Benitez admits Newcastle were given ‘wake-up call’

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez labelled the defeat by Fulham a “wake-up call” and conceded they deserved nothing from the game.Matt Smith’s header on the stroke of half-time proved the difference between the two sides, although the Magpies felt they should have had at least two penalties.Benitez felt the first – when Ryan Tunnicliffe’s raised hand blocked a cross, at 0-0 – was a definite spot-kick, but preferred to focus on his own side’s performance.“I am really disappointed because we didn’t play at the level we were expecting,” the ex-Chelsea manager said.“Apart from the corner [that led to Fulham’s winner], I thought we had some control but we were not keeping the ball in attack, we were not winning the second balls in midfield and we were sometimes too deep.Matt Smith’s goal gave Fulham victory at Craven Cottage“We have to improve. This game could be a wake up call for everyone. You could see when we were losing 1-0, there was a bit of anxiety.“We have to manage the ball much better and play with a clear idea of what we want to do.”Benitez insisted any problems Newcastle had would not be solved by simply signing more new players, and called on his team to put more in on the training ground.He said: “More than signings is we have to keep working. We need something – maybe in terms of players, but especially in terms of work.“We have to realise there is a lot of work that we have to do.”See also:Fulham v Newcastle – as it happenedSmith’s header gives Fulham victoryJokanovic hails his ‘serious football team’Fulham v Newcastle player ratingsSmith: We were written offFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Alberta contributes 33M for huge solar farm in remote Fort Chipewyan

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta will work with Indigenous groups in the province’s remote northeast corner on what the government says will be Canada’s largest off-the-grid solar power project.The plan is for 7,500 solar panels to be erected at the power plant near the airport at Fort Chipewyan.It’s expected the solar farm will be operating by next year and replace the equivalent of 800,000 litres of diesel fuel _ about 25 percent of the community’s energy use. “In addition to reducing costs, this project helps make life better for residents by reducing pollution and increasing safety,” Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan said Thursday.The project is expected to make roads safer by reducing tanker-truck traffic.Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam said his First Nation wants to be part of the solution to climate change.“While our regional economy depends on the oil industry, we feel the effects of climate change in our community and see the growing impacts on our delta lands,” he said. Alberta is contributing $3.3 million for the project with local Metis and the Athabasca Chipewyan and Mikisew Cree First Nations.Fort Chipewyan is not connected to Alberta’s electricity grid and must burn diesel fuel for heat and power.The project’s size and storage capacity is required because of the lack of sunlight in the winter at that latitude.Sunlight in the region swings from about six useful hours a day in winter to 18 hours in the summer.The battery capacity will allow excess energy to be stored for use at night and in winter periods.The total cost of the project is $7.8 million.last_img read more

Bengal’s celebrated mountaineer set to conquer North Pole

first_imgKolkata: Satyarup Siddhanta, the Kolkata mountaineer who made Bengal proud in January by becoming the youngest man in the world to have scaled the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across continents when he conquered Antarctica’s highest point Mount Sidley, is again embarking on an expedition to the North Pole. He has already left the city for the same.The mountaineer would ski for around ten days, 8-10 hours daily to reach the last point in North Pole, where the temperature varies between -25 to -35 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIf Siddhanta successfully completes the arduous task in the next fifteen days, he will be the youngest person in the world to have completed the 7 highest summits, 7 volcanic summits, North Pole and South Pole and the first one from India to have done the same. “It is very challenging considering the inclement weather conditions, the presence of polar bears and the load of around 50 kg on the back, which needs to be carried during the expedition. But I am optimistic in placing our national flag on the North Pole,” Siddhanta said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA global company is sponsoring his expedition and the Indian flag was handed over to the mountaineer at a recent programme in the city by minister of state for Information & Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen. The North Pole has been adversely affected by global warming and the snow is melting there at a rapid pace. Experts have expressed their apprehension that the place may cease to exist after twenty years. The mountaineer, who originally hails from Haridevpur in South Kolkata, is a software engineer by profession. He holds an illustrious record of conquering several treacherous summits such as Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Elbrus in Europe, Mt Denali in Alaska and Mt Monc Blanc in France. It was December 5, 2018, when Satyarup scaled Pico de Orizaba, which is the highest volcanic peak in North America. He was the first civilian Bengali to have scaled the seven summits in 2017. A Bengali mountaineer based in Delhi Satyabrata Dam had scaled the seven summits some years ago, but he was a non-civilian. He had successfully climbed Mt Everest in June 2016. Satyarup, an asthma patient as a child, could never even dream of scaling the mountains or other sports. But it was in 2008 when he went on a trekking trip with his friends that he decided to take up mountaineering. He went on scaling one peak after another and is now regarded as the country’s most successful mountaineer.last_img read more

Report Barcelona lineup €50m bid for Adrien Rabiot

first_imgBarcelona are reportedly plotting a late €50m swoop for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien RabiotThe France international’s future at PSG remains uncertain with under 12 months remaining on his current contract.And Rabiot has no shortage of admirers with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona having been heavily linked with a summer move for him.But now that the Italian transfer window has closed, Barcelona now have no major competition left for Rabiot.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Catalan giants have already signed the likes of Malcom, Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Clement Lenglet this summer.But, with 10 days of the Spanish transfer window remaining, Mundo Deportivo reports that they are still not satisfied with their summer business and are willing to splash out around €50m for Rabiot.The offer may prove tempting for PSG to accept, rather take the risk of losing him for nothing next summer.A possible trade deal involving either Ivan Rakitic or Sergio Busquets could be another option with PSG allegedly interested in both players.last_img read more

Tomas Rosicky Its weird seeing Arsenal without Wenger

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky admits it’s strange being at the club without long-time manager Arsene WengerRosicky was signed by Wenger in the summer of 2006 from German side Borussia Dortmund and spent the following decade under the guidance of the Frenchman.The former Czech Republic international left Arsenal in 2016 for a return to boyhood club Sparta Prague, where he spent the final two years of his playing career.“Is it weird to come here without Arsene Wenger? It is a little bit, I have to say,” Rosicky admitted to the Evening Standard.“He spent an unbelievable amount of time here and now has started something new for the whole club, a new era after Arsene Wenger. People have to be patient.“The club is having to adjust. That’s normal when you start after something remarkable like what Arsene did. It’s still early days, only four games. There are some positives, some negatives. We’ll see how it goes in the future.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He means a great deal, it’s impossible to avoid him here. Someone like me, who spent so much time with him, or the other guys here, we see him everywhere.“If you come here it’s not possible to not think about him.”The 37-year-old has begun taking his UEFA coaching badges at Sparta Prague and has wasted no time in seeking counsel from Wenger.“We exchanged some texts only but I haven’t seen him since he left,” said Rosicky.“I needed recommendations about some players. He helped a lot.”Rosicky scored 28 goals in 247 appearances for Arsenal.last_img read more

Pochettino thrilled with Spurs 20 win at Arsenal

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed their “amazing victory” over rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday nightSpurs defeated Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to book a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.And Pochettino, who left out Harry Kane in one of four changes for the game, was delighted to get his first win at Arsenal’s own backyard.“I feel so happy, very pleased. It’s my first victory at the Emirates and the first clean sheet for Tottenham (at the Emirates),” Pochettino told the club website.“The performance was very solid and at the end we got what we wanted, to be in the semi-finals and now we prepare for Chelsea in the semi-finals.“It was a tough game, a derby, you need to play differently because there are a lot of emotions. It was so competitive. Arsenal have a very good team. The game was very exciting.“It was an amazing victory for us, for our fans. They enjoyed it a lot. A few weeks ago when we lost here they suffered a lot and this is a moment to enjoy.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Spurs will now compete in semi-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign.Pochettino’s men will face Chelsea in the next round, who ironically were the ones who beat them in the 2015 final.“It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final,” continued Pochettino.“It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018).“We are close. The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.”The first leg between Spurs and Chelsea will take place on January 7 at Wembley.last_img read more

Seward Woman Arrested For Credit Card Theft

first_imgIn an online trooper dispatch published on February 24 detailing the investigation,  Glenda Martin, age 62 of Seward, reported theft of credit cards and cash on February 15. Knafel was found in possession of several of Martin’s credit cards. Knafel was arrested on four counts of Theft 2 and remanded to the Anchorage Jail. Knafel’s vehicle was impounded. A search warrant was conducted on Knafel’s vehicle where additional items of Martin’s were located. At this time the investigation into the theft and recovery of items is still ongoing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers released details of an ongoing investigation into the report of several stolen items including credit cards in Seward. Martin had previously reported a theft of several other items prior to this incident. On February 17, Deja Knafel, age 27 of Seward, was contacted near mile post 95.0 of the Seward Highway.last_img read more

Snowball the dancing cockatoo gets serious scrutiny from science

first_imgEnlarge ImageSnowball got down for a Taco Bell ad. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Ha, ha! Check this out! It’s a dancing cockatoo! This is how Snowball, a bird with a passion for dance, made the rounds as a viral video sensation getting down to the Backstreet Boys back in 2007. But Snowball is more than an amusement, he’s also the star of a new scientific study.Researchers are studying Snowball to learn how dancing can transcend the human condition and extend to our avian friends. “Spontaneity and diversity of movement to music are not uniquely human” is the title of a paper published Monday in the journal Current Biology.A previous parrot study (and one with a sea lion) showed some animals can keep a musical beat, but this new Snowball research suggests the bird is inventing moves as he goes.  1 The science team, led by cognitive neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University and Harvard University, filmed Snowball dancing to Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun. They analyzed the bird’s movements.The researchers counted 14 distinct dance moves and two composite movements. Snowball’s skills included a body roll, head bobs, foot lifts, head banging and a move reminiscent of Madonna’s ’90s Vogue dance craze. Snowball’s dance snippets tended to be performed for several seconds each, and he changed up his routine each time he heard a song again. “What’s most interesting to us is the sheer diversity of his movements to music,” Patel said in a statement on Monday. The study suggests Snowball may be displaying creativity in his dancing. The research team is currently investigating if the cockatoo’s capers are a form of social interaction with his human caregivers. Sea lion may be first nonhuman mammal to keep a beat Cussing rescue parrot forges sweet Amazon Alexa friendship 11 Photos The researchers said a collection of shared traits between humans and parrots might be responsible for Snowball’s dancing prowess: “(1) complex vocal learning, (2) the capacity for nonverbal movement imitation, (3) a tendency to form long-term social bonds, (4) the ability to learn complex sequences of actions, and (5) attentiveness to communicative movements.”Snowball’s talent first came to light after he was taken in by the Bird Lovers Only rescue agency in South Carolina in 2007. Besides his viral fame, he also starred in a Taco Bell commercial.Snowball seems to be showing that cutting a rug and getting creative with it isn’t just for people. Perhaps he’ll earn himself an invite to Dancing with the Stars. Commentcenter_img 11 spectacular suits of animal battle armor (pictures) Curious critters Share your voice Tags Sci-Techlast_img read more

Anger over Harvey May Not Carry Through to Midterms

first_imgThere are still voters around Houston who were directly affected by Harvey and who haven’t yet recovered. Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said they’re likely to have a bad taste in their mouth toward all incumbents. But he said that, at this point, most voters are more fatalistic than angry, seeing little that any one politician can do against flooding.“So if Democrats such as Lizzie Fletcher and Lina Hidalgo were thinking that they’d be able to capitalize on Harvey to win votes in the Houston metro region,” Jones said, “they’re likely to find themselves being very disappointed.”Fletcher has made Harvey one of the central issues in her campaign against Republican incumbent Congressman John Culberson. Hidalgo is running against Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Jones said that Emmett won high marks for his handling of the storm and that, if anything, Harvey is likely to work in his favor. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharecenter_img 00:00 /00:53 Texas Military DepartmentTexas National Guard troops help rescue people from flooded homes in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.Numerous Houston-area Democrats running for office this year are blaming incumbent Republicans for the slow pace of action on Harvey relief and flood mitigation. It looked like a winning strategy in the months after the storm. Now, it’s beginning to look like a miscalculation. last_img read more