World Championship: Remco Evenepoel powers to gold after Van der Poel’s arrest | Cycling Road World Championships
Four years ago, at the 2018 Road World Championships in Innsbruck, a young Belgian cyclist named Remco Evenepoel announced himself to the cycling world with a remarkable solo victory in the junior road race. Having already won the junior time trial earlier that week, the 18-year-old attacked with 20km of tough Austrian terrain remaining. Evenepoel put his head down, went into time trial mode and comfortably paced himself to the rainbow jersey. The plaudits came quickly: had Belgium found the next Eddy Merckx?
On Sunday, Evenepoel repeated himself on an even grander stage. With barely 30km to go in the elite men’s road race at the 2022 World Championships, at the tail-end of a gruelling 266.9km course, Evenepoel and Kazakhstan’s Alexey Lutsenko went off the front of a strong lead group. A few kilometres later, on the penultimate ascent of the short but steep Mount Pleasant climb, Evenepoel attacked solo once more.
Having won the bronze medal in the time trial last Sunday, the Deceuninck–Quick-Step rider, now 22, put his head down and time trialled towards the beachside finish. There would be no catching Evenepoel. A new world champion was crowned in glorious sunshine, cheered on by a boisterous local crowd.
Evenepoel’s first rainbow jersey at senior level caps a remarkable season, having already won the Vuelta a España red jersey and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. It was vindication, too, after Belgian tactics cost Evenepoel a chance of rainbows at last year’s world titles. And it will add more fuel to the comparisons with the legendary Merckx, perhaps the greatest cyclist of all time.
“It’s incredible, the things I achieved this year,” Evenepoel said. “A season cannot be better – to win a monument, a rainbow jersey and a grand tour. I think you cannot do better than the year I’m having right now.”
As he came into the finishing straight, Evenepoel shook his head, brought a finger to his lips and then raised his hands to the sky. He wore a look of disbelief. “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Evenepoel said. But this was a victory that had been foretold ever since that remarkable win four years ago in Innsbruck. A first elite world title etched into Evenepoel’s palmarès. How many more will be added in the years to come?
Two minutes behind the Belgian, the peloton engulfed the indecisive remnants of an earlier breakaway in the final stretch to set up a bunch sprint for the remaining podium places. Frenchman Christophe Laporte was the fastest to the line, winning the silver medal, while Australia’s Michael Matthews secured bronze. It was Matthews’ fourth podium at the world championships, having won the Under-23 title in 2010, silver in 2015 and the bronze medal in 2017. “It feels like a win here, on home soil,” he said.
It was a thrilling end to a dramatic last day at the World Championships. As the peloton rolled out from Helensburgh and towards the picturesque coastline, news broke that pre-race favourite Mathieu van der Poel had been arrested and charged for assault after an altercation at the Dutch team hotel overnight. While Van der Poel started the race, he soon withdrew.
The French then lit up the major climb of the course, Mount Keira, causing a split in the peloton. Although the two groups soon came back together, it set the tone for the energetic racing to come, with barely a relaxed moment in almost seven hours of racing.
A decisive breakaway eventually established a gap of almost eight minutes, and for a time it seemed a victory could come from the attacking group. But with about 60km to go, after the gap had substantially narrowed, a group including Evenepoel rode away from the peloton and bridged to the breakaway. The Belgian then sped off alongside Lutsenko, only to quickly discard his partner and power away to a stunning solo success.
Great Britain ends the week atop the medal tally, with three golds, one silver and one bronze medal – all in junior categories. The 2023 world championships will be held in Scotland; for the first time, the road, track, mountain bike, BMX and para-cycling championships will be part of one event.
Until the 2007-2009 recession, the 1981-1982 recession was the worst economic recession in the United States since the Great Depression. Records show that Ghana suffered from a severe famine in the early 1980s. The crisis was the result of a drought that reduced grain production by 13 percent, coupled with widespread bushfires that devastated agricultural production, coinciding with Nigeria’s deportation order giving illegal immigrants there fourteen days to leave the country. About 1.2 million Ghanaians returned home after this deportation order.
Over the past three years, there has also been a general economic slowdown, with several countries making efforts to recover from their economic difficulties. This is underpinned by the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war. Like many economies, Ghana’s economy has not been immune to economic shocks. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate has been revised downwards from the actual position of 5.4% in 2021 (2020: 0.5%) to 3.30% for the first quarter of 2022. The Positioned debt to GDP ratio remains high at 78.3% in August 2022. With an inflation rate skyrocketing to 33.9% in August 2022, the country joined the “uncelebrated” list of best African countries with the highest inflation. The local currency of the dollar has depreciated by almost 40% and is trading from 1 USD to 10.04 GHS. To add to the woes, recent sovereign rating downgrades by the three major rating agencies have muddyed the waters.
Typically, times are tough, and this has impacted the big 3 “Fs” – Food, Fuel, Finances. The key question that needs to be asked is 1). How did you experience the inflation monster in your personal life? And 2) Have you resorted to any cost-cutting measures in your personal life? These are two key areas where I would like to share some thoughts on how to navigate difficult times like this. This piece is also inspired by a presentation given by Mr. Tsonam Akpeloo, President and CEO of SUKU Technologies during a seminar on leadership. In today’s challenging environment, how do you manage personal finance categories. I will try to touch on some of the key areas.
Your health is your life and of course, special attention must be paid to health-related challenges. The most significant health costs are the long-term health costs for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, cancer, etc. In order to save costs in the long run, you just have to stay healthy!. Get more exercise, like simple daily walks. For those who can afford it, it is recommended to use and join a gym. Visit the hospital regularly and keep up to date with annual checkups. Take advantage of all the health insurance formulas to examine yourself.
food and drinks
I remember going to the supermarket to do some shopping and was only able to choose 4 items from the shelf with GHS300. I couldn’t believe my eyes. At times like this, it may be prudent to consider buying non-perishable groceries (e.g. rice, cereal, bottled water, beans) in bulk on the Tradeford and also on the Marketplace. Currently, the prices of goods and services continue to rise daily. To save money, it’s worth considering items from local bulk markets that can last a while.
Do not give small changes of money, take advantage of them and collect discounts and coupons that you can find in magazines, newspapers for discount sales. Most importantly, buy from local markets or cheaper malls. I’m sure we all know the most expensive ones.
Restaurants and bars
Believe it or not, some restaurants and bars sell food and drink at exorbitant prices and extort money from vulnerable people. Consider cooking at home instead of eating out regularly. Homemade foods are a healthier option. Even if from time to time you want to treat yourself, opt for more economical establishments. If you are like me who likes to throw parties, it will be appropriate and prudent to organize events and parties with friends at home, rather than other venues or bars which may cost you more.
With the upward adjustment of crude prices from international oil producing countries, there is this natural tendency for transportation rates to spike in various jurisdictions.. Just recently in Ghana, in consultation with the parent body, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of the TUC announced to the general public that there will be a 30% increase on fares from 21st September 2022. More early in May, freight rates increased. up 20% and when the new tariffs came into effect, petrol and diesel were selling at a national average of GH¢9.41 and GH¢11.12 respectively. At present, the price of petrol per liter has exceeded GH¢11 and diesel is selling for over GH¢14 per liter at most pumps.
For local trips, drive more often with fuel-efficient cars. For colleagues working in the same neighborhood in town or children attending the same or nearby school, it may be prudent to consider carpooling to reduce fuel costs. Unfortunately, in Ghana everyone wants to look good and drive and so carpooling is not appealing to many. Besides carpooling, it is better to use carpooling services like Uber share, Bolt or public transport like trotros.
For international travel, consider booking flights and hotels earlier and through online discount websites or download apps such as Bookings.com, Skyscanner, Expedia for varied options. Interestingly, experts say that Sunday at 7 p.m. (from the place of departure) is the best time to book cheaper flights.
The education is good and believe me, there is no way I will compromise my children’s education. I’m sure many of us reading this article share similar opinions. However, at times like this, one might consider foregoing expensive after-school tutoring for cheaper online alternatives. Educational materials are available online, such as Khan Academy, for all ages and several subjects. https://www.khanacademy.org/.
People let “peer pressure” rule and send their wards to expensive schools with unaffordable dollar tuition. It is better to seek moderate, affordable and quality education for children instead.
On a personal level, personal development is very important, one can register for free or subsidized online certificates and programs such as Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/, EdX: https://www. edx.org/, Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/, Skillshare: https://www.skillshare.com/ to expand knowledge.
Many working class people in Ghana barely take a break and go on vacation. However, if you wish to go on holiday, it may be a good idea to consider a holiday during the low traffic season such as April, late or early summer (May or September), October. Venture into more local African destinations to support local tourism. In Ghana, there are several cheaper destination centers such as Kakum Forest, Crocodile Ponds and several other waterfalls to explore in the country.
Consider external holidays in North Africa: Morocco, Egypt (direct flights via Royal Air Maroc or Egyptair) East Africa: Rwanda, Kenya (Rwandair, Kenya Airways) Explore more affordable luxury destinations.
To save money, buy local products and avoid importing cosmetics from abroad which has conferred the local currency. You may consider ordering from Laam Shea: https://laamshea.com/,CedarWoman;https://cedarwomanghana.com/,Ghandour:https://www.ghandourcosmetics.com/. It is always better to buy products such as soap, shampoos and conditioners in bulk.
It is an undeniable fact that men spend moderately on clothes compared to women. I say this because a gentleman can survive on a few nice tops and t-shirts for months and still look decent. I have a friend who sews a dress for every occasion and doesn’t wear it twice. For ready-to-wear clothes, explore more affordable online marketplaces. For bespoke clothing, look for cheaper but quality brands: Kiki (Made in Ghana): https://kikiclothing.com. Woodin Fashion (made in Ghana): https://www.woodinfashion.com.
The list and strategies are endless, the key to remember is that times are tough and may continue to be tough if Ghana does not become self-sufficient in production, so it is important to adopt a positive attitude where there is a need to consolidate the whole social support system. Do an audit and adjust your lifestyle. Avoid impulse buying and buy in bulk instead to save money.
Doing all of the above, strive to save, regardless of the amount of salary, and also try to invest. Also, if the pay seems insufficient, you need to get a scramble. Married people should both work so that each brings money home.
Thanks for reading and sharing.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are personal opinions and do not represent those of the media house or institution in which the author works.
About the writer
Carl Odame-Gyenti, PhD is a banking, finance and investment professional in an international bank in Ghana. Contact: [email protected]Mobile: +233 200301110
Is it time for Harry Redknapp to ‘get a crack’ at the England job? Calls for Gareth Southgate to be sacked, Jurgen Klopp’s legacy at Liverpool and more…
Send your views to email@example.com…
Time for Harry?
Can anyone tell me that we wouldn’t be better off letting Redknapp finally get a crack, on a one tournament only deal, than go to Qatar with Southgate?
Yes he’s a throwback but at least he knows how to manage and would bring good vibes, moreso than Gareth. Would also allow the sweeping changes needed, players picked on form not nostalgia or misplaced loyalty.
If Gareth is supposed to be building to something it’s more likely to be an embarrassing epic failure at this point than the win.
Redknapp is the ticket to the trophy, I’m telling you.
End of the road for Southgate?
England were boring, terrible and totally devoid of ideas against Italy. A cure for insomnia. The same old tactics, players and ideas which have admittedly worked in two tournaments but have been made to look rubbish in the last five nations league games and don’t look fixable in one game.
The question is, what do the FA do?
1. Keep Southgate. He’s done well in tournaments, seems to be popular and is a good manager who has united the various rival camps. He’s given chances to players but is sensible and defensive minded (which is good or bad depending on your take).
2. Appoint someone else. Who else is out there? I would have said Graham Potter but he’s gone to Chelsea. There’s a few good managers available on the market who would be an upgrade tactically but for various reasons wouldn’t likely want the job, wouldn’t be suitable or would risk breaking the harmony that has been created. The best candidates are not English which wouldn’t fly.
Overall, Southgate has earned the time but the FA must surely be looking past the world cup to get a successor, especially if we don’t do well (which looks likely on recent form).
The problem is that Southgate won’t change his ways now and I think we have peaked by reaching a final (admittedly better than most nations and the best men’s result since 1966).
We will still see the same drab football and predictable selection which stifles Foden and Grealish, plays two holding midfielders regardless of the opposition and picks poor defensive players who better managers don’t select for their clubs (Maguire, Shaw). It’s too late for TAA and Madison to get a chance I feel and some decent players who offer something different (Jack Harrison springs to mind given his start to the season) will always be miles away.
So in summary I want England to do well but don’t think Southgate can take us further. Let’s have Bielsa and play a 4-1-4-1 formation with five attackers, tactical flexibility, lots of fun and lots and goals at either end. Wouldn’t be dull and you could all experience the thrill ride we had at Leeds.
Let’s face it, the backlash against Southgate after awful performances in the Nations League is the frustration at his team blowing our best chance to win a major tournament in 55 years at the Euro 2020 final last summer coming out.
The media were kind to his team in the immediate aftermath of the penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy with talk of the team having “done us proud” but they’ve been waiting for the chance to turn the screw on Southgate for throwing our best chance of silverware since 1966 away in a Wembley final that was ours to win.
Failure to bring it home in Qatar this winter and the media will be clamouring for his replacement.
I never saw the game last night as it wasn’t broadcast on US TV.
But are we really surprised by the poor performance of Southgate’s team?
He was never really qualified for such a big role as he’d only managed Middlesborough and the England U-21s.
He only really got the job as the FA were desperate to hire someone after the Allardyce debacle.
People are saying that he’s done well in his previous two tournaments, but has he?
England managed to get the easiest draws in both of these tournaments and never beat anyone of note, except a woeful German side.
The FA will keep him in the job until the World Cup where we should qualify against Iran, USA and Wales. (Another easy draw)
But come against anyone decent in the knockout stages and we’re out.
If Potter does a decent job at Chelsea then I can see him being a future contender for the role.
But right now I can’t see any other English managers who are yet qualified for the Job.
So, I think we have to once again look at appointing a foreign manager Tuchel maybe?
Neil, LFC, USA
Fully expecting the decline of Southgate…
That is what is called returning to the norm.
Over 5 decades of England watching the collection of individuals who are / have been great or good for their club managers, come together and turn out games like that in an England shirt.
Both in qualifying for tournaments and at tournaments other teams draw or beat England who on paper are at a similar level but on the pitch are better and more ruthless .
This has been going on since the Emlyn Hughes, Trevor Cherry, Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy, Kevin Keegan era. Graham f#<£!ng Taylor was a particularly low period when even the players at club level that were picked were not good.
Hence the last two tournaments were a very pleasant surprise and I supported Southgate and the teams he picked. Winning knock out games, winning a penalty shoot out against Colombia. It was all sunshine. So hopefully, things will knit together come World Cup games.
I fully expect an agonizing group and a first knock-out game with rizzla thin margins . Then, somewhat sadly, I expect Gareth will be on his way. Getting jobs of lesser and lesser caché before going bald and grey.
Perhaps a Villa, Bolton, Rotherham, Plymouth Argyle sort of downward arc. Still, a final and a semi final is better than anyone except Sir Alf right? Cling to those halcyon days Gareth.
Peter (Spain to lift the World Cup again) Andalucia
Attack, attack, attack…
England have the best, young attacking squad with the greatest potential in my lifetime ( and I’m old enough to have watched us win the World Cup in 66 ). They will however win nothing whilst Southgate is the coach.
He has a remarkable knack of making exciting talented players look mediocre and below average by his choice of formation and safety first tactics. Watching England is like watching Leicester go sideways and backwards…….boring to the extreme and ineffectual. There’s a reason why they are bottom of the prem. Southgates insistence on playing 6 defensive players plus a goalie ( with the customary 3 right backs ) is baffling. Right backs at their clubs become center backs and left backs.
Attacking left backs can’t get a game ( Shaw / Chillwell allegedly because of lack of club football but Maquire is picked). James and Walker in the same side do not compliment each other……it’s a waste of an attacking midfield selection. Saka at wingback is a waste of an outstanding attacking midfield prospect. Two defensive midfielders is a waste of an attacking option. For goodness sake Garett cut them lose and allow the team to attack. Pick an attacking formation…..we have enough talent in that squad to beat anyone in the world.
Aman’s question about whether Klopp’s Liverpool (…so far? cause it’s not yet over) has been a great team or disappointment – seemingly based purely on a barometer of trophy count (feel free to clarify this) – was clearly intended to bait the Liverpool supporters. As a relative neutral, if allowed the opportunity, I’ll also bite.
First, I’ll outline my biases 1. my brother-in-law is a lifelong Liverpool supporter 2. Arsenal-Liverpool has always been diplomatic and 3. we’ll sure as s**t both align against United.
That being said, I’ll answer your question right now: unless you’re a Liverpool-hating United fan then the idea of being disappointed by such a great team makes absolutely zero sense.
MAW, LA Gooner
WPL > Nations League
With Arsenal W attracting 46,000 people and scoring 4 against Spurs a day after England Men’s bore an audience during a meaningless and cynical cash-machine in the Nations League, it’s clear the WPL is the better platform for excitement and actual football.
It’s not that women’s football is better than mens, but more that the immaturity in the women’s commercial framework is keeping it more ‘about the sport’ than lining pockets in Switzerland.
We should enjoy the WPL before it becomes noted by the FD at UEFA and FIFA and turned into another teat from which fans can be milked.
How ‘identities aligned’ for Brian Sorensen and Everton Women with Merseyside derby against Liverpool Women on the horizon | Football News
Whatever team may be playing, Evertonians are known for their passionate backing – and it is vital for any new manager or player to understand what motivates that support.
It would seem unlikely that a Dane who has never managed outside of his country would understand a club like Everton so instantaneously – but Brian Sorensen appears to have done just that.
With a number of new players following him through the door this summer – more on that to come – he even asked a local poet to speak to his team about what it means to be a Toffee.
In an exclusive interview ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby, live on Sky Sports, Sorensen said: “I’m from the countryside where we worked hard, and I worked really hard to be where I am now.
“Like that, Everton is a people’s club and I’m a people’s person so all of these identities were aligned.
“The potential here is massive, the set-up we have and so on. For me, it’s how can we have a clear plan and how can we utilise everything that is around.
“With the fans, hopefully we can build that fanbase even more and make sure that we get even more integrated into the hearts of the Evertonians.
“It’s important that [the players] feel what it means for the community and for the club. You could see what it meant when I met up with one of the fan groups, I could hear and see what it meant to them.
“For me, it was how do we get that message out in a different way so it’s not always me speaking about it.
“Having [the poet] in was really good – not surprisingly good because I think it was the plan by doing it – but looking back, it was really strong and I was touched by it also.
“Hopefully it gets them to understand what it means to be at this club and represent this club.”
As Sorensen tells Sky Sports himself, this season is all about consolidation for Everton. They had a turbulent 2021/22 season, which saw three different managers and a brush with a relegation scrap.
The Dane came with great pedigree from Fortuna Hjorring in his homeland, having won league and cup titles during his career as well as competing in the Champions League – all long-term targets for the Toffees.
During the summer, he targeted players from Scandinavia as well as young loan talent from across the WSL, including Jess Park from Manchester City, Chelsea’s Aggie Beever-Jones and Manchester United goalkeeper Emily Ramsey.
And his transfer strategy was no slapdash plan: Sorensen presented his thoughts to the Everton board during the recruitment process, with the likes of Park and Beever-Jones all mentioned at that early stage.
He explained: “I tried to always scout on mindset before skills set. Of course, the skills set has to be high to compete at this level, but the mindset is the most important thing – those two things are key for me.
“Then I see the potential, where do we have a big growth potential and that’s why we made loans from other clubs because we can give them the platform to grow. We are giving these players the chance to perform at the highest levels so hopefully they, one day, can go back to Chelsea and City and be a top player.
“Some of the players we have here, they may be recruited by other clubs, but if you create that identity, people also want to come here and it’s easier to recruit down the road.
“Recruitment is key and we try to be smart, especially with growth potential. It’s important that we have players in now that are in the very beginning of their international careers, some of them I know from working with them before and some of them have been on the sidelines, but you can see there’s a potential here.
“Many of the targets like Jess Park and Aggie Beever-Jones were on my list when I presented it to the club with ideas and what I want to do. It’s a strategy that was put down, there was an early approach of talking to the clubs and building that trust with them and also that they could see it made sense to come here.”
Sorensen also has a clear idea of how he wants his new-look Everton side to play, adding: “We have a clear structure in the way we want to build-up. We can split it up into four phases and those phases, we will try to be in control and there will be patterns of play that the players will be able to recognise so we can play fast.
“We also have this clear structure to break out of it and that’s sometimes when the magic really happens. We have a strategy for pressing, we’re not going to sit off, we’re going to be proactive in everything that we do, try to be on the front foot and aggressive, basically controlling as much as we can control, but also without the ball, try to control it with a really organised press.
“That’s my philosophy – having control, be proactive without going down into the small details.”
Sorensen will be hoping his philosophy will be used to full effect when Everton take on local rivals Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season, live on Sky Sports Premier League, Football and Main Event from 6.30pm on Sunday.
Everton’s away allocation for the Anfield showdown is sold out. It will be the first time Sorensen has stepped out at the famous ground and he is hoping to have an immediate impact in his first derby.
“I wasn’t a fan when I was younger of Liverpool or Everton, but watching those games, I always did because you know it’s a special day. Others like Celtic-Rangers, Barca-Real, Inter Milan-AC Milan, all of these are big games so I always watched them at home in Denmark when I was a kid.
“Liverpool vs Everton is always one that is up there, every time that they meet, it’s one you cross on the calendar. I’ve never seen it live so I don’t know how it feels, but I’m just looking forward to being a part of it and hopefully I can have a say in it in preparing my team in the best way possible.
“A lot of the international players here have tried those kinds of games [in big stadiums] so it’s not new to them and we have a lot of experienced players here who have played in derbies so they know what it is and how it feels.
“I’m not worried that it would get us a bit out of whack because there’s a lot of people there [at Anfield]. I hope that the Evertonians in the away end will be the loudest and those are the ones we can hear and we can kill the crowd with our football in terms of dominating the play and shutting them down a bit. But otherwise, we’re looking forward to the atmosphere and intensity.”
Liverpool were shock 2-1 winners against Chelsea in their WSL season opener last weekend, so how is Sorensen preparing Everton to face a confidence-fulled Reds side?
“They are very organised, a good team. They’ve been together for a while, they haven’t made as many additional signings because the core group was intact,” he reflected.
“They have a style of play that everybody knows, they’re very well organised and work very hard. It’s probably one of the hardest teams to play against in terms of how well they’re organised but I also think we can hopefully we can control the game. We have to be careful on the set-pieces and long throw-ins where they’re really specialists.
“We’ll try to prepare as well as we can and at the end of the day, it’s up to the girls. I always say to them ‘you have to earn the right to play good football by working hard’. One thing they can’t be allowed to do is out-work us and that has to be the key message.
“We’re looking forward to it. It is a really good team we’re playing against, but that’s true for the majority of the games we play so we need to be well-prepared and know when to hurt them and know when to keep the ball.”
It is certainly a baptism of fire for Sorensen, but his calm and level-headed manner should leave Everton fans in no doubt that this is a man with a plan. But as he said himself, it’s now time for his team to perform on the pitch.
How to follow the WSL on Sky Sports…
Sky Sports – All 35 games will be available across Sky Sports’ flagship channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
Sky Sports News – Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Barclays FA WSL fans can enjoy Sky Sports News (channel 409) rolling editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.
Inside the WSL – Hosted by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jessica Creighton, Inside the WSL is a comprehensive round-up of all things Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly on Sky Sports Premier League, the half-an-hour show will review and preview matches, including in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Viewers can expect gripping behind-the-scenes access as well as a summary of all the action both on and off the pitch.
Sky Sports Social – Alongside coverage and visibility for the league across all Sky Sports’ main social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will continue to be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.
New to the 2022/23 season, the Sky Sports WSL TikTok account will be giving fans 360° coverage of the league and granting them exclusive access to their new favourite players. Also a first for the league, a new Snapchat Discover show The Dub aims to become the platform’s new hub for Barclays’ WSL content.
Sky Showcase – All Sky customers will benefit from being able to watch the opening weekend fixtures on Sky Showcase (channel 106) without a Sky Sports subscription. This channel is designed to curate some of the top shows, films and sports from across Sky’s channels.
Sky Sports digital – Follow all the latest from the WSL across SkySports.com and app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage and in-game clips from games live on Sky Sports. You can watch free match highlights from every WSL game this season on Sky Sports’ digital platforms and YouTube channel.
Going without a win since last year’s wet French GP, Miller grabbed the lead on lap three and streaked away to his first victory of the season.
It was a nightmare race for the three main championship contenders, as Fabio Quartararo and Bagnaia struggled for form while Aleix Espargaro was forced to change to his second Aprilia on the warm-up lap due to a mechanical issue.
A crash trying to pass Quartararo on the last lap led to a fifth DNF of the season for Bagnaia, gifting Quartararo an 18-point lead in the standings heading to next week’s Thailand GP.
Such was the limited amount of dry time the grid had this weekend at Motegi that numerous tyre changes took place ahead of lights out.
Poleman Marc Marquez went to the grid on a hard rear tyre, but switched to a soft for the start.
But he couldn’t use the early grip advantage that would have offered him to any effect. Though Marquez did convert his first pole in three years to the holeshot, he was muscled out by KTM’s Brad Binder at Turn 1.
Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin jumped up to second, before overtaking Binder for the lead into Turn 7 as Marquez was shuffled back to fifth.
Behind, the title challengers were all experiencing their struggles.
Drama struck at the end of the warm-up lap when Aprilia’s Espargaro pulled into pitlane for his second bike, dropping his broken first RS-GP as he made the switch.
Espargaro emerged from pitlane at the back of the pack behind the safety car, while Quartararo and Bagnaia failed to make up ground on the opening lap from their starting spots of ninth and 12th.
Miller’s charge from seventh on the grid saw him into the podium places began on the opening lap, with the factory Ducati rider passing Binder on the brakes into Turn 11 on the second tour.
The Australian, running the hard rear tyre, tried the same manoeuvre on Martin next time around.
Miller ran wide on the exit of Turn 11, allowing Martin to draw back alongside into the next left-hander at Turn 12 – though Miller held firm to end the third lap in the lead.
The factory Ducati rider repeatedly reeled off race-best laps as he quickly opened his lead out to over a second come lap nine of 24.
Martin would make an error a lap later which would give Miller a lead of over three seconds, which he would continue to extend out to over five seconds in the latter stages.
As drama struck behind him on the last lap for his Ducati teammate, Miller eased off to take the chequered flag 3.4s clear of the field.
Second went to Binder after the KTM rider overtook Martin on the final lap, marking his first podium since the opening night of the season in Qatar back at the start of March.
Poleman Marquez completed his first race since May’s Italian GP in fourth after snatching the position from the second KTM of Miguel Oliveira with a hard move on the inside of Turn 8 three laps from the end.
VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini continued his 100% finishing record in his MotoGP career with a strong ride to sixth ahead of the Aprilia of Maverick Vinales.
Vinales came under pressure late on from former Yamaha teammate Quartararo, but the Frenchman’s attentions were taken by a charge from nearest title rival Bagnaia in the closing stages.
Bagnaia engaged in an early duel with Gresini Ducati’s Enea Bastianini as the Aragon winner recovered from 15th on the grid, but would retake ninth from his future teammate with a brave pass into the final two corners on lap 20.
The factory Ducati rider hunted down Quartararo, but when he went for a pass up the inside of the Yamaha into Turn 3 Bagnaia tucked the front of his GP22 and crashed out – narrowly avoiding taking the championship leader with him.
Tallying up his fifth DNF of 2022, Bagnaia allowed Quartararo to get to the chequered flag in a damage-limiting eighth to slip from 10 points behind in the standings after Aragon to 18 with just four rounds remaining.
Bastianini was ninth, his title hopes remaining remote as he sits 49 points behind Quartararo.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team crash
Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Aleix Espargaro couldn’t salvage any points in the end, the Spaniard 16th to go to Thailand 25 points behind Quartararo in the standings.
VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi rounded out the top 10, with Pramac’s Johann Zarco fading from second on the grid to 11th at the chequered flag ahead of Honda’s Pol Espargaro, LCR’s Alex Marquez, Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli and RNF Racing’s Cal Crutchlow.
Aleix Espargaro passed Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini) late on, relegating the Italian to 17th ahead of Tech 3 KTM duo Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner, and the injured Takaaki Nakagami.
Technical problems blighted Suzuki’s final home race, with Alex Rins forced to retire on lap 16 with problems.
His stand-in teammate Takuya Tsuda – who is replacing the injured Joan Mir – exited the Motegi race in spectacular fashion after his GSX-RR burst into flames on lap 12.
Tsuda left the bike ablaze against the barrier on the outside of Turn 5, escaping unscathed as the marshals quickly dealt with the fire.
RNF’s Darryn Binder and Honda wildcard Tetsuta Nagashima also failed to finish after separate crashes.
Japanese GP – Race results:
Happi Free From has issued a food recall on Oat M!lk chocolate bars (80g), supplied to Tesco, because they contain undeclared milk. This means that the product poses a potential health risk for anyone allergic or intolerant to milk or milk constituents.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a risk statement regarding the recall: “This product contains milk which makes it a potential health risk for anyone allergic or intolerant to milk or its constituents.”
He explained that Tesco was taking steps to keep customers safe.
The supermarket giant said: “Happi Free From is recalling the above product from customers.
“The company has issued a point of sale notice to its customers.
DO NOT MISS
The FSA explained: “Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product which means it should not be sold.
“Then it can be ‘retired’ (removed from shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).
“Sometimes foods need to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because allergy labeling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.
“Where there is a risk of food allergy, the FSA will issue an allergy alert.
Most mission scientists would cringe at the thought of their spacecraft being shattered. But for those behind NASA’s Dart probe, anything less than total destruction will be considered a failure.
The $330m (£300m) spacecraft is set to crash into an asteroid about 11m miles above the Indian Ocean shortly after midnight on Monday. The impact, at nearly seven kilometers per second, will wipe out the half-ton probe, all in the name of planetary defense.
Not that Dimorphos, the asteroid in question, poses a threat to humanity. The Dart, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, is an experiment, the first-ever mission to assess whether asteroids can be deflected should one ever be found on a collision course with Earth. A well-placed nudge could avert Armageddon, or so it is believed, and spare humans the same fate as the dinosaurs.
“It’s a very complicated cosmic pool game,” said Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer and member of the Nasa Dart survey team at Queen’s University Belfast. “What we want to do is use as much energy [as we can] of Dart to move the asteroid.
With telescopes constantly scanning the skies, scientists hope to be warned if an asteroid should ever pose a major threat. “If we are able to see far enough in advance and know that an asteroid could be a problem, pushing it back will be much safer than the grand Hollywood idea of blowing it up,” said Catriona McDonald, a PhD student at Warwick University. .
The Dart mission was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in November last year. On Monday evening, mission controllers will hand control over to Dart’s software and let the probe head toward oblivion. The collision, around 12:14 p.m. Tuesday UK time, will be recorded by Dart’s camera and two others aboard a small Italian probe called LiciaCube, which Dart released last week to watch the show from a distance. security.
When playing with the movement of celestial bodies, it is best to exercise caution. The Dart mission was planned so that it would not inadvertently propel Dimorphos onto a collision course with Earth. The 160-meter-wide rock orbits a second, larger asteroid called Didymos. When Dart collides, the impact will do nothing more than kick up a cloud of debris and slow Dimorphos, adding a few minutes to its orbit around the larger body.
“There is no danger in that,” said Professor Colin Snodgrass, an astronomer and member of the Dart mission science team at the University of Edinburgh. “We’re only changing its orbit around the biggest asteroid, we’re not changing its orbit around the sun. It can’t come to Earth.
Astronomers will use ground-based telescopes to observe asteroids before and after the Dart collision. Among them, a new telescope installed at the Turkana Basin Institute in northern Kenya aims to capture the moment of impact and the cloud of dust that Dart kicks up. The amount of debris will depend on the energy of the impact, the type of rock Dimorphos is made from, and whether the material is loosely or tightly bound. “The primary mission is a planetary defense test, but at the same time we can learn a lot about the asteroid,” Snodgrass said.
In the aftermath of the collision, scientists will determine how much Dimorphos was slowed down by the impact. To do this, they will monitor the brightness of the largest asteroid, Didymos, which decreases slightly each time Dimorphos passes by to complete a lap. Dimorphos currently takes around 12 hours to orbit Didymos, and it should take a few more minutes once Dart hits.
Astronomers track about 30,000 asteroids and comets that pass close to Earth’s orbit. None of the largest – those comparable in size to the 7-mile-wide asteroid that helped wipe out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – will hit Earth in the next two hundred years. But the smaller ones are harder to spot and can still cause considerable damage. The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013 was less than 20 meters wide, but created a shock wave that injured 1,600 people, mostly from shards of glass and falling walls.
Given past asteroid missions and powerful computer simulations, do scientists really need to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid to see what happens? Fitzsimmons believes him. “We know what asteroids are made of, but we often don’t know how they are put together, and we don’t know how many Dimorphos will move when hit,” he said. “You don’t want to wait for someone to come to you to see if this approach works.”
The biggest winners are professional landlords who hold their properties in a limited company, of which there are 296,000 in the UK, according to property agency Hamptons.
These investors could realize annual tax savings of tens of thousands of pounds due to the cancellation of the planned increase in corporation tax to 25%.
The rate will now remain at 19%, which will allow an incorporated owner with £250,000 of rental profits £15,000 a year in corporation tax, according to analysis by tax firm Blick Rothenberg.
George Parker of Blick Rothenberg said: “All corporate dividends will also be at lower rates, due to the cancellation of the 1.25% dividend tax hike. All in all, it’s a win-win situation for rental investors. »
Mick Roberts, who owns dozens of properties in Nottingham and mainly rents to tenants on housing benefit, said canceling the planned corporation tax hike would save him £20,000. He said the move will have convinced incorporated owners to stay in the game a bit longer.
Critics of Zuckerberg claimed the October 2021 Meta rebranding was little more than a publicity stunt to distract from the company’s problems.
“What’s embarrassing is that journalists and policymakers fell for it,” McNamee says. “The conversation shifted to the metaverse, touted as the next big thing, instead of the train wreck it really is.” A Meta spokesperson called the claim “nonsense.”
Meta and Zuckerberg insisted that many of Haugen’s claims painted a “false image” of the company. The company argued that the data it revealed was mostly research conducted by the company as it tried to tackle the damage.
But former Facebook insiders believe there’s also an element of savvy PR: Meta’s relaunch has created a fresh start for the company. A source said: “Mark was impatient with the low and dirty compromises of running a massive social media platform. It’s a bit of escapism to do something innovative.
Not everyone agrees. “They put their money where their mouth is on it,” notes a second source. “Mark had a vision and ultimately was an engineer and a technician.”
The CEO’s commitment is so serious that he reportedly told staff to start calling themselves “metamates”.
Whatever the truth, the stakes for Facebook, Meta and Zuckerberg are high. Tens of billions of dollars will have to be invested in cutting-edge technology with no clear path to making money.
While the bread and butter of Facebook and Instagram bring in billions of dollars in advertising, there’s no obvious parallel in the metaverse yet.
As Brian Wieser, advertising and technology analyst at GroupM, notes: “It’s far from a reality.
“There is no paid media in the conventional sense,” he says, adding that “at some point people will start to relabel in-game advertising as metaverse advertising.”
Meta has identified he could be left behind if he doesn’t act now, a former employee says. “There’s this feeling that Meta is lonely dominant, but Facebook has always said it almost died in 2012 because of cellphones. The next thing might wipe it out. It’s paranoia. Not just the next app , but the next computing paradigm.
Wills, from Disguise, adds: “There are hundreds of millions of people attending these [virtual events], so that’s the threat that Meta sees. They say, “Okay, we need to develop these worlds to capture the attention of this younger generation.”
A Meta spokesperson said, “We have a long way to go before the Metaverse is realized. What Mark shared in 2021 was a statement of intent – an ambitious vision of where we think the whole industry is heading and where we hope things will go.
Zuckerberg is preparing for the fight of his life. In a recent video posted online, he puts on his boxing gloves and throws a series of punches and kicks before tackling professional UFC fighter Khai Wu to the ground.
Video of Zuckerberg’s fight, which he says is helping him calm down from the rigors of managing Meta, comes as he prepares for the company’s Connect conference next month. Zuckerberg will have to show some of the fruits of the last year of research and development in the metaverse.
New versions of Meta’s Quest VR headset and its more advanced “Project Cambria” device could be unveiled. But a more complete version of Zuckerberg’s vision is still a long way off.
Zuckerberg’s bet is that Metaverse can reverse the decline of Meta’s other social media apps. He must convince billions of people to enter the metaverse – then find a way to dominate the new medium.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg seems increasingly isolated. The chief executive frequently works remotely from his $100 million villa in Hawaii and some of his closest allies have quit.
SMI loans are payments that help homeowners unable to work cover the cost of their loans. For some people, the difficulty in coping with payments has raised fears of default and repossession. Support for homeowners unable to work does not increase as interest rates rise, forcing a woman to petition the government to cut the loan entirely as she risks ‘losing everything’.
In 2018, SMI moved from a payment to a loan, which charges interest at 1.4%, up from 0.8% earlier this year.
The Bank of England announced this week that the base rate has been cut from 1.75% to 2.25%. Measures to help homeowners on benefits have failed to match the Bank of England’s seven consecutive interest rate increases since the end of last year.
Patricia Every (name changed to remain anonymous), 54, has a £107,000 mortgage on a follow-on contract. She is currently receiving ESA disability benefits, and a standard PIP, and most recently an interest bearing loan for mortgage interest support (SMI) as she is unable to work
His mortgage rate nearly doubled from 2.26% to 4.5%, while the bank rate rose to 2.25% yesterday, only making his bills more unaffordable.
READ MORE: Martin Lewis urges Britons to ‘ditch and switch’ savings account after base rate hike
She said: ‘I contacted my lender a few months ago but due to some arrears they would not allow me to change my mortgage product until all arrears had been cleared. At the time, their rates were 1.45%.
“The cost of living crisis has affected me immensely, I fear not only for myself but also for others in my position.
“Being disabled, I struggle every day to survive, life is very stressful, and now all this additional financial pressure is exacerbating my disease.
“Not only have I had to reduce my food and other essentials, but I have also had to reduce my energy consumption, because the coming winter will not be good for my health, because the cold affects my joints and cause so much pain.
DO NOT MISS
“I also stopped my alternative medication as I can’t afford it. Needless to say, I’m very anxious and getting depressed.
Since the change in 2018, Ms Every has racked up £11,500 in debt.
Andrew Wishart, of Capital Economics, a research firm, said: “We now expect the unemployment rate to rise from 3.8% to over 5%, which will increase foreclosures, although they should remain well in below the levels reached in the house price crashes of the early 1990s and 2008.” Capital Economics predicts a 7% decline in house prices over the next two years.
Across the mortgage market, the average two-year fixed-rate agreement is now 4.09%, its highest level since 2014, according to the TotallyMoney app and the MoneyComms website.
Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrat MP and Treasury Spokesperson, said: ‘The Government must introduce an emergency mortgage support fund.
She said: “We will see people losing their homes, and it will happen quite quickly.
“There is a threat to the housing market and those who have coalesced to buy at the top of the market are the ones who will be hit the hardest.”
She continued: “It has been widely reported that the Bank of England’s base rate will rise further, with some predicting 4% and even more, there could be massive homelessness on the horizon, many of which are the most vulnerable people in society.
Ms Every is calling on the Government to carry out an urgent review of the SMI as the current support rate is just 2.09% which does not cover the interest many claimants have on their mortgages, with the average SMI being around £80-200 per month.
She said: “The loan must be canceled in its entirety. If they choose to do nothing, many people like me will end up being recaptured and ending up in emergency accommodation, costing the system up to £30,000.
“And then be eligible to claim housing allowance of around £500 or more per month, and any additional costs for other services. And let’s not forget, there are very few HLM stocks like this, where are we all going?
“I don’t choose to be in this position, I hate it. I worked for many years. I paid taxes, had a good career and was very active. Now I’m trapped in my body and I can’t do anything about it.
“If I lose my home, I will lose my safe place and the support network that I currently have around me. I will lose everything.
A DWP spokesperson said: ‘We recognize people are struggling with rising prices, which is why we are protecting millions of the most vulnerable families with at least £1,200 in direct payments, including a £150 top-up payment for the disabled, and save households. an average of £1,000 per year thanks to our new energy price guarantee.
“If someone is having difficulty meeting their mortgage commitments, it is important that they speak to their lender, as they will have processes in place to help them. According to FCA guidelines, the lending industry should consider a range of support options, including offering to make up the difference in interest payments.