BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgChelsea won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League six wins and six draws to 12 games. But they have already lost four at home, a fifth would represent their most Stamford Bridge defeats since 1995-96. On Wednesday, Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 with a late goal from Xherdan Shaqiri to move into seventh place.EVERTON VSWEST HAMEverton are unbeaten in their past eight Barclays Premier League away games but at Goodison Park they have won just four; they need to win three of their remaining five home games to avoid setting a new low for home successes. On Wednesday, West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 with a Michail Antonio goal to move into sixth place.NEWCASTLE VSBOURNEMOUTH,Bournemouth beat English south-coast neighbours Southampton 2-0 at home on Tuesday with the Cherries keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season. The Cherries have met Newcastle just three times in the league and lost all three. In their only previous visit to St James’ in the league, in September 1989, they lost 2-1 and when the teams met at Bournemouth earlier this season they lost 1-0.SOUTHAMPTON VSSUNDERLAND,Saints have won seven and lost five of their 14 home games. If they win each of their remaining five games at St Mary’s they will set a club record of 12 home Premier League victories. Their previous best was 11, set in 2000-01 and again last season. Sunderland have already conceded a massive 37 away goals in 14 away games, just two fewer than their record in the Premier League (39 conceded in the 1999-00 campaign).SWANSEA VSNORWICHThe Swans have won just four home games; their previous fewest home league wins is six (in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and they have just five games in which to avoid setting a new club record in the Premier League. Norwich, meanwhile, have lost 10 and drawn two of their 14 away games but when the teams met at Carrow Road in November, the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Jonny Howson.CRYSTAL PALACE VSLIVERPOOLCrystal Palace have now gone 11 games in the Barclays Premier League without a win; their last victory was in December at Stoke, while they last won at home against Southampton, also in the last month of last year. But Palace have won their last three league games, home and away, against Liverpool and are unbeaten in the last four.last_img read more

Man charged with possession of child porn

first_imgA Grande Prairie man was arrested Thursday on charges of sexual interference and possession of child pornography.The RCMP say they received information regarding alleged incidents that occurred between June and August, involving two female victims who are both under 16 years old- Advertisement -The 50 year-old had a hearing Friday morning and was released on $2,000 bail and with undisclosed conditions.His first court appearance is set for Sep. 8.last_img

Debate on Iraq measure blocked

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The proposal, by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., says Congress should neither cut nor eliminate funding for troops in the field. That measure takes no position on the war or the president’s decision to deploy additional forces. Democrats sought passage of a measure, supported by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., that is critical of the administration’s new Iraq policy.. Gregg’s alternative said Congress should not take “any action that will endanger United States military forces in the field, including the elimination or reduction of funds for troops in the field, as such an action with respect to funding would undermine their safety or harm their effectiveness in pursuing their assigned missions.” The measure advanced by Democrats and Warner said the same thing, but it also said the Senate “disagrees with the `plan’ to augment our forces by 21,500 and urges the president instead to consider all options and alternatives.” WASHINGTON – Republicans blocked a full-fledged Senate debate over Iraq on Monday, but Democrats vowed they would eventually find a way to force President George W. Bush to change course in a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. troops. “We must heed the results of the November elections and the wishes of the American people,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, D-Nev., spoke moments before a vote that sidetracked a nonbinding measure expressing disagreement with Bush’s plan to deploy an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq. The 49-47 vote was 11 short of the 60 needed to go ahead with debate, and left the fate of the measure uncertain. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky described the test vote as merely a “bump in the road” that could possibly be overcome within hours. GOP lawmakers “welcome the debate and are happy to have it,” he said, adding they were insisting on equal treatment for an alternative measure expected to draw strong support. last_img

PSG see off Monaco to seal fifth straight League Cup

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint Germain players celebrate after winning the French Ligue One with a 3-0 win over Monaco on March 31, 2018.BORDEAUX, France, Apr 1- Paris Saint-Germain claimed their fifth consecutive French League Cup title as an Edinson Cavani double helped them ease to a 3-0 victory over Monaco in Saturday’s final at Bordeaux.The Uruguayan gave PSG an eighth-minute lead from the penalty spot after a lengthy delay for a video assistant referee review, before Angel Di Maria beat Danijel Subasic at his near post to make it two and Cavani completed the scoring late on. Kylian Mbappe was a constant menace and perhaps the difference between the two sides, as his current team beat his former club for the second successive final after last year’s 4-1 victory.“Tonight there was a great Kylian on the other side, he was the difference in the game,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.“I think we played with the right attitude, always tried to look for a goal after the penalty.”The capital club’s win also extended their all-time record amount of League Cup crowns to eight and stretched their winning streak in domestic Cup competitions to 40 matches since a French Cup defeat by Montpellier in January 2014.The holders were awarded a spot-kick after only four minutes, as Polish centre-back Kamil Glik brought down Mbappe.After a three-minute wait for the decision to be confirmed by VAR, Cavani stepped up to beat Subasic and grab his 34th goal of the season.Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring during their French Ligue 3-0 victory over Monaco on March 31, 2018.Monaco responded well and Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans fired over after some quick build-up play.But PSG doubled their advantage in the 21st minute as Mbappe set Di Maria through on goal with a wonderful pass, and the Argentinian international fired a low shot under goalkeeper Subasic to score for the third League Cup final in a row.Rony Lopes wasted a golden opportunity for Monaco to halve the deficit as he chipped wide with only PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to beat.Just seconds later it was Cavani’s turn to squander a magnificent chance, miskicking off target after Mbappe had laid the ball on a plate for him with the goal gaping.Trapp’s blushes were spared shortly afterwards, as after his error allowed a Radamel Falcao header to drop into the net, VAR ruled the goal out for offside.Jardim’s Monaco put up a much better fight than 12 months ago, and Portuguese winger Lopes came agonisingly close early in the second half when his curling effort flicked the top of the crossbar.Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco in a 180-million-euro deal last year, continued to look dangerous but proved wasteful in front of goal as he prodded past the post just two minutes after Subasic had saved at his feet.But the 19-year-old continued to create opportunities, and it was his jinking run which ended with Cavani slotting into the corner.The striker has now scored eight goals in French League Cup finals, after previous doubles in 2014, 2015 and last year.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FA critical of Burnley fans over Bong taunts

first_img0Shares0000Brighton defender Gaetan Bong (R) – FA condemns taunts he received from Burnley fans on Saturday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 30 – The Football Association has condemned the Burnley fans who taunted Brighton defender Gaetan Bong during Saturday’s goalless draw at Turf Moor.Cameroon international Bong accused West Bromwich Albion forward Jay Rodriguez, a former Burnley player, of racially abusing him during a match in January. That charge was found not proven but the FA said it was satisfied the complaint was “made in absolute good faith”, prompting a disagreement between the feuding players on social media.Bong was subjected to prolonged booing throughout the match against Burnley and also had to endure ugly chants from Clarets supporters.“The FA considers the behaviour of some supporters on Saturday towards Gaetan Bong to be unacceptable,” a statement read.“It needs repeating, following the recent disciplinary matter, that there was no suggestion by any party involved in that case that the player made a malicious or fabricated complaint.“The FA was wholly satisfied that the complaint was made in absolute good faith.“The FA takes all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and continues to encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.”Speaking after the game, Brighton manager Chris Hughton had said: “I would have to say that I thought the reaction of the Burnley supporters towards Gaetan every time he got the ball was shameful, I really do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West B-ball in sad state

first_img my calculations, as rudimentary as they may be, Arizona, UCLA and Washington would be the only teams representing the Pacific-10 Conference, unless one of them didn’t win the hypothetical conference tournament final held at the Staples Center this past Saturday, which would put four in the field. And the Big West, Big Sky, Mountain West, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences would be represented by only their conference tournament winners, unless Gonzaga (WCC) and Nevada (WAC) stumbled in their hypothetical tournaments last week. When was the last time as few as a collective eight teams from those conferences have been in an NCAA Tournament? Perhaps. The national perception of the Pac-10 has been hampered due to the so far disappointing seasons turned in by Arizona, Cal, Oregon and Stanford. As for the Big West, if you’re looking for a one-word description, “bad” will do just fine. No offense to Pat Douglass, a heck of a coach, and his UC Irvine program, but what does it tell you when the Anteaters are 4-0 in the Big West, but were 4-8 in nonconference games, including losses to Cal State Stanislaus, Arkansas-Monticello and UC Davis, two days after Long Beach State beat the Aggies? There I go asking rhetorical questions again. In recent seasons, the WCC had at least one team capable of bagging an at-large bid, other than Gonzaga, and that’s how Saint Mary’s got in last year. But that isn’t the case this season. And the Mountain West has only one team (Air Force) that could build a decent case, based on nonconference wins over Miami and Georgia Tech, and a close loss at Washington, for an at-large bid. Sorry for spewing out the negativity, folks. More college basketball Their Pacific-10 game with rival USC Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion will mean more to the UCLA Bruins, conference-wise and emotions-wise. But when Ben Howland’s team plays host to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Westwood, the Bruins could be facing as dangerous a club as there is right now. The Mountaineers, who had a 20-point lead on Louisville in the first half before losing to the Cardinals in a regional final in Albuquerque last March, take a 12-game winning streak and 4-0 Big East record into their game at Providence tonight. They hit 20 shots from behind the arc in a 19-point win over Marquette on Saturday. Many of the NBA talent evaluators who were in the Southland last week for the Washington and Washington State games at UCLA and USC some of which were in the Walter Pyramid Friday night to watch Pacific’s Christian Maraker left convinced that Washington’s 6-5 senior Brandon Roy is the best NBA prospect in the Pac-10. “He’s the prototypical NBA shooting guard,” said one scout not prone to hyperbole. Another Husky, 6-7 Bobby Jones, is also helping his stock with NBA types. Jones, who spent his first three years at Dominguez High before spending his senior season at Poly, did himself and his team, which swept the Trojans and Bruins proud with his defensive effort against USC’s Gabe Pruitt and UCLA’s Arron Afflalo, a Centennial High product. File this under the “stuff you don’t see often” heading: After a drive by Long Beach State’s Aaron Nixon Sunday afternoon in the Walter Pyramid against Cal State Northridge, the ball rolled onto the back of the rim … and stayed there. The ball rested on the rim and against the glass, forcing an alternate-possession situation, the arrow was pointed in the Matadors’ direction. And, after drilling his first five shots four of those deep 3-pointers for 14 points over the first 5:48 in that game, Long Beach guard Jibril Hodges missed his final 10 field-goal attempts. Freaky. High school hoopla A triple-header will be played at Artesia High Saturday evening, with nonleague matchups pitting Poly vs. Serra (5:30), Artesia vs. Taft (7) and Centennial vs. Fairfax (8:30). The Dominguez High Dons, after convincing victories over Gahr the second-best team in the San Gabriel Valley League and Westchester, the co-favorite, with Fairfax, to win the L.A. City title, last week, appear to be rounding into the kind of form they were expected to play at before losing four games in December. Barring a major upset, Dominguez will face Mater Dei in the Southern Section Div. II-AA final in the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim on March 4. Two of the best juniors in the West, Taylor King of Mater Dei and Jamelle Horne of San Diego, committed to Duke and Arizona, respectively, King on Thursday and Horne on Monday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If the overall state of the quality of college basketball in the West this season seems more than just a bit sub-par to you, congratulations: You’ve been paying attention. If the NCAA Tournament was scheduled to start this week and that would be so cool there would be just eight teams from Western conferences in the 65-team field. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita It was 20 years ago, when just Arizona, Washington (from the Pac-10), UNLV (from the Big West), Pepperdine (WCC), Utah, UTEP (from the WAC) and Montana State (the Big Sky) were in the field. And how “long” ago, was that, literally? Well, the Long Beach Arena was the site to some of the first-and second-round games, and Lute Olson had his second Arizona tournament team there and Jim Harrick was still the Pepperdine coach. And his team lost a first-round game in Long Beach to Maryland, which was led by one of the greatest players to never play in the NBA. That was Len Bias, who died just days after the Boston Celtics drafted him No. 1 overall. But I digress … Is it “just one of those seasons,” collectively, for the Western-based programs? last_img read more

Kids protest park sewer plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The project is part of the Department of Public Works’ plan for addressing needs for future wastewater, recycled water and storm water. One of the recommendations is to build a new sewage line from Toluca Lake to Glendale. The city is considering one of two shaft sites for the line: the park and a Caltrans maintenance yard. An environmental impact report released in December stated that construction at Woodbridge Park would have a “potentially significant” effect on the area, including closure of the park for four years, increased noise and the possible release of toxic substances. “We are park-poor in the city of Los Angeles,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, whose district includes Studio City. “Over my dead body will they use this park for the sewer construction project.” Adel Hagekhalil, division manager for Public Works’ Bureau of Sanitation, said nothing has been finalized. STUDIO CITY – While some boys played football and a few adults walked their dogs, a group of children marched around Woodbridge Park on Monday chanting: “Save Our Park!” They were joined by about 200 children and adults at a rally to stop the city from using the neighborhood playground for a future sewer project. “It’s the greatest park ever,” said one of the young activists, 9-year-old Chris Gates, who attends Oakwood Elementary next door. “We don’t want the sewer system here,” 10-year-old Ben Griswold, who was holding the protest sign, chimed in. “We don’t want to smell sewage everyday.” “This input from the community is essential to what we are trying to do,” he said. “If we can work something out with Caltrans, I think that is something that will be more desirable to the community.” The Caltrans yard is about 150 yards east of Woodbridge, on Moorpark Street near Highway 170. Greuel said she would work with the state-run agency to make sure there were no “roadblocks” to using the maintenance yard for the sewer construction. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3436 brad.greenberg@dailynews.com 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

Ramón Laureano’s rapid rise to A’s Opening Day leadoff man

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTOKYO — Things were a lot different for Ramón Laureano just a year ago.Around this time in 2018, the A’s center fielder was frustrated in extended spring training down in Arizona in the aftermath of breaking his left pinky finger after he was hit by a pitch in a Cactus League game. The injury robbed him of re-establishing himself as a top prospect with his new organization after the Houston Astros had soured on him …last_img read more

Florida Virtual School: Is This What the School of the Future Will Look Like?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Learning#web Although there’s been much talk that the future of education will be online, the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the country’s first state-wide Internet-based public high school, is actually over a decade old. So for the 97,000 students who took classes via FLVS during the past school year, that future of online education is here now.FLVS doesn’t grant any degrees or diplomas, but it does offer more than 125 accredited courses, including the core subjects, honors classes, world languages, electives, and 14 Advanced Placement courses. There are no textbooks; all the material is online, and the instruction happens via the Web, email and phone. (The video below is a sample from the American History course, which all takes place inside an online game, but most courses at FLVS aren’t offered that way.)Students can enroll full or part-time, and according to FLVS officials, most students take the online courses to supplement their coursework at their local, “brick and mortar” schools, particularly when those schools don’t offer specific classes. About 66% of the students enrolled in FLVS attend other public schools.Teaching and Learning OnlineFLVS does not follow the traditional school calendar – 8 a.m. ’til 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday, fall thru spring. Rather, enrollment and classes happen on an ongoing basis. Students select the month they prefer to start the class, and the FLVS tries to place them with an available instructor. Courses last about 16 to 18 weeks, but they are asynchronous, meaning students are able to study the material when they want and at their own pace. FLVS has about 1,200 staff, and although FLVS teachers all have a Florida teaching certificate, they’re not all Florida residents, something that teaching online enables (and that time-zones and “anytime learning” demand.) The school trains teachers for online instruction and tries to recruit new teachers who are specifically interested in this sort of teaching environment. And as FLVS was founded in 1997 and has a long history of working in online education, the school touts itself as both a resource and a model.Funding an Online Education: Public or Private?FLVS is part of the Florida public education system, serving students in all 67 of the state’s districts. As such, courses are free to Florida residents. But the school is open to any middle and high schooler anywhere, with tuition fees for non-residents ($375 per class per semester. AP courses cost an additional $25.).Less than 900 students took FLVS courses last year from locations other than Florida – just a fraction of the school’s overall enrollment. But that revenue stream from non-residents is just one of the things that makes the school an interesting blend of a public education and private company. The classes for those outside of Florida are run by the school’s for-profit wing, the FLVS Global School, and if you’re interested in opening your own school, FLVS offers you the option to start your own “franchise.” Florida tax-dollars do foot the bill for the state’s students attending FLVS. But FLVS only receives payment from the state once a student successfully completes a course. That makes FLVS the only public school whose funding is tied directly to student performance. And as “student performance” and “funding” are as much buzzwords as “online education,” FLVS may find itself a model for more than just Web-based teaching and learning.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Common Sales Objections: Interpreted and Translated.

first_imgI speak client. Here is a translation to the objections you heard and what they really mean.“I already have a provider.”Translated: “Listen, I am really busy and you have done nothing to convince me that you are worth my time. Even though I am not in love with my current provider, nothing you said makes me believe that you are their replacement.”“That sounds interesting. Can you send me some information.”Translated: “You don’t really sound too smart, so let’s just pretend that I am interested and that I am really going to carefully read and review that four-color glossy brochure you are going to send me. We both know I am going to throw it in the trash. And we both know you actually believe that I have somehow committed to something.”“We need you to sign up on our vendor management site before we can talk to you.”Translated: “Look, I don’t have time for you, and you’ve done nothing different from the last three salespeople who called me. Today! Here’s a little something to keep you busy, even though it will do absolutely nothing to move you closer to a deal. But at least you can tell your sales manager some silly story, right?“Now’s not a good time. Can I ask you to call me back next quarter?”Translated: “We both know how this works, don’t we? I pretend I am busy, even though I have plenty of time. You pretend like you are persistent, but instead of asking for an appointment again, you mark your calendar to call in 90 days. But you won’t call, and if you do you’ll take this same objection again every quarter.”Yes, you still need to know how to overcome objections, especially when it comes to prospecting. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more