Belgium too good for England in World Cup play-off

first_img0Shares0000Eden Hazard scored and led Belgium to third place in the World Cup© AFP Giuseppe CACACESAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, July 14 – Belgium achieved their best World Cup finish as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 victory over England in Saturday’s third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg.Meunier, who missed the semi-final loss to France due to suspension, scored after just four minutes before Hazard grabbed a late second as Belgium eclipsed the side that came fourth at the 1986 edition. Belgium have now defeated England twice in a fortnight, having waited 82 years to beat them before winning 1-0 in their group stage encounter.Gareth Southgate’s men were forced to settle for England’s joint best performance at a World Cup abroad, matching that of the 1990 generation.He made five changes to the team beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the last four, as England fielded their youngest World Cup line-up in history — with an average age of 25 years and 174 days.Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all came into the side, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez recalled Meunier and handed a start to Youri Tielemans.Paris Saint-Germain defender Meunier made a quick impression by firing Belgium in front following an attack started by Romelu Lukaku.The Manchester United forward released Nacer Chadli down the right into space behind the England defence, and his cross was turned home by Meunier who stepped in front of a static Rose.Jordan Pickford readjusted his body superbly to deny Kevin De Bruyne a second time, the Everton goalkeeper clawing away the ball after a sizeable deflection off Kieran Trippier.– Alderweireld’s goal-saving clearance –Eden Hazard sought to exploit the spaces at every opportunity, the Belgium captain linked up intelligently with Tielemans on the edge of the area but was blocked off as he tried to pull the trigger.England slowly worked their way into the contest as Loftus-Cheek headed straight at Thibaut Courtois on 15 minutes.Harry Kane blew a terrific chance to add to his six goals in Russia, the favourite for the Golden Boot scuffing harmlessly wide after an inviting lay-off from Raheem Sterling.Toby Alderweireld, one of six Tottenham players on the pitch, then hooked just over after a mishit Tielemans shot dropped to the Belgium defender at a corner.Belgium lost Chadli to a hamstring injury before half-time, while Southgate introduced Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard at the break for Sterling and Rose.Their pace and directness gave England renewed vigour, with Lingard volleying across goal just out of the reach of a lunging Kane.They received a let-off when Lukaku failed to control a defence-splitting pass from De Bruyne, allowing Pickford to charge off his line to smother.And it looked as though Dier was going to draw England level when he lifted the ball over Courtois, only for Alderweireld to race back to clear off the line.With England pushing forward, Meunier nearly produced one of the goals of the tournament, his crisp volley from a Dries Mertens cross drawing an excellent one-handed stop from Pickford.There was nothing Pickford could do though as De Bruyne and Hazard combined to wrap up the victory on 82 minutes, the latter drilling low inside the near post for his third goal of the competition.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bipartisan effort to improve fire mitigation strategies

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Ginger Jeffries, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During the most intense and destructive fire season recorded in California’s history. San Diego County has managed to escape the flames mainly in part to strict preventative measures which were implemented after suffering the losses of the 2007 fires.Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell from SDG&E, was in studio to tell us more about the efforts to improve the fire mitigation strategies in fire prone areas statewide.Information on the strategies from the SDG&E website can be read below.A series of bipartisan legislation efforts are trying to improve the fire mitigation strategies across the state to protect the citizens in fire prone areas.San Diego, August 7, 2018 – During the most intense and destructive fire season recorded in California’s history, San Diego County has managed to escape the flames mainly in part to strict preventative measures which were implemented after suffering the losses of the 2008 fires. While legislation push for safer fire prevention measures continue at the state level, local fire departments along with key contributors such as SDG&E have coordinated the efforts in reducing the risk associated with fires in San Diego County, a county that up to the recent fires ravaging Northern California had witnessed the largest fire in the state’s history.“One of the things we’ve realized is that weather and climate conditions are very important factors contributing to wildfires. We’ve taken preventative measures such as changing all wood poles to steel poles, making sure the system can withstand 85 mph winds and we’ve installed weather systems that include high definition cameras so we can monitor the conditions 24 hours a day year round.” said Mitch Mitchell, vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas).In 2018, SDG&E received the 2018 Edison Award for its investments to enhance grid resiliency and to reduce climate-related and weather-related vulnerabilities, like wildfires, to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s energy grid for generations to come. SDG&E has developed, and continues to improve upon, a comprehensive fire risk mitigation program designed to prevent the ignition of wildfires, improve grid resiliency, and enhance public safety. This includes significant strategic investments to fire-harden the energy grid, increase situational awareness, update operating protocols, and improve the region’s ability to respond to wildfires.“Through an ‘eye in the sky’ consisting of 100 high definition cameras and 160 weather stations we can pinpoint exactly when and where the fire risk is increased and we can prevent it immediately.” explained Mitchell about how San Diego Gas & Electric has been able to remain fire-free this season.A new bipartisan bill introduced by Governor Brown would create common sense safe guards for preventive fire measures. SB901 would set fire prevention standards to plan for today so that we can prevent the fires of tomorrow. If passed, SB901 would require yearly fire mitigation planning and approval, customer education and involvement, coordinated first responder plans, criminal penalties for non-compliance, and mitigation plans for storms, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, and other major problems.Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. Based in Sacramento, Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities. Prior to his current position, Mitchell was regional vice president of external affairs, responsible for public affairs and external affairs activities for SDG&E.Prior to joining SDG&E in 2005, Mitchell served as vice president of public policy and communications at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce where he worked with the Chamber’s members and diverse volunteer base to develop a public policy agenda that is favorable to the business climate and standard of living in San Diego. He was also in charge of representing the Chamber and its members’ public policy positions to local, state and federal officials. Previously,Mitchell was director of governmental relations for American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance transportation firm. From 1996 to 1997, he served as assistant director of governmental relations for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Mayor Susan Golding, overseeing the city’s legislative priorities and advising the mayor on policy issues. Prior to working at the mayor’s office, Mitchell was the director of governmental relations for the San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 IAFF, one of the city’s largest labor unions.Mitchell is an active member of the community. He has served for several years on the board of directors for the San Diego Food Bank and the Children’s Museum, and he was previously on the boards of the San Diego Opera and Burn Institute. Mitchell is also a governor’s appointee to the Little Hoover Commission.Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Redlands.Strict Fire Risk Mitigation Protocols Have Maintained Southern California “Fire Free” Throughout Extreme Climate Conditions Bipartisan effort to improve fire mitigation strategies August 9, 2018 Updated: 11:53 AMcenter_img Posted: August 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Ginger Jeffries last_img read more

Rohingya shifting being delayed

first_imgRohingya refugee camp in Cox`s BazarBangladesh has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said Monday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina was slated to open the new settlement built to house 100,000 refugees on Bhashan Char on 3 October, despite warnings the silty strip was prone to violent weather.But a spokesman for Bangladesh’s armed forces, which has overseen the $280 million-effort to transform the muddy islet into a habitable camp, said the opening ceremony had been delayed.”We will announce a new date soon,” Lieutenant Colonel Alamgir Kabir told AFP, without providing further details.The controversial plan, first floated in 2015, was already well behind schedule.Officials previously said they wanted to start moving refugees from overcrowded camps near the border with Myanmar to the island in June, before the monsoon season began.A senior disaster management official told AFP in September that nearly three quarters of the project was complete, with the navy fast-tracking construction of shelters and evacuation centres.No reason was provided for the latest delay.But the proposal to uproot the refugees to a remote island that only rose from the sea in 2006 remains unpopular in the teeming Rohingya camps.The island is one hour by boat from the nearest land but violent storms make the journey by sea dangerous or sometimes impossible.”It is cut off from the mainland. What if someone needs emergency medical attention?” said Rohingya community leader Abdul Gowffer.The UN has insisted that any relocation to Bhashan Char be voluntary.Local authorities have been seeking to reassure refugees that they will be safe on the island.”We are still working on it. We’re talking to the families,” Bangladesh’s Refugee Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam told AFP.One million displaced Muslims live cheek by jowl on hillside shanties near the Myanmar border, in conditions aid groups warn put them at risk from floods, landslides and disease.There was a further push to get the plan off the ground after 700,000 Rohingya, fleeing a violent crackdown in Myanmar in August last year, poured into southeast Bangladesh.But rights groups have warned it is too risky to house refugees on the island. Hundreds of thousands have died in Bangladesh from natural disasters in the last 50 years, mostly in coastal areas near Bhashan Char.Local officials have pointed to a newly-constructed three-metre (nine-feet) high embankment around the island they say will keep out tidal surges in the event of a cyclone.But refugees remain wary.”Any strong blow from a cyclone and, God forbid, the shelters would be wiped out,” said a community leader, Mohammad Shoyeb.last_img

Neo4j Enterprise Edition is now available under a commercial license

first_imgLast week, the Neo4j community announced that the Neo4j Enterprise Edition will be available under a commercial license. The source code is available only for the Neo4j Community Edition. The Neo4j Community Edition will continue to be provided under an open source GPLv3 license. According to the Neo4j community, this new change won’t affect any Neo4j open source projects. Also, it won’t create an impact over customers, partners or OEM users operating under a Neo4j subscription license. The Neo4j Desktop users using Neo4j Enterprise Edition under free development license also won’t get affected. It doesn’t impact the members of Neo4j Startup program. The reason for choosing an open core licensing model The idea behind getting Neo4j Enterprise Edition under commercial license was to clarify and simplify the licensing model and remove ambiguity. Also, the community wanted to clear the confusion regarding what they sell and what they open source. Also, the community wanted to clarify about options they offer. The Enterprise Edition source and object code were initially available under multiple licenses. This led to multiple interpretations of these multiple licenses which ultimately created confusion in the open source community, in the buyers, and even in legal reviewers’ minds. According to the Neo4j blog, “ >99% of Neo4j Enterprise Edition code was written by individuals on Neo4j’s payroll – employed or contracted by Neo4j-the-company. As for the fractional Developers can use the Enterprise Edition for free by using the Neo4j Desktop for desktop-based development. Startups can benefit through the startup license offered by Neo4j, which is also available now to the startups with up to 20 employees.Data journalists, such as the ICIJ and NBC News can use the Enterprise Edition for free via the Data Journalism Accelerator Program. Neo4j also offers a free license to universities for teaching and learning. To know more about this news, check out Neo4j’s blog. Read Next Neo4j rewarded with $80M Series E, plans to expand company Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessiblelast_img read more