World Cup coaches brace for ‘modern life’ of VAR

first_imgSochi, Russia | AFP | World Cup coaches expressed a quiet confidence on Wednesday about Video Assistant Referee technology ahead of its likely adoption for this year’s showpiece event in Russia.Representatives from the 32 teams to have qualified for the World Cup gathered in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for a briefing on how “modern life” was taking over the beautiful game.Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is expected to be given the green light by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), when the body that determines the laws of the game meets on Saturday.VAR has been heavily promoted by world football’s governing body FIFA, despite its implementation this season in leading leagues such as the German Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A not convincing everyone.Earlier this week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said European football’s governing body would not introduce VAR in next season’s Champions League due to ongoing “confusion” surrounding its use.But coaches emerging from the Sochi meeting said they were ready to ring in the changes — even if the system had not ironed out all the kinks.“This is the new life. This is modern life,” said Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz.“It is obvious that football cannot go on with its eyes closed to the modern world.”– Referee mistakes –VAR can only be used when there is doubt surrounding any of four key game-changing situations: after a goal, penalty decisions, after a straight red card or in cases of mistaken identity.Two of the top complaints have involved VAR either being used too often and slowing down the game or — conversely — not being called on in decisive moments.One case in England — where VAR has been trialled in the FA Cup — saw the referee given a different picture from the one shown to confused fans on television.Some head coaches said Russia will be something of a test case about which it was premature to pass judgement. “It’s something to improve football, we suppose,” said Uruguay’s assistant coach Celso Otero.“I think VAR will be approved and then we will evaluate it.”Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said FIFA’s refereeing department chief Massimo Busacca assured sceptics at Wednesday’s meeting that video replays produced fairer outcomes.Busacca said “it was very important for the referee to make less mistakes to have the video assistant,” Rohr told AFP.“VAR is coming to eliminate mistakes by the referee. It’s actually something that makes the game fair,” Saudi Arabia’s assistant coach Manuel Suarez agreed.England in particular have had famous run-ins with disputed goals at the World Cup.Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” saw Argentina through in 1986 while Germans are still smarting about a goal that helped England win their only World Cup in 1966.Some coaches agreed that resorting to replays could result in match interruptions that break up a team’s rhythm and momentum.“It might slow down a little bit the play,” said Egypt assistant coach Jose Fantaguzzi.“But in general, the technology is very important for the time being.”Yet Fantaguzzi also admitted that his squad was a little bit anxious about how it will all turn out.“A little bit, but not that much,” Fantaguzzi said with a laugh. “We are just ready to follow the rules and prepare.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Kinrade makes most of increased time as Sens advance on AHL playoff trail

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsRallying from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series is quite an accomplishment for any team.But winning all three of those games in overtime — four if you count an extra time victory in game two — definitely increases the ticks on the pacemaker.That’s just what happened to the Binghamton Senators as the Ottawa farm team ran the table — in overtime — to defeat the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 in the best-of-seven AHL Calder Cup series.Ryan Potulny’s overtime winner in Game 7 gave the Sens a 6-5 victory Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.“It was the most emotionally and physically taxing hockey I’ve ever experienced,” Nelson Minor Hockey grad and second-year Binghamton defenceman, Geoff Kinrade told The Nelson Daily.“I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad we’re done with them.”Kinrade, 25, was thrust into bigger minutes than what was originally expected after injuries to Baby Sens blueline forced head coach Kurt Kleinendorst to go with four defencemen — Kinrade, Craig Schira, veteran Andre Benoit and rookie Patrick Wiercioch.The increased time on the ice proved to be a blessing in disguise as Kinrade scored the OT winner — his first playoff goal of his professional career — during Friday’s game six in Manchester.“I thought (game six) was going to last forever,” said Kinrade, inking a free-agent contract with Binghamton after four great years at Michigan Tech. “It showed no sign of ending. I was really surprised it ended when it did.”Trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes, Bobby Butler pulled Binghamton even with his third goal of the playoffs midway through the third period.The score stayed the same until Kinrade, grabbing the puck behind the net, surprised Martin Jones in the Monarch net.“(The goal) was off a rush coming down the left side,” explained Kinrade, earning the game’s first star for his heroics. “My initial shot was intended for a rebound for (Erik) Condra, which he shot wide.“I kept my momentum and collected the puck from behind the net and wrapped it around far side (beating Jones).”The comeback matches the Sens against Eastern Conference regular season champion, Portland Pirates.The series starts Wednesday in Portland. The format is two, three games in Binghamton, and the final two back in Portland.“We’ll do fine,” the confident speaking Kinrade said. “We have enough confidence to play well. The drama from the last series shouldn’t carry over negatively at all.”
 Portland and Binghamton split the regular season series with each team winning on the road.Kinrade, in his first professional hockey post-season, has four points in the [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016)–Purchased for just $108.00, one lucky ticket took down the entire Pick Six pool Saturday at Santa Anita, resulting in a payoff of $313,208.  The total money paid out included $212,103 that had accumulated in the Single Ticket Jackpot pool through the first four days of racing this winter and $155,854 in “new” Pick Six money wagered on Saturday.Purchased by an as-yet unidentified patron through TVG, the end-of-the-year jackpot cleans the Pick Six slate for the New Year, as Santa Anita will offer a nine-race program on Sunday that is scheduled to be highlighted by reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate’s appearance in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth.With first post time on New Year’s Day at 12:30 p.m., the San Pasqual has been carded as race eight and the Pick Six will be comprised of races four through nine.  Approximate post time for race four is at 2 p.m. PDT.For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

Plenty of replanting Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Glen NewcomerTo say that we were busy the last two weeks would be an understatement. There was an unprecedented amount of replanting that occurred here in northwest Ohio this past week. It is not just in Ohio, it’s throughout the Midwest. It is widespread throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa.Everything planted in mid-May was crusted in and a very high percentage of it had to be replanted. On our farm we ended up replanting 20% of our corn and 60% of our soybeans. I’ve never experienced anything like that in my entire farming career. It was very prevalent throughout the whole northwest corner of Ohio. It didn’t matter what the soil type was, or how it was planted, the crusted ground did not allow for emergence in some fields. The seed germinated but it simply could not push through the crust that developed. In counties directly south, it was very common for people making their third attempt at planting. Conditions were such that it was pretty obvious that the crop was not going to emerge and we took immediate action to get the crop established. Soil crusting was the predominant issue in our area, yet very little disease was seen in the emerging plants.As far as insect pressure, there was a little bit of army worm damage in the counties south of us but we didn’t see any in our immediate area. We had many fields where it was a simple decision that the entire field had to be replanted. We addressed those fields first. We also spotted in some fields to add to the stand. I am a firm believer that you have to have a population in place to achieve a desirable yield. We don’t mess around when it comes to replanting. It is too early in the game to be less than satisfied with the emerged stand population. We finished replanting on June 8. It went in great and from what I scouted today, it all appears to have germinated and most of it has emerged as a result of the warm soil temperatures.Many people are sidedressing corn but we stopped because of the dry conditions. With showers in the forecast, we will be at it again next week.Frustration with the weather is one of the things we have to deal with quite often in agriculture. In the middle of May when we finished planting I was on top of the world thinking we had hit a home run. As it turned out we definitely hit a foul ball, but we will step back up to the plate, persevere and overcome.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Salespeople Aren’t Lazy. They’re Poorly Led.

first_imgSalespeople are not lazy. They’re poorly led.Sales isn’t very much like a lot of other roles. It comes with much more independence than other jobs, like a role in operations where your work simply shows up. The work of selling doesn’t come to you, you have to take action without reacting to some external stimulus. To succeed, you need the self-discipline to manage yourself. Without it, you fail.The role of salesperson also comes with a great deal of responsibility. In a lot of cases, the growth of the business depends upon salespeople. It’s also the tip of the spear when it comes to executing the businesses strategy. It comes with more pressure than many other roles in business.When Goals Are MissingWhen goals are missing, salespeople—like other people—tend to drift. Without a target, there is nothing to aim for. Without a goal, there isn’t any measurement of success or failure. If you can’t succeed, you also can’t fail.Goals and target are how we keep score. They keep you focused on taking the actions that produce results.When Accountability Is MissingMany managers are afraid to ask salespeople to report their results. They’re petrified to ask for reports on the activity their salespeople generated during the week. Fearful of being accused of being a micromanager, they opt instead to be guilty of neglect.If you won’t hold your people accountable for results, you are teaching them that results are not important. You’re also informing them that you aren’t engaged in your work and that you are simply drifting, too.You are accountable for creating accountability.When Leadership Is MissingWhen leadership is missing, most people don’t turn in their very best performance. Leadership provides purpose, meaning, and direction. It provides vision and goals and accountability. It spurs activity and action. When a person demonstrates their own personal leadership, it’s often a sign that they can be counted on to lead others.Salespeople aren’t lazy. Well, some salespeople must be lazy, but no lazier than any other group of people or profession. And like any other group, leadership is the cure for drifting. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

1 tie, 4 losses and 8 wins: How batsmen fared on reaching 10,000 runs

first_imgVirat Kohli on Wednesday became the latest entrant in the ODI’s 10000-run club as he scored an unbeaten 157 against West Indies in the second ODI at the picturesque Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.Kohli became the fastest among the 13 who have reached the mielstone. The current Indian captain beat Sachin Tendulkar to the feat as Tendulkar had reached the landmark in 259 innings, Kohli took only 205 innings and 213 matches to enter the elite club.Kohli is the fifth Indian in the list also included Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) — with 9949 of those coming for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runsKohli is fastest to the feat in terms of innings (205 beating out Tendulkar’s 259), days since debut (3270 beating out Dravid’s 3969) and balls taken (10813 beating out Jayasuriya’s 11296). Kohli also has the highest average among the one to have scored 10,000 with 59.17, beating out Dhoni’s 51.30.READ – In my eyes Virat Kohli is already a legend, says Harbhajan SinghAnother interesting fact is that the match on Wednesday is the only in the history of the sport that has witnessed a tie as well as a player reaching the 10000-run mark. Here is the list of players who have scored 10000 ODI runs -PlayerOpposition and VenueResultSachin Tendulkar (18426)vs Australia at Indore on March 31, 2001India won by 118 runsKumar Sangakkara (14234)vs Australia at Sydney on February 17, 2012.Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.Ricky Ponting (13704)vs South Africa at Basseterre on March 24, 2007.Australia won by 83 runsSanath Jayasuriya (13430)vs India at Colombo on August 9, 2005.Sri Lanka won by 18 runs.Mahela Jayawardene (12650)vs Pakistan at Dubai on November 18, 2011.Pakistan won by 21 runs.Inzamam-ul-Haq (11739)vs India at Birmingham on September 19, 2004.Pakistan won by 3 wickets.Jacques Kallis (11579)vs Australia at at Sydney on January 23, 2009.South Africa won by 3 wickets.Sourav Ganguly (11363)vs Sri Lanka at Dambulla on August 3, 2005.Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.Rahul Dravid (10889)vs Sri Lanka at Margao on February 14, 2007.India won by 5 wickets.Brian Lara (10405)vs Pakistan at Karachi on December 16, 2006.Pakistan won by 7 wickets.Tillakaratne Dilshan (10290)vs Pakistan at Hambantota on July 26, 2015.Sri Lanka won by 165 runs.MS Dhoni (10123)vs England at London on July 14, 2018.England won by 86 runs.Virat Kohli (10076)vs West Indies at Visakhapatnam on October 24, 2018.Match tied.There have been four instances that the team whose player has reached the 10000-run milestone ended up on the losing side.advertisementRead – Virat Kohli hits 37th ODI hundred to celebrate entry into elite 10,000-run clubTendulkar welcomed Kohli to the ‘club’ with a special message on Twitter. Kohli is the leading run-scorer of 2018, having scored 1046 runs in 11 innings. Second to him is England’s Johnny Bairstow with 1025 runs in 22 innings.Read – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000″Personally, I’m pretty proud of my innings and my milestone,” an elated Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.READ – Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubKohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in a calendar for the sixth time.READ – Mt 10K: Pakistan Cricket Board lauds Virat Kohli’s monumental effortHe became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.last_img read more


first_imgBell ringers manned their posts for the start of the annual Siouxland Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Friday.This year’s effort runs now through December 24th.The bell ringers are collecting funds to be used to help Siouxland families in need during the Holidays and year round.The campaign goal has increased this year as the need for services grows.Income from the red kettles make up half of the overall goal of $340,000.The Campaign also includes gifts received from individuals, businesses and organizations.The Salvation Army is in need need of volunteer bell-ringers to fill the 37 area Siouxland retail locations.Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up to bell ring by going to or by calling 712-255-8836.last_img read more

Maersk Tankers to Equip Four LR2 Ships with Scrubbers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Tankers. Image for illustrative purposes. Danish tanker owner and operator Maersk Tankers revealed plans to invest in four scrubbers to be installed on selected long range 2 (LR2) vessels within the company’s product tanker fleet.As informed, one existing LR2 vessel, as well as three LR2 newbuildings within the Maersk Product Tanker fleet will be equipped with scrubbers before January 2020 to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulphur regulation.The new regulation states that the current global limit for sulphur content in fuel oil used on board vessels will change from 3.50% to a maximum of 0.50% from January 2020. To comply with the regulation, Maersk Tankers said it “has analyzed and evaluated various options, taking into account the long-term financial viability of available options and potential environmental impact.”“We have carried out extensive analyses while also consulting with industry specialists and relevant regulatory bodies,” Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk Tankers, said.“Based on that, installing scrubbers on selected larger-sized product tanker vessels is assessed to be a financially viable solution while combining it with the use of compliant low-sulphur fuel on the majority of the fleet,” he added.Installing scrubbers on smaller-sized tanker vessel is not currently deemed financially viable, according to the company.“Maersk Tankers supports the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation and will implement it as required. However, we also recognise a need for gaining a deeper understanding of the regulation’s overall implication on the global product tanker industry,” Thomassen continued.Maersk Tankers is also ready to handle scrubbers for the vessels that are operated in its commercial pools, the company further said.Maersk Tankers operates 164 product tanker vessels across five segments: Intermediate, Handy, MR, LR2 and Aframax. Of these, 80 are owned by Maersk Product Tankers, 22 are chartered and 62 are under commercial management. Moreover, the company has an ongoing fleet renewal program in the MR and LR2 segments.last_img read more

Mourinho Man United need wins right away

first_imgJose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”last_img read more