Rangers Devour Coyotes, 5-1

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Moments after securing his 500th NHL win, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault deflected the attention to the “very good players” he’s had over the years.Two shined on Feb. 14. Rick Nash was no surprise. The other, Cam Talbot, has allowed the Rangers to stay hot despite a key injury.Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and Talbot stopped a penalty shot in a 34-save performance in the Rangers’ 5-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Vigneault’s milestone night.“I feel very privileged and fortunate to have all those good players through the years,” said Vigneault, who became the 21st coach in league history to reach 500 wins.Nash ripped a shot from the right circle off the crossbar and in 1:19 into the final period to make it 2-1. It was Nash’s seventh goal in eight games as he moved closer to matching his career high of 40 goals with Columbus in 2008-09.But Talbot, who made his sixth straight start for the injured Henrik Lundqvist, was tested just a few minutes later.Dominic Moore hauled down Tobias Rieder, setting up Arizona’s second penalty shot in a week. Both failed. Talbot gobbled up Rieder’s backhand attempt.“Cam’s been the backbone of our team,” Nash said. Added Vigneault: “He’s been waiting for an opportunity to prove he can play on a consistent level.”And once Talbot stopped the penalty shot, the Rangers’ potent offense took over in their third straight win.Chris Kreider, Marc Staal and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Rangers and Kevin Hayes added a short-handed goal.The Rangers have scored 16 goals in three games and 33 in their last nine.Offense has been a constant in Vigneault’s career. The 53-year-old, who also had stints coaching Montreal and Vancouver, improved to 500-355-35-72 in the NHL. Vigneault moved into a tie with Toe Blake for the 20th most wins in the league. Pat Burns (501) is next on the list.It was another frustrating night for Arizona in its seventh straight home loss.Antoine Vermette scored for the Coyotes, while Mike Smith made 28 saves.The Coyotes have not managed more than two goals in any game during their home drought. They lost a team-worst eight straight home games earlier in what’s been a lost season.“We’ve got a lot of try in us right now, but were having a hard time capitalizing on anything,” coach Dave Tippett said.The Rangers were without defenseman Dan Boyle (illness), who had scored the first goal in each of New York’s last two games, and got off to a sluggish start.After a sloppy first period, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead 54 seconds into the second period when the speedy Kreider raced past Arizona’s Michael Stone and wrapped a backhand inside the far post.But the Coyotes, who got center Joe Vitale back after a nine-game injury absence, looked sharp early in its second game in as many nights.Moments after Lucas Lessio fanned with an open net, Arizona tied it when Vermette knocked in Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s rebound at 6:33 of the second.But it was Ekman-Larsson’s poor luck later that has defined the Coyotes.On the power play and trailing 2-1, Ekman-Larson broke his stick on a shot. It led to Hayes’ goal as he moved past a diving and stickless Ekman-Larsson on a breakaway.“All I can say,” Ekman-Larsson said, “is it’s just a bad break.”(MIKE CRANSTON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2013 OSU football is similar to Auburn, A&M

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII posted an article over at Football Study Hall recently on college football similarity rankings for the national title contenders. I thought PFB readers would enjoy a look at similarity rankings for the last few OSU teams.These rankings take a few advanced stats into account:• Overall F/+ rating• Offenseive & defensive F/+ rating• S&P+ rushing & passing offense & defenseThe closer other teams are to the team you’re looking at, the higher they will appear on the similarity ranking list. The numbers listed under each statistical category are the percentile rankings among all teams from 2009 – current in the stat listed (for example, the 2009 team below was in the 48th percentile for offensive F/+ — the worst offense we’ve had at OSU in quite some time).If you have any questions, leave them in the comments or ask me at @okc_dave. Here we go.20092013 contemporaries: Mississippi State, UCLA, IowaAs you recall, the 2009 season started with very high hopes: we had an SI cover (a good one!) and fans had visions of Zac, Dez, and Kendall dancing in their heads. By the end of the season, Zac and Kendall were hurt and Dez was playing Madden full time to focus on his next step thanks to the always consistent, always fair NCAA.The result was an offense that was really bad at the end of the year. While that team was still a pretty decent defensive squad, the offense struggled mightily in the last two games (27-0 loss to OU, 21-7 loss to Ole Miss).The other teams listed below the 2009 team above also had poor-to-average offenses combined with above average defenses. The team from this season that is most similar to our 2009 team is Mississippi State, who we easily handled in the season opener this year. Still, give that 2009 team a healthy Zac, Dez, and Kendall and I think we would have been talking about our first BCS appearance.20102013 contemporaries: Auburn, South Carolina, Utah2010 was a step-up year for OSU football. Only two close losses – both at home – prevented the Pokes from achieving a conference title (51-41 to Nebraska, 47-41 to OU). The advanced stats liked our defense more than most fans did, but it still wasn’t considered elite (84th percentile).This team was most similar to the 2011 USC Trojans, who also went 10-2 in the regular season but were ineligible for post-season play. And how about this: the 2010 team was very similar to the 2012 OSU team that had a disappointing record but a solid statistical profile.20112013 contemporaries: Oregon, Arizona State, Ohio StateThat brings us to 2011. Looking at the similarity rankings, that team was essentially Oregon from 2011-13. Not bad company, but ironic in that all of those Ducks teams were BCS-level teams but will did not play in the national title game (or likely will not play in the case of the 2013 team). So close.2010 Bama and 2012 A&M round out the list — both teams that were very good but had one or two things holding them back from being statue-worthy.2013 contemporaries: Auburn, Utah, South CarolinaJudging by their company in the similarity ratings, the 2012 team was better than their record, plain and simple. The Arizona game should have been won, the Texas game arguably was won, and Bedlam was in our hands. None of those games worked out, though, and 8-5 was the final result. That’s the way it goes in college football, and that’s part of the reason you have to watch every game — you never really know what you’re going to get from week to week.20132013 contemporaries: Auburn, Ole Miss, ArizonaFinally – 2013. This analysis was completed before the Kansas win, but it won’t change things very much. I wasn’t very thrilled with the results. Our 8-1 Cowboys are most similar to a bunch of teams that lost 4, 5, or 6 games. I think it’s that passing offense figure. We are in the 55th percentile in passing offense, with relative strength just about everywhere else. Other teams with that profile have decent results, but not great ones.Still, this is only a measure of where we’ve been — not where we’re going. I can’t wait for the next three weeks. We could easily finish 11-1 or 8-4. Wouldn’t shock me either way.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Tarkowski ends transfer talk with new deal

first_imgTransfers Tarkowski ends Arsenal and Man City transfer talk by penning new Burnley deal Jamie Smith 23:48 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Tarkowski Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Burnley Premier League Manchester City After being linked with a big-money move during the winter transfer window, the Clarets have tied their in-form defender down to a long-term contract James Tarkowski has signed a new contract at Burnley, committing his future with the Premier League surprise package until 2022.Tarkowski has excelled having stepped into the team to replace Michael Keane after the England international signed for Everton last July, starting 19 Premier League games.The 25-year-old was ever-present for the Clarets – leading to speculation he could receive a maiden England call-up – before receiving a retrospective three-game ban for an elbow on Brighton striker Glenn Murray. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal having all been linked with the former Brentford defender, Burnley have moved to tie him down to a new long-term deal.BREAKING: @Tarky19 signs new long-term deal at Burnley. Full story to follow. pic.twitter.com/7jLNF4B5Lw— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 4, 2018″I’m happy. It’s been a good season so far and it’s nice to be rewarded by the gaffer and the club in this way,” Tarkowski told Burnley’s official website.”Hopefully I can carry on paying them back and put in some good performances.”Since Keano left, the club has put the trust in me, so far, to take that position on. I feel like I’ve done quite well so far and hopefully long may that continue.”I have said it for a long time, this is a long-term project for me and the club so hopefully we can all continue what’s been a positive season so far.”SD: “We felt it appropriate to offer James a new deal on two levels. He’s done well in the Premier League and secondly his contract was out of sync. And there’s a few more we are talking to.”— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 4, 2018Burnley boss Sean Dyche confirmed in a news conference on Thursday that Canada international Scott Arfield will not be available for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City due to injury.Dyche, who will rotate his high-flying side for the trip to the Etihad Stadium, added that contract talks are ongoing with a number of Burnley players.”I mentioned recently we have a good collection of players, ones we enjoy working with, and they are under good contracts,” Dyche said. “Tarky was, but we felt it appropriate.”There’s another couple we are talking to already. We try to work on a level of fairness and making sure players are on appropriate contracts at the right time. Tarky fits into that really.”last_img read more

Coquelin looking forward to first derby with Valencia

first_imgValencia ‘I know exactly how a derby feels’ – Coquelin looking forward to first derby with Valencia Shina Oludare Chief Editor Nigeria Last updated 1 year ago 20:21 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Francis Coquelin, Valencia Valencia CF Valencia Valencia v Levante Levante Primera División The Frenchman has been involved in some of football’s biggest derbies and is expecting Sunday’s game at Mestalla Stadium to be no different Valencia’s Francis Coquelin is relishing his first derby in Spain as they prepare to face Levante on Sunday.The Mestalla outfit have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions, and need a victory against the Frogs to help continue their push for a Champions League spot in La Liga.The 26-year-old has experience of local derbies in France, Germany and during his time in Arsenal, and says a win for Marcelino’s side would ‘bring the joy back’ to his the squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a big derby you know. We are at home to Levante, who are also a good team,” Coquelin told Goal.“The atmosphere will be pumping because it is a derby, a derby is a derby, not like any other match. I played in the North London derby for Arsenal against Tottenham, so I know exactly how a derby feels.“The most important thing is obviously to win this game to bring the joy back to Valencia, it is a vital game for us to win, we are at home, therefore, we will have the 12th man, the fans on our side pushing us to take all three points.”Defeats to Las Palmas, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid mean Valencia sit third in the Liga table with 40 points from 22 games and at risk of missing out on a top-four berth with Villarreal and Eibar breathing down their neck.Nonetheless, Coquelin feels victory against Juan Lopez Muniz’s side can spark up redemption.Francis Coquelin of Valencia CF“We played tough fixtures. As Valencia we should have won a few of those games but at the same time you are playing against top side in La Liga and sometimes it can be difficult,” he continued.“Against Real Madrid I played at centre back, which alone shows you that all our defenders were injured or suspended for that fixture.“Sunday’s game is a big game so this is a good chance for us to turn things around by winning this local derby.”last_img read more

No-one but me wants to fix diving problem – Dyche

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche accused Arsenal’s players of diving after his side lost 3-1 at Emirates Stadium, scathingly saying: “Millions of children see it.”Goals in either half from Premier League leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Burnley with little hope of picking up a point towards their fight against relegation, although Ashley Barnes gave them a glimmer of hope when he pulled one back 27 minutes from the end.The Clarets pushed for an equaliser, but a late strike from Alex Iwobi knocked the stuffing out of the visitors, and Dyche claimed the Arsenal substitute scored from an offside position. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We could have got something out of the game. Their final goal was marginally offside,” Dyche told reporters before firing accusations at Unai Emery’s players over diving.”Two dives,” said the Burnley boss. “No-one seems to want to do anything about diving apart from me. Millions of children see it.”We’re not talking about gamesmanship; we’re talking about diving.”Diving’s not for me but gamesmanship is different. What I don’t like is when you’re touched on the arm and your feet go from beneath you. I thought it was incredibly bad at the World Cup.”PIC: Ashley Barnes and Arsenal’s Sokratis battle for the ball pic.twitter.com/nGHgalSOlO— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 22, 2018Emery refused to get dragged into an argument about diving, opting to politely disagree with Dyche’s accusations while calling for respect for the referee’s decisions.”The most important thing is the victory,” said the Arsenal coach.”We have to have respect for the referee and for the opposition.”Arsenal’s win coincided with Mesut Ozil’s return to the side after a spell out, and the German was instrumental in helping mastermind the victory, providing an assist and influencing the play with a superb display of passing to delight the Emirates.”It was a big performance and afterwards I spoke with him [Ozil] and said congratulations for your work,” said Emery. “He showed his quality and their characteristics and we needed him to work to help us today and he did.”last_img read more

Juventus vs Roma team news: No rest for Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus retain a firm grip on first place in Serie A , with Roma the next side to challenge the apparently untouchable Turin giants as they visit the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Juve boast 15 wins and one draw from their opening 16 matches of the campaign, which is the best record of any club in Europe’s top five leagues. They were pushed a week ago by Torino, but a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave them a 1-0 win over their neighbours. Roma, meanwhile, are in the race for a Champions League spot but are not hitting the heights expected of them and will have to raise their level substantially to challenge Italy’s top dogs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Juventus vs Roma Date Saturday, December 22 Time 7:30pm BST / 2:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on Rai Italia America and live-streamed through ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream Rai Italia America ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Cancelo, Rugani, Sandro, Barzagli Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Cuadrado, Mandzukic Juventus have seen Sami Khedira return to regular training this week, but it is too early for the midfielder to see action.Joao Cancelo and Juan Cuadrado remain the key injury problems for the Turin giants.Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala; Mandzukic, Ronaldo. Position Roma players Goalkeepers Olsen, Mirant Defenders Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Juan Jesus, Kolarov, Marcano, Santon, Fazio, Manolas Midfielders Cristante, Pellegrini, De Rossi, Coric, Zaniolo, Florenzi, Pastore, N’Zonzi Forwards Perotti, Dzeko, Schick, Cengiz Under, Kluivert, Celar, El Shaarawy Daniele De Rossi has been out since October with knee trouble and is missing once again. Edin Dzeko is fit enough to play some part, but only from the bench.Roma starting XI: Olsen; Santon, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Cristante, Nzonzi; Under, Zaniolo, Florenzi; Schick.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are 4/9 favourites with bet365 , while Roma can be backed at 9/1. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 10/3.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview AS Roma Barcelona Champions League 2017-18It has been another thoroughly satisfactory week for Juventus, who lead Serie A by eight points over second-placed Napoli with a virtually unblemished record approaching their final match before Christmas.Star summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo proved the difference from the penalty spot as Torino were seen off 1-0 last weekend in a competitive local derby, while away from the field they have been heartened by Alex Sandro penning a new deal and Daniele Rugani closing in on one. Certainly, the Portuguese’s presence seems to have boosted spirits in the camp, with Moise Kean explaining to RMC : “I had only seen him on the PlayStation before! Playing with him has improved me a lot, I learn a lot from him as well as from the other champions with the Bianconeri.”Perhaps the only concern for Juve came in Monday’s Champions League draw, in which they were paired with Atletico Madrid, despite beating Manchester United to finish top of their pool.“We didn’t have much luck,” vice-chairman Pavel Nedved lamented.But Juve can worry about Atleti in February, particularly as they have a challenging Serie A match forthcoming against Roma.With only six wins from 16 league matches this season, Eusebio Di Francesco finds himself a man under pressure.They have conceded two goals in each of their last five outings in all competitions and had to twice come from behind to beat Genoa 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend.“We have so much pressure on us that the wait for the next match has been really hard,” captain De Rossi explained. “We have a lot of pressure on our shoulders. We’re in a delicate period because we know we have to do better than we have been doing.“We are all under observation, including the coach, and we know it. We want to have a great match, more for ourselves than for the importance of the game. Against the strongest of them all.”A massive 22 points behind Juve, it is abundantly clear how daunting their task is.last_img read more

‘Pogba hasn’t won a war, he’s not bigger than Man Utd’

first_imgPaul Pogba has not “won a war” against Manchester United, according to Peter Schmeichel, who believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can help the France star reach his potential.Solskjaer’s temporary tenure at United got off to a flying start on Saturday, as the Red Devils hammered his former club Cardiff City 5-1.Pogba, left out against Liverpool as Jose Mourinho’s spell ended with a 3-1 defeat at Anfield, returned to the side for Solskjaer’s maiden game, and took a starring role with two assists. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mourinho’s well-publicised issues with the midfielder added to the troubles at Old Trafford, but Schmeichel insists that the club must not allow Pogba to believe that he is bigger than the club.”Mourinho did put himself in the limelight, not in the correct way or the way that you want the United manager to be,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live . “There were stories about the manager being at war with certain players. That’s happened many times, but the club has always been able to deal with that in the dressing room.”I want to see Pogba being a United player as good as everything else he does in life.”He’s absolutely brilliant on social media, and he’s projecting himself to be this incredibly important player.”We’ve seen it at Juventus, we’ve seen it with France, we haven’t seen it with Manchester United and what’s really important here is that no player, regardless of how much money they make, how much they’ve been bought for, has ever been bigger than the club or the manager.”This has been now portrayed like Pogba has won a war, this doesn’t work for me, that cannot happen for United.”It’s now really important that the club deal with this situation. Pogba, or any other player, cannot be bigger than the club.”Morning, Reds #MUFC pic.twitter.com/taTCUVKt0Q — Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 23, 2018 And Schmeichel believes that his former team-mate Solskjaer can use his experience as United’s reserve team coach to aid Pogba’s development.”Ole is definitely a different personality and a different direction,” Schmeichel added.”He’s stuck to the tradition and the history of the club, and respected it all the way, and had a great run as reserve coach for the club, and this is significant, because he was dealing with players like Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and these players that seem to be the players that Mourinho had problems with.”I think this is key, and the brief that Ole has got is to tame that situation, make someone like Pogba play to the potential that we know already that he has got.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ribery open to another year with Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has admitted that he could see himself remaining at the Bundesliga champions for another year after his impressive performance against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday helped them to victory.The Frenchman’s brace inspired Niko Kovac’s side to a 3-0 win in the final game before the winter break, to ensure that they stay within feasible distance of league leaders Borussia Dortmund.His two goals also ensured that, at 35, he became the oldest player in Bayern history to achieve a double in a game for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ribery has been linked with an exit from the club he has called home for more than a decade at the end of the current campaign, with club officials Hasan Salihamidzic and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinting that this could be his last season at the Allianz Arena.Speaking afterwards, the midfielder’s tune was more ambiguous, acknowledging that he could still see his future with Bayern while admitting that he has no concrete plans beyond next May.“Yes, of course,” Ribery told Sky when asked about remaining in Munich, before adding: “My situation is not easy to assess.“But I just work, I’m having fun and I’m performing. What will happen next season, we’ll see.”Ribery joined Bayern from Marseille in 2007 and has gone on to win virtually every major honour with the club.He is an eight-time winner of the Bundesliga and also holds medals for the DFB-Pokal and DFB-Supercup domestically.In Europe, he has won the Champions League and the Super Cup as well as the Club World Cup in 2013.He was also a runner-up with France at the 2006 World Cup, featuring in the final for Les Bleus as they were beaten on penalties by Italy.Ribery has also been named in UEFA’s Team of the Year twice, both times while playing for Bayern, in 2008 and 2013.If he is to depart, he would become the second big-name winger to exit the club in the space of a season, after Arjen Robben confirmed he would call time on his 10-year Bayern career at the end of the current season.last_img read more

‘That’s how Man United are expected to play’

first_imgLuke Shaw said Manchester United’s demolition of Cardiff City is how the Premier League giants are “expected to play”, though the left-back insisted Jose Mourinho’s efforts should not be forgotten.Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday and the arrival of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer liberated the Red Devils, who hammered Cardiff 5-1 on Saturday.United were at their free-flowing best as they scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s final match in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We moved the ball quicker,” Shaw said. “The goals we scored were just magnificent. Rash’s [Marcus Rashford’s] free-kick helped settle the nerves.”Then we carried on from there. They scored a goal but we didn’t change anything. We carried on playing and the third goal was an amazing team goal.””Under any circumstances, that’s how Man United are expected to play,” Shaw continued. “At times [under Mourinho] it didn’t happen. But the team were very good [against Cardiff], very quick getting the ball forwards and I think we were more clinical.”In games before we’ve had a lot of chances that could’ve maybe ended up with a scoreline like that. It was nice to get the five goals, which we haven’t done for a while, and hopefully we can push on from here.”Gaffer already taken my place in Pogs new celebration #MUFC pic.twitter.com/YNVSPfwdRu— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) December 22, 2018Mourinho’s two-and-a-half-year tenure came to an end with United sixth and 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool.The Portuguese won the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield in his first season in charge before United finished second and 19 points behind Manchester City last term.Shaw added: “It’s not very nice when something as big as that happens at the club, but I think we all as players and as a team show respect in what happened. People might be quick to forget what Jose did for United – the three trophies he won – he did a lot.”Obviously, one of the trophies was one we had not won before. He took us to three trophies in one season so those people need to respect him and remember what he did for not only us as a team to win those trophies, but the fans as well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

What to do in San Diego, America’s Finest City

first_img The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities San Diego has a dozen different identities. It’s a military town. It’s a surfing Mecca. It’s a craft beer smorgasbord. It’s a neighbor to Mexico.These various influences and cultures blend together in a city that’s driven by a 17-mile coastline, north to south. This California destination boasts a slower pace of life and just enough urbanity in the thriving downtown core. From Balboa Park to La Jolla, there seems to be a bite-sized chunk of enchantment for any taste.What to do in San Diego? We took a little bit from as much of “America’s Finest City” as we could explore and put it together in one easy read, just for you.StayThe U.S. Grant HotelThe U.S. Grant is situated in a historic building right in the middle of downtown San Diego. The large hotel has been nicely renovated and you’re mere steps from the eclectic nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter.Estancia La Jolla Hotel and SpaThis ritzy resort is what you’d expect from an idyllic Southern California retreat. The property offers plenty of quiet and relaxation in one of the region’s most well-to-do cities. For an active retreat, there are plenty of hiking and water sport options nearby too.Sheraton San Diego Hotel & MarinaThe Sheraton down by the marina is a family-friendly option that features a spa, three heated pools, and water sport rentals. It’s also conveniently located near the San Diego International Airport.EatTurf Supper ClubA Golden Hill neighborhood tradition since 1950, Turf Club is one of those spots that hasn’t changed much with time, but still feels as fresh as ever. Beyond a solid lineup of classic cocktails and fresh taps, the star is the communal grill in the bar’s second room — it’s one of the best ways to enjoy a steak and a few cheap beers. Simply choose from a tailored selection of meats, slap it on the grill, and cook it to your liking. Residents from all walks of life stop in. It’s a place to welcome friends, much as you’ll feel welcomed yourself.El Pubelo Mexican FoodIn a city driven by Mexican food, everyone has their favorite taqueria for a hundred different reasons. An interesting choice is this Cardiff counter-service joint, which is literally in a gas station. If you’re looking for crispy morsels of meat, cheese, and tortilla, El Pueblo is your spot.Hillcrest Farmer’s MarketSure, this Sunday market has all of your standard California produce, but we suggest venturing across the street to the variety of vendors that would make any food hall blush. You’ll find everything from barbecue to Thai to tamales, all made by local folks who are pretty damn good at what they do. Did we mention tamales? There are at least seven different flavors. You should probably start with those.O.B. Smoothie Bar & SubsO.B. is a nondescript sandwich spot that makes acai bowls as big as your head. The smoothies in their name are good too, but really, come for a acai bowl loaded with fruit, granola, or a variety of other options that make a lazy morning walk along Ocean Beach much better.DrinkNoble ExperimentIt would be a shame to make the trip to San Diego and not experience one of the best bars in California. Tucked behind a wall of beer kegs at Neighborhood, a top-notch restaurant downtown, Noble Experiment quietly (and consistently) puts out amazing classic cocktails, plus the occasional twist by bartenders at the top of their game. Reservations are highly encouraged, but you can also try putting your name on the list and having a beer up front. Spend some time with Noble’s menu — it’s almost as beautiful as the drink lineup.Jayne’s GastropubJayne’s GastropubThis quaint bistro near Normal Heights classifies itself as a British pub but showcases a much better wine list than the average fish and chips place. Expect updated takes on Tikka Masala and kebabs, as well as the pub fare you know and love. It’s a great spot for a casual dinner in a excellent walking neighborhood.ShopClairemont Surf ShopJust over 40 years ago, Steve O’Connell opened a surf shop with a commitment to being accessible for anyone and everyone interested in surfing. Today, he runs the shop side-by-side with his son, Dan, and maintains a great selection of gear. San Diego’s surf culture is legendary, and it’s places like Clairemont that are keeping traditions alive and relevant to the next generation.Liberty Public MarketLiberty Public Market/FacebookNot one to be left out of the public market/food hall resurgence, San Diego’s contribution to the national trend is right on the water, near the airport and the marina. More than two dozen artisans offer everything from full meals to locally produced goods perfect for take-home gifts.La Jolla Shores, San DiegoDoHarbor IslandHarbor Island is the spot to explore the calm waters of San Diego on a paddle board or kayak, especially if you’ve had a long flight (or even a long drive coming from LA) and need to unwind and transition into the vibe of the city. You’ll paddle alongside multi-million dollar yachts, but think of them as extra eye candy on top of the glassy waters.Balboa ParkPhoto Courtesy of Balboa Park and Richard Benton/FacebookBalboa Park, which is home to the San Diego Zoo and multiple museums, is a great place to walk around. The grounds are well-maintained and the gardens are beyond scenic. There are few better places for a morning jog.Potato Chip RockThe slender, outward-facing rock at the summit of Mount Woodson resembles — you guessed it — a potato chip. It’s just 40 minutes from the city center and wildly popular on social media, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into. Be sure to take plenty of water (the trail can get hot and dry).La Jolla ShoresWhile basking in the splendor of the La Jolla neighborhood, take time to check out its most popular beach. During the day, it’s frequented by families and surfers. Once the sun sets, bonfires sparkle along the mile-long shoreline under typically clear, nighttime skies.last_img read more

Teachers to Benefit from Numeracy and Literacy Training

first_imgSeveral primary school teachers will participate in development sessions this month, aimed at enhancing their competence in areas of numeracy and literacy.This was disclosed by Chief Education Officer in the Ministry, Grace McLean, at the official launch of ‘Camp Summer Plus 2013’ at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on Wednesday, July 3.She said the training will ensure that students, with the assistance of teachers and parents, are able to maximise their full potential.“We have recognised that there needs to be re-implementation of the official reading programme of the Ministry of Education. If it means that we have to forego sections of the curriculum to ensure that our students are developing according to the basic levels of literacy and numeracy that is required before they move on to the curriculum, then we are committed to ensuring that that is done,” she said.Camp Summer Plus, which is in its third year, involves collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project.A total of 375 grade three students, who are performing below grade level, will receive critical assistance through the programme.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Mercator Sells Bulker Trio to Settle Debt

first_imgzoom Singapore’s dry bulk shipping company Mercator Lines Limited has been forced to sell three bulkers under mortgage.Namely, the company received a notice of enforcement from its undisclosed lender, who is the mortgagee of the vessels, requesting that the vessels be sold to settle the outstanding debt.The bulkers in question are the 1997-built Kesari Prem, 2007-built Gauri Prem and 2001-built Sri Prem Aparna.As a result, the company has entered into three separate Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) to sell the second-hand ships to related companies of the lender on arms-length basis.The bulkers were sold at market value for total net proceeds of USD 14.8 million, thereby reducing the company’s debt by the sale price.The vessels are expected to be delivered to the buyers in December 2015 and January 2016, Mercator said.last_img read more

Housing sales in 8 major cities up 4 in JanJune supply rises

first_imgNew Delhi: Housing sales in eight major cities increased marginally by 4 per cent to 1.29 lakh units during the first half of this calendar year, largely driven by rise in demand of affordable homes, according to property consultant Knight Frank. The supply of new homes rose by 21 per cent to 1.11 lakh units during January-June 2019 from 1.24 lakh units in the year-ago period, the consultant said. Knight Frank Tuesday released its half-yearly report – ‘India Real Estate’ that tracks demand, supply and prices of residential and office properties in eight cities — Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHousing sales increased to 1,29,285 units from 1,24,288 units, while new launches rose to 1,11,175 units from 91,739 units during the period under review. Unsold inventories lying with the developers dropped by 9 per cent to 4,50,263 units. “The India sales improved by 4 per cent in H1 2019 making this the third consecutive quarter to record sales improvements,” said Knight Frank India Executive Director (North) Mudasir Zaidi told reporters here. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe trends conclusively show a general arrest of a declining trend that can well be the inflection point leading to growth of sales in the market, Zaidi said. According to the data, NCR saw maximum increase in demand with sales rising by 10 per cent at 19,852 units during the first six months of this year, followed by Bengaluru with 9 per cent increase at 28,225 units. Housing sales in Pune were up by 6 per cent at 17,364 units, 5 per cent in Chennai at 8,979 units, 4 per cent in Mumbai to 33,731 units, 2 per cent in Ahmedabad at 8,212 units. Demand was flat at 8,334 units in Hyderabad. However, sales declined in Kolkata by 30 per cent to 4,588 units. This is primarily due to the procedural delays caused by the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulatory Authority and the pronounced dependence of developers on the distressed non-banking financial company (NBFC) sector. “The concerted efforts by the government and the incentives given have resulted in substantial demand in affordable housing which has resulted in an overall boost to residential sales. This also seems to be in line with the government vision for ‘housing for all’,” said Shishir Baijal, CMD, Knight Frank India. The weighted average prices have stagnated across cities with Mumbai, Pune and Chennai seeing prices fall by a further 3 per cent, 4 per cent and 3 per cent year-on-year (YoY), respectively. Hyderabad continues to see exceptional price growth at 9 per cent YoY due to the high proportion of ready inventory and very little supply coming online during 2018. During the last four years, the growth in residential prices in most of the top eight cities of India has been below retail inflation growth and the gap has progressively increased since H1 2016.last_img read more

Son of Russian spies fights for Canadian citizenship

first_imgTORONTO – Recent university graduate Alex Vavilov was born in Toronto, which would typically qualify him for Canadian citizenship except for one thing: His parents were part of a notorious Russian spy ring in North America.That is the conflict at the heart of a high-profile citizenship battle as the 23-year-old Vavilov seeks the right to reside permanently in the country where his parents once lived clandestine lives as deeply embedded spies who are the models for the TV show “The Americans.”The Canadian government says he isn’t entitled to citizenship and has appealed to the Supreme Court to annul the passport granted to him by a lower court. Vavilov’s supporters say a son shouldn’t pay for the sins of his parents while critics contend his claim to be a Canadian by birth is based on a fraud since he and his parents lived under stolen identities in the Toronto area and later Massachusetts as they collected intelligence for Moscow.The case is another reminder of the Cold War hostilities that are surging throughout the world in an era when Russia is accused of poisonings in Britain and interfering in elections – accusations it denies. Some argue Canada shouldn’t be quick to forgive the case of the Russian spy couple who lived under deep cover in North America.“We shouldn’t be doing anything to encourage activity by the Russian intelligence service, particularly in terms of what’s happened recently with the poisoning of individuals,” said Richard DesLauriers, the FBI agent who oversaw the arrests of the parents, Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova, in 2010 along with eight other members of the spy ring around the U.S.The court agreed earlier this month to take up Vavilov’s case and will rule on whether the government has the discretion to take away his citizenship. If it finds in Alex’s favour, it would likely allow his older brother Tim to retain his Canadian citizenship as well. The case presents unique set of circumstances.Canada, like the U.S., grants citizenship to anyone born within its territory with limited exceptions such as the children of diplomats. The government argues that Vavilov’s parents were employees or representatives of a foreign government and thus ineligible. But the attorney for the brothers says they were not official representatives and that all that matters in this case is their physical birthplace.“The right to citizenship is a fundamental right when you are born here,” said Toronto-based lawyer Hadayt Nazami. “You can’t punish children for something their parents did. You just can’t. It would be terrible if Canada did that.”The parents came to Toronto in the 1980s and took the names Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley. They then gave birth to Tim in 1990 and Alex in 1994 before moving to Paris in 1995 and then Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1999.“The kids were given that name under false pretenses,” said David Heathfield, whose deceased younger brother Donald had his identity stolen by Alex’s father. “They shouldn’t get to keep their citizenship.”In 2010, the FBI busted a ring of sleeper agents for Russia that it had been following for years in the United States. All 10, including the now well-known Anna Chapman, pleaded guilty and were returned to Russia in a swap.Alex and his brother maintain they didn’t know their parents were Russian let alone Russian spies. The family’s story became the inspiration for “The Americans,” now in its sixth and final season on the FX network.Alex Vavilov is now actively trying to find a job in Canada and has visited with his Canadian passport. He declined to be interviewed through his lawyer who claims not to know where Alex lives. In court documents he claims to spend as little time in Russia as possible and in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Alex portrays himself as a university graduate who wants to work in Canada’s banking sector and get married and raise a family.“I don’t pose a threat. I’m a Canadian citizen and I’m here to make my own life,” he told the CBC recently.DesLauriers, the FBI agent, said in 2010 that Tim may have found out about his parents’ secret life before they were arrested. But this week DesLauriers said he “could not pinpoint the specific facts that led me to make that judgmental decision on that.”“It’s hard to say what the kids knew and at what point they knew something,” he said.The brothers weren’t charged and their lawyer said no evidence has ever surfaced suggesting they knew. The FBI believed the parents were building a false identity in Canada in an effort to eventually spy in the U.S. Prosecutors said their father met in 2004 with an employee of the U.S. government to discuss nuclear weapons research.Alex wanted to return to Canada for university but was denied. The government ruled that Canada would no longer recognize him as Canadian because his parents were “employees or representatives of a foreign government.” Alex appealed but lost at the Federal Court. But the Federal Court of Appeal ruled last June the law only applies to foreign government employees who benefit from diplomatic immunities or privileges. Alex was given his citizenship back.A hearing in Canada’s Supreme Court is scheduled for early December.Richard Fadden, the former National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Canada and the ex-head of the country’s spy service, said if CISIS, Canada’s spy service, deems they are not a threat they should be allowed to keep their citizenship.Bob Anderson, a former FBI assistant director, said Canada is are far more lenient than the U.S., which stripped citizenship from Alex and his family after the arrests of the Russian spy ring.“I was totally for kicking everybody out of the country and not letting anybody maintain their citizenship just because of how nefarious the acts were,” he said. “Canada is much more liberal when it comes to that stuff.”last_img read more

Montreal enlists citizens workers and Revenue Department in fight against Airbnb

first_imgMontreal is enlisting citizens, municipal workers and the provincial Revenue Department in its fight against illegal apartment rentals that use online platforms such as Airbnb.The city recently directed its employees to seek out and remove from public property small lock boxes that contain keys allowing short-term renters to enter apartments on their own.Mayor Valerie Plante has asked residents to report any lock boxes they see attached to public property, such as parking meters and bicycle racks.The city contends people who are illegally renting apartments are putting key boxes on public property as a way to fool inspectors and distance themselves from their activity. Under provincial rules, a license is required for short-term rentals of a secondary property.Councillor Richard Ryan says popular neighbourhoods such as the Plateau-Mont-Royal and downtown have strictly limited short-term rentals since the summer in an effort to increase the availability of housing for citizens.Ryan says the city is also calling on the Revenue Department to investigate residents suspected of illegal rentals.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa to pay more than 400000 in compensation to Roxham Road residents

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebecers living near the Canada-United States border, where thousands of migrants have crossed irregularly into the country since 2017, will receive more than $400,000 to compensate them for increased traffic and noise.An order paper tabled by the federal government last month projects 45 households near Roxham Road will divide up $405,000, with individual compensation based on each home’s proximity to the border.The document says eight homes will receive the maximum compensation of $25,000, 15 will receive $10,000, and 22 households in the outermost zone will receive $2,500.The government has budgeted up to $485,000 for the payments, which includes a contingency fund in case more households are deemed eligible.Roughly 96 per cent of all migrants who have crossed illegally into Canada since 2017 have done so at Roxham Road, about 50 kilometres south of Montreal.A spokesperson for Border Security Minister Bill Blair says households along the once-quiet country road have had to contend with increased traffic, noise and the construction of temporary border security infrastructure since the migrants began arriving.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nova Scotia brewery offering a lobster beer despite some skepticism

first_imgMAHONE BAY, N.S. – A Nova Scotia craft brewery has put together two East Coast favourites to brew up something new: lobster-infused beer.Saltbox Brewery in Mahone Bay is now fermenting its first batch of Crustacean Elation — a creation that involved the use of whole lobsters early in the brewing process.Spokesman Patrick Jardine said it was something they had been talking about for some time, and finally decided to give it a try.“We said, ‘Hey why not?’ The Maritimes is all about lobster, and lobster and beer go together, so let’s marry them up,” Jardine said.He said not everyone was quick to buy into the concept.“Lots of people think lobster shouldn’t be in beer, they just can’t imagine it going together, but the process is really quite easy. You just put it right into the pot while you’re making the beer,” he said.“We added the whole lobsters to the mash, which is the part of the process where all the starches in the grain get converted to sugars. The flavours get into the malt itself.”Jardine said once the lobsters were removed, the staff got to eat them, and later the shells were roasted as a way to add more flavour and aroma. That flavour was added during pasteurization.“There’s lots of curiosity around it. I think we’ll have lots of people out to try it out and we’re anxious to try it ourselves,” he said.The first batch is now in the fermentation stage and should be ready soon.Jardine said experienced lobster eaters should be quick to recognize the taste.“We hope so. Before fermentation we could definitely smell and taste the essence of lobster, so hopefully that carries through into the final product,” he said.Jardine said if it’s a hit, it may become an annual offering during lobster season.“It’s lobster harvest season right now, so it kind of married itself quite nicely,” he said.Saltbox opened its taproom in Mahone Bay, west of Halifax, about 15 months ago, and Jardine said they’ve been experimenting with different methods and flavours, including a beer that’s aged in whisky barrels.Other breweries have experimented with adding shellfish flavours, including Maine’s Oxbow Brewing, but Jardine says it’s the first time their fledgling brewery has tried.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

Tourism Minister Highlights Contributions of Sangster Airport and Convention Centre

Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says both the Sangster International Airport and the Montego Bay Convention Centre have been helping Jamaica to make huge inroads in the business travel market. In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Bartlett said the situation is further boosted by the fact that a number of quality hotels are also in close proximity to both facilities. He argued that the country is not only a global force in the business travel market but “we can now make a solid push” for elite and high-end travellers. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says both the Sangster International Airport and the Montego Bay Convention Centre have been helping Jamaica to make huge inroads in the business travel market.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Bartlett said the situation is further boosted by the fact that a number of quality hotels are also in close proximity to both facilities.He argued that the country is not only a global force in the business travel market but “we can now make a solid push” for elite and high-end travellers.“The Sangster Airport has been more than proving its worth as it continues to set records in terms of visitor arrivals,” Mr. Bartlett pointed out.“Business travellers for the most part like to find everything as close as possible to their liking, so having the Convention Centre and some of our top hotels within striking distance of the airport is a major plus and certainly sets us apart from our regional competitors,” he added.The business travel industry is estimated to be worth US$1.3 trillion, and is expected to grow by nearly 10 per cent by 2025.In the meantime, the Sangster Airport has been named the Caribbean’s leading airport for the 11th year in a row by the World Travel Awards (WTA), and continues to burst at the seams in terms of arrivals.“We have been doing a lot of infrastructural upgrade where this airport can be compared to any of the quality airports worldwide,” explained the airport’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rafael Echevarne.“We are also honoured to be named the Caribbean’s leading airport. This prestigious award validates our ongoing efforts to deliver world-class service and showcase Jamaica’s rich culture,” he said.Several transformational projects are now under way to bring further upgrades to the airport, including an expansion of the commercial concourse and automated parking facilities.The CEO said there are also plans for a new shopping area and an increase in the size of the immigration and customs hall. read more

National Security State Minister Tours Tower Street Correctional Facility

Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, toured the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston on Monday (June 10), to observe rehabilitation programmes being undertaken and assess areas of need.He was accompanied by members of the Board of Visitors of the facility, and officials from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).Speaking with JIS News, the State Minister said discussions will be undertaken regarding the full utilisation of space at the correctional centre.During the tour, he visited a building adjacent to the facility, which was previously earmarked for repairs.“I understand that… a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was drawn up, and we are going to revisit the files and look at the MOU to see what is it we can do, if anything,” he shared.Chairman of the Board of Visitors, Steven Golding, told JIS News that the tour provided the opportunity for the State Minister to see, first-hand, some of the challenges being faced by inmates and correctional officers.He noted the need for upgrading work to improve conditions for inmates and expand the rehabilitation programmes being offered.“So, we are pushing for an expansion under the MOU with HEART/Trust NTA to bring more programmes in,” he said.The agreement with HEART provides vocational training and certification for DCS staff, wards and inmates.“Now we will be going into further meetings to enhance and enact some new programmes we feel will increase the rehabilitative process,” Mr. Golding told JIS News.The touring party also included Commissioner of Corrections, Gary Rowe; Deputy Commissioner, Joy Stone, and Superintendent in charge of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, Albert Brown. He was accompanied by members of the Board of Visitors of the facility, and officials from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, toured the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston on Monday (June 10), to observe rehabilitation programmes being undertaken and assess areas of need. Speaking with JIS News, the State Minister said discussions will be undertaken regarding the full utilisation of space at the correctional centre. read more

Health Minister Encourages Corporate Jamaica to Develop Wellness Programmes

Story Highlights He was speaking at the awards ceremony for the National Health Fund’s (NHF) Work-it-Out weight loss Challenge at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (June 13). Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is encouraging corporate Jamaica to invest in the welfare of employees, by promoting health and wellness in the workplace, which will result in enhanced productivity. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is encouraging corporate Jamaica to invest in the welfare of employees, by promoting health and wellness in the workplace, which will result in enhanced productivity.“I am issuing a challenge to corporate Jamaica to see their employees as the most valuable asset and the state of mind of those employees as the intellectual force that will drive their competitiveness and success and therefore deserves the level of investment that is necessary to make them feel motivated and healthy to do their jobs,” Dr. Tufton said.He was speaking at the awards ceremony for the National Health Fund’s (NHF) Work-it-Out weight loss Challenge at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (June 13).The Minister lamented that corporate Jamaica has “not yet bought in fully” to the Government’s thrust to promote health and wellness among citizens, especially at the workplace, and called for greater support from employers.“There are thousands of companies in Jamaica who all they care about is that you show up for work , work as hard as you can and after you leave work, it doesn’t matter to them….what happens to you as long as you show up the next day,” he said.Dr. Tufton suggested that employers consider bringing in a doctor once or twice a year to check the health status of employees; hiring an instructor to conduct work out sessions at the workplace at least once a week; and providing a healthier menu of options for employees.“We have to get the narrative changed, which is why we have added ‘Wellness’ to the Ministry’s portfolio to get Jamaicans to start taking more responsibility, start engaging in activities that are prevention related, prevention focused and by so doing really enjoy a better quality of life,” he said.Dr. Tufton said Jamaica has to change its ‘sick profile’ which includes one in three Jamaicans being hypertensive, high levels of obesity and seven of every 10 deaths being due to lifestyle related diseases, by taking greater responsibility for maintaining personal health.In the meantime, the Health Minister praised the participants of the competition for taking on the challenge to improve their health, and encouraged them to become “crusaders for this cause” by developing their own internal activities and getting more persons involved in the movement.Dr. Tufton said he was impressed with the results of the six-month long competition which saw 320 teams comprising 1,600 individuals from 11 parishes losing a combined total of almost 2,000 pounds.In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, who himself lost 12 pounds as a member of the NHF’s internal contest, said the competition, which is in its 9th staging, is in keeping with the agency’s thrust to promote healthy lifestyles among the populace, “recognizing the link between living well and being healthy, and the clear link between non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and an unhealthy lifestyle”.He noted that it yielded significant results, based on a survey of participants, which revealed that 41 per cent achieved their goals over the six months; and 90 per cent have made some positive changes in their lifestyles.The NHF implemented the Work-It-Out Challenge, a weight loss and fitness competition to encourage Jamaicans to engage in more physical activity, promote healthy eating and health checks.   The programme seeks to empower and motivate participants to increase their physical activity in their daily lives as well as increase their knowledge of healthy eating habits, regular health checks while having fun. “I am issuing a challenge to corporate Jamaica to see their employees as the most valuable asset and the state of mind of those employees as the intellectual force that will drive their competitiveness and success and therefore deserves the level of investment that is necessary to make them feel motivated and healthy to do their jobs,” Dr. Tufton said. read more