VAR fails the football test in more ways than we could have imagined

first_imgIn the end a lot of this boils down to what you think sport is for. If it is to be a distantly consumed third person spectacle, a series of coloured blobs moving on a screen, just one part of the digital leisure experience, than perhaps it does make sense to analyse endlessly the precise, elusive mechanics of why a man has fallen over.Another point of view is that football has drawn its strength and its fascination not from its precision, but from moments of ragged, oddly shaped, endlessly evasive beauty. In his American football novel End Zone, Don DeLillo describes sport as “a benign illusion, the illusion that order is possible … tending always to move towards perfection”.DeLillo is talking about a sport of precisely regulated phases and patterns. The beauty of football is that it carries something of this, but still evades categorisation by pure mathematics, that it is strange and startling in its beauties; and for all the attempts to categorise, still essentially emotional in nature. Referees One of the most striking aspects of the rolling-out of video assistant referees in English football over the last week is the almost daily reminder of the powerfully collegiate nature of referees. Gathered in significant numbers the refereeing community will come on like a particularly strident all-male lobbying group, flaring their neck muscles, explaining their judgments in that strangely tetchy technical language, asserting their right to be respected and supported with an air of lingering threat, like Fathers For Justice in shorts. This is their time now. And they’re going to fiddle with their ear and look stern and pensive for just about as long as it takes.The other striking thing about VAR only became clear to me on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge as it was used for only the third time inside an English football stadium. The fact is, for all the expertise, the manpower, the money spent, VAR just doesn’t work in football. It diminishes the experience of watching in the stadium. It skews the game decisively one way. It is one of those ideas, like bendy buses, or communism, that would simply be better off abandoned. This isn’t an opinion that will hold any water among those already bound up in the mini-industry of promoting, implementing, and generally waving through the latest digital intrusion. It is also a largely pointless opinion given football seems bent on sticking with VAR. But none of this prevents it from being the correct opinion.Not only for the obvious reason, which is the basic paradox at the heart of the VAR system. Digital referee technology is only tolerable if it is used as sparingly as possible. This seems unarguable given the experiences in Australia and Germany. And yet such restraint is impossible in football, where the default atmosphere is one of unmetered confusion, where the outrage dial is always set at 11, where every straw is the last straw.Refereeing decisions are not the real problem here. The real problem is the ludicrously disproportionate attention devoted to discussing refereeing decisions. The number of actual injustices, as opposed to disagreements, is minuscule next to this overwhelming fog of rage.Let’s face it, people are the problem here. Like the block button on Twitter, like silent touchlines and anger management courses, VAR is just another attempt to cope with and soothe and manage their feelings of disempowerment and alienation. It is people’s rage that demands this, more than any meaningful search for objective truth. Just as the real answer here, as to so many things, is for everyone to calm down a bit.So, you conclude warily: use it as little as possible. Save it for the howlers. At which point the question arises of why bother using it at all. The idea seems to be that VAR will correct or overturn two out of every hundred refereeing decisions.And yet, long experience suggests this is an entirely fruitless search for absolute answers. This is not cricket, where TV replays can establish the definite truth of angles and nicks. More than any other sport football constantly presses itself up against the limits of its own laws, relying on continual judgment calls simply to function at all. There is no objective truth in football. Instead the idea is to play the game at the very edge of what is defined as football and what is defined as foul, an interpretation of various physical movements that depends on the application of a set of descriptive words. What amounts to a grey area is itself a grey area. The areas for debate are always up for debate.It is in order to worry away at this inbuilt uncertainty that the entire experience is currently being diminished. At Stamford Bridge the time spent watching a middle-aged man stand very still looking sad while another middle-aged man watched television in a bunker brought a kind of dissolution. In those moments the air seemed to have been sucked out of the ground, a drowsy numbness falling across the crowd, an awareness of being subject suddenly to invisible outside influence. Whereas, for so long the whole point of the spectacle, the thing that has always marked it out, has been the chance to lose yourself in that communal experience, the joy of complete abandon that for so long was the essence of English football grounds. Arsène Wenger squeezes into the press box for a hack’s view of the action Laws of football Share on Facebook Topics blogposts Share via Email Share on Messenger Video assistant referees (VARs) Share on Twitter Carabao Cup semis, Coutinho’s unveiling and VAR in action – Football Weekly Extra Reuse this content Listen Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read morelast_img read more

Rolls-Royce Finally Drops Details on Cullinan, Its Crown Jewel and First SUV

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture Next Previous “Luxury is no longer an urban concept,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “More and more it is about embracing and experiencing the wider world. Our customers expect to go everywhere in luxury, effortlessly and without compromise, conquering the most challenging terrain to enjoy life’s most enriching experiences, wherever they may be.”Following in the footsteps of the new Phantom, the Cullinan is the second Rolls-Royce model to ride on the company’s all-new aluminium platform. While it may never see dirt, the Cullinan has been tested in extreme climates and on challenging terrain. The objective is to maintain Rolls-Royce’s renowned “Magic Carpet Ride” (read: plush ride quality) while tackling rough roads. That’s an ambitious goal, especially considering Land Rover’s expertise in this arena.Powering the bodacious SUV is a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 producing 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. This monstrous powertrain is paired to Rolls-Royce’s newly developed all-wheel drive system with air suspension and four wheel steering.Inside, passengers are treated to traditional Rolls-Royce niceties like open pore wood trim, crystal champagne flutes, and supremely soft leather chairs with multi-contour adjustments for front and rear riders. This being an SUV, there is a shade of practicality involved – namely fold-flat rear seats and trunk-mounted jumper seats. Tailgating seems too improper a word for such a vehicle, but that’s precisely what’s on offer.When the largest, most capable Rolls-Royce hits the market later this year, it will cost a modest $325,000. That is — dare we say — a bargain for the brand. Next The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected 1 of 5 1 of 7 Previous It’s been a long time coming, but Rolls-Royce is finally diving into the SUV game. This week, the high-end luxury manufacturer finally revealed all the details of the Cullinan, a full-size SUV poised to take on Bentley’s Bentayga, Land Rover’s Range Rover SVAutobiography, and Lamborghini’s Urus.Named after the largest diamond known to man (currently residing in the British Crown Jewels), the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is far more than a stilted Phantom. For one, it’s the first three-box SUV on the market, with a defined hood line, roof line, and trunk notch. We’ll reserve our final opinion of its exterior design for an in-person briefing, but the Cullinan is certainly distinctive in the segment. The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everymanlast_img read more

Report says RCMP investigation into Amber Tuccaros disappearance was wholly inadequate

first_imgA cross marks the site where Amber Tuccaro’s skull was found in a farmer’s field outside Leduc, Alta.Holly MooreAPTN NewsThe family of Amber Tuccaro today released 10 pages of a 120-page report they received in response to their complaint to the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission.Amber Tuccaro, a 20-year-old mother of one from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, was last seen in August 2010 after leaving a Nisku, Alta. motel room. Her skull was found two years later in rural Leduc country, 35 km south of Edmonton.Individual officers from the Leduc RCMP detachment, whose names have been redacted, are singled out for not taking “reasonable steps to be satisfied” that Tuccaro was safe before removing her missing person’s entry in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system.Read More:Amber Tuccaro Press ReleaseReport of the RCMP Complaints Commission FindingsOther findings include: inaccurate information was released to the media, the RCMP investigators failed to seize Amber’s suitcase from the motel where she was staying, and improperly handling evidence.“Corporal (name redacted) mishandling of Ms. Tuccaro’s suitcase and its contents resulted in members of the Leduc Detachment accidentally destroying these items,” the report states.Officers were also found to have not interviewed witnesses.Her mother Vivian Tuccaro made the complaint to the commission on March 24, 2014. She alleged RCMP members of the Leduc detachment failed to conduct an adequate investigation into her daughter’s case. Her brother Paul Tuccaro testified to that effect at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in November 2017.(Vivian Tuccaro looks at the spot where her daughter Amber’s remains were found)According to the released document, the commission made 24 findings and 17 recommendations, finding that the investigation was “deficient in that various members were either not properly trained or did not adhere to their training.”It also found that the officers involved did not comply with RCMP policies, procedures and guidelines.An allegation of “conscious racial bias” among members was found to be unsupported.Recommendations include that officers should receive “operational guidance” and that the RCMP “report back to the Commission on the status of all recommendations made in in this report one year after the report is finalized.”A public apology to the Tuccaro family for the “mistakes made in the missing person investigation and the inadequate investigation undertaken overall by the Leduc Detachment,” was also recommended.In August of 2012, two years after she went missing, the RCMP’s Project KARE investigators held a news conference and released the cell phone recording of Tuccaro and an unknown male.Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuccaro got into a vehicle driven by the unknown man. While she was in the vehicle someone phoned Tuccaro who was overheard asking the unknown man where they were going.“Where are we by?” says Tuccaro.“We’re just heading south of Beaumont or north of Beaumont.”“You better not take, you better not be taking me anywhere I don’t wanna go. I wanna go into the city. Okay?” she says.She keeps asking him where they are driving to.The man claims they’re going “East to 50th St.”Then Tuccaro appears to ask what they’re driving on and the man says “gravel.”The conversation ends.The family said in a press release today they that are considering releasing the full report. A news conference with the RCMP has also been tentatively scheduled for July 25, 2019 in Edmonton, Alta.In a written statement to APTN News, Alberta RCMP said while they “don’t comment on matters of individual discipline and we can’t discuss any aspect of an ongoing homicide investigation,” they “accept the report’s findings and are acting on recommendations to improve and monitor performance as well as strengthen accountability.“We have already implemented many of the recommendations, and have taken steps to ensure this situation is not repeated.”APTN has also contacted the Tuccaro family for comment.More to come.hmoore@aptn.ca@hollymooreaptnlast_img read more

Albertas wine war with BC uncorks criticism

first_imgReaction is pouring in after pipeline politics escalated into a wine war between Alberta and British Columbia.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced the province will ban imports of B.C. wine effective immediately.It’s in retaliation to the B.C. decision to limit how much diluted bitumen can be shipped to the coast, which ultimately affects the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Bin 905 Wine & Spirits General Manager Geoff Last understands Notley is obligated to do what she can to help the energy sector, but he said this will fall at the feet of vintners.“While it outwardly may seem to be a glamorous industry, they still have to work really hard to make a profit,” he explained. “Things are run fairly tight, especially in Canada where it’s a small industry.”He doesn’t expect the ban to impact local retailers.“Our B.C. section, I could replace those with European wines tomorrow,” said Last. “If all of these came off the shelf tomorrow, by Friday I could fill that space no problem, that’s not the issue.”But Mark Von Schellwitz, Vice President of Restaurants Canada Western Canada, said the move will punish small businesses and consumers.“We certainly don’t believe that using Alberta consumers and B.C. businesses as pawns and pitting them against each other in a provincial trade war makes much sense,” he said, adding it sets a dangerous precedent.“Here we are, we’re trying to renegotiate NAFTA, we’ve successfully just negotiated a trade agreement with Europe, the TPP, and yet we have these internal trade disputes that we can’t seem to resolve,” said Von Schellwitz.Notley estimated 17 million bottles of B.C. wines worth $70-million were sent to Alberta last year, however some experts think the retail value was more than double that.B.C. Premier John Horgan released a statement urging Alberta to step back from this threatening position saying the province can make its argument in the court system.He added he stands with B.C. wine producers and will respond to the unfair trade actions.last_img read more

Colombia UN refugee agency pledges aid to partner whose premises burned down

The Cartagena-based and internationally recognized League of Displaced Women has received frequent threats for its work on behalf of thousands of women and children displaced by violence in Colombia’s Caribbean region, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.Colombia has the largest population of UNHCR concern, with some 3 million people driven from their homes by more than 40 years of fighting among the Government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries.“UNHCR will do everything it can to help the organization overcome this crisis and continue its work with displaced women and their families,” Mr. Redmond said. “As a first step, we are offering more funds for the rebuilding of the centre, whose construction we had helped finance in 2004.”The blaze destroyed a community centre in the League’s City of Women, located in a poor neighbourhood of Turbaco on the outskirts of Cartagena. The centre was used as a meeting place, community kitchen and for human rights training for the local displaced population. It was soon to begin functioning as a school for 140 children in the area.“We have been working with the League since 2001 and more than 2,000 people from all ethnic backgrounds have benefited from our joint projects in the areas of women’s and displaced people’s rights as well as income generation and housing,” Mr. Redmond said.The League’s members, especially its leaders, have received frequent threats and in the past two years, the local Ombudsman Office has repeatedly warned that it was at high risk of targeted violence. In a separate report, the Office warned of a generalized rise in threats and violence against community leaders in the Atlantic region.“We are very concerned that many of our humanitarian partners and community leaders face an increasingly tense and volatile security situation in the entire Atlantic region,” Mr. Redmond stressed. The League of Displaced Women was nominated for the Colombian National Peace Prize in 2005. 23 January 2007The United Nations refugee agency today pledged funding and other aid to one of its key partners in Colombia whose premises were burned down over the weekend, apparently in an arson attack. read more

Brookfield Business Partners takes controlling stake in Genworth Canada

Companies in this story: (TSX:MIC, TSX:BBU.UN) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Brookfield Business Partners has signed a deal to buy a controlling interest in Genworth MI Canada Inc. for $2.4 billion.Under the deal, Brookfield has agreed acquire 48.9 million shares or a roughly 57 per cent interest in the business from Genworth Financial Inc. at a price of $48.86 per share.Genworth Canada provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders.Genworth Financial launched a strategic review of its Canadian business earlier this summer after what it said was a “lack of transparent feedback or guidance” from regulators regarding Ottawa’s review of the U.S. company’s pending takeover by China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co. Ltd.Brookfield Business Partners said it has no current intention to make an offer for the balance of the outstanding shares given the short time frame available to complete the deal.The Brookfield deal is subject to customary approvals, including the approval by Ottawa. read more

Ohio States Urban Meyer Tom Herman experienced coaching backup quarterbacks

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Lantern file photoWith senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s health status in doubt after he re-injured his shoulder on Monday, Ohio State football fans won’t have to look far to see how the current coaching regime does when a signal-caller goes down.Coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman were both around just last season when Miller missed two full games, and the majority of another, after injuring his knee.Miller was first injured on OSU’s opening drive against San Diego State Sept. 7, 2013. Then-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who has since graduated, entered the game and passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 victory.Guiton’s success continued in historic form as he set OSU records for the longest pass play and the most passing touchdowns in a game over the following two weeks.In all, Guiton played in 13 of 14 games in 2013, including the two aforementioned starts. He passed for a total of 749 yards and 14 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. The Buckeyes were 2-0 when Guiton started, on top of the win against SDSU.While Guiton slotted smoothly into Meyer and Herman’s system, both coaches have had experience with replacing quarterbacks even before coming to OSU.Meyer’s previous coaching stop was at Florida, where his No. 1 quarterback played in every game all six seasons while he was in charge. Before that, Meyer spent two years at Utah.In 2003, Meyer’s first year with the Utes, Brett Elliott, then a senior, started the season on top of the depth chart at quarterback. Elliott broke his wrist two games into the season, paving the way for then-sophomore Alex Smith.Smith went on to lead Utah to a 9-1 record in 10 starts that season while throwing 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He then led the Utes to an undefeated record his senior year before being named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Smith eventually became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.Between Smith and Guiton, the last two quarterbacks to come in for an injured starter under Meyer, their teams have totaled an 11-1 record in games they started in those seasons.Since 2007, Herman has been an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice, Iowa State and OSU.At Rice, where Herman coached in 2007 and 2008, his No. 1 quarterback, Chase Clement, played in all 25 games. But while at Iowa State, Herman had at least two quarterbacks start at least one game in each of his three seasons.In 2009 Austen Arnaud played in 12 games and threw for 2,015 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Cyclones under Herman. Backup Jerome Tiller played in seven games, including a start, and tossed one touch down compared to four interceptions. The two quarterbacks led Iowa State to a 7-6 overall record.The following year, Arnaud started nine games and threw 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Tiller started another game, and threw one touchdown in eight total appearances. The Cyclones finished the season 5-7.In Herman’s final season before leaving Iowa State for OSU, 2011, Steele Jantz started seven games at quarterback while Jared Barnett stated six under center. Both threw for more than 1,000 yards, but combined for 17 interceptions compared to 16 touchdowns. Iowa State went 6-7 after starting that season 3-0.While Herman and Meyer both helped the Buckeyes to success when Miller was out injured last season, it is yet to be seen if they can find that same success in 2014.The extent of Miller’s injury was not yet known as of Tuesday morning, pending the results of an MRI on Miller’s shoulder.With out without the senior in the lineup, OSU is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Ausdrill receives investor cash to complete Barminco takeover

first_imgAusdrill has been given strong investor backing for its proposed takeover of leading underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco, with its retail shareholders providing it with A$77 million ($55 million) of cash as part of a planned A$250 million equity raise.This amount, on top of a similar institutional investor share offer that raised A$175 million, means the company now has the money in its coffers to complete the deal.When the proposed deal was announced on August 15, Ausdrill Executive Chairman Ian Cochrane said adding Barminco to the fold would “broaden our strategic footprint to be Australia’s clear #2 mining services company and set in place a balance sheet with the capacity to achieve sustainable and profitable growth”.The bid valued Barminco’s equity at A$271.5 million, together with $425.5 million of net debt, implying an enterprise value of A$697 million. The two companies know each other well being joint venture partner in the African Underground Mining Services company.Shareholders will get to officially sign off on the deal at Ausdrill’s AGM on October 25.last_img read more

Instagram hits 5 million users as it nears 100 million photos

first_imgIf you own an iPhone, you may be one of the 5 million who have downloaded Instagram, the popular photo-sharing social network. Five million may not sound like that many users, but it is when you consider that Instagram started just eight months ago and added 100,000 new users just this past weekend.Users collectively post about 860,000 new photos to Instagram each day and have posted more than 95 million photos as a whole so far. The 100-million-photo mark is definitely in sight and will probably arrive in the next few days. As an example of just how big an achievement that is, consider it took Flickr two years to reach the same 100-million-photo mark. Instagram will do it in an eight month timeframe.Instagram is only available on iOS right now, though there are plenty of Android knock-offs. Instagram allows users to add filters and effects to their photos and then share them through the app or through various social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and so on. The photos produced by Instagram replicate those from the old Kodak Instamatic and Poloaroid cameras. They have been dubbed “hipster photos,” since, as Mashable points out, many bands are now using Instagram to take their band photos. Who needs a professional photographer when you can just use Instagram to give your photo a vintage feel?The team behind Instagram is small, and includes just four people. Co-founder Kevin Systrom interned at Twitter before it was actually Twitter back in the day, and had a few run-ins with Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s early stages. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Quora’s Adam D’Angelo have invested money into Instagram, among other investors. The small company totals 1.25 million users per employee, so there’s a lot that each person has to deal with. Naturally, with Instagram’s rampant success, the company is focusing on hiring more employees now.But how can the company afford to pay these new employees when it has hardly any revenue. Since the app is free and it doesn’ t have any advertising, like most free apps do, the company isn’t taking in much money. Plus, it pays for hosting and storage costs, as well as for rent.Apparently 2,500 apps already use the Instagram API, so if the company charged developers to use its API, then maybe it could make some bucks that way. Two of the top apps using the Instagram API are Webstagram and Flipboard. Webstagram lets you view Instagram photos via the web, since the app is iOS only right now. Will we be seeing an official web-based Instagram any time soon? All Systrom will say is “work continues in that area,” as well as with an Android app.Read more at TechCrunch and Business Insiderlast_img read more

Alerte météo orange verglas en ÎledeFrance et fin de lalerte dans les

first_imgAlerte météo orange : verglas en Île-de-France et fin de l’alerte dans les LandesLe verglas s’abat sur une grande partie de l’Île-de-France mais il devrait fondre dans le courant de l’après-midi. Les Landes ne sont plus sous le coup d’une alerte orange mais restent, comme beaucoup d’autres départements, en état de vigilance jaune.La région parisienne, sauf la Seine-et-Marne, est touchée par des pluies et des bruines verglaçantes qui entrainent un risque pour les automobilistes. Jusqu’à la mi-journée, les départements suivants sont donc en alerte orange : Paris (75), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de-Marne (94) et Val-d’Oise (95). Le département des Landes (40), qui était sous le coup d’une alerte orange pour les crues, repasse en jaune.Avec des températures légèrement négatives, quelques chutes de neiges pourront être observées ponctuellement en Île-de-France mais il ne se formera pas de couche de neige de plus d’un centimètre. Le redoux attendu dans l’après-midi devrait mettre fin au verglas. D’ici là, la prudence est de mise sur les routes.Le 26 janvier 2013 à 10:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Non Filing of Indictment Delays 9 Fisheries Officials Trial

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaThe trial involving 9 fisheries  officials charged with  11 criminal counts did not proceed before Justice Ateh  Abi of the Banjul high court yesterday, Thursday 25th  June 2015, as the prosecution asked for an adjournment again to enable them file a new indictment .The accused persons are Amadou Saine, former Permanent Secretary, Nfamara Dampha, former Director of Fisheries, Famara Darboe, former acting Director of Fisheries, Dr.Bamba Banja, former Permanent Secretary, Kebba Konjira, Joseph Gabiddon, Musa Jawla, Abdoulie Njie and Momodou Njie.When the case was called, state counsel Olimatou  Danso told the court that  they did not still  file a bill of indictment because they are yet to receive anything from the investigators to prepare their indictment.Prosecutor Danso applied for an adjournment to enable them file the indictment.Lamin S. Camara and Sheriff M. Tambedou did not object to the application of the prosecution.However, Hawa Sisay-Sabally said the state should be on record for the last time because if they come on the next adjourned date and failed to file the indictment, then the accused persons should be left to satisfy their bail since they are on bail until when the state is ready to file the new bill of indictment rather than coming all the time.The presiding judge said the last time when the accused persons were before him, the state said they intend to withdraw charges against certain accused persons and that at the last sitting the prosecution asked for two weeks to file indictment which was granted.justice Abi added that the court will not entertain adjournment on no good grounds again.The case was adjourned to 2nd July, 2015 at 1pm.It could be recall that the DPP said   at the last sitting that due to some developments and investigations going on regarding the case, they could not file a new bill of indictment yet. He told the court that he   needed two weeks to file a new indictment which was granted to him.The DPP   again on the 2nd June  told the court that only three people will be charged in the new bill of indictment of the former fisheries officials facing trial.However, he did not disclose the names of the three concerned former fisheries officials but added that investigations are ongoing.         ]]>last_img read more

For Jermain Defoe getting tattoos is addictive

first_imgFor more than a decade, the English striker has been a goalscoring machine, but also a creative mind on what he would display on his skinEnglish forward Jermain Defoe is currently playing for AFC Bournemouth since 2017.The English Premier League goalscoring machine had his best years with Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.But apart from loving seeing his name on the scoresheet, he loves tattoos.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I’d always wanted a tattoo but I always thought that if I got one it had to mean something. The first one I got was a cross on my hand with some stars, I must have been about 21 or 22,” he told Bournemouth’s official website.“I come from a Christian background and it was off the cuff. I was with my friend in Fulham and we just walked into the shop and my friend was saying that he knew the guy and he was good, he said ‘just get one,’ so I did.”“I think if I’d planned it I wouldn’t have done it because I was a little bit scared, but I got it done and then when he started it was the worst pain because it was on my hand,” he added.“Yeah, everyone said that, once you get one, that’s it. I was like ‘really? I don’t want to be going through this pain again,’ but I remember when he was doing it, and I don’t know if other people feel the same, but I was sitting there wondering what I could get done next, it’s so addictive,” he explained.last_img read more

What will become of Firstenburg philanthropy

first_imgFirst Independent Bank is sold: http://www.columbian.com/admin/news/story/116780/Few people have dominated Clark County’s community life as deeply over such a long period of time as the late E.W. Firstenburg, who turned a rural bank he purchased in 1936 into the one of the county’s largest local banks and who, with his wife, Mary, donated millions for civic projects.But E.W. Firstenburg passed away last year, and now his heirs, who own First Independent, have struck a deal to sell the institution to Sterling Savings Bank of Spokane. Community organizations on Monday responded by offering thanks to the Firstenburgs, while holding out hope that Sterling will at least partly fill the philanthropic void from the loss of First Independent.“We’re hopeful that (Sterling) bank will continue in the spirit of the Firstenburg family in being a supporter of this community and its philanthropic sector,” said Jean Rahn, executive director of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation.In addition to the Firstenburg family’s donations, Rahn said First Independent Bank donated volunteer time and cash to the foundation’s fundraisers, such as its annual Pink Power event to raise money for the hospital’s Kearney Breast Center.“The bank has also supported continuing education scholarships for our nursing staff,” Rahn said. “They have been a wonderful corporate supporter.”Richard Melching, president of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, said it remains to be seen whether Sterling Savings will maintain the level of charitable donations handed out by First Independent and the Firstenburg family.last_img read more

PHOTOS Wilmington Board Of Health Promotes Sun Safety At Police Beach Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — During the recent Wilmington Police Beach Day, the Wilmington Board of Health hosted a booth promoting sun safety. Kids made UV bracelets and entered raffles to win several UV protection items.The Board of Health would like to thank the Wilmington Community Fund for sponsoring their booth and for making their sun safety efforts possible through a very generous donation.(NOTE: The above information and photos were submitted by the Town Nurse.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”COMING SOON: Town Shredding Day Set For September 14, Will Benefit Wilmington Food PantryIn “Community”Town Shredding Day Set For September 14, Will Benefit Wilmington Food PantryIn “Community”last_img read more

Congress to move court against governments decision

Hyderabad: Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Tuesday said that ‘Intintiki Congress Jenda Panduga’ programme would be extended by a week. Speaking informally with the media, he said that they have been preparing the party cadre to face the ensuing municipal elections. He said that they would challenge the decision of the government to give overriding powers to collectors over the Urban Local Bodies in the court. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us He criticised that the decision to give more powers to collectors on the affairs of ULBs was an example of arrogance of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Questioning the government’s decision to remove the sarpanches from the posts if they fail to make Haritha Haram a success, he wanted to know as to whether the Chief Minister or ministers have resigned for the failure of the programme in the past. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us He said that support of TRS to the amendment to Right to Information Act shows the nexus between that party and the Bharatiya Janata Party. He alleged that the BJP has been turning the country into a Police Raj. He criticised that BJP and TRS have been indulging in bogus fight. Speaking on the joining of former MP G Vivek in Congress, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that he do not know about the intentions of the former MP. Advertise With Us He said that he met Vivek as an old friend. He made it clear that Congress was the only alternative to TRS in the state and exuded confidence that they would return to power in the next elections. He said that BJP was an urban party and its swelling strength was a creation of the media. Earlier addressing the media, he said that they have lost a good friend with the death of former minister M Mukesh Goud. He said that the party would be with the family of Mukesh. MLA Sridhar Babu said that the Municipal Act has been prepared against the articles of the Constitution. He said that even the ordinance issued by the government was against the spirit of Constitution. read more

JK plans grand Independence Day celebrations

first_imgSrinagar/ New Delhi : As authorities said restrictions in Kashmir Valley are being eased in a phased manner, the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the Centre should be given a “reasonable time” to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir which cannot be done “overnight” in view of the sensitive situation. The apex court at the same time refused to pass any immediate order to the Centre to lift restrictions imposed on people’s movement and telecom links after revocation of provisions of Article 370 taking away the special status of the border state and bifurcating it into two union territories — Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh even as the Valley is heading to make grand plans for Independence Day celebrations. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us In Delhi, a top government official said the restrictions were a trade-off between inconvenience and loss of life and any decision on lifting them will be taken by the local administration. The Jammu and Kashmir administration also moved to hold a three-day global investors summit in Srinagar from October 12, in a move to woo investors. The summit will provide an opportunity to showcase strengths and potential of Jammu and Kashmir, Principal Secretary Industries Naveen Choudhary told reporters in Jammu. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said it is to be ensured that no life was lost in Jammu and Kashmir and posted a petition for further hearing after two weeks, saying it will wait for normalcy to return. The petition filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla sought removal of the restrictions. “An individual has come to the court. Advertise With Us The situation is very sensitive. Given the seriousness of the situation, the law and order restrictions have been imposed,” the court said. “Nothing can be done overnight. There are serious issues. Normalcy would return and we expect it will come with time. What is important is it has to be ensured that no life is lost,” it observed. Observing that it has to look into all the pros and cons of the matter before the court, it said “reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy returns in the state”. During the hearing, it also said the situation is such that nobody knows what exactly is happening in the state. Rohit Kansal, principal secretary and the designated spokesperson of the state administration, said the restrictions in parts of Kashmir are being eased in a phased manner based on the assessment by the local authorities concerned. Kansal said the administration is hopeful of further relaxation in the security clampdown after the dress rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations on August 15 concludes in various districts. He said while prohibitory conditions were relaxed in various parts of Kashmir, the Jammu region was “almost entirely” free of restrictions. “Restrictions, however, do continue in parts of Kashmir,” he added. The principal secretary said the administration is hopeful that the Independence Day celebrations will be carried out in a “grand and benefitting manner” in all parts of the state. On the issue of snapped telecom links, Kansal said 300 public points have been set up for the locals, from where they can speak to their kith and kin. Over 5,000 calls were made in one day, he said. He added that medical services of all kind are continuing “normally and unhindered” and apprehensions in this context are not true. Political leaders like former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who were arrested as a “precautionary measure”, will be released by the Jammu and Kashmir administration only after assessing the ground situation, said a Delhi-based official. “If the trade-off is between inconvenience and loss of life, if the trade-off is between peddling fake news leading to loss of life and people’s inconvenience, what should we choose? However, the administration is mindful of the difficulties being faced by people and trying to minimise the inconvenience. Any such decision will be taken by the local administration,” the official said.last_img read more

NaMo Foods packets distributed outside Lok Sabha polling booth is it model

first_imgNaMo foods…..Yummy TwitterThere was an uproar on social media on Thursday morning after ‘NaMo Foods’ packets were distributed outside a Lok Sabha polling booth in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The Election Commission had also reportedly taken cognisance of the matter.According to reports, the food packets were distributed just before Union minister Dr Mahesh Sharma arrived at a polling station in Noida Sector 15A. The BJP leader is contesting from Gautam Buddh Nagar.A similar incident of politically-motivated distribution of food packets was also reported in Andhra Pradesh.Several social media users claimed that it was a political stunt by the Bharatiya Janata Party which violated the Model Code of Conduct announced by the Election Commission. According to the rules, the parties and candidates must avoid “corrupt practices” and offences such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station.Reacting to the incident in Noida, the UP Police claimed some people were spreading wrong and politically motivated rumours. The SSP Noida said that the food packets were procured from “Namo Foods” shop in Noida Sector 2.Here’s how Twitter reacted to the rumours:- Ever tried NaMo candy? But why? Gandhi Sweets?last_img read more

Did Atlee steal Thalapathy 63 story from a short film Vijays film

first_imgHere is a collage of fan-made posters of Vijay’s Thalapathy 63.TwitterA Vijay film is once again in the news over plagiarism allegations. His upcoming movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63, is allegedly inspired from a short film directed by aspiring filmmaker Shiva.According to a Tamil daily, Shiva has accused Atlee of lifting the story of Thalapathy 63 from his short film. He has already lodged a complaint with the South Indian Film Writers’ Association and will push the matter forward to the court if he fails to get justice from the writers’ guild.The report claims that the aspiring filmmaker had narrated the story to a few producers and believes someone among them might have leaked the story to Atlee Kumar, who is now making the short film into a full-fledged flick.As per the rules of the writers’ association, it can look into the matter only six months after the writer registers his/her name in the guild. Shiva is a newly-registered member and his issue is unlikely to be solved in the association.Thalapathy 63 is a sports drama in which Vijay, majorly, plays the role of a football coach. Indhuja is said to be the captain of the football team. The movie revolves around Michael (Vijay), who tries to fulfil a dream of his close friend enacted by Kathiresan.Currently, the shooting of Thalapathy 63 is underway at the EVP Studios in Chennai where a massive set of a stadium has been erected. AGS Entertainment-produced film has Nayanthara playing the female lead.In recent years, Vijay’s Kaththi and Sarkar were accused of plagiarism and the issues were solved at the last minute of its release. While Gopi Nainar lost the case in court, the Sarkar issue was more serious as the writers’ guild found similarities with AR Murugadoss and Rajendran’s scripts.The issue was amicably solved after AR Murugadoss agreed to give credit to Rajendran in the title credits. Likewise, Atlee had faced similar charges for all his previous films –Raja Rani, Theri and Mersal.last_img read more

A Man used Giant Penguin Shoes to Pull off the Greatest Footprint

first_imgIn February 1948, a resident of Clearwater, Florida came face to face with something totally unexpected. Walking the beach one morning, he stumbled upon a set of remarkable footprints in the sand. The prints were enormous, about 14 inches long and 11 inches wide, and, even more remarkably, had three toes, tipped with long claws. Florida Fringe Tourism tells the story of the strange tracks, which came out of the Gulf of Mexico at the south end of the beach and walked the shore for about two miles before returning to the water and disappearing. No one could figure out what made the footprints, but the four- to six-foot strides it took showed that whatever it was, it was big.Clearwater Florida Photo by 2candle CC BY 2.5The creature’s tracks showed up on the beaches of various Florida towns for about two years. Its tracks were seen in towns between Clearwater and Sarasota, earning it the name “Old Three Toes”. During that time, several people claimed to have spotted the monster, for what else could it be? It was described as a large, bird-like thing or a large furry log with a head shaped like a hog’s.People’s reactions ranged from baffled, to terrified, to skeptical. If it was some strange creature from the water, what havoc could it cause, if it chose? If it was a hoax, who would go to so much trouble, and to what end?More tracks were found along the shore of Suwannee River, 40 miles (60 kilometers) from the ocean.The strange tracks came to the attention of Ivan T. Sanderson, a zoologist of some repute, who wrote and commented on scientific issues in New York. Sanderson came to Florida to investigate and spent months studying the tracks and interviewing witnesses. He even dug up one print to take home, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Times.Sanderson was like the Indiana Jones of the zoology world. He’d made several trips to the African jungle for Cambridge University and the British Museum which he then used as fodder to write a best-selling book.He was also the person who came up with the term cryptozoology — referring to the pursuit of creatures out of legend, such as the Loch Ness Monster. If anyone could crack the mystery of those three-toed tracks, he believed it was him.Cryptoclidus model used in the Five TV programme, Loch Ness Monster: The Ultimate Experiment. Author: Ballista. CC BY-SA 3.0After doing extensive study and research, he determined that the prints couldn’t be a hoax. They seemed far too deeply imprinted to have been made by man or machine. He even went so far as to say he had spotted the creature himself.He described it as being about 12 feet long, grayish-yellow, and having large arms that resembled flippers. He also said it made big waves when swimming as if it had a powerful kick. His final conclusion was that the creature had to be an enormous penguin, as silly as the idea sounded. After that, tracks were spotted a few more times throughout the ‘50s, but after 1958 there were no more sightings of either prints or giant penguins.Photo by Orgone Research30 years later, on June 11, 1988 the mystery was finally solved. The St. Petersburg Times wrote an article stating that Old Three-Toes was a hoax. A man from Clearwater, Tony Signorini, had confessed that he and a prankster friend had been responsible for leaving the mysterious tracks all those years ago. The article’s writer went to Signorini’s auto shop to interview him, and, while she was there, he showed her a pair of very large, cast-iron feet with three toes.Related Video: The Hybrid Neanderthal Girl – Made from 2 different speciesAccording to Signorini, at the instigation of Al Williams, his friend and boss at the time, they created the thirty-pound feet. Williams had apparently been taken with photos from Smithsonian magazine which showed a dinosaur footprint that had been fossilized. After examining the print for a while, Williams came up with the idea to make feet that matched the prints and have a little fun.Photo by Orgone ResearchWhen the feet were complete and had been bolted to a pair of high-top tennis shoes, the two men loaded them into a rowboat and went to shallow water not far from shore, where Signorini would put the dino-feet on and waded out of the water.To make the tracks so far apart, Signorini would balance on one foot, swinging the opposite leg back and forth to work up the momentum to make a jump to the other foot. Since each of the metal objects weighed about 30 pounds, the feat took some time and some stamina.Over the years, Signorini would occasionally pull the feet out of hiding and tell friends and family the story of how the tracks came to be, and, over time, he has left the only major player around to remember.Photo by Orgone ResearchHis partner, Al Williams, died in 1970. Ivan Sanderson had taken his interest in cryptozoology elsewhere and had been pursuing things like Bigfoot and UFOs prior to his own death in 1973. Tony Signorini finally died in 2013, leaving the fabled feet to his son, Jeff.Read another story from us: The ‘Dogman’ of Michigan: A Legend with More Sightings than BigfootSince Jeff inherited his father’s feet, he’s been approached by a couple of historical organizations who expressed their interest in displaying the oddball pieces of Florida history, but Jeff has resisted, noting his father wanted to keep the feet in the family. When he was wondering what to do with them, one of his nieces called dibs, so the family’s legacy will remain.last_img read more