Dean Ashton says style of play is ‘unfair’ on some England players

first_imgThis proved to be a great choice during the World Cup, as first-choice centre-backs Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker all loved to move into midfield, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is one of the best in the game at playing with the ball at his feet.However, Tuesday’s friendly defeat of Switzerland showed that the only elite players in the England set-up are capable of playing this system. Jack Butland replaced Pickford in goal and was worryingly poor in possession, while James Tarkowski, the Burnley defender, came into the back three.Neither of these players are used to playing out from the back at club level in the way Stones, Walker and Maguire do, and their lack of experience showed. 2 Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 Chelsea ready to ‘break transfer record’ to sign winger ahead of Man United Mega deal Difficult And Ashton believes Southgate’s decision to continually play this system despite it being unsuitable for a selection of his players is ‘unfair’ on said players.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Ashton said: “We’re seeing a style of play Gareth Southgate wants – he wants to play out the back – but it’s little bit unfair on some of the players where that is not the way they’ve played as they’ve grown up.“To ask a Butland or a Tarkowski who don’t and may never have played that way, to suddenly try something they are clearly uncomfortable about is a little unfair.“You’re better to play Angus Gunn who has more experience playing that way.”The Football Association has made it their plan to have all England teams learning the same style, which means from the seniors to the youngest age group playing out from defence is the order of the day.It’s a logical decision on the FA’s part, though Ashton believes the results might not be visible for another two decades.“If you go and watch youth team sides now it can be uncomfortable at times,” he continued, “because the goalkeeper does play out from the back there are a lot of mistakes so it can look embarrassing. Latest England news Southgate watches defender star in Italy amid talk of England recall scared lions How England could end up in a Euro 2020 group of death with France and Portugal REJUVENATED preparation info Butland was shaky throughout England’s defeat of Switzerland Southgate introduced a 3-5-2 system in the run-up to the World Cup Dean Ashton believes Gareth Southgate’s insistence on playing out of the back is ‘unfair’ for some of England’s players who are not suited to that style of play.Since deciding to move forward with a three-at-the-back system, Southgate, the England manager, has made it clear he wants his side to build from the defensive zone. England’s group at Euro 2020 revealed as Southgate’s men face a familiar foe Second is best There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it confirmed GETTING READY “But it’s working towards a style for England to go towards. But I think we’re going to have to wait maybe 10, 15, 20 years to reap the benefits.“At the moment, the players we’ve got aren’t good enough and aren’t used to playing that way.” England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania Euro 2020 explained: How it works, stadiums and dates as tournament turns 60 2 RIP LEGEND England ‘ducking out’ friendly against France before Euro 2020 last_img read more

SA launches schools football WC

first_img13 May 2008The Moletsane Sports Complex in Soweto, to the southwest of Johannesburg, was awash with activities last Saturday, with the official launch of the South African Schools Football World Cup Partnership.The partnership is an initiative lead by the Department of Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in an effort to educate and get some 12-million South African school pupils – both boys and girls – excited about hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Education Minister Naledi Pandor, Deputy Sport and Recreation Minister Gert Oosthuizen, LOC chairman Irvin Khoza, LOC communications director Tim Modise, Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga, various government officials and SABC representatives attended the launch.The launch of the partnership on 10 May coincided with the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994, and music, dance and cheer was the order of the day as groups from participating schools shared the stage and rendered cultural items to the delight the crowd.Confederations Cup, World Cup inspirationSaturday’s launch saw the start of the first phase of the competition, with the tournament being rolled out in two phases. The first phase will be organised along the lines of the Confederations Cup and the second phase the actual World Cup.For each of the phases, the schools that participate will assume the identities of the participating countries, with all schools being encouraged to fly the national flag, sing the national anthem and engage in other activities, such as preparing the national food of the country they represent.The participating schools last week were Lavela Secondary, Emdeni High School, Zithathele Primary School, Ekuphumeleleni Primary, Progress, Winnie Ngwekazi High, Moletsane Secondary and Kliptown Secondary.“The World Cup is going to involve all South Africans, Africans and particularly South African children,” said master of ceremonies Modise, adding that the partnership gave students and opportunity to participate actively in the World Cup.Diverse culturesPandor meanwhile made an avid appeal to all participating schools pupils to learn as much as they can about the countries they will be representing in the tournaments.“In this way we are then preparing our young people to enjoy the World Cup with a key understanding of the diverse world we leave in, we are encouraging young people to know about other countries and their cultures,” she said.Pandor added that the initiative was also aimed at luring school children away from the streets and inappropriate habits, and encourage them to engage in healthy lifestyles.“The launch of this partnership in Soweto must motivate us to use school sport to encourage physical activities and healthy lifestyles,” she said. “The competition must also remind us about our commitment to the HIV/Aids awareness campaign, to our commitment to anti-doping and to our commitment to prevent substance abuse among young people and our citizens generally.”Spreading the messageKhoza said the 12-million school children being targeted by the initiative would help spread the message about the World Cup to families and communities.“Consequently schools have been identified as a primary vehicle to take the Fifa 2010 World Cup messages not only to children, but indeed to families and to communities of South Africa and also the African continent,” he said.The 2010 Fifa World Cup School Campaign is built on three key pillars namely education, development and participation.“The other goals of the campaign are to ensure the development and implementation of integrative educational campaign aiming at preparing and educating learners and teachers about all aspects of the Fifa World Cup,” said Khoza.Gert Oosthuizen encouraged fair play throughout the competition and urged learners to stay away from illegal performance enhancers and drugs.“It is a natural attribute of human beings to compete, but the way in which we compete tears us apart, we need to apply the rules of the game and not cheat,” he said. “We need to ensure that we do not take performance enhancing substances and cheat in a calculated and manipulative way, we also need to say Ke Moja no to drugs.”Source: South Africa 2010last_img read more

‘Africa, draw lessons from Mandela’s life’

first_img15 December 2013Speaking at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, three of Africa’s leaders called on the people of the continent to draw lessons from Mandela’s life in order to take his legacy forward now that he is gone.In a moving tribute, Malawi President and Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson Joyce Banda recalled her first meeting with Mandela, saying his courage and love for his people had inspired and prepared her to be her country’s first woman president.“I was inspired by Mandela, who was focused, calm and who had a spirit of forgiveness,” Banda told over 4 000 mourners gathered in a specially constructed dome on Mandela’s farm.Apart from family members and South African dignitaries, Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Britain’s Prince Charles, US civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, US media personality Oprah Winfrey and businessman Sir Richard Branson are in attendance.Banda said Africa should take stock of the things Madiba taught, such as serving the people. “Tata believed that all people are created equal. He saw no boundaries. He championed the freedom of all of us Africans.”Banda, who is also a friend of Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, said the SADC would remember Madiba for his wisdom and his tireless efforts towards peace. “We will strive to emulate Mandela’s stature.”African Union chair and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Mandela’s life struggle in the face of unparalleled odds was a mirror of the continent.“His life has been a record of all the trials the African countries on the continent had to endure under colonialism,” Hailemariam said, adding that he was humbled to be present at the funeral of one of Africa’s greatest sons and an icon to humanity.Hailemariam said Mandela had gone out of his way to preach a message of endurance, equality, justice and reconciliation. “As we bid farewell to this great man, we should find consolation in the knowledge that his legacy will live on forever.”Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete recalled the ties the African National Congress (ANC) and Tanzania had forged during the struggle against apartheid. “The people of Tanzania have lost a great friend, a great comrade in arms.”He said that Madiba was very much the hero and the father of the continent too, adding that his charisma remained unmatched in modern times. “Madiba lived his life well. You should live his legacy.”Following the funeral service, Mandela will be buried next to his relatives at the family gravesite in a private, more intimate ceremony.Source: read more

South Africa inspires new ways at WEF Davos

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 22 January 2014 – As the world watches events at one of the year’s premier gatherings of government, business and civil society leaders – the World Economic Forum in Davos – the South African flag will fly high from 22-25 January 2014.WEF Davos opens on Wednesday 22 January 2014 under the theme: The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.South Africa’s programme will begin with a thought leadership breakfast co-hosted by CNBC Africa which will reflect on: “South Africa beyond 20 years and the implementation of the National Development Plan.”  Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver the opening address at the breakfast and the panel that will guide the discussions will include:Colin Coleman: Goldman SachsMonhla Hlahla: Industrial Development CorporationNku Nyembezi-Heita: Chairperson designate of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Jabu Mabuza: Business Unity South Africa.Team South Africa will also host a Night with South Africa networking session later on Wednesday 22 January 2014.  It is expected that key government and business leaders from around the world will interact with team South Africa during which the South African value proposition will be brought to thought leaders and opinion makers.Brand South Africa Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila speaking from Davos says, “Governments and business around the world grapple with achieving inclusive growth; meeting society’s new expectations; sustaining and providing decent lives for 9 billion.  While South Africa has a long way to go, independent research shows that in the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy, more than ten million South Africans have moved into the middle class and now enjoy a better quality of life. In the same period the country’s GDP expanded to more than US$400 billion per year from just about US$150 billion.  By sharing lessons with others at Davos we can find even better ways of doing things so that we can continue to deliver on the hopes of the vast majority of our people.”Join Brand South Africa’s Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila from Davos when he talks to Destiny Connect business writer Buhle Ndaweni at 13h00-14h00 on how South Africa continues to inspire new ways of doing things.  Follow the conversation@HappyNtshingila. You can follow the South African delegation’s conversation from WEF Davos on @Brand_SA#WEF14SA.Note to editors About the World Economic Forum, Davos 2014 About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.  Follow Brand South Africa @Brand_SA( us how you Play Your Part   For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 071 155 9192Email: Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.comVisit:   www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Minimize the risk of harvest fires

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry corn and soybean fields have put farmers at greater risk of their combines catching on fire while harvesting crops.At least three combine fires were sparked across Ohio in one week this fall. Two happened during the recent week-long heatwave: one in Crawford County on Sept. 22, another in Miami County on Sept. 24. A third combine fire happened Sept. 28 in Shelby County leaving a man with serious burns, according to news reports.Combines can catch fire when the dry plant material or grain dust mix with heat generated by the combine’s motor, belts or exhaust system or by the static electricity produced as the combine is driven through a field, said Rory Lewandowski. He is an agricultural and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Every year, harvest comes with some risk of combine fires, but this year was especially dry so the risk is higher than usual, Lewandowski said. The recent rains have certainly helped, but have not eliminated the risk.Having machinery equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher is one of the first lines of defense against field fires, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for OSU Extension. Combines should carry an ABC 10-pound fire extinguisher, while tractors are recommended to have a 5-pound unit. Every vehicle in the field should have a fire extinguisher, she said.“Nothing is worse than watching the combine go up in flames while you’re running to the end of the field to retrieve the fire extinguisher on the grain cart,” Jepsen said.Another safety measure is to attach a chain to the frame of the combine and allow it to drag along the ground, which can reduce the buildup of static electricity, Lewandowski said. Clearing away chaff from various parts of the combine could also reduce the odds of fire, he said.“We wouldn’t have near the risk of fires if we were harvesting under wet conditions,” he said.The week-long heat wave that began Sept. 21 and ended Sept. 27 included multiple record-high days, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for OSU Extension.In the first half of September, temperatures averaged 2 to 9 degrees below normal, then in the second half of the month, the mercury rose. During the heat wave, the northern part of Ohio was 12 to 16 degrees above normal, and the southern part of the state was 8 to 12 degrees above average.“It’s a pretty extreme shift,” Wilson said.Additional safety tips to avoid a combine fire include the following:Keep machinery in good repair. Apply grease to bearings and oil chains regularly to reduce friction. It is advisable to perform maintenance checks at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning, to detect any hot or smoldering areas that may break out into flames overnight.Keep machinery clean and free of plant materials, especially around the wrap points. Wipe up any fuel or oil leaks to eliminate additional fuel sources; and do not leave oily rags on equipment or in the cab.Take time to cool down the equipment each night, and check for any hot spots.last_img read more

Seesmic Web Gets Lists and Geolocation

first_imgSeesmic just announced the launch of Twitter lists in its browser-based Seesmic Web Twitter client. Earlier this week, Seesmic released the first desktop Twitter client with support for lists. Despite Seesmic’s best efforts, Brizzly managed to become the first company to release a web client with support for lists earlier today. Seesmic Web offers another first for web-based Twitter clients, however: support for Twitter’s geolocation API.Lists With Auto-Updates In Seesmic’s web interface, users can now simply hover their cursor over profile pictures and a menu will appear. This menu, among other things, allows Seesmic’s users to add others to lists. One nice aspect of the web interface is that it auto-updates lists when new tweets come in. The desktop app – at least in the current version – doesn’t do this and forces users to manually refresh lists to see updates.GeolocationIn addition to supporting lists, the new version of the web client also supports Twitter’s geolocation API. Seesmic users can’t share their locations, but whenever a Twitter user broadcasts location data, a little pin will appear underneath the profile picture, and hovering over this pin will bring up a map. Only a few users actually have the ability to broadcast their locations at this point. Twitter is only giving platform developers access to this feature for now, but it should soon become a standard feature in mobile clients like Tweetie 2 and Twitterrific. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img frederic lardinois Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Forrester: Banks Must Innovate for Mobile Banking Growth to Continue

first_imgSince 2007, mobile banking has more than doubled in use. According to analyst firm Forrester, this trend will continue, with usage again doubling by 2015, but analyst Emmet Higdon says that a few changes and realizations need to be made for mobile banking to really catch on. According to Higdon, mobile banking lacks “any clear differentiated functionality” and “appeals most strongly to those consumers already inclined to use the mobile channel.” To really gain adoption, says Higdon, “U.S. banks will need to enhance today’s functionality significantly.”Forrester reports that mobile banking has undergone rapid adoption, more than doubling from 5% of online users in 2007 to 12% in Q2 of 2010. By 2015, this number is predicted to nearly double again, with one in five U.S. adults using mobile banking. “To reach one in five US adults, as Forrester predicts mobile banking will do by 2015,” writes Higdon, “U.S. banks will need to enhance today’s functionality significantly to create a unique value proposition that resonates with both online and offline consumers.”Higdon suggests that banks introduce innovative features like mobile remote deposit, make common activities even simpler to do by using mobile apps, and use the unique characteristics of mobile devices (such as GPS coordinates) to offer additional functionality. Why would banks want to get people accessing their accounts on the go? It’s all about the bucks, of course. With the current offerings, writes Higdon, “banks are not realizing the full benefit of switching customers to cheaper servicing channels, but instead are seeing cannibalization of one low-cost channel (online) by another (mobile).”What do you want to see in your mobile banking app? Does an augmented reality-style ATM search pique your interest or would you rather deposit checks via camera? “The real ROI from mobile banking will come from engaging the 40% of US consumers who today do not bank online,” concludes Higdon. “Simply replicating today’s online banking functionality will not get the job done.” Related Posts Tags:#Finance#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Jharkhand teacher held for 2017 FB post

first_imgA government college teacher has been arrested here for allegedly writing an “objectionable post” on Facebook two years ago in support of a beef party in Chennai, the police said on Sunday. Jeetrai Hansda, a contractual faculty member at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, was arrested from a village in the Sakchi area of Jamshedpur on Saturday night, an officer said, adding that the teacher had been evading arrest. “Hansda has been booked under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act, and the process to forward him to judicial custody is currently under way,” Rajeev Singh, the officer-in-charge of the Sakchi police station, said. The teacher, a resident of Parsudih here, had allegedly written a post in support of a beef party organised by the IIT-Madras students, prompting the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP), the student’s wing of the RSS, to file a complaint against him, the officer said. The beef fest was organised at IIT-Madras in 2017 in protest against the restrictions imposed on cattle trade by the Union government. The student’s union had demanded the sacking of Mr. Hansda. The post was then deleted, the officer added. Asked for a reaction, Kolhan University Vice-Chancellor Shukla Mohanty said Mr. Hansda was a guest faculty member at the Graduate School College for Women when he posted the message on Facebook. He was later absorbed as a contractual teacher in the women’s college.Show-cause notice “A show-cause notice was served on Mr. Hansda after receiving a complaint about his objectionable Facebook post, He then apologised,” Mr. Mohanty said, adding that Mr. Hansda had joined as a contractual faculty member at the Co-operative College recently.last_img read more

Intel has acquired the nextgeneration video codec

first_imgIntel has acquired the next-generation video codec software developed by RealNetworks and about 190 patents and 170 patents pending for US$120 million (€76 million).Under terms of the sale, RealNetworks retains certain rights to continue to use the patents in current and future products.In addition to the sale of the patents and next-generation video codec software, RealNetworks and Intel signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on future support and development of the next-generation video codec software and related products.“As the technology industry evolves towards an experience-centric model, users are demanding more media and graphics capabilities in their computing devices. The acquisition of these foundational media patents, additional patents and video codec software expands Intel’s diverse and extensive portfolio of intellectual property,” said Renée James, Intel senior vice-president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. “We believe this agreement enhances our ability to continue to offer richer experiences and innovative solutions to end users across a wide spectrum of devices, including through Ultrabook devices, smartphones and digital media.”last_img read more

Congratulating the Community Relations Team on the

first_imgCongratulating the Community Relations Team on their winning submission, Councillor Stevenson said: “The Diwali Festival of Light was a fantastic celebration of Indian culture and Council’s Community Relations Team are to be applauded not just for their success in organising such a successful event but also on winning this prestigious UK award in recognition of what we hope will become a key annual cultural festival in the North West.”Susan Mullan, Derry City Council’s Head of Community Services, also expressed her delight on behalf of the Community Relations Team on winning the APSE award and said everyone was now looking forward to Diwali 2014 which will be held in the Millennium Forum on Sunday, 26 October 26 next.The Indian annual national festival of light will feature an array of family-friendly craft activities including Henna tattoos, saris, turbans, as well as traditional Indian food and a showcase of music and dance which will be performed at 5.30pm and again at 8.00pm.Tickets for Diwali 2014, priced at £2, are available from the Millennium Forum Box Office, telephone 02871 264455 or online at www.’S COMMUNITY RELATIONS TEAM LIGHTS THE WAY WITH LATEST AWARD was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: Mayor Brenda Stevenson celebrates with the Derry City Council’s Commkunity Relations Team.Derry City Council’s Community Relations Team has scooped a prestigious award for the second year in a row for its success in organising the city’s first major Indian cultural event, “Diwali Festival of Light 2013.”Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, accompanied representatives from Council’s Community Relations Team to The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Service Awards 2014 which were presented by Maria Filippov, of Dancing on Ice fame, at a charity dinner in aid of Parkinsons UK, at the Capital FM National Ice Arena in Nottingham.Derry City Council were announced winners of the Best Public/Voluntary Partnership Working Initiative at the APSE Service Awards which attract entries from local authorities across Britain and they were the only council in Northern Ireland to win an award for the second year running. Council’s Community Relations Team were also finalists in the Service Team category – Sports, Leisure and Cultural – of the annual Awards competition.The Diwali Festival of Light held in Derry’s Guildhall last November as part of  City of Culture 2013, attracted 2000 participants.A supporting educational programme with 22 workshops in local schools was also held, integrating Indian culture into the city’s legendary Hallowe’en festivities, promoting inclusion and diversity and challenging racism.The event brought the locally resident Indian community from three main religions and languages together for the first time in a community planning, capacity building process and joint initiative with Derry City Council. awardcitycommunityCouncilDerryrelationsteam ShareTweetlast_img read more