‘Singh is indeed the king on the hockey field’

first_imgOn Tuesday at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, patriotic fervour reached a crescendo with Chak De India ! blaring from the speakers and the Tricolour to be seen virtually in all corners.Had it not been for police restrictions, you could have even expected bhangra inside the venue as fans got rewarded for the long wait to enter the venue.Yet if one song could actually have described the evening’s thrilling action where India fought like wounded lions after being down 1- 3 for most part, it should have been Singh is King .For those who have been in touch with Indian hockey despite the highs and lows in the past four years, Sardara Singh is a well- known name. Consistent and calm, he typifies excellence on the field. But it was two other Singhs – Sarvanjit and Dharamvir – who turned this into a memorable evening.Agreed hockey is a team sport and individual brilliance on a synthetic pitch doesn’t really count.It is well known that in a match such as this, where the crowd support is raucous, even tiring legs find the energy to keep running the perimeters of the field.And that is what India did today against an English side which started clicking just when the half- time whistle was to blow. For most part in the second half, England looked marauding and it seemed all over.But the way India regrouped and struck was fascinating. The three Singhs named above, a tight defence and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri defined the Indian resilience.advertisementIt was as if they were responding to the crowd’s roars of wanting solid action – thick and fast.Time and again, the Indians have choked in tight matches.History was against India, having never made it to a Commonwealth Games final ever before.In a pressure cooker situation, the ability to still keep playing and maintain the flow on the field came as a whiff of fresh air despite the humidity.In the stands, former hockey greats were applauding each effort, from Balbir Singh to Harcharan Singh, not to forget Zafar Iqbal and Ajitpal Singh.Among the VIPs, sports minister MS Gill was happy, even as BJP’s Kirti Azad and Vijay Kumar Malhotra soaked in the atmosphere.A 3- 3 draw at full time and with extra time not resulting in a goal, the penalty shootout was all about nerves.On Tuesday we saw a new Indian team, one which surpassed itself against an English side which couldn’t handle the pressure.Chak De, Chak De India . No, this was a Singh is King affair.last_img read more

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Asian Games: Ritu Rani believes in her golden destiny

first_imgRitu Rani has a dream – that she’ll put the poverty of her family behind her; that the team she captains, the Indian women’s hockey team, will succeed in reaching and winning a medal at the 2016 Rio di Janeiro Olympics.A gold medal in Incheon will guarantee the women an appearance in Brazil, though it’s easier said than done as strong countries like South Korea and China are also in fray.At the flag-hoisting ceremony at the Games Village on Thursday, Ritu was initially pensive as the athletes waited to enter the huge ground. After the formalities were over, the star player from Shahbad couldn’t stop talking about how the hard work put in by the team was on the verge of paying off.”Hamaara din aane waala hai [our day is about to come],” she said.Life has not been easy for Ritu. Unlike the pampered Indian cricketers, she has had to slog on and off the field. Ritu isn’t afraid to state that she comes from a poor family and that her father is a cart-puller. “I can never forget my background. I am the bread winner and I support the family as well with a salary of `11,000,” said Ritu, who works in the Indian Railways as a clerk in Shahbad.In order to earn a better living, the India captain says she is not averse to moving out of Shahbad. “But it has to be a government job,” is her only condition.last_img
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Have to be switched on from ball one against India’s bowlers: Marcus Harris

first_imgAustralia opener Marcus Harris insisted the need for Australia batsmen to remain switched on from the word go to tackle the pace threat from India bowlers in the second Test, starting December 14 in Perth.Harris was dismissed on 26 in both the innings of his maiden Test in Adelaide. He was outwitted by R Ashwin in the first and Mohammed Shami in the second innings as Australia fell to a 31-run defeat, thereby conceding India a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.The 26-year-old also added he had been working out ways to deal with the highly-rated Indian attack in the lead up to the much-talked-about Perth Test.”You always doubt yourself as a person, you’re not sure if you’re going to fit in Test cricket. So, it was good to spend time in the middle in both innings. I didn’t feel out of my depth at all,” Harris said on Wednesday.”But I realised pretty quickly they don’t bowl any crap and they don’t miss any chances that you give them. So you’ve got to be switched on from ball one.”I felt like my game stood up to it, it’s probably just a decision-making thing and being able to occupy the crease for long periods of time, but I didn’t feel like I was out of my depth at all,” he added.”I worked hard in between the first and second innings on some plans against R Ashwin and now I’m just working on guys coming around the wicket and stuff like that to work on plans India will use against me,” he said.advertisement”It has given me great confidence to be able to bat a decent period of time and occupy the crease for a bit.”Australia will take confidence from the valiant effort in Adelaide: HarrisAustralia lost the first Test narrowly by 31 runs and Harris said the hosts will take confidence from the close finish and the onus will be on the top-order to take responsibility from the batting exploits of their tail-enders.”I think we took some good confidence from the fight we showed, it got down to 30 runs. I know when I looked at it as a batter I thought ‘I wish I could’ve got 60 or 70’. So we got pretty close and hopefully we could take some momentum into the game on Friday,” he said.”I think the wicket will suit us a little bit more with the conditions, that’s taking nothing away from India, but I just think a little bit of momentum.”We would’ve loved to win the game, but the boys bowled really well and they also batted really well. It’s probably on us batters to take a bit of the weight from them.”Like India, Australia too trained at the WACA ground on Wednesday, and their three pacers, as well as Nathan Lyon, enjoyed a day off.Harris also backed Mitchell Starc, saying he was sharp enough in Adelaide and all geared to play this second Test as well.”Yeah quick, he bowled pretty well. There was obviously a bit of talk about him after the game but I thought he bowled pretty well during the game and he’s felt like he was in good rhythm out there before. I’m sure he’s ready and raring to go for Friday,” he said.It will be a homecoming for Harris with the new Perth stadium set to host its first-ever Test.The opener wished this Test was at the old WACA ground, but at the same time looked forward to playing at the Optus Stadium.”I remember coming here (WACA) to watch India here a few years ago, and it might have been Shane Watson getting 50, I remember how loud the crowd was and just the feeling imagining if you were that bloke. So, it is good to be the person on the field now.”…there have always been great memories for me coming to Tests in Perth and hopefully I can create some memories for young kids coming to games at the new stadium.”It’s pretty special to play in a Perth Test. It would have been great to play at the WACA where it has always been but to get the opportunity to play at the new stadium will be pretty special in the first Test here.”(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs AustraliaAlso Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!Also See:advertisementlast_img read more

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Fantasy Football: Which new strikers should you own?

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Are Aubameyang and the five other Deadline Day strikers worth owning? Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 22:01 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Getty Gaming Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Olivier Giroud Leicester City v Swansea City Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United Arsenal v Everton Crystal Palace v Newcastle United Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Watford v Chelsea Swansea City Everton Leicester City West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion Arsenal Crystal Palace Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Chelsea Watford Our Fantasy writer looks looks at the ownability of all of the strikers who moved on Deadline Day including the Gabonese, Giroud, Slimani, and more One of the biggest frustrations in Fantasy this season has been the ineffectiveness of many high profile forwards. For example, only two of last year’s five highest scoring forwards (Kane and Lukaku) currently sit in the top five in the Goal game this season.Even Kane, with his ridiculous 21 goals, has more blanked in more matches (13) than he has scored (11). So where can owners turn? Who can save us from the frustration of watching our Fantasy strikers go goalless week after week?Fortunately, a lot of forwards changed clubs on Deadline Day. There are now six strikers who have either been added to the game or have changed clubs, and with those new clubs come new Fantasy opportunities. Below I rank the new, incoming forwards in order of ownability, and discuss the impact they could have in your team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinPierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal, £8.5mThe Gabonese forward stole all the headlines on Deadline Day when he made his move from Borussia Dortmund. His goalscoring record is ridiculous, having come first or second in the Golden Boot race every season he played in the Bundesliga.He should get plenty of opportunities to put the ball in the net for Arsenal as well, considering they sit top five in both assists (36) and chances created (313) this season. How Aubameyang and Lacazette will both fit on the pitch remains to be seen, but it’s hard to imagine Wenger sitting either considering their profile and cost.Olivier Giroud – Chelsea, £6.7mThis move still seems a bit strange but, considering the phenomenally poor form of Alvaro Morata, Chelsea had to do something. In fact, all of Chelsea’s strikers combined for just one goal in the last 10 matches.Giroud has always had an air of consistency about him, scoring more than 10 goals in every Premier League season, but he is yet to hit more than 16 in a campaign. It’s hard to buy the Frenchman without knowing the role he’ll fill at his new club, but he could be involved as soon as this weekend considering the injury to Morata, departure of Batshuayi, and the growing pressure facing manager Antonio ConteIslam Slimani Leicester CityIslam Slimani – Newcastle, £6.0mHis move was obviously overshadowed by those at the bigger clubs, but Slimani is the sleeper choice for the rest of the season. He managed seven goals and four assists last season for Leicester despite starting just 13 matches which is not exactly a poor return.He does come into Newcastle with a thigh injury, but he should easily lock down the striker spot in Rafa Benitez’s starting eleven the second he’s fit.Andre Ayew – Swansea, £6.0mAyew, like Slimani, should have no problem quickly establishing himself as a starter at his new club. Swansea would be best served playing him up front considering they have scored the fewest goals (18) in the Premier League this season.There is a chance that he may be pushed out onto the wing but, at such a cheap price, he should have plenty of Fantasy value regardless.Fantasy forwards graphicAlexander Sorloth – Crystal Palace, £5.5mSorloth comes into Palace as a bit of an unknown, but physically seems to have the requisite size to handle Premier League defenders.He boasted excellent stats in the Danish league where he sat top five in both goals and assists this season, and second in combined goals. However, whilst he is an intriguing talent, it’s hard to see him beating Benteke to the starting striker role.Jordan Hugill – West Ham, £5.8mHugill feels like a depth purchase to make up for the amount of injuries to West Ham’s front line right now.It’s possible that the former Preston man could get some substitute appearances this month but, unless he does something dramatic, it’s likely he will fall down the pecking order when the Hammers get back to full strength. goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders on the cusp of T20 landmark on return to Eden Gardens

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 14:33 IST IPL 2019: KKR are sitting second on the points table with four wins from six matches ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKolkata Knight Riders are bidding to become the 3rd IPL team to win 100 T20 matchesThe Knight Riders host Delhi Capitals in Match 26 of IPL 2019 on FridayKKR have a 100 percent record at Eden Gardens in IPL 2019, having won two in twoKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are back playing at home after close to two weeks of being on the road. Dinesh Karthik’s men had a brilliant start to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, winning two on the trot at Eden Gardens and the second-placed side will be keen on continuing the winning momentum at home when they host Delhi Capitals on Friday.The focus has been on India great Sourav Ganguly in the lead up to match 26 of IPL 2019 as the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain will be seen sitting in the Delhi Capitals dugout as the advisor of the visiting team at the Eden Gardens.Incidentally, the Knight Riders will be eyeing a major T20 landmark in the presence of their former captain and local hero, Ganguly on Friday. KKR have the opportunity to become only the fifth side in T20 history and the third team in IPL to win 100 matches.Only Middlesex (112), Nottinghamshire (103), Warwickshire (101), Mumbai Indians (112) and Chennai Super Kings (110) have managed to register more than 100 wins in T20 cricket.Delhi’s woeful record at Eden GardensKolkata Knight Riders are being considered favourites to beat Delhi Capitals despite the visitors heading into Friday’s match with a two-match unbeaten run.The head-to-head record stands firmly in favour of the Knight Riders. Delhi have lost seven out of eight matches at the Eden Gardens with their only win coming in 2012. KKR have an overall head-to-head advantage of 13-9 in 23 matches between the two sides over the years.The Knight Riders will also be hoping to avenge their early-season defeat to Delhi Capitals. Notably, Shreyas Iyer’s men clinched a Super Over victory when the two teams met on March 30 at the Feroz Shah Kotla.advertisementOne can expect a lot of runs at the Eden Gardens as the wicket at the iconic venue has been extremely batsman-friendly in IPL 2019 with an average score of 200 the highest this season.KKR will be hoping their big guns at the top Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine fire The opening duo has been blowing hot and cold but showed signs of hitting form against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Sunday.All eyes will be on KKR’s top-scorer Andre Russell, who has set IPL 2019 on fire with 25 sixes so far. The last time Russell played at the Eden Gardens, he smashed five sixes and three boundaries in a 17-ball 48 against the Kings XI Punjab (March 27).Russell had also taken the Delhi Capitals bowlers to the cleaners during their away game at Kotla, hitting six sixes in a 28-ball 62.Also Read | MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball rowAlso Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for meAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Eden GardensFollow Andre RussellFollow Sourav Ganguly IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders on the cusp of T20 landmark on return to Eden GardensIPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping to make it three wins in as many matches at Eden Gardens as they return to Kolkata after having been on the road for close to two weeksadvertisementlast_img read more

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India vs South Africa: Ashwin, Jadeja rock South Africa after Mayank Agarwal 215

first_img 7 covers 2/124 (40) & 4/87 (25) 3 lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 5 502/7 d Ravichandran Ashwin R. Ashwin 5 Point 60/5 ( de Kock 23.1 Overs) , South Africa SA Square Leg Square Leg 0 Rohit Sharma R. Sharma third Man Mid on 107 (136.0) & Match Ended Freedom Trophy, 2019, 1st Test South Africa batting SA batting 0 o (63.5) India IND Square Leg Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG) r 13 R India beat South Africa by 203 runs 1 Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) view more view less Theunis de Bruyn de Bruyn b Ravichandran Ashwin 0 – 1 7/145 (46.2) & 1/44 (20) 191 1 56 (67.0) 50 Point 52/4 ( du Plessis 21.5 Overs) , 108 Mid on 431 4 (131.2) & 2 Keshav Maharaj K. Maharaj lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 6s Mid off 52.33 49 0 74 0 0 0 176 (244) & 127 (149) third Man Extras: 4 runs (B: 2, LB: 2, WD: 0, NB: 0, P: 0) 18 vs Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja Mid on 5 covers 0 3 Mid on Super Over 2 0 Square Leg 431 third Man 1 323/4 d fine Leg Mid on 40 All batsmen are considered right handed 1 (63.5) 2.57 10 0 2 3.48 India IND 2nd Inns Mid on (136.0) 0 87 35 third Man Mid off 0 25 Toss: IND elected to bat w 0 fine Leg covers Kagiso Rabada K. Rabada c Wriddhiman Saha b Mohammed Shami Freedom Trophy, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 9:30 (Local Time) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers b Mohammed Shami 0 view full scorecard India 191/10 ( K. Rabada 63.5 Overs) , 0 Quinton de Kock (wk) de Kock (wk) b Mohammed Shami Mohammed Shami M. Shami fine Leg third Man Mid Wicket 0 Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) R. Ashwin (IND) Dane Piedt D. Piedt b Mohammed Shami Faf du Plessis (c) du Plessis (c) b Mohammed Shami fine Leg b Mohammed Shami Mid Wicket covers 4/1 ( D. Elgar 3.3 Overs) ,center_img b Mohammed Shami Mayank Agarwal (IND) M. Agarwal (IND) Senuran Muthusamy S. Muthusamy not out 19 70/8 ( K. Maharaj 26.5 Overs) , Freedom Trophy, 2019 Point 2.2 45.37 Mid off wd Mid off Square Leg Mid Wicket (63.5) Mid off Next Point nb covers 20/3 ( T. Bavuma 11.3 Overs) , Point 2 Vernon Philander V. Philander lbw b Ravindra Jadeja All batsmen are considered right handed Dean Elgar D. Elgar lbw b Ravindra Jadeja lbw b Ravindra Jadeja South Africa SA 1st Inns B 161/9 ( D. Piedt 59.1 Overs) , India IND 1st Inns (131.2) 52.70 b Mohammed Shami Square Leg S/R 9 191 Aiden Markram A. Markram c & b Ravindra Jadeja 0 0 fine Leg Square Leg 0 graphs Mid off India vs South Africa: Ashwin, Jadeja rock South Africa after Mayank Agarwal 215India vs South Africa: South Africa were 39 for 3 after R Ashwin removed Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn before Ravindra Jadeja dismissed nightwatchman Dane Piedt after India declared on 502 for 7. Mayank Agarwal’s 215 was the cornerstone of India’s massive first innings total. 0 Mid Wicket Mid off 215 (371) & 7 (31) 19/2 ( de Bruyn 10.5 Overs) , (67.0) 502/7 d 94.73 0 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 12.5 fine Leg fine Leg All batsmen are considered right handed 0 70/6 ( A. Markram 26.1 Overs) , 3 All batsmen are considered right handed commentary Fall of Wickets 2 Mid Wicket 191 Point Match Ended covers 0 0 Point m India Bowling IND Bowling 16 South Africa SA 2nd Inns Mid Wicket 0 39 26 e/r 10.5 b Ravichandran Ashwin advertisement Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 323/4 d No data available! c Wriddhiman Saha b Mohammed Shami Mid on 70/7 ( V. Philander 26.4 Overs) , 5 6 Scorecard 0 Rajarshi Gupta VisakhapatnamOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 17:43 IST Mayank Agarwal brought up his maiden Test century and then went on to convert it into a double (PTI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia declared their first innings at 502 for 7 on Day 2 in VizagSouth Africa were 39/3 at stumps after R Ashwin removed Aiden Markram and Theunis de BruynMayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176) led India’s charge with the batIndia took the upper hand in the first Test in Vizag after Mayank Agarwal’s 215 and Rohit Sharma’s 176 helped the hosts declare at 502 for 7 on the second day.Soon after the declaration, R Ashwin snared South Africa opener Aiden Markram, who has 4 hundreds and 6 fifties in an 18-Test career. By the end of the second day, he and Ravindra Jadeja had reduced South Africa to 39/3 having sent back Theunis de Bruyn (4) and nightwatchman Dane Piedt (0) too with India clearly the happier side.India were 202 for no loss overnight after rain and bad light had forced early stumps on the opening day Wednesday. Rohit Sharma led the charge for India on Day 1 with a hundred in his first innings as a Test opener while Mayank Agarwal was happy to play second fiddle.On Thursday, Rohit and Agarwal continued to grind South Africa after India had opted to bat first in the opening match of the 3-Test series. With rain predicted for most of this week, it was important for India to accelerate.And Rohit Sharma, one of the most dangerous openers in the shorter format, took the initiative.After Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal became only the 3rd Indian pair to add 300 plus for the first wicket, Rohit closed in on a maiden Test double hundred. He is the only man with 3 double hundreds in ODIs and it would have been a great way to mark the beginning of a new role in the traditional format.In the 82nd over of the Indian innings, Rohit Sharma decided to target Keshav Maharaj. He first hit a six over long off before inside out to get four more. However, Rohit was beaten by the turn and the flight off the last ball of the over and was out stumped for 176, one short of his personal Test best.advertisementBut Mayank Agarwal was determined to bat long and deep even as Cheteshwar Pujara (6), Virat Kohli (20) and Ajinkya Rahane (8) fell cheaply. Agarwal became the 23rd Indian batsman to hit a double hundred in Test cricket and immediately hit a six after reaching the milestone as India looked to up the ante.After Dean Elgar ended Agarwal’s marathon 215-run knock with a full toss, it was up to Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari to press ahead. But Vihari, who had an excellent time in the West Indies fell cheaply and it was left to comeback man Wriddhiman Saha to play the fastest innings of his Test career.Saha made 21 off 16 before falling with 500 in sights for India. Virat Kohli eventually declared with India looking to bowl at least 20 overs to South Africa.After 3 overs from pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, it was over to the spin pair of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.Ashwin struck in his 3rd over to get rid of the dangerous Aiden Markram. Ashwin, playing his first Test in 10 months, was pumped up after outfoxing the South African opener.South Africa’s overnight batsmen Dean Elgar and Theunis de Bruyn will have their task cut out against Ashwin and Jadeja on a pitch that has started to offer considerable turn to the spinners.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal break Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag opening record vs South AfricaAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal hits maiden Test hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South Africa 1st TestFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow Ravichandran Ashwin All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Mid Wicket Temba Bavuma T. Bavuma b Mohammed Shami 2 3.23 lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 3 25 not out Ishant Sharma I. Sharma third Man Ravindra Jadeja (IND) R. Jadeja (IND) Series Status: India lead the 3 Test series 1-0 Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma covers 0 South Africa 20 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 0 c & b Ravindra Jadeja third Man 44 4s 0 18 1 0 3 0last_img read more

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Win a pair of shades from Vuarnet’s Newest Collection

first_imgWe love it when a classic brand makes a comeback so we give a big old ‘Bonjour!’ to Vuarnet for coming back on the scene.The Vuarnet story began in the late 1950s when visionary optician Roger Pouilloux gave French ski champion Jean Vuarnet a pair of his exceptional mineral lens sunglasses. A few months later, Jean Vuarnet went on to win the Gold Medal in downhill skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. Following this victory, the two men, who shared a common passion and vision, forged a friendship and joined forces to create a brand that reflected their character: innovative, high-performance and elegant.The specs quickly became a fashion accessory popularized by musicians such as Miles Davis and Mick Jagger, and the sunglasses continue to make Hollywood appearances, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Craig in the latest Bond film, Jeff Bridges, Luke Wilson and others.For the Spring/Summer collection, Vuarnet has teamed up with French actor Vincent Cassel for the relaunch of the brand that is rolling out now as the brand accelerates its reintroduction to the U.S market.The campaign featuring Cassel, is shot by renowned photographer Marcel Hartmann and captures Cassel in Rio de Janeiro where he currently resides – in the heart of the vibrant city, at the beach where he surfs, in a restaurant that he frequents, and more. Cassel, best known in the U.S. for his roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen as well as in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, will appear in the latest Bourne sequel scheduled for release this summer.“Our decision to choose Vincent Cassel as the new face of Vuarnet was extremely easy,” explains Lionel Giraud, CEO of Vuarnet. “He is a French actor with an international reputation. He is a talented, generous, charismatic and instinctive person. He never sits still, and is known for his boundless energy and his love of the great outdoors and surfing. He perfectly encapsulates the very essence of Vuarnet: elegance and movement.”Inspired by the iconic tram systems of legendary cities such as San Francisco, Lisbon, and Hong Kong, the Cable Collection features a double bridge, metal wire frame and is designed for wearers who love travel and urban adventure. The Cable Car Collection will debut in the United States at Vision Expo East in April.The Cable Car collection is made from a meticulously worked
sheet of Italian acetate, delivering subtle and balanced
curves. The collection is both hardwearing and extremely comfortable, thanks to the fixed, five barrel hinges and the anatomical fit. The collection is available in round, rectangular
and pilot shapes, and each model is a triumph of elegance
and design. Each style is available in four to six colors,
featuring both matte and glossy acetate surface finishes as
well as a subtle tone-on-tone combination of classic and mottled shades.For the first time, the famous “V on a Ski” – the mark of authenticity etched on each and every Vuarnet glass lens since the brand was founded in 1957 – will be subtly engraved in metal on the temples of the frame.Like all Vuarnet sunglasses, the new Cable Car collection will feature Vuarnet mineral glass lenses. Vuarnet designs and manufactures its own mineral glass lenses at its production facility in Meaux, near Paris, France. All of Vuarnet’s mineral glass lenses are developed to the same exacting standards, for daily use or for intense lighting conditions. Vuarnet mineral lenses offer the very best optical clarity and maximum protection, are extremely durable and deliver the ultimate in visual comfort.Now for the exciting part, Vuarnet is giving away one pair of the Cable Car collection (the ones shown here in tortoise, retail $320) to a Manual reader. Simply enter below and pour yourself a glass of Pernod. Vive la France!Giveaway ends April 26th. Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. last_img read more

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GLSEN Respect Awards To Honor Harvey Weinstein

first_imgThe GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel this week.The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles is an annual gala to recognize the exceptional efforts of individual and corporate leaders who have made a significant difference to ensure schools are safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies.Five awards will be presented onstage in order of presentation to: Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Chairman’s Award); Adam Fitzgerald and Blake Drummond (Special Recognition); Simon Halls and Matt Bomer (Inspiration Award); Luis Veloz (Student Advocate of the Year); and Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award). A complete list of bios can be found at: www.glsen.org.Guests include: Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory); Oscar Award winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help); Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams (The Master); Tony Award winning actress Ellen Barkin (The New Normal); Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Possession); filmmaker Brett Ratner (Tower Heist); Tim DeKay (White Collar); Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar); Willie Garson (White Collar); Jonathan Del Arco (Major Crimes); Jeri Ryan (Body of Proof); Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals); Greg Rikaart (The Young and the Restless); Clementine Ford (The Young and the Restless); Rami Malek (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2); and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. More names to be announced.WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2012 5:15pm Media Check-in6:00pm Arrivals & Cocktail Reception7:30pm Awards CeremonyWHERE: Beverly Hills Hotel: 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.last_img read more

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Key Algonquin chief wants tighter rules on who can be part of

first_img(Algonquins of Ontario claim map)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chief of the Algonquin band at the centre of a massive Ontario land claim says he’d like to see the eligibility criteria for membership tightened as another report surfaced this week questioning the Indigenous heritage of over a third of individuals on the list for an upcoming vote on the modern day treaty covering a large swath of the province, including the city of Ottawa.Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief Kirby Whiteduck said many in his community have expressed concerns about the current eligibility criteria to become part of the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) modern day treaty process. Kirby said he has expressed these misgivings internally and with the negotiators for Ontario and the federal government.“If we do continue this discussion, I think Pikwakanagan is going to be drawing attention to the criteria because Pikwakanagan members are expressing concerns and questions about it,” said Whiteduck, in an interview Friday.A tighter AOO eligibility criteria could mean some on the list to vote next week to approve an interim step along the modern day treaty process, also known as a comprehensive claim, may not qualify to become beneficiaries by the time a final agreement is signed.A report released Thursday by an Algonquin organization based in Quebec claimed to show that over one-third of the individuals on the AOO voters list haven’t had an Indigenous ancestor in their family tree for up to 300 years.The report, released Thursday, was produced by the Algonquin Nation Secretariat (ANS) which represents three Algonquin First Nation in Quebec. Two of the member Algonquin bands have overlapping claims with the AOO claim.The ANS report surfaced as opposition to the AOO has grown within Pikwakanagan ahead of a vote to approve or reject the proposed treaty’s agreement-in-principle (AIP). Voting is scheduled to begin Feb. 29 and run to March 7.Click here for more coverage of Algonquins of Ontario modern day treaty.Opponents from Pikwakanagan First Nation—the only Algonquin First Nation band involved in the vote—plan to hold a protest Sunday.The AOO claim covers about 3.6 million hectares stretching from Algonquin Park east to Hawkesbury, Ont., including Ottawa, and down into territory near Kingston, Ont.  If finalized, the deal would see $300 million in capital funding and 47,550 hectares of Ontario Crown land transferred to the AOO.There are a total of 10 communities that make up part of the AOO claim, but only Pikwakanagan is a recognized band under the Indian Act. The other nine are recognized as Algonquin communities only within the framework of the AOO treaty talks.The ANS report analyzed the ancestry of the 7,714 individuals on the AOO voters list. Of the total, only 663 on the list are from Pikwakanagan itself, the report said. The rest, 7,051, qualified to be on the list as a result of having a “root ancestor” connected to the signatories of petition letters sent by area Algonquins in the 1770s to the Crown seeking reserve lands in what is now known as Ontario.“It…appears that the ‘Algonquins’ who are relying on these root ancestors have had no intermarriage with anyone of Algonquin or Nipissing ancestry for at least 200 and, in some cases, more than 300 years,” said the report, written by Peter Di Gangi and Alison McBride for the ANS.The report concluded that  3,016 individuals on the AOO list, about 39 per cent, fall within this category.“This is our assessment based on the information we had available,” said Di Gangi, director of policy and research for the ANS. “If anyone has information that sheds further light on this that clarifies this, I would love to see it.”The analysis looked at 10 of the root ancestors used by those on the AOO voters list to qualify as potential beneficiaries of the eventual treaty. These root ancestors had origins dating to the 1600s or 1700s, the report said. In the majority of the cases the descendants of these ancestors were French-Canadian over the subsequent 10 to 15 generations which represents as time span of about 300 years, according to the report.The AOO is disputing the ANS report, calling it flawed.“It is unfortunate that this report was released without any effort having been made to seek input from the AOO who compiled the data that was accessed just to see whether the conclusions and the facts upon which those conclusions are based are accurate,” said Robert Potts, the chief negotiator for the AOO. “Clearly the intent of this rush to judgment is to disrupt, if not undermine, the transparent and democratic process that is underway to vote on an (AIP) that will have no legal nor binding impact and is intended to provide a framework for negotiating a treaty.”Potts said the AOO’s own genealogist analyzed the ANS report and found that it had under-counted the number of Pikwakanagan members on the list. Potts said the actual number is 840. He said 179 Pikwakanagan members decided to be represented through one of the nine other Algonquin groupings that are part of the claim.Potts said five of the 10 root ancestors analyzed by the ANS report already faced and passed eligibility challenges through the AOO’s independent adjudication process handled by an elders committee and a retired judge. The five root ancestors met the AOO’s criteria for root ancestors, said Potts. The other five root ancestors have not faced any challenges, he said.“Presumably because there was a lack of credible evidence on which to base such a challenge,” said Potts.The ANS analysis follows a report by Kebaowek First Nation—an Algonquin community based in Quebec—released to APTN earlier this month which studied at a small sample of 200 individuals from the AOO voters list. The Kebaowek report found that 72 of the 200 had only one Algonquin ancestor stretching back six generations.Greg Sarazin, a former Pikwakanagan chief and treaty negotiator, acts as the spokesperson for growing opposition to the modern treaty within the community. He said the current proposed agreement would lead to the extinguishment of Pikwakanagan and its tax-free status under the Indian Act.“The rights of the future of Pikwakanagan, who are the status people, is being decided largely by people who are not status from Pikwakanagan,” said Sarazin, who was chief from 1987 to 1989. “We don’t want this AIP because it will be the end of Pikwakanagan.”The Whiteduck band council recently circulated a question and answer document in an attempt to alleviate concerns. The document says ratification of the modern treaty would not extinguish Pikwakanagan’s reserve status or its tax exemption. The document said those issues would be part of an eventual self-government aspect of the treaty to be dealt with further down the line.Sarazin said the band council is splitting hairs because the current proposed treaty deal puts Pikwakanagan on the path to extinguishment.“We are saying right now, we don’t want to do this,” he said.Sarazin said many Pikwakanagan members were surprised to learn they were not automatically put on the AOO voters list for next week’s vote. He said the band council will be holding a side vote to include all registered band members, but it remains unclear how those results will mesh with the AOO results.“People are fighting for their very existence,” he said.Whiteduck said Pikwakanagan members need to get the full story. He said the AIP is not binding and the final agreement will be improved through more negotiations.“If they say no for legitimate, good reasons then that’s fine, I accept it. But we think we can still change things in the AIP,” said Whiteduck. “If not, we lose the opportunity to improve things and change the things they (the opposition) are looking to have changed…Everything is not going to be exactly what we want in the agreement, but some things will be better…Overall, it is an improvement compared to staying with the status quo and where that takes us.”And the status quo could lead to Pikwakanagan disappearing, said Whiteduck.An internal analysis produced by the band council projected there may be no one left in Pikwakanagan with Indian status within 60 to 70 years as a result of the restrictive status criteria under the Indian Act, said Whiteduck.“Under the current Indian Act regime the membership is going to dwindle and at some point there might be no members, no one with status, everyone will be subject to taxes and the reserve won’t belong to anybody,” said Whiteduck.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Cinema not about wonderful perfect people

first_imgMumbai: Actor Shahid Kapoor Monday said his film Kabir Singh portrays a flawed man with all honesty and if the audience only wants to watch nice characters, cinema won’t go far. Kabir Singh is the remake of the Telugu hit Arjun Reddy, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who has also helmed the Hindi version. While the film became a rage quickly after its release in 2017, it was criticised for glorifying toxic masculinity and for using anger as a tool to justify the titular character’s abuse of women and people around him. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerWhen asked if the criticism played on his mind before he started with the Hindi film, the director told reporters, “Anger is a very special quality. There is nothing wrong in using anger as a tool. It can be used in anyway an individual wants. I don’t think the opinion of critics, what they mentioned during the Telugu film (was) playing in the back of my mind.” Responding to the criticism, Shahid said sometimes “we are very hypocritical about how we tend to look at cinema made in India.” “We then watch things made internationally and praise them for the fact that they are so honest, straight and not trying to be politically correct all the time. Cinema is meant to showcase different people. It’s not about wonderful, perfect people. I think we all are imperfect in our own ways. We all have grey areas within ourselves, we go through good and bad phases,” he said.last_img read more

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Morocco Welcomes Worlds Largest Private Equity Gathering

Rabat – More than 600 private equity leaders will convene on April 23-24, in Marrakech to discuss key trends shaping the investment landscape in Africa, at the 15th annual conference of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).“On the back of successful industry gatherings in Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Cape Town and Lagos, the Pan-African Industry Association continues to showcase the fastest growing economies in the world, by convening the industry in Morocco this April,” reads AVCA’s press release. After 15 consecutive years, AVCA has established itself as a crucial event for promoting, developing, and stimulating private investment in Africa. The event will attract investors who collectively manage over USD 1.5 trillion in assets. According to AVCA, choosing Marrakech as the summit location “reflects the tremendous growth that has taken place in North Africa over the past few years, and highlights the country’s favourable business environment and powerful economy.”Referencing Morocco’s recent return to the African Union, the AVCA dubs Marrakech the “ideal location to celebrate the 15th anniversary of AVCA’s conference.” This event will incorporate experienced industry perspectives from the likes of CDC Group, a development finance institution owned by the United Kingdom government; Coronation Capital, Nigeria based private equity investment management and advisory firm; DLA Piper, global law firm with lawyers in more than 40 countries; and Verod Capital, investment firm focusing on investing equity and equity-linked capital. The conference will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, investor and portfolio company spotlights, and roundtables. Participation is expected from notable names, such as Lamia Boutaleb, Moroccan Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts, and Social Economy; Hicham Zanati Serghini, Chief Executive of the Central Office of the Guarantees; Brahim Benjelloun Touimi, Group Executive Managing Director at the Moroccan Bank of Exterior Commerce; Boutheina Ben Yaghlane, Chief Executive Officer at the Deposit and Consignment Fund in Tunisia; and Zouhair Bennani, Chief Executive Officer of Labelvie. read more

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Official Scandinavian Tourists Murder Wasnt a Coordinated ISIS Attack

By Mohammed HikalRabat – The four suspects involved in the murder of the Scandinavian tourists, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland, near Mount Toubkal acted as lone wolves. They had not coordinated with ISIS but were searching for potential targets, as Boubker Sabik, spokesperson of the General Directorate of National Security and Territorial Surveillance (DGSN) told a 2M channel journalist during the “Confidences de Presse” program.One of the suspects, who has a criminal record and has been known to police for his extremist views since 2013, instilled violent jihadist beliefs into the three other suspects, Sabik said. According to the DGSN spokesperson, the suspects had allegedly agreed to commit the crime on December 12. They then went to Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, where they killed Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway on December 17. They had never met the two victims before.The suspects shot the video where they pledged allegiance to ISIS where they were staying, with no prior coordination with any foreign party. Their terror attack could be described as a “lone wolves” job, Sabik indicated.An analysis of the video showing the brutal killing of one of the tourists is underway to determine the authenticity of its content, he said.Boubker Sabik dismissed the news reported earlier this week that two street vendors helped the police locate the suspects and arrest them. He said that the arrest was the result of coordination between the police and intelligence services.Moroccan police found the bodies of Louisa Maren in an isolated area near Imlil, in the Atlas Mountains, on Monday.On Wednesday, Moroccan authorities hinted that the murder of the two Scandinavian women was potentially linked to terrorism. Police arrested the first four suspects in the murder on Tuesday and Thursday. Police later arrested another nine suspects with possible connections to the case.Millions of Moroccans expressed their condemnation of the barbaric act in a country known for its tolerance, hospitality, and openness. read more

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Debt repayments are crippling poor countries efforts to fight HIVAIDS – UN

Launching a publication at UN Headquarters in New York about how women in the least developed countries (LDCs) cope with HIV/AIDS, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, said “an unsustainable debt burden” meant some nations – such as Senegal, Malawi, and Sao Tome and Principe – must give about 30 per cent of their public income to repayments each year.”It is a critical challenge for those countries as they are forced to choose between servicing their debts and investing in health and education and tackling poverty and HIV/AIDS, which are essential for building and developing their human and institutional capacity,” Mr. Chowdhury told a panel discussion at the launch.The world’s 50 LDCs spent an estimated $5.1 billion in 2002 just on servicing their debts, he added.Mr. Chowdhury said many women in poor States also face a personal dilemma in how they divide their time between nursing the sick and themselves on one hand, and earning a livelihood for their families and households on the other.The Under-Secretary-General called for an aggressive international commitment to ensure that LDCs have the greatest possible chance of fighting HIV/AIDS and other problems that limit their development.The panel discussion also heard from HIV/AIDS activists about their personal experiences of the disease and the importance of breaking taboos in some cultures and societies that prevent people from talking about it.The report, published by Mr. Chowdhury’s office and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is entitled Hope: Building Capacity: Least Developed Countries Meet the HIV/AIDS Challenge. read more

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UN agencies urge Brunei to repeal new extreme and unjustified penal code

Underscoring that every person has the right to be “free from torture” and “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment”, UNAIDS, the agency dedicated to tackling the virus, and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the sexual and reproductive health agency, warned the new penal code, which came into force in the south-east Asian monarchy on Wednesday, “will have a significant negative impact on overall health and well-being” there.“These extreme and unjustified punishments will drive people underground and out of reach of life-saving HIV treatment and prevention services,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.The discriminatory laws further punish sexual orientation, same sex relations and reproductive health care. They will disproportionately impact women and create barriers to accessing health information and services, the agencies said.Every person, without any distinction on any grounds, has an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma of any kind – UNFPA chiefMr. Sidibé “strongly” urged Brunei to “suspend or repeal the amendments to the Shariah Penal Code”, which are based on an extreme interpretation of Islamic law, offering UNAIDS’ support to “ensure that laws are grounded in human rights, based on evidence and protect the most vulnerable”.Further criminalizing same-sex activities not only negatively impacts public health, but also increases stigma and gives license to discrimination, violence and harassment, they added.“Every person, without any distinction on any grounds, has an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma of any kind”, stated UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem.The UN agencies cited evidence showing that criminalized communities are more vulnerable to violence, less likely to access necessary HIV and other health services, and less able to protect themselves against HIV infection.Moreover, they pointed out that criminalizing minorities also works against reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed and agreed by 193 Member States, to leave no-one behind.     “Human rights are universal”, reminded Ms. Kanem. “Cultural, religious and moral practices and beliefs, and social attitudes must not be invoked to justify human rights violations against any group regardless of gender or sexual orientation”.Last December, Brunei called for improved data on key affected and higher-risk populations for greater outreach and better health-care provisions. The UN agencies criticized that Syariah Penal Code would undermine this endeavour.A dangerous trendBoth UNAIDS and UNFPA expressed concern over increasing conservative and discriminatory policies in a number of countries that risk violence, stigma and discrimination against people on the basis of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.The noted that recent discussions with Governments in the Asia–Pacific region have highlighted the need to “put evidence-informed and human rights-based laws and policies in place”. The UN agencies stressed the need to repeal criminal laws against consensual adult sex and decisions on reproduction, adding that health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, must be “accessible, affordable and acceptable”.UNAIDS and UNFPA supported the calls of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the open letter of the five UN Nations human rights mandate holders to “suspend the implementation of the revised penal code and urge all governments to protect the human rights of all people”.International outcryThe harsh laws include stoning for sodomy and adultery, limb amputation for theft and public flogging for abortion also criminalizes exposing Muslim children to any religion other than Islam.High-profile celebrities such as George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John, have called for a boycott of Brunei-owned luxury hotels, including the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and the Dorchester in London. read more

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LaVar Ball Crazy or a Genius LaMelo and LiAngelo

I need LaVar Ball to succeed, man. I need them to become mega millionaires. Like I need this to happen.— Mel Blunt (@KNGSHxT) December 7, 2017 InstagramIt looks like the relationship between the Ball family and the UCLA Basketball program is done forever.As ESPN reports, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball — ages 16 and 19 respectively — just signed with the sports agent Harrison Gaines and will skip college to play overseas. LiAngelo played for the storied UCLA Bruins until he was suspended for shoplifting in China last month. Afterwards, his dad LaVar Ball pulled him out of school completely.  The eldest brother Lonzo Ball played for the university as well, but just one year before he headed to the NBA to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. The main reason for sending LaMelo and LiAngelo overseas is so they can be teammates, their dad explained.“I don’t care about the money,” said LaVar. “I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”In October, the 50-year-old father withdrew LaMelo from Chino Hills High School, and the original plan was to enroll him in UCLA in two years time. “He’s not going to play college basketball,” said LaVar.It seems getting his boys to play competitively again is another reason LaVar wants to send them overseas since LiAngelo was suspended from UCLA. Moreover, there’s a good chance that his stock would’ve fallen come NBA Draft time. So far, there have been a few overseas teams that have expressed interest in the two younger Ball brothers but nothing has been confirmed yet. “I don’t know the deals and who is offering what,” LaVar stated. “I’m letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again.”Plus, no matter what country LaMelo and LiAngelo will play in, their dad said he’ll be there with them periodically, as well as other family members.“There will be three people with them all the time,” stated LaVar. “I’ll go back and forth and probably stay out there a while at first.”Of course, it didn’t take long for people to chime in with their opinions about the Ball brother playing overseas and not going to school. “How does it feel to know you’ve completely ruined your two youngest son’s chances of making it pro?” one person wrote on LaVar’s Instagram page.“What was the whole point of Gelo and Melo getting scholarships to UCLA if you’re just pulling them right out?” another person asked. “You know how many people would die for a scholarship?”Related news: LaVar BallTrump Says LaVar Ball Is a ‘Poor Man’s Don King’LaVar Ball Isn’t Backing Down from Michael Jordan, Says He Could ‘Beat Him with One Hand’LaVar Ball Pulling AAU Team Off Floor Over ‘Bad’ Call Earns Immdiate Scorn from Disgusted Twitter UsersOthers, however, came to the father’s defense and compared him to Hollywood parents like Kris Kardashian. Some folks also told people to mind their business.“What he does with his kids doesn’t concern you.” He’s helping Gelo,” wrote Instagram user Scott James Jr. “What he’s doing to Melo is questionable. How is that deflecting when you criticize this man for creating a different path for his kids like Hollywood parents do all the time.”Between creating his own shoe and fashion brand, and sending his kids overseas instead of college, it’s clear that LaVar is taking unprecedented steps to get his boys to the NBA. So far, at least in Lonzo’s case, his plan has worked, despite some of the backlash.But is what that Instagram user said correct? Did papa Ball just ruin his boy’s chances of getting to the NBA?To get an answer we reached out to former ESPN employee, Sports Anchor and reporter Derwin Worrell, who said things may be challenging for the Balls, but they still have a good chance of making it in the U.S.“They can still get to the NBA without going to college,” Worrell told Atlantic Black Star. “They will have less exposure by playing overseas. But some NBA teams have great scouts overseas, so if they can really play, they will get noticed and because of the Ball name, NBA teams will definitely be watching.”Basketball fans and other folks familiar with the Balls will surely be watching too, just to see if LaVar’s master plan of sending his kids overseas will work out.Wonder if Lavar Ball ever stopped and asked his kids “what do you want to do?”— Rod Bridgers (@rod_bridgers) December 7, 2017 If people think Lavar Ball is sending his kids overseas just because of basketball y’all crazy, this is a smart man, he just want to promote the BBB brand, that man not stupid y’all better put some respect on his name, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BAG 💼💯💯💯@bigballerbrand— Coach Twin (@twintowers504) December 7, 2017 LaVar Ball reminds me of the little league Dad who coaches his kid and thinks the kid is way better than he really is. #TheBalls— Tony Patelis (@CollegeHoopNews) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball is absolutely tanking the futures of his sons and I’m already getting excited for how depressing the 30 for 30 is go to be— Matt Kulka (@kulkanator) December 7, 2017 Thank you Lavar Ball for pulling your sons out of the US basketball systems now they can be Europe’s problem— chris.barry (@beardog40) December 7, 2017 The NCAA is garbage, Lavar Ball is right, and in 20 years he’ll be seen as a prophet. Don’t you @ me either.— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) December 6, 2017 Lavar ball one of the goats— Davir Hamilton (@EspnHam9) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball is the Kris Jenner of basketball.— rae-rae ♍️ (@ThatsSoRavii) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball out here turning the tables 😂😂😂😂😂😂— 8Eye™ (@JaimeBoyer) December 7, 2017 read more

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Branko Tamse is new RK Celje PL headcoach

branko tamse rk celje pl He won two last Slovenian champioships with RK Gorenje Velenje, but then stayed without job – Branko Tamse will lead the biggest rival RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko until the end of the season with the only goal – to take a Champions’ trophy from his previous team! Slovenian coach will be successor of Vladan Matic on the position of RK Celje PL head-coach, announced club earlier today.Vladan Matic was on the Celje’s bench in the last two and a half year, but despite good performances at EHF CL, club of huge tradition stayed without a triumph in the national Championship. After defeat at home against RK Gorenje, Management and Serbian NT head-coach decided to end cooperation… ← Previous Story NEW MACEDONIANS: Vugrinec and Pribak got passports! Next Story → Havard Tvedten extends contract in Aalborg until 2016! read more

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Google Doodles finally gets patent after 10 years of lobbying

first_imgWe all know and love Google’s creative Doodles. The most recent one we saw honored the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. One of the coolest doodles of late was the interactive doodle to celebrate Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday (pictured above). Google wanted to make sure no other companies are able do anything similar to what it does with its Doodles, and after 10 years of lobbying, Google was finally granted a patent on Google Doodles this morning.If you’re unfamiliar with the term “Google Doodle,” a doodle is basically a tricked out version of the Google logo that replaces the normal logo on special holidays and other occasions. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is credited as the inventor of the “Systems and methods for enticing users to access a web site” patent.Besides the logo, the patent covers a story line. The system can receive objects that tell a story according to the story line, and, in turn, the objects on the web page will display a story for a “predetermined or random amounts of time.”Business Insider brought up a good point about the patent system itself. It was originally created to encourage innovation by protecting the ideas of small inventors from being stolen by large companies. But more and more, big companies are patenting ideas that are stifling the creativity of smaller companies. This is putting a halt on small businesses being able to invent new things.Yes, it would be strange if Bing or Yahoo did the same thing with their logo, but smaller companies should be able to create similar things without stepping on Google’s toes. According to one Slashdot commenter, he or she, and thousands of other people and companies, have been putting doodles on their websites long before Google existed. Does this mean they have to stop?via Business Insider.last_img read more

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013 for Duggan two red cards in first half and clinical Clare

first_img2. Sean Finn (Bruff)3. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)4. Richie English (Doon)5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)6. Declan Hannon (Adare – captain)7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)8. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)9. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s)11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)13. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)Subs18. Tom Condon (Knockaderry) for Finn (inj) (13)22. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock) for Mulcahy (half-time)20. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell) for Flanagan (48)19. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh) for Hegarty (55)24. Barry Nash (South Liberties) for English (65)Referee: James Owens (Wexford)Mayo crowned EirGrid Connacht U20 champions as Rossies suffer 16 point defeatO’Neill stars as Limerick produce late comeback to book Munster final spot 26,182 Views Clare 0-26Limerick 0-15Fintan O’Toole reports from Cusack Park, EnnisCLARE’S ROUTE BACK to the Munster final was ultimately a comfortable one as they unleashed a closing storm to win at their ease against Limerick this afternoon.Peter Duggan popped over the final point of the game to take his tally to 0-13 and seal a convincing victory with Clare striking the final seven points of the game to have an 11-point cushion at the end.An eagerly-awaited contest transpired to be mundane with Clare stamping their authority as the action progressed and clinching a second Munster final meeting in a year against Cork.The contest was ignited before the midway mark when both sides were cut to 14 men. Tom Condon and David Reidy were both shown red cards for separate off-the-ball incidents, the former looked clearcut with the latter less so.In front 0-5 to 0-4 after 18 minutes, Clare established a firmer grip on the action thereafter and accelerated clear on the scoreboard. David Fitzgerald, sprung from the bench for the injured Seadna Morey, launched over a pair of fine points from his wing-back berth while John Conlon was a constant threat at full-forward and Peter Duggan didn’t disappoint from frees.They were 0-12 to 0-7 clear entering injury-time and while Limerick clawed them back courtesy of Patrickswell points by Cian Lynch and Diarmaid Byrnes, Duggan had the final say of the half when he converted a ’65.0-13 to 0-9 at the break was a fair reflection of how Clare had channelled the momentum generated from last week’s late show against Tipperary.Limerick cut the gap to three points early in the second half but were struggling to rein Clare in and fell six behind. Tom Morrissey swung over a point for Limerick in the 57th minute yet it would transpire to be their final score of the game as Clare coasted to success.Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-13 (0-10f, 0-1 ’65), Tony Kelly 0-5 (0-1 ’65), John Conlon 0-4, David Fitzgerald 0-2, Jamie Shanahan, Colm Galvin 0-1 each.Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-4 (0-4f), Tom Morrissey 0-3, Diarmaid Byrnes, Dan Morrissey, Darragh O’Donovan (0-1 sideline), Cian Lynch, Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Seamus Flanagan, Aaron Gillane 0-1 each.Clare1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)3. David McInerney (Tulla)2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber – captain)4. Jack Browne (Ballyea)5. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)6. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)7. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)9. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)10. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)12. David Reidy (Éire Óg)13. Podge Collins 
(Cratloe)14. John Conlon (Clonlara)15. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)Subs19. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Morey (inj) (15)18. Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Malone (54)23. Ian Galvin (Clonlara) for Fitzgerald (62)25. Conor McGrath (Cratloe) for O’Donnell (65)26. Darragh Corry (Tulla) for Collins (70)Limerick1. Nickie Quaid (Effin) Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 3:46 PM Short URL 38 Comments https://the42.ie/4075476 0-13 for Duggan, two red cards in first half and clinical Clare sweep past Limerick 18,802 fans attended the encounter in Cusack Park. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Clare’s Tony Kelly and Limerick’s Cian Lynch. Share34 Tweet Email Jun 17th 2018, 3:46 PM By Fintan O’Toole Clare’s Tony Kelly and Limerick’s Cian Lynch. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Detective Pikachu stars in the first liveaction Pokémon movie

first_imgLast Friday, it was reported that Legendary Pictures was seeking the film rights to a live-action Pokémon film. Now, it has been announced that the film studio will be partnering with the Pokémon Company to make the Pokémon movie a reality. What’s most interesting of all is that the film will be based on the Detective Pikachu character.For those who don’t know, Detective Pikachu is an odd Pokémon that has the ability to speak. He isn’t as powerful as others of his kind, but he is smarter than them. He uses his brains to solve crimes with a human friend named Tim Goodman. The game was released in Japan this past February but has yet to be launched elsewhere around the world.Given the insane popularity of Pokémon Go, Legendary Pictures is fast-tracking this film for production in 2017. Universal Pictures will distribute the film worldwide while Toho will distribute it in Japan.The choice to go with a Detective Pikachu film is interesting since it isn’t the usual type of Pokémon story that people have come to know. One would have thought that a live-action Pokémon movie would focus on a group of friends who travel the world with their respective pocket monsters to do battle with others. A Detective Pikachu movie will no doubt have other types of Pokémon in it, but the focus will be on the titular character and his human friend solving mysteries.With production starting next year, don’t expect this movie to be released any time soon. In the meantime, perhaps we should petition Hollywood to cast Danny DeVito as Detective Pikachu?last_img read more

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