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first_imgClaire Rafferty says Chelsea Ladies’ desire to play possession football even when under pressure, coupled with an improved attacking threat, makes them a dangerous side.New signing Gemma Davison scored twice as the Blues opened their Women’s Super League campaign with an impressive 2-1 win over Notts County Ladies on Sunday.And England left-back Rafferty told West London Sport the eagerness to keep the ball and remain patient that was so evident is instilled in them by manager Emma Hayes and is also part of the club’s ethos.“We train like that every day so it’s not natural for us to go long even when we are under pressure,” she said.“Maybe sometimes we should go long a bit more to relieve the pressure, but that is not how Emma wants us to play. She wants us to play our way out and that is the mentality within the whole club.“Eni (Aluko) and Gemma are a real force, and Ji So-Yun as well, and we like to let them express themselves by keeping the ball. That allows them to wander and they can really do that and pose a threat.”Rafferty and her team-mates face another away game on Thursday, against Bristol Academy, and the defender said confidence would be high after beating a side they failed to beat in two meetings last season.“We are buzzing to get the first game out of the way,” Rafferty added.“We lost the league only on goal difference but did well to finish second and we have high expectations for this season. It was bit of relief to get the season off to that start we wanted.“It certainly points us in the right direction. Winning that first game felt really good.”You can read Claire Rafferty’s thoughts on the new season in her West London Sport column which will be a regular feature again this season.Chelsea Ladies play their first home FA Women’s Super League game of the season against Liverpool on Sunday 19 April at Wheatsheaf Park, Staines Town FC. Kick-off is at 2pm and tickets are currently available priced at £5 for adults and £3 for juniors/seniors.See also:Chelsea Ladies driven by near missRafferty like a new signing – HayesDavison scores two in Chelsea Ladies winChelsea Ladies proved grit – HayesChapman hails Chelsea Ladies signingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd HultmanDTN AnalystBack in early May 2017, “The Other Wheat Sneaks Higher,” was this column’s attempt to describe bullish changes happening in spring wheat prices. At the time, no one knew that drought would take prices from the low-$5s in early May to $7.78 a bushel by early July. In fact, moderate drought conditions had not even appeared yet on the U.S. Drought Monitor. (https://www.dtnpf.com/…) One of the early bullish clues talked about was how commercials responded to lower prices in early April by going net-long. By May 26, which is slightly more than one year ago, DTN’s cash index of spring wheat prices amped up the bullish argument when it closed at a new three-month high. The drought was still not considered serious, but the market was clearly showing bullish concerns. By the time extreme drought conditions began to show up in Montana and the Dakotas it was June 20, and prices were already at $6.15 a bushel. I mention this to point out how paying attention to the market’s own clues can be helpful, even before the reasons for a certain price behavior can be explained. Strangely enough, as we now look at DTN’s national index of cash spring wheat prices, we are once again starting to see bullish market clues emerge without a strong fundamental explanation. The most bullish clue was Friday’s ending price of $6.33 a bushel, the highest weekly close in nine months. Getting to Friday’s new high was a bit of a roller coaster as prices dove after USDA estimated 12.6 million acres (ma) of spring wheat plantings on March 31, a 15% increase on the year. Prices bounced back after winter weather disrupted planting in April and when the April 10 column, “Cold Puts the Spring Back in Wheat,” was released, it was not clear how planting would go in 2018. (https://www.dtnpf.com/…) Tuesday afternoon’s Crop Progress report from USDA is likely to show planting near 90% complete, near its five-year average. Even though spring wheat planting is mostly back on track, prices left behind a bullish outside weekly reversal in early April that still stands — a technical mark of support in the market. As it was a year ago, it is difficult to explain yet just why spring wheat prices are rising from a fundamental point of view, but we can see the September/December futures spread is showing a 5 1/2-cent premium in the December contract, which suggests bullish interest from commercial buying. We also know that the demand source is likely domestic, as export shipments of U.S. spring wheat are down 30% from a year ago. Another factor with bullish potential to keep an eye on is an area of moderate drought in the eastern Dakotas. It is not serious yet, but we have to note that the current drought is worse than conditions a year ago at this time. Dry conditions are also an early concern in Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan. We cannot say that just because spring wheat prices are showing bullish clues as they were last year, the U.S. crop is going to suffer another drought and produce an early summer rally of $2 or more. However, Friday’s new nine-month high deserves respect as it appears to be backed up by firm commercial demand. It is a little odd how prices appear to be repeating last year’s bullish breakout. Even though the fundamental reasons are not yet clear for spring wheat, the bullish potential is there. Todd Hultman can be reached at Todd.Hultman@dtn.com Follow him on Twitter @ToddHultman1(ES/BAS/SK)© Copyright 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgOpera just announced that it plans to bring its mobile browser, Opera Mini, to the iPhone. The Norwegian company will give the press and its partners a sneak peek of the application during next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Opera Mini on the iPhone will include all of Opera’s default features like Speed Dial, tabs and a password manager. Opera Mini for the iPhone will also feature Opera’s compression technology, which compresses text and images on Opera’s servers before they get sent to the phone. The question, however, is whether Apple will allow the application into the App Store. For now, this announcement is a great PR move by Opera. It certainly looks like Opera wants to put some pressure on Apple to allow the app – and maybe other browsers too – into the store. Opera Mini is already available on a large number of platforms, including Symbian and Android. The iPhone, however, has remained off-limits for any browser besides Apple’s own Safari. There are a few apps that use Safari’s rendering engine to create new browser experiences, but we haven’t seen any browsers that use alternative rendering engines on the iPhone yet. While Mozilla is moving forward with its mobile projects for Windows Mobile, Android and Maemo, there are no current plans to port Firefox to the iPhone yet. This will be an interesting test case. Opera, of course, can show any demo it wants to – but until the company submits the app to Apple, we won’t know how Apple will react. Or perhaps this is just a publicity stunt by Opera. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#news#web Related Posts center_img frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southend chairman Martin reveals more Larsson talks plannedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend United chairman Ron Martin has revealed more talks are planned with Henrik Larsson over the manager’s job.Former Sweden, Barcelona, Manchester United and Hoops striker Larsson was an interested spectator as the Shrimpers picked up a 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday under the guidance of caretaker boss Gary Waddock.Martin admits Larsson, who scored 242 goals in 315 games for Celtic, is high on his short-list to replace Kevin Bond.He said: “Having Henrik Larsson join us on Saturday was simply part of the continuing interview process.“I have a number of people to see this week and shall also be talking further with Henrik.“This necessary due diligence to find the best option for the club is also not a negative reflection on Gary Waddock who is, in any event, well placed to influence our thinking.“The team under his guidance did excellently against MK Dons.“Whilst it is possible I am, nevertheless, doubtful a decision will be made, and implemented, by the weekend.” last_img read more


first_imgchris christie and jerry jones celebrate.Twitter/@Bogs4NYLaremy Tunsil may be lucky that this year’s draft is in Chicago, and not New York City. An overzealous former prosecutor may have hopped state lines to bring him in after a hacker posted an old video of him smoking a bong out of a gas mask to his Twitter account.New Jersey Governor and former presidential candidate Chris Christie joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Friday morning to discuss the draft, and spent a lot of time expressing his bemusement about the Tunsil situation. At one point, the former New Jersey Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer said that if he were still a prosecutor, he would have “gone in and cuffed” the Ole Miss offensive tackle. Buzzfeed’s Christopher Massie transcribed some of the more interesting parts of the appearance:“It’s unbelievable,” Christie said. “Because the bong hits aren’t enough. Give me the gas mask too. It’s incredible. I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s unbelievable.”Earlier in the interview, Christie, who opposes marijuana legalization, said, “When I was a prosecutor, I would’ve gone in and cuffed this guy,” adding, “I would’ve been all over it.”Christie also expressed sympathy towards Tunsil, saying, “Poor kid in that respect. I mean, he did it. But who’s the guy that hates him enough that they had access to the video and put it on. I mean, wow.”Here is the full interview: [Buzzfeed]last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Actor Vicky Kaushal says the team of “Takht” is preparing in full force to begin the film in February next year and he can’t wait to share screen space with the “huge” star cast. Directed by Karan Johar, “Takht” is based in the Mughal era and chronicles the story of two warring brothers. It features Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. “We will begin ‘Takht’ in February, preparations of which are on in full force. Before that, I will finish ‘Udham Singh’ and then I will go for ‘Takht,'” Vicky told reporters here. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I am very excited. It is a big film with a huge cast. I am very excited for when we will come in one frame and act. We are all very happy and am waiting for it to start,” he added. “Takht” reportedly traces the relationship between Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and his brother Dara Shukoh, with Ranveer playing the former while Vicky will play Aurangzeb. The actor was speaking at the 20th edition of IIFA awards.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: The trailer of Tushar Hiranandani’s “Saand Ki Aankh”, which features Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar as two real-life 60-plus sisters from Uttar Pradesh who became famous sharpshooters, has triggered off a debate on age-suited casting. Challenging the casting of Taapsee and Bhumi who are in their late 20s, veteran actress Neena Gupta tweeted: “Yes, I was just thinking about this. Hamari umar ke role toe kam se kam humse kara lo bhai (at least let actresses of my age play such roles).” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The remark has triggered off a Twitter debate, with Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli chipping in that Kangana had been offered the film but she suggested Neena Gupta and Ramya Krishna for the two sisters’ roles. No brownie points for guessing this is another Ranaut-induced ploy to belittle Taapsee Pannu’s career upswing. But nonetheless the fact remains that actresses beyond a certain age find themselves nearly jobless in our country. In a sharp rejoinder Taapsee responded with this post on social media: “I wonder… I just wonder… Do we ever want to embrace the positivity or just keep latching on to negativity and glorifying it to save our lack of risk taking tendencies. Have we really lost the shoulder along with our spine to support people who venture out of their comfort zone to bring about a change???? Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “Or it’s just reserved for two females who at relatively nascent stage of their career venture out to do something,which we were told, most of the people turned down? I wonder…. I just wonder… Did we ask the same question when we all loved what Anupam Kher did in ‘Saaransh’. Did we question when Nargis Dutt played mother to Sunil Dutt? Did we question John Travolta for playing a woman in ‘Hairspray’? Did we question Eddie Murphy for playing a white Jewish man in ‘Coming to America’? Did we question when Aamir Khan played a college kid in ‘3 Idiots’? And in the future are we going to question Ayushmann Khurrana for playing a gay man in ‘Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan’? “Or these lovely allegations and questions are reserved only for us??? Well even if it is… we thank you from the bottom of our heart for noticing our little effort to bring to you something new, something different, something you all want to comment on, something you all want to attach yourself to, be it in any way, and something that attracted your attention. After all cinema is also about thought. “Let’s keep the discussion going and hope your questions will be answered and doubts will be cleared this Diwali kyuki hum toh aa rahe hain iss baar pataake nahi goliyaan barsaane. Thank you for all the love and attention you have bestowed upon our small film with BIG heart!” When we congratulated Taapsee on her well thought-out comments on ageism she informed: “I really was trying to stay away from saying much, but after a point I thought when my hard work and efforts are being questioned, so I need to stand by my own self.” A couple of years ago Neena Gupta had tweeted asking directors to give her roles as she was jobless. Sixty-plus veteran Shabana Azmi, however, feels there is no shortage of opportunities for actresses her age. “You just need to be at the right place at the right time.” As for younger actresses like Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu, playing older women, way back in 1969 Sharmila Tagore played Rajesh Khanna’s mother in “Aradhana”.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said those who consider themselves supreme and indulge in the politics of falsehood will not understand Mahatma Gandhi’s sacrifices and ideals. In what appeared to be a swipe at the present BJP leadership, Sonia Gandhi told party workers and leaders at Rajghat that the Mahatma’s soul would be pained by what has been happening in India in the last few years. Sonia Gandhi also administered an oath on Gandhi’s ideals to party workers on the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Earlier in the day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi led a march of party workers from the Delhi Congress office at the Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg to mark the occasion. “How will those who consider themselves supreme understand the sacrifices of Mahatma Gandhi….Those doing politics of falsehood will not understand Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence,” Sonia Gandhi said in her brief address on the occasion. Addressing the gathering in Hindi, she said no matter what others might claim, only the Congress has followed the path of Gandhi and has provided jobs, education and facilities to farmers, accomplishments which are unparalleled. “India and Gandhi are synonymous. Yet some people want RSS to be synonymous with India,” she said, adding that India has arrived at its present state due to Mahatma Gandhi.last_img read more


first_imgVienna: Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) grappled Tuesday with the fallout from heavy losses in Sunday’s elections as its scandal-hit former leader said he was bowing out of politics. The man at the centre of scandals which have dogged the party over the summer, disgraced former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, announced Tuesday “a total withdrawal from politics and public life” — but this may not be enough to stem the instability at the heart of the party. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportStrache, who led the FPOe for 14 years, was forced to quit all his posts in May over the so-called “Ibiza-gate” tapes, which showed him appearing to offer public contracts to a woman he believed was a Russian oligarch’s niece in return for campaign help. That affair put an end to the FPOe’s coalition with the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) of Sebastian Kurz. In the days leading up to Sunday’s election, another scandal broke, this time involving Strache’s alleged misuse of party money. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAll this led to a stinging rebuke from voters, who sent the FPOe plummeting to 16 percent, down almost 10 points from their 2017 results. Strache said on Tuesday that he considered his membership of the party suspended and wanted to “avoid at all costs… any splits within the FPOe”. His announcement was seen as an attempt to pre-empt an election post-mortem meeting of the FPOe’s national executive on Tuesday. New leader Norbert Hofer said after the meeting that the party was indeed suspending Strache, and added: “If the allegations of the past few days aren’t refuted, he will be expelled.” Last week prosecutors confirmed they were investigating Strache’s expenses and had questioned his former bodyguard and his former office manager “on the suspicion… of submitting fake receipts” costing the party more than 5,000 euros ( 5,500). Strache again on Tuesday vehemently protested his innocence and insisted that he had been the target of a shadowy conspiracy. The party had previously also enthusiastically echoed this idea and some voices inside the party say its main mistake in the campaign was not being aggressive enough. “Instead of closing ranks we let this attack destabilise the party,” controversial artist and FPOe member Odin Wiesinger told AFP. “We made too many useless concessions to our opponents,” he added. But since Sunday’s poll debacle, many others have had the knives out for Strache. “The problem is home-made,” the leader of the FPOe in the Tyrol region, Markus Abwerzger, told Oe1 radio. “It’s not some foreign intelligence agency or the media who have got us into this situation but we ourselves,” he said, calling on the party to stop playing the victim. Some had speculated that Strache would split off from the FPOe to form his own party.last_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles: Alberto Salazar pushed himself to the brink and beyond as an athlete, and preached the same philosophy as a coach to distance running stars. But the 61-year-old Cuban-born American’s will to win finally went too far, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which has banned him for four years for multiple doping violations. Salazar has been a major figure in American athletics for four decades. He won the 1980, 1981 and 1982 New York Marathons and the 1982 Boston Marathon, and later coached such stars as Britain’s Mo Farah, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Salazar arrived in the United States as a toddler. His father was a friend of Fidel Castro who fought alongside him in the revolution but later opposed the Communist government. The family moved to suburban Boston, where Salazar won a state cross country crown in 1975. He helped the University of Oregon capture the US collegiate cross country title in 1977, taking national college individual honors the following year. In 1980, Salazar qualified for the US Olympic team at 10,000m, but the Americans boycotted the Moscow Games and Salazar tackled a new challenge: the marathon. He quickly conquered the 26.2-mile (42.195km) event. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters At 22, Salazar won his marathon debut in New York, then set a career-best of 2hrs 8mins 13secs to defend his title. In 1982, he took New York and claimed his only Boston Marathon title in what was dubbed the “Duel in the Sun” with Dick Beardsley. After besting Beardsley in a sprint finish, a dehydrated Salazar collapsed and had to be treated in hospital with intravenous fluids. Salazar finished 15th in the marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then trained and competed until retiring in the mid-1990s, when he began moving into coaching, joining with Nike to form the Oregon Project in 2001 to train distance runners. The program includes Donovan Brazier — who won the 800m world title Monday as news of Salazar’s ban exploded into the athletics scene — and Sifan Hassan, who won the women’s 10,000m world crown two days earlier. Stripped of his credentials at the World Championships in Doha, Salazar has vowed to fight the ban, which was handed down for violations including trafficking testosterone, tampering with the athlete doping control process and using banned infusion techniques. A four-year ban was also issued to Dr Jeffrey Brown, who was a physician for numerous Nike Oregon athletes, and a paid consultant on performance enhancement for the Project, part of a scheme to manipulate testosterone levels without testing positive. “While acting in connection with the Nike Oregon Project, Mr Salazar and Dr Brown demonstrated that winning was more important than the health and wellbeing of the athletes they were sworn to protect,” USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart said. – Olympic glory, Salazar scrutiny – =================================== Salazar said he was “shocked by the outcome” of USADA’s years-long investigation. Farah won the first Olympic gold for the Nike Oregon Project in 2012 in London in the 10,000m event. Longtime Salazar pupil Galen Rupp took the silver just behind him, and Farah went on to claim the 5,000m gold. But Steve Magness, who spent 18 months as Salazar’s assistant coach in the project before leaving shortly before the London Olympics, spoke out as a whistleblower when BBC’s Panorama and ProPublica investigated doping allegations around Salazar in 2015. Testimonies from various figures alleged microdosing of testosterone, among other suspicious actions. Salazar denied wrongdoing. Farah stuck with him and won another golden double at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Rupp took marathon bronze and Nike Oregon’s Matt Centrowitz won the 1,500m. But doping allegations nagged. Farah left Salazar in October 2017. The USADA case against Salazar and Brown went to the American Arbitration Association, with hearings conducted in May and June 2018 setting the stage for the arbitration rulings handed down Monday. Salazar said he and his athletes “have endured unjust, unethical and highly damaging treatment from USADA,” and claimed, “I have always ensured the WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority) code is strictly followed.” “The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping.”last_img read more