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Lampard sees positives as Chelsea miss out on Super Cup

first_img0Shares0000Frank Lampard fell just short of winning silverware in just his second match in charge of Chelsea © AFP / OZAN KOSEISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 15 – Coach Frank Lampard took great encouragement from Chelsea’s display in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, despite the disappointment of losing on penalties to English rivals Liverpool.“I think we can get better, there are things I still want us to improve on in terms of how we play slightly, but I am really happy with the performance,” said Lampard after Chelsea held the European champions to a 2-2 draw after extra time, only to lose 5-4 in the shoot-out. “To lose the game was disappointing but if it means Chelsea’s season can be something like how we played today, we’ll be OK.”Chelsea took the lead in Istanbul through Olivier Giroud, but Sadio Mane’s equaliser meant the match at the home of Besiktas went to extra time.The Senegal star then put Liverpool in front in the 95th minute, only for a Jorginho penalty to restore parity again.The decisive moment came after nine successful spot-kicks when Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Adrian.However, Chelsea were a match for Jurgen Klopp’s team for long spells and Lampard believed they were moving in the right direction after his first competitive game at the helm ended in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.“You know Liverpool have got to where they have got, and I have complete respect for Jurgen Klopp,” said Lampard.“I am a new manager who’s been here for six weeks or so, and what I saw today were things that I want in the team.– Abraham ‘will come back stronger’ –Lampard had already twice been on the losing side in the Super Cup as a player for Chelsea, including the 2013 shootout defeat to Bayern Munich.Tammy Abraham’s penalty miss in the shoot-out allowed Liverpool to win the Super Cup in Istanbul © AFP / Bulent KilicHe admitted that having two days fewer to prepare had been a factor as the match went all the way. Chelsea played at Old Trafford on Sunday, two days after Liverpool beat Norwich City in their Premier League opener.“To have two more days recovery at this stage early in the season, it’s clear that it affects your preparation and it’s an advantage to them going in,” said Lampard, whose side next host Leicester City on Sunday.“But that said I think it happens a lot. I don’t want to look like I’m moaning, I’m delighted with our performance, we didn’t lose the game because of that but it was a bit frustrating.”Lampard said he had offered words of comfort to Abraham, the 21-year-old who has returned after a loan at Aston Villa with Chelsea unable to make new signings due to a transfer ban.Abraham had started against Manchester United but was on the bench at kick-off Wednesday before replacing Giroud in the second half.“He will come back stronger. It is part and parcel of being a player at a top level which is what Tammy now is.”Lampard was also delighted with the contribution of USA star Christian Pulisic, who made his full debut after signing from Borussia Dortmund in January.Not 21 until next month, Pulisic played 74 minutes and set up Giroud’s opening goal.“I think there’s a lot more to come. I think the expectation is right because he is a big signing for us, but we must also remember his age, he’s 20. I am really happy with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgAir tests are tonight being carried out at a Government Department office in Letterkenny following the discovery of asbestos.Asbestos was found in the office in Letterkenny.The substance was found during renovation work at the Social Welfare Offices and has been removed.The offices were closed today after staff expressed fears overt the find. The Department has confirmed that some low risk asbestos was found at the offices on the High Road.A further clean-up of the building was arranged for today but no further asbestos was found.Approximately 30 people work in the offices.  AIR TESTS TO BE CONDUCTED AT DOLE OFFICE AFTER ASBESTOS DISCOVERED was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Celebrating SA Boxing excellence

first_imgBrand South Africa was proud to be part of recognising and honouring sportswomen and men at the annual SA Boxing awards alongside SA Boxing, the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and many other organisations in Sandton.“We are proud to be at the SA Boxing awards to acknowledge and celebrate excellence. Sport is instrumental to a competitive Nation Brand image,” said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer; Ms Thulisile ManziniJust as the former great statesman Nelson Mandela once said; “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”The award ceremony was a true reflection of Mandela’s words as the event saw an array of guests which included American actor, politician and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, the MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Ms Faith Mazibuko and many aspiring boxers.Boxing South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tsholofelo Lejaka speaks on the significance of the awards, “the boxing awards are very important, in the life of every athlete recognition and reward is crucial because it is a motivator but at the same time it is also a statement through which we inspire a generation.”Every country has to nurture its strengths. Similarly, South Africa is rated highly in the sports fraternity, continuously breaking records in the like of Caster Semenya, Kagiso Rabada, Wayne van Niekerk, Kgothatso Montjanelack and Kevin Anderson.“Sport is the one vehicle through which the globe is quickly and easily integrating, so when our athletes go out to compete on the global arena, they fly our flag and sing our national anthem and become ambassadors for the country and therefore, it is very important that we support our athletes because their victories are the nation’s victories;” further adds Mr Lejaka.Brand South Africa continues to celebrate excellence with an anticipated launch of Sports Friday, taking place 24 May as a means of encouraging citizens to rally behind the national sports teams while instilling pride and patriotism amongst South Africans.The winners at the SA Boxing were:Male boxer of the year: Tulani MbengeFemale boxer of the year: Mellisa MillerMale fight of the year: Mzoxolo Ndwayana v Shaun NessFemale fight of the year: Asandiswa Nxokwana v Sherodine FortuinMale prospect of the year: Ayabonga SonjicaFemale prospect of the year: Simangele HadebeMedia person of the year: Thabiso MosiaFemale ring official of the year: Siya VabazaMale ring official of the year: Alan MatakaneMost promising ring official of the year: Simphiwe GcebaKnockout of the year: Zolani Tete v Siboniso GonyaTrainer of the Year: Colin NathanPromoter of the year: Teris Ntutu (Rumble Africa Promotions)Most promising promoter of the year: Xolani Mampunye of Last-Born PromotionsManager of the year: Colleen McAuslandSpecial achievements: Zolani Tete‚ Hekkie Budler‚ Moruti Mthalane‚ Xaba Boxing PromotionsLifetime achievement awards: Themba Zulu‚ Les Andreasen‚ Gladys Tsenene‚ Jeff Ellis‚ Mzoli Madyaka.last_img read more

The Long, Weird Road To The Facebook Phone

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Tags:#Android#Android app development#Facebook#HTC#smartphones#social#social media Time and again, Mark Zuckerberg has made it perfectly clear: “We’re not going to build a phone.” Zuck’s most recent pronouncement came at Facebook’s 2012 fourth-quarter earnings call.(See also Facebook’s Zuckerberg: We’re Not Going To Build A Phone.) On Thursday, just two months later, Facebook is widely expected to announce an Android device in partnership with HTC at an event at its Menlo Park headquarters. The phone – yes, the Facebook phone – is expected to run a modified but not fully skinned version of Android, retooled to revolve around the little blue “f” that has come so far. At least that what the leaks seem to reveal.  If we’re getting into semantics, you could say Facebook isn’t building the Facebook phone – HTC is.  So, How Did We Get Here?Want to review the many times Zuck has denied rumors of an official Facebook phone? Here’s a refresher:November 3, 2010:“First of all, we’re not a hardware company. Second of all, our goal is not to sell anything physical; our goal is to make it so that everything can be social.”“It would be pretty silly for us to go after a strategy that focused on selling a small number of phones. We don’t sell hardware. That’s just not what we do.” September 11th, 2012:“That’s always been the wrong strategy for us,” he explained. “It’s a juicy thing to say we’re building a phone, which is why people want to write about it. But it’s so clearly the wrong strategy for us.”January 30, 2013:“People keep on asking if we’re going to build a phone,” said Zuckerberg. “We’re not going to build a phone.”In retrospect, it seems the denials around “building” a phone seems to have left the door open for hardware partners. It’s not like we thought Hacker Way was going to turn into Foxconn or anything, but assuming Thursday’s event turns out as expected, that Zuck sure is one literal fellow.But What About The Other Four Facebook Phones?The real funny thing? If Facebook launches a phone, it won’t be the first Facebook phone at all – it’ll be the fifth. Facebook Phones 1 and 2: Back in Februrary 2011 at Mobile World Congress, HTC unveiled a pair of phones with a curious twist: a physical button dedicated to launching the Android Facebook app. The HTC Status (a.k.a. the ChaCha) and the HTC Salsa were mid-range devices with largely unimpressive specs. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Facebook Phones 3 and 4: That April, a company called INQ announced the INQ Cloud Touch and the INQ Cloud Q – two semi-smartphones that would run a version of Android 2.2 interwoven with Facebook’s Social Graph API. The Cloud Touch made it to shelves in the UK; INQ abandoned plans to manufacture the Cloud Q early in 2012.Of all of the “Facebook phones” to date, the HTC Status enjoyed the most success, but that’s not saying much. I reviewed it at the time – It was well built, with a funny little curve to the casing, social widgets everywhere and a tiny blue Facebook button on the bottom right. There was something likable about the Status – it was a playful little device, thoughtfully designed – but who was it for?The Status went on sale – and then went on sale again – and ultimately just sort of faded away. Now you can get one for a penny on Amazon.A New Mobile Era For Facebook?But times have changed and the stakes have gotten a lot higher. After some major mobile fumbles (its slowness to the iPad, building in HTML5, etc.), Facebook now calls itself a mobile company, and really wants to mean it. In September of 2011, Facebook’s Android app had 66 million monthly active users. By November 2012, that number had tripled. Facebook consumersone quarter of the total time people spend on mobile apps. In the fourth quarter of 2012, 23% of Facebook’s total ad revenue was pumped into its coffers via mobile – up from 0%.Facebook obviously gets the importance of mobile now. But it’s still not clear why a new Facebook phone is a good idea. The company is as cozy as can be on Android and iOS already, and Facebook would be lucky to sell even “a small number” of these new phones, just as Zuck warned back in 2010. Even if the new Facebook software presented unique monetization opportunities, the revenue would barely be a drop in Facebook’s ever-growing bucket.So why bother? I guess we’ll find out on Thursday. All photos by Taylor Hatmaker.last_img read more