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Preview: 2010 World Cup Group A

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first_img They will be appearing at the World Cup finals for the fifth time in succession and for the thirteenth time in total. They will also be South Africa’s opposition in the tournament opener. France End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 20Appearances: 11Best results: champions 1930, 1950Players to watch: defender and captain Diego Lugano, and strikers Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez Mexico’s coach Javier Aguirre told Fifa.com: “It is an honour to play against South Africa in the opening game. To know that the whole world will have eyes on us during the game is huge. There will be a lot of emotion and pressure.” Based on their ranking, South Africa shouldn’t progress beyond the first round, but host nations invariably perform pretty well; in fact, no host nation has previously failed to advance beyond the first round. At times, host nations have performed well beyond expectations too. One of the best examples of this, and a recent one to boot, is the performance of South Korea in 2002 when they reached the semi-finals. In their past four appearances in the Fifa World Cup finals, the Mexicans have always made it to the round of 16. It should also be pointed out that the French go into the World Cup as the beaten finalists from 2006. If they had come out on the right side of a penalty shootout, it would have been their second title in three World Cups. The big question is whether or not they can perform as well outside of Europe. Mexico showed good form in the latter half of 2009 with eight wins, one loss, and two draws. Overall, in a very busy year, they played 20 matches, won 11, lost six, and drew three. Veteran striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco, at the age of 37, will likely lead Mexico’s front line. Despite being ranked seventh in the Fifa World Rankings, France was unseeded for the draw. Their qualification was very controversial, thanks to an overtime victory over the Republic of Ireland in Paris in which the winning goal was set up by a deliberate hand ball by striker Thierry Henry. France finished second in their qualifying group behind Serbia, but booked their place with their controversial two-leg win over the Republic of Ireland. It marked the first time the French had qualified for the World Cup four times in succession. The only group containing two former Fifa World Cup winners: France (1998) and Uruguay (1930 and 1950). Hosts South Africa will have their work cut out for them! Benni McCarthy’s move from Blackburn Rovers to West Ham United in February could be a big plus for South Africa. Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer needs match practice and if he gets it, it would help coach Parreira’s charges find a cutting edge. They have qualified only twice over the course of the last five World Cups. Even then, in 2002, they failed to make it out of the group stages. Uruguay snatched the last available qualifying place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup by qualifying fifth among South American teams and then beating Costa Rica in a playoff for a place in South Africa. It was the third time in succession that they had been involved in a playoff for a World Cup place. They have an enviable World Cup record, having won the tournament the first two times they entered it, in 1930 and 1950. In 1954 they finished fourth. Since then, apart from reaching the quarterfinals in England in 1966, Uruguay has found the going tough at World Cup level. While they may have been the last team to qualify, they have two quality strikers in Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, which makes them a dangerous prospect for any opposition. Uruguay Previously Aguirre led the team to South Korea/Japan in 2002 before moving to Spanish club Osasuna, which he helped qualify for the Uefa Champions League. He then moved to Atletico Madrid and helped them to fourth in La Liga before he moved back to take over as Mexico’s coach once more. During 2009, the Uruguayans played 12 internationals. They won five of them, lost four, and drew the remaining three. They will look to Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar for inspiration. He showed during the Fifa Confederations Cup that he is able to excel among the world’s best players. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 85Appearances: 3Best results: first round 1998, 2002Players to watch: midfielders Steven Pienaar and Teko Modise, and striker Benni McCarthy Mexico To reach the last 16, Bafana Bafana are going to have to recapture the form that they found during the Confederations Cup and maybe a little more than that. It will be tough, but then every group should be tough; this, after all, it is world football’s biggest and most important event. Despite having Henry – now his country’s leading international goal scorer of all time – leading the attack, they have at times struggled to find the back of the net. In fact, during 2009, they went through seven matches in succession in which neither team managed to score more than one goal. They played 12 matches, won seven, lost two and drew three. South Africa End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 7Appearances: 12Best results: champions 1998, third place 1958, 1986Players to watch: defender William Gallas, midfielders Franck Ribery and Lassana Diarra, and strikers Thierry Henry and Karim Benzema While they are still a team to be reckoned with, the French are no longer the free flowing skilful side that they were when the great Zinedine Zidane patrolled their midfield. Unfortunately for the hosts, 2009 was not a good year on the field. After an encouraging showing in the Fifa Confederations Cup in mid-year, the SA national team went through a run of eight losses in nine outings, resulting in coach Joel Santana being fired and replaced by his predecessor Carlos Alberto Parreira. No coach will have more World Cup finals experience than Parreira in 2010. Bafana Bafana are one of the lowest ranked teams in the tournament. However, as hosts, there was no need for South Africa to qualify for the World Cup. They will be contesting the event for the third time. In total, South Africa played 18 matches in 2009. They won only five games, lost 10, and drew three. Among their defeats were five losses to top 10 ranked teams Spain (twice), Brazil, Portugal and Germany, but to be successful at the World Cup those are the kinds of teams that Bafana Bafana will have to beat. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 17Appearances: 13Best results: quarter-finals 1970, 1986Players to watch: defenders Rafael Marquez and Carlos Salcido, midfielder Andres Guardado, and striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco Uruguay is coached by Oscar Washington Tabarez, known as El Maestro. He previously led Uruguay to the round of 16 at Italy 1990. He has been in charge of the team since they exited qualification for the World Cup in Germany in 2006 after a penalty shoot out loss against Australia. Their most impressive performance of all came in the Gold Cup final in July when, after being level at nil-nil with the USA at half-time, they crushed the USA 5-0. If they can show a similar ability to step up their game on the World Cup stage, the Mexicans could be dangerous. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Watch Ohio FFA Convention Talent Show Here

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Online coverage of the 91st Ohio FFA State Convention sponsored by Wilmington College.If you’re having video issues, refresh the page or click this link to watch it on the Ohio Ag Net Facebook page.last_img

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Facebook Launches, Then Takes Down Profile-to-Page Conversion Tool

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first_imgTags:#biz#tips john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts We all know that businesses are best represented on Facebook via a Page, not a profile and that historically, manually converting a profile to a Page has not been a simple process. When we reached out to Facebook about the issue a few months back, we were told that indeed there’s no automated method for converting a profile to a Page and that any business looking to do so would need to go through a potentially arduous, manual process, particularly if they’ve already amassed a large number of friends (who need to be converted to fans). A few weeks ago, Facebook finally launched an automated conversion tool for businesses who inadvertently set up their Facebook presence using a standard profile. Social media blogs just started reporting the launch of the tool earlier this week, but as a diligent ReadWriteWeb commenter pointed out, the tool had been made available earlier in March (Thanks again, pete321). Today, Mashable reported that the tool had been taken down by Facebook. Whether or not the tool’s removal had anything to do with Mashable writer Christina Warren’s critique of the tool’s effectiveness is not clear. For the time being, businesses looking to convert their profile to a Page are stuck with the manual process, at least until (or if) Facebook brings the feature back. Granted, this doesn’t affect most businesses, only the ones that are improperly operating a Facebook profile for their company, rather than a Page. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Is the Green Movement Just Spinning Its Wheels?

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first_img 7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 7. Renewable EnergyPhotovoltaic (Solar)Green Basics: Wind-Generated PowerResisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines A clash of cultures?Maybe it is the fact that “first world” inhabitants — those who live in highly developed industrial countries with robust economies — believe their wealth somehow excuses them from certain collective responsibilities.“I think the fundamental problem is this: people in ‘first world’ countries feel that if you are affluent enough to afford occasional or frequent air travel, driving all the time, and meat with every meal, then you are off the hook for minding your carbon footprint because only a communist could expect you to give these things up just to avoid screwing up the planet,” writes Thomas Jefferson. “The only acceptable steps have to look and feel like what people are used to (e.g. choosing a slightly more fuel efficient gas powered vehicle) rather than making any significant changes.”AJ Builder thinks people will adjust. “We are not going to pull back CO2 at the pace that the Gore types are asking for,” AJ writes. “It isn’t happening, period. Taking that reality in, what next? Start wringing our hands? No. What will happen is, most will adjust to whatever is thrown at them. Some won’t. Some will be affected. Some will die. In due time we all will die — no biggie … Climate is ever-changing. Smart tribes deal with it.“… Just saying, gents: … adjust and prosper … When the waves come your way, surf or move to high ground.”You’re thinking like an American, replies Paul Brazelton. “Most of the people in the world do not have the mobility, wealth, and information necessary to adapt to climate change. Look to Bangladesh for an idea of how climate change impacts whole nations; when the storms come, these people aren’t looking to hang ten — they’re figuring out how to keep their children alive on $150 a month.” Or less. Renewable Energy RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionSome thoughts from GBA technical director Peter Yost:Ecosystems never have caretakers or managers. For a long time, humans have either (often unknowingly) opted OUT of the ecosystem or claimed the title and rights of caretaker or manager without completing understanding or performing the accompanying responsibilities. Trouble is, you can neither really opt out nor manage an ecosystem. It is by definition “self-organizing.”Some environmental degradation is the sort where a concerted effort gives timely and successful results (think ozone depletion and the holes in the ozone layer over the poles), but many, like global warming, operate on a huge global flywheel, and we are simply at the tail end of a grand experiment waiting for the final results.We are the CO2 “Bigfoots” of the world (contributing 20 metric tons of C02 per capita compared to a worldwide average of 4). The ecosystem will adjust to deal with us, and it probably won’t be pretty, ecologically, geopolitically, or both.There is no logic to most of what we do; we each follow (or don’t) a unique mix of rules and personal convictions according to a mix of science, philosophy, and socioeconomic tenets. I do what I do primarily because I feel a responsibility to my children, and one tenet I want them to inherit is: it’s not all about you. Sort of a contradiction in terms.The earth is somewhere around 4.5 billion years old; life has been on it probably about 3 billion years; modern man about 200,000 years. I will claim, more than likely, about 80 years. Snap your fingers, and each of us has come and gone. You don’t do what you do based on logic or impact, but a sense that as the only fully conscious creatures we know of, we should do better, even if we are not exactly sure what that better is!So what is my answer? Is it personal action or government policy that will make the difference? Definitely, the solution requires both, but I think that if we don’t collectively and purposely lighten the load we place on our Earth — and soon — the global ecosystem is likely to “self-reorganize” around us. And all this from a full-blown ecological “Bigfoot,” GreenBuildingAdvisor or not. Is it already too late to prevent climate change?Brazelton is reminded of an article by George Monbiot called “Small is Useless.” In the article, Monbiot argues that small-scale electrical generation won’t solve climate change and, worse, such generation diverts attention and resources from things that would be more successful, like large-scale off-shore wind generation.“On one hand, I think both Wagner and Monbiot are correct,” Brazelton writes. “Personal-scale action in our current situation is, holistically speaking, worthless. On the other hand, this does not excuse inaction. We are each responsible for our own actions and impacts, regardless of what direction our government goes. Being part of a murderous regime does not absolve us of our own murderous actions.”Even so, from Brazelton’s point of view, the situation will only go from bad to worse. “Martin, it was too late a very long time ago,” he says. “Our economic and social systems are too fragile to handle even one environmental disaster at a time. AJ makes the argument that when humans feel enough pain, they’ll respond. Unfortunately, the ‘pain’ we’re feeling right now is the whine of a mini-gun spinning up. Once the real damage starts, there will be no chance at an effective response.”That may be so, but Jesse Thompson agrees with Brazelton on the need for a sense of personal responsibility. And who knows? “It’s never too late — people always seem to be capable of amazing things once they start actually working towards a goal collectively,” Thompson says. “I like Jason McLennan from Living Building Challenge’s quote, very roughly paraphrased: ‘All we need to do is completely rebuild and transform the entire U.S. economy within a decade. And for all the doubters, we’ve already done it multiple times. Railroads and electrification did it once, the WPA did it again, and the superhighway and suburban build-out completely transformed the country yet again after WWII. Let’s just get on with the next one…’“It would be nice to get started, however.”center_img More pain equals more actionAJ Builder thinks action will become likely when the impact of global warming and climate change become sufficiently painful. “One thing I think we all know,” he says. “If something starts biting us, we work hard to stop it. So when and if CO2 levels really start to cause some real pain then we most likely will work hard to stop it (the pain, at least.)”AJ Builder adds, however, that one thing often missing from the debate over rising carbon emissions is the economic benefit they bring. “Personally, I agree with some who logically state that the benefits of higher CO2 are left out of most discussions. Economy is doing. Rebuilding homes on higher land is [part of the] economy, a job creator. I love playing in surf, but also love driving a nail. My conclusion: Climate change is a job creator. Work is great way to live. And working to lower CO2 is too!”But if we wait until the consequences of global warming are really uncomfortable, Holladay replies, climate scientists believe it will be too late. And, adds Jesse Thompson, the time may already have arrived: “Anyone who thinks climate change is ‘going’ to start causing real pain just hasn’t been reading the news lately,” he says. “The folks in Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Texas [states where floods and wildfires have displaced thousands of residents] might beg to differ right now.” For GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, it all started with a column in The New York Times provocatively titled “Going Green But Getting Nowhere.”The author, Gernot Wagner, contends that individuals can make no meaningful impact on reducing carbon emissions and staving off global climate change.Even if each of the 1 billion Catholics on Earth decreased their emissions to zero overnight, Wagner writes, “the planet would surely notice but pollution would still be rising.”“So why bother recycling or riding your bike to the store? Because we all want to do something, anything,” Wagner adds. “Call it ‘action bias.’ But, sadly, individual action does not work. It distracts us from the need for collective action, and it doesn’t add up to enough. Self-interest, not self-sacrifice, is what induces noticeable change. Only the right economic policies will enable us as individuals to be guided by self-interest and still do the right thing for the planet.”And by that, he means a cap-and-trade approach put into place by government.Holladay (who has lived off the grid for many years) doesn’t agree. “My own opinion differs from Wagner’s,” he writes in a post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “I’m a firm believer in the importance of personal actions that are consistent with our goals — but I agree that without governmental action, we face a grim future indeed.“I also disagree with the author’s belief that living off the grid is a form of purgatory,” Holladay adds. “Really, Gernot, it’s not so bad.” So what’s it going to be? Personal action or government policy? That’s the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE last_img read more

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Aetas chase OCR national team dream

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first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Only the 19-year-old Yugyug finished without penalty to make it into the top 15 of the race—composed of 20 obstacles that sure will test one’s endurance—that the top three athletes of the Elite male division hurdled in just half an hour.But with other qualifier races scheduled this year and an expected boom in the sport’s popularity in the Philippines in the coming years, the Aetas vowed to work harder to improve their performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLansang, for his part, said he will intensify his training for OCR, a sport which he has fallen in love with since first trying it out during the Allianz Conquer Challenge last December in Clark.Five Aeta youths from the adopted school of Allianz in Porac, Pampanga competed for the 5K Elite races in the recent Allianz OCR Sunday held at Filinvest, Alabang last March 31. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Earlier, I was so eager to run and finish the race even though it was hard,” he told INQUIRER.net said in Filipino. “I really want to get the chance to make it to the national team even in the future.” He prepared for the race using unorthodox training methods like carrying piles of gabi leaves and sacks of coal in their community to build his strength.But even those strenuous everyday tasks were not enough to fully condition them for the five-kilometer stretch littered with obstacles like taho carry on an uphill terrain, acrylic climbing wall, and all kinds of rig challenges among others.“I want to train for something harder than the obstacles in the race. In the mountains, we carry gabi and sometimes four sacks of coal, but I need to do something harder. I will try to climb higher rocks in the mountains,” he said.“I was so eager to run today, but we still lack training and  I still had cramps. It was hard, there were times when I thought I couldn’t do the obstacle but I survived.”Gellyann Soria conquering another wall obstacle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAllianz, which is also supporting the Aeta community in Villa Maria in Pampanga, is backing these athletes’ dream to excel in the sport and maybe one day don the country’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT “We are not putting a timetable, but what’s important as of this point is they get the training they need. We are giving them a chance to excel in the sport and the life skills to discover new opportunities along the way,” said Allianz Philippines chief marketing officer Gae Martinez.After Sunday’s race, Pilipinas Obstalce Sports, the federation for obstacle course racing in the country, has lined up three more qualifiers to determined the roster for the SEA Games, where six medals will be at stake for OCR.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Gellyann Soria completing the taho carry challenge alongside race participants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Five Aetas had the opportunity to compete for a spot in the national team pool of the obstacle course racing, which is making its debut in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines.Gellyann Soria, Ivy Pelayo, Danilo Yugyug, Miracle D. Lansang, and Jacob D. King of Villa Maria Integrated School in Porac, Pampanga all competed in the Elite 5K division of the Allianz OCR, where the podium finishers earned a spot in the training pool, last Sunday at Filinvest Alabang,ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PBA: Hotshots clinch no. 6 in playoffs, rout Road Warriors Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Italy, Belgium, Germany win Euro Qualifiers; France, Cyprus Lose

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first_imgAttack-minded Italy and Belgium won in style while Germany made it two wins from two games in 2020 European Championship qualifiers on Saturday.But Saturday was not an entirely good night for European powerhouses. In the biggest upset, Turkey contained France’s offensive power to hand the world champion a shock 2-0 defeat.World Cup finalist Croatia put its campaign back on track with a 2-1 victory over Wales, and Northern Ireland rallied late for its third straight victory.Russia thrashed San Marino 9-0 for its biggest win since the Soviet era. That surpassed the previous post-Soviet marks of 7-0 against Liechtenstein and San Marino.FRANCE UPSETStar-studded France scored four goals in each of its first two wins in Group H, with its intimidating forward line of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe grabbing a goal each in both games.It didn’t work against Turkey.The three started in Konya but finished empty-handed in the first victory for Turkey against France after four losses.France coach Didier Deschamps was scathing about his side’s performance.“When you play like that on a collective level there’s nothing positive to take from the game,” he told broadcaster TF1. “We didn’t play the way we should have against a team which played the way it likes to.”The Turkish side proved highly effective, converting the first chance in the 30th. Kaan Ayhan headed in the first goal and, 10 minutes later, Cengiz Under stunned France with the second.With three wins in three games, Turkey leads Group H with nine points. France is three points behind in second, along with Iceland which beat Albania 1-0. Moldova beat Andorra 1-0 for its first win in this group.BELGIUM CRUISESLed by captain Eden Hazard a day after he completed a highly anticipated transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid, Belgium applied pressure against Kazakhstan in Brussels from the start which quickly paid off in a 3-0 win.Dries Mertens put the hosts ahead with a deflected shot 11 minutes into the game with Hazard providing a key pass. Four minutes later, Mertens turned into a supplier with a cross for Timothy Castagne to make it 2-0.Five minutes into the second half, forward Romelu Lukaku was in the right place for an easy tap in after Mertens’ shot bounced off the post.“If you lead 2-0 after 15 minutes, then that is excellent,” said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. “In the second half we also started well, so the mentality of this team was very good.”Artyom Dzyuba led the Russians with four goals in Saransk.Belgium stays perfect, leading Group I with nine points. Russia and Scotland, which beat Cyprus 2-1, have six points.ITALY ATTACKSItaly’s new attack-minded approach under coach Roberto Mancini is looking like an effective remedy after the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Facing unbeaten Greece in Athens, Italy needed just over half an hour to put the result beyond doubt with the goals coming in a 10-minute span for a 3-0 win.Nicolo Barella opened the scoring in the 23rd with Andrea Belotti setting the goal up in his first game for Italy since September 2018. Lorenzo Insigne made it two in the 30th and Leonardo Bonucci headed home the third in the 33rd.Mancini wasn’t entirely happy.“No, it wasn’t our best performance but we were good at controlling the match from the first minute,” Mancini said. “But we should have pushed more, we sat back too much … in the second half we should have scored more goals. That needs to be improved.”Italy tops Group J with nine points from three games. It hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.Finland grabbed a 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina and is three points behind Italy in second. Armenia got the first three points in the same group after beating Liechtenstein 3-0.CROATIA REBOUNDSJames Lawrence scored an own-goal to give Croatia an early boost after diverting a cross from Ivan Perisic in the 17th minute in Osijek.Croatia looked to be the better side anyway as it moved on from recent inconsistent results.Perisic doubled the advantage early in the second half for Croatia to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Hungary in Budapest. Substitute David Brooks cut the deficit for Wales with a deflected shot in the 77th.Hungary kept momentum with a 3-1 win in Azerbaijan to share the Group E lead with Croatia on six points, with Wales and Slovakia trailing by three points but with a game in hand.NORTHERN IRELAND LEADSNorthern Ireland beat Estonia 2-1 and is a surprising early leader of Group C that includes Germany and the Netherlands.Substitutes Conor Washington and Josh Magennis scored in the 77th and 80th minutes respectively to overturn Estonia’s early lead from a free kick by veteran Konstantin Vassiljev.After a confidence boosting 3-2 victory over the Netherlands, it was only a question of time for a dominant German side to score against Belarus in a 2-0 win.Leroy Sane fooled a marker inside the area before a curling finish for the opening goal early in the first half. Marco Reus half-volleyed the second goal in the second half as Germany looked confident as a team that is putting a disastrous World Cup campaign behind it. Germany next plays Estonia on Tuesday.Northern Ireland has nine points, three more than Germany which has a game in hand.___By KAREL JANICEK Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Wan Hai Hires Another PostPanamax from Diana

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first_imgzoom Greece-based containership owner Diana Containerships has entered into a time charter contract with Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) for one of its Post-Panamax boxships, the M/V Rotterdam.The charter is expected to commence on January 26, 2018, and the gross charter rate is USD 13,150 per day for a period of minimum 120 to maximum 170 days.The 6,494 TEU Rotterdam is currently chartered to French container shipping company CMA CGM at a gross charter rate of USD 6,890 per day.The new employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 1.58 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, the company said.Built at Japanese Koyo Dock in 2008, the ship currently has a market value of USD 19.49 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Earlier this month, Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) hired another Diana Containerships’ Post-Panamax, Hamburg, at a gross charter rate of USD 11,000 per day.Diana Containerships’s fleet currently comprises eleven container vessels including six Post-Panamaxes and five Panamaxes.last_img read more

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State mulls Joint Entrance exams ahead of HS results

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first_imgKolkata: The state Higher Education department is mulling the idea of holding West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations before the publication of results of Higher Secondary Examinations in the state.The move comes in the wake of a number of engineering seats in colleges lying vacant, with a number of students opting for colleges located outside the state. The department wants to make this effective right from the 2020 academic session. “The matter is still in the discussion stage. The final decision will be taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said, after holding a meeting with the universities and colleges that impart professional technical education. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We have proposed to advance the dates of the joint entrance examinations. We have found that within the time the higher secondary results are published, students sit for competitive examinations for admission in engineering stream in other states and venture out to study there. If we can hold joint entrance examinations earlier in our state, we will be able to have students seeking admission in colleges of our state which have good infrastructure,” said Satyam Roychowdhury, secretary of Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAPAI is the sole representative of all the self-financed engineering and technological institutions in Bengal and there are 114 private engineering colleges. “We will soon hold a meeting with officials of the Higher Education department and WBJEE Board to discuss the matter,” he added. Chatterjee also reiterated that if any official is found to be involved in any sort of irregularities related to mid-day meals, the department will take strong action. The state Education department has already suspended two teachers of a school in Chinsurah, Hooghly on Monday, for not providing prescribed mid-day meal menu for the students.last_img read more

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Peter Gabriel Performs At WITNESS Benefit

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first_imgHuman rights organization WITNESS last week celebrated 20 years of collaborative activism with musicians, celebrities and human rights supporters at its 8th Annual Focus for Change Benefit held at the Roseland Ballroom.Emmanuel Jal, Peter Gabriel, Feist and Alan Cumming at WITNESS 20th Anniversary Benefit.Hosted by award winning actor and long-time supporter of LGBT rights Alan Cumming, the evening kicked off with a journey – taking guests back in time 20 years to look at how WITNESS and its partners have used video in human rights campaigns over the years.“I am proud to support WITNESS,” said Cumming. “Having worked in film for over 25 years, it’s inspiring to see examples of how video has been used successfully in the struggle to protect human rights.”Music legend and WITNESS co-founder Peter Gabriel, in between stops on his Back to Front tour, performed.“WITNESS became a vision for me after the Human Rights Now! Tour back in 1988. I traveled with Amnesty International and met brave human rights defenders who suffered grave abuses. I documented their testimonies with my own handheld video camera in the hopes that their stories would not be buried or forgotten,” said Peter Gabriel . “20 years later, WITNESS is now as important as ever, helping people use video to tell their stories and giving them access to strategies and tools to create meaningful change.”Other musicians who performed to show support for the WITNESS-led Video for Change era were Canadian singer-songwriter and Grammy nominee Feist and South Sudanese musician and former war child turned peace soldier, Emmanuel Jal.WITNESS partners, who have worked to put a stop to slave labor in Brazil , to end rampant abuse in the U.S. juvenile justice system, and to end recruitment of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo , shared their stories and explained how video changed their lives and the situations in their respective communities.Since 1992, WITNESS has trained more than 4,500 human rights defenders and partnered with over 300 groups in 86 countries to produce campaign videos that have reached more than 260 million people worldwide.“Tonight we celebrate how much WITNESS has accomplished over the last 20 years, but also look forward to how much more we can continue to accomplish,” said Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director of WITNESS. “We are at a critical point in the history of human rights, where anyone with a camera can be not only a witness but also a catalyst for change. In this ‘cameras everywhere’ world, WITNESS is committed to helping grow the ranks of human rights defenders and citizen activists.”To top off the festive evening, DJ Cassidy, a global phenomenon in the DJ world, turned the event into an iconic NYC dance party.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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