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Batshuayi reveals Chelsea frustrations

first_img0Shares0000Game of frustration: Michy Batshuayi says he “did not have a good time at Chelsea”. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 17 – Michy Batshuayi has opened up about his frustrating time at Chelsea, claiming he “did not have a good time” at the Premier League giants.The 24-year-old has been on fire since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, hitting five goals in just three games. The Belgian striker threatens to add more goals in Sunday’s German league match at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who have lost their last three games without scoring.Batshuayi scored twice on his debut in a 3-2 league win at Cologne, then hit the net again in a 2-0 defeat of Hamburg last weekend.His incredible run continued on Thursday with two more goals in Dortmund’s 3-2 home win against Atalanta in the last 16, first leg, in the Europa League.After months on Chelsea’s bench behind first-choice Alvaro Morata, Batshuayi is relishing his new role leading Dortmund’s attack.“I did not have a good time at Chelsea, but I’m doing well here and I’ve been well received by my colleagues and supporters,” Batshuayi told Belgian network Sporza.“Sitting on the bench, scoring a goal and then being back on the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.“As a young player, you need a lot of playing time to evolve. It’s perfect here, and I’m trusted by everyone.”Having sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, Dortmund need a goal scorer, but Chelsea did not offer a ‘to buy’ option on Batshuayi’s loan deal.He is unconcerned about his future and just wants to keep scoring for Dortmund to help win a place at the World Cup with Belgium.“I’m not thinking about that (returning to Chelsea),” said Batshuayi.“For me, it’s important to perform well for Borussia Dortmund in every match.“I’ll deal with the situation as it comes.”Dortmund can go second in the table with a win at Gladbach, but will be without Shinji Kagawa.The Japan midfielder has an ankle injury, but Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer could return after a calf injury.“We’ll make a decision whether it makes sense for him after the final training session, he doesn’t feel 100 percent fit yet,” said Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Roma humble Barca to reach C League semis

first_img0Shares0000Kostas Manolas’ late header capped a sensational Roma comeback against Barcelona© AFP LLUIS GENEROME, Italy, Apr 10 – Kostas Manolas sent Roma through to the semi-finals of the Champions League after an incredible 3-0 victory over Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday saw them overhaul a 4-1 first-leg deficit and advance on away goals.The superb Edin Dzeko set the ball rolling in the sixth minute, and after Daniele De Rossi converted a penalty 13 minutes after the break to get the home fans believing, Manolas glanced home a brilliant header with eight minutes left to send the Roma supporters into raptures and leave Barca wondering what had hit them. Just as they were at the Camp Nou, Roma were aggressive from the off, and Dzeko gave the home side a deserved lead after just six minutes, brilliantly bringing down De Rossi’s clipped through ball, holding off Samuel Umtiti and poking the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Patrik Schick had the best chances to double Roma’s lead before half-time on his Champions League debut, but continued the poor form in front of goal that has blighted his club-record move from Sampdoria.He sent two glorious headed chances wide, the first from a vicious 13th-minute Aleksandar Kolarov corner.The second, just before the half-hour mark was even more glaring, a free header on the penalty spot that should have hit the target.Edin Dzeko’s early goal at the Stadio Olimpico gave Roma hope of overturning a 4-1 deficit from the first leg before Daniele de Rossi converted a 58th-minute penalty.He was however unlucky not to control Radja Nainggolan’s mishit shot when it flashed to him in the area just two minutes later.Roma started the second half as they started the first and got their reward in the 58th minute when Edin Dzeko was chopped down by Gerard Pique and De Rossi slotted home the spot-kick.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side smelled blood, and with the raucous crowd urging their team they tore into wobbling Barca.De Rossi flashed a header wide in the 69th minute, and 10 minutes later it looked like Ter Stegen had saved the away side’s skin with an incredible close-range stop from Stephan El Shaarawy.However with just seven minutes left Manolas met another fizzing Kolarov corner with a unsaveable header, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.Barca finally came out of their shells as Roma tried to hold on to the result, but the hosts held on brilliantly to see the result out and go through to the semis for the first time since 1984, when they lost the final at home to Liverpool, Tuesday’s other victors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Welbeck’s a beast… he can be WORLD CLASS’ – Arsenals fans hail fit-again star

first_img Danny Welbeck in action for Arsenal against Hull City 1 [View the story “Arsenal fans are delighted to have Danny Welbeck back” on Storify]center_img Arsenal endured a disappointing afternoon on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in the FA Cup.But there was something positive to come out of the game for the Gunners – the performance of fit-again striker Danny Welbeck.Having come off the substitutes bench to score a dramatic late winner against Leicester last weekend, the former Manchester United star was handed his first start in ten months.There were no goalscoring heroics from the 25-year-old this time around, but Welbeck did impress with his energy, movement and skill.Here’s what Arsenal fans had to say about his performance on Twitter… last_img read more

Honoring our fallen soldiers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Earlier in the day Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in West Los Angeles – that included a flyover by F-16s from Edwards Air Force Base – before traveling to Canoga Park to ride in the parade. “It was very solemn, and I felt so honored to be there,” Villaraigosa said, adding that the day had even more resonance given the ongoing fighting in Iraq. “I love Canoga Park,” the mayor added, “and it’s great to be in this all-American city and celebrate Memorial Day together.” And celebrate they did. An estimated 5,000 people lined the two-mile parade route, setting up lawn chairs and umbrellas to ward off the sun, blowing horns, cheering and waving American flags as each parade vehicle passed by. Many praised the parade as a long-standing tradition that brings neighbors from all over the city together, year after year. Kerry Scott, 49, of Canoga Park came to the parade with some neighbors from her church and her daughter, Maegan, 17, and her son, Michael, 19, who wore a red-white-and-blue hat embellished like a jester’s cap with bells. CANOGA PARK – Thousands of San Fernando Valley residents took time out of their holiday festivities Monday to honor U.S. servicemen and women who have died defending the United States. Gathering at the 18th annual Valley of the Stars Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, many parade watchers said it was also a time to honor those who are now fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Some people think it’s just a three-day weekend, but it’s more to honor the people out there, fighting for our freedom,” said Cecilia Martinez, 42, of Canoga Park, whose late father, Jildardo Martinez, fought in the Korean War. She brought her 6-year-old nephew, Luge Navarette, to the parade, and said her sister began the holiday by placing American flags on the graves of their father and Martinez’s brother-in-law, who served in the Navy. “There’s quite a few military people in the parade, and we’re here to honor them and thank them for giving us the freedom to sit in the hot sun and clap and cheer until you’re hoarse,” Scott said, grinning. “It’s fun!” Don Hernandez, 38, of Canoga Park noted that the event was a good way for adults to educate younger people of the sacrifices made by America’s armed forces. “Without this, California is nothing,” Hernandez said. The parade was presented by The Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce, Canoga Park Community Center, Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, Valley of the Stars, and the Office of Councilman Dennis Zine. It featured a number of elected officials and dignitaries, including Zine, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, Sen. Richard Alarc n, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Assemblywoman Cindy Monta ez, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, Councilman Alex Padilla and Cmdr. Thomas Sutton, U.S. Navy Reserves, who served in Kuwait and Iraq. Edith C. Shain, the nurse in the iconic 1945 VJ Day LIFE magazine photo of a sailor bestowing a passionate victory kiss on a nurse in Times Square, drew wild applause when her vehicle, adorned with a giant replica of the photo and Shain herself in a white nurse’s uniform, passed through the crowd. The Canoga Park parade was just one of many events honoring the sacrifices military personnel have made in service to their country, including the more than 2,700 men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale, included a march from the Little Church of the Flowers to the burial site of a Civil War soldier and a musket and cannon salute. At Forest Lawn’s Hollywood Hills site, observances included a portrayal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a rifle salute by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a performance by the Air National Guard Band. City News Service contributed to this report. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s Golf Receives GCAA All-Academic Team Award

first_imgThe recognition is bestowed on squads maintaining a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or above for the 2016-17 academic year. The Bulldogs registered a 3.44 GPA and were one of 102 team to receive the prestigious honor. Drake begins the 2017-18 season on Sept. 9 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. Print Friendly Version NORMAL, Okla. – The Drake University men’s golf team was awarded the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team Award on Wednesday.last_img read more

SHOOTING OF NEW FILM STARTS IN DONEGAL NEXT WEEK

first_imgA short film based on the famous Irish poem An Crann will begin shooting in Glenties next week.The film, based on Núala Ní Dhomhnaill’s poem of the same name, starts shooting on June 26th.An Crann is a transatlantic project, with a crew comprised of recent graduates from both New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire. The film tells the story of Brendan and Aisling, a couple who have lived together in Donegal for twenty-five years. Their lives are relatively uneventful… until one day, a strange new neighbour chops down their tree.When Aisling informs their neighbour of her mistake, the woman invites Aisling to cut down one of her trees in retaliation. Brendan relishes the opportunity for payback, whilst Aisling is determined to forgive and forget. But the woman continues to wheedle her way into the couple’s lives, and soon Aisling is forced to make a hard choice.The film stars veterans of the Irish screen and stage Bairbre Ní Caoimh and Nichola MacEvilly, in an Irish language script by Emma Carlson.Núala Ní Dhomhnaill is one of Ireland’s preeminent poets, and writes exclusively in Irish. Her work has been translated to English by Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, and Medbh McGuckian. An Crann appears in Ní Dhomhnaill’s 1988 Rogha Dánta: Selected Poems.  SHOOTING OF NEW FILM STARTS IN DONEGAL NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An CranndonegalfilmingGlentieslast_img read more

Is Egypt unsettling Micho to foil Cranes World Cup campaign?

first_imgFifa 2018 World Cup Africa qualifierTeams                   MP         W            D             L              GF          GA          +/-          PtsEgypt                     2              2              0              0              4              1              3              6Uganda                 2              1              1              0              1              0              1              4Ghana                   2              0              1              1              0              2              -2            1Congo                   2              0              0              2              1              3              -2            0Upcoming fixturesUganda vs Egypt    August 31 4pmEgypt vs Uganda    September 5, 8pm Tags: top Micho is serenaded by Cranes players after Uganda qualified for Afcon last year.FOOTBALL — Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic can be a ball of enigma when he chooses to. And this latest brouhaha surrounding the Serbian is even more baffling: Micho is expected to put to bed speculation over his future with the national team on Monday in a meeting with Fufa.The media has been awash with reports that the Serbian tactician had resigned, even when he has publicly stated otherwise—using his social media accounts. Some journalists have claimed to have spoken to Micho and that the coach had indicated he was calling time on his dugout duties with Uganda Cranes.Micho has rubbished the rumours, saying Uganda is a “master place of creating rumours,” and insisting that his position on the matter would be known by Monday.Even amid the rumours, the coach was astute enough to make South Sudan look like a shadow in a sparring match. He could even afford to flaunt his tactical nous by giving Paul Mucureezi the opportunity to peel the layers off his feet for the country to behold. Micho is good. And taking Cranes to Afcon in January was no fluke.Micho gives instructions from the technical area.But whether the rumours around his resignation are true or not will not matter. Whether the coach has indeed intimated his decisions to some journalists will also account for little. The big question now should be: why?But first, Fufa’s position remains clear: Micho has not communicated anything to his employers on the rumours. Not officially, not in any way.Fufa president Moses Magogo will hold a technical meeting with the national team coach.The federation says Magogo, who arrived in the country from Morocco where he was attending a series of Caf events, will demand an official position on Monday in the meeting, after which Fufa will communicate Micho’s position to the country.Fufa communications manager Ahmed Hussein, who called on the public to remain calm about the rumours on Micho’s standing, said: “We understand our coach as a professional who will address any issues with his employers first then a formal communication will be made.”Is Micho feeling cold?Which returns us to the big question: Why? Why is Micho suddenly unsettled at a time when Uganda Cranes were becoming such a formidable force? Why now when Uganda Cranes have their sight on Fifa World Cup 2018 finals in Moscow?Micho is a candid man with a good sense of humour. His deadpans on Twitter can be as entertaining as they are bemusing to Fufa.So why the latest ping pong? At Camp Nou in Spain, Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar is the latest subject of interest after French giants PSG tabled an audacious bid to trigger his release clause. Whether Neymar and his father are serious about the transfer to Paris remains to be known, but rumours that they could just be after a bigger pay cheque from the Catalan side cannot be rubbished either.And so is Micho, who is said to be after pay cheques. There are also rumours that the Serbian is claiming salary areas and using the rumours on his future to get Fufa out of their hiding and sort him out. This latter style wouldn’t be a first from Micho. If anything, it is his trademark of sorts, and Magogo, who once tweeted that Micho did not know how to handle success, would be best positioned to deal with this.Remember when the nation thought Micho was all but gone after some not-so-palatable exchanges with Magogo? Apparently, the Fufa boss handled the matter and Micho lived to continue his good form with Cranes.Enter the Pharaohs and WC campaignBut there are underlying reasons and forces that football minds in the country cannot take for granted. Look no further than Cranes World Cup qualification campaign where they are currently finely poised in Group E alongside African Cup of Nations record winners Egypt and Ghana and Republic of Congo as the only bridesmaid in the group.Egypt top Group E after beating Congo in Brazzaville and Ghana in Cairo. Uganda, who held Ghana to a priceless draw in Accra, are second, two points behind the North African giants.But there is a double-header up next and the Pharaohs are feeling jittery over the chances of Cranes under Micho. August 31 is so far away, yet so close for the Egyptians. Uganda Cranes are unfazed at Namboole.But the Egyptians cannot take anything for granted. Already, their ‘spies’ have touched base in Kampala as advance party with a strict assignment: Digging up every information available on Uganda football that can be used in the double header to ensure Egypt do not drop points. That is their assignment.Win in Kampala and Egypt will virtually have put a leg in Russia ahead of the match in Port Alexandria six days later. That August 31 match in Kampala will be at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, at 4pm local time. Only Togo has the magic to unlocking Cranes at the stadium, but the Egyptians are not leaving anything to chance: their advance party has already reported that Namboole is in shambles.To this end, Egyptian FA is seeking a way to have Namboole’s ‘potato pitch’ worked on so that their players, who are used to better playing turfs in Europe or in better managed facilities at home and in other countries, will not feel the bump. Egypt intends to get Namboole stadium managers to agree a deal where the North Africans fund the refurbishment of the pitch ahead of August 31.But the current Cranes set up is not an equation of good turf. Egypt know what it was like and they need not look further than when the two sides locked horns in Port Gentil.Back in Gabon, it took the record champions 89 minutes to break Cranes courtesy of substitute Abdallah El Said. It was a drab game, but that was not the true account; Uganda were good and are still good.Drawing with Ghana away was no fluke either. Egypt knows if they cannot beat Cranes home and away, they will hand the leverage to top the group and qualify on a silver platter to Uganda Cranes, who will only have to beat Ghana at the fortress that is Namboole and pick up the mandatory three points in Brazzaville to qualify for their first World Cup final.The Egyptian advance party appear to have indicated Micho as the quota pin in Cranes rise and removing that pin will dislocate the Cranes wheel. And by remove, it means by any means, including coaxing South African struggling giants Orlando Pirates to tap Micho.The Absa Premier League side have reportedly thrown cheques worth $50,000 in monthly emolument at Micho. That is at least five times what the Serbian earns in Kampala. Fufa can’t match that even if they wanted to.With the Egyptian hell-bent on leaving nothing to chance, it would be understandable if some Ugandans got paranoid and faulted them for playing with third parties to price Micho away.editorial@pmldaily.comComments last_img read more

Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 130 | Thanksgiving Pie

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale, Bart, and Matt are bringing you this episode of the Ohio Ag Net podcast brought to you by AgriGold. A slightly aggressive conversation is had over Thanksgiving pie and Christmas Trees. Bart and Matt sit down with some folks from Ag Resource Management and discuss some financial pieces. Dale also hears an update from Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition from NAFB.last_img

Is Fast Flip Really the Best Google Can Do to Save the News?

first_imgYesterday, Google launchedFast Flip – a Google Labs product that wants to give users a new way to browse newspaper sites and blogs on their desktops and mobile devices. The big business news here is that Google will share ad revenue from this product with the publishers. The relationship between Google and the newspaper industry has always been somewhat tumultuous, so this revenue-sharing model can be seen as Google extending an olive branch to content producers. The problem, though, is that Google Fast Flip simply isn’t a very good product and that it feels more like a step backwards than the future of news.Personalized ScreenshotsThe overall idea behind Fast Flip is interesting. Over time, the service learns what you like to read and will personalize its news suggestions for you. The execution, however, leaves much to be desired. Instead of a Google Reader-like text-based interface, Fast Flip displays a series of screenshots. Usability? On the desktop, you get a large picture of a page with the first part of an article without the ability to scroll down, and cut off sides where ads or links to other articles tend to be. Often, because a lot of magazines tend to feature very large images at the top of a page, all you get is a headline and an image. To actually read the article, you have to click on the screenshot.On an iPhone or Android phone, the experience is even more annoying. Besides the problem that Fast Flip isn’t extremely fast on a mobile device (images take longer to load than text, after all), the size of the screen guarantees that you can’t actually read much in those screenshots besides the headline. To get a better view, you have to tap the screen and a menu will pop up that allows you to zoom into the picture or read the full article on the actual newspaper site or blog. As Rob Diana points out on the Regular Geek blog, that’s a lot of clicking just to get from an unreadable thumbnail view to the actual content.The other problem here is that Google is only working with a select number of content providers. At least for the time being, this is a closed off ecosystem.DisappointingOverall, Fast Flip just seems like a disappointing product. The cooperation with content producers is interesting, though we wonder if a single AdSense unit on the site will really make newspapers any money. Google Reader or personalized applications like my6sense on the iPhone or feedly on the desktop just seem far more interesting and usable than browsing through a series of screenshots. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#news#web last_img read more

South Africa wants to crank out more connected devices

first_imgWhen you think about global leaders Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) manufacturing, a few regions come to mind. China, Europe, and the United States are certainly among them. But, government leaders from South Africa want to add a new region to the global conversation: Africa.South African Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele recently attended a Smart Africa Alliance board meeting Kigali, Rwanda. This meeting, which was part of the Transform Africa Summit is part of a larger effort to bring African nations forward technologically.“The Smart Africa Alliance will help African countries to digitise the continent and use ICTs to quickly catch up and be competitive with developed nations. The South Africa Government has decided that we should join the Smart Africa Alliance to contribute in the growth and integration of the continent,” said Minister Cwele in a statement on Friday.Minister Cwele’s is one of the first South African leaders to speak to the alliance since its Cabinet’s approval of South Africa’s joining the Smart Africa Alliance. The alliance, which is made up of several African governments, has the goal of developing solutions through technology that target the needs of Africa.Smart cities, smart strategy for growthPart of the plan behind the Transform Africa Summit is the establishment of a Smart Cities master plan which is a blueprint for the development of smart cities throughout Africa. Smart cities, which are already in planning and development stages throughout the modern world, take advantage of emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of their core infrastructure.Virtually every aspect of city management can be improved on through the use of smart sensors which collect and transmit information to central management systems. Cities can use these technologies to reduce traffic congestion, improve crime response times, and facilitate a better living condition for its citizenry.These smart technologies require a great deal of planning, funding, and manpower to set up. This means not only the potential for skilled employment in the region, but for opportunities for economic growth.Minister Cwele believes that by manufacturing the devices and gadgets required to bring Africa to the next stage, it will be able to do so with less financial overhead. These manufacturing facilities also pave the way for continued economic growth as South Africa and its neighboring countries look toward the future. Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Tags:#ICT#Internet of Things#IoT#manufacturing#South Africa Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more