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first_imgOn Saturday, January 19 2019, at least two dozen top national leaders are expected to participate in the Trinamool Congress-hosted rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground. It’s part of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to bring the anti-BJP parties together on one platform.last_img

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first_imgLG has built some amazing smartphones, and yet, every time you talk about the brand, the conversation would invariably drift towards the one and only Google Nexus 5 . Like that’s the only smartphone that it ever built. The Nexus 5 wasn’t perfect by all means, but, it still remains to be one of the best LG phones ever because it stuck to the basics. And, it got most of these basics right.The same isn’t true about LG’s non-Google endeavors. LG’s non-Google phones have largely been high on gimmicks, and low on practicality. Last year’s G5 is a classic example. The G5 was a phone straight out of the future. But it wasn’t quite there yet. Its main USP was its modularity. But it seemed more like a work in progress than a finished product. So, even though the G5 was way ahead of its time, it drifted into oblivion faster than LG would have anticipated.LG’s 2017 flagship, the G6, has been designed from scratch to correct the G5’s biggest shortcoming…practicality. But, at the same time, it doesn’t compromise with LG’s taste for mindless gimmicks. For the first time in a very long time, it seems, LG has finally found a way to balance the two. The company might have cut short its modular ambitions, but, one look at the G6 and it’s quite evident, it was a decision worth every penny.Built like a tankThe G4 was all-plastic. The G5 was all-metal but it oddly felt like plastic. The LG G6, unlike its predecessor phones, is carved out of glass and metal. And it feels solid. While the rear of the G6 is carved out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, the display on the front has a healthy dose of Gorilla Glass 3. The decision to employ different versions of Glass, although hard to understand, stems from the fact that both the versions respond to physical stress differently.advertisementWhile Gorilla Glass 5 has been designed to survive extreme drop stress, Gorilla Glass 3 focuses largely on scratch-resistance. Glass 3 is also a lot thinner in comparison to the next-generation Glass which makes it all the more suitable for displays. That’s just one opinion. Probably LG was looking to cut cost as well, you never know. What’s important, at the end of the day, is that the LG G6 is built like a tank. Gorilla Glass 5 or otherwise. The G6 is built to last long with bending resistant materials and shock-dispersing design, according to LG. It has passed Military-grade MIL-STD 810G tests which include 26 different angle drop tests from chest height, it claims. It’s quite reassuring, the G6. While its closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8 takes great pride in its gorgeous curves, the G6 takes a flat minimalist approach. LG’s phone is as flat as they come, and also it has sharp corners that are a little raised out so the phone could bear accidental drops and come out unscathed. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 doesn’t look like it could take a beating. LG’s phone is a lot more practical in comparison.LG doesn’t make slim phones. It doesn’t make light-weight phones either. The G6 is no different. I have been using the Galaxy S8 for a while now, and let’s just say, next to Samsung’s phone the G6 feels rather chunky, but, only marginally. It is as slim as Samsung’s phone though. The flat surface and sharp edges ensure it sticks to your hand and stays put, but then, the Galaxy S8 is an ergonomic marvel as well in spite of all those extra curves. It is super-glossy and a fingerprint magnet. But, so is the Galaxy S8. Only it takes me a lot longer to wipe LG’s phone. I really don’t like that, but, that’s a small price you pay for an all-glass and metal design. What really concerns me, however, is that the rear of the G6 is extremely prone to scratches. It may survive a fall or two, but, it will most definitely leave a mark.Button placement on-board the G6 is trademark LG. The power button is on the back. It’s also a fingerprint reader. It’s mostly fast and mostly accurate but there’s room for improvement.The dual-SIM card slot, meanwhile, lies on the right while the volume rocker lies on the left. The phone uses USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and comes with a mono speaker vent just adjacent to it. The phone is also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.Star performerThe LG G6 is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. While not exactly next-gen, the Snapdragon 821 inside the G6 when combined with LG’s Android 7.0 Nougat-based UX 6.0, doesn’t leave a lot to be desired unless of course you’re someone who’s hard pressed about paper specs and say, “a Snapdragon 835 would have been nicer.” You’re better off buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 in that case. The LG G6 isn’t the one for you.But, if you’re willing to give the G6 a chance, well, there’s not a lot really to complain about LG’s new phone as far as all-round performance is concerned. The G6 has absolutely no trouble whatsoever in dealing with tasks, both basic and hard-grinding. Graphical games are handled well, with no lag at all, even at maxed out settings. There would be instances when the phone would get hot — sometimes alarmingly — while say playing games, or video-recording, but it is also very quick to cool down which is nice.advertisementLG’s UX software may not be the best looking in the business — in fact it’s ugly and cluttered — but at least it’s well optimised with the available hardware. It’s smooth sailing 9 out of 10 times, but, if Samsung could design a whole new level of user experience for the Galaxy S8, I don’t see why LG can’t. It’s high time that it should. And maybe get rid of some bloat or unwanted apps along the way as well.Moving on, LG’s new phone gives you a spring board of apps and widgets spanning multiple home screens much like it is in the iPhone to begin with. There’s a way around LG’s approach to bring back the app drawer for those who like a more stock Android look and feel. That it can be done without deploying any third-party themes is a plus. You can either use the pre-installed EasyHome theme or download and install the Home 4.0 launcher from its app store. The same was true for last year’s G5 as well.Still, LG’s take on Android isn’t entirely a lost cause especially when you compare it with the UIs employed by certain Chinese OEMs who blindly follow the iPhone with no thought or logic. LG’s UX, save the no app drawer thing, is totally different from its peers in look as well as functionality. It may take some time getting used to initially but once you’re through that phase it’s pretty much a smooth ride. The software also offers a lot of customisation options, which should impress those who like to tailor-make the way their phone looks.The mono speaker setup on the G6 gets very loud, louder than most rival phones with little or no distortion at peak volume. The LG G6 India model also comes with a Hi-Fi quad DAC for enhanced audio via any wired headphones. That’s one standard every flagship phone must include, I dare say. It really improves the quality of sound without having you to invest in fancy pair of ear buds.advertisementLG’s 2017 flagship, the G6, has been designed from scratch to correct the G5’s biggest shortcoming… practicality. But, at the same time, it doesn’t compromise with LG’s taste for mindless gimmicks Phone calls made with the G6 are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit. The G6 supports dual-SIM and 4G LTE.The 3,300mAh battery inside the G6 is a significant improvement over the outgoing G5. Battery life is better, nay much better in comparison. It lasts longer than the Samsung Galaxy S8 which frankly speaking has pretty disappointing battery life. Most users with a more generalised usage should get at least one full day of usage on single charge. The G6, needless to say, also supports fast charging. The India model, doesn’t support wireless charging though.Camera (s) to brag aboutThe LG G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors — offering a 125-degree wide angle — with one working ‘specifically’ to offer the wider field of view. The rear camera system is further assisted with f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the G6 sports a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.In the LG G6, while one of the rear cameras has what you can call a regular lens, the other one has a wider lens. A wider lens means the phone’s rear snapper can cover a larger area with a distinct fish-eye effect on the edges. It kind of gives you a 3D-like panorama sweep of what you’re clicking without having you to move your phone in a certain manner. It shouldn’t be confused with an actual panorama shot though.Switching between the two lenses happens seamlessly with just a tap on a toggle that rests comfortably on the screen all the while that you have the camera app up and running. It’s actually quite fast to switch and is as fast to focus and shoot. In fact you never lose a breath while switching between the two lenses which makes the G6 all the more fun to play around with. Every time I took a regular picture, I made sure to click the same shot again with the wider lens just to see how things looked from a wider perspective. XPreviousNextAs for image quality, it’s fantastic especially in good light. Both the rear cameras boast of excellent dynamic range. Images clicked with them have no visible metering issues so that level of detail stays put on almost all occasions. The image quality of the wider lens toting camera is more or less in the same league as the regular, but it more than compensates for its hit-or-miss performance courtesy its wider scope.Unlike the G5, the G6 can stand toe to toe with the best in the business, when it comes to low-light photography. The G6 clicks pretty detailed — if a little over-sharpened — photos in tricky and low light situations making it one of the best flagship camera phones in the market right now.The front camera, is on the other hand, a forgettable affair.Now, the gimmicksThe USP of the G6 is apparently its ‘big screen that fits.’ The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio — an 83 per cent — than LG’s phone.The 5.7-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display of the G6 boasts of a 2,880×1,400 pixel resolution. Although there’s lots of screen it’s no match for the Galaxy S8’s super-punchy Super AMOLED display panel. Colours on-board the G6 appear muted in comparison. But, viewing angels are quite good, so is peak brightness.The G6, however, has one ace up its sleeve in the display department. It is the world’s first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs.Technically, Dolby Vision should entail in true to life colours and details at lower bit-rate and without compromising on battery life. Provided you have the content. Dolby Vision content is less for now, although, Netflix and Amazon Prime do offer a good catalog. But, because the LG G6 has an 18:9 aspect ratio — instead of the regular 16: 9 — a lot of that content (in fact all of it) is going to broadcast in letter-box format which means black bars on either side. Force to fit might result in frame rate issues and content chopping here and there.The G6 is LG’s best phone ever. In fact, it’s safe to say, that it’s among the best flagship Android phones in the market right nowContent suitable for the G6’s unusual aspect ratio is even lesser than content that supports Dolby Vision. The same is true for games as well. Web pages should work fine though. LG has a nifty way around the whole thing though. The G6 comes with something called as App Scaling that lets you manually adjust the screen size of downloaded apps. You can chose to run them in standard or full screen format. Then again, every app will respond differently since not all apps support 18:9 yet.The Full Vision display of the G6 when combined with LG’s Android Nougat-based UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side. The feature, which seems to be a gradual progression of Android Nougat’s split-screen multitasking capabilities, has been extended to the camera software as well. It’s cool, but again, not many apps outside LG’s stock support it yet.The camera app in the case of the LG G6, similarly, comes with a specialised Square mode that has been designed to make best use of the phone’s one-of-a-kind aspect ratio. It allows users to take a picture and then simultaneously review the same in a square — 1:1 — identical to the one offered by the view-finder.Should you buy it?The G6 is LG’s best phone ever. In fact, it’s safe to say, that it’s among the best flagship Android phones in the market right now. It may not look as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but, that’s not really what LG’s phone is going after. For the first time in a very long time, LG is chasing practicality. With the G6 it has achieved most of it. Without compromising on gimmicks.  Also Read: LG G5 review: Just another star in the galaxyDuring my review of the Galaxy S8 I kept getting one question, like a lot. The Galaxy S8’s gorgeous, but, is it practical? Well, not really. Even more so because Samsung doesn’t include an accidental cover for the phone in question. The logical answer would be, if you fancy a good-looking bezel-less smartphone go buy the Galaxy S8, if however, you’re looking for a bezel-less phone that also happens to be built like a tank, go get yourself the G6.LG G67.5/10Good stuffBuilt like a tankBezel-less screenTop-notch performanceExcellent dual-camera systemBad stuffGeneric designLG’s UI feels clutteredNo stereo speakerlast_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares FORT MYERS, FL— Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in 4 1-3 innings Tuesday and declared himself healthy and ready for the season following the New York Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.Tanaka struck out one and gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. He finished spring training with a 3.07 ERA in four starts. He missed 2 1/2 months last season because of a small elbow ligament tear but has had no problems this spring.Escobar, who appears bound to be the Twins utility infielder, went 2 for 4.Neither team started many of its projected opening day starters. Brett Gardner went 1 for 2 with a walk for the Yankees.Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed a run and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Jul 25 (PTI) Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey has advised Indian bowlers to take pace off the ball to tackle formidable opener Fakhar Zaman when India clashes with arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup at Dubai on September 19. On a roll, Zaman has became the sixth international batsman and the first Pakistani player to score a double hundred, smashing 210 off just 156 deliveries against Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI at Bulawayo. He also surpassed West Indies legend Viv Richards, becoming the quickest player to score 1,000 runs in ODIs. En route to his double ton, Zaman also posted the highest individual score for Pakistan, bettering Saeed Anwar’s 194 against India in 1997. Hussey, who played 79 Tests and 185 ODIs, said it would take a very disciplined effort to outwit the in-form Zaman. “So plans for India against Fakhar (Zaman) is got to be nice, tight line and length, be very disinclined and try and maintain that pressure, try and build up some pressure on him with some dot balls and make him go for the big shots earlier than what he wants to do,” 43-year-old Hussey told PTI. “I thing change of pace could work against him because he goes hard at the ball, taking the pace off it (the ball) could be advantageous.” Hussey, a commentator with Star Sports for the Tamil Nadu Premier League, described the left-handed Zaman as an attacking batsman. Zaman had scored a match-winning hundred in the ICC Champions Trophy final last year against India. “Fakhar Zaman from Pakistan, what great form he is been off late and who could forget his century in the ICC Champions Trophy (final) against India, not too long ago,” he said.advertisement “Such an exciting player, very attacking, likes to score quickly, backs himself and plays with no fear and he is hard to bowl to, because he can score all-round the ground. The margin for error for the bowlers is very very small,” added Hussey. Hussey predicts that India and Pakistan will be favourites in the six-nation Asia Cup but said Afghanistan, who have confirmed their participation, can spring a surprise. “Looking ahead towards the Asia Cup, India and Pakistan are the favourites, both been playing some excellent ODI cricket and quality ODI teams,” he said. “But the surprise package could be Afghanistan, any team with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb (Ur Rahman) in them, is not easy to beat, so keep an eye, so if they score enough runs, they are going to be hard to beat,” Hussey, who amassed 6,235 Test runs, said. PTI NRB ATKATKlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Indian women’s ODI team captain Mithali Raj feels the side’s confidence has gone up following the 2-1 series win over New Zealand and it is now aiming to avoid qualifiers for the 2021 World Cup by staying in top four of the ICC table.India are currently placed third in the table after winning the three-match away series against New Zealand 2-1 recently. They are scheduled to host England in the next assignment of the championship cycle later this month.”The last time we played the Qualifiers, but this time we want to have direct qualification for 2021. With series against England and the Windies coming up, we will definitely look to get maximum points,” Mithali was quoted as saying in a release from the International Cricket Council.”…we did not have too many players who had the experience of the conditions with only Jhulan (Goswami) and me having toured here before. So winning two games here has given us a lot of confidence,” she said.”Losing the third game, we have come down to number three in the rankings table but I am happy that India are in the top four,” she added.The coming month will see focus on the championship with two more series featuring teams in the upper tiers of the points table — Australia host New Zealand and India host England in series starting February 22.These teams are the frontrunners to make the cut since New Zealand and four other top teams get direct entries to the premier event two years from now.advertisementNew Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite said her side has learnt its lessons from the debacle against India.”We have our first real winter at home in 3-4 years coming up which gives us a great opportunity to develop our skill sets, so playing a quality side like India helps to highlight those areas both individually and as a team,” she said.”The points table is a hard one to read into much because some teams haven’t played as many games as us. Sitting in second is a great place to be, but as other teams play more games, that may change,” she added.Also Read | I have to bat till 20 overs to avoid another collapse: Smriti MandhanaAlso Read | We were outplayed in all departments: Rohit Sharma after India’s worst T20I defeatAlso See:last_img read more

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first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It came as no surprise when last week, Mike Gundy and his staff released the first depth chart that featured junior college transfer Chris Carson at the top of the running back stable.He has earned praise from coaches, staff, and media throughout camp, with Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten saying he ‘has an NFL look.‘After the depth chart was released, even his teammates couldn’t help but gush about the junior ball carrier from Georgia.“The person I can most compare him to is an (NFL all-pro) Adrian Peterson,” OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson told the Stillwater News Press. “I’ve never actually played against him, but I can only imagine a guy with his size, his speed and his athleticism being able to run the ball like – make cuts when he needs to, run over you, run through you, jump over you.”AdChoices广告So Adrian Peterson.The guy who set the freshman rushing record at Oklahoma.The guy who was nine yards short of breaking the single-season all time rushing yards record.The former NFL MVP!Extremely high praise from Peterson. In response to Peterson’s comments, Carson remained humble.That’s some major love bruh ? but idk bout this one lol @Pistol_Peterson— Chris Carson (@ccarson_32) August 28, 2015Regardless, Carson’s ceiling as a potential future NFL ball carrier is hard to overlook. Kevin Peterson, who is projected to be a potential first round draft pick next year, knows talent when he sees it. We can all make our own projections on Thursday. Football season is upon us.last_img read more

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first_imgShare on Messenger Reuse this content Share on Facebook Kosovo Share on WhatsApp news Share on Pinterest Topics Jordan Henderson has said England’s players will hold an inquest into the defensive failings that blighted the 5-3 win over Kosovo when they meet for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Although the front three of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling sparkled in a win that enabled Gareth Southgate’s side to tighten their grip on top spot in Group A, errors from Michael Keane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice for Kosovo’s goals left England with plenty to ponder. Jadon Sancho the difference as blunders mar England’s 5-3 win against Kosovo Share on Twitter Euro 2020 qualifying Share on LinkedIn England Share via Email Read more “We’ll wait until the next meeting to analyse it properly,” Henderson said. “There’s a lot of emotion involved when you come straight in from a game, so I think that will have to come at the next camp. That will be important because we need to learn from tonight.“It’s really important to reflect. You’re going to have goals scored against you but I thought we reacted really well after the goal in the first half. That’s a good sign. But second half there was a little bit of sloppiness. We’ll have to look back at the goals. I couldn’t imagine they were great goals from our point of view.”Although four consecutive victories have put England in a commanding position, Henderson accepted they need to defend better. “We’re scoring some brilliant goals and we look so dangerous on the break,” he said. “When we turn over the ball we break with pace and look frightening at times. But football is about defending at times and you need to keep clean sheets. That’s important if you want to win things.”However the Liverpool midfielder believes Southgate’s young side are moving in the right direction. He reserved special praise for Sancho, who opened his England account with two goals. “I thought Sancho was brilliant at times,” Henderson said. “He was so good with the ball, his runs and his final product. There’s still a lot of positives. We’re still confident and feel we’re going in the right direction, but we’re far from being the perfect team. We want to be even better.”last_img read more

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first_imgESPN College GameDay logo.ESPN’s College GameDay is going to be in the state of Texas for two weeks in a row.College football’s favorite pregame show, which was in College Station this weekend for the Texas A&M-Clemson game, is heading to Fort Worth next Saturday.The show announced on Twitter this evening that it’s heading to TCU next Saturday for the Horned Frogs’ showdown against Ohio State.“You ready, Fort Worth?!”“The game is at AT&T Stadium, but GameDay will be on the TCU campus ahead of Ohio State-TCU!”You ready, Fort Worth?!The game is at AT&T Stadium, but GameDay will be on the TCU campus ahead of Ohio State-TCU! pic.twitter.com/xxozVusmnc— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 9, 2018Ohio State’s game against TCU next Saturday will be the Buckeyes’ final one without Urban Meyer. He is now two games into his three-game suspension.OSU has played extremely well in Meyer’s absence. Specifically, the Buckeyes’ passing game – led by first-year starter Dwayne Haskins – has been spectacular.Ohio State and TCU are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — An Ottawa River monitor is skeptical of the Quebec government’s contention that a local hydro dam is to blame for the deaths of thousands of fish near the national capital.The fish have turned up dead in four waves since July 8 on the Ottawa and Lievre rivers.Last week, the Quebec government turned its sights on a hydroelectric dam on the Lievre River as the cause.Ottawa River Keeper executive director Patrick Nadeau says the province has provided no information to back up its claim and should, at the very least, explain the reasoning to hopefully prevent another die-off of fish in the area.He says the involvement of two provincial governments and the federal government has added confusion to the situation, underscoring the need for joint government management of any body of water that straddles more than one jurisdiction.A spokesman for Quebec Environment Minister Benoit Charette says the most recent test results are still being analyzed and nothing more will be said about the hydro dam “hypothesis” to avoid tainting the investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The 20th Anniversary of the LA Art Show kicked off with a star-studded benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital last week.Jesse Tyler Ferguson at LA Art ShowThe opening night premiere party, which welcomed more than 7,000 celebrities, philanthropists, collectors, and art patrons was hosted by Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo.Amy Adams and Darren Le GalloThe evening hosted numerous high-profile celebrities and political officials including James Franco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nikki Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, Josh Bowman, Joanna Cassidy, AFI’s Davey Havok, U.A.E. Consul General Alsabusi among others.Olivia Holt at LA Art ShowSt. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are excited to partner with St. Jude at the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “By sharing their knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital inspires more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.” read more

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first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is proud to be identified as the top funder for LGBTQ health issues according to a new report by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving for LGBTQ issues.The analysis, which examined LGBTQ health disparities and LGBTQ philanthropy, found that EJAF, along with the Ford Foundation, topped all other giving for LGBTQ health issues at over $4 million.The report, Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing, assessed the scale and character of foundation giving for the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities and is one of several special reports by Funders for LGBTQ Issues that tracks domestic foundation giving to LGBTQ causes. The report also provides critical information for mainstream and LGBTQ funders to push both groups to make donations and investments in LGBTQ health issues.“This groundbreaking study by Funders for LGBTQ Issues shines a light on how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We are proud to be the largest funder and stand with strong allies like Ford, but believe that the foundation community and corporate funders can and must do more. Every foundation on this list should see this as a challenge to help even more people gain access to the healthcare they need. We will continue to work every day to mobilize resources to create creative and courageous programming that advance LGBTQ health rights.”Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of a network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $300 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.In addition to granting more than $4 million annually to a cross section of national and local HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations – including Positive Women’s Network, the ACLU National Prisons Project, SERO, the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), the Transgender Law Center, the National Black Justice Coalition, and the Point Foundation, among others – EJAF has been particularly invested in funding grants that address the needs of people living in the rural south and the health disparities rampant in the African-American community. Currently, EJAF allocates more than one third of its annual investments to the Southern U.S., and in 2013, EJAF supported the establishment of the first LGBTQ health clinic in Mississippi.The report found that while over $50 million has been donated to LGBTQ health issues, there is still vital work to be done. Beyond looking at the infection rates and health disparities, the report also looked at the stigma and tangential needs that impact people living with HIV/AIDS. Some of the report’s key findings include: • Despite making up only 2 percent of the population, gay and bisexual and other men who have sex with men account for 64 percent of new HIV infections • LGBTQ people are more likely to lack health insurance: 18 percent have none, compared to 13 percent of the general population • $23.2 million, or nearly half of all LGBTQ health funding goes to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, however, only 21 percent of HIV/AIDS funding targets LGBTQ communities • 41 percent of transgender people report having attempted suicide compared to 1.6 percent of the general population • On average, less than half of one percent of foundation funding for health is for LGBTQ communitiesSource:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img read more

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first_imgKathmandu: Two Indian climbers have died in Nepal due to high altitude sickness near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition to the world’s third tallest peak, an official said Thursday. Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Karar (46) died Wednesday night above Camp IV after they were unable to continue their descent from near the 8,586-meter peak due to hypothermia and snowblindness. “Biplab made it successfully to the summit point while Kuntal fell sick on his way and could not make it to the top. The Indian duo died while climbing down from the peak,” Mira Acharaya,” liaison officer at Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism team deployed at the base camp, told PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework According to fellow climbers, the incident occurred when the duo were being brought to Camp IV from an altitude of 8,400 metres through a herculean rescue operation carried out by Project Possible team leader Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja along with the fellow members. “They succumbed to high altitude sickness,” said Pasang Sherpa, Director of Peak Promotion Ltd, that carried out the expedition. They were part of a five-member team of climbers from West Bengal, Sherpa said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Two Indian climbers and a German mountaineer who also suffered from serious frostbite will be evacuated from the high altitude camp as early as possible,” he said. Another climber from Chile is missing from above Camp IV of Mount Kanchenjunga since last evening. Rodrigo Vivanco from Chile went missing on the descent after he reportedly made it to the summit late on Wednesday, Sherpa said, adding that a team has already left for Camp IV to conduct a search operation. Mount Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. It rises in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal delimited in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta River.last_img read more

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Rabat – The 17th Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World is shaping up. Maroc Cultures has added several artists to its lineup, including pop sensation and four-time Grammy winner The Weeknd, who will perform June 29, at the OLM Souissi stage.Born Abdel Tesfaye, The Weeknd is a 28-year-old R&B and pop performer whose debut album “Trilogy,” was gold-certified. He has scored 8 top ten entries in the Billboard Hot 100 list, including hits such as “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “Starboy.”Performing at Mawazine’s international stage Mawazine, The Weeknd joins superstar Bruno Mars (US), top DJ Martin Garrix (Netherlands), hit duo The Chainsmokers (US), funky band Jamiroquai (UK), pop-rock band Texas (UK), music sensation Luis Fonsi (Puerto Rico) and the successful rappers Niska (France) and Damso (DRC). Rabat will also enjoy the Jamaican performer Chronixx on the Bouregreg stage on June 25.Jamar McNaught, best known as Chronixx, was born west of the Jamaican capital. The singer appeared on the reggae scene in 2012, but his fame exploded two years later with the release of his EP “Dread & Terrible,” followed by an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which catapulted his popularity ratings.His album Chronology, released in 2017, reached first place on US charts.The Algerian group, Babylone, famous for its single “Zina,” will perform on June 24 at the Mohammed V National Theater.Formed in 2012, Babylone is composed of singer and author Amine Mohamed Djemal; guitarists Rahim El Hadi, Ramzy Ayadi, and Rafik Chami; and percussionist and bassist Redouane Nehar. Their first single Zina, released in 2013, went quickly viral on the web.Lebanese superstars Saad Ramadan and Marwan Khoury will mesmerize the Nahda Stage on June 23.Saad Ramadan conquers audiences with his distinctive voice and beautiful stage presence. He participated in Star Academy 5 in Lebanon, where he claimed third place.Renowned Lebanese singer, composer, and arranger Marwan Khoury has produced numerous titles for great names in Arabic music, such as Magida El Roumi, Najwa Karam and Saber Rebai.The 50-year-old artist, who has won many awards since his impressive career began in 2000, is also known for his collaborations with Moroccan artists, such as Karima Sqalli and Hatim Ammor.Recognized as the youngest raï—Algerian folk music—artist, Moroccan singer Douzi sings in several languages, including Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Turkish, and Hindi.Established in 2001, Mawazine is the essential rendezvous for music lovers in Morocco, and was attended by 2.4 million fans last year. Held every year over nine days, the festival’s rich and diversified program unites stars from the four corners of the world to transform the cities of Rabat and Sale into a grand stage for international music. read more

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Freshman forward Marc Loving (2) drives to the basket during a game against Michigan Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 70-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt had been a long time since Ohio State freshman forward Marc Loving scored a basket.Four hours, 35 minutes and 14 seconds of game time to be exact.Loving hadn’t scored a field goal since a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining during a 68-62 loss against Nebraska Jan. 20.He had also failed to score in any way since the Buckeyes fell, 71-70, in overtime against Penn State Jan. 29, when he hit a pair of free throws.But when his team needed him to recapture the form that had excited coach Thad Matta and the Buckeye faithful earlier this season, Loving did just that.Against Illinois Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to score — putting up only 20 points in the first half and a season-low 48 points in the game — and led by just one point with 12:18 remaining.After buckets from bench players junior center Trey McDonald and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle pushed the lead to five, Loving found the scoring touch he hadn’t seen in nearly a month.“It was like a monkey climbed off my back,” Loving said to Cleveland.com after OSU’s 48-39 win against the Fighting Illini.When he was asked to identify the size of the primate, the freshman was quick to clarify.“A silverback (gorilla),” he added.Loving’s first made jumper in the month of February was followed by two more field goals and a pair of free throws, as the freshman scored eight consecutive points for the Buckeyes.“We needed a little spark off the bench,” Loving said after the game. “Seeing (a shot) go in relieved a lot of pressure. My teammates had my back during my struggles, and they were looking for me. I took the open opportunities and they went down.”At the end of the run, OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) led, 42-29, with 5:25 remaining. The team held on for the victory despite a late charge from Illinois (14-12, 3-10, last in the Big Ten).Before the scoring drought began, Loving was averaging 6.68 points per game but has since seen that number slip to 5.3 a game. His time on the court had also dwindled, as he recorded a season low two minutes during a 70-60 loss against then-No. 15 Michigan Feb. 11.Matta said the pressure that was lifted when Loving made the first basket was immense.“When the ball went through for him, I was just so excited,” Matta said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I talked to him after practice (Friday) and said ‘It’s going to happen’ … When that first shot went down, you could literally see a thousand pounds lifted off of him.”Matta added that he thought Loving was deserving of the game ball.“I told the team afterward, if I could have gotten the game ball, I would have given it to (Loving),” Matta said.Loving wasn’t the only bench player for the Buckeyes to play well against the Illini.Della Valle scored five points and added three rebounds, with junior guard Shannon Scott — who asked to be removed from the starting lineup last month — playing 26 minutes and recording five steals, four rebounds, three assists and two points.McDonald also recorded two points in 15 minutes in relief of junior center Amir Williams, who failed to score during the game.“What you saw with Trey, what you saw with Amedeo, those are things we need them to do,” Matta said. “We rode those guys. They were dog tired.”Senior guard Aaron Craft was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points, but was saddled to the bench with foul trouble for large portions of each half.Craft said it was hard not being able to play, but thought the bench players did a good job when they were needed.“It was rough,” Craft said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I’m sitting on the bench. It’s tough when you don’t have a say. My teammates did a great job controlling the perimeter. Guys just did a great job executing, finding ways to keep it close and that’s what we needed.”Next up, Loving and the rest of the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, tied for seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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In 2002, 2006 and 2010 all the World Cup finals had a scheduled kick offs of 8pm local time and noon, 7pm and 7.30pm BST respectively. This is two hours later than this year’s 6pm local time. Kick off in Brazil in 2014 was 4pm local time and 8pm BST. Responding to the comments Fifa said the decision was made on December 3, 2015 as part of their standing scheduling practices.”We got the question a long time ago and we answered the question a long time ago,” said the spokesman. “The kick-off times for the Fifa World Cup were set in cooperation with a range of stakeholders and taking into account a number of aspects such as the global broadcast market and feasibility for the fans – both in terms of attending the matches and reaching a wide TV audience. “I understand now people are waking up [to the clash] but the decision was already made.” A spokesman said: “Wimbledon will be on BBC One from 1pm then it will move over to BBC Two at 3pm when the World Cup programming will start.”Mr Desmond said that the club had not considered moving the start time of the men’s final to one o’clock despite the clash. He added: “There was dialogue between us and there was dialogue between the broadcasters who have got both sets of rights were concerned. At the end of the day Fifa decided to do that, what we’ll see is mixed performances.” The All England Club also confirmed that they had no plans to air the World Cup match in the Wimbledon grounds, even if England made it to the final. The tensions emerged as the country was still celebrating Tuesday night’s victory over Colombia which brought in a peak of 24.2 million viewers during the penalty shootout, or roughly 81 per cent of everyone watching television in the UK at that time, a figure that is likely to increase if England reach the final. One person who was not watching at that moment, however, was the Prime Minister who found the penalties too “nerve wracking”, according to a Downing Street source.The scheduling decision by Fifa means the final is almost certain to overlap with the mens’ tennis final.Since 2002 the average length of the men’s final at Wimbledon is two hours and 45 minutes. The BBC, who currently has rights to air both Wimbledon and the World Cup, yesterday confirmed that coverage of the men’s final would only show one hour of gameplay on BBC1 before moving on to BBC2 for the first time in the broadcaster’s history. Wimbledon officials were left “surprised” by Fifa’s decision to schedule the World Cup final to overlap with the men’s tennis final at the All England Club, it has been revealed. The scheduling could have a significant impact on the viewing figures for the Wimbledon men’s final, which will be moved from BBC1 to BBC2 for the first time due to the clash. Mick Desmond, the club’s commercial and media director, said yesterday that despite “dialogue” between the two, Fifa decided to schedule the match to begin only two hours after the start of the tennis final on Sunday July 15 . “We’ve always known it was going to be there, we knew 18 months ago. But I think it’s slightly surprising that Fifa have the kick off at four o’clock, it’s not something they’ve done in the past but that’s their decision,” he said.“Our tournament [final] always starts at two o’clock and we’ll start at two o’clock.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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first_imgThe global mineral resources industry has been told to pick up its pace in coping with commodity price and supply cycles and take some strategic lessons in “how to manage boom and busts” from other global industry peers. McKinsey & Company Partner, Prabhav Sharma, told the Australian Geoscience Council convention in Adelaide today that mining worldwide has been and will remain a boom and bust industry unless it adopts key survival principles which have proven their worth in other key industries such as automotive.“In the recent super cycle, resource prices beat the global economic output but it could be argued that the mining industry did not take advantage of the boom,” Sharma said. “Mining’s return on invested capital collapsed from around 17% for mining companies in 2004, to 2 or 3% in 2015,” he said.“Global urbanisation is driving demand for many metals at a time grade decline has been a significant cost contributor to many metals such as iron ore and gold. While geology is not fully controllable, productivity is and in mining, productivity performance has invariably followed the commodity cycle.“Alarmingly, mining productivity has been dropping at between 5-7% per annum.”Sharma called on miners to adopt and learn from the four principles from other industries to side step the boom and bust cycle.These included consistency of purpose, as the car sector had shown over five decades; a simultaneous focus on volume growth and cost, not just one or the other depending on where a metals price sat; sustained and committed investment in R&D, and talent; and being far more innovative.“Toyota embraced timeless operating principles 50 plus years ago and has emerged because of that as one of the world’s top three carmakers,” Sharma said.“The global mining industry has to ask itself can it stick unwaveringly to a set of operating principles?“When mining booms, do miners spend growth capital in a smart and lean way and when prices come off, do we cut costs with due consideration to imminent and future risks?”Sharma said mining investment in R&D was a very erratic spend and this had been a major contributor to the lack of exploration success which in turn was one of the biggest erosions of productivity. “Worldclass mineral discoveries cost over $1 billion and are scarce,” Sharma said. “The cost of non-discovery is far much higher than the cost of discovery. We are finding only two thirds of the deposits we need to maintain even current production.“In oil and gas, they have been able to improve resource recovery from wells by investing significantly in R&D at a time of softening prices.”He also pointed to mining’s dire lag behind other industries in some innovation areas, particularly digital maturity which had to be adopted at a much faster pace.last_img read more

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first_imgI am delighted that a whole new generation will be introduced to his daring deeds and thrilled to be part of this new 21st century series. I can’t wait to find out what he’s been up to for the last 23 years. IF YOU WERE a child of the eighties then chances are you were a fan of Danger Mouse.The secret agent and his assistant Penfold were one of the most popular cartoon pairings of the golden age of cartoons.And now, they’re coming back!CBBC has commissioned a new series of Danger Mouse due to air in 2015. The series will be co-produced and animated by the Dublin company Boulder Media.Boulder Media has been operating in Dublin for 14 years and employs around 85 people.So what do we know about the reboot? A ‘mixed media approach’ will be used to give the show a distinct look and feel Danger Mouse’s eyepatch will be replaced with an ‘i-patch’ with multiple technological functionsPenfold will be back as Danger Mouse’s sidekickDanger Mouse’s HQ will still be houses in a red post box but it will now be packed with state-of-the-art wizardryOriginal Danger Mouse co-creator Brian Cosgrave will act as a consultant for the series.He said: Danger Mouse originally ran for 11 years on ITV from 1981 to 1992. It was broadcast to over 80 territories worldwide.center_img Source: Club1981Channel/YouTubeQuiz time! How well do you know the cartoons of the 80s and 90s?You know you’re a parent when…last_img read more

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first_img So. That episode of Legion last night sure was… something, huh? There’s so much to unpack; it’s hard to figure out where to even start. All I know is that I really liked it. “Chapter Four” was the series’s most visually abstract, disorienting episode yet, even more than the pilot. Over the course of an hour, it made us question everything we’d assumed about the world the last three episodes have shown us.Right away, the show knocks us off balance by throwing us a character we haven’t met before. Played by Jemaine Clement, the man narrates directly to us about what kind of story we’re about to see. He is surrounded by a vibrant blue and white background we can’t quite make out. As the camera zooms out, we see he’s in an ice room suspended in mid-air. Before we have a chance to really deal with that, the show rejoins the action at Summerland.David is still unconscious from the drugs they gave him at the end of last week’s episode. Ptonomy searches David’s memories and can’t find his consciousness anywhere. He deduces David must have created some kind of astral plane in his subconscious. Because the show hasn’t been trippy enough so far. Syd asks one of the bigger questions the episode deals with but doesn’t fully answer. Are they actually in the real world, or are they still in David’s mind? He’s an incredibly powerful mutant; it’s certainly possible he created a convincing projection for them to walk around in.Dan Stevens as David Haller (Photo via FX)For the most part, it doesn’t seem like it, and Ptonomy reassures Syd that they are in the real world. With David unconscious, Melanie sends them out to explore David’s past in the real world to see if they can figure out how to bring him back. We also meet Kerry, who goes with them. Kerry shares a body with Cary. The two can separate from each other, but they feel everything that happens to the other one. Also, Kerry only ages when she’s outside of Cary’s body. Just one of those minor details that make Legion so cool. Though they appear to be in the real world, Syd keeps seeing the Angriest Boy in the World, which makes me question everything we’ve seen in this episode.The group visits David’s old therapist’s office and find a beaten up tape recorder. We knew that recorder was important by the way David kept staring at it in his memories before. Now, Ptonomy is able to get a memory from the object itself and learn what really happened. David’s therapist, Poole caught him during the robbery, and David beat him severely, breaking his skull. Poole survived, it seems, but Syd concludes that David didn’t commit the robbery for drugs. He did it to erase whatever was on the tape.They also visit David’s ex-girlfriend. At first, Ptonomy and Syd pretend to be a couple looking for a house while Ptonomy reads her mind. He gets a vision of her visiting Poole at a lighthouse and is about to leave when Syd admits that they’re actually there to learn about David. It turns out his ex has been searching for him too. She also mentions that David had a friend he did drugs with. A man named Benny. Not the Lenny woman we’ve been seeing. What is going on? Syd asks if there’s anything she’d like them to say to David for her. She gets really quiet and scared. “They’re watching.” It appears Division 3 is closer to the trio than we think.Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk. (Photo via FX)That turns out to be exactly the case, as the next step in the investigation leads the team right into a trap. They travel to the lighthouse where Poole is apparently living and begin asking him questions about David. Once Poole starts asking specific questions about Melanie Bird, it becomes clear he’s not Poole at all. He’s The Eye, torture expert, and shapeshifter. With Division 3 troops closing in on the house, the trio race upstairs and we get a superhero action scene unlike any we’ve ever seen before. They run through the house, and Kerry jumps out of a window to take on some commandos head on. The episode cuts back and forth between her movements and Cary’s. They’re linked, which makes her eventual defeat even more painful. The team is captured, but Syd manages to switch bodies with The Eye. She loads her unconscious teammates (along with The Eye in her body) into a van and drives them to safety.While all this is going on David is sitting around in his subconscious astral plane. He meets Oliver, the narrator from the beginning of the episode. It appears Oliver is Melanie Birds former lover who has been comatose and trapped in an astral plane like David, since the ’70s. Oliver invites David into his ice room where he will be safe. It seems David brought the Devil with Yellow Eyes into the astral plane with him. Oliver describes the creature as a parasite living in David’s mind. The creature makes David forget it as soon as he sees it, which explains why he hasn’t brought up the thing with anyone. David and Oliver don’t exactly get on, so David decides to take his chances outside.It’s not long before he runs into Lenny, who torments him about being stuck in the astral plane while his friends are in trouble. She tells him they have to get out of his mind. She’s tired of being trapped inside and wants to get back into the real world. She shows him what’s happening with his friends, which gets him mad enough to teleport to their location. As she goads him on, she appears to morph into the Devil with Yellow Eyes. Yeah, I’ll admit that was a pretty disturbing image right before bed.Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett (Photo via FX)David arrives too late to see that Syd and The Eye have switched bodies. He makes the truck crash and helps the person he thinks is Syd escape. The real Syd tries to chase They Eye down, but David tackles her, realizing only after it’s too late that they had switched. Once the bodies switch back, The Eye turns around and shoots Kerry. The episode then cuts between Kerry bleeding out, while Cary lies on the floor of his clinic in pain. As the episode ends, Lenny appears behind David, wrapping a demonic-looking hand around his shoulder.We are now halfway through the first season, and “Chapter Four” was its best episode so far. It expertly played with the unreliable narrator concept, using its abstract, confusing visuals to great effect. It even answered some of our most burning questions about the series, while raising so many more. It appears Lenny is the Devil with Yellow Eyes. Is that who she always was? Could anyone other than David (and Syd when she was in David’s body) see her at Clockworks? And why does Syd keep seeing the Angriest Boy in the World? Is that a projection from David, or are they still somewhere in his mind? We’ll probably get the answers to some of those questions next week. Knowing this show, though, that will only make us ask more. Stay on target Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness last_img read more

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first_imgZinedine Zidane admitted that he is not able to explain his side’s different performances across competitions – they have been amazing in the Champions League, while they have been struggling for consistency in the domestic league.Real Madrid have been dominant in the Champions League as they eliminated PSG and now, they are about to advance against Juventus after winning the first leg 3-0 away from home.The former France international spoke about his side’s different performances as he said, according to eirsport.ie:Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“I don’t have an explanation. We always want to win everything but sometimes, like this year, we are not consistent.”“We had some difficult moments, especially with scoring goals. We are much better in every aspect now, although I can’t explain why.”“Winning the league makes me more excited, it’s the most difficult competition and I also think it’s what the players want. But if you look at the club’s record in the Champions League you’ll see no-one has achieved what we have.”last_img read more

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first_imgMarko Arnautovic has dedicated their recent 3-1 triumph over Manchester United to the West Ham fans.Arnautovic ensured the Hammers will seal three points in the 71st-minute after Marcus Rashford’s goal looked like the Red Devil’s were threatening for a comeback.“It’s a very good win and we’re really happy,” he said. “The club and the fans deserve a win at home. We had a couple of bad ones before that, but in the last three games, we have been brilliant.“It doesn’t matter how they set up, we have our game plan and we look at ourselves.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We need to do our jobs and we did it today excellently. That’s why we deserved the win.”He added: “I’m there to help the team get up the pitch. I have to hold the balls, and score goals. That’s my job and I tried to do everything possible.“For my goal, it was a mistake from them, and Mark kept the ball really well because first of all, I was offside. He waited until I was onside and it was a good pass.“I’m happy to score, but I’m especially happy with the three points. That’s the most important thing.”last_img read more

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