Aston Villa 3-3 QPR: Benteke hat-trick rescues Villans’ survival hopes in thrilling basement battle

first_imgChristian Benteke kept Aston Villa’s hopes of Premier League survival alive with a stunning late free-kick which sealed a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers.In a topsy turvy basement battle at Villa Park which saw the teams exchange the lead several times, the hosts were left indebted to the Belgian striker’s timely return of form, as his fine hat-trick ensured his side remain out of the bottom-three.QPR took the lead early in the first half when Matthew Phillips took advantage of some poor defending to head in, but Benteke struck twice to put Villa in front before half-time.Chris Ramsey’s men looked down and out but they emerged from the break with fire in their bellies, and Clint Hill soon headed in from a corner to level to scores, with star man Charlie Austin firing the Super Hoops in front moments later.Holding on for the win would have seen Rangers climb out of the relegation zone, but Benteke was on hand to bail out Tim Sherwood’s charges, slamming his dead-ball effort in off the inside of the post to leave the London side still three points from safety.Having conceded over 100 goals between them so far this season, it seemed inevitable the game would be a tale of two defences, rather than their prowess in front of goal.And so it proved, as Aston Villa fell behind after just seven minutes courtesy of Phillips, who was completely unmarked as he nodded in at the far post from Bobby Zamora’s clever cross.However, Rangers’ defence was possibly even worse at times and Villa hit back almost instantly, with Benteke rediscovering his scoring boots to put the hosts ahead before the break.He pulled Villa level with a fine effort, curling the ball beyond the reach of the sprawling Rob Green, and his second was the result of a clinical counter attack.Benteke found himself clean through from inside his own half after a defensive clearance and raced towards goal, holding off two chasing centre-backs and delaying his shot until the final moment before wrong-footing Green with a dinked effort at his near post.The hosts were well on top at the break and looked on their way to a victory which would have seen them go five points clear of the drop, but they hit self-destruct in the second half with some shocking defending which saw QPR take the lead and Sherwood raging on the sidelines.Rangers’ 36-year-old captain Hill was untracked at a corner as his looped header pulled the visitors level, and Phillips then got the better of Kieran Richardson on the edge of the box before finding Austin, who found the net with a neat swivel and shot from 12 yards.It was courageous stuff from the London outfit, who are desperate to escape the clutches of relegation, but again it was a mistake which handed Villa a point.Goalscorer Hill clumsily brought down substitute Charles N’Zogbia on the edge of the area, with Benteke keeping his cool to smash home to secure the draw as well as the match ball. Aston Villa’s hat-trick hero Christian Benteke 1last_img read more

Sheriff’s ID task force invites residents to shred away

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Identity Theft Task Force is holding a “shred-a-thon” until 1 p.m. today, inviting residents to a Norwalk recycling plant where they can destroy sensitive documents for free. The event at Weyerhaeuser Document Destruction & Recycling Co., 12851 Alondra Blvd., in Norwalk, also included a news conference this morning by task force members, who talked about the growing problem of identity theft in the county. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily Newslast_img read more

Police arrest Juventus ultras who ‘threatened to sing racist chants during matches’

first_img targets The arrests come days after another racist incident in Italian football, which has been marred by discrimination so far this season.A television channel sacked a commentator, Luciano Passirani, after he said the only way to stop Romely Lukaku, the Inter forward, is to tell him, ‘here are ten bananas you can eat’. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Napoli vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTBorussia Dortmund vs Barcelona (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Olympiakos vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORTShakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPSG vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 The group allegedly wished to buy cut-price tickets from the club to then sell on for a profit.The arrests have been made after a year-long probe into the group.Juventus have previously been fined and forced to play a match behind closed doors for selling tickets to ultras. rookie error Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff appointed 1 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ A group of Juventus ultras have been arrested having threatened to sing racist chants at matches unless they were given cheap tickets to sell to other supporters.12 ringleaders have been accused of criminal association, aggravated extortion, money laundering and violence, The Times report. Getty – Contributor LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS stalemate What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target update deals Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son statement Juventus have called the Allianz Stadium home since 2011 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more latest Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Lukaku was earlier this season also racially abused by Cagliari fans during a match at the Sardinian club’s Sardegna Arena home.Inter supporters then came out to back the Cagliari fans, writing in a statement ‘we are not racist and so are not the Cagliari fans’.last_img read more

Boost for Scotland as Snodgrass declared fit to face England

first_imgHull City manager Mike Phelan has revealed Robert Snodgrass will be fit to play for Scotland against England at Wembley next week.The goal-scoring midfielder had initially looked set to miss the World Cup qualifier after suffering an ankle injury on October 22.It was expected to rule him out for four weeks.Though Snodgrass had said he hoped to be fit before the England clash, and was named in Gordon Strachan’s squad for the game, there were concerns that he would not be ready. Snodgrass’ club boss has said he was now back in training and could even play for Hull in the English Premier League on Sunday.“We have Robert training today,” Phelan said. “He’s done his rehab with the physios and shown signs of getting back into the group.“Whether that’s too late or whether he can do enough to put himself in the picture for Sunday, depends on how it goes today (Friday) and tomorrow.“Right now, it’s a case of him being ready for Hull, first and foremost.” He added; “After that, I don’t think there’ll be any real issues in a week’s time. For Scotland, I’m sure he’ll be fit and ready for that.“If he is, then I’ve no problem with him playing in that game.”last_img read more

UFO Sightings Are at an All-Time High . . . Especially in the United States

first_imgEither the aliens really ARE getting ready to invade Earth, or people today are more bored than ever.According to the National UFO Reporting Center, UFO sightings are at an all-time high.From 1905 through 1980, there were less than 500 sightings a year.  In the ’80s, that went up to about 1,000 . . . in the ’90s, it was up to 4,000 . . . and now, it’s getting close to 4,500 to 5,000.And Americans are the most likely to spot aliens . . . by FAR.  Our rate of UFO sightings is almost 300 TIMES higher than the average around the world.The states with the highest rate of UFO sightings are:  Washington . . . Montana . . . Vermont . . . Oregon . . . Alaska . . . Maine . . . New Hampshire . . . Arizona . . . New Mexico . . . and Idaho.last_img

SA post-production of US TV series ‘first-rate’

first_img18 March 2014 Johannesburg post-production company Refinery provided “first rate post-production and delivery items” in its work on American TV series SAF3, according to supervising producer Michael Murphey. Made by Baywatch creator Gregory J Bonann, SAF3 is currently screening in the United States after shooting wrapped in Cape Town in December last year. The TV series stars action star Dolph Lundgren, Dancing With The Stars winner JR Martinez and The Bold and The Beautiful’s Texas Battle. South African channel will screen the series later this year, says the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). “I’m very proud of the fact that we were the first major international TV series to post entirely in South Africa and to make our international deliveries from here as well,” Murphey, the founder of Cape Town-based production company Kalahari Pictures, told the NFVF last week. “Our international delivery items [formatting copies for broadcast on TV, DVDs or film] were first-rate and saved the production a great deal over what it would have cost us in the US or Europe.” Refinery set up a satellite post facility at Cotton Mill Studios in Epping, Cape Town to manage all post-production on SAF3, which they delivered to 23 countries around the world. The company handled the dailies (footage from the day’s shoot), editorial, visual effects and sound editing at the studios, with sound studio Area 5.1 handling the sound and Refinery the deliveries from Johannesburg. This was a first for an international television series of this scale. The post-production and visual effects company is no stranger to working on international series, having handled the dailies transfers on the Emmy-winning Generation Kill; the additional dialogue required for the Emmy-nominated No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; the visual effects on two seasons of the Kidscreen winner Leonardo; the dailies on three seasons of the Emmy-nominated Strike Back; and the audio post-production on the award-winning animated South African/Canadian co-production Magic Cellar. Murphey praised the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) foreign film and television production scheme and post-production incentive, which now offers productions shot in South Africa an additional 2.5% rebate if they spend over R1.5-million on post-production locally and an additional 5% if they spend over R3-million. SAF3 is the largest project to benefit from the post-production incentive so far. “The DTI post-production rebate of an extra 5% helped seal the deal to bring SAF3 to South Africa,” Murphey told the NFVF. “Australia, New Zealand and the US just couldn’t compete.” “The rebate was the tipping point,” Refinery managing director Tracey Williams said. “It always comes down to economics, and when you add the weak rand, it just makes financial sense to keep your post-production in South Africa now.” Williams said the tight timeline also counted in Refinery’s favour. “We had two weeks to ship everything in, get the equipment installed, and be ready to start. Then we had three weeks to our first transmission date. It would have been very difficult to turn the show around this quickly with an international facility.” She said setting up a temporary facility was “the way of the future; I’d do that again tomorrow.” From a time and cost-efficiency perspective, Williams said they particularly benefited from having the automated dialogue replacement facilities (for re-recording dialogue affected by sound problems) right where the cast was filming, “as well as from having Cyril Schumann as a dedicated visual effects artist on Flame” (a 3D visual effects software programme). “Flame’s not a typical TV tool, but we knew Cyril would turn around the effects really quickly on it,” Williams said. “The visual effects turned out to be one of the big savings on the series.” According to the NFVF, South Africa has been hosting a steady stream of international TV series, with Black Sails and Dominion currently filming in Cape Town. Williams said this presented an opportunity for the South African post-production industry. “On SAF3, we had 14 people employed full-time for six months,” she said. “Features come and go, but a successful TV series like Black Sails will keep coming back every year. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be keeping the post-production in South Africa for TV series like that, so it’s a major growth opportunity for the sector.” SAinfo reporter and National Film and Video Foundationlast_img read more

Polar Rose Shuts Down Its Flickr/Facebook Facial Recognition Service

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez Tags:#Augmented Reality#Facebook#NYT#Photo Sharing Services#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos As for Polar Rose, it’s no longer alone in the licensing game, either, when it comes to facial recognition technology. Rival launched APIs (tools that allow developers to incorporate the technology into their own applications) back in May of this year. These APIs, free during the early alpha stage of testing, have already been used to power marketing campaigns by Orbit gum and Axe deodorant. Future plans could involve charges – no word yet on that. In any event, despite losing the end user service at, having multiple companies vying for dominance in the facial recognition space will ultimately be a win for consumers – at least those who aren’t creeped out about the technology in the first place. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Polar Rose, a Swedish-based facial recognition startup launched in summer 2007, is shutting down its consumer-facing service that allowed users to tag people in photos anywhere on the Web. Last spring, the innovative company introduced facial recognition to popular photo-sharing site Flickr by way of a third-party browser plugin. With the plugin installed, Polar Rose users could tag their Flickr photos with the names of their Facebook contacts and then alert those friends on Facebook that they had been tagged. It also organized Flickr photos into pages by person and could recognize people automatically in later uploads. Unfortunately, this and all other end user-focused services are being terminated as the company switches its focus to its series of facial recognition products. Says Polar Rose’s Thijs Stalenhoef, the service was “fun while it lasted.”Polar Rose Says Goodbye to End Users, Hello to ProductsAccording to Stalenhoef, the response to the facial recognition products introduced during the Mobile World Congress last February has been “phenomenal.” These include the company’s flagship FaceCloud server platform, mobile face recognition library FaceLib and FaceCore, a core face detection and recognition module for deep integration and other use-cases. Unfortunately, the company has not been able to focus on the service at due to the popularity of these back-end applications and products. The Polar Rose service hasn’t seen a new release in ages and support requests on GetSatisfaction have basically been ignored. “The site, as it stands today, is not up to the standard we set for it when we launched,” admits Stalenhoef.But instead of bringing on new staff to help better manage the consumer service, the company has decided to shut it down entirely. The company will close the service on on Sept. 6, 2010 at which point all user accounts and corresponding data, including images downloaded from Facebook and Flickr, will be deleted. The tags sent to Flickr and Facebook, however, will remain in place. Competition for End Users Ramped Up Over the YearsIt’s a shame to see such a compelling and interesting service disappear, but Polar Rose has had stiff competition in the consumer space as of late. Google introduced facial recognition functionality into its Picasa photo-sharing service, a Flickr competitor. Windows Live Essentials introduced facial recognition into its latest release. Also,, a facial recognition technology company, introduced multiple Facebook apps in 2009, including Photo Finder, a facial scanning service for tagging unidentified photos of Facebook friends, and later Photo Tagger, an app which automates the tagging process. And Facebook, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed, hosts five to six times more photos than all competing photo-sharing services combined. Meanwhile, Polar Rose may be finding its niche as the technology behind the next great facial recognition service or application. For example, last summer it partnered with Swedish software and design company The Astonishing Tribe to create an augmented reality concept application called Augmented ID, which employed Polar Rose’s facial recognition technology in an app that recognized people through a mobile phone’s camera in real time. Earlier this year, the app was re-branded as Recognizr and the company announced plans to ship the app as an Android application in a matter of months. That deadline, sadly, has since come and gone. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

iPad for Business Round-Up: Adobe Connect, TripIt and More

first_imgThe iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Each week we take a look at the new or updated business apps for the iPad, and highlight trends in how tablets are being used in the enterprise.This week week we look at the updated Adobe Connect app, TripIt for iPad, Oracle Business Intelligence Suite and more.Adobe ConnectAdobe released version 1.5 of its mobile Web conferencing app Adobe Connect Mobile this week. The new version adds two-way video (so you can take advantage of the dual-cameras on the iPad2 and iPhone 4), a meeting overview feature and the ability to focus in on any one particular item from the overview. This app competes with the mobile versions of WebEx and GoToMeeting.CouchbaseWe told you about the developer preview of Mobile Couchbase for iOS back in March. Now Couchbase has released a beta version of the product. This will enable you to install Apache CouchDB-based applications on your iPad.Oracle Business Intelligence SuiteThis week Oracle added iPad support to its Business Intelligence Suite, joining a growing list of BI vendors offering BI tools for the iPad. Instead of a native app, Oracle has gone the tablet-optimized website route.TripItTripIt, a popular travel organizer Web and mobile app finally released an iPad version this week. TripIt takes your various itineraries and organizes them all in one handy location. Personally, I’m happy just having the app on my phone, but the company is touting the iPad’s ability to display larger maps as the main benefit of running it on a tablet.Document Collaboration Apps for the iPadThis week we explored 5 different document collaboration apps that let you create, edit and share documents with your iPad. klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#mobile last_img read more

Illinois ~ Sales and Use Tax: Budget Bill Creates and Extends Exemptions

first_imgWith the Illinois House’s vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of budget legislation, sales and use tax law changes were enacted including an exemption for graphic arts machinery and equipment, an immediate increase of tax on gasohol sales, and an extension of exemptions for certain ethanol and biodiesel fuel sales.Graphic Arts Machinery and EquipmentSales of graphic arts machinery and equipment are included under the manufacturing exemptions for sales tax, service occupation tax, use tax, and service use tax, effective July 1, 2017.GasoholSales of gasohol are subject to 100% sales tax, service occupation tax, use tax, and service use tax, effective July 1, 2017. Under previous law, tax applied only to 80% of the sale proceeds, cost price, or selling price (depending on the type of tax involved) of gasohol sold until December 31, 2018.Ethanol and Biodiesel FuelThe sales tax, service occupation tax, use tax, and service use tax exemptions for majority blended ethanol, biodiesel and certain biodiesel blends are extended to December 31, 2023 (formerly December 31, 2018.)The budget legislation also includes income tax changes (TAXDAY, 2017/07/10, S. 9) and changes to the state tax lien registry. (TAXDAY, 2017/07/10, S. 8)P.A. 100-22 (S.B. 9), Laws 2017, effective or as noted abovelast_img read more