November 2019

Semplici: ‘SPAL defeat undeserved’

first_imgLeonardo Semplici believes SPAL are on the right track as they take on Udinese, because the defeat to Sampdoria was “undeserved.” It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. The Stadio Paolo Mazza side are bottom of the table and desperately need to start picking up positive results. “We have spent the week trying to analyse certain things and need to give a strong response in a match situation,” said Semplici in his press conference. “We had tried to create positive situations against Sampdoria, putting us in a position to win, but it didn’t go to plan. At least we got back to being a team and playing better football, with lots of crosses, forcing many corners. It’s just we were unable to make it stick. “Losing that game to Samp was a real let-down, because even one point would’ve been negative considering the performance. Their goal came from a lucky ricochet. Sampdoria really didn’t deserve to win.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Bonera: ‘No patience at Milan’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Milan assistant manager Daniele Bonera feels Marco Giampaolo “didn’t get the time he needed” and discussed changes under Stefano Pioli. The former defender returned to Milanello as an assistant manager in June, going back to the club where he was a defender from 2006 to 2015. This means he worked under both Giampaolo and his replacement Pioli during this tempestuous campaign. “Over just a few months, we’ve had two different coaches with different working methods, tactical approaches and ideas of defending,” Bonera told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “With Giampaolo there was more focus on the ball, whereas Pioli is more practical and works on the positioning of the players. “Every coach has his own methods, but Giampaolo didn’t get the time he would’ve needed to develop his ideas. Then again, at a club like Milan, you’re never going to get much time. Pioli’s work is difficult to evaluate after just a month in charge.” There are reports of a potential exodus of talent next summer, starting with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. “As a fan and someone in love with Milan, I’d advise him to stay with us,” continued Bonera. “He has staff and family to counsel him, though. “I see the players working hard and many are really very young. I wouldn’t talk about unhappy players, it’s not like Milan is a prison. It’s a good place to work, even if the results are not positive right now. “We do need to increase our concentration levels, especially towards the end of games. I’ve never seen one of these lads hold back when called upon to work hard. “This Milan side needs patience, although I know that is rare in football, but we’re trying our best, day by day.” Bonera was asked why he decided to return to San Siro after ending his playing career in Spain with Villarreal. “Because it’s Milan. The bond I had with this club made it difficult to refuse.”last_img read more

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Double blow for Torino

first_imgTorino have suffered a double injury blow after Lyanco and Diego Laxalt picked up problems while on international duty. Toro confirmed on their official website that Lyanco returned with an MCL injury in his right knee, while Laxalt suffered a myotendinous pull in his right thigh quadriceps. The former Bologna defender will not undergo surgery, whereas the Milan loanee will continue to be assessed. However, they could now miss the Granata’s next Serie A match against Inter on Saturday. Elsewhere, Kevin Bonifazi remains on a personalised training programme and Iago Falque is still receiving treatment for a muscle problem. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Space odyssey

first_imgOmega is the new alpha. By virtue of creating timepieces that are instruments of industrial rejuvenation, the Swiss watch major has managed to set its sights on the moon. Quite literally. Omega’s official history in space can be traced back to 1965 when the Speedmaster was approved by NASA for,Omega is the new alpha. By virtue of creating timepieces that are instruments of industrial rejuvenation, the Swiss watch major has managed to set its sights on the moon. Quite literally. Omega’s official history in space can be traced back to 1965 when the Speedmaster was approved by NASA for inclusion in all its piloted space flights. Since then, all the astronauts associated with 10 Gemini missions, 11 Apollo missions (including six lunar landings), the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, three Skylabs and the Russian MIR project missions have been equipped with Speedmasters.Interesting because the watch wasn’t created with space flights in mind. The Speedmaster was manufactured in 1957 in Biene, Switzerland, and marketed primarily for the research industry and sport. In ’59, the company released a second version, which boasted a few new details-it was the first watch to have the now-familiar black tachymetric bezel ring, and the hands were modified to ensure better readability of the functions.In 1962, NASA began the search for a wristwatch that could be worn by its Gemini and Apollo astronauts. The normal procedure of soliciting bids for special “space-proof” wristwatches was a time-consuming process. To save time, NASA bought some 10 sorts of chronographs from Corrigan’s jewellery store in Houston, and subjected them to rigorous tests. These watches were required to perform in extreme temperatures (-18 to +93 degrees Celsius), high humidity and under conditions of zero gravity, magnetic fields, intense shocks and vibrations. Among the required courses of action that accompanied the tests was the fresh winding of each watch prior to each testing phase. The caseback of the Apollo-Soyuz ’35th Anniversary’ watchOn each occasion, the watches were checked for moisture, damage to the crystal as well as the case (which had to be non-reflective), the dial (which had to be easily read under light levels ranging from three-ft-candles to direct, unfiltered sunlight) and the chronograph pushers. All this took time. Then in 1964, six of the watch brands were invited to participate in a final series of 11 strenuous tests. These tests were completed on March 1, 1965. Omega Speedmaster Professional-yes, the same watch that was a standard, production line model bought over-the-counter in Houston-was the only wristwatch to be declared “Flight Qualified by NASA” for all manned space missions.American astronaut Tom Stafford and Russian cosmonaut Alexei LeonovWithin a month, the watch boarded the Gemini 3 mission. However, the most memorable moment in the Speedmaster’s history came in July 1969 when it recorded Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission was a milestone and the Speedmaster became the first watch (and the only watch since) to be worn on the moon. In April 1970, the Speedmaster contributed to the rescue of the Apollo 13 mission from a potential disaster. Five days away from Earth, the spacecraft’s oxygen tank exploded causing it to lose electricity and leaving all the on-board computerised timing devices inoperational. Nothing loath, the astronauts used their Speedmaster Professional for both the timing and interval of thrust for critical engine burns as they rounded the moon and set a course for home. This not only saved the lives of the crew, but the vessel as well. It also earned Omega the Snoopy Award, the highest distinction awarded to watchmakers, by NASA astronauts.On July 15, 1975 began another important chapter in space exploration. That day, the US launched an Apollo rocket, called the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) Command Module, while the Soviet Union sent Soyuz 19 into space. Both crews were equipped with Speedmaster Professional watches. (Incidentally, this was the first time that Russian cosmonauts wore the Speedmaster. But ever since, the watch has been the official chronograph of Russian manned space missions.)Two days later, American astronaut Tom Stafford and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov met in the docking hatch that linked their respective spacecraft. They shook hands and chatted as they orbited the Earth. They also synchronised their Speedmasters to record the time of this historic rendezvous through the open hatch of the Soyuz. The two shuttles disengaged 44 hours later after having successfully completed a range of technical experiments. The ASTP Command Module splashed down on July 24-after 217 hours, 30 minutes in space. “During the Cold War, the US and the Soviet Union were involved in the so-called space race. With the Apollo-Soyuz mission, these former adversaries showed that they were prepared to cooperate in space and these efforts would ultimate lead to the development of the International Space Station,” says Stephen Urquhart, president of Omega.To commemorate the historic handshake of ’75, Omega recently released the Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz “35th Anniversary” chronograph in a limited edition of 1975 watches. “The watch celebrates an event which is remembered for its political, technological and historical significance. The 35th Anniversary watch has the essential qualities of the iconic Moonwatch-rugged construction, flawless chronograph performance and classic movement-but it also has some special features which distinguish it from its famous ancestor, ” explains Urquhart.The dial, for one, has been created from a meteorite (found at the end of 19th century in Namibia), which survived its entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and the high-speed impact with the terrestrial surface. The caseback features the names of the astronauts (in Roman alphabet) and cosmonauts (in Cyrillic) on the ASTP. It also has an image of the spacecraft docked over Metz, France on July 17, 1975-a fitting tribute to ASTP’s first-ever international space flight.Think of it as the perfect spot for the telling of a story that’s out of this world. Speedmaster professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th anniversaryThe 42-mm dial is a single piece cut from the meteorite. As no two pieces of the meteorite are exactly alike, each watch is absolutely unique.The black colour of the meteorite dial is the result of a surface oxidation process. The silver second’s hand and chronograph counters appear in the natural colour of the meteorite.The watch is equipped with an Omega calibre 1861, which is a manual-winding chronograph. The watch is water resistant upto 50 m.The case is polished-brushed, the bezel a black aluminium ring with a tachymeter scale.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Dynastic politics: Generation Next with important surnames makes all the right moves

first_imgIt is a delicious irony. On February 16 when Feroze Varun Gandhi walked into the BJP as its youngest star at 23, party President M. Venkaiah Naidu declared it as a vote for the “youthful leadership” of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.The irony is that in a country where every second person,It is a delicious irony. On February 16 when Feroze Varun Gandhi walked into the BJP as its youngest star at 23, party President M. Venkaiah Naidu declared it as a vote for the “youthful leadership” of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.The irony is that in a country where every second person or over 500 million are under 20 years of age the reigning icon is a 79-year-old Vajpayee.Actually that is simply a statement of fact. The irony is that virtually every party scrambling to project a fresh face seems to find young faces only in the living rooms of its members.Familial seems to be the ruling definition of familiar, popular, youthful or whatever it takes to get that new young voter to the booth to punch the button. It is not just the Gandhi family – on either side of the fence – nor is it only the Congress which, of course, has dynasty in its DNA.Congress ParivarClick here to EnlargePolitics in Kashmir, Orissa and Haryana are live instances of hierarchy giving way to heredity. In Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “third generation” as president of the National Conference once founded by his grandfather Sheikh Abdullah.Mehbooba Mufti, vice-president of the People’s Democratic Party, is the daughter of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. Even the dissenters –  the face of anti-establishment in the Valley – Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Sajjad and Bilal Lone have inherited their political office.It is not just up north. Down south the three torchbearers of the anti-NDA front – M.K. Stalin, Dayanidhi Maran and G.K. Vasan – are all scions of political families. In terms of period Maharashtra politics could well be described as Thackeray II. In Uttar Pradesh it is heading towards Yadav II as Mulayam Singh Yadav’s US-educated son Akhilesh prepares to fight his second election.Parties across the pollscape seem to believe that relative velocity will give them the momentum to bag that last vote to come to power. Look at the Congress. Its party rolls now boast of over 30 million primary members, including the Gandhi siblings Priyanka and Rahul.advertisementBut when Congress President Sonia Gandhi invited 23 young faces to brief her about their etch and expectation of the Congress, nine of those who trooped in in their carefully crafted casual look were from different political dynasties.The BJP is not immune to the draw of the DNA either. Naidu may be denying it now but the day he was welcoming the other Gandhi into the party down south in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh there were rumours about his daughter Deepa joining the Lotus brigade.Finance Minister Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra denies his entry is through the family connection but will contest the Barmer seat on a BJP ticket. And just a week ago in Patna, the prime minister boasted that leaders in the BJP are not born but groomed.There is, of course, no study that shows dynastic politicians to be better or worse than the others who don the mantle of public service. Dynasties have prospered across the Atlantic in the US – be it the brand of Kennedy mystique or the oil barrel politics of the Bush family. Closer home, the Bhuttos in Pakistan, the Sukarnos in Indonesia and the Bandaranaikes in Sri Lanka are but evidence of the political streak in family trees. But it is in the Indian poll-scape that it has grown unfettered and been fertilised by genes for over four decades now.Relative VelocityClick here to EnlargeThe idea obviously for the Congress or the BJP is to get the metrosexual hetero-cultural face telegenic enough to fit the television screens as also to woo votes. Theoretically parties could find this face from among their ranks. But in keeping with the lazy democracy practised even with 21st century connectivity, parties seem to be able to go no further than the living rooms of party leaders to find Generation Next. It does help getting a known face which is why jobless Bollywood stars and telly queens are queuing up outside 11 Ashoka Road, the BJP central office in Delhi. It also helps sporting a surname that is familiar and it need not necessarily be Gandhi. Like Deora, Scindia, Patil, Prasada or Pilot.The dynastic pack is better endowed to make its fortune in a globalised world but has opted for politics. Rajeev Gowda, Union minister Ananth Kumar’s challenger-at-large, is an associate professor at IIM. His maxim: it is not enough to get elected, you also have to be technically qualified to govern. Sachin Pilot, an MBA from Wharton, was with General Motors in Delhi, Jiten Prasada worked with Merrill Lynch, Milind Deora runs his father’s other business (polymers and plastics), Sajjad ran a film production house while R.P.N. Singh opted out of a career in Bollywood.The scions are not defensive about their surnames. Says Jiten, who quit his corporate job to become his mother’s campaign manager in 2001: “The family legacy helps only up to a point. After that, the focus is on you.” Manvendra doesn’t deny his genes but begs to differ: “I may have got the ticket because of my lineage but I have not inherited the constituency. The BJP has never won from Barmer.” But the party hopes that being Jaswant’s son will help. As Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep puts it, “People expect a lot more Ganga to flow from this canal.”It is not always easy for those with pedigree. Uddhav has to survive comparisons with Bal Thackeray, Ranjit Mohite Patil balances his friendship with Raj Thackeray with his politics, Omar has to live with his father’s image, Akhilesh has to blend his US-returned image with Mulayam’s Lohiaite looks, Jiten had to live down his father’s challenge to Sonia Gandhi. Their pedigree is proclaimed in their second name, their degrees are on their CV but their attitude is up in your face. When they talk it is in 21st century soundbytes.And each one is shamelessly ready to take full advantage of that electoral paradox – democracies that vote for dynasties rather than newcomers. So, it is Vive La Democracy and Jeevay Jeevay Pedigree.advertisementlast_img read more

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UST sweeps elims, advances to UAAP beach volleyball finals

first_imgTrump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “Of course it’s still not over, we want to get that gold medal,” said Rondina in Fiipino. “This is also a good experience for Cait who’s just starting her beach volleyball career. The competition is very tough and FEU is a really tough opponent.”The Lady Tamaraws finished the eliminations with a 6-1 record and will hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the second series of the step-ladder semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUST had a 6-2 lead at the start of the third set before the FEU duo of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza rallied back to take a 10-9 lead on Viray’s error.FEU the managed to tie the set at 12-12 just before Viray closed the affair for UST. St. Benilde halts four-game slump, drops also-ran EAC in OT View comments LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna clinched the last semifinals slot after brushing off Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to finish the eliminations with a 4-3 card.The Lady Spikers will face University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero in the first series of the step-ladder semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ University of Santo Tomas is one step closer to its title retention bid after slipping past Far Eastern University, 22-20, 17-21, 15-13, to complete a sweep of the eliminations of the UAAP Season 80 women’s beach volleyball tournament Thursday at SM Sands by the Bay.Reigning MVP Cherry Rondina let partner Caitlyn Viray take over in the end game as scored the Golden Tigresses’ final three points to ensure UST’s 7-0 record and automatic bye to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Thirdy Ravena shrugs off vicious dunk vs UST, wins bet with dad Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas has one more game left in its schedule in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and yet, head coach Boy Sablan already looked resigned after his team suffered another defeat.“I wasn’t the first coach to have zero wins in the UAAP, other teams also had that record,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay UST’s latest loss came against league-leader Ateneo, 102-83, in a game where the Growling Tigers showed a semblance of fight but only to write the same ending and falter.READ: Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Growling Tigers stared at a 15-point deficit in the third, 72-57, but managed to claw back, 75-70, by the end of the period.The Blue Eagles (12-0), however, answered back in the fourth and mounted a 17-7 run with Thirdy Ravena capping it off with a vicious tomahawk with 2:22 left for a 92-77 lead. Sablan was right. He won’t be the first head coach to possibly end a season with zero wins after Luigi Trillo and Rey Madrid had 0-14 seasons with Adamson University and University of the Philippines, respectively“Look at the history of the league, I’m not the first coach who’ll end a year with zero wins,” said Sablan. “There are of course who didn’t win, not just me.”Sablan’s only hope of redemption, if it can be considered as such, is the Tigers’ last game against University of the East where UST can at least save face after a disastrous season. “Of course we want to win that final game, we will prepare for it,” said Sablan. “We’ll do what needs to be done.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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Scott scores 18 in Wizards’ win over short-handed Magic

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott (30) drives past Orlando Magic forward Marreese Speights (5) for a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APWASHINGTON — One night after a humiliating defeat, the Washington Wizards set a season high for points and rolled to an easy win.Mike Scott scored 18 points, Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal each had 17, and the Wizards beat Orlando 130-103 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) to hand the injury-ravaged Magic their eighth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Oladipo scores 38, Pacers rally to beat Nets in OT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Seven players scored in double figures as Washington rebounded from a 35-point rout at Brooklyn on Friday. Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre had 16 points apiece. John Wall added 10 points and 13 assists.Wizards coach Scott Brooks had no simple explanation for the two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Welcome to the world of coaching,” he said. “(Friday) night’s game was a horrible game. There was nothing positive about it.”Orlando, which has lost 19 of 22, was led by Elfrid Payton’s career-high 30 points.center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Malditas save PH from shutout Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Magic center Nikola Vucevic broke his left index finger with about seven minutes remaining in the first quarter and will be out indefinitely. Vucevic joins three of Orlando’s opening-night starters on the sideline with injuries. Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross are also hurt.Vucevic said he got tangled up with Washington center Ian Mahinmi.“I tried to get out,” Vucevic said. “As I went away I think he might (have) pulled my finger, I’m not sure. I heard it pop when it happened.”Washington took the lead late in the first quarter and was up 37-29 after one. The Wizards led 72-48 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READlast_img read more

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