John Barnes on the signing Liverpool MUST make to boost top four bid

first_imgLiverpool legend John Barnes has told Jurgen Klopp to make it his priority to sign a creative attacking midfield player.The Reds made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League with a 1-0 success over Sunderland on Wednesday night.That moved the Merseysiders to within five points of a top four spot, but Barnes believes Klopp’s team needs an injection of invention and flair to maintain their charge for Champions League qualification.“If we play against teams that play deep, we can’t open them up. An attacking midfield player is where we need to improve,” the Anfield great said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Without Coutinho really performing then our invention and our flair isn’t great.“We have got lots hard working players – there is Can, Henderson, Lucas and Milner. So, we have lots of players with a great attitude and great energy, but we are lacking invention.“Coutinho started the season really well but he has gone off the boil a little bit and without him we really don’t play with that much flair.”last_img read more


first_imgDanske Bank MacLarnon Cup quarter-final :Coláistí Inis Eoghain 3-9 St Patrick’s Downpatrick 3-6The key moment in this Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup semi-final yesterday in Garvaghy was a black card awarded against Downpatrick midfielder Aidan Fegan just before the break. The Red High had played well into the breeze and were ahead by 2-3 to 0-6 at that point with Fegan and John Bell playing brilliantly at midfield, and goals from Bell and full-forward Frank Starkey.Caolán McGonagle tapped over the resultant free, his third point of the half, but it still looked ominous for the north east amalgamation when Aaron McClements pointed a free on the re-start.However Downpatrick failed to convert other scoring chances and gifted two goals to Kevin McLaughlin in the 34th and 37th minutes, allowing him possession of shots that were held in the breeze.Conor Malone volleyed a goal in response for Downpatrick and a great point from PJ Davidson put them 3-6 to 2-7 up entering the last quarter. Inis Eoghain then gained a life-line with a penalty award for a foot block in the 52nd minute that allowed McLaughlin to complete his hat-trick and the same player curled over a late point to tie down a semi-final spot.Colaisti Inis Eoghain: Jordan McLaughlin, Jack O’Loughlin, Danny Monagle, Stephen O’Donnell, Gary Doherty, Tony McCleneghan, Sam Doherty, Caolan McGonagle 0-3, 0-2 frees, Fergal Doherty, Ultan Doherty, Sean McHugh 0-1, Mark Coyles, John Campbell 0-4, 0-1 free, Kevin McLaughlin 3-1, 1-0 pen, Christopher McLaughlin.Subs : Aidan McLaughlin for C McLaughlin (26), James Jackson for U Doherty ht.St Patrick’s : Jonathan Deeny, Mark McGrady, Sean Hardy, Pearse Laverty, PJ Davidson 0-1, Oisin Teague, John Yarr, Aidan Fegan, John Bell 1-0, Ciaran Harney, Aaron McClements 0-3 frees, Eoin King, Owen McEvoy 0-2, Frank Starkey 1-0, John Shields.Sub : Conor Malone 1-0 for A Fegan (30 mins). Referee : Cathal O’Hagan (Tyrone)COLÁISTÍ INIS EOGHAIN THROUGH TO McLARNON CUP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: February 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:INIS EOGHAIN gaaMcLarnon Cuplast_img read more


first_imgDonegal is due to welcome the Palestinian ambassadors to Ireland on Thursday 14th August as a number of events are planned in conjunction with their visit.At a county council meeting on July 31st Donegal County Council supported a call to have the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland expelled in the wake of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza strip.At the same meeting the council voted to officially welcome Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek and his deputy Yunus Dorkman to the county when they visit in August for a public meeting about the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The public meeting, which has been organised by Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, will be held in the Rosses in Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dore at 7.30pm on the evening of August 14thand will feature guest speakers Thomas Pringle TD and Donegal County Mayor Councillor John Campbell.Speaking of the public meeting to be held with the Palestinian Ambassadors Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said it was important for people to both get informed on the day and also to show their support for the Palestinian people.“I have long had a connection to the plight Palestinian people and have had a long term relationship with the Palestinian embassy over the years because of it” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.“I have visited Palestine in the past and I have a strong affiliation with is people and their daily suffering of brutal occupation by the Israeli government. This latest slaughter of the people of Gaza and the near destruction of the Gaza strip itself moved me to organise this upcoming meeting. “We held a similar meeting in Dore following the last major attack on the people of Gaza back in 2009 and I didn’t think then we would be back here again. But sadly the Palestinian people continue to be oppressed and in Gaza there are 1.8million people basically living in an open air prison smaller than Inishowen. Now they also have to endure being under heavy bombardment from the worlds forth most powerful army and all its military might.”Speaking of the current situation in Gaza Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said that there is massive support for the Palestinian people here in Donegal which he very much welcomed.“The massacre of so many innocent people by the Israelis in the last few weeks has enraged so many people here in Donegal,” he said. “But despite a lot of media trying to stifle the reality of how disproportionate and unjust the Israeli army’s actions have been, it is quite clear the people here are doing all they can to inform themselves and take action in whatever way they can.“There has been a growing support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel and many people are now boycotting Israel by not purchasing Israeli goods in the shops. Already we have supermarkets in Gweedore and Dungloe refusing to sell Israeli goods which is a very welcome development. And with our county council supporting a call for the Israeli Ambassador to be expelled from Ireland it seems the people of Donegal are sending a strong message to Israel of their disgust at the Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people.”Calling for people to continue their support Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said attending the public meeting on the 14th of August in Dore would be both informative and an opportunity to send a warm message of support to the people of Gaza. “It would be great to see a large turnout for this public meeting for it would be a great opportunity for us as a people to send a message of support and solidarity from Donegal to the people of Gaza through their Ambassador. It will let them know how much we sympathise with them as they continue endure such hardship in the face of this brutal attack and massacre. At the very least if the people of Gaza know other people in the world stand with them it will give them hope for the future.”DONEGAL PEOPLE URGED TO ATTEND MEETING WITH PALESTINIAN AMBASSADORS was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalPALESTINIAN AMBASSADORvisitlast_img read more

Who is South Africa sending to Davos?

first_img18 January 2016Members of the South African government, business and industry leaders will be heading to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, taking place between 20 and 23 January, under the theme: “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.The WEF annual meeting gathers leaders from business, governments, international organisations, academia and civil society to discuss the global economy. Delegates also seek ways to improve global governance through public-private co-operation by working in close collaboration with key international organisations and providing input into major multilateral processes.Other topics that will be discussed this year will include sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the face of slowing growth rates, increasing market volatility and looming global risks, and geo-security.Watch this to find out more about WEF:South Africa will be represented by:GovernmentJacob Zuma, presidentJeff Radebe, minister in The PresidencyNomvula Mokonyane, minister of water and sanitationRob Davies, minister of trade and industryAaron Motsoaledi, minister of healthPravin Gordhan, minister of financeTina Joemat-Pettersson, minister of energyEbrahim Patel, minister of economic developmentState-run groupsKingsley Makhubela, chief executive, Brand South AfricaLesetja Kganyago, governor, South African Reserve BankSiyabonga Gama, acting chief executive, TransnetShulami Qalinge, general manager, TransnetLinda Masabo, chair, TransnetSipho Maseko, chief executive, TelkomJabu Mabuza, chair, TelkomMandla Gantsho, chair, SasolDavid Constable, chief executive, SasolDaniel Matjila, chief executive, Public Investment CorporationFinance and investmentNicky Newton-King, chief executive, JSEStephen Koseff, chief executive, InvestecBen Kruger, joint chief executive, Standard BankVassi Naidoo, chair, NedbankMike Brown, chief executive, NedbankRalph Mupita, chief executive for South Africa and emerging markets, Old MutualThabo Dloti, chief executive, Liberty HoldingsGeoffrey Qhena, chief executive, Industrial Development CorporationBusi Mabuza, chair, Industrial Development CorporationJohan Burger, chief executive, FirstRandPatrick Dlamini, chief executive, Development Bank of Southern AfricaJabulani Moleketi, chair, Development Bank of Southern AfricaStephen Coller, chief executive of corporate and investment banking, Barclays AfricaMaria Ramos, chief executive, Barclays AfricaBusiness leadersThero Setiloane, chief executive, Business Leadership SATonye Cole, chief executive, Sahara GroupIqbal Surve, chairman, Sekunjalo HoldingsAnant Singh, chief executive, Videovision EntertainmentPeter Staude, chief executive, Tongaat HulettIshmael Sunga, South African Confederation of Agricultural UnionsKoos Bekker, chair, NaspersDavid Tudor, group general counsel, NaspersNicolaas Kruger, chief executive, MMI HoldingsSipho Pityana, chair, AngloGold AshantiPatrice Motsepe, chair, African Rainbow MineralsJongisa Magagula, head of investor relations, African Rainbow MineralsAndies Wilkens, director, African Rainbow MineralsBrian Dames, chief executive, African Rainbow Energy and PowerMediaKarima Brown, general executive editor, Independent MediaEllis Mnyandu, editor, Business ReportBronwyn Nielsen, editor-in-chief, CNBC AfricaAlec Hogg, editor, Biznews.comOtherMax Price, vice-chancellor, University of Cape TownHanli Prinsloo, chief executive, I Am Water FoundationPrecious Moloi-Motsepe, executive chair, Motsepe FoundationAnton du Plessis, executive director, Institute for Security StudiesSource: Businesstech and South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Windows Azure Drive: A Sign of Things to Come for Microsoft

first_imgIn the full spirit of cloud computing, Microsoft is making it a top priority to charge by the minute for applications that are ported to Windows Azure. This is the case in today’s beta release of Windows Azure Drive, which allows Windows users to run their applications in the cloud using the Windows NTFS APIs. The service is intended to make it simpler to migrate to the cloud.According to the Windows Azure Team blog, Azure stores the data in what Microsoft is calling “page blobs.”“For the beta release of Windows Azure drive, customers will be billed only for the storage space used by the Page Blob and the read/write transactions to the Page Blob. This will be incorporated into the standard Windows Azure usage rates and there will not be a separate line item on the bill.” Microsoft officially launched its Azure service on Monday. Beginning immediately, the company is charging for most of the services offered. As is standard with cloud computing, Microsoft is charging on a usage basis.Does the strategy make sense? We think so. The economy is not getting better any time soon. Resources are constrained for IT shops of any size. The pay-as-you-go model makes it a bit easier to manage infrastructure costs.According to Information Week, the pricing for Windows Azure Drive is as follows:“In the standard plan, a virtualized Windows Server ranges from 12 cents to 96 cents per hour, depending on CPU usage. Storage starts at 15 cents per GB per month, plus one cent for every 10,000 transactions. Microsoft’s SQL Server costs $9.99 per month for a 1 GB Web database.”The push to the cloud will continue unabated for Microsoft. Case in point is the deal with Hewlett-Packard, worth $250 million. The two companies are building a cloud infrastructure that spans hardware and software integration. Azure is Ray Ozzie’s baby. He believes in it. And it may just be the path that Microsoft needs to be relevant in a world dominated by cloud-based applications. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products Related Posts last_img read more

Facebook Has 1 Billion Users & I Have Three Questions

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit So Facebook has reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion active monthly users. What does it mean? Hard to know without a bit more information.In today’s exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, Zuckerberg said, “I really only want to go out and talk when there’s something to say.” But that’s not entirely true. Zuckerberg only likes to go out when there is something good to say, and, even then, only when the interview is highly scripted.And that’s why Lauer pressed Zuckerberg harder about his May wedding than the company’s dismal stock performance. Lauer seemed more interested in comparing who has more drawers for their clothes (Zuckerberg one, Lauer considerably more) than digging in deep on how the company plans to catch up in mobile. The interviewer let it go after the CEO pointed out that there are five billion mobile phone users in the world that Facebook could capture as customers.)The tech and business press weren’t much more circumspect. In the most-widely circulated story so far, TheNextWeb’s Emil Protalinski gushed over Facebook’s “big news” and even Bloomberg assumed “the next billion” was a given.Unasked & Unanswered QuestionsI wish Lauer had asked Zuckerberg the following questions. (I’ve been trying to do it myself. I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back.)Facebook officially recorded its billionth signup on Sept. 14. Why the delay after months of predictions that it would reach one billion users in August, if not sooner? (Some reports have alluded to the fact that Facebook has had trouble with phony accounts and was most likely waiting until it was sure it had one billion “real” users. Could be.)What exactly is an active monthly user? It has been widely reported how difficult it is to delete a Facebook account, but I’ve heard anecdotal reports of people deactivating their accounts, either permanently or for long stretches of self-imposed Facebook exile. Is there an uptick in deactivated accounts and, if so, were those counted in the 1 billion figure?How are we to understand the lag time between 900 million and one billion when compared to 800 million and 900 million? To me, it suggests that Facebook has saturated the market.But even those question obscure the bigger issue: 1 billion users is impressive, but it’s an arbitrary milestone. If Zuckerberg is serious about only talking when there’s something to say, now is the time to say something. It’s time to let shareholders know exactly how (whether?) the company hopes to reach 2 billion users and to tell users how their experience will change as Facebook’s status as a public company forces it to focus more on revenue and less on its original mission of connecting the world.center_img dave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web last_img read more

HC allows overseas Indian students to submit applications for CET offline

first_imgThe high court on Thursday passed an interim order directing the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) to permit a batch of petitioner-students holding Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards to submit their applications offline for the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2018 for admission to engineering courses. The last date for submitting applications is February 26. Related Itemslast_img

UP ‘still adjusting’ to departure of Gaiser, Tiamzon, Bersola

first_img“This is a new team, and some of the players here right now did not play last season and of course we’re still adjusting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Parks added to Gilas’ Jones Cup roster Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “They really helped the team a lot during their stay and they were the ones who we played with last season,” said Molde at Filoil Flying V Centre. “And we’re still trying to fix our middle blocker position.”UP started the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on a three-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMolde added that it’s up to her and the other older players to try to patch up the hole the three graduates left in the team.“It’s up to us older players to improve and help the team because we’re now the seniors here,” said Molde who came into the UP program with fellow open hitter Diana Carlos, and skipper Ayel Estrañero Jocemer Tapic of Air Force unleashes a power hit as she defies UP’s triple-team defense made up of Rose Mary Cailing, Jessma Ramos and Isa Molde. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of the Philippines spiker Isa Molde said Wednesday the Lady Maroons are still adjusting to their life without the triumvirate of leaders who left the team right after Season 79 of the UAAP.Opposite hitter Nicole Tiamzon, middle blocker Kathy Bersola, and libero Pia Gaiser all left the UP program at the same time and Molde, who’s entering her third year, said they’re still trying to fill the void the three left in their team.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Bajrang Punia Denies Reports Saying He Had Sacked Personal Coach Shako Bentinidis

first_imgNew Delhi: Dismissing the report that he has sacked his personal coach Shako Bentinidis, star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Friday said the Georgian is very much in his team and he has no plans to make any change to his support staff.It has been reported that Bajrang, the only Indian to win three World Championship medals, has parted ways with Bentinidis. “I fail to understand who has said this and why? Shako is my coach and I should have been asked about it. I really felt bad after reading that frivolous report. There is no truth in it,” Bajrang told PTI, reacting to a media report.”He is my personal coach, arranged by JSW. This is beyond me to understand why it was reported that I have sacked him. Who is saying this and why? I don’t intend to change my coach,” added the world number one wrestler in 65kg.When contacted, JSW said neither they nor Bajrang at any stage wanted to let go Shako.”It is very clear to us that if Bajrang does not want to train with Shako, we will not have him. But neither Bajrang nor the WFI asked us to sack Shako. It’s already been one month that World Championship got over, if we had to take this step, we would have done right after that,” said Manisha Malhotra, Head of Sports Excellence and Scouting, JSW.The WFI though indeed was not happy with Bentinidis for pressing the protest button when the referee awarded four points to Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov for a throw during his semi-final bout during the Worlds.It had cost Bajrang an extra point which WFI felt robbed the Indian of a place in the final. WFI is also not happy that Bajrang’s leg defense is still very weak.It has also been learnt that Bentinidis had to even apologise to the WFI in Nur Sultan for taking that protest call.”I know Federation was not happy with his protest. But look at the bigger picture. Shako has got Bajrang to number one position in the world. He has done something correct with him,” Manisha defended Shako.”Yes he is abrasive. I agree. But nobody hired him for his personality. If he is getting the job done. It is okay.There is a lot of pressure on Bajrang to win medal at Olympics and so close to Olympics, it’s also not strategically a good move to change coach now at this stage, so there is no plan to change anything.”The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) said it has no information on the issue.”It’s a matter related to Bajrang and only he can decide if he wants Shako with him or not. We have not appointed him. We can’t tell wrestlers that you don’t train with so and so coach. We are concerned with the Olympic medal. If somebody does not train, we can force him to train but Bajrang is training and he has freedom to train with the coach of his choice,” WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar said.Shako rejected allegations that he took a bit of appearance money meant for Bajrang without informing him during the ‘Grapple at the Garden Beat the Streets’ event in New York.”I am as pure as a source of water,” Bentinidis told PTI from Georgia.”Do you think it is possible for me to call the US Federation and the organisers to say that give me Bajrang’s money?,” he asked.Both Bajrang and Manisha also backed the Georgian on the issue.”There is nothing like that,” said Bajrang.Manisha added, “I have also heard about it. If he did that, it’s very stupid of him because one day it would come out. I don’t think he did that, he is not that stupid.”Bentinidis said they have to quickly forget everything and start preparations for Tokyo.”I am no longer offended by anyone. I need support to prepare Bajrang for Tokyo. I am sure, by God’s grace, I will achieve my goal,” he said.Bajrang is undergoing rehabilitation for an elbow injury and will resume training with Bentinidis soon. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bajrang PuniajswShako BentinidisWFI First Published: October 18, 2019, 4:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova fails drug test, things to know about Meldonium

first_imgRussian tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open. The drug was only banned in January and there has been a string of failed tests by athletes in several sports since. (Hold your horses on Maria Sharapova, says Martina Navratilova) Here are some things to know about meldonium:WHO’S TESTED POSITIVE?As well as Sharapova, one of the world’s top ice dancers also said Monday that she tested positive.Ekaterina Bobrova is a former European champion who was part of the Olympic gold medal-winning Russian team at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She told Russian media the positive test was “a big shock.” Another Russian case last month saw cyclist Eduard Vorganov test positive. Besides notable Russians, Swedish media reported in February that former world champion 1,500-meter runner Abeba Aregawi had tested positive for meldonium. Two other cases involved Ukrainians competing in the winter sport of biathlon.WHAT DOES IT DO?Also marketed as mildronate, the website of the drug’s Latvian manufacturer Grindeks says meldonium gives sufferers of heart and circulatory conditions more “physical capacity and mental function” – and a similar boost to healthy people. Meldonium was banned because it aids oxygen uptake and endurance.WHO TAKES IT?Meldonium is most commonly used in Eastern European and ex-Soviet countries as a drug for people with heart conditions, but it’s also offered for sale online. There are also signs that a sizable minority of athletes were using before it was banned.In October, the U.S.-based Partnership for Clean Competition, an anti-doping group, said meldonium was found in 182 of 8,300 urine samples from athletes as part of a study part-funded by the PCC.advertisementHOW WAS IT BANNED?The World Anti-Doping Agency monitored the effects and use of meldonium before announcing in September that it would be declared a banned substance from Jan. 1, 2016.WADA declared the decision on its website more than three months before the ban, and it was also announced by the Russian anti-doping agency.Sharapova said she received an e-mail from WADA linking to information that meldonium would be banned ahead of the 2016 season but did not read the information at the time. Sharapova says she has been taking the drug for 10 years for numerous health issues.last_img read more