Three things we learned from Roma v Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool completed a thrilling semi-final victory over Roma© AFP Alberto PIZZOLIROME, Italy, May 2 – Liverpool reached the Champions League final for the first time in 11 years after a 7-6 aggregate win against Roma on Wednesday.Here are three things we learned from the Reds’ dramatic 4-2 defeat in the semi-final second leg at the Stadio Olimpico: Dream comes true for KloppInspired by dreams of restoring Liverpool to their former glory, Jurgen Klopp joined the Reds three years ago to experience unforgettable nights like this. By leading Liverpool to their eighth European Cup final, Klopp confirmed his reputation as a revolutionary with a unique skill for galvanising moribund teams.Asked earlier this week what it would mean to set up a heavyweight showdown with holders Real Madrid in the final, Liverpool boss Klopp spoke eloquently about drawing on a youthful love of the game. “It is a childhood dream to make it to the Champions League final. We are here to fight for our dreams,” he said.The moment Klopp realised he was about to achieve his ambition came in the 25th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum headed Liverpool’s second to leave Roma needing to score four. Usually so animated on the touchline, Klopp pumped his fists, but didn’t celebrate wildly.Instead, he wore a beatific smile that suggested he knew the promised land was within sight. It was just reward for the coaching masterclass Klopp has delivered in this season’s Champions League. Having out-witted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the quarter-finals, Klopp — drawing on the knowledge gleaned from leading Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final — out-manoeuvered Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco so emphatically in the first leg that even Roma’s late goal blitz in the return wasn’t enough to stop the Reds setting up a repeat of the 1981 final.The five-time European champions were back at the venue where they won two of those trophies, but, while respectful of that glorious past, Klopp is focused on making history of his own. Now the Reds are one win away from joining the immortals.Wijnaldum rises to the occasionGeorginio Wijnaldum’s goal proved crucial as Liverpool reached an eighth European Cup final© AFP Isabella BONOTTOGeorginio Wijnaldum claimed he had no problem resting in the build-up to Liverpool’s biggest match for a decade, but the ice-cool Dutch midfielder’s crucial contribution left Roma facing sleepless nights for weeks to come.Wijnaldum was called up to replace Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, who was ruled out with a serious knee injury sustained in the semi-final first leg, and he rose to the challenge with a composed display capped by Liverpool’s vital second goal.With the match level at 1-1 and Roma eyeing a stunning fightback, Edin Dzeko inadvertently directed the ball back to Wijnaldum, who headed past Alisson before sprinting off to celebrate with the club’s head of fitness Andreas Kornmayer. No wonder Wijnaldum was so happy — it was his second goal of the season and his first since October.It was the former Newcastle star’s first away goal in three years with his two English clubs. He was also the first Dutch scorer in a Champions League semi-final since 2013, when Arjen Robben netted for Bayern Munich.Lightning doesn’t strike twiceRoma kept fighting until the end, with Radja Nainggolan scoring twice, but had too much to do© AFP Filippo MONTEFORTERoma had staged one of the Champions League’s greatest fightbacks when they beat Barcelona 3-0 in the quarter-final second leg in the Stadio Olimpico to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit.Bidding to reach the European Cup final for the first time since their penalty shoot-out defeat against Liverpool in 1984, the Serie A side needed an early goal to emulate their Barca heroics.Desperate to fire up his players, Di Francesco had called for them to deliver “a copy and paste” of that astonishing performance.But Di Francesco had been exposed as tactically naive with his decision to go for all-out attack in the first leg and it was no different this time as Roma were in tatters before half-time.Roma were the only team not to concede a goal at home in the Champions League this season, yet within nine minutes Liverpool had torn through the hosts’ poorly organised defence.Throwing bodies forward far too soon, Roma were caught cold by Sadio Mane before more woeful defending allowed Wijnaldum to head Liverpool’s second. Despite a superb second-half response, that deficit was too much to overcome.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGAL

first_imgBY ADAM RORY PORTERTHEY’VE done it again – the Northern Lights made a spectacular return to the skies of County Donegal in the early hours of this morning.And he’s done it again – photographer Adam Rory Porter was up in the middle of the night to capture these sensational images.The good news is that if there is any sign of a clear night tonight the Northern Lights are expected to be even more spectacular. “It was superb,” said Adam Rory.“The Aurora Borealis returned to the skies near Buncrana We’re due an even bigger display over the next 24 hours,” he added.STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGALlast_img read more

“Godzilla” GC28YAD GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedBasel 1 GCG95Z GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 9, 2012April 9, 2012In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Fontana di Trevi GC1QC5D GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 15, 2012May 14, 2012In “Community” Location near “Godzilla” GC28YADMore than 30 million people call Tokyo, Japan home.  It’s ranked as the most populated city on earth.  Among the countless crisscrossing streets and towering skyscrapers more than 700 urban geocaches are hidden.“Godzilla” (GC28YAD) is one of the growing number of geocaches in Tokyo.  It was placed by hogehopo in May of this year.  The micro cache takes treasure hunters to a statue of the monster movie and pop culture icon Godzilla.GC28YAD is a muggle rich environment The challenge with this, as with many urban caches, is avoiding the seemingly ever-present muggles.  One of the other obstacles is “bounce” from the GPS signals — a result of the tall buildings surrounding the cache location.Even with such challenges, more than 40 geocachers have logged “Godzilla” since the geocache was hidden in May.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world.  Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Now Facebook Can Beam Targeted Ads At You Wherever You Are

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Ads#Facebook#Facebook Audience Network Facebook’s own advertising network is finally here. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company announced the social network is officially launching a way for developers and publishers to distribute Facebook ads in third-party applications.Called the Facebook Audience Network, the ad network will use Facebook data to target users with personalized advertisements across a wide range range of non-Facebook apps. These ads will be similar to the targeted commercial messages they already see on the social network itself; now they’ll just be everywhere.Facebook began testing an ad network in January with a handful of partners, and is rolling it out to developers and publishers today.News of Facebook’s ad network leaked last week, although Facebook played them down at the time. Just last week COO Sheryl Sandberg claimed the company was in “very early testing for a mobile ad network.”A Booming Ad BusinessFacebook’s mobile advertising business is on a tear—it now accounts for almost 60 percent of the company’s overall ad revenue. And even as Facebook’s user growth has plateaued in countries like the U.S. and Canada, advertising revenues continue to climb.A large chunk of that revenue comes from app install ads—advertisements that prompt users to download an application right from an advertisement. Those ads have been so successful for Facebook, other companies like Twitter and Yahoo are following suit. The Facebook Audience Network will compete with Google’s AdMob advertising network that places targeted Google ads on third-party sites and apps. But Facebook’s advantage is that the social network has a much richer trove of personal information and can provide advertisers with better-targeted advertisements.A Boon For DevelopersMany developers are already building apps using Facebook developer tools. Parse, the backend-as-a-service startup Facebook acquired last year, makes it easier for developers to build multi-platform applications. Facebook Login, a tool that allows users to login to applications and websites with their Facebook information, powers more than half of total social logins online, according to a report from social analytics firm Gigya.Many developers are looking forward to creating and distributing Facebook-powered ads.“A lot of users use Facebook Login, and if developers can leverage that information and complete the loop using Facebook to source the personal information from that person, and leverage that to connect with ads for Facebook, that can be extremely powerful,” Ashish Toshniwal, CEO of Y Media Labs, told ReadWrite in an interview.Facebook Audience Network will allow developers to bring all their app-building strategies under one roof, giving Facebook the power to help build, manage, and monetize apps each step of the way. With Facebook Login, developers already have some idea of the demographic data behind their users. With targeted advertising, those app users will see more relevant ads as they go from app to app.Image courtesy of Selena Larson for ReadWrite selena larson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: On Managerial Will

first_imgCompensation is one way to drive behavior and produce the outcome you need, as limited as it may be by itself. Having plans and metrics can also guide behaviors and help produce the outcomes you need. These levers, as much as we like to employ them, are not as powerful as the underutilized method for getting things done: managerial will.Managerial will is a combination of leadership and accountability.Be the Leader Your Team NeedsManagerial will is the leadership to tell your people that you are going to take the hill, and then driving the action to actually take the hill. Regardless of compensation. Regardless of plans and metrics. You achieve the goal through your personal leadership.You establish the goal, and you employ all your resources, including time, energy, money, and people in achieving that goal. Come hell or high water.Inspect and AdjustThe second part of managerial will is holding people accountable for their role in achieving the goal. You ask them about their progress. And then you ask them again. When they’re struggling, you help remove the obstacles to their performance. You coach them. You help them with whatever will enable them to do their part in producing the results you need them to produce as part of the larger goal.Without the leadership component to managerial will, compensation and other levers rarely produce the results desired. If you had to choose between the two, managerial will is the safer bet—especially with a great actualized leader.Without the accountability component, you will achieve results that are far less than what you are capable of producing.This resistance to managerial will comes from the great—and real—fear that people will be hurt when managerial will is exercised by an unenlightened dominator who makes poor leadership choices. But this too stems from a lack of managerial will, namely that of the manager’s leader in allowing bad behavior.Managerial will, when exercised by a thoughtful, enlightened, caring leader is a force multiplier that allows their team to outproduce larger, better-resourced competitors who lack this discipline.last_img read more

Don’t expect to puff away at Tokyo Olympics 2020

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes In this April 7, 2017, file photo, people gather at a smoking area in Tokyo. Tokyo is a smokers’ heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can still light up in small restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to prices in other world cities. Tokyo organizers on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at any indoor or outdoor Olympic or Paralympic venue _ including perimeter areas being run Tokyo 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO — Tokyo is still a smoker’s heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.However, don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tokyo’s city government separately enacted tougher rules last year to protect people from second-hand smoke. All provisions kick in during the run-up to the Olympics.Smoking is still allowed in small eateries and bars. They make up half of Japanese establishments, where it’s common to see a customer eating with chopsticks in one hand with a cigarette in the other.“Countering passive smoking has long been a concern,” Keiko Nakayama, a Tokyo city government health official, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We would like to push for approving more anti-smoking measures so people stay healthy longer.”The statement said the city’s smoking policy would be reviewed in five years. But more regulation will always face tough opposition despite the fact that smoking has declined in recent years.The Japanese government has a large stake in tobacco. It owns a third of the stock and is the top investor in major cigarette company Japan Tobacco Inc. The industry was a government monopoly until 1985, and is a huge source of tax revenue.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Luka Doncic helps Mavs overcome Pacers in final game as teen Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Organizers on Thursday announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at any indoor or outdoor Olympic or Paralympic venue, including perimeter areas being run by the Tokyo games.Organizers said the prohibition is tougher than regulations for the last two Summer Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Tokyo 2020 aims to leave a legacy of improved health for the county at large,” organizers said in a statement.Japan’s national legislature last year approved a ban on smoking inside public facilities, but the measure is seen as weak and excludes many bars and restaurants. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Smoking is cheap in Japan compared to other developed countries. A pack of Marlboro cigarettes costs about $5. In London and New York it’s about $14, and in Sydney it costs $20.According to World Health Organization data for 2015, 32.7 percent of Japanese males smoke, compared to 24.4 in the United States. The highest figures were East Timor (78.0) and Indonesia (74.9), and the lowest two were in Africa: Ethiopia (7.6) and Ghana (7.1). /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Euro 2016: Wales may need ‘Plan B’ if Gareth Bale misfires vs Slovakia

first_imgWales must find a way of avoiding over dependence on Gareth Bale if they are to make progress at their first major international tournament for 58 years, starting with Saturday’s opening Group B match against Slovakia. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)Not since John Charles, a world-class performer at centre-half and centre-forward in Serie A six decades ago, have they relied so much on one player.When ‘Gentle Giant’ Charles missed the 1958 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil, Wales still performed creditably but lost 1-0 to the eventual champions.The current squad have shown little sign of similar resilience without their one genuine class player Bale, who cost a world record 85 million pounds ($123.06 million) when Real Madrid signed him from Tottenham Hotspur three years ago. (Also read: In-form England take on Russia in Group B clash) Operating just behind the main striker, Bale scored seven of the 11 goals that enabled Wales to finish runners-up to Belgium in their qualifying group.On Thursday, Bale was adamant that Wales were “never a one-man team”, adding: “For us, it’s a squad thing. We’re ‘Together Stronger’….we don’t just say it for no reason.” (Also read: Divided loyalties as Switzerland face Albania) Yet those who believe Wales are totally reliant on their totem can point to how they have fared without him in subsequent friendlies, of which he has played only half an hour in total.They lost three and drew the other one at home to Northern Ireland only through a late penalty.PLAN BFormer captain Kevin Ratcliffe said this week that Wales need a ‘Plan B’ — and he did not mean ‘B’ for Bale.advertisement Lacking a main striker of genuine international quality, coach Chris Coleman knows his side must rely on midfield support as well as a normally reliable defence that looked less impressive in the final warm-up game — a 3-0 defeat by Sweden.When Wales take on Slovakia, in a fixture between the two teams regarded as the weakest in a group also containing England and Russia, the Slovaks will hope to take advantage of opponents who have won only one of their past seven games. Previous results between the two sides offer bewilderment rather than enlightenment. Wales lost 5-1 at home to the Slovaks in 2006 — Bale scoring his first international goal, as a 17-year-old — but in the return game in Trnava they won 5-2.  Jan Kozak’s Slovakia illustrated their potential by reeling off six straight victories in qualifying, ending holders Spain’s long unbeaten run and then beating Ukraine.Winning in the rain away to world champions Germany less than a fortnight ago will have done further wonders for their self-belief and Wales will need far more than just Bale at his best to overcome them.last_img read more

Paris: Paris suffers a pollution spike (B)

first_imgWashington : Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary commemoration (B) Washington : Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. meets with Defense Secretary-designate, former Gen. James Mattis (A) New York: File- Linda McMahon talks with reporters (A) St. Petersbur : A light show marking the Day of Hermitage(A) Mexico City: Fenix Ibero American Film Awards (A) New York : Kate McKinnon during “Saturday Night Live,” (B) College Station : Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony (A) Winnipeg : People push a stuck car after two days of snow(B) New York: Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Jared Kushner (A) Nairobi : A giraffe bends over to take food pellets (A) San Diego : A man takes a picture of two Chinese Navy frigates (A) Dallas : Former President George W. Bush during an NCAA college basketball game (B) Seoul : Lawmakers and members of opposition Justice Party with signs stand during a rally (B) Bali : Opening of Bali Democracy Forum (A) Los Angeles : Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling during a ceremony (B) Ulim : Earthquake survivors sleep on the ground (B) New York : Fan Bingbing attends the De Beers flagship store opening (B) SPORTS Madrid : Champions League soccer match (B) Ottawa : Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov appears (B) Windsor : FINA World Swimming Championships (A) Mumbai: Ind vs Eng 4th Cricket Test Match (B+A) Guwahati: Senior Mens Boxing Championship (B+A) PTI PHOTO HS AKN UPTO 104 AKNlast_img read more

UK Prosecutors Charge 6 over Hillsborough Deaths

first_imgLONDON (AP) — British prosecutors have charged six people over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in Sheffield, in which 96 soccer fans were crushed to death.Those charged include the police commander on the day, David Duckenfield, who is accused of gross negligence manslaughter.The former chief of South Yorkshire Police, Norman Bettision, is charged with misconduct in public office for lying about the disaster and its aftermath.The tragedy unfolded when more than 2,000 Liverpool soccer fans flooded into a standing-room section behind a goal, with the 54,000-capacity stadium already nearly full for the match against Nottingham Forest.There were immediate attempts to defend the police operation and assign blame to the Liverpool fans. A false narrative circulated that blamed ticketless and rowdy Liverpool fans — a narrative that their families have challenged for decades.FILE – In this April 17, 1989 file photo, floral tributes are placed by soccer fans at the ‘Kop’ end of Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, 2 days after the Hillsborough April 15 tragedy when fans surged forward during the cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium killing 96 people. (AP Photo/ Peter Kemp, file)___10 a.m.British prosecutors are set to announce whether they plan to press charges in the deaths of 96 people in the Hillsborough stadium crush — one of Britain’s worst-ever sports disasters.The families of those killed in the April 1989 catastrophe were gathering in the northwestern English city of Warrington on Wednesday to be told about the decision.The tragedy at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield unfolded when more than 2,000 Liverpool soccer fans flooded into a standing-room section behind a goal for the match against Nottingham Forest. The victims were smashed against metal anti-riot fences or trampled underfoot.At the time there were immediate attempts to defend the police operation and assign blame to the Liverpool fans.The original inquest recorded verdicts of accidental death. But the families challenged the ruling and got it overturned in 2012 after a far-reaching inquiry that examined previously secret documents and exposed wrongdoing and mistakes by police.There are 23 suspects, including individuals and organizations, that could face charges.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Tottenham 1 Barnsley 0

first_imgTottenham 1 Barnsley 0: Alli sees off stubborn Tykes Matt Dorman 05:01 20/9/2017 Dele Alli - cropped Getty Images Tottenham advanced to the fourth round of the EFL Cup as Dele Alli’s goal proved enough to overcome Championship side Barnsley. Dele Alli’s second-half strike prevented a shock at Wembley as Tottenham were made to earn a 1-0 win over Barnsley in the EFL Cup third round.On the back of a frustrating 0-0 home draw against Swansea City, the hosts had to wait until the 65th minute for England star Alli to break the resilience of the second-tier visitors.Mauricio Pochettino retained five of his XI from the weekend as he handed first starts to Fernando Llorente and teenage defender Juan Foyth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And Llorente should have broken the deadlock after half an hour when he headed over from Kieran Trippier’s corner, while Liam Lindsay also failed to get a close-range header on target with Barnsley’s best chance of the opening period.Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo regularly threatened as the Tykes grew in confidence after the restart, but the Premier League side’s class eventually told when Trippier got away down the right and put the opening goal on a platter for Alli.Pochettino introduced Eric Dier to help the safeguard result with just over 10 minutes remaining as Spurs booked their place in the final 16. @dele_official celebrates his goal to put us in the lead here at Wembley!#COYS pic.twitter.com/Go3AIHxVfd— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2017 read morelast_img read more