Isn’t football fun?

first_imgYou can’t script this stuff. Manchester City fires Manuel Pellegrini, effective the end of the season, and then his Blues beat Paris Saint-Germain to reach the European Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.Pellegrini, a dignified Chilean, must have a sly smile on his face.In this age of big money, a football manager’s contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. A blip in team performance can get wealthy club owners like those of Manchester City nervous enough to pull the plug even if it’s due to a rash of injuries.Pellegrini and the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho know this all too well.The latter two were both let go by Russian Roman Abramovic at Chelsea in the season following wins in the English Premier League. The same thing happened at the same club to Claudia Ranieri, the current Leicester City boss, after a 2004 season in which Chelsea placed second in the Premiership. Truly, he who pays the piper calls the tune.In those situations, only winning is enough.In this context, it seems hardly likely that Louis van Gaal will see out his three-year contract at Manchester United. The highly successful Dutchman hasn’t endeared himself to United with his possession-oriented departure from that club’s traditional winger-based attacking style.The besieged veteran came to United after carrying The Netherlands to within a penalty shoot-out of the 2014 World Cup final. He might rightly claim that he took United back to Champions League football.TOO LATE FOR VAN GAALHis inconsistent United, however, haven’t met the benchmark, set by Alex Ferguson. Fans want him out. From the moans of the United faithful, even a return to Champions League football won’t save the day for Van Gaal.He will have to hustle as his team is fifth, four points behind Manchester City.Six months after his arrival at Liverpool, the charming German Jurgen Klopp is still enjoying a honeymoon at the Anfield home of the five-time European champions. His Reds are currently eighth in the Premiership, two places behind last year’s sixth-spot finish.Yet, the accomplished Klopp is generally viewed as a better coach than the man he replaced, Brendan Rogers. Time will tell.Managerial musical chairs are present in Jamaica, too. For example, Waterhouse Football Club has had two managers already this year.If Raineri’s Leicester can emerge from last season’s battles against relegation to be a real challenger for domestic top honours, then Pellegrini can dream of a triumphant exit.Even though giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all remain in contention, scriptwriters in Manchester are probably penning their view of Champions League success.If that happens and if Manchester City meet and beat Bayern, who are currently coached by Pep Guardiola Pellegrini’s replacement as manager at City that would be irony indeed.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London Olympics.last_img read more

Haitians fined for illegal entry

first_imgFour Haitians appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on charges of illegal entry.Fitzco Julian, Amnerfer Chriskey, Jim Richmore and Desmond Kendy, all pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Springlands, Corentyne, they entered Guyana by sea and disembarked without the consent of an immigration officer.A French translator was present in the court and assisted with the communication between the Magistrate and the French-speaking defendants.They were each fined ,000, with an alternative of six months’ imprisonment if they fail to pay the fine. They will be deported after paying the fine or serving their sentences, which whether is applicable.last_img read more

Arcata football leaves it late, captures 18-14 homecoming night victory over Del Norte

first_imgArcata>> Daylight opened up for Austin Kadle and he didn’t think twice about what to do with the ball.Kadle’s five-yard quarterback keeper up the middle with just under three minutes to go proved to be the difference in the Arcata High football team’s hard-fought 18-14 win over Del Norte on homecoming night at the Redwood Bowl on Friday.“Our offensive coordinator gave us a play and the opening just opened up. I just gave it my all,” Kadle said. “The receivers ran great routes to open things …last_img read more

5 Absurd Copyright Takedowns That Make The Law Look Outdated

first_imgThis one was just an honest mistake and didn’t actually lead to a takedown, but it still shows how things can go wrong with the current system. Somehow YouTube’s Content ID system got confused and thought that the sound of a bird singing in the background of a video about a man making salad was the same thing as a song called “Birdsong” that was recorded by an artist whose songs are licensed by Rumblefish, a music licensing company, and send a “music claim” to the confused salad man. Content ID is a system that automates the process of spotting copyrighted work that’s been used without permission. If your video gets flagged for copyright violation, you can dispute that, which is what the salad-maker did. Rumblefish reviewed the dispute but “mistakenly reinstated the claim,” its CEO later explained. Still, the video was never actually taken down. Nevertheless, salad man made a stink in the press, and the story went viral. Two days later Rumblefish realized the mistake it had made in reinstating the claim, and released the claim. The whole thing was a misunderstanding. But to be clear: Salad man never had to take down his video; it remained up through all of this, and still is up; and no takedown notice was ever issued.A spokesperson for Rumblefish says there were two mistakes. First, Content ID screwed up. Second, Rumblefish “did a poor job of reviewing the video manually.” The issue, she says, is that there are more than 5 million videos online that use Rumblefish songs, and keeping up with so much material is a huge challenge. Bottom line: Rumblefish’s CEO owned up to the error and the video remains online, but the affair raises some questions about the manageability of the copyright enforcement system. [This item has been updated from its original version.]3. Universal Targets Pro-Megaupload Video Just Because 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow A few weeks before the now infamous raid that took down Megaupload and its top brass, Kim Dotcom was involved in yet another copyright-related dispute. Shortly after the music video for “Megaupload Song” was uploaded to YouTube, it was taken down due to a copyright complaint from Universal Music Group.  This was despite the fact that the song and video were original, non-infringing content. UMG apparently didn’t like the fact that a video promoting Megaupload featured on-camera cameos by major label mega-stars like Kanye West, Mary J Blige, P Diddy and  In 2009, Jonathan McIntosh posted a video to YouTube that seemed ripe to go viral. “Buffy vs. Edward: Twightlight Remixed” riffed on two popular vampire-related entertainment franchises by cleverly mashing up scenes from both into one cohesive, six-minute video. Sound like a copyright violation? It’s not. In fact, the U.S. Copyright Office cited the remix video as a shining example of fair use. In October 2012, McIntosh received an email from YouTube explaining that his video had been pulled due to a copyright complaint from Lionsgate Entertainment, which owns the rights to the Twilight movies. McIntosh challenged the takedown on fair use grounds and a frustrating back-and-forth between YouTube, Lionsgate and McIntosh ensued. At one point, McIntosh was even locked out of his YouTube account and forced to take lessons in copyright infringement from Google. As of today, Buffy vs. Edward is back online. For now. 2. Rumblefish And Birdsong 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#copyright#DMCA#piracy#YouTube 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts NOTE: This story has been updated from its original version to clarify some points about the “Birdsong” takedown in the second item.No matter where you stand on copyright issues, it’s hard to argue that the current system is working. In few places are the flaws of modern copyright law more apparent than when it comes to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests. Sure, plenty of legitimate DMCA are received and honored by sites like YouTube, Rapidshare and Grooveshark all the time. But every now and then we hear about a takedown notice that leaves us scratching our heads: Is that really a copyright violation? If not, why was the content removed? Is the system that easily gamed? Oh, it was a violation? How weird. Even the legitimate takedowns tend to lead a cat-and-mouse game and may not have a meaningful impact on the piracy they’re intended to thwart, research suggests. But either way, some of the headline-grabbing copyright-related content takedowns we’ve seen raise major questions about the state of copyright law, the DMCA and digital piracy. Five prominent examples are listed below, but there are undoubtedly others. If you’ve heard of an outrageous Web content takedown request, let us know in the comments section.  1. Buffy vs. Edward vs. Bogus Takedown Notices 4. Universal Goes Crazy Over A Prince SongWhen Stepahnie Lenz uploaded a short clip of her kids dancing to “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, the last thing she expected was a copyright takedown notice. Apparently, 26 seconds of low-quality audio was too much for Universal Music Group, which owns the copyright to Prince’s catalog. The resulting legal case, Lenz v. Universal, established a precedent stating that copyright owners would need to take the parameters of fair use into consideration before issuing DMCA takedown notices.  5. Minecraft + Gangnam Style = Copyright Violation?Taking two things beloved by the Internet and mashing them up is often a surefire recipe for a viral video. It’s also apparently an open invitation for accusations of copyright infringement. YouTube user CaptainSparklez learned this the hard way after he uploaded “Minecraft Style,” a video that parodies the world’s most viewed YouTube Video by merging it with the ever-popular Minecraft video game. After being yanked from YouTube, “Minecraft Style” returned in mid-December, only to be pulled again. The jury is still out on whether this video falls under the fair use exception to copyright law. Either way, it’s hard to imagine a clever mash-up parody video eating into the massive success wrought by PSY since his bizarrely catchy song went viral. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England in driver’s seat post the drama

first_imgMatt Prior and Tim Bresnan are at crease as England lead by 374 runs with 4 wickets in hand against India at stumps on the 3rd day of the 2nd Test in Nottingham on Sunday. This was post Ian Bell’s ton and the drama following his run out and his recall. Score | PhotosDramatic – is the one word that would describe the third day’s play during the India vs England second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.India’s last visit to Nottingham four years ago was marred by an England fielder (Ian Bell) placing jelly beans at the crease when Zaheer Khan batted.And it was no other that Ian Bell, famous for the jelly bean incident four years ago, who was the lead character in the dramatic turn of events that saw him go back, run out, and then come back in.The incident happened when Ian Bell was way past his century when a bizarre run out forced him to walk off.Bell was batting on 137 when his partner Eoin Morgan flicked the ball off Ishant Sharma to deep square leg where Praveen Kumar tried to save the ball.His effort was comical, but it gave India the wicket they wanted. Praveen Kumar cut the ball off, but thought that it had touched the ropes. However, the ball hadn’t.Praveen picked up and threw the ball back and by the time the ball arrived, the batsmen thought that it was tea and were no longer in their crease. Incidentally, the umpire hadn’t signalled a boundary or called it tea.advertisementThe bails were off and India were seen appealing for a run out even as the England batsmen were walking off.The run out call was upheld and Ian Bell was run out at tea with 137 runs against his name and England score read 254/4.Post tea in a move that will certainly ease the tension between the two teams, India skipper MS Dhoni decided to recall Bell.Finally, his innings did come to a close and on this occasion there was no drama in it. Deep into the third session, a short ball outside off by Yuvraj Singh took the top edge of his bat and VVS Laxman, the lone player at slips, took it nice and clean.Bell fell for 159 and there was no boos this time round when he walked back. But, it was his innings that put England in the driver’s seat.England started the day with an overnight total of 24/1, trailing by 43 runs in their second essay, with Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell at the crease.However their partnership was short-lived as India paceman S. Sreesanth scalped Andrew Strauss with skipper Dhoni performing the final honours behind the stumps. England lost their second wicket on 57.Even as India were fretting over getting Ian Bell out, a war of words broke between in the commentary box. It was between veterans Ravi Shastri and Nasser Hussain. The pitch had eased up considerably leaving little for the bowlers and soon Ian Bell went on to complete his half-century.At lunch, Bell (84) and Kevin Pietersen (20) were going steady and the England score was a good 130/2. England scored 106 runs in the first session losing just one wicket — that of Andrew Strauss.In the second session, Pietersen went on to complete his half-century and Bell completed his ton even as the India bowlers tried hard to figure out a way to end their stand.Finally after putting 162 runs for the third wicket, India managed to break their stand. A Sreesanth ball took a faint edge of Pietersen’s bat to land in skipper MS Dhoni’s gloves. Pietersen fell for 63 when and England lost their third wicket on 219.But that wasn’t the end of India’s misery for soon Bell got on with a partnership with new man Eoin Morgan. It was during their stand that the dramatic turn of event surrounding Bell came to pass.Bell’s innings did come to an end in the third session and this time there was no drama as Yuvraj got his first wicket of the series, when the star of the World Cup got his man on 159.Post Bell fall’s, Morgan didn’t last long and fell to Praveen Kumar on 70.Jonathan Trott who missed Saturday’s play owing to a shoulder injury, too fell cheaply to a Praveen Kumar delivery that kissed the batsman’s gloves to be taken by Rahul Dravid in the slips cordon.Matt Prior (64) and Tim Bresnan (47) were in the middle when stumps were draw on the third day.advertisementlast_img read more

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL image leak shows it will come with 3.5mm headphone jack and no notch, key specs detailed earlier

first_imgIt is expected that in a few weeks from now on May 7 Google will announce the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL as it kicks of the Google IO in San Francisco. Now ahead of the launch fresh renders of the upcoming Pixel phones have been leaked, showing the devices in their full and revealing glory. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are expected to be the cheaper variants of the existing Pixel 3 phones. They are likely to come with the toned down hardware except the camera system, which is the highlight of the current Pixel 3 phones and which Google is likely to keep same in the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL.But the leaked renders show that there are changes. It is clear from the Pixel 3a renders that the new Pixel phones will sport the 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature that Google earlier removed from the more expensive Pixel 3. Currently a number of high-end premium phones don’t come with the 3.5mm headphone jack. The renders also show that the Pixel 3a will have rather thick bezels, similar to what we saw in the Pixel 2 in 2017. Currently, the Pixel 3 sports full bezels, albeit somewhat slim, whereas the Pixel 3 Xl comes with cutout notch that houses two front cameras. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will both have thick bezels.The renders also show that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will have single front camera. It has been rumoured that this will be the same 8-megapixel camera with wide-angle lens that is part of the front camera system in the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.advertisementWhat else do we know about the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. A lot actually because there have been a number of leaks.– The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor. They are likely to come with 4GB RAM.– The Pixel 3a, which is smaller, will come with a 5.6-inch screen with resolution of 2220×1080 pixels. Surprisingly, the bigger Pixel 3a XL with a 6-inch OLED screen, is likely to sport lower resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.– The Pixel 3a is going to have a 3000 mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL will come with 3400 mAh battery.– The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will come with same primary camera that is inside the Pixel 3. This means the same 12-megapixel sensor, and possibly the same excellent images for which Pixel phones are kind of famous now.– Both the upcoming Pixel phones will come with 64GB internal storage, support for eSIM and squeezable frame (something we don’t need but Google insists on it apparently).Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL India price and launchWhile the global launch of the Pixel 3a is on May 7, the India launch will be likely after a few weeks but possibly the same month. Currently there is no word about the India price of these two phones, but there are rumours about the global launch of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL and that also gives a hint to the India prices of these two phones.If you were expecting that these are going to be the “cheap” Google Pixel phones, tone down your expectations. Compared to the existing Pixel 3 phones, the Pixel 3a will be relatively affordable but it won’t be cheap. The global price of the Pixel 3a has been rumoured to around $500, and hence it could be priced in India around Rs 40,000. The Pixel 3a XL price in India could be around Rs 50,000 given that it its global price is expected to be around $650.ALSO READ: | Google could launch Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL at Google I/O 2019ALSO READ: | Google Senior VP teases photo from unreleased smartphone, could be Pixel 3aALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL price leaks, may compete with OnePlus 7 in Indialast_img read more

The Masters of Touch

first_imgThis interview is the fourth in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June.  In this interview we speak with Garry Sonda.To view the video please follow the link or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage

Anne Hathaway And Adam Shulman Hide Their Faces For Charity

first_imgOver the 4th of July weekend, actor, producer and jewelry designer Adam Shulman and his wife, actress Anne Hathaway, met paparazzi with cardboard signs covering their faces that told viewers to support World of Children Award, a nonprofit that improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.Hathaway’s sign read: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea! Please check out, www.Feeding, www.WorldOfChildren.Shulman completed the message with “Happy 4th of July!”Last year, Shulman partnered with World of Children Award to design a Limited Edition Key Necklace that featured the nonprofit’s signature logo. The necklace was released at the 2013 World of Children Awards Ceremony. 100% of the profits supported World of Children Award’s programs serving the needs of vulnerable children.Shulman plans to design a new key for this year’s World of Children Awards Ceremony in November, which will take place in New York City. To learn more about the Awards Ceremony, visit
World of Children Award improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.Since 1998, World of Children Award has granted more than $6 million in cash grants and program support to 100 humanitarian leaders who are the driving force behind programs serving children worldwide. The organization’s exhaustive research and vetting of individuals has been hailed by leading philanthropic organizations. The media often refers to World of Children Award as the Nobel Prize for child advocacy.World of Children Award has been featured on The New York Times, The Huffington Post, People, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. World of Children Award Honorees have also been featured by The New York Times, CNN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fast Company Magazine, People, Glamour, TEEN Vogue, TIME for Kids, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor, among several other national and international media.Most recently, The Huffington Post named World of Children Award’s Founders, Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, one of the United States’ most inspiring “power couples” for their lifetime commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

Buckeyes fend off top 10 foe keep home winning streak alive

Big-time players step up in big-time games. It’s an adage that can be traced to every imaginable competitive sport.For the Ohio State men’s tennis team, ranked No. 3 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, senior Justin Kronauge and sophomore Chase Buchanan delivered at critical moments Sunday in OSU’s 5-2 victory over No. 9 Kentucky.Kronauge, ranked 43rd in the country, won his No. 2 singles match 6-4, 6-3 to put OSU up 4-1, thereby clinching the victory for the Buckeyes. Buchanan, down 5-2 in the first set in his match against No. 8 Eric Quigley, rallied for a 7-5 first set victory and dominated the second set 6-2 to win at No. 1 singles.“I just stepped my game up,” Buchanan said. “I was nervous at the beginning because my shots weren’t falling. I had to buckle down because it’s not good [for the team] if I go down.”OSU’s win improved its record to 9-1 and extended its home-match winning streak to 96. Two crucial points defined the match for the Buckeyes.At subsequent moments in their respective first sets, Buchanan went up 6-5 and Kronauge won 6-4, sending the crowd into a frenzy and putting the Wildcats on their heels.“Justin’s probably my best friend, so we know each other really well,” Buchanan said. “Seeing him get pumped up is great, it helps the team to see the top two guys playing well.”Coach Ty Tucker knows he doesn’t have to worry about his top two players playing to their highest capabilities.“They’re good players. They spend 20 hours a week together,” Tucker said. “They like to mix it up and compete. You don’t have to worry about [Buchanan and Kronauge] coming to fight.”The Buckeyes got off to a slow start, losing two of the three doubles matches to fall behind 1-0. The No. 2 doubles team of freshman Dino Marcan and junior Balazs Novak rallied from a 5-2 deficit to win 8-6 for OSU’s only doubles win.“[Kentucky’s] No. 1 doubles team is capable of winning the national title,” Tucker said. “Doubles isn’t our strong suit, but hats off to them [for winning the point].”Kentucky arrived in Columbus a confident bunch. The Wildcats had achieved their highest ranking in seven years and were coming off one of their biggest wins in school history, as they scored a 4-3 victory over then-No. 2 (and current No. 1) Virginia on Feb. 6, snapping the Cavaliers’ 63-match win streak.However, there would be no Cinderella story Sunday as the Buckeyes flexed their muscles in the singles match after dropping the doubles point.Junior Matt Allare evened the score at one by handily defeating Graeme Dyce 6-3, 6-4. Marcan, down 2-1 in both sets, won his No. 3 singles match against Brad Cox 6-4, 6-2.Shortly after Buchanan and Kronauge won their matches, Novak captured his ninth singles win of the year by defeating Anthony Rossi 6-2, 6-4 for the Buckeyes’ fifth point. read more