Ronaldo turns to Juve challenge after FIFA best player snub

first_imgThe 33-year-old Portuguese star also lost out to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the Puskas Award for the best goal.He had been nominated for his superb overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, which even drew a standing ovation from Juventus supporters in Turin.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had backed Ronaldo — who has scored three goals in his last two league games — for the award, as he led the way in the Champions League with 15 goals to help Real to a third straight title.“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.The Italian champions face a heavy week in Turin with three games in their Allianz Stadium in the space of seven days.After Wednesday’s game against 18th-placed Bologna, who shocked Roma 2-0 at the weekend, Juventus play Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli in a top-of-the table clash on Saturday.Juventus have had a perfect start to the season with five wins and 15 points — three points ahead of Napoli.Allegri’s side also play Swiss club Young Boys in the Champions League a week on Tuesday, a game which Ronaldo will miss after his controversial sending off against Valencia in Spain.– Roma crisis –Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are three points behind Juventus. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLINapoli host promoted Parma, before their trip to Turin, with an eye on their Champions League game against Liverpool in Naples.“We won there (Juventus) last season and still finished second,” said Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne.“If we don’t win the midweek game with Parma, then the result with Juve is irrelevant, so we have to take it one at a time.”Under-pressure Roma host promoted Frosinone looking for a boost after slipping to 14th with their weekend defeat in Bologna.Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has reportedly been given a week to save his job, starting against the newcomers from outside Rome, before the city derby against Lazio at the weekend.Frosinone are second from the bottom of the table with 12 goals conceded, including two to Juventus last weekend.“At the end of the year when the points are counted the matches like the one in Frosinone you don’t remember immediately, but you know how important they were,” said Allegri.Roma then host Czech club Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League next week, having lost their opener to holders Real Madrid.Meanwhile, Inter Milan face a tough task against Fiorentina in the San Siro Tuesday with coach Luciano Spalletti serving a touchline ban for his over-exuberant goal celebration against Sampdoria.Inter have been struggling but their last-gasp win against the Genoa side followed their come-from-behind 2-1 win in the Champions League against Tottenham.Spalletti’s side travel to the Netherlands to play PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League next week.Fiorentina are third in the table five points adrift of Juventus, with Inter in ninth.Fixtures:TuesdayInter Milan v Fiorentina (10pm)WednesdayUdinese v Lazio (8pm), Cagliari v Sampdoria, Genoa v Chievo, Juventus v Bologna, Napoli v Parma, Roma v Frosinone, Atalanta v Torino (all 10pm)ThursdaySPAL v Sassuolo (8pm), Empoli v AC Milan (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo turns his focus to Juventus’ treble bid after losing out in the FIFA best player award. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Sep 25 – Cristiano Ronaldo turns his focus back to Juventus’s quest for a treble this season on Wednesday after losing out in the FIFA’s best player of the year award.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo skipped the awards ceremony in London on Monday as his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric beat him for the award.last_img read more

INISHOWEN COUNT FINISHED – NINE ELECTED

first_imgCllr Martin McDermott with his familyFianna Fáil duo Rena Donaghey and Paul Canning have been re-elected to the Donegal County Council, along with Martin Farren (Labour) and John Ryan (FG). Earlier this evening, Martin McDermott (FF) topped the poll, and was joined by Sinn Féin duo Jack Murray and Albert Doherty.Independent candidate Nicholas Crossan was also elected from the Inishowen EA. The longest serving member of the county council Bernard McGuinness was also re-elected.McGuinness has been on the council since 1979. INISHOWEN COUNT FINISHED – NINE ELECTED was last modified: May 26th, 2014 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) Tags:Inishowen countnewsOverPoliticslast_img read more

Top 10 defining moments of 49ers season

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Nick Mullens’ last meaningful game as the 49ers quarterback very well could be Sunday’s season finale at the Rams, presuming Jimmy Garoppolo reappears next year in full health.“My mindset doesn’t change for any game that I play in,” Mullens said. “You get to play football. It’s the best sport on earth with a great opportunity to go play against a great playoff football team.“That’s why you play the game and that’s why we’re pumped for this last game of the season. One last …last_img read more

FNB in R800m housing project

first_img26 June 2006(FNB) and the Gauteng Department of Housing are co-operating to close the gap that exists in South Africa’s affordable housing market.FNB, one of South Africa’s “big four” retail banks, launched a R800-million housing development last Thursday that will see more than 3 000 houses being built in a new Soweto suburb to be called Glen Ridge.Each housing unit will consist of three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and lounge at the cost of R168 000 (all inclusive).Construction will begin in July, with the first batch of houses to be available from as early as October.The project is split into commercial property finance (to fund developers to build the houses) and end-user finance in home loans for potential buyers to address the challenge of access to credit.FNB has set aside approximately R500-million to provide finance for the buyers, and R300-million for established property developers to build the houses.The initiative is in line with an agreement the government signed last year with the country’s four major banks – FNB, Absa, Standard Bank and Nedbank – under which the institutions committed themselves to pouring R42-billion into the country’s low-cost housing market.Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane commended the bank for helping ordinary South Africans to acquire homes through innovative home loan products.“Our role as provincial government will be to provide housing subsidies as equity to ensure affordability and quality houses for people in the middle to low income bracket,” Mokonyane said.Township development has in the past had limited appeal for developers because of difficulties involved in selling the properties.However, FNB chief executive officer Michael Jordaan said the collaboration between the banks and the government would make the provision of finance to buyers far smoother and the initiative an attractive one for developers.Last month, FNB unveiled a R368-million project to build more than 1 000 affordable houses at Cosmo City, north of Johannesburg. So far this year, the bank has ploughed approximately R1.7-billion into affordable housing developments.Jordaan emphasised that supporting South Africa’s previously under-serviced housing market was not merely about “ticking FSC [Financial Sector Charter] target boxes.”It was a business imperative, he said, for the country’s banks to contribute to the sustainable development and economic well-being of the communities they served.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Dash of Zulu in heart of London

first_imgThe Zulu culture comes under the spotlightin 2010 with the opening of an upmarketZulu-themed venue in London.(Image: South Africa Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS • Roger PayneShaka Zulu restaurant and lounge+44 203 376 9911Janine ErasmusAn opulent new venue opening in April 2010 in London’s Camden district is themed around the famed Zulu king Shaka, and will offer the best of South African cuisine.The £5.5-million (R66-million) venue, also a nightclub, will accommodate almost 750 people, according to the British Hospitality Association (BTA).The multi-level venue is located in the Camden Stables market, northwest of the city centre. The historic stables market is part of the larger Camden Markets, several adjacent markets that are a popular shopping destination and tourist hotspot.The project is the brainchild of Roger Payne, who also owns The Cuban bar and restaurant in Camden Markets. Other restaurants in the area offer a choice of interesting world cuisine ranging from Moroccan to Thai and Malaysian. Payne and Camden Markets have entered into a joint venture to develop the African restaurant.Touted as “London’s hottest launch”, the upmarket Shaka Zulu will be located just below the glamorous pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh, in the heart of the Stables market. The BTA reports that the ground floor of the venue, which will double as a nightclub, will accommodate 400 people, while the mezzanine area will accommodate 340 people. Patrons will be able to sample the finest Cape-style seafood in one themed restaurant, and savour specialty South African meats in another.Speaking to Caterer Search, Payne described his latest project as “unique”. The restaurateur admitted to a boyhood fascination with King Shaka, and a long-standing interest in the differences between Zulu and British culture of that time.“It will be a Las Vegas-themed show bar with fine dining … destined to become London’s number-one nightclub,” he said. The UK‘s celebrities are expected to make Shaka Zulu one of their favourite haunts.Payne is also negotiating to bring South African food and beverage suppliers on board. Reports also say that the entrepreneur is in consultation with job creation enterprise Bayede, producer of a range of Zulu-inspired products ranging from fine beadwork and clothing, to accessories, bedding and even wines.Bayede is endorsed by the reigning Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and his wife Queen Mantfombi, the daughter of Sobhuza II, former king of Swaziland.Sweeping scenes of AfricaPayne is sparing no expense – the cost of the interior décor alone, which will showcase 19th century Zulu culture, is estimated at around £2-million (R24-million). Enormous intricately hand-carved wooden panels feature majestic scenes from Africa – one of them, of an elephant, is said to be 20m high, 10m wide, and 2m deep.Guests may feel a little intimidated as they approach the entrance under the gaze of a 15m bronze statue of the feared ruler himself, which will stand by the door.The 2 400 square metre floor space will also encompass a VIP and cocktail lounge.To ensure authenticity, the developers have held extensive consultation with members of the Zulu nation in South Africa, including King Zwelithini.“We have also consulted the British Museum,” said a Shaka Zulu spokesperson. The cultural institution is famed for its vast African art galleries, which hold treasures gathered – although, some would say plundered – from all over the African continent.The Zulu king is said to have been invited to the grand opening as guest of honour.Royal warriorShaka was born around 1787 near KwaDukuza, formerly known as Stanger, in KwaZulu-Natal.His father Senzangakhona, a Zulu chieftain, had 16 wives, and his mother Nandi was also of noble blood. Because Shaka’s parents weren’t married he and his mother were shunned by both sides of the family, and they eventually settled with Nandi’s aunt among the Mthetwa tribe, led by Chief Dingiswayo.As a grown man Shaka enlisted in the Mthetwa army. It was Dingiswayo who first saw the warrior’s leadership potential, and took him as his protégée, giving him the opportunity to rise through the ranks. Shaka was a ruthless commander, but his strict discipline and sharp military mind were an advantage for the army.When his father died, Dingiswayo supported the young man in a bid to claim control of his people. This Shaka did, and immediately began to assimilate neighbouring clans into his domain, although he remained loyal to Dingiswayo.The monarch died around 1818 and although it is suspected that Shaka played a covert part in this, there is no testimony to support the speculation. Shaka assumed the late Dingiswayo’s position and immediately began to expand the boundaries of his kingdom.Shaka’s only real rival was Zwide of the Ndwandwe tribe, whom he finally conquered in 1826. Many of the Ndwandwe warriors pledged allegiance to Shaka, boosting the ruler’s army tremendously.Shaka introduced a number of new military and social concepts during his reign. One was the iklwa, the short stabbing spear that was born of the long-handled assegai used for throwing. Shaka preferred his warriors to hang on to their weapons instead of throwing them, and to creep right up to the enemy and engage them at close range.He also perfected the crescent-shaped military formation, the main part of which would fight the enemy while those on the outer wings moved to surround the foe. The Zulu army under Shaka fought many bloodthirsty wars and left thousands of people as refugees. As undisputed ruler Shaka showed no mercy to those who angered him, inflicting often outrageous cruelties on them. It has been said that he was responsible for the deaths of over 1-million people.Shaka was on good terms with the occupying British colonial forces, traded with them, and allowed them to build a settlement at Port Natal, now the provincial capital Durban. During his rule there was harmony between the Zulus and the settlers.When his mother Nandi died in 1827, Shaka went berserk, putting large numbers of people to death simply because they did not appear to be suitably grief-stricken. His behaviour eventually became too much for his people and it was at this time that his bodyguard Mbopha and half-brothers Dingane and Mhlangana fatally stabbed Shaka. The buried him in an unmarked grave near what is today the town of KwaDukuza.As Shaka had no children, Dingane succeeded him as king of the Zulu nation.last_img read more

Pair of Large and Tort Hair Clips Snap Bendies Sleepies 10cm : Handy accessories

first_imgThey are large enough for holding back my hair, clipping back while applying hair extensions. No other similar sides are strong enough to hold my long thick hair but these do the job more than adequately. Very happy with this clips . The item was delivered before the due date and the clips are nice and big, i would definitely buy this item again. Great for long and thick hair as they are very long and have a good grip – regular sized ones never did anything for me, but i can successfully use these under a wig. Good for Thicker HairExcellent service – item arrived very quicklyHandy accessoriesVery happy with this clips !!!!Absolutely cannot get anything like that in townMy mum loves these as she doesn’t have much hair Pair of Large Black and Tort Hair Clips Snap Bendies Sleepies 10cm (3.9″)Pair of Large Black and Tort ClipsPlastic Coated Metal Hair ClipsClips Measure 10cm (3.9″)A Great Basic for your Hair Wardrobe Great size for holding scarves/ hairpieces down. Very functional and practical. Just the size i wanted and hold firm onto the fringe. Really good for long thick hair. Keeps falling out my hair too big. Excellent service – item arrived very quickly. Excellent service – item arrived very quickly. Had been looking for some larger sized bendy grips and these are exactly what i wanted. Nice colours keeps my hair in place all day without having to redo, also wearable in bed, comfy to sleep in. Much larger than the average clips and feel much sturdier. Too large for my fine hair, but that was my own fault as i underestimated the size of them. The are the only hair slid clips that at man enough if you have a lot of hair. My mum loves these as she doesn’t have much hair. My mum loves these as she doesn’t have much hair and she says these stay in place where other clips do not. Lovely clips and larger than normal. These clips are nice and big and hold my hair in place very well. Very good for use with thick hair. Larger than i thought brilliant. Didnt realise they were so big – my fault for not reading the description. These clips are good if your hair isn’t thin and fine like mine. They do work but tend to slide a way no matter how much hair i put in to the clip. Good value as they would do the job for thicker hair. I bought these for my mum as she had been looking for these clips for some time. For some reason these larger size are not easy to find. They seem to be of a good quality, and hold her hair well. They were also delivered within 3 or 4 days.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 91 | Bacon donuts, Super Bowl ads and Young Ag Professionals

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Featured in this 91st episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, is Meghann Winters with the Ohio Pork Council joins Matt Reese, Dale Minyo, and Joel Penhorwood to talk the registration deadline for the upcoming Ohio Pork Congress. More details at www.OhioPork.org.We hear more audio from a roundtable at the 2019 Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience with farmers Rose Hartschuh of Crawford Co., Ron Grayson Burns of Union Co., and Luke Dull of Montgomery Co.Several leaders were at the Ohio Agri Business Association Industry Meeting, including Scott Higgins of the Ohio Dairy Producers Association, and Arlan Suderman of INTL FC Stone.last_img read more

Early planting soybean flop (and other soil health lessons) shared on new forum for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseSo Nathan Brown decided he would try to plant some soybeans — about 3 acres worth — on March 24 to see how they’d do. While the stand won’t make it as a whole, Brown did learn some lessons from the experiment.The seeds germinated well, but struggled to consistently emerge from the cold, wet soils this spring.“The beans planted March 24 were planted at 2 inches deep. I thought that would keep them in the ground longer to avoid frost, which it did. But, being 2 inches deep, there was not enough warmth to actually get them up and out of the ground once they germinated. Next year I’ll hopefully try planting early again in another plot and I’ll shallow up my planting,” he said. “I learned a lot from the experiment.”Brown shared about his experiences with the March 24 soybeans on the Ohio Soil Health and Cover Crops Facebook page. He pulled up some of the soybeans from the spotty stand and was impressed with the nodulation that had already taken place. He posted pictures and a description on the Facebook page for others to learn from his experiment as well.“These all were pulled up by hand and not dug and already the roots are full of nodules. Could early planting work? Maybe, maybe not but we got some out of the ground so I believe it is possible,” Brown said on the Ohio Soil Health and Cover Crops Facebook page. “The possibilities could be big! We will be ready next year! Don’t be scared to try the outlandish, you will never grow if you stay inside a bubble your whole life!”The social media effort was headed up by Brown and provides a forum for all things related to soil health, no-till and cover crops in Ohio. Various experts (and others in all stages of the learning process) weigh in with their experiences, successes and failures in the fields. The page was created this spring for farmers to learn and share with others from around the state about a wide array of topics that influence soil health in Ohio. Brown encourages other farmers interested in soil health to visit Facebook and join the group.last_img read more

Benefits Of Using Virtual Reality In The Classroom

first_imgiblogs 3 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Provider Prior to… Tags:#Trending#VR Just a few years ago, virtual reality seemed to be a sci-fi concept for most people. Currently, virtual reality is playing an increasing role in reshaping such industries as medicine and real estate and educators started using VR in academic settings. A lot of people now believe that this technology is the future of education and that students will benefit from VR-enabled textbooks and virtual classrooms.This article explores the impact of virtual reality on students and educators. You will learn about typical advantages of using virtual reality in the classroom.VR Can Stop Classroom Smartphone DistractionAccording to the study, results of which were published in the Journal of Medical Education, students spent a fifth of their time in the classroom using their mobile devices for the activities not relevant to their school work.The research findings showed that the students checked their smartphones 11.43 times on average during their lessons. If these smartphones were used for VR technology, the problem could potentially be solved. Students would not be able to waste their time on smartphones because they would use their devices to engage with VR software.Eliminates Language BarriersLanguage differences can be challenging in today’s multicultural societies. If students want to study in a foreign country, they need to achieve fluency in a foreign language to be able to understand the material if they are taught in another language. With virtual reality, language translation can be built into the software and there will be no language barrier that can prevent students from achieving their educational goals. VR visualizations can be experienced in any language.Outstanding VisualizationsVR video simulations allow students to explore different realities and have an alternative learning experience that is impossible in the traditional classroom. Wearing VR headset, students can experience high-quality educational visualizations that have a positive impact on the whole learning process. VR can help students easily understand complex concepts, theories, and subjects. they are able to digest and retain complex information at a much higher rate.An average person can remember only 20% of information that they hear and 30% of information if they see it. But if they get this information through personal experience, they remember up to 90% of it. VR technology creates an immersive experience that helps students learn effectively.Research has proven that immersion of students in the virtual world enables them to learn better. Such learning activities don’t feel like work and students enjoy the learning process that increases their motivation.Social Integration of StudentsStudents achieve better results in a positive learning environment when they can connect with their peers. Virtual reality can enhance social integration of students with different learning needs and styles.Students who commonly struggled to become a part of a group were accepted by their peers because they had strong technology skills. These are the findings of Dr. Connor Galvin who evaluated virtual reality learning program that involved 20 schools. This technology can ensure positive outcomes for children experiencing problems at home, with learning difficulties or from ethnical minorities.Virtual reality changes the way we learn, teach, and communicate. The learners are engaged during the lessons because there are no outside distractions as this technology is immersive in nature, inspires creative learning, and promotes curiosity.Now we are witnessing as more and more progressive schools all around the world start using the VR technology within their classrooms and curriculum. With VR, teachers can teach different subjects in new and exciting ways, making learning process fun.Virtual reality has the potential to transform education. It offers endless possibilities for higher education institutions as well. It can be a powerful tool in supporting STEM education.VR is used in architectural design and allows students to view their own designs in real time. It is also a great learning tool for medical students who can use it to simulate real-time surgeries. Universities can use this technology to create virtual tours for recruiting students.The use of virtual reality in higher education is likely to increase over the next few years. Virtual reality is unlikely to replace old-school face-to-face teaching methods, but this technology will continue to be used to enhance learning experiences for students. Related Posts center_img G-Suite Tips to Make Workplace Collaboration Le… A Comprehensive Guide to Top Blockchain Platforms How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your…last_img read more

Deccan Chargers’ owners reject lone bid

first_imgA huge question mark hung against the debt-ridden Deccan Chargers’ future on Thursday after the owners of the Indian Premier League franchise rejected the lone bid they received. Now, the BCCI will decide the franchise’s fate on Saturday.The Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) rejected the bid from the Hyderabad-based film production house PVP Ventures, owned by Potluri Vara Prasad. PVP, also the producers of the new Kamal Haasan-starrer Viswaroopam, reportedly bid Rs 900 crore for the franchise.A lenders’ consortium, led by ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and Axis Bank, could come into play now, after reportedly petitioning the BCCI that it should be allowed to run the franchise for at least one year. DCHL owes a reported Rs 4,000 crore to many lenders.DCHL, which had bought the franchise for $107 million at an auction in 2008 before the first edition of the IPL, rejected the bid as it reportedly didn’t like the terms of payment.”The bid that was received by DCHL met the BCCI’s eligibility and suitability criteria. The bid was then reviewed by DCHL who, in its discretion and with no role being played by BCCI, rejected the bid on the basis of the payment terms offered by the bidder,” said a BCCI statement.Though there were reports of media mogul Kalanidhi Maran of Sun TV evincing interest in buying the team, the network has denied them. Later, some prospective bidders, including the RPG group, too backed out. What could have deterred them was the issue of having to clear the massive dues owed by the current owners.The tender was floated on September 6 by DCHL, under the aegis of BCCI, and the process was monitored by the Bombay High Court-appointed MD Narvekar.The IPL governing council will discuss all options on Saturday when it meets in Chennai to decide on the future course of action. Floating of a new tender cannot be ruled out, though BCCI president N Srinivasan declined to comment, saying that it was an issue between the Board and DCHL. “The franchise is on (it exists). The BCCI has issued a notice to the franchise to clear certain defects. We have given them some time, but that is between BCCI and the franchise,” he told reporters.”One bidder was eligible from the BCCI’s point of view. But after opening the price bid, Deccan Chronicle decided that the price as well as the terms of payment was not acceptable. So, they rejected the bid.”On Saturday, there will be as many four BCCI meetings. Apart from the IPL governing council, the working committee and marketing committee will also meet to tackle all possible situations. A special general body meeting has also been called the same day.The process begins with the governing council, and if it takes any decision, it will have to be ratified by the working committee and possibly the general body.Deccan Chargers has not been able to pay salaries to its players and coaches for the 2012 IPL held in April-May.advertisementlast_img read more