Portugal beats Albania

first_imgELBASAN, Albania (AP):Portugal closed in on a spot at the European Championship after midfielder Miguel Veloso scored in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win from Albania in qualifying yesterday.Both teams had hit the woodwork before Veloso headed in substitute Ricardo Quaresma’s pass for the late winner.”I thought the ball was for me, and fortunately, it made it,” Veloso said.Elsewhere, Denmark was stymied by Armenia for a second 0-0 draw in four days, complicating the Danes’ chances to secure a berth for the 2016 tournament with a top-two finish in the group.Portugal increased its lead of Group I to 15 points. Denmark has 12 while Albania has 11, but both Portugal and Albania have a game in hand.Portugal’s Nani hit the goal frame in the 13th minute, while Sokol Cikalleshi of Albania sent a shot off the bar in the 75th.Two minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo had an opportunity to put Portugal in front, but goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a save.The victory came exactly one year after Albania stunned Portugal 1-0.Armenia has two points, while Serbia is in last place with one.”After halftime our team had one of its worst matches,” said Denmark coach Morten Olsen. “We failed in the last 20 minutes. The Armenians also proved they can play. The fact they have only got two points must be a mistake.”Portugal hosts Denmark on Oct. 8 when a draw will be enough to qualify, while Albania plays Serbia at home.last_img read more

TPP Coalition formed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Coalition for TPP announced an expansion in its leadership as it works to advocate for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, signed by the United States and its 11 TPP partners on Feb. 3. The expanded Coalition leadership now includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Business Roundtable, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These five organizations issued the following joint statement:“Our five organizations have joined together as co-leaders of the U.S. Coalition for TPP for the next phase of its efforts – pushing for the expeditious passage of the TPP. We are intensifying our broad education and advocacy efforts on the Hill and around the country as the Administration and Congressional leaders work to address the next steps that are required to secure passage of the TPP.“The TPP is a strong agreement that will eliminate barriers to U.S. exports and set in place standards that will improve American competitiveness in a region where the United States has lost market share. Industries and companies, large and small, across America know that standing on the sidelines hurts the U.S. economy and American farmers, manufacturers, services providers and workers. It is critical that America move forward as soon as possible to open markets and level the playing field with our TPP partners.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 51 | Thoughts of Spring with Snow on the Ground

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast presented by AgriGold, we get reaction to last week’s USDA Prospective Plantings Report from Superior Feed Ingredients Jon Scheve, Matt visits with Ohio’s CCA of the Year, John Fritz and Dale gets a dairy industry update from Scott Higgins with the American Dairy Association Mid East.last_img

Find Without Searching: Google Brings Universal Search to Google Suggest

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google just announced that it has started to include some results from its universal search feature right into the list of suggested search terms beneath the search box. When you search for “weather in San Francisco”, for example, the current weather will appear right at the bottom of the suggested search terms without having to hit the enter key. This new feature currently works for 10 universal search features, including weather, flight status, local time, area codes, package tracking, answers, definitions, calculator, currency and unit conversions. Google plans to enable this feature for other results based on the universal search feature in the future. Chances are that Google will also include this feature directly in Chrome. Chrome’s address bar, after all, already features advanced support for suggest search terms. Related Posts Also New: Quick Scroll ExtensionIn addition, Google also announced Quick Scroll, a new Chrome extension. Once you activate Quick Scroll, a small box often appears at the bottom of a page after you click on a search result that makes it easy to find the most relevant parts of a page that relate to your search results. Quick Scroll can automatically find the most relevant content on a site based on the search you just performed and highlight the relevant part of a page. Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Meghalaya mulls NRC-like exercise

first_imgThe Meghalaya government will soon hold an all-party meeting to discuss an NRC-like exercise in the State, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma announced in the Assembly on Wednesday.He said the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government is on the job and the State has various ways to check illegal immigration, ensuring that indigenous people are protected.Growing demand“We intended to call an all-party meeting to discuss with stakeholders before embarking on an exercise such as the NRC,” Mr. Sangma said.He was replying to a short-duration discussion on news reports that the demand for conducting an NRC-like exercise in all the Northeastern States is growing.The National Register of Citizens is a record of all legal citizens and it was created for Assam in 1951. It is being updated under the Supreme Court’s supervision with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens.‘Preparatory exercises’“Our government has decided to move ahead with the other preparatory exercises undertaken in the State in a phased-manner beginning with setting up of entry-exit points,” the Chief Minister said.He said the Railway Minister had informed him that a facilitation centre could be set up at Mendipathar, the lone railway station in the State connecting Guwahati, to check illegal immigrants.last_img read more

In Bihar, Nitish fails to create a buzz this time

first_imgEver since he came to power in November 2005, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been at the centre of State politics. He fostered an alliance first with the BJP, then the Rashtriya Janata Dal and again came back to the BJP.Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, he successfully manoeuvred to seal the deal of equal seat allocation with the BJP. But with the election under way and the poll campaign at its peak, he has failed to make a buzz with the voters. The CM and the Janata Dal (United) chief is touring the State but people are not turning up in numbers to hear him. There are several reasons for it.Shifting loyaltiesAfter dumping the RJD to shake hands again with the BJP in July 2017, Mr. Kumar’s political credibility suffered a major dent. The RJD cried “betrayal”. “What is the guarantee that after getting our vote he will not make another U-turn,” asked a group of voters in Nawada. “This time it’s a battle between the BJP and the RJD, Nitish is nowhere in the picture,” a group of villagers in Begusarai told The Hindu.In April 2016, Mr. Kumar declared Bihar a dry State. He called the move a “revolutionary step” to bring social cohesion and peace in the households of the poor. In fact, as many believed, it was a calculated political move to connect with half of the electorate in just one stroke: the women. But Bihar became the hub of illegal liquor sale and consumption. Bootleggers have a field day today. “Our husbands pay three times more for a liquor bottle delivered at the door,” said Sanyogita Devi of Madanpur village in Aurangabad district.After coming to power, Mr. Kumar has been reiterating that he would not compromise on three Cs: Crime, Corruption and Communalism. But corruption in Bihar today has hit the common people hard. “One cannot even think of getting benefits from any government welfare scheme without greasing the palms of officials,” said Raunak Singh of Vaishali district. “Files do not move without bribes,” said a retired State government employee in Patna.Education, from primary to the higher level, has virtually collapsed in the State. “The quality of education is at its lowest,” claimed Rampravesh Sharma, a retired schoolteacher in Patna.“The spurt in crime is going unnoticed in Bihar,” alleged former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, earlier with JD(U).last_img read more

Who’s laughing now? Zaza a joke no more!

first_imgSweden v Italy Who’s laughing now? Penalty fool Simone Zaza is in better form than Ronaldo Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(18) Simone Zaza Cristiano Ronaldo Split Getty/Goal Sweden v Italy Primera División Sweden Italy Valencia WC Qualification Europe Opinion The striker was ridiculed over his spot-kick at Euro 2016 and a dire spell at West Ham but he is back in Italy squad due to his fine form at Valencia Euro 2016 made Simone Zaza famous. Just for all the wrong reasons. The Italy striker’s penalty attempt in the shootout loss to Germany made him laughing stock – not because he missed, but because of the way he missed.Zaza took a bizarre series of short, staccato steps before blazing the ball over the bar. Within a matter of minutes of the conclusion of the quarter-final, he was being ridiculed worldwide, the subject of a million memes.Italy 11/8 to beat Sweden Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Heat maps were mocked up showing his short but significant contribution to the game ; a video of Stefan Freund imitating him on German television went viral; there were vines calling for him to be hired for ‘The Ministry of Silly Walks’ – essentially, ‘The Zaza Dance’ had quickly become a social media phenomenon.Zaza couldn’t see the funny side, at least not then. However, he somehow summoned up the courage to face the cameras upon the squad’s return to Italy.”I missed the most important penalty of my career and it will be with me for the rest of my life,” an emotional Zaza told Mediaset after arriving at Milan’s Malpensa airport. “I’m sorry to have disappointed the Italian people.”I have always taken my penalties like that and was convinced I would score. I did send Manuel Neuer the wrong way, but unfortunately the ball went too high. “It will be difficult, but I want to get over it.”Simone Zaza Italy Euro 2016Simone Zaza Italy Euro 2016Simone Zaza Penalty PSLeaving Italy seemed a good way to start. Before the summer was over, he had departed for England to join West Ham United on loan for €5 million.When it became clear that Juventus were willing to sell a reserve striker that had served them well since joining from Sassuolo the year before, the Hammers had been the club that had pursued him most enthusiastically.Given that he also felt his physical, hard-running style would work well in the Premier League, Zaza was confident that he could thrive in London.However, he never settled. “I didn’t feel great in so many ways: environment, culture, training, nutrition,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport .“I was not good physically. I had been through pre-season with Juventus so I was okay.“When I got there [West Ham] I found a different method of training – you exercise less, sometimes the sessions last 40 minutes and almost immediately I didn’t feel good.“I need to train more, for someone to kick my ass. The problem is that on Sunday other people went to a thousand per cent. Not me.“I wanted to do things that come naturally when I’m playing well and I could not do them. And I became crazy.”Simone Zaza Juventus SassuoloSimone Zaza Alvaro Morata JuventusSimone Zaza West HamHis unhappiness manifested itself in a series of ineffective performances. He had never been a prolific attacker but Zaza didn’t net once in 11 appearances in all competitions and it was at that point that the Hammers decided to cut their losses on the misfiring forward.The deal with Juve would have become permanent had Zaza continued playing, so, to avoid having to pay a further €20m for the 26-year-old, West Ham benched him until the transfer market reopened in January.To the Londoners’ relief – and surprise – Valencia entered the fray. Cesare Prandelli was key. The former Italy coach was willing to take a chance on a compatriot who had impressed him at Sassuolo and Juve, and Zaza joined Los Che on loan for €2m, with a further €16m to follow if he played a set number of games before season’s end.The deal was made permanent on April 10, the day after he had netted a double against Granada. They were Zaza’s third and fourth goals for Valencia but, in truth, it was his second strike, in a 2-1 win over Real Madrid on February 22, that represented the turning point of his career.”Naturally when you score against a big team, people talk about it, but the truth is that goal against Real Madrid last year was a rebirth for me,” he told Marca .”I had scored three days earlier with Athletic, but was irritable and didn’t enjoy it, so the Real Madrid goal really did feel like I was being reborn. It was very important to me.”Indeed, Zaza felt like his old self again. He was even able to start joking about his penalty miss again, even if still hurt.Simone Zaza ValenciaLa Liga Top Scorers PS“It traumatised me no end and if I was to think about it for another five minutes, it would bother me,” he admitted to the Gazzetta dello Sport .”After the Euros, I wasn’t well. That summer, I lost weight. But the thing that hurt me most wasn’t all the videos, or the Zaza Dance – I laugh about it now.”No, what hurt me was the mistaken image people had of me because of the penalty, the perception that I was arrogant or presumptuous.”The good thing about perceptions, though, is that they can change and, right now, Zaza is rightly viewed as a strong character – and a striker reborn.His record haul in top-flight football over a single league campaign is 11 goals (for Sassuolo, in 2014-15), yet has scored nine times in just 11 La Liga games so far this season. To put that in context, Cristiano Ronaldo has netted just once in seven games and only Lionel Messi presently sits above Zaza in the goalscorers’ charts.His fine form has deservedly prompted an Italy recall. A year on from the darkest moment of his career, Simone Zaza has a smile on his face again.last_img read more