FA Cup round-up: Heartbreak for Blyth as Birmingham stun Spartans

first_img Blyth Spartans missed out on a Championship scalp 1 Birrmingham City broke Blyth Spartans’ hearts with a fantastic second-half fightback as the Championship side eased into the fourth round of the FA Cup.The Northern Premier side, who are 141 league places below the Blues, had gone 2-0 up in the first period at Croft Park, thanks to captain Robbie Dale.But a strike from Lee Novak and a Wes Thomas brace saw the Midlanders through to the next stage of the competition.Leicester City’s recent upturn in form continued as they defeated managerless Newcastle United 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.Leonardo Ulloa was the goal hero as he headed home a cross from Anthony Knockaert six minutes before half time, making the Magpies the first Premier League side to be knocked out of the competition this season.Chris Taylor’s brace was enough to help Blackburn Rovers sneak past Championship rivals Charlton at The Valley.The midfielder’s double sandwiched a Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson equaliser ten minutes after the restart as Gary Bowyer’s men ran out 2-1 winners, while the Addick had Yoni Buyens sent off.Steve McClaren’s Derby County avoided a tricky trip to Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium as they beat the Conference outfit 1-0 with a late Chris Martin penalty.Saido Berahino scored four goals to give Tony Pulis the perfect start as new West Brom manager, as the Baggies massacred non-league Gateshead 7-0 at the Hawthorns.Fellow Premier League side Swansea also made light work of their third round opponents, Garry Monk’s men running out 6-2 winners at Tranmere with striker Bafetimbi Gomis netting twice late on.Meanwhile, Championship leaders Bournemouth continued their excellent run of form, beating Rotherham 5-1 at the New York Stadium thanks to Yann Kermorgant’s brace, and Ricardo Fuller’s dramatic late goal secured a third-round replay for Millwall as the Lions battled to a 3-3 draw with Bradford.Bolton beat Wigan 1-0 at the Macron Stadium, thanks to Zach Clough’s effort.Another all-Championship clash, Brentford v Brighton, ended with the Seagulls progressing to the next round. Lewis Dunk and Chris O’Grady with the goals for the south coast club at Griffin Park.Cambridge United beat League Two rivals Luton Town 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium, thanks to Robbie Simpson and Ryan Donaldson’s strikes.Bristol City have loan star Matt Smith to thank as they forced Doncaster Rovers to a replay.Luke McCullough had put the hosts ahead at the start of the second half but striker Smith’s header with 15 minutes to go saved Steve Cotterill’s side from defeat, earning them a 1-1 draw.A Nick Blackman striker with 21 minutes left on the clock was all it took for Championship side Reading to book their place in the fourth round as they beat Huddersfield Town, who also saw Jonathan Hogg sent off late on, 1-0.Meanwhile, nothing could separate Championship sides Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers as they held each other to a 0-0 stalemate at Craven Cottage.Preston overcame Norwich 2-0 at Deepdale, Paul Gallagher scoring twice, and a lone first-half penalty from Peter Vincenti saw league One Rochdale shock Nottingham Forest 1-0 at Spotland.Middlesbrough beat Barnsley 2-0, while Blackburn beat Charlton 2-1 at The Valley.FA Cup third round resultsBarnsley 0-2 MiddlesbroughBlyth Spartans 2-3 BirminghamBolton 1-0 WiganBrentford 0-2 BrightonCambridge 2-1 LutonCharlton 1-2 BlackburnDerby 1-0 SouthportDoncaster 1-1 Bristol CityFulham 0-0 WolvesHuddersfield 0-1 ReadingLeicester 1-0 NewcastleMillwall 3-3 BradfordPreston 2-0 NorwichRochdale 1-0 Nottm ForestRotherham 1-5 BournemouthTranmere 2-6 SwanseaWest Brom 7-0 Gatesheadlast_img read more

Bale or Ronaldo to score first? Wales to reach Euro 2016 final? Coral D

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales will bid to reach the final of Euro 2016 when they take on Portugal on Wednesday night and the Dragons are 3/1 to win the last-four showdown in Lyon.Gareth Bale is 5/1 to score first, while his Real Madrid teammate Cristian Ronaldo is favourite to open the scoring at 100/30.Wales are priced at 8/1 to go on and win the tournament, Portugal are 100/30, while hosts France are 2/1 and world champions Germany are 13/8 favourites to lift the trophy.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Arsenal hero hits back at rumours of Wenger rift

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has played down the significance of his recent departure from the club.The 38-year-old will not coach Arsenal’s Under-18 side having opted to continue in his role as a television pundit.Henry, who is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, had worked with the club’s academy players last season as he studied to gain his UEFA ‘A’ Licence.He is employed by Sky to help cover Premier League football, also appearing on the BBC’s Euro 2016 output, but when he was offered a role within the Arsenal set-up by manager Arsene Wenger he was told he would have to step down as a pundit.Much was made of Henry’s decision to pursue his television career, but the former Juventus and Barcelona forward has since clarified his position.“Nothing will change with my love for Arsenal,” he told The Sun.“First and foremost, I wasn’t an employee. I was allowed to go and pass my badges there. This decision was taken months ago, but I guess it came out now because the new season started and I wasn’t there.“I have a current job. In my spare time, for free, I wanted to impart my knowledge and experiences in the game to the youngsters, while completing my coaching hours and also gaining knowledge to pass my pro licence.“That is how it is, it was a dilemma that wasn’t really a dilemma. I have to work. I respect the decision and if I can’t complete my hours there, then I will do it somewhere else. It isn’t an issue.”Wenger has a history of aiding his former players, with Steve Bould currently his assistant and Freddie Ljungberg working within the youth ranks.Mikel Arteta, who retired at the end of last season, is also believed to have been offered a backroom role but decided instead to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.Former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams is understood to be poised to return to the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis. Thierry Henry has put the record straight about his coaching arrangement with Arsenal 1last_img read more

Postal workers drill for anthrax scare

first_imgVALENCIA – More than 300 postal workers evacuated their posts Thursday in a full-scale drill to train in case anthrax is detected in the massive Valencia facility. A hazardous materials squad from the Los Angeles County Fire Department stood by prepared to decontaminate any “victims” as a police helicopter landed to spirit the “sample” to a Los Angeles lab. In all, six agencies took part in the three-hour drill organized as a dress rehearsal should the alarm sound on the biohazard detection system at the Santa Clarita Postal Distribution Center. Detection systems were installed at 282 U.S. Postal Service processing centers nationwide after the spate of anthrax scares that followed the terrorist attacks of 2001. The deadly chemical was mailed to victims in a series of cases never solved. “This whole system, from the BDS to the drill, is designed so that will never happen again,” postal service spokesman Richard Maher said. “We’re saying, `Don’t use the mail for that kind of terrorism. It will be stopped.’ ” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Anthrax has not been found at the facilities since the detectors were installed, Maher said. The Santa Clarita center distributes local mail as well as truckloads from the San Fernando Valley and as far as Pasadena. Thursday’s drill began with the staged discovery of an anthrax-laced item in the mail. The 332 employees working that shift were expected to file into the staff cafeteria in organized fashion. “This would be very methodical,” said Renee Focht, a postal inspector. “The employees know they can’t run. They must be accounted for. They have to be decontaminated. They want the medication.” Also participating in the drill were the county Department of Health Services, the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department, which provided the helicopter. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251last_img

Staff locked themselves in room after man went berserk in golf club

first_imgStaff at a Co Donegal golf club were so afraid of a drunken man that they locked themselves in a room and refused to come out.Mark McGettigan appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the incident at Portsalon Golf Club on January 31st last. The court heard how McGettigan arrived at the club after being drinking all day in Derry.He began to intimidate staff around 7.30pm and a staff member was so frightened that she locked herself into a room and refused to come out.Gardai were called and McGettigan’s mother and sister also arrived and they eventually calmed him down.The 31-year-old was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.The court was told that McGettigan, of Sea Breeze, Kerrykeel, was trying to sort out his life and worked in the family business but was also building another career as a website developer.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said this was a very unfortunate incident fuelled by drink but that his client was otherwise a hard-working young man.Judge Paul Kelly fined McGettigan a total of €250.Staff locked themselves in room after man went berserk in golf club was last modified: April 13th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Chelsea chairman hints at huge new contract for Eden Hazard

first_img RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 During the international break, the 27-year-old admitted he is torn between agreeing a new Chelsea contract or signing for ‘dream club’ Real Madrid.And Buck has hinted the Blues will persuade him to stay with a mega offer.Speaking at a Financial Times future of football event, he said: “Every Chelsea fan in London and around the world loves Eden Hazard, and he’s not only a great footballer but I think he’s a wonderful lad.“We want him to stay and we will do what we have to do to entice him to stay. “Let’s see how it goes between now and the end of the season.”Hazard, who says he is happy at Stamford Bridge, ruled out a January switch to the Bernabeu.He said: “Chelsea were clear with me [in the summer]. I couldn’t leave the club. I accepted it.“Leaving or staying, I was going to be happy. I do not regret this decision at all. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 “When decisions are made [that you may not like] you can sulk and often you get the last word. But I will never look to clash with the club. Chelsea have given me a lot.“I left Lille on good terms and I want to do the same thing here.“A transfer in January? It’s not possible.” Hazard has been open about his future Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED no dice ADVICE Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says the club will do whatever it takes to keep Eden Hazard at the club.The Belgian winger has been in the form of his life this season, with eight goals in nine games earning him the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for September. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow MONEY Buck is desperate for Hazard to stay last_img read more

South Africa: ‘make the 2010 mindshift’

first_img18 August 2009 It is time for all South Africans to realise the enormity of the opportunities being generated through the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and to make the “psychological adjustment” needed to ensure the tournament’s success, says 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Khoza said South Africans had to think of the World Cup as a live, 30-day advertisement for the country that would be watched by a cumulative TV audience of billions around the globe. “The extent to which the tournament changes lives will be largely determined by the degree to which [the country’s communicators] use the tournament,” Khoza said. He referred both to the progress that had already been made, represented by the building of six new stadiums in less than four years, and to the potential legacy that would be generated in terms of job creation, tourism, trade and investment. “We must be relentlessly positive,” Khoza told the gathering of marketing and communication professionals, from both the public and private sector. “As South Africans, we have a tendency to be self-critical. We should see everything in perspective and, importantly, see the positive stories. “There is one show on the road at the moment, and a psychological adjustment from all South Africans is needed. “You must feel that there is something happening in this country. The banners you use must be larger than life. Every street corner must be filled. We must feel that this show is in town,” Khoza said. At the same time, South Africa 2010 had to be “pan-African”, to tell the story of a continent that is being redefined in a historic way. “This tournament must ensure that our African teams feel like they are playing at home.” SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Coke to give schools safe water

first_imgThousands of youngsters will leadhealthier lives through the Waterfor Schools initiative.(Image: Coca-Cola) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sammy MohlaoliCoca-Cola SA snr communications manager+27 11 644 0528 or +27 79 525 6934RELATED ARTICLES• Fifa trophy on the home stretch• World Cup fever spreads abroad• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• BBC spends big bucks on SA studioJanine ErasmusGlobal beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola is involved in the 2010 Fifa World Cup in a big way with a number of initiatives that will leave a lasting impression on communities.More important than the tournament itself, the company is to leave a lasting legacy in South Africa by improving access to drinking water and sanitation facilities for school children around the country, as well as the areas in which they live.The project, known as Water for Schools, falls under the umbrella of the Coca-Cola Replenish Africa Initiative (Rain), a six-year programme launched in early 2009 to provide safe drinking water to thousands of communities across the continent.Coca-Cola is funding the initiative to the tune of US$30-million (R223-million).The quality of life of at least 2-million people is expected to improve, and the company too will reap benefits because, in the words of Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, “our business needs strong, healthy communities to grow and be sustainable”.Kent added that the world’s biggest beverage company has made it a priority to help African communities tackle the day-to-day challenges facing them, especially in terms of access to safe water.Wise use of waterWater for Schools is due to roll out in 100 South African schools by the end of the year. As part of the project Coca-Cola is encouraging all South Africans to use water wisely and implementing customised water stewardship programmes at a community level.Whether the requirement is for better ablution facilities, new boreholes, or equipment to harvest rainwater, the company will fulfil the needs of an area once it has established what they are.“School water projects have been among the most effective approaches to improving young people’s lives, which has a positive multiplier effect across communities,” said William Asiko, president of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, which oversees the company’s social responsibility initiatives on the continent.The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that more than 300-million Africans struggle to find potable water on a daily basis. Deadly waterborne diseases proliferate in unsafe water, killing thousands. The WHO estimated that at any time, half of the entire population of sub-Saharan Africa suffer from diseases related to poor sanitation and unclean drinking water.Furthermore, in the years leading up to 2015 – the target for implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) – an additional 47-million Africans will be added to the already long list of those without access to clean water. This means that the continent is not likely to meet the MDG deadline.World Cup trophy in SAAs a long-standing Fifa partner, Coca-Cola is also taking the World Cup trophy on a tour of the host country. By the time it arrives in Johannesburg on 5 May, Fifa and Coca-Cola will have taken it to 83 countries around the world, including every African nation.The trophy left Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, in September 2009 and is now on the last leg of its 139 000km global tour. The company has described the response by Africans in particular as “incredible”, and soon it will be South Africa’s turn, with excited fans in towns, cities, villages and townships around the country getting the chance to pose beside the solid gold bounty.For many, it will be the closest they get to the World Cup.“From 5 May we are going to go around the country, with the trophy, and invite South Africans to come out and join us in celebration,” said Coca-Cola South Africa’s marketing manager Zayd Abrahams. “They can sing with us; dance with us; and kick the ball with us.”From Pretoria the trophy travels down to the Western Cape, where the tour officially begins on 7 May. Making its way across the country, it will visit the Eastern Cape; KwaZulu-Natal; Free State; Northern Cape; North West; Mpumalanga; and Limpopo provinces before it heads for its final destination in Johannesburg, Gauteng.Download a PDF of the trophy’s global route (79KB).last_img read more

Analytics for Your Startup: Building the Right Metrics

first_imgAt Techcrunch Disrupt last week, ComScore announced the “Start-up, Step-up” program to make their web analytics more accessible to new and small businesses.While ComScore formerly charged a substantial setup fee for the implementation of their tracking pixel, now anyone can install it on their website for free. Furthermore, sites with less than one million unique visitors per month will be able to access the ComScore dashboard for free. And those with traffic between 1 and 2 million visitors per month will get a discounted pricing.Hailed as a positive move by a company that was once lambasted for a pricing model that was unfriendly to new and small businesses’ websites, the company’s announcement means that more startups can access the information the ComScore provides: “objective, accurate and reliable insights into consumers’ online behavior and for details into their demographic characteristics, attitudes, lifestyles and offline activities.”But ComScore is just one of many companies offering analytics for businesses, and arguably as you develop your new startup, you’ll want to pay close attention to the information these tools can provide. But before assessing and adopting these tools, you should really think about what you need to measure and what you plan to do with the analytics you glean.As Andrew Chen writes, “In general, a philosophy on the role of analytics within a startup is: If you’re not going to do something about it, it may not be worth measuring. (Similarly, if you want to act to improve something, you’ll want to measure it.) Don’t build metrics that aren’t going to be part of your day-to-day operations or don’t have potential to be incorporated as such. Building reports that no one looks at is just activity without accomplishment, and is a waste of time.”Chen lays out a roadmap for startups developing analytics tools, where you tackle certain projects by paying particular attention to those analytics, rather than only looking at web traffic or immediately implementing a full-blown analytics program. Initially, for example, you might want to focus on generating interest and on driving traffic. But you soon need to look at other elements so that you are not just acquiring users, but retaining them. You need to make sure the features you are spending a lot of time developing are really the features that make people want to use and want to stay engaged with your product or service. As Chen notes, “The key to this philosophy is figuring out how to prioritze the metrics that you build relative to your features. Again, you want to only develop the analytics that you need to build out your product correctly – no more, no less.”To this end, the social gaming company Frosmo have developed their own analytics tools. According to CEO Mikael Gummerus, the information they could get from other analytics wasn’t exactly what they needed. They weren’t interested simply in the numbers of players of their games or in the virality as gamers recommended it to friends. Instead, Gummerus says they wanted to develop analytics for “game balancing,” so they could track bottlenecks in the game play and so they could ascertain the point at which players were willing to purchase virtual goods. According to Andrew Chen, startups need to pay attention to precisely this sort of thing as they adopt (or, like Frosmo, create) analytical tools. ComScore’s move to offer free analytics will certainly make it a lot easier for startups answer some of the questions they might have about users. But as other companies have found, if you are data-driven, you might have to develop your own tools – not necessarily an easy undertaking for a new business, but sometimes necessary. Tags:#How To#start 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

Ranidel de Ocampo ‘right fit at right time’ for Meralco

first_imgJust over 2 years left, intense work at Tokyo stadium site Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The veteran forward was shipped to Meralco Monday, marking the end of a colorful nine-year run with the Talk ‘N Text franchise.“He fits us perfectly and he’s with us at the right time,” Black told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. “Ranidel is not only a talented and experienced player, he’s also very, very smart.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 6-foot-6 de Ocampo addresses the Bolts’ lack of big men and he gives the team another knock down shooter and reliable post player.“The reason why we wanted him at Meralco it’s because he gives us another floor spacer, somebody who can stretch the floor,” said Black, who won four titles with de Ocampo at TNT. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “Our team is built around Durham and we want to surround him with guys who can shoot from the outside,” he added, referring to import Allen Durham, who is a menacing force in the paint.Black hopes de Ocampo is Meralco’s missing piece of the puzzle to finally get over the hump.The Bolts are currently among the top teams in the 2017 Governors’ Cup with a 6-2 record just half a game out of first place held by Barangay Ginebra and NLEX, who own similar 7-2 slates.“We’re aiming to win a championship and we need him right now,” said Black, who has nothing but praise for the 35-year-old de Ocampo.“Ranidel is still the best, if not one of the best stretch fours in the league today.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco head coach Norman Black believes Ranidel de Ocampo is a perfect addition to the Bolts and his arrival couldn’t have come at a better time.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more