“Those that came in did excellently today and we are struggling with fitness to a lot of the players. It is like an infirmary down there at the moment, but we’ve just got to get on with it.” Sandro, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Andros Townsend have all missed the festive period through injury. Sherwood confirmed Jermain Defoe dropped out of the squad to face Stoke due to a “thigh strain” while left-back Danny Rose was absent due to fatigue. They were amongst five players to drop out the starting line-up, with Paulinho one of those brought in. Back after a three-match ban, the Brazil international impressed in his first start under Sherwood until being forced off through injury in the second half. “Paulinho was another injury, having to come off,” Sherwood said. “He was immense today, wasn’t he? Fantastic. “I never knew he possessed that, I have to be honest. I’ve seen him in training so have seen him gradually, as there is not a lot of time to train. He certainly opened up my eyes when I saw him out there today.” Next up for Tottenham is the unenviable task of a trip to Manchester United, while Stoke will hope to get back to winning ways at home to Everton. This loss was hardly the ideal response to the Boxing Day thrashing at Newcastle, but one which Mark Hughes felt could have panned out differently had referee Kevin Friend ruled against Fryers and Michael Dawson in the first half. “In the initial period we had a couple of decisions that we were disappointed with,” the Stoke boss said. “Obviously Jon Walters going through the middle, we felt he was impeded and there was a case for their lad to be sent off. “Oussama Assaidi also went into the box and felt he was impeded as well. He went down and that could have been a penalty all before Spurs got their penalty, which was a little bit harsh but I can understand why it was given. “You need those things to go for you in the early part of the game and if we had gone into the lead it would have given us real encouragement and who knows? “But, if I am honest, in terms of the quality on show and the way Spurs played, we found it very difficult to get anywhere near them today. “They were a little bit sharper to each and every ball, half-a-yard quicker. “They are a good team and they looked fully motivated, each and every one of the players wanted to get on the ball and affect the game and we found it difficult to get a foothold in the game ourselves, unfortunately. “There are reasons behind that. We were missing players today which would have helped, but, overall, on occasions we did not help ourselves. “We allowed situations when we had good possession to be given up too cheaply in poor areas for us, but good areas for Spurs and they were able to capitalise on it.” The first half of the season has been a tumultuous time for Spurs, whose big-money signings in the wake of Gareth Bale’s world-record sale failed to save Andre Villas-Boas from the chop. Sherwood’s appointment as successor looks a gamble – something the former midfielder acknowledges himself – but chairman Daniel Levy’s decision so far looks a shrewd move. Press Association Despite having to balance a host of injuries in a hectic festive period, the dominant 3-0 victory against Stoke means the 44-year-old has yet to lose a league match in three. Roberto Soldado’s first-half penalty set Spurs on course for victory, with impressive Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon efforts adding gloss to a first home league win since sneaking past Hull on October 27. “I thought we were good from start to finish,” Sherwood said. “We set about Stoke from the outset, moved the ball around well and created enough chances to win two games in the first half. “It is great to have a clean sheet. I think Hugo Lloris deserves a clean sheet – he is one of the best goalkeepers there is. “I think that was our first league win since October here as well, which is good to get off our back. “I am looking at positives rather than negatives and we were unfortunate on Boxing Day [in the 1-1 draw with West Brom] that one of those chances didn’t fall for us. “The positives today are that we had a lot of players out injured and the ones that came in were exceptional, did very, very well. Kyle Naughton and Zeki Fryers were excellent. Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood could not ask for much more from his injury-hit side as they closed out 2013 with a first league win at White Hart Lane for two months.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Related Posts Tags:#news#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting At 8pm ET tonight, President Obama plans to address the nation about the BP oil spill from the Oval Office. In addition, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will also answer questions from YouTube users right after the president’s address. If you would like to submit your own questions, head over to the White House’s YouTube page. Just like during earlier events, the White House is using Google Moderator to collect these questions. YouTube users can then vote which questions they would like Gibbs to answer tonight.You can ask questions by leaving a short text message on Google Moderator. You can also attach a YouTube video to your question. Given that YouTube and the White House only announced this event today, it definitely looks like this was a last-minute effort to get the public involved. Topics for the event include BP accountability, Gulf Region recovery, the cleanup plan and the environmental impact of the spill. Even though this event was only announced about an hour ago, questions are already streaming in at a rapid pace. Earlier this month, Google, in cooperation with the PBS Newshour, also enlisted the public’s help in collecting the best ideas for stopping the spill and cleaning of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 15,000 people submitted their ideas at that time and over 100,000 Google users voted on these ideas.
Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – A U.S. Tim Hortons franchisee has closed two restaurants amid a dispute with the coffee shop company.Show Me Hospitality LLC, a developer for Tim Hortons in the St. Louis area, is suing Tim Hortons USA Inc. for failing to meet its obligations.The franchisee says after Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR) acquired Tim Hortons in 2014 it asked Show Me Hospitality to increase its obligations to develop Tim Hortons restaurants in the St. Louis area from 40 restaurants over five years to more than 200 restaurants over 10 years.However, after Show Me Hospitality says it rejected the demand, it alleges Tim Hortons stopped approving locations for restaurants and failed to provide branding and advertising.It also alleges Tim Hortons withheld approval of new partners and necessary capital investment and said that if Show Me Hospitality did not commit to the 200 restaurant program, it would terminate the area development agreement.The allegations have not been proven in court.In an email, a Restaurant Brands International spokesperson says the company “strongly denies” the claims brought by the franchisee, adding that they refer to a small number of U.S. restaurants.The fight comes amid other disputes between Tim Hortons franchisees and Restaurant Brands.In Canada, the Great White North Franchisee Association has been looking to raise franchisee concerns including the use of advertising funds and cost-cutting measures that it says impact product quality.
As a result of the gun being fired, a woman inside the home received a non-life-threatening injury to her arm.Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and that there is no danger to the public. The residents of the home are known to police.Sgt. Tyreman added that no further information will be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of the police investigation.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One woman was injured during a home invasion that occurred on the city’s east side over the weekend.Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 29th, three armed individuals forced their way into a home in the 8600-block of 76th Street.Once inside, one of the residents was involved in a struggle with one of the gunmen, which resulted in several shots being fired.
$188 $(56) 2011 $606 Cash & Equivalents Free Cash Flow $153 $1,000 Revenue 2010 $1,974 $(138) 2009 $66 $777 2008 $3,711 $3,908 $297 $(55) 2007 $(88) $470 Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or on MySpace) for the last two weeks, you’ve most likely heard that social networking giant Facebook filed for its IPO. The form S-1 contains a plethora of information “the Street” had been mulling over for months. Most important was the company’s 2011 net income, which was up 65% annually to $1 billion. Although the company had a net income loss for 2007 and 2008, its earnings growth since has been astounding. Since 2009, the company has averaged annual net income growth of 115%, while revenue has increased on average 80% over the same period. $272 $1,785 $229 $633 $305 Net Income The company has been amassing a treasure chest of cash. With nearly $4 billion at the end of 2011, Facebook can cover operating expenses for two years without any additional revenue, granting investors a wide margin of safety. Free cash flow has consistently grown since 2008, with an average annualized growth of 103%. In addition to the income numbers, the public was able to peek inside Facebook’s user base for the first time. According to the form S-1, the company had 845 million monthly active users (MAUs) and 483 million daily active users (DAUs) at the end of 2011, up 39% and 48%, respectively.(Click on image to enlarge)However, as Andrew Sorkin points out, Facebook is very, should we say, generous when calculating its user base. The main point of contention is that Facebook counts users as “active” even if they didn’t actually visit Facebook.com, which skews the company’s reach and thus the amount advertisers would be willing to pay for ad space.To Facebook, a user is considered “active” if he or she “took an action to share content or activity with his or her Facebook friends or connections via a third-party Web site that is integrated with Facebook.”For example, if you clicked the “Like” button on a New York Times article, shared music on Spotify, or signed into the Wall Street Journal using your Facebook account and left a comment that was subsequently shared on Facebook, you’re counted as an active user, even though none of these actions actually took place on Facebook.com. The catch is that advertisers won’t have an opportunity to market products to these “active” users.Even though Facebook seems to have massaged its active users stats, Nielson estimates that Facebook had roughly 153 million MAUs in December, which is only 8 million off the prospectus estimate of 161 million MAUs. So, the company does have a healthy advertising base and appears to be fundamentally strong. Even so, there are other risks that the company will need to overcome in order to continue its success.Growth(Click on image to enlarge)As the graph above illustrates, growth in key markets such as North America and Europe is already tapering off. Sources claim the US market could already have a saturation rate of 75%. From the form S-1: “We believe that our rates of user and revenue growth will decline over time. For example, our annual revenue grew 154% from 2009 to 2010 and 88% from 2010 to 2011. Historically, our user growth has been a primary driver of growth in our revenue. Our user growth and revenue growth rates will inevitably slow as we achieve higher market penetration rates, as our revenue increases to higher levels, and as we experience increased competition.”Once Facebook’s user base inevitably plateaus, their performance will become increasingly dependent on their ability to increase levels of user engagement, which entails generating new, useful products. However, Facebook still has opportunities for user growth in emerging markets, such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.AdvertisingFor 2009, 2010, and 2011, advertising accounted for 98%, 95%, and 85%, respectively, of Facebook’s revenue.Working in their favor is Facebook’s vast knowledge of their users, which could allow the company to deliver ever-increasingly targeted ads. If they can increase the relevance of their ads, they’ll be able to increase their advertising base, along with the price they charge per click, thus providing an opportunity to raise revenues.One caveat to this opportunity is that Facebook is at the forefront of complex and evolving US and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy and data protection, which could result in regulatory action in coming years. This could entail future restrictions on the data Facebook can gather and use to deliver targeted ads. MobileCurrently, Facebook’s mobile app does not carry advertisements. With more and more users accessing Facebook through mobile devices, the company will need to reevaluate its mobile strategy.Without any leverage in the mobile marketplace, an opportunity is created for Google to push its Google+ social network on Android devices, along with Apple’s recent affinity for Twitter on the iOS. Without a native mobile operating system, Facebook is at a clear disadvantage.However, Google+ has had difficulty gaining traction and currently has “only” 90 million users, while Facebook is still considered a mainstay in the social networking industry.Key-Man RiskLast but certainly not least, the company’s chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg poses a significant key-man risk for the company. Zuckerberg (who was mentioned 113 times in the S-1 filing) owns a large majority of the company’s voting stock and thus has control over key decisions. Placing this much emphasis on one person (regardless of how brilliant) is rarely a good idea.On the flip side, Zuckerberg’s track record proves he can lead a growing, profitable company. But the question is whether he’ll be able to keep it up.