Breaking: €40K of drugs found after Gardai stop taxi in Letterkenny

first_imgTwo men have been arrested after Gardai in Letterkenny seized more than €40,000 of drugs.Following a surveillance operation, Gardai yesterday stopped a taxi and seized a large amount of drugs from one of the passengers.And in a follow-up search, another man was arrested as more drugs and a quantity of cash was seized. Both men, who are in their 20s, were taken to Letterkenny Garda station where they are being questioned.Both men are currently detained under the provisions of Section 2 Drug Trafficking Act 1996 at Letterkenny Garda Station.Drugs seized with an estimated street value of €40,000 include:· €15,000 Cocaine· €18,000 Ecstasy Tablets· €4000 Speed/Amphetamine· €3000 Cannabis Herb· Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan welcomed the latest seizure.She said “This is a very significant seizure and demonstrates the drugs which are available on our streets.“I am appealing to members of the public to continue assisting us in our efforts to tackle the sale and supply of drugs. Any information seized will be treated with the utmost confidence.” Breaking: €40K of drugs found after Gardai stop taxi in Letterkenny was last modified: June 9th, 2018 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:donegaldrugsletterkennytaxilast_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with Capricorn FM for the 9th youth seminar on entrepreneurship

first_imgBrand South Africa partnered with Capricorn FM for the 9th annual youth seminar, which took place on 24 June.ABSA’s retail CEO, Jan Moganwa was the surprise motivational speaker (Image: Brand South Africa)Ntombi NtanziIn celebration of Youth Month, Brand South Africa in partnership with Capricorn FM hosted the 9th annual youth seminar at the Meropa Casino in Limpopo on Saturday 24 June 2017. The seminar saw over five hundred aspiring and well-established entrepreneurs attend the event to engage and exchange ideas on the latest global business trends and opportunities.The seminar was in line with Brand South Africa’s domestic objective to positively position the Nation Brand through business opportunities as well as celebrate Youth Month to drive nation pride in the business of tourism.“Brand South Africa’s involvement in the youth seminar provided an opportunity to share insights on perceptions of the country’s tourism offerings, which shape and impact directly on the overarching reputation of the country. A country’s reputation plays a key role in influencing tourists and visitors to the country”, said Ms Leigh-Gail Petersen, Brand South Africa’s Researcher.Influential speakers imparted business knowledge, experiences through presentations and panel discussions as well as an emphasis on the importance of young people playing their role in contributing to the country’s economy through authentically South African businesses.ABSA’s retail CEO, Jan Moganwa was the surprise motivational speaker that concluded the seminar and received a standing ovation, “success is not limited to a certain group of people”, said Mr Moganwa.Some social media conversations on the seminar included:#CapricornFmSeminarAfter the seminar I’m feeling more positive…Madikolo Travel and Tours is going to raise the Flag.— SirMogalza Ramoshaba (@SirMogalza) June 24, 2017Thank you @CapricornFM for the wonderful and Inspiring talks we had at the #CapricornFMSeminar Much Appreciated! ??— Kabelo S Komane ? (@kabelo_kayb) June 24, 2017‘If you want to go far, work with others’ #JanMoganwa #capricornfmseminar— (IG @HellenSeabi (@HellenSeabi) June 24, 2017For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Memcached and Beyond: NorthScale Raises Bar with $10m Series B

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Announcements#Architecture#cloud How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud NorthScale is on the move. Hot off its recent accomplishment of winning several awards – including best in show at the 2010 Under the Radar event – the company announced a successful round of financing from the Mayfield Fund.Its successful product release in March put the company on the map as a defining leader in the noSQL approach to data persistence. The company has already gained Zynga as a customer of its beta version of Memcached, and has announced its plans to provide elastic data infrastructure as an approach to scaling applications in the cloud.Along with the new funding, industry veteran Bob Wiederhold has joined the company. In Wiederhold’s first blog post as CEO, “Simply Transformational,” he shares the attitude for the company in a word: simplicity. If the company can make scaling high-performance Web applications in cloud infrastructures easier, a big opportunity exists for them to scale a portion of the persistence data market.Scaling Out: noSQL ApproachHere is the company’s presentation (along with Q&A) from the presentation at Under the Radar. In this demonstration, the company shares the places where the noSQL works well – and its vision for moving beyond Memcached for scaling both within and beyond the walls of the data center.Scaling: It is The Biggest Show on Earth One of the things that is satisfying in light of NorthScale and the growth of Memcached is how the usage pattern of the Web has changed the underlying assumptions of data architecture. Since Web applications scale in the cloud, the data layer needs to scale in the same manner too to avoid being the bottleneck.When we look to the list of Memcached users we see many of the current leaders in scaling Web architecture such as Facebook, YouTube, and Zynga using the simple yet effective approach.On Facebook’s Open Source page, the company describes its involvement with Memcached:Memcached is a distributed memory object caching system. Memcached was not originally developed at Facebook, but we have become the largest user of the technology.NorthScale is building its business on the premise that elastic data infrastructure is a key layer in the stack. From what we see, serving the full gambit of distributed applications will be needed in order to reach the scale-out potential of cloud computing.Will NorthScale help evolve Memcached high-scaling Web object technology to a ubiquitous data tier used by the majority of cloud applications? mike kirkwoodcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Ebola’s heavy toll on study authors

first_imgSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Mbalu Fonnie, a licensed nurse midwife and the nursing supervisor of the KGH Lassa Ward, was “matron of nursing at KGH,” says Robert Garry, a study co-author and virologist at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Fonnie had more than 30 years of experience treating Lassa fever, a hemorrhagic illness with many symptoms similar to Ebola, and specialized in the management of severe Lassa cases in pregnant women. She began her career working at Nixon Memorial Methodist Hospital in Segbwema, Sierra Leone, and participated there in Lassa fever research trials conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Aunty Mbalu was a mother figure to the entire staff,” Garry says. She had survived Lassa fever. She was infected with Ebola while caring for one of her fellow nurses, who was pregnant and had Ebola. Sidiki Saffa, who died of a stroke unrelated to Ebola while the paper was in press, was a laboratory technician who collected blood samples and processed them. Mr. Saffa had more than 20 years of experience collecting blood samples from Lassa fever patients. “Very well organized and great with the record keeping … [he was] always on the move from the clinic to the laboratory and back,” Garry says. “He was the lifeblood of the operation.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public. The ongoing Ebola virus disease outbreak is taking an appalling toll on health workers in West Africa. More than 240 have been infected and more than 120 have died. At Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in Sierra Leone, where the country’s first case was diagnosed, more than 2 dozen nurses, doctors, and support staff have died of Ebola. KGH is where many of the samples were collected for a paper published online today in Science that analyzes the genetics of the virus responsible for the disease. Highlighting the danger to those caring for infected people, five of the paper’s co-authors—all experienced members of the hospital’s Lassa fever team—died of Ebola before its publication. (A sixth co-author, uninfected, also recently died as well.) Sheik Humarr Khan was the director of the national Lassa fever program for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone and an expert on treating viral hemorrhagic fevers like Lassa fever and Ebola virus disease. He studied medicine at the University of Sierra Leone and completed a residency in internal medicine at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. He worked with the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease, the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative, and was a founding member of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium. Khan had treated Lassa fever patients for more than 10 years. At the time of his death, he was helping coordinate his country’s response to the Ebola outbreak. Widely respected by colleagues, President Ernest Bai Koroma hailed him as a “national hero.” His death sparked widespread discussion about whether he should have been treated with the untested drug ZMapp. “I will miss his smile and good nature, and will always admire his exceptional bravery, loyalty, and strength,” writes Pardis Sabeti of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the published genetics study, in a tribute page dedicated to Dr. Khan. Mohamed Fullah, a laboratory technician who helped on the study, was an instructor at Eastern Polytechnic College in Sierra Leone, where he served for more than 10 years. Extremely popular with his students, Mr. Fullah had worked part time in the Lassa fever laboratory for 6 years. Mr. Fullah was intense, disciplined, and very hard-working, Garry says. He was “very dedicated and serious about the laboratory and science in general.” He lost several of his close family members to Ebola and presumably contracted the disease from one of them.center_img CREDIT: Kelly Krause, AAAS Alice Kovoma was helping Mrs. Fonnie treat the pregnant nurse when she, too, became infected. A Lassa Ward nurse for more than 6 years, Ms. Kovoma was “a wonderful person … very dedicated and professional with a devotion to the patients and her teammates,” Garry says. Alex Moigboi, a registered nurse with more than 10 years of experience caring for Lassa fever patients, was also infected while treating the same colleague. Mr. Moigboi “loved to interact and raise everyone’s spirits with his great sense of humor,” Garry says. “Always with a smile on his face … the last one off the dance floor.”last_img read more

A DIY project to monitor Internet downtime

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry, Solutions These days, having access to the Internet is almost as necessary as having access to food and water. Without the Internet, many activities like worldwide communication, journalism, education, business, and financial operations would simply stop working. But, what if your Internet connection is less than perfect? How can Internet quality be measured or defined?This article describes a project to measure Internet connection quality by counting total network downtime. The project’s features are as follows:Use the ThingSpeak platform to display continuously measured downtimes.When a downtime event occurs, automatically send a Tweet to your Internet provider to alert them regarding the failure in your Internet connection.Register a report of all downtimes that exceed a certain specified limit.This project can also be run using a headless approach if you so desire.Requirements In order to replicate this project, you will need an understanding (at a basic-intermediate level) of the following topics:Embedded Linux (command line interface, basic commands, file system structure, and text editors).The Python programming/scripting language.Basic knowledge of computer networks.At a minimum, you should have heard about ThingSpeak and Twitter. If not, then this would be a really good time to start Googling them.Regarding the hardware, this project was developed on a Raspberry PI, but it can be easily ported to any single-board computer (SBC) that supports Embedded Linux distro, Python programming, and some form of Internet connection. This means that this project will easily work on a BeagleBone Black, a BeagleBone Green, a Linit Smart 7688, and… the list goes on.Note that the remainder of this article assumes that you already have full access to a single-board computer via a physical keyboard, mouse, and monitor (or by SSH and/or VNC access).What is Internet connection downtime? When we talk about Internet connection downtime, we are referring to the total time an Internet connection is not available — the more the Internet goes down, the greater is the total downtime. Thus, Internet connection quality is inversely proportional to total downtime.Ok, but what can I do with downtime measurement? Well, this depends on where you live and your local laws and regulations. In Brazil, for example, there is a regulatory agency for telecommunication issues called ANATEL (this stands for Agência NAcional de TELecomuniações in Portuguese). In resolution number 514/2013 (article 46), ANATEL specifies that every Internet service interruption with a duration greater than 30 minutes will result in in proportional discounts on the Internet provider’s bill. Therefore, claiming discounts due to poor Internet service is a very good usage for downtime measurement, and also a good way to drive Internet providers to increase their service quality.So, how can a downtime be determined? Based on our earlier discussions, you should now be comfortable talking about downtime and what it represents with regard to Internet connection quality measurement, so now it’s time to begin the project itself.First, we need to define a method with which to measure downtime. The most intuitive and logical method is to periodically ping a reliable server. Actually, I bet almost everyone has done this to check Internet connectivity at least once!Ping test to check the Internet’s availability (Source: Pedro Bertoleti) This sounds simple and obvious, right? But, not so fast: the time interval between pings matters A LOT! The reason for this is that, if the time interval between two pings is too short, then your IP address may be blocked by the server you’re pinging. This blocking policy makes sense, because multiple pings too close together might indicate a very, very simple DDoS attack (even though pings sound silly for a DDoS attack). So, to avoid the risk of being blocked, a good time interval between two ping/ICMP requests is 20 seconds. Of course, this implies that any downtime measurement will be equal to the number of consecutive downtimes (unanswered pings) multiplied by 20 seconds.In my opinion, one of the most reliable servers for doing this is Google’s DNS server (the famous 8.8.8.8). This choice was made based on two facts as follows:This DNS server is one of the most used DNS servers worldwide, which leads to the that highly stable and reliable. Due to its heavy usage, we can infer that it has almost no downtime.The number of requests each day is huge! To figure out how huge, just imagine almost every computer, smartphone, and tablet in the world requesting Googles DNS’s service to browse webpages. It’s massive! Considering this, the chance of a project like ours being blocked by continuous access is minimal.Finally, to determine a downtime, all our project has to do is count how many pings fail (have no response) and multiply this by 20 seconds (the time interval between consecutive pings). Although this technique doesn’t result in the exact Internet connection downtime, it does provide a pretty good estimate.Following a downtime event (when the Internet resumes its response), the duration of the downtime event is sent to ThingSpeak. Also, a Tweet is sent to the Internet provider (using a web app from ThingSpeak called ThingTweet). Therefore, two actions are taken as follows:ThingSpeak stores the incoming data and displays it on a chart (in the user’s Thingspeak channel).By means of ThingTweet functionality (a ThingSpeak App) and the user’s Twitter account integration, ThingSpeak will automatically send a tweet to the Internet provider informing them that a downtime occurred and detailing its duration.To sum things up, the way in which this project works is illustrated below:How this project works (Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Pedro Bertoleti) As a plus, all tweeted messages are followed by the hashtag #DownTimeDetected , resulting in a very interesting feature: the more people use this project, the more Internet providers will be monitored regarding their Internet connection quality. So, if you search for this hashtag in Twitter, you’ll automatically see a list of Internet providers that failed to serve good Internet connections. To sum up: you’ll be able to use faithful old Twitter as a tool to check which Internet providers provide good or bad service!First things first: setting-up the Cloud As discussed this projects requires access to a ThingSpeak account and a Twitter account in order to perform its magic. Therefore, these accounts must be established and available before proceeding further with this project.Twitter Account: There’s no mystery here. Just go to the Twitter website at Twitter.com and create an account. It’s as simple as it sounds.ThingSpeak Account: This includes channel creation and ThingSpeak integration with Twitter. In order to do this, please perform the following steps:Go to the ThingSpeak website at ThinkSpeak.comClick on “Sign Up” at the top of the webpage and fill the form to create an accountOnce your account has been created and you’re logged in, click on “My Channel” at the top of the webpage and then click on “My Channels”.You will be redirect to your channel’s administration webpage. Click the “New Channel’ button.Fill in the form to create your ThingSpeak channel. Be sure to enable just one field to the channels.Now it’s time to integrate ThingSpeak and Twitter by means of the ThingSpeak App. Before you proceed, open a new tab in your browser, log into your Twitter account, and keep it logged in.In the ThingSpeak browser tab, click on “Apps” and then on the “ThingSpeak” icon as shown below.In ThingTweet’s webpage, observe the “Example API Endpoint” section. Copy the API Key of this section and save it (or keep in a safe place). This API Key will be required in the project’s code, which we will discuss shortly.Click the “Link Twitter Account” button and follow the instructions to link your Twitter account to ThingTweet.That’s it! Now you’re ready to proceed to the project itself.Talk is cheap, show me the code! It’s code time! Open your favourite text editor (in my case, nano) and enter the following code into the editor (Click Here to access a Notepad/text version of this code):(Click Here to access a Notepad version of this code) Save this as a .py file and, to execute it, just type the following into your CLI (command-ine interface): python NAME_OF_YOUR_SOURCE_CODE_FILE.pyNote: Some Linux distros don’t allow common (non-privileged) users to send pings / ICMP packets. In this case, it will be necessary for you to execute this command as a super-user (using sudo).Nice! But, what’s next? Well, considering the points we’ve already discussed, there are a lot of possibilities we can explore! A few things you can do based on this project are as follows:Configure your Linux distro to execute this program in boot (auto-start). By doing this, you can dedicate a single-board computer to this task and ensure Internet connection monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.You can generate some complementary data of your “Internet connection health” and send it to ThingSpeak as well. In fact, I’m sure you’ll want to get more data about your internet connection at some point.A nice hack for a rainy weekend would be as follows: most modern routers support OpenWRT (a very lightweight Linux distro focused on working in network devices, such as routers, IP cameras, and IoT devices). So, if you were to burn OpenWRT firmware into your router, you’ll have a router and a Linux embedded system at your service in the same hardware. This means you could embed this project into your router and let the router automatically monitor its Internet connection.Conclusion This article presented a project to monitor Internet downtime. This project uses very simple network concepts and ThingSpeak Cloud platform functionalities. Also, Tweets regarding downtimes are sent, thereby transforming Twitter into a worldwide database of Internet providers’ quality. Continue Reading Previous Priming Your Brain to Percolate Brilliant Ideas at ESC Minneapolis 2017Next Teardown of Apple’s iPhone 8 at ESC Silicon Valley 2017center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

World Cup: Croatia 4 Greece 1

first_imgCroatia 4 Greece 1: Kalinic leads play-off rout in Zagreb Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 05:55 11/10/17 Luka Modric_cropped Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images Greece’s hopes of reaching Russia look bleak after a series of defensive mistakes proved costly in Zagreb. Croatia seized control of their World Cup qualifying play-off against Greece as they claimed a commanding 4-1 home victory in the first leg on Thursday.Despite being without Mario Mandzukic, who was only fit enough for a seat on the bench due to a hamstring strain, the hosts cruised to victory on a cold night in Zagreb, putting them within touching distance of a place at the finals in Russia next year.Having had a hand in the first goal, forcing a foul from goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis to win a penalty that was converted by Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic steered home a second from close range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Greece briefly responded with a header from Sokratis Papastathopoulos, only to leak a third before the break when Ivan Perisic – left alone at the far post – headed home.Andrej Kramaric’s third goal in his last two international appearances early in the second half extended Croatia’s advantage even further – leaving their opponents with a mountain to climb ahead of the return fixture on Sunday.#WCQ | FTNorthern Ireland 0-1 SwitzerlandCroatia 4-1 Greece:https://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/0addSNjGLa— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 9, 2017Greece’s issues were all of their own making, with any plan to keep the tie close ahead of the return leg disappearing when they gave away two avoidable goals in the opening 20 minutes.Karnezis’ decision to take a touch with the ball at his feet backfired spectacularly when he presented possession to Kalinic, with the goalkeeper compounding the initial error by carelessly flattening the Croatian forward inside the area.Modric converted from the spot – sending Karnezis the wrong way – and the home fans were soon celebrating again when an unmarked Kalinic converted Ivan Strinic’s low cross from the left wing.Reeling on the ropes after taking Croatia’s one-two on the chin, Greece briefly countered when Sokratis’ looping header from a corner cut the deficit in half.However, having worked so hard to grab an away goal, Michael Skibbe’s side conceded again within five minutes, Sime Vrsaljko’s deep cross from the right presenting Perisic with the simple task of nodding the ball in.The gap would have been greater at the break were it not for Karnezis, who went some way to redeeming his earlier error with a fine double save to deny Kramaric and Kalinic in quick succession.Yet Greece’s calamitous defending was not just confined to the first half.Konstantinos Stafylidis’ attempt to chest a deep cross back to his own goalkeeper served up a fourth goal on a plate, the alert Vrsaljko nipping in to square the ball across for the waiting Kramaric to convert.Sokratis headed over under pressure from Dejan Lovren in a rare moment of concern for Croatia, while Danijel Subasic was required to turn away a 90th-minute header from Konstantinos Mitroglou.Perisic wastefully blazed over when well placed at the other end as Greece narrowly avoided conceding what surely would have been the knockout blow. As it is, they still require a remarkable turnaround in the home leg in Athens. read morelast_img read more

Lletget returns to scene of career-altering injury with USMNT

first_imgSebastian Lletget should be feeling all the positive vibes of enjoying a homecoming this week, but his first match back at Avaya Stadium in almost two years will also bring back painful memories along with plenty of good ones.Having grown up in San Francisco, and played youth soccer in nearby Santa Clara, Lletget knows the area well, and his family and friends will gather at Avaya Stadium on Saturday to watch him play for the U.S. national team against Costa Rica. Some of those same supporters were also in attendance on March 24, 2017, when Lletget scored a goal to help spark the USMNT to a desperately-needed win in World Cup qualifying. It was that same night when Lletget was the victim of a brutal tackle that left him injured, and eventually sidelined for almost a full year.”It’s one of the best moments, and one of the worst in a way,” Lletget said on Friday. “But I’m moving forward from these things and I think I wouldn’t have been so eager to come back if it was something that was going to hurt. It’s a special place, but for sure it has some bad memories.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The LA Galaxy midfielder tried to avoid spending too much time discussing the injury, though he knew from the moment the friendly was announced that he would be facing some familiar emotions upon his return to Avaya Stadium.”I think it will be in the back of his mind, for sure,” USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you get injured that (severely) it leaves a lasting impression on your memory. I’ve talked to Sebastian at length about his injury and it’s a tough one. Lisfranc (fracture) is very uncommon in soccer players, but when it happens it’s potentially devastating.”Almost two years later, Lletget has worked his way back into the national team picture, ending a 19-month absence from the USMNT when he came on as a substitute against England in November. He came on as a substitute in the USMNT’s recent 3-0 win against Panama, and Lletget has enjoyed his time under the new U.S. coach.”I feel really good in that system, Lletget said of Berhalter’s preferred playing system. “I can play a couple of positions, but definitely in the midfield is where I belong so I’m really excited.”I think (a number 10 role) is the way forward, especially in this system,” Lletget said. “I think that’s where Gregg likes me and hopefully it works out (on Saturday) too.”Berhalter is still working out where best to deploy Lletget, and Saturday’s match against Costa Rica should a more clear idea of where Lletget will fit the best.”We’re still working on his positioning because we know if we can get him the ball in dangerous positions he can be very effective,” Berhalter said.  I think he’s done a good job of really building his performance throughout the camp.”Lletget will look to close out his latest national team camp with a strong showing against Costa Rica, and is determined to focus on his performance rather than thinking about the ghosts of past painful memories.”Emotionally you have to block that stuff and put up a wall,” Lletget said. “You don’t need to think about that too much because it can mess with your energy. I just want to enjoy being back on the field with the national team.”last_img read more

Deshaun Watson Was Asked If Clemson Is A “Dynasty”

first_imgDeshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There is no question that Deshaun Watson enjoyed watching the Clemson Tigers dismantle the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship.  Although the superstar quarterback is about to enter his third season in the NFL, it’s clear that he’s still connected to his former team.Watson finished his collegiate career with 10,168 passing yards, 1,934 rushing yards and 116 total touchdowns.The statistics are definitely worthy of praise and recognition, but the most notable moment during his time at Clemson was his title victory over Alabama. In fact, Watson’s game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow will go down as one of the most clutch plays in the history of the sport.Clemson has shown its a powerhouse program, making four consecutive trips to the College Football Playoff.Instead of thinking this recent stretch is just a testament to the Tigers’ dynamic quarterbacks in Watson and Trevor Lawrence, it might be time to consider them one of the few dynasties in the country.When asked about whether or not Clemson deserves that label, Watson was very confident in his answer.From 247Sports:The Houston Texans quarterback did exactly that in his latest media appearance. Is Clemson officially a dynasty? “For sure,” Watson told the team Thursday morning on ESPN’s Get Up!“The things that Coach (Dabo) Swinney is bring to that university, the recruits coming in, the things on the field each and every year, it’s one of the top, if not the best, program in the country,” Watson said.With Lawrence leading the Tigers for at least two more seasons, the odds of them adding another title are strong.Alabama was considered the gold standard of college football for almost a decade, but now it might be time to pass the torch to Clemson.Clemson will likely start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the country.last_img read more

Misbah-ul-Haq likely to pip Dean Jones for Pakistan head coach job

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service LahoreAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 13:36 IST Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq likely to be appointed their head coach (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMisbah-ul-Haq favourite for Pakistan head coach jobDean Jones might not be considered as Pakistan not keen on foreign coachWaqar Younis, Courtney Walsh in race for bowling coach roleFormer skippers Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younus appear to be the frontrunners for the head coach and bowling coach posts of the Pakistan national team, respectively .The interviews of candidates for the post of head coach were conducted on Thursday in which Misbah, former Test opener Mohsin Hasan Khan and ex-Australian batsman Dean Jones (through video-link) were interviewed.As per Dawn report, both Mohsin and Dean Jones may not be successful for different reasons. The age factor in 65-year-old Mohsin’s case could go against him while Jones could miss the bus on the ground that he is a foreigner as experiment with foreign coaches has not been good for Pakistan in the past.On Friday, the interviews for the post of bowling coach are likely to be conducted by the five-member panel of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Waqar, who has earlier served as the Pakistan head coach, also appeared for the post of bowling coach. Mohammad Akram withdrew his name in Waqar’s favour, thus enhancing Waqar’s chances.However, former West Indies great Courtney Walsh, who is likely to appear for the interview through video-link, could prove to be competition for the legendary Pakistan pacer.However, PCB would be wary of the fact that dealing with Waqar has not been easy during the past as he quit the post as head coach twice (in 2011 and 2016) and as bowling coach in 2007 in controversial circumstances.His relationship with the current captain Sarfraz Ahmad was also not an ideal one.The coaching posts of Pakistan cricket team have been lying vacant ever since PCB decided not to extend contracts of Mickey Arthur and others, following dismal performance of the Men in Green in the 2019 World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | Watch: Ravi Shastri attempts to sing Bob Marley’s iconic Buffalo SoldierAlso Read | Ambati Rayudu comes out of retirement, says he has enough cricket left in himAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Dean JonesFollow Waqar YounisFollow Courtney Walsh Misbah-ul-Haq likely to pip Dean Jones for Pakistan head coach jobThe interviews for the head coach of Pakistan cricket team were conducted on Thursday. Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohsin Khan and former Australia cricketer Dean Jones were interviewed for the role. advertisementlast_img read more

IM ON THE MEND ALEX TREBEK SAYS HES DONE WITH CHEMOTHERAPY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Canadian “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s “on the mend” after completing treatment for pancreatic cancer.In a new video posted on the “Jeopardy!” Facebook and YouTube pages, the Sudbury, Ont.-born TV personality says he’s “gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over.”The video follows the 79-year-old around on set and behind the scenes of the hit quiz show as it prepares for its season 36 premiere on Sept. 9. In this April 30, 2017 file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)center_img Trebek looks sprightly as he interacts with the audience and explains his excitement for the next season, and is even seen doing a few push-ups on a chair behind the scenes.Trebek announced in a YouTube video on March 6 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.He vowed to keep working and beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease.“I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now,” Trebek says in the new video posted Thursday.“We have some exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more