Red Bulls show MLS they are the team to beat

first_imgAtlanta United may have left Red Bull Arena on Sunday holding a slim one-point lead atop the Eastern Conference and in the Supporters’ Shield race, but they are no longer the team to beat in the MLS Cup title race.The New York Red Bulls staked an irrefutable claim to that label after a convincing 2-0 win over Atlanta United that was made more impressive by the fact Bradley Wright-Phillips (suspended) and Tyler Adams (injured) — their two best players — spent the match in street clothes.Wright-Phillips’ absence was no surprise, with Red Bulls fans spending a week lamenting the weak yellow card that kept him out of Sunday’s marquee match-up, but when Adams was scratched from the lineup with a minor back issue, there was a palpable sense of concern before kickoff that Red Bulls fans were about to witness a beatdown. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They did end up seeing one team dominate, but it was the Red Bulls who outplayed Atlanta United for much of the 90 minutes on Sunday. Chris Armas’ side used their relentless high-press and league-best defense to neutralize and frustrate Atlanta United’s high-flying attack, while creating chances of their own with some effective combination play and efficient counterattacks.”It was down to intensity, desire – we never got started,” Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. “We never got into the game until the game was past us and we were chasing the game. High pressure or not, we knew what they were going to come with, we knew what to expect – we just never got into the game.”Atlanta United isn’t the first top team to struggle at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls have posted multi-goal victories against New York City FC (4-0), Portland (4-0) and FC Dallas (3-0) at home this season, and Sunday’s result was their fifth straight shutout win at Red Bull Arena.Not only have the Red Bulls been among the league’s best home teams, they have also excelled against the league’s best teams. They now boast a 7-2-2 record against teams currently sitting in the top four spots in the standings for both conferences, having outscored their opponents 25-10. By comparison, Atlanta United is just 3-4-3 against those same opponents, outscoring their opposition 17-15.It is that disparity against the league’s best that has the Red Bulls looking much more like MLS Cup favorites heading into the playoffs than Atlanta United. Sunday’s performance only cemented that status.The Red Bulls have found a way this year to consistently step up against their toughest opponents, and the build-up to Sunday’s clash with Atlanta United helped kick things up another notch for Armas’ squad.”Training this week was so intense, really demanding,” Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis told Goal. “We were doing intra-squad scrimmages and we were hating each other after. It was just so intense and I think that’s exactly what we needed for a game like this. I just think the team came out and we imposed ourselves from the first whistle.”The Red Bulls succeeded in neutralizing Atlanta playmaker and MVP candidate Miguel Almiron, who managed just 13 completed passes and one successful dribble. Those stats didn’t tell the full story of the handful of dangerous runs he made in the first half, but the reality is Almiron found little room to operate, and few clear passing lines.The Red Bulls midfield swarmed the Paraguayan star, led by Davis and Marc Rzatkowski, who stepped up to make up for the absence of Adams.”They were incredible,” Armas said of Davis and Rzatkowski. “So disruptive. I mean Sean Davis, a will to win today. He’s maybe out-matched sometimes in speed and he still wins the race. That is will, that is focus, that is seeing it earlier than the next guy and wanting it more. It’s a big tactical challenge on the day for those guys, but they certainly carried their weight and then some.”The Red Bulls vaunted defense did the rest. Aaron Long snuffed out the few looks Josef Martinez was able to get, while Kemar Lawrence was a one-man wall, helping contain the tandem of Hector Villalba and Julian Gressel on his side of the field. Tim Parker and Michael Murillo did their parts as well, with Parker even getting forward to contribute with a goal.It was a complete team performance for the Red Bulls, a comprehensive victory over the team with the league’s best record, and it came with their two best players not even on the field. That is the kind of result that can propel the Red Bulls to a run at their first MLS Cup.It is also a result that has given Atlanta United’s players an eye-opening message that the road to a league title will have to go through Red Bull Arena, and getting past the Red Bulls will require their very best or else they will be the ones being dominated much the same way they have dominated so many opponents this year.”Today we played against the most intense team in the league,” Atlanta United coach Tata Martino said. “And we knew that if we didn’t match that they were going to control the game.”last_img read more

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Solskjaer confident of Pogba fitness

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to be fit for Manchester United’s blockbuster clash with Tottenham, although he played down talk of Sunday’s match representing a first real test.United have won four games from four in the Premier League since Solskjaer was put in temporary charge until the end of the season, but they were dealt a blow as Pogba missed their FA Cup victory over Reading through injury following an incident involving Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey last week.With Solskjaer taking his side to Wembley for a tricky encounter against Spurs following a favourable initial fixture list, the United boss will be pleased to have Pogba available again, having featured in recent training sessions during the clubs mid-season trip to Dubai. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “[Pogba] looked OK towards the end so he’ll be fit,” Solskjaer told a pre-match news conference. “He did have some problem but he came through the last couple of sessions well. He’ll be OK.”Gearing up for Sunday #MUFC pic.twitter.com/32trIgVIuq— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 10, 2019The prospect of a meeting with third-placed Tottenham should test Solskjaer’s burgeoning Old Trafford credentials, but he insisted that United have not had it easy since his arrival.”We’ve had tests,” he said. “Newcastle away is a test, the first game at Cardiff is a test, the first home game is a test.”You get tested in every single game in the Premier League. But, of course, Sunday’s game is against a top, top side. If we want to get closer to [Tottenham], we need a good performance and a good result.”Despite the improved level of the opposition, though, Solskjaer will encourage United to attack Tottenham as they have amid their four-game winning streak in the Premier League.”You always adapt to any opposition and we’re playing one of the best teams in the league, so of course we’ve got to be aware of their strengths,” he added.”But I’ve been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams. That’s our strength as well: going forward and attacking teams.”We’re not going to get as many chances to attack as we have before, so we’ve got to be ready for when we get hold of the ball, to play well with it and make sure we use the whole pitch as well.”last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma marks Test return with stylish hundred

first_imgRohit Sharma’s love-affair with 2017 continued as he smashed a brilliant century on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the VCA stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.Rohit, who returned to Test cricket after a gap of 13 months, scored his third hundred in Test cricket as India declared their innings at 610/6 with a lead 405 runs.Rohit started off on an attacking mode as he hit eight fours and a six in his unbeaten 102 off 160 deliveries.Rohit, playing his 22nd Test, scored a hundred after four years and something that he will cherish for a while now.He was also involved a 173-run stand with captain Virat Kohli, who hit his fifth double hundred, for the fifth wicket as the Indian duo made a mockery of a toothless Sri Lanka bowling attack.A century for @ImRo45 followed by the signal from the dressing room. India declare on 610/6, lead Sri Lanka (205) by 405 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/m2SUb9w323- BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2017The 30-year-old made his debut in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series in 2013 and hit back-to-back centuries to kick-start his Test career on a high.Rohit has been in a sensational form this year, piling runs in one day internationals.Rohit, who holds the world record for highest individual score of 264 in ODIs, has smashed five hundreds in the 50-overs format and is currently behind Virat Kohli in list of leading run-getters this year.Good comeback by the hitman, Congrats on your 100 @imRo45Onto the bowlers to finish the job now. Fantastic Sunday!??? #IndvsSL pic.twitter.com/P0l6l34N7Qadvertisement- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 26, 2017last_img read more

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Accepted Conor McGregor fight as fans wanted it, says Floyd Mayweather

first_imgBoxer Floyd Mayweather agreed to a crossover fight with mixed martial arts champions Conor McGregor because his fans wanted it, the 40-year-old has said.Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with an unbeaten record of 49-0, and UFC lightweight champion McGregor will clash in a 12-round fight in Las Vegas on August 26 after teasing the event for nearly a year.”McGregor is a tough competitor. People all around the world demanded this fight so I had to give them what they wanted to see,” Mayweather is quoted as saying by sports website BlackSportsOnline.com.”They asked for this fight. I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I’m back.”The multi-division boxing world champion is favourite to beat McGregor, who never boxed professionally, in Las Vegas.last_img read more

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KL Rahul launches Cult Streetwear Gully

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Indian opener KL Rahul launched cult streetwear brand named Gully in association with retail partner Zeko online Pvt. Ltd. The products that are part of the brand will be available on one of Indias leading online market places and on the Zeko online website, in the initial phase. Rahul is also the co-owner of the brand. The company will launch tee-shirts, joggers and shorts, followed by jeans and sweatshirts, both of which will be added later this year. The core of the brand Gully is street culture, hip-hop, rap and street sports. “Street-wear brands are extremely popular in western countries. We have no competition in the Indian market currently. However the market leader in this space in the US is Supreme NewYork, which recently got funding from Carlyle Group at a valuation of over 1 billion dollars. Top Hollywood and sports personalities like David Beckham have been trending on social media wearing Supreme branded clothing,” Arjavi Shah Marwaha, Director, Zeko Online Pvt Ltd, said. PTI KHS”Our philosophy in terms of creating and building brands is to first identify the gap in the market and then find the right partners to work with. KL Rahul is one of the most stylish cricketers and personifies the spirit of Gully. Another key aspect was in-house manufacturing, which gives us the flexibility and agility that are required for a new brand to succeed,” said Jogesh Lulla, COO, Cornerstone Sport. PTI KHS KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 case renders hint at dual cameras

first_imgXiaomi may be working on a Mi Max 3, successor to its 6.44-inch monster of a phablet called the Mi Max 2. The Mi Max 3 has leaked online courtesy case renders that show off an important bit about the phone in question. The Mi Max 3, as per the leak, will apparently come with dual rear cameras. The Mi Max 2, in contrast, came with a single camera on the rear.Leaks and rumours around the Mi Max 3 have been scarce, but, going by all that, that has come up it appears that Xiaomi’s next super-sized phablet would be bigger still. The Mi Max 3 will reportedly come with a 7-inch screen but because Xiaomi is apparently working on making it bezel-less, the phone should look and feel smaller when in the hands. The Mi Max 3 will reportedly also come with an unusual aspect ratio much like the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. And now, it seems like, it would also be getting dual cameras. Although the case renders don’t give out much, they are enough to get one excited about the prospects. Xiaomi’s other dual camera phones around the Mi Max pricing offer promising cameras. Something similar is expected from the Mi Max 3 as well. Elsewhere, the Mi Max 3 will reportedly come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with up to 4GB of RAM. It’s likely to get Android Oreo-based MIUI 9, and also it’s being said that it would be backed by a massive 5,500mAh battery.The current-generation Mi Max 2 boasts of a full-metal body design with rounded edges to enhance ergonomics. It comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an IR blaster and stereo speakers.advertisementIt comes with a 6.44-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a micro-SD card slot. The most surprising – read, fantastic – bits come in the camera and battery department however. The Mi Max 2 sports the same IMX 386 image sensor as the company’s flagship Mi 6. The phone comes with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with Phase Detection Autofocus, alongside a 5-megapixel camera on the front.The Mi Max 2, furthermore, is backed by a massive 5,300Mah battery rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 (can charge by up to 68 per cent in 1 hour according to Xiaomi) and Parallel Charging which means that you can continue to use the device while charging.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 5300mAh batterylast_img read more

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Real Madrid dismiss rumours of making $360 million bid for Neymar

first_imgReal Madrid have denied a report that they have offered a world-record 310 million euros ($360.59 million) for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar.Spanish television channel TVE reported on Monday that the Champions League winners had submitted the bid for the player who left Barcelona last year for a record 222 million euros.”In light of information broadcast tonight by TVE regarding an alleged Real Madrid offer to PSG and their player Neymar, Real Madrid C. F. wishes to state that this information is absolutely untrue,” the club said in statement on their website.World Cup 2018: Play-acting by Brazil and Neymar leaves a sour taste”Real Madrid has made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player.”Neymar is currently on duty with Brazil at the World Cup in Russia and scored one and set up another as they beat Mexico 2-0 in the last 16 on Monday.World Cup 2018: Neymar trolled again despite heroics vs MexicoThe Paris St Germain forward was both the architect and executioner for Brazil, who inflicted a seventh straight last-16 exit on the central Americans, sliding home in the second half and then teeing up Roberto Firmino late on.It was the seventh World Cup running that Brazil reached the last eight, where they will now face Belgium, while Mexico have not made it to that stage since they hosted the tournament in 1986.World Cup 2018: I’m a Brazilian and I don’t give up, says Neymar”I’m here to win. I hope I can improve always. I knew that I was going to need some pace to get back to my normal tempo. I feel much better. I’m happy for the whole team and I congratulate my whole team and were always improving,” said man-of-the-match Neymar after the game.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEYet the less attractive side of his game was also on display, as he writhed on the floor, seemingly in agony, after Mexico’s Miguel Layun had made the slightest contact with his ankle, before making an immediate and miraculous recovery.But this is not the first time that Neymar has done something like this in this tournament.The 26-year-old was the subject of numerous memes on social media last week as well after his performance in the final group match against Serbia which Brazil won 2-0.He was brutally trolled after he went rolling along the pitch following a foul by Serbia’s Adem Ljajicn on the sidelines in the 33rd minute. The Brazilian, who also came under fire for his antics against Costa Rica earlier, was slammed on social media as well for overreacting to the foul.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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KING RENEWS CALL FOR SOUTHERN BORDER WALL

first_imgRepublican Congressman Steve King says President Trump should name a “point person” in his administration to take charge of construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WALL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………build this wall.” :06King is a long-time advocate of building a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico and has developed his own wall prototype.In January, King began meeting with officials in the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol, pressing for answers on construction decisions and a timeline for completion.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WALL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….want you to know.” :18A point person from the Trump administration to speak publicly about the project is the answer, according to King:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WALL3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..manage the project. ;21King envisions this point person as the project manager, heading construction as well.During a speech in Arizona on Tuesday, President Trump called on Congress to approve funding for the wall.The president threatened a government shutdown over the issue.Radio Iowalast_img read more

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Gareth Southgate urges Marcus Rashford to use his speed more effectively

first_img Facebook Share via Email Read more Share on LinkedIn Kane is ‘incredible example’ to England’s youngsters, says Southgate “Although we have, for a long time, almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a [No] 9, I’m still not certain that that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work,” Southgate said. “A lot of his development at United was as a wide raider and he isn’t as strong as Harry with his back to goal and holding play up.“A lot of his best work is in that inside-left channel, coming in off the line, and I don’t think that’s a problem. I just think we have to be aware that’s probably his profile and to get the best out of him they are the areas of the pitch that we need to get him into regularly.“I think he can threaten teams in behind more. When he opens his legs and he runs in behind defences that’s the last place they want to be. What happened with the penalty [for England’s second goal], that’s what you want to see. Sometimes he wants to come to the ball [when] I’d be happy with that as a defender. We are encouraging our players to use their strengths.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook Pinterest England news Kane’s hat-trick against Bulgaria puts him 14th in England’s all-time list of scorers, with 25 goals, while Sterling has scored seven times in his last seven appearances for his country. Southgate was asked whether any other nation had a better strikeforce and replied: “I think they’re as exciting as anything. They possibly don’t because they sometimes don’t view themselves as others do. They have great humility. But we have to remember, as a coaching team.“Very often it’s easy to work with the team and find what they can’t do well and, whenever we’re judging games, all of us look at what hasn’t gone well. Sometimes you can overlook the brilliant things that they do, that maybe other countries don’t have. And we have [Jadon] Sancho and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi who are going to push, and really push, so I think it is exciting.”Southgate, preparing for Tuesday’s game against Kosovo in Southampton, also confidently expects Kane to overhaul Wayne Rooney’s record total of 50 goals for England. “It will just be about fitness and avoiding lengthy injuries – things that are out of your control – but everything else is there for him to challenge it.“There’s a reason that only Bobby [Charlton] and Gary [Lineker] and Wayne have got there [about 50 goals], because it’s such a hard challenge to stay fit, the number one choice, focused and motivated for the long period that you need to be able to get the games and get those goals. But if anybody has that strength of mentality, it’s Harry.” Marcus Rashford Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Marcus Rashford has been encouraged by England’s coaching staff to modify his style and make better use of his speed in an attacking trio that Gareth Southgate now believes is as accomplished as any strikeforce in international football.Southgate and his colleagues believe the Manchester United forward could be more effective if he spends less time dropping back to look for the ball and concentrated instead on using his phenomenal pace to get behind opposition defences. The England manager was full of praise for the impact of his three-pronged attack, with Harry Kane flanked by Rashford and Raheem Sterling, in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat of Bulgaria but there was also some constructive criticism for a player who, by Southgate’s own admission, is not perhaps best deployed as an orthodox centre-forward. Kane, Rashford and Sterling ensure England are ominously short of drama Euro 2020 qualifying Gareth Southgate, left, has passed on some words of wisdom to Rashford. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images Gareth Southgate Topics Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp The emphasis, according to Southgate, is for Rashford to think more about his game positionally, taking up parts of the pitch where he can take advantage of his speed, rather than working on the areas where he is not necessarily so strong.“I can remember Kevin [Keegan] trying to get Michael [Owen] to come to the ball and hold it up,” Southgate said. “It was throwing Michael a little bit because his game was to get in behind teams and that’s where his goals had come from.“It’s hard because a player’s attributes are formed relatively early. You can work on things and improve things, for sure. But, by 18, 19 or 20 their super strengths are there. The other bits, you can hone a bit, or polish a bit, but their outstanding attributes have already developed.” Bulgarialast_img read more

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£200k a week? Rashford under pressure to prove his worth

first_imgMore than 100 games into his Premier League career and there is still talk of Marcus Rashford’s potential.That might be a fair enough assessment considering his relatively tender age of 21 but the sums involved in the striker’s new contract are not usually reserved for players of potential. They are for the finished product.There is no question that there is a special player inside of Rashford, but he has not yet shown it consistently or often enough to justify United’s massive outlay at this stage of his career. But the club have – as usual over the past number of years – done business badly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare They have been backed into a corner by Rashford’s hardball negotiation, as he is entitled to do. The clock had been ticking on Rashford’s previous deal.Having broken into the first-team picture under Louis van Gaal, Rashford signed a proper contract in the summer of 2016 just after Jose Mourinho was announced as manager. Various estimates have put that contract’s value at somewhere between £25,000 ($32,000) per week – excluding bonuses – and £80,000 ($100,000). Whatever happens from now on, the England forward is guaranteed a lot more than that from this day out.This won’t be an incremental rise in line with an already-existing pay structure. It would appear that Rashford held the aces right from the beginning of negotiations, with the summer 2020 deadline in sight.As the calendar moved closer to that date, Rashford held more power. That was the original expiration date on his contract even if United reserved the right to extend that deal until 2021.That extra year option is included in most United contracts these days and gives the club a little wriggle room if time is running out, players are stalling and no agreement is in sight. Extend terms and have a bit more breathing space when it comes to selling the player in the market.That would have been the situation in 12 months’ time, with Rashford a year away from walking away from Old Trafford for free and into the welcoming embrace of a team of a higher stature.Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are all credited with interest in the United academy graduate and losing him for nothing would have been a terrible blow for the club and not least executive vice chair Ed Woodward.Without a technical director in place, contract extensions belong in a grey area around Old Trafford, with news a few months back revealing that nobody had been in touch about renewing terms with Ander Herrera, who as of today is a free agent and expected to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.No such problem with Rashford although the terms discussed – around £200,000 ($250,000) per week but potentially rising above £250,000 ($316,000) depending on bonuses – mean United have paid a premium to get it done.And that is one of the unintended consequences of the Alexis Sanchez deal. Jose Mourinho was hell-bent on blowing Manchester City out of the water for the Arsenal forward in the winter of January 2018 and that has created a legion of problems at the club.Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19When other players are aware of the terms of Sanchez’s contract – some £25 million ($32m) per season if all bonuses and clauses are met – representatives are entitled to ask questions when it comes to their own clients’ renewals.Rashford has performed far better than Sanchez during their time together. He is younger and worth more than the Chilean in the transfer market. By most metrics, he is a more valuable player but United’s structure-busting deal means he was being paid far less than Alexis. ‘If he’s worth x, then my guy is worth y,’ is a very simple way of putting it. And United really had no comeback.It is a day for celebration, there’s no question about that. Rashford did not cost anything in the way of a transfer fee and has many successful years of football ahead of him. United have tied down a player who would possibly have been the most sought-after free agent in football history if his contract expired.The recent NBA free agent frenzy demonstrated clearly that the players hold the power when it comes to that kind of negotiation. Football is no different. But Rashford remains under contract at United; he would be an asset for any team and now needs the right environment to thrive.He has been around the first-team picture at United for less than five years but has already worked under three vastly different managers. The long-term future of the third – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – will be by no means secure if United again fail to hit their marks this season.Rashford scored only two league goals between the middle of January and the end of the season. While others like Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were getting it in the neck, Rashford was spared the scrutiny.But that changed at the conclusion of the campaign, when Rashford came in for criticism due primarily to his proximity to fan punch-bag Jesse Lingard. There were demands for a higher output and more consistency.Those calls will only increase now that he is being paid sums more suited to Champions League and World Cup winners, rather than FA Cup and Europa League winners.United’s big wage errors with Alexis led them down this path, paying mammoth salaries to players without the background to merit them but nonetheless with sufficient leverage to ask for it.What they need now is the payoff, namely consistent performances, plenty of goals, and a clear path to fulfilling that potential. Because, for that money, you’d expect more. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Chicago To Play Benefit Gig For Musicians On Call

first_imgClassic rockers Chicago will be in New York City next month for a special benefit show.Proceeds from the event – to be held at the BB King Blues Club and Grill on November 19 – will benefit Musicians on Call.It’s no secret that music can help you feel better. That’s why Musicians On Call brings music to the people that need it most – hospital patients. Musicians On Call’s mission is to bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. Through the CD Pharmacy program, Musicians on Call provides hospitals with complete CD libraries and personal CD players for patient use. Since 1999, MOC volunteer musicians have performed for over 300,000 patients and their families.To find out more about the event, click here.See Look To The Stars’ exclusive interview with Chicago’s Lee Loughnane here.last_img read more

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PRECIFAC Secretary Lacille de Silva removed from his post

Secretary to the Missing Persons Commission H.W. Gunadasa has been appointed as the new Secretary to PRECIFAC. (Colombo Gazette) The Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC), Lacille de Silva, has been removed from his post.Lacille de Silva has been informed by the Presidential Secretariat of the decision to remove him from his post.

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Tapping into talents of older persons can boost Global Goals says UN

On the International Day of Older Persons, the United Nations is urging the world to tap into the often overlooked contributions of older persons, and calling for integrated care to improve well being and ensure they have the opportunity to contribute to development.“By the year 2050, one in five people in the world will be aged 60 and older. It’s our goal to ensure that all older people can obtain the health services they need, whoever they are, wherever they live,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in a news release. Older adults are more likely to experience chronic conditions and often multiple conditions at the same time. Yet today’s health systems generally focus on the detection and treatment of individual acute diseases. WHO’s new Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People require health and social care providers to coordinate their services around the needs of older people through approaches such as comprehensive assessment and care plans. Yet, even in the rich world, people may not be getting the integrated services they need. In a survey of 11 high-income countries, up to 41 per cent of adults aged 65 or older reported care coordination problems in the past two years. “The world’s health systems aren’t ready for older populations,” said John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life course at WHO, adding that WHO’s new guidelines provide the evidence for primary care workers to put the comprehensive needs of older people, not just the diseases they come in to discuss, at the centre of the way they provide care.The International Day of Older Persons is annually observed on 1 October to encourage efforts to counter negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing. Younger generations must act now to stamp out human rights denials in old age – UN expertAlso marking the Day, the UN Independent Expert on older people’s rights, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, urged those in power today to provide decent futures for older people – noting that they themselves will be affected by the issue in years to come. “Unlike action on climate change, which will be our legacy for future generations, young people in positions of power today will themselves not escape ageism, discrimination and the denial of human rights in older age unless we recognize now that there is a need for concrete action,” she explained. With this in mind, she called on States to step up their efforts to determine the best way to strengthen the protection of the human rights of older people and to consider the various proposals that have been made, including the elaboration of a dedicated instrument on the rights of older people. This year’s theme, ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society,’ is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. The theme underscores the link between tapping the talents and contributions of older persons and achieving the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, which is currently undergoing its third review and appraisal process. read more

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YouTube launches app to turn your Android phone into YouTube remote

first_imgYouTube is turning your Android smartphone into a remote. The video site has announced the launch of a new application called YouTube Remote. The application works in conjunction with YouTube Leanback, a special website for YouTube designed for use with large screens like a television running Google TV.To pair your phone with your Leanback session you simply need to log into both using the same YouTube account. Using YouTube Remote on your phone you will be able to search and queue up videos to play on Leanback. You can even use your smartphone to control the video during playback including the ability to play, pause, skip forward and back in addition to controlling sound volume.AdChoices广告YouTube Remote is currently in beta and available for download in the Android Market. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the U.S. right not though it will be available in other countries soon.Read more at the YouTube Bloglast_img read more

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Warm Welcome for Miss Universe Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New TCI based magazine debuts: Karibe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – The tone of the welcome home shindig for Shanice Williams markedly different from that House of Assembly opening; the Premier, Junior Tourism Minister and other leaders were all smiles during the reception held at Gilley’s Café at the Provo International Airport. Balloons, posters, Turks and Caicos flags, a strong flock of fans and even t-shirts supporting the Miss Universe Turks and Caicos created a festive environment for Williams, who with her family and tourism representatives returned from the pageant which was held on Sunday in Florida.Miss Universe Turks and Caicos, Shanice Williams: “I really enjoyed it, honestly, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I used it to my advantage. It was difficult at some point, but I kept going but really and truly all of the comments and messages and everything that everyone was doing, it really kept me motivated. I just want to encourage everybody to continue to show that support to other queens like Miss Ferette (miss Teen TCI), and the future Miss Turks and Caicos because it really helps them to be encouraged; because it is not easy being out there, trust me.”Check out the photos from the welcome home on Facebook; like Magnetic Media fanpage. Airports nationwide closed Saturday only Related Items:gilley’s cafe, media, miss universe, provo airport, shanice williams, welcome TCI Gateway will Close 42 hours this Weekend due to Tropical Storm Erikalast_img read more

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Disney adds warning signs installs fence after gator attack

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WSVN) — Walt Disney World personnel added new warning signs and have installed a fence in the wake of a deadly alligator attack at one of their resorts earlier this week.Officials installed a rope fence to prevent children from going into the water at all of its resort beach locations.The signs contain four messages:“Danger”“Alligators and Snakes in Area”“Stay Away from the Water”“Do Not Feed the Wildlife”The safety measures come after the tragic death of 2-year-old Lane Graves in a lagoon near the Grand Floridian Resort, Tuesday night. Officials searched the water for hours before finding the toddler’s body.Disney officials said the new barriers are temporary while they work on a permanent, long-term solution.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Police respond to bank robbery in Coral Gables

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI has released photos of two suspects robbing a Coral Gables bank, Friday afternoon.Coral Gables Police responded to the scene at 1390 S. Dixie Highway, at around 12:30 p.m. Officials blocked off South Dixie Highway at Alhambra Circle while they conduct their investigation.A small team of what appears to be SWAT officers entered the building which was evacuated. Officers armed with rifles could also be seen near the building. A command post was also set up about a block down from the building.It has been reported that two men entered the building, one about 30 years old, the other in his 20s. One subject was dressed in a blue hooded sweatshirt and the other in all black clothing. The two were armed with guns, and they got away with some money.Police released photos of the two robbers inside the bank. They are believed to have been involved in other bank robberies.Police are searching for a black Ford Ranger with a white stripe on the side. The two subjects were last seen heading north on Dixie Highway.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

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Walker Wins Primary … For Libertarian Senate Nomination

first_imgBill Walker was the first candidate to make an appearance at Anchorage’s Election Central on Tuesday night. He strolled in with an entourage ready to cheer his bid as an independent gubernatorial challenger. And when the votes were tallied, the Walker name did come out on top – only, it was for the Libertarian nomination for the U.S. Senate race. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports the victory of an unknown by the name of Thom Walker has puzzled the Libertarian party.Download Audio:The Libertarian Senate primary was supposed to be a race between two former party chairs: conservative Mark Fish and the more liberal-leaning Scott Kohlhaas. And then there was candidate Thom Walker.Walker had been a registered Republican until this spring. He hasn’t campaigned or raised any money. He hasn’t even joined the Alaska Libertarian Party Facebook page. So, when Walker got 2,600 votes – more than Fish and Kohlhaas combined – it was not expected.Thom Walker, left, will be appearing on the same ballot as Bill Walker in November. (UAF/Bill Walker for Governor campaign)“When I walked into the convention center and saw that, I thought, ‘Wow, this is just crazy,” says Michael Chambers, the chair of the Alaska Libertarian Party.Chambers was pretty confused, until he realized that Thom Walker shared a last name with another candidate for statewide office – that is, Bill Walker, an independent candidate for governor who has spent more than $100,000 on signs, internet advertising, and traditional media buys.Chambers thinks all that promotion of the Walker name may have something to do with the outcome of the Libertarian race. The Libertarians hold an open primary with the Democratic and Alaska Independence Parties, so anyone can vote in their race – including people who aren’t familiar with Libertarian Party workings.“I appreciate voters, but they’re not all necessarily versed on who’s who,” says Chambers.Because Bill Walker is running for governor without a party affiliation, he won’t appear on the ballot until the November general election. But campaign manager Nancy Peterson says she’s aware of voters who wanted to fill his name in this go-round.“We’ve actually had several calls from some of our supporters who said, ‘Hey, I forgot the Bill wasn’t on the primary, and when I got to the voting booth, his name wasn’t there. So, I voted for the only Walker that was on the ballot,’” says Peterson.Since Bill Walker’s advertising might have had something to do with Thom Walker’s win, the former plans on looking at the latter’s district results to see if it tells them anything about their advertising.Thom Walker lives in Fairbanks and he handles operations for a University of Alaska research station in the foothills of the Brooks Range, but there’s no surge in the Interior that suggests voters were specifically casting ballots for him. Instead, the 35-year-old candidate’s biggest support comes from the Kenai Peninsula, Kotzebue, and parts of Anchorage.Pollster Marc Hellenthal says the surprise Walker win could have some bearing on the general election. He agrees that Bill Walker’s name recognition probably rubbed off on Thom.“The ordinary general voting public aren’t prepared to take a quiz on the people that they’re going to vote for, and they can easily be confused,” says Hellenthal.Hellenthal points to another case of namesakes on this year’s ballot: the two Dan Sullivans. He says when former Natural Resources Commissioner Daniel Scott Sullivan first announced his bid for U.S. Senate just a few months after Anchorage Mayor Daniel Albert Sullivan filed for the lieutenant governor’s race, he saw evidence in his polling that the two Republicans were getting mixed up.And on the subject of Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, Hellenthal thinks Thom Walker’s nomination could be welcome news to the campaign. Walker’s victory lays to rest any speculation that the Libertarian Party could swap out their candidate for Tea Party favorite Joe Miller, who had been previously been supported by one of the Libertarian candidates and who came in second in Tuesday’s Republican primary. And because Bill Walker is running as an independent and has courted voters outside of the Republican Party, Hellenthal says the other Walker could end up pulling votes in the Senate race from incumbent Democrat Mark Begich.“[Thom]’ll end up garnering some votes — from just his name Walker — which may be more moderate or Democratic,” says Hellenthal.Libertarian Party chair Michael Chambers believes the benefits of Thom Walker’s candidacy to Republicans make the situation look like dirty tricks. Chambers suggests it’s possible that Thom Walker is a plant, and he doesn’t intend to support Walker at this time. Chambers adds that he’s reached out to Walker multiple times over the past three months, and none of his calls have been returned.“If he can’t even answer simple inquiries like, ‘Where is he?’ ‘Is he a real person?’ then how can I support a candidate who is a Manchurian candidate?” asks Chambers.Thom Walker also didn’t return messages left by APRN. A source close to Walker explained that he had left for an extended float trip through the Endicott Mountains on Wednesday, and will be off the grid for the duration. He adds that Walker was the first Libertarian candidate to file paperwork, and decided to run because no one else had put their name in at that point. His friend describes Walker as an avid outdoorsman who regularly handles logistics for remote trips, which may account for the absenteeism. Walker is reportedly aware that he won the nomination, and he too was surprised by the result.Officials with the Alaska Republican Party not only deny involvement – they say they’re ignorant of the situation entirely. Former chair Randy Ruedrich says he’s “flattered” that Libertarians believe he could engineer their primary outcome, but that he cannot take credit for this case. He adds that if one were to plant a Walker in the race, it might be smarter to draft a “William” or “Billy Ray” from the 200 registered Republicans with the last name.Current chair Peter Goldberg also says he’s never heard of Thom Walker.“At this point, I haven’t paid squat attention to the Libertarians,” says Goldberg.The runner-up candidates are trying to take the shake-up in stride. Mark Fish says the loss to Walker was unexpected and disappointing. Fish adds he would still be interested in the party’s nomination, if Thom Walker returns from his float trip and agrees to step down before the September 2 candidate substitution deadline.“It’s up to the Libertarian board to choose its replacement, and if they wanted to choose me, I think it’s a natural choice as the next guy in the vote count,” says Fish. “I would be happy to carry the message forward.”Scott Kohlhaas has a different strategy.“I’m thinking of changing my name to ‘Sullivan.’”last_img read more

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Facebook announces Habitat a platform for embodied ArtificiaI Intelligence research

first_imgToday, the Facebook research team announced ‘Habitat’, a new platform for embodied AI research. According to the team, this is a “modular high-level library to train embodied AI agents across a variety of tasks, environments, and simulators”. This will empower a shift from ‘internet AI’ with static datasets to an embodied AI model with agents acting in realistic environments. The project was launched by the Facebook Reality Lab, Georgia Tech, SFU, Intel, and Berkeley to restore the disconnect between ‘internet AI’ and ‘embodied AI’.  It will standardize the entire ‘software stack’ for training embodied agents, and release modular high-level libraries to train and deploy embodied agents. An important objective of Habitat-API is to make it easy for users to use a 3D environment and set up a variety of embodied agent tasks in it. Habitat consists of Habitat-Sim, Habitat-API, and Habitat Challenge. #1 Habitat-Sim This is “a flexible, high-performance 3D simulator with configurable agents, multiple sensors, and generic 3D dataset handling”. It also has built-in support for SUNCG, MatterPort3D, Gibson and other datasets. Habitat-Sim achieves several thousand frames per second (FPS) running single-threaded, and reaches over 10,000 FPS multi-process on a single GPU on rendering a scene from the Matterport3D dataset. #2 Habitat-API Habitat-API defines embodied AI tasks, configuring embodied agents, training these agents, and benchmarking their performance on the defined tasks using standard metrics. #3 Habitat Challenge Habitat Challenge is an autonomous navigation challenge that benchmarks and accelerates progress in embodied AI. Participants can upload code and not predictions- unlike classical ‘internet AI’ image dataset-based challenges. The uploaded agents are evaluated to test for generalization You can head over to Facebook’s official announcement for more information on this news. Read Next Facebook and Google pressurized to work against ‘Anti-Vaccine’ trends after Pinterest blocks anti-vaccination content from its pinboardsFacebook’s AI Chief at ISSCC talks about the future of deep learning hardwareRegulate Google, Facebook, and other online platforms to protect journalism, says a UK reportlast_img read more

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Egyptian deported by CIA gets residency in Sweden

first_imgAssociated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden has granted permanent residency to a former Egyptian terror suspect who was deported from Sweden to his homeland by the CIA in 2001, and who said he was tortured as a result.Acting Migration Board General Director Mikael Ribbenvik said the decision regarding 49-year old Ahmed Agiza was made around midday Wednesday, and that the board took into account an evaluation of Agiza by Sweden’s security police, SAPO. He declined to give details of that evaluation. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life In an exclusive telephone interview with Swedish tabloid Expressen, Agiza, who is in Egypt, said “at last, justice has won” and hailed Swedish authorities for the decision.Agiza and fellow Egyptian Muhammed Alzery were handed over to U.S. agents at Bromma Airport in Stockholm and taken to Egypt in December 2001. Their capture followed the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and was part of a widely criticized program under former U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration in which alleged terrorists were flown to countries that allowed harsh interrogation techniques.The men claimed they were subjected to abuse, an account supported by human rights group Amnesty International. The rights group said the handover had taken place under “very degrading circumstances” and that the men were tortured while in Egyptian custody.Alzery was released in 2003 without standing trial, while Agiza was convicted of planning to overthrow the Egyptian government and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was freed by Egyptian authorities last year.The Swedish government has acknowledged blame for the circumstances of the deportation and that the men were tortured in Egypt. It has awarded them 3 million kronor ($433,000) each in compensation for circumstances related to their deportations. Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Agiza’s wife is a Swedish citizen. He told Expressen that it’s been hard to miss seeing his children grow up and that he also suffers from health problems after his time in the Egyptian prison system.“I’m one of the victims of the consequences of Sept. 11. I had nothing to with that. Extreme-right powers in the U.S. wanted to use the situation to win political points at home,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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