Wenger aims to silence critics with Euro push

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONSTOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, May 12 – There is nothing Arsene Wenger relishes more than confounding his doubters and the Arsenal manager will know on Saturday whether he has a strong chance of doing so once again.Wenger’s side travel to Stoke having boosted their chances of qualifying for the Champions League – a task that looked a lost cause just a few weeks ago – by winning 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday. That left Arsenal in fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Manchester City in the slot directly above.City will have played their home game with Leicester City by the time Arsenal kick off at Stoke, but a Gunners victory is sure to stoke up the pressure on Liverpool, who are currently in third.Jurgen Klopp’s side are four points better off than Arsenal, but crucially have played one fixture more than City and the Gunners, and are at West Ham on Sunday.But while Wenger cannot wait to say ‘told you so’ to his critics Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi is still concerned his team may have left it a little too late.“I wish we found that before,” he said of Arsenal’s recent revival.“But now we have three games and we have to give everything to try and get everything out of all the games. Hopefully at the end we’ll reach our goals.”Arsenal will finish the campaign with home games against relegated Sunderland and then Everton, but first they must focus on ending their poor run at Stoke.Although they have not won there since 2010, losing on four of their eight visits, Wenger’s men will be hopeful of ending that sorry sequence so long as Alexis Sanchez is in the team.– Concentrate –The Chile star scored at Southampton to being his Premier League goal tally for the season to 20, and 14 of those have been in away games.“I think it will give us hope, because if we keep the pressure on the other teams, maybe they will have an unlucky game or drop points somewhere,” Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said.“We need to make sure we are ready to take advantage of that. We concentrate on our games, we go game-by-game and we have to win all of them to give ourselves a chance. Then we will see what happens.”Arsenal will be facing a Stoke side with just one win from their last nine games, yet City manager Mark Hughes is confident his players will rise to the occasion.“It’s going to be a good atmosphere, it always is when Arsenal come to town,” Hughes said.“Saturday is our last home game as well and we will want to end with a positive result and performance, so we need everybody behind us and hopefully cheer us to a victory.“That support always helps, we know that, and it’s important for us to play well in order to deserve any plaudits we get – that is certainly our intention.“The last couple of performances have been good, we haven’t had maximum points from those games, but we’ve played well and we’re in good nick confidence wise so we can look forward to it“Confidence is at a good level, Arsenal are a good side who have got back on track and have a lot of motivation which will help us make sure we’re at the level we need to be to compete with them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Police: Pair went on spree

first_imgThe wounded man was taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition, she said. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the men, said Lopez. Detectives were still trying to determine how the robbery turned violent, she said. Around the same time, another robbery occurred in San Gabriel, said San Gabriel police Lt. John Tuosto. That crime occurred at 1616 South Palm Avenue, Tuosto said. The suspects approached in a black Toyota 4Runner and one of them pointed a rifle at the victim while sitting the back seat, said Tuosto. The suspects escaped with about $60 and a cell phone, he added. Minutes later, an officer spotted a sport utility vehicle that matched the suspects’ vehicle on Marshall Street at Lafayette Street and began a short pursuit, said Tuosto. The suspects abandoned the SUV after crashing into a parked car and fled on foot, Tuosto said. Police set up a containment and brought in a canine unit but the suspects were not found, he added. Authorities have impounded the vehicle, officials said. The gunman in the San Gabriel robbery was described as a Latino man with a shaved head, wearing a blue and black striped shirt, said Tousto. A description of the second suspect, who drove the SUV, was not available. Alhambra’s suspects were described only as two Latino men in a dark-colored SUV, Ponce said. The Monterey Park suspects were described as two Latinos as well. While police officials would not confirm that all three robberies are connected, detectives suspect the crimes are possibly connected. Lopez added that tracking down the suspects is a high priority for her department. “We’re working very closely with detectives to bring these people to justice,” she said. Tuosto said agencies are making a concerted effort. “Each agency is investigating its own crime but working together,” he said. “Whenever something like this happens we share our info for the purpose of solving the crime.” Staff writer Bethania Palma contributed to this story. crime@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Monterey Park police Lt. Jess Alvarado said the suspects drove off in the victim’s black Toyota 4Runner, along with the his wallet containing about $25 in cash. Next, an incident was reported in Alhambra, he said. Officers responded to a report of “shots fired” in the behind the Top Island Restaurant, 740 E. Valley Blvd., said Alhambra police Sgt. Gabriel Ponce. They discovered two victims had been robbed and one of them had been shot in the face, said Alhambra police Lt. Edith Lopez. Police did not identify the victims. Investigators said Monday that a crime spree that spanned three cities in a matter of minutes might be the work of two suspects. Police are investigating the possibility that the same suspects may be responsible for three robberies and a shooting in three area cities late Saturday, officials said. The crime spree began about 8:30 p.m., and possibly spanned Monterey Park, Alhambra and San Gabriel, police said. The first robbery was reported at 115 N. Florence Ave. in Monterey Park, authorities said. Two Latinos approached a male victim and pointed a gun at him, demanding his car keys and wallet. last_img read more

Nominee pledges quick action to aid veterans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTo alleviate other possible conflicts of interest, Peake also told the Senate committee that he would divest stock holdings in more than 57 companies, many of them major pharmaceutical companies such as Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Bristol Myers, Medtronic, Wyeth and Pfizer, that either currently or might do business with the VA, said a Senate staffer who demanded anonymity because the information had not been made public. The panel is scheduled to consider Peake’s nomination on Wednesday. If confirmed by the Senate, Peake would lead the government’s second-largest agency with 235,000 employees in the waning months of the Bush administration. WASHINGTON – Ret. Army Lt. Gen. James Peake pledged to move quickly to fix gaps in veterans’ health care if confirmed as Veterans Affairs secretary, saying urgent action is needed to improve medical record-keeping and pare down the VA’s monthslong delay in disability payments. In a 28-page disclosure obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, the former U.S. Army surgeon general from 2000 to 2004 also denied having “firsthand” knowledge of shoddy outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. And he sought to allay concerns of possible conflicts of interest due to his position as chief medical officer of QTC Management, which has held millions of dollars of contracts with the VA. “If confirmed, I will terminate any connection with QTC, will have no ongoing or residual financial interest in QTC and will recuse myself in any matters related to QTC,” Peake wrote to the Senate committee. Peake, 63, took a leave of absence from QTC without pay after he was nominated by President George W. Bush last month to head the embattled VA. 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

Will ‘Pirates’ finally go under?

first_img“`Ant Bully’ should do significant business since parents are looking for something for their kids to do and won’t mind seeing the movie either,” Bucksbaum said. But “Bully” will be competing for kids along with holdover “Monster House,” which had a solid opening last weekend. Next weekend, Paramount releases its summer animated film, “Barnyard.” “We are getting saturated on these animated movies even though there are some good ones coming out,” Bucksbaum said. “It will be interesting to see how they do.” Added Pandya: “It’s the same audience so it’s going to split the pie. I think it will be hard to expand the family marketplace the way a Pixar title or a `Shrek’ can do.” And finally, 20th Century Fox, which saw its comedy “The Devil Wears Prada” reach the $100 million milestone in domestic grosses Wednesday, will release the teen revenge comedy “John Tucker Must Die.” “Outside of young females, it’s going to have a hard time bringing in other (audience) quadrants,” said Pandya. “It has a good concept but it lacks star power.” Opening in just over 500 locations is the Woody Allen romantic comedy “Scoop,” which stars Allen, Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two Miami undercover cops and an animated ant bully are expected to finally put Capt. Jack Sparrow in his place, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” poised to fall from its box office perch after three stellar weeks on top. As of Wednesday – its 20th day of release – “Pirates” had taken in $334.1 million domestically. It has successfully fended off all new challengers in recent weeks, including “You, Me and Dupree,” “Little Man,” “Monster House” and “Lady in the Water.” “Not too many films have been able to be No. 1 for three weeks,” said Robert Bucksbaum, president of box office tracker Reel Source Inc. “But since it’s out in the summer where you have so many blockbusters opening every weekend, (`Pirates’) won’t be like “Titanic,” which was 13 weeks at No. 1.” So if it isn’t “Pirates” retaining the top spot, who will be the new box office king? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Most box office prognosticators have their money on Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell. They star in “Miami Vice,” a big-screen treatment from Universal Pictures of the 1980s NBC cop show that starred Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas. “I think `Miami Vice’ brings a breath of fresh air into the marketplace because we’ve had a summer dominated by superheroes and pirates,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com. “I think people are ready for a standard action film that takes place in the modern day.” While Farrell fared well a few summers ago playing a cop in “SWAT,” Foxx is coming off the colossal box office failure of last summer’s “Stealth.” “The two of them together gives the film very broad appeal,” Pandya said. “I think guys think they’re cool and women think they’re sexy.” Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is looking to strike gold with “The Ant Bully,” a new CG-animated film featuring the voices of Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Paul Giamatti, among others. last_img

Hamilton 1-2 Partick Thistle: Jags stage fightback to claim win

first_imgDougie Imrie tried his luck from a position wide on the right in 23 minutes, but ex-Accies goalkeeper Cerny did well to punch clear at his near post.Hamilton were playing well and should have doubled their lead in 28 minutes when Docherty went on a run through the middle and slipped in Eamonn Brophy on the overlap from the right. He drilled a low shot past Cerny and into the bottom left corner, but Docherty had delayed the pass too long and his team-mate was offside.Thistle’s only real chance of the half came on 38 minutes when Sean Welsh’s cross from the right found Steven Lawless and his net-bound shot was blocked by Ziggy Gordon in the six-yard box, with Gary Fraser flagged offside when he latched onto the rebound.Thistle levelled five minutes into the second half when Steven Lawless’ cross from the left was headed in at the back post by Pogba – only his second goal for the Maryhill club. A stirring second-half fightback earned Partick a valuable 2-1 win over Hamilton at New Douglas Park.Goals from Mathias Pogba and Ryan Edwards made sure the points were heading back to Glasgow, but the Accies will see it as a chance wasted after having led 1-0 at the interval through Greg Docherty.The win moved Thistle four points clear of their hosts in the Ladbrokes Premiership table.Hamilton took the lead on 10 minutes when a terrific cross-field pass picked out Gramoz Kurtaj on the left and his cut-back found its way to Docherty, who kept his composure at the back post to slam the ball high past Tomas Cerny for his second goal of the season. Accies tried to get themselves back into the game and had a terrific chance in 62 minutes when Brophy sent Docherty down the right and he picked out Darren Lyon who sent an effort narrowly over from a tight angle.Thistle went close in 75 minutes when Ryan Edwards darted down the left and his cross was touched on by Callum Booth, which eventually fell to Pogba, but he blazed over from a good position.Substitute Kris Doolan was on the park for three minutes before his cross from the right was headed in at the near post by Edwards for his first goal of the campaign.last_img read more

R. June Begley age 84 of Campbellsburg

first_imgMrs. R. June Begley age 84 of Campbellsburg passed away Wednesday, December 21 at her home.Mrs. Begley was born May 8, 1932 in Shoal, Kentucky the daughter of Scott and Maggie Bailey Hacker.  She was retired owner of Millport Grocery, Medora Grocery and Begley Carpet in Paoli.  She attended Monroe Church of Christ.She was preceded in death by her husband:  Denver Begley on December 20, 2008.  She is survived by a son: Gregory D. Begley (Edith) of Paoli, a daughter:  Angela Byrum (Michael) of Campbellsburg, a brother: Jack Hacker of Wooton, Kentucky, six sisters:  Ann Ritter of Ohio, Ruth Hacker of Salem, Bea Campbell of Buckhorn, Kentucky, Nannie Minter of Ligonier, Indiana, Judy Parks of Jonesboro, Indiana and Linda Compton of Salem, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by three brothers:  Paul Hacker, Pearl Hacker and Scott Hacker Jr. and her parents.Funeral services were held Monday, December 26 and burial was in Pollock Cemetery.last_img read more

Data Center: Increased Data and Storage Fuels Demand for Data Center Spending

first_imgWhile much of the US economy remains sluggish, one bright spot is in the growth of data centers in the IT sector.  Gartner predicts strong and steady growth for data centers over the next four years.  Gartner is forcasting that nearly $100 billion will be spent in the global build out and maintenance of data centers, a 12.7 percent increase 2010 spending, finally surpassing the levels of spending that were seen in 2008.  Spending should continue to increase to $106 billion in 2012 and reach $126 billion in 2015.   That works out to 7 percent growth in 2013, 6 percent growth in 2014 and 5 percent growth in 2015.The bulk of the spending is being made on the largest of the data centers — those having more than 500 server racks.  Currently, the top two percent data centers in size occupy more than half of the total data center floor space and account for 63 percent of the hardware spending.  By 2015 the top two percent will account for 60 percent of data center floor space and 71 percent of hardware spending.Jon Hardcastle, research director at Gartner, said that “traditional in-house enterprise data centers are under attack from three sides. Firstly, virtualization technologies are helping companies to utilize their infrastructure more effectively, inhibiting overall system growth. Secondly, data centers are getting more efficient, leading to higher system deployment densities and inhibiting demand for floor space. Thirdly, the move to consolidated third-party data centers is reducing the overall number of midsize data centers. Meanwhile, the largest data center class is, of course, benefitting from the rise of cloud computing.”last_img read more

Technology: Linux Servers a Favorite at Fortune 500 companies

first_img20 years since Linux’s first release, and IDC says that Linux has become a billion dollar segment of the software industry.The Linux Foundation has recently released a summary of the result of a survey on Linux usage.  Currently, Linux has a 20 percent market share of all server machines in use today.  Over the last year, 84 percent of those organizations have added to their number of Linux servers, and 80 percent expect that they’ll deploy even more Linux machines this year.The Linux Foundation report admits that “enterprise users who are motivated to take a survey from The Linux Foundation are not an unbiased lot, but the size of these organizations, their buying power and technical prowess – as filtered by The Linux Foundation and Yeoman – can provide important guidance both for Linux vendors and developers, as well as their competitors.”  But respondents to the survey represent some of the largest and most prestigious global corporations, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, NTT, Deutsche Bank, DreamWorks, ADP, Bank of New York, NYSE, NASDAQ QMX, Goodrich, MetLife, and AIG.The two reasons most cited for why organizations select Linux over alternative server operating systems is cost and technical superiority.  The three recent trends that are further driving the demand of Linux are cloud computing, virtualization and Big Data.last_img read more

What Do Social Media Marketers Know About Tech? SURVEY RESULTS

first_imgFirst, we’d like to thank all 596 survey respondents and the many Open Thread commenters who gave such interesting and valuable feedback in our recent post “Should Social Media Experts Be Required to Know Their Tech?“Over the past couple days, we’ve been able to put together a decent picture and identify some knowledge gaps and points of confusion for many would-be social media experts. But first, let’s address why some of the RWW staff – and many of our readers, some of whom must hire social media experts – feel it’s important for even the most marketing-oriented of consultants to have a rudimentary understanding of the workings of the Web, including its ecosystem of companies and applications.You will always need to know more about the Web. Tags:#marketing#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos It may seem to be the ad-free fluffy bunny of the social networking world, but Twitter turned a profit through search deals in 2009.On occasion, we social media folks make intuitive choices that turn out to be dead wrong. While there’s a lot to be said for making bold choices for your users and clients, there’s much more value in making solid choices based on observed trends, analyzed data and tested outcomes. In fact, it’s plain irresponsible to make recommendations to clients based on feelings rather than facts.Always challenge yourself to make sure your opinions and advice line up with facts, not the other way around. As a wise man once wrote, “You don’t use science to prove that you’re right, you use science to become right.”Flip Side of the Coin: Rather than looking at marketing budgets or user traffic, your CEO tells you to spend $1 million on an AdWords campaign because “Google and advertising are where’s the money’s at online, right?” It seems like a ridiculous gamble with no logical reason or rhyme.How to Fill the Knowledge Gap: Test everything you might suggest. Test it over a reasonable period of time, making sure to take peak times into account, and get a reasonable data sample. Learn about A/B and multivariate testing, website analytics, SEO and all the dirty details of traffic and user responses. Most of all, never, ever assume.You need to know about the finance and investment market to identify competitors, potential partners and pitching opportunities. Friends and family (and fools) will always be the first to invest in any startup.Especially if you’re communicating with or about startups, you need to understand a little bit about venture capital, if for no other reason than to understand an app or company’s place in the market. VCs can sometimes be good barometers of a startup’s health or the likelyhood of future success. Likewise, with regard to our survey question about profitable social media apps and companies, knowing about various stages of development can help you know when to suggest key partnerships. Collaboration between two entities can give a boost to both.As a strategist, a consultant or any kind of expert, you need to be able to spot a sure bet just as quickly as a sinking ship. And in the startup-filled world of social media, few are better at this all-important task than those with an understanding of tech investment.Flip Side of the Coin: Your CEO informs you that the company is about to start a marketing campaign on a website that, through your social and industry connections, you know is about to go out of business. In fact, every website of its kind if flailing; you’re surprised he wasn’t aware of the situation.How to Fill the Knowledge Gap: Read ReadWriteStart, of course! We recommend (and frequently interview and comment on) various brilliant VCs, angels and experienced entrepreneurs on this channel.We hope you’ve found this information entertaining and informative. The remaining questions on the poll were, by and large, answered correctly. There still seems to be some confusion on the definition of the word “hacker,” but I’m convinced that one will simply take more soapboxing on my part.What words of advice do you have to share with your less technical colleagues in social media? How can we all improve our game online while making the Internet a better, smarter place? Let us know in the comments. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Konqueror is a popular browser among Linux users. The browser Mozilla hasn’t been supported since 2006, having been replaced by Firefox and, to a lesser extent SeaMonkey, both products of the Mozilla Foundation.The Web does a lot more and a lot less than the average bear would think.For the most part, we humans have a hard time admitting that we’re “average bears,” though. Before you earn the moniker of “guru” or “expert” or even “professional/consultant,” you need to be far above average in your knowledge of the Web, not just how to get a few thousand Twitter followers or how to increase sales by X percent through Facebook promotions. Those things can come down to common sense or secondhand advice from true pioneers in social media.Generally speaking, a social media expert will have been around the block long enough to know a CMS from a CPU, to know a bit about servers and DDoS attacks, to know what kinds of operating systems and browsers and even hardware the tech elite prefer to use (or debate over). And the good ones will remain humble enough to keep learning and will always admit there’s more to know. Some of the wisest social media advisors I’ve know will ask to not be called experts, in fact, for how can any one person truly be an expert on something as vast as the Internet?Flip Side of the Coin: Imagine someone telling you he was a broadcast media expert. That includes television – national, local, cable, satellite, you name it – and all kinds of AM/FM and satellite radio. It might also include pre-show advertisements in movie theaters. That also includes media spend, account management and metrics for all kinds of ads, from branding to direct response. Essentially, the person is claiming to be a one-man ad agency – an impossible claim at best and a fraudulent one at worst.How to Fill the Knowledge Gap: Start listening to people who disagree with you. Search the farthest corners of the Web for new people and new ideas. Stop hanging out in echo chambers and start telling yourself every day, “I know that I know nothing.” That phrase seems to have done Socrates some good; chances are it could help you, too.You need to communicate with developers.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Haskell is a rare and complicated programming language. .NET sounds more familiar, but it’s a framework, not a language.In almost every social media project that doesn’t involve something as simple as setting up a Twitter account, you’ll have to work with and rely on the expertise of developers.You might not want to learn a programming language yourself – it can take a lot of time, which is a precious commodity. But if you don’t know the basics of what programming languages can and cannot do, as well as what languages your developer colleagues use, you’ll end up frustrated and inefficient. And the aforementioned developer colleagues might feel disrespected as well; being asked to deliver fantastical products or results from someone with no understanding of your work isn’t a fun experience.Flip Side of the Coin: Imagine a CTO telling you, an interactive marketer, to run a direct mail campaign and get 500,000 new registrations. It could be done, perhaps, but it’s not efficient or a good way to use your skills. Even if he told you he wanted 500,000 new signups, is that a realistic goal? Is it based on current adoption trends? Does this guy have any idea what he’s asking for?How to Fill the Knowledge Gap: Read up on the basics of programming languages; spend a few hours here and there on Wikipedia and O’Reilly books. Then, ask questions of developers you trust. Don’t be afraid to “sounds dumb” or be inquisitive.You need to rely on hard data and facts, not gut feelings. jolie odell Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more