Toure hits back at criticism

first_img Press Association Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure insisted the criticism was not bothering him after underlining his class with the decisive strike at Aston Villa. Toure, who was the driving force for City’s Barclays Premier League title triumph last season, has been below his best in the opening two months of the new campaign and his performances have been highlighted. And coming after an unsettled summer in which he voiced some complaints about the club – including a bizarre gripe about how his birthday was celebrated – and lost his brother to cancer, there also has been speculation over his future. “For me we are just in the beginning. We have to concentrate and be strong. The most important thing is for me to help the team. My job is to control the team, try to balance the team, shift the ball side to side. My job is not to score the goals.” City were frustrated by a hard-working Villa side who defended superbly. Aleksandar Kolarov and Aguero also struck the woodwork. Villa had some bright moments too but City had the better chances throughout, particularly in the second half, and Toure’s precise left-foot finish from the edge of the area finally rewarded their efforts. Toure had been quiet but the second-half introductions of Fernando and Frank Lampard, and the switch to a three-man midfield, saw him grow in influence. Aguero wrapped up victory with an equally impressive strike from distance two minutes from time. Toure believes City can now be satisfied with the start to their title defence, as they head into the international break with 14 points from seven games. The Ivory Coast international said: “It was great, after a difficult week with the game against Roma. “I think we played very well, with good concentration and experience as well. We know the Premier League is tough but we know how to manage those games. I am delighted for the team. “It was important to win.” Defeat was Villa’s third in succession, coming after previous losses to two other title challengers in Arsenal and Chelsea. But with five successive fixtures against last season’s top five, manager Paul Lambert was not too disappointed. The Scot said: “I am pleased with them. We have just come through four gruelling games against Champions League teams. “There are no easy games but we’ve been up against teams that are going to be there or thereabouts. “It’s been a really good start for us and there are a lot of positives. “Nobody could say we didn’t give it a good go for 82 minutes. We are in a good place.” But the former Barcelona player claims such negativity is not new to him and he is focused only on delivering on the pitch. The 31-year-old proved his value when he broke the deadlock with a fine 82nd-minute strike at Villa Park on Saturday, setting up a 2-0 win which was later completed by Sergio Aguero. Toure, who scored 20 Premier League goals last season, said: “Sometimes people are forgetting I am a midfielder. My job is not to score all the goals. My job is to try to keep the team playing well, give the good pass. “If I get the opportunity to score it is fantastic. Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free-kicks and some penalties as well. “Now the criticism is coming because I am not scoring but, for me, to not score is normal because I am midfielder. “The teams are playing well. The attention is on us. When they play against us, they all prepare, the people have learned about you very well. When you play against them it is quite difficult. “For me I am one of the guys who has experience. I have played for a big side in Europe and I know what criticism is. For me it doesn’t matter. If they want, they can continue. “The most important thing, at the end of the day, if we have won the Premier League or won something, I think they will try to shut (up) a little bit. last_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Ipswich 1

first_imgBrentford found themselves a goal down on the stroke of half-time after a high-tempo first 45 minutes at Griffin Park.After Ryan Fraser’s shot had clipped the inside of the post, the ball was worked back into the box and into the path of Kevin Bru, who tucked home.Minutes earlier, Bees keeper David Button bravely denied Freddie Sears as Ipswich ended the first half the stronger of the two sides.But Brentford had created the better chances overall, with Jota’s header brilliantly clawed away by Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and Alan Judge’s free-kick curling just wide of the near post.Marinus Dijkhuizen’s side showed some neat touches in attack, with Judge and Andy Gogia lively, but they came up against a robust Ipswich defence.Hull City target Andre Gray is only among the Brentford substitutes for the Championship opener.As well as Gogia, Philipp Hofmann and Konstantin Kerschbaumer are also making their Bees debuts.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Easter Essay

first_imgAccompanied by a picture of a cross and a sunset, captioned “The Sun and the Son,” a somber-looking Brian Walden wrote an essay in the BBC News expressing his reaction to Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees’ “chilling” comment that “It will not be humans who witness the demise of the Sun six billion years hence; it will be entities as different from us as we are from bacteria.”  Rees stated that the idea of evolution is well-known, but that the “vast potential for further evolution isn’t yet part of our common culture.”    Walden delved into the implications of this assumed “scientific” view of our future for morality, ethics, and religion with a note of nostalgia for his simple childhood faith: “This is Easter and I can’t help contrasting the Christian promise of my youth with what science expects to happen.”This essay had better make every Christian pastor and believer wake up and ponder the deadly effect of evolutionary thinking.  Mr. Walden is caught in a tension between what his conscience says and what the Darwin Party soothsayers are telling him.  He sees the enormous complexity of an unborn baby revealed by the latest sonograms, and he fears the future of bioethics with no foundation for ethics, but he accepts at face value what Rees says about evolution and the future of the sun billions of years from now.  Like a dumb sheep, he fails to question the glittering generalities pronounced by the Babbleonians on the left, the liberals who drove the wedge between science and religion as far back as the 18th century.  While realizing that any kind of consensus between the Christians and the liberals would be an alloy of iron and clay, he yet hungers for some kind of dialogue between them at least.    This is pathetic.  Walden is badly uninformed, because he grants to secular science an authority and credibility it doesn’t have.  If he would stop naively trusting what scientific sleuthsayers like Rees say the sun is going to do in six billion years, he could begin to regain some confidence in the Son who said, “He who believes in Me has everlasting life.”  Somebody give Walden a rope to climb out of the dark cave of (misnamed) Enlightenment thinking.  Maybe a copy of The Privileged Planet would help, and a bookmark to Creation-Evolution Headlines.    England made a mistake by welding the church to the government.  Enlightenment liberals rightly despised the corruption that resulted, but went too far in asserting autonomy in matters of science and ethics.  It’s time for England to get rid of its useless state church, and experience a revival from the ground up: from individual believers no longer intimidated by the wormtongues of liberal philosophers (who know neither the past nor future of our sun).  It’s time for them to understand the strength of the Biblical foundation for science and morality.  Armed with new confidence in the unchanging Word of God and its ability to stimulate true science as well as provide solid ground for ethics, individuals must overthrow the Darwinian usurpers before their vile ethics bear any more poisoned fruit.    Suns and babies do not come from nothing.  Like everything in nature, they have the fingerprint of design: not just impersonal design, but the design of an all-wise, all-powerful, personal Creator.  Walden’s predicament comes from having his authorities inverted.  The sun is subservient to the Son, not the other way around.  There may be nothing new under the sun, but if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Probably the most rewarding part of the journey: dipping your feet into the water on the beach in Venice. We all love earning smileys. Seeing that bright yellow face on your Geocaching profile page smiling back at you is the reward you get for a job well done. But how far are you willing to go for it? Would you spend days on the hunt for just one geocache? Would you commit to a 350-mile journey? If the answer is yes, then this week’s Geocache of the Week, Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1),  is for you.The trail.The first step to finding this difficulty 2, terrain 4 geocache is to find a pair of comfortable, broken-in hiking boots. Step two is to get to the beginning stage of this multi-cache at Marienplatz in Munich. After you’re finished taking in the sights, it’s time to start putting one foot in front of the other. As you make your way through the 28 stages, you’ll have to answer questions in order to obtain the coordinates of the final stage. This may sound like a lot of work, but the stunning views along the way make the journey well worth it.Yay for geocaching! Photo by geocacher wanderlust2000While only 36 geocachers have made the journey from Munich to Venice and earned their smiley, their logs are sure to inspire more geocachers to attempt this multi-cache. Geocacher Benjo5 said, “What an awesome experience! …Thanks for the cache, I am really happy to turn this into a smiley icon, as it was quite exceptional and challenging. And at the end, I recommend this trek to everyone. It’s really worth it. Thanks, I will not forget.”Another geocacher who earner a smiley for this epic journey is voduska, who said, “It is difficult to express all the feelings I had and have now, but to everybody who is thinking to do this trek, I would say don‘t hesitate and go. It is such a great experience. It is extremely demanding, but extremely rewarding. And when you finally reach the beach after nearly a month and you can put down the bag and take off that terribly heavy shoes and go for a swim in the sea, you feel like … actually you feel like you’ve just crossed the Alps.”Typical Path before Olperer Hut. Photo by geocache owner DerPateWhen asked about planning and placing this geocache, DerPate said that the real planning came after he initially completed the journey. From there it was organizing all the places he had been into a great multi-cache. In regards to all of the positive feedback, DerPate said, “Even more impressive for me is the feedback of the people having done the cache: There are find logs with a length of more than 40,000 characters (almost 3 log entries are needed in average of all finds) or even more than 150 pictures were uploaded for one log.” For all geocachers aiming to earn this smiley, DerPate had one piece of advice, “To all those cachers out there: Have fun on making your own memorable experiences on your personal interpretation of such a tour :-)”So the question is: how far are you willing to go for a find? Would you complete a 350-mile trek through the mountains? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] one of the many scenic views you’ll get during the journey. Photo by geocacher Turbo9center_img SharePrint RelatedMünchen-Venedig / Munich-Venice / Monaco-Venezia – Geocache of the WeekSeptember 26, 2018In “Community”T5 Klettersteig caching in AustriaSeptember 21, 2017In “Community”Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day — Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 18, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Women 2.0’s Founder Labs Expands to New York City

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Founder Labs boasts a great list of mentors and guest speakers, and the expansion to New York will add to that. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be serving as a mentor, along with his wife Joanne Wilson, both of whom pennedblog posts this morning announcing the new program: “There is a lot coming together in NYC right now. We’ve got startup fever in addition to spring fever. And Founder Labs is a great addition to the landscape. If you are a woman with an idea for a mobile application/business and need some help developing it, you should really consider Founder Labs.”Applications for the first NYC program open April 20, and applications for the next San Francisco Founder Labs will open on June 24. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#events#start Women 2.0 announced today that, thanks to its success, its Founder Labs pre-incubator program will become its own, separate organization. Moreover, the program will expand from its current San Francisco location to New York City, with the first East Coast program set to begin in May.Founder Labs has been a core piece of the Women 2.0 mission: that is, to increase the number of female founders of tech startups. The pre-incubator program lets participants keep their day jobs, with its sessions held on nights and weekends. It’s a fast-paced, five-week program, focused on building mobile apps, giving participants hands-on experience validating an idea, and working with others.It’s all about establishing a “founder history,” in the words of Women 2.0 co-founder Shaherose Charania, helping prospective entrepreneurs move from idea, to team, to prototype. audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Family Development WEBINAR Watch: Fathers, Work, and Family Life

first_imgFathers, Work, and Family LifeMark your calendars for what’s next in our 2014 MFLN Family Development Webinar Series!Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014Time: 11a-1pm EasternLocation: Fathers, Work, & Family LifeDr. Scott Behson (Fairleigh Dickenson University) and Tim Red (National Fatherhood Initiative) are presenting on fathers, work and family life. This presentation will highlight the pressures faced by today’s working father, who are expected to work hard to succeed in their careers while also being far more involved as parents than dads of previous generations. The presentation will also cover work-family struggles unique to military fathers. Several strategies dads can use to be more efficient and effective in both roles will also be addressed in the presentation. In addition, the presentation will explore ways dads can consciously think through their priorities. Finally, presenters will discuss ways to help support dads as they cope with the work-family conflict.We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for many of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more