Champions League: Lucas Perez hat-trick in Basel seals top spot for Arsenal

first_imgArsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as they outclassed Basel 4-1 away to steal the Group A top spot from Paris St Germain on Tuesday. (Latest Football stories)The Gunners enter the last 16 as group winners for the first time since 2011 and at least know they cannot face favourites Barcelona, who won their group, in the first knockout round.Lucas, making only his fifth start since joining from Deportivo La Coruna for about 17 million pounds ($21.55 million)in August, struck twice from close range inside 16 minutes.He netted again two minutes after the break to become only the sixth Arsenal player to score a hat-tick in the competition.Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 after 53 minutes and it could have been even better for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a fizzing free kick.The St Jakob-Park crowd finally had something to warm them on a cold night when substitute Doumbia flicked in a consolation goal after a skilful turn in the area.Arsenal topped the group with 14 points because PSG, on 12, were surprisingly held 2-2 at home by Bulgarians Ludogorets who qualify for the Europa League last 32 at the expense of Basel.PSG would have guaranteed top spot had they won but instead had to snatch a last-gasp equaliser from Angel Di Maria.COMMITTED PERFORMANCE”I thought Ludogorets were a good side — they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.advertisement”We did the job in a convincing way, we were mobile and overall had a committed performance.”I think (Lucas) Perez took advantage of the fact we created good chances – he is a goalscorer you know, he has shown tonight he has a good smell for the goal.”Lucas’s only goals since joining Arsenal were a brace in a League Cup win over Nottingham Forest in September, since when he has rarely featured because of an ankle injury.It did not take him long to double that tally though as Arsenal tore into their hosts.Lucas opened the scoring after eight minutes when Sanchez’s chipped pass found Kieran Gibbs and his low cross was missed by Eder Balanta, giving the Spaniard the easiest of tap-ins.Eight minutes later Arsenal were cruising when Gibbs’ cross-shot was parried by keeper Tomas Vaclik and Lucas swept home following a move involving 33 passes – the most in the build-up to a goal so far in this season’s competition.MISSED CHANCEBasel captain Matias Delgado wasted a chance to halve the deficit shortly before halftime with a wayward header.Vaclik was then unable to keep out Lucas’s shot two minutes after the break as the Arsenal striker emulated Mesut Ozil’s hat-trick in a 6-0 home win against Ludogorets in October.Iwobi’s close-range goal was his first in Europe.The news got better for Arsenal as the scoreline filtered back from Paris where Ludogorets, who twice led, held on for a draw that left PSG resigned to second place.All eyes will be on the draw now as Arsenal will hope their reward for topping the group is not a tie with Bayern Munich who could only finish as runners-up in Group D.last_img read more

Calf Doesn’t Worry Giants’ Cruz

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For a few days, it appeared Victor Cruz was on the verge of getting over that second major knee surgery.The New York Giants wide receiver was making catches in practices. He looked smooth getting off the line of scrimmage and was making his cuts with ease.It seemed that the salsa-dancing fan favorite might play in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 22. The dual threat of Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. was ready to be unleashed.It won’t be this week. Cruz pulled a calf muscle in his left leg and coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t think he’ll play against Jacksonville.“It’s not related to the knee at all,” Cruz said Aug. 20 before watching practice. “Everything will be fine. It’s just a small hiccup in the road. It’s just a matter of me getting back. I should be back, if not by this weekend, definitely next week for sure. I’ll come out here and practice and feel good again. We’ll see how it goes.”Cruz was one of the NFL’s most dynamic receivers between 2011-13, catching 241 passes for 3,626 yards and 23 touchdowns.What made his story even better was that he was an undrafted free agent out of UMass who signed with the team roughly 15 minutes from his home in Paterson, N.J., and beat the odds to become a star.His knees have put his future in doubt. He needed surgery on his left knee late in the 2013 season and then tore the patella tendon in his right knee six games into last season.While Cruz has no doubt he will return as a top receiver, he still has to prove it. Cruz isn’t worried about this latest injury, which he blamed on being slightly dehydrated and then tweaking the calf.“I knew that the journey is long and hard. It wasn’t going to be easy the rest of the way. I knew there would be something that would come up,” he said.“Whether it be out here on the field or with my body, but I’m excited that it’s not something that’s major. It’s something I can get over, and something that’s not going to be a huge hindrance.”Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is excited about the prospect of having Cruz back.“He came out early on and didn’t seem tentative at all about sticking his foot in the ground,” McAdoo said. “The other day he made some nice plays, made one in the back of the end zone similar to the one the injury was on, and that’s a big step, that’s a major step.“He made a … play down the middle at the beginning of the no-huddle period of last practice. It’s good to have him out there and I can’t wait until he’s out there full time and ready to go.”Neither can Cruz.If there is a concern for the offense, it’s getting everyone healthy and practicing. Eli Manning and the first team failed to gain a first down in four series against Cincinnati in the preseason opener.Rueben Randle, the No. 3 receiver, has not practiced this week because of tendinitis in his knee, and the offensive line is still looking for its best five. Guard-tackle Geoff Schwartz, who missed the preseason opener with an ankle injury, is back. Beckham (dental work), Cruz and left guard Justin Pugh (dental work) all missed the Aug. 19 practice.“I think we’re on the right process of getting better, and I think it’ll show up this weekend,” Manning said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Forum Friday: Lunch Hour Discussion

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! We’ve almost survived another work week. Come make your Friday a little easier and let’s chat. Get your comments and questions in right here. I’ll have my coffee ready.last_img

10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric delighted to win CWC: A perfect year

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric delighted to win CWC: A perfect yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was delighted to score in the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Although he admits maybe he should shoot more, Modric is not overly concerned by his lack of goals for Los Blancos.”Everyone tells me that I have to shoot more, but I like to give the pass to my teammates,” Modric said. “I don’t shoot a lot, it’s true, but when I do shoot it often goes in.”I have to do it more, but it doesn’t obsess me.”I help the team in other ways.”Lifting the Club World Cup ends an incredible year for Modric, in which he won the Ballon d’Or.”It has been an unforgettable year,” he added. “It has been perfect.”This year will always have a special place in my heart and I cannot ask for more.” last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Salah escapes diving ban; free to face Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Salah escapes diving ban; free to face Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah will be free to face Arsenal on Saturday.The FA have reportedly decided against charging Salah with retrospective action following an incident during Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United.Referee Graham Scott awarded Liverpool a penalty two minutes into the second half after he deemed Paul Dummett to have pulled back Salah.Replays showed Salah going down with minimal contact, but Sky Sports say the FA have deemed to action not to have reached the threshold “attempting to deceive the referee”, which means the Egyptian will avoid any punishment.Salah converted the penalty to put Liverpool up 2-0 after Dejan Lovren’s early opener. last_img read more

Hundreds of New Child Care Spaces Created

first_img Strategic Growth Initiative Fund: Four operators have received a total $350,000 to expand an existing location or open a new centre. This means a total 127 new child care spaces in Cape Breton, Cumberland and Victoria counties. The operators also have access to an additional $300,000 to help with annual operating costs Space Conversion Grants: 21 centres have received between $10,000 and more than $260,000, for a total $1.4 million in one-time funding to convert existing space to support the changing child care needs of their communities. The centres will create spaces for 276 children Program Enhancement Grant: 108 non-profit child care centres received between $500 and $50,000, for a total $2.7 million in one-time funding to help with minor repairs and renovations, replacing equipment, or purchasing new materials to support high-quality, inclusive early learning programming Children and families across the province will have more options and improved access to child care with a $4.4 million investment. The money will help create 403 new spaces across the province and provide 108 non-profit child care centres with opportunities to expand or improve their programs. “These investments are helping us give our children the best start in life,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We know that in some communities, access to regulated child care is limited. These new spaces will help more families especially in communities where regulated child care is difficult to access.” These investments are part of a three-year, $35 million early learning and child care agreement with the federal government that was signed in January 2018. “We know that kids with access to early learning do better at school and in life. That’s why the earlier we invest in children, the bigger the payoff,” said Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Today’s announcement will give more children in Nova Scotia access to quality learning and child care so they can have the best start in life and have a fair chance to succeed.” Details of the $4.4 million investment: Child care centres applied for these funding grants in March. “St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre is proud to be celebrating our 50th year of providing quality early learning and care for children and families in HRM,” said Leah Rigby, chairperson, board of directors for St. Joseph’s. “Funding announcements such as this are an integral piece in supporting and enhancing the learning environment and materials for children, providing opportunities for children to be excited about trying new things and becoming independent learners.” For a detailed investment breakdown, visit .last_img read more

Thai princess in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the princess will observe various activities and visit places of religious, historical and cultural importances such as the National Museum, a historical park and monasteries. She will return to Thailand on Friday. (Colombo Gazette) Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived in Sri Lanka on an official visit which will be followed by a trip to the Maldives.The Bureau of the Royal Household said in an announcement that Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is paying official visits to the Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of the Maldives during August 18-23, 2013 at the invitations of the presidents of the two countries. The Princess’s visit comes at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 260th anniversary of the establishment of the Siam Maha Nikaya in Sri Lanka.While on the Maldives islands, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will meet President Mohammed Waheed Hassan on August 22 and visit the National Museum in the capital of Male. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will grant an audience to President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow. read more

Thad Matta Im very excited about this team

OSU basketball coach Thad Matta laughs as he answers a question during Media Day Oct. 10 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State basketball coach Thad Matta isn’t sure what to expect for the 2013-14 version of the Buckeyes, but does know one thing: he’s looking forward to it.“I don’t know if I could give a true projection or expectation for this team just yet. I think we have a chance to have a really, really good basketball team. I love the energy, I love the cohesiveness of us,” Matt said. “I’m very excited about this team.”Matta, along with the rest of the team (except true freshmen Kam Williams and Marc Loving) met with the media Thursday, to discuss the upcoming season.A topic sure to be a story line throughout the winter is how OSU will replace Deshaun Thomas, who led the team with an average of 19.8 points per game his junior season before deciding to enter the NBA Draft. In order to fill the void left by Thomas, Matta said it must be a team effort.“Collectively, I think guys have got to score more,” Matta said. “I think (the offense) needs to be more well-rounded, we got to have a little more of a flow to (it). Something that we’ve tried to put a big premium on this offseason was shooting the basketball and getting more offensively skilled.”A player that could be counted on for more offensive production is starting senior point guard Aaron Craft, who finished last season second on the team in scoring average with 10 points per game.“As a team, I think we’ve done a great job this spring and summer understanding that we need to shoot the ball better. It can’t be one guy,” Craft said. “Even with (Thomas), we shot one of the worst percentages in (Matta)’s career here at Ohio State.”Craft said getting open looks at the basket is a luxury that rarely comes around during games, so taking and making those shots will be vital to OSU’s success this season.“Our biggest focus is being able to knock down open shots, elevating our shooting percentage and that opens up countless other things on the offensive end,” Craft said.Replacing Thomas’ offensive production is not the only thing that will be a team effort, though. Junior forward LaQuinton Ross said the leadership side of things is “going to be a group effort from everybody.”“I think you get leadership from all different angles on this team,” Ross said. “I think you got Craft who everybody knows is one of the main leaders for this team. Then you got guys like (junior guard) Shannon Scott who’s also been a leader for this team, got other guys like (junior forward) Sam Thompson who are also doing the same thing. I think this year, (the leadership)’s going to be a group effort from everybody.”On the defensive side of the ball, however, the mindset stays the same.“We’re never going to go away from our defense,” Matta said. “I think that may be the best thing we did last year as a group, collectively as a group was team defense.”Matta and the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their regular season Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center against Morgan State at noon. OSU’s first Big Ten game is in West Lafayette, Ind., New Year’s Eve against Purdue at 1 p.m. read more

Unbelievable Serena Williams Suffers Surprising Defeat at Wimbledon

The 34-game winning streak of Serena Williams ended after the top seed, defending champion, and world No. 1 lost at Wimbledon today.German player Sabine Lisicki got an early lead on Williams and survived a late surge of an eight-game drought to defeat Williams in three sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.Williams won 34 consecutive tennis matches before being knocked out by Lisicki, who equaled Serena Williams’ power and capitalized on the former champion’s mistakes.

UK weather Commuter delays as fresh band of fog blankets Britain on

first_imgRush-hour commuters could face hazardous driving conditions and delays as a fresh band of thick fog blankets the UK on Monday.The Met Office issued its second consecutive severe weather warning for fog, after the misty visibility-reducing conditions blighted the south of the country overnight on Saturday.Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office meteorologist, said the new severe weather warning they have issued covers southern parts of England and Wales and is valid until 10am on Monday. Want to know what’s happening this coming week? It’s all go, with #fog, frost, rain, wind and yes, some #sunshine too…here are the details— Met Office (@metoffice) December 18, 2016 A yellow severe weather warning for #Fog has been issued: Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk— Met Office (@metoffice) December 18, 2016 A van driver negotiates thick fog in Wimbledon, as motorists were warned of difficult conditions A van driver negotiates thick fog in Wimbledon, as motorists were warned of difficult conditionsCredit:Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock “For the morning there could be some tricky driving conditions, the fog will be in and out – you could be fine driving along and the next minute come across this thick fog,” he said.”It is worth drivers being aware first thing in the morning,” he said, adding that “some dense patches are definitely possible”. Show more Over the weekend, Gatwick and Heathrow airports warned their passengers they could face delays and cancellations because of the “foggy conditions”.And as the next batch of fog rolled across the South West, southern Wales, the Midlands and parts of the South East, Mr Dewhurst said visibility in Bournemouth was around 200 metres and 400 metres in Exeter. However, passengers travelling from England’s main airports escaped delays and cancellations on Monday morning after a blanket of fog over southern and central parts of the country began to lift.There were fears that flights might be badly hit after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for fog for a large swathe of land stretching from the South Coast to the Vale of York and East Anglia.But forecasters said the fog had eased overnight to a lighter mist in some areas and would continue to break up throughout the day.Both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports warned passengers on their websites of delays and cancellations overnight, but by Monday morning Gatwick said “reasonable” visibility meant there was no impact on flights, while Heathrow was a little misty with just a few knock-on effects from delays at the weekend. The Met Office warning advised people to “be aware of potential delays and hazardous driving conditions”.Mr Dewhurst said that in terms of temperatures on Monday morning “it could be on the cold side” and a “little bit frosty in one or two places”.”But that is more likely in countryside, towns and cities will be holding up around four or five degrees – which is about average,” he added.”It will be quite a dull start to the day elsewhere as well – with generally cloudy conditions and some light patchy rain.” 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

Vladimir Djurić to Icelandic Afram HK

Afram HKIcelandic handballVladimir Djuric Icelandic champion Afram HK has signed contract with Serbian playmaker, Vladimir Djurić (29). Experienced player is considered as one of the best playmaker in Serbian Super Liga in the last few years. Djurić has played for Železnićar Niš, Naisus and Crvena zvezda, but also has experience of playing abroad – in Turkey for Mily Piango and Iceland. This is his second time to play in Iceland. In season 2006/2007 he was a member of AC Fylkir, team who competed at EHF Challenge Cup. ← Previous Story Danimir Ćurković is back to Vojvodina! Next Story → Germans ashamed by young Serbs!

La folle somme dépensée par Apple contre HTC

first_imgLa folle somme dépensée par Apple contre HTCSelon une rumeur qui circule dans les milieux des avocats américains, la marque à la pomme aurait déjà engagé 100 millions de dollars dans sa bataille judiciaire contre HTC.Apple ne regarderait pas à la dépense dans la bataille qui l’oppose à HTC sur les violations de brevets à son encontre. Newsweek affirme ainsi que les milieux d’avocats aux États-Unis évoquent la coquette somme de 100 millions de dollars engagée dans ces procès. Une goutte d’eau néanmoins dans l’énorme trésorerie dont dispose la marque à la pomme, que Zdnet estime à 60 milliards de dollars !À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plagePourtant, ces 100 millions de dollars déjà dépensés n’ont pas servi à grand chose au final. Car si Apple a obtenu de l’International Trade Commission (ITC) l’interdiction de l’importation d’appareils HTC sur le sol américain, ce dernier a réagi immédiatement en faisant savoir qu’il disposait d’une solution alternative pour le brevet mis en cause. Néanmoins, le feuilleton n’est pas terminé puisque l’ITC étudiera en mars une nouvelle plainte d’Apple. Le 24 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les chiens ne voient pas en noir et blanc mais un peu

first_imgLes chiens ne voient pas en noir et blanc, mais (un peu) en couleursPubliée dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B., une étude expérimentale russe montre que les chiens, contrairement à une idée répandue, distinguent certaines couleurs, et savent utiliser cette capacité.  C’est bien connu : les chiens voient en noir et blanc. C’est du moins une idée largement répandue chez le commun des mortels. Plus nuancés, les scientifiques eux savent que les animaux sont juste moins bien ‘équipés’ que l’homme, physiologiquement, pour distinguer les couleurs. Ils pensaient donc jusqu’à présent que ces canidés utilisaient essentiellement la notion de brillance, de clarté (couleur claire ou couleur foncée) plutôt que la notion de couleur proprement dite.Mais la chose restait pour l’heure invérifiée et pour cause : il est particulièrement difficile de tester expérimentalement la perception des couleurs chez le chien. C’est pourtant ce qu’ont fait récemment des scientifiques du Laboratoire de traitement sensoriel de l’Académie des sciences de Russie, à Moscou, grâce à un protocole astucieux. Et les résultats montrent que les chiens se fient bel et bien à la couleur. Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs ont travaillé avec 8 chiens issus de croisements (des ‘bâtards’).Choisir le bon ton ou la bonne couleur ?Dans une première phase, d’une durée de 9 jours, chaque animal, 10 fois par jour, a été confronté à 2 boîtes contenant chacune un morceau de viande (pour que le flair de l’animal n’entre pas en ligne de compte), et jouxtées chacune d’un papier de teinte différente. Mais une seule des deux boîtes était déverrouillée et permettait d’accéder à la récompense. La ‘bonne’ boîte était, chaque fois, associée à la même combinaison ‘couleur + ton’ : jaune clair ou jaune foncé ou bleu clair ou bleu foncé (des couleurs perceptibles par les chiens). La ‘mauvaise’ boîte, elle, était associée à la teinte inverse : jaune si la ‘bonne’ était bleue, foncée si la ‘bonne’ était claire, et vice-versa. À l’issue de cette phase, chaque canidé était donc conditionné pour associer l’une (et seulement une) de ces 4 combinaisons à la notion de récompense, et se dirigeait spontanément vers la boîte correspondante sitôt mis en situation.À ce stade, restait à déterminer si le chien (qui n’avait le droit qu’à 1 essai à chaque fois) se fiait à la couleur (jaune ou bleu) ou bien au ton (clair ou foncé) pour choisir la bonne boîte. Lors de la seconde phase (10 essais), les chercheurs ont ‘brouillé les cartes’ : chaque animal a été mis en présence, là encore, de 2 boîtes contenant de la viande, mais jouxtées de papiers d’autres teintes : les chiens conditionnés au jaune clair se sont vu proposer le choix entre jaune foncé et bleu clair, ceux conditionnés au bleu clair se sont vu proposer du bleu foncé et du jaune clair, etc. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Bref, chaque animal devait choisir cette fois-ci entre la ‘bonne’ couleur (mais le ‘mauvais’ ton) ou le ‘bon’ ton (mais la ‘mauvaise’ couleur). Or, tous les chiens ont opté, dans plus de 70% des essais, pour la bonne couleur (celle précédemment associée à la récompense), sans se soucier du ton. 6 chiens sur les 8 l’ont même fait dans 90% des cas.Une vision en couleurs utilisée consciemmentComme chez la plupart des mammifères, les chiens ont dans les yeux seulement 2 types de récepteurs de couleur (les “cônes”) alors que les humains en ont 3. Chacun de ces cônes est sensible à une longueur d’onde – donc à une couleur – différente. Un chien voit le jaune et le bleu, mais verra du brun-grisâtre à la place du rouge, du jaune foncé à la place du orange, du bleu foncé à la place du violet, etc. Dans l’expérience, néanmoins, le comportement des canidés était bien dicté par la couleur et non par la luminosité (le ton) des carrés de papier. “Tester si les chiens utilisent la différentiation entre couleurs est (…) très difficile. [Ce test] prouve que non seulement les chiens ont une vision en couleurs, mais aussi qu’ils l’utilisent consciemment”, conclut ainsi le Dr Stanley Coren, de l’Université de Colombie Britannique, un expert en la matière, qui n’a pas participé à ces travaux mais donne son avis sur cette expérience.Le 28 juillet 2013 à 14:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Christmas is coming early for Alphonso Davies

first_imgThe new Bayern Munich signing will train during the festive season with his new German Bundesliga clubCanadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies started his professional career with Major League Soccer (MLS) club Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016.But before this season was over, he signed for German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.“For the first few weeks I don’t expect much to happen,” Davies was quoted by the Bundesliga official website.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’m just going to go over and get my feet wet. I think three or four weeks with the team before the Christmas break will be really helpful.”“I just wanted to be home with my family and to hang out with my friends,” Davies explained.“It was good. My friends made me feel like a 17-year-old, especially the night I went trick or treating with them.”“We hit quite a few houses. We had a big bag for the candy and it filled up pretty quickly. It was nice to spend time with my parents, too,” he added.last_img read more

David Wagner slams Michael Oliver for big mistakes

first_imgHuddersfield manager David Wagner blamed referee Michael Oliver for making “many big mistakes” in their 2-1 defeat by Brighton.Wagner was angered by Michael Oliver’s decision to send off Steve Mounie and also for not awarding his side a penalty when Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross pulled down Alex Pritchard in the box.Huddersfield Town were a goal ahead when Oliver sent off Steve Mounie in the 32nd minute, and Brighton used the one-man advantage to their favor as they equalized in the first half and went on to win the game 2-1.“The red card, if it’s a red card then the challenge on Erik Durm is one as well from my point of view, clear holding on Pritchard which is a penalty and a red card, it was a clear chance in front of the goal,” Wagner told Sky Sports.“There is nothing to discuss other than the decisions, which were in my view all wrong.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“I don’t like to talk about anything else other than the refereeing decisions. It’s a football match which makes no funs if all the big decisions, and I don’t think referees do it on purpose, but today they were so many big mistakes and all against us, then you have no chance.“For me, it isn’t a red card and the one from Brighton’s player isn’t either, but if I judge one as a red card I have to judge both as a red card. They were both comparable.“If I do it on the one side, I should be neutral on the other side. The penalty decision was totally clear and obvious and is a red card as well. Unfortunately today we just have to discuss referee’s decisions and not the match.”last_img read more

AK Protecting the environment and preserving the heritage of Denalis dogs

first_imgThere’s only one national park in America where some of the Rangers are canines: Denali National Park. In the summers, the dogs serve as ambassadors, but during the winter months they ferry researchers and park employees through areas closed to motorized vehicles.Listen Now Early on a crisp, fall morning a large white truck sits alone in a dirt parking lot at Riley Creek Campground.In the winter, Denali’s sled dogs ferry park employees through areas closed to motorized vehicles. (Zoë Sobel, Alaska Energy Desk – Unalaska)Denali Kennel manager Jennifer Raffaeli takes six huskies out of the van, fits them in harnesses and hooks them to a line attached to a green metal cart that looks like a dune buggy. Raffaeli fastens her helmet.On the trail, the only sound is the wheels whirring along the ground. The six-dog teams pull two humans around trails that wind in and around the campground.On this day, each team is running about five miles, and then it’s back to the kennel. By the start of the winter season, the dogs will be doing 20-mile days. Over the course of the winter, they will log around 1,500 miles each.It may seem backward, but Raffaeli said winter is the easiest time to move cargo through the park.“Swamps and bogs and thick brush are the norm across Alaska,” Raffaeli said. “That’s challenging and slow going, especially if you are trying to move big heavy objects. When the park is covered with snow and rivers are frozen, you can carry huge loads because you’re not trying to carry them on your back. You’re sliding them over snow and ice, and that’s no problem for these guys.”Pound-for-pound, Raffaeli said sled dogs are the strongest draft animals on the planet. That makes them the perfect tools for transportation through Denali’s designated wilderness — areas of the park that prohibit motorized vehicles.Dogs have been a part of Denali for the entire history of the park. In 1921, Harry Karstens was hired as the park’s first superintendent and insisted on having dogs.“It made perfect sense as you created a two-million-acre park, which is a huge area to try and cover as one person. You were going to need some dog teams to cover that,” Raffaeli said.Back then, Raffaeli said dogs were the only way rangers could traverse the park and protect wildlife, like caribou and Dall sheep, from poaching. But over the years, the role of Denali’s sled dogs has changed.In 1980, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) labeled the original two million acres of Denali as wilderness — the highest level of federal land protection — and gave renewed purpose to the park’s sled dogs.Jennifer Raffaeli plays with the kennel’s newest members. (Zoë Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska)“The Wilderness Act requires that land managers look at the minimal tool for the task at hand,” Raffaeli said. “We’re always asking: Can we accomplish this project with dog teams?”And if they can, they will. Over the winter, the teams are out for up to five weeks at a time. They haul supplies, support glacier research, and monitor man-made noise.Plus, Raffaeli believes meeting a dog team in the field adds to the wilderness experience for park users.“To encounter only a dog team on the trail — no snow machines, no other forms of motorized transport — is a form of peace and quiet and wildness that’s getting more and more rare,” Raffaeli said. “It’s more and more valuable that we continue that heritage here.”That’s a heritage that in many ways is fading. Denali’s huskies aren’t just the best method of winter transport. They help preserve what many people remember as daily life in Alaska.But in a rapidly changing climate, Raffaeli is uncertain about the future of the dogs.“If we start to get warmer winters with less snow, how does that affect the dogs?” Raffaeli asked. “How do we evolve to face that new environment? I think those are really valid questions. But at the core of it all, I hope the dogs are always part of the story because they are such a special part of it.”Back on the trail, the dogs are finishing their 30-minute morning workout. Raffaeli pulled into the campground parking lot and eases the team to a stop.She jumped off and ladles water into one tin dog bowl after another. The dogs lap it up. When they are done, they go back in the van. It’s time for Raffaeli to get the next team ready for its five miles on the trail.There’s no question, the dogs love their job.last_img read more

High Court stays polls to Nagarkurnool municipality

first_imgNagarkurnool: The High Court had issued stay orders for halting the municipal elections for Nagarkurnool municipality on Thursday.According to sources, Samuel David Raj, a resident of Nagarkurnool, had earlier filed a petition in the High Court alleging that Nagarkurnool municipal authorities have not divided the wards as per GO No 72 and they have taken up the division hurriedly and erroneously. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Because of which, there could be a possibility of injustice meted out to candidates in some wards. In view of the above arguments, the High Court had directed the district administration of Nagarkurnool to first correct the errors in the division of wards and after confirming that everything was done as per the rules, and then submit a report to the court and then go for the polls. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us “The Municipal authorities have not carried out the ward division scientifically. In some wards, there are more voters and in some very less voters. We have had submitted all the evidences to the court and got the stay for the municipal elections,” said Samuel David Raj, a resident of Nagarkurnool. The High Court after verifying and satisfied with the petitioner’s allegations had issued stay orders and directed the municipal authorities to rectify the division process and then only conduct the elections.last_img read more

Mayor Ivy gets deputy minister status

first_imgSelina Hayat Ivy. Prothom Alo file photoNarayanganj City Corporation (NCC) mayor Selina Hayat Ivy has been given the status of a deputy minister.The cabinet division issued a notification on Tuesday in this regard, said a PID handout.As per the notification, Ivy will enjoy the status, salary, allowances and other facilities equivalent to that of a deputy minister while in office.last_img

JAL Group releases its 2016 New Year vacation period traffic results

first_imgJAL group has announced its 2016 New Year vacation period traffic results. During the 10-day New Year vacation period in Japan between December 25, 2015 and January 3, 2016, the Group carried a total of 269,366 passengers on its international flights and 999,413 passengers domestically.On International routes, passenger count increased by 4.3% versus the same period last year in line with a 2.5% up in the number of available seats. Overall load factor increased 1.4 percentage points to 85.9% on the JAL Group’s international routes when compared to the same period last year.The number of passengers on domestic routes increased by 1.4% while seat capacity has been lowered by 3.1% compared to last year. Overall domestic load factor rose approx 3.4 percentage points to 76.3% than previous year.During this period, the JAL Group operated 3 chartered flights to Palau as well as 3 extra flights to Honolulu. Meanwhile, the airline also operated 4 extra flights between Tokyo (Haneda) and Sapporo (New Chitose), 2 extra flights between Tokyo (Haneda) and Okinawa (Naha), 2 extra flights between Tokyo (Haneda) and Kagoshima.last_img read more