first_img1 Manchester City were left sweating on a possible injury to captain Vincent Kompany after he went off late in his comeback game against Swansea.Kompany, who had not played since damaging his thigh in a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on May 4 and has experienced an injury-hit City career, departed during the dying seconds of the EFL Cup tie.Goals from Gael Clichy and Aleix Garcia ultimately sealed the deal for City but substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for Swansea in injury time, after which Kompany departed down the players’ tunnel as the home side pushed in vain for an equaliser via a last-gasp corner.City manager Pep Guardiola said: “The doctors are speaking with him and seeing what’s up.“Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We’re going to wait for the results from the doctors.”Asked if he had spoken with Kompany, Guardiola added: “No, not yet.“(His performance) was good. It’s not easy after a long, long time without playing. Defensively, he was so strong – he played really good.“Once they scored the goal, after I said: ‘What happened?’ They said that Vincent had gone to the locker room. Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We will have to wait.“If he’s injured, he’s injured. He cannot stay on the pitch.”City recorded their ninth successive win under Guardiola, seeing off Swansea 2-1 despite starting with a team that showed nine changes following last weekend’s 4-0 win against Bournemouth.Swansea, who have now gone four league and cup games without a victory, had their moments in an entertaining encounter but the visitors had an extra touch of class about them.They were also helped by second-half substitute Kevin De Bruyne’s introduction as they moved into the last 16 three days before facing Swansea again, when Premier League points will be at stake.“(Garcia) played good, and I want to congratulate the young players tonight. They played good,” Guardiola said.“Fernando made an amazing effort, because he had been injured for the last two weeks. He played a fantastic game.”Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin, meanwhile, praised his players after they delivered a vastly improved display following last Sunday’s tame 1-0 defeat against Southampton.“I am disappointed because I think we deserved another result,” he said.“We deserved to draw and take it to extra time. The game was well-balanced and the performance of my team was good.“It is not a good moment for us. Little things are going against us, we are missing chances.“Manchester City are a very good team, even though they changed their players around. But I am optimistic, as I saw my team play a good game.”Asked whether he was feeling any pressure after the Swans’ recent run of results, he added: “It has not affected me.“This is my job. With my experience, I know football is like this. it does not bring any added pressure for me. I have to work with my players, my staff and to pick up better results.”last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts curt hopkins Tags:#E-Books#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The definitive dictionary of the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, may well never see the light of day again, only the light of a monitor. Nigel Portwood, chief executive of Oxford University Press, which publishes the OED, told the London Sunday Times that dictionaries sales have been falling off at a rate greater than 10% a year for the last few years. So the next edition may be online only. Such a move might be financially reasonable. After all, the current online edition gets two million hits monthly at $400 per user, and more people are favoring compact, universally-retrievable sources of information. But is finance all we should consider? Over at GigaOm, Matthew Ingram asks if we should care. His response, if I’m reading him right, is yes. I yearned for an opportunity to disagree, dramatically, just pro forma. But I can’t. I’ll go into a bit more detail on why a “hardcopy” of the dictionary (I favor the neo-logism, “book”) is still desirable. The idea of small, lightweight, online, retrievable sources of reference materials is fantastic. I use Dictionary.com more than I use my Websters. (Though Websters gets money either way.) So why not the OED? After all, the twenty-volume mega-book is, at almost $1,600 hellishly expensive and, if you’re sub-Ferrigno, immovable. Because while some books are repositories of information, others are experiences. Although the OED is not a narrative, not scripture, not poetry, it is, nonetheless, transportive. The idea of flipping from one entry to another, following a line of inquiry (especially etymological inquiry) from one page to another, even one volume to another, is a sensual experience. I don’t mean it’s sexy (it is), but rather that it’s an experience that encompasses sight, sound and touch and even hearing (the rustle of pages, the thump of the volume hitting the desk) to create the context for comprehension. I agree with Matthew that it doesn’t need to be a commercial production, with loads of books run out and sent by plane and truck to book stores. It may become something of a bespoke tradition – created at user request. Although the Oxford University Press said it hadn’t made a hard-and-fast decision as to whether they’d print again (the next edition probably won’t be ready for a decade), they should make a hard-and-fast decision never to stop printing, even if they have to change the way they print. If scifi has been in some way a guide to our future, let’s remember that Picard read manifests on a PADD but Shakespeare in a book; and further, each new technology does not push all previous technologies out. Nor should it. So come on, Nigel. Make a commitment. Give us that sweet must of a real book when we need the experience of language, not just the data. What do you think? Does the Book matter, or is it only a vehicle for the experience of reading? For more discussion of the online reading experience, read Richard MacManus’s posts where he examines the pros and cons; and mine, where I ask whether e-books are the new paperbacks. last_img read more

first_imgChances are, you already use the cloud in some area of your life. Whether it’s storing photos from your phone or listening to streaming music, cloud has quickly become essential to modern life. Yet many small businesses are still using antiquated processes to store and share their files. As digital data grows, those systems are no longer adequate.Benefits of cloud migration can be significant, including lower office expenses and increased efficiency, but there’s a lot of confusion around getting started. Check out the info below to build a strong foundation for your small business cloud.What Is Cloud Storage?The cloud is a network of servers that handles data remotely. A cloud network can store data — like all those images we upload to Facebook — or serve up applications for streaming services like Spotify.The most immediate benefit of using the cloud is easy access. Salesforce sums it up nicely: “Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people to access the same kinds of applications through the internet.”How Can the Cloud Help Small Business?Storing data in the cloud gives small business employees the ability to work from anywhere. You might be giving a PowerPoint presentation to a potential client downtown while an analyst compiles a weekly report from home and someone in the office enters data. Whatever the scenario, you’re all accessing the same data in real time. The cloud boosts efficiency by keeping all your files in the same place and accessible from anywhere.Not only is that data readily available, but working in the cloud also reduces the need for expensive IT hardware and on-site software. Employees just need a computer to access a variety of services such as video conferencing, mobile and internet convergence, data sharing, integrated messaging, and software that was previously only available with the purchase of a license. Cloud-based software is also constantly updated, so you’re always using the latest version.Another significant benefit of moving small business services to the cloud is the ability to scale. When you need more processing power or data storage, it’s easy to expand without changing hardware — and without the unproductive downtime that usually comes with an IT upgrade.Cloud Options and Where to StartCloud computing has reached a level of maturity that makes it accessible to small business, but the host of options can be overwhelming. Start by researching some of the best cloud services for small businesses. Most fall into categories, so you can choose based on your needs:Communications and commerce-based toolsSecurity and network monitoringFinancial toolsIt’s important to vet cloud service providers before adopting one, just as you would any other service provider. Consider a few key elements when looking for an online storage provider, including proven infrastructure and an active, established user base.When assessing a provider, take a look at the company’s security measures as well. Many small business owners report being concerned about the security of remotely accessed cloud-based systems. However, broad scrutiny, higher standards, and ongoing audits result in a more secure cloud overall. Small businesses can do their part to maintain data security by ensuring tight permissions, and by identifying risks in the office.You can find more tips on cloud adoption — as well as resources specific to small business — by visiting our Small Business Hub. And to join the conversation, be sure to follow @IntelSmallBiz on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgAn Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team will take on the best the National Rugby League (NRL) has to offer in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach this weekend 16-17 December 2006.The 8 member Australian Women’s Invitational Team will consist of talented National Youth Squad members and two-time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner Giselle Martin (Tirado) as captain for the two day event.The Young Guns of Australian Women’s Touch will be battling it out for their share of $100,000 in prizemoney for the charity of their choice.The weekend promises to be a memorable occasion with fashion parades, live musical performances, and non-stop high quality Beach Footy action and entertainment for participants and spectators alike.The event is already gathering mass media exposure with broadcast event partners Nova 96.9 FM, Channel Nine, and News Limited publications such as The Daily Telegraph and the Courier Mail widely advertising the Inaugural tournament and a number of media events occuring to consolidate the tournament’s exposure.Members of the Australian Invitational Beach Footy Team and Australia’s 2007 Women’s Open World Cup Team will attend a photo opportunity Thursday at Maroubra Beach as part of a four page feature on the tournament appearing in the Daily Telegraph Newspaper on Friday 15 December 2006.The Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series will be recorded by Channel Nine and shown in the lead-up to the 2007 NRL Premiership around February and March.The Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy team will compete in a six team round robin format over two days. Games will be 15 minutes duration, comprising 2 x 5 minute halves and a 5 minute half-time break.The Women’s team will face off on the sand against four NRL based teams – Maroons, Blues, Young Guns, and Kiwis, as well as a Celebrity team.The Maroons team will feature 2006 “Golden Boot” award winner and Kangaroo Captain Darren Lockyer, and fellow Broncos Brent Tate, the Berrigan brothers Shaun and Barry. and  Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Smith.The Blues will be led by Dragons superstar Mark Gasnier and will feature players such as Matt Cooper, Luke O’Donnell, Willie Mason, and Blues luminaries Brad Fittler and Ryan Girdler. The Young Guns will be captained by Billy Slater, and will have rising stars Travis Burns, Trent Cutler, and Brett Morris amongst their ranks.The Kiwis are sure to bring plenty flair and footwork to the contest with All Black Rugby legends Jerry Collins and Nonu Ma’a leading the way with Nigel Vaagana, and Dave FA’ Alogo, and Tyran Smith set to make their mark.The Celebrity team will be spearheaded by Gordon Tallis, with Lachlan Murdoch, Davis Cup Tennis Captain Wally Masur, newly crowned seven time World champion surfer Layne Beachley, and golfer Peter Lonard gearing up for the tournament challenge.Boxers Kostya Tszyu and  Anthony Mundine, Wallaby Lote Tuquiri, AFL star Nick Reiwoldt and arguably the world’s best Rugby League player of the modern era, Andrew “Joey” Johns are also set to take to the sand. The Women’s Beach Footy team features this country’s brightest up and coming female Touch Football talent.The team is: SKWARKO, Amanda HAMMETT, Belinda 2 6 HULBERT, Alyce 4 1 7 5center_img COOPER, Dearne DOBBINS, Ash BECK, Nicole 8 MARTIN, Giselle (Captain) HOPKIN, Emily 3 The Women’s team will be captained by Giselle Martin (nee Tirado), former Australian Women’s Open dual World Cup winner in 1995 and 1999, and the sport’s pin-up girl of the 1990’s. Still super fit and full of running, ‘Giz’ will provide fantastic leadership, experience, and inspiration to a combination big on potential, skill level, and ability in both attack and defence all over the park.All players are current Youth World Cup representatives, and have been identified as suitable candidates for the National 20 Years Youth Squad preparing for the 2009 FIT Youth World Cup.The players have been selected for their athleticism, skill level, fitness, vision, and team skills, and are regarded as amongst the hottest playing property on the Australian Touch Football scene today.Nicole Beck at 18, is a current member of the National Women’s Open training squad, and made her debut for the New South Wales Women’s Open State of Origin team in 2006.The team also contains 2005 Youth World Cup championship winning 18 Years Mixed representative Belinda Hammett, and 2005 Youth World Cup Player of the Series in the 18 Years Girls division, Emily Hopkin.Beck, Ash Dobbins, and Amanda Skwarko, “The Three Muskateers” from the Southern Suns franchise, bring a wonderful understanding and accord to the mix of players, whilst Alyce “The Rat’ Hulbert and Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett, teammates at club, regional, State and National squad level, bring a similar level of balance and combination to the side.Games will commence at 10.00 am and go through until 4.30pm Saturday 16 December.Round games will recommence Sunday 17 December at 11.00am, with semi-finals at 3.00pm and 3.30pm and the Grand Final commencing at 4.30pm.Further details including the draw and  team composition, will be updated here in coming days.Get down to Maroubra Beach on the weekend for a fantastic festive atmosphere, and to see the young guns of Australian Touch do battle out on the sand against the superstars of the NRL in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series.last_img read more

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: We must seduce fans about Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the fans need to be “seduced” after club polls showed supporters would prefer to win the Premier League than the Champions League.City open their ninth successive home campaign in the competition on Tuesday when they host Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb.”I know for fans the Premier League is most exciting. But this competition is nice too,” said City boss Guardiola.”We are going to try and seduce our fans and say: ‘We can do it.'”The best they have managed during Guardiola’s three campaigns is two quarter-finals, which ended in defeats by Liverpool and Tottenham.”We have done polls and people prefer, by far, to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League,” said Guardiola.”I don’t know why but that is the reality of our club and we have to accept it. I think it is because, in the past, they were not in this competition.”We were at home in the bars, drinking beer watching Liverpool and [Manchester] United. That’s the culture of the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City eyeing Dinamo Zagreb youngster Antonio Marinby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are eyeing Dinamo Zagreb youngster Antonio Marin.The 18 year-old has made a first team breakthrough at Dinamo this season.And his emergence has caught the eye of City scouts.Marin is on a contract with Dinamo Zagreb to 2024.The 18-year-old has played four matches in the Croatian league this season. last_img

first_imgGrammy nominated country music singer/songwriter and four time Country Music Association Female Vocalist Of The Year, Martina McBride, and her charitable organization, Team Martina, have launched a campaign to help a Guatemalan orphanage get music instruments.Fundraising for the event called, “Everlasting Music For Kids”, has launched online, having raised already over $25,000 so far. These funds will create a music program and provide care in McBride’s name to kids at Covenant House International, a home for needy and abused children in Guatemala. Team Martina is creating the program to provide classes and music instruments for orphaned girls, ages 9-15, who live at Covenant House.Fans can donate to help Martina’s music program online here.McBride just released a brand new album called “Everlasting” – a collection of iconic soul and pop songs.“Having visited Covenant House earlier this year and seen firsthand the great work they do for teens, I’m excited about this new project,” said Martina. “I know as well as anyone how music can change lives. It makes me happy to think music is going to be introduced to a group of young girls who can truly benefit from it.”Covenant House provides immediate care and housing for young girls who’ve been orphaned, abandoned and victims of abuse and human trafficking.For more details and to donate, go to www.TeamMartina.comor www.crowdrise.com/EverlastingMusicForKids.Team Martina, dedicated to spreading the healing power of music, is Martina McBride’s global charity team having raised over $200,000 for good causes.For more information about Team Martina, please click here.last_img read more

first_imgThursday, May 23rd, 2019 Our Brothers Grimm; CLICK HEREFriday, May 24th, 201910:30 am-Noon Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE 7:30 pm – Between the Sheets; CLICK HERESaturday, May 25th, 201910 am to 11:30 am there will be a Public Work Shop at the NPCC.Noon – 1 pm AGM; CLICK HERE4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE7:00 pm – Annapurna; CLICK HERE9:45 pm Awards CeremonySunday, May 25th, 2019 10:30 am-Noon Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s that time of year for the Annual Spring Festival to watch live theatre performances by great local talent.What makes this festival special is the opportunity to listen to an adjudicator give a short public critique following each nightly performance and then meet with the cast & crew the following morning for an in-depth chat and “coffee critique”.Ticket holders will be able to observe these sessions. Cost for watching the shows are $10 per show or $25 for all three and can be purchased from npcc.bc.ca or the North Peace Cultural Centre Box Officelast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday addressed Delhiites in a rally at Vasant Kunj, launching scathing attacks at the opposition and coming out with praises for Narendra Modi in the same breath. The party supremo claimed that Modi had spent Rs 1 lakh crore on Delhi in the last five years and that whatever has been left wanting is only because of Delhi government’s constant need to put the BJP down.Picking on the all so familiar party lines of praising “development works” undertaken during Modi’s regime as Prime Minister, Shah said that the BJP government has worked for electrification, Delhi Jal Board, and the Poorvanchali population without asking for credit. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe said, “The BJP government under Modi has built 200 Chatt Ghats in Delhi for our Poorvanchali brothers and sisters.” Shah went on to say that works on several expressways, including the Delhi-Meerut Highway and Delhi-Mumbai highway, has only been possible because of the strong leadership that Modi provided. Making tall claims, Shah credited Modi for bringing women’s reservation in Delhi Police, spending Rs 11,800 crore on Delhi Metro works, and even spending Rs 200 crore for upgrading GTB Hospital. “What our government has done for Delhi in the last five years, the Congress could not achieve in 55 years,” Shah said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe saffron party’s head also lambasted AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for trying to ally with Congress in the Capital city. He said that Kejriwal had made serious allegations about corruption in the Sheila Dikshit government and then tried to ally with her party. “I want to ask Kejriwal how many cases he has pursued against Dikshit and members of her government,” Shah said. Moreover, Shah went to cite a report from an unnamed NGO, that claimed that AAP has managed to fulfill only three of their 70 promises made in 2015. Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh addressed another rally in Shastri Park, in an attempt to rally support for the BJP and Modi. He claimed that the Central government under Modi’s leadership has improved the economic condition of more than 7 crore families. In addition, the party candidates went about their schedule appealing for the masses to vote for them if they wanted Modi’s strong leadership to lead the nation.last_img read more

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White wipes out while attempting to land a trick during the finals of Snowboard Halfpipe during the Sochi Winter Olympics Feb. 11. White failed to medal in the event.Courtesy of MCTIt is fair to call Shaun White the face of snowboarding.The most decorated Winter X Games Athlete in both total medals and gold medals, White had also claimed gold in Snowboarding Halfpipe in Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010.But in a stunner, White not only missed out on the gold, but he failed to make it to the podium altogether Tuesday in Sochi, Russia. Switzerland’s Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov took home the top honors, while Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka of Japan snatched silver and bronze, respectively.White’s failure to medal comes days after he surprisingly pulled out of the first-ever Olympic slopestyle event before qualifying, when he decided to “focus solely on trying to bring home the third straight gold medal in halfpipe for Team USA.”White had taken a year to concentrate on slopestyle, hoping to go for double gold. It is speculated that he was worried about picking up an injury during the event, which would have kept him from the halfpipe competition. White and Canadian Mark McMorris both suffered injuries on the Sochi course while practicing two weeks ago.A few of White’s Canadian competitors were none too pleased with his decision to pull out of the event. Max Parrot, who finished fifth in the event Saturday, called White out via Twitter Feb. 5.“Shaun knows he won’t be able to win the slopes, that’s why he pulled out. He’s scared!” the tweet from Parrot’s personal account, @MaxParrot said. The tweet was later deleted.American Sage Kotsenburg took home the gold in slopestyle, Norwegian Ståle Sandbech snagged silver and McMorris won the bronze.Many of the top riders competing this month voiced their concerns with not only the slopestyle course but also with the halfpipe. American Hannah Teter, who won gold on the halfpipe in 2006, suggested that the event be pushed back.“They should push it back is what they should do, and fix it so we can showcase snowboarding the way it needs to be showcased. Not as a junk show, which is what it was looking like right now,” Teter said.White also voiced his disappointment after practice Monday.“It’s hard to get in there and have all the tricks and have everything that you need and not be able to get to the wall,” White said.White failing to even medal is the most surprising result of the Sochi games thus far. He also pulled out of all competition at the X Games in January to concentrate on the Olympic tournament.Tuesday, White earned the highest score of the night in the semifinals with a 95.75, but his highest score on his two final runs was a 90.25, which was only good enough for a fourth place finish. Podladtchikov registered a 94.75, while Hirano received a 93.50 and Hiraoka a 92.25.White is considered the best at his sport, but missing out on a medal on the world’s biggest stage will only make it harder for him to stay at the top.If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. Now he has something to prove. read more