Aizawl: Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC will aim to set their house in order when they play Aizawl FC in the I-League football match here on Saturday. Both teams find themselves at the bottom of the 11-team standing in the early stages.Aizawl is placed ninth with two points from three games while Minerva is right at the bottom with a solitary point from their two outings so far.Both Aizawl coach Gift Raikhan and Minerva’s Irish Technical Director Paul Munster have been plagued by a misfiring strike force and would be keen to correct that urgently. While Aizawl has scored thrice in their three games so far, one off a penalty and another of a set-piece, the defending champions surprisingly have not managed to get on the board.For Aizawl, Liberian striker Ansumanah Kromah has been guilty of extreme profligacy and Lalremsanga, who had a good game in their opener against Shillong and has not played since might be an option for Raikhan.The other positive for him from the previous game against Neroca FC being the first half performance of Kyrgistani Bektur Talgat, where he was building and leading attacks with a lot of skill and purpose.The back four, led by Nigerian Kareem Nurain and Gurpreet in goal, have been solid giving the coach some sense of comfort.Raikhan said in the pre-match conference: “We are preparing well to face the defending champions tomorrow. After playing three matches, we have gained confidence because till now, we have faced tough teams such as Mohun Bagan, Shillong and Neroca.”We will try not to repeat mistakes and steal three points from them. Our spectators need to trust us. Football is all about patience and time. We hope to have a good match tomorrow,” he added. As for the defending champions, it is true that they have almost built an entirely new side from last year and have new strategies as well.But with the kind of talent at their disposal even this year, it defies logic as to why they have not been able to score a single goal thus far. They have invested heavily in highly rated Japanese frontman Yu Kuboki and the fact that they have not been able to play him yet due to injury might also be a contributing factor. IANS Also Read: Sports News
27 May 2015A motivated Junior Springbok squad flew out of Cape Town to Italy yesterday where they will compete in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship.The South Africans are among the firm favourites in the tournament after coming so close to beating England in a pulsating final last June in Auckland, New Zealand.The set off for this year’s instalment of the tough under-20 championship buoyed by a good 2-0 away series victory over Argentina.A fit and well-conditioned squad of 28 players, they will attempt to become only the second South African team to lift the U20 championship crown, and follow in the footsteps of the triumphant side of 2012.On Tuesday, the team completed their home preparations for the three-week long competition with a strenuous workout in Stellenbosch, before attending the traditional capping ceremony later in the evening.Apart from the trials, the squad’s training camp of six weeks included two training matches against the Western Province Rugby Institute, a thrilling successful clash against a star-studded Varsity Cup Dream Team plus an away series against the formidable Los Pumitas.Coach Dawie Theron said the squad were excited and looking forward to getting to Italy after the long and intensive training camp.“The boys are rearing to go and we have a great team spirit,” said Theron. “They are in a very good conditioning shape and I am pleased with the amount of work we have done at our training base in Stellenbosch.”The added it was important to approach the tournament in a good, positive mind- set. According to him, the tour to Argentina played a huge part in their mental preparation for the annual showpiece.“We simulated our training and travelling activities according to our Italy tournament programme, so that we can ensure all of them have a proper understanding of the rigorous time that await them in Italy.“This is a well-balanced squad, with powerful forwards and really quick backs, so the coaching staff are really looking forward to seeing them play against quality opposition. We go there with high expectations but fully aware that we will have to work extremely hard during a very competitive tournament,” said Theron.The South Africans open their fixture list on Tuesday, 2 June when they will be in action against hosts Italy in the Stadio San Michele in Calvisano. Next up is Samoa on Saturday, 6 June in Parma before they return to Calvisano for their last Pool B match against Australia. The playoffs are scheduled for 15 and 20 June.The Junior Bok forwards for the championship are:Hyron Andrews (Sharks)Rikus Bothma (Western Province)Dan du Preez (Sharks)Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)Thomas du Toit (Sharks)Joseph Dweba (Free State Cheetahs)Njabulo Gumede (Blue Bulls)Jason Jenkins (Blue Bulls)Hanro Liebenberg (Blue Bulls – captain)Mzamo Majola (Sharks)Ox Nche (Free State Cheetahs)Abongile Nonkontwana (Blue Bulls)RG Snyman (Blue Bulls)Jan van der Merwe (Blue Bulls)Frans van Wyk (Western Province)Jacques Vermeulen (Western Province)The Junior Bok backs for the championship are:Tinus de Beer (Blue Bulls)Daniel du Plessis (Western Province)Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls)Grant Hermanus (Western Province)JT Jackson (Blue Bulls)Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings)Marco Jansen van Vuren (Golden Lions)Khanyo Ngcukana (Western Province)Brandon Thomson (Western Province)Ivan van Zyl (Blue Bulls)EW Viljoen (Western Province)Leolin Zas (Western Province)Source: News24Wire
Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Dot Obits#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Jerry Lawson, who is responsible for the development of the video game cartridge, died Saturday in Mt. View, California, of a heart attack. Lawson was 70 years old. He was a pioneer not just in video games but as a black engineer in an overwhelmingly white industry. While working as an engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor in the mid-1970s, Lawson created the Fairchild Channel F video game console. That was the type that took a different software cartridge for each game. The Reviews of Electronics credits Lawson with providing the platform that launched the independent video game developer. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, he moved out to California to join the new company Fairchild Semiconductor where he served as Chief Hardware Engineer and director of engineering and marketing. As the Village Voice notes, he was a member of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club. Other members included Apple’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.After Atari had taken the video gaming market, Lawson launched Videosoft, to develop games for it. In the early 1970s, Lawson had created the second ever arcade game (after Pong), Demolition DerbyHe had in his later years suffered with diabetes and used a wheelchair, though he continued an active life building controls for lasers and telescopes. Last month he was, finally, honored by the International Game Developers Association.Vintage Computing and Games has a wonderful interview with the man conducted in 2009.He is survived by his wife, whom he married in 1965, his brother, Michael, of Queens, New York, and his daughter Karen and son Marc, both of Smyrna, Georgia.Other sources: Wikipedia
If you’re trying to get ahead in your career, it often boils down to who you know, not just what you know. Follow these five tips on how to network more effectively, both digitally and in person.Images via Shutterstock.Everyone’s been to networking events and come away feeling awkward, rejected and tired. Networking has a bad reputation because it’s more about growing your network than building real relationships. However, when done effectively, it’s arguably the single best way to get ahead in your career.Immanuel Kant (yes, I did just drop a reference to an 18th-century philosopher in a blog about networking!) suggested that the most important thing in life was to never treat other people as a means to your ends, but to treat them as ends in themselves. If you can do networking in this way, you’ll have more fun and more success.The following networking tips are geared toward creative professionals — photographers, video editors, producers, etc. — but are highly applicable for all types of business and industries.1. Promote Others — Not YourselfNo one likes the person who won’t shut up about themselves. However, everyone likes the person who is excited, enthusiastic, and vocal about their great friends, colleagues, or acquaintances.To promote others and not yourself is a humble way of putting other people first and making sure your advice is of value to the person standing in front of you. Offer to make introductions with other talented people. Soon they’ll likely start asking questions about you and your projects.Note: if you promise to send them someone’s details, make a note of it and be sure you follow it up in a day or two. This is also a great way to get their contact details without seeming “grabby.” And always make sure you have some nice-looking business cards to hand out.2. Ask QuestionsEveryone likes talking about themselves. It makes them feel important, valued, and interesting. So ask questions — lots of questions.Direct the conversation toward what they are involved in, what they are excited about, what projects they would love to work on. This will lead to a genuine and human conversation, not just a networking speed date in which you quickly judge whether this person can help you or not before discarding them. To be interesting is to be interested.3. Get to Know People Who Do Your JobOther people who do the same job as you may feel like the competition, but really they are your community. I’ve gotten so much work through other editors I know, who recommend me when they can’t do a job — and I recommend them to my clients as well. They will know far more people, far more clients, and far more directors/producers than you can ever hope to know by yourself, and they can share that network with you.If you try to protect your network from others, you are doing your clients and yourself a disservice. You’re limiting your networks growth (when it could be constantly expanding). The more you share your network, the larger it will grow.4. Know People Who Do the Job You WantSo how do you get into the job that you want? How do you move from the assistant to the master? Well, I think part of the answer is to learn from people who already do what you want to do. Buy them lunch and pepper them with questions — be interested. Ask them if you can help them for free on a project or help them in some small way.Asking them to help you — “Can you watch my showreel? Can you look at my CV?” — is going to start off your relationship on the wrong foot, with you being a drain on their time and energy rather than a benefit to them. This may seem like the hardest part of moving up — finding people to learn from, being as friendly and outgoing as you can, and asking boldly.5. Be PoliteThis is the simplest and shortest tip, but it’s often the one that fails to happen most. If someone connects you with a valuable contact, if someone takes the time to connect you with someone they know (even if it’s just an email introduction), if someone spends any of their valuable time helping you with anything — make sure you thank them.Write them a quick email, send them a note, give them a gift, shout out on Twitter — just make the effort. It doesn’t really matter how small it is, but it is critical to demonstrating that you are grateful and that you are a person with basic manners. As they say, it’s the little things that matter.This is only the beginning! Checkout the PremiumBeat blog for additional networking tips and for advice in building your freelance network.What are the secrets to your success? How did you get ahead in the early days of your video career? Share your experiences in the comments below!
The president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), Giorgos Girtzikis, and 21 other people who served as executive board members from 2005 to 2012, will stand trial for financial felonies, according to local media reports this week.Six of the accused are serving on the current board, while three are former EPO presidents.A prosecutor recommended on Tuesday that the EPO strongman and other suspects should be held accountable for financial losses incurred by the federation, amounting to around 29 million euros, which it paid out to a company as part of a deal to issue compulsory health cards to professional soccer players which was never fully implemented according to plan. Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shares