Female U-20 Lone Star Had No Chance

first_imgThe national U-20 female Lone Star never had no chance last Saturday in their return-leg encounter for next year’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, against their Nigerian counterparts in Abuja, as the Nigerians ran away with victory, slamming in seven goals without a reply.The first leg two weeks ago in Monrovia saw the Nigerians sweeping victory their own way, scoring an incredible but humiliating 7-1 before the home crowd. And with such a devastating first leg, it would have been too foolish for any local fan to expect a miracle of victory.True, miracles happen once in a while but only when you are prepared and conditioned to expect it. Since we never prepared our young women for their opponents, it was clear that we did not need a soothsayer or a prophet to have predicted how the results would be.Now the two-leg encounter is over with our team losing a surprising but unfortunate 14-1 defeat and what should we begin to think. Yes, think is what I said and not ‘what we should begin to do.’ This is because we would do nothing any way. The disgrace would pass just like any other thing passes us by.But one thing I know we will do is to condemn and just take satisfaction in just talk about the soccer tragedy in Monrovia and Abuja. Yes, I know the Ministry of Youth & Sports would say nothing because they don’t have to say anything about the defeat. It is not a tradition for the Ministry to worry about why we lost and offer suggestions. Or take some serious action with the intent to get things done a little better in the future.But the question that should claim the attention of somebody is this: ‘Why did we register to play when we knew long time ago that we would not prepare the team well for the tournament?’ There are people who want to be counted because they want to be counted. But in sports Liberian players, whether male or female, deserve better preparation and motivation. Anything other than that means we would court disaster as it happened against Falconets.Even if somebody wanted the girls to lose, they could have led them to lose with honor. Losing 14-1 in two matches underscore the lack of commitment and support to develop the female game, much more the male national team.Where is Madam Ciatta Bishop? She was the one who, just before the Ebola menace, came on the scene with promises of seeing the Promised Land for our girls. Madam what happened?I know, we were too deep fighting Ebola, an unknown enemy so we were not really getting ready to use our legs to kick football. We had to cremate our Ebola dead; we had to fix our health care system and we had to pay those who risked their lives to fight the enemy…I can go on but enough! I agree, Ebola’s presence halted every progress, but did we have to register to be disgraced as it happened?Yes, if my daughter were part of the team, I would not have wanted her to return to Monrovia with her head bowed low, explaining what happened in Abuja or even what happened in Monrovia.After all we were never prepared and it was such unpreparedness that helped Ebola to kill more than it wanted to kill.Well down Nigeria, go Falconets go!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa: a brand of active citizens

first_imgTwelve-year-old Bhekimuzi Magagula from Meetse-a-Bophelo Primary School in Mamelodi East is overcome by emotion as he sings happy birthday to Nelson Mandela during an International Mandela Day event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 18 July 2013. (Image: GCIS)Johannesburg, Friday 17 July 2015 – South Africa and the world commemorate International Mandela Day on Saturday 18 July 2015. On this day the legacy of service emulated by the former Statesman and South Africa’s founding President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is celebrated and honoured.• Download press releaseThis year, International Nelson Mandela Day is commemorated under the theme: Play Your Part and Make Every Day a Mandela Day. This call is made so that all citizens in our country can carry forward the legacy of active citizenship embodied by the former Statesman and contribute to South Africa’s growth and development.South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world. A spirit of active citizenship that will drive the implementation of the National Development Plan is critical to national efforts to reduce this inequality. The National Development Plan or Vision 2030 is South Africa’s blueprint for social and economic growth and development. This plan will be successfully implemented only when all stakeholders in the country’s nation building project come together in a common purpose.Ordinary South Africans gather to mourn and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela after his passing in December 2013. (Image: GCIS)A report entitled “I believe I can make a difference” by the Charities Aid Foundation has found that giving and volunteering, which are important expressions of humanity and citizenship, are already widely evidenced across Africa. The report further finds that initiatives like International Mandela Day in South Africa “are illustrative of a concerted interest and effort in cultivating a caring society,” which promotes active citizenship and social cohesion.The findings of this report are echoed by the National Perceptions Audit conducted by Brand South Africa which finds that South Africa’s pride level stands at 80, active citizenship level at 68 and social cohesion level at 73. Fifty-three percent (53%) of citizens surveyed indicated that they would like to contribute to social programmes although they may not have the time and resources to do so which a further 29% indicated that are willing to contribute to programmes that help others.Children wave South African flags during an International Mandela Day event in Danville, Pretoria West. (Image: GCIS)It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa has partnered with the Going the Extra Mile programme (GEM) to develop an app which lists programmes and projects to which people can contribute. Using an app to communicate such projects is an innovate way in which to allow citizens to access information on a platform of their choice, in their own time, at their own leisure. The app is therefore intended to enable greater active citizenship cognisant of the fact that the South African brand is already strongly characterised by a spirit of active citizenship and service to others.Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to continue to play their part to enable growth and development in our country. Let International Mandela Day 2015 be the beginning of 365 Mandela Days.Participate in the conversation on #MandelaDay and #TimeToServelast_img read more

Can Blackberry Reinvent the Address Book?

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#NYT#web For RIM, the idea behind acquiring Gist would be to possibly re-invent the phone address book and make it integral to its core offering. It would actually make a lot of sense for RIM to do this, as it plays to its core strength – namely, messaging. By making the address book more networked and more social, RIM can build a social inbox, much like the one being championed by Facebook.A few thoughts I’ve got about Gist that seem worth articulating, in case the service disappears into the borg of the Blackberry:Will the Gist apps on all the different platforms, from the iPhone to Outlook to Gmail to Android, continue being offered? Supported? Developed? Hopefully. Neither company said so explicitly in their announcement posts, though that’s clearly a concern of the commenters on the Gist blog.I like the idea behind Gist, but I can never get myself to use it regularly and it doesn’t work as well as I’d like it to. People become associated with RSS feeds of old employers and I can’t edit their profiles from my iPhone. I too seldom make calendar events using peoples’ real email adresses and there’s a requirement that structured data be used in order to get the maximum benefit from it. Do you find yourself using Gist regularly? I’ve trained the system even to know who is most important to me (it did a fair job on its own) and yet I still don’t find myself using it often enough. Presumably Blackberry will bake the technology into its OS much more intimately.One of the cool things the service does is the little game that encourages you to name the people in your contact list by looking at their avatar and then picking out their names and employers from a list. How quickly can you identify people and how often can you get these quick picks right? I find that fascinating, even if the feature was never fully developed.What about you, readers? Do you want an adress book that tells you the recent Tweets, posts or Facebook messages of the people you’re about to call or reading emails from on your phone? I love the idea, but I’m not sure how viable a compelling execution is right now. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement You’ve got a meeting in 15 minutes. You know who else is going to be there, but imagine whipping out your phone to get more context: what have the other meeting attendees posted this morning on Twitter, what have they written on their blogs, what were the last email threads you were on with them and what events did you last attend together?Research in Motion, the parent company behind the Blackberry business smartphone, is betting that its customers (and would-be customers) would like to be shown this kind of information about their contacts quickly and easily. That’s why the company has acquiredGist, a Seattle-based startup that provides just such a service.See also: Sarah Perez’s in-depth review of Gist at launchLeading mobile blogger Om Malik put the deal in this context two months ago when he first reported it was underway: Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Readers Picks of the Week

first_imgHanjin Marine Arrives at NWSA TerminalThe Hanjin Marine is the first Hanjin ship to call at one of the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s (NWSA) terminals, after the South Korean shipping company filed for receivership in late August… Read More Worker Dies after Falling from Tanker Nord GardeniaA worker died after he fell into the water while transferring from a service vessel to the chemical tanker Nord Gardenia, the vessel’s operator Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S confirmed… Read More Moody’s: Maersk Ratings on Review for DowngradeDenmark-based shipping and oil company A.P. Møller-Mærsk’s Baa1 issuer rating, Baa1 senior unsecured rating and the (P)Baa1 medium-term note (MTN) program rating were placed on review for downgrade… Read More ITF Criticizes US’ Treatment of Hanjin CrewThe US authorities have been criticized by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) due to the refusal of shore leave to seafarers on board Hanjin ships in the USA as a denial of human rights… Read More World Maritime News Staff Drewry: Hanjin’s Misfortune Leaves Gap at THE AllianceFollowing the bankruptcy of South Korea’s container carrier Hanjin Shipping, the proposed carrier grouping THE Alliance is left at a size disadvantage to both its future rivals… Read More last_img read more

Deadpool 2 Motorcycle Death Leaves Stunt Community Asking Tough Questions

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Veterans question the decision by producers to give the green light for the motorcycle scene to SJ Harris, a professional racer, rather than a more experienced film pro: “It absolutely could have been prevented.”Hollywood stunt performers are, by and large, united in their desire for film and television sets to be as safe as possible. They earn their keep by testing the limits in dangerous and often uncontrollable settings.But their insistence on this point also may explain why, in the wake of the tragic accident on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2, in which a 40-year-old professional motorcycle rider named Joi “SJ” Harris was killed, they have already started to ask whether Harris should have been driving the Ducati motorcycle in the first place for that film’s scene. “She was a highly qualified motorcyclist racer but not an experienced stunt person,” says Conrad Palmisano, a veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director with 47 years in the entertainment industry, including credits on Sleepless in Seattle, 21 Jump Street and scores of other productions. Palmisano expresses concerns about Harris’ racing background and how it would prepare her for this particular stunt. “It is my understanding that she is reported to be a pro racer,” he says. “But she rode 300cc cycles. The one she crashed on was 900cc motorcycle — much bigger, more powerful.”Harris hailed from New York and was widely lauded for becoming one of the country’s first and most successful black, female motorcycle riders. She was featured in a 2015 profile in Black Girls Ride magazine. Her social media feeds were paeans to the world of motorcycle riding, and her role in bringing that culture to a wider, more diverse audience had been recognized.The Deadpool 2 production was her very first job on a movie set. Several stunt people say her skills on the racetrack notwithstanding, the stunt work on Monday called for a professional stunt worker. Harris, they worry, was given the job less due to her professional riding chops and more because as a body double, her skin tone was a closer match with actress Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino in the film.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Eriksen named Junior members Player of the Season at Spurs

first_imgChristian Eriksen has been awarded the One Hotspur Junior members’ Player of the Season award for his excellent displays over Tottenham’s campaignThe Danish midfielder was presented with the award by One Hotspur Junior member Luke Canning at the club’s final game of the season with Spurs’ winning a nine-goal thriller against Leicester City in what was their last home league match at Wembley, before they move to their new stadium.“What a season it has been at Wembley! Hope you all enjoyed the season as much as we did. And thank you for voting me Junior members club player of the year,” Eriksen wrote on Instagram.The former Ajax star has scored 10 goals and made 10 assists in his 37 Premier League appearances for Spurs this season.Jan Vertonghen was named the club’s Player of the Year, while Victor Wanyama won Goal of the Season for his thunderbolt in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool earlier this year.last_img read more

Dani Parejo Valencia deserved a bit more

first_imgValencia captain Dani Parejo feels that they deserved a “bit more” than a mere goalless draw at Manchester UnitedLos Che held United to a 0-0 draw in Tuesday night’s Group H clash in the Champions League with a solid defensive display.Valencia did gradually began to gain the upper hand over their opponents as the game wore on, but were unable to convert anything into a goal.“We played a great game, they tried long balls because they have tall players. We [could] have scored against them, but we could not. We are happy, but we deserved a bit more,” said Parejo, according to AS.After losing their first game 2-0 to Juventus, Valencia are third in Group H with a solitary point.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It is a tough group against major rivals. Here you go game by game. We’ve taken a big step. Now, to try to win the next and get on with four points,” Parejo said.📌⚽️🦇Así está la clasificación del ‘Grupo H’ de la @ChampionsLeague ⤵️#YoCreoEnEsteEquipohttps://t.co/hvvr1O4MSY— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) October 2, 2018last_img read more

State Continues Work To Reduce High Recidivism Rates

first_imgAccording to a reentry plan instituted in 2015 by the DOC, successful prisoner reentry is important state public safety policy. For every returning citizen who does not reoffend, means one less victim and no additional public defender, prosecutor, court, law enforcement and ADOC costs. That individual becomes a productive wage earner contributing to his/her family and to the economy, building healthier stronger Alaskan communities. Governor Walker’s legislation aims to increase funding and resources to assist with programs the DOC currently has in place. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker introduced legislation aimed at furthering the state’s goal of rehabilitating prisoners by increasing access to rehabilitation and reentry programs. Preventing recidivism is a critical part of reducing the overall crime rate in the state of Alaska, and ensuring incarcerated individuals have the necessary resources to continue their recovery will augment efforts already underway in the Department of Corrections. Megan Edge, DOC Spokeswoman: “Within DOC that focus is ‘what do we need to do to make sure these people never come back to prison, how do we lower that recidivism rate’.”center_img Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-state-works-to-reduce-recidivsm.mp3VmJennifer-on-state-works-to-reduce-recidivsm.mp300:00RPd One new program launched the first of the year is the Pretrial Enforcement Division. However, according to Edge, the real work to reduce recidivism happens within the facility: “Pretrial, what happens inside of our prisons, and what happens when you leave our prisons are all crucial to reducing the recidivism rate.” Reentry programs and reentry courts are designed to help returning citizens successfully “reenter” society following their incarceration. Edge: “It would be ludicrous to think that you could send somebody away for that long, not give them any programming, and expect them to be a more constructive member of society.”last_img read more

Prothom Alo will always be with noble causes

first_imgMatiur Rahman, editor of Prothom Alo, speaking at the annual correspondents’ conference at CA Bhaban, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka on 1 November. Photo: Prothom AloProthom Alo has been under pressure since its founding days, but it never gave up and it will continue to be with noble causes, the newspaper’s editor Matiur Rahman said at the annual conference of its correspondents on Thursday.A total of 166 participants, including 152 correspondents and 14 photographers, took part in the programme held at the CA Bhaban auditorium in the city’s Karwan Bazar.“The circulation of Prothom Alo has increased while we have also increased the number of pages. Last year’s plans were mostly carried out. The remaining issues should be discussed and carried out too,” said Lazzat Mahsi, deputy editor of Prothom Alo, in his welcome speech.A section of the participants at the Prothom Alo annual correspondents’ conference where 152 correspondents and 14 photographers took part. Photo: Prothom AloProthom Alo is the mostly read daily in Bangladesh with about 6.6 million readers reading the newspaper everyday, according to the National Media Survey 2018.The newspaper is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year on 4 November.According to Google Analytics, 1 million people read the online edition of Prothom Alo (www.prothomalo.com) everyday, making it the most popular Bangla website with a daily readership of 7.6 million.As per Alexa, it is the number one Bangla website. Its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DailyProthomAlo) has around 13.9 million fans. Prothom Alo is ranked 73rd among all the media outlets of the world in terms of followers.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE Texas House Hearing On Housing After Hurricane Harvey

first_img Share Click on “Live” below to watch the hearing The Texas House of Representatives’ Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on short-term and long-term housing needs and related issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding.last_img