Lawton re-signs with Titans

first_imgTitans coach Neil Henry said he was happy to have Lawton remain at the club.”It’s great to be able to re-sign a local product who loves it here on the Gold Coast,” Henry said. “He has proved himself to be a good utility, playing a number of positions since debuting.”He has put in a lot of hard work and has been part of the system here at the Titans for a long time. He has had a tough run with injury but we’re glad that he has committed to the club for the next three years.” Photo by: Charles Knight/ NRL Photos.Gold Coast Titans utility Karl Lawton.last_img read more

PNG HP partners with The Voice

first_imgThe partnership was made official last week with a signing between the two organisations.The partnership sets out four important agreements which are; 1. Cross Promotion,     2..Development Workshop/Programs, 3. Networking Events and Community ActivitiesSports Director of PNG HP, Aaron Alsop said the PNG HP Sport was really excited to partner with the team from The Voice Inc.“They are a reputable organisation that are leading the way in conducting leadership programs for young people in PNG.“Our sport industry identifies many natural leaders. It’s important that we continue to strategically develop & mentor PNG coaches, athletes & administrators in life & leaderships skills.“The Voice Inc will support us to do this with their wonderful programs across each of our regional High Performance Centre’s of Excellence,” said Alsop.Executive Director for the TVI, Barbra Thomas said she was also very was excited about the partnership saying the organization has a vision to see generations of young people driven by purpose, confident in themselves, and being able to contribute meaningfully to their communities.“We’re really excited to have signed this partnership with the High Performance Sport centre in Port Moresby because we recognise the importance of sports in the development of young people who are, I can say are a majority of athletes in sport,” said Thomas.She added that at the Voice, they believe in the power of an enabling environment, and that the program is a powerful environment for young elite sportsmen and sportswomen to come in and be trained and be pushed towards their potential.“We believe that through this program they can be also be developed holistically as a person as well, and we believe that working in partnership with the High Performance, we will be able to see amazing young people, not just amazing athletes, but amazing citizens, come out of this program.“I guess this is what PNG needs and we believe in adding value where we can that is why we are here and we are excited to have signed this partnership today,” said Thomas.last_img read more

5 Centimeters of Snow Possible with the Risk of Freezing Rain for South Peace

first_imgA strong frontal system is approaching the coast.Ahead of it mild moist Pacific air is eroding the cooler Arctic air remaining trapped in the valleys.Snow will redevelop over a large part of the Central Interior throughout the evening along with some patchy freezing rain.- Advertisement -Total amounts of snowfall will be up to 5 cm before snow changes to rain early Saturday.The heaviest amounts of snow will be over the Williston and McGregor areas where snowfall warnings are in effect.The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.Advertisement Cariboo Road Services say they prepared and ready to deal with this event.With road temperatures well below freezing, road conditions will be slippery.They warn drivers to drive with extreme cautionlast_img read more

We signed names instead of positions, Ssimbwa laments

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa reacts during their KPL match against Mathare United. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27- With just three games into the new season, Sofapaka tactician Sam Ssimbwa has already made a damning assessment on his side, saying they are not good enough to compete for the Kenyan Premier League title.Sofapaka has won only one match, a nervy 1-0 victory away to Kakamega Homeboyz and lost against Bandari (3-0) and Mathare United (3-1). After the three matches, Ssimbwa is not convinced that his team can compete for the ultimate prize. “Gauging from these two losses, I think we are not good enough to compete for the trophy. We can play like participants but not good enough to challenge for the trophy,” Ssimbwa said after his side’s 3-1 loss at the hands of Mathare United on Sunday.Sofapaka goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya with team-mate Humprey Okoti during their KPL match against Mathare United. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe Ugandan tactician was disappointed with the performance of his charges especially in the manner they conceded the first and second goals, saying they were gifts to their opponents.And now, the tactician who rejoined Batoto ba Mungu at the beginning of last season does not believe that with the current trend which sees them drop seven points behind the leaders they can challenge for their second league diadem.“If you are competing, you take each game like a final. But if you look at the two games we have lost, are we playing like a final? If we go on like that we shall be participants and not be relegated but can’t fight for anything. Three games with three points and you think you will compete?” posed the tactician.He added; “We are competing with the likes of Gor Mahia, but if you look at them, they already have nine points from three games.”-Rift in the team-Sofapaka FC new signings Kepha Aswani and Ibrahim Kitawi during a training session at te Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMeanwhile, the tactician has hinted a possible rift with the team’s management in terms of signing and releasing of players, insinuating that he might not have been consulted when new players were brought into the squad.He was particularly critical of the release of defender Jonathan ‘Dante’ Mugabi and midfielder Feni Ali, saying they were two of the club’s best players last season and didn’t understand why they were released.Batoto ba Mungu were busy in the transfer window and brought in high profile names including strikers Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani as well as Burundian defender Mousa Omar.They had been touted to bring in Zanzibar midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame but the deal fell flat on its belly on the final day of the transfer window.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa strolls around during a past training session at the club’s Eastleigh High School training ground. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“You don’t sign names, you sign position. Did we want strikers only? Feni, our best midfielder who scored six goals and had nine assists in the second leg alone went.  Our best defender Dante went. Who were the replacements?” the coach posed, refusing to comment on whether or not he had been involved in the club’s transfer activity.Ssimbwa however remains hopeful that his relatively new squad will grease up as the season progresses, though he remains pessimistic they will stand a chance of fighting for the league crown.“Maybe we shall improve with time but by then the title contenders will have left us. We shall play, the trophy might be difficult for us,” he said.The 2009 league champions will have little time to rest as they will immediately switch their attention to a catch-up fixture against AFC Leopards on Wednesday at the Narok Stadium, same venue they suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss at the hands of Bandari.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No guarantees! Roy Hodgson warns Jack Grealish over England future

first_img Jack Grealish Roy Hodgson has refused to offer Jack Grealish any promises over his England future.The Aston Villa youngster declared his international allegiance to England earlier this week after much deliberation.Grealish, 20, was born in Solihull but has Irish grandparents and could have opted for the Republic of Ireland, having represented them at youth level.Hodgson believes he has made the right decision in choosing the Three Lions and is happy to have him available.But he insists the midfielder has his work cut out to win a place in his squad – and has told him that face-to-face.“I think it is the right decision, frankly he is English having met him and his father, it is an English family albeit with fairly distant Irish roots,” he said.“I think he has got the talent to be an England player, he has a lot of work today before that day is concreted – but I was happy that in a choice between the two countries he took the bolder decision to try and be an England international.“I was keen to point out to him and his father that there are no guarantees from my point of view – one thing I can categorically say is that the only way he will get into the England squad is if he is one of the best 23.“We can’t offer him any sweeteners or bonuses because you have made a decision to play for England.” 1last_img read more

Semien powers A’s past Rangers

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Again and again Friday night, Marcus Semien showed why A’s manager Bob Melvin wants him in the lineup every game.Because of Semien’s tie-breaking ninth-inning home run, his second of the game, and a bullpen that pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and ninth innings, Oakland rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3.For the opener of a four-game series, the A’s didn’t arrive at their hotel until 6 a.m. By 10 p.m. in a ninth-inning tie, they were thinking about the …last_img read more

Google’s Patent Pledge Covers Its Own Ass

first_imgTags:#Google#Open Source markhachman Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google’s pledge to back open patents is a typically Google gesture: an elegant combination of genuine altruism, PR spin and protecting its own self-interests.Thursday morning, Google outlined the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge, which boils down to one statement: “we pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked,” the company said.Google said that it would place ten patents under the aegis of the OPN, all tied to MapReduce and designed to minimize the computing power of large data sets. Google has previously made those technologies available to developers; the most high-profile example of the MapReduce library is Hadoop, designed to run applications across large collections of low-cost, commodity hardware.Hadoop is licensed using the Apache v2 license, which allows for the modification and distribution of contributed code, without royalty. However, the license applies just to a specific project; the OPN pledge applies to any software, past present or future, that might use those patents. Google also said that the pledge remains in force even if the patents are transferred, which will presumably be apart of the licensing restrictions that are applied if the patents are sold or licensed to another party.But the key component of the pledge is this one: “The Pledge may be terminated, but only if a party brings a patent suit against Google products or services, or is directly profiting from such litigation,” Google said.He Hit Me FirstSo far, the patents that Google included under the pledge are fairly innocuous: there’s simply no way that Google would ever try to enforce its MapReduce patents, not when Hadoop has become such a critical component within the enterprise.Over time, Google said, the company intends to expand the patents covered by the OPN pledge to other technologies, and it’s here that Google lays the foundation for a future opportunity.Two of Google’s most important products are based upon technology that Google open sourced: Google’s Chrome browser and Android. Chrome, based on the Chromium Project, covers both the browser as well as the foundations of Chrome OS. Google’s mobile operating system, Android, was also founded as an open source project, and its pervasiveness as both an OS for phones and tablets – as well as forks like the Amazon Kindle – is based upon Google’s choice of license.But, over time, Google has been sued by Apple, British Telecom, Microsoft and Oracle, among others, who have claimed that the company’s Android patents infringe their own. If Google were to place its key Android patents under the “protection” of the OPN, the company would be able to paint Microsoft and others as bullies. Look, Google would be able to say, we gave the world MapReduce, which is the basis for the Hadoop technology you use to run SkyDrive, Microsoft – and your iCloud, Apple. How can you turn around and sue us over Android? It’s not clear whether Google’s pledge applies on a patent-by-patent basis, so that a suit contesting one patent under the pledge would allow Google – from a public relations standpoint, if not a “legal” one. And this all assumes that Google will take some of its more controversial patents and place them under the OPN, as well.Google is keenly aware of the disgust the software community has for patents, and the sort of restrictive lawsuits that not only tie up potential progress, but also force developers and researchers to constantly protect their innovations. Open-source licenses are a great relief: developers can simply develop, sharing their knowledge and improving their lot as a whole.In keeping with this, Google has elevated the bar for corporate behavior. You can argue that the open-source movement embodied Google’s “don’t be evil” mantra before Google did. (Linus Torvalds released Linux in 1991, seven years before Google was incorporated.) This is the Google of the self-driving car and Google Glass, innovating for all.And there is something to applaud here. It’s just that Google is looking out for its own self interest, too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Nargis Fakhri looked utterly sensual on the runway

first_imgThe fourth day of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 will be remembered for how radiant Nargis Fakhri looked on the runway. The Rockstar-fame diva looked like a vision as she ramp for ace designer Anushree Reddy.Photo: Yogen Shah Nargis was clad in a blazing lemon-yellow lehenga that could put the sun to shame with its beauty and brightness. The lehenga looked beyond gorgeous with a intrinsic silver embellishment that glimmered bright, all over it.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Esha Gupta looked as sizzling as molten gold on the runwayThe lustrous, gold choli looked phenomenal while the baby-pink, net dupatta draped over it lightened the look of this sensual, bling-a-ding outfit. While the outfit was loud on colours, the dupatta came as a respite. Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Shraddha Kapoor looked like a red rose on the runwayNargis looked extremely sexy with just the right amount of cleavage showing, and loud makeup that complimented the brightness of the attire. It won’t be unfair to say that Nargis’ look was the most vibrant on the runway in the last four days.Photo: Yogen Shah She sported a royal emerald neckpiece that looked class apart, and added a touch of sophistication to her glamorous ethnic look.Precisely, Nargis’ look was a total winner on the runway.last_img read more

Listen: Brandon Harris’ High School Coach Wants Him To Transfer From LSU

first_imgLSU fans wait in line outside Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a shot to win the quarterback job at LSU this season. After promising performances against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris had a putrid game in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn, completing just 3-of-14 throws for 58 yards in a 41-7 loss. Harris threw just one more pass on the season, an interception against Kentucky. Harris’ high school coach David Feaster doesn’t believe that his former player got a fair shot in Baton Rouge, and encouraged him to transfer to JuCo and eventually another Division I program.Feaster: I tried to talk Brandon Harris into transferring at the break. Since he qualified, he could go JUCO, play 1 yr., go elsewhere— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: LSU had worst passing game and best QB on the bench— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: Brandon is dedicated to LSU. He really wants to make it work— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015You’re not biased towards your kid or another but you KNOW when an athlete could play in the collegiate level. -Wilson— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Apparently LSU is still telling WR recruits that “you’re QB, you know, Brandon Harris.”— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster said he was sick of LSU telling lies to the public.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015If Feaster were Anthony Jennings dad, he’d be upset with Miles for saying this year was a disappointing QB year.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Between the lack of faith in both Harris and Anthony Jennings, and the fact that LSU has reportedly had contact with potential transfers like Everett Golson and Braxton Miller, Feaster has a point. However, we totally understand why Harris would want to stick it out at a program like LSU.[247Sports]last_img read more

King’s Cup: India lose 3-1 to Curacao in Igor Stimac’s first test

first_img Press Trust of India BuriramJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 20:16 IST Sunil Chhetri scored India’s only goal in the defeat against Curacao. (Twitter: Indian Football Team)HIGHLIGHTSChhetri became the most capped India player by surpassing Bhaichung BhutiaIndia next play the losing team of the match between Thailand and VietnamIgor Stimac failed to guide India to a win in his debut match as managerTalismanic captain Sunil Chhetri struck in his milestone match but India lost 1-3 to higher-ranked Curacao in their opening tie of the King’s Cup football tournament in Igor Stimac’s first game in charge here Wednesday.Chhetri became the most capped India player by surpassing Bhaichung Bhutia’s 107 international matches and he scored the lone goal for his side in the 31st minute from a spot kick for his 68th goal, though it did not make any difference to the result of the match.The 82nd ranked Caribbean island nation, which has two players plying trade in English Premier League and some others in European leagues, scored three in the space of 18 minutes — through Roly Bonevacia (16th), Elson Hooi (18th) and Leandro Bacuna (33rd).A sloppy first half in which India — ranked 101 — defended and attacked poorly, saw the team trailing 1-3 at the breather. The new defensive set up — with Rahul Bheke coming in as central defender — was looking out of sorts with lack of anticipation and communication.India played a vastly improved football in the second 45 minutes — which was played mostly under rain — but could not score another goal.Stimac’s charges made at least four chances in the second half with two coming to the 34-year-old Chhetri whose first attempt hit the upright and the other — another free header — sailing over the bar.Though high-profile Stimac, a World Cup bronze medallist and former Croatia manager, began his stint as India coach on a losing note, there were positives to be taken from the match against a more technically superior side.advertisementThe Croatian gaffer gave international debuts to as many as six players, including to 18-year-old U-17 World Cup captain Amarjit Singh, and the Indian side played possession football and mostly through ground passes. He even resorted to a three-man backline briefly after trailing by two goals.Curacao dominated the first half but surprisingly India had more possession with 53 per cent as against 47. The second half was an even contest with India threatening to score several times and they completely dominated the final 15 minutes though another goal eluded them in the end.Udanta Singh was in his usual good touch with most of the Indian attacks coming from the right flank with his fast runs creating problems from Curacao.But it was Sahal Abdul Samad who was clearly the best Indian player on the field. He was all over the pitch at the centre of the park, initiating attacking moves, making fine turns to get the better of his opponents and not afraid of holding the ball.The introduction of Amarjit and Raynier Fernandes in the second half also added impetus to the Indian attack with both having a fine match overall.”Conceding three goals in the first half against a technically superior team was always going to be difficult to come back. It’s a new team with a lot of new players coming in,” Chhetri said after the match.”We made mistakes, especially in the first half. We are going to go to the drawing board and see what we did wrong. We hope to recover fast for the third-place match and do better,” he added.Stimac, on the other hand, compared India’s performance to the weather conditions at the Thunder Castle Stadium which saw sunshine during the first half but was lashed by heavy rains in the second 45 minutes.”We were very much like the weather. At one time the sun was shining, while in the second half there was a storm. After we changed few things in the half-time, we started playing better,” he said.”I’m proud of the team especially the manner we played in the 2nd half. I think we had 5-6 good situations in the second half to score our second goal and come back, and put some pressure on them in the last 10 minutes,” he added.The experienced coach said the decision making by his attackers was not good in the final third.”For example, where we were supposed to shoot the ball, we were passing; and when we were supposed to pass the ball, we were shooting. There is a long way for us to keep learning — the learning process will be long,” he said.India play the losing team of the match between Thailand and Vietnam in the third-place play-off on Saturday.Also Read | Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA President until 2023Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian footballFollow Sunil ChettriFollow Bhaichung BhutiaFollow Curacao Next King’s Cup: India lose 3-1 to Curacao in Igor Stimac’s first testSkipper Sunil Chhetri, who overtook Baichung Bhutia to become the most-capped Indian international, scored in the 31st minute but goals from Luis Bonevacia, Elson Hooi and Leandro Bacuna meant Curacao progressed to the final.advertisementlast_img read more