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Froome conquers China, eyes 5th Tour de France title

first_imgFroome, 32, won his fourth Tour de France this year and last month bagged the Vuelta, leaving only the Giro d’Italia as the last grand tour to elude his grasp.Winning it would make him just the seventh man to complete the career treble, but Froome declined to get ahead of himself.“The biggest thing for me at the moment will be to focus on the fifth Tour de France title and try to put everything into going for that,” he said.“But I fully appreciate just how hard that is. After winning four tournaments, its definitely not getting easier, that’s for sure.”“The level is just getting higher and higher every year.”Winning a fifth Tour title would put Froome in elite company, joining only France’s Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx of Belgium, and Spain’s Miguel Indurain.Froome sparked a late surge from the pack along with Uran, Barguil and Spanish two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, who put in a strong showing in one of his final races after recently announcing his retirement.The Shanghai race was staged for the first time as part of the Tour de France’s efforts to boost its brand in China, a country often called the “kingdom of bicycles”.The race involved 20 laps around a 3-kilometre (1.9-mile) street circuit, and was organised by ASO, the same company that holds the Tour de France.Bicycles have long been the workhorse of urban transport for China’s masses, but recreational cycling also is on the rise as incomes and leisure pursuits increase.The contest was held amid murky skies, however, with pollution readings in the “unhealthy” range.China’s notoriously smoggy skies are among factors blamed for slowing development of cycling and other outdoor pursuits.“Cycling at the moment is a very European-dominated sport so it’s great to bring cycling out to these places that don’t get to experience what Europeans get to experience on their doorstep,” Froome said.“So it’s great for the globalisation of cycling and of sports in general.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chris Froome of Britain (L) this year became the first rider since 1978 to win the Tour and the Vuelta a Espana double in the same year © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Oct 29 – Chris Froome continued his dominant year by winning the China Criterium in Shanghai on Sunday, but the Briton admitted he faced an uphill task capturing a historic fifth Tour de France title.Froome, who this year became the first rider since 1978 to win the Tour and the Vuelta a Espana double in the same year, took the inaugural Shanghai race in a late sprint just ahead of Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran and Warren Barguil of France.last_img read more

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The drill on disaster

first_img command vehicle and its $387,000 communications system. “This is the unveiling,” he said. One of six in the county, the system can do everything from track emergency vehicles and personnel to tap into live feeds from TV news helicopters. “It can use a land line, a cell or satellite,” Warm said. “It’s a one-touch system. It finds which link works for you.” Monday’s mission was to move key government personnel unable to use damaged freeways to their jobs in Los Angeles. Fairplex was their meeting point, and police and firefighters were ready. They coned off a secure area and set up registration tables as the landing helicopters kicked up a cloud of dust and gravel. While waiting for more Marines to arrive and play the role of stranded government workers, firefighters stepped up and received cards telling them their jobs and key skills, as well as any equipment they were bringing. They were entered into the mobile command system, which assigned them to a flight. “We’ll test this system to the max here,” Paulson said. Warm said the exercises – given the code name Golden Phoenix – are in response to the communication and organizational challenges that government agencies faced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Whether the disaster is a wildfire, earthquake or a train derailment and chemical spill, agencies must learn to react quickly and act as one, he said. The exercises will continue through Wednesday, in locations including Los Alamitos. “Everyone learns to work together,” Warm said. (909) 483-9355 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Golden Phoenix Disaster Drill POMONA – The disaster started late. But early Monday afternoon, the whap-whap-whap of two Marine helicopters at last filled the air over Fairplex. On the ground, Pomona and Los Angeles police, and Los Angeles County firefighters waited to spring into action. “Use the check-in,” said Los Angeles police Sgt. Shannon Paulson. “The check-in log.” The event was a catastrophic earthquake, and Pomona kicked off three days of exercises meant to test the ability of local, state and federal agencies to respond and communicate. While this was only a drill, the event was high-tech and high stakes. Moving police and fire personnel and critical government employees where they are needed in an emergency could, in many cases, be a matter of life and death. Pomona police Lt. Mark Warm said the exercise was a great chance to test its high-tech last_img read more

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Trio robs jewelry store

first_imgThe store was equipped with surveillance cameras, and detectives are reviewing the tape, said Salazar. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Whittier Police Department at (562)945-8250. – Brian Day165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A trio of masked thieves made off with a “large amount” of jewelry and cash Tuesday after an armed takeover-style robbery at a jewelry store, officials said. The crime was reported just after 1 p.m. at Murray Brown Jewelers, 15344 Whittier Blvd., said Whittier police spokeswoman Diana Salazar. Two men and a woman, all wearing masks, entered the store and displayed at least two handguns before ordering the store’s owner and a customer to the back of the shop, said Salazar. The crooks then helped themselves to the goods in the display cases and fled in a Chevy HHR, she added. Two of the suspects were described as African-American males in their late 20s or early 30s wearing baggy blue jeans, said Salazar. One of them was about 6 feet tall, of a thin build, and wearing a white long-sleeve shirt under a second mesh shirt, she said. The other man was estimated at 5 feet 11 inches tall and wearing a white shirt, Salazar said. The female suspect was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and wore a red shirt. Police declined to disclose the exact amount of money and jewelry obtained. last_img read more

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Brentford boost as loan star extends deal

first_img1 Chris Long Everton striker Chris Long has extended his stay at play-off chasing Brentford until May 2.Long, 20, has hit four goals in 10 Championship outings since arriving in January.The highly-rated forward has been out through injury and illness since Good Friday and Brentford have slipped three points outside the play-offs.But the Bees have now managed to keep Long at Griffin Park as they bid to secure a top-six spot in their final two games.last_img

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Carver confident West Brom can fight off Arsenal and Man City interest in Evans

first_imgJohn Carver is confident West Brom can keep hold of Jonny Evans.The defender was the subject of interest from Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City in the summer.Reports have suggested that Arsenal and Manchester City will try again for the Northern Irishman in when the transfer window reopens in January.But Baggies assistant boss Carver is hopeful the 29-year-old will remain at the Hawthorns.“There are a few clubs that like him but we are hopeful because of how Alan [Pardew] works, how I work, that he will enjoy the work we do and we can keep hold of him,” he told Jim White on talkSPORT.“We don’t want our good players leaving the football club. We have come here to build something.“Alan has come up and I have come here to try and build a group of players and improve the squad. It is a decent squad but we want to make it better over the next months and years.”last_img read more

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first_imgSEAMUS COLEMAN scored for the second time in a week to give Everton a deserved win over Spurs at Goodison tonight.The Donegal man’s late header gave his side victory to maintain their impressive record against the sides near the top of the table.Louis Saha fired Everton into the lead inside three minutes with his first league goal for 11 months, only for Rafael van der Vaart’s close range header to restore parity eight minutes later. In an enthralling game, both sides created and wasted opportunities to take a stranglehold before Coleman headed past Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes when he could only palm out Saha’s shot after 75 minutes.COLEMAN STRIKES AGAIN TO GIVE EVERTON VICTORY was last modified: January 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Grant to help cut minors’ drinking

first_imgLANCASTER – Lancaster and law enforcement officials say a new state grant will give them a greater ability to go after underage drinking and other alcohol-related crime. The Lancaster sheriff’s station is using a $99,927 grant through the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Grant Assistance Program, or GAP, to enhance alcohol enforcement. The grant will fund additional enforcement operations through December. “Because of budgets, we haven’t been able to do what we would like to do,” said Lt. Wallace Fullerton of the Lancaster sheriff’s station. “This allows us to expand our operations beyond what we could do.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleUnder Lancaster’s grant, deputies are combating underage drinking by conducting stings that target liquor stores that sell alcohol to minors and adults who consent to buy alcohol for minors. They also are conducting training for businesses that sell alcohol. Deputies also are conducting undercover operations targeting bars and other places that have been the subject of citizen complaints about disorderly activity. “We need to protect our youth from its (alcohol’s) grasp and protect our streets from drunk drivers,” said Councilman Ron Smith. GAP was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies in order to put violating operators out of business, keep alcohol away from minors and bring penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate the law. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger doubled the funding amount to $3 million from the prior year. In the first operation with the grant funds, clerks at eight Lancaster liquor stores and businesses were cited for selling alcohol to minors as part of a two-day sting conducted by sheriff’s deputies and ABC investigators on July 13 and 14. In a Sept. 14 sting, six store clerks were cited out of 38 businesses visited by 18- and 19-year-old sheriff’s volunteers trying to buy alcohol. Sheriff’s officials said the 32 stores that refused to sell to them will get congratulatory letters. (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sadio Mane continues unique Liverpool record against Crystal Palace

first_img REVEALED shining Latest Premier League News huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 1 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT During the 2014/15 season, Mane scored home and away against Palace, with his first strike against them coming in a 3-1 win on Boxing Day 2014.Back in August, the 26-year-old was on target at Selhurst Park, adding the second in a 2-0 win.That was his 150th appearance in English football and also meant he had scored in three consecutive season opening matches. No Liverpool player had done that since John Barnes.On that day it was Wayne Hennessey he rounded to score, today he struck past the Premier League’s eldest player Julian Speroni. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sadio Mane’s strike against Crystal Palace meant he continued a remarkable record in front of goal against the Eagles.The Liverpool striker has now struck seven times against the south London side, more than any other side he has faced in the Premier League.center_img gameday cracker no dice Southampton2014/15 (H) 3-1 scored: 1 goal(A) 1-0 scored: 1 goal2015/16 (H) 4-1 scored: 1 goalLiverpool2017/18(H) 1-0 scored: 1 goal(A) 1-2 scored: 1 goal2018/19(A) 0-2 scored: 1 goal(H) 4-3 scored: 1 goal Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January whoops Mane kept up a remarkable scoring record against Palace His goal today meant he has found the net against Palace for a fifth successive match.Mane bagged three times against Palace while at Southampton and has hit the same number since his move to Liverpool in 2016. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Sadio Mane record v Crystal Palace REAL DEAL last_img read more

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The “Ig Nobel” Prizes For Dumbest Science Study of the Year . . . Including Pants For Rats, and Whether Rocks Have Personalities

first_imgThe 26th annual Ig Nobel prizes were given out at Harvard on Thursday.  They’re the awards for the DUMBEST advances in science this year.  Here are the big “winners” . . .1.  A scientist from Egypt did a study on whether wearing different types of PANTS would affect the sex lives of rats.  So he made them tiny little polyester, cotton, and wool pants to wear.  As far as we know, there was no effect.2.  A team from New Zealand ran a study to determine if ROCKS have personalities . . . or, at least, if people THINK rocks have different personalities.  And apparently we DO.  But the team still hasn’t figured out what to do with that discovery.3.  Scientists in Germany found that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can look in the mirror and scratch that spot on the right side to relieve it.4.  A study out of Belgium asked 1,000 liars how often they lie . . . and then the scientists believed the results and published them.5.  A British scientist spent the past year trying to get a better understanding of animals, by living in the wilderness wearing costumes and prosthetics and trying to mimic goats, deer, badgers, foxes, and more.6.  And finally, Japanese scientists ran a study that found things look different when you bend over and look at them through your legs.last_img read more

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The Blogosphere Gets a Newspaper in The Issue

first_imgRelated Posts The Issue’s editors seem to attempt to take a balanced stance to contentious issues by presenting writing from multiple sides. For example, when writing about Blackwater, the controversial American private security firm operating in Iraq, The Issue presented posts from both conservative and liberal bloggers, as well as supporting information that was more non-partisan in nature.Along with daily news and debates, The Issue has some other interesting features, including book reviews (reprinted from outside sources), political cartoons, and a pair of daily art photographs. However, one of the online newspaper’s most intriguing features is the “What Ever Happened To…” section, which endeavors to revisit forgotten issues and update with recent information from the blogosphere. Recent W.E.H.T. entries include ebola, radioactive waste, and the hole in the ozone layer.The Issue, which launched in July, relies on a volunteer network of editors to keep the content flowing. The site is only monetized with a single Google Adsense strip on most pages, so it is unlikely that they’re making enough money to hire a paid editorial staff. Regardless, I’ve been reading The Issue for about a week now since co-founder Jean-Baptiste Cossart emailed to pitch us the site, and I have been exposed to a good number of insightful blog posts by writers whom I probably wouldn’t have found. If Cossart’s objective is to bring attention to the quality writers working in the long tail of the blogosophere, so far, mission accomplished. I’ll definitely be adding The Issue to my daily reading list.See also Newser, another human-powered (partially) news aggregation service that launched earlier this year (our review) — though, Newser does not focus on the blogosphere. Tags:#Product Reviews#web josh catone 1 The vast majority of the blogosphere exists in the long tail, and as we have often talked about recently, attracting an audience in the long tail is very hard to do. So it stands that many good blogs go virtually unread. Automatic aggregators, like Techmeme, end up acting somewhat like gated communities that are dominated by the biggest blogs — who link to one another and prop each other up. Paid syndication like Blogburst is hit or miss and also favors the more prominent bloggers who have name recognition.Brooklyn, NY-based The Issue aims to bring the best of the wider blogosphere into focus via a daily, human edited online newspaper that aggregates quality blog content in a single place.The Issue is presented with a very clean, newspaper-esque design that organizes content into six main categories: US, world, business, science & health, art & culture, and musings (think: editorials). The paper also highlights a handful of “featured stories” (major headlines) across multiple topic areas, and each day The Issue presents one “Issue of the Day,” which it explores in depth with a handful of insightful posts. Previous issues have tackled laws in virtual worlds, hate crime legislation, the diamond industry, and entrepreneurship in America. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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