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Barca’s new direct play does the trick in second treble

Barca’s new direct play does the trick in second treble

first_imgBy Tim HanlonWinning goals from Luis Suarez and Neymar on the counter-attack to sink Juventus in the Champions League final encapsulated the new direct play from Barcelona that saw them become the first European side to win the treble for the second time.Suarez has provided an acute understanding and extra firepower following his comeback from a biting ban last October and is the final piece of the jigsaw in an attacking trident for Barca that is devastating to watch.The Uruguayan perhaps did not have his best game for Barca but he was still heavily influential in defeating Juventus with his predatory instincts seeing him pounce and slot home the ball after Lionel Messi’s initial shot was saved by Gianluigi Buffon.When Barca last won the treble in 2009 they accomplished it through ball possession and short passing but now they are at their most dangerous on the breakaway.It was after Alvaro Morata had equalised for Juventus and the Italians were bossing the game at 1-1 that Messi found the space in the lead up to Suarez’s goal and similarly in injury time Neymar sealed the win on another counter.“We knew about his quality and his record,” said Luis Enrique, referring to Suarez in a news conference, who joined Barca from Liverpool ahead of this campaign.“The only doubt was whether he was going to be able to adapt here. You can now see it has worked out. He has an incredible hunger and desire to win trophies.The coach also praised the contribution of Messi and Neymar.“Messi is our key player and the second goal was his. We are very happy with him and he gave us what he has been giving us all this season,” he said.“Last year Neymar had a very good season despite it being the first at the club. Now he has developed and he has been spectacular. He demonstrated that he is one of the best players in the world.”Barca have found solidity in defence and the impact of Enrique’s work on strategy at set-plays has clearly worked as it is no longer such a weak point.But still it has been the three forwards that have made the difference.Crucially, Enrique and Messi have improved their relationship in recent months and this was emphasised by the image of them hugging on the pitch after the final in Berlin.last_img read more

Round one of Digicel Cup completed

Round one of Digicel Cup completed

first_imgIn the opening match of the season yesterday in Port Moresby, the Hela Wigmen beat PRK Mendi Muruks 20-12.To the matches today, the reigning premiers Snax Tigers def. Agmark Rabaul Gurias 40-0 in Lae, Mioks def. NCDC Vipers 16-10 in Wabag and Goroka Lahanis def. Waghi Tumbe 35-16 in Goroka.last_img

Unpredictable Fognini outlasts Edmund to reach last 16

Unpredictable Fognini outlasts Edmund to reach last 16

first_imgItalian maverick Fabio Fognini edged a topsy-turvy five-setter against British number one Kyle Edmund to reach the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday.King of the unpredictable, the 18th seed mixed dazzling brilliance with careless errors and even lost 16 points in a row at one stage before prevailing 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4.Edmund‘s level also fluctuated throughout the three-hour 34 minute contest in which both players needed medical timeouts.After breaks were swapped like hot potatoes in the opening four sets, the decider went with service until Australian Open semi-finalist Edmund stepped up to serve at 4-5.The 23-year-old then buckled, going 0-40 down, and although he saved one match point, Fognini forced the error on the next to reach the last 16 for only the second time on his 11th appearance at Roland Garros.With Marco Cecchinato also through, Italy has two players in the fourth round here for the first time since Corrado Barazzutti and Adriano Panatta survived that far in 1976.last_img read more

Tobacco legislation soon to be tabled

Tobacco legislation soon to be tabled

first_img… Opposition asks for further consultationPan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Country Representative, Dr William Adu-KrowCountry Representative of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr William Adu-Krow, on Tuesday indicated that the long-awaited Tobacco Control Bill 2016 will be tabled in the House on October 28.He explained that there were some hiccups with “moving forward” with the Bill, particularly as it relates to the ban on smoking in the home. He said too that there were some objections that the home is considered a private place and the legislation should not dictate what occurs within.“There was the contention that the home is my mansion. My personal space, but if someone else is in that home then it is not private. Someone else can be affected by it,” he said.Adu-Krow said too that although both the Government and the Opposition had signalled their “go-ahead” for the legislation, the Opposition has affirmed there should be more consultation before it is passed as law.The proposed tobacco control legislation will see a ban on smoking in public places while cigarette advertising will be disallowed and graphic and text health warnings will have to be displayed on at least 75 per cent of the packaging on tobacco products.The Bill seeks to ban smoking at all indoor workplaces, public transport and strictly regulates the sale of cigarettes while creating reporting requirements for manufacturers, wholesale distributors or importers, with penalties ranging as high as $16 million and a period of imprisonment.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, had pointed out that it took the Bill a long time to be where it is today because there was a lot of fine-tuning to be done.“We want to ensure that it is meaningful and it promotes disease control, healthy living and miners not being sold cigarettes,” she said, noting that one of the key aims of the Bill is to reduce second-hand smoking.Dr William Adu-Krow stated that there is an urgent need for tobacco restrictions to be enforced in Guyana, underscoring that the profits brought in through the tobacco industry does not compensate for the many lives being lost from smoking and second-hand smoke every year.However, the key stakeholder, Demerara Tobacco Ltd, has labelled the Bill as heavily flawed. Managing Director of the company, Maurlaine Argyle-Kirton, raised the concern that the Bill is not balanced and will cripple the tobacco industry once it is passed in Parliament.According to the Bill’s explanatory memorandum, the purpose of the legislation is to fight the tobacco epidemic by implementing the evidence-based requirements of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which Guyana acceded to on September 15, 2005.The proposed legislation seeks to establish a National Tobacco Control Council to advise the Public Health Minister on matters related to tobacco control and allowing the enforcement powers of authorised officers who are authorised to conduct inspections, investigations or enforcement activities under the Act. The authorised officers can enter any public place, workplace or means of public transportation to conduct any inspection or investigation at any time during business or operating hours or any other reasonable or necessary time. They have the power to seize and detain or order the storage of any tobacco product that they reasonably believe does not comply with the Act.last_img read more

WATCH: Crisis club Leyton Orient sent bottom of League Two after thrashing

WATCH: Crisis club Leyton Orient sent bottom of League Two after thrashing

first_imgThings just keep getting worse for crisis club Leyton Orient.The rock-bottom League Two side are being chased by the taxman to settle their outstanding debts and Italian owner Francesco Becchetti is wanted by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).And with everything going so badly off the pitch – a thrashing against Accrington Stanley wasn’t exactly what the doctor ordered.The O’s looked set to suffer a narrow 2-0 defeat before three goals in the space of the seven minutes capped off a truly humiliating night.Watch the video above….last_img

A sharp debate

A sharp debate

first_imgIf the council approves the ordinance, razor wire could be installed if: business owners get a conditional use permit from the city; the razor wire is hidden from public view; there is no hazard to children; the wire is at least 6 feet above the ground; a business can prove that it is necessary to prevent theft or graffiti or would otherwise prevent an economic hardship. Collier said the provision involving the risk to children was particularly important to include in the revised ordinance. “I’m aware of cases where children have fallen off bicycles into razor wire,” he said. But Ellis said the conditional use permit he’d need to keep his razor wire costs $2,000 – and that’s too much. He’s also not sure he can meet all of the other conditions in the revised proposal. Hiring a security guard would cost his company $40,000 per year, which is prohibitive, he said, and he doubts that thieves would be deterred by video cameras. Guard dogs pose a liability issue, Ellis said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – City officials see them as unsightly and dangerous. But for business owners like Andrew Ellis, the razor wire atop fences and a brick wall surrounding his factory is the best deterrent against crime. Ellis, who owns Champion Chemical Co., installed the sharp-edged coils more than a year ago, after boxes of janitorial cleaning supplies began disappearing from his plant and showing up for sale at a local swap meet. “I need some sort of protection,” Ellis said. “I can’t have nothing or I’ll have theft problems.” But Jeff Collier, Whittier’s director of community development, believes razor wire poses a danger to the public at large. Besides, it’s ugly, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“You shouldn’t have such sharp objects in full public access,” Collier said. “The other problem is unsightliness. It gives the appearance we live in a prison state.” Both sides of the razor wire issue will come up tonight when the City Council looks at a proposed ordinance to bar its use in Whittier, including by the city and private property owners. When the proposal came to the council earlier this year, members sent it back to staff for some adjusting. Collier said staffers crafted five additions to the original ordinance, and now it’s back for a second council review and possible vote. “I think it addresses a number of issues” raised by business owners like Ellis, Collier said. last_img read more

Annual Service of Remembrance for babies to be held in Letterkenny

Annual Service of Remembrance for babies to be held in Letterkenny

first_imgThe chaplains and management at Letterkenny University Hospital are inviting everyone to join the annual Interdenominational Service of Remembrance for lost babies.The service is being held for those who have suffered miscarriages, still-births and neo-natal deaths at the hospital.The Service of Remembrance will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, 30th April 2017, in the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Letterkenny.The hospital management, staff and chaplains extend a warm welcome to everyone.Annual Service of Remembrance for babies to be held in Letterkenny was last modified: April 19th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Church of the Irish MartyrsLetterkenny University HospitalService of Remembrancelast_img read more

Wishing You a Happy New Year in 2016!

Wishing You a Happy New Year in 2016!

first_imgMay the new year bring joy, peace, and happiness. Wishing you a wonderful, healthy, and successful 2016! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHappy New Year! Wishing You a Happy and Healthy 2018Happy New Year! Wishing you the best in the coming year. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. May you enjoy each day of 2018.In “Web design & development links”Wishing You a Happy and Healthy 2014Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.Edith Lovejoy PierceIn “Inspiration”Wishing You a Happy New Year in 2015!May the new year bring you new beginnings and unexpected gifts of joy. And may you find joy in sharing your gifts with the rest of the world.In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

Is Perfect the Enemy of Good Enough?

Is Perfect the Enemy of Good Enough?

first_imgThere is a dynamic tension in today’s workplace. With the rise of activist investors, the ubiquity of technology that spreads news instantly, and increasing public scrutiny of corporate actions, business leaders are more driven than ever to aim for perfection. And yet the speed of business also forces these leaders to make immediate decisions. So, while there is often a need to make an ideal choice, there is also a need to make a choice now, even if it isn’t perfect. What to do?This is the tension between maximizing and satisficing.Maximizing: Maximizing involves searching for the most optimal solution and continuing that search after making a choice, just in case even better options come along. It’s the ultimate “grass is always greener” mentality. Being perfect is often seen as a badge of honor, and many people are proud that they never settle for second-best. There are many industries where maximizing is ideal. My smart phone works and my car gets good mileage, but I wouldn’t mind an even better phone and a car that got even more miles per tank. Telecom and automotive industries, please continue maximizing!But there are other scenarios where maximizing is harmful. In medicine, letting a disease continue while waiting for the perfect cure may not be smart if there is an adequate treatment already available. When hiring for open positions, companies may not have time to wait for the perfect candidate because there are qualified people in the applicant pool and the job needs to be filled ASAP. Even in the industries I mentioned above, maximizing can be problematic. I still need a smart phone and car today – I may not want to wait for the next generation of technology. Striving for perfection is ideal, but not always possible.Satisficing: Satisficing is a term derived from the words “satisfy” and “suffice” [1] and it explains how people make choices when they cannot consider all possible options. People may lack information, or time, or the cognitive ability to consider all the options to make the perfect choice. Instead, they select an option that satisfies what they want and is sufficient to meet their needs. It’s not about settling for less; settling might not meet the person’s need and it would certainly be dissatisfying. Rather, satisficing is about recognizing that there may be several acceptable alternatives, and so long as you choose one of them, you’re good to go.You satisfice hundreds of times each day. For example, think about the decisions you make while buying orange juice at the grocery store. You can have it from concentrate or fresh squeezed, without pulp or with some pulp or lots of pulp, with vitamin D or calcium or neither or both, from oranges that are organic or not. A single store can have dozens of combinations of these different options, just for “simple” orange juice. And these options don’t even account for price, container size, whether you have manufacturers’ coupons, or if the store is running a sale. Without satisficing, you could spend hours contemplating the range of options and trying to pick the most optimal choice. But we can’t afford to be paralyzed by each decision that’s as complicated as buying orange juice.The solution, of course, is balance.Is Perfect the Enemy of Good Enough? This is a question I ask myself and my teams when faced with challenging dilemmas. There are certain moments where perfection is absolutely required. Sometimes, the product, decision, or action just has to be right. In those cases, it’s worth the time and energy to thoroughly consider all options, weigh the pros and cons, and make sure you reach the best conclusion. However, there are other times where good enough is exactly that: good enough. The trick is knowing your audience (supervisor, customer, shareholder, etc.) to balance the two.By asking this question, I’m certainly not advocating laziness or a laissez-faire approach. When the stakes are high or when there is enough time and information, I’ll always aim for perfection. Maximizing is a useful antidote to a pattern of satisficing that causes people and companies to rest on their laurels, avoid risks, or miss huge opportunities (remember Kodak?). But when the decision doesn’t have much impact on the final outcome, perfect may not matter. And when resources are limited, perfect may not be achievable. In those cases, maximizing can halt forward progress or blind people into making even worse decisions than they would otherwise.Satisficing is an antidote to maximizing because it drives people to meet their needs, but also gives them permission to prioritize other resources (time, energy) and accept less optimal choices when they can. In fact, satisficing also helps people live with the decision after it has been made. This is important because they can put decisions behind them and not use valuable time and cognitive energy second-guessing themselves. After all, we have better things to do than re-think which type of orange juice we bought last week.(References)Simon, H. A. (1956). Rational choice and the structure of the environment. Psychological Review, 63, 129–138.last_img read more

Storage: Cisco Predicts Mass Migration of Data from Local PCs to Cloud and non-PC devices by 2019

Storage: Cisco Predicts Mass Migration of Data from Local PCs to Cloud and non-PC devices by 2019

first_imgThe volume of cloud traffic is exploding.  Cisco estimates that in 2015 total global cloud traffic will be on the order of 2.1 Zettabytes (ZB), and they predict that cloud traffic will grow to 8.6 zettabytes by 2019.  Cloud traffic is a subset of all date center traffic; total data center traffic also includes data traffic moving between data centers.Another dramatic shift predicted by Cisco is the migration of data being that is being stored on local PC devices to other devices, like smartphones, tablets and M2M devices.  Currently, about 73 percent of data is stored on PCs, but by 2019 a majority of data will instead be stored on non-PC devices.Factors driving cloud traffic include:Increasing use of mobile smartphones, tablets, and the personal cloudRapid growth of cloud computing among businessesIncreased virtualization in private cloudsGrowth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) connectionsDoug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing, said that “the fact that cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution globally, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30% in every worldwide region over the next five years…  Enterprise and government organizations are moving from test cloud environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads. At the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere.  This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem.”last_img read more