‘Betrayed’ Mourinho turns on Chelsea players

first_imgLEICESTER, England (AP):The most remarkable Premier League story in years shows no sign of ending. After only narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign, Leicester (35 points) lead the heavyweights (Arsenal, 33, Manchester City, 32, Manchester United, 32) of England by at least two points nearly halfway through this season.Jamie Vardy (34th) and Riyad Mahrez (48th) scored for Leicester, while Loic Remy reduced the deficit close to time.”It’s magical,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who used to coach Chelsea. “I don’t want to wake up.”Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned on his players after the team’s latest loss in their dreadful English Premier League title defence, saying yesterday he felt “betrayed” and accusing them of not trying their best.”If I was a player, I’d be giving a lot more,” Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss that left Chelsea (15) one point off the relegation zone after 16 games.Chelsea, which won the Premier League by eight points and with three games to spare last season, have lost nine games so far and are 20 points off the lead.”All last season I did a phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is not their level, it is more than they really are,” said Mourinho, who appeared at a loss to explain Chelsea’s regression.”I feel my work was betrayed,” he added, as he criticised the defending for Leicester’s goals.Asked if Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League, Mourinho said: “We can’t finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points. But at the moment we’re in a zone where I feel ashamed.”Even before the Leicester loss, Mourinho acknowledged he is in the toughest spell of his managerial career.”The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager,” Mourinho said. “I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.”I want to stay and I hope (Chelsea owner) Mr. (Roman) Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”Champions League drawMeanwhile, the Champions League draw produced some familiar pairings yesterday with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quarterfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011 and beat the English club in the 2006 final.Arsenal will host the five-time champions on February 23 after advancing to the knockout round for the 16th straight season. The Gunners will be hoping to end a five-year losing streak at the round-of-16 stage.French champions PSG and Chelsea will be meeting for the third consecutive season in the knockout phase. Chelsea won in the quarter-finals in 2014, but PSG advanced from the round of 16 last season.Also, five-time champions Bayern Munich will play away first against 2015 runner-ups Juventus, while record 10-time champions Real Madrid will face Roma.Still, there was one fresh look in the eight pairings as the two newcomers to the knockout rounds were drawn together: Gent will host Wolfsburg first in Belgium.Also, it was: PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid; Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City; and Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg. City’s first leg in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium because Dynamo has been sanctioned by UEFA for racist incidents involving fans.The first legs will be played on Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, with the second legs scheduled for March 8-9 and 15-16.last_img read more

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Time is running out for Donegal schools to submit ‘Big School Cook Off’ entry

first_imgDonegal post-primary schools have been urged to get their entries in before the deadline later this month. The annual Mount Charles Big School Cook-Off Competition, in association with SuperValu, is for all post-primary school pupils across Northern Ireland and Donegal aged between 11 and 14.Not only is this year’s title up for grabs, including a plaque for the winning team, but the winners will also receive private box VIP tickets to an SSE Arena Ice Hockey match and their school will get a £100 voucher for catering equipment of their choice. Teams of two are challenged to whip up an original main course recipe idea that can be bought on a budget of a tenner, or Euro equivalent.This year teams are asked to submit their recipe ideas by uploading a word document or a video to www.bigschoolcookoff.co.uk detailing their recipe choice, locality and seasonality of their ingredients and how they researched and tested their dish.A panel of judges will review all the entries after the closing date on Friday 22nd of November and shortlist seven teams – one from each county in NI and Donegal – to go head to head in the grand finale at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus, next March.Competitors will have one hour to reproduce the recipe they entered and the judges who will be joined by Great British Bake Off 2018 contestant, Imelda McCarron, will choose the winning dish. County finalists will also be invited to perform a cookery demonstration of their dish, at their local SuperValu store in January, ahead of the final.Last year saw Donegal duo Hayden Nelis and Oisin McHugh from Scoil Mhuire, Milford, take home the top prize. They created a dish of Noisettes of Lamb, Minted Pea Puree, Duchess Potatoes, Rosemary Jus Lie and beat off stiff competition from the other six county teams to be crowned the champions.Urging student teams in Donegal, to get their entries in before the closing date on Friday the 22nd November, Caitriona Lennox, Business Development Manager at Mount Charles said: “We’re calling for all post primary schools to get involved in our competition. It’s so beneficial for pupils who enter. They are learning about food provenance, team work, timing, communication and taking part gives them such a sense of independence and achievement.“We’re looking for creativity and diversity in the entries, so take your inspiration from local ingredients, the food you love to eat and enter now!”Full competition terms and conditions can be found at www.bigschoolcookoff.co.uk Time is running out for Donegal schools to submit ‘Big School Cook Off’ entry was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Takeaways: Matt Chapman on getting best of Hader with go-ahead homer

first_imgOAKLAND — Josh Hader is one of the toughest relievers in baseball.But Matt Chapman did his homework and had a plan against the Brewers’ closer. In Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee, he saw seven Hader pitches before striking out swinging at a fastball. Chapman had all the intel he needed. In the eighth inning Thursday, with the A’s down a run and Robbie Grossman aboard, Chapman lifted a well-placed corner fastball over the center-field fence to help the A’s (62-48) to its 5-3, series-clinching …last_img

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Phoenix Did NOT Find Mars Life

first_imgA media snafu has NASA spokespersons rushing to deny that life has been found on Mars, reported Space.com.  For example, Live Science reporter Leonard David said that the White House has been alerted to the potential for new information about life on Mars based on findings from the Phoenix Lander.  The apparent secrecy has teased the press into thinking life has been found, when all an Aviation Week reporter had said based on his own inside sources was that instrument data has found something that “is increasingly compelling as another piece in the puzzle of life.”  The vagueness of the statement could imply good news or bad news.    The Space.com damage-control article hastened to explain that Phoenix is incapable of finding life.  The instruments can detect organic molecules, but not life itself.  The reason for caution at the NASA press briefing last week that announced the discovery of water ice (see U of Arizona press release) at the northern latitudes of Mars, where Phoenix set up base camp, is that the scientists want their findings to go through peer review and get published before getting scooped by the popular press.  It is normal procedure for findings to be embargoed by the press till formal publication.    Another Space.com article by Andrea Thompson explains what Phoenix is capable of detecting.  Organic molecules have not been found at equatorial latitudes because of strong oxidizing processes at work there.  One of the main reasons for putting a lander in the polar regions was the hope that organics could survive there.  Organics are not a sufficient condition for biology, explained a Johns Hopkins scientist.  “Just because there are organic compounds, doesn’t mean that that’s life,”    Leonard David said this reminded him of the 1996 to-do about a Martian meteorite that some scientists said appeared to show evidence for fossilized microbes.Update 08/05/2008 morning: Space.com and PhysOrg are now reporting that the chemical found may be perchlorate, a highly reactive oxidant that would be bad news for life.  The tests are inconclusive at this point.Update 08/05/2008 afternoon: In order to stem “speculation that has become rampant on the web,” reported Space.com, the Phoenix team is admitting perchlorate has been found, but spinning the story to say that it “may not be harmful to any potential life there and could in fact be a boon to it.”  The highly-oxidizing substance could be an energy source, for instance, and some life survives in Earth’s Atacama Desert in spite of the presence of perchlorates.  There is a slim possibility the perchlorate came from a solid rocket booster, but the team feels their readings from the Phoenix instruments show it was present in the soil samples.  PhysOrg printed a brief report, and later, BBC News and Science Daily denied a NASA cover-up.  They reiterated the latest spin that the discovery of perchlorate “was fascinating but made ‘life on Mars’ neither more nor less likely.”So they did not claim to find any organics, and they found a highly-oxidizing substance that would normally be toxic to life.  You’d think after so many years of bad news from Mars (02/18/2008, 01/09/2007, 01/28/2005) that Martian fever would be dead, but look at faith of the believers.  Phoenix could find one molecule of tailpipe soot, call it organic, and the press would go bananas.  Even if the soot turned out to be residue from the lander’s own thrusters, by then the media will have soaked it for all its evolutionary worth.  The Martian Meteorite story launched NASA’s revitalized Mars program and started the new “science” of astrobiology (04/17/2006).  Only later did we realize it was scientifically unfounded.  We’re all for exploring Mars but NASA had better find better reasons for going than titillating the public with false hopes and dubious inferences from questionable data.    Organics are to life what letters are to a book.  It’s not the presence of the letters, but the way they are put together, that signifies life.  When looking for life, don’t just follow the water.  Follow the instructions (12/30/2002).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Millennium Development Goals in UN spotlight

first_img23 September 2014 – In a time of international crises, it is again the time of the year when heads of state and government from across the world gather at the United Nations headquarters in midtown Manhattan, New York, for the annual General Assembly.With the 2015 deadline for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals rapidly approaching, the theme for the 69th general debate is “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.The UN is expected to use the momentum created by the MDGs to rally governments and civil society countries behind its new international development agenda.Millennium Development GoalsAccording to the UN, the developing world has made huge strides towards achieving the MDGs. Global poverty is in decline, more children than ever are attending primary school, child deaths have dropped dramatically, many more people have access to safe drinking water, and initiatives to fight malaria, Aids and tuberculosis have saved millions.The MDGs are a set of eight concrete, measurable goals, adopted by world leaders in 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015. The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/Aids and providing universal primary education and healthcare – have stimulated progress in some countries.Some see the MDGs as the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. The UN says its plans for after 2015 will focus on achieving a world of prosperity, equity, freedom and dignity for all. UN member states are reportedly discussing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to complement or replace the MDGs.For its part, South Africa has made good progress towards the goals. The grants provided by its extensive social security system have gone a long way towards eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, while the Expanded Public Works Programme has provided skills and jobs to millions of South Africans.In education, South Africa has introduced no-fee schools and universal, compulsory primary education for those aged seven to 15. Major successes have also been achieved in MDG6, the fight against HIV/Aids.Rebalancing global power“Our work continues to promote the key goals of education, health, women’s empowerment, improved quality education – including access for girl children – and also in promoting public participation in governance,” South African President Jacob Zuma said after his arrival in New York on Sunday.He said South Africa has made significant progress and will continue to work towards the 2015 deadline. Halving the share of the population earning less than $1.25 per person, per day has been achieved, while the share of those experiencing hunger has also been halved.South Africa is doing well in MDG3, promoting and empowering women. The country has also recorded impressive progress in access to healthcare for all its people through the expansion of health infrastructure.In a statement released this week, the government said the post-2015 negotiations will take place in the context of the global rebalancing of economic power as a result of a loss of comparative advantage by developed countries, made more pronounced by the global economic meltdown.“This makes the negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda highly contested, with developed countries seeking to redefine development to support their economic recovery needs, while developing countries try to ensure that the outcome supports its own understanding of development.“In this regard, the general debate provides a platform for South Africa to advance its strategic priorities in the world’s pre-eminent multilateral forum.”Zuma is set to address the General Assembly today, as is US President Barack Obama.last_img read more

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CWG broadcast deal under ED scanner

first_imgPrasar Bharati’s Rs 246-crore deal with a UK-based broadcast firm for the coverage of the Commonwealth Games has now come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate.Official sources said the multi-crore deal struck with SIS Live in UK is the latest of the various projects connected with the CWG being scrutinised by the country’s premier agency against money laundering and forex violations.The latest move by the Directorate will bring under scrutiny role of certain top officials of Prasar Bharati, they said.The ED has already sought information from the Income Tax department, which had carried out a survey at the premises of the local arm of the UK firm.The deal came under scanner because the public broadcaster entered into a Rs 246-crore agreement with SIS Live for the broadcast of the sporting extravaganza and later, the UK company sub-contracted the same to an Indian firm ‘Zoom Communication’ for just Rs 177 crore.Sources said the I-T department had first raised the red flag over the deal following scrutiny of sub-contract papers. The ED is in the process of issuing summons in connection with the case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).President Pratibha Patil had late last year ordered suspension of Prasar Bharti’s controversial CEO B S Lalli.Lalli, who assumed the post in December 2006, was indicted by the Central Vigilance Commission which accused him of breach of Parliamentary privilege, giving undue favours to some broadcast companies and financial mismanagement.The two-member Committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu, which went into alleged financial irregularities in the CWG, has strongly indicted suspended Lalli and Doordarshan Director General Aruna Sharma, accusing them of “collusion” with the UK-based firm which benefited Rs 135 crore in the broadcast deal.advertisementThe Committee said that based on documents available, it has concluded that the actual cost of the contract awarded to SIS Live was at best about Rs 111 crore, thus resulting in a profit of at least Rs 135 crore for the UK-based company and Zoom Communications.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Nova Scotia private members bill seeks solace after still birth miscarriage

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia woman who miscarried after contracting a serious infection and later lost a young child is urging the province to establish a day of awareness about miscarriage, still birth and infant death.Paula Harmon said families are often forced to suffer with the painful loss of a pregnancy or young child in silence and isolation.“This is a pivotal opportunity to improve awareness around the issues related to still birth, miscarriage and infant and early child loss,” she said of a private member’s bill introduced by Progressive Conservative MLA Tim Houston Wednesday seeking to proclaim Oct. 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.Harmon said the awareness day would honour grieving families and help break down the taboo of speaking about pregnancy loss and infant death — something she knows all too well.She was 17 weeks pregnant with twins when she got sick.She called her local hospital in rural Nova Scotia and said she might be miscarrying.“I was high-risk with twins and told them my symptoms,” she said. “The nurse told me that because I wasn’t yet 20 weeks, the pregnancy wasn’t viable … Their advice was that I should take a warm bath.”Instead, Harmon called the IWK Health Centre, and was told to go immediately to the women’s and children’s hospital in Halifax.“When I got there the weaker twin had already died,” she said. “It turned out I had the worst infection you can get when you’re pregnant, listeria.”Her daughter, Grace, was born at 26 weeks, and although she survived numerous complications, she later died of an infection at age 3.“The physician later told us that when we left the hospital that night, she felt like she was throwing us to the wolves,” Harmon said.She struggled to cope with the loss of her twins and to find information and resources. Over time, she learned that almost 3,000 babies are stillborn in Canada every year, 1,800 die before their first birthday, and one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage.“I also discovered the stigma that exists for parents who lose a child and how important it is to moms and dads to validate their child’s existence, to say their name and hear their name from others,” Harmon said.A similar bill was passed unanimously in Ontario in late 2015, proclaiming Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on Oct. 15 and promising better resources, support and research on the issue.The proposed bill has received widespread support across Nova Scotia, including 28 municipalities that have agreed to proclaim the day.Houston said it’s the third time he has introduced similar legislation in a bid to recognize families mourning a death.The bill falls short of promising new resources for bereaved families, but he said that his last two attempts to pass more sweeping bills failed.“This is a slightly different, kind of watered down version,” Houston said. “We’re just asking for the government to show some respect and some compassion.”Health Minister Randy Delorey said that for a decade the province has recognized Oct. 15 by passing a resolution in the legislature.“I think it is important for those individuals that have been through a situation like this, that they do know that the members of the legislature … do recognize that this important,” he said.Delorey wouldn’t commit, though, to supporting the Tory bill, saying he hasn’t seen it yet.Houston is hopeful the bill could help build momentum to provide bereaved families with better support to deal with such tragic experiences.Raylene MacPherson, who has suffered through two miscarriages, said there is a lack of adequate support for families coping with the loss of a pregnancy or infant.“The sad reality of losing a pregnancy is something many families experience,” she said. “These families go through many stages of grief and oftentimes they do so alone with minimal support. Instead of being sent home from the hospital with an empty heart and lots of questions, families could be guided to a place to help them heal.”— With files from Keith Doucettelast_img read more

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WestJet pilots union to also represent Swoop pilots says arbitrator

first_imgCALGARY – A federal arbitrator has ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly its new ultra-discount carrier Swoop that’s set to launch next week.Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s Air Line Pilots Association, says the decision means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.WestJet and the union will now make a joint application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to amend pilots association’s bargaining certificate to include Swoop flying.The parties also agreed that WestJet and Swoop are common employers.The two sides scheduled mediation/arbitration dates over the summer to address all remaining issues.The threat of a strike by pilots was averted two weeks ago when the airline and union agreed to a settlement process and, if necessary, to use final and binding arbitration.WestJet CEO Ed Sims said it recognizes and respects the interim order that WestJet pilots should be able to operate Swoop aircraft.The Air Line Pilots Association is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including about 1,500 WestJet pilots and approximately 500 at WestJet Encore.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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Trading in MEG mixed after it rejects Husky Energys hostile takeover bid

first_imgCALGARY – MEG Energy Corp. shares rose and fell in choppy trading Thursday after it formally rejected a $3.3-billion hostile takeover offer from oilsands rival Husky Energy Inc.The target company said after markets closed Wednesday that the Husky offer is opportunistic and undervalues its assets and prospects, adding it intends to conduct a formal process that could identify a white knight to make a better offer.MEG’s shares rose by as much as 21 cents to $11 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange before falling back to hover near Wednesday’s close of $10.79.Husky CEO Rob Peabody refuted MEG’s position in a news release Thursday.“Nothing in the MEG circular changes the clear and compelling value our offer delivers to MEG shareholders,” he said. “Existing and ongoing market challenges … underscore the benefits of a Husky-MEG combination.”Husky is offering a combination of cash or shares worth $11 for each MEG share. The maximum cash available under the deal is capped at $1 billion and the maximum number of shares is limited to 107 million.Husky values the transaction at $6.4 billion, including the assumption of $3.1 billion in debt.Analysts continued to speculate in overnight reports that Husky will have to raise its bid to win over MEG’s management.They also found it doubtful that an alternate bidder will emerge for MEG given that its only product, oilsands bitumen, is facing severely discounted prices as new oilsands production from northern Alberta makes worse an export pipeline bottleneck.MEG’s investor presentation includes a description of its plan to achieve the regulator-approved 210,000-barrels-per-day capacity production from its Christina Lake steam-driven oilsands wells by 2028.The cost of the growth, specified for the first time, works out to be about $2.3 billion, pointed out AltaCorp Capital analyst Nick Lupick in a report.MEG says it is currently producing 100,000 barrels per day of bitumen and has spent substantially all the capital required to increase production to 113,000 bpd by 2020.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:MEG, TSX:HSE)last_img read more

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100 Women Who Care Fort St John are accepting Nominations

first_imgTo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Fort St. John Chapter of 100 Women Who Care are accepting nominations for the September 17th meeting.The 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 women there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity.last_img

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