Lukaku’s miserable record against Liverpool

first_imgRomelu Lukaku Lukaku’s miserable record against Liverpool: Man Utd striker fails to snap sorry sequence Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:55 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Premier League The Belgian forward has impressed since joining the Red Devils for £75 million, but endured another afternoon to forget in his latest visit to Anfield Romelu Lukaku had mustered 11 goals in 10 appearances for Manchester United prior to taking in his biggest test to date.Having made a seamless transition from Merseyside to Manchester following a £75 million summer transfer from Everton, the Belgium international was back in familiar surroundings this weekend.Utd 6/1 to beat Benfica 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He will have to wait until New Year’s Day before taking in a first visit to Goodison Park as a United player, but the Red Devils were across Stanley Park at Anfield on Saturday.His recent form suggested that he was capable of being a serious thorn in Jurgen Klopp’s side, even when taking into account an ankle problem nursed back to health during the international break.Lukaku’s record against the Reds is not the best, though, and he endured another afternoon to forget as he failed to offer further justification of his sizeable transfer fee.Romelu Lukaku record v LiverpoolThe 24-year-old has now gone nine games against Liverpool without being on the winning side – although that cannot be considered entirely his fault.He has met the Reds on 14 occasions, with those outings spread between Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and United.His first appearance came as part of a makeshift League Cup side while at Stamford Bridge.Another top-flight appearance for the Blues followed before helping the Baggies to a Premier League double in the 2012-13 campaign.Lukaku netted in both of those fixtures, before bagging a brace in his first Merseyside derby on November 23, 2013.Even those efforts were not enough to secure a win, with his last taste of victory coming during his time with West Brom on February 11, 2013.A 2-0 success that day also represents the only time to date in which Lukaku has found the back of the net at Anfield.Romelu Lukaku record v LiverpoolSo, after that bright start, which delivered four goals in six games across all competitions (four in four in the Premier League), the burly frontman has endured something of a barren run against the Reds.In his last eight meetings with Liverpool, Lukaku has found the target just once – on October 4, 2015.In truth, he has barely looked like improving that sorry sequence, with too many of those outings seeing him make minimal impact.As a man who makes a living from beating opposition goalkeepers, Lukaku has failed to muster an effort on target in five of the aforementioned eight fixtures – and only one on Saturday as he spurned a rare clear-cut opportunity.4 – Only 4 players (Vardy, Hazard, Alli, Sigurdsson) scored more goals against the @premierleague top 6 last season than Lukaku (4). Myth. pic.twitter.com/NZ1VW2kDUB — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 6, 2017 Lukaku’s record against ‘big six sides’ has also been scrutinised since he became the subject of interest from the best teams in the business.Only 15 of the 85 Premier League goals he managed for West Brom and Everton came against opponents which fall into that bracket.Even this season, having scored in 12 of his last 14 games for club and country, the calibre of those he has faced has been called into question.Aside from a consolation effort against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, Lukaku has netted against West Ham, Swansea, Gibraltar, Greece, Stoke, Basel, Everton, Southampton, CSKA Moscow, Crystal Palace and Cyprus.He can, of course, counter that argument by pointing out that he can only produce the goods against those put in front of him, while he undoubtedly requires better service and more attacking intent from United than they mustered at Anfield if he is to truly thrive on the grandest of stages.last_img read more

Nokia 9 PureView price leaks out, could be more expensive than Nokia 8 Sirocco

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 13:45 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Nokia 9 PureView is widely expected to go official later this monthThe Nokia 9 PureView price will be set at around EUR 749 or EUR 799The price is similar to the Nokia 8 SiroccoThe Nokia 9 PureView is widely expected to go official later this month. Multiple reports have claimed the launch could happen in the third or last week of January. The Nokia 9 PureView is getting clearer by the day. Last week, a leaked promo video gave us a pretty definitive look of the penta-camera smartphone. This week, a new Twitter account called Nokia_Leaks revealed the European pricing of the Nokia 9 PureView.The Nokia 9 PureView is said to launch in Europe first before it heads to other markets. As per the latest leak, the Nokia 9 PureView price will be set at around EUR 749 or EUR 799 depending on the market. A direct conversion puts the price in India between Rs 60,000 to Rs 63,000. This means the Nokia 9 PureView will either be as expensive or costlier than last year’s Nokia 8 Sirocco.To recall, the Nokia Sirocco was launched early last year at EUR 749. But HMD launched the phone in India a little more competitively at Rs 49,999 (approx EUR 628). Considering the company typically prices its phones competitively in India, the Nokia 9 PureView may also launch in the country for around Rs 50,000.Again, it is worth mentioning that the leak comes from a newly minted account and we cannot verify the authenticity of this as of now so you should take the pricing with a pinch of salt. That being said, it does not come as a surprise considering this is a Nokia flagship phone that will come with top-end hardware as well as a penta-camera system that will definitely add to the bill of materials.advertisementBased on the leaked promo video last week, the Nokia 9 PureView will sport a 5.99-inch 2K display with HMD’s PureDisplay screen technology. The promo video also seems to confirm an in-screen fingerprint sensor and Qi wireless charging support. Additionally, the Nokia 9 PureView will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone will also ship with Android 9 Pie and will be part of the Android One program.ALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView promo video leaks out, 5 cameras, Snapdragon 845 and wireless charging revealedALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras launch timeline revealedALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras shown off in live hands-on imageGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HMD GlobalFollow Nokia 9 PureViewFollow Nokia 9Follow nokia Nokia 9 PureView price leaks out, could be more expensive than Nokia 8 SiroccoThe Nokia 9 PureView price leak this week suggests the flagship will either be as expensive or costlier than last year’s Nokia 8 Sirocco. advertisementlast_img read more

Four New Littoral Combat Ships on the Way

first_imgMarch 11, 2014 zoom Yesterday, contract modifications were issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2014 Littoral Combat Ships each.These are the seventh and eighth ships fully funded for each contractor under its previously-awarded, fixed-price incentive “block buy” contract for the design and construction of up to ten LCS Flight 0+ ships. The two block buy contracts provide for the acquisition of a total of up to 20 Littoral Combat Ships from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2015, subject to availability of appropriations.The amount of funds added under the block buy contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation for the fiscal year 2014 LCS ships is $699 million. The amount of funds added under the block buy contract with Austal USA for the fiscal year 2014 LCS ships is $684 million.New ships will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis., and Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., respectively.The prices for the fiscal year 2014 ships were determined based on the competitive, LCS dual block buy contracts that were awarded December 29, 2010. The additional funding obligated is for the 17th – 20th ships in the LCS class.Presently, four LCS ships have been delivered to the Navy.USS Freedom (LCS 1) – concluded its first deployment in December 2013 and is currently at its home port in San Diego;USS Independence (LCS 2) – is undergoing Mine Countermeasures developmental testing in San Diego;USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) – is scheduled to begin initial operational testing and evaluation of its surface warfare mission module in March;Coronado (LCS 4) – is scheduled to be commissioned April 5, 2014, in Coronado, Calif.last_img read more

Contract Awarded for More Work on Highway 103

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Contract Awarded for More Work onHighway 103 A $4.6-million contract was recently awarded for the constructionof about four kilometres of new highway on the eastbound lanes ofHighway 103 between exits 4 and 5. The work involves building the road base of the eastbound lanesfrom about four kilometres west of Exit 4 at Hubley to about onekilometre east of Exit 5 at Tantallon. “The thousands of motorists who travel this highway every daywill see visible progress this summer with another section oftwinned highway,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportationand Public Works. “This project is another step forward inimproving the safety and efficiency of this highway.” The project includes about 1.5 kilometres on the Trunk 3 accessroad at Sheldrake Lake. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction. Work isscheduled to be finished by Dec. 31. The twinned section of Highway 103 from Otter Lake to Tantallonis expected to open in the fall of 2006. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney. Construction is underway on twinning another section of Highwaylast_img read more

Stars Come Out For AIDS Walk Los Angeles

first_imgLast week’s 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles saw a massive turnout, with 30,000 participants filling the streets of West Hollywood and Los Angeles.Video: Michael Urie and Sophia Bush Addressing the AIDS Walk LA crowdCelebrity supporters, elected officials, and notable AIDS activists addressed the crowd assembled in and around West Hollywood Park before the walkers set out on the route.The event also achieved strong fundraising results, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and 29 other important L.A. County AIDS service organizations. These groups provide urgently needed care to thousands of people living with HIV, as well as vital prevention work that reaches many more throughout the Southland.“The 30,000 participants who took to the streets today can take pride in the incredible $2,912,209 raised to fight AIDS and lift up the lives of those affected by HIV,” said Craig R. Miller, Founder and Producer of the event. “Thanks to the thousands of dedicated people who walk and fundraise each year, we have made tremendous progress and we are facing a better day in the fight against AIDS,” Miller says. “But we have to remain strong in our response. We have to remain vigilant. And most of all we have to remain visible.”Since its inception, AWLA has raised more than $75 million for APLA and a host of other HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County.“As we mark the 31styear of the epidemic in the United States, AIDS Walk Los Angeles remains a critical – and, in fact, the single largest – source of private support for those who rely on APLA’s services,” said Craig E. Thompson, Executive Director of AIDS Project Los Angeles. “With their incredible fundraising, AIDS Walk Los Angeles participants are changing lives, powering prevention efforts, and supporting advocacy work to defend the civil rights of all who live with this still-deadly disease.”The event’s visibility was compromised this year when AIDS Walk Los Angeles’ fully paid ads were banned by the City of Santa Monica’s transit line, Big Blue Bus, along with all other advertisements and public service messages from charities. Only “commercial” advertising is allowed under the new policy. For the past six years, these advertisements have been a mainstay of the event’s organizing campaign. According to City officials, the ads generated no complaints.AIDS Walk Los Angeles Founder and Producer Craig Miller blasted the ban by Santa Monica City Hall as both injurious to the fight against AIDS and an assault on Free Speech. “These bus ads are a key element in raising funds and awareness for AIDS Walk Los Angeles,” said Miller. “This censorship can only reduce our capacity to fight the epidemic, and will greatly disadvantage all community-driven organizations once served by Big Blue Bus.”AIDS Walk Los Angeles organizers were joined by APLA representatives at a recent Santa Monica City Council meeting to protest the ban.The AIDS Walk Los Angeles Opening Ceremony featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land, who spoke about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles and West Hollywood and about the importance of the community’s response.Other elected officials and special guests in attendance included: United States Representatives Howard Berman, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters; California State Senators Curren D. Price and Rod Wright; California State Assembly members Betsy Butler,Isadore Hall,and Ricardo Lara; Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Jan Perry, and Dennis P. Zine; Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich; Los Angeles City AIDS Coordinator Ricky Rosales; Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy; and West Hollywood City Council members John J. Duran and John Heilman.Celebrities and notable figures at the event included Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Leslie Bibb (“GCB,” “Popular”), Sophia Bush (“Partners”), Drew Carey (“The Price is Right” Host), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Daisy Fuentes (Television Host), Christopher Gorham (“Covert Affairs,” “Popular”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), Andrew Rannells (“The New Normal,” “Girls”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Michael Urie (“Partners”), BeBe Wood (“The New Normal”), the cast of MTV’s “Awkward” including Jillian Rose Reed, Nikki Deloach, Jessica Lu, Molly Tarlov, plus a special reunion with cast members from the critically acclaimed TV show “Popular” including, along with Bibb and Gorham, Bryce Johnson, Tamara Mello, and Carly Pope. Norm Lewis (“Scandal”) closed the Opening Ceremony with his performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”The corporate community continued to show its strong support for the event through team fundraising and corporate sponsorship. This year’s Presenting Sponsor was AHF Pharmacy. This year’s Grand Sponsors included ABC7, The David Geffen Foundation, Paramount Pictures, Paul Hastings, Time Warner Cable, and Toyota. Principal Sponsors included Albertsons, Delta Air Lines, Macy’s, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Vons/Pavilions.For more information, please visit aidswalk.net/losangeles. To connect with the online community on Facebook, simply join the “AIDS Walk Los Angeles Facebook Fan Page.” To view exclusive video content, visit the AIDS Walk Los Angeles YouTube channel at youtube.com/aidswalkla. To receive instant updates, follow “@AIDSWalkLA” on Twitter.last_img read more

Toxic dump fire keeps burning in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsIqaluit’s landfill sight has been burning since the end of September.And now shifting winds are making matters worse.Potentially toxic smoke has forced schools to close for the second day in a row.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll reports on this unstoppable fire.last_img

Want to work more with her Sanjay on Madhuri

first_imgMumbai: Karan Johar’s ambitious production “Kalank” brings together the on-screen pairing of Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit after over two decades and the “Munna Bhai” star on Tuesday said he would like to work more with his longtime co-star. Sanjay and Madhuri were one of the most popular reel-life couples and worked together in several hit films in the ’90s such as “Saajan”, “Khalnayak”, “Thandedar” and “Iaalaka”. Asked how it was to team up with Madhuri for the film, Sanjay told reporters, “It felt good to work together after a long time. I’ll try to work more with her.” Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The actor was speaking at the teaser launch of “Kalank”. Madhuri said reuniting with former co-stars is always enriching. “We are working after more than 20 years. Recently, I worked with Anil after a long time. It’s always wonderful to work with actors you’ve worked with before. Even here, it was wonderful,” she said. “Kalank” also features Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. Directed Abhishek Varman, the period-drama is backed by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and is scheduled to release on April 17. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Originally, Sridevi was meant to do the film, before she passed away last February. The role eventually went to Madhuri. When asked how it was to take up the role, Madhuri said, “When I was approached to do the role, I had a heavy by heart. She was a great artiste and a good human being. When you get a role, you do it your way. But, of course, we used to miss her everyday on set. “Once you start work, you have to look beyond that and play your character to the best of your abilities.”last_img read more

Trinamool BJP try to capture party offices in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: With West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and emerging opposition BJP intensifying their fight ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, capturing and recapturing each other’s party offices have become a regular occurrence. Supporters of the BJP’s Coochbehar candidate Nisith Pramanik, who recently switched to the saffron party from the Trinamool, have allegedly recaptured a “Trinamool-acquired party office” at Bamanhat market in Coochbehar district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “My association with Trinamool was a sin. The BJP is like the holy Ganges. Our supporters clean the party office with water from the holy river,” he said after taking over the office. BJP supporters alleged that the party office was “built by the party but Trinamool Congress acquired it ahead of last year’s panchayat elections”. Taking a jibe at Pramanik, Trinamool district President Rabindranath Ghosh accused him of being a turncoat. Activists of another former Trinamool leader, Arjun Singh, who has been nominated by the BJP from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, have also painted a Trinamool office on Ghosh Para Road in saffron colour in North 24 Parganas. Singh says the office was built by him. Later, Trinamool Congress “recaptured” the office.last_img read more

Morocco plans to sell minority stake in Marsa Maroc

Rabat – The Moroccan government is reportedly planning to sell minority stake in state owned port operator Marsa Maroc through an initial public offering on the Casablanca Stock exchange.According to media reports, Marsa Maroc is seeking funds for its expansion.The Moroccan port operator plans a bid for two other terminals at the Casablanca Port and the second phase of Tanger Med II Port in Tangiers. The Finance ministry is expected to open bids on February 2nd.“We are also seeking African expansion, especially in West Africa and Maghreb. Last year we bid for a terminal in Abidjan Port, but our Asian partner quit before the tender’s results announcement,” Fatim-Ezzahra Hrar, Marsa Maroc’s head of communications was quoted as saying.“Government advisors will assess the company and would decide the amount to be offered,” she added.Established in 2006, Marsa Maroc manages terminals at nine Moroccan ports and provides logistic services.The company has a staff of more than 2,200 employees with annual revenues estimated at 2bn Dirhams. read more

CAF President Reaffirms Support for Moroccos 2026 World Cup Bid

Rabat – During the opening of the first-ever Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Football Symposium, which is currently taking place in Marrakech, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad once again reaffirmed his full support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.The CAF president made his statements during the opening ceremony of the two-day event. Speaking to the symposium attendees, Ahmad lauded King Mohammed VI’s efforts to promote the African football, calling it a source of pride for the African continent“King Mohammed VI has sponsored the first CAF symposium with USD 3 million. He also sponsored the African Nations Championship of local players with USD 15 million. The CAF only paid USD 3 million. And today, this symposium of women’s football is also supported by the King.” During the event, which is taking place under the theme “raising our game,”  participants will discuss several football-related topics expected to put women’s football in Africa on the global map.The panels will also discuss measures and the means to expand the practice of women’s football, develop the technical formation of the trainers, referees and instructors. The attendees will also discuss the role of women’s football in gender promotion and socialization.CAF’s President has also wished the King a speedy recovery after he successfully underwent a heart surgery.In July 2017, the North African country hosted a similar CAF symposium in Rabat to discuss key features of African football.CAF’s 40th Ordinary General Assembly was also held in Morocco in Casablanca on February 2, 2018, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CAF’s president in attendance.During the meeting, Ahmad made his position clear regarding the Moroccan bid, emphasizing that Morocco has proven its capacity to host major sports events like the World Cup.“I can reassure you that I will not be neutral. I say it loud and clear,” said Ahmad. His statements come in response to remarks from FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino. At the same meeting, Infantino urged CAF to remain neutral in the selection process for the 2026 World Cup host.However, Ahmad argued FIFA’s point, emphasizing that “nothing says that [he] cannot” support Morocco’s bid. read more

Observer of Palestine requests urgent Security Council meeting

In a letter to the Secretary-General and the Council President, Ambassador Nasser Al-Kidwa points to recent Israeli actions in the city of Jenin, calling them “another qualitative escalation in the bloody Israeli military campaign being waged against the Palestinian people since last September.” “We call upon the Council to meet and to take the necessary action in this regard in a speedy and prompt manner,” Ambassador Al-Kidwa states.Asked about the matter, a UN spokesman noted that Mr. Al-Kidwa had met on Tuesday with the current President of the Security Council, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia. read more

The 4×4 is here to stay – on and offroad

Sales of 4×4 vehicles are rising. Last year six per cent of the new car market were 4×4 off-roaders. While this is significantly lower than the 33 per cent who bought Fiesta-sized cars, the market for Sports Utility Vehicles and large 4x4s has more than doubled in ten years. Manufacturers are meeting increased demand but some in the anti-car lobby aren’t happy.These vehicles are no more than status symbols, according to myth. Driven by housewives in central London, they exist to clog up roads on the school run. Tax them off the road they cry.I say, what rubbish. And what an insult to the 150,000 people who bought a new one last year. Not to mention the thousands swopping hands on the used car market every day.The truth is that there are many different reasons why new car buyers choose 4×4 models. These go way beyond a stereotype that suits the agenda of political opportunists.For many buyers, a 4×4 capability is essential. This is particularly true for those living in rural areas, or where poor weather turns track to mud and road to streams in winter.What of the rest? Many choose a larger 4×4 because it meets the needs of increasingly active 21st century pursuits. Carrying mountain bikes, towing a boat or hauling skis to the slopes of Aviemore in Scotland, these are the kind of leisure pursuits that the modern multi-purpose 4×4 takes in its stride.Yes it’s true that some people feel safer in their 4×4 because of the command driving position. So what? Better visibility may help the less confident drive more safely and that benefits all road users.Manufacturers have also made the new generation of 4x4s safer than ever. The goal now is to improve front end design so that the protection offered to pedestrians mirrors the excellent performance for occupants in NCAP safety tests. We’ve already removed bull bars from all 4x4s – a voluntary measure taken by the industry last year.We are lucky to live in a country where we are free to choose the most suitable vehicle for our needs. That might not suit some but I think the majority would agree that this is right and proper. Consumer choice should also be the mantra of a government that claims to be pro-choice in other matters like education and health. So we must rage against moves to tax a certain class of vehicle off the road simply because Mr Livingstone and his ilk don’t like them. Think about it. There are a host of 4×4 variants on the market and some have worse fuel consumption and emissions than other models.Then consider car taxes. Road tax is based on carbon dioxide emissions so 4×4 drivers tend to pay more anyway. They also pay more as company car drivers since company car tax is also CO2 based.Then there’s fuel tax. Three quarters of the price paid at the pump goes to Gordon Brown. The more you fill up, the more that goes to the Treasury. Drivers of 4×4 vehicles already pay more. That’s the penalty for exercising a right to choose one type of vehicle over another. Taxing one type of car off the road because of an unhelpful stereotype is simply a nonsense. Even if it did discourage irresponsible driving it would also hit the vast majority of careful drivers going about their daily business. We can only imagine what might be the next target for the extremists, sports cars, large saloons, minibuses? If that happens then we may only be one step away from a new car market full of nothing but the 21st century equivalent of the Trabant.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

With a Ring Comes Bell

The story of Vonn Bell’s recruitment ended with the five-star safety putting on a Scarlet and Gray hat and telling a nationally televised audience he will be attending The Ohio State University. Bell, a Rossville, Ga., native, held a press conference broadcast by ESPN in the Ridgeland High School gymnasium on National Signing Day, Feb. 6. With his family beside him and a sea of classmates in front of him, Bell announced he was picking the Buckeyes over the likes of Alabama and Tennessee, among other schools. Bell’s justification for choosing OSU was fairly straightforward. “I just felt more comfortable with coach (Urban) Meyer because I had spent more time with him and his staff,” Bell said. OSU’s journey to get the 6-foot, 190-pound safety to feel that way was arduous in its task, but simple in its nature. The Buckeyes’ lead recruiter on Bell – co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers – just outworked his competition. “I’ve seen some really good efforts,” Meyer said. “Everett Withers from start to finish, his effort on Vonn Bell, as good as I’ve ever seen.” The tale of Bell’s courting begins a little more than a year ago. Coming off a junior season in which he recorded 180 tackles and five interceptions, Bell was a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. His first scholarship offer came from the University of Georgia in early January 2012. After that, the offers started pouring in: Alabama (the reigning national champion). Tennessee (the hometown favorite). Florida. Notre Dame. Think of an elite college football team, and Bell likely had a scholarship offer from them, OSU included. “Literally he would get four to five (offers) a day,” Ridgeland football coach Mark Mariakis said in an interview with The Lantern Monday. The Buckeyes, though, didn’t become a serious contender until the hard-hitting safety visited Columbus over his junior year spring break, Mariakis said. Bell spent a day with Meyer, touring the OSU football facilities and getting to know the Buckeyes’ program. The visit to Columbus was part of a double-digit school tour by Bell and his family. When the group returned home to Georgia after the trek, OSU’s appeal was clear. “When he came back, (Bell and his family) realized that Ohio State was going to be in the forefront of the hunt,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers took over. The 49-year-old was like an “octopus” in his pursuit of the top-50 prospect, Meyer said. “The recruiting process is about relationships. You are going to try to find out as much as you can – whether it be good or bad about a young man – you want to try to find it all out,” Withers said. If there was a relationship to be made, Withers was there. OSU’s co-defensive coordinator, naturally, started with Bell himself. The pair “hit it off right off the bat,” Mariakis said. “They’re so like-minded,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers moved on to Bell’s family and coach. Withers talked to Bell’s mother, a teacher at Ridgeland, about what OSU could offer in terms of education. Withers connected with Bell’s father, a director of a few Boys & Girls Clubs in Northwest Tennessee, by discussing how to work with kids. “I got to know the entire family, grandma, the whole deal,” Withers said. “Spending the time with them was really good.” Withers might have burned the majority of his recruiting hours with Mariakis, who chuckled when asked how often he interacted with the Buckeye coach. “Me and him talked numerous times every week,” Mariakis said. “That’s not a stretch, either. It was literally all the time. “He’d call ‘How’s Vonn? How’s he playing? How’d the game go Friday?’ He took a real interest in him. If he could be here, what all the rules allowed him to do, he was here.” Mariakis has been coaching for 28 years. He has had dozens of athletes go on to play high-level college football. He’s been through the recruiting process more times than he can count. In his nearly three-decade long career as a high school football coach, the way Withers went about recruiting Bell is as good as Mariakis can remember. “He took every opportunity he had to build a relationship with Vonn and his family, and with me. He never missed a phone call. If I called him, he’d either answer the phone or call me right back. In visit time, he came and visited,” Mariakis said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recruiter do as good a job coach Withers did.” The respect goes both ways. “I would have to say in my 25 years of doing this, in this business, coach Mariakis and his staff at Ridgeland High School were probably by far the best group of people I’ve ever been around,” Withers said. The days spent with Bell and those closest to him paid off for Withers in more ways than one. Yes, OSU got the recruit, but also, Withers is now familiar with some of the best aspects of Chattanooga, Tenn., a place less than six miles from Rossville. “I have a new place in Chattanooga, Tenn., to get my haircut. I know where the best barbecue places are in Chattanooga, Tenn. I got around a lot of people,” Withers said. Withers made the strongest impression during the recruitment, but Meyer made his presence felt, too. When Ridgeland took on Sandy Creek High School in the Georgia Class AAAA State Championship Game Dec. 15, Meyer was in attendance. He sat next to Bell’s mother in the Georgia Dome stands during the game, and visited with Bell in the locker room after his team suffered a 45-10 loss. “That was really impressive to me, to stay there and just be in the mix of our community and Vonn’s family meant a lot,” Mariakis said. The story of Bell’s recruitment hits its climax the night and morning before Bell announced his decision. Withers said he thought he would be made aware of what school Bell was going to sign with at about 8 p.m. Feb. 5. That didn’t happen. Withers did receive an encouraging phone call from Bell’s father that evening, though. “(His) dad told me at the end of the night, he said, ‘Coach, live on your body of work because you’ve done all you can do. Sleep well,’” Withers said. Withers made a phone call of his own, too, with Mariakis on the receiving end. “I had talked to coach Mariakis … I said, ‘Coach, if it’s going to be a good phone call, make sure coach Meyer gets it.’ I said, ‘If it’s going to be a bad phone call, just call me,’” Withers said. The next morning, Meyer, Withers and the rest of the OSU staff were in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, anxiously waiting for what the equivalent of college football’s Christmas would entail for the Buckeyes’ program. At one point, shortly after the sun had risen, Meyer said he couldn’t contain his nerves, or be around his assistants, any longer. He separated himself from the rest of his staff and went into a private room to work out on a stationary bike. “I couldn’t take it anymore. Everett Withers was driving me nuts. I had to get away from him,” Meyer said. At about 9:50 a.m., 10 minutes before Bell was set to make his announcement on ESPN, Withers made his way toward Meyer. He heard a phone ring and Meyer answer. It was Bell. “You know I’m in, right?” Bell told Meyer on the phone. Meyer’s response was simple. “No, I didn’t know you were in. Congratulations,” Meyer said. Withers’ yearlong stretch full of time and effort had paid off. Bell, one of the crown jewels of OSU’s 2013 recruiting class that ranks in the top-three nationally, should help the Buckeyes’ defense right away. Bell’s decision to sign with OSU could also be a sign of more good stories to come for the Scarlet and Gray. Going into the land of sweet tea and tangy barbecue and prying a recruit away from the strong clasps of the Southeastern Conference – winners of the last seven national championships – is no easy task in college football. OSU did that with Bell in out-recruiting Alabama and Tennessee, Bell’s other favorites. The Buckeyes might be one of the few programs north of the Mason-Dixon line that can keep on doing it, too. “I think it goes back to the relationships that Ohio State staff is building,” Mariakis said. “When you get that combination of good football and the relationships with those kids, you’ve got something special.” read more

Fans are Poldarked and Poldazzled at shows return for series three despite

first_imgPoldark made a dramatic return to television screens with a birth, two deaths and a pregnancy announcement – but a disappointing lack of torso-baring.Heartthrob Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark, has caused a stir for flashing his chest in previous series of the BBC period drama, with many viewers admitting the topless scenes are a highlight. Demelza and Ross Poldark  Caroline Penvenen  However, despite the lack of toplessness, viewers were thrilled to see the “brilliant” drama back on TV.One viewer said: “Poldarked and Poldazzled, that was a spellbinding great first episode for S3.”The episode saw Elizabeth (Heida Reed) have her baby, with a question mark still remaining about whether Poldark is actually the father.  Caroline Penvenen with Demelza Credit:Robert Viglasky  New additions to the cast this series include Josh Whitehouse as aristocrat Hugh Armitage, and Harry Richardson and Tom York as Demelza’s brothers Drake and Sam. Demelza and Ross PoldarkCredit:Mammoth Screen  Meanwhile, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) has a secret of her own – she is expecting again.She tells Poldark in a touching scene at the end of the episode that had viewers joking about the amount of pregnancies on the programme. One Twitter user said: “I swear every season of Poldark consists of either Elizabeth or Demelza poppin’ out them kiddies.”Another quipped: “I swear Demelza reveals she is with child every other episode. That’s a whole lot of breeding!”Poldark first aired on BBC1 in 2015 and returned for a second series in 2016. Sam Carne  Sam Carne, Demelza’s brother Credit:Robert Viglasky  So they were unimpressed when season three of the Cornwall-set drama got under way on Sunday night with barely an ab in sight.”That was a full 60 minutes without Ross taking his shirt off. Mugged,” one disappointed viewer moaned on Twitter.”Can’t help but notice Ross still has his shirt on. Sad times,” said another.One fan joked: “£Poldark Looks like Ross’ velcro shirt deal has fallen through … no bare chest.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Off road tyres on the web

first_imgAgora Tire has added to its website (www.agoratire.com), what it claims is “the first ever spot market price index for OTR tires.” The company says it is making “pricing available in order to establish a benchmark for fair pricing. [It] has taken on the responsibility of providing this information to the OTR industry.” Says Brad Harris, President of Agora Tire, “We simply felt compelled to provide this knowledge to the end-users in the industry in the midst of all the chaos in the market.”Assembly of the pricing chart on the Agora website requires daily input from scores of vendors, manufacturers and other suppliers buying and selling OTR tires in the spot market. Agora staff input the data and a custom database compiles and sorts the data. Reports are run that show the average monthly pricing by size and tire type. Says Harris, “To our knowledge, this is the only OTR tire price index that is available to the public, and its no secret that it was sorely needed.” What Harris refers to is the shortage of OTR tires over recent years and the subsequent escalation of pricing, sometimes up to four times what would have been previously paid for the same tire. “We’re committed to continuing to help end-users by providing this tool for a more stable business environment.”In fact, Agora is willing to go a step beyond providing the general pricing index. Harris says, “We also have the capability of doing more detailed analysis upon request. For instance, if an end-user is preparing to negotiate a sale and needs a pricing index for a specific type of tire that isn’t listed on our website, we can help them out.”While the Agora Tire price index is a welcome reference tool, Harris cautions OTR tire suppliers and end-users not to use the index as the sole means for determining selling prices. The index is a useful guide, but it can’t capture buying or selling practices and nuances that are unique to a given business and/or relationship. Says Harris, “Its not that we lack confidence in the accuracy of our numbers. There are multiple dynamics that could contribute to a higher or lower actual sales price. The real purpose of this index is to provide a tool for benchmarking historical pricing and predicting future trends which will enable anyone engaged in purchasing or selling OTR tires to make better informed decisions. Supplier and end-user negotiations will still dictate final purchase agreements between a given supplier and end-user.”last_img read more

Rio Tintos iron ore business delivering value through additional flexibility

first_imgIn a presentation to investors and analysts today in Perth, Rio Tinto showcases its Pilbara operations, a worldclass, leading-edge, fully integrated system. The presenters discuss how Rio Tinto’s iron ore business will continue to deliver superior value by developing greater flexibility across its system of mines, rail and ports in Western Australia, capable of dynamically responding to changes in market and customer demand.Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris Salisbury said “Our strategy is to optimise our Pilbara assets to deliver value for our shareholders. Our iron ore business delivered A$7.3 billion of free cash flow in 2017 and we will continue to maximise free cash flow by pursuing a value-over-volume approach, built on a portfolio of world-class assets that deliver our premium iron ore product, the Pilbara Blend.“We are driving productivity improvements right across the business and we continue to leverage considerable value from innovation and new technology. Our pioneering autonomous rail project, AutoHaul®, is on schedule to be implemented by the end of the year, and is already delivering benefits to the business through an uplift in rail capacity.“Removing our bottleneck in rail and increasing flexibility remain a key priority. This work is progressing well and rail and mine capacity should be in line with nameplate port capacity by the end of 2019. As we have said before, we will continue to optimise the system to provide the flexibility to respond to market conditions. However, importantly, capacity is not the same as tonnes shipped. How we use the capacity of our integrated system will be dynamic, in line with a strict value-over-volume approach.“We have an extensive pipeline of future development options, which we continue to grow. In 2018, our 700 km drilling program will provide both ongoing reserve replenishment and significant optionality to optimise operations.”More than 4,500 mine-to-market productivity initiatives are being pursued in iron ore, delivering A$500 million in additional free cash flow per year by 2021 as part of an annual Group-wide target of A$1.5 billion. The company’s productivity and cash focus are increasingly important to offset early signs of cost inflation which are returning to the industry.The Group’s sector-leading application of new technology is also discussed, including the continued successful roll out of automation, with 95 autonomous trucks and 11 autonomous drills already in operation. Work is progressing on the feasibility study for the Koodaideri project, designed to be the first mine to take full advantage of all these innovations.Salisbury added the company continues to benefit from changes in the Chinese steel industry.“The steel industry in China has undergone a significant shift in recent times due to supply-side reforms and environmental policy improvements. We believe these reforms are structural and that our business is well positioned to take advantage of these changes due to robust demand for our high quality products, including the Pilbara Blend.Other key points from the presentations include:A large drilling program for 2018 is scheduled, with 700 km of drilling scheduled at various operational hubs near existing mines in addition to exploration on new leasesThe Koodaideri feasibility study continues to progress. The project underpins the Pilbara Blend product and should be a low-cost operation with significant capacity optionalityExpected spending of ~A$2.2 billion on replacement mines over the next three years including initial spending on the Koodaideri, West Angelas and Robe Valley developmentsThe A$118 million Billiard South sustaining project is in development, helping to support Yandicoogina operations. Production is expected to commence in 2019The Silvergrass mine continues to ramp up to its 21 Mt/y capacity, running at an annualised rate of 15.3 Mt/y at end of the first quarter of 2018Sustaining capital spending of ~A$1 billion per year for the next three years in the PilbaraThe pioneering AutoHaul® project is building future system flexibility. Following regulatory approval received in May, full implementation of the autonomous programme is anticipated by the end of 2018Rail and mine capacity is expected to match nameplate port capacity by the end of 2019The rail productivity program, targeting every part of the rail system, will deliver additional capacity and flexibility to underpin our optimised supply chain design.And in sales and marketing:China’s steel industry is undergoing a structural change, removal of less efficient steel-making capacity and strong demand is supporting steel pricing and currently provides a robust backdrop for high quality iron oreShipment guidance for 2018 remains unchanged at between 330 Mt and 340 Mt.last_img read more

Upset for Usain Bolt who loses out to Justin Gatlin in Rome

first_imgFive steps in I stumbled and I didn’t feel my legs, I guess I need to do more strength work,” he said. “It’s just (a question of) time this season, it’s back to ground zero. I was all over the place and at the end it just wasn’t me.”Bolt added, laughing: “At least I got under 10sec! At 50m I had some problems but the rest of my race wasn’t bad.”- © AFP, 2013YouTube credit: starboyunlimitedThe shin-kicking championships looks as painful as it sounds5 things to look out for in the NBA Finals AMERICAN JUSTIN GATLIN pipped six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt to victory in the men’s 100 metres at the Rome Golden Gala, the fifth leg of the Diamond League, on Thursday.Gatlin came into the event buoyed by his victory in the opening leg in Doha and in Eugene last weekend, while Bolt was making his first appearance in Europe since his recent recovery from a hamstring injury.The American, an Olympic champion in 2004 who went on to serve a four-year doping ban, had a solid start and by 80 metres both he and Bolt were neck and neck as the pair pulled ahead of the field.As the finish approached Gatlin dipped his head over the line desperately, which was good enough to hand him the win in a time of 9.94sec, just outside his season’s best of 9.91 set in Beijing last month.Gatlin is shaping up to be one of Bolt’s biggest rivals this season but said times mattered little.“It’s about the dogfight, not (clocking a time of) 9.6(sec), it’s about putting a great show on,” said the American.Jamaican Bolt, the world record holder in 9.58sec, was second in a season best of 9.95, with Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut claiming a surprise third place finish ahead of American Michael Rodgers in a personal best of 10.02.Bolt admitted that after weeks on the sidelines trying to recover and with few top level races in his legs his technique was rusty.last_img read more

TShirt Tuesday Best Rick Morty Shirts

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Rick & Morty is back, and you can dress for the occasion in these eleven schwifty shirts.Special bonus: until August 17, use the code GEEK25 to get 25% off of any shirt!NASA StyleThe scientific minds at NASA are basically the polar opposite of Rick’s manic science, as they actually care if test subjects make it back alive, et cetera. That didn’t stop designer b00mskit from fusing the two into one insanely cool design. NASA’s iconic “meatball” logo was created by James Modarelli in 1959, and it’s one of the greatest of all time, in our opinion. This one’s a true way to show off your geek bonafides.$20, buy it here.Wubba Lubba Dub DubRick’s iconic catchphrase “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub” is allegedly from the language of the Birdperson that means “I am in great pain, please help me.” But the show’s rabid fanbase is speculating that it could have some other meaning that may be revealed later on, because there’s no such thing as a simple joke on this show. Artist kinggidra has one of the better takes on it we’ve seen.$20, buy it here.Vaporwave RickAs they galivant through alternate universes and time periods, Rick and Morty often have to blend in with their environment. This T-shirt from designer IceCreamPaintJob posits an episode where they get enmeshed in the vaporwave scene of the early 2010s, all aglow in neon colors, low-poly landscapes, and soft synthesizer whooshes. We’ve already seen Simpsonwave emerge as a full-fledged genre, so who would be surprised by Rickwave as its own damn thing?$20, buy it here.Lawnmower DogThe second episode of the first season, Lawnmower Dog, really gave us a clue of how far Rick & Morty would go in pursuit of a joke. When Jerry asks Rick to make Morty’s dog Snuffles smarter, so he’ll stop pissing on the carpet, he elevates the canine’s intelligence high enough to enable him to take over the world. Designer Pandoramonium remembers.$20, buy it here.Fake GunSeason 3 started with the oldest Rick trick in the book, as he laid out a daring plan to get McDonald’s to bring back Szechuan dipping sauce for McNuggets while trapped in his own memories. The key prop is a fake gun that Rick finagles into Morty’s hands to shoot him during a standoff, and artist jardeergrutp has immortalized it – note and all – on this very nice T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Rick FaceThe art style of Rick & Morty is deceptively simple, with some faces only made up of a handful of seemingly careless lines. But behind that simplicity lies the potential for very expressive characters, as artist podborski embraces with his extreme close-up of Rick’s leering, drunken visage. Let this shirt be your own wingman – no matter what you look like, it can’t be this bad.$20, buy it here.The Rick & Morty FilesNow that’s a crossover I’d pay money to see. Can you imagine Mulder and Scully having to wrap their minds around the universe-destroying chaos caused y Rick Sanchez on his boozy jaunts across all of spacetime? It would be truly legendary. Kudos to artist b00mskit for coming up with the concept and executing it to perfection.$20, buy it here.Mr. MeeseeksThe show has introduced some supporting characters who have taken on a life of their own, but few have the staying power of Mr. Meeseeks. One of a seemingly infinite legion of interdimensional creatures who are released from a Meeseeks Box to do the wielder’s bidding, they’re motivated solely by the desire for death, which happens at the end of their given task. This shirt from SmashAdams plasters the creature’s grinning, crazed visage across your torso to let people know you’re here to help, Jerry.$20, buy it here.PlumbusYou know, the plumbus. You have one in your house. Everybody knows what it is! You can get one for six and a half brapples, six if they’re on sale. Ask carloj1956, he knows all about them. If you haven’t used a 3D printer to make your own at home (yes, people are doing that), you might as well get the damn thing on a shirt so you can look normal.$20, buy it here.SquanchyOne of Rick’s closest friends, the cat-like creature known as Squanchy is a debased, vile mammal who gets off by strangling himself. If that’s the kind of thing you relate to, why not advertise it to the world by displaying his horrific visage on your T-shirt? As designed by KetchupEArte, every inch of the cat-thing’s head is rendered in uncomfortably graphic detail.$20, buy it here.Pickle RickLast week’s episode saw one of the goofiest premise the show’s ever come up with turned into an all-time classic episode. To get out of a family therapy session, Rick transforms himself into a pickle. That doesn’t sound like a recipe for chaos, but Rick & Morty always delivers. Pickle Rick escapes into the sewers, builds himself a new body out of rat carcasses and more. Artist kramcox has the Pickle Rick shirt you never knew you wanted.$20, buy it here.Szechuan SauceThose magnificent bastards. They actually brought it back. With a little help from illustrator SantiagoAlonso, sure, but they brought it back. Show your allegiance to the mighty Szechuan Dipping Sauce with this fine shirt.$20, buy it here.Remember, until August 17, use the code GEEK25 to get 25% off of any shirt!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Risky behavior on the streets leading to spike in motor accidents teenager

first_img TCI Deputy Fire Chief ‘ok’ after scary-looking accident Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#drivetoarrivealive, #magneticmedianews, #riseinmotoraccidentsonBahamasstreets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – Police say the public is taking a lot of risks while driving and that is driving up the frequency in traffic accidents in The Bahamas.   Using cell phones, driving drunk, driving sleepy and speeding were cited as the main causes for traffic accidents following the Thursday night traffic tragedy on Nassau streets.The accident on East Street South and Sealink Drive at around 10pm has resulted in a teenage boy’s death, and serious injury to others in the two car collision.  Assistant Superintendent Craig Stubbs, officer-in-charge of the Traffic Division reported on the surge in bad driving habits and accidents resulting from them, “Drivers have to not only drive for themselves, but also for the persons in front of them, the persons behind them and the pedestrians that may be walking in their immediate area.”In the deadly head on crash Thursday night, a white Honda Fit was heading south, a black Nissan Fuga was heading north when there was impact; the force of the impact said Press Officer, Shanta Knowles sent the white car spiraling and it slammed into a lamp pole.   The boy, a passenger in that Honda Fit was dead on the spot.   Both drivers were in serious condition at hospital.#MagneticMediaNews#drivetoarrivealive#riseinmotoraccidentsonBahamasstreetslast_img read more

India trying to create pressure on Myanmar Sushma tells Hasina

first_imgSheikh Hasina and Sushma SwarajIndian minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj on has expressed her government’s full support to Bangladesh’s stance over Rohingya issue, reports UNB.Sushma Swaraj talked to prime minister Sheikh Hasina over phone on Thursday night and conveyed the message to her, PM’s deputy press secretary Nazrul Islam said after the conversation from Ganobhaban.Sushma said the Indian government is trying to create a pressure bilaterally and multilaterally on Myanmar to stop the persecution of Rohingya Muslims as well as take back the refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.“Rohingya problem is not an issue for Bangladesh only, rather it has turned into a global matter from a regional one,” Sushma Swaraj told the prime minister.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Rohingyas only on humanitarian ground. Myanmar must acknowledge the Rohingyas as their nationals, she said.Sheikh Hasina said the government has allocated land for makeshift arrangement to give shelter to the Rohingyas. But, it will certainly create a big problem for Bangladesh for their long-term stay.Hasina said the leaders and workers of her party along with the administration are working round the clock to provide food, shelter and medicare services to the Rohingyas.India high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla was present at Ganobhaban at that time.PM’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi and principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury were also present.Harsh Vardhan Shringla informed the prime minister of the first consignment of Indian relief materials sent for the Rohingya refugees.last_img read more