“Bale has not contributed for a long time”

first_imgAlignment: “I was expecting Bale because he has not contributed for a long time. He is not in the best form. The substitute of Kroos I see as normal because they play four midfielders and Sunday has an important game. They are technical decisions.”Lack of goal: “He lacks the offensive power he had in recent years and there is no other player apart from Benzema. When you don’t have this power, the things that happened tonight happen to you. I’m optimistic but with 1-2 it is difficult.” Pedja Mijatovic He went through the microphones of “El Larguero” of the SER to assess the defeat of Real Madrid against Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League.Comeback: “I am always optimistic. Madrid is able to play a good game. You have to be realistic. This result is very negative. You have to touch the perfection to move into the quarter.”Match: “Madrid has controlled the game without arriving. Vinicius and Courtois have played a good game. Madrid cannot say that it has played a good game and has had two chances. The City has played as it wanted. In three weeks Madrid can recover the best form. Several players have not been at their best form. “last_img read more

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Prison officers being paid to expose rogue colleagues

first_imgAs the Guyana Prison Service continues its quest to stamp out corruption, the route to success has been spiced up with prison officers now being rewarded with incentives valuing as much as $25,000 to expose criminal activities.Director of Prisons, Gladwin SamuelsThis was announced on Monday by Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, via a statement to the media.“The Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Prison Service would like to see officers speak out on corruption at all levels. As such, Officers are encouraged to help in this fight. For all those officers who come forward with details that can result in detection and prosecution, they will be given an incentive of between $15,000 (and) $25,000,” he said.The Director’s statements come at a time when the smuggling of contraband into prisons has peaked in recent days. Last Saturday, the Joint Services carried out a countrywide search at the various penitentiaries. The raids were conducted at the Georgetown, Lusignan, Mazaruni, New Amsterdam, and Timehri prisons.The six-and-a-half-hour-long exercise, which commenced at 06:00h, resulted in the discovery of over 275 contraband items, ranging from weapons and cellphones to homemade wine and pepper sauce.A full list of the contraband found included 28 cellular phones; in excess of 30 cellphone chargers and batteries; six USB cables; four SIM cards; a memory card; and four earplugs; along with a quantity of cigarettes and cannabis; 84 cigarette lighters; ashtrays, and 20 smoking utensils.In addition, over 65 improvised weapons, five pairs of scissors, a staple machine and a quantity of razor blades, nails, wire, sand paper and small boulders were found. The ranks also unearthed 24 metal spoons, a tattoo machine, two mirrors, playing cards, as well as bottles of homemade wine and pepper sauce.Except for the Lusignan Prison, there was no other incident during the exercise. At the East Coast Demerara penitentiary, inmates in the Holding Bay hurled stones and other objects at the Police and prison ranks; however there were no injuries reported.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the local prison system, and this is compounded by the fact that both prison and Police Officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough in the apparent network among rogue officers. In fact, only last week, two prison ranks were fingered in contraband smuggling at two separate facilities.One of the officers was caught on camera with a parcel containing 1032 grams marijuana and 39 packs of cigarettes, which was thrown over the fence at the New Amsterdam Prison and been hidden in the facility’s kitchen. He later admitted to committing the act.The other rank was taken into custody after an inmate at the Timehri Prison was found with a container of 584 grams of marijuana in the compound. The prisoner said he was given the narcotic by the officer, who has since denied the allegation.Meanwhile, last month, four Prison officers were arrested after they smuggled a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the Lusignan Prison the weekend prior.These officers were subsequently charged and interdicted from duty.Furthermore, five other Prison officers were relieved of their duties back in July after they were fingered in an incident wherein a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.last_img read more

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Girls’ basketball notes: Titles on the line this weekend

first_imgThe three remaining games will all take place Saturday, with Village Christian set to face Whittier Christian of La Habra in the Div. V-AA final at 9:30 a.m. at the Pyramid. Kris Contangco and Alex Dill each average double figures for the No. 2-seed Crusaders (24-6), while top-seed Whittier Christian (23-6) is led by Whitley Brown’s 12 points and nine rebounds per game. Immediately following that game, Flintridge Prep will meet Laguna Hills in the Div. IV-A final. The No. 2-seed Rebels (24-3) have never played in a girls’ basketball final, and winning their first title won’t come easy against top-seed Laguna Hills (24-4). Flintridge Prep is riding a 16-game winning streak, but Laguna Hills heads into Saturday winners of 12 in a row. Later that night, Taft will attempt to win its first City Section title against Washington of Los Angeles at 8 p.m. at the Sports Arena. “I’m so excited to reach the final,” Marshall said. “We’re making history right now.” No. 3 seed Bishop Conaty-Loretto (14-11) is led by Jessica Orozco and Carol Vasquez, who each average 10 points per game. Four local girls’ basketball teams will compete for championships this weekend: L.A. Baptist of North Hills; Village Christian of Sun Valley; Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge; and Taft of Woodland Hills. L.A. Baptist faces Bishop Conaty-Loretto of Los Angeles in the Southern Section Div.V-A final at 3 p.m. today at the Pyramid in Long Beach. The top-seeded Knights (20-6) are led by Andrenna Marshall, whose area-best 25.7 points per game have catapulted the team to the first Southern Section title game in school history. center_img The top-seeded Toreadors (22-2) enter the game having won an area-best 22 straight games. Autumn Davis leads Taft with 15 points per game, while her team-high 60 3-pointers provides the team with a legitimate outside presence. Mykieh Russell averages a team-high 11 points for No. 6 seed Washington (22-6), which upset No. 2 Dorsey of Los Angeles 56-53 last Friday. kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bush veto sustained; talks start

first_imgThe veto vote hewed closely to party lines, with 220 Democrats and two Republicans in favor of overriding the president, and 196 Republicans and seven Democrats voting to sustain him. Despite the magnitude of the issue, Bush’s victory on the veto was a foregone conclusion, and the one-hour debate on the House floor lacked suspense. While Pelosi and other Democrats took turns criticizing Bush, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, said that terrorists had made Iraq the central focus of their war against the United States. “If we’re not going to stand up to them in Iraq, we’re not going to take them on in Iraq and defeat them there, where and when will we do it?” he asked. The day’s developments unfolded as the fourth of five brigades ordered into the war zone in January poured into Baghdad. Bush decided on the increased deployment as part of an attempt to quell sectarian violence. It was only the second time in 6 years he has rejected a bill sent to him. In his formal veto message, he wrote that “the micromanagement in this legislation is unacceptable.” He also claimed the original bill was unconstitutional for directing war operations “in a way that infringes upon the powers vested in the presidency.” Outside the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bristled at that claim. “We are not going to be submitting our legislation to somebody at one of the law schools to look for its constitutionality. We have an obligation, under the terms of the Constitution, to legislate,” he said. “That’s our job.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There was early talk in both parties of setting goals for the government of Iraq to meet as it strives to develop a self-defending, democratic society, but no agreement on what form the goals should take or on how – or whether – to enforce them. “Make no mistake, Democrats are committed to ending this war,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said on a day of carefully scripted political drama at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. “We hope to do so in unison with the president of the United States.” At the same time, Republicans who have helped Bush sustain his position quickly signaled a new impatience with a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,300 U.S. troops. “Obviously the president would prefer a straight funding bill – no benchmarks, no conditions, no reports. Many of us on both sides of the aisle don’t agree with that,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. She expressed interest in a proposal to cut reconstruction aid to Iraq if the Baghdad government does not live up to its promises. Collins’ sentiment was echoed by several House Republicans, who said that while they had cast their votes to sustain the veto, they wanted to signal impatience with the administration’s policy and a war that is unpopular with the public. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not yet ready to differ publicly with the White House. WASHINGTON – Congress failed to override President George W. Bush’s veto of legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq on Wednesday, a defeat for anti-war Democrats that triggered immediate talks on a new measure to fund the conflict. The 222-203 House vote was 62 shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. With few exceptions, Republicans stood fast with Bush in the wartime clash. The original vote on the bill was 218-208. “I’m confident we can reach agreement,” the president said moments after the vote as he sat down at the White House with leaders of the Democratic-controlled Congress, who have vowed repeatedly to force him to change his war policy. Democrats flashed defiance, yet signaled they were ready to make significant concessions, such as jettisoning a troop-withdrawal timetable and cutting some of the domestic funds that Bush opposes as part of the bill. last_img read more

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES RORY!

first_imgSPORTS commentator and journalist Charlie Collins was on hand to make sure Rory Kavanagh’s recent retirement from county senior football didn’t pass unnoticed.Charlie was at the St Eunan’s Presentation Dinner Dance in Mount Errigal Hotel last night as the Letterkenny club celebrated brining senior, reserve and U21 county titles to the parishes.The club presented Rory with a picture of him in action against Mayo in the All Ireland Final in 2012 to mark his retirement from inter-county football.  THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES RORY! was last modified: January 24th, 2015 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:PresentationRory KavanaghSt Eunanslast_img read more

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ASTI encourages teachers to share pictures from picket line tomorrow

first_imgOver half of Ireland’s secondary schools will remain closed today when 17,500 teachers will withdraw from their supervisory and substitution duties due to The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) strike, affecting 200,000 students across 400 schools.Don’t forget to share your photos from the picket line on Tuesday #equalpay https://t.co/ttGm1f7ukR— ASTI (@astiunion) November 6, 2016In addition to withdrawing from supervisory and substitution duties, the ASTI have organised six strike days over the next month, with the first strike commencing tomorrow. The ASTI are encouraging teachers who are striking to share their pictures from the picket line to reinforce the sense of solidarity felt by teachers across the country.To share your picture from the picket line on Twitter, tag @astiunion and use the hashtag #equalpay Strike days are as follows;Tuesday, November 8thWednesday, November 16thThursday, November 24thTuesday, November 29thTuesday, December 6thWednesday, December 7th  To see if your school will be affected by the strike click here.ASTI encourages teachers to share pictures from picket line tomorrow was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

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Warriors Report: Has the matchup with the Thunder lost its luster?

first_img“ … OAKLAND — The Warriors wrapped up shootaround Wednesday morning in anticipation of Wednesday’s matchup against the Thunder.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.Has the Thunder-Warriors matchup lost its luster?Durant has played against the Thunder eight times since he left Oklahoma City to sign with the Warriors in 2016, beating his former team six of the eight games. Heading into his latest matchup with Oklahoma City, Durant says the matchup isn’t what it used to be.last_img

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Is Dark Matter Going Out of Style?

first_imgDark matter has been a staple in cosmological theories for decades.  One of the initial reasons was that galaxy rotation curves could not be explained without it.  Another was that galaxy clusters, to be held together over long ages, needed more “stuff” to bind them.  Finally, Big Bang cosmologists invoke copious amounts of dark matter and (more recently) dark energy to make their models work.  What the dark matter is has remained an unanswered question.  If it were normal “baryonic” matter we would see it, and it would not be “dark” (i.e., undetectable by current methods).    On the scale of galaxies, a paper in the Astrophysical Journal has undermined some of the justification for dark matter.  Brownstein and Moffat found a way to account for galaxy rotation curves without it1 (see also summary on EurekAlert).    On the cosmological scale, two other papers show that dark matter and dark energy are not simple parameters to model.  An American-Israeli team writing in Astrophysical Journal2 put constraints on cosmological simulations of dark matter halos and showed the picture is complex: “the clear separation of the evolution of an individual halo into series of quiescent and violent phases explains the inability to fit its entire evolution by simple scaling relations, in agreement with previous studies,” they wrote.  A news story in Science3 described some of the ruckus over dark energy’s role in the cosmos.  Specifically, astronomers are arguing about using gamma-ray bursts as a “standard candle” to infer the history of dark energy in cosmological theories.  See also the reprint on EurekAlert of a report from New Scientist that said, “the result stressed how little we know about dark energy and the need for different approaches.”1J. R. Brownstein and J. W. Moffat, “Galaxy Rotation Curves without Nonbaryonic Dark Matter,” Astrophysical Journal 636:721-741, 2006 January 10, 2006.2Romano-Diaz et al., “Constrained Cosmological Simulations of Dark Matter Halos,” Astrophysical Journal 637:L000, 2006 February 1, 2006.3Robert Irion, “Astronomers Push and Pull Over Dark Energy’s Role in Cosmos,” Science 20 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5759, p. 316, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5759.316.In the history of science, practitioners sometimes invoked “imponderable substances” in their theories.  These included phlogiston, caloric, wound salve, ether, electricity, magnetism, and animal magnetism.  Some of these substances went the way of the dodo, others became staples of science.  So far, it appears that cosmologists are in the dark about dark matter (put “dark matter” in the search box above and see).  It will be interesting to see how future astronomers look back on this period.  Till established, theories built on dark matter should be treated like phlogiston theory or The Force.  Duct tape is like The Force.  It has a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together – at least as well as dark matter.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Real-Time Collaboration Has Stalled…For Now

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… We believe the changes in real-time collaboration will occur when the social web becomes more fully a part of the work day. That means a whole range of changes that we are just starting to see with offerings from companies like Socialtext, Socialcast and Jive Software. And of course, there are the big players like Microsoft’s Sharepoint.In the end, Shadler says it is a critical time to get that reality check in place and listen to what the workers say: CIOs have plenty of scars from the failure of previous technology investments to thrill and delight the workforce. By asking workers what they truly need or why they don’t think they need a new technology, this benchmark will lay the groundwork to prevent future failures. I asked Schadler if the definition for real-time collaboration needs to change and if it may be misleading to keep social technologies separate from the definition. He reminded me that the report is what people are saying right now. It’s a wake up call, a reality injection about how we perceive the market. Most don’t have access to applications that integrate real-time activity streams. They don’t even know their company has tools like web conferencing.That said, the “future looks rosy,” for the real-time enterprise, Schadler said. This is due in part for the need to bolster one-dimensional applications such as instant messaging and for that matter, email. For example, a next generation email application may have its own incoming activity stream, allowing information to be pulled out of the black hole that we know as the inbox.Increased use of smart phones may bridge the gap for workers, especially of the Genertion Y set, but improvements are needed as well in search. It’s also important to recognize that self-service is very popular among information workers. Better online training can help speed adoption. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williamscenter_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now A Forrester study reports that real-time collaboration has stalled in the enterprise due in most part to the lack of adoption in technologies such as web conferencing and instant messaging. That may be true with existing technologies but it is important to note the new generation of applications that extend real-time collaboration tools.The State Of Workforce Technology Adoption by Forrester is definitely comprehensive in its examination of how people use technology in the workforce. It’s a mass market report, meaning this is how people use technology today. They surveyed 2,001 “information workers” at organizations with 100 or more employees. It is Forrester’s first report in this realm. It covers devices, productivity, mobility, collaboration, intranet portals and Web 2.0. In September, we covered the Gen Y aspect of the report. In this post, we will look at the other findings of the study and how the information presented connects to current trends, especially in the real-time enterprise.Forrester analyst Ted Schadler wrote the report. He makes the point that the purpose of the study is to walk a mile in the shoes of the information worker.These are information workers who:Predominantly use desktop computers: 76% Have a pent up demand for smart phones: Just 11% use them at work Rely on email for most everythingDo not really use traditional collaboration tools such as web conferencing and intant messagingJust look at how dominating email has become and you see the challenges to real-time collaboration.last_img read more

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The Voice of Reason Lies

first_imgThe voice of reason is a governor. It’s job is to tell you what you can’t believe, what you can’t do, what you can’t have. It reminds you that you are unreasonable when you think beyond what is “normal.”The voice of reason provides limits. It limits your imagination. It limits your vision. It limits your desires. The voice of reason reminds you that you aren’t supposed to exceed the “natural” limits that have been established by others, by custom, by nature.The voice of reason likes averages. It doesn’t like things too hot, that would mean that things are going too well, and at any minute the roof could cave in. It doesn’t like things too cool, either. That would mean things aren’t going well enough, and that means that any time the bottom might fall out. The voice of reason loves mediocrity.The voice of reason tells you to withhold your gift. It tells you to hold your tongue, not to speak, not to draw attention to yourself, not to stand out. If you are unreasonable, you will open yourself up to criticism. People will judge you, and other people’s judgments may hurt. It reminds you how many other people just like you sacrificed their gifts, choosing the reasonable path of the average.But the voice of reason lies. None of what it recommends is reasonable.It is unreasonable to live a life of quiet desperation. It is unreasonable to deny your imagination, the bigger vision you see for yourself, your hopes and your dreams.It is unreasonable to be average, to withhold your gifts to avoid the critics and the cynics. It is unreasonable not to make the difference that only you can make.It is unreasonable not to go all in on your life’s work, your life’s dream, your mission, and your purpose. Why does the voice of reason believe you are here? As a casual observer?The voice of reason lies. Nothing it recommends is reasonable. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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