first_imgLiverpool and Tottenham legends Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane teamed up in this brilliant prank video from LA Galaxy.The former Reds team-mates donned disguises to play a joke on fellow Galaxy star – and ex-Spurs forward – Giovani Dos Santos at the launch of the MLS side’s new kit for the upcoming season.Was the Mexican fooled? Find out in the video above!last_img


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAAfter a wet spring was forecasted since January, it appeared in April that a window would open in May. The rain total window has however, the frequency window has not. The rainfall the last two weeks in Ohio has averaged 1.5 to 2.5 inches with some streaks above 3 inches and some below 1.5 inches. Normal for this period is 1.5 to 2.0 inches. The reality is the ground is just so wet from the wet period up to May. The other BIG key is the frequency of the wet weather.Often, when it is wet in say the eastern U.S., it is dry in the western U.S. The opposite also holds true. However, we have a very active and progressive weather pattern all around the northern hemisphere. This means a lot of weak to moderate storms on a continuous basis. It is not just Ohio either. Boston set a record for most days with measurable rain in the month of April.Much of the U.S. is very wet right now.The latest soil moisture rank shows most of the corn and soybean belt is in the top 1 to 5%. https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Soilmst_Monitoring/Figures/daily/curr.w.rank.daily.gifThere are some questions on similarities to past years. Yes, you can see some similarities to 1993 or 1965 or 1948 and 1949 but there is no perfect year. It depends on where you are. From the widespread wetness in the U.S. you have to look at 1948/1949 for a closest fit but even that does not.Going forward for the rest of May, we will be seeing increasing temperatures which will lead to increasing evapotranspiration. Hence, like most years, even with some rainfall, the ground will begin to dry in the top layers.Up to May 16, temperatures will be below normal. However, starting May 17-May 31 the second half of May will see above normal temperatures and evapotranspiration so things will dry some. Rainfall for the rest of May will average close to normal in the 1.5-3 inch range as seen in this link…https://www.weather.gov/images/ohrfc/dynamic/NAEFS16.apcp.mean.total.pngLooking ahead to the summer growing season, not much has changed. We expect near to slightly above normal temperatures from June to August. However, due to the wet soils, we expect normal daytime temperatures and above normal nighttime temperatures similar to last summer. Humidity levels will be above normal this summer too with all the evaporation. Therefore, expect increased issues with mold and mildew. As for precipitation, June looks like a variable month with areas of above and below normal precipitation. That could create some early challenges for growing if you get areas of hard ground near the top soil with wet ground beneath. As we get into July and August, indications are for a little wetter than normal pattern to resume.last_img read more


first_imgAmong the thousands of people expected to take to the streets during the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on September 30, there would be one who is bound to attract eyeballs.At 96, Mann Kaur will be the oldest runner to take part in the Delhi Half Marathon.Kaur’s wrinkled face hardly gives an impression that she is an athlete and has represented India at various international meets in the masters category.The bespectacled lady is not a marathoner but her achievements in the short-distance races are notable.In July, the Chandigarh-based runner won gold medals in the 100 metres and 200 metres at the World Masters Athletics Championships at Sacramento in the United States. She completed the 100m event in a 61 seconds.Later, at the Bangalore Nationals, Kaur clocked 59 seconds, which is a world record in her category.It isn’t that Kaur has been racing for years and has kept high fitness levels over the years.It was only in 2008 that her son Gurdev Singh convinced her to take up athletics. “I went to Canada for the World Masters Championships and there I saw this lady named Olga, who was above 90 and was competing in the event,” said Gurdev.”I knew my mother’s fitness levels and she agreed to take up athletics at this ripe age,” adds Gurdev, who himself competes in the 100m, 200m and long jump events.Kaur and her husband used to work with the Maharaja of Patiala on a monthly salary of `10.Although there is a Masters Athletics Federation of India, responsible for selecting athletes for national and international events in the category, there is little that it can do when it comes to providing financial support to these sportspersons.advertisement”They don’t have anything to pay us. They can just tell us where the events are happening and then everything is on us. We have to arrange for funds on our own. We have a son and a daughter who are living abroad and they help us with money for competitions that are abroad,” said Gurdev.Fauja Singh, a centenarian marathon runner, is another inspiration for Kaur and Gurdev.”He (Fauja) is surely an inspiration as he runs marathons even at a 100-plus age and is an athlete of repute, ” says Gurdev of the man who is the only 100-year-old athlete to finish a marathon.Both Kaur and her son now head to Chinese Taipei for another Masters Championship in November and then in February, they plan to move their base to Canada.last_img

first_imgHIGH STAKES: Jagmohan Dalmiya (left) with Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (centre) and A.C. Muthiah after his electionA couple of days before the September 29 annual general meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), its president A.C. Muthiah hosted a dinner in Delhi. When 17 of the,HIGH STAKES: Jagmohan Dalmiya (left) with Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (centre) and A.C. Muthiah after his electionA couple of days before the September 29 annual general meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), its president A.C. Muthiah hosted a dinner in Delhi. When 17 of the board’s 30 members with voting rights turned up, it appeared Muthiah was well on his way to securing another two-year term.But Jagmohan Dalmiya, his rival for the president’s post, was not impressed. “Everyone attending the dinner need not vote for him,” said Dalmiya, former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with curious optimism. “I am confident of winning.” Two days later, Dalmiya showed he wasn’t just waffling. It was Dalmiya who walked away with 17 votes, leaving Muthiah with just 13. Angry members of the defeated faction alleged that the rival group spent crores of rupees to “buy votes”.That may not have been an exaggeration. For instance, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, BCCI member and former Assam chief minister, had no plans to attend the AGM. But on the eve of the meeting, he was flown to Chennai. But there was some consolation for the Muthiah faction: its representative Niranjan Shah from Saurashtra defeated the garrulous Jaywant Lele for the secretary’s post. Which means that Dalmiya may not be able to ride roughshod over the board.BCCI elections have always been closely fought affairs, but never have they been as bitter as now. And not without reason. The BCCI is the richest sports body in India, its profits continuing to rise even though the game was tarnished by match-fixing and TV rights controversies. Last year, its total assets stood at Rs 201.84 crore; net profit rose to Rs 37.99 crore in 2000-1 from Rs 26.12 crore the previous year. advertisementI took tough decisions during a difficult period. I hope my successor will do the same.A.C. MUTHIAH Former President, BCCI It is a challenging responsibility to arrest the slide in Indian cricket. I will do my best.JAGMOHAN DALMIYA President, BCCIA lot of bitter wrangling was expected at the AGM. The manner in which the meeting was conducted points to the increasing role of money and manipulation in the highest controlling authority of cricket in the country and the results will have a far-reaching impact on the game in India.The change of guard also assumes significance as it comes after a tenure that dealt with the worst period which the game has been through in India and across the world.Dalmiya may have taken charge of the BCCI but it is unlikely that he will have absolute control. For one, he is already under scrutiny by investigative agencies for his role in the mini-World Cup telecast rights case in which the national broadcaster Doordarshan is said to have lost heavily.Unlike other sports bodies, the BCCI does not need government dole for its survival. Yet the two have recently clashed over a host of issues, including the Indian team’s tours to Pakistan and Sharjah.It is perhaps no coincidence that among the first to celebrate Dalmiya’s victory were cricket administrators in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sharjah, perhaps in anticipation of impending money-spinning tours. A shrewd businessman, Dalmiya knows that any Indian tour is lucrative, for the BCCI and for cricket authorities in the three countries.But a senior Home Ministry official says that the tours might not happen too soon. “Why should we let our team play in a country where Indian women cannot wear saris?” he asks, referring to the recent diktat of the authorities in Sharjah barring women from wearing saris on the grounds that exposing the navel was obscene.For the time being at least, offshore cricket is out. Dalmiya will have to rely on conventional methods and cricket centres for raising money for the BCCI.last_img read more


first_imgThe Prince of Wales has officially opened a purpose-built “home away from home” for the families of wounded troops being treated in hospital.Prince Charles Opens Fisher HouseHis Royal Highness met wounded service personnel and their families before cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of the Help for Heroes-backed Fisher House at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The facility, thought to be the first UK-US military charity partnership, will provide long-term support to the loved ones of servicemen and women with life-changing injuries.The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, Help for Heroes and American charity Fisher House Foundation have formed a partnership to create the 18-bedroom home. A five-minute walk from the wards where military patients injured overseas are treated, the new accommodation will be made available to their families at no charge.Offering spacious bedrooms, kitchen facilities, living rooms and a garden, the new £4.2 million building is designed to allow military families to share their experiences and support each other.The Prince of Wales, who has made numerous private visits to injured troops at the hospital in recent years, also chatted with staff who will help to run the newly opened home, which is modelled on a network of similar facilities in the United States.Earlier, The Prince visited Solihull in the West Midlands in his role as patron of Marie Curie Cancer Care.The Prince was joined by girl group The Saturdays as he officially opened a new £20 million Marie Curie Hospice.Building work at the site in Marsh Lane began two years ago and The Saturdays have supported the project since its inception.His Royal Highness visited the hospice’s day service centre with the pop stars and met in-patients privately before also meeting volunteer gardeners and staff.Commenting after the visit, Marie Curie chief executive Dr Jane Collins said: “We are honoured that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Saturdays were able to attend today and open our new hospice and meet our staff, volunteers and patients.“We are grateful to everyone who has been involved in raising the funds to build this fantastic new hospice, which will allow us to care for more patients across the West Midlands.”The Saturdays member Rochelle Humes, making her first public appearance since giving birth to a baby girl in May, said: “It is such an honour to be part of such a special day and amazing to see how fantastic the hospice looks.“We are all very proud to be ambassadors for Marie Curie.”Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more


first_imgRank 1.37 million 2 Program THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) 2.13 million 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) 1 A18-49 (CTV has 6/10) 276,000 10 Facebook 2.82 million 3 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 8 478,000 3 614,000 1 5 1.91 million THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) Data from Numeris also confirms that:YOUNG SHELDON:YOUNG SHELDON marks the biggest debut for a new comedy series in at least 10 years.YOUNG SHELDON is the first new comedy series in at least 15 years to debut in the Top 5 in the fall.For the first time since 2012, two comedy series have landed in the Top 2 spots (THE BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON), each averaging over 1 million viewers (A25-54).THE GOOD DOCTOR:THE GOOD DOCTOR, starring Golden Globe nominee Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, is the #1 new drama in Canada with P2+, A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54After a strong series debut (the second biggest debut of Fall 2017 with P2+), THE GOOD DOCTOR on CTV marks the first time in at least five years that a top new program has seen consistent weekly growth over its debut episodes, with four weeks of consecutive audience growth at the beginning of the season (P2+).THE GOOD DOCTOR is also up double digits vs. debut episodes with all key demos in its last three episodes this season, which averaged more than 1 million viewers (A25-54) each.On Nov. 20, THE GOOD DOCTOR peaked at 3 million total viewers and 1.2 million A25-54 viewers.Additionally, CTV’s latest original event series THE INDIAN DETECTIVE starring Russell Peters, is the #1 new Canadian series this fall and marks the biggest debut episode for a Canadian scripted series since 2011.Canada’s Top Programs – Fall 2017 Season:Total Viewers (CTV has 7/10) Advertisement 3.14 million 10 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) 1 250,000 GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) 1.04 million HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (CBC) 1.541 million 3 BLUE BLOODS (CTV) 1.45 million 8 6 Program 395,000 2 THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) 9 WILL & GRACE (Global) THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) Rank 1.16 million 4 GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) 10 Advertisement 391,000 9 5 5 P2+ Advertisement 1.86 million 961,000 1.89 million 7 Program 1.24 million THIS IS US (CTV) DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (CTV) 1.537 million 9 255,000 Rank TORONTO – With the Fall 2017 television season coming to a close, Numeris data confirms another incredible performance for CTV, as the network’s Fall strategy delivered a primetime lineup of heart and soul, family-friendly, co-viewing programming to its viewers. CTV has landed – for the first time on record in the fall – the Top 3 most-watched programs for total viewers (P2+) and all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54), including THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON, and THE GOOD DOCTOR.The achievement comes with CTV also delivering Canada’s Top 3 new programs with total viewers: YOUNG SHELDON, THE GOOD DOCTOR, and THE INDIAN DETECTIVE. Overall, CTV delivered more Top 10 programs this fall than any other network, with 40% more viewers than its closest competitor in primetime among A25-54.CTV is home to the most-watched series and comedy (THE BIG BANG THEORY), the most-watched new series (YOUNG SHELDON), the most-watched drama (THE GOOD DOCTOR/GREY’S ANATOMY), the most-watched Canadian series (THE INDIAN DETECTIVE), and with all key demos THIS IS US is the most-watched sophomore series this fall.center_img Program .SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_TelevisionFacebook:Facebook.com/CTVInstagram:CTV_TelevisionAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.Source: Numeris, Fall 2017 (Sep 25 – Dec 17, 2017). Includes playback up to December 18, 2017. Primetime Monday-Sunday 7-11 p.m.CTV electronic audience databases and Top 20 records incorporate data beginning in 1994 and 2004, respectively. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters. 993,000 2 THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) 10 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) A25-54 (CTV has 5/10) SURVIVOR (Global) 7 928,000 WILL & GRACE (Global) SURVIVOR (Global) THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) 796,000 574,000 9 A Fall of Firsts and Frontrunners: CTV Delivers the Top 3 Most-Watched Programs This Fall ### CTV’s Humanity, Humour, and Heart Fall Strategy Pays Off with Viewers. Source: Numeris, Fall 2017 (Sep 25 – Dec 17, 2017). Includes playback up to December 18, 2017. Primetime Monday-Sunday 7-11 p.m. CTV electronic audience databases and Top 20 records incorporate data beginning in 1994 and 2004, respectively. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters. (CNW Group/CTV) A18-49 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) A25-54 567,000 NCIS (Global) THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (CBC) STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (Space) THE FLASH (CTV) 579,000 THE FLASH (CTV) 6 607,000 Rank A18-34 8 247,000 354,000 7 2 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) A18-34 (CTV has 6/10) 3 4 808,000 THIS IS US (CTV) 856,000 560,000 4 HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (CBC) 6 6 523,000 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (Space) 7 621,000 636,000 THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) BULL (Global) SURVIVOR (Global) 291,000 2.76 million 597,000 SURVIVOR (Global) 641,000 8 1 THIS IS US (CTV) 4 Login/Register With: THE INDIAN DETECTIVE (CTV) Twitterlast_img read more