Injured midfielder set to miss Chelsea’s trip to Japan

first_imgChelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu is set to miss the World Club Cup after suffering an injury against Sunderland.Romeu limped off during the 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light and was immediately taken to London to be assessed.With the Chelsea squad due to fly straight to Japan, the player looks highly unlikely to feature in the tournament.“He has gone to London and we are waiting to hear from the doctor,” said interim manager Rafael Benitez.“When the player leaves the pitch limping and we are flying to Japan straightaway, it makes things difficult. As it stands, he won’t be flying with us.”Benitez, who will also be without skipper John Terry, insists the club are taking the trip to Asia very seriously.“It’s important to have an opportunity to win any trophy,” he said.See also:Two for Torres as Blues win at SunderlandBenitez feels vindicated over TorresSunderland v Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why we’re dressing up on Fridays

first_imgBy Anne Taylor2 October 2013Celebrating the freedom to be who we are. That’s what Freedom Fridays are all about.South Africa will celebrate 20 years of democracy on 27 April 2014. And it’s time to show off how proud we are to be South African. Clothes in the colour of the national flag, a rugby or football jersey, a South African scarf, traditional wear, beads and shweshwe – wear anything that shows your unity in celebrating this important landmark in our country’s history.“Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come, that memory not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved.” – Nelson Mandela, quoted by BrandSA chief executive Miller Matola at the launch of Freedom FridaysSouth Africans are being encouraged to wear anything that expresses their pride in being South African every Friday until the celebrations next year. So go ahead, and wear your heart on your sleeve.An initiative of LeadSA, it is supported by Brand South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture, the Government Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Proudly SA.Read more on BrandSA: The road to freedomRead more on Freedom Fridays campaign under wayAll dressed up? Email your photos to LeadSA and they’ll post them on social media: read more

Open Thread: On Trolls, Anonymity & Making the Internet a Better Place

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell Trolls: Those creepy, hyperaggresive, hateful, mouth-breathing basement-dwellers. They were a feature of the Internet long before the social web, and most of us feel they’re probably here to stay.But one of the things most trolls rely on is anonymity, a wall behind which they hide any information that could be used against them, including their jobs, locations, appearances and real names. And anonymity is a not-so-slowly disappearing feature of the social web. What do you think: Will the rise of transparency and the fall of anonymity put trolls in the deadpool any time soon?Two things have brought this to mind. First, there’s this interesting post from The Next Web. Last week, Zee Kane wrote this piece about a typical flame thread that became a bit too personal.Kane observes, absolutely correctly, “If you’ve spent more than ten minutes on any blog, YouTube video or any site that permits anonymous commenting, you will have noticed some of the filth that many commenters come out with. Often it’s completely incomprehensible; other times it’s pure bile and frankly a test of what a human will not reply to.”When an anonymous commenter attacked the subject of the original post in the comments thread, the subject, one Hermione Way, decided to find out who the troll really was. Email addresses, IP addresses and the social web being what they are, Way soon had her attacker pegged and found out that his “anonymous” persona had been trolling and attacking some of the people he’d called his friends in real life.This chain of events left Kane editorializing, “Privacy truly is dead.” This is a theme some think we’ve been beating over the head lately at ReadWriteWeb, but it’s as timely as it is true.Facebook’s game of footsie with privacy and user data has led to a string of well-researched, thoughtful posts by our own Marshall Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick has very well justified his position that Facebook’s original brand promise to conceal and protect user data has definitely changed to a promise to make the site – and user data – more “open” and accessible to other users and search engines.Kirkpatrick sees this as a broken promise, which it is, to a point. I also see it as an overarching trend of sociological behavior online.Think about the days of You’ve Got Mail, that god-awful, AOL-based Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks flick where two real-world rivals end up being anonymous penpals via email with no idea who the other person is or what he or she looks like. That could never happen today. Username conventions have drastically changed over the past 10 years; more and more online identities are tied to part or all of a user’s real name rather than a “handle” for anonymous chatting and posting.The same is true of avatars. However posed or candid, more of us are using real photographs of our own faces on the web rather than cultural icons, cartoons or some graphical represenation of our personality.Today, anonymity represents the far, sketchy outposts of the web, much like the Reaver-filled edges of space in Firefly. Those who inhabit that space might be more likely to engage in account-cracking, cyberbullying, mob behavior and other activities that run the gamut from unkind to actually illegal. The illusion that their anonymity protects them from discovery and possible prosecution is often just that – an illusion.Of course, anonymity can be great for freedom of speech purposes. Several of our favorite sites lately, such as and Quora, provide opportunities for the anonymous asking of questions in a safe environment. But I’ve already experienced a bit of trolling on those sites, as well.What do you think: Is anonymity linked directly to trolling behaviors? Is the social web trending away from anonymous profiles and posts? Will less anonymity lead to fewer incidents of trollism? Let us know your opinion in the comments.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Open Thread#web last_img read more

Aces gun down Road Warriors

first_imgMOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Alaska coach Alex Compton rhapsodized about having been given a chance to even compete for a spot in the playoffs, and said he looked to honor the game when they played NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT “Our defense was fantastic in the first half. Obviously we’re fortunate to get them after playing Magnolia last Wednesday, so we had fresher legs,” Compton noted.The Aces hurdled their first KO game of the conference and will enter two more in order to make the Final Four. They would have to beat the Fuel Masters two straight times to advance.The quarterfinals start Saturday with San Miguel Beer clashing with TNT KaTropa at 4:30 p.m. and Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia slugging it out at 6:45 at Mall of Asia Arena.Both series are best-of-three.“It’s a steeper, higher mountain,” said Compton of the task ahead as he faces his former deputy, Louie Alas, who has done a marvelous job at Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Aces did just that, dominating the Road Warriors, 88-80, to complete the PBA Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal cast Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.“I think the guys battled [well],” Compton said. “I am so proud of the guys’ effort. All you ask is a chance, we had a chance, we took advantage of it, and now we have one more chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlaska held NLEX to just eight points in the second period and to a total of 25 for the first half, basically winning it there as the Aces advanced as the eighth seed and will play No. 1 Phoenix Pulse in the quarterfinals.Sonny Thoss finished with 21 points and five rebounds in one of his worthiest games of late. Final four-defining matches up for 3 teams SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sonny’s been awesome this conference. He’s invigorated. He’s turned back the clock this conference,” he said of his old reliable. “I think when his legs are fresh and playing strong like that, he’s a tough matchup for any big man in the league.”Simon Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz pumped in 16 points each as Alaska avenged a 70-91 loss in their only elimination round clash.“It has been a tough conference for the both of us. I think NLEX is better than the conference they’ve had. But sometimes the cards are dealt in a certain way,” Compton said.The scores:Alaska 88—Thoss 21, Enciso 16, Cruz 16, Casio 13, Banchero 4, Baclao 4, Ayaay 4, Racal 3, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Potts 2, Pascual 0.NLEX 80—Ighalo 16, Galanza 14, Quinahan 13, Erram 10, Paniamogan 8, Magat 7, Rios 5, Baguio 3, Paredes 2, Tiongson 2, Taulava 0, Soyud 0, Tallo 0, Lao 0.Quarters: 23-17, 44-25, 73-50, 88-80Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more