Rohit Sharma likely to be rested for part of ODI series vs Australia

first_imgOnly seven international matches remain ahead of the World Cup as India enter the last leg of preparations in the upcoming limited-over series against a visiting Australian team.India are set to play the reigning world champions in five ODIs, which will be preceded by a two-match T20I series, starting February 24. The squad for the series will be picked by MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee on Friday, February 15.As it turns out, India are likely to rest Rohit Sharma for at least a part of the upcoming series to give him a much-needed break after the tours of Australia and New Zealand. In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rohit had led the team in the absence of Virat Kohli, who was rested for the second half of India’s 4-1 win in the ODI series and the subsequent T20I series. Kohli is likely to return for the upcoming assignment.The selection committee and team management are on the same page when it comes to workload management. Recently, head coach Ravi Shastri had hinted that he will be monitoring the workload of players even during the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting March 23.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested for the limited-over series in Australia and New Zealand, is likely to return to the squad while the selection committee, head by MSK Prasad, will take a call on the availability of wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.Meanwhile, it is also expected that out-of-favour India batsmen, KL Rahul, and Ajinkya Rahane may get another chance to impress the selectors. India, it seems, are keen on taking a backup opener for the World Cup to England and one of Rahul and Rahane may get a ticket, considering their performances in the upcoming series and the IPL.advertisementAt the same time, India will be wary not to give Australia, the defending champions, any kind of momentum going into the World Cup, a BCCI source told IANS.”… it is also important to note that the Indians would want to keep the foot on the pedal and ensure that they don’t give the Australians any momentum going into the World Cup. A good series against India would mean a confidence booster for the team. So, there has to be a balance so that the composition of the team is not affected.”Meanwhile, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had opined India can afford to rest some of their senior players and give a chance to youngsters of the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal and Priyank Panchal.”I don’t think you need to put the best 11-13 players in play because they had a very long tour of Australia and New Zealand. If they are asked to play in India, it might be too much for their body and then there is IPL also. So it will be good if the senior players can be rested as much as possible,” Harbhajan told India Today.”Don’t think only about the World Cup but there has to be cricket after that too and a look should be given to people who will play after that and those should be looked at. Some senior players should be rested and some young players should get the opportunity in the India vs Australia series and it should be a mix-and-match”Also Read | Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchangeAlso Read | India can dominate world cricket for a long time, says Shane WarneAlso Read | BCCI-CoA spat over India A batting coach, conflict of interest out in the openAlso See:last_img read more

Viktor Axelsen says he is taking an indefinite break from badminton

first_imgBadminton superstar Viktor Axelsen revealed on Friday that he will be out of competitive action indefenitely due to “persistent pain” in his leg. The World No. 5 had missed European Games in June due to Asthma issues.Axelsen took to social media to announce his decision and added he is beyond disappointed as he doesn’t know when he will be able to return to action.Axelsen was scheduled to take part in the BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament in Indoensia from July 16 and the Super 750 tournament at Japan Open in the last week of the month. The Danish star has now confirmed he would be missing the 2 tournaments. Axelsen was scheduled to face India’s Sai Praneeth in the opening round of Indonesia Open in Jakarta.”Hi all. I wish this message could be coing on a positive note but unfortunately that’s not the case. It’s with great sadness that I inform you that I have been experiecing persistent pain in my leg for a few weeks now. After being assessed by multiple specialists, I have been advised not to compete in any tournaments at this moment,” Axelsen wrote.”Coming off asthma issues which prevented me from competing at the European Games I was extremely looking forward to being back on match courts — especially competing in Jakarta and Tokyo which are two of my favourites cities. I am beyond disappointed and do not how long I will be out. But don’t worry, I will do all I can come back as soon as possible, better and stronger than before! Thanks for all your support. Viggo,” he Axelsen (@ViktorAxelsen) July 12, 2019Axelsen has been one of the consistent performers on the tour in the recent past. The 25-year-old is No. 1 on BWF World Tour ranking. Axelsen had won the India Open and the Spain Masters and finished runners-up at the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships in March.The winner of World Championships in 2017 has been a superstar in India’s Premier Badminton League as well. Having represented Bengaluru Blasters in the previous editions, Axelsen played for the Ahmedabad Smash Masters in the 2018-19 edition of the badminton league.Also Read | Malaysian badminton icon Lee Chong Wei announces retirement after cancer battleAlso See:last_img read more

‘Arsenal games were the fiercest battles’: Solskjær relishing Gunners Cup tie

first_imgWhile Solskjær would go on to make his own indelible contribution to the treble and Manchester United history with his stoppage-time winner against Bayern Munich in Barcelona, a slightly less celebrated fact is that he did the same thing against Liverpool in a fourth‑round tie at Old Trafford almost exactly 20 years ago this weekend.United had trailed to a Michael Owen goal for most of the game, but two goals in the last three minutes from Dwight Yorke and Solskjær saw them through. Newspapers at the time produced the same “smash and grab” headlines they would later use for the jaw-dropping conclusion to the Champions League final, and when Solskjær’s winner went in there were even pictures of Liverpool players dropping to the ground as if poleaxed in exactly the manner made famous by Sammy Kuffour and his fellow defenders in the Camp Nou. Twitter “We’ll have to wait and see how long that lasts, because we are hoping to get up to that level again soon. Twenty years ago it was just us and Arsenal for a long time, going at each other, going for the title. It was just between the two of us until José came along with Chelsea, I can’t remember any other challengers. Maybe one year Liverpool were half close but that was it.”So intense was the rivalry that Solskjær was astonished to see Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira make a television programme together a few years ago, when in their playing days they were more famous for being at each other’s throats. “I couldn’t believe that,” he said. “They used to be fighting all the time. There was a nice little fight in the tunnel in that 4-2 game where John O’Shea scored the winning goal [February 2005], but whenever we played Arsenal in those days there were fights in the tunnels and on the pitch. It was just everything I loved about football, that passion is part of the game. I’m sure the fans could feel it as well, that’s what makes it so interesting. I hope the next game is as good as some of the ones we have had in the past.”In terms of FA Cup meetings the one everyone remembers most vividly is the semi-final in 1999, with its replay, Peter Schmeichel penalty save and Ryan Giggs’s stunning winner. Solskjær played in both, though had been substituted by the time Giggs went on his slaloming run in extra-time at Villa Park. “I watched that goal from the sidelines, but the two sides were so evenly matched we all knew it was such an important game,” he recalled. “I firmly believe that Peter saving that penalty from Dennis Bergkamp gave us the impetus to go on and win the treble. If Bergkamp had scored I think Arsenal would have won the double. That’s how small the margins were, and that is why it is still a standout memory for me.” Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Arsenal Ole Gunnar Solskjaer The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Solskjær’s interventions from the substitutes’ bench deservedly earned him renown; a month after the Liverpool game he came on in a league match at Nottingham Forest and scored four goals in 12 minutes, but without his lesser known last‑gasp winner the dreams of a treble might have been stifled at an early stage. Read more Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Solskjær is presently making a name for himself all over again in a different capacity at Old Trafford. Seven wins in succession is impressive whatever the calibre of opposition, and after beating Tottenham at Wembley this month there is no reason for United and their engaging young manager to fear a trip to the Emirates Stadium. Already proving an inspired managerial solution if the object of the exercise is to provide an antidote to José Mourinho’s suspicion and sarcasm, Solskjær gives the impression of positively relishing the challenge. “Let’s make sure it’s a good game of football,” he said, after confirming Alexis Sánchez will come in to play against his old club.Is he not worried about the Chilean being mocked by the Arsenal crowd on account of his stuttering form in Manchester? “I think he’ll love it,” Solskjær said. “As a player, pride kicks in if the crowd turns against you. You think: ‘I’ll show all of you.’ I have no worries at all about Alexis being involved. He’s been fantastic in training, his attitude has been spot on, so hopefully he’ll enjoy the game.” Ole Gunnar Solskjær has always loved the FA Cup – he rates walking out at Wembley in 1999 as highly as all the other memories from that year because the Cup final on television was always an event when growing up in Norway – and he is equally happy to be renewing a rivalry with Arsenal that is just as fondly remembered.“The games against Arsenal were the fiercest battles we had during my time in England,” Manchester United’s caretaker manager said. “They won the double, we won the treble and the games were just fantastic because they were the two top teams. We had a great team and they had a very good one. It was a special rivalry and I’m not sure the Premier League has seen anything like it since, although perhaps Manchester City and Liverpool at the moment are close.center_img Facebook Share via Email Paul Scholes says Class of 92 should have greater role at Manchester United Read more FA Cup Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this content news Share on Messenger PSG’s Neymar a doubt for Manchester United tie after metatarsal injury Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates Manchester United’s seventh consecutive win, against Brighton. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

9 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with matchwinner Rice

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with matchwinner Riceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner for victory over Arsenal on Saturday.The 19-year-old midfielder struck early in the second half to condemn Arsenal, who left Mesut Ozil out of their squad, to a fifth defeat of the season.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini said, “Declan Rice is improving in every game, maybe first of all I decided for him to be a midfielder because he can play as a centre-back too. After that, when he was giving solid performances in that position, we tried to help him play a little bit up. “Today you could see he played a lot of balls in front and not back, and he has a good shot, is good technically and is good on aerial duels so I think we are seeing a complete player. He is just 19 years old and I’m sure in the future he will be a top, top player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Curacao earn shocking spot in Gold Cup quarterfinals

first_imgThe Gold Cup has seen its share of upsets in recent times, but the 2019 tournament has produced arguably the most shocking group result in the history of the competition.  Curacao, a regional minnow with no history to speak of in the Gold Cup, has advanced to the knockout rounds thanks to a 1-1 draw with Jamaica coupled with Honduras beating El Salvador.Entering the tournament Curacao had never scored a goal in the Gold Cup and they was given little chance of making noise in the 2019 tournament, having been drawn in Group C alongside a Jamaica outfit thought to be a dark horse contender along with a Honduras side that qualified for the World Cup as recently as 2014.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A 1-0 loss to El Salvador in the Group C opener set the Caribean side off to a poor start, but it all turned around on matchday two.  Leandro Bacuna ‘s 40th minute goal against Honduras was the first ever scored for his nation at the Gold Cup, and a strong defensive showing was enough to earn the side a 1-0 win over the Hondurans.  Then came the group finale against heavily favored Jamaica on Tuesday night.  The Reggae Boyz looked likely to run away with the match in the early going as chance after chance went begging before Shamar Nicholson broke through just 14 minutes in.  But Jamaica could not add to that tally, as Curacao continued to fight off one attacking push after another as they waited for a moment of magic to bring them back into the match. Jurien Gaari would provide it three minutes into stoppage time, helping his side to a 1-1 draw.  Para verlo de todos lados, un gol que significó mucho más que un empate. ¡Curazao 🇨🇼 a cuartos de final!#GoldCup2019 #EstoEsNuestro #ThisIsOurs @CuracaoFutbol— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 26, 2019There was still the matter of needing a bit of help from Honduras in the second match of the night, however.  Los Catrachos did not disappoint.  Despite struggling for goals through the first two group matches, Honduras turned on the style against El Salvador, putting four past Los Cuscatlecos, handing Curacao the result it needed to earn a place in the knockout rounds of the competition for the first time.  Curacao moves on as the second-place team in Group C and will face the top side from Group D in the last eight, with the opponent to be decided on Wednesday when the U.S. national team takes on Panama.  Both teams come into Wednesday’s match with two wins from two, though the USA holds the advantage should the two sides play to a draw.last_img read more

Imperial Oil profit slumps to 647million in third quarter well below analyst

CALGARY — Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) on Thursday reported third-quarter results that were well below analyst estimates. The Calgary-based company had $647 million of net income, or 76 cents per share in the third quarter, down from $1.04 billion or $1.22 a year earlier.Total revenue was $8.6 billion, up from $8.3 billion a year earlier, but less than the estimate of $9.5 billion.Net income was 22 cents below an estimate of 98 cents per share compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Korea assures safety of Sri Lankans

He said that the Korean Government cares about their safety in case of emergencies and has established safety measures to secure the safety of foreigners. The Ambassador said that  it is only natural that the international community is concerned about the threats of North Korea.However, he says his government does not see any unusual military movement on the part of the North, and there is no sign that the North is actually preparing for a military attack. South Korea has assured the safety of Sri Lankans in the country following threats of war posed by its neighbor North Korea.There are around 230,000 foreign workers in Korea including 25,000 Sri Lankans, and they are valuable contributors to the Korean economy as well as to bilateral relations between Korea and their origin countries, Jongmoon Choi, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka said. “The main objective of the propaganda warfare is to scare the international community in order to increase its leverage at the negotiation tables. Considering these aspects, being excessively anxious over the current situation on the Korean Peninsula means being caught in the trap of North Korea,” the Ambassador said.At the same time, he says  the Korean Government is maintaining full preparedness in every aspect for possible emergencies based on precise analysis of the situations.  (Colombo Gazette) “I hope the people and the Government of Sri Lanka can stand calm with the Republic of Korea and join the international community in sending a firm and constant message to North Korea that it should make a right choice, instead of going into a way of isolation,” he said. read more

UN agencies call for decisive action to mitigate deepening crisis in southern

A statement issued by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) warns that all indications point towards nothing short of a decimation of populations in their most productive years, and the prospect of economic collapse and insecurity in the foreseeable future. “Let us not turn our heads away and become tacit accomplices in an otherwise preventable tragedy,” the statement said. According to the statement, which was also supported by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), without a massive infusion of money and a greatly expanded effort by the affected countries in collaboration with the international community, the future prospects for the 60 million people living in southern Africa “hold little hope.” Unless prompt and decisive action is taken immediately, an estimated 20 per cent of the adult population – 12 million people – will die prematurely just from HIV/AIDS. Vowing to redouble their individual and joint agency responses to promote a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to this unprecedented crisis, the agency heads also outlined priorities for the wider international community. The response, they said, must combine food assistance and new approaches to farming, along with prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. The agencies welcomed the joint mission to the southern African region by James Morris, Special Envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, and Stephen Lewis, Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. The mission will consult widely with humanitarian and development agencies to determine how best the UN system and international community can assist those at risk, especially women. It will also examine strategies to support governments in the region in their efforts to address structural weaknesses in the provision of social services. Meanwhile, Mr. Morris, who is also the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), wrapped up his mission to Ethiopia and welcomed generous new contributions to help that country. He warned, however, that there was “no time to lose” as available food aid supplies would start to run out during the peak of the drought crisis. The needs were so colossal, “even a brief interruption in deliveries could spell death for the most vulnerable,” he said. Upon his departure from Ethiopia today, Mr. Morris will travel to Johannesburg to kick off the seven-day joint mission in the southern Africa region. read more

In UN Assembly speech Pakistans Prime Minister proposes new peace initiative with

He said that one of his key priorities is to strengthen relationship with neighbouring India, to end the conflict that dates back to the independence of both countries.“When I assumed office of the Prime Minister in June 2013, for the third time, one of my first priorities was to normalize relations with India. I reached out to the Indian leadership to emphasize that our common enemy was poverty and underdevelopment. Cooperation, not confrontation, should define our relationship,” he said. “Yet today, ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary are intensifying, causing civilian deaths including women and children,” he told the Assembly’s 70th annual General Debate.Mr. Sharif also added that the issue of Kashmir can only be resolved if peaceful dialogue is renewed between India and Pakistan along with consultations with Kashmiris.“Consultations with Kashmiris, who are an integral part of the dispute, are essential to evolving a peaceful solution. Since 1947, the Kashmir dispute has remained unresolved. UN Security Council resolutions have remained unimplemented. Three generations of Kashmiris have only seen broken, promises and brutal oppression. Over 100,000 have died in their struggle for self-determination. This is the most persistent failure of the United Nations,” he explained.He suggested a four-step measure to be implemented as part of the new peace initiative.“One, we propose that Pakistan and India formalize and respect the 2003 understanding for a complete ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir. For this purpose, we call for UNMOGIP’s expansion to monitor the observance of the ceasefire. Two, we propose, that Pakistan and India reaffirm that they will not resort to the use or the threat of use of force under any circumstances. This is a central element of the UN Charter. Three, steps be taken to demilitarize Kashmir. Four, agree to an unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground,” said the Prime Minister.Turning to other issues, he also spoke about the repeated terrorist attacks Pakistan faces and underscored that his country is a victim of terrorism.“The global threat of terrorism cannot be defeated unless we address its underlying causes. Poverty and ignorance are part of the problem. Extremist ideologies must be opposed. But the narrative of the terrorists also has to be countered through the just resolution of the several instances of oppression and injustice against Muslims in various parts of the world. Unfortunately, some seek to use the global campaign against terrorism to suppress the legitimate right of occupied peoples to self-determination,” he added.Pakistan also urged a renewed and restructured Security Council. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged the need for a “Security Council that is more democratic, representative, accountable and transparent.” He also said that the Council should reflect the interests of all member states and not merely limit to an expanded club of the powerful and privileged. read more

UK automotive industry targets alltime manufacturing records

JaguarXF, XJ, XKCastle Bromwich Full 2011/2012 investment announcement list at NissanJuke, Note, QashqaiSunderland Manufacturer Model rangeFactory ToyotaAuris, AvensisBurnaston, Derby HondaCivic, CRV, JazzSwindon MINIMINIOxford Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK automotive manufacturers have set their sights on breaking all-time manufacturing records by the end of 2015. The confidence is fuelled by multi-billion pound investments committed to the country over the past 18 months that will see production expanded, new models introduced and thousands more people employed.According to figures announced ahead of today’s SMMT International Automotive Summit, the UK could surpass the 1972 record of 1.92 million cars produced, with over two million units rolling off domestic manufacturing lines in 2015. This landmark relies on eurozone stability and ongoing government support and collaboration. Achieving annual car manufacturing volumes in excess of two million units would equate to an increase in manufacturing output of more than 50% over 2011’s level of 1.3 million units.“The UK automotive industry is leading economic recovery with increased manufacturing output, growing export volumes and new jobs being created on the back of major international investment in the sector. Our engineering expertise, workforce flexibility and renowned motoring heritage, combined with top level collaboration between industry and government, makes the UK an important location for the global automotive industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT’s Chief Executive.“The UK has attracted unprecedented levels of new investment and has a tremendous opportunity to see vehicle manufacturing rise to record levels in the years ahead. To remain globally competitive it is essential that industry and government continue to work in partnership and that key eurozone markets return to sustainable levels of economic growth,” continued Everitt.Economic uncertainty across the eurozone is a factor that all businesses are watching closely. To a certain extent, the UK is insulated from the worst of demand fluctuations as it exports 40% of its products to countries outside Europe. However, it is clear that the ongoing stability and success of UK automotive is linked closely to demand from the continent.The SMMT International Automotive Summit is the UK’s most high-profile meeting of industry leaders who attend to discuss key issues impacting the future growth of the sector. It will be held today in Canary Wharf. The 300-strong delegation will hear keynote speeches from Dr Ian Robertson (HonDSc), Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW and Peter Tyroller, Member, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH. In addition, the day will close as Business Secretary Vince Cable describes how government is committed to supporting the sector and ensuring growth is sustained.UK automotive manufacturing facts:Previous UK highest manufacturing volume: 1972 – 1.92 million cars.2015 UK manufacturing potential volume: over two million cars.Over the first four months of 2012, car manufacturing was up 11.8% versus 2011.More than £5.5 billion has been invested in UK automotive in the last 18 months.On average, the UK manufactures 1.5 million cars and commercial vehicles and over 2.5 million engines annually, 80% of total vehicles and 70% of engines are exported.UK automotive is a vital part of the UK economy and typically generates around £50 billion in annual turnover, delivering around £10 billion in net value-added.Automotive is the UK’s largest sector in terms of exports and generates around £30 billion of annual export revenue. In a typical year, the sector exports to over 100 markets worldwide and accounts for around 11% of total UK exports.The automotive industry employs more than 700,000 people across manufacturing, retail and aftermarket sectors with approximately 145,000 people directly employed in manufacturing. UK automotive is at the forefront of the low carbon agenda, investing in R&D and new technologies that will deliver ever cleaner, safer and more fuel-efficient cars.The UK is home to:Seven volume car manufacturers.Three volume commercial vehicle manufacturers.Eleven bus and coach manufacturers.More than 25 niche and specialist vehicle manufacturers.Around 2,350 component manufacturers, ranging from large companies competing globally to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) actively involved in the UK supply chain.Eight Formula One teams and a large concentration of motorsport firms – found in Motorsport Valley. VauxhallAstraEllesmere Port UK automotive investment announcements in 2012:17 May 2012 – Vauxhall confirmed £125 million investment to continue manufacturing at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire – creating 700 new jobs. New Astra production is set for 2015 with the plant running at full capacity on three-shifts. Vauxhall will also increase local supply content for the Ellesmere Port-built Astra to at least 25%.11 May 2012 – Jaguar Land Rover commits an additional £1 billion to the UK automotive supply chain over the next four years, and announces a new logistics facility in Ellesmere Port, creating around 300 new jobs, managed by JLR’s logistics provider, DHL.30 April 2012 – Honda confirmed 500 new recruits to begin work at its Swindon plant, production volumes forecast to double to 180,000 units with the addition of a second shift. A total of 3,500 employees now based at the plant.10 April 2012 – Nissan confirmed production of an all-new hatchback model at its Sunderland facility from 2014, creating 225 jobs at the plant and 900 more in the supply chain. Investment in recent years at the Sunderland plant now exceeds £900m, and includes the introduction of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF in 2013, the Juke launch, the construction of a battery plant and the replacement Qashqai crossover.4 April 2012 – Jaguar announced that it will build an all-new sports car, the F-TYPE, at its Castle Bromwich facility in the West Midlands.23 March 2012 – Government announced the winning bids under the third round of the Green Bus Fund for hybrid, electric and gas buses. The £31 million fund will see 439 new low carbon buses come to UK roads, the majority of which are expected to be manufactured in the UK.13 March 2012 – Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to expand its Halewood manufacturing facility, creating an additional 1,000 jobs to increase vehicle production.5 March 2012 – Nissan announced production of an all-new model, the Nissan INVITATION, at its manufacturing facility in Sunderland creating around 2,000 new jobs at the plant and within its UK supplier base, representing an overall investment of £125 million.13 January 2012 – McLaren Automotive announced plans to build a new facility in Woking for its F1 and sports car operations, creating 400 new jobs. UK-based volume car manufacturers: Land RoverDefender, Discovery, Evoque, Freelander, Range RoverSolihull / Halewood read more

Craven Cottage confirmed for Ireland v Italy friendly

first_imgTHE FAI HAS announced that Ireland will meet Italy at London’s Craven Cottage on 31 May (7.45pm).The Boys in Green are lining up a number of friendly games for the end of the season and a visit of Turkey to Dublin on 25 May will be followed by a fixture against the Azzurri at Fulham’s home ground six days later.On the same night, Wembley Stadium hosts the re-match between Carl Froch and George Groves.It will be the 14th time that the teams have faced each other — the last meeting ended in a 2-0 win to Cesare Prandelli’s side at Euro 2012.While they have yet to be confirmed,  Ireland are also in talks to play Costa Rica and Portugal in the US on 7 and 10 June.Tickets for the game, starting at £10 for U16s and £25 for adults, are available through Fulham’s ticket office by calling +44 (0)843 208 1234, or by accessing their online portal: from Monday, March 24 at 10am. GIF: Incredible one-touch team goal from the CONCACAF Champions LeagueSimon Hick column: Foundation blocks are in place for 2015 World Cup tiltlast_img read more

Locals concerned over plans to build 299 apartments in blocks of up

first_img 89 Comments Locals concerned over plans to build 299 apartments in blocks of up to 9 storeys in Glasnevin A Strategic Housing Development application was lodged earlier this month by property developer Scanron Limited. CONCERNS HAVE BEEN raised locally over plans to build 299 apartments in buildings up to nine storeys in height in Glasnevin, north Dublin.A Strategic Housing Development application was lodged earlier this month by property developer Scanron Limited to build a mix of residential and commercial properties at the former Smurfit Printworks site at the junction of Botanic Road and Iona Road in Glasnevin.The application was lodged directly to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) under planning rules introduced in December 2016, which allows developments of over 100 residential units or 200 student beds to bypass city planners and go straight to ABP for a decision.The proposed development – to be named Daneswell Place – will consist of 299 residential apartments (a mix of 1-, 2- and 3 bedroom units), a childcare facility, a café/ restaurant, a medical consultant unit, as well as management spaces and community facilities.It will also include 171 car park spaces, close to 500 cycle spaces, a playground and a public open space.This will all be spread across five blocks, which will range from five to nine storeys in height. The tallest 9-storey building will reach a height of 25.9 metres. Local Fianna Fáil representative Mary Fitzpatrick has said that local members of the surrounding communities had approached her with concerns over the height of some of the planned apartment blocks.“Let me clear, we desperately need houses… and I’m in favour of density and height,” she told, Fitzpatrick said that locals in surrounding areas were concerned about the height of the proposed blocks and the density of the apartments in relation to the area in which they would be built. “Everyone recognises the severity of the housing crisis and the desperate need for affordable homes in our area,” Fitzpatrick wrote in a letter to residents of nearby Iona and surrounding areas. However residents are concerned over the proposed excessive height and scale of the development which will exceed the height of the Phibsborough Shopping Centre Tower.The surrounding area is made up mostly of two- to three-storey semi-detached and terraced homes.It is unclear if any of the proposed apartments will be earmarked as affordable homes. Under planning laws, 10% of the full development must be provided to Dublin City Council for social housing.The application to ABP proposes to meet this requirement by providing seven one-bed apartments and 26 two-bedroom apartments for use as social housing (33 in total).The site will also be along the route of the planned new MetroLink, close to the Glasnevin stop. There are also concerns about the effect the new apartments will have on traffic in the area, which already sees congestion at peak times. Short URL The former Smurfit Printworks site. The entrance to the site. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieSmurfit site history The new units will join 35 homes already being built by Scanron. The four- and five-bedroom homes are on the market for between €880,000 and 1.25 million.Scanron’s application to ABP is an update on previous planning permission that was granted on the site.The former Smurfit printworks site was sold during the recession to the Irish subsidiary of English firm Westhill Land & Property Ltd. Planning permission was sought by the company – IDV Developments Ltd – in 2015 for 131 residential units (88 apartments and 43 houses) to be built on the site. This was objected to by a number of local residents at the time. Permission was granted, and the decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala. ABP upheld the decision to grant permission, but reduced the number of apartments by 12 (to 76). The Irish Times reported in 2017 that the site with planning permission was then sold to a company called Eastwise Homes for a reported price of close €18 million. Building work began on the 35 homes overseen by Eatwise-linked company Scanron. The latest application to ABP was submitted by Scanron earlier this month and represents a significant scaling up of the project. It is proposed that an additional 223 apartments will be built on the site, with a reduction of the number of houses. Height restrictionsThe Dublin City Council Development Plan 2016 – 2022 proposes height restrictions on buildings in certain areas of the city. Specific reference is made to the Smurfit site in the plan:“Phibsborough will remain a low rise area with the exception of allowing for (i) up to a max of 19 m in the centre of the Smurfit site and immediately adjoining the proposed railway station at Cross Guns Bridge,” the plan states. Scanron’s application contains a material contravention statement as to why its proposed development – with heights of up to 25.9m – should be permitted. Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy published new guidelines in December of last year which lifted the maximum height restrictions imposed by councils. The move overrides local councillors’ ability to restrict the heights of buildings. National policy – as laid out in the Ireland 2040 document released last year –  set out a long-term vision for infrastructure development in the country on the basis that the country’s population would rise by around one million people in the next two decades.A ruling by ABP last year said ministerial guidelines and national objectives justified planning permission being granted for a 29m block in Dublin’s city centre, showing the movement away from height restrictions. Scanron in its material contravention statement argues that the Dublin city development plan is overridden by national policy objectives and that the height restrictions should be lifted when a development “comprises a high quality proposal which will create an exemplary living environment for future residents”.Local councillor Cieran Perry said he had “serious concerns” about the potential for this development and others to override the development plan voted on and agreed by councillors. “Height is my main concern,” Perry told“We want proper, sustainable planning… the nine storey height [in this area] is incomprehensible,” he said. Perry stressed the need for homes in Dublin, but said that proper sustainable planning was needed. “I have serious concerns about the height and the [contravention] of the development plan… but I’ll take guidance from the residents on this,” he said. An information session is planned for Monday evening organised by Mary Fitzpatrick and the Iona and District Residents’ Association. In her leaflet, Fitzpatrick said the meeting would “give residents an opportunity to view the plans, discuss the application and if agreed prepare a submission to An Bord Pleanála”. Submissions must be made to ABP by close of business on 9 April.  Image: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.iecenter_img 36,956 Views Mar 30th 2019, 2:15 PM The former Smurfit Printworks site. 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Apple seul détenteur de la marque iPad en Chine

first_imgApple seul détenteur de la marque iPad en ChineLa marque à la pomme va verser 60 millions de dollars au constructeur taïwanais Proview Technology pour récupérer la seule utilisation de la marque iPad dans l’Empire du Milieu.L’iPad en Chine ne désignera plus que la tablette tactile made in Apple. Normal nous direz-vous, mais dans l’Empire du Milieu, cela n’était pas aussi facile que cela, rappelle IT Espresso. Ce n’est que le 25 juin dernier que la marque à la pomme a obtenu ce droit, moyennant quelques 60 millions de dollars. Depuis trois ans, un contentieux judiciaire opposait en effet Apple au constructeur taïwanais Proview Technology sur le libellé iPad. En 2009, un ordinateur produit par cette firme sortait en effet sous le nom d’IPAD. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A l’époque, Apple s’était bien entendu offusqué de ce choix mais la contre-attaque de Proview Technology ne s’était pas fait attendre. L’entreprise avait en effet déposé la marque en l’an 2000, soit bien avant l’émergence des tablettes tactiles ! Cela tombait au bon moment pour elle puisqu’elle se trouvait à ce moment en redressement judiciaire et a donc vu qu’elle pourrait tirer une belle somme d’argent d’un procès éventuel avec Apple. Dans un premier temps, Proview Technology a donc réclamé 1,17 milliard de dollars en dommages et intérêts, avant de revoir à la baisse ses prétentions, sollicitant en l’occurrence 400 millions de dollars.Finalement, après d’âpres discussions, elle a obtenu 60 millions de dollars, soit bien moins qu’espéré. Mais ses avocats, qui parlent de “décision pragmatique”, peuvent être ravis, la situation d’urgence de la firme asiatique jouant contre eux. Pourtant Proview Technology avait pourtant cédée en 2009 à Apple, pour une somme avoisinant les 41.000 euros, la marque iPad. Mais le fait que la concession se soit effectuée via la filiale implantée à Taïwan et non l’entité basée en Chine ne pouvait que promettre la défaite à Apple. Finalement, en jouant la montre, la firme de Cupertino a réussi son coup en faisant baisser le montant à verser à la société tout en préservant son image en Chine, le marché le plus porteur à l’heure actuelle pour Apple.Le 3 juillet 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Petnet SmartFeeder server goes down owners asked to ensure their pets dont

first_imgThe Internet has allowed us to create some very clever gadgets and services, and we’re only just starting to entertain a new category of devices known as the Internet of Things. But it’s easy to overlook how relying on the Internet can go so very wrong, and in 2016 it means your pet could potentially starve.That’s the problem facing owners of the Petnet SmartFeeder, which is an automatic pet feeding system controller with an iPhone. It allows you to remotely control when your pet gets fed and the size of the portions. It sounds ideal for someone who’s out of the house all day working, or away on business or holiday for a few days.The problem with the SmartFeeder, though, is that in order to work it requires a connection to a server, and that server isn’t working at the moment. Alan, an iOS engineer working at Uber, tweeted the following service update he received from Petnet regarding the SmartFeeder:Loss of scheduled feeds and failed remote feedings is a fancy way of saying “your pet will not be fed.” There’s also no estimated fix time, meaning owners who happen to be away from their pets for an extended period of time right now may be left frantically trying to contact someone who can make sure their pet doesn’t starve.Loving pet owners would never leave their pet in a situation where they may starve (or not see a human regularly), and for them this is just a frustrating situation that will be easy to resolve with a call to their designated pet sitter. But you can bet there is at least one person out there who has gone on holiday for a week or more and left their pet’s feeding completely in the hands of a SmartFeeder.last_img read more

Woman credited for calling in smoke scare in Battle Ground

first_imgSmoke coming from an abandoned nursing home in the heart of Battle Ground prompted a two-alarm fire call Sunday evening.The elusive source was a burning mattress inside the U-shaped building at 103 N. Parkway Ave., across from Battle Ground High School.A woman saw smoke and called 911 at 4:58 p.m., said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Fire Clark Fire & Rescue.“They’ve had problems with transients going inside,” Dawdy said.When firefighters could not find the source of the smoke, which was throughout the building, a second alarm was called.Soon after, the mattress was discovered.“It was deep inside the building,” Dawdy said.About 30 firefighters from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Fire District 3 and Vancouver Fire responded, but many were called back after the mattress was found.Dawdy said it could have been worse than simply smoke in the building.“There’s a nice apartment community here, and those people were very concerned,” he said.He said the building has been repossessed by a credit union, and the structure has been in disrepair.A Clark County fire marshal and Battle Ground police are investigating. Firefighters stayed on the scene until about 8 p.m.Dawdy said he was grateful the woman called in when she saw smoke.“This could have been a real big deal,” he said.last_img read more

Bank of England reports 187 gender pay gap

first_imgThe Bank of England has reported a gender pay gap of 18.7%.Its figures on mean and median salaries by gender, which compared data from March 2015 to March 2016, found that the mean gender pay gap decreased from 19.7% in 2015 to 18.7% in March this year, with the equivalent figure for median salary also dropping from 27.6% last year to 26.4% this year.The mean pay for female employees in 2016 stands at £50,278 a year, compared to £61,807 a year for male employees. This is an increase on the £48,945 and £60,940 respectively recorded in 2015.According to the bank, the gender pay gap is due to a lower proportion of females in senior roles. It currently has 60% of female employees in the lowest two pay quartiles and 32% in the highest=paid quartile. However, female representation at senior levels has increased year on year, from 25% in 2015 to 28% in 2016.To combat the gender pay gap, the Bank of England has set diversity targets to achieve by 2020. These comprise 35% of senior management to be female by 2020, as well as to have an equal split of men to women working within the business at all levels under senior management. Women currently comprise 44% of its workforce.The Bank of England stated in its report: “Our goal is to attract and inspire the best people to public service. We want people with diverse ideas, willing to challenge and debate, and we want them to feel empowered at all levels, to take the initiative.”last_img read more

Why One Enthusiast Publisher Is Gambling on a Lower Cover Price

first_imgThe newsstand is in a free-fall, but there are still many publishers that count single copy sales as a major source of revenue. One of those is TAM Communications, a Connecticut-based publisher of motorcycle enthusiast magazines, and it’s taking a proactive approach to boosting sellthrough by cutting the cover price of its American Iron magazine by $2. TAM is opting to take American Iron down from $6.99 to $4.99. Here’s what went into that decision, according to publisher and owner Buzz Kanter. Indeed, smaller enthusiast publishers have perhaps weathered the newsstand declines a bit better than their mass-market cousins, but the withering sales are starting to affect all titles.  Compounding the problem is continued deep discounting of subscription prices. As wholesalers incrementally increase the cost per issue to distribute, publishers are increasingly turning their backs on the newsstand and focusing on subscriptions instead.  Kanter worked with his distributors and wholesalers to compare existing distribution of the magazine with the leading car and truck titles in stores that aren’t currently carrying American Iron. MagNet data for the first half of 2015 shows that smaller titles whose newsstand sales had been holding up well against bigger ones are now feeling the squeeze.  When budgeting for the new cover price, Kanter had to factor in the 20,000 copy increase and “take a wild guess” on incomes. “We’re hoping to get a higher sale on a lower price. That’s where the ouija board comes in.” “I’ve been an active player on the newsstand since the late 70s and we always thought ‘Oh my God, how can it get worse?’ And a few years ago it went to, ‘Oh my God, it’s definitely getting worse,’” says Kanter. And as the bigger publishers, wholesalers and distributors bicker over who’s more responsible for fixing the distribution chain—or ignoring it altogether—Kanter has decided to see if he can make something happen. “The newsstand is not finding any viable long-term solutions and shame on us for not trying. So this is what I’m going to do about it.” The trend is actually in the opposite direction. According to MagNet, the average cover price has increased by $0.04 to $5.38. center_img Currently, American Iron averages single copy sales of about 45,000.  Kanter says they’ll add another 20,000 issues to the total distribution for the first issue and, if necessary, adjust that on a per-issue basis going forward. Nevertheless, it’s a fairly long-term commitment.  Whereas the top 25 and 50 titles had been experiencing larger declines, the data show that titles in the top 100 and top 1000 have pulled even. The percentage decline in sales is now more similar across all groups of titles through the top 1000, ranging from -18.1 percent for the top 25, to -18.5 percent for the top 1000. While lowering cover price to drive more single copy sales isn’t a new idea, it’s still fraught with risk, especially in today’s environment. “Each time [wholesalers] say it’s going to cost us another two cents to distribute, they become less financially interesting than a deeper discounted subscription price,” says Kanter. “If publishers are going to lose six cents on a single copy sale versus four cents on a deeply discounted subscription sale, what do you think they’re going to do? Would I rather give the magazine away for free to a qualified reader than keep losing more money on a single copy?” The new $4.99 cover price will take effect with the January issue and Kanter expects it will either be an obvious success or an obvious failure. “I don’t think there will be any grey areas. The value I’m looking for is a higher unit sale and a higher sales efficiency. If we pick up two or three efficiency points it was not a good test. If we pick up eight or ten points, then we succeeded.” What’s being noticed by the consumer, says Kanter, is the decreasing perceived value of thinning magazines as the cover price continues to rise. “Magazines are getting thinner and thinner, cutting pages and cutting quality and charging a higher cover price. How the hell is that going to play out long term?” With the rate that sales data comes back to the publisher, it will be 2-4 months before they get a reasonable estimate on how the new cover price is performing. “We have to be committed maybe four or five issues,” says Kanter.last_img read more

River Running Good Dog Care Allows Iditarod Mushers To Keep Larger Teams

first_imgMushers are allowed to start the Iditarod with a maximum of 16 dogs. More than a third of way into the race, many teams are still that large because of a combination of easy-going river miles, good dog care and support from fellow mushers.Download AudioAs the sun set over the Galena dog yard, musher Travis Beals walked up and down his line of dogs, sprinkling ground salmon in front of each one.Beals’ original race plan did not include a 24-hour layover in Galena, but when arrived at the checkpoint, he realized his 14 dogs needed the rest.“I had a couple sore dogs – key members of the team that needed some attention,” Beals said.Because he hadn’t planned to stop for long, Beals didn’t have enough food to last 24 hours.Dallas Seavey’s team pulls into Ruby Wednesday. (Photo by Emily Schwing)“Mushers are the type of people – they’re always willing to lend a hand and DeeDee’s leaving now and she’s got a smorgasbord of stuff,” he said.DeeDee Jonrowe was parked a few feet away. She only planned to stop in Galena for a few hours, so before she pulled out of the checkpoint, she handed Beals all of her leftover dog food.Jonrowe: “I understand because that’s happened with me before.Beals: “It’s not that I didn’t pack. It’s either behind me in Ruby or [ahead] in Huslia or Koyukuk, you know.”Jonrowe: “What’s happened with me too is planning to not have as big a team. Because on the coast with 14 dogs, well they ate everything I had and so, I totally have been there.”Jonrowe is running the Iditarod for a 33rd time. As she packed her sled to go, she said she was glad hers is among a number of teams that have remained large this year.“If you look at the data, in cold years they often do for a while,” she said. “It just depends on a person’s ability to hold it together with dog care.”Norwegian Thomas Waerner works in the Ruby dog yard in the middle of the night. (Photo by Emily Schwing)Paige Drobny still has 15 dogs in her team. She says this year’s reroute may have something to do with fewer dropped dogs.“The teams are all really big and I think that shows how forgiving more of the trail is because we’ve been on flat river running instead of going through the gorge that can maybe knock dogs out of the competition faster,” Drobny said.But some of those flat river miles have been hard-packed, so dogs are showing up with sore wrists. Those are injuries musher Richie Diehl did not expect.“We’re going to work on it and try to get it all straightened out and move on down the trail,” he said. “It’s just frustrating, you know? Dogs that I’ve had to drop who have been some of my most durable all year, you know, and I had to leave them behind. But I mean that’s part of dog racing.”Diehl wants to massage sore muscles and wrists during his 24-hour layover. He’ll leave Galena with one of the smaller teams in the field.“I thought I would have more right now, I definitely do,” Diehl said. “But 12 is a big team too. You can do a lot with 12 dogs, so I’m not worried.”For Aliy Zirkle, it’s continued cold weather that’s causing worry.“It’s difficult to put extra attention to dog care when it’s cold, because your ointment’s frozen, Algyval is frozen, your hands are frozen, your protective gear is frozen,” she said.The next two runs exceed 80 miles each – long, by Iditarod standards, and teams will leave the flat, forgiving river for a rougher, forested route.last_img read more

Activists Gather Unhappy with Davis Response after Meeting

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the City Council’s vote to keep interim police commissioner Kevin Davis permanently.4:30 p.mA group of activists gathered Monday outside of City Hall in protest of the likely confirmation of Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis by the city council, scheduled to vote at 5 p.m.Makayla Gilliam-Price, a high school student and founding member of City Bloc who was arrested after a City Hall sit-in last week, said she and other activists met with Davis on Sunday to discuss a list of demands that includes guidelines for how protesters are treated by police.Gilliam-Price said Davis agreed “whole-heartedly and unflinchingly” to the demands on Sunday, and that Monday’s gathering was supposed to be a celebration of that. But Gilliam-Price said the group was disappointed that Davis issued a statement that stopped short of acknowledging that commitment.She and others gathered outside of City Hall to send a message, she said, that the group is “well aware of his neglect” and “will continue to put pressure on him while he’s commissioner.”Adam Jackson from Leaders for a Beautiful Struggle said some members of that group were ready to occupy City Hall again.last_img read more