Lampard thrilled with new deal

first_img Press Association He added: “I want to thank Mr Abramovich for everything he’s done in making the dream a reality. I love this club, the staff, the players and especially the supporters, who have treated me fantastically since the day I arrived. The thought of helping the club to more success in the forthcoming years is all I ever wanted.” The England midfielder joined from West Ham in 2001 for £11million and built a reputation as a goalscoring midfielder of the highest calibre. Confirmation of his new deal caps a stunning week for Lampard, who last Saturday scored twice in the Barclays Premier League win over Aston Villa to surpass Bobby Tambling’s 43-year-old mark as Chelsea record goalscorer. Lampard has scored 17 times this season to take his total Chelsea tally to 203 goals. He follows England left-back Ashley Cole in signing a contract extension and his stay will likely heighten speculation that former boss Jose Mourinho is in line for a return to Stamford Bridge as successor to interim boss Rafael Benitez. Lampard blossomed under Mourinho, who is currently head coach of Real Madrid, and has praised the Portuguese as the world’s leading manager in recent weeks. Chelsea captain John Terry, another member of the spine of the team under Mourinho, will be the next to face contract discussions, with the defender this summer entering the final 12 months of his current deal. After a season of uncertainty over the midfielder’s future, the Blues confirmed Lampard will remain at Stamford Bridge next season. Lampard, who will be 35 next month and captained Chelsea in Wednesday night’s Europa League final win over Benfica, will stay on for a 13th campaign after the impasse over his future came to an end. “I couldn’t be happier,” Lampard said on www.chelseafc.com. “I’m absolutely delighted. Everybody knows I always maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We’ve been talking for ages and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable.” center_img Frank Lampard has expressed his love for Chelsea and his gratitude towards owner Roman Abramovich after signing a new one-year contract to extend his 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

O’Connor: Ill-discipline cost us

first_imgLeinster head coach Matt O’Connor was adamant his side was not complacent as Northampton dented his side’s chances of a home Heineken Cup quarter-final. “It gives us hope and it is still great to be in the competition with something to play for and it sets us well for the next few weeks in the Premiership. “It is definitely one of the good wins. You don’t get many wins away from home in the Heineken Cup. You certainly don’t get many wins against a quality side like Leinster. And they are still a quality side. Just because we beat them doesn’t put them down in my estimation.” His opposite number O’Connor believes his team are still where they want to be with their destiny in their own hands. “We’ve got two really tough games, one against Castres away and then we got Ospreys at home. You’ve got to win those two games. “They were games that we would have looked at at the start of the group and would have said we wanted and had to win those. It hasn’t changed dramatically. We just have to make sure we are at the very top end of our game whenever we play.” “We were inaccurate. We didn’t look after the ball as well as we would have liked,” admitted a disappointed O’Connor. “We certainly didn’t look after it as well as we did last week. That let Northampton into the game. They went out in front (leading 7-3 at half-time) and to be fair they played the upper hand quite well. “They were playing for pride for a large part of it. We understood that. We knew they would come back at us and I think the defence at the end (from them) summarised the massive effort throughout the game. “They kicked it into the corners and drove and made it hard for us to get any field position in the game and off the back of our ill-discipline and penalty count they had opportunities to do that. “That was our fault. We didn’t control possession and didn’t get field position and we probably didn’t put them under enough pressure. We talked a lot about that during the week but there wasn’t a complacent edge to us. We were just inaccurate off the back off their commitment.” Samu Manoa, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day and Tom Wood all had big games up front for Northampton who twice had their lead cut to a single point – 7-6 and 10-9. A Kahn Fotuali’i drop goal and Elliott’s intercept try in injury-time sealed the victory and with Saints now four points behind leaders Leinster, their director of rugby Jim Mallinder feels there is still plenty to play for. “It gives a little bit of life to the group. It’s not sort of dead and buried. We still got two tough games, but Leinster have got that as well,” he said. Saints held the Irish province tryless in front of a big home crowd at the Aviva Stadium, as tries from George North and Jamie Elliott spurred them to a deserved 18-9 Pool 1 victory. It came just a week after Leinster thrashed Northampton 40-7 at Franklin’s Gardens and their first European defeat of the season leaves them with a sour taste the the mouth entering a busy Christmas period of league fixtures. Press Associationlast_img read more

Limerick calls precautionary inspection

first_img The track has endured 22 millimetres of rain since declaration time but is currently raceable, with the ground heavy. The feature is the Grade Two Shannon Airport Novice Chase, with Avant Tout and Outlander among the leading contenders. Limerick is also due to race on Sunday. No problems are anticipated for the meetings at Leopardstown and Down Royal. The main fixture is at Leopardstown where the first of four fine days of racing features the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase. Conditions look like being testing. “Leopardstown was the same as it was on Thursday – soft, heavy in places,” said Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone. Press Associationcenter_img Officials at Limerick will hold a precautionary inspection at 8am for the St Stephen’s Day fixture.last_img read more

Former Coronavirus Dashboard Designer Says Emails Prove State Asked to Change Data

first_img“They’re lying because asking me to delete data and hide information and not make it publicly accessible was a bad decision,” says Jones. “It was the wrong decision that I stated very clearly.”She claims that she argued with state officials over COVID-19 data in rural counties, saying she brought information to management that demonstrated several rural counties in the state did not meet the reopening criteria. Jones claims that supervisors then changed the criteria for reopening rural counties.Gov. Ron DeSantis says Jones was terminated for insubordination, as well as for putting data online against the judgement of state doctors.“If refusing to mislead the public during a health crisis is insubordination, then I will wear that badge with honor,” Jones says.Jones is currently facing open criminal charges of sexual cyber harassment and cyberstalking in an unrelated situation.DeSantis: COVID-19 Dashboard Designer Faces Cyber Sex Harassment Charges The woman who was fired recently from her role with Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard is now telling her side of the story.In an interview last Friday with CNN, Dr. Rebekah Jones says she has emails proving that Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials asked her to change data on the state’s website.Last week, Jones told media outlets that her removal from the position was “not voluntary,” and that she was fired because officials ordered her to censor data on the dashboard, but she refused to “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.”Jones told CNN that she has internal emails that demonstrate her supervisors asked her to remove certain pieces of data from the state’s dashboard, including asking her to take down the site completely.She alleges that she was then asked to restore the website with the original data about a day later, and only when reporters questioned why the data was deleted.State officials have said the data was removed to be reorganized.Under the direction of President @realDonaldTrump, I have directed all Florida and United States flags to be flown at half-staff until Sunday May 24 in honor of the victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic. See the President’s Proclamation here – https://t.co/WhXp44UYW1— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 22, 2020last_img read more

Scoring woes continue to haunt USC

first_imgA trip north to the Bay Area did not cure the USC women’s soccer team’s woes, as the team’s record continues to head south.The Women of Troy dropped their seventh and eight consecutive games, falling 3-0 to No. 1 Stanford on Friday and 2-0 to California on Sunday. USC is now 3-12 on the year and still searching for its first Pac-12 victory.Searching for answers · USC coach Ali Khosroshahin is trying to find a solution for the team’s scoring issues this season. The Women of Troy were shut out by No. 1 Stanford and California over the weekend. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“We just haven’t played as well as we should be playing,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We’re getting chances and not doing what we should be doing with them.”The Golden Bears entered Sunday’s match on a four-game winless streak but looked impressive in USC’s second consecutive shutout loss.“They took advantage of the shots they had, and we didn’t,” Khosroshahin said. “It’s really as simple as that.”USC played Cal to a scoreless tie at halftime but was victimized by a pair of Golden Bear corner kicks in the second half. Cal forward Rachel Mercik broke the stalemate on a header in the 48th minute. Midfielder Taylor Comeau followed 10 minutes later with her first goal of the season from 25 yards out.“We let them do what you can’t do, and that’s score of those corner kicks,” Khosroshahin said. “And then when you don’t respond with chances of your own it’s not going to turn out well.”USC had its best chances in the 23rd minute, when back-to-back corner kicks resulted in shots on goal. Senior Brittany Kerridge’s boot to fellow senior Ashli Sandoval necessitated a save from sophomore goalkeeper Emily Kruger. Senior Claire Schloemer’s chance just seconds later sailed wide.“[Brittany] Kerridge is playing very well, really giving us a chance on a lot of possessions,” Khosroshahin said. “It’s just too bad we aren’t playing like that all around.”USC’s failure to score, a season-long issue, especially rankled Khosroshahin.“This game is all about putting the ball in the back of the net,” Khosroshahin said. “You can talk about giving up goals, but that’s what it comes down to. We didn’t do that [against Cal].”The undefeated Cardinal presented a rigorous test for USC, which had struggled scoring goals entering the weekend and failed to find the back of the net in both games.Despite a career-high eight saves for sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Church and close shots from sophomore Elizabeth Eddy and senior Ashley Freyer, Stanford jumped out to a two-goal first-half lead and never looked back.“They’re probably the best team we’ve played all year,” Khosroshahin said. “They played us as tough as we’ve ever been played.”USC hung with the Cardinal until the 32nd minute, when forward Sydney Payne scored on a deflected header to give Stanford the lead. Minutes later, defender Rachel Quon booted the ball off the underside of the top post and in to extend the lead to 2-0.Stanford added a third goal with just 30 seconds remaining to close out the scoring. The Cardinal’s shutout of the Women of Troy was just the latest in a streak of dominating efforts from Stanford’s defense. The victory over USC gave the Cardinal a streak of seven straight shutouts, a run that came to an end Sunday in a 4-1 win over UCLA.“We knew they’d be great going in,” Khosroshahin said. “No surprise there.”The Women of Troy will finish up their three-game road trip Friday against Washington before returning to McAlister Field for their last home stand of the season.last_img read more

Tipp clubs through to Munster Junior Cup

first_imgCashel beat Thomond 38-5; Clanwilliam overcame Abbeyfeale 15-9; Thurles won 18-13 in Newcastle West and last season’s beaten finalists Clonmel got the better of Waterpark on a 24-6 scoreline.However, Carrick-on-Suir and Nenagh Ormond both lost out in their ties against UCC and Old Crescent respectively.last_img

King posts video of toilet/water system at detention facility

first_imgEAGLE GROVE — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he drank from a toilet tank at a migrant detention center recently to show the water was safe for drinking.NBC News recorded King during a town hall Wednesday in Eagle Grove as he talked about touring detention facilities for asylum-seekers. “I actually went into that cell where it was reported they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet,” King said. “I took a drink out of there and it was actually pretty good, so I have a video tape and I smacked my lips.”King told the crowd in Eagle Grove he hadn’t posted the video online, to help put complaints about conditions in the detention centers “in the rear view mirror.” But after NBC reporter Maura Barrett posted King’s comments online, King tweeted out the video.King, according to the NBC News video, described the system this way to the Eagle Grove audience: “These toilets in these prisons are solid stainless steel. They’re built so that they are semi-indestructible by the inmates that are there and in the back, where the lid would be on our toilet, that’s also sealed and there’s a water fountain there and you push the button and the water comes out and you take a drink That’s how it is. It’s not drinking out of the toilet. It’s drinking out of the water fountain that’s integral with the back of the toilet.”King said he believes a “language barrier” prevented those being held in the cells from understanding the words “potable water” printed on a sign above the tank. A  Democrat in congress who visited the detention centers criticized King. New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said migrants told her the guards directed them to drink out of the toilet because the water fountain was broken.See the video here. https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/1169362227863797762last_img read more

Lamar Soccer’s Turnaround the Story of the Season

first_imgWith the drastic improvements and a tournament spot clinched nearly two weeks ago, Lamar has not rested on its laurels. Lamar has nearly tripled their scoring since 2016, where the team only netted 13 goals. The Cardinals have racked up 38 this season against all opponents. The defensive end has also improved over two-fold, improving from 40 total goals allowed to just 18 so far in 2017. “This team has really bought into what we are trying to accomplish here at Lamar,” second-year head coach Steve Holeman said. “The returning players are now well-versed on our system, style of play, and training mentality. The new players have made an immediate impact, specifically with our scoring production. Our starting three at the front are all newcomers and have changed our attacking dynamics.” Since then, the Cardinals have carved their way to the top with eight consecutive victories. “No one on this team has ever been to the conference tournament so our sights were definitely set on achieving that,” Holeman added. “Once we clinched a spot, our team knew there was more work to be done. They just continued to take it one game at a time and bring their best effort each time out.” “We know we will have to be organized defensively and efficient in our attack to get a result,” said Holeman. The Cardinals will have their work cut out for them against McNeese, which brings the league’s stingiest defense and most potent offensive weapon, Savannah LaRicci, to Beaumont. The Cowgirls have allowed just six goals in 10 conference games, three of which came in last weekend’s loss at HBU. Make plans to be at the @LamarWSoccer match this Friday at 7pm! LU is playing for their 1st @SouthlandSports Title! #PeckEm pic.twitter.com/F6sOoHCL5d— Lamar Cardinals (@LamarAthletics) October 25, 2017 Lamar started the season with a 5-2-1 nonconference record, including three-straight shutout road wins against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, UTRGV and Texas Southern. LU’s two wins to open 2017 already equaled their win total from the 2016 season. The Cardinals opened Southland play with a 3-1 win against Nicholls before dropping a 4-1 decision to defending regular season champion Central Arkansas on Sept. 22. FRISCO, Texas – Just one year after finishing the season with a 1-7-3 Southland Conference record, the Lamar Cardinals claimed at least a share of the regular season championship last Friday. With last weekend’s results, LU will claim sole possession of the title with a win or tie in its last regular season matchup against McNeese tomorrow. If McNeese wins, the two will be named co-champions. Behind LaRicci’s nine goals and five assists (23 points), McNeese is tied with Lamar atop the league rankings with 22 total goals against Southland opponents. A jump from last place in conference standings to first place in one season has never happened in Southland soccer history and is just the fifth time it has occurred in any league sport – most recently Stephen F. Austin football from 2008-09. After spending three consecutive weeks tied atop the league standings with the Cowgirls, the Cardinals separated last Sunday with a win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a McNeese loss at Houston Baptist. ?? | See what @lamarwsoccer head coach Steve Holeman had to say about their 3-2 win over ACU // #brsn #peckem #luvideo // @lamarathletics pic.twitter.com/r2dlJfRExS— The LAMAR VIDEO ???? (@LAMARVIDEO) October 15, 2017 “We have a lot of respect for McNeese and what they have accomplished. You have two teams playing for a championship in the final game of the season. It doesn’t get any better than that.”last_img read more

Tony Becca: ICC chairman says no to Big Three

first_imgThe West Indies Cricket Board’s dream of collecting US$10 million from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the next eight years, starting in January, appears to be over. This is based on the stance of the new president of the ICC, Shashank Manohar, who is also the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The money was supposed to be payable to the West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan for their support of cricket’s “Big Three”, India, England, and Australia, in their move to take over the ICC early last year. In any language, that is a lot of money, and it is a lot of money for doing nothing, except, possibly, for supporting the “Big Three” in their bid for control of the ICC. That figure represents the money for the Test Match Fund promised to the full members of the ICC, with the exception of India, England, and Australia, and it was promised to them for their support in the much-maligned bid. Lest you have forgotten, the aim of the Test Match Fund was “to encourage Test match cricket” outside the “Big Three”. According to the ICC, with all but the “Big Three” suffering loses when they play each other, it was likely that the money would be used to offset these loses. Recently, for example, Sri Lanka lost some $648,000 while hosting the West Indies. In announcing the release of the funds recently, the ICC did not, however, make mention of the terms of usage, or how it would hold the Boards accountable to the objective of encouraging Test cricket. Maybe the ICC did not have to, or did not intend to, if the money was really for the Test Match Fund and was something of an attraction, something like a bribe, to get the seven to vote for the “Big Three”. SECRETLY TALKED ABOUT BULLYING Remember, the takeover, as it was reported, was secretly talked about privately for some time before it became public, and when it came out and was met with opposition, the deals followed. The deals included plans for more Test matches and more money for the smaller teams, and two countries, New Zealand and the West Indies, supported the move, while Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan were all against it. The promise of money won the day, with Pakistan, the last join in, saying it was difficult to stand alone. The pieces of silver may not now arrive, and some of the seven may be disappointed, including the West Indies, who gave away their right, the right to have a voice around the table, the right of equality, and the right for which their predecessors had fought for so long and so hard. Maybe the West Indies four-day professional league is not now guaranteed. The “Big Three” takeover, however, may now end up as nothing but a nightmare, or a bad dream, and as an embarrassment to India, England, and Australia, and also the West Indies. Two Wednesdays ago, it was reported by cricinfo.com that Manohar, the present and new chairman of the ICC, the man who is also the new president of Indian cricket, and the man who succeeded N Srinivasan, the former Indian Board president, had criticised “the imbalance of power within cricket’s governing body” because of the constitution revamp last year which gave the boards of India, England, Australia “greater authority and a larger share of the revenue”. That is interesting: an Indian against an Indian, and Manohar could make all the difference, especially as England, one of Srinivasan’s supporters, is now, it is reported, supporting Manohar. Speaking in Dubai a few days ago, Manohar called the revamp “bullying”, while saying that “there were several faults in the ICC that he hopes to rectify during his term as chairman, which ends in June 2016”. The faults include his disagreement with three countries “bullying” the ICC because of his belief that “an institution is bigger than an individual”, his disagreement with the ruling which says that “all the three countries will be automatically represented on all major committees”, and his disagreement with the fact that “all the financial and commercial aspects of the executive committee will be controlled by the representatives of the three countries.” According to Manohar, “You should have the best man, whether he comes from Zimbabwe, or the West Indies, or even from an associate or affiliate to work on a committee, that will protect the interest of the ICC.” Under the new governance structure, while the BCCI president became the chairman of the ICC, the Cricket Australia chairman heads the five-man executive committee, and the England and Wales Cricket Board president continues to head the ICC’s finance and commercial committees. In January 2014, a draft, done by representatives of India, England, and Australia, was presented to the ICC. The draft was a revenue-distribution document and it proposed, among other things, such as the return to the days of colonialism, that India, England, and Australia get a greater share of the ICC’s revenue. The new chairman of the ICC, the new president of the BCCI, and the man who follows the recent president of the BCCI and the chairman of the ICC into office, said that he does not agree with the revenue-sharing formula simply because, “while it is nice to say that India will get 22 per cent of the total revenue of ICC, you cannot make the poor poorer and the rich richer only because you have the clout”. Early last year, people like Eshan Mani of Pakistan, Malcolm Speed and Malcolm Grey of Australia, Saber Hossain Chowdhury of Bangladesh, Ali Bacher of South Africa, Mike Atherton of England, and Clive Lloyd of the West Indies saw the light and spoke out against it, loud and clear. Today, apart from England’s Giles Clarke, it is Shashank Manohar, the president of the all-powerful BCCI and the chairman of ICC himself, and his stance is strongly supported by members of the cricket fraternity, among them, Cricket South Africa, which has expressed “enormous delight”, and Sri Lanka Cricket, which calls Manohar “a sensible man”.last_img read more

Guyana should explore spatial technology – Engineer

first_imgAs Guyana embarks on the path of sustainable economic development, calls have been made for the country to explore the use of spatial technology to boost the process.Spatial data are data which identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the earth. Spatial data are derived from satellite imagery, mapping, and surveying technologies. Hence, spatial data is all about location with many applications and new uses emerging every day.According to Manager of the Geospatial Information Management Unit (GIMU) of the Natural Resources Ministry, Haimwant Persaud, such data can be used to understand where an event occurred, measure the distance away from your current location, identify what is in that vicinity of the event, show the path to the location, and identify the mode or modes of transportation.However, he pointed out that in order to attain full potential, a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at local, regional, national, and transnational levels is required.“To exploit the enormous potential of spatial technologies the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana should initiate the creation of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure that will facilitate spatial technology, information, and services to be used in addressing some of the major priorities of our nation, while adding value to productivity, reducing costs and enabling GDP growth in the process,” he stated.SDIs, the engineer explained, are essentially means of assembling spatial data for discovery, evaluation, and application. This infrastructure includes three components: the materials, the technology and the people to acquire, process, and distribute the information to meet different needs in both public and private sectors of a country.Persaud went on to say that since its conceptualisation in 1991, nearly all countries have embarked on some form of SDI initiative, with the pioneers in this field include Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States of America. He noted that the primary objectives of such initiatives are to promote economic development, stimulate improved Government functioning, and foster environmental sustainability.“The use of SDI in improved Government functions can be accomplished in several ways. SDI can improve strategic planning and resource development as in the case of Malaysia. SDI can enhance the state of readiness to deal with emergencies brought about by natural disasters as in the case of Japan. SDI can modernise central, regional, and local administration as in the case of Portugal,” he stated.Bring the idea within local territories, the Head of the GIMU outlined that a SDI in Guyana will bring enormous economic, social, and environmental benefits. The most important benefit of SDI in Guyana, he highlighted, will be the promotion of economic growth as a result of expanding markets for spatial information products and services locally, regionally, and internationally.Persaud referred to compiled analysis of the economic value of geospatial data done by Managing Editor of Geospatial World, Arup Dasgupta, in 2013. He said that the data used in the compilation were taken from an economic benefit analysis conducted by several countries.“It is widely known that data can be treated as a commodity in the limited sense of acquisition and sale but the (analysis) highlights the economic potential of spatial data to their GDP and industries once managed properly,” he pointed out.Furthermore, the GIMU head stressed that there are many other economic benefits from such technology such as increased efficiency in both public and Private Sector organisations, new opportunities for spatial information business application and services, and improved transport and infrastructure systems.“The social benefits for Guyana are, improved national and local governance, increased opportunities to engage the democratic process, more improved national security, and opportunities to target groups and areas with special needs. The environmental benefits of a SDI would include promoting sustainable development, enhanced natural resources monitoring and management, and improved coastal-zone monitoring,” he outlined.last_img read more