De Gea: United working overtime

first_img The reigning Barclays Premier League champions have lost three consecutive games – in different competitions – and are in seventh place in the league, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. Spanish stopper De Gea said the players are staying behind after training sessions to try to improve. Press Association Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed the players are putting in extra practice after training to try turn their season around.center_img He told “We frequently stay after training to practise crossing and finishing. “We do it especially when there are no matches in the following days and I think the extra training helps me and the other players to improve.” De Gea has teamed up with Mexican striker Javier Hernandez to try to improve each other. He added: “We help each other – he tries to make it difficult for me and I try to make it difficult for him. We always do our best and he’s a player who gives his all in training. “He is one of the most professional players I have known over the course of my career. He is truly a great player and a good friend.” United slipped to a third successive defeat for the first time in almost 13 years when they lost 2-1 at Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday evening. That loss, coupled with their FA Cup third-round exit at the hands of Swansea and the fact they face the Welsh outfit once again in the Premier League at the weekend, is a growing cause for concern for manager David Moyes and his side. last_img read more

UCL Review: Luis Suarez inspires Barcelona to comeback win over 10-man Atletico Madrid

first_imgLuis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, although the match might have finished very different had Fernando Torres kept his discipline.The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker had given his side a 1-0 lead at the Camp Nou only to be shown two quick-fire yellow cards for a couple of foolish tackles, leaving Diego Simeone’s team down a man in the quarter-final first leg.Atletico defended stubbornly despite their numerical disadvantage but were eventually broken down by Barcelona’s formidable frontline, with Suarez scoring two second half goals to give the Catalans a narrow lead ahead of the return leg at the Vicente Calderon.Suarez himself was perhaps fortunate to remain on the pitch following a kick-out and throat grab of Filipe Luis, with no less than 10 yellow cards show over the course of the feisty match. Ultimately, Simeone must have been thankful to have only suffered a single-goal defeat given the circumstances. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

SA the ‘plan B’ of future World Cups

first_img28 June 2010 “There is not a single part of this World Cup where we have not been able to go beyond the level of past World Cups,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said at the halfway mark of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. “South Africa will become the ‘plan B’ of any future World Cup.” Addressing a media briefing at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Saturday, Valcke was full of praise for the tournament’s organisation. “We are beyond all expectations. We are beyond international visitor figures and we are beyond ticketing sales of Germany 2006. If on 11 July we are at the same level as today, I would say it’s a perfect World Cup.” Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said South Africa was 50 percent through the tournament, “but we have 100 percent achieved our objectives to demonstrate a country that has the capability to deliver this event.” Jordaan said the World Cup has been an important event for South Africans and visitors alike. “It has been a journey of discovery and rediscovery not only for the visitors but for our people as well. Many South Africans have discovered a new South Africa,” said Jordaan, who also reflected on the global party the World Cup has become. “We are the proud hosts of a wonderful event as people come together around the tournament and we see how people are celebrating Africa’s World Cup – not only in this country, but around the world in the Fan Fests in Japan, Germany, Brazil and many more. That is a joy for us to see.” A total of 2 284 796 people attended the 48 matches of the World Cup group stages inside the stadiums, at an average of 47 600 people per game. A further 1 489 525 people visited the FIFA Fan Fests in South Africa and 1 439 711 the international Fan Fests being held in six cities around the world. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. The wave of corn knocked out power and buried State Route 571. Sam Sutherly was kind enough to offer an update on the progress since the spill.OCJ: What is the status of the cleanup effort?Sam: The corn was cleared off of the road on Wednesday, Jan. 24, but State Route 571 remains closed by the City of New Carlisle. They decided that it would be easier for the utility companies (AT&T and Dayton Power & Light) to reset the utility poles without the normal flow of traffic. With the extra days, the machinery and semis had better access to the corn nearest to the road. The corn is being loaded quickly and safely to be shipped. The road is supposed to officially open for public use on Jan. 31. OCJ: What is being done with salvageable corn?Sam: The corn was evaluated by potential bidders and buyers. Several company reps were in taking samples and they submitted bids to the salvage company. We had visitors from many states. Once the company was selected, they started to move corn on Friday, Jan. 26. They will continue hauling until the facility is cleaned up. OCJ: What is being done with the unsalvageable corn?Sam: Fortunately, there will be very little that is considered unsalvageable. The corn around the transformer was carefully removed and disposed of, but that was it. Screening machines are on site to remove foreign material, mainly gravel, concrete, and metal. The corn will be screened before it’s loaded into the semis. OCJ: What is the timeline moving forward?Sam: Our grain facility will remain closed until the grounds are cleared and we can evaluate the silos and access any other damage. It will be a while for permanent buildings, but our mobile office will be arriving soon. A friend loaned a bulk truck to us and we anticipate starting on-farm bulk deliveries the week of Jan. 29.The timeline is to reopen our feed mill immediately. We spent the last couple days cleaning out the seed warehouse and a temporary generator was installed to run the feed mill. On Friday, we started filling the first bags. We’ve ordered from our other suppliers and inventory is growing. It won’t be a drive-thru, but we’ll start servicing our customers with bagged feed on Monday, Jan. 29. OCJ: Has a cause for the tank failure been determined?Sam: The bin failure has not been determined yet, but engineers have been onsite. It might be a while before we have any news. OCJ: How has safety been handled during the cleanup effort?Sam: A major unknown from that night was the traffic on 571. It wasn’t until the last bucket of corn was loaded off of the road that we felt relief to know that no car or no one was under that mound of corn. Safety is still our number one concern. For the safety of the residents of New Carlisle, as well as our employees and crews, we’ve installed fencing and hired security to prevent climbing on the corn piles and trespassing.last_img read more

Paul Revere Would Have Liked Facebook But Loved LinkedIn

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dave copeland Tags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Were Paul Revere alive today, he likely would have liked Facebook and had many friends there. But he would have loved LinkedIn. The reason why explains his famous role in the Revolutionary War. It also explains why most marketers still can’t make social media really work for them.On April 18, 1775, Revere helped push the most important message of the Revolutionary War viral. But what would have happened if Revere had only been able to post “THE BRITISH ARE COMING” on Facebook?Maybe not much, according to the dynamics of social-network communication.In his landmark 2000 book, “The Tipping Point,” for example, writer Malcolm Gladwell says Revere’s ride was about connecting so-called weak social ties. In Revere’s case, the weak social ties were people who he could have only vaguely identified as likely Patriots.That’s important, because they were crucial to spreading the word. As opposed to Revere’s strong social ties, with whom he had frequent and intense communication, weak ties would have been nodes on networks foreign to Revere.Upon getting the call, these Patriots alerted people Revere could never have reached. This dynamic repeated itself until defenses were raised.Revere’s strong social ties knew of the immediate danger, too, people like fellow crier William Dawes (who carried the same message, covered as many miles and encountered as many people on the same night, but who sadly is just a historical footnote). They’d have formed an echo chamber had they clustered.Weak ties excel at communicating new information. Strong ties tend to enforce bonds.Facebook Favors Strong TiesFacebook and similar networks are set up to promote strong ties, showing updates more frequently from people closest to you, or at least those with whom you interact most often.Facebook execs believe people will stay on their site longer clicking more ads if they are surrounded by cohorts.A warning on Facebook would have been stymied by Revere’s filter bubble, meaning that the message would have bounced among people already in the know. It would have leaked out, but what he needed was to tell people on the farthest periphery of his connections and beyond for a general alarm.LinkedIn Excels In Weak TiesThe strong/weak-tie phenomenon could explain why most marketers today have trouble scaring up new revenue via social media. If they are skilled or fortunate enough to have developed a following, marketing execs typically are interacting with people who are already sold on their brands.Companies should also be looking for network “connectors,” like Revere. Professional and career network LinkedIn differs from Facebook in that its true value is in who your closest LinkedIn contacts know. It helps people find and cultivate information-rich weak ties.By the time you want to leave your job (or, more darkly, are asked to leave), your tightest Facebook friends are not surprised. And you’ve probably already been talking about potential new employers with them. In this situation, your close Facebook friends are really only good as sounding boards or as shoulders to cry on. However, going through your LinkedIn relationships is like Revere riding through the 18th century New England countryside shouting the news. You can rouse more and more-useful responses talking to contacts of your contacts.According to ComScore, every hour a LinkedIn member spends on the site is worth $1.30 in revenue to LinkedIn; every hour on Facebook is worth just 6.2 cents in revenue.That’s not necessarily because of the general topics being discussed in each venue. Marketers need to use social media to find and activate peripheral or potential buyers. They need to ride a dark dirt path beyond their best friends. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Woman, mother allege police inaction in gang-rape case

first_imgA woman and her mother attempted self-immolation at the District Collectorate compounds in Unnao on Thursday accusing the police of inaction in the alleged case of her gang rape. The woman was allegedly abducted from her house in Unnao district by three persons and gang-raped on July 19, her relatives said. Alleging that the police were not arresting the accused, the woman and her mother reached the office of the District Magistrate and allegedly attempted self-immolation. Police personnel reached the spot in time and prevented them from harming themselves.In a video of the incident, the woman can be seen jostling with a lady constable while other policemen try to stop her mother from pulling out unknown items from a bag apparently to immolate herself. “It’s been a month… they only say we are going to nab the culprits,” said the woman’s mother, adding that the police were only giving assurances.She said the accused, two of whom were running free, were threatening the family.‘Raped in forested area’A cousin of the woman said that they were informed about the rape late on July 19 by a lightman who was returning form work. She was raped in a forested area 2 km from the village, said the cousin.Circle officer of Safipur Gaurav Kumar Tripathi said a case under Sections 376D (gang rape) of Indian Penal Code has already been registered at the local police station. Out of the three persons accused in the case, one has been arrested and sent to jail, Mr. Tripathi said. A search is on to nab the other two accused, the officer added.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday (10 a.m.-7.30 p.m.)last_img read more