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  • City, Leicester highlight ‘Prem’ weekend

    first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):It sums up the erratic nature of this season’s Premier League that a match between Chelsea and Manchester United has been relegated to a mere sideshow just as the title race is getting interesting.Instead, this weekend is all about whether Leicester can pull off their biggest shock yet and finally be recognised as genuine title contenders.Leicester, which battled relegation all of last season, take a three-point lead to Manchester City today in a match between the top-two sides in the league. A victory would guarantee Leicester at least a five-point lead with 13 matches remaining.Surely that would make the team favourites for the title, and set up one of the most unlikely storyline in English football history.”It’s not a coincidence we’re top of the table,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “This is team spirit at its highest. We won’t stop believing.”We’re staying on the ground, but if we carry on the way we are, then why not have the belief (to win the league)? It would go down in history surely.”Even a draw would be fine for Leicester, which visit another title challenger in Arsenal the following weekend before a benign run of games.City, though, will want to send a message to Leicester’s upstarts and collect a fourth straight win in all competitions to take over in first place on goal difference.Seeking a third league title in five years, City have extra motivation for the run-in – giving departing coach Manuel Pellegrini a successful send-off after it was announced this week that Pep Guardiola would the club’s manager from next season.”Manchester (City) are built to win the title, to win the Champions League,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said Thursday as he continued to downplay his team’s chances of winning the league.Asked who will win the title, Ranieri chuckled and said with a smile: “The others.”City said Thursday that captain Vincent Kompany is back in training after a six-week lay-off with a calf injury.Chelsea – the defending champions – and Manchester United – a record 20-time champion – already are also-rans in the title race, although United will boost their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League with a win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. United are in fifth place, five points off the Champions League qualification spots and 10 points behind Leicester.Chelsea are 13th and can probably forget about making up ground to the European positions in the top five.Arsenal are winless in their last four league games and have dropped to fourth, behind Tottenham on goal difference, ahead of a visit to Bournemouth tomorrow.Also today, it’s: Liverpool vs. Sunderland; Aston Villa vs Norwich; Newcastle vs West Bromwich Albion; Swansea vs Crystal Palace; and Southampton vs West Ham.last_img read more

  • 10 months ago​Liverpool axe last straw for Man Utd midfielder Pogba

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool axe last straw for Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveItalian newspaper Tuttosport claims that Manchester United star Paul Pogba is fed up at the English club.Pogba was an unused substitute as his side were bested 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.It was the third time in the league that he had failed to get a start.And the paper claims that Pogba wants out of United. He could even push for a January move.Juventus and Barcelona are the two clubs credited with an interest, while it is possible Paris Saint-Germain would also desire Pogba. last_img

  • 9 months agoNapoli coach Ancelotti confident keeping PSG target Allan

    first_imgNapoli coach Ancelotti confident keeping PSG target Allanby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident keeping hold of Allan.The midfielder is being linked with PSG.Ancelotti said, “I am not afraid of losing Allan, as the club wants to remain competitive. “We are just evaluating the possibility of loaning a player or two out, as Amin Younes and Vlad Chiriches are returning from injury and we don’t want the squad to be too large.“I don’t foresee any big moves in the January transfer market. Let’s not try to hide the fact Marko Rog is the most likely to be loaned out.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

  • 9 months agoAgent waiting on Barcelona approach for Chelsea striker Giroud

    first_imgAgent waiting on Barcelona approach for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is yet to hear from Barcelona, it has been revealed.Giroud was linked with Barca in the Catalan press this week.However, a representative of the Frenchman told Foot Mercato he’s yet to be contacted by Barca.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed he’d like to sign a new striker this month.And Giroud fits the bill given his experience and affordability. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

  • Turkish soap operas latest casualty of Mideast conflicts

    first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A major Middle Eastern satellite network now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia has stopped airing Turkish soap operas, the latest entertainment casualty from the region’s volatile politics.The Dubai-based MBC Group stopped broadcasting its popular Arabic-dubbed Turkish soap operas this month, a decision that came just after its chairman, Waleed al-Ibrahim, was released from being detained in a mass arrest by Saudi authorities. The network declined to discuss who made the decision.Saudi-Turkish relations have plunged in recent months. Turkey has strongly backed Qatar as Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations have boycotted it, and Ankara maintains ties to Iran, the kingdom’s regional rival.“There is a decision to remove all Turkish drama off several TV outlets in the region,” MBC spokesman Mazen Hayek told The Associated Press Monday. “I can’t confirm who took the decision.”Hayek declined to say whether the decision came from inside MBC’s management or outside of the broadcaster.The National, a state-aligned English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, first reported MBC’s decision in its Monday edition.A Turkish government official told the AP his nation was “not worried” about MBC’s decision as Turkish soap operas remain popular worldwide. The official said that those hooked on them likely would find “other means” to watch them.The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules that bar civil servants from making statements to journalists without prior authorization.In theory, MBC operates in Dubai Media City, a free zone where foreign outlets like the AP and others have offices and face little government oversight in the United Arab Emirates. Its free-to-watch entertainment channels offer a mix of syndicated programming, both local and from around the world, as well as Hollywood films.In practice, however, MBC increasingly has found itself under the sway of Saudi Arabia’s government, even before al-Ibrahim’s arrest. Its 24-hour news channel, Al-Arabiya, functions as an extension of the Saudi government’s messaging on the war in Yemen and the boycott of Qatar.Al-Ibrahim was among dozens of princes, businessmen, military leaders and government officials rounded up in what Saudi authorities described as an anti-corruption campaign. The arrests also consolidated of the power of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has grown increasingly assertive as he is now next in line to the throne.The Saudi government has said detainees agreed to hand over $106 billion in assets in exchange for their freedom. It’s unclear if al-Ibrahim made a similar agreement.Asked Monday about MBC’s current ownership structure, Hayek said al-Ibrahim retains a 40 per cent stake and has “nominal management control” of the network. Hayek said he could not confirm who held the other 60 per cent of the company.Saudi Arabia’s Information Ministry did not respond to questions about al-Ibrahim’s settlement and the ownership of the MBC Group.MBC is no stranger to controversy since its founding in 1991. One of its biggest off-screen dramas stemmed from its broadcasting of the Turkish soap opera “Noor” in 2008. Dubbed into Syrian colloquial Arabic, “Noor” took the Mideast by storm with its depiction of a love story with its male and female lead as equals, as well showing people kissing and drinking alcohol.A Saudi religious scholar went as far as to call al-Ibrahim and others “no less dangerous … than drug dealers” for airing the program and others like it.Regional politics also have affected another major broadcaster. Qatar’s paid-subscription BeIN satellite network found itself cut off from the four countries that are boycotting Doha — Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. However, that access has come back as BeIN holds the broadcast rights to major international soccer matches, including the upcoming FIFA World Cup.___Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .last_img read more

  • Up coming workshops on dementia in Fort St John help seniors and

    first_imgMAY 28Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Northern Lights College, Room A-107, 11401 – 8 Street. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533,  [email protected] Tumbler RidgeMAY 29Heads Up! An Introduction to Brain Health, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., community centre Room 1, 340 Front Street. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533, [email protected] ChetwyndMAY 31Family Caregiver Session, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Chetwynd Recreation Centre’s Pine Room, 4552 North Access Road. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533, [email protected] is the medical term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. A survey done for the Alzheimer Society of Canada shows that one in five Canadians has experience caring for someone living with a form of dementia.The workshop is free thanks to support from United Way and partial funding from the R.K. Grant Family Foundation, The 1988 Foundation, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable Foundation, Paula Lee Family Foundation, The Kapler-Carter Foundation, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, The Rix Family Foundation, Seacliff Foundation, Jack Brown & Family Alzheimer Research Foundation, Diane Harwood Memorial Trust, Lewis Family Fund, The Clark Family Foundation, Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation, Lecky Foundation, Collings Family Foundation, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund and by the generous contributions of individual donors.The Society acknowledges the financial support of the Province of B.C.More information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available at www.alzheimerbc.org. The second workshop, runs Thursday, May 30th from 9:30 am – 2 pm is called, ‘Family Caregiver Session’ provides basic information about the disease for family caregivers who are caring for a person living with dementia.The session helps caregivers understand changes in communication and behaviour caused by dementia. Participants will learn what to expect throughout the dementia journey and explore effective ways of facilitating communication and providing support to the person with dementia.“We offer practical techniques and strategies that they can begin using immediately,” says Laurie DeCroos, an Alzheimer Society of B.C. Support & Education Coordinator for the Northern Interior, Skeena and Peace region.Both workshops take place at Northern Lights College’s Room 150, 9820-120 Avenue. Pre-registration is required by contacting 1-866-564-7533 or info,  [email protected] Fort NelsonMAY 23 Family Caregiver Session, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 1 to 5 p.m., Northern Rockies City Hall’s Bear Pit, 5319 50 Avenue South. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533,  [email protected] Dawson CreekMAY 28Family Caregiver Session, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern Lights College, Room A-107, 11401 – 8 Street. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533,  [email protected]center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two upcoming free workshops being provided by the non-profit organization, the Alzheimer Society of B.C., are designed to help offer education to those living with dementia and caring for people with dementia.The Alzheimer Society shares, that statistics suggest as many as 20 percent of Fort St. John residents may have experience caring for someone living with dementia which suggests there is a need locally for information.The first workshop, runs Wednesday, May 29th from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm is called, ‘Heads Up! An Introduction to Brain Health’. The session offers strategies and tips for improving the health of the mind, body and spirit. Actively engaging in protecting and maintaining your brain is an essential part of healthy ageing, says the Society.last_img read more

  • Maintenance on the Taylor Bridge resumes July 17th 2019

    first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Dawson Road Maintenance – North Peace will be continuing repairs on the Taylor Bridge.Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm expect single lane alternating traffic crossing the bridge with delays up to 20 minutes according to the company.Dawson Road Maintenance – North Peace apologizes for any inconvenience.last_img

  • Telling stories of change

    first_imgIn a packed auditorium, a short film begins with the opening scene of a young woman worried about attending a meeting with her injured foot. Her friend cautions her that if she does not wear high heels she won’t be able to make a good impression. The woman heeds the advice but even before she can make it to the meeting, she stumbles and her heels fall off. She picks them up and marches into the meeting anyway. She realises her success does not depend on her heels and the film “Parwaaz” – which translates to flight – ends with the shot of the young actor triumphantly flinging away her heels as the audience applauds. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhat is remarkable is that this one-minute-short film which questions popular stereotypes and highlights the challenges that working women face, is created by 13-year-old Anuradha who studies in the seventh standard at the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Delhi’s working-class periphery. “Women might not be explicitly instructed to wear heels, but the notion of looking good and confident, and doing it because everyone is doing it… these are big factors in what choices we make for ourselves, even if the choices are not the most comfortable,” Anuradha, the budding filmmaker, told IANS. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt was not just Anuradha but around 40 girls aged 11-13 years who came together for a rare workshop earlier this month and made some unique films on what freedom meant to them. The brief ‘Little Directors’ workshop included sessions on film language, conceptualising, interpreting, shooting and communicating via visuals. The workshop sought to promote media literacy among these children, many of whom are born to unskilled and semi-skilled workers and daily-wage earners like plumbers and rickshaw-pullers. Now equipped with film-making skills, these young first-time filmmakers chose to tell remarkable stories translating the theme ‘aazadi’ (freedom) to choice for women in offices, schools and in society at large. Many ideas stemmed from what they see and the challenges they face in real life. Reshma, an 11-year old participant, chose a non-narrative format for her film which clubbed the voice-over of a poem with visuals of girls studying or working on domestic chores. The first few lines of the poem ask: “Why aren’t women allowed to go out freely? Why aren’t they allowed to study as much as they want?” “In villages, it is common to marry off girls at a young age and dismiss their study plans for their marriage. In my village near Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), I have seen girls pleading to study more but their parents decide otherwise,” young filmmaker Kajal Kumari, whose film transports one to a land of her imagination, said. In the short film, a girl’s parents are seen announcing her marriage while she is a student. Crestfallen, the girl wishes for an alternative reality. Soon, a fairy godmother comes to her rescue and asks her to accompany her to a land of books. Documentary filmmaker Samina Mishra, who facilitated the workshop along with actor Nina Sabnani, said that in most cases for these girls, freedom interestingly translated to choice. For others, it meant overt questioning of those unsaid societal norms that women are subjected to. Sabnani and Mishra were involved in the creative exercises and production in the two-day workshop, which was a part of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival in New Delhi in early March. The intention of the exercise was to familiarise the young participants with the basics of filmmaking so they could tell their stories with confidence, while also giving people an opportunity to hear fresh voices that hitherto resided in young minds, the organisers shared. Kajal, studying in eighth grade, said that she always had a penchant for storytelling and that filmmaking was a good tool since “everyone grows up watching television, films and now videos on their mobiles”. Another group, hoping to send a message about freedom of choosing clothes, brought in costumes like shorts and crop-tops to add nuance to their film. Yet another group, while experimenting with film formats, chose to shoot an interview around the word ‘freedom’, and ultimately concluded with the idea that freedom is a state of mind. In the workshop, the girls acted, handled the camera, learned framing, editing and making a coherent film with a message. Many now desire to learn more about acting and cinematography, even as a career choice. An attempt at gender mainstreaming, ‘Little Directors’ not just equipped these adolescent girls with the necessary skills for storytelling but encouraged their line of thinking about freedom of women in their own communities and society. Their feminist minds already racing towards telling stories of change, initiatives like these manage to catch them young while building in them skill-sets that would lend meaning and direction to their future lives.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

  • Staying active in midlife depends on mental wellbeing

    first_imgLondon: Staying physically active in midlife depends a lot on your overall satisfaction with life or mental wellbeing a decade earlier, not just your physical health, suggests new research. Men and women with high mental well-being at the age of 42 were more physically active at the age of 50 compared to those who got lower scores in mental well-being at age 42, said the study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. The researchers investigated mental well-being through three dimensions: emotional, psychological and social well-being. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainEmotional well-being indicates overall satisfaction with life and a tendency to have positive feelings. Psychological well-being refers to experiences of personal growth and the purpose of life. Social well-being tells about relationships with other people and the community. The researchers found that leisure time physical activity did not predict later mental well-being or subjective health, but mental well-being predicted physical activity. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIt seems that mental well-being is an important resource for maintaining a physically active lifestyle in midlife, said Tiia Kekalainen from University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. For the study, the researchers gathered data from over 300 people at ages 42 and 50 by questionnaires and interviews. Walking was related to emotional well-being, rambling in nature to social well-being and endurance training to subjective health, the study said. “Although exercise did not predict later mental well-being or subjective health in this study, exercise is important for current mental well-being and health,” Kekalainen said.last_img read more

  • NBCs Al Trautwig Backs Down from Comments About Simone

    Al Trautwig and Simone Biles (Daily Dot, US News)Al Trautwig, the gymnastics commentator for NBC’s Olympic Games coverage, has found himself in hot water for claiming Simone Biles’ adoptive mother and father are not her parents. The athlete was adopted by her maternal grandfather  and his wife – Ron and Nellie Biles –at age 6 with her younger sister Adria. The pair took the siblings in after their daughter struggled with drugs and alcohol.Trautwig referred to Ron and Nellie as Simone’s grandparents on air during the competition. When a Twitter user corrected him he said, “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”The tweet was later deleted but not before others captured a screenshot, including Maggie Astor.Funny, @AlTrautwig deleted his vile tweet about @Simone_Biles’ parents. Fortunately, screenshots exist. @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/08uUIBCDFG— Maggie Astor (@MaggieAstor) August 8, 2016Many responded to the message, including Aimee Boorman, Simone’s long-time [email protected] actually they are her parents.— Aimee B (@Salto_Coach) August 8, 2016Lauren Brewer questioned why Ron and Nellie kept being called her grandparents, adding “adoptive parents are parents.”Why do the #nbc commentators keep saying #SimoneBiles parents are her parents to her, her actual grandparents? Adoptive parents are parents!— Lauren Brewer (@knowinvno1) August 8, 2016Andrew Watring thought the network needed to “educate yourself about adoption.”[email protected] Those are @Simone_Biles’s parents – she doesn’t “think of them” as her parents. They are. Educate yourself about adoption, please.— Andrew Watring (@AndrewWatring) August 8, 2016Later on, NBC released a statement saying, “we became aware of the situation last night and addressed it with Al quickly.”Time reported the 19-year-old Olympic all-around finalist was formally adopted by her grandparents on Christmas Eve 2002. Biles asked if she could call her grandmother mom on the first day it became official. Now, she refers to Nellie and Ron as mom and dad. While she has met her biological mom a few times, she only hears from her on birthdays and holidays.“When I was younger, I thought every kid was adopted,” she told the magazine in June. “I didn’t understand why people made it such a big deal. To me, it’s just normal.”According to USA Today, Trautwig emailed an apology to NBC Sports.“I regret that I wasn’t more clear in my wording on the air,” he explained. “I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”The statement came too little too late, however. The hashtag #FireTrautwig sprung up online after the commentator [email protected] called for Trautwig’s “immediate dismissal.”Dude needs immediate dismissal. They raised her. They’re her parents. This isn’t about biology. It’s about NURTURE #FireTrautwig— smh_yet_again (@mskavon) August 8, [email protected] thought Trautwig’s statement was simply a defense of his “insensitive words.”@Gymtertainment I think by “quick correction” he means defend his insensitive words and belittle people who pointed it out. #FireTrautwig— Olympics to Election (@olympicstoelect) August 8, 2016 read more