Surprise? The Premier League’s loudest stadium last weekend ranked by decibel

first_imgFollowing his outburst to talkSPORT regarding the atmosphere (or lack of it) at Stamford Bridge just a few weeks ago, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was in better spirits when describing the Blues’ support during their 2-0 victory over West Brom this weekend.“It improved a lot. You know the answer – there is no comparison,” the Portuguese boss said.But how much has it really improved? The Press Association has offered some sort of answer, after once again using its ‘sound meter’ to record the noise levels at top-flight grounds.While it is by no means an entirely balanced scientific experiment, it does offer an indication as to who has the loudest support.Click the arrow to see who is number one this time around. Joint 1. Arsenal v Man United (Attendance: 60,074) Decibel Level 83 – Despite the Emirates getting a poor reputation for atmosphere, both Arsenal and Man United fans were in full voice on Saturday. The Gunners increased their noise from 77 to 83 decibels, based on previous recordings. 9 9 9. Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Attendance: 24,862) Decibel Level 76 (out of 120) – Click the arrow to see which stadiums were louder! – Widely regarded as one of the most atmospheric stadiums in the top flight, Selhurst Park was rocking as Palace beat Liverpool 3-1, but the 24,862 crammed inside could only make enough noise to make it into ninth spot this week. Joint 7. Everton v West Ham (Attendance: 39,182) Decibel Level 78 – Goodison Park is magnificent old ground, but according to PA, most of the noise came from West Ham’s travelling fans. Joint 7. Leicester v Sunderland (Attendance: 31,825) Decibel Level 78 – For a 0-0 bore draw, the King Power stadium saw some vociferous support from both sets of fans. 9 9 Joint 1. Chelsea v West Brom (Attendance: 41,600) Decibel Level 83 – Mourinho may bemoan the lack of noise at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues support certainly responded to his jibes, by recording the joint highest decibel level last weekend. Previous recordings had Chelsea at 80 decibels, while this time they recorded 83. 5. Man City v Swansea (Attendance: 45,448) Decibel Level 81 – City have struggled to get fans into the Etihad this season, but the ones that did turn up cranked up the noise, althought it was only loud enough to reach fifth spot this week. 6. Newcastle v QPR (Attendance: 51,915) Decibel Level 80 – The Toon Army always turn up in full voice and while they offered good support, it was only good enough to reach sixth last weekend. Maybe they’re louder when they’re angrier? Joint 1. Hull v Tottenham (Attendance: 23,561) Decibel Level 83 – Hull fans may feel slightly aggrieved at the result on the pitch, but they won the battle of the stands, running out as the joint loudest last weekend. 9 9 9 Joint 1. Stoke v Burnley (Attendance: 27,018) Decibel Level 83 – Stoke have earned quite the reputation as being a fierce place to play, and Burnley certainly found that out last weekend, according to PA. 9 9last_img

Exclusive – Mirallas must say sorry to Everton fans for ‘selfish’ actions, urges former Toffees star

first_imgKevin Mirallas cost Everton a vital victory against West Brom and owes supporters an apology, former Toffees star Andy Gray has told talkSPORT.The Belgian attacker missed a first-half penalty during Monday night’s goalless draw at Goodison Park, after taking the ball from regular taker Leighton Baines and ignoring pleas from team-mates to hand it back.Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville blasted his actions as a “despicable breach of team spirit” and Gray agrees that Mirallas badly let down his side and the Merseyside club’s fans.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, Gray said: “In this day where footballers are so quick to get on social media and air their grievances, it would be so nice for Kevin Mirallas or his agent to get on social media and explain what went on there, what he was thinking about, what was in his mind.“If he hasn’t got that, then [make] a simple apology to Everton fans because that is two points gone. There is no doubt in my mind that if Everton would have scored that penalty, and I think Baines would have scored, then they  would have gone on to win the game.”Gray, who believes Baines also deserves criticism for not putting up more of a fight over the spot-kick, added: “It was selfish. He was only interested in himself.“He had a good game when he was introduced at West Ham, scored a fantastic free-kick, and maybe that gave him too much belief, too much arrogance.“I would not have allowed that if I was on the pitch. I know one or two other players got involved and tried to stop him, but Leighton Baines was a little disappointing for me.“Leighton should have been stronger. He should have said to Kevin ‘no, I’m going to get into trouble if I let you take it. I take the penalties, it is 0-0, not 3-0, in a really big game at the bottom of the league, I need to take this penalty, Kevin, because I am going to score it’.“They were both at fault, but Mirallas was selfish. He was only thinking about Kevin Mirallas, he wasn’t thinking about Everton.”last_img

Over 120 become ‘Local Experts’ with Fáilte Ireland – Picture Special

first_imgOver 120 individuals and representatives from the Donegal tourism and hospitality sector have today attended Fáilte Ireland’s KNOW Donegal Local Experts Programme workshops in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.The workshops are free and open to anyone involved in the tourism sector or those in the local community that interact with visitors.The Local Experts Programme is part of an initiative by Fáilte Ireland to develop a network of local people who share knowledge and interact positively with visitors to Donegal. Aisling Gillen, Failte Ireland, Louise Boyle Arranmore Ferry, Frances Boyle , Dungloe, Shiela Greene, Gweedore, and Aisling Vieria, Failte Ireland. Photo Clive WassonCelina McLaughlin, Silver Tassie, Orlath O’Flannigan, Silver Tassie Hotel, Amanda Boyle Failte Ireland and Patrica Moore, Doe Castle Coffee. Photo Clive WassonThe programme aims to develop a tourism business network, social media initiatives and to make every visitor engagement a truly positive one in order to ultimately grow tourism businesses and the local economy.Speaking at the workshops, Amanda Boyle, Senior Travel Advisor with Fáilte Ireland said:“Today’s attendance at the workshops, with nearly 120 individuals and representatives of tourism and hospitality businesses attending is evidence of how important tourism is to the wider Donegal economy.“The aim of the programme is to build on that sentiment by inspiring all front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor interaction into a truly informative and positive experience and to help offer visitors relevant recommendations on places of interest to visit in the Donegal region.” Rosie Nic Connaith, Fanad Light House, Amanda Clarke, Travel Donegal, Syliva Gorniak, Raphoe Diocesan Archive, Aisling Gillen, Failte Ireland, Moira Hughes, Raphoe Diocesan Archive, Sue Glackin, Donegal Food Tours and Cait Fealty, Fanad Light House. Photo Clive WassonMs Boyle added: “As we know, Donegal and the surrounding areas are one of the most popular destinations in Ireland for international visitors and its attractions are brought to life every day by locals interacting with tourists. Visitors not only seek out local people and their advice, they trust it. More and more holidaymakers tell us that they rely on and trust the advice and information received from the local people they meet during their stay.”For more information see link to Fáilte Ireland’s Local Experts Programme brochure HERESee more photos from the workshop below:Martin McHugh, Rusty Mackerel, Megan Slevin Biddy’s Barnes, Amanda Boyle Failte Ireland, Delores Robinson, Cope House, Anita McFadden, Bay Bar, and Martin Egan Colmcille Heritage Centre. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonSean Browne, OPW, Aisling Vieria and David Fisher, Oakfield Park. Photo Clive WassonConor Carol, Boyles Buses Creeslough, Catriona Tasker, Rathmullen The Way Forward, Maire Aine Gardiner, Failte Ireland and Donnan Harvey, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter. Photo Clive WassonRona Gallagher, Sailing North, Laura Brogan, Arnolds Hotel, Aisling Vieria, Failte Ireland, Chantelle Grant, Century Complex and Niamh Quinn, Century Complex. Photo Clive WassonLaura Pasoma, Singing Pub, Mairead O’Connell, Singing Pub, Amanda Boyle, Failte Ireland, Shauna Boyce, Mevagh Resource Centre and Helen Donoghue. Photo Clive WassonOver 120 become ‘Local Experts’ with Fáilte Ireland – Picture Special was last modified: June 6th, 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:Failte Irelandknow donegallocal expertslast_img

What Will Wikipedia Look Like in Another 10 Years?

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img This weekend, everyone’s favorite massively-collaborative online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Wednesday morning, we got on the phone with Wikipedia founder Jimmy  Wales and Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner to find out about the site’s past and, more importantly, its future.While the site’s meager origins are retold with anecdotes of entries like “Astronomer,” which first read “Scientist whose area of Research is Astronomy,” we expect a lot more from the online destination that now enjoys in excess of 400 million unique visits every month.Humble BeginningsWales recalls getting the site going with a common tradition among programmers – the “hello world”. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 10 years since I first edited Wikipedia,” said Wales. “I remember that first day. I clicked on ‘Edit’ and I wrote ‘Hello World’, and that was the beginning of Wikipedia and all the things that have come since then.”Since its humble beginnings, Wikipedia has become a dominant force on the Web. With 17 million articles in 270 languages, Wikipedia has grown to be the fifth most popular website in the world and almost half a billion people visiting it each month. But where will it go next?My Advice? Diversify“The most important thing,” Wales told us on a press call today, “is the increased diversity in languages.” According to Wales, around 30% of Wikipedia articles had been in English and already that number has dropped to 20%. “We’re going to see very very large projects in languages where we’ve never seen such things before,” he explained.To that end, of course, Wikipedia has plans to move from its rather homogenous editor user base (which it staunchly defends as a group of dedicated and loyal users) to one not quite so young and male. It also wants to become more global, says spokesman Jay Walsh.“We all see a Wikipedia in 10 years where the imbalance of global north/global south representation is equalized.  We expect to see avid and active use of Wikipedia in southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America,” said Walsh. Beyond user diversity, Walsh explained that Wikipedia hopes to expand in a number of ways.“We aim for more global chapters, more robust global partnerships with major academic centers, libraries, galleries and museums, and hopefully much more presence in the emerging mobile space, and availability of off-line formats of Wikipedia for those parts of the world where, even in 10 years perhaps, regular internet access is difficult to achieve,” he said.Use It Or Lose ItIn terms of usability and how the site looks, Wales said they hope to improve usability to make it much more intuitive, something that should also help to lure in a more diverse set of users and editors.On the same hand, he said, “we’re not going to become Facebook, we’re not going to become MySpace or YouTube. The core of what we do is already quite usable.”Walsh agreed that, while social features would become increasingly important, it wouldn’t be in the same context as most other sites. “We do want to explore better social functionality inside of the project, but more so to help editors collaborate – target articles that need attention, meet in real-time on Wikipedia instead of using third party systems like IRC,” said Walsh. “Those tools are more about work than general social sharing amongst users – but I anticipate the readers will also see a rise in the availability of tools that let them share knowledge more powerfully amongst their groups – and repurpose for off-line reading.”Overall, usability and interface were definitely on the list of upcoming improvements said Walsh, with a goal of having simpler editing options. “I think we’ll see significant user interface enhancements, though I won’t go too far into the crystal ball. Wikipedians like to keep things functional, simple, and very adjustable and configurable,” he said. “I anticipate the readers will also see a rise in the availability of tools that let them share knowledge more powerfully amongst their groups – and repurpose for off-line reading.”What do you think? Will we continue to see an ad-free, donation-supported Wikipedia well into 2020, or will it grow too big to support itself this way? Will social voting schemes come to Wikipedia or will it continue to simply be run in long, winding debates in virtual backrooms? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melansonlast_img

2G, CWG scam: Tihar jail turns home for high-profile inmates

first_imgTihar Jail gives jobs only to convicts. So Manu Sharma is the unofficial Chief Financial Officer of Indias largest jail; former Youth Congressman Sushil Sharma, Naina Sahni’s killer, who walks around Jail No. 2 in a daze, helps others in legal cases as does Santosh Singh, who was convicted in,Tihar Jail gives jobs only to convicts. So Manu Sharma is the unofficial Chief Financial Officer of Indias largest jail; former Youth Congressman Sushil Sharma, Naina Sahni’s killer, who walks around Jail No. 2 in a daze, helps others in legal cases as does Santosh Singh, who was convicted in the Priyadarshini Mattoo murder. Now not to be ghoulish, but seeing the talent that is accumulating there, may I suggest an alternative establishment, to ensure the famous undertrials have something to do through a long, hot summer? It would help a jail which has to house nearly double its capacity and it would certainly help their public image. So herewith, a list mixing youth and experience.Minister of Telecommunications: A. Raja. He’s the most comfortable of the undertrials. He will perform best given he has both his former PA P.K. Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura for company.Minister of Culture: Kanimozhi. The experience she has gained both as a poet and as the brain behind the formerly five star cultural event Chennai Samagam should stand her in good stead.Minister of State for Internal Security: R.K. Sharma, given life imprisonment in the Shivani Bhatnagar case, was a senior police officer in his other life.Minister of State for External Affairs: Well, we’ve been told she’s not to be trusted but the advantage is she knows our neighbour well, having spent time in Pakistan. Who else but former second secretary Madhuri Gupta for the job?Ministers of Urban Development: This portfolio has to be shared between two experienced gentlemen. Tihar is overcrowded and needs better facilities. No more three people to a cell and 50 people to a barrack. Sanjay Chandra and Shahid Balwa, over to you. Balwa’s brother Asif, formerly cfo of DB Realty, could assist Manu Sharma.advertisementMinister of Agriculture: Vinod Goenka. His wealth began with his father’s dairy business in Baramati. He may also have had an opportunity to observe Sharad Pawar from close quarters. Manu Sharma can help, given the work he has put into the bonsai, cactus and herbal gardens in Jail No. 2.Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting: Who better than Sharad Kumar, MD of Kalaignar TV? Granted the tv channel was not too successful but perhaps he can look into the matter of inmates getting access to only 30 channels? Even prisoners need to be informed and entertained.Chief Secretary: ADAG md Gautam Doshi is an efficient executive, with the ability to remain calm under pressure. His colleagues, group president Surendra Pipara and group vice president Hari Nair, can help in reorganising the administrative set-up.Minister of State for Sport: Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi? Or maybe not. The last thing we want is a scam inside Tihar. After all, where would he go next?last_img

Mets Blow it in 9th; Lose to O’s 5-4

first_imgBALTIMORE, MD — Henry Urrutia was rounding the bases after hitting his first major league home run, and one thought crossed his mind:“I can’t believe this.”Urrutia broke a ninth-inning tie with a drive into the seats in left field, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who hadn’t defeated the Mets since June 18, 2009.Baltimore rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits before Urrutia led off the ninth against Carlos Torres (4-5).On a 1-2 pitch, Urrutia smacked an opposite-field liner that landed in the hands of a Mets fan. That guy later provided Urrutia with the ball, a treasured souvenir for the Cuban-born outfielder.“That’s the best gift for me tonight,” Urrutia said. “Now I can give that baseball to my son.”Never mind that this was only his 29th game in the big leagues. Hitting a game-winning home run for a team in the middle of a playoff run is pretty special.“This is the best moment of my career,” Urrutia said. “When I make good contact I was running for the base and in my mind I said, ‘I can’t believe this.’”Zach Britton (4-0) worked the ninth for the Orioles, who earned a split of the two-game series.Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores both homered and had two RBIs for the first-place Mets, who have lost four of five.After Schoop made it 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run homer, Flores put New York up 4-3 in the seventh with a shot off rookie Mychal Givens.Jones connected off Hansel Robles in the bottom half.Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He had a 3-1 lead in the sixth before yielding a double to Chris Davis and Schoop’s home run.That ruined Syndergaard’s bid for his first big league road win. He’s 7-1 at home and 0-5 in eight starts on the road.“For all the people who have been concerned about my performances on the road, this was a step in the right direction,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like I made some really good pitches out there except for that mistake, a curveball to Schoop that he hit out of the ballpark.”Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in five innings.After Murphy homered in the top of the first, Syndergaard walked to the mound eager to see if an adjustment in his pregame workout would increase his effectiveness. Because he had given up 10 first-inning runs in 17 starts, the right-hander pushed back his warmup session in the bullpen to lessen the down time before his first pitch.The experiment started poorly. Manny Machado doubled on the first pitch and the Orioles quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Syndergaard then struck out Davis on a 3-2 pitch, and after Schoop bounced into a double play, Syndergaard pumped his fist before heading to the dugout.“Obviously our little plan in the beginning didn’t pan out,” manager Terry Collins said. “Actually in the first inning, I thought he threw the ball good.”New York made it 2-0 in the fourth when Jimenez issued three walks and Flores delivered a two-out RBI single.After Steve Clevenger hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half, a double by Curtis Granderson and a single by Murphy put the Mets up 3-1 in the fifth.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Kentucky Would Lose To The 76ers At Least 78 Percent Of The

It happens every few years: a star-studded college team, fresh off a dominating performance, is compared favorably to the worst squad in the pros. A few years ago, it was the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky powerhouse vs. a pitiful Charlotte Bobcats outfit that set a new NBA low for winning percentage in a season. Now, it’s Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which trounced fifth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, vs. the tank-tactic Philadelphia 76ers.In a radio interview this week, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (now of the Phoenix Suns) said his alma mater would own the hypothetical matchup. “I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe said when asked who would win a best-of-seven series between the Wildcats and Sixers. “I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.”As others have pointed out, that’s absurd. As awful as they are — and boy, are they awful — the Sixers’ roster represents an All-Star team of college players from the past few seasons:Center Nerlens Noel was first-team All-SEC two seasons ago; if he were in college now, he’d likely be considered the best player in the country;Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was an honorable mention All-American as an NCAA sophomore; had he not left Syracuse, he would likely be considered the best guard in the college game;Guard Tony Wroten made first-team All-Pac 12 as a freshman two years ago;And rookie K.J. McDaniels was named to the All-ACC first team last season.These are all players who could still have NCAA eligibility if they had they not departed early for the NBA.To put these anecdotes in a more rigid framework, we can return to the same projection methodology we used for our NBA preview. The premise there was to take Real Plus/Minus data from last season, adjust for aging effects and regress to the mean to estimate each player’s true talent level. In this case, we also need to account for any information gleaned from the first three weeks or so of the NBA season; since RPM isn’t available for 2014-15 yet, I’m using a weighted average between a player’s current 2014-15 Statistical Plus/Minus (a box score-based statistic designed to emulate RPM in situations where RPM isn’t available) and our projected RPM ratings from the preseason.By this accounting, the 76ers are made up exclusively of below-average players. In fact, 54 percent of the team’s minutes have gone to players below the replacement-level RPM threshold of -2 points per 100 possessions. If we compute a minutes-weighted aggregation of ratings for Philadelphia’s 2014-15 roster (and adjust for the fact that the Sixers are usually trailing in their games), we’d expect them to lose to an average NBA team by 8.9 points per 100 possessions, which is ridiculously bad for a team’s true talent level. (Other teams have posted worse seasons, but that’s usually because they have bad rosters that perform below their talent levels.)But as bad as the Sixers are, Kentucky’s roster would translate to an even worse team at the NBA level. Looking at how well players’ draft slots predicted their rookie RPM performances (and, in turn, how well ultra-early mock draft rankings like these predict a player’s draft slot), and turning the clock back on those rookie-year RPM projections using an aging curve, we can also estimate an NBA-equivalent 2014-15 RPM talent level for every player on the Wildcats’ roster. Their top prospect, Karl-Anthony Towns (who sits at No. 3 in ESPN’s class-of-2015 draft rankings), would translate to a -2.6 RPM performance at the NBA level this season, worse than almost every player on Philadelphia’s roster. Every other Kentucky player, from Willie Cauley-Stein to Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins, grade out with various shades of putrid RPM ratings that would embarrass even Hakim Warrick.The aggregation of Kentucky’s NBA-translated RPM scores would predict an efficiency margin of -13.6 against an average NBA team. Even after accounting for the fundamental uncertainty surrounding projection models, such a team would lose about 88 of every 100 games against average NBA competition on a neutral court. The Sixers are far from average, of course, but even they would be expected to beat the Wildcats 74 percent of the time at home, and 56 percent of the time on the road. Using those probabilities to simulate Bledsoe’s hypothetical best-of-seven matchup, Kentucky would lose the series 78 percent of the time even if we gave them home-court advantage, most frequently falling in six games.It’s also likely those numbers vastly overestimate Kentucky’s chances. The NBA doesn’t let prospects who are not believed to be pro-caliber players take the court in games, so we don’t really know what kind of performance expectations to set for those Wildcat players who will never play in the NBA. This means the aforementioned translations are naturally biased toward inflating Kentucky’s rating. Furthermore, it’s probably not appropriate to assume the same read more

Bengal police sufficient for peaceful polls says top brass

first_imgKolkata: Stating that steps have been taken to avoid even stray incidents during and ahead of the Panchayat election, Anuj Sharma, the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), said: “The West Bengal Police is sufficient to conduct a peaceful and fair Panchayat poll.”He has also stated while addressing the Press in the state secretariat that all political parties are getting equal chances to file nomination without any hindrance.Sharma said: “It is being shown in a section of media that nobody can file nomination as trouble is taking place at different places. It is also being shown that some political parties are not being able to file nominations there. But I would like to say that the facts and figures collected from the districts show that overall, all parties are getting chances to file nominations.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsGiving data on the number of nominations filed, showing that all political parties are getting equal chances in filing nomination, he maintained: “In the last two days in Gram Panchayat level, 1,614 nominations have been filed by All India Trinamool Congress, while other political parties have filed 1,692 nominations. It shows that all political parties were being able to file nominations.”When asked whether there is a need of the Central forces to conduct the probe, Sharma said: “No, the state police are sufficient in conducting free, fair and peaceful election.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further said that the nomination process is going on smoothly at the moment and to maintain the same, they are sending additional police forces.In connection with the stray incidents that took place in some places, Sharma said: “Some incidents have taken place and it has been taken note of. There are 48,500 Gram Panchayat seats and incidents have taken place in some of the places. Cases have been started and legal action will also be taken against the people involved in these incidents.”He further said that instructions have been passed to superintendents of police and commissioners of concerned police commissionerates to take all necessary steps, so that nomination process is completed peacefully.”There is strong police arrangement and it has been instructed to further increase the vigil where it is required,” he maintained.It may be mentioned that police have taken adequate steps with regard to an incident of a journalist being attacked in Cooch Behar on Wednesday.last_img