No traffic charge

first_imgThe Oxford City Council has ruled out a London-style congestion charge to ease the city’s grid-locked streets. Despite initially considering the scheme following the success in the capital, Councillor David Robertson confirmed that the charge was not an option.Archive: 0th week HT 2004last_img

A square deal

first_imgRSP: £ The Handmade Cake Company has launched a new range of tray-baked Cake Squares.The premium, handmade sponges are also decorated by hand. They measure 365mm x 210mm x 40mm, and come in four varieties: Passion Cake, Chocolate Cake, Ginger & Lemon Cake and Rustic Apple Cake.Cake Squares are targeted at the foodservice sector for on-counter impact. They aim to provide a better value-for-money cake configuration, because slightly smaller portions can be cut. The company claims there is also less wastage because, unlike a traditional round cake, remaining pieces can be attractively regrouped in piles.last_img

Single Speed Ain’t Dead

first_imgConsigned to kids’ bikes for the past century, the single speed made an impassioned comeback in the early 2000s. For a dedicated few, the spirit of the single speed lives on.You will know Endless Bike Company’s owner Shanna Powell when you see her. If the fairy dress doesn’t give her away, the cat ears attached to her helmet will.In 2008, Powell bought Endless Bike Company, a cottage bicycle drivetrain parts manufacturer for single speed bikes. There was just one problem: she had never ridden a single speed before.“I was just so new to bikes in general that I hadn’t formed an opinion [about single speeds],” says Powell, who had only started working at a bike shop two years prior. “I didn’t know the difference from one bike to the next.”Soon after the ownership transfer, Powell hopped on a single speed at Bent Creek Experimental Forest near her home in Asheville, N.C. Nearly a decade later, she still prefers single speeds to geared bikes.For ease of use, affordability, and low maintenance, Powell argues that beginner riders should start with a single speed from the get-go. If the bike is equipped with a gear appropriate for the terrain, she says, riding a single speed is not much different than riding a geared bike. True, you might be coasting more than pedaling on the downhill, but a strong single speeder knows how to utilize momentum to her advantage and can crush a climb faster than her geared bike counterpart.“I choose to ride a single speed because I think it makes you a better rider,” says Powell. “It forces you to use your bike and your body rather than just shifting.”In general, says Powell, single speeders are the most inclusive subclass of cycling, hinging on the simplest of principles: having fun. And most devout single speeders are characters in one way or another. They have to be. If they’re not taking the brunt of geared cyclists’ jokes, they’re heckling each other. It comes with the bike. More often than not, cyclists who hear “single speed” think either next-level-badassery or stupid pain. The truth lies somewhere in between.Take New River Bikes owner Andy Forron, for example. At this year’s Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race (PMBAR), a 50- to 80-mile self-supported orienteering suffer fest, Forron and his teammate crushed the competition, finishing first in the single speed category and third overall. In jorts and a purple jersey (and a rigid frame with matching purple handlebars), he hardly looked the part.“I wouldn’t put it past Andy to show up in jean shorts and a cutoff shirt,” says Powell. “He’ll be the one standing around at the race beforehand and everyone will be like, ‘Who IS this guy?’ And then he will rip their legs off.”Serious, but not too serious. Or, hell, slap the bag and let’s party. Despite the simplicity of their bikes, single speeders are a mysterious breed. We sat three of them down, Andy Forron (Fayetteville, W.Va.), Rich “Dicky” Dillen (Charlotte, N.C.), and Watts Dixon (Greensboro, N.C.), to get a better idea of the inner workings of a single speeder’s brain. Whether or not their responses lead us closer to the truth is debatable.You’ve all been riding since childhood. Do you remember your first bike?AF: I got a mountain bike for my seventh birthday. I really wanted a dirt bike but I didn’t get that.RD: Some piece of sh*t with a banana seat, yellow and brown because those are the best colors for action.WD: I also had a Schwinn with a banana seat, and then eventually some form of a BMX bike. It was bright yellow. It got run over by a dump truck.How did you get into racing single speeds?AF: I started racing when I was pretty little. I got dragged around to all of the local races when I was 8 or 9. That morphed into doing longer races, and then 100-milers, and then those stupid ones where I don’t sleep for a few days. Now I like to do PMBAR because I can beat Rich and Watts.Read more![nextpage title=”Read one!”]RD: I started mountain biking sometime in college in the late ‘80s. When I moved to Charlotte, my horizons opened. I started racing in Pisgah and doing 24-hour races. Once I learned how to hate myself, that’s when I started single speed racing.WD: I went to a lot of races very early on, but I never raced because I was f*cking terrified. I don’t know why. I rode a lot but I didn’t want to race. Then in my middle school and early high school years, I became obsessed with the idea of doing Ironman. When I got back on a mountain bike, it was always a single speed. The bicycling scene, as vibrant as it may appear sometimes, is just as boring as every other facet of society, so I was looking for something that was not as boring as everything else I had seen.When did single speeds peak in popularity?AF: It seemed like it got really popular about five years ago. Now it’s kinda back to the same people that were doing it in the ‘90s. It’s certainly not what it used to be. You can’t even buy a single speed from a lot of the major manufacturers anymore.RD: Yeah about six years ago. Everyone had a single speed in their quiver then.What appealed to you about riding a single speed?AF: I just started riding single speed because my geared bike broke and I never fixed it.RD: I remember looking at the simplicity of the bikes without all the shit on them. There was a mystique to it. We didn’t know what could be done on a single speed. Once I started riding single speed I couldn’t get back on any of my other bikes because they all sucked. I’ve bought some geared bikes in the last decade and the last one I owned for 47 days. The local shops know not to sell me bikes with gears because I told them to stop me if I ever tried to do it again.WD: Early on, going to all those races and watching, the guys racing single speed were always the biggest characters. It was a lot more nuts back then. They were wearing costumes, like full braziers on a 24-hour race. They stood out and it definitely left an impression and I knew that was more my style.So what is considered proper single speed attire now?RD: No matter what you wear, everyone still has the right to make fun of what you’re wearing. If you wear jorts, you get shit for that. If you take your shirt off, you get made fun of for that. You better have some thicker skin if you wanna play the game. They’re gonna dig shit up forever and hold it against you so be prepared.WD: What about those cargo shorts?RD: If there’s a zombie apocalypse and I’m out riding around, I’m gonna need to put stuff in my pockets so I’m gonna keep those cargo shorts. Just a few pairs. I need a place to put my water.Do you have a single speed hero?WD: Heroes always disappoint. There are no heroes.Read more.[nextpage title=”Read on!”]Why is riding a single speed better?AF: It’s really quiet. Usually. And it’s really simple. You don’t have to screw with it, you just ride it. There’s nothing to break off or hang off.RD: It limits the things I have to think about because I‘m not very good with options. It’s like a Mexican restaurant that just has burritos. If it’s a shitty burrito then I just eat my way through and if it’s a good burrito then yay. I just want to ride my bike. I don’t have to think about what I’m doing. I just need to go faster or slow down and I don’t want to think about much more than that.WD: I like Rich’s answer. I do enjoy the challenge of riding a single speed. When Rich and I did the Trans-Sylvania Epic, we were the only people on rigid bikes. It sucked at times. It was challenging. But we still had tons of fun and finished all of the sections and it levels the satisfaction even if you didn’t win by any stretch.Finish this sentence for me: To ride a single speed you must be…AF: Normal?RD: 21 or older.WD: Humanoid.And this one: You should only ride single speed if…AF: You wanna have a good time.RD: You’re not excited about electronic shifting.WD: You’re looking at Interbike coverage and everything makes you go, “Ugh this is horrible.”What is something about the single speed culture that most of us can’t understand?RD: Whether you stand on the podium or not, you just came there to have a good time. But even when you win you don’t have a sense of accomplishment because you’re like, “If so-and-so had showed up he would have beat me anyway.”  There is no satisfaction. You’re just always unhappy. Deep down we’re just racing bikes which is really dumb. We could race lawn mowers and it wouldn’t be much different. I’ve got a push mower.WD: Honestly I don’t even like racing. I like beating people. I like being in front of someone, but I don’t like when someone is in front of me. If there are seven of us all riding together in a race, it sucks. I want to beat all those people but I don’t want to have to race them.How would you describe the present-day single speed community?RD: Dead.WD: D-E-D.RD: Okay, for real, we’re making fun of it seriously. There are just certain things that bother me like the guy who shows up on a single speed because he can’t beat anybody else. We can’t make up our own rules but we have social media now and we can shame people. We can ban cargo shorts on the podium.WD: I think if you ban cargo shorts, the whole mountain bike scene would die.RD: Okay, bring your cargo shorts. As long as we get to make fun of it.WD: Riding single speeds is all something we like to do, but we’re not like, “SINGLE SPEED FOREVVVVER.” On some level everyone is guilty to some degree of putting themselves in a category like mountain biker, road biker, single speeder. We’re real people and we are able to look past something as banal as riding a one-geared bike in the woods as a way to define who we are. What I’m trying to say is, we’re all really deep and complicated people. Like, really deep.So are there different degrees of single speed enthusiasm?RD: There’s the calculated go-to-bed-on-time single speeder with a power meter and a training schedule. Then there are those of us who want to put in some effort but not more than what’s required. We might not drink too much the night before a race. Then there are those who drink way too much the night before and don’t even finish the race and don’t care that they don’t finish and those are beautiful people.Do single speeders have a mantra?RD: Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. Working hard because you’re stupid is called single speeding.WD: Or maybe something existential. Like a Sartre quote. Everything is meaningless.AF: I just like to ride my bike. Yay bikes.What does a single speeder bring on every bike ride?AF: Gummy bears are definitely important. And a good time.RD: Beer and two hard-boiled eggs. There’s something about stopping and drinking a beer and eating two hard-boiled eggs that makes me feel like life doesn’t suck. Or if you can steal bacon from work, that’s good, too.WD: Their neuroses.Do you have a dream single speed bike?AF: A titanium beach cruiser with a dropper post because I want a button on my handlebar like everybody else.RD: What’s my dream bike? A dream bike would be like a four-pound single speed with rockets on it, but then everyone would make fun of me, so there is no dream bike. I have no dreams.last_img read more

‘There is No Political Will’: Maduro Ignored Bachelet’s 2019 Human Rights Recommendations

first_imgBy Gustavo Ocando Alex/Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by Diálogo Staff August 20, 2020 The Nicolás Maduro regime has partially addressed only two of the 23 recommendations that United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made in 2019 to revert and prevent human rights violations in Venezuela.Institutions that advocate for human rights, such as the Venezuelan Education-Action Program on Human Rights (PROVEA, in Spanish), came to this conclusion after analyzing the critical report the U.N. delegate submitted in July 2019, which was updated at least four times.On July 4, 2019, following six months of complaints against Nicolás Maduro for his alleged usurpation of power, Bachelet submitted a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council that was highly critical of the Venezuelan state for “grave violations of economic, social, civil, political, and cultural rights” that the office documented.The High Commissioner condemned an official strategy “aimed at neutralizing, repressing, and criminalizing political opponents and people critical of the government.” The report also concluded that the profound economic crisis has left the Venezuelan people without the means to fulfill their fundamental rights to food and health care.She also noted the militarization of state institutions and a reduction of space for independent media, among other human rights violations in Venezuela.Based on interviews with 558 victims and witnesses of such violations, the document included 23 recommendations urging the Maduro regime to guarantee availability and access to food, water, medicine, and health care services.Other requests included ending extrajudicial torture and executions and liberating all detainees being arbitrarily deprived of their liberty. The petition also sought to end and condemn selective persecution and repression for political reasons and to dissolve the National Police’s Special Actions Forces (FAES, in Spanish).Calixto Ávila, a human rights consultant and PROVEA representative in Europe, told Voice of America that his organization, one of the oldest in Venezuela, noted that Maduro has ignored 21 of the proposals that Bachelet submitted to improve the human rights situation in the country.“There have only been positive steps in two of the 23 recommendations. The first has to do with the presence of officials [from Bachelet]; and the second relates to increasing the capacity of vaccination programs,” information that UNICEF has made public, but the regime has not, Ávila said.The presence of the Office of the High Commissioner is an “important step” for human rights in Venezuela, says the PROVEA representative, but Bachelet’s officers were unable to enter detention centers controlled by the military and intelligence agencies, where many political prisoners are held and deprived of their liberty, he added.Propaganda rather than respectThe High Commissioner for Human Rights has updated her report four times: in September and December 2019; in March, before the pandemic was declared; and in late June, when she specified that her office has continued to document restrictions in the country’s civil and democratic spaces.During her last presentation before the Human Rights Council, Bachelet stated that the Supreme Court of Justice’s latest decisions on the new electoral power and the main opposition parties “reduce the possibility to create the conditions for credible and democratic electoral processes.”In her opinion, “people in Venezuela continue to suffer grave violations of economic and social rights due to low salaries, high food prices, persisting deficiencies in public services such as electricity, water, and fuel shortages, as well as precarious access to health care.”Liliana Ortega, a lawyer and founder of the Relatives of Victims Committee (COFAVIC, in Spanish), one of Venezuela’s most experienced human rights nongovernmental organizations, highlights that the updates to the High Commissioner’s report reveal “poor cooperation” from the Maduro regime.“They reveal the state’s failure to comply with and cooperate in the most fundamental aspects, as well as the worsening of the situation that she pointed out in July 2019, when she visited the country,” she told Voice of America.The Venezuelan state must comply with every recommendation that the U.N. representative has made, Ortega said.From Belgium, the PROVEA adviser said that for 21 of Bachelet’s recommendations, there is no progress, no way to evaluate them, or there are setbacks.Among the neglected recommendations, PROVEA urges guaranteeing access to humanitarian assistance, under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence.The organization also prioritizes health care and access to water for the population during the pandemic. The dissolution of FAES, which Ávila calls a “death squad,” and the liberation of all political prisoners are other imperatives.last_img read more

Long Island Weather: Nor’easter Possible This Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is bracing for a possible nor’easter that could dump several inches of snow on the tri-state area this week, but the forecast is nowhere near certain.The worst-case scenario for LI includes up to 60 mph wind gusts, coastal flooding and beach erosion along with a mix of snow and rain Wednesday into Thursday, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.There’s also a possibility the winter storm could go out to sea without impacting LI. But, if it does roll ashore, it could bring the kind of heavy, wet snow that downs trees and power lines, in turn causing power outages, forecasters warn.Tuesday is forecast as mostly sunny with a high of 44 in the calm before the possible storm, but there’s a chance snow could start early Wednesday morning when temperatures drop down to 32 overnight.If the storm hits Wednesday, the precipitation may turn to rain during the day when temps rise above freezing to near 40, but the chance of snow resumes after sundown into Thursday morning.Next weekend is otherwise expected to be clear with sunny skies in the forecast for Friday, Satuday and Sunday.last_img read more

Financial Fitness Focus: Why financial fitness is important

first_imgThis is the last installment of our Financial Fitness Focus series on the blog leading up to Financial Fitness Day.  Let’s focus now on the critical need for financial literacy, and the improvement of financial fitness in the U.S.  First, let’s talk about the current state of financial fitness in America.Biz Kid$ has a great resource that provides statistics proving how important financial education is.  They found that fewer than 50% of teens age 13-18 consider themselves knowledgeable about how to budget money, and only 41% new how to pay bills.  Furthermore, in a 2007 study of K-12 teachers, only about half of the teachers surveyed said they teach some form of “financial literacy” due to the lack of time, curriculum requirements, and lack of demand.According to a survey conducted by genyplanning, only 40% of adults keep a budget and track their spending. Three-fourths of American families say they live paycheck to paycheck, and more than one-fourth of American families have no savings at all.These statistics portray a strong need for financial literacy from the Kindergarten level  until adulthood.  Financial fitness is important, at every age and every stage of life.  Below is from a piece Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland recently wrote for the Credit Union Times relating to financial fitness and getting your members financially fit:One doesn’t become physically fit naturally. It takes training and conditioning with good coaches along the way. The same could be said for financial fitness. At the National Credit Union Foundation, we believe that all people should have the education, tools and resources needed to achieve financial freedom. And that takes training as well. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Arsenal to give Mikel Arteta limited funds in January transfer window

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 4:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Arteta watched Man City beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (BPI/REX)However, the report claims that Arteta will be given a bigger budget to work with next summer as he will be looking to address several weaknesses in the Gunners’ squad.Arsenal already face the prospect of losing their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of the season when his contract will have just one year left to run.And Arteta is also likely to address Arsenal’s leaky defence which has already conceded 27 goals in 17 Premier League matches this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta has reportedly been offered a three-and-a-half-year contract by Arsenal, while City are demanding a £1 million compensation fee for the Spaniard.Pep Guardiola has also given his approval to Arteta after appointing him as his assistant at City in 2016.Meanwhile, Arsenal are also reportedly close to completing a deal for City’s talent-spotter Sam Fagbemi.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Mikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal’s hierarchy have warned Mikel Arteta that he will be given limited funds to work with in the January transfer window, according to understands that Arsenal expect to reach an agreement with Arteta this week after holding talks with the 37-year-old following Manchester City’s 3-0 win over the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.And the Spaniard immediately faces a difficult task as Arsenal have registered just one win in their last 12 games and are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.During the meeting with Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy at his home which concluded in the early hours of Monday morning, Arteta reportedly discussed potential transfer targets along with the direction he wants the team to move in.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut according to The Sun, Arteta has already been told by Arsenal chiefs that he will have ‘limited funds’ to work with next month. Arsenal to give Mikel Arteta limited funds in January transfer window Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

No crowds, no Ryder Cup, suggests European captain Harrington

first_img “I’m not saying it hasn’t been in doubt,” said Harrington. “I’m sure they’ve looked at alternatives and things like that. “But the only reason for the Ryder Cup not being there, and that’s outside everybody’s hands, is the coronavirus. “It’s not something that’s within our control. Loading… Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington believes the biennial match with the United States should be postponed if fans are ordered to stay away due to the coronavirus pandemic.The 48-year-old Irishman told the BBC on Wednesday the febrile atmosphere created by the opposing sets of fans was part of the fabric of the event.Ryder Cup will be postponed if fans banned – Harrington “Nobody wants to see the Ryder Cup played without the fans being there,” said Harrington. “There’s no doubt that it makes the tournament so much better. “I think the common consensus now is the Ryder Cup will not be played unless the fans are there. “Non-golfers and golfers around the world watch the Ryder Cup because of the tension that’s created by the spectators.” This year’s edition is slated to take place from September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, USA. At present Europe are due to begin their defence of the trophy just a week after a re-arranged US Open. The other two US-based majors The Masters and the PGA have also been postponed to November and August respectively. The fourth major the British Open due to be played in July has been cancelled. Harrington is a three-time major champion and part of six Ryder Cup teams finishing on the winning side on four occasions. He said whether the Ryder Cup went ahead depended on something that was out of organisers control. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The World Read Also: Ex-Eagles manager urges Ighalo to extend Man United loan stay “There are bigger things too than the Ryder Cup. “I hope that we get our chance to play. “I think it’s something that can bring people together and is something to look forward to and enjoy.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Berlin rejects German Cup final fans request

first_img However, football stadiums and other sports events could be subject to an exception and allowed to admit limited number of fans, but the subject is under discussion. A Hamburg-based virologist said even a tiny crowd of 1,000 fans in the cavernous Olympic Stadium would be too many. “You have to limit the number of spectators,” said scientist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit. Read Also: Ronaldo fails to lift Juve as Napoli claim Coppa Italia “I think a figure in the low three-digit range could definitely be implemented. “The danger is that there will be ‘a superspreading’ at an event, where an unidentified infected person in the stadium can infect hundreds of people in those two hours.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Next month’s German Cup final will be played behind closed doors after the country’s football association’s application for fans to be present was turned down by the local Berlin government on Wednesday. Bayern Munich will defend the German Cup at a near-empty Olympic Stadium Earlier in the day the German football associaton (DFB) said they hoped up to 1,000 fans could be allowed into the capital city’s Olympic Stadium when holders Bayern Munich host Bayer Leverkusen on July 4. The ground has a capacity of 75,000 but all football matches have been played behind closed doors since the Bundesliga resumed in mid-May. “The response to our request was negative,” the DFB said. “The rules currently in place in Berlin mean that any gathering of more than 1,000 in the capital is forbidden until August 31,” it added. The numbers are limited to playing staff, coaches, club officials, media and match officials with fans locked out. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government wants to ban events with large crowds until at least the end of October over fears of renewed transmission of the coronavirus, according to an official draft seen by AFP.last_img read more

Juventus hailed as ‘the lions of Wembley’

first_img0Shares0000Gianluigi Buffon led Juventus to a come-from-behind victory against Tottenham at Wembley to secure a last-eight Champions League spot © AFP / Glyn KIRKROME, Italy, Mar 8 – Juventus were hailed as “the lions of Wembley” by the Italian media on Thursday after the Serie A side’s stunning fightback against Tottenham to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.Massimiliano Allegri’s side were on the brink of elimination after Son Heung-Min’s first-half strike put Spurs ahead at their temporary home of Wembley on Wednesday. But, despite being completely outplayed in the opening period, Juventus got back in the game after the break and equalised through Gonzalo Higuain.That was the decisive moment as Tottenham suddenly went to pieces, allowing the Italian champions to score again two minutes and 49 seconds later as Paulo Dybala punished poor defending with a cool finish.All three Italian sports dailies sung from the same hymn book, with the headline in both the Gazzetto dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport acclaiming “the Lions of Wembley”, while for Tuttosport Juve were simply “Lions”.And the abiding image of a gripping game was the sight of their two aged roaring lions, 40-year-old keeper Gianluigi Buffon and 33-year-old Giorgio Chiellini, face to face, after the veteran central defender made a crucial tackle on Spurs striker Harry Kane.On Wednesday Tottenham discovered that Juve were not old but experienced — and never beaten until the final whistle.At home it has been Napoli who since the start of the season have looked most likely to win Serie A title, but if Juve win their game in hand against Atalanta next week it will put them at the top of the table ahead of the sprint to the line.Juve were made to suffer at Wembley, with the first half a trial for the Italians up against the speed and youth of their English hosts.But they never raised the white flag of surrender, despite a dugout deprived of any outright attackers in the absence of Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic and Federico Bernardeschi, and with stars like Blaise Matuidi, Higuain and Dybala not yet at peak fitness after recent returns from injury.But Argentinian duo Higuain and Dybala were the architects of Juve’s escape act, as was Allegri.“In the first leg I was criticised for my substitutions and today you are congratulating me for them? It’s the players who win matches. Me, I make mistakes and I sometimes try to repair them,” the coach said, tongue firmly in cheek.Seven of Allegri’s team had an even tougher assignment to attend on Thursday, the funeral of Davide Astori, the 31-year-old Fiorentina captain who died of a suspected heart attack last weekend.“We dedicate the win to him. He is on our minds on this day. I cried many times. He was a fantastic player. It was very difficult during the match because we had to think of the game and the outcome and it’s not easy. But he’s always in our heart,” said Chiellini.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more