‘Mature’ Suarez key for Uruguay – Tabarez

first_imgWorld Cup Suarez has matured since 2014, claims Uruguay boss Tabarez Patric Ridge 00:16 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Tabarez - cropped Getty Images World Cup Luis Suárez Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Egypt The striker’s campaign in Brazil ended in scandal after biting Giorgio Chiellini, but his coach believes he has grown up a lot in the past four years Luis Suarez’s controversial actions in Brazil four years ago have helped the Barcelona star mature as a player, according to Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez.Suarez was suspended from all football activities for four months following his actions in a clash against Italy in the group stages in Brazil, having bitten Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.That controversy did not prevent Barca signing Suarez from Liverpool, and the 31-year-old has gone on to enjoy a trophy-laden spell at Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The forward will lead the line – along with Edinson Cavani – for Uruguay and, speaking ahead of their opener against Egypt on Friday, veteran coach Tabarez insisted Suarez has matured since 2014.”Suarez comes to the tournament as a very mature player. I have known him a long time, since 2006,” Tabarez told reporters. “What happened in Brazil is part of reality and has helped him mature. Luis is very smart and well prepared mentally.”With all the good things he can do, he is key for the team.”16 – The last 16 Luis Suárez’s goals for Uruguay have been scored from inside the box (five of them from penalty spot) since scoring in 2013 Confederations Cup vs Tahití. Killer pic.twitter.com/Bj6vO3ryCd— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 8 June 2018Tabarez is taking charge of Uruguay at a World Cup for the fourth time, and the former Boca Juniors boss believes his side have the experience and quality to enjoy a fruitful campaign.”It’s a very compact group, with a lot of friendship and great leaders,” added Tabarez, who acknowledged that many of his squad have had a tough season with their clubs.”Getting here for us is already important. We arrived with the expectation of enjoying the World Cup and achieving great things.”For that I have a group that is very well and the mentality is also very good.”As for the preparation, we are in a similar situation to that of the European teams. They come after very strenuous seasons.”The players had rest days, according to the requirement they had in their league and team. We never complain about the little time we have, each time it is less for us to be able to work with them.”last_img read more

22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Crew Make College Football Playoff Picks

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?The NFL Draft is dominating today’s news cycle but it’s always a good time to make some College Football Playoff predictions. About five months away from the 2016 season, some of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has done just that. ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler tweeted out the teams himself, Jesse Palmer, Desmond Howard, Joey Galloway and Kaylee Hartung are picking to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson was the only unanimous selection between the five college football personalities, while seven other teams – Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Houston – were picked by at least one of them. fired up panel @JessePalmerABC @DesmondHoward @Joey_Galloway @KayleeHartung making bold CFB predictions at our sponsor summit tonight! 1/2— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 20162/2 our panel’s consensus CFB playoff pick: @ClemsonFB w/ OU, BAY, ALA, LSU, TENN, STAN, HOU also mentioned by at least one of them.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 2016Some pretty popular choices, but it’s surprising to see no Big Ten teams on their list. Both Michigan and Ohio State are thought to be preseason top 10 teams and it’s tough to imagine a one-loss Big Ten champion getting left out.Who are you picking?last_img read more

Experts tell inquiry to enforce Canadas Human Right obligations

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsA Manitoba professor says housing, education and health services are not policy issues – but human rights issues.“Sometimes, particularly when we refer to human rights there’s this idea that they’re just moral precepts and what Canada could be doing or should be doing, when in fact they are law with binding obligations,” Brenda Gunn told the inquiry on day three of the hearings in Wendat.Gunn recommends the inquiry identify Canada’s human rights obligations, and then hold the country to account.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

New Brunswick Green party offers plan to address heavy student debt loads

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Green party is pledging to help ease the debts of university and college students if the Greens form government.Leader David Coon says New Brunswick graduates carry student debts that are 50 per cent higher than the national average.He says that debt load is preventing graduates from accessing capital to buy homes, start businesses.Coon says his party commits to the long-term goal of universal, free tuition in the province’s post-secondary institutions.He says they would also eliminate interest on provincial student loans, as has been done in neighbouring Nova Scotia.Coon says a Green government would also reinstate the tuition rebate program for recent graduates.last_img read more

Asian stocks mostly higher following Wall Street recovery

first_imgSINGAPORE — Share prices were mostly higher in Asia in narrow trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Wall Street’s recovery from steep losses helped boost sentiment despite discouraging data from the United States.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 0.7 per cent to 21,646.55 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.4 per cent to 26,070.33. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.9 per cent to 5,691.30. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.3 per cent to 2,069.95. The Shanghai Composite shed 0.2 per cent to 2,647.35. Shares fell in Taiwan but rose in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.WALL STREET: Major indexes bounced back from two days of steep losses as retailers, technology and internet companies posted strong gains. The S&P 500 index added 0.3 per cent to 2,649.93 and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.9 per cent to 6,972.25. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was almost flat at 24,464.69. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks jumped 1.3 per cent to 1,488.28. U.S. markets will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and will be open for a half-day on Friday.U.S. DATA: Sales of existing homes in the U.S. rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak, the National Association of Realtors announced Wednesday. Sales jumped 1.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.22 million in October from 5.15 million a month earlier. Still, the new numbers were still down 5.1 per cent from a year ago. Durable goods orders also fell 4.4 per cent last month from September, the largest amount in 15 months, with commercial and military aircraft leading the decline. This could point at adverse effects of a trade dispute between the U.S. and China, who have imposed additional tariffs on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Basically the same issues — higher U.S. rates, trade, tech correction and fears of its morphing into weaker global growth — are continuing to keep investors on edge,” Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital, said in an interview.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 2 cents to $54.61 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.20 to close at $54.63 in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gave up 36 cents to $63.12. It finished 95 cents higher at $63.48 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 113.05 yen from 113.07 yen late Wednesday. The euro strengthened to $1.1403 from $1.1383.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline ruling shakes central pillar of Trudeau agenda

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau painstakingly explained to students in Kapuskasing, Ont., how the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is a central pillar of his government’s agenda.Less than 24 hours later, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the government’s approval of the project, imperilling the pillar holding up Trudeau’s signature promise to tackle climate change by balancing economic growth and environmental protection.Moreover, it underscored a gap between rhetoric and action when it comes to Trudeau’s oft-stated vow to make reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples his top priority. The court found that the National Energy Board’s environmental assessment of the project was fatally flawed because it ignored the potential impact of increased tanker traffic off British Columbia’s coast. It also ruled that the federal government had not fulfilled its duty to meaningfully consult with affected Indigenous groups.“For over a year and a half, Canadians have waited for Trudeau to come up with a concrete plan to ensure this pipeline project is completed,” said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.“Instead, he offered one delay after another, and the ruling today shows that he couldn’t even carry out his own government’s consultation process. He has now left Canadian taxpayers on the hook for a pipeline that he isn’t allowed to build, jeopardizing jobs and investment at the same time as our economy faces the uncertainty of NAFTA re-negotiations, tax hikes, and Liberal deficits.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau insisted the government is still “absolutely committed” to completing the $4.5-billion purchase of the project from Kinder Morgan _ as early as Friday _ and ensuring that the expansion is eventually built to carry Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to tidewater.He did not rule out appealing the court ruling. But he appeared inclined to accept the court’s suggested remedy: order the energy board to redo its environmental assessment and redo the government’s own consultations with Indigenous Peoples, both of which the court said could be tightly focused and completed relatively quickly.“We’re going to review today’s decision to ensure that we’re meeting high standards when it comes to both protecting the environment and meeting our obligations to consult with Indigenous Peoples,” Morneau said, adding that the court has “given us some good directions on next steps.” At a minimum, however, that would mean more delay and increased uncertainty about whether the project will ever actually be built.“They just don’t know what they’re doing. They have no idea how they’re actually going to get this project built,” said Scheer.Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty said the ruling “sends a profoundly negative message to investors both here at home and around the world about Canada’s regulatory system and our ability to get things done even after the federal government has declared them to be in the national interest.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and a host of environmental and aboriginal groups all called on the federal government to admit defeat and cancel the project.center_img “Climate leaders don’t buy or expand pipelines,” said Singh, adding that the government should “consider all legal options” to cancel the purchase of Trans Mountain.But the Trudeau Liberals have staked far too much on the project to “cut their losses and walk away” from it, as May suggested they should do.Trudeau himself laid out for students Wednesday how the pipeline is a crucial piece of his government’s climate change and economic growth puzzle.“We understand that climate change is real, it’s a major issue for us,” he said.He said an “essential” element of the plan to reduce carbon emissions was Alberta’s commitment to cap emissions from the oilsands. In return, the federal government has committed to piping Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to British Columbia’s coast, where it can be shipped to overseas markets.“Some people are wondering why we’re building a new pipeline if we’re really serious about dealing with climate change,” Trudeau acknowledged.He argued that it will take years to transition off fossil fuels and, in the meantime, the world will still need oil and Canada will need to generate the wealth needed to fund the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Trans Mountain pipeline would, he said, allow Canada to sell its resources to Asian countries at a better price, rather than continue to be “held hostage” to the American market.Protecting the environment and growing the economy must “go hand in hand,” he stressed, adding that this “is the type of compromise that we need.”Back in 2013, shortly after he was first elected Liberal leader, Trudeau headed to the Calgary Petroleum Club, where he accused Stephen Harper’s Conservative government of needlessly antagonizing environmentalists and First Nations with an unabashedly pro-energy industry stance that resulted in no new major pipelines being built. He vowed that a Liberal government would gain the “social license” necessary to build pipelines by working in partnership with environmental and Indigenous groups.On Thursday, Morneau said his government inherited a flawed environmental review process from the Harper government and “made efforts to improve it.”The court, however, found those improvements, in practice, fell far short of what’s required.“We see now that they failed to even do the basic, the basic work in hitting their own standards for the consultation process,” said Scheer.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

More maintenance work to take place on Taylor Bridge starting Wednesday

first_imgYRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates, or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688. TAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace have announced that more deck maintenance to be performed on the Taylor Bridge.YRB says deck maintenance will be taking place on the night of March 27 and again on March 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays.last_img

The Football Hall Of Fame Has A Receiver Problem

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, joining his longtime teammates Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith in Canton. As a key contributor to the Bills’ four Super Bowl berths in the 1990s,1The lasting memory of Reed’s career for many NFL fans may be his performance in this game — eight catches, 136 yards and three touchdowns — when he helped Buffalo mount the biggest comeback in NFL history. Reed is a qualified candidate for the game’s greatest individual honor. But while he was good, he wasn’t nearly as good as several other receivers the Hall has ignored. It’s not Reed’s fault — it’s the Hall’s. Canton hasn’t figured out how to best judge the careers of modern wide receivers.Even in a sport where an individual player’s statistics are contaminated by the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates, his coaches and countless other considerations, wide receiver performance is a particularly tough nut to crack. Raw numbers rarely offer enough to help us properly distinguish between pass-catchers, especially across eras, and statisticians haven’t always agreed on how best to correct biases in the data.Take Reed’s career as an example. It’s a glossy one — at the time he retired, he ranked third all time in catches, fourth in receiving yards and sixth in touchdown receptions. But it’s also one that was entangled with the great ensemble of offensive talent, and one that was a beneficiary of the dawn of the NFL’s passing explosion. Moreover, some advanced stats show that Reed’s on-field influence wasn’t what it appeared to be — the evidence is surprisingly mixed with regard to his actual effect on team passing efficiency.In recent years, the Hall of Fame’s selection committee has reacted to its wide-receiver dilemma either by ignoring the position or by disregarding advanced stats when the committee does deign to induct those who played it. (Until Reed and Cris Carter were tapped in the last two elections, the Hall had only taken seven receivers since 2000, a number that included the controversial selection of Lynn Swann.) But Reed and Carter’s inductions signal that the WR logjam has become too much to ignore — and the tide of qualified receivers is only going to keep surging.2Marvin Harrison, Randy Moss and Torry Holt are either on the ballot or coming soon. It’s time to re-evaluate how we judge Reed and his contemporaries statistically.Wide receivers are products of their eras. When the NFL opened up the passing game in 1978, enacting new rules to make pass-blocking easier and to eliminate downfield defensive contact with receivers, league-wide passing output spiked almost instantly. As a consequence, the numbers that once automatically signified greatness quickly became devalued. For example, using a simple ratio of league passing yards per game in one season compared to another,3If the average passing yards per game in 2013 was 1.4 times as many as in 1960, I would multiply a 1960 player’s stats by 1.4 to “convert” to the equivalent in 2013. Reed’s 1,312-yard campaign in 1989 would have been the equivalent of a mere 883 yards a dozen years prior. What was, at the time, the 22nd-highest single-season yardage total ever becomes the 324th.To appreciate a receiver’s true(r) talent isn’t just about adjusting to his era, though, it’s also about adjusting to his team. The degree to which a receiver’s team throws the ball relative to the league norm has an effect on his stats. It’s a point that sounds laughably obvious, but somehow isn’t often considered when judging pass-catchers: Teams that run more plays through the air give their receivers more opportunities to put up eye-popping numbers.For Reed, this wasn’t a major factor; his Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins threw about 3.5 percent less often than other teams in the league over the course of his career, which would only be enough to take 35 yards away from a 1,000-yard season. But it does matter for someone like Calvin Johnson, whose Detroit Lions have chucked the ball downfield 12 percent more often than average in a league that already generates 10 percent more aerial yards per game than the historical norm. How we treat this adjustment can make a huge difference in how a receiver is perceived statistically.I tried to solve this issue last August by developing a metric called True Receiving Yards (TRY) with Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com. (You can download the raw career TRY data, along with some other metrics I introduce later in this piece, on GitHub.) TRY attempts to boil down a receiver’s production4Including catches, raw yardage and touchdowns. into a single (yardage-like) number that adjusts for differences in schedule lengths, league-wide passing environments and team passing volumes.We initially scaled a player’s TRY in lockstep with the frequency with which his team passed relative to the league average. That downgraded Johnson’s 2012 production by 23 percent, because, despite him breaking the all-time single-season record for receiving yards that year, Detroit also broke the all-time record for pass attempts in a season.But it wasn’t as simple as that. Teams that pass heavily tend to do so for a reason. Namely, because they have a skilled quarterback and/or receivers. And so when Chase and I looked into it further, it became apparent that a 5 percent increase in team passing frequency didn’t necessarily lead to a 5 percent increase in individual receiving output. Instead, we found that it was more like a 2.5 percent increase — for any given increase in team passing volume, a player only saw half that increase in production.Our difficulty in pinning down the real effect of something so simple underscores just how ambiguous receiving stats can be. Complicating matters, receivers — unlike players at just about any other position — are competing with their own teammates for touches during a game, in real time. That makes them more like basketball players, and we know that a guy like Carmelo Anthony, who uses a lot of his team’s possessions, appears to exert an influence that goes beyond his personal stats. Having a receiver who commands extra attention seems like an obvious benefit to a team — but it’s difficult to prove that’s true.Not that it’s stopped statisticians from trying. The most commonly cited advanced receiving statistics are generated by Football Outsiders, whose Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric tracks a team’s passing success on plays where a given player was targeted by the quarterback as the intended receiver. Measuring performance on a per-opportunity basis is rooted in the traditions of baseball’s sabermetrics, where discrete events can easily be identified as opportunities for specific players. But football is much more fluid than baseball, so we run into a curious phenomenon: By getting an opportunity — even an unsuccessful one — a receiver could be demonstrating a positive in-game influence, if not simply by stretching the defense and opening up opportunities for teammates.Some of this phenomenon also is rooted in Bayes’ theorem. Since coaches and quarterbacks both have strong incentives to funnel targets to their most talented receivers, the very act of being targeted for a pass is evidence of a player’s quality as an offensive threat. Because of this, looking at per-target metrics like catch rate and DVOA may miss the bigger picture of a player’s full on-field value. Those metrics aren’t taking into account how a receiver is shaping the game even when he’s not directly involved in a successful play.And then there’s the matter of adjusting for the quality of a receiver’s teammates, and quantifying how much his conventional numbers truly lead to better team outcomes. A year ago, I took a very rudimentary step in that direction by computing With Or Without You (WOWY) scores for historical receivers. Essentially, WOWY measures whether all of the quarterbacks who played with a given receiver were more efficient5According to Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt (ANY/A) versus the league average. over their collective careers6After adjusting for aging effects. with him or without him. This is, in some ways, a more pertinent question to ask about a receiver — forget individual yardage, is he associated with a more efficient passing offense? But that question isn’t perfect either: It requires using an entire team’s passing-efficiency data, which can be noisy from season to season.Regardless, most of the usual suspects come out looking good by WOWY. For instance, Randy Moss, whose statistical sway over his quarterbacks was legendary, boasts a +1.1 WOWY,7Meaning the average True Receiving Yard gained in Moss’s career came on a pass from a QB whose ANY/A was 1.1 higher with Moss than without him. which ranks second only to Rod Smith’s8Whose influence on John Elway’s numbers was also very notable. among players with 10,000 career True Receiving Yards. And Tim Brown (the long-time Oakland Raiders receiver whom the committee did not select despite better individual receiving statistics than Reed) also ranks among the top WOWY receivers ever at +0.7.Reed’s WOWY, however, comes out tied for second-worst among players with 10,000 lifetime TRY. Despite his impressive raw (and adjusted) receiving numbers, he wasn’t associated with better play from his quarterbacks when they were throwing to him. How much of this merits a serious indictment of Reed as a player isn’t completely clear, but the Hall of Fame isn’t even having that discussion using new metrics.(Brown’s resume, on the other hand, was more impressive by every standard that doesn’t involve the postseason. And while 71 percent of Reed’s career yardage came on passes from Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Brown put up his superior numbers with an aging Rich Gannon, Jeff Hostetler, Jeff George, Jay Schroeder and Vince Evans at quarterback.)Certainly the challenge of interpreting receiving data, especially across different eras of the game’s history, presents a daunting task to those seeking to fairly analyze Hall of Fame candidates. But the solution to the Hall’s wide receiver logjam isn’t to ignore the data entirely. It’s to dream up inventive ways of answering the pertinent questions about a player’s qualifications. Advanced analytics attempt to answer fundamental questions about a player’s actual on-field influence. Last I checked, that’s what’s supposed to put a player in the Hall of Fame. read more

Tottenham is the new International Champions Cup king

first_imgThe English club won the friendly tournament for the first time and is the second Premier League team to do soAfter many matches played not only in the United States but also worldwide, the International Champions Cup is now over.English club Tottenham Hotspur has been crowned champion of the first worldwide edition.The ICC is a friendly tournament where the best teams in the world battle for pre-season glory.Spurs are the second Premier League club to win the tournament, with Manchester United having done so in the 2014 North America and Europe competition.Tottenham destroyed Roma 4-1 in their first match in San Diego, California.This match was key to the Premier League club winning the tournament thanks to the goal difference.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Then the team went to tie 2-2 against Barcelona in Pasadena in regular time.But the match went to penalty kicks and the Catalan side won 5-3.And to close the friendly tournament, the Spurs were able to beat AC Milan 1-0 in Minneapolis.What a tournament it has been! Congratulations, @SpursOfficial, you are this year’s International Champions Cup winners! ??Well done to all the teams involved. It’s been a blast. See you in 2019!#ICC2018 #ChampionsMeetHere pic.twitter.com/3e2HFmjzi3— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) August 11, 2018last_img read more

Ousmane Dembele to be sidelined for two weeks

first_imgBarcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele did indeed sustain an ankle problem and will likely be out of action for two weeksThe French forward got involved in a tangle with UD Leganes’ Mikel Vesga after opening the scoring for Barcelona in the first half following an assist from Jordi Alba down the left wing on Sunday night.But Dembele was withdrawn in the 69th-minute of the La Liga game for Malcom due to the sprained left ankle he sustained at Camp Nou with Barcelona confirming the bad news earlier today.“Tests carried out on first-team player Ousmane Dembele have confirmed a sprained ankle that will keep him out of action for approximately 15 days,” read a statement on the club website.This will likely rule Dembele out for Barcelona’s two-legged quarter-final tie with Sevilla in the Copa del Rey along with their league games against Girona and Valencia.Despite the controversy surrounding his antics at Catalonia this season, Dembele has become an increasingly important part of Barcelona and has managed 13 goals and five assists in 27 appearances across all competitions.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).The 21-year-old spent four months of last term sidelined with a hamstring injury after joining Barcelona for €105m from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.Following Martin Braithwaite’s equaliser for Leganes at Camp Nou, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde called on Lionel Messi to come on to the field with the scoreline level at 1-1.And the Argentine superstar didn’t disappoint by playing a role in Luis Suarez’s goal before completing a 3-1 win for the hosts with a late goal.Messi has now managed 25 goals and 14 assists in 24 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions this season.Valverde’s side, who maintained their four-point lead over Atletico Madrid in La Liga, will face Sevilla in Andalusia on Wednesday with kick-off set for 21:30 (CET).last_img read more

NHIB problems presented at Cabinet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Cabinet is trying to get to the bottom of the problems at the National Health Insurance Board.  The Governor, Deputy Governor and Ministers received an up-date on staffing issues at the NHIB and discussed proposals for resolving the situation.There has been industrial action take by staff members who are, in part, asking for the removal of current National Health CEO, Zaneta Burton. Related Items:last_img read more

UBM Consolidates North and South American Groups into One Division

first_imgTim Cobbold, fresh on the job as UBM plc’s CEO since May, made his first big announcement this week in the formation of an Americas division that consolidates the British company’s North and South American groups into one organization.The new division will combine UBM Tech, UBM Connect, UBM Canon and UBM Medica, and will be led by Sally Shankland, who was previously the CEO of UBM Connect, a marketing services group.UBM Brazil will be merged into the Americas group next year. UBM Live, the global live events operation, will remain as a standalone group, as will PR Newswire. More on this topic UBM Americas CEO Sally Shankland Stepping Down UBM Cuts 70-80 Staff People on the Move Inside UBM’s New Life Sciences Group Scott Schulman Lands at UBM Americas UBM Purchases Content Marketing Institute for $17.6MJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by Combined, the new division generates $335 million, says the company. Overall first-half revenues for UBM were down about 8 percent compared to same period 2013 to $590 million, according to company financials.last_img read more

Smokey Robinson Honors Lifelong Friend Aretha Franklin With Moving Speech

first_img Facebook Smokey Robinson Honors Aretha Franklin smokey-robinson-honors-lifelong-friend-aretha-franklin-moving-speech Email His tribute and many more will air on CBS on March 10 as part of “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2019 – 3:00 pm GRAMMY-winning soul music icons Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin had a close friendship that began long before either of their singing careers had launched.Robinson moved to Detroit with his family as a young kid, where he would go on to make history with songwriter/producer Berry Gordy and his legendary Motown label. Moving to Detroit was game-changing for young Smokey in more ways than one, as he would also meet a then six-year-old Aretha, who was already turning heads with her angelic singing. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 27, 2019 – 2:59 pm Smokey Robinson Honors Aretha Franklin Following Aretha’s passing last August, the music world united in celebrating her legacy. Her many loved ones celebrated her life with a star-studded, music filled memorial in her hometown of Detroit, and the many artists she inspired and influenced continue to offer musical tributes, including on the 2019 GRAMMY stage.Shortly before the GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy brought together many of these artists to sing Aretha’s praises—and her unforgettable songs—for a powerful tribute concert, which will air on CBS this March.”[It’s] a special night for a special lady, especially a special lady to me.” Robinson shared. “I’ve been hearing Aretha Franklin sing since she was six years old… She could sing the phonebook, really. Everything that she sang was her.”Tune in to hear the moving speech about his and Aretha’s friendship, and watch “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS.Aretha Franklin’s GRAMMY History: Remembering The Queen Of Soul News Smokey Robinson Honors “Lifelong Friend” Aretha Franklin With Moving Speech Twitter last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Fanuele Stevens Inducted Into National Jr Honor Society At

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Local students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Austin Preparatory Middle School on November 19.Alessandro Fanuele and Patricia Stevens, of Wilmington, were among the 20 students selected for induction into Austin Prep’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.Selection is based on their scholarship, leadership, character, service, citizenship, and character.  Theology teacher Mr. AJ Reach was honored by the inductees with the Inspirational Teacher Award.Austin Prep’s National Junior Honor Society inductees(NOTE: The above announcement is from Austin Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 37 Wilmington Students Make Honor Roll At Austin PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 38 Wilmington Students Make Honor Roll At Austin PrepIn “Education”Wilmington’s Burnham & Reddivari Inducted Into Austin Prep’s Junior National Honor SocietyIn “Education”last_img read more

Make that halftime show sing The best audio systems for the big

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Vizio SB3621n-E sound bar for $150 See at Amazon Read CNET’s review Vizio SB362An-F6 sound bar for $100 Vizio’s SB362 solo sound bar is great value for money A cozy home theater for Batman, Peyton Manning and Scarface Sarah Tew/CNET Midrange: $400 to $550 28 Photos Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar See at Walmart Trading up to the SB3621n-E brings significant benefits — namely a separate, wireless subwoofer. It adds oomph to movies and sports alike. If you can spare the extra $50, get this one. Of course, sound systems are for life, not just the Super Bowl, and so you’ll need ones that can not only do sports, but also movies and music. The systems that follow sound good with everything, but they will also heighten your football experience in a way that no TV speaker ever could.Entry-level: $100 to $250 Comments You may have bought yourself a TV to watch the biggest game of the year, but as any sales-floor employee will tell you, the picture is only half of the story. It’s not just hyperbole: there’s no way a tiny TV speaker can communicate the roar of the crowd, the dialogue of those must-see Super Bowl ads, or the slam of the halftime show. And you don’t need to spend much at all.Great-sounding systems start at $100, and offer features like Bluetooth streaming audio and input selection. Trading up gives you better features like Dolby Atmos decoding and 4K video switching. No matter what your budget though, you can find something here. High-end: A true surround system for about $1,400Sound bars are great, but if you want to capture the full impact of the country’s biggest game only a full surround system will do. There’s no reason to spend silly amounts of money though — around $1,500 will get you an up-to-date surround system with a sub and the ability to upgrade later.   Now playing: Watch this: Read CNET’s review AV Receivers Speakers reading • Make that halftime show sing: The best audio systems for the big game and beyond Super Bowl 2019 Read CNET’s review May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Super Bowl LIII is Feb. 3: These are the TVs we’d watch it on  Super Bowl 53: Watch it live here See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Bluetooth Dell LG Sony Vizio The Onkyo TX-NR585 ($449) is the hub of this system and offers all of the latest standards — including HDR and Atmos/DTS:X — plus all of the streaming music options you could ask for. It has plenty of connectivity, and it happens to sound great, too. Feel free to substitute the Sony STR-DN1080 if it’s cheaper, or if the Onkyo isn’t available in your area (outside the US). center_img Once you get over the $500 barrier, the sound bar field starts to thin out, but there are some excellent options for this kind of money including the Sony HT-NT5. It offers HDMI switching and excellent simulated surround. Plus, it has a separate sub, which gives it more slam than the cheaper Zvox SB500.  More Super Bowl “Smart” sound bars are all the rage this year with offerings coming from the likes of Klipsch and LG, but Polk was one of the first. The Command Bar looks and operates like the Amazon Echo it was based on, but it sounds like a true home theater speaker. With the latest update it can also stream music to other Echo devices around your house — useful if you want to hear the game while you’re out of the room. Read CNET’s review Onkyo TX-NR585 AV receiver for $349 Sony HT-NT5 sound bar for $530 1:52 See at Amazon Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage See at Walmart Read CNET’s review Polk Command Bar for $250 Tags Share your voice One hundred dollars. That’s all you really need to spend to make your music and TV sound better than it ever has. Bluetooth and an optical connection, and you’re set to enjoy the football, and a post-game party, too. Zvox SB500 sound bar for $400 Sarah Tew/CNET Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Super Bowl 2019 • See All Sarah Tew/CNET 2 If you’re looking for a simple one-box system the Zvox SB500 offers great sound, rugged construction and ease of use. It’s one of the few all-in-one sound bars that truly doesn’t need a subwoofer. It may not be “smart,” but the addition of a Chromecast Audio (while you still can) or an Echo Dot should help close the gap. Sarah Tew/CNET Read CNET’s review The speakersThe Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 bookshelf speakers  Sarah Tew/CNET Pair the receiver with a great set of speakers. You can go with as few as two for straight stereo, but we’d recommend a full 5.1 system: That’s four “satellite” speakers, a center channel and a sub (that’s the “.1”). (Yes, you can eventually go to 7.1 and 9.2 systems, but that’s overkill for most folks — and you can always get more speakers later.)Suggested configurations: 2.1 system — stereo speakers plus subwoofer: A pair of Elac B6.2 bookshelves ($300 per pair) and DS10.2 200-watt sub ($200) and you have a kicking 2.1 system. 5.1 system: If you can stretch the budget a little further, add another pair of B6.2s or a pair of Pioneer SP-BS22A-LR ($179 per pair) speakers to use as rear surrounds. If you can stretch the budget a little further add a C5.2 center speaker ($150). See the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 at AmazonSee the Elac Debut DS10.2 subwoofer at AmazonSee the Elac Debut 2.0 C5.2 center speaker at AmazonSee the Pioneer SP-BS22A-LR at Amazon See at B&Hlast_img read more

Irrfan Khan comes back after battling cancer shares emotional post thanking fans

first_imgIrrfan KhanPR HandoutActor Irrfan Khan, who was battling cancer, has finally recovered, and has made a comeback. After being spotted at Mumbai airport, Irrfan has made an emotional post on social media, suggesting that his health is fine now.”Maybe somewhere in the pursuit of winning we forget how much it means to be loved… In our vulnerability we are reminded. As I leave my footprints onto these steps of my life, I want to pause to be grateful for receiving your immense love and support. It soothed me in my process of healing. So, I travel back to you, thanking you from the bottom of my heart,” he said in the post shared with a picture of himself smiling.Although his post does not give an exact picture of his health condition, it certainly gives a hint that the actor is now ready to make a comeback on the big screen.Irrfan in March, 2018 had informed fans about suffering from a “rare disease”, following which he had revealed that he was diagnosed with a form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumour. Since then he was undergoing treatment in London, and has now come back to Mumbai. However, there is no confirmation on any of his upcoming projects. Irrfan Khan’s postlast_img read more

Falling US Oil Production Lifts Crude Oil Prices

first_imgCrude oil prices continue to recover from the lows hit in March, supported by a fall in US oil production.Brent crude oil prices continued to increase on Wednesday to trade close to $60 per barrel mark, as the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on Monday that US shale production is likely to fall by 45,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 4.98 million bpd in May.”Speculative financial investors are clearly taking the latest news of a declining US oil supply as reason enough to further step up their investments in the oil market,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.The North Dakota Mineral Resources Department said on Tuesday that oil production in February in North Dakota dropped 15,000 bpd to 1.18 million bpd, boosting crude oil prices, which have seen a 20 percent gain since March.”There have often been drops in production during the winter in North Dakota because shale oil production has to be scaled back on account of the harsh weather conditions. We will therefore have to wait and see whether production continues to decline in the spring – if so, and only then, can there be talk of a trend reversal,” said Commerzbank.Further, oil services firm Baker Hughes reported that the number of US oil rigs in use were down by 40 to 988 for the week ending 10 April, falling below 1,000 rigs for the first time since September 2009.”We believe that US shale oil output is already falling, and that current rig counts imply that the m/m decline will exceed 70 thousand barrels per day (kb/d) by June. The deceleration in US output has been greater than the market is currently pricing in,” said Standard Chartered in a note.Besides, the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Wednesday raised its estimate for global oil demand growth for the second consecutive month, saying the world oil use will rise by 90,000 bpd to 1.08 million bpd on the back of increased consumption in the Europe, India and the United States.last_img read more

India vs Australia ICC 2019 World Cup Shikhar Dhawn Rohit Sharma see

first_imgIn the ongoing ICC 2019 World Cup match between India and Australia, the first battle has been won by the Indian team with their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma seeing off a testing spell of pace bowling from Australian new ball pair of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. Rohit was also beneficiary of a dropped catch when he played a ball, casually, in the air towards square leg where the fielder tried to take a spectacular catch with one hand.But apart from that, the two batsmen avoided taking any big risks and even the edges they got went well wide of the slips in position. The arrival of Nathan Coulter-Nile from one of the ends brought some relief for India as Shikhar Dhawan smashed him for three boundaries. With Australia relying mainly on Starc and Cummins to get them the breakthroughs, the lack of wickets in the first 10 overs could be a huge advantage for the men in blue.last_img read more