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Sterling late strike extend City’s lead

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola’s side battled hard to claim the victory over a Huddersfield team who gave everything for the cause. Photo/DAILY MAILHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Raheem Sterling grabbed a late winner for the second time in six days as Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Huddersfield 2-1 and secure a club-record equalling 11th straight league win.Sterling’s dramatic intervention meant Pep Guardiola’s table-topping side were able to reestablish an eight-point lead over second placed Manchester United in the Premier League title race. United had briefly closed the gap with a win against Brighton on Saturday.Huddersfield absorbed a barrage of pressure to go in front in first-half stoppage time at the John Smith’s Stadium as Nicolas Otamendi diverted Tom Ince’s corner into his own net.City equalised less than two minutes after half-time as Sergio Aguero converted a penalty awarded for a foul on Sterling by Scott Malone.Sterling, who scored the 88th-minute winner as City beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, then bundled in a fortunate goal with six minutes left.As tempers boiled over following Sterling’s winner, Huddersfield winger Rajiv van La Parra was sent off at the final whistle for a shove on Leroy Sane.Huddersfield, looking to respond to a 4-0 thumping at Bournemouth eight days earlier, showed great discipline as they sat back and frustrated City for long periods.City had more than three-quarters of the first-half possession, but struggled to create clear chances before the home side shocked them seconds before the interval.Vincent Kompany headed well wide under pressure following a corner from Kevin De Bruyne, who then took a quick free-kick that Aguero swept into the net from an offside position, with the goal disallowed correctly.Aguero just failed to connect with a low Sane cross that whizzed across goal, and the Argentina international was only denied by an outstanding tackle from Christopher Schindler after De Bruyne and David Silva combined to play him clear on goal.City’s best first-half opening came six minutes before the interval.Aguero was played in by Silva’s flick, and his angled drive was beaten away by keeper Jonas Lossl.Sterling looked certain to blast in the rebound, but somehow blazed wide from eight yards.Huddersfield, having survived that, then caused a major surprise as they went in front in first-half stoppage time.– Bad tempered –Ince delivered a near-post corner that Schindler flicked on at the near post, with the ball diverted in off Otamendi’s shoulder.City, though, were awarded a penalty just 55 seconds after the restart, as Malone dragged down Sterling.Aguero sent Lossl the wrong way from the spot to score his 11th goal of the season for his club.That was the signal for City to increase the pressure on the home side, with Lossl pushing the ball aside after Aguero had been played in by Fernandinho.Sane then struck a dipping free-kick against the bar following a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Silva.The visitors continued to enjoy virtually all of the possession after that.It became an increasingly bad-tempered contest, though, with Fernandinho booked for an outrageous dive, team-mate De Bruyne perhaps fortunate to escape a yellow card for a body check on Van La Parra, and Huddersfield head coach David Wagner spoken to twice by referee Craig Pawson.City looked as if they would go in front when De Bruyne fed a perfectly weighted through pass to Silva, but the Spain playmaker was forced wide and delivered a tame cross straight to Lossl.But the pressure finally told as City got the lucky break their superiority deserved with six minutes left.De Bruyne’s through pass played in substitute Gabriel Jesus, and when Lossl made the save, the loose ball looped into  the net off Sterling’s thigh.Huddersfield might still have equalised late on as Aaron Mooy’s free-kick brushed the side-netting.But victory took Guardiola’s side another step closer to a league title that already looks theirs for the taking.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Premier League threatens legal action over Saudi piracy

first_img0Shares0000The English Premier League is beginning legal action in Saudi Arabia to protect its exclusive broadcaster in the Middle East Qatar-based beIN Sport © AFP/File / ERIC PIERMONTLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 21 – The English Premier League said Tuesday it is taking steps to bring legal action in Saudi Arabia to resolve a piracy issue over the televising of its matches and to protect its authorised broadcaster Qatar-based beIN Media Group.The EPL said it had seen “compelling evidence” that all 20 of its matches shown over the first two weekends of this season’s campaign had been broadcast illegally by a pirate TV channel called “beoutQ’. BeIN Sports was only recently awarded the exclusive broadcasting rights across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for another three seasons up to the 2021/22 campaign after paying ‘tens of millions’ for them.“The Premier League takes piracy in all its forms extremely seriously and is committed to working with its broadcast partners and regulatory authorities in territories all around the world to stop the non-authorised exploitation of its content,” read a statement from the EPL.“As such, the Premier League has appointed legal counsel in Saudi Arabia to begin the process of bringing legal action against the parties involved in this piracy.“Given the strong copyright framework in Saudi Arabia, the Premier League is confident that the Saudi Arabian authorities will ultimately uphold its clear rights when the action is commenced.”It is the latest development in a long-running war over illegal broadcasts fuelled by a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.Earlier this month BeIN — which has paid billions of dollars to secure exclusive rights to broadcast English Premier League and French Ligue 1 matches live — said it had “irrefutable evidence” that beoutQ was illegally showing hundreds of live European football matches.It added they were being carried on the Saudi-based satellite provider Arabsat.US company Cisco Systems, Swiss firm NAGRA and Overon, based in Spain, carried out the research for beIN.BeIN claims that since last October the pirate channel beoutQ has been illegally transmitting its broadcasts.Saudi Arabia and Arabsat have denied any links with beoutQ.The piracy scheme operated during the 2018 World Cup in Russia after beIN said tournament matches were illegally broadcast.The row has been dragging in major sporting federations, alarmed that expensively-acquired television rights may be at risk.In July, FIFA said it was preparing to take legal action in Saudi Arabia against pirate broadcasters.The piracy issue has surfaced at a politically sensitive time in the Gulf, with Doha boycotted by Riyadh and other neighbours, in a highly fractious diplomatic and economic dispute.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Gardaí search for suspects following generator theft in Ramelton

first_imgGardaí are investigating after a 3.5KVA petrol generator was stolen from a barge near the slipway at the Quay in Ramelton on Wednesday last. The incident is understood to have occurred between the hours of 1.30am and 6am on October 2nd.No suspect information has been released. If anyone can offer any information in relation to this theft or if anyone comes across a similar generator for sale then please contact Gardaí in Milford on 074-9153060.Gardaí search for suspects following generator theft in Ramelton was last modified: October 8th, 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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Five obstacles in Raiders’ planned path to Giants’ ballpark

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The Raiders have a few proverbial tackles to break before they can crash the San Francisco Giants’ 20th season at Oracle Park, the recently renamed ballpark at Third and King.Unable to move into their new Las Vegas stadium until 2020, the Raiders reportedly want to sublet the Giants’ home for this coming season. Here are a few mysteries that must be cleared up before that deal is done:1. NFL approval. Don’t expect things to get as contentious as back in the 1980s, when Al …last_img read more

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Nuts for Aliens

first_img(Visited 462 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Believers in space aliens, or even space bacteria, have cast all restraint to the wind. SETI today is indistinguishable from a cult, and so is its stepchild, astrobiology.NASA has been studying space for 60 years, Space.com reminds us. The search for life beyond earth has gone on even longer. In all this time, with close observations of every planet and remote observations of many stars, not one shred of evidence for life beyond earth has ever been found. And yet secular scientists and the mainstream media speak as if extraterrestrial life is a virtual certainty.SETI and astrobiology have one thing in common: Darwinian evolution. The thinking is that since life emerged and evolved here—a planet with water—it must happen wherever water is found. From that springboard of assumption, the true believers perform twisting backflips with incredible contortions. Will it end in a painful bellyflop?METI and SETI: Messages To and From NobodyMessage Sent to Nearby Planet That Could Host Life (Space.com). Doug Vakoch, president of METI International (Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), pulled another stunt by sending a one-way signal to Luyten’s Star, which is 12.36 light-years away. Perhaps this action grants him job security for his non-profit. “It is a prototype for what I think we would most likely need to do 100 times, or 1,000 times, or 1 million times,” he says. But where will he be in 25 years, the soonest possible time for a reply? The only criticism New Scientist had for this publicity stunt involved the publicity:“Ninety-eight percent of astronomers and SETI researchers, including myself, think that METI is potentially dangerous, and not a good idea,” says Dan Werthimer, a SETI researcher at the University of California at Berkeley. “It’s like shouting in a forest before you know if there are tigers, lions, and bears or other dangerous animals there.”Vakoch is not worried, because tigers won’t understand it. The message is “distinctive because it’s designed with extraterrestrial SETI scientists in mind,” he says in the Fox News story. “We sent the sort of signal we’d want to receive here on Earth.” New Scientist also gave Vakoch a whole article to explain why “the message we’re sending to aliens is no threat to earth.”What evolutionary biology tells us about how aliens could look (Science Daily). This article pays obeisance to the controversial views of Sam Levin at the University of Oxford (11/10/17). Levin thinks that natural selection forces aliens to evolve into beings like us. “Using this idea of alien natural selection as a framework, the team addressed extra-terrestrial evolution, and how complexity will arise in space.” Skeptics should submit a writ of Habeus corpus (produce the body).They may not be out there (Physics Today). Howard Smith of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics pours a cold splash of realism on SETI believers, arguing from history that it is not at all certain that physical laws will make life common.I think my own community of scientists has hopped aboard an optimistic science fiction bandwagon while being insufficiently honest in highlighting the many cautions. Percival Lowell, famous for his search for Pluto and his studies of the canals of Mars, wrote in 1908, “From all we have learned of its constitution on the one hand, or of its distribution on the other, we know life to be as inevitable a phase of planetary evolution as is quartz or feldspar or nitrogenous soil. Each and all of them are only manifestations of chemical affinity.”No one believes that today. Every schoolchild knows that Mars has no artificial canals and no Martians either. Lowell’s confident assumption was wishful thinking, and we should beware of making similar assumptions.Astrobiology – Without the BioYou Can Visit Real Alien Planets in VR Thanks to This Awesome New Simulation (Space.com). Virtual reality is not real reality, so this might better be called an exercise in VU (virtual unreality), especially since a great deal of speculation is involved visualizing planets about which only orbital radius and mass is known. This speculation experiment uses the FX of a guy who worked on sci-fi animations and Stephen King novels. It will deserve more attention when they get to RR (real reality).Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests (Science Daily). Panspermia is back in fashion. “Life on Earth might have originated from tiny organisms brought to our planet in streams of fast-moving space dust, according to a new study” at the University of Edinburgh. As the Illustra film Origin shows, this solution only “changes the venue” for the origin of life without solving it.In Earth’s Backyard: Newfound Alien Planet May Be Good Bet for Life (Live Science). A planet named Ross128b caught the attention of science writer Mike Wall. To encourage him to back up his speculations with empirical evidence, let’s have him go there and take a look.Russian billionaire to fund alien-hunting mission to Saturn moon (RT World News). At least Yuri Milner puts his money where his faith is. Enceladus has water; that’s enough for him to gamble $200 million for explorations of Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. He knows better than to gamble on intelligent life; “maybe microbial life, or something more serious.” Microbes are offended at the thought they are not serious. It would be easier and more sensible for Milner to send a few million to Creation-Evolution Headlines. We would accept even 1% of his promised funds for a trip to Enceladus, but to each his own.NASA scientist expects to find aliens within 20 years (New York Post). Promising something two decades out provides convenient boilerplate for storytellers. In 20 years, most of them will be retired or dead. “They are so convinced, a spaceship is being sent to Europa to see whether alien life could be swimming in its giant frozen lakes.” This excerpt shows the moyboys overtaken with hydrobioscopy:To be a potential new home, liquid water is necessary so the surface of an alien world needs to be a temperature that allows liquid to be present for billions of years to allow life to thrive.Our living planet shapes the search for life beyond the earth (JPL news). This typical press release shows the dependence of astrobiology on water. Listing the requirements for habitability, “Above all else, that means liquid water.” But can a planet have too much of a good thing?A Wet Blanket on HydrobioscopyOcean-covered planets may not be the places to search for life (New Scientist). In this piece, Shannon Hall echoes the worries of Arizona State astrobiologist Tessa Fisher, who realizes that phosphorus (a necessary element for life as we know it) may be hard to come by on planets, even if they have water. “Not only does Fisher’s work suggest that kick-starting life on such a world would be tricky, it is also possible that should life take hold, astronomers would be hard-pressed to detect it,” Hall writes. Fisher thinks that too much water can dampen chances for life. Conclusion? “Don’t follow the water.” Her ideas “sent ripples throughout” the Habitable Worlds Conference in Wyoming. Nature says that she put a “wet blanket” on the conference. A poll at the end of the conference found that a majority predict life will be found on an exoplanet in the 2050s or 2060s. This gives them all time to avoid falsification by dying first.Materialists pride themselves on taking nothing on faith. One critic of CEH on Twitter boasted, “I don’t trust anything unless there’s a reasonable evidence base.” We hope he will take that advice to the astrobiologists and SETI faithful.last_img read more

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Federer, Nadal drawn for Wimbledon final, 11 years after 1st

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain (left) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (right) pose with their trophies after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Like a couple of old friends gathering for a reunion, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could face each other in the Wimbledon final more than a decade after their first such meeting.The draw at the All England Club on Friday established plenty of intriguing matchups along the way, too, including what appears to be a particularly tricky path for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who’s been struggling for much of the past 12 months or so.ADVERTISEMENT Murray’s spot at No. 1 in the ATP rankings is up for grabs this fortnight: He, Nadal, Wawrinka or Djokovic could all leave the All England Club with the top spot.The WTA No. 1 ranking, which currently belongs to Angelique Kerber, also could change hands at tournament’s end. Four other women have a chance to take it: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki, who already has spent time at No. 1.The potential women’s quarterfinals are Kerber vs. Svetlanta Kuznetsova in a matchup between a pair of two-time major champions; 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova vs. two-time U.S. Open finalist Wozniacki; Svitolina vs. Dominika Cibulkova; and Halep vs. Johanna Konta, Britain’s best hope for its first women’s champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.Konta withdrew from a grass-court tuneup in Eastbourne on Friday after hurting herself during a fall a day earlier, when she pulled off two big victories in one day after rain had jumbled the schedule, beating Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th appearance at the tournament, was drawn to face Elise Mertens of Belgium in the first round. A publicist for Williams said that the former No. 1 will play at Wimbledon after a police report in Florida said the tennis star caused a car crash in early June that led to the death, two weeks later, of a passenger in another vehicle.ADVERTISEMENT Venus Williams sued by estate of man fatally hurt in crash Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Djokovic will start against big-hitting Martin Klizan, and then could face another power player in the third round: 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who stunned the Serb at the Rio Olympics last year. Get past that, and Djokovic might play the mercurial Gael Monfils or Fernando Lopez, who is coming off a grass-court title at Queen’s Club. His quarterfinal foe could be Dominic Thiem, who eliminated Djokovic in straight sets at the French Open.Other potential men’s quarterfinals are seven-time champion Federer against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in last year’s semifinals; two-time winner Nadal against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic; and defending champ Andy Murray against three-time major titlist Stan Wawrinka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIf the seedings hold, Federer would meet Djokovic in the semifinals, with Nadal taking on Murray. That quartet has combined to win each of the past 14 titles at Wimbledon; Federer beat Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals, then lost to him in the 2008 title match .Federer turns 36 on Aug. 8, and Nadal just turned 31, but both are back to playing quite well this year. They met in the Australian Open final in January, won by Federer, and Nadal earned his record 10th French Open title in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Williams and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, are the only two past champions in the women’s field: Williams’ sister, Serena, is taking the rest of the year off because she is pregnant, while Maria Sharapova is injured.Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, is appearing in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in more than a year after giving birth to her first child. Her first-round match should be interesting — it’s against 18-year-old CiCi Bellis, an up-and-coming Californian. The winner could eventually take on Halep in the fourth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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16 days agoInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito excited being part of Italy U18 squad

first_imgInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito excited being part of Italy U18 squadby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito is delighted to be part of Italy’s U18 squad.Carmine Nunziata’s young Azzurri are preparing for the U-17 World Cup, which will start on 20 October in Brazil.Esposito told Sky Sport: “I’m really happy to be here, I’m enjoying being part of the National Team and I get on well with all the other guys here. It’s a great honour, a great source of pride to wear the Azzurri shirt. We want to make ourselves known at the World Cup for how we play and for the values of this team.“I have to remain calm and humble and I need to continue to work. Obviously, I have objectives and dreams, such as making my debut in Serie A and winning with both Inter and in the shirt of Italy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Conflicting court views on legal fees leave 60s Scoop lawyers in limbo

first_imgTORONTO – Class-action lawyers who secured a landmark $750-million compensation deal for Indigenous victims of the ’60s Scoop have been left in fee limbo amid conflicting views as to how much they deserve.Under the settlement, which required separate approvals from both Federal Court and an Ontario court, Ottawa agreed to pay $75 million to the law firms involved.The lawyers further agreed to split the fees 50-50 between the two groups — one group comprising the Toronto lawyers who began the case in Superior Court in 2009, the other comprising three firms who pursued their action through Federal Court.In June, Federal Court Judge Michel Shore approved the $37.5 million earmarked for the lawyers in his court. The amount was “fair and reasonable” and amounted to less than 10 per cent of the overall global payment, said Shore, who had helped mediate settlement discussions.Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba, however, took a much dimmer view of the fee deal.He delivered a blistering indictment of the agreement, calling $75 million in fees rich beyond reasonable and the system for compensating class-action lawyers broken. He also railed at the split, saying the Federal Court lawyers simply didn’t deserve anywhere near half the total, or $37.5 million.“This decision was a bolt of lightning on this topic,” said Kirk Baert, who represents one of the three groups of Federal Court lawyers.Belobaba did sign off on the class-action settlement, but only after the lawyers on the Ontario end agreed the fee issue would be resolved separately. The Federal Court lawyers, however, balked at re-opening the arrangement.“Why would class counsel, after the bargain has been struck and after we’ve lost all our leverage by going for a settlement approval, agree to take less?” Baert said. “The answer is: We’re not going to.”Still, in light of the change to the Ontario deal, the national lawyers headed back to Federal Court to again secure approval for their end of the class action.As Shore had done previously, Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan signed an order on Aug. 2, with the agreement of the parties involved, approving both the settlement and $37.5 million in fees for the lawyers in his court.According to one source who asked not to be named given the sensitivity of the matter, Belobaba had expected a full hearing in Federal Court on the lawyer fees. After receiving Phelan’s order on Aug. 3, the source said Belobaba began asking for details about what Phelan’s decision had been based on.Days later, Phelan wrote the Federal Court parties to ask for “submissions on the current motion for approval of fees.” Two days later, he further wrote that nothing in his order “should be taken as either explicitly or implied approval of counsel’s fees.”“His directions have left a little bit of confusion,” Baert said. “(But) these fees have now been approved twice. It’s done.”A telephone conference with Phelan and the lawyers involved aimed at clarifying the situation is set for Thursday.Belobaba appears to be awaiting the outcome of those discussions before deciding how much the Ontario lawyers deserve.Morris Cooper, who along with Toronto lawyer Jeffery Wilson was instrumental in reaching a settlement in the Ontario case, said Belobaba should accept that the national lawyers have been awarded $37.5 million and approve the same amount for the Ontario group.“I’m hopeful he will conclude that we shouldn’t be penalized if he’s dissatisfied with how the Federal Court has dealt with it,” Cooper said. “That would be grossly unfair in our view based on his own findings that we were the ones who did everything and deserve at least twice as much as them.”Baert, who called Belobaba’s views “mystifying,” said it would be up to the legislature or appeal courts to make any changes to how class-action lawyers are compensated. The judge’s view that fees should be calculated differently for settlements over $100 million makes no sense, Baert said.“Class actions don’t happen in a vacuum,” Baert said. “Law firms bring them and they pay for them. So when they do their jobs, they should get paid and they should get paid what the defendant agreed to pay.”The fee issue has no bearing on how much will be paid to victims of the ’60s Scoop — Indigenous children who lost their cultural heritage after being taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families. Each will receive between $25,000 and $50,000, depending on how many file claims.last_img read more