France lose Giroud for Germany clash

first_imgFrance have several on-form strikers jostling to play alongside Antoine Griezmann including Anthony Martial of Manchester United or Giroud’s Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette.Giroud has been granted permission to return to his club and is yet to be replaced in Didier Deschamps’s squad.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will miss Tuesday’s friendly against world champions Germany in Cologne due to injury, the French football federation said © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Nov 12 – Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will miss Tuesday’s friendly against world champions Germany in Cologne due to injury, the French football federation said on Sunday.The 31-year-old suffered a right thigh strain during Friday’s 2-0 victory over Wales at the Stade de France, where he scored his 29th international goal.last_img read more

SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy honored, cheered by Dodgers

first_imgLOS ANGELES — It takes a special occasion for Dodgers fans to cheer a member of the San Francisco Giants.Celebrating the career of manager Bruce Bochy qualifies as an exceptional moment.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts joined Bochy on the field ahead of Bochy’s final series at Dodger Stadium to honor a manager who will be stepping aside after 25 years at the helm of two National League West clubs.The Dodgers played a video for Bochy on the scoreboard from Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who …last_img read more

Twitter Acquires Geolocation Service Mixer Labs: Plans to Enhance Its Geotagging API

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Twitter just announced that it has acquired Mixer Labs, the company behind GeoAPI.com. GeoAPI is a service that allows developers to easily add geolocation data to their apps. Twitter just launched its own geotagging API a few weeks ago. Even though a number of mobile and desktop Twitter apps like Seesmic Web and Birdfeed support Twitter’s geotagging API, only a very small number of users are currently making use of this feature.According to Twitter founder Ev Williams, the company “will be looking at how to integrate the work Mixer Labs has done with the Twitter API in useful ways that give developers behind geo-enabled apps like Birdfeed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twidroid, Twittelator Pro and other powerful new possibilities.” It’s important to note that the Mixer Labs GeoAPI is not tied to Twitter. GeoAPI offers tools like a reverse geocoder that can take GPS coordinates and turn them into human readable information and a service that can find media files and status updates related to a specific place on Flickr, Twitter or YouTube. Mixer Labs also offers an iPhone SDK. Judging from Twitter’s announcement, the GeoAPI will continue to work while Twitter figures out how to best integrate its current geotagging API with Mixer Labs’ GeoAPI. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues United States’ Tennys Sandgren celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.The 2014 champion clearly wasn’t fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here last year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”Djokovic, who won five of the six titles from 2011-2016, is a step closer to a possible meeting with fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who had a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gojowczyk.It’s supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey won’t have to deal with that after their second-round losses.Among the leading men advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men’s draw.Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women’s side on Day 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSix-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the “brutal” heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.Djokovic is playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, and has remodeled his serve to take some load of his injured right elbow. MOST READcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title Warwinka was playing at night when the temperature dropped a few degrees but appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never beaten a top 10 player and now has two wins at Grand Slam tournaments.Sandgren appeared to be slightly awkward at how lopsided it was against Wawrinka, who has a clearly visible scar running down his left knee.“I know it’s tough with a former champion,” he said. “I wish him the best on his road to recovery.”Muguruza also struggled with her fitness in the build up to the Australian Open, retiring from a game at the Brisbane International because of cramping, and withdrawing ahead of the Sydney International quarterfinals because of a thigh problem.Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help her in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding That left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.Sharapova and Kerber meet in the third round, meaning only one of the remaining Australian Open winners can reach the second week.Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open winner, beat No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a fourth-round loss to her in last year’s U.S. Open. That was Sharapova’s first major since returning from a 15-month doping ban following a failed test here in 2016.Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.“Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016,” said Kerber, who has won 11 straight matches.Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. She didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.“It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in,” said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Changes coming? NBA commissioner wants draft rules amended

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I think we all agree that we need to make a change,” Silver said. “As I’ve said before, our position, at least our formal position, going into bargaining was that we wanted to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and of course their formal position was they want to lower the age from 19 to 18.“I think it’s one of those issues that we need to come together and study.”There were six rookies this season who averaged 10 points per game or more; none were teenagers. One of the advantages that could come from raising the age minimum to 20 would be that players may be more ready for the pro game. Silver said he has talked to many veteran players, who have a sense that the 19-year-olds “are not coming in game-ready.”Other highlights in Silver’s annual Finals media availability included:All-Star in CharlotteADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I’ve known Steve for probably close to 25 years and my heart goes out to him,” Silver said. “As he and I talked about, it puts this all in perspective.”Kerr hasn’t coached Golden State — 12-0 heading into its third straight Finals against LeBron James and the Cavs — since Game 2 of the first round against Portland. He underwent a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain.Chinese playersSilver said it’s frustrating to him that basketball-crazed China does not have a player in the league.“There’s probably more basketball being played in China than anywhere else in the world, and more NBA basketball is being watched in China than anywhere else in the world,” Silver said. “It’s something I’ve talked to Yao Ming a lot about. We all have to do collectively a better job training the best players in China.” LATEST STORIES Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APNBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the NBA’s draft-eligibility rules changed.To what, he isn’t sure.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Silver defended the NBA’s decision to return the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019, after taking it away and moving it to New Orleans this season in response to the state’s law restricting the rights and anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.A deal to repeal that law was struck in March, though critics have said it does not go far enough.“We had said to the legislative leaders we will consider coming back in 2019, if you change the law,” Silver said. “The law was changed. Sufficient, is a tough … the answer is yes. They made incremental progress. And I felt, in part, there is a role that the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community.”Silver said taking All-Star weekend to Charlotte could serve as an example of what it looks like to be non-discriminatory, “and my hope is that by setting that example we can unify people and that the state will follow.”Phil JacksonSilver said he did not consider disciplining New York Knicks President Phil Jackson for comments suggesting that Knicks star Carmelo Anthony should be traded.Jackson’s comments raised the ire of the players’ union, which pointed out that players risk being fined if they lobby for trades publicly.“There’s never been a history in this league of fining a team and disciplining a team executive for talking about trading a player,” Silver said.Kerr’s healthSilver met with Golden State coach Steve Kerr before Thursday’s game, and expressed regret for the health issues that are keeping the Warriors’ coach off the sideline. Less than a month away from a draft where about 20 players who completed just one year of college will be welcomed into the league, Silver expects the so-called “one-and-done” rule to be modified — somehow — before too long. But in saying that, Silver also acknowledged that even he isn’t certain what makes the most sense going forward.“My sense is it’s not working for anyone,” Silver said Thursday (Friday Manila time) before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “It’s not working for the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from. They’re not happy with the current system. And I know our teams aren’t happy either, in part because they don’t necessarily think the players who are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s been just over a decade since the NBA and the players union agreed on a rule in that says players either need to be 19 years old or be one year removed from high school before being eligible for the draft. There are arguments for raising the minimum age to 20, there are arguments for getting rid of the rule altogether.Silver said he expects to have more talks in the coming months with the union about the topic. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Federer, Nadal gone at Australian Open

first_imgFirst Rafael Nadal, now Roger Federer. Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday by 2008 champion Novak Djokovic.Roger Federer waves after his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic. APThe talk before the tournament was a blockbuster final between Nadal, going for his fourth straight Grand Slam win, and Federer, who was aiming for his fifth Australian title and perhaps the only player who could stop him.Instead, after Nadal was eliminated by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in an injury-induced straight-set loss Wednesday, and now Federer heading home, it will be Djokovic in the final against either Andy Murray or Ferrer – they play their semifinal on Friday.It will be the first time since 2003 that Federer will not hold any of the four major titles.The finals scenario could open the door for Murray to become the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when the final is played Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.”It’s really one of the best matches I’ve played in a while,” Djokovic said.Rafael Nadal during his quarterfinal loss to David Ferrer. APIt is the second straight Grand Slam that Djokovic has knocked Federer out in the semis. At last year’s U.S. Open, the Serbian player saved match points before beating Federer in five sets to advance to the final against Nadal.The last time Federer was beaten in straight sets in a Grand Slam tournament was here in 2008 – against Djokovic.advertisementFederer won 11 of 14 points to come back from a service break down to take the lead in the second set after the two traded tit-for-tat booming forehands and chip backhands during the opening set. But Djokovic broke back later in the second set and took his power strokes into the third set to win in an even three hours.It was the 20th meeting of the pair, with Federer still holding a 13-7 edge.last_img read more

Afridi bowls the best spell by a captain in World Cup

first_imgPakistan skipper Shahid Afridi bowled the best spell by a captain in any world cup match on Wednesday to sink Kenya at Hambantota as Pakistan registered their first win in the World Cup.Afridi finished with figures of 8-3-16-5 on Wednesday. Priviously, Kapil Dev of India held the record. He had finished with figures of 5-43 runs against Australia during the Prudential World Cup in 1983, which India eventually won.Shahid Afridi also secure the best figures by any Pakistani bowler in a World Cup encounter.Earlier, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram owned that record. He had captured 5-28 in a match at Kimberley against Namibia during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.Incidentally, Akram had completed his 500 ODI career wickets in that match.last_img read more

India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tour

first_imgThe tour of Australia will be the last leg of the defining overseas tour this year for Virat Kohli-led Team India and after their failure to grab opportunities and win the series in South Africa and England, the pressure will be on its peak.In both the tours of South Africa and England, it were mostly the batsmen who let the team down by not scoring enough while the bowlers managed to pick 20 wickets almost every time.Though India will begin the Australia with a T20I series, starting November 21, the first Test will take place from December 6 and India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has already begun his preparations.Shami conceded that they are watching videos in order to prepare for the tour Down Under and will focus on “getting the line and length right”.”As a fast bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible as the opponents are very strong. We will work on getting the line and length right,” Shami told reporters in Kolkata.Shami said winning or losing aside, the bowlers and the entire Team India will look to put their all on the pitch.”We will always try to do our best. Winning or losing also depends on luck. We will give our 100 per cent,” Shami said.Experts have termed this tour as India’s best chance to win a Test series Down Under considering Australia’s current form and the absence of their two key batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner.advertisementSmith and Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia following a system-shaking ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March, earlier this year.However, recent reports have come that the board is considering reducing the bans on Smith, Warner and Bancroft after a thorough check in the entire Australian cricket system showed how much the board was on fault for letting such a culture breed in the national team.Shami felt that the absence of Smith and Warner definitely weakens the Australian team but in the end, it is about sticking to their strengths for Team India.”If those two don’t play, they will obviously be weakened. But in the end, you have to stick to your plan and work on your strengths,” Shami further said.Asked if Shami is looking ahead to the 2019 ICC World Cup next year, he said, “It depends on who is fit and who is not during that time. My performance will be evaluated and and I will expect to get a chance if I do well.”If I don’t, I have to accept that too. That’s too far away. We always think about the next series and that is more important for us.India squad for 4 Tests versus Australia:Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Agriculture Stakeholders Complete Irrigation Training Course

first_imgSome 51 agricultural specialists from the across the island were presented with certificates following their completion of a two-week irrigation training course, sponsored by the Israeli government. The workshop, which ran from November 26 to December 7, covered four main topics: automated pump management; on-farm irrigation design; rainwater harvesting techniques; and quality and application of treated effluent in agriculture. Speaking at the closing ceremony at the Farmers’ Training Centre, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on December 7, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, cited irrigation and water management as two key areas that must be addressed in efforts to improve the agricultural sector. He noted, however, that the costs associated was a major hindrance for many farmers, and pointed out that the government was moving to address this concern. “The cost of irrigation is somewhat prohibitive, although the government subsidises it to about 70 to 80 per cent; but even with all that, it is still very expensive. Therefore, it is important that any kind of way that we can find to make irrigation more affordable, we have to pursue those areas,” he stated. Mr. Clarke said that the course will help to strengthen the National Irrigation Commission’s (NIC) technical capacity in on-farm water management, enhance sustainable agriculture islandwide, and facilitate sensitivity towards climate change resilience. Additionally, he said the course will enable farmers, through the NIC, to augment their water sources, as well as reduce input costs. “It will lead to operating efficiencies, improved management information systems, enhance cost savings, and reduce risks in remote areas where pumps are located,” he stated. “The training will also provide technical knowledge transfer to the NIC and assist with critical management decisions.” The Agriculture Minister thanked the Israeli government for its continued assistance and support extended to the sector, pointing out that the country possesses exceptional expertise in irrigation management. In his remarks, Israeli Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Moshe Sermonetta, said the workshop forms part of an effort and commitment to increase the level of cooperation and between Jamaica and Israel. He noted that the course was one aspect of a long tradition of cooperation, technical assistance, technology transfer and sharing of best practices between both countries. “We will continue to seek to work together with local partners, in order to explore ways to increase the levels of trade, investment, tourism, as well as high level visits (between the two countries),” the Ambassador stated.  Course participant and Manager, On-farm Water Management Unit, NIC, Winston Shaw, remarked that the course represented two-weeks of invaluable resource training, which will, undoubtedly, assist in moving “the agricultural sector to a higher level”. “All the subjects (covered in the course) are areas that we welcome in our agricultural sector,” he stated.   Participants were drawn from a number of organisations involved in agriculture. These include: the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; NIC; Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Bodles Agricultural Research Station, HEART Trust/NTA Ebony Park Academy; University of the West Indies (UWI); University of Technology (UTech); Jamaica Drip Irrigation Ltd, Water Users’ Associations, as well as farmers from across the island.last_img read more