Koeman wants a striker but won’t comment on Costa

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesRonald Koeman said it is vital Everton sign a striker following their defeat at Chelsea but refused to comment on reports he could make a pre-deadline move for Diego Costa.Koeman’s side were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, where first-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata gave the champions a comfortable victory.Boss Koeman is keen for his club to bring in two players before the transfer window closes on Thursday.The Merseyside club have been linked with Chelsea forward Costa, who wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.Embed from Getty ImagesKoeman would not comment on whether Costa could end up at Goodison Park, but he said: “We need at least two more players but the most important is a striker and one more player.“That’s what we need. The board knows the importance of these two signings.”Koeman conceded that his team were very much second best against Chelsea, particularly during a one-sided first half.He said: “I am disappointed about the first half because the ball possession was poor and that cost us the second goal.“We had spaces to play and didn’t play. We had not enough movement to give options to the player on the ball.“You know how Chelsea press and you have to be at your best to get a result against them and we were not at our best. We lost it in the first half not the second.“The first half was not good enough but I’m proud at how they fought until the last second to at least remain a team on the pitch.”See also:Transfer gossip: Barkley prefers Spurs move over Chelsea, Sunday Times claimsConte speaks to Belgium boss about Hazard’s call-up Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jamieson wins Nelson Mandela Champs

first_imgAfter his superb eight-under-par 57, Jaco van Zyl tied for eighth with five others, including fellow South African Colin Nel, on six-under-par 125. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘A fantastic achievement’“To get your name on any European trophy is a fantastic achievement,” Jamieson said after claiming the title, “but it’s a little more special when it’s for someone like Nelson [Mandela]. The 29-year-old Scot began the last round six shots off the lead, which belonged to South Africa’s Tim Clark and Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen on five-under-par 60. Webster and De La Riva set the bar high with rounds of 60 and 61 respectively, but Jamieson went even better, firing an eight-under-par 57 to match them on seven-under 123. Jamieson left the course after his round, returning to his hotel but, when he realised that he might be in the running, he returned. It was a good thing he did as he tied Webster and De La Rive atop the leaderboard. A birdie and victoryThe second time around, a poor drive by Webster left him in the thick rough on the left and in trouble. He did superbly to save par after missing the green with his second shot, but Jamieson was bang on with his drive and approach and two-putted for a birdie and victory. 10 December 2012 MatchedJaco van Zyl managed to match Jamieson’s heroics, but a first round of three-over-par 68 left him out of the running for the title. He had to settle for a share of fourth, one shot off the lead, with Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, England’s Matthew Nixon and the Dane Morten Orum Madsen. “At the start of the day I probably didn’t think I would be standing here holding the trophy, but I knew I needed a fast start and I was lucky enough to get that.” Rain played havoc with the new event, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, leading to the cancellation of the first two rounds and some holes being reduced in length for the last two rounds, which resulted in a par-65 course. LEADERBOARD 123 Scott Jamieson (Sco) (-7) 66, 57123 Steve Webster (Eng) (-7) 63, 60123 Eduardo De La Riva (Esp) (-7) 62, 61124 Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) (-6) 62, 62124 Matthew Nixon (Eng) (-6) 63, 61124 Morten Orum Madsen (Den) (-6) 60, 64124 Tim Clark (RSA) (-6) 60, 64125 Jaco van Zyl (-5) 68, 57125 Julien Quesne (Fra) (-5) 62, 63125 Sam Little (Eng) (-5) 62, 63 125 Colin Nel (RSA) (-5) 62, 63125 Bjorn Åkesson (Swe) (-5) 63, 62125 Matthew Southgate (Eng) (-5) 62 63 Jamieson, though, wouldn’t complain. The victory was his first on the European Tour in his third season as a professional, and it came after a stirring second round. Tim Clark, who was in a four-way tie for the lead after 10 holes, saw his chances slip away at the 17th. Needing a birdie on one of the last two holes to move into the outright lead, he found a bunker and then knocked his next shot over the green on his way to a double-bogey six. It took two extra visits to the 18th hole to decide the title. De La Riva was the first man to fall by the wayside after he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker, leaving Jamieson and Webster to play the hole again after both posted pars on the first extra hole. Scott Jamieson needed 165 shots less than par in most tournaments to capture a rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship at the Royal Durban Golf Club after a playoff against Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva.last_img read more

Mobile phones bring the internet’s power to Africa’s poor

first_imgPoor people across Africa are increasingly aware of the power of the internet to improve their lives, such as find a job, and use sophisticated online tools to do just that. In under-resourced environments, mobile phones are the most efficient way for them to access these benefits. A girl takes a photo with her mobile phone during the opening ceremony for a new library in El Fasher, the capital city of North Darfur, Sudan. (Photo: Albert González Farran, UNAMID) • Mobile money is transforming Africa’s economy • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Africa and space: the continent looks skyward • Kumoodi: from Lagos to the world • Africa’s youth population can lift the continentIndra de Lanerolle, University of the WitwatersrandThere is abundant evidence that poorer people in Africa are now using the internet. In South Africa, most new users come from low income households, many of them living below the poverty line.The main driver of this trend is declining costs. Most people in Africa connect to the internet via mobile devices and the price of these is falling. Nokia, for example, launched a $29 internet phone this year.Pay-as-you-go data can be purchased in small bundles in many African countries, sometimes in increments as low as $0.10. This is true even though data prices in South Africa remain high.Solid data on how far internet use has spread is limited. The most reliable survey conducted in 11 countries in 2011 and 2012 found that about one in three South Africans, one in four Kenyans and fewer than one in 20 Ethiopians used the internet.But it appears clear that where networks are available and prices are affordable, people will use internet services.Low income users appear increasingly aware of the benefits of internet access. A study just published of South African users on low and very low incomes (most of them in households with incomes between about $45 and $450 dollars per month) found that many were aware of and used sophisticated online tools.They recognise the power of the internet for improving their lives, in looking for a job for example. Young women using their mobile phones in rural Makurdi, Benue state, Nigeria. (Photo: Kristian Buus, Stars Foundation)Different uses depending on where you areThe internet implies a single thing, a single network. But we may be coming to a point where this is no longer a useful way to describe the realities of the complex web of physical, economic, social and content networks that span the planet.For those who are well-connected, some in Africa, but most in rich countries, the internet means a wide range of services – from quickly messaging friends to storing files and photos in the cloud to accessing global databases. All are available quickly and cheaply 24/7 at home, at workplaces and educational institutions and in public spaces on a variety of devices including those with keyboards.For many of Africa’s new users, the internet means access to instant messaging (a cheaper substitute to expensive SMS text messaging) and some social media via a mobile phone. It is highly rationed and slow.Our research shows that rich media online – music and video – is consumed very lightly because of cost and slow connections. A Kenyan soldier, part of the African Union Mission to Somalia, takes a photo of himself with his mobile phone at Kismayo seaport in southern Somalia. (Photo: Tobin Jones, AU-UN IST)Broadband challenges remainThis research, and the work of others, point to the fact that for the poor, in Africa and elsewhere, the internet is a mobile-centric world.So people on low incomes are getting benefit from internet access. But the experience is a long way from the visions of broadband for all which more than 20 African countries have committed to.As one young internet user told me in a village in Kenya, you can’t write a job application on your mobile phone. And dependency on mobile networks also means that where competition is limited, data costs are too high for many people to consume data on anything but a very rationed diet.There are also concerns about the openness and security of the internet in Africa. There are significant threats of censorship. Some initiatives to make the internet more widely available are being challenged, undermining its openness. Sahal Gure Mohamed, 62, texts on his mobile while waiting to register at the Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, in August 2011, after fleeing from Beledhawo in Somalia. Just over 10% percent of new arrivals and some 20% of long-term residents at the camp reportedly accessed information through mobile phones. (Photo: Internews Europe)African internet progress set for reviewThe next meeting of the World Internet Project, a network of researchers from over 30 countries, is to be held in Africa for the first time. The July gathering in Johannesburg will be an opportunity to compare progress and challenges on the continent with other parts of the world.It will also provide the opportunity to engage with policy makers, researchers and the private sector on how to build on what has been achieved to enable an affordable, accessible and open internet that is truly global.Indra de Lanerolle is Visiting Researcher, Network Society Project at University of the Witwatersrand.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

Traits of a successful operation – Part 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Developing a successful operation is a big task for farmers today. Farm Credit Mid-America Vice President of AgriBusiness, Matt Davis, visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about what farmers should focus on to increase the chances of success.last_img

Video: Georgia Basketball Ran A Football Play For Quarterback Recruit Jacob Eason, It Didn’t Go Well

first_imgAn aerial view of Kentucky players on Georgia's basketball court.ATHENS, GA – MARCH 03: Aaron Harrison #2, Andrew Harrison #5, Willie Cauley-Stein #15, Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats rush down the court to get back on defense against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on March 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia locked up five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason during his official visit, and the entire athletic department tried to do its part to ensure that he would stick with his commitment. Head basketball coach Mark Fox tweeted out video from last weekend, when Eason was on campus, of his team proving that it needs a quarterback. The basketball team runs a play, and a deep ball almost leads to disaster for one receiver. We tried to show a certain recruit we needed a QB at practice last weekend… pic.twitter.com/2GeANJrP0e— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) December 16, 2015The hedges at Sanford Stadium are probably a bit more forgiving than that wall, and they’re not so dangerously close to the end zone. We’re not sure if Eason, who we can’t quite identify in the blurry video, was impressed with the display, but he re-upped with the Dawgs either way.last_img read more

Court seeks status report on security of Unnao rape victim

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing with the Unnao trial on a day-to-day basis as per the directives of the Supreme Court, a Delhi court on Tuesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to submit a status report on the security arrangements being provided to the Unnao rape victim, her family, and other witnesses in the case.Principal sessions judge Dharmesh Sharma, in whose court the cases are being tried, also asked the central probe agency for a report on the boarding and lodging arrangements in place for the family members of the rape victim, who was just last night airlifted to AIIMS here from Lucknow. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Tis Hazari court here had on Monday started hearing the Unnao cases and ordered that the main accused in the rape case – expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associate Shashi Singh – be shifted to Tihar jail in the Capital. The cases were shifted to the Delhi court after the Apex court had taken suo moto cognizance of the 19-year-old rape victim’s accident, that landed her and her lawyer in critical condition, killing two of her aunts. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe rape victim’s car was hit by a truck in a head-on collision on a highway in Raebareily district. The truck’s number plates were blackened. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had last week ordered the CBI to complete its probe in the accident case and file a chargehseet by August 14 and asked that the four other cases be tried in a Delhi court. The CBI has already filed a chargesheet against Sengar and Singh for the rape of the teenager and another chargehseet against the expelled BJP leader’s brother, Atul Sengar for the murder of the Unnao rape victim’s father, who was killed in custody of UP Police. Out of the total five cases related to the Unnao rape, four have been shifted to the Capital, to be tried in the court of the principal sessions judge.last_img read more

New York Now Has More Mets Fans Than Yankees Fans

8/31/075135-16 4/17/064836-12 POLL DATEYANKEESMETSMETS MARGIN 3/24/146127-34 Move over, New York Yankees — there’s a new baseball boss in town. For the first time since at least 1998, Quinnipiac University has found, more New York City baseball fans liked the Mets than the Yankees. Although it was a narrow victory — 45 percent to 43 percent, well within the margin of error — it shows that winning ballgames remains the key to winning the hearts of Big Apple sports fans.The Yankees usually hold a hefty fan advantage over the Mets in New York. Over the last 20 years, the Yankees have averaged a sizable 55 percent-to-31 percent lead over their crosstown rivals. Just three years ago, the Yankees led the Mets 61 percent to 27 percent on the same question Quinnipiac asked this year. 3/25/095655-133429 3/16/005235-17 10/19/004337-6 Average5554-1334310 6/1/126221-41 The Mets do much better when baseball fans are forced to choose between the Mets and the Yankees. While the Yankees lose a statistically insignificant 1 percentage point of support on average, the Mets pick up 10 points of support. This seems to confirm the finding of a nonscientific Reddit poll from three years ago that found the Yankees were the most hated team among baseball fans. In other words, non-Yankee and non-Met fans may pick the Mets when forced to choose between the two of them, simply because they dislike the Yankees more.This year, though, the Mets beat the Yankees on the open-ended version of the question — the version in which they have always done worse. If we take this year’s result and apply the same boost the Mets typically receive in the other version of the question (where fans were forced to choose between the two teams), they would probably hold a 10-point head-to-head advantage over the Yankees. That’s pretty mind-boggling, considering the Mets were down 22 points on that type of question just three years ago.The Mets need to keep winning, however, if they want to maintain an edge over the Yankees. As I wrote about three years ago, the Mets seem to pick up fans when they win and shed them when they lose, but the same didn’t hold true for the Yankees. Now, it seems the Yankees may also gain or lose fans depending on their record. (Before this year, Quinnipiac had never polled after a season in which the Mets made the playoffs — or World Series — more recently than the Yankees.) In the chart below, I’ve plotted the difference between the percentages of Met fans and Yankee fans in New York City against the difference in how long it had been since each team had been in the playoffs.1For the sake of simplicity, I’m using the version of Quinnipiac’s question that allows baseball fans to choose any team, not just the Mets and the Yankees. However, there’s a clear correlation with either question. 3/24/1459%37%-22 3/25/095542-13 Fav. in a Subway Series Average5531-24 4/1/024738-9 Indeed, the Yankee lead climbed as high as 41 points five years ago. That survey was taken after a season in which the Yankees had made the playoffs, while the Mets hadn’t appeared in the postseason in six years. Now the tables have turned: The Mets have made the playoffs two years in a row, even appearing in the World Series in 2015. Meanwhile, the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs last year and they haven’t made a World Series since 2009.Before this year, the only time the Mets ever came close to the Yankees was in May 2007. That year, 49 percent of New York City baseball fans said they’d root for the Yankees in a Subway Series against the Mets, while 48 percent said they’d root the other way. Recent results had an influence then, too — the Mets made it to the National League Championship Series (before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals) in 2006, while the Yankees were knocked out in the American League Division Series.The Mets’ triumph in this year’s poll, however, is far more impressive than when they nearly overtook the Yankees 10 years ago. You’ll notice in the table that there are two types of questions Quinnipiac has asked on this subject in the past: Sometimes they asked baseball fans who they’d root for in a World Series matchup between the Mets and the Yankees, as they did when the Mets came close to the Yankees in 2007. Other times, fans are asked who their favorite baseball team is overall. (That is, fans can choose teams besides the Mets and Yankees.) And in four surveys, Quinnipiac asked both versions of the question. 7/26/015432-22 3/24/146159-2273710 5/28/074948-1 POLL DATETEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFFTEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFF 5/28/0750%49%-136%48%12 Source: Quinnipiac University YANKEES ARE FAVORITE …METS ARE FAVORITE … 5/28/075036-14 NYC baseball fans like the Mets more than the Yankees for the first time in 20 years Among New York City baseball fansSource: Quinnipiac University Average5138-13 8/31/075152135449 7/28/986028-32 3/25/095633-23 3/31/1743%45%+2 7/29/115926-33 The Mets are more popular when they’re pitted against the Yankees 4/1/055136-15 7/18/064637-9 8/31/075244-8 Poll DateYankeesMetsMets margin Perhaps what’s most interesting about the chart is that, based on prior trends, we would have expected the Yankees to have more fans than the Mets even now. That is, in an environment where the Mets were doing slightly better than the Yankees, the pattern would have been for the Yankees to still have a larger fan base. That might mean Quinnipiac’s new poll is too friendly to the Mets — certainly a possibility, given the margin of error. It could also be the case that the Mets are receiving a “bonus” because they were in the playoffs last year and the Yankees weren’t. Again, we can’t really test that phenomenon because in every previous survey, the Yankees had been in the playoffs as recently (or far more so) than the Mets had been.Either way, it’s clear that New York City is a two-baseball-team town right now. The Mets have caught up to — or perhaps even surpassed — their older brother. Yankee fans need their team to start winning again, or they’ll have to get used to seeing a lot more Mets caps on the subway as they make their commute. 8/15/136223-39 FAVORITE TEAM IN MLB read more

Blizzard Warning In Effect For Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 18th, 2019 at 11:13 amThe National Weather Service out of Anchorage has issued a blizzard warning for most of the Kenai Peninsula. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected. Sean Baines Meteorologist: “Essentially what we are looking at is snow is expected to accumulate this afternoon and the winds will  pick up overnight. The snow with the winds will produce white out conditions.”  The advisory is in effect starting at midnight tonight until 6am on Saturday. The advisory includes the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing.center_img Travel will be very difficult. While the worst conditions will occur overnight, snow showers and gustywinds will persist in Homer and vicinity through at least midday Saturday, so occasional visibilities down to one half mile may persist. Blizzard conditions expected. Southwest winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow.  Significant drifting of the snow is likely.last_img read more

Startup Offers DIY Service for Producing Custom Charts Online

first_imgWith a motto of “online charts. made simple,” online startup iCharts is offering publishers the ability to create interactive charts to embed in online content. “The value of online content is shifting toward work that is easily linked, manipulated, annotated, tagged, highlighted, translated, and enlivened by other media,” said Seymour Duncker, CEO of iCharts. The goal of iCharts, Duncker said, is to make content searchable—particularly for niche audiences that are most likely to seek out targeted information—and keep users on the page longer.While Duncker declined to discose traffic figures, iCharts makes its charts “discoverable” by search engines, which he said increases traffic wherever these charts are used. The service can also supply branded landing pages for Web viewers that discover charts through search engines.Currently, iCharts’ largest publishing client is Springer Science and Business Media, based in Germany, in addition to a stable of bloggers. However, iCharts “recently signed up additional publishers in print who are using this service for online, as well as pure play online publishers,” Duncker said. The influential TechCrunch blog also uses this service [example here], along with Business Insider, which is set to adopt iCharts over the next few weeks.DIY Chart CreationWhile online chart creation is not a new concept, the ability to quickly create a chart on the fly by entering numerical data, or by converting an Excel spreadsheet into an interactive chart, is. “There are companies that provide Flash charts,” said Duncker, “but these require a programmer, which can be costly and time consuming.” Each chart has its own embed code that can easily be inserted into an online article. While Duncker would not disclose a price for this service due to the nature of its “custom deals,” he said that it is “a subscription service and available at a low entry point.”last_img read more

Mahindra Verito Vibe Set to Debut in India Today

first_imgIndia’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) is all set to launch its much anticipated Verito Vibe in India on Wednesday (5 June).The vehicle is powered by 1.5 litre Renault K9K diesel engine which would deliver 65 PS and a mileage of 21 kilometres per liter. The sub-4 metre version of M&M’s existing Verito sedan was said to be hatchback model. However, there are also reports saying that the model is going to be a compact salon. The vehcile is expected to fall in the price bracket of ₹5 lakh and is likely to come in three variants like its Verito sedan – D2, D4 and D6.M&M which is gearing to enter to a new segment with the launch of Verito Vibe hopes to regain its sales in the domestic auto market. The decline of car sales in India has also affected M&M. The company, which is heavily dependent on diesel vehicles, reported 1.2 percent decrease in its total sales at 43,460 units in May 2013. The domestic sales of the company was up by 5.4 percent, clocking at 42,104 units against 39,938 units in the same month last year. On the downside, exports declined by 67 percent at 1,356 units.”We have achieved an overall growth of 5 per cent in our domestic volumes during May 2013 for our automotive sector, in spite of a challenging environment. The growth in capital investment and private spending have also slowed down which is a cause for concern,” said M&M Chief Executive (Automotive Division) Pravin Shah .last_img read more