Lazio blame isolated elements for Mussolini banner, Bakayoko abuse

first_imgLazio have blamed “isolated elements” after some of their supporters displayed a banner honouring Benito Mussolini and aimed racist insults at an AC Milan player in separate incidents before their Coppa Italia match.Gazzetta dello Sport published a video clip of Lazio fans chanting insults about Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko outside San Siro ahead of the game on Wednesday evening.The same insults were also heard inside the ground as the teams were warming up, the newspaper and other Italian media reported.Earlier, a group of fans were photographed unveiling a banner that read ‘Honour to Benito Mussolini’ in the city centre.“Lazio takes clear distances from behaviour and events that do not reflect in any way the sporting values sustained and promoted by the club for 119 years,” the club said in a statement.“And it rejects and disputes the simplistic tendency of some media to consider the entire Lazio support jointly responsible for acts carried out by a few and isolated elements, for reasons foreign to any form of sporting passion.”Italian football has been plagued by incidents of racism over the last few years.Inter Milan were ordered to play two matches behind closed doors after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist insults during a match at San Siro in December.Juventus teenage forward Moise Kean was also the target of alleged racist abuse during his team’s 1-0 win at Cagliari earlier this month. Serie A are still investigating the incident.Lazio won the semi-final second leg match 1-0 and will meet either Atalanta or Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia final in Rome.last_img read more

It will be a local coach! – Heaven: There are a lot of qualified coaches in the island

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven says his board will be moving very swiftly in the new year to select a new head coach for the Jamaica Scorpions. Last Thursday, the JCA announced that the contract of coach Robert Samuels will not be renewed. Heaven told The Gleaner that there are many qualified coaches in the island, and so it will not take his association very long to put a new man in charge of the Scorpions team. “We are looking at early January for a replacement for Samuels. I would say not later than the end of January, but I am hoping that the arrangements can be finalised before,” said Heaven. “We are not going overseas because I believe we have competent coaches here who can take the national team and make it into what we want it to be,” he said. “We have 12 level-three coaches in Jamaica, and, of course, Mr [Courtney] Walsh is one of them, and he is practising his trade in Bangladesh, and Mr [Andre] Coley is also another level-three coach, and so, we are satisfied that we will be able to find a local coach to groom the national team,” he said. Heaven added that a number of local coaches have already expressed an interest in the job, but only the most suitable candidate will be given the role. “We have had interest in the position over time, and these are all qualified and experienced professionals, and we don’t believe that to make a decision will take us a long time, and so, I don’t see it going beyond Jamaica,” Heaven said. Samuels had previously signed a two-year contract with the Scorpions, which ended on Friday, August 31, 2018, but was extended twice to run until December 31. During that time, Samuels guided the Scorpions to the semi-finals of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional Super 50 competition. He, however, was also in charge when the team suffered a 41-run defeat inside three days in their opening game of the CWI PCL Regional four-Day competition to the Barbados Pride. The match was played in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Jamaica Scorpions will next face the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park on January 4.last_img read more

US charity to help develop radiology services in Guyana

first_img– donates medical equipment to GPHCunited States-based charity RAD-AID International will be working along with the Public Health Ministry toDr Battino handing over the equipmentdevelop radiology services in Guyana, and the first major step will be the introduction of a Radiology Residency Programme in September of this year.This was announced by the Ministry following a meeting between members of RAD-AID International and Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, on Monday to discuss their plans.RAD-AID is a group comprising of radiologists, technologists, Nurses, and other support staff who work in radiology and are dedicated to improving radiology services in developing countries.On Tuesday, at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Resource Centre, the charity donated a number of essential medical equipments to GPHC’s emergency department.Among the items donated were a Cardiac Heart Probe, one sonoscape Ultrasound machine and one Linear Abdominal Probe.Director of RAD-AID Latin America, Dr Gillian Battino said that the charity’s goal in Guyana is to improve radiology services by bringing Guyana up to speed with what is available, in order to improve health outcomes.According to her, the most important step in developing these services is the establishment of a three-year Radiology Residency programme in Guyana.“There are other examples of programmes that are built between a US institution and the Georgetown Public Hospital and we’re mimicking that so there are internal medicines, emergency medicine, obstetrics and now we will add radiology to that so that Guyanese doctors are trained to work in Guyana as radiologists,” she explained.Dr Battino highlighted that Guyana needs approximately 80 radiologists to serve the population and three persons will be trained each year during the three-year residency.“We plan to utilise the educational system in place at the residency programme in the States [the US] and to have the residents spend three to six months in the States to get a foundation and then do the rest of the training in Guyana with US physicians coming to Guyana to train,” she stated.She said that the idea is to build a sustainable programme which will continue for as long as possible. Their work in Guyana, she noted, is not limited to physician training, since they also plan to improve nurses training, with attention to radiology and technology.According to her, improving the technology available to perform radiology procedures by adding electronic storage for x-rays which will include reporting systems is a major part of their efforts in Guyana.Dr Battino said that they hope to put a system in place where an X-ray can be obtained in Bartica and read in Georgetown, using the Internet.RAD-AID donated an ultrasound machine to the emergency department at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The charity also received four CT scanners from Phillips Corporation and will be handing over two of them to Guyana, with the remaining two going to Haiti.The two CT scanners, which are valued at US$200,000 each, will be placed at the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and the Bartica Regional Hospital in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton thanked the team for their efforts, pointing out that he is looking forward to their support in the future. He was especially happy about the residency programme, since he is a strong advocate for continuing medical education.last_img read more

Portugal, France face W Cup moment of truth

first_imgFormer champions France travel to Kiev to play Ukraine and will be hoping if they qualify it will not be in the controversial manner they did for the 2010 finals where the decisive goal against Ireland in their play-off was set up by Thierry Henry’s infamous handball.The other two play-offs pit goalshy Greece against Romania while the fairytale could be provided by Iceland, bidding to become the smallest country to ever qualify for the finals, as they host 1998 semi-finalists Croatia.Portugal coach Paulo Bento, who guided the side to last year’s Euro semi-finals, knows expectations are high.“I can understand why there might be greater expectations because it’s (the World Cup) in Brazil, although our objective would be exactly the same if it was being held somewhere else too,” the 44-year-old told“Our level of ambition wouldn’t change. But a fact’s a fact. Outside the camp, expectations are really high about us getting there, because it’s being played in Brazil and because they’re Portuguese speakers.“When we set out our long-term objectives, the main one was getting to Brazil, and it’s still in our hands.“Against Sweden we’ll be tackling the game in a way that befits the situation: with belief, respect for our opponents and, more than anything, tremendous conviction that we can make it to Brazil 2014.”Many neutrals are disappointed that one of Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic will miss out on Brazil, but the PSG striker says his team deserve their place in the hat when the World Cup finals draw takes place on December 6 at Mata de Sao Joao.“We have had tough matches during qualification but this has only stimulated us,” said Ibrahimoivic.“Portugal are probably favourites given their team and their individuals, but we came second in a group featuring Germany and we deserve to go to Brazil more.” added the Sweden skipper.Ukraine will host a France side in danger of missing out on its first World Cup finals since 1994 and keen also to erase memories of their catastrophic appearance at the 2010 edition both on and off the pitch where the players ended up refusing to train.France coach Didier Deschamps — who in 1998 became the first French captain to lift the World Cup trophy as they beat Brazil in Paris — said his players were in the right frame of mind to overcome Ukraine.“It’s played on the pitch but it’s the head that manages the legs,” said the former Juventus and Monaco coach.“We’re in a state of mind of ‘challenge’, of ‘combat’. There’s no room for doubt, for uncertainty, for questioning,” he added.Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko has guided the team on a six game unbeaten run since taking over in December 2012 and says his team are extremely motivated for the challenge at hand.“France are very experienced and dangerous opponents but we’re not afraid of the upcoming matches,” Fomenko told AFP.“I think all of my players perfectly understand what we shall accomplish in the play-off encounters with France.”Romania are bidding to qualify for the first time since 1998 as they travel to Greece, who scored just 12 goals in 10 group games, in what could well be a finely balanced duel.Iceland’s surprising run to the play-offs has been due in large part to the calming and knowledgeable influence of experienced Swedish coach Lars Lagerback, who coached the Swedes at two World Cup finals.Lagerback, who also coached Sweden at three European championship finals, said his side had nothing to lose.“Of course it would be a huge disappointment if we didn’t get to Brazil now that we are so close but, as far as I am concerned, we are in a win-win situation,” he said.“There weren’t many outside Iceland and, to be fair, in Iceland who expected us to get this far, even though the expectations have grown the further we have got in qualifying.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, November 14 – The battle for the final four European places for the 2014 World Cup finals get underway on Friday with France and Portugal battling to join the likes of fellow continental heavyweights holders Spain and Germany in Brazil.Portugal, led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, have the toughest play-off as they face Sweden, who have their own icon in Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading their line.last_img read more

70 swim clubs competing at Santa Clarita’s Aquatic Center

first_imgThe Aquatic Center is at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita. Information about the competition is available at SANTA CLARITA – Seventy top swim clubs began competing Wednesday in the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics at Santa Clarita’s Aquatic Center. The competition will run through Sunday, with preliminaries held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and finals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. More than 1,000 swimmers from throughout California and Nevada are competing for gold medals in events ranging from 50-meter sprints to 1,500-meter long-distance races. The local Canyon Aquatic Club, the defending champion, is hosting the tournament. The Junior Olympics is the top youth swimming competition in the country. 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


first_imgFor many adults in Co Donegal, the Adult Education Fair is one of the most important annual events in the education calendar.This year is the 10th anniversary of the Fair and Donegal VEC decided to focus this year on making the exhibition of education, training and support organisation our best yet where over 50 organisations provided information and advice on courses, training, education and support covering a range of programmes from return to learning through to access to third level education and beyond.“We hope that the Fair inspired adults to make informed decisions about their future – for those who need a little help in deciding what they would like to do experienced Guidance Counsellors were on hand to point people in the right direction” says Seán Debney, Adult Guidance Co-ordinator with Donegal VEC. The Fair was of particular interest to those who are facing an uncertain time or are recently unemployed, those who are interested in returning to learning, maybe for the first time since leaving school, or for those who are on a course and want to find out where to go next.It was also be a great opportunity for those who are considering a career change or who want to improve their current job prospects.This was a fantastic opportunity to find out everything people needed to know about returning to education and at a time of year that gives you the time to plan how you are going to make it happen. For many people in Donegal, the Fair has been the place where they took the first step to a new and brighter future.  For further information on the Adult Education opportunities, please contact the Donegal Adult Learner Guidance Service, 2nd Floor, McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Tel: 074 91 78088.50 ORGANISATIONS MAKE DONEGAL ADULT LEARNER FAIR A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: January 26th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Adult Education FairDonegal VEClast_img read more

‘Wales’ biggest strength is their unity – not Gareth Bale!’

first_imgDanny Gabbidon has urged Wales to prove they are not a one-man team by beating Georgia to continue their hunt for a World Cup spot…without Gareth Bale.Chris Coleman’s men have to come away from Friday night’s trip to Tbilisi with a victory to keep their hopes of qualification alive.TUNE INTO talkSPORT 2 FROM 5PM FOR COMMENTARY OF GEORGIA v WALES – LISTEN LIVE HEREBut they will have to do so without talisman Bale, with their Real Madrid star out of their remaining qualification games due to a calf injury.Wales’ record without Bale does not make comfortable reading – their last competitive victory without him was back in 2013, when a Simon Church goal sealed a 1-0 victory over Macedonia.However, former Cardiff defender Gabbidon believes Wales now have the players and togetherness to perform even without their star man.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Wales international said: “Any team who misses a world class player is not going to be the same“Gareth Bale is the difference, he’s the match-winner, he produces those big moments, but if you look at the two wins Wales got last month, Bale played but he wasn’t really influential on those wins – other players had to step up.“Bale has struggled to perform at his best, he’s struggled with injury and other players have had to step up throughout the qualifying campaign to keep Wales in with a shout, and they have done that.“Everyone talks about Gareth Bale and Wales being a one-man team, but that is the biggest strength of this team; the unity, the team spirit, how well everyone gets on, and how much everyone fights for each other.“That’s probably what has kept Wales in this group really, they have underperformed and haven’t hit the heights of the European campaign.“Their togetherness and battling spirit has kept them in with a chance of qualifying and it’s going to be vital again tonight.“The team have moved on since the ‘just give it to Bale’ days. We’re not so heavily reliant of him.“It’s a decent squad of players, with young players breaking through and making an impact.”last_img read more

Rodgers takes positives for Celtic despite heavy defeat

first_imgAnderlecht’s defeat to Bayern Munich means that avoiding a heavy defeat to the Belgian side at Celtic Park in the final group game would see Rodgers’ side reach the Europa League. He said that if that aim was achieved, he would consider the group stage to be a success.“We’ve got that home game now and there’s been some tough games for us,” he said.  “At Anderlecht we had a great result away there and now it’s in our hands to go and finish the job. “If we do that then it’s been a good campaign for us in this second season in the Champions League. “We wanted European football after Christmas and if we can do that, it’ll be great for us.” “I think the difference where you’re playing against this level of team is that if you make a mistake or give them half a chance then they score.“They had 11 shots, seven of which went in. That’s just an incredible level.“It’s not just quality, it’s the very best in world football. Our players gave everything.“Tactically I don’t think there was anything more we could do. We’re defending in a medium to low block with five across the back and trying to block the spaces but the quality of their game is so high that eventually they make their way through.” Brendan Rodgers admitted his side made costly defensive errors in their 7-1 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain but said his players gave all they had against one of the best sides in world football.Celtic had gone into the game hoping for a better outcome than the 5-0 reverse they suffered at home but once again fell prey to PSG’a attacking trio of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.The Scottish champions took an early lead, which the manager felt “shook” PSG but he said his side gave the ball away too easily and were punished. Despite that, he said there were more positives to take from the game than from the defeat in Glasgow.“I know it’s funny because the scoreline is different but I felt it was a different game,” he said. “I thought there were more moments in the game where we showed confidence.last_img read more

How Al Jazeera is Forging the Future of Social TV

first_imgEverything was ready to go, but of course Osama bin Laden had to go and ruin it. The night before the debut episode of The Stream on Al Jazeera English, the al Qaeda leader was killed by U.S. Navy SEALS, forcing the producers of the news program to rethink the entire line-up at the last minute. By the time the show aired, they had managed to schedule an on-air Skype interview with Sohaib Athar, who had unknowingly live-tweeted the beginning of the raid that killed bin Laden. Athar, who Al Jazeera tracked down via Twitter, gave his first on-screen interview on The Stream that Monday. Athar fielded questions not only from the show’s host, but from users across the globe via Twitter.So how did this scrappy upstart show land such an important source before CNN, BBC and other mainstream broadcast outlets? Chalk it up to being one advantage of the uniquely social media-centric character of The Stream. The program was conceived by Al Jazeera producers as a way to blow the conventional TV news format wide open using the real-time and participatory nature of today’s Web. “Essentially, The Stream wanted to genuinely and sincerely marry social media and TV and not do it in this very gimmicky way that you see other mainstream media do it,” says Imran Garda, one of the show’s hosts. From Tweets to Hangouts, a Thoroughly Social ProductionTo achieve this, they utilize a wide range of platforms, from giant, established incumbents to up-and-coming players in the social networking space. The role of social media is prominent even in the earliest stages of each episode’s development. The show’s producers crowdsource some of their editorial strategy by opening it up to the Reddit community, who can vote story ideas up or down and chime in with their own thoughts on why a particular topic should be covered. “If we get a lot of votes for a particular topic, we’ll think of doing an entire show on that,” says Garda. “So there’s a populist element to it.”More recently, they’ve adopted Pinterest as a way to share photographs and other images related to topics covered on the show. While Twitter and Facebook are naturally very central to the show, the team also routinely makes use of newer tools like Google+ Hangouts for group interviews and Storify for social curation. “I see them as almost a spiritual partner to us,” says Creative Strategist Ben Connors, referring to Storify. “They were in beta when we were launching and I was for a brief period the most active person on their API site.”Many of the stories on The Stream are accompanied by a Storify page, which often makes an appearance on the air alongside live video interviews, in-studio guests, YouTube videos and various bits of content from across the Web.To conduct remote interviews, they use Skype instead of satellite hook-ups, which helps keep costs down. This approach has the added advantage of being ubiquitous and easy to use for those who appear on the show as guests. Rather than relying on some proprietary system for video interviews, The Stream taps into Skype, which has a massive user base. It’s a service that Connors says “is often undervalued as a social network.” The Drawbacks of Hyper-Social TV ProgrammingUsing a wide variety of Web-based services like this leaves much more room for error than the control rooms and traditional systems, especially considering the show is broadcast live. The team realized this from the outset and has deliberately fostered a somewhat experimental culture in which it’s okay for a video not to load or for somebody to forget to unmute themselves during a Google+ Hangout.The initial goal when the site launched nine months ago was to launch as innovative of a news program as possible and leave room for fine-tuning later. Indeed, during live episodes of The Stream, occasionally a YouTube video will fail to load or there might be a momentary issue with somebody’s audio on Skype. When it happens, it doesn’t feel like the kind of thing you tend to observe on a professionally-produced broadcast. Yet something about the multi-dimensional, thoroughly interactive nature of the show lends itself to an implied understanding that, frankly, these things happen. Anybody who’s ever used Skype or Google+ realizes that technical glitches are going to happen. “If that happened during a news hour on Al Jazeera, someone’s head would roll,” admits Connors. “We’ve managed to create this space where we sort of get away with things like that”In addition to technical mishaps, the possibility for editorial gaffes is much higher given the nature of The Stream’s format. Although the producers vet their Web-based guests before air time, there’s no absolute safeguard in place preventing somebody’s “jerk of a brother from telling Ban Ki Moon to go screw himself” during a Hangout, as Garda puts it.Fortunately for the people who put together the show, an incident like that has never happened, but they are certainly aware that the risk exists. Is This the Future?Usually when people talk about “social TV” they’re referring primarily to the way that viewers use services like Twitter and Facebook to discuss television shows, which is happening increasingly on “second screen” devices like smartphones and tablets. It’s a major trend. Studies have even shown that shows with louder social buzz tend to have higher ratings than without it. In the case of The Stream, the “social” aspect of the program is more thoroughly baked in and is prominent throughout the entire production of the show. Garda and Connors both believe that this new breed of “open source” programming isn’t going anywhere, but they also concede that such a format isn’t necessarily always desirable.There will always be value in a more traditional format, in which the focus is on experts and trained journalists. The crowd is always free to chime in, but it doesn’t always make sense to let their voices be so loud and central to every step of the production process. Still, it’s hard to imagine that this type of bottom-up, super-participatory format won’t have an impact on the way TV shows get made, including beyond the news genre. “I would be sad if I turned on the TV one day and everything looked like the stream,” says Connors. “I would be equally sad and surprised to turn it on next year and not see a few copycats.” Lead illustration by Mike Licht. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Tags:#television#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

The secret formula for determining a marketing budget

first_imgThe secret formula for determining a marketing budgetYou are here: Posted on 28th March 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingThe secret formula for determining a marketing budget Determining a marketing budget can be frustrating. Are you investing enough? Are your marketing dollars being applied in the most efficient way? How do you know if what you’re doing is working?Lou Covey, principal of Footwasher Media Agency, has decades of experience helping clients hit that marketing budget “sweet spot.” In this Agency Perspective from SharpSpring, he shares two simple equations that can take a lot of the guesswork out of the budgeting process. Get it now to learn:How to use these equations for your own marketing efforts.Why it’s important to factor in more than just expenditures.How much you should be spending to ensure steady growth.Visit Digital Marketing Depot to download “The Secret Formula for a Marketing Budget.”The post The secret formula for determining a marketing budget appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: The secret formula for determining a marketing budget Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more