Lovren says Liverpool can match Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’

first_imgLiverpool have not won the English top-flight since 1990 but could extend their lead over Pep Guardiola’s City to four points with a win at Wolves on Friday.Lovren knows their title rivals have few weaknesses and the outcome of the season will most likely come down to who makes the fewest mistakes.“I’m not sure that they have any weaknesses,” he added.“Last year they won by 19 points. They know how to manage even when they lose. They also lost one or two games last year and still they managed to be 19 points ahead.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren says the Premier League leaders can go through the whole season unbeaten, matching the achievement of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2003/04.Jurgen Klopp’s side are one point clear of defending champions Manchester City after 14 wins and three draws from 17 games.“Hopefully we can be unbeaten until the end of the season,” said Lovren, buoyed by Sunday’s victory over arch-rivals Manchester United.“Of course it will be a challenge but this is what we want, this is why we came here to Liverpool, because we know we can do it. Arsenal did it before so why not?”last_img read more

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Buckinghamshire spring a surprise at County Finals

first_img21 Sep 2017 Buckinghamshire spring a surprise at County Finals Tags: Buckinghamshire, competitions, English Women’s County Finals, Yorkshire Afterwards Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson was quick to compliment their opponents: “Hats off to Buckinghamshire,” he said, while team captain Fran Dickson focussed on tomorrow’s challenge. “This isn’t a setback, we have still got to beat Gloucestershire, that’s the bottom line,” she said.  County champion Alice Barlow posted an early win for Suffolk, but three games went to Hampshire before team captain Vanessa Bell, playing last, got the necessary point. The final game was halved.  In the final match, the hosts, Suffolk, won their second game of the week against Hampshire. They also had a clean sweep in the foursomes and were also tested in the singles.  But there was nothing funereal about their golf. Instead they played with tremendous spirit, sharing both the foursomes and the singles.  Today, Yorkshire and Buckinghamshire met with contrasting records behind them. Yorkshire had won all three of their earlier matches and, having conceded just two points from 27 games played, were top of the table.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography It means the title will be decided by tomorrow’s clash between Gloucestershire and Yorkshire. Gloucestershire, who have won all four of their games so far, hold a slight advantage in that a halved result will see them retain the trophy.  In the singles both teams came out with great determination. Olivia Winning scored first for Yorkshire, but her point was quickly balanced by Kirby. Lockett earned her second point of the day for Yorkshire, but Bowers also did the double for Bucks.  Suffolk are in third place and determined to hang on to it. “Yorkshire and Gloucestershire are seasoned national campaigners and they are always going to be difficult. But to finish third would be brilliant – third in the whole country!” she said.  In the morning Kozlowski and Georgina Bowers won for Bucks in a birdie-peppered game, while Megan Lockett and Mia Eales-Smith had a comfortable win for Yorkshire. In the decider Thalia Kirby (pictured top), playing with Victoria Bryan, raised cheers from the Bucks supporters when she holed a 12-footer on the last to set up the half.  Julia Gallagher made certain of the halved result for Buckinghamshire when she got up and down for par on the 16th and said: “It’s unbelievable, incredible.” Team captain Sue Ashworth added: “I am so proud of the girls, they are so positive and supportive.” Click here for full scores  Gloucestershire looked set for a comfortable win after they claimed all three morning foursomes, but Nottinghamshire were determined to make them work for it. After six holes they were up in four of the six games and Emily Cheshire, Emma Howie and Rachel Boulton all went on win their games.  Buckinghamshire had lost all their matches, were bottom of the table – and one of their players, Alice Kozlowski, revealed that they had decided to wear black kit today to show they were the underdogs and in mourning!  But Gloucestershire’s Ffion Tynan, also 14, came back from two down after 15 to halve her game, Claudia Ovens worked steadily to her win and Grace Connelly (pictured right) took the team over the winning line. She got ahead in her match when she eagled the 2nd and birdied the 3rd and, although she was pulled back temporarily around the turn, she went on to win 3/2.  But the match wasn’t over. Buckinghamshire’s Victoria Bryan tried to pull off the overall win with a fight back which saw her go up the 18th just 1 down. But Mia Eales-Smith, a remarkably composed 14-year-old, made a textbook par to win the game for Yorkshire and confirm the halved result.  Buckinghamshire produced the surprise result of the English Women’s County Finals when they held title challengers Yorkshire to a draw today at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk.  In the day’s other matches defending champions Gloucestershire beat Nottinghamshire 5.5-3.5 and Suffolk defeated Hampshire, also 5.5-3.5.last_img read more

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Beaudry rink gets some payback against Nichol at Meat Bonspiel

first_imgThe Garry Beaudry rink of Nelson got some payback against Senior’s zone winner Myron Nichol, defeating the Castlegar rink in the final of the Meat Bonspiel held recently at the Nelson Curling Club.Beaudry’s rink of third Tim Schietel, second Will Burt and lead John Sherbinin brought home the bacon against the Kootenay Senior’s Champ.Brent Pihowich of Nelson won the “B” side with Ken Haynes of Nelson taking the “C” event.last_img

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UPDATED: Team BC posts pair of wins to keep pace spot in 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Playoff Round

first_imgTeam BC lead Fred Thomson told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the Championship round the rink ws “feeling pretty good” about its game at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia.Thursday, the rink was on full display, posting a pair of wins to climb into third spot in Championship standings.Skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, both of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson opened the day by defeating former Brier champ Ed Lukowich of Alberta 6-4.A steal of three in the fifth broke open a close game, allowing Team Ursel to capture the win.In the afternoon draw, Ursel defeated another former Brier rep, outlasting Brad Heidt of Saskatchewan 5-3.Trailing 2-1 after five ends, Ursel put up a three-spot on the board in the sixth end to take a 4-2 lead. Heidt scored a single in the seventh before Ursel added a single in the eighth for the two-point victory.Ursel now meets Bryan Cochrane of Ontario (6 a.m. PDT) and Matt Neufeld of Manitoba (10 a.m. PDT) Friday to complete the Championship round draw.Finishing in the top four guarantees Ursel a spot in Saturday’s playoff round.The winners advance to the final later in the day for the Canadian title.Team BC advances at 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships Team BC qualified for the Championship round after splitting a pair of games on Day three of the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships Wednesday in Digby, Nova Scotia.Skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, both of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson opened the day by throttling Rod MacDonald of PEI 9-1 in five ends.However, Team BC surrendered a four spot in the first end against undefeated Alan O’Leary of host Nova Scotia en route to dropping a 8-5 decision to conclude the preliminary round tied for second spot in Pool B with a 4-2 record.“Tonight we were unfortunately not to have a better result,” Ursel’s third, Fred Thomson told The Nelson Daily.“I thought we actually outplayed them. We had a couple cracks at some big ends, but it just didn’t happen.”Ursel climbed back into the game against O’Leary, scoring a deuce in the second before stealing a single in the third to make the score 4-3.However, the O’Leary rink registered single points in the next three ends to rebuild the lead to 7-3, a margin to great to overcome for Team BC.“We had a chance to score three and tie it in the sixth, but Bob (Ursel) just missed his shot,” Thomson explained. “That’s a shot Bob usually makes all the time.”O’Leary and Bryan Cochrane of Ontario, winners of Pool B and A, respectively, now carry undefeated records into the seeding round, which begins Thursday.At press time, tournament officials had not posted the final draw. The only thing Team BC knew was that all championship rinks play at 9 a.m. local time, and the Ursel rink would be up against one of four Pool A teams include Ontario’s Cochrane, Randy Newfeld of Manitoba, Ed Lukowich of Alberta or Brad Heidt of Saskatchewan.“Even though we lost twice I thought we’re playing pretty good as a team,” Thomson said.“We’re feeling pretty good and we just want to get one of the four spots in the playoff round,” Thomson added. “It doesn’t matter if it’s first or fourth, we just want to get into the next round.”Thomson said Team BC is slated to have its game Live Streamed Thursday at 5 a.m. PDT.The game can be seen using this link.last_img read more

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Disqualified driver arrested after testing positive for cannabis and alcohol

first_imgGardaí arrested a driver in Letterkenny this morning who was found to be disqualified and under the influence of drugs and alcohol.The detection was made in the early hours of this Thursday morning.Gardaí had stopped the vehicle before carrying out roadside tests. The driver, who was already disqualified from driving, tested positive for cannabis and failed the alcometer test. The car had no NCT and was seized.The driver was arrested and was charged to appear in court.Gardaí took to Facebook to urge motorists to think of others before they get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence: “This Season of joy could quickly turn into a Season of pain for families should this sort of driver behaviour continue on our roads. Please do not ever drive under the influence of alcohol/drugs.“Ensure that your car is roadworthy. Road conditions are set to worsen with the predictions of frost/ice. “Do not take unnecessary chances on the road. Do not risk your life or the life of others. It is the Season of good will….please have good will towards yourself and towards others you will meet on the road!”Disqualified driver arrested after testing positive for cannabis and alcohol was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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St. Bernard’s and AC Samoa soccer player Esme Torres signed letter of intent to play at Concordia of Chicago

first_imgEureka >> Several friends and family members packed a room at Esmerelda’s Mexican restaurant in Eureka on Tuesday to celebrate St. Bernard’s Academy senior soccer player Esme Torres, who signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Concordia University of Chicago in the fall. “The coaches that have been around me have helped me out tremendously,” said Torres after the ceremony at Esmerelda’s, an establishment which is named after her. “I honestly wouldn’t be the player I am today without them.” …last_img

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Giants win behind impressive rookie, flip switch on Padres who suddenly look different

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants traveled to Petco Park for the first series of the 2019 season, they helped the San Diego Padres inspire hope in the local fan base.The young, exciting Padres turned heads with their energy, their raw talent and three wins in four games over a Giants squad that appeared slow, flawed and behind the times.The Giants (28-38) haven’t exactly turned the tables over the last two months, but they managed to flip a switch against San Diego in this week’s two-game …last_img

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Drought conditions in Ohio bring more issues than just dry soils

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a wet spring in Ohio, farmers were prepared for some drought conditions this summer. Few farmers thought those conditions would hang on as long as they have. Although dry soils are the #1 issue of a drought, many other problems come along with a lack of rain, as Account Manager David Miller tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins in this DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

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Hackers are Ready to Exploit Zero-Day Flaws; Companies are Slow to Act

first_imgRuben is a blockchain security consultant currently living in New York City. He helps organizations fundamentally redesign experiences to create new sources of value also digitally reinventing company’s operations for greater efficiency. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Reuben Jackson Related Posts How Data Analytics Can Save Lives AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Zero-day vulnerabilities can seriously threaten all affected systems since there are no available fixes at the time of discovery (DepositPhotos)Cybersecurity threats are rampant, and attackers are showing no signs of letting up. According to the 2018, Cyber Security Breaches Survey released last April, over forty percent of UK businesses fell victim to cyber attacks over the span of twelve months from 2017 to 2018. Hackers can gain access to target devices through vulnerabilities that can be found across the many layers of a company’s IT infrastructure including software and applications. Serious flaws in operating systems, for instance, could be exploited by attackers for them to take full control over compromised devices. Some of these flaws may not even be known to developers. Known as zero-day vulnerabilities, these flaws can seriously threaten all affected systems since there are no available fixes at the time of discovery. Even if these zero-day vulnerabilities become known, it can take some time for official fixes to be released by developers.  According to Ponemon, zero-day vulnerabilities are the biggest threat to organizations with 64 percent reporting to be compromised through such flaws in the last 12 months.The massive breach of credit reporting firm Equifax is often cited as an exemplary case of the threat of software vulnerabilities. The Strutshock flaw that was used in the attack was a zero-day vulnerability discovered in February 2017 and fixed in March 2017. However, the flaw remained allegedly unpatched in Equifax’s servers months after the fix was released, with the breach pegged to have occurred sometime in May 2017. Hackers can take advantage of the lull between the discovery of the flaw and the application of the fix to attack. Companies can take an average of 100 to 120 days before applying patches to their systems. During this time, attackers can even automate the detection of vulnerable systems and write malware to exploit the flaw specifically. Even devices with existing security systems can fall prey especially if users or administrators aren’t aware of the exploits or fail to apply stop-gap measures to prevent attacks.  While not technically in its zero-day period during the Equifax breach, the event illustrates how slow reaction by companies to such vulnerabilities could lead to catastrophic results.Businesses slow to act.Once hackers have access to their target devices, they can steal data, implant malware, and even take over systems for use in other attacks. According to the same breaches survey, these attacks can cost organizations thousands of pounds a year in the form of stolen assets, downtime, and recovery efforts. Despite this potential impact to their bottom line, businesses often find it challenging to act on these threats promptly. Many smaller operations are ill-equipped to manage their IT effectively. Even those with dedicated IT teams are only able to respond if they are made aware of the threats. For larger operations, infrastructure size and complexity can even increase the time needed to secure their systems fully.“Companies, even small to medium sized ones, can have dozens or hundreds of endpoints in their networks,” says Robert Brown, Director of Services at Cloud Management Suite (CMS). “If an exploit is found, they have to make sure that all affected devices are properly patched. With limited resources, IT staff can take hours or days to apply fixes. This could give hackers enough time to successfully launch attacks.”Developers and vendors of vulnerable systems often try to take prompt action but fixes often don’t come out overnight. For example, a zero-day flaw that affected various Windows operating system versions was revealed last August, but it took Microsoft two weeks to release the official fix. The flaw, which affected Windows’ task scheduler, can be used by attackers to gain system-level access to target devices, allowing them to install software, delete files, and execute programs remotely.Inertia also an issue.End users can also simply suffer from inertia. Users often overlook to update and upgrade their software even if it is considered one of the fundamental practices in IT security. Users tend to ignore update warnings and almost half of them are frustrated by the experience.One only has to look at the market share of operating systems to see how resistant users are to change. Windows 7, which was released back in 2009, still accounts for over 40 percent of the market. Users chose to stick with the older version even when Microsoft offered free upgrades to Windows 10 to existing license holders. Microsoft already ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in 2015 though the developer will provide extended support until 2020.Interestingly, 4.23 percent of desktops still run on Windows XP. Microsoft officially abandoned the defunct operating system in 2014. This continued use forced the company to release an emergency patch during the WannaCry ransomware outbreak of 2017. It was the same outbreak that crippled the National Health Service (NHS). The ransomware was able to infect some NHS computers that ran on the outdated Windows software.What can be done?Putting in place preventive measures such as anti-malware applications, firewalls, and automated updates should provide users and organizations with a level of protection. However, vigilance is key when it comes to vulnerability-based attacks. Zero-day flaws can be beyond the scope of protection provided by these measures. Knowledge is critical. IT staff have to know about threats as they emerge so that they can perform the necessary steps to minimize risks. Sites and social media feeds of security portals like StaySafeOnline can provide timely information about emerging threats and trends.Fixes must also be deployed with urgency. IT expert Bruce Schneier remarks that patching will continue to become a challenge since computers are becoming more embedded. He writes, “This gets us back to the two paradigms: getting it right the first time, and fixing things quickly when problems arise.”Software developers should take responsibility for their products and services. These threats should compel them to put better engineering and quality assurance practices in place.Fortunately, IT management and security solutions providers are also making strides to streamline software deployment. Services like CMS are even introducing mechanisms that allow administrators to use plain language instructions to run tasks such as software updates and patch deployment. These solutions could greatly enhance IT management especially since only a third of security professionals update their software automatically.What remains essential is for all stakeholders to act in a timely manner in order to minimize the risk that these threats pose. Tags:#flaws#hackers#zero-day Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Maharashtra Assembly gets a new Leader of Opposition

first_imgSenior Congress leader Vijay Vadettiwar, MLA from Vidarbha, was on Monday nominated the new Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagde on Monday announced Mr. Vadettiwar’s nomination after the impasse over selection of deputy chairman of the Council was resolved with the appointment of Shiv Sena’s Neelam Gorhe, The Congress leader will get only two months to work as the LoP as this the last session of the legislature before Assembly polls are held later this year. Mr. Vadettiwar’s elevation as LoP is also seen as a reward for his contribution in the victory of the lone Congress MP from Maharashtra from Chandrapur Lok Sabha constituency.Mr. Vadettiwar, an MLA from Chandrapur’s Bramhapuri constituency is the third LoP in Assembly since 2014 as the previous two joined the government as Cabinet ministers. Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde was the first LoP, who became Cabinet minister after Sena decided to join the State government led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Senior Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil who became the LoP after him, switched sides in the first week of June 2019 and was sworn-in as the State’s Housing minister last week.As Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis placed the resolution to congratulate the newly-appointed LoP, he said though Mr. Vadettiwar’s term would be short, he is likely to remain on the opposite side even after the Assembly polls.“I have been in the legislature for 21 years and do my duty bestowed upon me by the people. Wherever I was, I did my duties honestly. This is a new responsibility given to me by my party and I will fulfil it with total commitment and honesty,” said Mr Vadettiwar. He claimed that unlike his predecessor, there will be no change in his loyalty.A leader from Vidarbha’s Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts, Mr .Vadettiwar began his political journey with the National Students Union of India (NSUI). He joined Shiv Sena and worked as Zilla Parishad member of Gadchiroli ZP between 1991-93. During the first Sena-BJP government he was sent to the Legislative Council as Sena MLC from 1998 to 2004. He quit the Sena with former Chief Minister Narayan Rane to join the Congress. He was the MLA from Chimur assembly seat from 2004 to 2014 and won the election from Bramhapuri in 2014.last_img read more

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