Sevilla extend Spanish dominance of European club competition

first_imgSevilla extended Spain’s dominance of European competition when they won the Europa League for the third time in a row on Wednesday night, soundly beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final.Their title meant that, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid clashing in next week’s Champions League final, Spanish clubs will have won both European competitions for each of the last three seasons.Eight of the last 13 teams to win the Europa League have come from Spain, with Sevilla victorious five times, while the Champions League will go to a La Liga side for the fifth time in eight seasons.Sevilla coach Unai Emery also joined Giovanni Trapattoni as they only manager to have won the Europa League, or its predecessor the UEFA Cup, three times.Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp had praised Spanish clubs on the eve of the match, saying they had better scouting, coaches and player development than their English, German and Italian equivalents.“Maybe, it’s not for us to say it, others should analyse,” Emery told reporters.“I have my own theory. Perhaps, the standard of Spanish football is very good. But is has also been proved that Spanish teams compete passionately. They are able to reach highest levels of European football and we have been able to win against teams better than us.”Unlike Real Madrid and Barcelona, who cherry-pick the world’s top players, Sevilla are a more modest outfit who have successfully carved a niche for themselves.They bear more of a resemblance to Portuguese teams Benfica and Porto in the way that they manage to reinvent themselves season after season, despite selling their top players to richer clubs.Those to have left the club over the last five seasons include Carlos Bacca, Ivan Rakitic, Alberto Moreno, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Geoffroy Kondogbia, Gary Medel and Martin Caceres. Yet, expert scouting has enabled them to fill the gaps.English teams often regard the Europa League as a nuisance which clutters up the fixture list, preferring to concentrate on qualifying for the Champions League by finishing in the top four of the Premier League.Sevilla, with little hope of winning La Liga where they have finished fifth in the last two seasons, have realised that it represents a real chance of silverware as well as a back door to the Champions League.“The Europa League has given us a lot,” Emery said. “At Sevilla, we love this competition. It is our competition and we have underlined that once and again. The Champions League is an opportunity to imrpove but the reality is this competition is growing.”last_img read more

DONEGAL PASSENGERS CAN SAVE UP TO 30% BY BOOKING ONLINE AT KNOCK AIRPORT

first_imgKnock Airport.Thousands of Donegal residents regularly frequent Knock Airport every year because of its brilliant cheap offers on exotic destinations.Well now management at Knock Airport are set to reward you even further by offering passengers a whopping 30% off parking when you book online.Ireland West Airport Knock have launched a special car parking promotion for Donegal residents who book their car parking online on www.irelandwestairport.com. For a one week period from 25th February to March 4th 2015 – all online car park bookings made during this period using the promo code ‘DONEGAL’ will automatically save 30% on the normal gate rate price for parking at the airport.In 2015 Ireland West Airport Knock will have services to over 20 International destinations.The airport offers the largest choice of UK destinations from any airport along the Western seaboard, with over 100 weekly flights to and from key UK markets such as London Luton and Stansted with Ryanair, London Gatwick with Aer Lingus, Manchester and Birmingham with Flybe and Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool with Ryanair.The airport has become a popular gateway for sun breaks with the addition of a number of new services to European hotspots including weekly services in 2015, starting in April, to the likes of Alicante (twice weekly), Barcelona (twice weekly) Croatia (weekly) Faro-Algarve (three times weekly) Lanzarote, (weekly) Malaga (weekly) Milan (twice weekly) and Tenerife (weekly). Which have proved hugely popular with holidaymakers from all over Ireland, with increasing numbers opting for Ireland West Airport due to the convenience, value for money and hassle free nature of travelling from the airport.Commenting on this new initiative for Donegal residents, Donal Healy, Marketing Manager, said, “With savings of 30% on your airport car parking theres never been a better time for Donegal people to fly from Ireland West Airport Knock.“We are now attracting more and more passengers from the Donegal region as they recognise the value for money, convenience and most importantly the increasing range of low fares flights to attractive European destinations now available from the airport’.“Further advantages of booking your online parking at the airport means you can also benefit from parking your car onsite, within minutes walk of the terminal.“Whilst all car park spaces are available at the online price – with no price difference between short term and long term parking. To avail of this special car parking promotion at Ireland West Airport Knock book online at www.irelandwestairport.com using the promo code ‘DONEGAL’. Offer ends March 4th 2015.DONEGAL PASSENGERS CAN SAVE UP TO 30% BY BOOKING ONLINE AT KNOCK AIRPORT was last modified: February 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesKnock AirportnewsParkinglast_img read more

Funds approved to fight graffiti

first_imgThe sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station has also pledged support, promising to provide two deputies. The city’s commitment to the project included two sheriff’s deputies. Capt. Michael Rothans said the new funding would cover the cost of making an nuisance-abatement deputy who works part time on graffiti issues into a full-time member of the new team. Beilke said the new team will better track graffiti vandals on probation, cutting the number of repeat offenders. “I think we’ve made some great progress already,” Beilke said. “I don’t want to make it sound like the issue is done, but we’re making headway.” Rothans said the program will not just benefit Pico Rivera. The program includes the unincorporated area of West Whittier and the unincorporated area of South Whittier included in Los Angeles County’s District One. “The best way to attack the graffiti problem is to attack it regionally,” Rothans said. “We’ll have consistency in the way in which cases are presented to the DA’s Office.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The City Council called a special meeting Wednesday to approve more than $70,000 for a strike force to combat vandalism. The meeting was needed, Mayor Ron Beilke said, to make the money available before 2008 for the project in which Supervisor Gloria Molina and the Sheriff’s Department are partners. “This is what it’s going to cost us to participate,” Beilke said. The project, dubbed “Vandalism Enforcement Team,” was conceived in response to the Aug. 10 fatal shooting of Pico Rivera grandmother Maria Hicks, who was killed when she tried to stop taggers in her neighborhood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMolina agreed to fund six months of the project, which would include a total of four sheriff’s deputies, a probation officer and a deputy district attorney to enforce punishment for acts of vandalism. The team will have a special focus on gang-related graffiti. Because the project was slated to begin in January, Beilke said the city wanted to provide some money before the end of the year, so the special meeting was called. Molina had pledged about $500,000 to pay for the majority of the project, including much of the cost to hire new personnel. That money will be spent on hiring or transferring a sheriff’s deputy, a deputy district attorney and a probation officer to the team. last_img read more

Carroll says she lied to save her life

first_imgRAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Protected by the U.S. military and far from the country where she had been held hostage, Jill Carroll strongly disavowed statements she had made during captivity in Iraq and shortly after her release, saying Saturday she had been repeatedly threatened. In a video, recorded before she was freed and posted by her captors on an Islamist Web site, Carroll spoke out against the U.S. military presence. But in a statement Saturday, she said the recording was made under threat. Her editor has said three men were pointing guns at her at the time. “During my last night in captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video. They told me I would be released if I cooperated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and wanted to go home alive. So I agreed,” she said in a statement read by her editor in Boston. “Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not.” Carroll arrived in Germany on Saturday on a U.S. military transport plane on her way back to the United States and was expected in Boston today. The Islamic headscarf she wore as a hostage was gone, and she instead wore jeans and a gray sweater. The 28-year-old journalist – a freelancer for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor – was seized Jan. 7 in western Baghdad by gunmen who killed her Iraqi translator. She was dropped off Thursday – 82 days later – at an office of the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni Arab organization, and later escorted by the U.S. military to the Green Zone, the fortified compound in Baghdad protecting the U.S. embassy and other facilities. In the statement, Carroll also disavowed an interview she gave to the party shortly after her release. She said the party had promised her the interview would not be aired “and broke their word.” “At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear, I said I wasn’t threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times,” she said. “Also, at least two false statements about me have been widely aired: One – that I refused to travel and cooperate with the U.S. military, and two – that I refused to discuss my captivity with U.S. officials. Again, neither statement is true.” Carroll has said her kidnappers confined her to a small, soundproof room with frosted, opaque windows. After a day in seclusion, she left Balad Air Base near Baghdad on Saturday on a plane also carrying several wounded soldiers. Carroll smiled and peered with bemusement through the cockpit window at the dozens of television cameras on the tarmac at Ramstein Air Force Base. “I’m happy to be here,” she said to Col. Kurt Lohide, the U.S. officer who greeted her. Carroll, who had studied Arabic and was widely respected for her balance and fairness as a reporter, attracted a huge amount of sympathy during her ordeal, and a wide variety of groups in the Middle East, including the Islamic militant group Hamas, appealed for her release. Aside from the short interview aired on Iraqi television upon her release, Carroll had otherwise not shown herself in public prior to her brief appearance Saturday. The kidnappers, calling themselves the Revenge Brigades, had demanded the release of all female detainees in Iraq by Feb. 26 or said Carroll would be killed. U.S. officials did release some female detainees, but said it had nothing to do with the kidnappers’ demands. In the video posted Friday, her abductors said they freed Carroll because “the American government met some of our demands by releasing some of our women from prison.” Also in the video, she called on President George W. Bush to bring American troops home. “Tens of thousands … have lost their lives here because of the occupation,” she said in the video. “I think Americans need to think about that and realize day-to-day how difficult life is here.” She said the insurgents were “only trying to defend their country … to stop an illegal and dangerous and deadly occupation.” In her statement Saturday, however, she condemned her captors, although she did not address the war in Iraq. “I want to be judged as a journalist, not as a hostage. I remain as committed as ever to fairness and accuracy – to discovering the truth – and so I will not engage in polemics. But let me be clear: I abhor all who kidnap and murder civilians, and my captors are clearly guilty of both crimes,” she said. The Monitor’s editor, Richard Bergenheim, said Friday that Carroll’s parents told him the video was “conducted under duress.” “When you’re making a video and having to recite certain things with three men with machine guns standing over you, you’re probably going to say exactly what you’re told to say,” Bergenheim told ABC television. He said there were no negotiations that he knew of for Carroll’s release and no ransom was paid. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Newcastle willing to trade Aleksandar Mitrovic in January deal for Besiktas star

first_imgNewcastle are ready to offer misfiring forward Aleksandar Mitrovic as part of the deal to sign Besiktas ace Cenk Tosun.The 23-year-old Mitrovic is yet to start a game in the Premier League this term and managed just four goals in 25 Championship appearances last season.His future at St James’s Park is currently unclear and now it has been reported that Newcastle could be ready to move him on.The Magpies have been heavily linked with 26-year-old Tosun, who has bagged 25 times in his last 45 league outings.Besiktas do not want to sell the forward in January and are demanding around £20m for any club hoping to prise him away.But Fanatik has suggested that Newcastle will offer around £9m plus Mitrovic in a bid to tempt Besiktas into selling. Newcastle are considering using Aleksandar Mitrovic as a makeweight in a deal for Cenk Tosun 1last_img

Watch Selena Gomez Eat Soap and Lipstick in Her New Video

first_imgIs SELENA GOMEZ so sexy that it would be a turn on to watch her eat weird things like soap, lipstick, and maybe even a shard from a broken wine glass? Selena also writhes around on the floor in a dress that just about lets her nipples show through, ties a string around her tongue, and spits chewed-up food out of her mouth.  And somehow, yes, it’s sexy. The answer to that question appears to be YES, because she does all that in her new video, “Fetish“.  And yeah, it’s kinda hot.last_img

Goldblatt: half a century in photos

first_img18 August 2005A retrospective of David Goldblatt’s works, spanning his 51 years in photography, opened this week at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.The exhibition includes more than 250 photographs taken between 1948 to 2002 that document the changes South Africa has undergone.Fifty One Years, the name of the exhibition, is a Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona production. It was originally curated by Corinne Diserens and Okwui Enwezor.So far, it has been seen in galleries and museums in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels and Munich.Khwezi Gule, curator for contemporary collections at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, describes the exhibition as “a tribute to Goldblatt’s contribution to the world of photography, not only in South Africa but in the world.”Miners going home: Mayfair railway station, Johannesburg, December 1952Born in Randfontein in 1930, Goldblatt became interested in photography while in high school. He wanted to become a magazine photographer after he matriculated, in 1948. However, after trying in vain to join the industry, he went to work in the family business selling men’s wear.After his father died in 1962 he sold the family business and devoted his time to photography.“My professional work has been almost entirely outside the studio and has involved a broad variety of assignments for magazines, corporations and institutions in South Africa and overseas,” Goldblatt wrote in a piece for the Goodman Gallery website.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

South Africa plans for mass urban migration

first_imgSouth Africa’s urban population is growing larger and younger, and it is envisaged that nearly 80% of the total population will be living in an urban area by 2050.By 2030 more than 70% of the population will be living in cities putting a strain on infrastructure and the provision of services. (Image: Derek Smith)Brand South Africa reporterCo-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel said this yesterday in the National Assembly, when he briefed the portfolio committee on the draft Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF).“South Africa is urbanising rapidly. The United Nations estimates that 71.3% of South Africa’s population will live in urban areas by 2030, nearly 80% by 2050. South Africa’s urban population is growing larger and younger. Two-thirds of South African youth live in urban areas.”Cities and large towns produced over 80% of the national gross value added and metros were growing twice as fast as other cities, he explained. Towns had much higher – about 40% – average incomes compared to the country as a whole, while employment grew twice as fast in metros.“Between 1996 and 2012, metros accounted for 75% of all net jobs created in South Africa. Despite this, ‘urbanisation of poverty’ is increasing, especially in townships, informal settlements and inner cities.“Urban areas are dynamically linked to rural areas – flows of people, natural and economic resources. Urban and rural areas are becoming increasingly integrated, as a result of better transport, communications and migration,” Nel explained.Interdependence of rural and urban spaces needed a comprehensive, integrated approach to urban development.Informal settlements spring up around major cities as people come in search of opportunities. (Image: World Bank)High concentrations of people, buildings and infrastructure, he added, increased risk to natural disasters, climate change and variability. Reducing urban risk was critical to achieving sustainable urban growth. Safety, particularly in public spaces, was an essential ingredient for the creation of liveable and prosperous cities.The deputy minister said urban spaces needed to be designed and managed in a way that made citizens feel safe from violence and crime.“By 2030, South Africa should see reviving rural areas and creating more integrated, balanced and vibrant urban settlements. To achieve this, the country must clarify and relentlessly pursue a national vision for spatial development.”Integrated Urban Development FrameworkThe IUDF seeks to unlock the synergy that comes from co-ordinated investments in people and places, as well as marking a new deal for South African cities and towns. It builds on the National Development Plan (NDP) and its vision for urban South Africa.“We want cities to be inclusive, resilient and liveable,” Nel said. The NDP placed “transforming human settlements and the national space economy” at its centre.The IUDF aims to guide development of inclusive, resilient and liveable urban settlements. It provides a new approach to urban investment by the developmental state, guiding the private sector and households.Urban spaces needed to be designed and managed in a way that made citizens feel safe from violence and crime. (Image: Katarzyna Pawelczyk)Its vision speaks of liveable, safe, efficient cities that are socially integrated, economically inclusive places where residents participate actively in urban life.Nel said this vision recognised that South Africa had different types of cities and towns, which had different roles and requirements. The vision must be interpreted and pursued in differentiated and locally relevant ways.To achieve the vision, there were four strategic goals:Access: to ensure people have access to social and economic services, opportunities and choices;Growth: to harness urban dynamism for inclusive, sustainable economic growth and development;Governance: to enhance the capacity of the state and its citizens to work together to achieve social integration; and,Spatial transformation: to forge new spatial forms in settlement, transport, social and economic areas.Extensive consultations on the IUDF were being undertaken, Nel said, and the final draft would be completed by November.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Cloud Conversations: 4 ways to rate the maturity of your power infrastructure

first_imgHow do you rate the maturity level of your power infrastructure?As data centers grow in size and density, they take an ever-larger bite out of the energy pie. Today, data centers eat up 1.2 percent of the electricity produced in the United States. This suggests that IT organizations need to take a hard look at the things they are doing to operate more efficiently.How do you get started down this path? Consider the following four steps toward a more energy-efficient data center. The degree to which you are doing these things is an indication of your power management maturity.1. Power usage effectiveness (PUE) measurements: Are you using PUE measurements to determine the energy efficiency of your data center? PUE is a measure of how much power is coming into your data center versus the power that is used by your IT equipment. You can watch your PUE ratio to evaluate your progress toward a more energy-efficient data center. To learn more about PUE, see The Green Grid.2. Equipment efficiency: Are you buying the most efficient equipment? Deploying more efficient equipment is one of the most direct paths to power savings. One example: You can realize significant power savings by using solid-state drives instead of power-hungry, spinning hard-disk drives. For general guidance in the U.S., look for Energy Star ratings for servers.3. Instrumentation: Are your systems instrumented to give you the information you need? The foundation of more intelligent power management is advanced instrumentation. This is a pretty simple concept. To understand your power issues and opportunities, you have to have the right information at your fingertips. For a good example, see Intel Data Center Manager.4. Policy-based power management: Have you implemented policy-based power management? This approach uses automated tools and policies that you set to drive power efficiencies across your data center. A few examples: You can shift loads to underutilized servers, throttle servers and racks that are idle, and cap the power that is allocated to certain workloads.If you can answer yes to all of these questions, you’re ahead of the power-management maturity curve. But even then, don’t rest on your laurels. Ask yourself this one additional question: Could we save more by doing all of these things to a greater degree?For a closer look at your power management maturity level, check out our Data Center Power Management Maturity Model. You can find it on the Innovation Value Institute site at http://ivi.nuim.ie/.last_img read more

Internet tycoon takes search for extraterrestrial intelligence to the next level

first_imgThe search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) received a huge shot in the arm today thanks to Russian internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner, who will devote $100 million to a much beefed-up 10-year effort to detect signals from other technological civilizations in the universe. The project will make use of two of the world’s largest radio dishes and an optical telescope, and will develop new digital signal processing technology to monitor 10 billion radio frequencies simultaneously. “It’s time to answer the question of whether there is life beyond Earth,” physicist Stephen Hawking told a press conference in London today, where Milner announced the plan.Milner has amassed a large fortune investing in Web-based companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, Spotify, and Groupon. In 2012, he established himself as a benefactor of science through a series of Breakthrough Prizes with individual awards of $3 million, the largest in the world. Today’s “Breakthrough Listen” project aims to quicken the pace of SETI with increased amounts of telescope time, improved technology, and the development of new open-source software to process the huge quantities of data it will produce.SETI has been going on since 1960, when radio telescopes became sensitive enough to detect signals from another planet if it was broadcasting signals similar to those which our civilization does. Researchers developed devices that could monitor millions of frequencies at once for any signal that looked at all different from that produced by astronomical objects or the natural background. At first funded by universities and NASA, public funding for SETI was axed by Congress in the early 1990s. 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In addition to time on the 100-meter-wide Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the 64-meter Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia, the project will also use the 2.4-meter Automated Planet Finder Telescope at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, to search for possible optical laser signals from another world. The 20th century, Milner said, was all about taking our first steps out into space and the solar system. “In the 21st century we will find out about life at the galactic scale.”A team at the University of California, Berkeley, led by renowned exoplanet-hunter Geoff Marcy, will develop a signal processing system based on field-programmable gate arrays—a type of reconfigurable computer chip—and graphical processing units (GPUs) to crunch the 10 gigabytes of data per second produced by the survey. That’s too much information to store in raw form, so the system will have look for potentially interesting signals on the fly. Marcy told the press conference that the data to support the idea that there is some form of life out there is becoming overwhelming. “I’d bet my house that [somewhere] in the nearest 100 star systems there are single-celled life forms flourishing,” he said.U.K. Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, who will head the project’s advisory committee, said: “It’s a huge gamble, of course, but the payoff will be so enormous.” Everyone wants to know if we are alone in the universe, Rees said, and this project “gives us a better chance of getting an answer in our lifetime.”last_img read more