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‘Mourinho’s desire to control led to Pogba issues’

first_imgJose Mourinho’s biographer Manuel Pereira says that the manager’s issues with Paul Pogba came down to the Portuguese’s desire to control his players.The manger had highly-publicised issues with the French midfielder, who has been unleashed under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.A known extrovert who enjoys social media, Pogba never truly flourished under Mourinho before the manager departed the club midway through the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pereira, who also said Mourinho was too demanding for some players, added the strain was caused by Mourinho’s desire to control his players, a tendency that doesn’t work as well in modern football.”He is certainly not someone who controls the privacy of his players. That is not his right. When it comes to football, he likes to have full control,” Pereira told Goal and Spox.”Mourinho quickly becomes suspicious of players who do not reach their maximum in training and games. This can happen once, twice or three times, but not regularly. He does not want them fooling around, but disciplined and playing football. That’s what they’re paid for.”If a player gives 100 per cent, Mourinho has no problem with him. Then there is nothing to control. But when Mourinho feels it is not the case and the player feels he has to do less, it becomes difficult.”Most clubs today believe in the professionalism of their players, that they pay attention to themselves and their diet and in the middle of the season do not drink alcohol or go to parties.”However, the example of Ousmane Dembele shows well that there are still a few players who struggle with it. At Real Madrid, for example, every player had to be available for a caregiver at midnight in the past. Such rules are inconceivable today. It is even more important for a coach to have someone to represent him on the pitch.”Pereira went on to say that a lack of leadership at United was another issue that plagued the relationship.Mourinho had a number of respected veterans at each of his prior clubs, but Pereira says that was not the case during his time with the Red Devils.”Exactly. A respect person who communicates the ideas of the trainer to the rest of the team. You could say: A coach among the players,” he said.”Mourinho always had that before his time in Manchester. For example, Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid, Frank Lampard at Chelsea or Javier Zanetti at Inter Milan. It is always difficult to lead and coordinate a group of 25 men, especially if you are a demanding person like Mourinho. Only a few coaches can do that.”I remember when Diego Simeone almost always set up Tiago in his early years at Atletico Madrid. Tiago was not a footballer from another planet, but an incredibly strong player, a good communicator who internalised and passed on Simeone’s ideas and ways of thinking. Later, Gabi took over this role, today it’s Diego Godin.”At Manchester I don’t see such a leader anymore. There is no Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs or Rio Ferdinand anymore. With such leaders in the team Mourinho would have had it easier.”Pereira also said that Santiago Solari will be feeling pressure at Real Madrid with Mourinho now available while adding that he would expect the manager to jump to a new role in the summer. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Snow warning: Sloppy Liverpool blow chance to surge clear

first_imgIf this is January, can you imagine how Anfield will be come April and May?Sloppy in the snow, Liverpool’s Premier League title charge suffered a dent here. Rarely has a five-point lead at the top of the table felt like such a disappointment.It isn’t disappointing, of course, but after Manchester City’s slip-up at Newcastle on Tuesday, this was the hottest ticket in town. The door was open for Jurgen Klopp’s men to take full advantage. A seven-point margin awaited. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? For the first time all season, they fluffed their lines. For the first time all season, they dropped points against a team they would have expected to overcome.Leicester City had beaten both City and Chelsea already this term, and Claude Puel’s counter-attacking Foxes can add another noteworthy result to their collection after this. Indeed, had the visitors shown a tad more quality in the final third, they’d have taken all three points.As for Liverpool, they must reflect on a missed opportunity, a night when the weather was bad and their performance was worse. Nervy, sluggish and wasteful, this was a display which belonged to a different era. Klopp will hope his side do not live to rue it.”We take what we get,” said Klopp afterwards. “And tonight it’s a point. It’s more than we had before the game, and that’s fine. Am I overly-happy? No, because we wanted to win the game of course.”It all looked so rosy for the Reds when Sadio Mane fired them ahead after just two minutes, but like City the night before, they were unable to turn a fast start into a comfortable evening.Sadio Mane vs LeicesterOn a pitch slowed by the snow, sloppiness invaded their play. From Alisson in goal to Mohamed Salah up front, Liverpool just didn’t find their feet. Harry Maguire’s equaliser, plundered from close range right on half-time, felt almost inevitable.”The snow is actually not a problem, the problem is when it stays on the pitch and that was the case,” said Klopp, not entirely convincingly. “The ball didn’t roll really, and when you have the ball for 70-80 per cent of the time, then it makes life really uncomfortable.”Anfield had expected a procession, but it got an ordeal. Leicester had chances to win it after the break, whereas Liverpool failed to rouse the kind of finale we have come to expect.”To break down a side who defend like Leicester did tonight, you have to accelerate, you have to speed up in decisive areas,” Klopp admitted. “Sometimes we didn’t do it, I don’t know exactly why, and sometimes we couldn’t do it.”As a result, Kasper Schmeichel was underworked, though the home side are entitled to ask why referee Martin Atkinson failed to award a penalty when Ricardo Pereira clipped Naby Keita in the box. “I don’t know what he was thinking in this moment,” said Klopp. “You have to ask him.”Welcome to a title race, you could say. Liverpool have been close to perfect in the league so far, but exceptional levels are difficult to sustain.City, let off the hook after their aberration on Tyneside, can ramp up the pressure by beating Arsenal before Klopp takes his team to West Ham on Monday night.Liverpool will at least have James Milner back for that one, and perhaps Trent Alexander-Arnold too. Jordan Henderson filled in at right-back here, and did an admirable job all things considered, but his side lacked control and presence in midfield and were troubled by Demarai Gray and Co. on the break, particularly in the second half. The captain, and surely Fabinho too, will start in their natural positions in London.The upshot, of course, is that as disappointing as it felt, Liverpool still extended their advantage in the title race. They drew and City lost. They still hold all the cards, though recent games suggest we are in for more nervy afternoons and evenings between now and May.At the end, the Kop sang ‘Liverpool, Liverpool’ in an act of support and defiance. Their team are still very much in the driving seat, but it could have been so much better. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

New Music Preview: Bob Moses, The Chills, and Cypress Hill

first_imgSeptember has plenty of new album releases in store, but there are three particular records coming out this month that we can’t wait to hear. Don’t miss out on August’s releases.Bob Moses – Battle LinesThe Vancouver-bred, Brooklyn-based duo Bob Moses started out in the borough’s underground scene before getting signed to the tastemaker electronic label Scissor & Thread. From there, the duo moved to Domino, which released 2015’s debut full-length, Days Gone By. The album was well received by critics — Allmusic called the band “the masters of restrained bliss house” — but it was the band’s years of nonstop global touring that put Bob Moses’ name on the map. Well, that and the Grammy nods. Standout single “Tearing Me Up” was nominated for Best Dance Recording and RAC’s remix of the song took home the award for Best Remixed Recording.With Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, the men behind Bob Moses, touring relentlessly since the release of Days Gone By, no new music arrived for the better part of three years. The group’s first new track, titled “Heaven Only Knows,” came out in May 2018. Influential radio station KCRW featured the song, hailing its “classic songwriting with slinky guitar work and an EDM beat.” An announcement of the duo’s sophomore album, Battle Lines, arrived shortly thereafter, as did two other tracks, “Enough to Believe,” and lead single “Back Down.”Battle Lines is due out Friday, September 14, via Domino and is available to pre-order through Amazon, Domino Mart, and iTunes.The Chills – Snow BoundMartin Phillips, leader and singer-songwriter of The Chills, describes his band’s forthcoming album, Snow Bound, as an “epic journey … about consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance, and mortality,” adding “hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for aging punks.”On Snow Bound, lost heroes are lamented, relationships are re-evaluated, atonement is sought, mortality is mulled over, and fake news is undercut. It’s serious stuff, the thoughts of a dysfunctional 50-something wrestling with maturity and discovering that post-punk DIY beliefs still have a real voice that resonates between the fans of their early years and can now pass down to the next generation.Though Snow Bound is only the band’s second studio album since 1996’s Sunburnt, reviews of its immediate predecessor, 2015’s Silver Bullets, suggest listeners should be excited for the forthcoming full-length. The Chicago Tribune declared, “There are no throwaways on this album,” and Drowned in Sound called it the band’s “most compelling album to date.” Early singles “Scarred,” “Complex,” and “Lord of All I Survey” bolster that suggestion with the melodic, occasionally rocking, occasionally melancholic character the band is known for.Snow Bound is due out Friday, September 14 via Fire, and is available to pre-order through Amazon, Fire Records’ online shop, and iTunes.Cypress Hill – Elephants on AcidHip-hop legends Cypress Hill announced the release of their forthcoming ninth studio album, Elephants on Acid, in early August. Elephants on Acid is the group’s first album in eight years — following 2010’s Rise Up — and marks a newly inked partnership with BMG.DJ Muggs returns to his role as producer for the first time since Til Death Do Us Part. Per the album announcement, “Muggs traveled across the world to collect the vibe and sounds” that appear on the album. Early single “Band of Gypsies” features live instrumentation from Egyptian street musicians, while Sadat and Alaa Fifty Cent, pioneers of Egyptian mahraganat, provide vocals for the song’s hook. Closer to home in Los Angeles, Muggs also recorded in Joshua Tree with Ganjasufi. As Muggs put it in a Rolling Stone interview, “It’s like a fuckin’ spiritual vortex out there.” Other guests on the album include singer Brevi Wood and drummer Eric Correa.Elephants on Acid is due out Friday, September 28via BMG and is available to preorder through Amazon and iTunes. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Musiclast_img read more

President Medina Arrives for State Visit

first_img President Medina was met at the steps of the aircraft by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who led him to the dais for the Royal Salute and inspection of the Guard of Honour formed by the JDF. Story Highlights The official party then travelled to National Heroes Park for a floral tribute at the Cenotaph in honour of those who died in the world wars. President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, arrived in the island at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday (November 27) for a one-day State Visit. President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, arrived in the island at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday (November 27) for a one-day State Visit.His arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston was greeted with a symbolic 21-gun salute from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).President Medina was met at the steps of the aircraft by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who led him to the dais for the Royal Salute and inspection of the Guard of Honour formed by the JDF.The Governor-General then presented the Dominican Republic President to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.The Prime Minister, in turn, introduced President Medina to members of the Cabinet, including Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw; Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague; and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.Also on hand to greet the President were Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Dr. José Tomás Ares Germán; Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Lisa Hanna, who represented Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade; Commissioner of Police, George Quallo;Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles; President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson; Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams; Cabinet Secretary, Douglas Saunders; Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla; and Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Elinor Felix.The official party then travelled to National Heroes Park for a floral tribute at the Cenotaph in honour of those who died in the world wars.Later today, he will have discussions with the Government, led by Prime Minister Holness, on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. The meeting is aimed at forging deeper ties between both countries.President Medina will also attend a State Luncheon hosted by the Governor-General at King’s House.Danilo Medina Sánchez is the Dominican Republic’s 53rd President. He has been in office since 2012.At the end of the State Visit, President Medina will depart Kingston for Montego Bay where he will participate in the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference from November 27-29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Heighten Disaster Preparedness

first_img Meanwhile, Director of the Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson, said experts are anticipating a “near-normal” Atlantic hurricane season, with some nine to 15 tropical storms forecast for the period, which ends on November 30. With the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season set to officially get under way on Saturday (June 1), the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is imploring Jamaicans to heighten preparedness for any eventualities. Story Highlights “We have to ensure that… there is integration of disaster risk-reduction measures in critical sectors such as tourism, education, health, agriculture and fisheries,” he added.       Mr. Thompson said that preparedness and mitigation activities “should not just be carried out at the start of the hurricane season, but should be a 365-day-per-year activity”. With the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season set to officially get under way on Saturday (June 1), the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is imploring Jamaicans to heighten preparedness for any eventualities.The entity’s Chairman,  Joy Douglas, said that citizens, particularly those living in vulnerable areas, must heed warnings, remain alert, and put measures in place to ensure their safety during times of emergencies.She was addressing a press conference at ODPEM’S offices in New Kingston on Friday (May 31), to launch activities for Disaster Preparedness Month under the theme ‘Reducing Risk one Community at a time’.Miss Douglas said that the Government continues to work towards building disaster resilience in the natural and the built environment.She noted that climate-smart considerations are reflected in all of the works being done under the US$353-million Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), and will continue under its replacement programme, while provisions under the Building Act and the Disaster Risk Management Act help to reduce risk.Meanwhile, Director of the Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson, said experts are anticipating a “near-normal” Atlantic hurricane season, with some nine to 15 tropical storms forecast for the period, which ends on November 30.“Four to eight could become hurricanes, with two to four being major hurricanes. They will reach category three, four or five, with the potential to create significant damage to the island’s infrastructure. We have to prepare ourselves for anything that could happen,” Mr. Thompson said.Meanwhile, ODPEM’s Acting Director General, Richard Thompson, said that the country’s infrastructure and housing stock “must be hardened”.He said that given Jamaica’s vulnerability to disasters, emphasis must be placed on continuous mitigation measures and how buildings are erected.“We have to ensure that… there is integration of disaster risk-reduction measures in critical sectors such as tourism, education, health, agriculture and fisheries,” he added.       Mr. Thompson said that preparedness and mitigation activities “should not just be carried out at the start of the hurricane season, but should be a 365-day-per-year activity”.last_img read more

JNU student alleges rape by cab driver

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 21-year-old girl, pursuing a foreign language course in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has alleged that she was drugged and raped by a cab driver while she was returning from her friend’s house on Friday night. The girl alleged that the cab driver offered her something to drink after which she fell unconscious following which he raped her. Delhi police said they are trying to trace the cab based on her description.”The woman was found in an unconscious state by locals in a park near IIT Delhi on Saturday morning. We received a call regarding sexual assault from the hospital where she was admitted. She was later taken to the police station to record her statement and a case under appropriate sections has been registered at the Mandir Marg police station. The woman had boarded the taxi from Mandir Marg on Friday night,” said a senior police officer. The police said no injury mark was found on the body of the victim during the medical examination. “Apart from the delayed reporting of the incident to the police, there are also some other inconsistencies in the victim’s version which are being verified by Police team,” the officer said.last_img read more

Doug Ford prepared to walk away from first ministers meeting over agenda

first_imgTORONTO — Doug Ford’s office says the Ontario premier is prepared to walk away from a meeting of first ministers if it does not include specific discussions on the carbon tax.Ford is set to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal this afternoon ahead of Friday’s meeting of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial leaders.The premier’s office says discussions are underway with federal officials over the meeting’s agenda.Sources familiar with the dispute say Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have not been satisfied by the federal response that the agenda already includes a discussion on economic competitiveness — a broad topic that Ottawa says will allow premiers to raise all the issues they please.Ontario Government House Leader Todd Smith says the agenda for the meeting doesn’t deal with the concerns of the provinces, which include the carbon tax, a planned General Motors plant closure in Ontario and the oil price crisis.Federal officials have privately conceded that little headway is likely to be made on the official objective of the meeting: reducing interprovincial trade barriers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Somalia UN condemns deadly attack on African Union base

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack which took place yesterday on the AMISOM base camp, located in Mogadishu’s international airport. “The Secretary-General conveys his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, and wishes a swift recovery for the injured,” today’s statement said. The AMISOM base camp inside Mogadishu Airport was infiltrated by Al-Shabaab militants dressed in Somali army uniforms, the UN Assistance Mission (UNSOM) in the country has confirmed. During the gun fight, three AMISOM soldiers and two civilian contractors were killed.Commending AMISOM for its quick response to the attack, the Secretary-General expressed solidarity with the African Union Mission and with UN personnel working for peace in Somalia, reaffirming the United Nation’s “resolve to support the Government and people of Somalia in their continuing journey toward peace and stability.”Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), confirmed in a statement that all UN staff are safe and sound. The airport also hosts the UN Headquarters for Somalia.In an interview today with UN Radio, Aleem Siddique, a spokesperson for UNSOM, described how a group of Islamic gunmen had attacked the base. “The terrorists, some of whom were dressed in Somalia National Army uniforms, breached the base camp around lunchtime yesterday and attempted to gain access to critical infrastructure, during which five of them were killed and three were captured,” Mr. Siddique said. “This attack is a reminder of the important work that we’re doing here, and that we will not be deterred by this attack. Our commitment to the Somali people and to the Federal Government of Somalia remains strong. There’s a lot of important work for us to do here,” he added. read more

SMMT Foresight Vehicle holds key to cutting vehicle emissions

SMMT Foresight Vehicle will play a central role in cutting carbon dioxide emissions and other harmful pollutants from road transport. That was the message, delivered today by SMMT president Tod Evans, at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) conference in Gaydon. MIHPOW – A hybrid truck, promising zero pollution during urban delivery, as well as better fuel consumption and lower operating costs. 2/4 SIGHT – A prototype engine which can switch automatically from two to four stroke operation, boosting vehicle performance while cutting CO2 output. ‘Technology is one of the three pillars of the EU carbon dioxide emission reduction strategy’, commented Foresight Vehicle director Nick Barter at the LowCVP conference. ‘Our team of experienced engineers is working to support many projects that will help deliver these and wider pollution reduction objectives. However, it is also important to stress that Foresight-led projects are helping the UK take a lead in global R&D, giving companies based here a real competitive advantage.’ GASPART – A prototype pollution control technology to trap and destroy nano-sized particulate emissions. The LowCVP conference was run with the launch of the Heritage Motor Centre’s Green by Design exhibition of past and future green developments in road transport. The conference included a keynote address by Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, and featured a display of clean vehicles and technologies. Set up to win grants and manage the latest R&D projects in the automotive sector, SMMT Foresight Vehicle has already supported more than 100 initiatives. The list includes many that promise to cut vehicle weight, emissions and fuel consumption such as: APPLE – The development of a strong, lightweight and easy-to-recycle chassis made of plastic. A complete list and summary of projects which have been helped by SMMT Foresight Vehicle can be found on http://www.foresightvehicle.org.uk/Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Agent Sergej MilinkovicSavic to sign new Lazio contract

first_imgThe agent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has confirmed that his client will sign a new contract at LazioThe Serbian midfielder has been strongly linked with moves to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain over the past few months following a breakthrough campaign in the Serie A last season.But his agent, Mateja Kezman, has now announced that a new long-term deal with Lazio is imminent.The former PSG and Chelsea striker also revealed that they had turned down a number of big offers for Milinkovic-Savic this summer.“Yes, we’ve reached a new agreement and it will be signed very soon,” Kezman told La Gazzetta dello Sport, via ESPN.“If €70-80 million is being paid for a goalkeeper, then Sergej cannot be worth less than €100m.“He’s one of the best players in Europe in his position and he’s got great margin for improvement.“A lot of clubs asked about Sergej this summer and we even presented a few very interesting offers to Lazio, but in the end we had no problem accepting the club’s decision not to sell him.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.“[Lazio president Claudio] Lotito and [sporting director Igli] Tare explained to us that they want to aim for the Champions League and that Milinkovic is a key player to achieve this.“This is also his objective.“He could have earned much more elsewhere — they were offering him €8m in France — but he stayed because he wants to gift [qualification for] the Champions League to the Lazio fans.“Besides, he’s only 23 and he’s improving day by day with [coach Simone] Inzaghi and another year for the Biancocelesti will do him good.“We have a great relationship with Lotito and Tare and they are two passionate men who live off and live for Lazio.“They rejected all the offers and we never pushed for a sale because he’s happy in Rome.“He loves the city and has a great relationship with all of his teammates.”last_img read more

San Diego Sockers team up with Traveling Stories to support children literacy

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Sockers are teaming up with Traveling Stories to support children’s literacy. Joining KUSI to discuss the details is U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and Sockers midfielder Landon Donovan and the founder and CEO of Traveling Stories Emily Moberly.To further support children’s literacy in San Diego, players from the Sockers will volunteer to read with kids at Traveling Stories’ StoryTent program on April 6th at 10 a.m., at the City Heights Farmers’ Market. The event is open to the public. The StoryTent is a free literacy program for children between two and 12 years old.To learn more visit www.travelingstories.org or call (619) 269-0438.Information about the Sweepstakes:Anyone may enter the sweepstakes. $10 gives you one chance to win. Additional donations provide more chances to win. Every dollar donated will go to Traveling Stories to support their StoryTent programs for kids across San Diego County.Those who enter the charity sweepstakes will have the opportunity to win the following grand prize:– Meet & Greet with Landon Donovan at the game on April 13th for you and a friend– San Diego Sockers Jersey– Two tickets to the April 13th game– $25 gift card to Phil’s BBQThe sweepstakes will end on April 7th during the game’s half-time. The winner will be announced after the third quarter. The winner does not need to be present to win. To enter the sweepstakes and to view full contest rules, visit http://bit.ly/meet-landon San Diego Sockers team up with Traveling Stories to support children literacy Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

South Dakota Soy Grower Discusses Crops Management Strategy at Conference in China

first_imgPhoto: U.S. Soy grower leaders, including ASA Director Dave Poppens, (second from left in back row) pose with the top and most loyal buyers of U.S. soybeans during the annual U.S. Soybean Market Outlook Conference on Nov. 16 in Shanghai, ChinaAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Director Dave Poppens, Lennox, S.D., discussed this year’s U.S. crop condition during the U.S. Soy Market Outlook Conference in Shanghai, China recently.The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) presented the annual conference, where hundreds of importers, traders, crushers, feed millers and animal integrators from the entire region gather. The U.S. soybean industry continues to conduct the event for China’s grower leaders in efforts to increase interaction with U.S. grow leaders and inform them of the U.S. Soy crop quality, market situation and price trend.Participants told U.S. grower leaders and USSEC staff that the event helps build trust with U.S. soybean growers and the industry as they provide not only the latest information on U.S. soybean crops through such an event, but also objective and impartial market opinions.Poppens also had the opportunity to review his farm operational management strategy during his presentation. United Soybean Board (USB) Director Dan Farney also gave a presentation on U.S. sustainability in soy production.The effort of U.S. grower leaders’ participation and involvement at important events throughout China proves the continued commitment the U.S. Soy industry has in helping China achieve their goals of food security, food safety and sustainable soybean supply.For more information, click here to visit USSEC’s website.last_img read more

Selena Gomez Announces New Single Back To You For 13 Reasons Why

first_imgHer most recent musical project included the hit single “Wolves” with producer Marshmello, which was released in late 2017. Gomez also teased a new album could be coming in 2018, though no additional details have since been revealed.”I’m so excited for you guys to hear [‘Back To You’],” Gomez wrote.Now we just have to wait a few days to see what the multitalented artist has up her sleeve.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Selena Gomez Is Coming “Back To You” selena-gomez-announces-new-single-back-you-13-reasons-why Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 29, 2017 – 11:13 am Selena Gomez Talks “Fetish,” Gucci Mane, Remixes Selena Gomez Announces New Single “Back To You” For “13 Reasons Why” center_img Twitter The singer/songwriter is coming “Back To You” with a new song for the second season soundtrack of the popular Netflix showRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 1, 2018 – 2:12 pm Get ready, because Selena Gomez is coming “Back To You” with a new single by that very name on May 10. The singer/songwriter announced her latest track via Instagram on May 1. While she didn’t provide a hint of what the track  might sound like, we do know “Back To You” will be included on the second season soundtrack of the popular Netflix teen drama “13 Reasons Why,” for which Gomez serves as an executive producer. News last_img read more

States Top Judge Calls For Legislature To Enact Bail Reform

first_img 00:00 /01:06 Listen Andrew SchneiderChief Justice Nathan L. Hecht delivers the 2017 State of the Judiciary Address to the Texas LegislatureTexas’ top judge is calling on the Legislature to overhaul the state’s bail system. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht endorsed bail reform as part of his State of the Judiciary address.Hecht said the current bail system discriminates against poorer defendants. Those who are arrested and cannot afford their bail are forced to remain in jail until their trial date, even if they pose no threat to the community and no flight risk.“And to add to the nonsense,” Hecht said, “Texas law limits judges’ power to detain high-risk defendants. High-risk defendants, a threat to society, are freed. Low-risk defendants sit in jail, a burden on taxpayers. It makes no sense.”The chief justice noted that courts in five counties now use risk assessment tools which show the majority of people charged with non-violent crimes can be released on their own recognizance without danger to the public.“The [Texas] Judicial Council recommends that this be standard practice throughout the state,” Hecht said. “Liberty and common sense demand this reform.”Harris County is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit over its bail practices. District Attorney Kim Ogg made bail reform one of her signature issues during her election campaign last year. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

5 things you should know before Saturdays Annexation of the Partido de

first_imgOn Saturday, the people of Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste will dust off their cowboy boots and head out for a traditional Tico celebration at the annual Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya Festival. Held every July 25, this year’s festival commemorates the 191st anniversary of the day when the Partido de Nicoya, today known as Guanacaste, became a part of Costa Rica in 1824. Before you head out for bullfights and meat on a stick, here is what you should know about the festival.1. The festival does not commemorate a battleThe Annexation Festival is not a celebration of a violent takeover, but rather the commemoration of an autonomous canton’s peaceful decision to join the Costa Rican nation.In 1812, Spain divided what is now Central America into separate territories. One of these territories was the Partido de Nicoya, which was the territory between La Flor River and Lake Nicaragua to the northeast, and the Gulf of Nicoya, Tempisque River and Salto River to the south. When Central America declared independence from Spain in 1821, the region began to reconstitute itself into new countries.The Partido de Nicoya remained independent, but maintained a friendly relationship with Costa Rica. Costa Rica later invited the Partido de Nicoya to join the country by sending an invitation to the territory’s leader, Cupertino Briceño. On July 25, 1824, the annexation became official.2. Guanacaste culture is all about the sabanerosBefore Guanacaste beaches became renowned travel destinations, the region was known for its farms and ranches. Today, the iconic Guanacaste cowboy — or sabanero — continues to exert a huge influence on local culture.Cowboy hats and blue jeans are the requisite attire for a Guanacaste celebration, and Tico-style bullfights — where the bull is not killed, but ridden and then taunted by a giant crowd — are a fixture in the region.It’s also not uncommon to see Ticos celebrating on horseback. Don’t be surprised to roll up to a local taberna and find a bunch of cowboys parked out front on their horses, living it up.3. Protests are usually part of the celebrations Protesters at the Nicoya annexation anniversary demand a solution for the water crisis in the Guanacaste province. Water in some regions had been contaminated with arsenic, and the province is also in the midst of a drought, July 25, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesDespite the vacation resorts that have cropped up along Guanacaste’s beaches, poverty, access to clean drinking water, bad roads and infrastructure and other social issues remain problems in the region. As a result, Guanacastecos have begun taking advantage of the media attention and customary presidential visit for the Annexation Festival to protest.In 2013, approximately 500 protesters marched in Nicoya demanding everything from improved health care to better road infrastructure. Most significantly, demonstrators asked the government to address the region’s problems with high levels of arsenic in the drinking water.This year, the protests will again be centered on water, namely the lack of H2O and the government’s response to the region’s long-running drought. A march is planned for Saturday morning in Nicoya, and President Luis Guillermo Solís has already heard an earful from thirsty constituents during his weeklong tour of Guanacaste.4. Nicaragua’s President Ortega likes to threaten to ‘reclaim’ GuanacasteNicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has been known to assert that his country could sue Costa Rica in the International Court of Justice at The Hague to “reclaim” the province of Guanacaste.“Costa Rica did not win that territory in an international court, but rather by force, with arms,” Ortega said at a military ceremony in 2013. “Nicaragua has been ousted from its territory by expansionist policies of nations such as Costa Rica.”Ortega’s statements severely damaged the already tenuous relations between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, spurring a passionate outcry from Costa Rica’s leaders. Then-President of the Legislative Assembly Fernando Mendoza, a lawmaker for the ruling National Liberation Party from Cañas, Guancaste, told the crowd last year that they would defend their sovereignty with kicks and punches.“We Guanacastecans defend the province’s sovereignty every day, no matter the time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; we defend our sovereignty!” he cried.5. The party is countrywideGuanacastecos already started partying earlier this week, but today, annexation events will begin throughout the entire country. Government offices will close for the national holiday and so will many businesses. Schools across Costa Rica will host cultural events in the morning, with children dressed in traditional Guanacaste sabanero outfits for dance performances. Almost every town will have their own celebrations, but the following are a few of the larger events where you can get into the sabanero spirit.Take part of the celebrations:July 25:Official Ceremony and festivities in Nicoya, Guanacaste:8 a.m.: Civic Act in front of the Cabildo with President Luis Guillermo Solís and other goverment officials.12 p.m.: Solemn Session of the City Council of Nicoya (Recaredo Briceño Park).1:30 p.m.: Marimba Concert2 p.m.: Club de Leones parade.2:30 p.m.: Folkloric Group Herencia Criolla and Group Hombres del Maíz.3 p.m.: Tope of the Annexation (ASOCANI).4 p.m.: Gala Concert: Symphony Orchestra (at the new church).7:15 p.m.: International Dance Festival CIOFF – NICOYARTE and Folkloric dance groups (Folk Necoc Yahotl company, Republic of Ukraine, Republic of Peru, Republic of Panama, Republic of Lebanon).“Festival El Sabor de Guanacaste” – Dance performances, traditional music and exhibitions. At La Plaza, Playa Flamingo, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.“Festival Nacional de Marimbas” – Traditional food, exhibitions and sale of handicrafts and marimba music. Takes place July 25-26 at 2 p.m. at Plaza Limonal, Abangares.“Tope de caballistas” – This year the traditional “tope,” or horse parade, brings 40 riders from Nicaragua and approximately 800 riders from Guanacaste, Alajuela, San José, Cartago and Guápiles. It starts at Barrio Santa Lucía, Nicoya. 4 p.m.“ExpoLiberia” – Riders compete at 8 a.m. and a bullfight takes place at 7 p.m. (More info 2666-3219 or 2666-2469.) Liberia.“Traditional Masquerade Workshop” –  Learn mask-making techniques at the hands of the experts. Every Saturday from July 25-October 17 at the Museo de Cultura Popular, Universidad Nacional, Heredia. Free. More info at 2260-1619.July 26:“ExpoLiberia” – Iberoamerican horses compete at 8 a.m. and a bullfight takes place at 7 p.m. (More info 2666-3219 or 2666-2469.) Liberia.Annexation Festivities in Heredia – The fair offers folkloric dance performances, a “bombas” recitation contest, traditional “cimarrona” and masquerades, a mechanical bull, live music and food sales at Salón Comunal Asunción, Belén, Heredia. Free. More info at 2587-0290.“Festival Puro Guanacaste” – traditional food, dance performances from Grupo Folclórico La Trinida, music of Banda de Conciertos of San José and the show “Puro Guanacaste” with Ballet Folclórico Naiones, marimbas and the tipical “cimarrona,” at the National Museum, San José. 9 a.m. Free. More info 2256-8643 or mmasis@museocostarica.go.cr. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTO REPORT: The 191st anniversary of the Annexation of Nicoya is a hot, lively affair Here’s why you shouldn’t miss Costa Rica’s International Book Fair Book exchange to ‘liberate’ paperbacks in Cariari Bulls, pomp and Guanacaste culture: The history of this week’s Liberia festivalslast_img read more

Competitors Analysis on Social Media – How to Do It Right With

first_imgLet’s face it: social media can seem scary to a business (regardless of size) trying to promote their services/products. There are so many platforms and, when you do choose one, it feels like you just entered a savage race for customers’ attention.However, with over four billion people using this environment, businesses can’t afford to ignore it. In fact, social media is an important step when you want to create an online presence for your startup because it helps you build a relationship with future customers and boost sales.The good news is that others have done it before you, so you can use their experience to build an efficient strategy. So, today we’ll talk about how to study your competitors’ activity on social media and how to learn from it.Identify your Competitors on Social Media [Optional Step]This is the first step towards a high-quality analysis, but you should only take it if you don’t already know the name of the main competitor brands.As such, start by looking for businesses similar to yours, but don’t limit yourself at small or medium-sized companies. Even if your startup is activating at a local level, you can still learn from a nation-wide strategy.Perform the search based on services and products you provide but also include a Google search using the keywords people use to find your company. This way, you’ll be presented with companies with a similar profile to yours.Gather Data – Free Tools You Can UseOnce you’ve identified your main competitors, you need to decide on the platforms you want to follow (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and start the data gathering phase.Quick tip: Most successful social media campaigns happen on the main platforms, but it’s important to adapt your strategy according to your customers’ preferences. This means that, if you know your audience likes a specific type of platform, this is the one on which you should focus.The data gathering phase is basically a period of observation where you take notice of the competitors’ behavior on the channel(s) you consider important. Since the amount of data is huge, we recommend using tools that were specifically designed to analyze social media activity.For instance, a tool like Fanpage Karma (free to use with limited accessibility to features) follows accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. However, the tool does its best job analyzing Facebook accounts. You will get information on top posts, engagement by specific hours in the day, growth, and more.Another great tool to consider is Twitonomy (also with a free option), but it only analyzes Twitter accounts.Analyze the DataOnce you have a significant amount of data, it’s time to start the analysis.Look for metrics that talk about engagement such as:Frequency of Posts – how often do the competitors post?Actions when people comment on posts – do they respond or like the comments?You will notice that brands who engage with their following (post often, respond to comments, and more) are the most successful.Another important metric is the type of content they share. Pay attention to the formats that show up most often (video, blog posts, images, and so on) and the percentage of promotional posts. To calculate this, take a look at their latest 5 to 10 posts and make a note of the number of posts that include a call to action element (link to visit, a contest, a sale, and so on).Some marketers also like to consider the tone competitors use when posting on social media. For instance, do they post in the name of the brand (we are doing this) or they allow individuals to represent the brand?Still, your brand’s voice should be tailored to your unique audience, so it’s not a good idea to copy the tone you find to be most successful.Quick tip: You should also analyze the main competitors’ site content (even though it’s not exactly social media).Implement What You’ve LearnedThe final stage of the analysis is drawing the conclusions and implementing them into your own activity. Otherwise, the time and effort you invested will be in vain.The first thing to keep in mind is that this analysis provides you with general guidance and is not to be copied exactly into your own strategy. For instance, such an analysis can show that some of the social media channels you’ve been targeting are not worth the investment. The result of this finding is a reorientation of your promotional efforts.If, for instance, the percentage of promotional posts is low in your niche, you should make sure to stay in the same bracket. This shows your audience is sensitive to this kind of posts and you don’t want to force things. However, you can play with the limits and make a note on the reaction.Overall, the competitors’ analysis on social media is useful in providing some light in the brushwood of this environment, but it’s not an accurate map.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

House GOP partly funds Obama police camera initiative

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Most of the $50 million fund to improve police-community relations next year would go to grants to states to assess and improve their justice systems. The amount is about one-third of what Obama asked for in February, according to a panel Democratic aide. Some $15 million would go to help local police departments buy body cameras that would record interactions with the public, half of Obama’s request.The developments came as a House panel gave initial approval to a $51 billion measure funding the Justice and Commerce departments and science programs under the umbrella of NASA and other agencies.Thursday’s legislation covers the budget year beginning in October.The bill is caught in an ongoing battle over agency budgets between the GOP-controlled House and Senate and Obama and his Democratic allies. Tight spending “caps” imposed under so-called sequestration are forcing Republicans to, on average, freeze domestic agency budgets at current levels. But they’ve evaded a freeze on the military by using war accounts as a special resource to give the Pentagon a 7 percent, $38 billion increase.The bill’s author, Republican Rep. John Culberson of Texas, went after a series of familiar GOP targets. The Legal Service Corporation, which gives legal aid to the poor, would bear a $75 million cut, or about 20 percent. A grant program for hiring local police would be eliminated, while increases for the upcoming decennial Census would be shortchanged. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s request for police body cameras and new community policing initiatives would be partially funded under legislation advanced Thursday by Republicans controlling the House. Lawmakers also moved to slash legal aid for the poor.The actions follow violence sparked by the recent deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement in Baltimore, South Carolina and Ferguson, Missouri, that focused attention on police conduct and distrust between minority communities and the officers assigned to protect them. Top Stories Culberson acknowledged that many of the cuts would be reversed if more funding is made available by a budget deal later this year, and he praised the new community policing initiative as a step toward “doing everything we can to restore the bond of trust that has to exist between police officers and local citizens.” He said that state officials will determine who can get access to videos from body cameras, and he warned that the federal government won’t take on the expensive job of helping pay for storing them.Culberson’s legislation would award NASA, important to his Houston-area district, a $519 million budget increase, a 3 percent hike that raises its budget to $18.5 billion.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories last_img read more

What will Tumblr become under the ownership of techs only Goldilocks founder

first_imgThis week, Automattic revealed it has signed all the paperwork to acquire Tumblr from Verizon, including its full staff of 200. Tumblr has undergone quite a journey since its headline-grabbing acquisition by Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo in 2013 for $1.1 billion, but after six years of neglect, its latest move is its first real start since it stopped being an independent company. Now, it’s in the hands of Matt Mullenweg, the only founder of a major tech company who has repeatedly demonstrated a talent for measured responses, moderation and a willingness to forego reckless explosive growth in favor of getting things “just right.”There’s never been a better acquisition for all parties involved, or at least one in which every party should walk away feeling they got exactly what they needed out of the deal. Yes, that’s in spite of the reported $3 million-ish asking price.Verizon Media acquired Tumblr through a deal made to buy Yahoo, under a previous media unit strategy and leadership team. Verizon Media has no stake in the company, and so headlines talking about the bath it apparently took relative to the original $1.1 billion acquisition price are either willfully ignorant or just plain dumb.Six years after another company made that bad deal for a company it clearly didn’t have the right business focus to correctly operate, Verizon made a good one to recoup some money.Aligned leadership and complementary offerings drive a win-winlast_img read more

Firstever 108 Hanuman Chalisa Recital in Ladysmith

first_imgThe Sanathan Dharma Sabha (SDS) held a very successful 108 Hanuman Chalisa Recital at the temple on Sunday. Various groups within Northern Natal and the Midlands area participated in this first-ever 108 Hanuman Chalisa Recital to be held in Ladysmith. The opening prayer services started at dawn and were concluded by the resident priests late on Sunday evening.  There was an impressive turnout of devotees at this auspicious event.  Those who attended benefited spiritually and mentally, and it is said that the recitals help to transform one’s personal life as well. Food and refreshments were provided in abundance throughout the day for all devotees. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more