Premier League team of the season: No Lloris, De Gea or Courtois!

first_img Diego Costa has been one of the best performing strikers 1 David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris have been lauded for their displays in goal this season.However, according to the EA Sports Player Performance Index, which is created using data from Opta, West Ham no.1 Adrian has been the best keeper so far.Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Nathaniel Clyne were also among the top performing defenders, with Dusan Tadic, Raheem Sterling, Alexis Sanchez and Charlie Austin other notable mentions.Premier League 2014/15 team of the season so far: Do you agree with the team of the season so far – who would you pick? 1last_img read more

Redknapp disappointed to lose out to West Ham after trying to sign striker

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp admits it was a blow to miss out on Carlton Cole, who is set to re-sign for West Ham in the coming days.The former Chelsea striker was released by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce during the summer and then failed to prove his fitness when subsequently given another chance to earn a contract.Rangers were therefore hopeful of convincing Cole to join them in the wake of injuries to forwards Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora, but were left disappointed when he was offered a return to Upton Park after all.“I was interested in Carlton Cole but he’s signed for West Ham,” said Redknapp.“The situation is that we’ve got one striker, Charlie Austin. Where are you going to find someone? It’s difficult.“I wanted Carlton but he’s been at West Ham so is going [back] there, and finding someone on loan is hard.”See also:Redknapp unsure whether Chevanton is the answer to QPR’s striker shortage 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

10 deep: Loggers’ depth does Crusaders in

first_imgZach reed had 19 points, Miles Meynell tacked on 12 more and the Eureka Loggers handed its cross-town rival, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders, an 81-58 loss Saturday night in front of the Crusaders’ home crowd.Saturday’s win is Eureka’s second out of the previous three meetings between the two schools as the two programs split last season’s pair of games.“All through practice this week I could feel a different energy in our team,” Eureka head coach Robbie Thompson said. “Practice goes hand in hand …last_img read more

Social media growing strong in SA

first_imgSouth African individuals and businessesare embracing the use of social media, with locally developbed MXit garnering the lion’sshare of the market.(Image: Memeburn) MEDIA CONTACTS • Michal Wronski   MD, Fuseware  +27 21 930 9171 or +27 74 104 1969 • Arthur Goldstuck  World Wide Worx  +27 11 782 7003 or +27 83 326 4345   RELATED ARTICLES • Innovator up for social media award• Safe social portal for scholars• Social media to help Nigerian poll • JamiiX: from the Cape Flats to the world• Vaal Dam becomes social networking hitEmily van RijswijckSocial media has gone mainstream in South Africa, with both individuals and businesses embracing the available platforms and the average age of users steadily increasing as more people become connected and networks mature.These and other findings were released in a study by Fuseware and World Wide Worx, titled South African Social Media Landscape 2011. The publication throws some interesting and welcome light on social media usage in the country.  Homegrown messaging application MXit and Facebook are the most popular choices of individual internet activity, while Twitter has seen the most growth in the past year and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is the fastest growing network in the second half of 2011.“South Africans and business have flocked to social media in 2011 – a tipping point has been reached,” said Michal Wronski, MD of Fuseware and co-author of the report.It is the first time that research delved into the use of social platforms by both South African consumers and businesses.Fuseware is a social media monitoring platform which helps companies to make sense of the conversations taking place on the internet in real time.With World Wide Worx, a leading market research company focusing on trends in information technology and telecommunications, Fuseware aimed its study at getting a better understanding of how individuals and businesses are using social media, and to establish key demographics of the major social networks.  Data from Facebook, Twitter, MXit, LinkedIn, South African blogs and YouTube was collected through a combination of Fuseware’s analysis of social network databases, information provided directly by social networks, and World Wide Worx’s consumer market research.The success of prominent South African social media campaigns was also analysed.  “Businesses that want an in-depth understanding of social media and how it is being used in the South African context can use the 95-page report to better evaluate their own social media strategies,” said Wronski.Some numbersOverall, MXit remains the most popular application with about 10-million users, while Twitter notched up an impressive 1.1-million users by mid-2011, a trend in part attributed to the media’s obsession with the network.Co-author of the report and World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said this is because most radio and television personalities with large audiences are engaged in intensive campaigns to drive their listeners and viewers to both Twitter and Facebook.Surprisingly, of the approximately 4.2-million Facebook users in South Africa by August 2011, only 3.2-million had visited the site in the year to date, showing that many user move on once the novelty wears off. However, these 3.2-million South Africans spend on average up to 20 minutes per day browsing Facebook.Wronski also attributed the drop in Facebook user numbers to the fickle nature of the youth market.“Once BBM picked up significant traction in private schools, for example, many teenagers who had previously flocked to Facebook, opted for BBM’s greater immediacy.”As for businesses, almost every large consumer-orientated company in the country has started using social media to some extent, whether by way of a Facebook page, Twitter account, a LinkedIn presence or a corporate blog. LinkedIn, aimed at professional users, also reached the 1.1-million user mark, of which 10% are business owners.And although there are over 600 000 active blogs in South Africa, the majority of traffic is concentrated on a small pool of extremely popular blogs.Finally, contrary to popular belief, MXit is not a youth-only social network, with the study showing that 70 % of users were in fact over the age of 18 years.Mobile penetrationSocial media is also driving the growth in mobile phones in South Africa, with the mobile penetration rate standing at 80%, up from 50% last year, and expected to reach 90% by the end of 2011.  What is clear from the study is that social media is here to stay and while younger users are more inclined to use these networks, as social networks become more mainstream, their penetration within all age groups deepens.However, although South Africans are very media- and mobile-savvy consumers they appear to be more aware of privacy issues than their American counterparts.  “Location-based social networking services such as Foursquare, where users check in and share where they are, have not taken off on any significant level here,” said Wronski.“And South Africans are still fairly timid when it comes to shopping for goods online. This means that social commerce, such as Facebook credits, are a little slow to take off locally, but in time it will definitely bring in a new wave of innovation.”Wronski predicted that with increasing mobile accessibility, niche social networks aimed at the local market may well spring up.“There will be a heavy mobile focus with social networking, and creating and sharing content from your phone will become incredibly simple and real-time.”He concluded that social media holds much value, especially for businesses that understand how to use it.The full report is available for purchase from World Wide Worx.last_img read more

South African author shares lessons after winning Caine Prize

first_imgListening is important and reading is essential. These are just a few lessons Lidudumalingani Mqombothi gained on his journey as a writer. He won the 17th annual Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost earlier this month.Mqombothi believes he is a vessel, an instrument to tell precious stories. When he was asked if Memories We Lost is an African story, he replies: “I do not know what that [African story] even means. It is important to tell stories that might appear African or even South African. We should not make the mistake of thinking our experiences are uniquely South African.”Mqombothi received his prize, £10 000 (about R188 000) at a ceremony at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. He told BBC Africa that a conversation with a South African friend inspired him to write Memories We Lost.“My friend was trying to write a series of poems about her father who has Alzheimer’s. That was two years ago. Since then I would find myself either reading or watching something about mental illness.” Shortly thereafter he says the opportunity came to write a story about the illness.Memories We Lost“The winning story explores a difficult subject – how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia,” said chair of judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley. “Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists”.Memories We Lost details the heart wrenching story of two sisters and how they deal with the mental anguish one endures. The narrator speaks of “This Thing” that sometimes transforms her sister, making her do bad things, and causes her physical and emotional pain. She remembers her sister dropping out of school. The reader also finds out about the false impressions villagers have about “This Thing”.This short story is published in the Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You by the Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015 edition.Listen to Mqombothi’s story here:Mqombothi grew up in the Zikhovane Village in Transkei in the Eastern Cape. He was in his early twenties when he started writing poetry. “I attended a poetry session and felt I could write better poems. I could not, but I continued writing and now here we are.”He is also a photographer and a filmmaker. On 7 July, a few his images featured in the Real City of Cape Town Group Exhibition held in the Bo-Kaap.Mqombothi says his influences include poets, novelists, essayists, photographers, filmmakers, and the everyday man.“To narrow it down to a few would be an impossible and an unfair task. To amuse you, I will give you a few names: Ben Okri, Bessie Head, Dambudzo Marechera, Lewis Nkosi, Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, Teju Cole, Junot Diaz, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Rachel Zadok and Zoe Wicomb.”Watch Mqombothi talk about his experience as a writer in South Africa:More about Caine Prize winnerThe Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize encourages and highlights the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider international audience. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.The other authors on the shortlist were:Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for Genesis,Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) for At Your Requiem, published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You,and;Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) for The Lifebloom Gift, published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014.last_img read more

#NGODigitalSpaces, NGOs and social media

first_img#NGODigitalSpaces workshops in South Africa taught people in the non-profit sector about using social media to gain the trust of potential donors and supporters. By using the .ngo domain, donors will know that the organisation has been verified.Jeri Curry, Enset CEO, says the non-profit provider is using the #NGODigitalSpaces workshops to teach people in the non-profit sector how they can use digital platforms to gain the trust of potential donors and supporters. (Image: YouTube, Enset.ngo)Melissa JavanSeveral workshops, called #NGODigitalSpaces, were held in South Africa this month to teach people in the non-profit sector about why they should use social media to gain the trust of supporters and donors.Around the world, there are low levels of public trust and individual and institutional donors, both internationally and locally, want more information and reassurances about how funds are used. Social media, the workshops posited, could help to build this trust.What is #NGODigitalSpaces?The #NGODigitalSpaces workshops are hosted by Enset, a non-profit provider. It was set up in 2015 to understand and address the digital needs of global non- profits and to help improve the online effectiveness of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through education, training and the use of the .ngo domain.Other stakeholders at the #NGODigitalSpaces workshops included international alliance Civicus, the grassroots grantmaker Global Fund for Community Foundations, the freedom of expression and access to information movement Right2Know, and the non-governmental organisation Corruption Watch South Africa.The aim of the workshopsJeri Curry, Enset CEO, said the goal in hosting #NGODigitalSpaces was to bring together civil society to discuss how the .ngo domain, digital efforts and the internet could be used to amplify the voice of a non-profit.Discussions were to help NPOs increase their reach, advance their mission and drive solidarity within the civil society sector for NGOs.“We believe that the internet needs to be open and accessible and that non- profits need to have their ‘digital house in order’ to effectively use the power of the internet for their non-profit,” said Curry.Watch Jeri Curry talk about how people in the non-profit sector can use their voice:The Enset events were held this year in San Paolo, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; Bogota, Colombia; and Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. “We are also planning to be part of the Digital Forum at the upcoming IFC (International Fundraising Congress) event hosted by the Resource Alliance in the Netherlands on 20 October,” said Curry.“We work with local partners in each location to reach non-profit organisations in the community to invite them to the events.”Watch Zawadi Nyong’o, a Kenyan social media expert, explain why social media should be used by non-profit organisations:The South African workshops#NGODigitalSpaces were held in the Western Cape and Gauteng, the last one on 7 October 2016 in Johannesburg. Curry said there were many local organisations represented, ranging in size from small community-based to large international NGOs.”There were about 40 people who joined the conversation we held in partnership with Civicus in Johannesburg, 60 who attended the Cape Town Woodstock Enset and 50 who participated in the Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha digital workshop attended primarily by local community-based non-profits,” she explained.Participants shared their thoughts on Twitter:Kavisha Pillay @Kavs_Pillay speaking of importance of online security, use of encryption and privacy in @Corruption_SA #NGOdigitalspaces— LRC South Africa (@LRC_SouthAfrica) October 7, 2016“Technology is about trying things, falling down and trying again.” @AdiFrost #ngodigitalspaces— shaguftapasta (@shaguftapasta) October 7, 2016It doesn’t take an army to build your digital presence. The content you put out is important. – Jeri Curry/ @enset #NGOdigitalspaces— Bizcommunity.com (@Bizcommunity) October 4, 2016“Digital makes the way you work far more efficient & your communication far more effective.” -Colin Habberton @relatomics #NGOdigitalspaces— Enset (@enset) October 4, 2016Legitimacy through social mediaCurry said that around the world, non-profit sectors were confronted with low levels of public trust. “At the same time, in many countries the space for civic engagement is also shrinking, with increased scrutiny from both individual and institutional donors and regulatory policies that are constantly changing.”Now more than ever, both international and local funders want more information and reassurance as to how funds are used, where they are allocated and the kinds of impacts they are having on the ground,” she said.”As NGOs start to use .ngo there is a movement of solidarity within the sector to protect the civil society digital space.”She believes this is why NPOs should get their digital house in order. “Legitimacy for NGOs is incredibly important for both the stakeholders they serve and for their donors,” she explained.”Donors want to donate to organisations that are transparent and legitimate and by utilising the .ngo domain, donors will know that your organisation has been verified… Credibility with donors and stakeholders is important as the work that NGOs do is serving a community and trust is key to establishing a relationship with that community.”The futureEnset planned to hold four to five sessions globally next year, said Curry. “We are working on the possibility of a virtual event so we can expand our reach and support more NGOs, particularly those in the global south and developing countries.“We are fortunate to have partnerships with many in civil society who have helped us in creating both the content and platforms for the events. As of now we are looking at bringing #NGODigitalSpaces to London, the United Kingdom, the Asia Pacific Region, Latin America, Bangkok, Thailand, and India in 2017.”She added: “We will also be returning to South Africa and Kenya to host future events.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Ohio State womens rowing team sets sights on fourpeat

The Ohio State women’s rowing team competes on May 30, 2015 at the NCAA qualifying round in Gold River, Calif. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the Ohio State rowing team looks ahead to going after an unprecedented fourth straight national championship in 2016, the squad is working hard to prepare itself and stay focused on the season ahead.“It’s kind of an indescribable feeling because at the end, you all realize how much work you all put in for this moment,” junior MaryClare Stannard said.The team captured its third consecutive championship last year, becoming the first in NCAA history to do so.“When we won, I was just so happy for everyone in the boat and on the the team,” junior Casey Schaffer said.There is a lot of buzz surrounding the team and the possibility of repeating yet again, and everyone involved in the program knows it.“We try to stay humble, and we gotta make sure there’s no cutting corners,” Stannard said.Assistant coaches Madeline Davis and Anna Goodale take a similar viewpoint in focusing on the now.“I tell them ‘one stroke at a time,’ because you will not get better if you skip over and not pay attention to what’s right in front of you,” Goodale said.Davis added that the team’s main focus has to be improving, even after reaching the pinnacle three years in a row.“At every opportunity you have to take a step forward, take it,” Davis said.Both Davis and Goodale have professional experience in rowing, having competed on the U.S. women’s national team.Goodale, the newest addition to the coaching staff, was a member of the women’s eight team that won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.The women’s eight team, which is a team in rowing that has eight members in the boat, with four oars on either side for propulsion and a rudder manned by a coxswain, is the group which took home the individual championship for OSU.The team works hard to keep focused through a culture of camaraderie.“We are honestly a family,” Schaffer said. “I’ve never been a part of such an empowering group of young female athletes.”Stannard agreed that it is a very close-knit group.“We feed off of each other as teammates,” Stannard said. “We can’t do it without each other.”The 2016 schedule has yet to be released, but the season is set to begin in late March. read more

Football Ohio State won a conference championship on the back of its

Ohio State senior safety Damon Webb (7) celebrates a pass break-up in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — “Defense wins championships” is the most overused phrase in sports. It will be used one million times or more in the coming weeks as four teams prepare for a shot at a national title.Saturday, the phrase was gospel.No. 8 Ohio State made two momentous defensive stops in the final five minutes against No. 4 Wisconsin to win its first Big Ten title since 2014, and more importantly for the Buckeyes, they have a realistic shot at earning the final spot in the College Football Playoff just vacated by the Badgers.“Their preparation this week, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a college football team prepare the way these kids did,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “I think that gave them great confidence to go execute.”Ohio State elected to kick a field goal on a fourth-and-1 with 5:20 remaining, which extended the lead to 27-21. That’s a spot where head coach Urban Meyer is notorious for rolling the dice and winning a football game by winning that 1 yard. He said after the game that it was his decision to kick the field goal and go against his traditional action of attempting the conversion.The truth was that the defense was playing too well not to have faith that it could get a stop. It did. And after another three-and-out by the Ohio State offense, the defense made the game-ending stop.Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrooke threw his second interception of the game on fourth-and-20 to Damon Webb with less than two minutes left in the game.“I just thought our defense was playing so good,” Meyer said. Let’s let that quarterback and let our defensive line do what they do best and get after that quarterback. But that was one of the toughest calls of the day.”Hornibrooke’s has the worst touchdown to interception ratio of any Power 5 conference quarterback at 21 to 15. But he wasn’t what concerned Ohio State’s defense. Big Ten freshman of the year Jonathan Taylor, who averaged more than 150 rushing yards per game entering the contest, was the main focus on defense.In response, the defensive line played one of its best games of the year by continually penetrating Wisconsin’s vaunted offensive line and stopping Taylor before he got any momentum.The running back had 15 carries for 41 yards, his lowest total in one game this season.The defense answered any challenged thrown at them, most especially when the offense failed to put away Wisconsin.Ohio State had four three-and-outs, two field goals and an interception in the second half. There was no touchdown to decisively split the Badgers from the playoff field and the ranks of the unbeaten. The defense had to do that.“I think we were super confident the whole game,” sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. “I don’t think there was a moment we thought we were going to lose at all.”Wisconsin could have been the team that was on the podium celebrating as the Buckeyes walked off the field without any detection and with their heads held low, for everyone’s eyes would be on the team with the shiny football and hardware hoisted in the air. Everyone in attendance would watch the players and coaches pack themselves onto a makeshift stage that looks like it should be in a town parade rather than on a football field.Instead, Ohio State celebrated. A dominant offense at times that then went cold late couldn’t put the game on ice. To win the game, it had to be done on defense.An opportunity was there for the Badgers. Ohio State left the door open after each missed chance to deliver a decisive blow, but the defense seized it when the Badgers couldn’t. That’s why Ohio State is the Big Ten champion. read more

Review Iran – Portugal

first_imgIran’s passion and desire paid off in injury time, but Ansarifard’s penalty kick wasn’t enough to send Iran through to the next stage. Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring at the end of the first half, while Ronaldo missed a penalty in the second.#IRNPOR // The teams are in! pic.twitter.com/tmsdH1iunk— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018In the 3rd minute of the match in Saransk, Cristiano Ronaldo had the first attempt on goal which was calmly saved by Alireza Beinravand. In general, Iran’s goalkeeper was nervous, making three mistakes within the first 15 minutes. In the 16th minute, Amiri kicked Adrien Silva, giving Ronaldo a free kick. His attempt was blocked by the wall. In the meantime, Morocco surprisingly took the lead against Spain, but Isco levelled the score just five minutes later. Iran was playing as expected, with eleven men behind the ball deep in their own half when Portugal was in possession. However, they were more aggressive in attack than usual when they had the ball. Kicks, fouls and tackles were plentiful. Scoring opportunities… not so much.Top 5 biggest Flops in World Football Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 24, 2018 Time to talk about an infamous list of players who we thought would become world stars but ended as the biggest flops and disappointments in…The Iranians were gaining confidence as the game wore on and just as it seemed the teams will head to the half-time break tied, Ricardo Quaresma and Adrien Silva played a wonderful one-two, which was followed by a spectacular shot by Quaresma that landed in the far corner of the net. His signature, technically perfected shot with the outside part of the boot gave his team an all-important 1-0 lead.In the 50th minute, Ronaldo was carelessly fouled on the edge of the box. Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres didn’t blow the whistle initially, but after the replay booth signalled him to take a look, he changed his decision and showed on the penalty spot. The Iranian players were vivid, captain Ehsan Hajsafi was booked, but the rulling was correct. It was a foul and it was a penalty. It took some time for passions to calm down. When everyone thought Ronaldo would tie Harry Kane as the tournament’s top scorer, Iran’s goalkeeper read his shot and made the save. Milad Mohammadi replaced Hajsafi three minutes after the penalty miss.Two consecutive fouls riled up Ricardo Quaresma, so he went after Ezatolahi, the player who committed the second one, earning himself a booking. Fernando Santos did the right thing by pulling him out in the 69th minute. Bernardo Silva came in as the substitute. At the same time, Ghoddos replaced Jahanbakhsh. Ansarifard became Iran’s third captain today after coming onto the pitch instead of Ezatolahi in the 76th minute. Team Melli was using every atom of energy in order to combat the Portuguese and attempt a comeback. The tension on the field was palpable. Nevertheless, The Navigators seemed to have the match under control.The hearts of all Portugal fans around the world must have stopped for a second when Caceres was looking at a video replay of Cristiano Ronaldo inadvertently punching an Iran player in the jaw. Fortunately for the entire 2018 World Cup, the referee made the right call and showed him only a yellow card. While that was going on, Morocco amazingly took the lead again in the match versus Spain. In the 93rd minute, Caceres was in the replay booth once more, this time checking whether to give Iran a penalty for a hand ball. Even though it didn’t look like the Portuguese defender touched the ball on purpose, the penalty was given. Karim Ansarifard converted and the game was tied.While that was going on, a replay in Kaliningrad gave Spain a second goal which tied that game as well. Right after Iran scored, Mehdi missed a tremendous opportunity to bring joy to the stadium filled with Iran fans. As it turned out, it was the last interesting moment of a pulsating encounter. Portugal and Spain moved on to the Round of 16, but the injury time goals changed the outlook of the final standings. Spain finished first on goal difference and will face Russia, while Portugal finished second and will play Uruguay.last_img read more

Davide Astori is still with us – Stefano Pioli declares

first_imgHead coach of Italian football club Fiorentina, Stefano Pioli, has set his sight on Europe and the Coppa Italia, as he reveals the bond between the club and former captain Davide Astori who died in his sleep in March.Even though the Viola comes as a surprise package of the season so far in Serie A, they could battle for a top-four finish.“I would very much like to qualify for Europe, but it won’t be easy. I think it’s clear to all that there are teams better equipped out there, but we’re ready to take advantage of any slip-ups,” said the Coach at a Q&A with La Repubblica newspaper via Football Italia.“At this moment, I see a Fiorentina side that is ambitious, but not winning yet. There is a step between ambition and victory that we still need to cover. The Coppa Italia cannot be considered a secondary objective and it’s only right to target going all the way.”“Astori and Milan Badelj were my reference points in the locker room. The team had changed so much that summer and I leaned on them for support, as everyone did with Davide.“What happened was a shock and it pushed me to appreciate my players even more on a human level. What Vitor Hugo said recently is the truth: Davide is still with us.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The lads who were here last season have done so well to pass that situation on to the new arrivals. We are a team with an extra reason to do well.“These lads were so strong and united in their grief. I simply told them to carry on what we had started with Astori. I always did get very fond of my players, but even more so with this group. I think what happened united us even more and made us feel stronger.”Meanwhile, when Cristiano Biraghi scored his debut Italy goal in the Nations League victory over Poland, he took his fingers high and formed the figure 13  which we think symbolises Astori’s number.“I was so proud of him after that goal, for the work we’d done together and his great desire to improve. Biraghi was always aware of his weaknesses and is one of those players I feel that as a Coach I can really help to grow stronger.“Federico Chiesa has a great chance of pace, can shoot with his right or left foot, and is approaching a level that will make him a complete player.”last_img read more

Koeman touts Netherlands enormous progress

first_imgNetherlands coach Ronald Koeman is happy with the “enormous steps” his side has taken after they defeated France 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.The Netherlands have found their feet again under Ronald Koeman, after having failed to qualify for the last World Cup in Russia.They could finish top of their Nations League group if they draw with Germany on Monday, and Koeman is happy with his side’s progress.“This was a complete match at the very highest level,” Koeman told Sky Sports.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“I was not expecting a perfect match from our side but that’s really what it was. We were very, very good.“I was surprised by the France line-up and the way they played, but our match was perfect. We dominated the match for 90 minutes.“I also did not expect that this team would be as far in their reading of a match.We have shown on such a night that we have made enormous steps. From the beginning to the end we played really well.”last_img read more

Rudy Reyes campaigns for Santee City Council

first_img October 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of the victims of the 2003 Cedar Fire is hoping to make a difference by running for Santee City Council.Rudy Reyes was severely burned in what was once California’s worst wildfire on record.He joined KUSI’s Allen Denton in studio Tuesday afternoon with more on his campaign. KUSI Newsroom Rudy Reyes, campaigns for Santee City Council Posted: October 30, 2018center_img Updated: 2:01 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Groovy melody

first_imgGet your monthly dose of the newest music with artists launching their LPs, EPs and albums. Hauz Khas social’s Social Spotlight gives artists all the ingredients for an ideal launch – a jam-packed space with mind-blowing energy complete with top-notch production. A platform to display an artist’s creativity, it seeks to showcase the mad musical output and bring music enthusiasts together every month. The purpose of Social Spotlight is to put a spotlight on the most cutting-edge sounds being made in the country. Social Spotlight will take off with MalcolmBraff’s immensely talented band – Greenwoman on 26 November. Malcolm Braff’s new Jazz Pop Electro project is kicks off in Delhi  at Hauz Khas Social. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There has never been a better time to be an independent musician in India. There’s an influx of untapped musical talent across the country waiting to be explored, and the current Indian music scene has a larger following than ever before. With regular gigs becoming an urban fixture as well as the outburst of music festivals, the audience suddenly has access to different platforms to experience various genres and exploding talent. With live sets, eclectic tunes, massive energy and the emergence of experimental music. The much-awaited India tour is in collaboration with ProHelvetia Swiss Arts Council. Greenwoman is a band led by pianist Malcolm Braff, featuring Claire Huguenin on vocals, Björn Meyer on electric bass, Lukas Koenig on drums and Alexandre Gaeng on video.last_img read more