Boyz in Florida for training camp

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Boyz, on a high after their 2-1 victory over highly ranked Chile last Friday, are now in Florida preparing for the start of the Copa America Centenario next weekend.The National team arrived at the Miami International Airport yesterday at 3:52 a.m. and will hold a training camp until June 2, when they leave for Chicago.Local-based Reggae Boyz Chevone ‘Messi’ Marsh, who went to a trial in Finland early last week, will join the camp in Florida.Goalkeeper Andre Blake has joined the squad while regular captain Rodolph Austin is expected to fly in to Florida today.Jamaica will play their first match in the Copa American Centenario against Venezuela on Sunday, June 5 in Chicago.The tournament opens on June 3 with the United States facing Colombia.last_img read more

Local group offers support for victims of brain injury

first_imgRichards said it is a safe environment where everything said in the group stays at the meeting, and no one is there to be judged. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Adam Richards saw a significant milestone: The 10 year anniversary of surviving a serious work accident that left him with brain injuries.A lifelong Fort St. John resident, he used to work snubbing in Montney. On October 12th, 2005, a kelly hose fell 43 feet onto him – doctors told him he took anywhere from 800 to 1,000 lbs of steel to the head.Richards then spent 10 months at Glenrose Rehabilitation Centre in Edmonton, where he relearned how to talk and eventually became well enough to take care of himself again. When he was released and came back to Fort St. John, he said everything changed.- Advertisement -“I still had counselors, psychiatrists … but something was still missing,” he said.After finding no support groups readily available, Richards and his girlfriend Kristin took matters into their own hands. They contacted the Northern Brain Injury Association in Prince George, asked some questions, and got on the path to starting their own group.The group has been running since February 25th of last year. They meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Child Development Centre (10417 106th Avenue.)Advertisementlast_img read more

In conversation with legend Rio Ferdinand

first_img“I have met him (Wanyama) severally around the stadium and we shook hands and had a good conversation and when I knew I was travelling to Kenya I thought I’d ask him about Kenya so I got in touch with him and was like ‘yo, what kind of music does Kenya have’ and he sent me and my team a playlist and I have been listening to the songs,” Ferdinand revealed on Friday.Wanyama has indeed told Capital Sport he dropped the former defender an extended play-list including some from Sauti Sol and Tanzanian artiste Mbosso, a personal favorite of the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.“I am glad he liked them,” Wanyama said.Pumped and ready!! Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama arrives at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani for the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFerdinand is in the country courtesy of the Guinness ‘Made of More’ campaign and Capital Sports sat down with him on the sidelines of his maiden press-brief after arriving in Nairobi on Thursday evening and these are some of the excerpts of the interview.Q. Why was it important for you to join the Guinness Made of More campaign?Guinness has brought a great opportunity for fans to bring to them people they have watched on TV for a long time. As players its important to understand and acknowledge that there are fans who support us as teams and individuals and we rarely get the chance to go out there and reach out and touch and see and feel them in different parts of the world so this is great.I have heard so much about this country and always said this is one of the African countries I need to come to and now I have this opportunity, I feel blessed to be here. I wanna try some local foods and visit around and see the country.Q. On Saturday you have an engagement in a football clinic at Ruaraka. How important is this for you and how much of an impact do you see this having on the young up and coming talent?It’s a very crucial thing because I have always been someone thoughtful of the next generation. It is  also important for them to see people who’ve been there and done it and walked that dream and If I can rub that to the young players in the clinic tomorrow, it would be good.When I was a young guy if I had the opportunity to speak and listen to pro players at that time I would take it on board.England and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand addresses the media alongside top management from Guiness during a media briefing at a Nairobi Hotel on December 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluI went to England as a young guy and I looked up to Tony Adams because he was the best at that time and I was there bothering him over lunch, over breakfast, over dinner just asking him questions all the time to get info on how to be better as a footballer.Young kids should see that when they get to meet professional players who have walked the path coz it’s part of education and if they can take something from it then that’s great.Q. What do you think of Kenyan football and the man who has put us up in the limelight Victor Wanyama?I have looked at Kenyan football over a while and it is exciting.Kenya have just qualified for the African Cup of Nations, for the first time in 15 years and it is a good thing. It’s about time… You guys have some good players like Wanyama who is fantastic as well and you have a few younger guys around Europe.I think Wanyama is a fantastic player. He has been unlucky with injuries and hasn’t been getting into the Tottenham team much but when he is fit a lot of other teams would be interested in him.Q. As a continent do you see Africa getting to the same levels of European football some day and probably get to win a World Cup at some point?I think African countries have always been producing good players. There’s plenty of raw talent in Africa no doubt about that. Just having good structures in the dederationb and bring all stakeholders together is key.For example, Nigeria have been very successful at youth level and if you can translate that success to the senior teams then you can be very successful.But that comes with a lot of financial investment, organization and structures within the federations. That’s an area where African nations can probably improve but in terms of talent they have enough and probably even better than Europe.Q. Talking about Africa, you’ve played against so many African players. Who is your favorite and who was the toughest you ever faced?Uh, my favorite African player definitely has to be Jay Jay Okocha…. with the skills, the imagination and he brought a lot of fun on the football pitch and for me and my friends, we loved to see that.The toughest opponents I faced;Drogba (Didier) was a great player man… he was unbelievable. The Chelsea team and their success, you can’t think of it without Drogba. Eto’o at Barca was a beast. He was fast, hungry and tough to play against.But Jay Jay Okocha is my guy. He is the best.England and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand addresses the media during a briefing at a Nairobi Hotel on December 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluQ. Let’s talk about your team, Manchester United. Things aren’t going down well for you guys. What’s your take on the current situation?Man United have been disappointing this season. Where we are in the league isn’t good. Man United is a team that is always at the top but we are not there and it’s disappointing. We have a lot to do. Jose (Mourinho) and the players have a lot of work to do to improve the team and I am sure they are working hard.Jose, as history dictates is a phenomenal manager but at the moment he us having a hard time. Results don’t lie and the position on the table also doesn’t lie. It is now up to him to get them up and running, confident again to perform as not only a team but individual players as well. He has to take responsibility, I believe a manager has a lot to do in setting the tone at a football club.Q. There’s the big one against Liverpool this weekend. They are unbeaten. Do you think United will get something from this game?When I played for Man United, if we were going through a rough time, you couldn’t wait for the big games. In the big games you forget about form and where you are on the table and think about them. They have to win man.That’s the biggest game. You go to Anfield and win, it’s a good feeling man. You walk off Anfield and see the fans screaming and veins on their necks because you have won and you walk of looking at them… It’s a nice feeling man.The players don’t need to be told how important this game is. Liverpool versus Man United is such a big game. When you are there going out, dropping your kids to school you have people telling you ‘it’s Liverpool over the weekend, you have to win eh!’ This is a perfect opportunity to lift the fans again, beat Liverpool start to get confidence and momentum and pick themselves back up.Q. Moving on, there’s an issue that is very close to your heart and has come to the forefront of late with Raheem Sterling; Racism. What’s your take on this and the efforts done so far?Raheem Sterling endured alleged racist abuse from a Chelsea fanA lot of people are scared to talk out. They don’t want to talk about because people will look at it and say ‘oh well, it’s him again’. It has to change. This could be a watershed moment where poeple come out and talk. Ex-Players and current players, but also the powers that be. Are they doing enough? They have to stand with us and make sure we combat racism.You don’t expect just the players to stand and speak out and make a change. It’s not just a football issue. it’s society. Football can be a good tool to start the conversation but the players need support. Make us feel comfortable talking about it openly. Now is a good time to start.Q. Away from that, many ex-players seem to struggle with life after football. But for you, it doesn’t look the same. What have you done differently?A lot of players struggle when they retire coz they haven’t planned for life after retirement. Most retire without plans and sometimes it’s too late for them. At 27, 28 thereabout, I sat down with my management company and we made a plan. I was very sure on what I wanted to do we and we prepared, planned and it has gone to that course. It is all about good planning good management.Q. Most of the players you played with have gone into coaching. Is it something that you would want to do sometime?I am enjoying raising my children at the moment. I have a new relationship, enjoying that and raising my children is the most important thing for me and creating a good family environment. That is important for now. Coaching maybe in the future but now, it’s family. A lot of my friends the likes of Carrick, Lampard have gone into coaching; iit’s a great life. Football is a great life to be in but I wanna keep my hair I don’t want to go grey… I am still involved in football being in studio watching and talking about it every day and I am enjoying it. I love it.Q. There was a time you were almost going into boxing. What happened?The boxing finished (chuckles). The people weren’t willing to give me a license. I trained for like five months… they knew I was going to be the world champion .. haha… But seriously, they didn’t because of many reasons but this is life maybe someone (pointing up) was saying don’t do it it’s gonna be hard.Q. Finally, a word to the young and upcoming players?Any young player who would want to become footballer, the most important thing is hard work. Of course talent has to be there but you just have to work hard and have a good work ethic where you wake up every day and all you want to do is work hard and improve.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand addresses the media during a media briefing at a Nairobi Hotel on December 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – Before travelling to Nairobi, Kenya, England and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said he buzzed Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama asking him a bit about Kenyan music and the Stars captain sent him a playlist of some Kenyan and East African hits.Having grown around an African culture in his early years in London, Ferdinand said Africa was always a place close to his heart and specifically Kenya is a country he hoped to one day visit.last_img read more

DOWNINGS SEEKS COMMITMENT ON BROADBAND SERVICE

first_imgA large crowd attended a meeting in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre in Downings to discuss a time frame on the rollout of fibre broadband in the area. The meeting was attended by Stiofán Ó Cúlláin, Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Joe Mc Hugh and Counsellors Mick Quinn, Gerry Mc Monagle, Liam Blaney, and a wide representation from the business community.Pádraig Mc Ginty who chaired the meeting began by reading out a statement from Paul Bradley, Director of Corporate Affairs, Eircom. He stated that fibre broadband is already available in Carrigart and work to extend services to Downings has already commenced.Eircom will be providing this service with fibre to the cabinet architecture (FTTC), Downings, which will offer speeds of up to 100Mb/s to the local community. Construction of the sub-duct has now completed and work to run the fibre cable through the duct to the specific cabinet location in Downings will commence shortly. At this stage, Eircom network planners are hopeful that service to customers may be available within approximately six months.When completed, premises located within approximately 1.5 to 2 kilometres of Downings village should see speed benefits. Broadband remains a distance technology so by definition those homes and businesses located closest to the cabinet will see the fastest speeds. It is important to note that while many customers in Downings will benefit not all will.For customers on the Ros Goill Peninsula who will not benefit from our commercial rollout via Carrigart or Downings, they will fall under the Government’s planned National Broadband Plan, which sets out a plan to provide every home and business with a minimum of 30Mb/s by 2020. Stiofán O Cúlláin stated that Údarás has recently invested in bringing broadband to other areas of Donegal and were ready to invest in bringing it to the Industrial Estate and that fast speed broadband was essential in promoting industry.Minister Mc Hugh stated that in addition to the 12 million investment by Eircom in the broadband networks in Donegal, Vodafone has also invested 4 million in upgrading services in the county by introducing 4G. Downings was one of the first regions to upgrade to enhanced 3G data services. Carrigart will have 4G in September though it is not possible to confirm that Downings will receive it as a result.A follow up meeting will take place in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 7th of October. Paul Bradley, Eircom Director of Corporate Affairs has committed to attending this meeting.DOWNINGS SEEKS COMMITMENT ON BROADBAND SERVICE was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:broadbanddonegalDowningslast_img read more

Labanc, Sharks play spoiler role on Hockey Day in Canada

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.EDMONTON — As Canadians indulged in a coast-to-coast celebration of the game they love, the lone American team on the slate played the role of spoilers.The Sharks stole the spotlight on Hockey Day in Canada, an annual celebration of Canada’s favorite sport, extending their winning streak to five games with a 5-2 thumping of the Edmonton Oilers. The Sharks were the only American team that participated in Saturday’s …last_img read more

A.C.L.U. To Obama Administration: Lawyer Up Over PRISM

first_imgTags:#aclu#now#Obama administration#Prism nick statt The next development in the sprawling PRISM scandal may see the Obama Administration in court. The American Civil Liberties Union, as a customer of Verizon, claims that the collection of massive amounts of data by the NSA has violated its First Amendment rights of free speech and association as well as the right of privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.(Read more: PRISM Fallout Part 2: Companies Will Store More Data Behind The Firewall)The ACLU, alongside the New York Civil Liberties Union, has filed a constitutional challenge to the program. “The program goes far beyond even the permissive limits set by the Patriot Act and represents a gross infringement of the freedom of association and the right to privacy,” wrote Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU’s deputy legal director. The brief is available in full here.In related news, Google has asked the U.S. government for permission to add national-security requests for user data it receives under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to its regular transparency report. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Download Free Visual FX Software For A Limited Time

first_imgHitFilm 2 Ultimate Visual Effects SoftwareHitFilm 2 Ultimate is the more developed version of HitFilm 2 Express and comes packed with more features like 3D particles, 3D object handling and 3D camera tracking. It also ships with 55 more effects than Express. If you want a full list of the different features, jump here. Currently there is a 25% sale on Ultimate as well, although it will set you back $299. HitFilm 2 Express is a crowdfunded special effects app that’s free for a limited time.HitFilm 2 is a visual effects package that is now available for Mac thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Originally a Windows only program, HitFilm 2 Kickstarted more than doubled it’s goal bringing in nearly £60,000 (nearly $100,000) to bring integrated compositing, tracking, particles, grading and 3D capabilities into one seamless experience.For a limited time only (until February 4th) HitFilm 2 Express is available as a free download, saving you $149 on the normal purchase price. The only caveat is that you will have to share a link to HitFilm 2 Express on Twitter or Facebook to enable the free download.Why would you bother with HitFilm 2 Express and not just create the same effects in After Effects? Well for one, you have to pay for After Effects. Also it looks like a lot of the effects that ship with HitFilm are far more ‘newbie’ friendly than achieving the same results in After Effects. HitFilm 2 Express also comes with some free project material to help you get started.HitFilm 2 Express TutorialsWith the release of HitFilm 2 there are several free tutorials that talk you through all of the major features available in the program such as adding in muzzle flashes, flares, performing motion tracking and much more.last_img read more

Watch | When Srinagar’s residents are not a phone call away

first_imgAmid the fifth day of the lockdown in the  Kashmir Valley, Srinagar residents are queueing outside a government office to access cellular services. People have been waiting for hours to talk to kin outside State.Three personal mobile phones of officials working at the Tankipora office were turned into helplines. The administration had shared the three numbers on local cable channels.The Hindu’s Vijaita Singh speaks to residents of Srinagar about their ordeal.last_img

Meghalaya on a high

first_imgSpend time by the serene Umiam lakeMountains, valleys, wild flowers, waterfalls and clouds: all of these are easily accessible without any great effort or need for oxygen masks in Meghalaya. Wander around Shillong, the capital, and you will find golden skinned, high cheek boned people with Scottish surnames, or blue eyed, fair skinned people with tribal sounding names. Life in Meghalaya veers between celebrating wine and Bob Dylan’s birthday, getting lost in a cave or gambling on archery. It’s always been life on a perennial high.Staying festiveCaving in Cherrapunjee is an exciting optionFestivals are important to Meghalaya, from the age-old Festival of 100 Drums to the very new Strawberry Festival. Bacchus runs rampant at the Crinolene swimming pool when the Shillong Wine Festival gets underway. Started in 2003, the Wine Festival raises toasts not only to the humble grape but to wine made from locally available sohiong (black cherry), and sohmon (another local fruit), along with plum, ginger, banana, peach, mango, pear, passion fruit, mulberry, apple, orange, strawberries and pineapple. A team from Canada visited to taste and rate, positively of course, the brews and because of its popularity, the festival has been extended to two days.Shillong comes alive during the annual Autumn Festival. Interspersed with fashion shows, where local designers showcase their styles using fabrics woven in the State, and beauty pageants, are food and wine shows, flower shows, kite flying competitions, music and rock events, golf tournaments, fishing competitions and a host of other activities.Local people come out in droves during festivalsMeghalaya hosted the country’s first Strawberry Festival in Shillong on Valentine’s Day 2005 with the message “Say Happy Valentine’s Day with a Strawberry”. Not the catchiest phrase but since then each year huge crowds jostle each other, scrambling to sample the fresh and juicy strawberries, buy packets of the fruit, and other strawberry-based products as gifts. With each passing year the event grows, as more and more locals take up strawberry cultivation or experiment with strawberry wine, ice cream, cakes and jam.Wet and wildFashion shows depict local materials and stylesThe Mawkyrwat Sub Divisional Officers Welfare Association, (MSDOWA) held the first Beach Festival at Ranikor in February 2007. Now it’s an action-packed two days filled with cultural events in between beach soccer and volleyball, boat rides to the Jadukata Bridge and a trek to the Bangladesh Border with the BSF at hand. Bands belt out live music and, at night, the sands turn into a throbbing disco.In 2008 the week-long Tura Winter Festival was inaugurated in the Garo Hills. The first of its kind in the region, it includes tableaux depicting the life and culture of the Garos and traditional dances of various tribes and communities living in these hills.New adventuresThe Autumn Festival is a riot of colours and filled with fun activities such as hot air balloon ridesThe caves of Meghalaya offer exciting adventures and are popular the world over. Every year the State has begun to celebrate the Meghalaya Cave Exploration. This expedition is carried out by experienced teams of cavers both from the UK and Germany, making the discovery of new cave networks possible in Meghalaya’s intricate network of hills.Zipping down mountain roads has always been thrilling but go-karting has made everyone’s dream of becoming Schumacher or Kartikeyan almost a reality. Thrills Fun Park on the Shillong-Guwahati Road has brought the excitement of go-karting to Meghalaya. Apart from go-karting, it offers the mix of adventure, picnics and fun that one would expect to find in larger cities.At home with traditionMust-try local winesTypical of the sophisticated hospitality the new Meghalaya represents is Ri Kynjai. The resort reflects the warmth of Khasi hospitality, and the upturned boat architecture of Khasi homes has been combined with modern convenience and luxury. Each room is designed to offer stunning views of Umiam Lake and the rising sun. The spa offers traditional Khasi massages. For entertainment there are evenings, accentuated by the rhythms of folk music and dance, providing a glimpse of the unique cultural diversity of the north-eastern tribes.Tripura Castle in Shillong is nine acres of serene bliss surrounded by pine groves. The princes of Tripura used the hotel as their summer palace. Now they’ve transformed the annexe into a luxury hotel for guests. The ten rooms are vast and majestic with wooden floors. The double bed in the main bedroom has been brought over from the Palace in Agartala and, apparently, Rabindranath Tagore once slept in it!Inside Ri Kynjai, the hotel that is built traditionally but has all modern comfortsAdding to Cherrapunji’s attractions is the Sa i Mika eco resort, opened in 2005. Sa i Mika has been built to blend into its surroundings, using local materials and a blend of eastern and western architecture. There are traditional Khasi huts and a restaurant with a view of the thundering smoke of the nearby waterfall. Khasi folk dances and music are performed regularly and there’s a cinema which screens documentaries about the region. Interactions with the tribes in the area are encouraged to enable visitors to get a taste of local life.Perhaps the most progressive of the north-eastern States, Meghalaya offers the wild beauty of the north-east on a gentler note, an experience that is easy to understand but difficult to forget.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileStrawberry Festival In February, this yearShillong Wine Festival Last week of NovemberAutumn Festival First week of NovemberBeach Festival at Ranikor Last week of OctoberTura Winter Festival In Nov/Dec this yearMeghalaya Cave Exploration Through February this yearThrills Fun Park Bandstand, Demthring, Shillong; tel: (0) 94367 01066; Branch Office: Mawlein, Mawkhan, NH-40, G. S. Road, Ri Bhoi District; e-mail: speedworld66@rediffmail.comSa i Mika Eco Resort Khliehshnong, Sohra; tel: (0) 98630 20718Ri Kynjai Umniuh Khwan, U.C.C Road, Ri Bhoi; tel: (0) 98624 20300; www.rikynjai.comlast_img read more

PSV Eindhoven retain Dutch title as Ajax falter on dramatic final day

first_imgPSV Eindhoven retained the Dutch league title after rivals Ajax Amsterdam blew their chance when they failed to beat second-bottom De Graafschap in a dramatic final round of matches on Sunday.PSV won 3-1 at PEC Zwolle to move to 84 points from 34 games, two more than Ajax who were held to a 1-1 draw when victory would have made them champions on goal difference.Luuk de Jong netted twice for PSV to take his season tally to 26 goals, one behind AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen at the top of the scorers list, after Jurgen Locadia had given them an early lead.It was a comfortable victory for manager Phillip Cocu to ensure back-to-back league titles at the expense of Ajax who will remember this day for many years as one of missed opportunity.They led the league for most of the season, only to falter against a team they have beaten in their last 13 meetings dating back to 2000.Amin Younes gave Ajax a 16th-minute lead to set them on their way but Bryan Smeets equalised for De Graafschap 10 minutes after halftime when he drilled the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area.Ajax had almost 60 percent possession and 21 shots on goal, but a precious second eluded them.De Graafschap now enter the relegation playoffs along with Willem II, who could not escape the bottom three despite a victory at Roda JC.Excelsior Rotterdam claimed a 2-0 win at relegated Cambuur to secure their survival while third-placed Feyenoord sealed a 1-0 home victory over NEC.advertisementThey will play in the Europa League next season along with AZ Alkmaar who finished fourth.Utrecht, Heracles Almelo, Groningen and PEC Zwolle will contest the Europa League playoff competition.last_img read more