first_imgJapan twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Senegal in their World Cup Group H encounter on Sunday.THE BLUE SAMURAI IS NOT ALL ABOUT SWORDSWhen Japan warmed themselves into the game in the first half, they were very threatening. Japan was very impressive with their quick passing and a quick switch of play to the flanks. Japan was very confident on the ball and played a very decent possessive brand of football.  Senegal sat back after taking the lead leading to Japan’s fullbacks; Nagatomo Yuto and Sakai Hiroki’s forward push.  A cross-field ball to Nagamoto who trapped the ball brilliantly, laying it to the path of Takashi Inui resulted in Japan’s equalizer.ALIOU CISSE’S TACTICAL RESPONSEJapan began the second half on the front foot. Hasebe Makoto, Gaku Shibasaki and Shinji Kagawa seized the initiative in the midfield.  Cisse had seen enough and in the 65th minute, he brought on Cheikou Kouyate for A. N’diaye in order to add some steel and mobility to the midfield. The effect was almost instantaneous as Senegal gained some control in the midfield and took the lead in the 71st minute.AKIRA NISHINO’S TACTICAL RESPONSE Nishino looked to clamp down on the threat of Ismaila Sarr and Wague Moussa from the right flank by instructing Inui to track back. We saw more track backs from Inui in the second half as opposed to the first half. After going 2-1 down, Nishino opted to sharpen his attack by replacing Kagawa and Haraguchi with Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki respectively. With more pace in their attack line as opposed to Senegal’s tiring backline, Honda equalized in the 78th minute. SENEGAL’S WEAKNESS AND TACTICAL DISPOSITIONAfter taking the lead on two occasions, Senegal coiled into a more defensive shell. Defending is an art and if perfected, can result in victory but being defensive didn’t really work out for Senegal. They need to seize the initiative a bit more and try to attack even if they are ahead. Going forward, Senegal relies a lot on Ismaila and Wague on the right flank. We also saw a lot of long balls to M’baye Niang in the first half who was used as a target man. Senegal’s defensive transition was okay as they quickly formed a 5 man defence any time Japan escaped their first wave [where Senegal’s shape became 4-3-3] and second wave [where Senegal’s shape became 4-4-2] of pressing.  SENEGAL HAVE A LOT OF LUCK A deflection and an untimely back pass ensured Senegal’s victory over Poland. Today, a punch by Eiji Kawashima bounced off Sadio Mane and found the net, resulting in Senegal’s first goal. Aside from tactics and discipline, one needs a lot of luck in order to win a football match. Someway and somehow, Senegal has had a lot of luck in their first 2 games.  —Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more


first_imgMike Tomlin, head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, talks with reporters in the AFC Head Coaches Breakfast at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The NFL will place a heavy emphasis on enforcing its player conduct rules, something Rams coach Jeff Fisher calls “a front-of-the-book issue.”As the league’s spring meetings wrapped up Wednesday with Commissioner Roger Goodell saying expansion of the playoffs next season is possible, sportsmanship – and lack thereof – was the prime topic.“We’re going to clean the game up on the field,” said Fisher, co-chairman of the influential competition committee. “The in-your-face taunting, those types of things, the language. It’s all in the (rule) book. It’s all under unsportsmanlike conduct. There’s no change in our rule. We’re going to enforce the current rule.”That includes abusive and racist language.“It includes everything, yes,” Fisher said with emphasis.He noted that everyone is fed up when a lack of sportsmanship occurs: owners, coaches, fans, players.“The NCAA is hoping for us to do something about it and we’ve got to take the lead,” Fisher said, “and we’re going to do that.”The Miami Dolphins were plagued by a bullying scandal last season after tackle Jonathan Martin left the team. NFL investigators found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games of the season and no longer is with the Dolphins.Taunting penalties also were up last year, Fisher said, from “nine to 12 or 13.”“In the past, taunting, sportsmanship was in the back of the book under points of emphasis,” he said. “It is now in the front of the book. It falls in our book right after all the statistical things which were good about our game last year. It is now a front-of-the-book issue. And what we want to do is we want to be able to put it back in the back of the book.”While the owners voted or tabled a dozen rules or bylaw changes, expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams – one in each conference – was discussed. Goodell is optimistic that’s coming, and he will discuss it with the players union April 8. A vote could come as early as the owners’ May meeting in Atlanta.Could two extra wild-card games be implemented for 2014?“It’s not out of the question,” Goodell said. “We have more work. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I wouldn’t say that’s the direction we’re heading.“I think there’s a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support. But there also are things we still want to make sure we do right.”He believes expanded playoffs would make late-season division and wild-card races more compelling.And two more postseason games would increase TV revenues.Also on Wednesday, the owners:– Approved experimentation with extra-point kicks from the 20-yard line for two weeks in the preseason, but implementing longer PATs for the regular season has been tabled.– Adopted proposals to extend the length of the goalposts 5 feet to 35 feet to better determine if kicks are good; to no longer stop the clock on sacks; and to allow video reviews on plays with a recovery of a loose ball on the field even though the play had been whistled dead.– Rejected proposals to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line; to allow more than one player to be placed on injured reserve, then return to the roster during the season; to subject personal foul penalties to video review; to permit coaches to challenge any officiating decision except on scoring plays or turnovers, which automatically are reviewed; and to eliminate the first preseason cutdown to 75 players.– Tabled proposals to raise the number of active players for games not played on a Sunday or Monday, except for opening week, from 46 to 49; to raise the practice squad maximum from eight to 10 players; to eliminate overtime in preseason games; to allow trades after the Super Bowl and before the new league year begins in March; to permit teams to test at their facilities 10 players who attended the NFL combine; to place fixed cameras on the goal lines, sidelines and end lines to aid replay reviews; and to call pass interference in the area 1 yard or less from the line of scrimmage, where it does not apply now.On Tuesday, the owners approved allowing referees to consult with the officiating department in New York on replay challenges, and they voted to ban blockers from rolling up on the side of the legs of a defender. The league also barred players from dunking the ball over the crossbar in celebration.___AP Sports Writers Fred Goodall and Mark Long contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more


first_imgAfter going winless to open the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season and having their coach suspended, most experts may have written off the Castlegar Rebels until the franchise could stabilize the ship.However, the Sunflower City squad jumped right back into the Murdoch Division picture by posting a pair of wins over rivals Beaver Valley and Nelson.Saturday, the Rebels found just enough scoring to go with an impressive performance by netminder Jason Maihiot to edge the Leafs 3-2 in KIJHL action at the Castlegar Arena Complex.“I feel the score really didn’t reflect the outcome,” Leaf coach Sean Dooley said when asked about the loss.“We had a couple of bad breaks on some odd-man rushes which seem to what happen during the last half of Friday’s game against Spokane. We were so puck-focused and worried about offence that we seemed to stray away from defensive-side of our game.”Castlegar scored single markers by Daniel Petten and Logan Styler in the opening two periods to take a 2-0 advantage into the third period.Nelson winger Sam Weber cut the lead in half midway through the final period to give the Leafs some life.However, Everett Hicks restored the lead before the Leafs made a final push at the end of the game.Dale Howell made the game interesting by scoring with just over a minute remaining in the game. “We made a push at the end and almost squeezed out a couple of goals, but give it to Castlegar . . .  they came to play and they were the better team last night.”Nelson outshot the Rebels 15-6 in the final period for a 37-29 advantage in the game.The win by Castlegar allows the Rebels to move into a two-way tie for second in the Murdoch Division, a point behind front-running Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Which proves two weeks into the season that no one is going to run away with the division right out of the gates.“Looking at our division, all the teams look like the did a good job in the offseason recruiting and finding players,” Dooley explained. “So trying to gauge the teams, I find no one is a clear leader at this point.”“But it’s still early, and a lot of teams, including us, are still setting their lineup so it really comes down to the second half of the season when the rosters freeze,” Dooley added.After two weeks, Dooley said the roster is healthy no major injuries.Instead, the coaching staff is moving players in and out of the lineup to find the right fit this early in the season.Nelson gets another shot at the Rebels when the Leafs play host to the Sunflower City squad Friday at the 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, Nelson travels to Fruitvale to meet the Nitehawks.The Leafs travel to Grand Forks to face the Border Bruins Sunday at 2 p.m.BLUELINES: Leaf coach Mario DiBella missed both games this weekend having to travel out of town due to business. . . . Sawyer Hunt continues to lead the Leafs in scoring with five points. Three players — Kolten Nelson, Sam Weber and Dale Howell — have four points. Drew Carter of Princeton Posse and Mason Jones of Spokane Braves lead the KIJHL in scoring with 11 points. . . .Leaf coach Sean Dooley was pleased with the first game of the season by netminder Ben Kelsch Saturday in Castlegar. Dooley said Kelsch could not be faulted on the goals he surrendered. . . .Nelson Leaf players were out in full force Sunday participating or helping with the Terry Fox Run in Nelson.last_img read more


first_imgIf you want to rub shoulders with the guests on episode seven of the Play Your Part TV series, and lend a hand to their initiatives, here’s information on how to do it.Alan Farber, who has been in the film industry for more than 20 years, helps budding filmmakers in Diepsloot to create and submit pitches to television channels. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterYou can get involved in initiatives that advance skills development for youth and unemployed people by contacting the guests who appear on episode seven of the Play Your Part TV series.The guests featured in this episode are filmmaker Alan Farber, Tumi Ramasodi and her team of Boys and Girls Clubs, and Odette van der Haar, CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising.The episode, which is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane, airs on Saturday, 21 October 2017, at 18:00. It is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s how you can get involved with the three guests and their initiatives:Alan FarberFarber, a filmmaker and scriptwriter, found a way to attract Diepsloot residents and have them develop skills for the film industry.Contact detailsTwitter: @AlfieStraight2Email: [email protected] van der HaarOdette van der HaarKey advertising player Van der Haar highlights the positive impact the sector has made in terms of tertiary education and skills development.Contact detailsWebsite: www.acasa.co.zaTwitter: @odette_roper and @ACA_SABoys and Girls ClubsTumi RamasodiTumi and her team run the Boys and Girls Clubs, which serve as a safe haven for children from the ages of six to 18. The organisation is an after-schools facility that focuses on teaching youth things such as self-discipline and character-building.Contact detailsWebsite: www.bgcsa.orgEmail: [email protected]: @BGCSA_PimvillePlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_img7 March 2016Orisha’s Journey, a short animated film by New York City-based Ghanaian filmmaker Abdul Ndadi, brings a distinctive African feel to the world of animation, through vivid colours, its soundtrack and storytelling.In the film, the title character, Orisha, listens sceptically to a fairy tale told by her grandfather. She decides to find her own fairy tale, one that truly speaks to her. To do so, she embarks on an adventure, and along the way encounters magical creatures and monsters from African folklore.Orisha also makes new friends and realises that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Ultimately, the girl learns more about herself, her culture and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.ORISHA’S JOURNEY on Vimeo – https://t.co/i38WpevBWs pic.twitter.com/aDoxuFwbAk— The Sunhead Project (@sunheadmag) February 21, 2016The film began as a thesis project by Ndadi while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. It soon evolved into a passion project, as well as his calling card for his talent in the often competitive world of animation. Orisha’s Journey, completed in 2014, has been screened at several festivals, including the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in 2014. In addition, it has been screened at festivals across Africa and North America, and has got a buzz among animation studios in the UK and the US.Orisha’s Journey, a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the Spirit World by Ghanaian. https://t.co/VVx9agLJ68 pic.twitter.com/9iI0OsDwBD— Afrokanist Magazine (@Afrokanistmagaz) February 20, 2016The film can be watched online, and it has notched over 20 000 views on YouTube and Vimeo combined.Speaking to the Okayafrica arts and culture website, Ndadi explains the symbolism of the film’s elements: “I wanted my film to have a certain pan- Africanism, so (African children) all could feel like they’re part of my film.”Orisha, which is a Nigerian Yoruba word, means “nature spirit”, and the character acts as a metaphor for discovering one’s true nature and identity, he says. It also identifies the yearning of young Africans in the African diaspora to rediscover their roots, and learn a history and folklore that sometimes feels as if it is in danger of being forgotten or overruled by Western modernity.Ndadi explains that “we (can) teach our youth the truth (about history) and they will carry it on and build a world where we are all truly equals”.He credits his parents for instilling this love of African history and folklore: ” (They gave me) a strong sense of pride in my culture and never (let) me forget my roots. Without one’s roots, I feel it’s easy to become like a leaf blowing in the wind, with nothing to keep you grounded in who you truly are.”Ndadi’s journey to Cannes in 2015, to show his short film at the annual film festival:http://abdulndadi.tumblr.com/post/140349901506/abdulndadi- abdulndadi-going-to-the-cannesSource: Okayafricalast_img read more


first_imgYou are not alone out there in the run up to new lead paint laws that take effect on April 22 of 2010. For us the law won’t alter the way we do business on a whole bunch of jobs since the majority of our projects are on homes born after 1977–homes to which the law does not apply. We work mostly in the suburbs, and considering the enthusiasm with which this city sprawled through the last quarter of the 20th century, there is no shortage of 15-30 year-old homes that need help. However, the small number of projects that we do on older homes tends to account for a disproportionally large percentage of our gross revenue so that means we have to pay attention.There are two types of certificationAn examination of the guidelines reveals a distinction between who must become certified for what: Renovation companies that are not sole proprietorships must be certified as both a “firm” and as a “renovator”, while sole proprietorships require only the “renovator” designation. To become a Certified Firm, you have to apply to the EPA www.epa.gov/oppt/lead/pubs/toolkits.htm and prove that a representative of your company has completed the proper training–for us that is Tommy, our VP of Construction Operations—and pay $ 300.00 (registration is good for five years). This can take up to 90 days so you better get started today!The representative who has completed the training is the renovator. Renovator training involves attendance at an 8-hour class (better than defensive driving, but not as cool as concealed handgun training), with lots of technical procedures, pretty good pizza and a very nice certificate. Tommy learned that if children under the age of six are present on a regular basis in an older home where more than 6 square feet of lead-based paint are to be disturbed in a room (or 20 sq. ft. of lead-based paint on the exterior), testing must be done. The testing is not difficult, and it is not technical, but like everything else related to compliance and CYA it requires comprehensive documentation.We deal with the small jobs and sub out the big stuffIf a swab comes back the wrong color, we have to do two things: use more swabs to see how widespread the issue is, then decide if the cure is something we want to tackle ourselves or not. It will be something we want to do if it involves, for example, limited removal and repair of some baseboards and window sills. Anything more than that, though, means we hire someone to do it the dirtiest work for us—an independent contractor who is a full-time specialist. And we are no more interested in becoming a lead-paint expert than in becoming a master plumber, electrician, or watchmaker. What we are very interested in is orchestrating the specialists and managing the new regulations. We must adhere to important new standards and document every single step along the way whether we do the remediation ourselves or not.Share your leaden war stories with Tommy, our lead Renovator or Michael, President of our Certified Firm!last_img read more


first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more


first_imgCarroll says Newcastle deserved win over Man Utdby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll says Newcastle United deserved their win over Manchester United.Debutant Matty Longstaff scored the only goal of the game.Carroll said, “We’re buzzing! I think we deserved it – we were the better team throughout. You couldn’t write Matty’s goal. It’s his first Premier League game alongside his brother against Man United at home and he’s scored the winner. You can’t ask for any better and I’m absolutely delighted for him along with the rest of the lads.“The lads are buzzing for him. Matty’s a great lad who has worked hard. He’s deserved his start today and kept his head down. He’s grafted since I’ve been here and he deserved his chance and taken it with both hands.“I think it just shows what we have got in the squad. It was terrible last week and we’ve bounced straight back. We’ve worked very hard all week in training, and it has shown today as we dominated the game.“It’s important to show what we are about after last week. When you play a top team like (Manchester) United, it’s always going to be a tough game but when you haven’t won at home and you’re struggling, like last week, I think it’s a great win all round.“The morale in the dressing room right now is great and we are buzzing heading into the international break. It’s nice that we can celebrate for a couple of weeks and it eases the pressure on us. It’s good going into the international break with a win rather than a defeat!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A temporary injunction freezing a joint venture between airplane manufacturers Boeing and Embraer has been overruled by a Brazilian justice.The ruling was made Saturday morning by Federal Court President Therezinha Cazerta, who said that the matter is outside the court’s purview.The $5.26 billion venture was stalled by a similar court procedure earlier in the month.Labour unions say that it’s actually a sale and will move most of the business to the U.S.Under the current terms, Boeing is to receive 80 per cent of the venture and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent. The subsidiary is expected to take on all of Embraer’s commercial aviation activities.The agreement between the two companies is championed by Embraer as necessary to keep the company competitive.The Associated Presslast_img read more