Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has questioned whether England have enough quality to excel at next month’s European Championship. (Spain need the spine to reign in Europe again)Despite having the world’s richest league, England go into the competition in France having not won a major tournament since landing the 1966 World Cup on home soil.”England beat us 3-2 in Berlin (in March) but I do not know if in matters of quality and consistency they have enough for an entire tournament,” Boateng told German Railway DB Mobil magazine. (Wales must guard against England obsession)Roy Hodgson’s men came from two goals down to defeat the world champions in their friendly earlier this year.”Spain, France and Belgium are in my opinion candidates for the semi-finals,” said Boateng. “Along with our team of course.”The Germans, who won the World Cup for a fourth time in 2014, have reached at least the semi-finals of every major tournament since 2006 and face Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 group stages.England take on Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B of the 24-team tournament that starts on June 10.
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Portugal twice surrendered the lead against Mexico in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday but the 2-2 draw was no cause for alarm, according to captain Cristiano Ronaldo.Hector Moreno scored in added time to earn a point for the Mexicans five minutes after Cedric put the Portuguese in front.”It wasn’t the result that we wanted,” said Ronaldo. “There’s no need to set off any alarms, the team was good. It was a good result at 2-1 but that’s football. They scored in the last few minutes and now we think of the next game.”We need to keep believing in ourselves, we know we have a great chance. There are two games to go and that’s why we’re cool, we’re at ease. Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win. If we win we’re one step away.”Portugal play hosts Russia in Moscow on Wednesday, while Mexico take on New Zealand in Sochi. The Russians top Group A after beating the All Whites 2-0 on Saturday.The FIFA Player of the Year, who had scored 11 goals in seven games coming into Sunday’s encounter, was perhaps not as influential as usual but was still named man-of-the-match.The Real Madrid striker, whose club future has been the subject of media speculation after he was accused by Spanish prosecutors of committing tax fraud, which Ronaldo denies, set up Portugal’s opener.His pass split the Mexican defence and gave Ricardo Quaresma a golden opportunity to open the scoring.advertisementTALKING POINTRonaldo was also involved in one of the game’s biggest talking points, a ‘goal’ that was disallowed after consultation with the Video Assistant Referees.His 30-metre strike bounced off the bar and Nani hammered the ball home but the referees disallowed the effort for an offside infringement earlier in the move.Mexico striker Javier Hernandez cancelled out Quaresma’s opener shortly before halftime and the two goals in an exciting last six minutes ensured the teams shared the points.The result preserves an important run for each side.Mexico’s last competitive loss came nine games and exactly one year ago when Chile hammered them 7-0 in the Centenary Copa America.Portugal, meanwhile, kept up their unbeaten run against the Mexicans and took their record to two wins and two defeats in the four matches contested from their first meeting in 1969.”We played a team that has very good, technical players,” said Portugsl coach Fernando Santos.”At the start we couldn’t enjoy good control of the ball but then we managed to balance things out and could have won it… In the end the result was fair as Mexico also played well.”
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The now-infamous Dez Bryant incomplete pass. (USATSI)If you believe in karma, what else can you attribute the Dallas Cowboys’ fate to?After a late call in the Wildcard round versus Detroit went the way of the Cowboys, Dallas once again found the game in the hands of the zebras. Except this time, the call did not end up in favor of America’s team.On fourth down, Tony Romo heaved a ball to Dez Bryant, who did just what you’d expect Dez Bryant to do in that situation and caught the ball—or so it appeared.After a challenge by Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy, the officials overturned the call, effectively squashing Dallas’ chance at a win.If you’ve been without internet access for the last 12 hours, here’s the play I’m referring to.Dallas lost 26-21.To me, if that doesn’t qualify as a catch under the current rules, they need to be revised. Though you could say his opinion is a bit biased, I know someone who agrees.as I went to the ground I rolled over and I tipped the ball to gain better control.. We lost and I accept it but please change that rule— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 12, 2015It’s hard not to feel for Dez, especially when you know the amount of hard work he has put in to get his team to this point.It’s hard to watch any athlete come within inches of glory only to fall short. I felt for Cam Newton after he threw that game-sealing interception against Seattle on Saturday and was seen crying in the arms of teammates.In this situation, it’s even harder because it seemed like Dez actually caught the ball and the Cowboys should have been in position to score a touchdown.To see Dez so passionate and adamant in his post-game interviews, asserting that he caught the ball, it’s heartbreaking.ESPN posted pictures of a frame-by-frame look at the catch. In the photos, Bryant appears to have possession of the ball until his body collides with the ground, when the ball pops loose.But at that point, shouldn’t he be down? It’s not as if he was struggling for control, he clearly has a firm grip on the ball.It’s fun to speculate, but here’s the reality. Would the call not have been reversed, it’s not as if the Dallas win was sealed. To assume so would be to drastically underestimate the ability of Aaron Rodgers. The way it was, it didn’t even put a Dallas win out of the question. If the defense could have held, a win was still plausible.However, to deny its impact on the game is asinine. That’s why it is going to be talked about to ad nauseam for the next couple of days at least and will stick with Dallas fans for much longer.Outside of that play, Dez was pretty quiet. He had a meager three catches for 38 yards.Other former OSU Cowboys who saw playing time were Joseph Randle, Tyler Patmon, and Dan Bailey.Bailey missed the only field goal he attempted on the afternoon.Randle had a shining moment where he told Clay Matthews to get off of him, and burst off on a 13-yard run. But Randle was only given one other carry on the day.Patmon recorded two tackles.If anyone were to say that Dallas would have made it this far at the beginning of the year, it would have sounded crazy. Former OSU players were a big part of the Cowboys’ success this season.Bryant played a big role as expected, but Tyler Patmon really shocked a lot of people after going from undrafted to getting big playing time on a playoff team.At the end of the year, Patmon has 8 tackles, an interception, and a pass defended. If he continues to develop, there’s no doubt he’ll be a player in this league in a couple years’ time.So ends an exciting season for the Cowboys turned Cowboys. Here’s to hoping to next one is just as good, hopefully better.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.
Our Touch players of the future will be on show at the QSST All Schools titles from the 7th to 9th of October. With a massive 198 teams contesting the championship, around 2700 players will descend upon Whites Hill Touch complex in Brisbane, to compete for titles in five divisions. The weekend is sure to be packed full of exciting Touch as the state’s best young players battle it out for supremacy. The Open Girls title will be hotly contested with more entries than any other division. Within this competition, teams to watch closely will be Gold Coast Champs, Benowa, Rochedale, Kirwan and Marymount College. In the Open Boys division, competition favourites, Glenala from Brisbane will be challenged fiercely for the title by The Southport School, Palm Beach Currumbin and St Laurence’s College, all aiming to take home the silverware. Other divisions over the weekend are 15 years Boys and Girls, and 13 years Mixed. Queensland School Touch legend and TFA Hall of Fame member, Peter Bell is excited about the tournament and what it means for Touch in Queensland. “The large number of teams is great to see and an indication that the future of Touch Football in Queensland is in capable hands.” Due to the large number of teams, competition will commence on the Friday for the first time. Games will get underway at about 10.30am on Friday morning. Finals day will run from 8am to 3pm so make sure you get down to the Whites Hill Touch complex to check out the players of the future. By Lisa Plummer
Twitter/@HuskerFBNationWisconsin honored the late Sam Foltz on Saturday.Nebraska and Wisconsin square off in a Big Ten clash on Saturday night and prior to kick off Wisconsin and its kicker Rafael Gaglianone honored the late Sam Foltz by taking the team a Nebraska a jersey with his name on it:#SaturdaysAreForSamAppreciate you joining us today @rafagaglianone.#ForeverTwoSeven pic.twitter.com/ghYEGzPiCp— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 29, 2016Nebraska’s special teams unit laid the jersey on the bench as they have done all season.Foltz, along with Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, died in a car crash driving back from a special teams camp in Wisconsin. Nebraska opponents this season have done an awesome job paying their respects. Today, the Badgers were no different.The way that the college football community has rallied around Nebraska in light of this summer’s tragedy truly is special.Foltz was the Big Ten’s punter of the year last season and was considered one of the best players at his position in college football. He was 22 years old.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio looks on against the Stanford Cardinal during the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio will be holding a press conference this evening. The reason for this press conference was not given at the time of the announcement.Unsurprisingly, this led to quite a bit of speculation about Dantonio and the Spartans’ program on social media.The reason has since been revealed.Michigan State reporter Graham Couch is reporting that Dantonio will be announcing some coaching changes.“I’m hearing this is an offensive staff shakeup by Mark Dantonio: – Brad Salem will move from QBs coach to offensive coordinator and RBs coach. Dave Warner will become QBs coach. – Mark Staten moves from O-line coach to TEs and special teams. Jim Bollman becomes O-line coach,” he tweeted.I’m hearing this is an offensive staff shakeup by Mark Dantonio:– Brad Salem will move from QBs coach to offensive coordinator and RBs coach. Dave Warner will become QBs coach.– Mark Staten moves from O-line coach to TEs and special teams. Jim Bollman becomes O-line coach.— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) January 10, 2019Michigan State fans don’t appear to be too happy with this news, as the Spartans’ fan base was hoping for bigger changes.What an absolute joke, if true.— Brian (@Brian_S81) January 10, 2019Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic— Frank Murphy (@tFrankMurphy) January 10, 2019 pic.twitter.com/kHLkX0g4UG— Nick Gandhi (@nick_gandhi32) January 10, 2019Michigan State is coming off a disappointing 7-6 season that ended with a one-point loss to Oregon in the RedBox Bowl.
CORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Landing Ohio State transfer quarterback Tate Martell was a huge coup in what has been an active offseason for Miami and new head coach Manny Diaz. If Martell is eligible this fall, he could be the ‘Canes starter in Week 1.One of the major factors in Miami’s favor when it came to landing Martell was the fact that two of his Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman teammates were already in the program. Tight end Brevin Jordan is entering his sophomore year at The U, while safety Bubba Bolden just transferred in from USC.Now, it looks like Martell is trying to convince another one of his buddies to join him in Coral Gables. This particular player–former UCLA five-star linebacker Jaelan Phillips–was the top prospect in the nation two years ago.Martell tweeted tonight that Phillips is visiting Miami this coming weekend.“Just got back from my adventure in the portal and came back with @JJPhillips15 visiting this weekend!” he wrote.Just got back from my adventure in the portal and came back with @JJPhillips15 visiting this weekend! ??? pic.twitter.com/L3OIziufNL— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) January 21, 2019Phillips left the Bruins in December in what was reportedly an injury-related departure. Earlier this month, it was reported that he was considering USC and Stanford.The No. 1 overall recruit in the 2017 cycle, Phillips played in only 10 games in two seasons at UCLA due to injuries.
zoomImage Courtesy: Yilport Holding Turkish port operator Yilport Holding delivered a “golden year” as its business results and volumes continued growing in 2018.The company’s worldwide terminals handled 6.41 million TEU containers in 2018, reporting 5% year-on-year volume growth compared to 6.11 million TEU reported in 2017.The main drivers of growth were Turkey’s growing seaborne trade and the Latin American region.In 2018, Yilport Holding terminals around the globe also recorded 11.86 million tons of general cargo volume, 444,973 CEU ro-ro operations, and 3.51 million cubic meters of liquid cargo volume.In Turkey, the container volume increase was driven by the strong export performance of the Turkish economy. Yilport Gebze and Yilport Gemlik terminals each recorded a volume rise of 11% year-on-year, handling 554,223 TEU and 524,652 TEU, respectively.Yilport Puerto Bolívar in Ecuador, the one and only deep-sea container terminal of the country, helped boosting Latin American container handling to 380.276 TEU, displaying 23% growth compared to 2017.Nordic container terminals also added to the overall growth as the company’s terminal portfolio in Sweden and Norway grew by 2% to 474.535 TEU compared to 2017 volumes. General cargo in the region were up by 8% at 2.22 million tons.Container volume was flat in Iberian terminals, while the leading terminal of the Iberian portfolio Yilport Leixões closed 2018 with 660,835 TEU, recording 6% growth. Consolidated general cargo grew by 5% to 4.15 million tons in Yilport’s Iberian portfolio.Yilport also owns 50% shares in Malta Freeport (MFTL), which recorded 3.31 million TEU volume in 2018.The company said it closed in on its target to rank among top 10 international container terminal operators by 2025 as it was listed in the 12th place, according to 2018 Drewry’s Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Review and Forecast Report.
Rabat – Invited by King Mohammed VI, Jordan’s King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein arrived on Wednesday to Morocco for an official visit to Morocco.The visit is aimed to consolidate the longstanding ties between the two counties and discuss the political development that the region is experiencing.The two heads of the state also aim to reaffirm the importance of cooperating to strengthen the field of security in the Arab world in order to counterattack the terrorist challenges that the region face They also seek to jointly coordinate in this field to fight terrorism and assume their responsibilities by conducting religious discourses that conform to the percept of the Islamic religion.During their meeting, the two heads of state agreed on the importance of the mobilization of the international community in an attempt to find solutions to the conflicts in the Middle East countries, including Palestine.In honor of King Abdullah II, King Mohammed VI chaired a dinner at Rabat’s Royal Palace in the presence of caretaker of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane and the King’s advisor and the officials of the parliament.King Abdullah II was accompanied by Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad Bin Talal, Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs.
17 October 2007On the tenth anniversary of a groundbreaking study on the impact of armed conflict on children, two top United Nations officials and a former Sierra Leonean child soldier today appealed for greater efforts to protect children and noted that much work remains to be done. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict; Hilde Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and Ishmael Beah, now a youth activist and author of “Long Way Gone,” briefed reporters in New York on a new report chronicling progress made in the past decade and challenges that remain to be tackled.Ms. Coomaraswamy said that since the release of the landmark study by Graca Machel, former first lady of Mozambique and wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, the “nature of conflict has changed,” manifested in increasing low-intensity intra-State conflicts, terrorism and counter-terrorism and the blurring of lines between armed conflict and criminal activity.Despite the rise of global networks to address the issue of the “brutal consequences” — such as child recruitment and sexual violence — that children bear, “still a lot more needs to be done,” she pointed out.The Special Representative said the progress has been made in the past 10 years, especially in the fight against impunity and war crimes with regard to children and armed conflict. In 2005, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1612, which established a mechanism to monitor grave violations by both governments and insurgents, focusing especially on such crimes as the recruitment of child soldiers.Despite the adoption of several key legal instruments, “the reality on the ground is still incredibly difficult for very, very many children,” Ms. Johnson told reporters.She said that last year, over 18 million children were driven from their homes by conflict, and more than 43 million children in 30 conflict-affected States did not attend school.Regarding the use of rape and sexual violence as a war tactic, Ms. Johnson said that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), recent figures show that one-third of all rape victims are children.The new report recommends that impunity against perpetrators of “heinous crimes” ends and that children are protected against sexual violence and against being recruited as soldiers, instead being helped to demobilize and reintegrate into civilian life.The Deputy Executive Director said that the study also underscores the need for children “to play a key part in defining their own future and in being a part of these processes.”Also speaking at the briefing, Mr. Beah — who was a child soldier from the age of 13 until UNICEF removed him from the fighting — highlighted the importance of giving children a voice.He welcomed the simultaneous launch today of a parallel youth report entitled “Will You Listen: Young Voices from Conflict Zones.””In my experience, one of the mistakes that I felt was made during the rehabilitation process was that it wasn’t very community-oriented,” Mr. Beah said. “I grew up in a place where there was a very strong sense of community, so when you demobilize a child and focus only on them, the community becomes upset because they’re left out.”He also voiced hope that great strides will be made in the next decade to combat the scourge of children being impacted by armed conflict.”What I would like to stress is, though, is that I hope come another 10 years we won’t be having a discussion again about what to implement but rather what we’ve implemented and how we can actually celebrate successes rather than speak more about challenges that remain,” he said.
He was responding to a question posed by government MP A.H.M Azwer who had asked if it was true that cigarettes were being sold to youth under 18 years of age in Mannar although there is a law that cigarettes can be sold only to those over the age of 21. Dissanayake said that he was aware that are being sold to teenagers in Mannar. He said that the Health Ministry has received complaints regarding this. Cigarettes are being sold to teenagers in Mannar, parliament was informed today.Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake said that the relevant officials have been alerted over this. The Deputy Minister said that the police and Public Health Inspectors will be briefed on this and adviced on the action that needs to be taken.He also said that shop owners both in Mannar and even in Colombo will be advised against selling cigarettes to anyone below the age of 21.
UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé updated ambassadors on the National Conference which was launched in April, as a way of giving all Libyans a say in responding to the country’s on-going crisis. So far it has been convened in 27 different locations.It is part of a UN Action Plan that provides for amending the Libyan Political Agreement; the stalled 2015 deal aimed at establishing a single national unity government, among other points.Mr. Salamé reported that the process has drawn thousands of participants. “Libyans from all political stripes and segments of society gathered to enter the political conversation, many for the first time with an enthusiasm that could not have been predicted,” he said, speaking via teleconference.“They have made it their own.”While elections must be held as soon as possible, the proper conditions must be in place – Ghassan Salamé (UNSMIL) The National Conference will run through June and is expected to take place in more than 40 locations overall, including Libyan communities based overseas.Special events focusing on the concerns of women, youth and internally displaced persons will also be held.Mr. Salamé said some points of consensus have emerged which show why advancement of the political process is “so vital.”They include “a yearning for a united and sovereign nation and a common belief that, to achieve that, the state must be more decentralized.”The UN Action Plan also calls for the preparation of elections and the National Conference has revealed that Libyans want a vote which can unite the country, as well as the means to emerge successfully from transition. “While elections must be held as soon as possible, the proper conditions must be in place,” Mr. Salamé said, underscoring the need for a new round of voter registration; prior commitment to accepting the results; as well as sufficient funding and security arrangements.Regarding the amending of the Libyan Political Agreement, the UN envoy said despite attempts to “reconcile various opinions,” parties are unwilling to make concessions.“By focusing on elections this year, amending the LPA rapidly shrinks in importance,” he stated. “However, we must demand far more from the current Presidential Council in their final remaining months, both in terms of concretely preparing for the elections, and providing services to the people.”Mr. Salamé also briefed Council members on a new UN strategy to help Libya deal with armed groups who continue to have what he has described as a “perilous” influence on politics and the economy.It involves direct engagement with these groups, in close consultation with the government.While the strategy “will not unravel armed groups tomorrow”, he said it “will help the long process begin in earnest.”
Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee kisses the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after Ohio State won its 8th national title in Arlington, Texas Jan. 13. OSU won, 42-20.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorARLINGTON, Texas — Not many people expected the Ohio State football team to be standing at the podium on the winning side of the National Championship at the start of the 2014-15 season.Not even coach Urban Meyer.“To say we had this vision back in September or even August, not a chance,” Meyer said. “I thought this was a team that would battle and battle and find a way to win a bunch of games.”Despite that, Meyer said the challenge he posed to his team at the end of the 2012 season is now finished.“The chase is complete. These guys accepted their final mission and did it. It was our final mantra the past few weeks and I’m very grateful for the work these guys put in,” he said.En route to completing Meyer’s challenge, OSU tied an NCAA Division I record and school record for wins in a season with 14 and doing it after losing senior quarterback Braxton Miller and then redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett to injury.The man who replaced Barrett, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones, led the Buckeyes to three straight wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to help OSU to its eighth national title, and the first since the 2002-03 season.Jones threw for 242 yards and accounted for two touchdowns in the victory.He said after the game that the feeling is something he couldn’t even imagine.“It’s even better than I thought. It’s an unreal feeling,” Jones said. “The seniors never could win a bowl game in four years. This is for them.”One of those seniors, wide receiver Devin Smith, said after the game that he told himself when he was getting recruited that he would have a chance to play for a title in his time as a Buckeye.“It means a lot. I’m really at a loss for words,” Smith said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but I think here pretty soon it is just going to hit me like, ‘Damn, we just did it.’”Leading the way for the Buckeyes in their 42-20 title game victory over Oregon was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for a national championship game record 246 yards and four touchdowns.Elliott, who was awarded Offensive Player of the Game for his performance, said after the game that overcoming adversity brought the season full-circle.“It means everything to us, winning the National Championship after everything we went through this season,” Elliott said. “Losing Braxton, then losing to Virginia Tech and how we rebounded against that … then losing J.T. It seems like we’ve been through everything, and it made us who we are.”It wasn’t just the loss of two Heisman hopefuls or the death of a teammate the Buckeyes had to overcome — they also had to overcome hurdles in the game, like four turnovers in order to defeat the Oregon Ducks and Heisman Trophy winner redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota.Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee said after the game that he told his teammates his side of the ball would be the reason the Buckeyes would come out on top.“I told these guys in here, ‘DWC: defense wins championships,’” Lee said. “To hold a team like that to 20 points, it’s huge.”OSU senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, whom Meyer has repeatedly called the team’s MVP despite a statistical lack of production, said after the game that he is honored to receive such praise from his coach, especially now that the Buckeyes are national champions.“Honestly I was just thinking about that,” Spencer said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, unbelievable accolade. This is amazing.”Despite graduating the likes of Spencer, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, Smith said he believes the Buckeyes will continue to be successful under Meyer.“The future is very, very bright for this program. It’s left in the right person’s hands with coach Meyer and how good of a coach he is,” Smith said. “I really think he is going to lead this team to greatness. It’s just going to keep going.”
Veszprem’s best shooter and captain of the Serbian NT Momir Ilic is voted for the best Serbian player of the year. This is his fourth trophy for the Serbian best player by Balkan-Handball.com (Jury is consisted from the Serbian PRESS members and fans):The BEST 7 of Serbian handball 2013/2014 – Men’s:GOALKEEPER: Darko Stanić (Metalurg)LEFT WING: Nemanja Ilić (Toulouse)LEFT BACK: Momir Ilić (Veszprem)PLAYMAKER: Petar Nenadić (Wisla Plock)RIGHT BACK: Marko Vujin (Kiel)RIGHT WING: Bogdan Radivojević (Partizan)LINE-PLAYER: Rastko Stojković (Vive Targi Kelce)Best Serbian players year by year:2008 – Ratko Nikolić2009 – Momir Ilić2010 – Momir Ilić2011 – Marko Vujin2012 – Darko Stanić2013 – Momir Ilić2014 – Momir IlićIlic is also voted for the best “Ex-Yu” player of the years. He got the highest number of votes by journalists from six countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and BIH) ahead of Macedonian star Kiril Lazarov and the last year winner – Domagoj Duvnjak.LINK Andrea LekicMomir IlicSanja DamnjanovicSerbian handball ← Previous Story Naturhouse La Rioja signs Pablo Cacheda Next Story → Sanja Damnjanovic is best Serbian player 2013/2014 – Andrea Lekic with Ex-Yu crown!
After two years of delays, Cork council to issue tender for dog rehoming service Rehoming services for dogs are in Ireland are often run by charities, such as the ISPCA and Dogs Trust. By Cónal Thomas Image: Shutterstock/Rave NIK Share39 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4785813 Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 6:00 AM CORK COUNTY COUNCIL has yet to set up a public kenneling service and online facility for re-homing and reclaiming dogs two years after it first announced the measure. In August 2017, the council said it needed this service in place and announced the creation of a Facebook page as part of a new tender for the provision of a pound service in Cork.A spokesperson for Cork County Council told TheJournal.ie at the time that “the closing date for tender submission has passed and it is envisaged that this facility will be operational in the near future”.However, this did not happen. The council now plans to issue a new tender for the service next month. Rehoming services for dogs are in Ireland are often run by charities, such as the ISPCA and Dogs Trust.There are currently three privately-operated pounds in Rafeen, Schull and Macroom. The council’s veterinary department has sought to open a publicly-owned and publicly accessible pound for some years.“Through a delay in processing the award criteria outside of the Council’s control, the Council’s Procurement Officer felt it was inappropriate to proceed,” a council spokesperson told TheJournal.ie.“A request for ‘Tender for a Contract’ for the provision and operation of Dog pound facilities and services will be posted in September 2019,” they added. Local councillor Marcia D’Alton told TheJournal.ie that she has pushed for the facility to open but that it has been beset by delays. “I was delighted to hear the council was re-tendering. This is the first real positive step we’ve had on this in some time. Everybody was frustrated.”D’Alton says that in the interest of transparency it is important to have the new facility open as soon as possible. Said D’Alton: “People who care very deeply want to be able to see [the dogs].” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10,520 Views Aug 29th 2019, 6:01 AM 9 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Rave NIK Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kouris Power is launching their new website with a power point presentation ready for prospective buyers and licensees. The website also includes demos in for the KTC generators and product information. The power company specialising in non-polluting turbine generators is embarking on an international business trip to discuss prospects in Austria, Germany and Indonesia. The company has been asked to contribute to power six base camps to the hydro project in Papua; it will be the biggest of its type in the world to date. Hydro power is the most advanced renewable energy technology.
“The red tape will become a red carpet,” Greece’s General Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry has told the Australian delegation at the International Thessaloniki Trade Fair this week. Businesses from around the globe are being courted by Greece as it tries to muster up trade relations and business interest in a flat-lining Greek economy. For the first time, an Australian delegation has made the trip to Thessaloniki to be a part of the Fair, and has been the go to stall for days for locals and international visitors. Ten companies have set up shop at the Fair, including ITM Freight, Cochlear, the Radio Station ‘O Rythmos’, Oakleigh Grammar, Eurobank, KL Energy, Stojanovic and Associates, Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Innovation (HACCI), the Hellenic Australian Business Council (HABC) and the Australian Embassy. One of the most popular of the group, and not surprising given the climate in Greece, is Danijela Stojanovic’s migration law firm. Director of Trade for HACCI, George Iliopoulos, who is currently at the Fair, says there are queues everyday with people seeking migration information. “It’s the business world queuing and the Trade Fair crowd,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “For people, getting information is the key. They want to understand what laws and regulations they need to be aware of and what the most important issues are.” The Fair attracts people from all around the world and is a great way for international companies to promote themselves. Mr Iliopoulos says all the companies taking part this year have signed on to take part next year. Ugg Australia, the famous sheepskin apparel maker, had to pull out this year when their product shipment was delayed, but say they will be a big fixture in next year’s Fair. Greece’s commitment to the international business world has been upped, with the government making sure the message that ‘Greece is open for Business’ gets out into the international world. Australia is heeding the call, and has shown its strongest interest ever. “What we’re seeing now is Australian companies creating traffic to get into Greece,” Mr Iliopoulos says. “Two three years ago this didn’t exist.” With strong relationships between the two countries and better investment opportunities, the Greek market is looking like a much better venture. The Greek government is now making a bigger effort to assist international businesses, who for many years heard red tape horror stories, while trying to help local business through the economic crisis. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras opened the Trade Fair last Saturday, and believed the country would be seeing its first year of growth in 2014. “This year was the hardest, the most crucial, and it turned out to be the most successful,” he said in his speech. “Greece is sticking to its promises and attaining its goals. The only thing needed is for our lenders to also keep their promises,” he said. Excluded from financial markets since 2010, Greece has been kept afloat solely with 240 billion euros in loans and, under the current program, will be financed until the second half of 2014. Also visiting the Fair was Australia’s Ambassador to Greece, Ms Jenny Bloomfield. She highlighted the fact that Australia’s participation in the Trade Fair not only marked the important relationship between Australia and Greece, but was also a sign of confidence in Greece and its future, highlighting the significant trade opportunities that existed. A new outcome from the Fair, which finishes this Sunday, has come from the Americans. Mr Iliopoulos has been approached by the US Senator, Leonidas Raptakis, to create a joint Australian American venture at the next Trade Fair. “He promised next year he will go back to America and wants to set up a joint American Australian pavilion, to share the space together,” Mr Iliopoulos told Neos Kosmos. The Thessaloniki International Trade Fair receives lots of interest from European countries but has yet to see many Australian and American businesses show interest. The Fair attracts more than 800 exhibitors and approximately 200,000 visitors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Who’s a good boy? Astro, the four-legged seeing and hearing intelligent robodog.Using deep learning and artificial intelligence, scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) Laboratory are bringing Astro to life.A robotic tail wagger is not exactly new: Boston Dynamics has been honing its all-electric Spot lineup for years.But Astro has a head start—literally.FAU’s quadruped features a 3D-printed noggin (designed to resemble a Doberman pinscher) that contains a computerized brain.He doesn’t just look like a dog, though. He learns like one, too: Astro is being trained via deep neural network to learn from experience and perform real-life tasks.Built-in sensors, radar imaging, cameras, and a directional microphone help ensure that, just like a flesh-and-blood pooch, he can respond to commands like “sit,” “stand,” and “lie down.”Eventually, researchers hope Astro will be able to understand hand signals, detect different colors, comprehend various languages, coordinate with drones, distinguish human faces, and recognize other dogs.“Astro is inspired by the human brain and he has come to life through machine learning and artificial intelligence, which is proving to be an invaluable resource in helping to solve some of the world’s most complex problems,” Ata Sarajedini, dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, said in a statement.Designed to engage and react to his surroundings in real time, the intelligent machine will be able to navigate rough terrains and respond to dangerous situations.As an information scout, Astro can assist police, the military, and security personnel in sniffing out guns and explosives. He is also capable of rapidly searching faces in a database, smelling the air for foreign substances, and hearing distress calls well outside a human’s audible range.As if that weren’t impressive enough, the heartwarming hound may be programmed to work as a service dog for the visually impaired or provide medical diagnostic monitoring.More on Geek.com:Robots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining TunnelsNASA Engineers Are Working on Exploring Robots for Future MissionsThis Robot Fish Is Powered by ‘Blood’ Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain
Aaron Ramsey has just 12 months left on his contract with Arsenal and the situation around him remains unclear – but his teammate Alexandre Lacazette claimed that he should extend the contract and stay.The French striker believes that the Wales international is kind of a legend at Emirates and he should stay at the club to help with the rebuilding phase and be one of the true leaders.The former Lyon striker spoke about Ramsey as he said, according to Standard:“Ramsey is really important. Aaron is there for maybe 10 years, he’s a legend in the club so we have to be respectful for everything he has done.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Of course with his quality, he can help the team to be better.”“He’s an example for all the young players. Of course, we need Aaron in the team.”“I hope and I think you’ll see a better Alexandre Lacazette than last year. Now I have one year in the Premier League, of course, I will be better.”
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer hosted his annual back-to-school shopping spreee in Davie for students.Jason Taylor, former Dolphin and, now, Hall of Fame defensive end, hosted his annual “Cool Gear for the School Year” event at the Old Navy in Davie on Monday.More than 60 students from both Miami-Dade and Broward counties were treated to a $300 back-to-school shopping spree. 7News meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez and anchor Alex de Armas also joined students during their shopping spree.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.