Van Gaal unhappy with Manchester United’s pre-season tour of US

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal has revealed he is unhappy at being forced to drag his Manchester United squad across the United States on their pre-season tour.United kick off their pre-season campaign in the early hours of Thursday morning against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.It will be the first game of a two-and-a-half-week long tour that could see United travel almost 13,500 miles if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup – the pre-season tournament which includes some of the best clubs in EuropeAfter the game in LA, United travel to Denver, Washington DC, Detroit and they will then make the three-hour flight to Miami if they top their group, which contains Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.In between the matches, the players have to appear at sponsor events while they are also duty-bound to conduct interviews for the club’s in-house TV channel.It all seems too much for Van Gaal, who made his annoyance perfectly clear at his first pre-match press conference in the US.When asked whether United’s commercial commitments were impinging on football matters, the Dutchman said: “More or less, yes because we have to prepare the season and when you have a lot of commercial activities also for the players, and you have to travel distances, you have to fly a lot, you have also jet lag, and that is not very positive for a good preparation.“But the tour was already arranged so I have to adapt, I shall adapt.”Van Gaal has only been in place for a week, but he has already made his disquiet about United’s commercial activities clear on two occasions.As well as Tuesday night’s complaint, Van Gaal said at his unveiling: “Within two days I know already how important Manchester United is, but also how important the sponsors are and I have to work and prepare a team and I have to adapt to this big club. It will not be easy.”Van Gaal’s blunt and honest assessment flew in the face of comments made his boss Ed Woodward less than 24 hours earlier.Responding to the comments made by Van Gaal at his unveiling, United’s executive vice-chairman said on Monday: “It doesn’t disrupt the football club.”Woodward said he was open to discussions with Van Gaal about where he thought the club should go on tour next year.Keen to maximise their profits and broaden their fan-base, United have been on long-haul tours for the last 10 years.Last summer they clocked up 23,000 miles travelling between Australia, Thailand, China and Japan.The club have been keen to tap in to the Asian market in the last few years and South Africa, as well as the States, has been a regular destination for the squad in pre-season.Van Gaal has made it clear he will not accept such a draining tour as the current one next summer.“Manchester United shall do everything to adapt to my rules for good preparation,” the Dutchman said.When asked if he would like a shorter tour next year with less travelling, Van Gaal said: “Yeah, I hope that. They have already said that to me. And I am very confident that it shall be.”The message to the club’s hierarchy was clear from Van Gaal – ‘I am the boss and I know how to get the best out of these players’.last_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 2 Bolton 1

first_imgOscar’s long-range effort 10 minutes into the second half put Chelsea within sight of the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.Matt Mills equalised for Bolton after Kurt Zouma had scored on his Chelsea debut to put them ahead at Stamford Bridge.But the lead was restored when Oscar belted home from 30 yards.Andre Schurrle had been at the heart of the early action as the Blues dominated, firing wide and then seeing an in-swinging left-wing free-kick palmed to safety by the outstanding Andy Lonergan.Bolton keeper Lonergan then did brilliantly to tip Schurrle’s 16th-minute free-kick onto the bar as Chelsea continued to attack.And the German went close again when he cut in from the left and sent a low shot wide from near the edge of the penalty area.The breakthrough for Chelsea eventually came when Bolton were unable to clear Oscar’s corner and after headers from Gary Cahill and then Loic Remy, Zouma fired into the net from close range.Mohamed Salah then almost doubled with the lead when he curled wide from near the edge of the penalty area.Chelsea seemed to be in complete control but were suddenly pegged back when centre-back Mills rose to head home Liam Feeney’s free-kick.Loic Remy is making his first start for Chelsea, whose line-up also includes keeper Petr Cech, who is captaining the team, Mohamed Salah and Nathan Ake.Dutch youngster Ake would have put the hosts back in front in spectacular fashion had Lonergan not managed to push away his 30-yarder shortly before the break.Bolton rode their luck early in the second half when Darren Pratley escaped after handling the ball in the area.And Lonergan produced another fine save to tip over Oscar’s near-post header from Schurrle’s right-wing free-kick.But Oscar eventually did find a way past the Wanderers stopper to put Jose Mourinho’s side back in the driving seat.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, Luis; Mikel, Ake; Salah, Oscar, Schurrle; Remy.Subs: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Hazard, Drogba, Matic, Christensen, Baker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Logie shines in O’Neill Coldwater Classic

first_imgSAinfo reporter “All year I’ve been dropping one big score. Out here, I felt like I was getting better every heat. I had that one (in the final) that would have been a nine if I made it out of that last turn.” 10th on ASP World RankingsLogie earned $17 500 (approx. R150 000) and a priceless 6 500 points, which also elevated him to 10th place on the ASP World Rankings where the top 10 who have not already qualified via their WCT rankings, also qualify for the WCT. ‘Pretty stoked’“I’m pretty stoked with how I surfed in this event,” Logie said after his exit. “I’m really disappointed because I had one really good score (8.33 out of 10) in that heat and I feel like I just needed an average one to make it through. Taj has been ripping though, and congratulations to him.” “I really wanted to win another event this year, especially since I’m out of the race for the title,” Burrow said. “That’s pretty depressing, but I’m really happy that it just fell into place here in Santa Cruz. Needing a big result to re-qualify for the 2013 WCT, Logie was in devastating form in the two-metre-plus waves on the final day of the event, dispatching giant-killer Raoni Monteiro of Brazil in round five and WCT rankings leader, Australia’s Joel Parkinson, in the quarter-finals before being ousted by eventual winner Taj Burrow in their semi-final encounter. Burrow built momentum throughout the event and took out three goofy-foot standouts on the final day with an amazing variety of forehand manoeuvres, toppling young Brazilian Gabriel Medina Logie and then his Australian compatriot and good friend Matt Wilkinson in the final. With two Prime rated events scheduled for Hawaii, the 33-year-old Durbanite is guaranteed an additional 500 points on the rankings just by entering. CURRENT ASP WCT TOP FIVE (After O’Neill Coldwater Classic):Joel Parkinson (AUS) 53 900 ptsKelly Slater (USA) 50 700 ptsMick Fanning (AUS) 47 000 ptsJohn John Florence (HAW) 44 350 ptsAdriano de Souza (BRA) 42 350 pts 8 November 2012 “This result is huge for me,” Logie said. “These points are massive. I was looking pretty out of it going in to this event and a third place here shoots me quite a bit up the rankings. I’m still not home and dry, but hopefully in Hawaii I can make up some points.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 12. Jordy Smith 26 650 pts17. Travis Logie 16 250 pts Highest scoreWilkinson, a former winner at the venue when it hosted a Prime-rated event in 2010, continued his backhand assault at Steamer Lane, recording the day’s highest heat total of 17.73, while defeating Brazil’s Adriano de Souza and Michel Bourez of French Polynesia to attain his first ASP WCT Final appearance. Logie, who entered the O’Neill Coldwater Classic ranked 26th, vaulted up the rankings to 17th place, well inside the cut-off point of 22 surfers who automatically re-qualify for a spot on the following year’s elite tour, with just one event at Pipeline in Hawaii still to be run. South Africans Heading into the final event of the year, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, which take place from 8 to 20 December, three surfers remain mathematically in contention for the 2012 ASP World Title: Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (Aus). “To get two wins in a year, I’ve only done that once before so I’m really happy.” South African surfer Travis Logie matched his career best result on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) when he surfed his way into third place at the O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California on Tuesday. Second winBurrow’s win marks his second of the season after he snatched the opening event on the Gold Coast of Australia. Western Australia’s favourite son now sits at number six on the 2012 ASP WCT rankings. “I was stoked when I made it through the third round,” Wilkinson said. “Every heat after that, I just kept building. I felt amazing. I was getting nines and backing them up. last_img read more

Castro returns for Gilas Pilipinas vs Japan

first_imgJayson Castro. Fiba.comJayson Castro will be making his return for the Philippines in its game against Japan on Sunday after missing one game due to an ankle injury.Castro, the star point guard, did not play in Gilas Pilipinas’ 84-68 loss to Australia on Thursday in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Injured Castro out for Gilas vs AustraliaJio Jalalon and Troy Rosario, who also missed the game against the Boomers, are also suiting up against the Japanese at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro, Jalalon and Rosario replaced Kevin Alas, Carl Brian Cruz and Abu Tratter in the final lineup, which was announced by national team coach Chot Reyes on ESPN5’s Facebook page.Joining the three in the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy and Allein Maliksi. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, led the Filipinos with 15 points against the Aussies, who remained undefeated at 3-0.Blatche, who only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes against Australia, is expected to have a much better outing against Japan, which has yet to win after three games. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Disneys Once Upon a Time returns to Richmond BC to shoot finale

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter The curtain may be closing for Steveston-filmed Once Upon a Time, but local fans may get one last chance to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars next week.Rumour has it the show will film its finale in Steveston on March 28 and 29, according to a tweet from Visit Richmond BC.First introduced in 2011, the highly ranked show, which intertwines a fairytale world with modern life, boosted tourism in Steveston. Tourism Richmond promoted special package deals for fans including hotel stays and Disney-licensed “Once” merchandise, such as T-shirts, tote bags, hoodies and posters. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Cannavaro wants Napoli to focus at Anfield

first_imgFabio Cannavaro has issued a warning to former side Napoli not to “lose their heads in any situation” at Anfield tonight.Ancelotti’s men will advance to the Last 16 of the Champions League if they avoid defeat to the Premier League leaders, and their former defender offered some advice.“They have a good team, even if Anfield is a tough place to go,” Cannavaro told Football Italia“They need to put in a great performance to win the three points. Napoli have the chance to do it, they must have the right peace of mind and not lost their heads in any situation.”Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“To get out (from Anfield) unscathed, players will have to not lose their heads and play every moment knowing that the match will last until 95 minutes.Inter could also reach the Last 16 tonight, with Juventus and Roma already qualified – is Italian football improving?“Looking at the league, no, because Juventus are still dominating. The teams have grown in Europe though, maybe they’re more equipped for Europe than Serie A.last_img read more

Three deceased in Oceanside car crash

first_img February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:00 PM Posted: February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at approximately 12:54, the Oceanside Police Department responded to calls of a multiple vehicle collision in the intersection of Coast Hwy and Oceanside Blvd. The collision occurred as a 2007 Toyota Tacoma truck, was traveling southbound on Coast Hwy and failed to stop for a red light and collided with a 2003 Mazda sedan traveling eastbound on Oceanside Blvd on a green light.The collision caused the Mazda to spin around violently causing two of its rear seat passengers to be ejected from the car onto the roadway. The Toyota truck stopped just south of the intersection. Emergency personnel arrived on scene within minutes and attended to the victims of the Mazda. Two of the rear seat passengers were declared deceased on scene, one of the ejected passengers was transported to the hospital where she passed a short time later. All three victims were adult females. The other three victims, two males and a female, from the Mazda were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries, but are expected to survive.The driver of the Toyota was evaluated on scene by medics and released. The driver, identified as 19 year old Mason Fish, was evaluated on scene by officers and was later arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.The investigation is still ongoing. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.The Oceanside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team conducted the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Accident Investigator David Paul at (760) 435-4431. Three deceased in Oceanside car crash Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

A functional prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory

first_img First flexible memory device using oxide ferroelectric material A ferroelectric domain wall is a topological structure with defects that separate regions of uniform polarization—as the researchers note, the discovery of conductivity in such structures has led to a new field of science called “domain wall nanoelectronics.” The science essentially covers the wall as a means of storing information—a binary state can be read or written in such memory devices by inducing or removing a conductive wall. They can also be read non-destructively, just as with conventional memory technology. In this new effort, the researchers created a prototype using nanofabricated electrodes that they designed for use specifically with their wall memory, which, they note, was scalable to below 100nm.Ferroelectric materials are similar to ferromagnetic materials in that they have a permanent dipole moment. The obvious difference is the former moment is electrical while the latter is magnetic, which means that ferroelectric materials can be oriented by exposure to an electric versus a magnetic field. Like ferromagnetics, they have domain walls—but they are much smaller, allowing for the creation of much smaller memory materials, typically in the 1nm range. This makes them smaller by a factor of 10 than current silicon CMOS structures. Creating a memory device involved building a structure in which it was possible to create and destroy walls using electrical pulses. They built their memory structures by using nanolithography to create Pt/Ti patterns on thin film BiFeO3 which could be used as electrodes.The researchers report that wall materials such as theirs are able to store data on multiple levels because of their unique resistance states, which allows for tuning. They also note that a device using such memory requires less energy to store information than conventional memory. Memory for their prototype could be read at voltages less than 3 V and the team claims it also has a reasonably high OFF-ON ratio of approximately 103 and that it is robust. © 2017 Journal information: Science Advances Citation: A functional prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory (2017, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory, Science Advances  23 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700512, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700512AbstractFerroelectric domain walls are atomically sharp topological defects that separate regions of uniform polarization. The discovery of electrical conductivity in specific types of walls gave rise to “domain wall nanoelectronics,” a technology in which the wall (rather than the domain) stores information. This paradigm shift critically hinges on precise nanoengineering of reconfigurable domain walls. Using specially designed nanofabricated electrodes and scanning probe techniques, we demonstrate a prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory, scalable to below 100 nm, whose binary state is defined by the existence or absence of conductive walls. The device can be read out nondestructively at moderate voltages (<3 V), exhibits relatively high OFF-ON ratios (~103) with excellent endurance and retention characteristics, and has multilevel data storage capacity. Our work thus constitutes an important step toward integrated nanoscale ferroelectric domain wall memory devices.center_img (—A team of researchers from institutions in Australia, the U.S. and China has developed a functional prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their prototype, its properties and how well it worked. Experimental geometry and details of the ferroelectric switching process. (A) Schematic of the experimental geometry for investigation of the prototype FEDW device. E-field, electric field. (B) Topographic image of the actual e-beam–fabricated device on the surface of the BFO thin film acquired over the dashed square-frame area, as shown in (A). (C) Schematic showing two polarization variants separated by 71° between the neighboring unit cells (purple, Bi atom; red, Fe atom). Credit: Science Advances  23 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700512, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700512 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Free trade zones in Belarus

first_imgThere are six free economic zones in Belarus — Brest, Vitebsk, Gomel-Raton, Grodnoinvest, Minsk and Mogilev. Foreign investors in FEZ subject to the system of state guarantees investment protection. For instance, FEZ Brest includes three sections — Kozlovichi, Airport, as well as the territory of the largest Brest enterprises located within the city limits. The main priorities are the creation of enterprises with high technology in the pharmaceutical, automotive, electronics, engineering and other industries.Vitebsk consists of 12 separate areas, called sectors. FEZ Gomel-Roton is located at the intersection of three international highways — Road Transport Corridor E9 – Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Gomel – Kiev – Sofia – Athens; international motorway Brest – Gomel – Bryansk – Voronezh – Rostov-on-Don and the international highway.last_img read more