I am not gay, clarifies James Faulkner after ‘boyfriend’ post causes confusion

first_imgAustralian cricketer James Faulkner caused confusion about his sexuality on social media on Tuesday after posting a picture of himself having dinner with “the boyfriend” before later clarifying he was “not gay”.All-rounder Faulkner, who turned 29 on Monday, shared a picture of himself at a restaurant with his mother and a male friend with his 339,000 followers on Instagram and wrote: “Birthday dinner with the boyfriend”.He added the hashtag “#togetherfor5years”.The post drew over 20,000 “likes” and supportive comments from fellow international cricketers.Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell wrote: “Happy birthday mate! Great courage.”Former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait echoed the sentiment, posting: “Great courage mate, bet you feel better happy birthday.”Global media, including Britain’s Daily Mail and The Guardian, reported that Faulkner had become the first Australian cricketer to “come out”.Cricket Australia (CA) poured cold water on the reports, however, with a spokesperson saying Faulkner had made a “joke” that was “taken out of context”.Both CA and Faulkner later issued statements clarifying that the “boyfriend” was actually a long-time house mate and good friend of the cricketer.”There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community,” Faulkner wrote in a follow-up post on Instagram.advertisement”Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.”CA apologised on Faulkner’s behalf for any “unintended offence” while taking a shot at the media that reported he had come out.”His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and house mate of five years,” CA spokeswoman Karina Keisler said.”He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship.”James and CA are supportive of the LGBQTI community and recognises coming out can be an incredibly emotional time.”The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive.”Faulkner was named man of the match at the World Cup final in Melbourne four years ago but has not played an international since a one-day game away to India in Oct. 2017.last_img read more

‘Pulisic has all the quality to be a success at Chelsea’

first_imgPeter Bosz’s time as Borussia Dortmund manager lasted just half a season back in 2017, but that was long enough to leave the Dutch manager with a good impression of U.S. national team star and new Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic.Bosz coached Pulisic during his time with the current Bundesliga champions having joined the club after earning plaudits for guiding a young Ajax side to the Europa League final.The 55-year-old’s time at Westfalenstadion coincided with a difficult period of time for Pulisic, who endured the U.S. national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in October of 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite that, Pulisic was a regular starter for Dortmund under Bosz, though a disappointing Champions League group stage elimination and an eight-match winless run eventually led to Bosz’s firing and the hiring of Peter Stoger.Since then Pulisic has dropped down the pecking order at Dortmund, and has since been snapped up by Chelsea in a deal worth $73 million (£58m), though he will spend the remainder of the season back on loan with Lucien Favre’s team.And Bosz, who is preparing to make his return to Bundesliga as manager of Bayer Leverkusen sang the praises of the 20-year-old, believing he has all the attributes to be a success in the English game.”I think I understand the move to Chelsea” Bosz told Goal in an exclusive interview. “[The] Premier League is different. You’ve got to be physically strong, and he is, so we’ll see.”Chelsea’s not easy because a lot of good players are there, but I think [Pulisic] has the quality to be successful at Chelsea.Christian Pulisic USMNT 11152018“He’s a good kid. He still is really young. When I worked with him in Dortmund he was really young, but really talented also.”He’s fast. He’s got a good shot. His mentality is outstanding. He’s always fighting, he’s always working and he’s a good player.”Bosz is back in the Bundesliga after having been hired by Leverkusen in December to replace Heiko Herrlich, with his new side currently sitting ninth in the table as they prepare to face high-flying Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in their first match following the winter break.He will come face to face with former side Dortmund on February 24, who in turn restart their campaign against RB Leipzig on Saturday as they aim to hold off the challenge of Gladbach and Bayern Munich in the title race.last_img read more

Man Utd complete £9m move for Monaco wonderkid Mejbri

first_imgManchester United have confirmed the arrival of Monaco hotshot Hannibal Mejbri, one of several teenage talents who will continue their development in the club’s academy. Mejbri, 16, has a burgeoning reputation thanks to his displays for Monaco in the UEFA Youth League. He has represented France at Under-16 level and could also line up in the future for Tunisia, for whom he is eligible through his father.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But after a falling out with those in charge at the principality club he will pursue his career with United, who will reportedly pay £9 million ($10.8m) for the teenager’s services. “United have reached an agreement with Monaco for Hannibal Mejbri to join the club subject to FIFA approval,” the Red Devils signalled in a statement published on the club’s official website.”The 16-year-old midfielder has experience of the UEFA Youth League with the Ligue 1 side and represents France at youth level.”The player’s father had previously signalled to a French media that the relationship with Monaco had broken down, and that he had been looking for a way out since the start of the year. “Something bad happened,” Lofti Mejbri explained to Le Parisien in January. “For our family, it was very hard to live. It’s a real shock, a trauma. Mistakes were made.”From there, I consider that the relationship of trust between the club and our family is destroyed. Something broke. It’s hard to keep working with people when there’s such a lack of trust.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester UnitedAs well as Mejbri, United took the opportunity to unveil a host of fellow prospects who will line up in the club’s youth ranks this season. “Two members of Neil Wood’s squad, Paul Woolston and Luca Ercolani, have signed fresh contracts to continue their development with the Under-23s,” United confirmed.”Woolston, a goalkeeper formerly with Newcastle United, appeared in the final two Premier League 2 matches of last season, while centre-back Ercolani has been at the club since 2016.”At Under-18 level, international clearance has now been received for three new additions.”Johan Guadagno is a 16-year-old keeper from IF Brommapojkarna in Sweden, while forwards Dillon Hoogewerf and Mateo Mejia have also joined.”Netherlands Under-16 international striker Hoogewerf arrives from Ajax and Mejia was previously with Real Zaragoza in Spain.”Meanwhile, Bjorn Hardley is another player awaiting international clearance before his move to United can be completed. The 16-year-old Dutch defender was previously with NAC Breda.”last_img read more

Lampard calls on Twitter to better police racist abuse

first_imgFrank Lampard has backed Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination football charity, in calls for Twitter to do more to protect footballers after Tammy Abraham was racially abused on their platform this week.The abuse came after Abraham missed the decisive penalty in a 5-4 shootout loss in the Super Cup final against Liverpool on Wednesday. The defeat came after the two sides played out a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes in Istanbul.The Blues manager has since seen abuse towards the 21-year-old striker emerge and is concerned about the hate modern players get online. Lampard is keen to see social media platforms like Twitter better protect young players. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Firstly, the person that’s writing it should have a look at themselves, and secondly, I think it should be policed,” Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre. “We’re asking Tammy Abraham to see that after he’s trying to help us win the Super Cup, doing his day job.”He’s been doing [his job] since he was eight or nine. And he gets that [racist abuse]. It’s incredible. In my day, five out of 10 in The Sun was a bad reflection of performance. Now it’s instant. And it’s not a joke. It’s not funny when it becomes hate. That’s where we go far beyond.”I’m not just talking about Tammy’s situation. It’s far too easy to spout hate casually on these social media platforms. I agree it’s difficult for the players. This is modern life. They are on social media. All of them. I am concerned about it.”To say they need to be thick-skinned is too easy to say. When it becomes you and it becomes hurtful, it’s a problem we have to deal with. It’s difficult to say don’t look at it. They’re all on social media as soon as they go on the coach.”It’s difficult from my end [to stop them going on it]. The social media companies, are they ever going to stop someone casually putting up what someone did against Tammy? That’s their responsibility. We are more aware of [it] because it is more out there, but I don’t know if its getting better or worse.”It’s a really difficult one because we are trying to change attitudes and there’s a lot of paces forward but suddenly there’s paces backwards. It’s about the education of people – but when they hide behind phones, then it is very tough.”Twitter believe they have made significant progress to stopping racism on their platform after issuing a “health update” earlier this year. The social media platform is a hugely successful space for football debate and grossed $3 billion in 2018.They offered a statement on how they deal with racism, including the several incidents that relate to Abraham.”We continue to take action on any account that violates the Twitter Rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said.”We welcome people to freely express themselves on our service, however, as outlined in our Hateful Conduct Policy, users cannot promote violence against, threaten or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity or other protected groups.”We remain deeply committed to improving the health of the conversation on the service and in that respect, we continue to prioritise the safety of our users.”However, Kick It Out have been unconvinced by the efforts made on various social media platforms.”Last night we received reports of racist abuse at Tammy Abraham on social media after Chelsea’s Uefa Super Cup match,” a Kick It Out statement read.”Such abuse is now increasingly predictable, but no less disgusting.”We send our support to Tammy and reiterate our call for Twitter and other social media companies to clamp down on this level of abuse. This is a call to action – we want to know what they are going to do to tackle this insidious problem.”The issues around racism have slightly overshadowed that Sunday will be Lampard’s homecoming game at Stamford Bridge, as he prepares to return as manager.This comes after a hugely successful career as a player where he racked up almost every major trophy and scored 211 goals, becoming Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer from central midfield.Lampard has dismissed claims that he is under pressure to deliver after losing his first two games, but he is desperate to win in his first home match in charge.”What people hopefully saw in the performances, particularly on Wednesday, was a team giving everything and playing good football.”There were signs of what I want, which is energy in the team. Of course, winning is the most important thing but I think if we perform as we did on Wednesday and in parts of the Manchester United game, then we are going towards where we want to go.”But what I will say is I’ve not had any pressure of someone saying, ‘Why did you not win those games?’. We know that. We know we’re Chelsea and want to win every game we play.”But I think the good signs on Sunday and Wednesday were overpowering. But now we must win.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Oppo Reno launch in India tipped for May 28, brings Snapdragon 855 SoC and 10x lossless zoom

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 13:57 IST HIGHLIGHTSAccording to a new report, the Oppo Reno series could launch in India on May 28.The Oppo Reno flagship phone packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 10x lossless zoom camera.The regular Oppo Reno offers a Snapdragon 710 chipset and dual camera system.Exactly a month ago, Oppo launched the Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition phones in China. These phones were rumoured to launch in India soon, but until now there has been no fixed date. As per a new report, it is possible that Oppo will launch the Reno series in India on May 28. To recall, the Oppo Reno flagship highlights a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 10x lossless zoom camera, VOOC 3.0 fast charging and a pop-up selfie camera, among other things.91Mobiles reports on the Oppo Reno launch on May 28 after receiving a teaser poster from a retail chain store. We cannot verify the authenticity of the poster, so it’s best to take the report with a pinch of salt. The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition launching this month would make sense if Oppo wants to take on the OnePlus 7 series that’s launching on May 14. Vivo is also planning to launch the iQOO smartphones in India by June, so the Indian market will soon be crowded with premium mid-range smartphones.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition phone is the company’s flagship device touting a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone offers a notchless 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. It also offers a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.The flagship Reno phone houses a 4,065mAh battery and supports VOOC 3,0 fast charging. It ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6, Dolby Atmos sound and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition gets a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 13MP telephoto sensor. The pop-up selfie camera offers a 16MP sensor.advertisementThe regular Oppo Reno is a Snapdragon 710-powered device, which gets a similar shark fin pop-up selfie camera. It is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It sports a slightly smaller 6.4-inch display compared to the flagship phone. It’s an OLED display with FHD+ resolution and protected by Gorilla Glass 6 on top. Instead of a triple camera setup, the Oppo Reno gets a dual camera system with a 48MP + 5MP configuration, losing out on the telephoto zoom lens. The Oppo Reno houses a 3,765mAh battery and also supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Oppo Reno Oppo Reno launch in India tipped for May 28, brings Snapdragon 855 SoC and 10x lossless zoomAs per a new report, the Oppo Reno series could launch in India on May 28. The Oppo Reno flagship offers a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 10x lossless zoom camera, pop-up selfie camera and a large AMOLED display with in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementlast_img read more

Power Low? Charge Your Phones With Tylt

first_img Buzzed and Beautiful: The Best Short Hairstyles for Men How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster When Rami Rostami founded Tylt in 2011, he knew that there was a need for consumers to have a way to charge their devices with gadgets that also look cool. How many times have you been out and about and your cell phone battery was at 10 percent and there was no outlet in sight? Or have you ever had to finish a report and your laptop was about to die? It’s occasions like that where Tylt’s stylish chargers come to the rescue.Take for instance, the Tylt band, which allows you to charge your phone in your car. “We designed the Band for simplicity, with cool colors and rapid charging,” says Rostami, CEO/President of TYLT. “Car chargers haven’t changed in years, it’s about time consumers had a cool choice.”Another handy charging apparatus is the Powerplant, which allows you to charge your phone twice without an outlet. It also has a USB socket, so that you can charge your iPod, iPhone or iPad. On top of that there’s an LED battery indicator that tells you just how much power you have left. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been traveling and the handy Powerplant made it possible for us to keep on taking photos and capturing memories without having to look for a wall outlet.Our most favorite Tylt product is the SQRD case. We’ve gotten so many compliments on this phone case. Its smooth lines and durable design make your phone look that much better. Unlike a lot of phone cases, its design is super slim. Also, the SQRD case is shock proof. The case has saved our phone many times from our clumsy hands.Tylt’s bold colors and sleek and simple design will allow your gadgets to stand out in the crowd while giving your gadgets an edge in power. Plus, they work for whatever Smartphone you have, whether it’s the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5!For more information, visit tylt.com. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Australian Unions Take to the Streets of Sydney

first_imgzoom Unions from across New South Wales (NSW) will join the Maritime Union of Australia’s (MUA) march in Sydney today, calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to back Australian workers in the dispute between container terminal operator Dubai Ports World and its workforce, MUA said in a release.MUA is concerned that DP World may strip new workers of their penalty rates and has voiced concern over job security while unemployment has rocketed to a 12-year high.The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and MUA have urged terminal operator DP World to get back to the negotiating table for a new enterprise bargaining agreement last week.The call came in the aftermath of MUA’s protected industrial action at DP World terminals on Thursday and Friday, amid failure to reach a satisfactory bargaining agreement.DP World responded to the wharfies’ protected action by locking the workers out.“The members are engaging in further industrial action on Monday and the company has again chosen to lock us out from 10am through to 6am Tuesday. This is an important rally that will be crucial in sending a message to DP World that our hard won conditions are not negotiable,” MUA said.According to MUA, the following issues have been found at DP World’s terminals:Melbourne: There are already two different rates of pay for workers doing the same job as straddle drivers and the company now wants to do away with penalty rates for new workers.Fremantle: There are forced redundancies for 12 full time workers set to take effect on 31st December. This will reduce the number of full time rostered permanents to 40 out of 200 (20 per cent of the workforce).Port Botany: Automation of the terminal will mean more than 250 redundancies and there needs to be fairness in the plan for redundancies.Brisbane: Automation has already occurred. Not only does the new technology not work but managers are taking jobs which should be performed by MUA members.“Since coming to office the Abbott Government has signalled its intention to strip penalty rate entitlements from Australian workers. It is likely Dubai Ports World expects support from Employment Minister Eric Abetz and the federal government,” MUA said.MUA Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said that with workers at Dubai Ports World currently locked out of their workplace at Port Botany, this was the perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to flip the script.“The Australian people do not want their working entitlements stripped from them. They do not want foreign-owned employers like Dubai Ports World trying to get rid of penalty rates or see jobs handed over to robots without a proper plan for redundancy,” Mr Smith said. “This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates.”last_img read more

ABB Signs Marine Automation Deal in China

first_imgzoomImage provided by ABB; Image courtesy: Viking Line Technology company ABB has won its first marine automation system contract for a cruise ferry in China.The deal was signed after the technology package for Chinese-built Viking Line vessel has been extended to include the ABB Ability™ System 800xA, which integrates power, propulsion and vessel management systems into one platform.Adding marine automation to the technology package would improve project management, as well as result in greater vessel efficiency and digitalization, according to ABB.“Extending our arrangement with ABB to include the full automation package made perfect sense, given that ABB has the dedicated local automation team and access to global engineering resources that will ensure both responsiveness and delivery of a vessel benefiting from the highest levels of systems integration,” Jan Hanses, President and CEO, Viking Line.The 63,000 gross ton LNG-fueled cruise ferry, which is being built at Xiamen Shipbuilding, will have space for 2,800-passengers when it joins services connecting the Finnish port of Turku, the Åland Islands and Stockholm, Sweden, in 2020.As well as the ABB electrical power generation, distribution systems and bow thruster motors, the vessel will be the first cruise ferry in the world to feature twin XO 2100-type Azipod® units.“As ABB’s first marine automation contract for a cruise ferry in China, this is a breakthrough in a crucial territory where our marine business continues to increase, but it also confirms that our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected’ strategy is gaining traction in a growing number of sectors and markets,” Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, said.last_img read more

Justice Minister Announces Opening of Mental Health Court

first_imgThe province’s first court to help people with mental health illnesses will open in Dartmouth on Nov. 2. The court was set up to help people who are in greater need of counselling and treatment instead of being held in custody or put in situations that may lead to confrontations. “The government is seeking new ways to help those offenders who have mental health issues,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry, today, Aug. 27. “This court will look at the person and their illness, not just their crime when it comes to administering justice.” Two years of planning of the made-in-Nova Scotia court included input from representatives from police agencies, RCMP, Public Prosecution Service, legal aid, judiciary and several government departments. The specialized court will sit one day a week at the provincial court building. Judge Bill MacDonald will hear the cases which have been recommended by the mental health court team as being eligible for the program. A team of mental health clinicians and lawyers will be at the courthouse to assess potential clients and assist with their needs through counselling and other support. The mental health court program is based on the best practices of other jurisdictions, and is tailored to meet the needs of Nova Scotians.last_img read more