Mikel eyes sending Middlesbrough back to EPL

first_img“If we manage to pull it [promotion] off, it would be amazing,” he said.“It would be up there as one of my greatest achievements.”Mikel Obi moved to the Riverside Stadium as a free agent after a lucrative stint in China with Tianjin Teda.Boro have lost just once in the league since his arrival and are fifth in the Championship with 12 games remaining.A drop into England’s second tier was something new for the Nigeria international, who captained his country at the 2018 World Cup and won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in 2013.“I’m still hungry and want to win trophies. I’m never satisfied with what I have achieved. If I was, I would just sit at home,” he told BBC Sport.“I want to achieve something with this club and that is to get this club promoted.“I love challenges and I knew coming in here would be a challenge for me, and being in the second division would be a challenge for me.“I knew this club would be pushing for promotion and managing to do that wouldn’t be easy.”With a game in hand on all four sides above them, Boro are nine points adrift of the top two and an automatic promotion spot.After 34 games they have the best defensive record in the division, however, they have laboured at the other end and scored the fewest goals of any side in the top 15.“Middlesbrough are a massive club and should be in the Premier League – it is where it belongs for me,” he said.“We still have a lot of games to play, and if we manage to win quite a few of them, who knows?“If we could get automatic promotion, fine, and if we get into the play-offs and that is how we do it, then that would be amazing as well.“We just have to keep pushing.”What’s next for Mikel?As for his own future beyond his short-term deal until the end of the season, Mikel was coy despite saying he felt “at home” and was “enjoying” his time on Teesside.“I want to enjoy my football and enjoy winning games with this club, these players are an amazing group of guys,” he said.“Every time we win a game you see that feeling of wanting to be in the Premier League and that is something I want to keep enjoying with them until the end of the season. And then we see where we are.”Mikel’s midfielder partner Muhamed Besic says the Nigerian has added “confidence” to the side with his mentality, composure and talent which saw him thrive among the world’s elite for more than a decade.“It is a big thing that he came to the club,” said Besic, who is on loan at Middlesbrough from Everton.“Now we have a really strong core and with Mikel coming in, he is an experienced player who has played a lot of big games in his career.”-By BBC Sport- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jon Mikel Obi moved to Middlesbrough in January after a spell playing in ChinaLONDON, United Kingdom, March 6 – Champions League winner John Mikel Obi says promotion to the Premier League with Middlesbrough would rank as one of his finest moments in football.The 31-year-old midfielder collected two Premier League titles, a Champions League, Europa League and three FA Cup winners medals with Chelsea, and joined Boro on a short-term deal in January.last_img read more

$1.5 million ruling against city nullified

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “The City Council’s tenacity and resolve in this case is a real victory for Burbank taxpayers.” McMurray’s attorney, Brad Gage, said he plans to appeal to the California Supreme Court. “It appears to me that the analysis by the Court of Appeals is questionable,” Gage said. “We expect that the Supreme Court will consider this case and that we are confident upon review that the verdict will be reinstated.” In December 2003, a jury awarded McMurray $1.5 million after determining the city had failed to accommodate her depression and other ailments caused by work-related stress. But the jury rejected her claims that she had been passed over for promotion because of her age and gender. Burbank officials said they gave McMurray time off and lessened her workload when doctors told her she was stressed and overworked. BURBANK – A state appeals court has overturned a $1.5 million verdict against the city for discriminating against a former employee suffering from a stress-related disability. Deborah McMurray, a former administrator in Burbank’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, had won a suit claiming the city failed to accommodate her disability and had passed her over for promotion because of it. The ruling issued Tuesday by the 2nd District Court of Appeal said there was evidence that the city accommodated McMurray’s stress-related disability by reducing her workload. It also found she was unqualified for promotion. “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeal applied the correct legal standard to the trial court’s clearly erroneous verdict,” Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow said in a statement. “The city did everything it could to try and help Ms. McMurray and was rewarded with this lawsuit, which was extremely destructive within the city family. Burbank officials also said McMurray was never promoted because she never applied for other positions and because she would not have been qualified for the jobs even if she had. Three other women filed the complaint with McMurray but settled their suits without a trial for “a nominal sum,” officials said. McMurray’s husband, retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief James McMurray, also filed suit against the city of Burbank, claiming he was defamed when officials accused him of using unmarked police cars to transport his wife and city equipment to photocopy documents related to her case. That suit was ultimately dismissed, officials said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.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


first_imgFiremen douse the side of the house and trees at the damaged house in AnnagryAn elderly couple have escaped injury when an oil tank exploded after a gorsefire spread close to their home this afternoon.It is understood the couple were still in their home in Annagry in West Donegal when the frightening incident took place.The incident caused some damage to the home at Loch Na dDeoran but the couple were unhurt. Quick-thinking members of the fire service were on the scene within minutes and doused the dwelling in foam.Two units of the fire service form Dungloe are currently at the scene.A number of mature trees at the side of the house have also been destroyed.The fire services are working around the clock to keep the fires under control after a night of mayhem. A number of fires broke out in Crolly and Loughanure which left officers exhausted after tackling the blaze for up to seven hours.Acting chief fire officer Joe McTaggart has continued to ask people to be on the alert for more fires starting because of the dry weather and breeze.There has now been up to 40 fires in the past two weeks across the county. COUPLE ESCAPE INJURY AFTER OIL TANK EXPLODES DURING GORSEFIRE was last modified: April 4th, 2013 by StephenShare 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


first_imgOne of Donegal’s leading tax consultants has warned Revenue will use the Property Tax Database for future audits.The Tax ClinicHowever Michael Coll from The Tax Clinic has warned that tax-complaint people have nothing to fear.The information gathered on the owners of nearly two million houses covered by the property tax is potentially the most lucrative database the Revenue have had in years says Michael. “Now that the property tax collection system is up and running the information will be used to target those who own more than one house. This will then be cross- referenced against their tax returns and social welfare payments,” says Mr.Coll.He added “The information will be electronically analysed and the high risk cases will be identified and may have a full Revenue Audit to ensure that they are not under-paying their tax.“Compliant tax payers have nothing to fear as the system will quickly eliminate people who own multiple houses through inheritances or who have taken out mortgages to fund their purchase.”Michael says put simply, the Revenue will be querying the sources of income used to purchase the properties and if the rental income from such properties is being declared. To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs” PROPERTY TAX DATABASE WILL BE A KEY TOOL FOR REVENUE WARNS DONEGAL TAX CONSULTANT was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Michael CollPropoerty Tax RevenueRevenuelast_img read more

World Cup: ‘South Africans to thank’

first_img20 August 2010Political parties across the spectrum have echoed President Jacob Zuma’s praise for South Africans, attributing the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to the passon and patriotic spirit of ordinary citizens of the country.During Wednesday’s joint sitting of Parliament to debate the successful hosting of the World Cup, the people of South Africa emerged as the true stars of the tournament, and were lauded for their contribution by Zuma and political party leaders alike.Democratic Alliance leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the single greatest achievement of the World Cup was the way it had changed stereotypes.“We demonstrated that Africa is not ‘the hopeless continent’ that The Economist magazine said we were 10 years ago,” Zille said. “We showed the Afro-pessimists that we have enormous potential. And we started to believe ourselves again.”The leader of the African Christian Democratic Party, Kenneth Meshoe, said the World Cup went beyond all expectations. “Yes, Africa did it and South Africa did it in style.”The World Cup brought with it a sense of joy and harmony that South Africans had never experienced before, Meshoe said, added that the image of country had been improved immeasurably thanks to the success of the tournament.Royith Bhoola of the Minority Front said South Africa had gained the respect of the world when Sepp Blatter gave the country a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the event.“Our organisational ability in sport goes to show that we are a nation that we can be proud of,” Bhoola said, adding that the success of the World Cup had renewed faith and hope in South Africa.“Accolades must be awarded to all South Africans, who showed the true spirit of brotherhood and patriotism,” he said.Freedom Front Plus leader and Deputy Agriculture Minister Pieter Mulder thanked South Africans who had dared to dream that the country could host the World Cup, quoting Robert Goddard of the American space programme, who said: “Every dream is a joke, until the first person accomplishes it.”Mulder pointed out that most journalists both internationally and locally, pessimistic about the country’s ability to host the World Cup before the tournament began, had only positive things to say about South Africa once the soccer spectacle was over.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

7 Data Blogs To Explore

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Data Miners: This is described as a place to read about topics of interest to data miners, ask questions and promote the book authors. Dataspora: The most recent blog post is August but it’s a good one. It explores the seven secrets of data scientists.There are a number of other blogs mentioned in the Quora discussion It’s exciting reading and goes highly recommended. Do you have any recommendations? Several weeks ago, I posted a question on Quora asking for the best data blogs. There have been 26 replies with dozens of blogs recommended. Interestingly, when I looked yesterday Quora showed the top blogs that had been recommended by people in the community.The answer summary from Quora is as follows:Blogs mentioned by more than one answer as of Jan 11, 2011:3 http://blog.smola.org2 http://blog.data-miners.com2 http://blog.okcupid.com2 http://dataspora.com2 http://flowingdata.com2 ttp://hunch.net2 http://www.calculatedriskblog.comThe seven blogs are all of high quality (though if there is one complaint we’d wish some would be updated more often).Flowing Data: In recent blog posts Flowing Data covers how space junk is being tracked. In another post, the blog cites the “State of Wikipedia,” narrated by Jimmy Wales and produced by the talented team at Jesse3. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In all, Flowing Data explores how “designers, statisticians and computer scientists use data to understand who we are by almost entirely relying on data visualization.”OK Cupid: How can you resist a data blog by the people who produce the best dating site… anywhere. This is a big data blog about the dating world. Great stuff:We’ve compiled our observations and statistics from hundreds of millions of OkCupid user interactions, all to explore the data side of the online dating world.OkCupid has 3.5M active members; these articles have had over 1M unique readers since July ’09The detail is exhaustive and revealing, such as the post about the mathematics of beauty.Smola: An adventure in data land, meant for practitioners who may be turned off by research papers but do want to know the tricks of the trade. Alex Smola describes his blog as a place for those one-page studies that people can explore in 10 minutes. In recent posts he has covered collaborative filtering and how to “compress vectors to reduce memory footprint or to minimize computational cost.” Great for data geeks.Hunch: This is one you don’t forget. John Langford writes the blog. He’s an academic researcher in machine learning and learning theory who at one point was a Herman Goldstine Fellow at IBM. That’s a research fellowship for scientists who study mathematics and computer science. One of its fields of research is in data mining which encompasses a fair degree of machine learning.Fun read. The blog will direct you to new discoveries such as the Geomblog, which covers computational geometry, algorithms, theoretical computer science and life.Calculated Risk Blog: I love deep financial journalism. The Calculated Risk Blog covers finance and economics from a data perspective. In this post he looks at the S&P 500 with a graphic that explores comparisons to the market two and four years ago. It can get complex. He quotesDoug Short:The S&P 500 closed the day down 0.13%. The index is 89.2% above the March 9 2009 closing low, which puts it 18.2% below the nominal all-time high of October 2007.center_img alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Expand Your One-Man-Band Operation with a 1st Assistant Camera

first_imgFiltrationThe 1st AC is also directly in charge of changing the filtration in front of the lens, under direction from the DP. Filtration can range from ND to diffusion. Also, during camera prep, the 1st AC will evaluate each piece of filtration for scratches and make sure everything is in optimal working order before it goes in front of the lens of the camera.As a cinematographer, working with and knowing the duties of your 1st AC can help you focus on directing the photography in each scene. Finding a trusted 1st AC can improve your workflow and, in turn, create a better end result.Looking for more information to improve your workflow on set? Check out these articles.4 Simple Tricks to Keep Track of Memory Cards on SetGear Hack: 3 Creative Ways to Use a Ladder on Set7 Tips for Working With Animals on SetProduction Tips: 6 Ways to Manage Cords on Set5 Invaluable Tools Every Director Should Have On SetWhat Does Everyone Do On Set? Sooner or later, solo shooters and producers will need bigger crews. Here’s what you need to know about working with a first assistant camera. Cover image via Shutterstock.Many of us, earlier in our filmmaking careers, have hired a friend as a “1st  AC” to carry some of our gear. However, working with a proper and experienced 1st AC can improve your workflow as a DP, and it can develop a relationship that may span your career. As a cinematographer, you must understand the roles of a 1st AC and how they will help the camera department. Understanding these proper roles, duties, and responsibilities is key to ensuring a great working relationship on set.Roles of the 1st ACImage via Shutterstock.Camera Build Under direction from the DP, a 1st AC is responsible for the initial camera build in regards to accessories and testing. Those accessories can include all kinds of things, such as a Teradek wireless video feed, wireless follow focus, etc.A 1st AC will also thoroughly test and ensure that every piece of equipment, gear, and cabling is working properly before it ever finds itself on set. This also includes the camera and every lens you’ll be taking to set. Having a 1st AC test all of these pieces of equipment before production ensures that there will be no downtime on set due to faulty equipment. A good rule of thumb is that if the piece of equipment hasn’t been tested, is usually the piece that will fail.Most rental houses will have camera testing areas to properly set up the equipment and thoroughly evaluate it before heading out to the field. If there are ever any problems that can’t be solved at the rental house, the 1st AC will contact the DP or cinematographer to come up with an alternate plan.Image via Shutterstock.Focus One of the 1st AC’s biggest roles is focus. The 1st AC is directly in charge of all focus changes, like pulling focus. For example, if the talent walks closer to the camera in the scene, the 1st AC pulls the focus to ensure the talent is always sharp. The art of pulling focus is one that takes a lot of practice, and it can differentiate a good 1st AC from a great 1st AC.Lens ChangesAs a DP, when you order a lens change, the 1st AC will take charge and follow through with the lens change on set. If you also have a 2nd AC, the 2nd will assist the 1st in making the change.The 1st AC will also ensure that lenses are functioning properly on set — and that they remain clean.last_img read more

Justice Indira Banerjee to head inquiry panel to probe allegations of impropriety against sitting HC judges

first_imgThe Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Indira Banerjee, has been selected by the Supreme Court for the second time to head an in-house inquiry committee to probe allegations of impropriety against sitting High Court judges in other States.Justice Banerjee will leave for New Delhi on Thursday to chair a committee constituted to probe complaints pending against Justices Indrajit Mahanty and Sangam Kumar Sahoo of the Odisha High Court since 2016.Panel revampChief Justice of India Dipak Misra had recently reconstituted the committee and made Justice Banerjee its chairperson. Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Ravi Shanker Jha of Madhya Pradesh High Court were the other two committee members. In a communication to one of the complainants, Jayanta Kumar Das, Justice Banerjee informed him of the committee’s decision to meet for the first time at Tamil Nadu House on Thursday and asked him to be present there to explain his complaints against the two judges since April 15, 2016.This is the second time that the CJI had appointed Justice Banerjee as the chairperson of an in-house inquiry committee. She had earlier headed a committee which found Justice S.N. Shukla of Allahabad High Court guilty of having acted in a manner unbecoming of a judge while dealing with a case related to medical admissions.In the Odisha issue, Justice Mahanty is accused of running a hotel in Cuttack in violation of the code of ethics for judges. Justice Sahoo is accused of misusing public funds by spending money for renovating his official residence.The committee had to be reconstituted since its former chairman S.F. Vazifdar had retired as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on May 3. Similarly former member T. Vaiphei too had retired as Chief Justice of Tripura High Court on February 28.last_img read more

IPCC reaches finish line, releases major climate change synthesis report

first_imgstrategies to mitigate climate impacts, released in April 2014.It is the product of a sometimes contentious negotiating process over wording and emphasis and draws on the work of more than 800 scientists. 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Now it’s up to governments to do theirs.”In particular, advocates for government action on climate change are focusing on a new round of international negotiations on some kind global climate pact. In December, nations meet in Peru to talk over some options, with the goal of arriving at a final agreement at a meeting in Paris in December 2015. It’s unclear, however, whether the new IPCC report can help overcome the political and economic obstacles that have blocked major movement of reducing emissions. potential climate impacts, and ways to adapt and reduced vulnerability, released in March 2014; and Climate change is taking hold and will bring worrying impacts—but there is still time to limit the damage. That, in a nutshell, is the message delivered by a new report that synthesizes the findings of three massive studies issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the past year. The Synthesis Report, released today at a meeting in Copenhagen, caps work on the fifth assessment of climate science and mitigation that the IPCC has completed since 1990.The report demonstrates that “we have the means to limit climate change,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC, in a statement. “The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.”The synthesis report wraps together highlights from the three earlier reports, on:climate science, released in September 2013;last_img read more