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Irvine given no cause to be nasty

first_img James McArthur and Scott Dann are both expected to miss Crystal Palace’s trip. McArthur and Dann are struggling with hip and knee injuries respectively while Damien Delaney is serving a one-match suspension after being sent off against Chelsea last weekend. Delaney’s absence could see Martin Kelly or Adrian Mariappa play in central defence as Palace look to avoid a third consecutive defeat. Crystal Palace defender Brede Hangeland remains happy at Selhurst Park despite struggling to make the first team under Neil Warnock. Hangeland was brought to the Eagles by former boss Tony Pulis in the summer but has found himself out of favour under the new regime and has started only three of the eight Barclays Premier League matches so far. The 33-year-old was picked for the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea last weekend and he may play again against West Brom on Saturday. “I haven’t played as much as I’m used to but I’m at an age now in my career that personal ambitions are not as high as they used to be, I just want to be a part of a good club and play when called upon, but if not I’ll support the lads from the sidelines,” Hangeland told the club’s official website. “It’s a different experience for me, I’ve been used to playing all of the games all of the time but now it’s about being realistic. “I played around 50 games a year for 10 years running and my hips seem to know so. “For me now it’s about the team getting results and winning games.” However, a solid start to the Barclays Premier League season – particularly their away win over Tottenham and Monday’s draw with Manchester United – has seen his stock rise already. The former Everton assistant manager’s likeable personality has played a part in that but he promises he can turn ‘bad cop’ if necessary. “The players have seen a nasty side from me,” he said ahead of Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace. “I’m from Glasgow – we usually have a nasty side! “But there hasn’t been the need, they are extremely professional. I have very little reason not to be happy.” England goalkeeper Ben Foster is set to return to West Brom’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace. Foster missed Monday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United due to a calf injury but Irvine revealed he is back in training and “fine” ahead of the Eagles’ visit. Winger Silvestre Varela is still out after groin surgery while midfielder Claudio Yacob is in his native Argentina due to family illness. Defender Jonas Olsson is struggling with a niggling Achilles injury. The Scot is quickly winning over his doubters after an impressive start to life as a top-flight head coach. His appointment was met with derision by many Albion fans when chairman Jeremy Peace brought him in to replace Pepe Mel in the summer, with supporters unhappy with his lack of managerial pedigree. Affable West Brom boss Alan Irvine claims he does have a Glaswegian “nasty side” but is thankful his in-form players have hardly caused him to bare his teeth yet. Press Associationlast_img read more

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European League Wrap: Five-Star Manchester United cruise to top of the table…

first_imgFive-Star Manchester United cruise to top of the table, Neymar off to goal scoring debutWe do a quick wrap of matches played in the Premier League and French Ligue 1 on Sunday, as five games went down in both leagues.ENGLANDTottenham Hotspur defeated 10-man Newcastle United 2-0 on Sunday at the Sports Direct Arena in the day’s first game.It was a dull opening to the first-half but the game came alive in the second 45-minutes when Newcastle’s captain Jonjo Shelvey was shown a straight red card for a daft stamp on Dele Alli. With the Magpies reduced to 10-men, Spurs duly took advantage netting two brilliant goals through Alli and Ben Davies, the latter’s finish the outcome of a beautiful free flowing team move.Manchester United left no one in doubt about their readiness for the league season with a comprehensive 4-0 home win against West Ham United, as the London club were left completely stunned by the Red Devils five-star performance. Romelu Lukaku justified the £75million United paid for his services over the summer, netting the opening two goals, before substitute Anthony Martial netted a third and setup compatriot Paul Pogba to finish with a lovely strike from outside the area for the games fourth strike. It was a sweet victory on the whole for Manchester United who hadNemanja Matic in sparkling form on his league debut, and a team performance that must really have gotten the attention of the rest of the competitors.FRANCEChampions Monaco completely outclassed Dijon 4-1 away from home on Sunday to move into third-place on the table after matchday 2. Les Rouges et Blanc had the luxury of leaving star forward Kylie Mbappe on the bench, but it was the more established Radamel Falcao who caught the eye with a 51-minutes hat trick added to Jemerson’s second strike of the season which secured yet another convincing win for Monaco.PSG complete with world record signing Neymar made light work of home team Guingamp, defeating them 3-0 to move into second-place. The capital team were clearly excited to unleash Neymar on their opponents as the Brazilian superstar added the games final goal in the 82nd minute, after a first-half own goal from Jordan Ikoko and Edison Cavani’s second half strike ensured Unai Emery’s team have kept a clean sheet in two league outings this season. Relatedlast_img read more

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Samsung U Flex review: Good enough even if it misses some notes

first_imgSamsung is a brand better known for its smartphones. And televisions. And… you get the idea. The company has some notable smartphones like flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in its collection. But of late, the company has been getting into the business of making headphones. And as it is customary for any company to launch an upgraded version of its existing line-up every year, Samsung has launched U-Flex wireless Bluetooth headphones in India this year.U-Flex headphones are the successor to Samsung’s Level-U headphones which cost Rs 2,999. U-Flex, on the other hand, costs of Rs 4,999. Just like Samsung’s smartphones, these headphones are available in three classic colours– Black, Blue and White.As far as the design and performance are concerned, while Level U headphones may have failed to impress the critics, U Flex headphones offer a significant improvement over its predecessor, at least on the performance front. On the design front, however, U Flex headphones are a cross between Level U headphones and Audio Technica’s Bluetooth headphones, which I reviewed last month. Basically, in terms of looks they are neither here, nor there.That said, U Flex headphones are not entirely unfortunate looking. Samsung’s jazzy colours do somewhat compensate for the boring design. And they offer decent audio quality. Apart from this, U Flex headphones come with some really interesting features which include a micro USB port, magnetic heads and a support button for Samsung’s personal digital assistant Bixby.On the performance front, U flex headphones work well with most Bollywood numbers. They are particularly good with soft and lyrical songs like Arijit Singh’s Bolna, AR Rahman’s Maahi Ve and Tere Bina and pop songs like Jessie J’s Flashlight and Backstreet Boys’ Downpour.advertisementThat’s the gist. However, there are many areas where U Flex could have been better given its 5k price tag. As they say devil lies in the details. So let’s dig deep into the details. Design and ComfortSamsung U Flex wireless headphones sport a simple yet boring design. As mentioned earlier, the design seems a crossover between its predecessors Level U headphones and Audio Technica ATH-ANC40BT headphones. The headphones features a water-resistant silicone neck band, which houses a giant battery on one side and volume controls, play and pause buttons, power button and micro USB port on the other side.The two ends of the neck-band are connected with two delicate-looking wires that connect with the magnetic ear pieces. While the magnetic heads are a nice feature to have in a pair of wireless headphones, it’s the overall design that failed to impress me. For starters the two wires connecting the neck-band with the ear pieces, besides getting entangled easily, are extremely delicate and it seems that they will snap any moment. Moreover, the placement of the controls doesn’t inspire much confidence in the headphones either. You either have to access your smartphone to adjust the volume or turn the neck band to a more comfortable position to be able to access the controls- all of which don’t make it a comfortable piece of gadget to keep around your neck.To add to the list of things that seem amiss with its design is the shape of the ear plugs. Samsung claims that its brand new pair of wireless headphones are ideal for usage at the gym or during a high-powered workout session. However, in my nearly two-weeks of experience with the device, the earplugs came out easily even while I am typing out a quick news story sitting on my workstation.By comparison, OnePlus’s Bullets wireless headphones, which I reviewed earlier, offered better stability and an easier access to the controls. They also offer an auto pause feature when the magnetic heads are joined, that too at a marginally lower price of Rs 3,990.PerformanceI tested Samsung U Flex headphones for nearly two weeks and during my usage I found that these headphones offer a decent sound quality. For most parts, the sound is pretty balanced. Be it acoustic numbers like The Piano Guys’ A Thousand Years and K-pop singer Kim Hyung Joong’s Because I’m Stupid or melodious Bollywood songs like Lata Mangeshkar’s Agar Tum Sath Ho and Arijit Singh’s Bandeya. The sound is immersive and for most parts you’ll enjoy the music in your ears. But this is also the point where the problem arises.Besides listening to music, you can use the Bixby button to invoke you Google Assistant or access S Voice, which is a built-in personal digital assistant available on Samsung smartphonesI tried listening to a series of songs like indie folk number Skinny Love by Birdy, Illahi by Mohit Chauhan and popular pop song A New Day Has Come by Celine Dion, and I realised that the mids are not as clear as I would like them to be, especially since Samsung is charging 5 grand for this pair. On the contrary, OnePlus Bullets offers a crystal clear sound.advertisementBut U Flex picks up where OnePlus Bullets falters. The issue with Bullets headphones is that they accentuate the highs a bit too much. U Flex, on the other hand, is comparatively more balanced. But that doesn’t mean that it is pitch perfect. U Flex too falters in this regard just not as much as Bullets. I listened to Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and Nagade Sangh Dol Baje by Shreya Ghoshal and not only did the pitch get accentuated to borderline screechy but it made me realise how easy it was for these headphones to lose track of the clarity-which as most users will agree is one of the most important factors that one looks for in a pair of headphones especially while investing a decent amount.Besides listening to music, you can use the Bixby button to invoke you Google Assistant or access S Voice, which is a built-in personal digital assistant available on Samsung smartphones. They also prove to be a useful partner when attending to a multitude of calls. BatteryIf there is one thing that you can credit Samsung for is for providing a good battery in this pair of headphones. Samsung U Flex headphones boast a good battery life. The Korean smartphone maker claims that the battery would last for a period of 9 hours on a single charge. And true to its claim these headphones do support you for 8.5-9 hours on continuous usage without any hiccups.Should I buy it?That can be a bit tricky question to answer, as this pair of headphones are a bit pricey for the features that it offers. But for most parts, the answer is a simple yes. In my opinion, U Flex headphones are ideal if you are looking for a pair of headphones that can combine your need for a mono-Bluetooth headset along with a decent audio quality.That said, they sure are a bit overpriced in their market segment as other companies are offering better features at a marginally reduced cost. But if you are a Samsung loyalist and if you do not want to splurge in a mid-budget and premium headphones, U Flex are definitely worth considering.Samsung U Flex review7.5/10Good stuffDecent soundGood battery lifeBixby and allBad stuffBoring designLoose fitSlightly overpricedlast_img read more

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10 months agoSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and players

first_imgSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Mino Raiola fears for Italian football after the incidents around Inter Milan’s victory over Napoli on Boxing Day.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“Racism is ignorance by definition,” he told ANSA.“It’s difficult to talk to the ignorant, but we must always fight against them and be united together.“Having said that, where is the government, both the real one and the one in football? Where is the union? Where are the unity and solidarity between all the players and clubs?“This is a problem for all club owners and players. If Italy fails to defeat this cancer then it has no future in football.“Football is the mirror of society. It takes a unique objective, bravery, good ideas and b***s.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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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

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Canada Honoured to be Guest Country at MICA 2018 a Film and

first_imgAdvertisement OTTAWA, May 28, 2018 – In November 2017, during her bilateral trade mission to Mexico, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, met her counterpart, Secretary of Culture María Cristina García Cepeda, to further strengthen the bilateral relationship and bolster Canadian culture’s contribution to economic and social prosperity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement This special role at this year’s MICA will also give Canada a unique opportunity to showcase the benefits of coproducing with Canada to Latin American producers. This will be done through a series of networking events, including business-to-business meetings, and additional opportunities for two-way collaboration and trade.The event will also provide access to international business opportunities and commercial exchange worldwide between directors, producers, screenwriters and all professionals of the film industry.Quotes“The Government of Canada is helping Canada’s creative industries succeed abroad, which we know creates jobs and prosperity in every region of Canada. By creating new trade opportunities for the film, television and augmented reality/virtual reality sectors, we are setting the stage for Canadian creators and cultural entrepreneurs to take advantage of export opportunities to create growth that benefits people in both Canada and Mexico.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsCanada and Mexico are among each other’s largest two-way trading partners, and bilateral trade between the two countries—valued at over $40 billion in 2016—continues to grow annually.Mexico is the top exporter of creative goods in Latin America, exporting $5.4 billion in 2015. It is considered the geographic and language hub for the Latin American market as a whole.Canada and Mexico share a dynamic and prosperous relationship: as friends, as North American neighbours, and as strategic partners in the Americas and in the world. Over the years, our cooperation has expanded across a wide range of political, trade, social, environmental and security interests.The Canada–Mexico Partnership (“CMP”) is a key mechanism for bilateral cooperation. It serves as a catalyst for concerted action between governments, private sectors, and non-governmental partners to pursue common goals and mutually beneficial priorities.Related ProductsMinister Joly Champions Canada’s Creative Industries in MexicoAssociated LinksThe Canada–Mexico PartnershipMercado, Industria, Cine y AudivisualCanada–Mexico RelationsMICA Appoints Canada as First Guest of Honour Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook As a direct result of these productive meetings and continued discussions under the Canada–Mexico Partnership (CMP), Minister Joly is delighted to accept the invitation extended from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) and Secretary Cepeda to welcome Canada as the Guest Country of the third edition of Mercado, Industria, Cine y Audiovisual (MICA), a trade show taking place in Mexico City in June.Canada’s participation at MICA will reaffirm and enhance government-to-government relationships with Mexico, promote Canada as an important creative industries partner, and raise the profile of cultural trade between both countries. Canada’s presence at this event is guided by the Creative Export Strategy (CES), announced last September as part of Creative Canada, the Government of Canada’s vision for its creative industries. It aims to open and expand markets and opportunities for Canada’s creative entrepreneurs, helping them deliver their content to international audiences. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Eight Maliseet communities celebrate Treaty Day for first time in history

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsIt was a historical weekend for the Maliseet in New Brunswick.For the first time since the document was ratified, eight communities celebrated Treaty Day, marking the 290th anniversary of the Treaty of 1725.The Treaty of 1725 is the first of what are now known as the Peace and Friendship Treaties with the Crown in the Maritime Provinces. To some, the treaty does more than just protect fishing and hunting rights.For the chiefs, the focus of the celebration was not only about honouring the past; but also about moving forward as a sovereign, unified [email protected]last_img read more

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Tim Cook makes 1st visit to Canada as Apple CEO visits Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook visited Canada for the first time as CEO Monday, surprising students at a downtown Toronto Apple store to highlight the importance of learning to code, and dropping in on a group of developers to thank them for their contributions to the tech giant’s app store.The unannounced visit by Cook, who as Apple’s chief executive since 2011 has overseen the rollout of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch, was the first time an Apple CEO has visited Canada since Steve Jobs made the trek north in the late 1980s.Cook surprised a class of Grade 7 students in Toronto’s east end as they learned how to program robots to dance on tables using Apple’s Swift programming language, recently introduced by the company as a low-barrier-to-entry way of coding.“Swift came out of the fundamental recognition that coding languages were too geeky. Most students would look at them and say, ‘that’s not for me,” Cook said as the pre-teens participated in an Apple-designed “Everyone Can Code” workshop, which helps children learn how to build mobile apps, at the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre.“That’s not our view. Our view is that coding is a horizontal skill like your native languages or mathematics, so we wanted to design a programming language that is as easy to learn as our products are to use.”There are 250,000 apps in the App Store that have been coded with Swift, including popular ones such as LinkedIn and AirBnb. In 2016, Apple released Swift Playgrounds, which turns learning the programming language into a game for people of all ages — though especially for students.The Canadian visit follows a similar surprise last week, when Cook visited a school in the United Kingdom, as part of a whistle-stop tour of Europe, where Apple recently launched its “Everyone Can Code” curriculum in several schools.The CEO’s tour to promote the benefits of Apple technology comes after the company recently came under fire from shareholders over concerns about the addictive effects of gadgets and social media on young people.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in a Jan. 6 open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.Among their proposals to Apple: Establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple’s “vast information resources” to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health.But Cook’s Canadian stop in was squarely focused on the benefits, both educational and economic, of Apple’s technology.There are more than 120,000 jobs in Canada directly related to Apple’s iOS and App Store ecosystem, the company said Monday. These positions can include developers, designers, entrepreneurs and other highly skilled roles.“Canada is an extremely important market for us. We have a great team in Canada,” Cook said.“I want to do everything I can do to highlight their innovation, their companies and their work, because it is a critical part of the entire user experience. I wanted to come say thank you.”Demand for digital skills in Canada continues to expand and the federal government has identified coding as a key job development skill. By 2021, there will be 210,000 Canadian jobs in the space and, based on forecasted numbers of computer science graduates, the country won’t have the skilled workers to fill these positions.Denise Salsman, who teaches the Grade 7 class that Cook surprised, said that in less than a year of implementing code into the classroom, her students have seen an improvement in their grades.“Coding is something my students, who will have jobs we don’t even know about yet, need to know.”Cook’s visit came the same day the federal government launched its first major investment in coding education.Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development introduced CanCode, a federal program designed to help Canadian students improve their digital skills.“It’s a $50 million program launched by our government to pave the path for Canada’s future leaders,” Bains said at a stop at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ont.Bains said the program will give more than one million children and their teachers across Canada the chance to develop their digital skills.Follow Josh McConnell at @JoshMcConnell on Twitter.last_img read more

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Toronto and New York stock indices close lower as technology stocks weigh

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed down Monday despite a rise in oil prices as technology stocks continued to weigh on markets in both Toronto and New York.The technology sell-off started last week when Facebook and Twitter released results that raised growth concerns. On Monday, Twitter dropped 7.6 per cent to add to its 20.5 per cent plunge Friday, while Facebook fell 3.6 per cent to make for a 23 per cent drop in three days.The S&P/TSX information technology sector was down 3.71 per cent Monday, including a drop of 7.95 per cent for Shopify Inc., as the plunge in U.S. stocks had a knock-on effect, said Michael Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Multi-Asset Solutions.“The big contributor there is Shopify, but they haven’t even had their earnings call, so I think it’s really just a bit of a contagion of what’s happening in the U.S.”The drop in technology stocks, along with retreats for mining and health-care stocks, left the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index down 48.48 points at 16,345.47.The index traded as high as 16,442.96 points during the day. The Toronto Stock Exchange as a whole saw 219.1 million shares traded.The S&P/TSX capped energy index provided the most support for the composite with a 0.62 per cent climb. Energy stocks rose as the September crude contract closed up $1.44 at US$70.13 per barrel and the September natural gas contract ended up two cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.Oil prices were climbing as concerns increased on transit problems in the Middle East and other geopolitical issues have heightened supply concerns, said Greenberg.“You’re just sort of seeing some of the geopolitical risk premium being built back into energy prices at a time when there’s a bit of concern for say, Saudi Arabia to meaningfully increase production.”In New York, the Nasdaq composite index ended down 107.42 points or 1.39 per cent at 7,630.00 as Netflix, Amazon, and Google also closed lower. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 144.23 points at 25,306.83 and the S&P 500 index closed down 16.22 points at 2,802.60.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.80 cents US, up 0.24 of a US cent.The December gold contract closed down $1.20 at US$1,231.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at US$2.79 a pound.CGI Group Inc. closed down 53 cents, or 0.64 per cent, at $82.91 after announcing its U.S. arm had been awarded a six-year cybersecurity contract from the U.S. government, worth a total of US$530 million. The contract builds on work that CGI Federal Inc. has already done to enhance the cybersecurity posture of agencies participating in a multi-year program overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.last_img read more

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District of Taylor to deal with unsightly property

first_imgCouncil has now given Staff the approval to hire a contractor to start cleaning up the property, providing that one final notice is given to the owner and that a notice sign is placed outside of the property.Since the property owner can not be located, it is up to the District to hire a contractor to clear the site with an estimated cost of $10,000. According to the District, since 2017, this property has been known to Police as there have been 17 occurrences involving the RCMP to attend, ranging from Breach of Probation, break & enter, theft and the assaulting of a Peace Officer.As spring has now arrived, Staff say that the property is a breeding ground for rodents to populate and if unchecked they will likely spread to neighbouring properties.To date, Protective Services have been unable to obtain compliance with regards to theNuisances and Unsightly Property By-law No. 465, 1993 from the owner of the property.The District has made a number of attempts to get in contact with the property owner but with no success.It is believed that the property owner may be out of the Province or even the Country.Staff asked Council that Protective Services staff be authorized to initiate remediation of the property. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting, on Monday, District of Taylor Council discussed the state of an unsightly property that is located within the District.The property in question, 10471 -102nd Street, had a complaint filed against it in February regarding the unsightly nature of the property.Not only is this property seen as unsightly but it also poses safety risks to the community.last_img read more