Report: Parma 0-1 Juventus

first_imgJuventus started their bid for a ninth consecutive Serie A title with a narrow, but thoroughly deserved, 1-0 win over Parma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday.New boss Maurizio Sarri was absent from the dugout as he is recovering from pneumonia, but he will be buoyed by a performance that suggested they will once again be the team to beat this season.Giorgio Chiellini scored the only goal of the game after 21 minutes, while Cristiano Ronaldo saw a goal ruled out for offside before the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Juve were unable to add a second despite dominating throughout, although it mattered little as they comfortably kept Parma at arm’s length to start the season in familiar fashion.The visitors started with a spring in their step and should have gone ahead after 12 minutes, Ronaldo’s header from 10 yards fizzing narrowly over.Wojciech Szczesny pawed away Roberto Inglese’s instinctive effort at the other end before Chiellini opened the scoring, the veteran defender diverting home Alex Sandro’s scuffed volley from 10 yards.Ronaldo should have doubled their advantage eight minutes later but flashed wide after being played in by Gonzalo Higuain.There was more frustration for the Portugal international before the break when he saw a goal disallowed by VAR for offside. He lashed home superbly from a tight angle but replays showed he was marginally offside as he raced to collect Douglas Costa’s pass.Parma started the second half with more intent than they had shown in the opening 45 minutes, although they struggled to breakdown Juve’s resolute defence.Ronaldo clipped over from Costa’s pull-back on the hour mark before Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe kept out the former Real Madrid’s star’s powerful drive from 20 yards.The Bianconeri eased up in the closing stages, rarely looking like they would add a second, but the damage had been done by their defensive colossus in the first half.Fine primo tempo al Tardini. @chiellini inaugura la #SerieATIM 2019/2020!#WeAreCalcio pic.twitter.com/Wt7Uj9DL5F— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 24, 2019What does it mean? Juve pick up where they left offJuve were not at their very best but they scarcely needed to be to cruise past a limited Parma outfit. If Sarri was watching, he will have seen a team that looks solid at the back and lively in attack – the perfect combination for yet another title tilt.aptain @chiellini!  #ParmaJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/AnavEYstZv— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 24, 2019Ronaldo wasteful but looking sharpAny thoughts that the 34-year-old’s powers might be diminishing were dispelled in a performance brimming with swagger and skill. He missed two clear chances in the first half and saw a goal ruled out, but he can reflect on a showing that bodes well for the season ahead.Higuain fails to take chanceFew expected the Argentina international to be given a chance at Juve this season, which is why it was such a surprise to see Gonzalo Higuain starting in attack. He did little to suggest he will stay there, though, with a display every bit as listless as those he produced on loan at Chelsea last season.Key Opta Facts- Juventus have won the first match of the season in eight of their last nine Serie A campaigns.- Parma have won only 2 of their last 19 Serie A games (D7, L10).- Miralem Pjanic made 113 touches in this match, 37 more than any other player.- Chiellini has scored four of his last eight Serie A goals with the right foot (including the last two).What’s next? Juve welcome last season’s runners-up and Sarri’s former club Napoli to the Allianz Stadium next Saturday, while Parma travel to Udinese a day later. read morelast_img read more

BMWs M850i xDrive Is Perfect for When the Road Is Long and

first_img Next Inside, the 8 glistens with a crystal gear selector, metal mesh trim, Bowers and Wilkins speakers, and vivid digital displays. A duo-tone leather cabin affords the right amount of intrigue for a refined coupe. Though layout and material quality is shared with other BMW models, the 8 Series’ superior details are befitting a $112,000 halo product.America’s only taste of the 8 Series (thus far) is a twin-turbo V8 delight. The 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque are sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. With sufficient thrust to leave the Lexus’ LC (and most other road cars) for dead, the M850i snaps through its gears without a hint of drama. Road and wind noise within the cabin is minimal, letting us appreciate the burbles and pops of overrun in Sport Plus driving mode. What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 1 of 11 Grand Touring is a rich man’s game and it’s played poorly. Cars like the Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT serve a restrained purpose — namely looking beautiful and consuming large quantities of petrol. The likelihood of owners taking such ornate vehicles on extended drives is slim. Rather, their immense powertrains and sumptuous leather seats are utilized for occasional jaunts in and out of the city, where a critically acclaimed play or restaurant promise some cultural “awakening.”Back on planet Earth, prospects for a comfortable, engaging two-door are scant. Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class Coupe is dauntingly large and lacks the finesse of a corner carver. Only Lexus’ LC500 combines extraordinary design with respectable athleticism. Still, the aspirational yet attainable GT niche is underdeveloped and begging for playmates.BMW has been out of the grand touring game for some time. Following the retirement of the 8 Series in 1999, the German automaker revived its 6 Series moniker as a placeholder two-by-two coupe. The later four-door coupe introduced an element of visual flair, but the two-door was far from the sort of aspirational model BMW needed.News of the 8 Series’ rebirth stirred some cautious optimism in enthusiasts’ hearts. The original car was truly special, after all, with sleek styling, V8 and V12 engines, and BMW’s characteristic “ultimate driving” dynamics. The successor looks promising too. Longer, sharper, and far more potent than the now-dormant 6 Series coupe, the 8 Series (in M-Sport guise) could give the GT segment new life.The Barcelona Blue Metallic vision before us is a well-optioned case for BMW’s fortitude. Fetching from every angle, the M850i xDrive’s standout features include a set of striking LED headlights, sharp 20-inch wheels, and muscular rear haunches. This coupe has presence, yet doesn’t overwhelm its own aesthetic grace with angles and ridges. The exterior design is so successful, in fact, that we’ve already erased the underwhelming 6 Series coupe from our memory. Editors’ Recommendations center_img Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Previous Aided by a sophisticated rear wheel steering system and robust brakes, the 8 Series slips through curves and scrubs speed with nimbleness incongruous to its 4,500-pound mass. At moseying speeds, the adaptive suspension softens ride quality to fulfill the other requirement of a GT: comfort. The 8 Series’ letterbox visibility through narrow windows does create a few blind spots, but a complete suite of driver assistance features restores driver confidence.There’s a just-right feel to the 8 Series that not only helps define BMW’s “performance lite” M-Sport brand but also renews the GT segment for driving enthusiasts. Leave the pomp for the Brits; this German has purpose. The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic last_img read more

The Best Mattresses for SideSleepers Who Need Support

first_imgIn order to really get the perfect fit for you, buying a new mattress should be a little more involved than heading to a mattress retailer and laying down on a handful of mattresses. There are plenty of things to consider; your sleeping temperature, how soft or firm you like your mattress, what the warranty looks like, whether the brand offers a trial period. However, one of the biggest things to think about when you’re buying a new mattress is the position in which you sleep; on your back, side, or stomach.If you sleep best on your side, consider yourself lucky. Back sleepers often have snoring and sleep apnea problems and stomach sleepers can experience back and neck pain from sleeping with a turned head all night. However, side sleepers are at an increased risk of back pain because, by sleeping on your side, you’re creating more angles that are left unsupported. If you feel like your head, shoulders, and hips are bearing the brunt of your weight while you sleep, it’s time for a new mattress.Side sleepers who need a new mattress, read on – we’ve compiled a list of some of the best mattresses for side sleepers out there to keep you pain-free and sleeping comfortably. Best Value: Tuft and NeedleThe Original, queen – $595Side sleepers on a budget don’t have to deal with back pain; the good folks at Tuft and Needle have your back (somewhat literally)! Made from high-quality adaptive foam, this mattress offers equals part softness and support. Just as crucial, it provides great pressure relief. What’s more, the foam is made with graphite and cooling gel beads, ensuring you won’t wake up sweating in the middle of the night. Have a significant other? You’ll both appreciate the localized bounce, as you won’t feel even the most restless partner tossing and turning. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it, Tuft and Needle offers a 100-night trial along with a 10-year limited warranty.Good for:People who sleep hotCouplesSide and back sleepers Editors’ Recommendations Best Luxury Option: Loom and LeafQueen – $1,499Looking for a mattress that gives you that cloud-like softness? Well, this mattress from Loom and Leaf might be the closest approximation. Made from premium memory foam, it features a quilted, organic-cotton-top gel layer for a cooling effect, layers for convoluting and contouring, and a base layer that promotes airflow. The memory foam is also amazing at isolating movement. And, because Loom and Leaf uses environmentally friendly materials, you can feel good about purchasing this mattress. Finally, like other brands on this list, the company offers a 120-day sleep trial, though you might be a permanent believer after one night on this mattress.Good For:CouplesPeople with back painSleepers in the average and heavier weight groups $595 from Amazon $1,090 from Helix Mattress $595 from Tuft and Needle Best for Heavy-Set Sleepers: Helix NightfallQueen – $1,090If you often find yourself sinking deeper into your mattress throughout the night, you’ll definitely want to check out the Helix Nightfall. The mattress is specially designed for individuals who are big and tall. After all, it’s made with high-density foam for maximum support and pressure relief. Even better, the Nightfall features wrapped coils which both nestle your body and reinforce the bed’s perimeter, giving you total edge support. And that’s not all, Helix smartly employs a breathable, two-cover design which helps increase airflow. And less sinking means less overheating.Good For:People who sleep hotSleepers in the heavier weight groupSide and back sleepers $999 from Layla Spleep Best for Lightweight Sleepers: Nectar King – $899You’re not dreaming. Nectar provides total comfort with an impressively reasonable price tag. The mattress itself combines both standard and gel memory foam, perfectly contouring to your body without sagging. Indeed, Nectar finds the sweet spot between firmness and softness, so the side sleeper who prefers a firmer mattress will love this one. It’s also made with a Tencel cooling cover, designed to wick away heat and circulate air as you sleep. Moreover, Nectar offers customers a 180-day risk-free sleep trial. If you’re unhappy you can return the mattress, no strings attached. And as if that wasn’t enough, the company also maintains a forever warranty.Good for:All types of sleepersPeople with back painPeople who sleep hot $999 from Amazon How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep Choosing the Best Mattress for Side-SleepingNo matter the mattress you end up taking home, it’s critical that side sleepers pay close attention to firmness. This is because, despite the benefits of side-sleeping, the wrong mattress is liable to put undue strain on your body. You really need a mattress that will contour to your shape, thus minimizing the compression of your joints and ensuring your spine stays aligned. What you should look out for is a bed that’s firm enough to prevent your side and neck from floating in space but soft enough to cradle your thighs and shoulders.Factor in Size and WeightFor many side sleepers, a medium-firm mattress should suffice. Nevertheless, it’s probably best (and easiest) to think about your mattress in terms of your specific body shape:If you’re under 130 pounds with a BMI of 19 or less, you’ll likely want a softer mattress. You’re lighter than average and won’t sink into the mattress as easily. That means that beds that are firmer might not conform to your body enough.If you weigh between 130-230 pounds and have a BMI of 19-25, a medium-soft to lightly firm mattress should do the trick. You’re looking for a middle ground between firm support and soft contouring.If you weigh over 230 pounds and have a BMI over 25, a firm mattress is the way to go. Heavier individuals are likely to sink into their mattress, which can encourage back pain and, in extreme cases, misalignment of the spine.Factor in Mattress TypeOf course, firmness also correlates to the type of material from which each mattress is made. Therefore, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what’s available. Mattresses can be divided into four main types:Innerspring: Often the cheapest option (and the one with the shortest lifespan), innerspring mattresses are manufactured with steel springs designed to support your core. They also tend to have polyfoam layers for added comfort. Innersprings don’t contour to the body as well as other materials, but they do sleep cooler than others.Foam: Slightly more expensive than innerspring options, foam mattresses usually have several layers of memory foam, polyfoam, or some combination of the two. These mattresses do a good job of supporting all of your body’s curves and providing pressure relief. However, they have been known to sag over time and can get hot.Latex: Pricier than foam but with a longer lifespan, latex mattresses often use natural or synthetic latex for both core support and comfort. These beds also do a good job of contouring and relieving pressure. And if you co-sleep with either a partner or a dog companion, take note: latex mattresses are great for isolating movement. Conversely, they can be prone to sagging as well.Hybrid: As its name suggests, a hybrid mattress combines latex, memory foam, and coils. They offer great support, especially along the edge of the bed. Hybrids are the best of both worlds, and their price tag reflects that.Other Factors to ConsiderAside from considering the material, it’s always smart to test out the mattress. After all, you will be spending around eight hours every day on it. If you are shopping in a physical store, spend at least 15-20 minutes lying on each potential mattress in the position in which you sleep. This will give your body time to settle. Try to wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes to the store, too — unless you typically sleep in a suit or jeans. You probably won’t be able to bring your 200-pound St. Bernard with you to the try-outs, but bring your partner if possible. It’s vital that the mattress is comfortable for both of you. Plus, this gives you the opportunity to test how much you can feel the other person moving.Planning to shop online? That’s not a problem. Many companies offer sleep trials. Some even let you test a mattress for an entire year. And don’t ignore that fine print: you want to know if you’ll have to pay added shipping costs, removal fees, etc. should you get buyer’s remorse. It’s no fun being surprised by an unexpected bill.Finally, we should also note that side sleeping can place added pressure on your neck and shoulders. Therefore, it is critical to find a pillow that provides the necessary support. You don’t want to sleep with something that is overly fluffy or flat. Similar to mattresses, you should purchase a pillow that is able to conform to your natural curves.Still need convincing? You spend a third of your life in your bed. You need a mattress that you find comfortable and delivers a good night’s sleep. You won’t find the perfect mattress without keeping your sleep position in mind.Looking for more ways to upgrade your sleep? We’ve found the best latex pillows on the market, pillows for stomach-sleepers, and the best mattresses money can buy. The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain $1499 from Loom and Leaf $899 on Amazon Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 Best for Medium-Sized Sleepers: LaylaQueen – $999Buying a Layla mattress is like having two mattresses in one. Why? To begin with, it features a unique, flippable design; one side is medium soft and the other is firm. If you’re feeling a pinch in your back one morning, just flip it before bed later on for a different sleep experience. Perhaps more importantly, Layla uses copper-infused memory foam. The copper itself aids in circulation and the overall foam provides the cushioning needed for proper spinal alignment and pressure relief. Your back will feel better and you’ll sleep longer. Additionally, the mattress minimizes motion transfer; you won’t feel your partner moving or your dog jumping up in the morning. To top it off, Layla allows a 120-night sleep trial. If you’re unhappy, they’ll pick up your mattress, donate it to a local charity, and provide you with a full refund.Good For:People with back painCouplesAll body types The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleeplast_img read more

Somawansa to form new alliance for LG polls

Amarasinghe said that talks will begin early next month to form the new alliance. Former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Somawansa Amarasinghe is to register a new alliance to contest the next Local Government (LG) elections.He said that the new alliance will be formed by including civil society and trade union representatives. The former JVP leader said that the name of the new alliance and its policies will be decided once the new alliance is formed. Amarasinghe, who was replaced as JVP leader by Anura Kumara Dissanayake, had resigned from the party and later accused the JVP of drifting away from its ideologies. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Emotional plea for change Wrap your arms around us…dont kick us out

first_imghttp://youtu.be/zX3BS3c_LPs(YouTube: SineadOCarrollTJ)AMANDA MELLET AND Ruth Bowie, two members of the support group Terminations for Medical Reasons, shared their emotional pleas for a change in Ireland’s laws at a press briefing in Dublin this afternoon.Both women, who shared their personal experiences of losing a much-wanted child, urged the government to ensure that women carrying unviable pregnancies can receive treatment in their home country.Amanda Mellet is filing a petition to the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee claiming a violation of her human rights as a result of the gap in treatment following a diagnosis in 2011.Ruth Bowie intends to file a further petition at a later date.(YouTube: SineadOCarrollTJ)A third woman, Siobhán Murphy, will also file a petition to the same committee early next year.She also told reporters of the hours following her diagnosis.“I had to dig for information,” she said. “I wasn’t given a number, a name or a hospital. I rang crisis pregnancy agencies for help but they weren’t able to. Eventually I went back to Holles Street and was told that they ‘hear good reports about Liverpool Women’s Hospital’.”The Centre for Reproductive Rights and TFMR are filing the petitions on behalf of the women.About 1,500 cases of fatal foetal abnormalities are reported each year in Ireland with about 80 per cent of the women travelling abroad for early inducement or terminations. Members of TFMR were devastated of the omission from the legislation this year but vowed to take their cases to Europe and beyond.A number of politicians, including Clare Daly, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Catherine Murphy, Mick Wallace, Richard Boyd-Barrett, Catherine Murphy, Ivana Bacik, Joan Collins and Ciara Conway, turned out in support of the group today.Another member of the group Arlette Lyons warned the government that they were not going to to “give up”.“Don’t be embarrassed into doing something,” she said. “Do the right thing now.”TFMR continues to meet and offer support to women whose babies have been diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities. The group’s website can be found here. They be reached by email: tfmrireland@gmail.com. Support group Leanbh mo Chroi can also be found on Facebook, or contacted by email at leanbhmochroi@gmail.com or by telephone on 086 747 4746.A separate group offering support to parents is One Day More and can be contacted at onedaymorefamilies@gmail.comRelated: “Amanda would have been forced to carry to term, fearing every minute”Read: Women who travelled to UK for terminations to bring case to United Nations>Explainer: What will Ireland’s new abortion law change?last_img read more