Croatia international midfielder Mateo Kovacic has said that it feels “amazing” to have completed a one-year loan move to Chelsea from Real Madrid.The 24-year-old has departed Santiago Bernabeu in search of regular football, having started only 21 matches across all competitions last season, and hopes he will find it at Stamford Bridge.Goal reported on Tuesday that a move was in the pipeline and it was completed formally on Thursday as part of the deal that saw Thibaut Courtois move in the opposite direction, hours before the transfer deadline in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It is a move that excites a player who was such a strong influence in his country’s surprise push to the World Cup final at Russia 2018, where they were finally unseated by France.He told the club’s official website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”With a strong work ethic and a reputation as being a player with excellent technical abilities on the ball, it is expected that the former Inter and Dinamo Zagreb man will slot neatly into the system of new coach Maurizio Sarri at the London club.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia explained: “He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.”We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family.”Welcome to Stamford Bridge, @Mateo_Kova23! 💙 #WelcomeKovacic pic.twitter.com/XsDvGswXDK— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 9, 2018His arrival follows hot on the heels of that of Kepa, who became the club’s record signing and the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he was unveiled on Wednesday for a fee of £72 million ($93m).Over the course of the summer, the Blues have also added veteran goalkeeper Robert Green to their ranks from Huddersfield, while midfielder Jorginho followed manager Sarri from Napoli for around £57m.They begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday with a trip to Huddersfield, having drawn all three of their ICC fixtures, including against Lyon on Monday.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas won the last four games to beat fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2 and reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals on Friday.Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, seemed to be in command when he broke at the start of the third set. But the Spaniard rallied to set up a semi against 11th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France or No. 16 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. They were playing their match later Friday.In other quarterfinals, defending champion Rafael Nadal will face unseeded Diego Schwartzman and second-ranked Novak Djokovic will play David Goffin.Ramos-Vinolas needed 2 and a half hours to win, but could have got there faster after leading 5-3 in the tiebreaker – only for Cilic to level the set score with a volley that only just landed in. He puffed his cheeks in relief.Cilic won their only previous match on clay five years ago in Hamburg, Germany, but the Spaniard looked sharp here early on. He broke Cilic in the third game and clinched the first set when Cilic’s cross-court backhand went out.Ramos-Vinolas won on his first match point when Cilic double-faulted.
XOLO Era 1X was launched in September 2016. The 4G VoLTE smartphone is now available at a new attractive price of Rs 4,999. The device is available at across all online channels in the country. “The phone has proven to be phenomenally successful for XOLO ever since its launch and continues to be one of the top selling phones in the 4-6k category,” notes XOLO.In terms of the specifications, the XOLO Era 1X comes packed with a 5-inch IPS display with 1280X720 pixels resolution and 294ppi. XOLO Era 1X runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by 1.3GHz Spreadtrum SC9832A quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. “XOLO Era 1X ensures a lag-free, smooth and powerful performance,” says the company in a press report.Also Read: Xolo Era 2X budget 4G phone with fingerprint scanner launched at Rs 6,666On the camera front, the XOLO Era 1X comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, which will come with several other additional features like — autofocus, LED flash, 4P Largan lens and 1080p video recording. While on the front, the XOLO Era 1X will sport a 5-megapixel selfie camera which will come with dual-LED flash and f/2.2 aperture. The Smart Camera packs multiple features like Live Photos, Beauty Mode, Burst Mode, Time-lapse and Slow-Motion.On the storage front, the smartphone comes packed with an 8GB internal storage memory. Further, the storage space can be expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.The smartphone also comes with a removable 2,500mAh battery and is expected to deliver up to 13 hours of talk time and is also said to last up to 185 hours on standby mode. On the connectivity options, XOLO Era 1X comes with several options like — dual-SIM card slots, 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.advertisement
You can’t write the script any better than this. On Monday, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled that the infamous Joe Mixon video is public record and could be released to literally anybody in the public who would ask for it.The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals rules the Joe Mixon punch video IS a public record and SHOULD be released.— Phil Cross (@philsnews) February 22, 2016So that’s interesting. And probably bad for OU. Fox sent some people over to get the tape from the court and … you’re not going to believe this … it wasn’t there. Court now saying they don’t have a copy of the Mixon tape. It was played in court and was supposed to be preserved.— Phil Cross (@philsnews) February 22, 2016Surely there isn’t anything shady going on here! This was the best retort I got on Twitter, by the way.@pistolsguy did someone give Ken Kratz a call?! #Manitowoc— Jr Colmenares (@OSUJr) February 22, 2016But seriously, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Somebody has to have the tape, right? Right?!I wrote about the Mixon thing last year. Nothing has really changed for me. It’s dumb that they kept him and dumb if they kick him off simply because people see the video.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Barcelona Mathieu: Criticism at Barca was ‘f***** up’ Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 19:27 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Getty Images Barcelona UEFA Champions League Sporting CP v Barcelona Sporting CP The French defender had some harsh words before facing his former club with Sporting CP this week Jeremy Mathieu believes he was unfairly singled out for criticism at Barcelona and would love to prove a point to president Josep Maria Bartomeu and technical director Robert Fernandez when Sporting CP host the La Liga leaders on Wednesday.Mathieu moved to Lisbon during the off-season after an underwhelming three-year stint at Camp Nou, during which he announced his surprise retirement from international football.Mathieu 14/1 to score vs Barca Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 The 33-year-old defender appears to have already made a more favourable impression at Sporting, netting a magnificent free-kick in the 2-0 home win over Tondela earlier this month.If he nets again against Barca in the Champions League, he told Marca any celebration would be aimed in the direction of Bartomeu and Fernandez, whose reputations took a battering amid the fallout of Neymar’s world-record switch to Paris Saint-Germain.”I don’t know [if I would celebrate],” he said. “I have a lot of respect for my former team-mates and the fans. “If I celebrate it will be for Bartomeu and Robert Fernandez, because I think the way they treated me was very difficult for me.”It was just the two of them. But that’s football and now I’m very happy. I do not care anymore.”With respect to Barcelona itself, here I feel a bit like when I was in Valencia. It is a very familiar club and I was comfortable from day one.”Mathieu was particularly stung by the criticism he received from Catalan newspaper Sport, claiming celebrated Barca defenders Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano were spared the level of scrutiny he endured after Barca’s Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus last season.”The newspaper Sport, I’m a little f***** up with them because every time I played they always had something bad to say against me.”Football is a team sport and when you lose it is never the fault of one, that is my opinion.”I have seen the match against Juventus and everyone says that I was the problem. It is true that [on the first] goal I am one against one and do not tackle, stand off and then they make a pass.”They could say ‘what does Mascherano or Pique do?’ but no. It is my opinion.”
A free-flowing and entertaining game was played in front of more than 25,000 spectators, including a sizeable contingent of Poland fans. Stationed behind the goal where Szymanski scored, they had a perfect view of his 30-yard free-kick as it curled into the top corner. Boothroyd was far from impressed, not least because the England goalkeeper Angus Gunn decided against having a wall. “I was really surprised [by that],” Boothroyd said. “It was almost a free shot on goal. I was very disappointed but it’s one of those things we can put right straight away.”That goal cancelled out Calvert-Lewin’s opener, which was tapped home from inside the six-yard box following a lovely piece of play from Reiss Nelson, who glided round the Poland goalkeeper before intelligently cutting the ball back. Nelson then squandered a chance to double England’s lead and the Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny twice came close to scoring, first with a superb 25-yard half-volley that was turned behind and later with a deflected effort that was pushed on to a post. It was not the result Aidy Boothroyd wanted but evenings like this will do the England manager’s young players no harm in the long term. The bigger picture is this summer’s European Championship finals in Italy and San Marino, where England will need to be more ruthless in front of goal when they come up against opponents in the same mould as Poland if they harbour genuine hopes of bringing home silverware.Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s early strike should have provided England with the platform to go on and win a game in which they were the far more accomplished side for long periods, but they never quite managed to turn their neat approach play into the hard currency of goals and were ultimately undone by a brilliant set piece at the other end. Friendlies Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest Read more match reports Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Alex McLeish confident of ‘bouncing back’ after Kazakhstan debacle Share on Facebook Niall McGinn shows Northern Ireland the way in opening win against Estonia England Under-21s Share on Messenger Sebastian Szymanski’s perfectly executed free-kick shortly after the half-hour mark pegged England back just at a time when they were playing with freedom and looked to be enjoying themselves. Although England recovered from the setback and continued to control possession – the effervescent Phil Foden was often at the centre of their more promising attacks – that killer final pass, or pinpoint cross, was missing.Boothroyd named an experimental lineup here and has plenty of other talented players to bring back into the fold, either against Germany in Bournemouth on Tuesday or at the finals in June, so solutions should not be difficult to find. That probably explains why the England manager was not too worried by the scoreline.“I thought it was really satisfying because the games against Poland and Germany were always going to be more difficult than what we’ve had,” Boothroyd said. “Their coach said to me at the end: ‘Thanks for the defensive workout.’” It was up to us to break them down. Although I thought we played some fantastic stuff, the final ball was not quite right tonight but that happens, especially when you’ve not been together for four months.” Reuse this content
Frankie Amaya took a deep breath as the seconds ticked away before the first selection of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. He knew there was a good chance he could be the first player chosen, but he wasn’t taking anything for granted. He watched the countdown, nerves building up, and just when he thought the agony would be stopped by the sound of his name being announced, FC Cincinnati called a timeout.”It was the longest four minutes of my life,” Amaya told Goal as he recalled the roller coaster of emotions that peaked with him eventually being taken as the first player in Friday’s draft in Chicago.Amaya has enjoyed a rapid rise in recent months. He has quickly gone from a respected, but not highly recruited youth player, to U.S. Under-20 national team player, to professional. Along the way he started in a Concacaf final, and now he can call himself a top draft pick. Not bad for a player few outside of Southern California had heard of just six months ago, a player who wore the same suit on draft day that he wore to his high school prom just eight months ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In the fall, Amaya was a freshman at UCLA, and he began his college career with an injury. He eventually recovered well enough to earn a call-up for the Concacaf U-20 championship in November, but he was still catching up to the rest of the group, which included several pro players.Amaya didn’t start in the group stage of the tournament, but eventually he won over U.S. coach Tab Ramos with his skill and tenacity. The teenager earned a starting role in the knockout rounds, and put in an outstanding performance in the USA’s 2-0 victory against Mexico in the final.”[Amaya] has excellent control of the ball under any circumstance,” Ramos told Goal. “And then he has a good change of pace to get away from a defender and then can make the good pass with good timing. He makes a really good effort defensively too, and he doesn’t get enough credit for that. I think he has all the qualities to be a great player.”Amaya admits that the experience of beating Mexico in the Concacaf U-20 final helped instill a new level of confidence in him, one he feels will help him make the transition to the pro level.“That game meant the world to me honestly because I wasn’t really the best player on that team,” Amaya said. “I worked really hard during the camp to earn my spot and I just want to thank Tab for giving me the chance to showcase my skills on a team with mostly pros.”A final you always have to play your best game,” Amaya said of his showing against Mexico. “My family is Mexican-American so it gave me a little more motivation. They were all wearing U.S. shirts back home and I didn’t want to let them down. Especially with Thanksgiving coming up. I didn’t want to go home a loser.”Not only did Amaya go home from that tournament a champion, he also thrust his name squarely into the conversation for a Generation Adidas contract, and MLS came calling soon after. During that time, FC Cincinnati had already begun to scout him as a potential draft target.”He’s a fighter. He’s not the biggest guy on he field, but he has that fighting spirit and you can tell he has a desire to get better,” FC Cincinnati technical director Luke Sassano told Goal. “He has that commitment mentally and he’s getting better and better.””A lot of people think that I can’t play defense but I’m just a work machine,” Amaya said. “People are more talented than me, but I don’t think anyone on the field is going to work harder than me, offensively and defensively. I like to get in tackles and stuff like that even though I’m a small player. I like to challenge every ball.”Now Amaya will face the challenge of fighting for playing time in the professional ranks. FC Cincinnati knows it must take its time with him, but Ramos believes Amaya is already good enough to see playing time in the pros.”Sometimes we invest in some South American players that come who are young but take a little while,’ Ramos said. “(Ezequiel) Barco is an example. Those guys cost a lot of money and I think we have guys like Frankie that I think, for me, are every bit as good. They just need an opportunity.”Ramos gave Amaya that opportunity in November and Amaya made the most of it. Now, Amaya is eager to get his pro career going. He believes he has the ability to succeed, even if he admits his rapid rise in recent months is more than he could ever have expected.”I’m not going to lie, I didn’t see this coming,” Amaya said. “I worked hard my whole life. I knew something would happen, but I didn’t know all this would happen so fast.”It’s all hard work, and now I just want to start playing. Being a pro is something I’ve always dreamed about and I’m ready to give it my all.”
Who is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena WilliamsNot only did Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title but the 19-year-old also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam title in 13 years.advertisement Anita Jat New YorkSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 09:42 IST For playing against a player of a stature like Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu looked extremely confident (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBianca Andreescu held off a late charge by Serena Williams to win 6-3 7-5Bianca’s parents – Maria and Nicu – had immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1994Bianca credits her parents, specially her mother, for her success at such early stageWhen she was 16, Bianca Andreescu wrote herself a fake US Open winner’s check as she dreamt herself holding the coveted trophy. The teen kept updating the amount of prize money as it rose in real life. And after 3 years, she was there, standing at the Flushing Meadows, holding the champion’s check worth USD 3.85 million.The victory at the US Open was huge for Bianca Andreescu as it came against the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. But Bianca showed nerves of steel while facing the former world No. 1 to make sure the first time was her time.Not only did Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title but the 19-year-old also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam title in 13 years. The last teenager to win a major was Maria Sharapova, who was 19 when she won the 2006 US Open. Moreover, Andreescu also became the first player born in the 2000s (man or woman) to reach a Grand Slam final.On Sunday, Andreescu was furious on court. For playing against a player of a stature like Serena Williams, Andreescu looked extremely confident and it was rather the American who seemed to be under immense pressure. With her 6-3, 7-4 win over Williams, Andreescu penned one of the most amazing stories in tennis to become a household name among the tennis fans.The daughter of Romanian immigrants to CanadaBianca’s parents – Maria Andreescu and Nicu Andreescu – originally immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1994. “We arrived in Canada with two suitcases and that’s all,” Nicu told the Globe and Mail,” Maria Andreescu recalled during an interview.advertisementBianca returned to her native country at the age of 6 with her mom while her dad stayed behind in Canda. The mother-daughter duo returned to Canada permanently a few years later for the better good.A message from your 2019 women’s singles champion, @Bandreescu_!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/3OSLzPLIuwUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2019Andreescu and her open media appearancesIn her last 8 game Andreescu, found a way to claw back from a set down to win the match. When asked by a reporter how did she managed to do it, Andreescu replied that she said to herself to bring her “it” together, just barely stopping herself before uttering the preceding “sh.”At the Rogers Cup, she consoled a tearful Serena who had to retire hurt from the final and boosted her with her words. “You’re a f-cking beast.”Andreescu and her love for dogsFrom media day to hoisting the trophy, @Bandreescu_ is all about #USOpen pic.twitter.com/K9lBmnas4LUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2019Andreescu has a furry, 7-pound brown dog that often comes to see her play in the matches. Andreescu’s parents brought Coco to the semi-final game where their daughter faced Belinda Bencic.Andreescu and her super fashionable mothersuch a lil nug https://t.co/7aVlwKVXcTBianca (@Bandreescu_) September 5, 2019Bianca Andreescu rose to fame with her phenomenal rise in year 2019. However, it is not just Andreescu in her family who has caught the media attention but her mother Maria Andreescu is also becoming a celebrity in her own right.Maria became the talk of the town with her dressing style during the US Open.Andreescu describes her mother as “the coolest person” she knows. She does seemed like one with her over-sized black sunglasses at night, big hair, and a Versace-esque print top that read “Dog Queen” on the collar, accessorized with the family pooch, Coco, on her lap.She is calm as a monkAndreescu credits her parents, specially her mother, for her success at such early stage. The 19-year-old maintains that she learned how to stay calm in important moments from meditating, something that her mother taught her at a very young age.In the epic showdown on Sunday, Andreescu looked extremely focused and as cool as cucumber against the G.O.A.T Serena Williams and that’s because she knows how to control her mind.”I think if you can control your mind, then you can control a lot of things. When I’m on the court in front of these big stages, I’m really good at just blocking everything and staying in the zone,” Andreescu had said.Also Read | It’s super frustrating: Serena Williams on losing 4 Grand Slam finals since comebackAlso Read | That’s so Canadian: Bianca apologizes to crowd after stunning Serena in US Open finalAlso Read | US Open: Teenager Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam titleadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Editors’ Recommendations Further ReadingThe Manual Awards 2018: The Best of Athens, GeorgiaSouthern Food and Slow Cookers: An Interview with Hugh AchesonAcheson Shares Some of His Tastiest Slow Cooker RecipesCreature Comforts Brewing Co. is the Rising Star of Athens, GeorgiaBeards, Booze, and Bacon with Jessi Singh A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the roundtable of Food and Spirits Editor Sam Slaughter, Social Media Manager Jake Rossman, and fearless host Greg Nibler sits down with the inimitable chef, Hugh Acheson, to talk about one of the winners of The Manual Awards 2018: Athens, Georgia.From how he established his restaurant empire to his favorite places to eat in town, Acheson walks the group through the best that this burgeoning college town has to offer. In the process, we cover why slow cookers are making a comeback, how cooking a good meal in a slow cooker takes more than just setting it and forgetting it, what it’s like to balance the responsibilities of running multiple restaurants with festival appearance, television spots, and writing books.Acheson also tells us what he’s most interested in culinarily and why. Hint: Some of it has to do with Indian food a la our previous podcast with chef Jessi Singh! Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary
Some of us can probably remember a time when a home’s water came from an iron hand-pump and its sewage disposal needs were handled by a little building in the back yard. The time when every home had a hand-pumped well and an outhouse out back is a thing of the past. The same can be said for the time when it was okay to use a straight pipe to empty sewage directly into the environment. Most home and cottage owners in Nova Scotia use appropriate systems to handle their sewage, whether it’s a municipal system or an approved septic system. Recently, residents near the LaHave River in Lunenburg County expressed their concern that raw sewage is entering the river. This sewage is coming from homes that do not use a septic system. They release sewage directly into the environment through straight pipes. I share Nova Scotians’ desire to protect this beautiful and historic river — and the environment throughout our province. When the Department of Environment becomes aware of a straight pipe being used by a home or cottage, we take action by requiring the property owner to upgrade to an approved septic system. In order to investigate, the law says we must have reasonable and probable grounds that there is a straight pipe in use. The challenge is that some property owners may not be aware that they have an illegal straight pipe. Meanwhile, others wrongly believe that their straight pipe is grandfathered and they are exempt from the law. Let me be clear: there are no provisions in place anywhere in Nova Scotia for raw sewage to enter the environment through straight pipes. It’s important for all homes and cottages to have appropriate, properly working septic systems. Not only does this protect our environment, it helps prevent property damage from sewage backups and the contamination of well water. If you have any questions, or for more information on the proper disposal of wastewater, visit our website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/wastewater/ or drop in to your local Environment office. We will continue our efforts to educate home and cottage owners about the rules around sewage disposal, and we’re seeking the assistance of communities throughout the province to help spread the word. Thank you in advance for your help in keeping our waterways and our environment clean and safe for families to enjoy today and for generations to come. -30-
Les Hotesses d’Hilaire walked away with two awards on the night — Francophone Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year. The rapper, from Enfield, N.S., produced the tune, which also samples a song from emerging Cape Breton-born, Halifax based singer-songwriter Dave Sampson. “Once again, the awards show proved to be an excellent way to kick off the ECMAs,” said Andy McLean, the group’s executive director. Advertisement SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A fun collaboration with Snoop Dogg called “No Pressure” rewarded Nova Scotia rapper Classified with the Song of the Year award Thursday night at the annual East Coast Music Awards. — By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Old Man Luedecke captured Album of the Year for his Domestic Eccentric. Produced by Tim O’Brien, the album was recorded in a small cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods. Ever-popular Lennie Gallant was named the Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the year. Industry sessions and local performances continue though the weekend. The awards show, hosted by comedian James Mullinger, was held in Saint John, N.B. The remaining 2017 East Coast Music Awards, including the Industry Awards, will be handed out over the course of the weekend as the festival continues in Saint John. Tristan Horncastle had the Country Recording of the Year with “Turnin’ Up a Sundown.” Like a Motorcycle took home the coveted Rising Star Recording of the Year award for their hard-driving rock tune “High Hopes.” Login/Register With: Facebook The East Coast Music Association is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry to foster, develop and celebrate East Coast music and its artists. Advertisement Other winners Thursday night included War Horses for Indigenous Artist of the Year, and The Motorleague with Rock Recording of the Year for “Holding Patterns.” The show featured live performances by David Myles, Classified, Ria Mae, Tomato/Tomato, and others. Advertisement Classified also produced Ria Mae’s self-titled album, which captured the award for Solo Recording of the year. Mae’s album featuring “Clothes Off” became a smash hit on the Canadian radio charts and grabbed a Juno nomination for single of the year — a category based on sales. Twitter
TORONTO – Men and women are each making comparable contributions to the family finances in nearly one-third of all couples, Statistics Canada said Wednesday as the latest data from the 2016 census revealed new details about how — and which — Canadians are paying the bills.Of the 8.2 million married or common-law couples in the country last year, 96 per cent of them saw both members earn at least some income in 2015, the most recent year for which data was available, the agency reported.And in 32 per cent of cases, both incomes were “fairly equal,” or within 40 to 60 per cent of each other — a marked improvement over 1985, when only 20.6 per cent of couples were each making comparable salaries.“Many factors have contributed to this advance, led by the increased labour force participation of women,” Statistics Canada said in a brief on the new data. “Combined with a narrowing of the gender wage gap, women now contribute a larger portion of the couple’s combined income.”Men, however, continue to earn an appreciably higher income in fully half of all opposite-sex couples, while women earned the larger share in just 17.3 per cent of cases — a glaring difference, although significantly better than in 1985, when nearly three-quarters of the men made more, compared with just eight per cent of the women.The gender gap persists in same-sex couples, too: male couples earned a median income of $100,707 in 2015, compared with $92,857 for female couples.As she embarks on a career in law, a profession long dominated by men, Jennifer Chan said she expects to work longer than many of her male colleagues, citing student debt, the gender wage gap and potential family obligations, if she decides to have children.Two years after graduating, much of Chan’s Legal Aid salary goes towards paying down her student loans instead of building savings. She’s proud to say she’s knocked $30,000 off her outstanding balance “on a completely average salary.”Chan, 27, said she could have pursued a higher-paying corporate job, but at the expense of career satisfaction and work-life balance. Still, the decision will affect her financial goals, she admitted.“I work at Legal Aid; it’s not like I’m going to make millions of dollars here,” she said, describing the double whammy of lower pay and heavier debt load that can hit new female graduates especially hard.It will likely mean holding off on buying a home right away – the Toronto housing market is especially expensive, she conceded – as well as putting on hold her plans to max out her RRSP and tax-free savings account.“It’s prolonging some of the other financial goals that I have … but ultimately it was a choice that I made.”Women in the workforce, especially in professions long dominated by men, will likely earn less over their career and work later in life to achieve a comparable level of pension and retirement savings, said Nora Spinks of the Ottawa-based Vanier Institute of the Family.Women, Spinks said, tend to be slightly younger than their male partners, are paid less and often choose to leave temporarily in order to have and raise children. Those who get divorced later in life often suffer an especially heavy financial blow.“The women who are now in their 60s were part of the cohort that lost time in pension-building when their kids were little, because they often had a year or two without benefits and the like,” said Spinks, noting women simply have to work longer to support themselves.What’s more, she added, women aren’t guaranteed more security or spending power just because they’re generating more income.“Those women who are in the paid labour force and maybe earning, finally, $100,000 — are they supporting their mothers in another household? Are they sending money back to the Philippines? Are they providing funds for their grandchildren’s childcare? Have they just given their kids a massive down payment for their own Toronto home?”As more women join the workforce, census data released earlier this year showed a comparable increase in the number of men choosing to be stay-at-home dads — evidence of shifting societal norms, Spinks added.She cited outdated Hollywood stereotypes in movies like “Three Men and a Baby” and “Mr. Mom,” which “showed men as incompetent. Incapable. Klutzes. Not any more.”“The image of the stay-at-home dad is no longer one of failure or an idiot, but rather one really dedicated to family and being there for his family.”There’s a wrinkle, however: any growth in men swapping roles with women likely has more to do with the last major economic downturn and a loss of manufacturing jobs than with any great strides forward in pay equity or gender parity.“It’s not that she’s gone up significantly,” she said. “It’s that he’s gone down.”Making sure women have supports at home to pursue career goals is also key.Family doctor Ritika Goel, also a new mom, said she’s hyper-aware of how often family obligations and work obligations clash for women.Goel, 33, works in a community health centre that supported her desire to take a year of maternity leave, but has several physician friends in male-dominated specialty fields that actively discourage taking time off.“I chose to take a year off and I’m happy I did that for my life and my bonding with my child,” she said. “At the same time, those are things that impact your career prospects.”
It is the first time the effect has been found to work in adults.”Conventional research shows that right-ear advantage diminishes around age 13, but our results indicate this is related to the demand of the task,” said Dr Aurora Weaver, assistant professor at Auburn and member of the research team. The research could help scientists improve hearing aids Credit:Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo “Cognitive skills, of course, are subject to decline with advanced aging, disease, or trauma,” added Dr Weaver.”Therefore, we need to better understand the impact of cognitive demands on listening.”The research was presented at the annual Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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. Listening with the right ear stimulates the left side of the brain which processes language For the new experiment, 41 participants aged between 19 and 28 were asked to wear a headset and recall a list of numbers played into either their right, or left ear piece.The researchers found that when the list of numbers was small – fewer than six digits – there was no difference in ear performance. However as the list grew, results were an average of eight per cent better when the numbers were played into to the right hand ear. The performance of some individuals improved as much as 41 per cent for the right ear.Scientists knew that children hear more easily through the right ear but it was thought that by adulthood, both ears had taken on equal load.The team are hoping the research will help improve hearing aids and deafness testing. Researcher Danielle Sacchinelli added: “The more we know about listening in demanding environments, and listening effort in general, the better diagnostic tools, auditory management, including hearing aids, and auditory training will become.”Recent research also suggested that loss of hearing is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, because it puts a greater strain on the brain when interpreting sound.So the new study could also help scientists understand how deafness impacts neurodegenerative diseases. Many people, when struggling to hear, will naturally cock their head to the right hand side, in a bid to improve the sound.But a new study has shown that the instinctual movement has a scientific basis. The right ear is indeed better equipped for not only listening but also making sense of noise.And it is to do with how the brain interprets sound.Listening is a complex task which requires not only sensitive hearing, but also the ability to turn the information into meaning. Once you add the distraction of background noise and the constant interruptions of modern life, that ability to comprehend becomes far more tricky.However sound entering the right ear is processed by the left side of the brain, which controls speech, language development, and portions of memory.So turning the right ear towards the speaker, or noise source, will allow more information to travel to the side of the brain where it can be more easily interpreted, according to audiology researchers at Auburn University in Alabama, US.
Stephen Hawking’s former nurse has been suspended as a secret hearing takes place over allegations of “serious” misconduct, it has emerged.Patricia Dowdy, 61, has been banned from practicing since the scientist’s family lodged a complaint against her in 2016.A hearing into the case is currently taking place at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), but the details of the allegations have been kept secret and the public and the media have been banned from attending.The decision to hold the tribunal behind closed doors has raised concerns about open justice.Mrs Dowdy worked for the A Brief History of Time author for around 15 years and was frequently seen at his side.Prof Hawking died aged 76 at his Cambridge home in March last year, more than 50 years after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.Cambridge is where the alleged “misconduct” took place, according to details on the NMC website.Further publicly available documents show that Mrs Dowdy was suspended in March 2016, a decision which is normally only taken when the allegations are sufficiently serious.The “substantive” hearing against her is likely to last until January 18, but it will remain behind closed doors. A source with knowledge of the inquiry told the Mail on Sunday that the allegations were “pretty serious”. In 2004 Professor Hawking’s second wife Elaine Mason was accused of abusing the physicist by ten nurses who had cared for him after he was repeatedly taken to hospital with injuries including a broken wrist, and cuts to his face and lip.Police took no action after both Prof Hawking and Ms Mason denied the allegations.It is not known whether Mrs Dowdy was one of the nurses involved in the complaint.A source close to Prof Hawking told the Telegraph: ““I knew Pat, she was lovely. She was fully qualified. I don’t know what this is all about, but I’m sure it’s nonsense. And now Stephen’s not here to protect her.”Matthew McClelland, Director of Fitness to Practise at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said: “Our legislation and guidance is very clear that hearings usually take place in public. “Sometimes there are important reasons – including in this particular case – why we hold hearings in private in order to protect the interests of all individuals affected. 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. Mrs Dowdy, from Ipswich, Suffolk, said that she had “no comment” to make on the proceedings. Professor Stephen Hawking with nurse Patricia DowdyCredit:REX/Shutterstock
Colorado School of Mines and ConocoPhillips have announced the establishment of the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE²ST (Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology) at Colorado School of Mines with a leadership investment of $3 million in the university. The centre will focus on research and education that promote joint sustainability of unconventional energy production and water resources. “By establishing this unique centre at Colorado School of Mines, ConocoPhillips demonstrates the value it places on educating students about the technical aspects of energy and water resources, and exposing them to the critical sustainability questions that arise around unconventional energy production,” says Mines President Bill Scoggins. “The centre will advance our expertise in earth, energy and environment, and further strengthen our longstanding partnership with ConocoPhillips.”Mines Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Terri Hogue will serve as director of the centre, for areas of focus will include education; community acceptance, communication and corporate social responsibility research; and integrated water resources assessment research. The research and educational initiatives undertaken at the centre will benefit not only unconventional energy producers and water-reliant industrial stakeholders, but also the general public.“We cannot be a leading Exploration and Production company without also being a great water company,” says Al Hirshberg, Executive Vice President, Technology & Projects, ConocoPhillips. “The ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE²ST is an important extension of our existing global efforts around water sustainability.”ConocoPhillips takes a comprehensive approach and implements action plans to respect water resources and support the company’s sustainable efforts. In 2013, the company’s actions included reducing water use per well for hydraulic fracturing in Eagle Ford by about 45% and establishing a Water Solutions group to ensure it has the technology and technical capability to meet future water management goals. In Doha, Qatar, the company’s Global Water Sustainability Center uses state-of-the-art analytical capabilities to advance the science around produced water treatment, seawater desalination and water reuse and recycling. Research is then shared across the company.“Challenges presented by water are diverse and highly specialized,” says Fran Vallejo, Vice President and Treasurer, ConocoPhillips, and a Colorado School of Mines graduate. “They require innovative ideas and solutions from the best and brightest minds, which is why we are proud to collaborate with Colorado School of Mines to develop this state-of-the-art centre.”ConocoPhillips has a longstanding commitment to Colorado School of Mines. By supporting education, charitable giving, volunteerism and civic leadership, the company helps build skills critical for the future. Through this and other educational contributions, ConocoPhillips aims to advance research in secondary and technical education; support diversity of the talent pool in math, science and engineering disciplines; and improve effectiveness of primary education.
STAFF AT AER LINGUS and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) look likely to pursue strike action after talks between the two employers and SIPTU over a dispute in the €748 million pensions deficit.SIPTU says the discussions at the Labour Relations Commission broke down last night, with Aer Lingus representatives reportedly refusing to meet directly with the unions representing the staff pension committees.The union also claims Aer Lingus is refusing to attend the Labour Court in relation to the issue – leaving workers “angry and disillusioned”.“Local representatives sought the opportunity to meet with the management side to tease out the specifics of the company’s proposal,” SIPTU organiser Dermot O’Loughlin said.“The company refused to meet and only provided a three-quarter page note entitled ‘Proposal Summary’ which was bereft of detail,” he accused.SIPTU had previously pledged strike action over the issue, and had only called off planned action for earlier this month after accepting a last-minute plea from the Labour Relations Commission to enter talks.The dispute centres on the funding of the Irish Aviation Pensions Scheme – to which both the DAA and Aer Lingus contribute – which has an deficit of €748 million.The DAA had threatened High Court action to stop the previously proposed strike action.Aer Lingus has previously warned that employees could receive as little as 4 per cent of their expected pension benefits if they did not accept a deal, given the size of the deficit in the pensions scheme.Read: Row rumbles on as Siptu rejects DAA/Aer Lingus offer
Mairéad’s settled in rather nicely at Animal Magic in Co Limerick Source: Animal Magic Wildlife RescueMairéad is recuperating under Campbell’s watchful eye at Animal Magic in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, and McCarthy says the little doe has them all fawning over her. Source: Animal Magic Wildlife RescueMOVE OVER BAMBI. There’s only room for one brave little deer in this town and Munster’s own Mairéad is playing an absolute blinder.The fawn was found crying in a ditch in Glencarney, Co. Cork last weekend, after being shot in the back.Farmer Micheál O’Keefe and his sister – who Mairéad is named after- teamed up with Rosie Campbell from Animal Magic Wildlife Rescue in the hopes of saving her.The fawn had to undergo two operations at Crescent Veterinary Clinic in Dooradoyle, Limerick, where X-rays revealed that the bullet luckily hadn’t appeared to do any significant damage to her spine. Mairead last Saturday, January 18th Source: Animal Magic Wildlife RescueHowever, it had disintegrated within her body so it was decided that it would be safer not to remove the remaining fragments. They haven’t stopped her from attempting to get back on her feet though.“She’s bright as a button”, Animal Magic’s Denis McCarthy told DailyEdge.ie when we called to see how the little Sika deer was doing. “She can move her back legs but she can’t support her own weight yet. The vet is hopeful that she’ll be OK”, he said. She knows her routine. She gets a bit stressed when we have to change the dressings but once that’s done, all is forgiven and she’s back licking your hand again… It’s hard to believe she’s a wild animal.However, Mairéad’s battle isn’t over just yet. If she doesn’t recover the use of her back legs there’s a chance that her story won’t have a happy ending.Hopes are high though. Last week she had very limited mobility but now she’s able to bend right the way around and lick her wound. “She even kicked me” McCarthy said. Mairead’s a real character and doesn’t seem at all bothered by the cameras Source: Animal Magic Wildlife RescueThe wildlife rescue is hopeful that whoever shot Mairéad will be caught, and McCarthy hopes that by raising awareness about her plight they’ll be able to bring attention to a wider problem.The incident is believed to have taken place on private land and is being investigated by the Gardaí in terms of poaching.There’s a baby deer shot. Shot just 100 yards from a house. It could as easily have been a child or a domestic pet.As for Mairéad? Well, she’s enjoying her new found fame and all the extra attention she’s been getting from the media.“She’s cool as a breeze” McCarthy revealed. “She’s almost posing for the cameras.”And judging by the adorable photos we’d easily believe it. Source: Animal Magic Wildlife RescueGet well soon Mairéad!This heart-melting sign in a Dublin shop window is making us cry>Kid shaves his head so his friend with cancer won’t feel alone>
“We won’t allow ourselves to be dragged back into a situation in which while we’re there we’re keeping a lid on things and after enormous sacrifices by us, as soon as we’re not there, suddenly people end up acting in ways that are not conducive to the long-term stability of the country.”The United States withdrew the last of its occupation forces from Iraq in 2011, eight years after they overthrew the then dictator Saddam Hussein, but Obama said he was studying options to increase ongoing support for the Iraqi military.He added, however, that “any action that we may take to provide assistance to Iraqi security forces has to be joined by a serious and sincere effort by Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian differences.Nobody has an interest in seeing terrorists gain a foothold inside of Iraq and nobody is going to benefit from seeing Iraq descend into chaos.“So the United States will do our part, but understand that ultimately it’s up to the Iraqis as a sovereign nation to solve their problems.”- © AFP, 2014Originally published 17:40Read: US considering “all the options” as militants move towards Baghdad> The United States will not involve itself in military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they’re prepared to work together. US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has said that he is examining options short of sending ground troops to help Iraq counter a Sunni extremist offensive, but warned the country must heal its own divisions.“We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces,” Obama said.Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government has asked the United States to provide military assistance to counter a stunning advance by ISIL, a Sunni extremist movement.But, in brief remarks to reporters at the White House, Obama warned the Baghdad government that it had brought disaster on itself by failing to heal the divides between Sunni and Shiite camps in the country.
While laptops have always been portable, they used to be lumped into one of three categories: 1) powerful, hulking monstrosities, 2) small, lightweight notebooks with abysmal processing power or 3) middle-of-the-road do-it-all machines. When Apple introduced the MacBook Air in 2008, it began to combine the best of both worlds. It wasn’t immediate, though, as it took a few generations for the MacBook Air to become the computer that it is today. Now that the Air has become the notebook of choice for many consumers, Windows finally has its equivalent: the UltraBook. Let’s take a look at how the MacBook Air compares to two of the top UltraBooks.For simplicity’s sake, we limited the comparison to the base 13-inch model of the MacBook Air. The other notebooks we looked at are the Acer Aspire S3 and the Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52, aka the UX31.DimensionsYou’re looking at three razor-thin laptops. Differences in the dimensions are minor. The biggest difference is the Zenbook’s slightly longer frame, but even that isn’t by a large margin.WeightAs much as the new UltraBooks emulated the Air’s dimensions, Apple’s notebook still has the advantage in terms of weight. It isn’t a gargantuan difference, but it is half a pound lighter than the Zenbook.DisplayAll three displays measure 13.3 inches diagonally. The Zenbook has the highest resolution, at 1600×900 and 138 pixels per inch.CPUAre you seeing a pattern here? The specs have been nearly identical so far, and the processor exemplifies that perfectly. All three notebooks pack dual-core Intel Core i5 chips. The main difference is that the Aspire has a 1.6GHz CPU compared to the 1.7GHz in the other two.GraphicsAnother category, another draw. The GPUs in all three laptops are identical: Intel HD Graphics 3000.This integrated graphics processor will give you OK gaming capabilities. You should be able to play most current-generation games, but it obviously won’t pack as much gaming power as a more expensive discrete GPUs will. If you want the most hardcore, future-proofed graphics capabilities, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.RAMWell what do you know, another category where we’re evenly matched. 4GB of RAM in each computer. Moving along…StorageHere we finally have a category with some differentiation. While the MacBook Air and the Zenbook both sport 128GB solid-state drives, the Aspire combines a 320GB hard drive with a 20GB SSD to help speed up some operations.While the Zenbook has the clear advantage in terms of storage capacity, the HDD dictates that it won’t be as speedy as the other SSD-exclusive notebooks.Battery lifeAs always, you’ll want to take these advertised run-times with grains of salt, but the actual battery lives should be within an hour of these numbers (provided you’re only using it moderately, with backlighting at 50%, WiFi on and so forth).PriceFor many customers, price is the most important detail. The Aspire S3 undercuts the other two, and that’s directly related to Acer passing on full SSD storage. The hard drive allows the notebook to offer more storage for a cheaper price, but the aforementioned inferior speed could be dealbreaker for some.Meanwhile, in the land of solid-state drives, the MacBook Air is still $200 more than the Zenbook. Mac fans will say that Apple’s smooth, intuitive design is well worth the premium, but others will be happy to save a few bucks on Asus’ computer.The rest…The MacBook Air has the most intangibles on its side. If you appreciate attractive, simple design, then both the hardware and software (Mac OS X Lion) will make you happy. It also packs an extremely fast Thunderbolt port, though the relative dearth of Thunderbolt accessories makes it a future-proofing measure.Possibly the biggest extra advantage that the MacBook Air has, though, is its trackpad. Somehow, PC manufacturers haven’t nailed the trackpad the way that Apple has. The touchpads on the two Ultrabooks machines are better than those on many Windows laptops, but they still don’t match the industry-leading offering on Apple’s MacBooks. This is, of course, a largely subjective observation, but in terms of touch sensitivity, palm correction, and button resistance, we believe that the Air hits all the sweet spots.The Acer Aspire’s biggest differentiating factor is the price. If you don’t mind a slight drop in speed, it will let you save $200-400 over the other machines.What separates the Asus Zenbook? Its hardware is nearly identical to the MacBook Air, but it’s cheaper and it runs Windows. Whether you see this as an advantage or not will say more about you than about the notebook, but many will jump at the chance to have a cheaper MacBook Air that runs Microsoft’s OS.Summing upWhich ultra-thin notebook comes out on top? We aren’t here to provide a definitive answer, as one size doesn’t fit all. If you want the cheapest quality Ultrabook that money can buy, pick up the Aspire. If you want the machine that most closely resembles the MacBook Air — but you prefer Windows — then snag the Zenbook. Apple fans and those who appreciate the company’s less-is-more approach to design and usability will gravitate towards the Air.No matter which you prefer, I think we can all agree that the choice that a competitive field offers benefits everyone. It will be interesting to see if the prices of the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks drop over the next couple of years.More on MacBook Air vs. Ultrabooks at PC Mag