CVPS provides $50,000 grant for solar project

first_imgCVPS provides $50,000 grant for solar projectSPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Making its second foray into solar energy in a month, Central Vermont Public Service today announced a $50,000 solar donation and a partnership to learn as much as possible about large-scale solar potential in Vermont.CVPS President Bob Young symbolically handed a large photovoltaic panel to Christian Craig, executive director of the non-profit Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, in announcing the grant. The grant will help pay for a 73.5-kilowatt system containing 420 solar panels.”CVPS is committed to learning all we can about solar potential on a utility scale,” Young said. “Working with the Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, we expect to get some real-world experience with solar generation in an urban Vermont climate.”This will complement our own solar project planned for rural Rutland Town. Together, these systems will provide us with extensive data on costs, generation and maintenance of large-scale solar in Vermont’s at-times-challenging conditions.”The CVPS grant will help pay for up to 420 photovoltaic solar panels, each 3 by 6 feet, at SVHRC. The recreation center already has an extensive solar thermal heating system that heats some of its pool water, and will build the solar electric system on an adjacent building.The total cost of the project is $587,000. The CVPS donation brings fundraising to $300,000. SVHRC hopes to begin construction this fall, with plans for completion in June 2009.As part of a partnership to fully understand the project’s performance, SVHRC agreed to allow CVPS complete access to the solar array, generation data and maintenance records.”We’re a major energy user,” Craig said. “We believe this array will produce about 20 percent of our electricity annually, but equally important, it will provide CVPS with a real-world laboratory to study solar performance.”CVPS has already made major strides in developing new renewable technologies, and our project will provide keen insights into solar potential in Vermont.”Young said solar PV is significantly more expensive that other electricity sources, but advances in concentrating solar and other ideas may help solar play an increasingly important role in Vermont in the years ahead. Larger systems provide some economy of scale, and solar component prices appear to be headed down generally, but one key will be understanding, based on real data, how effective solar arrays can be for utilities, Young said.”CVPS has among the lowest rates in the Northeast and one of the cleanest power supplies in the nation,” Young said. “Those are tremendous advantages for our commercial and industrial customers, and important to all of us. Our goal, as we face the end of major power contracts in the years ahead, is to protect those competitive advantages to the greatest extent possible. Solar may play an important role in that effort.”last_img read more

Horse riding proven to boost cognitive ability in children

first_imgHorseback riding is one of few great American past-times still popular today and can be a great way to discover trails and other natural areas throughout the mountains. Taking a family trip to a stable and seeing children experience the thrill of riding a horse for the first time is a priceless moment. It’s gives them a way to connect with animals while learning a new skill, and it can be a great workout- only it’s not just a physical work out.In a study published in February 2017, researchers were able to prove that riding horses improves the cognitive ability of children, making it a workout for the brain as well. To sum up their results, it was found that the vibrations produced by the horses while riding can activate the sympathetic nervous system, which enhances learning in children. This brain boost in cognitive ability relates to the brain-based skills of improved learning, memory, and problem-solving.As previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of horseback riding with respect to enhancing physical health and the mental effects, a member of the research team, professor Mitsuaki Ohta said, “Few studies have addressed the effects of horseback riding on children and the mechanisms underlying how riding affects humans.”The team’s conclusion was the result of conducting tests with the willing participation of 106 children from the ages of 10-12 in Sagamihara City, Japan. The testing included a simple test before and after riding, heart rate monitoring, and rapid fire computerized questions. While the majority of reactions led to the conclusion, results in other children can vary based on the horses or breeds as vibrations vary from horse to horse.For more detailed information, you can take a look at the published study.last_img read more

2015 Honda CR-V: More Power, Performance & Fuel Economy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantThe hottest crossover/SUV on the market has gotten even hotter.Honda has made several improvements to its CR-V—2014’s highest-selling crossover/SUV—elevating the United States’ most popular hybrid and creating a whole new automotive driving wonder in the process.Updated with a direct-injected 2.4-liter engine with CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission), innovative new safety features, improved occupant protection, new projector-beam headlights, daytime LED running lamps, brighter trim and upgraded electronics, among other additions, the jazzed-up 2015 Honda CR-V has been wowing both drivers and critics alike.“It remains the finest jacked-up Civic hatchback you can buy,” gushes Car and Driver. “It’s just that modern car-based crossover SUVs like the Honda CR-V, with its elevated driving position; 70-plus cubic feet of cargo space (with the rear seats down); friendly fuel economy, ride, and handling; and available four-wheel drive, offer pretty much everything today’s buyer needs in such a vehicle.” Head down to NY Auto Giant and get behind the wheel of your own 2015 Honda CR-V!Expert reviewers at Kelley Blue Book are equally impressed.“Against the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and others, the CR-V is the best-selling SUV of the decade and, for 2015, it has even more to like,” one writes. “There’s attractive new styling, appealing features and noteworthy technology, and the 2.4-liter direct-injection engine with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) delivers more power, performance and fuel economy.“The new CR-V is available in multiple trim levels and with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD),” the review continues. “Safety features are class-leading, there’s a new Touring upper trim level and, if that isn’t enough, the new CR-V represents an exceptional value for the money. No wonder owners love it.”Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto GiantThe 2015 CR-V has more power under the hood and boasts smoother, quieter, more responsive performance. Some say she sings like a bird! It also has better fuel economy than its predecessor, advanced safety features, and an overall enhanced appearance!Don’t take our word for it, though—head in to NY Auto Giant’s Atlantic Honda, Millennium Honda or Advantage Honda, fall in love, and drive home one of your own today!last_img read more

CDC keeps N-95 recommendation in H1N1 health worker guidance

first_imgOct 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued eagerly awaited recommendations on pandemic H1N1 infection control in healthcare settings, which affirms its earlier guidance on N-95 respirators but spells out other options for when the respirators are in short supply.New features in the 17-page report include criteria for identifying suspected influenza patients, suggested isolation periods, methods for balancing isolation precautions, and a more detailed hierarchy for prevention controls.On Sep 3 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) affirmed the CDC’s original guidance that healthcare workers caring for H1N1 patients wear fit-tested N-95 respirators, not surgical masks, as protection against the virus. The IOM report also called for more research on flu transmission and the efficacy of different respiratory protection methods.Today’s CDC guidance came with a caveat that the recommendations will be updated if new information becomes available.N-95 use in pandemic H1N1 settings has been somewhat controversial; some professional groups oppose routine use of N-95s in flu settings because research on their efficacy has been inconclusive, and many workers find them uncomfortable to wear for long periods.Recent research has not exactly settled the score. One unpublished study conducted at a hospital in Beijing found that N-95 respirators greatly outperformed surgical masks in protecting workers from flu viruses.Another study published earlier this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed mask protection as rivaling that of N-95s. Some experts, though, have pointed to shortcomings of that study, such as a lack of a control group to account for health workers becoming infected outside the workplaceHierarchy of preventive stepsIn today’s guidance the CDC advised facilities to use a hierarchy of controls to prevent flu transmission, starting with eliminating potential exposures such as postponing elective visits by patients who have influenza-like symptoms.Engineering controls were next, which might involve installing partitions in triage areas or other public spaces. Administrative controls included employee vaccination and enforcing rules about working when sick and implementing respiratory or cough hygiene strategies.Personal protective equipment (PPE) was ranked lowest on the hierarchy list, because it is the last line of defense when other measures can’t be controlled.The CDC emphasized that focusing on the three other prevention levels could reduce the reliance on PPE. “This is an especially important consideration during the current year, when shortages of respirators have already been reported by many healthcare facilities,” the guidance states.Specifics on N-95s, isolationThe CDC based its N-95 recommendation on several factors, including low levels of population immunity to the new virus, the rise of virus activity before the vaccine is available, and the increased risk of complications in some healthcare personnel, such as pregnant women.Given that the respirators are likely to be in short supply, the CDC recommends reserving them for situations when protection is most important, such as during aerosol-generating procedures.When shortages exist, the CDC urges facilities to consider prioritizing respirator use, keeping in mind workers’ intensity and duration of exposure, personal risk factors for complications, and vaccination status. Workers who don’t receive N-95s should receive surgical masks.Because patients with more severe illnesses are likely to shed the virus longer than those with milder infections, the CDC recommends a longer isolation period for hospitalized patients.It says isolation precautions for those with flu symptoms should continue for 7 days after illness onset or 24 hours after fever and respiratory symptoms subside, whichever is longer. Longer periods may be needed for certain patients, such as those with severe immune system compromise or those who may be shedding antiviral-resistant viruses.Some opposing viewsToday’s release of the CDC guidelines drew a mixed reaction from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).Though SHEA praised the CDC’s call for a multipronged approach for preventing flu transmission in healthcare settings, it knocked the N-95 respirator recommendation. SHEA said in a press release that it had urged the CDC, based on clinical and scientific evidence, to replace its N-95 recommendation with surgical masks for routine care of flu patients.Mark Rupp, MD, president of SHEA and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in the statement that N-95s aren’t necessary or practical for protecting healthcare workers and their patients against the H1N1 virus. “The best science available leaves no doubt that the best way to protect people is by vaccinating them,” he said.When the IOM issued its report last month, the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) also criticized the recommendation to wear N-95s, saying that the guidance fails to take into account many practical and logistical problems linked to their use, such as discomfort, costs, shortages, and the difficulty of fit testing.The World Health Organization recommends only standard and droplet precautions for healthcare workers who have routine contact with flu patients. Canada recently called for N-95 use only during aerosol-generating procedures.SHEA suspects that the CDC was pressured by labor unions to recommend N-95 respirators, despite evidence that they don’t offer any extra protection in droplet transmission diseases such as pandemic H1N1.Continuing to recommend N-95s for routine care of flu patients might have unintended consequences, Rupp said in the statement. “We could actually put healthcare workers at greater risk by further reducing an already short supply of a device that is needed for high-risk procedures such as bronchoscopy by using it for routine care.”He said the N-95 debate has distracted hospitals and clinics from attention toward investing in other measures for controlling the spread of the virus, such as rigorous application of basic infection control tactics and rapid identification and separation of patients who have the virus.”We understand the role of the CDC in providing reassurance during a period of evolving evidence, and we urge the CDC to continue to revisit its recommendations as new data becomes available,” Rupp said.See also:Oct 14 CDC interim guidance on infection control measures for pandemic H1N1 in the healthcare settingOct 14 CDC Q&A document on above guidanceSep 3 CIDRAP News story “IOM affirms CDC guidance on N95 use in H1N1 setting”Sep 17 CIDRAP News story “Study on respirators versus masks hailed as landmark”Oct 2 CIDRAP News story “Study suggests masks rival respirators for flu protection”last_img read more

Si Juki lands in Spain, explores La Liga in new comic to promote social distancing

first_imgLa Liga is now also considering translating the comic book into English to net a wider readership.“We are thinking to have half the comic version in English and [also] probably in Spanish,” Gallego said. “It is always important to keep innovating. It’s interesting to create this project as it gives us a different perspective. We will keep trying to innovate through new outlets.”Starting as a comic strip on Facebook some nine years ago, Si Juki has appeared in comic books, merchandise, toys, a YouTube animation series, a mobile game app and an animated film.Read also: ‘Si Juki The Movie’: Big budget animation at workThe comic’s author Faza Ibnu, famously known as Faza Meonk, said he did not find any difficulties in creating the new comic book. In 2018, Faza flew to Spain for two weeks to carry out research for Si Juki’s adventure in the land of the matadors.“I put a new character called Hugo in the comic who helped Juki while he was in Spain,” he said. “In the comic, I also included statues resembling those found in Spain.”During his research trip, Faza said he was quite impressed with soccer culture in Spain, as good soccer facilities could easily be found across the country.He also recalled his experience of seeing the Spaniards’ love of soccer, including when soccer matches were about to start, many families flocked to the stadiums.The collaboration between La Liga and Si Juki is also a part of La Liga’s efforts to encourage soccer fans to stay at home and practice social distancing during the pandemic to slow the spread of the virus.As of Monday, the number of COVID-19 infections in Spain had reached 169,496, with 17,489 deaths according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Indonesia, meanwhile, had recorded 4,557 confirmed cases with 399 deaths as of Monday.Read also: La Liga, BOLA promote values of soccer to marginalized children of IndonesiaRodrigo said his organization was adamant about its social commitment in Indonesia through ongoing and past cooperation, such as a project with nonprofit group BOLA to raise awareness about the values of soccer and promote equality for marginalized children in Indonesia.BOLA is a collaboration between Sahabat Anak, a nonprofit organization focusing on marginalized children, and the Kampus Diakoneia Modern (KDM) foundation.With the league postponed as a result of the pandemic, La Liga’s managing director for Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Australia Ivan Codina said the league was working closely with the broadcasters, knowing the distribution of the television rights was their main business.Topics : The league is now setting its eyes on its international fans, including those in Indonesia, following its success in organizing numerous virtual events in Spain during the outbreak, including the online music concert La Liga Santander Fest, which raised more than 1 million euro (US$1.09 million) for alleviating the impact of the pandemic.La Liga said the collaboration with Si Juki was a good tool to interact with fans in Indonesia, which is widely considered a mouthwatering market for world leagues, particularly since La Liga has been postponed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Read also: E-sports provide solace for Indonesian sports fans during COVID-19 quarantine“Si Juki was selected because it is famous, creates exciting content and has a similar passion as us. Through the comics, readers can understand more about La Liga, its teams, culture and gastronomy,” La Liga global network’s representative to Indonesia, Rodrigo Gallego, said recently. It started from a sudden phone-in quiz that was first received by his father Babeh Mamat, Si Juki has now managed to land his feet in Spain, visiting the headquarters of Spanish soccer clubs Real Betis and Real Sociedad and tasting local food bocadillo de calamares (squid sandwich).The adventure of beloved Indonesian comic character Si Juki in Spain is portrayed in the new comic book “Si Juki Jelajah Spanyol bersama LaLiga” (Si Juki exploring Spain with La Liga), which has been available for sale in bookstores across Indonesia since last month. Fans can also buy the digital version of the comic on Google Play.The new comic is a collaboration between Spanish soccer league La Liga and Si Juki’s creator as part of La Liga’s efforts to engage with soccer fans in Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Trump says first US states could reopen soon, halts funding to WHO

first_imgTopics : Some reopenings ‘very soon’ Facing a tough reelection in November, the Republican president is eager to get the world’s biggest economy back on its feet as quickly as possible.But a threat on Monday to invoke his “total” power to force state governors to follow his directives on reopening prompted an outcry.”We don’t have King Trump, we have President Trump,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on CNN.Equally combative, Trump responded on Twitter by likening skeptical governors to rebellious sailors in the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty.”At his press conference, Trump backpedalled, clarifying that governors would take the lead on when and how to ease the restrictions paralyzing the US economy.”I’m not going to put any pressure on any governor to open,” Trump said.The president indicated that numerous states with less dense populations could open “very, very soon, sooner than the end of the month,” while places like New York could take longer.”We’ll open it up in beautiful little pieces,” Trump said.The president had been expected to unveil a new task force on Tuesday for managing the national reopening. That did not happen.Instead, Trump announced he would be talking to large groups of business leaders, Congress members and all 50 governors in conference calls this week.”Our country has to get open and it will get open,” he said. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that swaths of the United States could lift coronavirus shutdowns “very soon” and made peace with state governors after being accused of acting like a king.While defusing an extraordinary domestic row, Trump however opened a new front on the international stage when he announced a freeze in US funding to the World Health Organization because he said it had been biased to China.According to Trump, the WHO prevented transparency over the COVID-19 outbreak when it appeared in China, costing other countries crucial time to prepare, delaying decisions to stop international travel. No ‘King’ Trump On Monday, Trump had insisted that he can override state governors to determine the reopening schedule.”When somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total,” Trump said. Trump’s claim — disputed by constitutional experts — took long-running confusion over who is in charge to a new height.Having previously argued vociferously that he is not responsible for managing the crisis, Trump was now accused of seeking monarchical powers to impose his will.”We ran away from having a king, and George Washington was president, not King Washington. So the president doesn’t have total authority,” Cuomo told CNN.”If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn’t do it,” he said.Trump fired back on Twitter, comparing the situation to “Mutiny on the Bounty.””A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain,” he tweeted.center_img California caution For weeks, Trump has veered between supporting a sudden, large-scale reopening and a cautious, case-by-case relaxation of mitigation measures.In the end, Trump has bowed — often reluctantly — to advice from medical experts who argue that relaxing social distancing and allowing people back to work prematurely would spark a coronavirus second wave.Reflecting the sense of instability, economic powerhouses California and New York, both led by Democrats, are developing their own reopening plans, insisting that Trump will not set the pace.California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, who has joined forces with Oregon and Washington states to coordinate the transition, said he would not announce any concrete timing for at least another two weeks.”We can’t get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “I don’t want to make a political decision that puts people’s lives at risk and puts the economy at even more risk.”Talks are underway for eventual reopening of California restaurants, schools and businesses but many social distancing procedures are likely to be retained, including wider spacing at meal times and wearing of masks, he said.”Normal, it will not be,” he warned. “Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death,” he said.”The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above life-saving measures.””We have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” he said, adding that Washington would now “discuss what we do with all that money that goes to the WHO.”last_img read more

Outraging China, Pompeo pushes US hard line over virus

first_imgTopics : The former Army infantryman has for months been describing China as a major adversary on everything from technology to defense — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has abruptly swung from assailing to praising Beijing.Yet Pompeo has also managed a rare feat in Trump’s Washington — staying in the good graces of the mercurial president, who is not known to have uttered a critical word against his top aide.Washington watchers see loyalty to Trump as the ultimate principle of Pompeo, whose own political future is tied to sticking by Trump and helping him win re-election in November.A former congressman, Pompeo has been unabashedly partisan as compared with past US top diplomats, recently criticizing Trump’s presumptive Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden by name at a State Department news conference. Branded “insane” by Chinese state media but hailed by US conservatives, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is taking the lead in pressing a hard line against Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic.Pompeo has been at the forefront of bringing into the mainstream a theory that the illness that has killed nearly 250,000 worldwide slipped out of a virology laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged last year.The hawkish role is familiar for Pompeo, who has also advocated sweeping pressure on Iran including a January drone strike that killed one of its top generals. ‘Spewing poison’ Pompeo, in an interview Sunday on ABC, said there was “enormous evidence” that the new coronavirus came out of a Wuhan lab — not a wet market, as most scientists suggest.”Remember, China has a history of infecting the world and they have a history of running substandard laboratories,” he said.Pressed in the interview, Pompeo, formerly the CIA chief, walked back his statement that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was “man-made,” an idea explicitly rejected by US intelligence.Chinese state media on Monday responded with harsh commentary reminiscent of North Korea’s colorful harangues, denouncing his remarks as “insane” and entitling a commentary, “Evil Pompeo is wantonly spewing poison and spreading lies.”Pompeo has also joined Trump in attacking the World Health Organization, which said Monday it had no evidence that the virus came out of a laboratory.center_img Douglas Paal, a senior Asia adviser under previous Republican presidents, said that Pompeo’s focus on China’s role in the pandemic was in line with Trump’s re-election strategy.”The economy has cratered, the stock market has cratered, so what else do you run on in the election? Well, run against China,” said Paal, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.He said that Pompeo, who has only made two brief visits to Beijing since taking office two years ago, takes a more ideological approach to China than previous secretaries of state.”Every time, it’s never the ‘Chinese government.’ It’s always the ‘Chinese Communist Party.’ That terminology seems to explain to them everything about what China is doing,” he said. Rallying conservatives Even while making enemies in Beijing, Pompeo has found friends in one welcome area for him — Trump’s conservative base.He steadfastly defended Trump during his impeachment, even after the president lampooned US diplomats who were alarmed over his strong-arming of Ukraine.More recently, Pompeo has feuded on Twitter with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading liberal Democrat, after she doubted his Iran strategy.Pompeo surprised many political watchers earlier this year by declining to run for Senate in his strongly Republican home state of Kansas, a seat that would have given him a perch in Washington even if Trump loses.But the 56-year-old is widely seen as entertaining presidential ambitions of his own in 2024 and, even while leading US foreign policy in a crisis, he has waded into domestic social issues.He recently won praise from Christian conservatives for a Twitter attack on “radical leftist scholars” who spoke of risks to homeschooling children.An evangelical Christian who often speaks of his faith, Pompeo has also taken to tweeting verses from the Bible.On Sunday, just as he was renewing his charges about the Wuhan laboratory, he quoted from the Book of Proverbs: “Be sure of this: the wicked will not go unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will go free.”last_img read more

Roseau City Council to host 2nd annual health clinic

first_img Sharing is caring! 6 Views   no discussions Mayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph (center) along with two members of the Neuroscience Club The Roseau City Council will host its second annual health clinic at the Baracoon building in Roseau this weekend, in its thrust to ensure a city of healthy people.Members of the Neuroscience Club of Ross University School of Medicine will be available to offer a number of services ranging from, blood pressure checks, eye tests, body mass index, cholesterol and blood sugar.At a press conference on Tuesday Mayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph, noted that the information “received” from the health clinic will give an “insight” into the health condition of its people, and based on that information it is the Councils intention to collaborate with the Ministry of health in addressing some of its concerns.One of the objectives of the clinic, he highlighted, is to help persons have a better “count” of their lifestyle. “We have been hearing for a very long time, in reference to young people in particular suffering from hypertension and diabetes, and that to me is a very unhealthy situation for a city that is young, and a city that is willing to ensure that it does what it has to do in ensuring that it has a vibrant city”.Joseph said there are many persons who cannot “afford” to visit a physician and the clinic should not be viewed as one competing with medical practitioners but rather a program which will eventually facilitate in having a ‘healthy” city.Meantime head clinic coordinator of the Neuroscience Club Matthew Erisman explained that the pertinent information on how to help “prevent” and “treat” diseases like diabetes and hypertension and other non-chronic communicable diseases will also be provided at the clinic.Doctors will be on sight to council persons on their results and give nutritional advice.The clinic will be held on Saturday 23rd June, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Roseau City Council to host 2nd annual health clinic by: – June 20, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Fernandes responds to Ronaldo’s Instagram workout challenge

first_img Loading… Fernandes took to his Instagram account to respond to the summons set by Juventus forward Ronaldo, whereby players see how many ab crunches they can complete in 45 seconds. Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Inventions That Prove Humanity Is Failing Badly10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement Deals6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Manchester Untied midfielder Bruno Fernandes accepted an Instagram challenge set by compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo.Advertisement Ronaldo started off the challenge with an Instagram video posted with the caption: “Hey guys, I have a new challenge for you to stay active: the Living Room Cup. Can you step up and beat my core crusher record? Show me what you got and use #livingroomcup #playinside @nike @cristiano so I can see you!”After introducing the challenge to his 210 million Instagram followers, Ronaldo takes to the mat to start.“Hi guys, this is the first edition of the Nike Living Room Cup, I’m joining you to see how many ab crunches I can do in 45 seconds,” he said, before blasting through the exercises.Ronaldo set a tasty score of 142 to beat – an incredible yet perhaps unsurprising effort for a player famed for his dedication to his fitness.Fernandes wasted no time in stepping up to the plate, but could not replicate Ronaldo’s feat, completing 117 in the allotted time frame – a commendable effort in itself.Fernandes’ post was accompanied by the caption: “#NikeLivingRoomCup – Week One. 117 Abs in 45 seconds. Not bad for a Sunday.Thanks for the challenge @Cristiano @nike @nikefootball Challenge: @jorgejesus @francisobikwelu @martial_9 @carloschainho @cesartmourao @madjer_official”Fernandes takes on RonaldoRead Also: Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – XaviFernandes tagged Manchester United team mate Anthony Martial in the challenge, as well as former Portugal manager Jorge Jesus.Footballers have been doing their best to promote the ‘stay at home’ message during the coronavirus crisis.The Premier League is currently suspended indefinitely, though chiefs still remain hopeful of completing the season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Rodgers hails Gerrard’s derby clout

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Everton will be delighted to see the back of Steven Gerrard. “They are so fast and full of emotion and the quality of the football is outstanding under real intense pressure. “We prepare really well for every game and this is no different. “We focus on the details on the game; whether it is at Anfield or Goodison, they are tough games but we are playing well, arrive into it creating opportunities that we weren’t at the start of the season and we are really excited.” After two 20-minute substitute appearances following his five-month absence with injury striker Daniel Sturridge will be itching to start the derby at Goodison – where he came off the bench to snatch an 89th-minute equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw last season – but Rodgers has to decide whether to keep holding him back. “I think every player wants to play, not just Daniel,” he said. “He is coming along very well. It is not that he won’t start, we just need to analyse that over the next couple of days.” With progress in the FA Cup, a significant upturn in their Premier League form and European football to return later this month Rodgers is optimistic they can not only finish in the top four but go even higher as well as winning some silverware. “We just want to win the next game. That is it. If we just continue that momentum I’ll be happy,” he added. “Of course the bigger objective is to win a trophy and finish in the top four. “We have the European competition as well, the FA Cup that we can get to the final of, and we can challenge the top four – and not just fourth, beyond that. “It is important we retain our focus and concentration and continue to work as hard as we are.” He scored his 10th goal in these cross-city encounters from a free-kick and it looked like being the winner until Phil Jagielka’s thunderbolt last-minute equaliser. Rodgers does not expect any emotion or ceremony from the 34-year-old midfielder but believes there will be plenty of rejoicing from the blue half of the city, who have taunted him mercilessly since he made his first appearance against them in April 1999. “I am sure they will be glad to see the back of him,” said the Reds boss. “He has been an incredible player for this club and has played in so many of the derby games and been outstanding in them. “He will want to go into it as he does every game – he wants to win for his club and it will be no different this weekend.” The usual build-up has been held off somewhat by Liverpool’s involvement in their midweek FA Cup fourth round replay but having only just successfully negotiated that – with two goals in the last five minutes to win 2-1 – attention can now turn to Saturday’s main event. “It is very exciting. Normally there is a build-up right the way through the week but we had our focus on the FA Cup tie but as soon as the whistle went at that game our focus was on preparation for Everton. “I’ve been involved in a few of the games over the last two and a half years and they are wonderful games to be involved in. The Reds captain plays in his 33rd and final Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday before heading off to Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer. With critics writing him off earlier in the season – before he announced his move to Major League Soccer which prompted an outpouring of platitudes – he was instrumental in the 1-1 draw at Anfield in September. Press Associationlast_img read more