Angry Zidane talks of “fiasco” as Real hit new low

first_imgReal Madrid’s troubled season lurched further into crisis as coach Zinedine Zidane described their elimination from the King’s Cup by humble neighbours Leganes as a “fiasco”.It is almost a year ago to the day that Madrid’s record 40-game unbeaten run in all competitions ended as they swept all before them, but this season has been a tale of woe for the La Liga and European champions.“It’s a fiasco. My worst moment as a coach,” Zidane told a news conference. “I don’t regret anything I did in the game, though. I take responsibility for what I do. Winning 1-0 from the first leg to start tonight’s tie in the manner we did it’s really bad. For that I’m angry. I don’t understand what’s going on.”Madrid, who lost 2-1 to Leganes to exit the competition on away goals, have slipped to fourth in the La Liga standings, trailing leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona by 19 points.In 18 games in all competitions at the Bernabeu stadium this season they have lost four and drawn five including two 2-2 draws in the Cup against third tier opposition in previous rounds.However, Cup elimination by a side who had never won at the Bernabeu in their history after taking a 1-0 lead into the second leg was a new low.Despite lifting eight major trophies in just over two years in charge, the pressure is mounting on Zidane to turn things around or face the fate of so many of his predecessors.The Frenchman admitted Real’s season boils down to next month’s Champions League last-16 meeting with in-form Paris St Germain.“Yes, that’s clear,” he said when asked if his future depended on the European tie.“I’m responsible for this, I’m the boss. I have to find the solutions. We’ve found some of them but not consistently enough. I need to take responsibility and I’ll always fight.”last_img read more

Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots

first_imgMindanao Children’s Games pushing through in Davao City Budding designers have a two-week window from August 1 to 14 to submit entries, after which a mascot panel will compile a shortlist in December.Japanese schoolchildren, who could have a better handle on the squidgy mascots than organizers who have hitherto bungled the rollout of the Olympic stadium and official logo, will finish voting on the shortlist in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe winning designs will be announced in March, with the mascots to be given official names by August 2018.Mascots—often referred to in Japanese as ‘yuru-kyara’ (soft characters)—are big business in Japan and have become part of the cultural landscape. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Image: AFP/Toru YamanakaDespite several high-profile gaffes in their 2020 Olympic preparations, Tokyo 2020 organizers reckon choosing the Games mascots will be child’s play—so much so they’re leaving the decision to schoolkids.Japanese organizers announced Monday that the official 2020 mascots would be decided by a nationwide competition, in which members of the public will submit designs before elementary schoolchildren across the country select winners from a shortlist.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The market for characters like Kumamon, a giant black bear with red cheeks which represents Kumamoto prefecture, and his bitter rival Funassyi—a hyperactive ‘pear fairy’ with a love for heavy metal—is an eye-watering $30 billion a year, with mascots adorning everything from key-chains to planes.Tokyo organisers are battling to rein in runaway costs for the 2020 Olympics which have cast a shadow over preparations.The city’s bid committee estimated costs of $7 billion and projected an economic windfall in excess of $25 billion.But a panel of experts have warned the overall budget could exceed that without drastic cuts.That warning came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original plans for the Olympic stadium over soaring costs and organizers scrapped the first design for the 2020 Games logo after accusations of plagiarism. JBADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Downes reigns in Tennis, Campbell is top female player

first_img− Jones hint at brighter 2017Anthony Downes reign as the top male tennis player in the country continued throughout 2016 as he remained unbeaten and was rewarded on Friday evening at the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) annual awards ceremony hosted by the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club on the East Coast of Demerara.Downes recorded 5200 ranking points to finish as the number one male player andDirector of Sport Christopher Jones left, President of GLTA Jamal Goodluck (right) with awardees of the third GLTA annual award ceremony, sponsors and GLTA executivestop player for 2016.Cristy Campbell won the female player of the year while Hemraj Resaul and Afruica Gentle won the respective male and female junior awards.The third edition of the event provided its small audience with distinction reflective of the grand sport of tennis despite a late start. The association sought to recognise players and individuals who continuously give of themselves with the expectation of elevating tennis in Guyana. Master of Ceremonies, Shaquille Bourne acknowledged the presence of distinguished guests Mitsy Campbell, PRO of Ministry of Public Health, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, Professor Dawn Duke former tennis player of Roraima Tennis Club and tennis scholar Gavin Lewis.The ceremony was a moment of reflection on the hard work done during 2016 to build the organisation as an institution that provides development opportunities for the children and nation, as pointed out by the President of the association, Jamal Goodluck. Lots of work was done to build on the policies to guide the association beyond the executive. Former President Grace McCalman and now Chair of Mini Tennis recounted the work of the association over recent years to establish documented procedures and systems to ensure a smooth flow of operations and to forge better relationships between executives, coaches and parents. To date there is now a tournament manual, an online ranking scheme, a player ranking table and guidelines for travelling player, coach, parent and chaperon. Further work is almost complete to establish contracts for better output for all official jobs. She alluded to the fact that this work is being done to strengthen the association internally while the association agonises waiting for the sports authorities to help to develop proper tennis courts and to increase the number of coaches and equipment for the expansion and development of tennis nationwide.Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, raised the hope and excitement of the Tennis community with his announcement of a signed MoU between the two entities and lights at the National Racquet Centre before IGG in October. Cheers echoed the space from the enthusiastic persons at the prospect of finally seeing some light in the journey of building the dream of a home for tennis. This point was made earlier by President, Jamal Goodluck, that this year the association will do everything to have facilities of acceptable standard before IGG.Goodluck also thanked the sponsors who have always stuck with tennis during the years. Special mention was made of Trophy Stall, represented by Ms. Devi Sunich, GBTI, Bakewell, parents, players and the media. President Goodluck also pointed out Travis Hopkinson of NCN, Neketa Forde and Delvon McEwan who have now become part of the tennis family through their extensive support. Coming in for high praises was overseas-based Dr. Arthur Ingram Hazlewood, who once again sponsored the awards and has been financially supporting the GLTA for the past six years. Additionally Professor Duke made her annual donation to the GLTA for 2016.AwardeesSenior Male Year End winner Anthony Downes 5200 points, Senior Female Year End winner Cristy Campbell 3200 points, Junior Male Year End winner Heimraj Resaul 7550 points, Junior Female Year End winner Afruica Gentle 6775 points and Most Improved Junior was Mark McDonaldThe 6th edition Trophy Stall Doubles winners also shared in the spotlight of last evening’s event.Men’s Open Doubles winners Jason Andrews and Anthony Downes, Runners-Up Heimraj Resaul and Jordan Beaton; Ladies Open Doubles winners Cristy Campbell and Afruica Gentle Runners-Up Nicola Ramdyhan and Shelly Daly-Ramdyhan; Mixed Open Doubles winners Anthony Downes and Afruica Gentle Runners-Up Heimraj Resaul and Kalyca Fraser; Men’s Over 35 Doubles winners Leyland Leacock and Ronald Murray Runners-Up Alexander Almeida and Sandeep Chand.In her remarks Afruica Gentle passionately described her desire for the last three years to achieve the top spot in junior tennis. She thanked her parents for their support and Cristy Campbell for personal training as she gave an early hint that she will not relinquish the title for 2017.Heimraj Resaul thanked his parents and coaches and friends for their support. He also joked about leaving the U14 category this year but knowing that there will always be good competition among his close rivals Joshua Kalekyezi, Jordan Beaton and Mark McDonald.Senior Female Awardee Cristy Campbell thanked her mother Misty, coaches Dexter and Rebecca for their support and her friend Nigel Niles for introducing her to tennis. She also wished all players an injury free year 2017 and charged them to execute good sportsmanship throughout the year.Awards were presented to Samuel Barakat and Harry Panday, both tennis veterans with private lighted tennis courts, in recognition of their continuous support for tennis activities and to Grace McCalman for her continuous selflessness, hard work and dedication to the GLTA.last_img read more

Golf’s Casey in no hurry to decide his Ryder Cup future

first_imgWorld number 14 Casey is not a member of the European Tour but said he could afford to wait until next year to rejoin and still be eligible for the Ryder Cup in September 2018.Earlier this week captain Thomas Bjorn declared Casey would be “a fantastic asset” for the European team against the United States.“I’m deciding,” Casey told AFP in an exclusive interview at the CJ Cup in Jeju Island after he shot a second-round 71 Friday for a share of 30th place.“I need to be a member by next year — I think the cut off is May,” said Casey, who added that he probably wouldn’t leave it that late because he would lose too many Ryder Cup points.“I’ve got to look at things. I haven’t spent too much time doing it because I can’t join anyway right now until their season is done.”The European Tour season finishes with the DP world Tour Championship in Dubai next month and the 2018 season begins at the Hong Kong Open on November 23.The new rules being introduced by European Tour CEO Keith Pelley mean he would only have to play four events outside the four majors and four WGC events — down from the current five.– ‘A decent change’-“Pelley is changing it down to four next year and that’s a decent change,” said Casey who confirmed he was in constant discussions with European captain Bjorn.“You know Thomas has been working me very hard. He’s a hard man to say no to. He’s very big,” said Casey with a smile.“Seriously, I’ve got a good relationship with Thomas and I’ve got a good relationship with Pelley as well.“I’ve got to sit down and think about it. To be honest it’s been so busy with FedEx Cup and Tour champs.”Casey, who is now 40, decided to play solely on the US PGA Tour three years ago, primarily to cut down on travelling for family reasons when his wife Pollyanna Woodward was expecting their first child, Lex.They live in Arizona and Pollyanna last month gave birth to their second child, daughter Astaria, while Casey was away embroiled in trying to win the FedEx Cup.Bjorn acknowledged the dilemma for Casey. “He wants to be a part of it, but he really has for a while tried to prioritise his family and any man has to respect that some people make those priorities,” said Bjorn in Paris on Monday.“But having him in the Ryder Cup team would be a fantastic asset if he plays the way he is at the moment.”Former world number three Casey won five points in three Ryder Cups from 2004-2008 including a match-winning hole-in-one at the 14th hole at Ireland’s K Club in 2006.He was controversially overlooked for a wild card by Colin Montgomerie in 2010 when ranked in the world’s top 10 and hasn’t played in the biennial event since.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Casey of England tees off on the first hole during the second round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, South Korea, on October 20, 2017 © AFP / JUNG Yeon-JeJEJU, Korea, Republic of, Oct 20 – England’s Paul Casey said Friday he would not rush into a decision on whether to make himself available for the European Ryder Cup team in Paris next year.But he admitted a change of eligibility rules to reduce the number of events he needed to play could tempt him to rejoin.last_img read more

Klopp set for emotional Dortmund farewell

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, May 22- Jurgen Klopp admits he may not be able to contain his emotions for his last home league game as Borussia Dortmund coach when he hosts Werder Bremen on Saturday. “There will be a special atmosphere and I don’t know what will be going on inside me after the final if we win,” admitted the 47-year-old.Klopp’s final game in charge is the German Cup final on May 30 against VfL Wolfsburg at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium having announced in April that he will leave at the end of the season.But emotions promise to run high at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion when the vast majority of the sold-out 80,667-strong crowd farewell their hero.Dortmund can finish in the top six with three points, providing Borussia Moechengladbach beat Augsburg, which would give them a Europa League berth under Klopp’s replacement Thomas Tuchel.But likewise, a win for Bremen could put them in the Europa League next season, providing Wolfsburg beat Dortmund in the cup final the week after.“Both teams have a huge chance and for us, the Europa League has been the most we could achieve for months,” said Klopp.“We don’t feel any pressure, we just see a great opportunity.”– No place for nostalgia –It is also the last home game of ex-Germany international and former Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl before retiring.“It’s the last league game of the season and the last home match of Sebastian Kehl, who has played an incredibly important role for the club in recent years,” said Klopp.“The question is: what role will nostalgia play compared to the here and now?“I hope that we will manage to put on a really good ‘Dortmund’ display and run a real full-throttle event.”In their six completed seasons under Klopp, Dortmund have never finished lower than sixth with the team currently seventh.They won the 2011 and 2012 German league titles, then finished second to Bayern Munich for the last two years having lost to them in the 2013 Champions League final.Having finished sixth in his first season in 2008/09, Klopp’s side can complete the circle by finishing in the same position this term.Klopp admits it is a far cry from February when they were bottom of the table.“It’s something I couldn’t even dream of back then,” he admitted.“That was when I thought things could be really tight for us (to avoid relegation).“You can’t imagine how grateful I am to be in this situation where we don’t have to experience the raging relegation battle first hand.“For the last four or five weeks we have been able to change our perspective and busy ourselves with a bigger goal.”Klopp says his task on Saturday will be to blend out any distractions until after the final whistle.“Of course I’m going to miss the passionate support from the south stand,” he said.“But my task is to not allow myself to go into this game with too much nostalgia.”Klopp insists he will only think about his future plans at the end of the season.He has been linked to several English clubs and Germany coach Joachim Loew does not expect him to be unemployed for long.“I have great respect for his decision,” said Loew.“He has continued to put 100 percent into the service of the club, the team and its players.“That’s what he’s all about, he’s a trainer who gives his heart and soul.“And for me, it’s clear that we will see him again soon.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Offices Closed For Thanskgiving

first_imgAll City of Salem and Washington County Government Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.The City of Salem recycling for Thursday, November 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving Day) will be picked up on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Branches resume regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday. The Washington County Landfill will be closed on Thursday, for Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Since this is the fourth Saturday, the landfill will be closed until Monday, Nov. 27.last_img read more

The Itanium Processor and DB2: A secret that shouldn’t be so secret

first_imgThe dust continues to get stirred up following Oracle’s announcement regarding plans for the Itanium processor and HP-UX.  Plenty of authors have been commenting on the subject of late, often concluding that the announcement has negative consequences for HP customers who’ve been relying on Itanium and HP-UX to run their Oracle-based mission-critical database workloads.Far from being on the verge of falling, however, the sky is actually very bright for those customers.That’s because, for pretty much the first time in the history of the enterprise relational database market, those customers have a perfectly viable alternative readily available.That option is IBM DB2.”Why is DB2 a more viable option for an existing Oracle customer today than in the past?” You might well ask – To answer that question, a bit of history is in order.E.F. Codd published his seminal paper – “A Relational Model of Data for Large-Scale Data Banks”, in 1970.  I was only 9 at the time, so it wasn’t on my reading list.  Which proved to be OK, since it took until I had graduated college, some twelve years later, for computers to become powerful enough to handle the compute requirements of processing SQL. Codd worked for IBM at the time his paper was published.  Oracle beat IBM to market with the first SQL database by a small interval, but Oracle and DB2 have been competing with one another basically since DB2’s introduction in 1983.I first installed DB2, on an IBM MVS mainframe, in 1985.  My first Oracle experience was a few years later – ironically enough using OS/2 running on one of the first Compaq SystemPro servers to come off the line.  So I’ve been watching this competition play out for some time.SQL wasn’t standardized at the beginning, so different implementations had different ‘dialects’.  The first ANSI SQL specification came out in 1986.  It has served as the standard definition of what constitutes the SQL language itself ever since, with multiple revisions published over the years. The idea behind a standard definition of the language was to allow for easy portability of applications and database definitions between DBMS’s that implemented the standard.  As long as the applications and database definitions adhered to the standard, went the theory, portability would be preserved.From the very beginning, however, commercial SQL DBMS vendors have provided proprietary ‘extensions’ to their implementations that tempted programmers and DBA’s to sacrifice portability in favor of optimized performance and functionality.The inevitable result was effective lock-in to a particular DBMS. Once programmers and DBAs started down the slippery slope of using proprietary in-database stored procedure languages and SQL semantic extensions, migration between DBMS’s required source-level changes that could be time-consuming, risky, and costly. That was the case until May 19, 2009, when IBM delivered its Oracle compatibilty extensions with DB2 9.7.DB2 9.7, for the first time in the history of Database Management System’s , fully supported almost the entire collection of proprietary extensions to the SQL standard that Oracle’s DBMS provides.  So instead of requiring a complete re-coding and re-testing of applications in order to migrate from Oracle to DB2, customers who wish to migrate from any Oracle database to DB2 merely have to unload their database contents and re-load them into DB2 9.7 – no source code changes or DDL changes required.  It isn’t entirely seamless, since an unload/reload is still required, but the process is vastly less daunting than it ever was before, and much less intrusive than an entire platform change.So if, like tens of thousands of your peers, you’re running the core of your enterprise on HP-UX and Itanium and you’d like to keep doing just that for the foreseeable future, rest assured that you have a viable alternative available – one that’s fully the equal of Oracle’s in terms of suitability for mission-critical workloads.The analyst community has been taking note of the arrival of this new capability.  George Weiss of Gartner Group, commenting on the subject of Oracle’s announcement and its impact on end users, said:”For Oracle applications written internally, you can move to IBM’s DB2 9.7 (and future releases), which contains the Oracle database compatibility feature. This enables Oracle code to run on DB2 unchanged (with about a 97% compatibility as reported by references and Gartner clients).”  (Source: Q&A: The User Impact of Oracle Ceasing Itanium Development; April 5, 2011; George J. Weiss, Andrew Butler, Donald Feinberg)They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  If so, Oracle should be feeling very flattered at the moment.  And customers who are currently running Oracle databases on the Itanium processor and HP-UX should feel reassured.The next time your Oracle sales rep shows up to talk about plans for migrating your Oracle databases to a SPARC platform, be sure to have a DB2 9.7 coffee cup prominently positioned on your desk.  Have a chat about your success in moving your Oracle databases and applications to DB2 without any need to change platforms.  Be sure to mention that your modern Itanium-based platforms already significantly outperform anything available using SPARC, and you’re looking forward to the next decade’s worth of continuing improvements from HP and Intel.Should make for an interesting conversation!last_img read more