Man U crash out of Champions League

first_imgWOLFSBURG, Germany (AP):Three-time winners Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League yesterday losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg who advanced to the round of 16 for the first time.Anthony Martial put United ahead in the 10th, but Naldo volleyed in the equaliser in the 14th. Vieirinha regained the lead for Wolfsburg in the 29th, before an own goal by Joshua Guilavogui in the 82nd tied the score. But two minutes later, Naldo scored his second with a header to seal Wolfsburg’s victory.The loss, coupled with PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 home victory over CSKA Moscow, dropped United to third place in Group B, meaning that they will now play in the Europa League.Wolfsburg won the group with 12 points and PSV also advanced with 10 points, two more than United.Manchester United’s neighbours, Manchester, advanced as winners of their group with a 4-2 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.Raheem Sterling netted in the 80th and 81st minutes and Wilfried Bony scored in the 85th to spark City’s turnaround after a listless first-half performance at Etihad Stadium, where ‘Gladbach recovered from conceding early to David Silva.To qualify in first place, City also needed Juventus to lose in Sevilla. The Italian champions obliged for City, losing 1-0 in Group D.8-0 BEATING FOR MALMOIn Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 10 goals or more in the group stage of the Champions League, claiming four. Real Madrid whipped Malmo 8-0.The Portuguese striker reached 11 goals in six games, surpassing nine scored by Luiz Adriano with Shakhtar Donetsk last season. Ronaldo also scored nine times in the 2013-14 season.Ronaldo also set up two goals by Karim Benzema, who scored a hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.The game meant little for Madrid because they had already secured first place in Group A.Other results: Benfica 1 Atletico Madrid 2; Paris Saint-Germain 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 0; Galatasaray 1 FC Astana 1; PSV Eindhoven 2 CSKA Moscow 1.last_img read more

Illegal connections, wastage continue to affect GWI

first_imgAt its performance review for 2019, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has insisted that it continues to battle with acts of illegal consumption and water wastage, which affect the overall operations.GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West CharlesManaging Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West Charles indicated that there are a number of factors which influence the agency’s output. While wastage is a major issue, there is the recurring act of untimely payment of bills and an inefficient billing system. Illegal connections, he noted, have also been prevalent throughout 2019.In the past, he claimed that the company has taken a number of people before the courts and will continue to do so in 2020.“We have a number of illegal connections, not necessarily by small people— by big people…We will try to address the illegal connections. It is against the law. The law is very clear. When you tamper with GWI’s infrastructure, it is a criminal offence. And you cannot sublet water,” he cautioned.On the aspect of operational services, the archaic network in Georgetown has affected water delivery. Meanwhile, unreliable electricity supply coupled with procurement constraints also adds to their challenges. In some cases, suppliers were inconsistent in meeting the stipulated guidelines of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS).“The vandalism of our infrastructure, we have to deal with the poor quality of supplies and we are going to be looking at that going forward in 2020 and try to ensure that we also address some of the procurement constraints. We have a challenge in terms of our local suppliers; the pipes are not necessarily sitting together and we are hoping to meet with these suppliers and the Bureau of Standards.”He encouraged persons to report or fix leakages in their homes since it is a wastage of potable water. Adding to that, homeowners are charged with increased rates for the volume of water wasted.For the year 2020, GWI will be focusing on a number of measures to curb the issues faced in the past. They will seek to replace the customer information and billing system, move to implement smart meters and the introduction of electronic meter reading.“The automatic meter reading is going to make a difference and we’re hoping that the financing will be achieved. We’ve commenced discussions this year and we’re hoping that that will be achieved. We think that we’ll have the support with the purchase of these electronic meters. We know that some of the meters do have problems…We’re very sensitive to those issues,” Van West Charles ascertained.Meanwhile, services will be improved by introducing a bill payment via an app, the introduction of e-billing through email and regional bill production.He added, “We want to include a new billing payment module where customers can understand the bill even better and also move to e-billing as far as possible. At our offices, we’re asking customers to indicate to opt if they want to receive an e-bill. If they want to receive an e-bill, that will be introduced”.last_img read more

Man killed in W.B.D. accident

first_imgAn East Bank Demerara man was killed on Mashramani Day after a speeding car collided into him. 42-year-old Roopesh Ramotar was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The driver of the car has been arrested.Details of this story will be published in the February 25th, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

Happiness key to keeping Everton star, claims Roberto Martinez

first_img1 Everton star Kevin Mirallas Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists keeping Kevin Mirallas happy is key to holding on to him in the summer.There has been plenty of speculation about the Belgium international and he even admitted himself in February he fancied a new challenge and had an ambition to play in the Champions League next season.Injuries have prevented the 27-year-old from really finding his best form this campaign with a run of consistent performances but Martinez was delighted to see him score his first Premier League goal since December 28 in last weekend’s win over Burnley.There were reports this week Tottenham would try to make the forward part of a swap deal with their winger Aaron Lennon, who is currently on loan at Goodison Park.However, Martinez backed Mirallas to put the continuing debate about his future to one side.“The total honest truth is we don’t know what is going to happen in the future,” he said. “I heard somewhere that he had one year left and it was a bit of an unsettled situation but that is not the case, he has two years left.“I don’t think it has ever been an issue. Sometimes there has been too much said on the outside.“With any footballer now it does not matter whether you have one year or six years left, what is more important is being happy, feeling ready to be part of the project and be an important player going forward.“When you see him on the pitch he is someone who brings a real desire to score goals, he brings us a goalscoring threat which is quite special and all I want is for Kevin to enjoy his football and carry on performing well.“He is someone who takes responsibility on the pitch, wants to make things happen and scoring the goal was an important moment.“Kevin has always been a really hard-working player day-to-day and I have seen him progressing but I have never seen an issue in his performances at all.“The way he performed on Saturday showed that.“In every window you have to sit down and make sure everyone who is fully committed is ready to be part of the future.“I don’t see that as being an issue we need to sort at this present time.”last_img read more

Informants, complaints knotty LAPD problems

first_img In the area of handling confidential informants, one of the main aspects of the Rampart scandal, the report says the LAPD “continues to struggle” with supervising payments and contacts with such sources. The commission voted in August to relax certain decree restrictions on confidential informants to give the department more leeway in fighting gang crime. Chaleff noted that LAPD’s own Audit Division and the Inspector General of the Police Commission brought the issues about confidential informants to the monitor’s attention. The department is committed to implementing the decree, Chaleff said, and Chief William Bratton has asked heads of departments that are out of compliance to explain each problem to him. Kroll representatives will attend a joint meeting of the Police Commission and the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Dec. 8, the first opportunity for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new police commissioners to engage the federal monitor. A federal judge will decide next summer whether part or all of the decree can be lifted. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “While the areas of concern the monitor identifies are significant, we started with everything being a problem,” he said. Kroll Inc., which monitors the decree on behalf of the Department of Justice, suggests in the latest report that the LAPD has been improperly classifying some personnel complaints, “which in some instances serve to insulate complaints from appropriate scrutiny.” Ricardo Garcia, criminal justice director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the monitor’s report raises fears that officers could be lying on the witness stand without appropriate discipline. Chaleff discounted such suggestions, saying the problem appears to be bureaucratic. “The punishment relates to the action, not to what it’s called,” he said. The handling of confidential informants and personnel complaints are trouble spots for the Los Angeles Police Department as its deadline for renewal of a federal consent decree draws near, the Police Commission was told Tuesday. The two sensitive topics were added to ongoing sources of frustration, including the implementation of a misconduct tracking system, in the most recent report from the federal monitor overseeing the decree. The quarterly report for the period that ended Sept. 30 looked at 50 sections of the decree, a product of the Rampart scandal, which governs a wide array of police practices. The LAPD was found to comply with 37 and to be out of compliance with 10, while the monitor withheld a determination on the others. The LAPD is working to address the concerns, said Gerald Chaleff, head of the Consent Decree Bureau, but they should not obscure the progress that has been made. last_img read more

MAN WHO WAS FIVE TIMES OVER LIMIT TOLD GARDAI HE WAS AN ‘EASY TARGET’

first_imgA man who was five times over the limit asked Gardai for a chance saying he was an “easy target.”Joe McMonagleJoe McMonagle said he was driving a friend home to Brockagh after a   taxi driver had refused to drive them up a rural country road after they had been drinking in Ballybofey. The 39 year old was stopped by Gardai on 9th February, 2013 at Galwolie, Cloghan.McMonagle, from Meeatinney, Fintown, claimed he was only helping a friend when stopped by Gardai.The farmer, who was already disqualified from driving when stopped,   pleaded with Gardai for a chance saying he was an target for Gardai.Gardai tried to perform a breath test on four occasions but McMonagle failed each times and his eventual urine sample showed a reading of 379 grams.Solicitor Cormac Hartnett said there was nothing sinister or evasive about his client but rather he simply chose driving as a poor alternative.Judge Paul Kelly said McMonagle had put himself in a very difficult position.“It was a generous thing to do (leaving the friend home) but it has got you in a terrible position,” he said.He sentenced McMonagle to four months in prison but suspended it for two yearsHe said he was also required to impose the mandatory six year driving ban.MAN WHO WAS FIVE TIMES OVER LIMIT TOLD GARDAI HE WAS AN ‘EASY TARGET’ was last modified: March 4th, 2014 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:Brockaghcourtdonegaldrink drivingJoe McMonagleletterkennylast_img read more

Round-up: Injury woe for Chelsea trio, QPR exit looks likely

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesEden Hazard is expected to miss the start of next season after suffering a fractured right ankle, Chelsea have confirmed.The club announced on Monday afternoon that Hazard, 26, had undergone “successful” surgery and is likely to return to training in around three months.Hazard sustained the injury during a training session while on international duty with Belgium.Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger. Thank you for your support!! pic.twitter.com/aokirnytkW— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) June 5, 2017 Blues duo out of U21 tournamentChelsea duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Izzy Brown will miss the European Under-21 Championship.Loftus-Cheek is still struggling with a back problem and has not been included in England’s squad for the tournament.Neither has Brown, who helped Huddersfield win promotion to the Premier League while on loan with the Yorkshire club but is also carrying an injury.Chelsea’s Lewis Baker, Nathaniel Chalobah and Tammy Abraham are in the squad, as are Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow, Norwich’s Wembley-born winger Jacob Murphy and Swansea’s Hillingdon-born defender Alfie Mawson. Loftus-Cheek ‘devastated’ to miss out – BoothroydEmbed from Getty ImagesEngland Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says Loftus-Cheek is “devastated” to miss out on the Under-21 European Championship. “Ruben’s been up with us and spent some time at St George’s Park. He loves coming away with England and he’s devastated at missing out,” Boothroyd told the FA’s website.“He’s had an ongoing issue which has been managed. We’re working hard with Chelsea and with him to get him back fit as soon as possible.“We’re disappointed as well because he is a good player and a key player for us, but as he said to me, he’s looking forward to getting himself fit and coming back ready for our next campaign and that first qualifier against the Dutch in September.” Bowler rejects QPR contract offerEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR’s contract offer to Josh Bowler has been rejected. West London Sport revealed last week that Rangers had offered Bowler a three-year deal and turned down Everton’s latest bid for the teenage winger.Everton had returned with an improved offer after having a previous one turned down.That offer was also rejected, but Rangers accept they are likely to lose Bowler, 18, if his head is turned by Premier League interest in him, so the news he has snubbed a new contract suggests a move this summer is likely.[interaction id=”5935608580639da10ef57aaa”]He is under contract at Loftus Road until 2018, having signed an 18-month deal in February this year, and QPR are ready to sell if he is unwilling to commit his long-term future to the club.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Android Apps Get Virtualized to Run on Other Phones

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Mobile technology company Myriad has announced new software called Alien Dalvik which will allow Android applications to run on non-Android phones. The software will be demonstrated live for the first time next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Although Myriad may not be a household name, the company is also the maker of virtual machine software called Dalvik Turbo, which was introduced last year as way to speed up the performance of Android applications by up to three times, while also improving battery life on Android phones. This latest release builds on top of that technology and will be available for the MeeGo platform later this year, with other platforms to follow.What’s Mobile Virtualization?Mobile virtualization is developing area in the mobile industry, with obvious possibilities in the enterprise space where mobile phones are more and more often serving as end points for enterprise applications. As with PC/server virtualization scenarios, mobile virtualization also offers the benefits of increased security and reliability as well as the ability to lock in data that comes from running apps in virtual environments instead of directly on the device.As ReadWriteWeb’s Alex Williams noted last fall, mobile virtualization is why President Barack Obama can use a BlackBerry – the highly locked-down apps are run in a virtual environment where they’re protected from security threats and break-ins.It also means that corporate employees could bring their own phones to work, filled with the personal, “fun” apps they enjoy, while still meeting the needs of I.T.But on the consumer side of the equation, mobile virtualization could allow applications from one mobile platform to run on another. In this case, with the Alien Dalvik software, it means Android apps can run on MeeGo and other platforms.Android Apps on Nokia MeeGo Phones…Very Interesting sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces For Nokia, which has been planning on introducing high-end handsets running the smartphone operating system MeeGo, the possibilities are intriguing. This would mean that Nokia customers would not only have access to the MeeGo-ready apps sold through Nokia’s own app marketplace, the Ovi Store, but they could also run many of the nearly 200,000 Android applications available today. (Myriad says “the majority” of Android apps can run unmodified, without comprising performance. We’ll see if that’s true next week at Mobile World Congress!)For the end user – the mobile consumer – it means they wouldn’t be limited to choosing a phone or tablet based on what apps its software operating system runs by default, but could pick the device whose hardware they preferred, whose user interface looked the best, or any other of a number of factors, and still have access to the large ecosystem of Android apps thanks to virtualization.For example, there are already rumors that RIM’s upcoming PlayBook tablet will use a Dalvik virtual machine to run Android apps on the BlackBerry operating system.To demonstrate the technology in action, Myriad says it will show off Alien Dalvik running on a Nokia N900, which isn’t actually a MeeGo device, but rather a Maemo-based one. Nokia’s Maemo is sort of a precursor to MeeGo, as it and Intel’s Moblin OS merged to form the forthcoming MeeGo OS.You can see the video demo of Alien Dalvik here on YouTube now. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Android#apps#mobile This news is especially interesting in light of recent developments at Nokia, and the speculation that it will partner with Microsoft to offer phones built with Nokia hardware, but running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. As an alternative, this virtual machine software could instead allow Nokia to continue as planned with their MeeGo initiatives, but launch devices that had immediate access to Android apps. Maybe Nokia will surprise us and do both those things.Note: We’ve reached out to Myriad for some additional details on this news, specifically if it has plans to make partnership announcements of any kind at MWC. We’ll update when we hear back.Update: Myriad tells us it’s in talks with several suppliers at the moment but cannot yet say if they will be announcing partnerships at MWC at this time. Regarding the extent of Nokia’s involvement during the testing of the VM software on the N900, Myriad said “our activities with Nokia, as with our other customers, are commercially sensitive and so we are unfortunately unable to answer this question for you.” Hmm. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Designing Greener City Streets

first_imgCity streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years on average. Until recently, U.S. streets have also lacked cycle tracks – paths exclusively for bicycles between the road and the sidewalk, protected from cars by some type of barrier. Today there is growing support for bicycling in many U.S. cities for both commuting and recreation. Research is also showing that urban trees provide many benefits, from absorbing air pollutants to cooling neighborhoods. As an academic who has focused on the bicycle for 37 years, I am interested in helping planners integrate cycle tracks and trees into busy streets. Street design in the United States has been guided for decades by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, whose guidelines for developing bicycle facilities long excluded cycle tracks. Now, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials have produced guidelines that support cycle tracks. But even these updated references do not specify how and where to plant trees in relation to cycle tracks and sidewalks.RELATED ARTICLESBeyond Sprawl: The Solar Suburbs of the FutureBill Proposes New Incentives for Electric VehiclesRust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban RevivalWhy Is the U.S. Unwilling to Pay for Good Public Transportation?We Calculated How Much Trees Save for Your City In a study newly published in the journal Cities and spotlighted in a podcast from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, I worked with colleagues from the University of Sao Paulo to learn whether pedestrians and bicyclists on five cycle tracks in the Boston area liked having trees, where they preferred the trees to be placed, and whether they thought the trees provided any benefits. We found that they liked having trees, preferably between the cycle track and the street. Such additions could greatly improve street environments for all users. Separating pedestrians and cyclists from cars To assess views about cycle tracks and trees, we showed 836 pedestrians and bicyclists on five existing cycle tracks photo montages of the area they were using and asked them to rank whether they liked the images or not. The images included configurations such as a row of trees separating the cycle track from the street or trees in planters extending into the street between parked cars. We also asked how effectively they thought the trees a) blocked perceptions of traffic; b) lessened perceptions of pollution exposure; and c) made pedestrians and bicyclists feel cooler. Respondents strongly preferred photo montages that included trees. The most popular options were to have trees and bushes, or just trees, between the cycle track and the street. This is different from current U.S. cycle tracks, which typically are separated from moving cars by white plastic delineator posts, low concrete islands or a row of parallel parked cars. Though perception is not reality, respondents also stated that having trees and bushes between the cycle track and the street was the option that best blocked their view of traffic, lessened their feeling of being exposed to pollution and made them feel cooler. Factoring in climate change Many city leaders are looking for ways to combat climate change, such as reducing the number of cars on the road. These goals should be factored into cycle track design. For example, highway engineers should ensure that cycle tracks are wide enough for bicyclists to travel with enough width to pass, including wide cargo bikes, bikes carrying children or newer three-wheeled electric bikes used by seniors. Climate change is increasing stress on street trees, but better street design can help trees flourish. Planting trees in continuous earth strips, instead of isolated wells in the sidewalk, would enable their roots to trade nutrients, improving the trees’ chances of reaching maturity and ability to cool the street. Drought weakens trees and makes them more likely to lose limbs or be uprooted. Street drainage systems could be redesigned to direct water to trees’ root systems. Hollow sidewalk benches could store water routed down from rooftops. If these benches had removable caps, public works departments could add antibacterial or anti-mosquito agents to the water. Gray water could also be piped to underground holding tanks to replenish water supplies for trees. Thinking more broadly about street design The central argument against adding cycle tracks with trees to urban streets asserts that cities need this space for parallel-parked cars. But cars do not have to be stored on the side of the road. They also can be stored vertically – for example, in garages, or stacked in mechanical racks on urban lots. Parking garages could increase occupancy by selling deeded parking spaces to residents who live nearby. Those spaces could provide car owners with a benefit the street lacks: outlets for charging electric vehicles, which rarely are available to people who rent apartments. Bus rapid transit proponents might suggest that the best use of street width is dedicated bus lanes, not cycle tracks or street trees. But all of these options can coexist. For example, a design could feature a sidewalk, then a cycle track, then street trees planted between the cycle track and the bus lane and in island bus stops. The trees would reduce heat island effects from the expansive hardscape of the bus lane, and bus riders would have a better view. More urban trees could lead to more tree limbs knocking down power lines during storms. The ultimate solution to this problem could be burying power lines to protect them from high winds and ice storms. This costs money, but earlier solutions included only the conduit for the buried power lines. When digging trenches to bury power lines, a parallel trench could be dug to bury pipes that would supply water and nutrients to the trees. The trees would then grow to maturity, cooling the city and reducing the need for air conditioning. Urban trees provide benefits that help offset their maintenance costs. City of Norcross, Georgia Climate street guidelines for U.S. cities To steer U.S. cities toward this kind of greener streetscape, urban scholars and planning experts need to develop what I call climate street guidelines. Such standards would offer design guidance that focuses on providing physiological and psychological benefits to all street users. Developers in the United States have been coaxed into green thinking through tax credits, expedited review and permitting, design/height bonuses, fee reductions and waivers, revolving loan funds and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. It is time to put equal effort into designing green streets for bicyclists, pedestrians, bus riders and residents who live on transit routes, as well as for drivers. Anne Lusk is is a research scientist at Harvard University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more