Scholes and Ferdinand slam ‘shambolic’ Man United

first_imgFormer Manchester United greats Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand lambasted their old team after they plunged to a 2-0 defeat at bitter rivals Liverpool in a Europa League last-16 first leg on Thursday.“It was shambolic … so bad,” Scholes told BT Sport after United were sunk by a first-half penalty from Daniel Sturridge and a 73rd-minute goal by Roberto Firmino. “Tonight was a disaster.“Liverpool had a way of playing. United? I didn’t have a clue what they were trying to do.“United have spent 250 million pounds (under manager Louis van Gaal) … they are sixth in the Premier League and have ended up in the Europa League,” added former England midfielder Scholes.“They should be competing with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (in the Champions League). United didn’t need a new philosophy, they had one for 20-odd years that worked,” he added in reference to the 38 major trophies won under Alex Ferguson before he retired in 2013.Ferdinand, a former United and England team-mate of Scholes, was equally scathing of Van Gaal’s side.“The fairytale has gone,” he said. “The players he has let go, Angel Di Maria, Nani, Patrice Evra, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Rafael, Darren Fletcher, are they worse than the players out there?“They are better than that team out there today, that’s the problem.”Van Gaal, who has been under fire for most of the season because of United’s poor results and a perceived lack of entertaining football, said Liverpool deserved their victory.“They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure,” the Dutchman added.“(United goalkeeper) David De Gea was fantastic but we conceded a cheap penalty and in the second half we changed the shape. We had much more contribution to the game but didn’t create enough.Liverpool’s 2-0 victory was payback for the fans, manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game.The show, he said, was a reward for supporters who had endured inconsistency since Klopp took charge in October.“It was a great atmosphere, I am so pleased for all of the people who have had harder times with us this season,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss told BT Sport television. “Tonight was the first part of paying them back.“The atmosphere was unbelievable, really great, and I want to say thank you to everyone involved. That was Liverpool how I knew it before I came here.“We were really good from the first second, everything was there but we could have scored more,” Klopp said.“That sounds crazy I know but we had the chances. In the end, 2-0, if you said this before the game, of course I take it.”last_img read more

Wrangler teaches reptile safety

first_imgBut she’d rather not do that, she said. “They have just as much right being out here as we do,” she said. “We talk about how terrible they are, but they do a service to nature. I don’t know how much of a service we do.” In his speech to a few dozen visitors to the nature center Saturday, Heermann explained that snakes usually live out their lives within 50 yards of their birth place. Female rattlers give birth to 15-35 offspring, so if one rattler is found in a backyard there will usually be more nearby, Heermann said. A backyard swimming pool can attract a rattler because the snakes seek water, and they are good swimmers. Heermann cautioned that everyone should be on the lookout for rattlers and keep a safe distance from them. A rattlesnake will never chase after someone, he said. Heermann used two rattlesnakes in his demonstration. One was a fat, gentle snake that was used to being handled and is fed only dead animals. The other one, a more recent acquisition for Heermann, rattled violently and coiled up, ready to strike. “I guess rattlesnakes are like some people,” Heermann said. “Some of them are not so nice.” (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – With a rattlesnake curling toward him at the end of a hand-held pole, Hugo Heermann held the deadly creature’s tail and explained its behavior to a crowd of onlookers. The poisonous snake was just trying to get a good whiff of his hand, Heermann told visitors to the New Leash on Life Animal Rescue on Saturday. “He’s not being aggressive at all; he’s just trying to see what his surroundings are,” said Heermann, a veteran snake handler who has never been bitten by a rattler. Making his case that they, too, can avoid getting bitten – even in a place full of rattlesnakes like the Santa Clarita Valley – Heermann encouraged listeners to avoid panicking around any rattlesnakes they might encounter. He let a couple of volunteers use the pole to pick up rattlesnakes from the tile floor of the rescue center. Heermann also talked about the snake rescues he performs, picking up the reptiles from backyards and releasing them back into the wild. Santa Clarita residents can expect rattlesnakes to be slithering all over the place in the coming months as drought-like conditions force the reptiles to venture farther for water, Heermann said. Santa Clarita resident Carol Riggins, a dog trainer, said she has already killed five rattlesnakes so far this year. Riggins said she creeps up on rattlers with a shovel and chops off their heads. last_img read more

Vick sacked

first_imgWhatever the case, Vick is likely headed for prison, and a once-promising NFL career seems finished – a fitting conclusion to this sordid saga. ATHLETES, scandal and crime are hardly an unusual mix. Professional sports stars may be rich and famous, but they are hardly immune to human vice – Michael Vick is just the latest case in point. But there is something exceptional, even strange, about the Vick case. While Vick will reportedly plead guilty to his involvement in a barbaric dog-fighting ring, other sports stars have been charged, and in some cases convicted, of far more serious crimes against humans, including rape and murder. Few of these stories, however, ever generated as much outrage as Vick’s. That may be a testament to the Atlanta Falcons quarterback’s popularity as an athlete, as well as America’s arguably excessive devotion to its dogs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsene Wenger praises lion-like Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez who is tireless and ‘gives 100%’

first_imgArsene Wenger has praised the staying power of Alexis Sanchez and likened the Arsenal forward to a hungry lion.The Chile international has been a key man in Wenger’s squad since he was signed from Barcelona in 2014 and has nine goals to his name already this season.Sanchez has been a major player for club and country of late and, having starred in his national side’s Copa America success over the summer, has now been playing regularly for a number of months.Wenger was asked why he did not take Sanchez off in Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in which he scored two goals to keep the Gunners’ Champions League hopes alive.Having somewhat cryptically replied that Sanchez gets tired if rested, Wenger admitted ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich that the 26-year-old is constantly surprising him with his eagerness to commit to the cause.“When he does something he does it 100 per cent,” said Wenger.“So he finishes and you think, ‘He’s dead now.’ But then he recovers and gives 100 per cent again, so you always see signs of exhaustion, but it’s not because two days later he’s fine.”Wenger went on to compare his £30million man to a hunting lion, likening his work-rate to that of Leicester’s in-form Jamie Vardy.“His style is very explosive and a very committed style,” he said.“Vardy is a bit similar. They go when they go. They are like the lion, he has to catch the animal in the first 200 metres. If he doesn’t get there, after he’s dead.“They are these kind of killers. When they go, it is to kill and after they have to stop.”Sanchez is likely to stay in the side for the game at Carrow Road, despite giving Wenger a scare with a hamstring issue after the Dinamo game.“I will have to assess that a bit later,” he said when asked about resting the player against Norwich.“It might not be the best moment to rest Alexis, but I don’t know. He had a little hamstring alarm, but we will see how he recovers from that“I take information, especially from medical people who know him and treat him everyday, and after that we will look at his overall recovery as well.”For a man clocking up so many minutes for club and country, on top of the air miles racked up to compete in Chile’s World Cup qualifiers, Sanchez is rarely injured – something Wenger puts down to the player’s own mind.He added: “No, he’s not been injured. We come back to that problem and the more you are injured, the more there is a chance to be injured again.“That’s where we come back to top-level sportsmen.“That kind of mixture of flexibility, sense of how far can you go with the pushing, that sensitivity to how much and as well when you have to ease off on your bodyweight.That’s linked with co-ordination and they get less injured.“His resistance is remarkable. What is also remarkable is that he goes to South America, he comes back Thursday night and on Saturday he can play without a problem, even if he’s jet-lagged. He would have been a perfect tennis player.“These are not players who have the traditional academic education that we give now to the players at 15 or 16. They have a physio every day. They are more street players, not pampered.” Arsene Wenger praises lion-like Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez who is tireless and gives ‘100%’ 1last_img read more

Chelsea team news: Predicted Blues XI v Man United in the Premier League

first_img 3. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) – Chelsea have been given a 33% chance of beating Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. That’s according to Bing Predicts, a unique technology developed by search engine Bing to make accurate football predictions. The Blues are welcome back their former manager, Jose Mourinho, and Bing Predicts there is a 26% chance of the Portuguese’s United team winning. Check out a possible Chelsea line up by clicking the arrow above, 10. Eden Hazard (forward) Chelsea will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce when Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday.The Premier League clash sees old boss Jose Mourinho return to the west London club for the first time since his dismissal last December.Bing predicts the most likely result to be a draw, with a 41% chance of the match ending in stalemate. Chelsea are given a 33% chance of winning, while United have a 26% possibility of taking three points.Mourinho’s permanent replacement, Antonio Conte, is still finding his feet after a mixed bag of results. The Blues have won five of their opening eight Premier League games and they have scored five goals in the last two games to defeat Hull City and league champions Leicester.The Portuguese, meanwhile, has not had the easiest start at Old Trafford either. Like Conte, he has lost two league games so far, but they came at the same time as a defeat to Feyenoord in the Europa League.United could be back on track after a draw at Liverpool followed by victory over Fenerbahce in midweek and they will be confident heading to the Bridge.As long as it does not emulate Liverpool v United at Anfield, it promises to be an exciting clash. So who will start for the Blues?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted 3-4-3 line-up in squad number order…Head over to and search for a Premier League fixture to see this week’s Bing predictions. 11 26. John Terry (centre-back) 11 11 11 11 19. Diego Costa (forward) 30. David Luiz (centre-back) 22. Willian (forward) 11 11 7. N’Golo Kante (midfield) 11 11 21. Nemanja Matic (midfield) 11 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right wing-back) 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 24. Gary Cahill (centre-back) last_img read more

Aubameyang to Liverpool, Aguero to Inter Milan, Lukaku back to Chelsea? – GOSSIP

first_img‘I’m joining Chelsea’, Spanish striker Alvaro Morata tells Real Madrid – reportsManchester United transfer report: David de Gea ‘no longer wanted’ by Real Madrid boss Zinedine ZidaneTransfer ALERT! Lyon put £60m price tag on Arsenal and West Ham target Alexandre LacazetteBayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti insists Douglas Costa does NOT want to leave amid Chelsea and Manchester City links Here are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Liverpool are preparing to battle Manchester City for the signature of Borussia Dortmund star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. FULL STORY HEREInter Milan are lining up a summer move for Sergio Aguero. (Corriere dello Sport)Chelsea are hoping to re-sign former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton in the summer. (Yahoo Sports)Real Madrid are in regular contact with the representatives of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois over a summer move. (Daily Star)Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in 23-year-old Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco. (The Sun)Barcelona are ready to beat Manchester United to the signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof. (O Jogo)Cheick Tiote is the latest player to swap English football for China, with the 30-year-old leaving Newcastle to sign for second-tier Chinese side Beijing Enterprises. (ESPN)Liverpool will try to sign Nottingham Forest’s 17-year-old striker Ben Brereton in the summer, having failed to sign the highly-rated youngster in January. (Metro)Here are the latest headlines:Daniel Sturridge and Simon Mignolet set to leave Liverpool and Joe Hart among five or six high-profile targets, talkSPORT told‘Some people are motivated by money, but I’m not one of them’ – Harry Kane says he has no desire to leave Tottenham‘Chelsea ARE catchable’ – Harry Kane tells talkSPORT Tottenham confident they can still win Premier League titleLISTEN: ‘I’m incredibly thankful to Burnley, it would have been easy for them to turn their back on me’ – Joey Barton on Rangers exit and Turf Moor returnDanny Mills casts doubt on Sergio Aguero’s future at Manchester City under manager Pep Guardiola and believes Chelsea could make moveWilliam Gallas tells talkSPORT: ‘Jose Mourinho wants to win every game… that is the difference between him and Arsene Wenger’Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic admits lack of playing time ‘bugs’ him but is determined to help Blues to Premier League title Manchester United FC news: Mikael Silvestre urges Anthony Martial to not ‘do a Pogba’ and leave Red Devils last_img read more


first_imgCUTBACKS are starting to hit rural communities with the news today that two jobs will be lost and up to twenty families affected by the closure of the afterschools service in Dungloe today.The service on the Gaoth Dobhair road has been a vital service for families in the town for five years, and was providing afterschool care to pupils from the Dungloe school area and other parts of the Rosses.The service was run by the Dungloe based Rosses Community Development Project through funding from state body Pobal. However the CDP has told staff and families they can no longer fund the service.CDP chair Mary McHugh said today that she was hopeful that it could be re-opened in a few weeks.“We are seeking more funding. We are closed from today but if we can get support we hope to be up and running again in a few weeks,” she said.CUTS START TO BITE AS JOBS LOST IN DUNGLOE, THOUGH HOPES THEY CAN BE SAVED was last modified: February 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Water outage strikes Inishowen again

first_imgAnother water outage has affected parts of Inishowen this Monday morning after a weekend of major issues.Home and businesses in Inch Island and Burnfoot are without water supplies today after a pipe burst on Sunday night.Irish Water crews are working on the fault and supplies are expected to be restored by 4pm this Monday evening. This incident follows a major trunk watermain burst in South Inishowen that cut off water to Buncrana and surrounding areas for much of Saturday.Water outage strikes Inishowen again was last modified: October 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:InishowenIrish Waterlast_img read more

Why Microsoft Killed Windows Live

first_imgRelated Posts What Microsoft means is that every service you need will be in Windows 8, accessible via the identity system called Microsoft account.Compare that to 2005, when Microsoft said that Windows Live (and Office Live, the enterprise-focused version of this branding) was “designed to deliver rich and seamless experiences” between the desktop and the Web.The difference is subtle but significant.In 2005, Microsoft positioned Windows Live and Office Live as “enhancements” to the Windows OS and the Microsoft Office suite of products. Things you need are out on the Web, but you’ll recognize them (2005-era Microsoft assured us) because they have the word “Windows” in their names. The catchphrase back then was “software plus services.”In 2012, it’s more like “software plus online identity.” Essentially Microsoft is now saying that the only Web service that matters is identity. To emphasize that point, Microsoft has named its identity service as generically as possible: Microsoft account. With this key account, you can access any online content from within a Windows product – whether it’s a desktop PC, mobile phone, tablet, or any other type of product running on Windows OS. They don’t even need to be Microsoft online services anymore – you’re invited to “mix and match.” Of course, you may also access those services on the Web via the browser, if you must. Tags:#Microsoft#web richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Microsoft Has Lost The Battle For Web Services, But…In some ways, this is a retreat by Microsoft in the area of online services. It’s basically admitting that “Windows Live” branded products cannot compete with Facebook, Twitter and other successful online services. (So why did Microsoft launch a new social network this month, named Yes, exactly…)Even though this is an admission of defeat in the battlefield that is the Web, Microsoft still has some very successful Web properties. Hotmail and Messenger were singled out by Chris Jones as market-leading web products. It makes total sense to remove “Windows Live” from the names of those two products, because it only diluted their existing brand value. Don’t forget also that Microsoft owns Skype, the biggest brand in Internet voice over IP and chat. There’s no need to mess with those brands with an amorphous concept called “Windows Live.” It took Microsoft 7 years to admit that.Even though the branding “Windows Live” is being trashed, the design of products like Hotmail and Messenger will be integrated more with Windows 8 desktop apps. In other words, Microsoft’s online services will start to look more like Windows desktop apps. Remember the days when Microsoft got sued for integrating Internet Explorer into Windows? Well essentially Microsoft is now integrating ALL of its online products into Windows. But because Microsoft is not the force it used to be, nobody will sue.So Back to Branding…What is Microsoft Saying To Us Consumers NowEssentially Microsoft is telling consumers: forget all those online services we used to hawk as Windows services, just get a Windows OS-powered device and please (pretty please) sign up for a Microsoft account.It’s fairly similar to Apple’s winning strategy, if you equate the “cloud-powered” Windows 8 with Apple’s iOS, and Microsoft account with Apple ID. The only problem is, with the exception of Xbox, Microsoft doesn’t have cool hardware. It’s banking on the continuing large market share of Windows OS, together with still popular online services like Hotmail, to pull it through. It may be 5 years too late, but I think it’s the right move by Microsoft to simplify its strategy this way.center_img Microsoft is finally killing off the confusing “Windows Live” brand. It’s being replaced with a renewed focus on Microsoft’s biggest piece of software – the Windows OS – together with a new and all-encompassing identity system named “Microsoft account.”Windows Live has been Microsoft’s online branding since it was unveiled back in November 2005. But Windows Live never worked, mainly because the brand was applied to Microsoft products inconsistently and seemingly at random.The change in branding was recently explained by Chris Jones, VP of the Windows Live group. The nutshell is that Microsoft is integrating all of its products into the Windows OS, which will be tied together using an identity system plainly named “Microsoft account.”Seamless 3.0The word “seamless” was key to Microsoft’s 2005 announcement of Windows Live. It pops up again in Chris Jones’ 2012 blog post:“Windows 8 provides us with an opportunity to reimagine our approach to services and software and to design them to be a seamless part of the Windows experience, accessible in Windows desktop apps, Windows Metro style apps, standard web browsers, and on mobile devices.”(emphasis ours) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Citrix and Intel host webinar: Desktop Virtualization for Mobile Users

first_imgAttend this webinar to learn more about XenClient and Intel vPro technology!Desktop Virtualization for Mobile UsersWednesday, July 21, 2010 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDTRegister to learn more about Citrix XenClient and Intel vPro TechnologyDesktop virtualization is rapidly being adopted as the best way to deliver Windows® desktops to business users because it offers significant benefits, including user flexibility, desktop management cost reduction, and enhanced data security and access control. Laptops are fast becoming the desktop of choice in corporate environments, and while they meet the need for a great user experience and the ability to work from anywhere, anytime, they also introduce more complexity and greater risk for corporate data loss. Now, organizations can extend the benefits of desktop virtualization to mobile laptop users for new levels of portability and security. Citrix® XenClient™ delivers the no-compromise control and security that IT demands and the performance and flexibility mobile laptop users expect. Attend this webinar and learn how XenClient: Extends the benefits of desktop virtualization to mobile usersDelivers the security that IT needs with the flexibility that users demandUses Intel vPro technology to ensure local VMs run at maximum performanceSpeakers: Simon Crosby CTO, Virtualization and Management Citrix Systems Richard Uhlig Intel Fellow & Chief Virtualization Architect Intel Corporationlast_img read more