630 customers still without power in region

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer says crews still have 630 customers to restore power to after almost 3,000 in the entire Peace region were left without power.“We are hoping to get about 300 customers back on north of Fort St John by about 1230 p.m. today,” wrote Gammer in an email.Crews are continuing work on repairing power lines today, but he said the conditions and new damage from fire activity on Tuesday is making that much harder to do.- Advertisement -Last night, BC Hydro restored power to about 2,000 customers tonight in the area north of Fort St John, with around 700 customers still waiting for power to come back on.last_img

If you lose De Gea make sure you get Bale, Van Gaal told

first_imgStuart Pearce has told Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: If you’re going to lose David De Gea, make sure you get Gareth Bale in return.Speculation is rife the Spanish international goalkeeper will return to his homeland, with Real Madrid desperate to recruit him as the long-term successor to Iker Casillas.And while Pearce feels losing the 24-year-old would be a major blow to the Old Trafford club, he believes his departure could be offset by the arrival of Bale.“There is lots of speculation he [De Gea] might be leaving and I suspect he might well be,” Pearce said on Drivetime. “Maybe the lure of going back to Spain will be a big pull for him.“But if he leaves, get a player-exchange sorted out. So if we’re suggesting he’s going to Real Madrid get a good one coming back that will maybe balance the books.”When pressed as to whether that player should be Bale, Pearce added: “Yes. If you could bring Bale through the door for De Gea going out, and bring another goalkeeper in, maybe [Asmir] Begovic or [Hugo] Lloris or someone you feel could be comparable, then all of a sudden losing a goalkeeper of his standing doesn’t look so bad. So that’s a priority.”last_img read more

Hodgson: Group performances had given me no ’cause for concern’ about Euro exit

first_img Former England manager Roy Hodgson 1 Former England boss Roy Hodgson was shocked by the performance his players put in against Iceland, admitting the three group stage showings had given him no ‘real cause for concern’ about an exit from Euro 2016.The Three Lions were knocked out of Euro 2016 in humiliating circumstances, going ahead against Iceland before losing 2-1 to the minnows.However, it was not an unlucky loss, with the victors by far the better, and much more deserving, team.England’s performance was one of the worst of recent memory, and Hodgson has claimed the previous games gave no suggestion that his players would struggle to overcome Lars Lagerback & Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men.The 68-year-old, who resigned minutes after the final whistle, said: “I don’t think before last night’s game the performances had given me any real cause for concern, other than us not taking our chances.“I didn’t see, and neither did the players, the sort of performance we gave last night that saw us knocked out. Iceland were possibly the better team on the night despite us having the best of possession.”Despite leaving his post as manager, Hodgson is willing to aid the FA in the search for his successor.There are few outstanding candidates to take charge of the national team, but the now-former coach said: “They know, Martin [Glenn, FA chief executive] knows, Greg Dyke knows, David Gill, if he is going to be involved, knows that if I can be of assistance in any way whatsoever, I will do. But it will be up to them to come to me.“As far as I am concerned now I am an ex-England manager and can only wish the new England manager the best of luck. I think, as I said in my statement, that I am leaving a good group of players to work with.”last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports 1Old Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 1 St. Catherines Reserves 0Erne Wanderers hosted St Catherine’s on Wednesday night at the Lakeside knowing only a point was needed to recapture the League One title. The home side started brightly and created numerous chances but couldn’t get the opening they needed with Mark Dorrian going closest with a curling left footer that O’ Gara did well to push onto the post. Indeed as the game wore on the home side were getting more anxious on the ball and were rushing things and snatching at chances. The away side were finding it hard to penetrate the Wanderers’ defence. The second half began with Erne on the front foot and they eventually got the goal on sixty one minutes when Alan Russell played a delightful through ball for Sticky Ward to run on to and he squared for Mark Dorrian to tap home at the back post to ease the tension around the place. Wanderers then relaxed a bit more and were able to see out the game comfortably but unable to add to the scoreline as the away side battled hard and fair to keep Wanderers at bay. The win completes a remarkable fight back for Erne who were a massive fourteen points behind Glencar only two months ago although with games in hand but they still had to go and win them, most notably a tricky trip to Arranmore at end of February with the bare numbers on a cold wet miserable day. Best on the night for Erne were Russell and Mulligan while a youthful St. Catherine’s battled well all game. Referee: Barry Hunter. Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 0 Cranford United Reserves 2The spoils were taken by the visitors in a game with nothing to play for at a wet and windy Fern. Cranford with the wind at their back started much brighter but failed to create any clear chances with Milford content to hit them on the break. Cranford opened the scoring through Danny McBride after a fantastic cross. Milford’s best chance fell to Johnny Sweeney but he failed to connect. With the wind in Milford’s favour in the second half again they created chances but never tested the keeper. Chris Molloy grabbed Cranford’s second direct from a free to wrap up the points.Old Orchard Saturday Division OneDonegal Town Reserves 3 Glenea United Reserves 1Donegal Town took the lead halfway into a tightly contested first half through the head of David ‘Ted” Bustard. Bustard timed his run well and headed brilliantly at the back post after a swooping Gary Herron cross. Glenea had a few chances to level things but Eamon McGinley in goals for Donegal pulled of two fine saves to ensure his side went in 1-0 leaders at the break. Donegal doubled their lead early in the second half. Adam Enright broke past three Glenea players down the right hand side of the pitch and delivered a superb ball into the box. Bustard again beat his marker and powered his header home from close range. Glenea pulled a goal back when their left back broke into the Donegal box and fired low to the side of the keeper. Gary Ward wrapped things up for Donegal late in the game. Adrian Ward beat his man and following an excellent run into the box crossed low to Bustard who forced a great save from the Glenea keeper. But Ward was on hand to fire the loose ball into the Glenea net. Glenea pushed hard throughout the second half but Donegal were excellent down the centre of the park, Ryan Hegarty, Adam Enright, Ciaran O’Reilly and Ted Bustard making up the spine of the team, each of them putting in great performances.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCranford United Reserves 7 Ramelton Mariners 6( No Report Submitted)Downtown Cup Semi-FinalsOrchard F.C. 2 Glencar Celtic 3Edged out of top spot at the very end of the League Season, Glencar Celtic booked their place in the Downtown Cup Final in the same week that they relinquished hold of their Old Orchard Saturday Division One crown. A defiant Orchard battled to the end but for the second season in succession they fell at the penultimate stage of this competition.Glencar opened the scoring after twenty five minutes, a lead which they held until the interval. Orchard redressed the balance early in the second half however Glencar went on to score twice before Orchard reduced the difference to the minimum late in the match. A wholehearted match played by two entertaining sides. Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers 1A second Downtown Cup Final appearance in as many years awaits Castlefin Celtic Reserves after they defeated Erne Wanderers in the competition semi-final on Saturday afternoon at the New Camp Complex in Killygordon. With the match looking destined for extra time James Mc Menamin pounced amid a goalmouth scramble to fire home the winning strike. Erne took the lead after forty four minutes through Diarmuid Slevin but that goal was cancelled out by Paddy Dooher’s strike on sixty minutes.Division One / Division Two Play-OffRaphoe Town 1 Whitestrand United 0Raphoe Town join near neighbours Convoy Arsenal and Bonagee United as Watson Hire Division One sides next season. The trio were the top sides in Division Two this season and with the former two achieving automatic promotion Raphoe had an opportunity to join them via the play-off. Whitestrand United provided the opposition on Friday night in a game where the only goal scored was enough to separate the sides. Mark Bogle got the all-important winner and sees Raphoe progress to Division One.Reports 2Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town 1 Kildrum Tigers 3Donegal Town occupied the automatic relegation spot going into the final series of matches and this defeat to Kildrum Tigers means that they will play Division One football next season.Kildrum took the lead midway through a first half which was played in heavy rain. Reece Laird ran onto an excellent through ball. Laird calmly rounded the Donegal Town keeper and finished neatly. Donegal had some chances, Daniel Mc Hugh came closest but was denied by Kildrum’s goalkeeper Kyle Tinney. Donegal Town started the second half brightly and Adrian Ward levelled the scoring soon after the break. Ward was quickest to react to a loose ball in the Kildrum box and finished low into the corner. Donegal came close to going ahead through Conor Rooney who saw his long range effort strike the underside of the bar. But it was Kildrum who were clinical in front of goal. Laird getting Kildrum’s second at the back post following a deep cross from Oran Higgins. Laird, who was excellent throughout, made sure there was no way back for Donegal and wrapped the three points up for Kildrum late in the game. He was quickest to react to Mc Cafferty’s save and again made no mistake in front of goal securing a fine hat-trick.St. Catherines 3 Glenea United 0St. Catherines completed their League programme undefeated with a 3-0 victory over Glenea United at Emerald Park on Sunday afternoon. With the League trophy already three weeks settled in the Emerald Park trophy cabinet all that remained was to prevail unbeaten for the season. That they did courtesy of a brace from team captain Jason Noctor and one from Stephen Moorehead. Glenea finish the season in sixth position.Cranford United 1 Gweedore Celtic 4With the threat of automatic relegation looming Gweedore Celtic visited Cranford Park to play the local United. When Chris Duffy gave the home side an early lead it served only to waken the Gaeltacht outfit. Colin Ferry soon got the equaliser and then put them ahead before the interval. Jamie Boyle extended the Gweedore lead before Ferry completed his hat-trick. Gweedore now face Lagan Harps in the Promotion / Relegation Play-Off next Sunday.Rathmullan Celtic 2 Milford United 4Alan Boal and Darragh Patton scored the Rathmullan goals in this local end of season derby at the Flagpole. Mark Flood got two while Peter Doherty was also among the Milford United goalscorers. Both sides finish the season in mid-table positions. ResultsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 1 v 0 St. Catherines ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 0 v 2 Cranford United ReservesOld Orchard Saturday Division OneDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 1 Glenea United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCranford United Reserves 7 v 6 Ramelton MarinersDowntown Cup Semi-FinalsOrchard F.C. 2 v 3 Glencar CelticCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 1 Erne WanderersDivision One / Division Two Play-OffRaphoe Town 1 v 0 Whitestrand UnitedBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town 1 v 3 Kildrum TigersSt. Catherines 3 v 0 Glenea UnitedCranford United 1 v 4 Gweedore CelticRathmullan Celtic 2 v 4 Milford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers L v L Castlefin CelticFixturesMonday 11-05-2015 K.O. 7 p.m.Watson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers v Castlefin Celtic (Parkview)Wednesday 13-05-2015 K.O. 7 p.m.Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves Saturday 16-05-2-15 K.O. 5 p.m.Old Orchard Saturday Division OneOrchard F.C. v Erne WanderersPromotion / Relegation Play-Off K.O. 2 p.m.Mulroy Celtic v Fintown Harps or Donegal TownDowntown Cup Final K.O. 2 p.m.Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Glencar Celtic (Ballyare)Sunday 17-05-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Premier Division / Division OnePromotion / Relegation Play-OffGweedore Celtic v Lagan Harps (TBC)Brian Mc Cormick Cup FinalSt. Catherines v Castlefin Celtic (Ballyare)DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: May 10th, 2015 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Relegation battle intensifies as Premier League returns

first_imgTottenham vs WatfordWembley, LondonMonday, 30-04-2018Referee: Micheal Oliver.Tottenham will assess Danny Rose in the build-up to their Premier League game with Watford on Monday night. The left-back has missed the last three games with a calf injury, but returned to training on Friday. That leaves Harry Winks as the only absentee as he recovers from an ankle injury while Hugo Lloris will return in goal after sitting out the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.Watford have a number of injury concerns ahead of Monday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham. Boss Javi Gracia could have Gerard Deulofeu back after a throat infection but has several players struggling to be fit. Nathaniel Chalobah (knee) is back in training but is likely to miss out while Gracia also noted Roberto Pereyra (groin) could feature while Younes Kaboul (foot), Tom Cleverley (hamstring) and Stefano Okaka (unspecified) are out.Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against Watford in all competitions (W9 D3), since a 3-2 defeat at White Hart Lane in the League Cup in October 1994. Watford have lost their last seven away league matches against Spurs since a 5-1 win in May 1985 under Graham Taylor. Tottenham have lost their last two home games in all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 42 combined. They’ve not lost three in a row at home in the same season since November 2004 (a run of four). Mauricio Pochettino’s side haven’t gone four games without a win in all competitions since a run of seven in October/November 2016. The Hornets have lost three of their four visits to Wembley – including both at the new Wembley against Crystal Palace – winning the other in May 1999 against Bolton in the second-tier play-off final.Prediction: Tottenham to win by two or more goals.Comments Burnley vs Brighton and Hove AlbionTurf Moor, BurnleySaturday, 28-04-2018 @05:00pmReferee: Roger East.Burnley defender Ben Mee remains sidelined with a shin injury but winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is available after a hamstring problem. Steven Defour, Robbie Brady and Scott Arfield are all long-term absentees.Brighton are again without midfielder Davy Propper, who serves the final match of a three-game suspension for his red card against Huddersfield. Manager Chris Hughton reported no fresh injury concerns, with Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak the only other absentees.The last four meetings have all ended in draws. Brighton are unbeaten in seven league matches against Burnley and have conceded only four goals during this run (W3, D4). The Seagulls have won four times and lost just once in their last seven league visits to Turf Moor. Burnley’s last victory over the Seagulls was 1-0 Championship triumph in April 2012.Burnely could secure a Europa League place this weekend, depending on results elsewhere and i think they will do their part.Prediction: Burnley to win. Crystal Palace vs Leicester CitySelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 28-04-2018 @05:00pm Referee: Mike DeanCrystal Palace’s 3-0 win in the reverse fixture ended a four match winless streak against Leicester (D1, L3).Palace are boosted by the availability of Connor Wickham and ex-Leicester player Jeffrey Schlupp after injuries. Wickham has not played since November 2016 when he ruptured his cruciate ligament against Swansea City.Leicester are again without goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki because of ankle injuries.  Vicente Iborra and Daniel Amartey are also out but Claude Puel is considering a recall for captain Wes Morgan.Leicester have lost just one of their last five league games at Selhurst Park, a 2-0 Premier League defeat in September 2014 however, Crystal Palace have lost only one of their last five matches (W2, D2).  There have been 13 goals scored in the last three matches at Selhurst Park. Palace have kept just two home clean sheets, a joint league-low with Bournemouth.Prediction: Palace to win the game but will concede at least one goal. Huddersfield Town vs EvertonThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireSaturday, 28-04-2018 @05:00pmReferee: Lee Probert.Huddersfield remain without injured trio Elias Kachunga, Danny Williams and Michael Hefele and midfielder Tom Ince is also unavailable for this game because of a hamstring strain.Everton will assess Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, all of whom are injury doubts. The game comes too soon for Gylfi Sigurdsson, although the Icelandic midfielder is back in light training following a knee injury.Everton are unbeaten in their past eight league and cup games against Huddersfield (W4, D4), winning the last three. The Terriers last won this fixture in March 1956. That 1-0 victory at Leeds Road didn’t prevent their relegation from the top flight at the end of the season. An Everton victory would complete a league double over Huddersfield for the first time since 1950.Prediction: Huddersfield to win by a slim margin. Manchester United vs ArsenalOld Trafford, ManchesterSunday, 29-04-2018 @06:30pmReferee: Kevin Friend.This may be Wenger’s last game at Olt TraffordArsene Wenger may be tempted to rest several key players on his final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager. The Gunners boss has the prospect of a Europa League semi-final second leg at Atletico Madrid to contend with on Thursday, with extra pressure on his side after they were held to a late draw on Thursday night.Sergio Romero remains the only absentee as Manchester United prepare to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. The back-up goalkeeper remains absent with a knee injury sustained on international duty with Argentina last month. Antonio Valencia has overcome a muscle complaint sustained in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham.Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s recovery comes a little too late to face the club he left in January, while Mohemed Elneny is also sidelined with ligament damage. Santi Cazorla was pictured warming up on the pitch at the Emirates ahead of their 1-1 draw with Atletico on Thursday, but is still some way from being fit to play.Manchester United are unbeaten in 10 home league matches against Arsenal (W7 D3), their longest run since March 1961 (17 games). In all competitions, Arsenal have lost 13 of their last 18 away visits to Old Trafford (W2 D3), although only one of those defeats has been in the last four visits (W1 D2). The Red Devils haven’t completed a league double over the Gunners since the 2011-12 campaign – the last Man Utd manager other than Sir Alex Ferguson to achieve this was Ron Atkinson in the 1984-85 campaign. The Gunners haven’t beaten Man Utd in a match in the month of April since 1978, a 3-1 win in a league match. Since then, Arsenal have failed to beat their rivals in four FA Cup matches, five league matches and one Champions League match (D4 L6). This will be the 19th meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in all competitions – Mourinho didn’t lose any of the first 13 (W6 D7) but has lost two of the last five (W2 D1). However, he’s never lost at home against Wenger in seven matches (W4 D3). 67% of the Red Devils’ Premier League defeats this season have been in matches played on a Sunday (4/6), including both of their losses at Old Trafford (vs Man City and West Brom). The Gunners have already lost nine Premier League away games this season – they last reached double figures for away defeats in a 38-game season back in 1989-90 (10). Indeed, Arsenal have lost their last five on the road in the Premier League – they’ve not lost six in a row in the top-flight since a run of seven in January 1966. Alexis Sanchez could become the first player to score both for and against the same team in the same Premier League season since Wilfried Bony in 2014-15 (who scored for and against both Swansea and Man City).Mourinho has lost two of the last five meetings with Arsene WengerPrediction: Man United to win the game comfortably. West Ham United vs Manchester CityLondon Stadium, LondonSunday, 29-04-2018 @04:15pmReferee: Neil Swarbrick.Adrian will begin between the posts for West Ham against Manchester City with Joe Hart, on loan from their opponents ineligible to play. Manuel Lanzini continues his recovery from injury, while Pedro Obiang is close to returning to the squad, although Sunday’s game may prove too soon for him.John Stones and Sergio Aguero remain sidelined for Manchester City, although manager said this week he is hopeful of the former playing again before the end of the season.West Ham have lost their two previous matches against Man City at London Stadium by an aggregate score of 0-9 (0-5 in FA Cup in January 2017, 0-4 in Premier League in February 2017).  Manchester City have won all four matches against the Hammers under Pep Guardiola in all competitions. The Hammers have lost only one of their last seven Premier League home games (W3 D3), losing 0-3 against Burnley last month. Man City have won their last two league games played in London, beating Arsenal and Tottenham respectively. They’ve not won three consecutive top-flight games in the capital since January 1955 (2 wins vs Chelsea, 1 vs Arsenal). City have scored 98 Premier League goals this season – only three teams have reached 100 goals in a single season in the competition’s history (Chelsea 103 in 2009-10, Man City 102 in 2013-14 and Liverpool 101 in 2013-14). Indeed, if they score their 100th in this game, it will be the fastest a team has reached 100 top-flight goals in a season (35 games) since Everton in 1931-32 (32 games). City are also one win away from equalling Chelsea’s record of 30 wins in a single Premier League campaign, which the Blues set last season.Prediction: City to win the game that will have several goals in it. Swansea vs ChealseaLiberty Stadium, Swansea-WalesSaturday, 28-04-2018 @07:30pmReferee: Jonathan MossSwansea go into the game with only one Premier League victory over Chelsea in 13 attempts and it came at home in April 2016 (D4, L8). The Blues have won two and drawn four of their seven trips to Liberty Stadium in all competitions.Swansea have gone five matches without a win – although four of those were away fixtures (D3, L2). They have only scored twice during the current winless run and are the division’s joint-lowest scorers this season, along with Huddersfield. However, the Swans are on a five-match unbeaten run at home – earning 13 points from a possible 15. They could equal the club Premier League record of six consecutive home fixtures unbeaten, set from November 2011 to January 2012.For Chelsea, they are vying for a third successive Premier League away victory – having lost the previous three. It’s seven league matches without a clean sheet for Chelsea. Antonio Conte has won 49 of his 72 Premier League games – victory on Saturday would ensure he becomes the third quickest manager to reach 50 victories in the competition, after Jose Mourinho (63 games) and Pep Guardiola (69). Olivier Giroud has scored two goals and set up two more in four away Premier League starts at Liberty Stadium.Antonio Conte targets 50th winSwansea head coach Carlos Carvalhal may have to abandon his policy of playing three central defenders, with Federico Fernandez and Kyle Bartley both doubtful because of knee injuries. Luciano Narsingh could miss out with an ankle problem, but Renato Sanches might be involved after a hamstring problem.Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso will complete a three-match ban on Saturday. Danny Drinkwater could return from a groin strain, but David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu are injured.Prediction: Swansea not to lose the game. Liverpool vs Stock CityAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolSaturday, 28-04-2018 @02:30pmReferee: Andre Marriner.Liverpool will go into Saturday’s fixture at home to Stock having gone 54 home games in the top flight without losing to the Potters. The Potters did, however, win a League Cup semi-final second leg fixture 1-0 at Anfield in January 2016.Jurgen klopp is expected to rotate his squad ahead of the return leg with Roma in the Champions league next Wednesday. Sadio Mane is nursing a minor injury and is unlikely to be risked, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out with season-ending knee ligament damage.Stoke pair Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kostas Stafylidis remain sidelined by respective groin and rib injuries. Glen Johnson is still a doubt, and both Saido Berahino and Jese are once again not under consideration.Liverpool have won eight of their last nine matches against Stoke, the exception being the Potters’ 6-1 home win on the final day of the 2014-15 season. The Reds are undefeated in 19 home league matches, winning 12 and drawing seven. The last side to beat them in the league at Anfield were Crystal Palace on 23 April last year.Stoke are winless in 11 league fixtures since beating Huddersfield 2-0 at home in Paul Lambert’s first game in charge (D6, L5). They have the division’s worst away record, with one win and nine points from 17 matches.Jurgen Klopp is understandably proud of the fact that his team haven’t lost a Premier League game at Anfield for over a year and certainly won’t want to lose that record or their ascendancy in the top four.One win under Paul Lambert and no top-flight wins at Anfield in their history won’t inject the Stoke confidence levels to a significant level, but if there is to be a great escape it has start somewhere – and soon.With the game away to Roma coming next week and Stock in dare need of points, i see this ending in a draw.Prediction: Liverpool and Stock to play out a scoring draw. Southampton vs BournemouthSt. Marys Stadium, HampshireSaturday, 28-04-2018 @05:00pmReferee: Anthony TaylorSouthampton winger Sofiane Boufal will not feature, having been exiled from the first-team squad as punishment for a falling out with manager Mark Hughes. Steven Davis could miss the remainder of the season because of an Achilles injury but defender Jack Stephens is available after a three-match ban.Bournemouth will be without Harry Arter, who has an Achilles problem. Defender Adam Smith is close to full fitness after a knee injury and is likely to return next weekend.Southampton have never lost at home to Bournemouth in any competition (W8, D5). The sides drew 0-0 at St Mary’s a year ago, with Harry Arter missing a late penalty for Bournemouth. Bournemouth’s only victory in the nine most recent meetings was by 2-0 at home in the Premier League in March 2016.Prediction: Southampton to win by a slim margin. Newcastle United vs West Bromwich AlbionSt. James Park, NewcastleSaturday, 28-04-2018 @05:00pmReferee: David Coote.Newcastle have lost just one of their last 15 league games at home to West Brom (W10, D4). The Baggies’ only league victory at St James’ Park since September 1977 was by 3-2 in 2011.Rafeal Benitez’s men have conceded 13 league goals in 2018 – only Manchester United and Tottenham, with 10 and 11 conceded respectively, have better records. They are unbeaten in seven Premier League home games since a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on 27 December (W4, D3). Newcastle could lose back-to-back league games for the first time in 2018.Unless West Brom win they will suffer their 10th relegation from the top flight – only Birmingham (12) and Leicester (11) have suffered that fate more often. The Baggies have scored 41% of their goals from set-pieces (excluding penalties), which is the highest figure in the division this season. Darren Moore has earned five points from his three Premier League games in charge of West Brom, one more than Alan Pardew did in his final 11 matches.Newcastle pair Christian Atsu and Mikel Merino will miss Saturday’s match because of knee injuries. Striker Islam Slimani, who played for an hour at Goodison Park, could start his first home game for the Magpies.Fit-again West Brom striker Daniel Sturridge is available after being ineligible against parent club Liverpool last weekend.  Winger Nacer Chadli is also in contention to return from a long-term hip problem.Sturidge returns for West Brom after after missing the Liverpool game due to loan rulesPrediction: Newcastle to win. Tags: premier leaguelast_img read more

Standard, Spar in ‘mobile money’ venture

first_img30 March 2010South Africans will soon be able do more than just pick up a bag of groceries at their local Spar – they will also be able to send money instantly to friends or family anywhere in the country via mobile phone.Standard Bank is introducing a new person-to-person money service, Instant Money, which will enable clients to send and receive money through retailer Spar’s network of 850 stores countrywide, with the transaction information being sent via mobile phone.Instant Money has been developed in such a way that the service can be accessed on even the simplest mobile phone models and across networks. The service will initially be available from Spar stores in the Eastern Cape.Standard Bank South Africa CEO Sim Tshabalala said the new service means people no longer have to take the risk of giving an envelope full of cash to a middleman – like a friend or a taxi driver – and telling them where to deliver it.“It’s a way for users who don’t have a bank account to get access to financial services,” he said in a statement this week.“Financial services are largely limited to urban areas at the moment, mainly because of the expense of rolling out banks and services in less affluent areas. What this means is that most people in rural areas operate on a cash basis.”Mobile money transfers, paymentsLeading market research organisation Gartner believes money transfers and payments over mobile phones will be among the top 10 most important mobile applications by 2012 – ahead of location-based services, search and browsing.Money transfers are already popular in a number of developing countries, and will continue to attract more users, according to Gartner’s Top 10 Consumer Mobile Applications for 2012.“With Instant Money, people can now transact and send money without the need for a bank account,” said Tshabalala. “It is estimated that some 35-million South Africans have a cell phone, while only 11-million have a bank account.”Mobile money transfers not only offer a safer, more reliable way to send cash, but could breathe new life into the economies of remote areas.Like many developing countries, South Africa has countless breadwinners who live and work in urban economic hubs, but have extended families back home in poorer rural areas. There is a high demand for smart banking services that will make sending money back home simpler and less costly.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

COBOL’s Not Dead. Make it Play Nice with the Modern Enterprise

first_imgVisual COBOL integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse to give developers a modern programming environment for COBOL.From Micro Focus’s announcement:“There is an ongoing shift towards examining the impact and specific role of the chosen language in conjunction with selecting a platform,” said Mark Driver, Research Vice President of Gartner Research. “Taking COBOL to new platforms like .NET, JVM or the cloud supports a growing trend toward developers choosing the best language for the job, independent of the choice of best deployment platform to use.”The obvious advantage is that this is much quicker and cheaper than re-writing all these legacy applications from scratch. The disadvantage is that there will still be a lot of COBOL lurking around your enterprise. But that might not be such a bad thing.Some more interesting tidbits from the announcement:COBOL systems are responsible for transporting up to 72,000 shipping containers, caring for 60 million patients, processing 80% of point-of-sales transactions and connecting 500 million mobile phone users.It has been estimated that the average American relies on COBOL at least 13 times during the course of a routine day as they place phone calls, commute to and from work, and use credit cards.Around 5 billion lines of new COBOL code are added to live systems every year.There are over 200 times more transactions processed by COBOL applications than Google searches each day. Tags:#enterprise#Products klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… COBOL, one of the oldest programming languages created, is often thought to be as dead as Latin. Yet, as we reported in October, COBOL remains a consistently in-demand skill for enterprise developers. Why? Maybe because, according to an announcement from application modernization company Micro Focus, there are still 220 billion lines of COBOL code in active use in enterprise applications today. Micro Focus claims that COBOL still powers 70% of the world’s businesses.How do you deal with all that legacy code? One way is to re-write everything. But Micro Focus offers another solution – and no, it’s not COBOL on Cogs. MicroFocus offers a tool called Visual COBOL that enables developers to deploy COBOL code to Windows, UNIX, Linux, .NET and Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the Microsoft Windows Azure. Visual COBOL translates COBOL code directly to the JVM, allowing developers integrate COBOL applications with Java.last_img read more

How To Staff A Startup With (Almost) No Money

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Guest author Gary Whitehill is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startup Weekend.Struggling entrepreneurs around the world are in deep envy of Nick D’Aloisio’s business acumen. Last month, the 17-year-old sold Summly, his news-aggregation app, to Yahoo for a reported $30 million! If and when D’Aloisio starts another company, it will certainly be, to put it mildly, well-funded.Of course, most entrepreneurs do not have access to that kind of cash. The average business takes years to break even, let alone post a profit. Two-time entrepreneur Jordan Eisenberg, founder of UrgentRX warns that, “Few things in a start up are more important than carefully managing cash. At the beginning, before you have investors, it is not unusual for you (and possibly employees) to forego salary for extended periods of time. Do whatever it takes to build your product and get it to market.”While the founders of a company might be willing to forgo a paycheck for months on end to get their business up-and-running, their employees may not be so eager to make that sacrifice. To get workers to go along, cash-strapped entrepreneurs have to get creative.Non-Monetary IncentivesMany startups simply do not have the money for any kind of traditional compensation plan. That’s why so many entrepreneurs try to leverage equity. Taking on co-founders or compensating employees with a stake in the company can be a viable initial fix, but it isn’t always sustainable.Fortunately, there are other low or no-cost alternatives to get people to do work on your startup.StartupDigest, for instance, champions the Curator Model. The company finds talented individuals to manage or “curate” the digest for their home cities. Curators receive no financial compensation, yet management insists volunteers line up to lend a hand. Why? Because the platform lets curators distribute digests in their own names. It’s a win-win transaction in which no money changes hands.As long as a curator is not a potential competitor, it allows collaborators to self-promote/and leverage the company’s rolodex in exchange for some form of labor. When an employee or partner wants to spend his or her time performing tasks you need done, the need for monetary compensation can drop out of the equation.Colleges and universities can also provide free labor in the form of interns. Offering mentorship in exchange for help at the office can pay divdends, especially since many college students bring a deep grasp of social media and other technological chops that make them capable of much more than just making coffee.Life HacksSometimes startups need to hire real paid employees. To land high-caliber talent at a rate you can afford, make your startup worthy of others’ personal investment.‘Life hacks’ don’t cost a lot of money, but can make working at a startup more desirable than a better-paying position at a staid old-guard firm. Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook are well known for providing employees with everything from in-house chefs to daycare. Those are expensive, but ther are other tactics available:• Flexible scheduling: Startups aren’t a 9-5 job so let employees come in when they want.• Remote working: Forget Marissa Mayer. If employees are productive at home, let them work from there when they need to. At least they won’t leave to go work at Yahoo.• Public recognition: Praise in front of others for our efforts is an innate human need – leverage it to build loyalty!Focus on offseting lower wages with fun, engaging and accommodating perks that don’t cost the company a lot of money. It’s the best way to compete for the talent you need.Not evey candidate will sign on to a vow of poverty to work at your company, but there are people out there ready to take a bit less in order to become part of something special.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…center_img Tags:#developers#Entrepreneurs#startups gary whitehill How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Resource Discovery- Families Under Fire: Systemic Therapy with Military Families

first_imgEverson, R.B. & Figley, C. (2011). Families Under Fire: Systemic Therapy with Military Families. Routledge, New York.Are you a civilian clinician working with military families? Do you sometimes feel that you are missing the proper training to work with this population? Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed by your workload because you are unable to provide the very best treatment to your clients? If you said yes to any of these questions, this book is for you!Families Under Fire: Systemic Therapy with Military Families is a collection of examples, suggestions, and gap-fillers written by well -known and well- versed clinicians that aims to provide assistance to you in your work with military families. When working with military families, it is of utmost importance that you recognize that their experiences are oftentimes unique to any other population with which you work. This book will assist you in understanding the diverse needs of the military family and ways in which you can provide the best treatment. This “guidebook” is written in terms of systems-based practice with the assumption that there is already a clear understanding of systems theory.Blaine Everson, Ph.D is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is in private practice and an instructor in the Department of Child and Family Development at the University of Georgia. He specializes in military families and readjustment issues associated with military families.Charles R. Figley, Ph.D is the Associate Dean for Research, a Professor, and Director of the Tulane Traumatology Institute. He is a former Marine Sergeant who served in the Vietnam War. He has published more than 200 scholarly works.ReferencesEverson, R.B. & Figley, C. (2011). Families Under Fire: Systemic Therapy with Military Families. Routledge, New York.This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

10 Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 37-20 Win Over West Virginia

first_imgThis was a seed. https://t.co/H7zTnN13St— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016The stats don’t even really tell the story. He was 26/36 for 273 yards and three TDs, but the lack of yardage was simply because he didn’t connect on a single deep ball (nor did he throw many that I can remember.He’s now gone four straight games without a pick. Now he needs to take that show on the road (where he’s struggled in his career) for three of the final four games.4. WVU defense vs. offenseIt’s very strange to be more fearful of a WVU defense than a WVU offense, but I never felt like Skyler Howard was going to beat me. If Rudolph was off today, OSU could have been in trouble because WVU clearly wasn’t going to allow anything on the ground.Thankfully Rudolph was not off and OSU scored 10 more points in a single game against the Mountaineers than WVU surrendered to TCU and Texas Tech combined.Dana has to be frustrated with WVU scoring just 20 points on 12 possessions and looking like a B1G team for most of the game.Let’s check on Dana.The full Dana meltdown is downright glorious. pic.twitter.com/ck01Uf2hsu— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) October 29, 2016Yep, Dana’s frustrated.5. Game of Chris Lacy’s careerThe man heretofore known for his blocking more than his hands and his route-running had the best game of his career. Three catches for 31 yards two TDs and the game-winner (which was impeccably thrown and expertly caught).What a catch by Chris Lacy! https://t.co/FLAaVl4HBl— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016With Ateman in is Lacy the best WR4 in the Big 12? I say yes.6. No running gameOSU ran it 31 times for 85 yards, and it somehow didn’t matter. Two things here:Justice Hill and Chris Carson got some monstrous yards that don’t show up in the box score by moving piles, escaping tackles in the back field and generally falling forward on almost every carry.When this happens, you have to have a great QB1 to carry you. It became clear OSU did (at least on Saturday) and WVU did not (at least on Saturday.On this note, I thought Mike Yurcich called a pretty terrific game. One of my biggest complaints with him is that his rhythm with games sometimes resembles a middle-aged white accountant that works all day at a place like Irenas Xero Castle Hill and then is found at a Kanye concert. Today, though, he found it and pressed it over and over again. Not a masterpiece but a beauty nonetheless.7. The beauty of Jalen McCleskey and James WashingtonThe yin and yang of OSU’s receiving. Washington the cutthroat deep threat with the hands of an oversized cartoon character. McCleskey the slinky option underneath who has become Mason Rudolph’s go-to man with Marcell Ateman still on hiatus.They combined for 17 for 183 yards and a TD on Saturday and kept drive after drive cranking for the Pokes.WVU gives up 17 points per game. #okstate just put up 20 on ’em in the first half. https://t.co/DwMwXcGwIM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 20168. Can we talk about Zach Sinor?I mean just look at this stat line!screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-3-24-12-pmI always joke that Sinor is the best chance OSU has for a Heisman, but somebody on Twitter came up with a great name for it: The Seisman.He needs his own award. Seisman maybe?— Maarek Elets (@Maarek) October 29, 2016He pinned WVU inside its own 20 three of the four times he punted, and flipped the field from the OSU 26 to the WVU 17 on a 60-yarder early in the fourth quarter. Gundy always preaches special teams, and Sinor has been a huge (yuuuuge) part of it this year.Something that shouldn’t be ignored. Combo of low INTs from Rudolph and Sinor means we’re making teams work whole field for points.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) October 29, 20169. Points per driveI’ll preach it until the end of time: points per drive is the most important team stat. WVU came in giving up a stout 1.41 per drive, and Oklahoma State’s offense posted over three. That’s 37 points on 12 drives (obviously aided by the defense’s turnovers).On the other side of the ball, WVU was averaging 2.52 per drive on offense (top 40 in the nation) and OSU held them to 1.67. Just 20 points on 12 drives which is pretty incredible. I’m excited to see where OSU ranks nationally in these categories next week.#okstate drive chart:FGFGPuntTDTDMissed FGPuntPuntTDPuntTDFG?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 201610. Back in Big 12 title race?With just four Big 12 games left, OSU is in the thick of it. Yes, it needs Baylor to lose twice, but with Texas, OU, WVU and TCU coming up for the Bears, that looks like it could happen.OSU is now 4-1 in conference with road games against Kansas State, TCU and OU and a home game against Texas Tech. You could now see a legitimate scenario in which you slither your way to being 7-1 and playing OU (again) for the Big 12 title in early December. Whooo boy.But there’s still a long way to go, and this is definitely one to enjoy for the rest of Saturday. Gundy’s 100th, QB1 crushed and OSU back in the thick of a title race. YOUR THOUGHTS, MASON?It’s lit. https://t.co/JUdmrkwj8z— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Also, don’t forget about our live podcast tonight at 7 p.m. at Hideaway. Stillwater should rock a little bit tonight, and we will have some fun with it. Hope to see you there.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! BOX SCOREIt was quite a day in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State caused three West Virginia turnovers, got 17 points off those and won 37-20 to get Mike Gundy the 100th win of his career. It was also his sixth win over a top 10 team as West Virginia came in 6-0 and ranked No. 10 in the country.Mason Rudolph had maybe his best game of the year, and the OSU offense shredded a Mountaineers defense that came in allowing just 17 points a game. One reason for that, though, is that all three of the turnovers created by OSU’s defense resulted in drives that started inside WVU’s 20 for Rudolph and Co.It was, as Mike Gundy said, the most complete game OSU has played all year.Gundy said the win was the “most complete game” OSU has played all season.— Kendrick Marshall (@KD_Marshall) October 29, 2016On to the 10 thoughts.1. Vincent Taylor, Chad Whitener and Ramon RichardsWe will talk a lot about the Oklahoma State offense here in a minute, but how about a second for the work done by Vincent Taylor and Chad Whitener on Saturday against WVU?Taylor had a forced fumble, two and a half sacks and three TFLs. Whitener had 13 tackles and a sack. They were both immense and led OSU’s defense for most of the day.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business. https://t.co/7utSiCk45e— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016On Ramon: I thought our intern Caleb Deck summed it up best during the game on Ramon after he dropped the pick then made the pick and nearly scored:Ramon is the essence of this team. Just incredulously botches the easy crap and then comes up with the most miraculous and amazing plays at the same time. So frustrating and fun and amazing.Yes.2. OSU defense setting OSU offense upSince halftime of the Kansas game, Glenn Spencer’s unit has given Mike Yurcich’s unit the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line five times. Five! Two against KU, three against West Virginia. OSU scored 10 points on those against KU and 17 against West Virginia (also the margin OSU won by).Ramon! pic.twitter.com/JD1zUTb4OW— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) October 29, 2016That’s how you win conference championships, and it’s one reason we should probably look at Glenn Spencer’s defenses differently than most. Mike Gundy teams, by the way, move to 33-2 when forcing three or more turnovers and turning it over once or zero times in a single game.3. Elite Rudolph re-emergedNot sure we need to go any farther than this … but we will.Mason Rudolph’s last 14 starts.62 percent315 yards per game29 TDs3 INT10-4 record.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Rudolph was spectacular on Saturday. He showed everything that makes us drool and none of warts. He threw it away when he needed to, hit every ball over the middle, escaped out of the pocket and hit dudes on the sidelines and tossed dime after dime to his playmakers. Probably his best game all year.last_img read more