#KicksStalker: Levi’s Jordan IV is classic rock and rap combined

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Back in the 80s when rumors started swirling about music moguls wanting a collaboration of rap and heavy metal music, some skeptics raised their eyebrows saying that would be impossible.But it came about. Hence, the birth of the rap-rock music that was trail blazed by the song “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith and the rap group Run-DMC. The song’s MTV and album were a smash hit back then.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH So, they say it can be done! Just like the recent decision of the classic denim brand Levi’s, allowing itself to collaborate with the Jordan brand of shoes.This results in the release of the new Levi’s X Air Jordan IV, which had been made available globally, and simultaneously, on January 17, 2018, in selected outlets and distributorships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Levi’s-Jordan unlikely alliance highlights the two brands’ famous iconic features, which include authentic denim material—standard washed on the upper and reverse denim on liner and insole—the brown leathery paper patch carrying the shoe size and the famous jumpman logo stitched on the sneaker’s tongue.Levi’s 501? Levi’s 505? Nope, they’re AJ IV, which stands for Air Jordan IV, on the traditional Levi’s patch. INQUIRER.net photo / Jonathan VicenteAt the back of the tongue is another stretch of that brown patch that shows the branding “Air Jordan.” Another jumpman logo is seen prominently debossed on the sneaker’s heel cup. LATEST STORIES An online raffle was launched by Titan store at The Fort, BGC, Taguig City, on January 17, to determine who would be the lucky few to own these limited pairs that arrived on Philippine soil.However, a buyer can only purchase a single pair, “no ifs, no buts.”On Wednesday night, Titan opened the online store for this Jordan brand and for just a few minutes, the selling closed, with a huge marker displayed across the screen saying “sold out.”The entire thing didn’t even last an hour!Instagram Air Jordan promotional photoThose who were able to reserve the Levi’s-Jordan collaboration started to trickle in at the Titan store by the time it opened on Thursday morning to pick up the rare jewel.Titan refused to divulge the number of pair that had been distributed in the Philippine market, but said “we are among the selected countries to luckily distribute these few Levi’s Air Jordans,” priced as P11,095.So as of this moment, even if you have the moola and the connections to purchase these pair, sorry but they are no longer available in the retail market.Touch and drool before the buyer arrives and picks up this last piece. However, the real “last piece” will be left at the store “only for viewing” and not for sale. INQUIRER.net / Jonathan VicenteAlso, adding insult to injury, the sales personnel said they are not expecting any re-issue or a fresh package to arrive for reselling, it’s like entirely and completely shutting the doors of opportunity, locking it up and swallowing the key.According to sneaker followers on Instagram, the Levi’s Jordan pairs were spread only on these areas:North America: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco; TorontoAsia: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Korea, Osaka, Tokyo, Manila (exclusively at Titan store-The Fort)Europe: London, Newcastle; Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Zurich MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For some sneaker lovers, mere holding fresh arrivals like these makes you drool, but knowing they are no longer for sale just makes you cry. INQUIRER.net photo / Instagram promotional Air Jordan imagesFor some sneaker lovers, mere holding fresh arrivals like these makes you drool, but knowing they are no longer for sale just makes you cry. INQUIRER.net photo / Instagram promotional Air Jordan imagesLevi’s would not be a Levi’s without that tiny piece of red cloth or flap, thus, explains the red tab found on the right upper-side of the sneaker bearing the Levi’s trademark.The iconic Red Tab of the Levi’s brand, which is mostly found at the side of the denim’s back pocket, now prominently displayed on the upper side of the shoe. INQUIRER.net photo / Jonathan VicenteA reverse denim material gives a nice accent on the overall indigo blue denim, breaking the monotony design on the top and sides, including the insole.In buying the pair, it also comes with a revamped patch of the original Levi’s Strauss & Co. with that iconic “two horses and cowboys,” however, leaving them attached while walking around town would be awkward unless you are a famous American rapper.This one comes with the revamped Levi’s denim original patch bearing the silhouette of two horses and cowboys. INQUIRER.net photo / Jonathan VicenteThe laces are quite unique because they are not made of real denim but appear to look like one.But hold your horses before going to the store to purchase the new Levi’s Air Jordans because they are no longer available in the market—in the Philippines to be exact.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:50IED blast rocks Bilibid’s Quadrant IV00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Roach loves Lomachenko fight for Pacquiao View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Miles Software Ranked #1 Under the Private Banking Solution Category in IBS Sales League Table 2016MUMBAI, India, DUBAI, UAE and MAKATI, Philippines, April 6, 2016/PRNewswire/ — Miles Software [http://www.milessoft.com ], a technology specialist in the Wealth and Asset Management industry, today announced that MoneyWare(R) [http://www.milessoft.com/Investment-Wealth-Management.aspx?mo de=vvvvv ], their flagship product for Wealth and Asset Management solution takes the top position in the annual ranking of the private banking systems in the IBS Sales League table. Out of 300 customers globally, 27 new customer wins were added in the calendar year 2015 and more than 36 banks already use MoneyWare(R) for their wealth and investment management business. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160405/351747LOGO ) The annual IBS Sales League Table is an important part of the IBS Journal and is acknowledged as the barometer for international banking systems sales activity. In total, there were about 60 suppliers competing in three main categories – Universal Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Private Banking and each of the submissions were scrutinized to validate if these are new sales, and if the selection was through a competitive bid.”We are immensely proud to be at the top of this league table in the year of our debut. This accomplishment is a reaffirmation of the hard work and commitment to our clients success across the regions. This accolade is a testimony to our relentless efforts towards being the preferred technology vendor in the private banking space across the globe,” said Milan Ganatra, CEO Miles Software About IBS intelligence and IBS Sales League Table [http://www.ibsintelligence.com ] MORE PRN DLadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino defends 48-team World Cup

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino has defended his latest proposal for a 48-team World Cup, saying it would not extend the tournament beyond the existing length nor require any more venues.A source in FIFA said on Wednesday that Infantino had changed his mind over his plans for the future of the World Cup and has now recommended a 48-team tournament with 16 groups of three. (Also read: FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said to favour World Cup with 16 groups of three)Infantino’s latest suggestion, the source said, was among four proposals which have been sent to FIFA Council members who will decide in January on the format and number of teams for the 2026 World Cup.  The Swiss, speaking at a FIFA summit in Singapore on Thursday, said changes from the existing 32-team format did not mean a longer tournament or more stadiums.”What I can say already now just to be very clear is that all these formats can be played in the same number of days as currently, 32 days, with the same number of stadiums then currently, 12 stadiums, and that the team qualifying or the two teams qualifying for the final of the tournament will play seven games,” he told reporters.”This means that there is no additional burden for the players because if you play the final, you play seven games in 32 days exactly as it is the case now so there is no downside for the player.”There is no downside for the clubs because the calendar is not impacted but there is a big upside for football, because it allows eight or 16 more teams, more countries and more regions in the world, to participate in the top competition of the world which is the World Cup.”advertisementInfantino had previously suggested a 48-team tournament but with a one-off preliminary round involving 32 teams, with the 16 winners going into a 32-team group stage and joining 16 teams who would receive a bye. (Also read: FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuse)This remained an option but was no longer the favoured one, the source said.When he was elected in February, Infantino had promised to expand the tournament from the current 32 teams to 40.This was also among the proposals, with either eight groups of five or 10 groups of four, while the fourth suggestion is to maintain the 32-team format.Critics, including Germany coach Joachim Loew, have said that adding another 16 teams would dilute the quality of global soccer’s showpiece event but Infantino disagreed.”I think that the value and the quality of football has grown incredibly all over the world,” he said.”Let’s not forget in the last World Cup, for example, two of the historic big countries like England and Italy have been eliminated by Costa Rica, which is not really known as a powerhouse of world football.”This shows that the quality is certainly wider than many people say or think.”last_img read more

India is messenger of world peace, contributes through UN: PM

first_img(Eds: Updates with more quotes)New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) Describing India as a “messenger of peace”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country has always contributed towards global peace, unity and harmony through UN missions across the world.He said India is the third highest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, with around 7,000 of its security personnel deployed on various missions across the world.Besides, the Indian forces have imparted peacekeeping training to their counterparts from 85 countries and have been providing medical services to people of a number of countries, Modi said in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.In his 30-minute broadcast, he also talked about Indias tradition of respecting the nature through festivals like Chhat and referred to the ongoing cleanliness campaign.He mentioned the role played by Sardar Vallabhai Patel in laying the foundation of the countrys unity and urged people to participate in the Run for Unity to be organised on the late leaders birth anniversary on October 31, which also happens to be the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.Talking about the upcoming Childrens Day which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14, Modi expressed concern that children are nowadays getting afflicted by diabetes.He said ailments like diabetes occur mainly due to lifestyle and exhorted the children to play outdoors more to be healthy and escape such ailments.He also referred to the just-concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup held in India for the first time and expressed happiness over the host teams performance, saying it had won hearts, if not medals.advertisementHe also spoke about the upcoming Guru Nanak Jayanti which falls on November 4 and hailed the first Sikh Guru, describing him as a “world guru” who thought about the welfare of the entire humanity.Hailing the Indian armed forces, the prime minister mentioned his recent visit to Gurez near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir to spend Diwali with the brave security perosnnel.Describing it as an “unforgettable” experience, he lauded the “struggle, dedication and sacrifices” of the armed forces personnel who work in extremely difficult conditions at the borders to protect the country.He said the Indian forces are deployed not only on the Indian borders but play a role to establish peace across the world in the form of UN peacekeeper and make the country proud.Referring to the UN Day celebrated on October 24, he said it is an occasion to remember the efforts of the UN to establish peace in the world.”We are believers of vasudev kutumbakam, which means the whole world is one. And because of this belief, India has been an active participant in the UNs key initiatives,” Modi said.”India, as a messenger of peace, has always vouched for peace, unity and harmony in the world. It is our belief that everyone should live in peace and harmony and move towards a better and peaceful tomorrow,” the prime minister said.He said as of August 2017, India has participated in about 50 out of 71 UN peacekeeping operations undertaken in countries like Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Congo, Cyprus, Liberia, Lebanon and Sudan. Indian women personnel too have contributed in this endeavour in an active manner.In Congo and South Sudan, hospitals run by Indian armed forces have treated over 20,000 people and saved most of them.Not only have the Indian troops saved the people of those countries but also conducted people-friendly operations.”The brave soldiers from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautam Buddha have spread the message of peace and harmony across the world,” Modi said.He said the peacekeeping operations are not easy and the Indian soldiers have to work in diverse nations and adapt to local conditions, requirements and culture.While talking about Indias association with the UN, he noted that both the Indian Constitution and the UN Charter begin with the words “we the people.He added that the UN Declaration of Human Rights had initially the wording all men are born free and equal but it was changed to all human beings are born free and equal after efforts by Indian representative Hansa Mehta.This, he said, was to ensure respect for women.During the programme, Modi also talked about Sister Nivedita, an Irish lady whose original name was Margaret Elizabeth Nobel, and recounted her service to the Indian people during the British rule.”Sister Nivedita was deeply hurt by the atrocities committed during the British rule. The British had not only made us a colony but also tried to enslave us mentally. They continuously tried to deride our culture to create an inferiority complex among us,” he said.advertisementHe also said that khadi sale at just one outlet in Delhi on the last Dhanteras on October 17 was a record Rs 1.2 crore.”The Mann Ki Baat (programme) is praised and sometimes it is criticised. But when I see the impact of Mann Ki Baat, my belief becomes a conviction that the programme has forged an unbreakable bonding with the people,” Modi said.He said an example in this regard was the sale of khadi and handloom, which he had been advocating strongly through the “Mann Ki Baat programme.The sale of khadi and handloom witnessed 90 per cent increase during this Diwali against the previous years figure, the prime minister said.”Earlier, it was khadi for nation and we talked about khadi for fashion. But lately we realised that khadi for transformation is taking the place of khadi for nation and khadi for fashion.The prime minister also referred to some recent sports events like the Asia Cup Hockey and Denmark Open Tennis tournament. He hailed Indias victory in the Asia Cup after 10 years and lauded K Srikanth for winning the Denmark Open after Indonesia Open and Australia Open. PTI AKK AKKlast_img read more

Mary Kom named Youth World Championships ambassador

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 4 (PTI) Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom was today named ambassador of the AIBA Womens Youth World Championships to be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26.Besides five world titles, Mary Kom also has an Olympic bronze medal to her credit.”It is an honour to have been chosen as Ambassador for the 2017 Womens Youth World Championships and be a part of the prestigious competition with it held in India for the first time,” the 34-year-old Manipuri, who is currently in Vietnam for the Asian Championships, was quoted as saying by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).”The standard of boxing these young women are producing has never been higher, and with gender equality a priority for AIBA and the IOC, there has never been more opportunities for women to take up the sport and compete on the biggest stage,” she added.The Boxing Pavilion at the Nabin Chandra Bordoloi A.C Indoor Hall in Guwahati, north-eastern India, will be the venue for the week-long competition.In October, the city hosted matches during the FIFA U-17 World Cup. PTI PM KHS KHSlast_img read more

How Hong Kong openers made India nervous with record opening stand

first_imgIndia had their task cut for them against Hong Kong in their 2018 Asia Cup opener at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.After setting a target of 286, India turned to their pacers – the returning Bhuvneshwar Kumar and debutant Khaleel Ahmed – to start the proceedings for early pack-up.No one gave Hong Kong openers – Nizakat Khan and skipper Anshuman Rath – any chance against the more experienced Indian bowlers. And very wrong they were.Nizakat and Anshuman etched their name in the history books as they stitched together a 174-run partnership, the first century stand and highest in their country’s history.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSThe record for the highest opening partnership was held by James Atkinson and Anshuman Rath, when they scored 84 runs against Papua New Guinea in a ICC World Cricket League Championship match at the same venue back in 2017.Incidentally, current Hong Kong captain, Anshuman has been part of the top four highest opening partnerships – with 71* coming with Kinchit Shah and 63 with Waqas Barkat, both against United Arab Emirates in Dubai in 2015.Team India captain Rohit Sharma went on the defensive as even his frontline spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav couldn’t provide a breakthrough.Also Read – Rohit wants India to learn from mistakes after tense win vs Hong KongThe last time the Indian bowlers conceded a 100+ opening partnership was against Australia at the start of last year, as Aaron Finch and David Warner powered the Aussies to a 21-run win.In fact, the last time India had actually won a match when the opposition openers went past 100, was in Mirpur back in 2012 against Pakistan, which was also Sachin Tendulkar’s last ODI.advertisementIn other milestone, India created a dubious record of taking most number of balls to break the opening stand in an ODI. They got the breakhthrough in 34.1 overs.After much toil and perseverance, Kuldeep finally brought some respite in the first ball of the 35th over, when he sent the Hong Kong skipper Anshuman (73), but after 174 runs had been scored by the opening pair.Pakistan’s Chacha Chicago sponsors Indian superfan’s UAE tripThen the floodgates opened and in the very next over, Nizakat was trapped in front by Khaleel for 92 (out in the 90s for the third time in his career) for his first wicket in international cricket.Khaleel struck again, as Chahal and others soon joined the party, to give India a nervy 26-run win.Read – Shikhar Dhawan slams 14th ODI hundred to draw level with Yuvraj SinghEven though Hong Kong crashed out of the 2018 Asia Cup, they showed the kind of cricket that associate teams can play and challenge even the best in the world. As for India, it was the perfect wake-up call, especially ahead of the blockbuster clash against arch-rivals Pakistan.last_img read more

Harmanpreet to lead India in ICC Women’s World T20, Mandhana named vice-captain

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur will captain India at the sixth ICC Women’s World Twenty20 as a 15-member squad was announced for the tournament which will be held in the West Indies from November 9 to 24.Harmanpreet Kaur has been leading India in the T20 format for quite sometime now and the All-India Women’s Selection Committee elected Smriti Mandhana as her deputy.Both Harmanpreet and especially, Mandhana have been in sensational form this year. While captain Harmanpreet has been consistently performing well for India in all departments, especially batting and fielding, Mandhana took the Kia Super League in England by storm.Mandhana smashed 387 runs in seven innings for Western Storms, including a 60-ball hundred and two fifties, including the 18-ball 50, which was the fastest half century in women’s T20 cricket.Recently during India’s T20I series against Sri Lanka, both Mandhana and Harmanpreet performed well to help India win the series 4-0.Also read – Harmanpreet, Jemimah star as India sweep Women’s T20 series vs Sri LankaBased on all these performances this year, the likes of Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav have also been selected in the squad.During the ODI series against Sri Lanka recently, Mithali Raj managed a career-best 125 not out but India had lost the match by three wickets.India are placed in Group B along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland in the 10-team event.India will begin their campaign against New Zealand in Guyana on November 9, followed by matches against arch-rivals Pakistan (November 11), Ireland (November 15) and Australia (November 17).advertisementIndia women’s squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Virat Kohli happy with problem of plenty in India’s pace department

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli relished the option of having four in-form bowlers ahead of the Australia tour, which starts on November 21 with a T20I at the Gabba.Kohli was extremely pleased to see Umesh Yadav firing all cylinders and putting in a “standout performance” in the second and final Test versus West Indies, which India won by 10 wickets and took the two-match series 2-0.Umesh stood out with the ball and took his first 10-wicket haul in a Test match as he returned with figures of 10/133 and helped India win the Test match within three days.Hyderabad Test, Day 3: Report | Highlights | PhotosAnd, his 10-wicket haul on a flat deck has impressed Kohli and according to him, he is right up there alongside India’s four premier pacers (Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma) to play in the first Test match at Adelaide, starting on December 6.”I think it was a standout performance in his career and something that he can build on,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.”Four Tests in Australia can be brutal because the (Kookaburra) ball does not do much like in England. So you have to come in and run in all day and hit the right area with pace. But I think from that point of view, Umesh is right up there to be featuring in Australia,” Kohli said.Also read – Umesh Yadav deserves what he has achieved in Hyderabad Test: Virat KohliHe went on to add that Umesh’s good form is a good headache to have for the team management ahead of tough Australian series.advertisement”Because he (Umesh) has got the pace, he has got the fitness levels to run in all day, picks up wickets at crucial times and he gets good bounce as well, so it’s a great headache to have. Obviously, all four guys, when they are touching 140 and when they are taking wickets for you, it is obviously something that any captain would like to have,” Kohli added.What has made Umesh’s effort even more special is the fact he didn’t have the support of Shardul Thakur, whose debut ended in a heartbreak due to a groin injury. The Vidarbha speedster bowled nearly 39 overs in humid conditions.Stat: India 2nd team after Australia to win 10 successive Test series at home”Outstanding effort (by Umesh). I thought with Shardul breaking down very early, to bowl like that in both innings was a great effort on his part. It showed the kind of fitness levels he had, to keep running in and bowl 140 clicks throughout the game and picking wickets and not just completing overs.”Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are rated as better talents with more variations but the Indian captain put Umesh in the same league.”Not many people realise but he is a very, very talented bowler. He can bowl you unplayable deliveries every now and then which we experience in the nets all the time. He will just bowl a ball which you feel you couldn’t have done anything else except getting out. He is gaining more confidence about his own game.Even though it was his third Test in 2018, Kohli believes that Umesh now “understands” bowling in longest format better than ever.”He has come a long way. It’s a great sign. Bowling is something that we need to keep as a major strength for us in order to feel that we have a chance to win series when we travel away from home as well. I think these guys (Umesh, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Ishant) are taking responsibility well.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

TRIAL SET FOR SUSPECT CHARGED WITH BURNING LGBTQ BOOKS

first_imgA trial has been scheduled for an Iowa religious activist who’s accused of burning four LGBTQ children’s books he’d checked out of a local library.Sioux County District Court records show that 62-year-old Paul Dorr has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief.His non-jury trial is set to begin March 26th.Last October 19th Dorr released a nearly 30-minute video on Facebook Live in which he denounced the Orange City library for having the LGBTQ books and threw them into a burning barrel.The video was made on the first day of the city’s gay pride festival.Dorr had said he would not pay to replace the books, but hundreds of dollars’ worth of donations poured into the library in the aftermath of the video.last_img read more

Warren Gatland hits back at sniping from his Lions flanker Sean O’Brien

first_imgWales rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Warren Gatland to blame for Lions not beating All Blacks, claims Sean O’Brien Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this content Wales face World Cup without Rhys Webb under selection policy change Share via Email Topicscenter_img Warren Gatland Support The Guardian Warren Gatland said he was hurt by Sean O’Brien’s public criticism of the coaching on the summer British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and revealed he would not be seeking the head coach’s position for a third successive trip in 2021 because there were times this year when he “hated” aspects of the job.Gatland was speaking for the first time since O’Brien made his remarks in a radio interview a month ago. The Ireland flanker, who started all three Tests, claimed a more attacking gameplan from the start would have delivered a 3-0 series whitewash, that the backs coach, Rob Howley, struggled to get his message across and that in future the Lions should have the best coaches.“The coaches and the backroom staff worked their absolute bollocks off on the tour and to have someone come out and make a comment like that, it really did hurt,” Gatland said. “It took a bit of the gloss off. My first reaction was that if he wanted to say something, there was a forum for that. news Rugby union “No one had ever taken on a tour of that magnitude or difficulty. Did we learn as coaches from that experience? Would we have done some things differently? Of course. That’s part of the experience. All the pressure is on the head coach. You are under scrutiny from the four home nations about selection, performance and tactics. I don’t feel there is anywhere near the same pressure on players as there is on coaches.”Gatland said he contacted O’Brien to talk about the player’s comments, but did not get a return call. “I left a message to say I was disappointed. He texted me three weeks later to say that he had just cleared his voicemail. And that he had been taken out context. I texted to say he could call me at any time but I’ve not heard back from him.“When you take 41 players on tour, you are not going to keep everyone happy. I understand there are going to be disappointed players, but Sean had a fantastic tour and played exceptionally well. There’s no doubt about his contribution on the playing field. In the changing room, as a voice, from a leadership point of view, he contributed extremely well. It’s only fair to acknowledge that, but it was disappointing he highlighted one person [Howley].“Sean spoke about Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell taking responsibility, which is strange because as a coach you want to empower your most experienced players to take ownership and responsibility. When you coach a young side you give them a lot of direction, a lot of information. The more experience they get, the more you pull back and allow them to take ownership. Ironically, I see that as a compliment: it’s what good coaching is about.” It was the Lions’ second most successful tour to New Zealand, drawing the series having won a series there only once, in 1971. “When you reflect on it, it was some achievement,” Gatland said. “On previous tours you would have midweek games where you knew you could back off a little, make changes and still win comfortably. The quality on this tour was relentless and I thought Sean’s comments that we should have won the series 3-0 were disrespectful to New Zealand.“I don’t know what planet he’s on but I was on a different tour to him if he thought we should have won comfortably.”The Saracens No8 Billy Vunipola, who pulled out of the tour through injury, also said it would have been 3-0 had England’s Eddie Jones been in charge. “I have never had any involvement with Billy,” Gatland added. “It is disappointing when you get second-hand people coming in and making comments as well.”The tour took an emotional toll on Gatland, who was pilloried at the start of it in his native New Zealand, dismissed as a coach and depicted in one newspaper as a clown. His Test record as Lions head coach now reads three victories, two defeats and a draw, and that was achieved after three successive series defeats.“I hated the press and the negativity in New Zealand,” said Gatland, who will be standing down as the Wales head coach after the 2019 World Cup, when he will not be short of offers. “When I look back at it now, there were lots of things that were satisfying and it was an achievement, but it was tough.”Asked about South Africa in 2021, he said: “I’m done. I wouldn’t subject myself to that. What I’ve learned from my Lions’ experiences is how difficult it is to put some continuity together in terms of people and staff and the lack of preparation time. Let someone else reinvent the wheel.”Gatland has submitted his report to the Lions, but does not anticipate it will be acted on. “The last seven have all been about preparation,” he said. “All we have asked for is adequate time. There is something magical about the Lions and rugby people need to protect that. I just hope there are powerbrokers who consider the importance of the Lions for the future and not their own self-interest. What drives rugby globally is the international game.“I would hate to see the game in England get like football where it dominates financially and the best players congregate there to the detriment of everything else. The balance has to be right.” British & Irish Lions Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Chelsea outcast Piazon loaned to Chievo

first_imgLucas Piazon’s Chelsea nightmare is all-but over after agreeing to a loan move to Serie A side Chievo, with an option in place to make the switch permanent.The Brazilian is out-of-contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.Piazon has only made three senior appearances for the Blues since arriving at the club eight years 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? His last outing came in the 8-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa in December 2012.Maurizio Sarri did bizarrely include Piazon in his squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham in January, but he did not feature.‼️✍️ Ufficiale: @LucasPiazon è un giocatore dell’@ACChievoVerona! Arriva con la formula del prestito con diritto di riscatto dal @ChelseaFC.🇧🇷 #BemvindoLucas! pic.twitter.com/lRfXtLfMi8— A.C. ChievoVerona (@ACChievoVerona) January 31, 2019The 25-year-old has been loaned to the likes of Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading and Fulham, where he has spent the last two years.As the Cottagers secured a return to the Premier League last season, Piazon made 25 appearances in all competitions but was an unused substitute for the promotion-clinching play-off final win over Aston Villa at Wembley.Now he will join Domenico Di Carlo’s side, who are propping up the Italian top flight, and sit nine points from safety.And with the Verona-based club facing relegation, it remains to be seen whether the 25-year-old will interested in staying at a club in the second tier.Brighton’s Ezequiel Schelotto, Assane Diousse of Saint-Etienne and Cagliari defender Marco Andreolli also joined during the January transfer window to assist the club’s survival bid.last_img read more

‘Lovren leaving comfort zone would be understandable’

first_imgDejan Lovren remains a useful option for Liverpool, says John Barnes, but it would be understandable if he wants to leave his “comfort zone” and make a move to AC Milan.A summer switch to Italy is being mooted for the Croatia international centre-half.The 29-year-old has spent five years at Anfield, taking in 170 appearances for the Reds. 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? Lovren has, however, seen his position in Jurgen Klopp’s plans come under threat.The emergence of Joe Gomez and form of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip has seen him slip down the defensive pecking order.Barnes believes his experience could serve Liverpool well heading forward, but concedes that personal ambition may lead Lovren away from Merseyside.The Liverpool legend told The Sport Review: “With Joe Gomez coming back, if Lovren feels that he’s not going to be playing anymore and he wants to play first-team football, fine.“I quite like him at Liverpool because, of course, if players get injured, he can step in and do a good job.“But players sometimes think to themselves that they want to play first-team football so therefore if he leaves, I’ll have every respect for him, rather than him just staying at Liverpool in the comfort zone.“Maybe it is time for him to move on if that’s what he decides.”Serie A is considered to be the most likely destination for Lovren if he does move on this summer.AC Milan are in the process of piecing together another squad refresh, with their managerial reins having passed from Gennaro Gattuso to Marco Giampaolo.It remains to be seen whether Lovren remains a target for the new man at the helm.The Croatian is, however, considered by many to be disposable for Liverpool, with former Reds star Steve Nicol having previously told ESPN FC: “No [I would not keep him]. You have Gomez, you have Matip.“Lovren’s been a good servant to Liverpool.“Just because on occasions he’s made horrendous mistakes and we’ve picked him up on it, it doesn’t meant that I don’t like the guy.“The guy’s got a big heart and he’s given everything for Liverpool. He’s played well on occasions.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Minister Highlights Importance of Music Tourism

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region.Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors.“Our music continues to set Jamaica apart from rival destinations,” the Minister pointed out.“Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said that while the Ministry is committed to fostering the continued development of the entertainment industry and its full integration into the tourism product, he is fully cognizant that there is still more to be done to maximize the potential of “this important” sub-sector.“So, as we put in place the framework to further diversify our tourism product, we are well aware of the enormous benefits if we get this right,” Mr. Bartlett said.“We have to give visitors more things to do when they come to our island. We have to tap into their passion points, and music is a great way to start. Simply put, we are placing a special focus on developing entertainment tourism as part of our growth strategy,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett said that while the country’s goal of welcoming five million visitors annually remains on target, there is simply no room for complacency.He said that as good as the current offerings may be, stakeholders should always be looking to innovate and focus on growing earnings per visitor and retaining more of those earnings in Jamaica.“It goes without saying that entertainment is an area in which we are world beaters,” the Minister further added.“Therefore we are taking the necessary steps to capitalize on the tremendous potential Jamaica has in this area to significantly boost our arrivals and tourism earnings,” he said.The Minister commended the Head of the Ministry’s Sports and Entertainment Network, Entertainment Consultant and Promoter, Kamal Bankay, noting that “he is doing an excellent job leading this initiative.”“This is being done in collaboration with my colleague, Hon. Olivia Grange and her team from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,” Mr. Bartlett said.“We will also be leveraging February’s Reggae Month to appeal to visitors. In addition, the month marks the birthdays of Jamaica’s most recognizable musicians, the King of Reggae Bob Marley and the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown, both great selling points,” the Minister said. Story Highlights “Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added. Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region. last_img read more

Lankan issue at Lok Sabha

He said his party chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his immediate intervention as these fishermen were residents of Kanyakumari, Ramanathapuram and Nagapattinam districts. India’s AIADMK, led by J. Jayalalithaa today demanded urgent steps by the Indian government to secure the release of Indian fishermen from Iran and Sri Lanka.Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during the ‘Zero Hour’, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai asked the government to take steps to secure the release and repatriation of 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in a jail in Iran. Thambidurai also said that Sri Lankan navy had last month entered into Indian territorial waters and arrested 26 fishermen and sought steps to secure their release too, the Press Trust of India reported. read more

BBCs highestpaid Sri Lankan born presenter fights cancer again

Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 and spent many years as one of the corporation’s leading foreign correspondents before moving to presenting the News at Six in 2007. Sri-Lanka-born newsreader George Alagiah, the BBC’s highest-paid star from a minority ethnic background, is to undergo further treatment for cancer after the disease returned, The Guardian reported.The 62-year-old presenter of the BBC News at Six was previously diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, which later spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Alagiah spoke of his determination to fight the disease for a second time. “My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and I know they have the skill to do just that,” he said. He returned to work in November 2015 after being cleared of the disease following extensive treatment. But in a statement Alagiah’s agent, Mary Greenham, said the disease had recurred. She said Alagiah, a father of two, was in discussions with doctors about options for treatment. MRI scans later detected eight tumours in his liver. He had several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver.He has spoken frankly about the chances of the disease recurring. In 2016 he told the Telegraph: “I get anxious and then there is a huge relief when the doctor tells me it is clear again. But I am under no illusions.“The doctor warned me last year: ‘Your cancer knows the road, the pathway out of the gut.’ It can happen again.” “I learned last time around how important the support of family and friends is and I am blessed in that department. I genuinely feel positive as I prepare for this new challenge.”The Sri-Lanka-born presenter first informed his doctors of a problem in 2014. After a colonoscopy, a tumour was discovered on his bowel. Last year the publication of a list of the best-paid on-screen staff at the corporation revealed he was paid between £250,000 and £299,999, putting him 25th in the table and making him the highest earner from a black or minority ethnic background.A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at the BBC sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment and we will be thinking of them.” read more

Survey US manufacturing activity contracted in August

WASHINGTON — Factory activity in the U.S. shrank in August for the first time since August 2016, a sign that the trade war with China is weighing down a crucial sector of the economy.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index slid to 49.1 last month, from 51.2 in July. Any reading below 50 signals a contraction.A global softening in demand, worsened by an increasingly high-risk war between the U.S. and China, appears to be hurting American manufacturers. More than half of the public comments from companies surveyed by ISM pointed to economic uncertainty as a drag on their businesses.Production declined by 1.3 percentage points, while employment fell by 4.3 points. New orders fell by 3.6 points.Bani Sapra, The Associated Press read more

IBM to add 250 jobs in three New Brunswick centres over the

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2016 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Just a day after announcing 100 new jobs in Fredericton, IBM says it plans to add 110 jobs in Saint John and another 40 in Florenceville-Bristol.David Drury, general manager of global technology services at IBM Canada, says the new jobs will create a hub of IT and security technology expertise in New Brunswick.The jobs, which pay roughly $50,000 to $75,000 each, will be created over the next three years.The province is paying 12-thousand dollars per job as a payroll rebate, for a total of $3 million.Premier Brian Gallant says the expansion of IBM’s operations in New Brunswick means valuable information technology jobs and a strong foundation for continued growth in the cybersecurity sector in the province. IBM to add 250 jobs in three New Brunswick centres over the next three years read more

Ebola UN envoy warns against letting guard down even for a second

Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), spoke to reporters at Spriggs Payne Airport in Monrovia after meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and visiting a logistics hub run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Mr. Banbury said that a large part of the explanation for the improvement in some situations is when communities, supported by national and local governments with the backing of international partners are engaging together on Ebola Treatment Units, safe burials, contact identification and tracing, community mobilization as central elements of the strategy. But the UN envoy cautioned that “is going to be extremely difficult to getting it down to zero” and emphasized the need to stay vigilant.“We just now need to stay vigilant – not for a moment let our guard down. We can’t even for a second think that everything is okay,” he said. “As long as there is one case of Ebola in any country, it is a threat not only to that country, it is a threat to the region and to the world,” Mr. Banbury said, pledging that UNMEER is working hard to bring more capabilities to support the response effort.Mr. Banbury, on the third leg of his mission that has taken him to the two other countries hardest hit by Ebola in West Africa – Guinea and Sierra Leone, is expected to brief the Security Council as well as the General Assembly when he returns to UN Headquarters in New York next week.Meanwhile, in Geneva today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said two vaccines being tested showed promising possibilities. For the “ChAd3” vaccine, that concerned Mali, volunteers had been recruited by the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and for the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (“VSV”), that vaccine was still waiting for Swiss medical approval before volunteers could be recruited and clinical trials commence at Geneva University Hospital. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib also told reporters that the international community’s aim continued to be to reach the 70-70-60 target established by UNMEER and WHO, which entailed isolating and treating 70 per cent of suspected Ebola cases in West Africa and safely burying 70 per cent of the dead within 60 days (by 1 December).Answering a question about estimates of 5,000 foreign medical personnel being needed on the ground, Ms. Chaib said while the new injection of World Bank funding – an additional $100 million pledged last week by Bank chief Jim Kim – would fuel the Ebola response team’s sprint to reach the 70-70-60 target, more foreign medical teams were needed, as well as beds and laboratories. Providing the most recent statistics, Ms. Chaib said up to 4,388 beds are required for 50 Ebola Treatment Units across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There were currently 1,126 beds – only 25 per cent of what was needed. Ms. Chaib said the United Kingdom and the United States are currently building new laboratories in Guinea and Sierra Leone, which would be a huge help in confirming Ebola cases. She also confirmed that as of today no new Ebola cases had been notified to WHO in Mali, where 108 contacts identified in two areas were being followed-up. The outbreak in Mali could not be declared to be over until the last contact had been through two incubation periods. The Ebola Virus Outbreak Overview of Needs and Requirements of $988 million has received $572 million, which is just under 58 per cent of the total needed. The Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund has $60.6 million in commitments. read more

Honouring Holocaust victims UN chief Guterres pledges to battle antiSemitism all forms

The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, noting that building a future of dignity and equality for all will honour the victims of this “incomparable tragedy in human history […] who we will never allow to be forgotten.” Marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Mr. Guterres said in video message that it would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis. “On the contrary, the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism,” he emphasized, adding that tragically and contrary to the international community’s resolve, anti-Semitism continues to thrive. Moreover, the world is also witnessing a “deeply troubling” rise in extremism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Muslim hatred. “Irrationality and intolerance are back,” said the UN chief. Stressing that this is in complete contrast to the universal values enshrined in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he said: “We can never remain silent or indifferent when human beings are suffering. We must always defend the vulnerable and bring tormentors to justice. And as the theme of this year’s observance highlights, a better future depends on education.” “After the horrors of the 20th century, there should be no room for intolerance in the 21st. I guarantee you that as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I will be in the frontline of the battle against anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred,” said Mr. Guterres. VIDEO: Message by Secretary- General António Guterres on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Also today, in his remarks, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the day of remembrance for the victims of the Nazi Holocaust forces the world to contemplate the horrors to which bigotry, racism and discrimination ultimately lead. “The sadistic brutality of the atrocities inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews, Roma, Slavs, persons with disabilities, political dissidents, homosexuals and others was nourished by layer upon layer of propaganda, falsifications and incitement to hatred,” he said, adding that they were denigrated and smeared; one after another, their rights were refused, and finally, even their humanity was denied. “’It happened, therefore it can happen again,’ wrote Primo Levi, who endured and survived the concentration camp at Auschwitz Birkenau. As we honour the victims of the Holocaust, we must also acknowledge the need to prevent the recurrence of anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and religious hatred and discrimination today,” the UN rights chief stated. It is therefore essential to uphold independent rule of law institutions and a free press, which can hold leaders to account and establish a truthful record of the facts. It is crucial to maintain respect for human rights, especially in respect of the right to life and wellbeing of all people regardless of their origin or ethnicity. “Above all, education must be at the core of all efforts to combat anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of discrimination. Although an important part of that work must be centred on schools and other academic fora, education in this sense must extend far more broadly, so that we can undo the stereotypes which generate so much injustice and prejudice throughout society,” stressed Mr. Zeid. A Holocaust Memorial Ceremony is taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York, hosted by the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach. Speakers are expected to include Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly; Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN; and Michele J. Sison, United States Deputy Representative to the UN. Noah Klieger, a 90-year old Holocaust survivor, will be keynote speaker. Cantor Israel Singer, of Congregation Temple Emanu-El of Closter, New Jersey, will recite the memorial prayers and be accompanied by violinist Artur Kaganovskiy. The ceremony will include music by guitarist Gary Lucas and vocalist Rachel Joselson, Doctor of Music Arts and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. read more

Cagliari draws Torino 00 to step toward Serie A safety

CAGLIARI, Italy — Relegation-threatened Cagliari gained a precious point by holding Torino to 0-0 on Monday in Serie A.Goalkeeper Alessio Cragno had a solid performance to deny Torino forwards Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza on numerous chances.Torino was without coach Walter Mazzarri, who has left the squad temporarily due to health issues.Torino won the previous four meetings, outscoring Cagliari 14-4.Cagliari moved up to 13th, four points above the drop zone.Torino is 11th.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more