Mourinho hails ‘Real’ professionalism

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, April 4 – Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with his side’s professionalism as they all but secured their place in the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday.Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain got the goals for the hosts, but Mourinho was just as happy with the defensive side of their performance in the first leg of their quarter-final. “The team played a serious and well-balanced game,” he said.“We defended well and counter-attacked with danger. The players knew at this stage of the competition small details can define the games but we played very well.“Higuain and Benzema scored a goal and this is good for their confidence.”Indeed, with such a comfortable lead to take to Istanbul next week, the Portuguese admitted his biggest task will be to ensure his troops are not complacent.“They need a miracle but there are miracles in football. So why can’t they dream of a miracle?“I have enough experience to know we have a very good result and will try everything to convince my players that it is not over and try to play with the same mentality as tonight.”Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso both picked up yellow cards in the second half that will see them miss the second leg, but Mourinho denied they had been pre-planned to ensure they would be free to play in the semi-finals and claimed their presence will be missed.“They are important absences for the next game. Xabi and Ramos will play on Saturday when they weren’t going to do so, but it has complicated my plans for Istanbul.”Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim meanwhile accepted there was a gulf in class between the sides, but claimed the Turkish champions had been very harshly treated when Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen showed Burak Yilmaz a yellow card for diving rather than awarding a penalty when he was clipped by Ramos in the second half.“Maybe the Real Madrid name affected Galatasaray and the referee didn’t have the courge to show a card when he had to,” he said.“I think the referee made many mistakes, the whole stadium could see that Ramos stood on Burak’s foot.“Many of our players have a lot of experience, it is hard to play in Real Madrid’s stadium in front of so many fans but the difference in quality between both teams is noticeable.”The former AC Milan coach also lamented his side’s defending and inability to take their chances in what was a very open first half.“At this level in these kind of matches you cannot make clear mistakes. The first and the second goals came from basic mistakes.“Then with (Emmanuel) Eboue and (Didier) Drogba we couldn’t take two clear chances and if we had taken them then it would have been different.“We would need a miracle to change things, but we will try in Istanbul to play well and win the match.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Pistorius in fake Facebook fund-raiser

first_img0Shares0000PRETORIA, March 25, 2014 (AFP) – Oscar Pistorius’s communications team has warned that a Facebook page using the athlete’s name to raise money from supporters is a fake and asked for it to be taken down.The “official” Oscar Pistorius page is sending supporters a message asking for funds to cover his legal fees for his murder trial, spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said Tuesday. “They are soliciting money from unsuspecting ‘followers’ who have not yet come to understand that this page is run by an imposter pretending to be ‘TeamOscar’,” Burgess said in a statement.“We have been trying to close this page down for weeks now, but have had no success with our direct approach to Facebook,” she added.The message follows Pistorius’s announcement last week that he will sell the $465,000 (335,000 euro) home where he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to cover lawyers fees said to be $9,000 a day.“We are asking all Oscar Pistorius friends to find it in their heart to contribute financially. All payments will be paid back upon sale of property,” the fake message reads, according to the team.AFP could not independently verify the message.The impostor page has also asked people to unfollow a Twitter account dedicated to his murder trial — @OscarHardTruth — and follow a fake one instead.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Koscielny boost, Sanchez uncertainty

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s French players Laurent Koscielny (4th L) and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud (4th R) applaud the fans for showing respect during the French national anthem prior to the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorn’s stadium in Birmingham, Britain, 21 November 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 3- Laurent Koscielny could be fit to play this weekend, but Arsenal do not know how long they will be without star attacker Alexis Sanchez, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday.Koscielny and Sanchez both limped off in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Norwich City, the former with a hip injury, the latter with a hamstring problem, while midfielder Santi Cazorla suffered a blow to his knee. Arsenal have not yet established the likely durations of Sanchez and Cazorla’s absences, but Wenger is hopeful that Koscielny will be able to line up in Saturday’s home game with Sunderland.“We will make a decision on Saturday on Koscielny and (Theo) Walcott. They could both make the squad. (Kieran) Gibbs is available again for the weekend,” Wenger said in comments published on the Arsenal website.“At the moment on Alexis, Santi and Mikel, we don’t know how long they will be out for.”Forward Walcott, left-back Gibbs and central midfielder Arteta have all recently been sidelined by calf injuries.Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League table, two points below leaders Manchester City, but Wenger finds himself in the grip of an injury glut.Midfielders Jack Wilshere (broken leg), Francis Coquelin (knee), Tomas Rosicky (knee) and striker Danny Welbeck (knee) are all currently unavailable.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Company mining rock, not grading new home sites

first_imgSUN VALLEY – The house shook as if slammed by an earthquake, with a roar loud enough to drown out speech. Cockatiels screeched. Horses reared. And Tom and Roxanne Hill heard their rustic peace shattered by the din of a D-9 Caterpillar and diesel rock-crusher working in a crater next to their home. “I was scared,” Tom Hill, 51, a ferrier in the historic Stonehurst neighborhood, said this week. “I was afraid my house was collapsing. “I couldn’t even talk to my wife, or hear the phone. Because of the D-9 and the rock-crusher, you couldn’t hear anything.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A San Fernando Valley contractor has shaken Sun Valley for 13 months with what city officials say is an illegal mining operation used to excavate, crush, sort and sell rock. This month, at the request of Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the city ordered Forum Engineering & Construction Inc. to cease work on its 3.4-acre property at 10148 Wealtha Ave. The Sherman Oaks company headed by Moshe Tzemach had been cited twice by Building and Safety Department officials for exceeding a grading permit to build six homes. Neither Tzemach nor Forum Engineering returned phone calls seeking comment. Instead of surface grading suitable for building homes, city officials said the contractor dug a 15-foot crater to excavate river rock with a series of belching Caterpillars, crushers, sorters and heavy trucks. The once-vacant field across from Hansen Dam Golf Course is now marred by a giant hole surrounded by 20-foot piles of neatly sorted rock, sand and gravel. “Outrageous,” Greuel said. “They were sorting, crushing on the property – what seemed like mining activity. They were breaking the law.” For residents, many of whom had complained to the city, the noise and dust were horrendous. “It shook the hell out of us,” said Roxanne Hill, 50. “The stove moved. It just cracked it. And the door (now) doesn’t want to close right. It just shifted.” Yvonne Rivas, who lives next door, said her three daughters began coughing and sneezing after digging operations began in May 2005. Their doctor said their allergies were aggravated by the nearby excavation. “They all had to go on nebulizers and they lost a lot of school because of health problems,” said Rivas, 42, of her daughters, ages 4 to 10. “I’m frustrated. I’m very angry about it. It’s not safe for the kids – the noise, the dust, the allergies. I’m sick of it.” Greuel blamed Building and Safety Department officials for failing to shut down the crushing operation. Under the guise of a city grading permit, Forum Engineering was mining an ancient streambed for building materials, according to a letter Greuel wrote to the department last December. When her staff tried to curtail mining operations, she added, department officials explained they were indeed permitted. “I’m disappointed with Building and Safety performance on this issue,” Greuel said. “They have misled our community by allowing this to go on.” She said she will make sure Forum Engineering – which has excavated more dirt and rock than its current permit allows – removes its sand and rock piles and fills in its crater with clean dirt. She also said she will work to prevent the contractor from getting a second grading permit needed to build six homes. Neighbor Mary Benson had watched the bulldozers, crushers and 18-wheel gravel loaders for a year and wonders why it took so long to shut the contractor down. Earlier, she said, she saw a crater as deep as 45 feet. “It was beyond belief he tried to pass this off as a grading operation required by the city,” said Benson, 58. “It’s mystifying why the city has allowed him to mine there.” Since excavations ceased June 9, the Hills say they can’t believe the silence on their half-acre horse property. “In the year with that noise, I forgot how quiet it was in my backyard,” said Tom Hill, surveying his stables from within his funky, live-and-let-live equestrian community. “It’s like, `Oh goodness.”‘ dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool to threaten in Champions League knockout stages

first_img The Reds reached the Champions League knockouts for the first time since the 2008/09 season 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side can be a threat in the knockout stages of the Champions League if they maintain their devastating form in front of goal.A 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow took their tally for their European campaign 23, the second-highest in the competition’s group stage history behind Paris St-Germain’s 25 this year.The Reds have scored 32 goals in an unbeaten nine-match run since losing to Tottenham in late October and are hitting top form at precisely the time they began to run out of gas 12 months ago.That should hopefully bode well for when the Champions League restarts in February.Asked if his side would be a threat in the last 16, Klopp said: “If we perform like this tonight, if we are that clinical, then yes.“But we had the same players already and they didn’t score (in some previous games).“If we perform like this then it is obviously a threat, 100 per cent. If you see how Dom Solanke performed in Stoke, how Daniel Sturridge performed when he came on, he could have scored two or three, he made a goal for Sadio, that’s good.”Philippe Coutinho led the way with his first Liverpool hat-trick with Sadio Mane scoring twice, with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah getting the others.It meant Liverpool topped Group E and avoided the likes of PSG, Barcelona and Roma but could still draw Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid.“We knew if we won we would top the group so that’s not the biggest surprise but I think it’s strange this year in the group stages,” Klopp added.“There are a lot of really strong teams. This year is quite special. Not often you can face Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but Juventus and all the others.“Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager) said it yesterday there are no easy opponents and I don’t think anyone is happy when they get us in the draw.“We will not be happy when we see who we face in the next round, but we will be ready.”Spartak boss Massimo Carrera struggled to defend his side’s performance.“I can’t explain this. Liverpool were better in everything: in quality, in anger, in passion. It seems like we’re not yet ready for such big games,” he said.“We had enough chances to return into the game after conceding the first goal but we couldn’t.”last_img read more

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Watford appoint Craig Shakespeare as assistant head coach

first_imgShakespeare, who assisted Claudio Ranieri in Leicester’s 2015/16 title-winning season, is reunited with new Hornets boss Pearson.The duo have worked together at West Brom, Leicester and Hull.Shakespeare returns to football after being out of work since leaving Everton as a first-team coach in May 2018.Pearson and Shakespeare face a challenge to preserve Watford’s top-flight status – the club have won just one of their 16 Premier League games this season. appointed Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty statement LIVE on talkSPORT PEP TALK on target 1 Watford have appointed Craig Shakespeare as their assistant head coach.The 56-year-old joins Nigel Pearson’s backroom team with the Hornets six points from safety. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti update Craig Shakespeare has had spells as an assistant boss and manager at Leicester Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Hull (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Sheffield Wednesday (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Bayern Munich vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTStandard Liege vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Hull (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Watford (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… latest Pearson has officially taken charge of Watford this week after watching his new side from the stands in Saturday’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace.Watford Under-23 boss Hayden Mullins, who oversaw the home draw against Palace, believes Pearson has a ‘very good’ squad to work with. targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ He said: “There’s a mixture of experience, youth and pace, good technical players and good defenders. Nigel’s got a real good mix of everything (in the squad).“I think young [Ismaila] Sarr in the wide areas, he’s got loads of energy, loads of running in him, so he’s an exciting player.“Nigel’s got a very good squad to work with and I’m sure he’ll come in and start working with them and getting his ideas across.”last_img read more

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Photo library: Tourism and leisure 9

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Hout Bay beach at dusk. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Hout Bay beach at dusk. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Hout Bay beach at dusk. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:Mountains, vineyards and world-class wines in the Durbanville Wine Valley.Photo: Durbanville WineValley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Restaurant with a distant view of Table Mountain in the Durbanville Wine Valley.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Franschhoek, Western Cape province: The Screening Room at the luxury Le Quartier Francais boutique hotel.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Stellenbosch, Western Cape province: A bride and groom take a carriage ride at Blaauwklippen Vineyards, a wine estate established in 1882. Photo: Stellenbosch Wine Routes » Download high-res image Stellenbosch, Western Cape province: Golfing at the Kleine Zalze Wineland and Golf Estate. Photo: Stellenbosch Wine Routes » Download high-res image Stellenbosch, Western Cape province: Fine food and wine at the Zevenwacht Wine Estate restaurant, housed in a 19th century Cape Dutch manor house. Photo: Stellenbosch Wine Routes » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 9:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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Budding AR Developer? Put Your Creativity to Use and Win $5,000

first_imgRelated Posts If you’ve been following our posts about augmented reality (AR) in the last few months, you’ve noticed that we speak often about practicality and its importance for the proliferation of the technology. Sure, gimmicky applications can be fun and new, but it’s my opinion that the more practical and useful an AR application is, the better suited it is to help push AR toward mainstream acceptance. With that being said, AR developers should be aware of a contest being hosted by metaio, the makers of the junaio iPhone app and mobile AR platform, which will reward creativity and practicality in AR.The company says over 200 developers have flocked to the platform since opening up junaio’s API to the public, and to reward them, they are giving $5,000 to the developer who makes the best use of it. Developers can sign up on junaio’s website where they can follow instructions on how to get started creating a “channel” for their AR content. The company is encouraging as much creativity and practicality as possible in order to stand out against the crowd of simple POI locators.“The creative potential of junaio is vast: AR Mashups, multiplayer games or scavenger hunts, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, tours with animated 3D characters, eduainment right on the spot and location independent gaming,” the company expressed in press release. “It is up to the developer to challenge his imagination and become as much creative as he wants to.”On June 16, the top five channels with the most subscribers will become finalists in the contest, and the winner will ultimately be chosen by a panel of AR and IT aficionados, including Robert Scoble, Thomas Carpenter of Games Alfresco, and Dr. Christian Geiger, professor and mixed reality researcher at Düsseldorf University. I will also be participating on the judges panel, and am very excited to see the innovative AR channels that could come from this contest.I am also thrilled that metaio and junaio are pushing the creative side of the contest. It is much easier for gimmicky AR applications to become popular, but these kinds of applications don’t benefit AR as much as actual useful implementations. The subscriber threshold will merely be used to shorten the list of applications that will be considered for the prize, but that doesn’t mean the most popular one will win. For more information on the contest and on the junaio platform, check out their website, or if you happen to be in Germany, stop by at AR DevCamp in Berlin this Friday. There will be free sessions available for developers to learn the capabilities of the API and will provide a jumping-off point for those new to the platform. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout chris cameron 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#Augmented Reality#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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appFlash Uses Google Swiffy to Build iOS Apps

first_imgsarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement appFlash, for now, is more of an experiment, as it was cooked up in just 24 hours. AppMobi CTO Sam Abadir said the company thought it would be interesting to see how Swiffy’s exported code could be integrated into the appMobi services in order to get Flash assets onto the iOS platform quickly.However, he did note there were some roadblocks to doing things this way. For example, Swiffy’s HTML5 output doesn’t work on Android devices, the company found. So for now, the company isn’t offering Android builds using appFlash.In the meantime, interested developers can check out the new experiment here. Related Posts Tags:#Apple#apps#Google#How To#iPhone#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Shortly after Google unveiledSwiffy, the Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool designed for WebKit browsers, mobile app development firm appMobi launched a related utility called appFlash. This new tool takes advantage of Swiffy’s capabilities, allowing mobile developers to convert app assets coded in Flash into native iOS applications.How appFlash WorksHere’s how the new utility works:First you take the Adobe Flash code and input it into Swiffy, which returns HTML5. Then you can view the HTML5 code with the appMobi XDK software and test the code on an iOS device using appMobi’s AppLab. The entire process takes just a few minutes, says appMobi.After making any necessary changes, you can build a native iOS app using the appFlash utility, pictured below.last_img read more

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