WESTERN BUREAU:Struggling FC Reno will have to find a way to avoid relegation, says the club’s head coach, Michael Graham, after watching his team give up a one-goal lead to title chasing Humble Lion in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League.”I am a little disappointed because at 1-0 up and playing well in the first half, we came out flat in the second-half and allowed Humble Lion too much time on the ball and a goal we were dreading happened,” stated Graham.Reno are precariously perched just above the relegation zone with 31 points in 10th place, but have breathing room between themselves and red zone teams Rivoli United (23) and Waterhouse FC (22).That, however, is no comfort to the ambitious Graham, who believes winning a paltry seven matches out of 27 is not good enough for the three-time League winners.According to Graham, the club’s rich history and the passionate diehard supporters demand more from their players.”We know where we are letting down the fans. We have an all-round decent squad of players, but for some reason, we cannot get the ball into the net. We tend to create plenty chances in match situations and score few.”That is why we are not doing as well as we would like, and it’s hurting the club’s prospects going forward,” reasoned Graham.Roshane Sharpe has taken on the club’s goal-getter role, netting his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s match against Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex.biggest headacheHowever, it’s in defence that Graham has the biggest headache. Reno have conceded 40 goals in all this season, making them the league’s second-worst defensive team behind ninth-placed Boys’ Town FC (43).”We realised that we are not doing a good job in defence, even though we have who I consider good players in there. We are not scoring enough, and on the other hand, we are conceding too many,” Graham said.”That is a recipe for disaster, and the club can do without that at the moment. However, we still have some critical matches ahead of us, so we must give our all to put ourselves at least mid-pack at the end of season,” added Graham.
“There are some phenomenally awesome, great things going on at L.A. Unified,” she said. “L.A. Unified could be brilliant if we could embrace our entrepreneurs – entrepreneur teachers and parents. “People inside the schools are thinking outside the box, but they’re not getting the support they need. It’s when the entrepreneur is crushed they want to leave.” Los Angeles Unified officials conceded that teachers might leave because they feel frustrated by a mandated curriculum that reduces autonomy, but said the system still allows for creativity. “When you’re responsible for a district with 460 elementary schools and the achievement of a very diverse student population, it’s important that you have a common curriculum,” said Ronni Ephraim, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer. “I know that the district’s theory of action does not equate to giving up creativity. We see throughout the district that thousands of teachers bring creativity to the classroom.” Of the nearly 36,000 teachers in LAUSD, 327 have asked to go on charter leave, Ephraim said. They can return within 39 months with no loss of benefits. While public school districts are required to work within the guidelines set by the state, charter schools – the administrators, teachers and even parents and students – have greater freedom of choice: Teachers choose to work at a charter based on its mission statement, which is crafted by the administration. Parents and students choose the schools they will attend. “The schools draw the people who are pioneers, or as we called them in one study, ‘outlaws,”‘ said Penny Wohlstetter, a USC professor and co-director of the Center on Educational Governance at University of Southern California. “These (are) rebels of the public system and they find that through charter schools they not only get a lot more respect and decision-making authority, but they look around and there are people of like minds who are their colleagues.” Charter educators say LAUSD’s top-down hierarchy leaves individual teacher performance at the mercy of individual administrators. One principal might be receptive to a teacher’s creativity, while another might want to quash it. Kelly Jean Hanock, an English language arts teacher at James Monroe High School who was named a California Teacher of the Year in 2005, said she’s still able to be creative within the LAUSD system because of a “really forward-thinking principal.” In Hanock’s case, the principal encouraged her to take the lead in breaking up the 4,700-student school into smaller learning communities of 500 students each. “Within the small, we have a lot of freedom to do different kinds of things because the principal encourages us to take chances,” she said. Despite its growing popularity, the charter movement faces criticism that there could be greater social pressures and more limited extracurricular activities at smaller schools. Teachers union President A.J. Duffy said he believes LAUSD should cap the number of charters allowed, and the state should limit its funding to the charters, which he fears could “destroy” public schools by draining the district’s general fund, which pays for teacher salaries and benefits. “The more money charters drain from the general fund, the less money there is for things like salaries and benefits, which attracts good teachers,” said Duffy, who heads United Teachers Los Angeles. He also accused charter schools of getting rid of disruptive students – an allegation that charter administrators deny – and said there is a problem with high teacher turnover. “They take young, inexperienced teachers, expect them to work 10 hours per day, and they willingly do it because they’re excited, but the problem is they’re gone within five years.” But charter supporters say the schools attract more qualified teachers and students are achieving at a quicker rate. More than one-third of full-time L.A. charter school teachers have advanced degrees or doctorates. Charter teachers insist it’s the freedom to veer from the standards that make kids learn at a higher level. Chapel teaches his seventh-graders about biochemical processes in the cell, protein synthesis, atoms and elements – eighth-grade standards – because that’s what the kids need to know. “Charters say go for it. Public schools would have said they’re not part of the standards and I would have spent more time arguing and reasoning with district officials than teaching,” Chapel said. Susan Cornell is another longtime LAUSD teacher who resigned from the district – and gave up her lifetime benefits – to teach third grade at Fenton Avenue Elementary, a charter that opened in 1993. “I worked with wonderful, innovative teachers and principals at LAUSD, but they didn’t have the ability to be what Fenton is,” she said. “We were told what we had to do from downtown. Our hands were tied by the rules and regulations of being in a big district, and we didn’t have the freedom. “Fenton offers the chance to be innovative and give kids what they need.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district with 727,000 students, has 86 charter campuses serving about 38,100 kids, with thousands more on waiting lists. Enrollment is dropping about 2 percent a year in LAUSD while its charter enrollment is booming, with charter students expected to account for 10 percent of the district’s population by 2012. While Los Angeles’ charter schools have hired rookie teachers and even retirees, the greatest number of their educators are coming from LAUSD itself. The California Charter Schools Association – the membership and professional organization serving the 574 charter schools in the state – surveyed 890 teachers and found that 42 percent of those at Los Angeles charter schools came from LAUSD or a nearby district, and 10 campuses had at least half their staff from LAUSD, spokesman Gary Larson said. Caprice Young, a former Los Angeles Unified board president who now runs the association, said the district is working to improve but doesn’t do enough to support creativity or innovation. After teaching nearly two decades at Los Angeles Unified schools, Fred Chapel felt stifled by a system that told him what to teach and how to teach it. So he left LAUSD in 2001 and went to work for a charter school, where he not only gets to decide his own curriculum and select the textbooks, but has input on the campus’ staffing and budgets. “I could never really go back to a traditional public school now after having tasted this,” said Chapel, who teaches seventh-grade science at CALS Charter Middle School in northeast Los Angeles. “I’m back to working with kids, listening to what they have to say, getting to know them and knowing the material in a much more rigorous way.” The burgeoning charter school movement has allowed Chapel and hundreds of teachers like him to work in what they say is a more supportive climate – one that not only encourages but expects its educators to experiment and implement new ideas.
TEAM NOTES SERIES NOTES INDIVIDUAL NOTES Drake improved to 7-0 all-time against Air Force and 3-0 on the Falcons home floor. The win was the Bulldogs’ second in the last decade against Air Force as the teams last met in 2011 in Des Moines.Print Friendly Version Drake finished its non-conference season with 10 wins to mark the second-straight season the team won 10 or more none conference games and the fifth time in the last 30 years the Bulldogs have done so. The win was Drake’s first road win of the season. Drake has won 23 of its last 29 games. Drake’s 85 points were its second-most of the season against a Division I opponent. Drake is 4-0 this season and 13-0 over the last two seasons when scoring 80 or more points. Drake made eight three-pointers in the first half and finished with 13 three-pointers, its second-most of the season. The team averaged 4.6 three-pointers in its previous three outings. Drake held a 30-23 advantage in rebounding and improved to 7-1 this season and 25-3 the last two years when outrebounding its opponent. Drake made its first six shots from the field. The Bulldogs didn’t miss a shot until the 5-minute mark when Anthony Murphy had a shot blocked at the rim. Drake had 44 first-half points, its third-highest first-half output of the season. The Bulldogs have averaged 48.5 points in their last two opening halves. Roman Penn scored a career-high 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a career-high three three-pointers. He also matched a season-high with nine assists. D.J. Wilkins buried three three-pointers in the first eight minutes of the game. It was his first outing with multiple three-pointers in the month of December. He came into the contest shooting 2-of-14 from the arc in the previous seven games. Liam Robbins made four of his first six shots and finished the first half with 10 points to mark his fifth-straight game in double-figure scoring. He ended up scoring 16 points and five offensive rebounds. Garrett Sturtz was held scoreless but led Drake in rebounding for the fifth time this season with six boards.
The Humboldt B52s finished off a three-game road-sweep of the Redding Colt 45s on Saturday, ending its week-long road trip on a high note after beginning it with a pair of road losses to the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists on Monday and Tuesday.It came all at once for the B52s on Thursday — an avalanche 14 runs strong which swept over Tiger Field in the sixth inning and propelled the B52s to a 14-8 series-opening road-win over the 45s. Keegan Bebbe, in his debue with the B52s, earned the …
Warriors fans should start getting familiar with those names now, because after Stephen Curry broke his left hand in the Warriors’ latest embarrassing loss Wednesday, the path forward for this team is clear:Pack it up. It’s time to tank.Injury to insult. pic.twitter.com/o9U9IEehqF— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) October 31, 2019 Curry’s … SAN FRANCISCO — You probably have heard of LaMelo Ball.But do you know who Anthony Edwards is?What about James Wiseman? Cole Anthony?
By Carol ChurchIn Part 1 of this series, we went over special considerations for military families regarding cell phone service and questions families should ask themselves when considering switching to a less costly option. In this part, we’ll review some of the many budget services out there. Be aware that these deals can and will change.TingTing is a pay-as-you-go model that adjusts to your actual usage. If you are disciplined (or very budget-minded!) you can even pay as little as $12 per month for a line with minimal voice and texting and no data. More typically, an example family with 4 lines using 500 minutes, 1000 texts, and 3 GB of data in a month would pay $68. (You can add lines for $6/each to the basic Ting plan.) It’s a good choice for families who are able to be somewhat conservative with their minutes, texts, and especially data, in exchange for the advantage of low cost. You do have to bring your own phone (which you can buy used or new—most, but not all, phones are supported) with this plan. Ting uses the Sprint and T-Mobile networks (you choose), so coverage is okay but not the best possible. Ting is known for good customer service.Republic WirelessIf you’re willing to go with a limited stable of 9 (decent quality) Android phones, Republic Wireless offers a very competitive pricing, starting at $20/month for unlimited talk and text plus 1 GB data. You have to get a separate plan for each phone when you use Republic, but this isn’t necessarily a reason for families to avoid the plan. An example family of 4 would have to pay a minimum of $80 month, but for that, they would get unlimited talk and text plus 4 GB of data. You can also upgrade or downgrade your plan by the month to add more or less data as needed. Republic keeps you on Wi-Fi wherever possible for savings, which may result in a slight decrease in call quality. Like Ting, Republic uses the Sprint and T-Mobile networks.US MobileWith a starter plan of 100 minutes/100 texts/100 MB at just $9, this can be a very cheap plan, but this is usage level is likely unrealistic for many. There is also no family plan here either, so each person has to decide on his or her own plan. A more reasonable plan offering 250 minutes, 500 texts, and 1 GB of data per person would ring in at $25 per person. Multiplied by 4, for an example family, this is $100—too much to pay for what you get. This plan would probably mostly be good for people able to maintain low usage who want a very low-cost service. You need to bring your own phone, and US Mobile uses the T Mobile network.Google FiGoogle Fi is another no-contract service with some unique angles. The basic package is $20/month, which gives you unlimited calling and texting. (You can add family members at a cost of $15/month each.) You are then charged $10 per GB of data, with one different feature being that you are refunded (that is, the amount goes back to your account) for every “piece” of a GB you do not use. It’s hard to assign a price to a “example” family of 4 here due to the refund aspect, but for unlimited talk and text and assuming 1GB of data each with no refund, a family of 4 would pay $105 per month. This is a bit high, but the international calling and the improved network coverage may make it worth it for some.Fi’s SIM card allows you to use coverage from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, giving better coverage than other resellers that rely on one network. Like Republic, it also relies on Wi-Fi whenever possible, which may result in decreased call quality. A major advantage to GoogleFi for military families is that the service works seamlessly in over 135 different countries (you’ll need to check their website for rates, but they appear reasonable). This alone may make this service the right choice for some.One potential big disadvantage to GoogleFi is that you are very limited on phone type. Right now, there are just 3 choices.Mint SIMMint’s special angle is that it gives you a discount for buying service in advance, allowing them to offer good deals like $12/month for unlimited talk and text plus 2 GB of 4G LTE and unlimited speed-throttled data (if you pay for 3 months upfront). Although they call themselves “no contract,” this does sound a bit like a contract. Mint uses the T-Mobile network and requires you to bring your own unlocked phone. International roaming is also an option with the plan. If you’re willing to take a chance on a newer service and commit, this looks like a good deal, but it might be wise to take a look at its customer service record.CricketCricket uses the AT&T network. Like other budget plans, you bring your own phone, but unlike some of these options, you have many choices, including the iPhone. Plans start at $30 per line for unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of high-speed data. Cricket provides discounts for family plans, so our example family of 4 could get unlimited talk and text and 5 GB of data to share (plus additional slower data that is unlimited) for $80/month: a good deal. This could be an excellent plan for heavy users who want a lot of phone choice but who also want to bring their costs down somewhat.lev dolgachov/PhotospinThe “Big 4”We’re not reviewing the traditional “big 4” (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) here since most customers are familiar with or will “find” their plans on their own. Their deals also change frequently. In general, you can expect to pay $120-$200 per month for a family of 4 for unlimited talk and text and various larger quantities of data (4 GB-10GB+, to unlimited). These plans, though more expensive than the other options here, will be the best choice for some families.Families should definitely ask about discounts with these major players; at time of writing, all 4 offered 15% discounts to at least some military members on at least some plans. Proof of service (military ID) is necessary. Be aware, however, that this may well not be the best option, and that service members have complained about discounts not applying, applying only on “Cadillac” plans, or not being worth it.This monthly bill is one that can creep up in amount over time without us really focusing on how much it’s costing us. However (along with other recurring costs like cable, utilities, groceries, and so on), it can be an excellent place to find savings—as long families understand the tradeoffs they’re making. These less expensive options will be worth considering for some who want to cut their budgets and increase savings and decrease debt.
With almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine).Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games.He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games.Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.
But then questions of belonging and ownership have become a genuine issue in the last few weeks. Nantes are currently progressing their formal request to Fifa for full payment of Sala’s transfer fee. They maintain, understandably, he was a Cardiff player when he died.Sala was born in Santa Fe, Lionel Messi’s home state. He became a professional footballer at Bordeaux. He became a player of substance at Nantes. He became Cardiff’s record signing in January. And now he has become this. Free on board. Free at origin. In death Sala has become a shipping dispute.To look into this is to be machine-gunned with toxic details. Here’s another one. Cardiff’s lawyers call their files on the wrangle with Nantes “The Onion”. It’s a gallows-humour joke. There is so much information here, so many interested parties, so many layers. Plus of course the more you peel it, the more it stinks. Zoom in a little and the Sala affair is a story of wrong turns, bad calls, bad luck. But it also spreads itself wider, digging a finger into so many corners of this darkly baroque industry: from a wild-west transfer system, to the shark-pool of interests and middlemen, to the basic commodification of the human product. Twitter Read more The best response would have been for the clubs to get together and talk, split the costs a little, look after the family Facebook Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal? Neil Warnock Emiliano Sala flourished at Nantes, attracting Cardiff’s interest as they sought a forward to help them avoid relegation. Photograph: Stéphane Mahé/Reuters Share on Messenger Cardiff City Facebook We are all in this to some degree. From the money-lust culture of the English Premier League to the startling way the story itself was covered at the time in rolling news media, as though this search for a body was just another development in a breaking transfer story, another detail of the club medical, a dramatic change of heart from the in-demand Ligue 1 forward.Blame has hovered like a mist without ever quite touching anyone. Nobody did this exactly. Nobody is responsible. But there are shades of grey, odd practices, sharp edges. At times football looks like something bound in mud and fog, a place where things get lost, where it is just accepted that if the world goes wrong, it was, in some off-hand manner, never meant to go right.Later in the day Warnock will speak well about Sala’s absence, but not until he has also described a season that pivoted around his brutal and untimely death as “the best I’ve ever had in management”.Warnock has seemed genuinely moved through all this, has handled his public duties with tact. But in the post-relegation debrief Sala’s death is couched in the same terms you might use to describe an untimely injury to a key squad member.“We have missed a striker. Someone asked me about Emiliano … we spent two months trying to get a player,” Warnock shrugs. “I wish we would have had Emiliano with us. I think he’d have scored 10 goals, you saw the chances we had out there today.” Share on Twitter Bankruptcy in 2015 disqualified him from registering as an agent, and the Football Association seems to have decided McKay was acting for Nantes and is not in its jurisdiction. McKay says he was helping his son Mark “get to the top”. Why get registered, he has asked, when his son is? The McKays stand to make £1.5m from Nantes over the deal.It is McKay’s email to Sala, released to L’Équipe in an attempt to exonerate himself, that should perhaps be preserved as a historic document, a snapshot of an industry. It is unintentionally chilling. McKay keeps on telling Sala the truth.“Emiliano, My name is Willie McKay …. We are not interested in looking after your personal interests.” A good time, you’d think, to stop reading. McKay tells Sala that agents such as himself “only care about money” and encourages the player to cut his current agent Meïssa N’Diaye out of any deal, while dangling a £1m payment to Sala’s mother under his nose.He admits to misleading the media about transfer interest from West Ham and Everton. In a horrible little touch he seems obsessed with planes generally: “We take our plane get clubs in it … they will fly you over in their jet … Cardiff can have a jet for you tonight or tomorrow.” Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook The live TV crew on the touchline chatter around their lighted table, willing some urgency into the day. In front of a vaguely curious pre-match crowd Martin Keown rasps his lines about doing well to survive this long and just lacking a bit in front of goal, speaking as ever with the lapel-grabbing urgency of a morally compromised chief inspector giving his maverick DI one last chance or he’s off the force.This, the broadcasters have agreed, is the story of Cardiff’s season: resilience in the face of likely relegation; and admiration for the way under Neil Warnock they have managed to “take it this far”.Except, of course, this isn’t quite right. No one wants to talk about it. But the biggest story in Cardiff, and indeed the single most startling event of the season in English football, is something so tangled and strange it is still hard to look it square in the eye.The desecration of Emiliano Sala by English football has continued in the last weeks. It is now nearly four months since Sala was killed in a plane crash south of Jersey. He was flying to Cardiff on a single-engine Piper Malibu hired by the intermediary Willie McKay and his son, Mark, to take up a move to the Premier League he had initially resisted.It is a death that continues to burn with its own dark light. At the end of April Sala’s father, Horacio, died of heart problems aged 58. Friends say he never recovered from the shock.Things keep unravelling. How far can we get with this? A few days before the Palace game pictures had appeared on UK social media of Sala’s corpse. The suggestion is thieves had broken into the morgue where his body was being kept.By the time the Palace game comes around the Cardiff fans’ shrine to Sala has been cleared away, the flowers and flags removed from the statue of Fred Keenor. No one seems to know why. It was a touching thing, created by and for the same fans who have reacted with grace and warmth. Read more Share via Email Read more Facebook Share on WhatsApp Emiliano Sala: police investigate reports of online pictures of footballer’s body Emiliano Sala Pinterest Cardiff to tell Fifa that Emiliano Sala’s transfer from Nantes was invalid European club football Pinterest Pinterest Nantes Share on LinkedIn features Reuse this content More detail on the Sala case has emerged in the last few weeks. A preliminary Air Accidents Investigation Branch report has been published, to be followed by a longer one, perhaps as late as next year. Its chief effect is to bring into focus the terror of those final moments.“Anyway guys, I’m up in this plane that feels like it’s falling to pieces, and I’m going to Cardiff,” Sala told a group of friends on WhatsApp as he took his seat. The sun had set in Nantes at 5.50pm. Sala went through security 40 minutes later and took his seat with the pilot David Ibbotson. They took off as scheduled at 7.15, Ibbotson navigating via an app on his tablet. The Piper Malibu cruised at 6,000ft. Thirteen miles south of Guernsey Ibbotson descended to just over 5,000, telling air traffic controllers “just avoided a patch there”. The journey was run under visual flight rules: or in other words keep your eyes open and don’t fly through clouds.The last radio contact came at 8.12pm. And three minutes later the flight became a nightmare. The Malibu dropped from 3,900ft to 1,600ft in 20 seconds while veering wildly to the right. It climbed rapidly again. Then: blackout.The remains of the plane were found two weeks later below this last recorded location. It had been torn about by the plunge straight down. Most of the wings and the tail were gone. Sala died from head and chest injuries. The AAIB report says his corpse was “held in place by the wreckage”. To this day Ibbotson’s body is still out there. Full fathom five he lies. Vale, Mr Ibbotson and rest in peace.Back on land the news of Sala’s disappearance seemed to have reached Cardiff straight away. The club had a player liaison officer waiting at the airport. The plane didn’t arrive. Warnock was notified. He called McKay.Here’s a good question: why was McKay involved in this at all? Not that it should be a surprise. At least five intermediaries are due a cut from this deal. And McKay is in his own way a frontiersman, present at the first rush of money into the Premier League in the early 1990s. The game has a sleepy opening. Cardiff start on the attack. A few minutes in Víctor Camarasa pulls up injured and is applauded warmly as he limps off. Camarasa, on loan from Real Betis, has been a fine player for Cardiff. This could be the last they see of him.Aron Gunnarsson is also playing his last game after eight years at the club, already engaged to join Heimir Hallgrímsson’s Al-Arabi in Qatar. Cardiff have been a vigorous, jerry-built Premier League team. These players have been operating at the edge of their capacities.Midway through the first half the home crowd rouses itself to boo their former loanee Wilfried Zaha as he snipes inside and shoots wide. Two minutes later Zaha responds by scoring the goal that might just send them down, jinking left, then right, before shooting low into the corner.Cardiff equalise shortly after, but Palace’s front four look irresistible. With 40 minutes gone Michy Batshuayi finds the space to spank a shot into the top corner. The goal seems to draw a shared sigh around the stands as Cardiff’s supporters head for the aisles at half-time. Twitter Twitter With an hour to go before kick-off on a lovely soft spring day, the Cardiff City Stadium is still a low-fi kind of place. Cardiff need to win their final home game against Crystal Palace to have any hope of extending their stay in the world’s richest league beyond a single, spirited season. But there is, if anything, an absence of tension in the air.The Cardiff fans stroll in familial groups around the concrete walkways of this handsome, out-of-town retail park of a stadium. From the stands the pitch is half in sunshine, shadowed now and then by fluffy coastal clouds. Willie McKay’s leaked email to L’Equipe revealed much about the way his industry works. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA McKay’s method, self-described here, is pretty clear: identify a form player and acquire permission to hawk them around until he gets a bite; all the while putting rumours about to make that more likely, then trying to cut the players’ actual agent out of the picture.The worst thing about this is that it is possibly half-true. This is how McKay makes his business work. Premier League clubs at a certain level really are that understocked with specialist knowledge. And yet there are holes in what McKay did here. At the very least the plane is on the McKays. They hired and paid for it. There is still a note of uncertainty around its real ownership, but it was well-serviced. The licensing status of the plane to carry commercial flights – with all its added regulations – has been questioned. What is certain is that Ibbotson was a stand-in for a regular pilot, Dave Henderson. It has been suggested Ibbotson was colour-blind, and thus not qualified to fly at night, although this is also unconfirmed. One thing is certain. Flying wasn’t Ibbotson’s main job. The man flying Sala to Cardiff was also a gas engineer.What next then? Cardiff received the first formal demand for Sala’s transfer fee on 6 February, the same day Sala’s body was identified by Dorset police. Cardiff are stalling on paying, asking questions to do with the flight, to do with third-party ownership. It seems strange. Presumably some legal advice has told them this is a possible escape route from liability. But why turn this into a saga?The best response to all this would have been for the clubs to simply get together and talk, split the costs a little, look after the family, staunch the bleeding. It is Vincent Tan who will now drive how it plays out in practice. And Cardiff’s owner is the hardest of hard-nosed operators. Sala has been buried. His inquest will return at some stage later this year. But some part of him is still out there, suspended between two places.Back at the Cardiff City Stadium Warnock spends large parts of the second half angrily bearding the fourth official, Graham Scott. Scott shrugs and looks nonplussed each time Warnock comes marching over in his blue padded tracksuit, the neighbour from hell with another gripe about tennis balls over the fence.Andros Townsend scores Palace’s third, after a powerful right-angled dribble from halfway. “City till I die,” the Cardiff fans sing in response. Several rounds of “One Neil Warnock” follow as the game winds down. It is a nice moment, possibly even Warnock’s own farewell. Again no one really knows for sure. The final whistle brings a warm round of shared applause, and an ambling lap of the pitch from the Cardiff squad. Relegation is not a surprise but it still hurts.Outside the walkways are empty two hours after the final whistle, with the feeling of a stadium already turning toward its summer hibernation. Something has changed though. The Fred Keenor statue has an addition. Someone has left a small damp bunch of flowers on its highest ledge. Gone, but remembered by the right people: Sala’s story is one that has, you feel, still got plenty of distance left to run.• This article was amended on 17 May 2019. An earlier version incorrectly described the crashed plane as a “Piper Alpha”. It was a Piper Malibu. Neil Warnock with his Cardiff players after relegation is confirmed, a jerry-built top-flight team playing at the edge of their capacities. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images
December 18, 2000 Graduation Day!The November workshopposes for their graduation photo on top of theVaults. This was the last workshop for this year. The program will resumeagain in February 2001. Photos and text by:Jennifer Thornton Workshopper Brian Syzdek receives his certificate of completion at MorningMeeting.
Telenor’s Fornebu HQTelenor Broadcast has seen a sharp reduction in revenue in the first quarter compared with 2016 thanks in large part to the one-off positive impact of a settlement related to transmission unit Norkring in Q1 2016. However, pay TV unit Canal Digital and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting also saw their revenues dip.Overall, Telenor Broadcast posted sales of NOK1.488 billion (€158 million) for the quarter, down from NOK1.765 billion last year.While NOK220 million of the decline was attributable to Norkring, Canal Digital saw revenues fall from NOK1.147 billion to NOK1.099 billion, with subscriber numbers continuing their long, slow decline. The pay TV unit lost 7,000 customers in the quarter, taking its total to 862,000.Satellite Broadcasting posted sales of NOK227 million, down from NOK237 million. However, the satellite unit expects a NOK300,000 boost from a capacity deal in the second quarter.Telenor Broadcast’s EBITDA for the quarter was NOK461 million, down from NOK732 million, with Norkring and Canal Digital accounting for the bulk of the decline.Telenor’s fixed-line TV and internet revenues in Norway grew from NOK1.335 billion to NOK1.421 billion, helping offset declines elsewhere. Telenor Norway EBITDA declined from NOK1.767 billion to NOK1.473 billion as mobile and fixed voice subscriptions and revenues declined.Fixed-line TV subscribers grew by 4,000 to reach 541,000.In Sweden, internet and TV revenues dipped slightly to NOK619 million, with subscribers declining by 5,000 to 469,000.Overall, Telenor’s revenues fell from NOK31.494 billion to NOK30.458 billion for the quarter, with EBITDA falling from NOK11.629 billion to NOK11.462 billion.
It’s homage to the times when just as you think all hope has gone, the players come up with something special.Well, tonight was one of those nights.With seven minutes to go the game was gone.Salford led 24-8 and were completing their sets at 100 per cent.Saints then produced a comeback that will be talked about for years.James Roby went over following some superb offloads and then Regan Grace took Theo Fages’ looping pass to spin past Greg Johnson.Most still expected to see the visitors head home with the points but from the restart Tommy Makinson broke down the centre of the field and within a blink of an eye Percival was coming back inside to put Jonny Lomax in under the posts.A couple of minutes remained, Lomax missed a drop goal attempt and then Salford played out their set for a draw.But on the last, Robert Lui kicked the ball, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook plucked the ball out of mid air showed great guile to offload to Matty Smith.The scrum half then cooly slotted over a drop goal from 40 metres to send the Totally Wicked Stadium insane.The hush as it left his boot to the outpouring of emotion as he ran 40 metres to celebrate in front of his family will live long in the memory.No one could have predicted what was to come when both sides went in tied at half time.Todd Carney had kicked the Devils to a 2-0 lead before Matty Smith produced a sublime bit of skill.Zeb Taia danced along the line and when it arrived with the scrum half he dummied, and then flew through the defensive line to go over in the corner.Mark Percival goaled but a crucial error after the hooter had sounded allowed Niall Evalds to touchdown.In the second Greg Johnson stepped inside to score and then Robert Lui extended the lead as he burrowed over from dummy half.Evalds then extended the lead with a controversial try and the game was gone.But as they say, Never Write Off The Saints.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Smith, Roby, Grace, Lomax Goals: Percival (4 from 6)Devils: Tries: Evalds (2), Johnson, Lui Goals: Carney (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 9 Devils: 7HT: 8-8 FT: 25-24REF: S MikalauskasATT: 10,001Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 5. Adam Swift, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 20. Morgan Knowles.Devils: 5. Niall Evalds; 24. Jake Bibby, 4. Junior Saíu, 22. Kris Welham, 21 Greg Johnson; 6. Robert Lui, 29. Todd Carney; 8. Craig Kopczak, 9. Logan Tomkins, 14. Lama Tasi, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Ryan Lannon, 13. Mark Flanagan. Subs: 3. Josh Jones, 16 Olsi Krasniqi, 20. Kris Brinning, 30. James Hasson.