Novak Djokovic adds Radek Stepanek to coaching team

first_imgFormer world number one Novak Djokovic said on Thursday he had added close friend Radek Stepanek to his coaching team and was excited to be working with the Czech.American Andre Agassi, eight-time grand slam champion, will continue to coach Djokovic at the grand slams with 39-year-old Stepanek stepping in at other tournaments.”Radek is one of my very close friends on the tour and I was always impressed with his level of determination, passion and love for the sport,” Djokovic said in a statement.”The fact that he just recently retired speaks volumes of his love for the game.”He has lot of experience and knowledge, and has played on a high level for many years. I am excited to join our forces and cannot wait to compete again having a new team to back me up.”The 30-year-old Djokovic, who has won 12 grand slam titles, suffered a year-long dip in form before an elbow injury forced him to retire in this year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Serb has not played competitively since.Djokovic lost the world number one ranking to Andy Murray 12 months ago, leading him to cut his coaching ties with German Boris Becker, and after a second-round exit at this year’s Australian Open he parted ways with his back-up team in May.Stepanek, 39, reached a career-high number eight in the world rankings and twice helped the Czech Republic win the Davis Cup before announcing his retirement this month.He was also looking forward to the challenge of helping Djokovic return to winning ways.advertisement”I’m honoured to be a new member of Novak’s team,” said Stepanek. “It is a new and exciting challenge for me, which I’m looking forward to, and I believe that as a team we can help Nole (Novak) reach his goals.”As long-time friends off the tennis court, I believe that our friendship and similar views will translate onto the court as well, and we will share some memorable moments together.”Djokovic, 12th in the world rankings, is due to start his comeback at the Abu Dhabi exhibition event in December.last_img read more

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Former USA Gymnastics doctor given 60 years in prison for child abuse images

first_imgUS sports Since you’re here… Gymnastics Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Michigan Share on Facebook Share on Messenger news Read more Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Support The Guardian Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Former USA Gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to sexual assault in third case An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed images of child abuse imagery and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again.US district judge Janet Neff followed the government’s recommendation in the case, saying Larry Nassar “should never again have access to children.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Neff said Nassar’s federal sentence won’t start until he completes his sentences for sexual assault. The 54-year-old will get punishments in those two cases in state court in January.Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. He admits he molested girls with his hands when they sought treatment for hip and back pain.“Underneath this veneer lurked a predator,” assistant US attorney Sean Lewis said in a court filing.Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims when Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics and accompanied them at workouts or international events.Nassar is a “monster” who “left scars on my psyche that may never go away,” Maroney said in a letter to Neff.In a court filing, defense lawyers said Nassar “deeply regrets the pain that he has caused the community.”The child abuse imagery was discovered last year when Nassar was being investigated for assault.Aside from the criminal cases, more than 100 women and girls are suing Nassar. Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are defendants in many of the lawsuits.last_img read more

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Football quiz: English clubs v Scottish clubs in Europe

first_imgTopics Dear me. You’re the Brechin City of the football quizzing world. No, scratch that. You’re even worse than them. You’re getting relegated … to the Highland League. Which Liverpool player ran 70 yards to score against Celtic in the 2-2 draw at Celtic Park in 1997? Celtic beat Liverpool and which other English club en route to the 2003 Uefa Cup final? Aberdeen last played an English club in Europe in 1981. Who did they face – and beat – in the first round of the Uefa Cup? You got… Ipswich Town Great stuff. You have a bright future Steve McManaman Liverpool were losing 2-1 with one minute remaining when the midfielder picked the ball up deep in his own half before waltzing off upfield to score a stunning equaliser. The goal saw Liverpool through on away goals after a 0-0 draw in the second leg. Share on WhatsApp Dundee United were involved in a rollicking two-legged 5-4 aggregate defeat by which English team in the 1984-85 Uefa Cup third round? Hearts v Liverpool They met in the Europa League play-off round in 2012-13. Liverpool won 2-1 on aggregate. Liverpool Not bad. If you work on your finishing you could win something Manchester United Having shocked Ron Atkinson’s side by drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford, Dundee went down 3-2 in the second leg after an own goal by Gary McGinnis and goals from Mark Hughes and Arnold Muhren put Manchester United through. Newcastle United When Celtic beat Leeds in the second leg of the European Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in 1970 the attendance set a record for a Uefa match between club sides. What was it? Bolton Wanderers That feeling you have is shame. Rangers v Wolves Rangers won the 1960-61 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final 3-1 on aggregate. Patrik Berger Blackburn Rovers Celtic won 1-0 at Celtic Park and 2-0 at Ewood Park, where Chris Sutton scored against his former club. Michael Owen Tottenham v Hearts Dundee United v Leicester City Everton Share via Email 105,000 Mid-table Share on LinkedIn Thomas Gravesen Ipswich Town Alex Ferguson oversaw Aberdeen’s 4-2 aggregate win. This result helped to put the pain of a 5-0 aggregate defeat by Liverpool in the 1980-81 European Cup behind them. Fulham v Kilmarnock Tottenham Hotspur v Hearts Manchester United v Rangers Trevor Steven Share on Facebook Celtic v Liverpool Submit answers Arsenal Share on Pinterest Shunsuke Nakamura The Japan international was not the only Celtic hero; Artur Boruc saved a penalty from Louis Saha in the 90th minute. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink Share via Email 121,004 features Gary Stevens Mark Hateley The Derby-born forward lashed home a 20-yard strike after two minutes in the first leg at Elland Road. Rangers won the tie between the English and Scottish champions 4-2 on aggregate, making Rangers the reigning unofficial champions of Britain as a competitive match has not been played between champions of both nations since. Which of these fixtures has been played most between English and Scottish sides in European football? Dale Gordon Go home and have a good long think about this. Aston Villa Which English player scored for Rangers against Leeds in the European Cup in November 1992? 98,052 You’ve been knocked out in the second round. Share on Facebook Well done. With a little more movement up front you could go far Liverpool Liverpool v Celtic The clubs have met only three times in European competition but it is still the most common fixture between English and Scottish sides. Liverpool have won two of the ties and Celtic one. Before Aberdeen v Burnley, what was the last Europa League/Uefa Cup meeting between an English and Scottish side? 136,505 It’s fair to say Hampden Park was chocka. Challenge your friends Champions League Share on Twitter Beaten in the final but you should be very proud. What a performance! Celtic v Leeds Incredible! Maradona, Pelé, Messi, Ronaldo … they have nothing on you. Football European club football Celtic v Manchester City Europa League What was the first Anglo-Scottish match played in a European competition? Neil Lennon Share on Twitter Which player scored a 30-yard free-kick to ensure a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United that took Celtic into the knockout phase of the Champions League in 2006? Arsenal v Dundee United Nottingham Forest Robbie Fowler Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Replace Your Shorts With the Best Men’s Pants for Fall

first_imgSaturday, September 22, marked the first day of fall. While it’s still muy caliente in many parts of the country, we’re damn ready for autumn. It’s time to fold up your shorts and pull out the pants.We put together the best men’s pants for fall – specifically those that offer office-to-outdoors use, construction-to-cocktails transitions, and better-than-jeans builds. Consider this your kick in the pants to finally get new trousers.Office to OutdoorsPrana Stretch Zion Straight – $89Wear to work, wear to the trail, Prana’s Stretch Zion Pant is stylish, rugged, and functional. You’d never guess that within this straight-leg, light (we mean surprisingly thin) cut is a DWR finish with abrasion resistance, quick-dry fabric with UPF 50-plus. The waistband is adjustable, so no belt needed, and the ventilated inseam is perfect for those cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon days of early fall. Colors range from cargo green to “mud.” Literally, the color is called mud and we love it.Shop NowOutdoor Research Men’s Wadi Rum Pants – $99The modern seam design on the thigh of Outdoor Research’s Wadi Rum pants is surprisingly tactical, allowing the wearer to go from town office to technical climb without changing into “workout” gear. The Cordura nylon, spandex, and cotton blend is cut to a standard fit, while the lightweight construction keeps your nether regions sweat-stain free (but a warning to those climbing in humidity: these are not the pants for you). A gusseted crotch adds extra mobility for your most daunting crux and the washed Taos colorway will help you blend in with the changing aspens. One wearer described them as “indestructible.”Shop NowMission Workshop The Signal – $225We understanding shelling out more than two Benjamins for a pair of pants sounds ridiculous, but Mission Workshop delivers a return on your investment in the most comfortable, stylish, and enduring pant of the season. The Signal is a high-performance pant with DWR* finish and 5-pocket stretch with a durable military-spec four-way stretch nylon fabric from the USA. The Signal’s five-pocket stretch doesn’t look as MC Hammer as it sounds. It simply means the pants are made to move in, whether you’re camping, skateboarding, or biking. Plus they’re guaranteed for forever. We won’t judge you if you wear these pants to the office and trail all week long.*DWR (or Durable Water Repellent) is a treatment applied to virtually all rainwear exteriors. Don’t buy any rain gear that doesn’t have this. Cool? Cool.Shop NowConstruction to CocktailsFjällräven High Coast Fall Trouser – $120Handsome and hardwearing, no wonder these incomparable gnarly trousers are made by the Swedes at Fjällräven. With an articulated fit and slightly tapered cut (that makes you look more fashion-forward), the High Coast Fall Trouser is made in G-1000 Eco fabric, ready for outdoor labor without being too heavy or bulky, while also being stylish enough to wear to a rooftop bar after clocking out. Order one in every cool color, starting with ash grey, and you won’t need any other pants ever.Shop NowColdsmoke Terrain Pant – $175On-the-go jobs that take you from a desk to a construction site to a client lunch and home to your S.O. for an evening at the neighborhood martini bar requires two things from your slacks: a roomy fit that still looks tailored and sharp and durability — qualities that precisely describe Coldsmoke’s Terrain Pant. An ultra-durable, micro-ribbed, cotton canvas fabric with 4 percent spandex gets a durability and ergonomic boost from a gusset crotch. The fabric uses Schoeller, Swiss-made Feelgood 3XDRY Technology with a subtle rib weave. Add water-repellant, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying to the list of features. Plus, Terrain uses a Canadian military double slot design, attaching the button with mil-spec nylon twill, so it’s sturdier than standard threaded buttons and survives more wash cycles.Shop NowWestern Rise Men’s AT Slim Rivet Pant – $128Made of rugged cloth with just enough stretch and a fabric that sheds rock abrasion, your colleagues will think you’re a mad man coming to work with Western Rise’s AT Slim Rivet Pant. But these pants are ready (and made) for anything. Finished with a nano-scale, durable water repellent to stay dry in a light rain storm and dry quick if they become wet, these pants also help you move with ease. They were created to be a tougher, yet more comfortable take on one of the most simple garments in history: a five-pocket pant. Bonus: The AT Slim Rivets absorb less odor and stains due to their DWR coating, meaning less side-glances at the cigar lounge.Shop NowBTJ (Better Than Jeans)Dockers Alpha Original Khaki Pants – $68Fall is prime khaki time, which is why we love the new Tapered Fit of the Dockers Alpha Original Khaki Pants. These aren’t the baggy khakis you bought going into middle school. The new shape sits lower, are slimmer throughout, and narrow at the ankle to give you a lean and tall appearance. Plus, they’re under $70. At 98-percent cotton, the Alphas are comfortable enough to rival your favorite pair of expensive blue jeans, but acceptable for both impressing in-laws over Thanksgiving and relaxing at your favorite hometown bar.Shop NowOlivers Passage Pant – $158More durable than denim and comfortable enough to wear on a lazy Sunday (or out on the town), the Passage Pant by Olivers is a fine piece of Italian craftsmanship, soft as leather, with a four-way stretch, gusseted crotch for at-home manspreading, and Italian stainless steel button and rivets. Jeans are for the summer, pants are for the fall. The Passage will be your go-to weekender/travel pant for autumn.Shop Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business last_img read more

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Brexit deal almost done but Spain holds out over Gibraltar

first_imgLONDON — European Union diplomats are meeting to finalize the draft divorce agreement between Britain and the bloc, amid a warning from Spain that it will oppose the deal if it isn’t guaranteed a say over the future of Gibraltar.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that Britain and Spain “remain far away” on the issue and “if there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”Spain wants the future of the tiny British territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula to be a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.Spain doesn’t have a veto on the withdrawal agreement, which does not have to be approved unanimously. But it could hold up a future free-trade deal between Britain and the EU, which would require approval of all 27 EU nations.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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After yesterdays roadblocks no new restrictions reported by UN in Eritrea

According to the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), the majority of peacekeepers from the Jordanian, Indian and Kenyan battalions, along with most military observers, have now relocated to Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, from the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) that separates the two countries, which fought a bloody border war that ended in 2000.The remaining troops in the TSZ are actively engaged in packing and moving equipment and supplies destined for Asmara, the mission said.The eight UNMEE vehicles that were stopped by soldiers of the Eritrean Defence Force at a checkpoint yesterday were unable to load supplies as they had planned. They returned to Asmara empty. The blue helmets were ordered to relocate temporarily to Ethiopia after Eritrean authorities cut off their fuel supplies. UN officials and the Security Council have urged them to end their restrictions amid growing concern over rapidly dwindling supplies. 27 February 2008No new restrictions have been reported today from Eritrea on the regrouping of the United Nations peacekeepers there in preparation for their temporary relocation to Ethiopia, though the vehicles blocked yesterday were unable to complete their tasks. read more

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Three students win firstever UNYouTube online video contest on hunger

16 October 2008Three university students from the United States will head to Ethiopia next month to film the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) after winning the first-ever online video competition organized by the agency and YouTube to raise awareness about global hunger. The winning video, entitled “Time is Running Out,” highlights the grim fact that a child dies of hunger every six seconds by featuring a series of photos of children in groups, with some slowly fading out of the picture, with the sound of a ticking clock in the background.The video was produced by three students from Auburn University in Alabama – Emma Thompson, Meri Kate Purgason and Collin Butler – who beat out some tough competition, including a professional filmmaker, in the HungerBytes competition, launched by WFP last November and hosted on YouTube.“We feel deeply moved and honoured,” said Ms. Purgason, a 20-year-old marketing student. “I believe the war on hunger is one that can be fought and won – and that gives me a lot of hope.”Their video, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_fpRmpafwo, was chosen from among five finalists chosen by a panel of leading figures in the fields of film, web and humanitarian aid, including Edward Zwick, Director of Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai, Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman (.Crash, Darfur Now, The Illusionist) and Steve Grove, head of YouTube News and Politics. The five finalist videos, narrowed down from more than 70 short video entries, were on view for two months of voting on YouTube, with the winning video being the one that garnered the most views.The four runners-up are a video of a man struggling to open a tin can without tools, a woman miming cooking a meal without food, a well-to-do family sitting down to dinner and choosing which one of them is to eat that night, and a group of young people asking everyone to pitch in to make a difference in the fight against hunger.The winners were announced today to coincide with World Food Day, which seeks to draw attention to the 923 million people around the globe who go hungry every day.“We wanted to reach a new group of activists and humanitarians,” said Nancy Roman, WFP’s Director of Communications. “The YouTube generation is confident, forward-thinking and web-savvy. Their involvement in hunger initiatives can have a powerful and widespread impact on the fight against hunger.”During the trip to Ethiopia, the winning team will visit WFP’s largest food assistance operation, which is currently targeting an estimated 9.6 million hungry people suffering from the effects of drought and high food prices. read more

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UN chief hopeful for Libya after Quartet meeting in Tunis

“If is there is a word that defines what I think and feel about Libya today that word is hope. This is a moment of hope for Libya,” said the UN Secretary-General in a press conference after the meeting.  “I have hope because I believe that it is possible to have now a Libyan-led political process aiming at the solution of the Libyan problems.”.@UNSMILibya is pleased that polling is peacefully underway in 9 municipalities, a strong signal that #Libya-ns are committed to democratically electing their local councils. We applaud @CCMCELy work in preparing the elections & look forward to working w/ newly elected councils. pic.twitter.com/TLVznOsgGY— UNSMIL (@UNSMILibya) March 30, 2019 The meeting in Tunis included Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ahmad Abulgheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, Moussa Faki, Chairperson of the African Union Commission; and Ghassan Salamé, UN Special Representative in Libya.Announcing that the meeting had led to “intensified forms of cooperation among our four organizations to work more and more together in support of a Libyan-led political process,” the UN chief said he hoped “the Libyan leaders will understand the enormous responsibility that they have, that they will be able to come together in solutions for the future of Libya, to the benefit of the Libyan people and to the benefit of the whole region as we all know the impact of Libya in the Sahel and many other parts of Africa, even in Europe”.He mentioned three key steps for a successful outcome: the Libyan National Conference to take place in two weeks; the upcoming conference of peace and reconciliation to take place in Addis Ababa, headquarters of the African Union; elections “at the right moment for the country to re-establish a normal political life.”The UN Secretary-General acknowledged that there are difficulties, but stressed that a window of opportunity has been created by the recent historic meeting in Abu Dhabi between Libya’s Prime Minister, Faiez Serraj, and a key rival military leader, the Commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.Citing the recent peace deals between Ethiopia and Eritrea, in South Sudan, in the Central African Republic and elsewhere, Mr. Guterres said there is a “wind of hope,” not only in Libya.”People are starting to show their leaders that they want peace.” he stated. “It’s not for us to define, because we’re not Libyans, so the Libyans themselves define the precise definition of the solution, but we see signs that the [divide in Libya], for the first time has the possibility to be overcome.”In a tweet, UN Special Representative Salamé called on the Libyan people “not to waste the opportunity” of the recommendations adopted during this high-level meeting and “not to close this window to build a unified, civil, sovereign, capable, fair state.”When he briefed the UN Security Council last week from Tripoli, he said that the UN mission there, UNSMIL, was working to both “prevent recent developments and tensions on the ground from escalating”, and “pivot to stability and a political compact” which would end the country’s crisis.For most of the period since the 2011 overthrow of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the Mediterranean nation has been contested by various armed factions, leading to a breakdown of the economy, infrastructure and security across the country.The Quartet meeting and press conference coincided with the kick-off in Libya of municipal elections in nine municipalities across the country. read more

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Ohio State hockey player Freddy Gerard inspired by late teammate

OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardAsk any hockey player who his secondary family is, and he will say the 20-plus members in his team’s locker room.     Ask any forward who his brothers are and he will say the two other players on his line.In his senior year of high school, Ohio State freshman forward Freddy Gerard lost one of his brothers.Growing up in Rocky River, Ohio, Gerard spent his youth hockey days developing in the Cleveland Barons AAA organization. For a majority of his time there, Gerard played on a line with Brunswick, Ohio, native Kevin Fox. Fox, a senior at the time, was in a car with four other Brunswick High School students just past midnight on June 3, 2012, the same day of the school’s commencement.The driver of the car, Jeffrey Chaya, 18, was speeding in neighboring suburb Columbia Township when his 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed over a CSX railroad crossing.The car flew, before landing hard and causing Chaya to lose control and veer into a ditch. The car struck a tree, overturned and landed on its roof on the road. Chaya was killed along with Blake Bartchak, 17, and Fox’s girlfriend Lexi Poerner, 16. Fox, who was in the backseat with Poerner, was thrown out of the car and landed in a ditch. Julia Romito, now a student at Kent State University, was the third backseat passenger and lone survivor of the accident. She recovered after being taken to a local hospital.Fox — or “Foxy,” as he was commonly called by friends — was flown to the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and was treated until he passed away around 10 p.m the same day.Upon seeing his friend in the intensive care unit in the afternoon hours before his death, Gerard was speechless.“I started crying right away,” Gerard said somberly. “I had no idea what to expect. You never fully understand what that’s like. You see it sometimes in a movie but until it’s right there staring you in the face, your body just breaks down. It was one of the craziest, saddest moments that I’ve ever fully experienced.”A community was devastated and a family was torn as Cleveland hockey lost one of its most beloved members.“It could not be him,” Gerard said. “He’s Foxy. He was the happiest, crazy, funny kid. He had his own personality about him. Everybody knew who Kevin Fox was and what Kevin Fox was.”The bond and family-like environment that growing up in hockey provides was shown at Fox’s funeral.“It’s a family, you spend so much time together and here we are,” Fox’s mother Sherri said. “When Kevin passed, (his former teammates) showed up and continued to be a part of it.”The Barons, now in the prestigious Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, used to compete in the Midwest Elite Hockey League.It was in that realm that Kevin Fox and Gerard would compete against the best teams that the Detroit and Chicago regions had to offer weekend after weekend from September to March.The duo faced numerous future NCAA Division I and NHL players over the years, all of whom molded them into extraordinary players and people. Kevin Fox’s time with the Barons ended after his sophomore year of high school when he would become a star rugby player at Brunswick, while Gerard’s time with the program continued until graduation from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.Whereas Gerard plays a quick, playmaking type of game with finesse, Kevin Fox complimented him with a grinder-like mentality, working in the corners and muscling it out with anyone, no matter how big or tall.“He was willing to put himself out for his team,” Sherri Fox said. “He loved (his team). If it meant defending a teammate, he would do it.”Gerard, still adjusting to the grueling schedule that college hockey presents on and off the ice, still carries his friend with him in the form of a tattoo on his left bicep. The tattoo, which he had put on three days after Kevin Fox’s passing, features a fox with “Forever 28” inscribed below it, his number with the Barons.“Having something on my body would always remind me of the type of person that he was and how great of a friend he was and how many more friends I want to hopefully have throughout my life like that,” Gerard said. “It’s a good memory to have, and every now and then I look down at it. I’m at the point where it puts a smile on my face that I was able to be his friend and have him be mine.”Freddy Gerard shows his tattoo in honor of his friend. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardUpon glancing at some of the images of Gerard and “Foxy” on the ice together and the tattoo which they had not seen, Kevin Fox’s parents were brought back to a time when it was simply fun to watch the young boys grow into outstanding men through the game of hockey.“Kevin is with him all the time,” Kevin Fox’s father Jim said. “He is proud to be his friend.”Gerard has played in six games this season, tallying one assist. One of the biggest aforementioned adjustments he has had to make to the college game after spending a few years in junior hockey is, ironically, playing more like Kevin Fox.“I’ve kind of had to adapt to a grinder style and mix it up a little bit in the corners, play the body a little bit,” Gerard said. “If I could be like Kevin Fox a little bit, maybe that will help my game a little bit more.”In March 2012, a few months before his death, Kevin Fox was given an assignment in his first period psychology class to come up with a list of 50 goals for his future.No. 23 on the list said that he wanted to “continue to play hockey.”Because of his teammate, friend and brother, Gerard, Kevin Fox continues to play hockey each and every day. read more

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Friday at Cheltenham 5 things to say when the office chat turns

first_img1. “Can Bryan Cooper make it a double?”Yesterday was quite the day for Tralee jockey Bryan Cooper. The 20-year-old rode his first Festival winner when Tony Martin’s 20/1 shot Benefficient led from pillar to post in the Jewson Novices’ Chase and then found himself as a last-minute substitute when Davy Russell was taken to hospital with a collapsed lung. That gave Cooper a shot at the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase, where he finished second on hot favourite First Lieutenant, and then in the feature World Hurdle where Bog Warrior was fourth.Cooper was hit with a two-day suspension but today, his focus will be on riding his second winner when he saddles up on board Our Conor in the Triumph Hurdle (1.30pm). Unbeaten in his three starts over hurdles, Dessie Hughes’ youngster will have to fend off the challenges of Paul Nicholls’ Far West and Rolling Star from the Nicky Henderson yard.2. “Will Tennis Cap add to Mullins’ honour roll?”Irish trainers have won the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2.05pm) three times in the last four years and a win for Willie Mullins this afternoon would go some way to cementing the top trainer’s title at this year’s Festival. After bagging five on the opening two days, Mullins didn’t have a winner yesterday — but more importantly neither did any of his close rivals, and Nicky Henderson still trails behind on three.Mullins also fields Ballycasey and Sir Des Champs among others today but Henderson has some interesting runners of his own with Rolling Star, Bobs Worth and Kid Cassidy all showing good claims. The trainer’s title is nearly in the bag but Mullins could do with one or two more to get over the line, and French import Tennis Cap could be that one.3. “How will Sir Des Champs fare without Davy Russell?”Ireland’s main Gold Cup hope, the Willie Mullins-trained Sir Des Champs, suffered a blow yesterday when booked rider Davy Russell was stood down for the remainder of the Festival and sent to hospital. Russell has ridden the seven-year-old on his last six starts, winning four including the Jewson Novices’ Chase here last year, and has clearly developed an important understanding with this horse.Surrounded by high-class opposition in Bobs Worth, Silviniaco Conti and Long Run, Sir des Champs will need to be at his very best to challenge. The choice of replacement rider may well be crucial come 3.20pm this afternoon.4. “Can Salsify buck the trends?”As expected, a flood of support has pushed Salsify into less than 3/1 for this year’s renewal of the Foxhunters’ Chase. Despite the skinny odds, the defending champion is an attractive prospect to get the job done for the father/son combo of trainer Rodger and jockey Colman Sweeney.The last horse to record back-to-back wins in this race was Double Silk in 1993 and 1994 and with 2012 runner-up Chapoturgeon and Pauline Harkin’s Doctor Kingsley bound to fancy their claims, Salsify will need an exact repeat of 12 months ago.5. “What will get me out of jail in the last?”Different year, same story, and most punters will be counting their last few pennies by the time the Grand Annual Chase rolls around at 5.15pm. The temptation is to go big in the hope of recouping some of the week’s losses but unless you’ve a strong fancy, or a wedge of cash burning a hole in your pocket, you might do well to avoid this wide-open renewal. Alderwood will most likely go off favourite and if neither AP McCoy nor JP McManus have had a winner by this point, expect the man in the saddle to go all guns blazing to drive Tom Mullins’ horse over the line.Caption time: What was Michael O’Leary saying to himself at Cheltenham earlier?last_img read more

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Appeals court to hear cases at Clark College

first_imgThe Washington Court of Appeals Division II will hear oral arguments in three cases during a March 1 community visit to Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.The hearings, which are open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Gaiser Hall Student Center.Both sides of each appeals case will be allowed 15 minutes for argument, heard by a panel consisting of Judge Jill Johanson, Judge Brad Maxa and Judge Rich Melnick. The court has authority to overrule, remand, modify or affirm decisions of the trial courts.Audience members will be allowed to ask questions unrelated to the cases after the arguments.The Court of Appeals Division II hears appeals at its courthouse in Tacoma from the superior courts in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Pierce counties. However, the court travels to Southwest Washington a couple of times a year so that the public can more easily attend the hearings.“We think it is important for the public to see and understand how the appellate courts work. By hearing arguments in locations other than Tacoma, we provide more of the public easier access to our court,” Melnick said in a press release. “Transparency is increased which in turn improves confidence in the judicial branch.”The panel will hear three cases:• State v. Frame — The state argues that Frame’s petition to restore his right to own or possess firearms should not have been granted by a juvenile court, because he was 33 years old at the time.last_img read more

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Van Persie hails Feyenoords fighting spirit in their win over Ajax

first_imgRobin van Persie praised Feyenoord’s fighting spirit as they produced an excellent display to dispatch fierce rivals Ajax 6-2 in Sunday’s Klassieker.Van Persie bagged a brace in the tie before Tonny Vilhena and Yassin Ayoub wrapped up the 6-2 win in style despite falling 2-1 behind early in the game.The former United forward, though, admitted his teammates were resolute as they went on to end a three-match winless run and score six goals against Ajax for the first time since November 1964.“A bizarre contest,” Van Persie, who urged more consistency from his team-mates, as cited by FourFourTwo“This match had everything. Goals, good football, passion, fight. I am proud of how we always came back.“Everyone fought for it. Our spirit was the deciding factor.Robin van Persie might want to rethink about retiring.He scored twice as Feyenoord thumped Ajax to dent their title hopes.👉 https://t.co/cUEeOa10GJ pic.twitter.com/nEawUIqIOp— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 27, 20192010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“When it was at 3-2, I looked around me and I thought ‘this is very beautiful’. That passion and the belief that we would win, I had to absorb that.“I believe in these players. They can play so very well. It should only be more frequent and more constant, that is the aim.”The defeat leaves Ajax five points behind Eredivisie leaders PSV, and coach Erik ten Hag claimed his side cannot currently contemplate the title race unless their defence improves.“I am very grumpy,” he said. “I do not even want to think about the title race for the time being. We first have to turn this around.“We are not disciplined and not consistent enough. We started well, put Feyenoord under very good pressure, came 0-1 and therefore almost 0-2.“We have to realise what has made us great. We have shown good things to the ball, but football is more than just ball possession. We were teased today.”😅 Feyenoord’s first win in this fixture since October 2015💪 Their biggest win over Ajax since 1964😍 Highest scoring Der Klassieker since 1983Wow. 😳 #feyaja pic.twitter.com/DCTdM40JxN— Goal (@goal) January 27, 2019last_img read more

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Washington eyes vending machines for pot

first_imgPot vending machines may be coming to Washington’s pot stores.They’re apparently rolling into Colorado, or at least into one Colorado shop. The Denver Post, in its “The Cannabist blog,” reported that an “automated, age-verifying, climate-controlled” vending machine is being installed inside a Colorado medical-marijuana dispensary.Washington state is considering allowing such machines in its recreational-pot shops, according to Randy Simmons, deputy director of the state Liquor Control Board, the agency implementing the state’s legal-pot law.“At first blush, it seems feasible that they could be used in a licensed retail store, but I would need more internal discussion to say yes for sure,” Simmons said.“I think it would be workable, basically the customer is simply bypassing the cash register,” Simmons continued in an email. “They can’t get access to the product unless they purchase it, it is prepackaged, and only the retailer feeds the machine. Seems like a viable option.”Expected to open in July, recreational-pot shops in Washington will not allow anyone under 21 inside. So minors using the vending machines is not a concern.last_img read more

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Lincoln Acquires Housing Project at JB LewisMcChord

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Lincoln Military Housing on Thursday acquired the privatized housing project at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., adding more than 5,000 units to the company’s portfolio.Lincoln acquired the ownership position held by Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust, and now will manage the project, Philip Rizzo, national vice president of operations, told 360. Lincoln had been a partner in the project on the development side when it first was formed, but had not participated since then, Rizzo explained. The housing project, Lewis-McChord Communities, is part of the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative but includes the family housing on the Air Force side of the installation as well.Acquiring Equity Residential’s interest made sense as managing military housing fits into Lincoln’s core business. “We bought a well-run management company,” he said. DOD considers Lewis-McChord to be the most successful joint base operation across the military, Rizzo said, “so we thought there was longevity there.”Rizzo would not disclose the terms of the purchase.“Lewis-McChord Communities is an outstanding operation and we are confident that the addition of this team will help us continue to pursue our mission and continue to lead in the success of Military Housing Privatization Initiative,” Jarl Bliss, president of Lincoln Military Housing, said in a news release.Lewis-McChord is located in the Puget Sound region, neighboring Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle, and is home to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve service members, and 15,000 civilian workers.Lincoln Military Housing was formed in 2001 and now oversees more than 36,000 military family homes at 35 installations in 11 states and the District of Columbia.last_img read more

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Students taken ill after consuming kheer

first_imgBhadrachalam (Kothagudem): As many as 16 students have taken ill after consuming kheer at BC Boys Gurukul here on Thursday. According to the sources, the students were given kheer on Wednesday evening as per the menu. The milk used to prepare kheer was said to have been spoiled. As a result two students shown symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea and they were admitted to Bhadrachalam Area Hospital for treatment. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us By Thursday evening fourteen more students suffered from similar symptoms. The nurse at the Gurukul shifted them to the hospital and their condition was improving, said the doctors. The District BC Welfare Officer Surendra Mohan and Regional Coordinator Brahmachary visited the hospital and took stock of the situation.last_img read more

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Google wants Password123 in Museum of Bad Headaches

first_img Google advises Iran users to change passwords © 2013 Phys.org Google has been investigating alternatives to typed passwords, which includes a Yubico log-on device slid into a USB reader as part of Google’s quest to help strengthen password security. Google’s eyes are on future login techniques that will be primarily device-centric. Wired, in a sneak peek at the research paper set for publication, reported that the paper explores several physical device options, to make a password process that will be easy to accommodate but also sufficiently secure. Google’s suggestions include a ring worn on the finger. and the YubiKey device from Yubico. In the YubiKey scenario, it would be programmed so that it can automatically log a user into that user’s Google account. (Yubico was founded in 2007 with a prototype of its YubiKey for securing online identities. The devices are manufactured in Sweden and the U.S.) “Along with many in the industry, we feel passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe,” Grosse and Upadhyay wrote in their paper, according to Wired.Their project focus is none too soon, as, beyond Google and within the general Internet community, hacker fever has turned into password-reset fatigue. Users have complained over wiped out mail accounts and stolen data from their hacked accounts. Security experts have argued that no passwords are really secure enough, and even CAPTCHA schemes to prove the user is human have been found lacking in keeping users safe. Media attention to the password impasse grew widespread in November, when Wired senior writer Mat Honan wrote, “This summer, hackers destroyed my entire digital life in the span of an hour. My Apple, Twitter, and Gmail passwords were all robust—seven, 10, and 19 characters, respectively, all alphanumeric, some with symbols thrown in as well—but the three accounts were linked, so once the hackers had conned their way into one, they had them all. They really just wanted my Twitter handle: @mat. As a three-letter username, it’s considered prestigious. And to delay me from getting it back, they used my Apple account to wipe every one of my devices, my iPhone and iPad and MacBook, deleting all my messages and documents and every picture I’d ever taken of my 18-month-old daughter.”Google’s Grosse does not see the utter obliteration of the password but instead a situation where users can be freed from the need to implement and re-enter complex passwords. “We’ll have to have some form of screen unlock, maybe passwords but maybe something else,” he said. Nonetheless, he added, the primary authenticator will be some piece of hardware. Grosse and Upadhyay acknowledged that others have tried similar approaches and actually did not achieve much success in the consumer world, but the two authors of the research paper are not deterred. Success may come with wider cooperation outside Google. “Although we recognize that our initiative will likewise remain speculative until we’ve proven large scale acceptance, we’re eager to test it with other websites.” According to Wired, Google has created a universal protocol for device-based authentication that is able to work independent of Google’s own services; just a web browser is needed to support the standard. Credit: Wikipedia. (Phys.org)—Should typed passwords ever make their way into the Memory Bin, no tears will be shed in certain quarters at Google. The search giant is taking a serious look at a computing future where users have a safer environment that can secure their online information and accounts via physical passwords, perhaps in the form of finger rings or USB sticks or keys. Google’s Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay have presented their suggestions for better hardware authentication in an upcoming research paper to be published in Security & Privacy magazine.center_img Citation: Google wants Password123 in Museum of Bad Headaches (2013, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-google-password123-museum-bad-headaches.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Delhi girl in race for the 60th Grammy Awards

first_imgHailing from Delhi, Shruti Dhasmana never imagined that the song in which she plays female vocals would be considered for nomination in the 60th Grammy Awards – to be held in January 2018.”When I was informed about the acceptance for consideration for the nomination, I was speechless and excited at the same time. It is a matter of great pride and honour for me to be a part of such a huge project that is going for the world’s most prestigious award in music,” says the 21-year-old Gargi college graduate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSung by the living legend of tabla, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, his son Anubrata Chatterjee and Siddhant Bhatia, ‘Guru Govinda Govinda’ is a part of the music album ‘Ananta Volume 1 – Maestros of India’ and the official submission of The Art of Living foundation accepted for consideration for nomination in the 60th Grammy awards. Talking about the track, Shruti says that this particular track is a purely classical rendition with a hint of western vocals in the background. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The track is a composition of Siddhant Bhatia and is a very innovative, new rendition of an Indian Classical tabla duet performance. In conventional tabla solo performances, we have a sarangi or a harmonium accompanying the tabla. In this case, however, we have voices acting as a lehra and an accompanying background track sung by me.” Shruti is by far the youngest amongst some of the legendary and senior-most maestros of India. And she says that the most important lesson she has learnt from all of them is that of humility and honesty. The young prodigy recounts how challenging it was to share the space with legends. “I was guided into the track. I did not perform classical music, so I did not require much training. However, it was difficult to catch the rhythms sometimes because we are literally performing with the living legend of Tabla, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee. It has taken me years of practice in both Indian and Western style. I truly thank both my parents to have introduced me to the world of music,” she said.As far as the future is concerned, the vivacious singer will be out with her first single in February and plans to take one step at a time and work with distinct musicians to be a part of more such recordings and performances.last_img read more

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The Giants need to draft a QB with the 2nd pick

first_imgEveryone gets better when they leave Russell WestbrookNo player is more adored by the stat-fawning NBA media than Russell Westbrook, but based on the available evidence says that everyone gets better when they leave him. Victor Oladipo, who was a non-factor with the Thunder last season, is an All-Star in Indiana, and Kevin Durant is thriving with the team philosophy with Golden State.Meanwhile, Westbrook has been given the star support of Paul George and Carmelo, and the Thunder aren’t significantly better than last season. Also:-Colin’s 2018 Mock Draft 1.0-Celebrating LeBron James DayGuests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First joins the show to defend Russell Westbrook against Colin’s attacks, and explain why the Browns should draft two QB’s in the first round.Mark Schlereth – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio talking Dak set himself up for failure with an incredible rookie season; and why Andrew Luck need to accept he’ll never be 100%.Eddie House – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio to discuss the improved All-Star game; if tanking is a losing strategy The Giants need to draft a QB with the 2nd pickThere have been several reports that the Giants are considering passing on a quarterback with the second pick. Colin thinks that would be a colossal mistake. The Giants rarely ever pick this high in the draft, and this is one of the best quarterback classes in years. Passing up on a chance to draft a QB – either Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen – to grow with Odell Beckham and learn under offensive minded coach Pat Shurmur would be organizational malpractice.If they don’t, they’ll lose to Carson Wentz twice a year for the next decade.last_img read more

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Were just days away from FIT Cuba 2017

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, April 26, 2017 HOLGUIN — Cuba is gearing up for its Cuba International Tourism Fair, also known as FIT Cuba, which takes places from May 3-6 in the province of Holguin.The Fair takes place each year in May and attracts tour operators and travel agents from around the world. The 2016 event saw its biggest turnout yet, with over 5,000 delegates from approximately 60 countries.This year, there will be both pre- and post-FIT Cuba tour options in Holguin for attendees. The focus of the event will be on tourist excursions, which had over four million participants in 2016. Discussions will also cover the expansion of Cuba’s docking facilities as well as new construction planned to meet the growing demand of cruise ships, managed mainly by Canadian and European companies.Ahead of FIT Cuba, the town of Gibara will be officially launched as a tourist destination on May 2. Cuba’s Tourism Minister, Manuel Marrero, said that “improving our tourism product is our top priority.” Travelweek Group We’re just days away from FIT Cuba 2017center_img Share Tags: Cuba Posted bylast_img read more

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