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Brendan Rodgers ‘disappointed but encouraged’ by Liverpool draw

first_img1 Liverpool Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was both disappointed and encouraged by his side’s 1-1 Europa League draw in Bordeaux.Adam Lallana’s second-half goal was cancelled out by substitute Jussie late on to deny the Reds an opening win.However, with Rodgers making eight changes it was the young players who impressed – the first-half introduction of debutant Pedro Chirivella brought the average age down to 21.7 – and the manager was full of praise.“I am disappointed but I feel encouraged by the performance with so many young players,” he said.“I was disappointed their striker got too many touches in the box but if you can’t win, especially away from home in Europe, you at least get a point and we’re satisfied with that.“I was so proud of them tonight. I will always give the young players an opportunity if they have the personality.“The senior players were outstanding helping the younger players and we will look for more of that in the coming weeks.”Chirivella and Rossiter, both 18, impressed in central midfield and Rodgers noted that.“As the game wore on they combined with the other players and I thought they acquitted themselves well.“If you take those two, Jordon Ibe who is 19, Joe Gomez who is 18, there was great encouragement for the young players and supporters.”Lallana was returning from a month out with a thigh injury and despite some rustiness in the first half he took his goal brilliantly.“It was an outstanding goal. It was his touch and creativity which we have not seen so much of this season.“It was a wonderful goal and (substitute) Danny Ings was unfortunate not to score.”Rodgers added: “Sakho was immense at the back. He knows he has had to be patient and his attitude has been first class.“He has trained very well, kept professional, done his extra work on his fitness and he has got his rewards for that.“He certainly comes into the reckoning for the weekend (against Norwich).”last_img read more

Inside the Warriors’ philosophy on 3-point shooting

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND — The highlight reels often show Stephen Curry sinking a 3-pointer from at least 30 feet away from the basket. Or Klay Thompson draining a corner 3-pointer after holding the ball for only a second.Those plays might capture why Curry and Thompson are nicknamed the “Splash Brothers.” But even if the Warriors arguably have the best shooting backcourt ever, those plays …last_img

Sanford to Speak at NIH

first_imgCreation geneticist PhD is speaking to the NIH, and already the Darwin attack dogs are up in arms.Sanford’s book examines the impact of mutations that are invisible to selection.Dr John C. Sanford, author of Genetic Entropy, will be speaking at the National Institutes of Health tomorrow (Oct 18) on the subject, “Net Genetic Loss in Humans, in Bacteria, and in Virus.”The announcement reproduced on Reddit shows a verbal barrage in the comments between evolutionists, who have been dismissing the talk before it even occurs, and CEH contributor Sal Cordova, defending Sanford’s credentials and research. (Visited 918 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

2010 ‘about changing perceptions’

first_img6 February 2009The true legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup “will be in our ability to showcase South African and African hospitality and humanity – to change once and for all perceptions of our country and our continent among the peoples of the world,” President Kgalema Motlanthe said in Cape Town on Friday.Delivering his state of the nation address in Parliament, Motlanthe urged all South Africans to join in and help showcase the country as the “rainbow nation” that it is.The President said South Africa’s preparations for hosting both the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup were well on track.“Virtually all the projects and plans are completed or nearing completion – from stadiums, transport infrastructure, security measures and issues of accommodation to health and immigration plans – confirming the confidence of the global soccer fraternity that ours will be a truly successful tournament,” he said.South Africa’s hosting of the two football tournaments would provide, at minimum, a temporary boost to capital inflows and domestic economic growth, the President added.Transport, tourism, and the informal sector – or “second economy” – would benefit directly from the massive influx of tourists destined for South Africa’s shores.The Confederations Cup will be hosted in four South African cities from 14 to 28 June, followed by the World Cup, which will take place in nine host cities from 11 June to 11 July 2010.Motlanthe praised the national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, for their recent performances. Bafana Bafana have notched up five wins in a row against Malawi, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Cameroon and more recently Zambia.“We believe that, after five consecutive wins, the national soccer team is now more confidently gearing itself to perform above expectations!”At the same time, Motlanthe congratulated South Africa’s sportsmen and women for their performances over the past year.“Special accolades are due to our cricket team, which has climbed to the apex of global rankings. We are of course rugby world champions; Giniel de Villiers and his team have won the Dakar Rally; our Paralympians continue to do us proud; and our under-20 soccer team did quite well in [qualifying for the 2009 World Cup Youth Championship],” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A350 continues to make inroads into Australia

first_imgThe Airbus A350XWB is continuing to make its presence felt in Australia with several airlines in the past month announcing increased services using the fuel-efficient aircraft.Singapore Airlines became the latest when it announced on Tuesday it would start a daily A350-900 service to Melbourne from May 11 on its SQ208/207 services. The move means Melbourne will have two daily Singapore A350 services until June 30 when its SQ218/217 flights revert to Airbus A380.The 253-seat aircraft comes with 42 business class seats, 24 in premium economy and 187 in economy.The change means three of Singapore’s four daily flights from Melbourne will now offer premium economy. “We have seen good demand for our Premium Economy product in Melbourne,” Singapore Airlines regional vice president Tan Tiow Kor said in a statement. “I am sure the addition of a third flight that offers our Premium Economy cabin will be warmly welcomed by customers, as will the decision to operate the A350 on a daily basis.”Qatar Airways last week announced it was would use the A350 to resume daily services to Adelaide from December 2.Qatar said performance on the Doha-Adelaide route, which had been reduced to five services a week, had exceeded expectations in terms of consumer demand and air freight. “Trade and air freight between Australia and the Middle East have significantly increased over the past year and we are proud to play a role in this exciting expansion for South Australian businesses,’’ Qatar’s Australasian senior manager, Adam Radwanski, said.Cathay Pacific last month announced it would introduce its first scheduled A350 service to Perth on its daily CX170/171 services and a second A350 service into Melbourne (CX163/178) from October 29.The airline started its first A350 service into Melbourne in February and last month started using the plane on daily A350 flights into Brisbane.The move means a bigger aircraft for Perth and means two of Cathay’s three daily services to Melbourne use the A350.Airbus had delivered 70 A350-900s worldwide by February and has orders for more than  820 planes in the overall A350 XWB family.The next cab off the rank, the A350-1000, is due to fly later this year and two of three aircraft involved in the flight test program underwent high altitude, hot weather testing in South America last month.Airbus said early test results confirmed the good performance and behavior of both the aircraft and its Trent XWB-97 engines.“This is a major successful milestone in the aircraft certification flight test campaign,’’ it said.last_img read more

Alphabet Soup

first_imgAmbassador cars on Indian roads will be sporting a new, spacey look from August 2011 and will cost between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.Belgian Shepherd dogs, known as Malinois, have been imported by the ITBP for anti-Naxal operations.Canada is concerned that a ship carrying illegal immigrants on the way,Ambassador cars on Indian roads will be sporting a new, spacey look from August 2011 and will cost between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.Belgian Shepherd dogs, known as Malinois, have been imported by the ITBP for anti-Naxal operations.Canada is concerned that a ship carrying illegal immigrants on the way to its western coast has LTTE activists on board.Indian banks are owed Rs 755.45 crore as dues from forward trading in foreign exchange contracts.New Zealand, worried about security issues, has refused to put its athletes at risk during the CWG and may pull out of the Games.Potassium and sodium-rich foods are good for parents wanting a daughter, says new research.Subrata Roy, also known as Sahara Sri, will join as a volunteer for the Commonwealth Games 2010.Tiger Woods is in bad form and will not be playing at the US PGA Championship.UFOs were reportedly seen by Hong Kong residents during a lightning storm, says a local broadcaster.Wipro says that technology spending budgets remain low, though it posted a strong June quarter.last_img read more

Ranbir Kapoor wants to play Amrish Puri on screen

first_imgIn this season of biopics, when one asked Ranbir Kapoor which legend would he like to play on screen, guess what was his answer?Ranbir Kapoor wants to play Amrish Puri on screenNo, neither a sport-star, nor a superstar. Ranbir Kapoor expressed the desire to do a biopic on one of Bollywood’s most loved villains and character artists Amrish Puri.Amrish Puri was one of the most versatile actors of Indian cinema who gave gave us memorable characters like Mr India’s Mogambo or Damini’s Chaddha besides playing strict father in DDLJ, Gardish, Ardh Satya, Viraasat and many more.It will be interesting to watch how Ranbir manages to cover Amrish Puri’s vast range. Interestingly, Ranbir is committed to Anurag Basu’s bopic on another legend-Kishore Kumar.last_img

Google says it pays women equally An activist shareholder isnt convinced

Google, which is being sued by former employees and investigated by the Labor Department for underpaying women, says it pays most of the men and women who work for the Internet giant around the globe—89% of the more than 70,000 plus employees—equally. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Google says it pays women equally. An activist shareholder isn’t convinced. (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-google-women-equally-activist-shareholder.html But the remaining 11% is a question mark. Those employees, a group that includes the company’s senior vice presidents and above and who are mostly men, were not included in the analysis conducted by Google that was released Thursday.Arjuna Capital, which has been pressing Google to disclose more publicly about how much male and female employees earn as part of a broader effort to close the gender pay gap in the business world, praised Google for being more forthcoming. But the activist shareholder found fault with the limited scope of the analysis.Google only examined job categories with 30 or more employees and with at least five men and at least five women. That excluded all employees at the vice president level and above.Michael Passoff, CEO of Proxy Impact, which is backing the shareholder proposal with Arjuna Capital, says he’s concerned about the 11% of employees that were not covered by the analysis and the “lack of assurance that there will be an expanded disclosure in the future.””The data for senior management is missing and that is generally where the largest gender pay discrepancies are found,” Passoff said.Natasha Lamb, managing partner and lead filer of gender pay resolutions at Arjuna Capital, said she would not withdraw the shareholder proposal, which requests parent Alphabet report on the risks associated with “emerging public policies on the gender pay gap.””Today’s announcement represents a serious first step toward ensuring gender pay equity at Google. Still, we find ourselves uncomfortable with its lack of breadth,” she said. “We think there is room for improvement and can’t give a rubber stamp to an incomplete analysis.”Of the roughly 63,000 employees surveyed, Google said it found 228 with statistically significant pay differences and increased their pay, which cost $270,000.In a statement, Google said: “We will continue to focus on fairness in all of our people processes, and want Google to be a great place for everyone to work.”Google, which three years ago pledged to close the race and gender gap to make its workforce better reflect the panoply of people it serves around the globe, is still overwhelmingly male and employs very few African Americans and Hispanics.Scrutiny of Google has intensified since the Labor Department began examining possible pay disparities. Last April, a Labor Department official said investigators had found “systemic” compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire work force.” In July, a judge ordered Google to hand over employee records to Labor Department investigators probing the alleged gender pay gap.In September, three former employees sued Google claiming they were paid and promoted less than their male colleagues. A fourth woman, a preschool teacher, joined the lawsuit in January. Google denies the allegations.A judge rejected the initial complaint seeking class action status for all women who worked at Google in California for the past four years for being overly broad in December. The amended version proposes a narrower class of plaintiffs that includes engineering, research, management, sales and teaching staff.Allegations of pay disparities come at a tense time for Google, which last year fired an employee, James Damore, who wrote an internal memo suggesting men were better suited for tech jobs than women. Explore further Judge: Govt. asked Google for too much data in gender case This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Tougher US rules needed on autonomous cars advocate

Accidents involving autonomous cars could slow the advance of the technology and demonstrate the need for tougher federal standards, a leading highway safety advocate said Thursday. US investigating fatal Tesla crash in California This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A January survey by the American Automobile Industry found 63 percent of consumers were fearful of riding in a totally autonomous car Explore further Citation: Tougher US rules needed on autonomous cars: advocate (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tougher-autonomous-cars-advocate.html “Having some basic rules of the road that everyone follows will benefit everyone because if one company fails at ensuring safety, it will affect all companies and consumer support,” said Catherine Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.In an address to a safety conference at the New York Auto Show, Chase alluded to last week’s fatal accident in Arizona involving an Uber vehicle and called for tougher federal standards and an overhaul of autonomous driving legislation moving through Congress. Besides the Uber accident, questions about self-driving cars surfaced after another fatal crash last week in California in which a Tesla owner died. Both accidents are under investigation.Highway safety advocates are bullish on the potential for autonomous driving technologies to help stem the rise of roadway deaths. US road fatalities rose 5.6 percent to 37,461 in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Some cars already employ automatic braking, steering and other safety-oriented innovations.The thinking is that broader application of these mechanisms—and the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles—could avert crashes caused by drunk driving or inattention and other human errors.Choosing words carefullyWall Street and automakers are also eager to push the technology, but surveys suggest the broader public is skeptical but curious about the technology as it becomes more widely discussed.A January survey by the American Automobile Industry found 63 percent of consumers were fearful of riding in a totally autonomous car, down from 78 percent a year earlier.Chase said car companies had pointed to the prevalence of human-caused accidents to push for quick deployment of autonomous driving technology. But she warned it could backfire.The US Department of Transportation has issued “only voluntary guidelines which are toothless and result in companies handing in what are essentially glossy brochures for their vehicles,” she said.”We believe this doesn’t go far enough to ensure safety, reliability and consumer confidence,” she said.Kelly Nantel, vice president of the National Safety Council, said autonomous technology had the potential to “revolutionize” auto safety but that carmakers should make clear what the technology can and cannot do.”We have to be very careful how we name things,” she said. “Calling something ‘Autopilot’ sends a message to the lay consumer that the system is capable of something it isn’t.”Safety regulators criticized Tesla’s Autopilot after a May 2016 fatal crash, finding that the driver relied too heavily on Autopilot that was made possible under Tesla’s design, according to a September 2017 National Transportation Safety Board report. © 2018 AFP read more