Drogba loves MLS ‘beautiful challenge’

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Ivorian striker Didier Drogba kicks the ball in front of Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo after a press conference on July 29, 2015 in Montreal. PHOTO/AFPMONTREAL, July 31- Didier Drogba said he is looking forward to the “beautiful challenge” of finishing his career in Major League Soccer after being unveiled before hundreds of Montreal Impact fans here Thursday.The veteran Ivory Coast and former Chelsea icon addressed a crowd of fans at Montreal’s Saputo Stadium, a day after jetting into the Canadian city after wrapping up his MLS move earlier this week. “I am a man of challenges and there is a beautiful one before me,” Drogba said alongside Impact President Joey Saputo.Saputo said Drogba was arriving at a great time “for the Impact, the city of Montreal, and the MLS.”“I’m proud that he decided to pursue his career here, and his arrival will be beneficial at all levels, both on and off the pitch,” Saputo added.“I just want to say, no pressure,” a smiling Drogba added before an ovation from supporters.The two-time African Footballer of the Year said he had decided to join Montreal after being impressed by Saputo.“The president’s speech persuaded me. It was very simple, very warm,” he said.Drogba, meanwhile, revealed he had been surprised by the turnout that marked his arrival at the airport on Wednesday.“I didn’t expect that,” he said, adding that he did not think his new teammates would treat him like a superstar.“It’s only the way the people look at you — in the dressing room all the players are the same,” he said.Drogba added he had sought a move to the MLS because he wanted to play regularly after a farewell season at Chelsea last year where he was used mostly as a squad player.“I wanted to be out on the pitch more,” Drogba said, explaining his decision sign an 18-month contract, adding that he still “dreamed of winning trophies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgJason arrives home to be met by his familyThis is the moment Mt Everest hero Jason Black has waited for since he left Donegal six weeks ago.The Letterkenny man was hailed a hero by the people who mean most to him – his wife and family when he touched down at Dublin airport earlier today.Wife Sharon and four children Laura, Kate, Billy and Ella even made their dad a poster telling him how proud they were of him. Jason looked fresh and fit after his adventure of a lifetime conquering the massive mountain.People managed to keep up to date with his adventure thanks to his warts and all online blog.Jason told Donegal Daily “I have enjoyed every moment of my great adventure but nothing compares to seeing your family and arriving home in your country again.“I am looking forward to getting back to Donegal and to meeting the rest of my family and friends.” A special welcome home will be given to Jason at Market Square in Letterkenny tonight at 7pm and everyone is welcome. EVEREST HERO JASON MET BY A ‘MOUNTAIN’ OF FAMILY LOVE was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfamily Mr EverestJason Blacklast_img read more

Strands Lifestreaming: What They’re Doing and Invites for Readers

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Recommendation service Strands.com launched a lifestreaming service this week that aims to pull together the company’s wide range of services in particular media and online activity into one central place for users to share socially. The new Strands is a way to share your music, bookmarks, blog posts and other activity with friends, family and groups. It’s a major entry into one of the most interesting sectors of the new web. We give it a mixed review below.The first release of the product tackles usability issues that other services have faced and offers a sophisticated feature set that other competing services will likely learn from quickly. The next release from Strands will include an application of the company’s recommendation technology to the aggregated user data and allow export of users’ standards based “taste data.” Before it can succeed in those next challenges, though, there are some key areas in which the Strands user experience will need to improve.The Best Things About StrandsIncorporating a Wide Range of ServicesGood lifestreaming apps are more than just RSS aggregators. Leading competitor FriendFeed excells in user experience, the super busy people at Profilactic add support for more services than you can imagine every week. Strands is differentiated by its incorporation of the companies wide range of properties. The desktop iTunes tracker and song recommendation service is folded into Strands.com seamlessly. The company’s several recent acquisitions of small but innovative online financial services should really be remarkable once those are integrated. Strands’ mobile services like Party Strands, a social jukebox in use at clubs around Europe, will be a lot of fun to see integrated into the product.Great Granular Control of Content SubscriptionsStrands makes it easy to unsubscribe to a user’s Twitter updates, or music recommendations, with a single click. There are little features like the ability to subscribe to comments other users leave on a particular item that are very nice. Filtering by media type is much easier on Strands than it is on FriendFeed, for example.Groups Functionality is Very NiceIt’s relatively easy to assign friends to one or more groups, like co-workers, college friends or people interested in a particular type of technology. You can limit the sharing of some items with just selected groups and you can view what’s newest or hottest in any single group. This is the kind of feature that will facilitate the mainstreaming of Strands. My family, for example, probably doesn’t want to see every Twitter message I post – but I’d love to be able to shoot them one photo or another and have that appear in their desktop Strands viewer.Hotness is the HotnessWhile the recommendation features won’t be applied beyond iTunes music until the next release of strands, right now you can view what the hottest items are in your whole circle of friends, in a particular group of friends or in the lifestream of one particular friend. When discovering a new person, for example, it’s very cool to see not just the most recent items they’ve shared but also the items that their friends were most responsive to. Hotness on these different levels is huge and really helps overcome some of the challenges of the time-bound rush of a lifestreaming river.It Looks GreatStrands has talented designers who have made the application very easy on the eyes throughout the service. That makes a really big difference, especially for non-early adopters.Problems Strands Still FacesInitial Experience SlowRight now, you’ve really got to want to give Strands a fair trial if you’re going to get anything out of it. While FriendFeed has an awesome friend recommendation feature that churns up person after person that you might like to follow, making it easily to immediately get a full experience of the service, that’s not the case with Strands. Friend discovery is far more cumbersome than it should be. In an hour of testing I’ve only got 7 friends and that’s ridiculous. Fortunately one of them (I’m looking at you, Turoczy) is a web app fiend. If that weren’t the case then Strands would feel like a ghost town to me. Likewise, every application should look at how Lijit performs the discovery of your various activity streams around the web. If everyone would just do it like they do then this whole sector would move ahead much faster.Site Navigation WeakNavigation through these rivers of information needs to be smooth. FriendFeed feels smooth, good 3rd party Twitter apps feel good to use. Strands requires far too many clicks to accomplish too little.Users Want MorePresumably it’s only a matter of time until there’s a Strands mobile version. People are already asking for one and hopefully it will work better than Twitter or FriendFeed on mobile. Comments are delivered by email but it would be nice to be able to post them as replies by email as well. There doesn’t appear to be any data export available yet. Hopefully it won’t just be abstracted taste data that you can export in time. Finally, Strands.com needs an API. No matter how well funded and staffed a company is (and Strands has brilliant employees working in Oregon, New York, Spain and San Francisco) there’s no way that one company can come up with the kinds of features and user experiences that a world of creative developers can.Conclusion and InvitesFor a just released beta product, Strands is very promising. The obstacles it faces are not small, however. If you’d like to give it a try, go to Strands.com, click on the main service link of the far left and then enter invite code “RWW.” The first 100 people who do so will get in. Give it a try and let us know what you think.If Lifestreaming apps are of interest to you, and they sure are of interest to us, check out the LifestreamBlog.com for a daily dose of in depth news about even the most obscure competitors that Strands will face in this crowded field.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts last_img read more

We attack and defend with all 11: India Hockey coach Roelant Oltmans

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgNewly-appointed Indian hockey chief coach Roelant Oltmans on Thursday said his team will defend as well as attack with all 11 players in their upcoming European tour.India will play twice against France (August 3, 5) before taking on Spain (August 10, 12, 13) in the tour to prepare for the Hockey World League (HWL) Final to be held in India in November-December.”During our practice at Shilaroo, we have been working on our attack as well as defence and in the process inculcating in us the attitude to win. “Defending we do with 11 players and attacking we do with 11 players. Each and every one has a role and they are aware of it,” said Oltmans, who also doubles up as the Hockey India (HI) high performance director.The team was lately in Shilaroo, Himachal Pradesh, taking part in a fitness camp.”When we are attacking and we are in the final quarter of the pitch, then our defenders should not stay close to our D. Rather they have to push up and be in a position so that if we lose possession then we have to immediately regain possession,” said the Dutchman.Also read: Gurbaj Singh misses out as Indian hockey team tours Europe  “If our defenders are far back then that leaves a gap in the midfield and in case opponents get possession then that immediately puts pressure on the goalkeeper. So we have to keep our structure in place with our roles specified and this helps get the best out of the team.”advertisementThe 61-year-old added: “I always divide the game in two parts — possession and non possession — and this depends on the skills as well as our cohesion on the field.”With possession we have to ensure that it results in creating scoring opportunities and even capitalising on them. In non possession we have to work on how well to defend, how do we push the attack back and look at getting the possession back.”India skipper Sardar Singh said his boys are gung-ho travelling to Europe.”During our training, we enhanced our fitness levels. The team is confident and looking forward to the tour. We have around 35 international games before Rio Olympics and we want to make the most of them. “Our first match is against France and they have been playing brilliant hockey in the recent years. They will be a challenge for us. We are confident of doing well against France and Spain,” said Sardar.last_img read more


Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_img# With 36 wickets at 21.47 runs apiece in six Tests this # With 36 wickets at 21.47 runs apiece in six Tests this year, Ashwin is the leading Indian bowler in Tests this year. His aggregate includes four five-wicket hauls and one instance of ten wickets in a Test match. # Ashwin is the only bowler to take five wickets in an innings four times this year. He has established a record for taking only 16 Tests to complete 100 wickets (ave.23.43) on Indian soil, surpassing Harbhajan Singhs record of reaching the milestone in 19 Tests. # Ashwin has recorded 13 five-wicket hauls in Tests in the subcontinent – his aggregate being 126 (ave.22.36) in 20 Tests. Waqar Younis is the only other bowler to bag 13 five-wicket hauls in his first 20 Tests in Asia. # Ashwin, appearing in his 29th Test, has completed his 150 wickets in Tests at an average of 27.84. He is the quickest Indian to 150 wickets in Tests, surpassing the feats of Erapalli Prasanna and Anil Kumble, who had taken 34 Tests each. # Ashwin is the joint second-fastest spinner to 150 Test wickets. Clarrie Grimmet had taken 28 Tests to accomplish the distinction. South Africas off spinner Hugh Tayfield and Pakistans Saeed Ajmal had taken 29 Tests. # South Africas 184 is their third lowest total against India in India in Tests. Their two lowest scores were 176 at Mumbai in February 2000 and 177 at Kanpur in December 1996. # The three Indian spinners have bagged all ten wickets at 14.10 runs apiece – the best ever average by Indian spinners when they took all ten wickets in the first innings, surpassing the 15.20 in the Bangalore Test vs England (195) in 1976-77. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Budweiser announces multi-year global partnerships with the Premier League and LaLiga

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisementAnheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) global brand, Budweiser, today announces multi-year partnerships with two of the top international football leagues, the Premier League and LaLiga. As a long-time partner of the FIFA World Cup™ and supporter of football leagues and several national teams worldwide, Budweiser is proud to expand its support for the world’s game and connect to more football fans every year. These new partnerships will activate across five continents and in more than 20 countries* including the United Kingdom, China, South Africa, India, Chile and Nigeria, bringing fans closer to their football heroes through a series of unique programs across the globe.As the world’s most valuable beer brand**, the King of Beers will launch its global ‘Be A King’ campaign in conjunction with these partnerships. This campaign will inspire fans around the world by bringing them closer to the kings of the game. Activations will include limited edition packaging showcasing the iconic league trophies, exclusive viewing parties, broadcast media assets and content partnership designed to celebrate the greatness of the players on the field and the cultural impact of the players off the field.“We are excited to kick-off these long-term partnerships with the Premier League and LaLiga, two world-class football competitions. These partnerships will allow us to further connect with key consumers and football fans across the globe,” said Pedro Earp, Chief Marketing Officer at AB InBev. “We are passionate about football, and so are our consumers, so we couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the sport, the players, and most importantly, the fans.”Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We are delighted to announce Budweiser as a new Premier League partner. Budweiser has a track record of innovative football sponsorships, including partnering with the FIFA World Cup™ over many years. We look forward to working together to bring our new partnership to life and capturing the imagination of our fans all over the world.”LaLiga President Javier Tebas added: “We’re committed to growing the passion for football around the world. This historic partnership with Budweiser will only add to the growing excitement and anticipation for this year’s season and we’re thrilled to have them as partners. The global visibility of Spanish clubs will be strengthened thanks to this agreement.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Project Management for Freelancers: You Can Do It!

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgby Emily GableEmily Gable is a freelance project manager, business consultant, and cheeseburger enthusiast. Available to work nationally, she’s consulted with large corporate clients as well as small business owners, and finds nerdy passion in helping people get organized. She lives in Minneapolis and always has a steady supply of coffee and Stephen King books. She blogs about project management and other things at www.bubblynerd.com and even uses this thing called Twitter: @bubblynerd.I wish I could dive into this with some fancy-pants introduction about why project management is important for freelancers, but because I like to be efficient (in true project management fashion), let’s just get started.I’m a freelance project manager, and I’ve seen my fair share of clients in various states of disarray. (“Chaos” might be a better word, but I’m trying to keep things light.) It doesn’t matter what your industry is—you could be a part of a multi-billion dollar, internationally-recognized automobile company or you could be a one-person design shop. If you’re not organized, then neither are your projects, and chaos (there, I’m using the C word) will ensue. It just will.My goal has always been to help business owners improve their processes and find the joy in being organized. Being unorganized can make you feel lost and hopeless, and that’s absolutely not a good way to run a business—especially if you’re a freelancer and you’re trying to manage things on your own. In the world of freelancing, poor organizational processes can bring your business to its knees, and getting back up and running can be hard. Really hard. Frankly, it sucks. And (secret’s out) this happens to a lot of people. It’s not just you. If anyone tells you that they don’t need help in the organization department, they’re flat out lying.Today, I’d love to share some of the tips and tricks that I use when it comes to coaching fellow freelancers on how to improve their project management processes, which ultimately improves their overall workflow and general happy feelings about their business. Ready? Yes? Okay. Let’s go.Task ManagementFirst off, there’s this thing called project management software. It helps you to manage your tasks. Super. Awesome.Now, I know that some of you might not be very big on making lists (or maybe you’re good at making them, but not so great at managing them). Project management software is a freakin’ game changer. No, really. It is. Have you been tracking things in a Word document? Maybe Google Drive? Maybe (God forbid) . . . Excel? You need to stop, right now. Stop, and go sign up for a trial version of one of the following programs: Basecamp, Harvest, Siasto, or Apollo.I have a personal favorite (spoiler alert: it’s Basecamp), but to each their own, and every single one of these programs allows for easy task management, client communication, deadline management, and recordkeeping, among other things. You’re able to keep everything in one place, which is key when it comes to maintaining effective organizational processes. Are you feeling better yet? Stick with me.Time ManagementSecondly, timekeeping. It’s the bane of our existence as freelancers, right? You might charge clients by the hour, and if you don’t, you might want to know how much time you’re putting into a project.For me, I like to know exactly how much time I spend with a client, whether it be writing emails, one-on-one consultations, or doing an in-depth process analysis. This helps with both billing and peace of mind, because as freelancers, it’s important to know if we’re turning a profit or working overtime when we shouldn’t be. Toggl is a time-tracking program that allows you to track time (down to the second) on any project that you’re working on—which can be immensely helpful, especially when it comes to invoicing. Again, game changer.Invoice ManagementSpeaking of invoicing, money is a touchy thing for freelancers, especially if you’re just starting out. You want your invoices to look professional and be detailed without providing unnecessary or redundant information.The first invoice I ever created was in Excel (I know, okay?!) and I had absolutely no idea about what I was doing. Line items? Descriptions? What? It was bad. There are much, much better ways to go about invoicing your clients (in ways that allow you to come off as professional and creative!) while also tracking pending and received payments and, generally, staying on top of your income and expenses. Pancake and Freshbooks are two of these. Again, you may find one tool that you prefer more, but the importance of having something to track and manage your invoicing is what matters. Pro tip: don’t use Excel. It didn’t work for me, at least. (And if it’s working for you, I’d love to know how!)So, in a nutshell, it’s possible to manage your freelance projects without wanting to pull your hair out! And the best part? It can be easy. And fun. It doesn’t have to be a chore. After you learn how to manage your processes, you’ll wonder why you never operated this way in the first place.last_img read more

Rashid Khan roped in by Adelaide Strikers for Big Bash League

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgAfghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has been roped in by Adelaide Strikers for 2017-18 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).Ecstatic to sign with the strikers, Rashid, who has been in impressive form in T20s this year, said that it is a huge honour to be a part of a great tournament and that he is looking forward to the challenge.”I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL. It is a huge honour to be a part of such a great tournament and even more of an honour to be the first Afghanistan player to participate on the BBL stage. I look forward to linking up with my Strikers team-mates and backroom staff,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Rashid as saying.Meanwhile, Strikers coach Jason Gillespie admitted that Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket and, therefore, they are delighted to have him.”Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket with his energy, enthusiasm, and great control for a young guy. He has some great variations, can bowl stump-to-stump and can be very hard to pick. We’re delighted to be able to offer him the opportunity to play for the Adelaide Strikers,” Gillespie said.The 18-year-old, who ended his first Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s second-highest wicket-taker with 17 from 14 matches, joins former South Africa batsman Colin Ingram as the franchise’s two overseas signings.Strikers, who finished at sixth out of eight in the last season, will begin their campaign this year against Sydney Thunder on December 22.advertisementlast_img read more

U17 World Cup: Paraguay announce 24-member squad

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: Paraguay announce 24-member squad Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:25 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paraguay U17 Getty U17 World Cup Paraguay U17 The South American nation will head to Europe for the final leg of preparations for the Under-17 World Cup… Paraguay have announced a 24-member squad for the Under-17 World Cup to be held in India next month. They will further trim the squad to 21 on September 21 which is the deadline for all the participating nations to submit their final list of players.The Albirrojita have been preparing in the Guarani territory of Paraguay and shall head to Germany for a series of practice games ahead of the competition in India.⚪️🔴#AlbirrojaSub17 | 📷Foto Oficial de la Delegación de la Selección Juvenil – Mundial Sub 17 #India2017🇮🇳 #FIFAU17WC🏆🌏 #VamosParaguay💪🏼🇵🇾⚽️ pic.twitter.com/utFqB7YM5s— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) September 14, 2017Paraguay are placed alongside Mali, New Zealand and Turkey in Group B which will be played in Navi Mumbai’s D.Y.Patil Stadium. They are among the strongest teams in the competition having drawn twice against Brazil in the last six months and defeated the likes of Chile and Venezuela. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Goalkeepers: Ángel Roa (Olimpia), Jhonathan Martínez (Olimpia), Diego Huesca (Valencia – España) and Aldo Pérez (Guaraní).Defenders: Luis Zárate (Libertad), Marcelo Rolón (Libertad), Alexis Duarte (Cerro Porteño), Roberto Fernández (Guaraní), Jesús Rolón (Olimpia) and Pedro Álvarez (Cerro Porteño).Midfielders: Julio Báez (Cerro Porteño), Víctor Villasanti (Guaraní), Stevens Gómez (Cerro Porteño), Giovanni Bogado (Libertad), Braian Ojeda (Olimpia), Alan Rodríguez (Cerro Porteño) and Hugo Quintana (Olimpia).Strikers: Fernando Cardozo (Olimpia), Fernando Romero (Nacional), Nicolás Morínigo (Olimpia), Leonardo Sánchez (Olimpia), Aníbal Vega (Palmeiras – Brasil), Antonio Galeano (Rubio Ñu) and Blas Armoa (Sportivo Luqueño).last_img read more

NADA recruitment 2019 invites application to fill vacancies of Law Officer, Investigator and other

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 10:42 IST NADA calls for applications for the posts of Law Officer, Investigator and other!National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, New Delhi has invited applications for the posts of Law Officer, Investigator and other. The candidates eligible for the post can apply in the prescribed format so as to reach to the office on or before March 31, 2019.Important dates:Last Date of Application: March 31, 2019.National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), New Delhi Vacancy Details:Law OfficerInvestigatorRegional CoordinatorsEligibility criteria: Law Officer: Bachelor Degree in Law from a recognized University or Institution with 08 years experience in dealing with legal matters in Government or Public Sector or Autonomous Bodies etc. Proficiency in Computer skills.Investigator: Serving or retarded Officer of Central Investigation or Intelligence Agency not below the rank of Inspector with at least 5 years of experience of investigation.Regional Coordinators: MD in any of the medicine disciplines Pathology, Pharmacology, Sports Medicine, Biochemistry from recognized University, college, institutes. Working in any Central or State government University, College or Hospital.Monthly RemunerationLaw Officer: Rs 75000/-Investigator: Rs. 40000/-Regional Coordinators : Rs. 25000/-How to ApplyEligible candidates can submit their applications on plain paper accompanied with attested copies of certificates and passport size photograph duly pasted and attested on the application form to- Director General, National Anti Doping Agency, Hall No. 104, First Floor, JLN Stadium, New Delhi-110003 on or before 31 March 2019.Read: RPF Contable result released @rpfonlinereg.orgRead: IGNOU July Re-registration 2019 open till this date! Check more details hereGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKajari Goswami Tags :Follow NADA recruitment 2019 NADA recruitment 2019 invites application to fill vacancies of Law Officer, Investigator and otherNADA calls for applications for the posts of Law Officer, Investigator and other!advertisementlast_img read more