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Injured Castro out for Gilas duel vs Aussies

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comThe Philippines will have to make do without one of its best players in Jayson Castro in its duel against heavyweight Australia on Thursday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes on Wednesday announced the final lineup for the upcoming game, which did not include Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Rhanzelle Yong solid in debut for Zark’s-Lyceum View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joining Blatche and Fajardo are Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Carl Cruz, Abu Tratter, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva.Abueva made the team despite begin dropped from consideration a month ago after missing the team’s first three practices to start the year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Reyes explained that Castro’s exclusion from the roster is due to the star guard’s health.“As you know, Jayson twisted his ankle in their games against Phoenix and Ginebra and as of yesterday (Tuesday), he tried to go hard in practice and he’s still not there at all,” said Reyes, who went live on Sports5’s Facebook page for the announcement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“So we decided that it’s not worth the risk sp jayson is going to sit out together with Jio (Jalalon), who is also feeling some slight pain in his leg so we decided to just play the guys who are not experiencing any nagging injuries at this point.”Gilas will be led by naturalized big man Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo against Australia. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READlast_img read more

‘Economy Fundamentally Strong’

first_imgThough Liberians the world over continue to express concerns as to where their country’s economy is headed with a three-year successive budget short-fall and an uncontrollable and ever-increasing exchange rate, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told the nation that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong.Addressing the nation Wednesday, May 28, on the state of the country’s economy, a confident President Sirleaf expressed optimism in the recovery of the struggling Liberian economy.The Liberian leader also promised robust pending actions to ensure that the economy be restored to its core standard in a robust growing structure as it has been in the last six years.The Liberian economy has been experiencing robust growth of seven percent annually for the past six years. This has been the highest on the African continent during this period. The Liberian leader said through all of the difficulties, her government continues to address deficiencies as they are uncovered “and are confident that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong and poised to achieve the potentials we have identified.”“The 2009 global financial meltdown has had its toll on Liberia. While others with stronger and more enduring infrastructures are slowly recovering, it will require some time for our country to fully recover,” President Sirleaf said.The three-year successive budget-shortfalls the country is experiencing is as a result of a number of factors, she said, noting that government is still learning the details of managing a Medium Term Expenditure Framework Budget, which is important to securing and protecting important public sector investments such as roads and energy over a three-year period.President Sirleaf also stated that Liberians must pay the though price for our growth and progress as is being experience under the current economic conditions.“For example, where we have been previously supported by partners to carry out programs such as free medical services including the hiring of additional healthcare workers and provision of drugs and free education, we must now take full responsibility for these important services, which we intend to continue because they make a difference in the lives of our people.”“Through it all, we have continued to address deficiencies as we uncover them, and are confident that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong and poised to achieve the potentials we have identified,” she said.Madam Sirleaf indicated that to continue to achieve goals, her administration is undertaking bolder and tougher measures to continue to streamline our priorities, reduce wasteful spending, create additional savings and increase revenues so as to continue to invest in roads, ports, electricity, education, health, security, water and sewer – all these things that will multiply opportunities and benefits for all of our people.With all of the controversies surrounding the 2014-2015-budget year, the Liberian President confidently said that the budget would be passed.“Let there be no doubt, we will pass a budget. We will do this not because we will agree on everything the budget will contain but because the overall leadership of our country remains in total agreement on a shared responsibility to lift all Liberians. I know that we will continue to meet this duty.”“Today my fellow Liberians, I renew to you this solemn pledge: our economy will be restored to its full potential.”You will recall that one of our primary focuses, upon taking office in 2006, was to improve the image of our country – to Lift Liberia – so that we become a destination not just for international assistance and support but also for private capital investment and external trade. We are grateful for all the help and support we continue to receive from the international community, and for the over US$16 billion in Foreign Direct Investments, which we have attracted to our country.Despite all of the many constraints and challenges, the Liberian leader said, the economy has performed well over the past six years, averaging annual growth rates of 7 percent.“Our annual growth rate exceeds the average growth rates of the West African region. Estimates from the IMF indicate the growth rate in 2013 to be 8.7 percent. This performance was based on an activation of operations in the traditional sectors of iron ore and rubber. At the same time, efforts are underway to reactivate other traditional sectors such as cocoa, coffee and oil palm,” she said.She indicated that with these serious efforts, the rate of growth projected for 2014 is at 5.8 percent which falls short of the growth rate projected in the Agenda for Transformation that calls for at least 8 percent annual growth rate. “If we are to stay on track in becoming a middle-income country by 2030, there are several reasons for this projected decline.”The Liberia leader said Liberians should realize that the economy is not a machine that is subject to pulling of plugs or the pushing of buttons, rather group of people – people in private business, people in official entities, people in civil society, people in the media all of whom must play their roles without prejudice to the right to pursue their goals, but with the full realization that what each does will have consequences.“We have seen that what each of us does can actually slow our bus or speed us along the way,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi hijacked, driver robbed at Garden of Eden

first_imgRobbed: Kawal RaganathA Friendship, East Bank Demerara (EBD) taxi driver is still in a traumatised state after the car he used to transport two female customers was hijacked, during which a lone gunman robbed him of personal items.Kawal Raganath, 25, the taxi driver attached to Fuse Taxi Service, located at Grove, EBD, encountered the unexpected incident last Tuesday while he was performing his daily duty of transporting customers.Speaking to <<<>>> on Friday, Raganath recalled that around 22:00h on Tuesday night, two females approached him and requested to be taken to Second Dam, Garden of Eden. Responding to the request, the taxi driver transported the customers to the said location; however, upon arrival, the two women hesitated to exit the vehicle. It was at this point that a lone gunman pounced on Raganath and demanded he exit the car and hand over his personal belongings, gun-butting him in the process.“Two female came up and said they wanted a car to go to Garden of Eden, so I said no problem…..so as I go to drop off now, I stopped and when I stopped and waiting from them to exit the car, a tall male run-up next to me car door and pulled the car door open, crank a gun and put it to my head and said “jump out the car” and he gun butted me, I came out the car,” he stated.Raganath further related that he managed to make his way back through the entrance he used, and sought assistance from a nearby Guyana Defence Force (GDF) base.“I ran out of the dam and went to the GDF outpost at Garden of Eden and I told them what happened and asked them for a phone call… I called the service and they sent one of the drivers to pick me up. They took the statements and I carry them at the location, and they said if they get any information they will get back to me…..”According to the victim, a Police report was filed at the Grove Police Station, and he is now awaiting a response as investigations into the matter are ongoing.Only in February of last year, Police ranks of A Division (Georgetown) managed to crack a car hijacking ring when they conducted searches in Kuru Kururu and Yarrowkabra on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. Several cars and other vehicles were impounded during this operation, while various parts belonging to other vehicles were also unearthed.During these operation, dozens of persons were arrested and charged for being involved in the illegal activity.last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday appoint ex-Sporting Lisbon manager Carlos Carvalhal

first_img New Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal 1 Carlos Carvalhal is the new head coach of Sheffield Wednesday, the Championship club have announced.The Portuguese replaces Stuart Gray who was controversially sacked earlier this month after guiding the Owls to a comfortable 13th-placed finish last season.Carvalhal will be joined at Hillsborough by countrymen Joao Mario, Joao Cunha and Bruno Lage, who will form his backroom team.The appointment had been expected for over a week with reports also linking the Owls with a move for Swindon boss Mark Cooper.Carvalhal, who has spent the bulk of his managerial career in his homeland, had a spell in charge of Sporting Lisbon while also spending a season with Turkish giants Besiktas and Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri believes he has the pedigree to get the club back into the Premier League.“I firmly believe that this appointment will take our team and our club to the next level and towards where we all want to be, the Premier League,” he said.“It is important for our supporters that they watch their team play attractive, aggressive and entertaining football.“Carlos buys in completely to this philosophy and I am confident that his experience, knowledge and ability will herald the start of a successful new era for Sheffield Wednesday.”The Owls have undergone a complete change in management structure this summer, with the introduction of a Sporting Director Committee to oversee affairs at Hillsborough.That committee includes former West Ham and Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder, scout Paul Senior and former Fulham coach Jonathan Hill.Gray was also part of that committee before his shock departure and it is likely that Carvalhal will take his place there as well as in the dugout.Carvalhal was not the only arrival at Hillsborough on Tuesday, with French defender Vincent Sasso joining on a season-long loan from Braga. Centre-half Glenn Loovens also signed a new one-year deal.last_img read more

FIFA presidential election to go ahead in February 2016

first_img1 FIFA’s executive committee has confirmed its presidential election will go ahead as planned on February 26 next year.There had been uncertainty surrounding the vote after president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini were handed provisional 90-day suspensions two weeks ago.FIFA held an emergency meeting in Zurich on Tuesday and has, however, decided to retain the election date, with the deadline for nominations on Monday.The governing body’s twitter account read: “FIFA ExCo reconfirms 26 February 2016 as the date of the extraordinary elective congress in Zurich.”The decision places added doubt on Platini’s bid for the presidency.The Frenchman has already submitted his candidacy but is being investigated over a £1.35million payment received from Blatter in 2011, which he says relates to consultancy work completed nine years earlier.Platini denies any wrongdoing and is awaiting the verdict of the FIFA appeals committee after challenging his suspension.He told French newspaper Le Monde in an interview published on Monday that it was “shameful” his name was being “dragged through the mud”.last_img read more

Simi Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Co-Custody Parenting class, 6-7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Men’s Anger Management class, 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Lessons taught by Dick Hodnefield. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail sqdncrmn@pacbell.net. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. “Divine Peek-a-Book: Does God Play Hide and Seek?” lecture presented by The Conejo Jewish Academy, 8 p.m. at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Call (818) 991-0991. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Men’s Anger Management class, 7-9 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. “Spring Into a Good Book!”, children ages 3-5 years old are invited to participate in this story-time series, Tuesday and March 28, 1:30 p.m. at the Newbury Park Branch Library, 2331 Borchard Road. Call (805) 498-2139. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet, 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 20 W. Cochran St. Call (805) 526-4649. Chair Exercise, 8:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 529-6864, Ext. 261. CPR Update: Health Care Provider class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. Call (805) 955-6890. Tot Time story time, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music, 2910 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For ages 2-5. Call (805) 526-2800. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Emotional Intelligence Training for Parents, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Action Parent and Teen Support Program, 6:30 p.m. at Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. Hotline: (800) 367-8336. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Wood Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 526-6231. Clutterers Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m., Simi Valley Presbyterian Church, 4832 Cochran St., Room 210. Call (805) 526-5475. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. THURSDAY Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will meet, 7 a.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Call (805) 520-4894. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Scrabble Group will meet, 9:30 a.m. at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Reproductive health care clinic, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. Call (805) 578-3677. Tap for Fitness, 2:30-4 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Circuit Training, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Thursday Evening Hike, 6 p.m. at the Chumash Trailhead. Call the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District at (805) 584-4400. Open Gym Volleyball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2 or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Co-custody parenting class, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Women’s Anger Management class, 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Simi Valley Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. at Clarion Commons, 5300 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 522-9591. Ventura County Rose Society, monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. The featured speaker this month will be Dee Lyon, a member of the Conejo Audubon Society. She will discuss “Birds in Your Garden” including how to welcome and increase their visits to your garden to help in insect control. Call (805) 523-9003. FRIDAY Basic Training, 6-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Republican Candidates Forum, jointly sponsored by the Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated and the Westlake Republican Women Federated, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. There will be a $15 admission charge, and dessert and coffee will be served. Call (805) 217-2465. SATURDAY Men’s Anger Management class, 8 a.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Jazzercise Aerobics, 8-9 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Discovery Day, a semiannual fundraiser for the nationally accredited Moorpark College Child Development Center. Discovery Day is a day filled with fun and activities for parents and their children between the ages of 2 and 10 years, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. Admission charge: $5. Call (805) 378-1401. Dance Jam Ventura: Free Style Dancing, no partner needed, smoke and alcohol-free, 7:30-10:30 p.m. at 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Call (805) 650-7112. Calendar events are compiled each week by Staff Writer Angie Valencia-Martinez. Items must reach the Daily News one week before the Sunday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be attached for contact purposes. Mail to Simi Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (805) 583-0880. Angie Valencia-Martinez can be reached at (805) 583-7604 or by e-mail at angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Sunday evening hike, 5 o’clock at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. last_img read more

How Sarri’s Chelsea could line-up with Higuain, Jorginho and more new signings

first_img Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Chelsea’s current midfield is a large disappointment, aside from world class N’Golo Kante. He has a perfect role in Sarri’s system, as the energetic shuttler who links play between defence and attack. The France international’s passing and general possession play has drastically improved since he joined Chelsea in 2016, and under Sarri he is likely to improve even further. Tiemoue Bakayoko showed enough promise in 2017/18 to remain at Stamford Bridge in a back-up role, and playing second-fiddle to Kante could be perfect for the 23-year-old to regain his confidence.Sarri already has the perfect attacking midfielder to call upon in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has admitted he may have to leave Chelsea if not guaranteed playing time. Loftus-Cheek has all the skills required to drive Chelsea forward from the centre of the park, acting as both creator and goal scorer for his side. Ross Barkley, signed in January, is a brilliant rotation option as long as he recovers fully from injury and rediscovers his best form.Jorginho, the Italy international, has followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea with the Blues in vital need of a holding midfielder who can dictate play as well as break it up. Though he has improved on the ball, Kante is needed in a more box-to-box role, and the likes of Danny Drinkwater and the aforementioned Bakayoko are just not good enough. Cesc Fabregas is the most natural fit for this position, but he is far too slow across the pitch to complete the defensive duties also required of a holding midfielder in Sarri’s system.Jorginho has shown incredible quality with Napoli, providing both defensive solidity as well as a composed approach to possession play. Sarri already knows him so well, having built his Napoli team around the 26-year-old, and he caught the eye in his first 45 minute performance for the Blues, misplacing just two of 101 passes in the first-half of the defeat of Perth. 7 Maurizio Sarri has taken charge of his first Chelsea match following his appointment as manager of the Premier League side.The Italian was officially named Blues boss earlier this month, the day after the west Londoners announced that Antonio Conte had been sacked after two years at Stamford Bridge. This is the former Napoli coach’s first managerial role outside of his native Italy. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won They came so close to breaking Juventus’ hold on the Scudetto, but Sarri will now be hoping Chelsea is the club with whom he wins the first silverware of his career.Chelsea lined up in the same 4-3-3 system for Sarri’s managerial debut, and the Italian got off to a winning start as the Blues defeated Perth Glory, the Australian side, 1-0 in a friendly played on Monday.It was a relatively weak line-up that started the pre-season fixture, with many of Chelsea’s key players still not back at training due to playing at the World Cup, and come the opening day of the Premier League season the Blues starting XI will be considerably different to the one seen earlier this week.But what kind of team is Sarri expected to field throughout 2018/19? talkSPORT.com have assessed the Blues’ current squad and looked at rumoured signings to build a potential Chelsea XI for next season, and you can see the results below… At Napoli, Sarri used a consistent 4-3-3 system, with two attacking full-backs, a midfield comprised of one holder, one shuttler and one more attacking option, with a very interchangeable front three leading the line. Sarri joins Chelsea after three years at Napoli in Italy’s Serie A shining 7 REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures The basic structure of Sarri’s Napoli side MIDFIELD: N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek gameday cracker Chelsea started their first pre-season friendly with Pedro, Alvaro Morata and Callum Hudson-Odoi starting in their front three from right to let. The former and latter were excellent, but Morata showed he remains far from the required quality for a team that wishes to challenge at the highest level.These woes in front of goal have led Sarri to target Gonzalo Higuain, the Juventus striker, who enjoyed his most prolific season while playing under the Italian coach at Napoli. Talks are reportedly being held between Chelsea and Juve for the transfer of the Argentina international, and if brought to Stamford Bridge, Higuain would undoubtedly be first-choice centre-forward.With Morata likely to leave west London, Olivier Giroud would play back-up for Higuain, and it is a role the former Arsenal man is well suited to.Pedro and Willian are set to battle it out for the starting role on the right of the attack, though Pedro’s brilliant off the ball movement should give him the edge over the Brazil international. He showed his suitability to Sarri’s system during the defeat of Perth, scoring the only goal of the game with a brilliant run from the right that saw him in the centre of the box just as Hudson-Odoi crossed the ball into the area. Having evaded the entire Perth defence, Pedro had no trouble sending a first time finish into the back of the net.Furthermore, Willian could leave Chelsea with both Manchester United and Barcelona interested in the forward. If he does depart, Pedro has a free run at confirming the right forward position as his own.Eden Hazard remains a shoo-in to start under Sarri in his preferred left-sided position, as long as he stays at Stamford Bridge, and the Italian could be the manager who finally gives Hazard the creative freedom he has longed for since joining the Blues in the summer of 2012. Hazard’s position on paper would be left-wing, but Sarri would encourage him to create havoc all throughout the final third by combining with Pedro and Higuain as part of a fluid front three. ATTACK: Pedro, Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard Sarri’s system could resemble this at Chelsea tense Chelsea’s defence is the one area which does not really need much improvement, but that doesn’t mean Sarri is not going to try and improve it. Andreas Christensen established himself in Chelsea’s first-team last season, and Antonio Rudiger started to grow comfortable at Stamford Bridge as 2017/18 wore on. However, Sarri wants to bring Daniele Rugani to London from Juventus, with the Blues reportedly close to completing the 23-year-old’s signing. With a fee passing the £40m mark rumoured, Rugani will not be arriving at Stamford Bridge to play a back-up role, so he is likely to start alongside Christensen.Cesar Azpilicueta remains one of the finest defenders in the Premier League, and could return to his natural right-back position, while Marcos Alonso’s attacking sensibilities make him the perfect full-back for Sarri.The back-up options for the central positions are more than adequate – the aforementioned Rudiger, Gary Cahill and, if they stay at Chelsea, David Luiz and Kurt Zouma – while Emerson Palmieri has all the skills to impress as a rotation option for Alonso at left-back.A new right-back could be brought to Stamford Bridge to provide cover for Azpilicueta, as Victor Moses is not suited to a defensive role and Davide Zappacosta has not impressed since joining the Blues last summer. Elseid Hysaj, of Napoli, has been rumoured to follow Sarri to London. possible xi center_img GOALKEEPER: Thibaut Courtois 7 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware Latest Chelsea news 7 REAL DEAL REVEALED 7 Real Madrid are trying to sign Courtois this summer, but so far a deal for the Belgium international has yet to be completed. Chelsea are looking at options to bring to Stamford Bridge to replace Courtois, but they have yet to approach anyone to become their new No1. Sarri wants Courtois to stay at Chelsea, and, at this moment in time, he will be starting the campaign between the sticks for the Blues. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 7 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars DEFENCE: Cesar Azpilicueta, Daniele Rugani, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 7 smart causal last_img read more

Opera 5.1 for Android Outpaces Safari in Side-by-Side Comparison [VIDEO]

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Back in April when Opera Mini was released into the AppStore, as an iPhone user I naturally downloaded it and checked it out. Yes, some pages loaded faster, but navigating was choppy and there was no way to make it the default browser. These days I am lucky enough to have both an iPhone and an Android device – the latter of which saw an updated version of Opera hit the market today. So how does the new Opera mobile browser stack up to the competition and its predecessor? Check out the following video with a side-by-side comparison to find out. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement As you can see from the video (and the title of this article), the newest version of Opera is pretty quick. When placed side-by-side with an iPhone 4, an HTC Desire running the latest Opera browser has no trouble outpacing Safari. In some cases the difference is minor, but with full pages, Opera loads several seconds faster. Opera has also improved on the browser’s ability to zoom and scroll – both of which happen much faster and more smoothly. Opera 5.0 on the iPhone looks broken and choppy when placed next to its 5.1 counterpart on the Android. Tabbed browsing is much more enjoyable on 5.1 and the ability to let pages load in a new tab in the background – something Safari won’t do – is a nice way to be more efficient. One of the downsides to Opera Mini is that is doesn’t support Flash the way the default Android browser does. When I tested a few Flash features that work in the default browser, Opera was unable to play them. The lack of Flash could be a deal-breaker for some Android users, but regular browsing is much faster than the default browser, which could bridge some of that gap.As an iPhone user, the future of Opera on the platform seems exciting if the company can bring the speed and snappiness over from Android. The only problem is Apple won’t allow users to change the default browser, so clicking links in emails or apps won’t automatically launch Opera – a feature Android, on the other hand, does provide. chris cameronlast_img read more

But Is It Working?

first_imgYou like doing what you are doing now. You know there are other things that you could be doing, but you don’t want to do them. So you keep doing what you’ve always done.You know that there are other choices available to you, but all of them make you uncomfortable. So you keep doing what you’ve been doing (maybe for as long as you remember).You need better results. You even want better results. But that would mean you have to stop doing what you are doing now and do something different.If what you are doing now is working for you, keep doing it. If it is producing the results you want, maybe you should even double down and do even more of it. But if what you’re doing isn’t producing the results you want–if it isn’t working–then you need to do something different.Ask yourself, “Is what I am doing working?” Ask, “Is what I am doing right now producing the results that I am capable of producing?” Ask, “Is what I am doing making me truly happy?”If what you are doing isn’t working, you know it’s time to do something else. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Roads to U.N. office in Srinagar sealed to block protest

first_imgResidents run for cover as a teargas shell fired by security forces explodes during clashes in Srinagar on Friday, August 23, 2019.  | Photo Credit: REUTERS UN team alleges violation of rights in Kashmir The officials neither denied nor confirmed these casualties. Fresh restrictions brought the valley to a grinding halt again. No vehicles were allowed to move even in commercial hub Lal Chowk. As a “precautionary measure”, no Friday prayers were allowed at the major mosques in the Valley, including the shrine of Syed Sahib at Somnawar and Jamia Masjid at Nowahatta. The authorities said most prayers passed off peacefully across the Valley. However, protest marches were carried out from Soura and Chanapora areas.Eyewitnesses said protesters clashed with security forces, who fired smoke shells and pellet shotguns to disperse the demonstration. “Around four locals were injured in Soura,” a local told The Hindu. Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest at Soura in Srinagar on August 23, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad Stringent security restrictions were reimposed in Kashmir Valley, especially around the office of the United Nations (U.N.) in Srinagar, on August 23 amid the reports of separatists’ planning a protest march towards it. Spools of concertina wires and iron barricades blocked all the three roads leading to the U.N. office in Srinagar’s Sonwar area. Buses were used as barriers to stop marchers from heading towards the office. A police official said the measure was taken after posters were pasted on several electricity poles and walls in the old city’s Soura area, asking people to march towards the U.N. These posters were attributed to the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL). However, the police said no high-ranking separatist leader is free or having communications to issues such calls. “It’s being investigated,” he added.Also Read  Mobile telephony and Internet services continued to remain shut for the 19th day on August 23.last_img read more