Frank Lampard left to rue Chelsea draw at West Ham

first_imgFrank Lampard is disappointed Chelsea missed the chance to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League by failing to beat West Ham on Sunday.The Blues could have made capital out of title rivals Manchester United’s shock 3-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday but only drew 1-1 at Upton Park.“We had a great chance to capitalise on other results but we didn’t do that,” Lampard told BBC Radio 5 live.“We did not play well enough, particularly in the first half.”West Ham took the lead with a penalty from Alessandro Diamanti on the stroke of half-time after Jack Collison was fouled by Ashley Cole.But Chelsea drew level on 61 minutes when Matthew Upson was ruled to have fouled Daniel Sturridge in the penalty box, although the defender appeared to win the ball fairly. Former Hammers star Lampard stepped up to convert from the spot at the third attempt after referee Mike Dean had ordered the kick to be retaken twice for players encroaching into the area.West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola revealed he was disappointed with the decision.“The referee got it right in the first place then the linesman put his flag up and the referee changed his mind,” he said.“His first impression was the right one. Pity he did not stay with that. The players were disappointed. The linesman put the flag up and that’s why he gave it.“It’s a pity because the referee was better positioned than the linesman. He was closer to the action.” England midfielder Lampard admitted taking the penalty was a challenging situation, especially as he was facing international team-mate Robert Green in the West Ham goal.“I’d rather do it against a keeper I don’t know,” confirmed Lampard. “Me and Greeny practise with England so he was aware of my technique. There was a bit of mind games. Fortunately they all went in.”West Ham went into the game on the back of three straight league defeats and in desperate need of a win to boost their chances of avoiding relegation.But they showed plenty of hunger and desire against a Chelsea side who have failed to produce their best form in recent weeks.“We wanted to start well and start sharp but we didn’t do that,” said Lampard. “We gave West Ham a chance to build a head of steam and we made it tough for ourselves. “We’re four points clear, so we have to take the positives, but we do have to get back to playing how we were a few games ago.”Manager Carlo Ancelotti agreed with Lampard that Chelsea only started performing after the interval.And he blamed the busy festive period for his team’s poor first-half display.He stated: “We started only in the last 45 minutes. Before we played without intensity and were slow. We didn’t move the ball quickly in midfield.“We’re not in the best moment but every team has problems in this period. “There are a lot of matches, every three days, and it’s not easy to maintain concentration, to maintain strength every three days.”Chelsea face a trip to high-flying Birmingham on Boxing Day before entertaining another in-form side in Fulham only two days later.Source: bbclast_img read more

New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart…

first_imgFILE – This May 26, 2009 file photo shows a printout from an electrocardiogram machine in Missouri. Doctors are reporting that novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Gene-targeting medicines also showed promise in studies discussed Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at an American Heart Association conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)PHILADELPHIA | Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for interfering with heart-harmful genes without modifying the genes themselves — in one case, with treatment just twice a year.The research was featured at an American Heart Association conference ending Monday in Philadelphia.“There’s a lot of excitement” about the new gene-targeting medicines, especially because they seem to last so long, said Dr. Karol Watson, of the University of California, Los Angeles.Scientists have been exploring gene therapy — altering DNA — to attack the root cause of many diseases. The new drugs essentially accomplish the same thing without tampering with genes, said the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Daniel Rader, who has consulted for some makers of these drugs.The medicines work by silencing or blocking messages that genes give to cells to make proteins that can do harm, such as allowing cholesterol to accumulate. The first few of these “RNA-interference” drugs recently were approved for other conditions, and research is also targeting heart disease.Farthest along is inclisiran, tested in 1,561 people with heart disease from clogged arteries who still had high LDL, the bad form of cholesterol, despite taking standard drugs. They were given a shot of inclisiran or a dummy drug when they joined the study, three months later and then every six months.The drug lowered LDL by 56% without serious side effects. More testing will show whether it also lowers heart attacks and other problems, not just cholesterol. Inclisiran’s maker, The Medicines Company, plans to seek federal approval for it later this year.Two other RNA interference drugs aim at a different target — triglycerides, another fat in the blood that’s elevated in one quarter of Americans. Treatments include very low-fat diets, weight loss, fish oil and drugs, but doctors say more and better therapies are needed.Each RNA interference drug was tested at various doses in 40 people. A single shot lowered triglycerides by 30% to 67%, and the benefit lasted for at least four months. The studies were just intended to show safety; Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals is developing both drugs.Other research found new benefits from older drugs. AstraZeneca’s Farxiga, originally developed to treat diabetes, also lowered the risk of heart problems in heart failure patients who did not have diabetes. Among 2,605 of such patients treated for 18 months, about 9% of those on Farxiga had worsening heart failure or heart-related death versus nearly 13% of those not given the drug. That worked out to a 27% lower risk, without extra serious side effects.Surprising benefits also were seen in a Canadian study of the decades-old gout drug. The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine — sold as Colcrys, Mitigare and in generic form — was tested in 4,745 people who recently had a heart attack.After about two years, colchicine users had a 23% lower risk of suffering a new heart attack, heart-related death, stroke, cardiac arrest or urgent need for an artery-opening procedure compared with a group given dummy pills. The benefit came mostly from preventing strokes and artery-opening procedures, and some heart doctors would rather have seen more difference in heart attacks and deaths.Colchicine is being tested in several other studies, and more evidence is needed before using it routinely to lower heart risks, Dr. L. Kristin Newby of Duke University wrote in a commentary published with the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a Northwestern University cardiologist and program chief for the heart conference, was more supportive.“When you have a safe drug that’s easily available, it’s going to be hard to hold this one back,” he said.Marilynn Marchione can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MMarchioneAPThe Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

U14 Selects pitch shutout en route to Kootenay Zone Playdown title

first_imgIt’s an age-old adage that defence wins championships.The Nelson Selects are well onto their way for a great performance at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in Kelowna after pitching a shutout in four games en route to the Kootenay Zone U14 Girl’s Playdown title Sunday in Creston.Nelson defeated Creston, Kootenay South (KSYSA), Cranbrook (KEYSA), and Columbia Valley (CV) and finished with a perfect record of 4-0 and a big goosegg in the goals allowed category.”We’re very proud of the team’s performance at the 2012 playdowns,” said coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”The squad controlled play during most of their games, and rock solid defending by defensive backs Kyra Burkart, Maya Mierau, Merissa Dawson, Kali Horner and Emma Gregorich with keeper Haley Cooke earned an impressive tournament shutout.” The Reps opened with a narrow 1-0 decision over Kootenay South on a cold, rainy Saturday morning.Brownwyn Sutherland scored the only goal of the game by converting a rebound from the Kootenay South keeper. Nelson then got the offence in gear Saturday afternoon against the hot Creston side, scoring an easy 8-0 win.Darian Voisard opened up the scoring with less than two minutes played, followed by two goals from Naomi Perkins and a single from Lakpa Dietz to make the tally 4 – 0 at the half. VVoisard was unstoppable in the second half adding three more goals while Camille Gebhart added a single. Sunday morning the Nelson Selects faced the squad from Cranbrook and controlled play for most of the game.Despite many quality scoring opportunities, Nelson was unable to convert until Camille Gebhart opened up the scoring with an impressive strike from outside the penalty area.Gebhart added a single in the second half. In the final game of the tourney, Voisard, Dietz, Emily Graeme and Merissa Dawson, on a successful penalty kick, scored to give Nelson a 4 – 0 win over Columbia Valley.The Selects now advance to the Provincial B Cup July 5-8 in the Central Okanagan City.last_img read more

Peewee Leafs rally to capture Nelson Rep Tournament

first_imgGoalie Grady Groenhuysen’s shootout save sparked the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 victory over Revelstoke in the final of the Nelson Minor Hockey Peewee Rep Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Groenhuysen’s save came after Dax Dewar put the Leafs, which have now won three consecutive tournaments, up in sudden-death shootout.After both teams advanced to the final, Nelson blasting Wenatchee Wild 10-4 in the semi-final, Revelstoke looked poised to stop the run of the Leafs after jumping to a 3-0 lead after two periods. However, the Leafs began to chip away at the lead 30 seconds into the third period.Leaf’s Captain Sebastian Conne-Correnti cut the lead to 3-1 before Eliot Rude closed the margin to a single goal with a marker.Miller Tedesco then tied the game at 3-3 with time running out in the third period.After two five-minute overtime periods settled nothing — the first five-minute frame a 4-on-4 game —  followed by a 3-3 mini-contest, the teams went to shootout.Tedesco and Jack Boyes scored for Nelson as the teams finished regular shootout tied at 2-2, setting the stage for the sudden death format to decide the championship.Seven teams from Spokane, Wenatchee, Coeur d’Alene, Vernon, Grand Forks and Revelstoke joined host Nelson in the three-day tournament, which began Friday at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Earth Hour: Is it Time to Virtualize the Electrical Grid?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Another Earth Hour has passed by this weekend. Electrical systems across the globe were shut down to observe, for an hour, that energy is precious. In this moment, we also acknowledge that as humanity, we have the power to do better for ourselves. One great thing about Earth Hour is the photos. If you haven’t yet, check out the brilliant photo essay at Boston.com on Earth Hour 2010. If you haven’t taken initiative to shut down your computer yet, read on to get a refresher on how better computing resource utilization creates a better world.Earth Hour Translates to Megahertz The link to energy and efficiency is clearly evident in the data center. Where electricity is bundled in time units, processing is calculated in megahertz. We can see how important the work is at Intel and others (AMD, IBM, Apple) to get higher processing per energy consumption at the core. In the data center, applications and processes drive resources, as well as flows of traffic from users. In a way solving the challenge of energy efficient data centers is where information management and physics collide.Higher utilization is the promise of server virtualization. However, like in many things, scaling up is harder than scaling down. The tricky part is the linkages across the network, storage. These configurations are where further opportunity exists to abstract the workload, infrastructure, and energy to orchestrate a flow of resources that turn off and on when needed. In this way, we wonder, will find ways to connect energy consumption to workload – and cost.Is Energy Social? We see a time in the future where personal computing is a utility, and the plug knows who we are. With smart homes, mobile computing, and personal health records, it has to be so.One thing that struck a note with us about Earth Hour is how easy it is to do locally. All you do is turn off the switch.In California, there is a very lively discussion on automated, or “smart” meters from the default electrical company, PGE. See (some) of the dialog on PGE’s smart meter site on Facebook. On one hand, having computerized meters gives the needed management to observe consumption in real-time and optimize the grid.On the other hand for many users, this type of oversight needs to be tied to consumer privacy and pricing. As shown with Earth Hour, there is an important social component and to giving back to the world, not just the shareholders. People question the intentions of a monopoly and as people we seem to get a better win with a simple, “Turn it Off” where we get a chance to contribute by ourselves.For us, Earth Hour represents people rallying for the future. Around the world, from Sidney to Singapore, Buenos Aires to Boston people are doing it because we are a people – not to support the systems. Here’s to hoping that someday we can all check in to Earth Hour in a way that turns off our gear, lights, and grids – if only for a moment. Location Matters. Huddling Up to Where its Warm Oregon’s has a lot of natural resources. From salmon, honey, and redwoods, to mobile technology, the state is blossoming like spring. One interesting trend are the massive data centers popping up out of the ground (like Facebook and Google) that have been placed close to energy resources. In several small towns in Oregon, modern high-density computing environments are being deployed next to the oldest technology for generating power, the dam. These services show that tariff’s and pricing do matter when it comes to energy and how it converts to the bottom line to the leaders in cloud computing.Computing Matters: A Few Green Guides Resources to ConsiderIntel: Seeing the Sensitivity of Server Refresh is an Intel internal review of ROI of pulling in newest versions of server technology and doing technology refreshes. Density does matter.VMware: This energy efficiency analysis walks us though the concepts of energy efficiency by pooling servers as virtual resources. The Gartner quote below us how serious energy is ties to computing costs. “Gartner estimates that over the next 5 years, most enterprise data centers will spend as much on energy (power and cooling) as they do on hardware infrastructure.” Even if all of the technology was free, energy would still a very significant expense in running a data center operation. VMware also shows that energy saving can be viral, or can expand into other areas of the corporate environment.Earth Hour is a Question, Not an AnswerOne of the best aspects of Earth Hour is that we know it won’t work for the real-time web. We aren’t ready to shut down the Internet, or data center. Instead, as technology leaders, we may be able to design systems that react and become more efficient. With time, perhaps the Internet at large will “go dark” for an hour or so per year in celebration.For us, Earth hour was a trigger to consider the impacts of energy and look at it as a system, instead of a free resource. We compiled a few questions for enterprise managers considering how to tie global movement and questions into the day job:Earth Hour has a .9% difference in the electrical grid in some areas. We know virtualization offers more. What number are you using in your enterprise for virtualization energy savings?How long will it take for electrical grids and computing grids merge? Will it happen in our lifetime?Would your company be able to take down your network down for an hour with the flip of a switch? What part of the infrastructure would you be the most concerned about?How high of a priority is it for your organization to reduce it’s energy footprint?Photo credits: demorganna & xshamx Tags:#Analysis#cloud#Virtualization Related Posts mike kirkwoodcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

The Jets Are Bad But Are They 016 Bad

When receiver Quincy Enunwa suffered a season-ending neck injury recently, the number of NFL-caliber receivers on the New York Jets’ active roster dropped from one to zero.Taken together, the Jets’ top five remaining wideouts — Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, Chris Harper and Frankie Hammond — average 1.4 years of NFL experience, 18.6 career receptions and 223.8 receiving yards.The Jets have arguably the worst quarterback group in the NFL, an offensive line that lost its left tackle (Ryan Clady) and center (Nick Mangold) from last season’s 5-11 squad, and a pass defense that last year ranked 31st in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA). With games scheduled against teams from the stacked AFC West and NFC South divisions, it’s no wonder that people are saying the Jets are headed for an 0-16 season.But a winless season takes more than a terrible roster; it also takes terrible luck.The 2008 Detroit Lions are the only NFL team to go winless in the NFL’s 37 years of 16-game regular seasons.1The NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978, but strikes in 1982 and 1987 caused those seasons to be shortened. Last season’s Cleveland Browns came pretty close — making it to 0-14 before picking up their only win in dramatic fashion in Week 16. The 2008 Lions and 2016 Browns have something else in common: The numbers say their results were profoundly unfortunate.Pro-Football-Reference.com’s “expected wins” calculation measures what a team’s record should have been based on how many points it scored and allowed. It’s a simple formula that essentially assumes that a team’s close wins and losses should balance out. And it turns out that assumption is mostly right: Deviations between a team’s actual and expected records have a tendency to evaporate across seasons.According to expected wins, the 2008 Lions should have had 2.8 wins and the 2016 Browns should have had 3.5. In fact, only 11 teams have finished a 16-game season with one or no wins — and those teams averaged 3.0 expected wins. In other words, teams that flirt with zero wins usually have the talent to win a few more games, but they also catch a lot of (bad) breaks, losing more often than could reasonably be expected from the way they played.So if 0-16 is partly bad luck — which we can’t really predict — and partly bad talent, how do the Jets stack up in the latter department? Let’s start with the 2016 version of the team and then compare it with the four teams since the 2002 realignment that have won zero or one games: the 2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Lions, 2009 St. Louis Rams and 2016 Browns. We’ll focus on two power ratings: PFR’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which adjusts a team’s scoring margin for the strength of its opponents, and DVOA, which measures how well (or in this case, poorly) a team plays on a per-play basis. The 2016 Jets scored 17.2 points per game, more than each of the four one- and zero-win teams did. Last season’s Jets also allowed 25.6 points per game, fewer than any of the four. The Jets posted an SRS of -8.5 — awful, but better than all but the 2007 Dolphins among our list of possibly comparable teams. The 2016 Jets had 4.5 expected wins, also the highest among the group. DVOA was less kind — the Jets’ -32.4 percent is worse than the 2016 Browns’ -30.4 percent and well below that of the 2007 Dolphins’ -21.4 percent.By these measures, the 2016 Jets were at least as good as, if not significantly better than, all the one- and zero-win squads of this era.So the Jets were bad last season, but they weren’t 0-16 bad. Knowing nothing else, that means they’d have to have a ton of bad luck to go winless this season — or they would need to suffer a disastrous offseason.But when it comes to offseason talent gains and losses, the Jets arguably held steady: Free-agent tackle Kelvin Beachum was brought in to offset the loss of Clady, and free-agent cornerback Morris Claiborne was signed to replace Darrelle Revis, who was released. With their first two draft picks, the Jets selected safeties, bolstering their pass defense with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.It wasn’t all positive, of course — these are the Jets, after all. The team tried to address the free-agency loss of top wideout Brandon Marshall by drafting pass-catchers with their next three picks. But middle-round wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen and tight end Jordan Leggett almost certainly won’t replace the production of Marshall, a six-time Pro Bowler, let alone Enunwa’s.The Jets’ air attack is likely to be less effective in 2017 than it was in 2016, even if the motley trio of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg can combine to be better than the Jets’ league-worst quarterback corps (67.6 team passer rating) from 2016.But for the Jets not to win a single game this season, their 2017 offense will have to be far less effective than the 2016 version, their defense even weaker — and their on-field luck much, much worse. So take heart, Jet fans: Even with the worst team in football, 0-16 is a tough feat to pull off. read more

Hasselbaink backs Sarri at Chelsea

first_imgThe former Chelsea footballer believes Maurizio Sarri can still do well in the English Premier League.Chelsea started the 2018-2019 English Premier League season with a bang, winning 12 consecutive matches.But then they fell into a slump, and have struggled recently to pick up points.The Blues are currently in the fourth position of the standings with 50 points, seven behind third-place Tottenham Hotspur and 12 behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.And for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, a former Chelsea striker, boss Maurizio Sarri can still lead the team to greatness.“I think the criticism is a little unfair towards him, he had a really good start to the season,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.“You need to give him the time, it’s only six or seven months that he’s been in the building, so you need to give him the time and you need to give him the trust.”“He’s put Kante in a different position because he sees that position in a different way and that’s where it (the criticism) started,” he added.“Whatever you say, Kante’s the best defensive midfield player at winning the ball back, so that has raised eyebrows.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The ex-Netherlands international played for Chelsea from 2000 to 2004, scoring 70 goals in 136 matches.He also played for Telstar, AZ, Campomaiorense, Boavista, Leeds United, Atletico Madrid, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, and Cardiff City.And now he’s a coach, having managed Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers, and Northampton Town.“He believes in playing football in a certain way and that is dominating the ball in possession,” the 46-year-old continued talking about Sarri.“That’s how he believes Chelsea is eventually going to win titles and cups.”’I want to see him happy.’— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 8, 2019last_img read more

Local Legislators Talk Possible Second Special Session

first_imgRepresentative Sarah Vance: “There’s many of us in the House minority, the House Republicans, who believe we can accomplish the work now. The operating budget could have been completed before the 120 days expired, but because people were holding out for what they want they did not move it. There was not any new things done this week that could not have been done prior.” KSRM News spoke with each of our local legislators on Tuesday, and none of them seemed optimistic that the Legislature will be able to find agreement prior to the end of the first special session on Friday. Representative Gary Knopp: “A second special session to address the capital budget and the PFD is really what I think needs to happen. We’re just out of time. We can’t pass a capital budget now and expect the Senate to rubber stamp it and concur, and no time to conference it. That is my belief. Unless something strange happens, I think that’s what needs to happen. We are simply out of time.”  The Senate unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget during a floor session on Monday.  The Alaska House of Representatives passed the same operating budget on Sunday which does not include a PFD. Representative Ben Carpenter: “It is a possibility if the House Majority fails to act in the next three days on a capital budget then we would have to go into a second special session in order to have a capital budget. We are at the mercy of people who are not thinking logically. I do not understand why we can’t do the job the state has asked us to do in a timely manner.” center_img Senator Peter Micciche: “We unfortunately clearly need another special session to settle the PFD issue. Although half of us, including me, in the Senate voted for a $3,000 PFD and tried to get it back into the budget yesterday we couldn’t get an 11th vote. At this time the House has not made any kind of a definitive statement on a dividend. A legislative session should be over in 90 days, 110 at the most, unfortunately the House was late to organize. We had to pass a budget and send it to the governor so that the process can continue on an operating budget, and so he has opportunity to veto what he believes is right.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Lawmakers won’t be packing their bags anytime soon amid a looming second special session, where they’re expected to reach a compromise on two major issues… the PFD and a capital budget. House and Senate leaders expect the budget bill, HB 39, to be ready for Governor Mike Dunleavy’s review within three days. The vote averts a government shutdown and allows state services to continue with the next fiscal year beginning July 1.last_img read more