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NBA: Westbrook climbs ladder with 60th career triple-double

first_imgView comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Despite Westbrook’s effort — and another early injury exit for Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis — New Orleans challenged until the end.Oklahoma City led by 22 points in the second half but withstood a 9-0 Pelicans scoring run in the fourth quarter that cut the deficit to 105-100 with 5:33 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDavis reinjured his right thigh late in the second quarter and finished with eight points and five rebounds.Guard E’Twaun Moore paced the Pelicans with 18 points. CBB LATEST STORIES Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awardscenter_img Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder dribbles during the first half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Russell Westbrook notched the 60th triple-double of his career in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 114-105 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday to pass Larry Bird forth fifth place on the all-time list.Westbrook posted 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to fuel the Thunder with his 23rd triple-double of the season and his second in three victories over the Pelicans this season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ NBA: Kings shock Cavs in overtimelast_img read more

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Christmas Fest for D’Urban Park on Saturday

first_imgThe place to be on Saturday is D’Urban Park for the ‘Guyana Christmas Fest 2018 – tidings of comfort and joy’. It will be a day full of excitement, not only for the kids but also the adults. During the event, there will be a deejay soundclash where the winners will receive trophies and other prizes, compliments of Regium International Inc.For the kids, there will be lots of games and activities to keep them occupied. These include 1-2-3 Red Light, bouncy castle, dog and bone, and many others. There will also be free food, gifts and drinks for the children who are under 12 years old. In addition, there will be Santa Claus and his helpers along with Mrs Claus.However, as it gets dark, all eyes will be on the stage for one of the most energetic Christmas concerts with some of the best gospel artistes performing. These include the anointed Vale, Kester D, Shauna Parker, Saiku and Gospel Chutney singer Anil Azeez among others.Also at the event, there will be the launch of “I-Can Flair”. Admission to the event is free of cost.last_img read more

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Flipping Your Phone

first_imgSome phones are recycled. But many are simply tossed into into people’s drawers or attics. Flipswap, a private company based in Torrance, makes money by helping people find a new home for their old cell phones. “This is a throw-away society,” said Sohrob Farudi, Flipswap’s CEO. “We wanted to let people unlock the value of things they’re not using.” Flipswap receives about 12,000 used mobile phones each month, mostly from independent wireless retailers. The Torrance firm then sells the used phones wholesale, usually to companies that resell the devices in South America. “They are a little bit behind in the technology,” Farudi said of South America. “So something that’s a year or a year and a half old here is new there.” By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER More often than with computers, vehicles or even lovers, Americans replace their old cell phones with new ones. An estimated 130 million mobile phones are discarded each year in the United States, which amounts to 70,000 tons of toxic e-waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Farudi’s company provides its service to about 3,500 independent wireless retailers nationwide. When a used cell phone is returned to a store, an employee at the retailer can use Flipswap’s software to determine how much store credit to give the customer, based on the phone’s model, age and condition. The retailer then ships the used cell phones to Flipswap, at the latter’s expense. Flipswap employees check the phones to make sure they fit the description given by the retailers. Then Flipswap pays the stores. Consumers can send phones directly to Flipswap through the company’s Web site in exchange for cash. Flipswap provides an average credit of $30 for a returned cell phone, with credits as high as $250. The most often returned cell phone is the best-selling Motorola Razr, Farudi said. The 3-year-old firm sells about 90 percent of the returned phones for reuse. The remaining phones are sold to a recycling company. The most complex part of Flipswap’s business model is the company’s proprietary computer program that generates trade-in values for more than 1,000 phone models. Each day, the program recomputes the trade-in values using data from Craig’s List, eBay and other markets for used products. Pre-arranged deals with Flipswap’s buyers also factor into the pricing. “There’s enough data available on secondary transactions, so people would be able to get an estimated value on just about anything,” said Cyrus Farudi, Flipswap’s chief financial officer and Sohrob’s brother. “We get a data dump every night from a bunch of different sites.” Flipswap recently added iPods to its return system, but the focus will remain on cell phones because “it doesn’t make sense to jump into a lot of other categories before we nail this idea,” Sohrob Farudi, 30, said. Once the cell phone part of the business grows enough, the company sees other product categories to conquer including laptops, digital cameras, golf clubs and even Gucci bags. “We thought about Flipswap as this huge global bartering system,” the CEO said. “But we started in cell phones because everybody has them and everybody is upgrading them every 12 to 18 months.” Flipswap has some competition. For example, Sprint Nextel has a program that allows consumers to drop off used cell phones at Sprint stores nationwide. Those phones are reconditioned and reused or recycled into such products as vehicle dashboards and bumpers. Some states including California require wireless retailers to accept from customers used cell phones and batteries for recycling. In addition, the Internet abounds with Web sites that allow consumers to donate or exchange cell phones for cash. Yet, not all of these other companies are as large or have a network as extensive as Flipswap’s. Some do not offer cash or credit in return. Flipswap says it expects sales of $12million this year, a major improvement over 2006 sales of less than $3 million. Flipswap employs about 28 workers, including the five founders who are all 30 years old or younger. The company’s lobby boasts a full-size pool table with a pock-marked dart board hanging on a wall. Delilah, the company’s miniature schnauzer, lounges in one of the executive offices. In the warehouse, employees wearing jeans or shorts inspect used cell phones. The company’s founders hired some of the employees because they are personal friends or relatives. For example, the office manager is the mother of three company founders. “We run a laid-back atmosphere,” Sohrob Farudi said. In January 2006, the company moved into its 3,700-square-foot office and warehouse location. The founders left their original site in Rockwell, Md., for a change of scenery. The founders all live in Hermosa Beach. Flipswap was born out of an eBay drop-off store run by Sohrob and Cyrus Farudi and their younger brother Rahmeen, who now serves as Flipswap’s chief operating officer. It was while running that business that they came up with the idea for Flipswap, which partly resembles eBay store’s model of reselling other people’s used products. The three brothers were joined by two friends, Edo Cohen, who serves as executive vice president, and Andrew Berman, the chief technology officer who developed Flipswap’s computer program to price used phones. The founders started Flipswap in November 2004 with $100,000 in angel funding from one of Sohrob Farudi’s college friends. So far, the company has raised a total of $1.2 million in angel investments from family and friends. The Farudis say they were inspired by their entrepreneur father, who ran such businesses as a homebuilder, exterminator and homes for the mentally ill. “My dad was a serial entrepreneur, and we went through the highs and lows of businesses succeeding and failing,” Sohrob Farudi said. “And the one thing my dad taught us was don’t be afraid to try.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Oprah signs deal for satellite radio

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card XM and Sirius are locked in a fierce competition to sign up programming and new subscribers as they both strive to reach profitability. Each service costs about $13 a month and offers dozens of channels of commercial-free music as well as other channels of talk and news. XM, which is based in Washington, D.C., is the larger of the two, with more than 6 million subscribers, while the New York-based Sirius has more than 3 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey has signed a three-year, $55 million deal with XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. to launch a new radio channel beginning in September, Winfrey and XM announced Thursday. The new channel, “Oprah & Friends,” will air programming on fitness, health and self-improvement topics with personalities who appear on Winfrey’s TV program, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” as well as in O, The Oprah Magazine. It will also feature a weekly radio show with Winfrey and Gayle King, Oprah’s best friend. The $55 million deal is a far cry from the $600 million, five-year deal that rival satellite radio broadcaster Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. has with morning shock jock Howard Stern. XM also has signed other big programming contracts, including an 11-year, $650 million deal for Major League Baseball. Winfrey’s new channel on XM will feature personalities who include Bob Greene, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Nate Berkus. last_img read more

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Power system aging, inadequate

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Even as California has built a dozen power plants in the past two years, the entire system remains so old that the statewide average plant age tops more than 30 years, according to a review of state energy commission data. The aging infrastructure means that, while California utilities have added about 12,900 megawatts of capacity, they have lost about 4,500 megawatts at the same time because plants have had to be retired. In a 2004 report, the California Energy Commission recommended utilities look at replacing by 2012 nearly 70 gas-fired plants considered to be aging and less efficient, including seven owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Commission data showed DWP plants are even older than the statewide average, with the utility’s six largest plants at an average age of 50. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“The older facilities are less efficient. They use a lot of fuel to generate electricity,” said commission spokeswoman Suzanne Garfield. “Even though they’re paid for, sometimes it doesn’t behoove the owner to continue running it. “Also, the emissions continue to be a problem, so they have to add the best available emission technology, and that can be costly in an old facility.” DWP spokeswoman Kim Hughes said that, even though a plant might have been in operation a long time, many of its parts may have been upgraded or replaced with newer technology. She said several of the DWP plants on the commission’s list of aging facilities have had major upgrades in the last few years. It’s not just the state power plants that are aging, but the entire infrastructure, including transformers that overheated during the recent record temperatures. “It’s been so unusually hot that people are running their air conditioners and fans and equipment 24 hours,” Hughes said. “That equipment has no opportunity to cool down. It’s just like your car engine – if you keep using it, it’s going to overheat.” Southern California Edison has replaced almost 1,400 transformers since July 13. Edison officials said the issue is compounded by the fact that its territory includes some of the fastest-growing – and most air-conditioning dependent – areas of the state in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “We have acknowledged that parts of our infrastructure are old, and we’re investing billions of dollars in the next five years or so in infrastructure investments,” said SCE spokesman Tom Boyd. “We have some of the fastest growing spots in California in the Inland Empire. So we’re facing the challenge of expansion and upgrade at the same time.” But even as the state’s utilities look at replacing older plants, other efforts are under way to reduce power demand. The California Public Utilities Commission, with support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, earlier this year approved the Million Solar Roofs program to provide more than $3 billion in incentives over the next 11 years for homeowners and businesses to install rooftop solar systems. Energy policy experts say there is much more the state can be doing. Severin Borenstein, director of the University of California Energy Institute in Berkeley, said financial incentives also could be used to reduce demand during a heat wave. Several other states allow utilities to charge higher rates on days with the highest demand, thereby encouraging customers to reduce usage, he said. “Prices that actually reflect the fact that today is a stress day would get people to conserve,” Borenstein said. “They would certainly be much more effective than radio ads that say, `Please conserve today,’ and that I suspect most people ignore.” Utilities and state officials have in recent years begun to look at such “critical peak pricing” programs. The programs include a “SmartMeter” that allows a customer to determine how much power he or she is using at a given time, while also allowing the utility to read the meter from a remote location. Large industrial customers have had such meters for years, but installing them for all residential customers will be expensive. Earlier this month, the PUC authorized Pacific Gas and Electric to install SmartMeters over its whole territory in the next five years at an estimated cost of $1.7 billion. The PUC has also ordered Edison to include a critical peak pricing plan for its largest commercial customers during its 2009 rate proposal. Russell Garwacki, manager of pricing design and research at SCE, said industrial customers have already indicated they are not interested in the program because the savings – probably 3 percent to 5 percent monthly – are not worth the interruption to their business operations. A 3-year-old pilot program for several hundred residential customers has had better results, he said. The plan typically saves customers a few dollars a day during peak times, Garwacki said. “We’ve been encouraged by the results because when we do put forth that critical peak pricing event,” Garwacki said, “customers do respond.” harrison.sheppard@ dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Mayor loses in court

first_imgIn a major political blow to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a judge Thursday declared unconstitutional the state Assembly bill that would give the mayor substantial control over the Los Angeles Unified School District and blocked its Jan. 1 implementation. But while district officials called the ruling just, Villaraigosa remained defiant, calling it a “bump in the road” and vowing to immediately appeal. “This ruling may seem like a disappointing setback for our kids, but I want to be absolutely clear today — we will not be set back,” he said. ” … We refuse to be defeated by the forces of the status quo. I believe we have the law on our side, I believe we have the constitution on our side, and more than that, I believe we have the people on our side.” And despite the ruling, he said his staff would continue to plan for a mayoral takeover of the 708,000-student district and vowed to get involved in the March school board election, when four of the seven seats are up for grabs. Putting on a conciliatory face, district officials said they were gratified with the ruling and stressed that they want to create a partnership with the mayor and the city of L.A. School board President Marlene Canter said she and Superintendent David Brewer III already had spoken with the mayor and they all “agreed to work together on behalf of our students.” Thursday’s ruling “confirms our long-standing belief that this legislation was unconstitutional and not in the best interest of our students,” she said. In a strong rebuke of the mayor’s plan — Assembly Bill 1381 — Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs sided with all four of the district’s arguments on the legality of the bill, including that it violates the state constitution, the City Charter and voter rights. The judge said the unconstitutional portions of the bill cannot be separated from the rest, meaning the whole thing had to be thrown out. “There is substantial evidence that passage of AB 1381 was the result of political compromise and that its provisions are so interconnected and so critically dependent upon one another that no single provision would have been enacted or should be given effect without the whole,” Janavs wrote in the 20-page ruling. Bill challenged The district challenged the bill, contending it violated provisions of the state constitution, which creates a separation between the operation of the municipal government and the education system; the L.A. City Charter, which sets forth the duties of the mayor but does not grant him authority over public schools; and voting rights, disenfranchizing voters who don’t live in L.A. and those who voted for LAUSD board members. The ruling came after a year-long battle between the Mayor’s Office and the district, with Villaraigosa wanting to shake up LAUSD with reforms aimed at raising student achievement faster and reducing the dropout rate, which has been pegged anywhere between 24 percent and 50 percent. He proposed stripping away the school board’s authority and shifting it to the superintendent; creating a 28-member council of mayors to review the budget and ratify hiring of new superintendents; giving the mayor direct oversight of three clusters of the district’s lowest-performing schools; and giving schools greater control over budget and curriculum. Critics called Villaraigosa’s efforts a power grab. Besides a few community meetings, he didn’t put it to a public vote and used his significant political clout to have the Legislature pass the bill in August. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed it into law in September, and a coalition led by the district filed suit in October. For the popular mayor, who used substantial political capital to push for the school reform, the judge’s decision is a major blow, said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “It’s a major blow, there’s no question about it,” Regalado said. “It’s a major initial blow.” But the mayor could come out victorious, depending on the state Court of Appeal decision. And this defeat won’t have long-term impacts for a mayor who many believe has gubernatorial aspirations, he said. ” … The fight is not over yet and he has a lot of political capital to burn,” Regalado said. “He didn’t invest 100 percent of what he had in the vault.” Different conclusion In fact, an appellate court could reach a completely different conclusion from Janavs’, and it is that decision that would set a legal precedent, while Thursday’s doesn’t. For his part, Schwarzenegger said he still backs the mayor’s plan and supports an appeal of the court’s decision. “I strongly support Mayor Villaraigosa’s efforts to put our children first,” he said in a written statement. “The status quo simply isn’t working — the current system is failing too many of our students.” Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, a co-author of the bill, said she still believes it’s legal and should be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. “I look forward to that,” she said. Change in plan The state legislative counsel earlier this year issued an opinion questioning the measure’s constitutionality. Concerned that a lawsuit might result in some parts of the bill being overturned while others remained, Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, had successfully pushed for the removal of a “severability clause,” a phrase that says if one part is overturned, the rest remains law. After that clause was added, Runner decided to put aside his misgivings about the bill and vote in favor of it. But some legal experts said judges are free to use their own discretion on severability, regardless of the presence of an enabling phrase. Meanwhile Thursday, Villaraigosa said he received another $1 million for the cluster of schools he was poised to oversee. Deputy Mayor Ray Cortines would only say it came from a foundation he’d like to keep anonymous. He collected $1 million from Verizon last week. Villaraigosa also said he had spoken to Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu?ez, D-Los Angeles, and they would move to audit LAUSD to begin the process of determining how much money is being spent on bureaucracy. Monica Garcia, the sole Villaraigosa supporter on the school board, said she hopes the ruling doesn’t send the district the signal that what it has done so far is enough. In fact, she said, she believes the district should move forward to implement demonstration schools, or clusters of lowest-performing schools, the mayor had proposed to oversee. “I think this whole effort has encouraged a civic conversation that would not have happened otherwise,” said Garcia, who added that she hasn’t decided whether to support an appeal of the judge’s ruling. “The judge ruled in one way, but the work continues to need aggressive, bold, optimistic reform and leadership.” Too ambitious? While the mayor’s detractors will certainly say he was much too ambitious with his plan and was bound to fail, there are plenty in the city who want change and back his plan, Regalado said. “Most people feel something needs to change at LAUSD, and I think he’ll be given plaudits by some, if not the majority of voters, for making the try, for expending capital and putting himself out there on the issues,” he said. “It does take a bit of his political capital away, but long-term injuries? Not yet.” — Staff Writer Harrison Sheppard in Sacramento contributed to this report. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp confirms Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on course for early return

first_imgLiverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on course to return to full training at the end of February, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.The 25-year-old has missed the last eight months of action after he suffered a serious knee injury in the Champions League semi-final win against Roma. 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update RANKED Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was in great form before suffering the injury Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered the injury in the Champions League semi-final against Roma on April 24 gameday cracker “If anyone from the medical department is listening to what I said, they’ll probably have a breakdown, but how it looks is really good.“Usually we are not that excited about something like this – a lot of things can happen after being out for that long a time – but it looks so positive.“It is a boost for the whole dressing room because he is such an important part of that. Even though he is only around and doesn’t train with us it is important.“He is ahead of schedule and that is always good news and now we hope not to push him too much, but not hold him back.“We don’t have to talk too much about his progress the next couple of weeks or probably two months, but if he makes further steps like he did in the last few weeks he can play Premier League football this season, which is nice to know.” REVEALED huge blow Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Liverpool from Arsenal in Auguest 2017 for a fee of around £35million.He had been playing some of the best football of his career before injury struck in April, and his return to action could prove timely for the Reds.Liverpool are leading the way in the Premier League – six points clear at the top – while they are also into the last 16 of the Champions League.With the FA Cup coming into play in the New Year, Klopp’s side could be battling on three fronts and will need a big squad to maintain a title challenge.center_img Liverpool have been installed as the new favourites for Premier League glory after Manchester City surprisingly lost back-to-back matches, dropping them to third, seven points adrift.City, Chelsea and Arsenal are the only three teams Klopp’s side have not beaten so far this season, with the Gunners the last, on November 3, to take two points off them in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.You can listen to live commentary of Liverpool vs Arsenal on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 17:30Arsenal have only recently seen a 14-match unbeaten league run brought to an end and manager Unai Emery admitted Liverpool could match the club’s ‘Invincibles’ feat of 2003-04.“Was the question for Unai Emery, ‘Do you think Liverpool can go unbeaten?’ Is that a normal answer then?” said a dismissive Klopp.“That’s not how I know Unai Emery (taking pressure off his team). I don’t think that the white flag has been raised, it will be a tough game tomorrow night. They are good and that is all I am interested in.” The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 3 It had been feared he would miss the entire 2018/19 season after undergoing surgery, but he has made a quicker than expected recovery.The attacking midfielder posted a picture of himself running on grass at the club’s Melwood training ground earlier this week, and now Klopp has confirmed he is edging closer to joining in with his teammates.At his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Arsenal – live on talkSPORT – Klopp said: “Best news. He started going on the pitch and looked normal. We had to wait for the reaction and there was none.“No pressure for him so late February/March for him to come back to training. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January latest shining TROPHY REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Liverpool News 3 targets Jurgen Klopp has led his side to the top of the table REVEALED last_img read more

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Liverpool plot Werner deal, Sancho snubs United, Mourinho’s Real Madrid return

first_img targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Timo Werner has scored 13 goals in 25 games this season – and Jurgen Klopp is a big fan LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP Juventus are considering pairing former boss Antonio Conte with Italian legend Andrea Pirlo as his assistant, IF current boss Massimiliano Allegri leaves. (Tuttosport)Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the club are interested in Ajax’s 19-year-old centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, having already signed team-mate Frenkie de Jong. (SER)Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez has urged the club to offer manager Rafael Benitez a contract extension, with discussions on hold until Premier League survival is secured. (Newcastle Chronicle) Here’s a round up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s newspapers and online… 3 LIVING THE DREAM Jadon Sancho is set to snub Manchester United and stay in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. The 18-year-old has turned heads with nine goals and 14 assists this season. (The Sun)Borussia Dortmund youth chief Lars Ricken says the club will continue to target young English talent after the successful signing of England winger Sancho from Manchester City. (Evening Standard)Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is unsure of his future after his season-long loan at AC Milan ends. (France Football)Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is confident he will not be sacked before next season and has started planning the Blues’ pre-season tour. (Daily Mirror) LATEST 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sancho is apparently keen to stay at Borussia Dortmund The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star center_img IN DEMAND Former Manchester Unitedboss Jose Mourinho WILL return to Real Madrid in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)Real president Florentino Perez considered sacking Santiago Solari straight after Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Ajax, but ultimately stayed his hand as he feels there is no-one capable of taking charge for the rest of the season. (Marca)Liverpool have made contract with RB Leipzig to signal their interest in signing 23-year-old Germany striker Timo Werner this summer. (Bild)RB Leipzig will look to sign 21-year-old English striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea when the transfer window opens. (The Sun) Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 REVEALED RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on last_img read more

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Rovers slump to Derry defeat

first_imgSSE Airtricity League Premier Division Goals in each half from Rory Patterson and Ronan Hale secured a fifth win in a row for Derry City at the Showgrounds last night.Patterson netted an early free, and Irish U21 international Hale fired home to second as struggling Sligo Rovers lost at home for the fifth time in six games.Derry were without the injured Darren Cole, so former Rovers favourite Gavin Peers was handed his first appearance for the visitors at centre-back.And it was Derry that took the initiative from the start, and after a dominant opening 15 minutes, Irish U21 international Ronan Curtis really should have scored when he broke into the area with only the keeper to beat.Rovers netminder Micháel Schlingermann made a fine stop, but Derry managed to break the deadlock almost straight after.Rhys McCabe tripped Aaron McEneff at the edge of the box as he broke onto the rebound, and Patterson stepped up to drive the free-kick low to the bottom corner via a deflection.Rovers made a triple change just before the hour-mark, as Seamus Sharkey, Raffaele Cretaro and Eduardo Pinceli were all introduced. And Brazilian Pinceli almost picked out Greg Moorhouse with a good flick into the area, but the striker couldn’t connect.And Rovers were left to rue that missed opportunity just a minute later, as Curtis, Patterson and Rory Hale were all involved in setting up Ronan Hale to fire low under Schlingermann from the edge of the box. SLIGO: Schlingermann, Boylan, Callan-McFadden (Sharkey 59), McClean, Waters, McAleer, McCabe, Cawley, Roy (Pinceli 59), Morgan (Cretaro 59), Moorhouse.DERRY: Doherty, McDermott, Toal, Peers, Doyle, Low, Rory Hale, McEneff, Ronan Hale (McDonagh 75), Curtis (Hopkirk 81), Patterson (Cofie 88).REF: P McLaughlin. Sligo Rovers 0Derry City 2(Patteron 16, Ronan Hale 75) After the game, Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox spoke with Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle and Derry manager Kenny Shiels…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gerard-Lyttle-Post-Derry-0-2-defeat-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Kenny-Shiels-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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What Browsers Does the Astra WordPress Theme Support?

first_imgLast week one of my friends in an online web design group asked a question about using the Astra WordPress theme vs. using the GeneratePress WordPress theme. She commented that both themes were popular, responsive, free, and accessible. That’s when my ears perked up. Compared to the thousands of free themes in the WordPress repository, there are relatively few accessible-ready themes (125 as of June 11, 2018). And while I’ve recently started using the GeneratePress to create client sites, I hadn’t worked with the Astra theme. I was glad to hear the Astra developers took the initiative to develop a theme that produced WordPress websites that everyone could use.My friend received a lot of responses about the two themes, including mine about GeneratePress.Then she asked if anyone know what browser support Astra provided. Who Cares What Browser Support a Theme Provides?You might think all WordPress themes support all the different browsers. But that’s not always true.Depending on what features themes offer, and how the theme was developed to support those features, a theme might not have taken the extra steps to create a fallback for features not supported in certain browsers.Like Mozilla Firefox.Or in Microsoft Edge.Or in my friend’s case, in Internet Explorer 11.That’s right, my friend needed to confirm the Astra theme supported Internet Explorer 11. Since she’s looking into using Astra on a government site, one of the requirements is that the site could be used with Internet Explorer 11. She searched the Astra website, but couldn’t find any info about browser support. When I checked, I couldn’t find anything either.So I sent a message to Astra support, using their technical support online contact form.And the next day I got a response from their support group. Astra Theme Browser SupportThe Astra theme has browser support for:Internet Explorer 10+ChromeFirefoxSafariEdgeI thanked support for the quick response. And when I asked if they could add the browser info to their Astra website, they replied:We haven’t mentioned it on our site as of now. But we will be adding an article regarding this soon.I replied: Glad you’ll be adding it to your site! Useful info for those of us who need to know what browsers are supported.Excellent! So glad to hear a customer support group respond so quickly. And accept my suggestion to add the info their website. SummaryAstra support was quick to reply with browser support info, which I shared with my friend in our online design group. She was glad to get the info! While she had also contacted support, she hadn’t heard back from them yet. While you might think WordPress themes support all browsers, if you have a requirement for a specific browser, you’ll want to confirm the theme supports that browser. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related9 Tips to Help You Safely Change Your WordPress ThemeAt our March West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup, one of our members asked about switching their WordPress theme. They wanted to update the theme with more features and functionality, which their current theme didn’t support. I thought it was a great topic for our meetup group, that other members would…In “WordPress”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: September 8, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to find more usability problems with fewer users, find out how to set up SSL using Cloudflare, discover a toolkit for creating your own accessible Facebook Live videos, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”Takeaways from Online WordPress Accessibility WorkshopAt this month’s full-day Online WordPress Accessibility Workshop hosted by Knowbility, Robert Jolly shared his experience and knowledge as he discussed the current status of WordPress accessibility and explained the accessibility features built-in to the popular content management system. In addition, Jolly offered practical advice and tips to content writers,…In “Accessibility”last_img read more

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