The Latest: Stadium in São Paulo to be turned into hospital

first_imgThe Latest: Stadium in São Paulo to be turned into hospital The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement.Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC. The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled.Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.” The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.___ ____More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.”The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24. The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside.FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health. FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. March 23, 2020 The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.”“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee. The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally. 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Science Evolves

first_imgScience has a historical and cultural character that cannot be extricated from its current consensus.The history of science (meaning, the influence of history and culture on scientific conclusions) is a relatively recent branch of philosophy of science. In courses such as Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It from the Teaching Company, professor Steven Goldman emphasizes the historical character of science with many examples, showing that scientific “truths” evolve over time. As such, they can never be trusted as “true with a capital T”—as genuine cases of knowledge about reality (with a capital R). Let’s see how this works out in two recent articles from the science news.Evolving SETICalla Cofield, writing for Space.com, reported on a recent conference in Salt Lake City about SETI. Looking past the flashy infographics and usual arguments why aliens should exist, we find ways that SETI thinking itself has evolved. Speaking of the famous Drake Equation that launched whole books to calculate the probability of finding alien intelligence, she says:When Drake wrote his equation in the 1960s, the value for L was thought of as the time between when a civilization discovered atomic energy and when that society managed to destroy itself through nuclear annihilation, Stanley said.“That’s a totally reasonable way to think about the length of time of a civilization at the height of the Cold War,” he said. “But there’s been recent work … arguing that we shouldn’t think about ‘L’ in terms of nuclear war. We should think about it in terms of environmental destruction. … That is, it’s the time between the discovery of a steam engine and catastrophic climate change.“Another term in the equation has also evolved:The equation also includes the variable fc, which represents the fraction of alien civilizations that “develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence” (such as radio communications or television broadcast signals sprayed out into space), the SETI Institute said.Today, however, many of Earth’s communications no longer leak out into space, but are instead passed neatly between ground sources and satellites. There are still projects searching for leaky alien communications, and some scientists have proposed that humans should look for focused, laser-based systems used by alien civilizations to communicate between multiple planets or even multiple star systems. But Stanley’s larger point is that to some extent, humanity can only look for alien civilizations that bear some resemblance to our own.But since our civilization has changed in these fundamental ways, the concept of an alien civilization has also evolved. SETI enthusiasts in the 1960s knew about TV and radio broadcasts; they could not have foreseen internet radio and video streaming. What forthcoming changes to culture and technology will require potentially major changes to the Drake Equation – not only the estimates for each term, but wholesale removal of terms or addition of terms? There’s no way to know. Matthew Stanley, a historian of science from New York University, embraced these changes as good things:It may be impossible for humans to be purely objective in their speculation about life the universe, Stanley said. He added that he thinks personal bias and human experiences will always infuse science, but that those things can also help lead to successes in science. Having different perspectives helps people look at things in new ways, which can lead to breakthroughs, he said. That’s why, he said, it’s actually a good idea for scientists to “talk to people outside your field … listen to marginal people. Get a diversity of people, people from different backgrounds, different genders [and] different kinds of cultures.“I think it’s actually helpful to embrace the fact that this is always how science is done,” he said. “And to accept that everybody’s different, everybody has weird ideas, and that’s actually a source of strength rather than weakness.”Would Stanley welcome input from PhD scientists in the intelligent design camp? According to what he just said, he should. Taken to the extreme, he would have to embrace weird ideas of witch doctors or psychopaths, and incorporate their beliefs into science to make it stronger! Science already embraces weird ideas, like quantum mechanics. Some think SETI is weird. Could there be a weirder concept than the multiverse, which some cosmologists already embrace? The take-home point is in the first sentence: it is impossible to be objective, because personal bias and human experiences will always infuse science. Science evolves.Evolving ChemistryOn The Conversation, Vanessa Seifert introduces listeners to the “Philosophy of Chemistry.” The phrase seems odd to students raised on triumphal scientism (the march of progress); chemistry is hard science. How can you philosophize about reality?Philosophy asks some fundamental and probing questions of itself. What is it? Why do we do it? What can it achieve? As a starting point, the word “philosophy” comes from the Greek words meaning a love of wisdom. And anyone who does it is trying to make sense of the world around them. In that way, philosophers are a bit like scientists.But science is a big enough subject in itself, so warrants its very own branch of philosophy [i.e., the philosophy of science]. And if we can break scientific inquiry down into various subjects, why not do the same with its philosophy? This is what has happened with the development of the Philosophy of Chemistry, a relatively young and niche field of philosophical investigation. It poses unique and interesting questions concerning both the kind of knowledge acquired in science, and the understanding of nature itself.This raises an interesting question; did the Philosophy of Chemistry exist before its “development”? The answer is yes; but it was just assumed, not explored with “fundamental and probing questions.” It’s like the assertion that everyone does philosophy, but not all do it well. Everyone has assumptions about the nature of reality. That applies to even a hard science like chemistry.The philosophy of science is a broad, controversial field of erudite scholarship, investigating questions about “explanation, laws of nature, and realism” among other things (for a superb introduction, take Dr. Jeffrey Kasser’s Philosophy of Science course at the Teaching Company). Seifert indicates that students cannot take for granted they know what is meant by a chemical bond or a molecule. Consider also that quantum mechanics changed our understanding of chemistry in fundamental ways less than a century ago. How is chemistry distinct from physics? How did its nomenclature develop over time? What is the meaning of the Periodic Table? Do the methods of chemists produce a different “kind” of knowledge than those of other sciences? Can chemistry be “reduced” to physics? These are big questions. The field is in a state of ferment:Just as individuals that are composed of millions of cells exhibit unique features and properties as a whole, molecules and chemical bonds are real entities that deserve a separate investigation from the electrons and nuclei of which they are composed. These are issues that create heated debates among philosophers of chemistry and which have important implications for our view of the significance of the sciences, and on our view of nature.Seifert then brings in the historical development of chemistry to support our theme that science evolves:The historical investigation of how such classifications changed over time and what kind of discoveries contributed to these changes, plays an important part in these discussions.In fact, it would be wrong to ignore the importance of the history of chemistry to the current philosophical investigations within the field. The perception of chemical concepts, such as the atom, has significantly changed since antiquity with the progress both in chemical experimentation and in physics.“Progress” is a philosophical word deserving its own “fundamental and probing questions.” At the level of discovery, scientists have clearly made monumental progress because of technological advances: we have seen the landforms on Pluto and Mercury, we know that atoms are not hard balls but composed of numerous subatomic particles, and we know the spectra of quasars. Scientific explanation and understanding, though, evolve over time – as can be seen by historical examples even in the hard sciences. Scarcely any scientific concept trusted as fact in Victorian Europe has survived unscathed to the present day, whether in geology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, biology, or genetics. It’s a different world, a different universe now.Given the record of history, we cannot boast that “now we know” or have confidence that scientific revolutions to come will leave our dearly-held concepts unmodified, perhaps drastically. Seifert, Stanley and the profs at the Teaching Company remind us that historical and cultural movements can make our most cherished beliefs “subject to change without notice.”We pointed out yesterday (5/13/16) that the theory of evolution is evolving. New ideas are nearly 180 degrees out of phase with neo-Darwinism (which evolved from old Darwinism). Logically, this means that the theory of evolution itself could go on the chopping block at any time (indeed, many believe that it already has). Despite the screaming from its devotees, evolution is not a fact (unless one defines it as “change over time,” the Stuff Happens Law, which is meaningless). Science can only offer tentative ideas. One may call them the best theories we have, but according to the Best-in-Field Fallacy, they could be the best of the worst. Like the only lame horse able to waddle forward at the gate, it’s not the best in any objective sense. We can never know any of our contenders will reach the finish line.The only things that must not evolve are our concepts of truth and morality. If those evolve, science becomes impossible. If truth today evolves into tomorrow’s lie, it was never true to begin with. If honesty today is tomorrow’s evil, it was never honest. Yet Darwinism would predict those things evolve, too. Unchanging pole stars are needed for truth and morality. This puts them outside the realm of the physical. Those who love science, therefore, are supernaturalists (trusting in realities “beyond natural”) in spite of any claims otherwise. Think about it.By thinking about it, you just assumed the existence of a conceptual realm outside of nature that cannot evolve, whether or not your finite mind can apprehend it. Since the constancy of truth and morality must be assumed to have science, embrace them. Then seek a worldview that can justify those two assumptions. You’ll be happier if they are not a leap in the dark, but come from a Cause necessary and sufficient to account for them. (Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Water quality meeting investigates next wave of sustainability initiatives

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers’ continuous commitment to adopting more sustainable agricultural practices is reaping significant benefits such as healthier soil and cleaner water. But, despite these successes, there is more work ahead to juggle the science and economic factors that must be blended and balanced as the speed of change increases.Finding the best path and striking that balance was the central theme of a water quality and ag nutrient meeting being held in Bloomington, Illinois last week. The meeting brings together National Corn Growers Association staff and state corn staff representing Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.The nuts and bolts portion of the meeting covered topics such as: assessing current water quality initiatives; costs and benefits of current practices; educating key thought leaders and the public; and farm bill proposals.One reoccurring theme was finding ways to keep farmers focused and motivated to continue making these positive changes in the current weak agricultural economy. Farmers are facing tough economic times with many corn farmers, specifically, facing corn prices below the cost of production for the last four growing seasons.During the meeting, participants agreed upon the importance of: showcasing success stories of farmers pioneering new techniques; expanding and promoting outside cost sharing incentives; working with all available partners with common goals; and documenting the positive changes in detail for government regulatory bodies.Suzy Friedman, the Environmental Defense Fund senior director of agricultural sustainability, reinforced the group’s thinking that there is a growing list of tools available to help farmers achieve their goals but more data is needed. The good news is this too is changing in part because of emerging partnerships. EDF is having great success expanding their network which includes organizations like NCGA, Field to Market, Ag Retailers Association, the American Society of Agronomists and the Soil Health Partnership.last_img read more


Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 22, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers today stay well south, affecting only the southern most third to quarter of Ohio. In those areas we can see a few hundredths to half an inch, but central and northern Ohio will take a bit of a break from precipitation through the daylight hours. Colder air is advancing in over the northern part of the state today, and likely tightens its grip on the region tomorrow. We do see moisture coming back into the state tomorrow, with moisture approaching from the south and west. That moisture comes as rain in many areas, but we are concerned about snow with some accumulations in west central and north central locations, and to a lesser extent in NW Ohio. Accumulations tomorrow afternoon and evening will be mostly a couple of inches or less, if any at all. Snow that falls will be a very wet snow, so big snow potential is not likely in most areas. There is potential for a few outliers. The map at right is one idea of snow potential. The coverage is likely a good representation, but do not look as closely at the exact totals…because those can and will be skewed by temperatures on Saturday as the event unfolds, and we could significantly less. .Dry to finish the weekend Sunday, and we stay precipitation free Monday. We will be somewhat mild for the period. On Tuesday clouds increase, and then we see precipitation from early to mid afternoon on through the overnight and through Wednesday early afternoon. This action starts as rain, but switches over to snow. Liquid equivalent totals will be from .25″-1″ with coverage at 90% of Ohio. Snow accumulations are likely from I-70 north, especially in the NW quadrant of the state. We start to clear out a bit late Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.Dry for thanksgiving next Thursday, and then we see temps moderate slightly later in the day. Black Friday will feature clouds, and we cant rule out a few scattered rain or snow showers, but moisture potential is only a few hundredths to a tenth or two and 60% coverage. So, minor action over all. We are drier for the end of the 10 day window, but there is some model disagreement over Sunday the 1st. WE are staying conservative at this time with a mix of clouds and sun, but no precipitation. We will keep watch on it.The extended period still looks colder. Temps will be moving to below normal levels from 12/2 to 12/6. We cant rule out scattered snow showers Tuesday the 2nd in the afternoon, but nothing exceptionally well organized. Same story toward the end of the extended period too on the 7th. But, the main takeaway for our 11-16 day forecast window is the return of cold air, potentially dominating into mid-December.last_img read more


Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender status

first_imgMOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is set to enter his first full season with Phoenix and he vowed to do everything in his power to help carry the team in the New Year.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was the first time [since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup] that this team entered the playoffs and we know we can return to that stage because we now have the experience that we can bring to the court,” said Abueva in Filipino after the team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.“I’m still relatively new to the team so I’m just really motivated to help my teammates in any way,” added Abueva.The Beast, who’s a one-time champion with Alaska, is confident the Fuel Masters can make some noise in the Philippine Cup especially with the addition of four-time champion Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo.Mallari was part of the San Mig Coffee team that won the 2014 Grand Slam and Marcelo was part of Ginebra’s title-winning roster in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.“Right now we’re getting ourselves in top condition and we’re fixing what needs to be fixed for the coming season,” said Abueva. “We also have new additions to the team and we’ll do whatever we can to help them get comfortable for the All-Filipino conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix was subpar during the first two conferences, failing to enter the playoffs of the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but Abueva’s arrival to the team via trade with Alaska immediately changed the Fuel Masters’ caliber.Abueva was stellar for the Fuel Masters in the Govenors’ Cup, putting up 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks to help lead the team to an 8-3 record, its best finish in franchise history, for the second seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Fuel Masters, however, faltered in the playoffs losing to Meralco in two games in the quarterfinals.Abueva said the loss was a valuable lesson for them and the experience alone would help them in the upcoming 2019 Philippine Cup. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


F1 season ends and building of the broadcasting paywall begins

first_imgShare on Messenger While Lewis Hamilton performed his doughnuts in front of the grandstand and then removed his fireproof vest in order to display his tattoos on the podium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night, Channel 4’s lineup of commentators, presenters and analysts were packing their bags, having broadcast the race to an average audience of 2.3 million, as live grand prix coverage in Britain prepared to disappear behind a paywall. Share on Facebook Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more F1’s halo device not under question after Nico Hülkenberg’s Abu Dhabi crash Meanwhile, F1 will have to keep an eye on Formula E, the all-electric single-seater series now about to start a fifth season with the involvement of major manufacturers who can see the future heading their way. It has a new car with increased battery power and better looks, a schedule of races in photogenic cities from Marrakesh to Berlin, and now a deal with the BBC for free-to-air live transmission via the red button, plus one live race on BBC2.Given recent events, the choice of Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia might not be ideal for the opening round on 15 December. But at a time when so much sport is competing for attention, there’s something to be said for free access to a series that genuinely wants to increase its audience rather than just pocket vast amounts of dosh. Since you’re here… Sky plc Share via Email Support The Guardian Formula One Sports rights Formula One 2018 But then you see the level of detailed technical analysis provided by Anthony Davidson, whose career as a participant in the sport – like that of Simon Hughes in cricket – stopped just short of the very highest level of achievement. Or the post-race debrief provided by Ted Kravitz, who wanders through the paddock as the teams pack up, consulting his notebook to provide a concise, colourful and perceptive summary of each team’s performance that day, from the front of the grid to the back. I don’t suppose Kravitz has ever built a racing car with his bare hands, but in every other way he is the John Bolster of the 21st century.Nevertheless, Liberty Media, which bought Formula One’s commercial rights from a private equity company and promptly showed Ecclestone the door, is inheriting the probability of a further drop in audience ratings, following a sharp downward trend that began when Sky entered the picture and the free-to-air window started to close. For the owners, as for Ecclestone, the upside is the guaranteed income.Liberty Media’s strategy varies from country to country – in Germany, for instance, pay-TV has been abandoned in favour of a lucrative arrangement with a terrestrial network – but its long-term plan appears to be the provision of coverage via its own streaming service. Although this is not yet possible in those territories, such as Britain, where there is an existing deal with a broadcaster, it plans to start it up next season in the Netherlands, where a huge following makes Max Verstappen a key future box-office attraction. It remains to be seen whether the chance to switch between live onboard cameras and team radio from all 20 cars will prove attractive enough to compensate for the final erosion of any kind of editorial independence.Going for immediate revenue above all other considerations risks damaging the already shaky ecology of Formula One. The announcement of a new race in Hanoi fits in with the old regime’s policy of taking vast amounts of cash from places that want F1’s prestige without having a base of support, but the policy also threatens to stretch, in both financial and human terms, the ability of the teams to cope with an already overcrowded calendar. comment Topics Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter For viewers in the country where 70% of the cars on the grid are built, the only exception next year will be the British Grand Prix, the crumb of comfort for Channel 4 to go along with a one-year deal for a highlights programme. Given that the owners of Silverstone recently triggered the exit clause from their contract with Formula One, the 2019 race could even be the last round of the world championship to be held in Britain. And that would mean no live free-to-air grand prix racing on British television at all.The deal to grant Sky exclusive rights, for a fee of around £1.2bn over five years, was made by Bernie Ecclestone. In many ways Formula One is better off without a ringmaster who clung to power as tenaciously as Gordon Taylor is doing. Had Ecclestone still been in charge, however, he might now have been looking for a way to preserve the bigger audience that sponsors and advertisers always want. But that gift for manoeuvrability has gone with him.So Formula One finds itself in the position of Test cricket, the Ryder Cup, the Premier League, World Cup skiing and England’s home rugby matches – available in Britain only to those with a subscription. Now it waits to find out whether it will prosper, as the Premier League has undoubtedly done, or suffer in the manner of Test cricket, which retains a following but has lost a certain position in the national life.For those with access to Sky, the satellite channel will no doubt continue to bring unprecedented resources to bear on the sport. There are aspects that stretch the patience, like the rushed and inane encounters of the grid walk and the plethora of pensioned-off drivers saying nothing very much. Sometimes it makes one yearn for the distinctive BBC commentary of Raymond Baxter or Murray Walker, who were enthusiasts before they became broadcasters, the bullshit-free observations of James Hunt, or even the ruminations of John Bolster, with his deerstalker hat and “roving microphone”, who could peer at the innards of a Connaught or a Maserati and know exactly what he was looking at, since he had built and raced his own cars in the 1930s. 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10 months agoCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performance

first_imgCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kylian Hazard produced perhaps the performance of his career to inspire Cercle Brugge to victory over Anderlecht on Sunday.Hazard, on-loan at Cercle, scored his second goal of the season and produced a five-star performance as his team defeated Anderlecht 2-1.Cercle coach Laurent Guyot declared afterwards: “Kylian has shown that he has an incredible potential. “The next step now has to be that he also puts a little more regularity in his performance. Because this Kylian I want to see every game. The audience gave him an ovation, although his change was not meant as applause. “We did not have the result yet and we could use some extra energy.”Hazard is on-loan at Cercle to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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


NPSC Gets Helping Hand from NCB

first_img The sponsorship will also be utilized to assist NPSC with its activities for Parent Month. NPSC initiatives have been bolstered by a $5 million sponsorship from the NCB. A slew of activities have been planned towards parental support and the betterment of families. Story Highlights The National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC) initiatives have been bolstered by a $5 million sponsorship from the National Commercial Bank (NCB), in cash and kind over the next two years.The sponsorship will also be utilized to assist NPSC with its activities for Parent Month, which is being observed in November, under the theme: ‘Transforming Families Through Communication Awareness Resources’.A slew of activities have been planned towards parental support and the betterment of families.“We are proud and pleased to partner on these initiatives.  NCB’s role is advancing the national agenda and the national cause. As financial partners, we have a vested interest as the national bank of Jamaica, because when you have sound citizens you have a better cadre of persons to lend [money] to,” NCB’s Manager for Group Corporate Communications, Belinda Williams, said at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’.Mrs. Williams said that NCB understands the complexity of the need to change behaviour. “We understand too that there is globalization; and there are community and societal differences and norms that we have to address as well.  We operate within the communities and we understand the socio concerns of the communities which we serve, so this puts us in a position as responsible agents to be proactive,” she added.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles, said that the Commission is grateful for the support from NCB and other stakeholders.According to Dr. Charles, the NPSC’s main mandate is to streamline and co-ordinate all the parenting organisations in Jamaica.  “We work closely with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s PATH programme and family courts, so that we can find a way to make parents more responsible in looking after their children,” she explained.She noted that strategic activities aimed at behaviour change, have been planned for Parent Month.“The flagship event of the Month will be a Parenting Village that will be hosted on Saturday, November 9, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. The whole concept of the Parenting Village will have elements of this year’s theme ‘Transforming Families Through Communication Awareness Resources’, which we will call the CARE,” Dr. Charles said.“One of the highlights of the village will be a Parenting Pub, which is actually going to be set up identical to an English Pub. We are going to have round table talks, parents will be discussing current issues that affect parenting skills, and we are also going to give them tips and conduct mini workshops,” she pointed out.In addition to the Parenting Village, the NPSC will host a series of Forums and Parenting Expos in the various Education Regions, and a National Assembly of Parents islandwide, in all schools.The month-long observation will culminate with the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica Conference and Expo, to be held at Jamaica College on Saturday, November 30.The Commission oversees the implementation and operation of the National Parenting Policy. The policy defines effective parenting from a Jamaican perspective and sets out the Government’s approach to supporting and strengthening positive parenting practices.last_img read more