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first_imgOlympians Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day have made their first public comments since news broke last week that they were leaving the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club. The athletes who have since joined Bert Cameron’s ‘Cameron Blazers’ have thanked Francis for his decade-long guidance, but say they were not getting the desired attention at the University of Technology-based MVP Track Club. “I felt like an outcast,” said Spencer 400m hurdles gold medal winner at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and one of the most successful athletes in the history of the IAAF Diamond League. Day, the national 400m champion and World Championships finalist, said she too felt uncomfortable remaining at MVP. “I know I will improve,” she said, adding that she is satisfied with the attention that Cameron gives his athletes. “I am looking forward to the future,” she said. In the meantime, the athletes say the way in which they separated from MVP was regrettable. According to Day, following two meetings with Francis, he informed her via a text message that he would not continue to train her. She said during the meeting, Francis asked her to prove that she could repeat her performance on joining the club 10 years ago and said he would give her time to think about it. But she said before she could respond, Francis sent her the text message advising that the relationship had ended. Meanwhile, Spencer said two days after deciding she would not return to MVP, Francis appeared on television announcing that their relationship had ended. But Spencer said she had no discussions whatsoever with Francis. “I thought that he was going to have a meeting with me, I heard he was going to, but nobody from the MVP management team got back to me, I just saw him on the television talking to me,” Spencer said. Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day speaking Andre Lowelast_img read more

first_imgThere is nothing better than a quality Championship away day and coming back home with the win.Die hard supporters spend the season going the length and breadth of the country in search of pleasure, pints, and those all important points. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 5 Some fanbases have a bigger away following than others, although supporter numbers can also vary due to stadium size.But who are the clubs with the biggest average away support so far this season with all teams having played three road games?Check out the results from @EFLStats below 13. Bristol City average 1,278 away supporters per game12. Birmingham City average 1,339 away supporters per game11. West Bromwich Albion average 1,351 away supporters per game10. Middlesbrough average 1,660 away supporters per game9. Derby County average 1,682 away supporters per game8. Sheffield United average 1,645 away supporters per game Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 18. Wigan Athletic average 995 away supporters per game17. Ipswich Town average 1,115 away supporters per game16. Blackburn Rovers average 1,126 away supporters per game15. Queens Park Rangers average 1,132 away supporters per game14. Swansea City average 1,215 away supporters per game Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED possible standings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions impact Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more highlights Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 5 24. Millwall average 633 away supporters per game23. Preston North End average 705 away supporters per game22. Rotherham United average 778 away supporters per game21. Reading average 842 away supporters per game20. Brentford average 847 away supporters per game19. Hull City average 925 away supporters per game RANKED 7. Norwich City average 1,874 away supporters per game6. Leeds United average 2,200 away supporters per game5. Aston Villa average 2,246 away supporters per game4. Nottingham Forest average 2,286 away supporters per game3. Bolton Wanderers average 2,503 away supporters per game Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img silverware 5 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal MONEY Norwich City players celebrate with their own fans at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 5 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 5 Latest Football News The Blades are flying high in the table and have plenty of fans watching them on the road. Hull are struggling this season but their fans are still travelling across the country. BEST OF A relegation from the Premier League hasn’t dampened the Swansea fans’ thirst for football too much. ADVICE The Trotters have surprised people this term and have a loyal fan base. 2. Stoke City average 2,682 away supporters per game1. Sheffield Wednesday average 2,790 away supporters per gamelast_img read more

first_imgRTE commentator Pat Spillane has admitted Donegal could have won this year’s All Ireland title – and blames Jim McGuinness for not doing so!The former Kerry great said McGuinness did not use the likes of Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden to the best of their ability.The commentator the fans love to hate said Donegal left him so frustrated that he finds their tactics impossible to put into words. “There is actually no word in the English dictionary to adequately describe my disgust/anger/annoyance over what they did to Gaelic football.“It is anti everything the game ought to be about.“It was suggested that they adopted these tactics due to a lack of quality forwards. Nonsense. Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden, Christy Toye and Michael Hegarty are all top-class players who would walk on to the majority of county teams.“Ultimately they came up short – their system failed. “But had they adjusted it even slightly they could have ended up winning the All Ireland,” he claimed.Spillane also picks Karl Lacey as turning in one of the performances of the year, claims Donegal were the most improved team of the year and Kevin Cassidy got the point of the championship. SPILLANE BLAMES MCGUINNESS FOR DONEGAL NOT WINNING ALL-IRELAND was last modified: January 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandJim McGuinnessMichael MurphyPat SpillaneRTElast_img read more

first_imgDonegal star Karl Lacey is planning to continue to put the boot into the opposition with his lucky boots.Player of the Year Karl Lacey played a huge part in guiding Donegal to All-Ireland victory at Croke Park last September. The Donegal Town star is noted for his distinctive white boots.Karl admits he received more than his fair share of teasing about the boots but says he is sticking with them as Donegal attempt to win the Sam Maguire Cup again.“I did get a lot of stick from the lads when I first started wearing the white boots but they got used to it.“I think I’ll keep wearing them because I have done alright with them so far. “I think I’ll have a lot more to worry about than the colour of my boots this year.“Every team in the country will be out to beat Donegal this year but we’ll be doing our best to win the All-Ireland again,” he said.As well as winning Player of the Year and another All-Star Player Award, the bank official has just been named the Donegal Sports Star of the Year.The Four Masters player received his award at a glamorous function at the weekend where be beat off stiff competition from the likes of fellow GAA star Michael Murphy and Olympic badminton star Chloe Magee. GAA STAR LACEY STICKS THE BOOT INTO OPPOSITION was last modified: January 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAkarl laceywhite bootslast_img read more

first_imgINDUSTRY — Commuters who use Azusa Avenue were greeted with long delays and a 40-foot-tall geyser Wednesday morning after a woman crashed into a fire hydrant on Railroad Street, sending a plume of water into electrical wires above. “We had to stop traffic, because we were afraid the electricity might move down the water and electrocute everybody,” said Mark Escalera, a maintenance supervisor for Industry. Because the wires were well-insulated, electricity did not move from the wires, authorities said. But water from the hydrant pooled underneath a nearby railroad underpass on Azusa, swamping one car and shutting down southbound traffic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Southbound lanes on Azusa remained closed for about two hours as maintenance workers waited for pumps to clear the water, Escalera said. Authorities said the woman, whose name was not released, ran her white Honda Accord into the hydrant at about 8 a.m. while trying to avoid a collision with another car. “She avoided a person, or they avoided her. It’s hard to tell, but there was no other collision besides her running into the hydrant,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Williams. The collision knocked the hydrant off the water pipe. Half of the water coming from the broken line shot into the bottom of the woman’s car, while the other half shot into the air, witnesses said. Sergio Rubio, 39, of La Puente said tried to pull the women from the car, but found it difficult to breathe. So he waited for firefighters to remove the woman from the car. Utility workers arrived and shut the water down a little before 9 a.m., authorities said. — Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgStephen Curry is a three-time NBA champion, a two-time MVP and, apparently, a first-time conspiracy theorist.In a recent podcast, the Warriors star shockingly revealed he believes the moon landing nearly 50 years ago was nothing more than an elaborate hoax.Don’t try telling that to Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men from Apollo 11 to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969. (Seriously, Steph, don’t say the moon landing was a fake to 88-year-old Aldrin’s face or you may get punched).Curry was …last_img

first_imgIdeally, science should be non-partisan and stay out of politics.  That ideal is not always met, as the following recent stories illustrate.The intellectual president:  New Scientist published a commentary, “Hail to the intellectual president,” by Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science.  Opening line: “If you liked George W. Bush, it wasn’t because of his brain.”  Ronald Reagan, John McCain and Sarah Palin were other targets labeled anti-intellectual in the article, along with McCarthy and Eisenhower.  Obama, by contrast, is “the intellectual president,” in his opinion.  “With the coming of Barack Obama to the presidency, the phrase ‘sea change’ is not too strong,” Mooney wrote.  “If Obama’s message about the importance of science makes its way through even this medium, he will have changed America more than we can possibly calculate,” he said in conclusion.  “The goal must be nothing less than to break the cycle – to make intellectualism a permanent value of American culture.  A two-term presidency would help.”  New Scientist did not offer any Republican a chance for rebuttal, but The New Atlantis did; Yuval Levin wrote a lengthy essay in December 2008 about the uneasy and often contradictory historical relationships between secular progressives and science, and how those tensions play out today.Pay the policy piper:  The May 15 issue of Science included a news item on the 2010 budget by Dan Charles, Jocelyn Kaiser, Eli Kintisch, and Erik Stokstad.1 Science lobbyists have cheered President Barack Obama’s arrival at the helm of the U.S. ship of state for a host of reasons.  One is the impressive scientific credentials of the new Administration’s initial appointments.  The list generally begins with Steven Chu, a physics Nobelist, and includes science adviser John Holdren, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco, and the co-chairs of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, medicine Nobelist Harold Varmus and genomics wizard Eric Lander.  Another is Obama’s repeated promise to “restore science to its rightful place.”  That’s code for reversing the regulatory policies of the Bush years that seemed to ignore or distort the scientific analyses on which they were supposed to be based.  And just last month, Obama received an ovation from the members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) by calling for 3% of the country’s economy to be devoted to research, an unprecedented level of public and private spending on science.The authors offered their advice on how the President can navigate treacherous waters and remain on the good side of the scientific community.  Since the policies they promoted are federally funded, nobody asked whether this represents a conflict of interest.Rebuttal:  Louis E. Thompson, an MIT alumnus, wrote a rebuttal to a Science’s March 20 essay by Kurt Gottfried and Harold Varmus that “The Enlightenment Returns” with the election of President Obama.  In his letter to the editor in the May 15 issue of Science,2 Thompson wrote “Politics Still in Play.”  He disagreed with their assessment that the Obama policy on science ensures “that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda.”  He pointed to two recent examples of political expedience and earmarks that benefit politicians.  Thompson allowed that some parts of the Enlightenment may have returned, but “Political convenience remains,” he said.The flip side of “political” science is that ignoring the political element in a research story can sometimes distort the conclusions.  In Science May 15,3 26 researchers analyzed the cholera crisis in Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The article focused on remediation techniques of cholera epidemics, especially vaccination.  They disputed the strategy that vaccination is ineffective when an outbreak has already occurred: “this dogma is based on a single analysis that assumed that outbreaks are self-limited and short-lived, in contrast to cholera in Zimbabwe, which has been raging since mid-2008.”  The article said nothing, though, about the dictatorial regime of Robert Mugabe, whose policies that have wrecked the economy and destroyed access to health services and clean water are arguably the biggest factors in why the outbreak of this largely controllable disease occurred in the first place.1.  Dan Charles, Jocelyn Kaiser, Eli Kintisch, Erik Stokstad, “The 2010 Budget: Navigating Treacherous Waters,” Science, 15 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5929, pp. 864-866, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_864b.2.  Louis E. Thompson, letters to the Editor, “Politics Still in Play,” Science, 15 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5929, p. 880, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_880a.3.  Bhattacharya et al, “Public Health: The Cholera Crisis in Africa,” Science, 15 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5929, p. 885, DOI: 10.1126/science.1173890.Though there are blessed exceptions among many individual hard-working scientists who try to remain unbiased, we need to recognize that the scientific institutions are partisan political activists, just like labor unions.  Money, the mother’s milk of politics, has corrupted their objectivity.  Want to stop cholera and hunger?  Spread democracy and Judeo-Christian moral values.  Support Christian organizations like World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse that dig wells and teach indigenous peoples about clean water and productive farming techniques.  Influence leaders of democratic countries to oust the evil dictators like Robert Mugabe and Kim Jong Il, who live in ridiculous opulence while reducing their people to starvation and disease, and their otherwise-productive land and people to ruin and despair.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, lovely gay men and their baby, May 17, 2009]In a recent article, researchers reported on their study of lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples who had adopted a child through the child welfare system to determine how the transition to parenthood affected their relationships [1]. The transition to parenthood can place additional stressors on a relationship, particularly when becoming a parent through the child welfare system. Researchers sought to identify and determine the relationship challenges for these couples, and the differences in stressors among heterosexual, lesbian and gay couples.A total of 42 couples (17 lesbian, 13 gay, and 12 heterosexual), all of whom were transitioning to parenthood for the first time, participated in 1 to 1 ½ hour, semi-structured interviews conducted via telephone. The average age of participants was 38 years with an average length of relationship of almost 8 years. Nearly one-half of the couples (20) adopted infants/toddlers, 17 couples adopted school-aged children (4-12), and 5 adopted teens. The children had been placed in state custody for a variety of reasons. The most prevalent issues were parental drug use, followed by abuse/neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, and parental incarceration.Analyzing the responses to open-ended questions, the researchers identified common themes:Shifts in time and energy: Twenty six participants reported a lack of time together alone with the partner, and 10 noted that the child had become the focus of attention in the relationship.Shifts in family roles highlighting differences within the relationship: Nine participants reported that the differences in caretaking roles (primary vs. secondary caregiver) had led to conflict due to a sense of doing more of the caretaking than they felt was fair. For a few participants (4) tension in the relationship came from one partner’s greater willingness to bond without permanency (before adoption) than the other. For 4 participants, there was disagreement in desire to be parents, which led to later break-ups for 3 out of the 4 participants.Child’s behavior has caused additional stress: Eighteen participants reported that the child became more attached to or preferred one parent over the other, which caused stress for the couple. Eight participants reported that the child engaged in pitting one parent against the other, causing couple stress.Navigating the transition brought us closer: For eleven participants, the experience of becoming parents seemed to enhance the couple’s sense of closeness, and four of these participants reported that couple communication improved as a result of the adoption.Overall, there was little difference among the types of couples as far as issues or problems experienced. Both therapy (mostly child or family therapy, rather than couples therapy) and support groups were identified as means of easing the transition.Given the lack of differences among the various types of couples, clinicians should focus on the stressors associated with this specific type of adoption (child welfare system), and consider ways to help families build unity, adapt to changing roles, and build relationships.References[1]Goldberg, A. E., Kinkler, L. A., Moyer, A. M., & Weber, E. (2014). Intimate relationship challenges in early parenthood among lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples adopting via the child welfare system. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45(4), 221-230. doi:10.1037/a0037443This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgEighteen years after the ‘dishonour killing’ of Canada-born Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, her mother and uncle, accused of the murder, have been extradited to India by Canadian authorities, police said today.A team of Punjab Police has been dispatched to Delhi to bring the two accused to the state for presenting them in a court in Sangrur, they said.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

first_imgFormer India women’s cricket coach Tushar Arothe has been arrested in Vadodara in connection with betting in the Indian Premier League. Arothe was forced to resign as the Indian coach last year after alleged differences with senior players in the side.Tushar Arothe was the coach when Mithali Raj’s Indian team reached the World Cup final in England in 2017. However, he had to step down after the BCCI received complaints from senior players, more specifically T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, about his training methods.On Tuesday, news agency ANI reported Arothe was arrested.”We arrested Tushar Arothe along with 18 other persons during a raid at a cafe. Their phones and vehicles have been seized,” JS Jadeja, DCP Crime Branch was quoted as saying by ANI.In 2018, Arothe was furious after he had to resign as coach.”If students start deciding on the syllabus and course curriculum when there is a teacher, I don’t think it’s a great thing. Similarly, if you start removing coaches merely on the basis of allegations from the players, then you are setting a bad precedent,” Arothe had told news agency PTI in a no-holds-barred interview.Also See:last_img read more