Everton boss Allardyce plans for future despite fan unrest

first_imgSpeaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game at Huddersfield, Allardyce said: “We discussed plans for next season yesterday with (club owner) Farhad (Moshiri). We have some clarity moving forward now.”Allardyce, who replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman, described his tenure so far as “overall pretty satisfying”.“You always want to strive to do better but because we started my reign so well, we built up great expectation it might be even better,” he said. “We’ve achieved a good way forward in the space of five months.“It’s been pretty satisfying. One always wants your team to do better, to win more, to achieve more but overall pretty satisfying.”Allardyce drew comparisons between his coaching style and that of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, who on Thursday led his 10-man team to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.“Entertainment is the (mastering) of defence in Europe — Simeone,” the Toffees boss said. “Is that entertainment?“He’s called the master of defence. I’m called defensive and negative. We’ve not only achieved the goal (of staying up), we’ve played some extremely entertaining games.”Earlier this month, Allardyce dismissed a survey sent to fans asking to grade his performance out of 10 as a mistake on the part of the club’s marketing director, who he said does not “understand” how football works.As part of the questionnaire, supporters were asked whether they agree with the statement of “I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff at Everton e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton manager Sam Allardyce is planning for the future © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Everton manager Sam Allardyce said Friday he is making plans for next season at the club despite stinging criticism from fans over his direct style of football.The former England boss took the helm in November, pulling Everton away from relegation danger to the comfort of mid-table safety.last_img read more

Size Matters

first_imgThis gluttony has led some to build ridiculously large homes. If they contain recycled materials, wood-pellet boilers, triple-glazed windows, and low-flow fixtures, we call them “green.” Never mind that these homes use three or five times the resources of an average-sized home — or more.Unhelpful scoresThese McMansions are only “green” because rating programs don’t properly question their size or occupant-to-space ratios. While some programs do provide credit for smaller homes, few programs credibly and equitably penalize excessive size. To my knowledge, only the Vermont Builds Greener program has a size limit.Like the term “natural,” green is so loosely defined that it has become a favorite marketing buzzword. The ecological term “sustainable,” on the other hand, denotes a very bright line. A practice is either sustainable or it isn’t. Excess and luxury are not sustainable, and are certainly not traits we should ever tint green.Many building materials and most sources of energy are nonrenewable, and all homes damage the environment when built and operated. When homes are eventually demolished, these materials are usually down-cycled rather than truly recycled. Big empty homes need to be furnished and maintained.Most people expect green rating systems to quantify this damage. Homes with high scores should do less damage to the environment than homes with lower scores. While a green home should gain points for relatively benign materials, durability, energy efficiency, and healthier indoor air, it should also be reasonably sized.The ballooning American homeIn 1950 the average household had 3.37 members and the average new home measured 1,000 square feet. By 2000, average household size had dropped to 2.62 while the average new home had ballooned to 2,200 square feet. In fifty years, the ratio of square feet per person nearly tripled, growing from 297 to 840.There is no biological reason to justify this huge increase in living space. No other animals build shelters with so much useless, wasteful space.As Sarah Susanka points out so eloquently in her best-selling “Not So Big” series of books, building an unusually large home is a choice, not a necessity. Larger homes use more materials and energy, increasing each occupant’s ecological footprint. Even those who use greener materials and aim for energy efficiency have to admit that the least damaging home (or portion thereof) is the one that doesn’t get built at all.There is little basis for the claim that it is better to have a large house built with green materials than a small conventionally built home. Energy modeling shows that a 1,500-square-foot home with poor insulation can still use less energy than a house twice its size with good insulation.Greener materials and improved energy efficiency may lessen the impact of a large home, but those same measures also lessen the impact of an already-low-impact smaller home. However, it is the impact of the occupants, not the house, that really matters. Since small homes recognize nature’s limits by using use fewer resources per occupant, they help us approach sustainability — the real green goal.Remember, green home program administrators: homes add to our ecological footprint. Small is green; big is not.Read an opposing view RELATED ARTICLES Green Building Priority #5 – Build SmallerWhy Weatherization Isn’t EnoughWhy Single-Family Green Homes Are Slow to Catch On By Michael HorowitzHome buyers expect green scoring systems to provide guidance when choosing between green-labeled homes. These expectations are largely unfounded, however, since almost every rating system ignores or inadequately considers a major determinant of a home’s environmental impact — its size.Unchecked gluttonyUnlike other species, humans regularly use far more resources than necessary for survival. Our consumption rates are governed by fashion and personal economics, not anything resembling natural instincts. We consume at rates that nature is unable to accommodate. Our choices make us responsible for outcomes we personally abhor: species extinction, mercury contamination, strip mining, and melting polar ice caps.We act as if the limits of nature are an inconvenience rather than an absolute. We pretend nature is confined within the human experience, rather than the opposite.We naively believe that our environmental problems will be solved by technology, without any need for us to adjust our behavior. We continue to buy like there is no tomorrow, hoping others will develop green, energy-efficient materials for us. Forget “reduce, reuse, and recycle”: in our sacrosanct pursuit of happiness, we will just buy our way green.last_img read more

Why It Might Make Sense For Apple To Make A Five-Inch Phone

first_imgTags:#Apple#iPhone jon mitchell If you’re an Apple watcher that isn’t too busy focusing on the present, you’re probably wondering what Apple has cooking for the near future. While Wednesday’s critical earnings report will reflect on the health of its existing products, the smart money is on whether or not Apple’s got new magic in the pipeline.Looking at the successful models in the Android world, much of the mobile geek chatter is about Apple’s conspicuous lack of a phone in the five-inch screen range. Apple showed with the iPad Mini that it isn’t above letting other manufacturers beat it to market with a new device size. It just waits to enter the market until it makes sense internally to do so.Well, Rene Ritchie at iMore has a pretty spotless record of figuring out when it makes sense. Instead of fiending over rumors, he just uses math and common sense and says, “look, here’s how Apple could do it.” He was right about the iPhone 5. And this week, Ritchie has taken a look at a variety of five-ish-inch phone form factors and figured out which ones are plausible for Apple to actually do.He considers a stretched-out 1136×640 pixel-doubled, the same resolution as an iPhone 5, on a theoretical 5-inch phone. This would have a lower pixel density than the 5’s retina screen, but still not bad. He also looks at 3x and 4x possibilities, which would make for some very nice displays, but given that Apple just made developers rework everything to get to 2x resolution — and that work is still not done — this new display density seems farfetched.Ritchie also looks at more outlandish possibilities. It’s well worth reading.Apple fans are resistant to believing that this device size matters. Just because there’s a market for five-inch Android phablets doesn’t mean that an iThing in the same size would sell. But Ritchie plays devil’s advocate on that and shows why people might very well be interested in a five-inch iPhone.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Geek Movies: The Top 10 Most Inspirational Films For Techies

first_img5. Weird ScienceTwo high school boys “feed” their computer with as much real-world data as they could obtain during the Reagan era. The result: their idea of the perfect woman. Tags:#film#geek 2. Star WarsYou already know. There’s nothing more to add.   4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App What is a geek, anyway? Someone who loves math and science and computers? Sure, but that’s only part of it. As counter-terrorism expert Richard Clark once told Stephen Colbert (around the 3:40 mark): “Geeks get it done.” That nails it. Geeks Get It Done – GGID. Geeks imagine, then build. Geeks envision, then destroy. Geeks remake the old world and create new worlds. Sometimes just for fun, sometimes because the fate of all humanity hangs in the balance.That’s why geeks get inspired by movies that remind them to revel in their obsessiveness – because it ultimately leads to the way you “get it done.” Which movies do the best job of providing that awesome inspiration? You can’t go wrong with these 10 classics: 1. The MatrixYou are your code.The Matrix is so good that the hot, leather-clad love interest who snaps necks and knows how to handle a semi-automatic doesn’t even make it into the top 5 best things about this movie.  9. Galaxy QuestThe obsessive Star Trek-fanboy parody done right. When it comes on television, you can’t not watch it. Why? Because it inspires you to never stop believing. 8. Star TrekThis Star Trek reboot took us back to the future – to the early days of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise. Think of just how awesome it will be if the new Star Wars films are as successful as this Star Trek reboot. “I dare you to do better.” 3. Iron ManWealthy industrialist, playboy, inventor, badass. It’s like if Bill Gates were as cool as he is rich.  Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 4. TronMore than 30 years ago, Disney put a hacker inside a computer. Mad props.  Do you agree with our list? Are there any you think don’t belong in the top 10? What geek classics did we leave out? Have at it in the comments.Lead image courtesy of s_bukley / Shutterstock. 7. AkiraKatsuhiro Otomo. Neo-Tokyo. Biker gangs. Psions. Enjoy. 6. Minority ReportThe “PreCrime” police force uses “precogs” to stop murderers before they kill. What’s that? Why, yes, it is based on a Philip K. Dick story. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 10. The GooniesFor a generation of geeks and would-be geeks, The Goonies inspired their sense of adventure. It’s message was clear: never stop being a pirate. brian s hall 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Jharkhand teacher held for 2017 FB post

first_imgA government college teacher has been arrested here for allegedly writing an “objectionable post” on Facebook two years ago in support of a beef party in Chennai, the police said on Sunday. Jeetrai Hansda, a contractual faculty member at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, was arrested from a village in the Sakchi area of Jamshedpur on Saturday night, an officer said, adding that the teacher had been evading arrest. “Hansda has been booked under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act, and the process to forward him to judicial custody is currently under way,” Rajeev Singh, the officer-in-charge of the Sakchi police station, said. The teacher, a resident of Parsudih here, had allegedly written a post in support of a beef party organised by the IIT-Madras students, prompting the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP), the student’s wing of the RSS, to file a complaint against him, the officer said. The beef fest was organised at IIT-Madras in 2017 in protest against the restrictions imposed on cattle trade by the Union government. The student’s union had demanded the sacking of Mr. Hansda. The post was then deleted, the officer added. Asked for a reaction, Kolhan University Vice-Chancellor Shukla Mohanty said Mr. Hansda was a guest faculty member at the Graduate School College for Women when he posted the message on Facebook. He was later absorbed as a contractual teacher in the women’s college.Show-cause notice “A show-cause notice was served on Mr. Hansda after receiving a complaint about his objectionable Facebook post, He then apologised,” Mr. Mohanty said, adding that Mr. Hansda had joined as a contractual faculty member at the Co-operative College recently.last_img read more

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Barcelona v Athletic Club Athletic Club Ernesto Valverde comes up against his former club on Sunday and has warned that they are dangerous with their backs against the wall Barcelona return to La Liga action on Sunday as they welcome Jose Angel Ziganda’s Athletic Bilbao to Camp Nou.Ernesto Valverde’s men are on a high after breezing past Chelsea into the Champions League quarter-finals during the week and they can – temporarily – go further clear at the top with a win.The Catalan outfit are unbeaten in 28 league games and currently boast an eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid ahead of the international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp They’ve already defeated their visitors in the corresponding fixture in Bilbao back in October, so they will be confident in their ability to repeat that feat on Sunday. Game Barcelona vs Athletic Club Date Sunday March 18 Time 15:15 GMT / 11:15 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Mix and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Pique, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Mina Midfielders Rakitic, Iniesta, Coutinho, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes, Alena Forwards Messi, Dembele, Alcacer Valverde has named an 18-man squad for the match, which can be seen above. Notable absentees include Sergio Busquets, who suffered a fractured toe during the week against Chelsea, and Luis Suarez, who is suspended.Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Coutinho; Iniesta, Messi, Dembele. Position Athletic Club players Goalkeepers Kepa, Iago, Simon Defenders Saborit, I. Martinez, Y. Alvarez, Nunez, Lekue, Etxeita, De Marcos, Balenziaga, A. Lopez Midfielders San Jose, Benat, Iturraspe, Susaeta, Rico, Vesga, R. Garcia, Cordoba, Gil, Munoz, Nolaskoain Forwards Sola, Muniain, Williams, Merino, Aduriz Athletic will be without forward Iker Muniain, while midfielder Mikel Rico and defender Yeray Alvarez are considered doubts for the match.Potential Athletic starting XI: Iago; Etxeita, De Marcos, Y. Alvarez, Lekue; Benat, Iturraspe, Rico, Cordoba, Williams; Aduriz.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are favourites to win, with dabblebet offering odds of 2/13 on the Blaugrana. Athletic are deemed to be an 18/1 bet to win and a draw is more likely at 7/1.dabblebet customers can watch and bet on the game if they have a funded or active account. T&Cs apply.Match Preview Philippe Coutinho BarcelonaWhile Barcelona are on course to win the title, Athletic are languishing in the bottom half and a chasm of 37 points separates the sides in La LigaWhen they welcome Ziganda’s side to Catalunya on Sunday it will be a particularly special occasion for their manager Valverde, who joined the Blaugrana from the Basque outfit last yearAs such, he is all too aware of the threat that they pose and, despite their disappointing performance in the league, the 54-year-old was keen to emphasis their never-say-die attitude.”It’s a special game for me because of who we’re playing,” Valverde told reporters ahead of the game.”They’re a dangerous team because they’ve always been a spirited side especially when the chips are down.”It’s a team that comes together and they have the ability to overcome, so it’s a tough opponent.”Barca will be without key players such as Busquets and Luis Suarez for the game, but with Lionel Messi in tremendous form they appear almost unassailable at the minute and Athletic’s team spirit simply may not be enough.last_img read more

Matthijs de Ligt bored of transfer rumours

first_imgAjax defender Matthijs de Ligt revealed he’s become “bored” of the persistent speculation surrounding his futureThe 19-year-old star is considered to be one of Europe’s most exciting young talents and has been regularly linked with moves to Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus.Despite declaring that he will not leave Ajax in this month’s transfer window, however, speculation over De Ligt’s future will only likely increase following team-mate Frenkie de Jong’s signing for Barcelona.The 21-year-old midfielder finally ended months of talk surrounding his own future by agreeing to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal along with bonuses of €11m.But De Ligt is adamant that he’s no hurry to leave Amsterdam.“Am I annoyed by the rumours? No. Bored? A little bit,” De Ligt told ESPN.“But it doesn’t matter to me if there’s an article about where I should go or what I should do. It doesn’t matter, at all.“This place means a lot to me. I grew up here. I came here when I was nine years old.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“At Ajax you learn to win every game, to be at your best every game and it doesn’t matter who your opponent is. It’s in my blood.”Ajax’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar, who himself started out his playing career at the club before going to play for the likes of Juventus and Manchester United as a goalkeeper, admits it will be a challenge to hold on to their young stars.“That’s the big question of course when you see the numbers,” said Van der Sar.“But we are a club that’s financially very stable. We have a war chest. Our stadium is sold out every match. We have good commercial partners.“We sold some players in the past [but] at a certain point you have to ask if you can retain players.“Hakim Ziyech was a player who received some interest and we managed to keep hold of him and improve his contract.“We have our philosophy, players, city, stadium and history … we have a lot of things going on, but we play in a small league.“We don’t have to sell them but at a certain point for the player’s development – I’ve seen that myself as well – you think you’re ready, you want to compete against better, world-class players, and unfortunately they’re not playing in Holland.”last_img read more

Top Editor Replaced at OK

first_imgFor a magazine that adamantly claims to not in fact be losing money, OK! magazine unquestionably has had a significant amount of turnover among its editors. The most recent move: Mark Pasetsky is being replaced as top editor by Richard Spencer, the former editor-in-chief of Bauer’s In Touch Weekly.In a statement announcing the staffing change, Spencer says his goal at OK! will be “to enhance content, create sales growth and continuously exceed the expectations of our readers.” Paul Ashford, group editorial director at U.K.-based OK! owner Northern & Shell, says Spencer “clearly brings the kind of experience that can build on the progress we’ve made in our first five years and push our editorial product to the next level.”Prior to In Touch, Spencer served as editor-in-chief of Twist and helped create/served as editor-in-chief of J-14. Spencer stepped down from his post at In Touch this summer. For now, Pasetsky is maintaining his previous position of managing editor, reporting to Spencer. However, a source tells FOLIO: that while OK! management wants Pasetsky to stay, discussions surrounding his role at the magazine are still ongoing. Before joining OK! last fall, Pasetsky served as editor of Life & Style, also a Bauer title.last_img read more

Ramp modelcummilitantsuspect detained

first_imgImam Mehedi HasanMembers of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested a young man named Mehedi Hassan who was said to have been a tech-savvy businessman.Now bearded, Mehedi Hassan was once a ramp model, according to RAB.A team of RAB conducted a drive in South Banasree under Khilgaon police station and arrested him, said a SMS sent by the elite force.On Thursday, he was introduced to the media as a ‘commander’ of the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).He was also named as Imam Mehedi Hasan alias Abu Jibril.Mehedi’s family, however, said he had been missing since 4 May.The family also registered a diary with Khilgaon police station in this regard. Mehedi’s father, Khorshed Alam, is a retired police officer.Mehedi has a BBA degree from Darul Ihsan University and he known as Mehedi among those who knew him as a model. He is said to be fluent in English.RAB said he was accused in two cases filed with Banani and Uttara police stations.RAB-3 commander Lt Col Tuhin Muhammad Masud told the media that Mehedi came in touch with a militant group in 2015.The RAB official claimed that Mehedi confessed to his involvement with the militants who carried out the Holey Artisan attack.last_img read more