Sherwood looks up as Pardew suffers

first_img Sherwood saw his fifth-placed side maintain the pressure on Liverpool in fourth with a thumping 4-0 victory at Newcastle on Wednesday night, their first win in the league at St James’ Park since August 2004. Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Fulham kept them three points clear, but the Spurs manager is confident there will be twists and turns to come. Sherwood said: “It’s very tight. I see it going down to the last month of the season, that’s for sure. “It’s going to be tough for anyone to maintain the run we are all having. We seem to be not climbing above anyone at the moment, you are not letting yourself get free in that fourth spot. “Liverpool are doing excellently and we have just got to make sure we keep breathing down their necks. “Liverpool are up there at the moment and you would say that they are favourites (for a Champions League place), but we think we can put a charge together. We have got to believe in that. “We know how difficult it is going to be. But it’s not only Liverpool, there are other teams in this race.” Striker Emmanuel Adebayor fired the visitors ahead in the 19th minute after Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul could only parry Nabil Bentaleb’s left-wing cross into his path, and that was to prove something of a theme. Krul could not hang on to the Togo striker’s stinging 53rd-minute shot either and Paulinho stabbed in the rebound, and although the Dutchman made a good stop to deny substitute Andros Townsend seven minutes from time, Adebayor scuffed the loose ball past him. Krul’s misery was complete with two minutes left when substitute Nacer Chadli sent a long-range shot across him and inside the far post to wrap up a comprehensive win. Asked if he could demand any more from Adebayor, who now has nine goals since being recalled to the fold, Sherwood said: “We are always asking for more, but I am not sure we are going to achieve that at the moment. He’s at the top of his game. “He’s a real credit to the football club at this present moment in time. He’s an example for all our young players to look up to, someone who applies himself on and off the pitch and the training field. “He never leaves anything on the training field, he works very, very hard and it mirrors that when he steps on to the field.” Sherwood and his players left a wintry Tyneside revelling in a fine performance and deserved victory, but as they headed south, a post-mortem was taking place in the home dressing room. The defeat was Newcastle’s fifth on the trot on their own pitch in all competitions. It was also the club’s fourth home loss in succession in the league, the first time they have endured such a run since 1987. In addition, the last three games have seen them concede 10 goals, score none and fail to pick up a point, and despite the sale of Yohan Cabaye and injury and suspension problems, that was simply not good enough for manager Alan Pardew. The 52-year-old, who marked 150 games at the helm, said: “I don’t want to stand there in my 150th game and watch a performance like that. I don’t care about how good Tottenham were, it doesn’t interest me. “They were good, but my team has to be better than that. I am not going to go into any more detail than that. “I made my views very clear in the dressing room. That’s where they will stay.” Meanwhile, Sherwood confirmed that midfielder Erik Lamela could be out of action for a month. He said: “It’s not good. He had a thigh strain and he over-compensated and now he’s got a back injury. We are hoping it won’t be months, but it may be a month or so.” Press Association Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is expecting the battle for the top four to go all the way down to the last month of the Barclays Premier League season.last_img read more

Warnock charged over ref remark

first_img Warnock has until 6pm on Monday to respond to the charge. Meanwhile, the FA has contacted Swansea manager Garry Monk to seek his observations about his post-match comments following the defeat at Stoke. Monk blasted match official Michael Oliver for a “disgusting” decision in awarding a penalty for a foul on Stoke’s Victor Moses, and made vitriolic criticism of Moses for what he claimed was a blatant dive. Warnock is no stranger to FA charges for criticism of referees. His latest charge comes after the Palace manager suggested referee Pawson may have looking to “even up” his decisions after showing the red card to Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta – two minutes later he sent off Damien Delaney. He told reporters after the match: “They buzzed me down from upstairs saying it’ll be evened up if we’re not careful. Delaney shouldn’t have given him a chance, but it was wrong that four or five Chelsea players surrounded the referee. “I thought he was influenced by one or two things. John Terry’s (non) booking – if that’s one of my players, it’s a booking. I don’t understand why it’s not an even platform.” Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for his post-match comments following the home defeat by Chelsea on Saturday. Press Associationcenter_img Warnock appeared to infer that referee Craig Pawson was using double standards by not booking John Terry yet cautioning a Palace player for a similar offence. The FA said in a statement: “It is alleged that Warnock’s post-match comments constituted improper conduct in that they implied the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of FA Rule E3[1].” last_img read more

Time Machine: 1992 editorial board reacts to NCAA sanctions

first_img Comments Editor’s note: The article below is a republished story from The Daily Orange’s Oct. 2, 1992 edition. The Daily Orange editorial board reacts to the announcement by the NCAA and its sanctions against the Syracuse men’s basketball team.The NCAA is set to release the results of its investigation into Syracuse athletics at noon on Friday. Something’s rotten in Syracuse.The internal and NCAA investigations of Syracuse University athletics is over ­ — and the results show that the little guys will undeservingly pay the price.The lacrosse and wrestling teams, two of the most popular non-revenue sports, are getting the shaft. Meanwhile, men’s basketball, the most lucrative SU sport, charged with the most serious violations, got off relatively easy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDavid Swank, an NCAA official, called the wrestling and lacrosse teams’ violations “insignificant,” but still imposed scholarship reductions on both teams. The wrestling program was ravaged — it lost 2½ scholarships each year for the next four years starting with the 1993-94 season. That effectively cuts its athletic grants by one-third, according to head coach Ed Carlin.The lacrosse team had its scholarships reduced by three, leaving 11 for a 40-man squad. Those sanctions will also begin with the 1993-94 season and will continue for three years. Coach Roy Simmons Jr. said fewer blue-chip players will come to SU without a scholarship.Meanwhile, the football team, whose violations include exceeding financial aid limits and players’ receiving free meals from area merchants, lost no scholarships and was not sanctioned.The basketball squad was hit with recruiting limitations, lost only one scholarship and was banned from post-season play this year. The basketball team received than half the sanctions many experts predicted.Something is definitely rotten in Syracuse.While the wrestling and lacrosse teams sacrificed to save the bigger, money-generating sports at SU? Some coaches and athletes think so. They may be right.The violations incurred by the wrestling and lacrosse teams were unintentional. The free meals and services, cash gifts and cheap cars that basketball and football players received are considerably more minor and unintentional.It is difficult to believe that the university’s in-house investigation and “quick action” lessened the NCAA penalties. There’s got to be more to it than that. Some have used the phrase plea bargain. If the shoe fits…Something’s rotten in Syracuse.Compiled by Connor Grossman, asst. copy editor, [email protected] Published on March 6, 2015 at 11:11 am Contact: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

City League roundup—Perry routs Carrick 46-0

first_imgThe first touchdown came on Perry’s first drive from 10 yards out. The other came as in the second quarter on a hitch route that landed Ghafoor in the end zone, giving the Commodores a 27-0 lead going into the half.“We were forced to work on our fundamentals,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “We ran cleaner routes today. We held on to some balls that we would normally drop. I liked, especially, how were able to get big yards after the catch on a couple of little screen plays that we were able to make into big plays.”The Perry defense came through with some big plays as well. With 2:50 left in the game, Raymond Taylor recovered a fumble in the end zone after disrupting a pitch from Carrick’s quarterback Rasheed McKamey to the backfield. McKamey was held to 2 of 8 passing for 34 yards and an interception.“This wasn’t a good week for us, preparation-wise,” Carrick coach Jeff McCafferty said. “We’re not where we need to be right now. I’m not pleased or excited about the attitudes of the players.”Allderdice 24, Oliver 6Major struggles tore apart an Allderdice team that won only one game all year. They looked to make a statement in their City League opener against Oliver and held them to one score as they sailed to a 24-6 victory Friday at Cupples Stadium.Senior quarterback Mike Pfleger had six completions on eight attempts, with a 25-yard pass touchdown pass to Dominick Gardner. He also had a one-yard rush for a score, as well.However, the Dragons can ultimately attribute their success in last Friday’s game to running back Patrick Ferguson, who rushed for 132 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. He scored on a 10-yard run in the first half, as well as a big 40-yarder to help solidify things in the third quarter.Oliver’s score came on a 2-yard run by Shakeem Cox in the second quarter.Brashear 27, Schenley 12The defending champion Schenley Spartans fell to Brashear, due to a nice performance by junior quarterback Adam Lynch, who made his conference debut as the Bulls starter Friday night.He scored the game’s first touchdown on a 68-yard run in the first quarter. Tre Gaines added to that with a 25-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown later in that quarter. Lynch then closed out the first half with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Dom Patterson.Schenley quarterback Calvin Beck led their offense as he completed 8 of 10 passes for 111 yards and an interception. He also connected with DeAndre Black for a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter.(Follow our continuing coverage of City League football on our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.) BOMBS AWAY—Perry’s Eric Frye hauls in a TD pass from QB Greg McGhee in the Commodores 46-0 win over Carrick Sept.11 at Cupples Stadium. by D.W. HowzePerry owned the largest margin of victory for the weekend with a 46-0 romp over Carrick.Quarterback Greg McGhee completed 13 of 26 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception. Eight of those completions went to his favorite target, Devin Ghafoor, for 102 yards and two scores.last_img read more

Donegal-based Garda and partner face huge legal bill

first_imgA Letterkenny-based Garda and his partner face a massive legal bill after being refused their costs at the Disclosures Tribunal.Garda Keith Harrison and his partner Marisa Simms face substantial legal bills after being refused most of their costs.In rulings published on Thursday evening, tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton said they were entitled to the costs of their legal representation up to and including the opening day of hearings, but no further costs beyond that point. This means they will each face having to pay the costs of legal representation for 18 days of hearings, thought to amount to around €100,000 for Garda Harrison and €85,000 for Ms Simms.The couple alleged gardaí conspired with Tusla to directly interfere in their family life in Donegal, as a result of the garda’s whistleblowing years previously in Athlone.The garda claimed he was mistreated and bullied by colleagues and that gardaí colluded with Tusla to coerce a statement from Ms Simms and directed social workers to visit their family home in Letterkenny.But Mr Justice Charleton concluded the allegations were “entirely without any validity” and exonerated gardaí and Tusla officials. The judge describing some claims as “nonsense” in a report which was highly critical of the garda’s evidence.The decision is the toughest costs ruling made by the judge at the tribunal.At a hearing last month, Gda Harrison’s counsel Mark Harty insisted his client should be awarded all his costs.For full story see https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/garda-and-partner-face-substantial-legal-bill-after-tribunal-refuses-most-of-their-costs-38758407.htmlDonegal-based Garda and partner face huge legal bill was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Hiding Comets Out of Bounds

first_img51; There’s a new theory floating around about where most of the comets came from: other stars.  For many years, astronomers hid them in an unobservable region called the Oort cloud that was assumed to be partly a remnant of the sun’s primordial disk, and material that was ejected outward.  Now, according to the BBC News most comets may have an extra-solar origin.  “This contradicts the earlier theory that most comets were born in the Sun’s protoplanetary disk.”    Why the change in thinking?  Dr. Harold Levison (Southwest Research Institute) and Dr. Ramon Brasser (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis) revisited a old model of the origin of the Oort cloud that was rejected in the 1990s.  By assuming that the sun was born in a cluster, they used computer models to show that the sun could have grabbed disk material from other stars.  These became 90% of the sun’s comets, including the famous ones like Halley, Hale-Bopp and McNaught.  “For 60 years we have not known how the Oort cloud formed and for 60 years people have been looking for an answer,” Brasser said.  “It has been a missing piece and it might help understand the evolution and the formation of our Solar System.”If “it might help,” come back and tell us when it does.  In the meantime, your counterpart around another star that drifted away from the sun is falsifying your theory.  Brlxyzda Z0rls1+xb is saying that there’s no way Sol could have gotten 90% of its comets from other stars unless all the other stars in the clusters got 90% of theirs in the same way.  It’s not only illogical, it’s unethical.  Must have equality, you know.  Sol mustn’t be piggish and steal all the comets from everybody else.    The perceptive reader notices that the Oort Cloud is taught as a fact to schoolchildren and on TV science programs, but here Brasser spilled the beans: “For 60 years we have not known how the Oort cloud formed and for 60 years people have been looking for an answer.”  That’s not surprising, since the Oort Cloud is entirely theoretical, and the origin of theoretical entities without benefit of observations is usually somewhat puzzling.  But rest assured: now Brasser and Levison have the answer!  Problem solved!  Never more will anyone ever wonder about this six-decade-long puzzle!  They just pushed the origin out to other stars that have long since left the neighborhood.  If you believe that, turn in your gullibility coupon for an all-expense vacation to the beautiful Isle of DeBris, where you can listen to the sea lions yodeling oort, oort, oort under nebulous theoretical clouds.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The global reputation and competitiveness of South African cities

first_imgSouth Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace and its major cities are taking the most strain. They may be affordable and possess a healthy job market, but numerous challenges keep them from competing with the world’s megacities. Brand South Africa presents its findings on South Africa’s cities based on the 2015 City Brands Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index.By Dr Petrus de Kock & Ms Leigh-Gail PetersenThis research note update focuses on findings from recent studies that provide insight into the profile of South African cities from both a global reputation/awareness, and competitiveness point of view. The studies analysed include the 2015 City Brand Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index. Read the full research note.The first section briefly outlines the critical role cities and metro’s play in not only national, but also the global economy.According to data from Statistics South Africa, as well as the World Bank, it is safe to say that South Africa’s population is urbanised at a rate of anywhere between 60 and 64%. From a demographic and economic point of view, cities therefore play a crucial role in the country’s human, economic and social development. From a reputation point of view the table below presents the rankings of South African cities in the 2015 City Brand Index.From a city profile point of view, the following associations with South African cities emerge from the City Brand Index (CBI). All three South African cities are most associated with:Natural beauty, followed byCultural diversity.It is also positive that the People of South Africa’s cities are described most prominently as:Hard working,Respectful of traditions, andTo a lesser extent “happy” and “easy-going.”People from Cape Town are seen as “energetic”.In terms of city competitiveness, the 2015 African City Growth Index shows that the South African cities measured in the index have strong infrastructural and governance features that make them attractive. However, some challenges faced by South African cities are noted below.Key African Cities Growth Index findings on SA cities Some reasons offered for the above scenario by ACGI include:Decreasing economic growth;Low household consumption;Labor inefficiency and low productivity;Decreasing competitiveness; andChallenges with education.The top five African cities according to the ACGI are:Lessons learnt from City Branding:Lesson 1 Due to the increasingly critical role cities are playing in the global economy, more emphasis has to be put on how these cities contribute to the national economy;Lesson 2South Africa has become a ‘young urban nation’;Lesson 3Perceptions of South African cities reflect on the Nation Brand and its reputation as well. Meaning that what cities offer residents and the world play a major role in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole;Lesson 4Need to interrogate reasons for lowering inclusive growth potential of South African cities as seen in the ACGI;Lesson 5Work on profiling the business, trade and investment offerings of South African cities more and to increase familiarity with the cities in key international audiences.last_img read more

Rift in Rajasthan Cong. over ‘hybrid’ poll model

first_imgA rift has emerged in the ruling Congress in Rajasthan over a new model adopted for the upcoming municipal elections, in which any citizen can contest the polls for mayor and chairperson of a civic body without first getting elected as a municipal councillor. The “hybrid model” allows even a person defeated in the corporator’s election to become the head of an urban local body.A section of the party leaders and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot have opposed the issuance of a gazette notification earlier this week enforcing the amended rules for municipal elections. The civic body polls are due next month.Negative feedbackMr. Pilot, who is also the Pradesh Congress president, said the decision would weaken democracy and encourage back door entry of candidates in the urban bodies. He said the State Urban Development Ministry had taken the decision without discussing it in a Cabinet meeting or in the party organisation.Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Chand Meena and Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas have called for a review of the decision, while affirming that they had received a negative feedback from party workers on the issue. Mr. Khachariyawas said it would reduce the significance of councillors and weaken democracy at the grassroots.The State government had recently decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities with the contention that the civic body heads directly elected by public often ignored the councillors and neglected the development works.BJP State president Satish Poonia said the ruling party could not serve the people of the State. “The Deputy CM himself did not know about the development. The split in Congress is wide open,” he said.The State government has also decided to create additional municipal corporations in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota in view of increasing population in these cities.last_img read more