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European Research Council Elects New President: Helga Nowotny

first_imgThe new president of European Research Council’s scientific council is a familiar figure: Helga Nowotny, the current council vice-president, has long been a leading player in European science policy circles. The council elected her unanimously today following the resignation last month of the founding president, Fotis Kafatos. Kafatos will remain on the council, but has said he wanted to devote more time to research. Nowotny, a social scientist and professor emeritus at ETH Zurich who is now based in Vienna, served as chair of the European Commission European Research Advisory Board during ERC’s founding and has long been a vocal supporter of its goals to support cutting-edge basic research across Europe. ERC has a slate of new leaders. In addition to Nowotny and the new commissioner for research, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the body is also slated to get a new director in the coming months. The application for the new post, which will have day-to-day control over the ERC administration, closes 5 March. That person’s ability to bridge the culture gap between bureaucratic Commission policies and the needs of scientists, Novotny says, will be the key in determining whether ERC should stay part of the European Commission as it is now, or should spin off as an independent agency. “A lot will depend who the person is, whether he or she can become a truly integrative character” who successfully juggles the commission’s rules and the scientific goals of the council, she says. 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(*) Kafatos’s term was one of “historic achievements,” Nowotny says. The other council members apparently agree. They voted unanimously to name him Honorary President.last_img read more

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Probable line-ups: Slavia Prague vs Inter

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter are facing a midfield injury crisis as they take on Slavia Prague tonight in a must-win game for the Nerazzurri. It kicks off at the Eden Arena at 20.00 GMT. Nicolo Barella was taken off at half time during the 3-0 win over Torino and the midfielder requires knee surgery, sidelining the player for at least a month. Antonio Conte is also without Kwadwo Asamoah, who joins Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez and Barella on the injured list. Roberto Gagliardini is available for selection, but is only half-fit, and so won’t be expected to start. Borja Valero, so far scarcely used under Conte, should be granted his first start of the season in the middle of the park. Cristiano Biraghi will replace Asamoah at left wing-back. The hosts, by contrast, have more or less a full squad to choose from. The only absence is defender David Hovorka, who is out for the season with a knee injury. However, Tomas Soucek, Petr Sevcik and Lukas Masopust all have muscular issues and require late fitness tests, while goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar is also a slight doubt. The Czechs are expected to utilise a 4-1-4-1 formation. This is a must-win game for Inter if they are to have any chance of making it through to the Round of 16. The two sides drew 1-1 at San Siro on match day one, thanks to a stoppage-time Barella volley to equalise. Slavia Prague (probable): Kolar; Coufal, Kudela, Frydrych, Boril; Soucek; Sevcik, Traoré, Stanciu, Olayinka; Masopust Inter (probable): Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Vecino, Borja Valero, Brozovic, Biraghi; Lukaku, Lautaro Martinezlast_img read more

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Beauties like these seldom come cheap

first_imgI broke out in cold sweat frantically looking for the MacBook Air that night. But it was nowhere to be found. I regularly bring home products to review and never ever have they gone missing.After spending a sleepless night, I decided to confront my maid – a kindly old and trustworthy woman who would have no use for a MacBook. “A computer? Where?” she asked as she saw me getting worked up. “One moment, where did you put it last night?” I pointed to the stack of magazines on my bedside table… but even they had vanished!Turns out my maid had decided to “clean up” my room by putting away the collection of annual issues (of automobile and tech magazines, seriously). I rushed to the book-case and gingerly “extracted” the Air from the magazines.I don’t blame my maid. With a thickness of less than one inch and a little over a kilo in weight, the Air is easy to be lost within a stack of magazines. But let not its size-zero form factor fool you into thinking that its a lightweight in terms of features.The 13.3″ review piece was powered by a 1.7GHz dualcore Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM. Running OS X Lion, it took less than 20 seconds to boot up and in a few more minutes I was surfing away to glory on my home Wi-fi network. The speed of the 256 GB flash drive shows in the boot-up speed.The on-board graphics processor is capable of playing FullHD videos stutter-free, even over a network. I pulled up a couple of high-definition National Geographic clips from another PC over Wi-fi and they played like a dream.advertisementI could also access my entire music collection over the network. The Air has a camera built in and Lion features Facetime and full-screen apps. So I got down to downloading my regular video chat client – Skype for Mac and was soon yapping away to glory with my friends abroad.One would love to take this sleek device to bed, and the backlit full-size keyboard would egg you on to write.NO OFFICE suite comes pre-installed but OpenOffice for Mac saved the day. I wrote this sitting up on my bed in a darkened room.The Air features an SD card slot (the 11″ model lacks this) and the cutting edge Thunderbolt port, which could be the next big thing in 2012. It also has two USB ports and Apple’s popular MagSafe power adapter – aimed at a klutz such as me – who can trip over their notebook wire and cause serious damage to the device. This adaptor breaks away cleanly at the hint of any tension.The MacBook Air is expensive and doesn’t feature a LAN port. But it’s sure to turn heads with its sleek unibody chassis and the sum total of all its parts will make you hooked on to the ecosystem. And one doesn’t need to buy all the apps… google to find out free apps for the Mac. They’re present, though they may not be on the App Store.Buy this beauty if you can afford it. You’ll be hooked . Sigh! Another one for my wish-list.====Time to get gadgetized?HP is expected to launch multimedia workhorse Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition.The New Year is a time for new resolutions, new hopes and… new gadgets! 2012 won’t disappoint gizmo freaks. With whispers of the launch of the iPhone 5, the iPad 3 and many more Windows phones expected, one can look forward to a busy year.BlackBerry-makers RIM is expected to launch the Porsche-designed P’ 9981 in the first quarter. The luxury phone will feature a forged stainless steel frame, a crystal touch display and a custom UI on top of the BlackBerry 7 OS. At its heart is a 1.2GHz processor. RIM has also extended its New Year offer – a 50 per cent discount – on its PlayBooks by a week.HP is expected to launch a range of laptops, including the multimedia workhorse Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition.Phew!===G’Five’s Fluid G66i is for those who spend a lot of time on the road and don’t mind watching movies on the minuscule mobile display. You needn’t even rip movies – a 2GB memory card loaded with Bollywood flicks is bundled along with the device. It comes with dual cameras, Skype and a chat app. And games.===New year apps to meet and greet Trouble remembering New Year resolutions? Help is at hand. Resolutions 2012 for iOS is the perfect app to keep tab on one’s goals for the year.advertisementIf you’re a foodie, impress your date with a surprise sit-down dinner. CookBook Cuisine and Dinner Spinner will help you along.Listen to all your favourite tunes legally on Dhingana Music and share all those crazy party pictures on Facebook with SnapME. Both apps for BlackBerry warriors.Too many IM apps making life miserable? Get Pinch instead. This phone messenger even delivers your messages to those who don’t have Pinch, via SMS – Pinch2SMS. No more missed New Year greetings. ===A dream device for artists Samsung’s Galaxy Note boasts a 5.3At last a device for those who can’t make up their minds between smartphones and tablets! Placed bang in the middle of smartphones and tablets, the Galaxy Note boasts a 5.3″ SuperAMOLED screen and is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. It runs on Android Gingerbread and looks like a blown-up Galaxy S2. But despite its size, it weighs below 180gm. It’s USP is the S-Pen – a stylus for all practical purposes – which fits neatly into the uber-thin chassis. This is the nearest one can get to a digital sketch book.The phone plays most formats and surfing on the browser is a breeze on 3G. The Note comes in two flavours – 16GB and 32GB. Call quality is excellent. It sports two cameras – the primary one is 8MP (with an LED flash) and can also record videos at Full HD, and a front camera of 2MP for video calls. But the glass of the back snapper protrudes. Samsung’s TouchWiz takes advantage of the extended real estate with extra icons on the home screen.This one’s a dream device for artists. As for the suits, I’m not sure if they would be comfortable with a big device and the stylus, especially when the S2 is a cheaper option.=== If 2011 proved to be a watershed year for gamers, 2012 promises to be no different. While biggies such as Batman: Arkham City, Assassins Creed: Revelations and Skyrim hit the stores in 2011, big- ticket releases such as Mass Effect 3 and GTA V are lined up for this year. But the one title most Indian gamers are waiting for is Max Payne 3. The franchise, which became popular among casual and hardcore gamers alike, will have a lot to live up to. But if the information the developers have shared is any indication, the third-person shooter will feature overthe- shoulder zoom aiming and its popular runand- gun shooting. This instalment also marks the return of bullet-time. The title is scheduled to be released on March 6. Before that, February will see the release of two sequels – Final Fantasy XIII 2 and Darkness 2 . Far Cry 3 , Tomb Raider , and Hitman Absolution should be out in the third quarter. Exciting times ahead! Watch this space.last_img read more

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Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action to be tested on January 24

first_imgSuspended Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal’s suspect bowling action will be officially tested in Chennai on January 24, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson has said.Ajmal was barred from bowling in September last year. His action was termed illegal and he withdrew his name from the World Cup, admitting his remodelled bowling action was not ready for top-flight cricket, reported ESPNcricinfo.The deadline for submitting World Cup squads to the International Cricket Council (ICC) was January 7. If Ajmal fails the test, he could face a one-year suspension from the game.”PCB approached ICC to have an official test of Saeed Ajmal. ICC has now given us the date of January 24, but it is tentative and we are yet to receive confirmation from ICC,” the spokesperson said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Defender Rafael set to join Olympique Lyonnais from Manchester United

first_imgOlympique Lyonnais are on the verge of signing Brazil defender Rafael from Manchester United, the French club’s president said on Monday.”Rafael has arrived from Manchester United and we are waiting for an agreement from MU on the transfer,” Jean-Michel Aulas wrote on his Twitter feed.Rafael, 25, has been at United since 2008.Watch: Manchester United train inside hotel room on their US tourLyon finished runners-up to Paris St-Germain in Ligue 1 last season.Earlier on Wednesday, Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored first half goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United 2-0 in their International Champions Cup clash in Chicago. The game between the two sides was shrouded in a bubbling controversy with Manchester United without Argentine winger Angel Di Maria, who is reportedly seeking a move away from the English Premier League side with PSG a likely destination.last_img read more

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India eye third spot in ICC Test rankings

first_imgThe Indian cricket team can rise to as high as third in the ICC Test rankings if Virat Kohli’s men whitewash Sri Lanka in the three-match series starting on Wednesday.”Fifth-ranked India know that a 3-0 victory can propel them up the rankings table, and depending on the final outcome in the ongoing Ashes series, they could even climb to as high as third place, provided Australia defeat England at The Oval. A 2-1 victory would see India gain three points,” the ICC said in a statement.If seventh-placed Sri Lanka whitewash India 3-0 then they will gain eight rankings points and could climb to fifth and India would drop to 89 points.A 2-1 win for the hosts, meanwhile, would see them gain four rankings points and, thus, overtake Kohli’s side.The last time India toured Sri Lanka in 2010, the series ended in a 1-1 draw, and in that scenario Sri Lanka would gain a point, while India would remain on 97 points.Also read: Virat Kohli and Co. want Ravi Shastri and nobody else as coachMeanwhile, in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, fifth-placed Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakarra goes into his final Test series as the highest ranked batsman on either side on 874 points, seven adrift of South Africa’s Hashim Amla.His skipper Angelo Mathews, who will make his 50th appearance next time out, lies a single place and 14 rankings points further behind, with his opposite number Kohli in 10th position, eight points behind Australia’s Chris Rogers. Kohli is now 180 runs short of the 5,000-run mark in Test cricket.advertisementOther batsmen from either side aiming for upward movements include India trio Murali Vijay (21st), Ajinkya Rahane (22nd) and Cheteshwar Pujara (25th), as will Sri Lanka trio Kaushal Silva (30th), Dimuth Karunaratne (32nd) and Dinesh Chandimal (45th).In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is the highest ranked bowler heading into the series in eighth place on 752 points, 13points behind Australia’s Mitchell Johnson.Twelfth-placed Ravichandran Ashwin, with 124 wickets in 25 Tests to date, is his side’s leading bowler with Ishant Sharma (21st) looking to break back into the top 20. Other bowlers likely to feature in the series are; Dilruwan Perera (27th), D Prasad (29th) and Harbhajan Singh (32nd). Umesh Yadav (47th) holds an 18-point advantage over his team-mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar (48th).Ashwin is also the highest-ranked all-rounder on either side heading into the series, sitting a point behind South Africa’s Vernon Philander in third position, while Mathews is Sri Lanka’s best allrounder in 15th spot.last_img read more

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Champions League: Messi, Rakitic light up Wembley as stylish Barca sink Spurs

first_imgLionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 Lionel Messi scores on Argentina return La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Lionel Messi’s Wembley masterclass and a sublime strike from Ivan Rakitic got Barcelona back in the groove as they clinched a pulsating 4-2 victory against Tottenham on Wednesday. Ernesto Valverde’s side arrived in London for the Champions League Group B tie amid a mini-crisis after failing to win their last three La Liga games. But the Spanish champions have fond memories of the English national stadium, where they won the European Cup in 1992 and 2011, and they were revitalised by the sight of the iconic venue. Aided by a rush of blood from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Barcelona went ahead after only 92 seconds as Philippe Coutinho scored their quickest Champions League goal since 2005. Rakitic stole the spotlight midway through the first half when the Croatia midfielder struck with a thunderous half-volley.Related News In a dramatic second half, Tottenham’s Harry Kane reduced the deficit before the majestic Messi added Barcelona’s third. Erik Lamela’s deflected strike kept Tottenham in the hunt, but Messi capped a mesmerising performance in the final moments to give Barca a second successive group-stage victory as they emerged from their recent struggles. Tottenham are in danger of crashing out at the group stage for the second time in three years. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost both of their group matches after a 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan in their opener. They head to PSV Eindhoven for their next European fixture on October 24 knowing a win is essential as they already trail Barca and Inter by six points. It took Messi less than two minutes to show reports of Barca’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Taking possession on the halfway line, Messi was pressured by Son Heung-Min, but his devastating response was simply sublime. Messi twisted away from Son as if swatting away an annoying fly, then unfurled a perfectly-weighted pass that picked out Jordi Alba’s run behind Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier. Alba alertly picked out Coutinho on the edge on the penalty area and, with Lloris having needlessly rushed off his line, the former Liverpool forward was able to fire into the empty net. It was a bad mistake by Lloris in the French World Cup winner’s first appearance since August after a torrid period marred by a thigh injury and his arrest for drink-driving. Messi magicTottenham were decimated by injuries to Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele and it took 25 minutes before they finally had a shot when Kane brought a routine save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen. That was only a brief respite for Tottenham as Valverde’s team doubled their lead in the 28th minute. Once again the creation and execution were breath-taking. Messi clipped a pass to Luis Suarez before Coutinho smartly hooked the ball back from the touchline to the edge of the area, where Rakitic launched himself into the air for an agile half-volley that flashed past Lloris. Messi was toying with Tottenham and it seemed only a matter of how many Barcelona would win by when he glided away for a shot that struck a post early in the second half. Spellbound by Messi’s magic, Tottenham backed off again moments later as the striker hit the woodwork for a second time. Yet Kane gave Tottenham a lifeline when the England forward netted against the run of play in the 52nd minute. Powering into the Barca area with intent, Kane side-stepped Nelson Semedo and planted a powerful low strike into the far corner for his 10th goal in 12 Champions League appearances. Messi had the perfect response in the 56th minute when he cantered onto Alba’s pass and side-footed past Lloris. Tottenham refused to surrender and Lamela set up a tense finale when his 66th minute shot deflected off Clement Lenglet and flew past ter Stegen. But Messi had the last word when he slotted home from Alba’s cross to ease Barca’s nerves in the 90th minute. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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Bolt has redefined sport but my favourite is Owens: Johnson

first_imgBy Chandraboli Mitra Monaco, Feb 15 (PTI) Athletics legend Michael Johnson says while Usain Bolt could be considered “greatest” sprinter in the world but his personal favourite remains Jesse Owens. “For me Jesse Owens is the greatest. No doubt, a lot of people feel that it is Usain Bolt and if there were five other people with me here, they might have differed. But for me it is Owens who is the greatest, personally speaking,” said Johnson, who was here to attend the Laureus Sports award. Johnson, a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, however, said that the triple Olympic sprint champion Bolt has redefined athletics. “Undoubtedly, Bolt has redefined athletics and he is great for the competition,” he admitted. The winner of four Olympics and eight World Championship gold medals, Johnson felt that even in the post Bolt era, athletics is one discipline which would excite the fans. “I would say that even after Bolt?s retirement the athletics would provide a lot of excitement. Being an athlete, I am and will always be excited about the sport regardless of whether or not Bolt is there. Great competition is something that the fans want to see,” he insisted. Asked about how the world Athletics body (IAAF) is handling the sport, Johnson said, “I am concerned about the future of sports, leadership of sports and the sport itself. Athletics is a simple sport. It is very easy to follow. I don?t know if rule changes are going to affect it.” PTI CM AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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I’ve Got Proof Freelancers are Fueling the Sharing Economy

first_imgI’ve been saying for a long time now that freelancers are building the sharing economy. But now I have the hard numbers that prove it.We asked our members this month to take a quick survey on what they know about the “sharing economy.” They responded in droves. And the answers were even more interesting than I was expecting.My favorite stat to come out of the survey? More of our members have actually participated in the sharing economy (76%) than had even heard of the term “sharing economy” (67%). They’re leading this movement, even if they don’t know it yet.Our members have engaged in all parts of the sharing economy.59% have used Etsy52% have donated to or started a Kickstarter campaign45% have shopped at a food co-op40% have used credit unions or similar financial services34% have used education services like Skillshare or General Assembly30% have co-workedBut the real question is, “Why?” For our members, it’s really three-fold. A majority of our members said they use these services to save money (64%), because they believe in the sharing economy (58%), or for convenience (51%).That’s a pretty good way to understand what this new economy will look like and how people will interact with it. Whether it’s because you deeply believe in the principles or just see it as a way to help you in your daily life, the sharing economy can do it all.last_img read more

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Jamie Chadwick: British teen hoping to be first female F1 driver in 40 years

first_imgTopics Share on Twitter Jamie Chadwick races for Double R Racing in the British F3 Championship. Photograph: Jakob Ebrey Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email Pinterest Facebook Chadwick is assured but not arrogant and her ability to communicate well, learn and apply the knowledge is every bit as important as her feel for the car. She had yet to try the challenge of single-seaters, an altogether different proposition to sportscars and a test in a British F3 car ensued. “I wasn’t looking at F1 initially,” she says. “Then when I tested the F3 car I wasn’t that quick. It was a challenge and I didn’t want to be defeated. The more I drove it the more I loved it and that opened the F1 door.”She took the drive in this season’s British F3 championship, with Double R Racing, co-founded by Kimi Raikkonen. Her advancement on the first step of the ladder to F1 surprised few who knew her. Chadwick’s mentor is Tom Gaymor, a former driver. “She is one of the best females I have seen at this level,” he says. “I was team-mates with [Indycar’s] Danica Patrick. The only woman that made it in my era. The only one that went on and competed at a senior level and held her own. Jamie is every bit as good and as fast as she was.”The Beechdean’s owner, Andrew Howard, agrees. “She displayed hunger and the ability to understand how to turn that hunger into something deliverable,” he says of her success in GT racing. “You get a lot of people that have hunger and think they are the next Michael Schumacher but she is bright with it. She understands she has to work hard, she listens and she takes the knocks and learns. And she is an out and out racer.” F1’s Kevin Magnussen: ‘I’m not here to make friends. It’s a race and that’s it’ Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Facebook Chadwick is rightly dismissive of such entrenched beliefs. “It’s not based on any fact,” she says with resolution. “If I can prove him wrong that’s just added motivation.”Having already achieved remarkable success during her short career, and racing for the first time this season in single-seaters in the British F3 championship, neither motivation nor being female has proved a hindrance. “Women can compete equally in motor racing,” she says. “That’s one of the great things about it. It is physically and mentally tough but women can compete on the same level as men.”She has not expected, nor received, any favourable treatment. “Everywhere I have gone everyone has respected that I am there to do a job,” she says. “If I don’t do it I get the same bollocking a male driver would get and if I do I get the same praise.”F1 is her goal but make it or not Chadwick has already earned respect. In 2015, she became the first woman – and the youngest driver – to win the British GT championship. Raised in Bath to a family who had no motor sport background, she took to racing entirely by chance. Her brother Oliver, also now a driver, had begun karting and a simple case of sibling rivalry prompted her to try it. She was 13 at the time, old by modern standards.It proved to be a momentous decision, having found a sport with which she had a natural affinity. Two years later came another step when, in 2013, Chadwick attended the Ginetta Junior scholarship weekend, turning down a trial for the England Under-18 hockey squad to do so. The Ginetta Junior scholarship provides one driver with their first step on the motor sport ladder, and Chadwick describes the experience as the hopefuls were whittled down as like The Hunger Games. But by the Sunday she was victorious – the last woman standing. Two seasons in the Ginetta Junior series followed, the second in 2014 yielding five podiums and eighth place overall. Good enough to be noticed, she was taken on as one of Aston Martin’s racing academy squad the following year and offered a drive in an Aston GT4 Vantage with the Beechdean team in the British GT championship that season.The sportscar series is highly competitive but Chadwick says she felt no pressure and alongside her co-driver, Ross Gunn, took two wins and six podiums to secure the title. Along the way they won the Britcar 24 Hours at Silverstone, Chadwick becoming the youngest winner of a 24-hour race in the process. “Everything I feel through the seat comes out of my mouth to the engineers,” she says. “Definitely, I have a natural affinity, I can feel what the car is doing, how much to push it.”Her assessment is backed by the Aston Martin works driver and three-time Le Mans class-winner Darren Turner. “She has got a natural, smooth driving style and a good understanding of what makes a car work and how to make it go fast,” he says. The challenge in F3 is considerably harder. The cars have more downforce, more grip and are far more physically demanding to drive. A task she acknowledges has been hard but one she must master to finally reach the relative comfort of power-steering that F1 affords – another reason Ecclestone’s misogyny was so hopelessly misguided.Chadwick has been adapting to the new demands this season but her sterling performance in a race‑long duel for fifth in Spa suggests she is learning fast. She has a best finish of third and is a respectable ninth in the championship. There is disappointment, she admits, but that has proved a motivating force and next season wins and the title are the target.Double R racing’s principal, Anthony Hieatt, who worked with Jenson Button and Raikkonen, sees some similarities that he believes will stand Chadwick in good stead. “The thing about Jenson and Kimi is that they communicate well,” he says. “Jamie is really easy to get on with, the engineers and mechanics can talk to her and she takes an interest.“She has a warmth about her, which some drivers don’t have. She is honest and most young racing drivers aren’t. If she makes a mistake she is the first person to put her hand up.”Chadwick acknowledges F1 is her dream, but that honesty is also reflected in a commitment to deserving her place on the grid. “If I don’t do well next year then I will put my hand up and say maybe I am not good enough to make it,” she says. “You don’t want a female to be there as a token effort. You have to have made it on merit. The worst thing that could happen would be if you put someone in who could not compete. It would make a mockery of those who are trying to achieve good things.” Motor sport Twitter Giles Richards The Observer Formula One Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s epic battle makes Monza unmissable … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Were a seat in Formula One decided on personality, Jamie Chadwick would stand every chance of becoming the first woman to race in the sport since Lella Lombardi did so at the Austrian Grand Prix in 1976. Making it demands much more than warmth and wit, however, and fortunately the 19-year-old is backing her attempt to end the drought with talent and unwavering determination.Chadwick sees herself simply as a racer but, much as she would like to, ignoring her gender is impossible in a male-dominated sport. In 2016, the sport’s then impresario, Bernie Ecclestone, dismissed women as being physically incapable of driving an F1 car and said they would not be taken seriously behind the wheel. Share on Messenger Since you’re here… interviews Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Andy Murray, an intense Scot who didn’t understand the protocol of British defeat

first_imgShare on Facebook Play Video 2:37 Topics comment ‘A champion on and off the court’: sport pays tribute to Andy Murray Share on Pinterest Emotional Andy Murray says he plans to retire this season – video Andy Murray British identity and society Read more Support The Guardian Scotland’s sense of pride in Andy Murray goes far beyond all that he achieved on the world’s tennis courts. His announcement that he is to retire at the end of this season was not an unexpected one following a two-year period when an aggregation of injuries became too much even for Murray’s lion-heart. Yet the outpouring of affection and goodwill that followed it conveyed something much more profound than mere pride in sporting prowess. Since you’re here… Share on Messengercenter_img In Scotland’s recent history, an assortment of political and cultural figures has been regarded as fathers and mothers of the nation. A statue of Donald Dewar stands at the top of Glasgow’s Buchanan Street proclaiming him officially to be the father of the nation. No matter how old Andy Murray gets to be, though, he will always be regarded as Scotland’s favourite son. You feel that if you were ever to meet him your first instinct wouldn’t be to shake his hand but to tousle his hair or clap him on the back. In his three grand slam title wins and two Olympic gold medals, he gave everything of himself, but his greatness as a competitor and a man could often be glimpsed in his defeats. Most of these occurred at the hands of three of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, yet they never, ever defeated him completely; none of them was able to quench Murray’s spirit.Scots admire beauty and technical excellence as much as anyone but if these are accompanied by a large measure of sweat and toil then appreciation is raised to adulation. None of his victories was routine, even those in which he was being imperious and sweeping aside an inferior opponent. In games such as these, it always seemed that his beaten opponent appreciated that Murray had prepared and worked for their encounter as much as he’d have done for a match against Federer or Nadal. Scotland I feel that England has grown to love him too, following a period when it didn’t know quite how to react to him. I sensed that the English had become accustomed to Tim Henman and John Lloyd and Sue Barker speaking eloquently and dispassionately after another defeat. Of course it hurt but, you know, let’s get some perspective here: it’s only a game and they are so gracious and articulate in defeat. And they lost so elegantly and didn’t let the side down. This intense young Scot was something else. He didn’t seem to have read or understood the protocol of British sporting defeat. He seemed thoroughly pissed off when he was beaten and didn’t seem to appreciate being asked stupid questions about it. Nor did he smile as much as he ought to have after victories. Yet wasn’t it a great Englishman who wrote: “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same”?In time, Murray and England reached an accommodation too. They came to appreciate his blood, sweat and tears and that this fiercely proud Scot, who had spoken of his support for independence, was nonetheless happy to be a flag-bearer for Britain in the Davis Cup and at the Olympic Games. He, in turn, leavened his retorts with a dry wit and a cool awareness of bigger issues around the game, such as equality and the status of women in the game. He is undoubtedly Scotland’s greatest sportsperson and I think he could be Britain’s greatest too.• Kevin McKenna is an Observer columnist He didn’t seem to have understood the protocol of British sporting defeat … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp In the course of chronicling his rise, the veteran and wise Scottish sportswriter Hugh MacDonald got to know Murray and his family more than most other journalists. I once asked him what this seemingly intense young man was like as a person. “He’s the shy and likable eldest son of the next-door neighbours, who babysits your weans when you go for a night out,” said MacDonald in a voice that spoke of fatherly affection more than professional admiration.Kevin Bridges, the Glasgow comedian, said that the source of Murray’s greatness was in listening to two hardmen in a Glasgow pub musing on Nadal’s invincibility on clay and whether Djokovic could ever muster the tools to defeat him on this surface. Previously, all references to Spaniards and Serbs in a tavern such as this would have been about Andrés Iniesta and Dragan Stojković.Scottish football aficionados bear the emotional scars of a thousand last-minute heartaches. We have reached a surly accommodation with crushing defeat and are experienced in seeing out the last few minutes of tense encounters. We hope for the win, of course, but have already made the mental preparations for probable defeat. This does not apply when we see Murray play. In those matches where he is serving for the match at the end of another gladiatorial fifth-set battle we find it difficult to remain in the room. It is as though the heightened expectation of an actual victory is too heady for us. As his Wimbledon final against Djokovic in 2013 ticked down to an unbearable denouement, I departed to a nearby pub, hopeful that by the time I’d reached it Murray would have won and I’d have been spared the tension of those last few moments. We kiss the television at each spellbinding point won; we rant at him crazily and disproportionately, like mad football dads on a touchline: we who know nothing of the nuances of tennis. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Tennis Share via Email Opinionlast_img read more

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Pumas vs Chivas: Match preview & live stream

first_imgPumas v Guadalajara Pumas vs Chivas: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 03:10 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chivas Refugio Ruiz Pumas v Guadalajara Liga MX Guadalajara Pumas Two struggling grandes meet in the Sunday matinee looking for a return to winning ways in Liga MX play The season started very differently for Pumas and Chivas.After finishing dead last in the 2017 Apertura, Pumas stunned everyone by taking an early stranglehold on the No. 1 position in the table.Chivas, meanwhile, struggled to get off the line, looking every bit a team that finished 13th the tournament before. 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 Fortunes have shifted a bit with Pumas entering Sunday’s contest on the back of consecutive defeats while Chivas have drawn their last two – though they’re still looking for their second win of the season. Game Pumas vs. Chivas Date Saturday, February 25 Time 1 p.m. ET Stream (U.S. only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Nicolas Castillo Pumas Juan Vigon AtlasWatch Pumas vs. Chivas live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Pumas players Goalkeepers Saldivar, Magana, Castillo Defenders Van Rankin, Arribas, Quintana, Mendoza, Fuentes, Garcia, Jaquez, Gonzalez Midfielders Escamilla, Cabrera, Gonzalez, Jurado, Zamudio, Gallardo, Diaz, Calderon, Formica Forwards Barrera, Guerron, Alustiza, Figueroa, Asprilla, Acosta, Castillo, Torres David Cabrera is suspended after being shown a red card in Pumas’ defeat against Tijuana. Assistant coach Christian Ramirez also is suspended. Potential starting XI: Saldivar; Van Rankin, Arribas, Quintana, Fuentes; Barrera, Diaz, Gonzalez, Gallardo; Alustiza; Castillo Position Chivas players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Cota, Jimenez Defenders Alanis, Slacido, Pereira, Marin, Hernandez, Sanchez, Basulto Midfielders Pineda, Lopez, Sandoval, Benitez, Pizarro, Perez, Cervantes, O. Macias Forwards Pulido, Brizuela, Zaldivar, C. Cisneros, R. Cisneros, J. Macias Jair Pereira left Chivas’ CONCACAF Champions League win over Cibao with an injury but was included in the traveling squad for Sunday’s match. Hedgardo Marin remains out with a knee issue.Potential starting XI: Cota; Sanchez, Salcido, Alanis, Hernandez; Lopez, Perez, Pineda, Pizarro; Godinez, Pulido GAME PREVIEW Matias Almeyda ChivasIn some ways Chivas fans may be relieved.They may not have blown out Caribbean champion Cibao in Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League matchup, but at least they showed they remember how to win in a 2-0 triumph.It’s happened just once in league play this season, but the team is showing gradual improvement after securing draws the last two times out, getting stalemates with Queretaro and Pachuca.Matias Almeyda will have to turn to veteran Carlos Salcido once again in the center of defense after Jair Pereira left that match injures. Pereira traveled, but Salcido likely will replace him next to Oswaldo Alanis.Pumas fans have seen their team win recently, but not recently enough. After starting the season hot and going atop Liga MX, Pumas now sit third after consecutive defeats.Last week’s match got away from Pumas even after Nicolas Castillo opened the scoring in the first minute. The club couldn’t keep Tijuana from getting into the area and fell to Xolos 4-1.Some of that was down to playing with 10-men, but both teams went into the halftime break at full strength and with Tijuana leading 3-1.They’ll need more from Marcelo Diaz in the midfield and from center back Alejandro Arribas and Luis Quintana – especially with David Cabrera suspended after his red card.Chivas have been much stronger away from home this season than at the Estadio Chivas, but have the disadvantage of arriving late from the Dominican Republic, a complicated travel situation that may force Almeyda to lean on younger players. How they respond will determine whether or not the Guadalajara side can spring an upset.last_img read more

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Las Palmas vs Barcelona: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Las Palmas vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly 18:11 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Las Palmas v Barcelona Las Palmas The Blaugrana head to the islands for their 26th league game of the season and they will be aiming to extend their unbeaten league run Barcelona make the trip to Gran Canaria on Thursday as they take on Las Palmas in La Liga.Ernesto Valverde’s side are seven points clear at the top of the Primera Division and they come into the game brimming with confidence after a 6-1 win over Girona at the weekend.They will hope to maintain that lead at the very least by beating the islanders, which would set them up nicely for their top-two meeting with Atleti this coming Sunday. 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 Las Palmas, meanwhile, find themselves in the relegation zone and face a tough task if they are to overcome a side that already defeated them 3-0 earlier in the season. Game Las Palmas vs Barcelona Date Thursday March 1 Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Pique, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Coutinho, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Alcacer Valverde has named an 18-man squad for the match, which can be seen above. Full-backs Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba have been ruled out through injury and suspension respectively, meaning there will be changes in defence. Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes come into the squad.Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Suarez, Messi, Dembele. Position Las Palmas players Goalkeepers Lizoain, Chichizola Defenders Simon, Aguirregaray, Garcia, Michel, Bigas, Galvez, Navarro, D. Castellano Midfielders Gomez, Etebo, Penalba, Halilovic, Momo, Gil, Samperio, J. Castellano, Aquilani, Gonzalez, Ramirez Forwards Calleri, Emenike, Ezekiel, Toledo, Tana, Exposito  Las Palmas have a number of concerns ahead of the game, with Gabriel Penalba, Pedro Bigas, Momo and Emmanuel Emenike all carrying injuries.Potential Las Palmas starting XI: Chichizola; Michel, Aguirregaray, Galvez, Navarro; Gomez, Halilovic, Etebo, Gil; Tana, Calleri.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are favourites to win, with dabblebet offering odds of 2/11 on the Blaugrana. Las Palmas are deemed to be a 14/1 bet and a draw is more likely at 6/1.dabblebet customers can watch and bet on the game if they have a funded or active account. T&Cs apply.Match Preview Ousmane Dembele BarcelonaSince losing to local rivals Espanyol in January, Barcelona have put together a 10-match unbeaten run and, having put six goals past Girona, they appear to have picked up the pace once more.They have taken it up a gear at the right time, with Liga matches against Atletico Madrid and Malaga on the horizon this month, as well as a crunch Champions League last 16 tie against Chelsea.However, despite that, they will have to be wary of struggling Las Palmas, who have pulled off results at home against the likes of Valencia, Real Betis and Athletic.When they last faced off – at the Camp Nou in October – the game was played without spectators, which made for an eerie atmosphere, but did not stop Lionel Messi and Co. from winning.Valverde will be expecting more of the same on Thursday and he will be hoping his key men come through unscathed with one eye on the upcoming match against Atleti.last_img read more

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Wagner: I’m the best German striker

first_imgWorld Cup Wagner warns Gomez and Werner: I’m the best German striker Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:24 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) SandroWagner - cropped Getty Images World Cup Bayern München Freiburg v Bayern München Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico Bundesliga The Bayern Munich forward feels he should be leading the line for Joachim Low’s side and has not warmed to rivals pitching for a World Cup place Sandro Wagner is convinced he should be part of Germany’s World Cup squad, claiming his country has no better option at centre-forward.Wagner has scored three times in as many starts since joining Bayern Munich from Hoffenheim during the mid-season transfer window, although his status as back-up to Robert Lewandowski means playing time could be limited for the 30-year-old.His selection prospects are possibly complicated by Mario Gomez’s impressive return to Stuttgart, where – as a first-choice starter – the experienced striker has scored four times and laid on two more goals, completing 90 minutes seven times. 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 “I do not think it’s very important for the national coach if I score five or 10 goals. It’s about having the maximum condition,” Gomez told Welt am Sonntag last month.”[Germany boss] Jogi Low can assess the situation very well. He knows he can count on me.”RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner has been Low’s preferred striker when fit this season but Wagner – who has five goals in seven Germany appearances since making his debut last June – is also not lacking in confidence after netting in Bayern’s 4-0 rout of Freiburg.”I only look at myself, in principle I do not care who [else] does what. I look at me,” he told reporters, before seemingly poking fun at Gomez’s convictions over the latter’s standing with Low.”I have worked well in the last few years and scored many goals. One or the other has apparently already given his media adviser a World Cup advance. I am convinced of myself. “I have scored goals in every club – for Darmstadt in the relegation battle, at Hoffenheim, in the Europa League and now for Bayern. “That’s why I think I deserve it. I’m feeling good. In my eyes, I’m the best German striker, I’ve said that a thousand times. That will not change either. “Jogi Low decides I accept every decision. But I am very positive.”last_img read more

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Wilshere ‘no closer’ to new Arsenal deal

first_imgArsenal Wilshere ‘no closer’ to signing Arsenal contract extension Chris Burton 16:07 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Wilshere Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Transfers The England international midfielder will drop into the free agent pool at the end of the season if no fresh terms are agreed with the Gunners Jack Wilshere admits he is “no closer” to agreeing an extension to an expiring contract at Arsenal.The 26-year-old midfielder has entered the final few months of his current deal and continues to head towards free agency in the summer.Fresh terms have been mooted for some time, with the England international having played his way back into favour this season and Arsene Wenger claiming to feel “positive” on talks. 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 Wilshere, though, has suggested that discussions have ground to a halt amid reports that the Gunners are asking him to take a pay cut, with no compromise in sight at present.He told reporters: “Things have changed since then.“We’re no closer to sorting anything out.”For now, Wilshere’s focus is locked on the present, with Arsenal in the process of trying to salvage their season.Wenger has conceded defeat in the battle to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, but those are his disposal are refusing to give up the fight just yet.Wilshere added on a side sat 13 points adrift of the Champions League places: “We can’t just give up in the Premier League.“We’ve got to keep fighting and get as many points as possible so that if anyone does slip up, which doesn’t look likely, we are ready to pounce. If we keep performing like this, we’ve got a chance.”Arsenal snapped a four-match losing run in some style in their last outing, as they stunned AC Milan 2-0 at the San Siro.That victory has the Gunners in a strong position to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but once again they are taking nothing for granted.“There are some good teams left in it but we’re confident in ourselves,” said Wilshere.“We’re not through yet. This tie isn’t over. We have to finish it off and then you can get anyone in the draw.”last_img read more

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Despite Fumble Issues, Seattle Seahawks Still Believe in Chris Carson

first_imgEach new year presents new challenges. I guess that could be said for anyone in any walk of life. But in his third NFL season, Chris Carson is suddenly having an issue holding onto the football.Through his first two pro seasons, in 18 games, Carson only lost two fumbles. He never lost a fumble in 213 carries in two seasons at Oklahoma State. In 2019, he’s lost one in each of his three games, culminating in a worst-case scenario for a running back this past Sunday.In the second quarter of the Seahawks’ home game against New Orleans, Carson took a handoff and darted off tackle 23 yards down the field before being taken down by two defenders. But on his was to the turf, the ball was stripped, then picked up and returned for a 33-yard scoop and score.Three gaffes in three weeks had the Twittersphere in an uproar, and it appeared to mean trouble for Carson, who has otherwise been impressive since taking over RB1 duties once as a seventh-round pick and again after coming back from a broken leg.Carson went to the bench and spent the rest of the game behind perennial back Seattle RB, C.J. Prosise. The latter edged out the former with eight carries to Carson’s five after the drop. The Seahawks went on to suffer their first loss of the early season, falling 33-27 to the Saints.But if there were any question as to who the Seahawks are riding with it moving forward, head coach Pete Carroll put those to rest.“Because we do believe in him, we’re going to continue to show him that,” Carroll said Monday. “He’s a terrific football player, and we want to make sure and maintain that level of play from him so we’ll work at it, work with him on it.”Carroll went on.“There’s a lot of technical stuff that’s really important, right down to the last instant of that play that he fumbled on there’s another thing that he could do to ensure taking care of the ball a little bit longer. He thought he was secure and thought he was taking care of it and bang all of a sudden the ball comes out. That’s life you know. That’s real in the league and all that. He’s going to have to be really on because guys are going to continue to come after him just like anybody would.”Following the game, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson also voiced his support of his backfield mate.“I just told him that I still believe in him,” Wilson said to Seahawks.com. “He’s one of the best running backs in the league. Plays happen. There’s never been a player that’s never fumbled. That’s just reality.“I think more than anything else, we’ve just gotta continue to believe in him. He’s got to continue to believe in himself, which he will. We’re all in this together.”Carson said he has to improve in that area but also not dwell on it.“I just have to keep trying to get better,” said Carson. “The defense is going to try and go after the ball so I have to be aware of that.”“It’s one play. It’s a long game so you have to have a short-term memory and keep going.”Carson and the Seahawks will look to bounce back on Sunday when they head to Arizona to face their NFL West rival Cardinals. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Help Donors Find You Through Search Engine Marketing

first_imgYou use search engines like Google and Yahoo! every day, and so do your donors. But what happens when a prospective donor types in the name of your nonprofit or your issue area in Google? Is your organization at the top of the results? The good news is that it can be, through Search Engine Marketing (SEM).In a nutshell, SEM is a way to promote your website by increasing its visibility in search engine results. Sound complicated? Here’s the good news:SEM is common sense.If you are a nonprofit, SEM is free, thanks to Google.Getting started with SEM is easy.So why should you care about SEM? Let’s say you are a small AIDS prevention nonprofit in Boise, Idaho. It’s December 30, and several Boise residents have logged onto Google to search for a charity to donate to so they can get a last-minute tax deduction. These potential donors might do a Google search for “boise aids charity.” If your nonprofit doesn’t appear near the top of the search results, these donors may never find you.So, how can you make sure your organization DOES get to the top? There are two ways: either organically by designing a website that is search engine friendly, or by paying a search engine to place your ads prominently in their search results.We’ll focus on paid search, since Google Grants provides free paid placement to 501(c)(3) nonprofits.Here’s how to get started with Google Grants and AdWords in 7 easy steps:Apply for Google Grants: Google promises to process all applications within six months. Once your application is processed, you can begin advertising your nonprofit on Google Adwords. If you don’t want to wait, you can setup a paid Adwords account and begin to experiment for as little as $10 a month.Write a short ad: Take five minutes to write short, yet compelling, copy for your ad. Be sure to include words that matter to your audience. Not sure what to say? CRAM!Develop your keywords: A keyword is the search word or phrase that you “buy” from Google (i.e., boise aids charity). Ask yourself which keywords-word combinations and phrases-you would type into the Google search box to find your organization’s programs and services. Select as many keywords as you like. (Note: Google Grants will only pay for keywords up to $1.00).Get suggested keywords: Still not sure which keywords to select? Use Google’s Keyword Tool for suggestions. You can type in the address of your website and Google will even make recommendations on what keywords to use.Target your audience: Through Google AdWords, you can create a variety of groups of ads for different audiences, as well as target your ads to different geographic locations (i.e. Boise) and even languages.Test, test, test: Create two versions of the same ad: one that points to your website, and one that points directly to your donation page. See which does better.Track your results: When people search on Google, your ad is displayed and traffic is driven to your website. But how do you know if anyone is clicking? Google’s dashboards provide an easy way for you to proactively monitor the status of your keywords and their associated ads.The tips above will help you improve your paid results, which is only half the battle. To improve your organic search positioning, take a look at these 10 steps.last_img read more

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How Nonprofits Can Use Facebook

first_imgHave a strategy.Remember: Social media isn’t marketing, it’s a way to build a relationship with your audience. Be sure you’re connecting on human level. You have to awaken the heart to arouse the mind. Tell real stories to connect with your audience and cultivate your community. Let those stories tie into your larger marketing and donor cultivation strategy.Make it a family affair.Involve your organization & your supporters — set some posting guidelines and let them run with it. Let your supporters help program your Facebook page by offering polls and questions to get feedback on upcoming events and features.Be consistent. Don’t set up a social media profile and then walk away. Be sure to set a schedule for what you’re going to post when and how often. Let your supporters know what they can expect from “liking” your page — then deliver! Pay close attention to what seems to get the best response and adjust as needed.Be Yourself.There is no one-size-fits-all social media plan — find the posting frequency and style that works for your organization and supporters. Use Facebook as another platform to express your organization’s unique voice and approach to your cause. Let your supporters get a glimpse behind the scenes of your nonprofit by posting updates about staff and office life.Integrate It. The key to getting the most out of Facebook is to integrate it with all of your channels. Kivi Leroux Miller suggests, “Do you have an email list? Ask a question on Facebook, and then ask it in email, but link back to the Facebook page for people to add their answers there. Post notes and events on your page and link back to those from email.”Make it Sharable. Take advantage of the fact that Facebook was built to allow users to interact and share. Give your supporters compelling content (like trivia, photos and videos) that lends itself well to sharing. Let your Facebook fans help you spread the word and attract new supporters.last_img read more

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Bucket List Travel: 5 Once-in-a-Lifetime African Adventures

first_imgAfrica offers more once-in-a-lifetime bucket list opportunities than any continent on earth.From the shark-rich waters of South Africa’s Western Cape, to the volcanic jungles of Rwanda, the diverse geography will satisfy even the most adventurous traveler.Witness the Great MigrationTanzania to KenyaAfrica’s Great Migration is the most awe-inspiring wildlife show on earth. Every year, nearly one-and-a-half million wildebeest, a quarter million zebra, and a few lost gazelle trek en masse from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara. The 1,200-mile journey is spurred solely by instinct — a drive to find food and water — and at least ten percent of the creatures fall prey to crocodiles, lions, and hyena along the way. Given the continent’s notoriously complex travel logistics, a guided tour — like Kensington Tour’s 7-day Serengeti Migration Safari — is the best way to experience the show.Dive with Great White SharksCape Town, South AfricaThe unique geography at the tip of the African continent provides a rich feeding ground for marine life, in particular, whales and great white sharks. This also makes it one of the best places in the world for shark diving. White Shark Diving Company offers single and multi-day tours from Cape Town to the fishing town of Gansbaai on South Africa’s Western Cape. No previous dive experience is required.Trek with Endangered Mountain GorillasRwandaMountain Gorillas share 98% of our DNA so to get up close with a wild creature so like us is a truly amazing experience. The Gorilla Safari Company provides guided, multi-day treks through Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in search of the endangered animals. Only 750 exist in the wild, forcing the park to institute a strict 80-visitor limit per day. Witnessing the species in their natural habitat will quite literally be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Jump the World’s Highest Bridge BungeeSouth Africa’s Garden RouteFor adrenalin junkies, bungee jumping is likely topped only by skydiving on their bucket list. South Africa’s Garden Route is home to Bloukrans Bridge — known as “the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee.” If ticking boxes like the “highest,” “longest,” “fastest,” etc. is your thing, this is one more to add to the list. The 709-foot drop is intense, but consider that a 96-year-old man did it in 2010.Summit Mount KilimanjaroTanzaniaAs long as you’re checking off boxes, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a worthy bucket list goal. At more than 19,300 feet, it’s Africa’s highest peak and sees plenty of tourist foot traffic. It’s also one of the world’s easiest summits to tackle and many folks are surprised to find themselves sharing the trails with senior citizens. It’s the only trip on this list that doesn’t require a guided tour. Although, like everything in Africa, it’s much, much easier with one. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro has guided thousands of trekkers since 2001 and they literally wrote the definitive book on the subject. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 8 of the Most Dangerous Hikes in the World The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Raceslast_img read more

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NIDS Essential for eGovernance and eBusiness

first_img It is expected that the NIDS will become the primary source for identity assurance, authentication and verification, in order to improve the governance and management of social, economic and security programmes. Programme Director of the National Identification System (NIDS), Warren Vernon, says the thrust will be a gateway to a digital economy for Jamaica, facilitating e-governance and e-business.It is expected that the NIDS will become the primary source for identity assurance, authentication and verification, in order to improve the governance and management of social, economic and security programmes.“We are not going to be able to move the economy into a digital one without a national ID that is secured, trusted, and verifiable,” he emphasised, in an interview with JIS News.He explained that for this transformation to take place, the necessary legal frameworks, standard operating procedures and data usage and security policies will need to be implemented.“This solution is really putting in place the ecosystem for Jamaica to become a digital society, so it is about putting in place the required network infrastructure for the Government to improve existing infrastructure; link critical Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs); upgrade the data centre and strengthen existing policies that have been protecting our data for years,” Mr. Vernon said.He added that a huge component of the programme will focus on provisions for the adoption of the system by both the public and private sectors.The Programme Director pointed out that the implementation of the system will assist tremendously with national planning and development.“The Government intends to use this (NIDS) to support decision-making because presently, decisions are sometimes made on old data, but now the Government will have real-time data to measure population and other relevant information, and to find persons that are in need and help them,” Mr. Vernon informed.Reiterating the value and significance of a national identification system, Department Head, Data Management, eGov Jamaica Limited, Walt Brown, told JIS News that the ID is indispensable at this time as the country essentially needs some form of generic identification for its citizens.“We need to know that you are a citizen of this country, so if you get sick and you need to get health benefits, we have a national identification number (NIN) that we can identify you and if you move from one hospital to another, your records can be consistent because we know that it is the same person that we are dealing with,” he said.“We have to be aware that every social institution within a country, public and private, are all automated for efficiency and once you get into the field of automation, you have to identify electronically all the participants and all the players within these systems,” Mr. Brown pointed out.He noted that the NIN will be the identifier for persons and without it, it will become difficult for them to be incorporated into the systems to be implemented.For her part, Acting Chief Technical Director at the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, emphasised that the NIDS “is the road to transparency and what is going to happen over time is that everything will be so transparent because you can go online and see everything.”“At this time, no one is going to have a criminal record if you don’t register, no one is going to lock you up if you do not register, there is no fine if you do not register. What will happen though, if you do not apply and enrol for your NIN and card, you will not be able to do business with the Government of Jamaica,” she said.The first phase of enrolment is set for September 2018, and the national roll-out will be April 2019, based on passage of the legislation.NIDS will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of citizens. Under the system, which will have anti-fraud features, every Jamaican will have a unique identification number.The project is funded jointly by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at a cost of US$68 million, and will be used to improve and upgrade the information and communications technology (ICT) systems across multiple Government agencies. The Programme Director pointed out that the implementation of the system will assist tremendously with national planning and development. Programme Director of the National Identification System (NIDS), Warren Vernon, says the thrust will be a gateway to a digital economy for Jamaica, facilitating e-governance and e-business. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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