Beat the heat

first_imgThis week, county health officials issued a public-health alert and advised residents to take precautions to protect family members and pets. They warned residents to carry bottled water, check on the elderly and not leave children or pets unattended in closed cars. The California Independent System Operator, which runs the state power grid, warned of power shortages if the heat wave and power demand persists. While Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged residents to save energy, the city broke the August power-use record as air conditioners thrummed across the city. “We’re calling on all our resources to generate and purchase enough power to meet demand,” the mayor said. Throughout the Valley, about 4,100 residents and businesses lost power, officials said. Thursday’s demand of 6039 megawatts broke a DWP record for the month of August. The all-time high was set in July 2006, at 6165 megawatts. To beat the heat, the workers at Swiss Cleaners stepped out from clothes racks and clouds of steam at least once an hour for ice-water breaks. “We work a little bit, then go outside for relief,” store manager Martin Aguilar said. “We can’t work inside all the time.” Staff Writers Rick Coca and Ramona Shelburne contributed to this report. (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The National Weather Service posted an excessive-heat warning for inland valleys and mountains. An excessive-heat watch remains in effect today for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “We’re going to suffer this all weekend long through the Labor Day holiday,” said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. On Thursday, the mercury hit highs of 109 in Woodland Hills, 109 in Newhall, 106 in Northridge and Van Nuys, 105 in Lancaster, 103 in Burbank and 91 in downtown Los Angeles. In Ventura County, temperatures reached 110 in Simi Valley, 109 in Ojai and 96 in Thousand Oaks. Some trace rainfall, courtesy of remnants from Hurricane Dean, fell in mountains north of Los Angeles and San Diego. Meanwhile, Angelenos suffered afternoon humidity levels close to 50 percent. CHATSWORTH – When temperatures shot up to 109 degrees Thursday, Luz Lopez and her co-workers headed outside for relief. Inside Swiss Cleaners, the wall thermometer hit the max of 120. “Mucho calor, mucho agua,” said Lopez, 37, one of four workers at the Chatsworth cleaners. Very hot, and lots of water. A muggy heat wave sapped Southern California, creating record power demand and blackouts in the San Fernando Valley and canceling at least one junior varsity football game – at Birmingham High School. last_img read more

Arsenal ‘not close’ to new signing, admits Wenger

first_img Arsene Wenger 1 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed the club are not close to making a new signing and were never offered the chance to sign Pedro.The Gunners were linked with the Spaniard in recent weeks but the Barcelona star chose Chelsea ahead of strong interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.Speaking at a news conference ahead of his team’s clash with Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday night, Wenger said: “We expect, like you, (journalists) to make a signing but we are not close.”“It was a surprise to me,” the Frenchman admitted when he found out Pedro joined Chelsea. “I thought he was landing in Manchester and he lands in London.“We weren’t offered Pedro. We have many players on the flanks.”The Frenchman also revealed his desire to keep striker Joel Campbell – who as talkSPORT told you has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A side Palermo.“Personally I want to keep him,” the 65-year said.“I need to sit down with him. I would be happy if he stayed.”last_img read more

A-list speakers at women’s event

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleCountless more will be watching and listening on cable television, via podcast and on the Internet. “This event comes at a crucial moment in the fall election period,” Baldassare said, allowing Schwarzenegger to reach out to women voters. A poll in mid-August by the Public Policy Institute showed Schwarzenegger with a 13-point advantage over Treasurer Phil Angelides, his Democratic challenger. That poll also showed 40 percent of women voters planned to support Schwarzenegger, 30 percent backed Angelides, 5 percent for other candidates, and 20 percent undecided. “If Arnold Schwarzenegger can make a positive impression during the women’s conference next week it helps him with a crucial block of voters who are right now sitting on the fence in terms of who they are going to support,” Baldassare said. The event begins with ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Leslie Sykes, Shriver, financial guru Suze Orman, Stewart and then Schwarzenegger. The luncheon session features a panel discussion by Ferguson, columnist Anna Quindlen and ABC Television President Anne Sweeney. Tim Russert of NBC’s “Meet the Press” will moderate. Culminating the event will be presentation of the Minerva Awards to women who have made contributions to the state, followed by a spiritual session with the Dalai Lama. There are 14 seminar sessions throughout the day including: “Are Men Necessary? A Conversation with Tim Russert and Maureen Dowd,” “How Women Are Changing the World Today: A Conversation With Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes,” and “Entrepreneurs 101: Think it. Do It. Start Your Own Business.” (562) 499-1281160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – California’s first lady Maria Shriver has again gathered A-list speakers for the nation’s largest one-day women’s conference, continuing the star power that has marked the event since husband Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor. The Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women, slated for Tuesday at the Long Beach Convention Center, will feature the Dalai Lama, business and homemaking magnate Martha Stewart, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and supermodel Tyra Banks. “It’s a big deal for the state,” said Mark Baldassare, director of research at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. “Now, it’s just gotten to be this huge event in terms of the star power that the two of them have and in terms of the people they bring.” The daylong conference is expected to draw about 11,000 women, with 2,000 more attending only the afternoon session, which features the Dalai Lama’s 30-minute speech and a meditation session. last_img read more

Pixar Fest Dining Packages Available

first_imgShare This!©DisneyAre you looking forward to celebrating friendship with Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort? Pixar Fest will kick off on April 13 and run through September 3. This special limited-time event will bring favorite Pixar stories and characters together with special parades, fireworks and more throughout the Disneyland Resort. Guests will also be able to experience new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items. And yes, there will be Pixar characters too.With those exciting dining opportunities, Guests will be able to take advantage of special dining packages. Take a look at what you can expect:Paint the Night Parade Dining PackageEnjoy a a mouthwatering meal at one of two premier Disney California Adventure Park restaurants. Choose between Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria. After your meal, you’ll receive a voucher for entrance to one of the reserved areas designated for viewing Paint the Night. At Carthay Circle, Guests will be able to enjoy a full-service, 4-course dinner from the prix fixe menu. Dinner costs $99 for adults and $45 for children (ages 3 to 9). At Wine Country Trattoria, Guests will enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner from the prix fixe menu. Lunch starts at $38 for adults and $21 for children (ages 3 to 9). Dinner starts at $49 for adults and $25 for children (ages 3 to 9).Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Parade ReceptionWith the Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Parade Reception at Disney California Adventure, Guests can take in the parade from a unique vantage point all while enjoying a charcuterie tray and desserts served with wine, beer, Coca-Cola or other non-alcoholic beverages, plus boxed truffles to enjoy later. The cost is $79 per person (tax and gratuity included).Pixar Play Parade Dining PackageIn Disneyland, experience Pixar Fest by dining at Plaza Inn before enjoying Pixar Play Parade. Dine on a delicious picnic-inspired meal with a chicken breast and leg, white cheddar macaroni and cheese, lemon green beans, watermelon salad, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. The kid’s meal will include chicken tenders, choice of side, fruit, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. In addition, vegetarian options are available upon request. Those who book this dining package will receive Disney FASTPASS for special reserved viewing areas for Pixar Play Parade.Reservations for the first two dining packages are available now and the Pixar Play Parade Dining Package will be available to book in early March.last_img read more

What Does that Hashtag Mean? New Service Tells You

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez If you’re a pro Twitterer, skip ahead to details about the new hashtag resource.About HashtagsHashtags in Twitter are a community-driven convention for adding metadata to your tweets. They were originally developed to create groups on Twitter for tracking a topic. Initially, they only worked in combination with a service from which provides real-time hashtag tracking. All you had to do was opt-in by following Twitter user @hashtags.Now, with Twitter’s purchase of search engine Summize, Twitter itself tracks hashtags at The engine can actually track keywords too, making hashtags not quite as necessary for trend tracking as they were in the past. However, hashtags still have their advantages – you know that anyone tagging their tweet with one of these acronyms means for it to get categorized within that topic. It also serves as a visual indicator to others following their Twitter stream that they’re tweeting about a particular subject. The basic structure of a hashtag is simple: it’s the pound sign (#) followed by an acronym or word. For example, the hashtag #sxsw recently appeared for tracking the annual festival in Austin, Texas called South by Southwest. But What Does that Hashtag Mean?The problem for new Twitter users (and many old pros too) is that the use of hashtags has become so prevalent that it’s hard to keep track of what they all stand for. And with new ones popping up every day for the most obscure of subjects, there’s no way to guess at their meaning. Sometimes, even hot topics get tagged with odd hashtags that may leave you scratching your head. Did you know, for instance, that the tag #nSOTU is used for tracking any Presidential speech from Barack Obama that’s Not the State of the Union address? Although you can still look up a particular hashtag at, the site doesn’t explain what the tag means. (It does, however, point you to photos, videos, and links in addition to tracking the stream.) But if you just want to know what the heck people are talking about, a new resource may be a better option for you: Tagalus, a service that defines hashtags. Think of it as a hashtag dictionary. You can use Tagalus to understand what hashtags mean and see the latest tweets surrounding that subject. Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web So you’ve joined Twitter and have finally started to get the hang of things. You know to put an “@” sign in front of usernames for public replies and you know how to send private messages with a “d.” You filled out your profile and have mastered the art of TinyURLs. You even found some interesting people to follow and have started conversations with them. There’s just one thing holding you back from complete Twittervana: those odd-looking abbreviations in people’s tweets preceded by the pound sign (#). Congratulations, you’ve stumbled upon the Twitter hashtag, a tracking tool for Twitter topics. But what do they mean? Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit How to Use TagalusTagalus lets users vote on definitions for tags if there’s more than one version. The definition with the most votes will be the one that defines the tag. As you invent new tags or if you just want to help build the resource, all you have to do is send a tweet to @tagalus to suggest a meaning for a tag. The format for doing so is as follows:Example: @tagalus define mynewtag as a new tag that describes everything about meIf you want to know what a tag means, you can also ask @tagalus. The format for this is: @tagalus define ______.Example: @tagalus define ip4In this example, Tagalus would respond:ip4 = Ignite Portland 4 – a “hipster event” according to KGWThe Tagalus APIThe ProgrammableWeb blog also notes that Tagalus has an API which developers could use to build hashtag defining functionality into their Twitter client applications. That would make the service even more useful to the Twitter community, so we hope developers take notice and do just that. last_img read more

Leveraging DVR Camera System Analytics Throughout the Organization

first_imgWhen Jen Richard was tasked with building a case for DVR camera system installations in Canadian retailer West 49 stores in 2010, she took the challenge and rallied the stores. This article illustrates how Richard was able to prove the ROI and tremendous benefits of the technology to senior management.When I first joined West 49, I was tasked with building a resource protection (RP) department from the ground up right out of the gate. In the first year, I started pulling together an RP team that would provide support to the stores and established the core department functions.Among the many issues that needed attention, following were some of the key initiatives we started with:- Sponsor – • Development of an RP reporting deck with our IT department • Launch of a whistleblower-type hotline in collaboration with human resources, • Update of the company policy-and-procedure manual, • Establishment of basic prevention training to be incorporated into the new-hire induction program, • Launch of a store audit and target store program for high-risk locations, and • Building a case for DVR camera system installations in stores across the country. While all of these initiatives were important, deployment of DVR camera systems was one of the most important and is the primary focus of this article.Establishing ROIIn the first year I was given capital to deploy five DVR camera system installations. This doesn’t sound like much, but it was my opportunity to show our company’s senior management the tremendous benefits of this technology.After the first year, leveraging the system for conducting internal investigations, having the public-view monitors as a shoplifting deterrent, and showing how dramatically the shrink results had improved got me a few more installations approved for the second year. Another successful year proved the return on investment (ROI), and it was at this point that I gained full buy-in from top executives, which meant DVR camera systems were incorporated as a “standard” in the construction model for every future new store, relocation, and renovation. This was a big win, and I was able to get continued funding for DVR deployment in the high-risk, target store locations.We rallied the stores to wage war against their shrink. We gave them a specific store strategy each year, and it worked. In 2010, we achieved the lowest shrink result in over seven years—36 percent lower than the reported average for the men’s and women’s apparel segments.Adding AnalyticsBetween 2009 and 2010, the company upgraded the merchandising and POS system to JDA software. This change triggered a shift in our organization because JDA immediately enhanced our data visibility and allowed us to optimize our business processes. The merchandise and planning side of our business was able to manage inventory more effectively and run more effective promotions. It was like the light was switched on for a lot of people, and we experienced a culture shift where information in real time became king. JDA created an opportunity for cross-functional teams to work together, and the value in that is truly appreciated. We have been working together to maximize every opportunity.Interdepartmental collaboration is key. You must build a business case that demonstrates ROI beyond the LP benefits. Any time technology spending can be leveraged for multiple areas of the business, it gets attention and support. My best tip for anyone trying to achieve buy-in for the technology you wish to implement is to provide an overview of the key business benefits to a wider audience. Provide operations, marketing and advertising, IT, and merchandise planning executives with specific examples that clearly demonstrate how the system can be used to impact sales, gross margin, and operational controls. Having the kind of headspace the new POS system provided meant the timing was right for our company to leverage video analytics. I knew that DVR camera systems went way beyond the benefits for theft prevention and investigation; that the system could provide valuable business insights to our organization. The goal became to update our DVR camera systems to include video analytics with the help of vendor-partner i3 International.When Bill Prentice from Checkpoint and Vy Hoang and Brent Humphrey from i3 International joined me to introduce the capabilities of DVR analytics to these other areas of the business, we didn’t talk about the LP benefits. Instead, LP was more like a footnote in that conversation. We discussed the sorts of information that these other business areas would be most interested in.Targeting the benefits of this system for multiple departments helps get the buy-in from executives, and also helps elevate the perception of LP within the organization by showing that LP is a business operations group that gives information that provides valuable insight into the business and helps make the company more profitable. By 2011, 37 of our 134 stores had DVR camera systems, 20 of which were i3 systems.Key Business Benefits of Video AnalyticsThere are a number of important benefits that can be derived throughout the organization from implementing DVR camera system analytics. Following are some of the highlights by business area.Store Operations. The traffic-conversion aspect of DVR analytics was our initial focus because it is the quickest win; it is easy to support operations with the implementation and a clear ROI will be simple to calculate.In the long term and with POS integration, we had the opportunity to leverage the DVR camera system analytics as a multi-dimensional retail tool (MDRT). I borrowed this term from my colleague and friend, Andrew Buchanan at Mark’s Work Wearhouse. It’s been a great way to convey DVR benefits to all of the department silos within our retail team.People Counting. Store operations could leverage people count aspect of video analytics for traffic-conversion data. The data helped to identify, confirm, and improve what we know about proper sales floor coverage and employee productivity. A new metric could be added to our arsenal of sales KPIs thanks to this tool, which enabled the store operations team to drive sales and maximize their payroll budgets.In the past, we knew sales for each store, but we had no idea how many customers came in and did not make a purchase. With traffic conversion, we can challenge store performance levels and make necessary changes to improve sales-conversion percentages.One of the primary benefits of the analytics software is that it is smart enough to know the difference between harmless motion, such as a poster swaying, and threatening motions, such as a person approaching a secure area. From a traffic-counting standpoint, it distinguishes the direction of human movement, which allows us to have a clean customer traffic count of those who entered our store, without falsely including the exit of the customer to our count, which can happen with traditional beam-sensor technology.We can also use video to demonstrate the service behavior that works versus the behavior that shows opportunity for improvement. For days where conversion is low, we can spot-check customer service and provide JPEG photos or video segments to demonstrate that• Service was great, but the product didn’t compel the customer to buy today, or • Service was not optimal and therefore impacted the customer’s shopping experience at our store.These real store examples make a huge impact on building associate training, customer awareness, and positive selling behaviors.Dwell Time. With the POS integration, operations could leverage human recognition aspect of video analytics to assess customer dwell time and sales conversion by department. For example, in our shoe department, if we confirmed the number of customers visiting that section, how long the customers linger, and compare that to our shoe sales at the register, then we could confirm if our conversion rate was good, or if adding better sales coverage in the department would help increase shoe department sales at the register.In another example, we could leverage dwell-time information to determine how long customers had to wait in line before they were cashed out.We could also tie the DVR traffic information into our updated time-and-attendance system. With the completion of the HR system update, we had the ability to layer traffic count into its scheduling function. The traffic conversion data helps to define the store schedule, even to the level of identifying which departments require a focused coverage based on the dwell-time information.Marketing and Advertising. In the short term, marketing and advertising could leverage people count aspect of video analytics to confirm if their campaigns resulted in a lift in foot traffic. Marketing and advertising want to confirm if there was a spike in traffic and/or sales after an advertisement is run to determine whether or not a particular marketing campaign pays off.They are also interested in using basic traffic conversions to determine if television, radio, or billboard campaigns had any impact on the volume of customer traffic to a specific region or during a specific time period. Today, they can only rely on sales data to confirm if their campaign was a success. However, sales results alone are not a true or complete measurement for their success. They may have successfully increased foot traffic to the location; however, there may not have been a significant sales lift because allocation levels were poor or customer service was poor.These factors are a concern to our business, but the lift in traffic to the store tells us that a marketing campaign was actually a success. In the long term and with POS integration to our DVR software, marketing and advertising could leverage human recognition aspect of video analytics to assess customer dwell time and sales conversion by department. This enabled them to confirm that their marketing campaign did impact customer traffic and flow to the area of promotional focus within the store and that the customers shopping in those areas converted to additional sales at the register.Merchandising and Planning. In the long term, planning and visual merchandising groups could leverage human recognition aspect of video analytics to see where customers are going in the store and how long they are staying in at fixtures, tables, and specific areas of the store. They can use dwell-time analytics to guide higher margin goods to the fixtures or areas of the store where customers spend the majority of their time.This benefit will take longer to coordinate and establish parameters for reporting so that decisions to remerchandise can be made quickly to impact sales. What may be the end result is a proven footprint of fixture placement for high-margin goods in our stores. This had a potential influence on the type of visual displays we created, could confirm if hanging or folding product is more effective in getting customers to linger longer, and could identify what is attracting them to the area. If we weren’t converting in certain areas, we could determine the reason why, such as price point, sizes, color options, customer service, or other issues.Resource Protection. In the short term, video analytics allowed us to identify and investigate issues quickly, which increased our recoveries and reduce ongoing loss. Another benefit is the ability to detect possible training deficiencies before the mistakes get out of hand. We could also use the missing-object capabilities of DVR analytics on our high-ticket items, such as watches, sunglasses, and headphones.In the long term and with POS integration to our DVR software, our resource protection organization could also leverage human recognition to set up specific areas for heat-mapping detection, which flags transactions where the customer is not present. We could also leverage POS text overlay to help identify issues with employee collusion, such as free-bagging, where more product is passed off to an accomplice than is rung through the register. This type of theft is a huge risk in our retail environment.Applying Traffic Counting AnalyticsThere are three key components in traffic intelligence:1. The number of customers who visit the store (TRAFFIC) 2. The number who buy (CONVERSION RATIO ) 3. The amount of money they spend (AVERAGE TRANSACTION VALUE).If looking for a total sales increase, one of these components must increase. We cannot change what we cannot measure, so leveraging traffic-count data means we can accurately measure what components increased and the size of the opportunity.Traffic counters and analytics alone do not increase sales. The information provided by DVR camera system analytics must drive strategic actions that result in increased sales. Our store operations group planned to take actions such as:• Incorporating the traffic-conversion data into the daily store sales reports to district managers, • Including the data into weekly store calls and executive summaries, • Tying traffic conversion KPIs into monthly management bonus program, and • Addressing poor conversion results and leveraging DVR camera system footage to identify performance issues at the specific time a dip in conversion occurred, such as observing employees tasking rather than approaching customers.In the one-store example above, 2 percent conversion lift means the potential top-line sales increase at this location is $250,826. That’s a potential 10.9 percent increase in sales. From a traffic-conversion standpoint, this works out to be approximately seven more customers serviced per day. To determine the net gain for this store location, we must take the gross profit increase to the bottom line and subtract the total incremental costs. The incremental costs would include:• Additional payroll due to sales increase, • Incentive payouts ($ for MAX payouts), • Cost of stock (% GM), and • Cost of DVR program for the location.When we started out with 37 of our stores, we estimated our potential net gain from this strategy to be $3.1 million in the first year of deployment. In a worse-case scenario, where we were only able to achieve a 1 percent lift in traffic conversion, it would still represent a $1.2 million net gain for our company.That’s an amazing prospect when you consider this value is coming from DVR camera system technology that is traditionally considered “loss prevention technology.” It totally changes the kind of value that loss prevention can bring to the entire organization. To me, it’s a no-brainer that this approach, with this technology, is a win-win.About West 49 Inc.West 49 Inc. is a Canadian multi-banner specialty retailer of apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment related to skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing, as well as the music industry. The company’s stores, which are primarily mall-based, carry a variety of high-performance, premium brand name, and private-label products that fulfill the lifestyle needs of identified target markets, primarily active tweens and teens.SIDEBAR: West 49 Resource Protection Department Core FunctionsTraining—Target store program; e-learning series on external theft, internal theft, and shrink management; WebEx-hosted employee training workshops; newsletters; recognition-rewards program; store audits; integrity shopping program.Investigation—Theft; refund fraud; discount abuse; misuse of petty cash; cash over or short; missing deposits; gift-card fraud; payroll fraud; sweethearting. Use of DVRs—Internal investigations; shoplifting and organized groups; video audit of bag check; fitting room control; customer service.Compliance—Store policy-and-procedure compliance; execution of store operational controls; ensuring legislative and legal compliance; privacy legislation; stewardship programs; PCI compliance.Store Services—Supporting stores with incidents that are reported; handling requests for RP systems and equipment; electronic article tagging systems; digital video recorders; fire inspections and prevention; alarm updates; keys; coordination of security requirements for new stores, relocations, and expansions. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Storage: The CyberInfrastructure Initiative

first_imgA team at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD is advancing the idea of investing in cyber infrastructure (CI). Fran Berman, directory of the supercomputer center, says that “Fundamental to modern research, education, work, and life, CI has the potential to overcome the barriers of geography, time, and individual capability to create new paradigms and approaches, to catalyze invention, innovation, and discovery, and to deepen our understanding of the world around us.”The Supercomputer center at UCSD has one of the largest academic storage area networks in the United States. The center is now in the middle of a project to determine how to upgrade and overhaul their current system that houses 28-petabytes. Their center contributes the bulk of the storage that is available on the multi-campus Teragrid system that supports 11 research sites for creating computer simulations and the generation of high resolution images and statistical data.Upcoming improvements to their system consist of:Bumping up the limit of on-line disk capacity to 3PB from 2.5PBUpgrading from 4-Bbps Fibre Channel and Ethernet to 8-Bps Fibre ChannelExploration of storage virtualization and thin provisioninglast_img read more

Mumbai Indians rue ‘dropped catch’ in 41-run loss against KKR

first_imgMumbai’s Lasith Malinga dropped Jacques Kallis at a crucial stage of the game He shone with the ball with a four-wicket haul but Mumbai Indians’ pacer Lasith Malinga feels responsible for the team`s IPL loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, saying that a dropped catch by him cost the defending champions dearly.Full Coverage Mumbai lost by 41 runs in the IPL opener last night after Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis’ 50s helped KKR post a fine total of 163 on the board. “We bowled really well in the first 10 overs, but let them off the hook after that. We let Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey build a very large partnership and then they had a couple of really big overs. What really cost us the game was the catch I dropped of Kallis when he was on 34,” Malinga candidly admitted in an interview to the IPL’s official website.Malinga’s four for 23 was a stand-out effort and the Sri Lankan said he is in a good mental space as far as his bowling is concerned. “I bowled well and it was good to be among wickets straight away. We lost as a team, which is disappointing, but this was just the first game and the team is confident we will gain momentum as we go forward into the tournament. We will treat this match as a learning experience and improve upon the various aspects going forward,” he said.Asked if he was carrying the confidence of leading Sri Lanka to the recent World T20 triumph, Malinga said, “Yes, it was wonderful to be part of the winning Sri Lankan team. The T20 format is very tough on the bowlers, but I am really feeling good about my bowling at the moment. I am in a good mental space and am bowling well.”advertisementTalking about Wednesday’s match, Malinga said it was satisfying to get the wicket of KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. “It is very crucial to get a breakthrough in the first six overs. I did that today, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough,” he said.On whether Mumbai gave away 30 runs too many, Malinga said, “Yes, we did.”last_img

Liverpool target Goretzka agrees to join Bayern

first_imgTransfers Goretzka agrees to join Bayern as Liverpool dealt transfer blow Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 18:13 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Leon Goretzka, Schalke, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Werder Bremen Bundesliga The Germany international will join the Bavarian club at the end of the season, disappointing a host of other clubs across Europe Leon Goretzka has passed a medical and agreed a deal to sign for Bayern Munich at the end of the season, Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed.Goretzka was out of contract at Schalke at the end of the season and, while the club tried to keep him in Gelsenkirchen, it was always likely he would move on.Bayern declared their desire to take the 22-year-old to Bavaria last week, the Bundesliga champions’ executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stating they would be “crazy” if they did not consider signing a free agent Germany international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the lure of playing at the Allianz Arena has proved key, despite reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game with Hannover, Heidel told reporters: “Leon Goretzka has earlier this week informed us that he would like to leave the club and join Bayern Munich.”We noted that with regret. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told us that Leon has passed his medical. We are losing a very good player.”He has signed a contract from July 1, 2018 with Bayern. We did everything possible to keep Leon.”last_img read more