Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesBen Davies has been recalled to the Tottenham starting line-up for the game at the London Stadium after recovering from a recent ankle injury.Moussa Sissoko starts and Harry Winks is among the Spurs substitutes along with fellow youngster Kyle Walker-Peters.Spurs, without a league win at Wembley so far this season, are aiming for a fifth consecutive away victory.West Ham, meanwhile, are without Pedro Obiang, who picked up a knock against West Brom.West Ham: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Fonte, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Arnautovic, Hernandez.Subs: Adrian, Byram. Masuaku, Rice, Aye, Carroll, Sakho.Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Kane.Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Winks, Nkoudou, Son, Llorente.
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani raised a Twitter storm on Tuesday with her statement that women everywhere have the right to pray, but not the right to desecrate.Chipping in on the raging debate around women’s entry to the Sabarimala Temple, the Minister said this difference between right to pray and right to desecrate must be “recognised and respected.” She was speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by the British High Commission and the Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai.“I have no right as a current serving Cabinet Minister to comment on the Supreme Court verdict, but it is plain common sense: Would you take a sanitary napkin soaked in menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s home? You would not. And would you think it is respectful to do the same when you walk into a house of God? That is the difference. I have a right to pray and I don’t have a right to desecrate, and this must be recognised and respected. That is my personal opinion,” the BJP leader said talking at the Young Thinkers’ Conference.Ms. Irani explained that she had personally experienced this. As someone married to a Parsi and practising Zoroastrian faith, there were restrictions to praying at the city’s fire temples. “Since I have ensured both my children are practising Zoroastrians and have completed their Navjote, they can pray in a fire temple. But I have to personally stand on the road or sit in my car outside the temple. When I took my newborn son to a temple, I had to give him up my husband at the gate. I was shooed away and told not to stand there. But even then I understand, I have a right to pray but I don’t have a right to desecrate,” Ms. Irani said, when asked what was her opinion and the government’s on the Sabarimala judgement.Clarifying that the Narendra Modi government has been the “most progressive” in the history of India on social issues, such as those related to the debates around Section 377 and Privacy, she said: “The government’s position has been clear… it will not interfere in this matter. This is the most progressive stand a government has ever taken in the history of this country.”Bold stepsBacking Prime Minister Modi to deliver on his economic promises, Ms. Irani said the Prime Minister would not succumb to populist pressures, unlike the former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi. “The bold steps our prime minister has taken in implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Insolvency Code give no indication he is a populist leader. Like I said earlier, our government is here to serve even those who did not vote for us,” the Minister said in response to a question whether the party would use “religious polarisation” as a means to secure votes in the 2019 General Elections. “When this government constructs roads, it does not put up a board saying the path should lead to a Muslim or a Hindu’s house. When we give electricity connections, we do not announce it should light up only a Hindu or a Muslim home. So where is the question of party using religion as a plank?”Smart economicsThe Minister said any populist scheme from just the announcement perspective was a way to get votes. But if the policy was well studied or sketched out in an effort to empower people, it must be termed “smart economics.” Calling the Food Security Act of the UPA government a populist move, she said: “In a country of a billion-plus, according to the previous government’s own record, only 7 million tonnes of food was distributed in only 10 to 11 States… The same measure in our government was not only implemented across all States, but we distributed about 34 million tonnes of food grains.”‘Used as a bait’Later in the day, Ms. Irani tweeted her clarification on the comment saying her words were being used to launch a propaganda using her as a “bait”. “As far as those who jump the gun regarding women visiting a friend’s place with a sanitary napkin dipped in menstrual blood — I am yet to find a person who ‘takes’ a blood soaked napkin to ‘offer’ to any one let alone a friend. But what fascinates me, though does not surprise me, is that as a woman I am not free to have my own point of view. As long as I conform to the ‘liberal’ point of view I’m acceptable. How Liberal is that ?”The Minister further added that as a practising Hindu married to a practising Zoroastrian she is not allowed to enter a fire temple to pray. “I respect that stand by the Zoroastrian community/priests and do not approach any court for a right to pray as a mother of 2 Zoroastrian children. Similarly Parsi or non Parsi menstruating women irrespective of age DO NOT go to a Fire Temple.These are 2 factual statements. Rest of the propaganda/agenda being launched using me as bait is well just that… bait.”
Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that All-Star forward Blake Griffin has sprained his MCL and could be out for two months. On this week’s show (Nov. 30, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down how this could affect the once-promising team and whether there’s any hope for the rest of the Clippers’ season. On Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale after the team lost eight straight games. The news took the league by surprise, with many players and coaches speaking out against the firing. We take a look at why Fizdale was fired now and which other coaches might be in trouble. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on the Portland Trail Blazers.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Over at The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor asked, “Where do the Grizzlies go from here?”Kyle took a look at the NBA’s best defenders. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner
After AC Milan made up plans and are willing to sell Andre Silva this summer, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been placed on red alert.Originally the San Siro club had been looking to loan out the striker, who struggled during his first season in Italy. But now Milan are now ready to sell Silva this summer if someone bids £27 million, according to Calciomercato in talkSPORT.The club needs the money to reinvest in the squad by securing Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata who is their top transfer target.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Silva’s availability will be of great interest to Wolves, who have been observing and following up the Portugal international since January.The club failed with an approach for the 22-year-old previously, however, they are back in the Premier League and a deal could be on the cards.Before now, AC Milan had told Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to snub Juventus and join them because they can offer him guaranteed first-team football.
Belgium will face England tomorrow on a playoff match since their progress to the finals were halted by France and Croatia respectively.Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says defeating England to third place at the World Cup means more to Romelu Lukaku than pipping Harry Kane who tops the tournament scoring charts with six goals to the Golden Boot.“Romelu is here to help the team perform, not for individual awards,” said the Spaniard, who was celebrating his 45th birthday via Sport.“We don’t look at that sort of reward and Romelu is the first to show that with his play. We had a moment against Japan where Romelu has the ball in the box, the last second of the game.“Any striker that thinks he has 50 per cent chance of a goal takes that, but he made one of the best assists in the tournament.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Other awards are more interesting to us. To be able to finish third, the best finish for the Belgian national team, would be an achievement we salute more than individual awards.”“If you ask me ‘is he the best in the world?’, yes,” he said.“But I am biased. I worked first with him when he was 19 and I’ve seen an incredible, incredible journey in his career.“His numbers throughout his career are very difficult (to achieve). His biggest attribute is he is a goalscorer and a finisher.”
Arsenal has not made a breakthrough in contract talks with Aaron Ramsey, and there are rumours the Welsh midfielder will leave in January.Ramsey’s current deal will run out at the end of the season, and the Gunners had hoped to resolve his contract issues before the start of the current campaign.Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United both expressed an interest in signing Ramsey during the summer, and they are monitoring the situation at the Emirates.It’s believed Aaron Ramsey wants similar deals like that of his teammates who signed a new deal worth £110,000-a-week in wages.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Gunners’ boss Unai Emery made it clear during pre-season he wants Ramsey to renew, but the club is in a difficult position as they are equally looking to trim their wage bill.The north Londoners are keen to avoid a similar situation with Ramsey as they have experienced with the likes of Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez in the past.They were forced to sell the latter pair, and now there are fears Ramsey will have to be sold in January if new terms are not agreed.Ramsey was dropped to the bench in Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday and now has added competition in midfield following the arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area has been expanded to include the Sterling Highway corridor for the safety of firefighting aircraft and personnel. In a release from DOF, hot and dry weather coupled with persistent winds from the northwest are pushing both smoke and the east flank of the fire towards the highway corridor and transmission line. Smoke impacts will reduce visibility and will cause delays for all traffic between milepost 58 and 75.5. All motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and cautiously with headlights on. Pilots need to be aware that large water scooping aircraft will be using Skilak and Hidden lakes. Recreationists in these areas need to remain alert and vigilant about staying away from the center of the lakes while these aircraft assist the fire crews working along the fire’s edge. The Alaska Department of Transportation is dedicated to keeping weekend traffic moving with the use of flaggers and pilot cars. Travelers are advised to be prepared for long delays and should consider bringing extra water and food, as well as extra ice and coolers to keep fish cold. Homer Electric has been in communication with railbelt utilities so that they will be prepared. This action will not affect consumer power on the Kenai Peninsula or points north. Motorists are advised to allow plenty of extra time to reach destinations and to be on alert to give the right of way to emergency response vehicles. Skilak Lake Road is a narrow gravel road and should not be considered as an option for recreation vehicles, fifth-wheel trailers and semi tractors with trailers. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. In consideration of firefighter and public safety the Homer Electric Association, working in coordination with fire managers, is prepared to de-energize the 115,000-volt Transmission Tie Line that connects Bradley Lake Hydroelectic facility to the rest of the railbelt utilities. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 26th, 2019 at 09:25 amThe Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team has been working closely with officials from the Kenai Peninsula Office of Emergency Management, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska State Troopers, the Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction and other cooperating agencies, to be prepared should the smoke and activity of the Swan Lake Fire affect the Sterling Highway corridor and Homer Electric transmission lines.
A number of roads are impassable, Amtrak has suspended service south of D.C., DASH buses are suspended, even the White House basement is flooding. https://t.co/UkQIx6AQbG pic.twitter.com/RBabFTXwfx— DCist (@DCist) July 8, 2019 Serious flooding situation on Canal Road near Fletchers Cove with numerous drivers stranded, so I’m swimming to safety #DCWX @WTOP pic.twitter.com/UNFOmZkltO— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) July 8, 2019 White House is leaking pic.twitter.com/rmfQBDiyCk— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 8, 2019 Comments Scary exit from the parking garage under the Capitals Ice Rink / Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington. The bottom level is a River! @WTOP @WTOPtraffic @ABC7News pic.twitter.com/exleKNbpEw— Wendy Marco (@WendyMarco924) July 8, 2019 The rain is largely over, but power outages, sinkholes, road closures, and flooding remain. https://t.co/dBbu51zlJB pic.twitter.com/gi1zw3p416— Rachel Sadon (@Rachel_Sadon) July 8, 2019 Twitter 3 Got to see a waterfall today during my morning commute #VSquare pic.twitter.com/e3i0sCmxGo— Hugo Dante (@HugoDanteJr) July 8, 2019 #DCsBravest have removed several occupants to safety from cars in high water at 15th St and Constitution Ave NW. pic.twitter.com/MKXSMJzsua— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 8, 2019 The leaks from this White House just don’t stop.— 🏴☠️ PirateCat 🏴☠️ (@PirateCat8) July 8, 2019 I’m advising commuters not to use the street elevator at Pentagon Metro this morning. #wmata pic.twitter.com/z8bNwAPcPG— Nick Scalera (@nickscalera) July 8, 2019 It’s official: The White House basement is flooding. pic.twitter.com/f1DR6awE89— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 8, 2019 The Reflecting Pool is getting a bit full of itself…— Charles King (@PundITInc) July 8, 2019 Share your voice Harder for the brits to burn down again…— Tormented Penguin (@TormentedPengu) July 8, 2019 At press time, transportation officials were warning of a bad evening commute ahead for Washingtonians. We got a bit of an issue here… 😱 pic.twitter.com/58g9RJfm0c— Dr. Rocío Caballero-Gill (@CaballeroGill) July 8, 2019 Update: swamp draining in progress. WH leaks appear contained. Press pool dry. pic.twitter.com/crYTdjelG5— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 8, 2019 The situation was serious, but it being DC, jokes, of course, were inevitable. That happens a lot downtown, and it is actually fine, to a point. Remember: This was a swamp, and you are really in what was the Potomac’s marshy banks all the way up to Capitol Hill. And once in a while nature reminds you of it.— Tᴏm Mᴏᴏʀᴇ (@PaperMissiles) July 8, 2019 The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is closed today due to electrical outages. The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights–along with all of the permanently valuable records stored in the building–are safe and not in any danger. pic.twitter.com/aGWOie0BjC— US National Archives (@USNatArchives) July 8, 2019 I spent all weekend being like “Will it just fucking rain already?” and now I have to go gather up animals by twos.— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) July 8, 2019 Unnerving photos and video shared to social media showed just how deep the water really was. The weather led to some frightening images of water flooding elevators, Metro stations and parking lots.The White House didn’t go untouched. Several journalists posted photos of water leaking into the press space in the White House basement, which naturally led to plenty of jokes about presidential leaks and swamp-draining. Tags The Washington, DC, area on Monday was deluged with heavy rain, which turned streets into rivers and led to closed roads and stranded drivers. Water also seeped into the White House basement. The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency, and CBS News reports that “the storm dumped about 6.3 inches of rain near Frederick, Maryland, about 4.5 inches near Arlington, Virginia, and about 3.4 inches at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in a two-hour period.”The flooding was deep in the streets outside the National Archives building, which had to close Monday. The site’s official Twitter account said the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and other valuable records stored there were not in danger. Random
Close A British government-backed review released on Thursday (14 May) is seeking billions of dollars to fund the development of 15 new antibiotics to counter antibiotic resistance.The review, led by former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim ONeill, said the lump sum payments could add up to $16-$37bn (£10-23.5bn) over 10 years, but should only be made when companies have fully developed a successful bug-killing drug.Seen in a global context, and compared to the cost of inaction, its actually peanuts. Critically linked to that were also calling for an innovation fund, about $2bn perhaps over five years, that the pharmaceutical industry itself essentially finances, ONeill said.The review says that companies that develop new antibiotics should be awarded prize money of up to $3.5bn for each new drug, instead of selling the medication at a profit.Because if you come up with the specific incentives and rewards were suggesting to get them to produce more drugs, its essentially giving them a lot of financial relief. So we think its only right that they play a role in financing the research at the early stage, ONeill added.The prizes, of between $1.5bn and $3.5bn, should be funded in part by the pharma industry itself, ONeill said, probably also with input from national governments and the global taxpayer.I think the proposal were suggesting is better than what the pharma industry would like itself, which is much higher prices so they can just charge a lot more for it. I dont think that would be a better option for every individual in this country and elsewhere in the world, he said.The successful drugmaker would then be required to make no profit from its sales of the drugs to governments and healthcare providers around the world, ONeill added, saying this approach would de-link the profitability of a drug from its volume of sales.I think there are two core problems. Theres a demand problem and a supply problem. The paper weve published today focuses all about the supply issues of getting more drugs, he saidIn recent years, bugs resistant to multiple drugs have evolved at the same time as drugmakers have cut back investment in finding new ways to fight them, creating a global health threat as superbug strains of infections like tuberculosis and gonorrhoea have become untreatable.ONeill, who was asked last year by British Prime Minister David Cameron to take an economists view of the problem, said far too little is currently invested in hunting for new drugs against drug-resistant infections.In his initial report, ONeill estimated that anti-microbial resistance (AMR) could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100tn by 2050 if it is not brought under control.ONeill has also proposed that a $2bn innovation fund financed by drug companies should be created to invest in early-stage research and speed up development of new medicines to fight drug-resistant superbugs.Sally Davies, the UK governments chief medical adviser, welcomed ONeills latest report, saying it would stimulate important conversations between governments, pharmaceutical companies and other funders.
Office Depot and Alibaba Group Holding together launched an e-commerce website in the United States, offering hundreds and thousands of US-based small and medium businesses an opportunity to go global. The partnership was announced on Monday, as a result of which both companies will capitalise on the opportunities to do business with small and medium businesses directly.Office Depot is already reaping the benefits of this partnership as its shares shot up 10 percent to $3.9 in premarket trading on Monday. According to MarketWatch, this puts the shares of the company to open at the highest price seen during regular-session hours since October 2017. Alibaba shares were also up by 1.3 percent at $186.35 in premarket trading.Office Depot and Alibaba partnership would give the Chinese e-commerce giant access to Florida-based office supplies provider’s 10 million business customers and 1,800 sales agents. On the other hand, Office Depot will be able to gain access to Alibaba’s global network of 150,000 suppliers and get a major boost in its struggle to compete against Amazon.com. Alibaba and Office Depot partnershipReuters FileTogether, both companies will be able to tap into a $23.9 trillion global B2B e-commerce market opportunity. This is also a boon for small and medium businesses in the U.S. that will be able to sell their products globally and search for verified manufacturers, negotiate deals and make payments seamlessly from a single platform.Office Depot can provide next-day delivery to 99 percent of U.S. businesses and discounts will be provided on select purchases through Alibaba marketplace.”Leveraging Office Depot’s trusted brand, local presence, and national supply chain distribution network with Alibaba’s global supplier network and well-known capabilities in serving SMBs, U.S. businesses can now access a wide array of products and services through Office Depot and Alibaba.com’s collaboration, which will empower them to compete and thrive. Through this initial phase of work together with Alibaba.com, we intend to grow our collaboration in ways that will drive even greater value and choice for our current and future customers,” Gerry Smith, CEO of Office Depot, said in a statement.