Juventus aim to end title discussion at Napoli

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgBut managed by Carlo Ancelotti this campaign they have failed to provide a challenge for the champions, who are odds-on to clinch their eighth straight “Scudetto” regardless of what happens at the San Paolo stadium on Sunday night.“The race has finished too quickly,” said Jose Mourinho, who won the treble with Inter Milan in 2010, in an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport.Juve are 13 points clear and that gap has taken some of the sting out of what is one of Italy’s iconic fixtures, as well as leaving little room for drama at the top.“Juventus aren’t facing much of a challenge, and while that’s obviously good for them, it’s a negative for Italian football,” Mourinho added.That lack of threat means that coach Massimiliano Allegri can rest Cristiano Ronaldo for the trip after he picked up an ankle knock during the 1-0 win at Bologna at the weekend.On Wednesday, Juve revealed that the Portuguese would have scans on his left ankle and it would be no surprise if the 34-year-old were left out, as with the title all but wrapped up his team’s season rests on the second leg of their of Champions League last 16 clash with Atletico Madrid on March 12.Ronaldo was signed partly in the hope he would fire Juve to continental glory for the first time in over two decades so it would be no surprise to see him left to recover fully with a view to overturning the 2-0 defeat they suffered at the Wanda Metropolitano.His absence will be a boon to Napoli, who are unbeaten at home this season in all competitions and haven’t conceded a goal in five matches.– Rome derby drama –The colourful Rome derby is even more crucial for Serie A club Roma this weekend, with Champions League football potentially in the balance © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEWhile the title race is all but wrapped up, the race for the Champions League is hotting up as Roma prepare for the biggest game of their season — a Rome derby against Lazio that could have a huge impact on their European hopes.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are a point behind fourth-place AC Milan, who occupy the last Champions League spot, and three away from Inter Milan in third despite a disappointing season that has seen the coach’s position frequently questioned.It is the start of a huge week for Roma as they also prepare for their trip to Porto on Wednesday, narrow 2-1 leaders after the first leg a fortnight ago.Champions League football is crucial to the club’s finances as they battle to get a new stadium built and Di Francesco recieved a boost on Wednesday in the form of centre-back Kostas Manolas, easily Roma’s best performer in a shaky defence that has conceded league 33 goals this season.Italian media reports that the Greek is recovering well from a sprained ankle suffered in their last-gasp 3-2 win at Frosinone on Saturday and could be back in time for the derby.Lazio meanwhile, who will be the nominal “home” side at the shared Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night, are one of three sides lagging six points behind Roma after Monday’s home match with Udinese was postponed to make way for their goalless Coppa Italia semi-final, first leg draw with Milan on Tuesday.Gattuso’s Milan, who are unbeaten since Boxing Day and have looked impressive since red-hot striker Krzysztof Piatek signed from Genoa in January, host Sassuolo with Inter in their sights.Milan are hoping to take advantage of their city rivals’ battle with their own star striker Mauro Icardi, who has refused to play for Inter since being stripped of the captain’s armband last week amid protracted contract negotiations and will almost certainly miss Friday night’s trip to Cagliari.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Juventus’ trip to Napoli as his side think ahead to March’s Champions League last 16 second leg against Atletico Madrid © AFP / Tiziana FABIROME, Italy, Feb 28 – Juventus travel to Napoli on Sunday looking to close the book on a Serie A title race that has hardly looked in doubt since the opening day of the season.Under previous coach Maurizio Sarri, Napoli had become Juve’s biggest rivals and last season even managed to take the title race down to the final weeks.last_img read more


The five questions Gareth Southgate must answer in England’s friendlies

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Guardian Sport Network 2) Harry Maguire or Gary Cahill?Southgate is expected to play a three-man defence in Russia, having used the system in recent matches, but he faces a conundrum when it comes to picking Harry Maguire or Gary Cahill. Kyle Walker is likely to start on the right of the back three, with his Manchester City team-mate John Stones in the middle (despite his lack of game time in the second half of the season). That opens up a space on the left of the defence for either Maguire or CahillThe Chelsea captain won the FA Cup in his final match of the season to complete a full set of club honours – Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup – and he has experience on his side. The 32-year-old has earned more caps (58) than any other player in the squad, though his form has been up and down this season. Maguire, while impressive in his debut campaign for Leicester, has just four caps to his name and is more accustomed to a back four. It’s a selection headache for Southgate.3) Where to use Kyle Walker?No player has made more appearances for England under Southgate than Kyle Walker (14). The dilemma is not whether to play him but where to play him. If Southgate uses a three-man defence, Walker is likely to be one of the centre-backs. The defensive side to his game has improved since his £53m move to Manchester City last summer but using him as a centre-back robs England of his attacking ability. Walker laid on six assists this season – as many as Sergio Agüero, Alexis Sánchez and Son Heung-min. Aaron Cresswell was the only defender with more (seven).4) Who to pick at wing-back?If Southgate does play Walker in a three-man defence, he still has plenty of options at wing-back. Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Danny Rose and Ashley Young are all able to fulfil the duties required, with Fabian Delph also an option.Who Southgate will select, though, is trickier to predict. Trippier has been an effective performer at right-back under Mauricio Pochettino, laying on five assists this season, but Alexander-Arnold’s good form for Liverpool is tough to overlook, even accounting for his lack of international experience – the 19-year-old has no senior caps and has only played three times for the Under 21s.On the opposite flank, Rose was once an easy pick for England but injury problems have restricted him to just nine league starts for Tottenham this season. Meanwhile, Young has been brilliant for Manchester United this season and Harry Kane would enjoy his accurate crossing. All four are solid options so it will be intriguing to see who lines up for England in their first group game against Tunisia on 18 June. Share on Messenger Reuse this content Gareth Southgate has just two more opportunities to see his team play before the World Cup: at Wembley against Nigeria on Saturday evening and at Elland Road against Costa Rica next Thursday. With the World Cup less than a fortnight away, the England manager has five big decisions to make.1) Who should play in goal?Southgate has made the call to drop Joe Hart, his No1 just six months ago. Now he faces an even bigger decision: whether Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford or Nick Pope should take over as his first choice keeper for the World Cup. Pope had a brilliant season for Burnley. He only conceded 22 goals in 27 games; he kept more clean sheets (11) than any other English keeper; and he had the second highest save percentage in the league – 75.3%, below just David de Gea. Regardless, he only made his Premier League debut in September and has not yet played for his country, so is likely to be No3.Southgate will use the two friendlies to determine whether Butland or Pickford should start in Russia. The stats suggest Butland would be better choice. He made more saves (142) than any other goalkeeper in the league this season and had a better save success rate than Pickford – 70.6% to 65.8%. Pinterest Share on Facebook The standout candidates are Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli, who both enjoyed commendable campaigns. Lingard scored eight goals and set up five more in his finest season to date for Manchester United, while Alli, despite supposedly suffering an underwhelming campaign, scored nine and set up 10 to help Tottenham to a third-placed finish. Alli’s fine partnership with Kane at a club level may give him an edge, but Lingard impressed for England in their friendlies in March, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 win over the Netherlands and providing the assist for Jamie Vardy’s strike in the 1-1 draw with Italy. Whoever impresses against Nigeria and Costa Rica may be given the nod.• Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Ben McAleer on Twitter Callow England should use the World Cup as a practice run? What nonsense Read more Share on Twittercenter_img Twitter World Cup Share on LinkedIn features Infographic:WhoScored England Infographic:WhoScored Topics World Cup 2018 Share via Email Jordan Pickford 5) Jesse Lingard or Dele Alli?Further up the field in Southgate’s 3-4-2-1 formation, he boasts two players who have enjoyed superb seasons. Harry Kane hit 30 league goals for the first time in his career, while Raheem Sterling scored as many league goals this season (18) as he did in his whole Liverpool career. The dilemma for Southgate is who to play alongside Sterling in the other spot behind Kane.last_img read more


Ode to politics of consensus

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgSheila Dikshit, Delhi’s three-time Chief Minister who passed away on July 21, must be remembered for her politics of consensus and negotiated settlement. This is even more important in today’s age of highly polarised politics. It is also important if we consider that the objective of a government is to ensure delivery of development. And this is not possible without the ability to manage the contested realities and to seek a collaborative solution. For me, this is the real art of politics. Unfortunately, we seem to be losing this art as hate and loud noise takes over the airwaves and our world. Also Read – A special kind of bondMy encounter with Sheilaji (as she was known) began with a fight. In the late 1990s, we were in the Supreme Court, arguing that Delhi’s public transport must switch over to cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel to combat its then deadly air pollution. This had become adversarial and contentious. The Union government was dead against it; the diesel lobby was arguing that CNG was explosive and untested. The Delhi government — then headed by Sheilaji — was dragging its feet to make the transition. Queues at petrol pumps were getting longer and longer as CNG was not being delivered; buses were being burnt to show how CNG wouldn’t work. In the Supreme Court, the then Solicitor General of India Harish Salve was hauling up the government for its deliberate inaction. The top court was getting more and more incensed and called for contempt proceedings to start against the Delhi Chief Minister. Also Read – Insider threat managementThen all this changed. Sheilaji walked into the court personally. She didn’t stand on ceremony; she didn’t join the acrimony. She just ensured that orders were to be followed. As they say, the rest is history. We worked closely with her government through this period of transition to CNG. She didn’t blink when the going was tough. She had the ability to make her bureaucrats deliver, not as sovereigns, but by including words and ideas from the “outside”. She joined worlds effortlessly and with grace. This is another art in politics we are losing. In the decade of 2000 attention shifted to public transport to reduce vehicles on the road, and so pollution. I distinctly remember that she came to one of our meetings where we discussed the second-generation reforms after transition to CNG. She didn’t hesitate to chide us. She disagreed that the city could move towards public transport at the scale needed. She didn’t think this was the way ahead. But she didn’t shut the door on us. We persisted and she listened. I believe it is we who failed her. Not the other way around. When she supported the now-dismantled Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), it was because she gave chance to seemingly impossible ideas. It is our collective inability to design a system for the complexity of Delhi, which would negotiate with the different road users and not antagonise needlessly, that made the system fail. But she again did not give up on the ideas. She dismantled the notorious Blue Line bus service, even though it was owned by many of her compatriots. She supported the purchase of a new generation of low-floor and air-conditioned buses — all new and all untested. She understood the need for massive investment in public transport — metro, bus, and cycle — to reinvent mobility. Again, it was her governance abilities combined with persuasive powers, without angst and without finger-pointing that brought these changes. I am writing this not to call out to the current leaders of my city or country. But to reminisce so that we can, perhaps for one moment, think of how politics of consensus will deliver. I know she lost the popular vote in 2013; I know that air pollution and many other problems of this ungovernable city with multiplicity of authorities, grew in her tenure. But the fact is that she never stopped trying. She never shunned responsibility. She mastered that elusive art of pushing for change without fuss. One of the last times I met her was when she called to ask what she could do about the growing pollution in the city. She had lost the election a few years ago. But she was concerned, even agitated. She wanted to know what more governments could do; what advice could she give. I told her frankly that she should not try. She would be attacked for not doing enough in her tenure. The blame-game machinery would go on over-drive. But she wrote to governments with her advice. I know, because she called to tell me, with some bemusement that she did not get any responses. What could I say? The courtesy of a response was old-fashioned; her fashion. It would be really unfortunate if we let the Sheila Dikshit way of politics go out of fashion.(The author is Director General of Centre for Science and Environment and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


Militarys muchdelayed new helicopters return to limited service

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgHALIFAX – The Royal Canadian Air Force has resumed limited flights on its new Cyclone helicopters after a software problem grounded the aircraft for nine weeks and created delays in training air crew.Col. Peter Allan, wing commander of the Shearwater base in Halifax, said Tuesday the fleet of three CH-148 helicopters resumed training flights on May 15 after ceasing flying on March 12.The Sikorsky-built Cyclones are the much-delayed replacements for the Sea King helicopters, which remain in service after more than a half-century but are scheduled to be retired next year.Allan said it will take about six months to fix the software glitch that caused a computerized flight control system to momentarily restart and sent the aircraft into a sudden and brief loss of altitude on March 9.Described originally as a “severe bump,” the problem corrected itself and the pilot safely landed the plane.Allan says while the software redesign is underway there are some limits on operations of the Cyclones, but he adds they won’t affect the ability of air crew to continue most training requirements.He said air crews can still train on operations such as landing on ships, hoisting materials, and simulating rescues.He described the limitations as complex technical issues difficult to put into terms a layperson can understand.“It’s more about modes of the computer they can employ while in particular flight mode … at the end of the day, it doesn’t affect our ability to do training and operational testing and evaluation,” he said.Allan said air crew training for the Cyclones has been set back one month by the grounding of the three helicopters, but this won’t stop the helicopters and crews from meeting a previously announced schedule.The wing commander said he still expects the new navy helicopters to be certified for operation — meaning they can carry out missions — starting the end of April next year. The Sea Kings will start ending their flights in June and be fully retired by the end of 2018.“We’ve kept some flexibility in the schedule, knowing this is a developmental aircraft. We expect some issues to arise as we go through implementation,” said Allan.“There is still enough flex in the schedule to meet our timelines.”The plan is to begin receiving six completed Cyclones by June 2018 and approximately one helicopter per month after that as the Sea Kings wrap up their duties, he added.Delays in delivery of the Cyclone helicopter are a sensitive issue, as it is years behind its original projected delivery date and the Sea Kings have some limits on the kinds of missions they can carry out due to their age.The previous Liberal government signed a contract with U.S. defence giant Sikorsky to deliver 28 CH-148 Cyclone helicopters by 2008. The program has faced delays and technical challenges, resulting in two contract extensions.Allan also confirmed “there’s been talk,” about delamination of the rotor blades on the new helicopters.However, he said “it’s not an issue that’s been impacting the wing (command) at this point.”“I know Sikorsky is looking at the rotor blades to see if they need to do something differently, but it’s not had an operational issue at this point.”The Sea Kings the Cyclones are scheduled to replace are currently more than 50 years old, and are still the naval helicopter used to support Royal Canadian Navy ships in surveillance and security.Follow (at) mtuttoncporg on Twitterlast_img read more


Government to Promote Investment in Aquaculture to Meet Fisheries Demand

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas will promote investments in aquaculture, mariculture and modern sea farming strategies.It will undertake a study of the country’s marine resources with a view to creating opportunities for the artificial propagation and enhancement of local fish stocks to assist in addressing growing demands for fish and aquaculture products, regionally and globally, and the ‘steep rise’ in the importation of fish and fisheries products over the last decade.According to fisheries experts, artificial propagation involves human intervention in the process of natural propagation and has the advantages of better rates of fertilization and hatching, protection against enemies and unfavourable environmental conditions, and provides better conditions for growth and survival.The practice can vary in different parts of the world, depending on local conditions and facilities, but artificial propagation starts with the collection and further rearing of naturally produced egg, spawn, or fry, or with the production of the egg itself through artificial inducement followed by controlled fertilization, hatching, and rearing of larvae and fry.Besides natural and semi-artificial propagation, artificial propagation carried out in a well-equipped hatchery is the up-to-date way in which the necessary quantity of fry can be produced.Delivering the Keynote Address at the Opening Session of the 5th Meeting of ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific countries) Ministers in Charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Wednesday (September 20, 2017) at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said his Administration will also seek the assistance of international organizations to provide ongoing technical and financial support to ensure the growth, protection, viability and sustainability of the country’s marine resources.The decision comes as studies show a ‘steep rise’ of 35 per cent in the importation of fish and fisheries products in just over a decade.   Prime Minister Minnis said fish imports are currently about 10 times higher than aquaculture production.Prime Minister Minnis said increasing growth in populations within the region, the impacts from a more demanding tourism industry, and the ongoing promotion of healthier lifestyles and diets, have spurred demand for healthy, safe and high-quality foods, including fish and aquaculture products.“Aquaculture production by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Countries has been around five per cent of total fish production by these countries in recent years,” Prime Minister Minnis said.He noted, “In most Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the aquaculture production is nearly insignificant.”By: Matt MauraPhoto caption:  Prime Minister Minnis addresses Ministers in Charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, September 20, 2017 at Melia Nassau Beach resort. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Going Back to the Well How to Get More Funding

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Central Texas Seeks to Limit Incompatible Development outside Ft Hood

Posted On Sep 13 2019 by

first_imgMore than 100 defense communities have conducted a joint land use study (JLUS) to limit incompatible development outside neighboring installations, and now central Texas will launch its own to ensure training and testing activities at Fort Hood are not jeopardized by future encroachment.The 13-month study, funded by a $262,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, could start next month, reports the Killeen Daily Herald.“We’re doing it on behalf of all central Texas communities that are impacted by Fort Hood,” said Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison. Killeen, the study’s sponsor, is providing a 10 percent match through in-kind staff work.The post is the only Army installation with a warfighting corps or division headquarters that does not have a completed JLUS. And while Killeen officials say the community does not have any “known encroachment issues,” concerns about residential development on most sides of Fort Hood have been raised. Air quality and light and glare that could affect nighttime training are other concerns the study is expected to address.“I am very aware of the necessity to ensure that future development in Central Texas does not create an encroachment issue and remains compatible with the very important mission of Fort Hood. All of the communities around Fort Hood will be affected by the growth along the [Interstate 35] corridor,” said Bill Parry, the former executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance.Brian Dosa, Fort Hood’s director of public works, told the Herald the study is “very important” to the post.“It will address several issues that affect the future viability and growth of Fort Hood, including encroachment, effects of projected population growth, natural resources (water, power), transportation and potential impacts on training,” Dosa said.For Parry, who now is the city manager for Gatesville, the study will support the city’s effort to update its long-range comprehensive plan. He expects the JLUS will help identify areas where future development potentially could be incompatible with Fort Hood’s mission.“The JLUS actually provides an impetus for our comprehensive planning process — both will inform the other if we do this correctly,” Parry said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


Kims surprise talks offer a defining challenge for Trump

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Give your eyes a homemade touch

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKohl or kajal is the basic thing required to highlight eyes. But how about giving it a personal touch? Here’s how to make kajal sitting at home.Take a lamp and fill it with oil or ghee.  Keep aside a teaspoon of it.Make a wick with cotton, soak in ghee and place it in the lamp. Light the wick.Place blocks on either side of the lamp and ensure there is no breeze. Keep a silver plate upside down over the lamp, resting between the supports. Place the plate about half an inch above the lamp with the flame tip touching the plate.Let the lamp burn overnight to collect the soot on the inside of the plate.Remove the plate after the flame is extinguished. Scrape the thick coating of carbon, black powdery residue collected on the cover. Cool and add ghee drop by drop to make the soot smooth.Store in the refrigerator for two hours. You can store at room temperature thereafter. Since homemade kajal is very dark so apply it overnight and wash face in the morning or after bath. The remaining kajal leaves a beautiful and natural tint on your eyes.last_img read more


The Linux and RISCV foundations team up to drive open source development

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgYesterday, the Linux Foundation announced that they are joining hands with the RISC-V Foundation to drive the open source development and adoption of the RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA). The RISC-V Foundation is a non-profit corporation, which is responsible for directing the future development of the RISC-V ISA. Since its formation, the RISC-V Foundation has quickly grown and now includes more than 100 member organizations. With this collaboration, the foundations aim to further grow this RISC-V ecosystem and provide improved support for the development of new applications and architectures across all computing platforms. Rick O’Connor, the executive director of the RISC-V Foundation, said, “With the rapid international adoption of the RISC-V ISA, we need increased scale and resources to support the explosive growth of the RISC-V ecosystem. The Linux Foundation is an ideal partner given the open source nature of both organizations. This joint collaboration with the Linux Foundation will enable the RISC-V Foundation to offer more robust support and educational tools for the active RISC-V community, and enable operating systems, hardware implementations and development tools to scale faster.” The Linux Foundation will provide governance, best practices for open source development, and resources such as training programs and infrastructure tools. Along with this, they will also help RISC-V in community outreach, marketing, and legal expertise. Jim Zemlin, the executive director at the Linux Foundation believes that RISC-V has great potential seeing its popularity in areas like AI, machine learning, IoT, and more. He said, “RISC-V has great traction in a number of markets with applications for AI, machine learning, IoT, augmented reality, cloud, data centers, semiconductors, networking and more. RISC-V is a technology that has the potential to greatly advance open hardware architecture. We look forward to collaborating with the RISC-V Foundation to advance RISC-V ISA adoption and build a strong ecosystem globally.” The two foundations have already started working on a pair of getting started guides for running Zephyr, a small, scalable open source real-time operating system (RTOS) optimized for resource-constrained devices. They are also conducting RISC-V Summit, a 4-day event starting from December 3-6 in Santa Clara. This summit will include sessions on RISC-V ISA architecture, commercial and open-source implementations, software and silicon, vectors and security, applications and accelerators, and much more. Read the complete announcement on the Linux Foundation’s official website. Read Next Uber becomes a Gold member of the Linux Foundation The Ceph Foundation has been launched by the Linux Foundation to support the open source storage project Google becomes new platinum member of the Linux foundationlast_img read more