Belgium’s Wilmots slams Cyprus performance

first_imgBy Peter StevensonBelgium may have beaten Cyprus 1-0 with a late Eden Hazard goal to move closer to a place at Euro 2016 on Sunday night but coach Marc Wilmots reckoned it was the worst performance he had seen from his flagging side.He reserved much of his criticism for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, although he was relieved with a Group B result which sees his team with one foot in next year’s finals in France.“We won two games in a row but this is the worst team performance I have seen and we will try to rectify the issue,” Wilmots told a news conference with his side having also beaten Bosnia 3-1 on Thursday.Asked why Benteke was substituted at half-time, the Belgium coach said the striker had put in a “half-performance” and he needed to make a change as soon as possible.Wilmots felt his team had created the better chances and, despite the poor performance, their character came through.“Both sides missed chances… but we believed until the end that we would score and managed to got the result we needed,” he told reporters.Explaining his team’s sluggishness, Wilmots said both sides had struggled due to the humidity, gruelling pre-seasons and the fact they had played 72 hours earlier.Cyprus coach Pambos Christodoulou felt his team deserved something from their last two games, having also lost 1-0 at home to group leaders Wales five days ago, despite playing better for large portions of both matches.“Both games were decided on the finer details, but that’s football. We now have two games left and we are still in the hunt for a playoff spot so let’s see what happens,” said Christodoulou.After eight matches Wales have 18 points, having been held to a 0-0 draw by Israel in Cardiff earlier on Sunday, with second-placed Belgium on 17. Israel have 13 points ahead of Bosnia with 11 and Cyprus on nine.The nine group winners and runners-up and best third-placed side qualify for the finals while the eight remaining third-placed teams contest playoffs for the final four berths.Despite Cyprus conceding against Wales in the 82nd minute and Belgium in the 85th, Christodoulou refused to blame the late goals on the fitness of his players but said both matches had opened up as the two teams looked for the winner.“Although I’ve said it before, some of my players don’t play regularly for their clubs but I won’t blame the defeats on a lack of fitness or concentration because we too had chances to score late in both games,” he said.last_img read more

This year’s wildfire season in B.C. has so far seen more fires than in 2017

first_imgAnother large group of fires has resulted in 901 properties being covered under an exvacuation order west of Nazko, which is roughly 80 kilometres west of Quesnel.A further roughly 4500 properties are currently under an evacuation alert west of Quesnel due to the Narcosli Creek, Blackwater River, Chutanli Lake, and Shag Creek fires. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – While the wet weather in Northeast B.C. during the first half of the summer helped keep the area`s fire danger rating relatively low the same can’t be said for the rest of the province, where hundreds of wildfires are currently raging.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre says that so far this year, B.C. has seen 1,784 fires, which have burned 287,770 hectares.While the province isn`t quite on track to see as much of the forests go up in flames as last year, when a record 1.3 million hectares were burned, this year has seen a greater number of smaller fires start in B.C.- Advertisement –A map showing the currently wildfire situation in B.C., including the large areas covered by evacuation alerts and evacuation orders. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.The largest fire currently burning in B.C. is the Alkali Lake Fire, which has burned over 31,110 hectares near Telegraph Creek, along the banks of the Stikine River. The Narcosli Creek Fire burning southwest of Quesnel as seen from Highway 97. Photo by Chris Newton. The Narcosli Creek Fire burning southwest of Quesnel as seen from Highway 97. Photo by Chris Newton. The Alkali Lake Fire near Telegraph Creek. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. The Alkali Lake Fire near Telegraph Creek. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. The Chutanli Lake Fire west of Quesnel. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. The Chutanli Lake Fire west of Quesnel. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. Crews are also battling several large wildfires near Fraser Lake and Fort St. James, which has caused evacuation alerts and orders to be issued for nearby areas.Advertisementlast_img

School’s `Juneteenth Jubilee’ celebration provides emancipation education

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Third-grader Brandon Martines gave the audience a brief history of Juneteenth, reciting from memory. He explained that on June 19, 1865, “250,000 slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free.” These were the last slaves to be freed on the orders of President Abraham Lincoln after the Civil War had been won by the North, Martines said. Greenidge said that African Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth ever since. “July 4, 1776, is American Independence Day, but that did not apply to African Americans, because they were slaves. When Americans celebrate Independence Day, they’re celebrating their independence from Britain, but when African Americans celebrate Juneteenth, they’re celebrating freedom in a place where they should have already been free.” The event proved to be an educational experience for students, parents and teachers, many of whom had never heard of Juneteenth. NORWALK – Juneteenth is the anniversary of the day in 1865 when the last group of enslaved African Americans were made aware of their rightful freedom at the end of the Civil War, and the third-graders at Julia B. Morrison Elementary’s African History Club are teaching people what it means to celebrate it. “This is the first annual Juneteenth Jubilee,” said Diahann “Nzinga” Greenidge, third- grade teacher and coordinator of Morrison’s African History Club. “We are going to plan to do this every year.” The event was planned and performed by the school’s African History Club. The celebration began with traditional songs, poetry and dancing, including the spiritual “We Shall Overcome,” and an Afro-Caribbean dance called “Moving.” “I didn’t know anything about it until my daughter told me about it,” said Jeanette Carver, whose daughter Julissa participated in the performance. “I thought it was something they made up at school.” Carver said that when Julissa asked her whether she had learned about Juneteenth when she was in school, she had to tell her “no.” “When I was growing up, I was embarrassed about my culture, but now I tell her, don’t be embarrassed or ashamed about it,” she said. Carver, who is of Mexican and Filipino descent, said that when she was a child, cultural diversity was not stressed or thought of positively. She is glad that her daughter has grown up in a different atmosphere. Myisha Haven, whose daughter Breana Barry read Useni Eugene Perkins’ poem, “Hey Black Child,” said she was also surprised when she found out that Juneteenth was an actual holiday based on a historical event. “I didn’t know what it was until I heard about it on the radio,” she said. Now, she thinks that the family will begin celebrating it annually. Greenidge was not surprised to learn that many had never heard of Juneteenth. “African-American history is often excluded from textbooks,” she said. “The history of the United States isn’t always pretty.” She said learning about African-American history is not always as easy as it should be. African Americans “have to be seekers, because it’s not going to be just given to them.” Morrison Principal Marsha Guerrero had no knowledge of Juneteenth prior to the celebration at her school. “I am excited. I got to learn about something I didn’t know about, and I hope Mrs. Greenidge will make it an annual event,” Guerrero said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Townsend names McInally captain for Scotland’s summer tour

first_imgScotland head coach Gregor Townsend has called up six uncapped players and named Stuart McInally captain for the 2018 Summer Tour of Canada, USA and Argentina.With key players on an extended break, Townsend has rung the changes.Glasgow Warriors trio Matt Fagerson, George Horne and Adam Hastings have been called up, while Edinburgh duo Lewis Carmichael and Jamie Ritchie have also been drafted in.Harlequins midfielder James Lang completes the list of untested players at international level to receive the call. Townsend said: “There are twin goals for this tour – the first is to build on the work we’ve done so far this season and finish with improved performances. “We also have the Rugby World Cup in our thoughts, as this will be our last tour before we leave for Japan next year.”With regular skipper John Barclay amongst the notable absentees, Townsend has awarded the tour captaincy to Edinburgh hooker McInally for the first time following an impressive campaign for club and country.last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Boyle Celtic coach Darren Hurd

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sunday’s game will be live on Ocean FM. Boyle Celtic could become the first Sligo-Leitrim League side to reach the FAI Junior Cup final since Sligo Rovers in 1928 when they take on Kilkenny side Evergreen on Sunday.The reigning Super League champions are still battling for silverware on four fronts this season, and know a win this weekend will book a place in the national final at the Aviva Stadium.The game is being held at the Showgrounds, with kick-off at 3pm on Sunday.Boyle Celtic coach Darren Hurd spoke to Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox on The Final Whistle…last_img read more

Turning up the media volume

first_imgThis article originally appeared on pagefour of South Africa Now, a six-pagesupplement to the Washington Postproduced on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Click to enlarge.)RELATED ARTICLES• New journalism centre for SU• Keeping the story of HIV alive in SA• Myths, reality and the World Cup• Tutu speaks out for press freedom• Rhodes hosts world journalism meetAnton HarberSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place.After decades of censorship – imposed silence over crucial areas of apartheid– the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening.First there were effectively no media laws at all, then the new Constitution, adopted in 1996, explicitly protected freedom of speech and media, excluding only propaganda for war, incitement to violence and hate speech.The new African National Congress (ANC) government had a positive policy to transform the media and rid it of its apartheid inheritance, encourage diversity and give a media voice to previously excluded communities.Newspapers went through a difficult time of consolidation, with some going out of business, but then there was a boom in tabloids, making this one of the few countries where newspaper sales went up in the early 21st century. Papers like the Daily Sun created a huge new set of newspaper readers, and gave voice to the working class, a voice which had been absent from mainstream media.Investigative journalism flourished, with exposés of every controversial aspect of South African life: bad governance, wasteful spending, white collar crime and social conditions. If the test of an effective watchdog media is that crooks and scoundrels sleep restlessly, then the South African newspapers passed with flying colours. No-one was spared: not even the national chief of police and the president’s personal financial adviser, both of whom were sentenced to prison after being exposed in the media.But media is a contested political area. Democracy not only means freedom of the media, but freedom to criticise, denounce and take issue with the media.Tough news coverage has brought accusations of unfairness, lack of balance and ethics and invasions of personal dignity and privacy. In a society with a long history of racial inequality, issues of dignity are particularly sensitive. These are not unique to South Africa, but they come against the background of a tense transition to democracy, a media often tainted by apartheid history, the fragility of a new social compact and a young government operating under difficult circumstances.This has led to intense debate about whether the media exercises enough responsibility along with its rights: in particular, how to balance freedom of speech against the right to dignity. A new secrecy Bill – intended to bring old apartheid law in line with the new constitution – is hotly contested amid accusations that it seeks to cast the net of secrecy too widely. The Bill is currently being debated in parliament.The ruling ANC has expressed its unhappiness with the newspapers’ system of self-regulation – an ombudsman and a press council – and proposes a statutory appeals tribunal, as recourse for those aggrieved by their treatment at the hands of journalists. They argue that editors have been too reluctant to apologise and correct when they get things wrong.The tribunal suggestion has increased the volume more than ever, with a host of civil society organisations, legal bodies, political parties, academics and institutions speaking out against it.That this proposal can be so hotly debated is itself a sign of a vigorous, open and healthily contested democracy. Clearly, South Africans are not going to give up any freedoms lightly. There is going to be a lot of noise around the right to make noise.Professor Anton Harber is the director of the journalism programme at the University of the Wiwatersrand. He is a former joint founder and editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper.Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid MandelaThere is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

The Future Looks Bright !!

first_imgTo read more from Steve Browne on Everyday People Blog, please click here. This past week I had a very cool experience !! I was one of the judges for the SHRM Student Case Study competition. I sat with two other great HR pros from the area as we heard graduate students from various schools give their take on an HR scenario. It was very cool to hear their approaches which ranged from a traditional HR viewpoint to some that were extremely creative.I was so geeked to see so many students come in and share. It helped to continue to dispel the stereotype that the most recent generation is so “different” and just doesn’t “get it” like other generations. I wasn’t surprised because this isn’t new. There have always been generations in the workplace. The stigma that has been assigned to younger people is from older generations. We have fallen into the same trap that we said we would never fall into when older generations made broad generalizations about us. We hated it, but it hasn’t stopped us from doing the same thing.I think we need to have a serious change of heart and be the generation that encourages and lifts up the newest folks. Let me ask you a question . . .Do you remember when you got into HR?Most people don’t start in HR, they fall into it. I’m one of those outliers who has been in HR for my entire career (on purpose). When I started though, I was pretty much on my own. I taught myself what I thought was correct, but to be honest, my efforts had to be limited because I didn’t look outside of what was within my reach. I must have missed areas. I did what I had to, but I could have done better.I didn’t know having someone who was also in HR as a mentor was needed. The truth is, I didn’t think someone like that even existed. I was wrong on this account as well. When I finally reached out and connected with other HR pros, I found some great people who are still mentoring me to this day several years later.Now, back to these students.We can be the ones who reach out to them now to be their connections and mentors. They don’t have to “earn their stripes” in order to struggle as they enter HR. We can be the ones to share our experiences with them and make sure that they are not left to try and figure out this industry on their own.We have the chance to help shape not only the future of these great young people, but we can help shape the future of our profession !!Wouldn’t it be great to help these kids who are interested in joining our field have a great experience coming into HR? How would they see our generation, and how would we see theirs, if we did more to build each other up instead of trying to focus on generational differences?The future of HR is bright !! I was able to see this first hand. I plan to reach out to these students and connect with them now and going forward. I’d love to see them succeed now and become the leaders of HR to come. I want to break the cycle and not be the stereotype of my generation. Will you be willing to join me? I hope you will !!last_img read more

Love is an Open Wound

first_imgEveryone knows relationships can be stressful, but a new study indicates that the verbal sticks and stones partners throw at each other can actually compromise their health. Researchers have found that when spouses fight, their cuts, scrapes, and blisters take longer to heal than when they are getting along.Married or not, wounds begin to heal when compounds called cytokines tell disease fighting cells to start dividing and replicating. Some types of cytokines help the body manufacture immune cells on site, while others help recruit new cells to the scene of the crime. Previous research has shown that cytokine levels are elevated in people involved in stressful, long-term relationships, but no one had investigated how this affects wound healing.So Janice Keicolt-Glaser, a psychologist at Ohio State University in Columbus, teamed up with her husband, immunologist Ron Glaser, to track cytokine levels in married couples. After screening 266 couples for health and marital quality, the team invited 42 long-term, happily married partners to make two separate over-night trips to the hospital. During the visits, the researchers drew blood from the volunteers and created a series of small, uniform blisters on each patient’s arm using a suction device. 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On average, blisters took a day longer to heal when spouses squabbled versus when they got along, the researchers report in the December issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. In addition, cytokine levels at the site of injury were 8% lower after stressful conversations than after pleasant ones. And the more hostile partners were toward each other, the longer they took to heal. Those that demonstrated the most tension during an argument took two days longer to heal than calmer couples. Marital arguments didn’t have to be overtly hostile to slow wound healing, however. Even the high stress couples rarely resorted to more than eye rolling, sarcasm, or inattentiveness, says Keicolt-Glaser. “These weren’t knock down, drag out fights.””The work substantially advances our understanding of how marital interactions can impact physical and mental health risk,” says Michael Irwin, a psychiatrist at the Semel Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.Related siteMore on stress and wound healinglast_img read more

‘Reinvention is the most credible buzzword today’

first_imgDilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up,Dilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up “supermarket” version practised to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The “new, improved” yoga is an aggressive, modern avatar of the traditional form that turns it into a competitive sport.Boosted by celebrity endorsements from Sting and Uma Thurman, Jivamukti is as controversial as it is symbolic. We live in a world that is shrink-wrapped. The pace of change is now constantly in fast forward mode.Attention spans are increasingly compressed and anything, from work to sex, exercise and sport needs a new take to keep it interesting. The key agent here is the Yawn Factor, the reason why the most credible buzzword in our times has become “reinvention”. Actors and celebrities, brands and TV programmes, everyone is under pressure to reinvent itself, or themselves, and to hell with the purists. Take one-day cricket. One would imagine it’s a pretty exciting format, fulfilling its primary objective of pulling the crowds and TV revenue. Yoga on SpeedNot so. A new, shorter format is called 20/20 and the buzz it is causing will ensure its international debut pretty soon. The same goes for hockey, now reinvented as the PHL, with American-style team names, music, promos and cheerleaders. It’s not just spectator sports. A new music album features celebrated ragas and semi-classical pieces set to a jazzed up contemporary score. We’ve also just witnessed the truncated version of the ultra traditional Republic Day parade. Life in fast forward mode is today’s live reality show.Technology is the obvious victim of the accelerated need for change. It seems like yesterday when camera cell phones were ultra cool. No longer. Videophones are the must-have gizmo, till the next innovation comes along. In an age when bling is king, beating the yawn factor is becoming all-important. Which is why making a personal statement is like negotiating a minefield.What’s hot and what’s not has become a lottery. The pace of change is so dizzying it’s almost a case of blink and you’ll miss it. Most days, you wake up and look around you, at your music system, your TV, your wardrobe, car, the furniture and furnishings, even the paintings on your wall, and you invariably ask yourself one question: Are these past the Use By date?advertisementlast_img read more

London Olympic stadium likely to host 2019 World Cup matches: Report

first_imgThe London Olympic stadium is likely to get the green light from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for staging some of the matches of the 2019 World Cup.After conducting a full inspection of the ground, the ICC have found the stadium, with a capacity of 60,000 — twice than any of the cricket grounds in the United Kingdom — that the pitch dimensions complied with requirements for One-day Internationals (ODI), according to an espncricinfo report.However, a final decision on the use of the stadium for hosting World Cup matches is expected in the coming months.The move is being viewed as an attempt to draw more crowd for some of the group stage matches, similar to those at multi-sport grounds like the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia and Eden Park in New Zealand during the 2015 World Cup, adding to the excitement surrounding the tournament.The ICC is also mulling at setting up fan zones around the country to help promote the tournament.last_img read more