The FA announced on Tuesday afternoon on its official website that Holloway had been charged over two separate matters. A statement on www.thefa.com said: “Firstly, it is alleged that Holloway’s language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials’ changing room at the end of the game amounted to improper conduct. ”It’s going to be a long hard season for me with these people (referees). I had this with Blackpool. ”Certain clubs get fouls and others don’t. Tottenham will feel that if they play Man United. ”Do I think I would have got that at Tottenham? No I don’t. I just want a bit of fairness. ”I want a foul like anyone else would have got one. I’ve got a horrible taste in my mouth after that.” Holloway then lashed out at the assistant again in his post-match press conference, which began an hour and a half after the end of the match. ”It’s not the referee’s fault, it’s the bloke who stood right where I was, the linesman,” Holloway said. ”We have got professional refs, we haven’t got professional linesmen. ”I can’t believe he didn’t see it. I had better learn what a foul is in this division.” Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has been charged by the Football Association in relation to his conduct after the Barclays Premier League match against Tottenham on Sunday. “Secondly, it is alleged that Holloway’s post-match media comments questioned the integrity of the referee and/or match officials and/or implied that the referee and/or match officials were motivated by bias, and/or brought the game into disrepute.” Holloway has until 4pm on Friday to respond to both charges. The game at Selhurst Park, Palace’s first top-flight appearance in eight years, ended in a 1-0 defeat thanks to Roberto Soldado’s second-half penalty. And following the contest, Holloway appeared to claim his team will not be fairly treated by referees this season. He thought the spot-kick should not have been given because he felt Dean Moxey had no time to pull back his left arm to prevent Aaron Lennon’s cross from hitting it. But his real anger was reserved for the officials’ failure to spot what he viewed as a deliberate foul by Nacer Chadli on Stephen Dobbie shortly before referee Mark Clattenburg awarded the penalty. ”I’ve got to learn what a foul is because I thought Nacer Chadli deliberately bodychecked Stephen Dobbie, smashed him down and ran off with the ball,” Holloway told the BBC. ”If the referee didn’t see that, the assistant should have. You have to ask if he’s good enough if he didn’t see that. I don’t see how he can miss it. Press Association
As time trickled out on the Syracuse five-on-three power play late in the third period, head coach Paul Flanagan flailed his head away from the ice in disgust.The Orange, in desperate need of an offensive spark, wasted a two-man advantage and gave itself little hope of climbing back into the game.‘A lot of times when you score you take it for granted,’ Flanagan said. ‘When it’s five-on-three we should score every time. And it’s deflating because we tried to be too precise with the puck rather than getting it on net and banging away in front of the net. Those were the types of opportunities we didn’t take advantage of today.’Syracuse (9-18-3, 0-5-3 College Hockey America) squandered plenty of goal-scoring chances against Robert Morris (16-8-2, 5-2-1 CHA) on Saturday and fell 5-2 to the Colonials in front of 341 at Tennity Ice Pavilion in SU’s final home game of the season. The Orange’s frequent inconsistencies left Flanagan scratching his head in disbelief as the players were unable to rally around the emotions of senior day and snag their first conference win. SU also fell Friday to Robert Morris, 4-3.Saturday’s result against the Colonials marked SU’s third straight loss against a conference opponent and fifth overall. At this point in the season, Flanagan said he isn’t as worried about playing the probable No. 1 seed Mercyhurst in the CHA tournament, as he is worried about fixing a handful of mistakes that plagued the Orange this past weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFinishing plays was one of those areas of difficulty. The SU forwards skated deep inside the Colonials zone countless times, made a good one-time pass and then were either smothered by the defensive pressure or denied by goaltender Kristen DiCiocco.And the few times that the Orange forwards did get a clear path to shoot, no one was able to corral the puck for the rebound putback in front of the net.‘The scoring hasn’t been going our way, and it all comes down to a few plays that we should’ve made,’ senior Megan Skelly said. ‘It’s very stressful for us when we hit the post or miss an empty net when we shoot because these are plays that usually make or break games during our season.’Syracuse had a prime chance to extend its slim one-goal lead midway through the first period. Freshman Kaillie Goodnough sliced her way past two Colonial defenders, fired a wrist shot from inside the right circle and saw her shot trickle in front of the net after being deflected by DiCiocco. Then Sam Press was in perfect position to hammer home the rebound, but hesitated slightly and tried to force a weak shot past DiCiocco, who saved it easily.Plain and simple, SU faltered on its scoring chances because of poor puck possession. The Colonials did an excellent job at controlling time of possession throughout the game. RMU used crisp passes to help spread out the Syracuse defense, throwing SU’s 2-3 defensive scheme off-balance.Junior Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said that because defenders were spread out around the ice, the Orange couldn’t execute its aggressive style of defense, called forecheck. As a result, the players couldn’t get any initial pressure on the forwards, which allowed Robert Morris to pick away at the Syracuse zone.Penalties also limited the Orange attack Saturday and left the defense vulnerable. SU combined for only 10 penalty minutes, but each infraction became more costly as players continued struggling to score. The Colonials made Syracuse pay for its lack of discipline, scoring twice on the power play to put the game out of reach.‘We saw a lot of penalty kills, especially in the second period,’ Skelly said. ‘It’s very difficult to get offense going when you’re constantly on the penalty kill and the lines are getting all messed up. Staying out of the box has to be one of our major concerns.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm
It’s almost like a playoff series in October for the Nelson Leafs and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The two Murdoch rivals will face off for the fourth time this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Friday night in Fruitvale with Nelson holding a 2-1 advantage in the season series thanks to a 3-2 double overtime win last week in the Heritage City.“It certainly provides us a view of what we can expect to compete against to get out of our division,” said Leaf coach Mario DiBella when asked about the early season quirk in the schedule.“I don’t think the team is getting tired of playing BV,” DiBella added.“I think they’re enthusiastic about playing teams they have to beat come playoffs to get out of the Murdoch Division.”Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Rebels have defeated Nelson twice this season — 3-2 and 5-4 in overtime.Sandhu remains on Injury ListLeaf netminder Jason Sandhu remains on the injury list after suffering a lower body injury four games into the season.The 20-year-old Chilliwack native began to skate again but is not spending much time between the pipes until the body heals.Nelson was able to grab another goalie after then coaching staff acquired Devin Allen from the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Allen was instrumental in the Leafs being able to rally from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Beaver Valley in double overtime last week.Thompson on loan to Langley RivermenIn keeping with team philosophy, the Leafs have loaned defenceman Dash Thompson to Langley of the BC Hockey League.“Part of our philosophy is to make sure we’re helping with the development of these players so we wouldn’t hold a player back if we can accommodate the player playing at higher level in an AP position,” DiBella explained.The Rivermen travels to Coquitlam Friday before hosting the Express in a return game Saturday and Trail Smoke Eaters Sunday.Former Leaf Hulston off to SaskatchewanLeafs experienced a brief visit from former center Levi Hulston.DiBella said Hulston, after being released by Langley following a two-game stint, has decided to pursue his Junior A career with Humbolt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.“Humbolt pursued Levi all summer so once he was let go by Langley they made their pitch,” DiBella said.“Levi did come to Nelson to practice with us but as a 19-year-old he felt this was his opportunity and I can appreciate that and wish him well.”New players expected soonDiBella said the Leafs are still tweaking the roster as the club enters October.He said the team is expecting a forward and a defenceman into camp as soon as the weekend.”The forwad is very fast with good hands has ability to put puck in the net while the D-man is 6’3″ and gives us the grit I feel we need to help the back end,” DiBella said.
The much-hyped proof of cosmic inflation a few months ago has been discredited, revealing more about how science is done in the media age than about reality.Back in March (3/17/14), champagne was served in the home of Andrei Linde after young scientists brought him proof of cosmic inflation. A strong polarization signal “consistent” with inflation was declared by the BICEP2 team in Antarctica after their analysis of data from the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. News reporters went wild with the “biggest cosmological discovery in decades.” There was talk of a Nobel Prize for the three gurus of inflation (Guth, Linde, and Starobinsky), and indeed, those three shared the $1 million Kavli Prize shortly afterward. (See “Inflation Concocted to Avoid a Young, Perfect Universe,” 7/01/14).By May and June, some reporters were backpedaling, taking a “wait and see” attitude, as data from the ESA’s Planck mission, forthcoming in fall, might bridle the enthusiasm. Those were the wise reporters. Newly-announced Planck results show a strong likelihood that BICEP2 was flexing its own weakness. The signal, it turns out, was most likely due to dust in our local galaxy. Adrian Cho writes for Science Magazine:A crumbling claim that appeared to reveal the workings of the big bang may instead say more about how science is done in an age of incessant news coverage. In March, researchers working with a specialized telescope at the South Pole, known as BICEP2, claimed that by studying the afterglow of the big bang—the so-called cosmic microwave background—they had discovered direct evidence that the newborn cosmos had undergone a bizarre exponential growth spurt known as cosmic inflation. Now, researchers from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft have shown that radiation from dust in our galaxy accounts for some, and possibly all, of the BICEP signal. Curiously, the BICEP and Planck teams took very different tacks in publicizing their results. The BICEP team held a press conference and issued a bold press release. The Planck team did not—because they did not want the press to jump to the conclusion that they had definitively proved the BICEP result wrong.The remaining uncertainty may allow the BICEP team to adopt its own “wait and see” attitude and still hold out hope. Michael Slezak at New Scientist is not so charitable, putting the worst possible spin on the Planck results:Inflation is dead, long live inflation! The very results hailed this year as demonstrating a consequence of inflationary models of the universe – and therefore pointing to the existence of multiverses – now seem to do the exact opposite. If the results can be trusted at all, they now suggest inflation is wrong, raising the possibility of cyclic universes that existed before the big bang.The proof of inflation has become proof of non-inflation? That’s what David Parkinson of the University of Queensland is now claiming from his own analysis of the results. Slezak reports: “Counter to what the BICEP2 collaboration said initially, Parkinson’s analysis suggests the BICEP2 results actually rule out any reasonable form of inflationary theory.” But there are several inflationary models. How many of them have been ruled out? “Most of them, to be honest,” replied Parkinson.The smart money is now betting on the Planck bandwagon, leaving BICEP in the dust. As if it couldn’t get worse for the inflation bandwagon, Slezak brings in another hostile witness:Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University, who helped develop inflationary theory but is now scathing of it, says this is potentially a blow for the theory, but that it pales in significance with inflation’s other problems.Steinhardt says that the models are oversimplified, for one thing, and for another, once inflation starts, they can’t stop it. It breaks up into an infinite number of universes, where anything and everything can happen. So instead of providing understanding to science, it “predicts everything”—anything that is conceivable happens somewhere. Isn’t that a strength, rather than a weakness? No, Steinhardt explains:Steinhardt says the point of inflation was to explain a remarkably simple universe. “So the last thing in the world you should be doing is introducing a multiverse of possibilities to explain such a simple thing,” he says. “I think it’s telling us in the clearest possible terms that we should be able to understand this and when we understand it it’s going to come in a model that is extremely simple and compelling. And we thought inflation was it – but it isn’t.”It hardly seems desirable, therefore, for the BICEP2 to cling to any remaining hope that further refinements of the Planck results will support inflation. Who would want a theory that does the opposite of what science is supposed to do?We’re wondering why Guth & Linde didn’t get the Ig Nobel Prize. Has there ever been a crazier idea than inflation put forth in the name of science? Actually, yes; New Scientist reminds us of Hugh Everett, a sophomoric (wise fool) atheist who misused his God-given brain power to suppose that every quantum choice spins off another universe (the “many-worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics). That’s another example of what we shall call the Guth Goof: concocting a solution to a problem that makes the problem infinitely worse. Read again how Alan Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) ran from the light of a perfect, young universe into the darkness of his own imagination (7/01/14; read also 5/17/14 to see he’s not alone). (Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
2 December 2009South African healthcare insurer Discovery has announced its intention to expand into China with the acquisition of a 24.99% stake in Ping An Health Insurance.While China’s private health insurance market is still nascent, there is strong growth potential – in 2007, gross written premiums were approximately 19-billion Yuan (R21-billion), while McKinsey & Company estimates that in 2008, private healthcare premiums reached approximately 55-billion Yuan (R59-billion).The Chinese company is owned by Ping An Insurance, the second largest insurer in China with a market capitalisation of 292-billion Yuan (about R319-billion).“Ping An is an excellent partner,” Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said in a statement this week. “The group is a leader in the Chinese insurance market, providing immediate scale, brand and distribution capability in this rapidly growing market.”Social health insurance limitationsWhile large portions of the Chinese population are covered by the Social Health Insurance (SHI) system, this has strict coverage caps and co-payments, and there is inadequate access to top-tier hospitals and healthcare facilities.According to Discovery, this inadequate cover, coupled with increasing consumer awareness about the need for preventive healthcare, has created demand for private medical insurance.The growing disposable income amongst the 25-40 million middle-class households means many consumers can afford top-up cover, while there is also increasing demand for cover for private healthcare facilities, diagnostics and branded drugs that fall outside the limited SHI schedule of benefits.According to Discovery, the Chinese government recognises the limitations of the SHI, and through their reform process, is encouraging private healthcare insurance providers to play an active role in developing a multi-level health insurance system.Ping An Health currently holds one of a limited number of health insurance licences issued by the Chinese Insurance Regulatory Commission.Middle and upper class customers“Ping An Group currently has a 30% share of the ‘riders’ or ‘supplementary’ private health insurance market,” said Gore. “In 2005, Ping An grasped the enormous growth opportunity and potential of the comprehensive health insurance market, and Ping An Health was established in Shanghai.”Ping An Health’s products and services are primarily aimed at middle and upper income customers, and it has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. It has recorded significant growth over the last three years with sales increasing more than 400% over the period.“Ping An Health is a fast-growing, well capitalised business,” said Gore. “We are confident that it will be able to maintain its growth trajectory as the Chinese health insurance market develops and it is able to leverage off Ping An group’s comprehensive distribution network and scale in the Chinese market.”The conclusion of the transaction is subject to definitive agreement between the parties, following which it would be subject to the requisite regulatory approvals and other conditions precedent.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The Living Conditions Survey from Statistics South Africa gives insight into how South Africans spend their income. The biggest expenses are housing and utilities.Stats SA releases findings from South Africa’s Living Conditions Survey on 27 January 2017. It shows how citizens spend their money. (Image: South African Reserve Bank, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterMale-headed households spend more on shoes and clothes, R5,343 a year, compared to female-headed homes, which spend only R4,364 on shoes and clothes a year. This is one of the findings from Statistics South Africa’s Living Conditions Survey (LCS), released at the end of January.Data was collected over a year, from October 2014 to 2015.Stats SA says the finding is not unexpected.“Male-headed households have a higher average annual income than their female counterparts – R165,853 and R98,911 respectively – and therefore, have greater spending power than female-headed households.“Male-headed households spend more across all consumption expenditure categories,” says the service.“It found that in 2015, the average South African household consisted of three to four persons, with an average annual income and consumption expenditure of R138,168 and R103,293, respectively.”The greatest household expenditure went to housing and utilities (32.55%), followed by transport (16.29%).“Another interesting finding was that, on average, households spent more on recreation and culture (3.81%) than they did on education (2.45%),” says Stats SA.See how South Africans spend their income. Click on the image for a larger view:To read the full report, click here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Notre Dame will have a quarterback competition this off-season between redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire and incumbent Everett Golson. Both players played well in the program’s Music City Bowl win over LSU, and each candidate brings a different skill set to the table. In order to play a high-profile position such as quarterback at Notre Dame, one needs to have an abundance of self-confidence. If his Twitter this morning is any indication, Zaire is very confident in his own abilities.Never apologize for being confident in yourself.— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015If you think you should have my spot. Play me for it. -KD— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015The second tweet is a quote from NBA superstar Kevin Durant in regards to criticism that he was unworthy of a starting spot in this year’s All-Star game after missing time due to injury. Zaire seems ready to bring it on the field, and he should be a formidable competitor for Golson at the very least.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based commodities trader Noble Group has entered into a sale deal with Fairmyl Shipping Limited and Transmed Shipping Limited for a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier vessel.The company will cash in USD 23.4 million from the vessel sale which is expected to be completed by September 30, 2018.The net proceeds from the sale after payment of relevant mortgage facility will amount to approximately USD 8.2 million, Noble said.The vessel is 2014-built Ocean Ambition, flagged in Hong-Kong. The 81,616 dwt bulker is employed to service external customers as well as Noble Group’s internal freight requirements.Following the completion of the proposed disposal, Noble Group intends to charter back the vessel on a time charter basis.The ship is part of a quartet Noble put up for sale in November last year hoping to raise a total of USD 95 million in order to cut debt.The ships also include 2015-built Ocean Forte, 2015-built Ocean Integrity, which was sold in March and 2015-built Ocean Vision sold in April.