Snow and wrestling: Photo galleries of the weekend

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — How do you define this weekend? High School wrestling and snow. Here are pictures taken this weekend of snow sledding and high school wrestling. Click here for the pictures.Alyra Koerner sledding down the hill after Wellington’s big snow.Joey Haydon wrestling at the state tournament.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Scandal-hit Robinho cautionary tale of wasted talent

first_imgRobinho sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian courtParis, France | AFP | Few players encapsulate the idea of wasted potential like Robinho, once one of the world’s most sought-after talents but now far from the spotlight and mired in scandal after a conviction for gang rape.The Brazilian attacker, capped 100 times for Brazil, had the world at his feet and Real Madrid chasing his signature in 2005 after starring in two Brazilian Serie A title wins with Santos.His stock kept rising after moving to Spain, where he won two La Liga titles with Real before turning 25.Now 33 and back in Brazil after frittering away his career, Robinho hit a new low on Thursday when he was sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison by an Italian court for taking part in the rape of a 22-year-old woman in 2013, while still an AC Milan player.Robinho is appealing the decision and a statement on his Instagram profile said “he has defended himself against these accusations and stated that he played no role in this incident. All legal measures have already been taken.”Should Robinho’s conviction stand after the second trial, he will be able to appeal a second time before a final verdict is reached. The sentence is on hold pending the appeal.– Statement signing –Back in 2008, fresh from his second straight Spanish title, Robinho was so highly thought of that Manchester City flexed all their new financial muscle on the day the Abu Dhabi United Group took over the club, shelling out a British transfer record fee of £32.5 million (40 million euros at the rates of the time) late on transfer deadline day and snatching him from under Chelsea’s noses.The move was a statement of intent from City, and happened so swiftly that when asked about the move Robinho mixed up his new club with his former suitors. “On the last day, Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted,” he said when asked about the sudden volte face.“You mean Manchester, right?” asked a reporter, to which Robinho replied: “Yeah, Manchester, sorry!”The transfer signalled the beginning of Robinho’s decline. Despite City’s new-found wealth and his considerable talent, the Brazilian won nothing in two years in Manchester and failed to justify his transfer fee, despite showing flashes of his ability in his first season.After a second injury-hit campaign that saw him make just 10 Premier League appearances and score no league goals, City gave up on Robinho having just signed David Silva, and after a brief return to Santos he was left looking for a club.A decent World Cup in South Africa, which was curtailed by the Netherlands in the quarter finals despite Robinho scoring the opener against the Dutch, attracted the attentions of AC Milan, where again he had a good first season, scoring 14 goals as Milan won their first Scudetto in seven years, and their last.However as at City, it was a case of diminishing returns in Italy, as he failed to reach double figures again over the next three seasons and a further 76 Serie A appearances.After leaving in 2014, still only 30, he flitted between Brazil and China, winning the 2015 Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande after a year back at Santos, before returning to Brazil again with current club Atletico Mineiro.That Scudetto at Milan is the only major trophy Robinho has won since leaving Madrid, the coldest statistic of a career that promised much but has delivered very little.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England win the Boys Home Internationals

first_img England had to pull out all the stops before they were crowned Boys Home Internationals champions for the third time in four years on a dramatic final day at Western Gailes Golf Club in Ayrshire. After winning their opening two matches against Scotland and Wales, Derek Hughes’ side needed a result against defending champions Ireland, who like Scotland, still had an outside chance of winning if results had gone their way. In the end, England turned things around in the final singles session to defeat Ireland by 8-7 to complete a set of three wins for the week. To compound matters for Roy Archibald’s Ireland side, the narrow defeat meant they finished third in the table after Scotland’s 9-6 win against Wales moved them into second with two wins. At one stage eight of the singles matches were in Ireland’s favour, which would have been enough to turn around the 3-2 deficit from the morning foursomes, but would also have been good enough to retain the title based on the highest number of individual points won. However, that scenario never materialised as England rallied and when Harry Hall won the last two holes to win by one hole against Cathal Butler, the match was secured. “That was very, very tough, I don’t want to have any more days like that on a golf course,” said a relieved Hughes afterwards. “Fair play to Ireland, they came out with a new team this week and put in a great effort. I am proud of the way my lads battled, especially when it didn’t look good for a time, but the likes of Harry coming down the last and winning was crucial.” As leaderboards changed all afternoon, Bradley Moore’s 4 and 3 win over Peter Kerr in the middle order ended Scotland’s chances as England secured more points than Scott Knowles’ side had accumulated. Moments later Jonathan Thomson came through a tight encounter to deny 15-year-old Owen Crooks 2 and 1 and that was the all-important point, which meant England had won the title. “I much prefer to win the matches. If we manage that then the overall result looks after itself and thankfully that’s what happened today,” added Hughes. Ireland can take a lot of positives from the week and look ahead as eight of the 11 players who competed at Western Gailes will be available for selection again next year when the under-18 team event moves to Conwy Golf Club in Wales. “That was a very close run thing and a great performance by the boys,” said Archibald. “To take on England in the manner we did and narrowly lose 8-7, with a number of matches going to the final green, was a fantastic team effort. “I can’t praise the boys highly enough. The experience this young side have gained will be invaluable. It was close, the match came down to the last match on the last green, you can’t ask for any more than that. Of course they will be disappointed for a while but we’ll pick them up and get them going again.” For Scotland there was a bright note when debutant Adam Fisher ended a great week as the only player to win all six matches.“I played solid throughout. On a tough links course like this, the secret is to make pars with the occasional birdie,” said the Newmachar golfer. Scotland captain Knowles accepted there was too much to do but praised his team nonetheless. “We were disappointed to have lost to England on the first day but I’m happy with the way we rallied to beat Ireland and Wales. The end result was out of our control today and fair play to England,” said Knowles. The Wales captain Chris King was pleased that so many of his new caps had performed well.“Overall we’re disappointed because we felt we came here with a strong side,” said King. “Thomas Froom, who has just turned 15, was fantastic again to close out his match against Stuart Easton (2 and 1). And Gaelen Trew was new to the team and he too got four points after his 4 and 3 win over George Burns in the bottom match. “The new caps were buzzing and they can’t wait to come back and have a go at this again,” added King, who has five players available for Conwy next year. For the full results visit: Championships.Randa.org. The 2015 Boys Home Internationals will be played at Conwy Golf Club in Wales from 4-6 August. Photo courtesy of The R&A. 8 Aug 2014 England win the Boys Home Internationals last_img read more

Razor Clam Digging Closed for the Season on 3 Beaches, Dig…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThree of Washington’s ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam digging for the rest of the season while a potential dig at Mocrocks depends on additional toxin tests the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports.Test results on razor clams dug at both Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches indicate levels of domoic acid exceed the threshold (20 parts per million) set by state public health officials, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).“Based on the most recent toxin tests, razor clams will not be safe to eat for the remainder of the month at Long Beach or Twin Harbors,” Ayres said.Toxin levels at Copalis beach are under the health threshold. However, the beach will remain closed because diggers reached the number of harvestable razor clams for the season there, Ayres said.State shellfish managers will consider scheduling an opening at Mocrocks later in May, depending on the results of two toxin tests, Ayres said. The first test results indicate levels at Mocrocks are just below the threshold. A second test is scheduled for next week.“It’s possible toxin levels at Mocrocks will remain low enough to allow another dig there,” Ayres said. “But we need to see what the next results show before scheduling an opening.”Jim Boora’s son pulls up a razor clam during a glorious dig on Mocrocks.The department likely will make an announcement next week on whether there will be another dig at Mocrocks this season.WDFW routinely closes the razor clam fishery by the end of May when the clams begin to spawn. The next season will begin in fall, when the older clams have recovered from spawning and a new generation begins to grow beneath the sand.Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The toxin has posed problems for razor clam and crab fisheries along Washington’s coast for the last two years.More information about domoic acid, as well as current levels at all ocean beaches, can be found on WDFW’s webpage.last_img read more

One of the biggest football clubs in the world just quarantined its whole squad…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Shutterstock/GettyAdvertisement 10atNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1r5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3wu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4ws5Would you ever consider trying this?😱2kCan your students do this? 🌚rqe4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Coronavirus has found its way into the world of football. First, Serie A was suspended for a month, followed by the Bundesliga side Hanover 96 centre back Timo Hübers and Juventus FC defender Daniele Rugani being the first top tier footballers to be tested positive with the virus contamination. Now, the La Liga giants and one of the greatest football clubs in the world Real Madrid is making headlines, after dropping its whole football squad into quarantine for a couple of weeks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/GettyThe decision came after a basketball player of Real’s basketball team ‘Real Madrid Baloncesto’ was tested positive of COVID-19. The whole basketball team was put to quarantine at first, but as they train along with the football team in the same venue, the positive test mean the Galacticos may have possibly been contaminated.“Real Madrid CF announces that a player from our basketball team has tested positive after undergoing tests for coronavirus COVID-19,” a statement read on the club’s official website.Advertisement “The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid,” the statement added.The club has shut down the common training venue in Ciudad, and the staffs that were present in the venue have also been put to quarantine along with the footballers and basketball players.Advertisement Following Real’s subjecting of its footballers to quarantine, La Liga was itself suspended for two weeks. This means, Real’s two upcoming la Liga matches versus SD Eibar and Valencia CF have been postponed.Along with La Liga, Second division football league “Segunda División” or La Liga 2 was suspended following the virus pandemic. Liga ACB, the country’s national basketball league where Baloncesto competes, has also been suspended.Additionally, Los Blancos are scheduled to travel to Manchester to play the second leg of their UEFA Champions league round of 16 game against Manchester City, Although, speculations are going on that the Citizens’ home fixture will also get postponed.Yesterday, the Champions League face off between Juventus FC and Lyon was announced to be a behind the doors match in Turin. However, following the positive Test results of Rugani, there may be new decisions. And with Real Madrid quarantining its players before the City clash, the tournament’s governing body UEFA has announced to hold a video conference meeting coming Tuesday in response to the virus outbreak.Also read-Corona finds the net: Bundesliga defender Timo Hubers first high profile player to test positive for CoronavirusMassive update on foreign players’ presence in IPL 2020 due to coronavirus! Advertisementlast_img read more

First-half latest: MK Dons 0 QPR 0 – Rangers close to going ahead

first_imgNedum Onuoha had an early chance to put QPR ahead during a lively start by the visitors.Conor Washington’s shot dropped to the Rangers skipper, who was unable to apply the finish and keeper David Martin was able to gather.The fit-again Martin also kept out an effort from Nasser El Khayati, who was restored to the starting line-up along with Washington and Daniel Tozser, while Matt Phillips was dropped to the bench along with striker Sebastian Polter.As Rangers continued to threaten, Massimo Luongo went close with a 20-yard effort that flashed narrowly wide and Tozser curled a free-kick over the bar.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Henry, Tozser, El Khayati, Luongo, Chery, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Konchesky, Faurlin, Phillips, Diakite, Petrasso, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Woolies tackles skills development

first_img24 February 2010Woolworths has tackled the skills shortage in South Africa’s retail industry by launching a 12- to 18-month career development programme for current employees as well as unemployed and underemployed previously disadvantaged graduates – most of whom will be employed by the company afterwards.The initiative, which is benchmarked against the best programmes of its kind in the world, offers unemployed and underemployed graduates a unique opportunity to work across all departments at Woolworths. The graduates will then gain an executive education certificate from the highly regarded University of Stellenbosch Business Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED).The Woolworths Growth Academy is co-funded by Woolworths and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta). All participants of academy will be paid a salary, and the vast majority of the candidates will be employed by Woolworths upon the programme’s completion.“Woolworths has long invested in local talent through a range of learning interventions for our own employees and external candidates. We have, however, grown increasingly concerned about the rates of graduate unemployment and the shortage of specialist skills in the local market,” Woolworths CEO Simon Susman said in a statement last month.“We cannot sit back and wish these problems away. We have done something about it in partnership with the Wholesale and Retail Seta and the USB-ED.”Talent developmentAccording to Susman, Woolworths’ talent development teams have worked closely with leading learning specialists to ensure that the programme offers candidates a deep understanding of the industry, describing it as a “master class in retail”.“Our Growth Academy aims to groom the future leaders of our company and industry and open the door to previously disadvantaged talent in our industry,” he said.Twenty graduates have already been selected for this year’s Growth Academy class. Candidates were sourced both externally and internally and underwent a rigorous interview process.The second phase of the recruitment is under way, and an additional pool of 19 graduates from outside Woolworths will be recruited for this inaugural Growth Academy class, while four additional graduates will be recruited from within Woolworths.“We were overwhelmed by the calibre of applicants, but troubled to see how many South African graduates are either unemployed or under-employed,” Susman said. “For example, we met a finance graduate who was working part-time in a plant nursery.”Retail: key economic driverWholesale and Retail Seta CEO Joel Dikgole said the retail sector was a key driver of the economy as well as a major employer, but faced a critical shortage of home grown specialist skills.He said the Seta was very excited about the project, especially because the academic curriculum offered to academy graduates was a result of a unprecedented collaboration between Woolworths, the Seta and the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development.“Previously disadvantaged graduates often put themselves through university at great expense but find themselves left in the cold because they lack the relevant work experience,” Dikgole said.“Woolworths Growth Academy proves that public and private partnerships can make a real difference in tackling the challenges posed by our labour force.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S II & Samsung Tab 10.1 Officially Unveiled

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Just ahead of the official start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung held its own press conference where it announced the second generation of two of its high-profile devices: the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer. Neither launch was much of a surprise, considering the news had leaked online days in advance…right down to screenshots and specs. Nevertheless, Samsung still tried to pull its own variation of Apple’s “one more thing” and the end of an over-long conference in order to reveal its newest tablet.Samsung started its press conference talking stats associated with the original Galaxy S. Actually, scratch that – this is Samsung, after all – the same company that brought you “Zoll” during CES. (If you don’t know what that’s all about, check out Engadget’s archive for details of one of the most bizarre press conferences ever.) No, Samsung didn’t start with stats. It started the press conference with a live performance from an orchestra, violins and everything.  This was a show!It was also a bad sign, as it turned out. But we’re not going to review Samsung’s performance at the event (well, maybe a little) – we’re here to talk new toys.Galaxy S IIThe Samsung Galaxy S II, is the second generation of the popular Android smartphone from this manufacturer and this time around, the specs are beefed up a little.The new version will have a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, 8 megapixel camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera, support for 1080p video, a dual core processor, an improved 1650 mAh battery, support for HSPA+ and a lighter (116 grams), slimmer (849 mm) form factor. It will run Google Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) and some models will be sold with NFC built in. NFC, or near field communication, is an emerging technology that will be used in mobile payment systems designed by operators, banks and maybe even Google itself. Related Posts It’s unclear whether or not the Samsung Hubs and the experiences they offer will come downstream to the original Samsung Galaxy S phones – and the execs I talked to weren’t sure either. One even told me that there’s not a single answer to that question, because the content varies by region. (In other words, Galaxy S I owners, don’t hold your breath.)Another new feature called Samsung Live Panel offers a new take on customizable homescreen widgets that can also feature Web content, content from apps, and messages. Plus, Samsung’s Kies Air software has been updated so you can sync your phones on Windows PCs without having to tether it to the computer via USB cable – the syncing occurs over-the-air. Other new enterprise features have been added, too, like Exchange ActiveSync (for Email, Contacts, Calendar + GAL searches) support for Cisco’s VPN, WebEx, and Mobile (VoIP) services. A partnership with Sybase brings mobile device management capabilities, and, says Samsung, the phone is the first Android device to offer on-device encryption.Galaxy Tab 10.1Then there was the “one more thing” – the next gen Galaxy Tab II that was meant to be a final pick-me-up after a long, and rather embarrassing collection of cheesy PR videos that featured in no particular order a “cold” boss who turned out to be a secret kitten rescuer, a senile grandma who uses her phone to remember poetry she thinks up while in her garden, a skateboarding kid whose phone helps me make friends in a new city and an Indian fashion designer who likes taking pictures of saris. No really, it was painful. YouTube it. I swear at one point I thought the execs were actually messing with us, an audience of tech press, many of whom were operating off one hour’s sleep (*cough, cough*), especially when they came out at the end of each video and asked, “Now, wasn’t that wonderful?” I was sure that this was, in fact, some form of parody.In any event, the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s reveal was also as expected, except for the name – it’s actually the Galaxy Tab 10.1, not the Galaxy Tab II as previously thought. Its name refers to the screen size, of course. It also has a Tegra 2 processor, 8 megapixel camera, support for HD playback and recording (Full HD, 1080p) and will come in both 16 GB and 32 GB sizes. It will also run Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”).center_img No exact details on pricing or U.S. launch dates on either of these devices, but they will be coming to Asia and parts of Europe in March. And no, original Galaxy Tab owners, you won’t be receiving a Honeycomb upgrade – ever – due to hardware limitations.Oh yes, and there were some stats announced somewhere in between the orchestra and the awful videos. We were told Samsung sold 25 million smartphones and tablets during 2010, 10 million of which were Galaxy S smartphones. We were not told, however, how many Galaxy Tabs were sold. That’s because we don’t know, says Kim Titus, Samsung’s Head of PR for Mobile, when I asked him later on. The operators would have to tell us that, he said. Hmm. Tags:#Android#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … On the software side, the phone will offer four Samsung branded apps – “Hubs” as they’re called – one for Music, one for Games, a Social Hub for keeping up with your friends and an iBooks-like Readers Hub that will feature “2.2 million books and novels, 2,000 global and local newspapers in 49 languages and 2,300 popular magazines in 22 languages,” according to Samsung’s announcement. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez retains hope of Almiron deal

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez retains hope of Almiron dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez remains hopeful of signing Atlanta attacker Miguel Almiron.However, the Evening Chronicle says the club are also considering a host of back-up options. The Magpies have tracked the Atlanta United attacking-midfielder for the past 18 months, and the club’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson has visited the USA in recent weeks to compile a dossier on the player. Atlanta have stated they want in excess of £20million after Almiron scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists during the 2018 season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

6 days agoChelsea boss Lampard discusses Pulisic loan exit talk

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard discusses Pulisic loan exit talkby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is adamant Christian Pulisic will not be allowed to leave on loan in January.The summer arrival has played just ten minutes in the last four Premier League matches. “No,” was Lampard’s reply when asked if Pulisic could be loaned out. “With Christian he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here. “I said it before the last game, I always have a problem who to pick and people make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing and everyone is the same. “With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young. Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on a match day, and all the players are the same there.” last_img read more