HR needs freeing up to be a major player

first_img Comments are closed. I have just returned from Denver, where I attended the 2002 SHRM ThoughtLeaders conference, an annual retreat hosted by the SHRM Foundation tohighlight the projected hot items for HR professionals over the next fiveyears. I was intrigued by the almost singular focus on the impact of e-HR, and howour profession can and will be shaped by this, and what HR leadership mightlook like going forward. Professor Ed Lawler of the University of Southern California explored whatwill happen to HR after e-HR really arrives. Lawler, professor of managementand organisation at the university’s Marshall School of Business, believesthere are three possible outcomes. HR becomes the subset of an IT-basedorganisation; HR is obliterated by e-HR and is no longer needed or relevant; orHR finally gets the running room and legs necessary to truly move forward – notjust as a business partner, but as a business player. My vote is clearly on the side of HR taking a fully engaged role within anorganisation. This, however, presupposes two things. First, that senior managementin your entity want and embrace this, or at the very least will let you movethis forward; second, that you – as the HR leader – have the skills,competencies and capabilities to manage and deliver this for your business. Cheryl Fields Tyler, vice-president of performance consultancy the ConcoursGroup, proposed an interesting three-phase model of HR, which segmented ourprofession as transactional, partner and player. I liked this, and can happilyadvocate that being a business partner and having a seat at the table is nownecessary, but no longer sufficient. Yes, for those of you who’ve been aspiringto business partner status, I’m saying that’s not enough. So how do you know where you are? On the transactional front, if HR isconsumed with discussions with frontline employees about address changes andinsurance paperwork, then this is all we’ll be perceived to be of value for.Yes, it must be done, but it can’t be perceived as our sole raison d’etre. On the business partner side, if we spend our time with the right people(the business development folks, finance, operations, board members, et al),but only discuss HR issues, then we’ll have achieved partner status at least –but are we really there? I believe, though, that it is not until we spend our days talking withbusiness leaders, board members, external stake (and stock) holders aboutbroader business issues, and effectively deliver the people component ofsolutions, that we will truly be players. The technologies coming with e-HR and various outsourcing mechanisms willclearly liberate HR professionals to do other things. Whether we choose to movethis into more value-added areas of support for our businesses, or allow ouroccasional irrelevancy to take over, is really the next great question. By Lance J. Richards, Board Director, SHRM Global Forum Related posts:No related photos. HR needs freeing up to be a major playerOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Rajon Rondo’s buzzer-beater lifts Lakers over Celtics

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt went in.The 32-year-old veteran was carried off by his gold-clad teammates, giving the Lakers (28-27) a much-needed 129-128 win after a week that had crushed their spirit, and leaving an assembly of Boston fans torn by a former hero stealing the game. It was Rondo’s first go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in his 13 seasons in the NBA, and it was one for the storybooks.“It definitely feels surreal,” he said. “I haven’t watched the replay yet but this is one I’ll be playing for the rest of my life.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.As Rondo (17 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds) prevented another New England-based team from inflicting suffering on a legion of Los Angeles fans, a strong performance by LeBron James – a 28-point, 12-assist, 12-rebound triple-double – was relegated to the background. Rondo also topped the go-ahead bucket of Celtics star Kyrie Irving (23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) moments before.Just when it looked like the Celtics had the game wrapped on a Marcus Morris 3-pointer, giving them a six-point lead with a little more than a minute left, the Lakers punched back. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “It’s super tough on a team, mentally, physically,” Kuzma said. “And for us to come out and everything we’ve been dealing with, not just trade rumors but freaking injuries, imbalanced rotations and everything, it was great to get a win. And we can build on this potentially.”The Lakers found true life for the first time in the third quarter, raining down 3-pointers and making nine of them. Kuzma scored 14 of his points in that frame, leading to a lopsided 42-27 run. It was part of a new franchise high 22 3-pointers, three more than any Laker team had ever made.The Lakers showed the sluggishness in the first half that had dragged them down in Indiana. As Tatum (22 points) and Jaylen Brown (18 points) got out to fast starts, the Lakers couldn’t hit shots – save for Lance Stephenson, who brought a peppy 14 points off the bench, all in the first half. But his hot streak didn’t coincide with a lively start for the Lakers, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half.The fact that the Lakers responded was what Coach Luke Walton hoped to see, and what he hopes to see more of in the coming months.“It was an all-out team win,” he said. “I think that’s what I was happiest with tonight. You go down the line and it was about making little plays throughout the game and stepping up for each other.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Kentavious Caldwell-Pope broke a franchise record with the Lakers’ 20th 3-pointer of the night. Then on the subsequent possession, he helped save a wild James toss in-bounds before passing it back to James, who nailed a game-tying triple from the corner in the final minute.A pair of free throws from Jayson Tatum (the Celtics shot 20 for 20 from the line) gave his team the lead, but Kyle Kuzma took it back with a 3-pointer with 18.5 seconds left.Rondo’s buzzer-beater against one of the NBA’s toughest home teams showed a dramatic turnaround from two days before, when the Lakers were dismantled in a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. After that game, in which the team looked distracted and lifeless, they sought some resolve to salvage the remainder of the season and push themselves back in the playoff picture.“We needed a response,” James said. “Just a lot was going on with our ball club in Indiana, just from energy to what they need, to the trades and everything, it just played into our heads as a collective group and for us to bounce back like this after the trade deadline, we know this is is who we have, this is our group and this was a big step for our team.”The game capped a day when emotions were already running high: The Lakers finally crossed over the midday trade deadline, concluding a period of fraught speculation and rumor about whether the franchise would trade much of its roster for New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis.The big deal never materialized, but nonetheless, the Lakers traded away three of their players who saw the floor in their previous game in Indianapolis: Svi Mykhailiuk, Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley. The fruits of their maneuvers, Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala, had not yet joined the team.That left the Lakers a bit short-handed on the road, with Josh Hart getting back on the floor and playing through knee tendinitis to help compensate.Many of the players discussed as trade chips in the last week showed their value: Kuzma scored 25 points, 19 in the second half. Caldwell-Pope had 17 off the bench. Brandon Ingram’s shooting (4 for 14) was off-target, but his length on defense was an irritant to Irving for nearly 40 minutes.If being the subject of trade rumors was a burden before the deadline, after, that weight had clearly been lifted.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates Kyle Kuzma, middle, and LeBron James (23) in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram passes while being defended by the Celtics’ Marcus Smart during the first half of Thursday’s game in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics battle for a rebound during the second quarter of their game at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) grabs a rebound against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11), forward Jayson Tatum (0) and forward Marcus Morris (13) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James had fun drafting the All-Star teams for the second year in a row, and his selections only added to speculation about players he might try to lure to the Lakers this summer. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Lakers coach Luke Walton directs his team during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Lakers fans take pictures of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler (5) goes to the hoop against Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20), forward Daniel Theis, middle, and guard Jaylen Brown, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics defends a shot from LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls on top of Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grabs a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) goes to the hoop against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers catches a pass during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, right, chats with New England Patriots football head coach Bill Belichick and his girlfriend Linda Holliday before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics battle for a rebound during the second quarter of their game at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after Kyle Kuzma #0 scored against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after Kyle Kuzma #0 scored against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton instructs his players in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot over Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens instructs his players in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates LeBron James (23) and Kyle Kuzma, right, in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) dive for the ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James struggles to retain possession of the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, and forward Jayson Tatum, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James struggles to retain possession of the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, and forward Jayson Tatum, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson (6) dive for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Former Los Angeles Lakers Ron Artest, left, and former Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett laugh together as they watch the first quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and guard Terry Rozier (12) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) yells to a teammate in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) complains to the referee as Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) looks on in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens instructs his team in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gestures in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call with the referee as Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram (14) and Kyle Kuzma (0) talk to each other in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot at the buzzer with teammates LeBron James, left, and Kyle Kuzma on Thursday night in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, center, is picked up by LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 after scoring the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, center is swarmed by teammates after scoring the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo is mobbed by teammates after his game-winning shot in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Rajon Rondo #9 after Rondo scored the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates Kyle Kuzma, middle, and LeBron James (23) in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 53The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)ExpandBOSTON — It was an ending stranger than fiction: Rajon Rondo, Celtics great, buried his old team.This time, as a Laker.It was the shortest player on the floor, the 6-foot-1 Rondo, who found the ball that had ricocheted off an Al Horford blocked shot, and threw up a 20-foot jumper as the clock ran out at TD Garden, the arena where he once hung a banner by helping defeat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.Celtics coach Brad Stevens called it a nod from the “Basketball Gods.” Kyle Kuzma called it “Celtic luck.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Suarez, Messi maintain Barca’s La Liga lead

first_imgVillarreal had to survive the final half hour a man light when Raba was dismissed for connecting with his studs on Busquets’ ankle as the Spanish international cleared.Another Alba cross was turned onto the post by Suarez on the stretch.However, the Uruguayan finally broke Villarreal’s resistance after exchanging a neat one-two with Alcacer to round Asenjo and net his seventh goal of the season.And Messi secured all three points seven minutes from time as he was played in by Busquets to smash past the helpless Asenjo.– Atletico bounce back –Earlier, Atletico bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their title challenge afloat at Betis.The hosts dominated possession throughout but were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge, as well as some fine goalkeeping by Jan Oblak.HIGHLIGHTS ?Check out the best plays from our win in Seville. ??? #AúpaAtleti #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/voarEVWhAe— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017By contrast, Atletico were clinical even in the absence of the injured Antoine Griezmann as Saul Niguez slid in at the back post to turn home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross with their first serious attack on the half-hour mark.“They played some spectacular football today, but we took advantage of the chance we had,” Atletico midfielder Koke told BeIN Sports Spain.Betis posed more of a goal threat after the break but were denied by Oblak, who produced a wonder save to turn Cristian Tello’s sweetly struck half-volley behind for a corner.? | PHOTOSTake a look at the best pictures from #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/MZCU1DTT6l#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/1jYE0wAgUV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017“One team had the ball, which was Betis, and they tried many different ways to damage us, but the team was very strong defensively,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.At the other end of the table, Malaga and Athletic Bilbao secured big away wins to ease their relegation fears.Malaga remain in the drop zone but moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 victory at Real Sociedad.Athletic, meanwhile, bagged their first league win in nearly two months 2-1 at Levante to move up to 13th.Share on: WhatsApp ? The table still looks good after 15 games in @LaLigaEN #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/BWA8xWC2Sw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017 Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday.Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio Busquets handed Barca the initiative.And their pressure told when Suarez rounded off a fine team move before Messi blasted home a second to get the Catalans back to winning ways after successive draws with Valencia and Celta Vigo in La Liga. Final whistle!Villarreal 0-2 FC Barcelona Suárez and Messi?? #ForçaBarça? #VillarrealBarça pic.twitter.com/PimFrBIoLK— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017Valencia remain Barca’s closest challengers five points back, but Atletico Madrid also maintained their title charge with a 1-0 win at Real Betis to stay six points off the top.Real Madrid are eight points back in fourth and Barca will have the chance to go into El Clasico away at Real in two weeks’ time with an 11-point lead over their rivals.Barca host Deportivo la Coruna next weekend, whilst Madrid are in action at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.Gerard Pique nearly gave Barca the perfect start at the Ceramic Stadium, where they have struggled in recent seasons, as his header came back off the crossbar from Messi’s corner just four minutes in.However, Barca dominance of possession was largely stale before the break as Villarreal posed the greater threat on the counter-attack.Nicola Sansone had the hosts’ best effort that forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a stunning one-handed stop high to his left.Messi orchestrated the visitors’ attacking threat after the break as he constantly freed Jordi Alba down Barca’s left.Paco Alcacer was denied by Sergio Asenjo from Alba’s low cross before the left-back teed up Messi for a cushioned effort that drifted inches wide. With that goal, Leo #Messi equals Gerd Müller as the top scorer in Europe’s major league with one club. Well done, Leo! ?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/30vNDzu4zx— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017last_img read more

Gambles by Ujiri pay off with NBA crown for Raptors

first_img“It’s surreal,” Ujiri said. “But I think when you put the team together and we all dream of a championship, the change was hard at the time, but we knew the kind of player we were getting and if we overcame and dealt with all the issues, we felt that could come together.“We were all positive about this kind of moment and all dreamt about it.”The Raptors added Spanish center Marc Gasol from Memphis at the trade deadline, adding a tough defender and calm influence to a young, strong, defensive-minded squad powered by Leonard.“Being able to play in the finals this year has been great, but I’ve been happy just being able to return to basketball at the beginning of the regular season,” Leonard said. “It’s pretty much something that I look back on of not being able to play and now I’m able to play. So just enjoy it. It’s why you’re here.”– Kawhi’s buzzer beater –In the playoffs, the Raptors dispatched Orlando in round one and overcame Philadelphia on a dramatic seventh-game basket at the buzzer by Leonard that bounced four times on the rim before dropping through for the winning points.If that wasn’t enough of a thriller, the Raptors fell behind NBA season wins leader Milwaukee 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final before rallying to win four straight games and advance to their first final.“We hit that dramatic buzzer beater to advance,” Nurse said. “We got on the plane the next day and had to play less than 48 hours after that. We came out and played unbelievably tough. The ball didn’t bounce our way that night. We didn’t get any breaks. But I thought we outplayed them.“When we went down 0-2 our guys were like, ‘OK, let’s just get home and we’ll get this thing turned around.’ So that’s probably a moment of where I thought the team had something inside them to keep on going.”Challenged to dethrone a dynasty to win the title, the Raptors used a stellar effort by Cameroon standout Pascal Siakam in game one, two impressive Leonard road performances to take two in Golden State, and clutch late 3-pointers by Fred VanVleet to edge the Warriors in the final game.Share on: WhatsApp Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse argues a referee’s call in Thursday’s sixth game of the NBA FinalsOakland, United States | AFP |  From the ashes of an epic playoff failure last year, the Toronto Raptors made a pair of risky moves and wound up winning the first NBA title in their 24-season history.The Raptors defeated defending champion Golden State 114-110 Thursday to capture the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to two, becoming the first team from outside the United States to win the title.But it was an unlikely journey that began shortly after the Raptors won the Eastern Conference regular-season crown but were swept out by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.That led Raptors president Masai Ujiri to fire Dwane Casey, who would be named NBA Coach of the Year for the campaign. Casey was quickly signed by division rival Detroit.Nick Nurse, an assistant coach with the club since 2013, was promoted to head coach and proved a perfect fit.“It was heck of a 12 months,” Nurse said. “We tried not to look too far ahead.”Ujiri, who is from Nigeria, saw Nurse as the man to guide an intense squad.“We’re a hardworking team and I think Nick has that persona and that ethic that really translates to everybody and the whole organization as a whole,” Ujiri said.– ‘It’s surreal’ –Then Ujiri traded DeMar DeRozan, the face of the franchise for a decade, to San Antonio to bring Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors.It was a risk. Leonard had been the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the champion Spurs and was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 but missed almost all of the 2017-18 campaign with a right quad injury.But Leonard clicked with the Raptors and produced career highs of 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game as Toronto achieved the second-best record in the NBA at 58-24.last_img read more

For These Summer Campers, It’s More Than Riding a Bike

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnLINCROFT – Their faces told the story.Volunteers help one of the 40 campers participating in the Lose the Wheels Training Camp at Brookdale Community College.Wide smiles, grins, and the looks of sheer determination, concentration, and pride were everywhere as youngsters rode specially adapted bikes at Brookdale Com­munity College during the Lose the Training Wheels Bicycle Camp for children with challenges.“It’s a childhood rite of passage,” said Jane Kleiman. Bike riding “is something most of us take for granted … Now these kids can learn to ride, too.”The camp, held on the college campus Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24, offered 40 people, ages 8 to 20, the chance to learn to ride a bike. It’s a skill some parents have found difficult to teach but, with the use of the special bicycles, the nonprofit Lose the Training Wheels organization says its weeklong camps have an 80 percent success rate.Kleiman, a Red Bank resident who coordinated the effort at Brookdale, has an 11-year-old son, Jackson Miller, who participated in the camp last year in Hoboken. Though he didn’t progress to a two-wheeler by the end of the session, Kleiman is hopeful he will this year.The program, Kleiman said, often leads to a boost in self-confidence that helps the young riders to believe they can learn other skills. “They try other things,” she said. “They say, ‘If I can do that, I can try this.’ ” The bike camp also gives students a chance to socialize, improve their physical fitness, gain some independence, and interact with volunteers who quickly become their cheerleaders.Those who attend the camp have a variety of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and ADHD. The participants need to be able to walk and step to the side to take part.An important part of the camp is the bikes that are used by Lose the Training Wheels. Developed by Dr. Richard E. Klein and his students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the bikes have a regular front wheel but use a roller in the rear. The roller is cylindrical at the start. As the child’s skill and confidence improve, the rollers are progressively tapered, fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends, offering a more unstable ride that requires a certain amount of balance. There is also a handle at the back of the bike for volunteers to grab when riders begin to wobble too much. The roller bikes are used until the rider is comfortable enough to ride a two-wheeler – without training wheels. A tandem bike is also used for some of the young students.The children spend 75 minutes a day for five days learning the new skill. There were five sessions a day with eight students each and many volunteers assisting the riders.As one young man pedaled past a group of moms waiting on the bleachers and yelled “Hi, Mom!” it was hard to tell which mother was his because they were all smiling.“They love it,” said Michelle DePasquale of Edison whose sons Emilio, 9, and Anthony, 12, were learning to ride in the 8:30 a.m. class.For her boys, the class offered a confidence boost, an opportunity to focus on a fun task, and a chance to socialize. “It allows me to give them an avenue to go out and play like typical kids,” DePasquale said.She also liked the idea that bike riding is a three-season sport and that the skill is being taught by volunteers who were instructed how to help by the Lose the Training Wheels program.“To have others working with them is great. It allows the volunteers to tell them things that I can but that they won’t listen to because I’m the mom. [The volunteers] tell them things and they listen to them,’’ she said.Lynda Mazzella of Howell said having her 14-year-old daughter Courtney learn to ride a bike was on her list of things for Courtney to accomplish. “I was sad when kids in the neighborhood were out riding bikes and she wasn’t,” Mazzella said.Courtney, whose fine-motor skills are poor, was gaining strength during her camp sessions and was happily pedaling around the gym.“This is a confidence and self-esteem builder,” said Mazzella, who has made sure her daughter has been introduced to many skills, sports, and experiences. “I don’t want her to fear things.”Volunteers at the Lose the Training Wheels Camp at Brookdale Community College assist a youngster learn how to ride a bike.Linda Argiro of Belford was pleased with the progress her son, Vincent, 19, was making. She hopes bike riding will be added to his set of activities to help him stay fit and avoid the heart problems which have been part of their family’s history.Lose the Training Wheels was begun in 1991 in Canada, according to Andrea Patrick, floor supervisor for the nonprofit organization. Last summer, 86 camps were held in the United States and Canada.Patrick, who has been with the program the past three summers, has seen exciting results. “It affects the riders, their families, everyone,” she said. “Last week we heard of a rider who asked his father to teach him how to cast a line and fish because he had learned to ride a bike and wanted to try something else.”During the first day of the Brookdale camp, Kleiman said she saw what the program can mean to young riders and their families. As one camper was riding around the gym, she heard one of his siblings, a 7-year-old, say, “Hey, Mom, he looks like a different kid out there!”Kleiman’s wish for her son Jackson at the end of the week is that he develops the skill to ride with his family, including 4-year-old sister Mina, on the bike paths of Sandy Hook to visit his favorite lighthouse.last_img read more

DOWNHILL SPECIALIST VELVET MESQUITE HEADS A FIELD OF 14 IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Stakes winner Velvet Mesquite returns once again to the surface she has clearly excelled over on Saturday. Velvet Mesquite will take on 13 rivals in the Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day’s edition of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.Owned and bred by Harris Farms and trained by Blake Heap, the 5 year-old mare was a strong third in the Gr. II Monrovia down the hillside in her last out Jan. 4. A staggering five for seven when running over the course, Velvet Mesquite will seek her second stakes win Saturday. By In Excess out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 11-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $284,606.A hillside professional in her own right, Carla Gaines’ Heat Trap comes off a second place finish in the Gr. II Monrovia. Owned and bred by Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, the 6- year-old will break from the far outside with regular rider Victor Espinoza in an attempt to win her first-ever stakes race.By Unusual Heat, Heat Trap has two wins, two seconds and a third from five tries down the hill. She is 12-4-5-1- overall with earnings of $291,956.Current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out Doinghardtimeagain in only her second-ever attempt down the hill. Owned and bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, the 5-year-old has run in 15 straight stakes races.In her latest turf try, the mare by Ministers Wild Cat was pulled up and vanned off in the one mile Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 17. Jockey Mike Smith said it was purely precautionary and that “I knew she had a foot issue before and I felt her feet were stinging her so I didn’t want to take any chances.”Third in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Dec. 28, Doinghardtimeagain will again be reunited with Elvis Trujillo, who when paired with Hollendorfer has been in the money 55% of the time this meet.The complete field for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: More Complexity, Mario Gutierrez, 123; Air of Royalty, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Home Journey, Tyler Baze, 120; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 123; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Heavens Stairway, Corey Nakatani, 120; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 123; Doinghardtimeagain, Elvis Trujillo, 123; Kathleen Rose, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Shakeitupbetty, Alex Solis, 118; My Monet, Martin Garcia, 120; Marks Mine, Frank Alvarado, 118; Magic Spot, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Heat Trap, Victor Espinoza, 120.                 There is a specialfirst post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

O’NEILL & PRAT TEAM WITH AVANTI BELLO FOR 1 ¾ LENGTH WIN IN $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES AS CAL-BRED SON OF INCLUDE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.95

first_imgTIZNOW IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2017)–Avanti Bello took a steep drop in class and got back to his preferred distance in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Flavien Prat.   Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old horse by Include got a flat mile in 1:35.95.Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven older horses bred or sired in California, Avanti Bello, who was distanced here in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, broke alertly and was well within himself while procuring second position behind pacesetter Acceptance, who he tracked to the top of the lane, from where he took command.“The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello),” said Prat.  “He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end.  With not a lot of speed, I didn’t have to rush him.”Owned by Pablo Suarez, Steven Keh, Jim Richardson, Tom Roberts and Wonderland Racing Stables, Avanti Bello, who won last year’s Tiznow, was off at 3-1 and paid $8.00, $4.80 and $3.20.Now five for 11 at a mile, Avanti Bello is now 23-6-3-6 overall and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $413,416.“He won this race last year, so he’s a repeat winner,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to O’Neill.  “He shows a lot of heart.  Flavien knows this horse very well.  This horse doesn’t have a huge kick and he knows you have to time it right.  He’s a miler for sure.”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Grazen Sky had two horses beat mid-way around the far turn and rallied for the place, finishing a half length in front of favored Solid Wager.  Off at 6-1, Grazen Sky paid $5.60 and $3.60.Off at 5-2 with Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager never threatened the winner while finishing third, one length in front of Acceptance and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.12, 47.38, 1:10.87 and 1:23.08.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday.  First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Valley median home price dips

first_imgDespite the sales slide, association officials said the first quarter turned out a bit better than expected, especially with attention focused on the subprime loan sector meltdown. “Publicity about an impending down market may be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but right now the numbers do not indicate that either prices or sales are plummeting,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. On a monthly basis, March continued a sales trend that began in October 2005. Last month sales fell an annual 19.9 percent to 770 transactions, the association said. The median price, the point at which half the properties cost more and half less, edged down 3.3 percent, or $20,000, in the past 12 months to $595,000. It dipped 2.5 percent, or $15,000, from February. Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, doesn’t put too much emphasis on the monthly sales figures. “It’s a stale market,” he said. “And weakness is developing in prices.” Some reports have shown slight year-over-price increases, but Blake notes the rate of inflation is 3.8 percent. Housing “is losing real value right now even if the price edges up by a few thousand dollars.” The smaller, condominium market followed a pattern similar to single-family homes’. In the first quarter sales fell 11.3 percent to 753. The median price declined 2.1 percent to $393,000. On a monthly basis sales jumped 48.6 percent and declined 10.2 percent from a year ago. The median condo price was $399,000, unchanged from a year ago, and it fell $1,000 from February. Blake believes that further price declines are likely for both houses and condos, but the annual percentage dips probably won’t reach the double digits anytime soon. At the end of March there were 5,680 properties listed for sale across the Valley, up 20.3 percent from a year ago. This represents about a 5.2-month supply at the current sales pace but is still less than the 6.7-month-supply average for the last 20 years. Association president Winnie Davis said the current market is a good one for negotiation. “I do think the market is stable and is a balanced market where buyers and sellers are on equal footing,” she said. “It’s a lot better market than it used to be.” [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Home sales continued falling across the San Fernando Valley during the first quarter of 2007 as the median price slipped under the year-ago level for the first time in 10 years, a trade association said Monday. In the January-to-March period, sales of previously owned houses fell 13.1 percent to 1,865 transactions, and the median price dipped $1,000 to $606,000, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. That’s the first price decline since the first quarter of 1997, when the median home price fell $27,500, or 5.5 percent, to $158,000. The median-priced Valley home in this year’s first quarter is nearly four times more expensive than a decade ago. last_img read more

No change in soybeans, bearish surprise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. soybean ending stocks were unchanged, that was a bearish surprise. At 12:10 pm corn is down 2 cents, soybeans down 11 cents, wheat up 1 cent. Before the report corn was unchanged, soybeans up 1 cent, while wheat was up 2 cents.There were minor changes in the world grain ending stocks. No surprise there.U.S. corn ending stocks were estimated at 2.320 billion bushels, down 35 million bushels. US soybean ending stocks were 420 million bushels, no change. Seeing no change was bearish. Brazil soybean production was estimated at 104    million tons, no change. Soybean production in Argentina was estimated at 55.5 million tons, down 1.5 million tons. Brazil’s corn production was pegged at 85.6 million tons with Argentina corn production at 36.5 million tons. Both were unchanged.Traders were expecting this report to be pretty boring with little changes compared to the January report. They expected U.S. corn and U.S. soybean ending stocks to decline ever so slightly. Brazil soybean production was thought to increase by a small amount with Argentina soybean production declining by several tons. Brazil soybean production was estimated last month at 104 million tons. Argentina soybean production last month was estimated at 57 million tons.With the Brazil soybean harvest in full swing the boats are already lining up to be loaded at export facilities. Brazil has a record amount of soybeans sold for February so it should be no surprise that a big number of boats are already queuing up for loading.There is an article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “The Next Big Farm Bust Is Coming.” It does not paint a very rosy picture. We all know prices received for corn, soybeans, and wheat have fallen drastically since 2012. Meanwhile, prices for inputs have been flat with some small declines. However, those input price declines pale drastically in comparison to the prices received for corn, soybeans, and wheat. We continue to see analysts and economists state that the current farm situation does not match the extremes seen in the 1980s, however.Brazil could see normal rains in the six- to 10-day forecast. Argentina looks to have normal temperatures and rains in that same six- to 10-day forecast.last_img read more

MidEast Youth Launches Crowdvoice for Yemeni Day of Rage

first_imgCrowdVoice allows readers to read, and contribute to, a user-generated, dynamic aggregation of information on a specific topic. Iranian-American activist and Daily Beast contributor Reza Aslan called it a “powerful tool for discovering voices of dissent.”Features include a blog widget to funnel contributions to a user’s site and the ability to subscribe. In Yemen, protests have been taking place almost daily since the middle of last month in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. That on January 27th is said to have been attended by as many as 16,000 protesters. Like Tunisia and Egypt, a major demand of the protesters is an end to the 32-year rule of its president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. A constitutional amendment currently before the legislature would legalize Saleh’s lifetime occupation of that office. Unlike both Tunisia and Egypt, the strongest voice calling for this day of concerted protest doesbelong to the representative of an Islamist group. In addition to being a senior member of the Islamist-influenced opposition Al-Ishah party, Tawakel Karman, is also an activist and the founder of the non-governmental organization Women Journalists Without Chains. She was arrested on January 22nd and held for several days before being released. Esra’a Al-Shahei, founder of MidEast Youth, said the protests do not seem any more “Islamist-led” than those in Tunisia or Egypt. “My personal opinion (is) it isn’t being led by Islamists at all. Women’s rights defenders appear to be the forefront of many of these protests.”The day has generated its own hashtag, #feb3, a Yemeni version of Egypt’s #jan25.Disclosure: MidEast Youth provided server space for the Committee to Protect Bloggers, which I founded. I have also worked with them briefly on other projects. While the editor at CPB, I covered the travails of YemenPortal. Tags:#Government#international#politics#user-generated content#web Related Posts Egypt casts a tall shadow and this last week’s protests have captured the world’s attention. But it is far from the only country to take heart from Tunisia’s revolution and go out into the streets. Yemen has called for tomorrow, February 3, to be its own “Day of Rage.” In conjunction with local online news site YemenPortal, polymath activist group MidEast Youth, probably best known for the Free Kareem campaign (they did, eventually), has launched an English and an Arabic version of its Crowdvoice software and website to capture information about tomorrow’s protests in Yemen. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for him

first_imgSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for himby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A 1-0 win in London. At Tottenham. On paper it reads like a real smash-and-grab. And it was. But the way Manchester United nicked these three points was a complete 180 to the tale such a result would’ve demanded just a month ago…Jammy. Lucky. Yeah, Spurs fans can feel aggrieved today. Mauricio Pochettino, the home manager, had no complaints in the aftermath. They simply came up against an inspired goalkeeper. But David de Gea would also pull off such performances pre- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Spaniard was outstanding. Inspirational. But so was what he saw in front of him. As mentioned, this was a smash-and-grab. But it was done by a United on the front foot. In their best traditions. Spurs weren’t locked down. Their play wasn’t stifled. Strangled. It was the opposite. Pochettino’s greatest concern wasn’t breaking down a packed defence. It was the two forwards Solskjaer insisted stayed on the halfway line. No matter the pressure. No matter the time Spurs had in possession. United’s manager always had two attackers waiting to turn Tottenham’s defenders around.Six wins from six. With a bit of luck to help things along. But what’s wrong with being a lucky manager? Especially when it’s his initiative which is bringing this change of fortune.It’s not luck that Solskjaer has decided to go all in with Marcus Rashford as his prime – central – striker. It’s not luck that the Norwegian has realised the best way to win with this group of players is by backing their attacking strength. And it wasn’t luck that produced the winner – via Rashford – at Wembley on Sunday. The reaction of the manager and his staff a clear indicator that a week’s work in Dubai had just come off. Something which the matchwinner would later confirm.“We’ve done a lot of work in training on switching the play and little things like that,” Rashford revealed in the aftermath. “We’ve had a long week in training (in Dubai) and it’s been tough in training, but that’s the type of thing we’ve been working on. So for it to come out in a game is good for us as players and good for the staff as well.” Claims that Solskjaer is simply the beneficiary of player power – that they’re now performing because Jose Mourinho isn’t around – is insulting to the caretaker boss. When he and his staff review Sunday’s win, they’ll be confronted by the same problems as what Mourinho struggled with. A loose back four. An even looser midfield. By rights, Spurs should have taken the three points. But Solskjaer has made a difference. On the training pitch. In team selection. He’s giving this group of United players a tactical platform to go out and win. And as this column has already stated, it’s a platform over 11 years in the making. From the highs with Molde. To the lows with Cardiff City. And everything inbetween. These United players are the recipient of the decade long apprenticeship served by Solskjaer.They may get torn to shreds at the back. But United will always have a chance with De Gea between the posts and the pace they have up front. In the Mourinho era, we’d say the manager can’t trust his back four. But this is Solskjaer’s time, though the sentiment remains the same. He’s leaning on those players regarded as the best inside his squad. And they all happen to be attackers. It’s a cliche, but it’s working for this United manager: attack is the best form of defence.And suddenly this lot do have the makings of a great United team. And in the very best traditions of Sir Alex Ferguson. A great goalkeeper. Attacking, edge-of-your seat pace in attack. If Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec, can find his manager a new centre-half, they’ll be a step closer to completing the revival.From Gary Pallister. To Jaap Stam. And Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex broke transfer record after transfer record to find the right centre-half to buttress the style of football he wanted to employ.Five years since the Scot’s retirement and Solskjaer is bringing back that approach. It might as well have been Fergie himself when the manager declared late Sunday afternoon: “We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world. We’ve got blistering pace…”And now he just needs that centre-half. If Woodward is still hesitating this smash-and-grab should strengthen the manager’s case. Give him what he needs and Solskjaer is proving he can deliver. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 hours agoEx-Man Utd stars ​Van Persie, Scholes tell Woodward: Solskjaer must stay

first_imgEx-Man Utd stars ​Van Persie, Scholes tell Woodward: Solskjaer must stayby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo former Manchester United players believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should remain in charge at the club.Solskjaer is under increased pressure after United’s poor performances this season.Some fans believe that he should get the boot.But two players who enjoyed success with United, Robin van Persie and Paul Scholes, are behind Solskjaer.”It has been a rough start,” Van Persie said on BT Sport after United’s battling 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night. “What is tough for Solskjaer is it’s not his team. He needs time.”Scholes said: “When you assess the season so far, 14th tells you everything. It has not been good enough.”But we have to trust what Ole is doing. He’s right at the start of his rebuild. His first three signings have done very well. I’ve still got the faith. Let him carry on.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A Plane Crash Has Delayed The Start Of The Texas Tech-Kansas State Men’s Basketball Game

first_imgTexas Tech plays a home men's basketball game.Update: The plane reportedly crashed into the TV tower of NBC’s Lubbock affiliate, KCBD. Getting reports that a plane hit the transmission tower of @KCBD11 and that their HDTV tower was severed in two. KCBD is in Lubbock.— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) February 5, 2015Just got word from our colleagues & friends at KCBD that everyone inside the station IS safe. We have a crew at downed plane now #Lubbock— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) February 5, 2015Earlier: The start of the Texas Tech-Kansas State men’s basketball game at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock has been delayed. The cause of the delay: a small plane has crashed near the Red Raiders’ campus, knocking out the power at Texas Tech’s arena. We are unaware of the severity of the crash. A small plane just crashed near Texas Tech, temporarily knocking out power at the arena. Tip off will be delayed.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015For those familiar with Lubbock, the plane crash is said to have happened near Avenue Q.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Lights are back on at Texas Tech. Countdown clock indicates we are 8:30 away from tip-off.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Texas Tech and Kansas State were set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPNU.last_img read more

EVM glitches inconvenience voters across city

first_imgKolkata: The seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state were marred by a few instances of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) glitches.Rampant malfunctioning of EVMs was reported from both Kolkata North and Kolkata South, as well as some other constituencies. In some places, voters including elderly citizens were seriously inconvenienced after the EVMs developed technical glitches leading to suspension of the voting process for a while. The Election Commission officials soon addressed the crisis and voting resumed in the affected booths. The voters who queued up at a polling booth in Kolkata South in the morning, complained about poor management by the Election Commission and the malfunctioning voting machines. Senior citizens were found waiting in long queues at multiple booths. An elderly voter standing in the queue outside a polling station under Kolkata South constituency said that he had reached the polling booth at 7 am and had to wait for more than 45 minutes as an EVM developed technical problem. It may be recalled that after taking cue from the previous phases of elections, the Election Commission had earlier assured that there would be alternative arrangements of EVMs in various booths. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Mayor Firhad Hakim said polling could not be conducted smoothly at various booths of Kolkata South in the morning. In some places, polling was suspended for nearly one and half hour in the morning, Hakim said. While answering media questions on allegations of violence against Trinamool by Opposition parties, Hakim said: “The Opposition parties in the state have lost their footing and hence they are coming up with cooked-up stories. The Central Forces and BJP tried hard but the people of the state are with Trinamool Congress. We will win all the nine constituencies that went to poll on Sunday, with a minimum margin of 2-3 lakh votes. We will win all 42 seats in the state.” Trinamool Congress candidate from Kolkata North Sudip Bandyopadhyay also voiced his protest against the malfunctioning of EVMs. He said that 15 out of 22 EVMs from the polling stations in Chowringhee area had malfunctioned. “I have spoken to some Election officials and they have admitted to the malfunctioning of EVMs,” he added. After the final phase of elections concluded, Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab said: “The number of EVMs malfunctioning was under the permissible limit and they were replaced in all affected places.”last_img read more

Julen Lopetegui will be a success at Real Madrid insists Carvajal

first_imgNew Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui may not even be a month into the job yet, but defender Dani Carvajal is convinced that he will prove to be a great successThe 51-year-old was announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor last month in a rather controversial twist that saw Lopetegui immediately removed from his post as the Spain head coach with just two days remaining till the start of the World Cup.But Lopetegui has now put the sad end to his time in charge of the national side behind him and he has now officially begun his duties at Real.The former goalkeeper previously played for Los Blancos during his playing career and won La Liga in the 1989/90 season but he has never managed to deliver silverware at club level in his managerial career for Rayo Vallecano, RM Castilla B and FC Porto.But Carvajal, who played under Lopetegui with Spain’s Under-19s, Under-21s and the senior team, is certain that his compatriot is the right man to take Real to even further heights this season after winning three successive Champions League titles under his predecessor Zidane.“I have always enjoyed Lopetegui,” Carvajal told El Gráfico, via AS.“I share his ideas of football and he is a coach who gets the most out of each player. He is going to do us well and I am already anxious to put myself at his orders. The bar is now very high but we have to have patience.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.⚽? ¡De vuelta con el equipo! ?? @DaniCarvajal92 ?? @NavasKeylor#RMTour pic.twitter.com/2y51g1ybBP— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 29, 2018“We all get along well,” he added.“I think that is key for success. It’s practically a family and that makes everything easier on the pitch. The pressure at Real Madrid is always there and you learn to live with that. We enter [training] every day and share [the pitch] with the best in the world – it’s amazing. I think the good atmosphere has been fundamental for things to go well.”Real will face Manchester United on Tuesday night in the first preseason match of their US tour.last_img read more

Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 blazer

first_img(Phys.org) —The field of view from Earth is being flooded with the brightest display of gamma rays ever seen, the BBC is reporting, at a time when space researchers around the world have just coincidently trained their instruments in the direction from where it’s being emitted—the active galaxy Markarian 421. Hubble Legacy Archive WFPC2 image of Mark 421 and its companion galaxy 421-5. Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive No one knew that Markarian 421 was about to do anything special or unusual. Recently, a program was started to study the active galaxy as part of a routine inspection. But then, just after telescopes around the world focused their attention on the galaxy, it flared, giving observers a spectacular show. As if that weren’t coincidence enough, it also occurred during the annual meeting (April 13 through 16, in Denver, Colorado) of the American Physical Society (APS), which allowed those in attendance to compare notes as the flare-up was occurring.Markarian 421 is known as a “blazer” galaxy—it’s a term used to describe active galaxies with supermassive black holes that emit light across the entire light spectrum in jets that are trillions of times more energetic than the light that can be seen by the human eye—all pointing directly toward our planet. The jets go into overdrive, flaring up, as the black hole consumes matter that is drawn by gravity into their vicinity. Markarian 421 hadn’t shown much life since a flare-up back in 1996, thus there was no expectation that anything new was about to happen.But just as researchers around the world had trained various types of telescopes (from gamma ray to visible light spectrum) at Markarian 421, the blazer began emitting more gamma rays than has ever been witnessed before, giving those at the APS meeting a lot to talk about. The general consensus was that the event was both unprecedented and spectacular, leaving those studying it in awe.The program to study the active galaxy was aimed at attempting to better understand how such huge amounts of gamma rays can be created by the black holes. To that end, researchers were undertaking a project to study the galaxy across a broad range of light—the flare-up has given those working on the study much more to look at than any of them had imagined. 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. Transforming galaxiescenter_img Explore further Citation: Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 ‘blazer’ (2013, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-astronomers-amazed-markarian-blazer.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

We are not afraid to experiment

first_imgWhere does the name of your band come from? When the band started off, each one of us had a different musical background in-terms of the genre. So, it was more like a wave or a frequency. Guitarist was fond of Blues and Jazz, the Bassist was into Alternative rock and the vocalist into Metal. Hence, we thought it’s like a frequency: high and low. Hence the band name.Tell us about how you guys started off…Frequency started off as a school band, studying, playing and learning together. After school hours, we used to practice and then leave for our tuition together. After we got done with our schooling, the band went through a lot of lineup changes. Hence, we recruited new members and did not end the journey there. Now, Kushal Thapa is the only founding member in the band. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound? The band was formed while having a picture of a band that can produce Electronic/Experimental sound with heavy guitar riffs and groovy bass lines, equally supported by heavy vocals. We still have the same sound, however we are not afraid of experiments that we do with our music, either live or in the studio.Tell us about the initial years after kick-off till how it has been thus far Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe journey has been full of memories to be honest! Our band was formed in September 2006 and now its 2013. So we’ve been in the circuit for nearly 7 years now. We are lucky to have such an  audience who has stood by us over the years and always encouraged us to make good music. We got our first major recognition at Channel [V] Launchpad 2007 when we landed up as the top four finalists. This high was carried forward by Sandeep Chowta, a well known music producer from Bollywood, who offered us for a deal to make music for him. Top all of that with a kitty full of gigs that we’ve done in India. So, to summarize all of it, in these 7 years, we’ve seen and learnt a lot. And, we thank each and every person, who’s been a part of the Frequency family. How does it feel to perform with three other bands? It was a great experience for us to play with such awesomely talented musicians. They knew their instruments. The great crowd interaction led these bands to deliver a successful show.What plans for 2013? We are planning to launch our 4 Track EP this month followed by a major cities’ tour in order to promote our newly written material and simultaneously work in our studio for our full length album, that we plan to launch by the end of this year.What got you to take part in Metanoia and how do you see this working for you?After the success of Pandemonium, Cacophony Networks approached us for this show and we couldn’t say no to them. Considering the show lineup, we pulled up our socks and were ready to deliver a gig full of excitement and fun.last_img read more

center_img — Executive Order #0001 Forget the Mexican wall… Or a repeal of Obamacare. Trump’s first executive order could send a tiny $1 stock soaring. • At this point, you might be thinking that junk bonds are a safe place to park your money… But you have to understand that junk bonds behave more like stocks than bonds. That’s because they’re risky like stocks. You can see in the chart below that HYG has basically moved in lockstep with the S&P 500 since the start of 2016. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 19, 2017 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to [email protected] We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state

first_imgSuicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.”Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern,” says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study. “There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.”She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015.The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the U.S., with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and Delaware saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for almost half of the people who died.Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue. “Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating,” says Stone.Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.”None of this is surprising information, which is not to trivialize its importance. I think it captures a lot of trends that we’ve been becoming more and more aware of over recent years,” says psychologist Michael Anestis at the University of Southern Mississippi, who researches suicide and is the author of Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic.He thinks the general public commonly pictures someone who had been getting treatment for a long period before killing themselves, like fashion designer Kate Spade, who died this week, but that’s often not the case.That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can’t solely focus on those who have reached out for help. It has to be paired with measures that would make suicidal people less likely to die even if they never went to see a doctor.The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.The report also cites the need to reduce “access to lethal means” but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.”So it’s not just about firearms, it’s also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like,” she said. “We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”But Anestis believes that it’s important to not beat around the bush when it comes to guns and to talk about the importance of things like setting waiting periods for purchase, and storing guns locked and unloaded.”American suicide is predominantly a firearm issue. Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we’ve need to talk about firearms explicitly,” he says. “The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn’t have to be a debate about the Second Amendment. It could be a debate about where can we find some common ground that doesn’t simply involve only talking about people with mental illnesses, because as this paper shows, that’s not going to get the job done.”Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”You may be thinking about it over time, but that moment when you actually make an attempt is a very short window,” he explains. “If you could make it harder to make that attempt by not having access to the means, often what happens is the feelings will pass, it gives people time for someone to intervene and get them help, so that is a really important preventative step that can be done. And there’s good research to support that.”Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, “but the public doesn’t. And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives.”He points out, for example, that the nation currently has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. “There are some for youth, but they’re very, very tiny,” says Gebbia. “We can’t expect a major public health problem like this to be addressed unless we see the investment.”The CDC said that people can learn about warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. One resource is the website: www.BeThe1to.com. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG2776.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Backpagecom CEO plead guilty to state US charges

Citation: Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-backpagecom-ceo-guilty-state.html Feds seize Backpage.com, websites in enforcement action In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations looking into Backpage.com. Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under a plea agreement announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file) In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer leaves the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under a plea agreement announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file) Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque advertising for escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads.Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will serve no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering in California. Also Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the company pleaded guilty to human trafficking.And a federal judge in Phoenix unsealed an April 5 plea deal revealing that Ferrer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and Backpage.com pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy.”For far too long, Backpage.com existed as the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults alike,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “But this illegality stops right now.”Under his plea agreement, Ferrer agreed to make the company’s data available to law enforcement as investigations and prosecutions continue. The guilty pleas are the latest in a cascade of developments in the last week against the company founded by the former owners of the Village Voice in New York City, Michael Lacey, 69, and James Larkin, 68.The company founders were among Backpage officials indicted by a federal grand jury in Arizona. Attorneys for the company and Lacey, Larkin and Ferrer did not respond to multiple telephone and email messages from The Associated Press.The U.S. Justice Department also seized and shut down the website, and Ferrer’s federal plea deal requires him to help the government seize all the company’s assets.Ferrer could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the federal case in Arizona, while Backpage.com could face a maximum fine of $500,000 for its money laundering conspiracy plea in the Arizona case. The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide “online brothel” pleaded guilty Thursday to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Explore further The federal plea deal says any prison sentence Ferrer would face would run concurrent with his 5-year terms in Texas and California. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is happening in our own backyard,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement announcing the plea deal. He called Ferrer’s plea “a game-changer in combatting human trafficking in California, indeed worldwide.”Larkin and Lacey remain jailed in Arizona while awaiting hearings on whether they should be released after pleading not guilty to federal charges alleging they helped publish ads for sexual services.Five employees of the site also were arrested and pleaded not guilty, but Lacey and Larkin are the only ones in jail.Lacey and Larkin also earlier pleaded not guilty in California after Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Larry Brown last year allowed the state to continue with money laundering charges. The state attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case, alleges that Backpage’s operators illegally funneled nearly $45 million through multiple companies and created websites to get around banks that refused to process their transactions.But Brown threw out pimping conspiracy and other state charges against Backpage’s operators. Brown ruled that the charges are barred by a federal law protecting free speech that grants immunity to websites posting content from others.President Donald Trump this week signed a law making it easier to prosecute website operators in the future.Texas state agents raided the Dallas headquarters of Backpage and arrested Ferrer on a California warrant after he arrived at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on a flight from Amsterdam on Oct. 6, 2016. The Dutch-owned company is incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas.Paxon called Thursday’s pleas “a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. read more

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