27 Nov

FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players through next season

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Like Barcelona in 2015 and Atletico Madrid throughout 2017, Chelsea was barred from signing new players for two transfer windows, covering this summer and January 2020. Chelsea already has announced plans to appeal the ban and a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000).The Football Association, which has oversight of transfers in England, was fined 510,000 Swiss francs ($510,000) by FIFA and given six months to “address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football,” FIFA said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn some cases, players under the age of 18 spent time on trial at Chelsea but were not registered with the football authorities, people with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss specifics of the case.Part of the FIFA case focused on players exceeding what is considered a reasonable amount of time to be considered a trialist and making return trips to Chelsea, one of the people said. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The punishment is the latest blow for Chelsea, which has dropped to sixth in the Premier League and was knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday. Abramovich, who has transformed the London club since his 2003 takeover, has been unable to travel to Britain since his visa expired at the end of last April.International transfers involving players under 18 are prohibited unless their families had already moved to the new country for non-soccer reasons or they are close to the border of another nation. There is an exception for clubs within the European Union and European Economic Community that allows the transfer of 16- to 18-year-old players provided conditions are met on education and living conditions.It was first reported three years ago that Burkina Faso attacker Bertrand Traore played for Chelsea’s under-18 team in 2011 while still 16. Traore made only 16 appearances for Chelsea’s first team before being sold to Lyon in 2017.FIFA did not detail the specifics of the case against Chelsea, but it said the club also entered into agreements that “allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.”Chelsea said it was initially charged over 92 players but no breach was found by FIFA in relation to 63 of them.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Fans display a large Chelsea flag as Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, left, hugs Chelsea’s Oliver Giroud who scored his side’s first goal during the round of 32, second leg, Europa League soccer match between Chelsea and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Thursday Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Chelsea was banned Friday from signing players until after the 2019-20 season, the latest European power punished by FIFA for flouting rules protecting young talent from premature international moves.FIFA punished the London club owned by Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich for violations of rules regarding the protection of minors that involve 29 players, Chelsea said. FIFA rules provide specific circumstances in which clubs may sign players under 18.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “The club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players,” Chelsea said in a statement. “Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA.”The FA is challenging its fine and said it already had “raised some concerns with FIFA regarding its disciplinary processes.”“We will however continue to work with FIFA and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which are raised by this case,” the FA said in a statement.Both the FA and Chelsea could ultimately challenge any FIFA appeal ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. When Real Madrid received a similar ban in 2016, the sanction was reduced to one transfer window by CAS. But Atletico Madrid failed to cut its punishment covering two transfer windows.Chelsea already finalized one transfer knowing the FIFA verdict was pending. Christian Pulisic was signed for 64 million euros ($73 million) in January and the 20-year-old winger from Hershey, Pennsylvania, was immediately loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of this season. The German club didn’t have to pay a fee.The transfer ban does not prevent Chelsea from selling players. Winger Eden Hazard, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has indicated he could look for a transfer at the end of season but he is under contract at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2019-20 season.Although Chelsea has a strong academy, winning the FA Youth Cup for the last five years, players struggle to graduate to the first team. Chelsea currently has 42 players out on loan to other teams. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Iowa play-by-play man suspended for “King Kong” comment View commentslast_img read more

18 Nov

Keep calm and carry on, says England coach Trevor Bayliss after Adelaide loss

first_imgCoach Trevor Bayliss thinks England left some “scars” on the Australia team during the second Ashes Test and can still enjoy success Down Under despite being 2-0 down with three matches to play.England raised hopes of a remarkable comeback victory when they managed to get on top of their hosts on day three and four of the day-night contest in Adelaide, only to slump to a 120-run defeat on Wednesday.As holders of the Ashes, England would at least need to win two and draw one of the remaining Tests in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney to take the urn back home with them.Suggesting there would be no major changes to the team for Perth, Bayliss said his players just needed to figure out how to be competitive for longer periods.”I don’t think there is a real need to panic, the guys have shown the capabilities we have got. We have just got to find a way to do it for longer,” he said.”In both Test matches we have competed for a couple of days but to win against Australia in Australia we have to compete for longer than that.”All of our players have competed at different times and showed they can bat but we just have to do it for longer.”Bayliss admitted that batting was more of a concern than the bowling with not a single Englishman yet to make a century in four innings where the tourists managed scores of 302, 195, 227 and 233.”You have to take 20 wickets but, to put pressure on the opposition, you have to score more than 220 in each innings,” he added.advertisementEngland did have Australia rattled in the night session on day three when James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes got the ball moving around under the lights.”We have got a few scars there with the Australian team,” Bayliss told the BBC.”There will be a few who have missed out and a few who will be nervous. They’ve got four good bowlers and we’ve shown we can compete with them for a period of time.”Other positives for England were a solid debut from Craig Overton, who looked good with ball, bat and in the field, and a rare good performance outside England from Woakes, who took 4-36 in the second innings.Bayliss clearly does not think that any more practice is the key for England’s batsmen and on Thursday named only Moeen Ali from the side that lost in Adelaide in an England XI to face a Cricket Australia XI in a two-day tour match in Perth.The rest of the team is made up of the squad members who did not play in the second Test and six players from the England Lions team, who are training in the city.last_img read more

16 Nov

South Melb struggle to pay their coach

first_imgSouth Melbourne The Covert Agent: South Melbourne can’t be in the A-League – they struggle to pay their coach The Covert Agent Last updated 2 years ago 07:01 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) South Melbourne Roberto Carlos South Melbourne A-League NPL Finals The Covert Agent reveals the proud Victorian club have had wage issues and he believes they are not ready for the big league A-League aspirant South Melbourne is often late with payments to its coach and is not ready to participate in the national team competition, according to Goal’s resident football spy.The Covert Agent can reveal the club is often three-to-four months late with wages for coach Chris Taylor – who has taken them to three NPL grand finals and this season’s FFA Cup semi-final.It is understood Taylor had not been paid in months while South Melbourne was unveiling Brazilian superstar Roberto Carlos as their new manager, an appointment that will go ahead if they get an A-League franchise. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The Covert Agent wants to know how the club plan on generating the required revenue stream of $10 million for a lower-level A-League franchise, when they struggle to meet payments with an operating budget of $1.2 million in the NPL.”My advice to South Melbourne chairman Bill Papastergiadis is to stop torturing a great club with faulty myths and misrepresentations and enjoy the romance of the upcoming FFA Cup semi-final against Sydney FC – a position your coach and players have put you in,” The Covert Agent said.Hellas will host the Sky Blues next month at Lakeside Stadium for a spot in the national cup final.last_img read more

26 Oct

ESPN Computer’s Prediction For Michigan-Michigan State Game

first_imgMark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh shake hands before a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans prior to the game at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines have been steadily climbing their way back to relevancy since losing to Notre Dame.Their biggest test between now and the season finale against Ohio State will be this Saturday against the Michigan State Spartans.Michigan State have won eight of the last ten matchups with Michigan. They’ve also beaten Jim Harbaugh in two of the last three.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that Michigan has this game on lock. The computer model gives the Wolverines a 68.9 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.Considering how light their schedule is the rest of the way, the Michigan-Ohio State game could determine the Big Ten champion.The game will be played at 12 p.m. EST on FOX.last_img read more

25 Oct

Pat Cummins says Australia looking at positives despite loss in 2nd ODI vs India

first_img Asian News International NagpurMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 10:13 IST India vs Australia: Pat Cummins said that Australia are choosing to look at the positives (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia lost the 2nd ODI against India by 8 runs to go 2-0 downPat Cummins was the star with the ball, taking 4 wickets for 29 runsAustralia takes on India in the third ODI on Friday, March 8 at RanchiBrief scores – India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54), Shankar (2/15). Highlights | Match Report | ScorecardEven after Australia lost against India in the opening two ODIs, fast bowler Pat Cummins believes his team has great morale and can win from any situation.”The feeling in the group is great, I feel like every time we walk on the field we have a real shot of winning a game no matter what the circumstances,” cricket.com.au quoted Pat Cummins as saying.Australia went down to India by eight runs in the final over in Nagpur after Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb and Alex Carey rallied late to leave the visitors just two lusty blows on Tuesday night away from an upset victory.”We are taking every single game deep, it comes down to a couple of overs, a couple of key moments which are the difference between winning and losing” Cummins said.”That is all you can do is try to put yourself in those positions.”The more you are in that the more you get used to it and kind of work out how you can do some things better,” he said.India take a 2-0 series lead after an absolute thriller in Nagpur! SCORES: https://t.co/t3NnK7TGxx #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/w756aOHsk8cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 5, 2019It was the third time in the past five ODI’s between these two nations that the match went down to the last six balls.advertisementAnd to make matters worse for Australia, they lost all those close encounters.Australia would look to rectify these errors to get more confidence ahead of the World Cup.”We have still got quite a lot of cricket before the World Cup but I honestly think it is in a really good place at the moment,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.Marcus Stoinis was keeping the hopes alive for the Aussies as they needed 11 runs off the final over but it just was not to be as Vijay Shankar dismissed him off the very first ball of the final over, resulting in Australia’s defeat by eight runs.”So with Stoinis out there, I thought we were a massive chance. He played it beautifully, the way he just counted down the balls, chose his bowlers,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.”To have 11 off the last over against probably their fifth bowler is a pretty good position from where we were.””He set it up beautifully – just was not his day, that last over.”Australia would hope to bounce back in the third ODI to deny India the chance of taking an unassailable lead in the five-match series.Australia takes on India in the third ODI on Friday, March 8 at Ranchi.Also Read | Virat Kohli was the difference in the game, says Aaron FinchAlso Read | Not thinking about World Cup: Vijay Shankar after helping India win 2nd ODI vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli on 40th ODI hundred: It’s just a number, more proud of our 2nd inningsFor 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 Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 2nd ODIFollow Pat CumminsFollow Virat KohliFollow INDvAUS Pat Cummins says Australia looking at positives despite loss in 2nd ODI vs IndiaBrief scores – India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54), Shankar (2/15). Australian pacer feels there is a lot of cricket to be played before the 2019 ICC World Cup and the fact they are taking games down to the wire means they are being competitive.advertisementlast_img read more

25 Oct

India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 1st Semi-final: What happens on reserve day?

first_img No data available! view more view less Next advertisement commentary graphs India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 1st Semi-final: What happens on reserve day?India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019, 1st semi-final: Play was stopped in the 47th over of the first innings due to rain in Manchester with New Zealand reaching 211 for 5 after electing to bat first against India. India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 00:12 IST India vs New Zealand world cup match reserve day match in Manchester What Happens if Rain Doesn’t Allow India vs NZ Semifinal to Resume (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPlay was stopped after 46.1 overs in the first innings after New Zealand opted to batNZ had reached 211 for 5 with Ross Taylor batting 67 and Tom Latham on 3Play will resume on Reserve Day (Wednesday) if conditions don’t improve on TuesdayRain has come back to haunt cricket fans in the World Cup 2019 and that too in the first semi-final itself between India and New Zealand in Manchester. The match will resume on the reserve day.Play had to be stopped after 46.1 overs in the first innings when New Zealand had reached 211 for 5 with Ross Taylor (67*) and Tom Latham (3*) on strike. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal had picked up a wicket each till that point for India.The game will continue on Wednesday where it was halted – New Zealand will complete their 50-over innings and India will then complete their 50-over innings, weather permitting. The match may be shortened dependent on conditions.For the match to be completed, India are required to bat for at least 20 overs. If no play is possible on the reserve day also then India will qualify for the final due as they had finished on top of the points table in the league phasea, ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.#INDvNZ | #CWC19 https://t.co/MudeQh1NOYICC (@ICC) July 9, 2019The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to social media to explain the playing scenario if the game is forced into the reserve day.”In the event of poor weather for example, steps will be taken to be able to finish the match that day e.g. reducing the number of overs down to the minimum of 20 overs per team needed to achieve a result, or by extending the match by up to 120 min.advertisement”If there is still no result on the scheduled match day, play will continue on the Reserve Day, using the same start time and hours of play as the scheduled match day.”The reserve day will be a continuation not a restart, assuming play commenced on the original match day, meaning the score from the original match day will be carried through to the reserve day,” the BCCI said in a series of tweets.Information – In the event of poor weather for example, steps will be taken to be able to finish the match that day e.g. reducing the number of overs down to the minimum of 20 overs per team needed to achieve a result, or by extending the match by up to 120 min.BCCI (@BCCI) July 9, 2019If there is still no result on the scheduled match day, play will continue on the Reserve Day, using the same start time and hours of play as the scheduled match day.BCCI (@BCCI) July 9, 2019The reserve day will be a continuation not a restart, assuming play commenced on the original match day, meaning the score from the original match day will be carried through to the reserve day.BCCI (@BCCI) July 9, 2019Information to Ticket Holders:”Your match ticket is valid for both the originally planned date of the match and will also be valid on the Reserve Day if required. Please hold onto your ticket for the Reserve Day to gain entry to the ground.”If you are unable to attend the Reserve Day, please note that you cannot sell your ticket to other fans due to the limited turnaround time,” the ICC said in a statement for all ticket holders of this semi-final.Incidentally, India’s league match against New Zealand was washed out without a ball being bowled in Nottingham. India reached the semi-finals after winning 7 of their 8 completed matches.They had lost to England in a high-scoring match while New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals with 11 points. India are playing their 7th World Cup semi-finals while New Zealand have reached the semi-finals 8 times now.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: How much will India need to chase if New Zealand do not bat again?Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Martin Guptill leaves fans awestruckAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealand semi-finalFollow India vs New Zealand scorecardlast_img read more

2 Oct

New head of UN industrial development agency reiterates commitment to developing countries

Li Yong, who was today confirmed as the new Director General of UNIDO, said the agency faces many challenges.“We are going to provide more effective services to support the different needs of different regions and countries,” said Mr. Li, the former Vice-Minister of Finance in China. “The most disadvantaged areas need to boost their industrial sectors, while middle-income countries need to improve their level of industrial development,” he added.Mr. Li was voted in by UNIDO’s 53-member Industrial Development Board and confirmed at a special session of the organization’s General Conference today in Vienna. He will serve an initial four-year term.He takes over from Kandeh K. Yumkella of Sierra Leone, who has led the organization since 2005, and who is now the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and CEO of the Initiative. read more

28 Sep

Can womens basketball buck UCONNs streak

Even after final exams this week, the No. 6 Ohio State women’s basketball team might not take its toughest test until Dec. 19. That’s the day the Buckeyes will get their shot at the No. 1 team in the nation: Connecticut. The Huskies are riding an 86-game winning streak. A win against the Buckeyes could extend the streak to 88, which would tie the 1971-74 UCLA men’s team for the longest winning streak in college basketball history. The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, N.Y. OSU coach Jim Foster said he’s looking forward to the location of the game more than he is the opponent. “A lot of people watch really interesting matchups, regardless of who it is. I think where it is is a little more significant than who. Connecticut is Connecticut, there’s no two ways about it,” Foster said. “But Connecticut at Madison Square Garden? That’s a historic building.” Connecticut will try to match OSU’s star power of center Jantel Lavender and guard Samantha Prahalis with its own duo in forward Maya Moore and guard Tiffany Hayes. All four players are members of the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden award, which is given to the most outstanding player in college basketball each season. Moore won the award in 2009 and is Connecticut’s career leader in scoring. Prahalis said knocking off Connecticut would be a big moment for the OSU women’s basketball program. “Playing UConn and playing to our potential, and hopefully coming out with a victory, that would make our mark,” Prahalis said. The Buckeyes’ matchup with the Huskies will be the last marquee game of what has been a murderer’s row of a non-conference schedule for OSU. The Buckeyes will have already faced LSU, Virginia, Oklahoma and Syracuse before they take on Connecticut. Prahalis said the Buckeyes are always prepared for each opponent’s best effort. “Anytime we go somewhere to play, or that they come play us, they give us their best shot,” Prahalis said. “We wouldn’t expect anything less. We treat every opponent as they’re going to try their hardest, because they are.” The Buckeyes are 8-0 following an 95-84 win over Oklahoma. Foster said his team this year could perhaps be the best he’s coached in his nine seasons at OSU. “Maybe,” Foster said. “You can’t answer that question today, but I think we’ve got some depth that we haven’t had.” read more

22 Sep

Next week Bewleys Grafton Street could get a cut in its €15

first_imgTHE TENANTS OF the Bewley’s Café premises on Grafton Street will find out in the Supreme Court this week if they’re due a court-mandated rent reduction.The State’s highest court will make a judgement on Tuesday on a High Court ruling made last March, which  found that the rent charged by the Johnny Ronan-controlled company Ickandel must come down to current market rates.Ickendel’s loans have been transferred to Nama.The tenant currently pays an annual rate of €1.5 million per year, which was doubled at the date of its last rent review – 1 January 2007 – the peak of the property bubble.In his original ruling in the High Court, Mr. Justice Charleton said that rent charged in the 35 year contract signed between the tenant and Ickandel in 1987 must come down..On 31 March this year, the landlord appealed the decision.In his original ruling, Justice Charleton wrote that from the time of signing the contract “there had been marked deflation in the rental and housing purchase sector” and that “the last rent fixed was at the height of the property price inflation that undermined the Irish economy”.Charleton found that the parties had agreed never to fall below the initially agreed rent, but not “for anything other than a fair and open market rent”.Government promisesThe Government had promised on election to eliminate upward only rent reviews, but despite a campaign by retailers to introduce a bill on the matter penned by Senator Fergal Quinn, it has fallen foul of fears that a new law on the matter could violate the constitution.A dozen various trade and industry groups are pushing the Government to pass the bill and allow the Courts to test the constitutionality – or otherwise – of the resultant law.Read: The High Court said that Bewley’s rent should fall. The Supreme Court will today hear an appeal>Read: In landmark decision, court says Bewley’s Grafton Street rent should fall>last_img read more

21 Sep

Comixology Comes to Android

first_imgFellow Android-owning comics nerds–take heart, the popular iPhone/iPad sequential art-reading app Comixology has finally come to Google’s mobile operating system “due to overwhelming demand.”The app, now available in beta for Android devices running 2.1 and above, features access to more than 2,500 comics (300 of which are free) from 40 publishers, including DC, Image, Vertigo, Oni, and Archie–no word on if or when the company will be introducing an Android version of its popular Marvel iPad app.Once comics have been downloaded, users can read them on a number of other devices, including the iPhone and PC. The Comixology app can be downloaded now from the Android Market.last_img read more

20 Sep

The Worst Things That Could Happen On The Game Of Thrones Finale

first_imgStay on target As Game of Thrones moves farther away from the source material of George R. R. Martin’s books, the plot is going in some interesting directions. Lots of people are frustrated by last week’s bizarre “kidnap a zombie” strategy, and we have some serious reservations going into Sunday’s extra-length finale. It really seems like the showrunners are going for big shock moments right now, and we shudder to think what kind of insane stuff they’ll bust out.You can read serious speculation about the Game of Thrones season finale pretty much everywhere on the Internet, but we don’t follow the crowds. Instead, we’re going to put on our pessimist hats and try to come up with the absolute most ridiculous, awful things that the show could pull. If even one of these things come to pass, we might be at the “jumping the shark” moment for this show. Let’s pull on our wizard hats and try to predict a future we don’t want to see.The Dragons MateThe Night King’s enlistment of the dragon Viserion into the army of the White Walkers definitely shifted the balance of power even more in his favor. And most people are expecting a massive showdown between Dany’s remaining two and their corrupted brother. But what if things take a turn… for the romantic? We haven’t really established the gender of any of the dragons, right? Maybe one of them is a girl, and instead of battling the two sides decide to get it on in mid-air in a massive explosion of draconic love. First, comes mating, then comes eggs, then comes a Westeros run by lizards.Bran Is His Own FatherThe hot fan theory circulating right now is that Bran Stark is actually the Night King. He used his bizarre ability to warp back in time to try and stop the White Walkers from being created, only to be trapped inside the form of the corrupted First Man. That’s… plausible, I guess, but why stop there? We’ve already established that Bran is a horny little devil, so what if he accidentally jumped back into Ned Stark’s body at the moment of his conception? Sure, there’s no plot reason for it, but it’d be nice to give Sean Bean another paycheck. He deserves it.Cersei Bangs The ZombieThe intrigue about whether the White Walkers are a real threat to Westeros or not has been simmering all season, with Jon and crew launching their plan to bring one back to King’s Landing as proof. But who can say what’ll happen when Cersei Lannister gets her eyes on that frosty walking corpse? We’ve already seen her engage in the sin of incest with her brother Jamie, and there’s seemingly nothing she won’t do to hold power. What if instead of arming her people against the Night King, she just marries in?Sansa Kills AryaThe tension between the surviving Stark daughters is so thick you could cut it with a knife – and in the last episode, Arya pretty much did. After Sansa discovered her bag of faces, Arya subtly implied that her sister’s mug could join them. Smart money’s on the two of them pulling a long con on Littlefinger, who is due some comeuppance, but if we want to think about the least satisfying possible outcome, it’d be Sansa siding with the manipulative bastard and ending her sister’s glorious path of revenge. That’s the only thing that would make viewers hate her character more.Viserys ReturnsThe barrier between life and death is getting more and more porous every season in Westeros. And if the show really wanted to do a ridiculous shock plot twist, they’d somehow bring back Viserys Targaryen, Dany’s brother who got brutally murdered with a crown of gold back at the very beginning of this whole mess. The season started with Daenerys returning to Dragonstone, her family’s ancestral home, and family’s been a big theme for her. What a coup it would be for her total dick of a sibling to pop his shiny metal head back up with a little razzle-dazzle.It’s All Happening In Westworld“Cinematic Universes” are the new hotness in the entertainment world, so why not take this opportunity to establish the HBO Cinematic Universe. The entirety of Game Of Thrones is just a simulation in the Westworld theme park! All of the White Walkers are the missing people from The Leftovers. CGI Lena Dunham’s character from Girls into the White Wedding. Play the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme every time Tyrion walks on screen.It Was All A DreamThe classic cop-out for serialized TV that’s written itself into a corner, the “it was all a dream” reset allows producers to undo poor plot decisions, bring back fan favorite characters and generally squeeze a little more juice out of a lemon. We can see George R. R. Martin brought in to film awakening from slumber in a bed covered with bear skins and 20 sided dice, rubbing off the nightmare sweat and promising to never again eat pepperoni pizza before bed. The camera pans to a computer that hasn’t been turned on in six weeks, and we fade to black.It’s Just A Dragon And A WolfEverybody’s expecting the title of the finale – “The Dragon And The Wolf” to refer to Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow finally hooking up. But what if, in a Rick & Morty-level troll, HBO just broadcasts a split-screen live feed from the San Diego Zoo of a Komodo dragon and an Arctic wolf in their respective enclosures for 80 minutes. It becomes the most illegally downloaded television program in the history of the Pirate Bay and HBO GO subscriptions skyrocket 440%.Ed Sheeran Takes The ThroneProbably the most hotly argued moment of Season 7 was the appearance of British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran at the fireside with Arya Stark in the premiere. The show has featured contemporary music before, but they’ve been smart enough to keep the performers off-screen. Sheeran’s cameo as a redheaded bard who sings the tune “Hands of Gold” seemed like a throwaway to give a special treat to actress Maisie Williams, but anything can happen on Game of Thrones. What if the smoke clears from the huge battle that’s coming and we fade in on Ed sitting on the Iron Throne for a huge musical number?Yeesh. Can you think of a worse possible turn of events for the Game of Thrones season finale? Throw them in the comments, and then we’ll shoot them in the sun, so nobody at HBO gets any ideas.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

18 Sep

Simone Inzaghi gutted with Lazios display

first_imgSimone Inzaghi admitted he was livid with the performance of Lazio players in what he described as the worst half he has ever experienced at the club.Sergio Pellissier opened the scoring at the Stadio Bentegodi before Ciro Immobile grabbed the equaliser that sealed a point for Lazio leaving them in fifth place.“We could not have done worse than the first half. I told the lads that we had completely the wrong attitude, had to take responsibility and it was the worst first half I’d seen in my three years in this job,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I wanted to replace all 11 players at half-time, but seeing as I couldn’t, I had to ask them to put in a different performance. I take my share of the responsibility too, but I expected more from my team.“At the end of the 90 minutes, perhaps we deserved more from the game and three draws in a row is starting to become a concern. For the first time this season, we are not in the top four.”last_img read more

15 Sep

Spring breaker in coma after hit and run in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A spring breaker vacationing in South Florida was struck in the street by a hit-and-run driver and is now fighting for his life.A driver hit 21-year-old Andrew Akers who was crossing West Broward Boulevard and Northwest First Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Monday.He was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center with injuries to his skull and is in a medically-induced coma.Police are now searching for the hit-and-run driver.Drew was visiting Fort Lauderdale for spring break from Indiana.His parents flew to South Florida from Indiana to make a plea to find the person behind the driver.“We’re overwhelmed by the kindness and love that we have been given, and we appreciate that so much,” said Drew’s mother Diane Akers. “Our main focus right now is just getting Drew back to health, so we can take him home.” “If anyone has any information on this, please come forward with it,” said Drew’s father, Bill Akers. “We would just like to have justice served for my son.”If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

15 Sep

Search underway for 2 accused of using stolen credit cards at Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help locating two thieves who stole credit cards from an unlocked car in Plantation, then tried to use them at a Publix supermarket.Surveillance video captured a woman in a pink dress who, investigators said, was one of the subjects attempting to use the stolen credit cards at the grocery store, located near Pine Island Road and State Road 84 in Davie, June 28.According to Plantation Police, the duo stole the victim’s purse, which contained the credit cards, from her unlocked vehicle outside of a day care.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

10 Sep

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition brings kindanew looks to New York

first_img 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon: Der überwagen See All • Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint New York Auto Show 2019 Fiat 0 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Fiat Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Post a comment Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 72 Photoscenter_img 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds More From Roadshow 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Livin’ that Club life New York Auto Show 2019 Convertibles Sports Cars Tags Enlarge ImageNo, it’s not limited to dealerships in rural Illinois. Fiat Fiat Chrysler loves a nice, inexpensive aesthetic upgrade package. Look anywhere in the lineup, from Dodge to Jeep and back again, and you’ll find ’em. Now, FCA has a new package of that kind in store for the Fiat 124 Spider, and it’s headed to the 2019 New York Auto Show.Fiat announced on Friday that it will bring the new 2019 124 Spider Urbana Edition to the New York Auto Show next week. The Urbana Edition, which I’m relatively sure is not a shout-out to town in which the University of Illinois resides, is an inexpensive aesthetics package that boosts the looks of the Miata-based 124 without raising the window sticker by much.The Urbana Edition is based on the 124 Spider’s Classica trim. It gives the looks a boost by adding 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, performance tires, new exhaust tips and piano black exterior accents. There’s also a glossy black finish on the seatback pillar and mirror caps. Fiat also threw a set of fog lights into the mix.On the inside, there are some matte gray accents, in addition to a wrapped instrument panel and gauge-cluster hood. The Urbana Edition also picks up a set of seats wrapped in a combination of leather and microfiber.Otherwise, it’s the same Fiat 124 Spider as usual, bouncing around town with a 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 that puts out 164 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Urbana Edition can be had with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The Urbana Edition adds just $995 to the car’s bottom line — and for context, the 124 Spider Classica starts at $26,685, including $1,495 for destination. Alas, it’s not available for the peppier Abarth version. Share your voice More about 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica Convertible reading • 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition brings kinda-new looks to New York Preview • 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesomelast_img read more

5 Sep

BSE closes points 28983 up on Feb 13

first_imgBSE closes points 289.83 up on Feb 134.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 289.83 up on Feb 134.4K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 289.83 points up to stand at 29,094.93. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 93.95 points up to stand at 8,805.50. PIIND and MCLEOD RUSSEL INDIA LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.31% and 9.38% along with MRPL and GITANJALI with an increase of 9.05% and 8.82% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include OIL and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 5.33% and 4.62% along with INDIA CEMENTS LTD. and GAIL with a decrease of 4.36% and 3.96% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 208.66 points at 19,586.94 while the banking sector is up 289.73 points at 22,187.50 and the reality sector is down at 16.44 points at 1,721.09. The Indian currency is down 0.2% at Rs 62.18 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 289.83 points up to stand at 29,094.93. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 93.95 points up to stand at 8,805.50. PIIND and MCLEOD RUSSEL INDIA LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.31% and 9.38% along with MRPL and GITANJALI with an increase of 9.05% and 8.82% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include OIL and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 5.33% and 4.62% along with INDIA CEMENTS LTD. and GAIL with a decrease of 4.36% and 3.96% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 208.66 points at 19,586.94 while the banking sector is up 289.73 points at 22,187.50 and the reality sector is down at 16.44 points at 1,721.09. The Indian currency is down 0.2% at Rs 62.18 per dollar.last_img read more

5 Sep

Tata Steel to start sale process of UK business April 11 to

first_imgTata Steel will officially put up its U.K. assets up for sale starting April 11, Britain’s business secretary Sajid Javid said after his meeting with Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry in Mumbai Wednesday. The U.K. government assured support to buyers, as it seeks to protect thousands of jobs in the country. Javid and Mistry held talks in Mumbai after the former flew to India Tuesday and the two talked about “the details of the upcoming sales process and discussed timescales for any potential sale,” according to the British government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. “A number of people have already started coming forward and I think more will do so once the formal process begins,” Javid reportedly said. Earlier this week, he held a meeting with Indian-origin businessman Sanjeev Gupta, who owns Liberty House metal group, on Tata Steel’s U.K. assets. While the Tata Group had earlier said it would leave the U.K. at the earliest, according to Reuters, the company assured the British government it would provide “reasonable” time for the sale process to be completed, Javid tweeted. “Met with Tata Steel in India today. I’m determined to do all I can to secure a long-term viable future for U.K. steel and workers. Constructive and  positive meeting. Formal sales process will begin by Monday – govt will do all it can to help secure a serious buyer,” the British business minister said. “No set time frame. Tata Steel will allow a reasonable period to find a buyer,” he tweeted. Tata Steel’s exit from the U.K. is feared to affect nearly 40,000 jobs in the country, as it directly employs 15,000 people in the U.K. and deals with 25,000 other workers in the supply chain. The David Cameron government faced criticism from the Opposition over the potential crisis. “Workers and their families face a worrying time, and our priority is to help those likely to be affected,” Cameron had tweeted last week after Tata’s announcement. The Indian steel giant had cited high operation costs, weak demand as well as import of Chinese steel into Europe as reasons for leaving the U.K. Tata Steel’s U.K. business, including the country’s biggest steel plant at Port Talbot, is reportedly losing more than £1 million daily.last_img read more

3 Sep

Florida shooting suspect twice hospitalized for mental illness

first_imgJacksonville police officers guard an area Monday, 27 August 2018, near the scene of a fatal shooting at The Jacksonville Landing on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo: APThe suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press.Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.The records show Katz’s parents disagreed on how to care for their troubled son, with his father claiming his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of their long and bitter custody battle. The couple divorced in 2007.Katz opened fire Sunday at a gaming bar inside a collection of restaurants and shops in Jacksonville. He killed two people and wounded 10 others before fatally shooting himself during the “Madden NFL 19″ tournament, authorities said.Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams has declined to comment on the gunman’s motive.The suspect’s father, Richard Katz of Baltimore, and his mother, Elizabeth Katz of Columbia, Maryland, did not respond to phone messages Sunday or Monday. Efforts by the AP to reach them at their homes were also unsuccessful.The Howard County, Maryland, divorce filings say that David Katz played video games obsessively as a young adolescent, often refusing to go to school or to bathe. Elizabeth Katz, a toxicologist at the Department of Agriculture, said she confiscated some of her son’s gaming equipment after finding him playing in the wee hours.”His hair would very often go unwashed for days. When I took his gaming equipment controllers away so he couldn’t play at 3 or 4 in the morning, I’d get up and find that he was just walking around the house in circles,” the mother said, according to a transcript in the court files.At one point, she put his gaming controllers in her bedroom behind a locked door and he punched a hole in the door, she said.Elizabeth Katz said her youngest son had increasing difficulty concentrating following his parents’ split. A judge awarded custody of the boy to his mother, with visitation rights to the father.At times David “curled up into a ball,” refused to attend school and sobbed, she said. She asserted that her ex-husband instructed David not to take Risperidal – an anti-psychotic medication prescribed to him. The father claimed in court filings that David was not “diagnosed as psychotic.”He missed large stretches of school while under his mother’s supervision. He was admitted to the nearby Sheppard Pratt mental health system for about 12 days in late 2007. Court documents say a psychiatrist at that time administered antidepressants. He later spent about 13 days at Potomac Ridge, a mental health services facility in Rockville.Richard Katz, a NASA engineer, said his ex-wife had “an obsession with using mental health professionals and in particular psychiatric drugs to perform the work that parents should naturally do.” He said she routinely gave false information to mental health care providers. He described one incident in which his son was handcuffed by police after locking himself in his mother’s car in an attempt to avoid going to a mental health appointment with her.Federal law requires gun buyers to disclose whether they have ever been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Maryland state law also prohibits the sale or transfer of a gun to someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder or who has a history of violent behavior.In recent weeks, Katz legally purchased the two handguns he carried from a gun store in Baltimore, the sheriff said.The sheriff, who said Katz did not fire both weapons, did not say whether Katz disclosed his past hospitalizations on the form for the required federal background check.By the time Katz was 15, the divorce records show, the father asserted that Elizabeth Katz “routinely” called the police for “trivial matters.” In a transcript of a 2010 phone call, the mother phoned a 911 dispatcher, accusing David of “abusing” her by coming home late after a visitation with his father. She then insisted he was “assaulting” her by trying to gain control of the cable cord to the television. She complained to the dispatcher that he was rolling his eyes and laughing.”You’ll roll your eyes. Fine. You’ll pay. Where are you going to be tomorrow?” she said in the transcript, addressing her son. The dispatcher encouraged her not to say anything further until a police officer arrived. He was eventually sent to a wilderness therapy program in Utah called RedCliff Ascent for nearly 100 days.According to the father’s version of events, the relationship between mother and son got increasingly worse.Elizabeth Katz put David’s clothes in suitcases on at least two occasions and asked him to leave, including once on Mother’s Day in 2007. In court filings, the father asserted that David “routinely expresses his anger” toward her. He claimed that when David was staying with him, the boy showed no signs of behavioral problems and was “generally lively, communicative” and “playful.”In a 2010 letter, David Katz wrote a letter to a magistrate judge saying he wanted to live with his father and describing his mother as “pretty crazy.” He said she called the police to the family’s home about 20 times and “gets drunk.” He blamed her for his poor grades.Despite the problems, Katz graduated from Hammond High School in Columbia in 2011. He went on to attend the University of Maryland, though he did not earn a degree.Katz used the gamer tags “Bread” or “Sliced Bread” when competing. The game’s maker, EA Sports, lists a David Katz as a 2017 championship winner.On the Madden competition circuit, Katz was known to barely speak to fellow gamers and sometimes exhibited an erratic playing style, according to other competitors.”We’ve always known he was a little off and stuff just because he wasn’t social at all,” Shay Kivlen, 21, of Seattle, said Monday in an interview.last_img read more

1 Sep

Happy Birthday Selina Kyle

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target I’ve had plenty of discussions about Selina Kyle. I’m the biggest Batman nerd. To this day, I try my hardest to absorb some of the history of the DC legend. Also to this day, I love the history of the many weird and unusual villains of Gotham City. Back in Batman 101, one of the first villains you learn of is the Joker. The second is always Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Selina Kyle has always been the opposite to Batman. But… not in an opposing way that Joker is to Batman. She’s the thief in the night. The ying to his yang. Let’s put it like this. If Batman were in Black Panther, Shuri would laugh at him uncontrollably for freezing.Selina’s comic life origins have been retconned a couple of times, but something that sticks with every story is her early life. Selina started off a life of complete ups and down but more down and out. It’s incredible how opposite she lived from Batman (or Bruce’s) lavish lifestyle and how they found true love in a hopeless place like Gotham. Selina’s home life was brutal. She survived a father who drank, a separation from Maggie, her sister and a mother who died tragically from suicide. She’s also been to juvie. After she left, she was offered a job at a carnival after pickpocketing one of the guests. She would go on developed more of her skills before a tragedy at the carnival forced her to head back to Gotham and start thieving for life.We can go into more of her tragedy, but let’s get into some good stuff, shall we? Her first appearance came in 1986, Detective Comics #569. Batman and Robin take down some criminals with the help of Catwoman, but Joker in the worst criminal decline he can go through decides it would be good to catnap Catwoman after seeing Batman almost happy for once. He hires Doctor Moon, an evil scientist to mindwipe Catwoman. There honestly seemed to be no actual motives behind this besides boredom form the Joker, which just makes so much sense.Besides being mindwipes in her first issue, Selina has long since developed a long list of skills. Both from her life at the carnival, but also from living on the streets of Gotham for so long. She’s mastered acrobatics, martial arts, boxing. She’s long since become a master of disguise with stealth. Between the tragedy that comes to her, Selina has always remained strong and dominated figure in the Batverse. She’s not afraid to tell her what on her mind. She’s seductive, stunning and complex. She may come off cold on the surface. However, she carries one of the biggest hearts on her shoulders. This is shown by her relationship with Holly “Go-Nightly” Robinson, a close friend and second Catwoman and with Batman, Bruce Wayne, who she’s destined to marry!If there’s a comic I’d love to suggest from her multi-fantastical run, I’d highly to recommend both Hush and Gotham City Sirens. Hush, written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee, has to be the most prominent and epically satisfying (if not heartbreaking and somewhat frustrating) run that includes Batman and Catwoman on a level where she’s used as leverage. Please follow this up with Heart of Hush where that leverage because tenfold. (Also, Hush is the BEST villain, don’t you @ me.)After reading Hush, follow it up with Gotham City Sirens. GCS, written by Paul Dini with art by Guillem March, is everything that is delightful about being a female villain in the time of free for all. Selina combines forces Harley Quinn and Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy). They take justice into their own hands, but things don’t turn out like they’re supposed to. Think of Friends, but with cool lady villains going off to vigilante at night. Yeah, it’s that cool!Selina Kyle is also portrayed by some supremely gorgeous actresses over the years. Julie Newmar (1966) and Earth Kitt (1968) for the Batman: TV Show. Lee Meriwether (Batman, 1966), Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman, 1992), Halle Berry (Catwoman, we don’t speak of this) and Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises, we speak of this a little), Camren Bicondova (Gotham) for movies, TV shows and spin-offs inside Batman universes. We haven’t touched the surface of voice acting for the gorgeous cat with talents like Zoe Kravitz, Eliza Dushku, and Tress MacNeille to name a few.I think it’s safe to say that this cats future has been steadily securing her future, both in the comics, film, tv and in our hearts. She’s come a long way from a tragic history to being a woman that is independently slaying every single day but also winning the hearts of billionaires as a side gig.Happy Birthday, Selina Kyle, you are truly one of the coolest and most beautiful cats around. We ten-thousand meow salute you!View as: One Page Slides1. Faith BerlinSee It Here2. Jason OakesSee It Here3. Tom HallSee It Here4. Meghan O’ConnellSee It Here5. Princess Luna StudioSee It Here6. Lainey RamirezSee It Here7. Ron JensenSee It Here8. Steve BaierSee It Here9. Algirdas PadleckisSee It Here10. NkanjoeSee It Here11. Iren HorrorsSee It Here12. Rachel EleseSee It Here13. Mro16See It Here14. Diego SouzaSee It Here15. Stupid KrapSee It Herecenter_img This Anime-Centric Star Wars, Predator, Terminator, and Other Classic Sci-FPotter Birthday Magic! Here’s to Harry’s 38th last_img read more

28 Aug

14yearold drowns

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? A 14-year-old girl drowned today in a dam on a farm between Peacetown and Besters.The girl and two other children were in the dam having a swim when she got stuck. The other two children ran home to call adults, but by the time the adults got to the dam, it was too late for them to save the girl.Sharaj Ambulance Services responded to the scene and one of the paramedics dived in to get the girl out of the water. She was declared dead at the scene. The drowning victim was evidently physically disabled. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more