Rostov pitch deemed unplayable just a WEEK after Man United complaints

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s complaints about the playing surface at FC Rostov’s Olimp-2 may have fallen on deaf ears at UEFA, but not the Russian Football Premier League.The RFPL on Wednesday announced it had deemed the surface unplayable.“The ban is imposed until the identified shortcomings are eliminated and the fields are brought into line with the established requirements of the regulatory documents,” a statement from the RFPL said.UEFA dismissed Mourinho’s complaints about the threadbare turf prior to last week’s Europa League last-16 first-leg clash.United drew 1-1 and host FC Rostov in Thursday night’s second leg at Old Trafford.The RFPL statement also applied to the Central Stadium in Kazan. Pictured: The Rostov pitch caused Jose Mourinho to recently complain 1last_img read more

Premier League transfer news: Chelsea striker hunt, Sanchez, Aubameyang latest

first_img1 We have entered the penultimate week of the January 2018 transfer window, and a number of deals are expected to be completed in the coming days.The swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has finally been completed, and Chelsea’s hunt for a new striker should come to fruition before the end of the week.Follow talkSPORT.com’s live blog, below, to see all the latest transfer news and done deals on Monday, January 22. Follow talkSPORT.com’s transfer live blog last_img read more

Mia Khalifa, Jay-Z and Sting – Every Premier League club’s most famous fan

first_imgTom Hanks promised to ‘bleed claret and blue’ for Aston Villa during their Play-Off final victory over Derby County.While we hope the Hollywood legend did not mean it literally, football fans were surprised to see the Oscar-winner showing his supporter for the Villans. Noel Gallagher – Singer 22 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 22 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 22 Premier League Latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sean Bean – Actor 22 22 On Monday I will bleed claret and blue for Aston Villa. One match away for a return to the Premier League. Up the Villa! Hanx— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) May 25, 2019Alongside Prince William, who was seen hugging John Carew at Wembley, Villa can lay claim to having possibly the most famous fan in world football.Or so we thought.Who could forget earlier in the season when former adult actress Mia Khalifa professed her undying love for West Ham?Khalifa was clearly a good luck charm for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, as they held on to win the game 1-0 thanks to Declan Rice’s first goal for the club. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Bill Nighy – Actor Crystal Palace 22 Tom Hanks – Actor getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Liverpool 22 Newcastle United J.K Rowling – Author LATEST getty Jay Z – Rap Artist 22 tense Will Ferrell – Actor latest Brighton and Hove Albion West Ham United Gary Lineker – TV presenter and former footballer Tottenham Hotspur Norwich City revealed 22 gameday cracker Actor Tom Hanks holds up an Aston Villa scarf Chelsea But despite her internet fame, Khalifa is certainly not recognised globally and there are plenty of other famous Hammers supporters across the world.Here at talkSPORT.com, it got us thinking about which other worldwide celebrities have vested interests in Premier League sides.Scroll down to see which superstar supports your club! Everton JIBE 22 Sylvester Stallone – Actor Seth Rogen – Actor 22 22 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT AFC Bournemouth TROPHY 22 Mark Hammill – Actor The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Arsenal 22 GETTY Aston Villa 22 22 Watford Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Justin Timberlake – Singer Liam Neeson – Actor gameday cracker REVEALED Manchester City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Mai Khalifa shows her support for West Ham Burnley huge blow whoops deals 22 Sting – Singer Most Read in Football getty Manchester United Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Hugh Jackman – Actor 22 22 James Corden – Actor Sheffield United Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Wolverhampton Wanderers getty Getty 22 Fat Boy Slim – DJ Leicester City Elton John – Singer no dice Southampton Prince Charles – Prince of Wales Craig David – Singer Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 22 22last_img read more

Hearts ‘very close’ to new deal for defender John Souttar

first_imgCommitting John Souttar to Hearts on a new long-term contract is the next step towards stability at the club, according to manager Craig Levein.Levein is in the process of tying down several of his most important players as aims to settle his squad for the coming years.Captain Christophe Berra and defender Michael Smith have both signed new deals until 2021 and Levein hopes that Scotland cap Souttar will be the next to put pen to paper.The Hearts boss said: “I think to sustain any kind of excellence you need stability. “Brendan [Rodgers] has come in and done that at Celtic and arguably the next most successful manager in Scotland is Derek McInnes who’s been in his post longer than me.“I think it is hard to have a sustainable challenge without having stability, and that’s where we are trying to get to.“We have made some steps forward with Christophe [Berra] signing a new contract, Michael Smith signing a new contract and, I don’t want to say too much but, we are very, very close to John Souttar signing a new contract as well.“There are two or three others as well and that is solely around trying to create the stability that we are after.” Levein, who brought 18 new players to the club over the summer, said his focus was shifting towards his long-term ambitions for Hearts that would see fewer new players arrive, and the squad augmented by more young players from the academy system.He said: “This is a plan – a long-term plan – and the reason for it is the stop this constant changeover of managers, because every time you change it costs you money. Then that is money that is not going in to help the squad.“We will always sign players, of course, but I would expect the numbers to come down as the quality from the academy improves.”Meanwhile Hearts are not expecting to do any deadline day business, with Levein spending the evening in Glasgow watching rock band Snow Patrol.The Hearts manager said: “I’ll have my phone off, so it will be hard to get hold of me.“I’m really pleased with the squad. The players coming back will be like new signings.“I was so pleased with John Souttar on Saturday. [Steven Naismith] is back, we’ve brought [David] Vanecek in, we’ve brought Conor Shaughnessy in and we have Uche [Ikpeazu] and Peter [Haring] coming back from injury shortly.“That should give us enough strength-in-depth to get back to our early season form.”last_img read more

Let’s Do This Again: Are These Shoes Gray and Teal, or Pink and White?

first_imgFor what it’s worth, 89% of people who voted in a Buzzfeed poll went with gray and teal. It’s been like 12 minutes since an optical illusion photo went viral, so here you go.  Here’s the newest one in the tradition of “The Dress” from a few years back . . . Someone on Twitter named “TFILDOLANS” posted a picture of her shoe a few days ago.  And people are debating whether it’s gray and teal . . . or pink and white.last_img

Photo of the Week: Can You Hear Me Now?

first_imgRotary telephones and headphones carved into the Cincinnati Bell buildingWait, can you go around the block again? I saw something interesting on that building and want to check it out. That’s what I asked my husband when we were in Cincinnati, driving around downtown at dusk, looking for a place to eat dinner.We circled the block and slowly came up to the building again. And I confirmed what I saw. The building had an Art Deco look, which meant it was probably built in the 1920’s or early 1930’s (before the Great Depression hit), when Art Deco architecture was very popular across the United States. And there were rotary telephones and headphones carved into the building! Not surprised, I saw the sign on the side of the building, Cincinnati Bell Telephone, home of the local phone company. I couldn’t wait to do some research and learn more about the building.History of the Cincinnati Bell Telephone BuildingThe Art Deco building was designed by Harry Hake, Sr, a well-known local architect whose company specialized in public and commercial building architecture. When the Cincinnati Bell building opened in 1931, it contained the world’s longest straight switchboard, with 88 operator positions who handled outbound long-distance calls.The exterior of the building is limestone, marble, brass, nickel, and bronze. I noticed the Greek gods carved into the facade above the doors.But what stood out for me was the horizontal limestone frieze with carved telephones and headphones that encircled the building.The Cincinnati Bell Telephone Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. In addition to designing the Cincinnati Bell Telephone Building, Hake designed the Cincinnati Masonic Temple, Queen City Club, and the Court Street Fire Station which now houses the Cincinnati Fire Museum.Hopefully next time I’m in Cincinnati, it will be when the building is open and can see some of the details inside the building!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: World Peace Bell in Newport, KentuckyChecking out the architecture in an older city is one of my favorite things to do. I love exploring and you can just imagine my delight when I found the county courthouse in downtown Newport, Kentucky, marveling at the red brick and limestone building from the late 1880’s. But as…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Teller’s of Hyde Park in CincinnatiWhen I looked down the street from our parking spot in Hyde Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, I quickly noticed the unmistakable tall columns of a bank building. You’ve probably seen them as well in older communities. Banks built in the United States in the 1800’s and early 1900’s often included…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Guardian Building in Downtown DetroitWalking around downtown Detroit, you’ll see a number of impressive buildings, from towering skyscrapers, to theaters, and historic churches. But one building that stands out for many people is the beautiful orange brick and gorgeous facade of the 40-story building at the corner of Congress and Griswold Known as the…In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

West Virginia Sets 2018 Wholesale Prices for Motor Fuels

first_imgWest Virginia has set the 2018 average wholesale prices of motor fuels, which will be used to set tax rates during 2018. Specifically, the wholesale average price is used to determine sales and use taxes on motor fuel. In West Virginia, the sales tax on motor fuels, also called the motor fuel excise tax, is composed of:a flat rate, plusa variable component of 5% of the average wholesale price of each fuel.Average Wholesale Prices for FuelsStatewide average wholesale prices have been set for both conventional and “alternative” motor fuels.Conventional Motor FuelsThe average wholesale price on conventional motor fuels is $3.040 per gallon. As a result, the variable fuel tax rate remains at 15.2 cents per gallon. The combined total tax is 35.7 cents per gallon. Conventional motor fuels include gasoline, diesel, and kerosene.“Alternative” Motor FuelsFor liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, the average wholesale price  is $1.008 per gallon. Thus, the variable fuel tax rate is 5 cents per gallon. The combined total rate is 20 cents per gallon.For compressed natural gas, the average wholesale price is $4.982 per 1,000 cubic feet. As a result, the variable fuel tax rate is:24.9 cents per 1,000 cubic feet; or3.2 cents per gasoline gallon equivalent.The combined total rate is 23.7 cents per gallon.Finally, the average wholesale price for liquefied natural gas is 40.6 cents per gallon. The variable fuel tax rate is 2 cents per gasoline gallon equivalent.  Thus, the combined total rate is 15.2 cents per gallon.Administrative Notice 2017-21, West Virginia State Tax Department, November 21, 2017, ¶401-290Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

New water purification system could help slake the world’s thirst

first_imgMore than 1 billion people around the world lack access to fresh water, and the problem is growing: By 2025 a whopping two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. To slake that thirst, some wealthy communities have invested in water desalination plants that turn salt water into clean drinking water. But these plants are too expensive for most communities to afford. Now, researchers have come up with a solar-powered technique that could make small-scale desalination systems affordable, even for individual households.The approach is a new take on an old technology known as a solar still. These stills—large containers covered by clear plastic tarps or glass enclosures—direct sunlight onto a basin of salty water. Water evaporates, leaving salts behind, and then condenses on the plastic or glass, where it is captured. The trouble is throughput. The sun evaporates water so slowly that very little fresh water is produced—too little for most people to even bother.To fix the throughput problem, researchers have tried topping the salt water with floating films dotted with nano-sized metal particles, typically made from gold. Gold is a good absorber of sunlight, and the nanoparticles funnel the sun’s energy into tiny hotspots that then efficiently evaporate water. But gold, and other noble metals that work just as well, are expensive.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now, researchers led by electrical engineer Jia Zhu at Nanjing University in China have fashioned a solar absorber to work with aluminum, one of the most abundant and cheapest metals on the planet. Normally, aluminum is good at absorbing only ultraviolet light, a small sliver of the solar spectrum. But Zhu’s team broadened this absorption in two steps. First, they perforated the foil with a regular array of holes, each 300 nanometers across. The array prevents light from reflecting off the surface and scatters it through the film, increasing the odds it will be absorbed. The researchers also misted the aluminum oxide foil with an extra dose of vaporized aluminum. The additional aluminum formed a thin layer on top. But in the pores, the aluminum atoms bunched up into tiny “islands” that increased the foil’s odds of absorbing sunlight.The aluminum islands worked like gold particles, creating energy-funneling hotspots that boosted water evaporation at those sites. The approach worked so well that the researchers were able to purify salt water up to three times faster than without the foil, they report this week in Nature Photonics. Just one square meter of foil generated 2 to 8 liters of water per hour, depending on the amount of light hitting the still. Tests showed that the purified water contained only trace amounts of salt—orders of magnitude less than the World Health Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deem safe for drinking water.The new setup isn’t likely to replace industrial filtration techniques any time soon. Those are already efficient on a large scale, generating up to 65 liters of water per hour for every square meter of membrane, says Benny Freeman, a chemical engineer and water desalination expert at the University of Texas at Austin. However, desalination plants currently require massive inputs of energy, usually from fossil fuels. That makes them unaffordable for many developing countries and households. So the new technique could offer a way for individuals to purify water for their own needs on the cheap. “There certainly is a lot of need for that,” Freeman says. “If you can provide clean water even at a small scale, it could be a game changer.”That said, Freeman adds that the new approach to desalination still has a ways to go before proving itself in the real world. In their current experiment, the setup worked for 25 cycles of 1 hour each with little drop in performance. But to be useful in the real world, it will have to last for months or years. Researchers will also have to find ways to dispose of the extra salty brine that the evaporating water leaves. But with so many people in desperate need of fresh water, a new cheap source of purification is bright prospect.last_img read more

Virat Kohli can learn from mistakes Aussies made

first_imgThis is going to be one long celebration weekend for the Englishmen as Alastair Cook’s boys played fearless and entertaining cricket to grab back the Ashes urn at Trent Bridge on Saturday.As much as one saw the bubbly flow at the venue and elsewhere for the cheering hosts, there were quiet tears being shed by Australian captain Michael Clarke, whose decision to retire from Test cricket after the last match at The Oval was on expected lines.For someone who has served Australian cricket so durably and as recently as March won the ICC World Cup, this series in England turned out to be a disastrous one. He has worn the Baggy Green with pride but if the 34-year-old Clarke is going to reflect on his last away tour, memories can only be painful.To have scored close to 8,700 runs in 114 Tests with an average close to 50, Clarke didn’t once look the inspirational captain the world has known him to be. To compare Test cricket as hard as the Ashes with the World Cup would be wrong, yet the comparison has to be made as it was the same Clarke who turned the Aussie campaign around at home at the start of the year.A captain is known as much for his wins at home as for the way he marshals his resources abroad. And this Aussie side was not just brittle, it was devoid of ideas as to how cricket should be played in conditions where the ball seams so much.advertisementAgreed, Test cricket has become harder and run scoring more brisk but one stills need batsmen who can apply themselves and stay at the wicket. Cricketers like Steve Waugh and Ian Healy showed grit and gumption when Australia were in trouble. Sadly in this series, we could not see one Aussie batsman show application which reflected in their dismissal for 60 runs in the first innings at Trent Bridge.When one is going to score so low, even miracles by the bowlers cannot help, which is why Australia are going to be weighed down by tons of criticism back home. It is a cruel world these days when social media scans every inch of action and comments like ‘Australia A should be sent to play in the Ashes’ revealed the inner hurt of the Aussie fans.Clarke’s handling of Shane Watson was also not the best as this guy could have hung around boldly.Quite often, old timers who have played cricket at the highest level will engage in conversation over the behaviour of the red cherry and how technique is crucial for a batsman. The Aussies use the Kookabura ball at home and in England it’s the Duke, which assists seam movement.The Aussie batting line-up did not adjust to this movement and dismissals were cheap with Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood catching the eye. Anderson, however, did not play at Trent Bridge.When we criticise the Indian Test team for its inability to win matches overseas, the debate is about how a side looks champion stuff at home and then stutters abroad.The same today can be said about Australia as well since they won the Ashes so easily at home in 2013-14 and now look a rag-tag side.Moving on, there are lessons for Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli in The Ashes when they take on the Sri Lankans starting next week. Kohli and his supporters have spoken about playing aggressive cricket, looking to take 20 wickets and so on. Yet, the fact remains in Test cricket batsmen have to show willingness to stay in the middle and scoring runs is sometimes not as important as durability at the crease.This is Kohli’s first full series as Test captain and though he did not do badly in Australia, the big test is now. Very recently, the Pakistan side did the job in Lanka and Kohli knows there are people watching him closely.In the past, when MS Dhoni was the captain and the team did badly in away Test series, critics came down on him like a ton of bricks. ‘Sack Dhoni’ was a chant which would reach a crescendo now and then.Kohli has has had a bad run with the bat in recent times but conditions in Sri Lanka will be to his liking. On paper, the Lankan bowling looks mediocre but one cannot take them for granted and batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have their task cut out.advertisementThe duo has the technical wherewithal to bat like true Test pedigree where throwing the bat at the ball will be suicidal. Aussie batsmen floundered in technique and Kohli would do well to have a chat with his boys so that the puzzle of Test victories abroad can be answered.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

IOA announces Li Ning as its official kitting partner for Rio

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association today announced Li Ning as its official kitting partner for the Rio Olympics beginning on August 5. All the Indian athletes and officials representing the country in the Rio Olympics will be seen in the Li Ning kits. Li Ning has produced more than 15000 items of apparels including travel kits, playing kits, shoes, trolley bags, shoulder bags for more than 200 athletes and officials. The travel and playing kits have already been handed over to the Indian athletes and officials before they departed for Rio. While preparing playing kits for Indian athletes, Li Ning has kept in mind fabric weight and thickness to enhance performance functionality depending on their needs, a release said. Welcoming Li Ning on board, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “I would like to welcome LI-NING on board as our kitting partner. They have done a great job in delivering good quality kits to our athletes. The excellent quality of kits will add confidence in our athletes while they compete in this mega event beginning from 5 August. I am sure our athletes will come back with more medals this time.” Mahender Kapoor, MD Sunlight Sports Pvt. Ltd — the exclusive distributor for Li-Ning in India — said, “We have provided best apparels of international standards to our Indian athletes and officials for Rio Olympics. We want them to perform well and bring back more medals this time. This partnership is just a beginning for us, we are looking at a long term association with the Indian Olympic Association and Indian sports.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more