La Liga teams to resume full training

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv The Spanish league has ordered full team training sessions will resume Monday, ahead of the first match to be played following the coronavirus stoppage.La Liga said the government gave authorisation on Saturday for squads to practice together. Until now, players had been limited to individual training before progressing to small groups.The league, which has been on hold since March 12, will restart on June 11 when Sevilla faces Real Betis without fans.The 11 rounds remaining are due to be played until July 19, according to the government.Barcelona leads Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table.Tags: La LigaTeamsTraining Resumptionlast_img read more

Martinez: Keane comments ‘nonsense’

first_img McCarthy was sent home from international duty without playing a match after the Republic’s medical team decided not to risk the midfielder’s hamstring problem. Left-back Leighton Baines sustained a similar injury on England duty, and he and McCarthy are both doubts for Saturday’s visit of West Ham. “James picked up a grade-one hamstring injury against Sunderland and we are assessing him, but we have a bit more time than with Leighton in that we have an extra seven days but we will see how he recovers,” added Martinez, who said Baines was “touch and go” for the weekend, with midfielder Gareth Barry highly unlikely to feature after injuring ankle ligaments at Sunderland. The Republic of Ireland assistant boss claimed midfielder James McCarthy and team-mate Seamus Coleman were put under pressure by Everton to protect themselves on international duty and that the Toffees always gave the impression players were “barely able to walk”. Martinez rejected the accusations and said nothing was further from the truth. “It is completely nonsense. We have a good relationship with (Republic manager) Martin O’Neill and we keep in touch frequently and share information,” the Toffees boss said. “We are always very proud when our players represent their countries, and the record shows that. “Every player at our club is desperately proud to represent their countries. “A lot has been said – a lot is nonsense. The reality is the conversation between managers of the associations and ourselves has been good and will continue to be. “The only thing I care about is the players, and we had four players in the Republic of Ireland squad who are incredible characters who just love to play for their country. “It is disappinting when you see some ‘news’ that could put that in doubt. “All the fans in the Republic of Ireland and other nations should know these players will give their lives to represent their countries and that is something we are very proud of. “Seamus, Darron (Gibson), James and Aiden (McGeady) have been extreme professionals and that is something we will carry on seeing.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed as “nonsense” Roy Keane’s suggestion the club over-state players’ injuries before they report for international duty. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pharoah’s Weekend Morning Workouts a Hit

first_imgOCEANPORT, August 6 – Vincent Carlesimo, who was up early last Friday, looked across the racetrack, listening to the roar of the crowd and excitement that was running like electricity through Monmouth Park.“You asked how big is it. Do you hear that?” he asked. “This is the biggest thing to happen in horse racing in New Jersey. This is huge.”Carlesimo, a resident of Wall, who is part owner of his own thoroughbred racehorse, Gorgeous Sunrise, joined his co-owner, Manchester resident Anthony Petrocelli, along with an estimated 5,000 race fans starting at about 7 a.m. last Friday to witness the exercise session for Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah prior to the horse’s win on Sunday, taking Monmouth Park’s William Hill Haskell Invitational and its record $1.75 million purse.Rumson’s Lisa Wilson did the “Dawn Patrol,” as the track calls it, on Saturday and was duly impressed, by it all. “To be able to just drive up, park and be able to walk in for free and watch horses exercise it’s fantastic,” she said. “And to see American Pharoah was wonderful.”Wilson, like many others, offered her appreciation of the park as well: “It’s just a beautiful place and I’m grateful it’s still here and operational. It’s just a wonderful thing to have in the area.”Petrocelli saw the attention the champion 3 year-old thoroughbred was garnering in his stay at Monmouth Park and believed it could only help the racetrack, which has been struggling in recent years. “This will expose people to Monmouth Park who might not normally come,” he believed.“Hopefully, it’ll motivate politicians to do what needs to be done to save horse racing,” Carlesimo said. He was referring to the push by horseracing proponents and especially Monmouth Park supporters to get legislation passed that would meet federal court muster to allow for sports gambling at tracks as well as at casinos. Proponents believe the addition al revenue stream would mean life’s blood for tracks. And that influx would allow Monmouth Park operators to move forward with an ambitious plan that would hopefully make the park a year-round family destination.American Pharoah took his early morning run, twice around the length of the track and there was a palpable sense of excitement among track denizens and the merely curious.“He’s a rock star,” said Carlesimo, who watched the exercise session from the prime vantage point of a small viewing section by the stables. And only at a racetrack could the public get as close to the world-class sport’s super star, he stressed. “How close can you get to Derek Jeter?” he asked.Mark Rubenstein, a former horse owner, said, “This is the moment you look for, a once in-a-lifetime experience.”Rubenstein also was impressed by the crowd on hand. “That’s a good crowd for a Friday race day,” to say nothing of 7:30 a.m., he observed.“I can now say I saw a Triple Crown winner,” said Brandon Iribarne, a 22-year-old Long Branch resident who works as a “hot walker,” cooling the horses down after a run, and as a exercise rider. Having such a name entity here, “It’s good for the sport; it’s good for the track,” Iribarne maintained.“Just seeing him gives me goose bumps,” acknowledged Al DeVito, a former horse owner. “Amazing.”“It’s a real big deal. It hasn’t happened before,” what was going on at Monmouth Park, said a security guard, who asked not be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.By that he meant no New Jersey track has had a winner of the coveted Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes) appear before.Prior to the first race post time, track attendees at about 12:50 p.m. had another chance to see American Pharoah, as he was paraded through the paddock area.Standing in the hot sun, pressed against the paddock’s fence, Highlands resident Alexis Rogel said, “It’s worth it.“To be so close and not come,” said Rogel, who was celebrating her birthday, “shame on you,” to miss it.American Pharoah’s assistant trainer, Jimmy Barnes said the horse would have a light workout on Saturday and then rest for much of the day for Sunday’s race.American Pharoah won a comfortable victory over a field of six others at about 6 p.m. Sunday.The Haskell would be one of the horse’s final races. In the coming months, American Pharoah would run in possibly up to three more contests – including this year’s Breeder’s Cup – and then “he’ll definitely retire this year,” Barnes said.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgEngland in control DURBAN, South Africa (AP): England had reduced South Africa 136-4 at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead yesterday and need six more wickets on the final day to win. Scores: England 1st innings: 303 all out in 100.1 overs (Nick Compton 85, James Taylor 70; Dale Steyn 4-70, Morne Morkel 4-76). South Africa 1st innings: 214 all out in 81.4 overs (Dean Elgar 118 not out, AB de Villiers 49; Stuart Broad 4-25, Moeen Ali 4-69). England 2nd innings: 326 all out in 102.1 overs (Jonny Bairstow 79, Joe Root 73, Nick Compton 49; Dane Piedt 5-153). South Africa 2nd innings (target: 416): 136-4 after 47 overs (Dean Elgar 40, AB de Villiers 37 not out, Steven Finn 3-27). PCB chairman turns down Ali’s resignation ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has refused to accept Azhar Ali’s resignation as ODI captain over the inclusion of former spot-fixer Mohammad Amir in the training camp. Khan met with Ali in Lahore yesterday and after the meeting the PCB said in a statement that “the chairman didn’t accept” Ali’s resignation, who agreed to continue as captain. Last week, Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez stayed away from the camp after Amir was included, but after meeting with Khan both agreed to join the camp. Amir’s five-year ban for spot-fixing during a Test match in 2010 ended in September and the 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler is in contention for next month’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand. Former Newcastle goalkeeper dies at 47 PRAGUE (AP): Pavel Srnicek, a former Czech Republic goalkeeper who also played for Newcastle, died yesterday, nine days after collapsing while running. He was 47. Sparta Prague, where Srnicek had been goalkeeper coach since 2011, said the former Premier League player died at a university clinic in the eastern city of Ostrava. Srnicek made 150 appearances for the Magpies from 1991-98 and was part of the Newcastle squad that finished runner-up in the Premier League in 1996. He recently published a book, Pavel Is a Geordie, about his years with Newcastle. Srnicek played for his country 49 times between 1994 and 2001 and was a backup goalkeeper at the 1996 European Championship, where the Czechs reached the final. Srnicek also played for English clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham. Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): World No. 9 Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a back injury. Tournament organisers tweeted news of Gasquet’s withdrawal late yesterday, adding “we wish him a speedy recovery”. France’s Gasquet is the third withdrawal from the Grand Slam tournament which starts on January 18 at Melbourne Park, after Juan Monaco and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Britain’s Kyle Edmund will take his place in the main draw. Gasquet aggravated the injury while playing in exhibitions this month, and he has also withdrawn from the Qatar Open, due to start on Monday.last_img read more

How the Animals Learned to Count

first_imgAny evolutionary article that begins with “How…” should be checked for Kipling-style just-so storytelling.  Characteristics to watch for include (1) fanciful speculation without evidence: i.e., “made-up” tales that provide an answer to a childish question without appeal to rigorous proof, and (2) statements made with dogmatic authority, like a parent would explain to a child why something is “just so” because he or she says so.  An article in New Scientist provides one opportunity: “How Numeracy Evolved.”  The article is about basic numerical faculties present in lower animals that might provide clues for how humans gained their expertise at mathematics.    The article discusses experiments with monkeys, salamanders, mosquitofish, bees, chicks and horses.  It appears that these animals have a rudimentary ability to do arithmetic: to add and subtract numbers, and even perceive ratios, up to a certain level.  Here’s how the concept of evolution was employed to account for the counting:…the skills of this growing mathematical menagerie resemble our own innate abilities.  Could basic mathematics have evolved hundreds of millions of years ago?This ancient cognitive capacity even seems to dictate the way we humans understand written numbers.Together, the results suggest that the two abilities – to precisely identify small numbers and to estimate the relative size of large numbers – have deep roots in our evolutionary history. “There’s a good chance that this thing goes way back,” says Marc Hauser, a psychologist at Harvard University, who has led many of the primate studies.This ability may date back to even more primitive organisms than fish.So it seems that even our most distant relatives have some concept of number, but these studies still don’t show whether animals learn to count through training, or whether they are born with the skills already intact.  If the latter is true, it would suggest there was a strong evolutionary advantage to a mathematical mind.  Proof that this may be the case has emerged from an experiment testing the mathematical ability of three and four-day-old chicks….This suggests that numeracy is an innate ability in many animals that does not require training.  Why these skills evolved is not hard to imagine, since it would help almost any animal forage for food, says Gallistel…Exactly how ancient these skills are is difficult to determine, however.  Just because bees, salamanders, fish and humans share similarities in their ability to detect number, it does not necessarily mean they all inherited the talent from a common ancestor.Just as bat and bird wings evolved separately yet work using the same fundamental principles, numerical representation may have developed in many separate instances.  Brannon agrees: “We clearly must be talking about convergent evolution or something that is so primal that it traces back to millions and millions of years ago.”Unlike bony wings, number-crunching brains leave little trace in the fossil record.  Only by studying the numerical abilities of more and more creatures using standardised procedures can we hope to understand the basic preconditions for the evolution of number.Results: empirical experiments about numerical abilities in animals were cited, but they were all interpreted with respect to unobservables – millions of years, and presumed selective advantages of evolution, without any explanation of how mutations and natural selection would have produced these abilities.Those last two quotes clinch it, don’t they?  We were just fed a just-so story, with Darwin uttering the magic word, Evolution. Evolution produces counting minds out of chemicals.  Like a force that pervades the universe, Evolution brings forth the seemingly impossible.  Take any ability, any function, any wonder of nature observable today, and a backward glance will show the hand of Evolution was at work.  And when ordinary Evolution seems insufficient to bring about the Emergence of whatever needs to be explained, the magic words must be uttered multiple times till it clicks into place: Convergent Evolution.    Evolution serves the same purpose the Greek gods did in ancient cultures.  They are convenient placeholders beyond the pale for pagan parents to use in telling their pagan children how things came to be.  Since the gods of Evolution inhabit the Mt. Olympus of Imagination, storytellers are free to invent dramatic tales about them, make them seem human yet divine, and yet keep them mysterious enough to keep the populace in a state of numinous awe so they stay complacent and don’t revolt.  The thought police prowl about rounding up and silencing heretics to ensure that only the official story is heard.    Ironic, isn’t it, that today’s priests of the evolutionary pantheon fancy themselves as the debunkers of the supernatural and the defenders of rationality.  Try your hand at their game.  Make up a story about How the Darwinist Got Its Imagination.  Throw in a few millions of years so that it sounds authentic.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mamatas painting will be at Rashtrapati Bhawan: President

first_imgKolkata, Nov 28 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind was pleasantly surprised today when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gifted him one of her paintings here, which the president said would always remain “close to my heart”.The president, who is on his maiden visit to the state after assuming office, also said the painting would certainly make its way to the Rashtrapati Bhawan gallery in New Delhi.”I was more surprised to know, when the honourable chief minister presented me with a painting, that it was her own painting. I assure you that it will, of course, be at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, but it will also remain close to my heart always,” Kovind said at a civic reception hosted by Banerjee at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.Distinguished personalities from the fields of industry, academics, culture and sports were present at the reception.Kovind was all praise for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state for successfully hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup matches last month in the city and said the success might lead to more of such successes in other directions.”Recently, the Under-17 football world cup was played in our country. Kolkata hosted many of the matches, including the final. Some of you may have watched the matches at the stadium. You played a perfect host and made all of us proud. Many congratulations.”May the success of the world cup inspire your efforts in other directions as well,” the president said. PTI SCH JM RClast_img read more

14 days agoChelsea keeper Kepa outlines Athletic Bilbao plans

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa outlines Athletic Bilbao plansby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa has revealed plans to return to Athletic Bilbao.The Basque-native came through the ranks at San Mames before moving to Chelsea last summer.”Of course I would like to return to Athletic,” Kepa told Spanish football show El Chiringuito.”I don’t know when or how or what, but playing at Athletic obviously I’d like that. I have great memories.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Boskalis Makes Partial Exit from Heavy Lift Business

first_imgzoomIllustration. Heavy lift vessel operated by Dockwise, part of Boskalis. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Dutch dredging and maritime company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) plans to partially exit from its heavy lift business after it suffered huge financial losses in the first half of this year. The company delivered a net loss of EUR 361.4 million  (USD 412.1 million) in H1 2018, compared to a net profit of EUR 75.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.EBITDA stood at EUR 167.2 million in the first half of 2018, compared to EUR 225.1 million posted in the same period of 2017.The decline was attributed to a sharp drop in the result of Boskalis’ offshore energy division where the transport activities at the low end of the market in particular worsened further and are now heavily loss-making.According to the company, this segment is rapidly becoming a commodity transport market, often not oil and gas-related, that is structurally confronted with (Asian) overcapacity. In addition, the commodity activities do not fit within Boskalis’ strategy aimed at a position higher up in the transport & installation market.“Boskalis is able to set itself apart at the top end of the transport market where many opportunities still exist whereas the smaller, predominantly older transport vessels at the low end of the market are now loss-making. This part of the market is at the lower end of the S curve and is not strategically interesting for Boskalis,” the company said in a statement.“Therefore, Boskalis has decided to exit this market segment and take the closed-stern heavy transport vessels (types IIb and III) out of service,” the company added.Commenting on the decision, Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, said: “We have reviewed our position there and have decided to fully exit this loss-making market segment that offers no prospects for improvement. With the lower end of the transport fleet we are slipping down further in the market and we are unable to add sufficient value. This is in contrast to the upper end of the fleet where we are distinctive, especially in combination with our other vessels and activities – fully in line with our strategy.”The move is expected to result in a structural improvement in the company’s operating result of more than EUR 25 million on an annual basis.Reflecting on the performance of other segments, Boskalis said that salvage had a good first half with several smaller emergency response contracts as well as the successful salvage of the ultra-large container vessel Maersk Honam which had caught fire in the Arabian Sea. The volumes at towage are relatively stable, albeit that margins are under pressure in a number of ports, mainly due to price erosion in container shipping, according to Boskalis.Additionally, revenue increased in the company’s dredging and inland segment, as did the utilization of the hopper fleet.last_img read more

2nd Annual Coldest Night of the Year exceeds expectations

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Although it may not have technically been the coldest night Fort St John has faced this year, it was chilly enough for the 2nd Annual Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser this past Saturday.The annual event attracted eighty-two walkers to take part in the two- and five-kilometre walks at North Lights College and along the Fish Creek Community Forest trails. All donations raised from the Coldest Night of the Year Walk will go directly to benefit Community Bridge. Community Bridge offers a variety of services to the needy in the local community including violence and homelessness prevention, counselling, women’s outreach and youth justice. Event organizer Faye Anstey said the event was an excellent opportunity to reflect on how we would feel if we were stuck outside like the homeless in our community.Participants enjoying some hot chilli after their chilly walks. Photo by Jessica TelizynThe goal was to raise $25,000, and as of Saturday, the online fundraiser had brought it over $19k. As the walk started, an immense amount of cash donations came in, which will not be counted and added to the total until the end of this week. Jamie Herrington raised $1,165 for the event, making her one of the biggest individual fundraisers to take part. She said her success in raising the money was due to being involved in the local community. “Being involved in different areas of the local community, like my fighting community gave me the ability to reach out to local gyms, and local businesses and meet them on a friend level to ask for their support.” In the coming years, Anstey said she hopes to add a 10-kilometre walk to the event. Donations are still being accepted at read more

Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019

first_imgOutgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five percent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.On a provincial basis for 2019, PSAC estimates 3,532 wells to be drilled in Alberta, and 2,422 wells for Saskatchewan, representing year-over-year decreases of 221 and 110 wells, respectively. At 255 wells, drilling activity in Manitoba is expected to drop by 16 wells year-over-year, whilst activity in British Columbia is projected to decrease from 415 wells in 2018 to 382 wells in 2019.last_img read more