Pellegrini: West Ham haunted by struggles

first_imgManuel Pellegrini believes the mental scars of a poor 2017-18 season are to blame for West Ham’s concerning start to the new Premier League campaign.Thumped 4-0 at Liverpool last weekend, the Hammers slumped to a second loss as Bournemouth overturned a half-time deficit to win 2-1 at London Stadium on Saturday.The hosts were thoroughly outplayed in the second half with a creaking defence causing particular concern for Pellegrini just two games into his tenure. 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! The former Manchester City boss has identified a “lack of confidence” as the issue and admitted last season, much of which was spent fighting against relegation under David Moyes, is weighing on his players’ minds.”Yes, I think so. That’s one of the reasons why in the second half we changed so much and tried to keep it 1-0,” Pellegrini told reporters.”I don’t think it’s the stadium and I don’t think it’s playing here. What they need is to try work for 90 minutes the way we did for 45 minutes today.”We knew before we would need time with so many new players, management and style of play. Most of all we need to forget about last season.”We need to recover the trust in each player and what they can do. We must recover the trust as a club and that’s what we must do in the next week.”Bournemouth, in contrast, are enjoying a flying start after collecting a maximum six points from their opening two outings, having beaten Cardiff City 2-0 seven days earlier.Callum Wilson sparked the latest victory with a splendid solo equaliser that earned praise from manager Eddie Howe.”We really needed it, a really good goal,” Howe told BBC Sport of the strike, which began with Wilson as the only Bournemouth player in the attacking half.”He is outnumbered and showed his pace and it was a really good finish. Hopefully this is the start he needs to believe he can have a good season. We know he is capable.”It was an excellent win and an excellent performance, especially the second half. At 1-0 down, there’s a lot of work to do so credit to the players.” 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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Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi retires from international cricket

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who played limited-overs cricket for New Zealand and Australia, has announced his retirement from the international game aged 36.Ronchi was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, breaking into international cricket as a stand-in for Brad Haddin on Australia’s tour to the West Indies in 2008, where he played four one-day internationals and one Twenty20.He showed the first signs on that tour of the big-hitting style which became his hallmark when he hit a one-day half century from 22 balls, the equal third-fastest 50 by an Australian in ODIs.Ronchi played only one more Twenty20 international for Australia after that tour and returned to his birth nation in 2012, winning selection in the New Zealand one-day team to play England a year later. He was the first player since Kepler Wessels 20 years earlier to represent two ICC member nations.Ronchi went on to play four Tests, 85 one-dayers and 32 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand. His most memorable one-day innings was his 170 from 99 balls against Sri Lanka in Dunedin in 2015.Ronchi said he felt privileged to have represented New Zealand at a time in which it was competitive in all three formats.”It was a dream come true,” he said. “I can’t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket.”From the 2015 World Cup campaign through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it’s been a genuine highlight for me.”last_img read more

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Djulbic: Postecoglu still right man for the job

first_imgFELDA United Felda’s Djulbic confident that Australia can get past Syria Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 11:44 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dino Djulbic - Australia - Socceroos Getty FELDA United Syria v Australia Syria Australia WC Qualification Asia Dino Djulbic will be cheering his fellow Australian on when the Socceroos take on Syria in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup play-off Felda United’s Dino Djulbic will be keeping a close eye on the Syria versus Australia World Cup play-off that will coincidentally be played in the same country that the 34-year-old Australian is currently plying his trade in.Aussies 7/10 to beat Syria Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The centre back who joined The Fighters midway through the 2017 season and with two previous international caps with the Australia national team, is hoping that the country he supports will get a bit of luck in the play-off match to be played in Melaka.Training with Felda has curtailed his hopes of being there at Hang Jebat Stadium to cheer his countrymen on but Djulbic is positive that the Socceroos will eventually get over the line against Syria.”I always follow being Australian and having played for the team before, I always keep tabs on them. I watch as many games as possible and hopefully tonight we’ll have some luck.””We were very unlucky and just too many draws. It is not as easy to qualify any more because all the other Asian countries have caught up. There’s no more easy games as you can see. I’m sure they are going to qualify. I think we’re going to do the job,” said Djulbic to Goal.Australia only finished third in the final group stage of the Asian qualifier, behind Japan and Saudi Arabia which has led to calls for the Football Federation of Australia to look into the future of Ange Postecoglu as the national team head coach.However Djulbic remains confident in the qualities of Postecoglu and having been part of the squad in the qualifiers of the 2014 World Cup, knows that it is not an easy task to be performing well throughout such a long qualification period. “I think when he took over, he knew what he wanted. He wanted to play good football and he’s been doing that. Of course some results haven’t gone his way but even Brazil have bad results sometimes. He’s in the right track and he’s the right person to do the job. There has been critics and that’s normal if you don’t qualify automatic,” added Djulbic.Despite not being able to be at the stadium, Djulbic will be watching with interest in front of the television screen hoping that his country will be able to get a good first leg result that will eventually get Australia through to their fourth consecutive World Cup finals appearance.last_img read more

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Premier League reserves: where kids on £300 a week mix with millionaires

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion The Dutch model of developing young footballers: let them sink or swim Anders Lindegaard in his days at Manchester United. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/EPA Share on LinkedIn Topics MK Dons Sam Nombe skips past Dejan Lovren during MK Dons’ League Cup tie against Liverpool. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA The extremes continue down the food chain. In the Professional Development League – the second tier of academy football, which includes Watford, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United – some players earn 100 times more than their young teammates. Most first-year professionals at Category 2 clubs are paid around £300 a week; Premier League teammates could be on more than £30,000 a week.Nathaniel Chalobah, who was paid a reported £36,000 a week as a teenager at Chelsea, made his full England debut this time last year in a 3-2 win over Spain; more recently he has been playing for Watford’s Under-23s – and was even sent off in a 1-0 home defeat to Millwall. Similarly, James Tomkins, who represented Team GB at the London Olympics, played for the Crystal Palace Under-23s last month on his way back from injury.Playing alongside an international star may be a thrill, but aspiring pros sometimes learn more from what they don’t do than what they do. “There are some first-teamers you’d rather do without,” said one Under-23s boss. “One or two will always put a shift in, and you want those, but most of them don’t want to be there – and play like it. They don’t exactly set a good example to the kids.”Fantasy footballSam Nombe spent the best part of last season on loan at Oxford City and Maidenhead United. This season he has shone against a World Cup finalist and a Champions League-winner. Nombe, who turns 21 later this month, stretched Liverpool’s rusty centre-back partners Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez during the recent EFL Cup tie. Big, strong and relentless, he played with the hunger of someone who recognises an opportunity when he sees one. ‘The public only see the highs’: the reality of Premier League youth teams Read more European club football Share via Email Pinterest Ostersund Facebook Arsenal Manchester United sent Preston North End to Stevenage to play Tottenham in an Under-21s game. Well, looking at the teamsheet, it feels that way now. The United side that beat Spurs 2-1 at Broadhall Way included six future Preston players, most of whom played together at Deepdale. It did not work out at Preston for goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard (who is now playing for Helsingborgs in Sweden), on-loan striker Will Keane (now at Ipswich), or defender Liam Grimshaw (now at Motherwell), while full-back Marnick Vermijl has returned home to Belgium.But two of that United side are now flourishing at Preston: Josh Harrop scored in their 5-1 win over Barnsley last Saturday, as did Ben Pearson – one of the best holding midfielders in the Championship, who would surely be a Premier League player by now were it not for his reckless disciplinary record.Follow Gavin Willacy and Playing in the Shadows on Twitter Facebook Premier League Twitter Read more Little more than a year ago, Potter was managing Östersund, who he took from Sweden’s fourth tier to the knockout stages of the Europa League. Things have fallen apart somewhat since. Östersund are not only fighting a relegation battle – with one win in their last 21 games – but they are fighting to exist. The club’s high-profile owner Daniel Kindberg is in court over fraud charges.It is a difficult time for Östersund’s considerable English contingent, including manager Ian Burchnall, former Chelsea youngster Charlie Colkett, well travelled winger Blair Turgott, goalkeeper Andrew Mills, and Jamie Hopcutt, who has been with Östersund for seven years.Curtis Edwards left Östersund for Djurgardens this summer and his new club is closing in on the Swedish title. “I’m living the dream – so far,” he told me. Edwards could be in the Champions League next season, Östersund in oblivion.This week in 2014 … Twitter Manchester United Share on Messenger features Next man upAaron Connolly made headlines over the weekend after he scored twice in Brighton’s 3-0 win over Tottenham. He is not the only youngster at the club who is making the step up to first-team football look easy. Steven Alzate went into Graham Potter’s starting line-up at Newcastle in mid-September and has stayed there. The 21-year-old playmaker, who was brought up in north London by Colombian parents, came through at the Leyton Orient academy. Two years ago, he was in the Orient side that was relegated from League Two. Now he is excelling in the Premier League.Remember me? Most of the Arsenal Under-23 team will have been unfazed by the thought of playing Liverpool at Meadow Park in Borehamwood in front of a crowd of 358. But a few of them may have been starstruck when they looked around and saw Héctor Bellerín in their defence. Bellerín’s appearance was unusual for two reasons. Star players returning from injury usually play for less than an hour and only do so in reserve games at the club’s own stadium. Bellerín played the full 90 minutes at a local non-league ground, setting up Arsenal’s second equaliser in a 2-2 draw.Lining up alongside an established international should help the young Arsenal players develop. However, star names often prove as much aggro as they are worth for Under-23s managers. One told me: “We get different first-team players every game and it’s always for the benefit of the first team – not us. I never know who I’m getting until the day before a game, or even later. Put it this way: I never write out my team until I get to the ground! If we’re playing away, unless it’s close or we’re playing at a decent stadium, I assume I won’t get any first-team players. But if we’re at home and there’s no first-team game for a while, I might get half a dozen.”Unai Emery has made good use of the reserves this season, with Bellerín, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos all playing for the Under-23s on their returns from injury. Managing the ego of a Premier League star in a non-league dressing room full of teenagers can be a tough task for reserve-team managers. Senior players who are returning from long-term injuries simply want to make it through the games unscathed – while meeting various physical outputs, all overseen by the medical staff – but players who have been frozen out of the first team present entirely different challenges.One challenge arises from the huge disparity in the values given to each player, which rarely correspond to the effort they put in on the pitch. The first-team star is being paid a lot more than the youngsters sitting either side of him in a dressing room, which is often at a non-league ground. It is the star who is out of his comfort zone.Occasionally, in the Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy, multimillionaires line up alongside players who are fighting to make a career in the game. Sometimes they are the same age. Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose new contract is reportedly worth £180,000 a week, recently played in a Chelsea Under-23s game alongside fellow 18-year-olds who are paid one-thousandth of what he earns. Michy Batshuayi, who scored for Belgium at the World Cup last year, has also played several games for the club’s second team this year. Share on Twitter Guardian Sport Network Reuse this content Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Sliammon treaty vote leaves community divided

first_imgAPTN National NewsNow that the Sliammon treaty in B.C. has been accepted by the narrowest of margins, the chief says the first order of business is to heal the split community.The months leading up to Tuesday’s vote were so divisive that in some cases family members did not talk to each other.Some who have openly opposed the treaty are now considering transferring out of the First Nation.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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RCMP files records of missing children graves may never surface if Ottawa

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Indian residential school records on dead and missing children and abuse complaints to the RCMP may never see the light of day if Ottawa gets its way in its battle with the commission created to shed light on Canada’s darkest chapter, according to court documents.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is taking Ottawa to court over its refusal to hand over millions of records related to the 150 year existence of Indian residential schools. The court fight has been described as a battle for control over the history of residential schools.The TRC alleges in court documents that the Harper government is refusing to release documents and files written following the closure of a residential school, even though some of these schools opened and closed on an ongoing basis and sometimes shut down and reopened in the same building.“To the extent that documents were generated by Canada about a particular residential school after its closure, these materials would be necessary to complete the historical record of the (Indian residential school system),” stated Ken Roach, research advisor to the TRC, in an affidavit. “(The documents) would be essential to understand the particular legacy of that school.”The Harper government’s stonewalling on documents also includes files held by the RCMP, said Julian Falconer, a lawyer representing the TRC in its court battle against Ottawa. Falconer said the RCMP received criminal complaints about abuse in residential schools, but those files are still locked away.“There is no doubt there are RCMP files,” said Falconer. “We don’t have those files.”The missing files also include documents on individual schools. According to the TRC, at one point this summer, the commission had listed 37 residential schools that lacked accompanying documentation and 52 that had partial documentation.According to Roach’s affidavit, the Harper government is refusing to release files created after the shut-down of residential schools including:Documents on allegations on the treatment, health and well being of students.Documents containing allegations against staff on mistreatment of students.Documents on missing children and graves following investigations.Documents on the impact on survivors, families and communities.Documents on operations, policies and administration of closed schools.Documents on discussions by federal bureaucrats on how to respond to Indian residential school complaints from students, families and Aboriginal organizations.The federal government is refusing to release these documents partly based on their still uncertain definition of one word: Relevant.Under the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement, which created the TRC, Canada and the churches agreed to “provide all relevant documents in their possession and control” to “ensure the efficacy of the truth and reconciliation process.”Yet, according to the TRC’s court filings, Canada has refused to reveal their definition of relevant despite receiving repeated requests since at least May 2011.TRC officials were initially told the government couldn’t reveal their definition without permission of the Department of Justice, and then they were told the definition needed to first be finalized and approved. Then in September 2011, federal officials said they still didn’t have a formal definition of the word.The TRC obtained an internal presentation to Parks Canada from January of this year that stated the Department of Aboriginal Affairs had a working definition of the word that was broader than the public position Canada intended to take on the issue.“The (TRC) has yet to receive Canada’s definition of the word relevance,” said the TRC’s factum.Yet, despite the uncertainty around what the Harper government actually means when it uses the word, it appeared in the statement from Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s response to news Ottawa was facing court action over its failure to hand over millions of residential school documents to the TRC.“We are working with 22 other government departments and with the TRC to ensure all relevant Indian residential schools related documents are made available to the TRC,” said spokesman Jan O’Driscoll, who added that the commission has already received almost one million documents.When asked what he meant by the world relevant, O’Driscoll said he couldn’t comment because the issue was before the courts.O’Driscoll’s statement also said that “Canada aims to disclose all of its remaining documents relevant to the TRCs mandate by Jun 30, 2013.”It appears that the department’s stated time-frame will wreck havoc on the TRC’s final report. One of the central volumes of the report, which deals with the legacy of residential schools and draws on all the other sections of the final document, needs to be completed by May 2013.It will take about a year to finalize, translate and publish the TRC’s final report.The TRC’s mandate expires July 1, 2014.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Mahinda accuses Government of using taxes to survive

He said that the international prices of virtually everything Sri Lanka imports declined after the current Government came into power in January last year. “No state can exist without taxes. A Government needs revenue to carry out its functions and taxes are charged not only on the incomes of the rich but on goods and services used by the general population as well. Even essential items such as fuel, telecommunications, electricity and food are often targeted for taxation because such goods and services will be bought regardless of the price and therefore guarantees revenue. However, taxes have to be justifiable and reasonable. It is in that light that we should examine the tax increases that are to come into effect from 2 May 2016,” he said in a statement. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claims the Government is attempting to find money for their political survival through increased taxes on the very people they deceived in order to win power.Rajapaksa accused the Government of engaging in another cynical trick and deception and urged the public to rise up as one against the impending tax increases. “During my tenure in office from 2006 to 2014, the international prices of all these commodities were much higher. Between 2011 and 2013 crude oil was consistently above 105 USD per barrel and went below 100 USD only after September 2014. The price of urea fertiliser reached 750 USD per tonne in 2008 and remained above 500 USD throughout 2011-2013. Steel reached a high of 1,265 USD in 2008 and until 2013, was always over 500 USD per tonne. Wheat went up to 440 USD per tonne in 2008 and sugar reached a high of 655 USD per MT in 2011 and the prices of both commodities remained high throughout my tenure in office,” he said.He said that given the declines in the international prices of all commodities that took place last year, prices in Sri Lanka should have gone down significantly. “While benefitting thus from lower global commodity prices, the government is now trying to increase the VAT rate from 11% to 15% and widen its applicability to hitherto exempt sectors like telecommunications, health and education. This will cause a 4% increase in the prices of goods on which VAT is already being charged and a sudden 15% increase in the costs of telephone and internet services, medical specialist channeling services, medical tests, private hospital care, private education from nursery school to tertiary level as well as private tuition classes. The applicability of the 2% Nation Building Tax has been extended to telecommunications and electricity as well. Telephone and internet services will see the highest price increases as it will be hit by the VAT as well as the NBT. The NBT on electricity will bring in huge revenues because it will be charged from all users of electricity,” he added.Rajapaksa says the Government made irresponsible promises at the presidential election in order to win votes and after winning, they had to fulfill at least some of their election pledges if they were to win the parliamentary election. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Google picks 8000 winners to test Internetconnected glasses

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2013 1:07 am MDT Google picks 8,000 winners to test Internet-connected glasses SAN FRANCISCO – Google has picked 8,000 people in the U.S. who will have a chance to wear the company’s new Internet-connected glasses, which are being described as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.Google Inc. began notifying contest winners Tuesday.The winners will have to pay $1,500 apiece if they want a test version of the product, called “Google Glass.” They also will have to travel to New York, Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay area to pick up the device, which isn’t expected to be available on the mass market until late this year or early next year.The excitement stems from the belief that Google Glass is at the forefront of a new wave of technology known as “wearable computing.” Google, Apple Inc. and several other companies also are working on Internet-connected wristwatches, according to published reports that have cited anonymous people familiar with the projects.Google Glass is supposed to perform many of the same tasks as smartphones, except the glasses respond to voice commands instead of fingers touching a display screen. The glasses are equipped with a hidden camera and tiny display screen attached to a rim above the right eye.The engineers who have been building Google Glass tout the technology as a way to keep people connected to their email, online social networks and other crucial information without having to frequently gaze down at the small screen on a smartphone. The hidden camera is designed to make it easy for people to take hands-free photos or video of whatever they are doing.Privacy watchdogs, though, are already worried that Google Glass will make it even more difficult for people to know when they are on camera.One contest winner promised to take Google Glass to Veteran Administration hospitals so soldiers who fought in World War II can see their memorials before they die. Another plans to wear Google Glass during a trip to Japan so she can take video and pictures that she can share with her grandmother, who lives in the U.S. but would like to see her native country again. A zookeeper plans to use Google Glass to show what it’s like to feed penguins, and another contest winner wants to use the technology to provide maps that will help firefighters in emergencies.Google said the test, or “Explorer,” version of Glass will help its engineers get a better understanding of how the technology might be used and make any necessary adjustments before the device hits the mass market.The company sold an unspecified number of “Explorer” models to computer programmers last year. The finished product is expected to cost from $700 to $1,500. read more

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Ohio State womens lacrosses Katie Frederick shining after 3 years of waiting

OSU senior goalie Katie Frederick (1) during a game against Hofstra on March 27 in Hempstead, New York.Credit: Courtesy of OSUKatie Frederick, a senior goaltender for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, has been called hard-working, determined and very talented.Among her other qualities, patience might just be an understatement.  After three seasons in a backup role, at last the net belongs to Frederick, and she has not squandered the opportunity. So far, she has helped guide the Buckeyes to a 9-1 record, currently placing them at No. 15 in the Inside Lacrosse poll. Frederick’s prolonged wait wasn’t necessarily her fault, though. It was more of a matter of who was ahead of her on the depth chart, which was Tori Descenza, one of the best, if not the best, netminders the program has ever seen. From 2012-2015, Descenza was nothing short of a brick wall. She holds the program career records for saves (569) and wins (43), while also ranking fourth all-time in goals-against average (9.62).However, Frederick did not hold any hard feelings toward the woman she eventually succeeded. In fact, the relationship between the two is part of the reason why Frederick has been so successful this season. “Having her the past three years really helped me along the way; she kind of took me under her wing my freshman year,” Frederick said. “I think being able to compete with her every single day at practice has helped me get to where I am today.”Descenza wasn’t the only mentor Frederick had soon after arriving in Columbus. OSU’s coach, Alexis Venechanos, wasn’t too shabby between the pipes during her time at Maryland.The 2003 Terrapin graduate won two national championships, posting a 23-0 record her first year as a starter in 2001, and was the recipient of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award, given to the nation’s top goaltender, as a senior. The coach said she has been nothing but proud of the work ethic Frederick has put forth in both her lone year as a collegiate starter and her time waiting in the wings.“She is just rising to the occasion,” Venechanos said. “That’s a credit to her mentally, physically and emotionally. You have to come and bring it every day, and I think she did that when she wasn’t playing. Now, it’s that additional excitement.”Frederick had played in eight games prior to this season, but Venechanos classified the goalie’s excitement about her current role as through the roof.“She’s been waiting for three years,” Venechanos said. “It’s like a kid in a candy shop.”Even her teammates knew that this was going to be a special season for the player who wears No. 1.“This is her time,” said senior midfielder Olivia DiCarlantonio. “Everyone is working for her and she’s our backbone back there. She sees the field. She’s our eyes, she’s our mouth and she’s leading us to victories.”Frederick and the rest of the Buckeye defense have been doing just that.After 10 games, the Scarlet and Gray are giving up an average of 8.40 goals per game, while  only surrendering 10 goals or more twice.They have allowed fewer than 10 goals in seven straight games with Frederick in charge on the back end, as she has a 9-1 record with a 7.76 goals against average and a .469 save percentage.With an arduous schedule ahead, including games against No. 1 Maryland, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 9 Penn State, the Buckeyes can take solace in the fact that they have a strong last line of defense, which, after three seasons, is finally anchored by Frederick. “I just wanted to make the most of this year as a team and individually,” Frederick said. “I waited three years for this opportunity, so to be able to go out and be successful with my teammates is really special.” OSU is set to conclude its three-game road trip with a trek up to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. The Buckeyes will be looking to make their winning streak eight games. Faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. read more

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I have a flame in me right now students return to Florida

first_imgBut it’s still weird to see everybody here and all these police officers. It’s going to be nice to see all my teachers again.Carly Novell, another Stoneman Douglas student, admitted that she was “nervous”.“I’m really scared to go in,” said Novell, who like many other returning students was wearing a maroon T-shirt, the school colors.Lauren Hogg, a freshman, told CNN the experience was “surreal”. Students arriving at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High this morning Source: Joe Raedle/Getty“To be quite frank, I’m scared,” she said, expressing fear of “going back into my classes and seeing empty chairs where my friends once sat”.On Valentine’s Day, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz entered the school and opened fire with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, killing 14 students and three staff members.‘I can take down buildings’Since the shooting, Stoneman Douglas students have been lobbying politicians for stricter gun controls both in their home state of Florida and in Washington.Republican lawmakers, with majorities in the US Congress and the Florida legislature, have been cool on bringing in major reforms on the sales of firearms.Pressure however is growing on businesses. Source: Joe Raedle/GettyToday, Dick’s Sporting Goods, a large chain store, announced that it would immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and would not sell guns to anyone under the age of 21.Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said Cruz had purchased a shotgun at one of his stores in November and although it wasn’t the gun used in the shooting the chain would no longer sell semi-automatic weapons.“Our view was if the kids can be brave enough to organise like this, we can be brave enough to take them out of here,” Stack said. Robert Runcie addresses the media Source: Joe Raedle/GettySpeaking on CNN, Broward County school superintendent Robert Runcie said grief counsellors were on hand for the day.“We’re going to provide as much support as we can,” Runcie said. “We understand it is extremely difficult for our kids today.”We believe our kids are ready. Students are excited. As a family, they’re going to pull through it.“If they don’t want to stay for the day, we will make arrangements for them to go wherever they need to,” he added.Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting, turned out to show his support for increased security in schools.Accompanied by his therapy dog Sunny, Pollack said he was determined to be the “face of the last father of a murdered kid”.“When someone murders your kid, shoots her nine times… it’s not courage,” Pollack said. “I have a flame in me right now. Nobody can stop me. I can take down buildings.”“We need to make it that every kid in America, when he goes into a classroom , he knows he’s safe,” he said.That’s my goal.© – AFP, 2018Read: Explainer: The EU is trying to force the UK to get real, here’s howRead: Lewinsky calls Clinton affair a ‘gross abuse of power’ Feb 28th 2018, 8:12 PM Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 8:12 PM A student is hugged as she leaves Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after attending her classes for the first time since the shooting that killed 17 people on 14 February Source: Joe Raedle/GettyWITH TEARS, FEARS, and defiance, students made an emotional return today to the Florida high school where a former classmate went on a shooting rampage two weeks ago, killing 17 people.Students at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, were greeted by heavy security and scores of well-wishers as they returned to classes.Dozens of police officers lined the sidewalks saying “Good morning” to each student and former students, neighbours and their children turned out to show their support.Two women handed out free water and fruit for breakfast. Retired police officers passed out flowers.People held banners reading “We Love You”, “You’ve Got This”, and “We Are With You.”“I’m not scared,” 16-year-old Sean Cummings, a Stoneman Douglas junior, told AFP. “I feel like it’s more protected than any other school at this point.” By AFP 7 Comments center_img 8,222 Views ‘I have a flame in me right now’ – students return to Florida high school for first time since mass shooting that killed 17 A mass shooting perpetrated by former student Nikolas Cruz has left the student body of Marjory Douglas Stoneman High traumatised. Share15 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Morning Press: Remembering 9/11; Probst, Wilson tangle; Camp Bonneville cleanup; Birthday gift to Vancouver

first_imgWhat’s on tap for this week’s weather? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Vancouver man recalls his work at Ground ZeroA steel beam so hot it glowed cherry red in the middle of the day.A stretcher team solemnly walking through a wasteland, bearing a fallen hero.A father who knows his missing son is somewhere nearby, buried under rubble.That’s just some of what Larry Greep saw at Ground Zero.As our nation marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Greep doesn’t need to tune in to a documentary to remember the disaster. He spent a month in the ruins of the World Trade Center.The Vancouver resident worked for the Army Corps of Engineers back then. The civil engineer and several co-workers from the Portland office were dispatched to New York City to monitor debris removal.Read the full story about the Vancouver resident’s work at Ground Zero.last_img read more

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HudsonOdoi seeking for regular firstteam action

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi hopes his excellent performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest will earn him more starts in the team.Hudson-Odoi, 18, provided assists for both of Alvaro Morata’s second-half goals after Cesc Fabregas missed a first-half penalty for the Blues.Chelsea reportedly rejected a £20million offer from Bayern for the winger’s services despite making a cameo appearance in the EPL all season.When asked whether his display might help him break into Sarri’s team, Hudson-Odoi told FourFourTwo via BeIN Sports: “Hopefully, hopefully. You never know.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“I feel really proud to get opportunity to play and help the team get the win we deserved.“We played really well, our mentality was strong and we deserved the win that we got. Alvaro did really well getting the goals and we all worked hard as a team and we deserved the win.”“If we don’t score we keep going and keep pushing until we do. I think the way we played showed the desire to keep pushing and the chances were coming,” said Hudson-Odoi. “We’ve just got to be patient sometimes.“Hopefully today showed why we’re doing really well. I’m proud to make history but it’s not just about myself it’s about the team as well.”last_img read more

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St Vincent On Magic Moments Behind Masseduction

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 21, 2018 – 2:27 pm St. Vincent: Magic Moments Making ‘Masseduction’ The two addressed the new evolution of recording technology that makes it possible to capture great performances wherever they occur. “In these days, there’s not some big chasm between a demo and the final thing,” St. Vincent said. “We all have these democratic tools to make what could be a final version of the song.”They agreed that although a high-end studio can capture better sound, it’s the performance that’s most important. “The fact that I’m able to record myself — we’re all able to record ourselves, at least in an inchoate state — I think it can be very freeing,” St. Vincent shared.”Sometimes the best way to get a great master vocal take is to pretend like it’s the demo,” she added. “There are a number of vocal takes on Masseduction that were scratch vocals.”St. Vincent also spoke about collaborations, and admitted she was in awe of her experience working with GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Jack Antonoff, best known for his work as a member of Fun. While “blue-collar” hours or “bankers hours” in the studio, with strict start and finish times, represent virtuous dedication, Antonoff was an example of how magical creativity cannot be set like a clock or guaranteed to fill an eight-hour shift, she said. According to St. Vincent, he is someone “who can give you the best three hours of your life and then you don’t need the other five because some magic happened in the three.”Elmhirst agreed “100 percent” and shared stories of his own intense, shorter windows of creative productivity. “Things happen in small periods of time,” he said. He shared that taking his dog for a walk can be part of getting prepared for the most creative decision-making while mixing and mastering.Linda Perry Talks Craft, Creativity & Her Biggest Hits In NashvilleRead more News Facebook Twitter Email St. Vincent On Magic Moments Behind ‘Masseduction’ st-vincent-magic-moments-behind-masseduction The GRAMMY winner shared stories of the performances that made the final mixed master of her album ‘Masseduction’ at an exclusive Recording Academy New York Chapter eventPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 21, 2018 – 2:28 pm The Recording Academy New York Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing joined forces to host a special Craft Session event at Electric Lady Studios featuring St. Vincent and legendary mixing engineer Tom Elmhirst. In conversation, the singer/songwriter described the magic moments behind her 2017 album Masseduction that Elmhirst helped create at the historic studios, originally built by Jimi Hendrix. St. Vincent On Magic Moments Behind ‘Masseduction’ last_img read more

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Wilmington Kiwanis Club To Hold School Supply Drive On August 11

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington is joining with other Kiwanis Clubs from around Massachusetts to collect needed school supplies for children attending Massachusetts schools.The Kiwanis Club’s School Supply Drive will take place on Saturday, August 11 at 9am to 1pm at West Real Estate (386 Main Street).Items needed include: backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, kid’s scissors, rulers, calculators, highlighters, boxes of tissues and reems of paper.For further information, contact Stu Neilson at 978-430-1652. No time to shop? Cash/check donations will be used to purchase needed supplies.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The Wilmington Kiwanis Club’s Upcoming Fundraisers & ActivitiesIn “Videos”Wilmington Kiwanis Club To Collect Relief Supplies For Puerto Rico On November 11In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For August 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Report details InterIsland Ferry Systems economic impacts

first_imgDownload AudioAn independent southern Southeast Alaska ferry system contributes about $50 million a year to the region’s economy. The Inter-Island Ferry Authority just released a report showing its impacts on tourism, seafood, health-care and other industries.The Inter-Island Ferry Authority, or IFA, has been sailing for about 15 years It runs between Hollis, on Prince of Wales Island, and Ketchikan. And it’s separate from the much larger Alaska Marine Highway System.Dennis Watson of Craig is the IFA’s general manager.“We move people, we move vehicles, we move freight,” Watson said. “We take people to town to shop or for health-care reasons or to vacation or we bring tourists out to the island and bring them back to Ketchikan.”A new report funded by the IFA takes a look at what its approximately 50,000 passengers meant for the economy in 2015.Meilani Schijvens runs Rain Coast Data, a Juneau-based research firm hired to produce the document. She said fishermen and processors who depend on the IFA contributed about $11 million that year.“Businesses build their business models around having the IFA to transport fresh, high-valued and live seafood products,” said Schijvens. “There’s geoducks. There’s oysters and there are different products that without the IFA these businesses wouldn’t exist.”The report says last year’s total economic impact for Prince of Wales Island was just under $20 million. The impact on Ketchikan was a bit above that amount.Schijvens said islanders traveling to Ketchikan for medical care made up around a third of the spending.“I think because you have the IFA there, the medical facilities in Ketchikan are able to have more services and have services that are targeted at a larger population than just the Ketchikan population,” Schijvens said.The ferry authority, which is owned by Prince of Wales communities, plus Wrangell, pays for 85 percent of its costs through the fare box. The state ferry system covers less than half that rate.The rest comes from the state and federal government, though state funding didn’t come through this budget year.IFA’s Watson said despite Alaska’s tight budget, he hopes the Legislature will resume chipping in.“I’m going to hand-deliver a copy of this report to every office on the hill,” said Watson. And they need to see it, because people who live around Fairbanks and other places that don’t have ferries and don’t need marine transportation the way we do need to understand what we’re about.The ferry authority owns two almost identical ships, the Prince of Wales and the Stikine. That’s because it used to have a northern route connecting Coffman Cove to Wrangell and Petersburg.That shut down because it didn’t attract enough traffic and lost too much money. But the IFA still has both ships.Watson said the authority looked into selling one, to save money. But it decided it was crucial to have a backup.“If something should happen to the vessel that happens to be working at a time and you have to pull it offline, it has a huge domino effect,” Watson said. “We just have point A to point B. If something happens, we’re usually on top of it.He said having only one ship would mean canceling sailings for a month every year for maintenance and inspections. With tourists in the summer, school travel in the winter and seafood year-round, he said that would hurt people at both ends of the route.The Inter-Island Ferry Authority was started to boost service to Prince of Wales. State ferries used to stop there, but not as frequently as now.Still, Watson said the two systems support each other.“In order for IFA to survive, we have to have a marine highway system that has a reasonable schedule,” said Watson. “Because what we’re doing is we’re providing access from Prince of Wales Island either to the southern or northern mainland highway system.A separate, smaller ship began sailing the IFA’s old northern route in 2015. The Rainforest Islands Ferry runs five months a year out of Coffman Cove, stopping in Wrangell and a landing around 30 miles south of Petersburg.last_img read more

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Acoustic lens generates tunable sound bullets for ultrasound applications

first_img(a) Illustration of a sound bullet, where the surfaces are contours of constant pressure. The positive (red) and negative (blue) regions of the sound bullet are compact in 3D. (b) Experimental set-up of the acoustic lens, which is composed of 13 chains arranged in a square lattice. The hydrophone is used to measure sound under water. (c) Cross section of one of the chains and its casing. Credit: Donahue, et al. ©2014 AIP Publishing LLC Sound bullets in water An acoustic lens that could generate sound bullets was first demonstrated in 2009 by Professor Chiara Daraio and postdoctoral researcher Alessandro Spadoni at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. In that study, the researchers developed a 1D array of stainless steel spheres that struck each other similar to the way in which the metal balls in a Newton’s Cradle toy strike each other. An impact at one end of the chain of spheres generates solitary waves whose speed and focal points can be controlled by controlling the properties of the device.Now in a recent paper published in Applied Physics Letters, Daraio and a new team of researchers have expanded this 1D acoustic lens into a 2D version consisting of 13 vertical chains of 30 stainless steel spheres arranged in a square lattice. In addition, they experimentally demonstrated the ability to create sound bullets in water, which moves the technology a step closer to biomedical and naval applications. A 2D acoustic lens has two main advantages over the 1D version: the ability to control the focus in three dimensions and the potential for larger pressure gains due to the more compact arrangement.”This work was started to move a step closer to applications,” Daraio told “A 2D array of ‘acoustic sources’ (i.e., chains of particles) allow us to focus the ‘sound bullets’ in 3D, creating a more compact and controllable acoustic signal. This focused pressure field can then be moved (or even scanned) in a 3D volume. This is a very desirable feature in acoustic imaging and surgery, for example. Most importantly, we demonstrated the ability to produce sound bullets in water, which was something we had predicted earlier with numerical simulations, but that was never validated experimentally. Given that most acoustic imaging methods are used in a water setting (think sonars, or ultrasonic images of the human body), this is a big step forward towards a practical implementation.”The 2D acoustic lens functions similarly to the 1D version. In each chain, the 30 spheres are held in place within a hollow tube. Above the vertical chains are other elements, including compression screws and springs at the top, weights underneath them, followed by pulsers and piezoactuators that are just above the chains of spheres. The pulsers emit rapid, high-voltage pulses that exert downward pressure on the top stainless steel sphere, resulting in a solitary wave that propagates through the chain. The researchers calculated that the waves attain speeds of up to 643 m/s.The researchers showed how, by changing the placement of the chains and the wavelength of the solitary waves, they could control the shape and size of the sound bullets. The focal point of the sound bullets could be controlled in three dimensions by changing the pre-compression applied to the individual chains, or by triggering signals in each chain with a slight time delay. Controlling these properties of the sound bullets is essential for applications, such as for high-intensity forced ultrasound for therapeutic applications in which unhealthy tissue is targeted, while damage to healthy tissue is prevented.”The next step we would like to achieve is the ability to ‘image’ objects under water using sound bullets,” Daraio said. “This will require smaller improvements on the experimental setup and a bit more work on the data acquisition/image reconstruction analysis. We are also working on miniaturizing the systems, in order to obtain higher focal resolution, while maintaining a good signal amplitude (which is expected to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in imaging applications, for example). Finally, we are testing the acoustic lenses in solid materials (for example, composite plates used for aeronautical applications) to use the sound bullets to detect defects and analyze the properties of adjacent materials.” © 2014 All rights reserved. More information: Carly M. Donahue, et al. “Experimental realization of a nonlinear acoustic lens with a tunable focus.” Applied Physics Letters 104, 014103 (2014). DOI: 10.1063/1.4857635 Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 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first_img RelatedFlybe hails ‘huge success’ of flights to Newquay from London GatwickFlybe hails ‘huge success’ of flights to Newquay from London GatwickCheap flights carriers largely unaffected by falling passenger numbersCheap flights carriers largely unaffected by falling passenger numbersMore Brits travelling on flights to TunisiaMore Brits travelling on flights to Tunisia More business passengers travelled on cheap flights to London during the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2009.According to the International Passenger Survey, the growth in business passenger numbers between the two periods stood at five percent, which represents the first quarterly rise since April-June 2007.It was also revealed that spending by those on business trips increased by 21 percent to nearly £500 million, an impressive figure considering the uncertainty that still surrounds the economy.Sally Chatterjee, Visit London’s chief executive officer, said the UK capital is continuing its reputation as a “focal point for global business”.”The jump in spending by business visitors is a reflection not just of returning confidence but also of the unrivalled range of restaurants and attractions on offer in the capital,” she explained.The majority of business passengers travelling on flights to London emanated from the US, while large numbers also travelled from France, Spain and Germany.Earlier this month, London was nominated for the Favourite City Break Destination prize at this year’s British Travel Awards.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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