Keep the faith, urges Wenger

first_img Press Association Nevertheless, Wenger still disagreed with the decision. He said: “It has to be the last man and that is not proven to me – also the foul was not obvious.” Arteta also felt he had been hard done by, telling Arsenal Player: “It was a very harsh decision to send me off. Chamakh kicks my fight foot. I have seen it on television. It is 40 yards away from goal too. “It is true that I tried to block him with my hand but then he came with his left foot into my right calf and then we were both on the floor. It was never a tackle from me.” Palace briefly rallied as they looked for a positive end to a week which started with a 4-1 home defeat by Fulham that resulted in the departure of Ian Holloway. Defender Joel Ward saw his shot from 20 yards tipped onto the bar by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who quickly produced an even better save to deny Mile Jedinak from the resulting corner. It was, though, the Gunners who went on to secure all three points with a second goal on 87 minutes when Aaron Ramsey broke down the left, his perfectly timed cross headed past Julian Speroni by the hard-working Olivier Giroud. Wenger said: “Crystal Palace put a shift in, they were determined to fight very hard, we needed to be patient and we were. “Many times now this season away from home we have won the game in the second half because we are mature, do not make a mistake and we do not rush our game.” The full extent of Flamini’s injury is yet to be assessed, but there have been suggestions it could sideline the industrious French midfielder – who had missed the Dortmund game as a precaution following concussion – for up to a month. For Palace, top of the agenda for Monday’s debrief will be the search for a new manager. Caretaker boss Keith Millen, who made six changes to Holloway’s final starting XI, feels the Eagles remain an attractive proposition despite the fact they have lost eight of their opening nine games back in the top flight. “It is a great club in a good financial position with four great owners who really want to achieve something at this club,” he said. “But also when you look at the group of players against Arsenal, people that are interested in the job would look at that and think ‘I’ve got something to work with there’.” “However, the players know if they keep going like that they will get points. “Whether they can get enough points you don’t know, do you? But you have to just work from week to week and enjoy what you are doing.” Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal side to focus on strengthening their own belief in the quest for a sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title. “It is people who do not believe that we have a chance, but the only thing we can do is win our games,” Wenger said. “The only thing which is important is every win makes you a bit stronger and strengthens the belief. “We have difficult games coming up, and that will be a good test, but I am confident.” Arsenal had started brightly at Selhurst Park, where England midfielder Jack Wilshere was put on the bench as a precaution after aggravating his troublesome ankle on Tuesday night. However, the Gunners were made to work for their victory, and there were long spells where Palace pressed the league leaders onto the back foot. Arsenal’s breakthrough came at the start of the second half when Serge Gnabry – on as an early substitute for Mathieu Flamini, who limped off with a groin problem – was taken out by a rash challenge from Adlene Guedioura to concede a needless penalty, which Arteta coolly dispatched. However, just after the hour mark, the Spaniard was off back down the tunnel when referee Chris Foy brandished a red card after he had clashed with former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh some 35 yards out, the pair falling in a heap following what looked like a 50/50 challenge. Following consultation with his assistant, Foy viewed it as denying a clear goalscoring opportunity and the midfielder must now serve a one-match ban, the midweek Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea he was unlikely to be involved in anyway. The Gunners consolidated their position at the top of the table by securing a 2-0 win at managerless Crystal Palace, where captain Mikel Arteta was sent off not long after scoring a penalty at the start of the second half. It was the ideal response from Wenger’s men to the midweek Champions League home defeat to Borussia Dortmund, which had seen questions raised about how far Arsenal could go this season. last_img read more

Stetson looks to sweep North Alabama

first_imgStetson looks to sweep North Alabama February 12, 2020 Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img FRESHMAN QUINTET: Stetson has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Rob Perry, Mahamadou Diawara, Christiaan Jones, Jahlil Rawley and Wheza Panzo have combined to account for 78 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 88 percent of all Hatters points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Hatters have allowed just 59.4 points per game to conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 73.1 per game they gave up in non-conference play.ACCURATE AGNEW: Christian Agnew has connected on 33.3 percent of the 84 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 17 over his last three games. He’s also converted 67.2 percent of his free throws this season.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Lions have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Hatters. Stetson has 21 assists on 72 field goals (29.2 percent) across its past three outings while North Alabama has assists on 30 of 73 field goals (41.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Both North Alabama and Stetson are ranked at the top of the Atlantic Sun in terms of getting to the foul line. The Lions are ranked first in the conference and have averaged 21.3 free throws and 24.6 per game over their last five games. The Hatters are ranked second .___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorth Alabama (10-14, 5-6) vs. Stetson (13-12, 7-3)Edmunds Center, DeLand, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: North Alabama seeks revenge on Stetson after dropping the first matchup in Florence. The teams last played on Jan. 16, when the Hatters outshot North Alabama 43.9 percent to 35.6 percent and hit 10 more free throws en route to a 54-49 victory.last_img read more

More than 2,000 see Wealdstone suffer semi-final defeat

first_imgWealdstone’s hopes of reaching Wembley were ended as they went down 2-0 at home to Brackley Town in their FA Trophy semi-final second leg.Bobby Wilkinson’s side were unable to overturn their single-goal deficit from the first leg, despite attracting a season’s best crowd of more than 2,000 to Grosvenor Vale.Second-half strikes from Shane Byrne and Aaron Williams were enough to seal Brackley’s place in May’s final – leaving the Stones to focus on their outside chance of reaching the National League South play-offs.Wealdstone were indebted to goalkeeper Jonathan North, who ensured the contest remained scoreless at the break with two smart saves to foil Williams as the visitors dominated.But Brackley made the breakthrough 10 minutes after the restart when Jake Sheppard felled Glenn Walker on the edge of the box and Byrne curled the resulting free-kick into the bottom corner.Stones responded with a triple substitution and they finally began to apply pressure to the Brackley defence, but it was not enough to bring them back into the contest.Danny Green’s low drive forced a save from Brackley keeper Danny Lewis, while unmarked Stones skipper Jerome Okimo stabbed wide from Sheppard’s free-kick.But Williams put the outcome beyond doubt with eight minutes remaining, slotting a left-foot finish past North to clinch a 3-0 aggregate victory. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Matt Chapman’s HR sends A’s to win over Cleveland in 12 innings

first_imgOAKLAND — A fireworks night crowd of 36,913 showed up at the Coliseum on Friday, many glued to what was unfolding with the Warriors in Houston.The fans erupted in glee when Kevin Durant-less Golden State closed out the Rockets, and they did so again a couple of hours later when Matt Chapman led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a home run that lifted the A’s to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.It was Oakland’s third extra-inning game in six days and second walk-off win since …last_img

Kerr hopes Cousins won’t be back — because he’ll get more money elsewhere

first_imgOAKLAND — Initially, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made DeMarcus Cousins’ departure sound like a foregone conclusion.The Warriors signed Cousins last summer to a surprisingly low $5.3 million with their taxpayer mid-level exception because of the league-wide concern about his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. As far as re-signing him this summer, though? Kerr did not see how that would work.“We made no bones about it when we signed him. This is a one-year deal and we’re not going to …last_img

Building bridges in communities

first_imgThe Zambezi Bridge in centralMozambique under construction. Set to beofficially opened on 1 August, the2.5-kilometre bridge is the second-longestin Africa.(Image: André Catueira, PlusNews)The newly completed Zambezi Bridge in central Mozambique, the second-longest in Africa, has been both a “feat of technical engineering” and a valuable lesson in limiting the negative impact of huge infrastructure projects on vulnerable communities, Save the Children said in a statement released on 29 July.“In response to concerns raised by members of nearby communities at the start of the construction, it has also been accompanied by mechanisms of social protection for vulnerable families that have also been impressive.”There will be much to celebrate when the bridge linking the north to the south of the country is officially opened on 1 August, making it possible for trucks, buses and cars to cross the Zambezi River in a matter of minutes instead of having to wait several days for a dilapidated ferry system.At a priceWhen construction of the new 2.5-kilometre bridge began in 2006, Caia in Sofala province and Chimuara in Zambezia province – the villages on opposite sides of the river – worried about the possible negative impact of thousands of migrant workers and heavy construction machinery suddenly arriving.“With money to spend and without their wives and families, these workers often engaged in sexual relations with young girls and because of poverty and economic deprivation, certain families colluded and sometimes encouraged these relationships,” said Chris McIvor, Save the Children’s advocacy director in Mozambique.The communities of Caia and Chimuara had already suffered as a result of being located on the main route connecting Mozambique’s 10 provinces, national highway number one (EN1): government figures put HIV prevalence at about 20% in both.“With HIV/Aids such a huge risk, poor families can be left in an even worse position than if the infrastructure project had not materialised,” McIvor said. “Girls in Zambezia, for example, told us how they had been abandoned by their ‘new boyfriends’ the moment they announced their pregnancy.”Based on its experience of other infrastructure projects in Mozambique, where child abuse and exploitation had occurred, SC conducted a study, The Zambezi Bridge – What Needs to be Done, and approached the government, donors and the bridge construction company, which led to a programme for social protection.Expensive lessonsMcIvor said large infrastructure projects were bound to be part of Mozambique’s ongoing development drive – road, bridge and railway projects were underway in many parts of the country – and the government, private sector and donors would be well advised to learn from the Zambezi Bridge experience.“Arising from our positive experience of what took place during the Zambezi Bridge construction, we also believe that the social problems that arise on the back of these projects can largely be avoided,” said Save the Children statement.McIvor said it was crucial to involve community members, including children. “Children are excellent advocates among themselves, so if you convince some children to avoid certain risks – like frequenting bars and discos if they are underage – they are very influential in convincing others.”Buy-in by local authorities and influential people, such as the police, community leaders, headmasters and teachers, helped ensure that child abuse and exploitation were not tolerated.It was also essential to offer viable economic opportunities to marginalised community members, “so that they are not drawn into the sex trade or exploitative labour because they are too poor to withstand these pressures,” McIvor said.The Save the Children statement recommended “training managers and staff of [contracting] companies … on their social responsibilities … and promoting their adherence to codes of conduct that regulate their behaviour and interactions with local people” as essential in reducing the negative impact of construction projects.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin NewsUseful linksSave the Childrenlast_img read more

Apple Develops Peer-to-Peer App Sharing System

first_imgRelated Posts With hundreds of thousands of mobile applications available in iTunes, how do you find the good ones? You can read reviews online, seek out new releases via third-party app recommendation sites, check iTunes’ Genius picks or its “top sellers” lists, but at the end of the day, one of the most popular ways to find new apps is still the most traditional: personal recommendations.Now, it looks like Apple is working on technology that will capitalize on that trend. A patent application reveals that Apple has developed a system for sharing applications through peer-to-peer connections with other phones.Uncovered by the blog Patently Apple, the published patent application details a system that would allow you to transfer apps from your phone to a friend’s phone via a peer-to-peer connection, such as through a cable, infrared connection or a network cloud, like the Internet, cellular network or a wireless mesh network. The transferred app could either be a full copy of the application, a limited (trial or demo) copy or the application seed, this last term meaning just enough information for the iPhone to download the application from a server at a later point. A seed would be useful in cases where the connection was dropped, causing the app transfer to remain incomplete. It could also serve as a way to share an app more quickly, we would guess, in areas where bandwidth is limited. Even though transferring an app seed wouldn’t allow you to use the app itself (the patent says you could send a “visual representation of the application” with the seed), at least you would still be able to grab the app from iTunes later on. Tags:#mobile Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perezcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In addition to providing a mechanism for sharing, the patent also briefly covers plans for an affiliate program. When someone bought an app you shared with them, you could be rewarded with money, store credit, coupons, promotional items, or even an “improved status” of sorts. (Please, no badges!) I hope that Apple stays out of the affiliate business, personally. Once there’s money to be earned, things get a little murky – is my tech-savvy friend sharing this app because it’s really that good? Or because they want to earn credits on iTunes? Hmm.This system, if it ever comes to pass, would serve as a great way to actually facilitate personal app recommendations and would additionally allow for “try before you buy” programs, too. Transferred apps could be either “lite”/demo versions or fully functional apps which expire after a set amount of time. That latter could be useful for getting more users to try an app, especially considering that the iTunes App Store doesn’t have an official app refund policy in place. (Refunds have been handled on a case-by-case basis in the past, but there is no actual refund window like there is on Android).Patently Apple offers more details about this technology on its site, if you want to read about things like its use of “share flags,” details on security functions, the system’s interface functionality or even the use of Wi-Fi access points in coffee shops, for example.Image credits: Patently Applelast_img read more

Disaster Bill Moves to Presidents Desk

Disaster Bill Moves to Presidents Desk

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Disaster Bill Moves to President’s Desk June 4, 2019 301 Views Sharecenter_img On Monday, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.2940, which provides $19.1 billion in recovery funds for disaster-affected areas including Puerto Rico. The House passed the bill after a 10-day recess, voting 354-58. As the Senate had already voted to pass the bill 85-8 on May 23, the bill will now move on to President Donald Trump for his sign-off.”We must work together quickly to pass a bill that addresses the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border and provides law enforcement agencies with the funding they need,” said top Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger of Texas on Fox News. “The stakes are high. There are serious—life or death—repercussions if the Congress does not act.”U.S. Reps. Randy Weber and Lizzie Fletcher introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act in May with support from 13 other co-sponsors from Texas, mostly from the Houston area, as well as supporters from other communities waiting on the funding, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico.The Act directs federal agencies to release the $16 billion in disaster funds Congress approved in early 2018 following Hurricane Harvey to different states and territories—including more than $4 billion to Texas—within 60 days.“After Harvey hit, I fought alongside the Texas delegation to secure additional funds for Harvey survivors,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with distributing these funds did not respond with the same urgency.”According to the Texas Tribune, Texas has already received billions of dollars for Harvey recovery, but each bucket of money is designated for a specific purpose. The $4.3 billion that Congress approved for Texas last February is part of a HUD grant program designed “to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas.”The Five Star Conference will host its Disaster Preparedness Symposium on July 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Natural disasters impact investors, service providers, mortgage servicers, government agencies, legal professionals, lenders, property preservation companies, and—most importantly—homeowners. The 2019 Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium will include critical conversations on response, reaction and assistance, to ensure the industry is ready to lend the proper support the next time a natural disaster strikes. Congress Disaster Relief House of Representatives 2019-06-04 Seth Welbornlast_img read more