Premier League Premier League Team of the Week: Salah and Drinkwater star in final round of 2017 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Premier League Liverpool AFC Bournemouth v Everton Chelsea v Stoke City Huddersfield Town v Burnley Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion Watford v Swansea City Liverpool v Leicester City Manchester United v Southampton Crystal Palace v Manchester City West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Stoke City Chelsea Huddersfield Town Burnley Brighton & Hove Albion Newcastle United Watford Southampton Manchester City Crystal Palace Arsenal West Bromwich Albion Positive results for Liverpool and Chelsea saw players from each side stand out as the Premier League said farewell to 2017
World Cup Griezmann admits fortunate France ‘must do better’ after being bailed out by Pogba & VAR Chris Burton 21:05 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup France v Australia France Australia Antoine Griezmann Paul Pogba Les Bleus stumbled their way to a 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener, with a contentious penalty and deflected winner sealing the points Antoine Griezmann concedes that France “can and must do better” after battling their way to a fortunate 2-1 victory over Australia in their World Cup 2018 opener.Fancied by many to go all the way in Russia, Les Bleus rather stumbled out of the blocks in a victory which relied more on luck than the abundance of talent at Didier Deschamps’ disposal.Griezmann was offered the opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot shortly before the hour mark after a controversial VAR decision overruled the on-field call not to pull up Josh Risdon for a sliding challenge on the Atletico Madrid frontman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Paul Pogba then netted a deflected winner 10 minutes from time, allowing Samuel Umtiti to breathe a sigh of relief after a moment of madness saw him inexplicably handle inside the box.Griezmann concedes that France were far from their best and is looking for a marked improvement in upcoming Group C outings against Peru and Denmark, telling TF1: “The most important thing is the team. We still have a lot to work on. We can and we must do better. “Winning is all that matters in the end. We will be better for the second match. It will be complicated but we have to be ready. “It is necessary to continue working on the system, to find our rhythm and get used to the atmosphere and the pressure.”Manchester United midfielder Pogba, who had faced plenty of criticism heading into an opening contest which ultimately saw him make a telling contribution, added: “It’s a World Cup match. There are no easy games. Australia have done very well. It will be like that all the way through the World Cup. “It was very important to win the first game. It was difficult. We did not give up. “On my goal, I was helped a lot by the defender. To score with your ears, nose, or foot – as long as it goes in, it’s all good.”Even Pogba’s late effort required the use of technology to get France off the hook, with the ball having looped over Mat Ryan and off the underside of the bar before bouncing out from over the line.Some 18 minutes prior to that match-winning moment, Barcelona defender Umtiti had thrust his arm towards an Aaron Mooy free-kick delivered into the box which posed little threat to the French defence.He concedes that he made what could have been a costly mistake, but is already looking to put the incident behind him.Umtiti told TF1: “As I turned around, I thought the ball had already gone.“I managed to re-focus right away, thanks to my team-mates. You have to think about winning, just winning. Errors like that happen, you have to accept them and move on quickly.”
New Delhi: Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan since the abrogation of Article 370 which ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, a bizarre video tweeted by a Pakistani journalist is going viral on social media and is leaving the netizens in splits. A day before Pakistan’s Defence Day on September 6, a Pakistani scribe shared a video on Twitter in which India skipper Virat Kohli is seen playing for the Men in Green. Naila Inayat tweeted a video with the caption: “Pakistan cricket team playing in Srinagar, Virat Kohli playing for Pakistan. Just some regular delusions, nothing else.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Apart from Kohli, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja can also be seen in Pakistani colours. The video, which is set in 2025, begins with a scene of World T20 final at the Srinagar Cricket Stadium being played between Pakistan and England. Thereafter, the cricket commentator introduces the two openers for Pakistan as “two legendary batsmen Babar Azam and Virat Kohli”. The scene then shifts to a house where a family is watching the match. A girl then tells her dad: “Dekhna aaj toh Virat Kohli hi match jeetwayega (Virat Kohli will win us this match today, you will see).” To which her dad replies, “Virat Kohli na pehle India ki team mein hota tha (Virat Kohli used to be in Indian team).” To which the other kid replies with a surprised look and asks “Kaun India? (Who is India?).” The man doesn’t reply to the query and has a smirk on his face.
Where there is pressure there is folk dance’ – stated the Hofesh Shechter company as they took over the Kamani Auditorium on 9 September. History has shown us, time and again, that out of situations of extreme political and sociological turmoil comes art. The blues, jazz, the poetry of the likes of Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou – the list goes on. History also predicts that expression, over the years, becomes more physical. Now, there is dance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I do suppose, in this Cold War era when the world totters on the brink of another full-fledged war – Political Mother comes as a reminder to the grim reality that one either controls or is controlled. But at the end of it all – there’s always art. Political Mother did two things for us. One it opened our mind and two it showed us how incredibly a stage can be used. We didn’t know that the Kamani auditorium had the potential to offer so much. The entire performance of 70 minutes kept the full-house glued to the seats and frankly it didn’t even feel that we sat rapt in attention for more than an hour. A one prolonged music piece of sorts with only one song, Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, the performance was an intensely cerebral one while making ample accommodations for goose bumps and elevated heartbeats. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Political Mother brims with Shechter’s emotional and gritty complexity as an ever more surreal chain of images makes our existence seem more impossible than the events taking place in front of us. A Chinese puzzle of encounters leads to amusing, sad and shocking events that confuse our values and challenge our perceptions of what is normal. It is performed by 10 dancers of the Hofesh Shechter Company and accompanied by Shechter’s cinematic score performed by a band of live musicians.’ explains the Impulse 2 website. Choreographed by Israel born-London based Hofesh Shechter, Political Mother is based on contemporary dance with a lot of folk influences. Shechter attributes what we see on stage to the folk dances he grew up with in his country. The contemporary strain allowed the choreographer free expression and it resulted in something intensely powerful and beautiful. The flawless dance performers were joined by musicians on stage and this added to the overall stunning impact of the production. The standing ovation at the end of it all was much deserved. This performance was a part of British Council’s Impulse 2 programme that will be taking place over September, October and November across the country. The event kicked off with Schechter’s Political Mother and will also be bringing the Scottish Dance Theatre and Avant Garde Dance company to India over the next two months.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview the huge increase in expenses was for “growth we need now and in the future.””We’re investing in the next set of services and what will be future investments like Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus,” she added.Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter said Facebook’s costs and spending met expectations. “We think the company has a lot of opportunities ahead of it so we want to see them investing quite heavily in those investments,” he said.Facebook shares fell about 2.5 percent in after-hours trading. As of Wednesday’s close of $96.99, the stock has risen 24.3 percent this year, valuing the company at $276.4 billion.For the quarter, revenue jumped to $4.04 billion from $2.91 billion.Net income attributable to stockholders fell to $715 million, or 25 cents per share, from $788 million, or 30 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding items, the Menlo Park, California-based company earned 50 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected earnings of 47 cents per share on revenue of $3.99 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Advertising revenue grew 43 percent to $3.83 billion. Mobile ads accounted for 76 percent of that, up from 62 percent in the same quarter last year.Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, said it had 1.49 billion monthly active users as of June 30, up 13 percent from a year earlier. Of these, 1.31 billion accessed the service through mobile devices, a rise of 23 percent.Daily active users increased to 968 million in June, up 17 percent from the same month last year.”It’s particularly impressive that users are more engaged than ever before – that the percentage of monthly users who visit every day continues to grow,” said Nate Elliott, an analyst with Forrester Research. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals July 29, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the October 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read September 30, 2015 A year after the launch of Apple Pay and five months into Google’s Android Pay service, it seems like mobile payments have finally caught fire with the public. Thousands of banks and retail giants have jumped onboard, yet small businesses—which account for more than 90 percent of businesses in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau—are so far responding with a collective meh.“I would say it’s been a fairly negligible adoption rate so far,” says Jordan McKee, senior analyst covering mobile payments at 451 Research in Boston. “There hasn’t been a tremendous amount of interest given the cost of upgrading terminals to accept NFC payments.”Near field communication is the technology behind the new contactless payment systems. Long a feature of Android handsets, the chip lets consumers put a smartphone inches away from a payment terminal to make a transaction. Apple Pay joined the party in 2014 with the iPhone 6; the tech is also a key feature of the new Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) credit card standard.This year’s Oct. 1 deadline for the transition to EMV credit cards is what’s driving the widespread availability of mobile payments. That’s because on that date, every merchant in the country is required to upgrade the old magnetic-card-swipe terminals to new ones compatible with EMV cards (also called chip-and-PIN cards). If they refuse, they will be held liable for fraudulent purchases made in their establishments.Still, that threat alone hasn’t been enough to force small businesses to transition to EMV card readers, let alone to mobile payments. McKee believes that may happen once the post-deadline horror stories start to pop up. “I think word will spread pretty quickly throughout the small-business space that card networks are holding merchants responsible for fraudulent transactions,” he says.Beyond the new EMV standard, mobile promises to make payments even more secure. “Apple Pay is by far the most secure way to make a payment in general today,” McKee says, noting that it uses biometrics and tokenization (in which the credit card number is replaced with a unique code recognized by the bank). In short: Offering the system builds trust with customers. But for small businesses to accept it, they’ll need an NFC-compatible (and Apple-approved) reader.The industry’s hope is that once businesses upgrade from their old magnetic point-of-sale terminals to smart, EMV-compatible ones, the ability for merchants to easily add a pay-by-phone option will turn mobile payments into the new normal. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »