Rodgers asked to explain comments

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been asked for “his observations” following his recent comments about referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed. An FA spokesman said: “We have contacted Brendan Rodgers to seek his observations in relation to his post-match comments made following the game at Manchester City.” Rodgers has until January 2 to respond to the FA’s request. The FA will then consider whether any further action is necessary. Rodgers could be warned as to his future conduct or hit with a financial penalty if found guilty of any charge. Rodgers has insisted his remarks were not intended as an attack on Mason’s integrity. The Northern Irishman feels he was making a valid point about where Mason is from and indicated, as he met the press to preview Sunday’s game at Chelsea, that he would stress that to the FA. He said: “I was only speaking honestly after the game. “I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees. Rodgers questioned the decision to appoint Mason to his side’s Boxing Day Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester City because he is from the Greater Manchester area. The Reds boss had been frustrated by a number of decisions made by Bolton official Mason and his assistants during the 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium. “I am not on that berates referees at all after games, I always respect them. I ask my staff to be respectful. “In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees. “It was more the logic of it in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years.” Dean, incidentally, was dropped from officiating at the 2006 FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham for geographical reasons. Rodgers, formerly manager of Watford, Reading and Swansea, believes he has maintained high standards of behaviour throughout his career and his post-match comments were delivered in a calm, considered manner. He said: “I think if you look at my record since I have been a manager, I have never had any indiscretions whatsoever. “I never get involved in that way of working, I don’t play games. “I am sure that is something they will look at but I will always fight my corner. “That is the type I am, and always will be, but I respect the authorities. We will see what happens.” Rodgers was certainly not willing to backtrack on any of his complaints about the decisions he had issues with. Liverpool’s primary source of frustration was an incorrect offside call in the first half when Raheem Sterling was clean through. Luis Suarez was also denied a free-kick on the edge of the area and a penalty after clashes with Joleon Lescott later in the game. Rodgers said: “I think it was continuous throughout the game – the decision-making being poor. I think there was evidence of that. “I have to speak on behalf of the supporters of this club – this club is an emotional investment for many millions of people throughout the world. As the manager I represent them. “I am sure wherever they were throughout the world they would have been asking questions on the decision-making. I repeat, I didn’t think it was so good. “My team was brilliant, confident, creative and consistent in their attitude in the game but we had no help whatsoever.” City’s victory knocked Liverpool from the top of the table down to fourth. But the Reds more than matched the title favourites and threatened their 100 per cent home record more than any other side this season. Philippe Coutinho gave them a 24th-minute lead before Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo replied before half-time. Aside from the controversies, Liverpool had other chances to respond, most notably when Joe Hart saved well from Coutinho and Sterling blazed over from close range. Rodgers said: “We went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in Europe. We take great confidence from that. “When you miss the chances we missed, and play as well as we did, it is disappointing not to get a result. “That was a big statement from us.” The task is now to maintain those standards against another title challenger at Stamford Bridge. Rodgers said: “At this moment in time we are just focusing on the next game and that is all we have done during the course of this calendar year. “That has served us well. Let’s see where it takes us.” last_img read more

USC clinic provides free legal help for immigrants

first_imgAt three years old, Ana Mercado immigrated with her family to the United States from Mexico.Now a sophomore majoring in contemporary Latino and Latin American studies and sociology, Mercado has been unable to return to her home country because of her undocumented, or DREAMer, status.As the first in her family to attend a university, she is hoping to pave the way for her four younger siblings. This year’s executive orders affecting deportations and ICE raids, however, left Mercado feeling anxious. “We’re not only battling with the day-to-day college life, but we’re also dealing with other stressors like how our status affects us,” Mercado said. “It’s extremely stressful. You have deadlines to meet for school, but then you’re also trying to figure out the application process. It’s crazy.” One organization on campus has helped ease some of those tensions and make Mercado feel as though she isn’t alone. The Legal Advice Project, a new initiative by the USC Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic, is a provost-funded project which provides free legal consultations and referrals to members of the student body, faculty and staff who are seeking naturalization, want to know their rights or are either at risk of deportation or have family members at risk.The Legal Advice Project has given Mercado free assistance  in renewing her visa. She explained how drastically the project has helped her through her first time undergoing the documentation process. “The process was super fast, the staff is just so helpful,” Mercado said. “Throughout the whole process, they were there, they were helping me out. There was just a lot of uncertainty, so I didn’t know who to go to and who actually to trust, but knowing that they were walking with me through that process was extremely helpful.” Jean Reisz, an Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellow and member of the Legal Advice Project team, said that this guidance and presentation of credible information is a principal goal of the organization. “In these kind of scary and very anxious times, it’s really important that people feel supported and that they can get information that’s reliable … because there’s also a lot of bad information out there that increases the anxiety,” Reisz said. Since the project began days after the 2016 presidential election, the team of four has worked with over 50 faculty members, staff and students like Mercado.Through informational sessions, media, leaflets, collaboration with cultural and religious centers and tables at events, the Immigration Clinic hopes to further engage with the student body.Niels Frenzen, director of the USC Gould Immigration Clinic and head of the Legal Advice Project, hopes that through this engagement, the project will make students feel further supported on campus. “Our international students, our immigrant students, documented and undocumented, are all very much being threatened right now with hate, with increased immigration enforcement policies, and it’s very important for USC to use its position in the country and the world to respond to that,” Frenzen said. “Part of that is in taking care of our own in some way and that is something that this particular project is going to be able to do at least in terms of legal issues.”last_img read more

UConn is the first FBS team to cancel its 2020 college football season

first_imgFootball players released a blanket statement supporting the move as well:”As a team we are in full support of the decision to not compete in 2020. We have many health concerns and not enough is known about the potential long term effects of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, we have not had the optimal time to train mentally & physically to be properly prepared to compete this season. We love this game and love competing. We came to campus in the beginning of July knowing there would be challenges presented by the pandemic but it is apparent to us now that these challenges are impossible to overcome.”UConn might be the first of several FBS teams to cancel their respective seasons, but it faced unique challenges ahead of the 2020 campaign, which would have been its first as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies were forced to cancel games against Illinois, Virginia, Indiana, Ole Miss and North Carolina as those teams’ respective conferences moved to conference scheduling only; their game against Maine was also canceled as the Black Bears postponed their fall sports.In its statement, UConn said it will work with the Big East — in which it is a member in other sports as of the 2020-21 academic year — to determine the status of its remaining sports. UConn on Wednesday announced that it has canceled its 2020 college football season, becoming the first team in the FBS division to do so.In making their announcement, the Huskies claimed the decision was made after “receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes.” The decision has been supported by UConn athletic director David Benedict, coach Randy Edsall and the team itself, despite the fact the team has not produced any positive tests for the coronavirus. “We engaged and listened to the concerns of our football student-athletes and feel this is the best decision for their health, safety, and well-being,” Edsall said in a statement. “Our team is united in this approach and we will use this time to further player development within the program and gear ourselves to the 2021 season.”MORE: List of notable football players opting out of 2020 college football seasonlast_img read more

Vardy urges Leicester to ‘do Vichai proud’ after helicopter tragedy

first_img“The main thing is we all come together even stronger and do Vichai proud.”Vardy said the late owner was like a member of the extended family.“It didn’t matter who you were, he always made time for you, and as all the pictures that have been put out have shown, he was always smiling,” he said.“Those are the things you will never forget and which will stay engraved in your mind.“From day one, literally from when I first met him, up until now, he’s always been really friendly and always wanting to be involved. He wasn’t just a chairman, he was part of the squad itself and was always here and always giving you encouragement and wanting to be involved with the lads and that’s credit to him.”After the Cardiff game, coach Claude Puel will lead many of his squad to Thailand for Vichai’s funeral, which starts on Saturday in Bangkok and will last around a week.Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, will travel along with Puel and senior staff, with some players staying behind due to personal circumstances.“It’s been the hardest week of everyone’s lives. It’ll be massively important we attend,” Vardy said of the funeral plan.“We are a close-knit group and one big family and one of the main reasons for that is Vichai so it’s massively important.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jamie Vardy has urged his Leicester teammates to honour the memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as they prepare to return to action following their owner’s shocking death in a helicopter crash.Vichai and four other people died when his helicopter plummeted to the ground just outside the King Power Stadium following the game against West Ham last weekend.Leicester’s midweek League Cup tie against Southampton was postponed but the Premier League match away to Cardiff on Saturday will go ahead as planned.Vardy and his Leicester teammates have posted regular messages online, paying tribute to the man they called “The Boss”, and the former England man has opened up about how he found out about the accident.“I was just on my way home with my wife and kids and I got the news,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously straight away it’s shock and you can’t really believe it’s happened.“You try to get in touch with everyone but no one was picking up their phones so that’s when I knew something was different.”Vardy, whose goals fired Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, urged his teammates to produce a performance to honour Vichai.“We all spoke about wanting to play, it’s what Vichai would’ve wanted and that’s what we are going to do,” he said.“We need to make sure we go out there and honour his name and put in a performance that will hopefully get the win. I know people are saying the result doesn’t matter but for us as players we want to get a positive result.“It’s going to be tough and very emotional and what the lads wanted to do was play this game and honour the man himself.last_img read more

FINNEGANS WAKE AND PATRIOTICANDPROUD GO HEAD TO HEAD ONCE AGAIN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES SET FOR 1 ¼ MILES ON THE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015) – Graded stakes winner Finnegans Wake and Patrioticandproud are set to meet once again in Saturday’s 63rd running of the San Marcos Stakes as a competitive field of nine older horses have signed on to run 1 ¼ miles on turf.Finnegans Wake will be looking for his third straight graded stakes victory Saturday. First in Del Mar’s Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles two starts back Nov. 27 where he beat Patrioticandproud by a neck, the two hooked up again in the Grade II San Gabriel Jan. 3 at Santa Anita where Finnegans Wake won by a length, once again just besting Patrioticandproud.Though 10th to Eclipse Award Champion Grass Horse and Older Male of 2014, Main Sequence in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 1, Finnegans Wake hasn’t been worse than second in his other three starts since being acquired by trainer Peter Miller in September.Owned by Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch the 6-year-old horse by Powerscourt will break from the rail under Victor Espinoza. He is 26-5-3-3 overall with earnings of $945,375.Mark Casse’s Patrioticandproud will try to turn the tables on Finnegans Wake Saturday in his third graded stakes attempt. Ridden for the third time in-a-row by Eclipse Award Champion Apprentice Jockey Drayden Van Dyke, Patrioticandproud seeks his first graded stakes victory.Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber, the 6-year-old Proud Citizen gelding is 27-4-10-4 overall with $492,605 in earnings.Neil Drysdale will be represented by both Power Ped and Power Foot. Power Ped, a last- out winner of the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Turf Handicap Jan. 17 at Turf Paradise was third in the San Gabriel Jan. 3.The 5-year-old gelding by Powerscourt has two wins, two seconds and two thirds over Santa Anita’s turf course. Owned by Stepaside Farms, LLC, he is 18-4-5-2 overall with $274,432 in earnings.Power Foot, a 6-year-old gelding, also by Powerscourt, won his last out, a 1 ½ miles turf allowance at Santa Anita Jan. 8 and ran a game fourth in the Hollywood Turf Cup Nov. 27. Also owned by Stepaside Farms, LLC, he is 19-4-0-3 overall with earnings of $220,564.Armed with a new rider in Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Sean McCarthy’s Majestic Harbor will attempt to turn his luck around Saturday after a four race losing streak. The Grade I Gold Cup winner from June 28, Majestic Harbor will try turf for the first time since an allowance try at Del Mar in August, 2012 in which he ran third.The 7-year-old horse by Rockport Harbor is owned by Gallant Stable and is 27-6-6-4 overall with earnings of $674,264.The complete field for the Grade II San Marcos Stakes, to be run as the 7th race on a nine-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 123; Patrioticandproud, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Majestic Harbor, Mike Smith, 120; Power Ped, Flavien Prat, 118; Little Jerry, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 118; Quadrivium, Forest Boyce, 118; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 118; and Power Foot, Kieren Fallon, 118.last_img read more

Remember to Exercise, and You’ll Remember More

first_imgOld dogs can remember old tricks and learn new ones, say researchers from the National Institutes of Health.  According to an article on EurekAlert, the secret is a program of diet, exercise and stimulating environments.    Scientists got snoopy about old beagles, and found their brains could remain in tip-top shape with lifestyle adjustments.  These included diets with fruits and vegetables and antioxidants, stimulating environments and social interaction with other dogs.  This combination probably works for humans, too, and looks like it can stave off some of the degenerative effects of aging.  “This research brings a note of optimism that there are things that we can do that may significantly improve our cognitive health,” said one of the researchers (emphasis added).  Of the positive factors, the scientists also found that more was better.Pack a healthy lunch in a day pack and drive off with a group of friends to a trail head in God’s great outdoors – why, that’s the recipe for Creation Safaris.  Doesn’t this picture look healthy?  How about an encore?  Here’s proof that more is better.  It doesn’t have to be all strenuous, though.  Relaxation can be healthy, too.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Announcing The ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit

first_imgToday ReadWriteWeb is announcing our second event, the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010. It will take place May 7, 2010, in Mountain View, California. The ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit will be an exploration of the latest Mobile development trends, both the technology and the emerging business applications. Registration is now open, at an early bird rate of just $295.00. Click here to get your ticket at this special price. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market If you’re a company in the Mobile Internet market, you may be interested in helping sponsor this event. Please contact our COO Sean Ammirati for more information on the sponsor options.The ReadWriteWeb team is excited about our second event and we can’t wait to discuss the opportunities in Mobile with you on May 7. You can find banners and logos to link to our event here, if you’re so inclined. We hope to see you on May 7! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Admin#conferences#Features#RWW Mobile Summit 2010#web Mobile was one of our top 5 trends last year and continues to undergo explosive growth, so our aim with this event is to help you navigate the opportunities. Get ready to explore, think and create the future of Mobile! Because as in our last event, The Real-Time Web Summit, it will be you – the attendees – who ultimately set the agenda. You can begin adding your suggestions now.We will have two main tracks at this Summit, Development and Business. Here’s a sample of some of the topics we’ll explore in both of these tracks:Geo-location services – what can you do using location as a platform?Commerce & Marketing – as more and more consumers use smartphones, how can businesses utilize this channel?Content, Publishing & Recommendations – the technologies and best practices.Mobile Social Networking – how to tap into communities on mobile devices.Internet of Things – the emerging opportunities from sensor and RFID data.Augmented Reality – the technology and business applications of AR.Native App vs. Browser Based – Including iPhone, Android, RIM, Palm, Windows Mobile and Symbian. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As with our first event, the Real-Time Web Summit last October, the Mobile Summit will be in the ‘unconference’ format. We discovered in October that the unconference is a perfect complement to our brand, because it encourages a high quality two-way dialog. Not only that, but the knowledge and ideas that came out of our Real-Time Web Summit were practical and useful – we got a lot of great feedback about that.As with our previous event, the Mobile Summit will be facilitated by Kaliya Hamlin, who in my opinion is the best in the business at this style of event. We’re using the same venue too, the beautiful Computer History Museum. richard macmanuslast_img read more

Martinez eager to move on as he gears for 2018 Winter Olympics

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Michael Martinez competes in the men’s individual figure skating in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLMichael Martinez could’ve had another golden moment for the Philippines in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games but he fell short in the men’s individual free skating event.After his spirited appearance in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and gold medal finish in the Asian Trophy, Martinez was tabbed to take home the top prize in the Kuala Lumpur Games.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Breaking the ice with Michael MartinezThe 20-year-old, however, is eager to put his frustrations behind as he looks forward to his next challenge—the 2018 Winter Games.“For me, it’s still the Olympics over of the SEA Games,” said Martinez. “And of course this loss motivated me especially when the judges approached me [saying] that this was my best performance I’ve done in my career.”PH ice athletes get warm welcome after SEAG stint360 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Prince Eze tops NCAA MVP race after the first round Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion READ: Martinez bags silver, Perticheto wins bronze in figure skatingBut Martinez settled for the silver and 40th-ranked skater in the world admitted the failure stung.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“To be honest, it hurt because my goal was to really win the gold medal,” said Martinez Thursday during their homecoming celebration at SM Megamall’s skating rink.Martinez scored 171.63 points to place second behind Malaysian Julian Zhi-Jie Yee, who won the gold after scoring 205.43. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tree that some say inspired Dr Seuss The Lorax topples

first_img June 18, 2019 AP, AP Categories: Local San Diego News Tree that some say inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ topples AP, AP, Posted: June 18, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” has fallen in a coastal San Diego park.Officials are investigating why the wind-swept Monterey cypress toppled in Ellen Browning Scripps Park last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. “The tree was not dead at the time it fell, and with the exception of some stressing due to termites, was generally in good shape,” said Parks and Recreation spokesman Tim Graham.According to local legend, the tree inspired the “The Lorax” by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, who lived nearby and worked in an office with a sweeping view of the coastline.This June 17, 2019 photo shows a Monterey cypress tree that was toppled in Ellen Browning Scripps Park last week in La Jolla, Calif. According to local legend, the tree inspired the “The Lorax” by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, who lived nearby and worked in an office with a sweeping view of the coastline. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)But there are no facts to back up the lore. His wife, Audrey Geisel, told the La Jolla Village News in 2012 that the idea for Truffula trees in the 1971 environmental fable came from an Africa trip.“He looked up at one of the (local) trees, and said, ‘That’s my tree. They’ve stolen my tree.’ So that’s where that came from,” Audrey Geisel said.Geisel told interviewers over the years that “The Lorax” was inspired by the anger he felt as he watched homes and condominiums being carved into the hillsides below him. He called the book “one of the few things I ever set out to do that was straight propaganda,” according to the Union-Tribune.In it, the title character tries to stop the Once-ler from chopping down Truffula Trees so that their tufts (“much softer than silk”) can be used to manufacture Thneeds, a classically Seussian word for all manner of worthless merchandise.“I speak for the trees,” the Lorax says.Geisel, who died in 1991, would often claim “The Lorax” was his favorite among the 48 books that he wrote, the newspaper said.Officials plan to salvage some of the wood and repurpose it, and a replacement tree will be planted, Graham said. Updated: 6:59 PM FacebookTwitterlast_img read more