The teams are in for the first of Sunday’s League Cup semi-finals.With skipper Scott Brown, striker Leigh Griffiths and defenders Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata amongst those unavailable, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been forced to reshuffle his pack.Hearts counterpart Craig Levein is missing key men of his own after John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu joined Christophe Berra on the sidelines.Here we run through both line-ups:Back: Kris Ajer (left) returns for Celtic, while Scott Bain is in goals for the semi-final. SNS Celtic team: Bain; Lustig, Ajer, Benkovic, Tierney; Kouassi, Ntcham; McGregor, Forrest, Rogic; Edouard.Start: Peter Haring (right) is back in for Hearts, while Steven Maclean leads the line. SNSLevein has decided to take a chance on the fitness of influential midfielder Peter Haring.The Austrian returns to start in place of teenager Harry Cochrane for the Jam Tarts despite an ongoing hernia problem.Olly Lee also takes his place in the starting 11 in the only other change from the team which swept aside Dundee.Team: Zlamal, Smith, Dunne, Dikamona, Mitchell; Lee, Djoum, Haring, Bozanic; Naismith, MacLean. Celtic have been boosted by Kris Ajer’s return from injury for the Murrayfield match.With Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata unavailable, Rodgers had looked short of options at the back.But Ajer has been passed fit to start in the centre of defence, alongside Filip Benkovic, who has also had recent injury problems.Elsewhere, James Forrest returns after missing the midweek loss to Leipzig through suspension and Tom Rogic is back as the main source of supply for striker Odsonne Edouard.
With last year’s senior-laden roster gone, the Dons are searching for a new identityBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team is one-third of the way through its 2014-15 regular-season schedule, and it is still working out the kinks.The Dons have won a one-point game, lost tight games at the Cranberry Classic and against Neillsville on Tuesday, lost by 26 at Auburndale, and then turned around and beat Gilman by 37 two days later.The Dons tied for the Cloverbelt East title and reached the WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinals last season with a senior-laden roster. This season, Columbus (3-4, 2-1 Cloverbelt East) is relying on an entirely new starting lineup and a number of sophomores and juniors that have not played many varsity minutes prior to this year.Seven games into the season the Dons are trying to find their identity.Following the loss to Auburndale, where the Dons shot 36 percent and committed 15 turnovers, the team did some soul searching. Columbus responded with a dominant performance against Gilman, using a full-court press to force 16 turnovers in the opening 7 minutes and open up a big lead early.“I wasn’t so much worried about a playing hangover as I was an attitude hangover,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny said following the Gilman game on Dec. 11. “At practice we had some tough conversations with them about what type of people we are, whether we’re disciplined and unselfish. I think we had some good conversations and some growth from it. We saw some kids on the bench that were into it, emotional, enthusiastic and supportive, and good teammates.”The message is simple from Konieczny.“If these guys are good teammates and supportive, we can be good,” Konieczny said. “If we’re not disciplined and not 100 percent unselfish, then we’re not going to be very good.”Junior Evan Nikolai and sophomore Hunter Schultz have been the top offensive players thus far this season for the Dons. Senior Christian Payant, junior Brett Loveland, and sophomore Tyler Fuerlinger fill out the starting lineup with senior Ben Behling and junior Matthias Gouin the first off the bench.Konieczny likes to use his defense to force the tempo and get easy layups or open 3-point shots. The style has been a staple for the Dons during the past few seasons as they have won three of the past five Cloverbelt East titles. However, Columbus has not been able to consistently implement that style of play to its advantage.“We’re fast, and we have kids that can handle the ball and play fast,” Konieczny said. “We just need to do it disciplined. I think sometimes when we’re teaching kids to play fast, that turns into being undisciplined on defense and taking too quick of a shot on offense. If we can learn to play quick and disciplined, I think we can be pretty good.”Columbus hosts Colby on Friday and Granton on Tuesday in a pair of Cloverbelt East matchups as it looks to recover after suffering its first conference loss of the season this past Tuesday at Neillsville, 54-51.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at [email protected]
Donahue strikes out 14 in two-hit shutoutBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield scored four times in the first inning, and that proved to more than enough as the Tigers blanked Wisconsin Rapids 5-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference softball game Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Melissa Roberts had two RBIs, and Madelyn Mews and Emily Draeger also knocked in runs for the Tigers, who improve to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the WVC. Rapids drops to 6-8 and 3-6 in conference play.Megan Donahue threw a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 14 as she dominated Wisconsin Rapids’ batters. She also added a double and scored a run for the Tigers.Jenna Jakobi scored two runs for Marshfield.Marshfield plays a nonconference game at Medford on Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 5, Raiders 0Wisconsin Rapids 000 000 0 – 0 2 5Marshfield 410 000 x – 5 6 1WP: Megan Donahue. LP: Gwidt.SO: Gwidt 4; Donahue 14. BB: Gwidt 7; Donahue 0.Top hitters: MAR, Donahue 2B, run, 2 BBs; Emily Draeger 1×3, RBI; Jenna Jakobi 2 runs; Madelyn Mews 2×3, 2B, RBI; Melissa Roberts 2 RBIs.Records: Wisconsin Rapids 6-8, 3-6 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 8-3, 5-2 WVC.
Tags:#Photo Sharing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… david strom If you are looking to try to keep track of all the places from whence you post your mobile photos, a new site that launches today called VenueSeen.com might be the place you want to visit. The idea is that they geolocate and collect photos from a variety of sharing sites, including FoodSpotting, Foursquare, Instagram and Facebook. They don’t collect any photos from Pinterest at the moment. Think of them as what Nimble.com and Gremln.com have done for coordination of your overall social networks, VenueSeen is attempting to do for your photos.You can pick and choose all or some of the four networks that you want them to scan, as you see from the screenshot here.The service is designed initially for retail consumer-oriented businesses that want to promote themselves, such as a restaurant or a clothing store or some other shopping destination. VenueSeen has solved the problem of aligning the various geolocation coordinates to make sure that the same Starbucks’ shop shows up consistently from its four feeder sites and matching them up so you can see they were taken in the same place. In addition to consolidating photos, they also collect tips and reviews from these four sites into one place. There is also a handy stats widget that shows you where the photos from a particular location originated from.Most b2b operations probably won’t want to get involved, unless you want to share pics of your employees taken in their own offices. That could be pretty boring unless you have a quirky place in the South of Market district in San Francisco (such as SAYMedia, our parent company). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification selena larson Related Posts Tags:#apps#Facebook#Foursquare#fragmentation#LinkedIn#Swarm#Unbundling It’s now officially a trend. Big social-media companies are now so dead-set on getting you to use their apps that they’re taking a sledgehammer to them, busting up perfectly serviceable software into collections of mini-apps they hope will have a better chance of catching your eye.Foursquare, Facebook and LinkedIn are just a few of the companies that have recently pulled apart their main apps in order to spin off once-core features as standalone offerings. The standby Foursquare service is now two apps, Foursquare and Swarm; LinkedIn is now six. As befits the king of social media, Facebook is now represented by eight separate apps: the core Facebook app, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Mentions, Paper, Slingshot and Facebook Pages Manager. These companies say this app disintegration gives users a faster and more focused way to use their services. And it’s still supposedly easy to mimic the features of their once-monolithic apps, they say, because all these mini-apps will cross-link with one another. Download All The AppsOn the other hand, there’s the risk of confusion. Which Facebook apps do I need again? And if I want to use all Facebook’s services on mobile, does that mean I have to download all of Facebook’s apps?The social network recently eliminated chat from its flagship application, which instead forcing everyone to use Messenger, the messaging app that has more than 200 million active users. (That’s a mere fraction of Facebook’s billion-plus user base.) It’s also trying to stay relevant in ephemeral messaging with Slingshot, its (ahem, second) Snapchat competitor, and Paper, the news reader that makes Facebook look pretty, but hasn’t quite caught on. (Now there’s also Bolt, Instagram’s newest messaging app, though it’s unclear why, exactly, Facebook needed that one.)In an interview with the New York Times earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained why Facebook is breaking up:I think on mobile, people want different things. Ease of access is so important. So is having the ability to control which things you get notifications for. And the real estate is so small. In mobile there’s a big premium on creating single-purpose first-class experiences.Foursquare, another social network, recently ripped out the check-in—a core function of its service since the beginning—and moved it to its separate Swarm app. The company wants people to use Foursquare’s revamped mobile app for finding places to eat or have fun, a different function entirely.LinkedIn might be going further than any of them. The company has six different apps for the multitude of services the company provides. There’s one to manage your contacts, one to hunt for a new job, a flagship LinkedIn app that’s a slimmed-down version of the desktop site, and another specifically for recruiters. (No, that’s not all of them.)Of Course You Want More Apps. Everyone Wants More AppsWhy are companies focusing so much on breaking up their apps, instead of making their flagship apps better?LinkedIn says the move is necessary to cater to people who only use specific functions of its service. “It’s hard to translate all of the LinkedIn experience into one app,” Tomer Cohen, head of the mobile product team at LinkedIn, said in an interview with ReadWrite. “We inherently believe every app should fulfill a very simple wish, and every app should be extremely simple.”LinkedIn doesn’t expect all its users to download each individual app.“If you’re not a job seeker, you won’t need to job seeker app,” Cohen said. “For us, it’s been about how can we surface those use cases that will make you much more productive and successful.”Most of us won’t ever apply for a job on our mobile device. But, let’s say the only way for you to connect to LinkedIn is through a smartphone because you don’t have access to a computer. The mobile Web version is bulky and slow—for someone in this position, a separate mobile app for job hunting might help them find a job. LinkedIn has six separate apps for distinctly different services, and it expects people to use multiple apps at any given time. Foursquare, on the other hand, now has two—and it’s trying to train people to acclimate to an entirely different Foursquare environment. Early reviews of the company’s apps are not great.https://twitter.com/ow/status/493152869416042497/photo/1Our mobile devices are already cluttered with apps—why would we want more?People have been lamenting the overload of apps since the rise of the app economy. According to a study released by mobile analytics firm Flurry, the average mobile user launches apps 10 times per day—not 10 different apps, just 10 times in total.What makes companies think their apps will be any different? MOAR APPSThe abysmal performance of Facebook Paper (ranked 136 in the U.S. App Store for social networking) and Slingshot (ranked 357 in the U.S. App Store for photo and video) is further evidence that users might not be as enamored of this app explosion as the social companies are. Foursquare, meanwhile, is facing a more direct user backlash. The @KillSwarmApp Twitter account, first spotted by NPR’s Elise Hu, is retweeting people who are frustrated with Foursquare’s dismantlement. Many of them are deleting Foursquare, or Swarm—or both.Frustrated Foursquare user Aleyda Solis penned the post, “How to alienate your users and make them to leave your successful app,” in which she described the tactics Foursquare has done including taking a much-loved service and placing it in a completely different app. Remember that you want them to forget that you ever existed, so even if they see you in the future they won’t relate you with your old app due to your new identity and they won’t be attracted to install you that easily anymore.I already have too many apps on my iPhone, and most of my friends do, too. When I posted the question of whether my friends want one app to do many things, or many apps that do one thing, the response was overwhelming: One app.In LinkedIn’s case, cherry-picking apps that serve one purpose might potentially appeal to a small pool of users, but chances are good that no one will install all six of them—unless, that is, you’re a LinkedIn employee.Foursquare only has two real purposes—helping you figure out where to go, and letting you check in when you get there. Splitting up those features doesn’t make users happy—it alienates them. Facebook has the money and resources to keep the app experiments coming. But for smaller companies and independent developers, sticking to one great app that serves multiple purposes might be the best way to make sure their app is one of the few people open and use each day. 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(Missourinet) Some Missouri cities have buses with plenty of open seats. Some school districts need a cheap way to get older students to class.State Rep. Chuck Basye is pushing a bill allowing school districts to contract with cities to transport high schoolers. The Columbia City Council and Columbia Public Schools Board of Education have endorsed the idea.“For students who don’t have cars to be able to access those services, this is going to be a really good benefit to them,” Councilman Michael Trapp said while testifying at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday.“We already can share funds, but for some reason we can’t share funds when it comes to busing,” CPS board member Jonathan Sessions said during his testimony.Opponents say they worry city buses don’t have the same safety measures as school buses.
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola heaped praise on his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte for changing the way clubs play in the Premier League.Conte won the Premier League title in his debut season in England last year but the London outfit are currently struggling down in fifth place, 22 points behind runaway leaders City.Chelsea are also two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a top-four finish that will ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League.”I think Conte is going to leave something to English football. I am sure of that,” Guardiola told reporters as his side prepare to heap more misery on the champions in Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium.Guardiola’s side will go into the match on the back of a 3-0 league victory over Arsenal on Thursday, while Chelsea lost their last league fixture 2-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday.Conte, who led Italy to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals before joining Chelsea later that year, has been the subject of persistent British media reports suggesting he will leave the club after criticising their transfer policy this season.Guardiola, however, feels the former Juventus boss has already left his mark on English football.”What Antonio has done here in the Premier League, maybe the people don’t realise,” the former Barcelona boss said.”He introduced another way to attack with five at the back, another system. A lot of teams, even Arsenal, had to do a lot of imitating to do that.”Tactically, he is a master. He did it amazingly with the national team with Italy and when he went to Turin.”advertisement(With Reuters inputs)