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first_img Mathematical miracle PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC): Trinidad and Tobago drifted closer to elimination from the CONCACAF final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers when they conceded two early first-half goals to plunge to a 2-1 defeat to Honduras here Friday night. Playing at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the hosts started poorly to concede twice in the first quarter of an hour through Alex Lopez and Alberth Elis, and never managed to find their way back despite Joevin Jones’s second half penalty. Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the second half after having a player each sent off. The result was T&T’s sixth loss in seven games and it left them bottom of the six-nation standing on three points, needing a mathematical miracle to finish in the top four and keep alive their World Cup qualification hopes. “In the first half we were poor – poor, poor in the first half. It’s not what I expected, it’s not what anyone expected,” T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence lamented afterwards. “I don’t understand exactly what happened to the boys. I don’t know if the occasion got to them, but it wasn’t the first half we expected. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb.” T&T, though, could have been on the scoresheet as early as the third minute but Cordell Cato’s firm drive was palmed away by goalkeeper Luis Lopez. Things fell apart for the hosts thereafter, as they conceded twice to be down 2-0 at half-time, leaving themselves with too much to do to get back into the contest.last_img read more

first_imgIraqi police blamed the attack on the powerful Mahdi Army, whose fighters are nominally loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr but have recently splintered as breakaway factions set their own course. The showdowns in southern Iraq – pitting Mahdi groups against the mainstream Shiite group in parliament – could intensify as the British forces overseeing the south gradually withdraw in the coming months. Meanwhile, a range of initiatives, both political and diplomatic, reached a near dizzying pace as the Sept. 15 deadline approached for the Bush administration to report to Congress on its Iraq policies. And Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, sought improved relations and help in the immediate neighborhood at the start of a three-day mission to Syria. Iran said its firebrand president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, would soon pay a first-ever call on the Iraqi leader in Baghdad. IRAQ: Campaign for control of nation’s oil regions is feared to be under way. By Steven R. Hurst THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed a governor in southern Iraq on Monday, the second provincial boss assassinated in nine days and a likely prelude to an even more brutal contest among rival Shiite militias battling for control of some of Iraq’s main oil regions. An equally intense round of political meetings was held in Baghdad as al-Maliki and his Shiite and Kurdish allies have sought to entice moderate Sunnis into a new alliance formed last week to try to save the government from collapse. The viability of al-Maliki’s government – and its ability to enact U.S.-backed reforms – will be one of the main themes of the progress report to lawmakers. The U.S.-led mission to regain control of Baghdad and central Iraq – with the help of 30,000 additional U.S. troops – was intended to give the Iraqi leaders more room to exert its authority. The offensive, announced on Feb. 14, had made some notable successes against extremists. But, at the same time, al-Maliki’s government was crippled by defections and boycotts by both Sunni and Shiite groups. The Mahdi leader al-Sadr, once a key government ally, predicted in an interview with Britain’s The Independent newspaper that al-Maliki’s leadership role is doomed because he is seen as a “tool for the Americans.” 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’About a dozen gay and lesbian couples are expected to file an appeal today, according to the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Two of the original plaintiffs, Cristy Chung and Lancy Woo, are opting out of the appeal because they are breaking up. “We are no longer plaintiffs in this lawsuit because, after 18 years, we have made the difficult decision to separate,” the couple said in a prepared statement. The seven-member Supreme Court is not obligated to review the appellate court’s decision. If it does not, the ruling stands. If the justices take the case, a decision on same-sex marriage is likely a year or more away. The justices have 90 days to announce their intentions. SAN FRANCISCO – Whether gays and lesbians have the right to marry in California moved to the state’s highest court Monday, a month after an appeals court ruled against same-sex marriage. The city of San Francisco filed the appeal to the California Supreme Court, claiming that laws authorizing only heterosexual marriages are unconstitutional. A lower court had agreed, but an appeals court last month reversed that decision. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that, among other things, it was not the judiciary’s role to define marriage – as 61 percent of California voters in 2000 declared marriage as a union between a man and a woman under Proposition 22. Last month, the California appeals court voted 2-1 to uphold the state’s existing marriage laws, ruling in part that those laws do not discriminate because gays and lesbians get most all the rights of marriage the state confers to heterosexual married couples. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom put the marriage debate in the national spotlight by allowing same-sex couples to get married at City Hall in 2004. California’s justices halted the wedding spree and voided the 4,037 marriage licenses while sidestepping the core constitutional question, ruling the mayor did not have authority to make marriage law. The justices, however, invited a challenge to whether banning same-sex marriage was discrimination. 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

first_img goalless GREAT NEWS stalemate Despite being head coach Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing at his new club, Baker failed to become a regular in the Championship leaders’ first eleven.Now 23, the attacking midfielder is truly at a ‘put up or shut up’ stage in his development.Therefore he has been recalled halfway through his Leeds loan and instead sent out to join the struggling Royals.Reading are second from bottom in the Championship, 22 places below United. Latest Championship News Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Reading have signed Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on loan until the end of the season.The Englishman had previously spent spells at Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse and Middlesbrough before joining Leeds at the start of 2018/19. 1 Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Lewis Baker was at one point among Chelsea’s top youngsters REPLY ROUND-UP Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues EFL result Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancerlast_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market SendGrid, a popular e-mail sending service, revamped its pricing plans today. Facing competition from services like Amazon SES and the forthcoming Message Bus, SendGrid is bringing its pricing more in-line with Amazon.com’s.Each of these services is designed to enable companies to send large numbers of e-mail, such as account confirmations and password resets, without being snared by spam filters.FREE: A full-featured free trial that includes, 200 email credits/day, advanced deliverability features, advanced reporting and analytics, access to all API’s, premium support, and the newsletter application.Lite Plan: 10 cents per thousand emails pay-as-you-go plan, with no volume limits. Includes basic deliverability features, access to the SMTP API, Web API, SMTP Relay, basic reporting and analytics, and premium support.Bronze Plan: $9.95/month with 40,000 email credits/month. Includes all of the features from the Lite Plan, plus Advanced Reporting and Analytics.Silver Plan: $79.95/month with 100,000 email credits/month. Includes all of the features from the Bronze Plan plus Advanced Deliverability features, additional API’s (Parse API, Event API, OEM API), Sub-user Capabilities, and the Newsletter application.Gold Plan: $199.95/month with 300,000 email credits/month, with the full feature set of the Silver Plan.Platinum Plan: $399.95/month with 700,000 email credits/month, with the full feature set of the Silver Plan.SendGrid’s old pricing model started at about $.80 – $1 per 1,000 e-mails. Amazon SES charges $.10 per 1,000, and EC2 customers get 2,000 free e-mails per day. For more pricing comparisons, see our previous coverage.Disclosure: SendGrid is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor.Photo by Alex Perkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img klint finley Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise alex williams webOS is the heart of how HP will compete against far more established competitors in the mobile marketplace, especially in the enterprise, where it may have its best chance of success against Apple iOS and Google Android.At the opening keynote yesterday for HP Discover, CEO Leo Apotheker said the TouchPad is designed with the enterprise in mind. It’s the first serious device that HP has offered in the tablet space with features that do differentiate it from its competitors. At its core is webOS 3.0. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The HP TouchPad is late to the party. But sometimes being late to the party is really the best way to make an entrance, especially about enterprise.Three reasons why HP’s focus on the enterprise makes sense:Apple will never say iOS is built with the enterprise in mind.Google wants Android to be everything for everyone.Blackberry is losing its stature. It will take time for the company to rebound.Microsoft may be its biggest enterprise rival. Its emphasis on the enterprise is evident in Mango, the latest version of Windows Phone.Paul Bryan of Microsoft writes:“Customers tell us they’re continually trying to stay on top of their busy schedules. With this in mind, Mango is designed to make you even more productive right out-of-the-box–helping you quickly and easily stay connected with the people and information that are most important to you. For instance, we’ve heard that you like how the Office Hub helps bring together Office documents like Word, Excel, One Note, and PowerPoint in one place. In Mango, we’re adding the ability to save and share Office documents through Office 365 and Windows Live SkyDrive, ensuring you have access to the latest documents when and where you need them.”Other factors in play that help tip things in HP’s favor:An open app environment. Enyo is a framework for webOS 3.0. It allows the developer to take code and condense it. The framework still executes and does so more efficiently. It’s easier for developers. Developers can create cross-platform apps. Enyo is again the magic sauce. It allows for the app to work across different screen resolutions, laptop, smartphone or tablet.webOS runs Citrix Receiver, allowing for a secure, virtualized mobile desktop.webOS will be added to all HP, PCs, laptops and printers.Enyo can be used in WebKit.An independent software vendor network that includes SAP and Microsoft.webOs has a connected component. You can touch a Palm Pre smartphone to the Touhpad or vice versa. That’s a compelling seamless capability. This all may be irrelevant, considering the strength of the iOS and Android. Apple’s app ecosystem is built for developers to benefit with a percentage of what is paid for the app. webOS needs its own app ecosystem but now that is still just emerging. That will be a critical component as the webOs matures and looks for traction with the developer community.Plus, there’s another factor in play. And that’s the bring your own device (BYOD) movement. People are using their own smartphones and tablets for work and in the home. They will not necessarily need a new device. But we’ll see. HP knows how to market computers.HP paid the airfare and hotel for the writer to attend HP Discover.center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

first_imgCroatia’s Marin Cilic reacts after winning a point against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Croatia’s Marin Cilic won his 100th Grand Slam match as he mastered Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday.The former US Open champion won the big points in putting away the 10th seed 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/0), 7-6 (7/3) in 3hr 27min on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Suarez Navarro credits Henin for old-school fightback MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridcenter_img He will face either world No.1 Rafael Nadal or Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the quarters on Tuesday.Cilic reached the last eight in Melbourne for the second time and also claimed his 11th Slam quarter-final to equal Goran Ivanisevic’s record for appearances at that stage of the majors by a Croatian man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Croat won two of the three tiebreak sets and was superior to Carreno Busta in the pressure moments of the round of 16 match.“There were lots of ups and downs and Pablo gave me a lot of trouble in that third set where he was twice a break up and it was difficult mentally,” Cilic said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We had a lot of tough rallies in difficult humid conditions so I was really glad how I stayed in there mentally and really played well in the end.”Cilic served 20 aces, broke serve six times and made a total of 73 winners as well as winning the majority of the long rallies.“That’s my style of play. Pablo is extremely solid from the back of the court and has great shots both on the forehand and backhand and he was serving really good today,” Cilic said.“It was a big battle and I am really relieved that I played such a great tiebreaker at the end.”Cilic said he faced a big challenge against either Nadal or Schwartzman in the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “I have played great tennis from the first round against tough opponents and now I am really looking to the next match, it will be definitely be a big challenge,” he said.Carreno Busta reached the semi-finals of last year’s US Open where he lost to Kevin Anderson and also made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in the same year.He was bidding to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the first time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgGermany drew old rivals France and the Netherlands in Group One for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which is being added to the football calendar to counter accusations of meaningless international friendlies.There are four groups that will feature in League A, the top division of the four-tier tournament, which will replace international friendlies but will run alongside the European Championship qualifiers.It was an early boost for the competition which critics say is too complex, adds to an already crowded calendar and, because it provides an additional path to tournaments such as Euro 2020, makes it too easy for the top teams to qualify.UEFA, concerned that international football is losing popularity to the club game, argues that the league will provide the top nations with more competitive matches against each other.In the other League A groups, Italy, who failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup finals, will face European champions Portugal and Poland in Group Three while Spain take on England and Croatia in Group Four. League A of the UEFA Nations League will feature the top 12 European teams from the FIFA rankings. (Photo: Reuters)Belgium will meet Switzerland and Iceland in Group Two, arguably the easiest.The Nations League features all 55 of Europe’s national teams divided into four divisions — Leagues A to D — that are themselves split into four groups, to be played between September and November.In League A, the winners of each group qualify for the semi-finals, which will be played in June 2019, followed by the final. The four last-placed teams are relegated to League B.advertisementIn the other leagues, the four group winners are promoted and last team in each group goes down.Each league also has one place at Euro 2020, offering a back door for teams who do not qualify through the regular qualifiers.This mechanism guarantees that one fourth-tier side — such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands or Malta — will reach Euro 2020. In League A of the UEFA Nations League, the winners of each group qualify for the semi-finals. The four last-placed teams are relegated to League B. (Photo: Reuters)Germany coach Joachim Loew said the new competition was “really interesting.””I like these kind of games,” he told reporters. “France is a big nation, very good players, and Netherlands too, so it’s interesting for us, our players and of course our fans. It’s better than the friendly games we have sometimes.”I’m really happy.”Poland coach Adam Nawalka agreed. “It’s a very good idea to have this competition instead of friendlies, we have a very interesting group with the European champions Portugal and four-times world champions Italy,” he told Reuters.Portugal coach Fernando Santos told UEFA’s website: “One of the positives with this competition is more games between teams of a similar standard.”Some countries knew they will always struggle to get to a World Cup or a Euro, and they will now have another reason to invest in grassroots development and, of course, all European football will benefit from that.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgMadrid, Feb 5 (PTI) The LaLiga Foundation and LaLigas womens football department have signed a collaboration agreement with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, aiming to develop football in the most deprived communities of Anantapur district in India.This will be achieved by establishing conditions in which both individual and collective talent will flourish in India.The Anantapur Football League is a rural grassroots competition that was founded for the 2014/15 season and is run by the Anantapur Sports Academy, which is in turn is managed by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.Since its formation, the AFL has grown in size, expanding both its number of divisions and youth teams.Through this joint initiative set up by LaLiga and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, around 2,000 boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 19 will have the opportunity to play sport and receive an education.The project will instil such values as discipline, self- improvement and team spirit in the youngsters, qualities which are sure to stand them in good stead for the future.As part of three collaboration schemes, coaches and players from the Liga Iberdrola will have the opportunity to share experiences with their Anantapur counterparts through a series of videos.This will encourage the exchange of information on getting the best out of players, such as training methods and player development, as well as promoting the positive values which are ingrained in football and other sports. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

first_imgThey have defeated FC Goa twice in the league stages but last year’s runner-up, Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat feels Sunday’s Indian Super League final against FC Goa would be an even contest.Cuadrat doesn’t consider his side as favourites to lift the fifth edition of the ISL despite holding an edge over their opponents in the league stages.”I don’t see our team as favourites (in the final). There are a lot of factors involved in finals, and both these teams (Bengaluru and FC Goa) have arrived with very similar numbers,” Cuadrat told reporters on the eve of the ISL final,”Both teams had the same number of wins, draws and losses. They have scored more goals, but we missed Miku with whom we may have had more goals.”I think both the teams are favourites for this title and that is because both teams have quality players and play good football,” the Bengaluru coach insisted.Hopefully we can stop the Goan players from being heroes: CuadratAccording to Cuadrat, the battle on Sunday at the Mumbai Football Arena will be about possession and the form of strikers of both the teams.”We have players like Sunil (Chhetri), Gurpreet (Singh Sandhu), Udanta (Singh) and many others who can shine. The problem is that Goa also has many players who can have a great game. Let’s see what happens, ho,pefully we can stop the Goan players from being heroes,” he said.”I don’t think the previous games or the results should give us confidence because this is a final and it is a completely different situation. I think both the teams have a lot of quality in the midfield.advertisement”The battle will be about possession and about how dangerous the top strikers of can be.”The Bengaluru coach said that he was aware about his team’s shortcomings ahead of Sunday’s all-important clash.”I am aware about the fact that we haven’t been scoring goals too early, but I can assure you that the plan is to score in the first minute,” he said.Mumbai has been a lucky hunting ground for FC Goa as they have won their previous two games here, but their head coach Sergio Lobera believes Sunday’s final will be a completely “different” ball game.”Whatever happened in the past stays in the past and the final will be completely different game. It is true that Bengaluru won both the fixtures. We played against them (in the league stage), but we are coming here with the intention of winning the final,” he said.There is a perception that Goa is more dependent on its foreign players, but the coach thinks otherwise.”To be honest, I don’t think so. One of the biggest achievements this season has been the improvement of our Indian players. They have improved individually and have a better grasp on our style,” Lobera said.According to the Goa coach, tactics will play an important role.”I think tomorrow tactics will be important. But there will be other factors like motivational, psychological that will come in to play. It depends on how players can take these factors in stride,” he said.Goa’s star striker Ferran Corominas did not click against Bengaluru, but the Spaniard feels that every game is different.”It is true I have not been able to score. We did get chances though. Every game, however, is different and we are enthusiastically looking at the final,” Corominas said.Also Read | Super Cup 2019: Indian Arrows stun Kerala Blasters 2-0 to qualify for main roundAlso Read | FIFA votes for new 24-team Club World Cup from 2021, European clubs confirm boycottAlso See:last_img read more