Arsenal v Chelsea: Hazard up front, Barkley and Cahill are subs, Gunners star is passed fit

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesEden Hazard will lead Chelsea’s attack in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium.Chelsea, without the injured Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas, will play with Pedro – back after suspension – and Willian supporting Hazard up front.Andreas Christensen went off against Brighton after taking a knock to the head but has been passed fit and starts for the Blues.Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater, who have been nursing slight injuries, are on the bench, as is recent signing Ross Barkley.Arsenal, meanwhile, are able to include Nacho Monreal, who has recovered from injury in time to play.Aaron Ramsey, who has been struggling with illness, is among the Gunners’ substitutes.The tie is finely poised after the first leg at Stamford Bridge ended in a goalless draw.The winners will face Manchester City in the final. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Lacazette. Subs: Macey, Chambers, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Nelson, Nketiah.Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Subs: Eduardo, Cahill, David Luiz, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Barkley, Batshuayi.last_img read more

Factual Friday

first_imgThis post was uploaded by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog. The photo was found on the U.S. Air Force’s Flickr photostream.last_img

Prithvi Shaw doping ban: What is Terbutaline, the drug found in cough syrups and why it’s banned

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has handed India Test opener, Prithvi Shaw, a back-dated suspension of 8 months for a doping violation.According to a BCCI release, Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.” This means Prithvi cannot participate in India’s home series against Bangladesh and South Africa.Which drug’s intake led to Prithvi facing a doping ban?Prithvi had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 22, 2019, in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both in and out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. In fact, last year Yusuf Pathan & Abhishek from Punjab tested positive for the same substance.Why is Terbutaline banned by WADA?The terbutaline has been kept in the category of banned drugs by WADA because it increases muscle strength. In its report, the European Respiratory Journal has made it clear that consuming terbutaline medication increases anaerobic performance, i.e. the person can live without oxygen for a long time, compared to normal conditions.Will Terbutaline help cricketers?According to BCCI’s anti-doping manager Dr. Abhijit Salvi, Terbutaline is unlikely to enhance the performance of cricketers.”Terbutaline helps to open the airways and thereby ventilate the lungs effectively. It may be beneficial to cyclists, runners, etc., but wouldn’t really help a cricketer perform better,” Salvi told ESPNCricinfo.Why was Prithvi banned only for eight months?advertisementThis was the first time that Prithvi was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1.Also, BCCI was satisfied with Prithvi’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug.Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI accepted India Test Opener’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results.Prithvi’s statement after doping banShaw released a statement saying he accepted the punishment and hoped this example would deter other athletes from neglecting protocol when it came to taking medicines.”I accept my fate with all sincerity,” Shaw said on Twitter. “I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India.”We as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter.”Also Read | Prithvi Shaw attended at least 3 anti-doping education programmes with us: BCCI anti-doping managerAlso See:last_img read more

a month agoChelsea hat-trick hero Abraham: We can do better

first_imgChelsea hat-trick hero Abraham: We can do betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says there’s more to come from him after his hat-trick at Wolves.He admitted afterwards that there was still plenty for the team to work on, although winning while learning and adapting was the most important thing.”It’s been an amazing day,” reflected Abraham to chelseafc.com. “Coming to a place like Wolves is never easy so the manner of the victory is something we can be very pleased with. We played well, scored goals and got three points to take home with us so it’s been a great day.”Obviously we did concede two goals and that is something we’re disappointed about because a clean sheet would have been fantastic but we will take the positives out of this performance and take it into the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Government to Leverage New Opportunities in Partner Countries to Support Trade

first_img He noted that CARICOM, as an important partner, will be engaged towards the full implementation of the Single Market and Economy, including the provisions for free movement of a wider category of skilled nationals across the region. Story Highlights This was stated by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech to open the 2019/20 Parliamentary Year at Gordon House on February 14. The Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will work assiduously to leverage new opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional partner countries to support trade, investment and technical cooperation pursuits. The Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will work assiduously to leverage new opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional partner countries to support trade, investment and technical cooperation pursuits.This was stated by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech to open the 2019/20 Parliamentary Year at Gordon House on February 14.He noted that CARICOM, as an important partner, will be engaged towards the full implementation of the Single Market and Economy, including the provisions for free movement of a wider category of skilled nationals across the region.“The conclusion of a robust post-Cotonou Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union is essential to maintaining the momentum of Jamaica’s valuable partnership with the European Union, which remains Jamaica’s most significant donor partner. We will continue to play our role in seeking to conclude successful negotiations this year,” the Governor-General said.He said that even as the United Kingdom prepares to exit the European Union in the coming weeks, the Government has been ardently engaged with the rest of CARIFORUM in working towards the conclusion of an Economic Partnership Agreement with the United Kingdom that mirrors the acquis of the current agreement with the EU, preserving preferential terms for trade in goods and services.The Governor-General said that at the level of the United Nations (UN), the Government will, through the mandate given to the Prime Minister by the UN Secretary General, “seek to sensitise and garner the rest of the international community in relation to our collective responsibility to provide funding to address the global impact of climate change”.Meanwhile, for the legislative year, the Ministry will bring to the Houses of Parliament the UN Security Council Resolution Implementation Act (Amendment), the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act and a Bill to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention and the related UN Security Council Resolution 154.“Jamaica’s visibility and leadership in international affairs has been magnified over the past three years and the Government will use the momentum of an extremely active 2018 to build even further on the successes achieved,” the Governor-General said.He stated that engagements will continue at the bilateral, regional and international levels with partners, including and especially the diaspora.Also, the Ministry will focus on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals derived from Agenda 2030 and Vision 2030.The primary objectives are to further Jamaica’s inclusive sustainable economic growth and job creation agenda as well as the promotion of peace and prosperity for peoples across the globe.In addition, the Government will implement a new foreign affairs management strategy to include the restructuring and strengthening of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters and overseas representational functions.“The newly constructed office building in downtown Kingston will, undoubtedly, facilitate the Ministry’s improved operational capacity,” the Governor- General said.last_img read more

Syncrude to pay 275 million to settle charges in Alberta blue heron

first_imgThe company says in a release that bird deterrents used on tailings ponds weren’t in place for smaller bodies of water.It says those ponds are now included in its waterfowl protection plan.In 2010, Syncrude was fined $3 million after more than 1,600 ducks died when they landed on a tailings pond.That same year, more than 550 birds had to be killed when an early winter storm forced them to land on waste ponds belonging to Syncrude and Suncor Energy. FORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – Syncrude has agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.75 million in fines over the deaths of 31 great blue herons at an Alberta oilsands mine.The birds were found dead or dying in 2015 at an abandoned sump pond at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine north of Fort McMurray.Syncrude subsequently faced charges of failing to properly store a hazardous substance under Alberta legislation as well as federal charges under the Migratory Birds Act.last_img read more

SC seeks reply from Vodafone Airtel on CBIs plea alleging noncooperation

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought reply form Vodafone and Airtel on a plea by the CBI alleging that they were not cooperating with the investigation in the Saradha chit fund case.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi listed the agency’s plea on April 8 after the mobile service providers denied the allegations. A bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the CBI that there was complete lawlessness and anarchy in West Bengal. He said recently police tried to arrest a custom officer for checking the baggage of wife of a TMC leader at the international airport in Kolkata. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said the complete incident was recorded in the CCTV. The agency had recently filed a status report relating to the interrogation of the then Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the scam. The apex court had on March 26 termed as “very very serious” the revelations made by the CBI in its status report relating to interrogation of Kumar. The top court had said that it cannot “close its eyes” if some “very very serious facts” were disclosed to it and directed the agency to file an application seeking appropriate relief against Kumar, who had earlier headed the state SIT to probe the chit fund scam. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe top court had refused to drop the contempt proceedings against the West Bengal DGP, the chief secretary and Kumar. It was hearing CBI’s contempt application against various senior officials of the West Bengal government on the ground of non-cooperation in its probe and alleged tampering of evidence, including call data records (CDRs) of key accused and Sardha group CMD Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee. The court, which had earlier directed the CBI director to file an affidavit giving details about the alleged contempt committed by West Bengal cops and others in the case, had perused the reply of the CBI chief and the fresh status report, pertaining to quizzing of Kumar. The agency had earlier alleged non-cooperation on the West Bengal Police for providing incomplete information and tampering with details to the probe agency. The apex court had said that the allegations made by the CBI were serious enough and it was an “obligation” on part of the agency to disclose full details of the alleged contempt committed by the then police commissioner.last_img read more

Naidu meets Rahul Akhilesh Maya to forge Oppn alliance

first_imgNew Delhi/ Lucknow: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu held a flurry of meetings with Opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BSP’s Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, in an apparent bid to rally support for a non-BJP government at the Centre. Naidu, who arrived in the national capital on Friday, also met Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and leaders of the Communist Party of India. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkHe then flew to Lucknow and met the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party chiefs. “It is a pleasure to welcome Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N Chandrababu Naidu Ji to Lucknow,” Akhilesh Yadav tweeted. Naidu did not speak to the media after any of his meetings. Sources, however, said that Naidu and Gandhi discussed the possibility of forming a joint alliance of all Opposition parties. He told Gandhi to have a strategy ready, in case the NDA falls short of a majority and still stakes claim to form the government, the sources said. Naidu told all the leaders that “we all should come together and put our act together” to form the next government by keeping the BJP out, a source said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenLater, Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders met at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s residence to evolve their party’s strategy. “The campaigning of this Lok Sabha Election 2019 has ended and as we await the last phase of polling, Andhra Pradesh CM Shri N Chandrababu Naidu paid me a visit to discuss the ongoing and future political scenario of our country,” Pawar said in a tweet after the meeting at his residence. Naidu met CPI leader G Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja over breakfast, asking them to “come together”. Reddy and Raja separately met Pawar at his residence. The Telugu Desam Party chief has held several rounds of discussion with various Opposition leaders, including TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Naidu’s TDP was a part of the NDA but quit the alliance a few months ago. On Friday Naidu said that not only the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) but any outfit which is against the BJP is welcome to join a grand alliance after the election results are declared on May 23. As Opposition leaders scramble to form a joint anti-BJP front, hectic deliberations among them are likely to continue in the days ahead.last_img read more

Brooks Koepka Would Have Made History Whether He Won Or Lost

Zach Johnson100021216.7 Does not include Champions Tour or Web.com wins.Source: GolfStats Padraig Harrington311031717.7 Bubba Watson101121414.3 PlayerPGA TourEuroWGCMajorsTotalShare From Majors Rory McIlroy97242218.2 Ernie Els1317243611.1 Phil Mickelson363254610.9 Jordan Spieth80031127.3 Brooks Koepka2104757.1% Martin Kaymer19021216.7 Angel Cabrera1302633.3 Wins Vijay Singh30213368.3 Retief Goosen59021612.5 Brooks Koepka bashed and buried the field over the first three rounds at Bethpage Black, and then held on for dear life Sunday to win the 2019 PGA Championship. While Long Island’s ostentatiously difficult public golf course chewed up the world’s best players — only six players in the 156-man field finished below par — the 29-year-old finished with an eight-under-par 272 and fought off a huge scare from Dustin Johnson — the world’s No. 1 player. With the wire-to-wire win, Koepka is the first golfer to hold back-to-back, concurrent major titles. And of the last nine championships played, the hulking West Palm Beach native has claimed four.Koepka entered Sunday with a seven-stroke lead, a lead no golfer had ever blown at the tournament after 54 holes. He nearly blew it anyway. Johnson, who has similar ball-shaping skills, uses an equally intense workout regimen and is one of Koepka’s best friends, mounted a furious comeback, firing a 69 while leading the field in strokes gained off the tee (2.32), according to Data Golf. Johnson pulled within a single stroke of the lead with three holes remaining, but bogeyed two consecutive holes to fall out of contention. Koepka rallied to stem the tide and ended his day by hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy.This was quite the departure from Thursday, when Koepka carded a course-record 63, a showcase he aptly described as “a crazy day.” With Koekpa four shots clear of the field, Las Vegas bookmakers installed him with 5-to-4 odds to win after one day of competition. He quickly made those odds seem conservative as he followed it up with a 65 to extend the lead. Paired with Tiger Woods in the opening two rounds, Koepka steamrolled golf’s prodigal son by 17 strokes across two days.Golf has become a power-driven sport, and few, if any, people on tour supply more than Koepka, who frequently appears to be taking a machete to his ball. He certainly set the standard this week, leading the field in strokes gained tee-to-green in each of the first three rounds and in total, according to Data Golf. But even that undersells how precise his irons were, as Koepka also led the tournament in strokes gained on shots approaching the green.On golf’s biggest stages, Koepka shows up to win. It makes you wonder: Why doesn’t he collect more trophies in the PGA Tour’s garden-variety events? With two non-major PGA Tour wins and one European Tour title, Koepka’s major wins now outnumber his minor ones. More than half (57.1 percent) of his career wins have come at major championships, which is a higher share than any other active golfer who has won at least two majors. For comparison, less than 18 percent of Woods’s career victories have come at majors. In most of Koepka’s victories, the entire tournament feels calculated, as though he’s playing out a simulation that he ran through a thousand times before he took the course. Get-off-your-seat moments are few and far between with Koepka, who looks as though he was engineered in a lab and delivers relentless power while leaving events largely lusterless. Some of that is because Koepka has the demeanor of a world-class poker player. Some of it is how easily he lays waste to a golf course. But on Sunday, we learned that golf’s RoboCop can still bleed. The wheels fell off, and he had to dig deep to finish off his best friend. But Koepka did just that, making history as he evolved into a new type of champion: one who’s proved he can survive. Tiger Woods48618158717.2 Brooks is a major playerShare of professional wins that came at majors for active golfers who’ve won at least two majors since 2000 read more

Quader to undergo bypass surgery next week

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader was shifted to a cabin from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Singapore hospital on Wednesday after his condition improved further.“He is doing well,” said professor Abu Nasar Rizvi of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), reports news agency UNB.“Physicians are preparing to conduct a bypass surgery next week,” he added.His condition has been improving gradually over the last few days and the minister was able to walk on Monday.Quader, also the general secretary of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, was admitted to BSMMU on 3 March following breathing complications but tests revealed three blockages in his coronary artery.He was flown to Singapore the next day for treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.Cardiothoracic surgeon Sivathasan Cumaraswamy, a member of the medical board treating Quader, also briefed his family members about his improvement.last_img read more