Olympic champion Peaty asks FINA for change of rules

first_imgAdam Peaty says swimming’s world governing body must change or it could curtail his career.Olympic 100 metres breaststroke champion Peaty has previously outlined his ambition to continue to the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, all being well.There are many considerations over the length of Peaty’s career, but the state of the sport under FINA is high among them.“If the sport is the way it is now, it won’t be sustainable for me to continue to 2028,” Peaty told Press Association Sport.“It becomes very rigid, almost tedious. ‘Why am I going to the same competitions ever year? Why am I doing the same format that I’ve been doing for the last 10 (years)?’“It becomes ridiculously tedious and I don’t want to be involved in something when the governing body is not willing to change.“It just depends on the next few months and years. We’ll see what happens.”Peaty’s criticisms of the inflexible FINA brought a response. The organisation is the governing body for all aquatics disciplines and promised to “improve and modernise” with an “innovative” competition to be introduced in 2019.But Loughborough-based Peaty, the 50m and 100m breaststroke world record holder, says the athletes have not been consulted about the new events.“I’m not going to bash it until I’ve heard it, but the athletes haven’t had any input,” Peaty added.“They’re coming out with this new format and I know people on the athlete board and they (FINA) don’t even listen to them.”The inaugural Independent Swimming League had been due to take place in Italy this month but was cancelled after FINA threatened to impose sanctions on the event and any swimmers who took part.The sanctions included a possible ban from the 2019 World Championships.Peaty added: “If it did come to that, they’ve lost all integrity as the world governing body of aquatics.“It would never happen. It would never get passed to happen. I’m pretty sure EU law states they can’t do it.“It was only a threat. Was I scared by the threat? Not at all.“It just shows how they aren’t willing to change, if they’re already bashing out threats to athletes who want the best for the sport.”Peaty does not want the issue to be a distraction leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympicsand called for FINA to now listen to the concerns of swimmers like himself.“FINA have an opportunity now to rectify their mistakes and start to listen to the athletes,” he added.“Someone has to have a face to face meeting and say ‘what’s wrong? What do we need to do?’ But they haven’t offered that. Where does that put the athletes? Bottom of the food chain.“As long as the athletes turn up they don’t care and unfortunately they have athletes in a choke hold because they can’t earn any money commercially. It’s a bit of a sticky situation.“It’s not about the money, it’s about having what the athletes want and how the sport can grow for ourselves and for everyone else.“It would create a professional aspect from the sport.”last_img read more

Let’s talk about art again

first_imgIn one of my previous columns, “Young Artists Talk”, I lamented the lack of opportunities available for upcoming artists. I cited both the social and structural discouragement that young people receive when trying to become professional artists, some of which included few job opportunities and little acknowledgement that their work is actually work, and not just some pastime.However, it seems as though I can say I have lived to see progress. Two years later, I can definitely say that there are more opportunities for young artists, simply from the existence of “The Duke”. The Duke, housed in Duke Lodge, is the hotel’s new restaurant and art gallery. By simply being, ‘The Duke’ makes the life of an artist much simpler. I would know, as I am one of the artists whose pieces would be on display today, at opening night.Going through the process of putting my pieces up, I was, admittedly, worried that I was ‘in over my head’. As a young person with not much experience in how the professional art world functions, I felt as though I would be overwhelmed, or at the very least intimidated, by formalities. I am incredibly happy to say that this was not the case; in fact, it was quite the opposite. The entire process is very artist-friendly and simple; the people are incredibly accommodating, and are extremely clear on the instructions to the artist regarding any obligations that the artist has; and, finally, there are rules governing the sale of the pieces.Speaking to a member of the staff of The Duke, Amber Low, it is clear that The Duke is all about empowering young Guyanese artists and really giving them a platform to which they have easy access.According to Low, the response from the art community has been “phenomenal”. She noted that young artists in particular are the ones who are “extremely excited”, as The Duke is providing them with a space to display their fresh ideas.As for the response from the general public, she says there are just “so many questions!” She believes the reason for this is because The Duke is entrepreneurial; it is the first of its kind, a new concept.She describes the environment of The Duke as “warm” and “intimate”, and further says she hopes to make the space one that is “free” and “open,” so that everyone can feel “safe”.Young or old, with family or friends, The Duke welcomes you. Part of the reasons why she has tried to create such an environment, Amber says, is that when people feel safe, happy and open, they feel more comfortable in completely exploring and indulging in art.When asked why she had personally decided to promote art in Guyana, Lowe explained: “One of the things I have always enjoyed about Guyana is our diversity and the way everyone embraces different cultures. It puts us in a very unique position as a country, and I believe that our diverse talent in art and food should be shared with the world.”The Duke opens today at Roraima Duke Lodge, and dinner will be served from 8pm. Although you don’t necessarily need to witness the opening, if you’re ever looking for a place to dine, consider The Duke; it’ll definitely be a new experience.last_img read more

UP Maroons bring out short shorts but Perasol says length was unintentional

first_imgHeart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Head coach Bo Perasol said a miscommunication with outfitter Stats left the Fighting Maroons with basketball shorts that were a tad bit too tiny for his liking.“Our outfitter did their job, sometimes there’s miscommunication and the only reason why I didn’t like it that much because it was given too late,” said Perasol after UP’s 61-55 win over Far Eastern U Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4With the bottom only arriving Tuesday night, the Maroons had no time to send it back for adjustments.“Usually some are a little too short, sometimes a little too long but if you can give it two or three days before the games then you can make adjustments,” Perasol added. MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines sported retro short shorts in its opening game in the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament, but it wasn’t a fashion statement.ADVERTISEMENT Perasol said that the petite shorts, that went up to the players’ middle thighs drawing a reaction from fans online, even became distraction for the team during the game.“We were so out of focus when we got that. Initially, we really didn’t like that, the way they were laughing, the way the shorts looked, it was just too short,” said Perasol. “They were too short, they’re just like swimming trunks.”“That was a distraction too. I told them that if they’re gonna be distracted by the short shorts then I’m gonna have to feel distracted too with this skinny shirt that I have.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptioncenter_img View comments LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist World Cup: Gilas Pilipinas goes winless in group stage, falls to Angola in OTlast_img read more

Jose Riga resigns as Charlton head coach

first_img1 Charton head coach Jose Riga has resigned from his position at the club.The Addicks were relegated from the Championship after a dismal season in south London and a 3-0 final day defeat to title winners Burnley compounded their misery.After the match, while speaking to the media, he confirmed his resignation – just four months after starting a second spell with the club. Jose Riga last_img

President to be more out front, new top aide says

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event WASHINGTON – It’s time for the White House to go on offense and “get our mojo back,” Josh Bolten said Sunday in his first interview since taking over as the president’s chief of staff. Bolten made no promises to pull up President George W. Bush’s all-time low approval ratings, but he said he and Bush have decided they want to be more open with the media and the public. “We’ve taken advice from a lot of folks that we ought to put the president out more in ways that the American people can see what he’s really like,” Bolten said on “Fox News Sunday.” But he said that does not mean the president’s policies are going to get an overhaul. For example, he said the president is “thinking actively” about immigration and going out front on an issue that has split him off from some in his own party. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Every Premier League club ranked by their most prolific player this season

first_imgThere has been no shortage of goals in the Premier League this season with nets bulging 444 times already.Manchester City have, unsurprisingly, been the division’s biggest contributor to that total, bagging 52.Forwards across English football’s top-flight have enjoyed stellar campaigns in front of goal as they bid to help their respective clubs achieve their targets.But which forward has proven to be the most clinical when it comes to minutes on the pitch?Click the right arrow, above, to see which forward has the best minutes per goal ratio in the Premier League this season.Stats courtesy of Opta 12. Peter Crouch (3 goals/ 483 minutes) has scored a goal every 161 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 15. Javier Hernandez (4 goals/ 913 minutes) has scored a goal every 228.3 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 17. Hal Robson-Kanu (2 goals/ 562 minutes) has scored a goal every 281 minutes in the Premier League this season. 13. Steve Mounie (4 goals/ 698 minutes) has scored a goal every 174.5 minutes in the Premier League this season. 5. Mohamed Salah (13 goals/ 1283 minutes) has scored a goal every 98.7 minutes in the Premier League this season. 18. Tammy Abraham (4 goals/ 1135 minutes) has scored a goal every 283 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 19 19 8. Shinji Okazaki (6 goals/ 712 minutes) has scored a goal every 118.7 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 19 19 9. Anthony Martial (6 goals/ 733 minutes) has scored a goal every 122.2 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19. Richarlison (5 goals/ 1454 minutes) has scored a goal every 290.8 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 19 4. Charlie Austin (5 goals/ 491 minutes) has scored a goal every 98.2 minutes in the Premier League this season. 1. Oumar Niasse (5 goals/ 423 minutes) has scored a goal every 84.6 minutes in the Premier League this season. 3. Sergio Aguero (10 goals/ 956 minutes) has scored a goal every 95.6 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 6. Michy Batshuayi (2 goals/ 217 minutes) has scored a goal every 108.5 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 19 19 14. Glenn Murray (5 goals/ 921 minutes) has scored a goal every 184.2 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 19 7. Harry Kane (12 goals/ 1396 minutes) has scored a goal every 116.3 minutes in the Premier League this season. 2. Olivier Giroud (4 goals/ 343 minutes) has scored a goal every 85.8 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 19 10. Sam Vokes (3 goals/ 409 minutes) has scored a goal every 136.3 minutes in the Premier League this season. 19 11. Callum Wilson (3 goals/ 452 minutes) has scored a goal every 150.7 minutes in the Premier League this season. 16. Dwight Gayle (3 goals/ 738 minutes) has scored a goal every 246 minutes in the Premier League this season. last_img read more

‘I was not picking my son’ – Zidane defends playing son Luca in Real Madrid win

first_img gameday cracker tense shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Luca Zidance let in a soft goal for Huesca’s opener ADVICE Zidane added: “At a team like Madrid, when you know you will not win a trophy, it is difficult, in moments during games.“That is normal. But we are all pros here and will try and finish the season as well as possible – motivation is intrinsic and each player has their own.” REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars He conceded after just three minutes as Real came from behind to beat Huesca, LaLiga’s bottom club, 3-2 at the Bernabeu.Karim Benzema’s 89th-minute winner cancelled out Xabier Etxeita’s second-half equaliser to give Zidane his second win in as many games since returning to the club as manager.Zidane said: “I was not picking my son, but a player in Real Madrid’s squad. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LIVE ON TALKSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Zinedine Zidane has a 100 per cent record so far in his return as Real boss REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Middlesbrough vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm)Coventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Zinedine Zidane has defended playing his son Luca in Real Madrid’s last-gasp win over Huesca on Sunday.With Thibaut Courtois ruled out through injury and Keylor Navas deemed too tired after the international break, young goalkeeper Luca made his first competitive start of the season. Zidane won three Champions League titles in a row before leaving the Spanish capital last summer, but is now back at the helm and does not have the chance to add to his silverware this season.Real, who are third in the table and 12 points off the top, suffered a humiliating Champions League exit to Ajax and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by arch rivals Barcelona. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “I see him as one other player for the team. I am happy for him, for his debut here, with a victory.“But that is Luca, he is the third keeper. Thibaut (Courtois) was out and I wanted to give Keylor (Navas) a rest after playing with his country. It came out well.” REVEALED huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City no dice last_img read more

Rangers 6-0 Hamilton: Garner hits second half hat-trick

first_imgJoe Garner grabbed a second-half hat-trick as Rangers reached the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 6-0 thumping of Hamilton at Ibrox. Rangers’ biggest win of the season came on the back of substitute Garner’s treble and efforts from Martyn Waghorn, Jon Toral and Clint Hill. With the Light Blues board expected to announce a new boss next week in time for Sunday’s Old Firm showdown with Celtic at Parkhead, caretaker boss Graeme Murty was in charge for what appeared to be the fifth and final time. His record of three wins and two defeats may not be enough to make him a serious contender for the job on a full-time basis. Veteran frontman Kenny Miller thought he had found the net after 32 minutes with a thunderous volley, but Hamilton keeper Remi Matthews got a finger tip to the strike to push it onto the bar. That save only delayed Rangers from taking the lead, though, as within seconds they won a penalty when Grant Gillespie tripped the heels of Toral as the Spaniard set himself to pull the trigger. Beaton took a moment to consider his options before pointing to the spot and Waghorn duly sent Matthews the wrong way as he found the corner. Miller failed to reappear after the interval but his replacement, Garner, proved himself an able deputy as he netted within three minutes of making his entrance. Barrie McKay’s corner was headed down by Rob Kiernan – only allowed to play while Rangers wait for an appeal hearing following his sending-off against St Johnstone on Wednesday – and Garner made sure from point-blank range. But the former Preston frontman was lucky his afternoon did not end almost as quickly as it began after he smashed into Dougie Imrie on halfway, with Beaton dishing out merely a yellow. Hamilton should have claimed a lifeline with 17 minutes left when Scott McMann’s cross to the near post found Bingham, but the striker’s volley drifted wide. Matthews continued to defy the hosts almost on his own as he pushed a Toral header over. But the on-loan Arsenal man was not to be denied and from the resulting McKay corner in the 77th minute, he brought the ball down before ramming through a forest of legs to find the net. Hamilton were making a meal of defending McKay’s set-pieces and were undone again five minutes later, with Hill this time left free to head high into Matthews’ net. And some more suicidal defending allowed Garner to claim the match ball as he fired home twice in the closing four minutes. But the former Reading player deserves credit for stepping into the breach after Mark Warburton’s shock exit and providing a degree of calm leadership, with his leaving gift a place in Sunday’s draw for the last four. There was a lacklustre opening from the hosts, with their sloppy passing allowed Hamilton to apply some early pressure. The visitors were even denied what would have been a crucial call after 13 minutes when goalkeeper Wes Foderingham appeared to handle the ball outside his box as Rakish Bingham chased him down. Referee John Beaton waved play on and the relieved Rangers players eventually sorted themselves out.last_img read more

Woolies wins global responsibility award

first_img26 September 2012South African retail group Woolworths was named the 2012 international “responsible retailer of the year” alongside joint British winner Marks & Spencer at the World Retail Congress in London last week.It is the third consecutive time Woolworths has received the award.“Woolworths was shortlisted in recognition of our commitment to our sustainability programme that we call our good business journey through all facets of the business,” the retailer said in a statement.“It recognises our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people and doing our best to protect the planet.”Four other retailers were shortlisted with Woolworths and Marks & Spencer. These were: Pick n Pay, Coop Switzerland, The Co-operative in the United Kingdom, and Turkcell Iletisim A.S. from Turkey.“This award honours our customers, shareholders, suppliers and employees who understand that our country’s future growth depends on all of us doing our bit to contribute to a better environment and society that we all share,” said Woolworths good business journey manager Justin Smith.South Africa ‘on global retail map’“It indicates yet again that South Africa is on the global retail map and is competing successfully with the best on a consistent basis.”Woolworths’ 2015 good business journey programme focuses on six areas: sustainable farming, protecting water supplies, reducing energy use, improving waste management, making a contribution to social development and supporting transformation initiatives.It is one of only five South African companies – and the country’s only retailer – to be included on the world’s most respected sustainability index, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).The DJSI was launched in 1999 and is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies around the world.Woolworths was also named as one of the 16 sustainability champions in the developing world by the World Economic Forum, as well as being listed as one of the 10 most innovative companies in South Africa by Forbes Magazine in July this year.It was also included in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) index for 2011/12 and was named as one of the index’s best performers.“Our philosophy is that the true sustainability of a company is reliant on its continuous good performance, as well as a sustainable society and environment,” Woolworths chief executive officer, Ian Moir, said in the company’s 2012 good business journey report.“We have seen over and over again that our focus on social and environmental issues drives innovation and operational efficiencies in our business.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bush Science Advisers Offer Regrets, Advice

first_imgIt’s not often that White House science advisers suggest how the next Administration might want to do things differently. But that’s what the outgoing President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has done in a candid self-assessment.Released last month, the report acknowledges what was perhaps an open secret: that PCAST, a presidentially appointed advisory group, concentrated on the second half of its name. That bias was tailored to the Bush Administration’s interest in using technology to stimulate economic development, says venture capitalist Floyd Kvamme, its co-chair, adding that the decision was a no-brainer. “If you look at the big issues of the last two decades, especially the concern over energy,” Kvamme tells ScienceInsider, “the role of information technology in our lives, and the promise of nanotechnology, I think you’d have to agree that the solutions will come not from science itself but from its application. And that’s what technology is.”Although Kvamme asserts that the council’s various reports were influential, he sees considerable room for improvement by Harold Varmus and Eric Lander, whom President-elect Barack Obama named to be co-chairs of PCAST along with the next science adviser, John Holdren. 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As the council grew, it also accumulated too much dead weight. “About a quarter of our members, over time, became inactive,” the report acknowledges. Some of the worse offenders, Kvamme notes, had lobbied the hardest to join the council. “Maybe they didn’t realize how much work they would be asked to do,” he says.Kvamme says PCAST also could have done more after it issued a report. “Maybe it’s not our role, but I think that we should have worked harder to make sure that the Hill understood why we felt so strongly” about certain issues, says Kvamme. He also faults himself for a steady decline over the years in the number of meetings between PCAST and senior White House and agency officials on timely issues. “In the early days, we were briefed regularly on what to look for,” he says. “But once we understood how the process worked, we stopped having those meetings. Maybe we should have continued them.”Having a few more working scientists as members might also have helped PCAST do a better job, Kvamme says. “Charlie [Arntzen, a much-decorated plant geneticist at Arizona State University] was very helpful on many issues. But maybe we should have had a few more like him.” At the same time, Kvamme says that members never discussed whether PCAST should include the rising generation of scientists—Arntzen is 65—and that younger scientists were tabbed for expert panels convened to help write specific reports.Finally, Kvamme says he’s “surprised” that Obama has named two outside co-chairs, both of whom have spent their careers in the life sciences. “There are so many other important issues, like education, energy, information technology,” he says. “And it never crossed my mind to have two co-chairs.”last_img read more