Arsenal target first European final in 12 years as they host Atletico Madrid in Europa League

first_img Tags: europa league Olympique Marseille vs Red Bull SalzburgStade Velodrome, MarseillleThursday, 24-04-2018 @10:05pmReferee: William Collum (Sco).Marseille battle Red Bull Salzburg for a place the Europa League final after meeting for the first time in this season’s group stage.  The Austrians managed to pick four points when they met Marseille in the group stage winning 1-0 at home before a goal-less stalemate at the Stade Vélodrome.Marseille and Salzburg met in the group stages this seasonExperienced goal-keeper Steve Mandanda and young defender Boubacar Kamara are the players on the sidelines for the Olympians. The hardworking Hiroki Sakai suffered a knock in the first leg tie against RB Leipzig and he is also expected to miss out.For the Austrians, Diadie Samassekou is available for selection after serving his one match suspension. Therefore, Salzburg manager Marco Rose has a full-fit squad at his disposal.Both teams were part of memorable comebacks in the quarter finals. Marseille overturned a 1-0 defeat at Leipzig with a thumping 5-2 home win while Salzburg knocked out Lazio with a 4-1 home win after a 4-2 loss in Rome. Marseille are unbeaten at home in this season’s Europa League carrying over from the qualification stages. They won 7 of their 8 games at the Vélodrome and the only team to deny them a victory is their semifinal opponent. Salzburg have a decent away record in this season’s Europa League. They were unbeaten until the defeat at Lazio with 3 wins and 3 draws from the previous 6 games. The important point is that they scored 2 goals in the three away knockout games.Marseille’s record against Austrian clubs is 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses from six matches. At home, they are unbeaten with a win and 2 draws. Salzburg’s record against French sides is 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses from six games. They won, drew and lost 1 each from 3 outings on French soil.Rudi Garcia has seen an improvement in results at the French club since the turn of the yearSalzburg will know that the win and draw in the groups against Marseille counts for nothing at this stage and when you look at how Rudi Garcia’s men have improved since last year, it will be difficult to stop them especially in the first leg at the Velodrome.Prediction: Marseille to win by two more clear goals.Comments Arsene Wenger hopes to end his Arsenal reign with a European trophyArsenal vs Atletico MadridEmirates Stadium, LondonThursday, 24-04-2018 @10:05pmReferee: Clement Turpin (Fra).Arsenal will head into their first ever meeting with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid hoping that they can make it to a seventh European final and one which is most certainly the last under the stewardship of legendary manager Arsene Wenger. If they can get passed the team from Madrid, Wenger will have led the Gunners into a third final on the continent despite losing all the first two.Arsenal are appearing in their eighth European semi-final – they have progressed from six of the previous seven, only failing to reach the final in 2008-09 in the Champions League when they lost to Manchester United.The Gunners have Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech available after they all missed Sunday’s 4-1 win against West Ham United in the league. Santi Cazorla, Muhammad Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan remain out for Arsene Wenger’s men.  Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible for Arsenal, having played for Dortmund earlier Europe.Mesut Ozil is one of three Arsenal first team players returning from injuryFor Atletico Madrid, their striker  Striker Diego Costa has been named in a 20-man squad for the trip despite boss Diego Simeone saying at the weekend that the Spain forward had no chance of being fit for the game at Emirates Stadium because of a hamstring injury.  Full-back Juanfran will miss Thursday’s game because of  injury.Having announced he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, the Europa League is Wenger’s final chance to win a major trophy at the club and he will face his 125th different opponent as Arsenal boss – he has only lost his first match against 10 of the previous 124. Arsenal have scored 29 goals in the Europa League this season, more than any other side. In only one previous European campaign have the Gunners scored more, netting 30 in 1999-2000 when they competed in both the Champions League and the Uefa Cup. Atletico Madrid have scored 15 goals in their six Europa League games this season, giving them the best goals-per-game average in the competition (2.5). Diego Simeone is yet to lose an away European match in England as Atletico manager (W1 D2), with one win and a draw against Chelsea and a draw with Leicester City.The Arsenal players will be licking their lips about the prospect of giving Wenger a perfect send off and will fancy their chances against an Atletico Madrid side that very much looks a shadow of a force they were a couple of seasons ago. At the Emirates, Arsenal can very much topple any oppositions and i think they will defeat Diego Simone’s men.Prediction: Arsenal to win but with a slim margin.last_img read more

As hostile environment awaits, is C.J. Beathard ready for prime time?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Quarterback C.J. Beathard started his first game on the road as a professional almost 12 months ago when the 49ers visited arguably the most hostile environment in the NFL — Lincoln Financial Field — to face the Philadelphia Eagles.Beathard came away battered and bruised, as the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles intercepted him twice and sacked him four times in a 33-10 drubbing of the 49ers before nearly 70,000 fans.Now a veteran of all of two NFL road starts, Beathard can …last_img

Virtual field trips add a new twist to an educational staple

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is taking a new look at an old elementary school staple — field trips.There is certainly no shortage of school students interested in taking a field trip to a modern livestock farm but logistics, costs and biosecurity issues make this important educational tool and valuable agricultural outreach effort increasingly impractical. To address this challenge, the Ohio Pork Council has harnessed technology to develop a unique opportunity for teachers and students to participate in a live video-chat with farmers. Using Google Hangouts video chat technology, hog farmers can take students inside their barns and showcase the inner workings of modern production facilities and a variety of aspects of raising pigs from pregnancy through birth to market weight.“We’ve established a way to open up our hog barns in the state of Ohio and make a connection with folks who may not be able to get out to farms to see where their food comes from. Elementary school classrooms are able to connect live with a farmer virtually and see what goes on in his or her hog farm,” said Quinton Keeran, with the Ohio Pork Council. “We are now kicking off this year’s field trips and are hoping to expand this as far as we can. The program was very well received last year. We are planning to add more farmers and we want to broaden beyond elementary schools. We are going to open this up to high school classes, specifically FFA and vo-ag classes. We are also considering opening this opportunity to the general public.”Each virtual tour can be shaped by the teacher in the classroom to address the curriculum that is currently being covered.“This program is unique because we have worked with educators to specifically tailor our messaging to points in curriculum that teachers will be working on,” Keeran said. “We have had several teachers using this in different areas of the curriculum. Some teachers have used this for science, social studies, and economics. The teacher can take this experience and tailor it to the curriculum they are working on.”While the hog farmers are quite adept talking about their farms, there is some important training needed to get them up to speed on the technology required for the effort.“Our farmers are very good at what they do, but they may not always be carrying an I-pad and headphones. We had to work with some of the individual farmers that decided to be a part of this to train them on the technology to be able to really provide a nice positive experience for the students that participate in this live video chat,” Keeran said. “Right now we have three farmers participating. We have done some simulations and test runs of these Google Hangouts to try and figure out what equipment works best in their barns. We’ve provided them with some wireless capability to really be able to enhance the experience.”Farm Credit of Mid-America has been an important supporter of the project with the Ohio Pork Council.“We are very excited about the opportunity we have been given to enhance the virtual field trip program through support from Farm Credit Mid-America that will continue to grow that project and reach more classrooms within the state of Ohio,” Keeran said.One of the farmers participating in the virtual field trips is Neil Rhonemus who farms in Highland and Clinton counties and raises contract hogs for the Heimerl family.“We have two wean-to-finish barns. We get the pigs when they are 21 days old and 12 pounds and we take them to finish weight. They are all gilts,” Rhonemus said. “They are marketed by the Pig Improvement Company. We have shipped pigs all over the U.S. and Mexico and to China. We only have 60 acres of crops so we depend on our neighbors to use the manure from our barns.”One of the farmers participating in the virtual field trips is Neil Rhonemus who farms in Highland and Clinton counties and raises contract hogs.Rhonemus welcomes the opportunity to share his farm with students around Ohio.“Less than 2% of our population farms and less than 1% actually takes care of livestock. We need to get our story across to the general public so they know what we are doing before somebody makes it up for us,” he said. “So far I have talked to second and third graders and I am going to be talking to some FFA students — I expect a whole different set of questions from them. I explain that pork is meat we get from a hog. It is necessary for us to respect our animals and treat them humanely and, if we eat meat, it is also necessary that we raise animals. I was asked once where the baby pigs come from and I said, ‘They come on a trailer’ which is true. That is how I get them. You have to expect those kinds of questions will come up. Handling the questions from the kids is fun because you never know what to expect when they start talking. You really have to be on your toes. It has been a really good experience for me and I am looking forward to doing more.”He has found that the students are really interested in what is happening on the farm.“I’m never surprised about the lack of knowledge about what we do that is out there. I have been surprised about their curiosity, though. These students really want to know about what we do and they want to learn. It is awesome to be involved in,” he said. “One of our teachers was a neighbor not too far from one of our facilities and she initiated some really good questions. I really look forward to those questions from the adults as well. It is really cool and it is exciting to be involved with something like this.”Rhonemus said that there was a learning curve with the technology involved and the process is not as simple as just turning on an I-pad.“It wasn’t too bad really once we got the equipment working and got a feel for how things flow. I have an I-pad with headphones to cancel out the noise so I can hear and I have a portable receiver for our Internet,” he said. “Once we are connected we take a tour of the building to show them what is going on then I can field questions from the students. We have a moderator involved so there is a technician involved to handle the equipment. This is a coordinated effort from several people. “The effort, though, is viewed as worthwhile for everyone involved. The teachers have expressed appreciation for the chance to add a unique teaching tool in the classrooms and the students gain valuable insight into how their food is produced straight from the source that best knows the real answers to their questions — the farmer.The students always enjoy seeing baby pigs.last_img read more

Zoho Creator Gives Google Apps Users the Ability to Build Their Own Apps

first_imgTags:#cloud#saas klint finley Universal Navigation: Once Zoho Creator is installed in any Google Apps domain, users can access it right from the universal navigation bar in Google Apps.Google Apps Users Field: Users in a Google Apps domain, can be added as one of the fields in Zoho Creator forms. This field provides a choice between the username and the email id to be displayed in the form.Email data: Google Apps users can now add data to Zoho Creator forms by emailing the details to a custom google e-mail id.Upload from Google Docs: Google Apps users can upload documents into their applications from their Google Docs account.Collaboration: Google Apps domain admins can share their application with the users in their domain or with their Google Apps user groups.Here’s a video that explains a bit more about it: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today Zoho announced Zoho Creator for Google Apps, bringing it total number Google Apps Marketplace offerings to 11 and making it the largest vendor in the marketplace. But more importantly, it is bringing Google Apps users an easy way to build simple applications on top of both the Zoho and Google platforms. There are limitations: “Currently, there is no option to directly publish Zoho Creator apps within a Google Apps domain,” says Zoho evangelist Raju Vegesna. “Google said they will look into this idea.” However, Google Apps admins will be able to share apps with users within the domain.According to Zoho, these are the features of the integration: Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Zoho Creator provides a drag-and-drop interface for building form-driven applications. Users can also import Microsoft Access database applications. Users can then share their creations through the Zoho Marketplace.last_img read more

Manju Verma withdraws bail petition

first_imgFormer Bihar Minister Manju Verma, who had stepped down in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal, on Thursday withdrew her bail plea from the Supreme Court saying she has already surrendered before a court. A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Kurian Joseph and S.K. Kaul allowed Ms.Verma’s counsel to withdraw the petition after he submitted that the former Minister had already surrendered before a court in Begusarai and the pre-arrest bail plea has become infructous. On November 22, Ms.Verma was remanded to one-day police custody by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Majhaul Sub-Division, Prabhat Trivedi. She was evading arrest in an Arms Act case.last_img

Sourav Ganguly at Youth Summit: “I want to coach Indian team”

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has said on Saturday that he would like to be the coach of the Indian team, if such an opportunity comes his way. “Though it’s not my immediate goal, I will like to coach the national team. It will be a great honour,” Ganguly said on Saturday while addressing the India Today Youth Summit in Delhi. He will, however, like to do things differently from former India coach Greg Chappell because of which he had to lose his captaincy and later his place in the team. “I think the captain is the boss of the team, the coach should remain backstage,” he said.In the session Going For Broke chaired by Headlines Today Executive Editor Rahul Kanwal, Ganguly said his coaching will revolve around five central rules: friendly relations with media, no use of media to sideline a player, being honest with players, work with the players, gaining their confidence and staying at the backstage. On being asked what keeps him going, the Bengal Tiger said that the love for the game inspired him to make several comebacks. “After I was dropped from the team in 2006, even my father thought I would not get any chance. But I had faith in myself. I still get high when I score runs,” he said. He admitted cricket was not his first choice. Like most Bengali teenagers, his first love was football. But injuries forced him to give up football and he turned to the game he would rule when he was in Class IX. “My elder brother played cricket, so I started going out with him to play. That’s how it began,” said Ganguly. He also said that his cricketing journey, filled with so many ups and downs, has moulded his character. It has taught him that winning was not always everything. “Of course people expect you to win every time, and you can’t move ahead if you don’t deliver, but the most important part is the amount of struggle you go through to achieve your goal.” he said, “There are more bad days in sports than good ones. But people remember the good days only.” He said that failures have made him a better person. On being asked how it felt to sit out of the team, Ganguly said that it was like a punch to his face. “When I was out of the team, the newspapers made me feel like everything I had done for Team India was wrong. Then I got picked up after six months and suddenly people said there was none better than me. That’s when I realised winning is not everything,” he said adding that “it’s not important how many times you fall, but how you get up every time”. He advised youngsters not to worry much about winning as that adds pressure.  “If you are honest to you profession, some day you will surely win.” The southpaw also praised the efforts of boxer Mary Kom who despite several hardships and obstacles has brought glory to the country by becoming World Woman Boxing Champion five times in a row. The most successful Indian captain ever, Ganguly attributed his success to his teammates. “A team-mate is as good as his team. I had so many talented players in the team and they delivered. We must remember cricket is a team game.” Among all the captains he played under he singles out Tendulkar as the best. “Everyone, including my father, points to Tendulkar’s captaincy record when I say this, but I really blossomed as a cricketer under Sachin,” he said. Ganguly, who opened in ODIs with Tendulkar, said that he considered the 60-plus partnerships with the master blaster as the most memorable in his career. “After we lost to Australia in the World Cup 2003, there was a huge public reaction against our dismal performance. Our next match was against Zimbabwe and I was very tense. Tendulkar came up to me and said that it was the most crucial game of his life and we must win it. It was a small partnership, but it changed our course in the World Cup and we reached the final,” he said. On being asked if he could do something differently in the 2003 World Cup final, he said, “I wish we could bowl better. Every time I asked Zaheer to bowl a particular delivery, he did the opposite.” He also admitted that his tactic of keeping former Australian captain Steve Waugh waiting for him during the toss was a deliberate one. “It was my way of being at the same level as they were.” He also recounted his encounter with Steve Waugh the very next year at Brisbane where Waugh had asked him, “Could you be on time for the toss this time?” “Only if you stop writing,” replied Ganguly. Clearly in a mood to interact with the youngsters present at the summit, Ganguly was at his wittiest best. “Was hitting sixes against leg spinners your success mantra,” asked one delegate to which Ganguly replied, “It was my way of venting out my frustration after facing the fire from the Pollocks and Bret Lees.” On being asked how he had felt after taking off his shirt at the Lord balcony after India had won the NatWest series against England, he said, “I felt cold as it was very cold in London.” He also said that he might take off his shirt again if Kolkata Knight Riders win the IPL. Ganguly believes that Indian cricketers are not involved in match-fixing. He however refused to agree that it’s not about Pakistani players only. “The bookies know who to approach. They observe the players, their behaviours and how they speak to the press or on TV.” On being asked how he dealt with the match fixing crisis after he took over the reigns of Team India in 2000, he said, “Almost all the players were new. So we made a fresh beginning. We did not talk about it. I did not have to deal with it much.” Ganguly also sees no wrong in politicians managing sports. “If their intentions are right, anyone can manage sports. But it’s better if administration is managed by politicians and the sports aspect by players,” he said. The former India captain believes that the Commonwealth Games in India will pass off successfully. “India has the huge ability of surviving disasters. It’s not okay to blame one person for what is happening. If it fails, all are to be blamed.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more