Sheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goalsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals.The Blades have scored just seven goals in their opening seven games this season, with no player netting more than once.Wilder said: “We’ve been pleased we’ve got the balance right, which I thought we did on Saturday, in terms of the performance, when to go forward, and when to take that opportunity to try and score.”You’ve got to try and score against these teams! You can’t just park yourself on the edge of the box for 95 minutes – that’s not our way.”But you’ve got to understand teams are going to push you back. Liverpool, not that our supporters might like it, might have more possession than us!”We feel that our individual ability at the top of the pitch, if we get the performance right and we create chances, we have the ability to score.”The pressure’s on to score. Like I said, we’ll have to get the points that we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Klopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genkby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was happy Liverpool got the “job done” with a 4-1 victory over Genk on Wednesday night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within two minutes to cool any nerves in the away end, before doubling the advantage with a fine first-time finish.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made it 4-0 before Stephen Odey nabbed a consolation for the hosts.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “There were good moments. The start was brilliant, we were kind of fluent and asked them a lot of questions but then we started – I’m not sure why – to lose patience and some easy balls. “But all four goals were brilliant and we had chances to score more. Job done.”In the years before we would have drawn it, maybe even lost, but all’s OK. It was intense, we needed concentration. “Our opponent brought in their tallest player and they did well from the first and second balls. “We played with speculation when do we really need to go there? Then they won the second balls. So I didn’t enjoy the game too much, but I enjoyed the result.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@jasongayRedshirt sophomores and juniors on Alabama and Clemson will only have a few days between tomorrow night’s National Championship and the January 15 NFL Draft declaration deadline. During today’s press conference, the head coaches of both teams said that they would like to see that deadline, as well as the evaluations handed down to interested players, pushed back. Dabo Swinney asked about his juniors weighing NFL decisions. “I pretty much know what everybody’s going to do already.”— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) January 10, 2016Swinney said he expects announcements to be made fairly quickly after the game Monday night.— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) January 10, 2016abo answers question abt underclassmen/NFL> Nick Saban: “Can I make a comment about that? I wish the NFL would move the declare date back.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2016Saban: ‘I wish they moved the declare (for the draft) date back.’ Also calls to move back the date NFL evaluations for players are delivered— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 10, 2016Swinney, responding, says he would “support that 100 percent.” Says the process is a distraction.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Clearly this is a big issue for Saban. He mentioned it in the summer, and he made a point of bringing it up today.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Nick Saban says NFL shouldn’t give players grades before end of year. ESPN reported Bama players voted to withhold info until after Mon.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 10, 2016Obviously, the coaches are the ones who have to keep players focused, and naturally, players are going to only take three or four days to evaluate the huge decision of whether to stay in school or declare. There may be some self-interest at play here, but it does make sense to give the players more time, considering the draft is later than it used to be.
The trend of larger ships calling at the Port of Oakland recorded during the first half of 2017 is expected to become the new normal at the port, especially in the light of the latest infrastructural investments allowing for the handling of bigger ships.“Ship size is increasing in Oakland. Average size vessel here was 8,000 TEU. Moving now toward 14,000 TEU. In a few years, it’ll be 18,000 TEU. Oakland is handling larger ships without difficulty. Carriers don’t hesitate to call with bigger ships. After the obvious infrastructure requirements: 50-foot depth, heightened ship-to-shore cranes; the key is cargo-handling performance. Transformation in our marine terminals allows Oakland to work big ships efficiently and deliver cargo promptly,” Michael Zampa, Port of Oakland’s Communications Director, said while speaking to World Maritime News.Just two years ago, the port was battling congestion issues arising from waterfront contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).Today, Port of Oakland’s Maritime Director John Driscoll boasts of top port productivity among West Coast rivals with 35-to-40 container moves per hour during vessel operations, and ships spending 24 hours, or less, at berth.Furthermore, dockworker issues seem to be a thing of the past with influx of workers keeping pace with growing container business and a vote on a proposed contract extension expected late this summer.So what happened in the past two years that resulted in the port posting record results this June, and total cargo volume increase of 2.7 percent through the first half of 2017?The answer is capacity building.As explained by Driscoll while commenting on the port’s half-year results, there will be fewer ports in the next decade, and winners will be those with the ability to work megaships; and those providing maritime-related services that help shippers cut costs or improve efficiency.For the Port of Oakland, he added, 2017 would be remembered as the year the port took major steps forward on both fronts.Touching upon the port’s activities on strengthening its competitiveness when compared to West Coast neighbors, Zampa noted that Oakland has significantly improved terminal performance by transforming operations.“Recent changes include night gates, appointment systems, express lanes for cargo pick-up, a dedicated empty container yard, inland depot, additional equipment and more labor.”“Oakland’s position in the Transpacific Trade is a competitive advantage. Oakland is the last stop before vessels return to Asia. That makes it especially attractive to exporters. The shortest distance to Asian markets is Oakland-to-Asia. Geography also benefits Oakland. Proximity to Central Valley growers and Napa/Sonoma vintners helps make Oakland one of the major U.S. export gateways,” Zampa continued.“Oakland is one of the only U.S. ports with a trade balance: 51 percent exports, 49 percent imports.”In June, Driscoll said that the port envisions to see over USD 600 million in investment in infrastructural projects aimed at bolstering Oakland’s status of a major trade hub.These have included so far a terminal upgrade, a new operating system at Everport marine terminal, along with USD 100-million rail yard completed in 2016.In addition, USD 14 million crane-raising for six cranes began in the second quarter of 2016, with the first crane currently being outfitted with 26-foot extensions. Furthermore, TraPac marine terminal began construction aimed at increasing its Oakland footprint by 86 percent, and a new gate complex is expected to be completed by the year-end.The Port of Oakland set an all-time record in June import volume having handled the equivalent of 80,253 full 20-foot import containers. That broke the previous all-time record for the month of 78,326 containers set in June 2006.“Oakland import volume has increased in four consecutive months and five of the first six in 2016. It’s a reflection of Transpacific trade growth generally and continued strong U.S. consumer demand. Analysts forecast continued low-to-mid single-digit growth through the peak season,” Zampa told WMN while speaking on the reasons behind the cargo influx rise, and the business operation forecast for the rest of the year.Namely, following the bullish forecast from the US National Retail Federation on possible all-time highs for July and August containerized import volume, the port said it was ready for the record peak-season import volume, which should flow smoothly through the Port of Oakland.The cargo rise comes on the heels of the ongoing consolidation in the container shipping market, spearheaded by alliances of major liner companies, and their respective network reshuffling and cascading of ships.Following the realignment last spring, there are now 31 vessel services calling Oakland, according to the port. The big change in the wake of realignment was an increase in direct Oakland service to-and-from Southeast Asia, with vessel calls from that region up 50 percent since January.“Oakland has managed realignment and consolidation without any disruption. Cargo volume is up and containers are moving through terminals without disruption. With three international marine terminals, there was little room for cargo dislocation during alliance reshuffling,” Zampa added.When asked about the potential effect of the fact that the ports on the East Coast have started welcoming their biggest containerships yet now that the Bayonne Bridge has been raised, Zampa replied that it was too soon to say what the impact of East Coast port improvements will be on the West Coast.“Oakland expects to maintain/grow market share because it serves a discreet market – Northern California and Western Nevada – that can only be served efficiently and cost-effectively through the Port of Oakland. This is a vibrant, growing market. The port has improved operating performance and is expanding its high-value logistics capabilities to attract more business,” he went on to say.Interview conducted by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra, Editor, World Maritime News; Image Courtesy: Port of Oakland
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Apparently impressed with her work, the U.S. government tried to entice Auditor General Sheila Fraser to take a job as the United Nation’s top auditor, according to a “confidential” diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.The U.S. nominated Fraser as their choice to run the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, but she declined, according to the cable, dated Feb. 25, 2010.“Auditor General of Canada Sheila Fraser said that she was ‘deeply honoured’ that the USG had nominated her as a candidate,” said the cable. “She asked, however, that the USG withdraw her nomination. She explained that she was wholeheartedly committed to serving out her current mandate as Auditor General through May 2011.”The cable said Fraser planned to take six months after her term expired before deciding what to do next.APTN National news obtained hundreds of confidential and secret cables from whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. CBC-Radio Canada also received the same batch of cables.WikiLeaks released a large quantity of unclassified cables originating from the U.S. embassy and consulates in Canada last week and posted them on its website.The cable said Fraser met with a U.S. official on Feb. 25 and that she was surprised by the nomination.“She added that no one from the UN had yet contacted her about this nomination, so our request to meet came as quite a surprise,” said the cable. “She reiterated a deep appreciation that the USG had thought highly enough of her and her agency to consider this nomination.”The cable does not say whether the Canadian government was aware of the American’s decision to promote Fraser for the UN job.A spokesperson for Fraser said she would not be commenting on the cable.“We can’t speculate on the cable you are referring to. This is new information. I am not even sure if the offer was made to the Auditor General,” said Ghislain Desjardins.Fraser told APTN in a recent interview her job as Auditor General would be her last full-time job.“I have to say, this is my last full time job. I’m planning to take at least six months, do a little travelling, maybe clean some closets, things that I’ve put off for a while, and to take the time to reflect on what I want to do next, and, you know, try to get back into shape and all the things we are supposed to do. So, thank you, but, no, not interested,” said Fraser.According to its website, the Office of Internal Oversight and Services is tasked with preventing fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and general corruption along with finding efficiencies within the UN’s bureaucracy and programs.Fraser became a household name during the sponsorship scandal where her findings, along with investigative reporting, eventually toppled the Liberal government and severely damaged the federal Liberal brand in Quebec.She again nearly changed the course of the last election after draft reports of her pending report on G8 and G20 spending were leaked to the media. Fraser issued a statement cautioning against drawing conclusions from the draft reports.Fraser also gained the respect of First Nations leaders and she was invited to speak at the special chiefs’ assembly this past December.The Auditor General told First Nations chiefs that Ottawa had failed First Nations people. After 10 years issuing reports on the performance of government departments, Fraser said the existing system dealing with First Nations was not working.“I believe that First Nations, the federal government, and in some cases the provinces, have to rethink their relationship with each other,” said Fraser at the time. “First Nations people have waited far too long to have the quality of services Canadians receive every day and take for granted.”Fraser said she has done 29 audits that directly or indirectly dealt with First Nations people and has seen very little change in the social conditions afflicting reserves.She said reserves have fallen behind over the last 40 years and the federal government has failed to do anything about it.“The conditions on many reserves remain poor and progress is slow. Some communities are making significant progress, but they are the exception rather than the rule,” said Fraser. “Services on reserves have not kept pace with services in municipal governments…The federal government has not been identifying and funding comparable services on reserves in any systemic fashion.”[email protected] CableDownload (PDF, Unknown)
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it examined the 22 “pin locations” shared by India but found no terror camps there and also claimed that it could not establish any links between the 54 people detained by authorities here and the Pulwama attack.Making public more details of Pakistan’s “preliminary findings” after India submitted a dossier to Islamabad after the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber on February 14, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said it was willing to allow visits, on request, to the 22 locations. “While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said in a statement, a day after asking India to provide “more information/evidence” on the involvement of the JeM in the deadly Pulwama terror attack and the presence of camps of the UN-proscribed terror outfit in the country. Amidst intense international pressure on Islamabad after the Pulwama terror attack, authorities here announced the preventive detention of over 120 members of banned militant outfits in the country. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar’s son and brother were among 44 members of the banned militant outfits arrested by authorities in Pakistan,” Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said on March 5. Ministry of Interior Secretary Azam Suleman Khan said Hammad Azhar and Mufti Abdur Rauf were among those arrested on Tuesday. Hammad is the son of Masood Azhar while Rauf is his brother. The Pakistan Foreign Office said, “Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt said that in consistent with its commitment to cooperate, Pakistan on Wednesday shared “preliminary findings” of its investigations with India along with a set of questions. “Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said. India handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi on February 27 with specific details of JeM’s complicity in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. PTI
Kolkata: India’s e-commerce regulations need more consultation with American companies that have invested in India, according to a senior US official Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the US Foreign Commercial Service for the Department of Commerce, Ian Steff on Friday said some of the e-commerce regulations have not received the type of consultation that is needed with some of the large investors. “Not only the US investors but Indian entrepreneurs as well. This is a market that has been fuelled by data,” said Steff on the sidelines of an event organised by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) here. When asked on issues related to generalised system of preference (GSP), Steff said issues related to the GSP have been discussed between the office of the American and Indian trade representative. “We need to really deal with the issues in a substantive manner in a way that encourages industry on both sides to take advantage of an ecosystem that fuels additional investment.” Pointing out that issues like data localisation, price control of medical devices and higher tariffs threaten to slow down trade relationships between the two countries, Steff said he was optimistic that the issues will be sorted out. Steff is a part of US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s delegation to India that also included over 100 US companies as part of the Department of Commerce’s annual trade mission programme, Trade Winds. Speaking at the event, S.K. Sarkar, the National President of IACC, said India and the US were looking at a bilateral trade volume of $500 billion by 2023-24 from the current level of $142.3 billion. “To take the relationship to the next level we need to take care of some of the short term issues, whether its data localisation, e-commerce, price controls of medical devices or high tariffs. These are issues that threaten to slowdown the trade relationships that we want to build,” Steff added.
Because Schröder’s passes have generally left him with nothing to do but lay the ball in, particularly against lesser opponents such as the Sixers, Howard’s average time of possession per touch is down nearly 16 percent from last season and has decreased more than 27 percent from two seasons ago. Additionally, his dribbles per touch are down 10 percent and 27 percent, respectively, from last year and two years ago, according to SportVU.Can it last?Yet for all that, it’s fair to wonder how much of Atlanta’s hot start is sustainable.Schröder, in his first year as a starter, probably won’t finish this season with a higher three-point mark (42.9 percent so far) than his overall field-goal percentage last year (42.1 percent). Howard left Tuesday night’s win with a thigh bruise, and the injury will be a problem if it persists. The team is already thin in spots, including at center, since backup big man Tiago Splitter is still recovering from a February hip surgery. And there’s also the matter of the team’s soft schedule (fifth-easiest in the NBA) to this point: The Hawks are the only team to have beaten the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers, but as of Wednesday afternoon, five of their eight wins had come against Philadelphia, Washington and Miami, the Eastern Conference’s three worst teams.Still, Atlanta — outscoring opponents by more than 10 points per 100 possessions — has generally dominated its competition. The Hawks are limiting opposing offenses to just over 95 points per 100 plays, second-best in the NBA, trailing only the Clippers.The defense, which has been active and has deflected more passes than any Eastern Conference team, appears to be staying home a bit more often than in years past, to allow Howard to serve as a rim protector as opposed to chasing guards all over the court. That has paid dividends: They’re limiting opponents to 52.8 percent shooting from inside five feet, outpacing last year’s impressive 55.5 percent mark.Even with all this in mind, and Howard playing well, the same question as before still faces this team: Does the team — however good it might be — realistically have enough scoring, or enough stoppers, to get the best of LeBron James and the Cavaliers?Probably not. But by changing their look, and playing more inside-out than they have in years past, there might be a little more intrigue this time around, even if the end result turns out to be the same.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 20141.840.62 20151.590.50 Dwight Howard is making faster decisions For years, the Atlanta Hawks have had two guiding philosophies. Under coach Mike Budenholzer, the club has prioritized moving the ball in an uptempo offense, fashioning every player into a jump-shooting threat. On defense, Atlanta thrived thanks to the unusual frontcourt mobility of Paul Millsap and Al Horford. While neither was a traditional rim protector, the team used an array of hedges and switches to slow down pick-and-rolls and limit drives to the basket.With that in mind, things were bound to get interesting one way or another this season. Horford bolted for the Celtics over the summer, taking with him the unique passing and mobility he provides at the center position. He was replaced by Dwight Howard, who is a totally different player from a stylistic standpoint even if he’s a surefire Hall of Famer. The Hawks, who for years lived on ball movement and swiftness, seem to be replacing those virtues with brute strength.The swap — along with promoting point guard Dennis Schröder to a starting role after dealing away former All-Star Jeff Teague — has brought about some encouraging signs for the 8-2 Hawks, who probably needed a bit of a shake-up despite their relative success in recent years. Howard’s replacing Horford doesn’t necessarily make the Hawks more of a contender, but the move at least allows them to try a different look, both offensively and defensively, in hopes of finding a way forward.Howard on the boardsThe clearest difference from last season is the team’s overnight transformation into an offensive-rebounding powerhouse.The Hawks from previous years — much like the Spurs model that Budenholzer borrowed from his time as an assistant in San Antonio — didn’t concern themselves with offensive rebounding, instead preferring to space the court and simply retreat back on defense following a miss.As such, Atlanta ranked dead last in offensive-rebound rate in 2015. This year’s team, by contrast, is tied for the NBA’s fourth-best offensive-rebounding rate. The Hawks, who had ranked in the NBA’s bottom five in second-chance points in each of the previous three seasons, are currently ninth in second-chance points per game. Howard has everything to do with that. His personal numbers look good — he’s averaging 14.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, with eight double-doubles in 10 games — but his effect on Atlanta’s overall numbers appear to be even better. The club’s 31.1 percent offensive-rebound percentage with him on the court this season would be tied for the highest in the league, alongside the Chicago Bulls. The team’s offensive-rebound rate falls to a below-league average rate of 22.2 percent when Howard is on the sideline.Between those easy putbacks, and Howard’s pick-and-roll feeds from Schröder, Atlanta is shooting nearly 67 percent at the rim — up from just over 60 percent last year — second only to the Golden State Warriors so far. (Note the proximity that NBA.com uses for its at-the-rim stats differs slightly from the one the site uses in its shot charts, embedded below, but the trend holds true in both.) Howard, taking more than 80 percent of his shots from there (and also connecting on about 67 percent of those attempts), is fundamentally changing the way the team’s shot chart looks in the process.Howard on the blockBefore Tuesday’s quad injury, Howard was enjoying a bit of a renaissance after three frustrating seasons in Houston, where he felt underutilized and in the shadow of James Harden. Aside from cleaning the glass for easy putbacks, he was jelling with Schröder in pick-and-roll scenarios, regularly catching lobs from his new point guard, who appears to be making a concerted effort to keep him involved. And defenses, as much as they’d like to flood the paint to prevent Howard from getting easy baskets, have been reluctant to help too much in that part of the floor. Usual suspects such as sharpshooter Kyle Korver, along with Kent Bazemore and Millsap, are all threats to connect from outside if left open as a result of overhelping.With the Rockets, Howard’s offensive involvement wavered from time to time. Consider the fact that Howard received 6.7 passes per game from Harden during his first year there, before getting just 2.2 passes from him in 2014 and 4.5 passes from the Rockets star in 2015. Schröder, in Atlanta’s equal-opportunity system, is finding Howard more than eight times a night, according to SportVU tracking.Perhaps because of those frequent opportunities — and the fact that he’s no longer wondering if or when he’ll touch the ball, the way he sometimes did in Houston — Howard’s possessing the rock for shorter amounts of time as opposed to slowing his team’s offense to back down an opponent and force up an ugly hook shot, merely to create a scoring chance for himself. YEARSECONDS PER TOUCHDRIBBLES PER TOUCH 20131.820.70 Source: nba.com 20161.390.45
Alvaro Morata is set to complete a loan move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid this weekend amidst protest from Atleti supporters.The Spain international who was caught in a three-way transfer involving Gonzalo Higuain and Krzysztof Piątek finally looks set to seal a loan move to the Los Colcheneros.Morata struggled to live up to expectation as Chelsea’s leading striker, managing a meager goal return of 24 in the 72 appearances he made for the Blues.Gonzalo Higuain’s recent move to Chelsea to reunite with Maurizio Sarri simply meant that the 26-year-old had no future at Chelsea.In wake of the Argentine’s arrival, reports in Spain suggests that Morata had arrived in Spain on Saturday evening ahead of his imminent switch to Diego Simeone’s team.Nonetheless, Morata’s previous affiliation with Atletico’s rivals Real Madrid has already earned him a hostile reception from the club’s ultras even before his move was official.During Saturday’s league clash with Getafe, the ultras chanted against the signing of the former Juventus striker while endorsing their academy product Borja Garces.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…When asked about the fans’ reaction that echoed throughout the Wanda Metropolitano following his side’s 2-0 win, Diego Simeone insists that he understood the fans sentiments.However, he was quick to throw his full support behind the decision to bring Alvaro Morata to the club.“The fans’ opinion is always respectable,” he said, according to LiveSoccerTV.“I look for players who serve the club and the team.”