The European hangover: only one victory in eight games

first_imgEspanyol arrives in Valladolid in an upset environment, especially because the good feelings of 2-2 against Sevilla without Raúl de Tomás vanished in Wolverhampton, on a cold night with a heartbreaking 4-0. Although Abelardo Fernández gave rest to the players who today would be the owners, except for some specific case, Espanyol has not done very well after playing European competition.Already in the previous European, the parrots failed to win against Sevilla (0-2) or Vitoria (0-0), in the middle of the tie against Zorya. Nor, with David Gallego on the bench, joined Valladolid (0-2) and Mallorca (0-2) after drawing against Ferencvaros (1-1) and winning in Moscow (0-2). The tables changed with Pablo Machín. Or so it seemed after winning in Levante (0-1) after doing so against Ludogorets (0-1) in the Bulgarian city of Razgrad. But again the parakeets stumbled on the same stones. They lost in the Wanda Metropolitano (3-1), did the same to Osasuna (2-4) and added a point to Betis (1-1). All those matches after also rotating in Europe.Abelardo opens after a European match with the Cup precedents. Espanyol tied against Athletic (1-1) after losing and being eliminated in Anoeta (0-2) against Real Sociedad.Apart from the elusive Espanyol season, which continues with 19 colista points, the trips alter the training plan and are more uncomfortable for the players than the accumulated minutes. Although other clubs like Getafe or Sevilla hardly suffer the European consequences: both enjoy a comfortable position in LaLiga.last_img read more

Lanferman continues to spit fire

first_imgGFF Elite League Season III– Conquerors destroy NA UnitedMore than a dozen goals were scored on Tuesday evening when the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Elite League III continued with a double header at the National Track and Field Centre (NTFC) Leonora.Delon LanfermanIn the opening match, the league leaders, Fruta Conquerors completely destroyed New Amsterdam United with a massive 7-1 performance.That victory improved the leaders’ superior goal difference while the opposition sit in the jaws of relegation.Eon Alleyne and Domini Garnett both netted a double each while Dennis Edwards, Raushan Ritch, and Ryan Hackett all struck once.NA’s Quin Hazel managed to score the Berbice side’s consolation goal in the 63rd minute, but Conquerors were already up four goals at that point.In the feature match, Den Amstel delivered an identical 7-1 thrashing of Ann’s Grove as they demonstrated why they sit among the league leaders.This other one-sided match saw Den Amstel slam in four goals during the first 45 minutes. Ann’s Grove’s Travis Grant pulled one back one minute into the final half (46th minute), but it, like NA’s goal, proved quite futile.Delon Lanferman again was goal-struck and added to his hat-trick on Sunday night at the same venue with a helmet-trick on Tuesday. His goals came during both periods of play as he netted in the 4th, 33rd, 72nd and 74th minutes.Den Amstel’s Leo-Orion Dundas netted twice while Kevin Dundas accounted for the other goal.After Tuesday night’s play, Den Amstel are now second with 32 points from 15 games played while Fruta Conquerors are top with 32 points from 13 matches played with a league’s best goal difference of +31.Third-place Western Tigers have played 11 matches with a total of 27 points.The league continues tomorrow at a venue which is yet to be determined with a double header featuring Victoria Kings and New Amsterdam United in the first match at 19:00h followed by Western Tigers versus Fruta Conquerors at 21:00h.last_img read more

Video highlights: Liverpool 1-0 Olympiakos

first_imgLiverpool’s pre-season campaign got back on track with a 1-0 victory over Olympiakos in the International Champions Cup.The Reds lost their opening match, on the tour to the USA, 1-0 against Roma, thanks to a late Marco Borriello goal.But Brendan Rodgers’ side had England World Cup star Raheem Sterling to thank as they ran out victorious in Chicago.Liverpool now face Manchester City in New York on Wednesday.Watch the video above and leave your comments on Liverpool’s 1-0 victory belowlast_img read more

New fights reported in L.A. County jail

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – New fighting erupted at a jail where rioting two weeks ago sparked a jailwide series of deadly racial brawls but the latest skirmish was limited to 40 inmates and ended with only four minor injuries, authorities said Friday. About 40 black, white and Hispanic inmates traded punches for 30 minutes Thursday night at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic before tear gas was used to break it up, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The latest clash involved newly arrived inmates who were in a dayroom waiting for cell assignments. The inmates, some of them “right off the streets,” were not involved in previous fighting, Whitmore said. Only the North County facility was segregated. Racial separation of prisoners was found to be illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court last year except under “extraordinary” circumstances, but civil rights activists agreed that the riot met that standard and did not protest the Sheriff’s Department action. However, jail officials said they always intended the segregation to be temporary. Privileges were also being restored gradually throughout the system, jailers said. The entire jail system, more than 16,000 inmates, was locked down shortly after the first battle, meaning inmates could not receive mail or visits from family, buy items at jail canteens, make phone calls, watch television, use recreational facilities or leave their cells except for meals, showers and court appearances. Inmates began getting mail Wednesday after Chief Sam Jones, who handles jail security, received assurances they would try to keep the peace. He promised additional privileges would be restored if the clashes ceased. “I’m giving them something back every day,” Jones said after a round of visiting dormitories and cells.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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant On Feb. 4, thousands of inmates brawled at the jail complex, 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. That touched off nearly two weeks of racially charged clashes in the nation’s largest jail system. One black inmate in Castaic was beaten to death, a second collapsed at the downtown jail died of unknown causes after a fight, and more than 100 inmates were injured in the melees. Whitmore said the Sheriff’s Department will ask the county district attorney next week to file charges against 21 inmates allegedly involved in the attacks. Some could face murder charges. On Thursday, officials announced that racial segregation has been almost completely lifted at the 3,500-inmate North County Correctional Facility. Whitmore said it was about 85 percent reintegrated in a gradual process that began Feb. 9 and the rest of the facility would follow on a dormitory-by-dormitory basis as officials were convinced that peace was restored. Most of the high-risk offenders at the facility have been moved out of large dorms into single and double cells at the Men’s Central Jail and other places, Sheriff Lee Baca said. “We do this as tensions will allow,” Whitmore said. Thursday night’s fight did not drastically change plans to continue reintegration.last_img read more


first_imgBonagee Utd.The clubs annual development draw which was due to take place on Sat.10th November will now take place on Sunday 2nd December in arena 7. Tickets are €10 each or a book of 3 for €20 and are available from all players and committee members.The Christmas club is now open and merchandise can be viewed at the club Website or at the Club House. The Donegal league team defeated Convoy 5-1 away last week with goals from Lee Mc Monagle (2) Darren Coyle, Paddy Mc Laughlin; they are home to Drumkill Rovers this Sunday in the Ulster Junior Cup. The under 12 team advanced to the next round of the national cup, when they will play Kilmacrennan after they defeated St Mary’s of Clonmany 4-2 last Saturday. Johnathan Cody scored a splendid hat-trick, while Adam Murphy supplied the other goal. On Sunday afternoon Jordan Nugent and Dylan Doogan each scored a hat-trick as they defeated Lagan Harps in a league encounter. They are away to Swilly Rovers this Saturday.The under 14 team defeated Ballyraine 5-0. Scorers were Oisin Purdy, Tomas Mullen, and a hat-trick from James Carolan. Conor Farrell and Aaron Wasson also impressed.The youth team suffered a heavy defeat to Letterkenny Rovers.Under-age managers are once again reminded to send a detailed match report to the PRO by 8pm every Monday evening. There were no jackpot winners last Sunday in the clubs weekly lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 2,4,6,7,13,14 lucky no. was 4. There were three match five winners Susanna Coyle Fanad, Philomena Gildea Correnagh and Jack Gildea Correnagh each get €20. Lucky no. winners Larry Maguire Dromore, Pat Haughey Castlederg, Stephen O’ Donnell Dromore, George Bates Bonagee and Bernard Mc Guinness Killylastin. Lotto plus winners €50 Francis & Dermott Gillespie Drumardagh, €30 Mc Kelvey Family Dromore and €20 Stephen Funston Bonagee. The Club are doing work daily on the pitch at the moment and anyone wishing to help out can contact Eric on 086-0673325 BONAGEE UTD CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 27th, 2012 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:Bonagee Utd club noteslast_img read more


first_imgTwo elderly walkers out on an early-morning stroll on a Donegal beach had to be rescued when they found themselves cut off by the tide.The Arranmore LIfeboatThe walkers were out on Maghera beach at Ardara at around 6.15am when the incident happened.Both the Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo and the Arranmore Lifeboat were alerted and tasked to the scene. The Arranmore Lifeboat dispatched a smaller vessel to the stranded walkers and they were then taken ashore to safety just before 7.30am.The walkers were unhurt. WALKERS RESCUED FROM DONEGAL BEACH AFTER BEING CUT OFF BY TIDE was last modified: July 19th, 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:ArdaraARRANMORE LIFEBOATMaghera Beachrecuedwalkerslast_img read more

Rivals spar as election looms over reforms

first_imgWith the election two days away, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger accused his rivals Sunday night of distorting his ballot proposals to frighten voters and protect a statehouse that rewards politicians at the expense of the public. But Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez – speaking separately at a televised forum with the governor – said Schwarzenegger was attempting to use Tuesday’s special election to push through changes that would hurt nurses, teachers and other working people. Schwarzenegger wants power “without checks and balances,” Nuez, a Democrat, said. “I think that’s too much power.” The hourlong appearance on Fox’s KTTV (Channel 11) – the final television forum of the campaign – highlighted sharp differences in the election but provided little in the way of new information. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Schwarzenegger, as he has from the start, cast the election as a fight to upend the influence of union bosses and control runaway spending. Passage of his initiatives, he said, would guard against higher taxes, pave the way for better schools and transportation. “Don’t buy into those scare tactics,” the governor said, referring to millions of dollars of union-funded TV ads critical of his proposals. “They want to scare you. They don’t want you to make changes.” ,last_img read more

Virgin Australia offers new international services

first_imgVirgin Australia has announced a new service between Perth and Abu Dhabi which will give Perth travellers excellent connections into Europe.The new three times weekly service is part of a major route restructure which also includes new flights and connections to the USA.Read Geoffrey Thomas on Virgin Australia’s new in-flight productQantas targets non-stop Sydney to Europe flightsThe Perth to Abu Dhabi service will launch on June 9, 2017 and will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays outbound and Monday, Wednesday and Fridays inbound.The flight using the airline’s Airbus A330-200s with the new state-of-the-art interiors will depart Perth at 11.05pm and arrived in Abu Dhabi at 6.35am connecting with a host of Etihad Airways flights into the region, Europe and the US.Virgin’s three time weekly flight will supplement equity parter Etihad Airways daily afternoon service to Abu Dhabi with Boeing 787s giving the two airlines 10 flights a week.For the US Virgin Australia will reintroduce in April a five times weekly service from Melbourne to Los Angeles.Of particular interest to Perth travellers is a new timing via Brisbane to Los Angeles of 12.45pm ex Perth with an arrival in LA at 5.30pm the same day.This once a week connection will operate from April on a Sunday.     The airline however will drop its Sydney to Abu Dhabi service and those flights will be replaced with an increase in Etihad flights between the two cities.last_img read more

The Language Of SEO: Identifying And Implementing Central Keywords

first_imgRelated Posts Frank Landman Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. SEO is historically associated with keywords, and getting them right is at the heart of promoting your website. But how do you know what your company’s keywords are, and how are you supposed to use them? In the past, keyword stuffing was the most important SEO strategy – as long as you got those identifying words into the document (over and over and over again), your page would get a high ranking.With our complex ranking algorithms in play today, though, that won’t work – and will even get your page bumped down the list. In this ecosystem, you need to do more to get ahead.Identifying KeywordsYou’ve built a business, so you surely have some sense of what your business’s keywords are. You may have even begun creating content based around those keywords. The problem is that it’s not enough just to create that content, but rather you need to be sure that your use of that keyword is sufficiently competitive. There are, of course, countless companies that you share keywords with, and you need to outperform them.The good news about keyword performance and rankings is that there are plenty of tools to help you track your site’s performance against that of competitor brands. These tools will allow you to determine where your site ranks when you search different terms and on which terms your site performs best.Finally, when checking your basic keyword performance, be sure to look at closer variants of the words. Issues like keyword order, relationship of keywords to certain prepositions, and use of synonyms, plurals, and tenses can all be leveraged to improve your site’s performance.Background ResearchAnother way to ensure that you’re using your keywords to the greatest possible effect is by hiring an SEO specialist to do keyword research. Rather than just focusing on how well your existing keywords perform, SEO firms work with your target audience to determine the best keywords to reach them.As an industry insider, you may have an idea of what your keywords should be, but those words may be too niche or too technical for your marketing needs. The language that you use in-house or even with established customers may be different from what individuals seeking your services search for online. Websites need to strike a delicate balance between consistency in keyword use and the necessary linguistic variation that will allow you to grow your audience.In addition to working with an SEO specialist, you can also use a keyword research tool to make sure you’re prioritizing the right keywords. These tools are a great way to discover related keywords that it’s easier to rank highly for – you just start with your seed keyword. These tools can also help you reverse engineer keywords used by your competitors. Identifying keywords in this way is also more cost-effective than just focusing on the ones you selected yourself.Creating ConnectionsOne of the biggest changes in SEO strategy over the last few years is that, rather than emphasizing the volume of content produced, there has been a shift towards value. This approach, though, actually lends itself well to the post-keyword stuffing era. Instead of writing pages and pages of content, it’s more important that you develop strategic, meaningful posts that provide your readers with added value.So what does this value-based approach to SEO look like? There are several key considerations, but one of the most valuable things you can do is to start by creating cornerstone content for your site. In practice, cornerstone content includes regularly updated – and therefore, regularly indexed – posts that help to generate automatic SEO. Other websites are likely to cite this kind of content on their pages. Cornerstone content is also sometimes referred to as a pillar page, and these pages often hinge on particular keywords.Cornerstone or pillar content is so important to SEO that there’s actually a Google-recognized structure for building pillar content and its associated clusters. While pillar content is regularly updated to keep it relevant, cluster content is typically made up of subposts that are one-time pieces. There’s no need to update these regularly, but what the cluster posts do is support the ranking of the pillar page, which links out to the cluster posts.Innovating On Your KeywordsWith pillar and cluster posts, innovations on keyword tenses and synonyms, it may seem like there’s not much more you can do with your business’s keywords, but you’re not done yet. Another way to elevate your SEO is by finding different contexts in which to use these terms. For example, Google takes into account whether you use keywords in your URL and meta descriptions when it ranks website pages. In fact, putting keywords into your URL is one of the best ways to get your site noticed and ranked highly by search engines.In addition to putting keywords into your URL and meta descriptions, your blog should prioritize many different types of content that use your keywords in different ways. Besides traditional blog posts, consider developing case studies, posts that share behind the scenes information about your business, and client profiles.One major benefit to creating different types of content is that, by varying the types of posts, you’ll be placing your keywords in different contexts, and when search engines rank websites, one factor they consider is the surrounding language. This is also part of how they assess whether your content is of a high quality – certain patterns indicate that you’re properly applying the terms and not just generating spam to displace legitimate sites.Don’t Go OverboardAs mentioned in the introduction, keyword stuffing used to be a major part of SEO, but now it can get your site downgraded, so you need to be judicious in your use of individual keywords.Luckily, there are several tools you can use to make sure you’re striking a careful balance. Run your content through a keyword density checker. These websites not only allow you to determine how often you’re using your keywords relative to the overall content, but can also determine your keywords’ overall relevance. This process is known as term frequency-inverse document frequency and is used by search engines to rank your site, so you might as well investigate it yourself first.Voice – The Next FrontierIf you’ve asked a friend a question and then posed that same query to a search engine, you know that we speak differently than we engage via text-based search, and this difference is newly relevant because of the rise of voice search. As more people adopt personal assistant technology, more search happens via voice, meaning that websites need to be optimized for this new format. And your website needs to adapt its content to be voice friendly.So how do you change SEO to be responsive to voice? Voice search relies on natural language processing (NLP), so you need to think about the ways that users might speak about your website’s topic, rather than just how we write about it. That means you need to strike up a conversation. Working with focus groups can help you determine how clients may shift their search approach when speaking. Just because you’ve mastered keywords for written search, doesn’t mean you understand the nuances of voice search. Honing your voice search capabilities now, though, can put you ahead of the competition.SEO is a complex process and to succeed, you need to strategically deploy countless different elements across your website – but keywords are the foundation that it’s all built upon. By selecting the right keywords, testing them regularly, and consistently monitoring your core competitors, you can take your place at the top of the rankings.Just remember that you can’t rest on your rankings for long because SEO standards are always changing and your competitors are fighting for the top spot as well. Some days, SEO strategy can seem like simple jockeying for position, but it can make or break your business. You have to stay on top. 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ICC gears up for a clean World Cup

first_imgIn the aftermath of the spot-fixing episode during the Pakistan-England Test series last year, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has geared itself up for the upcoming World Cup.ICC chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat said here on Tuesday that the ACSU, an independent arm of the game’s world governing body, has tightened its belt for the 45-day tournament beginning on February 17 with an opening ceremony in Dhaka. The first match will be played between India and Bangladesh on February 19 in the same venue.”We have prepared well and will deploy more people. Yesterday and today the whole staff of ACSU assembled and prepared a strategy. We can handle any situation.If needed, we will deploy additional officials,” he said at an MoU- signing ceremony between the ICC and Hyundai, its new car partner from 2011- 2015.Lorgat also said if betting was legalised the incidents of spotfixing and match-fixing could be brought down.”If betting syndicates are legalised then it will be easy to regulate. Where it is not regulated it will go underground. If betting is legalised then it will be far easier to manage the issue of temptation towards corruption,” he said.”In countries like Australia, England, there is a regulatory industry. So we would like to find a way in which the whole industry can be regulated and that’s what we are exploring.” Betting is illegal in India and Pakistan. But in neighbouring Sri Lanka, its Parliament passed legislation in November to legalise betting and gambling in the island nation. Now licenses will be issued for people to run casinos etc.advertisementIn December, after Pakistani players allegedly bowled no balls in exchange for money in a Test against England, former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi touched upon the raging issue, saying that it ” hurts” to hear that world betting syndicates have roots in India.”Everybody said the money (for betting and fixing) emanated from India. That is an accusation that hurts but it rings true, especially for those of us who live in this country and have been reading about the scams that have been taking place in the last few days and weeks,” he said at an event.Interestingly, Indian courts have also made observations on the controversial topic. A Delhi court in October even commented that Parliament should consider legalising it. ” It is high time that our legislature seriously considers legalising the entire system of betting online or otherwise so that enough revenues can be generated to fund various infrastructural requirements for the common man and thus check the lucrative business in organised crime,” said additional sessions judge Dharmesh Sharma.But members of Parliament have been almost unanimous in shooting down hints of a debate on legalising betting, which rears its head usually during international cricket matches in India and often abroad too.On hot-spot technology, Lorgat reiterated that due to paucity hot- spot cameras the latest technology would not be used during the World Cup. ” We were always aware that there was a limited number of hot- spot cameras in the world and it was always going to be a case where we could not deploy it in all of the matches during the World Cup,” Lorgat said.”So it’s no surprise to us and I don’t believe it a setback because the other specifications we have got is sufficient to improve correct umpiring decisions by more than five per cent.So we are quite satisfied with other technologies available to support the umpires.” The technology, with its black and white images traces the trajectory of the ball hitting the bat or batsman, helps the third umpire take decisions referred to him by his on- field colleagues as part of the umpire Decision Review System (DRS). DRS will be used for the first time in a World Cup, being jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.last_img read more