Nottingham Forest Share on LinkedIn Marcus Tavernier of MK Dons tussles with Northampton Town’s Matt Grimes. Photograph: Pete Norton/Getty Images Peterborough Share on Pinterest Topics Pinterest Colclough first attracted the nation’s attention in November when he scored twice against Doncaster before being substituted and rushing off for the birth of his son. He hasn’t scored since but he caused a lot of problems for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, who filled in at right-back in the third-round replay. The emphatic win over Bournemouth will have given Wigan confidence going into the tie against West Ham. Colclough can play anywhere across the frontline but may be used on the left, targeting Pablo Zabaleta or Sam Byram.Mark Duffy, Sheffield UnitedDuffy has helped two sides win promotion to the Championship over the past two seasons, first Burton Albion and then Sheffield United. His eight assists in this campaign show he belongs at Championship level at the age of 32. Duffy came off the bench to score the fifth goal in a six-goal thriller against Sheffield Wednesday in September. The goal showed what he can do best, featuring expert close control and the ability to beat an opponent.Jack Marriott, PeterboroughThe striker was sent on loan by his boyhood club Ipswich six times before Luton took notice and his Football League career began in earnest. Three of those loans were to Woking, where he enjoyed his best form, scoring eight goals in seven games during his first spell. Luton took a chance and he proved to be worth the risk, scoring 28 goals in 91 games. That earned him a move to Peterborough, for whom he has 24 goals this season. Physically imposing and deadly, he could be a handful for Leicester. Sheffield United FA Cup Jarrod Bowen, Hull City Read more Facebook Share via Email Reuse this content Facebook Hull City Pinterest Notts County’s wild bunch plan another FA Cup heist against Swansea Twitter Wigan Athletic features Read more Bowen has been a shining light in another dark season for Hull. The club, hovering above the Championship’s bottom three on goal difference, face consecutive relegations and if they are to avoid that, Bowen and his goals will almost certainly have played a huge part. He has 11 goals this season, a decent record for a striker, let alone a wide player. In October the Hull Daily Mail labelled him the club’s greatest asset and the winger’s form has proved them right. With Kamil Grosicki on the other flank, opposing teams cannot afford to double up on one winger. Expect Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj and Armand Traoré to have their hands full on Saturday.Ben Brereton, Nottingham ForestBrereton has all the ingredients to become a top striker – ask any Arsenal fan. The 18-year-old’s hold-up play, running in behind and dribbling terrorised Arsenal’s defence in Forest’s third-round 4-2 win. An excellent performance against Premier League opposition was topped off with a goal from the penalty spot and the man of the match award.Ryan Colclough, Wigan Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is beaten to the ball by Wigan Athletic’s Ryan Colclough during their FA Cup third-round replay. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Cardiff City Having broken into the Middlesbrough side under Garry Monk, Tavernier put in a series of impressive performances which earned him a new three-year deal in December, amid rumours of interest from Arsenal and Everton. Since the arrival of Tony Pulis, the energetic 18-year-old winger has been loaned to MK Dons. He made his debut last Saturday, on the right of a 4-4-2, and he will have a key role to play if Dan Micciche’s side are to avoid dropping to League Two. Twitter Joe Ralls, CardiffRalls has scored seven goals in the Championship. That is one more than he managed last season, and from 15 fewer matches. The midfielder, who can play through the centre or on the left, has gone from strength to strength since breaking into the first team during the 2011-12 campaign. Against Manchester City it may be a case of whether Cardiff can get the ball to him on the rare times they are able to attack. The 24-year-old promises to be key if Cardiff are to make the tie a contest, as Bristol City have shown is possible for a Championship side.George Saville, MillwallThis is Saville’s third spell at Millwall, after two loans, first from Chelsea and more recently from Wolves. Having signed on a permanent deal last summer, he is enjoying his most prolific season, with seven goals from midfield. The Northern Ireland international is strong, likes to run with the ball and can shoot from range, notably with his left foot. Millwall welcome League One Rochdale and Saville may well stand out as the game’s most gifted midfielder.Marcus Tavernier, MK Dons Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend
If you’re looking for only one product you can take into the shower, we’ve found it. KRUDD soaps, a new offering from the SallyeAnder company, debuted this summer and offer-all in-one way to cleanse and moisturize your skin, shampoo your hair, and even leave your beard feeling soft and wonderful.Related: Our Favorite Natural Soaps“You only need that one bar for your whole body. Millennials are really interested in taking care of their skin. I wanted to design something very essential for them,” says Sallie Austin, who now runs the company that was launched by her father in 1982.The reason for making soap initially came out of a family need. “My older brother was born environmentally ill and had eczema and psoriasis,” said Sallie. “My dad researched how to make soap. He was a botanist and avid gardener his whole life and found a way to make soap different from anyone else using a hot and cold process. My dad has been making soap for 32 years. I dropped out of law school to take over the business.”KRUDD soaps are very moisturizing and great for keeping bacteria and infection off the skin thanks to the frankincense and myrhh they put in every bar.“The fragrances are incredible,” said Sallie. “We put three times the amount of essential oil than in our other soap. We don’t use any coconut or palm kernel oil. They are a bit more harsh on your skin.”Right now there are six different scents of KRUDD bars. Each bar lasts two to three months if kept dry between use. Retail price: $22.95 per bar. Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home
Gurugam: Barely two days after the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019, a Delhi resident was issued a challan of Rs 23,000 by the Gurugram Police on Tuesday for flouting several rules.According to the challan issued by the police, Madan was fined Rs 5,000 for not carrying his driving licence, Rs 5,000 for not producing the Registration Certificate, Rs 2,000 for not having third-party insurance, Rs 10,000 for violating pollution standards and Rs 1,000 for not wearing a helmet. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe person identified as Dinesh Madan was fined near the Gurugram court. Speaking on the issue, Madan said, “I am shocked and have not been able to sleep at night. This amount is very big. I told the cops that all documents are at home and I will show it to them but they asked for my keys and said that my scooter will be impounded.” Reportedly, Madan has refused to pay the fine as he says his second-hand scooter itself costs Rs 15,000. He is learned to have left his scooter with the authorities. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”As Madan was not wearing his helmet, he was stopped by the on-duty traffic personnel. He was unable to produce his documents when asked for them. Hence, the challan was issued,” the traffic police officer who was prsent at the location said. The Gurugram police have been proactive in levying fines on the traffic offenders ever since the new Motor Vehicles Act has been set in from September 1. On day one, most of the fines that were levied were on the offenders who were not wearing the seat belts and helmets. One of the major challenges however being faced by the law enforcement officials is the lack of upgradation of the software that is resulting in the delay in the process of levying of fines. “Our officials are on the ground to ensure that no violations that are committed. One of the major challenges faced by our officials is the lack of upgraded software that is delaying the process of levying the fines in certain cases,” said a senior official from Gurugram police.
Highlights from the news file for Friday, Dec. 8———SUPREME COURT HANDS OUT RULING ON TEXT MESSAGE PRIVACY: The Supreme Court of Canada said on Friday that Canadians should be able to expect text messages they send to remain private, even after they’ve reached their destination. The Supreme Court set aside a firearms conviction of a man who sent messages that were discovered by Toronto police. The court ruled the man who had been convicted had a reasonable expectation of privacy concerning the messages, meaning he had a right to challenge a police search of a mobile phone owned by an alleged accomplice.———SKI COACH GETS 12-YEAR PRISON TERM: A Quebec court has sentenced a former national ski coach to a 12-year prison term for 37 sex-related charges involving teenaged skiers. Bertrand Charest was found guilty earlier this year of 37 of 57 sex-related charges. All but one of the complainants were under the age of 18 at the time of the offences. Judge Sylvain Lepine described the sexual assaults as “inexcusable and criminal,” especially given the victims’ young age and his position of authority over them.———STAKES RAISED IN SOCCER SHOWDOWN: The mayors of Toronto and Seattle are making a friendly wager on who will take the MLS Cup as their cities’ two teams prepare to do battle on Saturday. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says she’ll send over a basket of treats including Starbucks coffee, cheese, jerky, and smoked salmon if Toronto wins. If Seattle wins, Toronto Mayor John Tory says he’ll send over a basket with Tim Hortons coffee, a peameal bacon sandwich and maple syrup. Tory says he’ll also light the Toronto sign in front of city hall in green and wear a Seattle Sounders FC scarf.———BOEING BREAKS SILENCE ON CANADIAN FIGHTER JET DECISION: Boeing has finally commented on Canada’s decision to abandon a plan to purchase fighter jets from the U.S. aerospace giant in favour of buying used F-18 fighter jets from Australia. Boeing says it respects the decision but won’t abandon its trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier, which is the reason Canada turned its back on the Boeing purchase.———QUEBEC SURGEON BONUS APPEALS HEALTH MINISTER: Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette says he can’t believe that surgeons and anesthesiologists get bonuses just for arriving at work by 8 o’clock in the morning. But Barrette says he can’t do anything about the policy because it comes out of an overall budget and it’s up to doctors to decide how it’s spent. A Montreal newspaper says the province’s surgeons and anesthesiologists shared $86.1 million over the past three years for getting to work on time.———DRUG OVERDOSE CALLS CONTINUE TO SOAR IN VANCOUVER: The city of Vancouver says firefighters have responded to more than 6,000 overdose calls so far this year, a 28 per cent increase over last year. Mayor Gregor Robertson says the numbers underscore the magnitude of the “horrific” opioid crisis that the city faces. The city says the number of calls is putting a strain on front line emergency resources. Vancouver Fire responded to 81 overdose calls last week alone.———CRITICS DECRY LONDON STRIP CLUB RESTRICTION: Some advocates for sex workers say a municipal ban on sexual touching in strip clubs is putting sex workers at risk, hampering their ability to make money. They want the prohibition to be lifted, saying that adult women should be free to consent to touching and being touched. One advocate says the ban on touching drives women away from clubs that have security guards and panic buttons into more vulnerable, private situations.———NEW TRIAL FOR NOVA SCOTIA MAN ON MURDER CHARGE: Nova Scotia’s appeal court has ordered a new trial for a man who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2003 in a killing allegedly ordered by the Hells Angels. Dean Kelsie has been serving a life prison sentence for the slaying of the man in a Halifax-area apartment building. But the appeal court ruled on Friday that trial judge erred in his legal instructions to the jury. No date has been set for a new trial.———ONTARIO TO RELOCATE CARIBOU: The Ontario government intends to airlift endangered caribou on an island in Lake Superior to a new home. The caribou on Michipicoten Island face danger from a small number of wolves who have been able to get out to the island when the lake ices up in the winter. The wolves have been systematically slaughtering the caribou in the past few years to the point that officials are worried about the population being wiped out completely.———ISRAEL URGES OTHERS TO FOLLOW U.S. ON JERUSALEM: Israel’s UN ambassador is urging all nations to follow the United States and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Danny Danon told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday that President Donald Trump’s announcement “recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a critical and necessary step for peace.” He stressed that “there will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.———
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre and the EC on a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings for alleged violation of the apex court’s judgment directing all candidates to declare their criminal antecedents to the poll panel before contesting elections. A bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran also sought response from the three deputy election commissioners, law secretary and the cabinet secretary for not complying with its judgment dated September 25, 2018. The court was hearing a plea filed by lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. In September last year, a five-judge Constitution bench had unanimously held that all candidates will have to declare their criminal antecedents to the Election Commission(EC) before contesting polls and had called for wider publicity, through print and electronic media about the antecedents of candidates.
Rabat – Morocco’s top tourist destination, Marrakech, with its famous Jemaa El Fna square and the numerous food stalls, is ranked 7th in the list of top 10 worst resorts for food poisoning.Based on the investigation led by the UK’s leading Holiday Sickness claim Experts, Sick Holiday, and food intolerance company YorkTest, Egypt’s Hurghada tops the list of resorts with 380 cases have been reported between 2017 and 2018.The data was based on insurance claims submitted to Sick Holiday. The list of resorts with the highest number of food poisoning cases includes Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with 211 cases (2nd), Mexico’s Riviera Maya with 182 cases (3rd), Turkey’s Antalya with 108 cases (4th), and Mexico’s Cancun with 95 cases (5th).Other destinations infamous for food poisoning are Cape Verde’s Boa Vista with 84 cases (6th), Marrakech with 83 cases (7th), Cape Verde’s Sal with 68 cases (8th), and the Spanish cities of Majorca (9th) and Benidorm (10th) with 66 and 62 cases respectively reported. An infographic showing where most food poisoning cases are reported“One of the more common holiday illnesses reported to Sickholiday.com in Morocco is Dysentery, a bacterial infection that can lead to severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and in rare cases can be life threatening,” said Sick Holiday.“Although all holidaymakers visiting Morocco are advised to drink only bottled water, poorly maintained swimming pools can also lead to serious stomach illness such as Gastroenteritis as a result of contracting Cryptosporidium,” it added.According to Richard Conroy of Sick holiday, food poisoning kills 420,000 people a year worldwide and affects 600 million people a year.Read also: Marrakech Prepares to Host 2019 MEBAA Airshow in SeptemberHe added that keeping food at the wrong temperature for a long time is a factor for food poisoning. Leaving food out for long periods before being reheated can also cause intoxication as it allows the development of pathogenic bacteria.Conroy pointed out that “a single fly can deposit up to 1,000 microbes by landing on food that is waiting to be served, which sometimes has been left out in the heat for hours.”
“Our assessment of the humanitarian situation indicated that food assistance must continue,” WFP country representative Mohamed El Kouhene said after approval of the new programme yesterday for the Sa’ada Governorate. “However, it is hoped that during this period, a durable ceasefire agreement and a political solution to the crisis will be reached and maintained. This would enable the displaced to return to their homes and resume their regular livelihood activities,” he added. The operation continues a WFP programme which started two months ago when 20,000 displaced people received assistance. The number of persons to receive food during the new operation has increased by 16,000 due to improved security and better access to the needy in more remote areas of the governorate. The Yemeni Government will continue to support the operation by providing security and logistics assistance to WFP. “WFP’s first rapid response to the emergency needs in Sa’ada has been highly appreciated, and we are thankful that WFP will continue to provide food assistance for another three months due to the continuous need,” Yemeni Planning and International Cooperation Minister Abdulkarim Al-Ar’habi said. Besides this three-month operation, WFP has a new $48-million, five-year country programme (2007-2011) for 1 million Yemenis, aimed at expanding girls’ access to education and improving the health and nutritional status of malnourished children under five, pregnant and lactating women and tuberculosis and leprosy patients. To date, the programme has received nearly $5.7 million in donations. WFP also supplies food to over 33,000 Somali refugees in transit centres and in the Kharaz Refugee camp located in Lahj Governorate. 17 August 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new $1.3 million three-month operation to aid 36,000 people displaced by fighting in north-west Yemen, cautioning that the number of those assisted could rise once security constraints are lifted and the area is fully accessible.
Correction: Japan-Shaping Sound story In this Jan. 20, 2017 photo, Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen speaks during an interview at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Inkinen said the hall was so close to perfect any kind of piece could be played, inspiring the performers because listeners can feel the symphony “in their stomachs.” “This is really one of the best halls in the world,” he said. “You can play unbelievably softly and it carries to the last row.” (AP Photo/Koji Ueda) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2017 8:27 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 4:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – In a story Feb. 7 about engineer Yasuhisa Toyota’s work in concert halls, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he founded his company. He is not the founder of Nagata Acoustics.A corrected version of the story is below:Concert halls call on this Japanese engineer to shape soundBehind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullnessBy YURI KAGEYAMAAssociated PressBehind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.Yasuhisa Toyota’s talents are coveted as classical music venues are increasingly designed in “vineyard style,” where audiences surround the stage to hear the performers up close and enjoy an almost-interactive experience, feeling more like a part of the music and being able to be seen and respond to it.Toyota’s Nagata Acoustics has just 20 employees globally, but it dominates acoustics work for halls in Japan and is expanding abroad. He’s designed the acoustics for orchestras in Los Angeles, Helsinki, Paris and Shanghai. Another of his projects, the Elbephilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, opened Jan. 11.Still, when asked to summarize the reason for success, Toyota hesitates. So many factors are involved in fine-tuning acoustics, and each hall has a different design, creating fresh challenges.“No one can explain in one word why a Stradivarius violin sounds so beautiful, or how the way it was made may have shaped that beautiful sound,” Toyota said in a recent interview at his Tokyo home.“Whether sound is beautiful, clear or pleasant is extremely complex,” he said. “So when we’re talking about acoustics in a concert hall, there is basically that space itself.”Toyota, 64, is not a musician but was raised listening to and loving classical music. The company founded in 1971 has headquarters in Tokyo and Los Angeles, which is Toyota’s main home these days as he oversees Nagata’s projects outside Japan.Toyota coined the expression “psycho-acoustics” to describe the importance of emotions and other senses in sound. Would a pink violin, for instance, sound as good as a brown one, he asks?“There is discussion about a formula for acoustics because sound is invisible. People don’t ask those questions about visual design,” said Toyota, whose carefree flair, quick wit and laugh are unusual among Japanese of his usually staid generation.At times sounding like a Zen monk when he talks about the art of sound, Toyota says crafting acoustics requires a thorough knowledge of building materials, close collaboration with architects, comprehension of musicians’ needs, computerized simulations, use of scale models of the halls and analysis of reverberating sound.The thickness of a wall, its shape, material and curves, the fixtures hanging from the ceiling, and the musicians themselves all affect acoustics. In the old-style shoebox design of concert halls, where the audience sits in rows facing the stage, the sound is easier to control. The vineyard format is trickier.David Howard, a bass clarinetist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has played in several halls Toyota has worked on and says he appreciates the direct, clear and full, and intimate nature of their sound.“In that sense, Mr. Toyota hit a home run,” he said.Apart from the just opened Elbephilharmonie, Toyota has done the acoustics for Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, Helzberg Hall at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Chamber Hall at the Museo Del Violino in Cremona, Italy. His first major overseas project was the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which opened in 2003, for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.The acoustics of the hall the Los Angeles orchestra used before were so bad that musicians overplayed to compensate, and that carried over to other venues.“The ideal environment,” Howard said, “is one where I can feel unencumbered in terms of being concerned about my individual sound, and I can just play, so that the ingredients are such that I don’t have to worry about it being beautiful enough, or loud enough, or clear enough, that those things are more or less taken care of for me, so that I can just make music.”Toyota’s fame started with Tokyo’s majestic Suntory Hall, but its 1986 opening was a nightmare, he recalls.It took time for the musicians to adjust to its finely tuned acoustics. That process can take several years. But these days, musical experts agree the acoustics in Suntory Hall are impeccable.Toyota said he asks all musicians to play more softly while adjusting to a new venue where he’s worked.“When all 80 people are nervous and playing in all directions, then there is utter chaos on stage,” he said.Japan’s love for classical music and Toyota’s talent were evident at a recent Japan Philharmonic Orchestra performance at Suntory Hall of Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 8 in C minor.”Kikue Sugimito, a long-time Japan Philharmonic season-ticket holder, remembers being awed by the sound quality when the orchestra moved from its previous venue to Suntory Hall.“There is a transparence about the sound here,” she said.Pietari Inkinen, the conductor, said the hall was so close to perfect any kind of piece could be played, inspiring the performers because listeners can feel the symphony “in their stomachs.”“This is really one of the best halls in the world,” he said. “You can play unbelievably softly and it carries to the last row.”The architect Frank Gehry, who worked with Toyota on Disney Hall, says the aim in designing a concert hall is to make the space comfortable and interactive for all in the room.Gehry and Toyota donated their work to build a hall, opening in March, for Berlin’s Barenboim-Said Akademie, which was founded by conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim and the American-Palestinian scholar Edward W. Said to educate and bring together young musicians, including Arabs and Israelis.“In music, you’re taking sounds and putting them together to create beauty and a feeling. When you do a building, you’re taking inert materials and putting them together to create beauty and a feeling,” said Gehry, who admires Japanese culture, including gagaku music and architecture, and, especially, Toyota.“You make the space comfortable, interactive and humane so that people feel together in the room and people feel together with the orchestra. The orchestra feels the relationship with the people. And it makes it better. That was what we tried to do. We could talk about it that way,” said Gehry in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.“I love working with him — an enriching treat beyond belief,” he said.Although architects and acousticians sometimes don’t get along, as they infringe by definition on each other’s turf, Toyota told a story about the cross-cultural collaborative relationship he has with Gehry, joking about sharing blame equally if Disney Hall were to fail.“So he tells me, ‘Yasu, if things don’t go well, let’s commit harakiri together. But you have to do it first, and I’m following because I have no idea how to do it.’ My response was, ‘Frank, you have to do it first. If I did, there will be no one who can help you. I can help you. You should go first. I’m going after you.’ “___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama
This year, falling on 25 April, and with main celebrations happening in the Ethiopian capital, the day was marked across the world. The UN telecomms agency estimates that within the next 10 years, there could be as many as two million technology jobs that go unfilled due to a lack of digital specialists. In a video message for the day, the director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, called on girls to “put technology at the core of their career passions”, underlining that advanced digital skills are a strong advantage for students. Underlining the increasingly important tech component in many career paths – not only in science related jobs – Ms. Bogdan-Martin highlighted technology as a “critical tool in fields as diverse as art history, law, primary teaching and graphic design”. According to ITU figures, over 357,000 girls and young women have already taken part in more than 11,100 events to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day in 171 countries worldwide, contributing towards bridging the gender digital divide. Last week, in Geneva, experts also shared avenues for action in an event entitled “Closing the Gender Gap in the Digital World”. Celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April, the Day is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider entering the growing field of ICT, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the sector. Recalling the energy and dedication he saw for himself from those taking part in the African Girls Can Code Initiative, earlier this year in Addis Ababa, UN chief António Guterres, tweeted that “such inspiring programmes not only develop skills, they also challenge stereotypes that limit girls’ ambitions and dreams”. When women + girls are empowered with technology, the whole world benefits. Support #GirlsinICT and close the digital #GenderGap https://t.co/J3ngbwOORb pic.twitter.com/TYjKAEKa2C— ITU (@ITU) April 25, 2019
Though the object of just about any sport is to outscore the opponent, teams that finish a whole season with the biggest scoring margin don’t always emerge as champions. That seeming contradiction is common in leagues that decide their champions with playoffs because weaker teams sometimes overachieve in the postseason. But it also happens now and then in the major European soccer leagues, which crown their champions based solely on regular-season results.Usually, this sort of luck evens out. The club that wins all of its one-goal matches one season will have a good chance to win its league’s title without leading in goal differential. But it will find it tough to repeat the feat: Winning a title that way is like walking a tightrope, compared to the relatively straightforward path for the team with the best goal differential.That luck, though, has almost never played out in Liverpool’s favor. Its extended run of difficulty turning positive scoring margins into trophies demonstrates that there is more to winning titles than winning the scoreboard: Scoring at the right time and protecting slim leads are also important. Then again, considering this misfortune has persisted across many different Liverpool managers and players, it may also just be the latest evidence that sports often aren’t fair.At least one of the factors behind Liverpool’s 24-year title drought must feel like hard luck to supporters of the Reds. Liverpool leads major European clubs, by a wide margin, in failing to turn scoring margins into wins — the necessary ingredient for league points and thus titles — since the debut of the English Premier League, 22 years ago. One of its top Premier League rivals, Manchester United, has led the league in points relative to expectation based on goals scored and allowed. So Liverpool received little return on investment while Man U got a windfall.This season, that all could have changed. In soccer, a win typically is worth three points in the league table, while a draw is worth one. A couple of weeks ago, with a struggling United out of the title race, the Reds won their 11th consecutive league match, over Norwich, and led that other Manchester club — Manchester City — by five points, even though Man City held the better goal differential, +54 to Liverpool’s +52. Winning a title without leading the league in goal differential would have provided plenty of catharsis for Liverpool supporters.But ahead of its season finale Sunday at home against Newcastle, Liverpool has fallen off the pace. It blew a three-goal lead to Crystal Palace on Monday in the second half. City took control of the title race with a 4-0 win against Aston Villa on Wednesday. City leads Liverpool by two points and holds an unassailable lead of 13 goals in scoring margin, which determines the league champion if two or more teams tie for the points lead.1City won the league title two years ago, over Manchester United, based on the same goal-differential tiebreaker. If clubs have the same goal differential, then total goals decides the champion, and if they tie there, too, a one-game playoff decides things. To win the title, Liverpool must now beat Newcastle and hope West Ham upsets City in Manchester.Even if Liverpool doesn’t win the title Sunday, two of Europe’s other three strongest leagues, in Italy and Spain, could be won by a club that didn’t lead the league in goal differential.It would be unusual for two or more champions in England, Italy, Spain and Germany to trail a rival in goal differential. On average since 1992-93, it’s happened in one of the four leagues each year, and just once every other year in the last decade.Across all sports, the relationship between scoring margin and winning can differ subtly. In the last few paragraphs, I’ve been comparing soccer clubs by goal differential, since that’s the stat that commonly appears in league tables. But the difference between goals scored and goals allowed is an incomplete way of assessing team performance. The club that scores 50 goals and allows none will suffer no losses, and likely will have a better record than a rival that scores 150 goals and allows 75.Those who analyze the four major U.S. pro sports leagues for the connection between scoring margin and winning percentage look to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras as their muse. His formula for C, the length of the longest side of a right triangle, or the hypotenuse, is A^2 +B^2 = C^2, where A and B are the lengths of the other two sides, respectively. As baseball-stats pioneer Bill James first found to get a good first estimate of a baseball team’s winning percentage, you can draw a right triangle where one of the two shorter sides has a length equal to the number of runs scored by the team, A; and the other of the two shorter sides has a length equal to the number of runs allowed, B. Then the team’s winning percentage will roughly be the square of the ratio between A and C.That, again, is a starting point. For baseball the best exponent to use in this formula turns out to be lower than 2, closer to 1.8. Some analysts also prefer to adjust the exponent depending on the run-scoring environment. And other sports have different exponents — basketball’s, for instance, is much higher.Soccer presents a Pythagorean challenge because about a quarter of its matches end in draws, worth one point each in the league tables. Because wins are worth three points, the most accurate Pythagorean analyses overestimate most teams’ points totals, as soccer analyst Howard Hamilton has found. I got the same result when seeking the best exponent for the last 21 complete seasons of the big four European professional leagues, using data compiled by Opta, the soccer-stats providers and analysts. The best fit,2Using Microsoft Excel’s Solver function, and seeking to minimize the root mean square error. an exponent of 1.19, overestimated the average team’s final standing by 4.6 points.Advanced analysis in soccer is younger than its cousin disciplines for other sports, and there isn’t yet a consensus about how to solve this conundrum. Hamilton derived a formula — published in a peer-reviewed journal — to account separately for the probability of wins, losses and draws. Others have calculated formulas with three separate exponents. Depending on which approach analysts use, and which years and leagues they’re studying, the results can vary a bit, though typically they’re able to predict a team’s final points total to within three to five points.I tried several of these approaches with my Opta-supplied data set, and found the best balance between complexity and accuracy was one that used two exponents: one for teams’ goals scored, and one for goals allowed.3I was seeking a formula to relate goals scored and goals allowed to points percentage — points divided by available points, which I set to the number of matches multiplied by three, though some leagues in some seasons gave two points per win. The general form was: Points percentage = (goals scored)^A/(goals scored)^B + (goals allowed)^C. Setting A, B and C equal, as one does when using the formula for other sports, creates the problem of overestimating point totals in soccer. Letting each exponent be different yielded a root mean square error — roughly speaking, the typical miss in the forecast of a team’s results — of 4.3 points. I then tried a different set of exponents for each of the four leagues, and got hardly any benefit: an overall RMSE of 4.2. Then I forced A and B to be equal to each other, since they were being applied to the same base. That also had little change (RMSE = 4.3). So I stuck with that relatively simple model: Just two exponents, the same for each league in each season. The resulting exponent for goals scored was 1.18, and for goals allowed 1.23. The model worked well for each league and each season, not overestimating or underestimating for any league’s set of teams by more than half a point on average, or for any single year by more than a point on average. The model produced an estimate for each club, for each season, of how many points it should have received given its number of goals scored and allowed. And that let me to calculate which teams consistently outperformed or underperformed their expected records.Among the 73 clubs that were in their countries’ top tier for at least 10 of the 21 seasons between 1992-93 and 2012-13, Liverpool was by far the biggest underperformer, at 3.5 points per season. No other club underperformed by even two points per season. Atlético Madrid, which is now the club most likely to win a big league this season without leading it in goal differential, is another historic underperformer, by 1.4 points per season.Even this year Atlético has been more good than lucky. Though Barcelona and Real Madrid have better goal differentials, Atlético has conceded far fewer goals. For the very best clubs, a goal allowed is costlier than a goal scored is valuable, because the surrendered goal could turn a win into a draw and cost two points.4ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, developed by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, operates on the same principle, rating clubs that concede fewer goals — after adjusting for opponent strength — more highly than clubs with the same scoring differential but more goals conceded. For this reason, Chelsea, in third in the EPL this season in the table and in goal differential, could have expected to be ahead in the league table because it has been the stingiest in allowing goals. Based on my model, Atlético could have expected to be just ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid based on goals.Had Liverpool been just slightly better at turning goals into wins, it might have won three league titles in the last two decades. In 1995-96, Liverpool conceded one fewer goal than league champs Manchester United over the 38-match season, while scoring three fewer. According to my formula, that should have amounted to a near-tie at the top of the table; instead, United won by 11 points. By goals scored and allowed, Liverpool also should have been neck and neck with Arsenal in 2001-02: Arsenal scored 12 more but conceded six more, as well. Yet the Gunners outgunned Liverpool by seven points in the final table. It was United, again, thwarting Liverpool’s title hopes in 2008-09: The Reds scored nine more goals than United while conceding just three more, which should have been good enough for a one-point edge in the final table. United won by four points.Many of Liverpool’s goals have come when the club least needed them, with a match’s outcome already decided. For instance, in 2001-02, Liverpool was 13-3 in matches decided by two goals or more, with a goal differential in those matches of +29. In February, Liverpool faced a hot Ipswich Town club that had won seven of eight league matches. Liverpool won, 6-0. In the season finale, they met again, and Liverpool won, 5-0. Ipswich Town lost only two other matches all season by more than two goals.Even when Liverpool has been out of the league race, it’s often had hard luck. In 1998-99, the Reds scored 22 more goals than West Ham United, while allowing four fewer. Yet somehow the Hammers finished ahead of Liverpool.Liverpool didn’t deserve any of the titles it didn’t win. Clubs know their target is points, not goal differential. Those that win the league without leading in goal differential might be better at protecting one-goal leads, or less intent on running up the score on weak opponents. It turns out that winning is about as good a predictor of future winning as are any stats based on goal differential.5A club’s point percentage for a season, in the data set, had a higher correlation to point percentage the next season (0.66) than did the first year’s goal differential per game (0.63), and about the same as the ratio of goals scored to goals allowed (0.66), while just slightly trailing the correlation between the first year’s predicted point percentage and its actual percentage the next season (0.67). That doesn’t necessarily mean that a club’s points total is the best indicator of team quality. It could be that the better a club does, the better players it attracts in the transfer market. Also this comparison omits any clubs that were relegated to a lower division for a bad Year One performance. Nonetheless, there’s no evidence here that the basic goal-differential stats do a better job of predicting future results than do past results.Even so, for the same club to have such a poor record relative to expectations over 21 years suggests a spate of bad luck. The common threads over that long a period are Liverpool’s colors and its fans. And Liverpool supporters, by now, could reasonably feel they’re due some good luck — maybe even enough for their club to overcome Man City’s strong position, and strong goal differential, to win the league.Correction (May 7, 7:38 p.m.): Manchester City beat Aston Villa, 4-0, on Wednesday and now holds a 13-goal lead on Liverpool in goal differential. An earlier version of this article misstated the score and Manchester City’s lead in goal differential.
Paramedics were called to the Ife household at 9am on 22 August, when Harry Ife rang to say his brother had “gone a bit cold” after feeling “dehydrated” and “a bit weary”. Attempts were made to save his life but Kennedy had suffered a cardiac arrest, and was pronounced dead just over an hour later.Police arrived shortly on the scene shortly afterwards, and were told by the family that Kennedy was very religious and would often quote bible verses, jurors heard.His brother Colin Ife is said to have explained to officers that Kennedy had become aggressive in recent days, shouting about the “mark of the beast 666”.Police then watched the family chant and pray in what the court heard was an “attempted resurrection of Kennedy Ife’s body”. Colin was allegedly heard by officers to say “Kennedy in the name of Jesus arise in the light of God”.Following his death a pathologist counted more than 60 injuries, all consistent with forceful constraint, including a possible bite mark, the court heard.All seven defendants were arrested and later examined by a doctor. Five members of the family had visible grazes, including the father Kenneth who had a bite injury to his right shoulder. Kenneth Ife, a prominent public policy analyst, is charged alongside members of his family with killing Kennedy Ife during an attempted execution. Pictured outside the Old Bailey.Credit:Ed Willcox/Ed Willcox A family of “charismatic Christians” killed their marketing executive son during an attempted exorcism at their home, a court heard.Kennedy Ife’s parents and brothers mistakenly believed he was “possessed by evil spirits” and set about “curing” him with prayer and restraint, jurors were told.Mr Ife’s parents, Kenneth and Josephine, and five brothers Roy, Harry, Colin, Samuel and Daniel appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday charged with his manslaughter.They allegedly used cable ties, rope and handcuffs to restrain the “vulnerable” 26-year-old at home in Enfield, north London, in the days before his death in August 2016.Prosecutor Tom Little QC said the Ife family held deep religious beliefs, described by one of the defendants as “charismatic Christians”.When Kennedy showed signs of illness, they allegedly believed he had become possessed and decided to restrain him, jurors heard. Mr Little told jurors: “Whether this was some form of exorcism will be a matter for you in due course.”In short, the Ife family took the law into their own hands.”The family lived together on Lancaster Avenue, where properties can fetch well over £2million. According to his LinkedIn page, Kenneth Ife is a prominent public policy analyst who has previously advised the World Bank and the British government. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In a police interview, Colin Ife stated that Kennedy was behaving normally up until eating a Chinese buffet on 13 August, when he started complaining of pain in his throat and was finding it hard to sleep, the court heard.Five days later Kennedy “complained about a seed in his stomach” and a “python or snake inside him”, his brother told police. He added that Kennedy believed that he had a “demon inside his body waiting to kill him”, the court heard.Kenneth, Josephine, Roy, Harry, Colin, Daniel and Samuel, all of (37) Lancaster Avenue, Hadley Wood, Barnet, all deny manslaughter, false imprisonment and causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult between 19 and 23 August 2016.The trial continues.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump avoids talk of gun curbs after Florida school shootingFebruary 15, 2018In “latest news”Obama: I warned Putin over hackingDecember 17, 2016In “latest news”Florida massacre: Who was the gunman?June 13, 2016In “Crime” Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, reportedly left a comment on a YouTube video last year stating: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”A user alerted authorities to the post.Nikolas Cruz was arrested an hour after the attack (WPTV image)After seeing a comment on a YouTube post last year by Mr Cruz, 19, user Ben Bennight contacted the FBI with his concerns. He said he spoke to representatives there for about 20 minutes.Teachers were also warned about Mr Cruz, who was not allowed on campus with a backpack, US media report.According to the BBC, the FBI was warned about the teenager who allegedly carried out a mass shooting at his former school in Florida.Seventeen people were killed and many more were injured in the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Several people are in a critical condition.It is the deadliest shooting at a US school since 2012.Mr Bennight said that the FBI had contacted him again following the school shooting in Parkland.The FBI has not yet commented on the reports. (Excerpt from BBC News)
← Previous Story Hedin appointed Aalborg coach Next Story → Djurkovic resigns as Pelister coach Iztok Puc lost the battle against cancer. The former played of Zagreb, Celje, Borac and Prule passed away today in Florida, USA where his medical treatment was taking place. Playing for Yugoslavia he won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Seoul 1988. Eight years later, won the gold with Croatia in Atlanta 1996, and then played at the Olympic Games in Sydney with Slovenia.Rest in Peace, Legend.
APPLE HAS REPORTED that its quarterly profit climbed with strong iPhone demand, but a decline in iPad tablet sales put a damper on its results.The California-based company posted a profit of $7.7 billion on revenue of $37.4 billion in the three months period to June 28, an increase of 11.6 percent from a year ago.Apple said it sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter, a rise of nearly 13 percent from the same period a year earlier.In an earnings release, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said:“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest (earnings per share) growth rate in seven quarters.”Apple also declared a cash dividend of 47 cents per share of common stock to be paid at the close of business on August 11.Apple shares slipped less than a percent to $94.38 in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures.In a disappointment, Apple said iPad sales fell 9.2 percent from a year ago to 12.27 million, a figure weaker than most analysts had expected.The soft demand for iPads also hurt revenues, which were below the consensus forecast of nearly $38 billion.The earnings release, as expected, contained no hint of any new iteration of the popular iPhone despite numerous reports that Apple is preparing versions with a larger display.Smartwatch A US patent made public today bolstered rumors that Apple has designs on a smartwatch.The patent describes an wrist band, possible with a touch screen, configured to connect wirelessly to a mobile device such as a smartphone.Disclosure of the patent added fuel to talk that California-based Apple intends to weigh into the blossoming wearable computing market with a smart watch.Apple has remained tight-lipped about product plans, but Cook has stated repeatedly that impressive new products were in the works, and that he sees the wrist as a preferred spot for a wearable computing gadget.- © AFP, 2014Read: Apple is putting in its biggest-ever order for iPhones>Read: EU hits out at Apple over in-app purchases>
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman has become the sixth person to die after a car mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne’s busiest mall, police said.Thirty-six people have been treated in hospital and one person remains in a critical condition since a man drove a car at high speed into shoppers nearly two weeks ago.“A sixth person has died following the incident that took place in the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) on 20 January,” a police statement said.“A 33-year-old Blackburn South woman died in hospital just before 7.30pm this evening (Monday).”A man in his 30s, a man and woman both in their 20s, a ten-year-old girl, and a three-month-old baby were also killed.A 26-year-old man from Melbourne has been charged with five counts of murder and more charges are expected.Victoria police said he is due to appear in court in August.The accused had been pursued by police prior to the rampage after he had allegedly stabbed his brother.The news of the sixth death came amid plans for a memorial to be established in Australia’s second largest city.© – AFP, 2017Read: Four killed and 20 more injured after car drives into pedestrians in Melbourne Image: Andrew Brownbill AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3214377 Image: Andrew Brownbill AP/Press Association Images Sixth person dies after car mowed down pedestrians in Australian shopping district Thirty-six people have been treated in hospital following the incident nearly two weeks ago. Jan 31st 2017, 8:36 AM 15,235 Views Share2 Tweet Email Short URL 4 Comments Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 8:36 AM By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
125 Comments Share Tweet Email4 Humanist Association of Ireland By Terry Flynn 253 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 16th 2017, 3:30 PM AS EASTER CELEBRATIONS continue, the surge in non-religious in last week’s census results, where “no religion” is now the second largest category behind Roman Catholics, marks a progressive evolution.The government will need to accommodate it through constitutional, legislative and State practice change.One in ten people now have “no religion”. For the non-religious and humanists, those with no religion almost doubled to 468,400. This is a massive 73.4% increase.Why the figure could have been higherAnother interesting statistic is that 125,300 people declined to answer the religion question at all, so the increase of those with “no religion” may have been higher.And we would suggest that the “no religion” figure could have been even higher still. Why? The census form designers historically assume that most Irish citizens have a religion by asking the rather loaded question: “What is your religion?”One would have thought a more sensible way of framing the question might have been ask: “Do you have a religion?”But this suggestion, made by the Humanist Association of Ireland following an invitation by the Central Statistics Office for suggestions regarding improvements to the census form, was rejected on the basis that it would make historical comparisons difficult.Do Irish citizens identify as being Catholic even though they no longer practice?Secondly, it seems odd that the number of Catholics has only declined by 3.4%. The evidence on the ground, that is, the meagre numbers entering the priesthood, and the steady decline in church attendance would suggest that, while many still identify as being Catholic, fewer actually practise the religion on any regular basis.The figures would appear to overestimate the strength of established religions.What the census figures do reveal is that existing barriers to non-religious in education, public office and practices in the provision of publicly funded services will now need to keep in step with this changing Ireland.Religious oathsFor example, 45% of those who marked “no religion” are in the 20-39 age group.Should this cohort ever aspire to high office like the presidency, or wish to become a judge, or be appointed to the Council of State, under current rules they can be excluded because of the need to take a religious oath.Discriminatory Employment Law based on religious ethosAntiquated laws like Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act, which allow workplaces to discriminate in terms of employment in order to maintain the religious ethos of the institution, should be assigned to the past and repealed completely.Our hospitals and health service need to reflect the philosophical change as indicated in the census, and allow medical science and patient’s individual choice to thrive in the delivery of public services.Furthermore the current baptism barrier where children of parents with no religion are discriminated against even though their parents pay the same taxes as a parent of religious affiliation should be scrapped immediately.Government decisions should be based on empirical evidence rather than religious beliefsThe Humanist Association of Ireland believe that laws, government policies and the public funding of services should benefit all members of Irish society, not just those who adhere to a particular religious faith, even when that religion holds a majority position.As such, all government decisions should be based on empirical evidence rather than religious beliefs.What these latest census figures reveal is that Ireland is slowly discarding its age-old loyalty card attitude toward established religions.The increased percentage of non-religious should now be reflected in an increased voice for the non-religious person in Irish society, particularly in equality, work and education.Terry Flynn is a committed Humanist, member and volunteer of the Humanist Association of Ireland.‘Do we invest money into private pockets, or into public housing, that we own?’>Column: Debunking the most common ‘alternative facts’ about the Irish language> https://jrnl.ie/3335448 ‘Ireland is slowly discarding its age-old loyalty card attitude toward established religions’ Laws, government policies and the public funding of services should benefit all members of Irish society, writes Terry Flynn. Terry Flynn Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 3:30 PM
The Ktimatolgio / Hellenic Cadastre is currently in the process of collecting new property ownership declarations for various areas throughout Greece as well as confirming declarations that have previously been submitted in other areas.Which areas should I be aware of? More than half of Greece is currently under registration since 19 November, 2018. Areas including Kalymnos, Karpathos, Ioannina, Lefkada, Kastoria, Nafpaktos, Kefallonia, the Peloponnese, Ikaria and Chios are among a few.Deadlines for submission vary and have been extended up to late April through late May for Greek residents whereas residents abroad are entitled to an extended deadline.Athens Municipality property owners will be receiving notifications to double check their property declarations for any false information.The deadline for amendments in Athens as well as submitting new declarations for those of you that have forgotten to do so, is June 24, 2019.READ MORE: Property registry deadlines for owners in GreeceDocuments neededDepending on how ownership was acquired, documents needed, may differ. The basic documents owners need to keep in mind however include the following:Application Form – online or hard-copy when physically submitted Title Ownership – photocopy or scanned when submitting online Land survey when applicableGreek Identification Card or Passport InformationA very important step in the entire process, is also precisely identifying the location of the property. When recent topography surveys with coordinates are not available, property owners can visit the official website www.ktimatologio.gr to identify the property.Why register? Greek Property owners that fail to register on time, will forever lose their rights.The Greek government will be entitled to ownership rights for any “unknown” property that has never been declared.Furthermore, the Ktimatologio is one the many “fast tracking” property laws since 2010 that will all connect and be linked to the Electronic Building Code ID to be implement in the near future.K. Sirouni is an architect and Greek Property Management consultant. Visit www.ksirouni.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Soixante personnalités se disent pour l’encadrement des mères porteusesPlus de soixante personnalités, dont notamment la philosophe Elisabeth Badinter, se sont déclarées pour l’encadrement de la gestation pour autrui, dans une tribune du Monde. Un sujet aujourd’hui encore tabou et polémique.Plusieurs dizaines de personnalités ainsi que des élus socialistes se sont exprimés cette semaine dans Le Monde afin de faire savoir leur avis concernant la gestation pour autrui, qui implique l’idée d’une “mère porteuse”. Ainsi, ces personnalités et personnes politiques ont expliqué être “pour” une légalisation de ce projet, et cela à travers un cadre de loi bien spécifique. Le site Internet de 20 minutes précise qu’il ne s’agit pas de la première tribune sur le sujet puisque le 22 novembre dernier, une autre tribune signée par Lionel Jospin, Michel Rocard et Benoit Hamon avait été publiée.Concernant le texte publié cette semaine, ce dernier explique : “Oui, sans encadrement, la société peut dériver vers une instrumentalisation des femmes, une réification de leurs corps, une marchandisation de l’enfant. C’est la raison pour laquelle nous proposons de fixer le cadre qui permettra aux femmes de porter un enfant pour d’autres parents, sans voir leurs droits menacés”. Et de proposer également : “Pour éviter toute forme de dérive, nous proposons de ne pas autoriser les femmes sans enfants à porter un enfant pour autrui, de limiter le nombre de gestations pour autrui par femme et de fixer une limite d’âge (…). Nous excluons toutes relations financières entre les parents et la femme qui porte leur enfant”. Le 14 décembre 2010 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
According to the Japanese defender, his team had a very difficult match against Turkmenistan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Japan barely defeated Turkmenistan 3-2 in their Group F match in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo, the team learned from that and will be ready for the next challenges.“We struggled against Turkmenistan but it was very important for us players to know what the AFC Asian Cup is,” Nagatomo told Ghana Soccernet.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.“We will use the experience gained against Turkmenistan to good effect. We have had three days to prepare for our next match against Oman (on Sunday) and we are confident of a better showing.”“We saw a recording of the match and we know that they are very good in counter attacks and have speedy players. Oman will be a difficult team to beat,” he added.“Having said that, we are also a good team and we have the players who can get us a positive result. We will prepare accordingly for Oman.”“It doesn’t make a difference whether we qualify after the second or third match as long as we qualify for the knockout stage,” he concluded.
An alleged burglar and kidnapper remained at large late Thursday after handcuffing a woman in her home in the Rose Village neighborhood — and fleeing when her husband wrested a gun from the intruder and fired a shot at him, police said.The 5 p.m. incident drew many Vancouver officers to the area, most carrying rifles or shotguns as a tracking dog tried to sniff out the man’s trail down streets and through backyards.A dozen or more SWAT and patrol officers took positions at intersections around the area of the St. Johns IGA supermarket and Bill’s Chicken & Steak House in the 2200 block of St. Johns Boulevard. At least twice, officers detained men who partially resembled the intruder, and later released them.The manhunt began after a woman ran from her home in the 2300 block of East 27th Street to the nearby IGA and asked for help. Officials originally were told she’d been shot, but later learned she suffered only minor injuries.A next-door neighbor of the injured woman told news reporters she saw her fleeing her home in handcuffs.The victim, not yet identified by police, said she came home and found an unknown man inside, and the man restrained her with handcuffs.