Barcelona B to return to training with a squad of 35 players

first_img El Barça B comenzará a trabajar con una plantilla de 35 jugadores Upd. on 17/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST Therefore, the two men now in charge of the academy, José Mari Bakero and Guillermo Amor, have a lot of work ahead of them deciding what to do with such an excess of players. Just 20 days after returning to the second division via the playoffs, on Monday Barçå B are back at work. It will be the first day of contact between the players and the coaching staff, with medical tests leading to work on the pitch later in the week.  From last season, the players still involved with the B team are Varo, Martínez, Fali, Tarín, Sarsanedas, Marc Cardona, Alfaro, Abeledo, Moisés, Paik, Vilanova, Àlex Carbonell, Rafa Mujica, Dani Romera, Kaptoum and Nili. Added to them will be the players coming up from Juvenil A: Carles Pérez, Dani Morer, Santi Bueno, Alasana, Josep Martínez, Abel Ruiz and Oriol Busquets (and two returning from loans: Jokin Ezkieta and Juan Cámara). The second team will begin pre-season with a lot to resolve. That’s because on Monday (July 17), 25 players are expected at the Ciutat Esportiva to get to work under Gerard Lopez.  Ten more players will return later. Five of them are currently training with the first team (Ortolà, Aleñá, Cucurella, Vitinho and Palencia) and five more have longer vacations for various reasons and will return on July 24: Sergi Puig, Fati, Guillemenot, Lee and Quintillà. IN SPORT.ES Of the 35, there’s at least 10 too many and that’s without any more signings which will be made. It seems clear that Samu Araujo, Choco Lozano, Ruiz de Galarreta and Mariano Konyk, but there are others linked, too, such as Moha, Muhammed Usman and Miguel Olavide. 16/07/2017last_img read more

Draw Announced For Last 32 Of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgThe ties for this next round of the competition will be played in the week ending January 14, 2018.2017/18 FAI New Balance Junior Cup – Last 32Ballymun United or Carrig Celtic v North End UnitedGrattan United v Coonagh UnitedDungarvan FC or Booth Road Celtic v Greencastle FCClonmel Celtic v Newmarket CelticBallinasloe Town v St Michael’s FCNenagh Celtic v Mervue UnitedRailway Union or Ferrybank FC v Rathmullan FC or Innisvilla FCPike Rovers v Regional UnitedEvergreen FC or Kilnamanagh v Castlefin CelticGalbally FC v Usher CelticShannon Town v Oliver Bond CelticCappry Rovers v Moyne RangersTolka Rovers v Clonmel TownWillow Park FC v Killarney CelticKnocknaheeny Celtic v Newfoundwell FCAyrfield United v Carrick United or Straide & Foxford The draw for the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup has been made and Mervue United have been drawn away to Nenagh Celtic of the North Tipperary and District League with the game to be played on the 14th of January. The draw for Corrib Celtic not in yet as they play Ayrefield this Sunday in Dublin at 2pm. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Ballinasloe Town, the remaining Roscommon and District league side in the competition have been drawn at home to St Michaels FC of the Tipperary Southern And District League.last_img read more

Award-winning season for Nelson’s Mitchell Popadynetz

first_imgThis has been a historical season for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer program and for Nelson Minor Soccer grad Mitchell Popadynetz.The team continues to blaze ‘uncharted’ territory as it secured its first Canada West playoff spot, won its first Canada West post season match and now has been rewarded with its first Canada West player of the year and having the most players ever named to the league all-star teams.As well Popadynetz, who played for Nelson Youth Soccer before going on to refine his skills on the Lower Mainland, earned player of the year and first team Canada West all-star honours. The Nelson, BC native (4th year, midfielder) led the team offensively with seven goals and 10 assists with 17 points.   He was tied for first in the Canada West in total points and led the league in assists.“The award is very well deserved for Mitch,” said WolfPack head coach John Antulov during the fall.“Not only this season but over the last three years. We knew we were getting a special player when came to us from UBC. We knew what he could bring to the program. It is finally all coming together for him. He is not only an offensive guy. He has taken to everything we talked about on the defensive side of the ball and has become an excellent all-around player.  For us, to have him hitting his stride this year was huge. “We have surrounded him with good players so that has added to his skill set and what he can bring to the team. Overall, it has been a fantastic thing for our program. Great leader, great person and I am very happy for him.”Popadynetz becomes the second WolfPack athlete ever to be named a Canada West athlete of the year. Volleyball player Iuliia Pakhomenko (Donetsk, Ukraine) was named the Canada West women’s volleyball player of the year in 2015-16.last_img read more

Nelson Minor Hockey host kick off registration session at Save on Foods

first_imgNMH volunteers will receive completed registration forms  from players for the 2018-19 season, will be handing out forms to new players as well as providing information about the association — including new programs and upcoming camps.As an added incentive, first-time players register for $100. These players registering in Initiation and Novice division receive a gear package, (not including skates) from Mallards, with their paid registration. First time registrants are players who have not previously registered with a minor hockey association.Volunteers will also be handing out free cupcakes and cookies as well as giving away free T-shirts to younger players. As well, NMH is raffling off two new Nelson Minor Hockey jerseys to anyone attending the booth.All paid registering players receive a free season’s pass to the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.For more information, contact Deb Matthews at Minor hockey has never been so easy for young, aspiring players to join.Nelson Minor Hockey volunteers will be at Save On Foods from 1- 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday hosting a registration session to kick off the new season.last_img read more

Oxford and UCT: oldest universities working together for new solutions

first_imgThe Universities of Cape Town and Oxford, each the oldest universities in their countries, have long been partners in research to find innovative solutions to the problems of today, and the future. This was highlighted during a recent visit to UCT by a high-level delegation from the prestigious English university. An aerial view of Oxford University in the UK. South Africa’s University of Cape Town collaborates more with Oxford than with any other British university. (Image: Oxford University) • Long walk to university reaps the reward • Bokoko literacy project brings books and libraries to Africa • South Africa’s Smart Schools showcased on Brand South Africa media tour • New technologies stand to benefit poorer countries • Clinton fund invests in Africa’s girls Staff writerEffective collaboration between universities cannot be imposed from the top down: it must be led by research. This was the message Oxford University vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton and his senior researchers brought to South Africa’s University of Cape Town last week.The two are the oldest universities in their countries. There is evidence of education at Oxford going back to 1096, nearly 1 000 years ago, making it the oldest functioning university in the English-speaking world and the third-oldest on the planet, after Morocco’s University of Karueein and Italy’s University of Bologna. UCT was founded in 1829 and is not only the oldest university in South Africa but the second-oldest in Africa.The close relationship between the two institutions has created a range of research projects with the potential for tremendous social impact, UCT vice-chancellor Max Price said during the visit. These include research partnerships in malaria drug resistance, new tuberculosis vaccines, food security, and constitutional and customary law in Africa.Oxford’s Hamilton said South Africa was a good place to look into topical global problems. “Collaborations thrive when there is mutual need, and South Africa offers a unique environment to study some of the greatest challenges facing us today,” he said. “We need now to encourage collaboration where it does not yet exist.”UCT works and publishes with Oxford more than with any other British university. Their partnership in neurosciences is one of the most fruitful.“We are particularly pleased that the launch of UCT’s Neurosciences Initiative coincides with this week’s visit by the University of Oxford,” Price said.UCT’s Neurosciences Initiative at the Groote Schuur academic hospital brings together clinicians and researchers from a range of specialities, fostering collaboration in the treatment of a neurological disorders such as stroke, central nervous system infection and trauma.The initiative is led by Prof Graham Fieggen, UCT’s head of neurosurgery. “The majority of people suffering from common neurological disorders live in low and middle-income countries,” he said. “There is a need to understand these disorders within the context of our own continent. We cannot simply import models from the global North.”Oxford professor of neuroscience and co-director of the university’s Centre for Neuromuscular Science, Matthew Wood, who is also a UCT graduate and honorary professor, said neuroscience is central to society.“Neurosciences are much broader than simply understanding the brain or understanding neurological disease,” he said. “Essentially it goes to the heart of who we are as human beings, and to many of the challenges that exist in society.”Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton and UCT vice-chancellor Max Price during the former’s visit to South Africa last week. (Image: UCT)Managing chronic diseases over the phoneOne of the projects showcased during the Oxford visit was the development of mobile phone technology allowing people in Africa to manage chronic diseases such as high blood pressure by themselves. Named the SMS-text Adherence Support, or Star, trial, it is part of mobile health development in Africa, and a collaboration between Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Primary Care Health Sciences and UCT’s Chronic Diseases Initiative for Africa (CDIA) project.Mobile phones are highly effective in reaching patients across Africa. In a recent trial of an intervention to improve blood pressure control, over 95% of patients getting educational and supportive SMSes remained in contact with the project over one year.The collaboration involved Oxford professor of general practice Andrew Farmer, professor of electrical engineering Lionel Tarassenko and David Springer of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering. UCT researchers included head of medicine Prof Bongani Mayosi, as well as head of the diabetic medicine and endocrinology Prof Naomi Levitt, director of UCT’s Chronic Diseases Initiative for Africa, and the CDIA’s Dr Kirsty Bobrow.Largest community-based study among HIV-positive teenagersAnother project looks for insights into the behaviour of South Africa’s 1.2-million HIV-positive teenagers, to understand why their adherence to anti-retroviral treatment is low, and their use of contraceptives inconsistent.The project, called Mzantsi Wakho, aims to get HIV-positive adolescents to adhere to antiretroviral treatment and access sexual and reproductive health services. It is the largest community-based study of HIV-positive teenagers ever conducted. From preliminary results, stigma still plays a powerful role in stopping teenagers from disclosing their HIV status to their partners.Mzantsi Wakho is led by UCT’s Dr Rebecca Hodes, the director of the Aids and Society Research Unit at the Centre for Social Science Research and an honorary research fellow at UCT’s Department of Historical Studies, and Lucie Cluver, an associate professor of evidence-based social intervention at Oxford and honorary lecturer in UCT’s Division of Neuropsychiatry. The Departments of Health, Social Development, Basic Education and Women, Children and People with Disabilities were consulted on the project’s research design.Controversy over Cecil John Rhodes statueDuring the visit, Oxford vice-chancellor Hamilton added his voice to the debate on removing the statue of arch-colonialist and English mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes from the grounds of UCT.“It’s a debate that should take place,” he told Primedia radio’s Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk. “It’s a debate for the students and faculty of the University of Cape Town – and South Africa in general – to go through, to work out for yourselves what place this figure who did many really quite terrible things during his lifetime.”Oxford University administers the Rhodes Trust, a scholarship programme Rhodes set up to allow promising students from the former British Empire to study at his alma mater.University of Cape Town students protesting for the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from its prominent position on the university’s grounds. (Image: UCT)“Universities are an ideal place – they are an appropriate place – for that debate to take place,” Hamilton said. “Universities should be about the free flow of ideas, of strong, robust, even sometimes contentious debate about the interpretation of history, about the role of history in the development of modern society.”But, Harrison added, “it’s not for me to comment on the place of Rhodes in contemporary South Africa”.While his Oxford counterpart stayed neutral on the issue, UCT vice chancellor Price said the statue should be removed, as he felt the anguish it caused black students.“I feel the need to apologise on behalf of the university for the kind of pain they’re experiencing for that frustration,” he told Eyewitness News.Edited by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

Big Data: Moving Beyond the Setbacks of Early Implementation Failures

first_imgBig data projects are on the rise, but unfortunately many big data projects to date haven’t been successful.  A survey by CapGemini‘s found that only 13 percent of organizations have been able to build big data into a project that’s gone into production and only 27 percent of businesses using big data say that their projects have been successful.Part of the reason for the big data project failures has been ill-defined goals and objectives and a lack of up-front implementation planning, according to the CapGemini report.  Jeff Hunter, vice president of North America CapGemini, said that  “generally, it’s a disconnect between the output and a clearly defined business driver or goal.  And along the way, people get engulfed in the technology… The firms that we see succeed [have] centralized the concept of consumption of big data technology, leverage of data science, and application of analytics. They’re the ones we see moving faster.”Yet despite the problems with early implementations of a relatively new technology, there’s room for optimism.  Hunter said that  “I’m seeing the same cycle beginning as with the Internet and e-commerce. In the entirety of the community, a few companies create success. Those who have embraced big data, even those who have experienced setbacks and failures, [are gaining experience]. They’re seeing that data-driven decision-making has its place in how you run a business. Those successes are going to be a catalyst to speed up other projects.”last_img read more

Iran breaches uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

first_img(AP) — Iran has broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, international inspectors and Tehran said Monday, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord.The announcement by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and later confirmation by the U.N. nuclear watchdog puts new pressure on European nations trying to save the deal amid President Donald Trump’s maximalist campaign targeting Tehran. Iran separately threatened to raise its uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels on July 7 if Europe fails to offer it a new deal.It also further heightens tensions across the wider Middle East in the wake of Iran recently shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone, mysterious attacks on oil tankers that America and the Israelis blame on Tehran, and bomb-laden drone assaults by Yemen’s Iranian-backed rebels targeting Saudi Arabia. Those rebels claimed a new attack late Monday on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport that the kingdom said wounded nine people, including one Indian.The European Union urged Iran to reverse course and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the action “a significant step toward making a nuclear weapon.” Iran long has insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, despite Western fears about it.At the White House, Trump told reporters Iran was “playing with fire,” and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the international community to require Iran to suspend all enrichment, even at levels allowed under the nuclear deal.“The Iranian regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the region and to the world,” Pompeo said in a statement.Though Trump pulled back from airstrikes targeting Iran after the U.S. drone was shot down, Washington has rushed an aircraft carrier strike group, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and thousands of additional troops to the region. That’s raised fears that a miscalculation or further incidents could push the two sides into an armed conflict, some 40 years after the Islamic Revolution and the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.Speaking to journalists in Tehran, Zarif acknowledged Iran that broken through the limit set by the accord.“We had previously announced this and we have said it transparently what we are going to do,” Zarif said. “We are going to act according to what we have announced and we consider it our right reserved in the nuclear deal.”The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, later said its director general had informed officials that it verified Iran had broken through the limit.Under terms of the nuclear deal, Iran agreed to have less than 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of uranium enriched to a maximum of 3.67%. Previously, Iran enriched as high as 20%, which is a short technical step away from reaching weapons-grade levels. It also held up to 10,000 kilograms (22,046 pounds) of the higher-enriched uranium.Neither Zarif nor the U.N. agency said how much uranium Iran now had on hand. Last week, an Iranian official in Vienna said that Tehran was 2.8 kilograms away from the limit. Iran previously announced it had quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium, which at under 3.67% is enough to power a nuclear reactor to create electricity, but is far below weapons-grade levels.However, Iran could have chosen to mix the low-enriched uranium with raw uranium, diluting it and bringing it down under the cap. Pushing past the limit served as a notice to Europe, Zarif said.The “actions of the Europeans have not been enough so the Islamic Republic will move ahead with its plans as it has previously announced,” Zarif said. “We are in the process of doing our first phase of actions both on increasing our stockpile of enriched uranium as well as our heavy water reserves.”Breaking the stockpile limit by itself doesn’t radically change the one year that experts say Iran would need to have enough material for an atomic bomb, if it chooses to pursue one.But by coupling an increasing stockpile with higher enrichment, it begins to close that one-year window and hamper any diplomatic efforts at saving the accord.At the time of the 2015 deal, which was agreed to by Iran, the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain, experts believed Iran needed anywhere from several weeks to three months to have enough material for a bomb.Zarif stressed the country remained on track to raise its enrichment if Europe did not take any additional steps toward saving the accord.“The next step is about the 3.67% limitation, which we will implement too,” he warned.Trump campaigned on pulling the U.S. from the deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Since Trump withdrew America from the pact a year ago, the U.S. has re-imposed previous sanctions and added new ones, as well as warning other nations they would be subject to sanctions as well if they import Iranian oil.Amid the tensions, Yemen’s Houthi rebels have launched repeated drone attacks on Saudi Arabia as the kingdom’s long war in the country continues. The Houthi’s satellite news channel Al-Masirah claimed a new attack on Abha regional airport late Monday, which Saudi Arabia said wounded eight Saudis and one Indian. Earlier attacks on the airport have killed one person and wounded dozens more.Trump discussed the situation by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House said.A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc urged Iran “to reverse this step and to refrain from further measures that undermine the nuclear deal,” known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.Spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic underlined that Europe “remains fully committed to the agreement as long as Iran continues to fully implement its nuclear commitments.”British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was “deeply worried” by Iran’s announcement. In a tweet, he urged Tehran “to avoid any further steps away from JCPoA & come back into compliance.”As Netanyahu said Iran’s move was a “significant step toward making a nuclear weapon,” he urged European countries to “stand by your commitments” to impose sanctions against Tehran if it violated the agreement.“The policy changed from ‘wait out Trump’ to ‘hit back at Trump.’ That’s a big deal,” said Cliff Kupchan, a chairman at the Eurasia Group and longtime Iran watcher. “I don’t think either side wants war, but both sides do want leverage. We’re in for a rough ride.”In Moscow, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov noted that Iran had warned it was going to exceed the limit set by the deal and emphasized that Tehran’s move followed “unthinkable” U.S. pressure.“It didn’t come as a surprise, Iran long has warned about it,” Ryabkov said.“Exceeding the 300-kilogram limit causes regret, but shouldn’t be overdramatized. It must be seen as a natural result of the preceding events,” Ryabkov said. “Iran has faced an unprecedented and unthinkable U.S. sanction pressure, effectively meaning a total oil embargo, an attempt to strangle a sovereign state.”last_img read more

GFL Environmental buying US company Waste Industries in deal valued at 365B

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto-based GFL Environmental Inc. has signed a deal to buy Waste Industries in an agreement that values the U.S. company at about $3.65 billion.The deal will more than double GFL’s footprint in the United States.“Waste Industries strongly complements GFL’s brand with an over 47 year history of providing excellent customer service to its local communities and has a management team with a proven track record of harnessing technology, processes and systems to drive operating efficiencies,” GFL chief executive Patrick Dovigi said in a statement.Waste Industries provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the southeastern United States.It has more than 2,850 employees and operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.Dovigi will remain chief executive of the combined company, while Ven Poole, chairman and chief executive of Waste Industries, will become a senior vice-president.“These companies complement each other in multiple ways and the management teams share a similar culture oriented around exceptional customer service, operational excellence and our commitment to making a difference in the communities we serve,” Poole said in a statement.GFL also announced that Luke Pelosi has been appointed as chief financial officer to replace David Bacon. Pelosi joined GFL in January 2015 and has been chief operating officer since January.Greg Yorston, chief operating officer at Waste Industries, will become chief operating officer for all of GFL’s solid waste operations in Canada and the United States.The combined company, which will have more than 8,850 employees, will operate 98 collection operations, 59 transfer stations, 29 material recovery facilities, 10 organics facilities and 47 landfills.GFL, which is privately owned, has operations across Canada and in Michigan.Its principal shareholders include BC Partners and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.last_img read more

Report Earth Hour participation in BC dropping despite support for conserving energy

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new report released today by BC Hydro finds most British Columbians still think Earth Hour is important despite four years of declining participation.The report entitled “Lights out: Why Earth Hour is dimming in B.C.” found British Columbians reduced their electricity use during Earth Hour – an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund that encourages turning off the lights for an hour to raise awareness around combatting climate change – by just 0.3 percent in 2017, or 15 percent of the savings achieved in 2008.The decline comes despite 7 in 10 British Columbians surveyed for the report saying they intend to participate in Earth Hour this year. The findings suggest BC Hydro’s largely hydroelectric generation may account for the lack participation in Earth Hour. Electricity generation accounts for only 1 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in B.C. “While Earth Hour may have lost some of its momentum in B.C. in recent years, we still see this as a symbolic event – a way to raise awareness about energy conservation,” said Chris O’Riley, BC Hydro’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “That’s why we are encouraging British Columbians to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in support of Earth Hour.”BC Hydro customers can view an hourly breakdown of their electricity use for Saturday evening by logging onto their online MyHydro account to see how much they saved.The Northern Environmental Action Team is hosting an Earth Hour Run on Saturday night to help encourage conservation.  The 5k run will start at 8 p.m. and the kids 1k will start at 7 p.m. Both runs will start at Northern Lights College. You can still register online at or from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Northern Lights College.last_img read more

17th Street Bridge in Dawson Creek closed due to high water levels

first_imgHenderson said that the city’s other bridges and culverts, including the one that was famously overtopped two years ago on 8th St., are currently faring well with the high water levels. He said that officials have so far not had any reports of damage to residents’ property. Henderson added however that the situation may change as water levels tend to peak in the late afternoon due to the warn daytime temperatures.As another precautionary measure, the City of Dawson Creek is handing out free sand bags for residents. The sandbags and sand will be made available at the west side of Kitchen Park, at the corner of 18th Street and 109th Avenue. Henderson said that although the creek is not expected to reach levels seen in prior floods, there may be some residents who could use sandbags to divert runoff.Updates can be found on the City’s Facebook page. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek has closed the 17th Street Bridge because of rising water levels in the city’s namesake, though officials don’t believe that the water will rise to levels last seen two years ago.Dawson Creek’s General Manager of Development Services Kevin Henderson said the City decided to close the 17th Street bridge earlier today as a precautionary measure. Henderson explained that the water in Dawson Creek did overtop the bridge for a short time this morning, though it has since receded to approximately a foot below the road level.The bridge was one of several that were closed during the floods of June 2016, though it reopened a short time after.last_img read more

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