Man Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy for matchwinner Marcus Rashford after victory over Leicester City.The England international was under pressure taking the early spotkick.But having missed his previous penalty against Crystal Palace, Rashford converted for the only goal of the game. It was a relief for Rashford and his teammates, with United having missed two of their previous four penalties won this season.However, despite the outside pressure, Solskjaer insists there was never any extra demands coming from him for United’s No10.After the victory, Solskjaer told VG: “Every striker has been penalised. I’ve seen Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi miss. Michel Platini and Zico, my favourite player of all time, missed in the same match.”You just have to have enough confidence to take it again next time. What is the worst that can happen?”Victory over Leicester has United now sitting in fourth place on eight points after five games. It marked United’s first win since the opening day thumping of Chelsea.Solskjaer was also asked by reporters from the Norwegian outlet about Rashford’s performance. The United manager admitted he was delighted with the player’s commitment against a very competitive Leicester City.On Rashford’s form, Solskjaer continued: “He offers something to the team. He knows we didn’t give him enough opportunities to run through their back line. He’s getting more mature. He knows it’s not just about goals.”Today it was all about teaming up, we had to defend, and it was good to see that we were able to defend ourselves from deep without conceding any chances.”- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State received its 2014 National Championship rings earlier today, and the Buckeyes began showing them off online. The Twitter account for ESPN’s SportsCenter used OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s ring picture in a tweet, and cited the assistant in the process. A Michigan fan on Twitter responded to the tweet by acknowledging that this is the Buckeyes’ eighth claimed national championship, while the Wolverines claim 11 over their program’s history. @LeadFoot_Lads82 @SportsCenter @CoachZachSmith @DMike94 WOAH DUDE ONLY 3 MORE TO MATCH MICHIGAN.— Us Against The World (@MichiganTorei) March 27, 2015Smith was tagged in the Michigan fan’s response tweet, and decided to come up with a comeback of his own, rather than stay silent. What Smith did was take a screenshot of Wikipedia’s listing of national champions during the poll era (1936-present). During that time frame, Ohio State has four more titles than Michigan, because the Maize and Blue claim a handful of championships from the turn of the 20th century. People get confused by T-Shirts in the bookstores. Since they made a poll and intelligently ranked teams… pic.twitter.com/QbU54ob8qB— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) March 27, 2015We are not number 1 FYI… Would not want to promote inaccurate or irrelevant information. — Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) March 27, 2015This is a blatant shot at OSU’s biggest rival. Here is the full graphic Smith pulled his screenshot from. Notice, he cut off the first four teams and ended his photo right after including Michigan. Just another reminder why this rivalry is one of the best.
zoom Amid the recent developments in South Korea, cruise giant Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel calls at the country’s ports on its China-based voyages, the company said in an alert on its Chinese site.The calls are related to the itineraries of the Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas up to June, 2017 with calls in Busan, Jeju and Seoul, Korea replaced by those in Japan.In addition, Carnival’s Costa Cruises is cited by Reuters as saying that it would “remove calls to South Korean ports for our upcoming cruises home ported out of China, replacing them with cruising at sea or calls to destinations in Japan.” The move was triggered by South Korea’s deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system in cooperation with the United States, which Beijing believes is targeted against China, and not as a means of keeping nuclear threats from North Korea at bay.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC 2.0 license Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) and towage services provider Kotug Smit Towage plan to work together at the Port of Hamburg in order to coordinate preliminary planning for ship calls and departures, and the associated tug services.The move is expected to further optimize the efficiency and quality of ship handling in the Port of Hamburg. “We believe the comprehensive network and data exchange within the port industry offers enormous potential for increased efficiency in the Port of Hamburg,” Gerald Hirt, Managing Director of HVCC, commented.Kotug Smit Towage is the first port service provider that will have access to the HVCC’s time-related and geographically extensive planning system. The company, which operates a fleet of five tugs in Hamburg, will receive a dashboard solution from HVCC with access to all relevant traffic data, providing it with real-time information relating to changes in ship call planning and terminal handling.Environmental data such as wind, water levels and tide are also integrated and processed in the system. This direct communication channel will improve reaction times in the case of schedule changes as well as resource planning for operational tug deployment, particularly at peak traffic periods.The data will allow Kotug Smit to better plan rest periodes for the tug teams and send tugs directly from one assignment to the next. This will in turn lead to savings in bunker consumption as the fleet. In addition, the assignments and the routes can be more efficiently coordinated. The result would be a reduction in CO2 emissions, according to Kotug Smit.“We are particularly pleased to be joining forces on this pilot project. Progressive digitisation is the way of the future, and with this comprehensive information platform, we expect to see improvements in tug capacity utilisation, as well as even more efficient route and operational planning on board the tugs,” Eva Beykirch, General Manager of Kotug Smit Towage in Germany, said.In June, HVCC signed a cooperation agreement with the Rotterdam Port Authority to exchange data directly via an interface. The information pertains to planned and actual arrival and departure times for ships coming from or heading to either Hamburg or Rotterdam.HVCC is the central, neutral and industry-wide coordination point for mega-ship, feeder and inland vessel traffic in the Port of Hamburg.
NEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists.As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce stress on landfills, alternatives to plastic straws are plentiful. Some are downright gifty.If you want to feel better about yourself and your holiday gift choices, and to urge someone on your list to give up plastic because they seem not ready for the #NoStrawChallenge, look for these options:YES, TIFFANY & CO.Let your loved one sip in style with a selection of reusable, luxury straws from Tiffany, because who doesn’t love to see a blue box with their name on it come gift time?One, in sterling silver covered in rose gold vermeil, comes as a crazy straw with a twist at the bend at the top. The straw comes with a tiny band of the Tiffany blue in enamel, just to make sure people know its origins. $375.Another lets the sterling silver shine with a little monkey crawling up a vine. $425.PAPER CAN BE COOLThe disposable paper varieties of straws are enjoying a rebirth.Some are more festive than others. Amazon has an ample assortment in party-worthy metallics, colorful dots and chevrons, and special-occasion themes like black-and-white patterns or baby blue dots.Lots of brick-and-mortar stores are into paper straws, too. Prices vary.BAMBOO & GLASSIn addition to metals, from Tiffany level to more affordable in stainless steel, some materials not routinely associated with straws have become more widespread amid the plastic-straw debate.Bamboo is having a moment all over the place, in utensils, plates — even toothbrushes. If you think bamboo straws would go unused by your giftee, paper varieties in bamboo prints are available by the box.Prices vary for bamboo straws. One company, Brush with Bamboo, sells a cute bundle of 12 tied with string, for $20. They are grown organically and artisan-made in northeast India, where bamboo straws are traditionally used to drink beer.As for glass, well, some companies insist their offerings are shatter free. A box of four , with a little cleaning brush, goes for $7.99 on Amazon. Two are bent. Ecostraw.com sells a nice variety for all types of drinks.PASTA & WHEATThey may not be the longest lasting but many are no-GMO, fully biodegradable and come in wide sizes worthy of bubble tea.One version is called Hay! Straws and comes tall at 7.75 inches, in a cute box of 100, for $8. Shorter ones are also available. They’re made from wheat stems and are sold with a warning to sip through them, not ingest them.Another company calls itself, yes, Pasta Straw. It says it’s working on a gluten-free version.So what’s the draw? Well, Pasta Straws says on its website that paper straws biodegrade in 30 to 60 days. Pasta Straws do it overnight and are edible, the company said. A sample pack wrapped in paper with a company sticker includes 24 and goes for $7.99.The problem: Generally, pasta straws don’t last as long as, say, glass or metal. Upside, they don’t get soggy like paper straws.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has arrested three robbers and snatchers from Kalkaji involved in multiple cases of robbery and snatching incidents. The three have been identified as Sonu, Akshay and Akash. From the possession of accused persons robbed purse and 06 snatched & stolen mobile phones have been recovered and 08 cases have been solved. On March 16 at about 5 pm, 2 scooty borne riders robbed a purse of a pedestrian on the knife point at L-Block, Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKalkaji. The victim raised alarm and the police team who was present nearby chased them. After a hot chase, police team successfully apprehended the scooty rider who was identified as Sonu. “Sonu is a notorious criminal and was previously arrested in 30 cases.” “From the possession of the accused robbed purse and scooty has been recovered & seized,” aid DCP South east Chinmoy Biswal. In another incident, on March 16 at about 8 PM, 2 persons on a motorcycle snatched a mobile phone of a person standing near Nehru Place bus terminal. The victim raised alarm and nearby patrolling police party intercepted the bike. However, the pillon rider managed to escape. The motorcycle rider was identified as Akshay, 24 years. In another incident, on March 16, team of Kalkaji police station arrested accused Akasah. He came to Nehru Place market to sell stolen and snatched mobile phones.
Chennai: Chennai Super Kings batsman Sam Billings on Tuesday said collective effort was behind the team’s triumph in the 2018 edition of IPL as different players stepped up at various occasions. “What stood out for me was that ours was a collective effort,” the England cricketer, who made his debut for CSK last season, was quoted as saying on chennaisuperkings.com. “Of course, there were a couple of standout performances like (Ambati) Rayudu’s consistency and (Shane) Watson’s brilliance. Although, actually, if you look at the different games that we won, it was different players at different times stepping up,” Billings said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHe said it was phenomenal team effort last year and hoped for more of the same this year. “It was phenomenal how much of a team effort it was. Hopefully, more of the same this year,” he added. Billings is training with the rest of the squad at the M A Chidambaram stadium here ahead of the IPL-12 opener between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23. The dashing England batsman said continuity helped, adding one grows in confidence knowing that people back you, referring to the CSK’s decision to retain 23 members from the pervious season. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Continuity helps immensely, certainly as individual players, but also as a group, you grow in confidence knowing that people ultimately back you. It allows you to play with freedom and enjoy it,” he added. Billings also spoke about captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calming influence on the team and said his clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing. “His clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing, knowing what you need to do at that very moment and not get ahead of yourself. It feeds off to other players,” he said. Meanwhile, CSK players sweated it out at training on Tuesday. Dhoni batted at the nets and went for big shots while coach Stephen Fleming kept a watch on proceedings. Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who shone in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) and West Indies veteran Dwayne Bravo, who linked up with the squad on Monday, took part in the training session.
The only task 49ers Tarell Brown had to complete was working out with his team: lift some weights, run some sprints, go through some drills. With the workout program complete, the San Francisco 49ers would have had to pay the starting cornerback $2 million extra in base salary, thanks to a clause in his contract.But he didn’t do that, and the blame falls on his agent Brian Overstreet.Overstreet never informed his client that to receive the $2 million, he was contractually obligated to work out with the Niners during their offseason program. So because Brown didn’t honor his contract, he forfeits the money and instead will make $925,000.Brown, understandably upset, swiftly fired the agent.
After one season as the Ohio State’s football team’s wide receiver coach, Stan Drayton is the Buckeyes’ running backs coach, returning to the position he once played as a three-time Division III All-American at Allegheny College.In his first season under coach Urban Meyer, Drayton faces the task of replacing the team’s top running back from last season, Daniel “Boom” Herron, who ran for 672 yards in just eight games.Drayton won’t have Herron to work with, but the team returns three running backs who combined for 1,090 rushing yards last season.Carlos Hyde, a rising junior, ran for 566 yards this past season. Rising senior Jordan Hall ran for 408 yards as a junior. Additionally, rising redshirt sophomore Rod Smith ran for 116 yards in his first season.OSU’s stable of running backs also includes freshman Bri’onte Dunn, who enrolled at OSU in January and is participating in spring practices.Drayton said all four of the players are competing for playing time.“It’s open competition right now,” Drayton said. “We’re just trying to see who’s going to separate themselves. Nowadays, you got to prepare at least three or four (running backs) to make it through an entire season anyway, so all of these guys are preparing to get game-ready. As far as me setting the depth chart right now, I like to leave it open so these guys can continue to compete throughout the spring.”Hall, who led the Buckeyes with 1,275 all-purpose yards last season, is expected by some to be the leader of the OSU running game.Drayton said the coaching staff will use Hall in a variety of ways this season.“We’re going to play into Jordan Hall’s strengths,” Drayton said. “He’s a guy who can be a versatile player for us.”Drayton said he expects Hall to contribute as a receiver this season, but added that he thinks all the running backs should do so.“He’s very, very capable,” Drayton said of Hall’s receiving abilities. “We may put a little bit more on Jordan’s plate, but all of my backs are going to have to get out there, get lined up at wide receiver, recognize coverages and play out there.”Hall said he is uncertain how he will be used in the offense this year, but said he is looking forward to playing in the offense implemented by this year’s new coaching staff.“I don’t know really what my role is yet, but I just know that the offense is more zone reads, bubble screens, screens … just getting in open space,” Hall said. “I like being in space, and this is the perfect offense.”Drayton said he has been very impressed with Hall’s maturity this spring.“I’ve seen an unbelievable change,” Drayton said. “The leadership and the toughness, both in the weight room and on the field, that was already there, but he’s taken it to another level.”Drayton said he also has big expectations for Hyde this season.“Carlos’s progression is going to be very significant to our run game,” Drayton said. “We need Carlos to take his game to another level so he can contribute to this football team. He’s too talented not to.”Hyde was not made available for comment.Drayton said he expects Smith to have a bigger role this fall.“I’m very confident that (Smith) is going to make an impact for this football team,” Drayton said.Drayton also said he has high expectations for Dunn.“I think his future is going to be really, really bright around here,” Drayton said.Hall was asked whether he thought opposing defenses would be able to stop the OSU offense this fall.“Not if we execute,” Hall replied.OSU will kickoff the 2012 Spring Game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.