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McDonald’s ends Olympic sponsor deal with IOC early

first_imgU.S. fast-food giant McDonald’s have ended their 41-year-long official sponsorship with the International Olympic Committee, pulling out of their contract three years early, the IOC said on Friday.The U.S. company, a sponsor since 1976 and part of the IOC’s top sponsors programme that contributes more than one billion dollars in every four-year cycle for the Games, had a contract running to 2020 and the Tokyo summer Olympics.“In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities,” Timmo Lumme, Managing Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said in a statement.“For these reasons, we have mutually agreed with McDonald’s to part ways.”McDonald’s Global Chief Marketing Officer Silvia Lagnado said in the IOC-issued statement: “As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities.”McDonald’s, first involved with the Games in 1968, was its foods retail sponsor. Despite pulling out with immediate effect, McDonald’s will continue at next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as sponsors with domestic marketing rights.The IOC said it was not planning a direct replacement in the food retail department.last_img read more

Cyprus football set for technological transformation

first_imgENGLAND fans bemoaning the fact that so few English players are given opportunities for their respective Premier League sides, should spare a thought for the continuing travails of the Cypriot national team.Incredibly, more than 80 per cent of players plying their trade in the Cyprus football league in 2017 were foreign, a huge 15 per cent spike on the previous year. Those eye-watering numbers – accumulated by the Football Observatory of the International Centre of Sports Studies (CIES) – means that it’s slim pickings indeed for national team head coach, Ran Ben Shimon, when it comes to selecting a squad of players capable of mixing it with even the lowest ranked European teams.The lack of effective youth development has long been blamed for the dearth of talent emerging on the island. However, Cyprus football could be on the verge of a paradigm leap forward thanks to a groundbreaking sports wearable technology company that’s aiming to transform the fortunes of the next generation of local talent.After years of extensive research, testing and fine-tuning, SportScientia have developed a revolutionary smart insole that is set to change the way grass roots players measure performance.SportScientia’s technology builds a virtual CV for players centred around the performance data they generate, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg; this real-time data can predict and prevent injuries once the technology learns an individual’s unique characteristics. It’s a staggering development, and one that could revolutionise the game.“Football here in Cyprus is something that I’m hugely passionate about, and it’s a crying shame that we’re not developing more quality players on the island who can then graduate to the professional set-up,” said Peter Lazou, co-founder of SportScientia.“To improve our league, get more Cypriot nationals playing in it, and to improve the fortunes of our international team, we need to be ahead of the game. The smart insole that we have developed here in Cyprus, could be the answer.”SportScientia’s 3P smart insole works by using advanced force sensors to measure and monitor player weight distribution, gait, load and movement. All the generated data can be viewed and visualised via a fully-customisable mobile app, which delivers tailored, real-time data for players, athletes, physios and coaches.“It allows an individual to monitor their performances and work on weaknesses, and in effect it will create that individual’s very own virtual CV. This will also make it easier for them to be scouted, because they can prove their performance data,” added Peter.“In a team situation, the technology allows a club to always monitor a player’s entire biomechanical dynamics, whether that be in a warm-up, warm down, training or match scenario. It generates real-time data on a mobile app so that coaches and managers can build programmes to improve athletic performance and tweak their sessions if they see that a player may be struggling physically, or may be prone to an injury.“Spotting a potential injury in a young player, and preventing it from happening, could be the difference in a player getting a scholarship, an apprenticeship, or a professional contract.“This injury prevention scenario also has the potential to save big clubs and sports organisations millions in revenue by keeping their highly paid stars on the pitch instead of the treatment table. And that’s what we want to help develop here in Cyprus – top quality, highly paid stars who can grace our league and any other league in the world.”It’s a real statement of intent from a hugely ambitious organisation. And Peter is already looking much further afield than football.“We want to revolutionise smart, wearable technology across all sports – as well as eSports, gaming and various other industries – by collecting biometric performance data, interpreting it, and delivering predictive information.“However, our top priority at the moment – in fact it’s our mission – is to improve football here in Cyprus. We are confident we can help achieve that, and ensure that the next generation of emerging talent can fulfil their full potential,” Lazou concluded.For more information visit www.sportscientia.comlast_img read more

All Stars play for a cause

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Beermen’s mettle Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercisecenter_img Dolor, Labrador and Espejo each scored 10 points to carry Team Galaw over the Mark Alfafara-led Team Hataw. Alfafara wound up with 14 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez takes a selfie with the rest of the Shakey’s V-League stars after the charity game. Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netEverybody played better under no pressure.The Shakey’s V-League’s best players gathered—and did cartwheels at the request of the crowd—in Sunday night’s 2016 All-Star Game for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Lawin in North Luzon.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There were no trash talk or dagger staredown. But each tried to look her best. Dzi Gervacio and Michelle Gumabao literally did, wearing makeup while playing.Isa Molde of University of the Philippines  hammered against Customs star Alyssa Valdez at first set point. EJ Laure spiked over University of Santo Tomas teammate Ria Meneses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentReinforced Conference Finals MVP Gumabao on the same side of the court as rivals Amy Ahomiro of BaliPure and Jia Morado of Ateneo.And UST’s Cherry Rondina cracking jokes while at play, and in the fourth set did a cartwheel once before springing for a spike, and twice while serving. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The atmosphere was pure fun but somebody had to win: Team Palaban of Rondina, Gumabao and Pablo drubbed Team Puso of Valdez and Gervacio, 25-21, 19-25, 25-15, 25-22.And after Team Puso’s Nicole Tiamson dumped a serve at matchpoint, Team Palaban made a big circle and thanked the big crowd at Philsports Arena by doing cartwheel all at the same time.“It’s good to see everybody have fun in doing something that’s worthwhile, I guess my team is young and full of energy,” said Team Palaban coach Kungfu Reyes of UST.Earlier, Team Galaw of Greg Dolor, Rodolfo Labrador and Marck Espejo bested Team Hataw, 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20, in the Spikers’ Turf men’s version of the all star.“This is the league’s way of giving back to society,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Underwater ultrasound scanner to support manta conservation

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Sue Palminteri Researchers used a new contactless ultrasound device to scan reef manta rays in the wild, enabling them to assess the animals’ maturity and reproductive status underwater.The successful scanning of a pregnant female manta produced clear images of her fetus.By helping researchers better understand the factors that influence the timing and location of mantas’ breeding, the researchers say, the ultrasound technology can help them determine reproductive rates and guide manta conservation strategies. Not all fish lay eggs. Female guppies, a common aquarium fish, can “drop” between two and 200 babies over several hours, and male seahorses typically hold eggs inside a brood pouch and deliver hundreds of tiny live seahorse babies. Most sharks and rays give birth to live young, and some, like manta rays, produce just 1 or 2 pups at a time, with at least a year in between births.A Pacific manta seemingly escorted by a much smaller jack fish. Mantas are large rays (the smaller reef mantas reach 5.5 meters, or 18 feet) that feed on plankton by filtering water through their gills. Image credit: George Powell.Recently, researchers in the Republic of Maldives have been able to observe the fetus of an adult female manta with the help of a contactless underwater ultrasound scanner.“We know very little about where these reef manta rays go to give birth and how long gestation lasts in the wild,” said Nicole Pelletier, Manta Trust project manager at the Six Senses Laamu resort in the Laamu Atoll, in a statement. “This ultrasound technology could allow us to determine rates of reproduction in the wild and this information would help guide conservation strategies for this threatened species.”Sightings data show steep declines in various manta populations, primarily due to sustained killing and capture pressure from fishing. The animals are killed as bycatch in other fisheries and, more recently, direct and unsustainable fishing for their gill plates, which are now a sought-after material for use in Asian medicine. Mantas are large, slow-swimming fish that aggregate at certain key sites, so they are easy for fishing boats to target.Mantas can live for roughly 40 years, but their slow reproduction limits their ability to recover from rapid population decreases. In addition, reef mantas tend to stay along coasts, where there is limited chance of immigration from elsewhere to offset the population declines.“Manta rays are threatened worldwide, and we still know so little about their reproductive strategies said Guy Stevens, co-founder and chief executive of the Manta Trust, part of the multi-institutional research team. “The ability to scan pregnant individuals will be invaluable in our quest to protect them.”Researchers at the Manta Trust and the Maldives Underwater Initiative in the Republic of Maldives discuss the potential of the new ultrasound scanner for conservation research in the wild. Video credit: Six Senses Laamu – Maldives.With little information on manta reproductive cycles, the researchers aim to establish when mantas begin breeding, how successful their pregnancies are, and why animals breed in certain areas but not others. The ultrasound technology can help researchers assess individual animals’ reproductive status, determine reproductive rates and locations, better understand the factors that influence the timing and location of mantas’ breeding, and ultimately guide manta conservation strategies.The scanning device, called Duo-Scan:Go Oceanic and developed by Vetsonic (UK) Ltd and a veterinary imaging company, IMV Imaging, can scan the insides of wild marine animals without touching them. Designed to be carried by a scuba diver, it is portable and sits in a 2-kilogram (4.5-pound) dive rig to protect it from moisture and pressure down to 30 meters (98.5 feet). The system’s wifi connection allows the diver to view the image on a smartphone in real time.Mantas and many other fish often frequent “cleaning stations,” where they move about slowly while small fish remove and eat parasites from the skin of mantas and other “clients.” These stations are typically 20-30 meters (66-98 feet) down and may have strong currents and/or poor visibility.Researchers Gareth Pearce and Niv Froman, both from the University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine, explain how they use the new ‘Duo-Scan:Go Oceanic’ ultrasound scanner, developed by IMV-imaging, to study the reproductive ecology of manta rays.  Manta rays are threatened worldwide, and we know little about their reproductive strategies. Researchers say the ability to scan adult mantas will reveal reproductive strategies, including timing and locations, and help protect reef mantas and other species. Video credit: Andy Ball (Manta Trust). The diver holds the scanner, approaches a target manta from above to avoid disturbing it, and holds the scanner 4-5 centimeters (1.6-2 inches) above the animal. A manta’s reproductive structures, including a female’s ovaries and uterus, are on the left side of its dorsal fin, so the diver must focus on that side.“It’s important not to cause the manta ray any stress,” said Niv Froman, a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine. “Using these portable scanners, we’re able to obtain ultrasound images of their internal structures, particularly their reproductive tracts, without disturbing the animal. This is the first time that this has been possible in free-swimming mantas.”The Manta Trust researchers have been field testing the scanner in Laamu for roughly 18 months during which they developed techniques to approach the mantas and obtain the ultrasound scans without stressing the animals. Their collaboration with veterinary researchers from the University of Cambridge aims to study manta rays’ gestation and embryonic development.Some 125 reef mantas, one of two species of manta ray, live at Laamu Atoll, and each year the Manta Trust has identified between one and 11 pregnancies. The scanner enabled the team to obtain the first ever scans of these animals, including pregnant and non-pregnant females, as well as mature males.Reef mantas at Laamu tend to stay in the area and near the coastline, so the researchers have been able to take images of the same pregnant female several times during its one-year gestation period.“Using the scans, we’re able to determine the stages of maturity and when animals are becoming reproductively active,” said Gareth Pearce, a senior lecturer from the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, in a separate statement. “We can observe the stages of pregnancy, the development of the fetus and importantly, whether an animal maintains that pregnancy and gives birth to a live animal.”Manta rays are mainly black on their dorsal side, white with unique spot patterns on their ventral (underneath) side. They are most easily seen or scanned with an ultrasounds at underwater “cleaning stations” where small cleaner fish remove bacteria and parasites from the skin, scales, and gills of larger fish, including mantas. Image credit: George Powell.Pearce added that he hopes their work will help guide manta ray conservation not only in the Maldives but elsewhere across mantas’ broad range in tropical and sub-tropical waters.“What we are really excited about is the contactless nature of this technology,” said IMV Imaging chief executive Alan Picken. “There are significant benefits for animal welfare, but you also open up a whole range of possible applications if you can scan animals that ordinarily wouldn’t let you get close enough to touch them.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Conservation, data, data collection, Marine Conservation, Oceans, Research, Technology, Wildtech last_img read more

Tiger Woods adds Dubai to complete busy start to the year

first_imgRodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint In this photo, taken Dec. 4, 2016, Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. A new year starts with an old topic, with a twist. Instead of wondering when Tiger Woods will play, the question now is how will he play? (Photo by LYNNE SLADKY/AP)KAPALUA, Hawaii — After one tournament in 15 months, Tiger Woods feels good enough to schedule four events in five weeks that cover opposite sides of the country and the world.Woods filled out the rest of his early schedule Thursday by saying he would return to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.ADVERTISEMENT PSC dangles ‘foreign coach pay’ to deserving Filipino mentors MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member He had not played for 15 months because of two back surgeries until he returned last month in the Bahamas at the Hero World Challenge. He finished 15th in a 17-man field.Woods will make his 2017 debut at Torrey Pines on Jan. 26-29, then cross 12 time zones to play in Dubai. After a week off, he will return to California for the Genesis Open at Riviera, then head to Florida for the Honda Classic. –Doug FergusonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

United Methodist Church, Hospital Honor Out–Going Administrator

first_imgThe United Methodist Church of Liberia, in collaboration with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, last Sunday honored the outgoing administrator of the hospital,  Mr. D. Victor Taryor, for his numerous services, including the effective role he played in the fight against Ebola in 2014.The Head of Connectional Ministries of the Liberian United Methodist Church, Rev. George D. Wilson Jr., who also represented the office of the bishop, praised Mr. Taryor for  keeping  the hospital open during the Ebola crisis while most other  hospitals in country were closed, noting that it was one of Taryor’s greatest achievement.Mr. Taryor, who served the institution for eight years, was described by all speakers as hard working and innovative which led to the establishment of several new departments to the hospital including the Dental Department.His departure from the hospital at such a young age seemed surprising to many who graced the occasion, but Rev. Wilson said the occasion was part of the UMC’s usual actions to honor those who have worked with the institution for a long time. Because Victor Taryor had worked for over 20 years from the transition period up to present, the office of Bishop of LAC/UMC, in consultation with the board of health, decided to honor him and ask him to turn the position over to another person while awaiting a new assignment, said Rev. Wilson.“Every year bishop makes changes and in the bishop’s wisdom it is time that a new person takes over the hospital administration,” Rev. Wilson said.“Victor is one of the finest administrators the UMC can boast of because during the Ebola crisis, he stood firm and left the hospital open for operation when the health facilities in this country were closed.”“We have five health institutions and among them, Ganta is the largest followed by the branch in Guinea and it was Victor’s talents that took the Ganta Hospital from what is was during the 2003 war,” said Victoria Tomah, Head of UMC Health Board.Victor Taryor worked in many capacities during his tenure with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, including staff nurses service director and associate administrator before becoming an administrator from July 2006,  taking over from Mary Zigbou, a missionary.During his eight-year tenure as administrator, there were   several infrastructural developments, including the construction of the fistula center and the underground wiring of the mission’s electricity facility.Mrs. Nora Kiey Sandii was appointed to replace Mr. Taryor as acting administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital until otherwise ordered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Government brings cybercrime legislation to Parliament

first_imgThe Guyana Government has laid in the National Assembly for debate and consideration legislation aimed at tackling the 21st century phenomenon of cybercrime.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, on Thursday presented the Bill to the House for a first reading, before requesting that the Bill be sent to a Special Select Committee for special consideration and further consultations, if needed, ahead of a debate and vote on the matter.Williams in presenting the Bill to the House said, the legislation treats with the creation of offences of cybercrimes and provides provisions for penalties, investigations and prosecution of such offences.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeria welcomed the move on the part of the Government to have the Bill sent to a Special Select Committee – the first such accommodation in the 15 months since the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) has been in office and in control of the Legislature.She did however query why a physical copy of the legislation had not been made available to the Members of Parliament.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, informed the House however that in keeping with the evolution of technology, the Bill would be circulated to the members electronically.The Cyber Crimes Bill caters for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer related forgery; computer related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity related offences; child pornography; child luring and violation of privacy among a sleuth of other offences.last_img read more

Dutch probe ‘racist’ Fer selfie comments

first_img0Shares0000AMSTERDAM, November 18- Dutch prosecutors are probing racism claims after a social media “selfie” posted by Dutch international footballer Leroy Fer drew a slew of distasteful comments, the Prosecutor’s Office said on Monday.Fer, one of the black players in the Dutch national football squad posted the picture on Instagram on Friday, showing him and eight other black members of the Oranje (Orange) Eleven as the Dutch team is known.   However, the picture drew a number of negative comments including comparing the players to apes and slaves, as well as the now controversial “Black Pete” figure, a topic of heated debate that has divided the Netherlands.“The Public Prosecutor’s office (OM) have opened a preliminary investigation to gather all the facts,” spokesman Evert Boerstra told AFP.“Once we have all the facts a decision will be taken whether to prosecute,” he said.The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) strongly condemned the comments and asked the OM to take steps against those who made the comments.“The KNVB are disgusted by the reactions to Leroy Fer’s selfie. Football is for everybody and it’s particularly the Dutch Eleven that binds all Dutch citizens together,” it said on its website.“We are of the opinion that those who made the comments should be prosecuted,” the KNVB said.Dutch police arrested 90 people over the weekend protesting for and against the Black Pete figure at the start of the traditional gift-giving festival of Saint Nicholas.The debate around Black Pete, the jolly sidekick of the Dutch Saint Nicholas, called Zwarte Piet in Dutch, has exposed the sensitive subject of racism, in the liberal-minded Netherlands.Many say that Pete — traditionally dressed in a gaudy medieval costume with a blackened face, red lips and an afro wig — is a racist throwback to colonial times.Black Pete’s defenders say he is black from coming down the chimney and refuse to admit there might be anything racist about the historic character.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I owe it to myself to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world!’ – New Man City signing Fabian Delph breaks silence following Aston Villa exit

first_img Fabian Delph 1 Fabian Delph has said the football opportunity that joining Manchester City will present eventually persuaded him to make the move from Aston Villa.The 25-year-old signed a five-year deal on Friday and will fly to Australia over the weekend to join his new team-mates for pre-season training.Delph had rejected City’s advances last weekend when he issued a statement insisting: “I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.”The midfielder has since reversed that decision but admits it was not something he took lightly.“Leaving Aston Villa Football Club is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Delph said.“I’ve had some amazing times and made some great friends during my time at the club and I’ll always be thankful to them for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League.“As has been widely reported I initially turned down the opportunity to join Manchester City. That decision was purely down to the love I have for Aston Villa and its great supporters.“When I was made captain of Villa it was a huge honour for me and I took the responsibility incredibly seriously. I signed my new contract last season with the view of staying at the club for the duration of the deal and never with the intention to leave a year later.“My decision to stay initially was purely based on the emotion and feelings that I hold for the club and the people there that I would be walking away from – rather than looking at the football opportunity that had been placed in front of me.”Delph added: “I’ve experienced some incredible low times in my career with injuries and at one point even questioned whether I would even return to Premiership level. Despite that, I’ve always been 100 per cent committed to improving my game and developing as a player and a person.“As a kid watching the game on TV and then as a young footballer you dream about testing yourself against the best in the world, to compete for major trophies and to play in the Champions League. I’ve proved that I can play at the very top level with England and believe I owe it to myself to take the challenge of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world in Manchester City.“I have been immensely proud to captain such a great club and want to thank everyone at Aston Villa – most importantly the fans – for the amazing support they have shown me during my time there.“I am now excited for the future with Manchester City and helping the club to succeed in the coming season and beyond.”last_img read more

Chelsea v West Brom confirmed line-ups

first_img1 The reigning Premier League champions are currently outside of the top four Chelsea will be looking to end a poor run of form with victory at home to West Brom on Monday night. The Blues have lost their last two games and lie fifth in the Premier League table, with speculation surrounding manager Antonio Conte’s future at the helm gathering momentum. Their opponents have their own form to worry about, however. West Brom are rooted to the bottom of the table and are seven points away from safety. Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is unavailable for selection after picking up a red card in Chelsea’s abysmal 4-1 defeat at Watford last time around.  So how do both sides line up in this crucial encounter? Scroll down to see the confirmed team news. Chelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta, Pedro, Hazard, GiroudSubs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Morata, Willian, Cahill, Emerson, AmpaduWest Brom XI: Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt, Sturridge, RondonSubs: Nyom, Yacob, Myhill, McClean, Burke, Rodriguez, McAuleylast_img read more