Three things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgManchester City, in second place, look unlikely to be dislodged from the top four and third-placed Leicester still have a healthy six-point lead over Chelsea despite a recent wobble.But as it stands, fifth place could be enough to earn a Champions League spot because City have been banned from Europe’s elite competition for two seasons, pending an appeal.Manchester United and Arsenal appear to be hitting their stride while Sheffield United and Wolves will fancy their chances of gatecrashing Europe’s elite club competition.New Manchester United signing Bruno Fernandes, who scored his first goal for United in their 3-0 win against Watford, knows his task at Old Trafford.“Everyone knows we want to get into the Champions League places. I am here to help the team conquer this place and keep winning games,” he told the BBC.Aubameyang on firePierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Leicester’s Jamie Vardy at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts after his two goals against Everton.The Gabon international, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot award last season with Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, has 17 league goals this season.“Aubameyang is our most important player, no doubt the impact he has in this team,” said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. “We will have to convince him to stay with us.”Arteta, whose side are unbeaten in the Premier League since December, will also be pleased that Dani Ceballos is finally showing signs of fulfilling the promise that saw him labelled the next Cesc Fabregas.Ceballos struggled to make an impact after arriving on loan from Real Madrid in the close-season and his hesitant displays sparked speculation that he would return to Spain in January.But the 23-year-old Spaniard stayed and is beginning to flower under the guidance of his compatriot.Ceballos has been an influential figure in Arsenal’s successive league wins over Newcastle and Everton.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | VAR was firmly back in the spotlight in the Premier League this weekend as Manchester United and Arsenal showed signs they are finding form as the race for Champions League places heats up.Just 10 points separate fourth-placed Chelsea from Southampton in 12th spot, with most of the pretenders for the European places picking up wins.AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the weekend’s Premier League action.VAR ‘risks ruining’ footballFrank Lampard was furious after Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso stayed on the pitch despite a “leg-breaker” stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta in his side’s 2-1 win over Spurs.A VAR review concluded the challenge was not serious foul play, which would have triggered a dismissal, but replays made it clear that was the wrong call.According to BT Sport, officials at the VAR hub in London later admitted the decision was wrong and former Premier League referee Keith Hackett took to Twitter to demand those responsible for VAR decisions “update” themselves on the laws of the game.Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admitted his side “fell apart a little bit mentally” after being denied an equaliser and simultaneously having a penalty awarded against them by VAR in their 3-0 loss to Burnley.And Leicester felt they had two penalty claims in their 1-0 defeat by Manchester City — once when City goalkeeper Ederson came flying out and clattered Kelechi Iheanacho and then when a free-kick hit Kevin De Bruyne’s hands inside the box.The Foxes’ mood darkened when the visitors were awarded a spot kick for a handball by Dennis Praet, though Sergio Aguero’s effort was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.VAR is making its debut in the Premier League this season but fans have become frustrated by inconsistencies and the time it takes to make decisions.Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper’s father, tweeted: “If we don’t get rid of this ridiculous system and quick, it will ruin football forever.”Champions League battleWith the Premier League title almost certainly heading to Liverpool, who host West Ham on Monday, the focus has shifted to the battle for the Champions League spots.last_img read more

Steelers in big trouble after Raiders win 27-24

first_imgBURNED—Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy runs away from Steeler cornerback Ike Taylor as he heads to the end zone with one of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They’re losing confidence. The Raiders (4-8), with one of the league’s worst offenses in years, sensed that while driving for three touchdowns in the final 8? minutes of their 27-24 comeback victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.Detect a trend? For the second time in four seasons, the Steelers (6-6) followed up a Super Bowl win by losing the following season to Oakland, which has won only 15 games during that span. The Steelers didn’t make the playoffs following that 2006 loss, and they’re in danger of not making them now.“I can’t even describe how frustrating it is right now to be 6-6,” linebacker James Farrior said. “We thought we’d be doing a lot better at this point. But we are what our record says we are.”The Steelers are losing direction, too. Last week was supposed to be Redemption Sunday, as coach Mike Tomlin called it, before they lost at Baltimore 20-17 in overtime. Then Tomlin promised the Steelers would “unleash hell” in December, only to watch them begin the month with one of the franchise’s most unexpected losses at home in the last decade.“It’s a tough loss,” cornerback Ike Taylor said. “This loss definitely hurts.”They were two-touchdown favorites over a Raiders team that scored only 10 touchdowns on offense in their first 11 games, yet the Steelers couldn’t hold fourth-quarter leads of 10-6, 17-13 and 24-20.A miracle? Not quite, but it was obvious from their post-game reaction that none of the Steelers expected this. Another disturbing trend: It was the fifth time in their six losses the Steelers lost a lead in the fourth quarter.“I don’t know that it was a result of any baggage that we brought into the stadium,” Tomlin said. “I just think we played poorly at a critical time.”Their relatively soft schedule was supposed to give the Steelers a good chance of salvaging their season. Instead, their soft pass defense allowed the Raiders to keep coming back and coming back as Bruce Gradkowski threw touchdown passes of 75 and 11 yards to Louis Murphy and 17 yards to Chaz Schilens, all as the lead changed five times in the final minutes.Rashard Mendenhall scored on a 3-yard run with 7:13 remaining and Ben Roethlisberger threw a go-ahead 11-yard TD pass to Hines Ward with 1:56 to go, yet it still wasn’t enough.“I was just out there slinging it and our guys just made some big plays,” said Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native whose mom cooked dinner for the Raiders offense on Friday night. “We had the breaks fall our way.”Gradkowski’s ability to lead comeback after comeback illustrates how the Steelers’ defense has slipped from a year ago. It was the first time in 30 years a Raiders quarterback has thrown three touchdown passes during a fourth-quarter comeback.“That was so exciting, I can’t even put into words how I feel,” Gradkowski said.Running the NFL’s second-worst offense against the league’s No. 3 defense, Gradkowski threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the final 13 minutes, finished off by the 11-yarder to Murphy with nine seconds remaining that completed an 82-yard drive.“I think we’re finding ourselves a little bit,” running back Justin Fargas said. “We’re finding a rhythm, our receivers are making plays and that was big for us.”A big letdown for the Steelers, who probably must sweep the Browns, Packers, Ravens and Dolphins to save their season.“Huh?” Tomlin said of the Steelers’ playoff chances. “I’m just trying to win a game, man.” PITTSBURGH (AP)—The Steelers were in trouble, and they knew it. The Bengals exposed some weaknesses a month ago, the Chiefs and the Ravens took advantage of them, and now the Oakland Raiders—yes, even the Raiders—felt Pittsburgh could be beaten.Just when it seemed as if it couldn’t get any worse for the Super Bowl champions, it did.last_img read more

Zoe Juice Bar Now Offering Fresh, Raw Cold-Pressed Juice

first_imgFacebook73Tweet0Pin13 Submitted by Zoe Juice Bar Zoe Cold-Pressed juices are a convenient way to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.  There are roughly two pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables that are pressed into each bottle and we make them right here in Olympia! Our cold-pressed raw juices are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients!  All of our juices are raw and made from plants.  There are no additional sugars, additives or processing.  We simply use nature’s wonderful creation and press it into something healthy and delicious.The ProcessFresh fruits and vegetables are washed, rinsed and gently ground into pulp.   The pulp falls into a juicing bag and is then slowly pressed with several thousand pounds of pressure so that every drop of goodness is extracted from the produce.  This process creates a nutrient dense, smooth and delicious raw juice.  Because there is no pulp in the juice your body is able to quickly benefit from all the nutrients of the juice without having to work to digest them.Zoe Juice Bar’s impressive juicer.Our cold-pressed juices can be stored in the fridge for 3 full days without losing significant enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants.Fresh cold-pressed juices can be enjoyed daily to help maintain your overall health and wellness.Juice CleansesIn the near future we are going to offer juice cleanses.  We will have convenient online ordering and local pick up for single or multiple days cleanses.  Stop by and enjoy one of fresh, raw, cold-pressed juices today.Zoe Juice Bar1851 State Ave NE Suite 101Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Entertaining TV series visits the heart of summer Gaeltacht

first_imgA new TV series on BBC has is taking a nostalgic trip to the Gaeltacht in Donegal to capture a summer experience enjoyed by many young people.Tír na nÓg is a three-part documentary series set in Machaire Rabhartaigh on the north west coast of Donegal.The programme follows students on a recent course as they meet their Mná Tithe, attend the céilí and get to grips with the rules. Many familiar faces from the locality feature in the light-hearted series.The programme airs on Mondays on BBC 2 NI at 10pm.The first episode is available now on the BBC Player and episode 2 airs tonight (28th October).Entertaining TV series visits the heart of summer Gaeltacht was last modified: October 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Tir na Noglast_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:  Comets as Life’s Lego Jumper Cables

first_imgResults of the Stardust mission made the cover of Science this week.1  The Jet Propulsion Laboratory put out a press release that condensed the abstruse papers into a simplistic story built around the L word life.  Publicist David Agle wrote for the Lego generation:Just as kits of little plastic bricks can be used to make everything from models of the space shuttle to the statue of liberty, comets are looking more and more like one of nature’s toolkits for creating life.  These chunks of ice and dust wandering our solar system appear to be filled with organic molecules that are the building blocks of life.The press release used the L word eight times.  His mixed metaphors spoke of comet minerals as everything from Lego blocks to toolkits to jumper cables (title, “Comets as Toolkits for Jump-Starting Life”) and even delivery trucks: “comets could have delivered nitrogen rich organic compounds to the early Earth where they would have been available for the origin of life,” a NASA scientist is quoted as saying.  The only scientific evidence mentioned was the presence of ethylamines and methylamines in the comet samples – fixed forms of nitrogen that would have been hard to come by on the early earth without complex enzymes called nitrogenases used in cells.  Biologists are still trying to figure out how they work (11/18/2006).    The scientific papers themselves had little to say about life, except for one passing speculation, “The presence of organic compounds in comets and their ejecta is of astrobiological interest because their delivery to early Earth may have played an important role in the origin of life on Earth.”  That paper said no more about life.  The others talked almost completely about mineralogy, chemistry, comet origins and the puzzle of how hot-temperature minerals got into the cold outer solar system.  That subject is sure to make this issue of Science interesting to those keeping track of the recent revolution in comet origin theories.    Ironically, the same issue of Science contained a setback for astrobiology fans.  Kieffer et al2 have found a way to account for the geysers of Enceladus without water.  Richard Kerr commented that this hypothesis “Puts a Damper on Chances for Life There.”3  Bad timing.  JPL had just produced a dazzling video for lab visitors, Journey to the Planets and Beyond, narrated by Harrison Ford, that mentioned Enceladus as a possible habitat for life because of its watery geysers.  In breathless suspense, Han Solo reads his script, “If true, the number of places in the solar system suitable for life may be much larger than ever before imagined.”1Joann Baker, “Introduction to Special Issue: Looking into the Seeds of Time,” Science 15 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5806, p. 1707, DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5806.1707.2Kieffer et al, “A Clathrate Reservoir Hypothesis for Enceladus’ South Polar Plume,” Science, 15 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5806, pp. 1764 – 1766, DOI: 10.1126/science.1133519.3Richard A. Kerr, “A Dry View of Enceladus Puts a Damper on Chances for Life There,” Science, 15 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5806, p. 1668, DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5806.1668a.Scientists writing for the journals should learn to be more careful about uttering the L word in their writings.  It tends to trigger a knee-jerk reaction in publicists and actors, causing an uncontrollable reflex ending with insertion of foot in mouth.  Sometimes the foot misses the mouth and hits the eye or forehead.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Twenty Below and Off the Grid

first_imgIn a recent blog, Allison Bailes did a great job defining heat and explaining heat flow. It’s important to remember, though, that Allison Bailes lives in Atlanta. When the temperature drops to 6°F in Atlanta, the story makes national news. But when the temperature hits -20°F in Vermont, we just tell our kids to remember to wear a hat when they walk to school.I think it’s fair to say that residents of the Peach State don’t fully understand the value of heat. Now, if you live in northern Vermont, it’s vitally important to pay attention to heat flow. When the temperature drops to -20°F or -30°F, heat quickly flows from certain objects to the outdoor air, and the results can be inconvenient.If you live in a house that is connected to the electrical grid, the solutions to this undesired heat flow are fairly simple. All you have to do is buy a collection of inexpensive gadgets and plug them in. Once you’ve got heat tape for your plumbing pipes, a block heater for your truck, a battery charger, and a couple of hair dryers, you’re all set. (Well, more or less. Occasionally it’s also useful to have an arc welder and a small bulldozer. But that’s another story.)What if you live in an off-grid house? Well, then you have to learn a few tricks.Every incident described in the following dialogue actually happened. However, it’s possible that the events didn’t all happen on the same day; there may be some poetic license involved.Setting: The tiny lobby of the post office in Sheffield, Vermont, on a January day. Two customers are chatting.Martin: Hi, Bill. What’s up?Bill: It was 28 below at… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

More learning, more success

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Swedens ruling party hits election low as far right grows

first_imgSTOCKHOLM – Voters handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result Sunday and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the Scandinavian country’s next government uncertain.After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the centre-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote — 28.4 per cent as the count neared completion — yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats and having its mandate to govern questioned.The potential for an immigration backlash to result in a big boost for the far-right Sweden Democrats inspired fear among many Swedes before the election. It received a little more than one in six votes, or 17.6 per cent. Its showing was not as strong as the one-in-five polls had predicted, but good for a third-place finish that had the party’s leader telling supporters, “We won.”Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he intended to remain in the job. The leader of the Moderates party that came in second, Ulf Kristersson, already had called on Lofven to resign and claimed the right to form Sweden’s next government.Sounding sombre and firm, Lofven told his supporters the election presented “a situation that all responsible parties must deal with,” adding that “a party with roots in Nazism” would “never ever offer anything responsible, but hatred.”“We have a moral responsibility. We must gather all forces for good. We won’t mourn, we will organize ourselves,” he said.Final election returns were expected later in the week. The preliminary results made it unlikely any party would secure a majority of 175 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament. It could take weeks or months of coalition talks before the next government is formed.Both the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats and the centre-right bloc in which the Moderates is largest of four parties have said they would refuse to consider the Sweden Democrats as a coalition partner.Sweden — home to the Nobel prizes and militarily neutral for the better part of two centuries — has been known for its comparatively open doors to migrants and refugees. Sunday’s general election was the first since the country of 10 million took in a record 163,000 refugees in 2015 as mass migration to Europe rose dramatically.Lofven eventually said Sweden no longer could cope with the influx and immigration laws were tightened.Like other far-right parties in Europe, the Sweden Democrats worked to soften its neo-Nazi image in the lead-up to the election. The party symbol was switched from a flaming torch to a flower. Members known for making pro-Third Reich statements were pushed out.It made its first mark in politics with municipal council seats in 2006, and since then slowly helped revise long-accepted social norms for what Swedes could say openly about foreigners and integration without being considered racist.At the Swedish Democrat’s election eve rally Saturday, party leader Jimmie Akesson criticized Lofven’s government for “prioritizing” the needs of new immigrants the ones of Swedish citizens.Akesson was jubilant as he addressed supporters a day later, declaring the estimated 14 parliament seats the Social Democrats picked up a victory other parties could not ignore in coalition negotiations.“This party has increased and made the biggest gains. Everything is about us,” Akesson said. “I am ready to talk with others”Turnout in the election was reported at 84.4 per cent, up from 83 per cent in 2014.___Olsen reported from Copenhagen, Denmark. Jeff Schaeffer and Philipp Jenne in Stockholm, Jari Tanner in Helsinki and Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed.___This version corrects the description of the Sweden Democrats’ former party symbol.last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the BC Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgPlease continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] tweet reports using #BCStorm.More details on the alert are available here. See the full warning below.Issued at 2018-12-20 11:50 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will drop 10 to 15 cm of snowfall accumulation over Williston, Pine Pass, McGregor and the B.C Peace. Over the Peace lesser amounts will occur away from the Rockies.Snow will begin this morning and end late this evening or overnight tonight, as the low moves into Alberta.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass.The warning says our region could see anywhere from 10 to 15 cm.  More snow will fall if you live closer to the Rocky Mountains.The snow is expected to start Thursday morning and end later in the same day.last_img read more

JU eyes Central grant of Rs 125 cr for highend research centre

first_imgKolkata: The Jadavpur University is one of the eight educational institutes short-listed by Union Human Resource Development Ministry for a grant of Rs 125 crore, which will be provided to only four institutions, for setting up a centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF).The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a premier engineering institution in the state, is also in the race. “We had already made a presentation in the end of April in Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDelhi showcasing we have the necessary infrastructure for the centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities. The centre will have high and sophisticated instruments facilitating high-end research. The centre will function in 365 days in a year and if we figure among the beneficiaries it will surely be a big boom for research in the Jadavpur University,” said Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, dean of engineering at the Jadavpur University. Pravas Chandra Chakrabarti, professor of metallurgical and material engineering has been chosen as the SAIF coordinator. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe recurring cost and maintenance of the centre will depend on earnings from the service fees that will be charged for using the facilities of the centre. If Jadavpur University gets the grant approval, the tests carried out by the researchers in the university will be chargeable. If other educational institutions avail the JU SAIF facilities, they will have to pay twice the amount paid by Jadavpur University researchers or professors and if industries use the SAIF facilities at JU, they will be charged ten times. Sources in JU said a number of leading industries in Bengal such as Haldia Petochemicals and Tata Steel have shown interest in availing the facilities of SAIF. The names of the four institutions, which will get the Central funds, are expected to be announced by the end of this month after the elections are over. A senior professor in the varsity said a space in the Technology Bhavan on the main campus of the varsity has been earmarked for setting up the Centre. A three-member team from the HRD ministry had visited the JU campus in April to assess whether the university has the infrastructure for setting up the centre. The team had also visited the site that has been selected by the varsity for SAIF.last_img read more