Athletes show wide support for BLM

first_imgMinnesota Lynx WNBA players honor Philando Castile, killed by police in Minneapolis.The Republican National Convention, which nominated the white supremacist, fascistic Donald Trump as its presidential candidate, has added fire under an already burning cauldron of police war against Black and Brown people.On July 18, the opening night of the RNC, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke labeled the Black Lives Matter movement an “anarchy” and had the racist crowd cheering as he gleefully announced the third acquittal of another cop accused of murdering Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man, in Baltimore last year.Then Trump, during his 75-minute rant on July 21 as he accepted the nomination — which took on the feel of a Ku Klux Klan rally — went on a vicious anti-immigrant tirade, along with deploring the killings of police. But of course the self-proclaimed “law and order” Trump did not mention the police killings of people of color.Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics and other players were fined by the league for wearing protest t-shirts.Ironically, just hours earlier in New York City, the Black Youth Project 100 and Million Hoodies NYC had heroically occupied the Lower Manhattan offices of the racist Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association “to call attention to the multiple institutions that hamper police accountability in the city.” (byp100.org/media)These groups and others are in the forefront of carrying out direct, in-your- face protests against police brutality. They promise more coordinated actions at police stations and offices around the country —  indicating  they don’t give a damn about who is running in the elections.Refusing to be silentThe Workers World Party 2016 election campaign issued a July 12 statement entitled “Defend Black Lives Matter, end the police war on Black and Brown people.” It reads in part: “In the aftermath of the Dallas shootings of police, the capitalist political establishment has so far not been able to freeze out or push back the movement. It’s not that they haven’t tried. The pro-cop talking heads have been all over the media trying to blame and demonize the movement for cops killed in Dallas.”The statement reinforced the fact that neither Trump nor the liberal facade of Hillary Clinton or even the ongoing police war have held back or silenced the Black Livers Matter struggle or diminished its impact on other sectors of U.S. society that have influence on the masses.Seattle Storm player Sue Bird posted this with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”Take sports. Professional athletes have been vocal, especially on social media, about police brutality. These include National Basketball Association players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick characterized the murder of Alton Sterling as a “lynching.”But the action that has rightfully garnered the most recent attention in the sports world and social media came from team members in the Women’s National Basketball Association. Following the Dallas shootings, members of the New York Liberty, Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury teams wore warm-up black T-shirts that listed the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, along with Black Lives Matter, on the back along with #Dallas5 in smaller type. On the front, the shirts read “Change Starts with Us.”Citing a violation of league rules and uniform guidelines, the WNBA hierarchy fined the Liberty, Fever and Mercury teams $5,000 each and fined individual players $500 apiece. Once the fines were announced, players from the Liberty and the Fever carried out a “media blackout” protest — they would only take questions from the media about Black Lives Matter and their actions, not about basketball. They also created the hashtag #Wewillnotbesilenced.When these players refused to back down, a groundswell of support exploded for them, especially on social media inside and outside the WNBA, mainly around BLM. While the WNBA is over 70 percent African American, high-profiled white players such as Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart from the Seattle Storm expressed solidarity on their Twitter feeds with #Black Lives Matter and quoted Dr. Martin Luther King’s statement: “There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal.” The Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics players also voiced their support for their fined sisters.Carmelo Anthony said the fines were unjust, and the National Action Network volunteered to pay them.  With so much outrage building for these players’ right to free speech, the president of the WNBA, Lisa Borders, announced July 23 that all fines would be rescinded.Many asked the important question: Would these athletes have been fined at all if the issue of BLM had not been raised so prominently, as opposed to violence in general?“It’s a huge win overall,” said Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings, president of the players’ union. “I think more than anything I told [Borders] at times you’re going to agree to disagree. With this, I’m really proud of the players standing strong and for utilizing their voices. Change starts with us. We have a social responsibility as well.” (espn.com, July 23)Whether it’s with direct action by shutting down interstates or police stations on the part of young Black activists or on the courts, athletes are using these arenas for their voices to be heard. And no one is waiting to see who wins the White House. They’ll keep building a movement against unjust killings and racial profiling in general by the police.Moorehead is the 2016 presidential candidate of Workers World Party.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu

first_imgCaption: top Jess Baker, below Kerttu Hiltunen (copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: Girls, Lyme Regis, U16 8 Aug 2018 English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu center_img Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen holds a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English U16 girls’ championship at Lyme Regis Golf Club – but English players are staging a strong charge to catch her.It’s led by Northumberland’s Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) who shot her best ever round today of three-under 71 to move into second place. It made her five-under for the championship and after holing out in a torrential downpour she came off the course wreathed in smiles.“I went into this round just wanting to post a solid score and stay up at the top,” said Baker, who was fourth overnight. “It’s really nice to get my name up there.”“I tried to make as many pars and birdies as I could and my short game was where I scored,” she said. She started as she wanted and was two-under after the fifth, where she had the bonus of unexpectedly holing a difficult putt.Two shots further back is Rafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey) who was a little disappointed to leave the course with a level par score.“I was doing quite well until I doubled the 15th, which I eagled yesterday, and then bogeyed the next,” she said. However, the strong winds made the 16th a very tough proposition and Banday came quickly back with an 18th hole birdie and then played her back nine – holes one to nine – in level par.Ellie Gower continued the English push with her one-under 73, which makes her level par at the halfway stage. Her round included an eagle on the seventh where she holed out from 25ft.“It was tricky in the wind yesterday and it was harder today but I managed to keep it in play and keep out of trouble,” said the 15-year-old, who lives in France, where her parents have a nine-hole golf course.Her father is a professional but his efforts to interest her in golf failed until he took her to the Lacoste French ladies open four years ago and one of the players gave her a golf ball. She also met English Tour player Ellie Givens and has caddied for her in the event ever since. “That kicked it off,” she said.Behind her, there’s three more English girls: Daisy Kennedy (Stoke Park) on one-over, Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall) who was round in one-under today and is tied on two-over with Rosie Belsham (Whitley Bay).However, Hiltunen is setting a great pace and would love to win this title. She’s bringing good form into this event, having won the U16 Hazards Salver at last week’s English U18 girls’ championship.She opened her campaign at Lyme Regis with a first round of six-under 68 and followed up with today’s 72. She made the perfect start with an eagle three on her first hole, the 10th, but had a set back with a double bogey on the 14th. However she responded straight away with a birdie and played steadily for the rest of the round.In the U14 girls’ championship, which is being played simultaneously, Harriet Lockley of Wales leads on two over. A shot behind is Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini, while a group on level par includes defending champion Charlotte Cannatteo.The field in both championships was cut today to 33 players in the U16s and 28 in the U14s. The U16s will play 36 holes tomorrow while the U14s will play 18 holes.last_img read more

Environmental Commission in Transition

first_img“Since then, we’ve haddiscussions and it seems likethey’d like us to keep going,”Broege added. “The environmental commission is an integral part of this community, like every other community in this area. As long as the authorities remain the same, we owe it to our neighbors to keep going.” Borough councilman Robert Proto said the council plans to adopt a resolution at its April 3 workshop meeting to direct the borough’s planning board secretary to submit all site plan applications to the environmental committee for review. The resolution will also make a recommendation to Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey that he appoint a member of the environmental committee to the township planning board, ensuring that it will be business as usual for the volunteer group of environmental specialists. Thomas Cox, the environmental commission vice chair said that not commenting on the amended campus site plan should not be held against the commission. OCEANPORT – Council officials hope to quell a storm of protest by residents upset over the decision to change the municipal environmental commission to a committee, which could curtail its authority. Council president Stephen Solan said the decision to transition from a commission to a committee was because the group had “not been acting as a commission for a very long time.” “It’s a fruitless effort because they have the votes to override it, but it was more of a statement if nothing else,” Coffey said. “The way people are being treated at these meetings is wrong. When you have 50 residents show up to oppose you, and so many of them speaking passionately and intelligently against an ordinance, read the room and table it for further discussion.” Solan added that as acommission, the volunteergroup is expected to act asan arm of the government,but had not been providingmeeting agendas, minutesor annual reports. “One of the arguments we heard was that we should want an extra set of eyes on things like site plan applications coming before the planning board. Then we solicit comments from all of our professionals concerning the site plan amendment and never hear anything from the environmental commission? Shouldn’t they want to be heard on something as important as this?” Solan asked. center_img Broege said after thatMarch 21 meeting severalmembers of the volunteergroup said they were readyto step down from their postson the commission. Thosedecisions to potentially walkaway came after severalmembers of the commissionand other residents spokeout against the governingbody’s decision to adopt anordinance that appeared tobe stripping the group of itsoversight permissions. Broege said that, duringthe meeting, it seemed likethe council intended to “takeauthority away from thecommission, in terms of thesite plan review process.” Another resolution on the docket at Thursday’s workshop meeting is one that, if adopted, would override that veto. But what prompted the adoption of the ordinance was when the commission failed to provide comments on a controversial amendment to a site plan that proposed the construction of a satellite campus for New Jersey City University on a parcel of land located in the Oceanport section of Fort Monmouth. “The council heard two main concerns from the commission members. They wanted continued representation on the planning board and the ability to review plans going in front of the planning board. We’re putting these two into a resolution to assuage the concerns of our volunteers,” added Proto, who said he and other council members met with environmental commission chair Robert Broege following a heated public meeting March 21. Proto said the transition from a commission to a committee is a move that will relieve the group of regulatory burdens, such as providing minutes, agendas and annual reports, and merely formalize how the group has been regularly operating. Despite the public push-back, the borough council unanimously adopted the ordinance, leading Coffey to invoke a mayoral veto for the first time since winning the seat in the 2015 general election. last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_img We have been experimenting with lighter gear as well as fly reels and mooching reels to make the battles even more exciting. Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.Kootenay Lake: Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Fishing Charters Nelson B.C 250-505-4963www.reeladventuresfishing.com Mostly surface action for our boat, so the magic lures have been the usual bucktail flies.  Lately the lucky numbers have been 203,210, 215, 224, and 228.  Colors have been purples, blacks, or grays. By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing We have had some pretty good days on the lake lately.  Most days with 8 –10 fish being caught.  Sizes have ranged from two to 13 pounds. The water temperature has dropped below 50 degrees and our fish are still feeding more on the surface.  Which makes for some exciting bucktail action.  My favorite kind of fishing. December is usually a good month for fishing, so hopefully the pattern continues.  Either way, we’ll be out there, so stay tuned……………….  What are they biting on???? Our latest trip had some boys from Alberta join us for their annual Kootenay Lake trip.  And while the weather was freezing cold here, they were still happy to not be back at home where it was even colder and a lot more snow.  A nice get away for the crew. Mix it up a bit and run both surface lines and deep lines and you should catch some fish.  Tight lines……………………. They managed to land 10 fish up to 10 pounds during their trip.  Day one was a bit slow because of the weather change, but day two made up for everything.  Lots of action on the mooching reels.  Line peeling and fish jumping made for a few exciting battles.  They are already planning their next trip.  Looking forward to it.  On one of our trips last week, a young lady asked to bring her fly rod on board and we accepted the challenge. Throughout the day we hooked numerous fish on all of our rods except the fly rod.  However, patience prevailed and in the final hour of the day the fly reel started screaming. Kalyn was quick to grab the rod, and just in time because the reel had only three wraps of line left on it when she grabbed it and slowed the fish down.  After about a 15-minute battle with her 6-weight fly rod, we finally got the fish to the boat.  A beautiful nine pound Rainbow.  What a great battle on this light rod.  I think we are hooked on this new found technique. And now with lots of  two to three pound Rainbows being caught, I think the lighter gear will be a lot of fun.  As long as the gear can still handle a 10 – 12 pound fish, we should be ok.  Either way, it will be exciting.  Looking forward to experimenting more as the season continues. Also catching a few Bulls on the downrigger with Lyman plugs or flashers & hoochies.  There seems to be a lot of fish showing up on the sonar at depths between 80 – 120 feet.  Although most of the fish seem to come to the surface when they want to feed.last_img read more

National Indigenous teams impress in New Zealand

first_imgThe Indigenous Men’s team played Tonga on Saturday morning, and won the game 9-6 to progress through to the final against New Zealand Maori. Both teams were undefeated heading into the final, and the crowd was assured of a quality match after the teams drew 6-6 when they met in the round games. The Maori team started strongly to take a 4-1 lead at half time, but the Australian’s didn’t give up and ended up losing the game by one touchdown, 5-4. Cody Green was awarded the Player’s Player award, while Luke Norford received the Coaches award. Other standouts for the Men’s team included Jesse Green, Jamie Adams, Dan Munro, Edrick Lee, Peter Stoddart and Roy Pearce. The Australian team missed out on playing in the final of the Women’s division, after finishing third on the ladder behind New Zealand Maori and Ao Teaora Invitational.  The team improved consistently throughout the tournament, and given a chance to play semi finals, could well have caused an upset. The Australian team met Pasifika Invitational in the play off for the plate final, and were comprehensive winners, 20-0.Jordan Ah Sam was named Player’s Player for the Women’s team, while Mel Ingram was awarded the Coaches award. Coach John Singh also gave encouragement awards to Caitlyn Costello, Kayla Faulkner and Jaylene Bonson, while Bo De La Cruz and Simone Smith were also stand outs for the Women’s team. The tour was dedicated to the memory of Anthony ‘Anno’ Avery, who passed away last year from bowel cancer. The inaugural Anthony Avery memorial medal was awarded to Arthur Ramirez. Touch Football Australia congratulates the Indigenous teams for their performance in the World Indigenous Touch Tournament. Stay tuned to the TFA website for highlights of the tournament.last_img read more

15 days agoInside Joao Felix: How teenage whiz bringing hope to Atletico Madrid

first_imgInside Joao Felix: How teenage whiz bringing hope to Atletico Madridby Blair Newman15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid underwent great change in the summer. Antoine Griezmann finally moved on after months of speculation, with Joao Felix arriving as his long-term successor. Felix, at just 19 years old, is widely believed to be one of the finest young players in the world today. While settling into a new team, in a new country, at such a young age hasn’t been plain sailing, he has already shown glimpses of the quality he can offer.Diego Simeone seems intent on evolving the tactical capabilities of his side. As well as Felix, Atletico brought in a ball-playing centre-back in Mario Hermoso as well as two energetic and forward-thinking full-backs in Kieran Trippier and Renan Lodi in the summer window. As a consequence of the personnel changes, Simeone’s side now dominate the ball more than before, averaging 51.9% possession to last season’s 49.3%. But the change has led to teething problems that have affected Felix.Atletico have failed to score in half of their eight La Liga games so far, suggesting their new, more offensive game plan isn’t quite operating at 100%. Naturally, this has reduced Felix’s potency in the final third and has led to debate over where exactly the youngster should play, but he is still one of the team’s most important attacking players.During his only full season of first-team football at Benfica, the Portuguese acted as a second striker within a 4-4-1-1 system. He had license to wander and take up different positions on the pitch, moving between the lines to connect attacks and using his awareness and passing ability to split defences and create chances for teammates. Felix has mostly played in a similar position for Atletico, as seen in the below graphic.Here, the opposition defence and midfield lines are clear, as is Felix’s position between them. These are the areas he is best in. He can drive directly at the opponent’s back line, commit defenders and thread through balls for advancing teammates, or take a shot himself.This is a similar role to the one Griezmann took up at Atletico. The Frenchman usually played off a more traditional striker who would play on the last line, look to attack space in the channels, and use their pace and direct running to drag defenders back (think Diego Costa, Kevin Gameiro or Fernando Torres). In turn, this created space between the lines for Griezmann, who was free to roam, pick up the ball in deeper areas and get more involved in build-up.However, because Atletico are in transition and have a lot of new faces, they are experimenting with their favoured 4-4-2 system. As a result, Simeone has trialled Felix in other positions, notably on both wings. Indeed, it was from a nominal wide berth that he got his first Champions League goal, opening the scoring in the 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.Playing on the right of the midfield four, Felix would tuck inside while attacking right-back Santiago Arias (in for the equally attacking Trippier) patrolled the flank. An example of this can be seen in the graphic below. This allowed Felix to get into more central positions, where he was better placed to create or shoot. His goal came from a similar situation to the one seen below, except with Alvaro Morata running wide, getting behind and pulling back for Felix to shoot and score.Afterwards, Simeone praised the 19-year-old’s performance. “It was the match in which he was most involved in the rhythm of the game,” the Atletico boss was quoted by AS, before discussing Felix’s new position, saying, “For a player who likes to have the ball and participate in the game of his team, it generates more enthusiasm.”Felix was then deployed on the left side of the midfield four for the 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid last weekend. Again, he was allowed to tuck in and take up a more central position in build-up, with left-back Lodi supplying width down that flank. This only underlines how important it was that Simeone replaced his ageing full-backs, Juanfran and Luis Filipe, with younger options who offer more output in terms of dribbles, progressive runs and crosses.The defensive responsibilities asked of Felix are different on the wing, however. When playing behind the striker, he helps to lead pressing from the front, closing down defenders whilst simultaneously blocking forward passing options. But on the wing, he is expected to drop deeper and remain part of a line of four, blocking the opposition full-back’s forward runs and ensuring compactness in midfield.Felix hasn’t been entirely consistent in his performances, and playing in three different positions so far probably hasn’t helped him adjust. Nonetheless, he is one of Atletico’s key contributors going forward. No player has scored more than his two league goals, no player averages more shots per game than his two, and no player has assisted more than his one.The only concerning statistic is that he is opening up defences less frequently now. Last season, with Benfica, he averaged 1.1 key passes to this season’s 0.3. He also averaged 0.2 through balls, while this season he is averaging a big fat zero. However, Simeone will expect these numbers to revert once the youngster has adapted properly to a tougher league, new teammates and has sorted his best position.Felix is young and inexperienced at the highest level, but he has established himself as Atletico’s key attacking player. The Griezmann comparisons are unhelpful and, in the short term, unrealistic, but – given time – he is on course to fill the void left by the Frenchman.All data supplied by WhoScored.com. TagsOpinionAbout the authorBlair NewmanShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trudeau insists his defence of supply management has prompted Trumps tweets

first_imgSAGUENAY, Que. – For anyone wondering why Donald Trump has been tweeting about Canadian agriculture lately — Justin Trudeau insists that he is the instigator.The prime minister said Thursday that the U.S. president’s complaints on Twitter about Canada’s trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump’s demands to do away with the country’s supply management system.Trudeau’s comments were meant to address fresh criticism from Canadian farmers who fear he is prepared to open up the system to provide more access to American competition.The issue followed him to Saguenay, Que., where producers concerned about the future of supply management demonstrated outside one of his events.“There’s a reason why Donald Trump continues to write tweets on dairy products and Canada — it’s because I’ve told him many times: ‘No, he won’t touch, we won’t touch our supply management system,’ ” Trudeau told reporters.“We will always defend our supply management system because it works.”As if on cue, Trump responded on Thursday night:“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant,” the president’s Twitter account stated. “…But he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!”Trudeau made the remarks a day before he was scheduled to host G7 leaders, including Trump, in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.The G7 summit is expected to produce heated discussions over trade among the leaders in the exclusive club of wealthy democracies.In recent weeks, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade — a highly unusual development in the countries’ long-standing, close relationship.The pair have sparred over Trump’s move to impose hefty steel and aluminum tariffs. Canada has responded by threatening to apply tariffs of its own on the U.S.Trudeau said they’ve also disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In recent days, Trump’s Canada-focused tweets have included:— “Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time. Highly restrictive on Trade! They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!”— “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”— “Farmers have not been doing well for 15 years. Mexico, Canada, China and others have treated them unfairly. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. Big trade barriers against U.S. farmers, and other businesses, will finally be broken. Massive trade deficits no longer!”And following Trudeau’s remarks Thursday, Trump tweeted this: “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers… Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.”While the steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to take centre stage at the G7 summit this weekend, the Canada-U.S. battle over supply management is likely to surface during conversations between Trump and Trudeau.Supply management also remains a tricky domestic political issue for Trudeau.On Thursday, dozens of noisy demonstrators waited outside in the light rain for a chance to tell Trudeau that he must fully defend supply management in the NAFTA talks. Trudeau was in the area to lend a hand to the campaign of a local Liberal candidate running in an upcoming federal byelection.Following Trudeau’s news conference, he headed outside and jumped up on the tail gate of a pickup to talk to the protesters, who held placards demanding the system be left untouched.Trudeau held a microphone and said Trump tells him every time that he wants the supply management system eliminated.He said he responds by telling Trump he won’t sign NAFTA without supply management.“That is a promise,” Trudeau said as many farmers cheered and applauded.Seconds later, however, shouts from the crowd demanded Trudeau to guarantee that supply management would be 100 per cent untouched under a new NAFTA.“I guarantee you 100 per cent that I will defend supply management system,” Trudeau responded as more and more members of the crowd, disappointed by his answer, started shouting over him.“I hear you, I understand your concerns — but I don’t want to start detailing all that we are trying to do in terms of talking to the Americans. There are many issues that we will discuss.”Michel Frigon, a dairy farmer, said he was “extremely worried” that Trudeau refused to promise he would protect the supply management in its entirety. He fears Ottawa will open it up a bit like it did for other trade deals.“I’m extremely disappointed with what we just heard,” said Frigon, the regional vice-president for Quebec’s milk producers’ association.“It doesn’t reassure me at all… When you chip away at the foundation little by little, it will eventually fall down. That’s what they’re doing.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Hazard late show rescues Chelsea in Wolves draw

first_imgLondon: Eden Hazard came to Maurizio Sarri’s rescue as the Chelsea star’s superb late strike earned a 1-1 draw against Wolves on Sunday. Sarri’s side were seconds away from another damaging defeat after Raul Jimenez put Wolves ahead at Stamford Bridge. Hazard spared the under-fire Sarri’s blushes with his thunderous stoppage-time equaliser, but it was still a frustrating day for the Blues boss. Sarri’s side had won three times in 10 days to temporarily silence reports that the Italian was facing the sack. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherBut Chelsea’s latest misfiring effort raised the possibility that Sarri is back on borrowed time in west London. With fourth-placed Manchester United playing fifth-placed Arsenal later on Sunday, Chelsea, languishing in sixth, will be further adrift of the top four after another tense afternoon for Sarri. It has been a nightmare debut season for former Napoli boss Sarri, who had to endure a League Cup final defeat against Manchester City in which Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenUnder Sarri’s watch, Chelsea have also suffered humiliating thrashings at City and Bournemouth, while supporters chanted for his sacking after the FA Cup exit against Manchester United. Beating Tottenham and Fulham in the league and then easing past Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last 16 first leg on Thursday had given Sarri some breathing space. But Wolves have proved a thorn in his side this season and, after beating the Blues 2-1 at Molineux in December, they left the Italian looking over his shoulder anxiously again. Chelsea are in action at Kiev on Thursday before a league trip to Everton next Sunday. The international break looms after that and Sarri could do with victories in those games to ensure Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich doesn’t wield the axe. With Chelsea’s legendary striker Didier Drogba watching from the stands, it didn’t take long for Gonzalo Higuain — Sarri’s handpicked targetman — to demonstrate the flaws in the current crop. After a rapid exchange of passes with Pedro, Higuain could only muster a shot that was blocked by Romain Saiss. Higuain, on loan from AC Milan, had another sight of goal from N’Golo Kante’s pass, but this time his low strike was pushed away by Rui Patricio. Despite all their possession, Chelsea lacked a cutting edge in a creatively uninspired display that was a return to the problems they have endured for much of the season. A monotonous procession of slow, sideways passes brought no reward against Wolves’ massed defence, triggering jeers from frustrated Chelsea fans at half-time. After an anonymous first half, Hazard finally showed signs of life with a surge that ended with the Belgian being hauled down by Matt Doherty on the edge of the area. But David Luiz’s effort from the resulting free-kick bounced tamely off the Wolves wall. Having soaked up Chelsea’s futile attempts to break them down, Wolves sprang out to snatch the lead with a perfectly executed counter in the 56th minute. Breaking from their own area, Wolves exploited the out of position Chelsea defence as Jimenez flicked a pass to Diogo Jota. Jota ran wide before guiding the ball back into Jimenez, who prodded home via a deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta for his 14th goal this season. Higuain tried to lead the Chelsea response with a shot on the turn, but Patrico saved before Pedro’s long-range effort was pushed over by the keeper. Higuain couldn’t stretch far enough to score when Hazard’s corner was deflected into his path. Willian’s low strike was repelled by Patricio as Chelsea pushed for the equaliser. With just moments left, Hazard at last ended Wolves’ stubborn resistance with a fierce long-range drive that flashed past Patricio for his first goal in seven games.last_img read more

Rohit Shekhars wife questioned for 8 hrs

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police Crime Branch on Saturday questioned the wife and family members of Rohit Shekhar into his unnatural death case. Crime Branch officials questioned Shekhar’s wife Apoorva for over eight hours, sources said.She was questioned about her entry in their Defence colony residence, her schedule –what she did during the day and why she did not find it odd when Shekhar was sleeping throughout the day, they said. Shekhar’s brother Siddharth and househelps –Martha and Golu –were also questioned since they, too, were present at his residence at the time of his death, the sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officials suspect that an insider was involved in the murder, they said. The Delhi Police had on Thursday registered a case of murder into the death of Shekhar, 40, hours after his autopsy report stated that he died of asphyxia due to strangulation. Shekhar, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari, was brought to Max Hospital in south Delhi around 5 pm on Tuesday in an ambulance and doctors declared him dead. The case has been transferred to the crime branch for investigation. Shekhar’s cousin Rajeev and his wife Kumkum are also being questioned in connection with the case. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice sources said at least five-six calls were made from Rohit’s phone to Kumkum from 2 am to 4 am on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. They said police is trying to ascertain the reason why did Shekhar contact her at the odd hours. Neighbours claimed that the couple often had fights and just last month a PCR call was made by one of them. “They had a fight last month. A PCR call was also made in this regard. The local police had come to the residence of Shekhar. We could hear noises and we were out to check,” said a neighbour requesting anonymity.last_img read more

3D printing will change the world

first_imgFrom replacement kidneys to guns, cars, prosthetics and works of art, 3D printing is predicted to transform our lives in the coming decades as dramatically as the Internet did before it.“I have no doubt it is going to change the world,” researcher James Craddock told AFP at the two-day 3D Printshow in Paris which wraps up later on Saturday.A member of the 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) at the UK’s Nottingham University, Craddock nevertheless predicted that use of 3D printing would be limited. “You wouldn’t want to make a cup from a 3D printer because it would probably fall apart, leak or poison you, but you would use it for high-value, beautiful items or replacement parts,” he said.“The real revolutionary factor is industrial use,” he added.Here is a selection of the potential future uses of 3D printing:– ArmsThis is one of the more eye-catching prospects and has attracted a lot of publicity.Californian engineering company Solid Concepts said earlier this month it had produced a metal replica of a classic 1911 shotgun.US entrepreneur and inventor Brook Drumm, however, warned that the process of printing a gun would be slow, expensive and potentially dangerous, requiring lasers at high temperatures, lots of power and hazardous materials.Drumm set up his firm Printrbot to produce printers costing from $400 that print plastic items.Metal printers can cost around $250,000 (185,000 euros) and “the particulates are so fine that your skin could absorb them through the pores. The materials are not safe”, he said.The gun itself — unless made out of metal — would also be unreliable.“There’s a lot of moving parts in a gun and they need to be precise,” he said, adding that he tried to print a plastic gun but gave up because it took so long.“Time-wise, if I was going to print a plastic gun and you were going to go and buy a metal one, even if it took you two weeks to get approval I probably still wouldn’t have it working first,” he said.– ArtFancy a replica of a Viking helmet or one of the Louvre’s most famous sculptures on the mantelpiece?American Cosmo Wenman has used thousands of photographs taken in some of the world’s biggest museums to produce exact plastic copies.Works he has produced include the ancient Greek statue Venus de Milo which is in the Louvre.“If you look at the small print at museums in terms of taking photographs, they say that you cannot put them to commercial use,” he said.“But from a practical point of view that is not enforceable and for antiquities there is no intellectual property issue,” he said.– CarsCanadian Jim Kor’s 3D Urbee car is made out of plastic and stainless steel.The futuristic-looking three-wheeler is electric but uses petrol at higher speeds.Production designer Kor says if a car company mass produced the vehicle it would be possible to keep the price down to around $16,000 (12,000 euros).“We want it to be the Volkswagen Beetle for the next century, low cost and long-lasting too,” he said.“It should last 30-plus years. Our goal is that it should be 100 percent recyclable.”– JewelleryJewellery can made to ensure that each piece is slightly different, known as “mass customisation”.3D printing can also make the production process far less expensive and time consuming.Dutch jewellery designer Yvonne van Zummeren produces a range of jewellery made out of lightweight nylon polyamide.“All my designs are based on works of art,” she said holding a bracelet that uses a Matisse motif.“It enables me to be a jewellery designer much more easily. Otherwise I would have needed a factory in China and a minimum order of 20,000,” she added.“When you are producing something for the first time it means you can adapt and try again very easily until you get the result you want.”– ProstheticsProsthetics can be custom made to provide the perfect match.Electronics could be built in allowing the recipient accurate control of the limb.“It would all be printed out at the same time,” said 3DPRG’s Craddock.– Replacement partsOne-off parts are needed by everyone from NASA to the person who loses an unusual jacket button.last_img read more