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Arsenal F.C. Will Not Copy Chelsea F.C. Style, Says Olivier Giroud

File photo of Arsenal players.London: English football club Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud on Tuesday insisted that his team will not change their style despite being 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea who are closing in on the Premier League title.Despite almost certainly missing out on the title, Arsenal could still end the season with the silverware having made it to the Football Association (FA) Cup final for a second year in a row, where they will face Aston Villa.Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday led to accusations that the league leaders were 'boring'. Giroud agrees they play a different style than Chelsea and won't copy their style to become champions."Boring? I don't know but there is the table, which speaks for them. It is true maybe they are not (playing) the same game as us but we are not going to change our game and I think they are not going to change their game," Giroud was quoted as saying by goal.com on Tuesday.Giroud has scored 18 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season but has come in for criticism, with club icon Thierry Henry insisting Arsene Wenger needs to sign a "top quality striker".However, the France international says he is proud of his record since joining Wenger's side."To get second in the league and win the FA Cup would be a great season. I know we can still improve ourselves and that is what we have been doing since I signed for Arsenal," the 28-year-old said."I am proud of what I've done and I'm pleased with that. I jus...  

Several high notes in recent MDHS badminton action 0

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Blue Devils badminton teams at Mitchell District High School (MDHS).  Three weeks ago Mitchell hosted both a Junior and Senior tournament and then a week later, both teams were involved in Huron-Perth championship play. The Senior tournament had 12 teams from eight schools from across the Huron and Perth area and in Junior, there were 16 teams from nine different schools. Both competitions featured pool play followed by semi-final and championship rounds.  Although the Blue Devils did not have anyone move on from their pools, all gained valued experience and many played their best badminton of the season. The six-week badminton season came to a conclusion when the Blue Devils competed in the Huron-Perth Championships.  The competitions were held at the Stratford Badminton Club April 16 and 17. Mitchell had 10 players entered in the Senior competition.  Melissa Pol and Kylie Ward played singles, while Lindsay Babb and Brooklyn Flowers as well as Hailie Groot and Miriam Kobus paired up to play Ladies doubles.  Alyssa Bublitz was partnered with Quentin Van Pelt as the Blue Devils Mixed Doubles entry and Nathan Dixon and Wyatt Nicholson competed in Men’s Doubles. During the double-knockout tournament, all played some of their best badminton of the season.  Virtually every point involved a hard fought rally of smashes, drives and drop-shots.  Sometimes Mitchell prevailed and sometimes not.&...  

This isn't the time for baseball in Baltimore

The old adage is that sports bring people together. Sports heal. When our country is faced with crises, we often turn to the symbolic healing power of sport to carry us through. To bring us together and help us forget. This is not the time for that in Baltimore. Riots have broken out in Baltimore over the last few days, stemming from anger over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody after his arrest on April 12 and died seven days later. Six city police officers have been suspended pending an investigation into Gray’s death. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Rioters are upset over the death of Freddie Gray, another African American man who died in the hands of police. How could they not be? But these riots are also about decades of neglect, abuse, violence and systemic poverty that has marked Baltimore since its mass middle-class exodus in the 1950s and 1960s. It was Orioles COO John Angelos, the son of owner Peter Angelos, who explained this to Orioles fans in a long (and brilliant) Twitter message. “My greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts,” Angelos wrote, “but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs a...  

The politics of gay marriage: Ohio Politics Roundup

Same-sex couples get day in court Supreme Court hears arguments about bans today Dr. Wiley Drake, Sr., chairman and founder of the Congressional Prayer Conference of Washington, D.C., blows a shofar Monday to start a Restrain the Judges news conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The opponents of same-sex marriage are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of what constitutes marriage. (Cliff Owen, The Associated Press) Republican candidates toe the line against same-sex marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments. Read on in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. See how they run ... away from gay marriage: The U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today on gay marriage bans in four states, including Ohio, With 15 months to go until the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Northeast Ohio Media Group looked at what the prospective GOP candidates have to say on the matter. Most, if not all, are opposed to gay marriage. But the ways in which the Republicans' comments are the same and the ways in which they are different are instructive. For example – Jeb Bush's "I believe in traditional marriage" vs. Ben Carson's slightly more descriptive "I believe in traditional marriage, between a man and a woman." Or – Chris Christie's "We've resolved that issue in New Jersey through the courts" vs. John Kasich's "The people of the state, including me, voted years ago on a constitutional ame...  

'Katy Jones will never be forgotten'

Margaret Aspinall today paid a heartfelt tribute to Katy Jones - an investigative journalist who helped compile the Hillsborough Independent Panel report and died suddenly last Friday aged just 51. A TV producer with more than 25 years' experience, Katy was a factual producer on Jimmy McGovern's hard-hitting 1996 'Hillsborough' drama-documentary, for which she won a BAFTA. The mother-of-two also produced numerous other award-winning factual dramas. In 2010, she was appointed to the Hillsborough Independent Panel - a body set up by the government to oversee the release of documents relating to the 1989 tragedy in which 96 children, men and women lost their lives. Katy's tireless work as one of nine members of the panel led to the quashing of the original accidental death verdicts, and to the opening of new inquests into Hillsborough, which are currently being heard in Warrington. Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, admitted she was deeply saddened upon being informed of Katy's sudden passing, and saluted the wonderful legacy she leaves behind. "I was devastated when I heard the news," Aspinall said. "With what she achieved with the Hillsborough Independent Panel and also Jimmy McGovern, Katy became very close to quite a lot of us and meant so much to us. "She did a great deal of research and spent a lot of time in Sheffield looking at the documentation. So much truth came out because of her and that helped not only the families, but the fans as well. "We ...  

AC Milan v Genoa: Preview

Genoa will have to make a late-season push to qualify for the Europa League without Argentinian forward Diego Perotti, starting with Wednesday's game at AC Milan.Perotti has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after sustaining a serious thigh injury in Sunday's 3-1 triumph over Cesena.The South American, who has struck four goals and set up five more in 27 league appearances, will be out of action until June.Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini will be hoping Perotti's absence will not hinder his team too much as the Grifoni look to maintain the pressure on city rivals Sampdoria.Samp are fifth in the standings, three points and two places clear of Genoa, and hold the last Europa League qualifying spot.``There are still six games remaining and we need to try to do the best we can in every match,'' Gasperini said to Gazzetta dello Sport. ``We played a good game against Cesena and we must give continuity to this performance.''Genoa have won three of their last four league games but have not come out triumphant on the road since February 9.Gasperini has warned his players to expect a battle at the San Siro despite Milan's difficult season.Milan are in the midst of a three-match winless run and lost 2-1 at Udinese on Sunday to drop to 10th position.``Milan remain a strong team,'' Gasperini said. ``They have just endured a disappointing season.''Sunday's defeat all but ended Milan's hopes of playing in Europe next season.Milan are seven points adrift of Samp and the R...  

Mobile phone number sold after record massive $2.2 million bidding in Dubai

2015/04/28 4:03 PM Advertisements  A UAE-based mobile phone number was sold against $2.2 million at an auction in Dubai. Bidding for the phone number 052-2222222, which was put forward for sale by Telco Du at a special auction, lasted more than an hour before concluding at the final sale price of $2.2 million. The ultimate buyer was recognized as Muhammad Hilal, who said he wished to use the number himself, as stated in the report in The National newspaper. ‘Yes, I’m going to use the number with pride,’ the buyer expressed. However, it was not known whether Muhammad Hilal is the same CEO of the Dubai-based perfumer Muhammad Hilal Group. Meanwhile, the $2.2 million phone number was one of 70 special phone numbers put forward for auction by du. Apart from the grand sale, the other numbers sold for between $4,900 and $190,500. Most of these numbers contained prized combinations like 2222, or 55555; however, all these numbers offer two-year package of numerous free hour of calls and data. The special number is also accompanied with a smart phone as well. Fahad Al Hassani, the du’s chief commercial officer, said there was a great demand in the UAE for the prized numbers. “There is a lot of good numbers for cars, and good numbers for mobile phones,” he said. “We have had many situations where we can’t give people the numbers they w...  

Dawn Spacecraft Enters Science Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn probe captured this image of the dwarf planet Ceres’ northern terrain on April 14 and 15, 2015, from a distance of about 14,000 miles (22,500 kilometers). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA NASA's Dawn probe has reached its first science orbit at Ceres, marking the start of the spacecraft's serious scrutiny of the mysterious dwarf planet. Dawn arrived at the science orbit on Thursday (April 23), spiraling down to an altitude of 8,400 miles (13,500 kilometers) above Ceres, NASA officials said. The probe achieved this milestone on schedule, but not without a bit of drama. "Following a delay in communicating a command sequence, the spacecraft briefly entered into safe mode and awaited further instructions, which were sent by mission controllers," NASA officials wrote in a mission update on Friday (April 24). "As of early Friday, April 24, the spacecraft returned to normal operating mode and the mission team continues to prepare for science data collection." [Meet the Solar System's Dwarf Planets] The Dawn spacecraft’s four mapping orbits, shown to scale in altitude with the size of Ceres, which is about 590 miles (950 kilometers) in diameter. Dawn’s mission at Ceres is scheduled to end on June 30, 2016.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The $466 million Dawn mission launched in September 2007, tasked with orbiting and study the two largest objects in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — Ceres and the Vesta, which are 590 mil...  

World Bank Says India's Economy to Grow at 7.5%

NEW DELHI—The World Bank on Tuesday forecast that the Indian economy would grow at 7.5% this fiscal year and that growth is poised to accelerate as policy changes gather momentum. “While data constraints make it difficult to estimate potential gross domestic product with precision, we estimate potential growth to nearly converge to 8% by 2017-18 from around 7% in 2013-14 assuming both a meaningful and sustainable pick up in... ...  

'Vagina Monologues' Production Reminds Female Inmates They Aren't Forgotten

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- Elisia Dones, 59, gazed out the window of the bus as it passed Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York’s only maximum-security prison for women, and made a left turn. The scene in front of her was familiar. Dones spent 1982 to 2003 at Bedford after being convicted of murder in the second degree. Some years, she sang in the inmate talent show, belting out Michael Bolton's "When I'm Back On My Feet Again." Now, she was returning to prison voluntarily -- this time to perform in "The Vagina Monologues."Dones was one of three formerly incarcerated women cast alongside actresses and activists to perform this past Wednesday at Taconic Correctional Facility, the medium-security women's prison across the street from Bedford. The benefit production was a local effort within V-Day’s One Billion Rising Campaign to end violence against women. Eve Ensler, the playwright and Tony Award winner who wrote "The Vagina Monologues," accompanied the cast as a guest. Dones, who now lives in the Bronx, said she believed the themes of the iconic feminist play would resonate with the women. "If you watch them, there will be tears that sneak out of a lot of their eyes," she said.Elisia Dones (left) was incarcerated for 23 years at Bedford Hills. At right, the cast has a group hug before performing "The Vagina Monologues."Ensler's play, for those not in the know, is a series of monologues about the vagina, based on interviews the playwright did with more th...  


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