‘Betrayed’ Mourinho turns on Chelsea players

first_imgLEICESTER, England (AP):The most remarkable Premier League story in years shows no sign of ending. After only narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign, Leicester (35 points) lead the heavyweights (Arsenal, 33, Manchester City, 32, Manchester United, 32) of England by at least two points nearly halfway through this season.Jamie Vardy (34th) and Riyad Mahrez (48th) scored for Leicester, while Loic Remy reduced the deficit close to time.”It’s magical,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who used to coach Chelsea. “I don’t want to wake up.”Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned on his players after the team’s latest loss in their dreadful English Premier League title defence, saying yesterday he felt “betrayed” and accusing them of not trying their best.”If I was a player, I’d be giving a lot more,” Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss that left Chelsea (15) one point off the relegation zone after 16 games.Chelsea, which won the Premier League by eight points and with three games to spare last season, have lost nine games so far and are 20 points off the lead.”All last season I did a phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is not their level, it is more than they really are,” said Mourinho, who appeared at a loss to explain Chelsea’s regression.”I feel my work was betrayed,” he added, as he criticised the defending for Leicester’s goals.Asked if Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League, Mourinho said: “We can’t finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points. But at the moment we’re in a zone where I feel ashamed.”Even before the Leicester loss, Mourinho acknowledged he is in the toughest spell of his managerial career.”The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager,” Mourinho said. “I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.”I want to stay and I hope (Chelsea owner) Mr. (Roman) Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”Champions League drawMeanwhile, the Champions League draw produced some familiar pairings yesterday with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quarterfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011 and beat the English club in the 2006 final.Arsenal will host the five-time champions on February 23 after advancing to the knockout round for the 16th straight season. The Gunners will be hoping to end a five-year losing streak at the round-of-16 stage.French champions PSG and Chelsea will be meeting for the third consecutive season in the knockout phase. Chelsea won in the quarter-finals in 2014, but PSG advanced from the round of 16 last season.Also, five-time champions Bayern Munich will play away first against 2015 runner-ups Juventus, while record 10-time champions Real Madrid will face Roma.Still, there was one fresh look in the eight pairings as the two newcomers to the knockout rounds were drawn together: Gent will host Wolfsburg first in Belgium.Also, it was: PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid; Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City; and Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg. City’s first leg in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium because Dynamo has been sanctioned by UEFA for racist incidents involving fans.The first legs will be played on Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, with the second legs scheduled for March 8-9 and 15-16.last_img read more

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MLA Peace Communities should have negotiated together on Fair Share deal

first_imgThe Peace River North MLA says the terms of the new “Peace River Agreement,” which replaces the area’s “Fair Share Agreement”, are far short of a slam dunk, for any of the jurisdictions involved.Pat Pimm had a front row seat in the negotiations which led to both the Memorandum of Understanding in 2005, and the new twenty year deal, announced at the end of last week, as its replacement.“I think the thing that we have to remember is the agreement is funded to 2035, but there’s actually a clause in the agreement that allows the agreement to virtually be permanent. There’s an opening up clause every eight years. So, in I think its 2023 and 2031, you can open things up for re-negotiation. So if the oil and gas industry is really taking off and the communities are not able to keep up with the infrastructure demand, there’s an opportunity to have that discussion again. So from that perspective, it’s pretty good.”- Advertisement -Sagging oil and gas industry revenues were behind the provincial government push to reopen the 2005 agreement, and it resulted in a three way bargaining table split, among local jurisdictions involved.The local MLA believes the province may have been the chief beneficiary of that split, and more old deal solidarity at the negotiating table may have allowed the local jurisdictions to win more new deal concessions from the province, albeit in a tougher set of talks.  “I think what happened is, if the communities had all stuck together and not agreed to open the agreement, the Province would have had a harder time. I think personally, they (the communities) would have ended up with a little bit of stronger agreement. But that being said, this definitely has its benefits as well because we got 15 more years of total security.”last_img read more

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8 predictions for the future of IoT in 2017

first_imgEvery year IoT brings new things to biotechnology, manufacturing, home living and every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve seen it disrupt traditional industries, transform our cities and contribute to the autonomous transport of the future.It sits in an ecosystem where machine learning, AI and data analytics help us understand our world more than ever before. At the beginning of each year, it’s tempting to make expansive predictions for the 12 months ahead.This year we decided to do something different and asked some of those working across our IoT verticals. Here’s what they told us, exclusive to ReadWrite:1. Smart tech will transform how we shop“Smart tech will quickly become the backbone of retail, although it may be in ways the customer doesn’t always see. While there will invariably be beautiful, innovative experiences that involve products and fixtures with instrumentation that make the store “come alive” around the shopper in a highly visible and explicit way, the real revolution on the horizon is around “implicit” smart technology. The instrumentation in the stores that constantly assess products, people, and productivity and directs staff on how to optimize the store so the customer finds less and less friction in their shopping journey. Things like high-fidelity IR arrays and UHF RFID will quickly prove data in physical stores is far better than online… once smart tech is at the helm.”-Healey Cypher, Cofounder and CEO, OakLabs2. IoT and wearables create a higher level of personalization“Wearables are poised to become important participants in the Internet of Things, interacting seamlessly with other screens and devices and creating ever-more personalized experiences for their owners. Imagine a scenario in which someone with a wearable device goes to their local gym, and can log onto a treadmill that has stored their content preferences- -including the fact that they like to watch the news in the morning and their favorite OTT series in the evening. That’s is a level of personalization that may be just around the corner!”-Kevin Westcott, media and entertainment sector leader, Deloitte3. Consumer-facing industries will be changed by IoT“In 2017, the IoT and connectivity will continue to drive a fundamental shift in the way consumer-facing industries engage with their customers.  Data from devices will continue to drive a shift in focus from manufacturing for margin as consumer interest in connected devices, apps, and services increases.  This will be a game changer for some traditional consumer industries, in particular, retail and insurance.In retail, Amazon will continue to drive disruption with Alexa spearheading their entry into the consumer IoT.  Traditional retailers will see pressure grow on their revenues and we will see them invest more in a shift from products into services to compete against Amazon and new entrants.Similarly, insurance companies will start to invest more in a move to adapt to the IoT.  The IoT is going to generate data that will fundamentally redefine the way they can calculate and mitigate risk.  This year will be critical for them as they work to embrace the IoT with early consumer offerings in an effort to avoid the fate of retailers who ignored the internet and allowed Amazon to get a foothold in their market.”Kevin Meagher, SVP for ROC-Connect4. IoT gets accountable“The focus will be on the operationalization of IoT – how to monitor, manage and secure the IoT infrastructure.Pilots and concepts have to be operationalized. By the end of the year, vendors will be under pressure to show profitable revenue streams.  It is time to move from talk to action.Mainstream IT will be forced to get involved with IoT programs to provide assurance and scalability. CIOs will have to either learn about operational technology (manufacturing execution systems, SCADA, building management systems, Robotics, etc.) or hire leaders with hands-on domain knowledge.Boards, and especially audit committees, will ask about safety and security as it relates to IoT.New business models based on Things-as-a-Service will evolve.”-Bask Iyer, CIO and GM, IoT at VMware5. The “Edge” will become a huge growth market“Some IoT devices do have the potential to swamp existing networks. Cameras send a lot of real-time rich data. New jet engines are laden with sensors and generate 10 gigabits per second when running, terabits per flight. Cars also are now recording massive amounts of information. If there’s one part of the global IoT network that needs rapid upgrades to serve business, it’s the “edge,” the border between IoT devices and the computers on the Internet. The massive amounts of data being generated by the IoT need to be processed, reduced and analyzed before it hits the Internet. It’s a big opportunity.”Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT and Applications, Cisco6. “Big Data” IoT analytics will generate “Big Revenue”big-data-1667184_640 “As IoT gains momentum, the volume of data generated will be stratospheric. Not only will there be more data, but there will be different types of data, and data from sources that have yet to be considered. Big Data analytics will evolve into a distributed analytics model, which will help with the monetization of IoT data. We will see more devices capable of analyzing data locally, processing and capturing the most important data for more real-time IoT services.”Macario Nami, SVP of strategy, Cisco JasperThe7. “Internet of attack surface” will continue to spread in 2017“More and more IoT devices, as well as a wider variety of devices, will enter the market that are IP enabled. In the short term this is going to create additional vulnerabilities and present challenges to security professionals across vastly enlarged attack surface everywhere from homes to enterprises to even automobiles.With higher value and higher consequence devices, like those found in an automobile, automakers will start to pay closer attention to security in a number of ways, from encrypting and securing control planes like CANbus–which previously were assumed to be secure via obscurity–as well as wider use of OTA updates. Lower value devices, including IP cameras, routers, among others, will eventually have more widely available updates, but these will be mostly manual, pull updates. It is likely we will see more automated push updates may be made available later to help better secure a wide spectrum of consumer devices, at least to combat well known and documented threats.”-Eric Chiu, co-founder and president of HyTrust8. We’re moving into sober analysis of the capabilities of IoT“Initially, we overhype technology. I’d like to think that maybe for the first time we’re moving beyond the overhyped phase of IoT and we’ve moving into a much more sober analysis of what IoT is actually able to do. We’re seeing that it’s not going to do everything that we thought it would be able to do by now.  IoT predictions historically tend to include ridiculous numbers of the high economic impact and I think that next year the numbers will be much smaller and more importantly, they’ll be real. They’ll be more grounded estimates about what’s happening in the industry based on real production deployment using full blown data analytics. Maybe 12 months from now, we’ll actually be doing real work rather than hypothesizing about what could be.”Kevin Walsh, VP Marketing, BsquareBanner image: JCT600  Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#2017#2017 in review#Alexa#Amazon#autonomous vehicles#Big Data#connected tech#Data analytics#featured#IoT Security#Oak Labs#Personalization#real-time data#retail#smart cars#Smart tech#top#wearables How Data Analytics Can Save Livescenter_img AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Cate Lawrence Related Posts last_img read more

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IPL players’ auction may be put off

first_imgWith the Cricket Board entangled in legal battles against Indian Premier League franchisees Rajasthan Royals and King’s XI Punjab, the players’ auction scheduled for January 8-9 may be postponed, a BCCI source said on Saturday.”There is a possibility that the IPL players’ auction may be postponed,” the source said, indicating that the court cases might drag on and upset the BCCI’s calculations for holding the auction as scheduled.Barring 12 Indian and overseas players retained by the eight original IPL franchises and the foreign cricketers (four maximum) not previously seen in the IPL and signed by the two new franchisees Kochi and Pune, all the remaining top players will go under the auctioneer’s hammer.The 12 cricketers who have been retained are:Chennai Super Kings — MS Dhoni (Ind), Murali Vijay (Ind), Suresh Raina (Ind) and Albie Morkel (SA).Mumbai Indians — Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Lasith Malinga (SL), Kieron Pollard (WI).Rajasthan Royals — Shane Warne (Aus), Shane Watson (Aus).Delhi Daredevils — Virender Sehwag (Ind).Royal Challengers Bangalore — Virat Kohli (Ind).With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Gremio win Brazilian Cup in emotionally charged game

first_imgGremio won the Brazilian Cup for a record fifth time on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Mineiro in an emotion charged game that honoured the players from the Chapecoense team killed in an airplane crash.The 55,000 fans at the Arena Gremio observed a minute’s silence before the game, the first senior match in Brazil since 71 people, including the bulk of the Chapecoense side, were killed in the airplane crash in Colombia. (Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Gremio, who last lifted a major trophy 15 years ago, clinched the Cup 4-2 on aggregate after they won the first leg 3-1 two weeks ago.Players engaged in a brawl at the end of the game after Miller Bolanos put the home side ahead with two minutes left before Cazares scored a spectacular equaliser from inside his own half in injury time. (CONMEBOL awards South American cup championship to Chapecoense)”It was a fair result,” Gremio forward Douglas said. “It’s a dream come true, because of the fans, the first title in 15 years and the first here at the Arena.”Wednesday’s second leg had been re-scheduled from last week but was postponed after the Nov. 28 airplane crash.last_img read more

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All Nine Teams Remain In The Race On Tonights Episode Of CTVs

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter TORONTO – The second leg of the Race ended with Host Jon Montgomery revealing that all nine teams will remain in the competition. While Zainab and Monica struggled on this leg of the journey, touching the mat as the ninth and final team, they were spared from elimination and will race in next week’s episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION airing Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO.“Monica and I, we were both raised by strong single women,” said Zainab to host Jon Montgomery at the Pit Stop. “I’m not ready to tell my mom I’m coming home – I made a promise that I’d win this race.”“We can’t throw away this second chance,” echoed Monica. “It’s game time!” Advertisement On the next episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION (Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO), teams take off for Salt Spring Island, B.C. where it’s full throttle ahead in a speedy Roadblock. Then, pressure soars to new heights as racers struggle to learn the ropes, and while some teams are thrilled to have their pie and eat it too, others find it hard to stomach.The nine remaining teams competing for the ultimate grand prize on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are:Courtney and Adam – First Responders from AlbertaDylan and Kwame – Coaches from AlbertaJoseph and Akash – Volunteers from OntarioLeanne and Mar – Youth Mentors from OntarioNancy and Mellisa – Elite Athletes from AlbertaMartina and Phil – Volunteers from British ColumbiaTaylor and Courtney – Mounties from British ColumbiaTodd and Anna – Advocates from AlbertaZainab and Monica – Navy Sailors from Ontario Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Statement from Valerie Creighton on the Passing of Maurice Boucher

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Toronto, September 19, 2018 – “It is with deep sadness that we advise you of the sudden passing of Maurice Boucher, the CMF’s Director of Marketing and Communications. On behalf of all of us at CMF, our most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.An experienced marketing and communications professional, Maurice joined the CMF team in 2012 to lead our corporate communications, promotional strategies, government and public relations. Maurice was instrumental in developing strategies to elevate the profile of Canadian content and promote the various CMF programs and initiatives with stakeholders. He was very proud of the development of Eye on Canada and the great success of Encore+ and in particular, relished positioning Canadian stories and talent around the world.An elegant and consummate professional, Maurice was a valued member of the CMF family. He was respected and admired by his team and industry colleagues both here at home and internationally. We will miss his steady hand and ironic humour, which got us through many ups and downs during his all-too-brief time with us. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Au revoir, Maurice and travel well… We will miss you.”To honour Maurice Boucher’s memory, donations to the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation are preferred in lieu of flowers.Funeral Service – Saturday, September 29, 2018Visitation: noon to 2:30 pmMemorial Service: 2:30 pmReception: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmUrgel Bourgie1025 Saint Laurent St., West, Longueuil (Québec)last_img read more

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Suddenly Anyone Can Beat Rafael Nadal on Clay

In our sports coverage at FiveThirtyEight, we’ve referred several times to regression to the mean. It’s an unromantic truth about outstanding sports performances: They’re usually the product of skill and determination, but also a healthy dose of luck. We might expect the outstanding play to continue because of skill and determination, but the luck is just as likely to turn on its head as to persist.One sports figure, in one context, has upended the idea of regression to the mean more than just about anyone else over the past nine years: Rafael Nadal, when he plays tennis on clay. His losses have been so few and far between — and usually against one of the greats of all time, or while he’s hurt, or both — that they have seemed like the exceptions that prove the rule. From April 11, 2005, to April 17, 2014, Nadal went 260-9 on clay, winning 96.7 percent of his matches. That’s better than the best roughly nine-year runs on a surface of Nadal’s closest historical peers — Roger Federer or Pete Sampras on grass, Bjorn Borg on clay. Nadal may not be the best player in the group, but he’s probably the best player on any single surface in history.Then, suddenly, regression struck back — in a big way. Nadal, 27, has lost in consecutive weeks in clay-court quarterfinals, in tournaments he’s dominated, to good but not all-time-great opponents. Nadal still could run the table at the big remaining clay events in Madrid and Rome, and the French Open in Paris, but his footing on clay hasn’t looked so precarious since he was 18 years old.In the nine years until last week, Nadal had lost nine times on clay. Five times he lost to Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic, his top rivals and both all-time greats. Another loss came when Nadal’s foot was injured against Juan Carlos Ferrero, a former world No. 1 and 2003 French Open champion. Nadal’s only loss at the French Open, to Robin Soderling in 2009, was his last match before missing two months with a knee injury. He lost to Horacio Zeballos last year, in Nadal’s first tournament back after another seven months off-tour with knee problems. And he lost to Fernando Verdasco in 2012 in Madrid, the only tournament ever played on blue clay. After that loss, Nadal said: “This surface destabilizes the game. It is a completely different game, and I don’t want to take risks.”But this month, Nadal has no evident injuries, and he was playing on red clay. He was also facing opponents whom he’d previously dominated on the surface. Last Friday in Monte Carlo, where Nadal had been 50-2 in his career, he lost to David Ferrer after beating him 17 straight times on clay (a streak dating to before Nadal’s 19th birthday). And Friday, in Barcelona, where Nadal had been 42-1 in his career, he lost to Nicolas Almagro. Nadal had beaten Almagro in all 10 of their meetings, on all surfaces, while losing just two sets. Each loss came in a quarterfinal, a round in which Nadal had won 45 straight matches on clay.Twice in his nine-year run of dominance, Nadal lost on clay in consecutive tournaments: in 2009, to Soderling and Federer; and in 2011, twice to Djokovic. Immediately after each pair of losses, Nadal went on big clay-winning streaks: 37 straight matches after his 2009 rut, and 22 straight starting in 2011. He may need another such run to maintain his No. 1 ranking: His lead over Djokovic is fewer than 2,000 points, and Nadal has 4,000 points to defend in his next three tournaments. Djokovic has just 910 points to defend during that span. Last Friday, it looked as if Djokovic’s hot form was the biggest threat to Nadal’s top spot in the rankings. Now, with Djokovic nursing a wrist injury, the biggest wild card in the race for No. 1 is Nadal’s sudden regression toward the mean. read more

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Jordi Alba thinks FC Barcelona can win another treble

first_imgDuring a ceremony for the Catalan Sports’ Celebration, Jordi Alba revealed that he feels confident Barcelona can win the third treble in history.Given how well FC Barcelona is doing right now in all competitions, it’s not crazy to think that they could win their third treble in history, or at least that’s what Jordi Alba thinks might happen.The Catalan club was able to reach this achievement for the very first time under Pep Guardiola back in 2009, when they defeated Manchester United in the Champions League final that was played in Rome and ended up winning an impressive six titles throughout all of 2009.It was six years later when the Cules were able to win their second treble in history, they did it under manager Luis Enrique and they defeated Juventus in the Champions League final that was played at Olympiastadion in Berlin.But since then, the Catalan club has been completely unlucky in the European competition as they have been eliminated either in the round of 16 or the quarterfinals by relatively accessible rivals.But people like Jordi Alba seem to be confident on this year’s chances, especially with the chemistry that he has with a Lionel Messi that seems to be on fire this season, the Catalan player spoke to the press about their chances to win it all again this year.🗣 Ambicioso mensaje de Jordi Alba 😮 También hizo un guiño a Bartomeu https://t.co/Xd5AqC05YS— AS (@diarioas) January 15, 2019It was during a ceremony for the Festa de l’Esport Catalá (The Catalan Sports Celebration), where Jordi Alba spoke to the public when he was right next to president Josep Maria Bartomeu.As he received the award for Catalan Sportsman of 2018, Jordi spoke about what he expects for this year with FC Barcelona, he spoke about his future in the club, and he also explained the reason he has such inexplicable chemistry with Lionel Messi when they play together at the club.“Barcelona is the club of my life. I was there since I was eight years old, but I had to leave and then come back later,” said Jordi via Diario AS.“Barcelona is the best club in the world and I would obviously love to retire here. Messi and I have this chemistry because we have a telepathic connection (laughs). He is the best player in history and playing by his side is very easy.”“Out connection is delivering results so far and I hope this is the year. The Alba from today is the very same Alba that Barcelona signed. I am exactly the same. I’m familiar and joyful.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I obviously have improved as a player. But I feel that I’m the same as a person. I would obviously love to win the treble. We are going to try it this year, although we know it is going to be very difficult,” he concluded.#JordiAlba Asegura Que Barcelona Va Por “Triplete” Esta Temporadahttps://t.co/vVBvKtWQ2G pic.twitter.com/SsxPplOtwY— TV Miled (@tvmiled) January 16, 2019The Catalan club does have a relatively easy rival for the Champions League’s round of 16 this season, they are set to clash against Olympique Lyonnais in France first, and then they will play the second leg at Camp Nou.FC Barcelona was eliminated last season by AS Roma in the quarterfinals, which is arguably one of the most embarrassing defeats that the Catalan club ever got due to the way in which they lost a 4-1 lead from the first leg during the second match.Jordi Alba should be an essential part of this squad if they want to get far this season, they seem to have La Liga completely in control at this point and the Copa del Rey is not doing badly at all either, as they are about to face Leganes next week and they should be fine as long as they use their very best players to turn around a 2-1 goal deficit from the first match.Coach Ernesto Valverde is already considering on using Lionel Messi for this game, a player he rested for the first match and gave him this negative result from last week.As far as another treble goes, anything is possible for Barcelona but there are so many great squads this season that will make this achievement even more difficult to reach.POLIDEPORTIVO PREMIOS – Jordi Alba y Jessica Vall elegidos mejores deportistas catalanes de 2018 https://t.co/frM2PZsObD pic.twitter.com/sktBjKZLsq— Juan Antonio Tirado (@jatirado) January 15, 2019How great of a chance does Barcelona have to win another treble this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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