MA Governor Proposes Tax Credit for Employment of Veterans

first_imgIn his 2017 State of the Commonwealth address, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a $4,000 tax credit for businesses hiring and retaining an unemployed veteran. The governor also mentioned that he would oppose any effort to pass a broad-based tax increase.State of the Commonwealth Address, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, January 24, 2017last_img

Podcast: An exoplanet with three suns, no relief for aching knees, and building better noses

first_imgListen to stories on how once we lose cartilage it’s gone forever, genetically engineering a supersniffing mouse, and building an artificial animal from silicon and heart cells, with Online News Editor David Grimm.  As we learn more and more about exoplanets, we find we know less and less about what were thought of as the basics: why planets are where they are in relation to their stars and how they formed. Kevin Wagner joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about the latest unexpected exoplanet—a young jovian planet in a three-star system.  [Image: Hellerhoff/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0;Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img read more

We care when an airplane crashes. And then we don’t

first_imgOn 19 May, EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 56 passengers and 10 crew members aboard. The Wikipedia entry documenting the disaster went up within hours, and it will likely remain online into perpetuity. Human readers, however, lost interest after about a week. A pair of new studies reveals that’s common whether an aircraft crash kills 50 people or 500—a finding that reveals some surprises about our online attention spans.With the vast knowledge of humankind mere touchscreen taps away, it’s fair to say websites like Wikipedia represent a kind of boundless augmented memory for humans. Yet in the face of these near-infinite data, human attention remains relatively short. Social scientists refer to this gradual loss of interest in a topic as attentional decay. “The internet offers limitless knowledge, but it doesn’t solve the problem of our limited attention spans,” says the study’s lead author, Taha Yasseri, a computational social scientist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.Yasseri was initially drawn to look at the online behavior surrounding aircraft crashes after Germanwings Flight 9525 went down in the French Alps last year. Investigators eventually determined the pilot committed suicide, taking the lives of all 150 people on the plane. Curious, Yasseri checked out the page views—a running tally of everyone who has visited the site—for the disaster’s Wikipedia entry and noticed that interest peaked in the days following the crash, then rapidly dropped off after about a week.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)He began looking at other crashes both big and small and noticed similar page view patterns for all of them. Yasseri and his Oxford colleagues decided to formally analyze the data and built an algorithm that parsed data on all pages on aircraft crashes in Wikipedia’s two most popular language versions, English and Spanish. It then spit out a report on when each page was created, when it was edited, how many times it had been read, and when those page views happened.The researchers found that when a crash involved fewer than 50 deaths, Wikipedia readers tended to pay relatively little attention. The researchers called these “low-impact events,” and found they were statistically insignificant to readership patterns. Crashes with more than 50 deaths, on the other hand, were identified as high-impact events. For these, readership jumped and scaled up according to how many people were killed and the continental region in which they occurred.Crunching all the data, the team put together a table describing how much attention readers from each language version of Wikipedia paid to various high-impact crashes. A strong regional bias emerged: English Wikipedia readers were much more likely to read about North American and European crashes, and Spanish Wikipedia readers were more likely to read about Latin American crashes. Page views on English and Spanish Wikipedia for North American and Latin American aircraft crashes, respectively, were each about 50 times greater than for African crashes.But as the researchers report today in the journal Royal Society Open Science, regardless of where the crash happened and how many people were killed, on both English and Spanish Wikipedia, page views dropped in half between 3 to 10 days after the event.This happens for two reasons, Yasseri explains. First, there’s a “decay of novelty.” New information is appealing, and we naturally lose interest after it stops being new. And second, humans can only pay attention to so many topics at one time. As other things happen, newer events outcompete older events for our attention.Although Yasseri says he expected to see attentional decay, he was surprised that the scale of the disaster didn’t seem to influence how long it took for people to move on. The fact that it was seen in both language versions hints at a universal rule for online information consumption—big disasters don’t capture our attention any longer than smaller ones.Maybe that’s not such a bad thing, according to Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, a research scientist at the Indiana University Network Science Institute in Bloomington who studies collective social phenomena on the internet. “I refrain from making a value judgment over whether this short attention span online is good or bad,” he says. “But maybe it signals that we are able to just move on and pay attention to other things as they come up. In a certain sense, it’s kind of necessary.”last_img read more

IPL 8: In-form Rajasthan Royals take on resurgent Mumbai Indians

first_imgMumbai Indians, who are yet to win a game in the IPL, will be looking to bounce back todayBuoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter on Tuesday.Having won their first two matches on the road, the Steven Smith-led side will be playing their first match in their “adopted home” venue of Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.For Royals, the tournament couldn’t have started on a better note as they had two contrasting victories in their first two games.While the the 26-run win against Kings XI Punjab in Pune was a walk in the park, the Royals were stretched to the limit by Daredevils in their second match where Tim Southee got them home with a splendid last-ball boundary.The IPL unearths new talent every year and the talk after the first five days has been about young Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda, who has surprised one and all with composure and big-hitting abilities.The 25-ball 54 against DD has made the young Haryanvi ‘talk of the town’ and with Ajinkya Rahane and Smith for company, the youngster would be expected to blossom further.For Mumbai Indians, it’s been the worst start possible as they were comfortably beaten by seven wickets in their opening encounter against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders while Harbhajan Singh’s individual brilliance could not stop them from losing the second match by 18 runs.On paper, Royals will start as favourites but MI can’t be written off. Even during last season, they had lost five matches on the trot in the UAE leg before recovering remarkably to make it to the play-offs.advertisementBut batting has been a bit of a bother for MI, who have icons like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting on board to help the players.Barring Rohit Sharma in the first game and Harbhajan in the second, the MI top-order has not performed per expectations.Australian opener Aaron Finch and India’s middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu have both looked out of sorts while Corey Anderson also has been a bit scratchy despite a half-century in the first match at the Eden Gardens.But with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Finch, Rohit eager to make amends for the failures, the task will be cut out for the likes of Chris Morris, Tim Southee and James Faulkner to use all their variations and change-ups in store on a batting-friendly Motera pitch which also provides some help for spinners.The Royals’ batting line-up is pretty solid despite the absence of regular captain Shane Watson, who has been on the bench for the first two matches with a toe injury.But with current combination, which has Smith, Faulkner, Southee and Morris as the four overseas cricketers in the playing XI, doing well, it will be interesting to see whether the regular captain can find his place in the team.last_img read more

Salman Khan pledges over Rs 1 lakh to each of India’s Rio athletes

first_imgIndia is experiencing a forgetful campaign at the ongoing Rio Olympics despite of sending its largest-ever contingent to the Olympics. (Rio Olympics Full Coverage)The athletes have failed to win a single medal at the Rio Games, currently in its 12th day. Star archers and shooters have disappointed while the men’s and women’s hockey teams were handed defeats. Tennis stars Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna too failed to provide joy to the nation.The only bright spot in India’s campaign have been gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shooter Abhinav Bindra and shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth.Dipa became the first ever Indian to qualify for the gymnastic finals, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal by finishing fourth, while Bindra too had to settle for a fourth-place finish.Sindhu has reached the semi-finals of the women’s singles event, while Srikanth lost out to two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan in the quarters of the men’s singles. The dismal campaign has come under some criticism, notably from novelist and author Shobhaa De, who tweeted: “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” sparked further outrage. (Shobhaa na De: Columnist wins gold for dissing Indian athletes at Rio Olympics 2016, irks Twitter)De’s tweet sparked outrage on social media with sportspersons, politicians and actors defending the athletes.Meanwhile, at a time when the national mood is at an all-time low, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has announced that he will present each Indian athlete with  a cheque of Rs1,01,000.advertisementSalman is one of India’s four Goodwill Ambassadors for the Rio Games, along with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman and Abhinav Bindra. (BCCI president blasts Shobhaa De over ‘indecent’ remarks)The Bollywood star’s appointment drew sharp criticism from all quarters, with many questioning Salman’s contribution to Olympic sports.However, at the wake of the criticisms, Salman’s announcement might bring a smile to the face of the athletes.As a gesture of appreciation for our Olympic athletes, I will present each one with a cheque of Rs1,01,000. Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016The government is very supportive of sports . Each of us can also do our bit to encourage a sports nation . Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016I admire the work that Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) is doing to shape tmrw’s champions . Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016And also companies like Edelweiss, Jio and others who have come forward to support the Olympics. Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 17, 2016last_img read more

‘Man Utd treble winners better than Pep’s Man City’

first_imgManchester United Man Utd treble winners better than Guardiola’s Man City – Keown Goal 18:45 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Manchester United 1999 Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester City v Chelsea Crystal Palace v Manchester United Manchester City The ex-England international believes that the Red Devils always had “something special” about them to get out of trouble Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side of 1999 is superior to the Manchester City team running away with the Premier League title this season, according to ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown.United famously scooped the treble in 1998-99, snatching the Champions League trophy from Bayern Munich by scoring twice in the dying stages of the Camp Nou showpiece.Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s men have been the dominant force in England this term, already sealing the Carabao Cup and boasting a formidable 16-point advantage in the league that could make them the earliest Premier League title winners ever. 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 Despite City’s form, which has been all the more impressive given the style they have played, Keown believes that United’s classic vintage is better.“Manchester City are on their way to being a dominant force but Manchester United’s 1999 treble-winners would beat them,” Keown argued to the Daily Mail.“I was part of the Arsenal side who finished a point behind United that year. That Gunners team was one of the best I played in, but United beat us in an FA Cup semi-final replay despite being reduced to 10 men, thanks to a moment of magic from Ryan Giggs.“United always had one player who would do something special to dig out unexpected results.”Where United were so strong was with four strikers all competing to be top dog. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke would run the legs off you, then Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would come off the bench with a point to prove. And their finest hour in the Champions League final was delivered by those two substitutes.”Peter Schmeichel was one of the Premier League’s finest keepers. He was such a daunting figure for strikers. The years he spent at the top should be a blueprint for Ederson at Manchester City.”Keown would not, however, discount the possibility of Guardiola’s side going on to dominate for years to come but feels they would lack the experience to trouble Ferguson’s men.“City can be as dominant as the great Liverpool and United sides but winning trophies gives teams an extra layer of armour. That is what City would discover if they faced Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble winners today,” he argued.City remain on course for a treble, although they were shockingly knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan at the fifth-round stage.Having thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match, Guardiola’s men are expected to cruise into the quarter-final following Wednesday’s second leg at the Etihad Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Projecting the USA squad vs. Paraguay

first_imgUnited States Projecting the USA squad for the friendly against Paraguay Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 01:41 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Timothy Weah PSG Getty Images United States United States v Paraguay Paraguay Friendlies With no official matches to play for more than a year, the U.S. national team’s March friendly feels even more like a time to experiment If you’ve been starving for meaningful U.S. national team matches to look forward to, the wait just got longer.CONCACAF’s announcement earlier this week of the format for the new Nations League competition revealed what had already been feared, that the United States won’t be playing a meaningful match until the summer of 2019, at the Gold Cup. The U.S. won’t begin Nations League play until the fall of 2019, meaning we have 16 months before U.S. players will return to action with something tangible on the line.The wait isn’t quite so long when you think about the looming appointment of a new head coach, which is expected to be made after the World Cup. Once a new boss is in charge, the work to impress him and earn places in the next World Cup qualifying cycle can begin, making his first friendlies with the U.S. vitally important. There won’t be Nations Cup matches to play, but there is a good chance high-profile friendlies against South American powers like Argentina and Brazil will be on the docket. 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 That is still more than six months away though, and with the next U.S. match likely to take place in late May, the upcoming friendly against Paraguay offers a good chance to take a look at some younger prospects who have been making waves overseas. Caretaker coach Dave Sarachan has done well to focus on youth since replacing Bruce Arena, and he should continue that when the U.S. holds its upcoming camp in Cary, North Carolina.Sarachan will have the option to call a full-strength squad due to the international window, but it still seems unlikely we will see the return of veterans like Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, or Clint Dempsey. All three are currently busy with MLS and CONCACAF Champions League, and all three would probably be best served skipping 2018 with the national team, or at the very least sitting out until a new coach is in charge. Sarachan echoed those same sentiments, making the March squad more likely to be another collection of young talent.With MLS having just kicked off, Sarachan could choose to limit the number of MLS players he calls in, especially with some MLS matches taking place during the window when the U.S. camp will be held, but the relative lack of strong foreign-based options may force him to call in at least a few MLS options.Here is a look at the team we could see called in for the March March 27 friendly against Paraguay:GOALKEEPERSBill Hamid USA Gold CupBill Hamid, Ethan Horvath, Brady Scott, William YarbroughThe days of the deep crop of American goalkeepers in Europe are behind us, and the reality is there isn’t an American starting in net in a top European league. The only American netminder current starting in a foreign first division? Club Leon’s Yarbrough, who has played well enough to merit a return to the U.S. setup. The 28-year-old has been starting regularly in Liga MX, which is more than can be said Hamid, who has been stuck on the bench at Danish side Mitdjylland since moving from D.C. United on a free transfer.FC Cologne and U.S. Under-20 prospect Brady Scott impressed at the January U.S. youth summit and could merit a look, though you could make a similar case for Jonathan Klinsmann. Ethan Horvath hasn’t played in an official match for Club Brugge since October, and could thus be skipped in favor of an MLS goalkeeper. Toronto FC has a bye week during the window, which could allow Alex Bono to be called in.DEFENDERSCameron Carter-Vickers Sheffield UnitedDeAndre Yedlin, Timmy Chandler, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga, Erik Palmer-Brown, Justen Glad, Antonee Robinson, Shaq MooreIf there’s a position to be excited about for this camp, and squad, it’s central defense. Miazga, Carter-Vickers and Palmer-Brown are all seeing regular first-team minutes in Europe, and all three should play key roles in the next cycle. John Brooks would be a shoe-in for this camp if he hadn’t been sidelined all year with a toe injury. Without him, Sarachan could look to bring in someone like Tim Ream for a veteran presence. Geoff Cameron would seem to make more sense, but it is safe to say he has burned all his bridges with the current U.S. setup and isn’t likely to see a call-up again until a new coach is hired.At fullback, Chandler is an interesting case because he’s in the midst of an excellent season at Eintracht Frankfurt and should be a lock, but will he be called or left in Germany? Moore has fallen out of the first-team picture at Levante, but the La Liga-based right back still merits a look after having enjoyed a stretch of starts in Spain. English-born left back Antonee Robinson has been a steady starter at Bolton (on loan from Everton) and should get a look, especially at a traditionally thin position.MIDFIELDERSChristian Pulisic USAChristian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Keaton Parks, Kenny Saief, Danny Williams, Joe Corona, Kekuta Manneh, Kyle ScottThe New York Red Bulls have a match the weekend before the Paraguay friendly, so Tyler Adams is unlikely to be called in, but this camp is a perfect opportunity to have a look at Parks, who is enjoying a good stretch at Benfica, featuring for its reserve side in Portugal’s second division. Williams gives the team a good veteran option, and took over leadership duties when the team convened last November. D.C. United has a game during the window as well, which will likely rule out Paul Arriola.The camp should be a good opportunity for both Pulisic and McKennie to earn a start and get 90 minutes as both have fallen out of the starting lineups for their respective teams. Joe Corona isn’t an every-game starter for Club America, but he has shown well in the matches he has been given starts in.Saeif is enjoying a good stretch with Anderlecht, and hasn’t been with the U.S. since his debut last summer. Now healthy, this camp would be an excellent opportunity to bring him in and see if he can play a prominent role in the attack.Manneh has begun to earn some regular minutes with Liga MX side Pachuca, starting in the team’s past three Copa MX matches. The speedy winger has yet to play for the United States after becoming a citizen in 2016, but this camp could be a good chance to bring him into the fold.Chelsea  prospect Kyle Scott made his first team debut recently, and given the fact he’s eligible for multiple countries, it may not be a bad thing to bring the U.S. Under-20 midfielder in for a look.FORWARDSMax Kruse Aron Johannsson Werder BremenAron Johannsson, Andrija Novakovich, Rubio Rubin, Timothy WeahAfter returning from injury purgatory, and the depths of the Werder Bremen bench, Johannsson is back and producing in the German Bundesliga and should be a call-up for the March camp. Novakovich has settled in well with Dutch second-division side Telstar, and the former U.S. Under-20 striker should earn a look, especially if Sarachan passes on calling in MLS options.Weah is a particularly exciting prospect. The Under-17 World Cup standout recently made his first-team debut with Paris St. Germain, and has yet to spend time with the U.S. senior team setup. The March camp would be a perfect opportunity.Rubin has settled in quickly at Club Tijuana, earning some minutes just weeks after arriving. He impressed at the U.S. January camp, and should see another look from Sarachan.last_img read more

Ronaldo a Real superstar, Bale a fading light

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo still Real’s shining superstar with Bale now a fading light Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar La Liga Getty Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Opinion The Portuguese scored both goals to give Los Blancos a hard-fought win at Eibar, in what was another disappointing afternoon for the Welsh winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise continues. The 33-year-old was on target twice to give Real Madrid all three points at Eibar on Saturday. But, alongside him in attack, these are trying times for Gareth Bale.The Portuguese made the difference again. His fantastic form in 2018 is quite a contrast to his struggles in front of goal in the Primera Division earlier on in the season. In the first half of the campaign, he netted only four times. But now, in early March and despite the occasional rest, he has already added 14 more.Three goals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – two at the Santiago Bernabeu and one at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday –  also helped Zinedine Zidane’s side secure their place in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. Cristiano is well and truly back to doing what he does best. 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 But amid Ronaldo’s rise, Bale’s star is fading at Real. The Welsh winger was willing at Eibar on Saturday, but struggled to make an impact in the tight spaces of a small playing surface at Ipurua.It was one of those afternoons for the 28-year-old. Whatever he tried did not really seem to come off. His movement was sometimes slow, while he cut an isolated figure and there appeared to be a lack of communication with his team-mates too. He also missed the target with a header from close range.Bale did not start either of the games against PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League and is clearly falling down the pecking order at Madrid. And, although he is still being used by Zidane in some fixtures, it is a much more secondary role for the former Tottenham man these days.A three-time Champions League winner since his €100 million move from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, Bale has been hampered by injuries during his time in Spain and his impressive early-season sparkle has also gone in recent weeks.”He is in a team where there are many players and sometimes he hasn’t played,” Zidane said on Friday. “He is fundamental for us and he will be until the end of the season, just like the others. There is nothing more.Eibar Real Madrid score“I have to pick a team every three days and that is what I am doing. It is not a problem for him because we talk. He knows where he is and that all of the players are important. You [the media] want to look for a problem, but there is no problem. Gareth is important, but there are other important players.”That message, however, is very similar to how Zidane used to speak of James Rodriguez, who was ultimately sent away to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan after finding his opportunities limited under the French coach.It is also quite different to Zidane’s initial message on arrival as coach at Real, when he would not reveal his preferences in terms of team selection, but said: “The idea is to play with the three (Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema) in attack.”Gareth Bale Real Madrid EibarThat is no longer the case, with Zidane also opting for 4-4-2 in recent times and Bale, despite finishing the game on Saturday wide left – the position where he made his name at Spurs – was unable to shine once again.So, while Ronaldo remains as important as ever with his goals for Los Blancos, the Welshman’s influence continues to fade at Real Madrid.last_img read more

Report: Salzburg 0 Dortmund 0

first_imgRed Bull Salzburg 0 Borussia Dortmund 0 (2-1 agg): Stoger’s men suffer shock exit Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 05:59 16/3/2018 DortmundSalzburg - cropped Bongarts Another disappointing display ended Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League hopes as they were knocked out by Red Bull Salzburg. Red Bull Salzburg comfortably held Borussia Dortmund to a goalless draw in their last-16 second leg clash to dump Peter Stoger’s men out of the Europa League 2-1 on aggregate.The Austrian side, unbeaten since August, secured a shock 2-1 lead in Germany last week through Valon Berisha’s double, but goalkeepers Alexander Walke and Roman Burki were equally tested in this return stalemate despite Dortmund’s need for at least two goals – a tally they never came close to achieving.Stoger’s gameplan made it easy for the hosts, Dortmund’s attempts to play the game entirely in Salzburg’s half opening up space for the energetic Hwang Hee-chan to run free. 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 Burki twice denied the 22-year-old forward and then produced a wonderful stop to thwart Xaver Schlager as the visitors somehow reached the break level on the night and still in with a chance of progression.Their improvement after the restart was minimal, though, Dortmund managing to keep Salzburg at bay but doing little to muster the requisite attacking response.Dortmund’s season is far from over as they remain well placed to seal Champions League qualification, but this shock exit for one of the tournament favourites will come as a blow to Stoger’s hopes of staying in the dugout beyond the end of the campaign.Das war‘s. Der BVB scheidet im Achtelfinale der @EuropaLeague aus. #FCSBVB 0-0— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 15, 2018Dortmund made a particularly laboured start and might have fallen further behind in the tie within just six minutes as poor defending allowed Hwang in, Burki blocking his clipped finish.The visitors assumed complete control of possession but another error at the back then let Hwang run clear once more, the South Korea international this time pushed wide and drilling hard and low for Burki to save again.And Burki continued to single-handedly keep Dortmund in the contest, diving to his right to brilliantly tip Schlager’s curler around the post.A spectacular punch from Berisha’s teasing cross-cum-shot was next for Burki to deal with, Dortmund’s aimless possession only inviting snappy Salzburg tackles as the opening 45 minutes passed without event for Walke in the home goal.1 – This is only the second time this season that #BVB have had just one shot in the first half (the other game was the DFB Cup game at FC Bayern). Harmless.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 15, 2018Powerful efforts from half-time substitute Maximilian Philipp and Marcel Schmelzer worked Walke after the restart, before the goalkeeper was forced into action again when the latter stooped to head on target.Walke came up with a more difficult stop to keep a stumbling Alexander Isak out, then parrying from Philipp and watching on as Stefan Lainer stepped in front of a goal-bound strike.Salzburg did grow a little nervy but were never troubled, the scale of the task in the closing stages too much for Dortmund as Walke earned a clean sheet.And the hosts could have themselves stolen victory at the last as Munas Dabbur cracked the crossbar after Fredrik Gulbrandsen led a breakaway. read morelast_img read more

Pele impressed by Tite ahead of World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Pele impressed by Tite’s ability to cope with Brazil’s modern challenges Peter Hanson 08:00 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tite-cropped Getty Images World Cup Russia v Brazil Germany v Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil The ex-Corinthians coach has made a brilliant start in one of football’s most demanding jobs, qualifying with ease for Russia 2018 Brazil coach Tite has a more difficult job to do than many of his national team predecessors, according to Selecao legend Pele. Tite was appointed to the top job in June 2016 after Dunga was dismissed following Brazil’s poor showing at the Copa America Centenario.The 56-year-old has drawn plenty of plaudits for Brazil’s performances under his stewardship and the team is considered among the favourites for World Cup glory in Russia this year. 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 Brazil’s latest 25-man squad for friendlies with Russia and Germany includes just three domestic-based players, and Pele sympathised with the challenges Tite faces.”I don’t want to say that I was the one that supported Tite the most, and it’s not because I wasn’t sure of what he could accomplish, no one can say for a fact what is going to happen but God, only God knows what is going to happen in the future,” he told ESPN. “But Tite, whenever I was with him or talked to him, I could feel he is a serious person with a lot of character. He always talked with confidence. He could even make mistakes as no one is perfect. “But he said something that really made sense to me about our national team in the 70s and 80s. “Tite said ‘Pele, if I have the chance to become the coach of Brazil, and stay there for a while, I want to build a team that will be able to compete for two or three years, so everyone can better understand each other’.”Furthermore, in a fun tone, he said ‘I can’t build a team like the ones you were part of. Back in your day, the best players of Brazil didn’t leave the country to play overseas. Only a few players went on to play abroad. Even you, during your 25-year career played all those years in Brazil, you only left at the end of your career, when you played for the New York Cosmos.”To manage the national team at that time was easy. The players were excellent so it was easier to build the national team. In our modern age, I need scouts everywhere. Three to four Brazilian players are playing in each part of the world. It is harder now, but I want to build a team that can be steady.’ “And I liked a lot what he had to say, I pray to God that he can accomplish his goals.”last_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🤝— 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— 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

Michigan, Army Players Show Great Sportsmanship After Game

first_imgMichigan and Army players join together after Wolverines' overtime win.Twitter/@chengelis It wound up being a much more difficult endeavor than most anticipated, but Michigan football outlasted Army in overtime today. The Wolverines came away with a 24-21 win, after Army missed a long would-be game-winning field goal in regulation, and fumbled away the game in OT.The two teams traded touchdowns to start overtime. Army held Michigan to a field goal to start the second overtime, which appeared to open the gates for an upset win.Instead, quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. fumbled on the third play of the ensuing drive, handing the ball back to Michigan for the win.Michigan caught some flak for how it reacted to the win, with multiple Wolverines jumping into the stands to celebrate with their fans. Michigan was a 22-point favorite entering the game. What happened after that is hard for anyone to criticize. As often happens after games involving service academies, the two teams joined in the corner of the end zone after the game to sing the fight song in front of the West Point Cadets who made their way to Ann Arbor for the game.Both teams join together— angelique (@chengelis) September 7, 2019Those who tune in to the Army-Navy Game at the end of every season will know this tradition well. It is one of the cooler moments of the year at that game, and a very cool scene when the service academies have the chance to play at places like Michigan Stadium.Michigan has a chance to regroup after a tough game, with a Week 3 bye. In Week 4, the Wolverines take a trip to face Big Ten West power Wisconsin.Army, which sits at 1-1 after the loss, travels to UTSA next week. The Black Knights opened their season with a 14-7 win over Rice.last_img read more

Ocean Yield’s 2nd Newbuild Goes to Navig8 Product Tankers

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed ship owner Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of the LR2 product tanker Navig8 Sanctity from Korean shipbuilder Sungdong Shipyard, the company informed.After being delivered from the shipyard today, the vessel commenced a 13-year “hell and high water” bareboat charter to Navig8 Product Tankers Inc.This is the second vessel delivered in a series of total four product tankers that will be chartered to Navig8 Product Tankers Inc.The first one, Navig8 Symphony, was delivered to its owner in February and went on a 13-year “hell and high water” bareboat charter to Navig8 immediately after the delivery.“Ocean Yield’s is experiencing strong growth in its fleet through the delivery of vessels on long term charters to first class shipping companies. Year to date we have taken delivery of three vessels and will during the next twelve months take delivery of another ten vessels, bringing the fleet to a total of 27 vessels. The deliveries further diversifies our fleet into new shipping segments and strengthens our earnings,” Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken said.For 2015 the company reported net profit after tax of USD 105 million, compared to USD 100.8 million for 2014. Adjusted for non-recurring items, the net profit for the year 2015 was USD 108.5 million compared with USD 97.5 million in 2014.For the fourth quarter the net profit stood at USD 28.3 compared with USD 30.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.last_img read more

Stellarton Company Receives Environmental Approval

first_img Nova Scotia Environment and Labour has approved an applicationfrom Pioneer Coal Limited to extend the Stellarton Pit Mine. Under terms of the approval, the company will continueenvironmental monitoring programs for such things as air quality,noise and surface and groundwater quality. The department refusedthe company’s request to operate the mine on a 24-hour basis. The proposed expansion is about 50 hectares in area. No changesare proposed to the existing mine production levels or to coaltrucking. The coal produced at the mine is trucked to the NovaScotia Power Inc. Trenton Generating Station. The complete environmental assessment approval, including thecompany’s original application, will be posted this week on theEnvironment and Labour website at . Formed in 1989, the environmental assessment branch of theDepartment of Environment and Labour is responsible for assessingmajor projects to identify, correct or prevent adverseenvironmental impacts. A guide to the environmental assessmentprocess is also available on the department’s website. ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Stellarton Company Receives EnvironmentalApproval FOR BROADCAST USE Nova Scotia Environment and Labour has approved an application from Pioneer Coal Limited to extend the Stellarton Pit Mine. Under terms of the approval, the company will continue to follow programs in place for the existing mine site, including monitoring programs for air quality, noise, and surface and groundwater quality. Coal produced at the mine is trucked to Nova Scotia Power’s Trenton Generating Station. -30-last_img read more

Taxes of all kinds big focus of Manitoba budget

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government tabled its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Monday. Here are some of the highlights.— A $25 per-tonne carbon tax to take effect Sept. 1 will add 5.3 cents to a litre of gas and also affect natural gas, diesel and propane prices.— Marked fuel used in agriculture, mining and forestry will be exempt from the carbon tax.— Ambulance fees to be reduced to $340 from $425.— New income tax credit for companies that provide on-site child care to be set up. Limited this year to 200 spaces.— Post-secondary funding to be cut by $6 million, or one per cent.— Five new schools to be built without using private-public partnership models.— Basic personal exemption before people have to pay income tax to rise by $2,000 to $11,400 by 2020.— Threshold at which small businesses start paying income taxes is to be raised to $500,000 from $450,000.— Tax on fine-cut tobacco for rolling cigarettes is increasing to 45 cents per gram from 28.5 cents. Other forms of tobacco are unaffected.— A special income tax deduction for credit unions to be phased out over five years. Will cost credit unions $15 million a year.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

Have you seen Sarah Michelle

first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice in Winnipeg are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 16 year-old girl.Sarah Michelle was last seen on Oct. 3.She’s described as Aboriginal, 5’3 in height and weighing 125 lbs.Police describe her as being at high risk of exploitation.Anyone who might know where Michelle can be located is asked to phone the Winnipeg police or the RCMP.last_img

No US charges against Chinese billionaire in alleged assault

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota prosecutors say there will be no charges filed against Chinese billionaire Richard Liu, who was arrested in Minneapolis after a Chinese college student accused him of sexual assault.Liu is founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site He was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of felony rape and released. He returned to China. Prosecutors said Friday that “profound evidentiary problems” would have made it “highly unlikely” that any charge could have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.Liu was in Minneapolis for a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota’s doctor of business administration China program.Liu’s attorneys have said he is innocent. has said he was falsely accused.Liu is known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong. He is worth $7.5 billion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

TSX up commodities mixed as sanctions imposed against Russia after Crimea vote

The Toronto stock market was higher Monday as traders looked beyond the weekend vote that saw an overwhelming number of Crimeans opt to break from Ukraine and join Russia.Traders are now looking to see what level of sanctions will now be imposed against Russia for its part in backing the referendum. Western countries have refused to recognize the referendum while Russia does not recognize the new Ukrainian government.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 32.97 points to 14,260.63 as traders had widely anticipated the results of the referendum. The Canadian dollar was up 0.16 of a cent to 90.29 cents US.U.S. indexes surged amid data showing that U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February.Factory production surged 0.8 per cent, nearly reversing a 0.9 per cent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February’s gain was the largest in six months.The Dow Jones industrials climbed 169.97 points to 16,235.64, the Nasdaq advanced 47.54 points to 4,292.94 and the S&P 500 index gained 18.36 points to 1,859.49.European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to slap travel bans and asset freezes on 21 people from Russia and Crimea they have linked to the push for the secession.The U.S. also imposed sanctions against Russian officials. President Barack Obama’s executive order names seven Russian government officials. The Treasury Department also is imposing sanctions on four Ukrainians, including former President Viktor Yanukovych and two Crimea-based separatist leaders.Meanwhile, Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) is selling its interest in assets located in Boundary Lake, Cynthia/West Pembina, and Rocky Mountain House in Western Canada to Whitecap Resources Inc. for approximately $855 million. These assets produced about 15,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day in 2013 on a net before royalty basis. Production is split evenly between oil and gas. Imperial shares added three cents to $51.10.And the Wall Street Journal reported that gas giant Encana (TSX:ECA) is in advanced talks to sell its Wyoming natural-gas fields to private-equity firm Carlyle Group for about $2 billion. Encana has been looking to sell its holdings in the Jonah Field as it shifts its focus away from natural gas to drilling for more valuable oil and natural-gas liquids. Its shares ran up 21 cents to $22.67.The TSX base metals sector was the leading advancer, up 1.05 per cent as copper rose after a string of negative data from China sent prices dropping by eight per cent last week. The May copper contract in New York rose one cent to US$2.96 a pound.The energy sector gained 0.3 per cent while April crude dipped 15 cents to US$98.74 a barrel.The industrials and financial sectors also lifted the Toronto market.The gold sector led decliners, down 1.5 per cent as gold prices edged lower after nervous investors seeking safety pushed prices ahead last week. The May contract in New York declined $1.70 to US$1,377.30 an ounce.Traders also looked ahead to Wednesday when the U.S. Federal Reserve makes its next interest rate announcement.Traders will be looking for any change in a gauge the Fed is using for interest rate guidance — the jobless rate. Generally, markets aren’t expecting a rate hike from the Fed until the middle of next year at the earliest. read more

Air Canada frequent flyer program part of digitization push CEO says

MONTREAL — Air Canada’s plans to develop its own frequent flyer program are one of several digitization initiatives the airline is pursuing to meet the varying needs of its 45 million passengers a year, CEO Calin Rovinescu says.Weeks after Air Canada announced it was ditching Aeroplan, Rovinescu said the decision was part of the company’s broader strategy to become more digital in its operations. That includes looking at working with artificial intelligence specialists to recognize patterns in customer data and employing augmented reality to change how employees learn and collaborate.Using data analytics on information collected from frequent flyers will help the airline better understand their shopping patterns, improve service and build loyalty, Rovinescu said. Air Canada plans to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in 2020.“By bringing it in house, it will enable us to be much, much closer to our customers in terms of the offers that can be made and having the ability to in some respects deal directly with our key frequent flyers,” he said in an interview.Michael Kamel, who advises airlines on business strategy and innovation for PricewaterhouseCoopers, said carriers are feeling pressure to act from tech-savvy passengers and competitors that operate with lower costs.Airlines around the world are using different technologies in an effort to improve passenger service, such as texting flight changes to cellphones. Still, the industry has been slow to adapt.“We are in that pre-evaporation phase where we’re just seeing the bubbles,” Kamel said.The transportation sector as a whole is becoming increasingly focused on technology with the advent of automation. Last week, Canadian National Railway announced it plans to spend $500 million over five years, partly in response to the threat posed by driverless trucks.Air Canada’s (TSX:AC) focus on its next wave of growth comes after a series of restructuring efforts since 2009 that have helped turn around the financial position of the country’s largest carrier.It has signed long-term labour agreements, spent billions of dollars adding new aircraft, expanded its international network, launched a low-cost travel airline and restored its pension plan to a surplus.“This is a totally different company than it was in 2009 in almost every single respect,” said Rovinescu, whose company was selected Tuesday as the best North American airline according to a survey conducted by Skytrax of nearly 20 million passengers around the world.Globally, the Montreal-based airline is ranked 29th, behind mostly Asian and Middle Eastern airlines, which are perennial leaders. Porter Airlines was 55th, WestJet 58th, Air Transat 70th and Air Canada Rouge 99th. read more