Premier League action tonight

first_imgIf Sunderland win then Norwich and Newcastle will go down but if the Black Cats fail to win Norwich can stay in the running with a win.After beating Chelsea at the weekend, Sunderland their boss Sam Allardyce says they can’t afford to take a win for granted.There are 3 fixtures in the Scottish Premiership tonight. Dundee host Kilmarnock, Hamilton meet Inverness Ross County play Motherwell and St Johnstone face Celtic. Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won’t put a time-frame on how long it will take to build a challenge for the League title under him.They play their final home match of the season against Chelsea this evening.Klopp hopes they can challenge at the top of the table in the next campaign.last_img

Keshi still needs help – Ex NFA Chairman

first_imgErstwhile Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, Kojo Williams is still celebrating Super Eagles victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.He is also celebrating the man who made it possible for Nigeria to break the 19-year wait before another Nations Cup victory.“Stephen Keshi has shown that he is a natural leader. A motivator. He has not only made history for himself, he has placed Nigeria in the consciousness of the world. He deserves all that an appreciative nation bestows on him”, Williams said on our hotline.However, Kojo Williams said that his joy for Keshi and the nation is more on the positive momentum this victory will bring for Nigerian football and as such has advised that the all-conquering coach works with a foreign coach to actualize the dream of producing a Nigerian team that can face any world team and come out unscathed.“This is where I think that Keshi needs help. He needs a sound coach with a technical and tactical input. I repeat, such a coach will have to work under Keshi. Keshi was a great defender and has a lot to offer the team. Let’s not be carried away by the euphoria of victory. We should be thinking of strengthening our team and I think that once we do this, we are on the right path to regaining the glory days of our football”.Williams identified the inept and myopic leadership of the past as to why some of the foreign technical hands could not function well. “They always go for wrong people. Nigerians are wise and know who the good coaches are. But we go to the wrong people and compromise with them. That is why we never got it right. Keshi has started a good job. We should work on it by bringing an expert that can work with him. All those saying no to foreign coach are not being realistic. And Keshi can’t say foreign coaches are carpenters. Frankly, I’m looking forward to the positive momentum this victory will bring to Nigerian football. We need to build it on it”, Williams emphasized.last_img read more

MLB cancels 2020 All-Star Game; Dodgers will host in 2022

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement released Friday. “I want to thank the Dodgers organization and the city of Los Angeles for being collaborative partners in the early stages of All-Star preparation and for being patient and understanding in navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic.  The 2022 All-Star celebration promises to be a memorable one with events throughout the city and at picturesque Dodger Stadium.”The Dodgers invested $100 million in a renovation of 58-year-old Dodger Stadium, partly in anticipation of hosting the All-Star Game for the first time since 1980. With MLB planning to play a 60-game regular season this year amid the coronavirus pandemic with no fans allowed to attend, canceling the All-Star Game became inevitable.“COVID-19 has forced us to make a lot of tough calls and sacrifices — and while it may have disrupted our plans for this year, we can’t wait to welcome baseball’s best to Los Angeles for the 2022 All-Star Game,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “The Dodgers have always brought Angelenos together and baseball has helped America heal time and again. I look forward to welcoming fans from all over the world to our city and Dodger Stadium for this Midsummer Classic.”For anyone who purchased tickets to the All-Star Game, Dodgers president Stan Kasten said the team would encourage them to keep that money on account with the team. But anyone who wants a refund can go to the team’s web site on Monday for instructions.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have not hosted an All-Star Game in 40 years. They will have to wait a little longer.Major League Baseball officially announced Friday that the abbreviated 2020 schedule will not include an All-Star Game. Dodger Stadium had been scheduled to host the game along with the sprawling network of activities like the Home Run Derby, FanFest and celebrity events.Instead, the Dodgers have been awarded hosting duties for the 2022 game. The 2021 game had already been awarded to the Atlanta Braves.It is the first time since 1945 that MLB has had to cancel its midsummer exhibition.last_img read more

Civil society cries foul over rewards

first_imgWhen it rains, it pours – at least for Indian cricket.The awards began coming in for the cricketers from various corners of the country much before the realisation of having won the most coveted trophy in the world had even sunk in. And what began as a trickle of awards soon fattened into a pattern with crores being added to the bank accounts of the members of the winning team as chief ministers of various states tried to go one up on each other in bestowing monetary benefits on the team.The politicians, as they are wont to do, have once again extracted crores of rupees from the tax payer’s hard-earned money, to give to players who, even though they deserve it, don’t need such performance bonuses. The cricketers mint money from various sponsorship and endorsements deals in any case and, throw in their fat Indian Premier League contracts, and their income becomes astronomical.The BCCI is also one of the richest sports bodies in the world and it is no secret that it controls the flow of money into international cricket. One would assume that in this era of annual contracts and big match fees, the cricket board’s bonuses would serve as a great performance bonus anyway.And yet, the Delhi government, which is already reeling under the multi-crore scam related to the Commonwealth Games, announced Rs 2 crore for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rs 1 crore each for the four Delhi players who were part of the World Cup-winning team.advertisementNot to be left behind, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chauhan announced an award of Rs 1 crore each for Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan. Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh will be given cash awards of Rs 1 crore each, while Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa announced the cricketers will be given a residential plot each from the Bangalore Development Authority.Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhrayal Nishank promised a residential plot or a house in Mussoorie for Dhoni and Tendulkar while the Tamil Nadu government announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore to the team and Rs 1 crore for Tamil Nadu player R Ashwin.The civil society, however, is indignant over these bonuses. Activist/photographer Parthiv Shah said: “The cricketers can’t be blamed for this as they are not asking for all these rewards. We should ask the chief ministers of states to tell us as to what protocol they have followed? They all want to draw mileage out of this big victory. A better way of celebration would have been to pool all this money into a fund to take care of cricketers and other sportspersons who have fallen on bad times. It would be better if cricketers could appeal that they don’t want any reward.” Activist Shabnam Hashmi labels the jamboree surrounding the World Cup win as vulgar.”There is a whole lot of truth to the rumours about matches being fixed. The whole business of cricket is vulgar,” she told Mail Today. Speaking on her way back from Barabanki, Hashmi added: “Weavers in Barabanki are living at starvation levels but no chief minister would come forward and announce some monetary assistance for them. I’ve nothing against honouring sportspersons but then, players of other disciplines too should be rewarded.” Artist Ram Rahman said: ” This sudden gifting is unexplained. No politician comes forward to help people like AK Hangal and we all know the state of penury that Ustad Bismillah Khan was reduced to.” Rahman feels that Sonia Gandhi’s rushing out to join celebrations at ITO was a better way of celebrating than distributing bounty.LARGESSE POURS INTamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi announced a cash award of Rs 3 crore for the team while a special award of Rs 1 crore was meant for offspinner R Ashwin, who hails from the state Four players working with Air India – captain MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina – would be promoted to the next rank Rs 2 crore for Dhoni and Rs 1 crore each for Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Ashish Nehra from the Delhi government Rs 1 crore each for Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan from Maharashtra Rs 1 crore each for Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh from Punjab Players to get a residential plot each from the Bangalore Development Authority Residential plots in Uttarakhand for Dhoni & Tendulkar.last_img read more

South China Sea disputes should resolve through peaceful negotiations: India

first_imgConcerned over rising tensions in the South China Sea , India has appealed to world community to ensure safety and security of sea lanes and freedom of navigation, amid reports that China has put up a Vietnamese petroleum block under exploration by an Indian firm for global bidding.Rajiv Bhatia, Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), the think-tank of the Indian foreign ministry, here on Tuesday said, “We in India are particularly concerned about rising tensions in East Sea/South China Sea.” “We attach importance to ensuring safety and security of sea lanes of communication as well as freedom of navigation. We favour resolution of all disputes and differences through peaceful means and negotiations,” said Rajiv Bhatia.China claims sovereignty over the South China Sea and contests Vietnamese claims to two strategic islands and its exclusive economic zones where India has been prospecting for oil at the bidding of Hanoi.Bhatia was addressing the inaugural session of a bilateral seminar on ‘India-Vietnam Strategic Partnership: Future Directions’ organised in collaboration with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.Stressing that the “strategic partnership” with Vietnam was one of its most important external relationships, Bhatia said the two countries needed to strengthen cooperation in regional and international fora to promote peace, stability, development and prosperity in East Asia.Bhatia said India’s relations with Vietnam were important because of the latter’s “significant position” in ASEAN. India was hosting the India-ASEAN summit in New Delhi early next year and celebrating the two decades of their “dialogue partnership”.”Vietnam enjoys a very positive image in my country,” Bhatia said.The conference, Bhatia noted, was an important initiative to connect the academic and strategic communities of the two countries to enhance various areas of cooperation, particularly energy, knowledge economy and regional security.Introducing ICWA, the director general noted that it was India’s unique and oldest think-tank in the field of foreign policy, established in 1943, drawing inspiration from the first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.He hoped the Track II exchanges would make a highly valuable contribution to the expanding dialogue between Vietnam and India.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Conor Coady: Stop talking about Europe

first_imgWolves captain Conor Coady: Stop talking about Europeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady insists there’s no room for Europe talk.They go to rock-bottom Fulham on Boxing Day having dropped to 10th after Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool – but they are still just four points off sixth.“We’ve gone from being in the Championship and people are talking about Europe,” said Coady.“We need to make sure we’re level-headed. We want to make sure we look at it game by game.“It (European talk) just doesn’t happen, all the lads will tell you nothing like that has been said in the changing room.“We haven’t looked too much at the league, you can move so much if you win, lose or draw. We’re the same as the boss, we don’t look too much into that. We’ve started the season alright, we’re where we wanted to be, we wanted to keep momentum going from last season.“Up to now it’s been okay but you look at games like Friday, we want to win games. It doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool or Fulham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNorwich boss Daniel Farke: Players didn’t let me down today

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich boss Daniel Farke: Players didn’t let me down todayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke says they must learn from defeat at Crystal Palace.Farve says that everyone must stick together to make Carrow Road a fortress, following the club’s 2-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.“It was clear that there would be difficult periods during this season,” he said. “To be competitive at this level is so difficult for us, especially with such a harsh injury situation. We have to stick together and show great commitment and desire.“The players didn’t let me down today, they tried everything and gave their heart. We just weren’t effective enough in using our chances. Carrow Road will be a fortress again next week. We have to go through this difficult time together.”He added: “There were some crucial periods in the game. We had to stand strong in the first 15 minutes and not allow them to have many chances. There was no need to concede the penalty because the striker was facing away from our goal. We have to be a bit more calm.” last_img read more

15 hours agoChelsea hero Nevin tells Lampard: Don’t spend big after transfer ban

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Nevin tells Lampard: Don’t spend big after transfer banby Freddie Taylor15 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin has urged the club not to spend big after their transfer ban concludes.The Blues are currently a six-match winning run thanks in large part to their flourishing contingent of academy graduates.Those youngsters have benefitted from Chelsea’s inability to buy any players until next summer, and Nevin thinks the club must resist ruining their development.He wrote on the club’s website: “Our young side have just deservedly beaten Ajax, the best young side in Europe, at their own ground and it was no fluke, Chelsea were the better team.”If we do the double over them on 5 November, does that then make us the best young side in Europe? If it does, then should Frank take a chance on ruining that progress with a bunch of new signings?”Why for example would you even consider buying, say, another centre-forward when Tammy Abraham has been superb and is absolutely definitely going to get even better? Well there could be a dip in form or an injury, or indeed he might just need a rest at some point.”We have got other strikers already on the roster. Michy’s goals-to-minutes-played figures are off the scale again this season for club and country, but what club or indeed manager would turn down a world-class player if he suddenly became available?”I hadn’t considered it at all this season, because with Chelsea lying fourth in the Premier League, who cares about next season right at this moment? Well the club has to, Frank has to and doing things at the last moment on a whim is generally not considered the best way to bring long-term success to any club. So forward planning is a given.”I suspect there will be a bit of a war chest available to Frank by the summertime, but unlike other clubs around us, such as Manchester United and maybe even Spurs, it doesn’t look like a whole new outfit is needed, just a few little jewels added to make the whole thing sparkle even more.”I wouldn’t be surprised however if the club takes precisely the opposite approach to previous seasons when these acquisitions are considered.”During the ‘Roman era’, how many world-class strikers of a certain age have come to the Bridge with, it has to be a said, varying levels of success? I almost can’t imagine Frank doing that, but I can imagine the scouts being sent out around the planet to find the next hot young thing who would fit into, or more likely grow into, this group and this system.” last_img read more

Police searching for suspects in shooting and armed robbery

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 9, 2017 – Nassau – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspects responsible for a shooting armed robbery that has left a man detained in hospital on Sunday 10th September 2017.According to reports, shortly after 12:00 am, a man was at his home located on Cowpen Road west of Faith Avenue, when five males armed with firearms approached and robbed him of cash. The man attempted to flee from his home and was shot. The suspects then fled on foot. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition is listed as stable.Investigations are ongoing.Suspect on bail for armed robbery found with illegal handgunConsistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police Officers took into custody a man on bail for armed robbery after an illegal handgun was found in his possession on Sunday 10th September 2017.According to reports, shortly after 1:30pm, officers assigned to the Mobile Division were on routine patrol in the area of Buttonwood Avenue, when they saw a male who aroused their suspicion. The male was accosted by the officers and searched. During the search of the male a Smith and Wesson Pistol with 17 rounds of ammunition was found in his possession.The male who is on bail for armed robbery and wearing an electronically monitoring device was subsequently arrested.Suspect arrested for drug possessionConsistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police took a man into custody following the seizure of a quantity of dangerous drugs on Sunday 10th September 2017.According to reports, around 10:00am, officers assigned to the Mobile Division actingon information conducted a search of a home of a male located at Derby Road, Yellow Elder, where they uncovered a quantity of marijuana. The male was subsequently taken into custody.Additionally, Mobile Division officers took eleven (11) other persons into custody over the past 24 hours for firearms, murder and outstanding criminal warrants. Press release: RBPFT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Fingerprint Firms Look to Unlock New Markets Beyond Smartphones

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters April 14, 2016 4 min read A tap of a finger could soon suffice to identify credit card shoppers and rail commuters, offering areas of new business for specialist companies which have benefited from the use of such technology in smartphones.Sweden’s Fingerprint Cards (FPC) sees biometric smart cards — those using fingerprint identification — becoming its fastest growing market as early as 2018, having already become the market leader in a crowded sector for supplying such sensors for smartphones.Others within the industry are not convinced the smart card business will take off so quickly, prompting questions about whether FPC can maintain its runaway rise in valuation.FPC’s share price surged around 1,600 percent last year as demand for fingerprint sensors in phones soared after Apple, which uses its own in-house supplier, helped to popularize the technology. FPC now has a market value of around $4.1 billion.Advocates say the technology offers greater security and simplicity when compared to techniques such as using pin codes to confirm identification.The fingerprint sensor business has a handful of companies supplying significant volumes today, with an equal number planning to enter the market. Three are based in the Nordic region where technology companies have thrived.Needing to maintain its momentum, FPC says it is in initial talks with potential big customers for smart cards. It declines to name names at this stage.”Our ambition for smart cards, and all other segments, is that we shall continue to be number one,” FPC’s Chief Executive Jorgen Lantto told Reuters.Silicon Valley firm Synaptics, the closest rival to FPC in sensors for smartphones, is more cautious on new markets.”It’s hard for me to project market share in a segment of the market (when) we’re not sure when it’s going to happen,” said Anthony Gioeli, vice president of marketing in the biometrics division of Synaptics.Sascha Behlendorf, a card systems product manager at Germany’s Giesecke & Devrient, one of the top three smart card makers, expects widespread adoption of biometrics in smart cards could take some five to 10 years.Range of usesGothenburg-based FPC has been around for almost two decades, building a technology business based on an old Swedish fingerprinting patent. That left it well placed when the market expanded and it has also benefited by hiring staff from Nokia and Ericsson as their mobile phone businesses declined.Analysts say expectations for new markets have helped to underpin the huge leap in valuation for FPC.However, Carnegie analyst Havard Nilsson this week cut his recommendation for FPC to “sell” from “hold”, citing what he called unwarranted share price appreciation and repeated his target price of 450 crowns. The shares traded at 524 crowns on Thursday.”Given that smartphones should constitute 60-70 percent of the global addressable market (in 2020), we do not believe new verticals, such as smart cards, will be able to compensate for competitive pressure in consumer electronics,” Nilsson wrote.He sees earnings per share peaking at 37 crowns in 2018.Beyond payments, biometric smart cards could be used to allow access to buildings and IT-systems, according to FPC. Keyless entry to cars is another potential major market, as are wearable products such as watches or wristbands serving as a substitute identity card. FPC includes such applications in its forecasts for “other segments” of business.FPC sees a total addressable market for this part of its business of roughly 100 million sensors in 2017 and around 500 million in 2018. It is the only player so far to make specific forecasts for these new markets.”We talk to a lot of players and companies come to us. There is substance behind our numbers,” Lantto said, adding that FPC has held talks with a handful of big potential smart card clients since last autumn.Most suppliers of fingerprint sensors, including FPC, use 3D imaging technology for recognition of a fingerprint, while Next Biometrics in Norway uses heat sensing technology.IDEX, another Norwegian competitor, roughly shares FPC’s forecasts for segments beyond smartphones for the coming few years, Chief Financial Officer Henrik Knudtzon said.IDEX, which last summer entered a partnership with an unnamed global payments company for biometric applications, is integrating its sensors into smart cards with partners and expects shipments to start toward the end of this year, Knudtzon said.(Reporting by Olof Swahnberg; Editing by Eric Auchard and Keith Weir) Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more