It must be a boy thing. I like high-speed cars as much as I like high-speed trains. I love looking at the extraordinary, beautiful cars in a Ferrari showroom and dreaming about driving them like Lewis Hamilton around Italian mountain passes.But life isn’t like that. Driving mostly seems to involve crawling around crowded town centres, full of buses and taxis and delivery vehicles and children haphazardly crossing the road on the way to school. Or trying not to switch off completely as you enter the nineteenth consecutive mile of roadworks on the M1 on cruise control. In a Ford S-Max. With two children in the back asking “are we nearly there yet?” while trying to inflict mortal damage on each other.”Which is why I find it astonishing that when I start to wax lyrical about a future of autonomous vehicles so many of those I talk to seem to think it sounds as socially unacceptable as inviting bids to look after your children on Ebay. According to a recent YouGov survey 46% of UK adults would be prepared to travel in an autonomous vehicle but 39% have yet to be convinced. I get told that driving is an icon of the human attainment of freedom, and therefore to hand over the wheel to a computer is to reduce us back to slavery. And then I get told that the computer either of its own coding error or cyber-attack will cause a multiple car pile up on the M6. As if that doesn’t happen already by the incompetence of humans.Autonomous vehicles offer potentially huge benefits in terms of safety, environmental impact and mobility for the disabled and elderlyIn December Arup produced The Future of Highways, a wonderful booklet capturing a series of case studies of how technology could transform the experience of transport on our roads. I read the case studies to my children, Pippa and Tom, and found them far more open to this future than many adults. They seem to think that being able to summon a car that will drive itself to your door in the morning and take you wherever you want to go while you read Asterix is a better use of life than having your hands on the wheel and your eyes glued to the bumper ahead for two hours each day.And autonomous vehicles offer potentially huge benefits in terms of safety, environmental impact and mobility for the disabled and elderly.So let us assume that the pace of technology and the economic and lifestyle benefits lead us in short order towards a world of autonomous vehicles. What does that mean for the construction industry?First and most obviously it has potential impact on the demand for road building. There is a fervent debate about how much capacity benefit may accrue from cars which can be convoyed at a fixed distance from each other on our motorways, but it seems likely that there should be some significant improvement particularly with smarter junction control. The nature of road surfaces may change, for example to embed induction charging or solar panels. And road surfaces should presumably wear more slowly and evenly when the braking, acceleration and positioning of vehicles on the road can be controlled.Second, it opens up interesting opportunities in the logistics of the industry. Autonomous vehicles will not only move people but also goods, and with much more reliable schedules, so just-in-time delivery of materials can become a science, not an art. And plant and machinery can be booked to attend on site in the same way as the car which takes you there in the morning, automatically returning to the hire company when they have finished the task.Third, it might change quite radically the way in which certain infrastructure is built and maintained. Autonomous vehicles can carry out tasks, from road and track laying to verge and hedge cutting. The levels of data which flow back to Highways England will become immense and the ability to analyse and plan interventions from that data will become key to driving best value in the use of taxpayers’ money.I can imagine some will say this is all too far off to worry about today. But it’s not that far off. Nearly all the technology for driverless vehicles already exists. The Department for Transport recently produced a significant report “The Pathway to Driverless Vehicles” (presumably after endless debate as to how to avoid calling it “The Road to…”) and have undertaken to create the frameworks to allow driverless vehicles to be tested on our streets – now. Separately, transport consultant David Quarmby is leading a report into how that might impact the road network.For me, none of this can happen soon enough. I like driving cars, but not as much as a I like the thought of a world in which I can go anywhere without driving one.Richard Threlfall is head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG
By Mark WarmuthAfter being swept in the 2018 American League Division Series by the Houston Astros, the front office of the Cleveland Indians developed a plan.They looked at the roster, which featured a starting lineup of position players all over the age of 30, with the exception of the team’s two stars–Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez.We believe they felt the hitting was incapable of improvement except for the pair of young players, and so they set out on making the roster younger.Oh yeah, at the same time, ownership wanted them to cut the payroll.One of the team’s best offensive players, Michael Brantley, was a free agent. We believe he was a guy the baseball people wanted to resign, but the move to cut the players’ salary prohibited that.So, Brantley, the professional hitter the team desperately needed, went off to Houston, leaving a big hole in the lineup.You see, the Tribe was very top heavy last season. For the most part, when the Indians scored runs, it was because of Lindor, Ramirez, Brantley, and slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the only players with OPS over 800 on the roster.Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff knew this, and that’s why they traded for Josh Donaldson at the end of the season. They needed another productive bat (or two).They also knew Encarnacion declined from his first season with the Tribe (881 OPS in ’17, compared to 810 in ’18), and he would be 36 years old in 2019. So, they took the opportunity to move him and get a younger, though with less powerful hitter in Carlos Santana, who has been very good (840 OPS) thus far.The brass also moved Yan Gomes (31), Yonder Alonso (32) in deals, and let Melky Cabrera (34) walk as a free agent. Coincidentally, the first two also were very well paid, so they saved money.The also gave up on right-handed hitting Yandy Diaz, with his ability to get on base and a hitter who hit the ball hard, although on the ground. Still, Diaz didn’t make outs, he got on base.The front office did bring in some young players, like Jake Bauers, a top prospect with Tampa (for Diaz), and Jordan Luplow, a good prospect for the Pirates. But, they didn’t bring in another proven bat, to lengthen the lineup.The entire hope was that Bauers and Luplow, and perhaps Greg Allen, would step in and perform right away and give the batting order some oomph.When the young guys struggled early in training camp, the front office panicked, bringing veterans like Matt Joyce, Hanley Ramirez, and Carlos Gonzalez. Joyce was released in camp, signing with Atlanta, and the latter two appear to be through as productive big league hitters.So, the plan failed in not bringing in at least one bona fide hitter to replace Brantley, and then not sticking with Bauers and Luplow immediately.There were some veteran bats out there in free agency and in the trade market. We believe the plan was to deal Corey Kluber for a young, stud bat, but when they couldn’t get what they felt was a great return, they stopped short.We also think if the organization could have dealt Jason Kipnis, who falls in the same category as Gomes and Alonso, he would be gone as well.One more thing, there was one young hitter who stood out in Arizona, Oscar Mercado. Cleveland sent him to the minors to start the season, and he was very impressive, and finally was called up last week.But, the front office didn’t trust what they saw in Mercado. Would he have hit in the bigs like he did at Columbus? We will never know.If you were going to go young, you should have done it. The slow start in spring training by the young guys caused someone to have cold feet.Hopefully, it works out and Bauers, Luplow, and Mercado can be productive big league hitters and the offense improves. Otherwise, the front office has a lot of issues with the moves they made last winter. Matt Loede Related TopicsfeaturedFrancisco LindorIndiansJake Bauers Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
COMMENT Andre Burakovsky had a goal and three assists for a career-best four points in the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-1 win over the spiralling Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Samuel Girard sparked the rout with the opening goal by chasing down a loose puck that no one, including Sabres goalie Carter Hutton, could spot in a game the Avalanche scored six times on their first 14 shots.Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and two assists, while Nikita Zadorov, Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen also scored. Burakovsky’s goal was his 17th to match a career high, and he extended his point streak to five games during which he’s combined for four goals and seven assists.Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots in helping Colorado improve to 4-1-2 in its past seven. Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart deflected in Jake McCabe’s point shot to briefly cut Colorado’s lead to 2-1 in the final second of the first period.Hutton was chased after allowing five goals on 13 shots. He was replaced by rookie Jonas Johansson, who finished with 13 saves after allowing a goal on the first shot he faced in his NHL debut. The Sabres inexplicably unraveled after holding a 7-1 edge in shots through the first 11 minutes, andThe play began with Ryan Graves’ shot from the left circle hitting the skate of Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen in front and deflecting to the right of the net. With Hutton and everyone else focusing their attention on Ristolainen battling with two Colorado players to the left of the net, Girard saw the puck squirt out of the right corner.Sabres forward Jeff Skinner was in the high slot attempting to point out where the puck went when Girard turned and scored from a bad angle just before Hutton could get across. Burakovsky scored 45 seconds later, and the Avalanche sealed the win by scoring four times on 10 shots in the second period. The clouds of frustration continued gathering over the Sabres, who have lost four of five and are already in jeopardy of extending the NHL’s longest active playoff drought to a ninth season.During his weekly appearance on the Sabres flagship station, WGR-Radio, before the game, general manager Jason Botterill acknowledged that owners Terry and Kim Pegula are unhappy with the team’s inconsistencies. “To put it bluntly, my conversations with Terry and Kim, they’re frustrated with the results,” he said. “They want better results.”Botterill was specifically referring to the Sabres coming out of their 10-day break and losing consecutive games to Ottawa and Montreal. The losses led to Sabres fans going to social media and radio in criticizing Botterill and the owners. “You can understand our fans’ frustration,” Botterill said. “Our organization is frustrated by that.”Colorado’s Cale Makar set a franchise record for rookie defensemen with an assist on Nichushkin’s goal that put the Avalanche up 5-1 midway through the second period. It was Makar’s 38th point, one more than Bruce Bell had with the then-Quebec Nordiques in 1984-85.NOTES: The Sabres were without D Rasmus Dahlin (upper body) and forwards Johan Larsson (lower body) and Curtis Lazar (illness), who are listed day to day. … Buffalo recalled F Rasmus Asplund from AHL Rochester. … Makar made his first return to Buffalo since completing his sophomore college season with UMass’ 3-0 loss to Minnesota Duluth in the Frozen Four championship game in April. Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 5th February, 2020 12:13 IST Burakovsky, Fluke Goal, Spark Avalanche’s 6-1 Rout Of Sabres Andre Burakovsky had a goal and three assists for a career-best four points in the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-1 win over the spiralling Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. First Published: 5th February, 2020 12:13 IST Written By FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV
As the Springboks bunker down in Kobe to wait out Typhoon Hagibis and who’ll they’ll face in the quarterfinals, it now seems highly likely that they’ll be bestowed with a fairly satisfying honour.Yes, Rassie Erasmus’ troops – unless the Wallabies massacre Georgia in Shizuoka on Friday – are going to statistically be classified as the World Cup’s most attacking team after the group stage.That fact is merely the most eye-catching theme to what the numbers say about South Africa’s play in the tournament.Here’s what we’ve learned.The Boks are the most prolific team to dateCheslin Kolbe during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B match between South Africa and Italy at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on October 04, 2019 in Fukuroi, Japan. (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)Siya Kolisi and his lieutenants have crossed the whitewash 27 times, in contrast to the All Blacks, who’ll end on 22 due to their meeting with Italy on Saturday being abandoned.As a result, they’ve scored the most points (185) to their pool rivals’ 157.It’s likely that the New Zealanders would’ve overtaken their old foes against a troubled Azzurri, but it shouldn’t detract from South Africa’s potency on the attack.They’ve made the most runs (484) and made the second most linebreaks (63).Theoretically, if the All Blacks had played, they would’ve overtaken the Boks in terms of runs, but that would also suggest that South Africa capitalise on their attacking opportunities better.The Springboks are not playing on the back foot nor just focusing on counter-attacksThe one thing that’s made the national side decidedly un-sexy for some rugby fans is how they score their points.South Africa’s traditional strength has always been a power game, an imposing and gifted pack of forwards discomforting opposition – be it in the collisions or set-pieces – as well as a watertight defence forcing mistakes.That hasn’t been forsaken as will be elaborated on later, but this Bok group has certainly not been spooked by being on the front foot.They average 58% possession across their four matches as well a 63% territory.Indeed, even in the defeat to the All Blacks, the Boks made more running metres and enjoyed the majority possession and territory.In fact, it was only some inaccurate defence and discipline that cost them in that match.And on that note…The Springboks’ defence is gradually improvingAndrew Coe of Canada is tackled by Siya Kolisi, Vincent Koch and Damian De Allende of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Canada at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 08, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)After a few weeks of hyperbole, the Boks received a timely wake-up call against the All Blacks in Yokohama, where they missed 35 of their 143 tackles – a lowly completion rate of 76%.With defence guru Jacques Nienaber in charge, it was always going to unlikely that the South Africans would feel a hangover.Despite overwhelming Namibia in many facets, the Boks still made sure they had a 90% completion rate against their neighbours and completed 87% of their tackles against an accomplished Italian outfit.Even in the helter skelter outing against Canada did they finish with a completion rate of 80%.Obviously there’s still room for improvement, but the signs are encouraging.Set-pieces remain the jewel in the Springboks’ crownLodewyk De Jager of South Africa competes for a lineout with Dean Budd of Italy during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa v Italy at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on October 04, 2019 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)Rassie Erasmus’ team is, frankly, a magnificent set-piece team.They haven’t lost any of their 47 lineouts, a simply remarkable stat given some problems in that area at the start of the international season.The scrum remains similarly vaunted, with only one out of 21 going awry against the All Blacks.Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot has consistently lauded the hard work of his players.One can see why…For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Luongo is a 5’10” centre who recently completed his junior career with the PIJHL’s Aldergrove Kodiaks, where he scored nine goals and 33 points in 43 regular season games and added another nine points in 11 playoff contests.His PIJHL totals include 24 goals and 73 points over three years, while he spent the 2009/10 season playing Junior A with the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives and SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. “I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk and have the opportunity to play college hockey surrounded by top level players and coaches,” said Luongo, who describes himself as a gritty, high-energy player.“I’m looking forward to helping the Saints establish a winning tradition and making a run at a championship.” Wolff, meanwhile, joins the Saints following a junior career that included stops with the Oceanside Generals of the VIJHL and the Fernie Ghostriders of the KIJHL, where he compiled a record of 17 wins and 17 losses while totalling a 2.79 goals-against average and .907 save-percentage.He was a VIJHL All-Star in 2011 and was named the Generals’ Playoff MVP after leading his team on a postseason run later that season that saw him collect a 1.84 GAA and .946 SV% over seven games. “It’s always been my goal to play college hockey and I’m excited to be coming to a great school,” says Wolff, who stands 6-foot-3.“I’m going to work hard to establish myself as a top goaltender in the BCIHL and to better my game and skill level overall so that I can further pursue my career in hockey.” Luongo and Wolff join forwards Thomas Hardy and Cole Thomson and defenceman Dylan Smith to bring Selkirk’s commitment total for the 2012/13 season to five. The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is doing anything and everything to improve on its last place finish in 2012.The Castlegar-based squad has announces two more commitments for the upcoming season in forward Matthew Luongo of Surrey and netminder Stephen Wolff of Parksville.
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Feile U14 hurling competitions start at a number of venues in Galway this evening, with further matches on Friday evening and Saturday morning, before the finals are played on Saturday in Kenny Park. The full schedule of games is as follows:
THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association has announced the winners of the prestigious 2019 LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards. Administrators, coaches and media are among those honoured across ten categories, with the scheme now in its third year. Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey, front and centre, with award winners, back row, from left, George Leetch, representing the St Nathy’s club in Sligo, winner of the Club Coach of the Year award, Galway’s John McDermott, winner of the PRO of the Year award, Shirley Doody from the Kerins O’Rahillys club in Kerry, winner of the Club Committee Officer of the Year award, Eoin Delaney from Crettyard, Co. Laois, winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year award, Ger McCarthy, Co. Cork, winner of the Local Journalist of the Year award and Michael Ryan, from Ballymacarbry in Co. Waterford, winner of the Volunteer Hall of Fame award. Front row, from left, Ciara Marley, representing St Catherine’s, Co. Armagh, winner of the School Coach of the Year award, Galway’s Geraldine Heverin winner of the County/Provincial Officer of the Year award, Maggie Skelton, from Aghyaran in Co. Tyrone, winner of the Lulu Carroll award for the Overall Volunteer of the Year, and Ciara Lane from Louth, and representing the Calgary Chieftains Club in Canada, winner of the International Volunteer of the Year award during the 2019 LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards night at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile The winners are as follows:Young Volunteer of the Year – Eoin Delaney (Crettyard, Laois)School Coach of the Year – Ciara Marley (St Catherine’s, Armagh)Club Coach of the Year – George Leetch (St Nathy’s, Sligo)Local Journalist of the Year – Ger McCarthy (Cork Evening Echo)PRO of the Year (John McDermott, Galway)Club Committee Officer of the Year (Shirley Doody, Kerins O’Rahillys, Kerry)County/Provincial Officer of the Year (Geraldine Heverin, Galway LGFA Secretary)International Volunteer of the Year – Ciara Lane (Calgary Chieftains, Canada)Volunteer Hall of Fame – Michael Ryan (Ballymacarbry, Waterford)Overall Volunteer of the Year – Maggie Skelton (Tyrone & Ulster)The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Maggie Skelton from the Aghyaran Club in Tyrone, received the Lulu Carroll award at last Friday night’s (February 21) awards ceremony at Croke Park. This award is named after the late Lulu, a 2001 All-Ireland Senior Medallist with Laois who sadly passed away in 2007, following a battle with cancer.During her glittering career, former All Star Lulu also won eight Leinster Senior titles with Laois, six county Senior titles with Timahoe, and a provincial crown with her club.Maggie Skelton is a most worthy recipient of the Lulu Carroll award for 2019.Maggie has been a stalwart of Tyrone LGFA for over 15 years, and she most recently fulfilled the role of county board secretary.She has also been a key member of the Tyrone Senior team’s backroom, working as liaison officer, while also serving as an Ulster Council delegate.Our Volunteer Hall of Fame winner, Michael Ryan, has been involved with the Ballymacarbry Ladies Football club in Waterford since its inception.Over the years, Michael has presided over incredible success with club and county, including ten All-Ireland Senior Club title wins with his beloved Ballymac, and five All-Ireland Senior titles in charge of Waterford.Michael also worked as an administrator at various levels, and he served Munster Council for 30 years, including three as President.Paying tribute to the winners, Ladies Gaelic Football Association President, Marie Hickey, commented: “It’s incredible to see our LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards go from strength to strength.“Each and every one of our winners has given such magnificent service to our Association, and their individual awards are richly deserved.“We would not have the flourishing and vibrant Association that we are all so proud of without our volunteers.“Our winners are credit to themselves, their clubs, local communities, counties and provinces.“We were overwhelmed once again by the huge volume of entries for each of the categories, and I would like to thank all of those people who took the time to submit nominations.“On behalf of the LGFA, I would also like to acknowledge our 2019 winners, and our now annual awards night is one to savour, as our Volunteers of the Year are rightly rewarded for their selfless contributions to our Association.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
In-trouble Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is paying for the mistakes former technical director Michael Emenalo made in the summer transfer window, believes Ray Wilkins.Conte is said to be on the brink of the sack following back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford, with his side conceding seven goals over the two games.The Blues are missing a number of key players through injury but they were played off the field by the Hornets as they beaten 4-1 at Vicarage Road on Monday night.Wilkins described their performance as ‘inept’ and ‘abysmal’ but he believes Conte’s troubles are not of his own making.READ MORE: Chelsea players have downed tools on Antonio Conte, says furious Ray WilkinsSpeculation over Conte’s future has continued ever since the summer, with reports claiming he was unhappy with the club’s transfer business and frustrated he was not consulted more about their new signings.Asked why the Italian hasn’t been given more control in the transfer market, Wilkins said: “I don’t know. If you’re paying a man as much as Chelsea are paying Conte, his knowledge is far superior to someone like Michael Emenalo, who they brought in to do that job.“The manager’s knowledge is far superior. He knows the players he wants to bring in.“The squad is weaker this season than the one that won the league last year. No Diego Costa, no Nemanja Matic – it’s been a massive blow to Conte.”Costa and Matic were both key members of Conte’s Premier League title-winning team, and both allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.They were replaced by Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has struggled to settle at the club and was sent off just 30 minutes into the defeat to Watford on Monday.Emenalo was supposedly the man behind those deals in the summer, before he ended his ten-year association with the club by resigning as their technical director in November.Wilkins says 23-year-old Bakayoko, a £40million signing from Moanco, in particular is not ready for the Premier League and says many of Chelsea’s downfalls this season have been down to poor recruitment.Asked by Alan Brazil if Conte is now paying for Emenalo’s mistakes in the market, the former Blues skipper added: “I believe so, yeah.“I believe it was Michael who made the changes.“To actually swap Matic with Bakayoko?“They should have brought in Morata to play alongside Costa and they should have signed Bakayoko just to play every now and again.“He is 23 years of age and he came in from the French league, which is a bit of a doddle.”
Related Posts Earlier this month we wrote about a few of the Pinterest-related scams. Since then, there have been others reported. Over lunch today with my stepdaughter, who is in the process of learning how to use Pinterest, she asked me if the site was “safe for running my business.” I told her she was being a bit paranoid. Yes, people can be fooled into revealing all sorts of information, as we reported with particular image-based phishing scams. But there are others that have been observed out there too, including enticing users to take surveys, sign up for subscription services, reveal personal information and even install unwanted executables on their PCs. Sigh. The Internet can be such a nasty place. Symantec has a series of explanations on how the scams operate here, including a fancier version of the gift-card scam that we cited from the Trend Micro blog post. There is also this post from The Daily Dot that shows how scammers have taken over contests on Pinterest. This is because you can’t remove pins that are put there by another contributor if you allow anyone access. “Some brands have already discovered a spam-free option for holding a contest. Instead of inviting users to pin to the brand’s board, it asks users to design and submit their own boards to the contest.” An alternative is to email the pins or tag them on Twitter with a special hashtag. Arrgh. The Daily Dot had an earlier post here that showed just by adding someone or some famous brand to your site as a collaborator could be used for evil purposes. So be careful out there fellow pinners. Think twice before a link that asks you to download something to your computer is really necessary. Avoid dialogue boxes that ask you to enter any personal information. Don’t take any surveys from unknown third parties, or better yet, avoid surveys altogether. Don’t use your email address to sign up for anything that you didn’t initiate. And don’t click on something that sounds too good to be true, because it probably is. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#security#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
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