UEFA hold off on VAR use in Champions League amid ‘confusion’

first_imgVideo Assistant Referee confirming a goal in match using VAR systemBratislava, Slovakia | AFP | UEFA will not introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) for next season’s Champions League because of ongoing “confusion” surrounding its use, Aleksander Ceferin, the president of European football’s governing body, said on Monday.“Nobody knows exactly how it works yet. There is still a lot of confusion,” Ceferin said at UEFA’s Congress in the Slovakian capital Bratislava as he confirmed it would not be introduced for next season’s Champions League.VAR has been used this season in various club competitions, including the German Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.It looks set to be used at the World Cup in Russia in June and July, with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) set to confirm that decision on March 3.FIFA president Gianni Infantino recently said he was “confident and positive” about VAR being introduced.“I am not at all against it, but it needs to be better explained when it is being used. We will see at the World Cup,” added Ceferin.“It could be a good project, useful for football, but we must not rush to take such decisions.” VAR can only be used for four game-changing situations: after a goal, penalty decisions, after a straight red card or in cases of mistaken identity.However, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge disagrees with UEFA’s decision.“If I’m honest, I regret that,” said the Bayern boss.“I’ve found in the Bundesliga that the refereeing decisions that are being made are far more reliable and are fairer than what you’ve often experienced in the past.“Unfortunately, that’s how things are for now, but I am convinced that eventually the video refs will also enter the Champions League.“The referees are thereby supported in a positive way. It makes the game better, more reliable and fairer.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Beacon Hill Country Club To Finish Golf Course Renovation Project

first_imgBeacon Hill Country Club will wrap up a multi-million-dollar golf course improvement project in 2020, enhancing its fairways, bunkers and more. Photo by Allison Perrine “The bunkers themselves are a complete enhancement,” said Alexander Mueller, general manager of the country club, referring to the sand traps. “In heavy rainstorms, it would take the crew a day or two to get the bunkers back into playing conditions. After the first course renovation, the bunkers that were redone – you could play them in an hour.” By Allison Perrine | [email protected] Beacon Hill’s dining room. Photo by Allison Perrine “We look at them as our future,” said Mueller. Additionally, the club purchased a home across from its entranceway on Beacon Hill Road that will likely be torn down for a new use for club members, said Mueller. Though they’re an estimated three months away from determining exactly what that use may be, some ideas have been tossed around like a pickleball court, paddleball, additional indoor hitting bays or a fitness center. They are trying to determine what their members want and if there are cost-effective ways to make it happen. But its amenities and views aside, Mueller said its members are what set Beacon Hill apart from other country clubs in the area. It takes pride in its junior programs and the camaraderie that exists amongst club members and staff. The club’s junior golf and swim team programs are popular and the club takes pride in prioritizing groups. Typically, there are 80 to 100 children in the programs in any given year. Administrators at the elegant 40,000-square-foot clubhouse started work on its golf course at the end of 2018. Weather permitting, the second phase of work should be completed by mid-April and club members will have their course back before Memorial Day weekend. The last phase will resume in mid-August and will be completed by December. It was established in 1899 and has been open continuously. Aside from its 18-hole golf course, Beacon Hill includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, outdoor patio, grille room, cocktail lounge, fitness studio and more. It has private events for club members throughout the year and offers programs for adults and children. Staff members recently hired a new executive chef, Scott Howlett, to elevate the fine dining for club members. They also recently hired a new golf professional James McDonald. “It’s a lot of new activity for Beacon Hill,” said Mueller. Beacon Hill is a private country club that sits on a 90-acre property on the hills of Atlantic Highlands, providing views of the New York City skyline and the bay. “The view is what everybody really likes,” said Mueller. “You get spoiled with that.” ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Beacon Hill Country Club will complete a $2 million-plus golf course improvement project this year, bringing new bunkers, reshaped fairways, renovated greens and more to its members. The club has upward of 380 members and strives to be a premiere Monmouth County, family-oriented country club. The goal, they says, is to delight visitors with a unique, unpretentious environment and to meet those expectations in a fiscally responsible manner. The article originally appeared in the March 5-11, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Is the SABC promoting social cohesion?

first_imgThe SABC’s role in promoting social cohesion and non-racialism was explored at a seminar in Johannesburg.Bessie Tugwana, acting chief operating officer at the SABC, speaks at a seminar exploring the public broadcaster’s role. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was there to serve its people, said the acting chief operating officer, Bessie Tugwana. This was one of the messages that came out of a seminar on the SABC’s Role in Promoting Social Cohesion.The event was hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Alongside Tugwana, other panellists included Emeritus Professor Pieter Fourie, a research fellow in the department of communication science at the University of South Africa, and Dr Caryn Abrahams from the Wits School of Governance.Sound policyFourie opened the discussion by commending the Broadcasting Act of the 1990s. “These policies were state of the art, especially coming out of apartheid,” he said.The seminar took place in Johannesburg on 29 August.If the SABC would stick to its policy, said Fourie, there should not be any problems. He described the current issues facing the broadcaster as systematic and structural, referring to the SABC’s financial situation and leadership crisis.But he said the broadcaster was doing a good job of promoting non-racialism and upholding journalistic professionalism. “I can still tune in to a news bulletin every night on TV, and radio shows.”Fourie: As a user of the SABC despite issues, still doing good. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017However, the SABC needed to justify its privileged position and adapt to a new media environment, he said. “Network communication is about interactivity, and it plays a bigger role. The SABC needs to take that into consideration.”In agreementAbrahams agreed that the broadcaster helped to build a cohesive society and promote a national identity.– @carynabe says SABC does create a sense of social cohesion, based on govt definition of social cohesion. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017“The SABC has done well in terms of language inclusion,” she said, using the example of Takalane Sesame.– @carynabe – in terms of programming, esp language inclusion, SABC does quite well. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Showing the audience an SABC advertisement from the 1990s, where the script was flipped between black and white people in South Africa, she said the SABC provided South Africans with a platform to discuss race.See the ad:Tugwana admitted that the SABC was not where it wanted to be, but pointed out that public broadcasting was essential. “[It] has to be the eyes and ears of the nation. Public broadcasting has to reflect what is, and not change it. That is the challenge.”South Africa’s democracy still needed to be nurtured because it was so young. “Therein lies the role of the public broadcaster.”Responding to Fourie’s comment about the new media environment, she said the organisation was looking into how it could enhance what was already done, even in the social media space.The SABC was also about promoting languages, she said, picking up on comments from Abrahams.“We see languages being eroded, but a language is an integral part of your being. When you lose it, you lose your essence.“When you talk in your language, you are more confident and you are free to engage in dialogue.”Accountability and credibilityTugwana said the public broadcaster had a calling, a unique role, but agreed that it had lost credibility. “We started to rebuild it through engagement. The SABC is currently engaging the nation on the review of its editorial policies.“We at the SABC need to earn the respect of the nation.”Tugwana – we (SABC) need to go back to people to ask them what they want to hear and see. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

James Harden scores 41 points, Rockets beat Heat

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — James Harden scored 41 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Miami Heat 109-101 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory and 10th in 11 games.Chris Paul added 24 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds for the Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Harden scored 16 points in the opening quarter to help  the Rockets take a 35-24 lead.The Rockets led by as many as 17 points in the first half at 53-36, but Dragic scored Miami’s final 10 points of the half to help cut it to 61-57 lead at the break.        /kga Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each had 30 points for Miami. The Heat have a five-game losing streak, their longest slide of the season.Harden eclipsed the 40-point mark for the eighth time this season. He was 13 of 25 shots from the field, going 5 of 12 from 3-point, and hit 10 of 12 free frees. He also had six assists and rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarden scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat were unable to get any closer than 94-90 with five minutes left.Clint Capela added 13 points for the Rockets, who are 24-1 when Harden, Paul, and Capela play. Read Next MOST READcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Atlantic Canada trade mission hopes to bolster regions trade links to China

first_imgHALIFAX – A federal-provincial trade mission is heading to China this week with hopes of bolstering Atlantic Canada’s presence in one of the world’s largest consumer markets.Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence McAulay, Treasury Board president Scott Brison, and the premiers of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, will join more than 70 businesses, universities, and organizations participating in trade shows and business-to-business meetings.The aim is to promote Atlantic Canada’s food, education, clean growth, and tourism sectors.In an interview Monday, Brison said the co-operative effort is part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy launched by Ottawa and the four provinces in 2016.“A regional approach, where the federal government helps support the work of our businesses in Atlantic Canada and the work of our provincial governments, can make a real difference and take the level of trade and opportunity over time to a new level,” said Brison, a Nova Scotia MP.He said the goal is to build on the trust and relationships that have been established in the Chinese market.“That requires face-to-face interactions and meetings, and you can’t just go there once, you have to go there repeatedly over a sustained period.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil will be travelling to China for the second time this year — it will be his sixth trip overall.According to the federal government, exports to China from Atlantic Canada grew 37 per cent last year to more than $1.5 billion, with seafood exports having doubled in the past five years alone.Chinese tourism is also on the rise, while Atlantic Canadian universities currently get more than 30 per cent of their international students from the economic powerhouse.Brison said about 30 million Chinese enter the middle class every year, and that country’s consumer culture has developed tastes for such items as high-quality food and wine.He said they are trends that represent a great opportunity for Atlantic Canada, which is producing world renowned seafood, particularly lobster.“We have opportunities that simply didn’t exist 10 years ago in terms of the China relationship,” he said.In Nova Scotia’s case, China is the province’s second largest trading partner after the U.S., with exports having grown from $150 million in 2012 to $494 million in 2016.McNeil said opening China to products such as lobster has been key to keeping prices at higher market levels.“That has allowed the extra money received for that price to be spun around in every rural community across the province,” he said. “It’s one of the best rural economic strategies that we have.”Another key is convincing even more Chinese students to study in the region, the premier said.“They currently are the largest number of international students who come here. We believe that number can grow substantially to continue to help sustain our post-secondary institutions.”The trade delegation is to visit the cities of Qingdao, Shanghai, and Beijing, where it will take part in the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo, the China International Import Expo, and the Canada China Business Council Annual General Meeting and Business Forum.last_img read more

Northern Development launches new website for Love Northern BC

first_imgThe Love BC Project helps to get a community involved and invested in itself by being able to be showcased on a platform they may not otherwise be able to do for themselves. The Love BC Project helps these businesses by offering media packages that;Featuring first-rate photography, storytelling and a variety of independent locally-owned businesses in each community.Offering a search bar and directory function to quickly find businesses online, and a map function that helps residents and tourists to the community locate and visit each business with ease.The program is available to communities located within Northern Development’s service region and participating communities receive ongoing program planning and implementation support from the Northern Development staff. Businesses that wish to participate in the program are required to pay a one-time registration fee of $100 per business.The program is open to independent locally-owned businesses (non-franchise). Certain kinds of home-based businesses are eligible, but direct sales home-based businesses that are distributing for a larger brand are not. Love Northern BC shares they are a marketing tool that works best for businesses that are focused on retail goods and services rather than industrial companies.For more information on the program; CLICK HERE To view the site; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust has developed the ‘Love Northern BC’ movement to help connect people with independent locally-owned businesses through unique marketing campaigns to keep more dollars in the local economy.Love Northern BC is the largest shop local program in Canada. With more than 74 northern BC communities participating, the program has helped to showcase more than 1,600 unique, locally-owned and independent northern B.C. businesses.The funding from the NDIT helps the Love Northern BC project by continuing to find and develop opportunities throughout the region to help to build connections between neighbours, shoppers, business owners, and visitors.last_img read more

47 of 61 proposals on carrying out works sent to CEO office

first_imgNew Delhi: Out of 61 proposals sent to Delhi CEO office for clearance for carrying out work under various projects by various agencies, 47 did not have approval of the Screening Committee, the poll body said Tuesday. The Election Commission-constituted Screening Committee consists of chief secretary, secretary of the GAD (General Administration Department) and secretary of the administrative department for which proposal for clearance is submitted, the CEO office said in a statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”It is categorically stated that all new projects or works will require prior permission of the Election Commission as per instructions under the Model Code of Conduct… shall be submitted to the EC through the CEO Office, duly approved by the Screening Committee, with a separate note of urgency as to why the proposal cannot wait till the election process is over,” it said. The letter dated March 30 also said in spite of such clear instructions repeatedly circulated, out of the 61 proposals received by the CEO Office till date, 47 were received without the approval of the Screening Committee. In case of a proposal on desilting by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the proposal was received by the CEO Office on March 20 and was sent back to the SDMC with an instruction to send it through the Screening Committee, it added.last_img read more

Trippier admitted that the last year has been crazy for him

Trippier admitted that the last year has been crazy for him

first_imgKieran Trippier made his international debut less than one year ago – and now, he is about to be included in England’s starting eleven in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.The Tottenham Hotspur full-back admitted that the last year has been a bit crazy for him as he was called up to the national team for the first time and now, he is about to be given a chance to play in the World Cup.Trippier spoke about his current feelings as he said, according to tottenhamhotspur.com:Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I made my England debut last year and if I thought then about having the chance to go to the World Cup and even starting…it’s an unbelievable feeling.”“I grew up watching the World Cup and to now actually be a part of it, I’m speechless really.”“To be involved in a World Cup, just to be there and part of the squad and now people talking that I could start, it’s incredible. I can’t wait and whatever happens, I’ll give my all.”last_img read more

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

first_imgJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez is certain that Mexico have earned the right to  “imagine amazing things” following their impressive start to the World CupAfter defeating reigning champions Germany and South Korea in their two opening games, Juan Carlos Osorio’s side head over to today’s final Group F game against Sweden as the surprise leaders with just a further point required to ensure progress to the next round.Hernandez scored his 50th goal for Mexico at international level in their 2-1 win over South Korea last Saturday to equal Luis Hernandez as the national side’s all-time leading scorer.And the West Ham United forward feels that the squad is proving themselves as winners on football’s biggest stage.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“The best thing is sharing this with amazing people and that we are brave,” stated Hernandez, as quoted by ESPN.“Aside from imagining amazing things, we do them … We’ve created a team that deserves to win.”On the past seven times that Mexico went unbeaten in their opening two games, they progressed to the knockout stage.Meanwhile, Forty-eight (96%) of Hernandez’s 50 goals for Mexico have come from the inside of the box.last_img read more