Barcelona scored twice in the last three minutes to edge past lowly Rayo Vallecano 3-2 and open up a four-point lead at the top of LaLiga.A third straight league win moves Ernesto Valverde’s side clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, but their advantage will be reduced back to one point if Alaves beat Eibar on Sunday.Luis Suarez put the visitors ahead in the 11th minute, but Vallecano looked like they would record just their second win of the season as Jose Pozo and Alvaro Garcia netted either side of the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Catalan giants produced a stirring last-gasp comeback, though, with Ousmane Dembele drawing them level in the 87th minute and then Suarez delivering the decisive blow three minutes later.It’s all over in Vallecas!Comeback and three points!Rayo Vallecano 2-3 FC BarcelonaPozo and Álvaro / @LuisSuarez9 (x2) and @DembouzStill top! pic.twitter.com/SU5lybmSur— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 3, 2018Any hopes Vallecano had of containing their illustrious opponents – 5-1 El Clasico victors last weekend – were obliterated after just 11 minutes.Jordi Alba latched onto Ivan Rakitic’s stunning cross-field pass and pulled the ball back for Suarez to slot in his eighth league goal of the campaign from six yards.The hosts should have drawn level just after the half-hour mark, Pozo firing wide from 10 yards after a blistering counter-attack had torn Barca’s backline apart.The former Almeria man made amends 10 minutes before the interval, however, whipping a wonderful strike in off Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s left-hand post from 25 yards.Barca came agonisingly close to restoring their advantage moments before the break when Suarez’s curled effort crashed off the outside of the upright.That near-miss was brought into sharp focus after 57 minutes when substitute Garcia powered home from close range after Raul de Tomas’ header had fallen kindly to him off the post.Vallecano were unable to hold on for a famous win, however. Dembele pulled Barca level with a crisp half-volley from Gerard Pique’s headed knockdown before Suarez stole in at the back post to prod past goalkeeper Alberto Garcia for a dramatic late winner. What it means? Barca show fighting spiritIt was not pretty, but Barcelona showed enough grit in those final stages to maintain the momentum of their stunning win over Real Madrid. It is five wins on the spin in all competitions now for Valverde’s side and with Lionel Messi set to return imminently, it looks ominous for their LaLiga rivals. Vallecano, meanwhile, remain rooted in 19th after just one win all season.Suarez the difference againFresh from his hat-trick against Madrid, Suarez was once again the talisman for his side. The Uruguayan now has nine league goals this season and is showing no signs of slowing down in front of goal.Rafinha proves ineffectiveThe Brazilian had a game to forget. Moments after flashing well wide from a good position early in the second half, he was replaced by Dembele, whose fine finish late on set up a remarkable finale.What’s next?Barca travel to Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday where they will hope to welcome back Messi from his broken arm, while Vallecano’s next match is at home to Villarreal next Sunday in LaLiga. read more
BRISTOL, Conn. — Hours before his final game for the red, white and blue, Landon Donovan made no effort to hide his anger at Jurgen Klinsmann.The face of American soccer for more than a decade, Donovan had been counting on going to his fourth World Cup.And then after practice at Stanford Stadium on May 22, Klinsmann called in the 32-year-old forward and told him he wasn’t going to BrazilDonovan was stunned and livid.He recorded commercials poking fun at his exclusion, criticized Klinsmann’s tactics during the tournament and was reluctant to accept an offer from U.S. Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati to play a celebratory finale for the national team.Ultimately, Donovan accepted and made his 157th international appearance in an exhibition against Ecuador on Oct. 10th. He hit a post, left in the 41st minute and exchanged a handshake and a soft hug with the coach when he left the game that ended in a 1-1 tie.Looking back, Donovan thinks getting axed benefited him in an unexpected manner.“Although I didn’t agree with the decision and I still know I should have been there, it was also good for me to say, you know what, it’s not always going to go your way,” he said. “And it took time for me to get to that place. I’m human. I had some very real emotions after. But after a while I said: Maybe this is a going to be a good thing. And I wouldn’t have the opportunity to grow had it not happened. I certainly grew a lot more by that happening than if I had gone to the World Cup and played there, and in that way you can learn a lot from it.“I had the opportunity to feel what other players have felt in my career. A lot of times when I made a team I was so happy for me that I forgot about the guy who got cut, so for the first time it kind of put that in front of my face.”Gulati sat at Donovan’s side during a half-hour pre-game news conference on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight set, about 20 miles from Rentschler Field, and maintained his refusal to comment on Klinsmann’s decision.Without Donovan, the U.S. advanced from a difficult first-round group by defeating Ghana, drawing Portugal and losing to Germany. The Americans were knocked out with a 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium, and the Oct. 10 match was their first at home since leaving Brazil.“Three, four months ago, if someone asked if this day would happen, I would have said you’re out of your mind and you’re crazy,” Donovan said. “I give all the credit to Sunil for sticking with me through some hard conversations and understanding what was important and making it happen.“I believe this is a day I deserve. I believe this is a day my family deserves for all the sacrifices they’ve made.”Donovan anticipated 20 family members would attend, and he said the USSF had treated them “like kings and queens” this week. It helped to alleviate some of his vexation.” People forget, for those of us who weren’t selected this summer to play in Brazil, it’s not only difficult for us, it’s difficult for our families,” he said. “In many instances, our families had this amazing vacation trip of a lifetime planned, and that was taken from them.”The Los Angeles Galaxy forward, the American career leader in international goals (57) and assists (58), is retiring at the end of the Major League Soccer season.Donovan played in all 12 U.S. games at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, scoring an American-record five goals. His stoppage-time winner against Algeria four years ago gave the U.S. first place in its group for the first time in 80 years and created one of American soccer’s iconic moments.Asked about his relationship with Klinsmann, all Donovan would say is: “You know.” It took him awhile to accept Gulati’s offer of a testimonial match.“The thought of being in this environment again didn’t seem all that appealing at the time,” Donovan said. “But at the end of the day I looked at the big picture and realized what a special day this could be. It’s almost like, if you care to believe this stuff, in many ways it’s meant to be. I think it’s no coincidence it’s 10-10 today.”Donovan took over the No. 10 jersey following captain Claudio Reyna’s retirement in 2006. But for all Donovan’s accomplishments, Klinsmann said he wished Donovan “could have done a bit more” and established a career with a European club rather than remain in MLS.“I think it’s easy for people to judge others in their career choices and their life choices,” Donovan said. “I’ve always tried to make decisions that were best for me and best for my family and best for my happiness. I realize that’s not always popular with people. I’m sure a lot of people wish my career had gone a different way.”Donovan took a four-month sabbatical from soccer after the 2012 season, a decision that strained his relationship with Klinsmann, who believes top players should train virtually year-round. Donovan needed time away — he has been open about his struggles with depression.“It’s human nature to have sad periods in life,” he said. “I would much rather feel than not feel things and to go through some of the things we as human beings go through. It’s normal to feel that way.”He’s not quite sure what awaits. Attending college and travel are among the possibilities. He’ll remain involved with the USSF, but how he’s not sure.Coaching intrigues him, but not pros. Perhaps the under-17 team, the level where he first gained world-wide attention in 1999.“I wouldn’t want to deal with male soccer egos. That’s a headache that I think nobody would want, even though some coaches take it on,” he said. “I think being able to really be hands on early in people’s careers would be helpful, because that’s where I needed the most help.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The future is now at the BNP Paribas Open.Daria Kasatkina upset Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a nearly three-hour baseline struggle and Naomi Osaka routed top-ranked Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 in 64 minutes on Friday night to set up a final between two 20-year-olds.“We are coming,” Kasatkina said, smiling. “Very soon.”Kasatkina was two points from defeat, trailing 4-5 and 0-30 in the third set when Williams committed four straight errors as the Russian tied it 5-all.Williams won just two more points as Kasatkina took the last two games to close out the match in 2 hours, 48 minutes. Kasatkina dropped her racket near the baseline and covered her face with her hands as she walked to the net.“In one moment you just catch yourself, like, you’re in night session, all crowd, you’re playing against a legend, and you are in the third set,” Kasatkina said. “You’re just staying on the return, and you’re like, ‘Come on, maybe it’s the moment of your life.’”It was, for both up-and-comers.Osaka put away Halep on her third match point when the Romanian netted a backhand.“I saw Dasha. She threw her racket, right?” Osaka said of Kasatkina’s reaction. “I was going to be, like, I’m going to be that extra. Maybe I’ll even cry a little bit just to soak it in. But I didn’t. I was just sort of more relieved that it was over.”Ranked 44th, the Japan-born Osaka opened the tournament by beating Maria Sharapova in the first round. She defeated No. 31 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova on her way to the final, dropping just one set in six matches.“I feel like there is a new generation,” Osaka said, “and we’re trying to push through.”Kasatkina has defeated four top-20 opponents at the same tournament for the first time in her career. She owns wins over all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the last year. A victory in Sunday’s final would move her into the top 10.After shaking hands, Kasatkina pumped her fists and shook her head slightly as if in disbelief at beating the 37-year-old American and advancing to the biggest final of her young career.Williams won her first four matches at Indian Wells in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-4 victory over sister Serena in the third round. The eighth seed was trying to reach the final for the first time in seven appearances in the desert, including a 15-year absence when she and her sister boycotted the event.Williams had 45 winners — 15 more than Kasatkina — and 63 unforced errors.“If I don’t win, I’m not happy,” Williams said. “You don’t get used to losses, ever. Anyone who gets used to losses should give up on life.”Williams breathed heavily during changeovers and was the last to leave her chair, while Kasatkina got up just as the umpire called time and jogged to the baseline.Asked if she was tired, Williams said, “She just played better at the end.”After losing the first set, Kasatkina was visited by her coach on court. Philippe Dehaes told her, “She’s 37, you’re 20. Make her work a lot.”When she wasn’t trading shots from the baseline, a nervy Kasatkina fooled Williams with drop shots, including two that landed just over the net near the sideline. The Russian tossed up lobs over the 6-foot-1 American — some worked, some didn’t, but she remained unflappable.There were 14 service breaks in the match.Williams rallied from 3-1 down to win the first set. She trailed 3-1 again in the second and tied it 3-all when Kasatkina was broken on a double fault.Kasatkina won the last four games in a row to take the second set. The players dueled through eight deuces in an epic eighth game, with the Russian turning back six break points against her. Williams pulled a forehand wide to lose the game.Kasatkina’s coach visited her again before the third set.“You go for it?” he asked her.“Sure,” she replied, and they slapped hands.Williams served a love game to go up 5-4. She led love-30 on Kasatkina’s serve in the next game before her forehand deserted her.Williams double-faulted twice in a row to drop serve and trail 6-5. Kasatkina won on her second match point when Williams netted a backhand.“She just played a little better at the end,” Williams said. “It was really pretty much that simple.”Kasatkina now owns a 2-1 record against Williams, who won 10-8 in the third round at Wimbledon in 2016.Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated No. 31 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Milos Raonic beat 18th-seeded American Sam Querrey 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to reach the men’s semifinals.—By BETH HARRIS , AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
Making light of the hype surrounding him ahead of the Australia Test series, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said every batsman in the side has the ability to win games single-handedly and the buzz around him is something he cannot do anything about.”This (obsession) is something that I don’t believe in, at all. Whatever batsmen we have, all of them have so much ability that every one of them can single-handedly turn any game,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of India’s first rubber here.”This is something I believe in 120 per cent, and even they have faith in themselves. On the outside what people think, we cannot control. I cannot tell people to not to talk about it or write about it,” he added.A lot of talk has been on how to stop Kohli from getting runs in this part of the world where the World’s No.1 batsman has enjoyed enormous success in his last visit.At Adelaide Oval, Kohli has three hundreds from two Tests.”I love coming to this ground, the city in general. I really enjoy the city, I don’t know what the connection is, but I just feel really good here. Not to say that the performances are always guaranteed in a certain place but yes, coming to Adelaide I feel different from places that I have gone in the world and that’s been the case,” said Kohli.The right-hander added that this ground is his favourite outside India.”It happens to every cricketer, they have a favourite ground away from home. For me, Adelaide has always been special, because I scored my first Test ton here. So, from then on the connection started.advertisement”It’s a great place to play cricket in general; the stadium has been redone, the pitch has always been good. So it’s about which team plays better, it’s been that kind of pitch. They are no-givens on the Adelaide pitch. I have enjoyed my cricket here.”Kohli further stated that good memories here certainly helps build confidence.”Familiarity certainly will help the fact that we have played quite a few Test matches here before and scored runs. So I think it’s even more important to know that you have performed in a place and you know how to get runs there.”It’s all about remembering those good things that we did and applying it here. I know England and South Africa were tougher. Australia can be a great place to bat if the batsmen apply themselves well. But it takes character. It takes grinding out tough situations,” he said.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | India openers are going to be more decisive vs Australia than Virat Kohli: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Adelaide memories: 3 hundreds and 2 heartbreaking defeatsAlso Read | Fan in Adelaide predicts India will win 3-0. Rohit Sharma responds: Why not 4-0?Also Read | India vs Australia: Prithvi Shaw unlikely to recover from ankle injury before Perth Test
New Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) The standing committee of the BJP-led north corporation Thursday passed a resolution seeking “compensation of Rs 1 crore” for each of the families of the persons who have recently died due to accidents on the Signature Bridge here, the civic body said. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in its resolution also alleged that the bridge was “inaugurated without finishing the entire work” leading to accidents. “The Standing Committee resolves that a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the next of kin of the persons who have died in accidents on Signature Bridge and and Rs 25 lakh each for those who have been injured,” the resolution read.Two men were killed in November after they fell off the newly-constructed Signature Bridge here when their sports bike rammed into a divider, police had said.Initially, it was suspected that the victims were performing stunts. However, police in their investigation had ruled out that angle.A day after two motorcycle-borne medical students were killed on the iconic bridge, another person died when his bike skidded on the bridge.The committee also resolved that a “probe committee” be set up to investigate those who allowed the bridge to be inaugurated, and its report be sent in one month to the Lt Governor of Delhi. PTI KND KJ
Why the NFL player protests still matter Share on Pinterest Grandpa’s pompous Lord Tywin Lannister response encapsulates exactly what’s wrong with NFL management: They insist on being the self-appointed guardians of America’s mythological vision of itself. Malt shops on every corner, Pat Boone crooning on the jukebox, and modestly dressed virgins sitting around with knees clamped together waiting to be asked to prom. This 1950s, Father Knows Best soundstage fantasy doesn’t stop with paternalistic and puritanical gender stereotypes, but also promotes simplistic notions about race and patriotism. The NFL’s anachronistic fancies aren’t just a misguided attempt to pander to what they think their traditionalist fans want, but also projects the hard-core conservative values of the mostly rich, white one-percenters who own the teams. We must live in their Disneyland – or else.These powerful Citizen Kanes – isolated from contemporary American culture by wealth and self-importance – still think of the country as it appears in old-fashioned Archie comics, where teen hijinks rule the day, not the current version in the TV series Riverdale, where Archie has sex with Ms Grundy. Where the Parkland students single-handedly lead a nationwide political revolution. Where young girls and women launch #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that topple high-powered gropers in business and government – perhaps even a president.In their Pleasantville fantasy, athletes still “Shut up and dribble” (or, in their case, “Shut up and tackle”). That’s because the majority of those athletes who speak up or kneel down in the real world are people of color calling attention to profound life-and-death inequities across the country, daily humiliating and life-threatening inequities that most these owners never have to face and therefore have no personal stake in. Attempts to silence players who refuse to accept their assigned roles fits right in with owners’ smarmy manipulation of the women cheerleaders through discriminatory Jane Crow “laws”.The country would be outraged if a team’s rules stated that if a black player was eating at a restaurant and a white player walked in, the black player would have to leave the restaurant. Yet, those are the rules for Saints’ cheerleaders, who must leave a restaurant they are eating at if a Saints player arrives. We would be equally outraged if a company demanded that office personnel address top executives only with “hello” and “you’re wonderful”. Yet the Saints’ cheerleaders are restricted to saying only “hello” and “great game” to players. Other restrictions about weight, makeup, body hair, tampon use and forbidding sweatpants in public make it seem as if the Saints watched The Handmaid’s Tale and thought, “They just don’t go far enough.” In other words, shut up and jiggle.These highly trained and skilled women are being told that the NFL just wants to protect them from sexual predators, particularly NFL players. Like the grumpy grandpa in human resources who wouldn’t “allow” his granddaughters to post photos he doesn’t approve of, the NFL wants to be their (creepy? pimpy?) daddy. These are adult women who should be permitted to make their own decisions about who they contact and who they don’t, especially since the players have no such restrictions. A cheerleader poses in modest lingerie and she’s fired; a player knocks out his wife on video and is suspended for two games. Boys will be boys, but girls must be what the NFL tells them to be.For necessary movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp to thrive, Americans have to recognize that how we treat females in high-profile entertainment contributes to the detrimental perception that walls them in and diminishes their contribution to society. Less pay communicates less value. Forcing rules that treat them like children demeans their intellect. Yet, the NFL doesn’t mind exploiting the sensual attributes of these women for financial gain. Because nothing says wholesome family entertainment than lithe young women in skimpy shorts and plunging tops doing the splits. I’m sure 13-year-old Jimmy and his leering father are watching their energetic performance thinking only the purest of thoughts. So, this moral umbrage over an Instagram photo is the height of hypocrisy.The NFL continues doddering down the path to cultural irrelevancy. Ticket sales are down, television audiences are smaller, fear of concussions is causing more parents are keeping their kids from playing football, and four states are considering banning tackle football for players under 12. Instead of embracing the real world, team owners mistakenly think they can hold on to their fan base by holding back the hands of progress. Apparently, they never watched Getting Straight (1970), set in the days of nationwide tumultuous student protests. In it, grad student Harry Bailey (played by Elliott Gould), with angry students rioting all around them, warns his frightened and oblivious professors, “Let go! Stop trying to hold back the hands of the clock. It’ll tear your arms out!”• This article was amended on 6 April 2018 to correct a paragraph mentioning Lord Tywin Lannister. The original version referenced Lord Tyrion Lannister. Reuse this content Witches, man. Just when you thought we were safe from their malignant influence on America’s virtue, the NFL has proven we are still in real danger from their dark powers. It is fortunate for our country’s moral fiber that the NFL has kept current in their reading, channeling Heinrich Kramer’s 1487 tome, Malleus Maleficarum (“The Hammer of Witches”), which was the go-to DIY text in many countries for conducting witch trials and public executions. As a result, an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 witches were put to death, about 80% of which were females. Why so many women? Kramer explains that it’s because a woman “is more carnal than man, as is clear in connection with many filthy carnal acts”. He believed that the sexual desire men felt when looking at a woman who was not their wife was due to the vixen casting magic spells to tempt them. As punishment, these sexual sirens must be, if not beheaded, drowned, or hanged, at least fired from their cheerleading jobs.Bailey Davis, the 22-year-old former New Orleans Saints cheerleader, was recently fired for violating team social media rules by posting an Instagram photo of herself in one-piece lingerie that shows as much skin as a one-piece swimsuit in a Nordstrom’s ad, and a lot less than their cheerleading outfits. She has since filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for gender discrimination. When she spoke to a representative from the Saints’ human resources department, he complained that in her photo she had a “dirty face” (clear proof she was casting her spell compelling virtuous men to “filthy carnal acts”) and that he’d never allow his granddaughters to post something like that. NFL … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi says that while he wants Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to stay, they must take offers into consideration.The Serbia international midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since last summer, and reports suggest a deal between United and Lazio is near to completion.Inzaghi would like to see the 24-year-old remain in the ranks at the Stadio Olimpico, but with a fee of £90 million ($111m) mooted he knows his club may have to cash in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “My thoughts are that I’d like Milinkovic-Savic to stay,” the former Lazio forward told the press. “But I also believe the club has to consider offers when they come in and then make a decision.“Milinkovic is 24 years old now, he’s no longer a kid. I can give him advice, he is at our disposal and hasn’t missed a training session, but then I don’t know what will happen.“I hope he stays.”This is the second summer of speculation regarding the Serb’s potential transfer to the Premier League giants.Last summer Milinkovic-Savic was thought to be on the verge of a move, only for it to fall through at the final hurdle and Lazio president Claudio Lotito has said it would be more difficult to keep the player this summer.His current head coach is under no illusions about the issue of finding a replacement for Milinkovic-Savic, who has 22 goals in 125 Lazio appearances.“We know that if he was to leave, we’d have some important shoes to fill,” Inzaghi added.“I hope he remains, he had a great pre-season training camp, but the market is open, and we are ready for any situation.“If he were to leave, we’d need a physical player to come in the midfield. Purchases are targeted and chosen together with the club, we have sat down and talked calmly.“If an important offer arrives, it is only right the club take it into consideration.”If Milinkovic-Savic does arrive in Manchester it might pave the way for Paul Pogba to head for the exit door.The two players share a similar playing style and Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and is reportedly agitating for the transfer to go through.
Editors’ Recommendations Winter is upon us. For those of us that worship at the altar of the Snow Gods, this in-between seasons time is one of anticipation as we carefully watch weather forecasts, tune skis, and update gear. Every snow flurry brings hope that opening day at our favorite ski resorts will be that much closer. This year, we’ve carefully researched the best gear, found new trends in the industry, and discovered what will become favorite innovations. Stay tuned as we unroll our Ski Season Preview.The last few ski seasons have seen an explosion in backcountry skiing. From early morning tours up the local resort after dropping kids off at school, to multiday excursions into serious mountain terrain, skiing uphill is changing the way many skiers view the mountain. At the forefront of the backcountry movement is the push for lighter gear to take advantage of both the uphill travel, and downhill powder turns. No company we’ve seen is doing this better than Utah based DPS Skis.Related: Ski Season Preview: Salomon MTN | Video Round Up: Ski Season EditionNew for this year, the Tour1 construction builds on DPS’s carbon fiber manufacturing knowledge to bring a ski to the market for the serious mountain athlete. Their proprietary carbon laminate, combined with an ultra responsive balsa wood core makes this ski nearly forty percent lighter than similar skis for resort use. Additionally, the carbon is much more rigid than other lightweight materials, making DPS Skis built with Tour1 methods much more responsive in all snow conditions than typical ski mountaineering and touring boards. We were able to preview some of the production models for some spring peak bagging in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains earlier this year, and were thoroughly impressed. The Tour1 models retain the edge control and steerability of a much heavier ski, but fly up the mountain while on the skin track. This season the Tour1 construction is available on the Cassiar 95, Wailer 99, and Wailer 112 RP (arguably our favorite ski ever tested). If you’re going to be spending a significant amount of time on the out of bounds hunt for pow this season, there isn’t any other choice than a pair of DPS TOur1 Skis.As an added bonus this year, DPS has launched a second season of their cinematic series, The Shadow Campaign. If you need a little visual stimulation to inspire you to get out on the snow, look no further than the latest episode of the series, Snowflake 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 1. DPS Skis Tour1 2. DPS Skis Tour1 3. DPS Skis Tour1 How to Shave With a Straight Razor
Exxon Mobil Corporation’s marine affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., named on Friday (April 25) the Liberty Bay, the first of its two new U.S.-flag crude oil tankers, at a ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.The first-in-class vessel, constructed at the shipyard, incorporates the latest safety, navigation and engine room technologies and will begin supplying crude oil from Alaska North Slope to refineries along the U.S. west coast later this year. The double hull Liberty Bay is 820-feet long and has capacity to carry 800,000 barrels of oil.SeaRiver Maritime’s contract with Aker for two tankers, valued at $400 million, delivered a significant economic boost to the greater Philadelphia region where it generated employment and millions of dollars in revenue. When placed into service, the new tankers’ economic contributions will extend across the United States to Alaska, California and Washington as they begin to support oil production and refining operations. They will replace two existing double hull tankers.“We knew that this project would have a positive economic impact, creating more than 1,200 jobs and generating millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond,” said Darren Woods, president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company. “What we celebrate today is a reminder of what America’s energy industry can do and is doing – investing in our country. Expanding supplies of affordable, reliable energy has been a major contributor to our economy, creating jobs and helping meet our government’s fiscal challenges.”Woods highlighted the key role Pennsylvania is playing in the US energy and manufacturing renaissance. “Domestic natural gas production has risen by about 25 percent over a 10-year period. At the same time, U.S. crude oil production has risen by 13 percent,” he said. “Today, the Marcellus Shale produces 20 percent of U.S. natural gas supply. The impact this growth in domestic energy production is directly having on the U.S. economy is remarkable.”In addition to double hulls for all cargo and fuel tanks, the Liberty Bay is equipped with redundant components for key systems, including main engine components and controls as well as fuel, lube oil and electrical systems to deliver energy efficiencies and better performance.These features reflect the results of SeaRiver Maritime’s consultation with independent specialists to complete an extensive evaluation of the vessel’s design using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, a methodology used by the aerospace industry and the U.S. Department of Defense. This study analyzed key operating systems under a variety of scenarios at sea. The ship’s main engine and auxiliary systems will be energy efficient and generate lower air emissions than what regulatory standards currently require.Delivery of the second Liberty-class vessel is expected by year-end 2014.
zoomImage by Navingo CMA CGM Louis Bleriot, the third and final 20,600 TEU class containership ordered in 2015 from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil Inc.), has been delivered to its owner CMA CGM.The ship was named after Louis Charles Joseph Blériot, a French aviator, inventor and engineer. Its two predecessors, CMA CGM Jean Mermoz and CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, were delivered in January and May this year, joining the prestigious 20,000 TEU class club.The ships from the series are around 400 meter long and 59 meter wide, which means that each of them is longer than four football fields and bigger than The Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.CMA CGM is building ever larger ships featuring 22,000 TEU. The nine LNG-powered boxships, being built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao and Hudong Zhonghua will start delivery next year continuing well into 2020.
EDMONTON – Fresh off uniting Alberta’s feuding, floundering centre-right to forge a unified opposition, Jason Kenney begins work in 2018 to build on those gains ahead of a provincial election.Regardless of the outcome, says Calgary pollster Janet Brown, Kenney’s audacious unity plan galvanized Alberta politics in 2017 and reordered its landscape.“He hit four home runs and there were lots of naysayers that said he couldn’t do it,” Brown says. “He laid out a five-point plan and he has just effortlessly been ticking off (the boxes) one at a time.”Kenney, a former Conservative Calgary MP and Stephen Harper lieutenant, won the Progressive Conservative leadership in early 2017, arranged a merger with the Wildrose Opposition and its leader Brian Jean, and got that merger ratified by both parties.He then beat Jean to become leader of the new United Conservative Party and, on Dec. 14, won a seat in a Calgary byelection.Kenney has made it clear he will campaign on fixing an economy that has been decimated by low oil prices.Premier Rachel Notley has responded by saying she won’t make things worse by slamming spending into reverse. Her government has continued to borrow billions of dollars for day-to-day operations and capital projects, while increasing the minimum wage and imposing a carbon tax.The economy is rebounding, but Notley faces criticism that it isn’t going fast enough, or that her efforts have saved the present at the cost of a future debilitated by debt payments.Kenney, in his UCP victory speech, laid down the gauntlet on the core issue, saying his party seeks, “people who understand the creative power of a free economy, that we cannot mortgage the future of the next generation through fiscal irresponsibility.”Brown, along with Calgary political scientist Duane Bratt, says jobs and the economy are uppermost in Albertans’ minds and the unifying force for Kenney’s party.“The unifying theme is anger at the NDP and the desire to throw the NDP out,” says Bratt of Mount Royal University.Adds Brown: “The economy is the thing. He’s had some missteps on social issues, but as uncomfortable as Albertans may be on individual social policies, their concern about the economy and their desire to get the economy on track is outweighing all of those things.”Social issues are what Notley’s NDP believes could ultimately be Kenney’s Achilles heel.He has taken a laissez-faire approach to social issues, tying institutional compassion to the economy while broadly urging tolerance for all.“We are one step closer to a government focused on prosperity so that we have the means to be a compassionate and generous society,” he told supporters after he won the leadership. “We don’t care in this party what god you worship or who you love.”Kenney, however, has been criticized over the issue of gay-straight alliances in schools.The clubs are designed as safe havens for kids who may not turn to anyone else, or can’t look for help at home. Nevertheless, Kenney has said that teachers need to have the authority to tell parents when their children join an alliance — unless that could bring a child to harm.Advocates and the NDP say that threatens to out children to their parents and could lead to kids avoiding the groups altogether. Kenney says teachers have the tools to handle it.The Alberta Teachers’ Association says it doesn’t want the responsibility and instead endorses a bill passed this fall by the NDP that makes it illegal for anyone to tell parents when a child joins a ga-straight-alliance.The bill was opposed by the UCP.Brown says Kenney is taking a pragmatic approach.“He’s smart enough to know that he’s never going to be the choice among people who are highly preoccupied with social issues,” she says.“But if he can just assure those people who are only moderately concerned about social issues that they don’t need to fear him, then that’s just really what he’s got to do.”
New Delhi: The sarcasm in Ambati Rayudu spelling out his World Cup plans after a munch-debated selection snub isn’t lost on the BCCI but the governing body on Wednesday said it has no plans of sanctioning the batsman. The Hyderabadi, who was ignored in favour of all-rounder Vijay Shankar, on Tuesday created a frenzy by tweeting that he plans to buy 3D glasses to watch the showpiece which begins May 30 in the UK. The 3D reference came a day after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited Shankar’s “three-dimensional qualities” to justify his selection. The BCCI brass has taken a note but since it wasn’t a direct criticism of the selection policy, the parent body wants to let it go. “We have taken note of what Rayudu has tweeted. (But) Let’s accept that emotions are running high at this moment. “There is bound to be disappointment and there needs to be an outlet of expression as long as it’s not out of line,” a senior BCCI official said on Wednesday. “He will need some time to soak in the disappointment and it’s understandable. “There is no need for sanctions. Also, he is one of our standbys. If any injury happens there is every chance, he would go,” the official said. Rayudu missed out on World Cup berth after three failures against Australia at home last month. Rayudu’s tweet has got more than 76,000 likes and 12,000 retweets so far. The current selection committee has been largely consistent with its policies but there have been instances in which some players have expressed their disappointment at being snubbed. Karun Nair had spoken about lack of communication after being dropped for the home series against the West Indies having not played a Test in England. Even Murali Vijay was reportedly unhappy at being dropped in the middle of the England series with rookie Prithvi Shaw coming in.
The scholarships are available for Masters Degree (1-2 years) and PhD (3-4 years) programmes and are tenable at one of New Zealand’s eight world-class universities. All eight of New Zealand’s universities are ranked in the top 3% globally by QS World University Rankings. These scholarships are valid for a range of subjects around the themes of renewable energy, agriculture development, disaster risk management, education and public/private sector management. This is intended to promote study of subjects that will help Sri Lanka’s social, economic or political needs. Scholars are, therefore, required to return home for at least two years after finishing their studies to ensure Sri Lanka benefits from the knowledge acquired. Detailed information, including where to apply and the full range of eligible subjects, can be accessed at: www.mfat.govt.nz/scholarships (Colombo Gazette) The New Zealand Government has announced its fresh round of Commonwealth Scholarships for Sri Lankan students who wish to commence programmes of study at New Zealand academic institutions in 2018. The application process opens on February 15 and closes on March 30.“New Zealand and Sri Lanka share an important and growing relationship, which is built on strong people-to-people links. Scholarships to attend New Zealand universities play an important role in reinforcing these links and contributing to Sri Lanka’s overall development. I am very pleased to confirm that New Zealand will offer new scholarships to Sri Lankan students this year too,” says Suzannah Jessep, the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. “Scholarship recipients will get to experience New Zealand’s world-class education system which encourages independent and analytical thinking. The academic and practical skills they will gain will equip them to compete in any marketplace worldwide, and to contribute to the development of their home countries,” adds John Laxon, Education New Zealand’s Regional Director for South and South East Asia and Middle East. To be considered for these prestigious awards, scholars need to have a confirmed admission offer and send in their paper-based application to the designated national agency in Sri Lanka for the operation of Commonwealth Scholarships on or before March 30.The financial support offered through these scholarships include full tuition costs, a fortnightly living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel to and from your home country at the start and end of your scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some students, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has been notified in connection with an arrest in Caledonia earlier this month.The Ontario Provincial Police report a woman was arrested in Caledonia March 10 in connection with a disturbance.In a news release, the OPP say “During the apprehension, a woman sustained an injury and was treated in hospital.”The SIU is called in anytime a civilian is injured or killed during an interaction with Ontario police. The SIU also investigates complaints from citizens who allege a police officer sexually assaulted them.This is the second time within a week that the SIU has been called in to investigate police conduct in the local area.Last Thursday, a 44-year-old Norfolk man was arrested in the area of the Simcoe Walmart in connection with a theft complaint.The man was kept overnight in jail at the Norfolk detachment of the OPP in Simcoe. The following morning, the man complained of pain and was treated for the same at Norfolk General Hospital.Once the SIU is involved, police refrain from further public comment on an incident.
“The peacekeepers were informed on Sunday that the national army troops were under attack by militia members in Kagaba, and the militia included women and children,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily briefing in New York.Peacekeepers from the contingents of Pakistan, Nepal, Morocco and Bangladesh, along with two attack helicopters, were taking part in the operation to ensure that the DRC national army controlled the area, he said. The mission is known by its French acronym, MONUC.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba joins other provinces in efforts to reform Canada Pension Plan: Morneau OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Manitoba has joined the other provinces and agreed to help strengthen the Canada Pension Plan.The agreement in principle now includes every province except for Quebec.Quebec has agreed to remain part of the discussions in recognition of the unique nature of the Quebec Pension Plan.All have agreed to work towards confirming the approval of their respective governments by July 15.The preliminary agreement reached by the country’s finance ministers on June 20 states that the CPP premium increases on workers and employers will start to be phased in over several years beginning on Jan. 1, 2019.An average Canadian worker earning about $55,000 would pay an additional $7 a month in 2019, and that would increase to $34 a month by 2023.If fully implemented, the maximum annual benefits will increase by about one third to $17,478.When the finance ministers reached the agreement last month, Manitoba’s newly-elected government said it wanted to give the matter careful consideration.“I am pleased to welcome Manitoba to this historic agreement-in-principle, which now includes all CPP-participating provinces,” Morneau said Thursday in a statement.On Wednesday, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business called on Ottawa and the provinces to delay final agreement on changes to the CPP. The national association said it wants the governments to consult with Canadians and conduct a full economic impact analysis of the agreement in principle.
Derek Jeter on Thursday delighted those New York Yankees fans lucky enough — or well-heeled enough — to go to his final home game. First he smashed a near home run (it ended up being a double) in the opening frame. Then he finished his Yankee Stadium career in storybook fashion with a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the ninth:In the minds of most Yankees fans, it was classic Jeter — The Captain stepping up in the clutch, like he’s been doing for years.Then again, Jeter has also had the misfortune of playing his entire career during the sabermetric boom, which for the longest time denied the very existence of a true clutch hitter. Contrary to pinstriped dogma, Jeter couldn’t be something that didn’t exist.Sabermetricians have since softened on that stance, and further research has shown there are players with a demonstrable ability to improve their hitting when it matters most. (Of course, most of those players are guys you’d never expect, provided you’re not a huge Scott Spiezio fan.) Sabermetricians have also devised ever more inventive ways to measure what it means to hit in the clutch, chief among them being Win Probability Added (WPA) and its derivatives.WPA measures the change in win probability resulting from each plate appearance, putting a number on how much every play moved the needle toward a win in either team’s direction. Naturally, clutch situations will carry more WPA weight, because those moments produce the largest swings in win probability; there’s even a metric called Leverage Index that tracks how crucial a given situation is relative to the average plate appearance in Major League Baseball.(To give an example of WPA in action, Jeter’s final plate appearance at Yankee Stadium began with a 69 percent chance of New York winning. When the plate appearance ended, the Yankees had a 100 percent chance of a win — having, you know, won the ballgame. Therefore, Jeter earned 0.31 units of WPA with that single, making it the most impactful hit of the game for the Yankees.)If you add up all of those incremental pieces of win probability throughout the season, you’ll arrive at the total estimated number of wins a player added at the plate, giving a great deal of weight to when the player’s numbers were produced.That’s WPA.But there’s also a way to measure what a player’s WPA would be if we didn’t weigh clutch moments so much heavier than ordinary ones. To do that, sabermetricians have developed WPA/LI, which divides a batter’s WPA by the average Leverage Index of all his plate appearances, effectively producing a context-neutral version of WPA.Because any discrepancies between the two metrics are necessarily driven by contradictions in performance between big and routine moments, the difference between WPA and WPA/LI has been used to quantify clutch performance. And Jeter — despite his reputation, despite hits like Thursday night’s game-winner — hasn’t hit appreciably better or worse in pressure situations than in typical ones.As is the case with a few notable advanced metrics, the “Clutch” figures at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs don’t match up exactly (here, probably because of slight differences in the sites’ win probability models). But both data sets tell similar stories. According to Baseball-Reference.com, there have been 1,077 players to have 1000-plus career games since 1940, and Jeter ranks 634th in Clutch — right ahead of Nate McLouth, Nick Swisher and Shane Victorino. FanGraphs’ Clutch data only goes back to 1974, but among the 1,663 qualifiers with 1,000 or more plate appearances since then, Jeter ranks 639th, slightly outpaced by Deion Sanders. Relative to the universe of MLB players past and present, Jeter’s Clutch differentials are only remarkable for how unremarkable they are.Maybe that’s the point. This particular statistical conception of clutch focuses narrowly on just one definition of the term — how much a player’s numbers improved or declined in big moments — but ignores the baseline level of performance from which each player was starting. Sanders was a relatively mediocre hitter who was relatively mediocre in the clutch as well. By contrast, Jeter was a fantastic hitter (and not just “for a shortstop”) for most of his career, regardless of the circumstance, so it means something that he performed to his usual high standards in clutch situations as well. That’s how you end up producing as many career WPA as a Hall of Famer like Ernie Banks, for instance.If anything is puzzling about Jeter’s relatively average crunch-time metrics, it’s not the contrast against his game-raising reputation as Captain Clutch — a good amount of which was myth-making hooey anyway. It’s that his style of play has traditionally been quite conducive to outperforming one’s baseline statistics during high-leverage at bats. Running a regression between FanGraphs’ version of Clutch and its various component stats, including walk rate, strikeout rate, isolated power and speed score, the two metrics most strongly associated with a player’s Clutch number are a lack of strikeouts and a lack of power. Jeter’s career K-rate was 2.9 percentage points below the MLB average, and his career isolated power was 25 points below the norm, so you’d think he’d have a leg up in the clutch. Not so, say the statistics.But his curtain call at Yankee Stadium demonstrated those traits perfectly. On Wednesday, my colleague Jonah Keri wrote extensively about Jeter’s signature inside-out swing, and his propensity for going to the opposite field. About how Jeter perfected the art of going the other way through hours of practice, gaining the consistency required to shoot the ball precisely into the gap between the first and second basemen. It was fitting, then, that his walk-off single showcased all of that. Jeter the “technician” produced hits like Thursday night’s farewell stroke in clutch and non-clutch moments alike.
Parents of tea-time tearaways can breathe a sigh of relief.The fussy eating habits of children are largely the result of genetics rather than poor parenting, scientists have found.Researchers at University College London studied nearly 2,000 families with twins to tease apart the genetic and environmental factors behind mealtime meltdowns.They found that food fussiness – where children are overly selective about food – could be explained half through genetics and half through environment. But where a child refused to try new food – a trait called food neophobia – only 22 per cent was due to the environment.The rest was genetic, suggesting that a parent is battling the genetic make-up of their children each time they attempt to introduce a new food.“Establishing a substantial genetic influence on both of these traits might be quite a relief to parents as they often feel judged or feel guilty for their children’s fussy eating,” said Andrea Smith (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre), who jointly led the research.“Understanding that these traits are largely innate might help to deflect this blame.” So if identical twins show more similarly on a given trait is provides evidence that genes significantly influence that trait. However if identical and non-identical twins share a trait it is likely environment has more of an influencing role.The researchers said that although food fussiness has a strong genetic basis, it does not mean that the behaviour cannot be changed. “Genes are not our destiny,” said Dr Clare Llewellyn, (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre) senior lead researcher for the paper.“We know of many traits with a strong genetic basis that can nevertheless be changed, such as weight.“It would be useful for future research to identify the important environmental shapers of food fussiness and neophobia in young children so that they might be targeted to reduce these behaviours.” The research was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Scientists use twins for studies because identical twins share all the same genes while non-identical have an average of 50 per cent shared genetics. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. These findings contest the idea that fussy eating is simply the result of ‘bad parenting’.Holly Harris of the UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, said: “Having a child who refuses to eat most foods can be very distressing for a parent.“A logical next-step is to work with parents to address their concerns, and develop strategies to best respond to a child’s fussy eating to encourage future food acceptance.”
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Opener Kieran Powell fell narrowly short of a century but the West Indies still made steady progress in their first innings on the third morning of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.Powell turned his overnight score of 43 into a hard-earned 90, but his dismissal saw the West Indies reach lunch on 188 for four in response to Zimbabwe’s 326 all out.While the second evening at Queens Sports Club had produced attritional cricket as the West Indian scoring rate crawled along, the tourists were more adventurous on day three with Powell leading the way in a 55-run stand for the second wicket with night-watchman Devendra Bishoo.It took the introduction of off-spinner Sikandar Raza to change the course of the morning, as he had Bishoo caught and bowled for 23 and then trapped Kyle Hope lbw for one.Powell looked destined for a fourth Test century after he was dropped on 85 by Graeme Cremer, but seamer Chris Mpofu ensured the mistake was not costly as he used the second new ball to have the opener caught at gully.Kai Hope and Roston Chase reached lunch on 23 and 16 respectively, as the West Indies scored 110 runs in the morning session to reduce the deficit to 138.The West Indies lead the two-match series 1-0. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPowell, spinners gives West Indies slight advantageOctober 30, 2017In “Sports”WI v Zimbabwe: Raza’s maiden five-for keeps Bulawayo Test evenly poisedOctober 31, 2017In “Sports”Russell returns to West Indies ODI squad for first time since 2015July 17, 2018In “latest news”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “First and foremost it’s about your electorate, that’s who put you here.”Snatching what was the safe Labor seat of Barton at the election, Liberal MP Nickolas Varvaris is the most recent Greek Australian recruit to federal parliament. Not that he is unfamiliar with high public office. Twice mayor of Kogarah City Council in south Sydney, Nick Varvaris knows a thing or two about the workings of government and meeting the needs of a diverse electorate. But being a member of the Australian Parliament’s House of Representatives is a different matter, says the former accountant and company director. “There’s a lot to learn, I’ve had a lot of experience in local government but this is a different kettle of fish altogether. “There’s a steep learning curve,” admits Mr Varvaris, who a month after induction, is like all novice MPs, still getting his head around the myriad of rules governing life at Parliament House. The prime minister’s welcome to Liberal backbenchers wasn’t something that was ever going to be lost on the new member for Barton. “His focus was to get settled in,” says Nickolas, “work out what areas you want to contribute in, and more importantly, his emphasis was ‘though you’re stuck in Canberra – never lose sight of the fact that you’re there to represent your community, that should always be the priority’.” A motivation to help “create stability”, says the former mayor, is the reason he ran for Australia’s 44th Parliament, after the growing uncertainty of Labor’s minority government reign. “I saw the impact the last government was having – families were struggling, small business was struggling, and to me governments are there to help not to hinder.” One of his immediate agenda items, he says, is to bring his new found influence to bear on environmental issues in south Sydney, particularly in relation to water quality. Under Varvaris’ mayorship, Kogarah won a sideboard-full of prestigious international awards for its pioneering approach to environmental sustainability. He’s keen to apply the lessons learned in his new role. “In my seat the water is an important part of our community, people don’t want to live on a river that’s full of garbage. A lot of my electorate is surrounded by Botany Bay … and the Cooks River is a mess. “I’d like to think I can contribute to improve the water quality in our bays. That’s an important project for me to impact on.” Beyond the vital minutiae of delivering positive outcomes for his constituency, does he see himself as an advocate of Greek Australians generally, and the issues the Greek community faces? “I’m proud of my Greek heritage. I think you appreciate your culture more as you get older. “When I first went to school I didn’t know a word of English. Unfortunately my Greek these days isn’t what it should be,” he says, adding that with an ethnically diverse electorate – 45 per cent of Barton’s residents having been born overseas – coupled with his own background, he’s a strong advocate of multiculturalism. “The largest ethnic group in Barton is Greek, with about 20,000 residents. There are some 18,000 Chinese, 10,000 Lebanese, it’s a broad multicultural community.” On the wider – but not unrelated – subject of foreign affairs, is he keen to involve himself in issues around Australia’s relationship with Greece? “The [Greek] ambassador has been keen to approach me and work on those links, and I’m obviously happy to reciprocate. It’s important. “Being one of the few Greek representatives – I understand that there’s myself and Arthur Sinodinos, and his time is limited considering his position, so there’s a void there that I might need to fit into. “You’re there as a voice. Being of Greek heritage I’m happy to stand up for some of those issues.” With barely a month since getting his feet under his new parliamentary desk, Nickolas Varvaris is focused on the local. “First and foremost it’s about your electorate, that’s who put you here,” he says. “It’s not about the big national issues – though you do get to deal with the big national issues. At the end of the day you’re here to represent your community. “I’ve always focused on, even at local government, what’s going on in my backyard, it’s not so much the bigger picture. That’s what I’ll be fighting for.” Nickolas Varvaris will make his maiden speech in the House of Representatives on December 11.