Pjanic: ‘Enjoying new Juve role’

first_imgMiralem Pjanic believes he can “give my best in this role and I’m enjoying myself” with Juventus, as they host Milan to go back on top. It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. A victory is needed because Inter beat Hellas Verona 2-1 on Saturday, temporarily recapturing the leadership of Serie A. “Inter are doing very well too, so we need a great season if they are to continue like that,” the Bosnian told Sky Sport Italia. “We need to concentrate on ourselves, as if we win tonight, they we’ll be top of the table. We compliment Inter on their campaign, but we have had a very good start to the season and must continue like this, regardless of other results.” Pjanic is in a more central midfield role under Maurizio Sarri. “I’ve already said that I can give my best in this role, I am enjoying myself and hope that continues for as long as possible.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe gets three-match ban for reckless tackle

first_imgFrench World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe was banned for three matches yesterday following his sending-off for a reckless tackle during PSG’s French Cup final debacle against Rennes. The French football Federation (FFF) said they had also opened disciplinary proceedings against Mbappe’s teammate Neymar for striking a Rennes fan following the shock defeat on penalties after extra time. Mbappe, PSG’s gifted striker, 20, lunged with his studs into the knee of Rennes defender Damien Da Silva near the close of extra time on Sunday. Having already missed one game, Mbappe will miss Saturday’s match against Nice and the trip to Angers the following week but will be available for the last two games of the season. The threat of further sanctions hangs over Neymar, banned for three Champions League games after insulting the referee following PSG’s exit from the Last-16 at the hands of Manchester United. This time Neymar lashed out at an abusive opposing fan as he climbed the steps to receive his French Cup final losers medal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Sushil Kumar forgives his critics after 3rd successive CWG Gold

first_imgThat was a phase, this is also a phase — was philosophical Sushil Kumar’s first reaction as he celebrated his third successive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, the build-up to which was marred by a selection controversy and questions over his fitness.Sushil, a double Olympic-medallist and without doubt India’s most decorated wrestler, spent barely 10 minutes on the mat today before grabbing a gold.The result was just the perfect response to all that he has been silent about, including being blamed by an opponent for instigating his supporters into violence during the selection trials.CWG 2018, Day 8: Weightlifters shine as India consolidate 3rd spot in medals tally”I don’t hold on to old things because that day doesn’t come back. The medal I have won today won’t happen tomorrow. That was also a phase, this is also a phase,” Sushil said after evading the media for a good two hours on some pretext or the other.CWG 2018: Star India wrestler Sushil Kumar wins Gold in 74kg category”It’s all part of life. It’s nice that people expect so much from me,” he added with a smile on his face when the queries amplified on the turbulent build-up to the Games starting with the infamous trials in Delhi, where his supporters came to blows with those of his rival Parveen Rana.CWG 2018: Rahul Aware wins Gold in 57kg Freestyle WrestlingResponding to another query on the perhaps the same issue, although it was not specifically mentioned, Sushil offered an everyday life example to stress on his point.advertisement”In life, the moment you step out of the house, there are problems waiting for you. Sometimes you don’t get a bus. If you get the bus, you are caught in traffic. These things keep happening,” he said.WATCH: India bag six medals to take their medals tally to 31 on Day 8The 34-year-old former world champion also responded to questions on the status of his fitness, something that has never got a clear response from him in the last one year.”When I am fit, I try to ensure that I win in this way (the way he won today). When I am not fit, I don’t fight. I am fit right now,” he said in a crisp response.An accompalished attacker on the mat, Sushil’s defence while dealing with tricky questions was admirable too. When asked where he placed today’s medal given the circumstances leading upto it, he gave a nuanced response.”Every medal of mine is close to my heart and I believe that every medal that you win should be important to you. I have dedicated this medal to the children who died in the accident in Himachal Pradesh,” he said referring to the 27 children, who died after their bus fell into a gorge in Kangra valley.Sushil said this medal would join the several others in his cabinet and he would now train his sights on the next milestone, which in all likelihood, would be the Asian Games.”I will get back to training soon,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia coach ashamed of 5-0 loss vs Russia

first_imgSaudi Arabia were absolutely hammered by Russia 5-0 on the opening night of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday in what was a record win for the hosts.Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi described the loss as a “feeling of shame” as Russia’s victory at the Luzhniki Stadium was the biggest win for a host nation since 1934.As Russia made a dream start to the World Cup at home, courtesy Yury Gazinsky and Denis Cheryshev, Pizzi conceded that they actually did not have to make a huge effort against Saudi.Despite the fact that Russia had a woeful run of form ahead of the World Cup while Saudi earned a respectable 2-1 loss to Germany last week, it was the home team that trumped a completely scattered Saudi Arabian team.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”The opposing team really didn’t have to make a huge effort to win this game,” he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd. Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia was the biggest win for a host nation in a World Cup opener since 1934. (AP Photo)”We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match.”Yet given Saudi Arabia’s high turnover of coaches, including a previous mid-World Cup sacking, the Argentine-born Pizzi could well be on his way before he gets a chance to try and rectify the situation.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSHe conceded questions about his future after the heavy defeat were justified.advertisement”The way I feel right now makes that a valid point but whatever happens I’ve got my philosophy and I’ll try to do as best I can. I trust in our plans and I trust in my players and I trust we’ll have a better performance in our next game,” he said at the post-match news conference.Pizzi was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified last year for the finals. They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018 opens to music and President Putin’s warm welcomePizzi has been in charge for the last seven months and insisted the Saudis had shown much improvement since.”This game should not be a point of reference. We didn’t play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match,” he said.Saudi Arabia’s next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20.Also read – Russian police told to keep lid on bad news during FIFA World Cup”I believe that we came into this tournament well prepared and the players were ready to show that they could play at the World Cup. We did not show today what we have done in our previous games,” Pizzi said.Just a week ago, Saudi Arabia lost by a respectable 2-1 scoreline to Germany in their final warm-up game in Leverkusen.But if past history is anything to go by, Pizzi could well become the next coaching casualty of this tournament if Saudi authorities react with the emotive anger displayed in the past.Saudi Arabia fired Carlos Alberto Parreira after a 4-0 loss to hosts France in the group stages in 1998, even though four years earlier he had won the World Cup with his native Brazil.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Man Utd blow as Barca star talks up Griezmann move

first_imgTransfers Double blow for Man Utd? ‘Agent’ Umtiti pulling strings on Griezmann to Barcelona transfer Stephen Darwin 16:27 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann Samuel Umtiti Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Atlético Madrid Manchester United Primera División Premier League Antoine Griezmann The France centre-back claims he has been in “agent mode” and that he has been discussing the Liga club with his international team-mate Samuel Umtiti has revealed that he is happy at Barcelona and suggested he is trying to convince Antoine Griezmann to join him at the club.Reports have claimed Barca are keen on a summer deal for Atletico Madrid star Griezmann, and that they are set to go head-to-head with Manchester United for the Frenchman’s signature.Jose Mourinho has previously been quiet over Griezmann being a transfer target for the Red Devils, revealing last summer when quizzed about the forward that Ed Woodward knew the players he wanted to sign. 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 And with links to Barca continuing, Umtiti has revealed that he has been talking with his France international team-mate about the club, predicting that coach Ernesto Valverde will have to play with six attackers if Griezmann does join.He continued: “With Griezmann, I put myself in agent mode! It’s true that we talk a lot about it, but it was just to know what he thinks of Barca. If he comes, we will play with six attackers!”Regarding his own future and links with United, Umtiti has insisted he is happy at Barca and says that he is playing for the club he has always dreamed about.He added: “Barcelona was the club of my dreams, I joined them when I was 22. It was exceptional. And now, every day, I’m happy, whether it’s a match or in training. “Xavi thinks I’m the best central defender in the world? I’ve heard that, I’m very grateful, he’s a very smart player, he knows football, he knows what he’s saying. “As a central defender it’s very important to have that intelligence and to know how to get the ball out. In Barcelona I can take the risks without losing a lot of balls and help the team to move forward.”Barcelona are in Champions League action against Roma on Wednesday before they face Leganes in La Liga as they look to build on their nine-point lead at the top of the table.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zola

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zolaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Alvaro Morata is lacking confidence.The Spaniard has scored just five goals this season and has been linked with an exit this month.But Zola has assured fans that the goals “will come” from Morata.”Mainly it’s confidence. I’ve been a striker myself and when you get into these loops where you’re looking for the goal all the time and it doesn’t come, you lose confidence. “The less confidence you get the less you’re going to score. It’s one of those things that happens frequently with all players.”Alvaro has to understand for us it’s important when he scores, but also when he comes and plays and does all the things important for the club. The goal has to be only a consequence of what you do for the team. The way we play always helps the front players to score. But, you have to keep working for the team to participate to the process. The goal will come.” last_img read more

9 days agoLjungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departs

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ljungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg could be the man to take on the managerial job at the club next season.The Gunners are not thinking about sacking coach Unai Emery imminently.But the Spaniard is on thin ice, as fans are unhappy with the team’s performances so far this season.If Arsenal do not finish in the top four or win the Europa League, Emery would likely depart.And notoriously reliable journalist David Ornstein, who works for The Athletic, claims the club see Ljungberg as the natural successor to Emery.He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.”He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.” last_img read more

Marathassa Confirmed as Source of English Bay Spill

first_imgzoom Brand-new 81,000 DWT cargo ship named Marathassa has been confirmed as the source of the toxic bunker oil spill in English Bay that took place on April 8th, the Canadian Coast Guard informed.The ship was just recently delivered to its owner and was anchored in the bay within its maiden voyage.According to the Coast Guard Captain Roger Girouard, around 3,000 litres had spilled into the water out of which 1,400 litres of the substance had already been skimmed from the water by crews that worked Thursday night. The spill was contained as of Thursday afternoon.The ship remains at anchor wrapped in boom, the Coast Guard said, adding that crews are preparing to clean the strip of oil around the MV Marathassa waterline.According to the most recent updates, over-flight assessments revealed that less than ½ a litre of oil remains on the water. “Now that the Marathassa is confirmed as the source of the pollution, Canadians should be assured that the owner of the vessel is responsible for covering the costs of the operation. The Government of Canada put a number of measures in place to prevent and respond to oil spills; one of those is polluter-pays legislation,“Jody Thomas, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement.The Marathassa’s owner, Greece-based Alassia NewShips Management Inc., said that an investigation into the cause of the spill is underway stressing its commitment to a full and professional clean-up.The company added that it would meet all its legal obligations arising from the spill.The Coast Guard’s response to the spill has been vehemently criticized by the British Columbia officials saying that the reaction was too slow allowing for the oil slick to reach the beaches.“It took them six hours to get booms in place … in the busiest port in Canada where they have all the resources,” British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark is cited by Reuters as saying.“There will not be any expansion of heavy oil movement out of this port or any other port in British Columbia until we get world-class spill response, period.”However, the claims were refuted by Girouard stressing that containing 80 percent of a spill inside 36 hours cannot be called inadequate.According to Thomas, the next phase of dealing with this incident will be the shore-based clean-up efforts.“As we would for every significant incident, and as previously committed, the Canadian Coast Guard and its partners will perform a complete analysis of the entire response to this incident, from the initial call, to the official end of the operation,” he added.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Canadian Coast Guardlast_img read more

Jets Naresh Goyal wife stopped from going abroad

first_imgMumbai: Former chairman of Jet Airways Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal were denied permission to travel abroad Saturday by the immigration authority at Mumbai airport, sources said.The couple was to travel by Dubai-bound Emirates flight EK 507 when the immigration authority denied them permission to fly, they said. The checked in baggage, which was in the name of Anita Goyal, was also offloaded from the flight. The flight was scheduled to depart at 3.35 pm. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistNaresh Goyal could not be reached for comments. Response to a query sent to Emirates was also awaited. Last month, Jet Airways officers and staff association president Kiran Pawaskar had written to the Mumbai police commissioner that the passports of Goyal and other directors and senior members of the Jet Airways management be impounded as the airline had not paid salaries to its employees for several months. Naresh Goyal, along with Anita Goyal, had resigned from the board of Jet Airways, which he founded 26 years ago, in March following a debt restructuring plan. He had also resigned as the airline chairman.last_img read more

UNICEF urges protection of children amid violent clashes in Egypt

22 December 2011The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged Egyptian authorities to protect children from violence due to demonstrations in the capital, Cairo, and called for investigations into incidents which caused injury or death as well as proper care for victims. “In the last six days, the numbers of killed, injured and detained children have reached alarming levels,” said Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in the country.According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 15 people have died and more than 800 were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters in Cairo last week. Egyptian child rights organizations reported that at least two children died, tens were injured, and 69 were put in detention in the same period.Mr. Duamelle called on authorities to protect children in accordance with Egyptian and international human rights law to prevent them from falling victim to violence or unnecessarily witnessing acts of violence.“Too often children are caught in the spiraling violence. Reports and first-hand testimony by children paint a graphic picture of how the latest confrontations affect them,” Mr. Duamelle said. “Such disregard for children’s rights and safety must be condemned and must cease immediately.”Several UN officials have voiced their concern at the fresh round of violence in Cairo, where demonstrators have again taken to the streets in protests against the military government that assumed power earlier this year after the toppling of the long-standing regime of Hosni Mubarak. read more

UNESCO chief welcomes release of jailed Cuban journalist

“Many people around the world are delighted with this news,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said after Raúl Rivero Castañeda, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in April 2003 alongside 25 other journalists handed long jail terms, was freed. “This is a sign of hope for all imprisoned journalists throughout the world,” he added. Mr. Rivero is the Laureate of the 2004 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize and Mr. Matsuura said he looked forward to rewarding him in person with the prize the agency gave him in absentia earlier in the year. Mr. Matsuura has repeatedly stressed the essential role the media play in a democratic society, and this year alone he has issued many denunciations of the murder of reporters around the world, declaring that “attacks on journalists must be treated as attacks on society and on rule of law.” read more

Toronto stock market closes higher amid China data and strong commodity prices

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ended Thursday with a solid three-digit gain as it was lifted by strong advances in the gold, metals and materials sectors, along with positive economic data from China.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 140.19 points to 12,552.92, while the Canadian dollar surged 0.92 of a cent to 96.86 cents US.The commodities-heavy TSX was boosted by figures from China that showed exports and imports both increased in July, beating expectations and easing concerns over a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. Exports were up 5.1 per cent from a year earlier, while imports jumped 10.9 per cent.“It’s a combination of things. There’s some positive data out of China today that is likely supporting the commodities space, both on the materials and energy side,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“Overall, the earnings are definitely helping, but there is definitely a macro story to it as well.”The positive data also helped push December gold bullion ahead $24.60 to US$1,309.90 an ounce, while copper climbed nine cents to $3.27. The September crude oil contract moved down 97 cents to US$103.40 a barrel.The exchange was helped by strong gains in the metals and mining sector, which rose by 7.36 per cent, as shares in Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) climbed more than 12 per cent to $5.10 after it announced an $600-million loan from Rio Tinto PLC that will help it fund its $6.2 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia. Shares in Thompson Creek Metals Co. (TSX:TCM) also gained 11.74 per cent to $3.30 after it announced the name of a new chief executive.Nearly all sectors were up on the TSX, except for energy, telecom and utilities.U.S. indexes also registered some gains after being mixed for most of the day. The Dow Jones industrials was ahead 27.65 points to 15,498.32, the Nasdaq climbed 15.12 points to 3,669.12, while the S&P 500 went up 6.57 points to 1,697.48.Watson said the fluctuations in the U.S. markets shouldn’t worry investors too much, considering the indexes are faring well overall year-to-date.“Sometimes, in terms of that momentum we’ve been getting based off of economic data or earnings reports, it’s just tough sometimes to keep that momentum going,” he said.“We’ve had a really good stretch here since the beginning of July up until now. I think the market is just pacing itself, more than anything else.”In economic news, the latest figures showed that the number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits over the past month has fallen to its lowest level in almost six years, signalling fewer layoffs and a strengthening U.S. economy.The U.S. Labor Department says the four-week average dropped 6,250 to 335,500 — the lowest level since November 2007, the month before the Great Recession began.For the past few months, concerns have been raised about when the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin pulling back on its monetary stimulus by tapering its current $85-billion bond-buying program. Signs that it may happen sooner rather than later have prompted markets to get nervous any time the Fed gives away clues on the timing of this pullback.The markets had a lot to digest Thursday, as several major Canadian corporations from a variety of sectors came in with their latest earnings.Shares in retailer Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) closed at a record for the year, up 7.11 per cent or $5.94 at $89.45 after significantly beating analyst estimates. It said it earned $154.9 million in its second quarter and said it was looking for a financial partner for its credit card business. Its record share price for the last 52 weeks was $87.45. The retailer provided few details on its plan, but said it would reduce the financing risk of funding its credit card assets.Movie exhibitor Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) saw its stock closed at a record, up $2.48 or 6.61 per cent, at $40 after it reported a profit of $28.5 million in the second quarter on $301.6 million of revenue overall. The results were up from $21 million or 34 cents per share on $263.7 million in revenue a year ago. Its last record share price was $38.80.Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) reported core earnings, which strip out a number of one-time charges, of $609 million or 31 cents per share, up from $599 million or 30 cents per share a year ago. Analysts had been looking 34 cents per share of core earnings, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters. Its shares finished down 25 cents, or 1.39 per cent, at $17.79.There was little reaction to Quebecor’s (TSX:QBR.B) shares after the CRTC rejected Sun News Network’s request to be carried on basic cable, saying that the upstart network does not meet the criteria for a mandatory distribution order.The media giant, which owns the channel, saw its stock gain 25 cents or 0.53 per cent to $47.10 at the close. Quebecor also reported a $45.1-million net loss attributable to shareholders and $52.9 million of adjusted income from continuing operations for its second quarter. The adjusted earnings equal 85 cents per basic share, up from 72 cents per share or $46.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.Telecommunications giants BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), Telus (TSX:T) and potash producer Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) were also among the other major corporations that reporting earnings. Toronto stock market closes higher amid China data and strong commodity prices by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2013 8:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ramphal says ICJs decision on border controversy will be binding

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBorder Controversy: Guyana’s case for ICJ ‘in good hands’ – Sir RamphalMarch 22, 2018In “latest news”Guyana/ Venezuela border controversy case filed with ICJMarch 29, 2018In “latest news”BORDER CONTROVERSY: Guyana on track to make submissions to World Court – GreenidgeOctober 17, 2018In “latest news” Guyana-born international diplomat Sir Shridath Ramphal today (Wednesday) said that the decision taken by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy would be legally binding and hence would have to be accepted by the parties involved.Sir Shridath Ramphal“The decision of the court will be binding. It is not going to be in an advisory capacity. Unfortunately, some pretty wild things have been said in Guyana which are far from legally accurate… Don’t be misguided by these wild opinions. This is not a time for Guyana  to argue these issues in Guyana with Guyana,” he said.Speaking during a side interview at the opening of inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Exhibition (GIPEX) summit at the Marriott Hotel this morning, Ramphal said whether or not Venezuela heeded the advice of the United Nations and went to the ICJ to fight the matter, “Guyana is moving forward.”He related that the process to have a final settlement to this issue could take years, which to a large extent has a lot to do with how Venezuela responds to the matter.He has also advised that the team that won the border matter against Suriname should be reassembled to handle the border controversy with Venezuela.The international diplomat, who also happens to be Guyana’s top legal adviser in the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, told the media today that finding the legal fees to pay a team to represent Guyana is miniature.Venezuela has already rejected the decision taken by the UN to have the border controversy settled by the ICJ.The Guyana Government had said it plans to use a signing bonus of US$18M received from ExxonMobil to stand the expense of a legal team. read more

STILL IN THE RACE Wisla Plock win in Szeged

1.Vardar9720240:20916 7.Wisla Plock10127268:2934 Orlen Wisla Plock are again in the game for TOP 16! The Polish vice-champions won in Szeged 25:24 to stay competitive with the IFK Kristianstad and RK PPD Zagreb in the race for the sixth place which lead at knock-out stage of the European elite competition…MOL-PICK Szeged – Orlen Wisla Plock 24-25 (12-14)MOL-PICK Szeged: Sego – Sostaric 1, Balogh 6/2, Skube, Bánhidi 3, Gorbok, Källman 2, T. Petrus 1, Gaber 2, Zsitnyikov 4, Bodó 5, Blazevic, Fekete B. Wisla Plock: Morawski – Daszek 1, Toledo 7, M. Gebala 3, N. Obradovic 1, Duarte 4, Krajewski. Borbély, Tarabochia 1, Racotea 4, Zabic 2, Ghionea 1, Mihic 1, S. Ivic. STANDINGS: 6.Kristianstad9225237:2716 8.PPD Zagreb10127250:2904 2.Nantes9612263:25213 3.Barcelona9522272:24512 5.Szeged10415297:2869 4.Rhein-Neckar10442287:26812 ← Previous Story GERMANY 2017 – Day 2: 11 matches in all four groups Next Story → Brazil escapes from Japanese nightmare read more

Lil Android Stocking Stuffer for Android Lovers

first_imgWhat should you get as a Christmas stocking stuffer for the Android lover in your life? How about one of these cute li’l Androids? At a recent visit to New York City vinyl toy emporium and art gallery My Plastic Heart I found a stock of these $7.50 collectible Android figurines, part of a limited edition created by artist Andrew Bell. The figurines are sold out on Bell’s Web site, but they’re still available through My Plastic Heart’s Web shop.Bell’s limited-run li’l Androids sell out very quickly; a special “snowman” edition sold out within days. So if you’re an Android fan, I’d snap up these little guys from My Plastic Heart (or any other store where you find ’em) pretty quickly. If they run out, maybe you can go with one of ThinkGeek’s plush Androids.(Full disclosure: My Plastic Heart, as an art gallery, also shows my wife Leontine Greenberg’s paintings.)last_img read more

I had to look after this puppy when I could barely look

first_img https://the42.ie/3849940 She was kind of the guinea pig because in Ireland, we didn’t have much knowledge around it and we didn’t have much support, so my parents had to sell their business in France to send her to the Olympics in 2002 and figure out what worked and what didn’t with her.”While it was overshadowed to a degree by Clifton Wrottesley’s incredible fourth-place finish in the skeleton, Tamsen impressed too with a creditable 35th-place finish out of 70 competitors in the women’s slalom ski race.The achievements by Tamsen and later Kirsty were remarkable at a time when winter sports in Ireland were in their infancy. Resources were minimal, to the extent that training with other countries was the norm.“We were really lucky,” McGarry recalls. “When we decided that it was something we wanted to try, we didn’t really have a coach or a team in Ireland. [My parents] obviously put a lot of support into us. Thankfully, they don’t regret it.“I tried skiing a bit with the British team and I did a bit with the French, but you’re always the outsider. So we would have to pay to train with them and the coaches are always focusing on the others really, because you’re not really part of their teams — that was always a bit difficult.”Nevertheless, the younger McGarry was still talented enough to follow in her sister’s footsteps and qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Four years earlier, she had been in boarding school in Rathdown, while Tamsen was making Irish sporting history.“I didn’t even get to watch it, because they didn’t show it on TV,” she recalls. “So that was disappointing, but I knew she was there and I know she’d achieved her dream.” Kirsten McGarry’s sister Tamsen was the first-ever female athlete to represent Ireland at the Winter Olympics. Source: EMPICS SportThe odds were stacked against her, but McGarry was well aware of the importance of retaining a positive attitude during her skiing exploits.“I saw it when I was at the Junior Olympics one year,” she says. “Obviously some of the smaller nations used to stick around together because we didn’t have big teams.“A Belgian girl, and I’ll never forget this, she said: ‘You know, look at what [the bigger teams] have — they have a physio with them, they have coaches, they have ski technicians. We have nothing, we’re never going to make it.’ I just thought: ‘She will be out of the sport by the end of the year,’ because as soon as you start thinking like that, you’re done for.“The way I saw it was how well we’re doing with what little we have. I beat the French team girls and I thought: ‘It’s amazing, because I have literally half what they have.’”When her big day arrived and McGarry’s Winter Olympics debut occurred, she admits to being “very nervous”.Wrottesley, the hero of four years previously, was now chef de mission, and the younger McGarry sister carried the hopes of a nation on her shoulders.I’d gone to a World Cup a couple of months before just to get used to that atmosphere. Even then, it was really intense, you’re thinking: ‘Should I really be here?’“But on the day, I tended to be good at bigger events, I managed to pull it out and I was beating a lot of people, even at the World Cup, and I was quite close, compared to what I thought I’d be, to the winner.“Then you get to the Olympics and I suppose the good thing is, you have the smaller countries that I would have trained with and seen on the circuit. I had a lot of friends there, which is really nice, so you have a lot of people you can train with and hang out with even though you’re a smaller team.“You’ve worked four years of your life for a competition in my case that’s about a minute, so if you make one tiny mistake, that’s technically four years of your life [down the drain].“So yeah, it’s absolutely nerve-racking, but you know that’s part of sport and then I went to university afterwards and I was wondering why everyone was so nervous around exam time. The way I looked at it was: ‘Well, if you fail, you can just repeat, this is nothing.’“So for life, having that level of pressure and stress is good because other things don’t really hit you as hard later.“It really is [character building]. And I used to be really shy. Having to do things like that force you to grow a lot as a person, definitely.” Kirsty McGarry leads her team out during the opening ceremony for the Winter Games in the Olympic Stadium in Turin. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesAnd like her sister was for the Salt Lake City Games, McGarry was Ireland’s flag bearer in 2006.“The best experience of my entire life and nothing’s going to top it,” she says. “People love Ireland, and just walking out into the stadium with millions of people and the roar even compared to the teams around you, when you’re filled with adrenaline, I remember people waved their flags a bit… I’m getting emotional even talking about it. I think I was the only person who did not take a rest [when flag waving]. Your chest is exploding with pride. Definitely, nothing’s ever going to top that.”Despite the great pressure of expectation, a 20-year-old McGarry ultimately produced a very respectable performance, finishing 32nd in the giant slalom. Less than favourable conditions did not help matters, but the Dubliner was content at managing to ski to the best of her abilities on the day.“I suppose my goal was really to beat all the smaller nations and I definitely did that,” she adds.“I was the best of all the smaller nations. I was lucky, in the big events, it did kind of suit me, a lot of the girls [that I beat] had beaten me earlier that season.“Conditions were really icy and really tough. All the other teams had ski technicians whereas I had to [look after] my own skis.I was making sure my edges were sharp enough for the ice and I sliced my hand open when I skied the day before the slalom. They couldn’t stitch it, because it would have been too painful, so they just put a bandage on. ‘A lot of people don’t like me on the pitch but I’m probably not a bad fella off it’>‘Be prepared for the drop after the peak’: the stark realities of being an Irish winter athlete> Image: William Cherry 20,234 Views ‘I had to look after this puppy when I could barely look after myself’ Irish Alpine skier Kirsty McGarry chats to The42 about representing Ireland twice at the Winter Olympics and the difficult aftermath. Short URL 7 Comments Feb 18th 2018, 8:00 AM Ireland’s Kirsten McGarry pictured during the 2010 Winter Olympics.center_img Ireland’s Kirsten McGarry pictured during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Image: William Cherry Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 8:00 AM Share153 Tweet Email1 “I was really happy, I got a finish and I beat all the girls I wanted to and I was the closest to the winner [in the event] that we’ve had so far. But hopefully, it won’t stand for long and we can get some good athletes through.”McGarry would return to the Vancouver Olympics four years later — a feat she describes as a “bonus,” given that she had started a degree in Physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland by then and so her focus was “divided”. On the plus side, though, having university to think about as well did alleviate some of the pressure that goes with skiing and consequently improved the Irish athlete’s performance to an extent.The whole experience in Canada was also much more pleasant than it had been in Turin.“The Olympic Village in Italy was thrown up very quickly, there was mud everywhere, I don’t think it was quite ready for the athletes when they came in,” she remembers.“The drains, definitely by the smell, weren’t done, a lot of us got sick. So Vancouver, Olympic village-wise [was better organised].“All the helpers, everyone was really nice. Luckily, everyone loves the Irish, which is really lovely to go anywhere abroad. People are really open to you and supportive. People are cheering you on.“The other thing was that a lot of the staff in the pubs and stuff were Irish, so they came to support me on the hill. I’d be coming down from training, there’d be Irish people around, which was really lovely to see, that people were aware what was going on.”Nevertheless, the day before the Slalom event, McGarry was overcome with nerves. A reassuring phone conversation with her sister, one of the few people who had first-hand experience of what she was going through, helped the younger sibling to regain her composure. Ireland’s Kirsten McGarry during her second run in the Women’s Giant Slalom at the 2010 Olympic Games at Whistler Creekside. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe eventual outcome, however, was unfortunate, as McGarry was disqualified from her event. One of her ski bindings was deemed to be a millimetre too thick, ending her participation in the competition before she even got the chance of a second run.“When you finish, they measure your bindings, and it was only one of my skis, so it must have come out,” she explains.“I was obviously very upset at the time, because my time [59.28 seconds] was really good.“To be honest, that’s what I took from that: even though I was really nervous, I still managed to pull out a really good run, and no one can take that from me.“When I look back on it, I’m still really happy with what I did. I’ve no major regret there, which is nice.” McGarry competed on the same team as a number of other Irish athletes, including Patrick Shannon. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesMcGarry was still just 24 by the time the Vancouver Games came to a close, but she had enough of high-level sport and in particular, the inevitable politics that goes with it, by that stage. Instead, she chose to put all her focus back into university and her degree.In many ways though, life post-Olympics can be just as challenging as those months and days leading up to the big event, but for different reasons.“I didn’t get it so much after Turin, because I think I was straight back into competition again,” she recalls. “But after Vancouver, I came back to university and I definitely had a major low, to be honest. It was a big change to come back from the Olympic circuit, it really is, and then to come back and be sitting in a lecture, it’s a big shock to the system and I definitely had a few weeks where I found that really tough, but I suppose I wasn’t going to nothing.“I still had goals and exams to pass. There was obviously only so much [dwelling on it] I could do before I could really get back into college again, so in that way, I was lucky, but I did experience a major down and if I didn’t have uni to fall back on, I could imagine it would be worse.For four years, there’s a focus in your mind for this day or two. Even when you’re still there at the end, I went to watch the other guys in the team compete — there’s the closing ceremony and then we go out a little bit after the closing ceremony.“Even when you’re at the Olympics, you’re still training every day that you’re not competing. You’re trying to eat well, you’re doing your gym in the afternoon. You have that for four years and then suddenly, you get a bit of a break afterwards.“It’s a big change physically as well, especially sitting in a lecture theatre with a sore back.”So how did McGarry get out of this tailspin?“When I came back from Vancouver, my family must have been away, so I was on my own. My sister got a new puppy — so I had to look after this puppy when I could barely look after myself with that low, because my family were away. When they then came back after a couple of weeks, my sister must have been doing something and my parents were supporting her, that helped me get back to normality. There’s nothing like family to help you get back on your feet again.“I think family and close friends are probably the thing that helped most, and having a routine. I don’t know, but I can imagine if you don’t still have a routine where you have to be getting up really early every day, then that would be more difficult.” Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeMcGarry, who also recently took up horse riding, has not stopped skiing entirely since 2010. Three years ago, in the Giant Slalom element of the competition, she won the first part of the Inferno Downhill in the Swiss Alps, which is dubbed ‘the world’s craziest race,’ an event that has been taking place annually since 1928.It meant more history was created by the Dubliner, as McGarry became the first athlete from Britain or Ireland to win at the Inferno series for almost half a century, beating countless fellow male and female competitors in the process.Last January, she was back competing in the longest downhill race in the world once again and emulated her previous achievement.I won the GS again, but I messed up in the Downhill [a subsequent event],” she adds. “It’s really tough, so it does motivate me to keep myself fit all year.”For the most part though, it is through McGarry’s work and academic life rather than her increasingly sporadic sporting one that she sates the burning competitive desire inside her, a factor that makes the Dubliner so remarkably talented in a number of disciplines. In addition to working as a chartered physiotherapist, she is now back studying medicine, as if competing in two Olympics and everything that came with it wasn’t enough on its own.“Even when I was working, I wanted to be the best physio. I wanted to keep learning, I wanted to do courses. I find I’m quite empathetic as well, so I really want to do the best for each patient and person. Even when I was in college and doing exams, [my competitiveness] definitely came into everyday life.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Paul Fennessy Follow us: the42.ie IRISH WINTER OLYMPIANS are not exactly 10 a penny.Even rarer are those Games-bound athletes who were born in Ireland and actually spent a good portion of their upbringing in the country.Yet there are a few exceptions to the general rule, and Kirsty McGarry is one. And while there have not been many top-level Alpine Skiers from Dalkey, there was still an element of fate to McGarry’s story. After all, her parents first met on a ski instructor course. They proceeded to set up a business in France and the couple would invariably spend winters there, teaching the sport, while remaining in Ireland for the rest of the year.“Pretty much when I was born, I was out there for winter, so I was lucky enough to grow up with a bit of snow and get used to it that way,” McGarry tells The42.The result of this unusual upbringing was not one but two remarkably talented athletes. McGarry’s older sister Tamsen competed at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, in the process becoming the first female Irish Winter Olympian ever. In order to realise this dream, however, the family were forced to make huge sacrifices. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Drogheda 16yearold missing since Saturday found safe and well

first_img Jun 19th 2017, 10:51 PM Image: Sam Boal 8 Comments Image: Sam Boal A TEENAGER MISSING reported missing from Drogheda has been found safe and well.Gardaí said that Natasha McNeill was located.The force thanked the public for their assistance and said that no further action was required.Read: Children as young as 7 being blackmailed with their own sexual images by online criminals> Drogheda 16-year-old missing since Saturday found safe and well Gardaí said no further action was needed. http://jrnl.ie/3453165 Share875 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,499 Views Monday 19 Jun 2017, 10:51 PM By Cliodhna Russelllast_img read more

Dracopoulos There is no greater thing than the love for ones country

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Not many people can say that they have received Greece’s highest civilian honour, but among those who can, president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Andreas Dracopoulos is a worthy recipient.On Monday he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Honor by Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in a special ceremony held at the Presidential Mansion in Athens.The medal, according to Mr Pavlopoulos who spoke at the event, is an expression of Greece’s gratitude for the significant contribution made to the country by the SNF and Mr Dracopoulos.Just recently the Foundation made a multi-million euro donation to improve the country’s healthcare.“With this truly massive contribution, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, under your leadership, continues the tradition of national benefactors,” said Mr Pavlopoulos.“Not only is it continuing it, but because of the size of the donations it surpasses this tradition, opens new horizons and constitutes an example to follow for many others.”Mr Dracopoulos made a heartfelt speech in response to Mr Pavlopoulos’ address, expressing his own gratitude for the award, and dedicated it to all who go above and beyond to assist their fellow citizens and to inspire others.“The honour bestowed upon me today is a reward for all of us – Stavros Niarchos, all my colleagues at the Foundation and all the donees-associates of the Foundation, my family, my friends who have stood by me in my life, through good and bad. It is an honour that I carry in my soul and which I bequeath to my children as a real badge and a reminder that there is no greater thing than the love for one’s country, as each of us defines it,” he said.“Our country is our home, it is our homeland, our family and our friends, our country is any land that adopts us, encourages us to create, to offer, to return to it. Our country is our world.”last_img read more

Water main break blocks off area in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A water main break affected traffic in an area of Miami, Monday morning.The area, near Southwest 32nd Avenue and Southwest 27th Street, was blocked off by Miami Police as crews worked to clean the scene. According to officials, it was a 16-inch water main break.Miami Police detoured commuters near Southwest 32nd Avenue in both directions between Southwest 25th Street and South Dixie Highway as the cleanup crews were on the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img