After beating Middlesbrough 3-0 last week, Liverpool are looking to rekindle their title charge when they take on Everton in the Merseyside derby.The Reds can move back into second place with a win at the home of their rivals and cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to six points.Jurgen Klopp will have to decide who he is willing to risk for the trip to Goodison Park, with trio Joel Matip, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge all considered doubts for the clash.Divock Origi is expected to shake off a minor injury to lead the Reds’ forward line and will be hoping to score for a fifth consecutive Premier League game.Klopp, though, is definitely without Philippe Coutinho, Danny Ings and Marko Grujic for the visit to the Toffees.So who will start at Goodison Park? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Liverpool XI to face Everton, in squad number order… 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Liverpool XI to face Everton, in squad number order… 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (central midfielder) 19. Sadio Mane (right forward) 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) 11 11 27. Divock Origi (Striker) 7. James Milner (left-back) 11 11 11 11 14. Jordan Henderson (central midfielder) 20. Adam Lallana (central midfielder) 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (left forward) 32. Joel Matip (centre-back)
John C. McKeon, former vice president/marketing for the Knight Ridder corporation, on Friday was named president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which includes the Daily News and seven other daily newspapers in Southern California. The announcement was made by Gerald Grilly, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MediaNews Group, which is based in Denver. “John McKeon’s strong background in advertising and marketing is exactly what the Los Angeles Newspaper Group needs to take it to the next level,” Grilly said. “Expansion of our online products, launching of citizen journalism projects and the growth of our printed editions provide a creative opportunity to expand our business and serve readers and users better.” Prior to joining Knight Ridder, McKeon, 49, was executive vice president and general manager of Newsday on Long Island, N.Y. Previously, he served from 2002 to 2004 as senior vice president/general manager of South Florida-based Sun-Sentinel Co. In these roles, he has held responsibilities for virtually all aspects of a newspaper’s operations, including advertising, circulation, operations, marketing, finance and planning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMcKeon served as senior vice president/advertising for the Los Angeles Times from 1998 to 2001. Earlier posts included a period as senior vice president/advertising and chief innovation officer at Newsday from 1994 to 1998, a variety of senior advertising and marketing positions at Newsday from 1986 on, and two years as vice president/marketing at Times Mirror National Marketing. He started his career with Million Market Newspapers as vice president/research from 1981 to 1984. A native of Queens, N.Y., he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from City University of New York. McKeon, his wife, Deborah, and daughter, Elizabeth, will relocate to the Los Angeles area from San Jose. Knight Ridder was recently sold to McClatchy Co., which spun off several properties to MediaNews. Those included the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times and the Monterey County Herald. The Los Angeles Newspaper Group is made up of the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, San Bernardino Sun, Pasadena Star-News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts and Whittier Daily News. It also publishes the Spanish-language weekly Impacto. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tamara O’ReillyThe only Fifa-accredited medical centre on the continent specialising in health care for football players is at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.Wits University’s Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine is one of only six medical centres in the world that has won the approval of the world’s football governing body. The other such centres are based in Switzerland, USA, Japan, New Zealand and Germany.Selection processAll Fifa Medical Centres of Excellence have been carefully selected, based on a comprehensive application process that proves their clinical, educational and research expertise.Some of the requirements by Fifa was that centres such as these be multidisciplinary and have significant experience in the management and care of football teams during training and competition as well as responsibility for the overall health care of football players. The centre was previously accredited by the South African Football Association as a Football Centre of Specialisation, assisting with the assessment of young football players.Education and researchRegarding research, the centre is conducting research into sport medicine on a continuous basis to ensure they keep abreast of sport medical trends as well as set their own.“We are an educational institution so naturally we pay a lot of attention to advancing the sport through education,” says Dmitri Constantinou, director of the facility. “For example, Fifa requires that all doping control officers also be registered medical doctors so a Fifa-accredited course will take place soon for our local doctors. In fact, until the 2010 Soccer World Cup there will be several courses taking place here that deal with the medical aspects of the sport.”FacilitiesThe centre comprises rehabilitation rooms which are fitted with the necessary equipment to treat injuries, ample facilities for relaxation like swimming pool and squash courts, wheelchair access, and the expertise of dieticians, professors and medical doctors.If a player requires a surgical procedure, he will be referred to the university’s private academic hospital – the Donald Gordon Medical Centre or alternately to any Medi-Clinic Hospital.Several rooms in the student residence on the premises have also been reserved to accommodate players overnight or longer if needed.In a letter addressed to the director of the facility, Fifa President Sepp Blatter said, “We are very pleased to recommend your institution to the football community as an elite centre with a history of commitment to football and the respective expertise when specialised services are required.”Constantinou says the accreditation is valid for the next five years but until that time it opens many doors for the facility to continue their research and build a name as a world-class sports medicine facility.Useful Links:FifaWits University Official 2010 World Cup Website Donald Gordon Medical Centre
Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday.Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will see a total of 18 new medal events, nine each for men and women, contested by an extra 474 athletes at the Games.”This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all of which are popular both in Japan and internationally,” Tokyo organisers said in a statement.”They will serve as a driving force to further promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal, and will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”Under new rules, Olympic host cities can hand-pick sports they want included at the Games, joining the existing 28 core sports.The final decision rests with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will vote on the 2020 recommendations next August.Bowling, squash and wushu had also been short-listed for inclusion in Tokyo but were left off the final recommended list, leaving their supporters devastated.HEARTBROKEN”I know I speak on behalf of the millions of squash players around the world for whom the opportunity of seeing their sport participate in the Olympics has been an absolute priority — and, like me, they will be heartbroken,” World Squash Federation President Narayana Ramachandran said.
Shawn Achor is teaching executives at a major investment bank in New York and workers at Adobe software in California to start their day with a little gratitude and praise. And he’s using the same techniques in his work and life.“The very first thing they do is write down three things they’re grateful for,” said Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage (subtitled: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work). Their list stays on their desks, and they see it growing day by day, and their brains are scanning the world for the good in their work world. Once they raise their optimism, they increase their productivity too, he said.Then when they first open their email inbox, before they start plowing through messages, they are expected to send one short – two sentence – email praising someone on their team, or among their family and friends.They’re doing this partly because Achor has a book chock full of scientific studies and research that shows people who feel good about themselves and their situations are more productive and successful. The key point: Happiness leads to success, even though we’re taught the reverse.“We have scientific evidence that links happiness to the bottom line. The greatest competitive advantage in the modern workplace is a positive and engaged workforce,” said Achor, a former Harvard University teaching fellow.He uses a daily checklist of activities to assure his happiness and success and to charge his batteries. His list includes:GRATITUDE. He also writes down “three gratitudes” from daily life.EXERCISE. He’s vigilant about scheduling in time to exercise, usually. Shawn uses tennis and weight lifting as his main forms of exercise. And he also plays guitar and writes in his journal as other regular forms of happiness exercises.MEDITATE. Five minutes of meditation serve as a short break from daily tasks. He would like to meditate longer, but says five minutes is the “lowest level at which we can get an impact.” Often, his “aha moments” arrive afterward.“I see so many people who research happiness who are not happy themselves,” he said. They work too hard, as he does sometimes as a consultant and entrepreneur. So Achor uses a whiteboard at home to track the happiness habits he’s building and to check them off day by day.“When I do it, I find that my day is more positive…. Your brain realizes that you’re successful. You’re tackling these things. You’ve been successful in one domain and I bet you can be successful everywhere,” he said.“Happiness is actually a precursor to a greater level of success,” Achor said. So on those days when you’re trying to work harder and faster, take time for a little joy and a little breath. If winter’s cold gray days seem to turn your happiness cold and grumpy, he suggests reminding yourself you have a comfortable home and a thick coat, which is much more than some others. “Focus on the warm boots, not the cold weather.”
Boca Juniors have had their bid to be awarded the Copa Libertadores title rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The Copa Libertadores final second leg – which was postponed after Boca’s bus was attacked on the way to the original fixture on November 24 – will finally take place at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday.However, Boca confirmed on Friday that, having had an initial appeal rejected by CONMEBOL, they would take their case to CAS, claiming that they should be awarded the trophy without playing in the rearranged Superclasico against their arch rivals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But, in a statement issued on Saturday, CAS confirmed that it has denied Boca’s appeal, and the second leg will take place as planned.”CAS has dismissed the urgent request for provisional measures presented by Boca Juniors, who requested the suspension of the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores 2018,” the statement read.The first leg between the two, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch before taking place on November 11, finished 2-2.Boca president Daniel Angelici had revealed in November that his side were opposed to having to play the second leg following the actions of their rivals.He said: “We have decided to submit a request for disqualification to River.”Today we expand the petition with 46 more pages, with videos, photos and evidence. Now the Disciplinary Tribunal has to answer.”I hope that the court gives its answer with reasons. We are not willing to play any matches until the court decides. We believe that there are reasons to attend our request.”If the court decision is negative, we will see if the reasons are strong. If they are not, we will appeal to the Chamber of Appeals of CONMEBOL.”The rescheduling of the game is a decision of the CONMEBOL Executive Committee, not the Disciplinary Tribunal. We want them to adhere to the law, we believe that within CONMEBOL there are precedents for the request of Boca to be received positively.”I have the duty and the obligation to defend Boca. It is a very serious fact, it is not about waiting for someone to die to make decisions. River have had many sanctions during this Copa Libertadores. Boca is going to exhaust all administrative instances.”
UEFA Europa League Europa League draw: Arsenal vs Ostersund, Celtic vs Zenit, AC Milan vs Ludogorets & last 32 in full Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:36 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) UEFA Europa League Arsenal Celtic The draw took place in Switzerland and has thrown up some interesting ties, with some of Europe’s top teams facing each other Arsenal have been paired with Ostersund, while Celtic face a daunting trip to Zenit in the Europa League last 32.Since they were seeded, the Gunners, will play away first in Sweden before hosting the second leg at the Emirates, while the Hoops will host the first leg against Zenit since they were unseeded.The draw, which took place immediately after its Champions League counterpart in Switzerland on Monday, also sees Borussia Dortmund take on Serie A side Atalanta, while Atletico Madrid face Copenhagen.The official result of the Round of 32 #UELdraw!Most exciting tie? pic.twitter.com/166NCzW7wq— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) December 11, 2017Napoli have been drawn against fellow Champions League transfer team RB Leipzig and AC Milan take on Ludogorets, while Mario Balotelli’s Nice must travel to Russia where they will play Lokomotiv Moscow. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The games are scheduled to take place in February 2018, with the first leg coming on February 15 and the second leg set for a week later on February 22.Seeded teams will have the second leg of the tie at home.EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 32 IN FULL Match Leg 1 Leg 2 Borussia Dortmund vs Atalanta Feb 15 Feb 22 Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow Feb 15 Feb 22 Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid Feb 15 Feb 22 Spartak Moscow vs Athletic Bilbao Feb 15 Feb 22 AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kiev Feb 15 Feb 22 Celtic vs Zenit Feb 15 Feb 22 Napoli vs RB Leipzig Feb 15 Feb 22 Red Star Belgrade vs CSKA Moscow Feb 15 Feb 22 Lyon vs Villarreal Feb 15 Feb 22 Real Sociedad vs Red Bull Salzburg Feb 15 Feb 22 Partizan vs Viktoria Plzen Feb 15 Feb 22 Steaua Bucharest vs Lazio Feb 15 Feb 22 Ludogorets vs AC Milan Feb 15 Feb 22 Astana vs Sporting Lisbon Feb 15 Feb 22 Ostersund vs Arsenal Feb 15 Feb 22 Marseille vs Braga Feb 15 Feb 22
Portugal 1 Morocco 0: Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renard’s men out Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 22:01 6/20/18 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo scored after four minutes to become the leading European international goal-scorer of all time as Portugal beat Morocco. Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that made him the top-scoring European in international football as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in Moscow to dump Herve Renard’s men out of the World Cup.One the tournament’s star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos’ men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 international goals – one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings.Morocco head coach Renard came into the game having seen his players denied a point after dominating much of their opening encounter against Iran and they were largely the better side here too, keeping Portugal on the back foot and quelling the threat of Ronaldo for long periods. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Renard was involved in discussions with officials over two rejected first-half penalty claims but his side created enough chances to score from open play had they been more accurate in front of goal.Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos’ team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.Morocco will have the chance to restore some pride by claiming a result from their final Group B game against Spain and will then head home disappointed not to have had more to show for two good displays in Russia, while Portugal took a huge step towards the last 16.Victory for #POR thanks to another goal from @Cristiano! #PORMOR pic.twitter.com/lLlQIU7WSt— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Khalid Boutaib headed wide as Morocco began the match on the front foot but they were undone by the irrepressible Ronaldo before they could find their stride. Morocco defender Manuel da Costa failed to track the Real Madrid star as Joao Moutinho swung in a corner and Ronaldo stooped to power a header over goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi and into the middle of the goal. Their World Cup campaign hanging by a thread, Renard’s side rallied and Medhi Benatia brought a good low save from Rui Patricio with a downward far-post header and he was soon tested again by Hakim Ziyech’s raking drive from 20 yards. Portugal were pinned back for extended spells as Morocco attacked in waves without causing any major scares, and they might have extended their lead when Ronaldo played Goncalo Guedes into the box but Munir stood tall and made a one-handed save.Ronaldo blazed over the crossbar when Bernardo Silva’s mishit presented him with a clear shooting chance on the edge of the box early in the second half.Patricio then made a stunning save to preserve Portugal’s lead when Ziyech’s free-kick was headed towards goal by Younes Belhanda, the goalkeeper diving to palm the ball away from danger after it bounced up at him awkwardly.Ziyech whistled another set-piece just over the crossbar from 25 yards as the minutes ticked away and both Nordin Amrabat and Benatia fired over with better chances, but there was to be no last hurrah for Morocco as their hopes of making the knockout stage slipped out of reach.Key Opta stats:- Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea (W6 D3 since).- Morocco have lost seven of their last nine World Cup matches (W1 D1), failing to score in over half of those games (5).- Morocco have lost their opening two group games at the World Cup for the third different edition (also 1970 and 1994).- Portugal kept a clean sheet in a World Cup match for the first time since 2010, when they kept three in three group stage games – they had conceded in five consecutive games prior to today.- Ronaldo has become the first Portuguese player since Jose Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament.- Ronaldo is the first player to score five consecutive World Cup goals for his team since Oleg Salenko for Russia in 1994. read more
zoom US-based shipbuilder Philly Shipyard closed the first quarter of this year with a net income of USD 17.2 million, considerably higher from USD 1.9 million delivered in the same period of 2016. During 1Q 2017, the company’s operating revenues and other income were USD 167.8 million, up from USD 35.7 million seen in the three-month period a year earlier.As disclosed, operating revenues and other income were primarily driven by the delivery of American Freedom, the second of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers that the company is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan.In addition, the results were affected by the related sale by Philly Tankers of American Freedom’s shipping assets to Kinder Morgan and continued progress on the Matson vessels.EBITDA for 1Q 2017 stood at USD 29.9 million, compared to USD 2 million recorded in the same quarter of 2016.On March 31, 2017, the company had an order backlog of USD 624.4 million, with two APT’s MR2 product tankers and two Matson’s Panamax containerships under construction.The shipbuilder said that key focus areas for its operations this year are deliveries of the abovementioned ships according to contract delivery dates.In addition, main focus areas for Philly Shipyard’s business in 2017 would be securing new contracts and seeking capital to finance the construction of new vessels. Although there are no firm orders in place, the shipbuilder said it has started design work and procurement activities to build Hulls 031 and 032 as container vessels, with the construction planned for 2Q 2018.“While Philly Shipyard is currently focused on large containerships for its next contracts, Philly Shipyard continues to explore potential new construction projects in other areas of the Jones Act market,” the shipbuilder said.However, the shipbuilding company said that due to the current uncertainty in securing new orders beyond Hull 030, the PHLY Board decided not to pay dividends for the first quarter of 2017.In line with its diversification efforts, the company has teamed up with Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) and Vard Marine to compete for the detail design and construction of the US Coast Guard’s next generation heavy polar icebreaker.
Ghazni (Afghanistan): A Taliban car bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar.The Taliban are meeting with US negotiators and Afghan representatives in Doha as the US pushes to end its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, but violence from the insurgents and the US military has continued apace.Sunday’s suicide car bomb attack hit the eastern city of Ghazni and targeted an intelligence unit, Ghazni provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori told AFP. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingWahidullah Mayar, a health ministry spokesman, said 12 people had been killed.Additionally, “179 people, mostly civilians including children, were wounded”, he added.The number of wounded jumped up from an earlier toll of 70 and suggests a massive explosion.The Taliban claimed the attack in a WhatsApp message.The seventh round of Taliban-US talks is aimed at forging a deal that would see the US military quit Afghanistan in return for various guarantees.Both sides have reported substantial progress in the talks, which are paused Sunday and Monday while the Taliban meet with Afghan representatives for a so-called intra-Afghan dialogue.