Wilshere set to learn fate

first_img Wilshere feels Arsenal must learn fast from their disappointing defensive display at the Etihad Stadium, where City made the most of some uncharacteristic poor defending. “Most of the goals were individual mistakes. I know I certainly am beating myself up about it and the other players I know will be disappointed,” Wilshere said on Arsenal Player. “We will learn from that individually and collectively. “I think we were too stretched and the space between the defence and the midfield was too much. “We have to tighten up a little bit.” Arsenal are set to monitor the healing process of the deep cut to defender Laurent Koscielny’s knee which was sustained when attempting to prevent City’s second goal late in the first half and was unable to continue. Under their own disciplinary procedures, the governing body has until 6pm on Tuesday to lodge any formal charge against the player. Such sanctions have been implemented in the past as was the case with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned about his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in December 2011. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted in his post-match press conference that “if he did it and he is banned, then we will have to accept it.” If that is the case, then Wilshere, who could request a personal hearing, will miss the visit of Chelsea on December 23. Defeat for Arsenal – who have been drawn with Bayern Munich once again in the last 16 of the Champions League – saw their lead at the top of the table cut to just two points. Wenger feels the way his men respond from the defeat could well shape the rest of what has so far been a promising campaign. The Gunners could now be overtaken by first Liverpool, who host Cardiff on Saturday lunchtime, and then City who are at struggling Fulham later in the afternoon. Indeed Wenger’s men may well end up down in fourth spot for Christmas should Chelsea win at the Emirates Stadium – with fifth-placed Everton also out to close up to potentially within just one point if they can win at Swansea. Press Association Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of Manchester City fans at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of the Gunners’ 6-3 defeat on Saturday lunchtime. Press Association Sport understands the FA is gathering more evidence to help with the context of the situation having now received the submission of observations from referee Martin Atkinson and his officials. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere should discover later on Tuesday whether he will face a misconduct charge from the Football Association and a possible ban from the top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League showdown against Chelsea.last_img read more

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury in perspective

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e3/84/wilder-fury-knockdown-getty-ftr_ndt163ykil4i1lrevh7r2v7dt.jpg?t=2071120391&w=500&quality=80 Welcome to Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury — a fight between two loud personalities, one of them the “lineal” heavyweight champion of the world and the other the World Boxing Council heavyweight champ. They’re not great fighters, but they’re good ones.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWilder won a bronze medal on behalf of the United States at the 2008 Olympics and, prior to facing Fury, had fashioned a 40-0 professional ledger with 39 knockouts. He isn’t a “small” heavyweight, but at 6-7 and weighing in under 220 pounds, he’s a “light” heavyweight.After 10 years as a pro, Wilder is still a project. His technique is flawed. His footwork is clumsy. Some of his overhand rights misfire so far off the mark that boxing aficionados are inclined to smile at his awkwardness.People laughed at Rocky Marciano, too. Marciano couldn’t do this, and he couldn’t do that. But he could punch.It’s easy for an opponent to win rounds and look good against Wilder. Until the opponent gets knocked out. Wilder comes into fights in top condition. He lets his hands go. And he can punch.”The killer instinct I have, it’s natural-born,” Wilder says. “I deliver whether I’m mad at you or whether I’m happy. I can beat your ass and smile at the same time. There’s nothing like showing people so they believe it. I show people each and every time.”Fury, despite his size (he fights in the neighborhood of 260 pounds), is not a big puncher. Nor is he particularly well-conditioned. But his boxing skills and 85-inch reach make him difficult to fight. On Nov. 28, 2015, he decisioned an aging Wladimir Klitschko in a stultifyingly dull bout to claim the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts in addition to the “lineal” heavyweight crown. That brought Fury’s ring record to 25-0 with 18 knockouts. Then he self-destructed.MORE: The key moments that changed the ring walkFury’s trials and tribulations have been well-documented. He can be charming and has charisma. On good days, he can flip a switch in his head and transition back and forth between calm rational thinker and disturbed showman. On bad days, he has been psychotic.At the postfight press conference after beating Klitschko, Fury stated, “I am what I am. If people don’t like it, change the channel. That’s all I got to say. I will be dictated to by nobody. I’m the man. You don’t like it, change the station. You don’t like it, don’t take photos. You don’t like it, don’t print in your newspaper. Do I care? Not really.”One week later, he sparked controversy by posting a video on YouTube in which he opined, “I believe a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back.”Then Fury sat for an interview with Oliver Holt of the Daily Mail in which he equated homosexuality with pedophilia and proclaimed, “Every time I stray away from the Lord’s word, I find emptiness and darkness. … The world is very evil out there, and people may think I am a lunatic or whatever or a Bible basher or an insane lunatic, but it’s very, very true. And if you believe in the Word, then you believe what I am saying. We live in an evil world. The devil is very strong at the minute. Very strong. I believe the end is near. … Just a little short few years, I reckon, away from being finished. …”I have been praying to God from being as small as I can remember. Always said my prayers at nighttime and that sort of stuff. I did believe in God. I believed in Jesus the Son, I believed in the Father and the Holy Spirit. All that sort of stuff. It’s OK believing. There are people out there who tell me that the devil doesn’t exit and demons don’t exist. But … there’s also people who practice exorcisms and casting demons out of people. That’s what they do for a living. Are they getting paid for something that’s totally ludicrous? Do they go to school and educate theirselves all their lives to do this for nothing? … Why are there so many priests and people of God and celibicism and all that sort of stuff and Buddhist monks who don’t talk forever? It can’t just be baloney, can it? … I may sound daft but I’m actually not daft when it comes to it. I know what’s going on out there.”On Dec. 9, 2015, the British Sports Journalists Association issued a statement condemning Fury’s equating homosexuality with pedophilia. The following day, in an interview with Sky Sports News, Fury denied that he was homophobic and proclaimed, “I wouldn’t be a very good Christian if I hated anybody, would I? If Jesus loves the world, I love the world. I can actually say that I have no hate for anybody. I haven’t any enemies, I don’t hate any race, color, creed, generation, nobody. …“My team is one of the most diverse teams amongst religions in the world of boxing. … Tyson Fury is uniting the world. Uniting Christians and Muslims in a time when everything is up in the air. We don’t hear about that, do we? We just hear about the comments that people want to twist and want to make me sound like I hate people, and that I hate the world. I love all of God’s children.”On April 27, 2016, Fury attended a kickoff press conference in Manchester, England, for a scheduled July 9 rematch against Klitschko. Then, on May 13, he sparked new controversy with a foul-mouthed 57-minute video rant filmed in training camp and shown on SportsView London in which he suggested that rape and bestiality would one day be legalized and also included anti-Semitic remarks:”It’s like you’re a freak of nature if you’re normal. You’re the odd one out. What’s normal? I’ll just get myself changed into a woman. That’s normal, isn’t it today? Call myself Tysina or something like that, put a wig on. I don’t think it’s normal. I think they’re freaks of nature. … Everyone just do what you can; listen to the government; follow everybody like sheep; be brainwashed by all the Zionist Jewish people who own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations. Be brainwashed by them all. …”I think it’ll be perfectly normal in the next 10 years to have sexual relationships with your animals at home. You know; your pets, your cats and dogs and all that. That will be legal. You are already allowed to marry your animals and stuff. It is going to happen, isn’t it? Whatever you can think of that’s bad will be made legal because that’s what the devil wants. They might start making it legal so that four or five men can grab a granny and rape her in public in front of kids and all that. Or grab an old man and rape him. … In the schools now, they’re asking the little kids at 5 and 6, do they want to be a boy or girl when they get older? What the f— is that?”One might add here that, shortly after the April 27 kickoff press conference for the Klitschko rematch, Fury was asked about Anthony Joshua by a reporter for iFL TV and answered, “I don’t hate Joshua. I don’t dislike him. I like the guy. He’s doing well. He’s got a good body. I bet he’s got a big c—. I wish I had it.” And during a May 30 interview with iFL TV, when asked about the possibility of fighting Joshua and Deontay Wilder, Fury responded, “I’ll let ’em fight me. I’ll bend ’em over and boom — split them down the middle with this long d—. I’ll rape Wilder over Joshua. Wilder’s my man.”On May 16, 2016, Fury apologized for his May 13 homophobic, anti-Semitic rant. “I apologise to anyone who may have taken offence at any of my comments,” a written statement issued in his name read. “I said some things which may have hurt some people, which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do. … I mean no harm or disrespect to anyone and I know more is expected of me as an ambassador of British boxing and I promise in future to hold myself up to the highest possible standard. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am in no way a racist or bigot, and I hope the public accept this apology.”Thereafter, Klitschko criticized Fury’s comments, saying, “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and then when he got to Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler. The man is an imbecile. … We have an imbecile champion. … In this crazy world, with everything that’s going on, we don’t need somebody having the stage and bringing hate to Jewish people. I cannot accept it. I won’t accept it. … Friction creates friction. The more hate you bring out there — with women, the gay community and Jewish people — what next is he going to say? … It’s just something we don’t need in this world, it’s beyond boxing.”On June 24, referencing his own Gypsy roots, Fury responded to Klitschko’s reference to Adolf Hitler with this declaration on Instagram, “Hitler killed hundreds of thousands of gypsies. … A lot of my ancestors were brutally mass-murdered by Hitler. For you to call me that is a very, very bad insult. Let’s not forget; your people, the Ukrainians, were the guards in the death camps where my people were slaughtered. … You stupid f—ing Ukrainian prick.”That same day, citing an “ankle injury” suffered in training, Fury announced that his July 9, 2016, rematch against Klitschko was postponed. The fight was rescheduled for Oct. 29, but on Sept. 12, Fury failed to attend the kickoff press conference, saying that his car had broken down.Then, on Sept. 23, Mick Hennessy, Fury’s promoter at the time, announced that Fury had been found “medically unfit to fight” and that “medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring.”By now, it was clear that Fury’s medical problems were psychological in nature. That was confirmed in an interview posted Oct. 4, 2016, on Rolling Stone’s site.”I’ve not been in a gym for months,” Fury acknowledged. “I’ve not been training. I’ve been going through depression. I just don’t want to live anymore, if you know what I’m saying. I’ve had total enough of it. … I’ve been pushed to the brink. I can’t take no more. I’m in a hospital at the moment. I’m seeing psychiatrists. They say I’ve got a version of bipolar. I’m a manic depressive. All from what they’ve done to me. All this s— through boxing, through taking titles, through writing me off. I beat the best man but I’m still s—. I used to love boxing when I was a kid. It was my life. All the way through, it was my life. You finally get to where you need to be and it becomes a big mess. And that’s it. I hate boxing now. I wouldn’t even go across the road to watch a world title fight. That’s what it’s done to me. I don’t even want to wake up. I hope I die every day. And that’s a bad thing to say when I’ve got three children and a lovely wife, isn’t it? But I don’t want to live anymore. If I could take me own life and I wasn’t a Christian, I’d take it in a second. I just hope someone kills me before I kill me self (or) I’ll have to spend eternity in hell. … I’m in a very bad place at the moment. I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. I don’t know if I’m going to see the year out to be honest. … I am seeing help, but they can’t do nothing for me. What I’ve got is incurable. … I don’t see a way out, I don’t even see a way of living for me, I don’t want to live anymore. It has brought me to the brink of death. That’s where I’m at at the moment.”The spotlight hasn’t always been kind to Deontay Wilder, either. There are times when he comes across as a decent man with an admirable work ethic. “My first job was working at Burger King,” Wilder reminisced earlier this year. “It was a low-paying job, but I made sure I was the best worker there. Anything I do, I want to be the best. It’s not about all those things that people get so wrapped up in their minds. Everyone got themselves so wrapped up into who making the most money and who got the most followers. It ain’t about that to me.”But Wilder has had several run-ins with the law, the most serious of which came in 2013 when he was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation after an incident in a Las Vegas hotel room. According to the police report, the woman in question had a possible broken nose, swelling around her eyes, a cut lip and red marks on her neck. Wilder’s attorney later said that he was apologetic and had mistakenly thought the woman was planning to rob him. The matter was settled out of court.Then, on Feb. 3, 2017, heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale posted a statement on Instagram that read, “I want to address the fact that Deontay Wilder and a mob of about 20 people unprovokedly attacked my team and my family in the [hotel] lobby last night [after a fight card in Birmingham, Ala.]. My coach and I were blindsided by sucker punches and my Team was assaulted as well, all in front my wife and kids. This cowardly attack has no place in boxing and believe me will not go unpunished.”Also part of the Deontay Wilder feel-good story was his image as a loving husband and father. Wilder and his wife, Jessica Scales-Wilder, had four children together. But in 2014, Wilder started dating reality-TV star Telli Smith, who he met at Los Angeles International Airport. Smith became pregnant in 2017 and, in December of that year, told People magazine, “It’s been a crazy journey. Deontay had baby fever, but I don’t want to be a typical baby mama. I want to get married.”Smith gave birth to a daughter on March 7, 2018. Deontay and Jessica are now divorced, but Deontay has not yet remarried.When it was time to set up the business end of Wilder-Fury, the fight was one of the easier high-profile matches to make. Both fighters wanted the bout. Wilder is an Al Haymon fighter with ties to Showtime in the United States. Fury is promoted by Frank Warren, who has a deal in the United Kingdom with BT Sport.MORE: The history of the mouthpiece in boxingBut first, Fury had to be rehabilitated in the ring and in the public mind. During a 30-month absence from boxing, his weight had ballooned to almost 400 pounds.Thus, it was decided that Fury’s first fight back would be on the undercard of Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker in Manchester on June 9, 2018, against Sefer Seferi (a 39-year-old Macedonian who Tyson outweighed by 66 pounds). After three sluggish rounds highlighted by a fight that broke out in the crowd during the third stanza, Seferi quit on his stool.Next, on Aug. 18, Fury lumbered to a 10-round decision over Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson in Belfast. In Pianeta’s three most recent fights, he’d beaten Daso Simeunovic (a novice with one professional fight on his resume) and lost to Petar Milas and Kevin Johnson.Fury looked more fluid against Pianeta than he had against Seferi and he weighed 18 pounds less (258 vs. 276). But the flesh around his waist was jiggling. And while he won every minute of every round, he never noticeably hurt Pianeta.Fury wasn’t fully back. But given his proclivity for going off the rails, it made sense from a business point of view for him to fight Wilder sooner rather than later because “later” might mean “never.” On Sept. 21, it was announced that Wilder-Fury was a done deal and that the fight would be contested on Dec. 1 at a soon-to-be-chosen venue, later designated as Staples Center in Los Angeles.The kickoff press tour was a traveling circus with stops in London, New York, and Los Angeles. There was a lot of profanity (by both men), simulated masturbation onstage (Wilder), and in-your-face jawing.British boxing writer Tris Dixon summed up the promotion with the observation, “[Wilder-Fury] is unpredictable. It is wild. It is bonkers. It is loud and in your face. … It is the Vegas hooker under the neon lights to Joshua’s registry office wedding. It is a smash and grab, a heist. … The go-slow on the Fury comeback roller coaster has broken, the accelerator has come off in someone’s hand, and the ride is headed for the precipice. Will he hit the summit again or will he plummet at the Alabama man’s rock-like fists? We are passengers on this wild ride. Some will watch through their fingers. Some will wave their hands in the air, flying along with happy screams while promotional and broadcasting competitors might be reaching for the sick bags. But they’re still watching. We all are. We all will be.”Fury’s persona drove the promotion. It was odd that a fighter who’d been WBC heavyweight champion for three years and successfully defended his title seven times needed an opponent to raise his own profile. But that was the situation Wilder found himself in.”This fight means everything to me,” Wilder acknowledged. “This is my coming-out party.”Early numbers suggested that the pay-per-view telecast would do well in the United Kingdom but poorly in the United States. Staples Center can accommodate 20,000 fans for boxing. Ultimately, there was an announced attendance of 17,698, but that included a lot of freebies.The fight shaped up as boxer (Fury) vs. puncher (Wilder). Wilder opened as a 6-to-5 betting favorite. As fight night approached, the odds moved to 8-to-5.The case for a Wilder victory was obvious.Fury has boxing skills. But his handlers had kept him away from punchers throughout his career. The exception to that was his fight against Klitschko. But Klitschko, by that point, was a tentative puncher who was having trouble pulling the trigger.Wilder is not a tentative puncher. He pulls the trigger quickly and is dangerous at all timesFury, by his own acknowledgment, is mentally fragile. That’s never good in a fighter.Also, Fury was being trained for the Wilder fight by a 26-year-old novice named Ben Davison whose primary contribution, some said, was bringing his fighter down in weight to a respectable number.And most significantly, Fury’s years of self-destruction had been marked by drug abuse, alcohol abuse and a weight gain of more than 100 pounds. Could he sustain a championship-caliber effort against Wilder over the course of 12 hard rounds?People knew what to expect from Wilder. The unknown variable was Fury.”I am no challenger for no man,” Fury proclaimed at the Oct. 1 kickoff press conference in London. “I am the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Nobody forced me to fight Deontay Wilder, I picked him because I believe he’s an easy touch. I will stand right in front of him and prove what I will do. I will punch his face seven days a week and twice on a Sunday. If we fought 30 times, I’d win 30 times.”Thereafter, Fury elaborated on that theme, saying, “Wilder has only one style: come forward and knock you out. If he doesn’t do that, he’s lost. … He’s got one way, one path. It’s all he knows. But he doesn’t have the ability to set up the knockout against me, doesn’t have the schooling.””You’re known for being clever, aren’t you?” Fury was asked during a Nov. 14 media conference call.”I don’t know about clever,” Fury answered. “If I was clever, I’d be a rocket scientist and not a boxer. But I have got the ability to see punches [and avoid them], which is a very good skill. I’ll be looking to avoid the knockout punches and land mine. Boxing is about hitting your opponent and not taking any in return. I don’t look at boxing like I’m going to hit you in the face and you’re going to hit me back because then I’d be a fool. … It’s my business to get out of the way.”Fury weighed in for the fight at a relatively soft 256 pounds; Wilder at 212 1/2 (the lightest Wilder had been since tipping the scales at 207 1/4 for his pro debut in 2008).Bart Barry summed up the proceedings as follows: “Wilder is a professional athlete who fights like he’s insane. Fury is an insane man who boxes conventionally. … For 36 minutes, absolutely nothing might happen. Fury is a good boxer but not much of a fight-night entertainer. Wilder is an entertainer but not much of a boxer. … Each man has the best chance of besting the other man by being himself. Wilder would be a fool to try boxing Fury, and Fury would be a greater fool if he tried to slug with Wilder. … How much fun it will be, how wickedly suspenseful, when the opening bell rings and you get to cheer for one loon or the other without much idea of what comes next.”When fight night arrived, the pay-per-view undercard consisted of three dreary mismatches. Then Wilder-Fury began. Slowly.Fury’s flesh jiggled a bit as he moved around the ring. He put his hands behind his back and stuck his tongue out at Wilder from time to time. Other than that, he didn’t do much for the first five rounds. He made Wilder miss but didn’t make him pay.There were times when Fury held his hands low and shook them in a herky-jerky motion that made him look like a character in a flickering old silent movie. Effective feints are one thing. A fighter jerking his hands around like they’re attached to a vibrator is another. It means the fighter’s hands are not in position to punch. A boxer more skilled than Wilder could have timed Tyson’s hand movement and taken advantage of it.Wilder went for the knockout with every punch. That’s the way he fights and it’s all he can do. The most noticeable punch missing from his arsenal was an effective jab to set up his right hand. The absence of that jab enabled Fury to keep the fight in the center of the ring where he wanted it for most of the night. Fury lay on his back, seemingly only barely conscious.Wilder shimmied to a neutral corner.”Credit to him,” Fury said afterward. “He caught me flush. But I got a good fighting spirit and I never say die. … I ain’t gonna lay down just because I got punched in the face and knocked down. I’m gonna get back up and fight. I’m not the lineal champion for nothing. … You can make two decisions on that floor: Stay down or get up. As long as there’s life left in this body, I’ll continue to fight.”Fury rose to his feet just before the count of 10, a heroic effort that evoked images of a barely conscious Larry Holmes climbing off the canvas against Earnie Shavers and Renaldo Snipes.Referee Jack Reiss let the fight continue.And Wilder couldn’t finish. Indeed, a minute later, Fury shook him with a clubbing right hand that had him holding on.The general consensus was that the fight was close with Fury having a slight edge. Alejandro Rochin of Mexico was off the mark with a 115-111 scorecard in Wilder’s favor. Robert Tapper (Canada) saw the contest 114-112 in favor of Fury. That left the deciding vote to Phil Edwards (United Kingdom), who scored the bout a 113-113 draw.All three judges awarded Fury Rounds 5, 10 and 11 and Wilder Rounds 1, 9 and 12 (the latter two by 10-8 margins). That gave Wilder a two-point cushion and left Rounds 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 up for grabs. Rochin scored four of those six rounds for Wilder. Tapper scored five of the six for Fury. Edwards scored four of the six for Fury.Asked about the decision at the postfight press conference, Fury responded, “I should have won the fight but I’m not gonna complain. It was what it was.” One day later, he was more voluble, saying, “Wilder got a gift decision in his home country. … To be honest with you, I’ve never seen a worse decision in my life. I don’t know what fight them judges were watching. … But it’s boxing. It ain’t the first time this has happened. You win some; you lose some; and in my case, you draw some.”As for what comes next; boxing arguably has three heavyweight champions at the moment. A champion keeps his title on a draw. Thus, Fury can still — and now credibly — claim that he’s the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Wilder retained his WBC belt. And Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. Any mix and match amongst the three would be welcome in 2019.Who would win? Rock, paper, scissors. Styles make fights.MORE: Watch Canelo-Rocky on Dec. 15 free on DAZNIf Fury builds on what he accomplished in recent training and in the Wilder fight, he’ll be favored over Wilder the second time around. Will Fury go on an eating and drinking binge over the holidays, or will he maintain his condition?Joshua, because of his all-around ring skills and Fury’s lack of a big punch, would probably be favored over Fury. But Joshua’s chin is suspect; he gets hit too much, and Wilder can whack. Ergo, Wilder might be favored over Joshua.The contract for Wilder-Fury called for a rematch if Fury won. But he didn’t win; not on the judges’ scorecards. Now, ironically, Wilder probably has less leverage in negotiating for a fight against Joshua or a rematch against Fury than he did before. That’s because Fury and Joshua are the biggest-money alternatives for each other. Something good happened on Dec. 1. A big fight lived up to its billing.Two physically imposing men — one of them 6-9, the other two inches shorter — squared off in a boxing ring. There was a dramatic ebb and flow to the action with one of the men swinging for the fences with every punch. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/2/wilder-fury-action-getty-ftr_5qc29qe78i0419xa53bdaql74.jpg?t=2071066903&w=500&quality=80 Meanwhile, Dec. 1 confirmed several often-repeated theories about Wilder: 1.) He has excellent power; 2.) His ring skills are limited; and 3.) He has heart. Again and again, boxing fans have seen a fighter go into the 12th round needing a big round to win and not going for it. Wilder never stopped trying. He never gave up. He went for it.Fury is also a fighter. “I was suffering from mental health problems,” he said the day after fighting Wilder. “When you give up the passion to live anymore, you’re in a bad place. I’m a well man now. Everything is good. I’m happy to be alive and healthy and well.”Thomas Hauser’s new email address is [email protected] His most recent book — “Protect Yourself at All Times” — was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. By the midway point, the fight was clearly moving in Fury’s favor. The area around Wilder’s left eye was swelling. Wilder was starting to look tentative. Fury was landing authoritative right hands. And when Wilder landed, Fury took the punches well. Also, it appeared as though Wilder rather than Fury was the fighter who was tiring.In Round 9, the tension escalated when Wilder dropped Fury with a right hand behind the ear. But in terms of the flow of the fight, it was an isolated moment. Fury rallied to win Rounds 10 and 11 on each judge’s scorecard.Round 12 was a time-capsule round. Less than a minute into the stanza, a right-hand-left-hook combination decked Fury for the second time in the bout. This time, unlike in Round 9, the fight appeared to be over.last_img read more

Picture Special: Urgent appeal saves life of sick spaniel puppy

first_imgThe ISPCA’s recent appeal to save an 8-week old puppy born in Donegal has concluded with a happy ending. The Spaniel cross puppy, called Odhrán,  is doing well and recovering after his cardiac surgery without any complication at UCD Veterinary Hospital and the veterinary team expect him to make a full recovery.Over €2000 was needed to be raised to help save the sweet pup’s life and kind-hearted animal lovers didn’t think twice. Speaking after the surgery, ISPCA Centre Manager Denise McCausland said: “We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated to help us with the surgery, and who sent so many positive messages and support for Odhrán.“Thank you to the amazing staff at UCD Veterinary Hospital for performing the surgery and saving this puppy’s life.”Picture of Odhrán after surgery can be seen below.  Picture Special: Urgent appeal saves life of sick spaniel puppy was last modified: March 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Are Paleomagnetic Measurements Reliable?

first_imgDating of past geophysical history depends on magnetic measurements that may be in error.Geophysicists often speak confidently about when magnetic reversals occured, as in this press release from Carnegie Science:Earth’s magnetic field is generated by the motion of liquid iron in the planet’s core. This “geodynamo” occasionally reverses its polarity—the magnetic north and south poles swap places. The switch occurs over a few thousand years, and the time between reversals can vary from some tens of thousands to tens of millions of years.When magnetic polarity remains stable in one orientation for more than 10 million years the interval is dubbed a “superchron.” Within the last 540 million years—the time when animals have roamed the Earth’s land and seas—there are three known superchron periods, occurring about once every 200 million years.It’s not clear, though, why field orientation should go through long stable periods separated by reversals of varying time frames orders of magnitude faster than the superchrons. Is the behavior of the Earth’s magnetic field that irregular? Or, is it possible the data they base this on is unreliable?A recent paper in Nature Communications may give pause to geophysicists who assume they can infer past magnetic field orientations reliably. In “Microbially assisted recording of the Earth’s magnetic field in sediment,” European geophysicists examined the possibility that microbial bioturbation rotates, translates or randomizes magnetic field records in sediments.Sediments continuously record variations of the Earth’s magnetic field and thus provide an important archive for studying the geodynamo. The recording process occurs as magnetic grains partially align with the geomagnetic field during and after sediment deposition, generating a depositional remanent magnetization (DRM) or post-DRM (PDRM). (P)DRM acquisition mechanisms have been investigated for over 50 years, yet many aspects remain unclear. A key issue concerns the controversial role of bioturbation, that is, the mechanical disturbance of sediment by benthic organisms, during PDRM acquisition. A recent theory on bioturbation-driven PDRM appears to solve many inconsistencies between laboratory experiments and palaeomagnetic records, yet it lacks experimental proof. Here we fill this gap by documenting the important role of bioturbation-induced rotational diffusion for (P)DRM acquisition, including the control exerted on the recorded inclination and intensity, as determined by the equilibrium between aligning and perturbing torques acting on magnetic particles.Scientists may assume, in other words, that they are seeing a DRM (depositional remanent magnetism) signature—i.e., the record of the magnetic field at the time the rock formed—when they in fact are seeing a PDRM (post-DRM) alteration. That alteration can come about through microbes and other bioturbating animals who put a spin on the remanent magnetism or move it about similar to random Brownian motion.Regardless of the acquisition mechanism, most PDRM models assume that lock-in of magnetization only begins once substantial surface mixing has ceased, that is, below the mixed layer, so that DRM and PDRM are mutually exclusive or almost so. A different viewpoint arises from a statistical model of PDRM acquisition in the surface-mixed layer. This model considers bioturbation as a rotational diffusion process similar to that of Brownian motion, which occurs in the presence of random inter-particle forces.Sediments are assumed to take on the orientation of the magnetic field when they settle into rock layers. A figure caption in the paper, though, lists 7 “natural processes affecting sedimentary magnetizations“: “1: Marine snow, 2: flocculation, 3: settling, 4: sediment resuspension, 5: non-local mixing, for example, by polychaete worms, 6: local (diffusive) sediment mixing leading to particle reorientation and 7: burial in the consolidating layer.” The team’s experiments with sediments settling at the bottoms of vials seems to show significant “particle realignment after deposition,” giving rise to a PDRM instead of a DRM.The authors are not clear about the degree of randomization possible in the rock record, or how post-depositional alterations might render interpretations of past magnetism questionable. It appears clear, though, that geophysicists should not assume that remanent orientations and intensities they measure in sediments correspond to the true magnetic field at the time.We invite creation geologists to look at this paper carefully and consider the implications. A friend in this field has assured me that geologists are able to tell the difference between DRM and PDRM. But if this “known unknown” needed clarification, what “unknown unknowns” remain to come to light?For more on problems with the secular geodynamo theory, see “Earth’s Geodynamo: An Energy Crisis” (1/25/16), “Stuff Geologists Think They Know Till Tomorrow” (12/22/15), “Magnetic News” (8/03/15), “What You’re Not Being Told About Earth’s Magnetic Field” (4/17/15), “Earth’s Magnetic Field Less Sustainable than Thought” (5/17/12), and “Findings that Comport with Genesis” (10/27/13).(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Legal aid and advice

first_imgCan’t afford to hire a lawyer or pay expensive court fees? Here are your options for seeking legal aid and advice.There are various other options if you cannot afford a lawyer. (Image: Pixabay)Legal Aid BoardIn criminal matters, everyone is entitled to legal representation. In civil matters, you must pass a means test, based on income, to qualify for assistance. The means-test ceiling is low, so aid is available only to the lowest income groups.To find out whether you qualify, approach the legal aid officer at your nearest magistrate’s court – a legal aid officer is appointed at every magistrate’s court – or your nearest Legal Aid Board justice centre.There are over 40 Legal Aid Board justice centres throughout the country. For more information, click here.Other sources of legal assistanceYou can also approach the Legal Aid Bureau, the Legal Resources Centre, or a university law faculty (see below).Finally, you could approach an attorney directly. This will cost more, but can be very effective – an attorney’s letter threatening legal action often settles a matter quickly. (Click here to find an attorney in your town or province.)Legal Aid Bureau. A private organisation which offers legal help to the poor. If you pass a means test, your case will be investigated and may be referred to an attorney for legal action.Tel: (011) 834 8561Legal Resources Centre. An independent non-profit organisation which provides legal services to poor, homeless and landless individuals and communities.Tel: (011) 403 7694/0902Contacts nationwide (mouse on “about us”, click on “contact details”)E-mailWeb siteUniversity legal clinics. Most university law faculties have legal clinics to which consumers may take complaints. Contacts for university law faculties:University of Cape Town: (021) 650 3551 or the UCT Law Clinic University of Durban-Westville: (031) 204 4445/4821University of Fort Hare: (04060) 22236University of the Orange Free State: (051) 401 2451University of Natal (Durban): (031) 260 2867University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg): (033) 260 5778University of the North: (015) 268 2903University of the North West: (018) 389 2510University of Port Elizabeth: (041) 504 2190Potchefstroom University: (018) 299 1950University of Pretoria: (012) 420 4158Rand Afrikaans University: (011) 489 2141Rhodes University: (046) 603 8427University of South Africa: (012) 429 8439University of Stellenbosch: (021) 808 3195/2University of Venda: (015) 962 8217Vista University (Bloemfontein Campus): (051) 505 1386University of the Western Cape: (021) 959 2756University of the Witwatersrand: (011) 717 8562 or the Wits University Legal Aid ClinicUniversity of Zululand: (035) 902-6192 or 793 3911Finding an attorneyContact the Law Society of South Africa (their web site has a search facility for finding an attorney in your town or province) or your provincial law society – see below. You can also try the search facility on Attorneys.co.za.Law Society of South Africa. Umbrella body for the attorney’s profession in South Africa.Tel: (012) 366 8800E-mailWeb siteProvincial law societies:Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope: Tel (021) 424 8060, Web siteLaw Society of the Free State: Tel (051) 447 3237Gauteng Law Council: Tel (012) 323 0400, Web siteKwaZulu-Natal Law Society: Tel (031) 451 304, Web siteMpumalanga Attorneys Council: Tel (017) 647 298, Fax (017) 647 1260, Web siteNorth West Circle Council: Tel (014) 592 9315/6, Fax (014) 597 1591, Web siteLaw Society of the Northern Provinces: Tel (012) 323 0400, Web siteAlso: Black Lawyers Association: Tel (011) 403 0802, Fax (011) 403 0814Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

US stocks rise again as investors hope for trade progress

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe continued to rise Tuesday led by industrial, technology and energy companies as well as retailers.The latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China ended without word of progress, but no evident signs of setbacks either.Railroad operator Union Pacific made the largest gain in the S&P 500 index after it named an industry veteran to a top executive position.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 20 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,570 as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 245 points, or 1 per cent, to 23,776. The Nasdaq composite gained 45 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,869. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 7 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,413.Trading has been extremely volatile for the last few months, but if Tuesday’s early gain endures, it will be the third in a row for the S&P 500. The index hasn’t had a three-day winning streak since late November.TRADE TALKS: There was no evidence Tuesday morning that the U.S. and China made significant progress in their latest round of trade talks, and experts say it will take months for them to resolve the causes over the trade war, which include disagreements over Beijing’s handling of technology and intellectual property. But after the market’s plunges in October and December, investors have become notably more optimistic about an eventual deal. An agreement between the two biggest economic powers in the world could remove a major obstacle to global economic growth.ALL THE LIVE-LONG DAY: Union Pacific surged 9.6 per cent to $152 after it hired longtime Canadian National railroad executive Jim Vena as its chief operating officer. Vena will oversee the company’s effort to implement a new scheduling program based on what other railroads including Canadian National have been doing for years.Other transportation and industrial companies also jumped Tuesday as investors became more optimistic about continued economic growth. Rival railroad Norfolk Southern gained 3.1 per cent to $156.298 while aerospace giant Boeing rose 2.1 per cent to $334.89 and construction equipment company Caterpillar climbed 2.4 per cent to $131.29.ENERGY: Like stocks, oil prices continued their recent rally. U.S. crude was on track to rise for the eight day in the last nine as it jumped 2 per cent to $49.48 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.7 per cent to $58.32 a barrel in London.U.S. crude dropped from about $76 a barrel in early October to a low of $42 a barrel on Dec. 24 as investors worried about slowing economic growth and a supply glut. The modest recovery in oil prices has sent energy companies higher, and the S&P 500 index of energy companies has risen 7 per cent so far in 2019.LEADERS: Among technology companies, Apple rose 1.2 per cent to $149.65 and Microsoft gained 0.9 per cent to $102.99 while IBM added 1.8 per cent to $120.23. Among consumer-focused companies, Amazon rose 1.8 per cent to $1,660. Amazon surpassed Microsoft to become the most valuable publicly-traded company on Monday and built on that lead Tuesday. Elsewhere Nike picked up 1.2 per cent to $76.66.POWER DOWN: California utility PG&E slumped another 10 per cent to $17.05 after S&P Global Ratings slashed the company’s credit rating to non-investment grade or “junk” status. The stock had plunged 22 per cent Monday on reports PG&E was considering filing for bankruptcy, as it faces huge potential legal liabilities related to deadly wildfires in 2017 and 2018.BONDS: Bond prices fell and yields rose, a sign investors expect continued economic growth and higher interest rates. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.70 per cent from 2.65 per cent late Monday.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 108.88 yen from 108.59 yen. The euro fell to $1.1437 from $1.1478 and the British pound slip to $1.2737 from $1.2770.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX rose 1.3 per cent while Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.7 per cent and France’s CAC-40 was 1.1 per cent higher.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.8 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.2 per cent. The South Korean Kospi gave up 0.5 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

History turned to ashes

first_imgPerhaps there cannot be one objective definition of loss or agony. And when it is of magnitude as that of Notre Dame, hearts sear in pain and torment. As decades of heritage went up in flames, uncountable memories, moments and meanings were buried deep and destroyed. Such creations are iconic and they remind us of the immense creativity and masterstrokes of our forefathers that have stood the test of time. The cathedral has an extraordinary power as a symbol of France and sympathising with the French in their moment of loss, people from all over the world mourned together. France’s loss was their loss, too. After all, Notre Dame is a summit of human achievement — a timeless expression of the quest for goodness, beauty and comprehension of mankind. It was indeed a ‘part of us is burning’ feeling as most aptly put by French President Emmanuel Macron. The Paris cathedral has a specific place in the collective consciousness, in France, in Europe and everywhere else in the world. It has been the most visited monument in Europe for epochs, through war and peace alike. This stone structure speaks of French history and its roots where the Christian faith held a decisive spot. With this history turning into ashes within hours, the 96-metre high spire vanishing into oblivion and the smoke clouding the Paris skyline; it was a heart-wrenching sight for hundreds of those who witnessed the collapse. Notre Dame, meaning ‘Our Lady’ in English, has been a witness to several key historical moments, with almost 13 million people visiting the cathedral every year. Just outside is a plaque that marks ‘Point Zero’ — the official centre of the capital and the marker in France from which all distances to Paris are measured. From Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation as emperor in 1804, Joan of Arc’s beautification, several world leaders attending the memorial services for former French presidents Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand, to remaining largely unscathed during the two World Wars, ringing of the tenor bell to mark the end of Nazi occupation in 1944 and holding the centre stage for literary depiction in famous novels; Notre Dame has transformed itself into a character. Fifty people have been assigned to investigate the fire. As flames ravaged the cathedral’s roof, praises poured in for the ‘courage and determination’ of firefighters who ‘risked their own lives’ to salvage the building’s stone structure and its twin towers. President Macron has vowed to reconstruct it within five years and to make it ‘even more beautiful’. However, the real challenge will be to convert this catastrophe into an opportunity to come together and rebuild one of the earth’s most beautiful and historic epicentres.last_img read more

Millionaires fleeing India in larger numbers Report

first_imgNew Delhi: All the chest thumping over a big leap forward in the ease of doing business index and the tag of the world’s fastest growing economy in the world may not be of much worth, as a new report suggests that Indians who have the means to quit the country are doing so and in increasing numbers. India saw the third highest outflow of wealthy individuals last year. Nearly 5,000 millionaires, or high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), left the country, which is 2 per cent of the total number of HNWIs in India, says the Global Wealth Migration Review (GWMR) 2019 by AfrAsia Bank and research firm New World Wealth. The net outflow of HNWIs that India saw in 2018, was even faster than the UK, which is in the middle of a political turmoil owing to Brexit. The UK for the last three decades was ranked among the countries with the highest number of inflow of wealthy individuals but the trend reversed sharply in the last two years, thanks to Brexit. China topped the list, as its economy is starting to show the impact of the trade battle with the US. Things might worsen for the worlds’ second largest economy after the US slapped fresh tariffs on China last week. Russia occupied the second spot, ahead of India, as the Russian economy grapples with the impact of multiple embargoes. For the migrating millionaires, the US and Australia topped the list of the most soought after country destinations. The report also pointed out another critical problem with the Indian economy of the degree of inequality growing at an alarming rate. The HNWIs hold nearly half the total wealth in the country. While the worldwide average of this measure was 36 per cent, it was as high as 48 per cent in India. Nevertheless, India’s total wealth is set to grow at a handsome rate in the next 10 years. The GWMR notes that India will outperform the UK and Germany in terms of wealth generation to become the fourth largest wealth market in the world by 2028. Among the cities which will drive this growth in the next 10 years are Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Delhi would do so on the back of its well-diversified economy and strength in a number of key sectors, Bangalore on its prowess in the fields of IT and R&D, and Hyderabad on the base of its being the “Pharmaceutical Capital of India” and its many special economic zones, the report said. However, the report also went on to mention that the outflow of HNWIs from India and China “are not particularly concerning” as both the countries are still producing far more new HNWIs than they are losing. “Also, once the standard of living in these countries improves, we expect several wealthy people to move back,” the report noted.last_img read more

Concerns grow as Kenya starts repatriating Somali refugees

first_imgNAIRO – While supporting the voluntary repatriation, some leaders from the Somali community in Kenya have expressed concerns that the process would disrupt many lives.“Many of us agree the situation in Somalia has improved,” Mohamed Bashir, a politician and businessman, told Anadolu Agency.“But these refugees have lived in Kenya for a long time,” he noted. “They have married and have children, some of them in schools. The process needs care,” Bashir asserted.The Kenya government has launched the process of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees from the Dadaab Camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.“There is no turning back,” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said Saturday after touring the camp.“We have hosted our brothers from Somalia for more than two decades and the return to rebuild their country is both in Kenya’s and Somalia’s interest,” he added.“We have reached a point of no return but it will not be forced repatriation as the process is based on consultation and agreement.”Two weeks ago, the Kenyan and Somali governments signed an agreement on the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees.The move followed increasing fears that the refugee camps have become recruitment grounds for the Somali militant group Al-Shabaa.The group has claimed the September 21 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, which left 67 people killed and more than 200 injured.Asha Abdi, 19, was born and brought up in Kenya after her parents fled to Kenya following the overthrow of then Somalia President Mohammed Siad Barre.She says she has never been to Somalia and will not know what to do if sent there.“I have been studying in Nairobi and most of my friends are here,” Abdi told AA in an interview.“My parents back in Garissa are worried and I am worried too as this process will disrupt my education.”last_img read more

Moroccos Election to UNHR Council an International Recognition of Reforms Diplomat

first_imgRabat –  Morocco’s election to the UN Human rights council (for the 2014-2016 mandate) is an international recognition of the importance of reforms adopted by the country, said this Tuesday Morocco’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, Omar Hilale.This is a recognition of the international community to the pertinence of the democratic reforms conducted by Morocco and for its positive and efficient role, said the diplomat who was guest to MAP’s forum themed “Morocco’s commitment in human rights.”This is also a defeat for Morocco’s enemies who have been ceaselessly endeavoring to tarnish the Kingdom’s image, he went on. The diplomat went that the invitation extended by Moroccan officials to four UN rapporteurs for human rights to visit Morocco in the 2014-2015 period is further evidence “Morocco’s commitments for human rights.”He added that Morocco’s adherence to the UN special process is part of “a proactive approach on such sensitive issues as torture, arbitrary detentions and violence against women”.Hilale further explained that Morocco’s experience in human rights matters is the fruit of a long process of reforms based on participation and consensus, noting that human rights promotion is an irreversible constitutional commitment.The constitution adopted by referendum in 2011 is “a genuine charter” of human rights, he insisted.last_img read more