Powell: Di Canio appointment ‘bold’ move

first_img That was when denying he has any racist tendencies. Powell is black. Asked about Di Canio’s political views after Charlton’s draw with Brighton in the npower Championship on Tuesday night, Powell said: “You will have to ask him.” When asked how he thought Di Canio would do at Sunderland, Powell said: “The proof will be their remaining games. He has done well so far in League One and Two with Swindon.” Powell added: “Paolo was part of my club career, being a team-mate of mine and I met him socially. “Sunderland has made a bold decision.” There has been a strong reaction on Wearside and further afield to Di Canio’s appointment as manager of the Barclays Premier League strugglers, because of the past comments and actions of the former West Ham, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and Lazio striker. Di Canio has refused to expand on a 2005 interview with an Italian news agency when he said he was “a fascist, but not a racist”. Powell said: “It’s remarkable it didn’t come out when he was manager of Swindon. It’s a bold gamble football-wise.” Black Cats head coach Di Canio refused to confirm or deny whether he is a fascist in a press conference on Tuesday and labelled the furore over his appointment as Sunderland manager “ridiculous and pathetic”. The 44-year-old Italian named former Charlton left-back Powell, now manager of the Addicks, as one of his best friends from his playing days in English football when he issued a statement on Monday. Paolo Di Canio’s former team-mate Chris Powell believes Sunderland made “a bold decision” in appointing the Italian as their new boss.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pogba pushing for Man Utd start after France starring role

first_imgAnd that game also featured an assist from the Manchester United man, something he has failed to provide for his club for two-and-a-half months.At the heart of Pogba’s problems with United lies the issue of which system favours the Frenchman, with the player himself known to prefer a 4-3-3 approach that allows him to focus on his attacking, ahead of his defensive, talents.However his club manager has been reluctant to adopt that formation, on a regular basis at least, with Pogba usually used in front of his back four, a fact that explains why he has scored just three times this season and has not hit the net for United for well over four months.Mourinho possibly has bigger issues with which to contend after United players returned from the international break this week to prepare for their first club fixture in two weeks against Swansea.The United manager launched an astonishing verbal tirade against his players after the FA Cup tie, accusing them of showing “a lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire” despite a comfortable 2-0 win.Only midfielders Nemanja Matic and McTominay, playing in place of Pogba, were spared Mourinho’s wrath and the United boss faces a stern test of his man-management skills to ensure there is no residual effect from that public humiliation of his stars.Former England left-back Luke Shaw, substituted at half-time of the Brighton game, bore the brunt of Mourinho’s anger and the United manager will be hoping Ashley Young recovers from the knee injury he sustained playing for Gareth Southgate’s team against Italy on Tuesday in order to replace his team-mate against Swansea.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho’s strained relations with Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba will again come under close scrutiny when the Premier League returns from its international break this weekend.Mourinho’s side, out of action for two weeks since winning an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, face struggling Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the United manager forced to decide whether to recall the French international to his line-up.Pogba has been left out of the starting XI by Mourinho for United’s past three games, a shocking turn of events given that run has included a cup quarter-final, a vital Champions League tie against Sevilla and a high-profile Premier League meeting with fierce local rivals Liverpool.But the 25-year-old’s struggle to find consistent form, plus an obvious difficulty on Mourinho’s part to fit him into a system that suits his style of play, has seen Pogba reach what appears to be a crossroads in his career under the Portuguese manager.Should Mourinho retain his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against Swansea, the decision about his starting line-up may be aided by the fact that young Scotland international Scott McTominay, who has played in Pogba’s position for two of those past three fixtures, has returned from international duty with a calf injury.Pogba strengthened his claims for a recall, turning in an impressive performance for France in their 3-1 friendly victory against World Cup hosts Russia in St Petersburg in midweek.In keeping with the inconsistent nature of his season, however, he had been left out of the previous World Cup warm-up game, against Colombia.– Pogba goal –The win in Russia included a free-kick goal from Pogba, the first time he has hit the net since scoring for United in the 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle in mid-November.last_img read more

Tech Experts Warn of Virus Threat from Public Charging Stations

first_imgTech experts are offering some advice on how to protect one’s data and devices in airports and other locations during the holidays.They are cautioning the public against using public charging stations, due to an increase in identity theft cases.“You don’t know what’s inside of that you don’t know what cord they’re using there’s a lot of unknowns there,” says Experimac General Manager Josh Barnes.He adds that companies sometimes stock the stations with cheap cables, and, “The fake chargers could actually electrocute your phone.”Android users face an additional danger of having data stolen from their phones.The growing cyber threat, also known as Juice Jacking, poses a risk to smartphones, tablets and computers. In under a minute, a virus can be transferred to unsuspecting users’ devices. The virus then exports sensitive data and passwords directly to the scammers.Barnes recommends that people use their own portable power banks or plug their own chargers into outlets.last_img read more

Amazon to Open New Fulfillment Center in Florida

first_imgAmazon has created more than 13,500 full-time jobs in the Sunshine State since launching fulfillment operations here six years ago. Currently, the company operates facilities in Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville.The facility is expected to open in 2020. Amazon announced Thursday that it plans to open its fifth fulfillment center here in Florida. The company says the new distribution hub will be in Deltona, which is located between Orlando and Daytona Beach along Interstate 4 in Volusia County.The company will hire 500 employees at $15 per hour or more to work at the center.Employees at the more than one million-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large customer items, including sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles, and larger household goods.“We’re excited to continue our investment in Florida and further expand our presence in the state with this new fulfillment center in Deltona,” according to Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “Since 2013, Amazon has invested more than $5 billion in Florida through local fulfillment centers and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to thousands of employees in the state.”Governor Ron DeSantis responded to the announcement by tweeting:last_img read more

Trump Concludes 2019 with Tweets, Golf, Iraq, and NYE Party

first_imgHe then spent some time at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach after posting five more tweets on topics ranging from Iran’s involvement in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, to armed church-goers who stopped a gunman in Texas, to a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a trade deal with China. After news broke that the American embassy in Baghdad had been breached by Iraqi Kateb Hezbollah protesters, Trump posted:….Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 President Donald Trump ended 2019 with quite a busy day which included tweeting on a variety of issues, golfing, defusing an attack on a U.S. embassy that put the country on the brink of war, and hosting a party at Mar-a-Lago.The president began his New Year’s Eve with this tweet:center_img The protesters reportedly chanted anti-American slogans as they smashed glass, spray painted and set the embassy walls on fire. The attack is believed to have been in retaliation for missile strikes the U.S. conducted last weekend against Kateb Hezbollah, which Trump has blamed for killing and wounding American servicemen in Iraq recently.The President also addressed reports that he was golfing while the embassy was under attack, saying:The Fake News said I played golf today, and I did NOT! I had meeting in various locations, while closely monitoring the U.S. Embassy situation in Iraq, which I am still doing. The Corrupt Lamestream Media knew this but, not surprisingly, failed to report or correct!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 When a reporter later asked Trump about his goal for the new year, First Lady Melania responded: “Peace on the world.” Trump added that he did not want to discuss his resolution because he did not want to “jinx it.”Mr. Trump also told journalists covering the event, “You have to stay honorable. If you’re honorable, I’m going to win the election by a lot. If you’re not honorable, I’m just going to win the election by a little. So I’d rather have you be honorable, Ok?”The President then hosted a New Year’s Eve party attended by many administration and campaign officials and friends, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.The First Family is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. on Sunday.last_img read more

AG Barr: Apple Not Helping Feds Unlock iPhones in Florida Terror Incident

first_imgAttorney General William Barr says Apple isn’t helping the feds unlock two iPhones used by the Saudi military officer who killed three people at a Florida Navy base last month. He calls the shooting an act of terrorism.Barr has called on Apple to help the FBI with accessing phones in acts of terror. The call comes in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage by the Saudi Airman who opened fire on the Pensacola Air Base last month. Apple rejects the characterization it has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation.The Saudi national in training at the base killed three and injured eight others before American forces shot and killed him.The shooter actually fired a round through one of the phones to disable it. Investigators were able to get both phones up in running but haven’t been able to crack the encrypted passwords. But Apple says it started working with investigators round-the-clock within hours of the shooting December 6th and didn’t know the FBI needed more help until January 6th.Barr says it is imperative that the FBI finds out with whom and about what the terror suspect was communicating.The issue is similar to what happened after a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, when a locked iPhone belonging to one of the shooters sparked a debate over privacy versus the needs of law enforcement.last_img read more

MLK, Jr. Day Events and Celebrations in PBC and Broward

first_imgThe following events will be taking place in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:Palm Beach County:The city of Lake Worth Beach will host a candlelight march at 5 p.m., beginning at Lake Worth City Hall at 7 N. Dixie Highway. There is also a unity interfaith breakfast at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church on South E Street and 10th Avenue South from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For more information: (561) 586-1600 or lakeworth.orgRoyal Palm Beach’s 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, hosted by the Caribbean Americans for Community Involvement, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Royal Palm Beach High School, 10600 Okeechobee Blvd. Seating is limited and the event is free. For more information: (561) 791-9087.The city of West Palm Beach will have its annual MLK Breakfast and Essay Contest Awards at 8 a.m. Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. For more information: (561)822-2222 or www.wpb.orgDelray Beach will host an MLK walk beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at the Delray Beach Community Center . It will then travel along Atlantic Ave down historic 5th Avenue, pass the Spady Museum and end at Pompey Park. Lineup will be at 1:30 p.m. In addition, a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Monday at Delray Beach Golf Club.Boca Raton will be hosting a ceremony and celebration featuring speeches, performances and a march. The events will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning at MLK Jr. Memorial, 200 NE Ruby St., and ending at Sanborn Square. For more information: (561) 393-7807 or www.myboca.usBelle Glade will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Memorial Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Belle Glade City Hall, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. For more information: (561) 996-0100 or www.belleglade.gov.comThe South Florida Fair will include a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 3 p.m. Monday at the Community Stage, with live music and speeches. Free with fair admission. For more information: (561-793-0333) or www.southfloridafair.comBroward County: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, the City of Deerfield Beach will have its annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade and picnic, also at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex. Both events are free and open to everyone. For more information: www.Deerfield-Beach.comAs for Fort Lauderdale, a parade will depart at 9 a.m. Monday from Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Ave. and march to Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St. A celebration of unity and multicultural festival holiday celebration will kick off at Esplanade Park at 10 a.m., when the parade arrives, until 2:30 p.m.For a full list of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around Fort Lauderdale, visit KingHolidayCelebration.com.The city of Miramar will have a free Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and celebration event on Monday at Lakeshore Park, 8501 S. Sherman Circle. The parade will go from 11 a.m. to noon and the celebration will go from noon until 4 p.m. For more information: MiramarFL.gov or (954) 602-3178.In partnership with Baptist Health, the city of Plantation will be hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jim Ward Community Center, located at 301 NW 46th Ave. For more information: www.Plantation.org.From everyone at 850 WFTL, have a safe Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.last_img read more

Ohio Man Hopes to Sue Miami Super Bowl Halftime Show for being Sinful

first_imgWas the Super Bowl LIV halftime show sexy or sinful? It depends on who you ask. But is it worth suing over?A prominent Christian activist was appalled by the pole dancing and crotch shots during the Super Bowl halftime show in Miami and he wants to file a class-action lawsuit against the NFL. Dave Daubenmire is the leader of Pass the Salt Ministries calls the performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira “Super Bowl Porn Show.”“They got crotch shots flying everywhere at the Super Bowl, and they don’t have any warnings,” he said on in a video segment on Periscope.Daubenmire suggested that he should file a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, Pepsi, and his cable company for “piping pornography into his house.” He said that he was worried that the halftime show would keep him from getting into heaven, and that watching it put him in “danger of hell fire.”The 67-year-old said that the halftime show was “discriminatory” against Christians and that he wants to file an $867 trillion lawsuit against the league.last_img read more

Junior Open third place for Gabriella Cowley

first_img England’s Gabriella Cowley finished a fine third in an international field at the weather-hit Junior Open at Fairhaven, in Lancashire.  For the first time the biennial event, which accompanies The Open, was won by a girl, Asuka Kashiwabara from Japan. She set another record with her astonishing scoring of 16-under par which gave her a winning margin of 14 shots.   Italy’s Renato Paratore from Rome was third on two-under-par, followed by Gabriella on two-over par. A total of 68 nations contested the event for U16 boys and girls. Gabriella, an England girl international from West Essex, showed great composure and impressive powers of recovery throughout the 54-hole event.   Her first round of 74, compiled in the worst of the weather, and her second round of two-under 72, each included a triple bogey. On both occasions, she recovered in great style and was in second place at the start of the final round. Early on, she had double bogeys at three holes in succession – the third, fourth and fifth – and reached the turn in six-over 42. But, she came back in two-under 36 with birdies at the 10th, 11th and 18th, set against a bogey at the 14th, for a round of four-over 78. “I’m disappointed with my last round and those double bogeys, but I played better over the last nine holes,” said Gabriella who is the English U15 and Scottish U16 open champion. “But, overall, I enjoyed the tournament very much. It was a great experience.” Gabriella will represent England in the girls’ Home Internationals in August. Play in the Junior Open was suspended during the second round with competitors returning the following morning to complete their scores. This also meant that there was time only for the leading 33 players to contest the final 18 holes, instead of the leading 80 and ties. 16 Jul 2012 Junior Open third place for Gabriella Cowley Gabriella’s fine start at Junior Open 17 July 2012 England’s Gabriella Cowley took on the worst of the weather at the Junior Open at Fairhaven, Lancashire, yesterday – and replied with a level par 74. She’s sharing third place in the R&A event, which is contested by an interntional field of over 120 boys and girls, all aged under 16. Gabriella, who will represent England in the girls’ home internationals, overcame a testing wobble in her round to return her impressive score. She dropped a shot at the eighth before taking a triple bogey seven on the ninth. Despite that, she reached the turn at two-over par and came home in two-under with three birdies and a solitary bogey on the 16th. Gabriella is the English U15 girls’ champion and the Scottish U16 stroke play titleholder. For most of the day the field fought against the rain, the rough and a tough course with punishing bunkers. The clubhouse was awash with disaster as scores soared into the 100s. Only two players – one of them Gabriella – had matched the par of 74 until a remarkable improvement in the standard of scoring in the last hour of play. Then as conditions calmed, there was a rush of very good scores. The best came from a Japanese girl, Asuka Kashiwabara, with a bogey free eight-under par 66. On the boys’ side, the best score, also returned very late the day was a two-under-par 72 by Anderson Nunes  of Brazil).  Chasing him home was Ireland’s Marc Boucher with a 73. After today’s second round the leading 80 players and ties will go forward to the final round tomorrow. England’s other representative, Stefan Gnyla, 13, of Copt Heath, Warwickshire, was disqualified for using a distance-measuring device, not permitted under the rules of the competition. Gabriella beats par in weather-hit Junior Open 17 July 2012 Girl international Gabriella Cowley scored two-under par 72 in the second round of the weather-hit Junior Open at Fairhaven – despite another triple bogey. She’s currently lying second, behind the runaway leader, Asuka Kashiwabara, a 16-year-old Japanese girl. Asuka added a five-under-par 69 to her first round of eight-under-par 66, giving her an astonishing 36-hole tally of 13-under-par 135 from two bogey free rounds. The golf course was flooded by heavy rain in the afternoon and later starters were unable to complete their rounds. Play was abandoned for the day and those who have still to complete their second rounds will do so in a shotgun start at 9.30am tomorrow. The number of players qualifying for the final round has been cut from 80 to 30 and will start at lunchtime.   Gabriella, the English U15 and Scottish U16 stroke play champion, was first off at 8am and bettered her first round score by two shots, despite having another triple bogey. Yesterday it was the ninth which caught her out, today it was the 13th – and again she recovered with great aplomb. The West Essex player had birdied the par-3 second, the par-4 sixth and the par-4 eighth on her way to a bogey-free outward half of three-under 33. She got to four-under at the long 11th but then ran up a seven at the par 4 13th where she was in the water on the right off the tee and took five to reach the green. As she did in the first round, Gabriella kept her chin up and finished with four pars and a pitch-and-putt birdie 4 at the long closing hole.   She said afterwards: “I’ve come off the last green both days thinking I could have scored at least a couple of shots better, especially after having a triple bogey both rounds. But, two-under par for two rounds at Fairhaven isn’t bad, is it?” Darren Clarke meets Junior Open competitors 16 July 2012 England girl international Gabriella Cowley rubbed shoulders with Open champion Darren Clarke when he met the competitors for the R&A Junior Open Championship, which got underway this morning at Fairhaven Golf Club in Lancashire. Clarke, who begins the defence of his title on Thursday at Royal Lytham & St Annes, took the Claret Jug trophy with him when he joined the juniors yesterday for their opening ceremony. He is pictured here with Gabriella, the English U15 girls’ champion and Scottish U16 stroke play titleholder. Gabriella, from West Essex, and Warwickshire’s Stefan Gnyla (Copt Heath) are representing England Golf in the championship. Stefan, 13, has been Warwickshire U12 and U14 champion, the Warwickshire Young Masters winner on three occasions and twice been a winner at the US Kids European Championships. The R&A Junior Open, which is played every two years, is closely linked to The Open Championship and played on a nearby course.  A total of 122 competitors from 68 nations make the 10th Junior Open the most truly international golf championship for U16s in the world. Later in the week, the competitors will be taken to spectate at The Openlast_img read more