Aguero on target as City cruise into League Cup final

first_imgSergio Aguero scored the only goal as Manchester City beat League One (third division) Burton Albion 1-0 to secure a 10-0 aggregate victory in their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday.The Argentine striker slotted home from a Riyad Mahrez cutback in the 26th minute as City set up a final clash against Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur.Pep Guardiola fielded a mixture of experienced and young players with Aguero, Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne starting. He also handed a debut to winger Ian Poveda while young talents Eric Garcia and Philippe Sandler started in central defence.City demolished Burton 9-0 in the first leg with four goals from Gabriel Jesus and solitary strikes from De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Mahrez.last_img read more


President’s Iraq visit shows he knows surge failed

first_imgBefore Gen. David Petraeus’ report, and to give it a context of optimism, the president visited Iraq’s Anbar province to underscore the success of the surge in making some hitherto anarchic areas less so. More significant, however, was the fact that the president did not visit Baghdad. This underscored the fact that the surge has failed, as measured by the president’s and Petraeus’ standards of success. Those who today stridently insist that the surge has succeeded also say they are especially supportive of the president, Petraeus and the military generally. But at the beginning of the surge, both Petraeus and the president defined success in a way that took the achievement of success out of America’s hands. The purpose of the surge, they said, is to buy time – “breathing space,” the president says – for Iraqi political reconciliation. Because progress toward that has been negligible, there is no satisfactory answer to this question: What is the U.S. military mission in Iraq? Many of those who insist that the surge is a harbinger of U.S. victory in Iraq are making the same mistake they made in 1991 when they urged an advance on Baghdad, and in 2003 when they underestimated the challenge of building democracy there. The mistake is exaggerating the relevance of U.S. military power to achieve political progress in a society riven by ethnic and sectarian hatreds. America’s military leaders, who are professional realists, do not make this mistake. The progress that Petraeus reports in improving security in portions of Iraq is real. It might, however, have two sinister aspects. First, measuring sectarian violence is problematic: The Washington Post reports that a body with a bullet hole in the front of the skull is considered a victim of criminality; a hole in the back of the skull is evidence of sectarian violence. But even if violence is declining, that might be partly because violent sectarian cleansing has separated Sunni and Shiite communities. This homogenization of hostile factions – trained and armed by U.S. forces – may bear poisonous fruit in a full-blown civil war. Second, brutalities by al-Qaida in Iraq have indeed provoked some Sunni leaders to collaborate with U.S. forces. But these alliances of convenience might be inconvenient when Shiites again become the Sunnis’ principal enemy. Congressional Democrats should accept Petraeus’ report as a reason to declare a victory, one that might make this fact somewhat palatable: Substantial numbers of U.S. forces will be in Iraq when the next president is inaugurated. The Democrats’ “victory” – a chimera but a useful one – is that Petraeus indicates there soon can be a small reduction of U.S. forces. To declare this a substantial victory won by them requires Democrats to do two things. They must make a mountain out of a molehill (Petraeus suggests withdrawal of only a few thousand troops). And they must spuriously claim credit for the mountain. Actually, senior military officers have been saying that a large drawdown is inevitable, given the toll taken on the forces by the tempo of operations for more than four years. But Democrats cannot advertise a small withdrawal as a victory without further infuriating their party’s base, the source of energy and money. The base is incandescent because there are more troops in Iraq today than there were on Election Day 2006, when Democratic activists and donors thought, not without reason, that congressional Democrats acquired the power to end U.S. involvement in Iraq. A democracy, wrote the diplomat and scholar George Kennan, “fights for the very reason that it was forced to go to war. It fights to punish the power that was rash enough and hostile enough to provoke it – to teach that power a lesson it will not forget, to prevent the thing from happening again. “Such a war must be carried to the bitter end.” Which is why “unconditional surrender” was a natural U.S. goal in World War II, and why Americans were so uncomfortable with three “wars of choice” since then – in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. What “forced” America to go to war in 2003 – the “gathering danger” of weapons of mass destruction – was fictitious. That is one reason why this war will not be fought, at least not by Americans, to the bitter end. The end of the war will, however, be bitter for Americans, partly because the president’s decision to visit Iraq without visiting its capital confirmed the flimsiness of the fallback rationale for the war – the creation of a unified, pluralist Iraq. After more than four years of war, two questions persist: Is there an Iraq? Are there Iraqis? George Will’s e-mail address is georgewill@washpost .com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Leicester sack young trio following racist video on post-season tour of Thailand

first_img Leicester City 1 Leicester have terminated the contracts of Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson, son of manager Nigel, after they appeared in a video using racist language during an end-of-season tour, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.The young Foxes trio appeared together in a leaked video from the club’s end-of-season ‘goodwill tour’ of Thailand, during which a variety of crude remarks are made including one of two Thai women being called a “slit-eye”.After an internal investigation Leicester, whose owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha are from Thailand, have terminated the contracts of all three protagonists.A Leicester City statement read:Leicester City Football Club has notified Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson that their contracts with the club have been terminated.The decision follows the conclusion of an internal investigation and disciplinary proceedings, as a consequence of events that took place during the Club’s end-of-season goodwill tour of Thailand. Leicester City Football Club is acutely aware of its position, and that of its players, as a representative of the city of Leicester, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Club’s supporters. It is committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality, and to upholding the standards expected of a Club with its history, tradition and aspirations. The Club will make no further comment on the investigation, its finding or outcomes.last_img read more


Six stadiums UEFA should have picked to host Liverpool’s Europa League final

first_img 7 1. Porto’s Estadio do Dragao – Boasts a capacity of 50,035 and hosted five games at Euro 2004, including a semi-final, but has yet to host a UEFA club competition final 3. Schalke’s Veltins Arena – With a capacity of 54,740, the venue for the 2004 Champions League final and five 2006 World Cup matches is overdue a major UEFA final. 7 7 Liverpool will face Sevilla in the English club’s first European final since 2007, but there is controversy surrounding UEFA’s choice of venue for the occasion.The Europa League finale will take place in Basel’s St Jakob Park, which will have a capacity of just 35,000 for the match, meaning Liverpool fans will be allocated just 10,000 tickets, of which it’s estimated only 5,000 are earmarked for ‘general’ supporter allocation.Liverpool have 27,000 season ticket holders, easily filled an allocation of 32,000 fans at the League Cup final at Wembley in February, and boast average home attendances approaching 45,000, but the vast majority of their regular match-going support stand to miss out on seeing the Europa League final live.UEFA made the decision to award Basel the 2016 final almost two years ago, in the process selecting what will be the second smallest stadium to host the competition’s showpiece since the UEFA Cup final switched to a one-off match in 1999.European football’s governing body grades stadiums according to a list of criteria, and only venues awarded UEFA’s four star status are eligible to host a Europa or Champions League final.While it’s not possible for UEFA to know far in advance which clubs will contest the finals, the Champions League denouement has usually been played in a ground with a capacity of at least 70,000, while the Europa League is understandably scheduled for slightly smaller venues.But supporters group the Football Supporters’ Federation have previously written to the governing body urging them not to select stadiums with a capacity under 50,000 for the Europa League final, in order to lesson potential fan disappointment and security issues.Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, the 2016 final will take place in a stadium ill-equipped to deal with the demand for tickets from Reds supporters, meaning thousands of loyal Kopites will miss out.The club’s manager Jurgen Klopp has been forced to backtrack on his earlier appeal for ticketless fans to travel to Switzerland regardless, amid fears over Basel’s ability to cope with an influx of potentially 30-40,000 supporters from the UK alone.“That was not too smart to be honest,” Klopp admitted. “Basel is a nice city but it is not ready for us and it was my mistake. I have to take back the invitation to Basel.”While these are sensible words from the German, it remains a great pity that UEFA have apparently learned few lessons from the past in choosing a venue seemingly so unsuitable to host one of their showpiece finals.Especially when you consider some of the alternative four star-rated arenas they could have chosen, as detailed in the slideshow above, all of which provide a sizeable increase on Basel’s capacity without being too large for a Europa League final. 2. Marseille’s Stade Velodrome – Completely renovated for Euro 2016, where it will host six matches including a semi-final, the Stade Velodrome has a capacity of 67,394. 7 4. Feyenoord’s De Kuip – Holding 51,117 fans, De Kuip was renovated in the 1990s and in its modern incarnation the Rotterdam stadium hosted the Euro 2000 final and the 2002 UEFA Cup final. Basel’s St Jakob Park will host the 2016 Europa League final, despite having a capacity of just 35,000 for the game. Take a look at six stadiums that would have been more suitable to host Liverpool v Sevilla – just click the arrow above, right 6. Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium – The venue for four European Cup finals, most recently in 1995, plus two further UEFA club finals and the Euro 2008 final, this 50,865 capacity stadium is more than capable of staging a Europa League final. 7 5. Olimpic Lluis Companys Stadium in Barcelona – Extensively renovated to host the 1992 Olympic Games, and again for the 2010 European Athletics Championship, this 56,000 capacity stadium was also home to Espanyol between 1999 and 2007. More recently it’s hosted England as the ‘home’ ground of Andorra, and a 55,000 crowd for a rugby European Cup quarter-final in 2012. 7 7last_img read more


Dentists to open school to train savvy assistants

first_imgVALENCIA – For years, Allen and Kelly Smudde have seen people apply for jobs at their dental office and have wondered what in the world some applicants were thinking. Some forget phone numbers on their resumes. Some blow off interviews or show up late. Others arrive in jeans. But those aren’t the only reasons why the Smuddes, both dentists, are opening a school for dental assistants this month. The husband-and-wife dental team has found that many graduates of dental-training programs have little hands-on experience and a lot of education debt – typically, about $10,000 in student loans. They might have “book smarts,” but many lack skills for day-to-day employment in dental offices. Being a dental assistant is usually the first step into the world of dentistry and can lead to other positions, such as office manager, or even inspire the worker to get a degree in dentistry, Kelly Smudde said. In fact, she was a dental assistant before she became a doctor of dental surgery. As the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of dentists, she said, she grew up visiting her father’s office and helping him with patients. He trained her to become an assistant, a job she kept through high school and college. Judy Martin also got her start 16 years ago as a dental assistant. Through the years she learned accounting, computer programming and other aspects of the business side of dentistry, and she eventually became an office manager. Now she’ll also be assistant director of the Santa Clarita School of Dental Assisting. Martin said it’s common for the newly hired to be timid in the workplace. Unfortunately, shyness might lead to aloofness with patients who need communication to feel comfortable in a dentist’s office. “You want to give them that comfort and let them know that everything will be OK and that they will be fine,” Martin said. “You can be new, but they don’t need to know it.” An open house will be held from 7 to 9 Thursday evening at the Santa Clarita School of Dental Assisting, 25880 Tournament Road, Suite 103, Valencia. For information, call Martin at (661) 993-9642. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Smuddes aim to change all that. “We mainly want young people to not have such debt and to be really qualified,” said Kelly Smudde. “We just really want to make a difference, and we love teaching.” Class will begin Jan. 29 at the couple’s Santa Clarita School of Dental Assisting and will continue every Sunday for 10 weeks. The eight-hour days are divided equally between classroom and hands-on training inside the Valencia office where the Smuddes practice dentistry. Tuition costs $3,000. Kelly Smudde said students will acquire skills from suctioning to sterilizing, and they will learn how to help dentists and to be members of a dental team. Interviewing skills also will be reviewed in class, so students can make good impressions when applying for jobs. last_img read more


Arsenal back-up forward wanted by Italian giants AC Milan in £17m deal

first_img Lucas Perez in action for Arsenal 1 Arsenal forward Lucas Perez is a summer transfer target for AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.The Spaniard only moved to the Emirates from Deportivo La Coruna back in August after the Gunners met his £17.1m release-clause.However, the 28-year-old has struggled to cement a spot in Arsene Wenger’s team and he has started just two Premier League matches.That, according to reports in Italy, has alerted AC Milan and they are considering a summer swoop for Lucas.The Serie A giants are on the hunt for attacking reinforcements and they would be able to offer the former Deportivo man regular playing time.Milan are yet to make a formal approach, but they are reportedly hoping a bid of around £17m may tempt Arsenal into selling.last_img read more


Thanks, but no thanks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe board’s refusal to cooperate is a big mistake. If Villaraigosa, who is now charged with turning the district around, doesn’t approve of the board’s choice, he’ll have every reason to fire the new superintendent – and the public would have to pay out his or her contract. Better to avoid that costly possibility by letting the mayor in on the decision-making process now. But the board doesn’t want that kind of intrusion. It’s set up a secret search committee that will select finalists for the position. Until then, everyone else – board members, the mayor and the public alike – is in the dark. And that’s the way it’s going to be, no matter what Villaraigosa says or the people want. “I understand and know (Villaraigosa) wants to be involved. But now the main job of the board is to protect the process,” says Canter. That’s funny. We thought the main job of the board was to protect the Los Angeles Unified School District’s students, not the board’s beloved procedures. THE Los Angeles school board is glad Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to help choose the next schools superintendent – really, it is! – it’s just not going to let him be part of the decision. That’s the bottom line of board President Marlene Canter’s tactful but unhelpful letter to Villaraigosa, rejecting his request for information about the candidates vying to succeed Roy Romer. Thanks, but no thanks. The board, which has fought Villaraigosa’s school-reform effort all along, shows no real signs of wanting to cooperate with him before the law takes effect in January. It continues with its unilateral effort to choose the next superintendent, even though the new law will give Villaraigosa and other local mayors that power. Given this odd set of priorities, it’s no wonder that Villaraigosa has fought to strip the board of much of its authority – or that the Legislature, the governor and the public have all backed him.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Lawyers, judges coach students

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Using the 1987 U.S. Supreme Court case Hazelwood School District vs. Kuhlmeier, two eighth-grade classes had to argue whether a school principal had the right to remove articles from a school newspaper that dealt with teen pregnancy and divorce. After the students divided into three groups, California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno coached the “justices” on what types of questions to ask of the “attorneys.” Meanwhile, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Kronstadt helped students craft the district’s arguments, while Fox Broadcasting Co. executive Peter Liguori helped the “plaintiffs,” or in this case, the student journalists. In the end, the student justices ruled unanimously in favor of their counterparts at the newspaper. Afterward, Moreno revealed the real-life verdict: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school district. The court ruled a teacher has the right to determine what is appropriate content for a student newspaper. Moreno said he saw the program as a way to give young people hands-on exposure to the law and its practice. “It’s important for the legal profession to focus on the K-12 level, because we have to increase and broaden the aspirations of young people,” Moreno said. “Kids see a stereotype of judges and lawyers on TV that make caricatures of them. This gives them a realistic view of things.” The program has involved several thousand students throughout Los Angeles County and more than 100 local judges and attorneys since its inception, officials said. Sue Brennan, one of the classes’ eighth-grade teachers, said students always enjoy the exercise. “\ always have interesting results, especially for the girls,” Brennan said. “They often bring in women lawyers and judges who give them a great role model. You can read about \ all you want, but to act it out is a great learning experience.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Two high-level judges, including a California Supreme Court justice, and a television executive led students from La Merced Intermediate School in a mock trial Thursday as they “re-tried” a 1987 Supreme Court case regarding the free speech rights of students. The event was part of “Courtroom to Classroom,” a 5-year-old program by the Constitutional Rights Foundation to educate students not only about law careers but about how the law works in a democracy. “Justice” Katherine Inzunza, 13, said the experience made her think about things she had never considered, like how even free speech has restrictions. “I learned about what freedoms and rights we have and what we can and can’t do,” said Inzunza, who enthusiastically volunteered to read the students’ verdict. “It was so cool.” last_img read more


Dynamic Power Management Has Significant Values – a Baidu Case Study

first_imgDynamic Power Monitoring: Measures actual power consumption of a server platform within acceptable error margin of +/- 10%. Node Manager gathers information from PSMI instrumented power supply, provides real-time power consumption data (point in time, or average over an interval), and reports through IPMI interface. Dynamic Power Management Has Significant Values – a Baidu Case StudyJackson He, Intel CorporationWe have just completed a proof of concept (POC) project with Baidu.com, the biggest search portal company in China (60+% market share in China), using the Intel® Dynamic Power Node Manager Technology (Node Manager) to dynamically optimize server performance and power consumption to maximize the server density of a rack. We used Node Manager to identify optimal control points, which became the basis to set power optimization policies at the node level. A management console – Intel® Datacenter Manager (Datacenter Manager) was used to manage servers at rack-level to coordinate power and performance optimization between servers to ensure maximum server density and perform yield for given power envelope for the rack. We have shown significant benefit from the POC and the customer like the results: Some background of the technologies tested in this POC:Intel® Dynamic Power Node Manager (Node Manager)Node Manager is an out-of-band (OOB) power management policy engine that is embedded in Intel server chipset. It works with BIOS and OS power management (OSPM) to dynamically adjust platform power to achieve maximum performance/power at node (server) level. Node Manager has the following features: Comparing with today’s datacenter operation at Baidu, by using Intel Node Manager, there could be a rack density increase 20~40% improvement At rack level, up to 20% additional capacity increase could be achieved within the same rack-level power envelope when aggregated optimal power management policy is applied Power Threshold Alerting: Node Manager monitors platform power against targeted power budget. When the target power budget cannot be maintained, Node Manager sends out alerts to the management console More detailed findings from this POC are published in . We’d love to hear your comments and questions about this POc and Intel Dynamic Power Management Technology. At a single node level, up to 40W savings / system without performance impact when a optimal power management policy is applied Platform Power Capping: Sets platform power to a targeted power budget while maintaining maximum performance for the given power level. Node Manager receives power policy from an external management console through IPMI interface and maintains power at targeted level by dynamically adjusting CPU p-states.last_img read more


ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This was Iniong’s third straight MMA win and her second straight in ONE.Chinese fighter Peng Xue Wen opened the night with a solid knockout victory over Cambodian Phat Soda in the strawweight division.Xue Wen (1-1) slammed Soda (0-2) with a German suplex and immediately transitioned to a rear naked choke but the referee called the knockout victory 2:17 into the first round.Xie Chao followed earned a technical knockout victory over Malaysian Kelvin Ong in the featherweight division.Ong (1-2) suffered a deep cut on his forehead that prompted the doctors to stop the fight awarding Xie (4-1) the victory 1:48 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Robinson takes blame for Lyceum’s first loss: ‘I made some bad decisions’ The 21-year-old Team Lakay member bounced back from his loss to Hayato Suzuki back in August and Pacio knows his victory was a statement win in ONE’s strawweight division.“It’s up to ONE on who I’ll fight next but this win proves I’m still at the top of the division,” said Pacio, who once competed for the title but lost to Yoshitaka Naito in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the women’s atomweight division, Pacio’s Team Lakay co-member Gina Iniong brought down Indonesia’s Priscilla Gaol.Iniong (6-2) held Gaol (0-2) in the crucifix position and proceeded to rain down right hands prompting the referee to stop to the contest with 2:12 in the second round.center_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio returned to form and scored an impressive knockout victory over Philippine compatriot Roy Doliguez in ONE Championship’s Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pacio (10-2) connected with a spinning back fist that landed square on Doliguez’ (7-5) jaw knocking out the former boxer 38 seconds into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more