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Slaven Bilic targets upturn in West Ham’s home fortunes

first_img “We don’t say ‘away we are going to play like this, and at home we are going to play like this’,” he said. “But sometimes you have to change. “We will try to win our home games and maintain our away form, but it’s more that we started sloppily in a couple of home games. “At home sometimes we are playing like it’s basketball and you have a limit of 24 seconds to finish your move, and you are forcing the situation too early. “Away we are a little bit more patient, but at home not patient enough.” West Ham certainly had to show some patience at Selhurst Park, with Palace holding out until the 88th minute with 10 men. Carl Jenkinson’s opener had been quickly cancelled out by Yohan Cabaye’s twice-taken penalty but the game turned on Dwight Gayle’s dismissal, for two reckless challenges, on the stroke of half-time. The Hammers finally broke Palace’s resistance when Manuel Lanzini lashed in Andy Carroll’s knock-down with two minutes remaining, and Dimitri Payet added the gloss in stoppage time. Bilic’s side are now up to the heady heights of fourth but the Croatian is still playing down what they can achieve this season. The Hammers have picked up just one win at Upton Park this season but made it four on the road on Saturday when they added Crystal Palace to the scalps of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. They host Chelsea next weekend with boss Bilic urging his side to show the same patience they do away from home, rather than play as if they have a time limit in which to shoot. Press Association Slaven Bilic has told West Ham to stop treating home games like basketball matches. “At the club we have no expectations,” he added. “You can’t stop the fans’ (expectations) – unless you start losing, and that is not what we want. “But our target is to stay in the league. It’s early days, not late May. Our target is to play good football, to be solid, defend and attack with numbers and keep the ball, score more goals and get more points. Where we will finish, I don’t know! But it should be good.” Defeat was harsh on Palace but manager Alan Pardew tried to look on the bright side. “The resilience we showed in the second half, down to 10 men, was a good sign,” he said. “At some point it will happen to us – a team will go down to 10 men and we will have to exploit it like West Ham did to us.” last_img read more

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Buffon quits as Italy suffer World Cup ‘apocalypse’

first_img– ‘Intolerable football shame’ –Italy dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut chances, as Sweden secured a first appearance at the finals since 2006 courtesy of Jakob Johansson’s first-leg strike in Stockholm.Ventura had made changes from Friday’s defeat with Brazil-born Jorginho making his Italy debut and Alessandro Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini also handed starts, although Napoli’s in-form winger Lorenzo Insigne was again left on the bench.As the clock ticked down, De Rossi was asked by Ventura to warm up but he pointed at Insigne instead.“I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up,” said De Rossi. “I pointed to Insigne too. I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead.”Buffon even came up for two corners in a final desperate gamble but Italy fell desperately short, leading to damning headlines in the Italian press.“Italy, this is the apocalypse,” ran a headline on the website of sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport.“Wasted chances, a bit of bad luck but zero goals in 180 minutes against the Swedes, who will go to Russia,” Gazzetta commented.Corriere dello Sport, said it will be painful for the country to be on the sidelines when the World Cup kicks off in Russia in June.“It is an intolerable football shame, an indelible stain,” the newspaper said.“It is over. Apocalypse, tragedy, catastrophe.”Share on: WhatsApp Milan, Italy | AFP |  A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit international football as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden on Monday.Coach Gian Piero Ventura also said he would consider his future after the Azzuri drew 0-0 in the second leg of their tie with Sweden, who qualified 1-0 on aggregate.Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the team, who last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, because we failed at something which also means something on a social level,” said an emotional Buffon as he confirmed his retirement.The 39-year-old goalkeeper, who lifted the 2006 World Cup in Germany, who had been hoping to compete in a record sixth World Cup.Buffon, who has 175 international caps, had already announced that the World Cup finals in Russia would be his last.But Ventura made no announcement about his position despite failing to lead the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 winners to their 19th World Cup.The former Torino coach said he would first talk to the Italian federation president before making a decision on his future.“Resign? I don’t know. I have to evaluate an infinity of things. I have not yet spoken to the president,” said Ventura. “It doesn’t depend on me, I’m not in the state of mind to face this question.”“It’s a very heavy result to bear, because I was absolutely convinced that we had this ferocious desire to overcome the obstacle.”The game at Milan’s San Siro stadium witnessed a generational shift for Italy, with Buffon and fellow 2006 veterans Andrea Barzagli and Daniele De Rossi all quitting the team, while Giorgio Chiellini also hung up his Azzurri jersey.“The era of four or five veterans comes to a close, the one of the hungry young players coming through begins and that’s how it should be,” said Ventura, who took over from Chelsea coach Antonio Conte in 2016 with a contract until June 2020.last_img read more

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Using a Map to Find the Right Cloud Service

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Cloud computing is most effective when it can be applied when needed. It’s like getting water from the faucet. You get the water when you want to. It flows when you turn the knob.The hard part is finding the right cloud computing service. It’s not like at home. You have to go out and find the service. How you do that can be a task.Data Center Map is a service that reminds us of Spotcloud, the new service from Enomaly, which we will be writing more about next week. Data Center Map offers a way to visually see where data centers are located that offer cloud computing services. It is financed primarily through advertising and commissions from brokering deals. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The cloud computing service is a new one for Data Center Map, which has historically provided a service that offers the locations for co-location and carrier services across 1,800 data centers around the world.Data Center Map launched the new features to help people with the complex task of finding a service. They cite a recent study by IDG Research on behalf of Savvis that shows that 75% of companies will use enterprise-class cloud computing within the next five years. About 60% of those surveyed find it a daunting task to find the right cloud computing solution for their companies.The service allows people to search across specific criteria such as geographic location or specific features. Companies may compare the services as well at a later point to other services. The real challenge for the customer is exemplified in the features that Data Center Maps looks for from providers: Physical data center locationsHigh availability / full redundancyMinimum billing periodProviders selling model (whether resources are bundled or sold separately)Scalability of server instancesGuaranteed minimum CPU resourcesSAS 70 auditAPI accessAvailability of CDN servicesAvailability of managed servicesAvailability of free trialAvailability of phone supportIntegrated backup/snapshot functionalityIntegrated load balancerIntegrated firewallOperative systems supported (Linux, Windows and custom image installation)Technology: Cloud Management PlatformTechnology: Hypervisor (KVM, Xen, Hyper-V, VMware etc.)Technology: Storage type (Central SAN, local disk storage, distributed storage system etc.)But overall, the service looks helpful. Would you use it? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#news#Products last_img read more

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From other vocations to acting

first_imgBeauty Queens: The Miss Somethings-turned-actors are managing beautifully. Not all have replicated Aishwarya Rai’s success but they continue to land good offers. Sports Stars: I.M. Vijayan landed a state award for best debutant actor. Salil Ankola is all over television. Ajay Jadeja, always a showman, is shooting with Sunil Shetty.,Beauty Queens: The Miss Somethings-turned-actors are managing beautifully. Not all have replicated Aishwarya Rai’s success but they continue to land good offers.Sports Stars: I.M. Vijayan landed a state award for best debutant actor. Salil Ankola is all over television. Ajay Jadeja, always a showman, is shooting with Sunil Shetty. Results awaited.Singers: Shaan did all right in Daman. Sonu Nigam is in the middle of making one. A whole host of others are on the way: the grapevine has it that even Adnan Sami is on.Male Models: The handsome men have had a hard time making the transition to celluloid. Rahul Dev was visible in one film. The others have sunk without a bubble.last_img read more

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10 months agoVissel Kobe midfielder Iniesta cools Man City rumours

first_imgVissel Kobe midfielder Iniesta cools Man City rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta says it’s too soon to consider his next move.There has long been speculation that Iniesta could eventually join former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at Manchester City, but the midfielder is not considering retiring just yet.”The truth is that I haven’t thought about it,” he said.”I don’t know what will happen in a few years.”For now, I’m focused on being a football player in another country and another championship, but always as a footballer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setback

first_imgWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setbackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they shouldn’t dwell on defeat at Manchester City on Thursday night.The result sees City cut Liverpool’s lead to four points.Wijnaldum said, “I think it was a good game. We didn’t start well. City were the better team first half but we still created chances and were unlucky. Second half we played better and created more chances and scored. We were unlucky with other chances not going in. One moment we didn’t defend well and they scored.”We are two teams trying to force the other team to make a mistake. Both teams lost the ball. It was a game in which everything could happen. In the end we lost and are disappointed. But we also need to keep our confidence.”I don’t want to say it is a hammer blow. You are always disappointed to lose a game, especially when you come back and create chances. We will be happy if we had a draw. There is no team in the Premier League that will be happy with a loss.”We are still four points clear.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ExxonMobil Starts New Antwerp Unit to Produce Marine Fuel

first_imgExxonMobil has started operations of a new unit at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels such as marine gasoil and diesel.As explained, the new 50,000 barrel-per-day unit expands the refinery’s capacity to meet demand for cleaner transportation fuels throughout northwest Europe.The company’s investment in the new coker will also help meet anticipated demand for lower-sulfur fuel oil to comply with new standards to be implemented by the International Maritime Organization in 2020.We’ve started operations of a new unit at our Antwerp refinery in Belgium to produce high-value transportation fuels. https://t.co/zFf7ZnQ71P pic.twitter.com/nafNnK9nl9— ExxonMobil (@exxonmobil) October 31, 2018“Our investment in Antwerp strengthens ExxonMobil’s competitiveness and position (…) by expanding the refinery’s product slate and increasing our ability to deliver larger quantities of cleaner, higher-value fuels to European customers,” Bryan W. Milton, president of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company, commented.Other projects completed in Antwerp include a 130 megawatt cogeneration unit, which leads to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and a diesel hydrotreater, which has increased the refinery’s production capacity for low-sulfur diesel to enable modern diesel engines to achieve lower emissions standards.In addition, the company is currently constructing a new hydrocracker in Rotterdam that will upgrade heavier hydrocarbon byproducts into cleaner, higher-value finished products such as EHCTM Group II base stocks and ultra-low sulfur diesel.ExxonMobil is also considering an expansion project at its Fawley refinery in the United Kingdom that would include a new hydrotreater unit and associated hydrogen plant to increase domestic diesel production and reduce reliance on imported fuel.last_img read more

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Telcos reluctant to bid for 5G spectrum on concerns of high prices

first_imgNew Delhi: Adding to the growing chorus for lowering of Trai-recommended rates, industry body COAI on Tuesday said its member companies have indicated reluctance in picking up 5G spectrum in the upcoming government-organised sale of radiowaves, concerned over high prices and less-then-adequate quantum. Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) Director-General Rajan Mathews said there could be some takers for 4G spectrum in the auctions, which the government hopes to conduct in the current financial year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In spectrum auctions, for sub-1GHz, it is possible that someone might want to pick up some spectrum for 4G but 5G pricing is still the main challenge. Our members have indicated that at the current prices, it does not make sense to invest this kind of money,” Mathews said. On Monday, the Broadband India Forum (BIF) had claimed that radiowaves unsold in past auctions, because they were priced high, had an implication of Rs 5.4 lakh crore due to economic benefits lost, and that the government needs to ensure adequacy and “reasonable” rates for upcoming 5G auction. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSpectrum price in India is, by far, the most important factor in determining the fate of an auction, its success or failure, BIF had said, adding that prices should trigger maximum sale and, hence, optimal realisation of direct and indirect benefits, and not be driven by short-term financial gains. The government in August-end invited bids for selection of agency that will conduct spectrum auctions in various bands, including 5G, — setting the stage for mega sale of over 8000 MHz of radiowaves, at a start price of over Rs 5.7 lakh crore. The deadline for submission of the bids by prospective auctioneers is September 25. But, the industry laments that the spectrum prices proposed in India are four times higher than other markets. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), in July this year, refused to budge on its recommendation on base price and valuation of spectrum, dashing hopes of financially-stressed companies such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea which had desired a lower base price. Trai had made it clear to the telecom department that it has considered “all relevant factors” while giving views on prices. COAI’s Mathews contended that not only is the price tag of spectrum working out to be expensive for the telecom industry, even the quantum of 5G radiowaves being put on the block is inadequate for three private operators, given that such services and applications would require at least 100 MHz of spectrum for each player. ptilast_img read more

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TSB report cites fatigue in BC tug incident says mate asleep while

first_imgVICTORIA — The Transportation Safety board cites crew fatigue as a cause in a report involving a British Columbia tug that touched bottom while towing a barge loaded with cement south of Kitimat.The report says the vessel’s lone mate on watch duty fell asleep as the Ocean Monarch remained on auto pilot through Royal Channel’s confined waters.The board says there were no reports of injuries or pollution, but the tug’s hull and propeller sustained damage.The report says the tug’s operator had no strategies in place to mitigate a tired crew despite a previous occurrence in 2011 where fatigue played a role.The Transportation Safety Board has highlighted employee fatigue as a major safety hazard in the marine, rail and air transport industries.Last May, the board recommended mandatory fatigue-awareness education for vessel operators in a report on the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart tug, which spilled about 110,000 litres of diesel into the water off B.C.’s central coast.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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