Jurgen Klopp delighted to welcome back ‘machine’ Sadio Mane for West Ham victory

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp shared his delight at watching Liverpool and, in particular, Sadio Mane romping to a 4-1 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium.Mane was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up having made a quicker than expected recovery from a hamstring problem.The Senegal forward was certainly showing no ill-effects from the injury as he initiated a devastating counter-attack following a West Ham corner, eventually teeing up Mohamed Salah to score after a lengthy charge upfield.“I decided after just one training session to bring Sadio in from the beginning,” revealed Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.“I’ve never done that before, but obviously it was not the worst idea I’ve ever had. Sadio is a naturally fit player, he is a machine.“The first goal was a fantastic counter-attack, the second from a corner and that’s two goals from set-plays in a week. We’ve had that before – but usually from the other team.“Our response to their goal was outstanding, Oxlade-Chamberlain used the chance, and then brilliant play for the fourth.“Games sometimes are not like this. Two weeks ago at Wembley I felt quite different and we have responded really well. We wanted to strike back and we have with really good results.” The Senegal forward was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up last_img read more

Repairs underway beside N.C. 143, U.S. 74A

first_imgTransportation officials recently awarded contracts to repair landslides in Graham County and Henderson County.Adams Contracting of Robbinsville earned a $735,000 contract to repair a slide located on N.C. 143 about one mile west of the intersection with N.C. 28.Traffic will continue to flow on the highway using a temporary signal in Graham County. The contractor will remove loose debris and create more of a gradual slope from the slide area which measures about 220 feet high and 150 feet wide. The work began last week and should be completed by May.In Henderson County, traffic will utilize the open lane on U.S. 74A during the work and both lanes available when workers are not present at the location near Grant Mountain Road.GLF Construction, with a base in Asheville, earned the contract for $1.15 million to repair the slide area of about 150 feet tall and 250 feet wide. The contractor will remove material from a ditch beside the road, push other dirt and rock down the road and build a rock buttress at the bottom of the slide area. The contractor expects to complete the work by May 3.last_img read more

Ghana fever grips South Africa

first_img1 July 2010All the African teams taking part in the 2010 Fifa World Cup have felt the impetus of home ground advantage. As the last African team remaining in the tournament, Ghana have become the focus of South Africans’ passion for football and uncontained joy at hosting the first Fifa World Cup on the continent.All over South Africa, the Ghanaian colours are finding their way into the homes, cars and wardrobes of local fans.Even at an open air viewing of the Portugal vs Spain match on Tuesday night, George Mahlangu was dressed in his Ghanaian colours, preparing himself for the history books to be rewritten.“It is fantastic to have the Black Stars in the quarter-finals, especially in the World Cup hosted here in South Africa,” said Mahlangu. “All we need is one African team in the quarters, not all six, to fly the flag for Africa.”“Ghana was amazing against the US,” says Lebo Mahlatjie, an ardent African football fan. “They have really put Africa’s presence into this tournament.”For fans like Mahlatjie, the Black Stars epitomise Africa’s efforts both on and off the pitch. “They have a good chance to get through. They have surprised everyone and done Africa proud, whatever happens on Friday.”Ghana will make history on Friday if they beat Uruguay to become the first African team to advance to the semi-finals. “If they manage that, I can’t tell you how wild it will be,” said Mahlatjie. “It will be the greatest day.”The successes of the Ghanaian team has converted many local people, many of whom were not necessarily the biggest football fans before. “They play great football,” says Samantha Robb. “It feels fantastic to see them doing so well, you have to support them.”For Robb, the thought of Ghana winning is almost too much to bear. “I will celebrate Africa’s success. Together we have come so far, and this is our World Cup, already we have broken perceptions around what Africa can do.”South African fans will turn out in their thousands on Friday night to root for the Black Stars. “I have a ticket to the game,” says Tebogo Mutlanyune. “Ghana is representing Africa for all of us, and I want to support that. Black Stars all the way!”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Salesforce Builds a Cloud-based Apps Market Just for Governments

first_imgPublic sector technology workers can only look with envy on what Salesforce and its Force.com apps have been able to achieve in commercial enterprises.Even as more and more enterprises eagerly move to the new social apps model, public sector IT functions remain solidly stuck in the 20th century, if not the 19th.Salesforce is hoping that the excitement of the rollout of its dedicated Government Cloud in for Q3 2012 will sweep federal and state governments into adoption of newer, more collaborative, less expensive software. But when it comes to public sector IT, the image that springs to mind is “unstoppable force meets immovable object.”The Government Cloud“It’s a computing platform that government can embrace to transform for the social era,” says Dan Burton, Salesforce’s senior vice president for the global public sector, in an interview with ReadWriteWeb.“There’s no IT infrastructure to buy, no data centers to build, no upgrade and maintenance fees to pay – just citizen access to government services anytime, anywhere, at Internet scale.”Well, at least that’s the goal.Certainly Salesforce has demonstrated the ability to develop and produce this kind of product, and there may be state and local governments ready to make the leap.For the federal government, though, the leap may be a chasm – one with a few big legislative hurdles in the way.It’s not that the feds don’t realize that fundamental shifts are necessary in the nation’s IT infrastructure. But the necessary mindset shift from the skillsets that federal IT relies upon today and, say, Force.com truly does require a revolution. Plus, with government job security as high as it’s ever been, any change in the way the U.S. Goverment does business will require the retraining of thousands of workers.Exclusive DatabasesBurton (no relation to the Indiana congressman) tells RWW that Government Cloud will be comprised of exclusive databases separate from its enterprise products. Its foundation will be housed in Salesforce.com’s U.S. production data centers, and will utilize software access controls whose security that have already been declared compliant with FISMA and ISO/IEC 27001. “The dedicated government instance will offer the same high level of security and trust that Salesforce is known for,” Burton claims. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Announcements#cloud A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Just the prospects of open collaboration alone, Salesforce’s Burton believes, could transform government into something more like CEO Marc Benioff’s “social enterprise.”“If you think of government today, there are over 3,000 counties, thousands of cities, 50 states, hundreds of federal agencies, and each one is buying and building custom applications with little knowledge of what other government agencies are doing,” Burton says.“And AppExchange for government will eliminate this duplication by creating an online marketplace that lets government find and deploy applications with a click of a mouse.It’s built on Force.com, it has gone through security reviews, it’s 100% cloud, and it’s available today.We already have 60 applications from more than 30 partners, and more on the way.”Will the Revolution Be Televised or Postponed?Done right, this approach could revolutionize citizens’ everyday interaction with their local, state, and federal government offices. Revolutions are not things that governments tend to embrace with open arms (especially when there’s money behind them), but Salesforce is openly positioning itself as a force for disrupting government bureaucracy and protocol.“Salesforce is all about disruption and transformation,” proclaims Burton.“We are very conscious about that.We think that legacy IT systems are broken, and to have government spend money on IT infrastructure, databases, maintenance and upgrade fees, is holding government captive and not allowing it to deliver the social, mobile, and open technologies that citizens already have and are demanding from government.I think that this revolution will take place faster than people think.”Salesforce’s announcement today kicks off the company’s Cloudforce D.C. conference. As an example, Burton used Salesforce Chatter to enable an ordinary citizen to look up information about a building permit, and let a government worker get back to him with downloadable documents, picture, and details.The worker is assigned the citizen just like the salesperson is assigned the customer.It’s a case the worker can follow up on using social media. You can only imagine how enticing this example must look to workers chained to a pre-Y2K environment. Along with the dedicated Government Cloud instance will be a dedicated App Exchange, which Salesforce expects to be populated with apps that can be readily downloaded and installed out of petty cash – hopefully avoiding the months-long procurement process and competitive bidding arrangements to which governments are presently accustomed. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… scott fultonlast_img read more

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy got death threats over Claudio Ranieri sacking

first_imgLeicester City’s Jamie Vardy has said he was subjected to death threats and his wife targeted by aggressive motorists after allegations that he contributed to the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri.The 30-year-old striker, on England duty for this week’s friendly with Germany and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, said he had suffered abuse walking along the street and also said his wife had been repeatedly “cut up” while driving.Ranieri left the Midlands club in February, just nine months after winning the Premier League title, with Leicester 17th in the standings and battling relegation. Vardy has since faced accusations of influencing the decision to sack the Italian.The allegation he attended a meeting called by Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at East Midlands airport hours after the 2-1 defeat at Sevilla in a Champions league last 16 first-leg tie on Feb. 23 had prompted the abuse, Vardy said.Several Leicester players, backed up by Ranieri’s successor and former assistant Craig Shakespeare, have denied media reports that there was a player revolt against Ranieri.”It is terrifying,” Vardy told the BBC on Monday.”I read one story that said I was personally involved in a meeting after the Sevilla game when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours.”But then the story is out there, people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything.”Vardy has not accused Leicester fans of the abuse and has not considered reporting it to the police.advertisementAsked where the abuse came from, Vardy said: “On social media, you name it walking down the street.”To be honest I get them (taunts) every week. Football fans dont seem to like me. I just get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus up while shes driving along, with the kids in the back of the car it’s not the best. It’s happened plenty of times.”Vardy said there was no problem between Ranieri and the Leicester players during the Italian’s time in charge.”No, not at all. Basically if there was an issue you went and did it in the gaffer’s office, man-to-man. Or you went and did it on the tactics board, because he was happy for you to come in and put your opinion across,” he added.”The stories were quite hurtful to be honest with you. A lot of false accusations were being thrown out there and there was nothing we, as players, could do about it.”last_img read more

Major Upgrading for National Stadium and Trelawny Multipurpose Facility

first_imgStory Highlights Major refurbishing and expansion works, valued at over US$40 million, are to get under way later this year at the National Stadium and the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.The projects, which are slated to take place over a period of 36 months, are designed to bring the facilities up to international standards.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said special consideration will be given to ensure that the refurbished facilities are able to accommodate persons with disabilities.She noted that an important pillar of the National Sports Policy is universal access to sport facilities and equal participation in sports by all Jamaicans.She was speaking at the Regional Disability Studies Conference on March 13 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters, Mona, St. Andrew.The National Stadium, located at Independence Park in Kingston, is a cultural and sport complex.It houses a running track, a football pitch, Olympic-size swimming and diving pools, the National Arena, the Leila Robinson Netball Courts, basketball courts, the National Indoor Sports Centre and the Institute of Sports’ corporate offices.The Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, located near Falmouth, is to be redeveloped to become the centre of sport tourism. Facilities include a cricket and football pitch. It has capacity for 25,000 people.Upgrading of the stadiums is being undertaken as part of the Legacy Projects for the ‘Jamaica 55’ Independence celebrations. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said special consideration will be given to ensure that the refurbished facilities are able to accommodate persons with disabilities. She was speaking at the Regional Disability Studies Conference on March 13 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters, Mona, St. Andrew. Major refurbishing and expansion works, valued at over US$40 million, are to get under way later this year at the National Stadium and the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.last_img read more

Inuk filmmaker shines spotlight on positives of Inuit life and culture

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsAn Inuk filmmaker has started a campaign to flood the Internet with positive videos of Inuit life and culture.It’s a direct response to the controversial documentary “Of the North.”last_img

Senator screens new documentary on reconciliation on Parliament Hill

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN National NewsSaskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck hosted the screening of a short documentary on Parliament Hill Tuesday.It’s called, Reserve 107.It’s about the dispossession of the young Chipewyan Band from their land in Laird, Saskatchewan, 70 kilometres north of Saskatoon.They lost the land in 1897.Despite the passage of time, the band never forgot about losing their land.Instead of the loss leading to violence, the band invited the settlers to sit down for a meal.And instead of anger, an agreement to work together was struck.“Something remarkable and something that should be done right across Canada,” said Gary Laplant, a Chipewyan descendent. “The settlers felt a social responsibility.”[email protected]last_img

The Cavs 3Point Barrage In Game 2 Was Ridiculous

After Mo Williams chucked in one last trey with a shade under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Cavs had 25 3-pointers, a record for the most team threes in an NBA game. (Their 45 tries were also the second-most 3-point attempts in a playoff game since 1984 and tied for 12th-most attempts in any NBA game, period.) The barrage propelled Cleveland to a 2-0 series lead and left Atlanta shellshocked and soul-searching.“What happened? Not a clue,” Hawks forward Paul Millsap said. “A lot of threes … I don’t know what else to say. I am still speechless. … I’m a man who believes anything is possible, and the impossible happened tonight.”Just how impossibly scorching were those Cavalier shooters? We can quantify a team’s “hotness” using SportVU data that estimates the probability of any given shot being made based on distance and the proximity of defenders, among other variables. A good place to start digging is a team’s track record: During the regular season, Cleveland got better-than-average looks from downtown and was also among the top 10 shot-making teams even after adjusting for the difficulty of its threes. Atlanta’s defense, meanwhile, allowed relatively high-percentage looks from downtown but saw opponents shoot a lower-than-expected average.After taking all that into account, we’d have expected the Cavs to knock down 15.6 of their 45 3-point attempts Wednesday. That the team made 25 instead meant it had 9.4 “extra makes” relative to what we’d have expected with that (absurdly high) number of attempts.Although it’s possible to generate these extra threes via better offensive execution, few of the Cavs’ makes came from improving the quality of their looks. If they’d displayed their usual “shot-making” skill and only improved their shot quality as much as they did Wednesday night, Cleveland would have knocked down only 0.1 more threes than expected. The other 9.3 extra makes, then, can be attributed completely to “hotness” — hitting more shots than anyone could have expected, even after adjusting for the particulars of the shots and the track records of the teams involved.These 9.3 extra makes from hot shooting represent the most in any playoff game since SportVU cameras were installed in every NBA arena before the 2013-14 season and the second-most of any game, period. (The Pacers’ hot shooting in this game netted them 10 whole extra threes!) Here’s a rundown of the hottest-shooting playoff games of the past three years: 4/20/16CLEDET3820+6.20.0+6.2 3-POINTERS“EXTRA” MAKES FROM IMPROVED … But it does mean the Cavs are probably in for a more normal shooting performance over the rest of the series.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 NBA playoff predictions. The playoff games with the hottest-shooting teams since 2014 5/4/16CLEATL4525+9.4+0.1+9.3 5/25/15HOUGSW3217+6.2-0.3+6.5 There are hot shooting nights from downtown, and then there’s the performance the Cleveland Cavaliers produced against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night: Source: NBA player-tracking data 4/28/14ATLIND2715+5.5-0.7+6.2 4/21/16OKCDAL2715+5.8-0.4+6.3 The big question, though, is whether hot shooting can carry over into future games. And at this point, the answer seems to be an emphatic “no,” at least based on the tracking data SportVU has collected. In cases since 2014 where one team faced the same opponent in back-to-back playoff games, the correlation between one game and the next in extra makes from shot-making1On a per-shot basis. was -0.011 — in essence, providing zero evidence of a carry-over effect from game to game.That doesn’t mean the Hawks will be able to take away all the Cavs’ threes in Game 3, as the team Twitter account joked during Game 2’s rout.2The tweet has been deleted, but it lives on in screengrabs. DATETEAMOPPATTEMPTEDMADE“EXTRA” MAKESSHOT QUALITYSHOT MAKING read more