West Ham forward raring to go against Man City

first_img Nene in action for West Ham West Ham forward Nene is ready to solve the club’s striking problems and show Sam Allardyce that he should have a future with the east London club.Nene has yet to start a Premier League game following his move to Upton Park back in February and has only made five appearances as a substitute.The former Paris Saint-Germain attacker is desperate to get his career back on track in England following a spell in Qatar and still believes he can compete at the highest level.With Diafra Sakho facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury and Enner Valencia struggling with a foot problem, Nene knows he could be handed the chance to spearhead the attack against Manchester City on Sunday and says he is ready to take the opportunity.Speaking in the matchday programme, he said: “It’s better for everyone to see me live and direct, so I’ve worked hard in training to play more.“My fitness now is good so I think I am ready to play more time in the games, so hopefully the coach can put me in and I can help the team to win games.“That is why I came, so I want to thank the supporters by showing them directly what I can do when I play.“The support here is really good and gives me motivation to do my work the same way I did it with PSG.” 1last_img read more

Venus Williams’ Wimbledon Exit Poses Questions About Her Future

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesFive-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was dumped out of Wimbledon this year by 15-year-old Cori Gauff leading to question marks about the former world number one’s future in the sport.“She [Venus Williams] said congratulations.”“I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn’t be here without you. I always wanted to tell her that.”– @CocoGauff #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/lGUYiGnq3Q— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2019It is the first time Williams has failed to win her first round match at Wimbledon since 2012, while it brings up her second consecutive Grand Slam that she has been eliminated in her opening game as she also went out of the French Open at the opening stage after losing to Elina Svitolina at Roland-Garros back in May.The older of the two Williams sisters is 39 years old now and has been playing as a professional since October 1994. She won her first Grand Slam singles title in 2000 when she landed Wimbledon, beating Lindsay Davenport in straight sets.The majority of Williams’ success throughout her career has come at Wimbledon where she has felt so comfortable on the grass surface. She defended her crown in 2001 when getting the better of Justine Henin in three sets. Three more titles at SW19 followed in 2005, 2007 and 2008, the latter in which she beat her sister Serena in the final.There was resurgence in Williams’ form in 2017 as she reached the final of two Grand Slam events. At the start of the year she made it through to the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne where she picked up wins over Garbine Muguruza and CoCo Vandeweghe. Unfortunately for the American, she went down in straight sets to her sister Serena.Williams rolled back the years again at Wimbledon two years later to make her ninth final there. Victories against Naomi Osaka, Jelena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta gave her the opportunity to play for the title again. It was Muguruza who proved too strong for her though, winning 7-5 6-0.At the start of the year, Williams was outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time since the early stages of her career. She is currently positioned 44 but the defeat to Gauff puts her under pressure again to stay in the top 50. The 39-year-old is a long way off world number one Ashleigh Barty who was the favourite in the women’s odds at Wimbledon this year before the tournament began.After 11 years, @VenusesWilliams parts ways with coach David Witt: https://t.co/vsiGqFOLeC pic.twitter.com/moNXYpeqjt— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) December 10, 2018Williams opted to part ways from her long-term coach David Witt at the end of 2018. She is currently working with her father, Richard Williams, and mother, Oracene Price. She will be now preparing to try and peak for the US Open in August, a tournament she has been successful twice at during her career.If things don’t work out at Flushing Meadows though, Williams may have a tough decision to make at the end of the year on whether she continues on the singles tour in 2020. If she doesn’t return, she can look back on her career and safely say, she has been one of the best female players of the modern era to play the sport and one which has inspired so many, including her recent opponent, Gauff, to take up the sport. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

‘I hope it destroys the NCAA’: Richard Sherman, Draymond Green laud California’s pay-for-play bill

first_imgIf there was a vote for California governor this week, the incumbent would surely receive the athlete vote.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he had signed the “Fair Pay to Play Act”, which will allow college athletes in California to sign with agents and be paid for endorsements beginning in 2023.The law is in direct opposition to the NCAA’s model of restricting athletes’ ability to profit off their own likenesses, and college sports’ organizing body campaigned hard against the bill.T …last_img

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

first_imgThe same stars shine down on South Africa’s Central Karoo and parts of Western Australia. But over thousands of years, different eyes have watched these shared skies, and woven the bright points of light and the darkness between into the lyrical creation myths of the first peoples of both continents.There is the story of the Girl Who Threw Ashes into the Sky to make the Milky Way – or what the !Kung people call the Backbone of the Night. This same girl threw up a root, white when young and red when old, to make the stars. Then there is the story of the children who threw an old man with the sun in his armpit up into the sky to light the day.From across Indian Ocean, there are more tales, fables and heavenly instructions, like when the shadow of the Great Emu looms, to tell the Yamaji people when to collect emu eggs. The formation comes from the Yamaji seeing beyond the stars, to the dust clouds and matter between the heavenly bodies visible to the naked eye; a scientific subtlety lost on even later science-focused civilisations.These stories explaining the universe – this indigenous astronomy – have now been gathered and depicted in a series of quilts that went on exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery in Perth on 30 September 2014, where they will remain until 2 November. The show, Shared Sky, is an “ingenious collaboration between science and indigenous art’ and runs concurrently with the SKA Engineering meeting in Perth. The meeting brings together the teams from around the world who are working on the design of the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array telescope, to be built from 2018 in South Africa and Australia.South Africa SKA director Bernie Fanaroff believes that science and art have much in common: “They are both about beauty and aesthetics – most science is beautiful, and so is most art. The quilts, are really beautiful in themselves – colourful and dynamic; science is like that too.”The Shared Sky exhibition brings three artists from the First People group at the Nieu- Bethesda community arts centre in South Africa’s Eastern Cape together with Australian artists descended from or connected to the Wajarri people who lived on the land that is now the site of the Australian SKA.This land is 700km north-east of Perth, at Boolardy Station in the mid-west region of Western Australia.The Aboriginal artists are from the Yamaji Art Centre, which is a “strong advocate for social justice and the promotion of respect and awareness of Yamaji culture’. The centre is 100% Aboriginal-owned and operated.First PeopleSandra Sweers is the lead artist at First People group. She prefers to work with textiles, is also a printmaker, and sometimes works in stained glass. She facilitates drawing at the centre and often participates in shows at the centre as an actor, clown, dancer and singer. Sweers, like all the artists at the centre, is a recovering alcoholic from a difficult background. In her younger years she identified as Coloured, but now also embraces her Xam Bushman heritage, which she depicts strongly in the Shared Sky works. Gerald Mei, also of Xam heritage, works with stained glass and mosaics and has a special fondness for painting with oils. At 18, he is the youngest artist at First People and having overcoming his shyness and getting used to working with mostly women, is an enthusiastic quilt maker.The exhibitionBoth sets of art, South African and Australian, have an organic feel; swirl motifs, recurrent soft geometrics, the ochred colours of the arid lands the artists live on, all combine to create vivid tapestries imagining the dawn of humanity, and the stars above. The Shared Sky exhibition is scheduled to arrive in South Africa early in 2015.SAinfo reporter, SKAlast_img read more

San Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September

first_imgSan Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September Posted: September 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: firefighter, San Diego Zoo Safari Park FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo Safari Park recently announced that they are offering free admission to firefighters in September.According to their website, San Diego Zoo Safari Park is partnering with California Coast Credit Union to make admission free for firefighters through the month of September, as a part of their Firefighter Appreciation Month.“The San Diego Zoo Safari Park would like to thank our hard-working firefighters who help to protect people, animals, and structures across our region. We are grateful for their commitment to our safety!” San Diego Zoo Safari Park said.To learn more, visit: http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/firefighters September 1, 2018last_img read more

Editorial Advertising Censorship a NonIssue for US Magazines

first_imgEditors: Be Aware of ResponsibilitiesHolt says editors should be “fully aware” of their responsibilities to young readers when crafting the content of their magazines. “I know when I was the managing editor of Rolling Stone, I was certainly aware that the magazine was read by teenagers—because I was one of those teenage readers myself once,” he says. “At the same time, most magazines are edited for adults. If I see my daughters reading fashion magazines or celebrity magazines, I know it’s my responsibility and their mother’s to make sure they don’t read anything we consider dangerously age inappropriate.”Issues like racy content and slimming down models seem to be more or less confined to consumer publishers and their advertisers and are nearly non-existent in regional publishing, says James Dowden, executive director of the City and Regional Magazine Association. “City and regional magazines are much closer to the community they serve,” he adds. “Self-censorship to conform to the local mores results in a product that would rarely if ever rise to the attention of public censor advocates.” A pair of U.K. groups are taking issue with consumer magazine content—both visual and written—on their side of the Atlantic. One, the London-based Royal College of Psychiatrists, is calling for the development of a new editorial code to encourage media in the U.K. to stop its “damaging” promotion of unhealthy body images and the “glamorizing” of eating disorders. In its crosshairs are three main areas of concern: visual imagery (the use of pre-teen or underweight models, or manipulating photos to obtain unrealistic body figures), unbalanced articles (magazine stories that offer dieting advice without information about its effectiveness or hazards of extreme dieting, as well as articles that target celebrities for being overweight), and inaccurate portrayal of eating disorders (articles that portray eating disorders as only “mild” problems or personal weaknesses).Separately, England’s Home Office—the country’s lead government agency for immigration and passports, drugs policy, counter terrorism and police—recently commissioned a study examining how “sexualized” images and messages may be “affecting the development of children and young people and influencing cultural norms.” Among the many recommendations within the study are that sales of U.K.’s “lad” magazines be restricted to buyers aged 15 and older, and that a ratings system be created to let readers know to which extent a photograph has been altered.Whether anything will come of either of these initiatives is unclear, but one thing is certain: Pushing the boundaries in terms of visual and written content in magazines is nothing new—in the U.K. or here in the U.S. For instance, Borders and retailers in New York apparently refused to carry the “100 Most Shocking Moments in Music” issue of U.K. music magazine Q that featured pop music sensation Lady Gaga on the cover [pictured] exposing a portion of her lower left breast. Last March, Jo-Ann Fabrics banned an issue of Quilter’s Home for a feature called “Shocking Quilts,” which included images of “fabric phalluses,” “gun-toting Jesuses” and a “newborn peering out from his mother’s lady parts.” Countless magazines have been accused of over-manipulating images of models and celebrities to make them look slimmer.But beyond retailers taking issue with individual magazines, who, if anyone, is to say when “pushing boundaries” in the U.S. goes too far? “The way Britons and Europeans approach these issues is far different from the way Americans think about them,” American Society of Magazine Editors chief executive Sid Holt tells FOLIO:. “Americans have trusted in the marketplace of ideas to address problems like these. And if you compare American newspapers and magazines with those in Britain, it seems to be working—no Page 3 Girls, at least, and our ‘laddie’ magazines have always been tamer and, when necessary, polybagged.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Club Manager at Planet FitnessFull-Time Credit Manager at Standard ElectricFull-Time Accounts Receivable Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time HR Business Manager at Analog DevicesFull-Time Marketing Brand Manager at Analog DevicesPart-Time Handyman For Boylston RealtyFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Personal Care Aide at Associated Home CareFull-Time Manufacturing Technician (Electrical) at AMETEK(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

All Ford Fusion models will go out of production in 2020

first_img 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV More From Roadshow 2019 Ford Fusion gets tech improvements, longer EV range Ford first introduced the Fusion in late 2005, which spawned Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ (neé Zephyr) variants. The second-generation Fusion was unveiled in 2012, and was widely praised for its sharp styling and solid driving dynamics.Currently, the Fusion still provides the underpinnings for the Lincoln MKZ sedan, so it’s safe to assume the Ford’s luxury counterpart will also go out of production next year. A Lincoln spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.The Fusion’s death is all part of Ford’s plan to discontinue the bulk of its passenger cars in order to produce crossovers and SUVs — many with electrified powertrains. An earlier report suggested the Fusion name could return on a sort of Subaru Outback-like, high-riding wagon, but that’s just a rumor for now. Earlier this week, we learned the slow-selling, 325-horsepower Ford Fusion Sport wouldn’t live to see 2020. It wasn’t a huge shock, since we knew Ford had planned to discontinue the Fusion sedan at some point in the next few years. However, a new report from Automotive News on Wednesday confirms the Fusion’s death is, in fact, quite imminent. The 2020 model year will be the Fusion’s last.A Ford spokesperson confirmed the Fusion’s discontinuation timeline to Automotive News, saying, “Our goal in the final year is to further simplify the offering and focus on maximizing the more popular SE, SEL and Titanium models.” The Fusion received a mild refresh for the 2019 model year, which brought updated styling and features, including Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver assistance technologies. Currently, Hybrid and plug-in Energi versions are sold alongside more popular gasoline-only models. 25 Photos 20 68 Photos The 2019 Ford Fusion is still a contender Lincoln Ford Subaru Share your voice 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Comments Ford Tags Sedans 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

The Queen quashes Meghan Markles Shocking agenda Royals not pleased

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle seems set on asserting her independence in the Royal Family and she seems to have Prince Hary agreeing with her.Reportedly Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have split their household from Kate Middleton and Prince William – and the Queen’s decision to keep the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s office at Buckingham Palace prevents Meghan from overshadowing other senior royals, royal expert Angela Mollard claims.Apparently, with Kate Middleton and Prince William remaining at Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now have their offices under the direction of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. It comes after reports suggested the couple originally had plans to break away with their own court at Windsor, which the Queen has refused.Ms. Mollard explained: “The Queen is keeping a strong arm on how they operate, they’re not allowed to go rogue.”Ms. Mollard continued: “I do actually, I think it’s really smart.””Someone of Meghan’s status and previous star performance has the ability to position herself very much as an Angelina (Jolie) or an Amal (Clooney).”Now, nothing matters more with the Royal Family than the brand being cohesive, there can’t be an offshoot.” She explained: “We saw it with Diana.”Meghan Markle being compared to Princess Diana may have serious implications for the Duchess of Sussex, the Royal Family might not take kindly to an outsider coming and trying to steal the spotlight from Prince Harry.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMs. Mollard added to the Princess Diana comparison by saying: “She owned the stage, so Charles’ very progressive work on sustainability and environmentalism just got nothing.”There was no coverage, no one was interested.””As it happens, those things have become incredibly relevant now, he was a very forward-thinking man.”It must have been so frustrating to him to be overshadowed.”She concluded: “I think it serves us all well to have a cohesive Royal Family.”The Queen needs it to be cohesive.”Meghan Markle may have to take things slow and be more diplomatic if she hopes to achieve any success as a Royal, because getting on the wrong side of the Queen may not be a good idea for her.last_img read more

Voting continues in Indonesia amid religious tension

first_imgAn Indonesian man casts his ballot at a poll station in Jakarta on Wednesday. Photo: AFPJakarta went to the polls in a tight run-off Wednesday with the Christian governor fighting for his job as he stands trial for blasphemy, in a divisive election that has stoked religious tensions in Muslim-majority Indonesia.Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is facing a Muslim challenger, heavyweight ex-minister Anies Baswedan, in a neck-and-neck race to lead the teeming capital of 10 million people.The vote is seen as a test of whether the moderate Islam traditionally practised in the world’s most populous Muslim country is under threat from the influence of hardliners, who have led mass demonstrations against Purnama.Purnama, the city’s first non-Muslim governor for half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader, won in the first round in February but not by a big enough margin to avoid a run-off.The race was already significant as politicians see the job as a stepping stone to the presidency at 2019 polls, but the stakes were raised dramatically by a controversy sparked by claims that Purnama insulted the Koran.The allegations drew hundreds of thousands of conservative Muslims onto the streets of Jakarta in major protests last year, and led to Purnama-known by his nickname Ahok-being put on trial for blasphemy in a case critics see as politically motivated.After casting his vote, President Joko Widodo-whose party backs Purnama-urged Jakarta residents to accept the result and for the city to come together after the bitterly fought poll.“We must not let different political choices break our unity,” he said. “Remember we are all brothers and sisters.”Over 7.2 million people were registered to vote in the polls, which closed at 1:00 pm (0600 GMT).Early vote tallies from private pollsters were expected to give an accurate indication of the winner within hours although official results won’t be released until early May.After an anti-Purnama protest last year turned violent, authorities were taking no chances and over 60,000 security forces had been deployed.Hardline groups had pledged to station monitors at polling booths. Police blocked the plan, warning it could cause “intimidation”, but groups of hardliners appeared to be outside some polling centres in defiance of the ban.However there was no sign of unrest and police said the election had run smoothly.Tolerance testDespite Purnama’s first-round victory, former education minister Baswedan, 47, was initially seen as the favourite in the run-off because the votes from a third, Muslim candidate who was knocked out were expected to go to him.But with tension over the governor’s alleged blasphemy subsiding in recent weeks, Purnama has regained momentum and recent polls show the candidates in a dead heat.Baswedan, an academic who was sacked from the government by Widodo, has been accused of abandoning his moderate Islamic values during the campaign by cosying up to hardliners in a bid to win the support of Muslim voters angered by Purnama’s alleged blasphemy.Purnama’s troubles began in September when he lightheartedly said in a speech that his rivals were tricking people into voting against him using a Koranic verse, which some interpret as meaning Muslims should only choose Muslim leaders.His long-running blasphemy trial began in December, and the verdict is expected within a few weeks.If he does win the vote and is convicted of blasphemy, he would not automatically be barred from holding office and could avoid jail for a long time by appealing.Many voters still back Purnama due to his record leading Jakarta since 2014. He has won praise for cleaning up the city’s once-filthy rivers and creating more green spaces, although his acerbic style has upset some.“I voted for Ahok because I’m poor and I have felt the difference-we’re being taken care of,” said Tayem, a 62-year-old housewife who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, after casting her ballot.But some have been swayed by the blasphemy controversy.“As a Muslim, I will choose according to my faith,” Elva Sativia, a 33-year-old housewife, told AFP.last_img read more