Atletico boot Barca out European Champions League

first_imgMADRID (AP):Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half to give AtlÈtico Madrid an emphatic 2-0 win over defending champion Barcelona and a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League yesterday.Griezmann opened the scoring in the 36th minute and then sealed the victory with a late penalty kick to allow Atletico to reverse the 2-1 first-leg loss at Camp Nou with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.The result sent Diego Simeone’s team, which had played most of the first-leg match with 10 men, to the semi-finals for the second time in the last three seasons. And it shattered the hopes of favourites Barcelona, who have reached the semi-finals seven times in the last eight seasons.AtlÈtico Madrid left Camp Nou infuriated with the refereeing last week after their striker, Fernando Torres, was sent off in the 35th minute. Yesterday, it was Barcelona who had reason to complain after a hand ball by Gabi Fern·ndez that appeared to be inside the area but was judged by the referee outside the box in second-half injury time.Lionel Messi’s ensuing free kick sailed over the crossbar in his team’s last chance.In yesterday’s other game, Bayern Munich advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Benfica. The draw in the return leg of their quarter-final meant Bayern went through 3-2 on aggregate after their 1-0 win at home. Unfancied Benfica made the German club fight till the end, though, as substitute Talisca’s curling free kick beat Manuel Neuer in the 76th to make it level on the night.Ra?l JimÈnez’s 27th-minute goal, when he met a lobbed pass from Eliseu and beat two defenders to head past Neuer, put Benfica level over the two legs and fired up the Portuguese team.Arturo Vidal replied for Bayern in the 38th with his second goal over the two legs. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson pushed out Philipp Lahm’s cross as far as the Chile midfielder, who was alone on the edge of the area and fired a shot into the empty goal.Thomas Mueller, who hadn’t scored in his past three games, made it 2-1 for the Bundesliga club on the night with a header in the 52nd.Real Madrid and Manchester City had reached the last four on Tuesday.last_img read more

Henry fever grips France amid Bordeaux links

first_img0Shares0000An assistant with Belgium during the World Cup, Thierry Henry is being linked with Bordeaux © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONPARIS, France, Aug 24 – Thierry Henry is the name on everybody’s lips in France just now, with the Arsenal legend tipped to return to his home country as the next coach of Bordeaux.The south-western club’s start to the season has been marred by a public row between Uruguayan coach Gustavo Poyet and the board over transfers. Poyet, who took over in January and led Bordeaux to European qualification, was suspended for a week and now looks set to be shown the door.In the meantime, media reports in France say Henry, 41, is keen on the idea of succeeding Poyet at a club who are set to be taken over by American investors.Henry, France’s all-time record goal-scorer, retired as a player in 2014 and has worked as an assistant coach for the last two years with Belgium.Lyon coach Bruno Genesio this week likened Henry’s coaching trajectory to that of his former France teammate Zinedine Zidane, an ex-Bordeaux player.“Henry’s path is similar. He has done his training, taken different jobs where he has had experience of working with a group of players,” said Genesio.If Henry does arrive, he would follow in the footsteps of another 1998 World Cup winner — Patrick Vieira took over at Nice in the close season.Genesio added: “They are former players who have had a big impact on the French game. They bring a lot of media interest and I think it’s good for French football.”Bordeaux have had a terrible start to the campaign, losing their opening two games, including a 2-1 defeat at Toulouse last weekend under interim coach Eric Bedouet.They took on Gent in Belgium in the Europa League on Thursday and on Sunday will face Monaco, Henry’s first club.There is already a familiar name at the top of Ligue 1, with champions Paris Saint-Germain having maximum points after Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to score twice in a 3-1 win at Guingamp last weekend.That was Mbappe’s first appearance since starring in France’s World Cup triumph, and the 19-year-old will hope to start alongside Neymar when PSG host Angers.– Balotelli staying, but banned –Newly-promoted outfits Reims and Nimes have also won both games so far, as have Dijon, who go to Vieira’s Nice.Nice are still without the suspended Mario Balotelli, but at least the Italian striker is staying with the club after the collapse of a move to Marseille.Balotelli had been keen to leave, but Nice claimed Marseille refused to meet their asking price of five million euros ($5.8m).Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere then revealed that the former Manchester City and Liverpool player informed the club of a change of heart this week.“Mario told us he wanted to stay for another season. We never forced Mario to stay. In his mind he is 100 percent with us,” Rivere told L’Equipe.For Marseille, losing out on Balotelli followed a chastening 3-1 defeat at Nimes. The news that Serbian winger Nemanja Radonjic is set to join from Red Star Belgrade is a boost ahead of their game against Rennes, however.Player to watch: Nabil FekirNabil Fekir is set to feature for Lyon for the first time since the World Cup © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEAfter winning the World Cup with France, the 25-year-old Fekir was given time off by Lyon and so did not play in their opening two league games.But after a summer also marked by the collapse of a transfer to Liverpool, the Lyon skipper is back and set to play against Strasbourg on Friday.“What happened was difficult for him to digest,” coach Genesio said of his aborted transfer.“But he is at Lyon, his home, and in the Champions League. It could be worse.”Fixtures (GMT)FridayLyon v Strasbourg (1845)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Angers (1500), Amiens v Reims, Montpellier v Saint-Etienne, Nantes v Caen, Nice v Dijon, Toulouse v Nimes (all 1800)SundayLille v Guingamp (1300), Bordeaux v Monaco (1500), Marseille v Rennes (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DD Gardening: Here’s why watering is important for your plant

first_imgIn this weekend’s garden column, I discuss how important watering is for your plants. This includes summer bedding, roses, shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals and lawns.As we head into summer, we tend to have days without significant rainfall. As I discussed in a previous column in regards to lawn care, we can see reminisce of last summer’s drought on our lawns.Did you know us humans would only survive 48hrs without consuming a liquid? Crazy! Advertisement Well plants are similar and water is vastly important to a plants growth and longevity.Capillary Action The plants use xylem and phloem to pass nutrients and much more back forth from the leaves to the roots. These are very similar to our arteries and veins and work in a similar principle.This exercise of passing these nutrients and water from the very bottom, the roots to the new growth on the very top of trees, flowers and shrubs is by a capillary force. Advertisement This allows the mightiest of trees to rush nutrients and water all the way up to the new growth. This action is basically where there is a pull on one and not the other.Nutrients Almost all water contains properties of different nutrients such as calcium, iron and magnesium. These are all vastly important for plants growth.Slight defiance can lead to discolouration of the veins, leaves and stunted growth. An example is bottom end rot in tomatoes which is caused by inconsistent watering and imbalance of calcium being made available.Photosynthesis This is the uptake of Carbon Dioxide C02 and the release of Oxygen 02. Stomata which are small pores in the leaves uptake air and through a chemical reaction release it as oxygen.As you can imagine during this process water vapour is also lost. Once the plant realises that there isn’t sufficient water available it will shut down these stomata to keep water stores available.Once this occurs, the plants growth is slowed as they cannot carry out photosynthesis.Diseases & Pests Once plants become stressed cause them to become vulnerable and susceptible to diseases and pests. Once their systems shut down, the plant can’t defend itself properly from attacks.Similar to when us human’s immune system becomes weakened we tend to find it hard to battle other sicknesses.Cooling As you can imagine during these warm dry spells of weather, the temperature can rise significantly. Generally speaking, most plants will significantly slow down their growth rate at around 28 degrees Celsius.This is to ensure they retain as much water moisture as best as possible. So watering helps cool them down and reduces further stressing occurring.Over WateringThis is when the plant has reached peak saturation and there is still water available to it. This can be even more detrimental to them then under watering.As the saying goes, it’s near on impossible to put toothpaste back into the tub once it has been removed. This can apply in this situation as well, it’s very difficult to remove excess water from your soil or compost once it has been applied. Most plants generally don’t like their roots sitting in damp, cold water conditions.Under WateringThere’s a point of no return which is called ‘The Permanent Wilting Point’. This a point of no return as all the moisture has been used up by the plant and has no other sources to avail of. Carefully monitoring of your plant is critical. Look out for leaves or new growth wilting. That will be the first signs of under watering.When to Water? Little and often is the key to watering. I believe in watering early in the morning. This helps prepare your plant for the day ahead.Watering late in the evening means your plant will sit in damp conditions for many hours. This may result in an increase in pest and diseases as well as affecting your plants growth.If you have any questions on this article or any other gardening questions please feel free to contact me. Contact details are below.Happy Gardening! Conor GallinaghBAgrSc, Horticulture, Landscape, & Sportsturf ManagementMCIHortWebsite: conorgallinagh.comEmail: [email protected]: Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture ConsultantInstagram: @conorgallinaghTwitter: @ConorGallinaghDD Gardening: Here’s why watering is important for your plant was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare 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)last_img read more

Bircham explains new development structure at QPR

first_imgMarc Bircham tells West London Sport about his role with the newly created development squad at QPR and suggests the new Under-21 league means Rangers will not have to place so much emphasis on sending youngsters out on loan.See also:Bircham rejects Nottingham Forest job offer (8 July)Hodges keen to restart QPR production line (23 July)Hughes adds Hodges to QPR coaching team (20 June)New coaching chief starts work at QPR (5 July)Hodges’ appointment confirmed by QPR (21 July)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, and Pure Social Selling Nonsense

first_imgYesterday the article’s headline read, 84 percent of B2B Sales Start with a Referral — Not a Salesperson. Today the headline has been changed to read How B2B Sales Can Benefit from Social Selling.The text is the same, “Outbound B2B sales are becoming less and less effective. . . . Meanwhile, 84 percent of B2B buyers are now starting the purchase process with a referral, and peer recommendations are influencing more than 90 percent of all B2B buying decisions.”Poppycock.Enter, RealityPull up your pipeline of opportunities right now. Look at the name of the company for the first opportunity on your report. Was that opportunity generated by a referral? What about the next opportunity? If the first two weren’t referrals, then statistically speaking, the next eight opportunities were generated that way.Wait? What is this you say? None of those opportunities were generated by referral? Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.Think of all the salespeople you know. How many of them have a pipeline with 84 percent of the opportunities generated by referral? How many have a pipeline with 10 percent of their opportunities generated by referral, for that matter? For most salespeople, 10 percent would be far better than they have now, and more than many of their peers.The reality is that very few opportunities are generated by a referral. In fact, most salespeople don’t ask for them, and even fewer buyers go out of their way to refer their suppliers to their peers.A Lie Repeated Long EnoughThe problem with lies is that if they are repeated often enough, they eventually begin to sound like the truth. You’ll likely see a slide with this 84 percent statistic at a sales conference in the next year, with this HBR article cited as its source.No doubt you’ll hear that social selling is what generates enough referrals that you should no longer use any other method to prospect and create opportunities, least of all cold calling.The fact that this may very well become the newest in a long line of bunk will not make it true. Nor will it make it useful.Poor SocialPoor social selling again takes a beating. Drivel like this over promises and under delivers.For social selling to be a useful toolkit for salespeople, it doesn’t have to create a pipeline that is made up of 84 percent referrals. It doesn’t have to exclude all other methods of prospecting. Worse still, because so many ridiculous statistics are bandied around as if they are truth, they are all now suspect.If you want to build a pipeline of referrals, call your best clients and ask them to refer you to someone they know who would benefit from the same value you created for them. If you want to use social as part of this process, go to LinkedIn and see who they know before you make the call.last_img read more

76ers get Tobias Harris from Clippers in 6-player deal

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris, left, signals after making a three-point basket in front of Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to acquire Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris as the centerpiece of a six-player, four-draft pick trade they hope can put them over the top in the East.A person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press the Sixers also acquired center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott as part of the deal. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES 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 Jake Pascual, second stringers get chance to step up with Alaska starters out Read Next Harris, still not quite healed from a shoulder strain he suffered last week, made his final game with the Clippers a memorable one. He hit a running jumper in the lane with 4.3 seconds remaining to lead the Clippers past the Charlotte Hornets 117-115 on Tuesday night.“It’s as good as it’s going to be,” Harris said of his injured shoulder. “It’s not any better or worse. It’s about pushing myself and battling through it, keeping my mental state at a high level to go into a game and be effective.”The Clippers held the eighth seed in the West but the trade seems to signal an intent on building through free agency and the draft. The Sixers’ four picks, in a trade first reported by ESPN, sent to the Clippers are their lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-rounder, a 2021 second-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick.The Sixers are 34-20 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Clippers are 30-25 and have shed the salary needed to make them attractive for major free agents in the summer.This could be the first of several major deals expected before the NBA trade deadline passes at 3 p.m. Eastern Thursday. The Sixers could still be in the mix — possibly even making Butler available in the right deal. The Sixers are certainly listening to offers for any trade that involves 2017 No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, who has been rehabbing a bad shoulder and missed most of the season. Coach Brett Brown refused to commit before Tuesday’s loss to Toronto that Fultz would be part of the playoff rotation.“I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised with how he arrives back with us more than assume that he’s going to be there,” Brown said. “It’s not smart for me to think like (he’ll be a part of the rotation).”Brand is going for it in his first season as GM, and the Sixers suddenly seem positioned as a legitimate NBA title contender.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Harris is ready for the move — he tweeted early Wednesday a GIF from the opening credits of the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” showing Will Smith’s character playing basketball.The Clippers restocked the roster with pieces for the future. The Sixers sent rookie guard Landry Shamet and four draft picks to the Clippers. Philadelphia also traded forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala to Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 26-year-old Harris is having a breakout season with the Clippers. He averages 20.9 points and shoots nearly 50 percent from 3-point range and is expected to start with All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, along with Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick, to form one of the top starting fives in the Eastern Conference.Sixers general manager Elton Brand traded for Butler, a four-time All-Star, earlier this season, and showed again he is not afraid to make a bold move for the win-now franchise. Harris and Butler both will be free agents this summer. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMalmo midfielder Brorsson: We’ll give Chelsea a hard, tough match

first_imgMalmo midfielder Brorsson: We’ll give Chelsea a hard, tough matchby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalmo FF midfielder Franz Brorsson has mixed emotions drawing Chelsea in their Europa League tie.The two teams will meet in the round of 32.Brorsson stated: “It was the toughest possible. Interesting in terms of sport. What a challenge. I would love to see an easier opponent. I immediately thought, ‘a really big team’. There are many friends who will ask about tickets.”On their chances, Brorsson added: “It’s hard to put numbers on it. We are a giant, great underdog. There is no arguing on the matter. There are probably not many who think we’ll do this, but we’re going to give Chelsea a hard, tough match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Kushners buying Manhattan hotel in third such deal this year

first_imgNEW YORK — The family real estate company once run by Jared Kushner is buying a hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the third hotel it has purchased this year.The Kushner Cos. said Tuesday that it is in contract to buy the 20-story Hotel on Rivington for an undisclosed amount. The company known for residential and office buildings bought two hotels in Long Branch, New Jersey, earlier this year.The company bought more than two-dozen apartment buildings in lower Manhattan when Jared Kushner was CEO. He stepped down from that position last year to become an adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.The Hotel on Rivington has a cocktail lounge and a three-story penthouse. A room with a king-size bed goes for more than $300 a night.The Associated Presslast_img

NEB allows Trans Mountain to begin construction on parts of pipeline expansion

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC can start construction on sections of its pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia.The NEB says in a statement that Trans Mountain has met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for so-called segments one to four from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, B.C.The board says it has approved more than 96 percent of the detailed route for these pipeline segments. The NEB says Trans Mountain can begin construction, including clearing right of way, subject to other government permits and regulations.It says two active hearings remain for these segments and construction for work that relates to the hearings is not permitted while they’re pending.The NEB says 72 percent of the entire detailed route has been approved for the pipeline, and hearings for the final segment are scheduled to begin in Chilliwack, B.C., in October.last_img

Rahul discusses with Delhi Cong leaders about alliance with AAP

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amid continued uncertainty over its alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday discussed the issue again with senior party leaders from the city.Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit P C Chacko and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting held in Gandhi’s residence, a source said. The meeting comes days after the Congress decided to go it alone in Delhi and not have any alliances with the ruling AAP. Chacko has been in discussion with AAP leader Sanjay Singh and the two have held several rounds of talks over the issue. These discussions mark a fresh round of talks between the Congress and AAP leaders after renewed efforts by some opposition leaders like Sharad Pawar who urged both the parties forge an alliance in Delhi. According to sources, Delhi Congress leaders told Gandhi about the party’s prospects in Delhi in these Lok Sabha polls and if the party goes for a pre-poll alliance what effects it may have, given that Assembly elections in Delhi are scheduled in 2020. Meanwhile, the “Haath Ke Saath Cycle Yatra” being led by Working President Devender Yadav at the South Delhi Municipal Corporation area entered the seventh day to an enthusiastic welcome by the people. “The election manifesto of the Congress party, which has been well received by the people of India, has ruined the sleep of the BJP leaders as they have nothing left now to counter the aggressive election campaign of the Congress party,” said Yadav. He said that one of the salient features of the Congress manifesto, released by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is that Rs 72,000 will be deposited in the account of each of the 20 per cent poorest families in the country, which will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore people in all. “People are happy that the Congress party has thought of the uplift of the poorest segment of the people across the country, which has sent out a very positive message among the people,” Working President Devender Yadav said.last_img read more