Comment Advertisement David Luiz’s Arsenal future remains uncertain with his contract set to expire at the end of the season (Picture: Facebook / Getty)Arsenal technical director Edu has underlined the importance of David Luiz to Mikel Arteta’s squad amid speculation his Brazilian compatriot could leave the club this summer. Edu, along with head of football Raul Sanllehi, moved swiftly to sign the experienced centre-half from Chelsea following the acrimonious departure of Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal paid £8million for Luiz’s services but it emerged earlier this month that the 33-year-old only signed a one-year deal with an option to extend for a further 12 months.The Gunners are yet to begin talks with Arteta’s most senior player over an extension, while Luiz himself has spoken openly of his desire to move back to Benfica at some stage of his career, given they were the club at which he launched his European career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIn conversation with another Brazilian, and his former Arsenal teammate Gilberto Silva, Edu outlined the influential role his compatriot is playing, particularly in helping to offer advice to the club’s brightest young talent Gabriel Martinelli. David Luiz has played a key role in helping Gabriel Martinelli make an instant impact at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘We’re happy Gigi. We’re pleased with both of them. David is more experienced and more used to the league.‘He’s a guy who can really help in the day-to-day on and off the pitch, as he’s been doing. I already knew him well because I got to be with him at the national team when I was a coordinator and it went very well.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We help each other. You know it’s important to feel that support and to be happy in the day-to-day at the club. It’s an incredible club with fantastic principles. They also have to be proud to be where they are; that helps as well.’On his hopes for Martinelli, specifically, he added: ‘Martinelli has a great future ahead of him. He’s a Brazilian with very interesting prospects becuase it’s not easy to start the way he did. We know that don’t we Gigi? The way he started to make himself stand out isn’t easy is it?’MORE: Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard responds to Arsenal transfer linkMORE: Bernd Leno insists Arsenal can spring a surprise against Manchester CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jun 2020 12:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Advertisement Arsenal chief Edu outlines David Luiz’s important to Mikel Arteta’s side
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Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier ALEX RODRIGUEZ (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP)—Ryan Braun stood on a spring training field and proclaimed he was innocent of using banned testosterone.“I would bet my life,” he said back then, “that this substance never entered my body at any point.”Seventeen months later, he accepted a 65-game suspension from baseball and admitted, “I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday, the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.Attention quickly turned to who’s next? Will Alex Rodriguez or any of the other players tied in media reports to the Biogenesis of America clinic get disciplined and, if so, when?“I’m pretty sure Braunie won’t be the last,” Detroit All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter said. “It’s going to be for the next 100 years, somebody’s going to try to beat the system, and as long as they keep catching guys, the system works.”Braun, a five-time All-Star, accepted a penalty 15 games longer than the one he avoided last year when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled.RYAN BRAUN (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) More than a dozen players were targeted by MLB following a report by Miami New Times in January revealing relationships between Biogenesis and major leaguers. When Yahoo Sports reported in February that Braun’s name was listed in Biogenesis’ record, Braun said his lawyer had retained clinic owner Anthony Bosch as a consultant. Braun issued a statement that said “I have nothing to hide.”MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced Braun’s penalty, citing the outfielder for unspecified “violations” of both baseball’s drug program and labor contract. Braun’s ban will cost him about $3 million of his $8.5 million salary. With the Brewers in last place in the NL Central, they aren’t likely to have any playoff games for him to miss.“I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed,” Braun said. “I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”Under the agreement reached by MLB and the players’ association the specifics of Braun’s admission were not made public.A person familiar with the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said 50 games of the penalty were connected to Biogenesis. The additional 15 games stemmed from Braun’s actions during the grievance that overturned his positive test from October 2011. The suspension will count as a first violation of the drug program, the person said.“I’m shocked, but people make mistakes every day,” Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said. “He’ll serve his time but, hopefully, he’ll be able to continue his career.”Union head Michael Weiner said last week that arbitration hearings for players contesting suspensions likely would not start until September, which would delay any penalty until next season. But he also indicated the union would urge players to make a deal and get a suspension over with if there was strong evidence of guilt.“I am deeply gratified to see Ryan taking this bold step,” Weiner said in a statement. “It vindicates the rights of all players under the joint drug program. It is good for the game that Ryan will return soon to continue his great work both on and off the field.”Braun’s acceptance of the suspension marks a 180-degree turnaround from his defiant spring training news conference in Phoenix last year, after his 50-game ban was overturned.“We won,” he said then, “because the truth is on my side. The truth is always relevant, and at the end of the day, the truth prevailed.”The 29-year-old Braun was hitting .298 with nine homers and 38 RBIs this year, slowed by a thumb injury that limited him to one game between June 9 and Friday. He was at Miller Park before Monday’s game against San Diego and addressed the Brewers, then left without speaking to reporters.“He apologized,” pitcher John Axford said. “Whatever else was said beyond that, I don’t think we need to carry outside of the clubhouse.”Braun met with MLB investigators in late June. Baseball’s probe was boosted when Bosch, who ran Biogenesis, agreed last month to cooperate with the sport’s investigators.The suspension is the latest in a string of high-profile drug cases across sports. Cyclist Lance Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, ended years of denials in January, admitting he doped to win. Positive tests were disclosed this month involving sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.By serving the entire penalty this year, Braun gains a slight monetary advantage. His salary increases to $10 million next year, when a 65-game suspension would cost him about $500,000 more.“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement. “We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.”Negotiations over penalties for other players haven’t begun, according to a second person familiar with the probe, also speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.Rodriguez acknowledged using PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03, but has denied taking them since.A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez has been sidelined all season following January hip surgery and was hoping to be activated this week. A quadriceps injury developed while he played at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and caused him to remain on the disabled list. He is not expected at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., until Wednesday.Braun became the latest star tripped up by baseball’s drug rules.The sport was criticized for allowing bulked-up sluggers to set power records in the 1990s and only started testing in 2003. Since then, testing and penalties have become more stringent and last year San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games, just weeks after he was voted MVP of the All-Star game.Four All-Stars this year have been linked in media reports to Biogenesis: Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta.“I guess it is what it is,” Cruz said of Braun’s suspension. “I don’t have any comment.”Other players tied to Biogenesis in media reports include Melky Cabrera, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Seattle catcher Jesus Montero.“It’s frustrating to know that there are people who have played on performance-enhancing substances against us,” Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said. “Whether it was this year, last year, couple years ago—even the guys who got caught, it’s not like they got tested the day that they started doing it, so I feel like this is the first domino to fall.”
In this photo taken on Dec. 9, 2013, Manny Hendrix says goodbye to Bronzell Miller, right, as Miller’s partner Marnie Oliver, left, sits on the bed, after Hendrix visit to Miller at home in West Jordan, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Keith Johnson)WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — If Bronzell Miller dies today, it might be laughter that kills him.“Marnie saved me,” he rasps, twinkle-eyed, to the guests huddled at his bedside. After a glance at his ex-wife, the two launch into hysterics — Miller holding his ribs and wincing, Marnie Oliver blushing, their visitors sharing a look of “What the — ?”Oliver settles herself and shares the joke.When she supported the giant man’s weight after picking him up from the airport last Thursday, she reminded him that it wasn’t the first time she’d “saved him”: Twenty years earlier Oliver helped Miller up the stairs and into the shower after a night of carousing — his last-ever, he now says — and “he leaned against the wall crying, ‘Ooooh! Ooooh!’ ” she mocks. This time everyone laughs.The 42-year-old former Utah defensive end who played a year in the NFL spends this recent Monday afternoon giggling with old friends as they tell stories, talk family and suss out the shortcomings of the modern-day Utes. But when they leave, he becomes pensive, and a tear glistens at the corner of his eye.He begins to think about why they came to see him.“You can’t argue with 12-0,” says a resigned Miller. “They diminished what we did.”This is bait. He knows better — that the 1994 Utah football team put the program on the map, that without them there would be no 12-0 in 2004 or 13-0 in 2008. But he wants to hear you say it.The younger brother of then-Utah defensive back Ed Miller first showed up in Ron McBride’s office as a lanky 17-year-old who’d been told by previous Utah head coach Jim Fassel that he was “an arm’s length too slow.”The Seattle native hadn’t qualified for the U., and McBride urged him to get his associate degree at Eastern Arizona, where he would play wide receiver (catching five TD passes) and linebacker (sacking eight).He packed on 50 pounds while improving his 40-yard-dash time during a redshirt year at the U., evolving into a factory-mold edge rusher who made teams pay for devoting two blockers to future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Luther Elliss.He and Elliss anchored a stingy run defense, quarterback (and current San Diego Chargers head coach) Mike McCoy captained the offense, and famously fiery defensive coordinator Fred Whittingham “yelled once” all year in 1994, Miller said. They finished 10-2 and ranked No. 8 in the Coaches Poll to become inarguably, at that time, the best in school history.“Our biggest thing is we were all there to better one another,” Miller says. “It was just one of those special seasons. . We created something that none of us can forget.”Miller has received a handful of death sentences.First, three to five years. In October, six months. But in early December he was told he has just two weeks, and “this one feels real,” he says.Doctors diagnosed Miller’s multiple myeloma in 2010, and he’s since endured chemo, radiation, bone marrow and stem cell transplants. The stem cells brought a brief remission, but thanks, he believes, to his participation in a pie-eating contest, that proved temporary.He and Oliver divorced in 1999. The two have stayed close, however, and when their son, Bronzell Jr., came out to visit him for Thanksgiving, she asked that he assess the gravity of his dad’s condition.At first, the U. sophomore found Miller perky and mobile, but his health deteriorated throughout the week. A doctor warned them time was running out, and he required end-of-life hospice care. Finally, Oliver persuaded her ex-husband to return to Utah.Miller has visible tumors — one on the center of his spine the size of a baseball, another sticking out of his back and multiple growths on his rib cage — but ultimately the killer is a soft-tissue tumor inside his sinus cavity that pushes against the frontal lobe of his brain. His organs are expected to fail in a matter of days.The man who once could run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds tried Dec. 9 to walk from his air bed to the kitchen, stumbling and breaking his crutches. “I’m so drained,” he says. “I’m so tired.”Miller was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 1995 NFL draft, getting cut and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in his only NFL season. He later suited up for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, with whom he won a Grey Cup Championship in 1998.But Miller says football players are “easily replaced” and has strived not to be easily labeled.“He would just like to talk about anything,” McBride says. “He would come in my office sometimes and just sit down and start talking about things not pertaining to football — his academic life or his dating life or whatever. He’d say, ‘Coach, what do you think about this?’ and he’d just go on and on and on.”On his way to Los Angeles to play for the Arena Football League’s Avengers in 2001, he stopped by McBride’s office for another chat, telling his old coach, ” ‘I’m on my way to Hollywood to be a movie star!’ ” McBride says. “I said, ‘You’re what?’ ”Miller’s IMDb page lists credits for nine roles, including “Bringing Down the House” and “Mr. 3000.” And he’s a triple threat: More even than acting and football, he adores country music.“He’s like a cowboy-boots-wearing cowboy,” jokes 1994 teammate Edwin Garrette. Miller was downright gleeful Monday when he shared news that Canadian singer-songwriter Scotty Hills will include some songs Miller wrote on his new album.With short notice, former teammates and fellow athletics department notables are scrambling to do what they can for a fallen Ute.Miller’s buddies tell him not to worry about his kids (He has nine: Alesha (21), Bronzell Jr. (20), Breezell (19), Elijah (16), Breonne (13), Isaiah (11), Aaliyah (9), Arielle (7) and Isaac (5); he is also stepfather to Oliver’s son Stetson, 24). They’ll be taken care of, they say.But mostly they just shoot the bull, and as his friends shake their heads, Miller stresses that he darn well means it: Pac-12 success requires a quarterback from the Pacific Northwest. He had to stop watching this year’s 5-7 Utes “because my anxiety would go up. It was breaking my heart.”The five children from Miller’s last marriage plan to attend his funeral, but they won’t be able to say goodbye to their father in person.Miller and their mother had an ugly split in 2010, after which Waukesha County records show he was found guilty of class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and both have restraining orders against each other.But Oliver and Miller have an easy rapport, and she dropped everything to care for her ex-husband with no apparent complaint. Because Miller has no life insurance, she’s raising money for end-of-life care and funeral expenses through YouCaring.com.Doctors no longer make any effort to prolong Miller’s life. Oliver simply keeps his pillows fluffed and applies Fentanyl patches as he playfully squirms and yells “Cold!”Asked about what’s going through his mind, Miller said, “You mean death?”He explained, the handsome man gesturing with huge arms that still look capable of a mean swim move, that his foremost concern is submitting his Ph.D. application to the University of Utah’s Psychology Department, because life isn’t all about football.In other words: He’s trying not to think about death.But feeling the love from the people whose lives he’s touched, revisiting all the great times he’s had with them — their company is welcome, but it makes his reality tough to ignore.“You’re focused on getting stuff done, and all of a sudden, old friends show up.”___Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com
Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityOn November 2, more than 600 friends and alumni helped Saint Martin’s University raise over $1.4 million for student scholarships at the Saint Martin’s Gala, held on the University’s Lacey campus. This year’s Gala featured celebrity chef host Carla Hall, former co-host of ABC’s Emmy-award-winning show “The Chew” and competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars.” Hall’s energetic cooking demonstrations, entertaining banter and spirited involvement with the live auction inspired the guests to raise over $1.4 million in support of student scholarships.The black-tie celebration was the fourteenth Gala, the University’s annual signature fundraising event. Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., spoke about the event’s perennial success. “The Gala is a wonderful event and each year it helps the University raise significant funds for student scholarships. It is thanks in part to our donors, sponsors and friends of the University that we can provide exceptional financial support to our students.”As in years past, Saint Martin’s students played a major role in the event. Ahmadou Seck, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in business administration, spoke about the values he learned at Saint Martin’s before he moved to Los Angeles to become a producer. “The skills I learned at Saint Martin’s helped me survive in Los Angeles, and throughout my journey, it was important to be somebody who was a man of integrity, of good character, and humility,” said Seck “I wanted to show people that it’s possible to succeed in an industry where people think that you can succeed by doing the opposite.”Moved by Seck’s remarks, guests raised nearly $645,000 toward the University’s “Feed-a-Mind” scholarship funds.At the start of the festivities, Saint Martin’s students dressed in chef’s hats escorted Hall to the stage at Marcus Pavilion.Throughout the evening, Hall offered culinary demonstrations of the five-course gourmet dinner at the stage kitchen, custom-built and donated by Rob Rice Homes. The evening’s program included a live auction and the much-anticipated “Feed-a-Mind” paddle-raise aimed at generating scholarship funds for Saint Martin’s students.For the menu, Hall chose soul-food inspired dishes, with bold flavors and colors intended to delight the senses. The menu included smashed beet with pistachio oil and chevre, pimento cheese with a buttermilk biscuit cracker, gluten free cornbread, black eyed pea salad with smoked ham and hot sauce vinaigrette, mixed bitter greens with smoked steelhead trout, sea island shrimp and grits, slow braised pork short ribs with pickled red onion smashed potatoes, and, for dessert, pecan pie with bourbon Chantilly cream, paired with Bolivia Buena Vista coffee from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. The savory courses were paired with specialty wines from Gala wine sponsors Maryhill Winery and Eola Hills Winery and beer from Gala beer sponsor Top Run Brewing.Several guests had the opportunity to join Hall on stage, including those whose winning bids landed them on barstools near the stage kitchen.Earlier that day, Hall arrived at Trautman Student Union Building for a meet-and-greet event with students. She shared stories about her life and career and spoke about what success means to her. “I think success means being happy,” Hall told the students.The chairs for the 2019 Saint Martin’s Gala are Pat and Helen Rants and Jay and Carla Rudd. The emeritus executive Gala chairs are Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali and Rick and Pam Panowicz.If you were unable to attend the Gala, or would like to make an additional gift, you can still support student scholarships by making a gift online.To view photos from the event, visit Saint Martin’s Facebook page in the next few days.The chefs for Gala 2020, to be held on Nov. 7, 2020, will be James Beard Award-winning chef and founder of the French Culinary Institute Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine Pepin. As part of the University’s 125th anniversary, Gala 2020 will honor the University’s namesake, Saint Martin of Tours, and his service in France. For more information about Gala 2020, visit our Gala website, www.stmartin.edu/gala.SPECIAL SPONSOR THANK YOUSaint Martin’s University thanks the following Gala Event Sponsors:Presenting Sponsor: Bon AppétitBroadcast Media Sponsor: KCTS9Celebrity Photo Sponsor: Aurora LASIKGala Reception Sponsor: WSECUHospitality Sponsor: Columbia HospitalityPrint Sponsor: Capitol City PressPrint Media Sponsor: Showcase MagazineCoffee and Green Room Sponsor: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee RoastersHors d’oeuvres Sponsor: Anthony’s Homeport Olympia and Taylor Shellfish FarmsKitchen Sponsor: Rob Rice HomesLive Auction Sponsor: Chicago TitleValet and Silent Auction Sponsor: Hanson SubaruBeer Sponsor: Top Rung BrewingBeer Glass Sponsor: Sunset AirSpecialty Eyeglass Sponsor: Olympia Vision ClinicDrawing Sponsor: Panowicz JewelersShellfish Sponsor: Taylor Shellfish FarmsWine Sponsors: Eola Hills Winery, Maryhill Winery and Reasons WinerySaint Martin Table Sponsors: FORMA Construction and Joe and Liz WilliamsSaint Benedict Table Sponsors: ACU/America’s Credit Union; Capital West Limousines; MJR Development; The Rants Group; and Simmonds ChiropracticSaint Gertrude Table Sponsors: Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali, Kathy and Gordon Beecher, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty (Ken and Nancy Anderson), Commencement Bay Brokers / Lemon Family Dental, Waite ’65 and Patty Dalrymple, Thomas Dawkins, Diamond Technology Innovations / Jernigan Foundation, Great Western Supply (Dan HS’68 and Carla O’Neill), Grey Ghost, LLC, Heritage Bank, Kathleen O’Grady, Olympia Federal Savings, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, Panogiotu Pension Advisors, Panorama, Rick and Pam Panowicz, Providence Health and Services, Moss Adams LLP / Propel Insurance, John and Michelle Riel, Saint Martin’s University Nursing Department, Perry ’84 and Susan Shea, South Puget Sound Community College, Sunset Air, Inc. (Brian and Valerie Fluetsch), Thurston County Alumni Chapter, Timberland Bank, Tovani Hart, TwinStar Credit Union, US Bank, Virgil Adams Real Estate
“No, no, it’s not an if ever, we’re making to the playoffs. We’re making to the playoffs,” he stressed after posting 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.“I mean, we have a young, good team. We just gotta keep believing in the system, keep playing defense, and everybody has to come to play 100 percent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it’s not as if Nabong is making a bold prediction with GlobalPort poised to make the playoffs after improving its record at 5-5 to climb to seventh place.And though, the Batang Pier aren’t assured of a quarterfinals slot yet, they have a relatively good quotient against potential teams that they could end up tied with at the end of the elimination round in the event of a tie. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Read Next La Salle finds strength after NU loss Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kelly Nabong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort hasn’t formally entered the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs yet but big man Kelly Nabong believes it’s only a matter of when than if.Nabong guaranteed that the Batang Pier will make the quarterfinals this conference after helping his team beat Kia, 108-91, on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT To avoid complications, however, GlobalPort has now set its sight on its crucial tiff against Phoenix on March 2 in the final day of the eliminations.A win over the Fuel Masters coupled with a Barangay Ginebra loss to Rain or Shine also on March 2 will assure the Batang Pier a spot in the top six.“We took care of business tonight but it doesn’t stop, eliminations are not over yet so we have one more game to get that spot in the best-of-3,” Nabong said. “We just have to lock down on defense, we have to move the ball, make our open shots. Phoenix is coming up and they’re a tough team, they’re very aggressive so we gotta be locked in.”“We’re focused on our game against Phoenix then, let’s see what the scenario will be. We’re hoping to beat Phoenix and get that number six spot to avoid playing the number one or two in the quarters because they’ll have twice-to-beat,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments
Los Angeles: X-Men: Apocalypse star Sophie Turner is the latest actor to open up about her “unpleasant” working experience with director Bryan Singer, who is facing fresh allegations of sexual abuse by multiple men. Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has previously spoken about his differences with Singer while shooting for the Queen biopic. The director was fired for alleged unprofessional behaviour. Alluding to Malek’s brief comment on the subject, Turner told Rolling Stone magazine, “Our time together was, like Rami said, unpleasant.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaTurner is all set to reprise her role as Jean Grey in Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix. Malek, who won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the movie, addressed the trouble on the movie’s set in February. “In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all,” he had said about the reports of their fight.” “And that’s about what I can say about it at this point. For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired. Bryan Singer was fired, I don’t think that was something anyone saw coming but I think that had to happen and it did,” he had said. Allegations of sexual misconduct have followed Singer for a while now, the latest being an investigative article by The Atlantic in January this year. The magazine spoke to over 50 sources, including four men for a detailed piece on the director.
New Delhi: Nearly 1,200 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) have come under the scanner of the Home Ministry for non-performance, an official said Thursday.The ministry has reviewed service records of a total of 1,181 IPS officers in the past three years to check deadwood from the government, he said, adding the numbers of officers under the lens could go up as such a review is a continuous process. The review of service records was carried out under Rule 16 (3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits ) Rules, 1958 during 2016 and 2018 to check non-performers, the official said. The rule says that the central government in consultation with the state government concerned may ask an IAS officer to retire in public interest by giving at least three months previous notice in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice. Of the total of 1,181 IPS officers, ten of them were recommended for premature retirement from the service in public interest, he said, without disclosing the names of the officers concerned. As many as 3,972 IPS officers are working across the country against their total sanctioned strength of 4,940, according to a Home Ministry data. The Modi government has started the policy of reviewing the service record of the IPS officers to check deadwood from the service, the official said. However, no review of the officers’ service record was undertaken during 2014 and 2015, he said. “The periodical review help the government in assessing performers and checking non-performers. Based on this review, performers are encouraged and non-performers are asked either to improve or face expulsion from the service in public interest,” the official said. The Centre has also reviewed service records of 1,143 IAS officers from 2015 to 2018 and recommended premature retirement to four officers found lacking, the official said.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 16, 2016), FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver joins us to talk about his Olympics viewing schedule and what would happen if the medal table were weighted toward the most popular sports. Then we talk to FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann, on location in Brazil, about the quarterfinal loss by the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Finally, we discuss Usain Bolt, who on Sunday won his third straight Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters. Is he already the greatest Olympian of all time? How can we quantify that anyway? Plus, a significant digit on the amount of money spent by English Premier League teams during the summer transfer window.Links to what we discuss are here:Nate Silver investigates which countries medal in the sports that people watch the most.Carl Bialik writes that according to FiveThirtyEight’s odds, the USWNT probably wasn’t going to win Olympic gold anyway.ESPN’s Stats & Information Group breaks down the numbers behind the U.S.’s loss to Sweden.Laura Wagner at Slate thinks the USWNT will be fine as long as it dumps goalkeeper Hope Solo.The New York Times uses a series of graphics to show how Bolt compares with 100-meter Olympic champions of the past.The Times breaks down how Bolt came from behind to win.Significant Digit: £794 million. That’s the amount of money spent by EPL teams in the 2016 summer transfer window, through the beginning of August. There are still two weeks to go before the window closes, and spending looks like it will break the EPL record of £870 million that was set last year. Embed Code