Noble wants England chance

first_imgMidfielder Mark Noble hopes his performances in West Ham’s Barclays Premier League revival could see him finally called up to the England squad. The 26-year-old impressed again as Sam Allardyce’s men beat Southampton 3-1 at Upton Park on Saturday to record a fourth straight win which has lifted them up out of the relegation zone and into midfield. Noble captained England Under-21s at the 2009 European Championships, where they reached the final, losing 4-0 to a Germany side which included the likes of midfielder Mesut Ozil, now with Arsenal, and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Kieran Gibbs, James Milner, Theo Walcott and Jack Rodwell have all gone on to play for the senior side, while Saints skipper Adam Lallana has been given his chance under Roy Hodgson , with defender Luke Shaw expected to get an opportunity for next month’s friendly against Denmark. Noble, though, accepts there is not much he can do other than continue to produce consistent results and wait for a phone call from the Football Association. “I think I am playing the best football of my career right now as far as my all-round game is concerned – winning back the ball, starting us off to play,” Noble said in the London Evening Standard. “I have probably played as well as I ever have in 90 per cent of the games so far this season, but when you are losing it doesn’t show. “To be picked for my country is my ultimate goal, as it should be with any English player. “The subject has come up a few times before and people have said when an international squad is about to be announced, ‘you’ve definitely got a chance’, but it hasn’t happened. “All I can do, though, is go out there every week and in training and try my hardest. “Roy Hodgson hasn’t spoken to me, but I will carry on enjoying what I do, working hard for the team and all being well one day I will get my chance.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pirates’ Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner dies at 91

first_imgIn this July 11, 1950 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ralph Kiner, right, talks with Boston Red Sox’ Ted Williams before the start of the All-Star game at Comiskey Park in Chicago.  (AP Photo/File)The six-time All-Star still ranks sixth all-time with a home run every 14.1 at-bats. He averaged more than 100 RBIs per season and hit .279 with the Pirates, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland.When he retired early because of back problems, Kiner was sixth on the career home run list. Several years later, he joined the broadcast crew of the Mets for their expansion season in 1962 and earned a permanent place – the home TV booth at Shea Stadium was named in his honor.“Kiner’s Korner” was a delight for players and fans alike, where stars would join Kiner for postgame chats.Kiner was known for his malaprops and took them in stride, often laughing about his own comments. He once famously said: “If Casey Stengel were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave.”Kiner had a stroke about a decade ago that slowed his speech, but remained an occasional part of the Mets’ announcing crew. He worked a handful of games last season at Citi Field, his 52th year of calling their games.Fellow announcers such as Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling always brightened when Kiner was alongside them. Younger fans who were born long after Kiner retired also reveled in his folksy tales.“As one of baseball’s most prolific power hitters for a decade, Ralph struck fear into the hearts of the best pitchers of baseball’s Golden Era despite his easygoing nature, disarming humility and movie-star smile,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said in a statement.“His engaging personality and profound knowledge of the game turned him into a living room companion for millions of New York Mets fans who adored his game broadcasts and later ‘Kiner’s Korner’ for more than half a century,” he said. “He was as comfortable hanging out in Palm Springs with his friend Bob Hope as he was hitting in front of Hank Greenberg at Forbes Field.”As a teen, hanging around the Hollywood Stars in the Pacific Coast League, Kiner shook hands with Babe Ruth and talked ball with Ty Cobb. In high school, he hit a home run off Satchel Paige during a barnstorming tour.When he got older, Kiner got to play with real Hollywood stars. His pals included Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and he once squired Liz Taylor.As a rookie, Kiner won the NL homer title with 23, beating Johnny Mize by one. He really broke loose the next year, hitting 51 home runs with 127 RBIs while batting .313.Stuck on poor teams, Kiner never made it to the postseason. He made his mark in All-Star games, homering in three straight.Kiner connected in the 1950 showcase at Comiskey Park, but made more noise with another ball he hit in the game. He hit a long drive to the base of the scoreboard in left-center field and Ted Williams broke his left elbow making the catch, causing him to miss two months.“Williams always said I ruined his batting stroke, that he could never hit after that,” Kiner said. “Yeah, sure. He only hit .388 in ’57.”Ralph McPherran Kiner was born on Oct. 27, 1922. He married tennis star Nancy Chaffee in 1951. In this Dec. 21, 1949 file photo, Elizabeth Taylor arrives for a Hollywood movie premier with Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ralph Kiner, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) – Ralph Kiner, who slugged his way into the baseball Hall of Fame and enjoyed a half-century career as a popular broadcaster, died Thursday. He was 91.The Hall said Kiner died at his home in Rancho Mirage with his family at his side.Kiner hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made his debut in 1946 and his power quickly became the talk of baseball – he won or tied for the National League lead in homers in each of his first seven seasons.“Kiner’s Korner” was already a fixture on the New York Mets’ airways when he was inducted into the Hall in 1975. He was elected with just one vote to spare in his 15th and final year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot.last_img read more

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Barcelona surpasses $1 billion in revenue

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil One of the main reasons for the increase in revenue was the new cycle for distribution of UEFA payments for the Champions League, Barcelona said.Last month, Real Madrid said its operating revenue for 2017-18 reached 750.9 million euros. The figure, which doesn’t include gains from the transfers of players, represents an increase of more than 76 million euros, the largest rise for the club in a financial year since 2000.Real Madrid said it has no debt.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments MOST READ Kerber, Osaka, Garcia march into China Open 3rd round Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FC Barcelona’s supporters hold “estelada flags, that symbolise Catalonia’s independence during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — According to Spanish soccer club Barcelona, it has become the first sports team in the world to surpass the $1 billion mark in revenue.The Spanish club, which presented its annual accounts on Tuesday, said it earned $1.05 billion (914 million euros) for the 2017-18 season.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Barcelona said it is the eighth straight year it has closed with a profit, with accumulated gains of 188 million euros since 2010. It is the fifth consecutive year the club has broken its own record income.The club said its debt on June 30 was 157.4 million euros.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBarcelona said its budget for 2018-19, which will be submitted for approval in October, foresees earnings of 960 million euros ($1.1 billion), in line with its strategic plan of reaching a revenue of 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) by 2021.“The extraordinary income from payment of Neymar Jr.’s buyout clause (222 million euros) has been compensated in next year’s budget through improved commercial and sponsorship revenue, media rights, exploitation of the stadium and transfer of players,” the club said. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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MH370: Dramatic new find may solve mystery

first_imgBlaine Gibson with some debris from MH370 MH370 sleuth and debris hunter Blaine Gibson has recovered from Madagascar what may be the most significant piece of wreckage yet that could tell investigators what happened on board to cause the loss of 239 lives on March 8, 2014.The new pieces, to be given to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in Canberra, are non-structural and appear to be sections of an internal wall panel which has been burnt, quite likely by a flash fire.They bear a remarkable resemblance to some of the the panelling used in the Boeing 777 Avionics Bay which is located below and behind the cockpit under the main cabin floor.MH370 relatives: Please don’t give up serach MH370 relatives are tormented by speculationThe pieces were found by Milson Tovontsoa, Rija Ravolatra, and Eodia Andriamahery from the town of Saint Luce on the south east coast of Madagascar.Mr Gibson told AirlineRatings.com that he was immediately struck by the significance of the pieces which showed scorch marks and had obviously been exposed to heat.However, he cautioned that the experts at the ATSB needed “to forensically examine the pieces to determine where they came from and what happened to them” before any conclusions could be drawn.Mr Gibson who has found 13 pieces of confirmed or suspected debris from MH370 has become the focus of picking up wreckage.So far 27 pieces have been recovered.Mr Gibson now has an army of followers in a host of west Indian Ocean locations scouring beaches looking for debris.The new find gives investigators and searchers other scenarios for the loss of MH370.Channel 7 Perth’s interview with Blaine Gibson. The most widely held theory has been that the captain took control of the Boeing 777 and flew it to the southern Indian Ocean.However, these new pieces raise other possibilities including cascading failures after a flash fire.But Mr Gibson says that the burn marks may have been from when the aircraft crashed into the Indian Ocean.“The sea is slowly giving up her secrets.“I believe these pieces are extremely important.”Rather than give up the new pieces to the Madagascar authorities, as he has done before, Mr Gibson has brought them to Australia to hand them over directly to the ATSB.“Malaysia is yet to pick up five pieces I found there three months ago,” said Mr Blaine.One of those pieces is a frame for a seat back monitor from a Boeing 777 which would indicate that the plane was involved in a catastrophic impact with the ocean.Read: Malaysia should give up investigation to another countrylast_img read more

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IBM: flexible computing for Africa

first_img“Starting with Africa, we see that this smart client package can help realise our vision of eliminating barriers to computer access for emerging markets,” said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. “Our IBM partnership brings together the strengths of collaboration to help our customers work smarter using this new approach.” A network of local service providers such as Inkululeko and ZSL Inc. are expected to extend the IBM Client locally throughout Africa to governments, educational institutions and businesses. 16 October 2009 In addition to local service providers, IBM will also work with leading universities such as Uganda’s Makerere University and academic consortiums to bring this new computing model down to individuals in the employment or attendance of learning institutions. “Software is an important enabler of the service industry,” said Professor Venansius Barya Baryamureeba of Makerere University’s IT faculty. “However, most of the good software is unaffordable by most of the users in developing countries, hence most users in developing countries have resorted to pirated software and free software. The IBM client for Smart Work is now available across Africa, and is being piloted for other emerging and growth markets worldwide. It runs on Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux operating system, and provides the option to deliver collaboration through the web in a “cloud service” model. Eliminating barriers to access “The IBM smart client package can help African governments deliver open standards using Open Document Format, which contributes toward the savings of up to 50% per individual seat versus a Microsoft-based desktop based on licensing, administration and maintenance,” IBM said in a statement last month. “But most free software packages can be a nightmare of setup woes, training costs, and processes that just don’t fit your organisation,” Baryamureeba said. “The hope lies in affordable software that is as good as proprietary software, which benefits from economies of scales as a result of targeting a mass market.” According to the US-based company, the reduction of personal computing costs may enable governments to transfer information technology expenditures to fund initiatives such as crisis management, education and health care. Businesses that cannot afford traditional PCs for all employees can now use any type of device and low-cost software to enable all workers to “work smarter anywhere” using a variety of devices, regardless of the level of communications infrastructure. IT giant IBM has teamed up with open source software firm Canonical to introduce Smart Work, a flexible software package for netbooks and other “thin” client devices, to help businesses in Africa bridge the digital divide by leapfrogging traditional PCs and proprietary software. In addition, businesses can exponentially increase their computing and collaboration power without additional infrastructure costs, through virtualisation of the collaboration software. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material New computing models Part of IBM’s Smart Work initiative, the new package targets the rising popularity of low-cost netbooks to make IBM’s industrial-strength software affordable to new, mass audiences in Africa. Available ‘across Africa’ With the new package, businesses can cultivate new suppliers and partners over the internet through IBM’s LotusLive.com, which will allow them to expand service to new customers beyond their local area. The solution includes open standards-based e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software for any laptop, netbook, or a variety of mobile devices.last_img read more

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Govt vows to crack down on violence

first_img14 September 2012 South Africa’s law enforcement agencies will no longer tolerate violence, illegal gatherings or the carrying of dangerous weapons, particularly in the country’s mining sector, government ministers have warned. Forty-four people were killed, including two police officers, during clashes between striking Lonmin platinum mine workers and the police in Marikana, North West province last month. President Jacob Zuma has appointed a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the incident. The government was concerned about the spread of violence, threats and intimidation in the mining sector, and would implement measures to curb the situation, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said in Pretoria on Friday. Briefing the media on behalf of the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster, Radebe said the ministers responsible for South Africa’s security had met and reflected on the situation prevailing in the industry. Acts of violence and intimidation undermined economic and security stability, and if the situation continued unabated, it would make it even harder to overcome the challenges of slow economic growth, high unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country. The government would “not tolerate these acts any further,” Radebe said, and had “put measures in place to ensure that the current situation is brought under control.” These included effectively dealing with illegal gatherings, the carrying of dangerous weapons, incitement and threats of violence. The law enforcement agencies would not hesitate to arrest those who broke the law, Radebe warned. “Government is making a clarion call to all South Africans to desist from these illegal acts and work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the situation is brought to normality.” Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa did not rule out the possibility that more police officers would be deployed to troubled areas. “We will do everything possible in the Constitution to ensure that normalcy prevails in those areas,” Mthethwa said. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that if the instability and low production on South Africa’s mines continued, the cost would be noted be in terms of the country’s overall economic growth numbers. South Africa’s current account deficit would also be affected, as would employment. “Everybody in South Africa has a responsibility to ensure that we boost the confidence in our economy and our country,” Gordhan said. “What we say, what we do, the violent acts we engage in, the incitement … of violence, undermines confidence in the South African economy, and if we undermine confidence, we undermine investment, both from South Africans and foreigners.” Talks with the mining industry were ongoing, Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu said. “We are engaging with the mining industry on a regular basis … All of us are … concerned [about] its impact on the economy, its impact on the workers, so we will continue to engage in a way that will make sure we find stability very soon,” Shabangu said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Qpid Wants To Help You Get Laid, STD-Free At SXSW

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit taylor hatmaker Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Let’s be honest — does anyone really go to South by Southwest for the keynotes? Often hailed as “geek spring break,” South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) turns the city of Austin, Texas, into a sprawling bacchanalian hot mess — one with hook-ups aplenty, even for us geek types. A Different Kind of Awkward For The STD TalkIn one of the better press releases to grace my inbox this week, a company called Qpid.me wants to help you achieve your ultimate SXSW 2013 goal: Getting laid, you know, without all of those nasty drawbacks to promiscuity. From the press release:It’s a known fact that there is a huge amount of “Sex” that happens at SXSW as creators, indie film makers, up-and-coming stars flock there to spark ideas, find investors, create together and…have sex…. But is the free love of the festival worth the after effects of coming home with an unwanted gift like some Spring Breakers, an STD?Qpid is a social network with the well-meaning mission of making it easier for people to share verified information about sexual health status before they shack up. While it would make way more sense as an app, it isn’t one — although the information can be shared via text.Of course, that’s only one reality hurdle standing in the way. The founder of Qpid is obviously well-meaning, but in practice the whole process is no less awkward than the analog version of the same conversation, although it does add verified test results for nasties like HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea into the mix.Qpid Means Well…Of course, if all of the people you know on OkCupid were on Qpid too, that would be an awesome thing. So would be a world in which we weren’t all so weird about talking about sexual health in the first place. But they aren’t and we still are, for whatever reason. If you’re willing to broach the conversation at all after a long night on Sixth Street and you’ve both conquered your health care provider’s likely reticence to disclose medical records to something that sounds like a hookup app… well, bully for you! Keep up the good work! Etc.There’s bound to be a handful of success stories out there, but until culture catches up to technology, most of us will still be just as squeamish talking about the ickier parts of sex — with a tool like Qpid or without it.Image of date via Shutterstock The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#online dating#SXSW 2013 last_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payet

first_imgWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has likened Felipe Anderson to former teammate Dimitri Payet.Anderson has been in sensational form in recent weeks, scoring seven goals in his last nine Premier League games.Cresswell said: “I’ve obviously not played as much as I’d have liked this season but every time I have played with him, going forward he’s outstanding.”He is definitely a game-changer. You look at the amount of games he has changed for us and the amount of goals he has scored, assists, created chances, he has been fantastic and long may that continue.”He’s a similar type of player to Payet, coming in off the left and creating things, scoring goals and getting assists, and this season he is our top goalscorer now, he has been fantastic for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough, Who Had Knee Surgery 2 Days Ago, Posts Video Of Leg Lift

first_imgAlabama Bo ScarbroughAlabama Bo ScarbroughThis past Friday, Alabama freshman running back Bo Scarbrough, a five-star recruit from Tuscaloosa, tore the ACL in his right knee during a team scrimmage. Monday, he underwent surgery to repair the injury. Wednesday, he’s already starting rehab, completing straight leg lifts. Really.Scarbrough, who is clearly excited about how his recovery is going, posted a 30-second Twitter video of himself extending and lifting his right leg in a doctor’s office. It’s impressive, given the quick turnaround.Two day out of surgery and already can do a straight leg lift! It’s a blessing to be able to come back and work hard! pic.twitter.com/8NQ31ZDsjR— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) April 8, 2015Scarbrough was a huge get for the Tide, and has a bright future ahead. Let’s hope he’s back on the field as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Excessive hygiene can cause antibiotic resistance

first_imgWhile maintaining hygiene is good for health, excess cleanliness could lead to antibiotic resistance often resulting to death and illness as well, suggests a new study. Comparing all existing microorganisms and antibiotic resistances, the researchers at Austria’s University of Graz, showed that microbial diversity decreases in areas with high levels of hygiene and the diversity of resistances increases. The team compared the intensive care unit of the institute with clean rooms subject to strong microbial control in the aerospace industry and with public and private buildings which have hardly any microbial controls. “In environments with strong microbial control in the intensive care unit and industrially used clean rooms, there are increasing antibiotic resistances which show a high potential for combining with pathogens,” said Alexander Mahnert, director at the varsity. The number of people who become ill and die from antibiotic-resistant germs is increasing worldwide, said the study, published in Nature Communications. Hence, the results indicated that a stable microbial diversity in clinical areas counteracts the spread of resistances. With the microbial control of pathogens already being used in cultivated plants and also in humans in the framework of stool transplantation, pursuing such ideas in indoor areas in future is recommended, said Gabriele Berg from the varsity. The team suggested regular airing, houseplants, deliberate use of useful microorganisms and reduction of antibacterial cleaning agents could be the strategies in maintaining or improving microbial diversity.last_img read more

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