Nearshoring in Latin America – Ecuador

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#international#Internet of Things#Location 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Related Posts CEO at Webcreek. WebCreek is a digital and consulting firm specialized in delivering through a nearshoring model as turnkey projects or consultants to supplement existing projects. WebCreek helps organizations accomplish both their short and long-term goals by developing and implementing digital solutions to improve our businesses’ productivity and efficiency. 5 Essential Skills all Entrepreneurs Need to B… Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Nearshoring is a way to increase a company’s capacities while avoiding problems implicit in a typical offshoring relationship. We’ve covered the advantages and downsides of offshoring for the software development industry in another article. For more context, this article is the first in a series on nearshoring in the diverse countries of Latin America. We compile as much data as possible to help guide you on the best choice for your business.Background of NearshoringThe first country we’ll be profiling is Ecuador. Full disclosure — we have an office in Quito, the capital. That may make us seem biased, but our intention is to analyze both the good and the bad in as balanced a way as possible.General informationEcuador is a relatively small country in South America about the size of Nevada. It is located on the northwest coast of the continent between Peru and Colombia. Situated on the equator, it possesses extreme biodiversity owing to a variety of landscapes that allow a multitude of microclimates. It goes from the blazingly hot coast to the cooler mountainous climes of the Andean interior, then east to the tropical lush Amazon rainforest. It attracts a high degree of tourism owing to its rich history and adventure travel.DemographicsThe population of 16.9 million people is about 60% urban, living mostly in one of three major cities, Guayaquil, Quito, and Cuenca. Guayaquil is the most populous and, as the main commercial port, is the economic driver for the country. Quito is the 2nd most populous city and is the center of administration. Being at high altitude, it boasts spectacular mountain vistas. Cuenca, a smaller city, known for its combination of traditional living and a large expat community is very tourist friendly and has an active nightlife and arts community.PoliticsThe government is a representative democracy with a president, a unicameral Congress known as the Assembly, and a high court. At the time of writing, the party in power is leftist leaning but has a president, Lenin Moreno, who appears to be trying to address criticisms of the hubris that indebted the country. He seems to be shrinking aspects of government and acknowledging charges of corruption, including against his Vice President-elect. At the moment, the government is relatively stable, having experienced bouts of crisis, exemplified by the ouster three of four presidents in the previous two decades.EducationThe country is about 90% literate and had benefited in recent years from a government push, based on windfall oil revenues, to provide funding for post-secondary education to its young population. For the purpose of software development, we’re grateful for that since many Ecuadorians, a pragmatic people, chose to go into computer science, providing a healthy pool of highly-qualified computer engineers. Oil prices have since collapsed, but the genie has already been let out of the bottle, with the society at considerable understanding the importance of education.Advantages of Nearshoring in EcuadorIn terms of overall statistics compared to other countries of Latin America, Ecuador is in the middle of the pack. In some ways that in itself is an advantage because things move gradually forward, meaning more stability. The following data provides some insight into why Ecuador makes a good place for nearshoring operations:Time zonesWhen I thought of Latin America, I tended to think of it as further west than it actually was, maybe because so many of the Spanish sounding state names start in more western parts of the U.S. In reality, Ecuador shares a time zone with the East Coast of the U.S for half the year from, November to March; and spends the other half of the year on Central Time. This means that it shares a time zone for at least part of the year with 38 states of the US, and is only a couple of hours away from the rest.DollarizationEver since Ecuador’s currency crisis of the late ’90s, this country has used the U.S. dollar as its currency. Using U.S. dollars makes calculations and transfers of funds from the U.S. more accessible and more predictable. It also means never having to exchange money when coming to visit and certain irresponsible monetary practices impossible.Young workforceThe median age in Ecuador is 27, which means there are many young people interested in technology. More and more young people are majoring in or doing master’s degrees in IT or Systems, which means the talent pool for software development is growing. The previous government provided scholarships to those who studied abroad, with the contingency that once students finished their degrees, they must return to the country to contribute to the workforce for a certain number of years.English proficiencyMany skilled workers are highly proficient in American English. Collaboration and service support for a US clientele is that much better as a result. British English is the norm in the traditional offshoring countries of India and the Far East. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it may add a layer of cultural distance.Good Business environmentOn the US News and World Report’s Best Countries Ranking, Ecuador actually scores higher than the U.S. in the “Open for Business” category. Doing business here has lower costs and relative to the US, less bureaucracy.Disadvantages of Nearshoring in EcuadorOf course, there will always be disadvantages to doing business in any environment, but being aware of what they can help mitigate those problems.WorkstylesEcuador was once known for its ridiculous number of holidays per years. It’s no wonder the country is high on the happiness index. The government has reined that in recent years, but there remains a leisurely approach to work that may give pause. The good news is that a company with the right structures can solve these issues and align the different work cultures. Indeed, the mixture of structured and unstructured work can help the creative process along.SecurityRelative to other Latin American countries Ecuador is safer, but there are still issues with petty crime, robberies, and pickpocketing. This drives up the cost of security and creates mistrust in public areas.Final commentsEcuador is a country that is high on the quality of life index, and it shows in the friendly, cheery attitude people have. The office we’ve nurtured overlooks the beautiful Carolina park that functions as a kind of Central Park where people congregate, exercise, or just plain hang out. Our 40 or so developers, writers, QAs, or leads take their breaks on the sunny roof deck, and come back down to do the critical work of building apps, websites, or providing crucial technical support.As far as we’re concerned, Ecuador is a great place to do business. Other factors may be salient to your business that requires it to do business elsewhere. This series focuses on providing you with enough information to make the right choice. If you’re curious about nearshoring services, or advice, feel free to contact us at Jason Bottlast_img read more

Samsung’s Android flip phone Galaxy Folder 2 is now official

first_imgthose old clamshell phone designs. The company has just made the Galaxy Folder 2 official on its website. The flip phone is a successor to last year’s Galaxy Folder smartphone, which was also a flip phone. The Galaxy Folder 2 for now has been listed only on Samsung’s China website, and there’s no word if this phone will come to India or not.The Galaxy Folder 2 smartphone comes with a 3.8-inch screen with a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels. The phone has a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, which is backed by 2GB RAM. The Galaxy Folder 2 has 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card.It’s not just the clamshell design but the whole phone has been built as a throwback to the yesteryears. The Galaxy Folder 2 phone sports a metal body and a physical keyboard. The phone runs on Android 6.0 MarshmallowThe Galaxy Folder 2 has an 8-megapixel camera on the back with an LED flash. On the front it carries a 5-megapixel shooter with f/1.9 aperture.The phone is powered by a 1950mAh battery which can deliver up to 318 hours of standby time. The clamshell phone offers connectivity options like 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.The phone has been launched at a time when Samsung is facing flak over faulty batteries in Galaxy Note 7 phones. The controversy has led the company to withdraw all the phone units from the market and also replace those which have been sold.Samsung had launched its highly anticipated Note 7 phablet in August this year. It was expected to take on Samsung’s biggest rival Apple.advertisementlast_img read more

Moustakas HR Beats Angels, 3-2

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — When Mike Moustakas smacked a high fly into right field in the 11th inning, the Kansas City Royals’ No. 9 hitter had no idea whether it had enough juice to get out of the Big A.“I knew I hit it pretty good, but that fence out there is pretty tall,” the Los Angeles born-and-bred slugger said.Although this group of Royals only has two crazy games of playoff history, it’s becoming clear that good things happen to Kansas City in October.The Royals went a few more extra innings, withstood a few more scares and figured out another dramatic way to win a playoff game — thanks to the local boy.Moustakas homered leading off the 11th, and the Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in their AL Division Series opener Oct. 2nd.Kansas City had managed just two baserunners since the fifth inning when Moustakas hit the first extra-inning homer in postseason history for the Royals, a high shot off Fernando Salas that barely reached the elevated right-field stands at Angel Stadium.“It’s probably the biggest one I’ve ever hit so far,” said Moustakas, who had dozens of friends and family members in the Royals’ tiny cheering section. “It felt really amazing.”Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Oct. 4th night at the Big A, with Angels 16-game winner Matt Shoemaker taking on fellow rookie Yordano Ventura.Alcides Escobar had an early RBI double for the Royals, and their bullpen repeatedly escaped trouble in Kansas City’s first game since that spectacular, 12-inning comeback victory over Oakland in the wild-card playoff Sept. 30th at Kauffman Stadium.Chris Iannetta and David Freese homered early in the Angels’ first playoff game since 2009, but the majors’ most productive offense stranded eight runners in the five innings before Greg Holland’s perfect 11th.“This is the type of game that we play,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said. “We don’t score a bunch of runs … so we have a lot of confidence in our pitching.”Winning pitcher Danny Duffy worked the 10th for Kansas City, and Holland picked up the save after arriving at the ballpark around the fourth inning. He went to North Carolina on the Royals’ off day to attend his child’s birth.Mike Trout was 0-for-4 with a walk in his playoff debut. The favorite for AL MVP grounded into a fielder’s choice in the 10th before Albert Pujols popped out to end his 0-for-4 Angels playoff debut.Josh Hamilton popped up to end the game, capping his 0-for-5 return to the lineup.“We had some guys in scoring position, just couldn’t get that one hit, especially late,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Those guys hung in there and got the big outs and got the big hit late. So we hit two home runs to keep ourselves in the game, but outside of that, we didn’t really pressure those guys very much.”Jered Weaver, Joe Smith and Huston Street combined to retire Kansas City’s final 15 batters before extra innings — and that’s when the Royals went to work. Kevin Jepsen let two runners on in the 10th, but retired Salvador Perez and Omar Infante to escape.Salas wasn’t as lucky, giving up a homer to a third baseman who grew up in the San Fernando Valley before making his big league debut and hitting his first homer in Anaheim three years ago.A raucous crowd banged balloons and cheered on the Angels throughout their postseason return after a half-decade away, but the fans got tense while the teams managed just three hits apiece in the first nine innings. Los Angeles earned home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a big league-best 98-64 record.The Royals can’t match Los Angeles’ lineup on paper, but they’ve got some remarkable postseason mojo.Even before Moustakas’ homer, Nori Aoki made dramatically awkward catches on the right-field warning track to end the sixth and seventh, twice making up for poor routes to the Angels’ drives with a last-instant stab. Lorenzo Cain also made two exceptional plays in center field in the first two innings, underlining Kansas City’s stellar defense.“Lorenzo Cain is one of the best center fielders in baseball, and Aoki made some unbelievable plays,” Moustakas said. “We were able to cut their rallies down a little bit on some of the huge catches there in right field and center field, and hats off to those guys.”Weaver yielded three hits over seven strong innings for the Angels while Jason Vargas, his good friend and Long Beach State teammate, pitched six innings of three-hit ball for Kansas City.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Melt Late, Falcons Win, 24-20

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The fourth quarter again was the Giants’ undoing.Breakdowns on both sides of the ball Sept. 20 led to their second consecutive brutal loss, this time 24-20 to the Atlanta Falcons in their home opener at MetLife Stadium.Faced with a short week in prelude to a Sept. 24 division contest against the Redskins, coach Tom Coughlin can only continue to stress his point about finishing games — something the Giants failed at defensively and in their decision making last week against Dallas.On Sept. 20, it was a total team collapse.“I just asked them to search down inside,” Coughlin said after watching Eli Manning’s third-quarter fumble at the Falcons 9 turn into a 91-yard touchdown drive.Then he saw Julio Jones streak past cornerback Prince Amukamara in man coverage to set up the winning score with 1:14 remaining. “We talk every week about finishing. That wasn’t a finish for me.“The competitive nature of the finish of the game has got to improve. It’s our doing. There’s nobody to blame but us.”Between the defense’s inability to stop Jones, who tied Tony Gonzalez’s 2012 record of 13 single-game catches, and Manning’s mental and physical mistakes in a clock-killing situation with just over four minutes remaining, there was plenty of blame to go around.Manning (27-of-40, 292 yards, two TDs) had defensive end Kroy Biermann strip-sack him with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter as the Giants appeared poised to extend a 20-10 lead. That play sparked the gap-closing Atlanta touchdown drive.Manning took a delay-of-game penalty after an Atlanta timeout on a late fourth-quarter drive, further annoying Coughlin.That turned a third-and-7 situation into a third-and-12,, and Preston Parker’s 5-yard reception forced a punt. That allowed Ryan to mount his winning 70-yard touchdown drive in which Jones burned Amukamara for 37 yards against an all-out blitz.“Matt put the ball up there and it was make a play,” Jones said. “The DB was still sitting outside of me and I had to go over the top and make a play.”Amukamara accepted his share of the blame.“We called a blitz on that play,” he said. “When the game’s close, coach is going to put it on us. We expect that. I was drafted No. 1 to be that guy. The Giants pay me to be that guy.”Amukamara was confident his team will get past the last two weeks.“When you think about the big picture, yeah, it’s tough,” he said. “But when you think about the next game and realize 0-2 could easily have been 2-0 because the games were so close, it’s not that hard.”The Giants, whose bad decisions and poor execution cost them last week at Dallas, saw Leonard Hankerson catch a 10-yard TD pass to bring Atlanta within three. Then Matt Ryan guided the Falcons to the winning score.In the first half, Odell Beckham Jr. turned a short pass into a 67-yard touchdown, one of New York’s six plays of 19 yards or more.The Falcons needed Jones’ big day because they lost rookie starting running back Tevin Coleman (ribs) in the first half. Ryan turned to the air and threw for 363 yards and one score.Despite frequent double-team coverage, Beckham, the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year, set an NFL mark with 1,495 yards in the first 14 games of a career. He had seven receptions for 146 yards.On his TD, Beckham sped the final 40 yards alone after bursting through a small hole between two defenders who could only flail away.“We need to keep attacking,” Beckham said “It’s not 15, 35, 45 or 50 minutes. It’s 60 minutes.”New York led 20-10 after Larry Donnell made a sliding 10-yard catch with cornerback Robert Alford on his back.The Giants lost first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers. The left tackle hobbled off with a sprained left ankle.(ERNIE PALLADINO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Doing everything to keep boxing in Olympics: AIBA President Rahimov

first_imgPoonam Mehra New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) The threat of Olympic exclusion is a “challenging moment” for the embattled International Boxing Association (AIBA), concedes its interim President Gafur Rahimov but insists that his perseverant organisation remains on course to regain the IOC’s trust. In an email interview to PTI, Rahimov addressed the many issues facing amateur boxing’s governing body, which has been in a state of turmoil for a while. “AIBA’s leadership has been working very hard on ensuring that everything in our power is done to restore the confidence of all of our stakeholders especially the International Olympic Committee (IOC),” Rahimov said in response to a query on whether boxing could indeed be taken off the 2020 Tokyo Games roster. “While this is a challenging moment, both myself and the AIBA’s leadership are committed to the continuous progress of our sport and an example of this is the adoption of our New Foundation Plan,” he added. AIBA’s funding has been stopped by the International Olympic Committee, which spoke of “significant concern” over key areas including its governance and ethical and financial management. “We have welcomed this process as an opportunity to build a stronger organisation and believe that great progress was made over the recent months in all aspects of the organisation. We are confident that we will achieve all our outlined goals,” Rahimov said. The IOC has warned that should the AIBA fail in addressing all its concerns, boxing would be axed from the biggest stage of all. The popular combat sport has been contested at every Olympics since its introduction at the 1904 Games, barring Stockholm 1912.advertisement The reason for its only Olympic omission was the Swedish law, which banned the sport at that time. The most recent IOC threat to AIBA came last month after an executive board meeting where AIBA was told that while it has moved forward in reforms, a lot of distance remains to be covered. “With regards to the IOC, we are in continuous discussions with them. We recently received further clarification from the IOC Executive Board and will be working to address the concerns that they have raised,” said Rahimov. Rahimov himself is a contentious issue for the IOC due to a US Treasury Department list, which accuses him of having links with organised crime mafia. But his name has been taken off a similar list in his own country Uzbekistan — and the 67-year-old businessman is fighting a legal battle for relief in the US as well, insisting that charges against him are false. “My priority is on boxing, I truly believe my love for boxing and AIBA will conquer any challenge and I am determined to continue to devote my life to this sport,” said Rahimov, who had served as a vice-President in AIBA since 1998. He was elevated to the top post last year. Rahimov steered clear of any comment on his predecessor Dr. Ching Kuo-Wu, who had to step down last year in the face of a revolt owing to allegations of financial mismanagement, which effectively threw AIBA into turmoil. “The necessary actions have been taken and our organisation has been moving in the right direction. AIBA has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, we are working hard to become a model international federation and I hope this is something the IOC takes into consideration,” he said. Rahimov said one of IOC’s primary concerns was AIBA’s anti-doping program, which has now been completely revamped to make it compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code. ” We are currently 100 per cent compliant with WADA. Anti-doping is atthe top of our priorities and we have already developed and implemented several actions including AIBA being among the first Olympic international federations to officially join the newly-established International Testing Agency (ITA). “As part of this partnership AIBA will outsource its anti-doping activities, including testing, disciplinary (for any positive tests), intelligence gathering, education and TUE (Therapeutic Usage) exemptions,” he said. Another core issue highlighted by the IOC is the scoring system, which came in for massive criticism at the 2016 Olympics. Irish boxer Michael Conlan’s abuse-laden takedown of the system after he controversially lost in the semifinals despite clear domination became a tipping point for the world body, which was forced to undertake areview. To this date, AIBA faces questions about the integrity of its referees and judges and Rahimov said technology is being used to the maximum to check any corruption. He listed deployment of Swiss Timing’s independent electronic system which randomly selects officials before bouts, the scoring of bouts by five judges instead of the previous three, online training and education of referees and coaches on all levels, computerised evaluation and judging systems as some of the measures in place now.advertisement “AIBA will be working with an independent audit team during this year’s Youth Olympic Games to ensure full transparency of its judges and referees management system during the competition,” he asserted. “Transparency, integrity, and fair-play are core principles of AIBA’s strategy. We want to make sure our boxers are treated fairly and given the opportunity to perform in the best possible conditions,” he added. Speaking specifically on India’s progress, Rahimov said he is impressed with the new federation’s initiatives and expects the country to continue its growth in the sport. “It seems that the Boxing Federation of India is working hard on developing both grassroots and elite boxing,” he said. And to get a first-hand experience, Rahimov said he would be in India during the World Championships for women come November. “I have reserved the dates in my calendar and hope to see some great wins in India,” he signed off. PTI PM AH KHSKHSlast_img read more

Nations League: 10 things to look out for in the international matches

first_img Pinterest England warned to watch what they say in behind-closed-doors game in Croatia Read more Facebook Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp England Facebook Share on Pinterest Facebook 8) Petkov proves that anything is possible at 42In July Georgi Petkov became the second oldest player to appear in the Europa League and the following month the Slavia Sofia goalkeeper broke the record for the oldest player in the Bulgarian top flight. He was only half-joking when he suggested a return to international football, a stage he had not graced for nearly a decade, was still possible. By mid-September he had kept four consecutive clean sheets, and last week the call came. Plamen Iliev, who was outstanding in the 2-1 victory over Slovenia last month, remains Bulgaria’s first-choice keeper but Petkov could make an appearance against Cyprus, swept along by a wave of sentimental support. If so, at 42 years and 211 days he would become the fourth-oldest international in top-level European football (after the Greeks Giorgos Koudas and Vasilis Hatzipanagis and Billy Meredith of Wales). SB Twitter Netherlands 4) A hint of the old magic in Slovakia v Czech RepublicBetween 1994 – when Fifa launched their rankings – and 2015 the Czech Republic rarely dropped out of the world’s top 30. They peaked at No 2 in 1999 and reached the European Championship final in 1996 and semi-finals in 2004. Those triumphs seem very distant: they are currently 47th, last month they lost 2-1 at home to Ukraine and 5-1 in Russia, and they go into Saturday’s Federal derby at a low ebb. But their new manager, Jaroslav Silhavy, was the assistant during Karel Brückner’s successful spell in the noughties and is hoping to bring a bit of that magic back – with the help of his former boss. “He’s got nothing much to do now except gardening,” Silhavy said, “so he watches football. We talk a lot, about football and everything.” The pair were in the dugout on the only previous occasion the Czechs won in Slovakia, in 2006. Brückner is now 78 but may yet be tempted further from his garden – Silhavy is to discuss with his association “the possibility of greater cooperation”. SB 1) Montenegro and Serbia make historyTwelve years after Montenegro achieved independence and 11 years after they were formally recognised by Fifa, they meet Serbia for the first time. The match is, according to goalkeeper Danijel Petkovic, the biggest in the nation’s history. After two games the teams are level on points at the top of Group C4, adding competitive edge to an already spicy encounter. Serbia are far from full strength: Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic is one of several players to have dropped out of the squad since the World Cup after falling out with the manager, Mladen Krstajic, while the captain, Nemanja Matic, is injured. “Our ambitions remain the same,” said Krstajic, who revealed: “Matic will most likely come to Podgorica to see us because his boss is coming.” Given that José Mourinho cannot be monitoring Matic’s performance it has heightened speculation about a possible move for one of Serbia’s young stars, the Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic and the Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. SB Share on Messenger features Twitter Pinterest Reuse this content Montenegro Nations League Fifa’s treatment of Women’s World Cup final keeps ‘virus’ containedcenter_img Christian Eriksen could have chronic abdominal problem, says Hareide Read more Marina Hyde Share via Email Read more Topics Russia’s Denis Cheryshev keeps his eye on the ball during the 2-1 Nations League victory over Turkey. Photograph: Sergei Bobylev/TASS Serbia Croatia The in-form Dutch forward Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld scored a brilliant goal for Club Brugge against Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Shot for Press/Action Plus via Getty Images Ten things to look out for this weekend 9) Irish sighs as Denmark visitThe Republic of Ireland have unhappy memories of their last meeting with Denmark, who sealed their World Cup place with a thumping play-off victory in Dublin last year. Christian Eriksen scored a brilliant hat-trick as Denmark romped to a 5-1 win, leaving Martin O’Neill with an almighty mess on his hands. Unfortunately for O’Neill, cleaning it up has not been easy. His team’s self-belief has all but evaporated. They lost 4-1 to Wales in their Nations League opener last month and the mood has not been helped by reports of Roy Keane, O’Neill’s assistant, falling out with senior players, or by young talent Declan Rice sitting this one out while he decides whether to switch to England. Still, Harry Arter is back in the fold after his dispute with Keane and Eriksen is a doubt for Denmark. JS• Eriksen could have chronic abdominal problem, says Hareide10) Movsisyan returns to help ‘a new free Armenia’Born in Azerbaijan to Armenian parents, Yura Movsisyan moved to the United States as a child, his family refugees. He set his sights on the US national team but eventually switched allegiance. “To play for Armenia, to see what it means to the people there, there’s no better feeling,” he said. Then came a controversial defeat to Albania in Euro 2016 qualifying. In the Serbian media talk of match-fixing swirled; Ruben Hayrapetyan, the head of the Armenian FA, lashed out at his team. A group of players including Movsisyan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan released a statement describing rumours of match-fixing as “totally false” but Hayrapetyan said he would not select Movsisyan again. Last month Hayrapetyan was replaced by Artur Vanetsyan, and Movsisyan, who recently signed for Chicago Fire, is back in the squad for the matches against Gibraltar and Macedonia. SB Germany Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter 5) Prolific Piatek lifts Lewandowski’s burdenThere will be no Cristiano Ronaldo, who was left out of Portugal’s squad after a rape allegation was made against him, though their manager, Fernando Santos, said he “believes completely” the player’s denial. In his place star-seekers will turn to the man who more than Ronaldo is taking Serie A by storm this season, Poland’s Krzysztof Piatek. The 23-year-old made his international debut against Ireland last month and his form since arriving at Genoa for €4.5m in the summer – he has scored 13 goals in eight games – is sensational. No longer, it seems, must Robert Lewandowski, who will win his 100th cap in this game and has scored in 10 of Poland’s 11 victories since Euro 2016, carry his country’s goalscoring burden on his own. SB Pinterest Twitter 2) A World Cup semi-final replayEngland will have revenge on their mind when they visit Croatia in the Nations League on Friday night. “We know what happened in the summer,” Harry Kane said. “It will be nice to try and get our own back.” Yet while Croatia lost 6-0 to Spain in their first game in Group A4, it will not be easy for England to flush their World Cup semi-final defeat to Zlatko Dalic’s side out of their system. For Gareth Southgate, the concern will be that his team will struggle to dominate possession again. When these sides met in Moscow, the game turned when Croatia took control of midfield in the second half and Dalic will have noted that England were outpassed in their defeat by Spain last month. It remains an issue for Southgate, who will hope Ross Barkley can bring his Chelsea form to the international stage. Barkley has not played for England for more than two years but the midfielder has started to show more tactical awareness and greater discipline since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival at Chelsea. JS• England players warned to watch what they say against Croatia3) Koeman’s hungry pups to reignite rivalryNetherlands v Germany is a fixture dripping in history – one of the biggest rivalries in world football. But with the Dutch having failed to win a game against their near-neighbours in 16 years, it has not felt that way for some time. A 2-1 win against Peru and a creditable 2-1 loss against France in Paris, however, have given Ronald Koeman’s side hope of breathing some life back into the flatlining fixture on Saturday. Koeman’s squad for the games against Germany and Belgium includes four possible debutants, among them the 21-year-old Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld of Club Brugge, a supremely talented attacker who scored an astonishing goal from 25 yards against Atlético Madrid last week. On home soil, they are more than capable of exposing a Germany side that is still to prove the humiliating first-round World Cup exit was a blip rather than the start of an ongoing malaise. GB Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek (right) has been in sensational form this season. Photograph: Federico Proietti/EPA 6) Scotland must keep Celtic-conquering Dabour at bayHaving beaten Albania 2-0 in their Nations League opener the competition offers Scotland a realistic chance of an alternative route into Euro 2020. But in Haifa, where they face Israel on Thursday, they will come up against Moanes Dabour, a razor-sharp forward who has very recent history of dousing Scottish hopes. The striker scored twice for Red Bull Salzburg in the 3-1 defeat of Celtic a week ago and, with 15 goals in 19 games this season, he is in the best form of his career. The good news for Scotland is that Israel are not quite so intimidating as the unbeaten Austrians. They have won only one game in their last 10, against tiny Liechtenstein. They also lost their Nations League opener against Albania, whom Alex McLeish’s team brushed aside. GB7) Russia’s renaissance to continue?Sweden head to Kalingrad on Thursday ranked 31 places higher than their hosts but Russia, in 46th, look well-placed to make a mockery of the Fifa standings. Stanislav Cherchesov’s team have continued to ride the wave of optimism created by an impressive run to the World Cup quarter-finals. They won a tricky Nations League game away at Turkey 2–1 and followed this up with a crushing 5-1 friendly victory over the Czech Republic in Rostov. When their captain at the World Cup, the goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, retired this month, he said: “A very good generation has appeared in Russia.” They mostly play in Russia too, where the domestic game was given a huge lift by CSKA Moscow’s 1-0 defeat of Real Madrid in the Champions League. Sweden have lost both of their matches since making the last eight at the World Cup and they will likely lose their third if Russia continue their form. GBlast_img read more

Rain again spoils Miami Open party, wiping out play

first_img Reuters MiamiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 10:58 IST Dark storm clouds have cast a wet shadow over proceedings so far at the Miami Open (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMiami Open moved from Crandon Park to the wide open spaces at Hard Rock StadiumRain has spoiled the first two days, with only one of the four session being completedOrganisers have been left with a backlog of matches to schedule and sending out refundsRain again spoiled the Miami Open party wiping out the evening session on Wednesday and adding to what has been a soggy and dejecting kickoff to a tournament looking for a new start.A move from the cramped Crandon Park on picturesque Key Biscayne to the wide open spaces at Hard Rock Stadium was hoped to provide the Miami Open with a bright future.But so far dark storm clouds have cast a wet shadow over proceedings.Prior to the start of the tournament, officials had boasted a 25 percent jump in ticket sales but the stands have been mostly empty through two days with only one of four sessions completed.Organisers have now been left with a backlog of matches to schedule and sending out refunds.Canadian teen sensation Bianca Andreescu, who claimed a stunning victory at Indian Wells on Sunday, was to be the headliner on the opening day but never made it onto the 13,800-seat stadium court to face Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu.Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting earlier in the day under sunny skies involving Serena Williams, Roger Federer and world number ones Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic, action got underway with three-time Miami champion Victoria Azarenka defeating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 3-6 6-4 to christen the venue.All of the 29-year-old Belarusian’s titles were celebrated at Crandon Park but the move to Miami suburbs did not have any affect on Azarenka as the twice Australian Open champion pounded 41 winners past her Slovak opponent.”I think the stadium is beautiful. I think the logistics here work out pretty well,” said Azarenka, a former world number one. “I feel the expansion of the tournament was, first of all, really necessary.advertisement”There is a lot more room. There is a lot better facilities. So I’m pretty happy.”Before the rain began 17-year-old American hope Amanda Anisimova gave the small crowd something to cheer about as she romped into the second round with 6-4 6-3 decision over Germany’s Andrea Petkovic.Before Andreescu grabbed the spotlight Anisimova had appeared to be the teenager to watch after she started 2019 with a run to the quarter-finals in Auckland and a fourth round appearance at the Australian Open.Also Read | Prajnesh Gunneswaran must not fall in trap of playing safe: Zeeshan AliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Miami OpenFollow RainFollow second day Rain again spoils Miami Open party, wiping out playOnly one of the four session have been completed due to rain despite the fact the officials boasting a 25 percent jump in ticket sales.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Cooking Heritage Breeds with Fred Neuville

first_imgIn our third and final installment on farming we speak to Fred Neuville from Charleston’s The Fat Hen restaurant about how to cook heritage breed meat.Growing up in Roanoke, Virginia, his father sat him down at the ripe old age of 16 and asked him what he wanted to do with his life. “If you don’t do something after high school then I’m not going to take care of your education,” he told Fred. So he headed to the Culinary School of America in New York, graduated at 19 and was an executive chef at 20. Not bad!Neuville began his career at Linwood’s in Baltimore and then honed his skills at The Willard in Washington DC. He ended up in Colorado where he met his wife and they were both pining for the ‘right’ coast so they moved down to Folly Beach, South Carolina and have been here for 15 years. He worked all around Charleston and in 2007 he and his wife bought their own place on John’s Island, named it the Fat Hen and have been winning over locals and tourists ever since.When it comes to the ‘Farm to Table’ conversation, Fred kind of chuckles. “I’ve been doing farm to table before there was a word for it. In Baltimore I had farmers and fisherman drive up and I would buy off their pick up trucks.” he told us. “When I was in Richmond, the farmers market was across the street (back in 1986) so I got to know all the farmers and they   shut down on Sunday so I would get deals on Saturdays.”Neuville never thought of not buying this way as he told us, “You know where it is from, it’s fresh, it has a longer shelf life and that translated to Fat Hen. I have the pleasure of working with all the farmers that work and live on Wadmalaw and Johns Island. We are in the bread basket of the Lowcountry.When cooking farm raised animals there are definitely plus and minuses. Below Chef Fred breaks it down by animal:Chicken:The chickens we get from Keegan Filion Farm are delightfully steroid free but they don’t have a high fat content so they need to be brined in order to keep them juicy.Fred attempted to raise his own chickens at one point. He had 350 birds and it was a total disaster! “It was a heritage breed called Delaware chickens and boy they were tough! So I had to cure them and confit them. They were tough and dry. People enjoyed them because we cooked them in duck fat though,” Neuville laughs.Fred’s tip for chicken?-You need to go an extra step with them. Brining them or cooking them in olive oil or submerged in a fat and cooking them slow makes them taste excellent!Beef: As for heritage beef, he works with Legare farms which has been raising cattle since 1725. When they process a cow the cuts of meat are smaller;  the cows aren’t as big since they are grass and corn fed. The taste and texture is phenomenal.Heritage beef can be cooked just like normal beef; the marbling isn’t as high since they are leaner and they are processed at a younger age. All of Legare’s beef is grass fed and called naked beef out of a co-op in Georgia. They process  cows 900 lbs and down.Pork:Fred has worked with a variety breeds. Currently he gets Chester White’s that originated in Pennsylvania. They are white pigs and have great marbeling without being over fatty. Tamsworth is another excellent breed because of it’s high fat content. If they are eating nuts and acorns they have a wonderful nutty flavor. Berkshire, like Tamsworth is fatty and perfect for charcuterie. Red Waddle is a leaner pig and perfect for brining and grilling.Turkey:Chef Fred has found personally that organic and free range just aren’t that great. They are very lean and tend to be on the tougher side so you have to brine and or fry them. “I have to say I do Butterball for Thanksgiving!” he confesses.Below Fred has offered up one of his famous recipes from The Fat Hen. Cook it up and send us a photo on @TheManualStyle on Instagram.Coq Au Vin Recipe from The Fat Hen:Brine for chicken: 3.5 gallons3 yellow onions (chopped)3 carrots (chopped)3 ribs of celery (chopped)25  Bay leaves½ cup chopped garlic½ cup chopped shallots½ cup chopped fresh thyme1 tbls cinnamon1 tbls allspice10 cloves4 cups sugar2.5 cups Kosher salt8 cups red wine2 gallons hot water1.5 gallons iceMix sugar, salt and red wine add hot water and whisk to dissolve the sugar and salt add rest off dry ingredients then add ice. Let ice melt. When ice has melted you can use the brine.For the Chicken:5  Chickens2  yellow onions (medium and chopped)3 carrots (rough chopped)3 ribs of celery (rough chopped)10 cloves fresh garlicSachet Bag of 20  black peppercorns, ½ bunch fresh thyme,1 bunch parsley stems, 4 bay leaves½ gallon red wine (cooking wine)2 gallons chicken stock or store bought brothS&P to taste1 cup tomato paste48 oz canned tomato strips3 oz olive oilSeparate the chicken breast from the leg and thigh. You should have four pieces from each chickenCover the chicken with your brine for two daysPat the chicken dry season with salt and pepper.In a rondeau or deep sauté pan place your olive oil and get it hot (to the smoking point).Sear your chicken quarters off and place in a deep pan and set aside. The better the sear or color the better the flavor.Add your chopped vegetables (mire poix- chopped celery, onions and carrots ) and whole garlic to the hot pan that you have sautéed your chicken in and cook for a minute.Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly, add red wine and reduce by ½ then add canned tomatoes, cook for 1 minute then add chicken stock. Bring to a boil, cover chicken with liquid.Then cover pan with saran wrap and aluminum foil put in a 250 degree pre-heated oven and cook for 1 ½ hours. Make sure the chicken is tender. Uncover and let cool in liquid.After the chicken is cooled down. Remove the chicken and take out the rib bones of the breasts. Reduce the sauce by 1/4 , pour over the chicken and re-heat when needed.Put the chicken in a bowl and finish the sauce with 2 table spoons of whole butter and pour 2oz of sauce over chicken.  Garnish with chopped bacon, mushrooms and haricot verts, top with chopped parsley. 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Trekking: The Alpackalypse is a raft you can carry to whitewater

first_img The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Whitewater rafting has been one of the pinnacles of outdoor recreation ever since it came to prominence in the mid-1970s. It’s a sport that can go from calm to chaotic with every hairpin turn on the river, one that’s as reliant on the glacial runoff as is it is precise maneuvering in a pinch. However, it’s also an activity that’s always been dependent on what gear you have at your disposal and what you can feasibly carry to the water’s edge — that is, until the Alpackalypse ($2,000) came along.Touted as the “world’s first whitewater packraft,” the Alpackalypse is more industrious than anything the folks at Alpacka Raft have built before. Although the lightweight craft is designed to endure up to Class V rapids, such as those you might encounter while running the iconic waters of the Grand Canyon, it also weighs just over 10 pounds and still manages to pack down into a 17 x 11-inch cylinder for easy transport. Nonetheless, it carries the look and feel of a hard-shell kayak, owing to an internal rigging system designed for greater control and rolling. It’s outfitted with inflatable hip pads and multi-point adjustable knee cups as well, along with a heavy-duty seat and sturdy foot brace for increased maneuvering.The internal rigging is only half of the equation, though. The Alpackalypse also features smaller, lower-volume tubes than most rafts in the company’s lineup, allowing more room for the paddler and giving the raft a more refined side edge. The aforementioned components make for quicker acceleration and better movement, too, while improving lateral stability and increasing speed output. Said features, combined with the inflatable raft’s 400-denier Vectran fabric, render it as rugged as it responsive. Now, the only question that remains is where to take it on your first-time excursion…Check out Alpacka Raft online for more information, to make a purchase, or to browse the company’s excellent selection of fishing, rowing, and whitewater rafts. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Keppel to Build LNG Bunkering Vessel for FueLNG

first_imgzoomTo be built by Keppel O&M, South East Asia’s first LNG bunkering vessel will provide LNG to global customers who pass through the Port of Singapore Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured a contract from FueLNG to build South East Asia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.The unit, valued at around SGD 50 million (USD 37.4 million), is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2020.To feature a capacity of 7,500 cubic metres, the dual-fuel bunkering ship will be built to the MTD 7500U LNG design, for greener and safer bunkering activities within the Singapore port.The vessel’s key features include high manoeuvrability which enables bunkering without tug assistance, as well as propulsion and power management systems that optimise fuel consumption.FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte), will receive a grant of up to SGD 3 million for the new unit as part of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme (LBPP).The second company to receive the same grant for the construction of an LNG bunkering vessel is Pavilion Gas.The grants were earlier unveiled by MPA Singapore and are a part of Singapore’s efforts to help promote ship-to-ship LNG bunkering.last_img read more

Provinces Firefighters to Help Quebec

first_imgNova Scotia is sending a crew of 21 wildfire fighters to Quebec to help battle several forest fires that have been sending smoke into Nova Scotia skies in recent days. “Our province is responding to Quebec’s request for help just as other jurisdictions have helped Nova Scotia fight wildfires in our province in the past,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are proud of our highly trained staff and wish our crew well in Quebec.” The firefighting crew will be fighting one or several fires in Quebec over a 14-day assignment period. Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources will ensure the province maintains proper resources to continue to monitor and respond to fire risks within this province. The number of wildfires in Nova Scotia so far this year is about half the number of fires last year. The fire crew flies out for Quebec Saturday, July 20.last_img read more

RCMP denial of journalists access to protest site frightening says press freedom

first_imgRCMP shut down an access road and barred media from passing while the police’s paramilitary and tactical units raided the Gidimt’en camp. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA Canadian press freedom advocate says the RCMP’s denial of media access to an important story in B.C. Monday is both “frightening” and “chilling”.Police blocked an access road outside Houston, B.C. Monday in preparation to enforce a court injunction against camps set up by members of the Unist’ot’en house and Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation who were resisting an LNG pipeline slated to run through their unceded territory.Media who were not already on the other side of the police road block, including APTN News and a CBC TV crew from Vancouver, were turned away.NDP MP Nathan Cullen was also prohibited from accessing the site.“It sounds like the RCMP is once again using every tactic that they can to bend the law as much as possible to prevent journalists from gaining access to sites,” says Tom Henheffer, vice president of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).“This is a tactic that is very commonly employed and is very difficult to fight against in the moment because [police] know that when you’ve got a bunch of officers with guns telling people what they can and cannot do, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether the law is on the RCMP’s side or not — because it takes too long for a journalist to get a lawyer, go to court to get an order to allow them to get on to the site.”APTN News was told by an officer they were barred because of safety concerns during the police operation and could be arrested and charged with obstruction if they tried to pass the checkpoint to do their jobs.APTN observed that while reporters were barred, company workers were allowed to pass through the checkpoint.Not long after a convoy of RCMP vehicles carrying members of the tactical and paramilitary arms arrived at the remote site around 10 a.m., the social media feeds of journalists at the Gidimt’en camp went silent.Joanna Chiu, deputy bureau chief at The Star Vancouver, tweeted that she hadn’t heard from reporters Jesse Winter and Perrin Grauer.“RCMP told me communications have ‘been cut’ in the [Unist’ot’en Camp] area and blame a satellite issue, denying RCMP had anything to do with it.”The Twitter feeds of CBC reporter Chantelle Bellrichard also went silent. As did that of Sawyer Bogdan, a reporter with local radio station The Moose.The RCMP said they had nothing to do with the disruption of communication from inside the Gidimt’en camp at the same time as they were raiding it. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN.In a statement released Monday evening an RCMP spokesperson said the police had nothing to do with the sudden, timely disruption of communications.“The area is extremely remote and even police had limited access to communication,” writes Cpl. Madonna Sanderson of “E” Division Communication Services.Miles Howe, a former journalist who covered the RCMP’s 2013 raid of Mi’kmaq land defenders at Elsipogtog and now studies police tactics used against Indigenous protests says by prohibiting reporters from accessing the site, the RCMP get to gain more control over the public narrative while removing Indigenous people from their lands in order to facilitate resource extraction.“Limiting press access to a site where the enforcement of an injunction is about to go down restricts any possible counter-narrative other than the one that the police will inevitably present,” Howe said.“There’s nothing risky about an independent and free media in Canada. In fact, the risk in my opinion presents itself when the opposite happens.”On Monday Public Safety said it would not be commenting on the RCMP’s media exclusion zone because it is an “operational matter” read more

WatchShortterm solutions to minimum wage hike could hurt businesses Freshii founder

Canadian Press//Darryl Dyck Corrin, who did not name specific companies, said that when making business decisions, he tries to imagine how an employee who received paid breaks and food discounts would feel if those were taken away.“We really focus on how can we differentiate the value proposition of choosing to don the Freshii uniform versus putting on the McDonald’s uniform versus putting on the Tim Hortons uniform,” he said.Restaurant Brands International Inc. — the parent company of Tim Hortons — has faced criticism after some Tim Hortons franchise owners clawed back employee benefits to help absorb the Jan. 1 minimum wage bump to $14.Corrin declined to comment on RBI’s public battle with its franchisees over how to offset the minimum wage, saying he didn’t know enough about what the company is doing.At both RBI and Freshii, it’s up to individual franchisees to determine how much to pay their employees — so long as they follow labour laws — and what benefits they offer.Most Ontarians back minimum wage hike, say it will benefit the economySeattle and Alberta offer lessons for Ontario on ‘Fight for $15’ min wage hikeTim Hortons getting ‘dragged through the mud’ and iconic brand isn’t doing anything to stop itWhen the minimum wage hike was first announced, Corrin said Freshii held a call with its Canadian franchisees and changed a few things after gaining experience dealing with such bumps south of the border. Seattle, where Freshii operates, started to incrementally increase minimum wage in 2015, reaching $15 an hour for many employees on Jan. 1, 2017.Corrin said that the company raised prices on some items in the fall and started to buy some ingredients pre-prepped rather than chopping them in store to allow employees to instead spend that time, for example, handing out samples to draw more customers in.Freshii’s same-store sales are also helping to offset labour inflation, he added. Corrin anticipated the company would need that metric to grow around three to four per cent to outpace inflation, but Freshii has performed better than that.The company released preliminary financial results Wednesday showing same-store sales grew 6.4 per cent in its fourth quarter and 5.5 per cent in its 2017 financial year. It will release full results for that time frame in late February.Corrin said the company plans to open hundreds more locations this year and next, aiming for up to 760 stores by the end of its 2019 financial year, and creating hundreds of jobs in the process. It had 345 stores as of Sept. 24, 2017, according to financial documents, but added 25 net new stores in its most recent quarter.Shares rose 53 cents or 7.53 per cent to $7.57 Wednesday after the company made the financial disclosures. In late September, the company’s stock plummeted about 35 per cent in a day when Freshii scaled back its expansion plans by some 100 locations.Companies in this story (TSX:FRII, TSX:QSR) Health-food eatery Freshii implemented a number of solutions ahead of Ontario’s minimum wage hike that the company believes will continue to make it an attractive employer as the chain looks to expand rapidly over the next two years.“There’s been some public statements around how other brands are handling and how other brands are suggesting franchise owners handle the minimum wage increase,” said founder and CEO Matthew Corrin.“My view is that many of those suggestions feel short-term in nature. So, while immediate savings will be intact, I think the long-term impact on the culture potentially gets compromised.”Freshii CEO Matthew Corrin. read more

TOP 10 promising handballers of the World – Future of handball

Domagoj DuvnjakTOP 10 most promising handballers make a list of (TOP 10) ten most promising handballers of the world. Lists are based on players who are born in 1988 and younger. Here are most valuable players in our opinion who can improve our sport in next decade.1. Domagoj Duvnjak (Playmaker – 1988, HSV Hamburg – Croatia)Highest transfer in World of Handball was made for him (C.O Zagreb – HSV Hamburg) and in his first season in Bundesliga he already show full potential. Whether he will become the best on the Planet or no one day (don’t think about IHF election – That is a politic), we can count him really now as one of TOP handball players.2. Aron Palmarsson (Playmaker – 1990, THW Kiel – Iceland)“Baby face” from North already learned how to win with his national team. He was used on the road to bronze medal at EURO 2010 in Austria. In THW Kiel not so much, but his time is coming. Aron has everything to become “one more” legendary Scandinavian player.3. Oscar Carlen (Right back – 1988, HSG Flensburg – Sweden)Since he came to Bundesliga two seasons ago, he showed a lot. There is no many TOP quality left-handed players, older or younger then him, but without success with Sweden, he will have problem to be “first”.4. Manuel Strlek (Left wing – 1988, C.O Zagreb – Croatia)As Duvnjak, Manuel Strlek is born in C.O Zagreb Champions League games. Without pressure, but with a lot of courage, Strlek became vital part of Zagreb and Croatia. With just 22 years, he is one of the most important players of team who winning medals, plus, he was voted in “All Star team” EURO 2010.5. Mait Patrail (Left back – 1988, Estonia – Kadetten)“Estonian giant” with more than 60 games for “A” national team was one of the leading players in generation 1988. He is also the best player of Kadeten Schaffhausen, which secure contract with Lemgo. One season more with experience of Champions League and he is ready for Bundesliga.6. Niklas Landin (Goalkeeper – 1988, Denmark – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg)Ulrik Wilbek gave him a chance to fell atmosphere of big events (Croatia 2009, Austria 2010) with Denmark. That is helped Landin to became worldwide recognised. In strong competition of Danish League, he has a opportunity to improve skills and become strong replacement for Kasper Hvidt.7. William Accambray (Left back – 1988, France – Montpellier)He had a good performances with his junior generation. His biggest chance is that he become part of “the System”. Montpellier and France, such a huge opportunity to become reliable player with a lot of medals.8. Patrik Groetzki (Right wing – 1989, Germany – Rhein Neckar Lowen)He was MVP at Junior EC for generation 1988 when Germany took a silver. Groetzki playing for Rhein Neckar Lowen with Ivan Cupic on right wing. With them, RNL has most perspective pair of wings in Bundesliga.9. Kentin Mahe (Playmaker – 1991, France – SV Dormagen)EURO 2010 U 20 MVP player. He is a leader of junior national team, even he is a little bit younger than others. He is a French, but as a player, he is born in Dormagen. A lot of time in front of him.10. Steffen Fath (Left back – 1990, Germany – Wetzlar)Named for “Rookie of the Year” by IHF. That is mean something even if we know that in IHF elections are a lot of policy. Germans need a younger players for senior team and he is in a first row of freshmen.Source & Link to – ← Previous Story Slavko Goluza a new coach of Croatia Next Story → Ana Djokic will play for Montenegro read more

Higuain made his competitive Rossoneri debut but made little impact

first_imgMilan coach Gennaro Gattuso believes that Gonzalo Higuain can give them a great deal this season even after they flopped in the second half of the match against Napoli.Gattuso also Gattuso had gone 2-0 up during the second half, however, just within 30 minutes Napoli had turned it around to lead 3-2 with a Piotr Zielinski brace and Dries Mertens tap-in.“Up until the 55th minute he was very much involved and the second goal also went through his feet. Then he too dropped intensity levels like the rest of the team, but I am sure he can give us a great deal this season.”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….Tiemoue Bakayoko came off the bench for his debut after the loan move from Chelsea.“He has to learn how to receive the ball and that means having the right positioning and posture. A week of training isn’t enough to knock some weaknesses out of a player and that is why I tried to use the old guard tonight.”last_img read more

Pochettino Tottenham isnt ready for the title yet

first_imgAfter taking over Manchester City’s second place in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino still thinks Tottenham isn’t ready for the title yet.Christmas arrived just in time for Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino, as they took the second place from a Manchester City side that has been wobbling in the last two matches and given away the top spot of the Premier League in the span of just one week.The hype around Spurs has become even more interesting once you realize that they are actually playing with no new players since last season, they have produced two impressive performances in which they have scored 11 goals and proved that they really do have one of the most complete squads in European football.But as it usually happens with a manager like Pochettino, he doesn’t want the players to get too relaxed this early in the season as there is still at least four more months of competition and the most defining part of the tournament doesn’t happen until the month of May.Pochettino doesn’t feel like Tottenham Hotspur is ready to take the challenge of being considered a title contender, he is convinced they are still far from the achievements that other Premier League clubs have accomplished so far and he isn’t certain his squad will hold at the top for the rest of the season.Mauricio Pochettino explains how Spurs have now evolved in to genuine Premier League title contenders:✍️ “We didn’t complain about signings”🏟 “We didn’t complain about the stadium”📆 “We didn’t complain about the fixtures”[@HaytersTV]#THFC— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) December 27, 2018“We are in a very good position. I think we are in a position that the team deserves to be,” Pochettino told a news conference via Four Four Two.“But another thing is to be a real contender at the end of the season. We need to show that we can be consistent throughout the whole of the season.”“I think Manchester City have shown in the past they can be real contenders because they won the last Premier League, and of course Liverpool make an unbelievable investment and they are doing well and they are at the top of the table.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Of course, I think these two teams are more realistic [to be] thinking at the end of the season that they are going to be contenders.”“We are there because we have the belief and we are working so hard and of course we have the quality. If not, it’s so difficult to be in the position we are today.”“We are still a question mark. If we are capable of being consistent for the whole season like the first half of the season, then we can talk about fighting for big things,” he added.”We will see if we are capable during the whole season to be consistent like in the first half of the season. Then we can talk that we can fight for big things.”Mauricio Pochettino assessesTottenham’s title chances:— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 27, 2018Now that we know Mauricio Pochettino wants to take things on a day-to-day basis, we can already assume that the players are fully focused on the final match of 2018 against Wolverhampton.The Wolves are one of the most competitive squads in the Premier League this season, they have already managed to upset Chelsea earlier this month and they are a serious threat to Tottenham Hotspur for next Saturday’s match at Wembley Stadium.The Argentine manager already stated that he can’t wait to play at the new stadium, but a bit more time has to go by in order to get that stadium ready.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in second place of the Premier League behind leaders Liverpool, their last victory against AFC Bournemouth helped them surpass Manchester City after Guardiola’s side shockingly lost their second match in a row against Leicester City at King Power Stadium, a match that was also on Boxing Day.EL TOTTENHAM, DE POCHETTINO!— Cantina deporte (@cantinadeportee) December 24, 2018How far do you think Tottenham Hotspur will make in the current Premier League season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Freedom Tower lit up in pink for breast cancer awareness

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Women’s Breast and Heart Initiative, a South Florida nonprofit, celebrated National Pink Day with the lighting of a symbolic monument in downtown Miami.The Freedom Tower was bathed in pink Sunday night to help raise awareness about the importance of breast screenings and early detection while providing hope to those suffering from breast cancer.Each year, one in eight women are diagnosed with the disease.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Troopers Find Body of Missing Bethel Man

first_imgDownload AudioAlaska State Troopers found the body of Nick Cooke near Tuntaltuliak Friday.  They received a report from the tribal police officer from Tuntutuliak that a body had been located on the bank of the Kuskokwim River just south of the Kialik  River.“Troopers were able to respond and collect the remains have been sent to the state medical examiners office for positive identification,” said Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers.“At this point we do believe that the remains belong to a man that was the subject of a search and rescue that began on October 25th of last year.”The family confirmed the body found was the body of Bethel man, Nick Cooke.Because of protocol, the remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for positive identification. No foul play is suspected.Nick Cooke and Jim Lee Napoka were last heard from on October 22nd. They were headed to Tuntutuliak for a funeral and never made it. Freezing weather halted the search in November. Napoka is still missing.Cooke is the brother of Bethel Native Corporation President and Alaska Federation of Natives Co-Chair, Ana Hoffman.The family of Nick Cooke says they are preparing for a burial service in Bethel later this week.last_img read more

Nomearea ranch works to get youth into reindeer herding

first_img“See how it’s twisting? You make nice coils, and they’re all in the same direction so when you throw it, it’s not going to get knotted on you,” Hrabok-Leppajarvi said. “If this was competition, it gets very fierce. It’s like ‘hurry! And always head up!’ You’re always looking at the reindeer, which one do you want. Look, look, look, look…” “Bruce and Ann devised a program that really tried to get kids really interacting with the materials around the ranch,” Chan said. According to the Davises, reindeer herding is a valuable career path for young people for a few reasons. For one, it’s an asset to the regional economy. Ann says the region is in need of a cheaper meat source that doesn’t need to be shipped in. And reindeer are not just a food source. Bruce Davis addresses attendees at the Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch Youth Summit, July 2019. (Photo: Katie Kazmierski, KNOM). The herd grazes year-round, foraging on different plants depending on the season, and the Davises bring them to the corral “when necessary for health treatments and tallying.” “Information on how it really prospered here and how it tapered off… what’s so amazing about the Davis herd and the Midnite Sun Ranch… [is] connecting the past and contemporary uses and practices using the knowledge, Indigenous science from the past, but connecting that with modern methods and materials for raising reindeer.” Chan said. “If you’re excited about the animals, they’re excited about the animals,” Bruce said. “They follow your example. I know with my daughters, they want to go out reindeer herding. We’ve been herding this winter on snow machines… they’re asking when we can go out.” “If they’re interested, they could become involved in the only viable northern agricultural pursuit… and reindeer are fun! [laughs.]” Davis said. Even without the reindeer present, though, Chan noted this year’s camp was a hands-on learning experience. She says her favorite part of her visit was seeing a demonstration by Jackie Hrabok-Leppajarvi, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus, on how to lasso reindeer. Hrabok-Leppajarvi helped kids and visiting adults try their hands at lassoing reindeer antlers stationed on the ground in front of them. Chan was there with a camera in hand. Ann Davis, who co-owns Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch with her husband, refers to the annual youth summit as their “exit plan” — the two hope that getting Alaskan kids interested in reindeer herding while they’re still young might inspire them to carry on the tradition.center_img Amy Chan, director of the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, attended the three-day summit, which took place July 18-20. She says she jumped on the opportunity to learn more about modern reindeer herding in the Seward Peninsula, as most of what she knows about it comes from historical sources. Ann and Bruce Davis say that when working with kids and the reindeer, maintaining positive energy is important. “It was really neat to see adults and the students working together on that and the kids being engaged by the activity,” Chan said. “Even though they weren’t practicing on real reindeer, kind of being able to see how that would work… I think it’s just such an invaluable opportunity to kids, not just here in Nome but around the region.” The Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch outside of Nome, is investing in its future by getting local kids involved in reindeer herding now. The herd wasn’t corralled this year, but Midnite Sun owners Ann and Bruce Davis held their third annual Reindeer Youth Summit anyway earlier this month, to teach the value of an age-old industry in the Bering Strait region. Jackie Hrabok-Leppajarvi shows kids how to lasso at the Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch. (Photo: by Katie Kazmierski, KNOM). “The economics of arts and crafts with the byproducts of the reindeer… bones, hooves, antlers, hides,” Ann said. “That helps the economics of the region.” The Davises’ herd is still currently grazing the tundra, so kids did not get to interact firsthand with any reindeer at this year’s summit. The couple couldn’t say exactly when the herd will return to the ranch, but once it does, caring for the animals is a full-time job. Bruce and Ann Davis will interact with the reindeer as much as possible to “tame them down.” “And the grandkids are asking, too,” Ann added. “They want to go out.” Of the Davis’s six grandchildren, five were present at last week’s Reindeer Youth Summit. Ann and Bruce say they see the kids’ interest in the ranch growing, and that their “exit plan” might be working.last_img read more