 1944 and had passed an inspection in February, The Kansas City Star reported . But Paul said the boat would have been heavily modified to make it longer so that only part of it dates to World War II. He said it would still have the design flaw he identified in his report.He declined to share a copy of his report with The Associated Press but said he said he is willing to make it available to authorities.“I’m sure eventually it will be subpoenaed,” he said.Paul said the duck boats he inspected — which the company had just purchased or repaired — vented exhaust from the motor out front and below the water line. He said in rough conditions, water could get into the exhaust system, and then into the motor, cutting it off. With the motor off, he said, its pump for removing water from the hull would not operate.“If you watch that video, that water is definitely being slammed up into that exhaust without a doubt,” Paul said.After the deadly sinking in Arkansas in 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended doing away with the canopies and adding more floatation capacity so duck boats could remain upright and keep floating even if they took on water.The industry took little heed, said Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney who has represented victims of duck boat crashes. The canopies can protect customers from rain or sun, he noted, and closed windows allow companies to heat the cabins, extending operating hours.The NTSB called the industry’s response to the recommendations disappointing, saying companies cited the cost of engineering and installing additional flotation capacity as prohibitive.“The duck boat is notoriously unstable and unsuited for what they were attempting to do with it,” said Daniel Rose, an attorney whose New York-based law firm has represented victims in several accidents. “It tries to be a boat and a car and does neither, really, except under ideal circumstances.”State officials said the Coast Guard regulates such craft; its officials did not immediately respond to requests for more information. Spokesmen said the Department of Transportation doesn’t regulate duck boats because they’re amphibious, and the Department of Public Safety doesn’t in this case because it’s a commercial vessel, as opposed to a recreational one.It’s also not clear that any agency had the authority to keep boats off the lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built it in the late 1950s, but its officials said they don’t have such authority.Witnesses have said the weather appeared calm before a storm suddenly whipped up strong waves and spray.But nearly eight hours earlier, the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the western and central Missouri counties.A severe thunderstorm warning that went out at 6:32 p.m. specifically mentioned Table Rock Lake. The first emergency calls over the accident occurred just after 7 p.m.Meteorologist Elisa Raffa of KOLR-TV in Springfield said in a phone interview Saturday that her station was forecasting the threat of severe weather all morning.“This storm didn’t come out of nowhere,” she said. “That is what pains me. I feel like we did everything, at least we tried to do everything, by the book as meteorologists and we still had this horrible tragedy on our hands.”___Hanna reported from Topeka, Kansas. Johnson reported from Seattle. Jim Salter in St. Louis; Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; Roxana Hegeman in Wichita, Kansas, and James MacPherson in Bismarck, North Dakota, contributed.last_img read more

Ombudsman sends notices to Pandya Rahul for deposition in sexist remarks controversy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D K Jain has issued notices to India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to appear for deposition for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their loose talk on chat show “Koffee With Karan” before the ban was lifted pending inquiry by the Ombudsman. “I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition,” Justice Jain told PTI on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, it is not clear how the BCCI will co-ordinate with Pandya and Rahul’s respective franchises Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab to arrange for their deposition in between the ongoing IPL. It is learnt that they might depose ahead of teh April 11 clash between the two teams in Mumbai. “Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back to back matches and a gruelling travel schedule,” a BCCI official said. The Ombudsman, who is also the BCCI’s ad-hoc Ethics Officer, made it clear that for the matter to reach its logical conclusion, the duo needs to depose. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”As per principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear,” Justice Jain said. It is understood that both players have to appear in person and not through their legal representatives. The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia handing them provisional suspensions. The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to him for the completion of inquiry. Jain has also received a complaint about former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s alleged ‘Conflict of Interest’ in his dual role of being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and an adviser to IPL franchise Delhi Capitals. “I am supposed to receive a fresh set of complaints on various issues today. I don’t know whether the issue (Ganguly’s Conflict) is in this lot or not. As and when I get the details, I will have a detailed look into the matter,” said Jain.last_img read more

Protest to be staged outside Maldivian HC against killing

Yameen’s father, Hussain Rasheed, in a recent visit to Sri Lanka, appealed to the diplomatic community to pressure the Maldives government into expediting investigations into the murder of his son, the abduction of Ahmed Rilwan, and other politically and religiously motivated violence and intimidation. Yameen was brutally stabbed to death in the stairway of his apartment building in Male, in the early hours of Sunday, April 23, 2017. He had been receiving death threats from religious extremists since 2014, and had lodged multiple complaints with the Police, however, the Maldivian Police Service failed to follow up on any of them. Activists, journalists and members of Sri Lankan civil society are to gather outside the Maldivian High Commission (25, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 4,) at 3.30 p.m next Monday to protest against the recent murder of Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed.Yameen ran a satirical blog called The Daily Panic and was a vocal critic of government authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism. He also lead the #FindMoyameehaa campaign, seeking justice for his best friend and investigative journalist Ahmed Rilwan (a.k.a. Moyameehaa), who was abducted in 2014, and has been missing since. Sri Lankan civil society members have previously condemned the murder in a public statement. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Professor helps make schools in North Ireland more welcoming

Participating at the Welcome Schools launch (front row, from left) Meabh Toman, Remik Machowski, Eibhnin Derby, Elze Pranckienaite from Presentation and Tanaghmore Primary Schools with (back row, from left) John Novak, International Fund for Ireland chair Denis Rooney and Jane Simms, Welcoming Schools project manager.A Faculty of Education professor was in Northern Ireland this fall to help launch a project to make schools more welcoming.John Novak was the guest speaker at the launch of the International Fund for Ireland’s Welcoming Schools Project. The three-year initiative aims to make schools more welcoming and inclusive. Novak, an expert in invitational education (making schools welcoming to everyone) participated in the initial training for schools.Twenty-four Irish schools will take part in the pilot project. At the Sept. 23 launch, Novak said it could impact education globally.“Connecting with the inviting school movement is a chance for educators from around the world to sustain creative practices that make a difference in students’ lives,” he said. read more

SNCLavalin board hears from big shareholders about handling of internal crisis

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2012 4:43 pm MDT MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin is getting an earful from its largest shareholders about the engineering giant’s handling of internal problems that have sullied its reputation.The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has become the second large investor to criticize how the Montreal-based company’s board has dealt with recent events, including $56 million of payments to unknown agents.“Like other investors, many of our questions about recent events and the many allegations made about the company remain outstanding and we wish to express our discomfort,” Marie Giguere, vice-president of legal affairs, wrote in a letter dated April 30 to SNC chairman Gwyn Morgan.The missive was sent just days before SNC faces shareholders in Toronto for the first time since the events led to the resignations of three senior executives, including its chief executive.Canada’s largest pension fund manager said it would support SNC’s proposals, including remuneration paid for senior management such as nearly $5 million to former CEO Pierre Duhaime.But it said SNC-Lavalin must better inform shareholders as investigations shed light on what happened.“The Caisse expects more transparency in this respect going forward given the extremely serious nature of these allegations…and the measures that will be put in place to ensure these events don’t happen again,” she said.Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., SNC’s largest shareholder, also accused directors on Monday of failing to provide proper oversight leading up to an internal investigation into the overseas payments.Duhaime was “relieved of his duties” for approving the payments requested by former vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa in breach of SNC’s code of ethics.Ben Aissa sits in a Swiss jail on suspicion of corrupting a public official, fraud and money laundering tied to his dealings in North Africa. Justice officials said SNC’s former head of construction has been in custody since mid-April, stemming from an investigation the agency launched last May.At its request, the RCMP executed search warrants at SNC-Lavalin’s Montreal headquarters, Switzerland’s federal prosecutor’s office has said.Ben Aissa, who parted ways with SNC-Lavalin in February, was in charge of business dealings in his native Tunisia as well as Libya, where the company won lucrative contracts with the former regime of Moammar Gadhafi.The whereabouts of former controller Stephane Roy weren’t known.The shareholder angst was expressed as SNC-Lavalin continues to announce lucrative contracts that industry observers believe could ease investor concerns about the company’s ability to win new business.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) said it has been awarded a five-year contract worth an estimated $1.6 billion to design and build portions of AltaLink’s transmission lines in Alberta.The Montreal-based engineering giant said the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement extends its services to its fully owned AltaLink subsidiary that were set to expire on Wednesday.SNC said it was awarded a portion of the new contract following a competitive bidding process launched by the Alberta Utilities Commission. It said an independent adviser who oversaw the process described the agreement as “fair to all participants.”“This further demonstrates that we have a competitive value proposition for all of our transmission and distribution clients and further strengthens our track record of delivery,” stated executive vice-president Patrick Lamarre.The contract to deliver transmission lines and substations will be based on need assessments and permitting.SNC-Lavalin didn’t put a price tag on the contract, but Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets estimated it is worth $1.6 billion. That constitutes the lion’s share of the development project’s estimated $2 billion cost.He described the contract win as a “significant development” for the embattled engineering giant even though it owns AltaLink.“This contract, combined with recent wins (total value of $1.5-2 billion), should offset, to a reasonable degree, investors’ concerns about SNC’s ability to win new business following recent internal issues,” he wrote in a report.The AltaLink development relates to a list of prospective projects directly assigned to AltaLink by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). These include a $1.7 billion Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement project to connect it to 2,700 megawatts of proposed wind generation projects.SNC-Lavalin has already won the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL) project expected to start in early 2013. The project is estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion.SNC’s shares closed up $1.38, or 3.72 per cent, at $38.52 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. SNC-Lavalin board hears from big shareholders about handling of internal crisis read more

Review New Dropcam Pro a hightech nanny cam for users with hefty

TORONTO – There’s another reason to fret over your Internet plan’s data cap — at least for consumers who are interested in the new Dropcam Pro, a camera that beams live video from your home onto the Internet and offers a PVR-like experience to watch it through a website or mobile app.Think of it as an Apple-esque nanny cam. It’s a slick, easy-to-use device that lets parents keep an eye on their kids or pets while at work and functions as a security camera that can automatically store video online.It isn’t terribly expensive for how well it works. But there’s a catch.The newest version of the camera, which was made available in Canada for the first time on Thursday via and, may gulp through more than 65 gigabytes of data a month if left running 24/7.For many Bell and Rogers customers on a less expensive Internet plan, that’s either more than their monthly data allotment or close to it — before accounting for data used during regular web surfing and video streaming through YouTube, Netflix or other websites.Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy said the company knows data caps are more of an issue in Canada than in the U.S., where the streaming product’s data requirements haven’t been an issue. He believes most Canadian consumers will be fine using a Dropcam, especially if they take advantage of a lower quality streaming mode to cut their data consumption in half, or only turn on video streaming as needed.“We did do the research on all of the major ISPs in Canada to make sure we could support the data caps that are in place,” Duffy said.“Generally we’re seeing data caps that will allow you to fit Dropcam in, even if you’re using some other services along with it.”After a simple setup to connect to a WiFi network, you just need to find a good spot to place the camera, within reach of an electrical outlet. It has a wide angle lens to capture a large field of view, but it can’t rotate or tilt via remote control.“That means that camera is going to be more reliable and obviously fit in a little better in the average person’s living room,” said Duffy of the decision to make the camera stationary.By default, the camera is always running, although it can be manually turned off to save on data. Some users might find they don’t need the camera streaming overnight, although it does have an effective night-vision mode. The camera can also be scheduled to automatically turn on and off at certain times.Watching video live is free, but users need to pay for a subscription to have the camera record video for later playback: it’s $10 a month to have the last seven days of video accessible online or $30 a month to have 30 days of video archived.It’s easy to scan through a day’s worth of video as the Dropcam web interface flags moments in a timeline showing when the camera captured movement. It’s also possible to be alerted by email or the mobile app when the camera detects movement or sounds.Duffy said many Dropcam customers have asked whether the subscription service can be turned on after the fact, to access video from a previous date. The answer, he said, is no, since the company does not record video streams for non-subscribers.“If you’re not on one of the recording plans or if you turn your camera off … no video is being recorded. We look at that as a pillar of respecting people’s privacy, if they’re not on a recording plan then it wouldn’t make any sense to record the video,” he said.“Sometimes something will happen when they’re not on a recording plan and they call us up and ask us if we could retroactively turn on recording and we’d love to be able to do that for some of the things people have had (happen) — break-ins happen or something they weren’t expecting — but we just can’t access the video because it doesn’t exist.”Duffy insisted that users don’t need to worry about their privacy when using Dropcam, unlike some video baby monitors.“We encrypt all video, even if your WiFi network is not secure your Dropcam video is,” he said, adding that by default a Dropcam stream is set to private, although users can invite friends or family to tune in.The newer Dropcam Pro sells for $220, while an older unit with lesser video quality goes for $160. Apple and Best Buy stores will start carrying Dropcam products in Canada on Oct. 22.Duffy said plenty of Canadian consumers previously bought a Dropcam in the U.S. and seem to have dealt with the data issue, so he’s not overly concerned about it.“We have a pretty large number of users in Canada who have imported Dropcams and have been using them for a while and other than with the most restrictive Internet plans … we don’t really have many reports of people having problems,” he said.“That was part of the reason we thought it was a great time to launch (in Canada), when users are going through the trouble of importing the cameras themselves … it really starts to drive on our side (the motivation) to get placed in that market.” by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 11:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: New Dropcam Pro a high-tech nanny cam for users with hefty data plans read more

South Korea orders more checks on Galaxy Note 7 batteries

SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics on Thursday was ordered to carry out more safety checks of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones before they go back on sale following an unprecedented global recall after defective batteries caused some of the phones to burst into flames.Under a recall plan agreed to by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, Samsung’s battery supplier will have to X-ray test every single lithium-ion battery intended for the Note 7 before the batteries are shipped, and Samsung Electronics will also carry out a quality test on every battery when it arrives from the supplier.“If there are 10 million units, all 10 million will be reviewed,” said Nam Taek-joo, the official at the government agency responsible for product safety and recalls.Samsung Electronics also agreed to do more for consumers who wish to ditch their Note 7s and get another brand. Consumers who missed a deadline on Monday to get a refund for the Note 7 smartphone, now have until the end of the month to get an iPhone or any similar device from the same mobile carrier in exchange for the Note 7.The Galaxy Note 7 phone went on sale in August to glowing reviews but has now become Samsung’s biggest crisis in years. With consumers reporting that the high-end phones were overheating and catching fire, Samsung stopped sales on Sept. 2, just two weeks its launch, and recalled 2.5 million units citing a battery manufacturing error.But the recall caused confusion as Samsung sent conflicting messages about whether it was safe to continue using the phone. This week, it started shipping new Note 7 phones with safe batteries in the United States, South Korea and other countries, while urging consumers to hand in their phones for replacements.The product safety agency said Samsung had also agreed to send text messages to individual Note 7 users who still have not exchanged their possible dangerous phones for new ones.“We need more measures to actively inform consumers,” Nam said. “It appears that consumers are not active in seeking an exchange or a refund.”Employees at mobile carrier shops in Seoul said Samsung had not supplied them with enough units of the new Note 7 phones, meaning some customers will have to wait to exchange their old ones.Samsung Electronics did not answer emails on Thursday seeking comment.Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S. alone, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an official recall on Sept. 15. The commission website said consumers can get a refund or a new replacement device and it did not say if there is a deadline for getting a refund.In South Korea, the government did not issue an official recall but the company was required to submit the voluntary recall plan for the government to review.___Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter at work can be found at FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, a woman walks by an advertisement of the Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s government asked Samsung Electronics to extend the refund period for its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that have been subject to an unprecedented global recall. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) South Korea orders more checks on Galaxy Note 7 batteries by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Sep 22, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Micromine Geobank and Pitram to come under PDAC 2019 spotlight

first_imgMICROMINE says attendees at the upcoming Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) in Toronto, Ontario, will be able to witness software demonstrations for Micromine 2018 and Geobank 2018, while also hearing about its artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives for Pitram 2019.All three solutions have been developed on the back of extensive consultation with MICROMINE’s key clients from across the globe, the company said.The mining software provider has exhibited at PDAC for eight years and says it has experienced, first-hand, the growth, stature and influence of the conference over the years.Amelie St-Onge, Regional Manager MICROMINE Canada, said: “Many exciting things happened for the company since last year’s conference, and we are proud and excited to share these news as well as information on our upcoming releases with our clients and with the mining community.”Specialists attending the conference from March 3-6 include Technical Product Manager for Micromine, Frank Bilki; Regional Manager for Canada, Amelie St-Onge; Technical Pre-Sales for Pitram, Chris Hunt; Training & Support Consultant for Micromine, Liam Murphy; Technical & Support Consultant for Micromine/Geobank, Caleb Birchard; Business Development Manager, Jeremy Pestun; Business Development Manager, Joel Jeangrand, and; Regional Marketing Coordinator, Maryam Abbaszadeh.Geobank is a data management solution that helps mining and exploration companies maintain the quality, integrity and usability of their essential data, according to MICROMINE. Geobank 2018 includes a range of features and enhancements including a new and improved user interface, Global Substitution Parameters and increased functionality when designing or editing Graphic Reports.Micromine, the company’s 3D modelling and mine design solution, is due a new release in the December quarter of 2019. This is set to include a range of new features and enhancements that increase the overall usability and performance of the software, according to MICROMINE.MICROMINE said: “While the initial look and feel of Micromine 2020 will be the same, the new version will come with some new features, these include:“New charting tools for Geostaticians; swath plots, boundary analysis, QKNA, top cut analysis, multiple charts, and ternary charts;“New unfolding tool for model interpolation – Micromine has long been considered the #1 product for un-folding complex orebodies for interpolation and our new unfolding tool takes this to the next level allowing us to model more complex orebodies, more rapidly;“New Stope Optimiser which will enable engineers to design optimal stope shapes based on economic and design constraints from a block model;“Improved scheduler; the existing Scheduler module has had significant improvements made to it for MM2020. A new Gantt chart and the ability to schedule auxiliary tasks are important but the biggest change will be the ability to use Gurobi to solve the schedule. Gurobi is the world leader in schedule optimisation solving and its integration with Micromine Scheduler will enable engineers to schedule larger, more complex problems, and;“Enhancements to Implicit Modelling and Pit Optimiser modules.”MICROMINE is also releasing new underground mining precision software to refine and enhance loading and haulage processes as part of its Pitram solution in early 2019.“This new offering will see the introduction of Artificial intelligence to take loading and haulage automation in underground mines to a new level,” MICROMINE said. “Utilising the processes of computer vision and deep machine learning, on-board cameras are placed on loaders to track variables such as loading time, hauling time, dumping time and travelling empty time. The video feed is processed on the Pitram vehicle computer edge device, the extracted information is then transferred to Pitram servers for processing and analyses.”last_img read more

RTÉ presenter who claims she was discriminated against loses Equality Tribunal case

first_imgAN RTE PRESENTER who claimed she was “discriminated against” by the national broadcaster on the grounds of gender and age has failed to win her case at the Equality Tribunal.Frances Shanahan, who worked on programmes such as Farm News and Countrywide, said that in 1998 she was appointed to a full-time fixed-term staff position with the respondent as a reporter/presenter and that from 1989 to 1999 she was working as a producer on the two programmes.She said that in 2004 she was not consulted about changes in her role in the Agriculture Department and that in 2006 further changes were announced without consultation, claiming that these changes “favoured a younger male colleague”.Shanahan claimed that in 2009 her union proposed she should be the stand-by presenter for Countrywide and in March 2010 she joined the Countrywide team but was not given a “meaningful role” she said.Stand-in presenterIn 2011, she was passed over and not afforded the opportunity to present Countrywide when the regular presenter was on leave, stating that RTÉ went outside the organisation for the stand-in presenter to someone with less radio experience and who was younger than the herself.Shanahan said as a result of “side-lining” she was consigned to the role of researcher on the Mooney Show and only after she protested was she restored to a role on Countrywide and delivering reports for Drive Time.However, RTÉ claimed that the resourcing process agreed that regionally based employees, such as Shanahan, would be given roles in mainstream Radio 1 programmes like ‘The Mooney Show’ and as she was based in Galway it was agreed she would work with the programme team on that show.When she expressed her dissatisfaction with this and it was agreed thatshe would be moved back to the role of presenter for Countrywide and Drivetime.It was also found that Shanahan had rejected a one-off payment of €1,500 in 2006 and a second offer of €10,000 to settle her salary claims.In response to the claims RTÉ submitted that Shanahan was not entitled to be put on the producer-in-charge pay scale and denied that this was because she was a woman.Equality Officer Hugh Lonsdale said Shanahan had withdrawn her claim in relation to equal pay.The equality officer said the evidence, given by a number of witnesses who were in senior positions with the respondent involved in programming in RTE Radio 1 during the period in question, was that the “complainant was an experienced, knowledgeable and respected reporter/presenter but she was not considered suitable by the Editorial Board to present an hour long live radio programme”.Lonsdale said Shanahan had failed to establish a “prima facie case” of victimisation and discrimination.Read: Woman with disabilities awarded €30k after employer refused to provide her with a chair>Read: School discriminated against a student because he was Protestant>last_img read more

Note on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan WWE Live dates in UK

first_img November 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm I think WWE should change things up and start giving people longer names, like Lucas Ebenezer Harper and Erick Alexander Johansen Rowan. It would be so much cooler than the single names that roll off the tongue and are easy to chant. Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest Mat Thompson Glen Värîs November 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm Now Playing Up Next They join the ranks of Cesaro and Rusev. Videos Articles Kurt Angle WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today And all of it the doings of Vince McMahon and WWE Non-Creative. and elias and big e Cesaro November 24, 2017 at 11:48 pm November 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm Roman Reigns is in Remission Michael Gilstrap Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Videos Articles unknown Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp So stupid, like everything else about pro wrestling today. Its actually quite fitting that they have regular one-word names. It matches the bland one-dimensional characters that they have: just a bunch of regular looking people that you see on the street every day. The Northwesterner November 25, 2017 at 12:17 am Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Google+ November 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm Rob Giles 6 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Note on Luke Harper and Erick is now listing Luke Harper and Erick Rowan simply as Harper and Rowan.The two debuted under the new Bludgeon Brothers tag team name on Smackdown Live this past Tuesday night in Houston, getting a win over The Hype Bros.If you missed the segment, you can check out a highlight below courtesy of WWE.WWE Live dates in UK in May confirmed the following dates for the company’s next European tour in May 2018 including the scheduled RAW and Smackdown Live tapings in London.* Bournemouth, England (May 9)* Belfast, Northern Ireland (May 10)* Dublin, Ireland (May 11)* London, England (May 14, RAW taping)* London, England (May 15, Smackdown Live taping)* Birmingham, England (May 15)* Liverpool, England (May 16)* Newcastle, England (May 17)* Sheffield, England (May 18)Additional dates announced earlier this week includes:* Oberhausen, Germany (May 10)* Braunschweig, Germany (May 11)* Bremen, Germany (May 12)* Prague, Czech Republic (May 13)* Budapest, Hungary (May 14)* Geneva, Switzerland (May 16)* Vienna, Austria (May 17)* Munich, Germany (May 20)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions O like Harper and Rowan, Harper especially, from interviews and stuff he’s done, but anyone else hate the Bludgeon Brothers name? Ergh, I do hope it works for them. As long as I don’t have to hear Micheal Cole repeatedly refer to Shinsuke Nakamura as ‘Shin’ like he did at survivor series. THAT was aggravating Comments are closed.last_img read more

Atalanta star Josip Ilicic admits he contemplated quitting football

first_imgAtalanta star midfielder Josip Ilicic has revealed how he had considered in many times of quitting football especially when he was sick and in hospital.Earlier, the Slovenia international spent most of the summer in and out of the hospital as a result of a bacterial infection at his lymph nodes.“As a man, the illness changed me a great deal,” Ilicic told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia, after Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Parma.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I want to thank everyone who stood by me during this difficult time. I look at the world differently now. I thought many times that I might have to give up football, especially when I was in the hospital.“I’m glad that Atalanta are doing well and it’s not about me, but the team. Finally, we’re getting the goals that we deserved to score earlier in the season.”The Atalanta midfielder missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup but made his debut for the national side in a friendly match against Australia in August of the same. He scored his first international goal against Cypruslast_img read more

Hugo Sanchez offers himself to coach Real Madrid

first_imgIn a feeble attempt to get noticed by Real Madrid, Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez offered himself to manage the club on television.When anybody talks about Hugo Sanchez the player, we immediately revive the incredible years he had in Spanish football playing for both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.During that time, the Pentapichichi won a total of five top-scorer trophies and became the biggest player in Mexican football history without a doubt.Maybe Rafael Marquez won more collective accolades when he played for Barcelona in modern times, but nobody can ever rival what Hugo did for Real Madrid during his golden era.The problem here is the following, all that success happened over 30 years ago and the players from the new generations barely remember Hugo Sanchez despite what he did in Spanish football.Another problem is his managerial career, one that was relatively short-lived and very controversial.Coaching Pumas was the best moment of Hugo’s career as a manager, he won the championship twice in a row and even defeated Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu trophy during the summer of 2004.That success he has with Pumas was the biggest at club level, everything changed when he tried his luck in Europe as the Almeria boss.💥 ¡GOLAZO DE CHILENA! 🇲🇽 @hugosanchez_9🗓 1988/89🆚 @realvalladolid#RMHistory— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) November 2, 2018Sanchez’s first year in La Liga was relatively successful as he managed to save the club from relegation, but wasn’t able to maintain the level during the next season and he was ultimately sacked.His biggest moment for that club apart from saving it was the 1-0 defeat against Barcelona, on the day when his player Chico neutralized Xavi Hernandez.But that was about it, nothing more exciting happened for Hugo Sanchez during his managerial career in European football.A different story was told when he coached the National Team from his country, Sanchez was able to leave the Mexican squad on third place at the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela and completed an impressive achievement on the international stage.Hugo’s whole plan with Mexico was to reach the 2010 World Cup and compete at the highest level, but this man is historically famous for not controlling his ego and it played him a bad joke when the 2008 Olympics were about to happen.Hugo being himself, decided that he would manage the u-23 Mexican squad and didn’t count on being eliminated from the competition that qualified every nation to the event. This got Sanchez sacked and nobody ever looked back on that decision.⏱ #Cronómetro📋 #ENCUESTA🗣 @hugosanchez_9: “Son pocos en el mundo que pueden estar al frente de ese vestuario y se lo digo a Florentino Pérez, ya estoy listo”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.🤔 ¿Hugo Sánchez es buena opción para dirigir a @realmadrid?🔃 RT: Sí❤ MG: No🎙 #JoserraVSPuig— Cronómetro (@ESPN_Cronometro) October 30, 2018Today, Sanchez works as a football pundit for Mexican ESPN and keeps looking for that second chance with Mexico… or that golden opportunity for Real Madrid which he attempted last week.In the wake of Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal, Sanchez took it upon himself to offer Florentino Perez his services and let everybody make a mockery out of his strange approach.“Very few people in the world can handle that locker room and I want to tell Florentino Perez that I’m ready to his face. If you call me, you know where to find me,” sputed Hugo Sanchez.“I am capable and well-prepared for the challenge, but if you don’t call me, then keep on looking and see if you find someone. Now you know Florentino, I’ll be waiting for your call.”“Zidane is the most recent example with one La Liga trophy, three Champions League, two Club World Cups, and two European Supercups.”“He won many titles, but the players are looking for someone to respect and admire. I’ve been where they are right now, I’ve done everything they have and I can tell them what to do,” he added.#HugoSanchez se candidatea para dirigir al Real MadridSe escucha ya hasta malSe candidateo para dirigir a:@miseleccionmx @tigres @Rayados @ClubAmericaEtcéterasY nadie lo pela, ya se lo dijo @Faitelson_ESPN no tiene curriculum como DT por Dios. Ya hablen con él— Golden Boy ⚽️️👍🏻 (@intelecto7) October 30, 2018What do you think about Hugo Sanchez’s offering to Real Madrid and Florentino Perez? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more