Yaya Toure is not irreplaceable for Manchester City, claims McGuinness

first_imgtalkSPORT’s man in Manchester, Dom McGuinness, says Yaya Toure is no longer irreplaceable for Man City, something that could explain his recent pledge to stay at the club after a summer of rocking the boat.Toure’s agent sparked speculation over his future just days after City lifted the Premier League title in May, telling talkSPORT the powerhouse midfeidler was ‘very upset’ with the club after they failed to celebrate his birthday.The 41-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and – more recently – to Manchester rivals United, but the Ivorian instead revealed he would honour his contract at the Etihad Stadium.And, asked about Toure’s future, McGuinness told the Sunday Scoreboard: “He’s probably going to be stuck where he is whether he likes it or not.“Yaya’s in a situation now at 31 where maybe those big moves that were mooted a while ago aren’t going to happen, so then what can he do? That’s probably why there has been the big turnaround”.The power is now firmly in the Manchester club’s hands, according to McGuinness, with Toure not irreplaceable given City’s plans to further strengthen this summer as well as their financial muscle.“He is a key player and a unique player, with the way he can pop up and score so many goals. He’s a very very special player, but of course, there isn’t anyone that can’t be replaced in some shape or form.“He’s not so unique as to keep peddling stories with his agent suggesting moves, suggesting he’s not happy and expect that the club will always stand by him.“With Manchester City’s power financially and the fact that they have a fantastic squad already that will be added too, there comes a point, so he’s replaceable.”last_img read more

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Used for Fraudulent Activities

first_imgTags:#Features#Trends#web Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has fallen prey to social media spammers and it is now full of requests to spam bookmarking services for pennies per link. Although these HITs may stop short of being “fraud” in the legal sense of the word, they are certainly dishonest and unsavory. In addition to these spam bookmarking requests, we’re also seeing HITs for Diggs, Stumbles, Slashdots, etc. of spammers’ web pages and web sites.In case you’re unfamiliar, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourced marketplace for tasks. A person needing work done can set up a HIT (human intelligence task) – the small job they need done. Others come along to perform the HITs, earning micro payments along the way. In this way, businesses, developers, and other individuals have access to an affordable, scalable workforceThe Dark Side to Mechanical TurkUnfortunately, it appears that the convenience of the Turk marketplace has some appeal to social media spammers, who are now using the site to earn Diggs, bookmarks, and other social recommendations they do not deserve. Here’s an example: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perez A search for “bookmark” on MT today displays 48 results (at the time of writing) where spammers are requesting social bookmarking of their web site. Search for “digg” and you’ll find people paying for Diggs. Of course, whenever there is a system in place (like social media) that can help drive traffic to a web site, there will be those people who use it to generate traffic for their spam sites. But why are they able to use Amazon Mechanical Turk to do so? Shouldn’t Amazon police the Turk to shut down these spam accounts? Mechanical Turk Still Has Promise, Despite SpammersHowever, this doesn’t mean that Mechanical Turk doesn’t hold any value – it’s still an innovative and useful tool for many. In fact, members of the HCI community (Human Computer Interaction) have begun to use Turk for userresearch studies with great success. This work has inspired others like open source advocate, Chris Messina, to do the same. He plans to use Turk for usability studies on OpenID and OAuth. Since the HITs are spread out among many, the cost of performing these studies is greatly reduced. Being able to crowdsource research is a great way that MT can be used today, and one that will have a big impact on the future, too. Thanks to Brynn Evans, a graduate student in the Department of Cognitive Science at University of California, San Diego for discovering this and thanks to open source advocate Chris Messina for sending it along to us.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Photo courtesy of Brynn EvansAnyone who uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has no doubt come across similar HITs posted by spammers. For example, this guy is requesting someone create 29 social bookmark accounts from 29 sites: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Prosecution appeal against Oscar Pistorius verdict accepted

first_imgIn this Oct, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in court in Pretoria South Africa. Photo: APOscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a South African judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors can appeal against the double-amputee Olympian’s conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.The sensational case will go to the Supreme Court of Appeal, which will review the murder trial of Pistorius, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle on Valentine’s Day last year.Judge Thokozile Masipa, who convicted Pistorius and sentenced him to five years in jail, acknowledged that chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had raised legitimate “questions of law” that should be studied by the appeals court.”This might have a practical effect” on the conviction, Masipa said.”We note the finding of the court and abide by the ruling,” Pistorius’ family said in a statement.Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if the appeals court overturns the culpable homicide conviction and raises it to a murder conviction.Under his current sentence, Pistorius could be released from prison and placed under house arrest after serving 10 months, or one-sixth of his sentence. It is unclear whether the appeals court will have ruled on his case within 10 months.Nathi Mncube, the prosecution spokesman, said he hopes the appeal will be “expedited,” but acknowledged that the process can take a long time.”We’re happy,” Mncube told journalists.The approval of an appeal represented a victory for South African prosecutors who had been disappointed that Pistorius was acquitted of murder.advertisementIn another disappointment for the state, British businessman Shrien Dewani left South Africa on Tuesday after being acquitted of the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.The appeals court has panels of three or five judges and does not meet again until Feb. 15, according to the website of the court, which is based in the South African city of Bloemfontein. Decisions are based on the opinion of a majority of judges.”Witnesses do not appear before the court, and the parties need not be present during the hearing of an appeal. A written judgment is usually handed down shortly after the argument,” the court’s website says.In arguing for an appeal, the prosecution said Judge Masipa incorrectly interpreted a legal principle. Under that principle, a person should be found guilty of murder if he foresaw the possibility of a person dying because of his actions, and went ahead with those actions anyway.While approving an appeal against her own verdict, Masipa rejected the prosecution’s argument for an appeal of the sentence for culpable homicide. Prosecutors had said it was too lenient.In any case, if the appeals court finds Pistorius guilty of murder, the sentence would automatically be raised to match the severity of the crime.Pistorius said he thought a dangerous intruder was in the house when he killed Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV star; prosecutors allege he killed his girlfriend after an argument.Pistorius’ legs were amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old because he was born without fibula bones due to a congenital defect. However, he grew up playing sports with prosthetics. The sight of Pistorius racing at the London Olympics on carbon-fiber blades was one of the enduring and inspirational images of the 2012 games.last_img read more

Minerva Punjab FC win U-13 Youth League

first_imgKolkata, May 8 (PTI) Minerva Punjab FC eased past Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-0 in the final to triumph the inaugural U-13 Youth League at the Barasat Stadium today. Mohammedan SC more than played their part in an entertaining final, but it was Minerva Punjabs energy that would light up the occasion and provide a thrilling end to a thoroughly entertaining tournament. Minerva Punjab who lead 1-0 at the interval scored through Longjam Swami Singh (3rd minute) and Himanshu Jangra (45th and 46th minute). Although Minerva Punjab went into the game as hot favourites, Mohammedan SC began the game in attacking mode and could have taken the lead in the first minute itself. Skipper Sujay Budhuk did well to cut in past a couple of defenders from the left but his powerful drive sailed inches over the horizontal. While the Young Panthers pressed high up, Minerva Punjab managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Winger Swami Singh capitalised on an error by Mohammedan SC custodian Sakirul Islam from a header to put his team ahead. Having conceded early on, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Mohammed Zeedan, Nabakumar Santra and Sujay, but Minerva Punjab showed character to hold on and at the same time also managed to create chances of their own only to miss with their strikers Tongbram Maheron Singh and Himanshu, as the first half ended 1-0. The second half was a similar story as Mohammedan SC dominated the majority of the proceedings looking for the equalizer and almost camped in the rival half.advertisement Mohammedan SC looked to catch Minerva Punjab on the counter-attack, but poor finishing proved to be their downfall as they wasted a number of good opportunities to level the scoreline. However, Minerva Punjab ended Mohammedan SCs hopes of a comeback with back-to-back goals through their skipper Himanshu in the 45th and 46th minute respectively. Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC at the other end had their best chance of the game when Sujay slid in a teasing low ball for Tapan Soren, who just managed to direct an effort on target, but Minerva Punjab keeper Charles Tongbram had come quickly off his line to make a brave block in the 64th minute. Minerva Punjab had a golden chance to go further up in the 68th minute when Maheron found himself in space inside the area but his first touch let him down and the opportunity slipped by because of poor technique. In the additional time, Mohammedan SC went all out for some late goals but Minerva Punjab did well to protect their gains as the match ended 3-0 with Minerva Punjab clinching the title. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

20 days agoChelsea boss Lampard confirms Kante fully fit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard confirms Kante fully fitby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante came through the midweek Champions League contest against Lille unscathed.While the boss will be keeping a close eye on his recovery over the coming days due to a lack of match action so far this campaign, there is every chance he will be involved again at Southampton.”It’s something we’ll have to watch over the next 24, 48 hours to make sure he’s okay,” said Lampard. “All the players are on a semi-recovery programme after the Lille game but it’s also the fact he hasn’t played much.”In terms of the injury, he’s fine and there was no fallout with that from the Lille game so it’s just about making sure he’s fit and ready, which is a call for me to make.” last_img read more

Remote reserve death triggers inquest calls

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe death of a man in northern Manitoba has leaders calling for an inquest into how nursing stations treat patients.The concerns come after the death of a 27-year-old man on a remote reserve in northern Manitoba.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler is in Manto Sipi Cree Nation and has this story.last_img

Quebecbased Avior inks multiyear contract with Boeing 737 Max project

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Canadian aerospace manufacturer Avior Integrated Products says it has entered into a multi-year contract with Boeing’s 737 Max airplane program.The company is a full-service supplier of lightweight structural assemblies and will be involved with access door assembly on the project by the U.S. aerospace giant.Avior CEO Stephen Kearns says the project will involve contributions from the company’s three manufacturing facilities in Quebec.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said on Oct. 11 that it will be the first commercial carrier in Canada to take delivery of the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, one of 50 scheduled for delivery in the next four years.The 174-seat aircraft is expected to officially enter service on Nov. 9 with a flight from Calgary to Toronto.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has also placed orders for 33 Boeing 737 Max 8s and 28 of the larger Max 9s, with deliveries starting this year.last_img read more

Walking cycling may help you live longer

first_imgTaking the stairs, cycling or walking to work may help you live longer, regardless of age, sex and starting fitness level, a large-scale study unveiled recently claims. “People think they have to start going to the gym and exercising hard to get fitter,” said Elin Ekblom-Bak, from the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm. “But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. For most people, just being more active in daily life – taking the stairs, exiting the metro a station early, cycling to work – is enough to benefit health since levels are so low to start with. The more you do, the better,” Ekblom-Bak said in a statement. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study included 316,137 adults aged 18-74 years who had their first occupational health screening between 1995 and 2015 in Sweden. Cardiorespiratory fitness was measured using a submaximal cycle test and expressed as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max). This is the maximum amount of oxygen the heart and lungs can provide the muscles during exercise, according to the study presented at EuroPrevent 2019, the annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) in Portugal. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSwedish national registries were used to obtain data on all-cause mortality and first-time cardiovascular events (fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, or ischaemic stroke) during 1995-2015. The risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events fell by 2.8 per cent and 3.2 per cent, respectively, with each millilitre increase in VO2 max. Benefits of fitness were seen in men and women, in all age groups, and at all fitness levels, researchers said. There was no plateau of benefit in the total population, with some variation between sex- and age-subgroups, researchers said. “It is particularly important to note that an increase in fitness was beneficial regardless of the starting point,” said Ekblom-Bak. “This suggests that people with lower levels cardiorespiratory fitness have the most to gain from boosting their fitness,” Ekblom-Bak said. Increasing fitness should be a public health priority and clinicians should assess fitness during health screening, said Ekblom-Bak.last_img read more

Buckeye Brief JT Barretts accuracy as a passer offensive line grades out

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for a play in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Indiana on Aug. 31. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days after Ohio State defeated Indiana 49-21 in its season opener on Aug. 31, coach Urban Meyer, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and a group of players addressed the media. Here are some of our takeaways.J.T. Barrett, inaccurate?In the postgame press conference after his team’s 49-21 loss to Ohio State, Indiana coach Tom Allen created a stir when he described quarterback JT Barrett as inaccurate.“We try to do quite a bit of dropping where we covered with eight, just because that’s something that I feel like with the quarterback like that that’s not an accurate quarterback, that’s what you try to do,” Allen said.Barrett admitted he had heard Allen’s comments.Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) warms up prior to the season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“Everybody has their opinion. But I think I’m an accurate quarterback,” Barrett said. “I think I displayed that on Thursday. And just trying to keep on getting better in that aspect because I could always get better.”Barrett, who was named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week, struggled in the first half as Ohio State’s offense tallied just 13 points at halftime. But the Buckeyes scored on three of the first four possessions in the second half, breaking the game open. Barrett completed 20 of 35 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions.Center Billy Price and H-back Parris Campbell said they also heard Allen’s comments. Campbell called Barrett the best quarterback in the nation.“I don’t necessarily agree with [Allen’s perspective] because this is a guy that I’m practicing with, you know, four times a week and I’m going into a game,” Campbell said. “I have to utmost confidence in J.T. and he has the utmost confidence in himself and he has the utmost confidence in his team. He’s a hell of a quarterback.”Eric Glover-Williams: “School conduct issue”Eric Glover-Williams could not find a position at which he best fit in his first two years on campus. And since it was reported that he will no longer be on Ohio State’s roster, he will never have that opportunity.On Monday, Meyer said Glover-Williams would no longer be with the team due to a “school-conduct issue.”Ohio State junior H-back Eric Glover-Williams stretches at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.This is an unfortunate end to the former four-star prospect’s career at Ohio State. The Canton, Ohio, native entered the program as the 101st-ranked player in the country and the fourth-best in the state in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.The 5-foot-9, 180-pound athlete played in 20 games in his two seasons, but spent most of his time on special teams. Glover-Williams played safety before transitioning to receiver in the spring.Entire offensive line: “Champions” vs. IndianaThough Meyer said the offensive line didn’t get the desired push early in the season opener, he and the coaching staff graded all five starting linemen — left tackle Jamarco Jones, left guard Michael Jordan, center Billy Price, right guard Branden Bowen and right tackle Isaiah Prince — as “champions.”Ohio State players are graded by the coaching staff and if they give exceptional effort, are honored as “champions”Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for a play in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Indiana on Aug. 31. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough the line didn’t have much of a challenge pass blocking, due to a three-man rush from Indiana, the unit was tasked with opening holes for freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, who was starting his first college game. The five linemen helped open enough holes for Dobbins to run for the most rushing yards of any freshman making his debut in Ohio State history.Four of the linemen who graded out as champions returned this season as starters, but Bowen was making his first career start. Price, a first-team All-American who played right guard last season, said he took Bowen under his wing. “The stars have aligned and things are going great for him right now,” Price said. “Really, really, really, really proud of that kid.”Things didn’t begin smoothly against Indiana for Bowen, but he settled in as time passed.“He, in the first quarter, had a couple struggles,” Price said. “But that’s the great thing about Branden and players who are developing to be great, they can take those changes, take those adjustments and really start to develop in the second half, you see a whole other player.”Chase Young: Future No. 1 overall pick?Towering at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, defensive end Chase Young could be mistaken for an NFL player. In reality, he’s just an 18-year-old freshman at Ohio State, and not even one who played meaningful snaps against Indiana due to the Buckeyes’ foursome of starting defensive ends.Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young hits a pad at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.But defensive end Jalyn Holmes believes the young lineman has the ability to be the best player in his future draft class.“If he sticks to the plan that we have here for him, he will be the first pick,” Holmes said.No, he didn’t mean that Young will be a first-round pick. He meant the freshman could develop into the top pick in the NFL draft, something Ohio State hasn’t had since offensive tackle Orlando Pace was selected by the St. Louis Rams first overall in the 1997 draft. “He’s got a real competitive edge,” Holmes said. “You can have his speed and length and all that, but if you’re not a competitor, it really doesn’t matter. Chase Young has that competitive edge.”When asked whether Young could be like Myles Garrett, the top pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Holmes said he could be better. With Holmes and Tyquan Lewis graduating and Sam Hubbard possibly entering the draft after this season, Young could be in a position to start on the line opposite Nick Bosa.Tate Martell: Baker Mayfield 2.0 on the scout team?Lewis said walk-on linebacker Jared Drake, who was a first-team All-Ohio quarterback at Westerville Central, mimicked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield on the scout team during Monday’s practice. But he and Meyer mentioned freshman Tate Martell would likely help the defense prepare for Mayfield Tuesday.Freshman quarterback Tate Martell (10) warms up prior to the 2017 season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerhide | Photo Editor“They’re twins,” Holmes said in regard to Mayfield’s and Martell’s similarities. “I mean, both of them have great moves. They’re elusive. They’re hard to tackle because you want to tackle them so bad and they take advantage of it. I don’t know how they do it.”In high school, Martell relied on improvisation and athleticism. As a senior, the Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) quarterback threw for 2,362 yards and rushed for 1,257 yards.Though that athleticism and mid-play creativity is, at least in part, what led Martell to being such a highly regarded prospect — he was the 56th-best overall player and the second-best dual threat quarterback in his class, according to 247Sports composite rankings — Barrett said Ohio State’s coaches have tried to temper the freshman’s propensity to scramble.“So it’s like we’re trying to keep Tate in the pocket and get him to distribute the ball from the pocket,” Barrett said. “There’s a time for [risks and improvisation], absolutely. Since he’s been here, it’s like kind of controlled.”Barrett said when he entered the program, he tried to improvise and escape the pocket, but soon learned it’s not as easy in college as it was in high school. The fifth-year senior said Martell learned a similar lesson.“[Martell] was fast in high school, but now you’re not so fast,” Barrett said. “That’s part of it as well. That’s why you try to control it as much as you can.” read more

Can names his demands at Liverpool

first_imgEmre Can has told Liverpool that he wants a release clause inserted into his any potential new deal at the club, claims the Daily MirrorThe German midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree on any kind of renewal with head coach Jurgen Klopp having previously admitted that Can is likely holding out for a more lucrative deal.While it is understood that the 24-year-old remains open to the possibility of extending his stay at Liverpool, Can is adamant that he wants a release clause inserted into any new contract that he may sign.But, aside from Roberto Firmino, the Merseyside club have normally refrained from including such clauses into player’s contracts and would prefer to avoid allowing it due to the fear that Can’s teammates will then likely start to make similar demands.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Previously Can was of interest for Juventus with their CEO Giuseppe Marotta having admitted that the Serie A giants were interested in recruiting the Germany international for next season.But due to Can’s hesitance to make a final decision, it is believed that Juventus’ interest has cooled of late with Bayern Munich now rumoured to be interested in the Liverpool playerlast_img read more