Benteke edging closer to return

first_img Press Association The striker has handed the club a major boost and it is thought he could return to action by the end of next month. He has been out since April after rupturing his Achilles, which forced him to miss Belgium’s World Cup campaign. Christian Benteke is closing in on an Aston Villa return as he continues his quick recovery from an Achilles injury. center_img Benteke was expected to be sidelined until Christmas but is on course to return sooner along with fellow striker Libor Kozak, who is also nearing fitness after breaking his leg in January. “Touch wood everything is OK with their rehab and in the next few weeks they will be back,” said boss Paul Lambert, ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Newcastle. “Hopefully, all being right, with a bit of luck if Christian doesn’t have any major hiccups he will be back soon. “I can’t put a 100 per cent time limit on it but he is doing really well. To get him back training is important, first and foremost. “At the minute the guy is doing great. He is looking in great shape, the medical people deserve a lot of credit for getting him in shape. “I don’t want to put pressure on him but having him and Kozak back will be a big boost.” last_img read more

CWI continues to support the PCL

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) continues to streamline and improve the Professional Cricket League (PCL) in the region for the sake of development of the sport.The board’s initial arrangement was to fund the league for a couple years and then let the territories take over but according to CWI director and president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB), Azim Bassarath, “CWI has and will continue to take care of the PCL financially, in order to keep the players employed and to offer them the comfort of knowing that there is a salary there for them and they can concentrate on their cricket.“We have seen so much positives come out of this arrangement that it has been one of the better programmes put in place in West Indies cricket for a very long time now.The idea which was initially touted by the president of CWI, Dave Cameron, has really taken off and with stiff economic times being experienced all over the Caribbean, the territories found it difficult to find investors.“This by no means indicated that the PCL was not good. In fact, having discussions with investors in my capacity as president of the TTCB, many of them have indicated that the PCL is what would take West Indies cricket right back up the ladder.They have been warning though that we must continue to work the model all the time to make sure we have the right equation in place and we have been doing that at the CWI.”This year, the PCL will enter its fourth season, having bowled off in 2014. “We are looking towards another good season in the PCL and what is great to see is that the selectors are paying attention to the players who go out there week after week and represent their franchise.The path is clear for our players. All they need to do is put down the hard work, go out there and perform well and they will be playing for the West Indies.”The six franchises, hailing from each of the West Indies territories, compete in the Regional Four-Day Competition yearly.They are also automatically included in the Regional Super50 Competition, which takes place during the first quarter of each year.These competitions are to not only prepare the regional players, but also give the selectors an opportunity to efficiently select the Test and One-Day International squads respectively.The franchises are: Guyana Jaguars, Barbados Pride, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, T&T Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Jamaica Scorpions.last_img read more

Heisler: Farewell to David Stern, the icon who invented the modern NBA

first_imgTo get the clichés out of the way first …David Stern didn’t invent the NBA.He became commissioner in 1984. The league had been around since the 1940s, albeit with humble origins in places like Fort Wayne and Tri-Cities that led Wilt Chamberlain, to sneer at it as “a bush league” on the cover of Sports Illustrated.Nor did Stern create Michael Jordan. With peace at hand and agreement on a division of spoils (50 percent for the players, down from 58 percent), the stage was set for a TV bonanza that launched the NBA into unprecedented prosperity.The nine-year, $2.6 billion deal was announced in the fall of 2014, eight months after Stern retired … launching his hand-picked successor, Adam Silver, on the best possible start, which explains why the new commissioner’s rein has been so tranquil while Stern’s was so tumultuous.What Stern had created, with all the pain of childbirth, was the modern NBA.As long as it lives, its owners, players and fans can never forget him. Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat, of course, was James and Deloris Jordan.Nor did Stern save the NBA after the post-Jordan crash that followed Michael’s 1999 retirement with plummeting TV ratings; on-court violence capped by the 2004 Auburn Hills riot; and the sport’s worst officiating scandal with Tim Donaghy in 2007.The league would have survived without Stern, who died last week at 77.Of course, without him, it might have shrunk too, or never climbed past, the stature of the NHL, once seen as its winter-time competition, rather than ascending to its current status as the nation’s No. 2 pastime, behind only the NFL.(Baseball fans who thank the gods for putting the pitching rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate might insist their “National Pastime” remains No. 2. I would point to championship TV ratings – with the NBA Finals beating 10 of the past 12 World Series, far below baseball’s zenith circa 1980 when World Series got ratings in the 30s with the NBA Finals in single figures – and network TV spoils, with the NBA on a $2.6 billion deal to MLB’s $1.6 billion.) The NBA Stern inherited was a peculiarly haunted, largely African-American enterprise, always seemingly a step from disaster, prompting him to live on the cutting edge.No commissioner in any sport, not even the NFL’s Pete Rozelle, did it the way Stern did or overcame as much.THE SALARY CAPIn a league dominated by major markets with a few haves and many have nots, the NBA introduced the first cap in 1984, putting teeth into the notion that all league members should compete on a level playing field.Announced by outgoing Commissioner Larry O’Brien, it was negotiated by Stern, then the NBA’s counsel, with union head Larry Fleisher.With Stern and Fleisher inclined to displays of temper and volume, their disagreements were said to be operatic but resulted in an oft-refined system that has increasingly given all teams a chance.A FAREWELL TO THUGGERYNBA players once bumped in the night as routinely as hockey players, with famous bouts such as 5-foot-9 Calvin Murphy one-punching 6-8 Sidney Wicks and 6-8 John Brown … Kermit Washington’s terrible blow to the face of onrushing Rudy Tomjanovich … with routine examples of bad behavior like Kevin McHale clotheslining Kurt Rambis during the 1984 Finals.Stern, repulsed at sitting up close and personal to a Knicks-Bulls rumble in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, began putting in rules against flagrant fouls and fighting, making the game more about skill and grace than physicality and intimidation.In this, Stern was effectively throwing in with Jordan and the Bulls against Detroit’s Bad Boys and Pat Riley’s Game of Force Knicks, even if they were the NBA’s hometown team.The wisdom in this was soon evident in the Bulls-led boom times of the 1990s, with Finals ratings topping out at 18.7, a mark they haven’t come close to since.Stern was granted the power to levy huge fines and suspensions and did so with a mighty wave of his metaphorical sword … whatever criticism came with it … as when he took $1.2 million from seven players following a 2006 Knicks-Nuggets brawl.It took years, but fights are largely a thing of the past n the NBA.ATTORNEY FOR THE DEFENSEThe NBA had long been an easy target with its just-rode-in-on-a-turnip-truck past and preponderance of minority players, until the arrival of Stern, the razor-tongued former trial lawyer who rhetorically pistol-whipped accusers.Called before Congress with the other commissioners in 2005, Stern was grilled by Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who asked why the Pistons and Pacers hadn’t been tested for steroids after the 2004 Auburn Hills riot.“You don’t know,” said Lynch, dismissively. “You don’t test the players.”Replied Stern in an icy rebuke: “It worries me greatly if the absence of testing for anybody – including the members of Congress – would somehow be used to say, ‘Well, if you don’t have it, that’s proof that it must exist,’ and then referring to a policy as pathetic.“On behalf of the players of the National Basketball Association, I would like to say that the guilt you seek to attribute to them on the basis of this policy is ill-taken and very unfair.”THE MARKETERWhen Stern arrived, commissioners mostly hired game officials, gave interviews on the league’s health and let the teams worry about making money.Instead, Stern partnered with his players and sponsors, especially sneaker and soft drink companies, to highlight the high-wire exploits of his stars, starting, of course, with Jordan.Decades later, baseball has yet to recognize that as its mission, as demonstrated last summer by Commissioner Rob Manfred saying Mike Trout should work harder at promoting himself, rather than Manfred working harder at promoting Trout.THE PRODUCERSTV money, which had flowed in during the 1990s, dried up after Jordan’s 1999 retirement, with NBC’s Bob Ebersol – supposedly Stern’s close friend – offering him a 50 percent cut in rights fees.Instead, Stern took his package to cable TV, another first, enabling him to continue squeezing out raises, albeit modest ones … at least until his last one.THE WARRIORThe league Stern inherited was dominated by its players. With owners hard-pressed to show profits, the league endured years of labor unrest that ended when the commissioner’s forces routed the union in the 2011 lockout … bringing a return to labor peace as the pro-business LeBron James-Chris Paul generation took charge of the players.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Bombers walk all over Wildcats in Thursday night hoop action at the Hangar

first_imgAdam Berg led the charge with eight points in the period.Schepkowski took over in the second scoring 11 of his 17 points.Jack Sturrup and Berg each had 10 points.D.Kabatoff scored 12 to lead the Wildcats. Erich Schepkowski scored a game-high 17 points sparking the Bombers to a 88-37 victory over the Mount Sentinel Wildcats in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action Thursday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.The game was over early as LVR out scored the visitors 34-3 in the first quarter.last_img

PURCHASED ON-TRACK, SINGLE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PAYS $34,686.40

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2016)–Purchased on-track for an as-yet undisclosed amount, there was just one winning Pick Six ticket on Friday at Santa Anita, paying $34,686.40 to the lucky owner.The winning ticket was the product of a total pool of $64,927. In addition to the single winner, there were 69 consolation Pick Six tickets with five winners, each worth $215.40.First post time for 12-race card on Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day, is early, at 12 noon. The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks headline a blockbuster program that includes six stakes.Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com for late changes and complete morning line information.last_img

Logan Webb enjoys best outing of young career, Giants win Bruce Bochy’s final road game

first_imgATLANTA — Of the 36 active players on the Giants’ roster, no one has had a greater chance to make an impression on the team’s top decision-makers in September than rookie starter Logan Webb.At 22, the organization’s top pitching prospect is the youngest member of the Giants’ team and a player the front office is hoping it can count on to enjoy a breakout season in 2020.If Sunday’s outing is a sign of what’s to … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

ZEARO Women Hair Design Styling Clip Band Hairpin Comb Twist Accessories Tools Kits : We love the hair ties or rubber bands

first_imgWe love the hair ties or rubber bandsZEARO Women Hair Design Styling Clip Band Hairpin Comb Twist Accessories Tools KitsMaterial: plastic, sponge, metalFor Punch Hair/curl hair/mat hair/cluster hair/plait hair,making each girl with exciting new hairstylesEasy to make the hair style by using these hair Styling Clip Accessory Suitable for occupation, home furnishing, dinner, ect.This package included 20 different hair styling accessories like the picture show, and we have to give a good price, welcome to order!1.Pull hair back into a high ponytail and secure with elastic at the crown. 2. Place the hair bun donut at the very end of the ponytail and pull strands through the hole in the center. Starting in the front, smooth your hair over the donut, tucking the ends underneath. Try to disperse hair evenly around the donut. 3. Slowly roll the bun maker (along with your hair) down the ponytail until you reach the base. Flip the bottom side of the maker upward from the inside out with both hands. As you rol We love the hair ties or rubber bands. Everything in this bundle was of greater quality than i expected. We love the hair ties or rubber bands, because they aren’t rubber and don’t snap or break. It comes with a variety of different ways to style your hair and it saves me time. I would recommend this product. Loads contained in package with instructions. Everything in this bundle was of greater quality than i expected. We love the hair ties or rubber bands, because they aren’t rubber and don’t snap or break. It comes with a variety of different ways to style your hair and it saves me time. I would recommend this product. last_img read more

Equal-Opportunity Feather Ruffling

first_imgIt seems as though the National Green Building Standard, and NAHB in general, have been getting a lot of heat here and elsewhere lately, so I think it is time to ruffle the feathers of LEED for Homes and the USGBC. In my work providing certification under both programs, I have uncovered many of their deep, dark secrets. Both have very specific requirements and unique gaps that will be addressed in detail in future articles on GBA. In the meantime, just to keep things interesting, I thought I would review some of the features of LEED for Homes that read somewhere between confusing and incomprehensible.A balancing actAs I understand it, the initial goal of LEED for Homes was to have a total of 100 available points to earn. While this makes a certain amount of sense (we do, after all, score lots of things on a 0 to 100 scale), it proved to be too much of a challenge, and the program ended up with a 45- to 136-point range. Obtaining certification at the different levels—Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum—requires a range of points, determined by house size and number of bedrooms. As LEED has fewer points available than other programs, each of those points becomes extremely valuable when seeking certification. What’s the point?This shortage of available points has caused some significant imbalances in their value. For example, if you install a $10 timer on a bath fan, you get a full point. If you hire a third-party inspector to perform a flow test on that same fan, and if it tests out within specs, you get another point. The first one is simple, cheap, and guaranteed, while the second is complicated, expensive, and, if the flow test doesn’t meet the equipment requirements, you don’t even get the point. Both practices are highly recommended, but there is a significant disparity in the cost/benefit ratio.“Point shopping” in the certification process is common. Builders start with the least expensive points, then they go for the more expensive ones until they get to the level they are seeking. This practice seems to be exacerbated by the relatively few points available.Curiouser and curiouserTo me, the most curious requirement in LEED for Homes is the prerequisite on material use. The builder must develop a “lumber waste factor,” an ill-defined document showing that he/she did not overorder framing materials. While I agree that avoiding waste in the construction process is very important, I have yet to find a satisfactory explanation for this requirement. It would be very interesting to see research showing that this requirement actually has an effect on the amount of job-site waste.Gaming the systemEach project also requires a climate- and project-specific “durability plan,” including a risk evaluation form and an inspection checklist. In theory, this makes sense, but in practice, the durability plan can be subject to “gaming” by the builder, either intentionally or through ignorance.One major problem with the durability plan is that there are no requirements for standard exterior moisture control measures. The project team creates its own durability plan, and if it is decided to omit critical measures such as a weather-resistant barrier or window flashing, the project still could receive LEED Home certification. This is not very likely, but it certainly could happen if someone either chose to game the system or just didn’t know any better. In my capacity as a Green Rater on LEED Homes, I have seen many incomplete durability plans, almost all because the project team was ignorant of the LEED program.Results not yet inAs LEED for Homes is still fairly new, and the Green Building Standard even newer, we will have to wait for a critical mass of certified projects before we can pass judgment on the true value of either. In the meantime, however, I think it is important to bring these issues to the attention of the industry and the sponsoring organizations. As they revise their programs, we can only hope that they listen to the end users and incorporate good suggestions. And I always enjoy ruffling feathers. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?How to Cheat* at LEED for HomesNew Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They Answerlast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi to address campaign rallies on October 13, 15

first_imgHours after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said the absence of ex-Congress president Rahul Gandhi from the Assembly polls campaign was a sign that the Opposition had given up hopes, the Congress announced that Mr. Gandhi would indeed be campaigning in the State on October 13 and 15. A senior Congress leader said on Wednesday that dates for Mr. Gandhi’s visits to Maharashtra had been finalised. “He will campaign for the party on October 13 and 15. Rahulji will be addressing five to six public meetings in different parts of the State. He will surely address one rally in each revenue division of Maharashtra,” said the leader, adding that venues of the rallies are being finalised. Earlier on Wednesday, addressing a rally at Ner in Dhule district, Mr. Fadnavis said, “I read in newspapers that Rahul Gandhi is in Bangkok. He knows they are going to lose anyway, so why take the blame for the defeat? He is not ready to come here.” In another rally in Sangamner, Mr. Thackeray said, “Your leader [Mr. Gandhi] has reached Bangkok. So, you [State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat] too, can sit at home and cease campaigning else the public will compel you to do so.”It will be for the first time that Mr. Gandhi will address public meetings after the Congress drubbing in the Lok Sabha election and his resignation as party president. It also comes against the background of rumours that the Gandhi family has decided not to campaign for the Assembly elections. When asked, the senior leader said party president Sonia Gandhi is also likely to address at least one rally in the State. “We have sought Priyankaji as well to campaign in the State. The dates and other details of her visit are not yet finalised,” he said.last_img read more

PSG’s Neymar has broken right foot and sprained ankle

first_imgNeymar is second in the league scoring charts behind teammate Edinson Cavani, with 19 goals in 20 games. Overall he has 28 in 30.PSG also said in a statement on its website that center half Marquinhos has a tear on his left thigh. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Read Next View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH, 11 others make round 2 Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But PSG faces Real Madrid on March 6, trailing 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.Before that, PSG plays Marseille in the French Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, and is at Troyes in the league on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeymar, a world record signing from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($260 million), was carried off on a stretcher late in the league leader’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was hurt challenging Marseille defender Bouna Sarr. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico PSG’s Neymar lays on the pitch after being fouled during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League game against Real Madrid next week after tests showed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with a sprained ankle.PSG revealed the extent of Neymar’s injured foot late Monday without saying how long he will be sidelined.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more