An umbrella body of 14 Assam-based Bengali organisations have demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into alleged “buying and selling” of legacy data during the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC).The Bengali Joint Coordination Committee, Asom, submitted this demand in a memorandum to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday, citing NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela’s statement before the Supreme Court.According to Mr. Hajela’s statement, legacy had been made a commodity for trading in the process of NRC, the memorandum said. “This implies illegal migrants had their names included in the NRC with such legacies or family trees in connivance with senior officials of NRC who verified the documents,” it said.“Legacy trading is a crime whose investigation should be handed over to the CBI so that the culprits are booked,”the memorandum added.Members of the committee, who have been demonstrating outside the Assam Assembly, claimed that “irregularities” and “malpractices” committed in the NRC updating process led to the names of more than 1.5 million genuine Indian citizens being excluded from the complete NRC draft published on July 30.The committee said that the officials engaged in exercise flouted norms and procedures in the absence of any monitoring and supervision despite an order by the apex court
Sania Mirza decided to celebrate her 24th birthday near the tennis courts at the Aoti sports complex on Monday. For one who likes to keep the media at a distance, this was a day when Sania mixed freely with all as she cut the cake and offered it to several people.With husband Shoaib Malik flying down for the special moment, the Indian tennis star was all smiles. “My husband has come down and it also happens to be my mother’s birthday. Above all, India has won a medal in tennis and I am very happy,” Sania told Mail Today.Reflecting on the year gone by, Sania was frank in her assessment. “No doubt this has been an eventful year for me. Getting married to Shoaib was a big decision and having to spend five months at home because of injury, I thought I would quit tennis. Yes, Allah has been kind to me,” she said.Currently on antibiotics for a severe ear infection, where the Indian star says she could hear “tennis balls popping in my ears”, Sania is aware of the challenges ahead. “I had to miss the team event but I am ready for the open events now. As I can take part in only two events, I will play singles and mixed doubles with Vishnu Vardhan,” said Sania. “I have seen his game. He serves and volleys well and has a good backhand.”This was a day when Sania was ready to reflect on her first medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002. “I was just 15 then and these eight years have gone by fast. I think the Doha Asiad was very good for me but what makes me happy today is I am still enjoying my tennis,” she said.advertisementHaving been with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and now being part of a contingent with youngsters, Sania feels the next generation is ready to take over. “Look at it, we don’t have Leander or Mahesh or Rohan and we still win a medal in men’s tennis. This is a superb start,” she said.Sania is pleased to see the progress of Indian sport. “We had a good run at the Commonwealth Games and we started winning medals. I wasn’t able to see Pankaj Advani’s match or Gagan Narang win silver. But I think we will keep the momentum going,” she said.On her fitness, injuries and overall life, Sania was very clear. “I am actually feeling no pain in my right wrist, which had been bothering me. I think after marriage I have got what I wanted and Shoaib is a very nice husband. Most often, I am travelling during my birthday. Tonight, it should be a quiet dinner with my family and friends,” she said.For his part, Shoaib prefers not to talk too much. “Yes I came all the way for Sania’s birthday and will be flying back on the 18th. I did play the Super Sixes in Hong Kong and I hope Sania can do well here,” he told Mail Today.
India’s stand-in skipper Suresh Raina admitted that his batsmen let the team down after they were handed a crushing 103-defeat by the West Indies in the fourth ODI here on Monday.”Credit to Windies for batting well. But we did not bat well at all to be honest,” Raina said after the match. “Our shot selection was wrong, we had no partnerships. Rohit (Sharma) was there but I and Yusuf (Pathan) got out at that time.”There was no partnership. Batsmen have to be there when chasing a total like 240-245. And the West Indies played well in the batting Powerplay.”Raina was, however, pleased with his bowlers’ performances. “(Amit) Mishra and (Ravichandran) Ashwin bowled well for us, Ashwin got us the wicket of Pollard who was batting well. Ishant and PK also bowled well,” he said.Rival skipper Darren Sammy was delighted that his team managed to break a sequence of three successive defeats. “We showed a lot of character and it’s good to come on the winning side. We played a lot better today, we have been improving throughout this series. We posted 250, bowlers have been getting early wicket, today we handled it better,” Sammy said.Opener Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard — both made valuable half centuries — came in for praise from the skipper.”Since Simmons came back he has been our main run-getter. Pollard got runs down the order, we keep losing track in the middle. As long as we keep improving, we are still a young team,” he said.advertisementAbout Andre Russell, Sammy said, “He is a total team man, I spoke to him and he told me, skipper I am going to give my best. He has a bright future.”Man-of-the-Match Anthony Martin, who acknowledged the loud cheers from the crowd, said the familiar conditions worked in his favour.”The conditions I know very well, it helped me a lot. Thanks to the crowd for supporting me. I am going to do the best I can,” Martin said.Asked what was his strategy going into the match, he said, “I just decided to keep it tight and let the batters do what they wanted to do.”- With inputs from PTI
Fixing ODIs: V. Jayadevan’s formula awaits ICC clearanceComputing the revised target score in interrupted limited-overs cricket matches is a complex activity. Now, a civil engineer from Kerala might have a big say in it.Since 1998, a method formulated by the statistician-mathematician duo of Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis has been in,Fixing ODIs: V. Jayadevan’s formula awaits ICC clearanceComputing the revised target score in interrupted limited-overs cricket matches is a complex activity. Now, a civil engineer from Kerala might have a big say in it.Since 1998, a method formulated by the statistician-mathematician duo of Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis has been in use, but the D/L has run into controversies as it often arrives at illogical numbers.V. Jayadevan, 38, an assistant director at the Kerala Engineering Research Institute, Thrissur, claims his formula is superior to the D/L method.Many seem to agree, Sunil Gavaskar for one. He invited Jayadevan to present it before the BCCI, which forwarded it to the International Cricket Council. The ICC is expected to take it up for discussion after the 2003 World Cup.Wisden (Asia) magazine published details of Jayadevan’s computation and felt it was better than the D/L method. The journal Current Science also featured Jayadevan’s method in a recent issue.Is he overawed by the fact that his work could be accepted by the ICC? “Slightly. But the Boer method which preceded D/L was developed by a South African schoolboy,” he says easily.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored as the New York Rangers kept the Los Angeles Kings at bay with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday.The Kings lead the series 3-1 and will get their second shot to claim the Cup for the second time in three years Friday night at home.The Kings had champagne at the ready but didn’t get the chance to pop the corks. Los Angeles hoped to become the first team since 1998 to complete a sweep in the finals.Twice Los Angeles put the puck on the goal line, but couldn’t get it all the way across. The last came with 1:11 left in the game.
He added that animators have participated in the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival in Trinidad and Tobago, which is the Caribbean’s biggest and most prestigious animation festival, providing a platform for the development of animators as well as the exposure of animation as a viable business. Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Jackson noted that participation at various workshops and festivals overseas has provided the opportunity for persons to network, showcase their work and gain vital information on trends and career possibilities in the industry. Story Highlights President of the Jamaica Animation Nation Network (JANN), Kevin Jackson, says the future is looking bright for the animation sector, due to the increased demand for local professionals in the field, exposure to international markets, and initiatives being undertaken to develop the creative economy. President of the Jamaica Animation Nation Network (JANN), Kevin Jackson, says the future is looking bright for the animation sector, due to the increased demand for local professionals in the field, exposure to international markets, and initiatives being undertaken to develop the creative economy.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Jackson noted that participation at various workshops and festivals overseas has provided the opportunity for persons to network, showcase their work and gain vital information on trends and career possibilities in the industry.He added that animators have participated in the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival in Trinidad and Tobago, which is the Caribbean’s biggest and most prestigious animation festival, providing a platform for the development of animators as well as the exposure of animation as a viable business.The festival attracts top animators from studios such as Dreamworks, Aardman, Pixar, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon to present and host workshops for potential, novice and professional animators, while providing an outlet for innovative practitioners in the Caribbean to develop, expand and showcase their talents to a wider local and international audience.Mr. Jackson informed that local animators have also attended MIPCOM, an annual trade show in Cannes, France, which brings together the world’s top TV and digital content executives for four days of meetings, screenings and conferences.Groups have also participated in Kidscreen Summit in Miami, Florida, and plans are now being finalised for a delegation to attend the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France, in June.“By going to markets such as Kidscreen and MIPCOM, we realised that everyone knows Jamaica and wants to work with Jamaica, and people want to see what is coming out of Jamaica. There are persons who want to work with us on both fronts, in terms of helping us to produce our own content as well as providing us with outsource work,” the President said.He noted that exposure to international markets has allowed persons to see and value their work, resulting in a huge interest in Caribbean content.“We were approached by distributors who wanted to know if we have content because they are looking for more diverse, cultural content, which is very good for us because it means that we get to retain some authenticity,” Mr. Jackson highlighted.On the matter of talent development programmes, Mr. Jackson lauded the efforts of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Youth Employment in Digital and Animated Industries (YEDAI) programme, in facilitating various initiatives to boost the creative sector.JAMPRO, in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), has been spearheading the Business of Sustainability for Studios (BOSS) programme, an enterprise-building thrust that forms part of the YEDAI programme.The BOSS programme aims to groom 20 existing animation production studio executives to grow their businesses into sustainable and profitable production and animation entities; support the development of the local animation industry; and, ultimately, transform the landscape in Jamaica to encourage greater local direct investment in the creative economy.“From JANN’s perspective, the number of emails that we have been getting from agencies in Jamaica asking for animated content have been increasing from both public and private sectors. So, the jobs are increasing and it shows that persons are becoming more aware that animation is a viable medium to tap into, and so, things are looking very bright and it is an exciting time to invest in animation, as there are a lot of things to look forward to in terms of both local content and working with international organisations,” Mr. Jackson said.
Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, June 13, that byelections will be held in three ridings on Tuesday, July 14. The byelections are being held to fill vacancies in Dartmouth South, Cape Breton Centre and Sydney-Whitney Pier. -30-
Five lucky and talented chefs from Alberta will get a chance to show their mastery of pork at a prestigious competition in Banff.It’s the first time the event, known as Cochon555, has come to Canada.Cochon is the brainchild of American chef Brady Lowe. It’s a celebration of heritage pork breeds and launched in 2008.Since then it’s become one of the signature events on the North American culinary calendar.“For Alberta to have it, for Banff to have it, and for us to be able to host it at the hotel, it’s a very big deal in the industry, for sure,” said J.W. Foster, Executive Chef at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.He says any chef worth their salt wants to be included.Among the others showing their stuff will be chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson from Charcut and Charbar and Matthias Fong of River Cafe in Calgary, Shelley Robinson of Banff Hospitality Collective and Randy Luft of the Rimrock Resort Hotel.The farmers are Malorie Aubé of Country Accent Heritage Breeds, Allan and Joanne Vanden Broek of Broek Pork Acres, Danny and Shannon Ruzicka of Nature’s Green Acres, Mark Lahoda and Antonio Matriz of Alberta Pork Company/Sunhaven Farms and Jessica and Chris Fasoli of Bear and the Flower Farm.You can get tickets to the April 28 event here: https://www.banfflakelouise.com/cochon555-tickets
President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Western Province Minister Gamini Thilakasiri as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) Organizer for the Homagama electorate.He received his appointment letter from the President today at the President’s Office.
REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a malicious link.The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.Microsoft Corp. said Saturday that it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” that tried to exploit the security gap. The company is working on a fix which it plans to provide in a software update on May 13.In the meantime, Microsoft encourages customers to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software.A division of the Homeland Security Department recommends that users download a security toolkit from Microsoft or use another browser until an update becomes available.___Online:Microsoft Security Advisory: http://bit.ly/1fJX5RR Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap and ‘limited, targeted attacks’ on computers by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 12:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
For the past decade archaeologists have been…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– It is a window into the Mesolithic, the world inhabited by the hunter gatherers who re-colonised Britain after the end of the ice age 12,000 years ago. The alleged damage they claim was caused when gauges were being installed to monitor the water table at Blick Mead, a series of tepid springs in the grounds of Amesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, known as the “first place in Britain”. Now archaeologists are claiming that the unique site on the edge of Salisbury Plain near Stonehenge may have been irreparably damaged by blundering Highways England engineers who drilled a hole directly through it during the project to build a road tunnel under the iconic site.
GR Engineering Services19 Apr -56Materials -17Materials 20.0 2007 Amount raised ($m) (LHS)495.7 603.9 Number of floats (RHS)55 174 2009 15.0 Amount raised ($m) 101.2 IPO activity in Western Australia continued to increase post the global financial crisis (GFC), according to new figures released from the Deloitte Corporate Finance survey. Western Australia produced 63 IPOs in the year ending 30 June 2011 (FY11), almost double the 33 IPOs in the previous financial year. The value of funds raised through IPOs also increased sharply, up from A$266 million to A$604 million. Of the ten largest of these IPOs, nine were in the resources sector.Deloitte Corporate Finance partner, Andrew Annand, said Western Australia again generated more IPOs than any other state in 2010, and accounted for five of the 10 best-performing floats, again led by the resources sector. 2011 Company 67 20.0 $billion raised1.981 Maca3 Nov Kimberley Rare Earths18 May Date listed Ten biggest WA-based IPOs in FY11 Haranga Resources9 Dec 2010 1,776.6 123 South American Ferro Metals16 Nov Blackgold International22 Feb 70.2 -38Materials 5.884 60.0 Industry sector 63 2010 7.555 100 2011 Dampier Gold23 Aug 18.2 1,500.8 -40Materials 10.174 2007 12Materials Universal Coal10 Dec 25.0 2003 -7Materials McPherson’s Reward Gold24 Dec Change versus issue price at 30/06/11 (%) 2005 10.788 63 2008 -34Materials 13.247 Across the country, the Deloitte Corporate Finance IPO survey shows that FY11 produced 123 floats, almost double the number in the previous financial year.The value of funds raised from investors has also climbed strongly, up from $4 billion in FY10 to $7.6 billion in FY11, however, Mr Annand said the strong-looking numbers belied a disappointing second half of the year for IPO activity.“The value of funds raised reflected two big-value floats earlier in the year of QR National and Westfield Trust, which together raised almost $6.1 billion. The number of floats was boosted by activity in the resource sector, which produced 95 IPOs, or almost 80% of all the floats for the year.“The successful listing of Queensland Rail in particular raised expectations for the IPO market in the new year, however, overall the market has failed to live up to these expectations, with many businesses foregoing a listing, often in favour of a trade sale. The equity market simply couldn’t match the valuation expectations of vendors or those achieved through private sales.” 2002 4.269 169 33 2005 55 10.550 265.7 113 30.0 201 221 2008 2006 1.149 27.5 17 PMI Gold Corporation21 Dec 1,312.8 30.0 Number of IPOs60 145Materials 151 2009 2006 2004 95Capital goods 28 4.011 -25Materials
GROUP DIn group D, SC Magdeburg beat Romanian Bacau 33:25 with fantastic performance of Robert Weber, who scored 11 goals. 4HC Motor Zaporożje200243:590 1SC Magdeburg220066:434 1Rhein-Neckar Löwen220069:554 TVIS Holstebro 4Besiktas JK Stambuł100118:330 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Vive Kielce with come-back wins against Chambery Next Story → The End of Saga: Mackovsek to TSV Hanover Burgdorf! 3Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau200243:540 2KIF Kolding110024:212 2HBC Nantes110021:182 3Tatran Prešov100133:340 In the second matches of the EHF Cup Group stage , handball fans across Europe have seen a lot of tight matches with some surprises. Danish TVIS Holstebro wins in Polish Plock 29:28 (13:15) and that is the biggest surprise of the Round 2.Orlen Wisła: Sego (12/33 – 35%), Wichary (4/9 – 36%) – Eklemović 2, Spanne 2 (2), Wiśniewski 4, Kubisztal 2, Kavas 1, Ghionea 6 (1), Twardo, Toromanović 3, Syprzak 1, Paczkowski 3, Nenadić 3, Ilyes 1.Team Tvis: Lind (0/1), Petersen (20/45 – 40%) – Thoustrup, Hansen 3, Larsen 6 (2), A. Damgaard Nielsen 6, Christiansen 4, Sorensen, Bramming 2 (1), Mose, Thomsen 2, Green Jensen 2, M. Damgaard Nielsen 4.In the second match of this group, Slovenian Maribor has no problem against Norwegian Elverum 34:29.Maribor Branik: Čudič, Pešić, Štefanič, Mirković 4, Tarabochia, Svalina 2, Oštir, Špelić 9, Špende, Razgor 6, Pučnik, Zarabec 6, Šoštarič 6, Sok, Šimič, Mlakar 1.Elverum: Aanestad 3, Björkman, Ojala 3, Thon, Borresen, Rönnberg 6, Nordberg 2, Sluijters 4, Gullerud 4, Lindboe 4, Toft 3, Stegavik, Rajković, Nergaard.STANDING:1. Team Tvis Holstebro 2 – 32. Maribor Branik 2 – 33. Wisla Plock 2 – 24. Elverum 2 – 0GROUP ASecond Slovenian team, Cimos Koper took important points in Sweden against Eskilstuna Guif – 30:29.Eskilstuna Guif: Hallberg, Larsson, Akerman 2, E. Andersson 1, Blank, Ekman 1, Gustavsson, Tholin 9, H. Andersson, Freiman 7, Heimisson 2, Oldberg 1, Sjöö, Sokolić 3, Stenbäcken 3.Cimos Koper: Podpečan, Škof, Dobelšek, Grzentič, Brumen 8, Bombač, Krivokapić 4, N. Poklar, Hrastnik, Konečnik 1, Rapotec 8, Gavranović 5, Bundalo, Bošković 3, Osmajić 1, Darovec.NATURHOUSE LA RIOJA – FA GOPPINGEN 25:2325 – Naturhouse: Jorge Martínez (p), Petrus (1), Mindegia (3), Arrieta (1), Víctor Hugo (2), Cuartero (3,1p), Capote (3), Aguinagalde (ps), Velasco, Ajo, Tioumentsev (6), Paván (5), Curuvija, Pedro Rodríguez (1) y Ales Silva.23 – Göppingen: Prost (p), Oprea (2), Schöne (3), Späth (1), Haas (4), Horak (2), Markovic (7), Tahirovic (p), Kneule (1), Beljanski, Fontaine y Rnic (3,1p).STANDING:1. Cimos Koper 2 – 42. Frisch Auf Göppingen 2 – 23. Naturhouse La Rioja 2 – 24. Eskilstuna Guif 2 – 0GROUP BRhein Neckar Lowen has easy job against Motor Zaporozje 35:22.
ARE SERIAL KILLERS often guilty of committing other murders that remain unsolved?A crime series looks at some of the most notorious killers in the UK and uses criminology techniques to try and link more unsolved murders to convicted killers.Professor David Wilson, who teaches as Head of Criminology at Birmingham City University, investigates the possibility.Wilson will build up detailed criminal profiles of serial killers and apply criminology techniques to compare the killers to other unsolved crimes.The three-part series ‘Killers Behind Bars’ will also speak to the investigating officers and look at interview tapes and crime scenes.With this evidence, Wilson hopes to prove beyond reasonable doubt that their known crimes are simply the tip of the iceberg.The first episode on TV3 tonight focuses on Steve Wright – known as ‘The Suffolk Strangler’.In February 2008, he was sentenced to life for the murder of five women who worked as prostitutes in Ipswich, Suffolk.The judge sentencing him recommended that he should never be released from prison.Wilson believes Wright had struck before.He travels to Norfolk where he discovers numerous cases of sex workers killed in similar circumstances.After meeting with some of the families of the Norwich victims, the professor makes a discovery that he believes provides strong enough evidence for re-investigating one unsolved murder in particular.The show airs on TV3 at 9pm tonight.Read: Body of murdered porn star found in Italy’s Lake Garda>Read: The Moors Murders: a timeline>
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the HP TouchPad 4G, you might not have to wait for much longer. The TouchPad 4G has been spotted for pre-order on Amazon for $699.99. That’s roughly $100 more than the WiFi-only version available already.The 32GB TouchPad 4G offers a 9.7-inch LED multi-touch display. The tablet uses HP’s webOS 3.0, and runs on a fast 1.5 GHz processor, which is a step up from the 1.2GHz processor of the WiFi version. It also has integrated GPS and built-in AT&T wireless mobile broadband capabilities. The 4G tablet is HSPA+ (AT&T), not LTE, so don’t get too excited. And, unlike the iPad, the TouchPad offers Adobe Flash support.If $700 sounds like a lot to be spending on a tablet, you may want to wait a month or two. As we’ve seen recently, HP has been discounting the TouchPad like crazy. Last Friday we saw it for $380 at Woot, and Staples was offering it for $299.99 over the weekend through a $100 rebate coupon. We can’t promise it will be cut in price soon, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks, you may want to consider waiting a bit.HP also announced a promotion over the weekend for anyone in the U.S. who buys a TouchPad between July 1 and August 4. Purchasing the tablet will get you $50 worth of credit to use in the App Catalog.Reports of a 64GB model release were also floating around back in July. They came at the same time as the TouchPad 4G rumors, so it’s likely that we may see a 64GB version when the 4G version is finally released.You can preorder the HP TouchPad 4G at Amazon now, but there’s no release date listed as of yet.via Ubergizmo
Amazon has been pushing its voice-powered virtual assistant Alexa quite a bit, and now they’re trying to get gamers interested in the platform, releasing a new set of tools that allows developers to easily create audio adventures.The Alexa Echo and Tap have received rave reviews and work incredibly well for music playback, news, alarms, and an increasingly growing set of skills allowing you to do everything from hail an Uber to boo someone out of your living room. But it turns out that owners love to play games. 20% of the top “skills” (Amazon’s name for apps) are games, although most of them tend to be trivia games, which makes sense given the platform.Interactive adventure games make for a much more immersive experience, though. These newly released tools will give developers a vastly simplified design interface, as well as an open-source Interactive Adventure Game Tool, a Decision Tree template, and a Trivia Game template, because of course. These will allow developers to easily get running with their projects. Amazon seems to be doing all it can to encourage new games for their platform, and it will be interesting to see if Alexa ever gets enough support to be enjoyed as a unique game platform.One game that has shown the device’s potential more than most is The Wayne Investigation, an official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tie-in that lets you investigate the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. It was written by DC Comics writers and plays out almost like a verbal text adventure game, where you tell Alexa what rooms to walk through, making choices in order to find clues as to the culprit. A playthrough lasts anywhere from five to 45 minutes depending on the decisions you make and the game is currently the most popular skill in the Alexa store, which is what prompted Amazon to make it easier for future developers. There’s clearly an untapped market here, and Amazon can’t ignore that!Now that these tools are available we hope to see even more developers make use of this style, because the world can never get enough adventure games.
Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has hammered his team’s defenders after their horror outing against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.The Gers took the lead three times in Moscow, but a woeful second-half display handed them their first UEFA Europa League defeat of the season.The Scottish Premiership club were on a high when first-half strikes from Glenn Middleton, Daniel Candeias and an own-goal from Roman Eremenko gave them a 3-2 advantage.But shocking defensive lapses, especially in the second half, allowed Spartak to seize control for a 4-3 win, as they blew Group G wide open.Gerrard’s side seat third in their group behind Spartak and Villarreal, but host the Spanish club on match day 5 as they look to secure qualification for the second round.However, the former Liverpool youth team coach refused to spare his ropey rear-guard and knows more lamentable defending in their next two group games will cost them any shot at the last 32.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.He said, according to Express: “I’m very disappointed with the result. You saw two sides of our performance tonight. We attacked very well and were dangerous and countered bravely. We got our rewards and had control at half-time.“However, football is about levels and if you don’t do the basics well enough and defend properly, then high-level teams will normally punish you and that was the case here.“People who have had a lot of praise and who did really well to get us to this stage just didn’t do the basics well enough.“Normally, to come here and score three goals you get a result, but I’m bitterly disappointed with how we defended.”
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has accused players of Queens Park Rangers of working as a tag team to foul Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish.Smith has demanded more protection from the officials for Grealish who was fouled on numerous occasions during Villa’s defeat against QPR.The struggling Villans were defeated 1-0 at Loftus Road, where Pawel Wszolek’s first-half strike gave in-form QPR their third win on the bounce and the fourth victory and clean sheet of a five-match unbeaten run.Wszolek’s shot cannoned off the underside of the bar after the Poland international raced on to Geoff Cameron’s ball over the top seven minutes before the interval.Despite being kept at bay for much of the game Villa boss Smith insists referee Darren England should have done more to clamp down on QPR’s treatment of Grealish.“They need to protect Jack Grealish more. QPR were like a tag team kicking him,” Smith said, according to Sports Mole.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“A player of that quality needs protection from referees and they should be brandishing yellow cards.”“They were a tag team tonight. (Massimo) Luongo’s had four or five kicks at him and other players have.”“He needs protection. If they brandish a yellow card very early then it stops it. He’s the most fouled player in the league, we all know that.”“Does he get the protection he deserves? I don’t believe he does at the moment. I suppose it’s the only way the opposition can stop him.”“There was a lot of tactical fouling but there weren’t many yellow cards. If you dish out yellow cards then you stop that.”
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri bemoaned the poor display of his side n their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United and further claimed he is not bothered about his job.Goals from Herrera and Pogba were enough to seal a place in the quarter-final with Wolves as the Blues ran short of ideas in front of frustrated home fans.When quizzed about the performance and the reaction of the fans Sarri said: “For everything, there is a first time.“I am worried about the result, not our fans. Of course, I can understand their frustration. The result was not very good. We are out of the FA Cup.”“We played confusing football in the second half but in the first half I think we played well,” he said.“We need more aggression and more determination in the situations inside our own box and inside the opposition box. The difference was there.“We need to be faster, mentally and materially. We need more movements without the ball. We need less individual actions.“When you have spaces, of course, you can do individual actions. But when the situation is like it is in the second half, you need to move the ball faster and more movements without the ball otherwise it is impossible to score.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Maurizio Sarri heard the chants, but he has other concerns!🙉 pic.twitter.com/XWJS8wpvfN— Goal (@goal) February 19, 2019Following the poor run of results in recent weeks, the former Napoli man has come under intense scrutiny, but he remained bullish about the rumours of a sack.“No, I was really very worried when I was in league two in Italy,” he told Sky Sports. “I am not worried now.“It is not my problem. My problem is to work with the players to improve in a few days and find more determination and aggression.”And when asked whether the Chelsea players are still with him, he added: “I think so. Of course, I am not sure, but I think so.”Chelsea face Malmo in the second leg of their Europa League tie at Stamford Bridge on Thursday before taking on City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.