News Receive email alerts News May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information to go further Reporters Without Borders strongly protests against the temporary arrest of the ORF (Austrian public channel) journalist Susanne Scholl and her team in Chechnya as well as the seizure of her footage. “This is an inacceptable attempt of intimidation and a limitation of the freedom of expression vis-a-vis foreign journalists in Russia,” says Rubina Möhring, president of ROG (Reporters Without Borders Austria) and vice-president of RSF Intl. Although their documents were completely in order, Susanne Scholl and her team have been arrested on the 24th of november in Chechnya. They were interrogated by officers of the Federal Security Service. They were released few hours after. Their video was seized. After the most recent murders of the outspoken journalist and Chechnya expert Anna Politkovskaya and the responsible editor for economy of the Russian press agency Itar Tass Anatoli Woronin, which are still unsolved, the climate in Russia seems to worsen with respect to foreign journalists.Susanne Scholl had been working, among others, on a documentary about Anna Politkovskaya which will be broadcasted on the channel 3sat on December the 8th. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News News May 27, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says November 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Temporary arrest of an Austrian Channel journalist and her team : Reporters Without Borders strongly protests Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more
The clash between Upperchurch-Drombane and Loughmore Castleiney will now take place on SATURDAY evening in The Ragg with a throw in time of 7.30.. It follows the match between Holycross Ballycahill and Clonakenny which takes place at the same venue at 6 pm.Then on SUNDAY defending champions Thurles Sarsfields will take on Drom-Inch at the earlier time of 12 noon in Holycross and not Templetuohy.The revised fixtures which were originally changed to avoid a clash with the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 match followed a meeting of the CCC yesterday as well as lengthy discussions with the clubs involved.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Five things on Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of the Belgian striker on Saturday.Lukaku not lost in translationLukaku is fluent in six languages including Portuguese and Spanish. “I think education is very important. It was important for me to have my diplomas at school so I could also go to England,” he said in 2012. “Education is very important in Belgium and, if you didn’t do well at school in the week, you couldn’t play football at the weekend. You can have an injury and then you won’t play at the highest level any more. If you don’t have a diploma, what then?”Drogba his idol but with qualificationsHis idols are Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba — who did make it big at Chelsea unlike Lukaku — and the Belgian international’s father Roger who was capped by the then Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). However, Lukaku junior made it crystal clear in 2012 when Chelsea had sent him on loan to Premier League rivals West Brom that idols did not mean he wished to be compared to them. “Am I fed up being compared with Drogba? Yes,” he said. “In the beginning it was nice to hear that, but every player wants to make his own name. I want to make my own name. Drogba was my big idol and so was my father, who also played in Belgium. I want to be myself. I want the people to say “this is Roman Lukaku, not the new Drogba”.Dad the guiding lightAny in-depth interview with Lukaku reveals that his father Roger has had the most profound influence on his life whether it be in education or his football career. It was tough love but it has paid off big time. “Very strict,” Lukaku told www.goal.com in 2011 regarding his upbringing. “My father told me, ‘You must always have a goal and do everything to reach it’. Ever since I was six or seven, I wanted to be a professional footballer.” The Crying GameAs a teenager Lukaku and his schoolmates at Saint-Guidon Institute in Brussels were subject of a documentary ‘De School Van Lukaku’ (Lukaku’s School). Part of it filmed them on a trip to London and a visit to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Ground which left Lukaku overwhelmed. “Give me a ball and I will play here for five hours, What a stadium. If one day in my life I will cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea,” he says. The teacher accompanying the group urged a certain restraint from his pupil. “You can dream on later,” he says. Nevertheless undeterred Lukaku insists he is not fantasising. “This is not dreaming. I will do it. One day I will play here.”Spoils Fergie’s United farewellAlex Ferguson will be content for United they have secured such a talent and the legendary Scottish manager has good reason to recall the last time they crossed paths. It was Fergie’s last match in charge of United away at West Brom and at 3-1 up at half-time United looked set to give him a perfect send-off. However Lukaku being sent on as a second-half substitute changed it all. He scored almost immediately but United then went 5-2 up. However, three goals inside the last 10 minutes forced a remarkable 5-5 draw with Lukaku emerging with a hat-trick.Share on: WhatsApp
After just a 6-3 New Orleans Saints halftime lead it became the Drew Brees show in the second half. Brees was 34 of 44 for 305 yards for the game, but 22 of 24 in the second half with a fourth quarter touchdown pass that lifted the Saints to a much needed victory while dropping the Steelers into a first place tie with the Baltimore Ravens at 5-2.No one on offense had an outstanding game. The line was terrible, Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 28 for just 195 yards, and Rashard Mendenhall had just 71 yards on 15 carries with the bulk of that coming on a 38-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.“We knew what a big game this was,” said Brees. “There was no better way to get back on track than to beat these guys. I felt like we played as complete a game as we’ve played all year, especially in the second half.”Brees’ first TD went to Marques Colston for 16 yards and the second went for 8 yards to Lance Moore with 2:37 left, breaking open a defensive struggle in which neither team scored a touchdown through three quarters. Leigh Torrence then intercepted Roethlisberger to seal it for the Saints (5-3), who were coming off an embarrassing 30-17 loss at home last week to the scuffling Cleveland Browns.“This is definitely a gut check for us,” Roethlisberger said. “We got knocked down a little bit tonight and now it will be interesting to see how we bounce back.”The Saints came in ranked third in total defense and lived up to it, forcing two turnovers and stopping the Steelers on a goal-line stand in the first half.The Saints struggled to run against a Steelers defense that came in ranked first in the NFL against the run and allowed New Orleans only 30 yards on the ground. Brees was sacked twice and intercepted once, giving him 11 interceptions and matching his total from last season.After falling behind by 10 early in the fourth, the Steelers went 68 yards in only four plays to make it 13-10, capped by Mendenhall’s scoring run. Suddenly, both offenses were rolling in time for an action-packed finish. When Brees hit Robert Meachem for a 50-yard gain into Steelers territory, it appeared the Saints would quickly extend their lead again. Then cornerback Bryant McFadden sacked and stripped Brees, and Pittsburgh’s Lamarr Woodley recovered on the Steelers 27.Pittsburgh quickly moved across midfield, only to lose the ball when tight end Heath Miller fumbled on a head-on hit by linebacker Marvin Mitchell. Sharper scooped it up, returning the ball 11 yards to the New Orleans 45.With the acquisition of Terrell Owens this season to go with Chad Ochocinco the defending AFC North champs were supposed to be a powerhouse this season. But instead their 22-14 lost to the Dolphins last week dropped them to 2-5, making them one of the worst teams in the NFL. But for some reason they seem to always play their best football against the Steelers, which they will have to do because another defeat will just about eliminate them from any chance of a playoff berth.Dan Carpenter kicked five field goals for the second game in a row—a rare feat—and the Dolphins overcame another goofy play Sunday, beating the Bengals.The Bengals (2-5) failed to get a first down in the third quarter and were shut out in the second half. Their final chance ended with Carson Palmer’s interception with 2:43 to go, sending the defending AFC North champions to their fourth straight loss and a share of last place with the Browns.It’s Cincinnati’s worst start since 2008, when Palmer was sidelined with an elbow injury.“It is amazing,” said Palmer, who was 17 of 38 for 156 yards. “It’s embarrassing. It’s depressing. It’s every negative word you can think of that we didn’t do our job.”Owens and Ochocinco combined for just 8 catches for 99 yards, and Cedrick Benson had just 69 yards on 20 carries. The Bengals simply haven’t played very well on either side of the ball this season. They were expected to be among the elite this season.This is a must win for the Steelers as well, because they face the red hot New England Patriots (6-1) and Oakland Raiders (4-4), winners of four in a row, after the Bengals. They could very easily be 5-5 after this stretch if they lose to Cincinnati. THE GANG’S ALL HERE—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by New Orleans Saints’ Will Smith (91) Alex Brown (96), Pierson Prioleau (31) and Darren Sharper (42) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) What was supposed to be a high scoring game ended up being a classic defensive struggle until Drew Brees put together a classic display of passing while the Steelers offense continued to struggle in the New Orleans Saints 20-10 victory over the Steelers. The Steelers are hoping that this is not a repeat of last season going into the Cincinnati Bengals game this weekend. The Steelers jumped off to a 6-2 record last season only to lose 5 in a row behind an inconsistent offense.
Doug O’Neill7310111214%45%$469,152 SONGBIRD MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SATURDAYThe countdown to the much-anticipated three-year-old debut of undefeated champion Songbird is underway in earnest.The Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly of 2015 drew post position six in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, one of four graded stakes on an attractive and challenging nine-race card set to unfold in summer-like weather with temperatures in the 80s.“It seems like she drew a good post and we’re excited about getting her back to the races,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for the Fox Hill Farm of Rick Porter.“We got everything in with her training that we wanted; we were lucky with the weather in that regard.”The Las Virgenes: She’s a Warrior, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Jade Princess, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 1-5; and Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1. FLAMBOYANT NO LONGSHOT THIS TIME IN SAN MARCOSFlamboyant lit up the tote board when he got up by a neck at 46-1 under Brice Blanc in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2.The French-bred son of Peer Gynt will be a substantially shorter price when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at a mile-and-a-quarter on turf.Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Jan. 29 in a bullet 1:13.20 with French-born Blanc aboard.“He’s a nice work horse,” Gallagher said of the five-year-old gelding. “He didn’t go too fast or too slow and he acts like he’ll go a mile and a quarter.”So Gallagher wouldn’t mind a French-bred horse winning for an Irish-bred trainer?“No,” he said. “Winning is all I want to do.”The field for the San Marcos: Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Chiropractor, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Power Foot, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Hay Dude, David C. Lopez, 5-2; Abbey Vale, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 15-1; and Big Cazanova, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1. CAT BURGLAR A SLEEPER IN SAN ANTONIO STAKESCat Burglar sneaks in to Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Stakes under the radar in quest of his first stakes win for owner Michael Lund Petersen and trainer Bob Baffert.The six-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song doesn’t have the glowing credentials of Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who was not entered in the Grade II San Antonio for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, or even those of Hoppertunity, who was entered, but assuredly Cat Burglar is better than an empty stall.Dortmund and Hoppertunity are both trained by Baffert.The chestnut Cat’s Burglar won an overnight race under Rafael Bejarano on Jan. 8, his first start in nearly five months, and has knocked on the door in graded stakes. Twice he was third in the Grade III Pimlico Special and ran third in the Grade II Brooklyn at Belmont in 2014.“He’s got speed and I think he can go the distance,” Bejarano said. “He was beaten less than a length in the Brooklyn, and that was at a mile and a half. He should be all right, and he should move forward off his last race.”In 14 career starts, Cat Burglar has won four, with four seconds and three thirds, with earnings of $334,400.The field for the San Antonio, race seven: Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Imperative, Mike Smith, 5-2; and El Kabeir, Gary Stevens, 6-1. Victor Espinoza353829%37%$477,060 Richard Baltas4876315%33%$477,274 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 31) Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 Kristin Mulhall2052125%40%$193,610 Mike Puype383728%32%$172,380 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Abel Lezcano3131210%19%$133,870 JOCKEYS ANNUAL CHARITY GAME ON FEB. 11The 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played a week from tonight on Thursday, Feb. 11, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders are expected to participate, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.TVG’s Kurt Hoover, who will be reporting live from Santa Anita on Thursday, will coach the jockeys for the 15th consecutive year.“We’ve got Desormeaux back,” said Hoover. “And as good as Drayden Van Dyke was last year, that’s all we need, believe me.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. Brayan Pena2030015%15%$51,750 Philip D’Amato5512101122%60%$778,210 Steve Knapp1631219%38%$99,290 Agapito Delgadillo4065515%40%$160,412 Mario Gutierrez919161010%38%$520,624 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Jeff Mullins1234025%58%$99,780 Drayden Van Dyke6577911%35%$429,824 Robertino Diodoro1334123%62%$96,340 Rafael Bejarano992122921%53%$1,073,120 Mark Glatt4155212%29%$257,270 Kent Desormeaux4278517%48%$607,800 Michael Machowsky1833317%50%$157,806 Peter Miller6193715%31%$332,790 Tyler Baze11712211410%40%$660,292 Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Edwin Maldonado82137916%35%$523,110 William Spawr1965132%63%$154,442 Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Martin Pedroza4664213%26%$156,390 Gary Stevens3044313%37%$561,810 ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAYCAT BURGLAR TIPTOES INTO SAN ANTONIO STAKESI WILL SCORE TACKLES MOR SPIRIT IN ROBERT LEWISFLAMBOYANT OUT TO PROVE HE’S THE REAL DEALSANTA ANITA RIDERS’ CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAY George Papaprodromou2032315%40%$82,630 Peter Eurton39611615%59%$371,360 John Sadler3555314%37%$230,770 Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Patrick Gallagher1742324%53%$267,768 Fernando Perez85951411%33%$468,056 Alex Solis1430321%43%$193,018 Jeff Bonde1952326%53%$121,360 David Lopez871781520%46%$525,326 Alonso Quinonez504738%28%$184,820 Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 Ron Ellis1831217%33%$91,810 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo10013131413%40%$625,054 Jerry Hollendorfer6556118%34%$344,966 Santiago Gonzalez11723161120%43%$916,248 SONGBIRD STABLEMATE I WILL SCORE IN LEWISI Will Score has two things in common with Songbird: he’s unbeaten and he’s trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.Other than that, the three-year-old son of Roman Ruler has much to prove to be mentioned in the same breath with the champion Songbird, but Hollendorfer is optimistic about the colt’s future.“We think he’s a horse with some promise, so we look for him to run a good race,” Hollendorfer said, speaking of Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes.I Will Score, who has won his only two starts, both sprints, will go two turns for the first time in the Lewis. He has two bullet works at Santa Anita since taking a first condition allowance here on Jan. 3.The field for the Lewis, which goes as race four: Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; I Will Score, Mike Smith, 5-2; Dressed in Hermes, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 8-1; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 5-1. Flavien Prat961671417%39%$798,088 FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Om worked five furlongs on the main track Thursday in a minute flat under Gary Stevens for Dan Hendricks, who has his sights on the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on grass Feb. 13 . . . Three-time champion Beholder galloped on the main track Thursday for Richard Mandella . . . Trainer Carla Gaines reports that undefeated Cal-bred Smokey Image came out of his smashing 8 ½-lenghth triumph in the California Cup Derby in excellent shape and at this stage is being pointed to the Grade III, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes against open company on March 12 . . . Jockeys Santiago Gonzalez and Tiago Pereira have been suspended an additional day (Feb. 6) for riding in more than one designated race while under suspension . . . A reminder about previously made announcements that on Super Bowl Sunday, Santa Anita will not offer guaranteed pools. However, the lucrative guarantees will continue today and Friday, as the Late Pick 4 both days has guaranteed pools of $300,000. Saturday, the Late Pick 4 will be guaranteed at $500,000 and the Pick Six pool at $150,000 . . . DRF/NTRA National Handicapping champion Paul Matties, who won $800,000 and an Eclipse Award, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. There will be no seminar on Super Bowl Sunday. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Garcia5476813%39%$458,844 Kenneth Black830038%38%$230,250
Any one of four Premier League giants could find themselves in Champions League qualifying The race is on to finish in the Premier League’s top four and earn a shot at the Champions League next season, but fourth doesn’t guarantee a place in the group stages.Instead, the team that clinches fourth place will most likely have to contest a qualifying round play off to reach the Champions League proper.With Chelsea and Tottenham nailed on to finish in the top two, four clubs are battling to clinch the remaining two Champions League spots available via the English domestic league.Liverpool currently sit third in the table, which would be good enough for a Champions League group place, with Manchester City fourth, three points behind the Reds but with a game in hand.Manchester United are a further point behind City, having played the same number of games as their local rivals, while Arsenal have a game in hand on both Manchester clubs, but are six points away from fourth with just five fixtures to play.Here, talkSPORT explains what finishing fourth will mean for the clubs concerned and who they could potentially face.Finishing fourth in the Premier League will mean a place in the ‘League Route’ of the final Play-off Round of the Champions League… with one exception. If Manchester United finish fourth AND win the Europa League, they will qualify for the Champions League group stage directly, courtesy of their victory in Europe.Under these circumstances there will only be four Premier League clubs in the Champions League (ie. fifth won’t be given the Play-off Round place). If United win the Europa League but finish outside the top four of the Premier League, there will be four English clubs in the Champions League group stages automatically, with the fourth-placed team contesting the Play-off Round.What is the ‘League Route Play-Off Round’ and which clubs could contest it?There are 10 teams in this round drawn in five ties – the five winners will go into the Champions League group stage, with the five losers entering the group stage of the Europa League.The 10 teams in this round are as follows:– Clubs that finish fourth in Spain (Sevilla are currently in fourth, but that place could yet be taken by Atletico Madrid or Villarreal), Germany (currently Borussia Dortmund, but could be Hoffenheim) and England– Third in Italy (currently Napoli, but could be Roma) and Portugal (most likely Sporting, but could yet be Porto)– Five teams that have come through from the Third Qualifying Round (via the League Route – this is for clubs that have entered the qualification process courtesy of a domestic league position that is lower than first, ie. they aren’t national champions).These five teams are taken from the 10 teams in the League Route Third Qualifying Round, which are:– The third-placed club in France (most likely Nice, but could yet be PSG or Monaco)– Second in Russia (currently Zenit, but could be CSKA Moscow), Ukraine (Dynamo Kyiv), Belgium (currently Club Brugge, could be Gent), Netherlands (currently Ajax, could be PSV Eindhoven), Turkey (currently Istanbul Basaksehir, could be Fenerbahce or Besiktas), Switzerland (Young Boys), Czech Republic (currently Slavia Prague, could be Viktoria Plzen), Greece (currently PAOK, could be Panathinaikos) and Romania (currently Steaua Bucharest, could be Viitorul Constanta or Dinamo Bucharest).When Premier League clubs enter in the League Route Play-off Round draw, five teams are seeded and five are not (based on UEFA co-efficient score).This can have a dramatic effect on the quality of opponent a club faces. For example, in the 2016/17 Play-off round, Roma were unseeded and drew Porto, who knocked the Italian club out, 4-1 on aggregate.But even being seeded is no guarantee of a favourable draw. Last summer LaLiga side Villarreal were among the seeds, only for the Spanish club to be paired with unseeded Monaco, who have subsequently gone all the way to the last four.Here is a list of all the clubs still in contention to qualify for the League Route Play-off Round, ranked by current UEFA co-efficient score (in order to be seeded, a club will need no more than four clubs in the draw to have a higher points total than they can boast):1. Atletico Madrid (140.828)2. Paris Saint-Germain (126.266)3. Borussia Dortmund (124.899)4. Sevilla (112.771)5. Arsenal (105.021)6. Manchester City (100.021)7. Porto (98.866)8. Manchester United (89.021)9. Napoli (88.499)10. Zenit (87.106)11. Dynamo Kyiv (67.526)12. Ajax (64.092)13. Monaco (62.266)14. Liverpool (56.021)15. Roma (53.566)16. Fenerbahce (51.840)17. PSV Eindhoven (46.172)18. Besiktas (45.840)19. Viktoria Plzen (40.635)20. CSKA Moscow (39.606)21. Club Brugge (39.480)22. Sporting (36.866)23. Gent (35.480)24. PAOK (35.080)25. Young Boys (28.915)26. Nice (16.766)27. Panathinaikos (15.080)28. Istanbul Basaksehir (10.340)29. Slavia Prague (8.135)30. Dinamo Bucharest (6.370)31. Viitorul Constanta (5.870)=32. Hoffenheim (0)=32. Steaua Bucharest (0)What do these rankings mean for the Premier League clubs?Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal would definitely be seeded if they were in the Play-off Round draw, but Liverpool could find themselves unseeded if they are forced to qualify.If, for example, Dortmund, Sevilla, Napoli, Zenit and Ajax make it to the Play-off Round, Liverpool would be unseeded.The answer to that, of course, is to guarantee a group stage place by finishing third. 1
Some of the Uganda cricket team playersENTEBBE – Uganda will feature in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B that runs November 30 to December 13 in Sultanate, Oman.The International Cricket Council Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B is also a qualifier for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.Martin Ondeko, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) said Uganda will have to perform well to stay on course on the qualifiers.“We are optimistic that the team has prepared well since they also had test matches in Zimbabwe a month ago,” he added.Comments
“The transaction will provide a strengthened and diversified offering to both sets of our clients, bolstering Investec’s capability to become one of Ireland’s leading specialist banking groups.” “The deal will bring together to like-minded and innovative businesses whose operations are very complementary and whose combined experience and expertise will create real added value,” NCB chief executive Connor O’Kelly said in a statement this week. South African banking and asset management group Investec’s Irish arm is to acquire NCB Group, an Irish financial services provider specialising in wealth management, corporate finance, capital markets, venture capital and investment funds, for about €32-million. Investec Ireland CEO Michael Cullen said that NCB was long established and well-regarded both domestically and internationally. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Since setting up in Ireland in 2000, Investec Ireland has built up a successful capital markets business and has become a leading provider of treasury products to Irish corporates and is a market leader in the personal deposit market. 30 January 2012 According to the statement, the combined business created by the deal will deliver a more diversified product and service offering, broader international access and enhanced financial strength for the existing clients of NCB. “We believe that Investec’s balance sheet strength and diversified product offering will resonate very well with existing and prospective clients.” “The NCB business will complement our successful capital markets business in Ireland and is consistent with the group’s overall objective to expand its fee based and capital light activities,” he said. Internationally, Investec Ireland has a significant business in the structured equities arena. The company currently employs over 110 people in Ireland. NCB is one of Ireland’s leading financial services groups, and employs 120 people at its Dublin headquarters, from where it services a client base of high net-worth individuals, Irish and international corporate customers and institutional investors.
SharePrint RelatedMotorcycle Geocaching – Two Wheels, One Mission to ExploreJanuary 31, 2012In “Community”Geocaching Steps into North KoreaFebruary 17, 2012In “Community”18-Years-Old and 1800 Finds – A Teen Geocacher’s JourneyJuly 21, 2011In “Community” Sunshot99 and ATMA with the $40,000 GPS deviceGeocacher Jib Ahmad, Sunshot99, makes his living as a land surveyor. His GPS device is literally his livelihood. A land surveying website lists the occupation as the world’s second oldest job. But it now has some of the world’s most modern, technical and costly equipment.A $20,000 dollar home in Pennsylvania, USA (not GPS-enabled) Jib says that the GPS device displayed above costs about $40,000.Let’s add a little perspective to the price tag.With the slumping housing market, $40,000 will not just buy you one house, but in some parts of the world it’ll buy you two houses (or more).Jib was kind enough to answer a few questions about the five-figure device. He says the Global Positioning System is one of his favorite subjects.Jib says, “I am a land surveyor here in Texas and this is not my personal unit. I use it for work. I have never looked for a geocache with the unit – only verified coordinates with it.”He says that the device’s accuracy is certified at two to three centimeters on a horizontal surface.Two centimeters is about the width of a nickel. Jib says he’s found the unit is generally even more accurate.A nickel is about 2 centimeters acrossHe says, “This is a ‘survey grade’ system that would not be necessary or practical for most geocachers.”But in case you’re interested, he has details. A lot of details. Jib says the device is made up of a base unit and a rover unit: “The receiver I was using is a Trimble R8 GNSS with a Ranger TSC2 Bluetooth data collector. The receiver has an integrated antenna that is capable of tracking 44 satellites.”At this point you may say, ‘Well there aren’t 44 U.S. GPS satellites out there.’ You’d be right. This GPS device can also track signals from Russian and European Union global positioning satellites.Up close with a $40,000 GPS deviceHe says, $40,000 doesn’t buy you any more of a geocaching joy. “To search for a geocache that was placed by a handheld GPS would not be much fun with a ‘survey grade’ GPS device. The coordinates would have the standard handheld error of about 3 meters or 10 feet. So really it would not give the ‘survey grade’ geocachers an advantage over other handheld cachers. But for those that would place a cache with ‘survey grade’ equipment, the normal geocachers should have better luck depending on the accuracy of their own handheld unit.”And Jib has advice for you to get the most out of your GPS device: “Geocachers may find that they can get a better signal and accuracy range by simply moving their body around. In North America, the best direction for the GPS system is to have a clear southern horizon. So, if you are having trouble, move around so that the southern sky is more visible.”Sunshot99 helping ATMA establish coordinates for E – HABIT – Without Bed Bath & Beyond He says his best advice is to know your own GPS device inside and out. If you want to test its accuracy, you may have some luck in the Houston, Texas area soon.Jib says, “I am in the process of getting permission from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers to set a benchmark/geocache in a Houston area park. The geocache will be a Mystery cache designed to show any cacher how to get different coordinates for the same point. Hopefully this will show them the standard error for their PND (personal navigation device).”Share with your Friends:More
The two men responsible for YouTube are releasing their latest endeavor, video clip-and-mix app, MixBit. Similar to the likes of predecessors Instagram Video and Vine, this video creation app allows users to record 16-second clips of film, but MixBit allows users to edit and combine these clips to make longer videos.Up to 256 16-second clips can be snipped and edited with tools from MixBit’s app and website to construct hour-long videos that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or MixBit. Users can mix and edit any YouTube content made public, and content on MixBit is available for everyone’s use. Image courtesy ofMixBit. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Avos#MixBit#now#YouTube readwrite Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces