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JFF, JN target sustainable women’s football programme

first_img The JFF boss is hoping that the country’s historic qualification to this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup will serve as a catalyst for the development of the game among women in Jamaica and provide a platform for future international success. “We don’t want this (World Cup qualification) to be a one-off qualification, we need to put things in place so that the programme is sustainable, and we are hopeful other entities will come on board and give us some support. But this (sponsorship) is to sustain women’s football. We are looking at things like starting a girls’ primary school league. We want to start from the grass-roots and then we intensify the programmes from there. We have a programme that is sustainable and we would love for other women age-group teams to qualify as well. So we just need to ensure that we have the financial support,” Ricketts shared. Ricketts also noted that the sponsorship is not specifically for the national women’s football teams, but is for developing women’s football across the nation. “Essentially, this (sponsorship) is for women’s football. It is a four-year programme and we want to use it to ensure our women’s programme stays afloat, but we want to invite others to come on board, we want to give it our best shot as regards the sustaining of our Under-15s, Under-17s and Under-20s, and of course our senior programme,” he stated. Catalyst for development Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Michael Ricketts, said the federation intends to use the funds received through their partnership with Jamaica National (JN) to create a sustainable local women’s football programme. JN on Thursday announced a four-year platinum sponsorship package with the JFF. Ricketts pointed out that the monetary terms of the agreement have not yet been finalised, but says the intention is to use to funds from this deal to help establish and promote women’s football locally. This, he noted, will encourage stronger representation on the international scene. “We have not worked out the (sponsorship) details in terms of money, but it will be a four-year deal supporting women’s football. We welcome this support and we are hopeful more of the private-sector members will come on board, because we still need a lot of support going forward to aid the women’s programme,” Ricketts told The Gleaner.last_img read more

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Insight on Sight

first_imgBy Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER Do you have 20/20 vision but can’t seem to focus on what you’re reading? Are your eyes seemingly perfect, yet they don’t always work together? If so, you may have a visual problem that can’t be corrected by wearing glasses. But it may be treatable. Torrance optometrist Albert Chun diagnoses and treats such visual dysfunctions through therapy. Chun, 47, is based at South Bay Optometry in Torrance. He studied optometry at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton. He completed residency in vision therapy at State University of New York’s State College of Optometry. The Torrance resident has worked in the same city for 21 years. What does your job entail? I am a developmental optometrist, and I help individuals with visual disabilities to reach their potential or remediate those vision disorders. And those disorders may be focusing, tracking, binocular or even visual perception problems. Some of the people we deal with have had neurological problems that don’t allow them to use their eyes properly. I also do glasses and eye exams. What can cause these visual dysfunctions? It is a muscle learning situation, muscle coordination. It’s not much different than learning a golf stroke. It’s like any other motor skills, like running or skipping or whistling. So most kids learn it through their normal childhood development. But some don’t. The visual system, which normally occurs effortlessly, is not effortless. It takes great effort. So school becomes a significant burden akin to walking around with a backpack full of rocks. Most of the people we deal with either don’t read or don’t read much. Some of these people are struggling to do simple actions we take for granted like washing your face, shaving, washing dishes, going up the stairs. What kind of exercises help with these problems? It may be tracking from left to right or focusing exercises. My job is to provide them feedback so they know if they’re doing it right. Do exercises make the eyes tired? Yes. The eyes require a tremendous amount of energy to operate. And with people with visual disabilities, they can get really fatigued. What is the most common vision disorder you see in your therapy patients? A binocular dysfunction where they can’t see depth that well. How do you treat that? It’s training two-eye coordination for better depth perception, or binocular vision. Our eyes don’t decide where they look. It’s our brain that tells our eyes what to look for. What are visual perception problems? Visual perception is how people make meaning out of what they see. We recognize things based on past experience. In visual closure, it’s your brain’s ability to interpret what is there without all the information. The brain fills in (the blanks) all the time when it doesn’t have all the information. Some people, you ask them, “Can you conjure an image ? ?” and they say no. We have exercises where the patient visualizes in their mind. I work with autistic or otherwise developmentally delayed children or with brain injury and they sometimes lack a lot of visual understanding. It’s all related to visual thinking. How do patients know they have a visual problem? Quite often, they’re unaware of a problem, and it’s found during a routine examination. Can working on jigsaw puzzles improve vision? Puzzles are excellent developmental games for children. It develops visualization ability, visual planning and size judgment. What’s the best part of your job? I really enjoy helping these people improve their lives. What’s the worst part of your job? Dealing with insurance companies. Most of my patients pay directly, and they submit to insurance after the fact. Vision therapy services are not covered by many health-care plans. What do you charge? It can be up to $245 for an evaluation. The services are $95 for 45 minutes of therapy. What’s the typical length of time for therapy? Most of my learning cases take about six months. We see them once a week for 45 minutes. But they’re expected to do therapy at home. For brain-injury patients, it takes about two years. What’s the biggest challenge you face in treating visual dysfunction? The traumatic brain injuries and working with autistic children. Those are the most challenging because they’re the most unpredictable. If I have a child with a binocular problem, I can predict how many visits it will take to solve it. But when I’m dealing with someone who’s been injured, we don’t always know the extent of the problem. And when you’re dealing with an autistic person, their cognitive abilities make it more unpredictable, as far as how fast they can improve. Are there conditions you can’t treat? There are some conditions we cannot treat or that do not respond. It’s an unknown. I always tell my patients we’re going to try our best. Do you get patients with nothing wrong with them? We see athletes because they want to optimize their visual skills to improve their performance in sports. What other professionals do you deal with in your vision therapy work? Reading specialists, reading tutors. Learning centers like Sylvan. Can you tell whether a person has a vision problem just through casual observation? I can tell how people’s vision is just by watching them drive down Hawthorne Boulevard or watching them park in our parking lot. When they park, if they’re always skewed to one side, their spatial judgment is poor. Can visual problems crop up temporarily? When people get nervous, it causes the brain to change their spatial perception and is often not for the better. That’s why you see athletes choke under pressure. Any funny anecdotes? We once worked with a man who couldn’t read. That was his secret in life. We got him reading at a fifth-grade level in about five months. That was with the help of a reading specialist. And he asked me, “Doctor, does this help my golf game?” I had said, “Yes, why?” He said, “Because I’m shooting in the low 80s, and now I’m taking everybody’s money.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com 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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‘He was spot on!’ Brendan Rodgers responds to Balotelli ‘worst-ever coach’ jibe

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has told talkSPORT Mario Balotelli was ‘absolutely spot on’ to describe their relationship at Liverpool as a ‘disaster’.The Italian criticised his former Reds boss in a recent interview, claiming he was the worst coach he had played for and their time together at Anfield was the ‘biggest disappointment’ of his career.Balotelli scored just one Premier League goal for Liverpool under Rodgers after being signed for £16million in the summer of 2014.When asked on talkSPORT about the outspoken striker’s jibe, Rodgers, now in charge of Celtic, laughed: “He was probably absolutely spot on to be fair!“I just couldn’t really connect with Mario. He was one that came in very late in the window for us. We had lost Luis [Suarez] and it was a gamble taken from a club perspective.“It was one where, he’s a big talent, and we thought, well, can he come in and develop – he’s got all the tools.“In all fairness, I just found it very difficult to connect with Mario. On the field, he tried his best. It certainly wasn’t something that worked out as everyone have would liked.”Balotelli left Liverpool in the summer to join Nice and Rodgers wishes him well at the French club, despite his recent outburst.“When you sit with him in the office, he is actually a good fella, a good guy,” he said.“It is just translating it from there and putting it on the training field. That is something that has been difficult throughout his career.“If he could ever just match that intensity with his talent, then he would no doubt be one of the best players in the world.“He’s probably now got a final chance over in France and hopefully he can work at the talent he has, because he is a huge talent.”last_img read more

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The SATURDAY SIX News Desk: A Look at Recent Stories From Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX is undoubtedly a special one as we once again dust off the blue blazer and step behind the SATURDAY SIX News Desk. It has been a whirlwind of theme park related news lately. Our long national nightmare is over as purple MagicBands are available for your WDW resort stay, Disney started a new subscription service themed to the Haunted Mansion for the low low price of just $200 (oh, and it has already sold out), the Orlando Eye did its first baby reveal, and a worker at Art of Animation was caught on video using a dirty mop to clean a table. That was just the tip of the iceberg.So – as usual – we took a page out of our old college playbook, chugged down a case of 5 Hour Energy, and pulled an all-nighter, cramming as much information as we could into our tiny brains so that we could report back to you, Dear Reader, with all the relevant facts (and before we forget it all tomorrow). So sit back, know that you are getting all the news that’s fit to print (and plenty more that’s not), and let’s begin our countdown starting with…–# 6 – That sound you hear? KONG IS COMING.As Donald Trump would say, it was a yuge week of King Kong news over at the Universal Orlando Resort. As theme park merchandise fanatics, we loved that a whole bunch of new merch arrived for the upcoming Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. Then, Universal dropped a bombshell with their reveal of the incredible ride vehicles along with a couple other tasty tidbits: This would be Universal’s first trackless ride system, and the vehicles would be “driven” by one of five characters. While Universal hasn’t released an official opening of the attraction yet, we have a sneaking suspicion we may hear something around the time the Syfy show Face Off features an entire episode (the season finale no less) dedicated to creating characters for the attraction. Stay tuned Wednesday, March 30th at 9PM EST on Syfy.Universal’s Kong is almost here, but Disney has Avatar and Star Wars in the near future…. (photo by Matt Cleary)–# 5 – SeaWorld Admits to Ordering Employees to Spy on Animal Rights GroupsReaders of the SATURDAY SIX may remember one of  last year’s annual Turkeys of the Year awards went to a SeaWorld employee who was caught spying on the animal rights group PeTA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). At the time, SeaWorld management was shocked, SHOCKED at this behavior and put out the story that the employee had gone rogue. Fast forward to this month and during another disastrous investor’s conference, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby admitted that employees did go undercover in animal rights groups and, more importantly, did so per order of the company.Believe it or not this was the most “wow” SeaWorld story of the week until the atomic bomb the company dropped Thursday morning announcing they were ending the breeding of Killer Whales and will also be ending all the theatrical shows featuring orcas (to be replaced by exhibits).Disguised as famous YouTube personality Tim Tracker, Shamu himself was able to go completely unnoticed within the PeTA ranks. (photo by Michael Sheehy)–# 4 – StoryMaker Debuts at It’s a Small World“Do you believe in miracles?” – Al MichaelsOriginally slated to debut with MyMagic+ several years ago, StoryMaker was probably the thing the majority of Disney guests were most excited for. By reading information off our MagicBands, this was the technology that was going to let meet and greet characters like Talking Mickey or the Disney Princesses know our names before they met us. It was also going to be used in attractions around the park, including It’s a Small World. Years ago, the idea was that guests would be able to design a IASW-like character at home, and then come to the Magic Kingdom to see it displayed on a screen at the end of the ride. As we all know, that didn’t happen, but just this past week – out of nowhere – screens at the end of IASW started to display the names of guests. Thankfully theme park bloggers, the real heroes, were immediately called into action and shared their story with the world.The bad news? The screens may already have been turned off. C’est la vie.One day you too, Dear Reader, may see your own name inside a Walt Disney World attraction…just pray it isn’t Stitch’s Great Escape. (photo by Banks Lee and Matt Cleary)Theme Park Bloggers, is there anything they can’t do?–# 3 – New Chocolate Based Restaurant to Debut in Universal CityWalkAbout a week ago, the wrestling world was buzzing that a WWE Hall of Fame was going to open at Universal CityWalk, replacing NBA City. This didn’t make too much sense for Universal, as WWE business ventures outside their core business of professional wrestling have been some of the biggest financial flops in modern times (including the XFL and The World restaurant in Times Square). There is also the elephant in the room of WWE’s biggest demographic, which traditionally do not have the type of household income that a family needs for a theme park resort vacation (which is one of the reasons why wrestling has a hard time getting – and keeping – big name advertisers despite great TV ratings).Well, turns out the “exclusive story” wasn’t true at all and Universal themselves unveiled what is actually coming to CityWalk: The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. One part steampunk, one part Willy Wonka, and one part Cheesecake Factory, The Toothsome Chocolate Factory looks to continue Universal’s hot streak of great restaurants including Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Antojitos, and Vivo Italian Kitchen. The restaurant promises unique twists on your standard restaurant menu (steak, seafood, pasta, burgers, etc) but it also looks to debut the first ever E-Ticket milkshakes.The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium becomes the most unfriendly Twitter name for a restaurant EVER. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort)Seriously, look at those shakes!Is that an actual cupcake on the top of a milkshake? Yes, yes it is. We are truly #blessed.Okay, who wants to get chocolate wasted?!Disney Springs will not be taking this news about Toothsome lying down. Look for exciting gastro counterpunches soon!–# 2 – 1 if by land, $2 if by RESORT FEE.The world of theme park social media was rocked earlier this week when word got that some Disney guests were receiving a survey that asked questions about resort fees. Now we all know – and despise – hidden resort fees. They’ve become so commonplace at hotels that it has become like baggage fees at the airlines, you know that, no matter what you are going to get screwed. Disney has always had their resort fees built into the cost of the room, so you pay one cost upfront and don’t have to be nickel and dimed over amenities such as parking, wi-fi, and even MagicBands.The survey threw out the number of $15 for a resort fee at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or the BoardWalk. Included within this $15 fee would be: Disney’s Magical Express, MagicBands, Priority FP+ planning, WiFi, Extra Magic Hours, and parking at the resort and theme parks. Basically, everything you are getting now. Now many in the community – such as Pete Werner of the DisUnplugged podcast say that this is Disney just softening the blow for announcing resort fees that are surely coming. Others, such as Josh EasyWDW say resort fees are “absolutely 100% not coming to the WDW resorts.”While certainly not everything Disney puts into surveys comes to fruition, a similar survey came out last year tossing out the idea of tiered ticket pricing, something which Disney put into reality on February 28th.“How much is your penny candy?” “Surprisingly expensive.” – The Simpsons–# 1 – Walt Disney World Testing Preferred ParkingNot a good week for those hoping their Walt Disney Resort vacation would become cheaper. At both the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, Disney tested premium parking for a fee. Many other theme parks, including Universal, already offer “up charge” parking that allows guests to park closer to the parks. This test by Disney rolls out a few months after testing paid parking at some of the WDW resorts. Unlike the resort fees mentioned above, this is an up charge that probably wouldn’t affect the average guest. Many people use Disney transportation to get to the parks, and for those that drive their own vehicles the actual distance between the regular parking areas ($20) and the premium parking ($35) is not all that big.Possible DHS parking on a peak day (photo by Michael Sheehy)–UPDATE: Early reports of preferred parking have guests not exactly lining up to pay for the shorter walk to the parks. We’ll see how this changes when more guests understand what preferred parking includes and if Disney cuts down on the amount of trams to “encourage” the upgrade.EPCOT preferred parking. (photo by Brandon Glover)EPCOT preferred parking. (photo by Brandon Glover) So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX News Desk once again delivers all the news that is fit to print (and even more that isn’t). See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:SATURDAY SIX News Desk: January 2016 (FP+ Line Starts Here!, Star Wars Land, Pizza Planet refurb and more)Six Things We Wish Theme Park Fans Would Stop Complaining AboutInaugural 2015 Theme Park Awards (AKA ” The Burgys”)Six Great Souvenirs From the Universal Orlando ResortSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, master photo manipulator Matt Cleary, noted rabble rouser Michael Sheehy, the great Banks Lee, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.It truly takes a village.last_img read more

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Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries

first_imgArtists and the economy was discussed on the second day of the fourth African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress, with speakers calling on governments and private sector leaders to invest in the arts and heritage as a means of uniting Africa through its diversity. N’Goné Fall says artists are visionaries. “An artist is about education, capacity building, empowerment, et cetera. Artists are probing political issues, spiritual and cultural issues. They rely on history in order to inspire the present, the future.” (Image: Media Club SA) Melissa JavanThe impact artists made on the economy was one of the topics discussed at the fourth African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress (PACC4), running from 25 to 27 May at the Sandton Convention Centre.This congress, which promotes diversity, is a partnership between the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the African Union Commission; its theme is “Unity in cultural diversity for Africa’s development”. Cultural leaders from across the continent are discussing how Africans can connect and improve their economies.N’Goné Fall is an independent curator, art critic and cultural engineering consultant. She spoke about the lack of government investing in contemporary and modern arts, yet internationally there was a huge market for it.“Europe and the United States have the biggest auction houses and art fares in contemporary and modern art. This boosts the economy, but does not affect us [Africans] locally, because artists are going as individuals to Europe,” she said. “The artists are not seen [by the government] as important and [are] still seen as entertainers.”She knew of many top South African and Nigerian scholars with PhDs in history of art, but who lived in the US. “Their research grounds are that side. We have not training grounds for them here, so now there are teaching that side. And it’s a pity.Artists as visionaries“African governments and the African Union need to realise that they should make art and culture as a component of importance.”Fall saw artists as visionaries and activists. “An artist is about education, capacity building, empowerment, et cetera. Artists are probing political issues, spiritual and cultural issues. They rely on history in order to inspire the present, the future. They are change agents.”Mike Dada, the president of the All African Music Awards, reminded the audience that Africa had a lot to offer the world. The “African brand”, however, was created by Western media and observers. “Often times their facts are out of context and distorted. Through that lens [of Africa] we mostly see hunger, war poverty, hopelessness, et cetera.”He asked the audience, packed as it was with African leaders and representatives, whether they wanted to continue to have others telling African stories, or whether they were “ready to tell our story”.“The global village, the people, the investors, the young and the old, everyone from different walks of life, they want to listen to African stories.”Telling our own storiesUsing visuals of leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe, as well as of hungry children, Dada added: “Our people all contribute to the perception of Africa.”Dr Webber Ndoro of the African World Heritage Fund said that heritage must be a cornerstone of sustainable development in Africa. “Heritage provides potential to create dialogues between developers and communities.”Although tourism played a huge role in heritage being a cornerstone, locals did not benefit much, he said. His statistics on tourism’s share market showed that 72% went to international companies and less than 5% went to local communities.“If we look at Victoria Falls and Livingstone as an example, of the 29 hotels and lodges in the area only five of them buy from the local communities,” said Ndoro. “We are trying to improve it. That’s why we are targeting individuals and families.”Of the 1 007 properties listed as World Heritage sites, he added, only 89 were in sub-Saharan Africa. The process of nominating a heritage site for the list took two years. “Besides lack of interest, there is a lack of capacity for African governments to compile a heritage site to the nomination list.”The objectives of the congressAccording to the African Union, cultural experts, policy makers, members of the private sector and civil society organisations working in the arts and culture sector are attending the congress. Its objective is to take stock of the challenges and record good practices on harnessing cultural diversity to enhance development.Specific goals include:Facilitating the exchanges of ideas and experiences among arts and culture professionals, researchers, creators/producers of culture, decision/policy makers in the area of cultural diversity in Africa;Gathering inputs and best practices for the formulation and implementation of cultural policies and programmes in Africa in the area of cultural diversity;Mobilising partners to engage in private and public partnerships for the finance the cultural sector;Accelerating the implementation of the Plan of Action on cultural and creative industries as a tool for the creative economy and sustainable development;Organising a thematic exhibition on African shared values and the spirit of pan-Africanism to showcase Africa’s creative and cultural potential with a view to boosting sustainable development; and,Providing pointers for the development of the first 10-year implementation plan for Agenda 2063 as it pertains to Aspiration 5 and related focus areas and flagship projects.The union said cultural diversity was critical “in the sense that the achievement of the Agenda 2063 vision for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa will depend on the capacity of Africa to overcome the continent’s major post-colonial conflicts by bridging the gap between cultures and promoting mutual understanding among peoples”.last_img read more

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SOA: Back from the Dead?

first_imgFour months ago the Burton group declared SOA dead and the analyst and blogger communities chimed in with agreement. Now Gartner disagrees. Or at least they characterize SOA not as dead, but as recovering from a “trough of disillusionment” and now entering into the “slope of enlightenment” phase. It was a quick blip of disillusionment.Gartner sees mainstream companies as continuing to increase their adoption of SOA. But the reason for their adoption is that so many vendor products have been retooled to be positioned and as targeted as SOA-ready. Customers of new software are getting SOA even though they may not have consciously decided to take the SOA leap. Maybe Burton Group was still right — they pronounced SOA dead as a business initiative, but one that would live on as a viable IT architecture.Gartner predicts that more companies will be using SOA whether they are planned or not. And they predict of the companies that do, the ones that have failures will be as a result of not complementing their SOA initiative with an adequate policy around governance.last_img read more

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Fortune Cookie Security Advice – May 2009

first_imgEveryone wants information security to be easy.  Wouldn’t it be nice if it were simple enough to fit snugly inside a fortune cookie?  Well, although I don’t try to promote such foolish nonsense, I do on occasion pass on readily digestible nuggets to reinforce security principles and get people thinking how security applies to their environment.Common SenseI think the key to fortune cookie advice is ‘common sense’ in the context of security.  It must be simple, succinct, and make sense to everyone, while conveying important security aspects.Fortune Cookie advice for May:Fear and anxiety will lead to poor risk analysis conclusionsStay focused on the available facts, use a dose of reality to fill in the gaps, and trust reliable risk models to generate analytical conclusions.Excerpt from the /javascript:;: In our world of information security, we must take a step back from the limitations and biases we possess and stay true to proper forms of analysis in order to see the truth.  It is far too easy for us to slip backwards and inaccurately measure risk of situations we don’t understand.  Let’s continue to remind each other of this fact and challenge risk assessments, especially in situations where concern is more prevalent than fact.So am I contributing to the problem of over simplifying security? Or am I reaching out to those who might not take an inordinate amount of time necessary to understand the complexities and nuances of our industry? You decide and feel free to share your knowledge-nuggets./javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;last_img read more

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Chennai Super Kings’ fate to be decided after Madras High Court hearing

first_imgThe Indian Premier League Governing Council that is slated to meet late Thursday evening here will deliberate on the next course of action based on the Madras High Court’s hearing on Chennai Super Kings’ petition due on the same day.”Everything now hinges on the High Court hearing. We’ll deliberate on the way forward after the order and the Board’s legal cell will work accordingly,” a GC member said.Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, who have been slapped a two-year ban along with Rajasthan Royals because of their team owners involvement in 2013 IPL spot-fixing, had moved the Madras HC challenging the suspension.The first bench of the High Court had found the petition maintainable and issued notice to the BCCI as it will be up for hearing on Thursday.Also read: Michael Clarke likely to make an IPL comeback The BCCI’s last working committee meeting before the AGM due in September will be held on Friday and the IPL GC matter will be 12th in the list of agenda which will deal with various cricketing matters, including deliberating on the affiliation issues to Bihar and Uttarakhand.”There will be various cricketing matters on the agenda including NCA, umpires, women’s, finance, legal, marketing and affiliation committees,” a CAB official said.The annual report and accounts will also be submitted besides deciding on the date and venue of the upcoming AGM, he added.last_img read more

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Champions League final: Tottenham and Liverpool chase biggest win of all to drop loser tag for good

first_imgAmong the rewards for the Champions League winners on Saturday will be silverware, status and history but the greatest prize awaiting Liverpool or Tottenham might be an end to the agonising wait. Combined, it has been 18 years – seven for Liverpool, 11 for Tottenham – since either lifted a trophy, despite huge strides made in recent years under the much-praised Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.Related News England, France seal their place in Euro 2020 England sports stars and their WAGs sizzle for event at hotel in London Klopp and Pochettino have been singled-out as two of Europe’s best coaches after crafting teams that reflect their personalities — Liverpool thrilling and fearless, Spurs brave and unrelenting. And while scepticism has greeted the perfection of Manchester City’s star-studded squad in England, approval has also followed Liverpool and Tottenham’s nurturing of youngsters. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Winks came through the clubs’ youth systems while Andrew Robertson, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier joined aged 24 or younger. All of them could start at the Wanda Metropolitano. But any admiration still comes with an asterisk. Liverpool’s last trophy was in 2012, a League Cup that remains their only success since they won the FA Cup in 2006. And Tottenham’s barren spell goes further back to the League Cup in 2008, which was their first trophy since winning the same competition in 1999. Pochettino has tended to bristle at suggestions his team have a habit for coming close but failing to get over the line. When asked in January if the club needed a trophy, he said: “I don’t agree with that, it’s good for the ego. But in reality the most important thing is to build a team that is always going to be in the top four.” The expectations are higher at Liverpool, where Klopp’s vow to win something within four years of taking charge reaches its end-point this weekend. “It didn’t happen yet,” said Klopp in April. “How long it will take I have no clue.” Klopp’s also denied a personal need for silverware after having lost six cup finals in a row as coach, three of them with Liverpool. “I don’t think that way at all,” he said earlier this month. “In football if you want to win you have to accept that there are occasions when you also might lose.” – Falling short -=================The pressure on Liverpool may be more intense, not just because of their success-laden past but because of a craving for satisfaction after a season in which they amassed 96 points in the Premier League but still fell just short of champions City. They will be favourites, having beaten Tottenham home and away already this season and with their experience of last year’s final in Kiev. In the Spurs squad, only Toby Alderweireld has played on this stage, losing with Atletico Madrid in 2014. For a shot of belief, Pochettino might instead turn to Harry Kane, who has declared himself fit after recovering from an ankle injury. Kane has not played a competitive match since April 9 and Tottenham have survived without their star striker, even if a storming run in the Champions League belied a collapse in form domestically. If he is fit, Kane’s goal threat means he will start, most likely at the expense of Lucas Moura, despite the Brazilian’s dizzying hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-final. Liverpool’s own front man, Roberto Firmino, is also expected to play after sitting out the last three matches with a groin strain. Harder to predict will be Klopp’s selection in midfield, where he must choose three from James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho. Considerably more than the 32,000 ticket-holding fans were predicted to descend on Madrid, with police deploying “unprecedented security” around the final, involving drones to monitor behaviour and 4,700 personnel. When the Spanish capital was picked as host, there was an added lure for Real Madrid, who might have defended the title in their own city, and Atletico, who could have snatched it off them at their own home ground. Instead, after Barcelona crashed out, Spain was left with no European finalists for the only second time in 10 years. A new era, perhaps, for the Premier League. For Liverpool and Tottenham, another chance to end the wait. Players to watch out for: Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian striker has been in scintillating form for Liverpool in the last couple of years and on his night he can win a match for Liverpool against any team in the world. Harry Kane: England’s star striker Harry Kane is known to score by the buckets when he is in form and will be shouldering all of his team’s goal-scoring responsibilities in the final. Catch up on all the latest IPL News and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Kane, Ron do the ‘trick last_img read more