Great Britain’s women have won a first Olympic hockey gold medal by beating defending champions the Netherlands in a dramatic penalty shootout. The final finished 3-3 in normal time, with Britain coming from behind twice to equalise with the Dutch team while keeper Maddie Hinch made a string of remarkable saves. And the Dutch, the current world champions, who were looking to win their third Olympic gold in a row, could not beat Hinch in the shootout, which Britain won 2-0. Helen Richardson-Walsh and Hollie Webb scored the decisive penalties to win Britain’s 24th gold at Rio 2016.
Hostile bid looms for Akzo as it sends American suitor PPG packing again
Dulux owner AkzoNobel today snubbed a third takeover offer from US rival Pittsburgh Plate Glass, teeing up a full blown hostile takeover bid for the paints and chemicals giant.
Akzo today refused to accept the 26.9 billion (£22.7 billion) cash and shares offer, tabled two weeks ago, saying it undervalued the business, was too risky and showed “a lack of cultural understanding” about the Dutch company.
Akzo is planning to spin off its chemicals unit and raise the dividend, which chief executive Ton Büchner said was better value for shareholders.
PPG chief executive Michael McGarry is now expected to bypass the board and take the offer directly to shareholders.
The US-born chief had previously promised to go hostile if the third bid was rejected.
He has until June 1 to lodge a formal bid.
Such a move could prompt a political firestorm in the Netherlands, where Akzo is seen as a national champion.
Dutch takeover law also makes it easier to fend off hostile bidders, which could throw a further roadblock in McGarry’s path.
Akzo’s rejection came after a 90-minute meeting between McGarry and Büchner, along with Akzo chairman Antony Burgmans and PPG’s top director Hugh Grant, on Saturday afternoon in Rotterdam.
The head-to-head, said to be “cordial and respectful”, was the first time the two sides had met since PPG took a tilt at Akzo, which has 3300 staff in the UK.
PPG’s offer values Akzo shares at 96.75 — a hefty premium to their present value of about 77.
Akzo’s refusal of the deal and reluctance to meet management has prompted anger from some large Akzo investors.
US activist shareholders Elliott Advisors, which has called for Burgmans to be removed as chairman, has been leading the dissent. US firm Causeway Capital Management, which also owns 6.7% of Akzo, has also called for more talks.
sooo todays post is about arjen robben because soooo many people only know him as a “diver” or that he is “selfish” and hate him because he has a “bad personality” - well, let me tell you something: he hasn’t. he’s an amazing player and mostly bvb fans hate him because of reasons (we’ll talk about that later)and yeah so here we go
arjen, who is also known as “Mister Wembley” or “the bee slayer” plays at bayern munich since 2009, his jersey number is number 10 and normally he plays on the right wing
he also played for PSV Eindhoven (2002-2004)
Chelsea FC (2004-2007)
and Real Madrid (2007-2009)
he also plays for the dutch national team and is their vice captain behind robin van persie, he really loves his country and is very proud to play for his national team
he was vice world cup winner with the dutch national team in 2010 and is third of the 2014 world cup in brazil
he played an absoutley fantastic world cup
he’s married to his beautiful wife bernadien since 2007
they’ve got three kids and seriously, his wife is so beautiful, look
she’s so pretty
and his kids, luka, kai and lynn, are the sweetest ever
his family is perfect and means everything to him - he’s a great dad
but let’s start with arjens own story in which he show what a true fighter he is
the whole drama started in the dfb final in 2012 (we lost it 5:2 against bvb, don’t you even dare to talk about it)
his team mates appreciate him a lot like javi for example
and he’s such a cutie, after the champions legue final 2013 he was aked if he could put into words what this meant to him and he was just like “no“ :)
and i think they enjoy driving with him a lot
i mean, really, he’s always so nice and kind and smiling, how could you hate him?!
he would give everything for his club and country, is always honest and ambitious - he was the only one who seemed motivated during the champions league semi finals against real madrid tbh
he works so hard and is always so determined on the pitch
seriously, you can not like him, but hate? and saying he’s the worst player ever? there are even worse players than him and it’s just pathetic that you judge him for two facts
he is one of the nicest players in our squad and one of the few, who always give eveything - in every fucking match. and saying his personality is shit - are you kidding me ?! do you know him? i don’t know him either but as far as we know he’s an amazing person and player and, in my opinion, the only one next to cristiano ronaldo who would deserve the ballon d’or 2014. thank you and please - form your own opinion about him before you just say what others say. arjen does not deserve all this shit and hate and he’s fucking amazing
With the 2014 World Cup starting next week, all eyes are on Brazil, a country as beloved for its five-time-world-champion national football team as it is for its celebration of the female form. And, really, with one look at the Bahia-born Adriana Lima, it’s no wonder. The perennially toned, delightfully curved supermodel could have been designed by the late “form follows feminine” Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. In reality, her shape is a result of ten years of training exclusively with Michael Olajide, Jr., at New York City’s Aerospace. There, Lima can be found at least twice a week working out, in her words, “like a professional boxer getting ready for a fight.”
“It’s the only thing I do for exercise,” says Lima of her regular 90-minute sessions with Olajide, who, in turn, trains her as he would a real boxer—because, more than a good sweat, says Lima, boxing for her “is a passion.”
As physically involved as the sport is, it requires quick thinking, so Olajide begins Lima’s workouts with five to ten minutes of exercises designed to sharpen her mental concentration, including jumping jacks and shadowboxing—complicated eight-count combinations to keep Lima on her toes. “She is really smart. If it’s too repetitious, she doesn’t want anything to do with it,” says Olajide, laughing.
Next, the former middle-weight champion hands her a jump rope—which he calls the “rainmaker” for its ability to induce sweat—for up to 30 minutes of intense double unders (rotating the rope around your body twice within one jump), cross overs (crossing the rope in front of your body), and side-to-sides, during the course of which Lima performs complicated footwork that would put Double Dutch champions to shame.
At this point, Lima dons mitts and takes to the speed bag for a rhythmic, high-frequency ten minutes of throwing punches, followed by ten minutes of double-end bag work. “I think of cardio as muscular endurance,” says Olajide. “Through bodyweight resistance and high repetitions, everything she does burns calories.”
Better yet, the mere rotation from throwing technically perfect hooks, uppercuts, and jabs defines her Victoria’s Secret–worthy abs, meaning she never needs to do crunches. “I call it Grand Central,” says Olajide of her core, “because that’s where everything originates.”
For the end of the workout, the pair heads into the ring to spar for up to 40 minutes. With gloves on, they throw choreographed punches at high speeds. “It’s like a dance,” says Olajide, “but she has to remember to duck.” To make sure Lima is perfectly toned and that “her butt really pops,” they round out each session by zeroing in on bodyweight-resistance strength-training exercises.
The challenging full-body workout ensures that, on the road, Lima need only squeeze in ten minutes of jumping rope each day to stay fit. Aside from keeping her famously toned form in high demand, boxing bestows her with confidence and patience. “You know how powerful you are and how much strength you have. When you’re confident, you’re not bothered by much,” says Lima. And what’s more beautiful than that?
Unless the protagonist is in modern day, having a gay/lesbian protagonist is impossible since it is required that the ancestor reproduces in order to view their memories. And that requires being with the opposite gender, obviously. We can’t even use thier bodies either since it would be too decomposed for it. A bisexual Assassin however is defenitly possible. A modern day gay/lesbian Assassin is defiantly solid too, I mean check out Arend Schet, a Dutch MMA Champion, Assassin, and lover of fellow Assassin, Harlan T. Cunningham. He single handly, with brass nuckles and hidden blade, demolished Half of Sigma Team, the Templars’ Top elite Assassin hunting unit. If that doesn’t warrent love for this guy, then I don’t know what else what. I would love to play as him or have him as part of my possie of Master Assassins, like with Shaun, Rebecca, Lucy, and Desmond. Give it to me!!!
Wüst is a Dutch long track speed skater. She began skating at the age of 11 and debuted in 2004 at the Dutch Single Distance Championships, where she won ninth place.
When she was only 19, Wüst became the youngest Dutch Olympic champion when she won gold in the 3000m at the 2006 Turin Games. In 2008, Wüst became the first Dutch woman to be Olympic, world and European champion at the same time. She has been voted Dutch Sportswoman of the Year and has won the Ard Schenk award for best long distance skater three times.