by: Anthony DemangoneEarlier this week, it was announced that ESPN will become be available via streaming. The development eliminates another reason to pay for an expensive bundle of television stations via a cable subscription.For years, consumers have complained about skyrocketing cable bills, poor customer service, and having to pay for channels that they never watch. But what could we do?Now we can do plenty.This shouldn’t surprise you, though.For years, hotel chains could charge you outrageous fees to make telephone calls from the room. But what could you do? Enter the cell phone.A while ago, I wrote about how techology destroyed India’s telegram offices. In the 1980s, there were 44,000 telegram offices. Today, there are none. Twenty years ago, it was tough to grab a good bite to eat on a road trip. Any exit was a risk, taking you from your planned route. It was a huge unknown as to where you might eat, and whether the restaurant was good. Usually, you’d exit where you saw a bright neon sign of a national chain. You knew it wouldn’t be fine dining, but at least you knew where it was and what you were getting. Now, GPS devices allow drivers to fearlessly explore new areas. And applications such as Yelp allow you to find wonderful restaurants based on peer reviews. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Luke Shaw has reiterated his long-term commitment to Southampton amid reported interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. United and Chelsea are being regularly linked but the teenage left-back insists his future remains on the south coast. “I don’t really take notice of things that are written about me – it is frustrating at times, but I just laugh it off,” Shaw told Southampton’s official matchday magazine. “They (the media) don’t know anything because they aren’t around the training ground and in the dressing room with me. “They should know that I’ve signed a contract at Southampton and I’m not even thinking about moving. “I am happy at Southampton because I’m playing football, which is exactly what I want to be doing. “There are a lot of people out there that like to twist things – especially on social media – but I’ve said a lot of times that I am happy here, so I’ll just carry on. “I think people are starting to realise what sort of a club Southampton is. We are young and ambitious, and we want to go places in the next couple of years.” The 18-year-old academy graduate is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League and has been tipped as a future England international. Shaw’s growing profile has seen speculation mount over his future, despite the England Under-21 international penning a five-year deal at St Mary’s in the summer. Press Association
After the USC women’s basketball team captured the nation’s attention with its incredible Pac-12 championship run last weekend, first-year head coach Andy Enfield and his men’s basketball team had their sights set on replicating the women’s performance. The 12th-seeded Trojans kicked off their Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas in a first-round matchup with the fifth-seeded Colorado Buffaloes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, but ultimately lost, 59-56.Bowing out · Junior guard Byron Wesley scored a game-high 23 points in USC’s loss to Colorado, which knocked USC out of the Pac-12 Tournament. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (11-21, 2-16) entered the contest with just two wins since January, and two losses to the Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8). In the first meeting between the teams in Boulder, the Buffaloes trampled the Trojans 83-62. The second meeting showed a different score, but the same result. USC suffered a tight 83-74 loss in front of the Trojan faithful at the Galen Center in mid-February.On Wednesday, USC surprised the Buffaloes early, jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead at the hand of senior center Omar Oraby’s spinning post moves. But this advantage was quickly erased after a number of missed open looks.Despite Enfield’s deep rotation with his bench, Oraby and junior guard Byron Wesley accounted for 16 of the first 18 Trojan points — eight points each — as Colorado climbed ahead to a 23-18 lead nearing the end of the first half.As Colorado fans began to make their presence heard, senior guard J.T. Terrell swung momentum back into USC’s favor with a deep three-pointer. But a circus-shot layup by Wesley was off-target, ,leading to an uncontested Colorado alley-oop.Coming out of the locker room at halftime trailing 29-27, the Trojans did not lose any intensity in the second half as they seemed to several times earlier in the season.Through great interior defensive play by the entire USC squad, the Cardinal and Gold were temporarily able to hold onto control. When the team got in foul trouble, however, Enfield was forced to take defensive dominator Oraby out. Oraby picked up his fourth personal foul with seven minutes to go in the game.“I was just trying to be physical with them and push them out, not letting them catch the ball deep,” Oraby said. “At the end, I got into foul trouble so I was trying to stay out of foul trouble and stay in the game.”During his absence, the Trojans failed to convert a field goal for almost six minutes until Wesley once again absorbed contact at the rim and flushed in a difficult lay-up to close the gap to six points.“We have to make open shots, and sometimes we’d go into stretches where we just missed wide open threes or we missed two transition lay-ups and a paint touch, so that’s the frustrating part,” Enfield said. “Our guys get frustrated because they know they’re playing pretty well, they just don’t make the shot. That’s what happened tonight.”With under a minute to play, Wesley drove to the basket and finished inside, cutting the Colorado lead to three.With 47 ticks remaining on the clock and in the Trojans’ season, Enfield commanded his team not to foul.As the shot clock was about to expire, Colorado’s Xavier Talton launched an off-balance three that ricocheted off the right side of the rim. Frantically chasing after it, teammate Askia Booker claimed control of the offensive rebound. Falling out of bounds, Booker bounced the ball off of USC freshman guard Julian Jacobs’ leg, retaining possession for the Buffaloes with 11 seconds in regulation.After a quick timeout, Colorado’s Josh Scott appeared to have an easy layup to seal the victory, but Jacobs, looking to make up for his previous mistake, had a different plan. The 6-foot-3 Las Vegas native met Scott at the rim, denying his shot off the glass. After a scuffle on the floor, the Trojans gained control of the ball.Senior guard Pe’Shon Howard led the transition, dishing out a pretty pass to the hot-handed Wesley. Catching the ball in stride, Wesley released the ball as the final horn sounded. The game-tying shot fell just short, hitting off the front of the rim.“Byron made every play that we needed from him the whole game, so I figured, ‘Why not let him finish it up?’ He had a running start,” Howard said. “It was a deep shot, but I thought it was good when it left his hand.”Wesley finished the game with 23 points in 37 minutes, while Colorado’s Booker posted 21 in as many minutes.Despite a disappointing final record, Enfield is pleased with his team’s performance this season and optimistic about the program’s future.“I’m very appreciative of how hard the seniors that will not be here next year worked,” Enfield said. “They’ll have some great opportunities in a variety of different things, whether it’s to continue their basketball career or in the business world. But for those returning and for those recruits coming in, we’re very, very excited.”
Now Newell and the next eight players on the leaderboard will make up teams at the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the European Challenge Tour, on Wednesday, 6 September. Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dream Given the circumstances he decided to go for it and was rewarded with a two-putt birdie. Shortly afterwards he chipped in for a birdie two and his round was back on track. The other qualifiers are: Jacob Scargill (Hanging Heaton, Yorkshire) Neill Jonas (Tilgate Forest, Sussex), Kevin Madden (Walmley, Warwickshire), Michael Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire), Giles Puckle (Clandon Regis, Surrey), Sam Storey (Windlesham, Surrey), Barrie Harding (West Byfleet, Surrey) and Neil Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire). Click here for full scores Today’s round did not start as planned. After three holes the 11-handicapper was five over par and “spraying the ball all over the place.” The turning point was the par five fourth, where Newell hammered a drive down the middle, leaving himself 220 yards to the pin. “I was really, really hoping to make the top nine and squeak through, but to actually win is off the scale,” added Newell. The 42-year-old tax consultant is an avid golfer and was highly motivated by the opportunities of the Chase Your Dream Trophy. “I liked the title of the trophy and when I saw the ultimate goal was to play in the pro-am of the British Masters, I just had to have a go.” 15 Aug 2017 Newell chases his dream with Trophy win He scored net 69 – three-under par – on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, where the final was played as part of England Golf Week, the annual celebration of the handicap game. They’ll be joined by nine players from the women’s final, which will be played on Friday, and the best of these teams will play with a star of the European Tour at the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, on Wednesday, 27 September. Buckinghamshire’s John Newell made his dreams come true today when he was crowned England’s male handicap golfer of the year – and kept alive his hopes of a date with a star of the European Tour. “This is absolutely crazy, I can’t believe I have actually managed to win,” said Newell, the vice-captain at Hazlemere Golf Club, after his one-shot victory in the men’s final of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy.
Two England teams will challenge for the Nations Cup at this weekend’s Welsh women’s open championship at Aberdovey.Lily May Humphreys (pictured) and Sophie Lamb, who have both been selected for the GB&I Curtis Cup team, will be joined by Georgia Price in a team drawn from the England Golf women’s squad.Thalia Kirby, Martha Lewis and Hannah Screen make up the second team and are all members of the England Golf girls’ squad.The 54-hole championship starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday. The Nations Cup will be decided by the best two scores from three in each round.Humphreys will be looking to add this championship to the Scottish women’s open, which she won last month and holds alongside English, British, European and US titles. Lamb was the low amateur at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open and a past winner of the British stroke play title. Price returns consistently high finishes.The three girls are all looking for a big win after coming very close last season. Lewis was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship, Kirby was in a play-off in the English U16 girls’ championship and Screen was runner up in the women’s British stroke play and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.Team 1Lily-May Humphreys, 16, Stoke by Nayland, EssexSophie Lamb, 20, Clitheroe, LancashireGeorgia Price, 24, Bude & North CornwallTeam 2Thalia Kirby, 17, Stoke Park, BuckinghamshireMartha Lewis, 18, St George’s Hill, SurreyHannah Screen, 18, Berkhamsted, HertfordshireImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Aberdovey, Nations Cup, Welsh, Women 3 May 2018 Two teams to challenge in Welsh women’s championship
Sinn Fein has commended the swift action taken by Donegal County Council to tackle the illegal dumping at the Ross road in Bundoran.Local Town Councillor Diarmuid Doherty said the erection of warning signs was a vital step in twarting illegal dumpers in the area. “I would like to commend Donegal County Council for the quick response to this issue.“Just two days after I called for action last week, council work men removed the illegal dumped materials and erected no dumping signage and CCTV cameras.“It is great to see the waste removed and the area restored to its natural beauty. I would call on communities to highlight the problem of illegal dumping to the County Council wherever it occurs and try to eliminate the problem all together,” he said. COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON ILLEGAL DUMPING IN BUNDORAN was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake She invites them all up to the 12th floor, where she lives in one of the apartments, to enjoy a big holiday feast that she’s prepared. Folding tables stretch down the hallway, laden with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. And after the party, everyone heads back to their apartment with a plate of food for Christmas Day. The dinner set her back $500 last year – and even more this year – but who cares, the housekeeper of Fickett Towers says. What’s a few hundred dollars when you’re putting a spring in the step of a hundred low-income seniors, and making them feel the Christmas spirit again? “There’s a lot of love in this building, honey,” resident Doris Ewing said Friday, riding the elevator up from her fourth-floor apartment where she’s lived for 17 years. “And that woman up on the 12th floor is responsible for a lot of it.” — A few weeks before Christmas, Stephanie posts the invitations on the lobby bulletin board in three languages – English, Spanish and Korean. It could be more. Fickett Towers – built in 1973 by the late physician Harold Fickett, and now owned by Shepherd of the Hills Church in Northridge – is a United Nations of residents. There are Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Chinese, Armenian, Italian and Latino residents living there, in addition to African-American and Caucasian. The housekeeper of Fickett Towers noticed seven years ago that many had families who paid them regular visits, but many did not. “Their children just stuck them in here and forget about them,” Stephanie said, getting ready to put a 23-pound turkey into the oven. “It was so sad to see, especially around the holidays. They’d sit in their apartments waiting for someone to visit, but they never came. “That’s when I decided if their families weren’t going to bring them Christmas, I would.” She started by decorating her own apartment, and inviting all the residents up for a visit. When her apartment got too crowded, she took over the hallway. A couple of years ago, she added dinner. “When you step out of the elevator on the 12th floor, it’s like you’re stepping into the middle of Christmas,” said resident Dorothy Istanbulian, who’s been living on the 11th floor for the last six years with her husband, Sarkis. “Every inch is covered in tinsel, tiny lights, candy canes, and Christmas trees. It reminded a lot of us of our old homes – warm and happy. “I’m not sure Stephanie knew how much joy she was putting in so many hearts here.” She understood, the housekeeper says. When the holidays were over that first year, she could see the change in people’s eyes as they passed her in the hallways. They weren’t just saying good morning to the housekeeper anymore. They were saying good morning to someone with whom they’d developed a bond. “Over the years, I’ve become the daughter a lot of them never had – or never see,” Stephanie said as the elevator door opened, and two longtime residents stepped out to enjoy a little Christmas on the 12th floor. Hanh Tran from Vietnam has lived in Fickett Towers for 20 years; her friend, Bertha Chu from China, for 13 years. The two women wanted to know if there was anything they could bring to help Stephanie with Christmas Eve dinner this year. No, the housekeeper of Fickett Towers said. It’s on me. — Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It takes some magic and a lot of love to do what the Fickett Towers housekeeper does every December – transform a 199-unit, federally subsidized apartment complex for 300 low-income seniors in Van Nuys into a home for the holidays. On her own time – after she has vacuumed the hallways, washed the walls and cleaned the vacant apartments to get them ready for new tenants – Stephanie Martin turns the top floor into a winter wonderland for every resident to share and enjoy. Because it’s a horrible thing, she says, for anyone to be alone during the holidays. On Christmas Eve – a night she knows many of the residents sit in their apartments waiting for visitors who never seem to arrive – Stephanie comes.
SAN FRANCISCO — Rookie center Alen Smailagic is practicing with the Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz and could play as soon as Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday.Smailagic, the No. 39 pick in June’s draft, sprained his right ankle on the second day of training camp and has slowly progressed out of a walking boot and onto the court. After a few rehab workouts in Santa Cruz and Golden State, last week he began accelerated basketball activities before participating in …
Marcelo insists Real Madrid’s players are “with the coach to the death” after a shock home defeat to Levante increased the pressure on Julen Lopetegui.Los Blancos saw their winless run extended to five games as they lost at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, during which they almost set a new record for the longest goalless run in the club’s illustrious history.Defender Marcelo finally ended the barren stretch at 481 minutes when he found the net with a right-footed shot in the second half, though Levante held on to clinch a famous 2-1 triumph in the Spanish capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The result – coming after back-to-back defeats to CSKA Moscow and Deportivo Alaves prior to the international break – leaves Lopetegui facing an uncertain future in his job, though Marcelo feels media speculation over the manager’s future is unfair.”We’re with the coach to the death,” the Brazil international said after the game.”He tells us things very clearly. He has a really good relationship with us. It’s unfair, as you were with [former boss Rafael] Benitez. I don’t like it when the coach isn’t allowed to work.”It’s very unfair. The journalists, when they ask, form an opinion. We’re worried, the pressure of playing at Madrid is tremendous.”We have to show our faces on the pitch and in front of the cameras. We’re not afraid, but we’re worried.”The visitors led 2-0 inside 13 minutes, Jose Luis Morales opening the scoring before Roger Marti converted a penalty, while they had a third disallowed before the break for offside.Lopetegui sent on Gareth Bale at half-time, but, despite incessant late pressure from the hosts, Madrid were unable to get back on level terms.”We’ve done great things. The ball didn’t want to go in. The boss wants to regain confidence. We had 33 shots and not one ball went in,” Marcelo said of the game.”We have to hold our heads high to come back to winning games.”Levante didn’t do much. They took advantage of four mistakes and at the start we tried to draw the game, at least. We finished the game dead, because we left everything on the pitch.”