Tunisia use ‘keeper ruse to break Ramadan fast

first_img0Shares0000Tunisia’s goalkeeper Mouez Hassen looks on prior to the football match between Tunisia and Turkey at the Stade de Geneve stadium in Geneva on June 1, 2018. © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINITUNIS, Tunisia, Jun 5 – Players for World Cup-bound Tunisia broke their Ramadan fast during two warm-up matches after the goalkeeper feigned injury, coach Nabil Maaloul told AFP Tuesday.Maaloul told stopshotter Mouez Hassen to go down “injured” as the sun went down, FIFA rules specifying that any injury to a goalkeeper necesitates a stop to the game. As Hassen was being treated the rest of the players ran to the sidelines to break the sunrise-to-sundown fast with a few dates and some refreshing water.“I had it all planned,” Maaloul told AFP.“A great deal of my players are fasting for Ramadan.”The first time it happened was May 29 in a 2-2 draw with Portugal and then June 1 in a 2-2 draw with Turkey.“I told the ‘keeper to fall on the floor so they could break their fast,” Maaloul freely admitted.“It’s very difficult to go 16 hours without food or water.Maaloul went on to explain the impact of fasting on his squad’s fitness.“Now is not the problem really, it’s later, after Ramadan,” he said.“It can lead to muscle fatigue so I hope they can stand up to the rigours (of the World Cup).”Ramadan is slated to end on June 14 this year, the day the World Cup starts.Drawn in Group G, Tunisia take on England on June 18, Panama on June 24 and Belgium four days later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Merger to create video game giant

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Vivendi SA said Sunday that it plans to acquire a controlling stake in Activision Inc. and combine the company with Vivendi Games in a deal that would create a rival to Electronic Arts Inc. as the world’s largest video game publisher. The combination of Santa Monica-based Activision, whose titles include “Guitar Hero,” “Call of Duty” and the “Tony Hawk” series, and Vivendi Games, which publishes “Crash Bandicoot” and owns the online role-playing franchise “World of Warcraft,” would create the world’s largest pure-play online and console game publisher, the companies said. Vivendi Games will convert its equity into Activision shares valued at $8.1 billion, and Vivendi will buy an additional $1.7 billion of stock, for a total of $9.8 billion, giving Vivendi a 52 percent stake in a new company to be called Activision Blizzard. On that basis, Activision and Vivendi valued the combined company at $18.9 billion. “This transaction has always stuck out as the way to become the number one most successful video game publisher,” Activision Chief Executive Bobby Kotick said in an interview. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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IT’S EXTRA TIME AT FINN PARK!

first_imgIf Eric says it’s a penalty, it’s a penalty…..a shoot-out may be on later!IT’S extra time at Finn Park – and whatever happens next, Harps will feel they should have done Limerick over 90.Harps have had two penalty shouts turned down.The BBC’s Eric White says he has seen a replay of one incident – and it was a handball. Anyway, Michael Funston’s goal has tied this Promotion game. IT’S EXTRA TIME AT FINN PARK! was last modified: November 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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Dubai eyes KZN property investment

first_img6 June 2008Dubai-based Ruwaad Holdings is conducting a viability study into building an internationally branded entertainment theme park and residential complex in the Macambini area on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, at a cost of US$2.5-billion (about R19.6-billion).“Following the signing of the memorandum of understanding, the investor dispatched a technical team to KwaZulu-Natal to conduct a project viability assessment,” KwaZulu-Natal Premier Xibusiso Ndebele told the media at Macambini this week.“Earlier this year, I travelled to Dubai with an extended government delegation which included the Ilembe district mayor as well as the Mandeni local municipality mayor to meet the investor.”A statement by the provincial government states that the group intends to develop an internationally branded entertainment theme park that will be complemented by numerous facilities focusing on residential, hospitality, leisure, medical, education, sport, health and retail.Ndebele said the investment, which had the full support of the provincial Cabinet, would see the development of 16 556 hectares of land to the north of the uThukela River, leading to the creation of 16 000 permanent jobs and a further 32 000 temporary jobs over the short-term.Ruwaad Holdings chief executive Hayan Merchant emphasised that the group’s aim was to develop a uniquely African, world-class destination that has local, regional, national, continental and international appeal.As such, the group is planning a cultural and historical focus for the development, centred on a huge statue of King Shaka.“The proposed development will strengthen the north coast priority corridor between Durban and Richards Bay and act as a catalyst for further economic growth and job creation in surrounding areas,” he said.It is also envisaged that the development will bring about the improvement of infrastructure and services in the area, strengthening the local economy and stimulating increased investment across various industrial and commercial sectors.Ruwaad is a subsidiary of the listed Dubai 9 group, a real estate, hospitality, tourism investment and development company that focuses on creating world class destinations, initially in the Middle East, Australia, Africa and Asia with a strong emphasis on entertainment, hospitality, business and residential and leisure lifestyle.The group has lucrative strategic alliances with organisations such as Paramount Pictures and Palazzo Versace.Should the company decide to take on the investment, the complex will be implemented in a series of stages with the first stage, the theme park, expected to be complete in 2012.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Teacher training plan for maths, science

first_img3 December 2012The recruitment and training of teachers in critical subjects such as mathematics, science and English is set to improve as a result of the “Teacher Assist Approach” initiative launched by the Basic Education Department in partnership with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa) and Investec.The department, Isasa and financial services provider Investec officially launched the public-private partnership to train 200 teacher interns in the priority subjects in Pretoria on Friday.These teacher interns will be trained at independent schools from 2013 to 2020.The partners will use combined resources to produce quality teachers in maths, science and English. The department will fund the full study and subsistence costs of the teachers for the duration of their training through the Funza Lushaka bursary programme.‘Developing quality teachers in key subjects’Isasa schools will be used to host, train and mentor the interns. The body will also manage the programme which entails recruiting, selecting and placing prospective teachers, and supporting them through the duration of their internship, which will take three to four years.Investec has extended its focus to the critical need to develop quality teachers in these key subjects.Its role will also see the organisation provide funding for enrichment activities such as the orientation of the new recruits, academic support as well as hosting mentoring meetings.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said that as stated in the government’s education strategy – “Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025” – the department was working hard to improve the supply of young and qualified educators, particularly for gateway subjects.“The Funza Lushaka bursary programme is one way of achieving this, hence our support for this initiative,” she said.“This will help us in placing the just over 2 000 new graduates Funza Lushaka has produced over the last three years and in tackling current teacher shortages.”Maths, science as a ‘lifelong profession’Isasa will provide day-to-day assistance to the recruits, including continuous assessment to ensure that those who require additional support are identified and assisted accordingly.It will also manage aspects of the teachers’ development, with the support of the department and Investec. It is hoped that the training model will be the catalyst towards grooming the next generation of teachers.“The programme aims to produce confident, competent teachers, with a strong commitment to maths and science teaching as their lifelong profession. Clearly, the multiplier effect of having proficient teachers in these priority subjects is a significant contribution to the teaching profession,” Motshekga said.“Eligible candidates are school-leavers with university entrance passes and high quality marks in maths, science or English. Those with university credits or degrees in these subjects will also be among those receiving bursaries to study for a teaching degree.”One of the interns, Nomthandazo Dube from Tembisa, who feels she was “born a teacher”, said she joined the programme to gain practical experience.“I want to find my feet first before going out to teach. My goal is to further my studies and do education psychology because it gives you the tools you need as an educator to understand the learner behaviour and how to respond in different situations.”Applicants for 2014, especially graduates wishing to access bursaries, can get application forms by contacting Isasa on 011 648 1331.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Goalkeepers are Like Wine: PR Sreejesh Looks Back at His Journey in Indian Hockey

first_img Goalkeepershockeyhockey indiaIndia First Published: November 5, 2019, 6:57 PM IST New Delhi: Indian hockey star PR Sreejesh feels that goalkeepers are like wine which gets tastier if kept longer, reflecting on his illustrious career from warming the bench to becoming one of the best in the world.Sreejesh, a former captain, said the setbacks in the early part of his career taught him lessons to take failures as stepping stones to success. “The first few years were quite hard for me. It took time for me to understand what exactly is international hockey. With time the game has changed, the game has got faster, so every tournament teaches you something,” Sreejesh told PTI in an interview.”When I started my career I used to concede a lot of goals but still every one had faith in me, they kept motivating me. The best part of a goalkeeper is that when you are the second choice you get to gain a lot of experience by sitting outside and watching. I am very much grateful to my seniors for their advises and suggestions,” he said.”And this is where I am today after overcoming all the obstacles. Goalkeepers are like wine, the longer you keep it, the better it tastes.”At 33, Sreejesh is at the twilight of his career but the lanky custodian from Kerala has not planned anything yet about his future.”I am not planning anything yet because now it’s more important to focus on Olympics and after that how the circumstances will be we don’t know. So, it’s all about short-term goals,” he said, when asked about his retirement plans after Olympics.”For me the next focus is FIH Pro League where we are going to meet a lot of tough opponents. When it comes to a senior-most player you need to keep short goals all the time to sharpen yourself and perform your best,” Sreejesh added.The former captain feels that the country has left behind the lean patch of 2008-2012 and predicted a much-improved show in the Tokyo Games than any of the last few Olympics.India failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics and four years later, the team finished last in the London Games. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, India bowed out in the quarterfinals.”If you take it from 2008 till 2016, the low point for Indian hockey was 2008 when we failed to qualify. In 2012, we finished last, and in 2016 we finished eighth. I feel this time we will improve and prove ourselves.”India qualified for Tokyo Olympics after beating Russia 11-3 on aggregate in Bhubaneswar on Saturday, and Sreejesh, regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of the world, is expected to man the Indian goal in Tokyo.”It’s a great thing for us that we are going to Tokyo. After every tournament we analyse ourselves and in this tournament we got a very good lesson that we can’t underestimate any team,” said Sreejesh, known as the ‘wall of Indian hockey’.After opting out in its maiden season last year, India will make its debut in the FIH Pro League against the Netherlands in a home fixture on January 18 and 19.The Pro League involves nine teams in men’s and women’s sections, each playing on home and away basis on a two-year schedule.India will host their first six matches. After facing the Dutch, they will take on Belgium on February 8-9 followed by matches against defending champions and world No. 1 Australia on February 22-23.”In Pro League and the Olympics, our opponents will be much better and difficult. They will play more attacking hockey. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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“UTT will be learning experience for young Indian players”

first_imgChennai, July 10 (PTI) Table tennis in India is on the right track and Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), the first-ever professional league, which kicks of here July 13, will benefit the countrys players, especially youngsters, said former national champion Kamlesh Mehta. He sounded upbeat about the tournament and said it could be a great learning experience for the up-and-coming paddlers. “It is very exciting. What was a dream is about to become a reality. It is a dream come true,” he said about the league, which has been in the making for a few years now. Asked how it could benefit the sport in the country, Mehta told PTI, “It is going to benefit the game of table tennis. When it benefits the game, it is going to benefit everybody, it is going to benefit state associations, players, coaches, academies.” “Young players will gain a lot. There are 24 Indian plyers and six coaches. Their standard is going to go up. When you see top level matches live or at close quarters,it is very inspiring.The youngsters can learn several good things.It will have a spiralling effect and lead to overall improvement.” He said Tamil Nadu was always a strong state when it came to table tennis and has been producing quality players over the years, who had gone on to play at the highest level. “TN is one of the strong states. There is a huge legacy and talent pool. You had players like Thiruvengadam, G Jagannath, V Chandrasekar, Niyati… Now, we have A Sharath Kamal, A Amalraj, G Sathiyan and others. It is good to see new names coming up,” he said. Also,the country had been doing well at the international level, he said adding “the players rankings have gone up. There are seven to eight players in the top 100. The future looks very bright.” Meanwhile, players expressed their happines to be part of the inaugural UTT. Sharath Kamal said it was a good concept and would be a good exposure for the young players. “The young Indian players can learn a lot from the foreign stars, especially by playing with them. It is going to stand them in good stead,” he said. Portugals Marcos Freitas at 14, one of the top-ranked mens players to feature here, said, “it is a new concept but looks interesting. It is good that new things are being tried out in TT.” Nigerias Quadri Aruna, a quarterfinalist at the Rio Olympics last year, said he was looking forward to playing in UTT and fans would could expect some good table tennis. He would be playing Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas which also features among others Indian ace Manika Batra. The other players, including Germanys Sabine Winter, who would team up with Sharath Kamal, Wu Yang (Falcons TTC) and Pooja Sahashrabuddhe said they were happy to be part of the league and expected to feature in interesting matches. PTI SS APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

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IBASE: slot-in digital signage player running on Window 10 and Linux Ubuntu

first_img Continue Reading Previous A peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS: Communication and memoryNext ADI: biological and chemical sensing interface IC IBASE Technology rolls out its latest IOPS-602, a slot-in digital signage player built on the benefits and functionality of Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS). The OPS standard provides cableless and cost-effective deployment for more effective management and maintenance of media players.The IOPS-602 OPS signage player is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core QC/DC processors and runs both Window 10 and Linux Ubuntu operating systems. It uses the processor-integrated, high-definition graphics for crisp content playback with up to 4K resolution. In addition, advanced features to meet customer requirements include up to 32GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM support, four USB 3.0, one Gigabit LAN, an M.2 (KEY E) for optional WiFi/Bluetooth expansion cards, and Intel AMT for remote system control, monitoring and troubleshooting.IBASE offers a comprehensive line of digital signage players with solutions from entry-level, low power systems for one or dual FHD displays, to high-end systems that feature advanced configurations for 4K/8K/12K multi-screen video walls, hardware/software EDID emulation and wireless communications expansion options.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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What The Betting Odds Think Of Bob Stoops Replacing Urban Meyer

first_imgBob Stoops shakes hands after an epic Bedlam win vs. Oklahoma State.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands after the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys November 24, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)With the persistent rumors that embattled Ohio State HC Urban Meyer could be in his final year with the team, suggestions of possible replacements are ever-present. But with one huge name out of football entirely, gamblers could be ready to go all in on him.According to the betting website BetOnline.ag, former Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops has one of the five-best odds to replace Meyer at Ohio State next year.BetOnline.ag lists Stoops’ odds at 10/1.Stoops has been out of football since retiring several months before the 2017 season.If you want to bet on who Ohio State’s coach is gonna be next year apparently there are odds for that sort of thing, via (https://t.co/5OFcZAXx3c) pic.twitter.com/i0YOPW7pYK— Matt BOO-rown (@MattSBN) October 24, 2018Ohio State suffered their first loss of the season last week, an embarrassing 49-20 defeat to Purdue.Additionally, Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season and was accused of disregarding alleged domestic abuse committed by assistant Zach Smith.Should Meyer decide that 2018 is his last with the Buckeyes, Stoops has the pedigree to take over at a high level.As head coach of the Sooners from 1999 to 2016, Stoops led the team to 18-straight winning seasons, ten conference titles, nine bowl wins, two national championship game appearances, and a national championship victory in 2000.last_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh ministers get portfolios, Bala Bachchan gets home, Bhanot finance

first_img Rahul Noronha BhopalDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 06:48 IST CM Kamal Nath with the new ministers at the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday. (Image: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSPC Sharma & Bala Bachchan have also been assigned departments retained by the CMThe portfolios were announced more than 72 hours after the ministers were sworn inThe Congress returned to power in the state after a hiatus of 15 yearsMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday allocated portfolios to the 28 cabinet ministers who were sworn in on December 25.Tribal MLA Bala Bachchan, who was a minister in the previous Digvijay Singh-led Congress government, was given home and jail, while another senior MLA, Tulsi Silawat, got health, the public relations department official said.Kamal Nath has kept the following departments — industrial policy and investment promotion, public relations, science and technology, aviation, public service management, non-resident Indian department, technical education, skill development and employment department, while the other departments that have not been allocated yet.Two cabinet ministers, PC Sharma and Bala Bachchan, besides being given the responsibility of individual departments have also been assigned departments retained by the CM.Here’s the full list:1. Vijay Laxmi Sadho: Culture, Medical Education, Ayush2. Sajjan Singh Verma: PWD, Environment3. Hukum Singh Karada: Water Resources Department4. Govind Singh: Cooperation, Parliamentary Affairs5. Bala Bachchan: Home, Jails, Departments Assigned to CM6. Arif Aqueel: Bhopal Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Department, Backward Classes and Minority Welfare, Small, Micro and Medium Industries Department7. Brajendra Singh Rathore: Commercial Taxes8. Pradip Jaiswal: Mining9. Lakhan Singh Yadav: Animal Husbandry, Fisheries10. Tulsi Silawat: Health11. Govind Singh Rajput: Revenue, Transport12. Imarti Devi: Woman and Child Development13. Omkar Singh Markam: Tribal Welfare, Nomadic Tribes Welfare14. Prabhuram Chaudhry: School Education15. Priyavrat Singh: Energy16. Sukhdeo Panse: PHE17. Umang Singhar: Forests18. Harsh Yadav: Rural Industries, New and Renewable Energy19.Jaivardhan Singh: Urban Administration and Housing20. Jitu Patwari: Sports and Youth Welfare, Higher Education21. Kamleshwar Patel: Rural Developmentadvertisement22. Lakhan Ghanghoriya: Social Justice and Physically Challenged Welfare, Scheduled Caste Welfare23. Mahendra Singh Sisodia: Labour24. PC Sharma: Law and Legislate Affairs, departments Assigned to CM25. Pradyuman Singh Tomar: Food and Civil Supplies26. Sachin Yadav: Agriculture and Horticulture, Food Processing27. Tarun Bhanot: Finance, Planning and StatisticsPortfolios allocated to ministers in Madhya Pradesh pic.twitter.com/jTWU85fXVdANI (@ANI) December 28, 2018The portfolios were announced more than 72 hours after the ministers were sworn in, indicating intense lobbying among various factions of the state Congress unit.The Congress returned to power in the state after a hiatus of 15 years by ousting the Bharatiya Janata Party.Though the Congress, with 114 seats, depends on the support of the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, which have won two seats and one, respectively, no MLA from these two smaller parties has got a berth in the cabinet.A five-day session of the newly-elected Assembly is slated to begin from January 7.ALSO READ | Madhya Pradesh: 28 legislators take oath as ministers in Kamal Nath govtALSO READ | Deliberation over cabinet formation in three states is Rahul’s message against anti-party activitiesALSO WATCH | Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan rides pillion on a bike to meet villagersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Madhya PradeshFollow Cabinet portfolios Madhya Pradesh ministers get portfolios, Bala Bachchan gets home, Bhanot financeThe portfolios were announced more than 72 hours after the ministers were sworn in, indicating intense lobbying among various factions of the state Congress unit.advertisementlast_img read more

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