GOAT of right-backs! Dani Alves surpasses Cafu as best ever

first_imgWhether he is strutting in his wife’s heels on social media or flying past an unsuspecting opponent on the football pitch, Dani Alves rarely fails to draw attention. The Bahia native, who turned 36 in May, has become something of a cult superstar thanks to his off-field antics, delighting fans with videos of his off-beat – so as not to say wholly insane – behaviour. But it is on the field where Alves really shows what he is made of. At an age where most players are hanging up their boots, he has the drive, talent and fitness to keep pushing himself to the limit – and Brazil, for one, could not be more grateful.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare While the Selecao have been blessed with wonderful right-backs over the years, he might just be the best of the lot, surpassing even a Canarinha legend and multiple World Cup winner like Cafu.On Tuesday, Argentina became the latest team to suffer the wrath of Brazil’s fireball full-back, who gave an impossibly complete performance to inspire his side to victory and the Copa America final. Alves does not just take opponents apart: at his best, he rips the very logic of football to shreds. Right-backs, after all, are not supposed to pop up in the area to finish open play goals – Dani did, charging forward to convert Roberto Firmino’s clever pass earlier in the Copa and seal a 5-0 win over Peru. Right-backs are not supposed to dictate their team’s play, especially when they line up alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Roberto Firmino. Nobody thought to tell Alves, that, though, as he prepared to put Argentina to the sword. Nobody on the Mineirao pitch, from either side, made more passes than the veteran’s 80, while with 112 touches of the ball he surpassed by almost 50 Arthur, his nearest challenger in yellow and blue. What other player in his position could complete five dribbles, one of which opened the Argentina defence wide open to set in motion Jesus’ opening goal? Add to that 11 regained possessions, another game-high, and what emerges is the image of a complete, almost perfect performance – even if he was lucky to see referee Roddy Zambrano overlook a wild shove on Sergio Aguero in the area seconds before Firmino hit the second of the night, a decision that sent the usually calm Lionel Messi into a wild fury.”I agree, I also complain about referees,” Alves said after the game in response to his former Barca team-mate’s protests. Lionel Messi Argentina Dani Alves Brazil Dani Alves Brazil 2019“I don’t like to talk about referees, but it seemed he was more nervous than we were.”Watching Alves over the 90 minutes, indeed over the course of this tournament, one would have to look very hard indeed to find any nerves on his part. He is a wonderfully assured presence on the right, who has thrived since Tite took over the national team mantle from dour Dunga in 2016 and restored the dying tradition of Brazil’s marauding full-backs. The Selecao has not always been so kind to Alves. For years he toiled under the shackles of unadventurous, negative coaches who saw him as a loose cannon. He was rotated endlessly with the less spectacular Maicon, bagging a slightly unimpressive – by the standards of Cafu and fellow Brazil greats – trophy haul of a single Copa America title won in 2007 and two Confederations Cup gongs.Dani sat on the bench in frustration as Maicon was torn apart in that infamous 7-1 World Cup humiliation at the hands of Germany in Belo Horizonte. Four years later, a knee injury ruled him out for Russia, surely his final chance of winning the title Brazilians regard as their birthright thanks to five previous triumphs. Indeed, he sits within an exclusive if unwanted group of Brazil greats never to lift the trophy, with the likes of Socrates, Zico and Falcao.It was the cruellest of fates for the star, who at club level has won league titles in Spain, France and Italy as well as three Champions League trophies as part of Barca’s all-conquering team. He also claimed two UEFA Cup titles earlier in his career with Sevilla.But he took it in his stride and now seems hell-bent on delivering success in front of the Maracana faithful on Sunday. “We trust in our play and our own hard work a great deal,” he added to reporters in Belo Horizonte. “There is one more step to achieve the objective we set ourselves from the start, but it is not easy.”Dani PSCafuAlves has rarely had it easy. As the youngest of five children growing up in rural Bahia he would rise at 4 a.m. to help his family collect onions and melons from the fields in searing temperatures, and when food was scarce hunted wild pigeons using traps and slingshots. He even made a 14-second cameo in a Brazilian film, appearing as a boy soldier shot in the heat of battle in exchange for a free meal and five reais (roughly a dollar) he could take home to his family. Alves is no stranger to adversity and is unlikely to feel the pressure when he steps out in front of a baying home crowd to take on Peru for the right to be crowned South American champions.The Copa would also be title number 40 for him, a record in European football – he sits ahead of Maxwell, Ryan Giggs, Vitor Baia and Messi, who has 34 – that speaks volumes of his consistency and impact at the top level.What happens next for the 36-year-old is still a mystery. Alves has already announced that he will not extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain and is hopeful of finding a new club, with even a return to Barca three years after leaving for Juventus slated as a possibility.Whether that dream comeback materialises or not, he deserves at least one more chance to prove he has what it takes to compete with football’s elite. For while Cafu may have the World Cup medals and a special place in Brazil’s hearts, this wild, hilarious, often outrageous and supremely talented figure has to be mentioned in the same breath as his predecessor at right-back, if not above the great.last_img read more

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Norwegian Cruise Line to Buy Ocean Princess

first_img“The addition of Sirena opens up an entire array of new itinerary options for Oceania Cruises as we think about our deployment strategy,” added Kunal S. Kamlani, president and chief operating officer of Oceania Cruises. The inaugural season for Sirena will be released in late February 2015 with reservations opening on March 4, 2015.Press Release zoom Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd. to purchase Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand. The 684-passenger ship joins Oceania Cruises’ trio of sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica. The new addition will be named Sirena.Norwegian said that upon delivery in March 2016, Sirena will immediately undergo a 35-day, USD 40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to elevate the ship to the Oceania Cruises’ standard of elegance.“Drawing on the recent transformation of Insignia as inspiration, the ship will feature Oceania Cruises’ renowned specialty dining restaurants, Toscana and Polo Grill, along with more recent additions to the fleet such as Baristas and the cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café,” Norwegian said.The ship will welcome her first guests in late April 2016.“The acquisition of Sirena provides measured capacity growth based on the proven platform of Oceania Cruises’ highly regarded mid-size ships,” said Kevin Sheehan, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, parent company of Oceania Cruises.last_img read more

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Building Stronger Ties With Belfast Northern Ireland

first_img A delegation from Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland, isvisiting Halifax this week to meet with government, business, andacademic leaders to build stronger economic ties between the tworegions. “Nova Scotia is delighted to host officials from the city ofBelfast. This visit acknowledges a common desire to promoteeconomic growth, encourage development, and foster close culturalties,” said Nova Scotia’s Economic Development Minister ErnestFage. “Trade and investment are often about building strongrelationships, and this visit will foster the ties necessary tobuild international business relationships with NorthernIreland.” “Belfast has always been an outward looking city willing to learnfrom other experiences and take the best advice possible indeveloping its economic framework, and this working visit toHalifax is part of that,” said Lord Mayor of Belfast, CouncillorTom Ekin. “Halifax is a great example of a small city which hasmade the most of its assets, having successfully developed itsport, created well-known environmental industry clusters, world-class universities and developed a working waterfront for the useof all — business, leisure and tourism.” The delegation is being led by Mr. Ekin. It includes severalother city councillors as well as officers responsible foreconomic and business development efforts within Belfast CityCouncil. Senior representatives of Investment Belfast, theNorthern Ireland Science Park, and one of Northern Ireland’s topuniversities — the University of Ulster — are also part of thedelegation. The Belfast delegation is meeting with Mr. Fage, Halifax RegionalMunicipality Mayor Peter Kelly, and senior leaders from NovaScotia Business Inc., the Greater Halifax Partnership, theHalifax Port Authority, and the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency. There will also be a strong emphasis on linkingrepresentatives from the academic and technology fields inBelfast with academic, research and development leaders andorganizations in Nova Scotia, including InNOVACorp, DalhousieUniversity, the Association of Atlantic Universities, AcadiaUniversity, the Telecom Applications and Research Alliance, andGenome Atlantic. Belfast City Council will also explore Halifax RegionalMunicipality’s efforts to promote a clean environment through itseco-friendly programs, developments and industries. Thedelegation will meet with representatives of the Eco-EfficiencyCentre in Dartmouth to review the operation of BurnsideIndustrial Park, eastern Canada’s largest industrial park, and amodel for research on the environmental management of industrialparks. They will also visit the Irving Environmental Sciences andResearch Centre at Acadia University in Wolfville. “We have been looking at the possibility of developing anenvironmental business park for about two years — the NorthForeshore waste disposal site in the city — and now we have thechance to see a world-class example at work and learn from thepeople who run it about its success,” said Pat McCarthy, deputychair of Belfast City Council’s economic developmentsubcommittee. “This development ties in completely with thecouncil’s aim to recycle waste and create a positive environmentfor business in our city.” ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Building Stronger Ties With Belfast,Northern Irelandlast_img read more

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French Open Federer returns with easy win Kerber knocked out

first_imgParis: Swiss tennis star Roger Federer made a triumphant return to French Open after three-year absence, easing past Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in the men’s singles first round, while fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber was shocked by Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova in the women’s singles here. Federer enjoyed one-sided ovation from the crowds in a redecorated Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday, while competing at the clay major for the first time after 2015, Xinhua reported. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “The reception I got today was crazy. It was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this. It was a beauty. So I’m very, very happy,” Federer told a news conference. The Swiss third seed used one hour and 41 minutes to overcome Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 through 36 winners, setting up a second round encounter with Germany’s Oscar Otte. The 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeded No. 6, lived up to high expectation on him by conquerring Germany’s Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori and No. 11 seed Marin Cilic also secured men’s singles second round berths in straight sets. But last year’s semifinalist Marco Cacchinato found it unable to replicate success 12 months ago as the No. 16 seed lost a gruelling five-set thriller to local favorite Nicolas Mahut 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 after three hours and 18 minutes. In her Roland Garros debut, the 81st-ranked Potapova, 18, produced the biggest upset of the opening day action by seeing off three-time Grand Slam winner Kerber 6-4, 6-2. Potapova won 82% on first serve and led winners 28-16, registering her first career top 10 victory. The Russian continued her momentum following a 6-4 opening set victory to take four games in a row into the second set. Kerber cut the deficit to 4-2 afterwards, but failed to come closer and crashed out from the competition with a forehand sailing wide in the eighth game. She was unable to complete a career Grand Slam at least this year following victories in the 2016 Australian Open and US Open, and 2018 Wimbledon. Potapova will next face Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, who knocked China’s Wang Yafan out of the competition 6-4, 6-3. Both players traded breaks early on. Then Vondrousova showed crosscourt skills to lead 4-1 midway through the first set. Wang moved closer to Vondrousova with two games in a row afterwards, but the Czech steadied for a 6-4 win. Vondrousova had an early break in the second set and went on to build a 4-2 advantage. Although Wang came back from 40-0 down in the seventh game to maintain her serve, Vondrousova managed to secure her second round berth at 6-3 with her fifth break of the match. No 2 seed Karolina Pliskova and last year’s beaten finalist Sloane Stephens also sailed through the first round. The ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine saw off American veteran Venus Williams 6-3, 6-3. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal highlight Monday’s action in the men’s singles opening round, while China’s Zhang Shuai is scheduled to put on her Roland Garros opener in 2019 against Varvara Lepchenko of the US.last_img read more

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CAE Inc shares hit record high after Q4 report beats analyst expectations

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal-based CAE Inc. shares hit an all-time high Friday and was the second-best performer on Canada’s main index after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings.CAE’s shares closed at $26.57 up $1.32 or 5.23 per cent. Earlier in the day, they hit an inter-day high of $27.10.The flight simulation company reported earlier that its net income attributable to shareholders from continuing operations was $100.1 million or 37 cents per share for the fourth quarter of its 2018 financial year.The profit was up from $67.4 million or 25 cents per share during the same quarter the previous year. Analysts anticipated earnings of $89 million or 32 cents per share, according to Thomson Eikon.Revenue for the three months ended March 31 was $780.7 million, up from $734.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.The company booked two record-high figures for its full financial year: $3.9 billion in annual order intake and a $7.8 billion backlog.Companies in this story: (TSX:CAE)last_img read more

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The show must go on

first_imgChaos is inevitably inflicted upon the demise of a strong, charismatic, and capable leader who managed to bring together people against all odds and decorate the populace with peace and prosperity. Numerous examples from history narrate the prowess of such rulers and simultaneously highlight the adversities that followed upon their demise. Ensuing chaos has always constituted several others carrying a big appetite for power. A similar situation arose in Goa following the demise of BJP’s moderate leader – Manohar Parrikar. From being a well educated young leader of RSS to Union Defence Minister and then the Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar was not just an admirable and capable administrator but also a person of the people. Possessing an adept understanding of Goan politics, his hardworking character made him more suitable to the CM chair more than anyone else despite being inexperienced in such affairs. Before Parrikar, Goa underwent five phases of President’s rule separated by short governments of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Congress. He was the grand solution to the impasse which arose following the state assembly elections in 2017. BJP won fewer seats than Congress yet it was the saffron party who formed the government but the machinations behind that answer the questions, how and why Parrikar! A moderate leader of the Hindutva party, Parrikar’s outreach and consequential popularity amongst the Christians, who constitute 27 per cent of Goa’s population, was implicitly responsible for his return to the state. Independents and smaller parties collectively put forward their non-negotiable condition to see him at the helm in return for their support – which brought BJP to power despite fewer seats. Parrikar can be accredited for a similar kind of social union as the erstwhile great rulers that history glorifies. He was pivotal in social re-engineering of Goa, severing cast and communal lines to draw an even equation of the state’s society. A man of his stature deserved the respect he commanded and the ensuing political conundrum that threw Goa’s administrative block into chaos was rather expected. Congress’s rising urge for power in Goa after Parrikar’s death was thrashed by BJP. It was BJP president Amit Shah’s masterstroke to send Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to manage the political conundrum following Parrikar’s unfortunate demise which played out perfectly for the dispensation. The confusion was resolved after prolonged discussions between BJP and smaller parties; especially since the bargaining power of these smaller parties increased amidst the political chaos. However, after drawing equations and accommodating the arguments of allies and independents, crucial to get the numbers for floor-clearance in assembly, BJP narrowed down to the state’s assembly speaker and Parrikar’s follower, Pramod Sawant – the 23rd time that Goan regime changed since 1963. While the state assembly’s strength is down to 36 following the death of two members and resignation of the other two, Sawant sailed through the trust vote in the 36-member House. BJP succeeded in retention of power, talking the leaders of regional parties out of their desire to claim the CM chair and restored a BJP government, as was the case under Parrikar. However, Sawant is yet to fit in Parrikar’s shoes. From the look of it, he may face unparalleled difficulties in setting up the same environment which his predecessor pioneered. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Goa is a small state with limited resources and a grave number of social and economic factors account for its volatility. Political patronage, rent-seeking and dirty money – the ills of democracy – plague Goa and it is now Sawant’s idle-time introspection and protracted council meetings which must handle the state’s adversities. Mining has been banned, leaving tourism as the lone driver of the economy. Unemployment persists and blemishes the state’s picture. The system only adds to these adversities instead of countering them and hence, a government standing on thin majority must expedite its policies and bring harmony to Goa, as was under Parrikar, in order to avoid an aggravated scenario. If the obstacles to an effective regime were not enough, the regime in itself stands precariously under the cloud of general elections. The general election is the single largest factor which could determine, and even alter, Goa’s political and administrative narrative. Should Modi be voted back to power, his consecutive term will provide complete protection and support to Sawant’s maiden term and also act as a shield to probable disruptors in the state. Any other result ensuing in a different dispensation might compromise Sawant’s term and push the state into a turmoil. Parrikar was the pillar that held people, administration, and competitors together. Compared to him, every other leader might be an anathema for the people who just loved him. However, life does not stop. While Goa, and India, strive for another like Parrikar, the situation must be improved for the sake of state and country – what Parrikar would have wanted, undoubtedly.last_img read more

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Small business confidence tumbles in June wiping out May gains

OTTAWA — A new survey suggests business confidence tumbled in June as optimism about Canada’s economic recovery took a hit with many small and medium-sized firms.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business confidence barometer fell sharply to 63.5, erasing the gains seen in May.The CFIB says a reading of between 65 and 70 is indicative of an economy growing at its potential, so the result suggests there is still some skepticism about the strength of the recovery.The business group says the weakness affected mostly hospitality and construction industries, so it does not believe it is the beginning of a protracted trend.It says new order indicators remain strong, and local demand and short-term hiring intentions are also positive.But it notes that the 39% of owners who said their businesses are in good shape is lower than last year.The June findings are based on 1,042 responses from CFIB members received through June 16. read more

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Mens Hockey No 5 Ohio State not looking past struggling Michigan State

Ohio State forward Mason Jobst holds off a Wisconsin forward as he crashes into senior goaltender Matt Tomkins during a Big Ten tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsAfter an emotional season sweep against rival Michigan and with a trip to No. 2 Notre Dame on the horizon, Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik knows not to look past a team that is currently sitting at the bottom of the Big Ten standings.No. 5 Ohio State (17-5-4, 10-5-1-0 Big Ten) has the chance to extend its home winning streak to seven games when it hosts Michigan State (9-16-1, 3-12-1-1 Big Ten) for a weekend series on Friday and Saturday. “They can beat anybody. To me, that puts you exactly where you need to be and that means focus, be ready to go and put the time in during practice. That’s what we’re doing,” Rohlik said. “Notre Dame, that doesn’t even cross my mind. Michigan State, Friday night, here at home, crosses my mind because we got to be at our best.”Ohio State finished a season sweep of No. 20 Michigan for the first time since the 1985-86 season and have lost one game in its past 10 matchups. Michigan State limps into Columbus with seven losses in its last eight games, two of those defeats coming at the hands of the Buckeyes in East Lansing, Michigan in early January. “Obviously, they are at the bottom of the standings, but as you’ve seen in this league over and over, everyone can beat everyone on any given night,” junior forward Mason Jobst said. “They played us really tough the last couple of games when we were up there. They’ve got some great young players and I expect them to come at us really hard.”Michigan State has some offensive weapons. Sophomore forward Taro Hirose leads the team with 21 assists and 30 points. The Spartans also have freshman forward Mitchell Lewandowski, who leads them with 15 goals. The problem with the Spartans is they can’t seem to keep the puck out of their own net. Sophomore goaltender John Lethemon has struggled this year, posting a .905 save percentage and a 2.75 goals against average.    Since missing the Penn State game on Jan. 13 with a lower-body injury, Jobst has elevated his play to a new level, with three goals and assists apiece in three games since returning from injury.“I just think the bigger the game, the bigger the player,” Rohlik said.“When it comes down to games like this every weekend, your best players have to be your best players, and he’s certainly one of those guys. “He plays like that because he practices as well as he does. He brings it every day; he never cheats the company. Those are the guys that are going to have success.”Ohio State has leaned on its nation-leading penalty kill, which sits at 90.8 percent on the season. Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo, who earned Big Ten First Star of the Week last week, made 60 saves on 63 shots, good for a .952 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average.“Calm, cool, collective. Just kind of gives us that confidence. He’s done the job like that all year,” Rohlik said. “When you have a little bit of that swagger, it certainly helps your penalty kill. He is your best penalty killer.” Another core aspect to a nation-leading penalty kill is the willingness to block shots, which Jobst exemplified when he blocked blocking multiple shots on a 5-on-3 penalty kill in the final moments last weekend to seal the season sweep against Michigan.  “It hurts, but I think once you see other guys doing it, you’re willing to buy in,” Jobst said. “Our defense has done a great job all year. Once you see those guys do it, you want to go out there and do it for them as well.”Puck drop for the weekend series against the Spartans will be at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Ohio States Bradley Roby ready for primetime position battle against California

Admittedly, Bradley Roby said he grows bored with lesser opponents. The Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback confessed that his interest dwindles against someone he feels is athletically inferior to him. While it might have been a problem in the past, it seems Roby shouldn’t have any problem getting up for his competition Saturday, when the Buckeyes host California. It’s why he might have a fire in his belly previewing his personal battle with the Golden Bears’ preseason All-American junior wide receiver Keenan Allen. “When you think you’re one of the best in the country just going against somebody else who’s the best in the country, it’s just a show time,” he said. And it certainly might live up to that. Allen, who has been named to watch lists like the Biletnikoff Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year, is arguably one of the nation’s best receivers, and one of its most gifted athletes. Through two games, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver, has collected 136 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions. The season before, Allen hauled in 98 catches for 1343 yards and six touchdowns. Sophomore Devin Smith, the Buckeyes’ most productive receiver in 2011, had 14 receptions for 294 yards – 84 grabs fewer than Allen. Suffice it to say, Roby should have his hands full. And while the Suwanee, Ga., native is a relatively new face to college football, that doesn’t mean he necessarily plays that way. In 2011, Roby’s first year starting at cornerback for the Buckeyes, the then-redshirt freshman had 47 tackles and three interceptions – a figure that tied for the most of any OSU player. For Roby, the chance of dueling with one of the game’s best is something he relishes. “It’s just prime time,” he said. “I wish it was a night game so everybody would be watching, but it’s at noon so, I mean, I’m just going to make the most of it as much as I can.” But at just 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Roby will have to find a way to neutralize Allen’s size and the receiver’s physical prowess. Depending on who you ask, Roby is arguably one of the fastest, if not the fastest, player on the Buckeyes team after reportedly running a 40-yard-dash in 4.3 seconds twice over the summer. The most essential part of his game, though, is Roby’s seemingly unwavering, unapologetic confidence. And why not? By all measures, it would seem that the Buckeyes’ coaching staff approve of his play on and off the field. During the Big Ten coaches’ weekly teleconference Tuesday, first year coach Urban Meyer said he “loves” Roby. “He’s a high-character guy,” Meyer said. “He’s really blessed, really talented, really fast.” But Meyer is well aware of Roby’s tendency to play to the level of his competition. “He gets bored,” Meyer said. “I’ve coached some great corners, and those guys never got bored. The ultimate competitors, they compete at all times.” But that’s not to say that Roby isn’t a great corner. OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said Roby treats his job on the Buckeyes’ defense as a professional player would. “He’s a real football player, and spends a lot of time at his craft, and spends a lot of time watching film and studying himself, which I think is important, and you were talking about individual improvement, that’s one of the ways to do it,” Coombs said. On Saturdays, though, Coombs said Roby’s ability to make plays on the ball is something that’s struck him since coming to Columbus in early March. “I think he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen at knocking the ball out of the receiver’s hands after the guy has caught it or nearly caught it, he’s got great sense for that,” he said. “Obviously he’s a skill player, and he’s playing really well. I don’t know where all that comes from. But he plays the ball really well.” It might, Coombs said, come from Roby’s days of playing wide receiver in high school at Peachtree Ridge. Though talk of the cornerback playing both ways has hushed considerably since OSU’s fall camp, Roby won’t rule out the idea. “I still can, it’s still a possibility,” he said, “but right now we’re not worried about that.” Arguably, Roby’s assuredness in his capability as a wide receiver speaks volumes to how he often walks a line between being confident and cocky. In other instances, though, letting his play speak for itself isn’t enough. Roby likes to let people know about it and said that facet of his game won’t change against a player of Allen’s caliber. It’s just part of a big time matchup, he said. “Anytime you can get one of the two best players at their positions on the field at the same time, it’s always gonna be a good show and he talks a lot of trash, I talk a lot of trash,” he said. “So, I mean, it’s going to be a battle out there so just keep an eye out for that.” Roby said it’s all about the field vocals. “That’s what you need,” Roby said. Maybe it’s what the Buckeyes need on Saturday at noon. Dan Hope contributed to this story read more

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Picking wild flowers given green light by UKs biggest plant conservation charity

first_img 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. The Hunt which launched this Easter includes 68 species to look out for, 12 of which are okay to pick, with the assurance that you won’t do any harm if you follow Plantlife’s Code of Conduct when it comes to picking. Picking wild flowers has been given the go-ahead by the UK’s largest conservation charity, sparking a row with beekeepers who claim the action could damage the countryside. Plantlife UK has announced their campaign, Great British Wildflower Hunt, in a bid to get children more involved in nature after fears that youngsters are no longer interested in local wildlife.The charity has released a new Code of Conduct instructing people of when it’s okay to pick wild flowers, but the move has been called flat out “wrong” by beekeepers who fear the change will cause confusion and risk people digging up plants rather than picking a handful. Plantlife chief executive Marian Spain told BBC Radio 4: “We understand that that might sound a little bit unusual from a conservation charity, we work very hard to save flowers and keep them growing, but actually wild flowers are quite resilient and picking one or two from a big patch won’t actually harm that population.“We’ve published a list of 12 that are very common and very easy to recognise and also a Code of Conduct on what to do and we understand one of the reasons we are publishing this is because people are going to ask us, they are confused and they don’t know and we think it is important that children do have contact with nature.” Beekeepers fear the decision by Plantlife could lead to a snowball effect of people digging up flowers “What we want is for people to learn more about wild flowers and know what’s around them. It is okay to bring a few daisies home and make a daisy chain. That’s what we’re encouraging, not wholescale picking.”Plantlife does warn on their website that whilst it’s not against the law to pick flowers, it would encourage hunters to look at their guidelines first. Last year footage emerged of a police officer confiscating 27 daffodils from two schoolgirls after they had picked the flowers from a grass verge in Nottinghamshire for their grandmother on Mother’s Day.Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 it is an offence to “intentionally pick, uproot or destroy any wild plant included on a protected list”, and picking any of them could get you arrested. Beekeepers fear the decision by Plantlife could lead to a snowball effect of people digging up flowers Pete Barrar from the National Beekeeping Centre for Wales said: “I think Plantlife do a really great job but I think they’re wrong on this one. We have a Countryside Code that is simple and very clear and it says that we should not damage or destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees from our environment.“If you go into the woods just now and have a look at the beautiful primroses, when does picking a primrose cease and digging up a primrose start?”Ms Spain did admit that the campaign might be muddying the waters on the rules of picking flowers, and that the charity was “taking a little bit of a risk”, but said the code was there to ensure people know what is right and wrong.  The Hunt which launched this Easter includes 68 species to look out for, 12 of which are okay to pickCredit:Life Boat The Hunt which launched this Easter includes 68 species to look out for, 12 of which are okay to pick Currently it is against the law to pick flowers growing in council parks or on council-maintained roundabouts or verges, as well as any gardens with flowers planted by organisations.However beekeepers in Wales also fear that the decision by Plantlife could lead to a snowball effect of people digging up flowers, which is illegal, as well as damaging pollination. She added: “We are saying something unusual but actually as a nation we’re facing an even bigger risk that our children have less and less contact with wildlife and we think that if we say to children ‘you can’t touch flowers, you can’t pick them’ we turn them off.last_img read more

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Three bars of chocolate a month can reduce chances of heart failure

A little bit of what you fancy could be good for the heart, as well as the soul, a study suggests.Research on more than half a million adults found that those who ate chocolate in moderation had a lower risk of heart failure than those who avoided such treats.Scientists found those eating up to three bars monthly had a 13 per cent lower risk of heart failure compared to those who ate none. Researchers say natural compounds in cocoa called flavonoids boost blood vessel health and help reduce inflammation. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––But they warned against having too much chocolate, with those indulging daily seeing their risk of heart failure increase by 17 per cent.The condition affects more than 900,000 adults in the UK, causing breathlessness, chronic coughing, fatigue, and often premature death. 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. Lead researcher Dr Chayakrit Krittanawong, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said: “I believe that chocolate is an important dietary source of flavonoids which are associated with reducing inflammation and increasing good cholesterol. “Most importantly, flavonoids can increase nitric oxide [a gas which expands blood vessels, helping circulation].“However, chocolate may have high levels of saturated fats. I would say moderate dark chocolate consumption is good for health.”The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich, looked at five studies involving more than 575,000 individuals.Previous research from Harvard University found eating two to six 30g portions each week cut the risk of atrial fibrillation – one of the biggest causes of strokes – by 23 per cent.Researchers behind the new study said further trials were needed. Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said cocoa had been linked to a variety of health benefits.She said: “This large-scale analysis suggests that enjoying a moderate amount of chocolate might protect you against heart failure, but too much can be detrimental. “If you have a sweet tooth, make it an occasional small treat and go for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content.” read more

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After court acquittal selfstyled vigilante in Bulgaria vows to continue hunting migrants

first_img File photo – immigration registration centre in Bulgaria Mar 12th 2017, 12:30 PM By AFP A SELF-STYLED Bulgarian border vigilante vowed this week to continue his hunt for migrants trying to enter the EU country, after a court acquitted him of illegally detaining and abusing three asylum-seekers.“I will return to the border and keep controlling it to stop the migrants,” Petar Nizamov told Bulgarian media, a day after he was freed.Nizamov was arrested in April 2016 after he posted a video online showing three frightened migrant men lying on the ground with their hands being tied behind their backs in woods on the Bulgarian-Turkish border.Several vigilantes were seen standing around the men, with at least one of them wearing combat fatigues and a hunting knife on his belt.The voice of a vigilante was heard to say: “Go back (to) Turkey… No Bulgaria for you.”The video, which went viral and was also broadcast on Bulgarian television, sparked major outcry.But Nizamov was acquitted on Tuesday after witnesses said they could not remember who had tied up the migrants.Prosecutors who had sought a two-year sentence said they would appeal the ruling.Bulgaria, which shares a 259-kilometre border with Turkey, saw a rise in vigilante cases last year as migrants sought new routes to western and northern Europe following the closure of the so-called western Balkans trail.Around 19,000 mostly Afghan asylum-seekers remain stranded in Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest country.Although the number pales in comparison to other bloc members like Greece and Italy hosting migrants, the issue features heavily in the upcoming general election on March 26.“Send them back to where they came from” is one of the slogans pushed by the Socialists who are neck and neck with the conservatives.A recent Gallup poll showed some 77% of Bulgarians think migrants pose a threat to national security.- © AFP 2017Read: Refugee targeted by trolls over selfie with Angela Merkel loses his case against FacebookRead: Donald Trump has brought in a new travel ban targeting people from six countries 29 Comments Image: Visar Kryeziu/AP/Press Association Images 18,001 Views Share Tweet Email center_img Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 12:30 PM After court acquittal, self-styled vigilante in Bulgaria vows to continue ‘hunting migrants’ Peter Nizamov was found not guilty of false imprisonment of three migrants in April 2016. http://jrnl.ie/3279028 File photo – immigration registration centre in Bulgaria Image: Visar Kryeziu/AP/Press Association Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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New TCI Police Commissioner on the Job Now

first_img Jitney row on social media elicits warning from PDM Leader Related Items:Colin Farquhar, james smith, sharlene robinson, united kingdom Recommended for you Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Feb 2014 – An elaborate handing over ceremony for Grand Turk as the Turk and Caicos bid farewell to outgoing Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar of Canada to welcome James Smith of the United Kingdom. Opposition leader Hon Sharlene Robinson during the service offered welcome to the new police commish, her PDM Party had been vociferous about the performance and style of Farquhar, a few times calling for his resignation, yet the Party leader thanked him for the time and asked Mr. Farquhar to convey gratitude to the Canadian Government from the TCI. Words for Commissioner Smith centered around appreciating the men and women who make up the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. Hon Robinson said: “We are grateful that amidst the challenges you have come to these Islands and though you will find very quickly that there is much to do, we would like for you to take the time to get to know your men and women in the Organisation that you will lead – It is a small staff and quite achievable over a short period. It is important that you build a strong relationship with them. Equally important, we encourage you to simultaneously make every effort to meet and greet the people along the chain of Islands.” The Change of Command Ceremony which was held at the HJ Robinson High School also featured Governor HE, Peter Beckingham who as the UK representative in country, heads up National Security and this includes the Police Force. HE bid Colin Farquhar and his wife a warm farewell, and shared why he believes James Smith will do a stellar job in the islands: “I am delighted that we have been able and fortunate enough to secure someone with the range and depth of experience that Mr. Smith brings with him to Turks and Caicos. Running the police forces across large parts of London for the Metropolitan Police is one of the most demanding positions in Europe, and Mr. Smith has also got valuable international experience in both Hong Kong, another challenging environment, and Cayman. I have every confidence that Jim Smith will prove an energetic and inspirational leader for Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.” Smith, who will lead the 280 officers of the TCI Police Force was selected out of a field of nearly 30 applicants; the decision to appoint Smith was described as unanimous. Colin Farquhar had served since March 2011. Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootingslast_img read more

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An NFL team in San Diego has little to do with football

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua Posted: September 26, 2018 An NFL team in San Diego has little to do with football KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, September 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There have been rumors that the Raiders could be coming to San Diego while their new stadium is being built in Las Vegas. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but having a team in San Diego could be vital and it has nothing to do with football.KUSI Contributor Sully Sullivan explained why San Diego should care about an NFL team on Good Morning San Diego. Sully explains his recent trip to KAABOO in Del Mar made him realize that an unexpanded Convention Center and uncertainty around the Mission Valley stadium site, events like Comic-Con and KAABOO are critical to San Diego’s economic success. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Sully Sullivan FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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World of Wonder Dave Scott dives deep into Comic Fest

first_img KUSI Newsroom, World of Wonder -Dave Scott dives deep into Comic Fest KUSI Newsroom March 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Dave Scott went deep into the force to relive how Comic Con started and how Comic Fest might add additional value to San Diego Posted: March 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Consortium eyes facility for drones

first_imgA consortium of Washington business, research, and job development organizations will submit a proposal for development of a research and testing facility for unmanned aircraft systems that would encompass six central Washington locations, with the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake as its hub.The state agency Innovate Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland are the lead organizations on the application, which has 10 other state, county and private industry organizations as partners. The proposal is in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to select six U.S. testing facilities for unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, later this year. Those centers will conduct research aimed at the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system, Innovate Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory said in a news release.The unmanned aircraft can be used for search and rescue operations, acquiring weather data, managing agricultural crops, and analysis of avalanche conditions and snowpack.The Grant County International Airport would serve as the flight center’s principal office and facilities. Test centers would be established in six other sparsely-populated Washington locations with various climate conditions, terrain and other circumstances that could affect aircraft operations. The proposal provides a testing range over the Pacific Ocean near Grays Harbor.“Siting a new flight center in central Washington will allow the state tobuild off of the established strengths of its thriving aerospace industry,” said Bart Phillips, vice president for economic development for Innovate Washington.Other consortium members are the Ports of Moses Lake and Grays Harbor, Washington State University, University of Washington, Washington Army National Guard, the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing at Everett Community College, the Governor’s Office of Aerospace, Washington State Department of Commerce and economic development agencies in Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties.The deadline to submit proposals to the FAA is May 6, and the agency expects to make its selection by the end of the year.last_img read more

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43 of female students are confident that gender will not impact pay

first_imgLess than half (43%) of female student respondents are confident that their gender will have no bearing on pay and reward in their future careers, according to research by the 30% Club and KPMG.The Think future study, which surveyed 20,652 students across 21 UK universities, also found that almost three-quarters (73%) of male respondents believe that their gender will not impact their pay and reward.The research also found:42% of female respondents are confident that their gender will not affect their career progression. This compares to 72% of male respondents.Almost half (48%) of all respondents feel that a sector’s reputation for gender equality would affect their decision to work within that sector.74% of female respondents are confident that they will be able to advance their careers as far as they want.Around three-quarters (72%) of all respondents want to earn a high salary, while 93% want to be involved in work that makes a difference, and less than half (40%) want a role with power and status.Brenda Trenowden (pictured), global chair of the 30% Club, said: “The fact that less than half of women feel confident in their chances of receiving equal pay to men even before they enter the workplace is a striking statistic.“The findings also highlight the stubborn issue of ‘gendered’ sectors, which continues to restrict talent pools in certain industries. Financial services, for example, was the fourth most popular sector choice for men and only the 12th most popular choice for women.“Most significantly, the study’s insights into the mind-set and motivations of the current student population clearly underline a pressing need to think more innovatively about talent management and about how we can better support and inform the early slice of the pipeline before it hits the workplace.”Helena Eccles, founder of the Think future study and an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, added: “Generation Z students are driven by a profit with purpose mentality, they want to do worthwhile work and be rewarded well for their contribution to society. This new cohort of students, who are about to enter the working world, have a different set of wants, needs and aspirations, and businesses need to readily adapt to these demands.”last_img read more

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Hrithik Roshan finally restores harmony between sister Sunaina Roshan and his parents

first_imgHrithik Roshan with sister Sunaina Roshan, mother Pinky Roshan and father Rakesh RoshanInstagramCalming the unrest in the family, Hrithik Roshan has apparently taken up the matters in his own hands and seems to have restored harmony between his sister Sunaina Roshan and his parents. A close friend of the Roshan family was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle that Sunaina has finally made peace with her family in the ongoing issue about her boyfriend Ruhail Amin.”They have finally done what any family in a crisis needs to do. They sat and talked it out without outside intervention. Today, Guddu (Rakesh Roshan) is going through a health crisis. The entire family needs to look after him. Instead he was thrown into a whirlpool of accusations and counter accusations. This was really sad,” the friend said.The friend said that Hrithik talked it out with Sunaina and explained it to her that “how much her behaviour was affecting their family”. And Sunaina who is very close to her brother, seems to have understood what Hrithik was trying to convey her in the most subtle way.Earlier, when Kangana Ranaut was asked about how she was helping Sunaina in her unfortunate situation, she had said that her family was looking after her and they will sort it out on their own.Earlier, a close friend of the Roshan family had claimed that Sunaina’s boyfriend Ruhail Amin is already married and has children. However, Ruhail has rubbished the reports and said that he would like the family source to come out in the open and substantiate the claims.”Fictional pieces floating around my personal life are dumbed down versions of gossip journalism. I would like the so called “family source” who calls me “chap” for some strange reason to come out in the open and substantiate this gibberish. Will you?” Ruhail had tweeted.Fictional pieces floating around my personal life are dumbed down versions of gossip journalism. I would like the so called “family source” who calls me “chap” for some strange reason to come out in the open and substantiate this gibberish. Will you?— Ruhail (@RenAameen) June 28, 2019last_img read more

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US South Korea to end key joint military drills

first_imgPeople carrying a South Korean national flag march during a re-enactment of the historic March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, in central Seoul, South Korea on 1 March. Reuters File PhotoThe US and South Korea announced Sunday an end to their annual large-scale military exercises in support of diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.The decision comes days after the conclusion of US president Donald Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, which ended without a formal agreement but with both sides suggesting they would keep talking.There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have been a perennial target of North Korean fury — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion.While Trump has ruled out withdrawing the troops, he has repeatedly complained about the cost of the exercises, describing them at a press conference in Hanoi as “very, very expensive”.During a Saturday phone call between South Korean defence minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and his US counterpart Patrick Shanahan, “both sides decided to conclude the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle series of exercises”, according to a Pentagon statement.Foal Eagle is the biggest of the regular joint exercises held by the allies.In the past, it has involved 200,000 South Korean forces and some 30,000 US soldiers.It is accompanied by Key Resolve, a computer-simulated war game conducted by military commanders which usually begins in March and runs for about 10 days.The two allies will instead carry out “adjusted outside manoeuvre trainings and united command exercises to continue firm military readiness”, Seoul’s defence ministry said Sunday.The decision was reached to support ongoing diplomatic efforts for North Korea’s denuclearisation and ease military tensions with the North, it added.South Korea’s foreign ministry said that Lee Do-hoon, Seoul’s chief nuclear envoy, will leave for Washington to hold talks with his US counterpart Stephen Biegun.”Lee will fly sometime this week,” ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk told AFP.Lee and Biegun are expected to discuss the Hanoi summit, which failed to build on the vaguely-worded commitment to denuclearise the Korean peninsula signed by Kim and Trump during their meeting in Singapore last year.Combat readinessOpponents of scrapping the drills have warned that it could impact the combat readiness of the combined US and South Korean forces and hand the North a strategic advantage on the divided peninsula, but most analysts said such concerns were exaggerated.”Suspending or downgrading the US-South Korean drills may hurt the readiness of the two militaries, but I don’t think it’s going to be a serious security threat to South Korea,” Ahn Chan-il, the president of the World Institute for North Korea Studies in Seoul, told AFP.”The South’s conventional forces outclass the North’s, and given the current situation (with the US and the existing sanctions), it’s highly unlikely that Pyongyang will do anything with its nuclear weapons in the foreseeable future,” he added.Retired general Vincent Brooks, a former commander of US forces in South Korea who helped organise Trump’s first meeting with Kim in Singapore, said last year that any end to joint training would not hinder the Pentagon’s combat-readiness on the peninsula.”Perhaps we’ve been told for now to put our sword back into its sheath, but we have not been told to forget how to use it,” he said.Washington has sought to end long-running tensions on the peninsula and encourage North Korea to scrap its nuclear programme.Since the Singapore summit, the US and Seoul have scaled back or scrapped several joint military drills, and US bombers are no longer flying over South Korea.”Not downgrading or suspending the drills at this point … would mean the involved countries are not serious” about reaching a denuclearisation accord, said University of North Korean Studies professor Yang Moo-jin.last_img read more

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Inside Renovation Plans For The Memorial Park Golf Course

first_img Listen 00:00 /07:49 Wikimedia CommonsThe Memorial Park Golf Course renovation is expected to take ten months. Sharecenter_img X Earlier this month, Houston City Council approved plans to renovate the Memorial Park Golf Course, enabling the park to host the PGA Tour’s Houston Open by 2020.Renovations were expected to begin right after city council members approved the plans. The Astros Golf Foundation is paying $13.5 million to redevelop the course.In the audio above, we learn more about the renovation plans from Steve Wright, director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and Giles Kibbe, president of the Astros Golf Foundation. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img

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