first_imgThe 2020 season in the Major League Soccer (MLS) will start this weekend with a special flavor. The highest football competition in North America turns 25 and will celebrate it with “extraordinary events, robust content, innovative programming, unique experiences and a commemorative shield”. Two new institutions, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, will join a tournament that will feature eight Spanish soccer players at their silver wedding: Pozuelo (Toronto), Bojan (Montreal), Rosell (Orlando), Carles Gil (NE Revolution), Fontàs and Ilie (Sporting KC) and newcomers Álvaro Medrán (Chicago Fire) and Miguel Berry (Columbus Crew).Medrán, whose signing for Chicago Fire became official at the end of 2019, landed at MLS in search of the regularity that it did not find in Spain. After passing through the Real Madrid quarry and wearing the shirts of Getafe, Valencia, Alavés and Rayo Vallecano, the Cordoba midfielder arrived in Chicago as express request of Veljko Paunovic. The Serbian, however, left the bench of the ‘Red Machine’ in November and Raphael Wicky was chosen as his substitute. It remains to be seen, therefore, if Álvaro Medrán is able to earn a position with the new technician. Miguel Berry’s story is also remarkable. The Columbus Crew forward, of a Cuban father and an American mother, was born in Barcelona but moved to San Diego when he was only eight years old. After going through college football, where he managed 38 goals and 16 assists in the last three seasons, was selected in the SuperDraft by Columbus Crew, with whom he finally signed a contract after an outstanding preseason. “His hard work did not go unnoticed by anyone. We are delighted that he officially joins Crew SC,” said Tim Bezbatchenko, president of the Ohio-based franchise.Medrán and Berry, 25 and 23 years old, respectively, have been the last Spanish players to reach a competition in which they will meet six other compatriots: Alejandro Pozuelo, who faces his second year in MLS after scoring 14 goals and giving 10 assists in the season of his debut with Toronto FC; Bojan Krkic, who will seek to continue increasing his record in North America after winning the Canadian Cup with Montreal Impact; Carles Gil (New England Revolution), winner of the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ last year; Oriol Rosell, midfielder from Orlando City; and Ilie Sánchez and Andreu Fontàs, who will continue wearing the Sporting Kansas City shirt.Spanish accent in the standsPozuelo, Bojan, Rosell, Gil, Fontàs, Ilie, Medrán and Berry will not be the only Spaniards to participate in the 25th edition of Major League Soccer. Álex Covelo will do it as the methodology director of San José Earthquakes, Albert Rudé will be the right hand of Diego Alonso in Inter Miami, Jorge García will be part of the Seattle Sounders group of analysts and Borja de Matías will do the same in Chicago Fire. In total, the Spanish accent will be present in 10 of the 26 teams of the MLS 2020.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost immediately after the 5,034 students began writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the process came under criticism and complaints, with students claiming they were inadequately prepared at the various laboratories and libraries at their respective schools.At the Paynesville Community High School (PCS), in the Voker Mission vicinity, the 342 students who sat the test were embittered after they observed that practical questions in the Physics were incomprehensible to them owing to “poor laboratory preparation.”The Physics— with the code number 512— was the first and only test administered to the students across the 44 testing centers Thursday, April 3.The WASSCE is being administered to 47 schools by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) office in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.“We only have the laboratory constructed, but there are no materials or teaching staff to conduct the lab preparation,” the students cried in separate interviews with the Daily Observer Thursday shortly after completing the test.PCS Principal, Alphonso Kanboh, agreed with the students’ complaints when he told this paper, “Our challenges are enormous in the school. Our lack of an equipped laboratory at PCS and irregularly attended classes by the students themselves all add to the problems.”According to him, the school is in need of laboratory materials for the students to do their practical exercises; otherwise they would of course be unprepared for the WASSCE.However, Mr. Kanboh did not give up his hopes of the students passing the test, predicting that the result may fall between the 50 to 60 percentile in favor of the student populace.The Head of the National Office (HNO) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., who also toured the various testing centers Thursday, was reportedly briefed by some of the school administrators about similar problems.He was quoted as telling the students to remain focused and persevere to the end of the tests.Students from the Charles J.S. Young Assembly of God High School (CJSAGM) in the Paynesville Community complained of the same poor laboratory preparation.Students Annet Menyon, Macbeth Kyne, Darrgar Weana and Salomie Sundaygar, bitterly told the Daily Observer that their chances of passing upon completion of the exams were “at the mercy of God.”“The Physics test was not so hard, but the practical portion, which had to do with practical lab work, was complicated, because we did not do any good lab practice,” the students cried.The WASSCE examinations continue today and throughout the course of the month in several other subject areas.Subjects the students will write throughout the course of the tests include English Language (which will be written in three different parts including objectives and essay questions). They will also take Advanced Mathematics, Organic Chemistry, Building Construction, Finance, and Electronics; all tests that will be written in a series of different parts. Of the number of registered students for the WASSCE, 2,569 are males constituting 51.03 percent, while 2,495 are females, who account for 48.97 percent.Unlike last year when students who sat the WASSCE represented 32 schools only in Montserrado and Margibi counties, this year students registered form a total of 47 schools in three counties — Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa.Of the 47 schools, seven are public schools and constitute 15.91 percent, while the remaining 37 or 84.09 percent represent privately-owned or faith-based institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMonrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee (right) with the Director for City Beautification, Edwin TisdellWith plans to also wash the streetsUnder the watchful eyes of the Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, the Director for City Beautification, Edwin Tisdell told journalists over the weekend that plans are underway for the construction thousands of public latrines in the City.Mr. Tisdell said the initiative is to ensure that Monrovia becomes one of the cleanest cities in Africa and the world. He said  that as part of efforts to make Monrovia a clean and green for healthy inhabitants, the City Corporation has embarked on the washing of streets in the City.He emphasized that although the exercise might be new to Liberia, it is done in other parts of the world for a healthy environment.“Washing of the roads is another means of putting out germs because we ride cars that in most cases come from strange environment, we have to wash the roads to safeguard our people” he added.Mr. Tisdell stressed that the reasons why other Countries are very clean and have good air quality is due to the washing of their roads.“People don’t understand and think that we are spoiling resources” he told journalists in Monrovia.According to him the road washing exercise is not just limited to the festive seasons, as the MCC has written several partners for the initiative to become a sustainable one.He expressed the hope the washing of the roads will curtail germs and waterborne diseases in the City.When quizzed about how far the MCC intends to go with the exercise, Tisdell intoned that it started on the 13th of December with painting and decorating the principal streets of Monrovia.“We are also painting all the bridges constructed by Government in Monrovia to include the Gabriel Tucker Bridge, the Zolu Duma Bridge, the Jamaica Road Bridge, and the Double Bridge at Stephen Tolbert Estate, amongst others.”In order to enhance its work, MCC has also begun to shut down makeshift auto garages and has removed faulty vehicles from the streets. “Our City planning team is also involved in ensuring that all private homes and businesses are painted,” he said.He further said that those whose homes have broken septic tanks will be fined as this poses serious health and environmental risks.Mr. Tisdell also revealed that the MCC has secured about 400 trash cans which will be mounted in the streets of Monrovia to avoid people from throwing dirt in the streets.The Monrovia City Corporation Director for Beautification said when the city is clean and healthy; it will also attract investors who will create jobs for Liberians.“Mayor Jefferson Koijee is very passionate of keeping the City of Monrovia clean, green and safe.” He has mandated me and my team to regularly ensure that our capital city is attractive for investment and our people live in a healthy environment”.Tisdell said beginning next 2019, the City will experience some drastic changes in its outlook, noting that they will modernize Monrovia and make it more attractive for job creation for many young people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img 4 Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Sancho in action for Dortmund against Club Brugge this week on target BOOST Thomas is better known for his days in English football Aiming high Latest Champions League News Scott Minto (Benfica)The left-back was also recruited by Souness in June 1997 where he made his debut in Europe’s elite competition.Minto didn’t last long at the Estadio da Luz either, joining West Ham for £1million in January 1999.Steve McManaman (Real Madrid)It may come as a surprise he never played in the Champions League during his lengthy time at boyhood club Liverpool, but McManaman’s first appearance in the Champions League came for Real Madrid in the 1999/00 season.Los Blancos went on to win the competition, beating Valencia 3-0 in the final. McManaman bagged Real Madrid’s second goal of the game with a well-taken volley. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury 4center_img Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton McManaman won the 2000 Champions League final with Real Madrid 4 The former Manchester City man started Borussia Dortmund’s victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday night while Nelson – on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal – came on during the German side’s 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Champions League round-up – TuesdayChampions League round-up – WednesdayBut who are the other six English players to achieve this feat? ready? 4 Derbyshire in action for the Greek side against Bordeaux in February 2010 Young English players trying their hand at foreign leagues is on the up and two of the England’s most promising stars made history this week.Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson became the seventh and eighth English players to make their debuts in the Champions League for a non-British side. 8 – With his appearance tonight for Hoffenheim against Shakhtar Donetsk, Reiss Nelson becomes the eighth Englishman to achieve this feat. Precocious.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 19, 2018Brian Deane (Benfica)He’s better known for scoring the first ever Premier League goal as a Sheffield United player in August 1992 but he made his Champions League debut after signing for Graeme Souness’ Benfica in 1998.Deane was a part of the ‘British invasion’ of Portuguese football from that time as you’ll see later.Michael Thomas (Benfica)Thomas never played in the Champions League for former club Liverpool so his first appearance in the competition came for Souness’ Benfica.The striker only lasted for two years before moving back to England. Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich)Hargreaves certainly had a debut Champions League season to remember, starting the final that Bayern won after beating Valencia in a penalty shootout. He was just 20-years-old.He went on to win the competition with Manchester United in 2008 but his time at Old Trafford was ravaged by injury.Matt Derbyshire (Olympiakos)Remember him? Derbyshire had a few good games for Blackburn before joining Olympiakos in 2009.He made his Champions League debut but failed to make any kind of impact on the competition.last_img read more

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has indicated that he is reluctant to pay much than £3.25m for Peter Odemwingie.West Brom recently turned down an offer for that amount – Rangers’ second bid for the forward – but it appears the two clubs are not far from agreeing on a fee.However, Redknapp said: “It’s difficult. We have a valuation and they have a valuation of the player and they have every right to turn bids down.“I wouldn’t want us to pay more than what I think is a fair price for the player. We’ll have to see.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgLos MOlinos >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs basketball team beat the Greeneville Indians 53-37 Tuesday at home.The first period remained close, with the Bulldogs holding just a one-point lead going into the second period, but the defense tightened up and they held the Indians to just 4 points in the second. The Bulldogs were able to extend their lead in the second half for the comfortable win.Rachel Rogers led the Bulldogs with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks; Henna Acevedo had 18 points, …last_img read more

first_imgSpeaker of Parliament Max Sisulu; President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile and DA leader Helen Zille convened at the summit to speak about an all-inclusive society that is proud and caring of one another. (Image: Ray Maota) The Soweto Gospel Choir led delegates in the singing of the national anthem. (Image: Jenny Tennant) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lisa Combrinck  Communications Director: Department   of  Arts and  Culture  + 27 12 441 3144 RELATED ARTICLES • Hold on to freedom, says Brand SA • Human rights revisited • German tourists in love with SA • Born free to ReporterSouth Africans have embarked on an in-depth process of deciding what kind of society they want to create – and a major part of that process is the National Social Cohesion Summit which took place recently at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto.Some 3 000 delegates joined President Jacob Zuma, summit host arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile, members of the cabinet, MPs, and representatives from the various political parties and civil society bodies, to come up with a declaration of what needs to be done to create a caring and proud society.The summit took place on 4 and 5 July 2012, and featured discussions on the role of organs of state such as the judiciary, Parliament and other legislative bodies and political parties, as well as the role of civil society, including business and labour, and other NGOs such as the Foundation for Human Rights, Molo Songololo and Lead SA.The summit, Mashatile said, aimed to “carve a shared destiny that the country belongs to all who live in it”, deepening the development that has been taking place since the advent of democracy 18 years ago.Under the theme Working together to create a caring and proud society, delegates decided on the steps to take to lead to a society where, despite differences, South African-ness comes first.“We must use our diversity to compel us to a common future,” Mashatile added.Not only a talk shopThe National Social Cohesion Summit is not a talk shop, but must bring about something tangible to work towards.In his opening speech, Zuma noted that the summit was “a crucial dialogue” where people had come together “to bring to life what our forebears left for us as a legacy” – that the country belongs to all.All the speakers emphasised that the summit’s theme reflected on South Africa’s history of selflessness, as well as the vision of the leaders in the democratic movement, in burying apartheid and building a new society.South Africans, Zuma said, are unique, “a people with an inspiring history” who do not hesitate to tackle difficulties and challenges.“We are going to try and find a way to live together in peace and harmony, building a united nation,” he said.Freedom Charter to help social cohesionThis summit looked at how best to bring about a cohesive, democratic and prosperous society. In mapping the direction, cognisance has to be taken of the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, homelessness, landlessness and divisions of race, class and gender.During the event, various commissions explored aspects of economic inequality, spatial divisions, social engagement, issues around prejudice and discrimination, and national identity.At the end of the two-day gathering a declaration was drawn up – a living document with guidelines and outcomes.Delegates came from all walks of life, from across the country – and the choice of venue was no coincidence. Speaker after speaker referred to the Freedom Charter, the original road map to democracy that was drawn up on that very spot in 1955.South Africa’s Constitution strongly echoes the points drawn up in the Charter, and its preamble picks up the founding principles of that significant declaration: “We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past; honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”Now, almost two decades into a democratic state, is the time to reflect on these foundations and forge a future where all South Africans can call this country “home”.Principles of social cohesionAccording to the Department of Arts and Culture, social cohesion and nation building can only be based on the following principles: constitution and democracy; human rights and equality; non-racialism, non-tribalism and non-sexism; unity in diversity; inclusivity and social justice; redress and transformation; intergroup and community co-operation; social solidarity; active citizenship; civic responsibility; and national consciousness.“These principles serve as the touchstone of social cohesion and are aimed at fostering shared values and greater cohesion within diverse communities and national unity between them and across the country,” said Mashatile.Views of political parties on social cohesionPolitical parties ranging from the African National Congress (ANC); the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA); Inkatha Freedom Party; United Democratic Movement; and the Pan Africanist Congress gave their views on how they can help in fostering social cohesion.ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said: “As a country we should make sure of the independence of the three pillars of the state – the judiciary, legislature and executive – and that of the media is upheld.”DA leader Helen Zille gave a multilingual speech citing the importance of languages in gaining social cohesion.“We should make policies that strengthen society and give youngsters the opportunity to work and develop the country into what they want it to be,” said Zille.last_img read more

first_imgCarl Seville, this website’s resident green building curmudgeon and blogger, has teamed up with Abe Kruger, an energy rater and BPI Building Analyst, to write a new textbook, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction.The book fills a gap, and fills it well. Until now, there hasn’t been a good, comprehensive introduction to green residential construction that was suitable for use in classrooms. Anyone who’s been waiting for a solid reference book on the topic of green residential construction should go out and buy this book.This 521-page hardback includes soup-to-nuts coverage of the following topics:Every page of the book includes at least one clear illustration or photograph. The well-chosen illustrations and photos will certainly facilitate comprehension for any student of green building — especially “visual learners” who are more likely to grasp concepts displayed in pictures than concepts explained in words.Since Carl is a member of the GBA team, the information he presents is consistent with the advice found on the GBA website. The authors’ perspective is firmly based in building science, and the book is free of any taint of greenwashing.Here are samples of the wisdom found in Green Building:In short, most of the information in this book is both accurate and valuable.However, I didn’t agree with a few of the authors’ statements. For example, Carl and Abe are occasionally too quick to advise readers to hire experts. We learn that when installing a foundation, “an experienced arborist should be consulted to help maintain a healthy tree canopy.” (In some areas of the country, especially areas where trees grow like weeds, this advice seems a little over the top.)Elsewhere, the authors advise homeowners to arrange for “twice-annual inspections of [HVAC] equipment.” Twice a year? Well, I’m sure… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#databases To listen to the media, you would think that the end of the relational database is about to strike at any moment, leaving behind a shattered mess of tables and queries strewn about in proprietary servers, collecting silicon dust.Truth be told, the future for relational databases has really never been better — though it’s a future that’s changing rapidly, altered by the ascendency of big data and non-relational databases.In an earlier article this week, we reviewed how and when a business should consider using non-relational (NoSQL) databases. While not comprehensive, the uses for NoSQL databases center around the acquisition of fast-growing data or data that does not easily fit within uniform structures.(See also: When NoSQL Databases Are — Yes — Good For You And Your Company)In describing the use cases for relational databases, it would be easy to say at this point that such databases — Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL or MySQL — pretty much take care of every thing else. In the broadest sense that may be true, but that’s an overly simplistic view.Stability Is KeyFirst, the easy answer: relational databases are very well-suited  for data sets that aren’t likely to suddenly expand. Even the most successful company, for instance, is not going to see its HR database (or an asset management database) grow faster than it can handle the new entries. One could argue, of course, that a merger with another organization that’s at or larger than your organization could result in a rapidly expanding database. But such merger and acquisitions are rare in the course of normal business, and they are usually seen coming months in advance — which, of course, gives plenty of time to merge relational data sets.Data in such collections is also structured, meaning that once a schema for the data is defined, (length of fields, type of data for fields, etc), data doesn’t depart from that schema. Unstructured data can include weblog information, which can be highly varied in organization, depending on what’s being monitored.The term I usually use to describe these data set to my students is “non-exploding” data, which is colorful, but fairly apt. Data will grow and change, but not beyond the normal capability for the relational database software to keep up.Legacy MattersRelational databases have been around for over four decades, and that means something in the IT world.Over those years, a lot of applications have been written to manage and manipulate data that’s been held in SQL databases — some good, some bad. But if you’re considering ripping and replacing apps or data architecture, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to fix what ain’t broke.Yes, apps can be improved, and data schemes enhanced. Better, faster databases can be installed, too. But it may not be necessary to haul your data over to a non-relational database just because it’s new and shiny. If your workflow uses structured data, is the cost of moving to non-relational systems really worth it?Hand-In-HandMy favorite use case for relational databases revolves around big data.Yeah, you read that right: big data.Confused? Hang on a sec. See, while it is true that rapidly changing data sets do better being stored in NoSQL databases or distributed unstructured data warehouses like Hadoop, there is still a very strong and growing need for relational databases to tap into subsets of that data to perform data analysis in a timely manner.Time after time you can read about yet-another data vendor that’s built in hooks to the rock-star popular Hadoop, for this very reason. Hadoop is great for what it does: storing data across distributed commodity servers. But for real-time analysis? Meh. Better, then, to use a known relational database tool to create familiar queries to grab some of that data and crunch it that way you need to. This is a use case that’s growing very quickly these days, and which should keep relational database vendors in Dutch for the foreseeable future.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. brian proffitt 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more