Liverpool seek new ‘heroes’ without concussed Salah against Barcelona

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Sadio ManeLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool must turn to unlikely heroes to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-final, first leg deficit against Barcelona on Tuesday according to defender Trent Alexander-Arnold after top scorer Mohamed Salah was ruled out with concussion.Roberto Firmino will also be absent against the Spanish champions leaving Jurgen Klopp without two of his most potent weapons for an already massive challenge.“Obviously we’ve got two of our main goalscorers out, but it also presents an opportunity for some of the other lads to come in, make a name for themselves and make themselves heroes,” said Alexander-Arnold.“If we do overturn the deficit tomorrow then whoever scores, their name will always be remembered because I am sure it will be one of those really special nights.”Salah was stretchered off during Liverpool’s tense 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday that kept alive their chances of a first Premier League title in 29 years after colliding with Magpies’ goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for a high ball.“It’s a concussion so that means he would not even be allowed to play,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference on Monday.“He feels OK but it is not good enough from a medical point of view that is all. He’s desperate (to play) but we cannot do it.”Klopp was realistic at his side’s chances of progressing to a second consecutive Champions League final, but refused to give up hope with Liverpool’s history of European comebacks.“Together with our supporters it was a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer,” added Klopp.“Two of the world’s best strikers are not available tomorrow night and we have to score four goals against Barcelona to go through after 90 minutes. “It doesn’t make life easier, but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch, we will try it.”– Anfield an extra man –Luis Suarez scored the opening goal against his former club in last week’s first leg at the Camp Nou, but ahead of his return to Anfield, the Uruguayan warned his current teammates of the lift playing on home soil will give Liverpool.“To play at Anfield is like playing with an extra man for what the fans transmit to the Liverpool players,” said Suarez.And Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes attack will be the best form of defence as if the Catalans get an away goal, Liverpool will need to score five.“What we have to do is score,” said Valverde.Suarez will be joined by Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho on his return to Anfield after a £142 million move to Barca from Liverpool last year.But Ousmane Dembele is absent for the visitors due to a hamstring injury and Valverde believes the Frenchman’s absence will be felt just as much as Salah and Firmino.“We don’t want any player to be injured. It would have been extraordinary to see them all on the field. They are all important,” he added.“Dembele’s absence is a problem. Against a team that concedes space (in behind) it is always important to have player like Ousmane.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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England lead Spain in mixed international

first_img9 May 2015 England lead Spain in mixed international England made a strong start to this weekend’s mixed international at Burnham & Berrow in Somerset and take a four point lead into tomorrow’s matches.It’s the first time in the 30-year-history of the match that the teams have been mixed – and the women quickly made an impression.In the morning foursomes Bethan Popel had a hole-in-one on the 14th. Then, in the singles, Gemma Clews sealed a successful day for the team when, playing in the last match on the course, she fought back from three down to win on the 18th.She contributed to a 9½-5½ scoreline which included a host of other highlights on a testing day, when a stiff breeze blew relentlessly across the superbly prepared course.England had got off to a flying start in the match, winning four of the five morning foursomes. There were some big wins as the England players proved themselves better at coping with the tough conditions, notably from English amateur champion Nick Marsh and Michael Saunders who closed out their game on the 12th.In the afternoon the Spanish came out in determined mood and had the upper hand over the opening holes. But, as Graham Walker, the England men’s coach commented: “We managed to stem the tide and the first few matches were ours.”Ashley Chesters, the double European champion led the way in the singles with a 5/4 win which was especially notable for a run of three consecutive threes. He birdied the 12th, eagled the 13th and parred the 14th after his tee shot hit the pin and ricocheted off the green into a deep hollow, from which he played a magical pitch.Ashton Turner and Jimmy Mullen followed Chesters to get those important early points on the board. Turner had to wait until the 13th before he finally got ahead in his match, eventually winning 2/1. Mullen, by contrast, was never behind and dismissed his opponent on the 14th. Meanwhile, Nick Marsh battled away and secured a half point, despite having been two down after 10.Alice Hewson was a couple under par on the outward half and was another very comfortable winner, finishing 4/3. Then, attention focussed on Clews (image © Leaderboard Photography) who was clawing her way back, having been three down after 11.She won the 12th with a birdie, fired a super-accurate shot into the 13th to win that hole, and got back to all square with a solid par on 15. By now, a sizeable gallery which included fellow team players and officials, had gathered to watch her win 16 with another immaculate par.Both players missed makeable birdie chances on the short 17th and on the 18th they both ran through the green with their approaches. But, Clews chipped dead to secure the point for England.Women’s team captain Steve Robinson commented: “We set ourselves the target of not losing a session against Spain, who are a very strong team, and we’ve seen some great quality golf and some really good, battling performances from all the players in tough conditions.”Men’s team captain Graham Walker echoed him: “The standard of golf from the England players matched the warm welcome from Burnham & Berrow members and staff.“We got off to a great start this morning with all the players keeping the ball in play in blustery conditions and with some trick pin placings.“Overall it’s been a pretty good day for the England team.”last_img read more

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South Africa’s integrated water system launches

first_img24 July 2015The Department of Water Affairs has created a new online water services system, the National Integrated Water Information System (NIWIS), a data portal for water management institutions.It will allow commercial water users, researchers and the general public to get updated information on the status of water and sanitation in South Africa.The system is user- and interface-friendly, providing information 24 hours a day on any desktop and mobile device. With this new system, the public are can query basic data from a national level, as well as from local and municipal water management information systems.Using the system will benefit the water sector community and the public, the department says, as it will enable faster and more knowledgeable decision-making for more effective water management.The department comprises many specialist subdivisions operating in separate functions that have been unco-ordinated for some time. The NIWIS now integrates all these business units under one system, allowing easy and convenient access this co-ordinated information.It is part of the government’s commitment to using information and communications technology to improve public service delivery.Information available on the NIWIS system includes:Water and waste water monitoring: including general drinking and waste water quality checks and waste water treatment authorisation.Water revenue information: particulars on actual water use versus registered volumes, water revenue per sector and non-revenue water.Water regulation: information about enforcement case management, legal compliance, classification of offences by activity type, classification of offences per sector and status of the legal process.Water services information: including municipal strategic self-assessment, access to municipal water scheme infrastructure and water board tariff information.Water-use authorisation: raw water tariffs, municipal tariffs, water use licence application monitoring, existing lawful water use and information about water licences.Water sector decision makers: information about department representatives and external stakeholders.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Why Microsoft Is Tying B&N’s Nook To Windows, Office And Bing

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A new job posting from Barnes & Noble indicates that the Nook e-reader will be tied into the Microsoft platform, including Windows, Office and the company’s Bing search engine. It’s an indication that e-books mean more than just another item to sell; they’re now a broader part of the content ecosystem.To date, little has been said about Microsoft’s $300 million investment into Barnes & Noble, which took place last June, to form a subsidiary company that would be jointly owned by both B&N and Microsoft. But the new job posting hints at least at what some of those “contractual obligations” might be.Specifically, the new “director of engineering, Windows 8” posting includes the following: “As the Barnes & Noble leader of the Microsoft Alliance, you will be responsible delivering on our contractual commitments on Windows 8 applications, Cloud, commerce, content integration with the Microsoft ecosystem and for defining and delivering on product strategy of Nook integration with Microsoft ecosystem including Windows, Office, Bing… You’ll lead a cross functional team of engineers in design, development, test, and deployment of a range of products on a Windows mobile 8 platform.”The posting was apparently first discovered by the Digital Reader blog.B&N’s New Family-Friendly NooksOn Wednesday, Barnes & Noble launched the new 7-inch Nook HD for $199 (8GB) and $229 (16 GB) as well as the 9-inch Nook HD+ for $269 (16 GB) and $299 (32 GB). Both tablets feature high-resolution screens, capable of challenging the newlyreleased updates to the Amazon Kindle; the Nook HD+ is capable of displaying full 1080p video on its 1920 x 1280 display, versus the 1280×800 HD screen used by the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.The new Nooks also include a family mode, which can reconfigure the screen from user to user, and lock out kids from using apps and visiting websites that aren’t age-appropriate. Just as Amazon has recognized that services are what will sell the tablet, Barnes & Noble appears to have taken personalization to heart.And just as Amazon’s cloud reader extends the company’s e-book services beyond the Kindle, it’s obvious that B&N plans to bring its Nook app to Windows 8, among other platforms. Barnes & Noble chief executive William Lynch told ABC News:“The most visible and first thing they [consumers] are going to see is a best in class reading application on Windows 8. Some of the things we are doing with our reading technology – the rendering of books, catalogs, magazines – we are going to bring that to Windows 8 form factors and the operating systems.”Windows 8 Tablets: Possible, But Not NowB&N’s new Nooks are all predicated upon the Android operating system; when asked if B&N would ever develop a full-fledged Windows 8 tablet, Lynch demurred, not surprisingly. And that’s probably the most appropriate response; a number of top-tier OEMs have already shown off their Windows 8 tablets, and Intel is gathering a number of partners in San Francisco on Thursday to essentially do it again. There’s still room for a true e-reader/tablet version of Windows 8, however, as Microsoft’s Surface boasts a 10.6-inch display, far larger than the form factors of the Nook.The Future: Services IntegrationWhat’s more likely, however, are closer ties between the Windows ecosystem and the Nook’s galaxy of e-books. The Nook app already allows a user to highlight a passage, add notes to it, or look it up on the Web. The latter is essentially a search function that will likely be tied to Bing. How that will occur on an Android devices remains to be seen – a standard webpage, perhaps.Microsoft’s recent investment into Mimvi indicates that Microsoft is investing into app discovery, which could provide some advantages to B&N, as well. Google allows you to search for a term and pull up related images, maps, shopping, news and more. Microsoft can deliver all of that, too, and appears to be stretching to add “apps” and “e-books” to the list.Incidentally, Google issued an update to Google Play Books on Tuesday which also added highlighting and notes, plus the ability to translate foreign passages. (Oddly, there isn’t a way to look up a highlighted passage on the Web or even cut and paste the information.)The last possibility is the most intriguing: self-publishing. In effect, Word’s ability to “save as PDF” allows a writer to “self publish” an e-book, and Amazon goes into a great deal of detail about how e-books should be formatted for publishing on the Amazon platform. But there’s really no easy, integrated way to get from Word to an e-book marketplace in one simple step, including B&N’s PubIt tool, which requires converting Word files to the ePub format. Integrating Office with the Nook reader or marketplace could fill that gap.What the Barnes & Noble job posting means is that e-books are no longer just a commodity to be bought and sold on a digital marketplace; they are a living, breathing form of content that can be searched, indexed and integrated into a broader content ecosystem. If Microsoft can in fact tie the Nook e-book marketplace to Word, then it can simply provide a quick and easy method of self-publishing. Microsoft truly will own the means of production. 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No more limit on lending of PBA players to Gilas, says new commissioner

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I told everyone before that we will pitch that proposal to the Board and we weren’t denied,” he shared on Thursday as he addressed the media for the first time as the league’s new chief.“It was the Board who said that whoever player coach Chot Reyes wanted, he can get them as long as there won’t be any schedule of games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcial made true on his earlier pronouncements of abolishing the two-per-team clause.RELATED: OIC Marcial reaffirms PBA’s commitment to Gilas program Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe dream of having an unlimited PBA player cap for Gilas Pilipinas is finally a reality with the appointment of new commissioner Willie Marcial.The congenial executive shared that the Board of Governors has already approved his proposal of taking out the limiting clause between the league and the national team program.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kerber positive after narrow semifinal loss to Halepcenter_img In the previous agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) forged in 2016, all 12 teams were required to lend at least one veteran and a member of the cadet pool drafted in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft to the national team pool.Since the start of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, only three teams, namely TNT (Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy), NLEX (Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, and Fonzo Gotladera), and Rain or Shine (Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, and Mike Tolomia) have exceeded that cap and willingly allowed their players to don the national tri-colors.That, however, is no longer the case as Marcial and the rest of the Board are giving Reyes the free rein to pick the best possible players for the Philippine team for the upcoming international competitions.“On the PBA’s side, that’s what we’ll do,” said Marcial.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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JAMPRO Collating Recommendations on Draft National Investment Policy

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week. Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9). Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week.Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9).JAMPRO, the Government’s investment promotion agency, serves as the NIP Technical Secretariat.Mrs. Cox noted that the Ministry is expected to conduct a review of the policy, for which it has overarching responsibility, as well as other supporting engagements to finalise the Green Paper for submission to Cabinet for deliberation, approval, and subsequent tabling in Parliament.In this regard, she is encouraging public-sector stakeholders yet to finalise their comments and recommendations to endeavour do so and submit them by Friday (October 12).“We are working on very tight timelines, because we do want to update the document and submit it to the Ministry as soon as possible,” the Vice President said, while pointing out that the agency will consider extending the timeline where requested.Mrs. Cox said barring no delays, it is anticipated that the Policy could be implemented by the end of the 2019/20 fiscal year.The forum was held under the theme ‘Enhancing Jamaica’s Competitiveness among Global Investors’.Mrs. Cox, who heads JAMPRO’s Research Advocacy and Project Implementation Division, said the current round of consultations commenced in September following the Green Paper’s drafting and submission by a special consultant in June, and subsequent approval by a 15-member Policy Steering Committee (PSC), chaired by Government Senator, Don Wehby, in July.She said the document was disseminated to all stakeholders who were initially identified in the draft among those who the NIP will impact, for the feedback.Among the responders, to date, are the Office of the Cabinet; Ministries of National Security, and Justice; National Environment and Planning Agency; and Jamaica International Financial Services Authority.Mrs. Cox indicated that a short-term consultant has been recruited to assist in incorporating all of the comments and recommendations.She pointed out that JAMPRO has earmarked fiscal year 2019/20 for wider national consultations, the outcomes of which will serve to further refine the Policy, “before again tabling it in Parliament, hopefully as a White Paper, by the end of fiscal year 2019/20”.Noting that public education and sensitisation “is going to be critical”. Mrs. Cox said once the Green Paper is tabled in Parliament, “then we will go big on communication… both in the private and public sectors”.The National Investment Policy aims to establish a comprehensive policy framework that will guide the development, administration and monitoring of the investment community, to ensure cohesion among all related initiatives, programmes, incentives regime and stakeholder contributions. Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.last_img read more

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Kris HoldenReid joins cast of Vikings

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The actor who became a fan favourite playing a centuries-old, supernatural creature on Canadian series Lost Girl is joining the cast of Vikings.Kris Holden-Ried, Dyson on Lost Girl, has been cast in the recurring role of Viking warrior Eyvind in the History series’ fifth season, to air in 2017. Twitterlast_img

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