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AUS vs NZ: Nathan Lyon dropped, Usman Khawaja left out of ODI squad

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first_imgOff-spinner Nathan Lyon has been dropped from Australia’s squad for the one-day international series in New Zealand next month, while in-form batsman Usman Khawaja has also been overlooked for the three-match series.Uncapped legspinner Adam Zampa replaces Lyon in the only change to a squad that lost the final ODI against India on Saturday. The hosts won that series 4-1.”This squad remains largely unchanged after a fantastic series win against India,” national selector Rod Marsh said in a statement. “We have selected Adam Zampa as the spinning option for this tour in place of Nathan Lyon.”We want Nathan to use the New South Wales versus West Australia Sheffield Shield match in New Zealand as preparation for the Test series and this will give us a chance to have a good look at Adam ahead of the ICC World T20.”Australia will play two tests in New Zealand at the conclusion of the ODI series.Left-hander Khawaja has scored five centuries and three half-centuries in his last nine innings in Test cricket and Australia’s ‘Big Bash League’ Twenty20 tournament.Khawaja, who was drafted into Australia’s squad for the second and third match against India after opener David Warner went on paternity leave, has played only three ODIs, the last coming against West Indies in Perth nearly three years ago.”He doesn’t have to do any more,” Marsh said in Adelaide on Monday. “He’s in red-hot form and it’s just a shame we can’t fit Usman in.”We tried our hardest to work him into the side but we just couldn’t find anyone to drop.”advertisementSquad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampalast_img read more

ECA propose a new ‘Super Champions League’ 2024 onwards

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first_imgAdvertisementThe European Club Association (ECA) are pushing UEFA to revamp the existing Champions League rules, laws and working into a more ‘advanced’ competition many dub to be a ‘Super Champions League’. The new proposed way of running the competition will be adopted after the bumper TV broadcasting deals of various leagues at large expire at the end of the 2023-24 season, should the ECA’s bill be passed by UEFA. A majority of Europe’s elite clubs got together for their General Assembly in Amsterdam meeting last month, wherein the present format and running of the Champions League was discussed, and the ECA have proposed a brand new format of their own for the proceedings of Europe’s elitemost contest, in addition to other competitions including the national leagues and the Europa League.PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS & QUALIFICATIONThe most striking part of the meeting was the exclusion of Premier League sides, which the ECA openly admit to doing, claiming they wish to be away from the Premier League’s TV broadcasting deals. They hail the unfair monetary advantage Premier League has over its competitors as overseas broadcasting generates a total revenue of around £4.05b over a 3-year cycle, on top of the £5b it earns for domestic rights from Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Prime.Now this, in particular, is noteworthy since the ECA’s proposed way of running the Champions League challenges or much rather refutes, among other things, the Premier League’s almost sacred tradition of Champions League qualification, viz. the prestigious Top 4 places, and aims to replace it with an all new procedure that will take into consideration a variable – qualification co-efficient – that favors historical powers.One way to look at it is: a ‘small club’ with not much history, per se, is almost ineligible for Champions League participation, meaning the usual select few will be the only faces in the league, year in and year out.TWO GROUP STAGESThe usual first round format of the Champions League, viz. eight groups consisting of four clubs, inculcating in a single group stage with six games being played in every group, has been proposed to be inverted in the sense that 32 clubs will now be bifurcated into four groups consisting of eight clubs. This results in every club playing fourteen games in every group, and effectively, a single group stage will now be divided into two group stages.WEEKEND FIXTURESIn addition to the aforementioned format, another structural clause proposes to shift all the Champions League games of the participating sides on the weekend, much like the respective national league fixtures. This, however, will result in the national league games being shifted to mid-week.The plan includes shifting only the Champions League’s quarter-final to final fixtures on the weekend, in the initial phase, and later moving the whole tournament on the weekends for all rounds.This comes on top of Premier League managers Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp, both openly expressing their chagrin with the run-in of fixtures either their teams or their European oppositions have had for a tie.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin altogether denied any such proposal had been put forth.“We haven’t discussed weekends, just to clear that up once and for all,” Ceferin said, while representatives of Spanish clubs in the Dutch capital, too, echoed Ceferin’s words.EXPANSION OF THE EUROPA LEAGUEIn order to compensate for the ‘restrictive’ proposed Champions League qualification and participation, developments will be made in the Europa League’s way of running. This change, however, comes into effect the very next season, and will have two divisions to accommodate more clubs in the second-tier European competition.An ECA representative was quoted saying:“But the big clubs will have their exclusive competition. And if they move it to the weekends the impact on the rest of more modest football and on the national leagues will be devastating”.On the other side of the spectrum, the Bundesliga, which does not have the same cycle of selling rights as UEFA and the Champions League, has already discussed legal action if its 2024-2025 domestic season is disrupted by more fixtures for clubs in European competitions.It yet remains to be seen how the major clubs in Europe as well as in England look at the proposal, especially given that FIFA plan to bring in their own Club World Cup starting from 2021.Read also:-Impressive statistic shows none better for free-kicks than Messi in last 5 seasonsReal entice Varane to stay, will offer him a pay raise Advertisementlast_img read more

Llorente wants out of Spurs for Bilbao return

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first_imgFernando Llorente wants a return to Athletic Bilbao after failing to make an impact at Tottenham.The Spanish striker moved from Swansea to White Hart Lane in summer of 2017 for £13.5 million but has scored just once in 17 Premier League appearances – all but one from from bench.Harry Kane’s dominant position as Spurs’ main goalscorer has meant limited opportunity for the 33-year-old and he has spoken openly of his desire to move to the club where he was a big favourite between 2005 and 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I would like to go back to Athletic. My priority is to feel important in the team,” he told Cadena SER. “If I have the opportunity and can talk to them, for me, yes, I would like to go back.”Llorente is contracted to Tottenham until June 2019 with the club having the option of a 12-month extension.But while he has clearly set his sights on leaving in the January transfer window, the veteran forward acknowledges his future is dependent on an Athletic aproach and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy agreeing a move. He added: “Leaving in the winter market does not depend on me, Athletic would have to talk to Tottenham and Levy.”Manager Mauricio Pochettino left Llorente out of his squad for Saturday’s Premier League win over Leicester.Even with Kane resting on the bench, the Spurs boss went with a strikeforce of Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son and named rarely-used French winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou among the Spurs substitutes.Llorente did make it off the bench for the Chamlions League draw with Barcelona on Tuesday which sealed Spurs’ passage to the next round.He spent two seasons in Serie A with Juventus, winning two titles, and a year with Sevilla as well as his time with Swansea after leaving Bilbao.Llorente was a member of Spain’s victorious 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 squads.last_img read more

West Brom vs Brighton: TV, stream & preview

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first_imgWest Brom and Brighton face-off in an FA Cup fourth-round replay for a chance to play Derby County in the next round.With Brighton looking safe in the Premier League they may look to this competition as a real chance to lift some silverware with a favourable draw in the next round and multiple top teams already eliminated from the competition.West Brom will have promotion at the forefront of their minds but a win here to boost their confidence may be exactly what they need.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game West Brom vs Brighton Date Wednesday, February 6 Time 8:05pm GMT / 3:05pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+ US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will by shown on BBC One and can be streamed on the BS UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position West Brom players Goalkeepers Johnstone, Myhill, Bond Defenders Gibbs, Bartley, Mears, Townsend, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi, Holgate, Melbourne Midfielders Johansen, Morrison, Livermore, Phillips, Montero, Brunt, Barry, Hoolahan, Field, Harper, Murphy Forwards Robson-Kanu, Gayle, Rodriguez, Leko, Edwards, West Brom will be without ineligible loanees Stefan Johansen and Jefferson Montero, who joined after the original game, and the cup-tied Jacob Murphy.Potential West Brom starting XI:  Johnstone; Holgate, Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Mears, Barry, Livermore, Hoolahan; Robson-Kanu, Leko, Rodriguez. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Button, Steele Defenders Dunk, Duffy, Bruno, Montoya, Bong, Bernardo, Balogun, Burn Midfielders Bissouma, Propper, Stephens, Kayal, Gross, March, Izquierdo, Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh Forwards Locadia, Murray, Andone Brighton also have a fully available squad and, with the FA Cup looking a winnable competition, they may go with a strong team here.Potential Brighton starting XI: Ryan, Bernardo, Dunk, Duffy, Balogun; Propper, Stephens, Gross; Izquierdo, Knockaert, MurrayBetting & Match Odds Despite being the away team Brighton are favoured for this fixture with odds of 29/20 being given for a Seagulls win. A draw can be backed at 12/5 whilst a West Brom win is priced at 21/10Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Chris Hughton BrightonBoth teams will be looking for better performances than in the previous meeting which ended 0-0 and forced this replay.Derby await the winners of this tie and due to Frank Lampard’s team being weaker opposition both of these sides may fancy their chances of getting a step closer to Wembley this season.Chris Hughton has to be relishing this competition as Brighton have a real shot of lifting some silverware for the first time in their history, with two Championship clubs standing between them and the quarter-finals.Hughton will not make the mistake of underestimating his opponents as he realises that West Brom have a squad ready for the top flight.“It’s a big challenge for us. We’re up against a team that are in a very good position in the Championship,” said Hughton.“What they will be doing is giving everything they can to get straight back to the Premier League.”Hughton was clearly impressed with West Brom’s business in January as they signed four players with top-level experience; Jefferson Montero, Stefan Johansen, Jacob Murphy and Mason Holgate. Although only Holgate from the new arrivals is available for this game.“They’ve brought in some good players in this window, so they’ve got a very good squad and a team that has recently been in the Premier League.”Baggies boss Darren Moore believes that the team spirit at the Hawthorns could be the deciding factor in this fixture”We’re in an exciting part of the season, the confidence is good here, the team morale and togetherness is there. We’re fighting for one another.”With promotion still West Brom’s main aim they may rest players with an important game against Stoke at the weekend, whilst Brighton look safe in the Premier League so they can prioritise the FA Cup.last_img read more

Were WADA-compliant now, claims AIBA

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first_imgLausanne, Apr 30 (PTI) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) today claimed that it has become WADA-compliant since adopting a revamped anti-doping programme, which was cited as an area of concern by the IOC when it threatened to expel the sport from the 2020 Olympics. “Following the review of the International Boxing Associations Corrective Action Report (CAR), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concluded that all non-conformities based on the CAR have been addressed appropriately by AIBA,” the AIBA said in a statement. AIBA has been ordered to revamp its doping programme, its judging and refereeing system and the governance structure by the International Olympic Committee to save boxing from expulsion from the 2020 Games. After outsourcing the management of its anti-doping programme, the AIBA is likely to join the Independent Testing Authority by June this year. “Being in compliance with the World Anti-Doping marks a big achievement for AIBA and shows its commitment to move our organisation forward. We believe this is just the first step and we will continue our talks with WADA as we working together in the fight for clean sport,” AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets said. AIBA said it is currently making “strong efforts” to ensure a secure and functional Anti-Doping system is in place during the World Championships next year. With its new partners, the Global Association of International Sports Federations? (GAISF) and Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU), AIBA is currently establishing a new anti-doping educational programme dedicated to ensuring that “all AIBA member federations and athletes understand the applicable rules and regulations”.advertisement The IOC has also objected to to the appointment of Uzbek Gafur Rakhimov as AIBA President owing to his alleged links to financial crimes, a criticism that has been rejected by AIBA. PTI PM PM PMlast_img read more

The incredible story of Maradona’s last match

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first_imgDiego Maradona Cocaine, cover-ups and the incredible story of Diego Maradona’s last match Daniel Edwards Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Maradona Getty Boca Juniors River Plate Superliga Coached by disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson and playing after presidential intervention to hide a positive cocaine test, Diego said goodbye on his terms Exactly 20 years ago to this day, Diego Maradona said farewell to the world of professional football. The story that began on the parched wastegrounds of Buenos Aires’ Villa Fiorito slum ended in the most incongruent of backdrops – the bowels of the Monumental Stadium belonging to Boca Juniors’ and Diego’s arch-rivals River Plate – minutes after the Xeneize had prevailed in the Superclasico by downing their adversaries 2-1.That game, and its aftermath, drew the curtain on the career of one of the most talented and contradictory characters ever to star on a football field. And while hardly a fairytale ending for the troubled World Cup winner, the story of that final adios marked a fitting, if at times bizarre, conclusion for a man who had seemed destined to bow out of the sport he loved in scandal and ignominy. And most curiously of all, by rights Diego should not even have taken the field.The year was 1997. During the presidency of Ferrari-driving playboy Carlos Saul Menem Argentina had entered a phoney economic boom, underpinned by the pegging of the notoriously unstable peso to the US dollar and financed by indiscriminate privatisation of public services and astronomic borrowing. That debt bubble would eventually explode in 2001 to catastrophic effect, but in the meantime the Argentine middle class enjoyed unheard of prosperity and a new jetset was born. In a country suddenly beholden to the gods of capital, Boca were held up as the symbol of this brave new age. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Maradona RiverMauricio Macri, the eldest son of an Italian immigrant who had amassed one of Argentina’s largest fortunes managing hefty public works contracts, was the man leading the club. Macri had run for election at the Bombonera in 1995 as the first step towards cleaning up his public image as a spoilt, model-dating daddy’s boy, a road that would later take him to the mayorship of Buenos Aires and, in 2015, the Argentine presidency itself. Success, however, proved elusive, and two years into his Boca tenure the club had failed to lift a single title. Under pressure to deliver on his grandiose promises, Macri turned to a Xeneize idol.Maradona too was far removed from his glory days with Argentina and Napoli. The 18-month suspension handed down for doping offences at the 1994 World Cup had forced the star into coaching, sitting on the bench for Racing Club and Deportivo Mandiyu in two short, chaotic spells. Once the ban expired he had returned to Boca, but the move proved a fiasco. Out of shape and in the throes of a damaging cocaine addiction, Maradona lasted less than a year at the Bombonera before dropping out of football again. One of the few highlights was a passionate kiss shared with Claudio Caniggia during a Superclasico win over River.Diego Maradona Claudio Caniggia Boca Juniors Kiss 1996Speaking for a drugs charity in 1996, the ailing legend came clean: “Drugs are everywhere and I do not want kids to take them. I have two girls and I thought it best to say this, a father’s obligation… I was, am and always will be a drug addict”.Conditions, then, were hardly ideal for his comeback. Nevertheless, on April 21, 1997 and just two weeks after being rushed to hospital with hypertension, Maradona signed a new contract with Boca. The star was fresh from a spell in a Swiss rehab clinic and took to the pitch for the first time in July. He even hired a curious personal trainer to whip him back into shape: disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who had been found guilty of doping offences after winning gold at the 1988 Olympic Games.“One day I turned up to training and Maradona was trying to install a treadmill in the Boca dressing room,” Hector Vieira, who coached the Xeneize at the time recalled. “He had Ben Johnson, he had Austrian masseurs, a Belgian fitness instructor.“They couldn’t get the treadmill into the dressing room, they had to break down a door. And I came in with the whistle around my neck, I said, ‘The only person missing here is Don King!’”Johnson, meanwhile, who for a while was convinced he was the reincarnation of an Egyptian pharaoh and also acted as personal trainer for late Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi, enjoyed a warm, if slightly fearful, relationship with his charge. “Don’t ever cross him”, the ex-sprinter said to the Mail on Sunday . “He knows some serious people.” For his part Diego had no regrets about the link-up: in his autobiography he referred to Johnson as, “The fastest man on earth – no matter what anyone says.”They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but that proved untrue for the duo. In August 1997 a familiar demon raised its head. After starring in a 4-2 victory over Argentinos Juniors Diego failed yet another doping test, showing positive for trace elements related to cocaine use. The fallout from that episode resembled a scene from the Stanley Kubrick classic Doctor Strangelove, with Boca, Maradona’s agent Guillermo Coppola, the Argentine FA and even the government making a frantic series of telephone calls in order to protect the star from punishment.According to an investigation published at the time in Clarín, both president Menem and Buenos Aires governor Eduardo Duhalde were following the case closely and offered to meet with Maradona to show their support. What is beyond doubt is that a federal judge’s injunction ordered the AFA to refrain from imposing a ban on the star, due to alleged irregularities in the urine test that would be dismissed months later. “An exceptional person deserved an exceptional solution,” Duhalde said at the time, while the player’s former agent Jorge Cyszterspiler was more direct: “A whole country revolves around Diego. He brings in the television, he fills a stadium, he lifts the people.”Maradona GFXSo it was that Maradona was cleared to play once more. But ill fortune continued to plague him. In a Supercopa game against Colo Colo he suffered an injury that sent him once more to the sidelines, and little by little it began to dawn on him that his playing days were all but over. El Pibe de Oro, typically, decided to bring the curtain down on his own terms. The Superclasico would be his final flourish, the perfect end to a saga that had lasted more than 20 years since his debut as a fresh-faced, afro-sporting teenager at Argentinos.It was far from a vintage performance. Maradona struggled to get into the game, and was powerless to act as Sergio Berti put River ahead in the Monumental. At half time Vieira shuffled his deck, and Diego was taken off. Popular folklore has his heir-apparent, 19-year-old Juan Roman Riquelme, entering for his fellow No. 10, but the Boca team sheet that day shows Claudio Caniggia as his replacement – Riquelme came on at the same time, but for Nelson Vivas.Diego stayed on the bench, directing a few less than complimentary gestures at the Millonario fans as goals from Julio Cesar Toresani and Martin Palermo sealed a famous victory for the visitors. “Boca played like Boca and River were River. They played a great first half and then their panties fell down,” he fired at the final whistle, one of the countless phrases that have passed into the annals of football legend. Days later, on his 37th birthday and dogged by reports of the failed drugs test so carefully concealed, he officially hung up his boots, never to return as a professional.Maradona never completed his formal education, getting as far as his first year of high school before dropping out to focus on football. But he has nevertheless made almost as grand a contribution to the Spanish language as the likes of Cervantes, Borges and Garcia Marquez with his unique take on the world. In 2001, four years after that last game, he finally played his official farewell at the Bombonera in a testimonial clash. There he uttered one of his most famous statements: “Football is the healthiest and most important sport in the world. I have made mistakes, and I have paid, but the ball cannot be stained.”For better or for worse, Diego did things his way from start to finish, and nowhere is that more evident than in the way he signed off in typical fashion, baiting a rabid Monumental and celebrating another win for his beloved Boca.last_img read more

14 days agoEngland coach Southgate understands Bulgarian anger

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first_imgEngland coach Southgate understands Bulgarian angerby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says England must fix their own racism problems before others, with the Three Lions boss empathising with Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov.Mihaylov was left annoyed after comments from the England camp stating they would walk off if they were subjected to racial abuse when the two countries face in Sofia on Monday.But Southgate insists his team will abide by UEFA’s three-step protocol, which allows the referee stop the match, then take players off the pitch, and if the problem persists an abandonment can be announced.”I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does, because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys,” Southgate told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.”That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.”If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.”We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.”I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Aly Raisman Explains Why Gabby Douglas Didn’t Show For The MTV VMAs

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first_imgAly Raisman being interviewed.Sunday night, the United States women’s gymnastics team, which took home the team gold in this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games, made an appearance at the MTV VMAs to hand out an award to Beyonce for Best Female Video. But one key member of the squad was missing.This year’s ‘Final Five’ included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas. But when the team took the stage Sunday night, Douglas was not with the group.Why? According to Raisman, Douglas was in the hospital suffering from an allergic reaction. Her publicist Lesley Burbridge later added that it’s a mouth infection from a previous injury.Raisman and her teammates have been on quite a whirlwind victory tour since returning from Rio. Meeting Beyonce is likely one of the highlights.last_img read more

MS Dhoni will mostly bat at No.4 but we can be flexible, says CSK coach Stephen Fleming

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first_img Press Trust of India ChennaiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 16:47 IST MS Dhoni has been outstanding in the past 10 months, feels CSK coach Stephen Fleming (BCCI Photo)The Indian team management has slotted Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a potential number five in their line-up moving into the World Cup but at Chennai Super Kings, their skipper will be batting a notch higher at No 4, said coach Stephen Fleming.Dhoni, who will be leading the defending champions for the 10th year, would be used as a floater if required but Kedar Jadhav’s presence makes it easier to fix the slots.”Dhoni batted pretty much (at) No. 4 last year but we do use him in a little bit of a flexible role, so that won’t change,” Fleming said at the media conference organised by CSK.”His (Dhoni’s) form has been outstanding in the past 10 months. We have a new player as well (Kedar Jadhav) which is great. So, we’re really happy with the (batting) order and the thoughts around that,” Fleming told reporters at an event to launch CSK merchandise here.Kedar played the first match of the last season before a hamstring tear kept him out for nearly six months.CSK is a team that’s core is formed with players in their mid or late 30’s but Fleming points out at the mindset, which made all the difference.He alluded the team’s memorable triumph on the comeback last year to mindset, (team) environment and culture apart from winning the big moments to a question on CSK’s balance compared to other teams.”We tend not to do it (compare). Because if you start looking at other teams, you’re trapped away from what’s good or bad of your own. There’s enough great players with each side, so it comes down to mindset, team environment and culture and winning big moments,” Fleming said.advertisementHe spoke about how the team won the crucial moments which proved to be decisive in the end.”Last year, we just won big moments. We’re just big on team culture and empowering the players to make decisions and win big moments. And last year was a snapshot of that.”Even though the ‘young’ man (34-year-old Kedar Jadhav) was only with us for one game, he played a huge part in winning that game with Bravo. And Faf du Plessis and Watson at the end. And the usual suspects like Dhoni and Raina.”The CSK coach praised fellow New Zealander and spinner Mitchell Santner, who missed last season owing to injury, and said he has a great record in the sub-continent and it was good to have him.”Yeah, Mitch has a got a great record in the subcontinent, which is why it is good to have him. We obviously missed him last year so again it’s like a new signing.He also said “Chennai still has a role for the pace bowlers. We are conscious of a good balance. Imran Tahir is in good form, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan with his experience we’ve got most of the bases covered and it’s just about getting the guys to perform and sitting on our gameplan, especially at home but when we play away as well.Also Read | The Dhoni, Raina impact on Chennai Super Kings, IPL’s most successful sideAlso Read | It was like a arranged marriage with CSK: MS Dhoni on Roar of The LionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow No.4Follow CSKFollow CoachFollow Stephen FlemingFollow Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni will mostly bat at No.4 but we can be flexible, says CSK coach Stephen FlemingStephen Fleming revealed that MS Dhoni may be use a floater in the batting Chennai Super Kings line-up but will mostly bat at No. 4 in Indian Premier League 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

10 Summertime Treats in New York City

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first_imgWritten By: Joel Cohen, Vice President – New York City Vacation Packages  There aren’t too many world-class destinations that promise low-season hotel rates during a prime family tourism season – but New York City can claim that accolade. Throughout most of the summer, City hotels are rolling out the red carpet so tourists can have fun without spending a fortune on their accommodations. So what is summertime like in New York City? Simply put, it’s a great time to experience the outdoors and indoors, the new and the well-known, and the seasonal events that make New York City a one-of-a-kind destination. For the first-time visitors, and the veteran New York City travelers, here’s our list of 10 Summertime Treats for 2019. 1. Parks and GardensSure, the City has the tallest buildings in the USA and is a virtual skyscraper museum. But it also features some beautiful parklands from famous Central Park to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Perhaps lesser known, but equally magnificent, areWave Hill in the Bronx and (a personal favorite) the Chinese Scholar’s Garden at Snug Harbor on Staten Island. For a super day trip out of Manhattan, how about a visit to the Bronx Zoo, followed by lunch and a tour of the public gardens at Wave Hill, a vibrant landscape that’s been called “one of the greatest living works of art.” 2. Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge ParkSpeaking of parks, we’d be remiss by not mentioning one of our favorite photography spots in the City. Located just on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge is a waterfront site along the East River with a picture-perfect view of Lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers and the Bridge itself. Beginning about an hour before sunset, photographers set up their tripods to capture one of the iconic images of the sun setting behind the City. 3. The High LineLet’s take a 1 ½ mile abandoned elevated rail line and demolish it. No wait, a better idea – let’s turn it into a public space in the heart of Manhattan where locals and visitors can stroll along landscaped walkways, see interesting art installations, or even have a snack in a quiet setting overlooking the Hudson River. 4. Hudson YardsOpening in spring, 2019, Hudson Yards will be a micro-destination of its own. It’s the largest urban development in the history of the USA and will be home to several experiences to attract tourists. The Vessel, an interactive centerpiece of the area featuring 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, will be New York City’s next public landmark. Hudson Yards will also showcase great shopping including the City’s first Neiman Marcus and nearly 100 luxury and specialty stores and restaurants. 5. World PrideNew York City will host the largest LGBTQ celebration in the world in June, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and LGBTQ liberation. There will be rallies, parties, lectures, and both free and ticketed events culminating in the Pride March on Sunday, June 30, followed by closing ceremonies in Times Square featuring special guest Melissa Etheridge. 6. Statue of Liberty MuseumA beautiful, new museum giving visitors to Liberty Island the chance to experience a better understanding of Lady Liberty will open this Spring. Formerly, artifacts were only viewable to those few who could gain access to the Statue’s pedestal. However the new Statue of Liberty Museum will allow everyone to interact and learn about the construction, history and significance of the Statue. New York City Vacation Packages operates daily tours departing from Midtown Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty. More information is available on the company’s website nyctrip.com. 7. 4th of July FireworksNothing celebrates our Independence Day more than evening fireworks, and New York City is the home to the nationally telecast spectacular sponsored by Macy’s. NYCVP offers a luxury cruise in New York Harbor to view the extravaganza – and in fact, hosts an all-day event that’s perfect for families and visitors. It begins with an old-fashioned picnic done in a New York style, high above Times Square on a beautiful outdoor terrace. Following the lunch, guests are taken on a sightseeing tour of historic Manhattan before boarding the World Yacht Princess for the evening’s fireworks dinner cruise. There’s more information about this not-to-be-missed July 4th event on nyctrip.com. 8. New York Yankees BaseballThe Bronx Bombers begin their 2019 season as favorites to win their division and return to the World Series for the first time since 2009. Tickets for games, especially weekends, are sometimes are to get. That’s why NYCVP has locks of tickets for 10 summer home games, including escorted transportation from Midtown Manhattan and a pre-game party inside the Stadium in the Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar. Reserved seats are on the Main Level, comfortably under cover and just behind first base, offering an exceptional view of the entire field. 9. US Open TennisWatch the greatest names in tennis at the richest tennis tournament and the last Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open, held at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. The tournament runs from August 26 until the Women’s and Men’s finals September 7 and 8. NYCVP has reserved tickets in Arthur Ashe Stadium for most dates, including a special group block of tickets for Men’s and Women’s 3rd round on Saturday, August 31. 10. BroadwayThis Spring and Summer season on Broadway will feature long-running standbys like The Lion King, Chicago, Wicked, Aladdin, Book of Mormon and Phantom of the Opera. But everyone’s excited to see these new shows opening soon:Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the TemptationsKiss Me, KateOklahoma!BeetlejuiceTootsieMoulin Rouge! The Musical New York City Vacation Packages, with home offices in Kingston PA, is the only major tour company in the USA focusing exclusively on vacation travel arrangements to New York City. The company has been in business since 1998 providing travel professionals with commissionable FIT and Group travel products, including daily departures customized to individual needs, and special events surrounding unique NYC experiences like 4th of July fireworks, US Open Tennis, the Thanksgiving day parade, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and New Year’s Eve in Times Square. The company is a member of NYC & Company, and is not affiliated with the USTA, Macy’s, New York Yankees or Major League Baseball. Learn more about NYCVPlast_img read more

Piraeus Container Terminal Orders 9 More Kalmar ERTGs

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first_imgzoom Finnish port automation solutions provider Kalmar has signed a second repeat order for additional nine all-electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (ERTGs) with Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) S.A. in Greece, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Pacific Limited. The deliveries are scheduled for 2016. Kalmar’s previous deliveries to the terminal consisted of 12 ERTGs in 2013 and nine ERTGs in 2015.“These latest Kalmar E-One2 Zero Emission RTGs will be working in the Pier III expansion area, helping us to enhance capacity in the yard,” Li Jianchun, Deputy General Manager of PCT, said.”The ERTGs apply new technologies that enhance productivity, reliability and flexibility, which we consider to be tremendous achievements. The cranes will be manufactured at Rainbow-Cargotec Industries like the previous ones delivered by Kalmar.”The company has also signed an order with Singapore-based terminal operator PSA International for seven further desks to operate their latest fleet of 11 Kalmar E-One² RTGs delivered earlier this year to PSA Sines Container Terminal in Portugal.last_img read more

Court to rule on whether doctors have to give referrals for services

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first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s highest court is expected to rule today on whether doctors in the province are obligated to give referrals for medical services that clash with their moral or religious beliefs.A group of doctors has asked the Court of Appeal for Ontario to overturn a divisional court decision that upheld the referral requirement.The requirement is part of a policy issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to address issues surrounding, among other things, assisted dying and abortion.Last year, the divisional court found that while the policy does infringe on doctors’ religious freedom, the benefits to the public outweigh the cost to physicians.The court said doctors can ask their staff to provide a referral to another doctor who can provide the service, or choose to specialize in a type of medicine where these issues are less frequent.In its appeal, the group of five doctors and three professional organizations argued the ruling was unreasonable because it gave more weight to an assumed problem with access to health care than to a real infringement of doctors’ rights.The group — which includes the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies and Canadian Physicians for Life — said there is no evidence that patients would be harmed by not receiving a referral.It also alleged the court erred in saying doctors could pick specialties where fewer moral conflicts arise, arguing that presumes physicians can easily switch jobs.The college, which regulates doctors in Ontario, said in documents that its policy aims to balance physicians’ beliefs with the need to ensure access to care.It said suggesting that people can simply find another physician to treat them ignores the barriers patients face, particularly vulnerable ones and those living in remote areas.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Police investigate shooting on Highway

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Gunfire erupted on Hwy. 401 near Mississauga early this morning. Ontario Provincial Police believe two cars were involved in the incident, but one fled the scene.At approximately 4 a.m. A car carrying five men crashed into the concrete wall of the 401 eastbound near Winston Churchill Blvd. in Mississuaga.When the OPP arrived they discovered that the car had been shot up by bullets.The OPP say the men in the car called police and are being questioned.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says the vehicle that fled the scene could be red in colour, with heavy damage on the front bumper and a flat tire.Despite shots being fired and a rollover, the men in the vehicle walked away with only a few cuts and scrapes.It is unknown if the cars crashed into each other.The eastbound lanes of the 401 near Winston Churchill Blvd. where closed for nearly 12 hours as police collected evidence and mapped out the area with drones.The westbound lanes were stopped briefly as well. All lanes reopened at 3:45 p.m..No arrests have been made at this time.The OPP say its too early to determine a motive. Police will be searching the nearby industrial area for surveillance video to help with the investigation. read more

Discussions on plan of action begin at UN conference on small arms

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This afternoon, negotiations began in earnest on a concrete draft programme of action. The talks on the draft, which were held in open session today, will move behind closed doors tomorrow afternoon, while the ministerial segment is scheduled to run each morning for the remainder of the week. A total of 146 participants have signed up to take part in that segment. Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged widespread support for the goals of the Conference. In an op-ed article in the International Herald Tribune, he recalled the success of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and said the fight against “equally deadly and even more pervasive” illegal small arms and light weapons should be the next focus of urgent worldwide attention.Seeking to clarify the purpose of the forum, Mr. Annan stressed that it “is not meant to infringe on national sovereignty, limit the right of states to defend themselves, interfere with their responsibility to provide security, or subvert the right of peoples to self-determination, nor is it meant to take guns away from their legal owners.” The targets of the Conference, he observed, “are unscrupulous arms dealers, corrupt officials, drug trafficking syndicates, terrorists and others who bring death and mayhem into streets, schools and towns throughout the world.” Citing stark statistics from the Small Arms Survey 2001, the Secretary-General observed that those weapons are implicated in well over 1,000 deaths every single day, the vast majority of them women and children. The Survey, a project of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, was formally launched today at a press briefing in New York. “We are very happy to present this first edition in a very timely manner so that it coincides with the United Nations Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons,” Raimund Kunz, Head of the Delegation of the Observer for Switzerland to the UN, told the press.According to the Survey, at least 550 million firearms are in circulation around the world. Small arms comprise less than 10 per cent of the total legal trade in conventional arms, yet cause up to 90 per cent of casualties in armed conflicts.”With 1,300 people killed daily – half a million annually – it is no exaggeration to call small arms and light weapons the real weapons of mass destruction,” said Keith Krause, the Survey Programme Director. “They exacerbate conflicts, cause much human suffering, and undermine economic development across the globe.” read more

Duke Energy earnings fall on nuclear operations writedown misses expectations

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by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 7:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Duke Energy earnings fall on nuclear operations write-down; misses expectations NEW YORK, N.Y. – Duke Energy Corp. posted a sharp drop in second-quarter profit on costs related to closing a crippled nuclear power station in Florida and milder weather in its service territory.Duke, the nation’s largest utility by number of customers and market value, said Wednesday that it earned $399 million, or 48 cents per share, in the April-to-June quarter. That’s down from $444 million, or 99 cents per share, a year ago.Adjusted to remove the effect of one-time items, the company earned 87 cents per share. That was below analysts’ expectations for earnings of 93 cents per share, on average. Duke shares were down 30 cents, or 0.4 per cent, to $70.80 in trading before the market opened.Revenue rose to $5.88 billion from $3.58 billion a year earlier, and exceeded investor expectations of $5.73 billion. Last year’s figures did not include results from Progress Energy, which Duke acquired after the end of last year’s second quarter.Duke CEO Lynn Good said in an interview Wednesday that she expects the company’s results to improve in the second half of the year as higher rates in several of the states Duke services come into effect.Duke, based in Charlotte, N.C., serves 7.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.Good said sales of electricity to industrial customers rose 1.2 per cent, helped by higher demand from automotive manufacturers, building and construction companies, and food and beverage makers. But steel companies in the Midwest slowed down, she said, reflecting a weak global economy.Demand for electricity rises and falls with economic activity, and can offer clues to the pace of economic growth. Good said demand is on pace to grow 0.4 per cent this year, compared with the company’s original forecast for growth of 0.5 per cent. She said the company remains “cautious” in its outlook for the economy.Duke remains on track to post full year earnings of $4.20 to $4.45 per share, adjusted to remove one-time items, Good said.Its shares fell 7 cents to close at $71.05 in trading Wednesday.The weakness in Duke’s results was tied to divisions outside of the company’s large regulated utility operations. The company’s international results were dragged down by an extended maintenance outage at a plant Duke partly owns with a Saudi Arabian company that produces gasoline additives.The company’s commercial power division, which sells wholesale power, saw profit plunge on lower prices from its coal and gas generation fleet in the Midwest. Low power prices in the Midwest have been hurting wholesale generators across the region for many months.“It was an OK quarter,” said Andy Smith, an analyst at Edward Jones. “Decent results at the core utility, and lower than expected results at other operations.”When Duke acquired in-state rival Progress Energy last year, it inherited the crippled Crystal River nuclear station and plans to build a new nuclear station in nearby Levy County. Duke concluded in February that repairing Crystal River would be too expensive and instead decided to close the plant. Then earlier this month it abandoned plans to build a new nuclear station in part because natural gas-fired electricity has become so cheap.Last week Duke reached a settlement with Florida consumer advocates on how to spread the costs of closing the Crystal River reactor and ending the agreement to build the Levy County reactor. As a result, Duke took a charge against earnings in the second quarter of $382 million, which reduced earnings by 34 cents per share.Milder weather in the Duke’s service territory lowered earnings by 5 cents a share, Duke said.June was particularly wet and cool. Mild weather lowers electricity demand because customers don’t need to run air conditioners as often. The number of cooling degree days, an industry measure of electricity demand, fell 32 per cent in Indiana during the period, 21 per cent in Ohio, and 17 per cent in the Carolinas.You can find Jonathan Fahey on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . read more

President Higgins congratulates Irelands womens rugby side

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first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS has congratulated Ireland’s women’s rugby team for their brilliant Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations.The girls in green beat Italy 6-3 in Milan on Sunday and there was a jubilant message from Áras an Uachtarán shortly afterwards.“I want to congratulate our women’s rugby team on winning the grand slam in Milan today,” read President Higgins’ statement.“This is an outstanding achievement and one we can all enjoy with pride on our national day. “The team has performed brilliantly all season and their preparation, commitment and courage has been rewarded today.“This grand slam winning performance again highlights the ever increasing success of women in sport in this country, and without doubt will contribute to further participation by women in sport and will help gain the due recognition that women’s sports deserves.“Sabina and myself plan to invite the team and their officials to a reception in the Áras in the near future.”Is this the worst tackle in the Premier League this season? >last_img read more

Bahamas Police looking for Pitbull for murder

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first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PitbullwantedbyPolice, #TicoOmarLightbourne Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Wanted for murder in Bahamas, man caught in Haiti Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 28, 2017 – Nassau – Another homicide and the Royal Bahamas Police Force is asking for public help in tracking down, a man nicknamed Pitbull of McCartney Lane and Wilson Track who is believed to be behind the murder and attempted murder of two men on Saturday morning.  The pair was shot around 1:30am at a club on Quintine Alley off Wulff Road; one of them died at hospital.The suspect is Tico Omar Lightbourne and is described as a dark brown male, who is of medium build and standing about 5’ 5” to 5’ 7” tall.  The murder takes the country’s count to 38 so far for this first quarter of 2017.  The man killed, just 32 years old, was reportedly due to celebrate his birthday yesterday.#MagneticMediaNews#TicoOmarLightbourne#PitbullwantedbyPolicelast_img read more

Merson Liverpool will rip Arsenal to shreds

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first_imgPaul Merson has a very indifferent view towards his old club Arsenal, despite their 10-game winning runThe Gunners are in a rich vein of form right now after suffering back-to-back defeats at the start of the season.Under new manager Unai Emery, Arsenal are now just two points shy of Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in fourth place in the standings.Meanwhile, they have also won all their Europa League and Carabao Cup games to date.But Merson believes that a top-four finish remains the best Arsenal can hope to achieve this season as they still lack the consistency and talent to compete with the very best.“If they finish in the top four they’ve pulled up trees,” Merson told talkSPORT. “They’ve done well to win 10 games on the trot, don’t get me wrong.“But when they come up against Tottenham and Liverpool, and especially Liverpool at the Emirates, I would be shocked if Liverpool didn’t win by three clear goals.“They will rip Arsenal to shreds.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m scratching my head, because Arsenal have won 10 games in a row and in half of those games they could have been behind by so many in the first half.“But when they get going in the second half, when everything is rolling, then they’re the Harlem Globetrotters.“I mean look at Mesut Ozil, he was phenomenal [against Leicester]. If he played like that every week, he’d be the best player in the world.“So no, I can’t buy into it. I think they’ve been very, very fortunate.“They haven’t played anybody yet, and you can’t play like this against teams like Liverpool.”Merson is a former midfielder who played for Arsenal from 1985 to 1997 and made 327 appearances across all competitions in the process.The 50-year-old won the English first division title twice at North London and was a part of the squad which won the European Cup in the 1993/94 season.Arsenal will face Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese capital this evening at 18:55 (CEST) in a Europa League Group E game.last_img read more

One Take Rebelutions Eric Rachmany On Touring Good Advice

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first_img Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Twitter Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Pronoun Prev Next News One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch One Take With Logic Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With Demo Taped Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take: Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany On Touring & Good Advice NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 12, 2018 – 6:26 pm One Take With Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With Le Butcherettes One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Deva Mahalcenter_img Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Facebook One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Dorothy Email Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With The Mrs One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Demo Taped The vocals and guitar behind Reggae band Rebelution shares the best thing about being in a band, his favorite song, the last thing he bought and moreJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2018 – 6:31 pm GRAMMY-nominated Reggae band Rebelution brings a positive message to fans all over the world with their music. On their most recent album, Free Rein, the band worked with producers who helped them continue bridging the gap between Reggae in Jamaica and the states, something they have always strived for. Recently, vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany sat down to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com’s rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds. One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch: One Take With Rebelution one-take-rebelutions-eric-rachmany-touring-good-advice One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton One Take One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley In the episode, Rachmany tells us the best thing about being in a band, his favorite song, and the last thing he bought. He also reveals the best advice his parents have given him and the best thing about touring. Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch: One Take With MØ Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more