Nadal: “It is hard for me to watch myself play without analyzing myself, just enjoying myself”

first_imgConcerning the Madrid event he recalled that he had an advanced debut. “The primary match was key. I had a really tough opponent (Fognini), that match had to be handed”, he claimed. He then signed two “massive video games” in opposition to Goffin and Djokovic to attain the ultimate in opposition to Dominic Thiem. “From the match with Thiem I particularly bear in mind the ‘tie-break’ of the primary set, I believe he gave me the match. Then you may have to win, however it was a really worn set. He had set balls and the ‘tie-break’ was very tough “, he identified about that remaining that gave him his fifth title within the Spanish capital.As well as, the Balearic recalled that that 2017 was a particular yr, as a result of it got here from two “difficult” seasons. “It was a particular yr for me as a result of I used to be getting back from an extended damage and in 2015 maybe probably the most tough yr of my profession, as a result of without being injured I didn’t handle to play my finest stage,” he stated. “In 2017 I had three finals and received Monte Carlo. It was my first title, once more on the bottom, and profitable in Madrid was the fruits. It gave me a singular feeling like profitable at house that I used to be lacking, “he recalled. Spanish tennis participant Rafa Nadal stays little optimistic concerning the return of the competitors, as soon as the coronavirus disaster permits, however he does higher day-to-day, now with the potential for coaching away from house, and watching video games on tv, even when it is tough for him to take pleasure in without analyzing himself. “In the mean time I have no idea after we will compete, I see an unsure and much future when it comes to restarting the competitors. We have now been all this time, getting higher, it was a really radical change, with very dangerous information, however with the times getting higher”, he identified this Wednesday in an interview with Teledeporte, collected by Europa Press.Nadal positively appreciated having the ability to practice and didn’t need to have a look at the long run. “Doing my jobs at house and till lately we’ve got been in a position to practice once more. I’m not pondering all day ‘now I’d be in Barcelona, ​​Madrid or Montecarlo’. The necessary factor now is to get better our lifestyle and later there shall be a variety of work to get better the exercise in every sector, “he stated. The 19 ‘massive’ champion reviewed the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open, which was later broadcast on the identical channel, in a season of watching outdated video games on TV. “I’ve been watching a variety of video games. It is all the time stunning, from the surface I see it tougher than from the within. From exterior I take pleasure in tennis, I worth issues, though it is tough for me to have a look at myself without analyzing myself, just enjoying myself, “he stated.last_img read more

Beermen continue to reap rewards of team cohesion

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel once again showed why it has been the gold standard for the last four years after easily dispatching Ginebra, 102-90, in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday.The team has come along way since its time of disarray and what has been the biggest difference for the Beermen is everyone wanting the same thing.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We’ve already tasted the sweet fruit and we like it. Next time, we hope we can repeat this and get our second win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Held to conference low, Fajardo happy to see teammates hit their mark Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course, we feel glad,” said Santos in Filipino. San Miguel is successful not because of one or two individuals, but because every one of us steps up. It starts from our utilities, all our coaches  why we’re playing this well. When one of us dreams, we all want to support them. And the good thing here is we have the same dream. That’s why we’re united..@TheSMBeermen’s @arwindsotnas speaks on the importance of this Game 1 win vs Ginebra. #PBA2018 STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 9, 2018 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Santos led the balanced attack for San Miguel, lighting it up from distance with his 5-of-8 shooting from three to finish with 23 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.But it wasn’t just him as guys like Von Pessumal (career-high 18 points), Marcio Lassiter (17 points on a 5-of-11 three-point shooting), and Alex Cabagnot (15 points and six assists) all did their part for the Beermen to gain the 1-0 series lead.The game showed glimpse of how lethal the defending three-time all-Filipino conference champs could be when everyone is hitting their strides and Santos is hoping to see him team sustain that.“We’re happy with the way we’re playing. We can say that we’ve gone through a lot before we’re able to build our team, but now, we’re here. I hope we still play together until the end, that our game won’t change, that we will not be overconfident or relax. If we need to win, we’re showing that we can give our all and help each other.That’s exactly the attitude Santos is hoping for San Miguel aims for the 2-0 series lead on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View commentslast_img read more

Harden, James, Davis finalists for NBA MVP award

first_imgThe three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California during the NBA Awards show.Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe other finalists:ROOKIE OF THE YEAR In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Fognini fires up Italian Open crowd with win over Thiem China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Donovan Mitchell, UtahBen Simmons, PhiladelphiaJayson Tatum, BostonCOACH OF THE YEARDwane Casey, TorontoADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, reacts after he was fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEW YORK — Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award.Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won. James has won the MVP award four times.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quin Snyder, UtahBrad Stevens, BostonSIXTH MANEric Gordon, HoustonFred VanVleet, TorontoLou Williams, ClippersMOST IMPROVED PLAYERClint Capela, HoustonSpencer Dinwiddie, BrooklynVictor Oladipo, Indiana Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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


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