Alisson warns he likes taking ‘calculated risks’

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker insists he only takes calculated risks on the pitch but warned fans with heart problems may be in for a tricky time.The Brazil international, who arrived this summer from Roma for a then £65million world-record fee for a goalkeeper, has yet to concede a goal in three Premier League victories which have taken the Reds top of the table.But it is other elements of his game which have caught the eye, primarily the use of his feet which was demonstrated in last weekend’s win over Brighton when he deliberately dinked the ball over the onrushing Anthony Knockaert and casually passed to team-mate Virgil van Dijk.It was not the first such incident this season, or even in that match, and Alisson has warned supporters who have previously panicked when the ball was passed back to the likes of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius it is something they should get used to.“I have fitted perfectly in the team and in the team’s style of play,” the 25-year-old told ESPN Brasil.“(Liverpool) like (the goalkeeper) to participate in the offensive phase and in shaping the game from the back.“It gives me a lot of confidence to play with my feet and I have to be focused for 90 minutes.“It is already calculated. I take risks. Fans with heart problems have to be careful!“But on the pitch, as I said before, I do not try to make of fun of a rival. It’s not to show that I can do this or that, but to help the team. It is to achieve targets.”Alisson’s style was one of the reasons Klopp was so convinced to bring in the Brazilian after just one season at Roma.He communicated that faith to his goalkeeper on their first meeting and it is something which has stuck with Alisson.“The chat I had with him is one of the things that left me more calm,” added the goalkeeper.“He showed his interest in having me, not only the club’s interest but also his. It was a long interview despite my staggered English, but we understood each other well.“He told me about how he works, how I would fit into the squad, how I also could grow personally here.“He told me a little bit about the project – a project with a winning mindset.“It’s a club that has everything to achieve big things. We have started the season very well, but we have to keep our feet on the ground.”With the European transfer window closing on Friday, Liverpool still expect to offload a few more players following Sheyi Ojo’s loan to Stade Reims after signing a new contract with the Reds.Lazar Markovic is interesting Standard Liege and Anderlecht, while there may also be late moves for Divock Origi and Pedro Chirvella.last_img read more

Button vows to end Vettel’s ‘bent-finger’

first_img“Yes, it was not ideal was it — but I am planning to have a lot more practice. We don’t want to see the crooked finger any more this year and I hope that we can see the end of that,” Button said.Vettel’s celebration, in which he raises his slightly bent right index finger to signify number one, was widely used last year as he took his second title in a row. He finished second on Sunday but never looked likely to win.The good-natured Vettel laughed and warned: “I want to win, everyone does, and I don’t think it will be too long before I do again.“This race proved that after all the worries on Saturday we still have the pace. Everyone said we were in trouble, but if we were there are plenty of others in much worse and deeper trouble than we are.“And I am pretty sure we can go well at Sepang next race. There is no doubt that Jenson deserved to win this time — we could not catch him — but it will be different in Malaysia.”Sunday’s opening showdown proved that McLaren and Red Bull will be the two main forces in the early part of the season — and that Button is in excellent form already.His composure and technique saw him take the lead at the opening corner and leave McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton frustrated at failing to exploit his pole position.Victory brought Button his third win at Albert Park and his 13th in all, proving beyond doubt that he will be a serious contender for his second world title, providing he and Hamilton do not take too many points from one another.“It is too early to talk about that and we shall just have to see how it pans out over the next few races,” said Button.“Lewis was very fast in qualifying and he was unlucky in this race. That can change. We know what Red Bull can do and we are not discounting anyone at all.”While Vettel talked of bidding to bounce back, it is more likely that Hamilton will find some luck in Malaysia next weekend.Hamilton admitted he was not sure why he wheel-spun at the start, allowing Button to take charge, but he was also unfortunate when a safety car intervention allowed Vettel to take second spot.“I feel pretty disappointed for myself, but the team have done a great job over the winter and we are both on the podium at the opening race,” Hamilton said.“That tells me we are going in the right direction and now it is up to me to work hard and keep my head down… and find the results. I don’t know what happened at the start here, but I intend to find out and make sure we don’t have it again.“Of course, I wanted to win, but at the end of the day it is just the first race in a 20-race season. I am aiming for consistency. And I believe it is consistency that wins world championships.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MELBOURNE, Australia, March 19 – Jenson Button warned Sebastian Vettel on Monday that he plans to end the days when the German’s trademark bent-finger salute is seen at the end of Formula One grands prix.The 32-year-old Englishman cruised to victory himself in Sunday’s season-opening Australian race — and admitted his new celebration, in which he forms a ‘W’ for winner with his hands, needed some practice.last_img read more

Doula helps addicted moms cope in childbirth

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Sierra Sauer did not bond much with her first child. Now, more than seven months pregnant with her second child, she hopes to be a better mother with the help of counseling and a childbirth class taught by a doula at the Los Angeles Centers for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Family Foundations Program. A doula gives emotional support to women in labor, said DeAnne Todd, a volunteer doula, who for the past three years has led weekly child-care classes inside a cozy living room at the program’s Santa Fe Springs facility. The Los Angeles Centers for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Family Foundations Program is an alternative-sentencing facility for mothers and expectant mothers who have been convicted of nonviolent narcotics-related offenses. “The role of a doula is strictly emotional,” Todd, 44, said. “A doula can help you make decisions on the spot in the hospital. Sometimes it is just a comforting look. Sometimes I just get ice.” Sauer was placed with the Family Foundations Program after convictions for narcotics violations and prostitution. After the birth of her first child through a cesarean section, state welfare officials took her daughter into protective custody. “In a way, I resent my daughter because I didn’t really give birth to her,” the 20-year-old from Oakland said at Wednesday’s class. “This is the first time I’m going through it all.” Through the Family Foundations Program, Sauer can keep her baby with her. She also is receiving group and individual counseling. At some jails and prisons in the state, women inmates are shackled to a bed during childbirth. Afterward, they can see their newborn only during scheduled feedings and until the infant is placed in foster care. At Wednesday’s class, Todd told Sauer and two other women that they have rights in the delivery room. “You have the right to know what the doctors and nurses are doing,” she said. “But if you’re nice to them, you’ll have more success. Ask them for help.” During her last labor, Sauer said, she was so panicked that she couldn’t talk. “They kept putting an oxygen mask on me and I kept taking it off,” she said. “I was sweaty and I couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t get my words out. I panicked because I’ve been suffocated before.” Sauer’s experience was similar to one Todd had 12 years ago, which inspired her to help women with criminal records and substance-abuse problems. Her sister was addicted to narcotics when Todd took her to the hospital to give birth, she related. “When you go to the hospital in labor and have had no pre- natal care and are addicted to drugs, they treat you awfully. They treated my sister horribly,” Todd said. “I was mad at her, too, but there’s a certain amount of kindness and decency she deserves. “I work down here every week to rescue my sister.” On Wednesday, she used diagrams, a baby doll and a plastic model of a pelvis to explain the complex process of childbirth. “I was a heroin addict through my whole pregnancy,” Sauer said of her first birth. “I didn’t want to believe or admit I was pregnant. I’m doing everything I can to be more prepared. I’m going to be able to keep this baby.” Todd said the bond between mother and baby created during childbirth affects the child for the rest of its life. “How a baby is born affects how the mother feels toward the baby,” she said. “If mom is stressed and sad, baby is, too. “You can make a difference in how a person affects the world and interacts with other children if you help the mutual bonding between child and parents. It’s hugely important to the world. That’s why I do it for free.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

Burnley boss Sean Dyche wants end to Andre Gray furore

first_img Andre Gray celebrates scoring against Liverpool back in August Sean Dyche hopes returning Burnley striker Andre Gray will be allowed to move on from the ill-judged social media posts that earned him a four-game ban.Gray will be back on duty against Manchester United on Saturday for the first time since September 17, having been suspended for a series of offensive – and in one case homophobic – tweets dating back to 2012.The 25-year-old has apologised for sending the messages, which appeared during his time with non-league Hinckley United, and stressed he turned over a new leaf long before arriving at Turf Moor.Burnley have condemned the posts but supported their player and now manager Dyche hopes to draw a line under the incident.“I don’t know what abuse he will get… if you come out, hold your hands up and say ‘that’s not me any more’, what abuse will you get?” he said.“There’s no crystal ball for me, he’s a young man developing and learning, and there’s no guarantees he’s going to cope with it in any way, either positive or negative.“I think it’s fair to say his behaviour will be monitored more closely. I don’t mind that. I think that comes with the territory a little bit, first of all going into the Premier League as a player and then with an incident that’s not to do with football.“This type of situation, he can only learn from. He’s got to learn from it, it’s happened, so you get a sanction for it., you pay your price for want of a better way to put it, and move forward.“The ones who don’t learn are often the ones who have trouble in the future, and I don’t think he’s that type, he’s trying to move forward.”While Dyche is not sure how Gray will be treated by rival fans, or how it will impact his game, he is certain about one thing.For him, avoiding the medium entirely would be the easiest fix of all.“Social media is a modern thing and for footballers I don’t think it’s a useful tool,” he said.“There are good things to it, for charity work, getting a message out, promoting things, for families keeping in touch.“But in football it opens an unnecessary moment. Everyone talks about on the pitch but there’s so much changed off the pitch. It’s a whole different profession off the pitch from even when I was playing.” 1last_img read more

Play time in the park

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesPhotos by John Kennedy / Staff 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brothers Jonathan Paez, 10, right, and Andrew Paez, 6, toss buckets of water at each other in a water fight at the water fountain at Michigan Park in Whittier on Tuesday. The brothers came out to the park with their mother, Gina Paez, to enjoy the last days of their vacation before they return to school. Jonathan will be in the fifth grade and Andrew in the first grade. Julia Ruiz, 3, left, runs through the refreshing water drops of the Michigan Park water fountain Tuesday. Below, Robert Varley, 3, right, kicks a ball back to his mother, Marci Varley, left, at Michigan Park. Bottom, a man takes a nap Tuesday in the shade of the trees at Michigan Park. last_img read more

Harry Ascroft the hero as Finn Harps stay in Premier Division

first_imgAUSTRALIAN HARRY Ascroft was the extra-time hero as Finn Harps retained their Premier Division status with a dramatic play-off win over Drogheda United.Finn Harps 2 Drogheda United 0 (after extra time)By Chris McNulty at Finn Park. Pictures by Joe Boland, North West News Pix Ascroft sent the majority of the 2,113 Finn Park crowd into raptures with a 107th minute winner as Ollie Horgan’s Harps turned the tie on its head.In the 50th anniversary of the club’s entry into the League of Ireland in 1969, Harps stayed up on a drenching night of high tension by the Finn as Mark Russell’s early goal took the contest to the nervy extra period.A winter signing from Balzan in Malta, Ascroft proved the hero of the hour two minutes into the second half of extra time. Ascroft managed to squeeze home a header from Tony McNamee’s corner. A ninth clean sheet of the season for Mark Anthony McGinley was easily his most vital as Harps, in the face of a tidal wave of pressure, held on.On their last three play-off visits, Harps had won promotion from the First Division, but this was their first time taking to the do-or-die stage as the Premier Division side.In 12 previous ties, Harps had never lost the home leg of a play-off and – in front of 2,113 spectators – they got off to the best possible start as Russell levelled the tie in the seventh minute.Russell finished from close range after getting on the end of a clever clip into the area by Ruairi Harkin, who was spotted lurking on the edge of the area by the swift-thinking Mark Timlin from a corner.Horgan’s selection showed three changes from Monday’s game at United Park.  Timlin, injured two weeks ago in the 1-0 win over Waterford, was passed fit to start, while veteran Raffaele Cretaro and Mikey Place were also restored to the first XI.Mark Coyle, Nathan Boyle and McNamee dropped to the bench.Russell headed over from a Place corner on 20 minutes and, in the closing moments of the first half, Sam Todd flicked a header off target from another set piece. Harps were promoted via a play-off win over Limerick last year, having edged Drogheda in the First Division play-off. In their first year back in the top flight, the Donegal side stayed above the low-water line ahead of relegated UCD. Drogheda came to Ballybofey holding the slender 1-0 advantage given to them by Chris Lyons’ last-ditch winner in the first leg. Just when Harps were getting ready to come back home with a scoreless draw, Lyons tucked home put Drogheda in the driving seat.Stephen Meaney, who had a big impact off the bench on Monday, including providing the assist for Lyons’ winner, was brought back into Drogheda’s team with Adam Wixted making way.Wixted came in for Meaney at half-time and the Drogs began the second half with purpose, Luke Heeney firing over after Sean Brennan did well to invite the shot.Mark Anthony McGinley, the Harps goalkeeper, saved from Mark Doyle on the hour before Harps had a big chance to go ahead on 65 minutes.Cretaro was the architect at first. The Sligo man’s slide-rule pass teed up Russell, who drove into the goalmouth. Place had two bites at the rebound, but just couldn’t force it home.Six minutes from the end, Finn Park’s heart was in its mouth when Doyle met a cross from Luke McNally, but McGinley was able to save.Enter extra time, where Ascroft stepped up as the man of the moment.Finn Harps: Mark Anthony McGinley; Harry Ascroft, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd; Jacob Borg, Ruairi Harkin (Tony McNamee 94), Gareth Harkin, Mark Timllin, Mark Russell; Raffaele Cretaro (Mark Coyle 90 (Daniel O’Reilly 104)); Mikey Place (Nathan Boyle 73)Drogheda United: Luca Gratzer; James Brown, Luke McNally, Kevin Farragher, Conor Kane; Stephen Meaney (Adam Wixted half-time), Luke Heeney, Mark Hughes (Jordan Adeyemo 97), Sean Brennan (Jamie Hollywood 61, Mark Doyle; Chris Lyons (Ryan O’Shea 112).Referee: Neil DoyleHarry Ascroft the hero as Finn Harps stay in Premier Division was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)Tags:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDrogheda Unitedfinn harpsHarry AscroftMark Anthony McGinleyMark RussellOllie Horganlast_img read more

Location-Based Ads a Goldmine, Says Survey – 50% of Users Take Action

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#advertising#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Although the privacy issues surrounding Facebook’s new, opt-out only data sharing policies are making people uncomfortable, one area where folks are apparently happy to have their private data shared is on their mobile phones. And by private data, we mean exact GPS coordinates. Coordinates that are shared with software developers, ad networks and location-based service providers in return for free location-based mobile applications and geo-targeted ads. In fact, one in four U.S. adults use mobile location-based services, according to a survey put out by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) last week. And nearly half of those users are responding to the included location-based ads. Location-Based Ads See Nearly 50% Engagement Rates, Says MMA In partnership with Luth Research, MMA surveyed 1,000 U.S. adult consumers from a demographically representative sample and found that, as of mid-March, 91% of the respondents have a cellphone and 26% of that group has used a “map, navigation or some other mobile phone service that automatically determines your current location,” reads the MMA release on this data.Perhaps more surprising is the level of engagement between these location-based service users and the geo-targeted ads. Nearly half of those who noticed ads while using a location-based service took some action. Think about that for a minute and let it sink in. For comparison purposes, a banner ad on the Web getting a 2% click-though rate (CTR) is considered fairly successful, but most campaigns now receive just 0.2%-0.3% CTRs. That may not be a true apples-to-apples comparison, though. Location-based mobile ads don’t necessarily have CTRs – they can be anything from standard Web banners to creative interactive video displays that respond as you move the phone around, such as was the case with the Dockers ad – the world’s first “shakable” ad. In fact, all forms of mobile ads do well. SMS ads saw 37% engagement, and ads seen while mobile Web browsing saw 28% engagement, notes the survey. A few other interesting findings:10% of cellphone owners use location-based mobile services at least once per week63% of iPhone owners use location-based mobile services at least once per weekAdults ages 25-34 are frequent users of location services, with 22% using them at least once a week.Consumers are interested in allowing their phone to automatically share their location in exchange for perks, such as free use of mobile applications and mobile coupons.Location-Based Ads Outside the U.S.While this data is certainly compelling, this trend may not extrapolate outside the U.S..U.S. For example, in Finland, McDonald’s recently participated in a location-based pilot campaign powered by Navteq LocationPoint Advertising that only received a 7% CTR. (A number that sounded incredible until this new survey data came out.) The campaign delivered ads to users of the Nokia Ovi Maps application, but not all smartphone platforms. Still, McDonald’s deemed the pilot program a success. “The amazing thing about location-based advertising,” said Chris Rothey, VP of market development and advertising at Navteq, “is that it allows merchants to extend their storefront virtually to the surrounding areas and dramatically increase point-of-sale influence.” It seems consumers agree: location-based ads are amazing. So amazing that people are actually using them. Image by chokola Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Better Engineering Empowered by the Cloud

first_imgServant, Dunbrack, McKenzie & MacDonald Limited (SDMM) provides innovative, sustainable design through surveying and engineering consultations. Traditional surveying methods take three to five days just to capture the topography of a site, and often require working with out-of-date photos and limited 2-D maps.These traditional methods have become too expensive and time consuming for both consultants and their clients to maintain, spurring innovation across the industry. There have been rapid advancements in many surveying and engineering tech tools in just a few years, and SDMM has become a leader in the industry by making ongoing investments in technology to innovate its service offering.“These are heavy data sets, and the workstations we use for data and content creation need to be powerful,” explains Chris Foran, vice president of innovation at SDMM. The company needed a whole suite of powerful, collaborative hardware, both in the field and in the office, that could handle extremely high-resolution photos and 3-D maps flawlessly. The right tools for the jobSDMM upgraded their technology and now controls their unmanned aerial vehicle with a tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor. The raw data is processed either on site by SDMM or by Autodesk on its cloud service hosted by Intel cloud partner Amazon Cloud Services. The team is now armed with Pix4D desktop software running on a high-end workstation equipped with Intel Xeon processor E5 technology and mobile solutions featuring the Intel Core i7 processor family. With this new approach, Foran estimates it takes 30 percent less time than traditional surveying, but provides millions more data points. It would take a person a lifetime to collect the same information collected by a laser scanner in just two hours.“These are disruptive technologies. They have a ‘wow factor’ and deliver things customers didn’t know were possible,” adds David Males, director of sales and marketing. Once customers see how the technology can be applied, they realize it can not only save them money, but also allows them to make faster decisions.“Our whole experience has been with Intel-based platforms, which tells us the hardware works and is solid,” says Males.Better, safer in every wayBecause much of the work in the field is done on uneven and dangerous ground, SDMM’s upgrade is about more than wowing customers — it’s about keeping employees safe. Using laser scanning technology, SDMM can now scan 360 degrees, while mapping millions of points of data and creating an image of those data points called a point cloud.“This technology allows us to do things we never could have dreamed of doing before,” says Foran. “We get a high level of complete data safer because we don’t have to access the dangerous areas of the site. As long as we can see it, we can get the information we need.”Now that they’ve made the upgrade, SDMM’s customers are thrilled with the results and realize they’ll never again have to put up with outdated or incomplete data. SDMM can now confidently give their customers immersive 3-D representations of the land. Learn more about SDMM’s new technology and how the right hardware upgrades could boost your small business. Have you upgraded recently? Comment below, and tell us what’s helped your small business compete! And join us on Twitter!last_img read more

Royal Society 2011 Award Recipients Announced

first_imgToday, the U.K. Royal Society announced the recipients of its awards, medals, and prize lectures for 2011. Among the winning scientists, recognized for their achievements in fields ranging from organic chemistry to “mathematical population biology of immunology,” is Christopher Lintott, a postdoc at the University of Oxford and one of the founders of Galaxy Zoo (an online crowdsourcing initiative inviting the public to help in classifying galaxies), who received the Kohn Award for his work with the social aspects of science. The society’s premier award, the Copley Medal, along with £5000, goes to Dan McKenzie of the University of Cambridge, for contributions to the understanding of geophysical phenomena such as plate tectonics. In studies that have taken him to Albania, India, and Iceland, he has studied the structure of the planet’s crust and how the mantle melts.last_img read more

India Readies Hi-tech Naval Base to Keep Eye on China

first_imgThe strategic base, with an eye firmly on China, will eventually even have underground pens or bunkers to protect nuclear submarines both from spy satellites and enemy air attacks. Related Itemslast_img