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Rivaldo: Argentina were justified in complaining about Copa VAR

first_img IN SPORT.ES 05/07/2019 EFE “As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t agree with VAR technology and I believe the repeated pauses in play are ruining games,” he said in his column on Betfair.  Upd. at 17:15 Rivaldo has agreed with Messi and said that he is not a fan of technology in football.   Rivaldo: “Argentina tiene motivos para quejarse” “VAR is also making a mess of European competitions, as we saw in this season’s Champions League, where the tool has been used more. The problem with VAR is that the decision will always depend on who is watching the images in the VAR room.center_img Former Barcelona player and Betfair ambassador Rivaldo admits that Argentina had reasons to complain after they were knocked out of the Copa America by hosts Brazil in the semifinal.  CEST Lionel Messi complained after the game that the officials had favoured Brazil. He questioned why two possible penalties — on Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero — were not reviewed by VAR.  “It probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the match, because Brazil are a better team than Argentina now, but that’s not the point. “In the Copa America semifinal between Brazil and Argentina on Wednesday, there were two potential penalties for the visitors, but VAR didn’t help and Argentina were justified in complaining. “The only real beneficiaries of VAR are the referee and his assistants who have much less responsibility on their shoulders. All the weight of the game now falls to VAR assistants.”last_img read more

Unprecedented Number of Adults Cycling

first_imgThe gradual easing of restrictions will allow new and returning cyclists to enjoy greater freedom on their bikes, benefiting from both a physical and mental health perspective. Many essential workers are also discovering the countless benefits of commuting by bike, leading to a transport revolution. The addition of temporary bike lanes and improved cycling infrastructure will result in a safer environment and help to ease traffic congestion in our cities and towns. With hundreds of thousands of people taking to two wheels, Cycling Ireland has seen huge demand for programmes developed to support members of the cycling community. These include a free 7-week online training programme delivered as part of the #BikeLikeMe campaign, aimed at increasing female participation. Cycling Ireland’s virtual Zwift league has had the highest participation rate of any sports event for the past 10 weeks and a new ‘teach your child to cycle’ resource has proved to be very popular.Cycling Ireland CEO Matt McKerrow welcomed the figures; “I think everyone in the cycling community has anecdotally noticed more people cycling in and around their towns and suburbs recently, but it is great to see the research with numbers quantifying the levels of increased participation.“Cycling Ireland is committed to its role in providing participation opportunities for the physical and mental health of all across the island of Ireland and playing its part in the country’s road to recovery from Covid-19.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Over half a million regular cyclists during Covid-19 restrictionsLowest level of inactive people in history of Sport Ireland researchCycling Ireland has welcomed research that found an unprecedented number of adults are cycling every week. The latest figures show an estimated 510,000 people within the Republic of Ireland are enjoying cycling as a form of exercise, participating at least once per week. This marks an increase of approximately 260,000 people compared to the same time last year.last_img read more

Klopp: United targets Reus, Mats not for sale

first_imgReports surfaced earlier this week claiming that the Red Devils had agreed a fee of £16 million for the 25-year-old defender, with a medical likely to take place at United’s Carrington training ground later this week.However, Klopp has subsequently quashed the rumours, comically laughing off both the notion and the reported fee of the transfer.“What was today’s rumour? Mats to Man U? For how much? 20 million? For a sum like that, you can forget about it anyway,” Klopp told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper.“Marco and Mats will be playing for us next season. I can assure everybody that there is no sign at all that either of them want to leave.”-TEAMTalk Media0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, July 22-Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed reports suggesting Marco Reus and Mats Hummels could leave this off-season.Reus has been a long-time target for Manchester United while Hummels has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford following his outstanding showing for Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more

Neymar back for Brazil against Argentina

first_imgBut the talismanic striker is now back and available for Brazil as the five-time world champions head to Buenos Aires to face an Argentina side who took only one point from their first two games.Argentina suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador in their opening game and then labored to a goalless stalemate against Paraguay in Asuncion.Those results have piled the pressure on beleaguered Argentina manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, whose position had already come under scrutiny after his star-studded side’s failure to win the Copa America.Martino’s preparations for Thursday’s showdown at the Estadio Monumental have been thrown into turmoil by an injury crisis which has deprived him of an array of attacking talent.– Messi, Aguero missing –Captain Lionel Messi had already been ruled out after suffering a long-term knee injury in September.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is also unavailable while Carlos Tevez is rated as doubtful after suffering a knee problem. Boca Juniors striker Tevez skipped training on Monday and is struggling to be fit according to press reports in Argentina.Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore is also a concern after suffering a calf injury.Brazil veteran Kaka, restored to the squad by coach Dunga earlier this year, has urged the Selecao to draw on the memory of their 3-1 win in Argentina during a 2009 World Cup qualifier as they prepare for Thursday’s clash.“Argentina haven’t won a game yet so they have an extra motivation to beat Brazil,” Kaka said.“We had a good win over Venezuela and we need to continue that. But it’s never easy against Argentina and it’s always a great game.“We know how difficult it is to go there and get a result, but we can win. We went there in 2009 and won — I can remember the party we had at the end of that match,” the former AC Milan star said.– Uruguay ‘psyched’ –Elsewhere on Thursday, Ecuador and Uruguay will meet in a top-of-the-table meeting involving two sides with 100 percent records.Uruguay, who are still missing Luis Suarez as he serves out the remainder of his 2014 World Cup biting ban, will be able to recall striker Edinson Cavani, suspended during the Copa America for his lurid altercation with Chile’s Gonzalo Jara.The Uruguayans defeated Bolivia and Colombia in their opening games while Ecuador are brimming with confidence after stunning Argentina before a further win over Bolivia at home.Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has urged “La Celeste” to reproduce the decisiveness shown in their opening victories as they head for an awkward assignment at altitude against Ecuador on Thursday.“We need to be decisive, to be balanced, to work hard to limit the opponent and to try to create problems to get the points,” Tabarez said. “We’re psyched up and ready.”Ecuador meanwhile are facing injury problems of their own, with English Premier League duo Enner Valencia and Antonio Valencia both missing along with attacking midfielders Michael Arroyo and Renato Ibarra.In Thursday’s other marquee match, Copa America champions Chile take on a Colombia side who have Real Madrid superstar James Rodriguez fit and available for selection once more.Elsewhere Thursday Bolivia and Venezuela meet in La Paz seeking their first points of the qualifying campaign.Peru and Paraguay will face each other on Friday in Lima.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar. PHOTO/FILEURUGUAY, November 11 – Brazil superstar Neymar returns from suspension to face an injury-hit Argentina on Thursday as South America’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup resumes with a showdown between the bitter continental rivals.Neymar was forced to sit out Brazil’s opening two qualifiers last month — a 2-0 defeat to Chile followed by a 3-1 victory over Venezuela — following his four-match suspension at the Copa America in June.last_img read more

Two Shootings in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a shooting that occurred on 10th street and 107th avenue in the community, November 6th, 2018Advertisement DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – RCMP were called to a report of a shooting Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 PM, near the intersection of Alaska Hwy and 17th Street.At the scene, the police located a 30-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.The investigation has resulted in the arrest of two men. Ghislain CORMIER, 22-years-old and Chase SCHWAB, 20-years-old, have both been charged with Attempt Murder and Forcible Confinement as well as multiple firearms-related offences.- Advertisement -Both men remain in police custody and will appear in Provincial Court on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.Police believe this to be a targeted offence and have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk. An adult male was driving and felt that he was being followed by another vehicle. As a result, he turned his vehicle around to confront the suspect vehicle, and an occupant of the suspicious vehicle fired multiple rounds in the direction of the victim. The victim’s vehicle was struck several times however the victim was unharmed.The investigation is ongoing, and RCMP are seeking information from anyone that may have heard the shots or noticed suspicious activity, vehicles, or persons on or near 10th street and 107th avenue in Dawson Creek on the evening of November 6th, 2018.It is believed that this is a targeted incident and police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.The RCMP are seeking information from the public that may have witnessed either incident to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 1-250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

OPEC stands pat on production

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – OPEC hedged its bets Wednesday, opting to keep production steady but setting a new meeting for Feb. 1 to raise output if prices skyrocket. Benchmark crude prices rose on word of the decision, but the prospect of a review early next year – and its potential to raise production ceilings if warranted – checked the upward trend. After spiking by about $2 on news that present levels would be maintained, light sweet crude for January delivery reversed course and settled 83 cents lower at $87.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, oil’s lowest close since Oct. 24. Price levels were more than 10 percent off the record of almost $100 a barrel set last month, suggesting the choice by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would not roil markets – at least in the short term. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA final communique from OPEC’s oil ministers’ meeting in Abu Dhabi said the group would leave output unchanged “for the time being,” because the world was “well supplied” and crude reserves were at comfortable levels. “We have enough stocks in the market,” OPEC Secretary-General Abdalla Salem el-Badri said. “There is no reason for prices to go (to) $100 a barrel,” he added. Still, the statement expressed concern about market volatility driven by speculation – and suggested OPEC was ready to step in if needed by taking “every measure deemed necessary to keep market stability through the maintenance of supply and demand in balance.” Wednesday’s decision by oil ministers of the 13-nation group seemed to suggest that OPEC now views prices near or above $90 – an increase of about $40 since the start of the year – as acceptable. The U.S. and other energy-hungry nations had hoped for a decision to raise levels by at least 500,000 barrels a day. But Nobuo Tanaka, the head of the International Energy Agency, the oil and gas monitor for industrialized nations, noted that far more OPEC crude was already available than what estimated output figures of the 10 nations under production quotas reveal. Total OPEC output is estimated at about 31.5 million barrels a day – about 40percent of daily world demand estimated at about 85.5 million barrels, with the 10 OPEC members under quotas pumping more than 27 million barrels a day. “While the lack of a formal output increase by the OPEC 10 may do little to calm current market anxiety, the IEA recognizes that total OPEC output has been much higher,” he said from Paris. “And there are signs that more OPEC oil may be on its way in December.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

L.A. must clear DNA case backlog

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat’s why Weiss is pushing for $10 million in city funding to hire 22 new criminalists and four lab technicians over the next two years. The goal is to clear up the city’s massive backlog within 30 months. “In a budget of $7 billion,” Weiss says, “a $10 million program isn’t that much.” Getting killers and rapists off the street is not only good for the health and safety of the city, it’s also good for the bottom line, saving millions by preventing crimes before they happen. It’s unconscionable that a rare instance of City Hall penny-pinching should put lives at risk. If city leaders are serious about making public safety L.A.’s top priority, they will waste no time clearing out the city’s DNA-case backlog. Los Angeles should have “no higher priority than getting rapists and murderers off the streets,” as City Councilman Jack Weiss recently said. And he’s right. But in actuality, there are many, many higher priorities at City Hall. That’s why the city has no problem lavishing hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies on downtown hotel developers and 23percent pay raises for bureaucrats, yet it can’t come up with the cash to adequately fund the DNA analysis that’s crucial to solving some of L.A.’s worst crimes – and putting away some of the city’s most heinous offenders. Currently, evidence from some 7,000 rapes and homicides – going back at least a decade – sits in a laboratory. Weiss, who wants to be city attorney, tells a chilling story of a rapist who was able to attack two additional victims – one of them a child – while authorities waited for the rape kit from his first victim to be processed. last_img read more

Junk mail? This year, try recycling it

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Any of that type of information that can be used to perpetuate the crime of identity theft – we call it Dumpster diving,” said Renee Focht, a spokeswoman for the Postal Inspection Service, the federal law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service. “If you’re done with it, shred it before you throw it out.” Focht, a catalog shopper, shreds catalog labels and unused order pages, just to be safe. To encourage more participation in its free recycling program, Blue Barrel began increasing the size of the bins from 34 gallons to 96 gallons at the beginning of 2004. The move has prompted increased recycling, said Travis Lange, the city’s environmental services manager. Blue Barrel also offers free pickup of unwanted electronics, which are recycled when possible, and Christmas trees, which are chipped into mulch and compost. The Direct Marketing Association estimates that about 18 billion catalogs are sent to U.S. consumers each year, and the U.S. Forest Service estimates that millions of tons of trees’ worth of bulk mail lands on peoples’ doorsteps each year. Many companies that advertise by mail target prospective customers through computerized lists, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher. The targeted groups are often more interested in the products than the general public and the response rate goes up, he said. SANTA CLARITA – People who want to go greener in 2006 can divert a bunch of things they pitch in the trash into the recycling bin instead. Candidates for recycling include mail order catalogs, old phone books, credit solicitations, medical and insurance forms, checks and bank statements. “The key to recycling these types of materials starts in the kitchen, the nerve center of the house,” said Chris Fall, public sector services manager for Blue Barrel Disposal. “If you have a separate container in your kitchen for recycling materials, you’ll be much more cognizant of recycling catalogs and receipts.” As a precaution, papers with identifying information such as Social Security or account numbers should be shredded or torn up. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Football Manager 2017 wonderkids: 15 centre-backs to sign

first_img 15 5. Emmanuel Mammana (Lyon) – Value = £3.5m – Already an Argentine international, the 20-year-old has plenty of potential to become a world-class centre-back. He’ll get you good average ratings and his attributes will soar as your career goes on. 15 15 2. Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim) – Value = £13.7m – At the start, his heading, marking, tackling, determination, strength, and jumping reach are all 15 and above, which bodes well. He needs some work but is worth it with some great performances over first few seasons. 15 11. Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham) – Value = £3m – The American 18-year-old has excellent technical traits at the start with his heading and tackling both rated 14, and his marking at 15. His mental attributes are a little low but will improve. Loaning him out intelligently will make or break him. 15 13. Jerry St Juste (Heerenveen) – Value = £550,000 – He’s a promising centre-back, who is also capable of playing in midfield. The Dutchman is a great talent on Football Manager 2017. He lacks a bit physically at the start, while his tackling is a little low at 11. He will come on well though and is definitely worth purchasing, if only for his versatility. 4. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea – on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach) – Value = £14.5m – Already a competent first-team regular in the Bundesliga, the Danish international is a great signing, although likely to be expensive. Don’t worry about the low strength, as it will soon be as good his other stats. 3. Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen) – Value = £16.75m – The German star’s physical attributes are, quite frankly outstanding, although his mental ones need some development. He’ll be a costly addition but he’s worth it. Believe us. 15 15 12. Marlon (Fluminense) – Value = £3.5m – The defender starts the game on loan at Barcelona B and the ball-playing centre-back has some decent mental and physical traits, although nothing above 15. He’ll make a good backup for a top-level club. 15 15 At the heart of every defence, a rock is needed.The man to hold together, organise, and lead a backline is hugely important for the success of any football team.In Football Manager 2017, if you don’t have one, you’ll need to land one as soon as you can. And if you can’t grab an immediate first-team star, you might want to land a young starlet to bring through the ranks.So who are the centre-back wonderkids you should be targeting? Click the right arrow above to find out…REVEALED: The best young LEFT-BACKS to snap up on Football Manager 2017 7. Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Value = £1.5m – The best way to describe the young Frenchman is solid, with some very good initial ratings, and the ability to play as an accomplished left-back. Within a couple of years he’s very capable at the top-level and you can save him from sitting on the PSG bench. 9. Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach) – Value = £9m – The Swiss starlet has some great mental and physical stats to begin the game, while his marking and tackling are also at a good level. Even at a young age he can get some strong average ratings in games. 15 15. Jose Maria Amo (Sevilla) – Value = £125,000 – Click the right arrow above for more Football Manager 2017 wonderkids who can play at centre-back… – At 18, some of his stats are a little low, with his mental and physical attributes a little concerning. Eventually these will improve, luckily in key areas for a central defender. 15 8. Jorge Mere (Sporting Gijon) – Value = £2m – Called up to the Spain squad last May, aged just 19, Mere is one to watch. He’s a ball-playing centre-back with decent all-round attributes. It will take time for some of these to develop but if you play to his strength, he’ll provide good performances and be worth around £15m soon enough. 6. Jesus Vallejo (Real Madrid) – Value = £3m – On loan at Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of Football Manager 2017, his exceptional mental attributes mark him out as a player with great potential. In fact, all his key traits as a ball-playing defender are 12 and above, apart from an 11 for strength, though these will improve quickly. You’ll need to move fast as he can end up costing a lot. 10. Reece Oxford (West Ham) – Value = £500,000 – As he’s only 17, it’s understandable Oxford’s initial attributes are a little lower than most others on this list at the start. By the time he’s 19, though, his abilities are clearer and you will see he’s developing well. 15 14. Filippo Romagna (Juventus) – Value £450,000 – Romagna starts out on loan with Novara but keep your eyes peeled on his development, and don’t be fooled by those low physical attributes they will grow in no time. His marking might need some individual training, mind you. 15 15 15 1. Mauricio Lemos (Las Palmas) – Value = £4.2m – At just 20, the Uruguayan looks like a great all-rounder, able to play as a defensive centre-back or as a ball-playing one. Get him while you can as a big European side usually ends up with him within a couple of years. REVEALED: The best young LEFT-BACKS to snap up on Football Manager 2017last_img read more

Wales keep automatic qualification hopes alive, Northern Ireland go to play-offs

first_img targets Getty – Contributor 4 Wales reached half-time 2-0 ahead and in control of the contest.Wilson and Moore went close to extending Wales’ lead at the start of the second half and Tom Lockyer saw his header disallowed for an Ethan Ampadu push on Agayev.Bale was replaced just before the hour mark with Tuesday’s final qualifier against Hungary in Cardiff in mind. Ramsey came on to make his first Wales appearance in an almost exactly a year.Giggs’ side were comfortable throughout the second half and eased to the 2-0 win to give themselves the chance of qualifying in the final match.Northern Ireland must now rely on the Euro 2020 play-offs to reach next summer’s tournament following their draw with the Netherlands.Michael O’Neill’s side needed to win on Saturday evening to give themselves a fighting chance ahead of the last group game.Steven Davis blazed a first-half penalty over the bar to squander a golden opportunity as the match ended 0-0. Michael O’Neill has recently taken the Stoke job Getty Images – Getty Gareth Bale captained Wales in their crucial Euro 2020 qualifier in Azerbaijan despite not having played for over a month because of a calf problem.Aaron Ramsey, yet to play in Euro 2020 qualifying, was on the bench after injury as Chris Mepham, Joe Morrell and Harry Wilson featured after last month’s 1-1 draw against Croatia.Injured pair Joe Rodon and Jonny Williams and the suspended Joe Allen dropped out, while Azerbaijan made four changes from the side beaten in Hungary last month.Wales started on the front foot with goalkeeper Salahat Agayev pushing out efforts from Wilson and Morrell. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Kieffer Moore then headed Wales into a 10th-minute lead, meeting Wilson’s corner at the far post and scoring from close range.Wales doubled their lead after 34 minutes when Daniel James cut inside onto his right foot for an effort which hit both the crossbar and the post.Wilson was in the right place to head the rebound into an unguarded goal, the forward’s first goal for Wales in just over a year.Azerbaijan wanted a penalty when Dmitrij Nazarov’s drive struck Tom Lockyer on the arm but German referee Deniz Aytekin was not interested and booked Nazarov for dissent. update The second half was slow to start. The Dutch were camped in Northern Ireland territory for much of the opening quarter of an hour, but did not carve out a chance until Babel’s header was held on the line by Peacock-Farrell just before the hour.Pressure continued to build but clear chances were hard to come by, and a weak Matthijs de Ligt header was comfortably held by Peacock-Farrell.Scotland leapfrogged Cyprus in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I with a 2-1 win on Saturday.Steve Clarke’s side cannot finish in the top two to automatically qualify for next summer’s tournament but are making a strong finish.Ryan Christie and John McGinn scored either side of Georgios Efrem’s strike on their way to victory.Full results from Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifying matchesGroup CGermany 4-0 BelarusNorthern Ireland 0-0 NetherlandsGroup EAzerbaijan 0-2 WalesCroatia 3-1 SlovakiaGroup GSlovenia 1-0 LatviaAustria 2-1 North MacedoniaIsrael 1-2 PolandGroup ICyprus 1-2 ScotlandRussia 1-4 BelgiumSan Marino 1-3 Kazakhstan Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Kieffer Moore opens the scoring for Wales on target appointed Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 4 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS AFP or licensors latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Wales coasted to a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan to keep their hopes of finishing in the top two of Euro 2020 qualifying Group E.Goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson gave Ryan Giggs’ side the all important win going into the final group match.Wales will need to beat Hungary on Tuesday to seal that second place spot. 4 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Dmitrij Nazarov was booked for his protests after not being awarded a penalty Getty – Contributor 4 statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Steven Davis blazed his penalty over the bar After a pre-match video tribute to O’Neill and with Windsor Park rocking, Northern Ireland immediately began unsettling the visitors.Corry Evans chased down a back-pass and almost prodded home after Jasper Cillessen mis-controlled, then Jonny Evans headed wide from McNair’s corner.Magennis tried to guide a deep cross from McNair into the far corner but saw it go wide and George Saville struck the ball into a crowd of players when Cillessen tried to punch a free-kick clear.And all that was in the first six minutes.Drama then shifted to the other end where Quincy Promes lifted in a cross for Steven Berguis, whose mis-hit shot looped onto the crossbar before Northern Ireland scrambled it clear.Holland began to exert more influence, and Ryan Babel should have done much better when Daley Blind pulled the ball back, but fired straight at Bailey Peacock-Farrell instead.Northern Ireland were then gifted a penalty when Joel Veltman handled McNair’s cross under Saville, but, perhaps unnerved by lengthy Dutch arguments, Davis blazed over from the spot.With the best chance squandered, the two teams went in goalless at the break. rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta last_img read more

Wright hails MacLean’s perfect St Johnstone farewell

first_img“He said, ‘No, I couldn’t sleep’. “In many ways it’s the perfect send-off for him. In many ways for me as a manager, he has got his hat-trick and David McMillan, who has had a torrid time since he signed, has come on and scored a wonderful goal as well. “But it was a great team performance and fully deserved and for ‘Macca’ to cap it off with a hat-trick is perfect for him and perfect for the fans. I think they came down in numbers to see him off and he gave them a perfect send-off. “Players don’t stay at clubs if they’re not doing their job. He has given me everything and been a leader for me, and I’ll miss him. But he knows that he goes with my good wishes because he doesn’t owe me a thing, and the move to Hearts is just too big a move at his age to turn down. Tommy Wright watched Steven MacLean score a hat-trick in his final game for St Johnstone and praised the player for his service to the club and “perfect” sign-off.MacLean starred in his side’s 5-1 win at St Johnstone, scoring three times in his 203rd game for the club. The forward has agreed to join Hearts in the summer and Hamilton’s artificial surface and a pending suspension meant the match at Fir Park was his last for Saints.Wright subbed the veteran off, ensuring a standing ovation from the St johnstone support and afterwards he sopke about the player in glowing terms.The manager said: “I said to him in the dugout, ‘Did you go to bed last night thinking, right, I’ll go out with a hat-trick?’. “There is no ill feeling, I wish him well. But he knows time doesn’t stand still, I will have to move on and hopefully we will do that.”Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson made a couple of changes to his side with one eye on the upcoming Scottish Cup final and wrote off the result as an uncommon insstance of poor defending from his team.“I actually thought we started quite brightly, had a couple of half-chances, moved the ball really well,” he said. “But that’s the first time in 36 games I have seen us defend like that. “We have lost games where I thought we can be better, but every individual error got punished. So hopefully we got them all out of the way in the one game. “Credit to St Johnstone, they took their chances, and Steven MacLean was excellent, but I’m not sure he’ll score any easier goals than that, with the way we defended. “The positive I will take out of that is I know that’s not how we defend. You don’t get 18 clean sheets defending like that.”last_img read more

Chatham homeowner chases off intruder

first_imgA Chatham homeowner chased away an intruder but still had approximately $2,000 worth of jewelry and electronics stolen.Police said the citizen returned to his Elizabeth Street home Tuesday morning to find a man in his residence carrying a bag.The suspect was chased out of the residence as police were called.Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect, police said.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Ashwin Roy at ashwinr@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 8107331.Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).Chatham couple both charged with assaultTwo Chatham residents are facing assault charges after police responded to a disturbance at a Park Street home Tuesday night.Police said an investigation revealed the two – a 34-year-old woman and 31-year-old man – were arguing before it allegedly escalated into a physical altercation, which resulted in a coffee table being broken.Police said the man accused was also charged with resisting arrest and mischief under $5,000.The couple was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Citizen spots woman wanted by copsChatham-Kent police arrested a 33-year-old Wallaceburg woman from its wanted list thanks to an observant citizen.Police said the citizen recognized the woman, wanted in connection to a shoplifting incident at Home Hardware in Dresden last March, and called police Tuesday afternoon to report the suspect was outside a store in Wallaceburg.The woman fled on foot when officers responded, but she was taken into custody following a short foot chase, police said.Police also learned through investigation the accused was wanted by the OPP.The accused was released by Chatham-Kent police with a July 9 court date and turned over to OPP fir court purposes.Impaired drivingA 25-year-old Thamesville woman is facing an impaired driving charge in connection to a two-vehicle crash around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Morpeth.Chatham-Kent police responded to the collision at the intersection of Hill Road and Talbot Trail and, through investigation, believed the accused was driving while under the influence of alcohol.She was arrested and transported to police headquarters for breath tests, which resulted in a charge of having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit.The woman was released with a June 25 court date.Man charged for possessing break-in toolsRiding a bicycle at night with no lights led to a 37-year-old Chatham man facing charges for other offences.Chatham-Kent police said the accused was seen by a officer on patrol riding a bicycle with no lights around 2 a.m. on King Street West in Chatham.The officer stopped the man for the offence and, through investigation, learned he was breaching a curfew condition.When searched while being arrested, police said the accused was found with a backpack that contained wire cutters, pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, flashlights, a multi-tool and utility knife.The accused was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin, police said.The man has been charged with being in possession of break-in instruments, two counts of failing to comply with his release conditions and drug possession.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.last_img read more

Disneyland News — Week of January 5, 2019

first_imgShare This!The holiday season wraps up with Three Kings’ Day as we start off the new year! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and Notes©DisneyThe kids are heading back to school as we bring the holiday season to a close, but first, Disneyland is celebrating Three Kings’ Day through January 8.  El Día de los Reyes Magos  is being celebrated over at Paradise Gardens, and features traditional displays, treats, and children’s activities. It coincides with the end of Disney’s ¡Viva Navidad! and Festival of Holidays at California Adventure, which includes the Festive Foods Marketplace, a collection of kiosks serving small bites of all manner of seasonal food and drink. You can check out some edible highlights here. If you’d like to experience any of these special events or the holiday versions of Disney’s parades, evening shows, and most holiday attractions, this week will be your last opportunity — all special holiday events and conclude on January 8!Looking ahead, Disneyland’s Lunar New Year festival starts on January 25! More details to come, but go ahead and get that on your calendar now.CrowdsYou’ll see a couple more days of holiday crowds before the heat map drifts back to more palatable numbers. We’re predicting Saturday to be the busiest day, with crowds dropping off significantly starting Tuesday.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherThis is the rare Anaheim forecast that includes quite a bit of potential rain, with there being at least a chance of rain every day, in addition to chilly temperatures by Southern California standards. Dress accordingly!As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsAfter the weekend, Disney’s show schedule is significantly reduced–there are no shows at all playing on Wednesday and Thursday, and only Fantasmic! showing on the days when there are shows. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Disneyland Band can be found here. Holiday Magic Fireworks1100000 Admission and HoursPassholder blackouts ease up some this week. Everyone other than Signature Plus Annual Passport holders are blocked out on Saturday, and Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Sunday, but there are no other blockouts in effect for the remainder of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak Price ($135/$127) Saturday and Sunday, Value Price ($97/$91) Monday through Thursday, and Regular Price ($117/$110) on Friday.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: PricePEAKPEAKVALVALVALVALREG SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Christmas Fantasy Parade2200000 Disneyland9-118-128-119-119-99-99-12 Early entry is back to normal this week — the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsWith the holidays in the rear view mirror, Disneyland will begin refurbishing more of its attractions. At Disneyland Park, Astro Orbiter and Haunted Mansion are both offline as of January 7 (with Mansion set to return on January 18 in its normal format). Looking ahead, its a small world will remain open for another couple of weeks before its holiday overlay is removed, and is slated to be offline from January 22 through February 1.Over at Disney’s California Adventure, Grizzly River Run will be undergoing its annual cool-weather refurbishment starting on January 7, 2019. World of Color also remains dark until further notice.As always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. California Adventure9-98-108-109-99-99-89-10 Fantasmic!2222002last_img read more

Warning!

first_imgrichard macmanus Tags:#humor#web Related Posts From the Warning Label Generator (via Supr.c.ilio.us).Harnessing collective intelligence in The Long Tail.Don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉 Hey if Eran can be serious, I’m allowed to be silly every now and again. I will start writing proper posts again soon, I promise… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

First, Put Your SKU in a Box: Will Web Office Apps Ever See Widespread Adoption?

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Blogs around the web are freaking out about how low these adoption numbers are, but I don’t think there’s really cause for alarm.The ConcernsJoe Wilcox at Microsoft Watch says it’s time to start printing up SKUs, putting them in an otherwise empty box and having computer sales people dish them out during hardware purchases (the .Mac and AppleCare model) or else it’s RIP the Web 2.0 Office Suite. Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch says Microsoft is being smart not chasing the small web office market that bloggers insist is the future, but still moving to incorporate online functionality with existing products.Path to Market is Only Just BeginningHere’s why I don’t think there’s cause for alarm. First, either these things compete or they don’t. Right now Google apps aren’t very good. They’re good enough for me as a Mac user but they aren’t essential, either. Tags:#web#Web Office Is online collaboration going to be a game changer in the business world? It probably is, and the game will be changed by two groups of stake holders: forward looking players in traditional companies (see our coverage of The Working Group for example) and small, agile companies that can out-compete slower competitors by leveraging tools like online office apps.We’ll see how everything plays out, but for now I think that awareness and adoption is actually surprisingly strong. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The fact that 20% of surveyed users had heard of Google Apps is a surprise to me, and if you can consistently get 20 people in a room and find that 1 of them actually uses Google Apps – I’d say that’s surprisingly strong adoption. There’s been very little advertising, there haven’t been new distribution channels created on the level that desktop software has developed and all of this is relatively new. Give it a couple of years after colleges have been using Google Apps for awhile and then you’ll see some serious adoption. I remember hearing about Facebook when I was in school and thinking, “well that sounds obscure.” Look at it now. A new study from market researchers NPD has found that 73% of surveyed PC users have “never heard of and never tried…online, browser-based office productivity applications like Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, gOffice, etc.” Roughly 4 percent of respondents said they had heard of these apps and sometimes or often used them.last_img read more

Should You Take the High Road or the Low Road to SDI?

first_imgWhen I started my career in IT, infrastructure provisioning involved a lot of manual labor. I installed the hardware, installed the operating systems, connected the terminals, and loaded the software and data, to create a single stack to support a specific application. It was common to have one person who carried out all of these tasks on a single system with very few systems in an Enterprise.Now let’s fast forward to the present. In today’s world, thanks to the dynamics of Moore’s Law and the falling cost of compute, storage, and networking, enterprises now have hundreds of applications that support the business. Infrastructure and applications are typically provisioned by teams of domain specialists—networking admins, system admins, storage admins, and software folks—each of whom puts together a few pieces of a complex technology puzzle to enable the business.While it works, this approach to infrastructure provisioning has some obvious drawbacks. For starters, it’s labor-intensive with too many hands in order to support, it’s costly in both people and software, and it can be rather slow from start to finish. While the first two are important for TCO, it is the third that I have heard the most about… Just too slow for the pace of business in the era of fast-moving cloud services.How do you solve this problem? That is what the Software Defined Infrastructure is all about. With SDI, compute, network, and storage resources are deployed as services, potentially reducing deployment times from weeks to minutes. Once services are up and running, hardware is managed as a set of resources, and software has the intelligence to manage the hardware to the advantage of the supported workloads. The SDI environment automatically corrects issues and optimizes performance to ensure you can meet your service levels and security controls that your business demands.So how do you get to SDI? My current response is that SDI is a destination that sits at the summit for most organizations. At the simplest level, there are two routes to this IT nirvana—a “buy it” high road and a “build-it-yourself” low road. I call the former a high road because it’s the easiest way forward—it’s always easier to go downhill than uphill. The low road has lots of curves and uphill stretches on it to bring you to the higher plateau of SDI.  Each of these approaches has its advantages and disadvantages.The high road, or the buy-the-packaged-solution route, is defined by system architectures that bring together all the components for an SDI into a single deployable unit. Service providers who take you on the high road leverage products like Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS) and VMware EVO: RAIL to create standalone platform units with virtualized compute, storage, and networking resources.On the plus side, the high road offers faster time to market for your SDI environment, a tested and certified solution, and the 24×7 support most enterprises are looking for in a path.  These are also the things you can expect in a solution delivered by a single vendor. On the downside, the high road locks you into certain choices in the hardware and software components and forces you to rely on the vendor for system upgrades and technology enhancements, which might happen faster with other solutions, but take place in their timelines. This approach, of course, can be both Opex and Capex heavy, depending on the solution.The low road, or the build-it-yourself route, gives you the flexibility to design your environment and select your solution components from the portfolio of various hardware, software vendors and open source. You gain the agility and technology choices that come with an environment that is not defined by a single vendor. You can pick your own components and add new technologies on your timelines—not your vendor’s timelines—and probably enjoy lower Capex along the way, although at the expense of more internal technical resources.Those advantages, of course, come with a price. The low road can be a slower route to SDI, and it can be a drain on your staff resources as you engage in all the heavy lifting that comes with a self-engineered solution set.  Also, it is quite possible with the pace of innovations that you see today in this area, that you never really achieve the vision of SDI due to all the new choices. You have to design your solution; procure, install, and configure the hardware and software; and add the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) layer. All of that just gets to a place where you can start using the environment. You still haven’t optimized the system for your targeted workloads.In practice, most enterprises will take what amounts to a middle road. This hybrid route takes the high road to SDI with various detours onto the low road to meet specific business requirements. For example, an organization might adopt key parts of a packaged solution but then add its own storage or networking components or decide to use containers to implement code faster.Similarly, most organizations will get to SDI in stepwise manner. That’s to say they will put elements of SDI in place over time—such as storage and network virtualization and IT automation—to gain some of the agility that comes with an SDI strategy. I will look at these concepts in an upcoming post that explores an SDI maturity model.last_img read more