Fixing’ fears kept ICC on its toes this World Cup

first_imgThere are rumours that the India-Pak semi-final came under the scanner.The world Cup final will be played today, just five days ahead of the 11th anniversary of the Hansie Cronje matchfixing revelation made by the Delhi Police. While the game has moved on since 2000, with Twenty20 format and ‘Dil Scoop’ shots having come to stay, the stain of match-fixing hasn’t completely vanished.Even as the World Cup final is played in Mumbai, the sleuths of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), besides several Indian lawenforcement agencies, are on the alert to crack down on those involved in betting on the game. Some people are quietly claiming that the India-Pakistan semi-final on Wednesday was under the shadow of doubt, but as always no proof is forthcoming.Since April 7, 2000, when KK Paul, then joint commissioner of Delhi Police, announced that South Africa captain Cronje (he has since died) and some of his teammates were involved in fixing a One-day International series against India in March 2000, stakes in the game have risen at a mind boggling rate.With millions and millions of dollars at stake in the sport and with the ICC and other agencies keeping a close eye on players and those around them, there is strict vigilance all the time.But people involved in the fixing business have changed some nomenclature, with spot- fixing and spread-betting becoming the more fashionable words.Even during this World Cup doubts were raised over a few individual and team performances, but the ICC, which now has a pro-active and independent anti-corruption setup, was quick to deny any wrongdoing.advertisementOff the field, several cases of illegal betting have been busted by the Indian police during the World Cup and even on a global stage some people still approach/ lure players as was evident in the Mazhar Majeed case involving members of the Pakistani team during a series in England last year.For the ongoing World Cup, almost the entire ICC ACSU team has been camping in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, keeping a close watch on the matches and goings-on surrounding them. But members of ACSU are not ready to speak on their success rate. When contacted, Ravi Sawani, general manager and chief investigator, ACSU, excused himself, saying that he was not allowed to speak to the media. “I apologise for not being able to speak on this. My remit says that I cannot speak to the press,” he said.Even the BCCI’s permanent security advisor Ranjit Kumar Das, a retired police officer, isn’t willing to comment. “Even if I am happy, I am not authorised to share it with the press,” he said.Under Jagmohan Dalmiya’s presidentship, the ICC constituted Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) – it later became ACSU – with British top cop Paul Condon heading it. “The ACU is a well organised setup. And in the past some international sports federations, including tennis, benefitted after studying ICC’s anti-corruption template.Sawani’s predecessor at ACSU, Jeff Rees, a former British police officer, joined as director of the world tennis bodies’ Tennis Integrity Unit to check corruption in the sport,” a former ICC top official told Mail Today . KK Paul, who joined the Union Public Service Commission after retiring as Delhi police commissioner, said he follows the game but not the developments in match-fixing or betting. ” What I can say is that Condon interacted with me in Delhi a few times when I was in the service,” said the man who never misses a game of cricket and will be watching the final too.===Large-hearted Kapil never fails his friends Legendary Kapil Dev’s fans know him as a talented all-rounder and the man who captained India to the World Cup title in 1983. Now a successful businessman, Kapil is involved several other projects.But he hasn’t forgotten his friends from his playing days, especially those who played with him for Haryana. Wicketkeeper Salim Ahmed, who took many catches off Kapil’s famous outswingers, received a boost a few days ago when the former India captain promised to help the students of DNS College of Engineering & Technology in Amroha, near Delhi, get jobs after graduating from the institution Ahmed has established.”Kapil met students of my college and promised them that he would help them find jobs once they complete their education. We have been friends for many years and I know Kapil always lives up to his promise,” Ahmed told Mail Today .===Help thy neighbour When will Bangladesh play their first Test match on Indian soil? Almost 11 years ago they got the elite status, with the BCCI – more specifically, Jagmohan Dalmiya as ICC president – leading the campaign. But since then successive BCCI set-ups, which include Dalmiya as board president (2001- 2004), have given them a royal ignore.advertisementIt’s an open secret that when Dalmiya was staking his claim for the post of ICC president, he needed votes of member countries and apparently promised Bangladesh goodies (read exposure through matches and other help).But once he ascended to the ICC throne (1997-2000) and even later when he became BCCI president, Bangladesh remained isolated. They last played a match in India almost 13 years ago.An indebted Bangladesh Cricket Board is too overawed of the BCCI, to ask the big brother to invite its team to play with the Indian team. When asked about his anomaly, BCB senior vice-president Mahbubul Anam said: “We are talking to them for a series.” He hardly sounded convincing.===Chappell’s wife turns nostalgic Wednesday’s India-Pakistan semi-final made many people turn nostalgic and recall the Indian team’s tours of Pakistan in 2004 and 2006. On the second tour, Indian team coach Greg Chappell’s wife Judith accompanied him and thoroughly enjoyed it and even made a scrap book on the tour. Among the souvenirs she collected during that tour was a half-smoked cigar of the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who had left it in the ashtray during a match he came to watch.Judith can still recall a sight that is firmly etched on her mind. “Travelling in the Indian team bus from Lahore to Faisalabad, we were thrilled to see the excitement of the local people lining the road into town. One moment, in particular, stood out for its poignancy and humour.In the crowd a man with a big, toothless grin on his face, standing proudly at the rear of his empty, horse- pulled cart waved at us as the traffic policeman himself let us know that all was well just by the expression in his eyes and bearing the widest grin on his face,” she recalls. “In a split second of my noticing this, Sachin Tendulkar turned around to face Greg and I with a twinkle in his eye.He too had seen the joyous, excited welcome of this man towards the Indian team – one of many wonderful moments which endeared us to the people of Pakistan.”last_img read more

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Superstar Anand’s tragic ‘safar’ ends

first_imgO Mere Dil Ke Chaen, Chaen Aaye Mere Dil Ko Dua Kijiye – as Rajesh Khanna sashayed in his sports car, scarf flowing from his neck, shades in place, crooning Kishore Kumar’s mellifluous melody in Mere Jeevan Saathi, lakhs of Indian women missed a heart beat.Yes, ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ or ‘Chingari Koi Badke’ also symbolised RK, but for me the abiding image of Rajesh Khanna will always remain ‘O Mere Dil Ke Chaen.’ It captured India’s first megastar in all his many-splendoured glory. Rajesh Khanna was a true blue superstar, a demigod who embodied the characteristics of two legends of the yesteryear – the romanticism, flair and chutzpah of Dev Anand and the tragi-histrionic abilities of Dilip Kumar.BlockbusterIn the five-year span which saw him emerge as B-Town’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, or Kaka as he was known in the industry, was all the rage, until he was supplanted by the Paul Muni-baritoned Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Haram. In fact, at the premiere of Namak Haram at Mumbai’s Liberty cinema, Khanna in his candour told director Hrishi-da – ‘My time is up, the new superstar has arrived,’ pointing to his co-star – Bachchan.Khanna was tutored in the art of acting by PD Shenoy, the principal of the Filmalaya School of Acting (Sadhana, Sanjeev Kumar and Asha Parekh also emerged from the same stable). Found in a talent hunt, but a prestigious one – the United Producers Filmfare Contest – Khanna’s initial spurt in Hindi cinema was well-served by this axis. Chetan Anand cast him in Aakhri Khat, but GP Sippy launched him first in Raaz. The United Producers, in many ways, laid the grand edifice of Rajesh Khanna’s undisputed suzerainty.advertisementHe did Ittefaq with BR Chopra; the film was directed by Yash Chopra, who would cast him again in Daag. He did the smash hit Aradhna with Shakti Samanta who used him again in Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Anuraag, Anurodh, Ajnabee and Mehbooba. GP Sippy cast him again in Aan Milo Sajna and Andaz. He did Khamoshi with Hemant Kumar, which was directed by Asit Sen, who later repeated him in Safar. He did Do Raaste with Raj Khosla, who then cast him in Prem Kahani, Aap Ki Kasam and Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka with J Om Prakash and Baharon Ke Sapne with Nasir Husain very early on. As many as 15 blockbuster hits simply rolled off the conveyor belt. With Hrishi-da, he made many memorable and acclaimed films – Anand, Bawarchi, Namak Haram. His ouevre being a combination of stylish romantic and the emotionally high-strung tragic heroes. Personally, he was egotistical, whimsical and completely paranoid about failure.ChangeTowards the mid-1970s, a new breed of filmmaking crept in quietly. It was symptomatic of the times. The air was all-pervasive with hoarding, black marketing and smuggling. In 1972, Khanna enacted one such role in Apna Desh, a remake of 1969 Tamil hit Nam Naadu, with one of his favourite heroines Mumtaz. It was the age of Emergency, which ushered in new acronyms – SITA, Cofeposa, FERA – all dreaded and dangerous. Yes, Amitabh Bachchan arrived as the first anti-hero, capturing the essence of the time and place, blazing away with hands and legs; Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay and innumerable more hits. This was a defining moment in Rajesh Khanna’s career. The presiding holy trinity of Hindi cinema – Rajesh Khanna, RD Burman and Kishore Kumar – saw a churn, the latter two stayed and Bachchan replaced Khanna.The King was dead, all hailed the new King. It is said that in RD Burman’s music room, Rajesh Khanna’s portrait was hung on the wall, such was the bond between the two. It began with ‘Roop Tera Mastana,’ a zingy and peppy new song in Aradhana though credited to an ailing SD Burman, but actually composed by RD Burman. This was a conjoined relationship, one that delivered hit after hit – RD’s music, Kishore’s playback and RK mouthing the lines in his inimitable style.UnforgettableIt is said that RK, or Kaka, was extremely conscious of his posterior, which used to protrude out. So Baldev Pathak, who used to run a boutique in Colaba called Shriman, designed what came to be known as the ‘Guru’ kurta for RK, a trademark which epitomised the star. As a child one saw everything that Khanna put on celluloid, from Haathi Mere Saathi, to his faceoff with Meena Kumari in Dushman, from his mush in Daag, to “I hate tears, Pushpa” in Amar Prem. He made you cry in Safar and Anand, even as you loved the rogue in Sacha Jhoota. There are so many memories of RK, the most obvious and the most indelible is of his voice playing back from tape in Anand – an unforgettable moment etched in our memories.advertisementWhen I worked in Plus Channel in the late 1990s, our office was in Ajanta Hotel in Juhu. The same hotel complex also housed Amitabh Bachchan’s ABCL where the other God used to come to work. RK was close to Amit Khanna and would land up in our office, as did many other stars and directors. Once I remember distinctly overhearing Khanna shout, “arre Amit teri bhi kya kismet hai, upar Lambuji hai aur main neeche baita hoon.” There were days when both superstars would be in the house, making you wonder – Oh, two kings in the house! Wowie. For any movie buff, it was a moment that will never be erased from the corridors of one’s mind.If one of the defining moments in Khanna’s career was the face-off with Bachchan in Namak Haram, where in a smouldering bravura high-voltage Beckettian performance, he screams: “Hai koi mai ka lal? Mujhe maro. Mere dost ko kya marte ho?” then equally significant was his ‘loss’ to LK Advani in a Lok Sabha election. Rajiv Gandhi propped up Khanna by pitting him against Advani. It was to send a message to Bachchan, who had fallen out with Rajiv after Bofors. Though Khanna lost narrowly, he won the re-election to the New Delhi seat by vanquishing Shatrughan Sinha in a gladiatorial contest.I end with his lines from Safar where he portrayed the tragic hero to the core – “Main marne se pehle marna nahin chahta” and “Yeh toh main hi jaanta hoon ki zindagi ke aakhri mod par kitna andhera hai.” A star has fallen.last_img read more

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Zion Williamson-Tacko Fall matchup highlights NCAA 2nd round in East

first_imgPagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’ PLAY LIST 03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’01:50IED blast rocks Bilibid’s Quadrant IV00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Count on both players continuing what has them a step away from the Sweet 16.Fall, a senior, had 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in helping UCF (24-8) to its first-ever NCAA victory, 73-58, over eighth-seeded VCU .Williamson had 25 points and put on a dazzling, dominant show in the second half to lift Duke (30-5) to an 85-62 victory over North Dakota State.Williamson knows Fall, with an armspan of 8 feet, 4 inches, will be a hurdle like none the Blue Devils have faced before.“I got a lot of respect for him because for him to be that size and be able to move the way he does and have as much skill as he does, he’s a great player,” Williamson said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fall will do all he can to do what most other opponents haven’t this season — limit Williamson’s effectiveness down low.“I’m going to be out there and be aggressive and be the (rim) protector that I am,” Fall said. “Zion is obviously a very talented kid, great kid.”But, Fall continued, “he’s going to do his job and I’m going to do my job and whatever happens, happens.”FAMILY TIESDuke coach Mike Krzyzewski will see a few friendly and familiar faces on the UCF bench Sunday. The Knights are coached by Johnny Dawkins, one of Krzyzewski’s first stars at Duke who played for the Blue Devils from 1982-86 and coached there from 1998-2008. UCF assistant Vince Taylor was a Duke standout when Krzyzewski first arrived in 1980-81 season. And UCF starting guard Aubrey Dawkins is Johnny’s son who spent much of his youth hanging around the Duke program with his dad.Krzyzewski does not like going against ex-Duke assistants or players. “Why would you want to?” he said. “They’re family.”The two have met once before with Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils defeating Stanford, where Dawkins was head coach, in November 2014 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Dawkins believes that took away many of the awkward feelings if this were the first time. “You still don’t relish it,” he said. “But it’s still something you’ve already experienced.”PICTURE PERFECTDuke freshmen RJ Barrett and Williamson enjoy each other — and enjoyed seeing their excitement captured in an amazing photo from Friday night’s win over North Dakota State. The picture shows Barrett holding the rim after a dunk and Williamson in the background leaping almost as high in celebration.“We like to celebrate for each other,” Williamson said. “So whenever one of us gets it done, you’ll probably see the other one in the background jumping just as high as him.” Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Serena Williams withdraws, No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses, Roger Federer wins at Miami DO IT AGAINVirginia Tech and Liberty played way back before the season even started in a charity game to raise money for hurricane relief.The Hokies (25-8) won that game 86-70 but came away impressed enough that it was no surprise when the 12th-seeded Flames (28-6) upset Mississippi State in the first round to earn a rematch.“We kind of predicted as a team that we were going to end up playing Liberty because we thought they were going to get overlooked by Mississippi State, and that’s kind of what happened I think,” point guard Justin Robinson said. “We just know they’re a good team, they run good sets and it’s going to be a battle. It’s so long ago. We’re a whole different team and they’re a whole different team so it’s not really what you can take from that game.”Robinson scored 20 points in that game for Virginia Tech and figures to be a key piece again in the rematch after returning from a 12-game absence from a foot injury. Robinson came off the bench in the fourth-seeded Hokies 66-52 first-round win over Saint Louis.The key for the Hokies will be slowing down Caleb Homesley, who scored 30 points in the first round to key the comeback from 10 points down in the final seven minutes. LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Central Florida’s Tacko Fall (24) dodges a loose ball with VCU’s De’Riante Jenkins and Corey Douglas (4) defending during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tacko Fall really hopes the UCF-Duke NCAA Tournament game is not all about the Knights’ 7-foot-6 center and the Blue Devils’ explosive freshman star Zion Williamson.Sorry, Tacko, it’s way too late for that with excitement strong for the East Region’s marquee matchup Sunday between college basketball’s tallest player vs. its most dynamic performer in Williamson.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director “Obviously, it’s very exciting,” said Fall, a full 11 inches taller than Williamson. “You got a guy who’s 7-6. You got a guy who’s a freak athlete, very talented. But at the end of the day, it’s a ballgame. It’s basketball. We can’t make it bigger than what it really is. I don’t want it to be like a freak show between Zion and I.”Already, Fall has pledged to stand tall and not let Williamson dunk on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsChallenge accepted, sort of.“What is he supposed to say?” Williamson responded. “He said the right thing.” View comments MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

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Damian Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Thunder

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis The Thunder have been competitive in their losses, but they haven’t had a scorer like Lillard step up at critical moments to get them over the top.“I was telling the guys postgame that’s why guys get paid the big bucks — to make big shots like that in the fourth quarter,” Thunder guard Chris Paul said. “Dame got it going.”C.J. McCollum scored 22 points and Kent Bazemore added 14 for the Trail Blazers.Paul scored 21 points, Dennis Schroder scored 17 and Nerlens Noel added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder.Portland led 49-44 at halftime. The Trail Blazers shot 38.1% in the first half while the Thunder shot 35%. Lillard made just 2 of 8 shots in the first half and scored seven points.ADVERTISEMENT A 3-pointer by Paul tied the game at 53 early in the third quarter, and then he made a jumper to put the Thunder ahead by two. The Thunder took a 69-68 lead into the final period.Diallo grabbed three offensive rebounds on one possession before finally scoring to put the Thunder up 79-76, and Mike Muscala’s layup on an assist from Paul put the Thunder up by five before the Trail Blazers rallied.“It was an ugly game,” Lillard said. “Both teams turned it over, missing shots, a lot of bad possessions, low-scoring. So you knew it was going to come to the last five, six minutes.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Held the Thunder to 27.8% shooting in the first quarter to take a 24-17 lead. … C Hassan Whiteside left the game late in the second quarter after injuring his left knee. He later returned. He finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. … McCollum made just 7 of 22 shots.Thunder: C Steven Adams sat out with a left knee contusion. Coach Billy Donovan said Adams will be re-evaluated on Thursday. … Muscala made 2 of 9 shots and scored four points. … G Hamidou Diallo had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with 12 points.STAT LINESThe Thunder made just 4 of 27 3-point attempts and shot 39.3% overall. Danilo Gallinari made 3 of 9 3s, and the rest of the team made 1 of 18.“We’re getting great shots,” Paul said. “That’s the thing. Sharing the ball isn’t a problem for us. If that was a problem, I’d be worried. Shots are going to start falling, so we’ve just got to keep playing the way we’re playing.”QUOTABLE Kemba Walker unleashes second half barrage as Celtics frustrate Bucks In last year’s first-round playoff matchup between the teams, Lillard’s deep 3-pointer over Paul George won Game 5 and the series. This time, after making just 4 of 15 shots the first three quarters, Lillard made three 3-pointers in an 86-second flurry in the fourth that turned a three-point deficit into a five-point lead.Lillard rested to start the final period and mapped out his strategy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The whole time I was sitting on the bench, I knew I was going to come in and try to keep it in my hands a little bit more and try to impose my will on the game a little bit more,” he said. “And it worked out.”The Trail Blazers led the rest of the way. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Lillard on his late assist to Rodney Hood for a 3-pointer: “Sometimes, we’re going to be able to have success when I’m making shots, taking over, when I’m the one scoring the ball. But I think it’ll go further and it will be stronger and we’ll be able to do it more often when we trust in each other making that extra pass and guys are in that situation where they get an opportunity to take and make a big shot.”UP NEXTThe Trail Blazers host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.The Thunder host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots next to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t as dramatic as the end of his last game against Oklahoma City, but Damian Lillard still reminded the Thunder what time it was — Dame Time.Lillard had 23 points and 13 assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers hold off Oklahoma City 102-99 on Wednesday nightADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

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Moutinho strike seals Wolves draw at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United dropped points for a second successive Premier League home match on Saturday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Wolves.Former manager Alex Ferguson was back at Old Trafford for the first time since his May health scare, but United failed to put on much of a show for him, instead producing a performance which surely would have resulted in the Scot’s infamous “hairdryer” treatment.Although United looked particularly off the pace early on and rode their luck, they broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, with Fred getting his first goal for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Joao Moutinho scored Wolves’ deserved equaliser with a fine finish early in the second half and, although United upped the pressure late on, they could not find a winner in ‘Fergie time’, as they slumped to another disappointing result.Wolves looked vastly superior to their hosts in the early exchanges and forced David de Gea into two smart saves, as Raul Jimenez and Willy Boly threatened.But United made the most of those let-offs and took the lead against the run of play 18 minutes in – Fred finding the bottom-left corner from 20 yards after Paul Pogba’s clever disguised pass.The Brazilian nearly got a second on the stroke of half-time, but his fine free-kick was tipped on to the post by Rui Patricio.Wolves deservedly restored parity just after the interval, however, as Jimenez teed up Moutinho on the edge of the box and the midfielder found the top-left corner.United huffed and puffed towards the end, with substitute Juan Mata offering a little more creativity than Alexis Sanchez, but Wolves held on, Nuno Espirito Santo successfully frustrating his “inspiration” Jose Mourinho.@JoaoMoutinho pic.twitter.com/OFFDisQFHG — Wolves (@Wolves) September 22, 2018  What it means: Lukaku’s supporting cast lacking craft Romelu Lukaku endured a difficult outing on Saturday, with the supply to him generally poor.Pogba looked the most likely to create chances for him, but otherwise United’s attacking players were disappointing, with Sanchez and Jesse Lingard particularly ineffective.But, to be fair to Sanchez and Lingard, neither would consider themselves to be natural wingers, yet Mourinho persists with them on the flanks. Selfless Jimenez leads from the front He may not have got on the scoresheet, but Jimenez made a real impact in attack for the visitors. His hold-up play was excellent, as shown when setting up Moutinho, he dropped deep to good effect and even his runs in behind troubled United. His former Benfica colleague Victor Lindelof had a difficult day. Sanchez produces little spark once again United’s Chile forward certainly cannot be accused of not trying but his passing was sloppy and he made little impact in the final third. You have to wonder how long Mourinho will continue to play him out wide. Key Opta Facts6 – Man Utd have dropped six points from seven Premier League games at Old Trafford against newly-promoted opposition under Jose Mourinho; more than the Red Devils had dropped in 10 seasons in the top-flight between 2006-07 and 2015-16 (5 pts). Glum. pic.twitter.com/LdIogg0eRP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 22, 2018- Wolves have avoided defeat at Old Trafford against Man Utd in all competitions for the first time since November 1980, stopping a run of eight successive losses.- Fred is the 500th different player to score a competitive goal for Man Utd (excluding own goals).- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in six goals in his seven starts in all competitions for Man Utd this season (4 goals, 2 assists). What’s next? After an EFL Cup date with Frank Lampard’s Derby County on Tuesday, United’s next Premier League outing sees them travel to West Ham. Wolves host Leicester City in the cup, before then welcoming Southampton to Molineux in the league. read morelast_img read more

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Michy Batshuayi eyeing ‘something great’ with Valencia under Marcelino

first_imgBelgium forward Michy Batshuayi was unveiled as a Valencia player on Sunday and said that he is eyeing loads of success under coach Marcelino in Spain.Batshuayi, who is on a season-long loan at the La Liga side from Chelsea, said that he decided to accept Valencia’s offer after his conversation with the Spanish club coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.”There were a lot of teams interested in signing me, but I spoke with Marcelino and the Spanish club management and they convinced me to come here,” the Belgium forward said.Batshuayi, who arrived in Valencia on Saturday following his new club’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in a pre-season friendly, praised his teammates, reiterating that the atmosphere was great and Valencia fans are “fantastic.”Last night was @mbatshuayi’s first time in #Mestalla!Today he will be at a press conference from 11:00 AMWelcome Michy!!!! pic.twitter.com/l2sCAyyWGAValencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) August 12, 2018He pointed out that his style of playing adapts very well to the way of playing that coach Marcelino wants.”I want to grow and I want the team to do it too. It is true that Marcelino’s style can adapt very well to mine and together we can do something great,” added Batshuayi, who was accompanied by Valencia president Anil Murthy, during the presentation.Batshuayi also said said he would like to wear jersey No. 23 and stressed that Valencia is a “competitive” team that fights against big clubs.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Naomi Osaka retains top spot in Women’s Tennis Association rankings

first_imgNaomi Osaka of Japan maintained the No. 1 spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday with 6,151 points, ahead of Czech Petra Kvitova.Former world No. 1 Simona Halep occupied the third position with 5,682 points in this week’s unchanged top 10.German Angelique Kerber stayed in the fourth place followed by the Czech Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.The seventh position was held by Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, while the eighth, ninth and 10th positions were occupied by Sloane Stephens of the United States, Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, reports Efe news.Meanwhile, Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain jumped one spot to world No. 19 despite being eliminated on Sunday in the first round of the 2019 Madrid Open tournament at the hands of Petra Martic of Croatia.Belgian Elise Mertens, who was also eliminated on Sunday, fell two spots to be placed 20th.Spanish tennis player Carla Suárez remained in her 27th position following her victory 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday over Greek Maria Sakkari, who rocketed 12 spots up to world No. 39 thanks to defending the Morocco Open on Saturday.Further down the ranking, Swiss Jil Teichmann climbed 59 places to be 87th on the list after winning the Prague Open title on Saturday.The Madrid Open which changed from a hard court to a clay competition in 2009 is staged at the capital city’s Caja Magica tennis complex.Also Read | Naomi Osaka a Barbie girl, in a tennis worldAlso Read | Roger Federer happy to return to clay after three-year hiatusadvertisementlast_img read more

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US Gulf Coast Ports Brace for Tropical Storm Nate

first_imgzoom In anticipation of the tropical storm Nate’s arrival on the United States Gulf Coast, the US Coast Guard has set port condition X-Ray for New Orleans sector.Due to the lack of available space in the Lower Mississippi River, the Captain of the Port has closed the river to all inbound vessels that do not have berth arrangements confirmed by the appropriate pilot.“Ports and mariners are cautioned that the COTP New Orleans may quickly set Port Condition Yankee and further conditions as the situation develops. The COTP anticipates setting Port Condition Yankee at 4:00 p.m. local time, October 06, 2017,” the Coast Guard said.The traffic in Egmont Channel has been restricted to one way for vessels with drafts greater than 34 feet.Port condition Whiskey was set for the ports of Tampa, St Petersburg and Manatee and the entire Captain of the Port Zone Mobile, including Gulf Intercoastal Waterway (GICWW), Port of Panama City, Port of Pensacola, Port of Mobile, Port of Pascagoula and Port of Gulfport.Vessels bound for any of these ports, which would be unable to depart if weather conditions worsen are advised to seek alternate destination as these ports may be closed to inbound traffic.The tropical storm Nate which has already proven deadly in South America, killing at least ten people in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, is expected to make landfall on Lousiana, United States on Saturday and is likely to transform into a category 1 hurricane.“The tropical cyclone is forecast to strengthen as it moves over the Gulf of Mexico and could threaten the northern Gulf Coast as a category one hurricane this weekend,” the US National Hurricane Center said.Exxon Mobil Corp and Statoil are among producers who have evacuated staff from their offshore drilling platforms in the Gulf, in anticipation of the approaching storm. BP Plc and Chevron Corp are reported to have suspended work at all Gulf platforms, while Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp suspended some production and some drilling activity in the Gulf, Reuters informed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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McNabs Island Improvements

first_imgVisitors to McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour will see some improvements next spring. Waterfront Development Corp. is working with the Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of McNabs Island Society to enhance the island. This includes additional marine infrastructure, compostable toilets, and signs. The Waterfront Development Corp. is investing $150,000 to support the work and will manage the project. It is the largest island at the entrance of the harbour and includes Fort McNab National Historic Site. The 372-hectare island is only a short boat ride from Halifax or Eastern Passage, and is part of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park. “We are helping to enhance visitors’ experience of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park by continuing to collaborate with the Friends of McNabs Island Society and the Waterfront Development Corporation,” said Minister of Natural Resources Zach Churchill. “These infrastructure improvements will benefit the community by improving access to this unique provincial park in Halifax Harbour.” Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corp. noted that many residents have not had an opportunity to visit the island. “It’s truly an undiscovered gem here in Halifax Harbour,” said Mr. MacLean. “This partnership is one way to create more opportunity, more discussion around public access and navigating the island more easily, while still protecting the vision that guides its future.” Promoting the island as a nature park and outdoor classroom is key for the Friends of McNabs Island Society. “Waterfront Development’s investment in McNabs Island complements the trail and park improvements that the Friends of McNabs have been doing in recent years,” said Catherine McCarthy, society president. “These welcome improvements will be greatly appreciated by island visitors.” The society is a non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the preservation of McNabs, Lawlor and Devils Islands as parkland. It raises funds to support projects such as annual beach cleanups, trail and park improvements, and outdoor education. One of its most popular events is the fall foliage tour which sold out Oct. 19, with 250 visitors going to the island. More information is available at http://mcnabsisland.ca . Waterfront Development is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. For more information go to www.my-waterfront.ca .last_img read more

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Chelsea Clinton And Jessica Simpson To Be Honored At Outstanding Mother Awards

first_imgThe National Mother’s Day Committee announced today that it will honor four exceptional women at the 40th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards.The annual luncheon ceremony, which recognizes women leaders who balance highly successful careers with the daily demands and rewards of motherhood, will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 p.m. at The Pierre Hotel in New York. For ticket and sponsorship information visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org or call 212-549-6421.Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, and a 2015 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and present this year’s awards to:• Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation • Artemis Patrick, Chief Merchandising Officer, Sephora• Jessica Simpson, Entertainer; Founder & CEO, Jessica Simpson Collection• Jan Singer, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie“We are thrilled to honor these four remarkable women as our 2018 Outstanding Mother honorees,” said Laurie Dowley, Chairman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “In a time where it feels especially important to recognize the accomplishments and strength of women working both in and outside the home, these women help to inspire others and epitomize everything this award represents.”As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.Proceeds of the 2018 awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please contact the Mother’s Day Council office at 212-594-6421 or visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org.last_img read more

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Portuguese President Says His visit to Morocco Consolidates Bilateral Historic Ties

Casablanca – Portuguese President, Marcelo Duarte Rebelo de Sousa, said, Monday in Casablanca, that his official visit to Morocco at the invitation of HM King Mohammed VI helps consolidate the bilateral “historic Ties.” “For centuries, we have historical ties with Morocco (…). This visit allowed us to further strengthen these relations,” the Portuguese President told the press.He also noted that his visit to Morocco is of great importance to his country, which seeks to develop its relations with Morocco in all areas, especially the economic and political fields through promoting trade and visits exchange at the government level, adding that the two countries have recently signed an agreement in the energy field. Portuguese investors are increasingly interested in Morocco’s business opportunities, especially in the fields of tourism and industry, said Rebelo de Sousa, stressing that his country is closely following Morocco’s development in all fields.In this regard, he welcomed the efforts of the Kingdom to promote the political, economic and social development under the leadership of HM the King.Portuguese President also noted that his visit to Morocco was an opportunity to discuss with Moroccan officials various bilateral issues and other topics of common interest, including relations between Europe and Africa, the presence of the two countries on the African continent and the Middle East.With Map read more

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Average new car CO2 falls 36 in quarter two

© SMMT 2019 | Registered in England & Wales: 74359 | VAT number: GB238893808 Member Services SMMT represents the UK automotive industry through the membership of companies involved in design, concept, manufacture, sale, after sale, disposal and recycling of motor vehicles, components and accessories. Membership Services 2002174.2-1.9% -3.64% SMMT Events SMMT runs a series of exhibitions, shows, seminars and missions abroad. Our events calendar highlights the latest SMMT events, SMMT supported events and lists any other industry event. Log in % change-3.18% Data source: www.cleangreencars.co.uk /SMMT – Sort by – Title (A-Z) Title (Z-A) Date (Newest first) Date (Oldest first) Close Paul Everitt chief executive of SMMT commented, “Today’s figures are further evidence of the progress car makers have made in cutting CO2 from new models. The reductions are significant and sustained and will increase as more fuel-efficient cars come to market. We will continue to work with fuel companies, government and other stakeholders to ensure that our progress is supported by the right incentives, a strong re-fuelling infrastructure and better consumer information.” Read more 2000181-2.2% 2003172.1-1.2% SMMT NewsRegistrationsUK ManufacturingEmissionsEuropeEvent NewsTNB NewsVehicle DataCar RegistrationsLCV RegistrationsHGV RegistrationsBus & Coach RegistrationsEVS & AFVS RegistrationsManufacturing DataMotorparc Vehicles in UseExport ReportsNew Car and Van ForecastsProduction ReportsUsed Car Sales DataProduction OutlookMember ServicesAutomotive LogisticsSMMT Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF)Certification and trainingFunding and SupportInternational ServicesSMMT PublicationsTechnical Circulars Industry TopicsBrexitDigital ManufacturingEconomyEmissionsEnvironmentSafety & SecuritySustainabilityTechnology & InnovationUK AutomotiveSMMT EventsSMMT EventsSMMT Future Mobility ChallengeSMMT Annual DinnerIntroduction to SMMT seminarSMMT Automotive Quality Management Systems (AQMS) ConferenceSMMT Connected 2019Commercial Vehicle ShowAutomechanika BirminghamInternational Automotive SummitMeet the BuyerOpen ForumWebinarsSponsorship and Exhibiting OpportunitiesSMMT ReportsUK Automotive Sustainability 2019UK Automotive Trade ReportLCVs: Delivering for the UK EconomyCAVs: The Global Race to MarketSMMT Motor Industry Facts 2019New Car CO2 2019Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles GuideThinking of buying a new car?UK Specialist Car Manufacturers 2017Digital ManufacturingCAVs: Revolutionising Mobility in SocietyConnected and Autonomous VehiclesThe UK Automotive AftermarketThe Ultra Low Emission Vehicle GuideAutomotive Council ReportsUK Automotive priorities for a new ParliamentReports Archive JoinMember BenefitsApply to JoinAbout usAbout SMMTConsumer InformationSMMT StructureSMMT CommitteesSMMT HistorySMMT VacanciesContact UsContact DetailsFind UsMedia TeamGeneral InfoTerms & Conditions of UseCookies NoticePrivacy PolicyAcronymsLinksEnvironmental PolicyCorporate InformationHow To Pass Your MOTMember, Associate and Affiliate LogosSMMT Garage Finder Jan – Jun 08Jan – Jun 07Quarter 2 O8Quarter 2 O7 2005169.4-1.2% Twitter: smmtInnovate in Britain: UK government & auto industry have jointly invested more than US$640m (£500m) in CAV R&D and t… https://t.co/AwpNeIdEit 10:18:17 AM January 10, 2019 2006167.2-1.3% SMMT NewsEmissionsEuropeEventsRegistrationsUK Manufacturing Events NewsAl Murray announced as after-dinner speaker for the 103rd SMMT Annual Dinner30 September 2019Supply chain opportunities from vehicle electrification top bill at SMMT Open Forum3 June 201940 years of automotive innovation revealed at landmark industry Test Day23 May 2019Read More Sign up to the SMMT Newsletter International Services – Category – SMMT News  (4,266)    Emissions  (73)    Europe  (32)    Event News  (27)    Registrations  (873)       Bus & Coach  (122)       Cars  (238)       Electric & Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicles  (95)       HGVs  (219)       LCVs  (23)       Pre-Registration  (165)    UK Manufacturing  (464) “The first six months of the year have seen the biggest drop in new car CO2 on record,” said Jay Nagley of Clean Green Cars. “The great irony is that rising fuel costs, not environmental concerns, have done more to accelerate the shift to fuel efficient cars than any other initiative.  Whether we like it or not, for most people, saving money still trumps saving the planet when it comes to buying a new car.”Year-on-year figures 1999185-1.8% Quarter 2 and year-to-June Register Funding & Support Year endCO2 in g/km% change 2004171.4-0.4% # 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Domestic violence murders at fiveyear high amid warning of hidden victims of

The number of domestic violence killings has hit a five-year high, new figures show.Data obtained by the BBC from 43 police forces across the UK reveal that 173 people died in domestic violence-related homicides last year.The statistics, reported on Friday, show there were 165 domestic killings in 2014, 160 in 2015, 139 in 2016 and 141 in 2017.One criminologist, who anonymously talked to the BBC, described those killed as “invisible victims of knife crime”.The new data emerged after Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to reintroduce domestic abuse legislation in the next Queen’s Speech.Mr Johnson tweeted on Thursday: “Domestic abuse shatters lives and tears families apart.”We are fully committed to tackling this horrific crime – which is why the Queen’s Speech will confirm we will be reintroducing domestic abuse legislation in the next session.”Sir James Munby, former president of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, has called for the Domestic Abuse Bill to be brought back before Parliament.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday: “This is a vitally important Bill, tackling what everyone agrees is a very great social evil.”It is immensely depressing nothing effective has been done to get this necessary reform through Parliament.” 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. Sir James added: “The Bill must be reintroduced in Parliament as soon as the next session starts.”It must then be pursued to the earliest possible conclusion of the parliamentary process with determination, vigour and a real sense of urgent commitment on the part of Government.”What the Prime Minister does or not will be a vital litmus test of his real commitment to safeguarding those in our society who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and oppressed.”The Domestic Abuse Bill was introduced in Parliament in July.The proposals would give better protection to those fleeing violence by placing a new legal duty on councils to provide secure homes for them and their children.It would also introduce the first legal Government definition of domestic abuse, which would include economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical behaviour.A row erupted earlier this month over former prime minister Theresa May’s decision to honour her favourite cricketer, Sir Geoffrey Boycott, who was was convicted in France in 1998 of beating up his then girlfriend in a Riviera hotel.While campaigners said it was sending a “dangerous message” that “domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime”, Sir Geoffrey said he “couldn’t give a toss” about criticism of his knighthood. read more

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Automatic valve for all slurry applications requiring trouble free pump changeover

first_imgThe Larox Automatic Changeover (LAC) valve operates on the discharge side of two pumps in parallel. Both pumps can run simultaneously or independently. When one pump is switched off, the ball will automatically drop back stopping the back flow to the other pump. It is particularly suited for mill cyclone feed pumps. As the elastomer covered ball moves, it rotates with the flow. This ensures that the valve self cleans and permits it to open and close reliably even under severe conditions of slurry build up.The valve body is carbon steel (fabricated) and can be lined in linatex, natural black, neoprene, hypalon, E.P.D.M rubber, ceramic or urethane. The ball is replaceable and made of urethane or rubber and is available in different sizes.The valve offers considerable flexibility, being flanged to customer specification. Shouldered end connections can be made available for Victaulic couplings if required. The valve body and face-to-face dimension can be changed to suit existing applications.Other features include:Pressure drop is minimal – pressure ratings – 150, 240 and 365 psig.Flushing port in ball bodyReplaceable seatsLifting lugsDifferent mounting brackets can be fitted to suit application.last_img read more

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Swiss vote on limiting top pay to 12 times that of lowest

first_imgThere are others who say that people shouldn’t earn over, say, a million, but in our opinion it is not really [about] the number.The Swiss government is urging voters to reject the initiative on the grounds that it is anti-business and could tarnish Switzerland’s image.Business groups say it would lead to a lower-than-usual income tax take, which would affect national services, and would adversely affect small businesses.However proponents collected more than 100,000 signatures to call the nationwide vote as concerns became more vocal about the gap between highly-paid executives and average workers.The country already banned ‘golden handshakes’ for retiring executives in a vote earlier this year.Column: Should every citizen receive an unconditional basic income? > Read: Austerity ‘resembles sub-Saharan policies’ of 1980s >Read: Irish households saw one of the biggest falls in income after 2007 > THE SWISS ARE to go to the polls to vote on limiting the pay of high-earners as a debate rages in the country about income, inequality and what fair pay really means.Under the radical proposal, businesses would not be allowed to pay any member of staff more than 12 times the wage that they pay their lowest earners.In practice, this means that in a company where the lowest-paid employee earns 4,000 CHF (Swiss francs) per month (€3,200), the highest-paid members of staff would be able to earn a maximum of 48,000 CHF (€38,000 per month).The so-called 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay, which will take place on 24 November, has had significant support from the electorate in opinion polls.  The vote was proposed as part of a backlash over the perceived excesses of top executives during and in the wake of the financial crisis.Polls in October showed the electorate evenly divided with 44 per cent in favour and 44 per cent. However since then a significant number of voters have shifted into the ‘undecided’ category.David Roth, one of the architects of the plan, said the focus is not on a maximum salary but rather about fairness.“It’s really just a thought process that says no-one should earn more in a month than the lowest-paid person in the same company does in a year,” he told Business Insider.You shouldn’t just say a maximum salary because what we really want is a relationship between the lowest and the highest.last_img read more

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Toy Tuesday 11 Most Powerful Dragon Ball Toys

first_img It’s kind of amazing that an anime that debuted in 1986 is more popular than ever in 2019, but Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has standed the test of time for generations. The battle-filled saga of Goku and his extended family has spawned video games, movies and, yes, toys. Multiple manufacturers have put out action figures, plushies and more of the series’ main characters, and we love them all. If you want to simulate super Saiyan battles on your toy shelf, here’s our guide to the best Dragon Ball toys on the market.Tamashii Nations Kid Goku FigureWhy not start at the beginning? When Akira Toriyama started Dragon Ball, he legit had no idea where he was going with it. All he had was the monkey-tailed young hero Goku on a mission to collect the seven Dragon Balls. Obviously the series’ mythology went through some changes as the story came into focus, but those early freewheeling stories are still a ton of fun to revisit. This Bandai Tamashii Nations figure is crafted with the same attention to detail that you expect from the line, with tons of articulation and exchangeable parts, including a Power Pole and a cloud for the little guy to ride on.Get it at Amazon.comKamehameha ShooterOkay, this thing is corny as hell but it sort of wraps around to being awesome. The mighty kamehameha is the signature energy blast of the Dragon Ball series, a devastating wave of ki power that splits mountains in half and devastates opponents. The molded plastic dart that this gadget shoots is… a little less impressive. That said, it’s probably about as close as you’re going to get to blasting one without spending a few centuries training in the time chamber. You don’t even have to say the words to do the extensive warmup — an onboard speaker does all that when you insert the fireball.Get it at Amazon.comVegeta Funko PopFunko has a frighteningly robust selection of Dragon Ball characters remade in their iconic empty-eyed sculpts, so it was a little tough to choose a character for the list. At the end of the day, we had to think that the Saiyan prince Vegeta would probably be the most upset by seeing himself remade as a stumpy little plastic warrior, so that’s who we went with. Revisit the storyline when the bad-ass came to Earth to beat down Goku but eventually found himself fighting on the side of the good guys in Funko form.Get it at Amazon.comDragon Ball MonopolyThere are literally more branded versions of Monopoly on the market than we can count, but we have to admit that the Dragon Ball version is pretty cool. Instead of snapping up property in Atlantic City, you’re shelling out for sets of fighters, and then adding Kamen houses and hyperbolic time chambers to increase their value. It’s just a coat of paint on the original game, but it’s a charming and fun one. Even the tokens you move around the board are Dragon Ball-themed _ sorry, thimble fans.Get it at Amazon.comMegahouse Piccolo FigureStanding over eight inches tall, the Megahouse line of Dragon Ball figures are some of the most detailed and playable on the market. Piccolo was one of the first archrivals that Goku had to face, a green-skinned demon who turns out to actually be an extraterrestrial Namekian and, like many of the series’ bad guys, ends up fighting with Goku and pals against even worse threats. This incredible figure has a cloth outfit and vinyl cape as well as three alternate heads. He’s not poseable, but you can’t have everything.Get it at Amazon.comXenoverse Trunks FigureIt’s amazing how Trunks can make himself stand out from the rest of the Dragon Ball fighters simply by carrying a dang sword. The son of Vegeta and Bulma travels back from the future to help our heroes defeat Frieza and King Cold. His real mission, though, is warning them that Dr. Gero’s androids are ready to take over the planet and must be stopped. This figure from Bandai’s Tamashii Nations line depicts Trunks as he appeared in the Xenoverse game, with a new outfit of long coat and breeches. Multiple heads and hands as well as sword and Time Scroll make this a dope addition to your collection.Get it at Amazon.comMajin Buu PlushOne of the tubbiest foes that Goku and his pals contend with, Majin Buu was also the final bad guy of the original Dragon Ball series. The pink-skinned demon was created by an evil warlock to destroy the universe, even killing two of the Supreme Kais before being sealed away on Earth. Of course, he’s eventually revived and faces off with the Dragon Ball fighters after murdering nearly every human being on Earth. Fun cartoon for kids! If you want to snuggle with a genocidal, near-immortal demon, here’s a cute and cuddly 10 inch plush version for that purpose.Get it at Amazon.comShokugan Son Gohan Action FigureOne of the most notable things about Dragon Ball is the sheer energy that Toriyama puts into every scene. Can an ordinary action figure capture that dynamism? Well, not usually, but Bandai’s Shokugan “Dragon Styling” line comes close. The whole point of these figures is to present the characters in dynamic, charged poses that reflect the wild brawls they get into. This rendition of Goku’s son Gohan is one of our favorites, with a dramatic billowing cape and hand outstretched to unleash an energy blast.Get it at Amazon.comDead Yamcha Action FigureThings definitely start to get real in Dragon Ball when Vegeta comes to Earth to challenge Goku. Previously, although there had been plenty of combat, things were still pretty civilized. But when the spiky-haired Saiyan faced off against our heroes, things got rough fast. Vegeta fought without mercy, striking down the good guys with overwhelming power. One of the most iconic moments in all the series comes when scrappy martial artist Yamcha stands up to the Saiyans and gets totally murdered for it, his crumpled body at the bottom of a ki-created crater. Here’s an “action figure” of that scene, if you’re as morbid as we are.Get it at Amazon.comPerfect Cell Model KitThe Cell Saga was my personal introduction to the world of Dragon Ball, and I still have a soft spot for the green villain that was created by Dr. Gero out of the genetic information of Goku, Vegeta and numerous other powerful fighters. When Cell is unleashed, he travels back in time to absorb Androids #17 and #18, evolving into his “Perfect” form and — because this is Dragon Ball — starting a fighting tournament to find his true rival. This slick plastic model kit is designed using an underlayer process to simulate the villain’s distinctive body markings and comes with optional kamehameha blast pieces.Get it at Amazon.comShenron Statue With Dragon BallsThe powerful entity at the heart of many of Dragon Ball‘s plotlines, Shenron is a massive dragon that lives in the Earth’s molten core, only emerging when the seven Dragon Balls are united to grant a single wish from the bearer. Some of those wishes have been pretty spectacular, and then one time a guy wished for panties. If you want to feel the magnificence of this mighty beast in your own home, this statue set will do the job. The six inch high dragon is surrounded by seven translucent acrylic Dragon Balls just waiting for you to make a wish.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Geek.com:11 Best Movie-Based Lego Sets11 Goopiest Slime Toys11 Coolest Remote-Controlled Toys Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Federal judge approves ATTTime Warner merger

first_imgWASHINGTON  — A federal judge approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, a move that could usher in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without adding major conditions to the deal. The Trump Justice Department had sued to block the $85 billion merger, arguing that it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack up costs to consumers for streaming TV and movies.Now, the phone and pay-TV giant will be allowed to absorb the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows. The Justice Department could decide to appeal the ruling, however.“The impact from this decision will have wide reaching ramifications across the telecommunications, media, and tech industry for decades to come,” said GBH Insights analyst Dan Ives. “For AT&T and Time Warner, this is a major victory lap.”The mega-merger was a high-stakes bet by AT&T Inc. on combining a company that produces news and entertainment with one that funnels it to consumers. The merged company, executives said, would be better able to compete in an era in which people spend more time watching video on phones and tablets and less time on traditional live TV on a big screen.last_img read more

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Lucas Paqueta reveals why he chose AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan new signing Lucas Paqueta gave his reasons for joining the club, while also announcing he will wear the No 39 jerseyThe 21-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of most exciting talents in South American football with observers even comparing him to Milan legend and fellow Brazilian Kaka.Aside from Milan, Paqueta had also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona.But the Flamengo star instead confirmed he would be joining Milan for a reported €35m deal.Now Paqueta has revealed that Milan technical director Leonardo, who’s also Brazilian and played for Flamengo himself, was the main factor behind the move to Italy.“I’ll wear the No 39. It’s the number with which I debuted in Flamengo’s first team,” Paqueta told the Brazilian Press, via Football-Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It brought me luck and I hope the same happens at Milan. If I’ve chosen the Rossoneri, it’s thanks to Leonardo.“He called me and convinced me right away. I understood Milan had a serious project for my career and that’s essential for a young player who arrives in Europe.“I can’t wait to start.”Paqueta has managed 13 goals and five assists in 65 appearances in all competitions for Flamengo since 2017.The young star has played twice for Brazil after debuting in September in a 5-0 friendly win away against El Salvador.last_img read more

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Neal Vitale Stepping Down as 1105 CEO

first_imgVitale, who notified employees of his plans yesterday in a company memo, tells FOLIO: via email that there’s been some external interest in his talents. “I have been approached over the last few months about some interesting involvements and activities outside of 1105,” he says. “As I discussed those opportunities with my Board, the conversation evolved into this decision for me to move on. I am targeting the 1st of November, but neither side is too terribly focused on an exact date. Timing will depend on the direction the Board takes in recruiting a successor.” In the meantime, 1105 board member Jeffrey Klein is expanding his role to executive chairman and will lead the search for Vitale’s replacement. Klein was the CEO of 101communications, which Vitale bought in 2006, along with Stevens Publishing, after forming 1105 Media with backing from Nautic Partners and Alta Communications.Vitale had quickly built up 1105 Media to a $110 million company by the end of 2006. More recently, it’s been making moves to reorganize brands. In April, it combined its public sector brands serving federal employees. The company’s current revenue is in the “high eight figures,” says Vitale. 1105 Media announced this morning that CEO Neal Vitale plans to resign “before year-end,” but an informal target date is set for November 1. The company is currently searching for his replacement.1105 Media is a B2B media company serving the education, public sector, security and public health markets, among others.According to the statement, Vitale, who is also the 2013-2014 chair of ABM, is stepping down “to move on to other challenges.” last_img read more

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Cool Stranger Things products to turn you Upside Down for season 3

first_img See at Bobblehead Hall of Fame Demogorgon jumper: $17.99 See at Amazon Lego/Amazon If you have a Mind Flayer to burn, you’ll want to get to it fast. Try a Schwinn bike modeled after the one Lucas Sinclair rides around Hawkins, Indiana. A headlight mounted to the handlebar gives you extra visibility while you’re out solving mysteries, and it even comes with a camo bandana like Lucas wears.  Demogorgons don’t have to be scary. They can also be super cute and cuddly, as this Funko toy demonstrates.  The Steve Harrington body pillow lets you hug the heroic Hawkins teen all you want. It measures 19 inches by 38 inches, so consider it a mini Steve.  Now playing: Watch this: Upside Down Lego set: From $315 See at Firebox See at H&M Walmart See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos 0 Stranger Things season 3: Everything to know Schwinn/Amazon See at Amazon See at Amazon National Hall of Bobblehead Fame Tags Firebox See at Hot Topic TV and Movies TVs Toys and Tabletop Games The first Stranger Things Lego set, designed to be built by two people, can flip over and stand up either way. One side depicts the Byers’ house, while the other is the terrifying dark dimension known as the Upside Down. The set has 2,287 pieces — and, of course, a demigorgon minifig.  Nike retro kicks: $120 See at Hasbro H&M Replica Schwinn bike like Lucas’: From $294 See at Amazon Season 3 of Netflix supernatural thriller Stranger Things has brought Hawkins, Indiana, and its creepy monsters, spooky parallel dimensions and bad ’80s mullets back onto our screens — and into our nightmares. To mark the return of Dustin, Lucas, Mike, Will, Max and crew, here are 11 (make that Eleven) products we spotted online to keep you in a Strange mood. center_img As part of its Hawkins line, out June 27, Nike is selling three throwback models — the Cortez, Tailwind and Blazer (pictured) — that will put you in step with 1985, the year season 3 takes place. The shoes even come emblazoned with Hawkins High School logos so you’ll fit right in with the gang.  Hawkins Middle School T-shirt: From $12.95 Palace Arcade handheld gaming unit: $29.99 Hasbro Fancy some Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Galaga? This portable mini arcade unit is filled with 20 games inspired by nostalgic titles from the ’80s, including some Mike, Will, Lucas, Dustin, Mad Max and other characters are seen playing on the show. Dustin Henderson’s adorable curly mop shouldn’t be limited to his head. It should also adorn a decorative planter in your home. And now it can.  Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of merchandise featured on this page. See at Walmart Originally published June 21.  Funko/Amazon Steve Harrington body pillow: $30.99 MLB bobbleheads: From $50 Post a comment If you want to relive your junior high years with a jacked-up spook factor, this Hawkins Middle School A.V. Club shirt might make you feel like you’ve got bigger things to worry about than awkward Friday night dances.   Every time Eleven uses her telekinetic powers, her nose bleeds. So does this candle in her image. Fortunately, it only bleeds wax.  59 Photos Eleven bleeding-nose candle: Around $40 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Dustin Chia Pet: $15 See at Nike You can wear your fandom on your sleeve (and the rest of you) with a new line of Stranger Things-inspired clothes from another dimension: the 1980s. It doesn’t get much Stranger than a romper covered in Demogorgons.  Hot Topic Ann Arbor T-shirt Company/Amazon These baseball bobbleheads officially licensed by Netflix, MLB and the represented teams blend your favorite sci-fi show with your favorite sport. We can all agree a Demogorgon holding a San Francisco Giants jersey is the best kind of baseball fan, right? The bouncing baubles are expected to ship in September.   Funko plush Demogorgon: From $18 2:33 Share your voice Netflixlast_img read more

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