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  • Champions League ready to resume, at long last

    first_imgAfter an enforced hiatus of almost five months, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League resume this week in order to clear up the last remaining business in a troubled season.Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football’s governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions.In the end the solution was to set up two mini tournaments bringing all teams together in one place from the quarter-finals onwards, with all ties being decided in one-off matches behind closed doors. And so the Champions League will move to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ starting on August 12 and ending with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23.The Europa League, meanwhile, will be played to a conclusion at a series of venues in western Germany, with the last eight beginning on August 10 and the final in Cologne on August 21.”I believed it from the first moment,” said the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently when asked if he ever doubted it would be possible to play the tournaments to a conclusion.”You should always be optimistic, and if something like this crisis happens, you must have a plan ready. “At the present time, we will be playing matches without spectators until further notice. We will not take any risks.”UEFA not worried There is, though, no question of further changes being made to the formats despite concerns about an increase in Covid-19 cases in and around Lisbon, and more recent worries in Germany about a rise in cases there.UEFA also recently insisted it was “confident” there would be no more delays despite cases of coronavirus emerging among players at Real Madrid and Sevilla.It is, in any case, now or never.Indeed, the preliminary round of next season’s Champions League begins next Saturday, the same day Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea and Napoli visit Barcelona in their outstanding last 16 second legs.Before that, Manchester City defend a 2-1 first-leg lead at home against Real on Friday as Pep Guardiola’s side target Champions League glory on the back of the club’s success at getting a two-year ban from the competition overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The winner of that tie will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals in Lisbon.Wolves’ longest year It is the Europa League which is first up, though, with the last 16 being completed on Wednesday and Thursday.Two ties — Inter Milan against Getafe and Sevilla against Roma — will go ahead as one-off ties in Germany as the first legs were never played.Six second legs will also be played with the winners heading to Germany for the last eight.Among the ties to be completed is Manchester United’s against Austrian side LASK, which will be a formality for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after they won 5-0 in the first leg in March.Their form since the Premier League resumed in mid-June has been excellent and they have already sealed a place in the 2020-21 Champions League, but now they want to finish this never-ending season with a trophy.”Now our focus is on the Europa League because this is a really good trophy and we want to win,” Bruno Fernandes told MUTV.”I came to Manchester to win trophies. We need to play every game to win. If we go into the Europa League and win every game, we know we’ll win the trophy.”United, Europa League winners in 2017, could yet find themselves facing Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals in Cologne on August 16 should both teams get there.Wolves entertain Greek champions Olympiakos on Thursday having drawn 1-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Their campaign started more than a year ago now, with a 2-0 win over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the second qualifying round on July 25, 2019.Extending it by another couple of weeks would do them no harm.Topics :last_img read more

  • Hoosiers now pay online sales tax

    first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Here is the bottom line- If you live in Indiana you now pay 7-percent sales tax on online purchases from out-of-state companies. The law was passed in October of 2017 and the Indiana Supreme Court knocked down a challenge this summer and ordered collection to go forward effective October 1.The new sales tax rule will apply to businesses that make more than $100,000 in sales from Hoosiers, or have more than 200 separate transactions in Indiana.Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement:A lot about our world and economy has changed in the 26 years since our nation’s highest court last ruled on this issue. With the incredible evolution of technologies and the growth of internet sales, this Supreme Court ruling will help level the playing field between our Hoosier-based companies that operate retail stores and out-of-state companies that sell products and services online in our state. We’re taking a careful look at the ruling to better understand its implications for Indiana.South Carolina has enacted is similar law as well.last_img read more

  • Berbatov did well for United, Jol insists

    first_imgFulham boss Martin Jol insists Dimitar Berbatov was good enough for Manchester United and remains one of the country’s top strikers.Despite being the Premier League’s joint top goalscorer in the 2010-11 season, the Bulgarian fell out of favour and became a bit-part player in his final year at Old Trafford.Jol, who brought Berbatov to England with Tottenham in 2006, pulled off what he described as Fulham’s biggest ever signing when he captured him on deadline day.And Berbatov notched two goals in his first start for the club against West Brom on Saturday.“He did enough for Man United – Dimitar was top scorer even when he wasn’t really playing,” Jol said.“It was nothing to do with his quality or motivation. Whenever he played he was one of the top scorers in England. Even when he was not playing regularly he was scoring goals.“He scored goals for me at Tottenham and at United and luckily he did the same for us [against West Brom] because we were a bit worried before the game.“It was important because we lost our best players [Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey], we had to do something, create a new identity.”Jol added: “It is a challenge for him but he was always scoring goals so if he is fit then hopefully he will do what Clint Dempsey did for us.“He was at the back, in midfield, he was up front, he scored a great goal so I was incredibly proud of his performance.”See also:Two for Berbatov in Fulham victoryFulham v WBA player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • 3 Habits For Managing Your Social Media Footprint

    first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “It’s incredibly easy these days to get your thoughts out from your brain to the screens of people everywhere, and it’s critical you take the time to pause when you feel emotions stirring. It’s not just big brands and celebrities who make these missteps. More than ever you are judged by your public persona. Make sure it represents who you are completely, not just in the heat of the moment.” —Matthew Arevalo, social media marketer who’s worked with T-Mobile, Electronic Arts and AT&T on the importance of using social media efficiently. Use self-control. Get off the grid. Curate. These three habits will help you manage your social-media footprint and make you more effective, whether you use the medium for work or pleasure. Here’s a functional, easy guide to do just that. Self-ControlIcons and avatars give the illusion of anonymity on the Internet because people there aren’t shouting to the masses. And they can be free of true identification. Feeling at least somewhat removed from a post makes some more open with opinions, even detestable opinions. The need to self-control, or the lack of it, falls into two types of violators. One has the above habit, using the veil of secrecy to post what they would normally not. The other, is the type that cannot stop themselves from using the Web to surf, procrastinate, and do anything and everything besides what they probably should: Working.If you fall into this category, and lack appropriate self-control, there’s a good app for you, and it’s free. Wisely, it’s called Self Control. The Self Control app limits your use of email and social media, locking you out of designated sites for pre-determined periods, while still giving you broader online access. If you can’t stop trolling Facebook to see if your latest update got liked. And if you suffer from both afflictions, ranting anonymously and surfing in dangerous water, this could put you on a much needed time-out.Go Off The Grid OccasionallyLet’s say you’re careful about what you post. Very careful. You know about the risks of over-sharing. You’re the consummate professional. But, your’e always ready to respond. Always available. That can be exhausting, and exhaustion often leads to irritation, which usually ends with embarrassment. What to do?Get off the grid. Fellow RW writer Brian Proffitt recently wrote that knowledge workers should change their always-on mentality and stop answering email after business hours. Why: It improves your mood. Effective workers enjoy what they do. Once overworked, by your boss or your own over-accessibility, your spark and motivation drop severely.So, take some time off, stow your mobile and get away from it all. My colleague Jon Mitchell did just that for four days. And while his digital detox is probably different from what you’ll experience, you can feel the same thing he did: Recharged and re-inspired. Make this a habit and watch your productivity rejuvenate. Curation 2.0The final habit you should employ could be one of the most important of all. Make sense of all the white noise out there. All the voices. How do we filter it all? Turn to curation, a growing, but misunderstood, concept that can save you tremendous amounts of time directing you to what you need to know. I like a service called spundge, which helps me filter search results so they are more effective, saving me a ton of time. When you’re searching for specific, nuanced topics, this site gives you results in an easy-to-digest format that spares me from Google readers and extraneous searches. Now I spend that time on what I should be doing: Working. This habit I can’t stress enough, and it’s only getting more refined. The next step in curation is personalization.Personalization is what Facebook mastered from the get-go. Suddenly, each person’s online experience was truly personalized. A company called Gravity is moving this concept further. It uses adaptive artificial-intelligence techniques to make news sites, like TechCrunch and CNN Money’s iPad app, more individually relevant. Gravity monitors your habits to give you more of what you’ve looked at before.And with semantic-analysis abilities, Gravity monitors news and posts for trending topics. If enough people talk or post about an item, that content appears on your home page. “Think of it like a reverse search,” explained Jim Benedetto, Gravity’s chief technology officer. He compared his company’s service to pioneering adaptive-music player Pandora, which categorizes content fairly granularly and listeners rate songs to influence future content.  Related Posts adam popescucenter_img Tags:#curation#social media A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • Smith, Thompson headline Women’s hoops Hall of Fame class

    first_imgSnow Queen: Kim dominates to take gold in women’s halfpipe Barry won over 500 games at Colorado and Cincinnati and was Big Eight Coach of the Year four times.Battaglia coached for 38 years in New Jersey and an inductee of the state’s Hall of Fame. She won 702 games.The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame also will honor the Women’s Professional Basketball League, which operated from 1979-81 in the U.S., as part of the “Trailblazers of the Game” display at the Hall of Fame. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Connecticut Assoc. Head Coach Chris Dailey shouts instructions from the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Storrs, Conn. It was announced Monday night that Dailey will be an inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. UConn won 69-58. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)STORRS, Conn. — Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Chamique Holdsclaw headline the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame class for 2018 announced Monday.The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Joining them in the seven-member class are former Colorado coach Ceal Barry, longtime assistants Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss and longtime New Jersey high school and college coach Rose Marie Battaglia. Dailey and DeMoss are the first two assistant coaches to get into the Hall.The group will be enshrined on June 9 at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSmith was a three-time Olympic gold medalist, former Ohio State star, and led the Detroit Shock to two WNBA championships in 2006 and 2008. She’s fifth on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list.“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as a member of such a prestigious group of athletes who have given their all for this game we love,” Smith said. “Basketball has taken me from Logan, Ohio to places I never would have dreamed. I am grateful to everyone who has touched my life through this sport. LATEST STORIES View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Thompson won four consecutive championships with the Houston Comets after getting drafted first in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft. She was the league’s No. 1 all-time scorer until being passed by Diana Taurasi last year.“I am extremely honored to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. It is a true privilege to have my name reside in the home where so many of the greats of our game are housed,” said Thompson, who played at Southern California. “As a young girl, little did I know how good old-fashioned hard work and passion would affect my life in such a grand way. Fabulous indeed.”Holdsclaw was the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee and led the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA championships from 1996-98.Dailey has been at UConn since Geno Auriemma took over in 1985. She’s helped the team win 11 national championships and over 1,000 games. DeMoss has won over 800 games as an assistant at Tennessee and LSU.“I think that it’s a reflection just on being able to acknowledge the contributions of everyone, whether it’s a high school coach, a player or a college coach. It’s an honor to be the first (assistant) and to go in with Mickie DeMoss, I think that’s fitting,” Dailey said. “You know we’ve battled each other for a long time and we’re good friend and it just seems like it’s a fitting move.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Lankan board wants Indian cricketers in its T20 league

    first_imgThe Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is keen on inviting some Indian players for its own version of Indian Premiere League (IPL) — the shortest format of the game, Twenty-20.Sources confirmed that the SLC officials were in touch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for some time and have been assured availability of Indian players. The Indian board has however said that only those free from national duty would be available for the Lankan league.According to sources, the SLC has showed interest in Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar and Rohit Sharma.The tournament is likely to be held in July this year. An official statement on this was yet to be made by the board.Sources also confirmed that the BCCI has decided to extend its support after the SLC allowed the extension of its players in the IPL’s ongoing fourth season. The Sri Lankan team will begin their England tour this month.The BCCI had however recently turned down Australia’s request to allow its cricketers to take part in the Big Bash T20 tournament.last_img read more