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first_img Spanish footballer Sergio Ramos, 32, who married TV presenter Pilar Rubio, 40, at a cathedral in his hometown of Seville, had invited over 500 guests to what was touted as the ‘wedding of the year’ in Spain. It is learnt that Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos had a massive fallout when Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid for Italian giants Juventus last year, and have not yet made peace with each other. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo posted this picture of himself kissing girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez while relaxing in a pool recently. He captioned the picture, “Amore mio”, which translates to ‘My Love’. The Portuguese footballer, who recently won the UEFA Nations League, is currently holidaying in St Tropez, France. Recently there were reports that Cristiano Ronaldo was not invited to former Real Madrid teammate and good friend Sergio Ramos’s wedding.last_img read more

first_imgJamie Carragher says Liverpool are starting look more like the sides from the Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez eras than the high-flying group of last season.Jurgen Klopp’s men put forth a dynamic attack last campaign, scoring 84 goals in 38 games, which was good for second in the Premier League behind the record-breaking champions Manchester City.Mohamed Salah’s record-setting season led the way for the Anfield outfit, as he teamed with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to form a fearsome trio in attack. 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! Things have not been as productive in attack this season, though the Reds have still scored 26 goals in 13 Premier League games.However, the Liverpool defence, buoyed by the additions of Virgil van Dijk last January and Alisson this summer, has proven stout this season.Liverpool have conceded just five times in the Premier League, joint-best with Manchester City, and sit second in the table, two points behind the reigning champions and still unbeaten in the league.Carragher thinks it’s only natural Liverpool’s team have changed a bit after a year where they lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury and saw all three of their attacking stars go to a World Cup.However, while he notes this side reminds him a bit of the teams he played on at Anfield, this side looks the complete package.”The narrative all season has been that Liverpool aren’t playing like last season,” Carragher said.Xherdan Shaqiri, Mohamed Salah - Watford vs. Liverpool“But are they slightly different this season? There’s no Coutinho now. There’s no Oxlade-Chamberlain to give them that pace and drive from midfield. The front three all played at the World Cup. They now have Van Dijk and a goalkeeper.“They are starting to look like the Liverpool team I played in. It’s going back to Rafa Benitez and Gerard Houllier’s time. They probably play a bit more football than we did, but they can rely on the defence to win them the game.”Liverpool returned from the international break with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road against Watford to keep pace with City.But the Reds face a crucial Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, knowing a loss would severely damage their chances of making the knockout rounds. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgThe Australian team, who are touring the United Arab Emirates, practiced with the USA men’s cricket team at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.Some of the USA players bowled to the Aussie batsmen in the nets and in fact it was the Australian team who had asked their American counterparts to train with them. Justin Langer, Aaron Finch also spent some time with the USA team.The United States cricket team recently played their first-ever Twenty20 international in the two-match series against UAE, which they went onto lose – rain spoiled the first match and UAE beat USA by 24 runs in the second T20I.What a truly fantastic afternoon for the #TeamUSA bowling group today, as we were invited to train with the Australian team in Sharjah!Some phenomenal insight from Justin Langer, Aaron Finch and Troy Cooley for all our boys to learn fromOur thanks to all involved Cricket (@usacricket) March 20, 2019Some more shots of a memorable day for the #TeamUSA bowling group with the @CricketAus squad in SharjahSee all the photos here: Cricket (@usacricket) March 20, 2019″It was great to have you guys down at practice today. Some very skilled USA cricket players,” Finch posted on social mediaIt was great to have you guys down at practice today! Some VERY skilled @usacricket players!! Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) March 20, 2019Australia, on the other hand, are slated to face Pakistan in a five-match one-day international series, starting Friday in Sharjah.advertisementThe Australian batsmen may have faced the USA bowlers in the nets but they will have to take guard against Mohammad Abbas, who had wrecked havoc in their previous meeting in the longer format of the game.Finch, the Australian skipper, feels though he will not be as effective this time around.”He had some great success with the red ball in the Test matches against us. He bowled very consistently, just moved the ball enough each way,” Finch said.”But I think it’ll be totally different conditions, different format. Your mindset is definitely a bit different as a batter in one-day cricket,” Finch added.Finch is counting on the confidence from the success in the ODI series against India as Australia prepare for the 2019 ICC World Cup.”That’ll be a good challenge again though, there are a few guys in our side who he did have some success against. So it’s about coming up with a plan for him,” Finch said.Also Read | Illness hits Australian camp ahead of Pakistan serieslast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) and official performance wear partner, BLK, are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural TFA-BLK Ambassador Program. The program forms part of the extension of the TFA-BLK partnership for two more years and the elevation of Touch Football to BLK’s Pro Team status. This includes greater leveraging of the strong association between entities with intiatives such as this and ensuring widespread promotion of Touch Football across a variety of channels and intiatives. The TFA-BLK Ambassador Program is specifically designed to provide increased profile and support for a broad cross-section of Australia’s elite and prominent athletes.Australian captains Steve Roberts (Men’s), Louise Winchester (Women’s) and Kylie Hilder (Mixed) are joined Australian teammates Dylan Hennessey, Sam Brisby, Pete Norman (Men’s), Samantha Rodgers and Emily Hennessey (Women’s).The Ambassadors will be working in conjunction with TFA and BLK in promoting the BLK brand and engaged in various activations through 2015 and 2016. Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire said that it is an exciting opportunity for the sport and athletes and a great demonstration of the long-standing and strong partnership with BLK. “BLK has been a long term supporter of TFA supplying the very latest and greatest in performance wear in terms of quality and style and service to the sport,” he said.“And the Ambassador Program along with the elevation to Pro Team status and their (BLK) overall commitment to our sport will ensure greater promotion and cut through of the brand through the sport from the elite level down to the park player.“Not only does this galvanise the already strong partnership we have with BLK but it also demonstrates the increasing prominence of Touch Football and the recognition of our great athletes as quality people, leaders, and indeed, ambassadors.“We are very proud to be associated with this global brand and even more proud of the relationship developed over nearly 10 years.“We have been with Tyron (Brant – BLK CEO) and the team from the start and it is fantastic to see the success the business has become.“We welcome the extended support of our sport and the commitment by BLK to raise the profile of our amazing athletes. Stay tuned to TFA’s social media and online channels in coming days for more on the BLK Ambassadors and joint initiatives to follow.Related Filestfa-blk_ambassador_program_announcement-pdfRelated LinksBLK Ambassadorslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based container carrier Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has decided to withdraw a number of Trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe sailings amid the expected low demand following the Chinese New Year.Namely, on the Asia-North America route the company plans to remove the sailings on the South China 1 (SC1), Central China 4 (CC4) and Singapore Vietnam Express (SVS) services.Changes in the SC1 service include ETA Xiamen, which will take effect on February 1 for Eastbound voyage, and ETA Los Angeles on February 20 for Westbound. Service will resumes with APL Houston from Xiamen on February 8 and from Los Angeles on February 27.CC4 service’s Eastbound voyage from Shanghai will be withdrawn starting from February 10, and the Westbound voyage from Los Angeles will be removed on February 26. Service are scheduled to resume with APL Minnesota from Shanghai on February 17 and from Los Angeles on March 5.Additionally, changed to the SVS service include the Eastbound voyage from Hong Kong, effective on February 10, and Westbound voyage from Norfolk on March 13. These will resume with ZIM Los Angeles from Hong Kong on February 17 and from Norfolk on March 20.In a separate announcement, OOCL said that it will withdraw a number of sailing on its Asia-Europe route. These changes will affect the Asia – North Europe Service and the Asia – Mediterranean services.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: An assistant sub-inspector of police was injured when he went to the Patashpur area of Durgapur to quell the violence that broke out following a clash between BJP and Trinamool Congress supporters on Wednesday.The incident has triggered tension in the area. The trouble originated on Monday after members from the two rival parties engaged in a clash over the possession of a party office, reportedly belonging to Trinamool Congress. The BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders in the area accused each other of forcibly capturing the party office. BJP alleged that the party office belonged to them and Trinamool Congress had captured it, while Trinamool Congress leaders alleged the opposite. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaTrinamool Congress managed to regain the party office eventually, following the intervention of police later. On Tuesday night, some people had locked the door of the party office from outside. On Wednesday morning, the local Trinamool Congress workers found out the same and informed the matter to the local police station. The incident subsequently led to a clash between the two political groups. After being informed, the police reached the spot without delay but got attacked by a mob. Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that BJP-backed goons had attacked the policemen when they reached the spot to remove the lock. The injured police officer was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he has been undergoing treatment. Some other policemen also sustained injuries in the incident. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Senior police officers later rushed to the spot and started a detailed probe into the incident. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits who had attacked the policemen.last_img read more

first_imgTwo of Santa Barbara’s longtime nonprofit healthcare providers have joined forces with a shared vision of enhancing cancer care, and nearly 500 community members, donors, local businesses, and celebrities celebrated in style to support the partnership of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic.Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic Gala Co-Chairs Christy Kolva, Tracie Fiss and Julie Nadel with Jay LenoUpon arrival to Isla Mar , the private and historic Hope Ranch estate of Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack, guests were treated to Rusack wines and a variety of farmers-market-fresh appetizers as they explored the estate grounds overlooking the Pacific. Jugglers, mimes, and other street performers guided guests into the main event tent, the captivating locale of a sumptuous three-course meal featuring the food of Rincon Events and Celebrity Chef Jamie West.The delightful dinner was just the start of the evening’s magic. Remarks were delivered by Sansum Clinic’s CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Kurt Ransohoff, MD; Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara’s President, Rick Scott; and breast cancer survivor and support group facilitator for the Cancer Center, Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW. All spoke to the importance of the partnership for the community’s cancer patients and their families, and thanked event sponsors and donors for their overwhelming support.The thrill of the evening escalated when Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band took the stage, playing Jay Leno into the spotlight where he kicked off an exciting and hugely successful Live Auction. Auction items included a World-Class Cruise for two with Azamara Club Cruises; an Epicurean Adventure featuring a kitchen tour and meet-and-greet at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry; Dinner with George Stephanopoulos and Alexandra Wentworth in NYC; A Swiss-Made Corum Watch; Manchester United VIP Soccer Experience; A walk-on role in Oscar-winner Ben Affleck’s next film; an all-electric FIAT 500e; Deluxe Las Vegas vacation for four including round trip private jet air travel; and an opportunity to spend time with the auctioneer himself with VIP tickets to the Tonight Show and insider-access to his famed car collection. The live auction concluded with an item everyone could participate in, a paddle-raise to support cancer patients in the community as they journey with, through, and beyond cancer.In total, the evening raised $1.1 million (net, after all expenses) in support of the Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance, Wellness, and Support Programs, which aid patients with all aspects of healing with services like financial assistance for those who lack insurance; practical assistance with co-pays, insurance coverage, and travel expenses; nurse navigation; nutrition counseling; support groups; individual and family counseling; classes such as yoga, tai chi, painting, writing, meditation and laughter; cancer prevention and colon cancer screening programs; and hereditary cancer risk counseling for patients and families.“These programs cost us $1.4 million to fund each year, and we know they are truly vital in helping patients not only survive cancer – but to thrive during and after a diagnosis,” explained Rick Scott. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to inform our community of these programs and to celebrate our recent partnership with Sansum Clinic. We are overwhelmed by the outstanding support shown tonight.”“Bringing together these two teams has already brought us tremendous benefit, and tonight’s event is a wonderful example of what is possible when two organizations come together with a shared vision. We are experiencing greater collaboration and coordination with our expanded team of physicians, and as we look to the future, we see great opportunities for expanded clinical research, enhanced recruitment of highly trained medical personnel, and acquisition of new technology that will allow us to continue delivering exceptional care. This partnership brings together the right people and the right tools in the right healing environment so that patients can receive the cancer treatments they need close to home, right here in the community that supports them so well,” said Kurt Ransohoff, MD.Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 150 affiliated physicians and 1,200 employees, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at 23 patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria.The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic provides state-of-the-art cancer treatment and support for patients on the Central Coast. Since 1949, through the charitable giving of families and foundations, the Cancer Center has stayed in the vanguard of comprehensive, non-surgical, outpatient cancer care. By retaining highly trained and devoted medical personnel, acquiring the latest technology and protocols, and integrating patient support and wellness programs, the Cancer Center treats those on the journey to live with, through, and beyond cancer.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

New York – The United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, has begun a new tour in the region.The new tour in which Ross seeks to prepare Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the region this spring, comes less than six weeks before the submission of the UNSG’s annual report to the Security Council.The UN body is scheduled to receive the draft report in early April and decide by the end of the same month whether or not to renew the mandate of UN Mission to the Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO. The first leg of Christopher Ross’s tour of the region led him to Mauritania and to the Tindouf camps where he met with a delegation from the Polisario, a separatist movement that claims to be the only representative of the Sahrawis and calls for the establishment of an independent state in the territory.Immediately after his meeting in Tindouf, the American diplomat flew to Algiers where he met with Algeria’s Foreign Minister, Ramtan Lamamra. Ross is scheduled to meet with Moroccan and officials next on Monday.Since he was entrusted in January 2009 with the mission of mediating a political solution between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario, Ross has failed to help the parties make any progress towards finding a settlement.Rather than building on the work done by his predecessor, Dutch diplomat, Peter Van Walsum, Ross has spent a significant amount of time making routine trips to the region.According to analysts, this new trip will not constitute any exception to the rule established by Ross since he was appointed by Ban Ki-moon seven years ago.Following the Security Council’s call on the involved parties to present creative, feasible solutions that could pave the way to reaching a political settlement, Morocco presented its autonomy proposal to the Security Council in April 2007.The proposal has been welcomed by members of the Security Council as “serious, credible.” It has also received the backing of the French government. Though the American administration has repeatedly said that the proposal “is realistic, serious and credible,” the US government has still not made a clear-cut statement of support for the Moroccan proposal.Meanwhile, the proposal has received bipartisan support from both the US Congress and Senate. In 2007, 173 members of Congress sent a letter to then-President George Bush in which they endorsed the plan and called for White House support. In 2009, 233 members of Congress sent a letter to Obama urging him to endorse the Moroccan proposal. In 2010, 54 senators sent a letter to then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, calling on her to back the Moroccan position.Morocco has been adamant in its position that the autonomy proposal is the only way forward. In a speech delivered on November 6, 2015 on the 40th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI stated that the autonomy proposal is, “the maximum Morocco can offer.”Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

An undersea earthquake, measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale and based south of the Samoan archipelago, resulted in a massive tsunami on 29 September. Media reports say it has claimed over 150 lives and affected tens of thousands of others, and these numbers are expected to rise.Villages, homes and communication lines have been destroyed as the large waves, measuring as high as 2.5 metres, surged inland.A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has been dispatched to Samoa.For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) has sent medical supplies – including gloves and gowns – at the Government’s request. The agency is also distributing clean water to the victims and helping to transport evacuees and injured people.Also affected by the tsunami is Tonga, where WHO has dispatched a health specialist from its Fiji office, to help local authorities respond to the quake’s aftermath.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has mobilized its emergency response team, also from its Fiji office.“Our hearts and minds are with the children and families of Samoa and Tonga right now,” said agency representative Isiye Ndombi.“From past experiences we know that it is especially important that we work to immediately immunize children against measles, ensure the protection of women and children who are especially vulnerable now, and establish good sanitation facilities to prevent outbreak of diseases,” he added.Yesterday, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), urged governments to strengthen efforts to protect coastal communities.In a message released by the agency, he said he was “deeply distressed by the losses provoked by this most recent tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.”He stressed that “national authorities must maintain and constantly improve their communications and warning systems to help protect coastal populations, which are inevitably vulnerable to such phenomena.” 2 October 2009The United Nations is responding to an appeal for assistance by Samoa, which earlier this week was struck by a tsunami that has wrought devastation on the South Pacific nation. read more

Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka says the threat posed by DCD or dicyandiamide, still remains in Sri Lanka.He said that some government institutions have cleared some milk powder brands saying they don’t have dangerous levels of DCD. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. However he says he does not accept the determination as Sri Lanka is not capable of properly testing if products have DCD or not.The Minister said that tests will also take much longer time to conclude and till then it is not safe to feed children with milk suspected to have DCD. (Colombo Gazette) read more

In his message on the occasion, which is marked each year on 20 June, Secretary-General Kofi Annan paid tribute to the perseverance of refugee women. “They show tremendous determination in holding their families together,” he said.At the same time, Mr. Annan voiced concern over a growing trend among countries that are closing their borders to outsiders. “On World Refugee Day, let us remember that, like those of us fortunate enough to have a home, refugees and asylum-seekers have families and feelings – but they often have little else,” he said.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, also hailed the “courage and determination” of refugee women. “We must ensure that their voice is heard, that their potential is developed, and that their role is fully recognized,” he said.The High Commissioner outlined key priorities towards achieving this goal, including involving female refugees in community leadership, registering all refugee women so as to enhance their security and protection, improving strategies to prevent gender-based violence, and providing sanitary materials for all women and girls.”We have made significant progress in all of these areas, but much more needs to be done as we continue our global efforts to help refugees realize their full potential in building a future for themselves and their children,” he said.Activities marking the day were planned in countries across the world, including a festival of folk songs and dances staged by UNHCR staff in the Albanian capital of Tirana in cooperation with the Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In Zambia, at the Kala Camp in Kawambwa, Congolese refugees were slated to hold sports competitions and sell handmade items. Similar activities, including photo exhibits, radio and television interviews, tree-planting ceremonies and concerts, were being organized by staff in 114 countries where UNHCR has offices.Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie participated in an event at Union Station with other celebrities and dignitaries, including United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.According to UNHCR, eBay is holding an online auction of memorabilia offered and signed by celebrities from around the world, including Ms. Jolie, Meryl Streep, Naomi Campbell and Michael Schumacher. Proceeds from the sale of these items will go to refugees.In another development today, Captain Arne F. Rinnan, the crew of the M/V Tampa and Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA received the 2002 Nansen Refugee Award from UNHCR. “Despite the risk of substantial delays and a large financial loss, the ship – unequipped to carry a large number of passengers – altered its course to rescue 438 boat people in the Indian Ocean,” the Secretary-General said in a message to the award ceremony delivered on his behalf by Mr. Lubbers. read more

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Beyonce arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. WTRMLN WTR, a startup beverage company that makes cold-pressed watermelon juice, announced on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, that Beyonce has joined as an investor. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Beyonce goes from ‘Lemonade’ to watermelon water by The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2016 7:06 am MDT Last Updated May 3, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – WTRMLN WTR, a startup beverage company that makes cold-pressed watermelon juice, announced Tuesday that Beyonce has joined as an investor.Co-founder and creative director Jody Levy said in a statement that the entertainment icon, whose latest album is “Lemonade,” is “aligned with many of our company’s core values, especially our commitment to empowerment.”Beyonce said in a statement that her investment is also “an investment in female leaders, fitness, American farmers and the health of people and our planet.”The company didn’t say how much the singer invested. It said the beverage has no added sugar or artificial ingredients and consists of only watermelon and “a drop of organic lemon juice.” read more

Caterpillar CEO to retire next year FILE – In this Wednesday, June 26, 2013, file photo, Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman delivers the keynote address to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce annual meeting & business leaders luncheon in Chicago. On Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, Caterpillar said Oberhelman will retire from the company in 2017 and will be replaced with Jim Umpleby, who has worked at the company for more than three decades. Oberhelman, 63, will leave the company at the end of March. He has been CEO since 2010 and has been with Caterpillar Inc. for more than 41 years. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2016 7:43 am MDT Last Updated Oct 17, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Caterpillar said Monday that CEO and Chairman Doug Oberhelman will retire from the company next year and will be replaced as CEO by Jim Umpleby, an executive who has worked at the construction and mining equipment company for more than three decades.Umpleby, who is 58 years old, will become CEO on Jan. 1. Umpleby is currently the president of Caterpillar’s energy and transportation group.Oberhelman, 63, will step down as CEO at the end of the year and leave the chairman position at the end of March. He has been CEO since 2010 and has been with the company for more than 41 years.Dave Calhoun will become non-executive chairman after Oberhelman retires on March 31. Calhoun is an executive of private equity firm The Blackstone Group LP.Caterpillar has been dealing with falling sales because its customers have been hurt by falling oil prices and slower economic growth around the world, causing them to buy less equipment from Caterpillar.Shares of Caterpillar Inc. slipped 38 cents to $87.29. Its shares are up about 25 per cent in the last 12 months.___This story has been corrected to show that Jim Umpleby will replace Doug Oberhelman as CEO on Jan. 1. read more

No charges to answer UK car market is open and transparent The Office of Fair Trading today confirmed that the UK car market is operating in a fair and transparent way in accordance with the Supply of New Car Orders 2000. After a year long investigation John Vickers, the director general of fair trading said, ‘None of the suppliers investigated had discriminated unfairly between fleet and dealer discounts for the purchase of new cars.’SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘The investigation proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the market is operating in a competitive and fair way and we are delighted that the OFT has made this view public.‘In the days before the publication of the draft rules on Block Exemption, car buyers should be heartened to know that after rigorous examination the industry has been shown to be operating in an open and transparent manner.’The OFT investigation focussed on car suppliers following complaints from the National Franchised Dealers Association and the Consumers’ Association. On every count the OFT agreed with the industry that there was no case to answer.ENDSClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) No rules broken read more

Former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop announces his decision to enter the 2018 NBA draft with his parents during a press conference on March 26. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe decision that was made only a few days ago was not an easy one for Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop. But he felt it was the right one.Bates-Diop decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, he announced while sitting beside his parents at a press conference Monday afternoon.“I love this place. I’ve been here for four years and the memories I’ve made here, I had to weigh that versus my future,” Bates-Diop said. “Weighing all of my options, talking to my family, the coaches, former and pro teammates currently, I think it was the best decision for me.”Bates-Diop said he will sign with an agent and eliminate the possibility of returning to Ohio State for another season, but he has not decided on an agency yet because he has been solely focused on the decision. One factor that Bates-Diop said made a huge impact on his decision was his graduation from Ohio State in December. Bates-Diop placed an importance on leaving Ohio State with a degree.In addition to his graduation, the star forward considered what he had to gain, or rather, what he had to lose by staying another season. He fractured his leg near the beginning of his junior season and was forced to take a medical redshirt after appearing in just nine games. The fear of another injury provided Bates-Diop with incentive to leave early and avoid the chance of another injury harming his draft stock. “I think he realized the timing is right given that he’s 22 [years old] and given that he’s got his degree and all of those things kind of lined up,” Holtmann said. “I think he realized he made a significant contribution to our program in his time here but certainly this year in both his play and his leadership.”In his final season at Ohio State, Bates-Diop capped off his career with his best season, taking home the Big Ten Player of The Year trophy and leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015.Feeling that he was leaving the program at a point where it only had an upward trajectory, Bates-Diop took into account the success of the team this past season and realized it was the perfect time to leave.“It’s the best feeling and kind of one of the best parts about all of this,” Bates-Diop said. “The last couple of years have been down for Ohio State basketball and to do what we did and what I did individually this year and to kind of leave on that note is a bittersweet feeling but it’s probably the best way to go.”He said he had been debating his future since the start of Big Ten play and that as much as he tried to keep the focus solely on the present, he couldn’t help but look toward the future.Now he feels relieved to have a decision made so he can focus on the next chapter of his basketball career beyond Ohio State.“These last four years have been the best four years of my life, and it’s been a great journey,” Bates-Diop said. read more

first_img A GOFUNDME PAGE has been set up to help pay for the funeral costs of a taxi driver who died last weekend in a paragliding accident in the Wicklow mountains.Rafal ‘Ralph’ Skóra was a keen paraglider who was originally from Poland. He lived in north Dublin with his wife Dominika and their two children.He failed to return on home on Saturday evening after he and a friend went paragliding, and a search operation was launched.His body was later discovered in a field at Ballinacor Estate in Wicklow. The Air Accident Investigation Unit was informed of the incident and will conduct an investigation.The fundraiser is aiming at raising money for Ralph’s family and help to meet funeral costs, as he may be removed to Poland for burial. At the time of writing, over €8,000 has been raised. Family friend Alan De Tourtoulon, who set up the GoFundMe, said: “He didn’t have any funeral insurance and his wife doesn’t have access to his accounts…  He leaves a widow and three children. The last two under three. Kind, enthusiastic and honest.”Last Friday, Ralph posted on Facebook that a customer had left a €500 voucher in his taxi and he shared the story in a bid to track down the person who owned it. “That’s the sort of guy he was,” De Tourtoulon said.  Short URL Fundraiser set up for family of man who died in Wicklow mountains paragliding accident Ralph Skora lived in north Dublin with his wife and two children. Share10 Tweet Email By Sean Murray 2 Comments 17,719 Views Tuesday 14 May 2019, 8:51 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 14th 2019, 8:51 AM last_img read more

first_img 25 Comments Jun 13th 2018, 12:04 AM This film was made for a youth audience, and has already screened at festivals throughout the world, including the Generations strand of the Berlinale, and Cinemagic, which both select films specifically for under 18s. Image: Youtube/Scannain 31,921 Views By Rónán Duffy Short URL Ifco stands by 18s rating for Irish film despite it being given a 15s cert in the UK Kissing Candice is the debut feature by director Aoife McArdle. A still from Kissing Candace. Image: Youtube/Scannain Ifco’s classification of the film says that the film contains “scenes of strong drugs abuse, strong violence and language and strong sex references” and was therefore given an 18s rating.The UK’s British Board of Film Classification was less severe in its rating of the film, giving it a 15s cert and noting that it contained “very strong language, strong threat, drug misuse”.In terms of the film’s sex references, the BBFC says that the film features “one sequence where a woman masturbates in bed”. Source: Irish Film Institute/YouTubeWildcard Distribution said it accepted Ifco’s decision not to overturn its initial rating of the film but added that it will affect how the film is marketed in Ireland and will restrict the audience for McArdle’s work.In a statement to, the director of film classification at Ifco Ger Connolly said the rating was in part due to the conflation of violence, threat and drug use by teens in the film.“Regarding an appeal, I did, on request from the distributor, have a second look which did not change my opinion. I also explained that there was the option of a formal appeal to the Classification of Films Appeal Board, which is a totally independent body. They chose not to avail of this option,” Connolly added.Although the film is the director’s feature debut, she has won numerous awards for ads for brands such as Audi, Honda and Samsung. Only this week she was named by Adweek in a list of filmakers alongside Greta Gerwig, Spike Jonze and Ava DuVernay.“Aoife’s a real talent, she’s a visionary director, she’s going to go so far,” O’Neill told“This is her feature debut. So I just think it’s a bit of a shame because it’s kind of reflective of what teenagers are watching and at any screening we’re aware of where a teen audience has watched it they responded very positively.”Kissing Candice is released in cinemas on 22 June A still from Kissing Candace. Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 12:03 AM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet THE IRISH FILM Classification Office (Ifco) has upheld an 18s rating for an Irish film by a debut director despite the film being given a 15s rating in the UK.Kissing Candice by award-winning ad and music video director Aoife McArdle is due for release in the coming months but it will not be seen by the young people it portrays due to its classification.The film is about a young girl in a border town who first dreams of and then meets a young boy who’s connected to a gang that is terrorising her town.The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been shown at other youth-orientated festivals but its distributors have failed to have the classification changed in Ireland after requesting a review of the 18s cert.Wildcard Distribution is the Irish distributor for the film and its managing director Patrick O’Neill has said that the company was surprised when it was given an 18s cert.“We just thought the rating was a little harsh for the film, we just thought something along the lines of a 15A or a 16 would have been more in keeping with the content of the film,” O’Neill said. Share29 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgFormer Napoli midfielder Jonathan De Guzman has launched a scathing attack on the club.De Guzman who currently plays his club football at Eintracht Frankfurt, spent three years in Naples from 2014 to 2017 but spent much of that on loan to Carpi and Chievo.The 31-year-old made only 36 competitive appearances for Napoli, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.In an interview with De Volkskrant, the former Swansea midfielder reveals a series of shocking incidents during his Napoli tenure.Around three years ago, he felt a strange bulge in his stomach that was painful, so went to Napoli’s Chief medic Alfonso De Nicola, who is still at the club.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I was put on a diet, had my carbohydrates cut and told to take a rest, but the pain kept coming back. Rafa Benitez told me to go see another doctor, but that was not allowed by the club, because De Nicola had the power.”That summer, Benitez left the club for Real Madrid, while Coach Maurizio Sarri and director of sport Giuntoli were appointed by chairman Aurelio De Laurentis.Despite his obvious discomfort and injury, De Nicola passed De Guzman fit to train and a harsh judgment was inevitable.“I am a player who can run 10km in a game, but if I can only manage 6km and doing that at half-strength, then, of course, a Coach isn’t going to want me in the team.”“Napoli didn’t believe I was hurt. I could walk and run, but I couldn’t turn or shoot properly. They thought I’d made it up, that it was all in my head. That was said to me so often that I started to doubt the signals my own body was sending to me. It was sick.”last_img read more

first_imgTwo days after a controversial call cost the Green Bay Packers a win, the NFL and the referees’ union are reportedly nearing an end to a lockout that has put replacement officials on the field since the start of the season.According to several reports, the NFL and the union are close to a new deal that would allow the league’s regular officials to return to work, possibly as early as this weekend. ESPN reported Wednesday that “an agreement in principle is at hand,” and The New York Times reported that the sides “were closing in” on a way to end the impasse. ESPN cited unidentified sources from both sides; the Times cited a person briefed on the negotiations.The NFL declined to confirm that a deal was imminent.“Until somebody tells me differently, it’s not really changed,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said.Still, even the suggestion that regular refs could be back as early as Sunday was greeted with welcoming words.“If it’s final and they are, I’m sure a lot of people will be happy — and I’ll be one of those guys, too,” running back Adrian Peterson said on a conference call from Detroit in advance of the upcoming Vikings-Lions game.NFL agent David Canter tweeted: “Welcome back real refs. Just remember when you blow a call you’ll get no sympathy.”A person briefed on the negotiations told The Associated Press that the talks between the league and its officials resumed Wednesday following a 14-hour meeting that started Tuesday. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the discussions were not made public and would not characterize the talks.The debate over the use of replacement officials has raged since the start of the season, and boiled over after the final play of the Packers-Seahawks game. A last-second scrum in the end zone was ruled a game-winning touchdown by Seahawks receiver Golden Tate. But Packers players, their fans and much of the football-watching public saw an interception by Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings.last_img read more