Man Utd sinking fast as Solskjaer flounders

first_img0Shares0000Will time soon be up for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – How far will Manchester United sink? Just two points above the relegation places, the one-time powerhouses of English football are without an away win since March and are enduring their worst start to a league season for 30 years.Old Trafford has witnessed a decline in fortunes since Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013. Under Ferguson, United finished in the top three every year from 1992 until 2013, winning 13 league titles. In the six seasons since, the Red Devils have finished in the top four just twice.But while they kept their heads above water in the immediate aftermath of the Scot’s departure, winning a handful of cups and finishing second under Jose Mourinho, they are now in the middle of a full-blown crisis under beleaguered boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Mourinho, speaking a few weeks after his rancorous departure from Old Trafford last year, spoke about how taking the club to second in the table in 2017/18 was one of his best achievements.Down and out? Manchester United defender Ashley Young is treated during the Premier League football match against Newcastle United © AFP / Paul ELLISEyebrows were raised as Solskjaer oversaw a dramatic turnaround in fortunes during his caretaker spell in charge, but the wheels started to come off towards the end of last season.United’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday left them languishing in 12th spot in the Premier League — an incredible 15 points behind leaders Liverpool after just eight games.Goalkeeper David de Gea apologised to United supporters, saying it was the toughest time he had experienced since moving to Old Trafford in 2011.“It’s difficult to say something. Sorry to the fans, we will keep fighting for sure,” he told Sky Sports. “We will come back but at the moment we are in a difficult situation.”– No goal threat –Marcus Rashford (left) is struggling for form at Manchester United © AFP / Paul ELLISUnited are woefully short of midfield spark and clinical finishers. Just two goals in their past five games is part of a longer-term trend, with Solskjaer’s men scoring more than once in a game just three times in their past 23 matches.The risk in allowing forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to depart to Inter Milan without signing a replacement has massively backfired, with a out-of-sorts Marcus Rashford shouldering the attacking burden alone in the absence of the injured Anthony Martial.Over-reliant on a crop of raw youngsters, Solskjaer pointed to a spate of injuries after the Newcastle defeat but said it was not an excuse for their lame display.United have spent hundreds of millions of pounds under four different managers since Ferguson’s departure and have the highest wage bill in the Premier League, but are still miles behind rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.Former United defender Gary Neville said the club’s hierarchy should take responsibility for the mess, saying they were getting the pain “they deserve” for poor decisions at board level related to recruitment and managerial policy.“They (the club board) have cocked this up over many years,” Neville told Sky Sports. “They’ve cocked it up. They are responsible for this.”Last month executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, himself in the fans’ firing line along with American owners the Glazers, pledged his faith in Solskjaer and the Old Trafford hierarchy will be wary of making yet another managerial change.But since the Norwegian was appointed permanently in late March, United have won just 17 points in 16 Premier league matches, the fourth-worst tally among the 17 ever-present teams in that time.United remain one of the richest and biggest clubs in the world but their lustre is rapidly fading.Liverpool, who dominated English football during the 1970s and 1980s, have taken 30 years to get back to the top.Ferguson famously quipped his biggest challenge at United was to knock Liverpool “off their perch” in his early years in charge.“We are back on our perch, as we famously say,” Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said at a conference last month.Liverpool are flying high after winning their sixth European Cup last season and opening up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Next up for the league leaders is a visit to Old Trafford after the international break with few expecting the gloom over United to be lifted anytime soon.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgHate shopping but still want to look good on that night out? Feel completely clueless about clothes?The solution is Thread.com.Thread.com is an exclusive, invite-only service for men, which gives you a completely free personal shopper or professional stylist.Our stylists have written for GQ & Vogue, and worked with celebrities including Daniel Craig, Jude Law and Kanye West.We’ve teamed up with West London Sport to give one lucky reader the chance to get a free online personal stylist, valued at £150.To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:Who scored the only goal when QPR won at Chelsea last season?E-mail the correct answer to win@westlondonsport.comThe competition is open until 5pm on Friday 16 August.last_img

Paraguay win Women’s World Cup

first_img22 January 2007Paraguay, playing in the Women’s World Cup of Golf for the first time, stunned the other 21 competing countries at Sun City, to win the event by a big seven-shot margin. The United States finished second, with South Korea in third, and South Africa tied for sixteenth.Paraguay has only six golf courses in the entire country, but the tournament rookies made their mark from the opening round of singles, carding a 69 and a 70 to register a tournament record five-under-par for the opening round.Celeste Troche, who has only conditional non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour, fired a three-under 69 over the Gary Player Country Club course, while Julieta Granada, a rising star on the LPGA, went around in 70.Wire-to-wire victoryIn the alternate foursomes, played on Saturday, the Paraguayans posted a 75, before sealing a convincing wire-to-wire victory on Sunday with a seven-under-par 65 in betterball competition. That left them on nine-under-par 279, well clear of the USA, represented by the experienced duo of Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst.“Hopefully this win will boost golf back home in Paraguay and get the young girls interested,” said Granada, who won the LPGA’s season-ending ADT Championship to pocket a record $1-million.Looking back on her experience at Sun City, Granada said: “The people are so good. The crowds were awesome this week. They were cheering us on and they liked our outfits. It was a lot of fun. And the baboons. I liked the baboons. They are all my friends.”‘The whole resort is just amazing’Troche loved her experience at the world-famous resort. She said: “The hotel was fantastic. I’ve never been in a place like that. The whole resort is just amazing.”The USA’s Inkster, a Golf Hall of Fame member, complemented the South Americans on their victory. “Paraguay deserved to win. They played great three days in a row,” she said.The opening day of singles left the Americans in a hole from which they were unable to recover at they turned in rounds of 74 and 75, which left them 10 shots adrift of the Paraguayans. A 70 in the third round, the best score of any team, pulled them back to within five shots of the winners.South Korea secured third-place on 287 after matching the USA with a final round 67. Their third-round performance, a five-over 77, kept them from passing the Americans.Scotland, runners-up at Sun City in 2006, tied for fourth with Italy.Hosts’ struggleHosts South Africa never managed to mount any sort of challenge after a poor opening round in the singles, with Laurette Maritz posting a 77 and Ashleigh Simon a 78. In the alternate foursomes they combined for a 78 before closing strongly with a 66 in the betterball competition.Assessing South Africa’s showing, Laurette Maritz said: “We tried a bit too hard on the first day. We should have just stayed steady. But we really came back on the final day.”South Africa’s 301 tied them for sixteenth with last year’s champions Sweden and Spain.Results 279 – Paraguay (Troche, Granada) 69-70-75-65286 – United States (Hurst, Inkster) 74-75-70-67287 – Korea (Shin, Young) 71-72-77-67289 – Scotland (McKay, Moodie) 69-76-76-68; Italy (Sergas, Zorzi) 72-73-73-71291 – Australia (Wright, Garrett) 72-76-74-69293 – Taiwan (Hung, Ling) 71-79-77-66294 – Wales (Brewerton, Morgan) 74-74-78-68295 – England (Johnson, Davies) 76-78-74-67296 – New Zealand (Brooky, McKinnon) 72-74-77-73; Finland (Kuosa, Hakkarainen) 74-76-72-74297 – Brazil (Hanneman, Iida) 77-77-72-71299 – France (Nocera, Arricau) 78-79-73-69300 – Japan (Ueda, Moromizato) 77-78-78-67; Denmark (Juul, Tinning) 74-75-83-68301 – South Africa (Maritz, Simon) 77-80-78-66; Spain (Elosegui, Sanchez) 77-78-80-66 308; Sweden ( Alfredsson, Koch) 78-79-81-70313 – Germany (Monke, Simon) 72-93-73-75; Norway (Saether, Skarpnord) 80-80-75-78315 – Ireland (Kavanagh, Coakley) 80-80-80-75339 – Kenya (Njoroge, Naliaka) 81-88-91-79last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve’s Boring Detector — Offensive or Misunderstood?

first_imgLet’s discuss the usefulness of the Boring Detector for the up-and-coming editor — as well as how and why it is sometimes ineffective.Earlier this year, during one of Blackmagic’s many exciting announcements (there have been a few), we learned about a new DaVinci Resolve feature called the Boring Detector. Of course, and I guess somewhat warranted because of the name of the tool, there was an initial social media backlash to the announcement. Art is subjective and, outside of distinct edit points and shots, filmed purposely to cut to a reaction. Who’s to say that a shot is too long? Especially when that criticism is coming from a software algorithm. Popular editor Vashi Nedomansky, ACE, who often shares invaluable editing advice (and also runs a blog that offers a variety of excellent Premiere Pro downloads), had a popular reaction to the summer announcement.A humorous example of the Boring Detector’s ineffectiveness.Understandably, I can see why editors were a little enraged. However, I also think the Boring Detector shouldn’t be an issue at all. Resolve isn’t forcing anybody to use the Boring Detector tool, and the tool is only on the cut page. While DaVinci initially presented the page as a way for editors on-the-go to edit quickly, I see it has been adopted more by new users to the platform, or those new to editing in general and find the dedicated editing page too much of a jump into the deep end. Therefore, I don’t see this tool as something editors will use for determining where their film drops off in audience retention. I see it as a tool to help those without proficiency in editing.So, What Does the Detector Do, and How Can You Use It?This is what the Boring Detector would potentially look like.At its core, the Boring Detector will analyze your clips on the timeline (Cut Page only) and inform you of areas that are either too long or too short. So, it’s not necessarily telling you that this particular moment is boring but, instead, that it’s too longspun. And here’s the thing: this is entirely user-defined.On the Cut Page, you can find the Boring Detector button just under the media pool. Upon clicking it, you’ll see two options.To find edits longer than [user defined] seconds.To find edits shorter than [user defined] frames.The analysis is based on the user’s input. It has little to do with the software scanning through your edit to find shots and moments that it thinks is boring. The clips that have been deemed too long will show on the upper timeline as a grey highlight (red for the jump cuts).The subtle gray highlight in the timeline suggests that these clips are too long.Quite simply, that’s all the Boring Detector is. I find it inherently hard to briefly cover a feature or new gear, and often see myself waddling into a word count in the thousands, which really should have been a quick read, but there’s not a lot to say about this function. Resolve will tell you if a shot is too long or too short based on the user’s definition.To some extent, I like to look at it as a formatting assistant, similar to what you find in Final Draft’s scriptwriting software. Now, I have no intention of ever using this feature, and in fact, I’ve hidden the Cut Page from my display, as it’s a Resolve page I have no use for. That said, I can see the benefit of its use for those who are completely new to editing and would like a little help getting started. Perhaps someone new to filmmaking has read in a book that a cut should last no longer than fifteen seconds. Using that information, they can ask Resolve to highlight and receive an on-the-fly analysis of the shots that trail on longer than desired.I think that the icon and the name of the function are too on-the-nose, which obviously sparked the initial negative discourse. But then again, “Shot Length Analyzer” isn’t as engaging.Looking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Glowing Results: Grading Skin Tones in DaVinci ResolveWorking with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci ResolveHow to Make an Object Disappear Using DaVinci ResolveNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Text EffectsHarnessing The Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

Haryana Police bust inter-state ‘degree racket’; 4 private university employees held

first_img‘Degree racket’ busted in Haryana, four arrestedThe Haryana police on Saturday claimed to have busted an inter-State “degree racket” and arrested four men working at a private university in Rajasthan. The accused, who have confessed to their involvement in the scam, sold degrees for graduate and post-graduate courses without a student having to appear in exams, the police said. PTIlast_img

Piece of board halts Metro services for a few minutes

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metro services were disrupted on Friday after piece of a board fell on the track near Rabindra Sadan Metro station. Normal service resumed after a few minutes.”At 4.11 pm, the loco pilot noticed a piece of board on the track. Immediately, he applied the brakes and stopped the train,” spokesperson of Metro Railway Indrani Banerjee told Millennium Post. The train was heading towards Dum Dum. The incident took place between Rabindra Sadan and Netaji Bhawan Metro stations. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWithin minutes after the motorman saw a piece of the board on the track, he informed the Metro officials. Metro Railway officials cut off the power supply immediately and then went to the spot and removed the piece after which the services were restored. According to the passengers, Metro train services were disrupted for more than half-an-hour. Just two days ago, the hand of a passenger who was inside the coach got caught between the doors. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe incident took place at 8.47 am at Netaji Bhavan station in a Dum Dum-bound non-AC train. Meanwhile, the Metro Railway has installed two convex mirrors at the driving motorman’s end on both Up and Down platforms at Park Street Metro station. These mirrors will help the driving motorman to observe any irregularities happening in the platform while closing the Metro rake doors. Ensuring security of the passengers, more CCTVs will be installed at different spots. Kolkata Metro is the first underground Metro railway in India. It extends from Dum Dum near Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport to Kavi Subhash station near Patuli.last_img read more

Why Liam quickly filed for divorce from Miley

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Liam Hemsworth decided to file for divorce from pop singer Miley Cyrus after he saw his estranged wife getting intimate with celebrity blogger Kaitlynn Carter. According to a source, the 29-year-old actor filed for divorce “quickly” because Cyrus was “being so open about her relationship with Kaitlynn”, reports usmagazine.com. “He thought they could work it out, but all those pictures of her and Kaitlynn ended that. Liam comes from a very conservative family and his family was freaked out by it,” the source said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Cyrus and Hemsworth first met in 2009 on the set of “The Last Song”. The two had called off their engagement in 2013, before getting back together in 2015, and then finally getting married in December 2018. The two announced their separation on August 10 this year. The news came hours before photographs surfaced of the “Wrecking Ball” hitmaker making out with Carter in Italy on August 10. Liam cited “irreconcilable differences” when he filed for divorce in Los Angeles on August 21.last_img read more

His Excellency John Freeman sworn in as 14th Governor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 18, 2016 – The fourteenth governor since 1973 was sworn in Monday in Grand Turk and his welcome was both cordial and cautioning… both major party leaders assured the new His Excellency that the people of these islands are ready to support a mutually beneficial relationship, and both informed the Governor that there are some areas ripe for change.From the Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson who spoke first and more extensively, there was talk about the now gone governor, being too soft on the current PNP Administration; she reminded the new Governor that his salary comes from the public purse. Hon Robinson addressed constitutional reform, calling for the Chief Financial Officer to be removed, for the Governor’s House of Assembly appointments to be reduced from two and said that crime is the top concern and the response has not been vigorous enough by the British who head the country’s National Security.The Premier, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing similarly wants the CFO gone, said the UK needs to prove itself honorable and support a bill to make that happen, that there should also be a bill to return the powers of land distribution to elected leaders and a crime strategy and lead appointments should also be managed by those elected to serve.The new Governor is Dr John Freeman and he was complimentary to the islands, adding that he is here as a guardian of our way of life. His wife, Corinna was presented a special bouquet by 7-year-old Maliha Lightbourne of Susanna Wesley Methodist School, from the A company of the Brownies & Girl Guides. HE Dr. John Freeman was sworn in by Chief Justice, Margaret Ramsey-Hale at the now refurbished House of Assembly, NJS Francis Building in the Capital. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Atlantic Medias Quartz Hits 840k Uniques in First Month

first_imgJust over a month after it launched, Atlantic Media’s international business news site Quartz is reporting it attracted just over 800,000 unique visitors in October. Other audience metrics are already tracking similarly to established digital brands in Atlantic Media’s portfolio, a factor that’s hitting an encouraging note for the startup. Traffic expectations for the early days of the site’s performance were based partly on internal analogs like Atlantic Wire (launched in 2009) and Atlantic Cities (launched in 2011) and partly on gut instinct, but publisher Jay Lauf says results handily beat their 500,000 unique visitor benchmark for month one. “There’s some gut guesswork involved,” says Lauf, “but I think in this case we looked at a combination of our understanding of traffic growth on Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities and then the kind of market place Quartz is going after—a defined market of global business leaders. And the fact that we are in a new climate where digital brands can grow quickly if they take advantage of the digital jet stream. Plus, we thought social could really push us to faster growth.” Side-door traffic has so far worked in the site’s favor. Social referrals accounted for 40 percent of Quartz’s traffic in October. By comparison, TheAtlantic.com‘s social referral traffic is in the 30 percent range, a factor that Lauf says bodes well for the so-far less established Quartz. Lauf also believes that high social percentage is what helped drive international traffic—40 percent of October’s uniques were from outside the U.S. That metric was predicted accurately, he says. Launch sponsors were given a 60/40 ratio between domestic and international traffic during the site’s roll-out phase.Thirty percent of Quartz’s traffic came from mobile devices, which again is in line with or higher than other established media properties. Twenty-five percent of The Atlantic’s traffic arrives there via mobile, for example. Despite being built as a mobile-first destination, Lauf says it’s harder to gauge traffic expectations for the platform—”There’s not a huge raft of information on that.”Going forward, Lauf says expectations are to hit 2.5 million to 3 million monthly uniques by the end of next year.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Meet Gurjit Kaur Indian hockeys defensive wall and goalscoring machine

first_imgGurjit Kaur in actionHockey IndiaIt’s hard for any top-level hockey side to succeed without having an efficient penalty-corner specialist. Thankfully for India, the women’s team have found one such player in the form of Gurjit Kaur. The strong Punjabi kudi has been scoring prolifically in the last couple of years and only seems to be getting better. In this exclusive interview with Akshay Saraswat of International Business Times, India, the 23-year old discusses her recent success, team’s challenges and the role of a defender in modern-day hockey. In the FIH Series Finals held in Hiroshima, you were the leading goal-scorer. Was that the biggest achievement of your career?Gurjit: Yes because in this tournament, I scored 11 goals whereas in Asian Games, I had 10. In Asia Cups, I had 8 goals in 2017 edition, 10 in 2018 and 11 in this year’s event. So, yes, this was a big achievement.In earlier days, almost all drag-flickers used to be defenders. But that has changed now. Why was it so earlier?Gurjit: Earlier, people used to prefer defenders because they are generally strong. Even for direct hits, they were the chosen ones. But now every player is playing all over the pitch, so, becoming a drag flicker isn’t that difficult.You mentioned that defenders are generally strong. So, as a defender yourself, do you try to make yourself stronger also, apart from working on your skills?Gurjit: Yes, because if you look at foreign teams, their girls use their body a lot. So, we also have to train in keeping with that style. We also enjoy that a lot. Gurjit Kaur in action against JapanTwitterBut the foreign players do indulge in a lot of body play. We practice in a similar way so that in a match or in a tournament, we don’t have any difficulties.There is training for everything. Whether one is a striker, defender or midfielder, they are all given the right training according to their position and situation.It has been said that there is special emphasis being laid upon the defence of the team by Coach Sjoerd Marijne since the attacking front is anyways good. Do you feel that your team’s defence capabilities have improved in the last one year or so?Gurjit: Definitely, the girls have improved a lot compared to before. Earlier, we weren’t that good but now, have improved a lot. Strikers have also shown a lot of improvement, so have defenders. The whole team has worked a lot on improving their game.In the final of FIH Series Finals, Rani took the penalty corner shot to score the first goal. Who decides and how is it decided which player will take the shot and what kind of shot or variation will be used?Gurjit: The coach decides, when the team meeting takes place, which method to use in penalty corners. Since we had played against Japan earlier as well, so both I and Rani were at the castles. Their focus was on me because I am the drag-flicker and my being in that position convinced them that we would go for the drag-flick. But our coach made a slight change to surprise them and that’s why Rani took the shot.Since your team had lost to Japan in the Asian Games final last year, was there added determination to not let Japan get an opportunity of getting back in the match and keeping things in full control?Gurjit: Certainly, because we had lost to them in the Asian Games. So, there was a little feeling of vengeance inside us, as well as some pressure that we had lost to them earlier so winning this match is very important. We cannot lose to them this time! Our entire team and coaching staff had decided the game plan. So, we had gone in to the match with that and the determination that we have to win. Gurjit celebrates with her teammatesTwitterThere is a new system of penalty shootouts that has come into place in the last few years. Do you also like to participate in them or leave it to the strikers and midfielders?Gurjit: We have special training for it in our camps and only those who are best in it are picked to do the job in matches also. It is not necessary that only the strikers are eligible for selection and defenders are excluded. So, currently, while the training is going on, the coach looks at who are the best and most confident players in that situation. Then only he decides whom to send into the match.Would you personally like to take part in these penalty shootouts?Gurjit: I don’t participate as of now but other members of the team are good and those who have confidence are given the responsibility. I take the penalty strokes. I am confident about them so I am sent for those. But for the 8-second foray, we have good strikers who are sent.Punjab was always known as a great state for hockey. What about the state of women’s hockey in Punjab? How strong is the culture of hockey in Punjab, overall?Gurjit: In recent times, it has weakened considerably. Earlier it used to be very strong but now, there aren’t that many players. Currently, in the junior’s camp also, there are only 2-3 and in seniors also, there are only 2. So, compared to earlier times, the craze for hockey is much less, including among girls.What is the reason for this?Gurjit: The main reasons are, we don’t get good facilities like gym, proper diets, coaching etc. There aren’t enough coaching centres or grounds with astro-turfs. These are the main reasons.Haryana seems to be doing quite well in sports and there seem to be good enough facilities to tap the natural talent there. Do you think Punjab has been left behind in that department?Definitely, because earlier, Punjab also used to have many players, in the girls team as well. But nowadays, there are very few because, while Haryana has a lot of good facilities, turfs, centres and academies, Punjab doesn’t have those things, they are finished. Gurjit receiving top scorer award for the FIH Series Finals in HiroshimaWhat can the government do to revive the culture of hockey in Punjab which you say has been withering away?Gurjit: The government should pay more attention and provide good facilities to the players. Then only players, especially young ones can come out and play. There should be grounds and astro-turf based grounds. Good, nutritious food should be available. All these facilities should be provided so that young players feel like coming out to play.How did you get involved with hockey?Gurjit: I was in school at the time. In 2006, I was living in the hostel of Kairon School in Amritsar. That’s where I started playing hockey. But I wasn’t serious at the time and didn’t know anything about hockey then. We had gone there just to study.Then, slowly, slowly, I kept developing as a hockey player. I was in 12th standard in 2012 when, for the first time, I was selected for the Indian junior team camp. I remained in the junior camp for some time and after that, got selected for the senior camp in 2014. My first tour was also with the senior team, in 2014. In 2016, I was left out, then returned in 2017. Since then, I have continuously been in the team.How and when did you become a defender?Gurjit: I used to play in all positions. In the camp, they played and assessed players’ skills at all positions. When the coaches feel that you can play best at a certain position, they assign it to you. The same thing happened with me. After I was tried at different positions in the field, the coaches felt I could play well in defence and I was made into a defender.What are the expectations of your current coach from you and the defenders in general? Are you lot expected to assist in attacking as well apart from doing your usual defensive work?Gurjit: When the team goes into attack, the whole team has to go into attack. It can’t be that only the attackers and midfielders go forward and the defenders just stand behind. So, we also go ahead to support them. Similarly, strikers also move back to help the defenders. The whole team helps each other out. The entire team moves up and down.But if your team is leading by 2-3 goals and very little time is remaining, would you then be expected to stay behind just in case there is a counter-attack?Gurjit: No, in that situation, our goal is to hold on to the ball as long as possible. We have almost won but that doesn’t mean that we have to play completely defensively in our own half. We will attack and still press high. If we pull back, it will increase the pressure on us. If we have the ball, then, how do we hold on to it and how do we give it to the strikers so that more goals can be scored, that’s what we try.last_img read more