TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard confirms interest in Everton midfielder Dowellby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed interest in Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell.The Everton youngster has only featured in the Carabao Cup this term and could leave on loan in January.Gerrard has watched the youngster closely and may look to tie up a deal.He said, “He’s an Under-21 international.”He’s a player I admire but there’s not really anything else to say on that at the moment as he’s an Everton player.”
Spurs goalscorer Alli: The bottle? It makes the win sweeterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli shrugged off being struck by a plastic bottle during their Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Arsenal.Alli and Son Heung-min struck for the 2-0 win.On being hit by the bottle, Alli smiled: “It is what it is. It made the goal a bit sweeter and the win.”He continued: “We knew how important it was today, a big test. It was a strong performance in the end.”Son is a passionate guy and brings his character out on the pitch. He’s one of the fastest players I’ve seen, I didn’t have a doubt he would finish.”When I went through for my goal I knew I had to time my run and keep my composure.”Son also stated: “It’s a big derby, last time we were here we didn’t have a great result and this is a special night. We go for the semi-final.”I was happy with the goal, thanks to Dele for the pass. I always make the run and it was great timing. We are on the way, we are positive.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bournemouth boss Howe insists Mousset not for saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Lys Mousset is not for sale.The French forward, linked with Fulham, played in Bournemouth’s 1-0 loss at Chelsea and Howe said he was impressed with his performance. Of Mousset he said: “I thought he did very, very well tonight. That’s probably his best performance for the club. “His fitness levels were much improved. Technically I thought he produced a really high level game. And he’s a big part of our future.”Mousset has struggled for games since joining Bournemouth in a £5.4m deal from Le Havre in 2016, making just seven Premier League starts. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan slates Solskjaer: Man Utd don’t want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his appointment as Manchester United caretaker manager.Jordan insists the on-loan Molde coach doesn’t deserve the job.He told talkSPORT: “Solskjaer can’t lose.“He was always going to walk in the door, he was always going to pick the big players, he’s not going to make any unpopular decisions and he’s not going to have any confrontation, so all of the players who felt wronged or maligned or not as important as they’d like to be are not going to have that on their toes anymore.“This is all about the players, it’s all about someone walking into an environment simply being able to lighten the mood, and if that’s worth £2million or £3million for six months, I don’t know what to say about football.“But it’s no surprise to me they beat Cardiff, it’s no surprise to me they beat Huddersfield, it’s no surprise to me that Pogba has got his boots on – none of it was a surprise to me.“The next culprit to pop over the horizon will be [Alexis] Sanchez, he’ll start to play now because they’re all getting what they want.“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no tactical genius, he isn’t doing anything that anybody with half a brain who understands football couldn’t do, which is deliver good news.“These kids in this dressing room only want good news, they don’t want reality or want their noses put out of joint.“The worst thing that could happen to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United is if he gets the job long-term.“Like what happened to Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, if he wins anything of significance and has to be kept there against the real wishes of the club and then gets taken out later, that would be the worst thing for both him and the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Klopp insists no BVB formula for Liverpool seasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has not implemented a specific plan for Liverpool’s title-run. The German won the Bundesliga twice with Borussia Dortmund, temporarily displacing perennial favourites Bayern Munich.Liverpool are currently perched on top of the Premier League table, but Klopp says there is no formula to successfully win the title.”If it happens, we will see how we deal with it,” he said. “There is nothing we can prepare. It sounds like a luxury problem to be honest.”I didn’t write it down when I was at Dortmund, saying ‘we dealt with it like that’ – we didn’t deal with it like that. We will see. It’s life and in life you always find a solution as long as you are healthy.”Our people have learnt a lot in the last couple of years. They trust the team again and all the things around are not important.”You need luck with players injury-wise and in the games, you need all that, the key moments, and we don’t know if that will happen.”We don’t think about it really – that’s the truth. Who thinks in January about being champions? When I was with Dortmund, we were always in the tunnel because we had no time to think about anything else.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan coach Conte: Barcelona more worried facing usby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte insists they’ll face Champions League opponents Barcelona full of confidence.Conte says it will be Barca who’ll be more concerned.“We want to make our fans proud, playing a type of football that excites them and with which they can identify themselves,” Conte told UEFA’s official website.“It’s difficult to set objectives, so we’ll see along the way. The important thing is to give 110 percent and have no regrets.“I know how difficult it is to win the Champions League and I know how painful it is to lose a Final.“It’s a competition in which one incident, like a shot that goes in or bounces away after hitting the post, can change everything.“There are many factors to consider, such as form, suspensions and the fixture list. Having Barcelona in our group will be fascinating.“It’ll be a game that pushes us to give our best. I also believe they won’t be happy to face Inter.“Facing the big teams will be the best way for us to see where we are.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen on penalty save: I went with feelingby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was proud of his clean sheet for their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.The German international made a string of fine saves in the game to ensure Barça kept a clean sheet, including stopping Marco Reus’ penalty. “I think they had some clear chances at times when we weren’t organised very well, but I think we played well,” Ter Stegen said after the game. “With the quality they have, it’s difficult to avoid (them having chances).” Ter Stegen, who kept his first clean sheet of the season, said that “we’re happy in the end because we have got a point here.” As for his penalty save from Germany teammate Reus, he added: “It’s difficult to study him because he always changes. It was just a feeling that I had and I am happy to have saved it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I’m not doubting myselfby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he won’t doubt himself despite growing pressure surrounding his job security.The Norwegian heads into Monday’s clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford with United sitting 10th after collecting eight points from six games.”I’m not doubting myself. If I doubted myself, then I think the rest of the world would as well,” Solskjaer said.”We have loads of discussions as a club and believe in what we are doing.”I can’t think, ‘I need a player’, because it’s my reputation on the line – no, it’s the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
kaileon herbert top 3 decision dateFour-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Hebert has announced both his final three schools and the day he’ll make his decision between them. Herbert broke the news on Twitter, confirming that Michigan, Miami and Florida are the only three programs left competing for his services. He’ll be making his decision next Wednesday – July 6.Herbert, who hails from Fort Lauderdale, thanked all of the programs that offered him. July 6th pic.twitter.com/8YlcxSFOPb— Kai-Leon Herbert (@KHerb17) July 1, 2016Herbert is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound player for the class of 2017. He’s the 31st-best player from the state of Florida, per 247 Sports.
Instagram/UofOklahomaLEGOs are cool, but they’re even cooler when reenacting one of the greatest plays in college football history. It’s “The Play” between Texas and Oklahoma.Texas and Oklahoma will do battle in the Red River Showdown this weekend marking the 111th meeting between the two schools. The two teams share a long history together, but there is one play that has stood the test of time for 15 years now.We present to you “The Play” with a little help from some LEGOs and incredible camera work:This is just so well done.“The Play” occurred in 2001 when the Sooners led the Longhorns 7-3 with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter. Texas was backed up on their own three-yard line and couldn’t afford a mistake.As soon as Chris Simms got the snap, Roy Williams was already mid-air in a Superman like position. He proceeded to pop the ball right into Teddy Lehman’s hands who scampered into the end zone securing the Sooner victory.The Longhorns and Sooners kick off at 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday.
Mario Balotelli has revealed that his mother burst into tears when she heard that he had the chance to sign for his hometown club Brescia.The newly promoted club confirmed the signing of Balotelli on Sunday, with the striker reportedly signing a three-year deal after previous negotiations with Brazilian giants Flamengo broke down.The 29-year-old was a free agent after his short-term contract with Marseille expired at the end of last season. 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? It means a return to his native Italy after three seasons in France and an emotional move to the city where he spent the majority of his childhood.Balotelli revealed it was a particularly moving moment for his foster mother Silvia, who cared for Balotelli from the age of three.“When I told her that I could come back to play in Brescia, she started crying,” said Balotelli. “I asked her for an opinion, but she cried.”The Italy forward also brushed off suggestions that he would struggle to replicate his previous form for his new club.”It seems that you are more afraid of my failure than I am,” he added. “I’m not afraid, zero. I’m fine, I’m serene. This is my home.”During his time at AC Milan Balotelli was targeted by racist abuse, which has continued to blight Serie A in recent years.”I don’t know what to expect,” he said when asked about racism in Italian football. “I hope things don’t happen like in the past.”Balotelli returns to Serie A on the back of a successful spell at Marseille, where he scored eight goals in 15 appearances.However, financial restrictions meant the club were unable to offer him a long-term deal and he was released at the end of the season.Prior to that Balotelli spent two-and-a-half seasons with Nice after his ill-fated three-year spell with Liverpool came to an end.The former Lumezzane youth player has won a host of honours during his career, both in Italy in England. He won three successive Serie A titles at Inter and was part of the side that won the Champions League in 2010 to complete the domestic treble.Balotelli then went on to win the Premier League and the FA Cup during his three-year stint at Manchester City, becoming a cult figure with the supporters in the process.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is just over a week away from coaching his biggest game in years, but he has to be feeling confident about his future after today’s start to the early signing period.Notre Dame now has the No. 13 ranked recruiting class in the country after securing 21 commitments.Last year’s class was ranked No. 10 in the country, according to 247Sports.Notre Dame’s class includes 15 4-star recruits. Only Penn State and Alabama have more.Among the marquee players for Notre Dame are S Kyle Hamilton, the No. 8 Safety in the country; OT Quinn Carroll, the No. 12 OT in the country; and, DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah, the No. 7 Weak-Side DE in the country.Football runs in @q_ocarroll’s blood.The big bodied offensive lineman joins us from Edina, Minnesota.#GoIrish ☘️ #FightClub19 pic.twitter.com/Cc4vYGI3jC— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 19, 2018Now lacing up the gloves for the Irish… from Fort Worth, Texas… @NaNaOsafo2.This young man is gritty and focused with the desire to be excellent.#GoIrish ☘️ #FightClub19 pic.twitter.com/qAk0SRNRUS— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 19, 2018The class also includes another six 3-star recruits.None of Notre Dame’s players were ranked in the top-100.Unfortunately for Brian Kelly, the quest for a elite 5-star prospect will have to continue. The Fighting Irish haven’t landed a 5-star recruit since 2016.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer won his final game as Ohio State’s head football coach, leading the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory over Washington.Tributes for the three-time national title-winning head coach are pouring in on social media.One of those tributes comes from the best player in the NBA.LeBron James, an Ohio native and strong Buckeyes fan, took to Twitter to write Meyer a message.“Congrats my friend!!” LeBron tweeted.“Way to go out The only way that feels right and that’s on Top with a W! It was a pleasure to watch you lead this program throughout the years and I wish you nothing but happiness and health in the nearest future HOFer.”@OSUCoachMeyer Congrats my friend!! Way to go out The only way that feels right and that’s on Top with a W! It was a pleasure to watch you lead this program throughout the years and I wish you nothing but happiness and health in the nearest future HOFer‼️???— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 2, 2019Meyer is retiring as one of the greatest head coaches in the history of Ohio State’s football program.Ohio State will now move forward with Ryan Day, who becomes the full-time head coach tomorrow.
Happy Retirement @OSUCoachMeyer Thanks for allowing me to help you celebrate ?? @spinnershells pic.twitter.com/dxsIYXag54— James (@MiamiJamez) February 15, 2019James, the Twitter user who posted the video, appears to own a few nightclubs in the Miami area.He posted a photo with the couple as well.Much love @spinnershells @OSUCoachMeyer pic.twitter.com/vrmqmXuVjK— James (@MiamiJamez) February 15, 2019Meyer appears to be enjoying retirement so far.During Super Bowl week, Meyer was spotted hanging out with Snoop Dogg. Just a few weeks ago he took in an Ohio State basketball game alongside Dwayne Haskins and newcomer Justin Fields.Although he stepped down from coaching, Meyer continues his duties at Ohio State as an assistant AD to Gene Smith. He’s also teaching a class at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Late Friday night a video of former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer hit social media and the college football world could not contain itself. Meyer and his family were spotted partying his retirement at a Miami nightclub on Friday night.No, seriously. The former Buckeyes head coach can be seen getting hyped up by his wife, Shelley, as they received VIP treatment and bottle service at the LIV nightclub in Miami.On Friday, Twitter user MiamiJamez posted a video showcasing Urban and Shelley taking in the scene. While Urban just sits back and relaxes, Shelley appears to be all about the star treatment.Check it out.
OAKLAND, CA – MAY 30: TV sports personality Stephen A. Smith speaks with youth from the Hidden Genius Project prior to Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)Several days ago, Nick Saban had a sitdown with boxing legend Mike Tyson. As for the rest of the Alabama football team, they got treated to a speech from ESPN personality Stephen A Smith.In a video he released on Twitter, Stephen A presented the Crimson Tide with a motivational anecdote. He retold a story of when he spoke with Kobe Bryant about Michael Jordan, and Kobe declared that he would have “busted MJ’s a**” when he was in his prime.Stephen A found the idea funny, and said he called Jordan to see if the Bulls legend agreed. Jordan revealed that Kobe told him all the time that he would have busted him up if they were both in their prime.The ESPN personality explained that Kobe’s obsession with beating Jordan was due to wanting to reach the incredibly high standard that Jordan had set in his career. Kobe lamented that because Jordan was past his prime at that point, and therefore could never prove he was greater. Told the Alabama Football players this story about Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan! pic.twitter.com/aTSqLDwp2q— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) August 12, 2019Stephen A related the story to Alabama by explaining that others hold them to an equally high standard.He concluded that much like Kobe’s “maniacal approach” to Jordan, Alabama should have that same mentality against any opponent trying to challenge them or that they strive to beat.It’s a powerful message from Stephen A, and one that should resonate with any athlete or team striving to be the best.
Reuters SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 15:20 IST Petra Kvitova took three sets to beat Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPetra Kvitova defeated Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) in the Sydney International finalKvitova won tiebreak for her second Sydney titleKvitova made 45 unforced errors to Barty’s 33, but struck 31 clean winnersPetra Kvitova warmed up for the year’s first Grand Slam by coming from behind to beat home favourite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) and win her second Sydney International title on Saturday.Kvitova, the 2015 champion, surrendered her serve in the opening game and struggled to recover from her poor start, with the Czech’s usually lethal backhand disintegrating amid a flurry of unforced errors in the first set.The world number eight hit her stride in the second, staying within touching distance of Barty until pouncing to take a 6-5 lead with a late break of serve and holding to force a decider.”Ash, I know it’s a tough one. For sure, it’s hurting not to win at home,” Kvitova said after closing out the match in two hours, 19 minutes. “One day you’re going to make it for sure, so good luck in the Aussie Open and well done this week.”The @SydneyTennis Shot of the Day – amazing grit and vision from @Petra_Kvitova ! pic.twitter.com/AyBbd7WUQaWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Kvitova made 45 unforced errors to Barty’s 33, but struck 31 clean winners, nine more than her opponent, as she edged the contest from the back of the court.What a smile!Lift that @sydneytennis trophy, @petra_kvitova ! pic.twitter.com/ojRTVd4cRhWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019She’s a two-time @SydneyTennis champion!@Petra_Kvitova is reunited with the trophy! pic.twitter.com/wYAypou6g7WTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Barty, ranked 15th in the world and a losing finalist in Sydney last year, has a reputation for being a fighter and called on every last ounce of grit to force another early break and take a 3-0 lead at the start of the third.advertisement”Thank you for everything!”After a gruelling week, @Petra_Kvitova gets her hands on the @SydneyTennis trophy! pic.twitter.com/J6eU4zpU1NWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Yet Kvitova showed plenty of fight of her own, clawing her way back to 3-3 despite struggling with an apparent injury and, with her backhand finally firing, broke again to give herself a chance to serve for the championship.She’s done it!What an incredible fightback from @Petra_Kvitova !Beats Barty for the @SydneyTennis title, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)! pic.twitter.com/g8HZgRQ1gDWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Incredibly, the momentum shifted once more, with Barty breaking the Czech to love to keep her hopes of a first Sydney title alive, but the Australian’s composure deserted her as she lost the next game on serve to give Kvitova another chance.Once again, the Czech fluffed her lines, surrendering her serve with successive double faults to send the match into a tiebreak but clung on grimly to carve out a championship point that she claimed with a blistering crosscourt forehand.”I left everything out here but it wasn’t quite enough,” Barty said. “Sorry I couldn’t get it done today.””I left everything out here and it wasn’t quite enough.”Head up high, @ashbar96 – what a week @SydneyTennis for you! pic.twitter.com/xogZXtc6EeWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019This year’s tournament is likely to be the last Sydney International — a competition with a history dating back to 1885 — in its current format, with the ATP Cup coming on board next season.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Petra KvitovaFollow Ashleigh BartyFollow Sydney International Next Petra Kvitova battles past Ashleigh Barty to claim Sydney International titlePetra Kvitova defeated home favourite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) in the final of the Sydney International on Sunday.advertisement
Next Varun Singh New DelhiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 16:18 IST KTM 790 Duke’s bookings started today across nine cities in India.HIGHLIGHTSKTM 790 Duke gets a chromium molybdenum steel frame.The new 790 Duke comes with four ride modes — Sport, Street, Rain and Track.Bajaj Auto Finance is offering an ownership plan for KTM 790 Duke.KTM today launched 790 Duke in India for an introductory price of Rs 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The mid-weight motorcycle can be booked across nine cities — Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Surat, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati — starting from today.Powering KTM 790 Duke is an all-new 799 cc, LC8c, parallel-twin, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC engine that produces 105 hp and 87 Nm of torque. The mill is mated to a 6-speed transmission.KTM 790 Duke comes with a chromium molybdenum steel frame. The bike gets 43 mm open-cartridge upside-down front forks and gas-assisted rear shock. There is a 300 mm disc at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. The company is offering Bosch 9MP dual-channel ABS with 790 Duke with lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC). KTM 790 Duke gets a chromium molybdenum steel frame.There are four ride modes in the new 790 Duke — Sport, Street, Rain and Track — with varying throttle response and Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC). According to the company, the Track mode offers complete customization with nine-step adjustable traction control, adjustable throttle response, switchable ABS with launch control. There is also Quickshifter+ with Motor Slip Regulation (MSR).In terms of features, KTM 790 Duke gets LED headlight and DRLs. The bike comes with a multifunctional dashboard with full-colour TFT display. There is a tapered aluminium handlebar, which can be adjusted in four positions on the triple clamp and rotated in three further positions.Bajaj Auto Finance is offering an ownership plan for KTM 790 Duke. Under the plan, there will be a down payment of Rs 1.70 lakh, with an EMI of Rs 19,000 for five years at an interest rate of 7.75 per cent per annum.advertisementALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki S-Presso design sketch out, launch on September 30ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue, Grand i10 Nios assured of early delivery; benefits enhanced on Creta, Elite i20, SantroALSO READ | GST Council Meet: No respite for ailing auto sector, automobiles still under 28 per cent tax slabGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow KTM 790 DukeFollow KTM 790 Duke launch KTM 790 Duke launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.64 lakhKTM 790 Duke is powered by an all-new 799 cc, LC8c, parallel-twin, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC engine that produces 105 hp and 87 Nm of torque. The mill is mated to a 6-speed transmission.advertisement
The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain This Solar Egg Sauna is Worth Traveling to Sweden For Close 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Swedes and saunas go together better than tequila and limes, and who could blame them— Saunas rock.But it would take a highly-unique, out-of-this-world sauna to make a trek around the world, up to the Arctic circle, worth it for the sake of one schvitz.And that sauna is the Solar Egg.Located in a small town of Kiruna in the northern Lapland area of Sweden (that’s where reindeer and Santa Claus live), the golden Solar Egg sauna sits in the middle of the arctic chill, glowing as a beacon of warmth for both visitors and locals.The brainchild of Swedish design duo Bigert & Bergström, consisting of Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström, Solar Egg was created not only to sweat out the toxins and renew, but as a symbol of identity for the small town.Solar Egg/Studio Bigert & BergströmBigert & Bergström were commissioned by Swedish developer Riksbyggen to design Solar Egg as a commemorative social sculpture for the residents of Kiruna, who were collectively displaced eastward of their home. With the entire city relocated, mining could continue for another 20-some years.The installation has sparked a heated debate (no pun intended) about the impacts large-scale mining has taken on Kiruna.“When Riksbyggen asked us to interpret Kiruna, we felt it was natural to explore a space that unites and encourages conversation,” said Bigert. “Saunas are sacrosanct places where you can discuss all manner of things – from the big to the small.”The duo created this setting with a 16.4-foot-tall and 13-foot-wide geometric egg, encased by a shell of 69 separate pieces of gold-plated stainless steel. The mirrored surface of these panels reflects the landscape of Kiruna back onto itself, and yet boldly stand out against the vast and icy surrounding.The affect truly is otherworldly.To get inside, a drop staircase lowers from an opening in the side, outlined with jagged cracks as opposed to a linear door. The oval sauna features arching rows of light aspen wood, while the wall panels and floor are made from pine.Interior of Solar Egg/Studio Bigert & BergströmThe stove takes property in the center of the room, where the wood-fired burner is molded in the shape of an anatomical heart. Heat eminates from the fill of large stonesBigert & Bergström also designed Solar Egg to be transportable. Each piece can be taken apart and relocated within the city.Solar Egg is spacious enough for eight people.We’re fixin’ to make ourselves a part of that hatch soon, as joining this communal sweat is a way to experience an iconic installation by Bigert & Bergström, and listen and take part in the larger conversation.
“I think it is a fitting and great thing that is being done,” says the Reggae Icon, Jimmy Cliff, about the planned Reggae Gold Awards Ceremony which will take place on Wednesday evening (February 27) at the National Indoor Sports Centre.The Reggae Gold Awards Ceremony, being staged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is a main activity for Reggae Month 2019 which celebrates 50 years of Reggae music.The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, who met with Jimmy Cliff, said the Reggae Gold Awards would “honour 50 icons — individuals and groups — who have contributed to the development of the music over the years.”Reacting to the Minister’s plan, Jimmy Cliff said, “I think it’s a very good thing that the Ministry of Culture sees it fit to present the Reggae Gold to people who belong in that category. I think it is very fitting to honour these people who was there from the beginning contributing to make it what it has become.”The Reggae Gold Awards Ceremony will feature performances from some of the biggest names in Reggae including Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley and Sizzla.The Reggae Gold Awards Ceremony is free to the public. Patrons are encouraged to collect tickets for the show at Tastee outlets in Kingston, Portmore and Spanish Town. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, who met with Jimmy Cliff, said the Reggae Gold Awards would “honour 50 icons — individuals and groups — who have contributed to the development of the music over the years.” The Reggae Gold Awards Ceremony, being staged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is a main activity for Reggae Month 2019 which celebrates 50 years of Reggae music. “I think it is a fitting and great thing that is being done,” says the Reggae Icon, Jimmy Cliff, about the planned Reggae Gold Awards Ceremony which will take place on Wednesday evening (February 27) at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Story Highlights
All Type 3 facilities that fall under the St. Elizabeth Health Department are slated to receive proper directional signage. As a best practice, customer-service desks will be posted in all facilities and customer representatives will be made easily identifiable with marked vests. Story Highlights The Government has provided $2 million worth of medical equipment to the Santa Cruz Health Centre of Excellence in St. Elizabeth, which will enhance healthcare services to citizens served by the facility. The provision, under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD) of the Office of the Cabinet, is part of efforts by the Government to revolutionise service delivery across the public sector. The Government has provided $2 million worth of medical equipment to the Santa Cruz Health Centre of Excellence in St. Elizabeth, which will enhance healthcare services to citizens served by the facility.The items include a standby generator, phlebotomy chair, diagnostic set for eyes and nose, electrocardiograph (ECG) machine, and a refrigerator for storing specimen and vaccines. The centre will also receive a cardiac monitor.The provision, under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD) of the Office of the Cabinet, is part of efforts by the Government to revolutionise service delivery across the public sector.It follows a customer-service assessment of the health sector, which was completed between 2014 and 2015.All Type 3 facilities that fall under the St. Elizabeth Health Department are slated to receive proper directional signage. As a best practice, customer-service desks will be posted in all facilities and customer representatives will be made easily identifiable with marked vests.Speaking at the handover ceremony at the health centre on April 10, Principal Director of the Modernisation Implementation Unit in the PSTMD, Wayne Robertson, said the Unit will continue to strengthen public institutions to make them more effective and efficient in delivering services to the public.“We are seeking to revolutionise customer service in Jamaica, which is why we have revamped the programme. We are developing a policy, which is called the service excellence policy, and we have also mandated ministries to develop customer-service-improvement plans,” he indicated.He said the policy will be developed and promulgated by December of this year and will set out the mandates of public-sector institutions.Mr. Robertson said the PSTMD is seeking to improve the ease of doing business, including making it easier for customers and patients to access government services.He underscored the importance of the health sector in helping to achieve Jamaica’s growth agenda, and encouraged the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) to do its part in maintaining the equipment while the PSTMD continues to transform the sector.“This is not an event; it is the start of a very long important process … . We are working assiduously behind the scenes, we are going to be collaborating further with you, the health centre, to make sure that we do more if we can,” he saidRegional Director, SRHA, Michael Bent, lauded the efforts of the PSTMD and committed to continue working with the team to add value to health services throughout St. Elizabeth.“Transformation and modernisation is important in today’s organisation. Certainly, at the Southern Regional Health Authority, we have embraced that and we have taken practical steps to ensure that we are ahead, because we need to be the cutting edge,” he said.He noted that “no longer are we going to be using equipment and technologies and processes that are outdated and are not optimising outcomes and outputs”.The PSTMD was created to streamline activities aimed at boosting government efficiency, through the engagement of technocrats in the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), civil society and other groups.The programme is consistent with the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, which commits the Administration to foster world-class customer service and professionalism in all public institutions and to create mechanisms for efficient and effective delivery of services.