West Ham boss furious with Nolan

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was angry with Kevin Nolan after he was needlessly sent off in the defeat at Fulham.The Hammers captain was shown a straight red card just before half-time after he appeared to kick out at Fernando Amorebieta in a clash off the ball.Allardyce says Nolan was entirely to blame for the 2-1 loss to their relegation rivals, and admits he is concerned about the 31-year-old’s mentality after his second dismissal in four matches.“I’m going to have to find out what’s wrong with him because there’s something wrong with his mentality at the minute,” Allardyce said.“He’s probably responsible for us losing the game – his sending-off cost us massively.“I don’t understand it. The indiscretion of what he’s done is straight after what he did at Liverpool.“At his age and with his experience, and in the many years I’ve known him, I haven’t seen this type of reaction and this type of situation that he’s put himself into.“I don’t understand why he’s lost his cool and why it’s happened. I know the centre-half obstructed him and jumped in front of him but it’s not an excuse for what Kevin did.”Allardyce added: “You can expect it from a youngster trying to find his way in the game, occasionally, but not Kevin.“I don’t know what I will do about the captaincy yet – I’m disappointed enough with what he’s done.“Time will tell and we will deal with the situation internally as we always do.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Man held for fake news on CM, spouse

first_imgThe Tripura police on Thursday arrested a man from Delhi on charges of spreading fake news on social media about the family life of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.Anupam Paul was made the prime accused in the case registered with West Agartala Police in late April.“Our team traced Paul to a location in Delhi where he was arrested. He will be brought to Agartala by a flight tomorrow [Friday],” a senior police officer said.The police had earlier arrested a freelance television journalist, Saikat Talapatra, and a police constable for sharing a Facebook post which claimed that the Chief Minister’s spouse had filed a petition for divorce in a Delhi court. The arrested men were later released on bail.Investigators also questioned Tripura Congress vice-president Tapas Dey for sharing the post against Mr. Deb. He was, however, not detained.last_img read more

Nations complain: Dogs, faeces all over CWG Village

first_imgMany participating countries have ripped apart the claims of readiness of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village in Delhi and threatened to boycott the October event. Countries such as Scotland, New Zealand and Canada have given damning reports on the conditions at the Village and said their athletes cannot be brought into such an environment.  Headlines Today has exclusive access to the reservations expressed in the minutes of the meeting between the CWG Organising Committee and the member countries. Here’s what some of the countries have said about the condition of the Village: ScotlandThe cleaners were using filthy water to clean the flats. There were stray dogs and faeces all over the place. Electrical services are unsafe. The keys and doors aren’t working. CanadaStagnant water and green algae sits around the block. There are gaps large enough for animals to get into the building. As of today, Canada will not bring athletes into this environment. New ZealandThere is no way the athletes can use the dirty and unhygienic bathrooms. There’s no way athletes can be brought into such a Village. It’s a crisis-level situation. UKThe toilets are disgusting and still being used by workers on the site.   Commonwealth Games FederationAll stray dogs need to be removed from the Village. One dog even jumped onto a bed and soiled it. This is a serious health issue. The risk of dengue fever is high. The employees are urinating openly in public areas.last_img read more

Japan tennis fans hail ‘new Queen’ Naomi Osaka

first_imgPetra Kvitova feels a winner, despite Australian Open pain Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte In securing victory in Melbourne after her stunning win over Serena Williams in the US Open last year, Osaka also clinched the world number-one spot, the first Asian to do so.Her US Open victory was the first by a Japanese player and she is now the youngest woman to win back-to-back majors since Martina Hingis in 1998 and the youngest number one since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010.With her gutsy performance in Melbourne backing up her breakthrough in New York, Osaka confirmed herself as the new star in the women’s game and fans were expecting her to kick on from here.“She can win much, much more! I want her to win on grass… I want her to win at Wimbledon!” Masako Takeda said at the bar as she wiped away tears of joy.Another fan, Aki Tani, praised Osaka for being “humble but playing boldly” on court.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I’m so happy that we can tell she has grown so much over the past two years!” she said.Nozomi Hirabayashi noted it was “unthinkable before” that a Japanese player could become the world’s best.“I’m so proud,” he said. “I want her to win the next Grand Slam as she is very mentally strong.”News flashes screamed across Japanese networks after the nail-biting match.The Sankei newspaper tweeted: “She scored a remarkable win that makes us see ‘the Era of Naomi’ coming up.”Osaka has a Japanese mother, a Haitian father and was raised in the United States.She has dual Japanese-American citizenship and often replies to questions from Japan’s media in English, apologising for not knowing the appropriate word when she speaks Japanese.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But as Osaka claimed victory and sunk to her knees in triumph and disbelief, fans let out the pent-up emotion following a thrilling see-saw battle with eighth seed Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic.They punched the air, clapped hands and gave each other hugs and high fives as shouts of joy rang around the B ONE bar in upmarket Ginza, replacing earlier chants of “Naomi! Naomi! Naomi!” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPrime Minister Shinzo Abe led his nation’s congratulations, hailing an “impressive victory in a very tight game”.“I’m so proud of the birth of the new world queen,” tweeted Abe. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img View comments MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Customers react in a bar in Tokyo as Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka wins the Australian Open tennis tournament, on January 26, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)It was an agonising two hours and 27 minutes but Japanese tennis fans burst into tears and shouts of joy Saturday as Naomi Osaka sealed her second straight Grand Slam.Supporters in a packed Tokyo bar had a rollercoaster ride watching the action from the Australian Open final as their heroine Osaka contrived to give up three Championship points in the second set.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Xavier Dolan brings Cannes prize winner Its Only the End of the

first_imgXavier Dolan is just settling in for a Riviera beachfront interview with several Toronto movie critics at the Cannes Film Festival when he’s suddenly interrupted by noisy laughter from another group.“They’re having a lot of fun,” the Montreal filmmaker says without skipping a beat. “Should we laugh?”That’s a good question, not only regarding the nearby chortlers but also for the oft-combative director/actor/screenwriter himself, who at this very moment is unsure about whether he should even smile. This group interview in Cannes last May is happening the day after the world premiere of It’s Only the End of the World, a dysfunctional family drama Dolan calls “my best film” — his others include Mommy and I Killed My Mother — but which many critics called the worst among the 21 competing for the Palme d’Or. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

At Home With Avril Lavigne Whos Finally Back And Totally Ready to

first_imgIt’s all just so… grown-up, a categorization Lavigne had given a hard pass to as recently as her last album, 2013’s Avril Lavigne, where she insisted, in Peter Pan bangers like “Seventeen” and “Rock N Roll,” that we “still love it.” (“It” presumably referring to Lavigne’s penchant for lyrics about spontaneous day drinking.) Between then and the September drop of “Head Above Water,” we heard from Lavigne only a handful of times: when she popped up on Good Morning America in summer 2015 to say that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease, when she got divorced from Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger later that year and when, in between those dual bummers, Taylor Swift brought her out in San Diego as part of the 1989 World Tour’s parade of admirable women, to perform her then-13-year-old debut single, “Complicated.” Lavigne says that at one point, she thought, Oh, I guess I’m done with making music. Avril Lavigne photographed on Aug. 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. Lavigne wears a Paul Smith sweater and What Katie Did tights. (David Needleman) Twitter The motherfucking princess is in her motherfucking castle.The princess is Avril Lavigne, who anointed herself on her 2007 No. 1 single “Girlfriend.” The castle — a Tudor home in an illustriously ZIP-coded L.A. neighborhood — is the only thing Lavigne has presided over since a tour that ended in 2014.A few weeks before the release of “Head Above Water,” her first single in four-and-a-half years, Lavigne sits under the cathedral-high ceiling of her home studio. It is the room where, over the course of her public absence, she recorded much of the album she plans to release in early 2019. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lavigne’s many songs about partying — and the Jack Daniel’s lawn jockey who greeted me at the door — suggested that we’d wind up drinking whiskey, or at least the rosé her publicist suggested I bring. (Avril Lavigne drinks rosé?) But Lavigne is sipping Emergen-C-spiked electrolyte water, combating seasonal allergies. From her seat on a massive gray sectional (Avril Lavigne owns a sectional?), she reveals that she painted much of the art displayed in the expansive foyer and shows me the pink devotional journal gifted to her by her mother. Under the daily prayers topping each page are guitar tabs and ambitious to-do lists written in Lavigne’s bubbly handwriting: Complete album. Choose single. Shoot video. Dentist. Login/Register With:last_img read more

These Arent Your RegularSeason Cavs

The Cavs’ second-most-used lineup this postseason, which features José Calderón in place of George Hill, is also without precedent. Cleveland is the only remaining team in the playoffs that has given more than 20 percent of its postseason minutes to a lineup that didn’t see any time together in the regular season.2Although it should be noted that only about half the total playoff field gave more than 20 percent of the team’s minutes to any one lineup of any description. In addition to the Cavs, the Raptors, Pelicans and Rockets have all leaned heavily on a single lineup.Midseason trades and injuries are the primary reasons for this. Right around the time Cleveland acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, Kevin Love missed 20 games with a fractured hand. By the time Love had returned from injury, J.R. Smith had been moved out of the starting lineup to run the team’s second unit. A short while later, Kyle Korver took a leave of absence to deal with a family issue and a nagging foot injury. The lineup had no opportunity for chemistry-building before the playoffs. And even then, George Hill missed three games during their series with the Pacers due to back spasms.Having Hill in the lineup unlocks a major component of Cleveland’s offense. Not only does it give the Cavs another person (besides James) to bring the ball up the court, it also allows Hill and Love to run a pick-and-roll that creates defensive mismatches that are easier to exploit than the mismatches created by the James and Love version of the pick-and-roll. After last night’s game, Love said in the postgame press conference, “And for me personally, setting a 1-5 pick-and-roll, that was something that I missed, especially in the first series when [Hill] was out with his back.”After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James was asked how happy he was with his team’s chemistry thus far. James noted that it was just their ninth game in the postseason together, but in some ways it was just the ninth game ever for this iteration of the Cavs.Of the seven remaining playoff teams, the Golden State Warriors are the only other club that has been using untested lineups. But now that Steph Curry has returned after rehabbing a knee injury, the Warriors are back to using lineups like the “Hamptons Five,” which they’ve featured throughout the last two seasons.How you view Tyronn Lue, Cleveland’s head coach, colors how you view his postseason lineups. If you think Lue is in over his head, you might believe that he’s making things up as he goes. But if you have more faith in his abilities, you might believe that this has been Lue’s plan the entire time. One piece of evidence in favor of the latter theory is that Lue hinted before the end of the regular season that he had something up his sleeve that he was saving for the playoffs. “We’ll probably do things we haven’t done all season when it comes to the playoffs, things we’ve been working on all year,” Lue told Cleveland.com.The playoffs are meant to be the culmination of everything that teams work on over the regular season. Coaches spend 82 games fine-tuning their schemes, rotations and lineups to find out what works and what doesn’t. By the time the playoffs arrive, there aren’t many stones left unturned. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors.In previous years, when people explained why the LeBron-led Cavaliers improved during the playoffs compared to the regular season, they usually chalked it up the to the team giving more effort — or flipping the proverbial switch. The difference this year is their lineups.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Cleveland Cavaliers that swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason in dominant fashion looked completely different from the Cavs team that eked out 50 wins in the regular season. And with good reason: The bulk of Cleveland’s postseason minutes have gone to, quite literally, a different team. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavaliers have leaned heavily on a five-man lineup that had never shared the court before.In the team’s series against the Pacers and Raptors, Cleveland’s most-used lineup has been George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So far this postseason, they’ve logged 110 minutes together. That’s 110 more than they played together in the regular season. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1OG Anunoby, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it’s experimenting on the fly. But it’s working. Cleveland’s most-used postseason lineup is outscoring opponents by 41 points, good for third-best in the playoffs. read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Beloved Tewksbury High Librarian Endorses Dave Robertson

first_imgDear Editor,David Robertson, this is a name I would like you to remember.  David Robertson is a candidate to fill the seat held by State Representative James Miceli for 40 years. The names Robertson and Miceli belong in the same sentence because for the past ten years they worked together, side by side, as the team that brought dependable, caring public service to the citizens of Tewksbury and Wilmington.During that decade of work in the State Representative’s office, David Robertson has developed the necessary qualities to begin service to this district on Day 1:David’s dedication to his constituents is unmatched.David’s knowledge of local issues is unparalleled.David’s command of the protocol and procedures of the State House is unrivaled.There could not be a better training ground for excellence in public service than standing at the side of James R. Miceli. In addition, Mr. Miceli understood the intelligence, compassion and commitment that David Robertson brought to work every day, and he valued this young man of exemplary character.On September 4th, in the Primary Election, I ask you to consider David Robertson as your candidate for State Representative. He stands prepared and ready to serve.Sincerely,Mary EldringhoffLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Dave Robertson For State Rep On November 6In “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Robertson Learned From The Best, Keep Him At The State HouseIn “Letter To The Editor”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”last_img read more

Ershad reinstates GM Quader as JaPa cochairman

first_imgHM Ershad and GM QuaderNearly two weeks after his removal, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Thursday reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as his party’s cochairman.A press release, signed by Ershad, said the decision came into effect on Thursday.The former military ruler, known for frequently changing his decisions, relieved GM Quader of Jatiya Party’s cochairman post and its organisational duty on 22 March.In a press release at that night, he alleged said Quader failed to run the party and created divisions in it. “He has been relieved of party’s organisational duty and the post of co-chairman in the interest of the organisation.”A day later, Ershad removed Quader from the post of the deputy leader of opposition in parliament, nominating his wife Raushan for the post.Earlier on 1 January, Ershad had picked his brother to run the party in his absence, and three days later he appointed his brother as the deputy leader of the opposition.last_img read more