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Fraudsters Take Advantage of the 2020 Census

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Business News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community Newscenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes The 2020 Census is underway and it is your civic duty to participate, but beware of scammers using this opportunity to steal your personal information.In the census scam, con artists send emails claiming to be United States Census Bureau representatives and ask for information such as your Social Security number and bank or credit card accounts. They also may request donations.Crooks also will go house-to-house giving the false impression that they are collecting census responses.TIPS:• The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask you for donations or your Social Security number, bank account or credit card details.• The U.S. Census Bureau will not send you an email. If you receive an email, do not reply, click any links or open any attachments.• If someone visits your home, verify their identity by checking for a valid identification badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.• If you suspect criminal activity, contact your local law enforcement agency.For a printable version of this fraud alert, click here.District Attorney Jackie Lacey explains how the scam works in this video.Follow @LADAOffice on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date news and use #FraudFriday.About the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s OfficeLos Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting our community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Public Safety Fraudsters Take Advantage of the 2020 Census Published on Friday, March 27, 2020 | 11:02 am Subscribe 47 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Congress has sensible gun legislation ready to pass

first_imgThe failure of the Air Force to report the conviction of the gunman in the Sutherland Springs shooting underscored the holes in the system.That Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a fierce opponent of most gun control, is helping lead the effort is seen as boosting its prospects.Of course, neither of these modest measures would be sufficient to address gun violence.Congress should reimpose the ban on the military-style semiautomatic guns that have — even without bump stocks — become the weapon of choice of mass killers.This week the Supreme Court let standa Maryland law banning the sale of these weapons.Hopefully that will encourage more states to take similar action while they wait for Congress to do its job.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Even the National Rifle Association said the accessories should be subject to regulation.But the momentum for action was short-lived, the NRA’s seeming support was a subterfuge, and Congress has failed to act, saying the matter was better left to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Never mind that agency says it lacks authority under the law to do so.Some states and cities are trying to fill the gap.Massachusetts this month became the first state to ban bump stocks since the Las Vegas massacre, and several others are considering similar restrictions.“We’ve come to the conclusion that Congress just won’t act on this issue, gun control, so we’ve decided to try to do as much as we can on a state level and on a state-by-state measure,” said Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky, D.The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Dec. 6 on rules regulating firearm accessories, but prospects for action before Congress adjourns are not seen as good.Gun-control advocates are more hopeful about legislation advanced by a bipartisan group of senators that would require federal agencies and states to improve their reporting of criminal offenses and other information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.A loophole in federal gun law allowed the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting to modify his weapons to perform like machine guns.A lapse in the national instant background-check system allowed the gunman in Sutherland Springs, Texas, to purchase his weapon despite what should have been a disqualifying conviction for domestic violence.Congress has before it sensible solutions to address both problems.Will it enact them this time or, as after other tragedies, fold under the pressure of the gun lobby?After a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured hundreds on Oct. 1 by using bump stocks to spray bullets into a crowd listening to country music, congressional action seemed almost certain.Bipartisan support emerged for legislation to ban the devices, which essentially circumvent laws banning automatic weapons made or imported after 1986.last_img read more

The Latest: Premier League soccer to restart on June 17

first_imgThe BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend.The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17. ___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday.The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition.___ The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour.___Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus.Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. The Latest: Premier League soccer to restart on June 17 Associated Press ___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League.Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country.Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field. May 28, 2020center_img Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July.___ The head of English cricket says “unorthodox” measures could be explored to ensure at least part of the domestic season is played this year.The England and Wales Cricket Board says there will be no professional domestic cricket before Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says its ambition remains to stage domestic competitions some time over the upcoming summer and that talks will continue with the government and health experts.The ECB has outlined a slew of proposals for play in both red ball and limited-overs cricket. They include opening up all grounds or using regional grouping for matches. Matches could yet be played before a limited number of supporters.England is looking to play international cricket from July. The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus.The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again.Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online. ___Bologna says a test carried out on a member of its staff who was suspected of having coronavirus has come back negative.The club says that a “further, definitive test” will be carried out in the next few hours.The players will nevertheless train individually as a precaution.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. The entire squad would have to go into quarantine. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time.The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season.Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium.Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Steel Sensations: Taking a look at the secondary

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu , left, intercepts a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) and returns it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)As the Steelers rapidly approach the roster trim down moment of 4pm on Saturday, we take our final look at the team and break down the secondary.This unit is often maligned for their shortcomings in the passing game despite having future Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu and longtime veteran Ike Taylor.  There are several players vying for just a few spots and this is how I see it breaking down.The two starting cornerbacks will be Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen. Taylor is playing in what most likely will be his final year. He’s long been the teams’ top corner and he enters this season as that guy again.  He’s clearly lost a step over the years and it may be a tall task to ask him to guard guys like AJ Green and Torrey Smith but he’s going to be given the first shot to do so.Cortez Allen will be the second corner on the field and he’s a bit of a bi polar figure when he’s out there. At times he looks great, capable of covering anyone anywhere. Other times he looks like he couldn’t cover my four year old. He’s playing for a new contract so it’s do or die time for him.William Gay will be the nickel back and is capable of getting the job done in that position. He’s certainly not a guy that the black and gold want starting full time as he often gets burned deep but he’ll be the next man up should either Taylor or Allen go down.Rookie Shaquille Richardson will be the fourth cornerback. I’m hopeful he gets a good bit of playing time because he appears to be the future of this unit and any experience he can gain will only help his development.The team also has Antwon Blake, Isaiah Green, Brice McCain, Dayonne Nunley, and B.W. Webb manning spots currently. I don’t anticipate any of them will be on the team come 4pm Saturday.The safeties are pretty obvious. Troy Polamalu is still the starter at Strong Safety and is in great shape. Polamalu should be here for two more years and I think he’s going to play at a high level in both of those seasons. He’s one of the best to ever suit up and he’s still capable of making jaw dropping plays.Newly signed Mike Mitchell will replace Ryan Clark at the free safety position. He’s an upgrade over Clark and will be a high impact play making ball hawk. The team will surely benefit from adding him to this roster.Will Allen is back for another season and is a top of the line reserve, capable of starting if needed. Allen makes plays and is a great asset to have on the team.Shamarko Thomas enters his second year and he looked very good through camp and pre season. The man they call “headache” can put on some of the best hits you’ll ever see. He’s not far away from being an every down player for this team and he’ll get more action this year and show you exactly why the Steelers  like him so much.Robert Golden is a guy that may make the squad but he’s a fringe player. If the team elects to keep an additional offensive or defensive lineman, Golden could be the odd man out.Ross Ventrose will not make the squad.No matter how you break it down, this portion of the team is much improved in the safety department and very deep there too but they have some weaknesses at corner that could get exposed against the potent offenses the Steelers have to face this season. This unit will rely heavily on the linebackers making the big plays at the line and behind the line in order to help hinder the opposing passing attack.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Don’t miss the Conwal Singers’ famous Christmas carol service

first_imgIt is that time of year again- time, that is, for The Conwal Singers’ annual carol concert!This highly popular Christmas event features many beautiful Christmas carols which we all know and love such as Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Come all ye Faithful.But as always The Singers will be bringing us some less familiar, but very beautiful carols. Listen out for some Tchaikovsky and a Russian version of The Hail Mary by Rachmaninoff.This exciting programme also includes special guests Eamon Hutchinson, baritone, Martin McGinley, and students of the well-known couple Víctor Yélamo and his wife Orsi, namely The Donegal String Quartet and The Killybegs duo.The concert finishes off what has been a fantastic 10th year for the Singers who were selected to represent Ulster in the ‘An Island Sings’ project in the National Concert Hall in March.Keep an eye out for details of their 10th anniversary celebration concert next year!The Conwal Singer’s’ Christmas concert takes place tomorrow evening, Wednesday 18 December at pm in Conwal Church, Letterkenny with doors opening at 7.30pm.  Don’t miss the Conwal Singers’ famous Christmas carol service was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Color-Blind Cephalopods Perform Colorful Camouflage Tricks

first_imgRoger Hanlon has studied octopi, squid and cuttlefish for decades.  He stands in awe of their ability to camouflage themselves.  In a Primer article for Current Biology,1 he detailed some of their sleight-of-skin magic tricks.    His article has frames from a movie clip that show an octopus changing its skin from plain to mottled in milliseconds, then to almost pure white in two seconds.  It’s not just the color that changes.  Cephalopods also have the ability to change the texture of their skin from smooth to dimpled.  They can also change the pattern from plain to mottled to what Hanlon calls “disruptive” – bold patterns that would include stripes and “light and dark patches of varying shapes, scales and orientations, and some patches [that] are usually of high contrast.”    For such mechanisms to work, the octopus or cuttlefish has to have (1) eyes that can sense what kind of background they’re against, (2) brains that can process the information and send the appropriate signals to the skin, and (3) skin cells tied to neurons that can respond quickly and draw from a large suite of possible patterns.  These cells include chromatophores (color cells), iridophores (reflecting cells) and papillae (skin cells that produce bumps).  Putting it all together,Rapidity of visual change is accomplished by direct neural control of chromatophore organs, which are cytoelastic sacs of pigment with radial muscles attached around the periphery.  Each muscle is innervated by motoneurons that originate in the lower motor centers of the brain, and they travel without any synapse to each chromatophore organ.  Third, camouflage benefits from both optical and physical three-dimensional effects, the latter being due chiefly to the changeable skin papillae.  Note in Figure 2 how the three-dimensionality of the skin is also under fine motor control.  Curiously, although papillae expression is regulated by visual input, neither this nor the biomechanics of how the papillae operate as a muscular hydrostat in the skin has been studied in any detail.So here is a field of study ripe for investigation by biophysicists, neurologists, optical specialists, and specialists in a variety of fields.  New techniques with underwater computers and spectrometers have just begun, he said.  Hanlon’s team has performed experiments for five years with cuttlefish.  They put them against all kinds of background patterns and watched how their camouflage systems responded.  Surprisingly, it appears they are color blind!  Yet “Their color matches to natural visual backgrounds appear to be excellent,” he said.  How do they do it?  Stay tuned: “we continue to search for mechanisms that help them achieve color-blind camouflage.”    One of the most intriguing effects the octopus can achieve is the ability to send hidden messages.  Hanlon explains:Other features of the cephalopod dynamic camouflage system have yet to be studied in detail.  The skin, for example, is a marvelous example of rapid, highly coordinated optical malleability: pigmentary and structural coloration are combined in many ways to achieve vastly different appearances, both from close-up and distant viewing.  The directional structural reflectors known as iridophores (which in most animals are passive reflectors) are not only under active control by cephalopods, but they produce polarized signals that pass unaffected through the overlying pigmented chromatophores.  This raises the possibility that a dynamically camouflaged cephalopod could be simultaneously sending a ‘hidden’ signal to a conspecific, because cephalopods can perceive polarized light while most of their predators cannot, while remaining well camouflaged using pigmented chromatophores.(cf. 12/15/2006).  If true, this indicates that cephalopods already mastered another human trick: hiding in plain sight.  Cryptologists have considered it a challenging puzzle to communicate a secret message in the presence of an adversary, like two jailmates communicating a secret to one another while an active warden is watching them.  Called steganography, the art of concealing a message in plain sight is a lively subject in computer technology.  You can find software programs that will hide or detect secret messages embedded in pictures or sound files, for instance.  Here, it appears that octopi, squid and cuttlefish have known this trick all along.    Lastly, an octopus can alter its whole shape to mimic something else.  Camouflage works well when you are hovering still, but what about when you need to move about for foraging or finding a mate?  Hanlon shows a picture of an octopus shaping its body like a flounder.  It not only imitates the overall shape, but mimics the fins, the behavior and speed of the fish.    The “mimic octopus” of Indonesia has even more tricks up its sleeve.  It can look like a lionfish or sea snake, among other things (see MarineBio.com and picture of it looking somewhat like a rabbit).  Some of these tricks are illustrated in motion in the film series Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution.  One episode also shows the cuttlefish with rapid-fire lighting effects that can hypnotize its prey.2 1Roger Hanlon, “Primer: Cephalopod dynamic camouflage,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 11, 5 June 2007, Pages R400-R404, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.03.034.2For the record, Roger Hanlon is an evolutionist with no connection to these films.Sadly, we now have to switch from the Amazing Facts thought pattern to the Dumb Ideas thought pattern.  Roger’s excellent article was marred by repeated references to evolution having accomplished these things.  Nowhere did he explain how a blind process could achieve them, just that they did.  Notice how he puts have evolved in past tense as a matter of assumed fact, right alongside incredible wonders of design:Cephalopods have evolved a different life history tactic: with their keen vision and sophisticated skin – with direct neural control for rapid change and fine-tuned optical diversity – they move where they wish and can adapt their body pattern for appropriate camouflage against a staggering array of visual backgrounds….How many camouflage patterns are there, and how many visual tricks have evolved to deceive visual predators?While evolution has produced body colorations and patterns of bewildering diversity, we may be observing a trend in which certain effective pattern types are conserved across phyla and ecological habitat.We do not yet understand the type of mimicry involved (for example, Batesian or Mullerian), the evolution of this form of camouflage, or the visual stimulation that may evoke it.Future studies on fish vision would help us understand not only the anatomical organization of cephalopod pigments and structural reflectors, but the details of the whole-animal patterns that have evolved in response to the wide array of predator visual systems.The worst example is right at the end of the article.  Evolutionists are the worst offenders at question-begging among educated people.  Read the following paragraph and ask yourself how any intelligent person could say such a thing, linking art, science, high technology and system-wide complexity to Darwin’s theory of blind chance – unless he had been brainwashed aforethought that miracles are possible in Charlie’s web of belief:The subtle ways in which edges, shadows, outlines, patterns, colors, contrast and papillae are used by animals for camouflage or communication also seem to have much in common with art, photography, landscape architecture and related fields, because light and dimensionality are being manipulated in similar fashion.  When watching the video from Figure 1, the aphorism “truth is stranger than fiction” comes to mind, especially when compared to the ‘invisibility cloaks’ that have recently received so much attention in the popular media.  The speed and fluidity with which cephalopods simultaneously maintain predator awareness, search for prey, and coordinate a camouflage body pattern with each microhabitat offers insight into how a complex biological organism works as an intact system.  There are great challenges yet to confront in understanding the sensory and behavioral interactions between visual predators and prey, and it is humbling yet intriguing to think that such an ancient lineage as the mollusks has evolved such a sophisticated system with which to test camouflage.Thus an otherwise stimulating paragraph was deflated by those two little words, “has evolved.”  For extreme intellectual schizophrenia and the worst case of begging the question in recent memory, this paragraph easily wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jeff Duling, July 20

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are dying a slow death. I have already gotten five inches of rain in July and we have dodged some of the big ones.I finished my wheat up on July 5 and I averaged 82 bushels an acre. There were 20 acres of wheat I did not spray with Prosaro and the vomitoxin was at four parts per million. The rest that I sprayed was around two parts per million, so it paid. The yield was 10 to 15 bushels better where I sprayed and the test weight was anywhere from 59 to 61 pounds. I have been hearing of some wheat around here at 48 pounds. I have a neighbor with wheat yet to run and it is just falling apart. There is still a fair amount of wheat out there and nobody wants it.Corn on the tile lines is tasseling and in between the tile lines it is still knee high and yellow. It is going to be an ugly harvest. I had a little more respect for the beans but they are hurting now too.All of this rain is not going to help this Lake Erie cause either. My storage is full of hog manure now and there haven’t been chances to spread it. There is not enough storage to hold all of this manure and a lot of other guys have the same problem.I sidedressed manure according to the new laws a couple of weeks ago and the weather forecast was fine but then a couple of days later we got 4.5 inches of rain. We tested and the nitrogen is still there but the corn plant just can’t pick it up and metabolize it.Hancock County crops have been coming around, but western Putnam County and Van Wert County is terrible. Water has been sitting there in the fields for weeks.last_img read more

2016 National Farm Machinery Show Highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 51st National Farm Machinery Show will host more than 300,000 attendees as they visit over 850 exhibitors covering 27 acres inside the Kentucky Expo Center. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found some of the highlights of the 2016 show.last_img

FIFA President Gianni Infantino happy with video review despite confusion

first_imgVideo review is making FIFA President Gianni Infantino “extremely happy” after being used five times and causing moments of confusion in the first round of Confederations Cup games.”We have seen how video assistance has helped referees to make the correct decisions,” Infantino said in a statement after watching Germany’s 3-2 win over Australia on Monday in Sochi.The on-trial technology was used to confirm Australia’s second goal, when the ball appeared to brush the arm of scorer Tomi Juric.Video review is on trial in Russia and Infantino hopes it can be fast-tracked for approval at the 2018 World Cup to help referees overturn “clear errors” in game-changing situations such as penalty kicks awarded and offside rulings affecting goals.”What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening,” Infantino said, adding that video review been tested in games for less than one year “is the future of modern football.”Still, fans, players, coaches and media were left confused in Sunday’s two games by decisions – reached more slowly than expected – by referees taking advice from assistants watching multiple replays.Portugal and Chile both had goals disallowed for offside. Portugal had to wait for what seemed an unnecessary review of a good goal scored. Chile was also made to wait for a review before a goal was confirmed.In trying to define a clear error, FIFA has suggested when “almost everyone who is neutral agrees the decision is incorrect.”Portugal ended 2-2 with Mexico and, perhaps fortunately for FIFA, Chile beat Cameroon 2-0.advertisement”It is a little difficult for the players,” Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said. “Even if it is the right decision, this has an impact on players’ emotions and feelings.”Chile’s star player Arturo Vidal fiercely argued with referee Damir Skomina when a goal scored in first-half stoppage time by Eduardo Vargas was overruled almost one minute later. FIFA later released still images of a razor-thin offside margin.Video review seems to have plenty to prove to football’s rule-making panel, known as IFAB. A decision on approval is due in March.Four incidents on just the second day of the biggest tournament so far to conduct live trials has created more controversy than FIFA expected.One “clear error” might be overturned every four or five games, FIFA head of refereeing Massimo Busacca suggested last year.”If this is going to happen several times during a game, well it’s not very pleasant for the players,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said.Though the system ultimately proved accurate, the time taken and manner of explaining decisions in the stadium and to TV viewers appeared chaotic.”The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication,” Infantino acknowledged.Count Chile’s Vidal among the current skeptics. Chile players had done their choreographed goal celebration routine and were moving back into position for the restart when referee Skomina signaled for a review.FIFA wants to keep fans in the loop by showing slow motion images on stadium giant screens. Vidal angrily directed the referee – relying on his three video assistant referees (VARs) to interpret images he was not watching – to check them himself.Uncertainty in the stadium lasted far beyond the six-second target FIFA had set last year for officials to review their opinions.It took at least 30 seconds for Vargas’s goal in second-half stoppage time to be confirmed after Alexis Sanchez was judged not to have been in an offside position earlier in the move.Against Mexico, Portugal had to wait to find out that the score would stay at 0-0 in the first half when Nani’s shot was overruled for an offside call that went unflagged in an earlier phase of play.More confusion was caused when Argentine referee Nestor Pitana called a review for unclear reasons after defender Cedric Soares’s deflected shot in the 86th gave Portugal a 2-1 lead.”It’s the new rule, and if it brings benefits to football, that’s fine,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “But we have to be careful because I don’t think people understand this new rule really well.”last_img read more

Redknapp believes Defoe signing will help Rangers challenge Celtic

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes the signing of Jermain Defoe by Rangers will help the club challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Bournemouth striker will have a medical on Saturday before finalizing an 18-month loan move to the Gers.The former England international is expected to join up with the Steven Gerrard’s men for the start of their winter training camp in Spain on Monday.Redknapp coached Defoe at a number of clubs including West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham and feels optimism among the Ibrox fans about the addition of the 36-year-old is well justified.With Steven Davis expected to join from Southampton, Redknapp believes the Light Blues can challenge Celtic for the league title this season following their recent Old Firm victory.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“He’s a fantastic player,” said Redknapp, according to Daily Mail.“And still very fit. I’m sure he’ll score plenty of goals at Rangers.”“He’s a great finisher, he’s got fantastic movement. If they’ve got people that can slide passes into him then he’ll score goals all day.”“He’ll be a real big signing for Rangers and I’m sure Stevie (Gerrard) will be delighted to have him.”“If he gets Steven Davis as well that would be two amazing signings, I can see it making a big difference to their team. They could push Celtic all the way with those two in the team.”last_img read more