Transport disruptions hit Greece as union protests cutbacks

first_imgATHENS, Greece — Nationwide train and island ferry services have been suspended for a day in Greece, together with most Athens public transport, as the country’s biggest labour union strikes against persisting austerity measures.Tuesday’s strike is being organized by the GSEE umbrella private sector union, which also includes many categories of civil servants.The GSEE and a smaller Communist labour union are also planning separate protest marches through Athens to the house of parliament.The unions want the left-led government to scrap key income and pension cuts imposed at the demand of international creditors during Greece’s eight-year bailout program.The program formally ended in August but the measures are expected to remain in place for years to ensure Greece can keep its budgets balanced and pay off its bailout debts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Drilling forecast cut due to lower expectations for 2019 oilpatch spending

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 percent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.In B.C. the number of wells remains unchanged at 382. PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.“While we are excited about the final investment decision of LNG Canada for its Kitimat LNG project, development, and production activity to supply the natural gas for the facility is still years away”, continued Mar.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 percent, down from over 50 percent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.last_img read more

Trican Well Service cuts 160 jobs during sharp slowdown in Q4 oilpatch

first_imgTrican reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $159 million as it recorded a $134-million goodwill impairment charge, compared with a net profit of $14 million a year earlier.It said its total job count in the quarter fell by 30 per cent to 2,054 from 2,909 a year earlier. In November, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors issued a drilling forecast calling for little change in activity in 2019 versus 2018.But CAODC president Mark Scholz said Thursday activity is actually down substantially so far in 2019 and, if it continues on that trend, the industry will likely support 5,800 fewer jobs than the 30,000 expected in the forecast.He said more than 60,000 jobs were associated with the drilling industry before oil prices crashed in late 2014.Source Energy, which supplies the specialized sand used in fracking, reported in an operational update on Wednesday that sales fell by 33 per cent to 373,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter from 557,000 tonnes in the same quarter in 2017. CALGARY, A.B. – A 40 per cent decline in revenue in the fourth quarter due to a steep downturn in drilling activity in Western Canada resulted in 160 lost jobs at Calgary-based Trican Well Service Ltd.The well completion company posted $5.1 million in severance costs in its fourth-quarter results as its revenue dropped to just $168 million from $280 million in the same period of 2017.“2018 proved to be a lot more challenging than we anticipated at this time last year,” CEO Dale Dusterhoft told a conference call to discuss the results on Thursday.center_img “We saw a significant decline in activity from September onwards, which required us to adjust our business and adjust our overall cost structure.”He said the company’s overall head count at the end of 2018 was 1,841, down more than 11 per cent from 2,083 at the start of the year.Drilling contractors have moved at least 26 rigs from Canada to the United States since 2017 as Canadian producers reduce activity due to a shortage of investment capital blamed on volatile commodity prices and not enough export pipeline capacity.Well completion firms like Trican step in to make a well ready to produce oil and gas after it’s been drilled, using technologies including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to crack tight rock formations deep underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow into the well.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said last month it expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in the country this year, down from 6,948 in 2018, due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.last_img read more

Toastmasters Business Challenge Open House

first_imgTo view the Achievers Toastmasters FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Achievers Toastmasters of FSJ is hosting their first Local Business Challenge & Networking Night in honour of February being Toastmasters month.Tonight, Thursday, February 28th at the Northern Lights College, Room 202 from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm.Toastmasters is inviting the public to come and see what the club is about with their business challenge, open house ‘Tabletops with a Twist.’ Toastmasters asks attendees to bring a 1-2 minute elevator pitch on your business and constructive feedback will be provided.The event will host free pizza and prizes, with time to chat and network.Achievers Toastmasters regularly meets September-June, learning public speaking and leadership skills in a positive environment held on Thursdays, room 202 at the Northern Lights College.Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication and public speaking skills.‘The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.’ from the Toastmasters website.To view the FB Page Event; CLICK HERE last_img read more

You Called A Run On First Down Youre Already Screwed

San Francisco-0.3733.320 Arizona-0.7133.314 Rush-pass-pass-0.0834.025 Detroit+0.0050.014 Pass-rush-rush+0.5688.9%5% Rush-rush-pass wasn’t effective for SeattleThe Seattle Seahawks’ three-play sequences in 2018 by frequency, expected points added and success rate Cincinnati-0.2647.410 Cleveland+0.3746.715 Carolina-0.1440.912 Green Bay-0.1040.010 Dallas+0.1546.413 Rush-rush-rush+0.3152.013 Pittsburgh+0.7061.514 Pass-pass-pass-0.3921.110 Oakland-0.7233.316 Seattle+0.1741.2%26% New Orleans+0.0441.714 Miami-0.5022.618 Atlanta+0.3751.714 sequenceepasuccessfrequency N.Y. Jets+0.1950.013 Frequencies do not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.Sources: NFL, Elias Sports Bureau Rush-rush-pass+0.1741.226 L.A. Chargers-0.1341.220 Rush-pass-rush-0.1538.57 Washington-0.3234.812 Indianapolis-0.0345.516 L.A. Rams+0.2860.016 New England+0.0339.112 Minnesota-0.2841.916 N.Y. Giants+0.2351.516 Play-calling patterns that end in a pass on third down have a negative expected value across the board. If we look at each sequence in terms of EPA per play, we see that the only positive EPA values on third down are on running plays. This makes sense: If you are passing on third down, it strongly implies that the first two plays in the sequence did not end well, and you likely have a third-and-long situation.Meanwhile, the opposite outcome is true on first and second down. There are no positive EPA rushing nodes, and all passing plays return positive expected value. These results hold generally across the league as well. Pass-rush-rush is the most successful three-play sequence, followed by pass-pass-rush and rush-pass-rush.On first down, passing will net you at least 5 yards (enough to make the play a success) 47 percent of the time, while running the ball will get you the same result just 32.8 percent of the time, 14.2 percentage points less often. On second down, the gap closes to about a 7 percentage-point advantage for passing. Baltimore+0.3244.412 Kansas City+1.1953.39 Jacksonville+0.0540.016 Throughout the 2018 regular season, the Seattle Seahawks made a conscious effort to establish the threat of the running game in the minds of their opponents. In the face of record offensive production across the NFL — driven in large part by prolific passing offenses — head coach Pete Carroll doggedly maintained that sticking with running the ball gave the Seahawks the best chance to win. Though they attempted the fewest passes in the NFL, the Seahawks went 10-6 and earned a playoff berth.But that reliance on the run may have been Seattle’s undoing in its 24-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild-card game. In the first half the Seahawks’ running backs rushed nine times for an anemic 2.1 yards per carry. Most of those runs came in a particular sequence: rush-rush-pass. All but three of Seattle’s first-half rushing attempts originated from the rush-rush-pass play sequence. And despite the lack of success using that pattern of plays against the Dallas defensive front, Seattle opened its first possession of the second half by calling it again. The result was a punt.The notion of establishing the run is deeply ingrained in NFL culture. Coaches and play-callers laud the approach for its ability to keep a team “on schedule” and “ahead of the chains,” both of which are football shorthand for picking up enough yards on first and second down that you stand a good chance to extend a drive. True believers think that if you abandon the run too early, you make your team one-dimensional and forfeit an important edge in toughness. You’re no longer imposing your will on a defense, and this will manifest itself in worse results overall. But is this true? Does running help a team convert more first downs and extend drives? And does the order in which you call pass and run plays matter?To answer these questions, I looked at every play called in the NFL regular season from 2009 to 20181Using data from the NFL and Elias Sports Bureau. and compared the result of each of the possible permutations of run and pass play sequencing2Excluded plays involving a penalty. using expected points added and success rate.3Expected points added adjusts for things like down, distance and field position, and it includes positive plays like touchdowns as well as negative plays like sacks and interceptions. Success rate is the percentage of plays that are positive in EPA, and it maps fairly closely to how coaches think about play success in the NFL. Success rate is analogous to picking up 5 or more yards on first down, 4 or more yards on second down and converting to a new set of downs on third down. I calculated EPA and success rate for every first-down play; then I looked at every sequence that did not absorb into a first down and extended to second down and then third down, calculating the EPA and success rate for each call.Leaguewide, rushing is the preferred play call on first down, after which passing takes over as the dominant play type, especially on third down. Tampa Bay+0.4447.814 Kansas City, the most dominant passing team in the league, was successful 53.3 percent of the time with rush-rush-pass. But the Chiefs ran the sequence just 15 times all season for a total share of 9 percent of all plays — 7 percentage points below league average — and they were mostly unsuccessful with the first two plays in the chain. When the Chiefs called back-to-back runs on first and second down, the second run was successful just 47.7 percent of the time. This suggests that the success of their third-down passes owes itself more to the strength of the Chiefs passing game and quarterback Patrick Mahomes than to the running plays that led up to them.The story is similar in Los Angeles. Sixty percent of rush-rush-pass play sequences ended in success, and the Rams used the pattern at exactly the league-average frequency. Again, however, when the Rams called back-to-back runs to begin a sequence, the second run was successful just 46.1 percent of the time, leaving them 5.8 yards left to gain for a first-down conversion on average. The success the Rams enjoyed on third-down passing attempts appears to be independent of the rushing plays that preceded them.While the precise order in which passes and runs are called may not matter so much — several combinations are roughly equivalent to one another according to success rate — some trends are clear. Passes are more effective when called on early downs, and runs are more effective on third down. Running on first down, while often a mistake, can be salvaged with a pass on second down. And if you’re going to rush on back-to-back plays to open a series, you should do so sparingly because it will leave your team in an obvious passing situation more often than not. Your passing attack — and QB especially — will need to be well above average to consistently convert in those high-leverage spots where all deception is gone and defenders can be confident that they know what’s coming. Buffalo-0.2643.921 Over the course of the 2018 season, there was no three-play sequence that Seattle favored more than rush-rush-pass. The Seahawks called rush-rush-pass 26 percent of the time, a rate 10 percentage points higher than league average. Yet despite the high frequency with which Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer used the pattern, they were not successful with it. Just 41.2 percent of their rush-rush-pass sequences ended in success. Meanwhile, on three-play sequences where the Seahawks started with a pass and mixed in a run afterward, they were successful 88.9 percent of the time (pass-rush-rush), 71.4 percent of the time (pass-pass-rush) and 50 percent (pass-rush-pass) of the time. Tennessee-0.2341.324 Chicago-0.0941.415 How each team uses rush-rush-passThe frequency — and effectiveness — with which every NFL team called rush-rush-pass in a three-play sequence Houston-0.3238.918 teamepasuccessfrequency Sources: NFL, Elias Sports Bureau Pass-pass-rush+0.5071.44 This result is the exact opposite of what we would expect to find if establishing the run via play sequences like rush-rush-pass were winning strategies. Instead of making a team less predictable, establishing the run on first and second down creates a game state that is often quite predictable for the defense. The opposing team is expecting a pass on third down because the first two plays were unsuccessful.Surprisingly, two of the top three teams in net yards per passing attempt in 2018, the Rams and the Chiefs, actually do have success with the rush-rush-pass play sequence. Philadelphia+0.6650.09 Pass-rush-pass+0.3450.012 Check out our latest NFL predictions. Denver-0.4732.417 read more

Mason Jobst leading the way for Ohio State mens hockeys freshman class

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) celebrates with the bench in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorIt’s 9:31 p.m. on Friday and the Ohio State men’s hockey team is in overtime with Big Ten rival and 14th-ranked Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Buckeye freshman forward Mason Jobst has just blocked a slapshot with his left leg with 2:42 remaining and is visibly in pain.In stereotypical hockey player fashion, Jobst doesn’t stay down. Although slow to get up, he musters all the strength he has left in him and frantically tries to help his teammates clear the puck out of the zone so he can get off of the ice.Fourteen seconds after blocking that shot, just as Jobst returns to the action, Penn State freshman forward Alec Marsh ends the game with his sixth goal of the season.Questions are immediately raised as to whether the leading scorer in the Buckeyes’ nine-man freshman class would return for Game 2 of the series the next night.Twenty-four hours later, Jobst dekes Nittany Lions’ junior goaltender Eamon McAdam out of his jockstrap on a breakaway and buries the fourth of his team’s five goals on the night in a 5-1 OSU win.For Jobst, the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer with six goals and 14 assists, the path to success this season has come through the patience of sitting out most of his final year of junior hockey.The former captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in the country, Jobst, who had already had both of his shoulders repaired, heard an all-too-familiar pop during a home game in October 2014.“I had a good summer working out and I was hoping to have a good year,” Jobst said. “I can’t really describe how deflating it was mentally that I had been through a full year of rehab and trying to take care of my body and for it to pop out again was devastating.”After speaking with his future coaches in Columbus, he determined that it was best to shut it down, have yet another surgery, and hope for an elusive healthy season next fall.However, the true captain and determined player that he is, Jobst battled back through rehab to rejoin his team for the Clark Cup Finals, where he contributed a goal and two assists, but his Lumberjacks were swept in three games by current teammate and classmate Dakota Joshua’s Sioux Falls Stampede.Jobst’s journey then continued to Ohio’s capital city to join coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes.For Rohlik, he was not worried one bit about his somewhat injury-prone center. His recruitment of Jobst told him all that he needed to know about not just the type of player he was getting, but the type of person he is too.“First and foremost, I saw his competitiveness. Everybody would look at him and say that he’s not a very big kid in stature,” Rohlik said. “What we saw is a kid that competes all over the ice. He wants the puck. He’s not afraid to have the puck. He’s not afraid to go in tough areas. Sometimes guys get to the next level and they are afraid to make mistakes. Mason’s made mistakes, but he’s not afraid. Everyone that has coached him said, ‘Wow, you are going to get a heck of a player here.’”Jobst, who stands at 5-foot-7 and 159 pounds, has been exactly that through 22 games this season. Not only is he producing on the stat sheet, but in the faceoff circle as well, where he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning 52.5 percent of his draws.His play has more than impressed the veteran leaders on the team.“He has the right to be confident out there,” said junior captain Nick Schilkey, who also plays at a height disadvantage at 5-foot-10. “Things are going the right way because he’s playing hard and he is a relentless forward out there and that is what we have to be as smaller guys. You have to pretend that you’re not 5-foot-8 and play like you’re six feet tall. The bounces are going his way and rightfully so.”After an 0-7 start and a 3-11 record heading into the winter break, Jobst and the Scarlet and Gray are starting to put things together.OSU is 4-2-2 since the second half started on Dec. 28, and three of those wins have come over top-15 ranked opponents. Jobst had seven points (three goals, four assists) in the 14 games he played in the first half of the season. In the seven games he has played in during the second half, his play mirrors that of his team’s, as he has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). He also recently garnered the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week after a seven-point weekend against rival and sixth-ranked Michigan.  “When we went down to Florida and had those two big wins (over then-No. 4 Boston College and then-No. 9 Cornell), I think that was a huge confidence booster for all of us,” Jobst said. “In the locker room, the whole attitude is just like, ‘Wow, we do have it.’”Time will tell if Jobst and the Buckeyes still “have it” this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Michigan State for a two-game series. Puck drop on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

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Kenny Guiton steps up in place of Braxton Miller

Ritika Shah / Assistant photo editorRedshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton throws a pass during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.When a team loses its starting quarterback, particularly when he’s a Heisman trophy candidate, things don’t typically go well.Someone forgot to tell that to the 2-0 Ohio State squad.Buckeye starting quarterback, junior Braxton Miller, left OSU’s 42-7 victory 2:58 into the game after spraining his MCL and did not return.In came redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, with the hopes of the Buckeye faithful on his shoulders.“I actually wasn’t that nervous today. I know that I prepared all week like a starter. I don’t think I got nervous at all,” Guiton said. “Once I got in, I took my first hit, had my first throw and after that it was just ‘let’s go.’”On the day Guiton finished 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 83 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.“I think I started off pretty good, we started off and we went up on the scoreboard pretty good. I think we responded well from the interception, too, but I think the second half I could have played a lot better,” Guiton said. “We protected good, the receivers played a good game. I just have to get them the ball quicker and more often.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was impressed by how well his backup signal caller replaced Miller.“The old right hander (Guiton) steps in again and does a nice job. He’s too slow, not a strong enough arm, but all he does is lead manage and distribute and has an incredible knowledge of the game,” Meyer said.Guiton was named a captain for the 2013 season, despite not being a starter, and has been under the spotlight before. Against Purdue in 2012 Guiton replaced the injured Miller and led the Buckeyes to a comeback 29-22 victory in overtime to preserve OSU’s undefeated season.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said when Guiton comes in for Miller, no one on the team stresses about it.“Kenny’s one of the leaders on our team, he’s one of the captains and everybody respects him,” Brown said. “Everybody knows what he brings the table, a lot of confidence, a lot of swagger. He’s a real vocal quarterback, so when Kenny’s out there, nobody’s worried at all.”Brown was the recipient of both of Guiton’s touchdown passes, and after the game, he complimented Guiton on his ability to place the ball in the right spot.“Kenny threw a perfect throw and we had the perfect play called, the corner was really close up, man pressed all day. It was an easy catch and harder throw,” Brown said.Upon coming into the game, Guiton said he didn’t want to think about the pressure of the situation. He just wanted to score.“I really try not to think about that when I hit the field. I just try to think about first down, first down, explosive play until we’re in the endzone,” Guition said. “That’s one thing I always tell the offense and that’s one thing I just always live by.”Guiton’s first drive culminated in a seven-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Dontre Wilson. Wilson said any drop off when Guiton enters the game for Miller is not noticeable.“Kenny is one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football right now, it’s great to have him as a backup,” Wilson said. “We didn’t really lose a lot, Braxton is a Heisman candidate, but Kenny is a great thrower.”Senior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell said the biggest thing Guiton adds to the game is energy.“He brings the juice, he brings the energy. Everybody respects him in the locker room. He’s just a great dude to be around,” Norwell said. “He leads by example. He doesn’t really play a lot because he’s behind Braxton, he’s the backup. When his number’s called he’s got to be ready, and obviously he was ready today.”Although Miller did not return for the rest of the game, some teammates felt he would have been able to play if he was needed. Guiton said when he saw Miller down on the field, he didn’t know what was wrong but was ready to take the field.“I really wasn’t sure at all. I did see that his helmet was off and the guy hit him in the face. I wasn’t sure how bad it was at first or anything. I just tried to prepare and make sure I was ready,” Guiton said.Brown said he thinks Miller will be healthy for OSU’s road trip to California next weekend.“We’re not too worried. We know Braxton’s going to do a good job of rehabbing this week and he’ll be back for this next game,” Brown said. “But even if he’s not everyone on the team has enough confidence in Kenny (Guiton) that he can get it done.”Meyer said he “(thinks) there’s a chance (Miller will) be ready for next week.”Guiton said confidence was a key factor in his performance.“Just getting extended time in a game like that, I think that built my confidence a lot. It’s one thing to practice all the time and become good but it’s different when you’re actually in there doing it,” Guiton said.OSU is set to hit the road to take on California (1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Neville predicts a few Man Utd players exits in the summer

first_imgGary Neville has shared he believes Manchester United will lose some players in the summer due to their poor performance lately and the Brighton and Hove Albion defeat might have been the last straw.Mourinho saw his team almost blow up their chances of finishing in the second place in the Premier League this season as they lost 1-0 to Brighton and Hove, even though they are still in the second place in the standings, trailing only after Manchester City.“My view is that ultimately he [Mourinho] doesn’t like some of those players. He’s had enough of them and they are going to go. That’s what I drew from it,” Neville has shared, according to the Sport Review.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They were absolutely terrible tonight. They’ve played badly at times this season, but won and shown some spirit, but this was not good enough.”“Alright, it’s the end of the season, it’s a game against Brighton and they’ve probably already got second place but they are wearing a Manchester United shirt and the standards have to be a lot higher than that.”“Jose Mourinho looked tonight like he’d lost faith in some of those players,” Neville went on to add.last_img read more

Torres talks about Japan move

first_imgFernando Torres has spoken about his move to Japan.Fernando Torres who joined Japanese side Sagan Tosu this summer has revealed he has been considering a move to Japan for a while now.The 34-year-old striker left his boyhood club Atletico on a free after his contract expired in Spain and opted to sign for Sagan Tosu.A host of clubs were interested in the services of the former Chelsea Man but Torres only had eyes for a move to Japan.“I’ve had the idea of playing in his country for a while, I’ve thought about it on numerous occasions. I’ve always received great affection from the Japanese people and I’m glad to be here,” Torres told reporters, according to Sports Mole.Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedReport: Vidic claims Aguero was his nemesis George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Nemanja Vidic claims that Sergio Aguero was his nemesis on the football field.At 37 years of age as Vidic reflects back on a career…“It was more a cultural decision than a footballing one. I enjoyed the atmosphere when I played here against Tosu in 2015. The aim for me at this point is to improve the current situation the team finds itself in.”“I received a lot of offers but Sagan Tosu showed they had more interest in me, my family and I believe this would be the best place for me.”“I’m looking forward to start training with my teammates and the coaching staff.”Sagan Tosu are currently second from bottom in the Japanese first division with just three wins from 15 games so far.last_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

Jenas Hazard is too good for this Chelsea team

first_imgEden Hazard has outgrown the current Chelsea squad and is simply just too good for them now, says Jermaine JenasThe Belgian superstar delivered another superb performance on Tuesday night, but couldn’t prevent Chelsea from losing the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie 1-0 to Tottenham.Hazard has picked up most of the slack this term for Chelsea with manager Maurizio Sarri even starting him as a centre-forward due to Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud’s struggles in front of goal.And, amid all the uncertainty surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge, former Spurs star Jenas weighed in by claiming Hazard has outgrown the Chelsea team.“I thought Eden Hazard was unplayable,” Jenas said on BBC Radio 5 Live.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He has gone by everybody and he must be thinking, ‘what more do you need me to do?’“Chelsea are a top side but I think he has outgrown them and he is above [the] level of everybody around him.“I never thought I would say it, but he’s too good for this Chelsea team.”Hazard, who is yet to agree on a new contract at Chelsea, has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, which he described as a “dream” move in October.last_img read more

Salah reveals team talk that inspired Reds win

first_imgMohamed Salah has opened up on what stimulated Liverpool’s comeback against Crystal Palace at Anfield.Salah who recorded his 50th Premier League goal claimed the players spurred themselves on at the break as te ran out 4-3 winners to extend their lead at the top.Salah told LFC.TV: “We expected before the game that the game was going to be very difficult.“First half they played well and they played well also [in the] second half but they were staying [close] to the box and it was a tough game. But in the end, the most important thing for us is the result and we had a good result.“We conceded three goals, it’s hard a little bit but we have to accept it. This is football and we have to live with that.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“We talked to each other [at half-time] that we had to be strong mentally because this is a tough time.“This is the most important time for us, when you are struggling you have to be strong in mind, so we talked together and the manager also gave us information and we played well and we deserved the game.”Mo on the strength of the Reds and important communication at half-time. 👊— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019last_img read more

Fires Limited to Charcoal Propane Stoves

first_imgGease: “Unusually dry weather conditions resulting in high fire indices have resulted in extremely high fire danger throughout the state, and fire managers are expecting high fire conditions to continue into the near future. While we will lift this order when we believe conditions allow it.” That means campfires, even in state-provided and designated fire rings, are prohibited, including fires in public use cabins, Alaska State Parks Director Ricky Gease said today. Burn Suspensions are currently in place for the Kenai-Kodiak Area, Anchorage Mat-Su Area, and the Fairbanks Area. These suspensions are evaluated on a daily basis; check with your local Division of Forestry Area Office. Remember that State laws and regulations pertaining to burning practices apply statewide year-round. In units of the Alaska State Parks, fires are restricted to fire rings in designated camping areas. Outside of the camping areas, NO fires are currently allowed. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Extreme dry weather and wildland fire hazards have led state park managers to issue an order limiting all fires in Chugach State Park, except for propane stoves and charcoal cooking grills. According to a release from the State Parks, campers should expect it to remain in effect until September 30. Charcoal grills, cooking stoves and gas grills are allowed, with the expectation that users will be vigilant and cautious. State of Alaska restrictionsTemporary burn suspensions are in place in several areas of Alaska. This means no open debris burning or use of burn barrels (fires that already require burn permits). Burn suspensions do NOT restrict the use of fires on private or State of Alaska land for cooking, warming, and signaling fires as long as the fires are less than 3 feet in diameter. Website for burn suspension info: https://dnr.alaska.gov/burnlast_img read more

9 great reads from CNET this week

first_imgWhat a week! Scientists revealed the first direct image of a black hole. Uber filed for what might be the largest tech IPO ever. Julian Assange was arrested in London as the US awaits his extradition. And Disney finally revealed a November launch date for its streaming service, which will be almost half the price of rival Netflix.Oh, but there was so much more. Here are a few key stories you don’t want to miss:Tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx at Texas borderDrones, cameras and sensors are being used to monitor what many call a desperate situation at the southern border. More tech may not help. James Martin/CNET Beyond Tinder: How Muslim millennials are looking for loveSome call it haram — or forbidden — but more Muslims than ever are turning to apps like Minder and Muzmatch to find romance.dating-apps-5 Angela Lang/CNET Deactivating your Facebook account does nothing for your privacyI thought deactivating my Facebook account would stop the social network from tracking me online. But Facebook kept tabs on me anyway.img-2296 Alfred Ng / CNET Julian Assange’s defense against hacking charges, and where it falls shortWhile WikiLeaks’ work can be considered journalism, offering to hack a password isn’t.Julian Assange Arrested In London NurPhoto Libraries lean on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to reel you inFrom pithy tweets to Insta Novels on Instagram, libraries around the world are using social media to entertain and reach their audiences.sf-library-patron-3 San Francisco Public Library Making Missing Link, the movie of 100,000 facesHow do you make a big, hairy puppet more human? Laika starts by creating intricate skeletons and 3D-printed faces.missing-link-link-skeleton Anne Dujmovic/CNET Congress chose to bicker instead of helping fix Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeAfter two days of hearings about hate speech and political censorship on the internet, we’re no closer to finding solutions to tech’s biggest problems.screen-shot-2019-04-09-at-7-43-09-amSocial media trolling, fake, anger, bullying and scandal signs. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET Hellboy movie review: One hell of a mess, and one hell of a rideForget Guillermo Del Toro. This new Hellboy for 2019 takes monster-mashing action to the extreme.hellboy-harbour-17-copy Mark Rogers Robots, VR and 3D printers are served up at this high-tech libraryThe Broward County Libraries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, show just what the evolution of libraries looks like.dsc00927.jpg Ari Rothenberg/Broward County Libraries Post a comment Tags Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Disney Julian Assange Space Netflix Uberlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame star Brie Larson talks about Captain Marvels Audi ETron and

first_imgRoadshow: Your “Debriefing” spot was a fun way to get Carol up to speed with the times. But Carol can fly. So I have to ask, what features in the E-Tron would entice her to stay on the ground and drive?Brie Larson: Well, the car can actually go really fast. I think that’s the key point, is if the car couldn’t go super, super fast-paced and have great pickup, then I don’t think she would be as interested in it. But it’s a great way for her to transport friends; you know, she can only carry one person at a time. So being able to drive around with a car full of people I’m sure would be an important aspect. More From Roadshow Spoiler-free: Ultimate love letter to MCU fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed: MCU clincher so close to being perfect More Marvel Audi 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4:23 Share your voice It’s a movie event most of us have been waiting over a decade to see. Avengers: Endgame is upon us (read our CNET spoiler-free review here and our spoiler-packed review here) and with it, comes an avalanche of press, collaborations, merch and more. You may not have realized it, but Audi is one of the longest-running Marvel Cinematic Universe partnerships. The German automaker has been involved since the first Iron Man in 2008. Tony Stark drove an Audi R8 supercar in that movie, but he trades that in for the all-electric E-Tron GT concept in the newest Avengers film. 51 Photos People I think have the misconception that not having access to gas stations will be a hindrance to them; but in fact, at least for me, for many years, it’s never been a problem. In fact, it’s been a huge convenience that I can just charge my car at home. And it doesn’t really take very long at all. And you can go pretty far. I think this car [the E-Tron] is what, like 200 and something miles per charge? [204 miles is the official EPA estimate of the E-Tron’s range.] It’s surprising how far you can go on one charge. The other thing is just the cost of it as well. It’s so much cheaper to charge your car yearly than it is to buy gas. I don’t know if people really understand that fully. You’re doing good for the planet. And it’s good. It’s good on your pocketbook, too. I also talked to Brie about her time playing Captain Marvel, which female hero she wants to see star in a future MCU film and if she’s interested in directing a blockbuster superhero movie someday. Look for that interview to hit CNET in the coming days.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide April 26. In the meantime, you can watch every other Endgame trailer and teaser right here. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Avengers: Endgame and every MCU movie, ranked When to take a pee break during Avengers: Endgame Endgame leaked footage — How to avoid spoilers online I binged every Marvel movie and I regret nothing 26 Photos Audi E-Tron GT concept on the streets of Los Angeles 32 Car Culture TV and Movies It feels really right to me, and there are so many perks that go along with it. Like, the fact that I got my electric car almost three years ago, and I’ve never had to get it serviced? That’s something that I always like to tell people. There are so many aspects of gas-fueled engines that need a lot of maintenance that electric cars don’t need. And we’re just not used to that. We’re not used to the fact that you can just have a car, drive around and not have to deal with like, continually bringing it into the shop to be serviced.What do you find the most interesting about EVs, aside from the obviously important environmental impact? Are there any features you hope to see added someday?I mean, there are a lot of small features that I really love, like I the help that I get when it comes to parking. Parallel parking in particular, especially in Los Angeles, it’s like a huge, helpful feature. And the other thing I think is interesting is how quickly the cars charge, that it doesn’t really take very long at all to get charged back up. For Endgame, Audi released a new ad spot that gets Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) up to speed on the progress she’s missed on Earth during her absence, including the company’s newest electric SUV — the E-Tron — which is due to arrive in reservation holders’ driveways in the next few weeks. Roadshow had the opportunity to sit down with Larson this week, to find out more about why she’s such a fan of Audi’s new EV. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Now playing: Watch this: Tags Read our reviews True. I guess you would need to take Goose to vet appointments too, maybe?Of course, exactly. Goose I’m sure needs lots of checkups, being a Flerken and all.Have you gotten a chance to drive the E-Tron? And if so, what do you think?I haven’t. I have not had a chance. I mean, I’ve been in the car, because I sat in the back of it. But I haven’t had a chance to drive it myself. It [the ride] was really zippy and super smooth.Have you driven any other EVs? Or have you had any experience with other electric vehicles so far? Do you own one?I do. I have an electric car right now. And I’ll be getting this car [the E-Tron] pretty soon. But it’s really, really important to me. Once electric cars were available, I did my research on them. And I just found it to be undeniable: The importance on the impact of the planet, from an environmental standpoint — and also just from a human being standpoint — to get out of the way of fossil fuels and the things that we’re arguing over on a global scale. Marvel Audilast_img read more

5 Reasons Tax Free Weekend Might Be A Bad Deal

first_imgTax-free weekend starts Friday in Texas. The three-day break lets families buy backpacks, sneakers and blue jeans with no sales tax, which seems like a straightforward way to save.Brakeyshia Samms is a state policy fellow with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a research group in Austin. She’s a self-titled “unapologetic tax policy wonk“ and she says the tax holiday is a bad deal for Texas families. Here are her five reasons why she says that’s the case.The KERA radio story5 Reasons Sales Tax Holidays Aren’t A Good Deal1. They favor families with more money to spend: “For families who live paycheck to paycheck, it’s very difficult to time your purchases because you have rent, you have groceries that you need every month,” Samms says. “So wealthier families have the luxury of timing their purchases for the weekend of sales tax holidays because they have that extra cash flow.”2. Some stores jack up prices for sales tax holidays: “Stores will actually have a better deal the week before tax free weekend holidays, or the week after,” she says. “They mark stuff up and they water sales down.”3. The holiday is open to tourists and residents in nearby states: “They’re not a contributing member to our state economy, which isn’t helpful for hard-working Texas families,” Samms says.4. The state takes a big revenue hit: “So, the tax sales holiday, you lose about $70 million  a year,” Samms says. “And so if you have that revenue plus other things with tax policy you can invest in those services that are really, really critical to families living paycheck to paycheck.”5. They don’t help the economy grow: “Consumers actually don’t spend more, they just time their purchases differently. So if there was no sales tax holiday, they would have bought the purchase any weekend,” Samms says.Sales Tax Holidays Across The CountryCheck out this map of all the U.S. sales tax holidays, back to school and otherwise, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Sessions Defends Trump Administrations Immigration Policies

first_img Share AP Photo by Lance IversenBob Fulkerson leads protestors up the street to the Peppermill Resort-Casino in Reno, Nev., as Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration to NASRO, a School Safety Conference, Monday, June 25, 2018.While hundreds of protesters rallied outside, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s immigration policies Monday, calling on Congress to act and asserting that many children were brought to the border by violent gang members.Speaking at a school-safety conference in Nevada, Sessions said the crisis at the border is a “difficult and frustrating situation” that requires Congress to act.“Children have indeed borne much of the burden of our broken immigration system,” he told the National Association of School Resource Officers in Reno.Sessions continued: “Get this. More than 80 percent of the children crossing our borders are coming by themselves, without parents or guardians, often sent with a paid smuggler. We can only guess how many never make it to our border during that dangerous journey. Eighty percent.”The compassionate thing to do, he said, is to protect children from violence and drugs, put criminals in jail and secure borders. He called the alternative, having open borders, “both radical and dangerous.”He said five children had been found at the border carrying a combined 35 pounds of fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid drug blamed for an epidemic of overdose deaths nationwide.Drug cartels, Sessions said, “take advantage of our generosity and … use children to smuggle their drugs into our country as well.”Elsewhere, the head of Customs and Border Protection said he had temporarily stopped referring for criminal prosecution adults who cross the border illegally with children.Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters Monday in Texas that he suspended the referrals within hours of Trump’s executive order last week that stopped the practice of separating families.He said the “zero tolerance” policy remains in effect, but cases cannot be prosecuted because parents cannot be separated from their children. He said he is working to develop a plan to resume prosecutions.Just outside the hotel-casino where Sessions spoke, more than 200 protesters opposed to the administration’s immigration policies blocked a busy road. The coalition of civil rights, religious and union activists carried signs and drums and were joined by a mariachi band. Some sat in a busy roadway for while police diverted traffic around them.The protesters chanted, “Jeff Sessions, you can’t hide. Reno sees your ugly side!” Several carried signs that read “Children are not political” and “Impeach the mad king.”At least a half-dozen people wearing red arm bands said they intended to get arrested.The Rev. Karen Foster of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship said American children are taught to pledge allegiance to the flag “with liberty and justice for all.” She said “there is no justice for thousands of children locked in cages” at the border.No arrests were immediately reported.Nearly two dozen Nevada groups tried unsuccessfully last week to persuade the national school law enforcement group hosting the conference to withdraw its invitation to Sessions.Meanwhile, U.S. defense officials said the administration had chosen two military bases in Texas to house detained migrants. The officials identified the bases as Fort Bliss and Goodfellow Air Force Base. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about a pending announcement.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had said on Sunday that two bases had been selected but he would not identify them. Under the arrangement, the Defense Department would provide the land but the operations would be run by other agencies.As many as 2,300 children were separated from their migrant parents from the time the administration adopted the zero-tolerance policy until June 9, officials have said.In far West Texas, a temporary tent shelter for immigrant children was close to its 360-person capacity. Reporters were allowed Monday to briefly visit the shelter at the Tornillo border crossing, where more than 320 children ages 13 to 17 are being held.About half were from Guatemala, and 23 of the children had been separated from adults who accompanied them across the border.The facility has a current capacity of 360. The tents are air conditioned, and a facility administrator told reporters that the main complaint he hears from children on site is that the tents get too cold sometimes.Reporters were not allowed to enter any tents holding children. Two girls who stopped briefly in front of reporters said that they were doing well.The exact process to reunite families has been unclear because migrants are first stopped by Customs and Border Protection. Then children are transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, while adults are detained through Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is under the Department of Homeland Security. Children have been sent to far-flung shelters around the country, raising alarm that parents might never know where their children can be found.As part of the effort, ICE officials have posted notices in all its facilities advising detained parents who are trying to find or communicate with their children to call a hotline.The administration’s policy of criminally prosecuting anyone caught illegally crossing the border remains in effect, officials have said, despite confusion on the ground on how to carry out Trump’s order.Justice Department officials asked a federal judge to amend a class-action settlement that governs how children are treated in immigration custody. Right now, children can only be detained with their families for 20 days. Trump officials are seeking to detain them together indefinitely as their cases progress. Advocates say family detention does not solve the problem.last_img read more

Jobs Are Not Easy to Come By

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROLast week Mayor Jack Young re-ignited the controversy over squeegee kids, the mostly African-American teens who work busy intersections seeking to wash car windows for cash.But, now some of them are hitting back.During his weekly press briefing Young said the teens who plie drivers for money in exchange for a quick window cleaning are clearly breaking the law.“Makai” a so-called Squeegee Kid told the AFRO he washes car windows because, “I have a mother struggling with so many bills.” (Photo courtesy: Stephen Janis)“Right now, it is illegal to impede traffic,” Young said. “You have young men in the middle of the street which is illegal, and we must address it.”The mayor also raised the prospect of fearful tourists subjected to unwanted window washing amid a safety hazard near some of the city’s most iconic destinations.“Some folks said they don’t even want to ride through downtown anymore,” Young added.But, several teens working the corner of President and Pratt street told The AFRO the mayor didn’t understand that washing windows afforded them an opportunity work that might  not otherwise be available.“We just want to be represented as kids that make things better for themselves, that’s all,” a young man named Zion told the AFRO.In a series of interviews with the so-called Squeegee kids, they illuminated a different side of the story; a tale of ambition, hard work, and a hope that motorists won’t see them only as nuisance.“There are people out here who have mom’s struggling with bills, rent overdue,” Zion said.  “We have to help our moms, we’re in the projects.”In fact, the number one reason the young men gave for dodging traffic on hot summer days was helping relatives pay bills.“Because I take so much pride and like you say I have a mother struggling with so many bills. Why wouldn’t you just let me do it,” a young man named Makai said.They also expressed frustration with the city’s Youthworks program, which provides summer jobs to city teens.“Jobs are not easy to come by, I went to Youthworks three times and I still didn’t get a job,” Makai said.The city’s Youthworks generated roughly 8000 jobs for teens in 2019.   Officials there did not respond to emails seeking the number of city youth who applied but did not receive jobs.One notion that several of the Squeegee kids wanted to make clear, was that not all of their encounters were negative. In fact, one of the benefits of the job they say is the chance to interact with tourists who view them in a positive light.“I like squeegeeing because you never know what you’re going to get out here, some people really like us,” said a young man who did not want to be identified, as he worked the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. and Pratt Street.In fact, one encounter with a tourist netted both encouragement and a hefty payout.“He said I’m not from here, but I like what you’re doing,” the same young man recounted.  “And then he handed me two one hundred-dollar bills.The previous administration tried to redirect impromptu window-washing by forming a Squeegee corp.  The idea was to stage pop-up car washes where Squeegee kids could charge for their services in a controlled environment   However, the program did not attract much interest.The young men said part of the reason is independence, the ability to make a living on their own terms.  It is work that is at times fun and arduous, but some believe not the type of activity in a city wracked by crime that warrants the attention of the mayor.“There are bigger situations in this world we’re dealing with than Squeegee kids,” Zion said.last_img read more

Ramayana revisited

first_imgIndia International Centre (IIC) organised the book launch of Ram Varma’s Hindi version of Before he was god-Ramayana-reconsidred, recreated. The book which was launched by the president of Indian Council for Cultura Relations Dr. Karan Singh, takes out the Puranic dross and brings up the story of a man. Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Valmiki. Discarding all the hues of that time Ram Varma’s, Rama is a historic figure. The blank verses of his poetry, is the medium which increased the divinity of his renderings as no other language can be purer, none more beautiful and at the same time simpler.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Varma’s rendering Ramayana is refreshingly different from the Valmiki’s Ramayana where ram is a historical figure like Krishna or Buddha. His re-creation takes support on the bedrock of the latest textual, sociological and archaeological research. In his own words, ‘The story recited by the well meaning pundits of Puranic times was a senseless exaggeration. It was vital to restore the attention of the viewers or the readers, but this beautiful story did not need any artificial support. Its beauty remains undiminished even in a realistic portraiture of events.’last_img read more