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Klopp in the dark over Karius

first_imgJurgen Klopp says he does not know anything about media speculation linking Loris Karius with a move away from Liverpool.Reports emerged on Monday that the German goalkeeper was close to signing a two-year loan deal with Turkish side Besiktas.Karius was not part of Liverpool’s squad as the Reds won 2-0 at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday, though he did attend the game. 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! The 25-year-old became first choice at the club last season, deposing Belgium international Simon Mignolet at the top of the order, but was replaced by Brazil international Alisson, who joined for a world-record fee from Roma, after making two crucial errors against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.However, in a news conference after his side’s hard-fought victory at Selhurst Park, Klopp denied Karius is set for a departure from Merseyside and is on his way out of Anfield.”Nothing to say,” Klopp told reporters. “Nobody told me anything on a transfer.”Simon Mignolet was on the bench for Liverpool at Palace, while the club allowed Danny Ward to join Leicester City during the transfer window.Talks are said to be at an advanced stage for Karius to make an exit to Besiktas and the Reds will recoup £2.25m ($2.9m) over the deal period, with a further £7.25m ($9.3m) due if he hits certain performance criteria during his spell in Turkey.Should these targets be hit, Karius’ move will automatically become permanent. It is understood these are primarily based around appearances and relies on his club reaching European football.The German would sign a one-year extension with Liverpool should he return to Anfield however, while he will have the option of another season after that, potentially taking him through to 2022.Karius has made 49 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool up to now, including 19 in the Premier League last season.Besiktas’ goalkeeper hunt began when they lost Fabri to Fulham, who had previously themselves been linked with Mignolet, only for the Belgian to reject a potential move outright.Having preserved their perfect start to the new campaign, Liverpool next face Brighton at home on August 25. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer breaks foot, out for up to eight weeks

first_imgBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss up to eight weeks of football after fracturing his left foot during the 4-2 loss at Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg.”Neuer will miss eight weeks,” Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German publication Sport Bild, which reported that Neuer was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.The 31-year-old was injured in extra time during the buildup to Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal as Bayern lost 6-3 on aggregate.”Manuel Neuer suffered a fracture to his left foot in the 4-2 defeat away to Real Madrid according to an initial diagnosis,” the club said on their website (”Neuer will undergo a thorough examination on arrival in Munich prior to a decision on the appropriate treatment.”Bayern have a maximum of seven matches remaining this season provided they beat rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semi-final.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma wants India to replicate Australia performance against New Zealand

first_imgIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma has urged India to “start from where they left” in the three-match one day international series against New Zealand starting October 22.India outclassed Australia 4-1 in a five-match series earlier this month and Rohit is hopeful of maintaining their winning streak against the Kane Williamson-led side as well.”It will depend on how we start and what we want to do as a team. We would like to do where we left against Australia. We would like to continue to do that. The good thing is that there’s hardly been enough gap between the two series so the guys are in their groove. I hope we put up the same performance as we did against Australia,” Rohit said at the press conference two days ahead of the match.”We want to continue the winning momentum from Australia series”, says Vice-captain @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017Rohit has played only one ODI at the Wankhede stadium but his record is not very impressive. However, he is excited to be back at his home ground when the two sides collide in the first game on Sunday.#TeamIndia opener @ImRo45 cannot wait to set the ball rolling on home turf #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017The Indian team underwent their first practice session on Friday. Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun, was seen bowling at the nets while team led by Virat Kohli prepared for a tough series against New Zealand.India will also play three Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand after the ODI series.advertisementlast_img read more

Republic of Kosovo boxers face Indian visa issues

first_imgThe inordinate delay in issuance of visas to boxers from the Republic of Kosovo is turning out to be a nightmare for Indian sports administrators. The boxing world championship for women is to start in the Capital on November 15 and as of Friday, there was no certainty on visas for the ladies from Kosovo.Kosovo is a disputed territory in southeastern Europe. Even though the boxers also have passports from Albania, there is a delay in the Indian government issuing visas to them.Speaking to Mail Today, RK Sacheti, executive director, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said: “A high-level meeting will be held in the Capital on Saturday and we are hopeful visas will be issued. It is being dealt with at the highest level in the ministry of external affairs. From our side and the sports ministry, necessary papers have been provided to the external affairs ministry.”In the usual practice during hosting international sports events in the country, the sports ministry writes to the external affairs ministry on which countries are being represented in India.Sacheti said he was hopeful the issue relating to Kosovo boxers, who also hold passports from Albania, will hopefully be resolved.Problems for athletes from Kosovo are at a world level. In other international championships abroad, too, they have faced visa problems as Kosovo is a partially-recognised state and disputed territory. Recently, Spain refused to give them visas for the world karate championship as they, like India, do not recognise Kosovo.Their players were allowed to compete under the world karate federation banner.advertisementShould these boxers not get Indians visas, it could have huge ramifications. Top officials told Mail Today in the event of Kosovo boxers not being allowed to India, it will severely hamper India’s chances of hosting major multi-sporting international events in the future.”Kosovo is allowed to participate by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) so they need to be accommodated. If India refuses them participation, it will hit our chances of hosting the Youth Olympic Games somewhere down the line,” said an official.The Indian Olympic Association and the IOC are also monitoring the current situation.”If this problem keeps recurring and India refuse Kosovo entries for any sports event, it will not go down well with the IOC,” added another official.last_img read more

Toothless Chelsea need a Plan B – and fast

first_imgChelsea No goals & no variety: Chelsea’s bore draw with Arsenal proves Conte needs a Plan B Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:23 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Arsenal Getty Images Chelsea Chelsea v Arsenal Premier League Antonio Conte Eden Hazard Morata Arsenal League Cup Opinion The Blues failed to make their dominance pay once again in a 0-0 draw with a weakened Arsenal side, casting serious doubt on hopes of silverware Chelsea are now undefeated in nine matches but Wednesday night’s League Cup semi-final stalemate at home to Arsenal makes it three draws in a row for a side that is sorely lacking the tactical variation required to break down stubborn opponents. At present, Manchester City’s Plan A, B and C are all far more effective than the Blues’ one-dimensional approach, which is why the Londoners currently trail Pep Guardiola’s champions-elect by 16 points in the Premier League standings, but even Jose Mourinho at Manchester United has more attacking options available to him right now than Antonio Conte does at Stamford Bridge. An understrength Arsenal side were second best for the duration of their first-leg clash with Chelsea but that was hardly surprising, given they had six players out injured and the seemingly City-bound Alexis Sanchez sitting on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Gunners, however, did an excellent job nullifying their hosts. Indeed, while Chelsea threatened at set-pieces throughout, they only looked like scoring in open play whenever Victor Moses had the chance to attack the inexperienced Ainsley Maitland-Niles at full-back.Eden Hazard Chelsea ArsenalChelsea, essentially, have two main formations and went for their slightly more cautious 3-5-2 on Wednesday. That system had served Conte well after Chelsea’s struggles in October, when they were all over the place defensively, but it is only effective from an attacking perspective when Alvaro Morata is firing on all cylinders. The Spain international, though, is in a dire run of form. True, he was out injured for a while but the fact that he has only scored three goals in all competitions since November 22 says it all.Eden Hazard, meanwhile, continues to play with greater menace, and create more chances, but the Belgian is also in a dry spell, having netted just once since December 5 – and even that solitary strike was from the penalty spot. Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to replace Morata in the 86th minute but struggled to influence the game, which is hardly surprising. He has seen so little game time of late that his confidence is shot from months and months of playing second fiddle, first to Diego Costa and now Morata. The Belgian attacker’s three league starts show that he’s not trusted by Conte and it now seems inevitable that he will be loaned out in January, or perhaps even sold, in order to make room for the kind of attacker that will add a badly needed extra dimension to Chelsea’s forward line.Of course, the answer could lie within. Pedro chipped in with big goals last season during Chelsea’s title win but then, the Spaniard has not reached anything like the same level of consistency this term.Eden Hazard Chelsea ArsenalChelsea wanted Fernando Llorente as a back-up striker before the start of the current campaign but they ultimately lost out to Tottenham, so the search goes on.Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro remains Chelsea’s main transfer target but what the Blues need right now more than anything is an added creative spark up front. Certainly, Ross Barkley has the attacking ability to have a positive impact at Chelsea but he’s never been prolific, or consistent, so it would be asking a lot for the recent arrival from Everton to come in and immediately lift Conte’s struggling side.Indeed, Chelsea’s lack of goals and firepower is becoming a worry and it is something that will need to be addressed if the club is to win anything this season, with the Premier League title destined to go to Manchester City. When Conte let loose at the referee in the final stages at Stamford Bridge, it was hard not to feel that the Italian’s frustration was not borne of the referee’s refusal to award a penalty for a perceived foul on Cesc Fabregas, but rather his own team’s failure to break down a determined defence.It is in danger of becoming the abiding image of Chelsea’s season.last_img read more

19 days agoArsenal only see David Luiz as stop-gap defensive solution

first_imgArsenal only see David Luiz as stop-gap defensive solutionby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal only see David Luiz as a stop-gap defensive solution, it has been claimed.The Brazil international sealed a surprising £7million move to north London on transfer deadline day after a falling out with Blues boss Frank Lampard.Luiz has been erratic for Arsenal since his arrival, though, with the Gunners conceding 11 goals from their first seven league matches.The Sun says Arsenal believe he won’t be the answer for the long term as they seek more defensive reinforcements. Luiz, at 32, is approaching the twilight years of his career.Arsenal also have Sokratis Papastathopoulos who, at 31, is also in the closing stages of his time at the top. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Princes memoir The Beautiful Ones to release in October

first_imgLos Angeles: Legendary singer Prince’s unfinished memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones’, is finally set to be released on October 29. The singer, who died of an accidental opioid overdose at the age of 57 in 2016, had announced the project just weeks before he was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. Prince had told an audience in New York City that Random House had made him “an offer I can’t refuse” and that it would start with his first memory. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe memoir will be released as a “newly envisioned” book and will feature rare photographs and handwritten lyric sheets to Prince’s most famous songs. Dan Piepenbring, the writer Prince had handpicked to collaborate on the project, will write the introduction. The book is set to cover Prince’s childhood, his early days as a musician, and his journey to international stardom. Among the many archival materials included will be his original handwritten treatment for his movie and album, “Purple Rain”. Random House has described ‘The Beautiful Ones’ as “the deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a kid absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and the fame that would come to define him.”last_img read more

UNESCO holds third meeting to safeguard Iraqs cultural heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today urged donor nations to start immediate work on restoring and preserving the remainders of Iraqi cultural heritage following looting and damage that occurred during and after the recent war.International museum and archaeological experts and Iraqi cultural officials, brought together by UNESCO in Tokyo in the third such meeting since April, focused on both short- and long-term action to preserve the Baghdad Museum.Key points included equipping and opening laboratories in the museum, starting restoration of artefacts seriously damaged, and launching training programmes for museum employees.Other issues included broader measures to protect Iraqi cultural heritage and the assessments provided by the two UNESCO experts’ missions to Iraq. The second mission found that although the looting of Iraq’s museums and cultural sites was less extensive than first thought, the objects that were taken were of high value while less valuable pieces, as well as copies, were left behind. It called for United States-led coalition forces to protect cultural sites in Baghdad as well as archaeological digs in the south and north of Iraq, which continued to be vulnerable to looters.v read more

UNs Guatemala mission urges steppedup efforts to address past abuses

Following Guatemala’s three decades of war, which left some 200,000 people dead, the Government and rebels signed an accord in 1994 creating a Historical Clarification Commission, under UN auspices, to examine rights violations during the conflict and make recommendations on national reconciliation. Those recommendations were published in 1999. Issuing its analysis of progress since then, the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) today said attention to the recommendations has grown increasingly scarce. The authorities, the report warns, cannot continue to postpone a response to the thousands of Guatemalans seeking redress. MINUGUA chief Ton Koenigs said the UN, always on the side of victims, hoped the report would serve to raise awareness of the need to give priority to correcting past wrongs. “We hope that the new authorities will lead, by example, the fight against indifference,” he said. “This is the only way to advance along the difficult path of reconciliation.” While welcoming some developments, including efforts to help torture victims, he said the tasks ahead remain daunting. The families of victims of past killings needed to move on with their lives, but the authorities had given little support to the exhumation process, which has been largely carried out with the backing of non-governmental organizations. He called on the Government to develop an active policy, supported by legislation, in dealing with human rights abuses of the conflict era. Mr. Koenigs also emphasized the importance of healing past wounds to achieve national reconciliation, citing the examples of Argentina, Germany and Chile in this regard. The Commission’s recommendations, he said, serve as a guide to ensure that the conflict’s atrocities would never be repeated. In addition to presenting its report to the authorities, he said MINUGUA hoped that Guatemalan civil society would continue its fight to heal the wounds of the past. read more

Put people not cars first in transport systems says UN environment chief

A mother and her child ride a bicycle at Manama Mission, in Matebeland South Province, Zimbabwe. Photo: UNICEF/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi In Global Outlook on Walking and Cycling, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) explained that greater investment in such infrastructure could help save millions of lives and reduce emissions of global warming gases from motorized transport. The report noted that 1.3 million people die each year from traffic accidents, of which 49 per cent are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Four African countries are among the most dangerous countries to walk and cycle. Some 66 per cent of all road fatalities were pedestrians and cyclists in Malawi; 61 per cent in Kenya; 53 per cent in South Africa; and 49 per cent in Zambia and Nepal. “People are risking their lives every time they leave their homes,” said UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim in a news release. “But it isn’t just about accidents. Designing transport systems around cars puts more vehicles on the road, increasing both greenhouse gas emissions and deadly air pollution. We must put people, not cars, first in transport systems,” he stressed. The report said that motorized transport is responsible for 23 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the fastest growing sector in greenhouse gas emissions. It will be responsible for a third of CO2 emissions by 2050 at current rates. Poor air quality, in part due to vehicle emissions, is estimated to cause around seven million premature deaths each year and is increasing health problems like bronchitis, asthma, heart disease and brain damage.The global fleet of private cars is projected to triple by 2050, with most of this new vehicle growth expected to take place in the same developing countries that are already hardest hit by road fatalities and injuries. In line with current trends, not only will this result in a staggering increase in road fatalities globally, but the increase in carbon-polluting cars will severely restrict the world’s ability to limit the global average temperature rise to less than 2°C. UNEP calls on countries to invest at least 20 per cent of their transport budgets in walking and cycling infrastructure to save lives, reverse pollution and reduce carbon emissions, which are rising at more than 10 per cent a year. “Unless we act to make our roads safe, in ten years, an estimated 13 million more people will have died on our roads – that is more than the entire population of Belgium. The human impact is horrific, but the impact on all of our survival must not be ignored,” Mr. Solheim added. UNEP is also urging countries to draft national and local policies for non-motorized transport (NMT), pay particular attention to vulnerable NMT users, such as women, children, elderly and people with mobility challenges, and actively champion NMT as political will is needed not only for policies, but also for giving walking and cycling the equal status as private cars. The report surveyed the progress towards safer walking and cycling infrastructure in 20 low- to middle-income countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, where compared with high-income countries, twice as many more people die in road traffic accidents. read more

OSU drum major living dream after 10 years of preparation

Buckeye fans see the Ohio State drum major on fall Saturdays leading “Script Ohio,” but few know the man behind the garb. OSU head drum major Jason Stuckert said he is excited to travel to the University of Minnesota on Saturday, the only away game the marching band will travel to this year. “Hopefully we get a warm welcome,” he said. But getting to the Minnesota game and Ohio Stadium has been a long time coming for Stuckert. Even with almost 10 years of experience, Stuckert was anxious the day he made his debut in the ‘Shoe. “I was very, very nervous right before I ran onto the field,” he said. “Once I started moving, I just had a big smile on my face because this is what I had wanted for so long. I had the time of my life.” OSU has had a drum major since 1878, but Stuckert is the second person in OSU’s history to win the title of head drum major as a first-year student. Despite his age, Stuckert was confident in his abilities. “In my head, I think I knew that it was possible that I could get it as a freshman,” Stuckert said. His interest in being drum major and joining the marching band was evident from a young age. Marcia Lowe, Stuckert’s mother, said their family had season tickets to the Avon Lake High School football games by the time Stuckert was 2 years old. Though they usually made it only through the halftime show, Lowe said Stuckert and his sister, Abigail, a 2009 graduate of Miami University, were fascinated by the band. “He watched that drum major, and by the time he was in fifth grade, he started horsing around with his sister’s baton, which is a totally different baton,” Lowe said. Lowe said she was surprised when Stuckert asked for a ‘Gray Baton,’ an all-metal baton designed by former OSU Marching Band member John Gray, for his 12th birthday. “He was outside in the front yard … twirling that thing every day — sometimes twice a day — between two trees, so we had a mud hole sitting there that he’d worn in the grass,” Lowe said. As a child, Stuckert was “always happy, always smiling” and “a big entertainer,” Lowe said. Stuckert caught his first glimpse of the OSU drum major program in the seventh grade at Avon Lake’s annual homecoming parade, where he saw Avon Lake High School alumnus Scott Sommer and his brother, Eric, perform. Scott and Eric were the 1998 and 2004 OSU head drum majors, respectively, and were the first siblings to hold the title. After the parade, Stuckert went to a short drum major clinic taught by the Sommer brothers for students interested in becoming drum majors at Avon Lake High School. Eric said Stuckert was “rough around the edges but had a real desire to learn.” Stuckert’s story will conclude on Monday. read more

Prince William scores penalty against England womens football team

first_imgPrince William shows off his goalkeeping skills After achieving third place in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the @Lionesses have their eyes on the #WEURO2017 trophy. 🏆— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 13, 2017 Prince William meets schoolgirl footballers Prince William takes a penalty Prince William shows off his goalkeeping skills “I always find myself in these positions!” he joked as he first took his position in goal. The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association,  was hosting the England Women team at Kensington Palace, inviting them to a reception to wish them good luck ahead of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament. The England Women Senior squad will travel to the Netherlands today, where they kick-off their Group D campaign against Scotland in Utrecht on July 19th, before facing Spain in Breda on July 23rd and Portugal in Tilburg on July 27th.The visit tied in with FA Girls’ Football Week, a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football in order to double the number of women and girls playing football by 2020. He told captain Steph Houghton: “I’m sure you’re going to nail it. “I’ll do my best to get out there to the final.”He also spoke about getting his children Prince George, who is almost four, and Princess Charlotte, two, into the sport.Player Casey Stoney said: “I said do his kids play.”He said at the moment he’s trying to teach George that football is actually a contact sport but George doesn’t really like it when he’s palming him off and getting physical. Jill Scott celebrates scoring the first goal of England’s game during the European Champions Qualifying 2015 Prince William meets schoolgirl footballerscenter_img He later attempted to settle the score by putting the ball past her in the gardens of Kensington Palace, before she returned the favour to make it 1-1.Scott said afterwards: “I said I’d go in goal and he said ‘let me see if I can get a penalty past you’. “He scored so I’m a bit gutted to be honest, I was getting competitive. “I was saying that will be payback for that tackle but then I managed to get one past him so we’re even now.”She added of the Duke’s skills: “He was good. He was actually good.” The Duke of Cambridge was celebrating today after he managed to score a penalty against the England women’s football team.The Duke, who is president of the FA, was praised as “actually good” by players after he took a penalty with Jill Scott in goal. His success continued a long-running joke with Scott, who tackled him by accident a decade ago during a friendly kick about.”She’s lethal,” the Duke told her team members, joking he still has a scar on his leg from where she accidentally kicked him after slipping. Afterwards he joined them in a kickabout with girls from the St Mary of the Angels School, as part of the Wildcats Girls’ Football programme.After scoring against Jill he had a turn in goal against the school children, letting in far more that he saved.  The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association,  was hosting the England Women team at Kensington Palace, inviting them to a reception to wish them good luck ahead of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament. “He said he’s really encouraging his kids to get involved with sport. From what he was saying he’s encouraging both his kids to play.”Another team member Karen Bardsley said: “We asked him where the kids were and he said they were making a ruckus in the garden.”The prince posed for a picture with the team, who will shortly be heading out to the Netherlands for their first match against Scotland on July 19.  Jill Scott celebrates scoring the first goal of England's game during the European Champions Qualifying 2015 Prince William takes a penalty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Duchess of Yorks close friend sues police for £900000 for failing to

A close friend of the Duchess of York is suing Essex Police for nearly £1m for failing to prevent his sister’s brutal murder, which he claims derailed his successful career.Businessman Manuel Fernandez claims his life disintegrated after his sister Maria Stubbings was choked to death with a dog leash by her boyfriend Marc Chivers and dumped in a toilet in December 2008.The 52-year-old, who was rumoured to have dated his “close friend” Sarah Ferguson, is fighting for £900,000 at Central London County Court, claiming the murder left him “socially isolated” and unable to work.But police claim he was not so grief-stricken that he was unable to enjoy a social life, highlighting that he was pictured in HELLO! magazine partying with the Duchess of York and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas in 2017.Mr Fernandez claims police should have taken steps to assess the risk posed by Chivers, who killed a previous girlfriend in a similar way in Germany 15 years earlier.Chivers was convicted in 1993 of strangling his then girlfriend with rope and dumping her body in woodland. He served 15 years in prison and met Ms Stubbings in March 2008, two months after returning to the UK.Ms Stubbings, a mother-of two, was killed at her Chelmsford home barely a week after complaining to police that Chivers had burgled her home and taken her medication. Two months earlier he had also been convicted of assaulting her. Manuel Fernandez leaving Central London County Court Credit:Champion News /Champion News  The Duchess of York and Manuel Fernandez in London together in 2017 Andrew Warnock QC, representing Essex Police, told the court that officers had “made a series of mistakes but for which the murder could have been prevented”.But he said that while Mr Fernandez should receive compensation, his decision to set up vVoosh was a “career choice” and an opportunity for him to “live his dream”, highlighting that the company is now worth more than £6m.Mr Warnock also argued that he left his previous job due to redundancy rather than as a result of his breakdown, and that the claim for loss of earnings should therefore be dismissed.Mr Fernandez’ action against the Police is continuing and Judge Alper Riza QC is expected to reserve his ruling. Chivers admitted killing Maria and received a life sentence in 2009.  “I stand before you today with a feeling of disgust that I’m here today discussing a matter that is so horrible, and I have tried since it happened to block everything out from my memory so I can integrate with the real world.”I am not motivated by money but by seeking a remedy in justice that is relevant to how this has impacted not just on my life psychologically, but on how I managed to pick myself up and get on with life.”Phillippa Kaufmann QC, representing Mr Fernandez, said his bond with his sister was particularly strong as she helped care for him when he was young and their single parent mother was at work.She also played a “vital role” in helping him “adjust to civilian life” after he left the army, the court heard.”To this day he remains subject to unpredictable and uncontrollable feelings of anger caused by his realisation that Maria would be alive today if the police had done what they should and could have done to protect her,” said Ms Kaufmann.”It’s important to note that the Chief Constable admits that Maria’s death would have been – not might have been – prevented had officers not failed in the respects admitted.” A 2013 report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission concluded there was inadequate assessment of the risk Chivers posed to Maria, 50, in the two months leading up her murder.”No one visited Ms Stubbings to review the safety plan and no actions were taken to try to ensure her protection,” the report stated.Although the Chief Constable of Essex Police admitted there were failings in how Ms Stubbings’ case was handled, he disputes Mr Fernandez’s case that his grief prevented him from continuing to work and says his damages claim is worth just £6,000.Mr Fernandez, a former soldier, says he suffered a breakdown following his sister’s murder which left him angry, depressed and suicidal, and he experienced “overwhelming grief” for more than 18 months.This affected his performance in a top-level sales director role and he lost his job in May 2010, the court heard.Although he is now masterminding the launch of a dynamic internet lifestyle company named vVoosh, he says he lost out on the lucrative salary he enjoyed at his old job while getting his new venture off the ground.The Duchess of York acts as a trustee for the charitable wing of his new company, which he says brings in a salary of around £670,000 less than he would have earned in regular employment. Fighting back tears in the witness box, he said: “There’s no way to rub out the events of 2008. The effects on me and my family are ongoing. Manuel Fernandez leaving Central London County Court  The Duchess of York and Manuel Fernandez in London together in 2017Credit:Blitz Pictures/REX /Blitz Pictures/REX  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Season is over for Konstantin Igropulo

The Russian right back Konstantin Igropulo won’t be able to help his team-mates from Meshkov Brest in the rest of the season. The 32-years old lefthander who joined Belarussian team from KIF Kolding Kobenhavn suffered knee injury which will keep him out of the court for the next 7-8 months.It is still unknown how Igropulo will treath injury and when he will go under the knife.Igropulo has fantastic CV with appearances for the teams like FC Barcelona Lassa, Chekhovskie Medvedi and Fuchse Berlin. ← Previous Story Nora Mørk: out for at least six months Next Story → “GOLDEN IS BACK”: Gudmundur Gudmundsson overtakes Iceland Konstantin Igropulo read more

RTÉ and Sky retain GAA TV rights for next five years Newstalk

first_imgRTÉ and Sky retain GAA TV rights for next five years, Newstalk lose out in radio deal The new broadcast package will last from 2017-2022. 29 Comments Short URL Dec 9th 2016, 12:26 PM By Fintan O’Toole Share Tweet Email THE GAA HAVE announced their television and radio rights deal for the next five years with RTÉ and Sky Sports set to retain their current TV packages, while in radio RTÉ now have full commentary rights to all games as Newstalk lose out. Source: James Crombie/INPHORTÉ have retained access to 31 senior championship games each year including all provincial hurling and football finals, both All-Ireland hurling and two All-Ireland football quarter-finals, and the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in both football and hurling. The Sunday Game will be staying put on RTÉ for another five years Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe Sky Sports package stays at 14 exclusive games, while they will have the rights to a further six games which they broadcast simultaneously with RTÉ in the latter stages of the All-Ireland senior championships.For the first time, Sky Sports will have exclusive coverage of a Munster senior hurling championship game.In radio, RTÉ are the big winners while Newstalk lose out. RTÉ have now secured full and exclusive live rights for all senior championship games. The new deal will see Newstalk awarded score flash rights, similar to the arrangement that Today FM will have. Newstalk sideline reporter Billy Joe Padden Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe new rights deal will run from 2017-2022 and will see Sky Sports still involved, three years after their entry to the GAA broadcast market provoked huge debate. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOAn interesting development will see the GAA retain its clip rights for all games. This is part of plan to ‘leverage them across its own platforms as part of a wider digital content strategy’.Football championship sponsors Eir will also have access to these rights while Sky Sports will have clip access for their 14 exclusive games.Other features of the new deal include: TG4 will broadcast 85 GAA games a year Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Friday 9 Dec 2016, 12:26 PM 16,931 Views Follow us: Davy Fitzgerald on his health, hurling and how Wexford changed his mindKerry’s Geaney and Tipperary’s McGrath claim senior player honours in 2016 Munster GAA awards TG4 retains rights for Sunday afternoon Allianz league games, the GAA club championship along with the U21 and minor championships.Eir Sport will broadcast Saturday night Allianz league games.BBC Northern Ireland again will have live TV coverage of the Ulster senior football championship.Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast GAA games throughout the year.Partnerships will Premium Sports (North America – Commerical Premises) and Premier Sports (Britain) have also been renewed.The GAA’s existing local radio agreement continues with 20 stations around the country.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Family trees with Greek roots

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Family history is increasingly important to Greek-Australians who are seeking to go beyond the initial migration to Australia, and this week is the time to dig up the roots of your family tree. A lot of people who have immigrated – particularly Greek-Australians – have anglicised themselves to try to fit in. But now people are wanting to reconnect with the rich culture and language of their past.National Family History Week runs until Friday, featuring nation-wide events to help people uncover their family’s unique past. The events will teach people how to use records such as boat passenger lists, naturalisations, as well as births, deaths and marriages to create a comprehensive understanding of their family. Spiros Saris is an amateur genealogist and a research agent for the National Archives of Australia. He’s on the council of South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society, who are running events in Adelaide this week. He says, as the educated, tech-savvy Baby Boomer generation approaches retirement, they are becoming more interested in their family history. But he says Greek-Australians face particular challenges. “It’s the tyranny of distance, most of us can pick up our history from Australia forward, beginning from a passport. But the difficulty is to transcend the divide – what about my parents’ wedding photos or birth certificates from the old country?” As well as that, documents may have been lost in migration, or may have different, non-anglicised names. “I started my research in 1977, when I went back to Greece, and it’s still going,” he says. “It’s a labour of love.” Jenny Harkness is the president of the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations, is running several events across Victoria. She’s helped several Greek-Australians get in touch with their past, and she says the task can be particularly rewarding. “A lot of people who have immigrated – particularly Greek-Australians – have anglicised themselves to try to fit in. But now people are wanting to reconnect with the rich culture and language of their past.” She says in all cases of researching family history, the first port of call is the same. “Start with yourself and look backward to your oldest living relative,” she says. But family history isn’t only important this week. The Immigration Discovery Centre, in Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, hosts information about family history research, including passenger lists and is open 7 days a week. People in other states can access passenger lists at the State Records Offices in your state’s capital city. The South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Association open day is August 1, at 201 Unley Road, Unley. Melbourne’s Immigration Museum is at 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne. For full details of Family History Week, check the website: read more

Scribblenauts Showdown is a Wacky Word War

first_img Scribblenauts remains one of the most conceptually ambitious casual gaming franchises to date. It lets players create an incalculable amount of objects through its massive dictionary of (family friendly) nouns and adjectives. And they all behave roughly how they should. They even once threw all the nerd lore baggage of DC Comics into the mix. But as impressive as that achievement has always been, the gameplay surrounding it has been weirdly shapeless.After a brief hiatus and change in developers, Scribblenauts is back with Scribblenauts Showdown. Pivoting to a minigame collection sounds like dumbing down, but for Scribblenauts it’s the chance to give the game some much-needed extra structure. The results aren’t entirely cohesive, but it is a nice reminder just how creative Scribblenauts’ core hook still is.The minigames are the big new addition in Showdown but it does have traditional open-world Scribblenauts sandbox levels. And that’s where you should start if you’re playing solo or are new to the series. Wander around different levels like Mayan ruins or undersea wonderlands encountering inhabitants with problems to solve. It’s up to you and your notepad to write the answers to their prayers into existence. Summon a bowl of fried rice for a hungry Buddha statue. Plop constellations in the sky for a dragon to gawk at. The satisfaction lies in finding all the unique and varied ways you can answer the relatively simple word puzzles. Why settle for “horse” when you could use “fire-breathing Pegasus” instead?Solving puzzles rewards you with Starites you can use to unlock new levels as well as cosmetic items for your custom characters. But beyond that the levels offer big playgrounds to familiarize yourself with what’s possible through the dictionary. In my quest to recreate Mac Tonight I generated everything from a “moonish man” to a “moonlit mask” to a “bespectacled moon.” Maybe it’s because I’m a writer, but this is just a fun way to mess around. It’s also vital practice for the “Showdown” part of Scribblenauts Showdown.Why are we here? Just to suffer? #NintendoSwitch— Jordan Minor 4 GDC (@JordanWMinor) March 7, 2018You can play the solo levels in co-op but the big multiplayer feature is the collection of over 25 new minigames. Up to four friends can play individual minigames, groups of minigames, or minigames presented as a Mario Party-esque board/card game. You can even filter between minigames that take advantage of the dictionary and ones that don’t. There are a lot of minigames here, but unsurprisingly, they’re pretty hit or miss.First off, I think it’s weird that they even included minigames that have nothing to do with writing words, the whole point of Scribblenauts. Maybe during a party some folks will want to give their brain a break and just catch apples or whatever but the wordless minigames feel kind of generic, like filler. And even among the games that do make use of what Scribblenauts can do, some have more compelling vocabulary hooks than others. The Martian rover game is pretty much just a brief racing game. But you can give yourself an advantage by picking a word in certain category, like plants, that starts with the right letter.Fortunately, there are minigames that do flex your imagination muscles in great ways. Scribblenauts may have mushy combat and controls, but I loved a game that tasked me with creating the best weapon for myself that started with a certain letter. I felt brilliant when I realized “epee” was the answer. You want me to drop a heavy F-word into a black hole? How about “fjord?” What’s a predatory mammal small enough to eat quickly without vomiting? It’s time to chow down on shrews.It’s also worth mentioning just how you go about typing these words. Previous Scribblenauts games were exclusive to platforms with touchscreens or keyboards. But now that it’s on all consoles that no longer works. Showdown doesn’t even use the touchscreen on Nintendo Switch when undocked. Instead, you use a combination of buttons, analog stick movements, and radial menus to type. There’s a brief learning curve but it’s pretty fast and intuitive. Predictive text and letters that gray out if they don’t make sense with what you’ve written make the typing as smooth as it can be given the less-than-ideal input.So as a game Scribblenauts Showdown still isn’t as strong as Scribblenauts as a concept. But it is an appreciated evolution of the series and one of the most expressive games you can play. Where else can you make a “brainless wintered assassin?”Buy it now!Buy Scribblenauts Showdown.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Rodgers backs Van Dijk to lead Liverpool to glory

first_imgFormer Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed Virgil van Dijk to lead the club to glory in this season’s Champions LeagueSince the arrival of the newly-appointed Holland captain, back in January, the Liverpool defense has had a notable improvement with onlookers noting how much more stable the defense appears to be with Manchester City only being able to score one goal over 180 minutes of football in the quarter-finals of their Champions League tie.Rodgers, who now manages Celtic, is expecting big things from Van Dijk at Liverpool and believes that they have the potential to challenge for a sixth European crown.“I think so. I think when you look at them and look at Virgil van Dijk, he makes a big difference at the back and has given them that authority and calmness. He’s a fantastic player.” Rodgers told talkSPORT (via Daily Record).divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The team works so hard for the three front players who have speed, power and workrate, and ability to score.“At home it’s always going to be difficult for any opponent at Anfield and away from home they are set up on the counter-attack.”Liverpool will face Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Roma in the last four, with the draw taking place on Friday.last_img read more

Two seek lone open Ridgefield school position

first_imgBecky Greenwald BECKY GREENWALD• Age: 38.• Occupation: Owner and chief financial officer, Creekside Mortgage.• Campaign funds raised: None.• Major endorsements: School board members Scott Gullickson and Steve Radosevich.• WebsiteCHUCK GREEN• Age: 54.• Occupation: C-Tran bus rapid transit project manager.• Campaign funds raised: $400.• Major endorsements: Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt; Candy Bonneville, 18th Legislative District chairwoman for the local chapter of the Democratic party.• WebsiteRidgefield School Board• Term: Four years.• Number of school board members: Five.• Number of contested board positions: One; one candidate is running uncontested.• What school board members do: They set the policies and hire the superintendent, who reports directly to the board.• Compensation: Board members may receive compensation of up to $50 per day for attending board meetings and for performing other services on behalf of the school district, not to exceed $4,800 per year.Ridgefield’s new school director will get to weigh in on one of the biggest choices a board can make picking a new school superintendent.Chuck Green and Becky Greenwald are running for the open spot in District 4, the only contested Ridgefield school board race. Julie Olson, currently the board president, is not running for another term.Earlier this month, Superintendent Art Edgerly announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year. Edgerly has been superintendent since 2007.It shapes up as an attractive job, Greenwald said, and the district is “looking forward to getting many, many candidates.”Green said that the district needs to “understand the lessons learned by Battle Ground,” which recently spent $400,000 to buy out the contract of its superintendent.Incumbent Jeff Vigue is running unopposed in District 1.Nobody filed for the District 4 position through the regular filing period, prompting a special three-day filing period. That’s what brought Green into the race, he said.last_img read more