Arsenal legend Tony Adams has suggested that Mesut Ozil needs to be “toughened up” by taking a kicking from team-mates in training.While the 29-year-old midfielder’s ability remains without question, his suitability to life in the Premier League continues to be called into question.Unai Emery took the decision to haul the German off during the Gunners’ last outing, with the Spaniard deciding that he needed more steel in the middle of the park during a 3-2 defeat at Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Adams believes Ozil is capable of adapting his game to meet the demands of the English top-flight, but only if he receives the same kind of treatment as Dennis Bergkamp did during his time in north London.The former Arsenal captain told The Sun: “If you have solidity and strength in your team, then Ozil is a great asset. He’s a World Cup winner and a class act.“He’s like Bergkamp, who cruised through his first couple of years at the Arsenal.“We had to get him a little bit toughened up but Ozil hasn’t got the people around him to push him and get him going.“There’s only so much a coach can do. It starts in training. We used to kick Dennis. [Steve] Bouldy would kick him up in the air again and again.“After a while of this he turned round and stamped on Bouldy and said ‘I’ve had enough of you effing kicking me, you’re going to get a little bit back here’.“We all said ‘aye, aye, he’s a got a bit about him — Hallelujah!’“But it’s all become a little bit too nice there. You can’t criticise or say bad things.”When I was at the club, if people weren’t pulling their weight, I’d tell them. If you haven’t got leaders, you get anarchy. People just do what they want to do.“The game has changed and it’s not about kicking people now but it is still about aggression.“It’s about tracking runners, getting in behind teams, getting down the throats of opponents and really testing their touch.”Adams believes Arsene Wenger is partly to blame for the shift in culture at Arsenal, with the Frenchman – who saw a 22-year reign with the Gunners come to an end over the summer – placing more emphasis on artistry than battling qualities.The ex-England international said: “For the last 10 years he lost the balance.“He stuck to his principles but he has an obsessive and addictive personality — he had to, to stay in that job for so long.“Dave Sexton always said that a team needed a balance of ‘artists and soldiers’. Now George Graham would have wanted 10 soldiers and one artist.“Arsene would have wanted 10 artists and one soldier. But I played this game with him once and he said ‘you need 11 artistic soldiers, Tony!’“That was his perfectionism. His obsession was to play free, play open, with no fear. Be entertaining and construct 18-pass moves for every goal.“That’s a wonderful starting point but you maybe need a bit of realism when you don’t have the best players in the world.”
LOS ANGELES — Luis Abram scored his first international goal on a header in the 85th minute, and Peru ended Brazil’s 17-game unbeaten streak since last year’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory Tuesday night.Peru shockingly pulled out only its second win over Brazil in 21 matches after Abram slipped into the box and nodded home Yoshimar Yotún’s free kick.Abram is a 23-year-old defender who plays professionally in Argentina for mid-table Vélez Sarsfield, but he managed to outscore a star-studded Brazilian lineup including Bayern Munich’s Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and second-half substitutes Neymar, Vinicius and Fabinho.Peru beat Brazil for only the fifth time in the nations’ 47 meetings. The game also was a rematch of the Copa América final, won 3-1 by Brazil on July 7.Brazil’s Marquinhos, right, clears the ball with a header in front of Peru’s Raul Ruidiaz (11) and Brazil’s Eder Militao during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Neymar came on in the 63rd minute along with Liverpool’s Fabinho, and Real Madrid’s Vinicius joined them in the 74th minute. The stars made a late push, but couldn’t level the match in front of a lively crowd of 32,287 at the venerable Coliseum in Los Angeles.Neymar scored a goal and assisted on another during Brazil’s 2-2 draw with Colombia in Miami last Friday, but he was on coach Tite’s bench to start in Los Angeles.He was unable to score his 62nd international goal, which will match Ronaldo’s career total for the Seleção.Neymar’s tumultuous summer ended with the superstar still at Paris St. Germain despite extensive negotiations to return to Barcelona. Although PSG took disciplinary action against him for missing training in July, he is expected to return after the international break.Both teams had chances to score in the opening half, but couldn’t convert. Brazil also had a scary moment when Casemiro jumped above David Neres for a header, and the teammates came down holding their heads from the collision. Casemiro returned with a bandage on his head.By: Greg Beacham, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares read more
Jharkhand and Delhi Saturday qualified for the Super League stage of the Syed Musthaq Ali Trophy T20 cricket tournament from Group ‘A’ with comfortable wins here over Kerala and Nagaland respectively.Jharkand overhauled Kerala’s score of 176 for 6 in the final over when former India ODI cricketer Saurabh Tiwary smashed a six over covers off Sandeep Warrier.Kerala made an exit following today’s loss.In the other match, Delhi restricted Nagaland to 118 and romped home in 12.3 overs, thanks to Hiten Dalal’s 81 (6X4, 7X6), but was unable to pip Jharkhand on net run-rate after both teams finished on 20 points.Kerala captain Sachin Baby won the toss and chose to bat in a virtual shoot-out for a spot in the super league and the openers-Vishnu Vinod (27, 20 balls, 4X4) and Rohan Kunnummal (34, 25 balls, 2X4, 3X6) provided a good start.India discard Varun Aaron proved expensive, spraying the ball around and was tonked for 35 runs in 3 overs.Vinod fell to the impressive Vikash Singh, edging one to ‘keeper Ishan Kishan.Rohan, meanwhile, was not afraid to go for the big hits and smashed three sixes and the captain was also able to find the boundary.The fall of Rohan brought Vinoop Manoharan (31, 28 balls, 2X4, 1X6) to the crease and with Baby, he was involved in a fruitful 61-run stand in seven overs.Baby and Manoharan went for their shots and also ran well between the wickets.The dismissals of Baby (36, 3X4, 1X6) and Manoharan in the space of two overs pegged Kerala back.After Mohammed Azharudeen (8) and K B Arun Karthick (6) fell in quick succession, left-hander Salman Nazir (21, 8 balls, 1X4, 2X6) with his big blows was able to provide the impetus and take the score to 176.advertisementIn reply, Jharkhand lost captain Ishan Kishan (1) in the third over, but the aggressive Anand Singh (72, 47 balls, 11X4, 2X6) and southpaw Virat Singh (46, 29 balls, 7X4, 1X6) took the attack to the Kerala bowlers.The two were particulary severe on M D Nidheesh (0 for 43 in 4 overs) and Vinoop Manoharan (1 for 50 in 4 overs) and provided a good platform for Jharkhand.The experienced Tiwary, renowned for his big hitting, clobbered five sixes in his 24-ball 50 to see the team, despite a mild wobble which saw Ishank Jaggi and Kumar Deobrat fall for ducks.In the Delhi-Nagaland encounter, Subodh Bhati’s four wicket haul helped the former bowl out its rival for 118. Dalal’s power-packed knock ensured that Delhi coasted to victory.Bengal join Karnataka in super leagueRiding on their seamers’ tidy show, Bengal grabbed a Super League spot from Group D with an eight-wicket win over hosts Odisha in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here Saturday.Bengal finished with 20 points from seven matches to become the second team to qualify after Karnataka who topped group D with an all-win record.Sent in, Karnataka suffered a batting collapse to be restricted for a modest 138 for nine. But their bowlers rose to the occasion to choke Haryana’s run chase and script a thrilling last over win by 14 runs at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi.Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal claimed 3/16, while seamer Prasidh Krishna (3/25) also bagged a three-wicket haul to derail Haryana’s run-chase.In a must-win match for Bengal at the Barabati Stadium, seamers Ishan Porel (3/19) and Ayan Bhattacharjee (2/13) did not allow Odisha let loose, taking wickets at regular intervals as the hosts managed a paltry 108 for nine.In reply, Wriddhiman Saha anchored the chase with a 31-ball 52 (5×4, 3×6) before vice-captain Abhimanyu Easwaran sealed the win with 44 balls to spare.”I’m very happy that we qualified on our own merit. Our team played really well today. Ayon and Ishan have shown their consistency which has really helped us,” skipper Manoj Tiwary said.”The batsmen have also been contributing in the last two games. Wriddhiman played another good innings today and Easwaran took us home. Yes really happy and satisfied with our team performance,” he added.Tamil Nadu fail to make super leagueMurli Vijay struck a breath-taking hundred as Tamil Nadu defeated Meghalaya by 92 runs in their last Group B match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament here Saturday.However, the win was not enough for Tamil Nadu to make it to the knock-out stage, as they ended on the fourth position in Group B.Electing to bat first, Tamil Nadu rode on Vijay’s 107 off 67 balls to post a massive 213/2 on the board and later restricted Meghalaya to 121/4 at the Lalabhai Contractor stadium here.Vijay and opener Washington Sundar (53 off 37 balls) laid the foundation for a big score with a 139-run stand for the first wicket.advertisementWhile Sundar struck five fours and two sixes, Vijay was more aggressive, hitting nine fours and five sixes.Sundar’s fall in the 15thover did not deter Vijay from playing his shots. He got able support from R Vivek (36 not out off 14 balls).Vijay departed soon after bringing up his hundred, but he had taken Tamil Nadu past the 200-run mark.All Meghalaya bowlers had an off day in the field.Meghalaya were never in the hunt while chasing and lost wickets at regular intervals.Leggie Murugan Ashwin shone with the ball to return with figures of 2-16, while skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and medium-pacer M Mohammed grabbed a wicket each, as they restricted Meghalaya for 121/4.For Meghalaya, Gurinder Singh top scored with unbeaten 38.From Group B, Vidarbha with 20 points are at the top and are through to the next round.Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu had 16 points each, but hosts Gujarat with a better net run rate scraped through to the knock-out stage.Saurashtra registered a five-wicket win against Goa in their last Group C league game. Saurashtra are already out of contention for a spot in the knock-out stage.From Group C, Railways and domestic veterans Mumbai have made it to the knock-out stage.The knock-out stage will commence from March 8, with all the matches to be played in Indore.Also Read | 11 years of Virat Kohli’s U-19 World Cup triumph: Legends pay tribute to India skipperAlso Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK Khanna read more
UEFA Champions League ‘Older, better’ Dzeko feeling good on return to England Christopher Devine Last updated 2 years ago 14:52 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Roma Chelsea Chelsea v Roma Edin Džeko The former Manchester City striker believes he has improved during his time in Serie A as he prepares to face Chelsea Edin Dzeko returns to England with Roma confident he is a better player than when he featured in the Premier League for Manchester City.The Bosnia-Herzegovina forward scored 72 goals in four-and-a-half seasons with City, before moving to Italy’s capital, initially on loan, in August 2015.After making that switch permanent, Dzeko enjoyed a prolific campaign last term, registering a club-record 39 goals for Roma, including 29 in Serie A alone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ahead of his team’s clash with Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday, Dzeko was asked if he was now a “different player, a better player” than a few years ago.Dzeko 8/5 to score v ChelseaThe 31-year-old replied with a smile: “I don’t know, I think I am actually. Older, better, like they used to say.”I feel good, I’m healthy and that’s the first and most important thing. For the two-and-a-half years in Italy I can be happy with what I did. All of these goals I’ve scored are also because of my team-mates. They’re very good.”I never want to stop and I want to try to be even better.”Dzeko’s form earned recognition earlier this month when he was named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award.”I cannot [win the award],” he added. “I’m just proud to be there. That is also thanks to my team-mates.”Chelsea have lost their last two Premier League games, including a shock 2-1 defeat to rock-bottom Crystal Palace last weekend, and Dzeko expects a response from Antonio Conte’s side.Dzeko: “Chelsea are an excellent side and they’ll be smarting after losing at the weekend. We have to focus on our own game.” #ChelseaRoma— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 17, 2017″I think that’s the English Premier League. You can win against the best teams and then lose against the last,” said Dzeko of Chelsea’s loss to Palace.”Chelsea is a great team with some amazing players. It will be much more difficult for us than it was for Crystal Palace, even though they won the game. Tomorrow [Wednesday] we’ll maybe play also against an angry, but top team. Their coach will put pressure on them.”We didn’t come here to play and lose, we came here to give our best and have a positive result.” read more
2016 will bring just another challenging schedule for Coach Saban and his team to navigate. Nick Saban just does not rest. One day after winning his fourth national championship in seven seasons, the Alabama head coach was on the horn recruiting. Five-star linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson tweeted that he received a call from Saban on Tuesday. When Coach Saban gives you a phone call the day after he win the BCS National Championship . #ExtremelyBlessed #RollTide— Feb The Month (@Iam__MW3) January 12, 2016The No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2016 class, Wilson is considered to be an Alabama lean, so this little phone call could go a long way.
zoom Oslo-listed Stolt-Nielsen Limited reported USD 30.1 million net profit attributable to shareholders for the third quarter ended August 31, compared with a net profit of USD 14.6 million reported in the third quarter of 2014, mostly due to the company’s tanker segment – Stolt Tankers.Stolt reported revenue of USD 500.7 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to USD 545.4 reported a year earlier.Net profit attributable to shareholders for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2015 was USD 111.3 million, with revenue of USD 1.489 billion, compared with USD 64 million and revenue of USD 1.606 billion, in the same period a year ago.Stolt Tankers reported an operating profit of USD 37.5 million, up from USD 8.4 million recorded in Q3FY2014, reflecting lower bunker costs, a supportive spot market, and the favourable impact of the stronger U.S. dollar.Stolthaven Terminals recorded an operating profit of USD 6.4 million, down from USD 16.2 million, mainly reflecting a USD 4.3 million impairment of goodwill and USD 1.1 million in accelerated depreciation of terminal assets in Australasia, along with higher maintenance costs at Stolthaven Houston.Stolt Tank Containers had an operating profit of USD 15.6 million, down from USD 17.6 million, reflecting the impact of downward price pressure on rates due to increased competition.“Looking ahead, while we expect the current momentum at Stolt Tankers to continue into the fourth quarter, we remain concerned about the current orderbook for chemical tankers, which stands at just under 30%, and the impact of expected newbuilding deliveries during 2016 and 2017,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, said.”The relatively healthy product spot market may come under pressure again once the large order book in the product tanker segment starts entering service, pushing swing tonnage into the fringes of our market.” read more
zoom All vessels calling at any port within the Zhejiang area must use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%m/m when berthing, effective September 1, 2017, marine and energy insurer Standard Club P&I informed.Zhejiang Emission Control Area (ECA) in China includes the ports of Ningbo, Zhoushan, Jiaxing, Taizhou.According to the latest requirements from the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of Zhejiang Province, the rule excludes warships/military ships, sport ships/boats, or fishing ships/vessels calling the ports. The periods of one hour after and before departure are excluded as well.“Members are therefore recommended to ensure that their ships due for calling at any port within the Zhejiang ECA comply with relevant requirements and regulations,” Standard Club P&I said.Further low sulphur requirements in the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Bohai Sea Area are scheduled to come into force starting from January 1, 2018, and will apply to all ports in the mentioned ECAs for the period before ship berthing and after its departure.The Standard Club’s data shows that, starting from January 1, 2019, the mentioned areas would see the low sulphur requirements applied in sea area, inland waters and all ports in ECAs before the ships enter the areas. read more
Mumbai: Actress Aditi Rao Hydari was nostalgic as her maiden Telugu film “Sammohanam” clocked a year since its release on Saturday. Directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti, the romantic drama also features Sudheer Babu. “‘Sammohanam’ my Telugu debut with a dream team. Lots of love to the audiences who not only accepted me but also gave me so much love. Cannot believe it’s already been a year no Sudheer Babu. Turn back the clock! P.S. ‘V’ will all be together soon,” Aditi tweeted. The team has now reunited for action thriller “V”. Announcing the new project, Sudheer had earlier tweeted: “V are coming back and this time with an action thriller. Reunion with my favourite Mohan Krishna Indraganti sir and Aditi Rao Hydari.”
A 50-year-old New Brunswick man who travelled to Ohio to meet a teenage girl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for production of child pornography in the United States.Joseph Haggerty was arrested last August after agents with Homeland Security Investigations in Texas received a tip that the man from St. Stephen, N.B., had been soliciting nude images from a child, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in northern Ohio said in a news release Monday.Haggerty flew last August to Cleveland, where agents followed him to Linden Park in the suburb of Rocky River, where he met a teenage girl.The girl told agents she had started talking to Haggerty on a messaging app in December 2016 and they subsequently engaged in hours-long Skype chats, in which the accused would direct her conduct.She told relatives she was going on a camping trip for the weekend, but actually planned to go to a hotel with Haggerty.The release said agents contacted the RCMP in New Brunswick and a search warrant was executed at Haggerty’s home, where police found nude images of a minor from Ohio and contact information for another minor in Texas, as well as evidence of other potential victims.“This defendant preyed on young girls, emotionally and verbally abusing them and coercing them into sending nude images of themselves,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in the release.“This case is a stark reminder to parents and guardians that they need to know who their children are communicating with online.”Haggerty had pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.Last November, Haggerty was charged in Saint John provincial court with making and possessing child pornography, and luring a child under the age of 18 years.A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest — a warrant that remains in place, New Brunswick RCMP confirmed Tuesday.Sentences for similar crimes can often be longer in the U.S. than in Canada.On Friday, for example, 47-year-old Christopher Mark Lewis from Canaan Forks, N.B., was sentenced to six years in prison for charges including possession of child pornography, making child pornography, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference.Lewis will be on the sex offender registry for life, has to submit a sample of his DNA to the court and is on a prohibition order for life, which includes conditions that he not be around any children under the age of 16 and that he not access the internet. read more
A devotee set fire to himself in Kataragama today and he later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.The devotee had set fire to himself at the Vishnu Kovil at the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Dewalaya. A part of the temple also caught fire but it was extinguished.The devotee was admitted to hospital but he succumbed to his injuries later. (Colombo Gazette)
(Updated)The bus lanes through donwtown Hamilton may not be as threatened as they were earlier this week. On Monday, all indications were that the pilot program was about to be scrapped.But today, Hamilton’s new mayor, Fred Eisenberger announced he’s tabling his own plan to keep the lane, but with a few changes.For some Hamilton city councillors, they didn’t need the appropriate schooling to realize that the bus-only lane pilot project wasn’t going to work.Councillor Chad Collins: “I don’t think you need a traffic engineering degree to fully understand that it’s had a negative impact on the downtown businesses, unnecessary traffic congestion.”But over a year and $300,000 later, safe to say many motorists feel the same way.“I want them gone. Yesterday”“I don’t think it was a good idea with the bus lanes happening.”“I think it’s kind of dangerous. I don’t think everyone knows how to use them.”But today, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger is proposing to keep the bus-lanes albeit with several changes.Mayor Fred Eisenberger: “I want to put some ideas forward like HOV lane or moving the parking or allowing for other vehicles to use the lane and making it potentially rush hour only.”Moving parking from the southside of King back to their original spot on the northside would be a welcome change for businesses.Earlier this week, we spoke with Roland Dube who owns Rolly Rockets BBQ and he said that the bus-only lanes decimated his daytime business because the parking was moved from the north to the south side. So we asked him how he liked Mayor Eisenberger’s suggestions to change the lanes: “They would need to a better job to make sure people are informed and that things are visible. when there were parking meters on the north side prior to the bus lanes going in, it was a visual marker – they see a meter they know they can park.”Speaking of drivers, a majority were on board with carpooling and sharing the lanes with the buses.“I’m a mother of four, so I wouldn’t mind doing that.”“Sitting in traffic doesn’t get you to work quicker, if you have two or people like in the highway, that makes sense.”While there are different ideas on what to do with the bus-lane, Mayor Eisenberger says the council does share one similar goal.Mayor Eisenberger: “We are united in is a desire to get an understanding of what LRT and BRT means clearly. But this is a forerunner to any of that. So if we can’t achieve this, then it doesn’t bode well for enhanced public transportation in the city at all.” read more
But those are team sports. With the Masters tournament unspooling this week, I started wondering about income inequality for the PGA Tour, a collection of athletes that doesn’t have a salary cap. Surely, after more than a decade of big purses for Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and a select few others, golf would prove to be an unequal sport.It is, but increasingly less so. Since 1980, the PGA Tour has been shifting toward more income equality. How that happened, and how golf differs from other professional sports, shows that high levels of income inequality aren’t inevitable, even when individual athletes have different levels of skill.In 1980 the PGA Tour had a Gini coefficient of 0.70, which put it well above the major U.S. team sports. But last year the coefficient dropped to 0.58 (calculated using this tool). That holds, but to a lesser extent, if we look just at the top 100 money winners — in 2013 the tour’s Gini coefficient was 0.32, down from 0.36 in 1980.The move toward equality has happened despite huge amounts of cash injected into the game. In 2013, 82 golfers each won more than $1 million. Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion, told ESPN this week, “I remember when I was an amateur and I won my first tournament in Tucson in 1991, the entire purse was $1 million, first place was $180,000 and Steve [Loy, my agent] and I would sit down and say, ‘I wonder if in my lifetime, probably not in my career, we would have play for a $1 million first-place check.’ [Now] it’s every week. It’s unbelievable, the growth of this game.”Since 1980, prize winnings on the PGA tour have increased from $35 million (in 2014 dollars) to $250 million. But the top 1 percent is still winning the same proportion of that money as in the past, even when the number of money winners on the tour fluctuates (from a high of 374 in 1996 to a low of 248 in 2002 and 2010). Using data provided by the PGA Tour, we can see how different tiers of golfers have split up the pot.The top 1 percent have seen relative stability in their share of winnings since 1980. In contrast, the share of winnings of the top 10 percent and top 25 percent of earners on the PGA Tour has fallen somewhat. The top 10 percent of earners took home about half of all the prize money in 1980, but less than 40 percent by 2013. Same for the top 25 percent: In 1980 that group took home about 80 percent of all available prize money, but only 65 percent by 2013.The distribution of winnings across the PGA tour has flattened out a bit, meaning that players on the bottom half of the winnings table are doing relatively better than they did a few golfing generations ago. The proportion of winnings taken home by those in the 25th to 50th percentile of golfers increased by 140 percent from 1980 to 2013. The bottom half of earners saw an even larger gain of 240 percent. A massive increase in overall income doesn’t disproportionately reward those at the top of the scale.Probably the closest analog to golf is tennis, an individual sport with a collection of players who belong to a tour and make money based on tournament performance. A 2012 analysis of the top-100 ranked tennis players on the ATP (men’s) and WTA (women’s) tours by Ryan Rodenberg, an assistant professor of sports law analytics at Florida State University, found a Gini coefficient of 0.44 for the men and 0.48 for the women. Since 1990, the women’s tour has had greater income inequality than the men’s tour, but in recent years the gap has closed considerably, with the men’s Gini coefficient rising by 0.11 points, likely due in part to the overwhelming dominance of a small number of male players.From 2007 to 2011, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer took home between 20 percent and 26 percent of all ATP World Tour winnings. In response to concern from players, both tennis tours have dramatically increased the amount of tournament winnings paid out to early-round losers. Wimbledon, for instance, increased the purse awarded to losers in the first three rounds by 90 percent over the past two years.Even in these comparatively simple settings — mini-economies if you will — there can be a very large range of outcomes on inequality. Looking at golf alone might be misleading. Looking across sports tells us that high levels of inequality aren’t inevitable. Earlier this year, several analysts at the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective took a look at income inequality in the major U.S. sports leagues. Using Gini coefficients, an economic tool that distills the degree of inequality among a set of earners to a single number, the collective found the NHL to be the most equitable and MLB to be the least. The researchers found that salary caps help limit income inequality, essentially. The results are below. A Gini coefficient of 0.0 means that every player has the same income — perfect equality — and a Gini coefficient of 1.0 means that one player takes home all of the income — perfect inequality.NHL: 0.42NBA: 0.52MLS: 0.54NFL: 0.57MLB: 0.621For comparison, according to the OECD (after taxes and transfers), in 2010 the United States had a Gini coefficient of 0.38, Sweden 0.27 and Mexico 0.47. read more
Some of the 52,503 Roman coins by metal detector at Frome, Somerset, unveiled by the British Museum in 2010 under the treasures act Other treasures previously saved by the Treasure Act include 5,200 Anglo Saxon coins discovered in the village of Lenborough, Buckinghamshire An inquest will now determine whether the hoard can be officially classified as treasure. If it is less than 300 years old, it must prove to be made substantially of gold and deliberately concealed by its former owner.In 2011, a similar hoard of coins was discovered in a jam jar in a Hackney garden. The house was bombed in the Blitz, with family members being killed. Descendants of the owners were eventually traced to Israel, and granted ownership.Gold and silver hoards have also been reported from the English Civil War, where they had been buried for safety and never dug up again.Ian Richardson, treasure registrar at the British Museum, said he had also come across cases of gold ornaments found inside a Bronze Age axe head, and gold coins in an Iron Age antler. They are deliberately withholding details of the hoard, to encourage would-be claimants to fill in the gaps to prove their link is genuine.The British Museum has confirmed that a cache of gold items was deliberately hidden in an upright piano made by Broadwood & Sons of London in 1906, and sold to a music shop in Essex.Messrs. Beavan & Mothersole in Saffron Walden then sold it on to private owners, with no trace of who played it between 1906 and 1983.Then, it was sold as part of a house clearance after the death of its former owner, with no sign of the hoard coming to light.Its latest owners reported their find to a local Shropshire museum before Christmas, after realising its historical significance. The Silverdale Viking Hoard’, saved for the nation under the terms of the Treasure Act A thorough search of any average home may turn up a few coins hidden under sofa cushions, or jewellery tucked away for safe-keeping and forgotten.Few will reveal a hoard of gold treasure stashed in a piano.But the British Museum has launched a nationwide hunt to solve just such a mystery of hidden treasure, found planted inside an upright piano sometime in the last century.Experts are seeking information about the lost gold, which was found by new owners of the piano as they came to tune it in a stash described as “substantial”.Understood to be coins, they were concealed in the piano within the last 110 years but are believed to date from pre-1900. An inquest has now opened in Shropshire, with coroners urging members of the public to come forward with information about when the treasure was planted and why. The British Museum is now hunting for information Investigation eventually revealed the American coins had been buried by German Jewish refugees, who had later been sent to an internment camp and wanted to protect their treasures. Police are not involved in the investigation. While it is possible that the gold was stashed deliberately by criminals, who never retrieved it, experts believe it was more likely left by an absent-minded member of the public who died without telling relatives their secret.Peter Reavill, finds liaison officer for Shropshire, said he hoped to reunite the items with the family of the original owner, saying it would make “perfect sense” to send them home. A statement released by the British Museum said: “The finds are highly unusual in nature being substantially made of gold and appear to have been deliberately hidden within the last 110 years.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
96 Comments Image: Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press via AP Jan 30th 2017, 6:44 AM Police survey the scene following the shooting in Quebec City, Canada. Monday 30 Jan 2017, 6:44 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3212152 28,507 Views Short URL Police survey the scene following the shooting in Quebec City, Canada. Image: Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press via AP By AFP Share272 Tweet Email3 Six people have died after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Canada The attack occurred just after midnight Irish time. SIX PEOPLE DIED and eight were injured after gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque, a shooting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned today as a “terrorist attack.”Police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told journalists that two suspects were arrested following the attack, and that police were also treating as an act of terrorism.Trudeau said in a statement that “we condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.”“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, city and country.”According to witnesses interviewed on local television, two masked gunmen entered the cultural centre around 7:15 pm (00:15 Irish time) last night.The motive of the attack was not immediately clear. Police quickly set up in the mosque’s vicinity.Coulombe said those killed were between ages 35 and 70.Police did not rule out the possibility of a third suspect who had fled the scene.“It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence,” Trudeau said. “Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.”‘Barbaric violence’Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said in a series of Twitter posts that the government was “mobilised to ensure the security of the people of Quebec.”“Quebec categorically rejects this barbaric violence,” he wrote. “Solidarity with Quebec people of Muslim faith.”Police stationed near the mosque told AFP that they had been preparing for this type of attack “because it’s happening all over the world.”“I don’t understand why here — it’s a small mosque,” said a man who was inside the centre at the time of the attack. “It’s not Montreal or Toronto.”The mosque has already been the target of hate: a pig’s head was left on the doorstep last June during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Other mosques in Canada have been targeted with racist graffiti in recent months.Policy of compassionThe attack comes as Canada has vowed to open its arms wide to Muslims and refugees after US President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban on Friday sparked travel chaos and outrage around the world.Canada will offer temporary residence permits to people stranded in the country as a result of Trump’s order, the immigration ministry said yesterday.“Let me assure those who may be stranded in Canada that I will use my authority as minister to provide them with temporary residency if needed as we have done in the past,” Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said at a news conference.Trump has suspended the arrival of all refugees to the US for at least 120 days and barred entry for 90 days to people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.Hussen, who is of Somali origin, did not condemn the US measure but stressed that Canada would continue to pursue an immigration policy based on “compassion” while at the same time protecting the security of its citizens.“We welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war,” he said, echoing a welcoming Twitter post by Trudeau on Saturday.According to the latest Canadian census, from 2011, one out of five people in the country are foreign-born.Canada has welcomed more than 39,670 Syrian refugees between November 2015 and early January 2017, according to government figures.© – AFP, 2017Read: In photos: Trump’s travel ban sparks protests in airports across the USRead: ‘Trump seems to have made me an alien’: Mo Farah hits out at US President read more
Brésil : découverte d’un nouveau dinosaure carnivoreLes fragments du plus grand dinosaure carnivore du Brésil ont été présentés hier par des paléontologues à l’Académie des sciences de Rio de Janeiro. Parmi les restes retrouvés, un crâne allongé muni d’une mâchoire révèle qu’il s’agissait d’un spinosaure, une espèce carnivore et bipède. “Il s’agit de la première espèce de théropode du Crétacé supérieur, il y a plus de 95 millions d’années”, a expliqué Elaine Machado, qui fait partie de l’équipe à l’origine la découverte, en présentant hier les restes de l’imposant dinosaure lors d’une conférence de presse. Les fragments qu’elle décrit ont été découverts au niveau du bassin de Maranhao sur l’île de Cajual. À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)Son discours se poursuit avec une description détaillée de l’énorme spinosaure : “Il pesait de 5 à 7 tonnes et mesurait de 12 à 14 mètres. C’est le plus grand dinosaure carnivore trouvé au Brésil”. Une espèce imposante munie d’une mâchoire bien spécifique : “C’est la première fois que nous voyons deux dents de substitution associées à une dent fonctionnelle, ce qui veut dire que ses dents repoussaient très vite”, souligne Elaine Machado.Deux autres espèces de spinosaures avaient déjà été découvertes au Brésil, toutes deux datées du Crétacé inférieur. Cependant, ce nouveau dinosaure ne leur ressemble pas. Les fragments retrouvés présentent de plus grandes similitudes avec ceux découverts au nord de l’Afrique.Pour l’heure, le nouveau dinosaure a été baptisé “Oxalaia Quilombolis”, en hommage à Oxala, une divinité de la religion africaine qui avait été introduite au Brésil durant la période d’esclavage. Le 17 mars 2011 à 10:28 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
A motorist drove a car into a tattoo parlor in east Vancouver Friday morning.The incident occurred about 10:40 a.m. at 13215 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. No one was injured, including two of the car’s occupants and a couple people in the parlor, said Vancouver firefighter-spokesman Kevin Murray.
A city corporation worker sprays insecticide to kill mosquitoes. Photo: UNBThe High Court on Tuesday asked the government and Dhaka city corporations to inform it how long it will take to import effective insecticide to kill mosquitoes, reports UNB.The government and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have been asked to submit separate reports in the form of affidavit by Thursday.An HC bench of justice Tariq ul Hakim and justice Md Shohrowardi issued the order after hearing from lawyers about effective steps taken by the two city corporations to eliminate mosquitoes.Earlier in the day, lawyers of the two Dhaka city corporations, barrister Taufiq Inam Tipu and advocate Sayeed Ahmed Raja, told the court that the two city corporations have taken effective steps to control Aedes mosquito.The court pointed out that the government had said the insecticide used by the city corporations was ineffective. The court then asked how many days it will take to bring effective medicine from abroad.On 25 July, the two Dhaka city corporations informed the High Court that they will launch a three-day anti-mosquito drive.Later, the court fixed 30 July for the next hearing and sought details on steps taken by the authorities to prevent the mosquito menace.Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in all regions of WHO in recent years.Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes, mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Aedes albopictus.This mosquito also transmits chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses.More than 13,600 dengue cases have been reported from across Bangladesh since 1 January, according to the government. read more
By J. K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore StaffA Maryland attorney was named in an ethics complaint filed by the Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis Dec. 18.While the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights’ Civilian Review Board (CRB) has prevailed over the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and its attorney, Davis, and CRB’s subpoena of BPD case files will now be honored, the struggle for power between the two agencies appears far from over.Robin Cockey, a Salisbury attorney, has an unblemished 38-year record of practicing law in Maryland, but has been accused by Davis of multiple ethics violations. Cockey took CRB’s case pro bono.Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis (center), who leads the Civilian Review Board, filed an ethics complaint this week against an attorney who had worked on a case for the CRB. (Photo: Taya Graham)“I just did this because I thought it was the right thing to do: helping good people in advancing a good cause,” Cockey told the AFRO.Per Maryland rules, it is illegal to disclose a copy of a complaint to the public before charges are“By entering his appearance and filing a complaint purporting to represent an entity he may not lawfully represent, Mr. Cockey has made a false statement to the court,” The Sun reports of Davis’s letter of complaint. “I am hopeful that your office will see fit to conduct a thorough investigation of the matters set forth in this complaint as the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore’s interests will be harmed by allowing the unlawful acts evident in the circumstances to go unaddressed.”With Cockey’s representation, CRB’s case never made it to court. Davis relented November 23, a few weeks after an early November filing. Davis’s left CRB with a warning after the victory that the board and its members may now be held liable if confidential personnel documents leak to the public.“To my knowledge, I’ve done nothing wrong, and I think most people would agree that the point made by Mr. Davis is a debatable one,” Cockey said.A call to Davis’s office has not yet been returned.At issue was BPD’s and Davis’s insistence that CRB sign additional non-disclosure agreements that at least duplicated and then also exceeded state guidelines before BPD would disclose its evidence of officer misconduct.As to Davis’s mention of “interests,” before CRB attained outside counsel, Davis intended to represent both the BPD and CRB in the dispute.Independent of the fact that CRB is established by Maryland’s General Assembly and not city charter, it’s unclear how Davis could have moved forward on his own, a conflict of interests was inevitable.“[CRB] set up to exercise oversight, to be a watchdog agency with regards to these law enforcement outfits,” Cockey said. “And therefore, necessarily, it has to have some degree of autonomy, some measure of sovereignty and independence. And where [CRB] got into this bizarre impasse with the police, it seems to them that the City Solicitor couldn’t represent the police department and the civilian review board anymore than the husband and the wife in a divorce action.”It is unknown what specific remedy or punishment Davis sought, but Cokey’s Bar Association’s methods of redress run the gamut.“Discipline could extend from disbarment, which means I can no longer practice law, on down to some sort of knuckle cracking or reprimand events,” Cockey said.While Cockey holds that Davis’s complaint is debatable rather than actionable, there is real concern that Davis’s complaint for have a chilling effect of other attorneys that might otherwise want to step up and represent CRB.“I don’t feel this about me, I feel this about the Civilian Review Board’s ability to maintain some degree of independence and to be to some extent a freestanding autonomous decision maker,” Cockey said. “And it’s essential to their function as a watchdog group, if they can’t do that, they can’t succeed. They can’t exercise oversight because they’re beholden to a City Solicitor who controls both them and the police department, so how can there possible be any real oversight in that kind of in-grown scenario?” read more
In the memory of India’s greatest devotional poets, the Department of Art, Culture and Languages of Hindi Academy will showcase a four day long musical theatre festival, Sun Bhai Sadho in the capital. Kicking off on 16 July, these musical theatre acts will emphasise upon the works of Surdas, Kabirdas, and Tulsidas.Swaying to the tunes of devotional poetry in the central park arena of Connaught place, the poetry buffs in Delhi will be transported to a state of trance. In this four day long festival, Shekhar Sen will perform the solo theatrical acts. Day one and two are dedicated to the the poetry of Surdas, followed by Kabirdas and Tulsidas on the next two days. Mark the dates in your calendar!
President Luis Guillermo Solís presented draft language Thursday morning that would legalize in vitro fertilization 15 years after the procedure was banned in Costa Rica by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court. The draft decree comes three years after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights — based in San José — ruled that the ban violated the human rights of infertile couples trying to conceive.Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere to ban the fertility procedure.The draft decree will be presented to the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association and the Social Security System for review. President Solís framed his decision to present the draft within the bounds of Costa Rica’s dependency on international legal and arbitration bodies for its national security.“Costa Rica is a country that defends human rights,” Solís told reporters during a news conference Thursday morning. “Costa Rica cannot stand more condemnations for human rights issues.”“This will return us to the highest human rights standards,” he said.The draft decree — which has yet to be signed — would limit the number of fertilized eggs that could be used per cycle to two. The Social Security System, known as the Caja, would administer the procedure and the Health Ministry would oversee its application. Once signed, the decree would allow the Caja two years to offer the procedure. The Caja would have six months to draft technical norms and any protocols for the fertility procedure’s application in public or private health care facilities.Casa Presidencial lawyer Marvin Carvajal said that the decree’s language was not discriminatory and would not limit access to the procedure based on the adult woman’s marital status, sexuality or age.The draft language would ban the following things regarding fertilized eggs:DestructionCommercializationExperimentationCloningGenetic alterationsGenetic selection for specific traitsInsemination post-mortemSolís and several members of his Cabinet had said that if the Legislative Assembly failed to pass a bill regulating the fertility procedure he would take action. When the legislature ended its most recent session on Aug. 30, Solís was left with the decision to make good on his pledge to issue the order or face the human rights court on Thursday to explain why Costa Rica had missed another deadline. The president told reporters Thursday that he had the “upmost” respect for the legislature and said that timing forced his hand.The court ruled in November 2012 that the Costa Rican government had violated the rights of infertile couples by banning the procedure. The government will present the draft decree to the human rights court Thursday afternoon for the justices to review.Watch the news conference in Spanish here: Related posts:Costa Rican plaintiffs disappointed, but not surprised, by president’s IVF proposal Costa Rica’s Supreme Court throws out constitutional challenges to IVF decree Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act Human rights court backs Costa Rica’s decree on legalizing IVF Facebook Comments read more