Del Bosque: “The players only think of themselves”

first_img CEST With one more match still to come in Brazil before Spain head home, Del Bosque was very cagey when it came to talking about individuals’ futures. Although he did say that he still has the “same enthusiasm, desire and drive” to continue in his position as manager of la Roja. Vicente Del Bosque has loosely criticised his players ahead of Spain’s final World Cup match against Australia. He wouldn’t be drawn strongly either way on Iker Casillas, Xavi or Xabi Alonso. Sport EN “I am very grateful for my players, I think about all of them, however they only think about themselves. Only themselves.” “Taking the training bib from Cesc was a minor issue,” the 63-year-old said. “One of the teams was numerically inferior to the other in the match, so I decided to change it around. I aked Xabi Alonso for support – it was not big deal. After Saturday’s open training session, a video hit the Internet of la Roja’s boss getting angry with Cesc Fabregas. center_img When he was asked about this incident on Sunday by television channel Cuatro, Del Bosque played down what had happened but still managed to give a blunt response. It has been suggested he favours the Barcelona players, something which, as a former Real Madrid coach, he strongly contests. Upd. at 18:21 “The rest I can accept.” “Football is my big passion and my profession.” “When I see on Madrid website, or a website related to Madrid, that I am a puppet in the hands of the Barca players, that hurts me,” he continued. 22/06/2014 Del Bosque added that some of the criticism has hurt him becasue is has come from so close to home.last_img read more

Getafe 1-5 Real Madrid: Zidane’s men increase the pressure on Barça

first_img Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo got the goals against Getafe, who replied late on through Pablo Sarabia, but it could have been a lot more on a comfortable afternoon for Madrid.  When James’ cross came in just before the half hour mark, though, Benzema was able to get on the end of it. His finish wasn’t the cleanest, but it beat Guaita and took the French striker’s tally in La Liga this season to 22 – a personal best.  Real Madrid beat Getafe 5-1 to move within one point of Barcelona, who play against Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday. It caps off a fine few weeks for Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have progressed to the Champions League semi-final and eaten into Barça’s lead at the top of La Liga – before the Clasico, Luis Enrique’s side were 10 points clear of Los Blancos.  CEST Bale added the third almost immediately after the break. Benzema was again the provider. The Welshman had too much pace for Getafe and latched onto his team-mate’s pass behind their defence, opened up his body and sent the ball back across Guaita.  The second goal came before half-time and Benzema was again involved, although it was more about Isco. The Spain international drove in from the right, shifted the ball to Benzema, who promptly returned it to his team-mate, whose run had carried him into the box. The finish which followed was cool and Madrid were well worth their two goal lead.  It had been almost total domination until that point, but Madrid seemed to ease off once they had a three goal advantage. It almost allowed the hosts to pull a goal back. Keylor Navas saved well from Sarabia, before making another important block from an indirect free-kick, which had been given away after he’d picked up a Marcelo pass.  It looked like that would be that and Ronaldo would miss out on his 31st league goal of the campaign, until a late break allowed Jese Rodriguez to create a tap in for the Portuguese international. Sarabia did eventually get his goal, but Getafe’s moment was short lived, with Madrid going up the other end to add their fourth of the afternoon. Substitute Lucas Vazquez pulled the ball back and James showed fantastic composure to dummy his man and roll the ball home for the goal his performance deserved.  Benzema opened the scoring in the 29th minute, but Madrid could and maybe should have been ahead long before then. Vicente Guaita had saved from Isco and James, while Ronaldo was inches away from getting on the end of a cross which zipped across the six yard line.  16/04/2016 Upd. at 17:55 Sam Marsdenlast_img read more

Champ Christie claims seventh medal

first_imgBy Russell Bennett WEST GIPPSLAND FOOTBALL NETBALL COMPETITION NETBALL REPORT Prior to Monday night, Christie Hillberg was already arguably the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tragic crash victim was due to be brother’s Best Man

first_imgJohn Gallagher, the young victim of the Barnesmore Gap car crash, was due to be Best Man at his brother’s wedding tomorrow.Instead, his family are gathering in mourning as he is laid to rest today in Killybegs.Mr Gallagher, aged 27, died on Monday night when his car collided with a vacant house on the N15 between Donegal Town and Ballybofey. The Killybegs community was stunned by the tragic events and has united in mourning over John’s death.John’s brother Martin was due to get married this Friday, in a week which should have been a joyous time for the family.John was to be Martin’s Best Man, but in a tragic turn of events, the family will be holding his funeral mass this morning. The wedding has been put on hold.Removal takes place this Thursday morning at 10.30am to St. Mary’s Church, Killybegs for 11am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in the local cemetery. Tragic crash victim was due to be brother’s Best Man was last modified: December 10th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Finding the Least-Crowded Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2019

first_imgSunday, December 22, 201923$139Final Party of the year. Sold out 19 days in advance in 2016, 22 days in 2017, and 2 days in 2018. Lines for character greetings and parade viewing spots will be long. Sunday, December 15, 201920$109Sold out 14 days in advance in 2017 and 6 days in advance in 2018. Sunday, December 08, 201910$109 Thursday, December 12, 201913$109 Thursday, December 6, 201835 Friday, November 22, 201916$109Sold out 2 days in advance in 2016. Thursday, December 13, 201853 As you can see, our predictions were mostly in an acceptable range. There was a little more variance than I like, but at least all 5 were at least in the top 10.This Year’s MethodologyWe fiddled with the formula last year so that we now consider more than just attraction wait times. We now also consider if previous parties sold out and we look at the crowd ratings for the daytime hours. That continues this year, although the 2019 predictions were a little tricky for two major reasons:Thanksgiving: In 2018 Thanksgiving was the earliest it can be (November 22) and in 2019 it is as late as it can be (November 28). That means that there are more parties before Thanksgiving and fewer after, which skews the better parties into November a little more.Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: Speaking of skewing parties, Rise of the Resistance opens in Hollywood Studios on December 5. We just plain aren’t sure what that will do to crowds although we’re assuming at least some sort of bump up. The problem is that early December is usually a lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas crowds which may just not happen this year. Because of that I penalized the parties that are just after the December 5 opening, even though the party on December 5 was statistically the best one. You’ll see that it still doesn’t fall very far.Enough setup, let’s look at the chart: Party DateProjected RankActual Rank Share This!Here I am once again to review the information from last year and give you an even better projection for the least-crowded Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019. Make sure you check out our dedicated page for a complete list of dates as well as a thorough description of what the Christmas party is.In short, if you’re looking for the best Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019, we recommend Tuesday, November 19, 2019. It’s a Tuesday, early in the season, far enough from Christmas to avoid the crowds that come with it and even before Thanksgiving and those crowds.I’m sure you’re wondering how we did with our recommendations last year, the answer is…not too bad. Here are the top 5 from last year’s recommendations: Thursday, December 05, 20196$109 Thursday, November 21, 20194$99 Sunday, November 24, 201921$115 Tuesday, December 03, 201914$109Sold out 1 day in advance in 2017. Thursday, November 14, 20195$99 Monday, November 11, 20197$99 Thursday, November 15, 201847 Tuesday, December 10, 20199$109 Tuesday, November 13, 201814 Sunday, December 01, 201922$1151st Party after Thanksgiving break. Sold out 1 day in advance in 2017 and 2018. Friday, December 13, 201912$115Sold out 1 day in advance in 2016. Sunday, November 17, 20192$99 Party DateAttraction Wait Times RankAdvance Purchase Price for an Adult TicketNotes Tuesday, December 17, 201918$115 Friday, November 15, 20198$109 Thursday, December 19, 201917$129 Friday, December 20, 201919$139Second-to-last party; sold out 17 days in advance in 2016 and 2 days in 2017. Tuesday, November 12, 20193$99 Friday, December 06, 201911$115Sold out 4 days in advance in 2017. Friday, November 08, 201915$109First party. Sold out 14 days in advance in 2017 and 1 day in advance in 2018. In addition to the things mentioned above there are the normal factors like there being no parties during Thanksgiving week. That means that the last party before the break (November 24) and the first party after (December 1) get busier. We also demoted the first party of the year because it’s been a little more crowded as of late–the lower ticket prices, locals checking out new things, and previous “go early” advice probably all contribute.Our wait times only include attractions−not character meet and greets, special shows, or parades. The characters, in particular, often have long lines, especially for rare characters like the Seven Dwarfs. Regardless of which party you attend, some of the character lines will be long. If those are a must do, do them as early in the evening as possible.Mid-November like the hot spot. Those parties are after the initial interest of the early parties, but before the real Christmas spirit kicks in. Those are the ones we recommend.Looking for more information? Good, because we have a lot for you. Savannah Sanders wrote a post full of savvy tips that will help you whether this is your first trip or your 100th (and if it’s your 100th, you might have a problem…being too awesome).If meeting characters is your main priority, the boss man himself, Len Testa, wrote a fantastic (yes, I’m kissing up) piece about strategy for character meets during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. If you haven’t decided if the cost is worth it you should read Kristina Murphy’s post about that very subject.For a look at what the 2017 Christmas party looked like, watch this video with…well, me:Now that you are armed with the most powerful weapon…knowledge, you can plan your trip to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019. This site will help you find all of the party info.Hopefully this analysis will help you choose the best Christmas Party to attend. Merry Christmas (a little early)! Tuesday, November 19, 20191$99 Tuesday, December 11, 2018210last_img read more

SADC pushes regional integration

first_img03 July 2007The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will push for stronger regional integration before a considering unified continental government, as delegates at the 9th African Union heads of state summit in Ghana take part in the ‘grand debate’.“The SADC member states sat in a special session and adopted a common position in this regard,” said Zambia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Lazarous Kapambwe, who has been extensively involved in the SADC mission’s discussions toward an AU government.“We believe that as much as we’d like to get to a unified, integrated government, we need a foundation and that will need to come from stronger regional economic communities.”SADC’s 14 member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The theme of the summit – the grand debate – is an exploration into which of the three possible options put forward could make for a unified, integrated continent.The “Union of African States” is a view led by South African President Thabo Mbeki, proposing the gradual strengthening of regions and AU institutions including the executive, judicial, financial and technical institutions.The former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo has suggested an “African Union Government” and advocates taking 15 continental institutions created under the AU and transforming them into the 55th state in Africa, by 2015.The Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who wants an African government now, is leading the “United States of Africa” model.Regional integration“Our position is to strengthen SADC and the other regions. We have to be realistic in our goals towards a unified government,” Kapambwe said.The SADC’s vision is one of a common future, in a regional community that will ensure the economic well-being, improvement in the quality of life, freedoms, social justice and peace and security for the people of Southern Africa.“Our countries throughout Africa do not have the same level of development and it will take some time before we have the proper infrastructure in place to make that integration which we all agree upon possible,” he said.Africa’s regional economic communities, many of which have overlapping memberships, consist primarily of trade blocs and, in some cases, some political and military cooperation.These are the SADC, Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS/CEEAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Union du Maghreb Arabe (UMA).Kapambwe said that the SADC has done much towards regional integration, such as establishing the Southern African Customs Union, and abolishing the need for visas amongst countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.The nations in the region however, will still need some time to synchronise their essential functions in areas such as economics and governance.“We need to reach a certain level of conformity in a number of elements and this can be further extrapolated to be the case with Africa’s integration,” Ambassador Kapambwe said.‘Cultural gaps’ existKapambwe added that further gaps between countries existed because culture dictated many aspects of how countries were run, and they would need to be harmonised before differing countries could share a government.“These often have a direct correlation to the legislation and governance of countries, such as the case where many Muslim areas operate under Sharia Law and Christian countries would adopt Dutch-Roman or English common-law,” he explained.“Going in at this point or in a matter of years and hoping to meld these nations under one banner is not feasible in SADC’s view.”He added that members had to ensure that regions and eventually the continent have consensus regarding issues on human rights, selection procedures to run for office, legislation, governance and distribution of resources before having a unity government“A unified Africa is an ideal to which all the leaders in the session over the next three days aspire. It will strengthen Africa’s economic position and contribute greatly towards internal conflict resolution and many other challenges which currently face us,” Kapambwe said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Inside IT: Ultrabooks and Intel’s PC Refresh Cycle

first_imgWe’ve talked in previous podcasts about our plans to deploy Ultrabooks with Microsoft Windows 8 to our employees. Well,  we have now decided to accelerate that deployment. So we decided to look into this acceleration, and the PC refresh cycle in general, with John Mahvi, PC Fleet Manager for Intel IT. Mahvi tells us about the Intel IT’s approach to PC refresh, the need to listen to employees when planning to deploy devices across the enterprise, and the decision to accelerate the deployment of Ultrabooks at Intel. Listen to more now.last_img read more

Founder of geometric analysis honored with Abel Prize

first_imgKaren Uhlenbeck By Allyn JacksonMar. 19, 2019 , 7:10 AM Founder of geometric analysis honored with Abel Prize Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study An example of the kind of object studied in geometric analysis is a minimal surface. Analogous to a geodesic, a curve that minimizes path length, a minimal surface minimizes area; think of a soap film, a minimal surface that minimizes energy. Analysis focuses on the differential equations governing variations of surface area, whereas geometry and topology focus on the minimal surface representing a solution to the equations. Geometric analysis weaves together both approaches, resulting in new insights.The field did not exist when Uhlenbeck began graduate school in the mid-1960s, but tantalizing results linking analysis and topology had begun to emerge. In the early 1980s, Uhlenbeck and her collaborators did ground-breaking work in minimal surfaces. They showed how to deal with singular points, that is, points where the minimal surface is no longer smooth or where the solution to the equations is not defined. They proved that there are only finitely many singular points and showed how to study them by expanding them into “bubbles.” As a technique, bubbling made a deep impact and is now a standard tool.Born in 1942 to an engineer and an artist, Uhlenbeck is a mountain-loving hiker who learned to surf at the age of 40. As a child she was a voracious reader and “was interested in everything,” she said in an interview last year with “I was always tense, wanting to know what was going on and asking questions.” She initially majored in physics as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. But her impatience with lab work and a growing love for math led her to switch majors. She nevertheless retained a lifelong passion for physics, and centered much of her research on problems from that field.In physics, a gauge theory is a kind of field theory, formulated in the language of the geometry of fiber bundles; the simplest example is electromagnetism. One of the most important gauge theories from the 20th century is Yang-Mills theory, which underlies the standard model of elementary particle physics. Uhlenbeck and other mathematicians began to realize that the Yang-Mills equations have deep connections to problems in geometry and topology. By the early 1980s, she laid the analytic foundations for mathematical investigation of the Yang-Mills equations.“Karen is the first person to introduce analytic tools from differential geometry to the study of Yang-Mills equations,” says Alice Chang of Princeton University, who serves on the Abel Prize selection committee. “‘Pioneer’ is the right word for her.”In the early 1990s, Uhlenbeck helped establish the Park City Mathematics Institute in Utah, one of the first “vertically integrated” programs that brought together schoolteachers, undergraduate majors, graduate students, and researchers. By then Uhlenbeck had risen to the top of her field, but she and other female mathematicians of her age “didn’t see large numbers of women coming after us,” she told that time, she took up research in integrable systems, which model certain kinds of physical phenomena such as shallow water waves. She and her collaborator, Chuu-Lian Terng of the University of California, Irvine, founded a mentoring program that was initially held in conjunction with the Park City group and grew into the Women and Mathematics Program at IAS in Princeton. Now in its 26th year, the program brings together about 60 female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs for 2 weeks of lectures, panels, and informal interactions.“It takes a person of the stature of Karen to persuade the IAS to host such a program,” Chang says. “Everywhere I go—when I give a lecture in Taiwan, or in Europe—I will have women come to me and say that they have participated in the program.”Chang said she is “thrilled” that Uhlenbeck is getting the Abel Prize and counts her as a personal mentor. But Chang is also careful to point out that the Abel Prize committee stuck strictly to research in choosing the prizewinner. The prize citation does not mention Uhlenbeck’s mentoring efforts or her role as an inspiration to female mathematicians.Much has changed in math since Uhlenbeck rose to prominence. When she got her Ph.D., the number of female math professors in the top universities in the United States could be counted on one hand. Today, the numbers are still small, but growing. And in 2014, the Fields Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor in math and one that is given to mathematicians age 40 or younger, was awarded for the first time to a woman, Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematician at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who died in 2017.Has the time come for everyone to ignore the gender of major math prizewinners? “I don’t think we’ve quite got there yet,” Series says. “The Abel committee might have chosen somebody else, right? It’s significant that she was the one they chose.” The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters today announced that Karen Uhlenbeck has won the 2019 Abel Prize, a Nobel-level honor in math. Uhlenbeck won for her foundational work in geometric analysis, which combines the technical power of analysis—a branch of math that extends and generalizes calculus—with the more conceptual areas of geometry and topology. She is the first woman to receive the prize since the award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (approximately $700,000) was first given in 2003.Caroline Series, a math professor at the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K., and president of the London Mathematical Society, says, “To see a woman right up there, honored for a lifetime of distinguished work in math, who has made a huge difference to the development of the field in the last 40 years—that is hugely important.”Uhlenbeck, 76, spent much of her career at the University of Texas in Austin and is now a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey. Her work stands at the heart of several important advances in math, including the revolutionary work in 4D topology by Simon Donaldson of the Simons Center at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. 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Tata Consultancy Services to open Rs 1,200 crore IT campus in Nagpur

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), the information technology (IT) services arm of the Tata Group, is setting up a large software development campus in Nagpur that will have a capacity to accommodate over 16,000 IT professionals.This new campus is being set up at an investment of more than Rs 1,200 crore. In the first phase, TCS is investing Rs 600 crore, the company said.The state-of-the-art campus will be located on a 54-acre land in the Mihan SEZ on the outskirts of Nagpur near the airport. All the facilities in this campus would be built with a strong environment-friendly design, TCS said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday laid the foundation stone for Phase-I of the campus.The campus will be built in two phases with Phase-I containing 8,200 seats for IT services and BPO services. Phase-II will be of the similar size.Built with locally sourced materials and an eye on sustainability, the campus will encompass water conservation and energy saving features and will be a zero-discharge facility.”Nagpur has the potential to become the next big hub for knowledge-based industries like IT and engineering with its strong ecosystem of universities, talented people and infrastructure,” said N. Chandrasekaran, chief executive officer (CEO) & managing director (MD), TCS. “After Mumbai and Pune where we employ over 40,000 people, we are delighted to be part of the IT revolution in Nagpur,” he said.Chandrasekaran said the growing presence of TCS in Maharashtra is of strategic importance and is part of the firm’s overall business growth plan. TCS would remain committed to working in close collaboration with all stakeholders in Maharashtra to help develop local talent and provide customers with world-class IT solutions from Nagpur, he said.advertisementApart from world-class offices, the campus will have customer collaboration centres, cafeterias, gymnasiums and outdoor sports facilities.last_img read more

Lewandowski: I’ve heard nothing from Real Madrid

first_imgTransfers Lewandowski’s ‘heard nothing’ from Real Madrid following agent change Chris Burton 18:34 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Bayern 2017 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Bayern München Bundesliga Primera División Robert Lewandowski The prolific Bayern striker continues to be linked with a big-money summer transfer and commented on his change in representation Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has rubbished reports suggesting a change of agent means he is off to Real Madrid, with no contact received from Spain.The prolific Pole has turned to ‘super agent’ Pini Zahavi to manage his career, with the Israeli taking on one of the most sought-after talents in world football.Lewandowski is enjoying another productive season at club level, with the 20-goal mark reached in the Bundesliga for a third successive year and the sixth time in seven years spread across spells at Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is those exploits which continue to see him linked with big-money moves elsewhere, with reports of interest from Madrid refusing to go away.The 29-year-old has, however, once again moved to distance himself from the rumours and play down the importance of a change in representative, telling reporters: “No, that [agent change] has nothing to do with this speculation.“I haven’t heard anything from Real Madrid, I don’t know whether my agent has and people will write what they want, but it doesn’t interest me.”Lewandowski drew a rare blank in his latest outing, as Bayern were held to a goalless draw by Hertha Berlin, but he remains a talismanic presence in Munich.With that in mind, the Bundesliga leaders have no intention of sanctioning a sale, with manager Jupp Heynckes having said of the incessant transfer talk: “A player is allowed to change his agent, it doesn’t mean anything.“Bayern want to – and will – keep our top players.”Zahavi has also played down the Real reports, with no talks held with the La Liga giants at this stage.He told Bild after being confirmed as Lewandowski’s agent: “Of course I have a lot of contacts in the industry, but that has nothing to do with it.“However, one never knows what will happen in the future.”last_img read more