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5,329 respondents: Let the good times roll

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Rachel Riley comes under fire for tweet mocking Indian Arsenal fan

first_img Emma KellyTuesday 11 Aug 2020 11:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link30Shares Rachel defended her post (Picture: Twitter)He also explained that while he supports Arsenal in Europe, Mohun Bagan AC in Kolkata is his local team.Rachel, 34, was called out for her post, with many claiming it was racist to suggest that an Indian could not support Arsenal from another country.Football journalist Dale O’Donnell called it an ‘awful take’, while one tweet read: ‘Nice comment from someone championing anti-hate campaigns.’Another person asked: ‘What’s him being in India got to do with anything? You can be in a different country and still be a real fan you know that?’talkSPORT’s Phil Brown tweeted: ‘What’s so funny about this? Perhaps I’m being obtuse as you say in not recognising your right to insult someone about where they are from & what team they support. Is it just India & Arsenal you have an issue with or is it all foreign nationals who support English teams?’, and claimed that he had been blocked by Riley following his reply. View 12 comments Rachel, seen here with husband Pasha and daughter Maven, is a devoted Man U fan (Picture: Instagram)However, others supported Rachel and claimed the tweet was just ‘banter’, with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeting: ‘Stupid people are claiming this is a racist tweet. It isn’t. It’s a joke and it’s not aimed at Indian people. Anyone who thinks it is racist is an idiot. @RachelRileyRR don’t let the lunatics get you down.’Following the criticism of her post, Rachel tweeted: ‘For the wilfully obtuse…‘It might be considered ironic, for someone supporting a club half way around the world, to call someone else a “plastic glory hunter”.‘End of.’She also responded to a person who tweeted: ‘Wait… I’m a Man United fan from Indonesia. The game I chose to support the club in was when we were trashed 3-0 by Chelsea . This was before I knew EXACTLY how big of a club Man United was. I mean, I know I’m not from Manchester but I fell in love with the club… :/.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe former Strictly Come Dancing contestant wrote: ‘That’s wonderful. I’ve met United fans in the jungles of Borneo and remote villages in Ecuador, can find common ground in football worldwide. I don’t care where people are from, support who you want to. People who go down the “plastic glory hunter” route are always just jealous.’Rachel – who last year welcomed her first daughter with husband Pasha Kovalev – has previously caused controversy with her tweets, despite being one of the celebrities who fronted a campaign to silence social media trolls. Back in November 2019, the star was accused of erasing Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-apartheid message as she wore a t-shirt with a Photoshopped image showing the former Labour leader holding a placard reading: ‘Jeremy Corbyn is a racist endeavour.’Metro.co.uk has contacted Riley’s rep for comment. MORE: Kylie Jenner celebrates 23rd birthday with daughter Stormi as Cardi B reaches out to thank her for appearing in WAP videoMORE: Jedward star Edward Grimes shares selfie from hospital after undergoing surgery Rachel has been called out over one of her most recent tweets (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)Rachel Riley has come under fire for a tweet in which she mocked an ‘Arsenal fan in India’. The Countdown star has been accused of racism following the tweet, which came after she was branded a ‘plastic glory hunter’ by Supriyö Banerjee, who lives in Kolkata.Riley, a huge Manchester United fan, tweeted: ‘For an embarrassing amount of this season I’d convinced that Wan Bissaka’s first name was Obi. Just me?’Mr Banerjee, who has Arsenal in his Twitter handle and calls himself a ‘Gooner’ in his bio, replied: ‘no.every man utd fan is like that.plastic.gloryhunter [sic].’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRiley – who is from Essex, but whose father is originally from Salford – quote-tweeted the post and wrote: ‘Says Arsenal fan in India’, followed by crying laughing emojis.Mr Banerjee replied: ‘do you think being in india make me any less of a fan??’, before tweeting: ‘i am ashamed of her. as arsene once said “if you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid and not more intelligent”.’center_img Rachel Riley comes under fire for tweet mocking ‘Arsenal fan in India’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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KLM resolves pensions dispute with cabin staff over contribution

first_imgShe said the summons the VNC issued against the airline and the pension fund was no longer necessary, but she added that the union did not want to cancel it at this stage, “as we want to be sure KLM does not cut corners in implementing the agreement”.According to the VNC, KLM unilaterally decided to abandon an agreement that the airline would plug funding gaps.KLM, however, insisted that it had agreed with unions that shortfalls would be resolved through “natural recovery” – i.e. returns on investments.The pension fund, for its part, said it would implement the contract – concluded between the airline and the scheme – that failed to provide for a recovery contribution from the company.As a consequence, the VNC had demanded that KLM and the pension fund produce in court the documents on which they had based the new contract.The VNC said a resolution of the dispute would be conditional on starting negotiations with KLM on a new collective labour agreement (CAO), focusing on the airline’s plan to reduce the number of staff on flights.Meanwhile, a separate disagreement over pensions between the airline and its pilots is ongoing.A court recently blocked KLM from launching a new pension fund for its flight staff in a bid to circumvent the issue of additional contribution.At the moment, the airline, which terminated its contract for pensions provision with the pilot scheme as of 1 December, is weighing it options. KLM appears to have resolved a pensions dispute with the union for cabin staff after the airline offered the Pensioenfonds voor Cabinepersoneel an additional contribution of €12m.Commenting on the deal, union VNC cited a “breakthrough” and confirmed that the company had offered “future-proof arrangements without additional conditions” for both staff at KLM and its subsidiary Cityhopper.Fellow union FNV Cabine said it also supported the deal, which met the unions’ demands.Annette Groeneveld, the VNC’s chair, said KLM had agreed to raise the contribution from 34% to 40.9%, which she said was necessary to finance the new collective defined contribution plan for cabin staff.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Drop Battles With Lady Tigers

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats came out strong winning the first two sets but Lawrenceburg came back strong winning 17-25, 17-25, 25–23, 25-13, 15-10.It was a tough loss to swallow. Kamryn McCool had a great night with 19 kills, 2 blocks, and 2 ace serves. Kayley Schoettelkotte swung well with having 13 kills and 1 block. Taylor McCreary dug 12 balls while Autumn McDaniel had 15 digs. Jenna Orschell had 8 digs and 2 ace serves.The Lady Wildcats are off until next week when they have two home games. Senior night is Thursday night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.The JV Lady Cats were unable to take the win tonight against Lawrenceburg 25-20, 25-15.We had a great start and somewhere along the way the little mistakes that were made left us unable to recover. Lilli Stewart had 5 kills and 3 aces. Rachel Bischoff and Charlotte Barrett each added 3 kills. We have the weekend off and will return next week with 2 homes games.Tuesday we take on Batesville and Thursday we have Lawrenceburg. Both games begin at 5!! Come out and cheer on your Lady Cats!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img read more

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Osimhen re-evaluates Napoli offer, to decide over the next 48hrs

first_img Loading… Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different Countries7 Actors Who Quit Movies For Shocking Reasons11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime A choice is expected on Monday or Tuesday, so the next 48 hours are going to be crucial. The absence of hoped-for Premier League offers to materialise also contributed to his change of heart about the wisdom of moving to Napoli. Kalidou Koulibaly confirmed to La Gazzetta dello Sport that he spoke directly to Osimhen, reassuring him there was no racism problem. read also:Osimhen asks for little time as Napoli intensify bid – Agent “It’s true, he did call me. We talked about racism and I told him that coming to Naples, he’d have no problems, this is the right city. “I too have felt the bitter experience of racist insults, but never in Naples. I reassured him, if he is to come here, it’s the best choice. The rest is up to the directors.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Victor Osimhen will make a decision over the next 48 hours, but a new intermediary has helped smooth things over with Napoli. The Lille forward has repeatedly asked for more time, as he feels undue pressure from his agent and entourage to accept the Partenopei proposal. Our sources in Nigeria stated last week that he was ready to reject the move, not so much because of Napoli, but as an act of defiance against those close to him who were trying to orchestrate the transfer. Now Radio Punto Nuovo – and our sources – suggest the situation is changing, as Osimhen is being given the time and space to make his choice autonomously. “Napoli is still a possibility,” we are told by our sources. This is largely thanks to the introduction of a new intermediary in the negotiations, who is making Osimhen feel more at ease with the decision.last_img read more

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Fourth-Ranked Argonauts Advance to First National Final

first_imgFourth-Ranked Argonauts Advance to First National Final Share ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – For the first time in school history, West Florida will have the opportunity to play for a national championship. On Friday, fourth-ranked West Florida defeated third-ranked Lynn, 5-1, to move on to the NCAA Division II National Championship at Sanlando Park. The win avenged a 5-4 loss to Lynn in the regular season. West Florida will face top-ranked and defending national champion BYU-Hawaii (31-0) in Saturday’s national championship match at 1 p.m. EST. BYU-Hawaii returned to the finals after a 5-1 win over second-ranked Armstrong Atlantic in the semifinals. West Florida and BYU-Hawaii met once this season with Seasiders defeating the Argonauts 8-1. BYU-Hawaii has won the previous 15 matches against West Florida. The Argonauts earned two points in the doubles action. The fourth-ranked doubles team of Tammy Kevey (Auckland, New Zealand) and Mandy Septoe (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) won 8-4 in the first position, giving the Argonauts the 1-0 lead. In the second position, the 15th ranked team of Suzana Cavalcante (Sao Paulo Brazil) and Paola Arevalo (Cali, Colombia) fell short in their match, tying the match and putting the pressure on the third doubles position. The third match was close, but Renata Mattos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Anne Claire Beard (Villevaude, France) broke their opponents serve with the score tied at seven, and served for the match, giving the Argonauts the 2-1 lead. Following the doubles play, the Argonauts earned three more points in singles. Playing in the sixth position, Beard did not have much trouble in winning in straight sets. Septoe was leading the first set 5-2 in the third position, however had to go through a tie-break to win the first set. After the first set, Septoe claimed the second set win to give the Argonauts a 4-1 lead. Kevey, playing in the second position, stepped up and won in straight sets, giving the Argonauts the final point and securing a spot in the final. “We came to this match knowing that Lynn was a tough team, but we never doubted that we could win it,” said Kevey, who helped the Argonauts win two of their five points. “We all fought with our hearts and played our best tennis. It feels good to be in the final match, but our goal is to win the whole thing, and we are going for it.” Follow West Florida’s quest for women’s tennis first national championship and the fifth national championship in school history. “Live Stats” will be available on the women’s tennis page of www.goargos.com. (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Everton fans begin to lose faith in Roberto Martinez

first_img “It’s that naivety that is crippling them at the moment and is really dictating the results.” Ex-Wigan boss Martinez has been in charge at Everton since the summer of 2013. The Spaniard guided the Merseyside outfit to a fifth-placed Premier League finish in his first term, then 11th a year later in a season that also saw them reach the last 16 of the Europa League. “What he did in the first season was phenomenal, but the second season was a massive disappointment,” Magner said. “He didn’t have 100 per cent backing when he came in and I think he won a lot of fans over with the first season. “But in the second season, I think a lot of them were beginning to feel a little bit vindicated in their opinion of him when he came in.” Everton’s derby rivals Liverpool replaced manager Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp earlier this season, and Magner added: “If you look at other teams who have been in similar positions – Liverpool made a change when their manager wasn’t delivering, and they have someone in now with big European pedigree. “But unless results take a drastic turn for the worse, I can see Martinez still being there in May.” Martinez’s side ended up beaten 4-3 on aggregate by Manchester City after the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, despite having taken a 3-1 lead in the tie early in the first half. In the Barclays Premier League, they are currently 12th with a record that shows only one win in their last 10 games and just three home victories in the entire campaign so far. The “vast majority” of Everton fans feel Roberto Martinez should no longer be the club’s manager, according to a prominent Toffees supporters group. Press Association Simon Magner, chair of the Everton Supporters Trust, told Press Association Sport on Thursday: “The feeling among fans from what I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks is that Martinez has been more and more running out of time with the fanbase. “Certainly, for a lot of fans, the semi-final was his last-chance saloon. “I have never known as many people as there are now admitting the time has passed for the manager and it is time for him to move on. “I think it is safe to say the vast majority of the fans are thinking time is up now and that it is time we tried something else.” While Martinez has complained of late – with Wednesday the latest occasion – about controversial refereeing decisions going against his team, they have conceded plenty of goals to restrict the impact of their frequently-impressive attacking play. And Magner said: “I don’t know what it is, but it doesn’t seem to be gelling. “We look like we could score against anyone, but I think what fans have been increasingly disappointed and annoyed about is that we are making the same mistakes at the back and don’t seem to be doing any sort of defensive drilling – because they are basic mistakes. “Obviously the bad decisions and controversy have played a part. But a lot of fans will also ask ‘how many times have we been in winning positions and lost?’ We don’t seem to be learning from mistakes. last_img read more

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FDA Approves COVID-19 Antibody Test that Offers Near-Perfect Accuracy

first_imgThe Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval to a COVID-19 antibody test that provides near-perfect accuracy, the agency announced Sunday.Swiss drugmaker Roche says the new test, which determines whether someone had a past infection, has proven to be 100 percent accurate at detecting antibodies in the blood and 99.8 percent accurate at ruling out their presence.The test requires intravenous blood draws, which typically have higher accuracy than finger-prick tests.“If you take blood from a finger prick, you will never be able to achieve the same level of specificity that you will achieve … when you take blood from the vein,” says Thomas Schinecker, Roche’s head of diagnostics. “You have to have very, very high specificity. Even 0.1% or 0.2% makes a difference.”New Roche serology test can help determine if a patient has been exposed to the virus which causes #COVID19 and if the patient has developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. https://t.co/TJTaJ16wel pic.twitter.com/GKGobu2oeP— Roche (@Roche) May 3, 2020 Schinecker explains that the tests are an important step in determining whether someone may have immunity. Still, he acknowledges that more research needs to be done in order to determine whether antibodies actually protect people from being reinfected.“Since this virus is not well known, one can hypothesize, but the proof will take longer,” Schinecker adds. “Testing these people … is key to seeing whether or not people really have developed immunity.”last_img read more

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Ellsworth boys’ swim team wins first Class B state title

first_img Latest Posts Bio BRUNSWICK — Ellsworth High School swim coach Jim Goodman fielded an unexpected question at Tuesday’s Class B boys’ state championships.Halfway through the meet at Bowdoin College, Goodman said a reporter confessed to him that he didn’t know much about swimming up north other than the standard powerhouse teams such as Mount Desert Island. With Goodman’s squad racking up the points, the journalist asked him in jest, “Who are you?”The Ellsworth Eagles would answer that question over the next few hours: They are Class B state champions.Goodman and his Eagles have put Ellsworth on the map this season, notching their first state title — as well as their first Penobscot Valley Conference championship — in program history.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth dominated the meet, totaling 362 points and winning six events. Last year’s champion, Cape Elizabeth, placed second with 271.5 points; MDI took third (262.5); Old Town was fourth (207); and Morse finished fifth (197) of 23 teams.Senior Cooper Holmes placed first in the 100-yard backstroke. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSGoodman attributed this year’s success to his team nearly doubling in size from last season’s eight swimmers.“We knew that potential was there, and it was a driving force,” Goodman said of winning regional and state titles. “We’ve always had talent. Now, we have talent and depth.”Seniors Talor Hamilton and Cooper Holmes have been supplying the talent for the past four years.The star swimmers, along with sophomore Richie Matthews and freshman Camden Holmes, started the day by breaking a state record in the first event — the 200-yard medley relay — with a time of one minute and 38.02 seconds. The previous mark of 1:38.18 was set by Brunswick in 2015.Hamilton, the Holmes brothers and junior Sam Alvarado also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:17.13 — a new meet record.Hamilton collected gold medals and set meet records in the 50-yard freestyle (21.19) and 100-yard freestyle (46.42). He was named Performer of the Meet.“It has just been an amazing year all-around,” Hamilton said. “I never would have expected four years ago that we’d be holding trophies.”Ellsworth remained in the lead from start to finish, but Goodman said it wasn’t until late in the meet, when Cooper Holmes placed first the 100-yard backstroke (52.51), that he knew the Eagles had won.“It felt pretty good,” Cooper Holmes said of securing Ellsworth’s victory. “It was pretty surprising, too, because backstroke is not my No. 1 stroke.”The Eagles celebrate their win. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSTo even the point spread for the Eagles, Cooper Holmes — last year’s state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke — let four of his younger teammates represent Ellsworth in that event.Junior Hayden Sattler placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.15, while Matthews (1:05.42), freshman Sam Pelletier (1:05.67) and sophomore Austin Baron (1:06.53) took seventh, eighth and ninth.“I didn’t think a year ago that I’d be swimming the backstroke at States,” Cooper Holmes said. “That was pretty exciting.”Cooper Holmes also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley behind MDI freshman Liam Sullivan (1:57.08).Alvarado took home an individual title in the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.88) and a runner-up medal in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.13).“The kids did outstanding,” Goodman said. “I’m so proud of them.”Hamilton and Cooper Holmes had mixed feelings about ending their high school careers on the highest of notes.“It’s depressing,” Hamilton responded without missing a beat.“I think it’s the best way to go out,” Cooper Holmes said. “We started at the bottom our freshman year.”Cooper Holmes and Hamilton said they were two of just four serious swimmers on the boys’ team that first season.“And now we’re at the top,” Hamilton added. “And we don’t want to go. We want to watch this team grow.”Senior Talor Hamilton was named Performer of the Meet.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSGoodman got the swimming version of a Gatorade shower when his team forced him into the pool. The Eagles then all jumped in behind him.When asked how he felt after the celebration, Goodman smiled.“Wet,” he said while struggling to undo his soaked tie. “I’m going to have to cut this off.”Goodman may have lost his tie, but he and his Eagles took home something much better.A motorcade welcomed the team home from their 100-mile trip, and a reception was held that night at the high school. The Eagles filed into the lobby, carrying their new regional and state trophies.“We’ve always been dedicated to achieving things as a team,” Cooper Holmes said. “It’s definitely awesome to finish off your senior year — your last meet — like this.”The following Eagles also finished among the top 16 in events:200-yard freestyle: Richie Matthews, Sam Pelletier, Hayden Sattler and Austin Baron, third in 1:35.56.100-yard butterfly: Richie Matthews, third in 54.83.100-yard freestyle: Camden Holmes, fifth in 50.21.200-yard individual medley: Sam Pelletier, fifth in 2:09.53. Hayden Sattler, seventh in 2:11.84.50-yard freestyle: Camden Holmes, fifth in 23.09. Austin Baron, 10th in 23.48.200-yard freestyle: Beckett Markosian, 11th in 1:59.92. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016last_img read more

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Women’s soccer opens Pac-12 play with win

first_imgSophomore forward Sydney Johnson leads the team with four goals on the season after scoring the first goal in the Women of Troy’s 2-1 win over Oregon State on Saturday. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe women’s soccer team began Pac-12 play with a 2-1 win over Oregon State on Saturday. Their record improves to 6-3-1 on the season.Sophomore forward Sydney Johnson scored her fourth goal of the season, a team best, just before halftime to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. Redshirt junior midfielder Reilly Parker crossed the ball to Johnson who headed it into the net in the 44th minute of play.Sophomore midfielder Nicole Molen led the team with seven shots on goal on the night and scored a goal in the 59th minute. Senior forward Jamie Fink took a shot that Oregon State goalie Bella Geist deflected and Molen was there to put the deflection in the net to take a 2-0 lead.In the 85th minute, the Beavers countered with a goal of their own to come within one goal of the Women of Troy, but USC held on to the lead. Goalie Sammy Jo Prudhomme had one save on the day to keep her team ahead and secure the win.The Women of Troy will continue Pac-12 play this week with a match against Washington State on Thursday and a match against Washington on Sunday.last_img read more

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