Africa’s group-stage failure stems from slim resources and talent drain

first_imgReuse this content Morocco have tapped into European academies. Seventeen members of Hervé Renard’s squad were born abroad to parents with Moroccan heritage. They are not all graduates of training centres but all got most of their footballing education outside Morocco. The make-up of Algeria’s squad at the last World Cup was similar. Tunisia used to be more reluctant to seek second-generation players but one of the first things Maaloul did after qualifying for Russia was begin scouring Europe for players with Tunisian roots, ultimately drafting four France-born players into his squad.The Maghreb countries have some of the strongest domestic leagues in Africa but Maaloul says player development in that region has a particular problem. “There are some common factors,” he said after the eliminations of Tunisia and Egypt. “We need to change our lifestyle because it is not in line with high-level football. We need two more generations to reach the top level of performance in terms of fitness and physical strength. We are far from the level required.” Share on WhatsApp It would be wrong to extrapolate too much from one tournament and there are positives to which CAF could point, such as the fact that Senegal and Nigeria, in particular, deployed a clutch of exciting young players,such as Ismaila Sarr, Moussa Wagué and Oghenekaro Etebo, who could become even better thanks to their experience on the global stage.And the role of bad luck does have to be acknowledged. Things might have panned out very differently for Senegal if Colombia had not had a man sent off in the opening minutes against Japan or if only two yellow-card verdicts had gone the other way. Injuries struck Tunisia especially hard even before the tournament began, depriving them, most notably, of their most creative player, Youssef Msakni. Egypt were able to travel with Mo Salah but plainly not in his best state.The choices of individual coaches can also be questioned. Héctor Cúper’s negativity in charge of Egypt – even against Saudi Arabia, for goodness sake – was exasperating and started with his decision to include only one striker in his squad. Nabil Maaloul of Tunisia was guilty of ceding the initiative to England in his side’s first game when he withdrew attack-minded players and his team, whose strength is not defending, dropped deeper and deeper, almost inviting the goal that Harry Kane eventually scored.Beyond those individual issues one could point to a couple of curious weaknesses that African teams (but not only African teams) displayed during this tournament: flawed defending from set-pieces and a lack of deadly predators. That again raises questions about individuals but also alludes to the wider issue shared by many African countries: incomplete honing of potential.That has a lot to do with resources. For a start there is the talent drain that affects most sectors of most African societies – emigration from sub-Saharan Africa has enriched destination countries and depleted the source. Facebook World Cup 2018 features Share on LinkedIn Lots of talent remains in Africa, of course. But when it comes to football, governments and federations tend to have less money for infrastructure than many European, Asian and American counterparts. In some cases much of the money that is available is siphoned off by parasitic officials. Venal administrators are among the reasons why Cameroon and Ghana, for instance, have been unable to build on glorious feats by players.Nigeria’s league is a prime example of a domestic championship that is not run as well as it could be, which is why the Super Eagles’ victory over Iceland – a country with a population around 400 times smaller – was not especially praiseworthy. It was telling that the best performances from African teams in Russia came from Senegal and Morocco, two countries who benefit from proper youth development schemes. In the case of Senegal the scheme is not coordinated by the country’s government or football association: rather the academies that reared many of their players are disparate private initiatives, although some of them, Génération Foot (alma mater of Sarr, Badou Ndiaye, Sadio Mané and Diafra Sakho) and Diambars (Idrissa Gueye and Kara Mbodji) have been incorporated into the nation’s top flight. Academies abound in Africa but the ones in Senegal are among the best-run. One could curse Japan for their dishonourable exploitation of the rules at Senegal’s expense. Naughty Japan! And quibble about refereeing decisions that went against Morocco. Bad VAR! But the fact is Africa has no representatives in the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years and no one is surprised.Each country and team has its specificities but there are also problems shared by many nations in a confederation that has more members than any other continental body but the same number of participants in the last 16 as Oceania. When the World Cup is expanded to 48 teams the Confederation of African Football will argue for an increased allocation but it is better not to dwell on its countries’ results in Russia. The best passers, hardest workers and slowest players of the World Cup so far Pinterest Tunisia football team World Cup Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr (left) was one of the exciting young African players on show in Russia. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP Share on Messenger Egypt football team Twitter Share on Pinterest Nigeria football team Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Read more Topics Share via Email Senegal football team Morocco football team After a genuinely epic World Cup group stage, now for knockout dramalast_img read more

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ESPN Names The Toughest Schedule In College Football In 2019

first_imgFootball's with South Carolina's logo on them.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football season is still months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get an early preview on which teams will face tough schedules. Although the majority of top programs face tough competition on a weekly basis, ESPN believes there is one team that has the hardest schedule in the nation.South Carolina doesn’t begin the season with grueling games, as it’ll battle against North Carolina and Charleston Southern. However, the road certainly gets worse as the year goes on.Will Muschamp will have to prepare the Gamecocks for a tough stretch that features Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. All five of those teams should provide a challenge for South Carolina.To make matters worse, the Gamecocks finish the season with a rivalry game against the Clemson Tigers. It won’t be an easy task to defeat the defending champions.After viewing the top opponents on South Carolina’s schedule, it’s not too shocking to see that ESPN named it the program with the toughest schedule.From ESPN:It’s no surprise given that the Gamecocks face both participants in last season’s national championship game (in addition to playing a road contest at Georgia), but Will Muschamp and his team are staring at the hardest schedule in college football. As a result, the Gamecocks are projected to win only 6.1 games despite being FPI’s No. 18-ranked team.On the flip side, the Virginia Tech Hokies have the weakest schedule among major conferences, per ESPN.last_img read more

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Jordan: Aqaba Container Terminal Leads the Way in Port …

first_imgzoom Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) serves as a good example of achievement based on its solid operational structure, performance monitoring, sustainability and privatization success, according to a report issued by the Jordanian government  at the end of March 2014.The report compiled by financial, legal and business experts, representing a variety of market sectors in Jordan to access the operations of privatized entities, showed that ACT excelled in operational safety and quality, and its social and economic impact.ACT was deemed a model privatization venture within its category i.e. ventures based on a build-operate- transfer (BOT) structure that are owned by The Kingdom, but partnered with the private sector in operations and management/administration. This set-up resulted in improved company performance in both increased productivity and efficiency.The numbers reflect monthly throughput showing a significant increase between the years 2006 and 2013. In 2006, volume was 405,658 TEU while in the year 2013 it reached 872,809.In-transit TEUs (cargo destined inland to other markets) increased from 26,307 TEU to 92,097 TEU for the same period. New jobs in ACT also increased following the privatization from 748 to 886 between 2006 and 2013.Gantry crane productivity improved from 24 moves an hour in 2007 to 29 in 2013. The number of port calls increased during this same period from 378 to 443.The size of vessels also increased from 1000 TEU feeder vessels to 7200 TEU main line vessels with more than nine weekly services calling today. In 2013, over 333,000 trucks were handled at ACT’s gate.“These results reflect the agility and efficiency of our company’s operations. We are proud to have our name listed as a leader in port privatization”, stated ACT’s CEO Mr. Jeppe Jensen. “We will continue to work hard on delivering His Majesty King Abdullah II’s vision for transforming the city of Aqaba into a regional transportation hub through our global expertise, best practices and people.”ACT is a joint venture between the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) and APM Terminals — operating a 25-year build-operate-transfer agreement signed in 2006. The terminal constitutes the logistical and economic backbone of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), serving as the preferred gateway to the region for world markets.Since 2006, APM Terminals has invested USD 240 million in the Aqaba Container Terminal to create the transportation hub for the Levant region. The port’s expansion plan included a 460 meter berth extension and six new cranes in the 1.3 million TEU capacity terminal.The Kingdom of Jordan has 26 km (16 miles) of coastline at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba. Jordan’s leading export markets are the USA, Iraq and India, and primary import sources are Saudi Arabia and China, followed by Germany and the USA.ACT, April 30, 2014last_img read more

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Glander International Bunkering Welcomes New Member to …

first_imgzoom Glander International Bunkering, a global bunkering and lubricant trading & brokering company, announced that Justin Sander has joined their Florida office.Continuing his career as a Bunker and Lubricant Broker & Trader, Justin’s appointment happens as Glander International Bunkering continues to strengthen its global brand and develop their US office.With years of bunkering experience in the US, Justin has an extensive knowledge of fuel supply in the Caribbean and the Americas region. Justin is also trilingual and this knowledge will be very beneficial to his clients dealing in South America.Commenting on the appointment, Managing Director and CEO of the Glander International Bunkering Group, Christoffer Berg Lassen said: “Justin has a high level of international bunkering experience and he is a very welcome addition to our Florida office. As Glander International Bunkering continues strengthening its global brand, we need people like Justin who can ensure that our clients will always experience the highest standard of service that the industry can offer.”Press Release, May 7, 2014last_img read more

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Bulkers Crash in Brazil

first_imgzoom Two bulk carriers, UK-flagged Eden Bay and Bahamas-flagged Mazury collided in the Fazendinha anchorage area, Amazon river, Brazil on Wednesday, October 11.The 2008-built Eden Bay is owned by Pioneer Marine, while Mazuri is listed as part of Polish shipping company Polsteam’s fleet.As informed, the incident took place during maneuvers at the anchorage.“During correcting of the position of the ship, the strong current lifted the stern of MV Mazury on the bow of MV Eden Bay. Both ships were contacted,” a Polsteam spokesperson told World Maritime News.MV Mazury sustained a dent in the hull, however, there was no damage to the ship’s mechanical equipment on the stern or the railing, a company statement reads.“MV Mazury is currently looking to inspect technical inspectors about the extent of the damage. The ship is fully operational, ” the company spokesperson added.Eden Bay is reported to have also suffered dents to its superstructure and hull portside.There have been no reports of injuries to either of the crews nor environmental pollution in the area resulting from the incident.The cause of the collision is yet to be determined.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Indias GDP Growth Slows To 5 In June Quarter Lowest In 6

first_imgIndia’s GDP or gross domestic product grew 5 per cent in the quarter ended June 30, government data showed on Friday. The country’s GDP growth was sharply lower than economists’ expectations. Economists in a poll by news agency Reuters had expected the GDP growth at 5.7 per cent in the first quarter of the current financial year. Earlier on Friday, the government announced four mega merger plans of state-run banks. The government “wants a strong financial system” and the banking reforms will clear the path to make India a $5-trillion economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a press conference.(Inputs from NDTV.com)last_img

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New Brunswick orders inquest into police shooting death of businessman

first_imgFREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government says the circumstances of the 2015 police shooting death of a New Brunswick businessman outside a train station will get a public airing in court.The Attorney General’s office says it has ordered chief coroner Gregory Forestell to hold an inquest into the death of Michel Vienneau, a 51-year-old Tracadie, N.B., store owner who was shot in his vehicle in Bathurst.On Monday, the provincial prosecution service had announced it would not further appeal a February ruling dismissing criminal charges against two police officers in the death.Const. Patrick Bulger and Const. Mathieu Boudreau had been charged with manslaughter with a weapon, assault with a weapon and unlawfully pointing a firearm in Vienneau’s Jan. 12, 2015, death.Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman ruled that the prosecution failed to produce enough evidence to warrant a trial, and her decision was upheld last month by Court of Queens Bench Judge Tracey DeWare.The province says an inquest is an opportunity for public presentation of “all evidence” in a formal court proceeding, and to make recommendations for preventing future deaths.“The coroner does not assign responsibility or blame for a death. The report of an investigation or inquest determines the identity of the deceased and clarifies the facts and circumstances of the death,” the province says in a release.“This inquest will provide a forum for a full review of the circumstances and will allow a jury to consider preventative measures.”Bulger and Boudreau, who are Bathurst City Police officers, were charged by the RCMP in November 2015. The Mounties said their investigation revealed that Vienneau was not involved in criminal activity.A subsequent lawsuit filed by Vienneau’s common-law partner, Annick Basque, alleges his death was due to police negligence.The City of Bathurst statement of defence says the officers were investigating whether the couple were in possession of illegal drugs after returning from a trip to Montreal.The statement also says the officers clearly identified themselves to Vienneau and had tried to stop his vehicle before it accelerated, pinning an officer against a snowbank. It says one officer fired at the car as it moved toward his colleague.None of the lawsuit’s allegations or statement of defence have been proven in court.Vienneau’s mother, Sylvie Vienneau, has questioned why police didn’t arrest her son after he got off the train, rather than wait until he got in his car. And she asked who had told them he would be carrying drugs.“Our son is not in the drug world,” she said in an October 2015 statement.last_img read more

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UN tribunal temporarily releases former top Yugoslav official from jail

Nikola Šainović, a former deputy prime minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, has been allowed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, to return to Serbia from today until 17 October to seek medical treatment.Announcing the decision today, the ICTY trial chamber said Mr. Šainović’s temporary release was subject to several strict conditions, including 24-hour surveillance of the accused by Serbian authorities.Mr. Šainovic is on trial with five others – Milan Milutinović, Nebojša Pavković, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Vladimir Lazarević and Sreten Lukić – over an alleged campaign of terror and violence directed against Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs living in Kosovo in 1999. All six men face charges of murder, deportation, forcible transfer and the persecution of thousands of Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs. Mr. Lazarević was also granted provisional release by the ICTY, in his case from today until 27 October, but the decision was stayed after prosecutors filed an appeal. Applications for provisional release by Mr. Pavković and Mr. Lukić were denied.The trial of the six men began in July 2006, and closing arguments in the case concluded on 27 August this year. 2 October 2008The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has granted temporary release to a former senior Yugoslav government figure facing trial over an alleged campaign of terror and violence against Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs in 1999. read more

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes to Win at CX

What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Log in or register to post comments Forrester Research found that a company’s revenue can increase significantly when its CX index score rises. According to the research, even a 10-percentage-point improvement in a company’s CX — across industries — can translate into more than $1 million. MISTAKE ONE: Failing to Connect Contact Center and CX MetricsBe cautious in what you measure and the downstream impact on other parts of the business. For example, metrics like average handle time (AHT) are an important component of contact center productivity, but it could become problematic if not considered with an eye toward CX. For example, if your first contact resolution (FCR) metric declines in line with AHT, the CX effect is a net negative. Rather than track contact center efficiency and customer satisfaction separately, consider them one in the same. DMG Consulting recommends identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that measure activities such as customer effort, customer satisfaction, revenue (sales and collections) agent effectiveness and engagement, and agent productivity. Avoiding these three pitfalls will position your contact center agents to better deliver the kind of CX that differentiates your brand in all the right ways. On the other hand, CX missteps made amid rising customer expectations means risking damage to a company’s reputation and bottom line. As many organizations learn that reality the hard way, it leaves those that are getting it right at a clear advantage. With that in mind, below are three common CX pitfalls and how to navigate around them. MISTAKE THREE: Over-complicating the Agent ExperienceHow are you enabling your contact center agents to handle the proliferation of channels? How many screens or systems do they need to access to assist a typical customer? If your agents are struggling with multiple systems that don’t connect, the effect on CX is negative — and lasting. For your customers, disparate systems mean inconsistent experience, and Forrester Research shows this leads to higher operating costs and lower customer satisfaction. A commitment to the customer experience includes a commitment to the agent experience. A smart option for empowering the agent with the ability to resolve customer issues is to embed your contact center solution directly with the agent’s CRM interface to connect all customer interaction data. Fewer clicks to access a comprehensive view of the customer delivers a better experience to all. With customer experience (CX) as the new brand differentiator, the contact center has become the pivotal battleground for customer loyalty and long-term financial success for organizations of all sizes. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » CX_Pitfalls-1024×683.jpg Learn more! Click here to read “3 Customer Experience Mistakes You’ll Never Make Again” in its entirety.Tags:News & Viewsagent experienceCX MetricsCXContact Center & Customer ExperienceBest PracticesCCaaSDigital TransformationSponsored Post Articles You Might Like How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? MISTAKE TWO: Going Multichannel Instead of OmnichannelToday’s consumer expects to interact with brands seamlessly across multiple channels, including web chat, click-to-call, SMS, and social messaging. However, according to recent Nemertes Research, fewer than half of the organizations it studied support these channels. In the rush to connect across multiple channels, many organizations aren’t integrating interactions into a seamless, omnichannel experience. The result is frustration for customers when agents lack the necessary information and context to effectively and efficiently deliver optimal service and ultimate resolution. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI read more

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Flood victims in Malawi in urgent need of food other relief aid

Some 77 metric tons of biscuits – enough to feed 77,000 people – were airlifted into the Southern Africa country from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai earlier this week, according to a WFP press release, which added that this ready-to-eat food would be prioritized for the most vulnerable people, particularly youths. Among the poorest countries on earth, Malawi has one of the highest rates of stunting among children. Meanwhile, the latest figures from the country’s Government-led food security cluster indicate that some 370,000 people currently require urgent food and other relief assistance due to the flooding. The UN agency explained that reaching the worst-affected areas with such assistance had become “extremely difficult” as many roads and bridges had been damaged or washed away. Within days of the President of Malawi declaring a disaster in 15 of the country’s 28 districts, WFP began to deliver maize, beans, oil and super-cereal – a fortified corn blend – from in-country stocks to those displaced in Chikwawa district of Malawi on Saturday. However, the agency has stressed that the stocks will need to be replaced once the crisis is over. In addition, the WFP warned that $18 million in urgent funding is still required in order for it to be able to continue its assistance to Malawi’s flood victims. read more

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Keeping the underground air clean in coal mines with trackless machines

first_imgOne focus of International Mining’s December issue is coal clearance and the use of mobile machines. Bucyrus says its rubber-tyre diesel vehicles “are differentiated from other vehicles in underground coal mining” because they are “unique in being able to offer either wet bath or dry scrubber exhaust systems.”The engine and exhaust packages have been designed and configured specifically for Bucyrus diesel product range and through combining low emission engines and the wet and dry exhaust packages so Bucyrus can offer class setting emissions, power and performance that helps address mine ventilation concerns in dissipating diesel particulate emissions (DPM). Both the Bucyrus designed and manufactured dry and wet exhaust systems cool and clean the exhaust gas before it mixes with mine ventilation air and use a catalytic converter to regenerate the exhaust gas and reduce emissions.The exhaust system is monitored by the Bucyrus DCS electronic shutdown system which prevents the machine from being operated in an unsafe condition such as low water level, or from high exhaust system temperatures. A gauge in the operator’s compartment indicates when the filter requires changing.Exhaust systems and the unique feature of Bucyrus cooling system configuration of horizontal radiators are shared across the product line along with control and shutdown systems. This facilitates the reduction of line items required to be held in mine stores.These vehicles have a commonality of parts across shared platforms. Major components are common with other units in the Bucyrus product line. For example the transmission, exhaust system, engine package, hydraulic manifold, Posistop brake units, cooling system components, shutdown system and operator station layout are the same for the FBL-10 LHD/Utility vehicle, MH-40 Shield Hauler and FBR-15 Coal Hauler.The operator compartment design and control layout is similar across all the product line, with operators already trained on one Bucyrus model quickly learning to use others in the range. Operator controls are within easy reach and lift and winch operations are joystick controlled. Pilot controlled vehicles with dials and gauges and the electronic controlled machines with its optional LCD instrument cluster are clearly visible and switchgear is within easy reach requiring minimal movement. Demanding working conditions require that the operator is comfortable for the length of the shift so suspension seats and restraint systems have been selected to assist in fatigue management and increase safety.An option on electronic controlled diesel-powered vehicles is a digital dashboard. Taking inspiration from 21st Century automotive design the instrument cluster has been kept functional and practical yet offers unparalleled whole machine monitoring from engine and performance characteristics to issue control management diagnostic capabilities using a flameproof high resolution colour 150 mm LCD display with IQAN technology.Bucyrus’s in-house designed DCS (Diesel Control System) checks and monitors engine and exhaust temperatures, pressures, fluid and gas levels to ensure safe and legal operation of the equipment and the safety of operators and equipment. The monitoring is continuous and if a situation occurs that is outside the operating parameters of the system the engine will shutdown and can be data logged through the fault retrieval screen for use by mine managers and maintenance personnel.last_img read more

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Poll Is the banking inquiry now irreparably damaged

first_img No, a rough start but that was to be expected (399) Too early to tell (360) Poll Results: Yes, its findings will be compromised (3571) Don’t know (119) THE TERMS OF reference for the banking inquiry are yet to be discussed but already the inquiry is mired in controversy.Today, Independent TD Stephen Donnelly announced that he will be stepping down from the banking inquiry,  saying that it is clear that it will not be ‘free of Cabinet control’.His announcement comes after a week in which the Government lost its majority majority on the inquiry and then, after failing to remove a Fianna Fáil Senator, added two Government Senators to ensure a majority.It led to Taoiseach Enda Kenny being compared to Hitler in the Seanad chamber.Today’s question: Is the banking inquiry now irreparably damaged? Yes, its findings will be compromisedNo, a rough start but that was to be expectedToo early to tellDon’t knowVotelast_img read more

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I want to be the best player in the league Ive seen

first_img Short URL ‘I want to be the best player in the league… I’ve seen stuff written about me and it only helps’ Kieran Sadlier has been tipped as one of the stars of the 2018 season, and he’s made a positive start. Updated at 21.30 Cork City’s Kieran Sadlier rides a challenge from Ryan Brennan of St Patrick’s Athletic. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOALTHOUGH HE ADMITS to being inspired by the example set by one of his closest friends in football, Kieran Sadlier insists his only objective for 2018 is to continue improving.The skilful 23-year-old was Cork City’s hero against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night, when he scored directly from a corner in the 82nd minute to ensure that the Leesiders began their defence of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title with a win.Having been tipped to be one of the stars of the 2018 season, Sadlier has made an impressive start. Five days prior to the 3-2 victory at Richmond Park, the English-born winger scored a stunning goal as City came from two goals down at half-time to claim the President’s Cup courtesy of a 4-2 defeat of Dundalk.Sadlier is one of the domestic game’s most technically accomplished footballers — “he’s probably the most talented player in the league because his skill levels are incredible,” said his manager John Caulfield last week – yet there were signs in Inchicore on Friday which suggested that he has added the physicality and aggression many observers felt he previously lacked.After joining Cork City from Sligo Rovers last July, Sadlier went on to win a Premier Division medal before helping the club to complete the first double in its history by scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout victory over Dundalk in the FAI Cup final. Following a brief break during the off-season, he was back in the gym to prepare for 2018.“Last year I realised when I came here, it’s a big club obviously, and people are going to target you and they’re going to double up on you. Over the break I was in the gym doing my weights and that side of things. I only took three weeks off,” Sadlier told The42.“I was back working and doing my extra bits for the rest of it, trying to improve in certain areas. Physicality is definitely one of them. I feel stronger now. I’ve put on weight and hopefully that’s something that’ll help me going forward. I’m always looking to improve my game.” Kieran Sadlier with Sean Maguire after last November’s FAI Cup final. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOPreston North End striker Sean Maguire was the top performer in the League of Ireland in 2017, and Sadlier is keen on having a similar impact as the one made by his friend and former colleague. After his goals played a major role in Cork City ending a 12-year wait for a top flight title, Maguire was signed by the English Championship club last summer.Sadlier and Maguire have already followed similar paths in their careers so far. As well as being Ireland underage team-mates — Sadlier’s grandfather hails from Tipperary — the pair were on the books together at West Ham United. They both ended up in Cork after stints at several other clubs, including Sligo Rovers.“I’d love to emulate what Seani has done,” said Sadlier, who has also had spells with St Mirren, Peterborough United and Halifax Town. “He’s a different type of player obviously — he scores more goals as a striker — but my only aim really is to make the most of my ability and be the best player I can be. I want to be the best player in the league.“I’ve seen stuff written up about me and it only helps. It pushes you on and gives you extra confidence. You’ll get the bad stuff too but you’ve just got to manage it mentally. Everything is going well at the moment. I’ve just got to keep improving and not rest on my laurels.”Sadlier felt City were rewarded for their hard work in Friday’s win against St Pat’s. After taking an early 2-0 lead through goals from Barry McNamee and Graham Cummins, the complexion of the game changed in the 26th minute when Cummins received a straight red card for an apparent elbow on Kevin Toner.Pat’s capitalised on their numerical advantage and pulled a goal back when City defender Aaron Barry inadvertently put the ball in his own net. Conan Byrne deservedly brought the Saints level shortly after the restart, but in spite of their dominance of possession, the home side were unable to take the lead.With eight minutes of normal time remaining, Sadlier’s corner-kick crept over Barry Murphy’s line after the Pat’s goalkeeper seemed to slip on a surface which felt the effects of the heavy rain that had fallen throughout the first half. St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOSadlier said: “I’m happy with the goal but this game was more about the fact that we showed as a team that we stick together when things aren’t going right. We had a brilliant start, we were so clinical, but with 10 men it’s hard, especially when you’re away from home. But we showed that when you work together and never give up that you’ll get your rewards.“We’re a very close team. It’s one of the closest teams I’ve ever been in. Lads live together, we all go out together, and I think those things off the pitch come together on it. We showed it last week as well when we were 2-0 down up at Dundalk. Getting late winners after you’ve come back like that is an even better way to win sometimes.”Meanwhile, Pat’s manager Liam Buckley says they can be encouraged by their display against the defending champions, despite finishing empty-handed in a game they mostly had the better of. Buckley’s side travel to Bray Wanderers on Friday, while Cork City welcome newly-promoted Waterford to Turner’s Cross.“We were terribly unlucky, conceding a goal direct from a corner,” Buckley said. “I think they had two or three corners in the second half and that was it. They had no shots, our goalkeeper had nothing to do and we had all the possession. We just weren’t good enough in the final third. We needed to create a better quality of chances.“We worked hard, we kept the ball well, we were quite disciplined, but it was just unfortunate that our goalkeeper slipped for their corner and it went directly in. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred that doesn’t go in and the game finishes two-all.“It’s disappointing that we got nothing out of it but it’s only the first game. There’s a long way to go and there’s plenty of positives we can take out of it as well.”‘The doorbell rings at 4am. It’s a taxi with Joe Royle… We ended up having rasher sandwiches in the kitchen’‘I think there’s still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards the League of Ireland’ 22,548 Views 3 Comments http://the42.ie/3860169 Feb 19th 2018, 3:07 PM Share10 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Dollery Monday 19 Feb 2018, 9:30 PMlast_img read more

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Juan Antins Animated Film Pachamama Arrives on Netflix After 14Year Journey

first_imgWith “Pachamama” about to make its global debut, Antin is working on his next project, writing a script along the same lines as “Pachamama,” but set in the Amazon. Netflix picked up the film in February. The Cesar Award-nominated movie was influenced by the work of Antin’s anthropologist wife, who was doing social work in Argentina at the time with indigenous communities. Antin had the opportunity to talk with community leaders and shamans. “That’s when I really fell in love with this culture of Pachamama, how they worship the earth. They are in gratitude and in love with the earth and it’s so simple,” he says.“And I thought it’s two points of view of the same thing: Europeans coming from Spain, from Europe, from England, France also, and seeing the earth as a resource of richness and gold, and these people that just see it as something to worship.”Antin recalls a woman who was at an early screening of the film who told him that she understood why it took so long to get “Pachamama” made. “She said people weren’t prepared for this film back then,” he says. “I said, ‘That’s right, because 14 years ago, it wasn’t a thing that people talked about. It wasn’t in the media with people saying we have to save the planet.’ I guess it comes at the right moment now.”It’s a message that Antin is glad to see go out to a global audience.“Since the moment I knew that Netflix was interested in the film, I was thrilled because I believe this film has to be seen and because I want this message to be carried worldwide,” Antin says. “Netflix took the film and is putting in a lot of work, dubbing it in 20 languages. It’s amazing for an independent film to have a release that size.”“Pachamama” is produced by Didier Brunner, who has backed a number of notable international animated films, including “The Old Lady and the Pigeons,” “Kirikou and the Sorceress,” “The Triplets of Belleville,” “The Secret of Kells” and “Ernest and Celestine.” With Brunner’s backing, the film went into production in 2015. Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewellcenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Writer-director Juan Antin worked for 14 years to make “Pachamama,” which tells the tale of a young boy growing up in the Andes in the time of the Incas and the Spanish explorers, and now the animated film will be seen by a global audience when it debuts on Netflix on Friday, June 7.“The idea came one day when I was at a festival in Cuba presenting my first film, ‘Mercano the Martian,’” explains Antin. “I was staring at the sea and I had a vision. I imagined all those ships coming in from Europe and Spain 500 years ago. I said, ‘Wow, I can imagine how the indigenous people saw these men arrive and thought they were gods.’ I started to imagine the different points of view that each one has of the other and thought it would be a good idea for a film.”“Pachamama,” which had its world premiere at the Animation Is Film Festival last October, follows the adventures of a 10-year-old boy who wants to become a shaman. He goes on an adventure with his friend and her pet llama to retrieve a small golden statue confiscated from their village by an Incan overlord. The title, “Pachamama,” refers to an earth-mother goddess worshiped by the indigenous people of the Andes, and the film has an ecological theme that resonates strongly today. Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Ubisoft allows Watch Dogs singleplayer missions to be preorder exclusives

first_imgAs a gamer, I’m fine with retailers securing exclusive items to tempt you into placing a new game pre-order with them. But those items should not extend to actual gameplay, and that’s the mistake Ubisoft seems to be making with Watch Dogs.Both Amazon and GameStop have managed to secure exclusive single-player missions for those of us who pre-order the game with them. That means, as a gamer you won’t be able to experience all missions Ubisoft has created for the game unless you buy the game from multiple retailers.Chances are such exclusive missions will be offered later in the game’s lifecycle as either part of a DLC pack or Game of the Year edition. But that’s not the point. The gameplay should not be limited based on where you purchase the title from. Sure, give us a t-shirt, a nice game box, or even an in-game item to wear or use, but blocking access to actual missions is going to anger players and especially completists.Pre-ordering the game from Amazon will get you the Signature Shot Pack, which includes an exclusive mission where you steal from the Black Viceroy gang. Completing the mission nets the player a Black Viceroy’s Outfit and a unique Biometric Assault Rifle. Alternatively, pre-ordering Watch Dogs from GameStop gets you the Palace Pack, which includes an exclusive mission where you wipe the hard drives at an Internet billionaire’s mansion. You also get a hacking boost allowing you to get more money out of ATMs.Watch Dogs is set to be released on November 19 and you can watch 6 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay to see what all the fuss is about. If you feel strongly about gameplay not being used as a pre-order bonus, then I’d suggest you let Ubisoft know by purchasing the game from a retailer who isn’t advertising an exclusive mission as an incentive for buying.last_img read more

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Nadia businessman shot dead by friend

first_imgKolkata: Subhas Biswas, a local business from Nadia’s Palashipara was shot dead by his friend on mere suspicion that Biswas might have developed an illicit love relationship with his wife.The incident triggered tension among the locals in the Bijoynagar area of Nadia where the victim used to live with his family. The accused Bibhas Biswas has been absconding since the incident took place on Sunday morning. He lives in the same area. The locals staged a protest demonstration near Palashipara police station. The agitation was later lifted following the intervention of senior police officers of the district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the victim was having tea at a stall near his house on Sunday morning when his friend reached there. Before the victim could realise anything the accused took out a gun and shot him from a close quarter. The accused fled the spot immediately after the incident. Some locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. According to the preliminary investigation, the police suspect that the accused thought the victim might have had an extra-marital relationship with his wife. Locals have demanded his immediate arrest.last_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more November 8, 2010 – Improved treatment planning software from IBA has algorithms to warn clinicians if radiation levels are too high in critical structures during radiation therapy. IBA showed its latest Compass Software advances during ASTRO 2010, Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 in San Diego. With reduced staffing and increasing numbers of oncology patients, Compass helps smooth workflow by highlighting areas of concern on radiation therapy treatment plans. It uses CT or MR data sets rather than phantoms for planning to help increase dose accuracy. A new algorithm looks at the structures in the anatomy from the imaging scans and compensates for air, bone, fat and radiation sensitive organs.The software shows error maps showing hot and cold spots of radiation dose. It also offers the Dose Volume Histogram view of the plan, which highlights areas of error if a dose exceeds an anticipated level. The system will also give a rapid pass or fail analysis for radiation dose for critical structures around the tumor to save staff time.Software highlights include: • Fast analysis of response difference (plan vs. delivered)• Precise evaluation per field or for each segment/control point • Reliable check even for small MLC errors • Fast overview of all frames (planned vs. measured) on control point level • Check references vs. planned consistency for small fluctuations • Seamless measurement of the whole plan delivery • Accurate analysis of rotational plans • Individual check for each IMRT segment (step and shoot or dynamic) • Precise measurement of gantry angle per frame • Rapid response measurement with sampling rate up to 20 frames/secFor more information: www.iba-dosimetry.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | November 08, 2010 Treatment Planning Software Warns of High Doses to Critical Structures News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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Denver Broncos fans celebrate Super Bowl win in Costa Rica

first_imgAlexander Iglesias, 27, cheers during the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Iglesias, who was born in Nicaragua but has lived in Costa Rica for the past 16 years, watched the big game with friends at Mac’s Sports Bar near Sabana Park. A heavy crowd turned out for the game that saw  the Broncos take their third championship back to Denver, possibly sending legendary quarterback Peyton Manning off in triumphant swing. The league is on a stated mission to try to increase Latino viewership and recently announced a game in Mexico City next season on Nov. 21 between the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans. Facebook Comments Related posts:WATCH: Saborío scores, Costa Rica edges Oman 4-3 in first leg of Asia tour Costa Rica’s La Sele defeats South Korea 3-1 in friendly Argentine Ricardo ‘El Tigre’ Gareca likely will be Costa Rica’s next national football coach US coach Jurgen Klinsmann fired on heels of blowout loss in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Myanmar is called insincere on political prisoners

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories The latest amnesty came a week before Thein Sein is to travel to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly, where he will be able to tout his reforms on an international stage.“I think political prisoners are bargaining chips for Thein Sein’s policies,” Bo Kyi, joint secretary of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) said.He said if Thein Sein was sincere in his desire for reform and reconciliation, his government needs to officially acknowledge it holds political prisoners and free them unconditionally. Myanmar has long insisted all prisoners it holds are criminals.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “I am not happy because other colleagues remain in prison. The government should release all political prisoners,” said Nyan Tun, a farmer from delta who was freed from Thayarwaddy prison.The opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi said it confirmed at least 87 political detainees were among the 514 prisoners granted amnesty. Other groups tracking prisoners gave similar totals, based on information from the freed prisoners, their comrades and their families.President Thein Sein’s government has made freedom for political prisoners a centerpiece of its reform policies, which come after almost five decades of military rule ended last year. Western nations have eased their crippling economic and diplomatic sanctions in response, but Myanmar hopes for an end to the sanctions entirely to kick-start the country’s moribund economy.The information ministry said the prisoners were released so they can participate in nation-building and to help maintain friendly ties with neighboring countries. A prison department official contacted by phone Tuesday confirmed that 399 foreigners were freed under the amnesty.The official was not authorized to speak to the media and spoke on condition of anonymity. Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement 83 of those released are Thais who were arrested this year for border encroachment. YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s limited releases of political prisoners show the government is insincere in its much-lauded democratic reforms and is using its hundreds of detainees to gain further concessions by Western nations, activists said Tuesday.The latest amnesty announced Monday covers more than 500 prisoners, but less than one-fifth are political detainees. Opposition groups and rights activists say Myanmar still holds several hundred political prisoners. Check your body, save your life Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

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NEW YORK — The Rolling Stones will be rolling thro

first_img NEW YORK — The Rolling Stones will be rolling through the United States next year.The band says it’s adding a 13-show leg to its No Filter tour in spring 2019 that will hit Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. The tour kicks off in Miami on April 20.For the past few years the legendary band has mostly played in Europe. Lead singer Mick Jagger says in a statement: “It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the States.”Tickets go on sale Nov. 30.The band returned to its blues roots in 2016 with the release of “Blue & Lonesome,” which earned the Stones a Grammy Award for best traditional blues album.The Associated Press The Rolling Stones plan 13 US live dates next year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 25, 2018 file photo, Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards, of The Rolling Stones, perform during their No Filter tour in London. The Rolling Stones will be rolling through the U.S. next year. The band says it is adding a 13-show leg to its tour in spring 2019, kicking off in Miami on April 20. (Photo by Mark Allan/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2018 12:43 pm PDTlast_img read more

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