Barcelona take Valencia defender Murillo on loan

first_imgBarcelona have agreed a deal to sign defender Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia.The centre-back will initially join the club on a short-term deal at the start of the January transfer window, with Barca holding the option to buy the defender for €25 million (£22.6m/$28.7m) at the end of the campaign.Murillo has endured something of a nomadic career thus far, with Barcelona set to become his eighth club, either permanent or short-term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Valencia from Inter before the Spanish club made the move permanent, but he has played just once thus far this season.Murillo will now help to plug a hole in Barca’s defence, with French centre-back Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stopper Thomas Vermaelen both struggling with injuries.Vermaelen will be out for around a month , while Umtiti’s return date is currently unkown.Indeed, he has been sent to Qatar for treatment, following “a plan of conservative treatment”. Manager Ernesto Valverde had initially ruled out the prospect of signing a defender in the January transfer window, but it appears that plans have changed. Jeison Murillo Valencia 2018-19Ahead of Barcelona’s clash with Levante, Valverde said: “Umtiti could recover and that would be great news for us and would mean that we would have four centre-backs for the rest of the season, although three are left-footed.”We will know more about what happens with him in a little while, but we are Barcelona and want to have a team who can respond. As I said, we’ll see what happens but I’m happy to manage with what I have.”The Chelsea defender, Andreas Christensen, has been routinely mooted as a potential signing for Barca, with talks reportedly already underway between the two clubs.However, it appears any move will now have to wait until the summer.Barca are currently top of La Liga, three points clear of second-placed Sevilla, and five ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid.Their final Liga match of 2018 will take place on Saturday when they host Celta Vigo while Murillo will be in line for his debut when they face Getafe on January 6.last_img read more

Spain clinch 2018 World Cup spot with comprehensive win over Albania

first_imgSpain stormed into the 2018 World Cup as Group G winners after producing a ruthless first half display to beat Albania 3-0 on Friday, sealing their place in Russia next summer as nearest challengers Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia.Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno marked his first international start by opening the scoring in the 16th minute, chesting down an outrageously stylish pass from Isco to swivel and fire into the top corner.Real Madrid midfielder Isco then shot high into the net in the 23rd to complete an equally impressive move of short floor passes between David Silva and Koke, while Rodrigo’s cousin Thiago Alcantara scored the third three minutes later with a thumping header from debutant Alvaro Odriozola’s cross.”We are feeling very happy because we’ve achieved an objective that was really important for Spanish football,” said Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.”It was very tough but we have done it while playing brilliant football.”The only downside for Spain was a shaky performance from Gerard Pique, who was booed by large sections of the Alicante crowd every time he touched the ball following his support for last Sunday’s referendum on Catalan independence and was substituted by Lopetegui after an hour was up.Despite missing influential players such as Alvaro Morata, Andres Iniesta and Dani Carvajal through injury, the 2010 world champions looked as irresistible as in their 3-0 win over Italy last month, scoring three times in the space of 11 minutes.They set the tone with a sweeping team move early on which saw Rodrigo miss the target from a Jordi Alba cross, and the Valencia forward wasted another chance for an early goal when he headed a perfectly weighted cross from Isco wide.advertisementRodrigo, who was recalled to the Spain squad for the first time in three years after spearheading Valencia’s impressive start to the Liga campaign, put those misses behind him with a clinical finish after being played in by Isco.It was the start of a rampant spell from Spain which effectively put the game to bed and killed off Albania’s faint hopes of a playoff place as they fell five points behind Italy, who are second in the group.Lopetegui’s side lowered their intensity after the break but still could have stretched their lead as Isco saw a free kick tipped over the crossbar and substitutes Marco Asensio and Saul Niguez each came close to getting on the scoresheet.Spain have taken 25 points and scored a remarkable 35 goals from their nine Group G games, only dropping points in their 1-1 draw away to Italy last year, and travel to Israel for their final qualifier on Monday with their place in Russia assured.”Spain are one of the favourites to win the World Cup because their players have so much experience and today we saw their quality,” said Albania coach Christian Panucci.”The best thing about this team is the commitment, the passion and the enthusiasm shown by every player that has been with us, from those who played a lot to those who were only called up once,” added Lopetegui.”Without a doubt the attitude is the best thing about this team and if we continue to show the same hunger and humility we will be a great team.”last_img read more

MLS Wrap: RSL’s revival and more

first_imgMLS The MLS Wrap: RSL’s revival, Red Bulls’ rut and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 03:25 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mike Petke RSL 09232017 Jeff Swinger MLS Real Salt Lake Opinion Videos Led by impressive youngsters Justen Glad and Jefferson Savarino, Real Salt Lake has enjoyed an impressive turnaround under coach Mike Petke Major League Soccer has long been known for treating us to surprise results on a regular basis, but this past weekend’s slate of matches took the concept to another level.Five teams stepped up to beat sides with better records in MLS Week 29, with four of those defeats being suffered by teams currently in the playoff positions. The fifth team was FC Dallas, which continued its inexplicable winless slide with a lopsided loss at Minnesota United.The Vancouver Whitecaps avoided the upset bug and continued on their march toward an improbable first-place finish. Carl Robinson’s men retained their one-point lead atop the Western Conference, while Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers remained in hot pursuit with victories.  Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Seattle Sounders were the West contender to slip up in that chase for first place, falling to a surging Real Salt Lake side that has won four of five matches and suddenly doesn’t look like a playoff long shot.Toronto FC’s quest to lock up the Supporters’ Shield marched on, even with TFC’s 2-1 loss at New England. The Canadian club edged closer to the Shield with the help of New York City FC’s stumble in a 1-1 draw against Houston — a result that not only shrunk NYCFC’s tiny hopes of grabbing the Shield, but also allowed streaking Atlanta United to pull within three points of second place in the East.Here is a closer look at the key storylines from MLS Week 29:PETKE’S PUPS HAVE RSL ROLLINGMike Petke Real Salt Lake MLS 072217When Mike Petke was hired as Real Salt Lake coach back in March, he took over a young team in disarray, one that looked like it didn’t have the attacking weapons or defensive strength to be a serious contender. By all accounts, he was being handed the keys to a fixer-upper — one that would take a long time to repair.Just six months later, that lost cause Petke inherited has been transformed into a force. A combination of key midseason additions, the emergence of some impressive youngsters and Petke’s guidance has RSL looking as dangerous as any team in the league.Saturday’s 2-0 win against Seattle not only snapped the Sounders’ 13-match unbeaten streak, it served notice that this RSL team has made the evolution from reclamation project to serious contender.”I don’t think tonight was the perfect game for us, or close to the perfect game,” Petke said after Saturday’s win. “I could think off the top of my head five other games this year, some obviously that we haven’t won, that I thought we played better.”But the one thing you that I think that you see from this team is the mentality shift over the last couple of months that, perhaps when I first took over, or before I took over, this is a game we would have lost,” Petke added. “But the mentality has shifted dramatically, and that’s all on the players.”The proof is in the results. RSL began the season 2-7-2, including the 0-2-2 start that preceded Petke’s insertion as the replacement for Jeff Cassar. Now, a 7-2-3 run, capped by recent home wins against Portland and Seattle, has RSL with a firm hold on a playoff spot that looked like a pipe dream back in March.There are plenty of reasons for the resurgence. You can start with the solidifying of the defense, which was an absolute mess in the first half of the season.There was a stretch of nine matches from April to June that saw RSL surrender three or more goals a whopping five times, including consecutive blowout losses by a combined score of 11-3.It is no coincidence that Justen Glad returned to the starting lineup just as RSL began to stop bleeding goals. The defender has been outstanding since his return from a knee injury suffered with the U.S. Under-20s, and RSL general manager Craig Waibel helped Glad and the RSL defense by also signing Uruguayan center back Marcelo Silva. RSL is 3-0-3 when Glad and Silva play full matches together, and RSL’s defense has allowed just four goals in those six games.”I’ve said it before, Justin plays beyond his years,” Petke said. “There’s so many intangibles that I could talk about with Justin — about his touch on the ball, his pace or his athleticism — but he reads the game far, far better than any player at his age, I think, in this league.”RSL’s biggest addition during the season was Venezuelan midfielder Jefferson Savarino. The young designated player is only 20, and arrived in MLS without much fanfare, but Savarino has been dynamic since joining in May. He has recorded six goals and five assists, but more importantly he has helped playmaker Albert Rusnak elevate his game by giving opposing defenses another creative player to worry about. As a result, Rusnak has recorded five goals and 10 assists since Savarino arrived.With a solidified defense and potent attack, RSL has become a handful in the wide-open Western Conference. RSL has also managed to turn Rio Tinto Stadium into a fortress again. Saturday’s win against the Sounders pushed RSL’s unbeaten run at home to seven matches, including a current streak of four straight wins.”We’re a very dangerous team at home,” Petke said. “Altitude always plays a factor with every team, so what we don’t want is for teams to come in and come at us the first 20 minutes because they know they’re going to tire out. We want to put it at them.”The Sounders became the latest team to struggle to keep up with RSL. After a fairly even first half that ended scoreless, RSL rattled off a pair of second-half goals, as well as its fourth shutout in six home matches, to topple the reigning MLS Cup champions.RSL hasn’t secured a playoff berth just yet — the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas lurking on the opposite side of the red line will ensure a tight race in the West — but given how well Petke’s team is playing these days there aren’t as many questions now about whether RSL will make the playoffs. The question now is just how far can RSL go?RED BULLS IN A RUTDamien Perinelle MLS Red Bulls 09232017The New York Red Bulls were sky high Aug. 16, after fighting off FC Cincinnati to reach the U.S. Open Cup final. They were in comfortable playoff position and had now secured a place in a final as they searched for that elusive trophy to place alongside the two Supporters’ Shields in their case.Things haven’t gone very well since. The Red Bulls lost to Sporting KC in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final, then traveled to Columbus for an eventual 3-2 loss that extended their winless slide to six matches. They have slipped five points behind the Crew for fifth place, and sit just three points ahead of the Montreal Impact for the final playoff spot.What has gone wrong?The reality is the Red Bulls haven’t been playing badly as a whole, but they’ve been let down by specific areas of the game in every match, with finishing proving to be a more consistent issue. Against the Crew, it was set-piece defending that the Red Bulls couldn’t get right. Prior to that, against the Philadelphia Union, it was an attack that couldn’t get a shot past Andre Blake despite creating several chances. In a draw in Chicago, it was a lack of scoring chances created despite a considerable edge in possession.The Red Bulls continue to have success with pressing teams into turnovers and controlling possession, but the attack just hasn’t been able to do much with that possession. The injury absence of winger Daniel Royer has hurt — he was, after all, MLS Player of the Month in July — and without him to help stretch defenses, the attack just isn’t finding much on a consistent basis.Should Jesse Marsch re-consider the 5-4-1 system he adopted back when the current winless slide began? It’s tough to say because that system is helping put pressure on teams, and the Red Bulls have been able to control possession and create chances. Will changing the system again actually address the team’s problems with set-piece defending and finishing chances? Probably not, so Marsch may have no choice but to stand pat while trying to work on tightening up his team’s set-piece defending.Things aren’t going to get much easier for the Red Bulls down the stretch. They need a win against D.C. United at home on Wednesday, because the three games after that are against Toronto, Vancouver and Atlanta, which happen to be three of the top five teams in the league at the moment. Anything less than a win Wednesday could open the door wide open for Montreal and even New England for the final playoff spot in the East.ATLANTA UNITED ROLLING, BUT AT WHAT COST?Miguel Almiron MLS Atlanta United 09242017The Atlanta United freight train continued to roll through opposition this weekend, with Montreal serving as the latest victim on a run that has seen the Five Stripes climb up to third place in the East. There isn’t much to be unhappy with these days if you’re an Atlanta fan, but the recent run of matches has led to an issue that could plague the first-year club.Miguel Almiron was forced out of Saturday’s win in the 17th minute with a hamstring injury, and Atlanta announced Monday that the playmaker will miss a minimum of three weeks. It is an injury that has raised serious questions about coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s squad rotation during the team’s recent stretch of matches.Almiron had played in every match this season, and started all but two — this despite Martino having other options at his disposal in order to give him a rest. That decision was a highly questionable one, especially given the fact that Almiron played in all but 13 minutes of Paraguay’s two World Cup qualifiers in early September. In total, Almiron was making his ninth straight start in a one-month span — for club and country —  when he took the field against Montreal. Given that extreme workload perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he would break down physically.Almiron is a passionate player, one who wants to play every minute he can. He’s also young, at 23, and isn’t a player who is going to ask for a rest. Martino needed to do him a favor and give him a rest at some point in this stretch of matches, especially given some of the opponents the team has faced, and demolished with ease.The frustrating part for Atlanta United fans is that it isn’t as if the team doesn’t have other midfield options available in order to give Almiron a rest. Rookie of the Year candidate Julian Gressel is an option in midfield while Yamil Asad has shown himself to be more than capable of handling playmaking duties.Atlanta will be praying that Almiron’s injury doesn’t become a long-term setback, because his absence would be a crushing blow, especially if it were to carry over into the playoffs. Hamstring injuries can be tricky things to deal with, and require patience. If Almiron does manage to recover fully in time for the playoffs, Martino will count himself lucky, and it should make him take a closer look at how he utilizes his bench the rest of the season.QUICK KICKSDiego Valeri MLS Portland Timbers 09242017Diego Valeri’s MVP candidacy received another boost with his two-goal effort in Sunday’s win against Orlando City. He has taken over the lead in the Golden Boot race, edging one goal ahead of David Villa. To put Valeri’s season into perspective, he has recorded either a goal or assist in a whopping 22 of his 29 matches. By comparison, Villa has notched a goal or assist in 17 matches this season.—There isn’t much to talk about with the LA Galaxy these days, what with their season having become a complete disaster, but Sigi Schmid helped create a talking point by moving Gyasi Zardes to right back in Saturday’s loss to Sporting Kansas City. “We needed a right back,” Schmid told reporters Saturday. “We had nobody and I think Gyasi’s strength is wide whether it’s wide midfield or in the back. Gyasi for his first game at right back had an excellent game. There are obviously things he can pick up on, but overall, he handled a difficult situation very well.”Schmid’s assessment of Zardes’ performance was extremely generous, but in the context of a season that has seen several players struggle badly at right back, perhaps Zardes was being graded on a serious curve.It was interesting to see the experiment take place against Sporting Kansas City, which has enjoyed considerable success with its decision to move Graham Zusi to right back. While the Zusi move looks like it will be a permanent one, it’s tough to see the same happening with the Zardes switch.—Seattle’s loss to RSL ended the league’s longest unbeaten streak. That distinction is now shared by the Crew (4-0-3) and Whitecaps (5-0-2), who are both unbeaten in seven matches. Atlanta is close behind with a six-match run (4-0-2).On the other end of the spectrum, Dallas’ 4-1 loss to Minnesota extended its winless slide to a whopping 10 matches. No other team in MLS has a winless streak of more than six matches at the moment.BEST OF MLS WEEK 29Patrick Mullins MLS DC United 09232017Player of the Week: Patrick Mullins. A four-goal outburst to help D.C. United demolish San Jose made Mullins the easy pick.Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake. Atlanta beat a pair of bad teams, but RSL posted an impressive shutout win against a Sounders side that had been unbeaten in 13.Rookie of the Week: Julian Gressel. The young midfielder replaced the injured Almiron and delivered an assist in the win over Montreal.Goal of the Week: Though Hector Villalba and Marco Donadel had top-class strikes this week, the pass-and-finish combination from Christian Ramirez to Miguel Ibarra takes this week’s prize:One Time 4 Your Mind@Migue10Ibarra’s beauty is up for @MLS Goal of the Week!Vote » | #MNUFC— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) September 25, 2017last_img read more

England look unbeatable in the rain but Wales exposed weaknesses

first_imgIf it rains for the next five weeks, England will be crowned Six Nations champions because Eddie Jones’s side have once again demonstrated they are the best wet-weather team in the world at the moment.As seen against Wales, England had a plan and they executed it perfectly. What impressed me most was how the half-backs – and I include Owen Farrell in that – dropped those kicks in behind the wings and just showed far superior tactical awareness than their opposite numbers throughout. England rugby union team Read more Even though Wales got back to within six points, England stayed true to their game-plan and kept the ball right down in their opponents’ half.Someone I was watching the game with asked me how Wales would respond and I said: “I bet you they’ll still keep hold of the ball from deep,” because that’s all Wales know. The problem, though, is that England didn’t actually want the ball, they were happy for Wales to have it and tackle them in the right areas of the field and say: “If you go 85 metres and score a try then fair play but we’re going to back ourselves to stop you.”It was a masterclass and, if you have half-backs who can control the game like England do, it gives the rest of the team a complete picture of what they need to do. The application of the game plan delivered by the half-backs breeds confidence that the rest of the team feed off.England know what they need to do and what they are able to do in poor conditions. They have the defence, they have got the backfield coverage, they’re good under the high ball if teams do kick, they’ve got the set-piece to really squeeze and get that momentum and put teams back in their own half. They’ll back themselves to win that territory game all day long.England knew that Wales could not get out of their own half and with Rhys Patchell and Gareth Anscombe, rather than players with better kicking games such as Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny, England plugged them in and put the squeeze on. It was a fantastic demonstration of some of the astute tactical kicking we have seen so far in this competition and, while it’s certainly not a new tactic, I do think we’re seeing more of it.You might think of George Ford as an attacking player but it’s very disciplined of him to sit in the pocket and choose those kicking options. You only have to compare and contrast him with Finn Russell and his performance against France. Russell is such an instinctive type of player who wants to attack all the time but you also need that awareness to start looking for that territory and start playing the long game a little bit more. When Greig Laidlaw moved to fly-half late on, the ball was played down in French territory far more, mistakes started to happen and Scotland nudged ahead. All of a sudden France were chasing the game and imploded. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Six Nations 2018 comment Greig Laidlaw’s nerveless kicking carries Scotland to cathartic win over France Read more Topics Reuse this content Share on Messenger Six Nations Rugby unioncenter_img Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Jonny May’s early tries take England over the line against battling Wales Share on Twitter Ireland can be similarly effective – just look at the quality of half-backs they have in Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton – but as a complete package in wet weather rugby England are at the top of the game. Still, while the injury to Robbie Henshaw is a dark cloud for Ireland, Joe Schmidt will be happy with two wins out of two, and their attacking game seemed to step up against Italy. Already we’re looking to England v Ireland at Twickenham on the last day of the competition but the way Wales finished the game on Saturday will give Scotland hope as they prepare for England’s visit.When it dried up a little bit and Wales started to move the point of contact, with the tight five tipping the ball on to the second runner and creating a little bit of a fracture in the defensive line, we saw that England can be vulnerable.And having said how good England are in the rain, I’d love for it to be a dry day at Murrayfield. Scotland have some demons from what happened at Twickenham last year and I’m really hoping to see that Scottish attacking prowess in full swing. If the heavens open, though, put your money on England. Ireland rugby union team Scotland rugby union team Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wales rugby union teamlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool captain Henderson: We’ll take responsibility for Napoli loss

first_imgLiverpool captain Henderson: We’ll take responsibility for Napoli lossby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says the players will take responsibility for Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Napoli.The Reds were sloppy throughout the encounter and were ultimately punished through late goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Fernando Llorente.”I felt we played some good stuff, it was just the final bit I felt we were missing today,” Henderson told BT Sport after the final whistle.”At home Napoli are a good side and they are going to create some good chances. You’ve got to be prepared to defend as a team, which I felt we did.”We won some great balls in midfield and counter-attacked really well, but it was just that last little bit – and obviously the mistakes for the goals – that we need to improve on.”Overall, we can be better of course. We’ll take responsibility, we’ll move forward and try to react in the right way.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 9 Colleges That Dominated The 2019 NFL Combine

first_imgnfl coaches watch the scouting combineINDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Scouting Combine isn’t a college football showcase, but it’s still fun to see which programs have the best performances in front of the NFL world.The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine has wrapped up in Indianapolis, with the final player drills and tests taking place on Monday afternoon.The NFL Draft has released its list of the programs that dominated the combine this year.The No. 1 program might be a little surprising. It’s a Big Ten school, but it’s not Ohio State or Michigan (or Penn State or Nebraska or Wisconsin…).It’s Iowa.The Hawkeyes, who have several players projected to be high NFL Draft picks this year, won the most “medals” at this year’s NFL Combine with 11.Iowa is followed by Notre Dame, which came in second place, and Michigan and Washington, which finished in third and fourth place, respectively.Here’s the full list:Final #NFLCombine medals count:1) @HawkeyeFootball, 112) @NDFootball, 103) @UMichFootball, 94) @UW_Football, 7t5) @KStateFB, 6t5) @OleMissFB, 6t5) @PennStateFball, 6t5) @OhioStateFB, 6t5) @USC_Athletics, 6— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 5, 2019Congrats to the Hawkeyes.The NFL Draft is set to begin on April 25.last_img read more

Damen BWTS Gets IMO Type Approval

first_imgzoom Damen’s external ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has received the International Maritime Organization (IMO) type approval. Designed primarily for use in ports and harbors, the Damen InvaSave treats ballast water to the IMO D-2 standard for ballast water received from inbound ships. It can also deliver water treated to the same standard to outbound vessels.According to Damen, the system can treat “raw” ballast water from ships without any pre-treatment or settling time in the ballast tank.“Its mobile, containerised format means that it can be operated from the dockside or from onboard a vessel alongside, receiving or delivering water to a ship,” Damen said.The approval of Damen BWTS comes ahead of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention’s entry into force on September 8, 2017.Under the convention’s terms, vessels will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Kings County

first_img -30- KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road in Melanson will be opened to traffic today, June 14, at about 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187last_img

City north of Toronto sells itself as the home for Amazons second

first_imgTORONTO – A city just north of Toronto is looking to set itself apart from the rest of region as the home for Amazon’s second North American headquarters.Markham, Ont. — one of 10 Canadian cities that joined with Toronto to bid for the hub — installed 23 bright orange signs on Monday throughout the city, dubbing it the “possible home of Amazon HQ2.” It simultaneously launched a social media campaign and website called #ChooseMarkham.The Greater Toronto Area is the lone Canadian candidate to make the shortlist of 20 cities — whittled down from 238 proposals — still vying for the multi-billion-dollar headquarters. Markham’s campaign signals a shift away from the GTA’s passive approach to marketing itself against the American metropolises still in contention, such as Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta.“I wanted to inform our business community and our residents that when you hear the Toronto bid, that Markham is very much a part of that,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, in a call to the Canadian Press that he made while standing by one of the newly-erected signs that he said were generating honks, but also shock from locals who had no idea Markham was in the running for the headquarters.“It is no surprise we think we have the best site for Amazon in terms of the criteria we are looking for. It is a bid to capture their attention.”Scarpitti dismissed the idea that Markham’s campaign would make the other cities included within the Toronto-bid feel slighted because he said he expected all of the municipalities to be pushing for the headquarters and using it as an opportunity to boast about what they have to offer.In Markham’s case, that’s 37,000 jobs in technology and related sectors and 1,500 high-tech companies, including General Motors’ new Canadian Technical Centre and massive offices from IBM Canada and Huawei that Scarpitti has been highlighting as part of the city’s “Innovation Week.” Executives from the company appear in testimonials on the city’s Choose Markham website.If Markham is successful in nabbing Amazon, those numbers would grow because the company has vowed to deliver up to 50,000 high paying jobs and a US$5-billion investment.“Our initiative here is really reflective of the bold initiatives that Amazon continues to make,” Scarpitti said. “They have been bold and we want to be bold and will continue to tell our story because it is a great story to tell.”He said he felt Markham’s tactics were not part of “the race to the bottom” that other cities bidding on locations for Amazon or other big companies have engaged in.Before falling out of contention, Calgary emblazoned the sidewalks across from Amazon’s current Seattle headquarters with messages including, “Hey Amazon. We’d change our name for you. Calmazon? Amagary? Love, Calgary ;)” and hung a 30-metre banner outside saying, “we’re not saying we’d fight a bear for you, but we totally would.” The same message ran in a full-page ad the city took out in the Seattle Times.Halifax rolled out a flashy website mirroring Amazon’s fonts and buttons to claim that locating a second headquarters in that city would bring Amazon a savings of more than $10 billion over 10 years.Winnipeg enlisted Blue Bomber football star Obby Khan and Mayor Brian Bowman in a cheeky video with Alexa, while Sault Ste Marie suggested that employees could canoe to work in a bid to attract the tech giant.Hamilton even put $467,000 of cash behind its pitch, which it said was a 50/50 split between public and private funds.Markham said its marketing plan has “little to no cost” and most of the work associated with it has been done internally.While Scarpitti said he hasn’t been directly involved in Amazon’s follow-up efforts to suss out the city, he said, “even before they put out their bid they were up here in Markham checking out the sites, finding out about our municipality, so I think they are well aware about what the city of Markham is all about.”Brent Barr, a branding instructor at Ryerson University, said he doesn’t think this will sway Amazon.“Do I think they will raise an eyebrow and smile? I think they will, but will it make any difference on the actual offer? No,” he said. “They are completely driven by business-related decisions that they themselves weight to their importance and will make a decision that is right for them.”Barr expects competing areas surrounding Toronto to laugh about how Markham “got one up on us”, but he doesn’t think they’ll feel angered by the campaign because the headquarters will also be a boon for areas adjacent to the winning city.He also stressed that the success of Markham’s campaign is not contingent on winning over Amazon, as he sees the campaign as an attempt by Markham to position itself as an innovation hub.“What they are trying to say to businesses in general is, come to Markham because if Amazon is welcome here, wouldn’t everyone be welcome here?” he said. “It is a smart, clever way to drive awareness in this process for them being open for business.”last_img read more

No pressure on Government to sign Rome Statute

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (often referred to as the International Criminal Court Statute or the Rome Statute) is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Government says it is not under any pressure to sign the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that even the United States has not signed the Rome Statute. Wickremesinghe said that South Asian countries have taken a policy decision that they will not sign the Rome Statute and instead will deal with its own issues through domestic systems.The Prime Minister said that human rights violations did take place in Sri Lanka but those issues can be investigated by Sri Lanka. He accused the former Government of agreeing to a UN-led investigation on Sri Lanka after the war ended in 2009. (Colombo Gazette) “No one can put pressure on us and no one has put pressure on us,” he said. read more

University of Alaska credit ratings downgraded due to cuts

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The University of Alaska’s revenue bond ratings have been downgraded.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Wednesday that Moody’s Investors Service announced the rating decreases Wednesday.Moody’s cites an “unprecedented” single-year reduction in state funding for the university.The company downgraded University of Alaska general revenue bonds from A1 to Baa1, with $270 million outstanding.The university’s Series 2012 Lease Revenue Bonds were downgraded from A2 to Baa3, with $23 million outstanding.Moody’s is one of three major credit-rating agencies, along with S&P and Fitch Ratings.Moody’s says the downgrade “reflects the severity and magnitude of the financial challenges confronting University of Alaska following an over 40% cut in the university’s appropriations” from the state.The university’s president says the downgrade “amplifies the impact of the state’s funding cut.”___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

Angolas poor roads hold up UN refugee repatriation programme

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had planned to help 40,000 Angolans return home from neighbouring Zambia before the start of the rainy season in November, but only 8,354 have returned so far. Zambia hosted a total of 71,420 Angolan refugees in camps and settlements at the start of repatriation season in mid-June. “Angolan roads are in bad condition, bridges are broken and there are problems with landmines,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. Most of the returnees have gone home on UNHCR convoys through two land corridors, but two air routes have been opened for areas not accessible by road. Overall, UNHCR has helped more than 100,000 Angolans return home from neighbouring countries since it started the voluntary repatriation programme in June last year. Another estimated 150,000 have returned on their own. At the time peace accords were signed between the Government and rebels in April 2002, more than 441,000 Angolans were estimated to have sought refuge in bordering countries, leaving some 200,000 still living in the major asylum states – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Zambia, Namibia and the Republic of the Congo. read more

Fiji UNICEF steps up response as full picture of Cyclone Winstons impact

UNICEF officials say that the trauma of the event itself must not be underestimated, and many children have been affected by varying degrees of loss, including the devastation of losing family or community members, the sadness of losing homes or belongings, and the danger of losing places of critical importance to their development, such as schools and health centres. In addition, there are many dangers at play in a post-emergency situation, such as increasing levels of stagnant water that are a breeding ground for diseases like diarrhoea. “Children are often the most vulnerable during emergencies and UNICEF continues to support the Government of Fiji’s efforts in addressing the needs of children,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative Karen Allen. UNICEF Pacific’s Joseph Hing, who travelled with the first shipment of emergency supplies to Koro Island, one of the areas worst affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston, said that “the damage to Koro Island is extensive and the scale of the destruction is overwhelming,” he said. “I spoke to countless people who have lost everything. Their lives have been turned utterly upside down.” A grandmother, whose young grandson was nearly swept away by the storm surge, told him that “you can lose all your material belongings, but what’s more important is our lives,” he said. The geographic make-up of Fiji and the logistical challenges involved in completing assessments of the outer islands pose many barriers, but each day brings more progress, the officials said. The UN agency is continuing to work in close partnership with Fiji’s Government and other partners to ensure a coordinated and strategic emergency response. Within the first 24 hours of the request of the Government for assistance, UNICEF provided 3,000 people in the worst affected areas with water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to ensure safe drinking water and delivered education supplies to 995 students of eight schools in the Lau and Lomaiviti groups. Emergency health kits, to service a population of 1,000 people for three months, as well as tents and education supplies, funded by the New Zealand Government, are being distributed to worst-affected outer islands. On Wednesday night, health supplies which included vitamin A capsules, oral rehydration salts, zinc tablets and six basic health kits were loaded onto boats departing for Gau Island and Batiki Island. The Australian Government has donated to UNICEF hygiene kits for 7,920 people and water purification tabs for 1,066 household. However, funding is needed to sustain and scale up this response, the officials say. “More heartening though are the stories we are hearing of heroism and the very best of humanity,” Ms Allen said, noting that “Fijians are renowned for the kindness and generosity and we are seeing nothing but solidarity and shared commitment to recover together.” read more

Womens volleyball No 19 Buckeyes suffer sweep at No 9 Penn State

OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerPenn State’s Happy Valley left one team happy on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t the Buckeyes.The No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team was swept 3-0 by the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. OSU’s record sits at 13-8 after the loss. As for Penn State, it increased its win streak to 15 in a row and remain undefeated in conference play. OSU was able to hang with the Nittany Lions for nearly the entire match, but in the end Penn State edged out wins in each set (25-21, 25-20, 25-17). Penn State’s offense was anchored by junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington and junior outside hitter Simone Lee. The duo combined for 10 kills against OSU in first set alone. OSU had an anchor of its own though, and in the second set, it was senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She went to work trying to chip away at the Nittany-Lion lead. In total, she posted eight of her 15 kills on the night in the second set with help from fellow senior middle blocker Kylie Randall. Buckeye coach Geoff Carlston pulled his challenge card on three plays in the third set, one of which was overturned in OSU’s favor for a Penn State net violation. However, the team struggled to gain a lead against a Nittany Lion team firing on all cylinders. Sandbothe led OSU in hitting percentage with .429, followed by sophomore setter Taylor Hughes with .364. Freshman middle blocker Madison Smeathers combined for three blocks. A positive for OSU came from senior libero Valeria León whose nine digs in the game tied the OSU career digs record set by National Player of Year Stacey Gordon in 2004. She is a lone dig away from claiming the title outright. Without any hitches, she’ll reach this achievement when OSU hosts Michigan State on Saturday. Saturday’s match against the Michigan State Spartans will be OSU’s breast cancer awareness match. The first serve is set to take place at 6 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

Bandits strike at West Canje

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne homes broken into, cash and Jewelry takenDecember 19, 2018In “Crime”Bandits terrorise, rob Canje womenJune 11, 2019In “Crime”Criminal gang creating havoc in New Amsterdam – residents report several daring robberies recentlyJune 22, 2016In “Crime” 2 homes broken intoTwo homes in West Canje, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) were burglarised on Sunday night and more than $1 million in valuables stolen. At the time of the separate break and enter incidents, no one was in either of the houses located in the same yard.The family was out for the weekend when the intruders hit. When they returned on Monday morning, it was discovered that their Lot 40 Mount Sinai homes were broken into. Mount Sinai is one of the suburbs of New Amsterdam and is frequently referred to as Angoy’s Avenue.The two houses that were burglarisedThe homes are situated in the same yard, where three houses are occupied by siblings. Devi Kowlessar said that she along with her husband, children and her other relatives left for a trip to the Corentyne at about 17:00h on Saturday; securing both homes before they left.At about 9:00h on Monday, a neighbour telephoned her saying that the doors on two of the houses were opened. She said she contacted a brother who confirmed that the houses were broken into. According to Kowlessar, when they returned, they found both homes in disarray.She explained that the bandits made off with an unused grass slashing machine valued $146,000, in excess of $400,000 worth gold jewellery, a laptop computer and a quantity of US currency from her home.One of the ransacked roomsMeanwhile, her sister, Rookmin Dindyal told this publication that her daughter’s diamond wedding ring worth US$1600, along with local and foreign currency, were taken from her home.According to Dindyal, at the time her home was broken into, she was keeping $200,000 which belongs to her church. That money, she said, was not found by the intruders.The Police were summoned and have since dusted for fingerprints as they continue their investigations. (Andrew Carmichael) read more

Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_img3. Stopping drinking When Kate Bellamy had to look at wedding photos to figure out what she had done the night before, she started examining her drinking habits. Here’s what she found out.(, approx 6 minutes reading time, 1115 words)I know that the morning after the wedding I woke up with my dress in tatters. I woke up at home, thankfully, although how I got there remains a mystery. A terrifying thought that haunts me throughout the day: what might have happened? Was I even able to lock the door behind me?Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> 2. Global warming warAustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has scoffed at the idea of global warming – and Alexander White argues that Rupert Murdoch’s the reason why the country is taking such a stance on the issue.(Salon, approx 11 minutes reading time, 2243 words)In 2010, Gillard managed to shepherd a cap-and-trade law to passage, in the form of the Clean Energy Future Act. However, the government’s popularity was on the wane, and the opposition party took full advantage. Tony Abbott called the science of climate change “crap” and various senior figures in his front-bench team openly questioned the scientific basis of anthropogenic global warming. Abbott spoke at anti-carbon price rallies in front of banners proclaiming Prime Minister Gillard as a “witch” and a “bitch.” For centuries, the myth of the lone genius has towered over us, its shadow obscuring the way creative work really gets done. The attempts to pick apart the Lennon-McCartney partnership reveal just how misleading that myth can be, because John and Paul were so obviously more creative as a pair than as individuals, even if at times they appeared to work in opposition to each other.center_img IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads.1. Lennon & McCartneyJust what made the partnership between John Lennon and Paul McCartney so powerful? Joshua Wolf Shenk takes a look  – and examines some other brilliant creative pairs along the way.(The Atlantic, approx 20 minutes reading time, 4173 words)last_img read more

Doing time to stop youth crime

first_imgSergeant Jim Bellos is putting his police hat away and putting on a black and white stripped prison uniform, all for a good cause. Sergeant Bellos is fronting the drive to raise funds for youth crime prevention projects across Queensland under the Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC). It’s a project he’s been involved in for two years and knows first hand how useful the funds are in teaching crime prevention. “In my work, I speak to a lot of young people, in particular the refugees that are going through settlement. “I believe that with the right support, the youth of today can become our leaders of the future,” he tells Neos Kosmos. Under the Time4Kids program, Sergeant Bellos will be detained in gaol until bail has been raised for his release. He has set a target of $5000. Last year, the target was set at about $1,000. Sergeant Bellos through his own fundraising collected a whopping $11,000. “I was the national winner of course,” he says with a big laugh. This year, the Time4Kids drive will be located at the old Boggo Road gaol, in Dutton Park between 6:30am and 9:30am. The old gaol was operational in the ’60s, but is now open to the public for tours and will provide a spooky backdrop for the fundraiser. The Youth Clubs are a great way for disadvantaged or troubled youth to come together and occupy themselves in a constructive way. Sport is encouraged while dancing, boxing and musical training is all on hand to keep the kids entertained and off the streets. A lot of the money raised will be used to keep those programs running and to buy new equipment. “The whole purpose of it is to help young people engage,” Sergeant Bellos explains. Outside of his work for Police-Citizens Youth Clubs, Sergeant Bellos is known for coordinating community consultative groups, his ‘For the Love of the Game’ youth soccer program, and his hands on involvement at cross-cultural schools. As one of the 32 finalists for the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards and Queenslander of the year, Sergeant Bellos’ work hasn’t gone unnoticed. To donate and “help set Jim free”, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un détecteur au secours des victimes ensevelies

first_imgUn détecteur au secours des victimes enseveliesDes scientifiques britanniques ont annoncé dimanche avoir mis au point un détecteur de souffle et de sueur qui pourrait aider les secours à retrouver les victimes ensevelies sous des décombres.Alors que les Etats-Unis commémoraient hier les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, des scientifiques britanniques ont annoncé avoir mis au point un appareil capable de détecter, par le souffle et la sueur, les victimes ensevelies sous les décombres d’un immeuble détruit par une catastrophe naturelle ou un acte terroriste.Plus précisément, ces détecteurs seraient capables de repérer les métabolites, des résidus organiques produits par le corps humain lorsqu’il respire, transpire ou urine. Or, si les chiens peuvent être dressés à détecter ces composés organiques, leur entraînement coûte très cher. De plus, l’animal et son maître ont besoin de pauses fréquentes et sont particulièrement exposés au danger. Mais grâce à l’appareil qui vient d’être conçu, il devient possible de s’assurer pendant des périodes prolongées si des traces de vie subsistent ou non dans les décombres. Un essai prometteur À lire aussiAujourd’hui, dans l’histoire, le revolver de tous les cowboysPour tester l’appareil, l’équipe de l’Université britannique de Loughborough a ainsi mené un essai au cours duquel huit volontaires ont passé plusieurs heures sous un amas de béton armé et de verre brisé reconstituant un immeuble effondré, explique le Pr Paul Thomas, à l’origine de cette invention. Habituellement, la détection s’avère difficile puisque les métabolites produits interagissent avec les matériaux des débris et fluctuent en fonction des conditions d’humidité, de chaleur et de vent. Mais ici, les détecteurs ont rapidement identifié le dioxyde de carbone et l’ammoniac générés par le corps humain dans l’air qui sortait par les interstices des décombres, rapporte De même, les appareils ont rapidement détecté d’autres composés organiques très volatils, tels que l’acétone et l’isoprène. Au passage, les scientifiques ont d’ailleurs constaté une nette baisse du taux d’ammoniac lorsque les “victimes” étaient endormies. Un phénomène qui reste pour le moment inexpliqué. Le 12 septembre 2011 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Speedrunner Beats Resident Evil 7 on Hardest Difficulty With Only a Knife

first_imgStay on target As you would expect, some speedrunners have already blasted their way through Resident Evil 7. Most have completed the game on easy mode using special weapons. This wasn’t good enough for one speedrunner who decided to make things more challenging for themselves. Not only did they turn the difficulty all the way up, but managed to plow through with only a knife.Resident Evil 7 has three difficulty modes: Easy, Normal, and Madhouse. Madhouse makes enemies more resilient to damage and makes your main character weaker. The locations of key items have been rearranged, and one can only save their progress with VHS tapes. The regular game is hard enough, but Madhouse is downright brutal. That didn’t deter YouTuber and speedrunner Quizzle from accomplishing the seemingly impossible.Finishing Resident Evil 7 on Madhouse with only a knife in record time is impressive on its own. To make us all feel like lesser gamers, Quizzle manages to set this record without dying once. This is actually crucial to the speedrun since the in-game timer doesn’t stop when one dies. Quizzle’s final time is 2:49:13 — seven minutes faster than his first attempt. Very impressive!Most of us will probably not be able to replicate this speedrun. However, watching the video is very helpful for showing people how to play Resident Evil 7 more efficiently. Personally, I don’t want to try to top this record, but I do want to beat the game in less than four hours to get the buzz saw. I intend to use this overpowered weapon to finish Madhouse. Yeah, I’m a punk, but I’ve always admitted my cowardice when it comes to playing this game.Quizzle may have set a world record for now but don’t be surprised if he eventually bests his own time. Others will no doubt rise up to claim this prestigious honor for themselves. We wish anyone attempting this specific speedrun good luck. They’re going to need it. Resident Evil 7 Coming to Switch Thanks to the Power of the CloudGame of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Actual Games of the Year (2017) last_img read more

Closures set for state Highway 14 roundabouts project

first_imgDrivers who use 32nd Street to reach state Highway 14 in Washougal should expect delays and plan to use alternate routes in the coming weeks due to construction of two roundabouts.Thompson Bros. Excavating, a Vancouver contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, will close sections of 32nd Street over two weekends. Crews will remove traffic islands within the intersection with Highway 14 and install casing for a future city waterline and fiber conduit.The contractor will close 32nd Street south of the highway from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. the following Monday (June 10). Drivers will not be able to turn left onto Highway 14 from either direction on 32nd Street, with one exception. Freight traffic will be flagged from 32nd Street north of Highway 14 through the intersection onto the highway eastbound.Beginning at 10 p.m. June 14 until 5 a.m. June 17, construction crews will close 32nd Street north of Highway 14 up to Addy Street. Drivers will not be able to turn left onto the highway from either direction on 32nd Street, except freight traffic that will be flagged from 32nd Street south of Highway 14 through the intersection onto the highway westbound.WSDOT urges drivers to slow down and use caution while passing through the construction zone, expect delays and use alternate routes.Drivers also should be aware that crews working for the city of Washougal will close Washougal River Road/15th Street for roadway improvements between E Street and the bridge over the Washougal River, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, starting Monday and lasting until June 21.last_img read more