PARIS, France: Three Jamaicans – Stephenie Ann McPherson, Christine Day and Simone Facey – will be in action when the Meeting de Paris, the 12th of 14 IAAF Diamond League meets, gets underway at the Stade de France in Paris today. McPherson and Day will go in the 400 metres while Facey will line up in the 200 metres. Fans here were eagerly awaiting another clash in the 200m between Diamond League leader Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who won in a close finish in the Rio de Janeiro finals. However, Thompson, who was an impressive winner in the 100 metres two days ago at the Lausanne Diamond League, has opted out of the meet to go back to her training camp in Italy to prepare for upcoming meets. Schippers should, therefore, have little difficulty in topping the 200 metres and extending her lead for the Diamond Trophy. She should easily defeat Facey, Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who was fourth in Rio, and the likes of American Jenna Prandini, who finished second behind Thompson in the 100m in Lausanne. Despite a sixth-place finish in the women’s 400m in Rio de Janeiro, competing in the one-lap event today will be added motivation for McPherson, who has an outside chance of winning the Diamond Trophy. With race leader, Olympic champion Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas (30 points) missing, McPherson, in second place on 25, could take over the lead with a big performance today. Natasha Hastings of the United States, third on 18, will also be hoping for a win and ten points to make it interesting going into Zurich, where the points for each event are doubled. Following her disappointing run in Rio, Day will be eyeing a return to top form. She is out of Diamond Trophy contention, but will want to end her season on a high. Olympic semi-finalists Oluwakemi Adekoya of Bahrain and home town girl Floria Guai should make the event very competitive. In other female events, runaway Diamond League leader Kendra Harrison, fresh from her win on Thursday in Lausanne, should remain unbeaten in the women’s 100m hurdles, where countrywomen Dawn Harper-Nelson and Jasmine Stowers should once again fight it out for second and third. CLOSE FINISH The men’s 400 metres hurdles could see a close finish, with Olympic champion Kerron Clement the favourite to win. Following his false start in Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson will be hoping for some redemption. Turkey’s Yasmani Capello, the Rio silver medallist, American Michael Tinsley and Kenya’s Nicholas Bett are the other top contenders in the event. After a National record in the men’s 200m in Lausanne, Churandy Martina, who expressed a lot of confidence yesterday, looks set to take the men’s 100 metres, where he will face the likes of veteran Kim Collins of St Kitts and the French duo of Christophe Lamaitre and Jimmy Vicaut. Another athlete who should be looking for a big home performance is pole vaulter Renaud Lavillene, who is coming off two second-place finishes in Rio and Lausanne. The Frenchman will be hoping to turn the tables this time on American Sam Kendricks, who got the better of him two days ago. Jamaicans in action today 1:17 p.m: Christine Day, Stephenie McPherson – Women’s 400m 1:55 p.m: Simone Facey – Women’s 200m.
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino had his fair share of the spotlight during his time for Ateneo while Hubert Cani had been a prized recruit of the Blue Eagles for Season 78.Both, however, are now under Far Eastern University and the two produced enough moments that caused heartbreak for Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT For Cani, competing against Ateneo wasn’t all about sentiments.Cani looked at the basketball aspect of the game and not the emotion of playing against his former school.“That’s the school where I came from,” said Cani in Filipino. “I know how hard it is to beat a team that is so disciplined.”Cani was the one that capped off FEU’s 20-6 run in the third quarter with a layup that put the Tamaraws up 58-44.He then, beat the shot clock buzzer with long triple with 2:45 left in the game that saw FEU take a 75-58 cushion.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Of course it feels great to win,” said Cani. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tolentino had 13 points while Cani had 11 points in the Tamaraws’ 80-67 victory Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.READ: Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue EaglesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneFor Tolentino, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2014, his time as a Blue Eagle was far behind him and that he’s now a full-fledged Tamaraw.“The spirit of FEU, the mentality of FEU, I’ve already adopted it ever since the start of the season,” said Tolentino in Filipino who’s in his first year for the Tamaraws. “I’m not even thinking that ‘maybe I should’ve been with Ateneo’ because I’ve already accepted FEU.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title It’s only the second time in Federer’s past 14 appearances at the U.S. Open that he’s lost before the quarterfinals. He is, after all, a five-time champion at the tournament, part of his men’s-record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles.“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine, and today he was definitely not at his best,” Millman said, “but, you know, I’ll take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’So much for that highly anticipated matchup between Federer and 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Instead, it’ll be the 55th-ranked Millman, an Australian who had never made it past the third round at a Slam until last week, taking on No. 6 seed Djokovic.Millman was adamant he would not be intimidated by Federer, and perhaps was helped by having spent time practicing together a few months ago ahead of the grass-court portion of this season. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Still, this was a stunner. Not simply because Federer lost — he entered the day 28-0 at the U.S. Open, and 127-1 in all Grand Slam matches, against foes below No. 50 in the ATP rankings — but how he lost. Start with this: Federer held two set points while serving for the second at 5-4, 40-15 and did not pull through. Millman knew that was the turning point.“I felt like a bit of a deer in headlights to begin with, to be honest with you. The feet weren’t moving. Roger had me on a string. He was manipulating me around the court,” Millman said. “But I got out of a tough second set and really found my feet and started to be a little bit more aggressive.”Then Federer had a set point in the third at 6-5 in the tiebreaker, but again was stymied.In the fourth set, he went up a break at 4-2, yelling “Come on!” and getting all of those rowdy spectators in their “RF” gear on their feet, prompting the chair umpire to repeatedly plead for silence. But Federer uncharacteristically got broken right back with a sloppy game, most egregiously when he slapped what should have been an easy putaway into the net.And then there was his serve.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ronaldo, Salah, Modric make FIFA shortlist, Messi doesn’t Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ In the final tiebreaker, he double-faulted twice in a row.The first obvious signs of trouble for Federer came far earlier, in the second game of the second set. He started that 15-minute struggle by missing 18 of his initial 20 first serves. While he eventually held there, he needed to save seven break points along the way. It was clear the 37-year-old Federer was not at his best.Maybe the 75 percent humidity played a role. Millman’s big rips on groundstrokes didn’t help matters. As the unforced errors mounted — Federer would finish with 77, nearly three times as many as Millman’s 28 — Federer’s wife, Mirka, couldn’t bear to look, placing her forehead on her hands in the guest box in the stands.Federer hung his head at a changeover, a little black fan pointed right at his face, but nothing seemed to make him feel like himself.Hours before, Djokovic left the court for a medical timeout — the second time during the tournament he’s sought help from a doctor because of harsh weather — during what would become an otherwise straightforward 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over 68th-ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal.“I’m not 21 anymore. That was 10 years ago. I still don’t feel old. But at the same time, there is a little biological clock that is not really working in your favor,” Djokovic told the crowd afterward. “Sometimes, you just have to survive.”He reached the quarterfinals for an 11th consecutive appearance in New York as he bids for a third U.S. Open championship and 14th Grand Slam trophy.The other quarterfinal on the bottom half of the draw will be a rematch of the 2014 U.S. Open final: No. 7 Marin Cilic against No. 21 Kei Nishikori.Cilic, who beat Nishikori four years ago for his only major title, was a 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-4 winner against No. 10 David Goffin, while Nishikori advanced by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer, of Switzerland, sits in front of a fan during a changeover in his match against John Millman, of Australia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament early Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK— Roger Federer served poorly. Closed poorly, too. And now he’s gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his career.Looking slow and tired on a sweltering night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the No. 2-seeded Federer double-faulted 10 times, failed to convert a trio of set points and lost 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) in the fourth round to John Millman in a match that began Monday and concluded at nearly 1 a.m. on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Luck is sometimes a circumstance born out of an environment one creates through hard work. Olsen Racela and the Far Eastern U Tamaraws gritted their way to huge upset wins over Adamson and Ateneo in the last week in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Back on track For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We’re still looking for consistency,” said Racela, even as FEU is slowly finding its own stable of unlikely heroes in the likes of two-way guard Wendell Comboy and off-the-bench sparkplug Hubert Cani.“Wendell has really started to take on a lot more responsibility starting with our win over NU,” Racela revealed. “He asked for a bigger role defensively and that’s the kind of attitude you want from your players.”The Tamaraws will carry a three-game run into the game against the Tigers, who are on a two-game streak.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown And out of the scenario in the standings those wins created, the Tamaraws found themselves on top of the field without having to break a sweat, the result of a La Salle victory over Adamson Saturday night that created a logjam at the top.But Racela is far from satisfied with the way things have panned out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It doesn’t matter who you beat or where you are at the end of the first round,” Racela said. “What matters is where you are at the end of the tournament. We still have a long way to go and we still need to improve.”The Tamaraws take their 5-2 record to court against first-round tormentor University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, the lessons of that defeat and a loss to lowly University of the East still on top of their minds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
The World Bank Group has released a second report in less than a week forecasting a devastating economic impact of the Ebola virus in West Africa if the international community fails to move quickly to contain the disease in the sub-region.With the latest death toll from Ebola now put at about 3,439 in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Bank’s new economic impact assessment warned that if the epidemic was to significantly infect people in neighboring countries, some of which have much larger economies, the two-year regional financial impact could reach US$32.6 billion by the end of 2015.The report notes,” as it is far from certain that the epidemic will be fully contained by December 2014, and in light of the considerable uncertainty about its future trajectory, two alternative scenarios are used to estimate the medium-term (2015) impact of the epidemic, extending to the end of calendar year 2015.” A “Low Ebola” scenario corresponds to rapid containment within the three most severely affected countries, while “High Ebola” corresponds to slower containment in the three countries, with broader regional contagion.According to the Bank’s new analysis, the economic impacts of Ebola are already very serious in the core three countries, particularly Liberia and Sierra Leone, and could become catastrophic under a slow-containment, High Ebola scenario.Our business desk says the Ebola virus has hit the Liberian economy to the extent that all major sectors of the economy, including agriculture, mining and the service sector have slowed or shut down completely. The hospitality sector is also down amidst less demand. The government says it would need about US$375 million to fight the virus.Atop of the slowdown in major sectors of the economy is huge public spending to contain the virus in the face of dwindling revenue generation. In broader regional terms, the economic impact could be limited if immediate national and international action stop the epidemic and alleviate the “aversion behavior” or fear factor that is causing neighboring countries to close their borders, and airlines and other regional and international companies to suspend their commercial activities in the three worst-affected countries.The successful containment of Ebola in Nigeria and Senegal so far is evidence that this is possible, given some existing health system capacity and a resolute policy response, the Bank said.”With Ebola’s potential to inflict massive economic costs on Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and the rest of their neighbors in West Africa, the international community must find ways to get past logistical roadblocks and bring in more doctors and trained medical staff, more hospital beds, and more health and development support to help stop Ebola in its tracks,” says Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group.””The international community now must act on the knowledge that weak public health infrastructure, institutions, and systems in many fragile countries are a threat not only to their own citizens but also to their trading partners and the world at large,” says WBG President Kim.”The enormous economic cost of the current outbreak to the affected countries and the world could have been avoided by prudent ongoing investment in health systems-strengthening,” he added.The World Bank Group is supporting country responses in line with the WHO Roadmap, and is coordinating assistance closely with the United Nations and other international and country partners.As the new report notes, “effort and memory will be required to sustain and continue strengthening this early warning network and the complementary investments in effective and resilient African health systems after the Ebola outbreak has been contained. Taken together, the containment effort, the fiscal support, the restoration of investor confidence, and the expanded disease surveillance, diagnostic and treatment capacity promise to first stem the Ebola epidemic, and then help to reverse as quickly as possible the aversion behavior that is causing so much economic damage. “A key issue looking forward will be to re-establish investor trust so that as the epidemic is contained, domestic and international investment can return. The World Bank Group says urgent policies will be needed to jumpstart the renewed flow of relief and commercial activity (for health, business, and tourism purposes) with the affected countries while also safeguarding other countries from epidemiological contagion. To this end, options should be explored for financing improvements to health security infrastructure and protocols of the seaports and airports of the three core countries and their neighbors.To this end, the World Bank Group is mobilizing $400 million in emergency financing for the three countries hardest-hit by the crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Rotary Club of Sinkor (RCS) in partnership with Horten Rotary Club of Norway last Thursday provided cash assistance to 12 female Ebola survivors to help them establish businesses.Each of the beneficiaries received US$100. Mr. Augustus J. Flomo, head of RCS Public Relations, said the cash is intended to help the survivors re-establish their lives, adding, “There is no better way to do this than to start a petty business that they could grow in the long term.”“We want them to do their own businesses. This is why we decided to provide this little cash for them to start,” he said.“They lost everything because of the nature of the disease. Some of them lost their entire families and their stories are so heartbreaking, and we felt that we could not let them go just like that without any assistance.”He disclosed further that throughout the Ebola crisis, the organization provided psychosocial counselling, prevention and education to the beneficiaries.“We have been working with them for a period of time now and we know that they are truly in need of assistance,” he added.He hoped that the beneficiaries would make good use of the cash to help them back on their feet.“Their stories have always broken my heart. I shed tears whenever I hear each one of them explain their ordeal. It is so painful. I pray that God will take them through.”Making the presentation, District Governor of the Rotary District 9101, Marie-Irene Richmond Ahoua, thanked the government and its partners for collaborating to eradicate the virus in Liberia.DG Ahoua urged the beneficiaries to make use of the funds to better their lives.Mr. Kollie Bundo, president of the Ebola Survivors Association, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, lauded RCS and its partner for the gesture.Mr. Bundo promised that the beneficiaries will use the cash wisely to help them rebuild their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President David Granger has accepted the resignations of Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Business Minister Dominic Gaskin; Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine as Members of Parliament owing to their status as dual citizens.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge These resignations came in light of mounting pressure from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Civil Society who have been calling the governing Ministers to resign in light of the Appeal Court’s Ruling with respect to Dual Citizenship. Harmon is a US citizen while Greenidge, Gaskin and Roopnaraine are all UK citizens.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin See the full statement, issued this morning, from the Ministry of Presidency:The Government of Guyana is committed to the upholding of the Constitution of Guyana and by virtue, the March 22, 2019 ruling of the Court of Appeal on the December 21, 2018 Motion of No Confidence, which was brought against the Government.In this regard, as of Monday, April 1, 2019, His Excellency David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, has received and accepted the resignation of all coalition Members of Parliament who are holders of dual citizenship. These members will not be returning to Parliament therefore, when it reconvenes on April 11, 2019.Minister of State Joseph Harmon More details in the Wednesday, April 03, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.Public Service Minister Rupert Roopnaraine
Fort St. John got to work early in the first period with two goals in the opening 5:21. By the end of the first period the score was 4-1 in favour of Fort St. John, and the shots were 25-4The pressure by the Flyers was kept on during the second as the teams returned to the ice. Fort St. John scored six goals and shots in the period were a mind blowing 26-0 in favour of the Flyers.With the game well in hand, Fort St. John called off the dogs and High Prairie was able to score twice to make the final 10-3.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for the Flyers were Owen Barker, Josh Bruha, Robbie Sidhu, Mike Shipton, Josh Bruha, Owen Barker, Payden Wongstedt, Robbie Sidhu, Payden Wongstedt, and Robbie Sidhu.Next for the Flyers is a home game on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. against the Dawson Creek Canucks.
The MacArthur and Sloan foundations have given a total $12.5 million to pay for the first 2 years of the massive effort, but it will be free and accessible to everyone. The pages can be adjusted so that they provide useful information for both a schoolchild and a research biologist alike, with an emphasis on encouraging “citizen-scientists” to add their sightings. While amateurs can contribute in clearly marked side pages, the key detail and science parts of the encyclopedia will be compiled and reviewed by experts. “It could be a very big leap in the way we do science,” said Cristian Samper, acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, one of seven museums, universities and labs to launch the encyclopedia. “This is a project that is so big, not even the Smithsonian could do it by itself. It is a global effort.” Other institutions helping head the undertaking include Harvard University, Chicago’s Field Museum, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, the Biodiversity Heritage Library Consortium, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Atlas of Living Australia. The project will try to be like Mexico’s Conabio compilation of all 70,000 named species in that country, but bigger, Edwards said. For more than a decade, scientists have tried to compile simply a list of all species on Earth, but failed. It’s been too complicated, too expensive and too cumbersome. This effort may succeed where the others have faltered because of new search engine technology. It will scan the Web for scientific information on the Internet and “mash up” all of the material into a file that then gets reviewed by expert curators, said Harvard’s James Hanken, a steering committee member. For scientists, especially those in developing countries, this can open up new worlds of research, said Samper, who has worked as a biologist in Colombia studying South American plants. And that means more science from different areas, he said. Research papers that used to be limited to northern science libraries will be easily accessible in remote Botswana, he said. “The democracy of science can’t be overemphasized,” he added. And the democracy will be spread to people without PhDs. Edwards said the public will be able to send information to scientists that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Sample demonstration pages of the polar bear show what the scientists hope to do. It offers pictures, maps, research and data on the molecular biology, genetics, reproduction diet of the polar bear. The information can be accessed at the “novice” level, which says: “Polar bears inhabit Arctic sea ice, water, islands and continental coastlines.” At “expert” level, it says: Polar bears occur in low numbers throughout their range and are most abundant in shallow water areas near shore or where current or upwellings increase biological productivity near ice areas associated with open water, polynyas or lead systems.” And as new species are discovered each day, they’ll be added, scientists say. They estimate that Earth actually has 8 million species or so, but only one-quarter of them have been identified and named as separate species. After that, long-gone species – the fossil world – will be added. “If we don’t include dinosaurs, we’ll have lost 6-year-old boys,” Edwards said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In a whale-sized project, the world’s scientists plan to compile everything they know about all of Earth’s 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site, open to everyone. The effort, called the Encyclopedia of Life, will include species descriptions, pictures, maps, videos, sound, sightings by amateurs, and links to entire genomes and scientific journal papers. Its first pages of information will be shown today in Washington where the massive effort is being announced by some of the world’s leading scientific institutions and universities. The project will take about 10 years to complete. “It’s an interactive zoo,” said James Edwards, who will be the encyclopedia’s executive director. Edwards currently helps run a global biodiversity information system. If the new encyclopedia progresses as planned, it should fill about 300 million pages, which, if lined up end-to-end, would be more than 52,000 miles long, able to stretch twice around the world at the equator.
Niall Quinn has told Yaya Toure it is time to step up and prove he is worth a new Manchester City contract.The Ivorian midfielder has struggled for form and fitness since returning from World Cup duty and was arguably City’s weakest performer during the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.Toure is understood to be seeking a new lucrative deal after a summer of speculation over his future but, according to Quinn, he is not doing enough to deserve one.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former City star: “Watching the game last night and seeing him miscontrol the ball and not putting a shift in, that was the most difficult thing for me.“There were times when gaps opened up because Yaya wasn’t aware of certain things that were happening in and round him. The handbrake was on, I think.“His application last night could be questioned. Man City haven’t hit full flow and I suppose it’s time for him to step up to the plate now.“He seems to have come back, lazy isn’t the word I’d use, but certainly lethargic. I’d like to see him burst into life and play the kind of football that we know he is capable of.“It is interesting that Manchester City haven’t given him a big, long-term contract. They have always spoken about giving him a certain amount of time.“He will have prove it to Man City that he is fit enough to play for time to come but, on last night’s showing, you wouldn’t be rushing to ring his agent.”