German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has said he would prefer two-time defending champions Spain rather than Italy as his country’s opponent in the high-octane European Championship quarter-final.Germany booked their place in the last eight with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Slovakia at Lyon on Sunday. (Also read: Germany storm into quarter-final after crushing Slovakia 3-0)Their opponents in the quarter-finals will be the winner of the pre-quarterfinal clash between Spain and 2012 runners-up Italy, who knocked out Joachim Low’s side en route to that final four years ago.Despite criticism of a lack of star quality in Antonio Conte’s Italy squad, Beckenbauer would prefer to face the holders in the next stage. (EURO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)”Big compliments for that win against Slovakia. The quarter-final will be against Spain or Italy now. Spain is more flexible, but still I’d rather have them as opponents. Italy eliminated us too often without being the better team,” the two-time Ballon d’Or winner was quoted as saying by German newspaper Bild on Sunday.”Still, no matter who it is, we don’t need to be scared,” the Bayern Munich legend added.Hosts France have been tipped to challenge for a first title since Euro 2000, but Beckenbauer thought they looked “clumsy” when coming from behind to beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 in the last 16.”They had players who ran into each other several times. In a round-of-16 match at a European Championship, for a title candidate it looked clumsy,” Beckenbauer, who captained and coached West Germany to World Cup triumphs in 1974 and 1990, respectively, pointed out.advertisement
Mukesh Ambani caused a storm after announcing the JioPhone smart feature phone that was effectively free of cost. Millions of people have already pre-ordered the phone with shipments having started post Diwali. However, based on a new report, production of the JioPhone has stopped as Reliance Jio is now looking to work on an Android smartphone to take on Airtel and Vodafone. Update: In a statement to India Today Tech, a Jio spokesperson did not categorically deny the report, but said that the company would soon announce the next JioPhone booking date. “JioPhone, ‘India ka smartphone’ is committed to fulfilling the country’s digital vision. Jio welcomes the initial 6 million Indians who are moving to digital life with the JioPhone and will soon announce the next JioPhone booking date,” the spokesperson said. Sources close to FactorDaily reported that production of JioPhone has stopped as the telcos is now focusing on bringing out an Android-based phone. To recall, the JioPhone runs on KaiOS, which is a version of Firefox OS. The latest report cites lack of apps supported by KaiOS as a reason behind Jio switching over to Android. The JioPhone as of now does not support apps for Facebook and WhatsApp, among others.”There are not enough apps compatible with KaiOS but people are working on developing special versions for the JioPhone,” a company insider told FactorDaily. Jio has reportedly been in talks with Facebook and Google to bring versions of Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube apps to the JioPhone.What this means for the JioPhoneThe latest report, however, doesn’t answer whether Jio has met with the over 6 million pre-bookings of the JioPhone since announcement. The company had stopped taking pre-orders in August citing an overwhelming response. It promised that shipping of the pre-ordered JioPhones would begin post Diwali, and it is still unclear as to how many people have received their handsets.advertisementReliance Jio chairman in July said that the company has set a target of producing 5 million JioPhones every week, but with productions having halted now, that promise seems to have fallen flat. “It’s not that the target is changing…but a walled garden approach doesn’t work in mobile phones, it hasn’t worked in the past and it will not work in the future,” another source told FactorDaily.Also Read: Airtel announces Celkon Smart 4G smartphone at effective price of Rs 1349There is also no word on whether Jio will discontinue the JioPhone after it launches the Android-based phone. A Jio executive said that the company will manufacture at least 10 million KaiOS-based JioPhones, which means all who have already pre-ordered the handset are likley to get it soon.Jio’s Android phone to take on Airtel and VodafoneAs of now, there is no detail regarding the pricing strategy of the Android-based Jio phone. But with Airtel and Vodafone having launched cheap 4G smartphones like the Karbonn A40 Indian and Micromax Bharat 2 Ultra, respectively, Reliance Jio will look to bring an effective pricing scheme for its phone as well. As a smartphone, it may be difficult for Jio to keep an effective zero pricing as it did with the KaiOS-based JioPhone.Airtel and Karbonn’s 4G Android smartphone comes at an effective cost of Rs 1,399 while Vodafone and Micromax announced a smartphone at an effective price of Rs 999 provided that customers stay with the phone and the maintain a minimum monthly recharge amount for a period of three years. On Monday, Airtel announced a second 4G smartphone in partnership with Celkon, called Celkon Smart 4G that comes at an effective price of Rs 1,349. These entry-level smartphones by rival telecom operators seem to have pushed Jio to launch its own Android smartphone.While Jio looks to make the Android-based phone more consumer friendly by bringing modern-day apps, Google will also stand to benefit from tying up with Jio. The Android-based JioPhone will likely sport Android Go, a slimmed down version of Android 8.0 Oreo that is aimed for entry-level smartphones. For Google, having Android Go inside the JioPhone will help the company expand its reach further.”The expertise Google can bring with software is immense… It makes sense for Reliance to wait and go with Android Go. For Google, JioPhone can be an important vehicle to go after the next billion users,” said Faisal Kawoosa, principal analyst with CyberMedia Research.
MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has fined three Switzerland players for making hand gestures of an Albanian national symbol to celebrate World Cup goals against Serbia, and cleared them to continue playing.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri received a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) for unsporting behavior, in a judgment Monday by FIFA’s disciplinary panel.Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner was warned and fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,050).The FIFA judges had the power to impose two-match bans if the actions of the players in a 2-1 win last Friday in Kaliningrad were judged to have provoked the general public.Xhaka and Shaqiri made hand gestures of a two-headed eagle after scoring second-half goals, and Lichtsteiner joined in the celebration.The two goal scorers have ethnic Albanian heritage linked to Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn’t recognize that independence.In a separate ruling Monday, FIFA fined the Serbian football federation 54,000 Swiss francs ($54,700) for incidents involving its fans at the same game.Serbia was charged for fans’ “display of discriminatory banners and messages by Serbian supporters as well as for throwing objects during the match,” FIFA said.Both the Switzerland and Serbia teams played down any political factors before the game last Friday. Shaqiri had posted a photograph on Instagram of his playing boots, one with a Switzerland flag on the heel and the other with a Kosovo flag.However, a tense back-and-forth game saw Xhaka level the game in the second half and Shaqiri win it with a 90th-minute goal.Serbian officials and fans were angered by refereeing decisions during the game and FIFA issued more verdicts Monday.Coach Mladen Krstajic and federation president Slavisa Kokeza were each fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,060) and warned by FIFA for “unsporting behavior due to statements made” about the referee.—By GRAHAM DUNBAR , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Editors’ Recommendations British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney has been in the business of footwear for over 25 years. It started as a shoe brand in 1989 and eventually expanded into menswear, combining the finely tailored sensibility of Savile Row with the quality of Italian leather. Whether it’s Chelsea Boots, brogues or loafers, Oliver Sweeney takes all the classic styles and adds their own twist. If you know whiskeys, you’ll know that Talisker whisky is a reliable classic single malt Scotch, great for sipping neat or on the rocks after a long hard day of work. Oliver Sweeney and Talisker have teamed up for a Made by the Sea gift set that will make any man who appreciates both good style and good drinks.The Made by the Sea gift set brings together a bottle of Talisker single malt Scotch Whisky and a pair of Oliver Sweeney hiking boots that come with a handy little pocket to store a flask of whiskey — the flask also comes with the gift set. Oliver Sweeney takes the classic hiking boot and makes it with the finest Italian leather burnished by hand in its Italian factory. The strategically positioned pocket, embossed with the Talisker name, makes it easy to store the 2-ounce etched, stainless steel hip flask so you can always have a swig around when you’re on the go. There’s also a handy micro-compass built into the collar. The boots’ main feature is a St. Moritz sole that has a section of the cask used in the ageing of the decade-old Talisker as a detail on the shoes’ heel. One side is embossed with Talisker, while the other is marked with the Oliver Sweeney logo.The boots and the signature 70cl bottle of Talisker’s 10-year-old whiskey come in a solid oak box that can be reused for for storage for special keepsakes and more. For more information, visit oliversweeney.com. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt
Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team What is better than bacon? The obvious answer is, “Nothing, dummy.”Or it was. As of this weekend, there is something better than bacon: Free bacon that comes to your house.Even in 2017, it seems that wishes really do come true. Celebrity chef Ian Knauer and organic meat purveyor Applegate are teaming up to offer the greatest gift of all: The Bacon Express.Throughout the first half of December, good little boys, girls and gender-nonconforming individuals across the eastern seaboard will be visited by an Applegate food truck dispensing “Season’s Meatings” with a panoply of bacon-inflected treats.Launched last Saturday in Orlando, Florida, The Bacon Express is turning up at grocery stores, public parks, and holiday-themed events to offer tidings of comfort, joy and pork belly. The journey will culminate in New York City with a prime parking spot for The Bacon Express right in front of Radio City Music Hall.As a sponsor of this year’s Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, Applegate will be the star of more than just the theater’s concession stands. Christmas Spectacular attendees can expect to see their favorite organic beef hot dogs incorporated into one of the Rockettes’ most iconic numbers.The mind boggles.As of publication, The Bacon Express has already graced a tree-lighting in Orlando and an ice rink in Atlanta. This weekend brings the road show to the Alexandria Holiday Market, indulging the good people of Virginia for eight solid hours with crispy, salty, smoky treats. From there, it’s on to Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park for another all-day stint. Thursday and Friday bring the tour to its glorious high-kick finale. In all locations, we advise posting up with a lawn chair and a Snuggie in close proximity to the truck, the better to enjoy treats like bacon pecan bars, bacon-infused hot chocolate (don’t ask how), and candied bacon in such flavors as spicy maple, cocoa and cinnamon toast. Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein Editors’ Recommendations We did mention that all this is free, right?In our best Kramer voice, let’s say it together: “It’s a Festivus [read: Christmas] miracle!”Chef Ian Knauer spent nine years as a staff writer and recipe tester for sadly defunct Gourmet magazine. Along the way, he launched the Farm Cooking School and hosted cooking show “The Farm” on PBS. With farm-to-table bona fides bolstered by his family’s farm in Pennsylvania, it’s safe to say Chef Knauer knows his way around a pig.For its part, Applegate has been doing the all-natural thing since 1987, which is pretty woke for a processed meat company. They introduced the world’s first organic hot dog in 2006, and followed it up with a grass-fed guarantee in 2015. When not plotting spectacular holiday road trips, the company works toward a goal of ensuring their product sources are 100% third-party certified for higher animal welfare and that all 140 Applegate products are verified non-GMO. All that work translates to better bacon in your belly.The past year required us all to grow up, and it’s time our palates did the same. Stop waiting around for a mythologized saint to drop down your chimney. Nothing promises to wash away the taste of 2017 like a mouthful of humanely raised, conscientiously cured bacon.For those less fortunate among us — i.e., those not living on or near the East Coast — Applegate has magnanimously posted a number of The Bacon Express’ recipes on its website. Eat your heart out. And, if this isn’t enough, check out Camp Bacon. You won’t regret it.Images courtesy Applegate. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist What is Biodynamic Wine? A Quick and Easy Guide to the Buzzyworthy Trend
The Chairman also encouraged parents to use the CAC’s price inquiry tool, located on its website at www.cac.gov.jm, to inform their shopping decisions. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) will, this year, survey 133 textbooks from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s approved 2017/18 supplementary list for students. Story Highlights Involved are books for students at the infant, primary, grades seven to nine, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) levels. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) will, this year, survey 133 textbooks from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s approved 2017/18 supplementary list for students.Involved are books for students at the infant, primary, grades seven to nine, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) levels.Chairman of the CAC, Kent Gammon, says this exercise, conducted annually in partnership with the Ministry, will be undertaken during the final week of July, and anticipates that the results will be ready by the second week of August.This project, he said, is being carried out in order to provide parents and guardians with timely information on prices and availability to guide purchasing decisions throughout the 2017/18 academic year, which commences in September.Mr. Gammon was speaking at the CAC’s quarterly media briefing at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries in New Kingston on July 5.The Chairman also encouraged parents to use the CAC’s price enquiry tool, located on its website at www.cac.gov.jm, to inform their shopping decisions.Meanwhile, Mr. Gammon said a CAC analysis of eight categories of agricultural produce grown and sold locally showed increased prices ranging between 25 and over 70 per cent for four crops in the weeks following the May 15 to 19 flood rains.This, he said, is according to data posted on the Jamaica Market Information System website. The crops analysed included green cabbage, callaloo, carrot, scallion, Irish and sweet potato, lettuce and tomatoes.Mr. Gammon noted that the prices for green cabbage, scallion and tomatoes have continued to increase, adding that the CAC would monitor movement in the costs for these and other produce.“The public will be updated further. However, consumers may also use the Commission’s price enquiry tool to aid their shopping decisions,” he said.
Washington: US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. US media reported in late July and early August, citing intelligence officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in the last two years in an operation that involved the United States. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed the death last month, saying it was “his understanding” that Bin Laden was dead, but Trump and other senior officials had not publicly confirmed the news. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” Trump said in a brief statement issued by the White House. “The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives Al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father but undermines important operational activities of the group.” The statement did not specify the timing of the operation.
An American whale research organization says an ailing killer whale has been found alive just hours after it was announced the young orca had been separated from her family pod.In a Facebook post Monday, the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbour, Wash., said the female southern resident killer whale known as J50 was found mid-morning and the centre’s researchers were in the water with the animal.Michael Millstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who released a statement earlier in the day about the missing orca, said this was the first time researchers had seen the J pod without the young whale, raising concerns about her well-being.“As a result we put out the word to whale watching organizations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada and really wanted to step up the search today,” Millstein said from Portland, Ore.Millstein said that several whale watching associations including Soundwatch and researchers from the Center had sighted J50 in an area he called the Hein Bank, south of San Juan Island, roughly halfway between Victoria and Seattle, Wash.Millstein said J50 was still very emaciated and that a team, including the Vancouver Aquarium’s chief veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena, was following the orca and planned to administer a second round of antibiotics via a dart, as well as a deworming medicine if possible.“This has been the plan all along, it’s just that the pod had been out in open waters on the west side of Vancouver Island until Friday night,” said Millstein.Millstein confirmed there have been ongoing discussions about treatment options for the infirm whale, including taking her into human care until she regains an appropriate amount of weight. However, he said there are several preferable options to removing her from the pod.“The preference, since she’s with the pod, is to maintain that structure and recognize the bonds with the rest of the whales,” he said, “but we are looking at all the options based on further analysis and assessment of her condition.”Millstein noted parasitic nematode worms found in stool samples from the J pod might be compounding the whale’s medical problems — the worms are typical in marine wildlife and are not normally a cause for concern, though he said the parasites combined with an existing bacterial infection could aggravate both issues.Recalling the story of Springer, a northern resident killer whale that was suffering from worms and other medical issues in 2002, Millstein said he hoped J50’s recovery would match the older orca’s.“A similar deworming medication was used on Springer and in the course of that treatment she did start eating a lot more, so that’s what we hope to accomplish through this treatment,” he said.Millstein noted that after a first antibiotic treatment several weeks ago was deemed ineffective, biologists might attempt to use a different dart that could be better-suited for a whale’s physiology.“If they need to there’s a certain kind of needle on the tip of the dart that has a little rim around it which helps it stay in the skin long enough to deliver a full dose,” he said.As with the case of J35, the orca seen towing the carcass of her dead calf for several weeks, Millstein said J50’s treatment was exemplary of a cross-border community that cares and loves the killer whales.“The co-operation here amongst the many different organizations, especially Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium, this has been a community regional effort that has required a lot of different skills,” he said.“We have a lot of the top people in the world watching and consulting on this so it’s a very positive thing.”The 3 1/2-year-old whale is one of only 75 southern resident killer whales that continue to travel the Pacific waters between British Columbia and California.
Chris MacIntyreAPTN NewsYoung people in the Yukon are getting job training and career opportunities through an organization in Whitehorse thats offering a program called Youth On Board.But these aren’t just any jobs.The mission behind the program is to provide experiences with non-profit organizations.Funded by the government of Canada, the program offers a 20 week job placement with a non profit organization.Youth on Board is in its last year of a three year program and has had 56 youth connect with Volunteer Benevoles Yukon for intake into the program.Kayla Smith Clarke, 18, is from the Kwanlin’ Dun First Nation and the Tlingit First Nation and was accepted into the Youth On Board program.She started her placement at Nlaye Ndasadaye Daycare in June.Before Youth On Board, she had applied to the daycare but was told she needed more experience before being hired.“I applied to work here awhile ago, and then I was told because I wasn’t in the correct program at college that I would need to go through Youth on board to be able to work here”.“So that’s how I was introduced to Youth On Board. I went down and I applied and I got in, and then I started working here almost a month ago.”The Nlaye Ndasadaye daycare is one of many non profit organizations involved with the Youth On Board program.Nlaye Ndasadaye means Two communities working together in Southern Tutchone.Ifrah Ali is the executive director of the daycare and sees the benefits and impacts for the youth but also the organizations involved.“It’s important for us because it gives us connections to community resourses that otherwise I would of not known of,” said Ali.“So this program not only helps the youth but it helps us, the organization too.”Ali said the program is a good stepping stone to give the youth experience.“If they’re interested, if they like it then they can continue on and go on to college, get their qualifications, and we help them with that.”Once Kayla completes her 20 week term, she wants to take a gap year and go back to school.The time that she has spent in the program and the experience she has gained from the daycare may influence her course direction.“I’m planning on doing more visual arts programs, but being here made me more interested in child care as well so I’m thinking child care, like a child care program.” she said.The program is hoping to sustain more money from the government to continue its email@example.com
“Despite these significant gains… new clouds have emerged on the employment horizon and the prospects have worsened significantly in many countries,” the UN International Labour Organizations (ILO) said in a study by its research arm, the International Institute for Labour Studies.World of Work Report 2010 – from one crisis to the next? acknowledges that three years into the economic crisis, the global economy has resumed growing, with some countries, especially emerging economies in Asia and Latin America, showing encouraging signs of employment recovery. But even in those countries, more than 8 million new jobs are still needed to return to pre-crisis levels.According to the study, if current policies persist, a recovery in employment to pre-crisis levels will be delayed until 2015 in advanced economies, instead of 2013 as was projected a year ago.“The longer the labour market recession, the greater the difficulties for job seekers to obtain new employment,” the ILO report says.“In the 35 countries for which data exists, nearly 40 per cent of job seekers have been without work for more than one year and therefore run significant risks of demoralization, loss of self-esteem and mental health problems. Importantly, young people are disproportionately hit by unemployment.”Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General, said “fairness must be the compass guiding us out of the crisis.”“People can understand and accept difficult choices, if they perceive that all share in the burden of pain. Governments should not have to choose between the demands of financial markets and the needs of their citizens. Financial and social stability must come together. Otherwise, not only the global economy but also social cohesion will be at risk,” Mr. Somavia added.Some of the findings from the ILO study, which is based on data from some 150 countries include the fact that cases of social unrest related to the financial and economic crisis have been reported in at least 25 countries – many of them in advanced economies.It also notes that any countries that experienced positive employment growth at the end of 2009 are now seeing a weakening of the jobs recovery. At the same time, the report says that by the end of 2009, more than 4 million job seekers had stopped looking for work in the countries for which information is available.In more than three quarters of 82 countries with available information, peoples’ perceptions of their quality of life and standard of living declined in 2009 compared to similar data from 2006, according to the report.Even among people with jobs, satisfaction at work has deteriorated significantly with a sense of unfairness growing in 46 of 83 countries, the report says, pointing out that in 36 of 72 countries, people have less confidence in governments now than prior to the crisis.Raymond Torres, Director of the International Institute and lead author of the report, said two main reasons explain the bleaker outlook facing many countries in the global economy.“The first is that fiscal stimulus measures that were critical in averting a deeper crisis and helped jump-start the economy are now being withdrawn in countries where recovery, if any, is still too weak,” he said. “The second and more fundamental factor is that the root causes of the crisis have not been properly tackled.”According to the report, “the coexistence of private-debt-led growth in certain developed countries with export-led growth in large emerging economies has proved to be the Achilles’ heel of the world economy.” 30 September 2010Prospects for job opportunities have worsened in many countries despite evidence that the global economy is growing again in the wake of the recession, and labour markets are likely to remain depressed until 2015, the United Nations labour agency said in a report unveiled today.
“He did a good job thus far and wish him luck for even a better job in the remaining term of this Parliament. All parties except JO members present at COPE,” Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted following the COPE meeting today. (Colombo Gazette) JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti was re-elected as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE).State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said that Handunhetti was unanimously elected as the Chairman of COPE.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen that an estimated one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted – around 1.3 billion tons. This costs around $750 billion annually.“If we reduce food loss and waste to zero it would give us additional food to feed 2 billion people,” said Mr. Graziano da Silva, who joined leaders of partner agencies to discuss plans for a new global standard for measuring food loss and waste announced at 3GF by the World Resources Institute (WRI). “One of my priorities in FAO is opening our doors to potential allies. Fighting food loss and waste is clearly one area in which partnership is needed. Developing a global protocol can help provide clear measurements and indicators on which we can base guidance on how to reduce food loss and waste,” he stated. FAO noted that most food loss takes place in post-production, harvesting, transportation and storage. In developing countries, food waste is mainly related to inadequate infrastructure, while in more developed countries it is largely a problem in the marketing and consumption stages.“We already know a lot about how to cut food losses,” said the Director-General. “But we need to invest more in a number of areas, especially in infrastructure such as roads and cold chains, but also improving market information. We also need to close the gap between the knowledge we have and what farmers and other actors in the food chain are actually doing.”He called for more “innovative thinking” to keep retailers and individual households from throwing food away. Per capita consumer waste is around 100 kilograms in Europe and North America per year. In Africa, it is less than 10 kilograms a year per person.FAO works on numerous initiatives to reduce the loss of food in the agricultural process and throughout the food system ‘from field to fork.’ It launched the SAVE FOOD initiative together with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Messe Dusseldorf to reduce food loss and waste along the entire chain of food production and consumption. It also collaborates with UNEP, WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and other partners in the Think.Eat.Save. campaign designed to target and change wasteful practices, especially at the retail and consumer end of the food-supply chain.
San Francisco+2.88+0.00+1.84+0.00+4.72 The tug of war between Philadelphia’s view of itself as a combative underdog and the greater prestige to which it sometimes aspires will be on full display Sunday night, when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Between the city’s sports heartbreaks and hooliganism, its perpetual inferiority complex and recent civic resurgence, this Super Bowl could be a turning point for Philly or another way for its fans to double down on their notoriety.“You can’t deny that there is coarse [fan] behavior,” New York Times reporter Jeré Longman told me in a phone interview. Longman would know — he wrote a book about the neuroses of the city’s fans the last time the Eagles made the Super Bowl, back in 2005. But he also made a case that Philly deserves a better image. “It’s the founding city of the United States; it has these great institutions,” Longman said. “And now it has a vibrant art and music scene, great food, lots of young professionals living downtown.” In Longman’s view, Philadelphia too often sells itself short of what it could be (and already is) when its fans live down to their boorish reputation.“The city’s slogan actually used to be, ‘Philadelphia: Not as bad as Philadelphians say it is,’” he said. “Maybe this Super Bowl will be a chance for people in Philadelphia to realize what a great city they have.”1As someone who lived in Philly for about five years, I agree about the city’s greatness — which makes the juxtaposition between its friendly day-to-day interactions and sometimes psychotic sports fandom even more jarring. The roots of the Fairmount Park-sized chip on Philly fans’ collective shoulders go back decades — the infamous Santa snowball incident happened in 1968, less than three years into the Super Bowl’s existence. But they have seemed to grow deeper as the years went on without a championship in the sport Philadelphia embraces the most. The Eagles, which have been around since 1933, are one of 13 NFL franchises that have never won a Super Bowl, and nobody has won more total ballgames among the Super Bowl oh-fers.2The Eagles did win three NFL championships before the Super Bowl existed, most recently in 1960. But any fan who was following the team back then is now at least into their mid-60s, if not much older. It is, to say the least, a distant memory from another era.Making matters worse, the Eagles’ rivals in the NFC East — the hated Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins — have won a combined 12 championships in the Super Bowl era. Six times a year, Eagles fans are forced to contrast themselves against fan bases whose historical résumés have been weaponized for the taunting.There’s a cultural component to the frustration as well. “Football represents Philadelphia’s ideal view of itself: a tough, blue-collar sport,” Longman said. Both he and Glen Macnow, a longtime host at the local sports-talk radio station WIP, agreed that the Eagles are the one team in the city whose rabid support stretches across demographic and societal lines. Indeed, over the past five years, the Eagles have dominated the search-traffic battle against the city’s other pro teams to a greater degree than the national average.3Granted, the Sixers went on their infamous tanking expedition during this span.“It’s a football town,” Macnow said. “The Eagles bring together everybody in the city.” If so, that also puts the team squarely at the emotional epicenter of Philadelphia angst.The city’s general lack of sports success over the years hasn’t helped matters. Philly teams went more than 25 years without a title, between the 1982-83 76ers’ NBA crown and the Phillies’ World Series victory in 2008. And it hasn’t been for lack of trying. In the 34 years starting in 1984 — the year after the Sixers won their title — through 2017, no other city in pro sports has underachieved more on the championship front, based on the number of actual titles won and the number we’d expect from how many teams they had in each sport.4Including only the “Big Four” North American pro sports of football, basketball, baseball and hockey. (Sorry as always to all you ardent MLS fans out there.) Cleveland-1.02-0.22-1.16+0.00-2.40 Championships vs. Expected Phoenix-0.98-1.22+0.33-0.68-2.55 Boston+4.38+1.78+1.84-0.27+7.73 Buffalo-1.12+0.00+0.00-1.27-2.39 Milwaukee+0.00-1.22-1.16+0.00-2.38 This assigns Boston and Philadelphia a “half-championship” for the 2017 NFL season, since Super Bowl LII’s winner isn’t known yet.Expected championships are calculated by assigning each team in a league equal odds of winning the title in a given season and then adding up those title chances over time.Source: Sports-Reference sites San Antonio+0.00+3.78+0.00+0.00+3.78 Edmonton+0.00+0.00+0.00+3.73+3.73 Philadelphia-0.62-1.22-0.16-1.27-3.27 Miami-1.12+1.99+1.19-0.80+1.26 Pittsburgh+0.88+0.00-1.16+3.73+3.45 Top 10NFLNBAMLBNHLTotal Championships vs. Expected Los Angeles-0.88+5.60-0.59+0.73+4.86 Which sports cities have overachieved the most (and least)?Actual vs. expected championships in the big 4 North American sports for cities, 1984-2017 Atlanta-1.12-1.22-0.16-0.37-2.87 Minneapolis-1.12-0.97+0.84-1.00-2.25 San Diego-1.09-0.04-1.16+0.00-2.29 New York City+1.75-2.45+3.69+0.20+3.20 Detroit-1.12+1.78-0.16+2.73+3.23 Chicago-0.12+4.78-0.31+1.73+6.08 Bottom 10NFLNBAMLBNHLTotal The sports fans of Philadelphia are known for their unique brand of bottle-throwing, Santa Claus-attacking, expletive-laced rowdiness. But is this reputation deserved? Are they actually any different from other fiery fan bases in, say, Buffalo or Oakland? I asked my colleague Rob Arthur to look at citywide crime rates, and he couldn’t find any significant uptick on game days. Then again, multiple Eagles fans are alleged to have punched horses (!?!) during these playoffs alone: Washington, D.C.+0.88-1.22-0.43-1.27-2.05 Seattle-0.12-0.92-1.16+0.00-2.20 (And that’s after assigning Philly and Boston a “half-championship” each for the upcoming Super Bowl, assuming that each team has roughly 50-50 odds. If we didn’t do that, Philadelphia teams would be running a collective 3.7 championships below expectation since 1983.)Here’s another way this data helps illustrate why Philadelphia fans are so emotionally overwrought when it comes to sports: In terms of expected titles — which measures the sheer number of cracks a city has had at championship glory — Philly trails only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago (and it’s tied with Boston and Detroit). Justifiably, it thinks of itself as belonging among that group of towns. But collectively, those five cities have won 57.5 championships — 25.1 more than expected — since 1983, with each exceeding their expectation by at least 3.2 titles. Philly, meanwhile, is running 3.3 titles below expectations. Add in the fact that Philadelphia ranks only 25th in championships won since 1983 despite being a top-eight U.S. metro area by both population and economic might, and it makes sense why Philly fandom is often a powder keg waiting to explode.“It’s like a permanent wedgie,” Macnow said of Philadelphia’s sports inferiority complex. “You look up the East Coast at New York and see their championships and at Boston’s smug fans — we call them ‘Massholes.’ There’s an element of envy there as well.”That’s one reason the Patriots might be the ultimate opponent for the Eagles as they try to end their Super Bowl drought. Since 1983, Boston teams have won 7.7 more titles than expected — in exactly the same number of chances as Philly had. The cities are similar in many ways, from population to their shared importance in the early history of the country, a common insular attitude and their parallel rivalries with the behemoth situated between them — New York City. It isn’t difficult to envision an alternate universe in which the fates of Boston and Philadelphia sports had switched places several decades ago.Everyone agrees that an Eagles win on Sunday would set off something approaching total pandemonium in the Philadelphia. “It would be by far the largest sports celebration ever,” Longman told me. “There aren’t enough cans of Crisco in the world to keep people from climbing every [street] pole in Philadelphia.” Longman thought the potential crowds would dwarf the Phillies’ championship parade in 2008 and be more akin to when the pope visited the city in 2015.Whether the long-awaited Super Bowl victory would mark the beginning of a change in fans’ behavior, however, is another question, given that so much of Philly fandom — for good and bad — is wrapped up in the feelings of being overlooked and misunderstood.“It would require a change in a mindset that has prevailed for many generations,” Longman said. “It’d be fascinating to see if Philly is comfortable with being the overdog instead of the underdog.”Although it would only begin to make a slight dent in the city’s championship shortfall of the past three and a half decades, winning Sunday would be a good start.
The authors suggested this was likely to be down to the “binge drinking culture in the United Kingdom”. Of the 88 British participants, 81 per cent said they had posted about drugs or alcohol, 75 per cent about sex, and 48 per cent said they had posted personal information such as their address or telephone number. The paper also found that there were more similarities than differences between the students’ behaviour, suggesting that the “psychological processes affecting risky online behavior might be similar across culture”, raising “the possibility that Internet cultures exact more influence than one’s nationality”. Dr White added: “This difference shows that culture as a whole seems to play a part in what type of content is shared.“But the fact that the behaviours predicting risky online choices are the same for both nationalities suggests there’s a wider social media culture that encourages this type of risk-taking behaviour.”Figures published earlier this year by YouGov showed that one in five employers have turned down a candidate for a job after checking their online activity. Even cautious teenagers over-share on social media and risk damaging their job prospects, a University of Plymouth study has found. Posting drunken photographs and personal rants on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter might be associated with impulsive behaviour – but sensible young people are just as likely to post risky things online as their more impulsive peers. “Self-monitoring” young people who thought hard about the potential impact of their social networking still posted about alcohol and drugs because it was so socially acceptable, the study found. Researcher Dr Claire White said: “It’s counterintuitive really because it would be easy to assume that a high self-monitor would question their actions and adapt accordingly. “But the results show that high self-monitors are just as likely to post risky content as those in the study who are more impulsive, which suggests they think it’s not only OK to be risky – and potentially offensive – but that it’s actually the right thing to do.””Many Facebook users utilize provocative pictures to be noticeable on social networking sites, or to gain positive attention from friends.”Our high self-monitoring participants clearly used social networking sites as platforms to self-present themselves as “cool,” where this behavior was valued and rewarded,” the paper said. The study, which examined online behaviour by 178 British and Italian students, found that British young people were more likely to be explicit about their alcohol and drug use, while Italians were more likely to post “offensive content” and personal details. 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. Almost half said that drunken photographs would put them off, while 71 per cent said references to drug use would lose a candidate the job.
STATE PAPERS DATING back to 1983 have revealed that the then Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism Frank Cluskey was strongly opposed to a UK military vehicle manufacturer setting up shop in Ireland.Correspondence between the department, the minister’s advisers and the company shows that the the Labour Minister Cluskey said he was not in favour of the “manufacture here, for export, of arms or armaments in the sense of lethal military equipment”.Military vehiclesGomba Stonefield Limited wrote to the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism and said they had been in discussions with the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA) about establishing a factory in southern Ireland.The vehicles they said they made were four-wheeled trucks, with versions of the vehicle being manufactured for “military use”. Before their discussions went further with the IDA they said they wanted to ensure they would be granted an export licence.They acknowledged Ireland’s reluctance to allow military manufacturers establish in Ireland.In a department briefing, the document states that the firm’s largest order is “a military one”. However, it adds that the vehicles “are more of a supply truck than a front-line vehicle”.ExportsThe brief says they found it difficult to take a “negative” view of the proposal but said that the licence restriction may need to happen depending on where the vehicles were being shipped to in terms of the country’s “regime” and the “tensions” there.State papers show the minister felt the government needed to “adopt an unduly restrictive attitude to proposals involving the manufacture in Ireland for export” of items that were linked to warfare equipment.The document adds that when the minister was briefed on the issue he said that the “political issue” was determining where the equipment might be sent to.One document states that the minister said that the Gomba Stonefield proposal was “premature to look into” and wasn’t sure it would even be economically viable and worthy of IDA support.Read: Extract: ‘Soldiers have an affinity with the detainees in Guantanamo. It would be bad to shoot them – it’ll be lethal injection’>Read: Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target>
New DC United signing Wayne Rooney opened his scoring account for the club as Bayern-bound also scores twice for Vancouver Whitecaps.Wayne Rooney marked his match as captain of DC United with his Major League Soccer (MLS) goal.The former Manchester United captain opened his scoring account with a goal during DC United’s last-gasp 2-1 victory over Colorado Rapids.England’s all-time top scorer opened the scoring for DC United in the 33rd minute calmly slotting the ball through the legs of former United teammate Tim Howard after receiving a pass from Luciano Acosta.Colorado Rapids equalized on the 82nd-minute mark through Kellyn Acosta, but DC secured all three points on home soil in the 90th minute when Rapids’ Niki Jackson put through his own goal.Report: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…Rooney was left with five stitches after a broken nose and a gash above his left eye after putting in a gritty performance on his debut as captain.“I don’t think this is the first time he has bled in a game,” DC head coach Bren Olsen said, according to FourFourTwo.“It shows how much this means to him putting his face and body on the line. He’s a tough guy and I’m sure he’ll be alright.”“He has been fantastic in every way we wanted him to be for this group with his leadership and goal-scoring abilities and I hope it can continue to get better.”
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed he almost joined Tottenham Hotspur back in 2016.Jurgen Klopp signed the Holland international for Liverpool from Newcastle United, but he reveals he held talks with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.“I had a really good conversation with Pochettino but we didn’t come to an agreement. Not just me, Newcastle also didn’t come to an agreement with Tottenham,” Wijnaldum said, according to Liverpool Echo.“When I spoke with Jurgen, he made me feel really good. He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football.”“Three days after our meeting, they had reached a deal and that gave me a good feeling as well. I didn’t think twice. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I wanted to make the transfer and I’m happy that I did.“The fans welcomed me from the start here. I think they appreciate that I give 100% every game and do my best always for Liverpool. If they can see that you are willing to do ever”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Speaking about Klopp improving him as a player, Wijnaldum said:“He is always busy making the team better and also trying to make you better as an individual. He has great attention to detail.“He shows you situations in a game where he feels you could have done better. During training he makes it very clear what he wants to see. He asks a lot from players. He asks for a lot of concentration, he asks for a lot of hard work.”“It’s not always easy, you know how players how. Sometimes you aren’t 100% concentrated and you might think ‘I can do things a bit easier today’. But with him you always have to be 100% concentrated and give everything you have.”
Barcelona have announced that they’ve reached an agreement with Ernesto Valverde to extend his contract until June 2020.Since replacing Luis Enrique as manager in 2017, Valverde has impressed greatly at Barcelona with 65 wins and just nine defeats in 96 games across all competitions.The 55-year-old made an instant impact in his first campaign in charge last term by leading Barcelona to a record 43 matches unbeaten in La Liga before losing their penultimate game to Levante UD in a 5-4 thriller.Nevertheless, Valverde led the Blaugrana to a domestic double in his debut campaign by winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.This season has seen Valverde begin to implement changes to an ageing Barcelona squad with the likes of Arthur Melo, Phillippe Coutinho, Malcom and Clement Lenglet all coming in last year to help strengthen the team.And it appears to have done the trick with Barcelona enjoying another strong season under Valverde’s leadership.Currently, the Catalan giants are enjoying a six-point lead at the top of La Liga and are in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a last-16 tie against Lyon in the Champions League coming up on Tuesday.Despite this though, doubts had been going about in Spain over Valverde’s long-term future at Camp Nou after he suggested he could leave at the end of this season.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Last month, Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu went to dismiss these fears and has now handed him a new contract until 2020 with an option for a further year.“FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, the first team coach, have reached an agreement to extend the contract between the two parties for another season (2019/20) with the option for one more (2020/21),” read a club statement.“The signing of the extension will take place on Friday 15 February at 10.15am CET in the Presidential Suite at Camp Nou.”Barcelona will host 15th-placed Real Valladolid at Camp Nou on Saturday for their next La Liga match with kick-off set for 8:45 PM (CET).❗ [LATEST NEWS] Agreement to extend Ernesto Valverde’s contract More info 👉 https://t.co/LiAjy53jnP pic.twitter.com/ehuoU4V5ms— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 15, 2019