Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Alvaro Morata returns to the Chelsea side for the game at Stamford Bridge.Cesc Fabregas also starts, with Pedro and Willian dropping to the bench. Gary Cahill plays instead of Andreas Christsensen.Blues boss Antonio Conte appears to have switched to a 3-5-2 formation, with Eden Hazard supporting Morata up front.Meanwhile, Ezequeil Schelotto, Shane Duffy and Jose Izquierdo return for Brighton.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Ampadu, Batshuayi.Brighton: Ryan, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, Schelotto, Stephens, March, Kayal, Pröpper, Izquierdo, Hemed.Subs: Krul, Bruno, Baldock, Knockaert, Gross, Murray, Goldson.
And difficult because it’s no easy task to pull off this kind of team-building … The Giants undertook a dangerous and difficult mission after Sunday’s win over the Padres in San Diego:Mimic Pablo Sandoval’s sartorial “look” for the flight to Philadelphia.Dangerous because it remains an open question whether Sandoval, the team’s muse, Swiss army knife and emotional thermostat, actually has a “look.”Hey, the guy broke a belt while swinging a bat for the Red Sox a few years back, OK?
The CHOC Foundation’s holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)What began as a number of regional support groups established in 1979 by parents who were caring for children with cancer, took on a new form at the beginning of the new millennium when they merged to make as big an impact as they could.The Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation became a national organisation in 2000 and is today one of the country’s most established NGOs. In 2010, it was named the seventh most trusted and admired NGO in the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer Awards.CIRCLE OF CAREIts holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country.Choc’s Circle of Care is a six-step approach to achieving its objective of supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. It maintains the foundation’s involvement throughout the process of the disease, from detection to recovery and transition to normal life.The first step in the Circle of Care is the detection phase, during which Choc trains members of the public in how to detect the early signs of cancer. This helps to improve response times, and so helps to catch the diseases early.By the end of 2014, the organisation had facilitated the training of nearly 5 000 healthcare workers, traditional healers and community members in how to detect the early warning signs of cancer, allowing for early intervention.Following detection, the organisation then focuses on diagnosis before the patient is hospitalised. During children’s hospitalisation, Choc provides practical and psychological support, which includes care bags and ward comforts as well as transportation, accommodation and access to its parents’ support groups.During the fifth stage of the Circle of Care, the out-patient phase, Choc offers accommodation at one of 13 Choc houses for parents wanting to stay near their children and for children still in the out-patient stage of their recovery.The final stage of the process involves helping children through the latter stages of their recovery and providing counselling to them and their parents regarding their reintegration into society after often lengthy hospital stays and bed rest.Survivors are also able to become a part of the Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (Solid) network.The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Have a heart for children with cancer” car. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)GET INVOLVEDThe number of families relying on Choc for help in caring for their children has grown at a staggering rate, increasing the strain on the organisation’s resources.It gets no subsidies from the government and relies heavily on the generosity of corporates and members of the public to meet its financial demands to support to such a large number of children.If you would like to get involved and help Choc continue doing what it does, visit the foundation’s website and view its support page for details on how you can get involved, be it through volunteering or donating money to help it meet its expenses.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
India dismissed West Indies for a paltry 173 in their first innings and then accumulated 91 runs for the loss of three wickets in their second essay to take an overall lead of 164 runs at stumps on the second day of the first cricket Test here. Score | PhotosRahul Dravid, who was dropped on six by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, was the crease on 45 along with debutant Virat Kohli (14) at the close of play yesterday.Captain Sammy (1/16), Ravi Rampaul (1/17) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (1/27) accounted for wicket apiece for the home team in India’s second innings.Starting their second essay with a vital lead of 73, India once again witnessed a sloppy start as they lost their first three batsmen with only 57 runs on the board.Opener Murali Vijay’s flop show continued as he was dismissed lbw to Rampaul in the second over with India yet to open its account.Debutant Abhinav Mukund (25) showed glimpses of his potential during his 75-ball stay before he edged a Bishoo delivery to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.India’s problems were further compounded when VVS Laxman was brilliantly caught by Sammy of his own bowling in the next over to see the visitors reeling at 57 for three in the 26th over.But Dravid and Kohli then held fort and shared unbeaten 34 runs for the fourth-wicket to ensure that there was no further damage for the visitors.India pacer Praveen Kumar appeals for a West Indies wicket during the first Test in Kingston on Tuesday. APEarlier, Praveen Kumar (three for 38) and Ishant Sharma (3 for 29) snarred six wickets between them to bowl out West Indies for 173 in their first innings at tea, in reply to India’s 246 all out.Towards the end of the West Indies innings, spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra also registered their names in the scoresheet with identical figures of two for 51 runs.advertisementThe tenor of a hot and humid day was set by Praveen, who picked up three wickets in a span of 14 balls in the opening session of the day after West Indies had threatened a recovery through a 55-run third wicket stand between Adrian Barath (64) and Darren Bravo (18).Praveen could have registered more wickets against his name in his debut Test if not for umpire Daryl Harper, who banned him for treading into the dangerous area for a third time in the innings in his 18th over, the 51st of the innings with the hosts scoring reading 135 for five.West Indies, who were struggling at 119 for five at lunch, seemed to be on the recovery path for a brief period when Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) and Carlton Baugh (27) joined hands for a 45-run sixth-wicket stand after the hosts were reduced to 102 for five at one stage.The duo took West Indies score to 147 for five before Harbhajan dismissed Baugh, caught at silly point by Vijay.Ishant quickly built on the advantage and clean bowled Sammy (1).But the final nail in West Indies’ coffin came when Harbhajan accounted for veteran Chanderpaul, caught in the close cordon by Mukund.Mishra then cleaned up the West Indies tail in the 68th over by removing Fidel Edwards and last man Devendra Bishoo in a span of three balls.Paceman Ravi Rampaul remained unbeaten on 14 for the West Indies.Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 34 for one, West Indies lost overnight batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan (3) straightaway, lbw to Ishant before Barath and Bravo combined for a 55-run third-wicket stand.Barath puzzled the Indians bowlers with his all-attack and all-defence methods and in the process raised only the second half century of his young career of six Tests.The little Trinidadian showed a tight defence but choose his moments to attack the Indian bowlers when opportunities came his way.Bravo, on the other hand, played the anchor role and the duo saw off the bowling pair of Ishant and Harbhajan, who bowled almost the entire stretch of the opening hour.West Indies batsmen adopted a cautious approach and scored only 37 runs off 14 overs in the first hour of the day.Barath moved into his 40s by thrusting Praveen off his pads to the mid-wicket fence and then his leg-spinner Amit Mishra for a four and a six down the ground of his first two deliveries of the day.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni then decided to switch Praveen to the other end and it paid handsome dividends to the visitors.There was no inkling of it when Barath off-drove Praveen to the cover fence but off the very next delivery which held its line, the little opener had edged a catch one to Dhoni behind the stumps.advertisementBarath made 64 from 122 balls and hit nine fours and a six during his stay at the crease.Praveen built on this success with two more wickets of Bravo and Brendan Nash.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Things, however, are still not set in stone since La Salle can get the top seed if it wins against FEU and Ateneo, the current no.1 team with an 11-2 record, loses to seventh-ranked University of the East.If that scenario happens, La Salle will become the no.1 team by virtue of its elimination sweep of the Lady Eagles.De Jesus, though, is already eyeing a matchup with UST despite the slim uncertainty of the events.“After our Sunday game then we can really focus against UST,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for next metro wide shake drill..at 4 a.m. on July 27! PLAY LIST 01:47Brace for next metro wide shake drill..at 4 a.m. on July 27!03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:21China faces up to new payment technology02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Pacio showdown looms, Rene Catalan admits he wants to avoid facing fellow Filipino Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Lady Spikers stayed at the second spot after their sweep of University of the East, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19, Wednesday for a 10-3 card while UST is at the third with a 9-4 record.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said that his team is already looking at potential semifinal series against the Golden Tigresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There really is no chance for us to meet FEU [Far Eastern University] in the semifinals, it really is UST,” said De Jesus, whose team will face the Lady Tamaraws on Sunday, in Filipino.“Whether we win or we lose on Sunday, we will still face UST.” MANILA, Philippines—Even with still a game left for both teams, defending champion De La Salle and University of Santo Tomas are likely headed for a Final Four showdown.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments
A few weeks ago, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson told ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss he thought he was worth more than Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Sherman fired back on Twitter, and Peterson doubled down on Thursday.“I believe if you put [Sherman] in our system I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly,” Peterson said on “The Bickley Show with Vince Marotta” on Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix. “I actually do much more than he is … Obviously, his job is definitely much easier than mine. If you look at their scheme and look at our scheme, he’s a Cover 3 corner. Period.”We can’t assess Peterson’s hypothetical — Sherman being slotted into Peterson’s role — with data because such data doesn’t exist. But, as Sherman already intimated, what statistical evidence we do have makes it difficult to support Peterson’s case. According to Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play grading system, Sherman has finished no lower than sixth among cornerbacks over the past two years; meanwhile, Peterson has finished no higher than 16th.Looking at their component stats, there’s no area where Peterson beats Sherman: Since 2012, Peterson has allowed a higher completion percentage (53 percent to Sherman’s 49 percent) and a much higher touchdown percentage (7 percent to Sherman’s 2.8 percent). Peterson also has a lower interception percentage (5.4 percent to Sherman’s 11 percent) and a much higher Adjusted Yards per Attempt figure (6.3 to Sherman’s 2.9). Even if you subscribe to the theory that a good cornerback’s primary value is in preventing passes from ever being attempted — which I do — opponents threw at Peterson once every 11.8 snaps, and at Sherman once every 13.7 snaps.Arizona has been the NFL’s second-best team at defending the pass over the past two years, but Seattle is No. 1, and by a wide margin, according to Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric. The difference between the Seahawks and the Cardinals is the same as the difference between the Cardinals and the sixth-ranked San Francisco 49ers.This could be taken as a point in Peterson’s favor — perhaps the sheer quality of Sherman’s Seattle teammates makes his job that much easier. But that’s another hypothetical. For now, all we really know is that the evidence supports Sherman’s side of the cornerback spat.
The presence of senior tackle Don Matheney is far less intimidating than his 6-foot, 300-pound frame initially suggests. Instead, Matheney is soft-spoken and undeniably optimistic. Before he enrolled at Ohio State, Matheney was enrolled at the College of Holy Cross. There he endured 40-plus hours of homework a week to meet the demands of a Holy Cross athlete. Matheney contributed his first two seasons as a Crusader, but suffered a season-ending injury during his sophomore season transferred to OSU for his junior season after tuition increased at Holy Cross. Coming from a school with an enrollment of 2,900 to the 55,000 at OSU has been a huge change, but one that Matheney appreciates. “There is less one-on-one time with the teachers, but I really like it: the classes, the environment, the atmosphere.” Classes have been Matheney’s main focus since he transferred, as he was not eligible to compete his first season as a Buckeye. Per NCAA rules, as a transfer student-athlete, Matheney was required to sit out his junior season. His senior season was his first opportunity to help the Buckeyes on the defensive line. These events have only fueled Matheney’s optimism, however. When asked how he stays even-keeled despite what is required of him as a student-athlete, he simply responds, “I don’t even think about it … I just do what I have to do.” Not only does he do what he has to do, he does more. As he strives to complete a history of art degree along with a computer science degree, he does the work required to make an impact for the Buckeyes, on and off the field. In 2009, Scout.com reported the OSU football team had a 62 percent graduation rate. With a genuine desire to be a Buckeye, a motivated attitude to graduate and a humbling presence, Matheney will increase the number of OSU’s graduating athletes and better the reputation OSU’s athletic department holds so dear.
Reid Fragel was a tight end in his first three seasons with the Ohio State football team, so it should come as no surprise that his transition to right tackle in his senior season has been a challenge.Fragel said he finally felt comfortable, however, in the Buckeyes’ fourth game of the season, a 29-15 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Saturday.“I think so far that’s the best I’ve played at tackle,” Fragel said.This week, however, Fragel prepares for what could be a much greater challenge, as the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans in their Big Ten opener at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Against the Spartans, Fragel will be lining up primarily against Spartans defensive end William Gholston, who was an All-Big Ten second-team selection in 2011.“He’s got length,” Fragel said of Gholston. “I think that’s his main weapon, he likes to use his hands a lot and uses his reach. He’s quick off the ball, he’s got size, too, so it’ll be a good challenge for us.”The MSU game will be a homecoming for Fragel as well. For the first time in his OSU career, Fragel will have the opportunity to play in East Lansing, Mich., which is located less than 100 miles from Fragel’s home town of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.“That’s a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Fragel said. “Obviously that’s my home state, so (I’ve) got some friends and family up there that will be at the game.”Fragel caught 14 passes over the course of three years playing tight end, but he became a starter for the first time after converting to right tackle and winning a position battle over freshman Taylor Decker in fall camp.Coach Urban Meyer listed Fragel as one of the offensive players who graded out as “champions” for his performance against UAB, and gave him praise during Monday’s press conference.“(Fragel) played his best game as a Buckeye,” Meyer said. “Best game of the year, really best game of his career.”Two of Fragel’s fellow starters on the OSU offense echoed Meyer’s sentiments.“We’ve seen a lot of guys step up,” said senior fullback Zach Boren. “Reid Fragel played the best game I’ve ever seen him play since he’s been here this past year.”Redshirt junior Corey Linsley said he felt similarly.“It was an awesome showing for Reid,” Linsley said. “It was great because everybody knows on the team Reid has so much talent. He’s huge, and he’s got athleticism, more athleticism than anybody, and it was great to see him finally use all of his potential.”Linsley said it was clear before Saturday’s game even started that Fragel came into the game with more energy than usual.“Even before the game, I knew it was going to be his best game,” Linsley said.Fragel said he “tried to be a little bit more energetic” on Saturday.“I knew we had to come out a lot harder and play with a little more tempo,” Fragel said. “I kind of just tried to help out I guess, and provide some energy.”Linsley said Fragel’s performance stood out during the highlight film that Meyer showed the entire team on Sunday.“They showed that film yesterday of the offense cutting through the defense and it was basically just a Reid Fragel highlight show,” Linsley said. “He was smiling all day yesterday, and high-fiving everybody, it was great to see him finally do that.”Fragel said it was a “good feeling” to be acknowledged for his positive plays in the UAB game, but also recognized that he has to continue to improve for the team’s upcoming game against the Spartans.“I know there was some things that I watched aside from that film that I need to correct, get better and improve for Michigan State,” Fragel said. “Not to downplay UAB at all, but the athletes that Michigan State have, we’re going to need to execute a lot better.”Linsley said playing against Gholston will be a great opportunity for Fragel to shine.“I think that’s even a better opportunity to take what he learned from this game, and to just put it in action against a really good player,” Linsley said.
Nestled between the hills, Arunachal Pradesh is a traveller’s paradise. Long trails, waterfalls, fantastic architecture, the state is something to behold. Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Minister Sonam Chambey was in Delhi recently and we caught up with him for a candid conversation and he explained why Arunachal must top our list of next holiday destinations and also what lies next on the to-do list. Here are excerpts of the interview.What steps have you taken to increase tourism footfall in Arunachal Pradesh? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The only way to improve tourist footfall is to increase awareness of the destination among the potential tourists. Arunachal Tourism has been making consistent efforts in marketing and promotion by way of participation in major travel fairs, ads in popular magazines etc.Furthermore, to make the stay of the tourists in the state more enjoyable and memorable one, efforts are being made to popularize unique tourism products such as rural/tribal way of life, kiwi farm and apple/orange orchard tours etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhich places/activities are you promoting within the state?Arunachal Pradesh is a destination, which has something to offer for everyone! Adventure seekers- white water rafting, mountaineering, trekking, river crossing, mountain biking etc. A treasure trove of culture and heritage- distinct culture and traditions of more than 26 major tribes and over 100 sub- tribes. Spiritual destination with 400-year-old second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, Hindu pilgrimage such as Parasharam kund, Bhismaknagar and Malinithan With 82% forest cover teeming with life, a bio-diversity hotspot with unique flora and fauna is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Niche products such as angling, bird watching, and wellness are also being promoted. We are also planning to sell the state as a destination for creative people- writers, painters, lyricist etcWhat is the kind of tourist footfall seen over the years? Does AP see many foreign tourists as compared to Indians?Arunachal Pradesh is emerging as a favoured destination for tourists. We are witnessing steady flow of both foreign and domestic tourists and the footfall has been increasing over the years. The percentage increase is very encouraging.What kind of development are you looking in for in the state to make travel easier for the tourists?Massive infrastructural development projects such as the Trans-Arunachal Highway, Railways, Airports etc are making rapid progress and will be commissioned shortly. With completion of these projects, travel for tourists will ease to a great extent. Large number of hotels, home stays have come up and many more are coming up to address the accommodation demands of the tourists.You conducted the International Tourism Mart, in January this year; can you tell us the purpose behind it and the response you got from the mart?The ITM in January was held in Guwahati in which Arunachal tourism also participated. It has been a revolutionary initiative of the ministry of tourism. This has put the entire region on global focus as a tourist destination. Arunachal Tourism in particular has reaped a lot of benefits from ITM. The state tour operators have had excellent networking sessions with both domestic as well international buyers and I am certain that this season will see them getting increased business.Arunachal Pradesh was awarded the most favourite upcoming tourist destination by a popular magazine recently; can you tell us what makes AP a unique tourist destination?Arunachal is the largest state in North East India. The geographical diversity of the state with the foothills, hills and the mountains and its distinct flora and fauna, coupled with as many as 26 different tribes, each with separate culture and history makes it a unique destination. With options from adrenaline rushed adventure to relaxed holidaying in the lap of pristine nature, tourists coming to Arunachal are guaranteed a wholesome and a unique experience.
08May Extensive road funding bills pass House led by committee chair Rep. Wayne Schmidt Categories: News Package moves to Senate for considerationHouse Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, today announced the House approved Speaker Bolger’s package of bills aimed at rebuilding Michigan’s transportation infrastructure through efficient, fiscally responsible measures for building and maintaining safer roads for Michigan families.“Today marks the culmination of a year-and-a-half-long bipartisan effort to implement concrete solutions and address the immediate problems facing our state’s roadways,” Schmidt said.This year, the Legislature approved a budget supplemental from surplus revenue that included $215 million for roads statewide. Including these funds, the House has invested $584.8 million in existing resources into Michigan’s roads. The package that passed the House today addresses four key components of reforming Michigan’s transportation infrastructure: quality, fairness, efficiency and responsible use of current resources.“This legislation streamlines and creates efficiencies to ensure that money spent on roads is used as effectively as possible,” Schmidt said. “These reforms move us one giant step closer to having the safe, reliable roads that hard-working Michiganders expect.”Legislation passed today intends to start making up for years of underfunding by increasing annual road funding to more than $500 million. Bills from Schmidt and his colleagues will redirect current revenue from the use and sales taxes, replace the outdated flat excise with a 6-percent revenue neutral wholesale tax, address plate transfer fee inconsistencies, streamline and dedicate registration fees and fines, as well as increase the cost of overweight and oversize load permits. Competitive bidding and disclosure of appropriate road warranties would also be required under the new laws.“The time for political games is over. We are addressing this issue now,” Schmidt said. “The taxpayers of this state demand real action, not gimmicks and diversions. Good roads equal good jobs, and getting Michiganders to work is something we can all agree on.”The Build Better Michigan Roads package garnered bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate for consideration.###