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India’s Missing Girls

first_imgStanding in front of his small brick home, in a courtyard where the dirt has been packed down by generations of barefoot children, the middle-aged mustard farmer doesn’t bother to hide his exhaustion.“Only someone who has been through something like this can understand the size of my catastrophe,” said Sukhpal Singh Tomar. For years, he has struggled to find some reason for his suffering, but has come up with little. He shrugged: “It must be my karma.”The catastrophe? His daughters – all eight – so many he sometimes stumbles over their names. But his wife, Shanti, never forgets, and the words spill from her like a breathless prayer: “Anu-Jyoti-Poonam-Roshni-Sheetal-Bindu-Chandni-Shezal.” They have been born in a country leaping headfirst into the globalized world but still holding tight to a preference for boys, enlarging an ever-widening gender imbalance in the second most populous nation on earth.Tomar, 50, said his wife had also had three abortions. Asked if the intent had been to abort female fetuses, he looked silently at the ground.“It would have been easier to have a son. Even just one,” said Shanti, 38, whose stringy hair and worn skin make her look 20 years older. She’s holding their youngest girl, 3-month-old Shezal.Much has changed in this village since the Tomars’ first daughter was born 19 years ago. Electricity arrived, and later the first cell phones. The number of tractors has quadrupled. Today, the village’s girls attend the local primary school just like its boys.“There’s more money here now, and more education. But it’s still in the back of everyone’s mind: ‘I must have a male child,”‘ said Madhur Gurhan, the obstetrician who runs the public hospital’s maternity ward in Morena, the largest nearby city. “The money doesn’t change that.”It has long been clear that India has a deep-seated preference for boys. By 2001, researchers estimated the country had anywhere from 20 million to 40 million “missing” girls from sex-selective abortions made available through the spread of ultrasound technology.But as India modernizes – as places like Singhpura become small towns, as towns become cities and as India’s once-overwhelming poverty is slowly supplanted by an increasingly educated middle class that wants fewer children – researchers say the problem is only getting worse.“We’re now dealing with attitudes that are spreading,” said Sabu George, a prominent activist against the practice. “It’s frightening what we’re heading to.”While the next national census will not be done until 2011, giving a detailed overall picture, study after study has found an increasingly grim situation even as India’s middle class grows.While researchers once thought education and wealth would dampen the preference for boys, the reverse has turned out to be true.According to UNICEF, about 7,000 fewer girls than expected are born every day in India. The British medical journal The Lancet estimates that up to 500,000 female fetuses are being aborted every year. This in a country where abortion is legal but sex-determination tests were outlawed in 1991 – a law nearly impossible to enforce, since ultrasound tests leave no trace.For a recent report, the group ActionAid sent interviewers to 6,000 households in five north Indian regions. In Punjab state, researchers found rural areas with just 500 girls for every 1,000 boys, and communities of high-caste urbanites with just 300 girls per 1,000.Around Morena, in an increasingly urbanized part of Madhya Pradesh state, the 2001 census found a total of 851 girls per 1,000 boys – a number ActionAid found had dropped to 842.Researchers say pressure for smaller families is the most immediate problem.“Squeeze on family size is fueling the trend,” said ActionAid researcher Jyoti Sapru. “For households expressing preference for one child only, they want to make sure it is a son.”If India is changing dramatically, the rationale for preferring boys remains fixed: Boys don’t need the dowries that can cripple a family financially; boys stay home after marrying and help care for aging parents; Hinduism dictates that only boys can light their parents’ funeral pyres. Over the past decade, the government and aid agencies have spent millions of dollars on everything from poster campaigns to television ads to soap operas, all urging families to accept daughters. Governments have repeatedly vowed to crack down on clinics that perform sex-determination tests, yet these remain readily available.Around here, they cost about $60, or five times the cost of a legal ultrasound. Prosecutions are extremely rare.The number of lost girls is almost sure to increase.India’s growing middle class means far more people can afford ultrasound tests. Increased urbanization means easier access to the machines. And as family sizes drop, the pressure to have boys intensifies.The statistics tell this story starkly: In 1981, when ultrasound technology was rare here, India had 962 girls for every 1,000 boys. That’s roughly what nature dictates.But by 1991, as ultrasound technology began spreading, 962 had tumbled to 945. Ten years later, it was 927. In some parts of the country, particularly parts of north India where the preference for boys can be traced back for centuries, the ratio plummeted.What remains unclear are the long-term affects. Activists say the laws of supply and demand don’t apply in the face of such powerful cultural norms – and the shortage of potential brides has done nothing to make girls seem more valuable.“The girl is like someone else’s property – she’s going to leave one day,” said Hema Singhal, an ob-gyn who runs a small medical center in Morena with her husband.Tomar, a man drowning in daughters, is an aberration in his village.“Look around, you don’t see many other girls here,” he said.While no one will admit openly to having sex-selective abortions, the practice is clearly common. It’s clear in nearby villages, where girls are rarely seen. It’s clear in classrooms, where boys can outnumber girls by five to one.It’s very clear in the birth records in Gurhan’s maternity ward, in a desperately underfunded and filthy government hospital, where nearly every day the newborn boys outnumber the girls.Clusters of grandmothers stand outside the delivery room, waiting to carry their newborn grandchildren to the recovery rooms.When it’s a boy, their faces are lit with a protective gaze.But if it’s a girl the grimness is often palpable. And the mothers-in-law plod behind the mother’s gurney, walking unlit hallways scattered with litter.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Sehwag out of ODI against SA

first_imgThe Indian cricket team has suffered a big blow ahead of its ODI against South Africa.Opener Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the oly ODI to be played from January 12. Sehwag has been advised rest for his injured shoulder keeping in mind the World Cup in February next year. Rohit Sharma will be replacing Sehwag in the squad. Murali Vijay will stay back in South Africa for the ODI as the 17th member of the squad.  India has only five ODIs in hand to prepare for the World Cup.last_img

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Too Hot for Lifejackets: Rules Loosened at Sizzling Olympic Sailing Test

first_img heatlife jacketsOlympic test eventsailing First Published: August 22, 2019, 6:18 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Tokyo: Sailing authorities have loosened the rules on lifejackets at their Tokyo 2020 Olympic test event to help athletes cool down, the latest sport to take measures to beat sweltering heat in the Japanese capital.Fears over intense heat and humidity in the Tokyo summer have crystallised at several test events in recent weeks, with some competitors and spectators taken ill and other events curtailed. Competitors in the windsurfing final on Wednesday were permitted to remove their lifejackets, revealed Rio Olympics gold medallist Charline Picon.”The doctors realised that (the heat) was too fierce, that (the jackets) were increasing our heat levels and that it could be dangerous. We took them off. Everyone is feeling their way,” said Picon.French team doctor Fanny Mevellec said the heat “requires additional physical effort to achieve equal performance. It also creates significantly more fatigue”.”This year, we are able to wear cooling jackets (with ice packs), and the international federation is changing the lycra we wear, which is too tight and not ventilated and which can provoke heatstroke,” said Mevellec.Despite these changes, not everything is “in perfect working order”, said the medical expert, who added however that the heat and humidity had not come as a surprise. “We knew exactly where we were going.”The World Sailing federation said it was closely monitoring the situation and could further tweak the rules depending on conditions.”We have to be very careful with the heat, clearly. It’s much hotter than the last two Olympics venues and many of the venues that we are used to,” acknowledged Alastair Fox, director of events at World Sailing.”We’re looking at potential rules to put in place next year to keep the athletes safe and not get too hot and unable to compete,” added Fox.Some of the regulations under consideration are a compulsory break for athletes to cool down or an upper limit for water temperature.Marathon swimming — whose water-temperature limit of 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) was nearly breached at a test event earlier this month — has been brought forward to earlier in the morning to avoid the heat.But sailing needs to take other conditions into account, said Fox.”Of course, starting racing earlier in the day is a nice idea but if there is no wind we can’t race.”YOU NEED TO ACCEPT ITMany athletes said they simply had to come to terms with the heat.”The first thing that you need to do is to accept it,” said double Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe from the Netherlands.”They had a lot of trouble with this year’s Tour de France with the heat and they said: ‘We shouldn’t be cycling.’ You can’t stop the Tour de France!” said the Dutchman.”The Tour goes on and it’s the same with the Olympics. The Olympics doesn’t stop for one day of heat, it goes on. So you have to be better prepared for it.”Japanese Finn sailor Hajime Kokumai said there was no need to wear cooling jackets and that he kept well hydrated and protected from the direct sun.”Two or three years ago, it was 45 degrees. This year, it’s not that hot,” he said.Meanwhile, the sailing federation appeared to tone down its earlier criticism of the venue that revolved around a potential clash with fishermen.”We’re very happy with the competition and the way that has gone,” said Fox.”I think there’re still a lot that needs to be done onshore. We need a lot more work around the venue and athlete services, but I think we are on track to have a great Olympic Games.” last_img read more

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Mumbai Indians sign Jerome Taylor as Malinga’s replacement,Mumbai Indians sign Jerome Taylor as Malinga’s replacement

first_imgIPL 2016 cricket West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor. File Photo   –  Reuters April 27, 2016 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor. File Photo   –  Reuters Mumbai Indians (MI) have roped in West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor to replace injured Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL).“Mumbai Indians have called up West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor to replace the injured Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga for the remainder of the VIVO IPL 2016,” the franchise said in a statement.Taylor will be available for selection for MI subject to the completion of contractual paperwork formalities. The pacer has previously played in IPL and has represented Kings XI Punjab and the Pune franchise.Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Malinga was ruled out after the medical team found him unfit because of a recurring knee injury.He has played 98 matches in the IPL since joining the Mumbai Indians in 2009 season. COMMENT Lasith Malinga was ruled out after the medical team found him unfit because of a recurring knee injury. Published on × COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Panathinaikos Beats Olympiakos Again

first_imgOlympiakos may be the champion of European basketball but it still can’t find a way to beat its Greek nemesis, Panathinaikos, which delivered a second defeat to the Reds, 58-48, in a tense game at the Olympic Sports Hall.In a rivalry as taut as the Celtics-Lakers in the NBA, the two teams locked horns again just as Panathinaikos shows signs of surging and Olympiakos has been playing lethargically, both in domestic and European competition.Panathinaikos was led again by , on the other hand, owes its triumph to the energy and passion shown by James Gist from, who played for Maryland, and Brooklyn’s Ramel Curry, who scored  10 and 12 points respectively, and has now opened a three-point gap from the Reds with 12 games left to play.Last month the Greens beat Olympiakos by eight points at home. With the new loss, the champions have fallen to third in the Greek league behind Panionios, which climbed into second after beating Panelefsiniakos easily, 92-70.The competition is even fiercer at the bottom of the league with the last six teams within one point of each other in the standings. Ikaros Halkidas came off the bottom with a precious 89-78 home win over AGO Rethymnou, while Apollon Patras defeated host Ilisiakos 76-67 to avoid dropping into the relegation zone with Ikaros and IlisiakosNea Kifissia is now joint fifth after beating Trikala 97-85, to go level on points with KAO Dramas, which lost 77-59 at Aris, in the first game that the Thessaloniki side played with Serb coach Milan Minic on its bench. Kolossos of Rhodes beating visiting PAOK 62-49, a week after defeating another Thessaloniki team, Aris.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Wenger rues Arsenal wastefulness

first_imgArsenal Wasteful Arsenal leave Wenger frustrated Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 06:28 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wenger-cropped Getty Images Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsène Wenger Köln v Arsenal Köln The Gunners lost 1-0 to Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday, leaving their manager frustrated with the standard of his team’s finishing Arsene Wenger was left ruing his Arsenal’s finishing as the Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Cologne in the Europa League despite dominating most of Thursday’s match.The defeat ultimately did not matter in the grand scheme of things for Arsenal, as the draw between BATE and Red Star Belgrade in Belarus meant that they qualified as Group H winners regardless.Arsenal 6/10 to win at Burnley 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 But Wenger highlighted that Cologne managed to come out on top despite having just one shot other than the match-winning penalty.He told reporters: “We’ve lost a game in which Cologne had one shot on goal other than the penalty.It’s not the way we wanted to do it, but Red Star Belgrade’s draw at BATE Borisov means we finish top of our @EuropaLeague group #COLvAFC pic.twitter.com/3Pb1EwUcwp — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 23, 2017 “We were always missing that little something to get the goal. Cologne defended with spirit and for them it’s turned out to be the perfect night.”Jack Wilshere created goal-scoring situations and came close to scoring himself. [Danny] Welbeck, [Olivier] Giroud and Wilshere all looked dangerous, but we were lacking the accuracy and finishing.”Nevertheless, Wenger believes that the fact they have already won the group with one match to spare shows that they have accomplished their mission.”You feel like you’ve got the job done when you finish top of the group,” he added. “We’ve got BATE on home soil in our final game.”There’s nothing riding on that game [for us], but we want to win it. What it actually means to me to finish top – I can only tell you that after the draw.”last_img read more

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The Joy of Six: seasons from hell

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Will the Cleveland Browns go 0-16? After losing to the Jets, anything’s possible Share via Email Facebook Milan had returned to a league that was no longer afraid of them, and a run of one point from games against Catanzaro, Ascoli and Como appeared to confirm the unthinkable – relegation “on the field”. The youth coach Italo Galbiati replaced Gigi Radice and the club still had a chance of survival on the final day at Cesena.After going 2-0 down early on, the team with 18 league goals all season found three in 15 minutes to grab victory. With Genoa behind at Napoli, Milan appeared to have avoided eternal shame, and their fans raced onto the pitch to celebrate. Then Genoa won a last-gasp corner, and scored.Milan fans maintain that the Napoli goalkeeper, Luciano Castellini, intentionally threw the ball out to hand Genoa that corner. You can judge for yourself here. Either way, this was not an experience the rossoneri ever planned on repeating. After securing an immediate return, Silvio Berlusconi bought the club, brought in Sacchi and signed Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten. The rest is history.6) Derbyshire (1920)County cricket’s meticulous record-keeping means no landmark season of any description will be forgotten. Which, for Derbyshire in particular, is a shame. After regaining first-class status in 1894, they failed to win a County Championship match in three separate seasons: 1897, 1901 and the historically abysmal 1920 campaign. Pinterest Sport Jody Scheckter in action at the Austrian Grand Prix, where he finished in 13th place. Photograph: Bernard Cahier/Getty Images Topics features Facebook While his team-mate Gilles Villeneuve at least battled for the odd podium place in a chronically underpowered car, Scheckter took only two points all year, failed to even qualify for one race, and promptly retired at the end of the season. Scheckter’s sharp exit was, however, more than an indictment of his car.He had once been the bad boy of F1, causing crashes and winding up rivals with his daredevil antics. Then, in 1973, he was first on the scene at team-mate François Cevert’s fatal crash at Watkins Glen. What he saw changed him profoundly and, after winning the world title ahead of Villeneuve in 1979, he saw no reason to put himself at risk any longer.Villeneuve was not so fortunate. The Canadian was killed in a qualifying crash in Belgium two years later, perhaps the highest-profile victim of F1’s most unsafe era. Scheckter spoke at his funeral in a rare, fleeting return to the spotlight. The South African retired to Hampshire, where he now runs an organic farm.Ferrari switched to a brand new car in 1981, and promptly returned to the podium places in the constructors’ championship. The previous season still left its mark – they did not produce another world champion driver until Michael Schumacher, some 20 years later. Doncaster Rovers Reuse this content Facebook Twitter NFL Share on Messenger By 1998, Doncaster’s Belle Vue ground had seen better days. Photograph: John Giles/PA How much game? As it turned out, not much. Spadea lost his next match at Wimbledon, crashed out of the US Open and Olympics at the first hurdle, and lost in Tokyo to a player ranked outside the top 300. Dropping down to the Challenger circuit in autumn to regain his form, he lost his first match 6-1, 6-0.Spadea ended the year with three wins and 28 losses at ATP Tour level, and a world ranking of No237. He would fight his way back up the rankings in tenacious style, but his losing run still hit him where it hurt – his pocket. Spadea has claimed that his season was so bad, he actually lost money on the tour. For him, that was the true price of failure.4) Ferrari (1980)Dominance in Formula One can be a fragile thing. With cars constantly tweaked and tuned up to stay ahead of the field, a wrong turn in the garage can wipe out years of progress. McLaren found that out in 2015, when a switch to Honda engines saw the historic team, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button on board, reduced to a laughing stock.In 1980 Ferrari made a more subtle change, updating the 312T car that had won them four of the previous six constructors’ titles. The upgrade proved to be an unmitigated calamity in a tumultuous season blighted by safety concerns. The first two races, in Argentina and Brazil, saw drivers including Ferrari’s defending world champion, Jody Scheckter, threaten a boycott over track conditions.1980 proved a turning point for the sport, with Bernie Ecclestone winning a power struggle with the F1 chief, Jean-Marie Balestre. It also proved a watershed for the Scuderia, who were outclassed in the early races as Williams and Brabham emerged as title contenders. Ferrari suffered reliability issues with their retooled engine, and did not pick up a point until Scheckter came fifth at Long Beach. Pinterest That early exit proved the catalyst for a historic run of defeats. Winter turned to spring, the hard courts gave way to clay, and Spadea lost, lost and lost again. By the time he reached Wimbledon, he had lost 21 straight matches. In the first round, he drew the British No2, Greg Rusedski. His parents decided to stay in Florida.What happened next was predictable in its own way. Spadea overcame two lost tie-breaks and a two-hour rain delay to win the deciding set 9-7. The shame shifted to Rusedski and for the watching world, that’s where the story ended. “I can lose to anyone, but I can battle,” a jubilant Spadea told the crowd. “Because I got game.” Twitter Share on Facebook Tennis With Richardson’s cash cut off and home gates dwindling to below 1,000, Doncaster descended into little more than a Sunday league side. A Channel 5 documentary followed the farcical final acts of the 1997-98 season, from angry supporters’ meetings to players training in the park, and getting trapped in the dressing room by a faulty door. On the pitch things were no better.As the owner focused on selling off their ground, Doncaster’s motley crew of loanees and youth players were left to sink slowly, finishing the 46-game season with a record 34 defeats. They lost 7-1 to Cardiff City, and 8-0 at Leyton Orient. In the League Cup, Nottingham Forest beat them 10-1 on aggregate. Coach Danny Bergara tried swapping players’ numbers in a tactical move, outfoxing only himself.With Richardson absent, fans turned on Weaver, a yes-man installed above his station to do the owner’s bidding. At the final home game, fans staged a mock funeral for a club they expected to fold. Weaver turned up having vowed to stay away. The police advised him to leave for his own safety. Share on Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Pinterest Read more Despite frequent clashes with Modell over money, Belichick had the Browns primed for a Super Bowl run. Nearly 75,000 fans poured into the Cleveland Stadium to see the win over Kansas City, which sealed a 3-1 start. Off the field, Modell was watching revenues fall after the Indians’ departure. Rumblings began that the owner was about to take a hammer to the sturdy foundations Belichick had built.On 6 November, Modell announced his intention to relocate the Browns to Baltimore. From dreaming of a Super Bowl, ever-faithful Browns fans were facing the death of their team. Cleveland lost nine of their next 10 games, falling apart on the field as fans turned to mutiny. The final home game of the season against Cincinnati became a riot. Spectators tore the stands to pieces, raw grief giving way to rage.Somewhere in the NFL’s corridors of power, the anguish poured out that day struck a nerve. The fans won their battle to keep the team in Cleveland (Modell’s Baltimore team became a new franchise), though they had to wait until 1999 for their return. The Browns avoided a death sentence but for the expansion side, the ghosts of what might have been are everywhere.The relocated, rebranded Baltimore Ravens have won two Super Bowls. Belichick, fired by Modell over the phone, learned from the chaos in Cleveland to build a dynasty at New England. He slipped on a fifth Super Bowl ring this year; the Browns have won one of their last 24 games.2) Doncaster Rovers (1997-98)The free market rules in English football, which means pretty much anyone with a bit of spare cash can buy themselves a club. Some teams find their perfect match, a steady hand on the tiller that unleashes a club’s true potential. Doncaster got Ken Richardson. Under his ownership, Rovers lost their league status, their main stand to a suspicious fire, and their dignity.Richardson had a curious hands-on/off approach, rarely investing in or even visiting the club’s run-down Belle Vue home but regularly interfering with team affairs. He would fax in team talks from the Isle of Man with missives like “show the bastards” scrawled on them. After a string of managers walked out, he installed a “general manager”, Mark Weaver, to do his bidding. Pinterest Since you’re here… Ferrari Harry Storer went from a dismal season with Derbyshire to earn England caps as a footballer. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images Support The Guardian As the club fell apart, police were closing in on Richardson over his involvement in a fire in the summer of 1995 that had almost gutted the main stand at Belle Vue. He was eventually charged with offering a former soldier £10,000 to start the fire, part of a hare-brained scheme to get his hands on lucrative land. Detectives labelled him “the type that would trample a two-year-old to pick up a 2p piece”.From the ashes, Doncaster at least found the owner they deserved. As Richardson was sent to jail, the local businessman John Ryan stepped in, and set about reviving the club. Ten years after their season in hell, with a new ground built and Belle Vue left behind, Rovers beat Leeds United at Wembley to seal promotion to the Championship.3) Vince Spadea (2000)Some tennis players are driven by rivalry, or a quest for sporting immortality. Vince Spadea’s motivation was more practical. “No one wants to travel the world to lose money,” he wrote in 2006. “Tennis players are paid to win.”The year 2000 was a lean one for Spadea, a journeyman pro who had just enjoyed a breakthrough season. He had reached No19 in the world, and upset Andre Agassi on his way to the 1999 Australian Open quarter-finals. Spadea flew out to Melbourne seeking a repeat run to kick-start flagging form, but lost in the first round to the world No95, Adrian Voinea. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The joy of six The Joy of Six: one-goal wonders Read more Twitter US sports With county cricket returning to normality after the first world war, the captain, John Chapman, fielded 38 different players across 16 completed matches. It was an early example of over-rotation; Derbyshire lost them all – on six occasions, their opposition only had to bat once to get the job done.This was a team caught between two eras; the previous captain, George Buckston, had retired, but came back to reorganise the side for the following season. Billy Bestwick, a 45-year-old seamer with a quick arm and quicker temper, featured in only one match. They were replaced by newcomers who would go on to better things. The wicketkeeper Harry Elliott went on to earn England caps, as did the batsman Harry Storer – in football.Guy Jackson, a 24-year-old batsman with a season-high score of 14, later became the county captain under the tutelage of Buckston. According to Wisden, Jackson “steadily raised the standard” within the county, laying the foundations for the 1936 season, when Elliott and Storer helped deliver Derbyshire’s only County Championship.• Sign up to our weekly email, The Recap, here, showcasing a selection of our sport features from the past seven days. Facebook Read more Formula One 5) Milan (1981-82)Under the leadership of Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello, Milan’s 1987-94 vintage won 14 trophies in seven seasons, blending Italian defensive nous with Dutch attacking flair to formidable effect. That golden age was forged in response to the club’s greatest embarrassment, only five years earlier.For Serie A’s elite clubs, not winning the Scudetto is failure enough; they rarely have cause to consider the other end of the table. Internazionale have never been relegated, and Juventus’s only demotion came after the calciopoli investigation. Milan were also relegated “off the field” once, in 1980, after the Totonero match-fixing scandal. Milan bounced straight back and expected to breeze up the table, with a defence built around Franco Baresi and their new striker Joe Jordan banging in the goals. But Baresi missed four months with an injury, and in his absence Milan picked up eight points in 12 games. Jordan was the first Milan player to score that season – in their eighth game. Vince Spadea, left, finally walks to the net a winner after shocking Greg Rusedski at Wimbledon. Photograph: Getty Images The Joy of Six: Formula One overtakes Share on Pinterest Read more Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp 1) Cleveland Browns (1995)Ten years before he made his name as the inscrutable, hooded overlord of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick was handed his first chance as an NFL head coach by the Cleveland Browns, a historic franchise wounded by years of failure.A giant in the sport’s formative years, the Browns had never made the Super Bowl, and a run of spectacular near-misses in the 1980s had shattered morale. After a 3-13 season in 1990, the owner, Art Modell, lured Belichick from the New York Giants, where he had just won the Super Bowl as defensive coach with a game plan so good that it’s now in the Hall of Fame.Belichick set out to build a rugged team built for the hard winters on the shore of Lake Erie, where the team shared a rundown municipal stadium with the Cleveland Indians. Progress was slow – the Browns posted narrow losing records in his first three seasons – but the wily head coach engineered a run to the play-offs in 1994. Accrington denied top spot but remain a wonder of the Football Leaguelast_img read more

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Guardiola sets City 10-win title target

first_imgManchester City Guardiola sets 10-game title target while ruling out striker raid Joe Wright 06:21 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) pep guardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v Newcastle United Newcastle United Guardiola Sergio Agüero After watching his side beat Newcastle, the Blues boss wants another 30 points to make certain of a first Premier League crown under his guidance Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has set his players the target of another 10 wins to guarantee a Premier League title triumph.The leaders responded to their 4-3 loss to Liverpool last week, their first in domestic competition this season, with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.That restored their 12-point lead at the top of the table after Manchester United had briefly reduced it to nine with a 1-0 win away to Burnley. 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 Guardiola now wants 30 more points from City’s final 14 matches to make sure of a first league title since he came to England in 2016.”Always after the defeat against Liverpool, you have a little bit of doubt how you would react – what would happen if you went two games in a row not winning,” he told a news conference. “That’s why it was so important. “We need mathematically 10 victories to be champions. We are going to try to win game by game.”Sergio Aguero scored all three goals in the win at the Etihad Stadium to take his tally for the season to 16 in just 19 league appearances.It was a ruthless performance from the Argentina international striker, whose future at the club had come under scrutiny this term amid rumours of a falling-out with Guardiola and City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.With the Arsenal forward on the verge of joining Manchester United, Guardiola is more than happy to put his faith in Aguero – and Gabriel Jesus, who will be back from a knee injury next month – for the remainder of the campaign.”We are not going to buy another striker,” he said. “We have him [Aguero] and, in two or three weeks, Gabriel is back.”We are so happy for him. Before his first goal, he didn’t touch the ball. It is his gift. No words to describe him. I am so happy for him.”I think how Sergio played his career here. His reaction doesn’t depend on the fact that one player comes or doesn’t come. In the last games, apart from Anfield, he scores goals.”This chapter is over, finished, so we are going to think of the future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Circus Parade to Hit Halifax Streets

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History is hitting the streets of Halifaxwith a children’s circus parade on Saturday, Aug. 23. It’s partof the museum’s program focusing on the World Circus exhibitvisiting from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau,Que. For more than 200 years the circus parade was a powerful andalluring advertising tool used by the travelling circus to drawcustomers to performances under the “Big Top.” Before television,the circus and its parade was the “piece de resistance” ofentertainment. Historically, the parade included a procession of clowns,musicians, live exotic animals and fantastic and beautifullydecorated wagons. It wound through the city, ending at the showlot. “Our museum parade will also be a thrilling kaleidoscope ofcolour, sights and sounds,” said Alex Wilson, manager ofinterpretation at the museum. “Children can decorate theirtricycles, wagons or scooters. With music-makers and favouritestuffed animal toys, we will create our own version of a circusparade.” To help get ready for the parade, a decorating workshop will beheld from 10 a.m to noon. The museum is supplying all of theaccessories to adorn wagons or tricycles. Funny clown faces willbe provided by Rosie Facepainting. The sidewalk-parade begins at around 1 p.m. at the Museum ofNatural History and will proceed along Summer Street, SackvilleStreet and Bell Road. Children interested in joining can call themuseum at 902-424-3563. “Everyone loves a parade, and although our’s may be a tad modestcompared to that of Barnum and Bailey’s, it’s going to be greatfun,” said Mr. Wilson.last_img read more

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Top UN rights official says all sides must end deadly violence in

“Our human rights officers who have been monitoring events in the Terai have observed violence by protestors, as well as incidents of excessive use of force by the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who last month completed a five-day mission to the impoverished Himalayan country where a landmark peace deal was signed in November seeking to ended a decade of civil war.“During my recent visit to Nepal I was encouraged by progress that had been made in human rights since April 2006,” she said. “The current deterioration in the situation is deeply disturbing. It is imperative that all parties do all they can to stop the violence as well as to address the issue of discrimination and representation.”Ms. Arbour called on the Government to abide by its international human rights obligations and also on the organizers of the demonstrations and their followers to employ only peaceful means of protest. She also urged all sides not to hinder the work of medical, human rights staff and others going about their essential business.“Clear instructions should be given by police officials and by demonstration leaders that the work of human rights defenders and journalists are not to be impeded in any way. Medical personnel must also be able to function without hindrance.”The High Commissioner called calling on “the leaders and their cadres to allow free access and freedom of movement to all UN staff to enable them to carry out their work in all locations and under any circumstances.”Ms. Arbour also called for all excluded groups to be represented in the political process, saying this was key to Nepal’s transition. On 21 November, the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) signed a peace agreement aimed at ending 10 years of civil war that killed approximately 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others. “Ending discrimination and ensuring appropriate representation of excluded groups at all level of decision-making during this critical time will be essential to the success of Nepal’s political transition,” she said, welcoming the recent initiatives to start engaging all parties in dialogue to resolve the current situation in the Terai and voicing hope that talks will immediately replace violence as the way forward.Last week, the World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal appealed to all parties in the Terai region to allow safe passage for food convoys, warning that transport strikes and violence had severely disrupted aid deliveries and threaten the health of hundreds of thousands of people, including children. 7 February 2007Expressing deep concern over deadly violence in the south-eastern Terai region of Nepal, the top United Nations human rights official today said it was “imperative” for all sides to stop the clashes, which have claimed at least 23 lives, caused countless injuries and destroyed property. read more

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Welcoming Nobel Peace Prize UN officials praise Annans leadership

In a statement on behalf of the members of the Security Council, the body’s President, Ambassador Richard Ryan of Ireland, said the UN “is the embodiment of cooperation among States in safeguarding peace, advancing international development, and in combating common threats to the dignity and well being of peoples everywhere.” Referring to the “high esteem shared by people throughout the world for Secretary-General Kofi Annan,” the Council President said the Prize “rightly honours his exceptional achievements in the service of the United Nations and of the entire international community as well as honouring the achievements of the United Nations itself.” “It is the right decision at the right time to honour and praise Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations as the stronghold of our shared values and commitment for peace, security, freedom and prosperity for all,” said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “Kofi Annan has tirelessly rallied support for these values. Through his strong personal commitment, he has increased the credibility of the United Nations as we begin a new millennium.”Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the award was an “explicit and timely recognition” of Mr. Annan’s leadership. “In the aftermath of the horrific attacks in the United States and in light of the terrible humanitarian situation facing civilians in Afghanistan and in that region, this recognition heartens all human rights defenders, in the United Nations and in civil society, and encourages us to continue the struggle for human dignity and human security,” she said. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, said he was proud that the prize went to “my Secretary-General and a fabulous man.” All UN staff, he said, were “proud that the 100th Nobel Peace Prize for the first time honours not only the Secretary-General but also the United Nations as a whole.”Also congratulating the Secretary-General and UN staff for the award, the President of the UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, expressed the hope that the international community would view the prize not just as a recognition of past achievements but, more importantly, as “a beacon illuminating the way forward for the United Nations as it rises to confront new challenges.” In Geneva, Vladimir Petrovsky, the Director-General of the UN Office there, called Mr. Annan “one of the world’s most visionary and democratic” leaders. “We cannot but note with great satisfaction the recognition of the important role of the United Nations in the world today in working to create a more benevolent international community across all lines of religion and race,” he said, stressing that the UN was the “main forum equipped to combat terrorism, as well as to provide legitimacy to whatever steps are taken to tackle this issue.”Numerous other UN officials and organizations, including the top UN official in the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, also hailed this year’s decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. read more

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British Manly Exercises guidebook shows how gentlemen stayed trim in Georgian England

first_imgThe 1834 volume of British Manly Exercises  St John's College, Cambridge A guide to balancing  While the working classes spent most of their even shorter lives engaged in backbreaking manual labour in either field or factory, many members of higher classes suffered health problems due to inactivity.Walker aims to persuade readers that exercise had the potential to “prolong life and improve its happiness” and could combat and prevent ailments; “nay, it supersedes medicine by banishing disease”.Popular 19th century medicines often contained poisons and opiates and the poor, unable to afford these treatments, relied heavily on quack cures.Walker is keen to set his manual apart from this, stating that “All exhibitionary and quackish preparatory exercises, as they are termed, are here excluded … no tick-tack, cross-touch, kissing the ground, goats jump, spectre’s march etc”.And it notes that to improve the nation’s health, “education must be divided into two parts – physical and mental”. According to the manual to achieve ‘the highest condition’ gentleman should drink cold beer and cider exclusively, avoiding all other liquids save for a half pint of red wine after dinner.The author appropriates the diet to a Captain Barclay, while noting that it has received glowing user reviews and comes recommended by ‘professional men’. A man swims Avoiding vegetables and only drinking cider, beer and wine, may not seem the obvious way to stay trim, but in Georgian England it was the ultimate dietary regime for the ‘manly gentleman.’Researchers at St John’s College, Cambridge University, have unearthed an 1834 fitness manual which aimed to help the middle and upper classes – whose sedentary lives and fatty diets could lead to obesity and gout – to get in shape.The guide, entitled British Manly Exercises was written by Donald Walker and gives instructions on a range of physical activities deemed suitable for young gentlemen, from leaping and vaulting to skating and wrestling.But while it reveals that pre-Victorians knew much about the benefits of regular exercise, there is other more questionable advice. St John’s College, Cambridge A man swimscenter_img Whenever the gymnast feels tired, or falls behind his usual mark, he should resume his clothes and walk home.Donald Walker A spokesman for St John’s College, Cambridge said: “Little is known about Donald Walker other than the fact that he penned several other books including Exercises for Ladies and Literary Composition.“British Manly Exercises was donated to the Library by Hugh Gatty who was appointed college lecturer in history in 1936 and who left several valuable manuscripts to the Library and over five hundred early printed books.“It gives clear instructions on the art of adopting a healthier lifestyle and offers a fascinating insight into 19th century attitudes to exercise.” A guide to balancing  The guidebook, which claims to be the first to describe the procedures of rowing and sailing as exercise, gives instructions on how to exercise “with a direct, immediate and obvious purpose”.It was forward-thinking at a time when infectious disease was rife and, on average, a middle-class man could not expect to live past the grand old age of 45. As part of the regime a gentleman must gradually increase his level of exercise to 20 to 24 miles of walking and running a day, his diet should consist of lean meat, stale bread and biscuits – no other vegetable matter is permitted and “everything inducing flatulency must be carefully avoided”.It also stresses the importance of gentle and consistent training to avoid injury and recommends that: “No exertion should be carried to excess, and whenever the gymnast feels tired, or falls behind his usual mark, he should resume his clothes and walk home.” The 1834 volume of British Manly Exercises  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

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Lino Cervar about EHF decision Metalurg avoid destiny of Atletico Copenhagen and

← Previous Story Joao Silva in Chambery until 2017 Next Story → VIDEO: Pascual and Co. present historical seven trophies Lino CervarRK Metalurg The European Handball Federation gave the “green light” to RK Metalurg for another EHF CL experience in the upcoming season despite the weakest season in the last decade of former Macedonian giant. Two times EHF CL quarter-finalist in a row suffered serious financial troubles last winter, lost complete squad who was the “hit” of European elite competition, but Metalurg’s coach Lino Červar and the club’s officials still have high ambitions:– It makes me happy that Metalurg will again play directly in the Champions League. That is a victory of our club, the people who stayed, but also these who left. Our biggest success is that we saved the club, all his structures, and we didn’t let that Atletico Madrid, Copenhagen or Dinamo Minsk destiny happen in Skopje. We will continue to work and try to get back among the best teams in Europe. EHF did good thing with praising our merits for handball in region, but also in Europe. That is a big recognition for our work – concluded Cervar.  read more

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Biggest property auction yet This time with a golf course and four

first_img(Pic: Allsop Space)A GOLF COURSE and a four storey office block are among the lots being sold at an auction next week being descibed as “record breaking” by organisers.The auction will be held next week at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin and will have 150 commercial and residential properties with a combined valuation of about €23 million.The public auction is being held by Allsop Space with the venue being changed after a similar auction in July was abandoned after protestors from various groups gained access to the auction room forcing organisers to halt the proceedings.Protests also took place at an Allsop auction at the RDS last month with the auctioneers having to confirm that no repossessed homes had been sold.Ahead of next Tuesday’s auction, Allsop have reiterated that no repossessed family homes would be sold at any of their auctions.The most expensive property being sold is a €2.8 million valued four storey office block in Limerick, River House on Charlotte Quay. The property is currently being occupied entirely by the Office of Public Works at an annual rent of between €340,000-€370,000 a year. The current lease with the OPW lasts until 2022.Another of the notable lots set to go under the hammer is an 18-hole golf course together with a golf club, practice area and pitch and putt course. Woodlands Golf Course situated north west of Naas, Co. Kildare is on a 127 acre site and has a current tenancy agreement that expires at the end of this month.Woodlands golf course and golf club. (Pic: Allsop Space)The most expensive residential house up for grabs in the auction is a five-bedroom semi-detached period home (top picture) on the Lower Drumcondra Road which has a reserve of between €500,000-€550,000.The auction catalogue shows that about 90 out the properties up for sale are available at under €100,000.The auction takes place next Tuesday 10 December 10th with registration beginning at 9 AM and the auction itself at 11 AM.Read: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’ – Meath man protests auction of family business >Read: Clare hotel and Dublin Georgian house in distressed property auction >Read: Dublin property prices up 15 per cent as rest of country shows some positive signs >last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img Monday 4 Mar 2019, 8:53 AM No Comments Short URL By Stephen McDermott Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Bralnina Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Bralnina The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s the news as you start your day. Get the 9 at 9 News audio Share6 Tweet Email Mar 4th 2019, 7:55 AM Comments have been closed as legal proceedings are active in one of the stories above. 10,843 Views https://jrnl.ie/4522570 Updated Mar 4th 2019, 8:53 AM EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #ONLINE SAFETY New internet safety laws that would see the appointment of an Online Safety Commissioner to prosecute companies who break rules will be introduced by the government today.2. #SNOW GO A number of passengers were forced to sleep on the ground in Dublin Airport last night after experiencing long delays as a result of de-icing issues.3. #FREE CONTRACEPTION Minister for Health Simon Harris is set to establish a working group that will examine the removal of the cost of the contraceptive pill.4. #OVERSPEND Dublin City Council has warned that a deidicated team that will be set up to enforce new short-term letting rules will cost almost double what was originally estimated. 5. #THE BUST IS BACK Irish consumer sentiment fell sharply in February, with fears of a no-deal Brexit and the nurses’ strike driving a poor economic outlook last month, according to a new report by KBC. 6. #US At least 23 people have been killed after two tornadoes swept through the US state of Alabama last night.7. #DRUGS SEIZURE Three men will appear in court this morning in connection with the seizure of cannabis plants worth an estimated €640,000 on Saturday.8. #COURTS A new report is set to reveal that the average waiting time it takes for a Supreme Court appeal to be heard has fallen from five years to one year, RTÉ reports.9. #WEATHER A yellow snow-ice warning in place from last night has been lifted, but motorists have been urged to drive with caution this morning following reports of icy conditions around the country.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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A niche in business and education

first_imgIn the business world of board meetings and suits, Roula Tsiolas stands out. I didn’t want to do anything like anyone else did.For a start, she’s a woman. And, as the the founder and managing director of a successful business, and committee member of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), it’s no mean feat. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency 2010 Census shows women hold only 8.4 per cent of board positions and 8 per cent of key executive roles, and she’s the only female committee member at HACCI. But the determined businesswoman says she’s certainly encountered her fair share of the glass ceiling along the way. “I certainly have, and I would be lying if I said no, but the most important thing for me is that I behave as an individual with my knowledge, skills and experience,” she says. “It is demanding, because I am a mother of three children as well, so your role is always dual if not triple, I am also a spouse and there are so many other roles within you.” Ms Tsiolas studied at Melbourne and Monash Universities, completing post-graduate studies in curriculum development and design. She then worked as a secondary teacher before she left the classroom to become a mother. Her return to education became more business-oriented, and Ms Tsiolas worked as a consultant establishing and managing a number of registered training organisations (RTOs). In 2007, she and her husband Stelios established their own RTO: Australian Industrial Systems Institute (AISI). Further proving she knows how to carve a niche, after months of market research, Ms Tsiolas developed the courses to specialise in automotive, building and construction courses, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). “In offering the education we do we want to fill the gaps, and these are skill areas where there are huge gaps, not just in Australia but worldwide, so we’re ensuring that our graduates will be employable,” she said. “I didn’t want to do anything like anyone else did.” AISI has student intakes every month, which is another reason she says the school is so successful. Ms Tsiolas says the school has a strong focus on pastoral care: all of the 800 students at the AISI, are given Mr and Mrs Tsiolas’ mobile numbers. Not many schools would do that, but Ms Tsiolas says pastoral care is crucial for AISI, whose student base is mainly international students. She says when the issue of racism towards international students hit the news, AISI was proactive in involving counsellors and helping students to avoid danger. “We only had one particular incident where a student did come into some grief, but he was very good in contacting both myself and Stelios,” she says. “We’re on 24 hour call for our students.” She said that she certainly noticed the recent slump in international students, but AISI’s specialist courses meant the student flow was still fairly strong. “I think that’s what was our buoyancy during that quite destructive wave in the industry,” she said. “We haven’t been as directly affected, no, I can gladly say.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow debuts JSA and Legion of Doom members teaser for

first_imgBesides Flashpoint being confirmed as the impetus for the third season of The Flash, there was some other big DC Comics television news that broke this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. This upcoming fall season, the DC roster on the channel will expand to include the second season of previously CBS Supergirl, joining Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The latter show was devised as a superhero team-up that also used elements of time travel, but the announcement that Legends is going to make a television Legion of Doom and reveal some Justice Society of America characters is still damn exciting.The news came during DC’s Legends of Tomorrow panel with Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Phil Klemmer introducing returning cast members Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter, Time Master), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer, The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance, The White Canary), Victor Garber (Martin Stein, half of Firestorm), Franz Drameh (Jax Jackson, the other half of Firestorm), and Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave).Joining the Legends cast this year on the JSA side is Nick Zano playing Dr. Nate Heywood (Citizen Steel). The CW Flarrowverse (Flash/Arrow shared universe) also recast Vixen, a character who made her first live-action appearance in the Flash/Arrow crossover last season. On season two of Legends, she’ll be portrayed by Maisie Richardson-Sellers.Given the cliffhanger that ended season one, Guggenheim didn’t waste any time on revealing what everyone wanted to know: What JSA members we’d be meeting in season two. The Legends of Tomorrow season two line-up will be Dr. Midnight, Stargirl, Obsidian, Commander Steel, and Vixen.But that’s not all! “If you’re gonna have a team of superheroes, you’ve gotta fight a team of supervillains,” Guggenheim added before announcing that Legends of Tomorrow wouldn’t have a single villain this year, but will form a DC television version of the Legion of Doom. Instead of introducing several new characters, Legends will pull from the other corners of the Flarrowverse: Matt Letscher’s Eobard Thawne is coming from The Flash, Neal McDonough’s Damien Darhk and John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn will port from Arrow, and Wentworth Miller will return (from death?) as Captain Cold.Darhk, Reverse Flash, The Magician, Captain ColdThis represents a significant step up in the show’s crossover-palooza and the world building in the Flarrowverse. Imagine, we’re going to be doing JSA, Legion of Doom, and Flashpoint all at the same time this fall. It looks like Darhk will be the first of the Legion to show their face… with Nazis!… this October.It’s gonna be sweet.last_img read more

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New stadium will take Spurs to next step – Lloris

first_imgTottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hailed their “fantastic” new stadium and says it will “bring the club to the next step”.The opening of the Spurs new stadium continues to be delayed amid reports of electrical and structural issues.The club released a statement on Wednesday saying that their clash against Manchester United on January 13 will be hosted at Wembley stadium.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We knew at the beginning of the season we were very excited, we knew we would have a chance to play in the new stadium,” Lloris told Sky Sports.“We don’t really know when it’s going to happen. There’s a lot of expectation from the players because it’s something fantastic for the club and will bring the club to the next step.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday said that he hopes the new stadium would be ready to host their first Champions League last-16 tie in February next year.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Its looking like first heat wave of summer is well

first_imgPatrick Timm Summer is in full swing, like big letters on a marquee for a blockbuster movie. And it will be an extended engagement for the foreseeable future. Warm today — okay, maybe hot — then a little cooler Wednesday and Thursday, and finally, if the pattern evolves just right, a long run of 90 degree weather. I foresee our first heat wave of the summer coming up by the weekend and into all of next week. Just thinking of that prospect while writing my column, I had to get out the iced tea. My definition of a heat wave is three straight days of 90 degrees (in the shade) or better. Increased moisture from the monsoons over the desert southwest will meander northward at times, bringing thunderstorms and downpours along with the heat. These should remain in southern Oregon and east of the Cascades. But you never know.So, if you are leaving home for vacation time this week or next, make plans for your yard, garden and potted plants to be watered each day. We will have a high evaporation rate. The coast will see an influx of low clouds and fog, especially whenever it heats up inland. But there will be instances of afternoon sunshine and temperatures in the 65-80 degree range.Okay, before we depart, let’s review some rainfall from June according yo your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 6.62 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 3.39 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.02 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 2.94 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 4.67 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 6.20 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 1.54 inches; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 3.74 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 4.35 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 1.86 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 2.74 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 3.60 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 3.18 inches; Matt Sloan, McLoughlin Heights, 4.44 inches ; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.20 inches.last_img read more

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