The Medieval Institute at Notre Dame will celebrate medieval culture and the work of author J.R.R. Tolkien with a special screening of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, co-sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.The festival begins Thursday with an introduction to the films by graduate student Maj-Britt Frenze at 7 p.m., followed by a showing of the trilogy’s first movie, “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The screening will continue Friday with its second film, “The Two Towers,” at 7 p.m. The final installment of the trilogy, “The Return of the King,” will be shown Sunday at 3:30 p.m. All screenings will take place in the Browning Cinema located in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).Frenze, a forth-year student in the Ph.D. program for Medieval Studies, said the film festival grew out of an effort to promote the Medieval Institute’s “Lord of the Rings” undergraduate reading group. The reading group, Frenze said, seeks to educate students about Tolkien’s work and analyze his use of medieval culture in his writing.Linda Major, director of undergraduate studies at the Medieval Institute, said Tolkien’s work was heavily influenced by medieval customs and lore.“Tolkien was a medievalist,” Major said.In the past, Major said the Medieval Institute has sponsored screenings of a number of other films influenced by the medieval period, such as the “Monty Python” movies, “Robin Hood” and “The Sword and the Stone.”Such films allow people to access medieval culture through modern day cinema, Major said.Through the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in particular, Major said, the Medieval Institute aims to use modern cinema to introduce students to Tolkien’s writing, which blends medieval culture and fantasy.“We’re exposing the medieval roots of Tolkien’s Middle Earth,” Frenze said.A professor of Medieval English at Oxford, Tolkien’s acute knowledge of medieval history lent itself to a number of the literary elements in the “Lord of the Rings,” Frenze said.“Tolkien took many themes from [medieval] texts, such as dragons, riddles and many of the names of his characters,” Frenze said.Frenze said Tolkien’s work has had a lasting influence on fantasy writing and cinema. The genre owes a majority of its success to Tolkien and other prominent authors such as C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, she added.“Tolkien was pivotal in making fantasy as popular as it is,” Frenze said.The Medieval Institute hopes the festival will help spread appreciation of Tolkien’s enduring impact upon the genre, Frenze said.The Medieval Institute is offering two free tickets per individual for each film. Students may reserve tickets through the organization’s website and collect their tickets at the DPAC box office. Reservations must be made by Wednesday. Additional tickets may be purchased through the DPAC box office.Tags: Browning Cinema, J.R.R. Tolkien, lord of the rings, Medieval Institute
By Dialogo January 16, 2012 The Los Zetas drug cartel has for years collaborated with a Lebanese man who has ties to the militant Middle East Shiite group Hezbollah, according to U.S. federal authorities. Ayman Joumaa, 47, has coordinated cocaine shipments and laundered money for the cartel, U.S. authorities said. Joumaa, also known as “Junior,” was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., on Nov. 23, said U.S. Justice Department officials, who released details of the indictment on Dec. 13. Joumaa is accused of conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiring to commit money laundering, U.S. justice officials said. If convicted on these charges, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. A sign of Iranian activity in Latin America? A Hezbollah-Zetas link could have far-reaching political implications for Mexico, the United States and Iran, analysts said. Such a connection could signal the beginnings of increased influence in Latin America by Iran, a Shiite nation that reportedly is seeking the capability to build nuclear weapons. Joumaa is not believed to be in custody, and his exact whereabouts are unknown. The New York Times said it called him in Beirut but did not reach him. The indictment alleges that Joumaa has ties to Medellin, Colombia, the onetime cocaine capital of the world. It also publicly links Mexican drug cartel activity to a major bank in Beirut. U.S. officials suspect the bank is a supporter of Hezbollah. “Money fuels the drug trade, and Mr. Joumaa is alleged to be at the center of it all – working with those producing the vast majority of the world’s cocaine to get their drugs safely into the hands of Mexican cartels, and then moving hundreds of millions in proceeds all around the world so the money can’t be traced back to them in Colombia,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride, whose territory includes the Eastern District of Virgnia. “Organized crime networks know no borders, and neither can U.S. law enforcement. My office has a long tradition of tackling international crimes occurring in our district, and this case is yet another example that we are now aggressively taking that fight abroad,” MacBride said Tuesday. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart agreed. “Ayman Joumaa is accused of facilitating the shipments of huge amounts of cocaine for the United States while laundering the proceeds all over the globe,” said Leonhart. “According to information from sources, his alleged drug and money laundering activities facilitated numerous global drug trafficking organizations, including the criminal activities of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel. DEA and our partners will continue to expose and dismantle these worldwide networks.” In January, the U.S. Treasury Department labeled Joumaa a drug kingpin under provisions of law informally known as the “Kingpin Act.” At that time, U.S. officials described Joumaa’s alleged smuggling and money laundering activity in South America, Africa and Europe. A long partnership with Los Zetas But the indictment details his alleged heavy involvement with Los Zetas and Mexican transnational criminal activity. For example, it alleges Joumaa coordinated the smuggling of at least 85 tons of Colombian cocaine through Mexico in partnership with Los Zetas. Between 1997 and 2010, the indictment charges, Joumaa laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in drug proceeds on behalf of Los Zetas. The indictment does not specifically mention Hezbollah, but U.S. law enforcement officials said evidence points to an indirect connection between the Mideast terrorist group and the Mexican transnational criminal enterprise. And perhaps the strongest evidence of that connection is the Beirut-based bank with a Canadian presence named the Lebanese Canadian Bank. In February, Treasury invoked a rarely used provision of the U.S. Patriot Act (which was signed into law after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks) to declare the bank an institution with “primary money-laundering concerns.” This declaration made the bank off-limits to other U.S. financial institutions. The announcement of the indictment against Joumaa is not the first time U.S. officials have alleged connections between Mideast figures and Mexican drug cartels. In October, U.S. authorities arrested an Iranian-American who is charged with trying to recruit Mexican drug cartel hit men to assassinate a Saudi diplomat on behalf of Iran. Drug cartels and terrorists group seen as working together “Very powerful trafficking groups and terrorists organizations are coming together,” a former U.S. DEA administrator, Michael Braun, told a Congressional committee at an Oct. 13 hearing into the alleged assassination plot. U.S. officials said they’re worried that Hezbollah may be sharing knowledge of how to build sophisticated bombs with Los Zetas. Hezbollah is also known for its tunnel-building knowledge – a key tool that has been employed in Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs into the United States. Hezbollah has long been considered a terrorist organization by the United States and is blamed for several high-profile attacks against U.S. facilities in recent decades. The most notorious assault linked to Hezbollah was the 1983 suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, in which 60 people, including scores of U.S. Marines, were killed. Hezbollah fought a bloody war against Israel in 2006. Since then, the group’s political arm has made increasing efforts to appear as a legitimate political faction of the Lebanese government. But the New York Times reported this week that the very war it waged against Israel might have encouraged Hezbollah to increase its criminal activity in Latin America, to help fund the group’s political efforts. Joumaa appears to be a key link in this connection. The Lebanese citizen is said to speak Spanish fluently, and is believed to have lived in Colombia until about 11 years ago, when he returned to his native Lebanon to escape increased law enforcement scrutiny.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Both of Long Island’s groundhogs saw their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter Monday—but even more inauspiciously, Brookhaven town officials cancelled their official Groundhog Day event due to the winter storm.The prognostication from Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal was a departure from last year when they both didn’t see their shadows, effectively forecasting an early spring. This Groundhog Day, Malverne Mal was the first out of the gate, so to speak, to prognosticate, while Hal’s handlers said plowing the roads trumped the furry friend’s long-term forecasting festivities at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center, where the rodent call his hole his home. In the end, however, Hal’s appearance concurred with his fellow species celebrity on Long Island.“Unfortunately, Hal did see his shadow and is reporting there will be six more weeks of winter,” said Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro, whose workers were on hand to record the observation. “While this is certainly not the prediction we were hoping for, the Brookhaven Highway Department will be out in force continuing our tireless efforts to address whatever Mother Nature brings our way this winter.”This year, Mel and Hal agreed with the nation’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Staten Island Chuck in New York City didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Hal and Mel both saw their shadows two years ago.Both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmer’s Almanac previously forecasted above-average snowfall this winter, but—besides some days of flurries—few flakes had fallen until the first blizzard of 2015 hit last week, dumping 30 inches of snow on the North Fork.NWS forecasters said a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain falling on LI Monday was expected to freeze after sundown, making for icy roadways during the Monday evening rush hour commute.—With Spencer Rumsey
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When thinking of New Year’s Eve parties, people often think of the world famous Times Square ball drop. But there are dozens of events on Long Island to ring in the New Year without the stress of getting into Manhattan. From afternoon family fun to late night galas, venues across both counties will be toasting to resolutions for the coming year and singing Auld Lang Syne for the year gone by.The All Star Family Happy New Year’s Eve PartyUnlimited bowling (min. 6), champagne. The All Star, 96 Main St., Riverhead. theallstar.com $25 (Children), $40 (Adults) 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 31.Family New Year’s Eve PartyThree-course meal or finger foods, dessert, meet-and-greet, champagne and sparkling cider, Holiday Express Train Ride and Yo Ho Holiday Light Show. Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvilleadventurepark.com Lunch – $29.95 (Adults and Older Children), $18.95 (Children under 12). Dinner – $33.95 (Adults and Older Children), $22.95 (Children under 12) 12:30-3 p.m., 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 31.Kosher Komedy New Year’s EveComedians, four course dinner, champagne, raffle. Brasserie HaLevi, 600 Central Ave., Cedarhurst. brasseriehalevi.com $95 plus service charge, tax and gratuity. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.NYE at the BrokerageChampagne, comedy show. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $40-$75. 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve GalaCocktail reception, Live music, dinner, champagne. CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. cmpac.com $75. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s at East Islip LanesFamily Party (3 – 7) – $24 per person (dinner, bumper bowling). Evening Party (9- 1) – $41 (adults), $31 (children 12 and under), (buffet, champagne, bowling). East Islip Lanes, 117 E. Main St., East Islip. eilanes.com 3-7 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.Third Annual New Year’s Eve PartyFree champagne toast at midnight. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31.NYE at Governor’s Comedy ClubComedy show, champagne. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $40-$75. 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31.52nd Annual New Year’s Eve PartyBlack and White Masquerade, five course dinner, dancing. Gurney’s Inn and Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk. gurneysmontauk.com $145 per person, $540 per couple with overnight accommodations and party packages. 7 p.m. Dec. 31.Champagne and ChandeliersHotel Indigo, 1830 West Main St., Riverhead. hotelindigo.com $150 per person, $495 per couple premium package plus tax and fees9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s EveWatch the new movie, Unbroken, the ball drop on big screen and toast champagne. Island 16: Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville. showcasecinemas.com $20.15. 9:30 p.m. – 12:15 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s at Lombardi’s on the Sound.Great Gatsy-styled gala. Lombardi’s on the Sound, 44 Fairway Drive, Port Jefferson. lombardisonthesound.com $140. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dec. 31.Fishes & Butterfly Wishes Family New Year’s EventDinner, Crafts for Kids, champagne. Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com $60 (Children and Seniors), $55 (Children and Senior Members), $95 (Adults), $85 (Adult Members), Free (Children 2 and under) 6:30-11 p.m. Dec. 31.NYE at McGuires Comedy ClubComedy show, champagne. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $40-$75. 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve Bash 2015Cocktail Hour, drinks, champagne, DJ. The Meadow Club, 1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station. themeadowclub.com $95. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve 2015 Holiday PartyDinner, champagne. Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge, 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon. monsoonny.com $100 per person, $50 for open bar only. Dec. 31.Mr. Beery’s Annual Happy New Year 2015Champagne, food, drinks. Mr. Beery’s Pub and Music Night Club, 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. $30. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31.Mulcahy’s New Year’s Eve partyOpen bar, DJ, buffet. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $35. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 31New Year’s PartyThe Nest Bar and Lounge, 382 East Meadow Ave., Suite A, East Meadow. thenestbar.com 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve at Ocean RestaurantFive course dinner, champagne. Ocean Restaurant, 333 Bayville Ave., Bayville. thecrescentbeachclub.com $59 plus tax and gratuity. Dec. 31.Dark Star OrchestraContinuing the Grateful Dead Experiences – Cosmic New Year’s 2014-15. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $64.75-$145.25. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 31.Leather and Lace Presents NYE Ball of ConfusionAlternative dance party, DJ. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville Revolutionli.com $15 advance tickets. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve PartyFamily games and activities. Safari Adventure, 1074 Pulaski Rd., Riverhead. thesafariadventure.com $16 (children), $10 (toddlers), $3 (adults), plus tax. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 31.Rock ‘n Glow New Year’s PartyThree hours of bowling, champagne. South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Lane, South Levittown. kpsearch.com Twilight Family Party (5 -8) – $30 per person or $150 per lane (6 people). Moonlight Family Party (9:30 – 12:30) – $35 per person or $170 per lane (6 people)5-8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31.Stephanie O’s New Year’s Eve Dance PartyDancing, champagne. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $69 (Banquette Seating), $49 (General Admission) 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Laugh, Dine, and Dance!Comedy show, DJ, champagne. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45. 6:30 p.m. (Bar and Restaurant), 8 p.m. (Show) Dec. 31.7th Annual New Year’s Laughin Eve 2015 Comedy ShowTheatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Dec. 31.Family New Year’s Eve PartySkate rental, pizza, countdown. United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford. unitedskates.com $20. 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.Great Gatsby GalaVilla Lombardi’s, 877 Main St., Holbrook. villalombardis.com $135. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 31.Celebrate NYE with O El AmorChampagne, masks, first drink on the house. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $30. 9 p.m. Dec. 31.
Natixis and La Banque Postale (LBP) have agreed to combine their fixed income and insurance-related asset management businesses within a new entity.According to a statement, the merger of the relevant businesses of Ostrum Asset Management and LBP Asset Management is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals.A spokesperson for Natixis confirmed that the new entity will be called Ostrum Asset Management, and said the businesses of the former Ostrum that aren’t being combined with LBP AM will be integrated into other Natixis investment affiliates.La Banque Postale said LBP AM and its subsidiary Tocqueville Finance, were “strengthening their position in predominantly SRI multi-specialist conviction management”. Natixis and La Banque Postale are to own 55% and 45%, respectively, of the new Ostrum Asset Management via their asset manager subsidiaries. The new entity will start with more than €415bn in assets under management, based on end-May figures.“The project was conceived in response to the evolution of the market and will be transformative for the asset management industry”NatixisNatixis said the merger project “was conceived in response to the evolution of the market and will be transformative for the asset management industry”.Ostrum Asset Management would seek to quickly grow its volumes and to play a central role in driving the consolidation of the European market in the coming years, it added.The new Ostrum Asset Management will offer investment management for fixed income and credit assets as well as “technological and operational services”, which a spokesperson for Natixis said could include outsourcing services for other asset managers.Philippe Setbon, chief executive officer of Ostrum, will lead the new company, while Mathieu Cheula, who will join LBP AM’s management board from 1 September, will be deputy CEO.Alongside Setbon and Cheula, the new firm’s executive committee will be comprised of asset management professionals drawn from both Ostrum AM and La Banque Postale Asset Management: Ibrahima Kobar, CIO; Guillaume Abel, head of business development; Valérie Derambure, head of finance, strategy and transformation; Julien Raimbault, head of operations and IT/technology; Emmanuelle Portelle, head of compliance and internal control; Rémi Ardaillou, head of risk; and Sylvie Soulère Guidat, head of human resources.Ostrum Asset Management is the former Natixis Asset Management, having been renamed in April 2018.Citigroup executive to take over from Skeoch at SLAStephen Bird has been chosen to succeed Keith Skeoch as chief executive officer of Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA).Bird, who was most recently CEO of global consumer banking at Citigroup, will start as CEO-designate on 1 July and take over fully from Skeoch after a handover period and subject to regulatory approvals.SLA said it envisaged the transition would take place by the end of the third quarter.At that point, Skeoch will be standing down from the board after some five years as group CEO and 14 years as a director. He will serve out the remainder of his contract as non-executive chairman of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Research Institute.Skeoch was originally co-CEO of SLA alongside Martin Gilbert, co-founder of Aberdeen Asset Management, following the latter’s merger with Standard Life, where Skeoch had been CEO. SLA then scrapped the co-CEO model.Bird had been at Citigroup for 21 years before retiring in November last year. He was CEO of global consumer banking from 2015, having been the CEO for all of Citigroup’s Asia Pacific business lines before then.Sir Douglas Flint, chair of SLA, said: “The transition from Keith Skeoch was always going to be a challenge to deliver, given the incredible scale and range of his contributions to the success of the company over many years. I am however extremely pleased to say we have found a truly worthy successor.“I am delighted to welcome Stephen to Standard Life Aberdeen and am looking forward to working with him. He is an inspiring leader with a great track record and experience in leading businesses to harness digital technology to improve both productivity and the client and customer experience.” Following the Bird-Skeoch handover, the SLA board will comprise two executive directors, eight non-executive directors and the chairman. The board will be made up of five women and six men.
Urbis director Paul Riga.The average sale price recorded for the September quarter was $733,000, with three quarters of sales made in projects aimed at the middle to high end of the market. New apartments in Brisbane’s inner east were the most affordable, with an average sale price of $519,000, while Brisbane CBD was the most expensive at $1.1 million. And while sales are growing, supply is easing, with only 403 apartments approved across inner Brisbane during the September quarter — down from 1,674 the previous quarter. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThere were 420 new apartments sold in Brisbane in the September quarter, according to Urbis. Image: AAP/Darren England.Mr Riga said that while the pick-up in sales was welcomed, it had not been easy for developers to attract buyers.“Despite the higher transactions in this quarter, sales are certainly not easy, and for all developments recording strong results in this quarter, it has been on the back of extremely hard work, and for some developers, many years of building trust with buyers,” Mr Riga said. MORE: How to beat Brisbane’s median by $200k New high rise apartments in West End. Picture: Mark Calleja.Urbis director Paul Riga said stable prices, tightening vacancy rates and relatively strong yields had been key attractions for investors.“The increasing number and proportion of investor purchasers across a variety of projects is an indication that longer-term confidence still exists for the inner Brisbane apartment market,” Mr Riga said.More than 80 per cent of those apartment sales were in Brisbane’s inner south, on the back of two major project launches — ‘The Standard’ by Aria in South Brisbane and ‘Silk One’ in Woolloongabba. Both projects had highest number of apartment sales during the quarter. The number of new apartments sold in Brisbane in the past quarter was the strongest in two years, according to Urbis. Image: AAP.THE number of new apartments sold in Brisbane in the past quarter was the strongest in two years, signalling the worst is over for the city’s unit market.In the three months to October, 420 new apartments were sold — the highest number since December 2016, according to a new report by independent consultancy, Urbis.Interstate investors drove the recovery, making up 54 per cent of the sales, while owner occupier purchases dropped to 15 per cent. RELATED: Brisbane housing market “back on the map” Only four new apartment projects are expected to launch in Brisbane in the next six months, according to Urbis. Picture: Richard Walker.Only four projects expected to launch in the next six months, bringing around 950 new apartments to market. “We are not expecting continued quarters of sales at this level due to limited levels of new supply, however overall this quarter has highlighted that there is still demand in the inner Brisbane apartment market and the right drivers are present,” Mr Riga said. He said the Brisbane unit market had been “resilient” in the face of oversupply fears. “We were penned to see … higher vacancies, empty apartments and price falls,” he said.“We haven’t completely been remiss of that; we have seen, in some precincts and some developments, higher than normal vacancies and, in some developments, hits to the price points, but I think if you look at the market from a macro perspective, it’s actually performed quite well.“The amount of supply we’ll see built and completed will continue tapering off until 2020. “That gives the market time to absorb the product being built — and it has been doing that fairly well.”
Chelsea vs. Wolves Venue: Stamford Bridge Kick off: 4PMChelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet at Stamford Bridge this afternoon with their European fate in their own hands. The Blues are in possession of the final Champions League qualifying spot and Wolves are in sixth, which would be enough to seal another season of Europa League football.Has the 2019-20 campaign, Frank Lampard’s first as Chelsea head coach, been a successful one for the Blues?That is a question that cannot be answered for another week or so.Operating under transfer constraints and with star man Eden Hazard no longer at the club, a top-four finish for Chelsea and FA Cup silverware would undoubtedly make this an impressive maiden campaign in the Stamford Bridge dugout for club legend Lampard.Chelsea can tick off the first of those aims on Sunday with victory against Wolves, which would take them to 66 points for the season – six fewer than they managed in Maurizio Sarri’s only campaign at the helm. Only then can focus turn to next weekend’s FA Cup showdown against Arsenal, with the Blues booking their place in the final with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United last week.The Blues could actually lose on Sunday and still finish in the top four, meanwhile, with the two sides either side of them facing off at the King Power Stadium at the same time.Manchester United are above Chelsea on goal difference alone, while Leicester City are a point worse off but have a far superior goal difference.Should Chelsea draw against Wolves then they will be hoping for a Man U victory in the East Midlands to stop Leicester from overtaking them in fourth place.Lampard will be targeting a victory on home soil to ensure that other factors do not come into play, but his side have lost two of their last three league games. That is as many defeats as they had suffered in their previous 11 outings, with Chelsea’s poor defensive setup being exposed by Sheffield United and Liverpool in 3-0 and 5-3 losses.Wolves will be looking to become the latest side to exploit Chelsea’s backline and they head into the game with a bit of momentum on their side after recovering from a recent blip.Back-to-back losses to Arsenal and Sheffield United effectively killed off Wanderers’ top-four aspirations, but they have since seen off Everton and Crystal Palace, either side of drawing against in-form Burnley.Like opponents Chelsea, Wolves will have an eye on other results this weekend in their battle to finish above Tottenham Hotspur – one point worse off in seventh – and secure Europa League football.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise That will provide Nuno Espirito Santo’s men with a safety net of sorts as they could yet be competing in the Champions League next season should they go all the way in this term’s Europa League.Wolves are locked at 1-1 with Olympiacos ahead of their rearranged last-16 second leg early next month and will be eager to keep their momentum going into that match. oals in total, including a hat-trick in the Blues’ 5-2 win in the reverse fixture.As for Wolves, Nuno has no injury or suspension issues ahead of this trip to West London.Wanderers cannot afford to look ahead to their Europa League tie with Olympiacos just yet, with Nuno needing to name his strongest possible XI on Sunday.Daniel Podence has impressed since last month’s restart and is expected to start again alongside key man Raul Jimenez, making it a shootout between Adama Traore and Diogo Jota for the other spot in attack.Chelsea possible XI: Kepa, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount, Willian, Giroud, Pulisic. Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Podence, Jimenez, Jota.Tags: ChelseaEuropa LeagueFrank LampardNuno Espirito SantoUEFA Champions LeagueWolverhampton Wanderers
Pembroke Pines and Miramar police are investigating an early morning small plane crash that has closed a roadway in Miramar.Officials say the crash took place on Pembroke Road just east of Hiatus Road around 9 a.m., with the plane crashing near a Chase Bank branch.Investigators have not released any information on how many people were in the plane or their conditions. The plane was reportedly taking part in a training exercise for Wayman Aviation Academy out of nearby North Perry Airport.WATCH LIVE: Small plane crashes near bank in Pembroke Pines https://t.co/wlxx3EWmIE— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) May 12, 2020
New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended India cricket team all-rounder Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket after he was called for a suspect action during the Sydney ODI against Australia earlier in January. In a statement released by the ICC, Rayudu was suspended from bowling in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations. The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with a legal action. According to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rayudu may be allowed to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the BCCI. During the Sydney ODI, match officials reported concerns about Rayudu’s action in their reports, the latter has 14 days to undergo testing within 14 days.During the Sydney ODI, The statement further read, “Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Rayudu is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”In the Sydney ODI, Rayudu bowled with a different action. When the Andhra player had started bowling, his action was more upright but here, he bowled with a slight flex. Although he conceded just three runs in his first over, he conceded two boundaries to Usman Khawaja in his second over which allowed Australia to build momentum.Rayudu’s bowling troubles could present Virat Kohli some selection headaches heading into the next seven ODIs against Australia and New Zealand. With Hardik Pandya suspended, he might be tempted to draft Vijay Shankar in the squad purely as a bowling all-rounder. Kedar Jadhav is present in the side and he might get a look-in for Adelaide. However, the Indian skipper has not tried the legspin combination of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal outside the subcontinent too much but this latest development might force Kohli to bring about some balance in the lower middle order and the bowling line-up.India lost the Sydney ODI by 34 runs despite some fabulous batting from Rohit Sharma, who blasted his 22nd century and seventh against Australia. Dhoni gave him good support for 51 but the former India skipper’s knock was deemed too slow by social media, resulting in added criticism as the time draws near for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 which will be held in England. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.