Fear of another FA Cup shock inspired Stoke to victory, claims Hughes

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Fear of another FA Cup shock inspired Stoke to victory, claims Hughes

first_img Stoke celebrate FA Cup win over Rochdale 1 Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said the fear of falling victim to another FA Cup upset inspired his side to a 4-1 victory over Rochdale.Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all suffered big upsets over a memorable weekend, while Manchester United were held to a draw by League Two Cambridge.But Stoke did not fall into the same trap as their rivals as goals from Bojan, Stephen Ireland, Jon Walters and Victor Moses were enough to see off the League One Dale on Monday night.“I mentioned what happened to the players over the weekend before the match. It would have been foolish not to,” the Stoke manager said.“I needed to make sure there was a real focus to us as a group.“There was a reason why the television cameras were here – people were hoping for an upset, but we didn’t want to be a part of that. We didn’t want it to happen.”Ireland put Stoke 2-0 up just after the break, then Moses scored a stunning curler for the Potters’ third and Walters rounded the win off from close-range after Rhys Bennett netted a consolation for the hosts.But the best goal of the night was Stoke’s first, which was scored by their star player Bojan, who hammered a left-foot-volley past Josh Lillis from 25 yards.However, the Potters suffered a blow when the in-form orward hobbled off with a knee injury, and Hughes hopes the Spaniard, who has been a revelation for the Potters this term, is not out for a long time.“There is a concern there for us,” the Welshman added.“We don’t know how bad it is. He has gone back home and we will check him in the morning.“He is due for a scan so hopefully he will be okay.“Hopefully if the scan is clear he will be okay and it is just a short-term thing but at the moment it’s a concern for us.”Hughes thoroughly enjoyed watching Bojan’s effort fly in from just outside the box.“It was an outstanding goal,” he said.“He showed his qualities once again and it will be disappointing if we lose him for any length of time, but if you do others have to step up to the mark.“Stephen Ireland came in and showed a lot of quality tonight. He always looked likely to score and he did tonight. If one door closes for one player, another opens.”last_img read more

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Amazing leaders and carers honoured by Donegal Centre for Independent Living

first_imgInspirational local leaders and carers had a lot to celebrate at the Donegal Centre for Independent Living Christmas party and awards night on Thursday.The event honoured all the people who make the organisation a truly special community.The DCIL is also marking its 20th anniversary this year, having started from humble beginnings to become one of Donegal’s largest service providers for people with disabilities. This year’s awards night saw Christopher McBrearty being honoured as Leader of the Year.A leader of the year is someone who shows great direction to their personal assistance and is a great example of living independently, having choice in their own lives and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.Eileen Mc Kechime was also commended as the runner up for the leadership award.Leader of the year Christopher Mc Brearty pictured with DCIL CEO Rosaleen Bradley. David Faughnan PhotographyEileen Mc Kechime Runner Up pictured with her PA Georgina Montgomery. David Faughnan Photography 2PA of the Year 2019 went to Carmel Boyce, with Chris Frize named as the runner-up. PA of the Year 2019 Carmel Boyce pictured with CEO Rosaleen Bradley and DCIL Chairperson Cath Waugh and friends. David Faughnan photographyPA of the Year Runner Up Chris Frize, pictured with CEO Rosaleen Bradley and DCIL Chairperson Cath WaughDavid Faughnan photography2019 Special Recognition Awards were presented to Breda Mc Closky, Kevin Reilly, Vicky Mathews and Annemarie Mc Brearty for their outstanding contributions and dedication over the past year.2019 Special Recognition Award winner Breda McClosky. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Kevin Reilly. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Vicky Matthews. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Annemarie Mc Brearty. David Faughnan PhotographyAmazing leaders and carers honoured by Donegal Centre for Independent Living was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Centre for Independent Livinglast_img read more

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Google Chrome Becomes Location Aware

first_imgGoogle just launched the latest developer version of Chrome, which now includes preliminary support for Google’s the W3C’s geolocation API. Google’s Geolocation API allows developers to pinpoint your computer’s location by looking at the WiFi networks around you, similar to SkyHook‘s technology that is part of Apple’s OSX and iPhone OS. For now, this new feature is still hidden behind a command line toggle and only available in the developer builds for Windows and OSX Leopard (it doesn’t work on Snow Leopard yet).To enable these built-in geolocation features, you have to run the browser with “–enable-geolocation.” It’s typical for Google to first hide these features behind a command line toggle before exposing them to a wider group of testers. The Chrome team also notes that the geolocation UI is still incomplete and that Chrome will forget the permissions you set.Preparing for Chrome OS?It makes sense for Google to enable geolocation for Chrome, especially given the impending release of the Chrome OS, which will also benefit from these new features. Mozilla already offers a built-in location API for Firefox and with Geosense for Windows, Windows 7 developers can now also make use of Google’s Geolocation API in their native apps.Location for Every BrowserThanks to the current efforts by most browser developers, location APIs will soon become ubiquitous and hopefully more developers will make use of them. While a number of mobile apps for the iPhone, for example, now make use of the location feature in the mobile version of Safari, only a small number of browser-based apps are currently aware of your location. While using WiFi location isn’t quite as precise as using a GPS, the precision is usually much better than relying on a user’s IP address. For more of our thoughts about location as a platform, also have a look at this post: The Era of Location-as-Platform Has Arrived. Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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How Ingress Could Be Google’s Template For The Future Of Android Apps

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Template For The Future Of AndroidIngress is a bit of a curiosity. Only a handful of people have had access to the game to this point as Google has used its classic invitation-only method for rolling out the game. Ingress also has its own kind of underground, conspiracy theory marketing plan where the people from Niantic Labs come up with crazy storylines about fictional characters and their nefarious dealings. The plot line of Ingress is shrouded in mystery and heavily invested in the real world, but it is definitely an “alternate” version of reality.By rolling out Ingress to developers at I/O, Google hopes to show how mobile, location, multi-player and augmented reality functions can be integrated into developer application offerings. In that way, Ingress becomes a kind of “how-to” template to developers looking to create vibrant new offerings for Android games and apps, something that could benefit Google in a variety of ways.Google’s two most high profile projects could directly benefit from the features and functions found in Ingress. Google Now is Google’s future of search feature and provides semantic information to users by aggregating their data from search queries, Android location data and interests. Users are sent “cards” as notifications on their smartphones such as the scores of their favorite sports teams, weather or how long it will take them to get home from their current location. Google could easily add Ingress updates to Now while also using the location and activity data to better target ads to people. Ingress also seems like a game tailor-made for Google Glass, the company’s new augmented reality goggles. An application layer could be added to Glass that shows players where portals and other players are, allowing them to interact with the Ingress world from their field of vision. It behooves Google to show off the capabilities of Ingress to developers. Ingress is much more than a game, it is a map for developers and points to the future of Android. The way in which Ingress players interact with the real world could be a boon a variety of Google services and app developers. With Ingress, Google is showing people the way.  There is a secret digital war happening all around us. The Enlightened and the Resistance battle for control of hidden portals scattered throughout our cities and neighborhoods. At times, the fighting can be fierce with rhetoric from both sides heated as hackers vie for control.This is not a battle between secret nationalist hacker armies and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. This is Ingress, the augmented/alternate reality game from Google’s clandestine Niantic Labs. And, if you are going to Google I/O later this month, you will soon be able to play, too.Ingress has been in closed beta since it rolled out to its first wave of users in late 2012. Google is now extending invites to the game to all registered attendees of its developers’ conference later this month in San Francisco and encouraging participants to sign in and test the game out before the conference. What Is Ingress?If you are not familiar with Ingress, the rules are pretty simple. When you sign up you are asked to pick the Enlightenment or Resistance. From a practical purpose, it does not really matter what side you pick except for the color of your side in the game (green for Enlightenment, blue for Resistance). Which side you choose depends on your stance on the dangers or potential of the game’s primary currency – Exotic Matter (XM). XM can be collected by moving around the physical world with your smartphone and spent to “hack” portals for your side.For instance, if I am in my neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I can find a portal (which are usually landmarks, public buildings or other significant areas) and hack it with my smartphone using XM (and other various tools found in the game) and take control of it for my side. In my neighborhood, the closest portal is a post office. The game is kind of like an alternate reality massive-multiplayer online game played through your smartphone using the real world as your map. When ReadWrite reviewed Ingress in November 2012, we thought that the game (from a conceptual level) had a chance to reinvent what mobile gaming could look like in the coming years. Google probably thinks so too as it rolls out invites to all the developers attending I/O.Battle San FranciscoGoogle will be hosting two Ingress games during I/O. On Tuesday, May 14th the first floor of the Moscone West will be the stage for an Ingress battle from 4 to 6 p.m (all times PDT). The next day an Ingress battle is scheduled to break out at the I/O After Hours Party at Moscone West on the third floor between 7 and 10 p.m.A “major Ingress-wide game event” will take place in San Francisco on Thursday, May 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. This event will be open to non-Google I/O conference attendees. Google will also have a developer session during the conference at 3:30 p.m. on May 15th.  Tags:#Android#Google#Google IO13 last_img read more

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BCCI may lose 2000 cr on Kochi termination: Modi

first_imgFormer IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has again fired a salvo at BCCI bigwigs Sashank Manohar and current president N. Srinivasan for the “mess” created due to termination of IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala.The BCCI on Monday decided to terminate the IPL contract of Kochi franchise due to non-payment of bank guarantee.”Kochi now being terminated – a further loss of 1500 crores to BCCI. Compounded by reduction in Media Rights. My estimate 2000 crores. Who is responsible for this mess now? Current President and outgoing President for sure. Who will they blame now for this. Where is the accountability and who will take responsibility,” Modi wrote on his twitter page.Terming himself as a self-proclaimed whistle blower about the shady dealing related to Kochi, Modi wrote in his blog: “Now, 18 months later, the BCCI has terminated the Kochi contract on the basis of an unpaid bank guarantee which, according to new President, N. Srinivasan, “….is not capable of being remedied.””As a consequence, the BCCI now stands to lose more than US 300 million by virtue of reduced commercial revenue because Kochi’s suspension means fewer teams and therefore games – not to mention a loss of credibility for the IPL itself,” he saaid.Modi stated that he now wants to know as to who will own the responsibility for this mess.”It is a situation that could have been avoided but what it shows is that the unsubstantiated accusations made against me suggesting I imposed ‘onerous’ conditions purely to try and manipulate the bidding process towards my preferred bidders has been shot to pieces.”advertisementlast_img read more

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