CR7 & Mandzukic the world’s best big-game players

first_imgJuventus and Argentina attacker Paulo Dybala revels in the fact that he is the only player in the world who gets to play with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The Bianconeri No.10 should consider himself just as fortunate to be able to line up alongside Mario Mandzukic on a weekly basis in Turin. The Croatian is no superstar. He never has been, not even at Bayern Munich, whom he helped win the Champions League in 2013 with his goals, ferocious work-rate and selfless forward play.  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! For the most part, he was criminally under-rated. The Bavarians allowed him to join Atletico Madrid four years ago for just €22 million. “I never understood why Bayern sold him,” former Bayern midfielder Stefen Effenberg wrote for T-Online during the summer.”Mandzukic is one of the three best strikers in the world. If he were not so old, he would have a market value of €200 million.”I would prefer him 10 times more than a Neymar.”Nobody at Juve would disagree. Neymar may be a big-name player. But Mandzukic is a big-game player. He proved as much again on Saturday night. Juventus versus Napoli may not have been a Champions League or World Cup final; in truth, it wasn’t even a Serie A title decider, though the hype surrounding the game could have convinced you otherwise.Mario Mandzukic Effenberg PSIt was, though, the biggest game of the season so far, a top-of-the-table clash expected to teach us much about both sides’ prospects of wining silverware this season.Ultimately, we didn’t learn anything that we didn’t already know, namely that Napoli, for all their pretty football, lack the ruthlessness required to deny Juve an eighth consecutive Scudetto. The Bianconeri are serial winners, now spearheaded by arguably the two best high-stakes players in the game, Mandzukic and Ronaldo. The Portuguese failed to score yet still managed a hat-trick – of assists. He evoked memories of his early days at Manchester United with the wonderful wing-play which preceded the cross that Mandzukic nodded home to cancel out Dries Mertens’ fantastically well-worked opener for Napoli.Up until the equaliser, Carlo Ancelotti’s men had been the superior side, their dominance founded on Allan’s control of the middle of the park.However, Ronaldo turned the game decisively in the hosts’ favour, first with the pinpoint cross for the leveller, and then with the long-range strike that rebounded off the post and into the path of the onrushing Mandzukic, who coolly volleyed home his second of the evening to make it four goals in his first seven Serie A games – his best ever start to a season.After the hapless Mario Rui had been dismissed for a wild hack on Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci put the outcome beyond all doubt when he tapped in a Ronaldo header at the back post. The Portuguese could and should have added a fourth when he sliced wide while well placed but there was no detracting from what was an excellent individual performance. Ronaldo had risen to the occasion, just like Mandzukic.For a player like Dybala still trying to learn how to do likewise on a consistent basis, he could not have two better teachers.last_img read more

Benitez: Brighton winner clearly a foul

first_imgPremier League Brighton winner clearly a foul, claims frustrated Newcastle boss Benitez Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 03:08 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HughtonBenitez - cropped Getty Images Premier League Newcastle United Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United Brighton & Hove Albion The Spanish coach was upset by the nature of his side’s defeat to the Seagulls, but is looking to bounce back with a long season ahead Rafael Benitez believes Newcastle United deserved a point at Brighton and Hove Albion, discrediting the Seagulls’ winning goal as a foul.Tomer Hemed struck six minutes into the second half to clinch the points for Brighton, but replays showed Lewis Dunk and Bruno blocking off Newcastle players in the build-up – even if there was no appeal at the time.Brighton 11/2 to draw with Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Benitez’s side had won their previous three Premier League games and he was disappointed that they could not maintain their unbeaten run.”I think that we did enough to get a point at least,” he told Sky Sports. “We had some chances, they had some chances. We had a lot of control and some chances at the end.”And the goal, for me, was a foul. There is pushing, blocking players, and it’s so clear. But we cannot change the decision. Normally, we do not get [those decisions].”On his mood after a rare defeat, Benitez added to BBC Sport: “I was happy before the game and not so happy after the game. It is a long way to go so we have to keep going and keep improving.”Tomer Hemed Brighton DeAndre Yedlin NewcastleChris Hughton acknowledged that Brighton were far from clear winners against his former club, identifying their clean sheet as vital to the victory.”It was a hard-fought victory,” he said. “They’re a good side, Newcastle, as they’ve shown in the last few games.”There wasn’t much between the two teams. Sometimes when you’re the home team, you just get a little bit more in your favour. The one opportunity, we took.”But it was a tight game and we had to dig deep at times. The clean sheet [was key].”We didn’t feel like there were going to be a lot of chances, so we had to make sure – against a very good Newcastle team – to keep a clean sheet and look for those moments.”2 – Brighton have won back-to-back home league games in the top-flight for the first time since November 1982. Flying.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 24, 2017Hemed trod on DeAndre Yedlin in a late flashpoint but, after the goalscorer had protested his innocence, Hughton suggested any collision was unintentional.”There is no doubt that there’s been some contact – we can see that – but my first impression is that there’s no intent,” he added. “And knowing the individual, I would say there’s no intent.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Griezmann is new Zidane – Desailly

first_imgWorld Cup Griezmann is the new Zidane – Desailly Stephen Creek 23:38 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann France Getty World Cup France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Primera División France v Australia The former defender believes that the Atletico Madrid superstar can spearhead a new generation of Les Bleus players to glory in Russia Marcel Desailly picked out Antoine Griezmann as “the key player” in France ‘s World Cup squad, drawing parallels with his former team-mate Zinedine Zidane.Griezmann, who committed his future to Atletico Madrid two days before Les Bleus’ World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday, scored from the penalty spot in his country’s penultimate warm-up friendly against Italy and is expected to spearhead Didier Deschamps’ attack on Saturday.Desailly, who was speaking in Italy where he was helping Andrea Pirlo find a team to support at the World Cup as part of the #TeamForPirlo campaign, sung the 27-year-old’s praises and said he expected him to bring the kind of match-winning qualities that Zidane displayed throughout the 1998 World Cup. 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 “I think that Didier clearly talked about it, Antoine Griezmann is the key player of this French national team,” Desailly told Omnisport.”He’s the one who should change the dynamic. He’s the one who should bring intensity to our offensive plays.”Griezmann is the key player of this team like Zidane was in our time.”Desailly suggested Deschamps’ decision to leave Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette and Kingsley Coman out of his World Cup squad may have been based on performances at Euro 2016, where he felt they lacked experience.France lost 1-0 to Portugal in the final of their home European Championship, but Desailly said they would be gunning for glory with a new-look side in Russia.”Martial, Lacazette and Kingsley Coman – that’s a lot of players, I agree. That’s a choice, that’s Didier’s one. He tried them during the European Championships. He may have realised that they were one level lower than what he was looking for,” he added.”Due to his philosophy and the way he chooses to use players together, he may have decided not to use them this time.”The level of experience can be one reason but they could have won the competition in 2016. We need to keep working.”We thought that Didier had his group at the end of the Euros. For this World Cup he has no choice but to rebuild a group to get a chance to [win it].”Uber Eats is helping Andrea Pirlo find a team to support this summer, join in with #TeamForPirlolast_img read more

a month agoAnderlecht assistant manager Davies defends Kompany over sack talk

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Anderlecht assistant manager Davies defends Kompany over sack talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnderlecht assistant manager Simon Davies has defended the work of player-boss Vincent Kompany.There’s talk the former Manchester City pair could be sacked if they lose in the Cup tonight against Beerschot.Davies said, “Vinnie works very hard for the club to bring us back to where Anderlecht should be. “We will reverse this and get results quickly.”The injuries, the many young players and the new system cost us a lot of time. It is a process that requires a lot of time and effort. Together with my staff we continue to focus on the process. But talking about it is easy, of course, we have to show it on the field.” last_img read more

New Course for Educators Launches on World Autism Awareness Day

first_imgSchool staff working with students with autism spectrum disorder will have more support as a result of a new regional training course launched today, April 2, World Autism Awareness Day. The new e-learning resource was launched by the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training and the Atlantic Province’s Special Education Authority’s Autism in Education Partnership. “With the launch of this course, educators now have an evidence-based resource to help them gain more experience, knowledge and skills to strengthen the support for students with autism spectrum disorder,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “Having an inclusive environment in our schools is an important part of our action plan for education. This program supports school staff and helps them provide a better learning environment for all students.” Available in both English and French, the course includes 40 hours of online content that provides consistent training across all four provinces. The course focuses on autism spectrum disorder and its impact on learning, the principles of learning and behaviour, how to support communication and social skills development and more. Educators who will benefit include, learning centre teachers, specialists, speech language pathologists, psychologists and teacher assistants. “This online course was filled with useful and practical information that I was able to implement immediately,” said Janet Pheifer, a learning centre teacher at Eskasoni Elementary and Middle School who completed a pilot of the course. “My students were able to benefit from all of the examples and strategies. I found myself completing a module and then tweaking how we dealt with situations and implemented strategies. “I have seen improvements in learning and behaviour as we improved our methods and understanding of autism spectrum disorder.” This interprovincial initiative is part of the ongoing effort to provide more support to students with autism.last_img read more

SC to hear Ayodhya mediation report on Friday

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme court will conduct hearing on the Ayodhya mediation report on Friday. The Ayodhya mediation panel, which was allowed time till July 31 to continue talks to develop consensus between Hindu and Muslim parties on the temple dispute, has submitted a report in a sealed cover. Based on the report, the top court will decide its further proceedings on Friday. In the last hearing, the court said it had received a report of the three-member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge F.M.I. Kalifulla, and took on record the contents. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The other two members of the panel are spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. The court has barred publication of the report’s contents as the panel will continue the mediation process till the end of the month. The top court had on March 8 appointed the three-member panel to talk to all stakeholders and try to reach a consensus to resolve the Ayodhya row. Recommending mediation, the court had said it was looking for “a possibility of healing relationships”. It expected mediation to succeed in developing a consensus on the sensitive matter. It asked the panel to conduct in-camera proceedings.last_img read more

Sponsored events abroad dont bring investors Priyanka on Howdy Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday indirectly hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diaspora outreach event ‘Howdy, Modi!’ in Houston, Texas on Sunday, saying that the ongoing slowdown was a speed breaker in his government’s claims of working towards making India a $5 trillion economy. “Creating a media blitz by repeating $5 trillion everyday and managing headlines will not trigger economic reforms. Sponsored events in foreign countries do not bring investors. Investors have lost faith. Economic investment has lost ground,” tweeted Priyanka without taking the name of the ‘Howdy Modi!’ event. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The BJP government is not accepting the truth. This economic slowdown is a speed breaker in the path of becoming an economic superpower. Without corrective measures, all the show-off is worthless,” she further tweeted. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal too questioned the logic of organising publicity extravaganzas outside the country. “If ‘Howdy Modi!’ is being held out of India, then it should take place here as well. Modi should have an event like ‘Howdy Modi!’ in the rural areas of the country and the people will tell him what they are facing.” “He organises such extravaganzas for both internal and external consumption, these don’t result in prosperity for ordinary people here, they are only for publicity,” said Sibal. The White House had confirmed that US President Trump will be making a joint appearance with Modi at the Houston event.last_img read more

Exceptional Minds Help Create Visual Effects For Alvin And The Chipmunks The

first_imgThe young adults on the autism spectrum who worked on visual effects for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” which opened in theaters last week, could have easily been pigeonholed into jobs that were either rote technical jobs or routine jobs, like stocking shelves at a grocery store.Exceptional Minds visual effects artists are part of a new generation of creative 20+ year olds on the autism spectrumInstead, they went on to develop visual effects skills at Exceptional Minds vocational school – and surprised an industry that is known for its creativity: Hollywood.Meet Patrick Brady, Lloyd Hackl, Lauren Kato, Eli Katz, David Miles, Jeremy Pollock, Erik Prothero and Mason Taylor, who are part of a new generation of creative 20+ year olds with autism. These visual effects artists at Exceptional Minds Studio completed 27 tracker marker removals for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Exceptional Minds is an approved studio for 20th Century Fox, which produced and distributed the film, as well as other major movie studios. In addition to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Exceptional Minds Studio has worked on more than 30 movies or TV shows, including “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” another 20th Century Fox production.The project was overseen by Susan Zwerman, Visual Effects Executive Producer and Job Developer for Exceptional Minds; Craig Seitz, Exceptional Minds’ Head of Production; and Immanuel Morris and Josiah Van Arsdel, supervisors.last_img read more

Young people in Chadian refugee camps need hope for better future says

“I think this is the time for us as the international community to look into this phenomenon,” Michele Falavigna told a news conference in New York.Mr. Falavigna, who took up his post as UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad about three months ago, said that while there is an obligation to protect and care for refugees, it is also vital to offer young men and women growing up in camps the hope for a decent life.If not then the young women and girls may join prostitution rings, while the young men will “find a Kalashnikov” and join a gang or armed group, he added. Eastern Chad is suffering from a spill-over from wars in neighbouring Sudan’s Darfur region and the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as its own rebel conflict and crimes committed in the country by heavily armed bandits.The region is host to some 300,000 refugees from Darfur, 120,000 from CAR, as well as around 150,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Chad.Mr. Falavigna voiced hope that 2010 would see a greater increase in returnees within Chad, noting that returns to ancestral lands is now possible, following consultations held between the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN bodies, and local and traditional authorities. He added that efforts would be made to provide incentives for the CAR refugees to return to their homes, including economic assistance for agriculture and livestock, micro-credit, and assistance in dealing with issues of the right to land. A UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINURCAT, is in place to protect refugees and other civilians in Chad and CAR.Speaking in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena today, the head of MINURCAT, Victor da Silva Angelo, highlighted the work being done by the mission in Chad, including supporting the protection of refugees, IDPs and civilians in danger, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance and working to create favourable conditions for reconstruction and development in eastern Chad. He also commented on developments in CAR and the wider region, in his speech to the 29th ministerial meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa. 12 November 2009The top humanitarian official in Chad called for urgent attention to be paid to providing a better life for young men and women languishing in camps for refugees and displaced persons, warning that the alternatives for them would be prostitution or violence. read more

Toby Keiths I Love This Bar in Syracuse owes New York state

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar in Syracuse owes New York state $250K in unpaid sales taxes by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 6:54 am MDT SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The New York location of country music star Toby Keith’s chain of restaurants owes more than a quarter-million dollars in sales taxes to the state.The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) that a tax warrant filed by the state earlier this month seeks $107,000 owed by Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse.Keith’s Syracuse bar, which opened last year, also owes more than $145,000 in sales taxes from earlier in 2013.The musician’s chain of restaurants, named for the title of one of his hit songs, features guitar-shaped bars, beer in mason jars and traditional southern food.The Phoenix, Arizona-based chain has 16 locations in 12 states, with five more restaurants planned.A call to the chain’s corporate office wasn’t returned.___Information from: The Post-Standard, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

On World Day UN chief says charity is one of best investments

Every year, the Day serves as a call to every person to act with solidarity and compassion in the face of human suffering, he said in a message. But for this year’s observance, the world has a new focus for volunteering and giving: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Mr. Ban said that this new universal framework, with 17 goals at its core, is the most comprehensive and ambitious anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan ever adopted by world leaders, and “for it to work, we must unleash the full force of the human spirit.”Global philanthropy continues to generate innovative approaches and provide much-needed resources. An important new dimension is the dramatic rise of philanthropy in the global South, which is leading new actors to become involved in addressing local and global challenges, he said.“I call on people everywhere to be part of our 15-year partnership for humanity, and to help make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all,” the Secretary-General said. In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations ‎and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the ‎United Nations designated 5 September, the ‎anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing, as the International Day of Charity, in its resolution adopted in 2013.‎ read more

UN in Colombia strongly condemns attack on shopping centre in Bogota

“The UN in Colombia regrets and repudiates this act of violence and reiterates that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes a threat to peace and security,” read a statement (in Spanish) issued by the UN Country Team over the weekend. “We remain determined to continue to support Colombians and their government in their efforts to build sustainable and lasting peace in the country,” the statement added. At least three people (one French citizen and two Colombians) were killed and another nine wounded in the terrorist attack that struck the Andino shopping centre, located in Bogota’s Chapinero district. The blast occurred at around 5 pm local time (GMT -5:00) on a busy Saturday, with many people shopping for Father’s Day, the next day. In the UNCT statement, the agencies also expressed their condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Colombia and of France and wished for a speedy recovery of those injured. read more

Carlton Adams lead UConn in 9166 rout of New Hampshire

HARTFORD, Conn. — Josh Carlton and Jalen Adams each scored 17 points and UConn routed New Hampshire 91-66 on Saturday.Christian Vital added his first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebound for the Huskies (5-1).Jordan Reed had 17 points for New Hampshire (2-4), which has not beaten a Division I program this season.The Huskies have struggled in recent years with midmajors, losing in 2016 to Wagner and Northeastern and needing overtime last season to beat Columbia and Monmouth.But they took control of this one from the opening tip.Carlton dunked on the first possession of the game and UConn never trailed.A 3-point play from Vital gave the Huskies their first double-digit lead at 18-8. Carlton (4 of 5), Jalen Adams (4-4) and Tyler Polley (5-6) combined to hit 13 of their 15 shots in the first half and UConn went into intermission up 48-29.A spin move and double-pump layup by Alterique Gilbert made him the fifth UConn player to hit double figures. That highlighted an 11-2 run that put the Huskies up 73-48 and the Huskies led by as many as 28 points in the second half.BIG PICTURENew Hampshire: The Wildcats held the Huskies to just 4-of-16 shooting from 3-point range, but made just 8 of 30 from behind the arc. The Wildcats had made 10 or more 3-pointers in each of the first three games and came into this game 50 of 130 from long range.UConn: The Huskies had five players in double figures. Polley finished with 12 points and Gilbert had 11. UConn dominated underneath, outscoring the Wildcats 54-24 in the paint and outrebounding UNH 50-33.UP NEXTNew Hampshire: The Wildcats host Boston University on Wednesday night.UConn: The Huskies return to campus to play their third of five straight home games on Tuesday against UMass Lowell.Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press read more

Mother left paralysed after being catapulted from bed during sex is suing

A mother of four left paralysed after being “catapulted” from her bed while having sex is suing the manufacturer for seven-figure damages at the High Court.Claire Busby suffered life-changing damage to her spine after she toppled off the end of the “defective” bed while switching positions during intercourse. The 46-year-old from Maidenhead, Berks, appeared at the High Court in a wheelchair yesterday, where she is taking legal action against Berkshire Bed Company, trading as Beds Are Uzzz.The court heard the bed was one of five delivered to Ms Busby’s then home in August 2013 when she was renovating the property in Theresa May’s constituency. Ms Busby, a successful businesswoman in the property industry, was injured just a week after the bed’s delivery.She told the court that she was kneeling in the middle of the bed performing a sexual act on her partner, John Marshall, when she decided to move position and “swung her legs” from underneath her, before laying back on the bed.At that point, she said the bed gave way and she fell off the end, landing dangerously on her head.“I was positioned kneeling over him,” she told Judge Barry Cotter QC. “I was kneeling over him and my right hand was touching him, maybe my left hand was touching his leg. I was half way down the bed. “I spun around, I put my hand down and then I felt like I was catapulted off the back of the bed,” Ms Busby told the court.”My head hit the floor, I fell to the side and then I heard like a spring in my body snap,” she added.Ms Busby claims the two halves of the divan bed, which made up the base, were not properly fastened together and two “gliders” – or feet – were missing from the end of the bed, creating a height difference between one end and the other.Her barrister Winston Hunter QC said she expected the mattress to support her weight as she lay back on the bed, but that it failed to do so and she continued moving “backwards and downwards”.He told the court: “It is the claimant’s case that the point at which she left the bed is precisely the location where the different height of the two divans was at its maximum. “It represented the area where the mattress was most likely to ‘fall away’ due to the fact that it was partially unsupported.”Mr Hunter said it was “accepted that the particular circumstances of the accident are unusual”, but it was enough for there to have been “some foresight of some loss of balance in the use of the bed” for the firm to be found liable. Berkshire Bed Company denies culpability for Ms Busby’s injuries, with its lawyers arguing the bed was properly assembled at the time of delivery. They also said that even if the two gliders were missing by the time of the accident, that would not have caused the bed to lose balance in the way suggested by Ms Busby.Neil Block QC, for the firm, said: “It is overwhelmingly likely that, whatever her actions, they were too close to the edge of the bed and she simply lost balance and toppled backwards.”The firm sells super king-size divan bed bases for as much as £1,500 online, with the cheapest costing £147. The hearing at the High Court continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Shoplifting offences on the rise following the introduction of £200 threshold for

Shoplifting costs the retail industry millions of pounds each year It was hoped the threshold would save the courts time and money on cases, but it is feared that it has led to the effective decriminalisation of shoplifting.Organised gangs of shoplifters are thought to be exploiting the system by travelling around the country and hitting multiple stores, while always remaining careful to stay under the £200 threshold.But the cost to the businesses is often passed onto shoppers in the form of rising prices.James Martin, crime and security adviser to the British Retail Consortium, said: “These figures indicate that, despite the best efforts of our members, criminals are increasingly targeting supermarkets.”Ultimately, the costs are borne by everyday shoppers and those who rely on retail for their livelihoods.”We acknowledge the difficult resourcing and prioritisation decisions which police forces face, but it is clearly time that every police force gives retail crime the strategic priority it deserves.”Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman said: “The numbers of reported thefts pale in comparison to the reality of retail crime. In total, we estimated over 950,000 incidents of theft in convenience stores last year.“In the convenience sector, more than half of thefts are now not reported due to frustration with police forces not investigating or prosecuting thieves. Some police forces have introduced arbitrary thresholds below which they no longer investigate thefts, ranging from £100 to £200.  Shoplifting offences are on the rise following the introduction a £200 threshold before criminals are pursued.Figures obtained from 25 police forces across England and Wales suggest there has been at least a seven per cent increase in the number of offences reported by supermarkets over the past four years.Officers were called to investigate more than 78,000 shoplifting incidents in 2017, up from just over 72,000 in 2014.The figures also suggested a rise in the number of pick-pocketing incidents at supermarkets, where shoppers have their purses and wallets stolen by opportunistic thieves.But the true scale of the problem is thought to be hidden because many smaller stores do not bother to report shoplifting offences because they have no faith that anything will be done.Last year the Telegraph reported how retailers were angry at the introduction of a £200 threshold for shoplifting offences. “Adopting these thresholds effectively prices small stores out of receiving any response to thefts against them, and publicising these policies encourages more theft and gives the impression of these offences being decriminalised.   “Challenging offenders in store often leads to violent incidents which have a huge personal impact on retailers and shopworkers. Only Government action can break the cycle of more theft, violence, inadequate police response and ineffective sanctions.”John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation acknowledged that shoplifting was not a priority crime for stretched forces.He said: “These figures mirror the increase seen in many other types of crime. And, although they may not be considered the most serious of offences, it is important those responsible are not allowed to do as they wish without the fear of being caught.”The reality is that officers can be tied up, sometimes for hours dealing with shoplifters, preventing them from answering other 999 calls which may be more urgent. It’s all about priorities.”He went on: “The sad fact is that as forces struggle to meet 999-call demand, incidents such as these are increasingly likely not to be attended by officers at all which, as a serving police constable with 26 years’ service, I find quite shocking.” Shoplifting costs the retail industry millions of pounds each year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Most hard pressed police forces will only now dispatch an officer to investigate if there has been a threat of violence against a member of staff.The £200 threshold was introduced as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and means anyone accused of “low value shoplifting” no longer has to attend court and can plead guilty by post in the same way as a speeding motorist. read more

Delph Man City remain focused on themselves

first_imgManchester City midfielder Fabian Delph insists they are not worrying over Liverpool, despite falling four points behind in the Premier League title racePep Guardiola’s side were handed a shock 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday to lose ground to their rivals.Although City will have the chance to make up for the loss when they host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.But Delph, who captained City for the day, insists they are only taking things one game at a time.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Obviously the result is a setback. We have lost but we are only looking at ourselves game to game,” Delph told the club website.“We had a few chances which we have put away in the past, but fair play to Crystal Palace – they were stubborn and organised.“It’s hard to analyse and we will go back to the drawing board and look at it. We started slowly and the ball wasn’t zipping about.”City will next take on Leicester City on Boxing Day.last_img read more

Boosting job opportunities for military spouses

first_img August 28, 2018 Updated: 10:38 PM Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Helping our men and women in the military find jobs in the civilian world has always been important. Now, business leaders are reaching out to boost career and job opportunities for the husbands and wives of servicemembers.Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched a new program to connect more military spouses with employers in the San Diego area. Through a program called the “Empowerment Zone,” the business group hopes to join more military families with employers through the Chamber’s website, “Hiring Our Heroes.”Elizabeth O’Brien, who’s introducing the program to other cities around the nation, suggested military spouses face special challenges in finding meaningful jobs because of frequent orders to move.“Military spouses traditionally move every three years. We know, by and large, resumes and interview opportunities with employers happen through networks, so every time we move, we lose our network and we have to rebuild,” O’Brien said.Brian Alvarado, who’s married to a Navy sailor is part of a “Hiring Our Heroes” volunteer group that’s trying to build stronger career connections for the wives and husbands of San Diego servicemembers.“When they get their orders, the military spouse says, “Oh, what am I going to do? I have to quit my job.” Well, they have a place to go now in our network to start looking for that next job.” Alvarado explained.The “Empowerment Zone” has also been launched in other cities, including Tampa, Colorado Springs, San Antonio and the entire state of Washington. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is planning to roll it out to Newark and Chicago and other locations later this year. Posted: August 28, 2018center_img Sasha Foo Boosting job opportunities for military spouses Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fire near White Salmon now 50 percent contained

first_imgThe Highway 141 Fire, burning between White Salmon and Husum in the Columbia River Gorge, was reported as 50 percent contained late Saturday by fire managers.The blaze, which started Wednesday afternoon and has burned timber, brush and grass, grew by about 200 acres since Friday to 1,614 acres, according to an 8 p.m. update posted at progress was reported on line construction and burnout in the eastern portion of the fire, with Level 2 evacuation notices remaining in place.About 150 people attended a community meeting Saturday morning at Columbia High School Gym in White Salmon.More than 650 people were assigned to the fire Saturday. Seven dozers, 12 water tenders, six helicopters and assorted wildland and structural protection engines were on scene.No structural losses or damage, or injuries, have been reported on this incident. An email address had been established for fire information at Anyone wishing electronic daily updates may contact that address to be added to an email list.Several events scheduled for the weekend for the Huckleberry Festival will occur as scheduled, fire officials said.last_img read more

Coast Guard suspends two searches for people missing at sea

first_img(WSVN) – Two searches have been suspended for people missing at sea.The Coast Guard called off the search for a plane that disappeared off the Bahamas, Monday.The twin engine aircraft was headed from Puerto Rico to Titusville, Florida, when officials lost contact with it. A 40-year old mother, her two young children and the pilot were on board. Some debris was found but no bodies or survivors.The Coast Guard also suspended the search for a Delray Beach woman lost at sea.That woman was identified as Isabella Hellman. The catamaran she and her husband were on, sank Sunday night, also near the Bahamas.Hellman’s husband was rescued after being found floating in a life raft.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Elon Musk is a sheep channeling Museum of English Rural Lifes absolute

first_img Two can play at this game— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019 I’m an absolute unit too— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2019 Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Tags Perhaps Musk’s Twitter game is only rivaled by MERL’s, which posted this shortly after the swap. Elon Musk How long the swap will be maintained for is currently unknown. But for now, here’s a public service announcement: If you’re looking for Elon Musk in your Twitter timeline, he is a sheep. An absolute unit, to be precise.  Online PewDiePie/YouTube Elon Musk is no stranger to the hellish battleground that is Twitter. It’s got him in trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, caused grief during the Thai cave rescue in 2018 when he called one of the rescuers a “pedo guy” and he’s even used it to show support for YouTuber PewDiePie as he struggled to hold onto his YouTube crown. Musk is constantly exchanging memes in between actual useful information about the companies that he runs: Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company. As a result, even Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder, has heaped praise on Musk’s use of his service.Just last week he used it to call Jeff Bezos a copycat. Now he’s turned his attention to another domesticated animal: The sheep.After a tweet from MIT Technology Review about the world’s biggest plane was titled “look at the size of this absolute unit”, Musk replied with the now-famous meme of an Exmoor Horn aged ram originally posted by the Museum of English Rural Life on April 9, 2018.— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019 13 Photos Comment 1 Excuse us @elonmusk but what— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019 Of course, this is the internet in 2019 — and more specifically, Twitter in 2019. So shortly after, Elon Musk — a wealthy tech entrepreneur and CEO of electric vehicle company Tesla, space flight company SpaceX, brain-computer interface developer Neuralink and the founder of tunnel making company The Boring Company — changed his Twitter profile picture to that of the ram at the request of another Twitter user.The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) quickly caught wind of the change and followed up with a tweet of their own. Share your voice That’s right. In this, the year 2019, the Museum of English Rural Life and Elon Musk have switched Twitter profile pictures and I cannot keep up anymore.last_img read more