Wenger ‘concerned’ about lack of defensive cover at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is concerned about the lack of defensive cover in his squad.The Gunners were without first-choice defender Per Mertesacker for their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, with the German international yet to reach full fitness following the summer’s World Cup.Summer signing Calum Chambers, 19, put in another impressive display as a makeshift centre-half in the last-gasp 2-1 win over the Eagles, though an injury to Kieran Gibbs proved another blow to Wenger’s already stretched defensive resources.And the Frenchman did confess he isn’t satisfied with his options at the back, suggesting he could dip back into the transfer market before the end of the month.“Yes, I am concerned,” said the Gunners boss.“We’ve had to be creative with buying a right-back [Chambers] and playing him as a centre-back, that shows you it’s difficult to find the right quality in that position.“As I’ve said many times, we’re still on the market and should the right opportunity present itself we will take it.”Asked if the club have made any offers, he added: “No, but it’s possible [they will before the window closes].”Arsenal left it late to secure three points against a plucky Palace, Aaron Ramsey tapping home in stoppage-time to secure victory over the managerless side.The Eagles were left devastated following Tony Pulis’ exit as boss less than 48 hours before their trip across the capital, but Wenger praised the spirit of his opponents, who took the lead through debutant Brede Hangeland in the first half.“Credit to Palace, they fought hard,” he said. “They were physically strong and well organised.“We still lack a little bit a change of pace, but they gave us big problems in defence. But we keep going, that’s one of our strengths, and it paid off today.”Ramsey seems to have continued his match-winning form in the new top flight season and the Welshman, too, was impressed with their London neighbours.The midfielder added: “It was very difficult. They came out and defended really well and were very tough to break down.“They lost their manager earlier in the week but you’d never have known that the way they played. But that’s irrelevant. The result is what we were looking for and we got the three points.”last_img read more

‘The London Stadium is a nightmare. It’s like a powder keg’ – West Ham legend

first_imgWest Ham legend Tony Gale says the London Stadium has been a ‘nightmare’ for the club, who MUST secure a stronger police presence at games if their move to the former Olympic venue is to be a long-term success.The Hammers claimed a brilliant 2-1 victory over Chelsea in their EFL Cup London derby on Wednesday night, but the big win was tarnished by clashes between fans.Police made seven arrests as chairs ripped from the stands, coins and bottles were hurled between sections of supporters, with both West Ham and Chelsea confirming they will hand out lifetime bans to those found to be involved.It’s not the first time violence has taken the spotlight since West Ham’s Stratford move. From just nine competitive games played at the new ground, 23 fans have already been banned.Former Hammers star Gale was at the game and he joined talkSPORT on Thursday morning to give an eye-witness account of the events.And the ex-defender is disappointed the scenes distracted from what was an impressive display from Slaven Bilic’s side in an important derby.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Gale said: “The football was absolutely terrific. West Ham were brilliant last night, they were back to their best.“But all you can hear this morning is about the crowd trouble, and it’s marred what was a really great game of football for West Ham.“You could see seats and coins being thrown, both sets of fans were at it without a doubt. You couldn’t say it was all West Ham fans or all Chelsea fans.”A Chelsea fan (@Gate8_CFC) shared this photo of a friend who was injured by a thrown coinGale added: “The club have got real problems with the stadium. They’ve inherited a lovely stadium, it really is beautiful, but it’s not a football ground.“It wasn’t built with segregation in mind. There are so many entrances that it’s like a powder keg.“I feel for West Ham because you’d have to have thousands of police to stop any trouble happening, but they’ve got to try and do something about it.“They’ve just got to pay to get more police in, because people want to go to a game of football and be safe so they can watch it and the kids can watch it as well.“They’ve got stewards there, but to be fair to them when you’re confronted by hundreds of thugs, are you really going to stand in their way?“I know it’s their job, but when people – grown men – are fighting it is really difficult. You need policing there, you definitely need policing in that ground.“It’s a nightmare for the club.“Last night was a big test for the club and unfortunately they failed.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Tony Gale IN FULL abovelast_img read more

Eight Rookie Management Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgI moved into my first formal leadership role in my late 20s. I was a top sales performer, and I saw my promotion to sales management as the natural next step in my career. I was energized, armed with big ideas, and ready to change everything — immediately! Welcome to leadership. You’re now a manager, with direct reports. Congratulations! Leadership isn’t a job; it’s a responsibility. You have the  opportunity to help people grow, succeed and fulfill their potential. You have the opportunity to make a difference.  That is work that really matters.  Welcome. You already know what’s coming next. One of the best ways to grow as a leader is to find a mentor. Look for someone who’s doing the kind of work you see yourself doing someday, and study their example.center_img 8 Ways to Avoid Rookie Management MistakesDon’t try to implement major change on your first day. You’re probably full of big ideas, but it’s important to take a step back, observe, and understand.  Conduct as much discovery and due diligence as possible (even prior to day one).  Spend time getting up to speed on everything you need to know about your employees and their day-to-day work. Sit in on meetings. Conduct one-on-one’s.  Talk to customers. Ask great questions. Learn.Get off on the right foot with your direct reports. You don’t get a second chance. People want a confident, capable leader, but they also want to work for someone who’s accessible and open. Spend the time required to demonstrate you are interested in helping people be successful. Talk about what people can expect from you first.To develop strong relationships, be authentic. When you’re getting to know people, be yourself. This sounds easy, but new managers often fall into the trap of acting like a manager. People see through the act. Be genuine and people will respect and begin to respond to you.Learn what motivates your employees. Find out what matters to people. Understand how other people define success. I believe that everyone wants to contribute and succeed.  It’s up to managers to understand the barriers and start breaking them down.Listen. Ask employees for their perspective and input. If your decisions involve people, then involve them. What do they think needs to change? What’s going well, and what’s not working? It’s amazing what you can learn when you stop talking and start listening.Acknowledge what’s working. Start with the positive, and give praise and recognition where it’s due.  No one wants a new manager who has a laundry list of things to improve without any appreciation for what is working well and who is making good things happen.Focus on collaborative change. Change is hard. Invite participation in building the game plan and you’ll get more buy-in when it’s time to implement new initiatives.Walk the walk. People will listen to what you say, but they really watch what you do. Be the change you expect in others. Leading by example is particularly important as a new manger working to establish credibility and earn trust.  Have a vision and set the pace required to move the team in the right direction. Don’t rely on your organization for 100% of your development. The world is changing quickly, and it’s incumbent on us to own our skill development. Great leaders understand the learning never stops. The good news is, you have access to unlimited books, blogs, TED talks — you name it — that can help you accelerate your growth.  My own personal rule: for every 50 hours of work, I want to spend 5 hours improving myself. My experience isn’t unique. A lot of new managers make the same mistakes. You can do better. Here’s how: The abrupt change shocked people and was met with a lot of resistance. I was confused by the conflict I felt with my team. Why wasn’t everyone ready to commit with the same intensity to the work required to hit our big, bold, record-breaking sales goals?last_img read more

For autonomous vehicles, no tech is an island

first_img5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts Tags:#Autonomous car#GM#Google#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#sensors#Uber#Vision Systems Intelligence IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Currycenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… The autonomous car industry is quickly becoming one of the most valuable emerging technology markets, but it will be hard, if not impossible, for manufacturers of hardware and software to reach a global audience without extensive partnerships.That’s according to research firm Vision Systems Intelligence, which says that manufacturers will have to build relations with chip, sensor, mapping, and development tool firms to make its autonomous car functional on all fronts.See Also: Rolls-Royce unveils an autonomous car for the 1%“No one company owns all the expertise necessary to build an autonomous vehicle. From low-level component suppliers to modules or systems, each domain is a highly complex field in itself,” say Phil Magney, founder and principal of Vision Systems Intelligence.In the infographic above, Vision Systems Intelligence shows the various sectors of the autonomous car market. What it doesn’t show is the partnerships already established, like Google and Uber’s mapping partnership on Android, or General Motors acquisition of Cruise Automation for $1 billion and $500 million partnership with Lyft.Other partnerships between ‘autonomous solution’ firms and suppliers are most likely active, though we doubt many are disclosed.It is interesting to see what blocks companies are active in. Intel is apparently active in processing, connectivity, and security/safety, while Nvidia works on autonomous solutions, processing, and algorithms. Google is only active in autonomous solutions and mapping according to the infographic, though we suspect the search giant is working on its own development tools and sensors for the autonomous car prototype.Partnerships are always important for emerging technologies to gain traction, but the autonomous car market will require a vast amount of interoperability between software, hardware, and services, similar to the smartphone or computer but on a larger scale.Some manufacturers are showing a willingness to work together, Fiat Chrysler was reportedly in talks with Uber and Amazon, on top of its Google deal and General Motors has once again hinted at a possible partnership with Google.last_img read more

PES Legends: Romario

first_imgGaming World Cup glory and nearly 1,000 career goals – here’s why Romario is a PES Legend! Goal 00:30 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gaming Videos Goal have teamed up with Konami to unveil a host of world football’s greatest former players. The final player in the series is Romario Born and raised in a Rio de Janeiro suburb, the Brazilian began with nothing but go on to take it all.After beginning his career with prolific spells with Vasco da Gama in Brazil, then PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Romario headed to Spain to join the mighty Barcelona.He would score a staggering 30 league goals at for the Catalan club in 1993-94 and go on to hit almost 1,000 across his astonishing career. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Five of them arrived in USA in 1994 as fired Brazil to the World Cup title, taking the golden ball as the competition’s best player. And later that year he would be officially recognised by as the greatest on the planet – becoming the first Brazilian to be named World Player of the Year.The great Johann Cruyff labelled the little man “the greatest player I have coached.”While former France international Thierry Henry insists Romario “reinvented the centre-forward position.His glittering career was recognised around the globe as he was twice named in the top two players in world football.And now you can play as Romario in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – as one of many real-life legends available to play with in the game.Romario is available on PES Club Manager 2018 until April 2. Download now!last_img read more

OSU Offensive Line Target Jaylan Jeffers Commits to Oregon

first_imgThe 6-foot-6, 260 pound tackle from Saguaro visited OSU back in June on an official basis as part of a visit-spree that included Colorado and Oregon, but Eugene and all it has to offer made a strong impression on him.“They all have great energy all the time,” he told Oregon Live. “The players love to be there. It’s not a one-sided thing, where a few people are bought in. It seems like everybody is pretty bought in.”Since offering him a scholarship this spring, OSU has planted seeds elsewhere, especially in recent weeks as it became apparent he was leaning heavily in favor of Oregon. While OSU has three OL commitments in the 2020 class, it’s likely they’ll take at least one more — ideally at the tackle spot to complement guard pledges Trent Pullen and Eli Russ as well as tackle commit Cade Bennett. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In a stunningly well-done video posted to his Twitter on Wednesday, Arizona offensive line recruit Jaylan Jeffers, a three-star prospect who has been on OSU’s radar since the spring, committed to Oregon over OSU, LSU, Arizona State, Michigan and others.Jeffers said in his video he’s been to a number of great places and even mashed up some OSU film, but, he said, “There was one place that really stood out.”COMMITTED‼️ pic.twitter.com/angaejvslv— Jaylan Jeffers (@jaylan_jeffers) July 30, 2019last_img read more

Four-star California RB Daniyel Ngata Making OSU Official Visit This Weekend

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Topping the list of star recruits expected to make a visit to Stillwater this weekend in football is top-60 national recruit Daniyel Ngata, a four-star running back prospect from California.Ngata subtly announced his trip via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon in a reply to OSU quarterback pledge Shane Illingworth, who also announced he’s making the trip from California to Stillwater.I’m there with you🤝 https://t.co/snucWBu5sZ— Daniyel Ngata (@dngata2) September 25, 2019 Ngata is rated as the No. 55 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite and the No. 2 running back in the class. Listed at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, he’s got the Barry Sanders hop step down pat and some serious burners to boot. While that isn’t typically the size of an every down Big 12 back, he plays physically bigger than his measurements and has just about every tool in the bag: the speed, the pass-catching and the shiftiness.So…Daniyel Ngata (@dngata2) of Folsom is legit. Video proof in case you didn’t know pic.twitter.com/IgBlT5htfT— Sacramento MaxPreps (@SacMaxPreps) September 17, 2018Oklahoma State has been after Ngata since an offer came his way earlier this spring, and the staff has been heavy in pursuit since. The Cowboys are in his top five, which he announced this summer. It also includes Texas A&M, Clemson, Utah and Arizona State.Ngata is the highest-rated running back recruit OSU is still in the mix for in the 2020 cycle. The staff is also recruiting Owasso product Isaiah Jacobs, the younger brother of former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, as well as junior college prospect La’damian Webb.last_img read more

Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Falls to Texas Tech 45-35 in Lubbock

first_imgIt got ugly for the Cowboys in Lubbock early, and then it got even uglier late.Oklahoma State appeared intent on falling behind on the road. As it would turn out, that’s not a good strategy.Spencer Sanders singlehandedly lost the turnover battle 5-0, losing a fumble on the Cowboys’ opening drive and then throwing two second quarter interceptions. Then late in the third, after a big run by LD Brown had the Cowboys in the red zone with a chance to make a one-score game, Sanders was sacked for a loss of 11 and lost the ball for his fourth turnover. Sanders finished 21-of-37 for 290 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and two fumbles.AdChoices广告From the opposite sideline, Jett Duffey, who was Texas Tech’s third player at the position to make a start this season, looked more than equal to the task finishing 26-of-44 for 424 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another score.Texas Tech’s defense was dominant in the first half, holding the Cowboys to just 7 points and 1-for-10 on third downs. But it couldn’t keep Chuba Hubbard in check for long. OSU rode the nation’s leading rusher for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Chuba was the Cowboys’ offense for much of the game.After holding up for most of the first half, the Cowboys defense may have run out of steam in the second allowing TDs on two of the Red Raiders’ first three drives in the third and allowing the home team to build a 34-14 lead.Despite falling behind 45-21, the Cowboys showed some fight late, successfully recovering an onside kick and scoring quick touchdowns on two straight possessions to pull within 10. But, in what was a sadly fitting ending, Sanders threw his third interception when a ball was tipped by Dillon Stoner and fell into the outstretched hands of a Tech defender.A hole dug deep by careless turnovers was made deeper by waning defense and even more TOs, and proved to be too much to overcome.Next up, the Cowboys head into their bye week 4-2 (1-2 in Big 12 play) and will welcome Baylor for Homecoming on October 19. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool No2 Lijnders: Keita ready to shine

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool No2 Lijnders: Keita ready to shineby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders says Naby Keita will feature in the Carabao Cup against MK Dons.It will be his first competitive Liverpool appearance since last season’s Champions League semi-finals. Keita is back in training having overcome the recurrence of an adductor injury initially sustained in the first leg of that epic battle with Barcelona last term.It was during the Reds’ Community Shield meeting with Manchester City that Keita suffered the setback, meaning he has failed to play a single minute of the new campaign.Asked if the midfielder might feature tomorrow, Lijnders said: “Yes. I will not give the team but… “He is in a really good way. What a boy! He makes our build-up play completely different, he creates unpredictability [in] how the ball moves forward. “He’s an important player and hopefully we can use him in the next weeks. Tomorrow will be a day where he will shine.” last_img read more

The Breadwinner director says Angelina Jolie helped guide the film

first_img Twitter “Then a while later she got a call from her agent asking her to audition for the part,” said Twomey. Twomey said Jolie signed on to the film about three years ago, when they were in the early stages of script development. Jolie was a perfect fit, given her work with Afghan refugees and schools in the country. “She was quite moved by the film and spoke really beautifully about it afterwards and the importance of girls’ education and the importance of women.”VICTORIA AHEARN Oscar-winning actor-director Angelina Jolie, an executive producer of Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” showed up for the film’s premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival with five of her six children and posed with the cast for photos. Advertisement It’s one of 26 movies that have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Advertisement Opening Friday in Toronto, “The Breadwinner” features the voice of Toronto actress Saara Chaudry as 11-year-old Parvana, who disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family while her father is wrongfully imprisoned by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Irish animator and filmmaker Nora Twomey poses for a photo as she promotes the movie “The Breadwinner,” at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sunday, September 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Twomey hopes to bring it to Afghanistan next year. The story is adapted from Canadian author Deborah Ellis’s children’s novel, which is based on the testimony of Afghan women in refugee camps in Pakistan. “We’re in negotiations about it … and we’re certainly going to dub the film into Pashto and Dari,” she said, noting they recently screened the film at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for Rula Ghani, the first lady of Afghanistan. “For our cast, I think it was incredible for Angie to stand on the carpet with them all, and certainly for us it was fantastic,” Twomey said in a recent phone interview. “As a female film director, to have another female film director to be able to ring up and seek guidance from was great. It was fantastic for our cast as well, because she very much asked me to, where I could, cast Afghan actors or at least people who had some kind of a story to tell in terms of moving from one country to another, or some kind of depth to them and intelligence to bring to the part.” Facebook “I don’t think any of us had ever experienced cameras flashing to that extent ever before. But it was such a strong message to bring her children and to celebrate the film. It was a really, really great day.” Advertisement After reading it with her mom she wrote to Ellis, who responded to her. Ellis then spoke at Chaudry’s school, and the actress told the author she’d love to see it be made into a film. Acclaimed Canadian composers Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna did the score for the film, which opens in Vancouver on Dec. 1, in Ottawa on Dec. 8, and across Canada on Dec. 15. It’s rare to see Jolie on the red carpet with so much of her brood, and the moment made international headlines and provided a big boost to the independent Canadian co-production, which features various forms of 2D animation. TORONTO — It was a show-business moment Irish animator and filmmaker Nora Twomey had never experienced before. “Just the intelligence and sensitivity in her voice and her performance was just incredible.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: She “shared our sensibilities and helped guide the process, from the casting all the way through to the exact sensibility of this story and where the story leads to,” said Twomey, co-founder and creative director at Cartoon Saloon, which is behind productions including the series “Puffin Rock” and the Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells.” Coincidentally, Chaudry already had a history with Ellis and her novel before being cast.last_img read more