Mata sends Man United through to FA Cup fourth round

first_imgJuan Mata sent Manchester United into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 67th-minute goal to secure a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in their replay at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Mata was played clean through by Anthony Martial and calmly chipped goalkeeper John Ruddy for the only goal against Premier League opponents who had a 10th-minute effort ruled out by VAR.The first match at Molineux between the team, both in the last 32 of the Europa League, had ended goalless with United failing to land a single shot on target.United’s celebrations were muted, however, by an injury to their top scorer Marcus Rashford who came on as a second-half substitute and played less than 15 minutes before limping off injured with what appeared to be a hip problem.last_img

Early England exit spells financial doom

first_img0Shares0000England players take part in a team training session in Bagshot on September 29, 2015, ahead of their Rugby World Cup match against Australia. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, October 1- If England get knocked out early in the Rugby World Cup it is hosting, it will not only be a sporting humiliation but a financial setback. If England lose to Australia in Pool A on Saturday, the hosts will almost certainly tumble out of the tournament. No country staging the event has gone out this early. England head coach Stuart Lancaster has compared the match to a World Cup final.But perhaps there is even more riding on it.Lancaster, whose position would be on the line even though his contract was extended for six years in 2014, would be the embodiment of a failure that would have ramifications off the pitch — starting at the Rugby Football Union.The RFU, the game’s governing body in England, wanted to host the best-ever World Cup to inspire a generation to take up rugby. Early elimination would be a disaster.Its chief executive Ian Ritchie called it the “opportunity of a lifetime” and insisted that 2015 was the “most important year since the RFU was formed in 1871”.– Feel-good factor –The RFU has often been criticised for not capitalising on England winning the 2003 World Cup in Australia.This time, with the tournament in England, the RFU has made a huge investment, with a major promotion push surrounding matches screened on prime-time television.However, “unless England win or a star domestic player emerges, then the World Cup will not deliver on the promise that its hosting in England would have suggested,” Simon Chadwick, professor of sport business strategy and marketing at Coventry University, told AFP.An early English elimination would also be a blow to RFU merchandising revenues such as from England shirts.“A feel-good factor leads people to buy shirts as they seek to show their patriotism. Early exit would be highly undesirable for Canterbury,” the kit manufacturers.Heineken, the tournament’s main sponsors, are also crossing their fingers.“It would be a shame to lose as rugby-mad a market as England,” said the Dutch brewer’s global activation director, Hans Erik Tuijt.“The number of viewers in the UK will dramatically drop if they’re knocked out. We’d like to see England do well,” he told the industry’s news portal just-drinks.Pubs are also pinning their hopes on England beating Australia.“An early exit in the World Cup will no doubt mean a drop in custom for struggling licensees across the country,” said Neil Walker, spokesman for the CAMRA beer industry advocacy group.– Television cliff-hanger –For ITV, which has the exclusive television broadcasting rights in Britain, a swift England exit “could be a disaster”, said Phil Hall of MediaCom, Britain’s biggest advertisers’ media buying agency.He said ITV could lose between one and two million pounds per match ($1.5-3.0 million, 1.4-2.7 million euros) due to a 40 percent drop in the price of advertising slots.“The result of the game on Saturday could have a meaningful effect on ITV’s year from a revenue point of view, as well as a wider knock-on effect on the advertising market and the economy,” Hall told AFP.During England’s 25-28 defeat to Wales on Saturday, ITV averaged 8.3 million viewers and a 38 percent share of the television audience, peaking at 11.6 million and 49 percent.“An England exit would be less than perfect but with Wales, Scotland and Ireland performing so well there is still a great tournament for us to showcase,” ITV director of sports Niall Sloane told AFP.“The overall audiences would experience a minor dip but we would make no less effort to show the remaining for our viewers.”The tournament itself should not suffer directly, according to Joanna Manning-Cooper, communications director for its organisers England 2015.“We have sold nearly all of the tickets for the knock-out stages, so we would still expect full venues whatever the outcome of the group stages,” she said.And overall, the economic fall-out would also be limited.“There are still significant numbers of overseas fans here that are sufficient to generate a fairly buoyant economic benefit,” said Chadwick.But for English rugby, “fail to make the knockout stages and their worst nightmare will become depressingly real,” The Guardian newspaper’s rugby correspondent Robert Kitson wrote.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Audit finds false overtime claims

first_imgL.A. COUNTY: At least one children’s services worker is under criminal investigation. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County children’s services workers pocketed at least $100,000 in unwarranted overtime and bonus pay amid lax oversight and a payroll system riddled with problems, according to an audit released Wednesday. But department Chief Deputy Director Susan Kerr said Wednesday that the department is taking action on problems raised in the audit. “It’s going to be a combination of issuing clear, written policies and procedures and giving workers the necessary training,” Kerr said. The most recent audit reviewed overtime, industrial accident payments and bonuses. The Board of Supervisors has expressed concern in recent years about timecard abuses in county government. Overtime costs shot up to $423 million in 2005-06 from $296 million in 2003-04. In audits of other agencies, investigators have found “systemic deficiencies,” and increasing numbers of employees are being fired and disciplined for timecard abuses. In the recent review of the department’s payroll and overtime system, auditors noted at least one instance that is being investigated as a possible criminal action. “We also noted two employees who regularly signed each other’s overtime forms and instances where the employees may have forged a supervisor’s signature,” Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley said. Auditors also reviewed payroll data for 20 employees who were paid sick-leave benefits and found that nine went from using part-time sick pay – or being absent without pay – to taking full-time sick-pay leave without a department head’s approval. The result was $53,000 in overpayments. In a written response to the audit, department Director Trish Ploehn said she wants to start a quality-assurance program. The program would randomly sample 5 percent to 10 percent of payroll transactions each month to determine whether appropriate procedures are being followed and salaries and benefits are accurate. “We agree with all of the recommendations in the report,” Ploehn wrote. “In the near future, we will provide the board a detailed report on our progress.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the second review of the Department of Children and Family Services in the past month, auditors cited numerous instances of overpayments and underpayments because of incorrect timecards, errors in payroll-system input, and misapplications of payroll rules and regulations. In one case, auditors reviewed 30 employees who work at the 24-hour Child Protection Hotline or the Emergency Response Command Post who each averaged $26,000 in overtime in 2005. “The employees’ supervisors ? indicated that they often approve employees’ overtime forms without knowing whether the employee actually worked the overtime,” auditors wrote. “This was particularly true at the hotline and command post because there are multiple supervisors and employees working various shifts.” The audit follows one last month that found the agency spent millions of dollars on unnecessary and overpriced supplies, violated county spending limits and has such a shoddy inventory program that it can’t account for all its equipment. last_img read more

Chelsea line-up v Hull City: Midfield star to miss out?

first_imgA victory against Hull City on Sunday could well give Chelsea a much-needed boost as they look to reignite their Premier League title bid.The 1-1 draw with Southampton, which followed their Champions League exit to Paris Saint-Germain, threatens to put their season into a tail spin, but boss Jose Mourinho is working hard to ensure this doesn’t occur.“We are there, we are strong, we are confident. We believe in our capacity to stay there until the last match,” said the defiant Portuguese.“We know we fight against that word you use so many times – complacency – the best way to fight is to know (there is a) long way to go.”And with that in mind he’ll be go all-out to attack Hull on Sunday.How Chelsea could line up at the KC Stadium:GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois produced some more brilliant saves last weekend as Southampton threatened to claim a victory against the Blues at Stamford Bridge and this continued excellence see him remain above Petr Cech in the pecking order.DefenceIt’s likely Chelsea will remain unchanged at the back too as Mourinho resists the urges to tinker with his team. That means Gary Cahill and John Terry will keep Kurt Zouma out of the team, while Cesar Azpilicueta continues ahead of Filipe Luis.MidfieldWith Willian a doubt, Juan Cuadrado could be set for another start in a Chelsea shirt, his third for the club since his January move from Fiorentina, while John Obi Mikel misses out again.ForwardDiego Costa grabbed his first goal in eight games against Southampton and that will be enough for the Spain international to keep his place up top. 1 Chelsea midfielder Willian last_img read more

FA chief Martin Glenn urges England fans to forget violence ahead of Wales game

first_imgFootball Association chief executive Martin Glenn has written to England supporters warning them further disorder at Euro 2016 will not be tolerated.Glenn has urged fans in France ahead of Thursday’s game against Wales “to act in a positive and respectful way”.England have been warned they could face expulsion from the tournament if the violence which has surrounded their early involvement continues.Ugly scenes involving supporters in Marseille dominated the build-up to last Saturday’s game against Russia.English supporters have also been the victims of violent attacks from Russian supporters, including inside the stadium. That has led to Russia being given a suspended disqualification from the tournament by organisers UEFA.There have been repeated calls for calm, and for increased security, ahead of the Wales game in Lens.In a letter to members of the England Supporters Travel Club, Glenn wrote: “We recognise that some of you were subjected to acts of violence from rival supporters in the stadium last weekend. It was truly appalling behaviour but you reacted admirably in difficult circumstances. We acknowledge UEFA’s ruling against the Russian Football Union today.“Turning towards ourselves, you will be aware that UEFA has warned us of our fans’ contribution to the anti-social and violent scenes in Marseille leading up to the Russia match. It is something we take very seriously and while tens of thousands of you acted impeccably, there was a minority that did not.“Like the England team, you represent the badge and I urge you to act in a positive and respectful way.”He added: “Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will work with the relevant authorities to identify those supporters involved and issue sanctions where appropriate to our members.“UK police also will monitor any such behaviour and those committing offences could face arrest or additional sanctions such as football banning orders when they return home.“I ask you all to take heed of the advice being given and to continue to respect our hosts in France.”With Russia playing on Wednesday in nearby Lille, where many England fans are staying, a high-level security meeting has been held between UEFA, French authorities, UK police and the FAs of England and Wales.Glenn says this will result in a “larger, more visible police presence in both Lens and Lille”. Glenn also points out that a series of restrictions regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol will also be imposed. England fans prepare for the game against Wales 1last_img read more

Five bizarre pre-season friendlies to have taken place in recent football history

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS targets In light of every club’s preparation for the gruelling league campaign ahead, has identified five bizarre friendlies that have taken place in the recent past which have simply left people wondering: ‘Why?’Have a look at our five choices below…Every Premier League club’s confirmed pre-season fixtures Man United defeated Perth Glory on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford and James Garner scoring boost Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions The match finished in a  4-0 victory the visitors, which represented a monumental effort from the Heaton side who were made up largely of amateur players.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was then a player for Saint-Etienne, attracted large crowds to the stadium.And as we all know, Aubameyang would go on to sign for Borussia Dortmund and later Arsenal in January 2018.ATV Irdning vs Everton, July 14 2018 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 6 Although the Ajax side were without some of the names that are doing the rounds in the transfer rumour mill at the moment, such as Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, their side still consisted of first-team members such as Kasper Dolberg and Siem de Jong.Ajax would go onto to win the title and progress to the semi’s of Europe’s elite competition, while Walsall were relegated to League Two – which somewhat shows that pre-season results should often be disregarded. deals Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 6 latest Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Redknapp sent a fan on to play during his West Ham days Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Walsall played host to Ajax last summer Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update In Marco Silva’s first match in charge of the club, Everton absolutely trounced their European opposition 22-0 in one of the biggest victories ever.Kevin Mirallas scored five times against the Austrian side and astonishingly eight other squad members were also on target.Despite Mirallas’ impressive display he was quickly offloaded by Silva and signed for Fiorentina on loan for the 2018/19 campaign.Walsall vs Ajax, 20 July 2018Ajax may have reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, playing some blistering football and beating Juventus and Real Madrid in the process, but it’s easy to forget they were taught a lesson or two by League Two side Walsall before the season had even started.Andy Cook scored a double to send the Saddlers on their way to an unlikely victory over the Eredivise outfit.center_img Gabonese striker Aubameyang visited Heaton Stannington in 2012 FAREWELL 6 Redknapp, who has recounted the anecdote on many occasions, told the officials the match-goer was a new Bulgarian signing.Incredibly, the fan banged in a goal (although it was ruled out for offside) as West Ham breezed to a 4-0 victory.Despite his goal and a decent display for the Claret and Blue outfit, Redknapp was unwilling to give the fan a contract.Thailand vs Liverpool, July 22 2009It’s not often you seen an actual country lined up against a club, it’s more like something out of FIFA – but that’s exactly what happened when Liverpool took on Thailand in the summer of 2009.The match took place as part of the Reds’ tour of the Far East in 2009. 6 Getty Images – Getty Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED The Liverpool squad is greeted by fans as they arrive in Thailand 6 JIBE Oxford City vs West Ham, July 28 1994Although the fixture isn’t unusual, this pre-season friendly between Oxford and West Ham was bizarre for one special reason.Harry Redknapp brought a young Hammers side with him and at one stage summoned a rowdy supporter to get his kit on and play in the match after he mouthed off a little too much. Rafa Benitez and co. travelled to Bangkok for the match and a young Ryan Babel gave his side the lead in the first-half.Thailand grabbed an equaliser for the ‘War Elephants’ in the second half and they would go onto frustrate Liverpool, earning a 1-1 draw and setting the tone for a miserable seventh-place finish for the Reds in the Premier League.The Reds also played the Thai national team in 2013 and won 3-0.Heaton Stannington vs Gabon, July 22 2012The Gabon national team were in England in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games and originally they had planned to take on Newcastle to prepare for the tournament.However, the Magpies were embarking on their own pre-season tour and therefore weren’t available for the match.Heaton Stannington, a team in the 11th division of English football, astonishingly stepped up and announced they were keen to host the the African outfit at their home ground, Grounsell Park. TROPHY New job Silva won his first game in charge of Everton 22-0 The Premier League is now under a month away and clubs have jetted off around the globe to prepare for the 2019/20 campaign.Chelsea have already played in two of their pre-season matches as Frank Lampard starts his tenure with the Blues, While Man United defeated Perth Glory on the weekend as their tour of Australia started. 6 LATEST last_img read more

South African web use surges

first_img21 June 2007South African internet usage is surging, a new report by internet media and market research company Nielsen/NetRatings finds, with the potential for even bigger growth in the online African language market.Released last week, the report – “South Africa’s Exploding Internet” – states that the number of South African internet browsers increased by 121% in the last two years, from 1.8-million in May 2005 to 3.8-million in May 2007.Over the same period, the number of South African web page “views” grew by 129%, from 91-million to 207-million.Affordable internet connectivity has been boosted recently, with state-owned telecoms company Telkom offering ADSL and broadband, cellular operators like Vodacom and MTN offering 3G and HSDPA access, and other companies like Sentech and iBurst offering wireless broadband.South Africa’s second fixed-line network operator, Neotel, is expected to offer similar services once it becomes fully operational.“In terms of the number of people using the internet, the most developed markets in the Northern Hemisphere have seen a plateauing of growth over the last year or so,” says Nielsen/NetRatings analyst Alex Burmaster.“In contrast, South Africa has seen phenomenal expansion – growing by around 50% in each of the last two years.“This type of growth is, of course, something we have seen across all markets as the internet has taken hold and moves away from being a niche activity to a very mainstream form of media and an integral part of life.”African language potentialThe majority of South Africa’s internet population speaks English, and the vast majority of South African online content is English.However, while the South African internet is experiencing huge growth in this area, Burmaster believes the opportunity for future “hyper-audience” growth lies in targeting African language speakers.English is generally understood across South Africa, being the language of business, politics and the media, and the country’s lingua franca. But it only ranks joint fifth out of 11 as a home language.According to the 2001 census, isiZulu is the mother tongue of 23.8% of South Africa’s population, followed by isiXhosa at 17.6%, Afrikaans at 13.3%, Sepedi at 9.4%, and English and Setswana each at 8.2%.Nielsen/NetRatings’ research report made the following findings on the demographics of South African internet surfers:SA’s internet population is split 54% male (2.15-million people), 45% female (1.79-million people).At 1.42-million people, South Africa’s 25- to 34-year-olds are the most dominant age group, accounting for 36% of the country’s online population – closely followed by 35- to 49-year-olds (1.37 -million: 35%).English is the dominant language – being the home language of around 2.10-million online South Africans (52% of SA’s internet population). Afrikaans follows at 1.11-million (28% of SA’s internet population).Burmaster says South Africa’s internet population is more concentrated around 25- to 49-year-olds than is the case in other English-speaking internet countries.“In South Africa this group makes up around 70% of the internet population, compared to less than 50% in the UK, around 45% in Australia and 40% in the US,” he said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cape Town on world’s top 10 cities list

first_img8 July 2013Cape Town has once again been crowned one of the top 10 cities in the world, coming fourth in Travel and Leisure magazine’s annual “World’s Best Awards” and claiming a spot in the magazine’s hall of fame.It was also ranked the world’s top city in the Africa and Middle East category.Travel and Leisure readers determined the best destinations, hotels, cruises and companies in the 18th annual poll designed by the magazine’s editors.“Cape Town has consistently featured in the Travel and Lesiure line-up, and we are proud to maintain a top of mind position with the world’s most avid travel lovers,” Cape Town Tourism chief executive officer, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, said in a statement last week.Five of the city’s hotels also appeared on the list, with the Cape Grace claiming the highest spot in 26th position, up from 44 in the 2012 awards. This earned the hotel a spot in the hall of fame.The hotel also claimed pole position in the top city hotels in Africa and the Middle East category. The Mount Nelson was ranked sixth, the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa came in 10th, the One&Only Cape Town eleventh and theVictoria&Alfred Hotel was named thirteenth.Safari lodges around South Africa also claimed numerous spots on the list, with Singita Kruger National Park taking the top spot at third, up from seventh in 2012.Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and Singita Sabi Sand, both at the Kruger National Park, took 10th and 11th position respectively.Du Toit-Helmbold believed the success of the safari lodges would contribute to the success of Cape Town’s tourism. “The prevalence of these exclusive hotels bodes well for the luxury market in Cape Town as many high-end safari travellers include a trip to Cape Town on their itinerary,” she said.“The fact that they continue their journey in Cape Town in some of the continent’s – and the world’s – best hotels means Cape Town remains firmly on the luxury travel map.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A Super-Geek Goes to Washington

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Andy Baio is a man who gets things done, though his accomplishments are often quite unusual. Now he’s taking that attitude straight to the nation’s capital.In 2008, Baio posted online, and refused to take down, the grainy video tape of Sarah Palin’s participation in the 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant. He’s received cease and desist letters from lawyers representing Disney, the Beatles and Bill Cosby. He made millions co-founding the early social calendaring website and selling it to Yahoo. He interviewed the mysterious Italian factory worker whose video shattered all YouTube records without explanation, before its author deleted it. He commissioned an 8-bit cover of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue on the 50th anniversary of the album’s release (Kind of Bloop). What else was left for Baio to do? Go to Washington, of course.Hacking and Tracking the ConversationAndy Baio announced on his blog today that he is joining the web technology think tank Expert Labs, along with Director and blogging forefather Anil Dash and Gina Trapani, former founding-editor of mega-blog LifeHacker.Baio says the group’s goal is “to help government make better decisions about policy by listening to citizens in the places they already are: social networks like Twitter and Facebook.”Trapani built an open source software product called ThinkUp, which collects and analyzes responses to questions posted on social networks. Dash brought it to Washington, partnering with the Obama Administration early this year. Now Baio will hack on ThinkUp, the social media conversation and Washington.“There’s tons to do,” he wrote this morning, “but I’m particularly excited to tackle ThinkUp’s ability to separate signal from noise, making it easier to derive meaning from hundreds or thousands of responses, using visualization, clustering, sentiment analysis, and robotic hamsters. I’m planning on building some fun hacks on top of ThinkUp, as well as keeping an eye open for other vectors to tackle our core mission.”In making the move, Baio will leave his spot as CTO of the fast-growing and innovative crowdsourced funding platform KickStarter. KickStarter announced last month that more than 250,000 people have now pledged over $20 million to fund home-recorded music projects, independent films and books and many other creative projects, in just 18 months since the site launched. “Kickstarter’s leading an indie-culture revolution,” Baio writes. He’ll stay on in an advisory capacity.Baio says he rarely feels engaged enough to write about his political opinions, but he believes technology could be key to solving the country’s biggest problems. “To tackle our most serious national issues, we need better communication between government and citizens,” he says. “I want my son to grow up in a world where he doesn’t feel disconnected and disillusioned by government, and I want government to meet the needs of the people, rather than favoring those with the most money or the loudest voices.”Look out Washington, Baio is already among your ranks. It’s sure to be interesting.Audio Interview: Andy Baio – A Master of Crowdsourcing marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Government#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more