Half-time: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the final seconds of the first half at Stamford Bridge, where Ramires had put Chelsea ahead after just four minutes.Ramires, who signed a new four-year contract this week, got in front of Alberto Moreno to head home Cesar Azpilicueta’s left-wing cross – his fourth goal of the season.The Brazilian lined up in midfield alongside John Mikel Obi, with Cesc Fabregas dropped to the substitutes’ bench where he was joined by Nemanja Matic, who was left out despite being available again after a ban.Diego Costa was passed fit for the Blues, having hobbled off during the midweek defeat at Stoke after taking a knock to his ribs.Liverpool on the other hand are playing without a recognised striker but have looked a threat and Asmir Begovic had to be alert to deny Adam Lallana after the Reds midfielder had been found by James Milner’s cross.Begovic also gathered a header from Lucas – again after a cross by Milner – as Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to press.But the Chelsea keeper was beaten when Coutinho collected Roberto Firmino’s pass and cleverly evaded Ramires before curling into the far corner despite John Terry’s desperate attempt to block the shot.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino.Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Benteke, Allen, Ibe, Teixeira, Randall.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Arts festival with an edge

first_imgProf Tawana Kupe, founder of the WitsArts and Literature Experience namedWale 4.0, said this year’s programme isset to establish the festival as one of thecountry’s esteemed arts event. Bongi Lecoge-Zulu, a former student atWits, performed at the launch of Wale 4.0 Elaine Hirschowitz is one of the artists whowill be exhibiting at this year’s festival(Images: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vanessa PerumalJT Communication Solutions+27 11 788 7631/2Nosimilo RamelaThe fourth annual Wits Arts and Literature Experience, also known as Wale 4.0, runs from 11 to 14 May 2011 and celebrates rising local talent and well-known South African artists.It was launched at The Adler Museum of Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Faculty of Health Sciences in Johannesburg on 20 April.Boasting a diverse four-day programme, the festival will feature performances by 15 well-known artists, 27 student productions, and 33 Wits staff and alumni contributions. All performances will take place at the Johannesburg-based institution.“Our new team has delivered an exceptional programme said Wale founder, Prof Tawana Kupe. It really takes forward what we’ve built up over the past few years to create a significant arts event that makes Johannesburg a real cultural destination in May.”Speaking at the launch Kupe said it was important that the university remains accessible to the community. “Often universities become communities unto themselves, however it is important for us to retain the university space to the larger community that we are part of.”He said in creating this year’s programme the emphasis has been placed on collaboration as well as opening the university’s doors to all citizens to come and enjoy a creative line-up in their own city. “It’s about opening up the festival, broadening its offering and tipping it over the edge”.To establish its position as one of the country’s esteemed arts festivals, Wale 4.0 will host an impressive opening concert on 11 May at the Wits Great Hall Plaza. The show will feature well-known band Kwani Experience, among other celebrated musicians, dance productions and poetry performances, which will kick off the four-day event.“Over the past three years Wale has built itself into one of the country’s best festivals,” said Wits theatre general manager Ahraf Johaardien.ParticipantsElaine Hirschowitz, one of the artists who will be exhibiting at this year’s festival, said she is looking forward to sharing her art with the public. “Art is a form of therapy. When you communicate or share something you’re going through with others, you start to heal.”Hirschowitz, an art and psychology graduate, said she uses her work to find peace, beauty, and healing during hard times. “Art helps me to find harmony in a world that can often be very cruel.”Bongi Lecoge-Zulu, a former student at Wits, performed at the launch of Wale 4.0. With a decade worth of experience, she wowed guests with her refined flute-playing skills. “I’m excited to be part of the festival, I look forward to playing at the opening concert, and encourage everyone to come and enjoy the festival.”Diverse line-upTheatre production Smoke and Mirrors, directed by well-known South African choreographer and performer Athena Mazarakis – in partnership with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaboration, will be performed at the Wits theatre during the festival. “We live our lives negotiating an endless series of smoke and mirrors,” said Mazarakis.Other performances theatre-lovers can look forward to include Planet B presented by respected director Helen Iskander. Sexetera, directed by Phyllis Klotz, also promises to impress audiences. The Titled, directed by Eliot Moleba, will be another theatre highlight this year. This production is an expansion from Moleba’s 2010 Wale piece called The Untitled.For music-lovers the festival will feature international music icon Zim Ngqawana’s Zimology. During the course of his 30-year career as a musician, Ngqawana has created the “Zimology” philosophy based on the belief that music can help people connect with their true selves.A musical concert, to be held in honour of the late academic and musicologist Mary Rorich, promises to be another highlight of the festival.The film element of Wale 4.0 has also been heightened, with 10 film screenings during this year’s event. Four of these will be a reflection of the festival’s impact on greater Johannesburg.There will be a book fair at the festival certifying literature as a strong feature of Wale 4.0. It will feature booksellers and publishers as well as a full programme of launches.There will also be discussions and debates added to this year’s programme. These will give individuals an opportunity to share their festival experiences and explore some of the topics and themes presented throughout the event.last_img read more

Denver Pot Growers Help Boost Power Use

first_imgPlants need lots of lightJeffrey Ackermann, director of the state’s Energy Office, told The Post Colorado’s energy use has been increasing by 1% to 2% a year, partly in response to a growth in population. The increased number of growing houses is a contributor.Plants cultivated indoors need artificial light in order to stimulate growth, and the lights produce a lot of heat, which in turn ramps up the demand for air conditioning.One possible answer are adjustable light-emitting diodes, which don’t produce as much heat as conventional bulbs. Grow houses that installed them could lower their demand for AC, and cut energy use. Tests are underway to see if the LEDs can be deployed without harming the plants, a spokesman for the utility Xcel said.Citing a study by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, UtilityDive.com said the electricity needed to grow a module of four plants is about the same as what’s needed to run 29 refrigerators.Last year, Boulder County, Colorado, just to the west of Denver began imposing a 2.16 cents per kWh surcharge on pot growers to help offset greenhouse gas emissions for which they were responsible. Marijuana growers in Denver, Colorado, are responsible for nearly half of the city’s growth in power consumption, and they’re making it tough for the city to meet its energy efficiency goals.The state’s marijuana grow houses, many of which are located in Denver, are using as much as 200 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, according to a report published by The Denver Post. In Denver alone, the 354 growing facilities used about 121 kWh of electricity in 2013, an increase of 35 million kWh, or 35%, over 2012.The surge in power use is complicating Denver’s efforts to cap consumption at 2012 levels, and city officials sought guidance earlier this month from the U.S. Department of Energy at a forum in nearby Golden, Colorado.“It’s a big issue for us,” said Sonrisa Lucero, described by The Post as a strategist. “We really do need some assistance in finding some good technology.”The irony is that assistance could be coming from the federal government, which considers marijuana illegal under federal law despite its acceptance for medicinal use in nearly half the states in the country and recreational use in several others, including Colorado. Energy Undersecretary Franklin Orr said the government would “promote best practices and provide technical help though an Office of Technology Transitions,” the newspaper said.last_img read more

2 States’ officials to meet today

first_imgOfficials of West Bengal and Jharkhand will meet on Wednesday in a bid to end the impasse over the painting of a part of the Massanjore Dam in the shades of white and blue. The two States have been at loggerheads since Friday when West Bengal’s TMC government painted the walls of the dam situated in Dumka district in Jharkhand where the BJP is in power. In retaliation, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), BJP’s youth wing, erased ‘Bengal’ and painted ‘Jharkhand’ on a dam gate. They also covered the Biswa Bangla logo with a Jharkhand one, media reports said. West Bengal Irrigation Minister Soumen Mahapatra said in Kolkata on Tuesday that a meeting was likely to take place on Wednesday. A senior official of the Irrigation Department and District Magistrates of Birbhum and Dumka would meet to find out a solution to the issue, Mr. Mahapatra said. “At the moment there is no problem here. There will be a meeting tomorrow regarding the issue and hopefully it will be resolved,” Mr. Mahapatra added. The Minister had earlier asserted that the dam was maintained by his government, and “nobody had any right” to stop its workers from the carrying out the work. Refusing to back down, BJP Dumka MLA and Jharkhand Minister Louis Marandi had on Sunday threatened to “gouge out eyes” of those who dared to look at the barrage.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Tabs Jim Harbaugh As His Choice For National Coach Of The Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum on FSU on ESPN.Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, 2015@finebaum harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, 2015@finebaum that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.last_img read more

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Silence Breakers named Time magazines Person of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The “Silence Breakers” — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. Time praised those who have given “voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.” The magazine’s cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler and others who say they have been harassed.Time’s announcement was made Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year’s winner hits “close to home” and mentioned Lauer by name.Women who spoke out, initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others, helped to spawn the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media.The tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts began after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Milano has said she wasn’t aware of Burke’s contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.Milano and Burke appeared together Wednesday on the “Today” show.“This is just the start. I’ve been saying from the beginning it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” Burke said. “Now the work really begins.”“As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, ‘That’s it. We’re done. No more,’” Milano said. “It’s vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum.”Wednesday’s winner differed slightly from how it was described the shortlist of finalists, which mentioned only the #MeToo movement. Time has made such changes before. The 2014 winner, “The Ebola Fighters,” was listed as “Ebola Caregivers” in the shortlist.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time’s 2015 Person of the Year, said through a spokesman that this year’s winners should be thanked for “having the courage to break the silence on sexual assaults and for the worldwide discussion that they have launched.”The two runners-up for Person of the Year were Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. He has denied any wrongdoing.Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he “probably” would be named again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. Trump added that he “took a pass.” Time has disputed his account.___This story has been corrected to show that Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the silence breakers. The #MeToo movement is a part of that group.last_img read more

Taliban founder lived next to US Afghan base

first_imgIslamabad: Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that highlights embarrassing failures of American intelligence. Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul before his death in 2013. “Searching for an Enemy”, by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, reveals the Taliban chief lived as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling notebooks with jottings in an imaginary language. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingDam spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari, Omar’s bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was overthrown. According to the book, Omar listened to the BBC’s Pashto-language news broadcasts in the evenings, but even when he learned about the death of al-Qaeda supremo Osama Bin Laden rarely commented on developments in the outside world. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a USD 10 million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the regional capital Qalat, Dam writes. The family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery guest, but US forces twice almost found him. At one point, a US patrol approached as Omar and Omari were in the courtyard. Alarmed, the two men ducked behind a wood pile, but the soldiers passed without entering. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangA second time, US troops even searched the house but did not uncover the concealed entrance to his secret room. It was not clear if the search was the result of a routine patrol or a tip-off. Omar decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout. He later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed Forward Operating Base Wolverine — home to 1,000 US troops, and where American and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.last_img read more

Ohio State semester switch could benefit Buckeyes athletes

With the switch to semesters approaching, most students have been gearing up for the change by deciding what to pack into their 72-day summer, and planning for the effects of the shorter break. For Ohio State student-athletes, the shorter summer and semester switch bring different adjustments and challenges, but also several advantages and opportunities. Starting Aug. 22, student-athletes in winter and spring sports will be able to begin out-of-season skill and instruction work. Previously, winter and spring athletes had to wait until the quarter started in late September to begin this work. The NCAA will still govern the football team’s and all fall sports’ practice start dates in accordance with NCAA rules. “Under the quarter system, OSU student-athletes in the winter and spring sports could not begin this instruction until the quarter began, leaving them at a considerable disadvantage to other schools, whose student-athletes in those sports were able to start the first day of their fall semesters,” OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said in an email. Beginning in 2013, the end of Spring Semester will be followed by a four-week May class session. Following this accelerated session, which some refer to as a “Maymester,” there will be a one-week break, and then the regular seven-week summer session will begin, Emig said. There is no May session in 2012. Emig said the “Maymester” period will give many student-athletes an opportunity to participate in several learning opportunities, such as internships, study abroad programs and research efforts that were difficult to fit into their schedules during the quarter system. Steven Fink, the associate executive dean for curriculum and instruction in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-chair of the Semester Conversion Coordinating Committee, said each university department will handle the four-week May session differently, creating several different opportunities for students. “The curriculum is still being developed since it is not beginning until next summer, but we have a number of departments who are already designing courses for it,” Fink said. “I think it’s particularly well-suited for certain kinds of special topics or intensive experiences. A lot of programs are using it for study abroad, service learning, internship experiences or co-ops. Every department is going to decide on its own how it wants to handle that instructional period.” Although the teams will not have any additional or any fewer actual practice days or hours because of the switch, student-athletes may feel the effects of the change most in their free time. This year, fall athletes will begin classes about two weeks after they begin fall camp, as opposed to under the quarter system, where athletes did not start classes until about six weeks after the start of camp. Each OSU sports team has a different schedule and practice routine over the summer break, which bring varying changes depending on each athletic team’s agenda. Grayson Overman, a junior middle blocker on OSU’s volleyball team, said not much will change for him personally, but he’s excited for the switch. “I’m pretty stoked for (the change),” Overman said. “It’s going to be a lot slower pace which will be a break and might make volleyball more exciting.” OSU women’s golf coach, Therese Hession said that although there are no team-oriented events in college golf during the summer, the players are on their own schedule qualifying for tournaments. With the semester switch, the student-athletes will not get much of a rest. “We will just get started a little bit earlier than we normally do,” Hession said. “They’ll be coming right back and jumping into school.” Summer classes begin on June 18 and conclude Aug. 3. Exams will take place Aug. 6 through Aug. 8. read more