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All-English Champions League final complicates Nations League

All-English Champions League final complicates Nations League

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate believes winning the Nations League in June has become “a little bit more complicated” now there will be an all-English Champions League final.Last month he suggested England’s attempts to win the competition would be a “mess” if one or more English clubs reached the June 1 showpiece in Madrid.And with Liverpool and Tottenham now representing the Premier League in European club football’s biggest game, Southgate may have to deal with the delayed arrival of up to 10 players to the squad.England play Holland in a Nations League semi-final on June 6 in Guimaraes, Portugal, five days after the Champions League final in Madrid.Southgate, who was speaking at the launch of Future Leaders, a two-day programme from The Prince’s Trust charity which seeks to bolster young people’s skills in leadership and teamwork, said: “It is a little bit more complicated but firstly it is a brilliant achievement by the two clubs and by the two managers.“In different ways, they have had phenomenal seasons against really difficult challenges.“For our young English players it is great that they are playing in matches that really matter while under pressure and they are being really successful because that will help England in the long run.“Although it makes our preparation a bit more complicated, that is a challenge that we have to deal with as a group of staff. We have got to adapt. We are always telling our players to adapt so we have got to do the same. We can still prepare the team for the game with Holland.”On the impact of the delayed arrival to the squad, Southgate jokingly said “we will play a lot of five-a-side in training” as part of the adapted preparations.He said: “I think we have always had the understanding that this could happen and we need to keep all of our players physically ready for our tournament in the summer.“It is just making sure the players we are working with are as prepared as they can be. Then we will fit those other players back into the programme when they arrive back with us.“We won’t have long before our matches but actually we are used to that as with our international weeks we only get two or three days’ preparation.He added: “Although you would like more for a semi-final, and we could have had more, we haven’t and we have just got to deal with that.”Potential squad members could include Liverpool players Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.There could also be a strong line-up of Tottenham players in Southgate’s squad, with the likes of Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and England captain Harry Kane all in contention to make the party if they are fit.Lucas Moura scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner on Wednesday to cap an astonishing Tottenham fightback against Ajax.That followed a miracle comeback by Liverpool, who booked their place by thrashing Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield on Tuesday night.Southgate noted that Holland will have a couple of Liverpool players in the same situation but said: “These situations are neither an advantage nor a disadvantage, it is how you respond to them.“I think one of the good things is that the two teams have got a fortnight from their last league game at the weekend until the final.“They have got to manage that period but there will only have been the one match.“There will have been an emotional response to however that game goes but in terms of the physical part of it, there is enough time to recover that.“We will just have to assess the players when they are with us to see where they all sit.”Southgate was at the Liverpool match on Tuesday and watched the other one at home, where he was “off the sofa at the end of the game”.last_img read more

Aces tackle Road Warriors sans injured Abueva

Aces tackle Road Warriors sans injured Abueva

first_imgDooley hopes more fans will come 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Alaska Aces. PBA IMAGESAlaska and coach Alex Compton have gone through a lot in the last two PBA seasons, where the Aces had some measure of success and the biggest heartbreak in league history.Today, the work to slay the ghost of the biggest collapse ever in the Philippine Cup Finals starts.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska made a string of championship appearances in the last two seasons and fell short each time.None was more painful than in the Finals here when the Aces zoomed to a 3-0 lead over San Miguel Beer only to fail to complete the job.The Aces and Compton have moved on and have regained their status as perennial title contenders. But completing the moving on process would require them to get the job done for a change and snap a title drought that dates back to the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.Abueva, a former Rookie of the Year, has been the most consistent force for Alaska on both ends. He won the Best Player of the Conference award in the Commissioner’s Cup and was a member of the Mythical First Team last season.Alaska also unveils Brian Cruz, its pick in the Cadet Draft, and Compton believes that they have a gem of a player who can help carry on the Aces’ tradition together with Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT “(Cruz) is good player, he fits our team, he’s a smart kid who wants to learn and plays hard,” Compton said. “But he’s a rookie and I don’t think anybody should put a ton of pressure on him.”Guiao, meanwhile, is tasked to give NLEX its own identity and make the Road Warriors winners.There’s no doubt that Guiao is one of the most colorful coaches in the history of the PBA—and one of the winningest. But he knows that he wouldn’t be able to do this overnight.Mahindra and GlobalPort also make their debuts today, clashing in the 4:15 p.m. contest with the Batang Pier pinning their hopes anew on point guards Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908center_img We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports But the Aces will miss franchise player Calvin Abueva for the first couple of games, counting their debut against an NLEX crew that opens a new chapter in its life at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Abueva has a bruised quadriceps muscle and will be out in the 7 p.m. contest where Yeng Guiao makes his debut as the new Road Warriors’ head coach and start bringing a winning tradition to a team that has had very little success in the past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Calvin will be out and won’t be ready,” Compton told the Inquirer over the phone.“If this was a Game 7, we will inject him with something so he could play.” As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READlast_img read more

Confronting…

Confronting…

first_img…PNC oppressionOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo received a firestorm of denunciation from the PNC and its partisans after he advised Berbicians to “chase out” ministers and lackeys of the Government if they come to “woo” them after their destruction of the Berbice economy, especially sugar. He was denounced as “uncouth” and not “civil” in his remarks!!Even some supporters fell for the sophistry and felt Jagdeo’s call was “out of place”. Now, bear in mind that Jagdeo wasn’t calling for violence, just that oppressed Berbicians should express their frustration over the PNC’s callous and spiteful acts against them.What was Jagdeo supposed to tell them? Offer Nagamootoo and Granger tea and cookies when they come around fishing for their votes?? Fool me once, shame on you: fool me twice; shame on ME!!But the demand for civility from Jagdeo towards the Government and its minions — after four years of unremitting marginalisation of his constituency — is a tactic that has long been exposed for what it is: DEFENDING THE OPPRESSIVE STATUS QUO. Of course the oppressor would like you to be polite, and would encourage you to “go along to get along”; it reifies the unjust system in all its putridness. But when you are struggling for your survival – like Berbicians are – civility just won’t cut it!!The PNC oppressors are trying to turn reality of its head and make themselves out as the victims being wronged by Jagdeo, who is merely reacting to their betrayal of all Guyana. The people of Guyana must understand that the denunciation of Jagdeo’s call to the oppressed Berbicians and their call for civility is just to stifle their frustrations. But the struggle against an oppressor that is oblivious to your sufferings can never be civil – even though you are fighting for your “civil” rights.As Frederick Douglass once remarked, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to, and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.”Jagdeo’s call for Berbicians to “chase the PNC out” was to choose words, and not “blows”. Protest has to be by definition uncivil. Even the great Gandhi and MLK had to be disruptive, and were jailed for their efforts. Jagdeo’s incivility, in fact, is an alternative to the violent protests the PNC launched whenever it decided its constituency was wronged.Right now, the people of Guyana should be girding their loins to be “uncivil” to the PNC on April 11; that’s when their 4 dual-citizen, illegal MPs say they’ll enter Parliament…economic blindnessLast week, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce as well as the Private Sector Commission reported that their members were experiencing a “decline in business” because of the political situation. “Not so!!” President Granger immediately declared. “That was just their perception, and in fact was a misconception.” And in that short but pithy statement we can see why the PNC can never run a free enterprise economy.Granger painfully explained his actions after the NCM: “There’s no chaos or confusion or crisis in the political situation. Everything that has happened since the 21st of December has been logical and, on the part of the Government, it has been within the framework of the law.” Well, it very well might be…but Granger misses the point when he dismisses it all as “perception”.He’s obviously oblivious to the “Thomas Theorem”: If men define their situations as real, they are real in their consequences. If consumers and businessmen believe the Government’s actions would create political tensions, they’ll trim their spending.It’s called declining “consumer confidence”!…Minister’s diagnosisYour Eyewitness doesn’t want to be an alarmist…but if the tests on the illness that struck eight Chinese, leaving one dead, aren’t complete, how can the Minister categorically rule out Swine Flu??How’d she arrive at her “false negative”??last_img read more

A red letter day

A red letter day

In appreciation Bautista’s parents, Carlos and Paula, gave her a 2006 fire engine-red Chevrolet Cobalt LS, two-door coupe, a year before she graduated. Bautista’s first realization of her prefect attendance presented a challenge. “My first year of junior high was so hard. I kept dwelling on it but I knew I had to keep it up. Then in my last four years in high school, it was easy.” Bautista played varsity water polo at La Habra for four years. Playing sports, Bautista said, helped her to prevent missing any school days. “I was active, healthy and immune to things.” Although sometimes, when Bautista had to leave school early for water polo events, her teachers would eagerly jump on the chance of marking her as absent. “If I was ever absent in class for a field trip or school function, my teachers would get excited and say, `Oh look, she’s absent today!’ Then I’d get a letter saying I was absent but later I’d be excused because I was on a field trip,” she said. Her friends think she’s crazy for her mere ability to have kept such a record. But they do enjoy her newly fashioned ride. In June, AutoDepot’s Motorsports Department Manager Joe Huerta saw Bautista’s story on the news and thought he could employ AutoDepot to give her a car. When he learned that Bautista’s parents had already bought her a car, he made a deal with them. Bautista’s parents then told Jessica that her car needed to be recalled for body work at the dealership in Fontana for four weeks. Last Saturday, when Bautista went to pick up her ride, they surprised her with her improved, customized Cobalt. But before they handed over the keys, the employees of the dealership presented her with another, similar looking car, one that Bautista immediately recognized as an imposter. “I said, `this is not my car. I know my dad’s not gonna pay for it.’ Then I walked around the corner and everybody was there and they pulled the cover off the car and I couldn’t believe it,” she said. Her new two-tone candy paint job was still fresh, the seats had been reupholstered, two DVD television sets had been placed in the headrests of her seats, she now had power and tinted windows, a new spoiler, upgraded suspension, black rims, a touch-screen stereo with new speakers, amplifiers and woofers. In black-and-red letters, K-12 Perfect Attendance was painted on the hood. In the fall, Bautista will attend Cal State Fullerton. Her ultimate goal is to become a forensic scientist for the CIA. Bautista said her parents never put pressure on her to succeed but they led by example. When speaking of her dad, who is an officer for the Garden Grove Police Department, Bautisita said, “I know his goal was to become a cop. I looked at him and I thought, `I want to follow my goal.’ And my mom’s a strong woman and she said she would always support us no matter what we do. So this was my first goal,” she said. news.wdn@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Without having her parents pressure her, or extend any bribes, Jessica Bautista showed up at school day after day, after day, until she graduated from La Habra High School in June. One time in fifth grade, the athletic brunette said, she suffered from the flu, missed two hours of school, but pumped enough liquids to return that day. Bautista, 18, said she didn’t even notice she had perfect attendance until after she graduated from sixth grade. Although some days she would forget to wake up on time, Bautista was never absent, from kindergarten through high school. That’s more than 3,000 days.
Does it REALLY matter if Arsenal finish above Tottenham? The fans’ view revealed

Does it REALLY matter if Arsenal finish above Tottenham? The fans’ view revealed

first_imgCLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE Will it matter if Tottenham finish third and Arsenal second in the Premier League? Tottenham’s best season in the Premier League could still see them finish below Arsenal, but does it matter?Automatic qualification for the Champions League is assured and while Gooners have a day celebrating the moment when Spurs can no longer mathematically finish above them in the league, manager Mauricio Pochettino explained that to be a big club Spurs need to focus on themselves, rather than obsessing over rival clubs.Here, talkSPORT looks at what a selection of Spurs fans on Twitter think about the prospect of ending the season in third place, which will happen if they lose to Newcastle and Arsenal beat Aston Villa on the final day. 2 2last_img

An elementary primer on swimbaits

An elementary primer on swimbaits

first_imgSwimbaits have become a go-to bait for anglers vying to catch trophy largemouth bass across the country. The phenomenon began in Southern California, and more trophy size largemouth bass have been caught on swimbaits here than any other region of the U.S. Swimbaits come in dozens of sizes and colors, but it’s the rainbow trout imitations that are popular here. From coast to coast, anglers throw shad, bluegill, brim, hitch, minnow and other patterns of swimbaits. The baits are soft plastic, hard plastic and wood. The practice of designing and manufacturing swimbaits began in local garages, but it has taken center stage with worldwide corporations. Pradco, Berkeley, Normark and other huge fishing companies have their own designs. The garage-made baits continue to be more effective. These baits are made with more care, offer more detail, better paint jobs, a better mold and a more real-life motion when they “swim” through the water. A good swimbait looks like a real rainbow trout in the water and can be retrieved at slow speeds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Allen Cole, who makes wooden baits, takes credit for starting the swimbait craze with his celebrated AC Plug. The Castaic Soft Bait Company in Nogales, Ariz., is one of the originators of plastic swimbaits – it is selling so many baits that it struggles to keep up with production. Huddleston is one of the top three swimbaits on the market. Ken Huddleston used to work for Castaic, but he started his own company a few years ago. His garage-made baits look, feel and swim like a live rainbow trout. They are expensive, which can be discouraging for newcomers to the sport, but if it’s a trophy bass anglers seek, it’s tough to beat a Huddleston. Not all swimbaits do their job. There are dozens of knockoffs that don’t swim properly, but they sell because they are inexpensive. The most effective replicas can run from $30-$100 per bait. The most popular garage-made swimbaits are Jerry Rago Baits, the Megabait Charlie, MS Slammer, Triple Trout, The Osprey Lure, 20th Century Swimbait Company and Optimum. – Chris Shaffer last_img read more

U.S. death toll in Afghanistan, Iraq exceeds 9-11

U.S. death toll in Afghanistan, Iraq exceeds 9-11

first_imgWASHINGTON – Now the death toll is 9/11 times two. U.S. military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan now surpass those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America’s history, the trigger for what came next. The latest milestone for a country at war came Friday without commemoration. It came without the precision of knowing who was the 2,974th to die in conflict. The terrorist attacks killed 2,973 victims in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. An Associated Press count of the U.S. death toll in Iraq rose to 2,696. Combined with 278 U.S. deaths in and around Afghanistan, the 9/11 toll was reached, then topped, the same day. The Pentagon reported Friday the latest death from Iraq, an as-yet-unidentified soldier killed a day earlier after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad. “There’s never a good war but if the war’s going well and the overall mission remains powerful, these numbers are not what people are focusing on,” said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Boston University. “If this becomes the subject, then something’s gone wrong.” Beyond the tribulations of the moment and the now-rampant doubts about the justification and course of the Iraq war, Zelizer said Americans have lost firsthand knowledge of the costs of war that existed keenly up to the 1960s, when people remembered two world wars and Korea, and faced Vietnam.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not for the first time, war that was started to answer death has resulted in at least as much death for the country that was first attacked, quite apart from the higher numbers of enemy and civilians killed. Historians note that this grim accounting is not how the success or failure of warfare is measured, and that the reasons for conflict are broader than what served as the spark. The body count from World War II was far higher for Allied troops than for the crushed Axis. Americans lost more men in each of a succession of Pacific battles than the 2,390 people who died at Pearl Harbor in the attack that made the U.S. declare war on Japan. The U.S. lost 405,399 in the theaters of World War II. Despite a death toll that pales next to that of the great wars, one casualty milestone after another has been observed and reflected upon this time, especially in Iraq. There was the benchmark of seeing more U.S. troops die in the occupation than in the swift and successful invasion. And the benchmarks of 1,000 dead, 2,000, 2,500. Now this. last_img read more

South Africa’s global ‘brain bank’

South Africa’s global ‘brain bank’

first_img9 January 2008Priceless human capital has left South Africa. The Homecoming Revolution and skills-hungry employers are trying to get it back. Global South Africans, a complementary initiative by the International Marketing Council of SA, is harnessing the capital where it now resides.The Global South Africans (GSA) project is being piloted in the United States. The aim is to build a worldwide network or “brain bank” of a thousand or so of the best and brightest minds in the South African diaspora and connect them to where they can make a difference back home.Membership recruited in the US since April 2007 stands at 120. The recruits might not be coming home just yet, but they are useful where they are. They have knowledge, deep Rolodexes, the respect of their peers, and the capacity to mobilise resources. Important people take their calls. They are willing to put those assets to work for a country to which they still feel strongly attached.An impressive castIt is an impressive cast. Members indude Pieter de Villiers, founder and president of Clickatell, the SMS messaging innovator; Stanley Bergman, chief executive of Fortune 500 firm Henry Scheinand Co, the largest dislributor of health care products in the US; Bain Capital principal John Tudor, who drove Bain’s acquisition of Edgars; Khayapa Molapo, vice-president of Merrill Lynch Global Markets; and Lara Logan, CBS News chief foreign correspondent.There is a strong business and finance orientation to the network, but as Logan’s inclusion suggests, GSA is casting a wider net. We have members from the entertainment industry, but would like more. A significant proportion of South Africans living in the US are in medicine and academia, and this is reflected in GSA’s membership.Professor Daniel Bradlow, for example, directs the international legal studies programme at American University in Washington. He is developing a sophisticated debt instrument that will enable South Africans abroad to invest in job-creating projects in poor communities back home.Dr Michael Levy came to Washington in the mid-1980s from Johannesburg’s Wits Medical School, interned at DC General Hospital – the local equivalent of Chris Hani Baragwanath – and then went on to found one of the best known in vitro fertilisation clinics in the US.Levy has been keen to give something back to South Africa. At one point he offered to arrange donations of used but still top of the line medical equipment to South African hospitals. His offer got lost in the bureaucracy. Now he is interested in doing some pro bono teaching in South Africa – and recruiting colleagues from his substantial database to do the same. Global South Africans will help him to make the right connections.Skills development back homeThe network is expected to make an important contribution to skills development. Members will get the chance to adopt schools, place South African students in US universities, offer internships in their companies, help graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds develop connections in the world of work, and give lectures and seminars when they are in South Africa.The network will play a significant role in promoting South African entrepreneurs and innovators, spread word of what South Africa has to offer, give strategic advice, and help find partners and finance. We see members opening doors for trade missions from the official and private sector.Some might be able to help South African exporters make fuller use of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Others will promote investment in South Africa.The list of possible contributions is limitless, and it would be rash to dictate in advance what the network should produce. Networks are like brains, whose neurons connect in unexpected ways to produce previously unimagined insights and ideas. What is important is that South Africans know that the resource is out there, waiting to be tapped.A human interfaceWork is still being done on the interface between the network and whoever wants to access it. While the initiative will be web-enabled, it will not be web-dependent like the SA Network of Skills Abroad, a website where South Africans abroad can post their credentials and contact details on an online database. GSA, by contrast, will have human beings acting as intermediaries between the network and its customers.At present those human beings are myself and Lee Gillespie-White, an attorney formerly with Bell, Dewar and Hall. John Battersby, former editor of the Sunday Independent, will start recruiting in the United Kingdom.The diaspora has a major impact on how South Africa is perceived abroad by investors and others. The fact that successful and influential expatriates want to continue being a part of the South African story sets an important example and sends a positive signal.The more expatriates feel part of Team South Africa, the better they will play for Team South Africa.Simon Barber is the IMC’s country manager in the US. This article was first published in the Mail & Gaurdian.last_img read more

Energy centres to power rural SA

Energy centres to power rural SA

first_imgQunu in the OR Tambo District Municipality is one of the areas in South Africa with an electrification backlog and the IEC initiative makes sure the people of the district have a source of energy. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) An Integrated Energy Centre (IEC), recently established in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, will hopefully broaden access to power in the rural village and address poverty in the region. The centre is a one-stop energy hub owned and operated by the local community. It provides safe and sustainable sources of energy and gives villagers information on how to handle and utilise them.Launched on 14 January 2011 by Sasol and the Department of Energy, the IEC will supply locals with paraffin, diesel, petrol, gas burner stoves and solar-powered devices.With the centre close by, villagers will no longer have to walk vast distances to source their energy, mostly in the form of paraffin and candles. There are still parts of the region that lack access to electricity.The centre, which cost R8-million (US$1.2-million) to establish, forms part of Sasol’s R20-million (US$2.9-million) drive to set up energy hubs in disadvantaged areas. Similar plants have been built in Limpopo, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and North West.At the Qunu launch, Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters said: “Last week the president stressed the need for us to focus very strongly on job creation. We believe that this IEC and the local enterprises that it could support will create the necessary jobs in this area.“The Qunu IEC is the first one to be linked to a library to ensure that information is accessible to local people. This would be enhanced by access to more information via the internet connected to the computers on site,” added Peters.The IEC also has an information centre and community room that can be used by people living in the area.Sasol media manager Nothemba Noruwana said: “The aim of these centres is also to inject profits back into the community by building schools, clinics and various other projects.”The IECs also have a village vendor network consisting of women and youngsters who go out and sell the energy products to people living further away from the centre so their travel costs are minimised.Mandela’s place of birthQunu is the birthplace of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes Qunu as the place in which he spent most of his happiest moments as a child.Peters said: “The department has embarked on a special intervention to try and accelerate the electrification programme in the area. Funds are being allocated directly to the municipality to undertake electrification in Eskom’s area of supply.”Eskom is South Africa’s national electricity utility.“In the Qunu area, 300 connections were completed in December 2010 and a further 300 households will be connected by the end of January 2011. There is a backlog of 179 318 houses without electricity … the challenge for the department will be to ensure that sufficient funding is allocated in the following years so that the universal access is achieved by 2014,” added Peters.Petroleum giantSasol is an energy and chemicals company which uses coal to produce petrol and gas.It was established in 1950 and today operates in more than 30 countries with about 35 000 employees.The company also sponsors various sporting teams and artistic and organisational events such as South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks; Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s national women’s football team; the annual Sasol Rally; the Sasol New Signatures art competition; the Black Tie Ensemble and the South African Youth orchestra.Sasol is listed on the Johannesburg and New York stock exchanges.The petrochemical company offers a bursary scheme which enables students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study engineering, science and commerce.last_img read more

Vimeo Releases Embeddable HTML5 Video Player

Vimeo Releases Embeddable HTML5 Video Player

first_imgTags:#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adrianne jeffries Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Vimeo is releasing a “universal player” today that allows user to watch embedded Vimeo videos on mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad using the video playback capability built into the new HTML5 standard.Vimeo will deliver the optimal player – Flash, HMTL5 or native – based on a user’s browser, as well as the appropriate video definition (HD, SD, mobile) and compression standard (H.264 or WebM, an open format developed for use with HTML5).The HTML5 video player is a non-proprietary alternative to Adobe’s Flashplayer plug-in. Proponents including Steve Jobs say HTML5 will be more efficient than Flash, but there is still plenty of debate (see our post, YouTube: Flash Still Beats HTML5).Embeddable HTML5 players have been available to those who can host their own content for awhile, but video-hosting sites have moved more slowly. Paris-based DailyMotion started experimenting with HTML5 over a year ago and is still demonstrating the player, which does not work in Chrome and “will never work in Internet Explorer.”YouTube has been experimenting with HTML 5 players on YouTube.com, and last month it announced a new embed code style for developers that made videos viewable with an HTML5 player. That feature has not been advertised to the general public, perhaps because YouTube videos with ads are not supported in the HTML5 player yet.Vimeo also announced a “watch later” button today that will queue videos in a playlist for users to catch up on when they get home from work, for example. The “watch later” feature is also cued up to be added to Vimeo’s Application Programming Interface, or API. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more