The shock call comes after co-captains Jarrad McVeigh and Kieran Jack stepped aside from the role after several years at the helm. McVeigh and Jack will remain in the club’s leadership group alongside Nick Smith and Heath Grundy, while Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe named vice-captains. Kennedy claimed his third Sydney best and fairest in 2016 after an outstanding year filled with accolades, and has recommitted to the club until the end of 2020. “Josh is a highly-valued member of out leadership group who consistently sets high standards every week and is a significant driver of our team’s performance,” coach John Longmire said of the appointment. “There’s no doubt that his teammates feel his presence when they run onto the field with him — he’s got a rare ability to lift those around him.”The outgoing captains were also keen to pass on their congratulations to Kennedy, and revealed their motivation for stepping away from the top job. “We’ll be right beside Joey to help him along the way and we will be right behind out new vice captains, sharing our experiences,” McVeigh said. “This is about handing over the baton to the next group who will take our football club into the future. It happened for us — Craig Bolton stepped aside for me and Adam Goodes did the same for Kieran, so it’s a natural progression.”
Spain captain Sergio Ramos has responded to a putdown from Argentina great Diego Maradona by making an unlikely declaration of admiration for Lionel Messi, his usual enemy as the talisman of Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona.Maradona, his country’s 1986 World Cup-winning captain, remarked this week that “Ramos is no superstar, the real superstar defender is Diego Godin” when comparing Spain’s serial-winner Ramos with the Uruguay captain.Ramos was asked what he made of Maradona’s comments after Spain’s 1-0 World Cup Group B win over Iran, and chose to praise Messi, who has led Barcelona to numerous wins over Real Madrid and had plenty of full-blooded clashes with the Spaniard.“I respect Maradona because he is an all-time great, I think he was a star, but I’ll also tell you that Argentine football knows Maradona is light years behind their number one player, which is Messi,” Ramos said.Messi, who lost the last World Cup final to Germany as captain of Argentina, missed a penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw with Iceland and is under pressure to propel his side to victory over Group D leaders Croatia on Thursday.
MAKING COMPARISONS Maurice Ashley made black history by becoming the first ever African-American chess grandmaster in 1999 when he defeated Romanian Adrian Negulescu over a series of nine games, gaining the required norms needed for the achievement. Growing up in Tower Hill, St Andrew, and migrating to the United States at age 12, Ashley is also, by extension, the first Jamaican to accomplish such a feat. He said although creating history was not his primary focus as he was just focusing on becoming a grandmaster, during the games with Negulescu, it was made very clear to him by other black players within the chess community what he was on the verge of achieving. “I was very close to it. I had two norms already, and all I heard was the brothers and sisters saying, ‘We’re watching you, Maurice. Do it! Do it, man! We’re rooting for you! Make us proud!’ he shared. “If I wasn’t going to do it for myself, I had to do it for them – the brothers and the sisters at the chess tournaments. They knew it was a major moment, and they were waiting for it because they didn’t have a black grandmaster to look up to and say one of us did it.” Ashley has often been compared by many to baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first black professional baseball player. However, Ashley believes that such a comparison may be exaggerated. “I have heard it. People make comparisons, that’s what we do. I’m one who does chess commentary, so I engage in some hyperbole (exaggeration) myself,” he said. “Jackie Robinson went through a lot more than I did. I understand the correlation in terms of being a pioneer in a sport. I get that. “Jackie Robinson, though, went through such harsh conditions than I ever could imagine. I remember reading his autobiography, and I can tell you how inspiring it was to read the difficulties that he went through and to understand that his path was absolutely torturous. He had to stand up as a man and handle his business. I don’t compare myself to a great person like Jackie Robinson because I feel like I’m standing on his shoulders and the shoulders of many giants who preceded me.” Ashley said that he was never bothered by preconceptions based on stereotypes that Blacks do not necessarily belong playing chess because some may believe that they lack the intelligence needed to excel at it. “Clearly, there are people who look at black people and anybody in their own limited way,” he said. “They have a mindset that says that this race does X, that race does Y. That’s not our problem. For me, I grew up proud of my intelligence. My grandmother was a schoolteacher. She taught us our ABCs and our 123s at a young age, and she wanted us to hold our heads up with pride when we went to school and be read and be educated. I was already thinking of myself as the smartest person in the room every time I walked into the room. I didn’t care who you were, whether black, white, Green, Purple. You’re going to have to challenge me because I’m bringing it.” Ashley looked to other black sports icons for inspiration and said that one story that stands out most in his mind is that of American tennis legend Arthur Ashe. “He was such a mild-mannered, peaceful giant. He went about his business in the classiest way,” Ashley said after a few seconds of deep thought. “He was courageous, particularly in his fight when he found out that through no fault of his own, he was HIV-positive and he was going to die, leaving behind a beautiful wife and daughter. Reading his story, as well, was inspirational. “The imprint his story left on my heart is that if people can overcome that, then whatever I’m doing is really nothing in comparison. Not belittling my own journey, but it’s just clear that life is about struggling and overcoming those struggles, those challenges, and becoming great at what you do.”
LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting View comments MOST READ Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ranked fourth in the semifinals, Far Eastern can make its way back to the title series and complete a reversal over No. 1 Ateneo if it wins the winner-take-all game on Wednesday.“It all boils down to willingness to win, that’s our main weapon. We worked very hard for this and we managed to pull it off,” said FEU coach George Pascua in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Lady Tamaraws’ resolve were put to the grinding test after losing the first and fourth sets by big margins. But after both times, they charged back even stronger and left the Lady Eagles dumbfounded.“We designed this type of game. It is something we practiced hard for and tried to execute. We showed discipline in sticking to the game plan,” added Pascua, referring to the staunchness with which FEU stood against Ateneo’s triple threat. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Displaying one big heart against a team that prides itself with always having one big fight, Far Eastern University on Saturday night extended its Final Four series in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament with Ateneo to a deciding match.The Lady Tamaraws gathered themselves together after a disastrous first and fourth sets to pull out a 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 victory and push the top-seeded Lady Eagles on the brink of elimination at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Kat Tolentino scored 21 points, Bea de Leon 16 and Maddie Madayag 13 for the Lady Eagles, who are now forced to exhaust their twice-to-beat card.University of Santo Tomas clashes with La Salle Sunday at 4 p.m., with the Tigresses looking to end the reing of the Lady Spikers in just one game.Heather Guino-o scored 17 points for the Lady Tamaraws, who closed out with 12-2 run in the fifth to be 6-for-7 in five-set matches in the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Still the champs
More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ “Of course, wood and cardboard would each break if you jumped on them,” he said.The single bed frames will be recycled into paper products after the games. The mattress components — the mattresses are not made of cardboard — will be recycled into plastic products.The mattress is broken up into three distinct sections, and the firmness of each can be adjusted.The idea was to use materials that could be remade after the Olympics and Paralympics. But the cardboard frames and supports should give the rooms a spartan look.Organizers showed off the beds and a few other furnishings on Thursday at their headquarters. The entire Athletes Village complex will be completed in June. The Olympics open on July 24 followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 25.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs subdue Celtics behind DeRozan’s 30 points Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas LATEST STORIES Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 2020 PLAY LIST 02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202001:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Two sets of bedroom furniture, including cardboard beds, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Villages are shown in a display room Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic athletes beware – particularly larger ones. The single bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year’s Olympics will be made of cardboard. The single bed frames will be recycled into paper products after the games. The mattress components – the mattress are not made of cardboard – will be recycled into plastic products.. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic athletes beware — particularly larger ones.The bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year’s Olympics will be made of cardboard. Sturdy cardboard.ADVERTISEMENT “The organizing committee was thinking about recyclable items, and the bed was one of the ideas,” Kitajima explained, crediting local Olympic sponsor Airweave Inc. for the execution.Organizers say this is the first time that the beds and bedding in the Athletes Village have been made of renewable materials.The Athletes Village being built alongside Tokyo Bay will comprise 18,000 beds for the Olympics and be composed to 21 apartment towers. Even more building construction is being planned in the next several years.Real estate ads say the units will be sold off afterward, or rented, with sale prices starting from about 54 million yen — or about $500,000 — and soaring to three or four times that much. Some fear the apartments will flood the market, possibly impacting property values.The units will be sold off by various real estate companies. Ads suggest many of the units will be slightly larger than a typical apartment in Tokyo, which is about 60-70 square meters — or 650-750 square feet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “Those beds can stand up to 200 kilograms,” explained Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Athletes Village, speaking through an interpreter.That’s about 440 pounds, and surely no Olympic athlete weighs that much.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“They are stronger than wooden beds,” Kitajima added.He also took into account the possibility of a wild room celebration after, say, a gold-medal victory. Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall
Dear Editor,Last Thursday afternoon, on my way to pick up my children from their school which is located in Subryanville, Georgetown I encountered quite a hullabaloo on Sheriff Street with heavily armed City Constabulary ranks milling about, lots of heavy-duty construction equipment and machinery present an the demolition of a section of a business underway.Leading the charge of this ‘break down’ exercise was none other than the Town Clerk Royston King, surrounded by a retinue of bodyguards and other municipal officials. This was the second time I had such a revolting experience, as not so long ago, I also witnessed first-hand a similar destructive exercise again personally led by King, that time it was removal and proposed cutting up of some swimming pools that were located on Ixora Avenue in Bel Air Park.My first question is why does King, the Administrative Officer of the Council, find it necessary to take charge of everything personally? Should such an exercise, if deemed necessary, not be supervised by the City Engineer and/or the Head of the City Constabulary or their subordinates? Why does King like to micromanage so much?Does he have a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), or is he sending out a message to the businesspersons that ‘the buck stops at him’ in the most literal sense and therefore they have to talk to him and no one else for their salvation.My second question is why are they being so selective in correcting purported faults in the city, when there are dozens of very glaring faults and breaches in each and every ward of the city for years now. This is discriminatory and counter-productive. By their own admission they said through large full page and full colour fancy newspaper ads that they would be tearing down 52 derelict buildings which are in a ruinous state and pose a danger to occupants and members of the public beginning October 5 last year. They may have pulled down two with the remaining 40 waiting to crash to the ground injuring and killing the occupants and innocent passers-by. Maybe they don’t have an axe to grind with the owners of those buildings or the owners come to an amicable settlement with certain officers of the Council. By the way, we don’t see any of the Council’s ruinous buildings, including City Hall appearing on that list of 52, but they should.But isn’t this present City Council willing to stop King from usurping the responsibilities, mandate and authority of many of the Council’s senior officers, such as those of the City Engineer, Medical Officer of Health, Clerk of Markets, etc, in this march of madness? Or will they allow him to continue running around town, chasing vendors from one place to another, selectively breaking down structures, building presidential parks, putting down parking meters on streets that are not even under the purview of the Council, increasing fees, fines, rents and taxes.They are failing the citizenry that elected them!Sincerely,Debra Gibson
Lohan, who spent time at a rehabilitation center earlier this year, was driven in another car to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, McCann said. The two other people in her car were not hurt. Officers received a 911 call about the accident and arrested Lohan at the hospital for investigation of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, McCann said. She was released from custody because she was admitted to the hospital, police said. Lohan will have to appear in court to answer the citation, first reported on the Web site of X17 Inc., a celebrity photo agency. The crash was Lohan’s third accident in about two years. In October 2005, Lohan and a passenger received minor injuries when her convertible hit a van in West Hollywood. Authorities said the van driver, who also received minor injuries, was at fault. Lindsay Lohan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence today after her convertible struck a curb, and investigators found what they believe is cocaine at the scene, police said. Lohan, 20, and two other people were in her 2005 Mercedes SL-65 when it crashed on Sunset Boulevard around 5:30 a.m., Sgt. Mike Foxen said. It appeared Lohan was speeding, Lt. Mitch McCann said at an afternoon news conference. Officers at the scene found a “usable amount” of a drug tentatively identified as cocaine, McCann said. He declined to say where the drug was found other than to say Lohan was not carrying it. Months earlier, Lohan collided with a minivan when she made a U-turn as the van, carrying paparazzi, followed her from a Los Angeles restaurant. A photographer was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon but prosecutors declined to charge him. That crash was credited with prompting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a law that set steep financial penalties for paparazzi who commit assaults while trying to obtain celebrity photos. Lohan publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnik did not immediately return an e-mail requesting comment. Lohan said in January that she had checked into a rehabilitation center for substance abuse treatment. Her publicist confirmed in December that the actress was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Lohan told Allure magazine during an interview for its May issue that she decided to enter the secluded Wonderland Center at the suggestion of her therapist. Lohan’s latest movie, “Georgia Rule,” is in theaters now. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union approved major changes to rules governing the wine industry Wednesday with hopes of countering withering competition from producers in places such as California, Australia and Chile. The EU is trying to curtail overproduction and subsidies and instill vintners with a fresh drive to reclaim the continent’s dominant status as a global wine exporter, officials said. France and Italy, which have resisted attempts to overhaul the industry, agreed to new rules in exchange for an extended transition period and some concessions on state support. Three days of intense bartering capped two years of often bitter negotiations in which the EU head office sought a far-reaching liberalization of a sector that has long propped up unprofitable vintners. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champUnder new rules that will take effect next year, farmers will be compensated for digging up some 5 percent of vineyards in a bid to curb overproduction, half the amount that was proposed under an initial plan drawn up by EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel. Over the past 10 years, the French wine industry has been plagued by declining consumption at home, coupled with dwindling demand for French wine abroad. Wines from countries such as Australia, Chile and the United States outpaced French exports for the first time in 2003. Sales in France – which still account for about two-thirds of national wine production – have been hurt by anti-alcohol campaigns and tougher drunk driving laws. Chronic overproduction has compounded the problem, which has led to surplus wine being boiled down to pure alcohol. In 2005, quality wines joined the ranks of cheap table wines that are distilled. Fischer Boel sought to eliminate 500million euros ($720 million) in funding that is used to turn unwanted wine into industrial alcohol and other methods to dispose of excess product. The compromise package would allow for a longer transition period and continue some funding for distillation. Fischer Boel said the changes was necessary to maintain Europe’s status as the producer of the world’s best wines.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been fined £40,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association for an Instagram post about referee Lee Mason.The 33-year-old posted a photo with with the caption “10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team” on the social network following City’s 2-1 win against Burnley on January 2.Sagna later amended the post to read “still fighting and winning as a team” after a match that saw referee Mason send off midfielder Fernandinho.The France defender was charged with misconduct over the post last Tuesday and has now been punished by the FA.A statement from the governing body said: “Bacary Sagna has been fined £40,000 for misconduct in relation to a comment posted on social media.“The Manchester City defender was also warned as to his future conduct, following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,“The player was charged in that his comment questioned the integrity of the match official and/or alleged and/or implied bias on the part of the match official, and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to Rule E3 (1).” 1 Bacary Sagna in action for Manchester City against Everton
Since then, the three-time Grand Slam champion has played in five doubles events and will do so again at the US Open having opted out of singles. Andy Murray has lost in his first singles match since returning from surgery.The 32-year-old lost in straight sets on his singles comeback at the Cincinnati Masters against Richard Gasquet.While Gasquet won 6-4 6-4, there were some promising signs for the three-time Grand Slam champion.Return: Murray showed positive signs.Murray began his comeback in June by playing doubles in the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.