Hazard fires clinical Chelsea closer to title

first_imgThe Belgian’s strike left his side 10 points clear of second-place Arsenal, who welcome Jose Mourinho’s side to the Emirates Stadium next weekend, when another Chelsea win will bring a first title since 2010 within reach.United’s recent surge had prompted talk of an improbable title tilt, but with Louis van Gaal’s men 11 points below Chelsea having played a game more, automatic Champions League qualification is now their only objective.And while United’s football suggested there are better days ahead at Old Trafford, it is League Cup winners Chelsea, whose last seven wins have all been by a one-goal margin, who are on the brink of another coronation.A calf injury to Michael Carrick obliged Wayne Rooney to drop into midfield for the visitors, but it was to the United captain that the first chance of the match fell on a warm, sunny afternoon in west London.From Ashley Young’s pass, the over-lapping Luke Shaw cut the ball back for Rooney, but the United number 10 shot’s hit the stanchion to the left of the goal and bounced back into the net, fooling the travelling fans at the other end into thinking the deadlock had been broken.United goalkeeper David de Gea had to toe the ball behind for a corner after Hazard’s pass sent Cesc Fabregas scampering into the box, but for most of the first half, the away team looked serene.With Ander Herrera assuredly anchoring the midfield, Van Gaal’s men were finding passing triangles all over the pitch and they demonstrated their confidence when Paddy McNair advanced and saw a shot deflected wide.– Falcao hits post –An uninformed observer would perhaps have been forgiven for thinking it was United, and not Chelsea, who were on the verge of the title, but seven minutes before half-time, the hosts went in front.A United move broke down when Radamel Falcao failed to control Chris Smalling’s pass and within seconds Chelsea were in, Oscar’s back-heel freeing Hazard to motor through and beat De Gea left-footed at the near post.Falcao — making his first start since February 28 — got a sniff of goal in first-half stoppage time when Rooney’s stabbed pass was headed down by Marouane Fellaini, but Thibaut Courtois flew out to swat the ball off his toes.Chelsea sat even deeper in the second half, but they came within inches of extending their lead after Herrera inadvertently drilled the ball straight to Nemanja Matic.The Serbian’s pass freed Didier Drogba, whose shot was partially blocked by Smalling, sending it looping over De Gea, but Hazard, following in, could only jab the ball against the bar from a tight angle.United continued to press, with Courtois saving from McNair and Rooney — at the second attempt — while Juan Mata and Falcao also went close.Mourinho stiffened his midfield by introducing Ramires in place of Oscar and Van Gaal responded with a double change, sending on wingers Angel di Maria and Adnan Januzaj for the final 20 minutes.While Hazard again worked De Gea, United procured another sight of goal with 13 minutes to go when Shaw’s pass released Falcao, only for the Colombian’s left-foot shot to strike the outside of the post.There was another scare for Chelsea at the death when Herrera went over Gary Cahill’s outstretched leg in the penalty area, but to the relief of the hosts — and the disbelief of the visitors — referee Mike Dean adjudged it a dive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 18- Champions-elect Chelsea took a significant step towards the Premier League title as Eden Hazard’s first-half goal secured a clinical 1-0 home win over in-form Manchester United on Saturday.United were seeking a seventh consecutive league win, but despite bossing possession, it was Chelsea who prevailed after Hazard sped through to score his 13th goal of the campaign in the 38th minute at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Marshfield Junior Legion splits twinbill at Stevens Point

first_imgWilhelm hits home run in Game 2 win for Blue DevilsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTEVENS POINT — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion Junior Blue Devils split a doubleheader with Stevens Point on Monday night, losing 4-1 and winning 13-5 in the twinbill at Bukolt Park.Marshfield (10-5, 7-4 Wisconsin Valley Legion League) was held to four hits in the opener and scored its only run in the fifth inning.In the second game, the Blue Devils hit their stride offensively with 13 hits. Marshfield trailed 4-0 after three innings before scoring six times in the fourth to take the lead for good. The Blue Devils added a pair of runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to win going away.Logan Schreiner went the distance for Marshfield, striking out four and walking two, to earn the victory.Mason Coffren went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs; Mitch Wilhelm hit a home run and drove in three; and Riley Boushack had a double, a triple, and also drove in three runs for Marshfield.The Blue Devils host Merrill at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hackman Field.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Game 1Sixers 4, Blue Devils 1Marshfield 000 010 0 – 1 4 3Stevens Point 202 000 x – 4 7 0Stevens Point roster not provided.LP: Mason Coffren.SO: Coffren (2 inn.) 5, Ryan Zickert (4 inn.) 5. BB: Coffren 0, Zickert 1.Top hitters: M, Zickert 2B, run.—Game 2Blue Devils 13, Sixers 5Marshfield 000 625 0 – 13 13 1Stevens Point 013 010 0 – 5 7 2Stevens Point roster not provided.WP: Logan Schreiner.SO: Schreiner 4. BB: Schreiner 2.Top hitters: M, Riley Boushack 2×5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs; Hunter Weik 2×5, run; Coffren 3×3, 2 2Bs, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Caden Schillinger 2×4, 2 runs; Zickert 2×5, 2 RBIs; Mitch Wilhelm 2×3, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs.Records: Marshfield 10-5, 7-4 Wisconsin Valley Legion League; Stevens Point not provided.last_img read more

Will keeping an eye on the driver save autonomous cars?

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#autonomous cars#Bosch#Internet of Things#IoT#safety#Self-Driving#sensors#Visteon#Volkswagen 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img Autonomous cars need a lot of sensors to drive on the road without human assistance, and in-car sensors may be the next necessary step. The sensors would be able to inform the artificial intelligence controlling the vehicle on the positions of people inside the car and the driver’s focus.Researchers from German firm Fraunhofer said AI needs to know what’s going on inside autonomous cars. “Using depth-perception cameras, we capture the vehicle’s interior, identify the number of people, their size and their posture. From this we can deduce their activities,” said research group manager Michael Voit.See Also: Tesla blames crash on braking system, not AutoPilotUsing that information, AI systems will be better prepared if an incident occurs. The car, for example, could turn to a side where no-one is sitting. If the driver falls asleep, it could alert them when the car enters an urban zone, where they may need to take control.Is it an invasion of privacy?There are already systems in place that can recognize the weight and size of a person sitting in the car, but for other things, like ascertaining if the driver is paying attention, the car is currently in the dark.The recent death of a Florida man allegedly watching a movie while his Tesla – in autopilot mode – collided with a truck has the issue of “driver,” or rider, awareness at the forefront of this burgeoning industry.In-car sensors may be seen as an invasion of privacy, so if deployed manufacturers would need to be extra careful to make sure data is private and it captures the minimum amount necessary.Fraunhofer has tested the in-car sensors in a driving simulation, and plans to deploy the sensors in the real-world sometime in the near future.It is working with Volkswagen, Bosch, Visteon and others to build the “Intelligent Car Interior” project, funded primarily by the German government. The goal is to make the inside of the car safer in the self-driving age. Related Posts David Currylast_img read more

Moorestown: Much more than an iPhone killer

first_imgFirst let me say I’m not on the inside track with Moorestown. I’m an outside observer with my own perspective on this product, but I have to say… I think this will be HUGE. Lot’s of talk about the Moorestown platform at IDF this year and I’ve heard many refer to this as the iPhone killer, or next generation iPhone. The game changer is size, the processing power, and WiMax capabilities. This is much more than anything in the market now. It can be almost anything you want it to be, and what you want it to do might be more about what devices it talks to. Here’s my personal speculation on potential uses for Moorestown.Harmony Remote Killer: This one is easy. Unlike the iphone with this kind of device you should be able to add and download applications and be configure to do pretty much what you want it to do. It’s the size of a remote. It has bluetooth and WiMax. It should be able to talk to all of your AV stuff and replace your most advanced universal remotes.GameBoy/PSP Killer: This be will run on Intel’s next generation 45nm chips. It should far exceed anything any hand held game system can do today. You could host games on the fly with people near you or host over the Internet. I actually believe this could be an XBox Killer. It will have the horsepower, it will be ultimately connected. It just needs peripherals like a dock or wireless connectivity to a large display and keyboard. Drop it on your coffee table, turn on your wall mounted LCD, pick up a wireless controller and you are gaming.Desktop Killer: Yes, a desktop killer. Again it should have the horsepower. It will have highspeed connections and a full blown browser. More and more apps are moving to the web. There’s a lot of talk about the death of the application, as applications can be run in the browser. Drop it on your desk, have it detect and synch with your wireless keyboard, mouse and monitor and you are working. Also more IT shops are starting to see the value of OS and application streaming technology where you can pull down the apps you need when you need them. Edit a spreadsheet, crop a photo, do a CAD Design, all apps come from the network when you need them, wherever you are.Storage may only an issue for the few things you need locally. With WiMax, songs, videos, applications could all be available at your finger tips whether you have them stored on your PC, DVR, or from a service provider. You could ultimately have any data or any application on a powerful mobile device on your hip, in your pocket or in your purse. My perspective is Moorestown is shaping up to be the ubiquitous everything device. I discussed this idea 2 years ago with an Intel engineer, during a school fundraiser. I claimed if Intel could create the device the size of cell phone with the processing power of a PC, you would not need any other device other than peripherals. I was new, I was in marketing and he thought I was nuts. And he pretty much told me so, citing that he didn’t see how Intel would profit from it. A couple of weeks later I saw him again and he was anxious to tell me he just saw a presentation that discussed exactly what I was talking about. I’d like to think this is Moorestown… and personally I can’t wait!!last_img read more

Training for JCF Divisional Trainers on Child Labour

first_imgDivisional trainers in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are being trained on the issue of child labour in Jamaica and how to combat the problem. This will result in the development of strategies to strengthen and expand the role of the police in addressing child labour in the island. A workshop on the subject is being hosted over three days, from March 18 to 20, at Alhambra Inn in Kingston, by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, under the Tackling Child Labour Through Education (TACKLE) technical co-operation programme. The forum seeks to continue to build capacity, and knowledge base on child labour. It targets police and community safety officers, mainly from Kingston and St. Andrew, and St. Catherine, as these parishes are the most populated, with significant child labour concerns. The TACKLE programme is run in 12 countries, with Jamaica and Guyana being the only Caribbean countries involved. Jamaica is the only country that has developed a law enforcement training programme that is country specific. Objectives of the TACKLE initiative are to: build the law enforcement and legislative mechanisms to address child labour; collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education in order to include recurrent funding for child labour programmes in the national budget. It also seeks to provide interventions for children involved in child labour (prevention and withdrawal), mainly through remedial programmes, through non-governmental organisations, as well as through the school system; and develop good practices and sharing of information, which will benefit all stakeholders. National Project Officer, International Labour Organisation/TACKLE Jamaica, Nasolo Thompson, explained that based on the findings of a research, the workshop had become necessary to address many of the gray areas, and matters that members of the JCF and other practitioners are unsure about. She said one of the main concerns raised was: what to do with a child who is taken out of a situation in which he or she is engaged in child labour. “Our social services are already very stretched…what do we do with the child? You have a duty to protect…so do we put the child in a situation that is more or less positive than he or she was in?” she questioned.She noted that while most persons were aware of what child labour is, not many were aware of ILO Conventions that inform local child labour laws.“Another thing that was also very important was that many members of the Force were not sure how to deal with child labour…they weren’t sure which laws applied in which circumstance, and even if they did, they weren’t really sure what procedure needed to be enforced in order to address the situation,” Ms. Thompson pointed out.Presentations and discussions emerging from the workshop include: understanding child labour; the legal framework and child labour; determining child labour functions of the police in relation to other key agencies; and the interview and report processes.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Canadas police chiefs to study spike in gun violence over the last

first_imgHALIFAX – Canada’s police chiefs say in light of recent gun-related tragedies in Fredericton and in other cities across the country they are striking a committee to analyze data related to gun violence.The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which wrapped up its annual conference Wednesday in Halifax, says it wants to come up with evidence-based recommendations to help combat the problem.Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer, the newly elected president of the association, said while gun violence “ebbs and flows” across the country, the chiefs believe there has been a spike in illegal firearm use over the past year.“We are seeing in many cities, small and large throughout our country, an increase in gun violence whether its Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg or out here in the Maritimes, we are seeing an increase in that,” said Palmer.He said Canada’s current gun control regime is “actually very good” and the association is not calling for any wholesale legislative changes related to gun violence. It also isn’t calling for tighter restrictions for rifles and shotguns.“But we are going to be looking at that issue (violence) and we may come forward with recommendations in the future.”Palmer said the association does support measures to strengthen certain aspects of federal gun regulations in Bill C-71, including rules around obtaining a gun licence and the transportation of firearms.Last week, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said the latest rash of shootings had added to a sense of public urgency for Ottawa to do more to keep deadly firearms out of the wrong hands.Blair said the government’s work would include looking at “any measure which will be effective.”Palmer said the overall issue isn’t law-abiding people who want to possess firearms, but rather people who are involved in criminal activity who obtain guns through illegal means.Those means include getting illegal firearms from the U.S., through break-and-enters, and from legal gun owners without criminal records who purchase firearms and then sell them on the black market.He said less organized street gangs are a particular concern for police.“We are seeing a resurgence of lower level street gangs that are becoming quite violent, becoming ever more sophisticated and that are starting to connect themselves with organized crime at a higher level,” said Palmer.Still, Palmer said gun violence is a complex issue that will require many different approaches, from early education for children on the dangers of guns and gangs to better enforcement measures.“We are looking at different strategies,” he said. “We want to follow best practices in reducing violence.”On another front, the police chiefs announced a new online training program that will provide an “introduction to the cannabis legislation” for more than 65,000 police officers preparing to enforce the law when cannabis is legalized Oct. 17.Palmer said police forces will be ready to conduct enforcement in the fall and he doesn’t believe it’s going to be “mayhem overnight” once cannabis is legal.“It’s a complex issue, it’s a challenging issue … but we will be ready to deal with this issue.”Palmer said it would take about a year before police will be able to assess how the introduction of legalized cannabis is handled.He said the conference also discussed the opioid crisis, crypto-currency, use of force training, mental wellness, and proactive policing.The chiefs called on Ottawa to harmonize cybercrime training across the country to ensure police officers have the proper training and capability to combat the problem.They are also urging Public Safety Canada to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow the comprehensive vetting of people who import pill presses, and also to regulate their sale domestically.last_img read more