Cesc Fabregas believes in Maurizio Sarri’s way of playing

first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes in new coach Maurizio Sarri’s way of playing. “I believe in his style, I like it a lot. I’ve grown up with that system, that quality of football he wants to bring to the team,” said Fabregas in Australia, ahead of pre-season. Upd. on 23/07/2018 at 09:18 CEST “I think that a player like me could benefit from that style of play. We have to train a lot, be united and be a team.” IN SPORT.ES Fábregas cree en “la forma de jugar” de Sarricenter_img 20/07/2018 EFE/Sport EN “We want to play well, to be an attractive side, but we want to win too, and so we have an important season ahead of us.” Next season will be Fabregas’s fifth at Chelsea, where he has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and one League Cup. last_img read more

Pets face cruel summer

first_imgMake sure your pet has access to shade.KEEP your pets cool, that’s the word from the Cardinia Shire Council this…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

PMBL corporate competition kicks off this weekend

first_imgThe competition will run for five weeks with 18 teams sponsored by business houses confirmed to participate.Games will be played every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 8pm.PMBL is excited about the competition and invites the public to go and support their team.Competition organizer Lawrence Lahari is encouraging the public to show their support as entry is free of charge.Lahari urged all teams confirmed to take part to attend a briefing on Sunday afternoon.The master draws will be handed out during this time and the introduction of the competition manager, referees and bench officials will be made at this time.The teams and officials will also go through basic rules of the competition and housekeeping rules at the new facility at Taurama.last_img read more

Rampant Liverpool take Premier League summit

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s midfielder Sadio Mane celebrates scoring at Anfield in Liverpool on November 6, 2016 © AFP / Paul EllisLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 6 – Liverpool swept to the top of the Premier League as Sadio Mane’s double inspired a 6-1 rout of Watford, while Tottenham rescued a 1-1 draw at north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday.While Liverpool dazzled, their old rivals Manchester United ended a four-match winless run in the league as goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a much-needed 3-1 victory at Swansea. Liverpool have emerged as genuine title contenders and Jurgen Klopp’s side moved one point clear of second placed Chelsea thanks to a scintillating goal spree at Anfield.The Reds took the lead in the 27th minute when Senegal winger Mane met Philippe Coutinho’s corner with a header that looped past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.Just three minutes later, Roberto Firmino picked out Coutinho on the edge of the penalty area and the Liverpool forward fired home with a fine low strike.Klopp’s team were three up two minutes before half-time as Emre Can arrived unmarked at the far post to head in Adam Lallana’s cross.The goals kept coming and Firmino added the fourth in the 57th minute, the Brazilian finishing off Lallana’s cross, before Mane got his second in the 60th minute with a clinical close-range effort from Firmino’s pass.Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane (R) celebrates scoring from the penalty spot on November 6, 2016 © AFP / Ben StansallDaryl Janmaat notched his first goal for Watford in the 75th minute, but there was still time for Liverpool to complete the demolition in the 90th minute through Georginio Wijnaldum’s tap-in.Liverpool have won seven of their last eight league games and go into the international break with growing belief they can win the club’s first English league title since 1990.“It’s better than being 10th, or whatever. It’s very important to collect the points for the final third of the season,” Klopp said of his team’s position.“On a good day, we are really difficult to play and that’s the most important thing we can say.”At the Emirates Stadium, Harry Kane marked his return from injury with the equaliser as Tottenham kept their hated neighbours from the Premier League summit.Arsenal took the lead in the 42nd minute when Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer headed a free-kick into his own net.But England striker Kane, who had been sidelined for seven weeks due to ankle ligament damage, equalised for Tottenham from the penalty spot early in the 51st minute after a foul on Mousa Dembele by Laurent Koscielny.– Frustration –The result prevented Arsenal from climbing above Chelsea and Manchester City and opening up a six-point gap over Tottenham, who remain fifth, three points below Arsene Wenger’s men and four points off first place.Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba (L) shoots to score on November 6, 2016 © AFP / Geoff CaddickWenger was angered by Tottenham’s penalty and said: “From where I sit, it looked harsh. It didn’t look a deliberate foul or that he was dangerous to score.”Despite his frustration over the spot-kick, Wenger accepted the result was “fair” and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino agreed.“It’s difficult to say one team deserved it more than the other,” Pochettino said.After a difficult period for Pogba and Ibrahimovic, United’s star duo were back on song at the Liberty Stadium.France midfielder Pogba put United ahead in the 15th minute with a sumptuous volley and Swedish striker Ibrahimovic bagged the second six minutes later with a shot that Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski might feel he should have saved.Ibrahimovic followed his first league goal since September with another one in the 33rd minute as he lashed in from Wayne Rooney’s pass.Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn reduced the deficit in the 69th minute and there was late frustration for Ibrahimovic when he picked up a booking that rules him out of United’s next match against Arsenal.Elsewhere, Hull staged a second half fightback to end their barren run with a 2-1 victory over Southampton at the KCOM Stadium.Southampton went in front in the sixth minute when Curtis Davies fouled Maya Yoshida and Charlie Austin belted the resulting penalty straight down the middle.But Robert Snodgrass’s excellent finish from 12 yards drew Hull level in the 61st minute and former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson put the Tigers ahead when he glanced in a free-kick two minutes later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Predicted Manchester United XI for Premier League clash v West Brom

first_img 25. Antonio Valencia (Right back) 11 1. David De Gea (Goalkeeper) – click the right arrow to see the entire Manchester United predicted XI listed in squad number order – Man United have been given a 52% chance of beating West Brom at the Hawthorns, in talkSPORT’s live commentary game this Saturday. That’s according to Bing Predicts, a unique technology developed by search engine Bing to make accurate football predictions. The Baggies, by contrast, are given a 21% chance of winning at home. Check out a possible United line up by clicking the arrow above, 11 6. Paul Pogba (Centre midfield) 8. Juan Mata (Right forward) 11 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (Centre back) 4. Phil Jones (Centre back) 17. Daley Blind (Left back) 11 11 21. Ander Herrera (Centre midfield) 11 11 11 Manchester United are looking to close the gap on the top four when they play West Brom on Saturday, a game which is live on talkSPORT.The Red Devils are six points off fourth-placed Manchester City, and are on a solid run of form – with no defeats in their last seven games.Bing predicts the most likely result to be a United win, with a 52% chance of the Red Devils claiming three points. West Brom are given a 21% chance of winning, with a 27% possibility of a draw.United can move even closer to the Champions League playoff places this weekend, should they defeat the in-form Baggies at the Hawthorns.Tony Pulis’ side, one place and four points behind United, have lofty ambitions of their own, and will be dreaming of European football should they manage to defeat the Red Devils.So, who will Jose Mourinho select for the match?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United lineup for their match against West Brom listed in squad number order…Head over to Bing.com and search for a Premier League fixture to see this week’s Bing predictions. 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Centre forward) 16. Michael Carrick (Holding midfield) 11. Anthony Martial (Left forward) 11last_img read more

It’s back to school, back to testing

first_imgIT’S that time of year again. The API scores have been released to the public, just in time for kids to go back to school. Anxiety, competition, fear and pride are felt by parents all over the city. But hold on, Mom and Dad! The Academic Performance Index scores tell us only one thing: where the whitest, most affluent neighborhoods are. I never got caught up in the API craze as a parent, but I do keep track of all of the API scores in the San Fernando Valley for my work. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that schools in the poorer neighborhoods with immigrant children can’t compete with schools in the West Valley. And they never will.My son entered kindergarten in 1999 in a low-income area with a high immigrant population. He and his peers have been on the front lines of the API wars and the No Child Left Behind Act since their inception. As a parent, I have witnessed firsthand how devastating this system of ranking schools, pressuring young children and segregating students based upon their race, financial status, and learning ability has on education and individuals. Instead of getting worked up about your school’s API scores and your child’s individual score, ask yourself these questions: Does your school have an arts program? Does it offer music? Does it read fiction for the joy of reading or is it only Open Court? Is your kid burned out at the age of 8? Do students in your school learn anything for the sake of learning, or is everything measured and tested? Do they go on field trips? Does the school value anything that won’t be on the spring test? Does your child’s teacher give you their own professional opinion regarding your child, or do they only report to you what the test scores say? Is there strong parent and community support for the school? Are the kids curious or are they unusually compliant? Do any of the kids move to the beat of their own drum, or is everybody walking in one straight line, all marching to the same beat? There are several school communities in the Valley that do value all of the above. You’d never know it by their APIs. They abide by district rules because they have to, but they have found creative alternatives to better educate their students.Their kids aren’t stressed out.Standardized testing has eliminated creativity in education. The tests drive the curriculum. This is having a profound effect on the children that these schools are supposed to serve. From the looks of things today, students are being prepared for future military service, not a healthy, competitive local and global economy. The next great American innovators, designers and leaders are going to have to be creative individuals who know how to think.America has become quite arrogant and complacent in our status of King of the World. While we are kicking back, drinking our lattes, confident in our superior status, the rest of the world is working overtime to catch up.These are the things that we should be concerned about, not who has the highest API score. For America to stay on top, the next generation is going to have to think creatively. There is much talk right now about public education reform. The system needs to be changed, but it can’t be done from within. The system is too invested in itself. Change must come from the outside.This is where Mom and Dad come in. Parents don’t realize how critical they are to reform. We are the key to true change and equity in public education. Let go of the belief that API scores are relevant. Challenge the No Child Left Behind Act. Support neighborhood school communities. Abandon the race and support creativity in our schools.Spike Dolomite Ward is president and executive director of the Arts in Education Aid Council in Canoga Park. Contact her through the council’s Web site, www.aieac.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAs an active parent at my son’s school, I was around a lot, so I knew that my son was attending a really good school (in Reseda!). I could see with my own eyes that my son was in very capable hands. His teachers really cared about him. I knew that he was learning, even though he wasn’t “proficient.” (A 7-year-old boy “proficient”? Come on!) He had talented, caring teachers who understood that he traveled to the beat of his own drum. (He’s a quirky, artsy person, as am I. Popular belief would label us both as “ADD,” an ironic epidemic in this post-feminist, anti-democratic, conformist era of public education.) Thankfully, his early teachers never tried to cram the uniform drum into his hands and force him to play. As a nonconformist myself, I valued that more than anything else about his school. Year after year, I could see that due to the NCLB and the API wars, the uniform drum was being beaten at the same tempo on the same day throughout the entire LAUSD. Teachers were being forced to teach by script, no longer by experience, care and instinct. People began to mistrust one another. Schools became more committed to their API scores instead of their students. Now school is starting up again, and the API scores are the buzz. But think about it: What do these scores really mean? Your child’s school may have a good score, but can your child really think? Does your child have the ability to take risks? Is your child an individual? Can your child really apply what they have learned in preparation for these tests in any meaningful way, or are do they just have strong short-term memory skills? last_img read more

Spurs confirm new five-year deal for defender

first_img Kieran Trippier in action for Tottenham last season 1 Kieran Trippier has signed a new five-year deal with Tottenham, the club have announced.The 26-year-old right-back has largely been back-up to Kyle Walker for the past two seasons, making just 18 Premier League appearances since arriving from Burnley in a £3.5million deal in 2015.But he is set to be elevated to first-choice by boss Mauricio Pochettino this term following Walker’s £50m move to Manchester City.Trippier told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted with the new deal, it’s a great achievement for myself. I’m delighted to get it signed.“I learned a lot in the Europa League and Champions League, playing with the players I have here and the manager also.“It’s been a great experience and a learning experience. I’ve progressed a lot and I thank my team-mates and manager for that.”Trippier began to get more regular action towards the end of last season after Walker fell out of favour.He was picked ahead of Walker for Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea in April and then preferred for their final match against Arsenal at White Hart Lane a week later.Trippier earned a call-up to the England squad in May and made his first senior international start in a friendly against France.“At the back end of last season I was really enjoying it, I didn’t want it to end really because I was getting a lot of game time,” Trippier said.“When I first came the manager demands a lot in training and on the field. He’s helped me a lot with my defensive and attacking work.“As an all-round player I think I’ve changed since I’ve been here.”‘Kieran Trippier is the real winner of Kyle Walker’s £50m-plus Manchester City move’, former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood tells talkSPORTlast_img read more

New Quick Service Location to be Called Chicken Guy at Disney Springs

first_img©Chicken GuyThis restaurant will be brought to life by Robert Earl (of Planet Hollywood fame) and celebrity chef Guy Fieri. These two dynamic forces are joining together once again after their recent successful collaboration at the Planet Hollywood Observatory with the upcoming eatery, Chicken Guy, which is slated to be the flagship of a brand new concept that’s being introduced by the two.There is no word on what kinds of menu items the restaurant will feature, nor do we have an opening date, however it is clear that the restaurant is currently hiring.More information about Chicken Guy will be able to be found on the blog, as I learn more about this brand new location. Share This!A brand new quick service dining location is being built for Disney Springs, as part of the Planet Hollywood Observatory and its name is going to be Chicken Guy. (I can’t make this up….and kind of wish I was.)last_img read more

Explosive start lifts Spencer/Columbus football to rout of Colby

first_imgRockets score 50 first-half points, improve to 4-1By Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — The high-octane Spencer/Columbus offense was on full display Friday night at Ted Fritsch Field.After an interception on its first play, the Rockets needed just 11 offensive plays to score four touchdowns and take control of the game as they cruised past previously unbeaten Colby 57-14 in a Cloverbelt Conference football game at Spencer High School.Spencer/Columbus drove 50 yards in five plays for its first score: a 3-yard run by Hunter Luepke.Colby responded as Alex Schmitt returned the kickoff 59 yards to the 27, and the Hornets scored four plays later on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Christian Raasch to Lucas Bruesewitz.From that point on, it was all Rockets.Luepke raced 43 yards for a touchdown on Spencer/Columbus’ first play after the kickoff. Then after a three-and-out and a punt, Jacob Miller went 53 yards for another Rockets’ touchdown to put them up 22-6.After another three-and-out forced by the S/C defense, Jarred Mandel completed three passes for 50 yards, the final 10 going to Luepke for another touchdown, and the Rockets (4-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference) had a 29-6 lead after one quarter.“I thought our guys got off to a real good start and overall played really well,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “I thought we were really quick to the edge, and the defense was swarming and hard hitting all night long. It was a very good game.”It was much the same for the Rockets in the second quarter as they scored on all three of their possessions.Miller ran 57 yards for a touchdown, Luepke had a 29-yard touchdown run, and Carson Hildebrandt ran in from 5 yards out to put Spencer/Columbus up 50-6 at halftime.“Our game plan was to outside, and we accomplished that,” Luepke said of the sweep plays that worked all night against the Hornets. “We got quite a bit of touchdowns on those plays. We always love starting quick.”Hayden Bauman finished the scoring for the Rockets with a 55-yard scamper with 4:17 to go in the third quarter.Miller finished with 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just four carries. Luepke added another 118 yards rushing on eight carries and also caught four passes for 87 yards and scored four times.Spencer/Columbus’ defense was just as impressive, forcing two fumbles and holding Colby (4-1, 3-1 Cloverbelt Conference) to just 75 rushing yards on 27 carries.“We are doing a couple of things different (with the sweep play) this year, blocking a little bit differently, so we looked at some film to see the way they (Colby) defended us last year,” Gorst said. “We tried to use our speed. We have that as an asset for us, and we blocked the edge pretty well.”Spencer/Columbus hits the road for its next two games: Sept. 22 at Cadott and Sept. 28 at Eau Claire Regis.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 57, Hornets 14Colby 6 0 8 0 – 14Spencer/Columbus 29 21 7 0 – 57First QuarterSC – Hunter Luepke 3 run (kick missed), 9:10.C – Lucas Bruesewitz 9 pass from Christian Raasch (run failed), 7:27.SC – Luepke 43 run (Jacob Miller run), 7:08.SC – Miller 53 run (Luepke run), 5:19.SC – Luepke 10 pass from Jarred Mandel (Evan Dieringer kick), 2:31.Second QuarterSC – Miller 57 run (Dieringer kick), 7:29.SC – Luepke 29 run (Dieringer kick), 6:58.SC – Carson Hildebrandt 5 run (Dieringer kick), 1:18.Third QuarterC – Gavino Lopez 3 run (Reece Kellnhofer pass from Raasch), 5:55.SC – Hayden Bauman 55 run (Dieringer kick), 4:17.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Colby 7; Spencer/Columbus 12.Rushing (att-yards): C 27-75; SC 31-306.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): C 7-17-127-0; SC 6-11-125-2.Total yards: C 202; SC 431.Penalties (no.-yards): C 7-45; SC 2-16.Fumbles (total-lost): C 2-2; SC 1-0.Punting (no.-avg.): C 6-28.8; SC none.Individual StatisticsRushing: C, Gavino Lopez 8-39, Christian Raasch 5-20, Reece Kellnhofer 6-16, Kane Strassburger 8-0. SC, Jacob Miller 4-138, Hunter Luepke 8-118, Hayden Bauman 1-55, Zach Wheeler-Savoy 2-41, Colton Schillinger 5-26, Carson Hildebrandt 8-16, Will Schlafke 1-6, Bubba Post 1-4, Max McGiveron 1-2.Passing: C, Raasch 7-17-127-0. SC, Jarred Mandel 6-11-125-2.Receiving: C, Nathan Meyer 4-95, Harley Schmelzer 1-12, Alex Schmitt 1-11, Lucas Bruesewitz 1-9. SC, Luepke 4-87, Ethan Meece 1-27, Miller 1-11.Fumble recoveries (defense): SC, Luepke, Logan Zschernitz.Interceptions (defense): C, Meyer, Raasch.Punting: C, Armando Campa Mata 6-28.8. SC, none.Records: Colby 4-1, 3-1 Cloverbelt Conference; Spencer/Columbus 4-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference.last_img read more

Bill-Ability and Salaries

first_imgSome employers are confused about how their exempt employees can maintain exemption status when the company has clients that are billed for labor on an hourly basis.Many employers believe that there’s a problem with paying an exempt employee on an hourly basis. They should have a problem.  Most times it is not permitted.  However, some exempt employees can be paid hourly, believe it or not. Teachers, physicians, lawyers, and computer professionals paid at a certain (high) rate are all examples of exempt employees that can be paid hourly. Yup![I know you knew that, but some readers didn’t, so we have to tell them.]Many of those same employers wonder how in the world they can bill their clients by the hour when their exempt project managers, engineers, analysts, counselors, technical writers, economists, and so on are paid salaries.The answer is easy!Track the hours worked, for billing purposes, not for pay purposes (because you can’t pay a salary on an hourly basis), but pay the salary. It is that simple, really.No, it is not unlawful to do record-keeping of the hours worked for exempt employees. Nothing prohibits an employer from keeping track of hours worked regardless of exemption status. Doing so does not jeopardize the exemption status of a position.Yes, you will still make money, because your hourly rate will build in the fact that you have to pay a salary and benefits to the person filling the role. Some experts say that “G&A” and “FEE” and “OVERHEAD” all ought to be included in the hourly rate billed to the client.A business consultant can help you figure out how to reach that figure.last_img read more