Los Blankos! Lopetegui & misfiring Madrid look utterly lost

first_imgIt would have been more of a surprise if Real Madrid had scored, rather than fired yet another blank in an impotent performance at Alaves on Saturday.Real tumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Mendizorroza, which means they have not scored for four-and-a-half matches in all competitions, close to seven hours of play.The last time they found the back of the net was September 22, when Marco Asensio fired home in the 41st minute against Espanyol, but this time the Spaniard was forced to start the game on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It is Real’s longest run of games without a goal since April 1985, when they went on a five-game drought, eventually coming fifth in the league but lifting the UEFA Cup.This is also the third round of games running Madrid have missed the chance to move ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table, with the Catalans facing Valencia on Sunday, and coach Julen Lopetegui is the rightful target for criticism after a damp squib of a showing.Indeed, the former Spain boss must shoulder the blame for this defeat after a strange team selection which deprived Los Blancos of width and left them toothless in attack.With Marcelo out injured and creative midfielder Isco sidelined too, it didn’t make sense for Lopetegui to drop Asensio, who has the spark and magic in his locker that can unlock a defence.The 22-year-old has not been in dynamite form but has a skill-set that few others possess and can make headway on the flanks.With the exception of Gareth Bale, who was positioned more centrally in any case, Madrid started with only Alvaro Odriozola as someone who could offer any dynamism out wide.The right-back, still bedding in after his summer switch from Real Sociedad, was one of the few Madrid players who found space in the first half, but was unable to make anything of it.Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid AlavesKarim Benzema Real Madrid AlavesMariano Real Madrid AlavesLopetegui, perhaps wary of the Basque side after a strong start to the season, choked the game by playing four natural centre-midfielders in Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Dani Ceballos.Abelardo played one up front instead of his usual two and it led to a first half that saw no clear chances for either side.Lopetegui made a bold move in taking off Karim Benzema at half-time for Mariano Diaz, who offered plenty of energy but no precision.Real’s new No.7 obviously cannot hold a candle to their old one, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow increasingly looming large over this misfiring Madrid side.The Portuguese leaving was not Lopetegui’s fault but the coach is not coming up with any answers to the barrage of questions about his team’s failings in front of goal.Lopetegui has made it fairly clear at the start of the season that he doesn’t trust Vinicius Junior and yet he found himself throwing the young Brazilian on in place of Bale with 10 minutes to go.Lopetegui threw the kitchen sink at Alaves without any rhyme or reason and there were no green shoots for the coach to take hope from ahead of the coming games.Manu Garcia’s 95th-minute winner turns the pressure up on the coach, but even with the score level, Madrid’s goal problem was costing them dearly.Madrid have two matches, both at home against Levante in La Liga and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, to find goals from somewhere ahead of their Clasico trip to Camp Nou on October 28.last_img read more

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Microsoft buys Cloud migration startup Movere

first_imgSan Francisco: Aiming to help customers move their existing applications and infrastructure to Azure, Microsoft has acquired a Cloud migration start-up named Movere for an undisclosed amount. “We’re committed to providing our customers with a comprehensive experience for migrating existing applications and infrastructure to Azure, which include the right tools, processes, and programmes. “As part of that ongoing investment, we’re excited to welcome the leadership, talent, technology, and deep expertise Movere has built in enabling customers’ journey to the Cloud over the last 11 years,” Jeremy Winter, Partner Director, Azure Management, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Formerly known as Unified Logic, Movere was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Movere originally launched as a consulting company but pivoted around 2014 after the founders experienced their own trouble with Cloud migration. The start-up has been a Microsoft partner for over a decade now. “The acquisition by Microsoft is not just a marriage of a best-in-class and trusted Cloud platform with a powerful data and insights platform; it is also the merger of passions of two companies looking to move mountains for customers through a deep partner ecosystem, with the ultimate goal of enabling your business transformation delivered at the speed of light,” Kristin Ireland, Co-founder and CEO, Movere, wrote in a blog post.last_img read more

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Congressman Seth Moulton Seeking Spring Interns

first_imgSALEM, MA — Congressman Moulton offers internships throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters in both his Washington, D.C. and Salem offices.Internships in the Washington, D.C. office are intended for current undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and students currently enrolled in graduate school. Internships in the Salem district office are intended for current undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and students currently enrolled in graduate school. In some circumstances, high school students intern at the Salem office contingent upon their scheduling availability, and they are highly encouraged to apply.These internships are a great opportunity for interested students to gain hands-on experience in the legislative process. To apply, please fill out this form and attach a cover letter and resume. A staff member will be in touch within a few weeks. Feel free to call the office with any questions you may have.The deadline to submit an application for a Spring 2019 internship in Congressman Moulton’s office is November 9, 2018.(NOTE: The above information is from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCongressman Seth Moulton Seeking Spring InternsIn “Government”Congressman Seth Moulton Seeking Fall InternsIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill To Help Student Loan Borrowers Avoid DefaultIn “Government”last_img read more

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Suicide bomber kills 32 in Kabul

first_imgA suicide bomber killed 32 people including women and children and wounded 41 others when he blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday, officials said.”Unfortunately this evening a suicide bomber detonated himself among the worshippers inside a mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of Kabul city,” Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid told AFP.The interior ministry confirmed the toll of 32 dead and 41 wounded.last_img

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Filmy festival beckons

first_imgThe town will soon see the 3rd edition of the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF – 2014). DIFF 2014 has been planned as a seven-day event and is an initiative by ‘The Social Circle – society for cause and – a step toward inclusiveness’ to showcase the best of cinema, art and literature from across the globe.Started in the year 2012, the advisory board for this festival is headed by Dada Saheb Phalke awardee Adoor Gopal Krishnan. Working closely with him are some of the greats of Indian cinema namely  national award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia, Anurag Kashyap, Anooj Kapoor, Mohan Agashe, Manoj Bajpai, Mandira Bedi, Shriram Raghwan, Jimmi Shergil, N Chandra, Sandeep Marwah, Shailesh Loadha, Yashpal Sharma, Arvind Gaur and Satish Anand from Pakistan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event will see an award distribution ceremony for various competitive categories along with the Life Time Achievement Award and a special award called Minare Dilli. The awards will be conferred to individuals for their valuable contribution to cinema, theatre and for their work in art  and culture. In the first edition, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Sharmila Tagore and the Minare Dilli was conferred to veteran actress Zohara Sahgal. In the 2nd edition of the festival Shatrughan Sinha was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the chairman of DLF,  KP Singh received the Minare Dilli Award. The second edition had a larger coverage than the first and graced many more personalities from the field of politics, film and fashion. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajiv Shukla inaugurated the 2nd edition in the presence of the princess of Thailand. The festival will commence from 20 December and will continue till 27 December.last_img read more

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50 held for cheating in govt exam

first_imgKolkata: Fifty examinees were arrested for allegedly cheating in a competitive examination held on Sunday in several colleges of South Kolkata. Several mobile phones and other gadgets were seized from their possession.According to the police, there was a competitive examination on Sunday for recruitment of peons in the courts of South 24-Parganas, which was held at several colleges of South Kolkata. While entering the examination hall, examinees were checked but nothing suspicious was found. During examination, invigilators and some magistrates present at the examination hall smelled foulplay as the behaviour of some examinees were found to be suspicious. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen the magistrates ordered invigilators to search their bodies, several bluetooth devices, mobiles phones and other gadgets were found. Sources informed that the examinees had somehow managed to click a photo of the question paper and sent it to some persons outside. Later, the same persons were prompting them answers over phone. Around 50 examinees were arrested on Sunday for cheating, by Gariahat, Ballygunj, Jadavpur, Rabindra Sarobar, Netaji Nagar, Behala, Parnasree and Thakurpukur police stations. Sleuths suspect there might be a gang behind the cheating. Some examinees confessed that their family members and close friends were helping them but investigators refused to believe their statements as the method used was technologically advanced.last_img read more

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