Weekend Read: The Electric Picnic is great … but it needs to clean up its act

first_imgHome Lifestyle Electric Picnic Weekend Read: The Electric Picnic is great … but it needs to… LifestyleElectric Picnic Weekend Read: The Electric Picnic is great … but it needs to clean up its act WhatsApp GAA Facebook Pinterest Twitter By John Whelan – 14th September 2019 Facebook However, it is abundantly clear to anyone who wants to see that all the Electric Picnic organisers and owners, Live Nation, ever seem to talk about is demand and the need to make it bigger.I have never heard them talk about making the EP better and in fact over recent years the evidence is that the original driving forces behind the event have been dropped and standards have slipped. The expensive tickets are paid for up front months in advance of any line-up being revealed. Fans are literally buying a pig-in-a-poke and flock to the event regardless of who is on the bill.The only other circumstances that people part with money in such a fashion is when they buy a lucky-bag.Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the Electric Picnic. I have attended most years since it started in 2004; I love the vibe and atmosphere generally; the sense of fun and anticipation; meeting old friends, making new ones; checking in on favourite bands, discovering new ones. That’s why we scramble and queue for tickets each year and the fear of missing out.There are great things about the EP and how it is organised. I live ten minutes away from the site and I’m chuffed that it takes place in Laois, that it puts us on the map (well sort of, as it seems that most of the big acts and the majority of festival goers don’t really know where they are half the time, other than in a lovely field about an hour from Dublin. It’s the Dublin festival equivalent of flying Ryanair…)John Whelan at this year’s Electric PicnicThe traffic management is superb. It has been well honed over the years and works like clockwork. The Cosby Hall site in Stradbally just out the road from Portlaoise, the train station and proximity of the M7, M8 and N80 and the parallels with the nearby Ploughing Championship site lend themselves to a perfect location.Neither should this be scoffed at or taken for granted when we consider the traffic congestion mess and delays at the Altogether Now event in Waterford earlier this summer.It was also good to see so many Gardai highly visible and helpful at this year’s Picnic. They were constantly interacting with the revellers in a good humoured way and on one occasion when I lost my bearings in the dark a female Garda came to the rescue with advice and reliable directions.I’m as proud as punch that Laois is the home of the Electric Picnic. ‘Welcome to Laois the Home of the Picnic’.I want to see those signs on the approach roads to the festival off the motorways and such banners fluttering in the breeze along the streets of Stradbally.Everyone loves a good Picnic and how great it was to finally see a dedicated Laois stage at the EP, in its 16th year. That’s to become a regular fixture thanks to Music Generation Laois and what a platform for emerging and local talent.This year, too, as an estimated 60,000 fans flocked to the fields in Cosby Hall in Stradbally, the grazing grounds for sheep for the other months of the year, we defied the weather forecast and the sun shone down on Stradbally fields forever. I even got sunburnt!That’s all good stuff. But the EP has become a mixed bag, a lucky dip of the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m not being a killjoy or a curmudgeon, I just want the Picnic to take a good hard look at itself and to improve, to be better and not just look to get bigger at all cost and at any price.For me the most powerful performance of this year’s Picnic was Billie Eilish, who I must admit wasn’t on my radar until I got a tip off from my granddaughter, Kayla. She’s just turned 7. What a potent set from that 17 year-old bundle of energy, talent and attitude.By the same token I am absolutely certain that the organisers got lucky that there was no one seriously hurt in the rush, crush and pushing in the build up to and during the Billie Eilish performance. The crowd control measures were inadequate to cope with the surge of fans. It was potentially very dangerous.Overall the quality of stewarding and security at the EP leaves a lot to be desired. People wearing security and staff bibs are not always aware of their responsibilities or even the site lay-out and facilities.Many of them seem out of their depth and more interested in an easy life. It would be far better if the EP organisers put as much effort into fan welfare and safety as they do into confiscating the odd can of beer being smuggled in, or needlessly forcing them to be binged down at a security point.But as illustrated by the switching inside the perimeter of the Salty Dog stage, it is more about selling more beer, inside the arena.At one security check on the Sunday this year I saw one young girl’s Kerry flag being confiscated despite strenuous appeals to leave it with her on All Ireland day.It was just the flag with no pole or stanchion. The irony that dozens of fellas were walking through at the same time in their Dublin jerseys seemed lost on the security chief. No flags allowed, he ruled.However, no such vigilance or anything remotely resembling enforcement of common decency by security or stewards to prevent or curb the escalation of public urinating at the Picnic.The carry-on is becoming more commonplace at the Picnic, even in broad daylight and to say the least is far from family-friendly. Men of all ages are quite literally taking the piss all over the place, virtually on top of others, sometimes just around the corner from available urinals. (Unlike the other toilets, there are never any queues at the male urinals).I am not a fool and I do realise that with drink taken, someone can get short-taken but this is going way beyond that and is so brazen not only in the campsites, including the campervan site, but also throughout the main arena in broad daylight that it is borderline indecent exposure being totally ignored by stewards.When I challenged a few culprits I was told in no uncertain terms to piss off, that I wasn’t security and what was my problem, ‘was I queer or something’.The #EP experience is starkly different for the tens of thousands of fans ensconced inside the festival perimeter and campsites for the entire weekend than for the visiting media, VIPs, those in the more expensive glamping zones and even day-trippers out for a few hours to sample the delights the Picnic has to offer.Central to the Electric Picnic weekend for the vast majority of fans are the general campsites.The Irish Times distributed at the Electric Picnic was in a plastic bagMy biggest complaint and primary concern about the Electric Picnic is that these campsites as they are currently laid out, managed, serviced and maintained are unsafe. They are cramped and chaotic and recklessly reliant on nothing going wrong.There are potential fire safety, health and safety and personal safety issues, which are glaringly obvious.They are a mess and a free-for-all where everyone is left to their own devices.The number of toilet units in the campsites was reduced and were so disgustingly and unspeakably manky by 10am each morning as to be unsafe and unusable.Those with no other choice had no other option than the bank of 15 toilets serving the Andy Warhol and Janis Joplin Campsites, which were being shared in the Campervan Parking zone had constant queues.This is not only unsafe but also unfair to the fans who forked out a high enough price for their tickets. (For the record the Waste Disposal area for caravan and campervan chemical toilets was also unusable from early on as the raw faeces flowed out of the pipes and back out onto the ground).There were two water points servicing this entire area, which ran out at one stage. Neither could I locate any wash-up, washing nor shower facilities, even though I am assured there are some?And no amount of white-washing or greenwashing stunts can conceal the reality that from an environmental and sustainability point of view the Electric Picnic is a pure joke.One of the most interesting encounters I had at this year’s Picnic was with Stradbally woman Ros Larkin and her contingent of friends who were having a ball in the Trailer Park area.Ros was still using an Electric Picnic beaker which she first got at the festival 13 years ago. Full proof that it can be done and that fans will embrace and even be willing to pay for such initiatives.Stradbally woman Ros Larkin with her 13-year-old re-usable Electric Picnic beakerThe latter day #EP has gone backways in this regard. It can brand everything else at its merchandise stands except get its vendors to embrace reusable Electric Picnic beakers for alcohol and other refreshments and meanwhile the mountain of single use plastics mount up across the festival arena and campsites.Why not have reusable beakers, even branded souvenir ones instead of the single use disposable plastics which are strewn everywhere at the Picnic?Having discussions about the environment and extinction revolution in the sanctuary of the MindField tent are pious and pointless platitudes as eco-organisations allow themselves to be used to give a veneer of environmental respectability to an event which clearly doesn’t remotely practice what it preaches.If there was any lingering doubt about this well then it’s clearly demonstrated in how the organisers have completely washed their hands of the dirt and debris and the thousands of abandoned tents and sleeping bags which litter the EP site each year, and once again this year.The organisers doing little more that to ‘urge’ and ‘encourage’ fans to take them home. With a token few being recovered and salvaged the rest are ending up in the dump. The Electric Picnic organisers share the shame and the blame for this appalling waste.Even the Irish Times seems to miss the point as it distributed its weekend edition free of charge, adorned with the image of our new heroine, Billy Eilish, neatly wrapped up in plastic!The shame is that it doesn’t have to be this way with the sorry state of the campsites and abandoned tents. It doesn’t happen at other festivals or indeed in the VIP campsites at the Picnic or the exemplary BYEco campsite which is so well managed and maintained at EP.The Electric Picnic is great, but it needs to clean up its act.Instead of just talking about making it bigger, I wish the organisers would show some leadership and make it better.They have lots of scope, time and resources to do so for #EP2020. I really hope they do, because everyone loves a great Picnic.SEE ALSO – Check out all the LaoisToday Electric Picnic coverage here So the Electric Picnic has sold out again in record time. Early-bird, loyalty, family camping, campervan tickets all gone, and once they’re gone they’re gone. Well that is until they come back on sale again, or re-sale again.But then again I would argue that the Electric Picnic sold out a long time ago.The boutique festival founded by the late John Reynolds with its family-friendly, eco-friendly ethos has sold out to the corporate mantra of big business, where the bottom line is the bottom line and the bigger the better. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory center_img No amount of planting trees in Africa ‘for everyone who attended the Picnic’ and no amount of greenwashing by cleverly involving environmental organisations and piggy-backing off in-vogue campaigns and activists in Global Green and MindField discussions will hide the reality that the Electric Picnic needs to clean up its act.The Electric Picnic is the most popular and most successful music festival in Ireland but it is not a charity or community event and should not get a free pass or a blind eye solely because it is deemed ‘to be good for the area’.It obviously doesn’t matter who plays or performs at the EP as the event sells out each year well in advance of a single act being announced. The business that controls the Electric Picnic also own Ticketmaster. Pinterest GAA Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCampaign underway to re-open Laois train stationNext article13 Kerry men who have had a big impact on Laois GAA John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSElectric Picnic WhatsApplast_img read more

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Craig Fraser Named 2015 Dressage Canada Owner of the Year

first_img SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Horse Sport Enews Craig Fraser of New Glasgow, NS has been honoured with the 2015 Dressage Canada Owner of the Year Award.The father of Canadian Dressage Team member, Brittany Fraser, Craig is committed to supporting the sport of dressage in Canada as an owner of Canadian Equestrian Team horses.In 2015, Craig’s horse, All In was named to the Canadian Dressage Team at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, with Brittany in the saddle. Together, Brittany and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Tango x Damiro), not only helped Canada take the Team Silver Medal, but were also instrumental in setting a new Canadian record for the highest dressage team average at a major games.As the owner of Countess (Don x Solos), a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, Craig also helps ensure that Brittany has depth to her string of competition horses and is able to increase her experience and exposure in the show ring at the CDI-W and CDI 3* level in North America.Brittany accepted the 2015 Dressage Canada Owner of the Year on behalf of Craig during a special presentation by Equine Canada Manager, Dressage, Christine Peters and Dressage Canada Chair, Sarah Bradley on Nov. 12 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.Dressage Canada is thankful for the incredible support CET owners provide to Canadian Dressage Team athletes by supplying talented horses that help ensure the podium is within reach. Therefore, Dressage Canada is pleased to recognize owners through this prestigious award. For a full list of past recipients, click here. Tags: Dressage Canada Owner of the Year, Craig Fraser, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

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Great Barrier Reef Future – Key Election Issue

first_imgThe Great Barrier Reef is shaping as a key issue this election as members of the public go to meet with candidates to impress upon them the importance of protecting the Great Barrier Reef from over-industrialization, announced the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).Gemma Plesman, Great Barrier Reef campaigner with AMCS, said that people have taken all sorts of simple actions including signing pledges and going to meet with their local members.“We are averaging about four meetings with candidates a day,” Ms Plesman said.“All the LNP members are refusing to meet with their local constituents, and some people feel ignored and as though these candidates don’t care what happens with the Reef.“It’s pretty disappointing as we are worried about the Reef and the economic opportunities it provides all Queenslanders, through the tourism and fishing industries.“The meetings are really important, as people are really worried about the impact on the Reef from dredging and dumping.“Today we are meeting with Kate Jones in Ashgrove, and we have just heard that Shadow Federal Member for the Environment Mark Butler will also attend the meeting.“People are really passionate about this issue and are demanding that our political representatives actually do something to fix the issue.“They are deeply worried that taxpayers money from privatized assets is being wasted on port expansions, dredging and dumping,” concluded Ms Plesman.last_img read more

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Northern and TransPennine Express franchises awarded

first_imgUK: The Department for Transport announced on December 9 that it had selected Arriva Rail North Ltd to operate the next Northern Rail franchise from April 1 2016, and First Trans Pennine Express Ltd to run the TransPennine Express franchise from the same date. Both contracts were to be signed after the 10-day regulatory standstill period.As part of the government’s commitment to regional devolution, the franchises are to be jointly managed by DfT and the Rail North consortium which represents 29 local authorities across the north of England.Describing the £1·2bn package as ‘fantastic news’ which would ‘make the Northern Powerhouse a reality’, Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said both bids had gone ‘far beyond our requirements with exciting, ambitious plans that will make a real difference to customers’. Accepting that the previous franchises awarded in 2004 ‘did not plan for growth’, he added ‘today we’ve put that right’.Taking over from the current joint venture of Serco and Abellio, DB subsidiary Arriva will run the Northern franchise until March 2025. The operator will invest £400m in 281 new 160 km/h multiple-unit vehicles, forming 98 trainsets, which will enable the withdrawal of all Class 14x Pacer DMUs at Northern by the end of 2019. Arriva has committed to operate more than 2 000 additional services each week, including high-quality ‘Northern Connect’ services on 12 routes. There will be a 40% increase in capacity on services into Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle during the morning peak.Arriva UK Trains Managing Director Chris Burchell said ‘we will be investing more than £1bn to deliver a step-change in quality. Our aim is to be the communities’ local railway and to leave a positive lasting legacy for the north of England.’ Annual subsidy payments for the Northern franchise are expected to reduce by £140m by the end of the nine-year contract.According to FirstGroup Chief Executive Tim O’Toole, the new TPE franchise, which runs to March 2023 with an optional two-year extension, ‘will deliver faster and more frequent inter-city services’. This would build on a doubling of passenger-journeys from 13 to 28 million during the past 11 years, under the current franchise operated by FirstGroup in joint venture with Keolis.FirstGroup has committed to paying £400m in premia, equivalent to £303m in NPV terms. The franchise is expected to move from subsidy to premium in 2017-18. It will also acquire 44 new five-car trainsets for operation at up to 200 km/h; these are due to enter service by 2019, although electrification of the Leeds – Manchester route is not now expected to be completed until 2022.As well as increasing capacity on the core route linking Newcastle, York, Leeds and Manchester, First TPE has committed to introducing a direct service between Liverpool and Glasgow in December 2018, along with increased services linking Manchester with Glasgow and Edinburgh. A new service from Newcastle to Edinburgh via Morpeth will start in 2019.Both operators are committed to providing free wi-fi, on all TPE services and stations by July 2018 and on all Northern services by December 2019. The operators will also be expected to meet ‘challenging’ targets to improve customer satisfaction and reduce cancellations, as well as investing £55m in station modernisation. Backed by £150m of government funding, both operators will support the roll-out of smart card ticketing across the region, including automatic compensation for delays.last_img read more

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World’s First 8Tx/8Rx Enhanced-MIMO RF Transceiver Module for 5G NR Radio Units

first_imgTo enable its customers to bring 5G MIMO products to market quickly, RF DSP will also offer the following FPGA firmware and software solutions and design services: RF DSP, a provider of 5G MIMO and software-defined radio products and design services has introduced a wide-bandwidth high-performance 8Tx/8Rx enhanced-MIMO RF Transceiver Module for advanced Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications, 5G NR small cells, and macrocells. The eMIMOx8 enables fast development and commercial deployment of 5G. RF DSP also provides an extensive Platform Development Kit including FPGA reference design with JESD204B, driver supporting four Analog Devices ADRV9009 transceivers in a module, clock sync, SPI control, and PC software for configuration/control/status monitoring, RF playback and recording, analysis in MATLAB development environment, and Linux scripts.Industry-leading features of the eMIMOx8 module include Configuration of 8T/8R TDD MIMO with 200MHz continuous bandwidth or 4T/4R FDD MIMO with 200MHz of continuous bandwidth for sub 6GHz 5G NR 4T/4R or 2T2R TDD MIMO to support 5G NR 400MHz and 800MHz wide signals, and to provide IF for a millimeter wave RF frontend 16-bit ADC and 14-bit DAC providing excellent dynamic range Supports MIMO radio unit from 4T4R small cells to 64T64R or 128T128R 5G macro cells using multiple eMIMOx8 modules Built-in antenna phase alignment calibration circuit, accepting common calibration signal and common local oscillators for superior enhanced MIMO performance Double wide FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) with standard VITA 57.1 HPC interface RF DSP will demonstrate the MIMO operations of the eMIMOx8 module and the Platform Development Kit at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Feb. 25 to 28, 2019 at booth 8.0J21 in Hall 8 for Next Tech.Click here to learn more about the eMIMOx8 module.Click here to see everything RF’s coverage of MWC 2019. Customization of the MIMO transceiver, firmware, and software to meet customers’ product requirements and to integrate with customers’ systems TDD and FDD configuration management DSP algorithms to expand continuous bandwidth to over 1GHz using multiple eMIMOx8 modules 40G and 100G Ethernet interface for control and IQ data 5G NR low PHY split Radio Unit (RU) including PRACH filter with antenna combining and detection, digital beamforming, FFT/IFFT and DSP offloading to FPGA, and eCPRI/RoE interface Phase alignment and calibration of all antenna ports across multiple eMIMOx8 modules, necessary for enhanced MIMO performance MU-MIMO channel estimation Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) beamforminglast_img read more

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The Pirates, The Kids, The Gifts …The Pirates’ CARE-a-van tour gives presents to area youth

first_imgPIRATES STAR JOSH BELL, with kids from Destiny International Ministries in Lincoln-Lemington, as the Pirates purchase gifts for kids at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Monroeville, Dec. 8. (Photos by J.L. Martello)THE PIRATE PARROT, with Kiona Snowden and Tasha Davis Ramsey.INDIA SNOWDEN of Garfield, and Robert Ruffin, of Lincoln, with Pirate player Chris Bostick, and the Pirate ParrotJAYQUEN CLARK, 10ALONNA LITTLETON gets some assistance as she tries on her new shoes, at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Monroeville Mall, Dec. 8.ADULT ORGANIZER LASHAUN DAVIS, with her new friend…The Pirate Parrot! Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img

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Vegas’ wild playoff run built from expansion draft bonanza

first_imgVegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot by the San Jose Sharks during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Vegas Golden Knights players hug after a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The Knights also landed the likes of James Neal, a proven veteran talent with nine consecutive 20-goal seasons. He scored 25 goals while providing steady veteran leadership.They plucked William Karlsson, a clearly gifted forward who had yet to reach his full potential with two NHL teams. The Swede swiftly became one of the NHL’s best players, racking up 43 goals — an NHL record for an expansion team’s first season — and 35 assists along with a plus-49 rating.And the expansion draft terms allowed McPhee to get creative in trades with teams hoping to keep players who couldn’t fit under the protection umbrella. For instance, the Knights ended up with Reilly Smith in a trade because Florida wanted them to draft Jonathan Marchessault — and the two ex-Panthers became two of the Knights’ top four scorers.The draft bounty isn’t the only reason these upstart Knights have immediately entered their Golden years.All of this talent wouldn’t have won so many games without Gallant. He built a balanced, disciplined team that has rolled four lines and played relentless two-way hockey while mining untapped talents such as Karlsson and Eric Haula, who scored 29 goals after never managing more than 15 in Minnesota.“Gerard has done a terrific job of making this a team,” McPhee said. “He has really brought a lot of players along, and they’ve played better than they’ve played anywhere else.”Foley bought this opportunity with his $500 million expansion fee, yet nobody in the sports world expected the Golden Knights to put it all together so swiftly. That includes the 73-year-old Foley, who raised eyebrows around the league when he set a public goal of bringing the Stanley Cup to Las Vegas within six years — a goal he later revised to maybe eight years.Instead, there’s an increasingly strong chance the Golden Knights will parade the Stanley Cup down the Strip one month from now. There are 12 other NHL teams that have never won a championship, along with seven franchises that haven’t raised the Cup in at least 23 years.Potential NHL expansion owners in Seattle and Houston are probably thinking $500 million was a bargain, since the expansion fee is likely to go up when the league eventually awards its 32nd franchise. It also seems improbable that the NHL would ever make it this easy to build a team again.But nothing will erase the Golden Knights’ remarkable embrace of this unusual moment in hockey history.“It was important to the league and to Las Vegas and to Bill Foley that this franchise had a chance to work,” McPhee said. “That people that were coming to the games could enjoy the product and become real fans, and we could grow some deep roots in this marketplace. So I didn’t mind the rules.”___AP freelance writer W.G. Ramirez in Las Vegas contributed to this report.___More AP hockey: www.apnews.com/tags/NHLhockeycenter_img After Bill Foley agreed to pay a whopping $500 million for the right to put a hockey team in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the NHL decided his Vegas Golden Knights deserved a chance for a swift return on that investment.If the other NHL owners had known just how huge Foley’s reward would be — and how incredibly quickly he would get it — they probably wouldn’t have been quite so nice to the new guy.It’s too late now, though. After reaping a bonanza from one of the most generous expansion drafts in sports history, the Golden Knights are two victories away from an unbelievable Stanley Cup Final berth.A brand-new team in a league that has been around for 101 years already has a Pacific Division title, two playoff series victories and a 2-1 lead on the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference finals.“I don’t think anybody saw us here,” Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “It’s been a lot of fun to be part of it. Really proud of this team and the way these guys have been working. We deserve to be here.”Fleury and the other players accomplishing this feat refer to themselves as the Golden Misfits, yet few of Vegas’ expansion draft selections were truly undesired by the clubs that lost them 11 months ago.Instead, general manager George McPhee took full advantage of his opportunities to compile an uncommonly talented roster, and coach Gerard Gallant turned that roster into a brilliant team in shockingly swift fashion. But it all started with the draft that allowed McPhee to build this monster in less than a year.“It had a big impact,” McPhee acknowledged. “The (expansion draft) rules were favorable. Gave us something to work with, and gave this team an opportunity to be a good team.”The NHL allowed its teams to protect only seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. By way of comparison, when the NHL last expanded in 2000, teams were allowed to protect a whopping nine forwards, five defensemen and a goalie, or seven forwards, three defensemen and two goalies.The league also required teams to expose players with significant NHL experience who were under contract through next season, closing loopholes and helping Vegas even more. Third-line forwards and top-four defensemen were available from almost every team.The easiest acquisition was Fleury, of course. The Knights got a three-time Stanley Cup winning goalie with 375 career victories for nothing, and he has largely stayed healthy while playing at a formidable level.last_img read more

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Cricket : Sachin Tendulkar on the verge of creating global Sport Academies.

first_imgAdvertisement 3aoe5oNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsjcrwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8cpqj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7in7Would you ever consider trying this?😱92cCan your students do this? 🌚1vukdRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar has joined forces with Middlesex Cricket to launch an academy. The leading run scorer in Test and One Day International wants to create a platform to learn and practice for the budding males and females between the ages of 9-14, where cricket shall be the primary sport.Advertisement “Along the way, there were many guys who approached me but I was not convinced with what they wanted to do,” Sachin said in an interview.The first cricket camp is scheduled to be hosted from 6-9th August at Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood while Mumbai shall be hosting one in November.Advertisement Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy’s proposal was discussed over a period of 10 months between Sachin and Middlesex. Finally, they came to an agreement when both ends were convinced.Advertisement The academy’s vision is to not focus only on Cricket but to promote other sports like Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Swimming, Billiards and many other sport across the world.The highest civilian ‘Bharat Ratna’ award winner Tendulkar seems to embark on a new journey with great ambition and planning.Also Read :Cricket: Root goes back to basics to face Kuldeep YadavCricket: Twitter reacts to Fakhar Zaman’s double century Advertisementlast_img read more

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Besiktas want to sign Espanyol striker Wu Lei

first_img Upd. at 13:08 13/07/2020 CEST On Jan. 28, 2019, the official broadcaster of Spanish football in China, PPTV, announced that 25 million people watched the Espanyol game against Real Valladolid when Wu Lei scored his first goal for the club.  These are all reasons, in addition to the striker’s quality, Besiktas have to sign him. Will they managed to convince him to leave Espanyol, though? Thanks to Wu Lei, Espanyol have almost 10 million followers in China and sold around 250,000 shirts in the Asian country.  The Turkish side believe a deal could be possible for the Chinese international, who they have targetted before, now that Espanyol have lost their top-flight status.  El Besiktas quiere a Wu Lei Besiktas president Ahmet Nur Çebi feels Wu Lei would be a good signing on the pitch and also hopes ghe would bring in a new group of sponsors from China.  After signing Wu Lei, Espanyol, who have Chinese owners, brokered sponsorship deals with Irongest, Suanfarma Pharmaceutical Group, iFlyTek and China Mobile in China. IN SPORT.ES According to ‘Fotospor,’ Besiktas want to sign Espanyol striker Wu Lei after the Barcelona-based side were relegated from La Liga last week.  SPORT.eslast_img read more

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