The new fixyourstreet.ie website, which allows the public to directly report problems like potholes, graffiti, and broken streetlights to their local authority, needs to be rolled out in Donegal as soon as possible.That’s the view of Senator Jimmy Harte who said the scheme could be a real benefit to the people of the county.“I look forward to seeing it introduced soon, and that if it was available in Donegal “it would show how quickly Donegal County Council and Town Councils do get work done”. “I welcome the Government initiative , fixyourstreet.ie which went live in a trial beta version last week and is currently only available in the South Dublin County area. It is planned to run for three months, after which it is planned to be rolled out across the State,” he said.The site allows residents to report any issues on their street online or via Twitter and promises a response to all complaints within two days.It will handle ‘non-emergency issues’ including potholes, blocked street drains, broken streetlights, and illegal dumping.“The majority of the time the public presume someone else has reported a problem in their area,” said Senator Harte. “This new site gives residents the opportunity to log their complaint. The complaint is then prioritised and can be rechecked until work has been carried out.”EndsHARTE CALLS FOR NEW ‘FIX-IT’ SCHEME TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 5th, 2011 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:Senator Jimmy Harte
Peter Witherow had an excellent game as St Michaels defeated Kilcar in the Donegal SFC.Last weekend, Kilcar were tipped to go all the way following their win against current Donegal SFC holders Glenswilly, but that pendulum has now swung towards St Michael’s following their stunning win in Towney this afternoon.St Michaels produced a tactically astute, disciplined and highly energetic display that Kilcar simply couldn’t cope with.In difficult blustery conditions, St Michaels had the advantage of the wind with them in the opening period. But they adopted a blanket defence approach and invited Kilcar to try and break them down.However, time after time, Kilcar were dispossessed by a superbly well organised St Michaels side who then clinically punished them on the counter-attack.The speed at which Tony Wilkinson’s side broke at was particularly impressive, and two excellent scores from Colm McFadden and Liam Paul Ferry gave them an early two-point advantage.Kilcar seemed content to keep possession of the ball in their own half and St Michaels patiently allowed them to have it. They went over and back, and sideways with absolutely no urgency, much to annoyance of their home support who urged them to run at the St Michaels defence.However, as soon as Kilcar crossed the half-way line they were engaged by the St Michaels defence who were brilliantly disciplined in the tackle and turned over possession on numerous occasions.Kilcar had scoring chances, but Paddy McBrearty missed a couple of frees, while Mark McHugh and Michael Hegarty also posted wides.St Michaels added another two points before the break, first through an expertly taken free from Colm McFadden, then Daniel McLaughlin seized on a mistake from a short kick-out to put St Michaels four ahead at the break.Half-time Kilcar 0-00 St Michaels 0-04 At half-time having failed to scored in the opening thirty minutes of play, the Kilcar support expected a second-half blitz from their side, but it never materialized.With the advantage of a strong wind now at their backs Kilcar were time after time forced into errors by a St Michaels side who played at an unbelievable intensity.It took St Michaels just three minutes to do what Kilcar couldn’t do in the opening half which was score a point!Martin McElhinney powered through the Kilcar defence to fire over, and quickly after that Michael Langan was awarded a penalty by Seamus McGonagle after being dragged down as he went to pull the trigger. Colm McFadden dispatched the penalty and St Michaels were in cruise control, as a shell-shocked Kilcar side looked around themselves stunned at what was unfolding before them.Michael Gallagher added another score for St Michaels to put them nine ahead, before Kilcar finally registered a score from a free by Patrick McBrearty.McBrearty added another free, but then St Michaels broke again at frightening speed, Andrew Kelly released Daniel McLaughlin who ran thirty metres before firing into the top corner of the Kilcar net.It was a wonderful goal, and there was no way back for Kilcar after that, Ryan McHugh, Paddy McBrearty and Michael Hegarty added points for Kilcar.But Daniel McLaughlin and Andrew Kelly also added points for St Michaels to run out utterly convincing and well deserved winners on a score-line of Kilcar 0-05 St Michaels 2-08.St Michaels really were outstanding to a man, their decision making on the ball was almost faultless and the speed at which they transferred possession from defence into attack was sensational.It’s hard to single out individuals for praise when so many St Michaels players performed well.But the performances of brothers Ciaran and Michael Gallagher, Michael McGinley, Martin McElhinney and Colm McFadden were particularly eye catching.Next up for St Michaels is a trip to Glenswilly which is a repeat of the 2011 decider.Kilcar face Bundoran knowing nothing other than a win will do if their to make the last eight of the Donegal SFC.DONEGAL SFC: ST MICHAEL’S SENSATIONAL AS THEY POWER PAST KILCAR was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCGAAHome-page SportkilcarnewsSt Micheals
(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The variety of design applications coming from the imitation of natural solutions continues to be astonishing.Hope for sensitive teeth: When is it time to see the dentist? At 2:30 (tooth hurty). If you have sensitive teeth like 3 out of 4 people, there may be a biomimetic solution coming. Sensitivity occurs when dentin at the gum line erodes, leaving nerves exposed to hot, cold, sweet or sour signals. PhysOrg and Science Daily, echoing a press release from the American Chemical Society, announced a way to rebuild enamel and dentin, taking a clue from mussels. Mussels build a waterproof adhesive to secure themselves to the rocks. “Taking inspiration from nature,” a team “reasoned that it could help keep minerals in contact with dentin long enough for the rebuilding process to occur.” They have invented a “gooey substance” that allows the dentin and enamel to grow together (see picture on PhysOrg). This solution would be far better than the current band-aid treatment of brushing with special toothpaste that deadens the nerves. Instead, the adhesive could allow the teeth to be reconstructed for good.Pearl of great price: The beauty of pearl and mother-of-pearl (nacre) goes beyond its attractiveness in jewelry. The material is also desirable for its durability against cracks. Biomimetics engineers would like to imitate the construction of similar materials, but understanding how the mollusk does it is a prerequisite. It looks like imitation will be a way off; in a PNAS paper, researchers described how they”identified 80 shell matrix proteins, among which 66 are entirely unique.” Although they believed that shell-making was key to the “evolutionary success” of mollusks, they didn’t describe how these unique proteins arose, each one being a highly improbable outcome for a blind evolutionary process (see online book). The French team said,This is the only description of the whole “biomineralization toolkit” of the matrices that, at least in part, is thought to regulate the formation of the prismatic and nacreous shell layers in the pearl oysters. We unambiguously demonstrate that prisms and nacre are assembled from very different protein repertoires. This suggests that these layers do not derive from each other.Imitating rapid steroid synthesis: Researchers at Scripps Institute are achieving “a feat … that only nature could make on a large scale” – the synthesis of polyhydroxylated steroids. “”These compounds. used in heart-failure medications and other drugs, have been notoriously problematic to synthesize in the laboratory,” PhysOrg reported. The work “points the way to a scalable formation and modification of a variety of useful compounds that had been obtainable in significant quantities only from plants or animals.” They reduced the number of steps from 41 to 21, making nature’s feat still look superior.Bioinspired catalysts: Nature makes it look so easy. “Naturally occurring metalloenzymes have long been recognized as attractive catalysts for aerobic oxidations because they can operate under mild conditions with complete chemoselectivity,” Science Magazine said. “Simulation of the function of these enzymes has led to the discovery of many biomimetic oxidation catalysts.” Martine Largeron and Maurice-Bernard Fleury described progress in this dynamic research field. Researchers aren’t yet close to catching up with what living cells do every day:Many challenges remain, including the development of biomimetic catalytic systems that operate effectively at room temperature with ambient air rather than pure molecular oxygen. The development of recyclable heterogeneous nanocluster catalysts that contain biocompatible rather than rare and precious metals would also be welcome. From a more general viewpoint, mimicking the function of amine oxidase enzymes would provide environmentally friendly organic synthesis because air is the cheaper and less polluting stoichiometric oxidant.Mitochondria-inspired fuel cells: Inspired by how cellular organelles like mitochondria and chloroplasts harvest sunlight so efficiently, researchers at the University of Reading have built nanowire networks with vastly increased surface area that can reside on plastic substrates, promising fuel cells and other products that are more efficient, cheaper, lightweight, and environmentally friendly. PhysOrg headlined this, “Nanomaterial inspired by nature paves way for greener energy.” If you don’t mind the goofy music, a video clip shows the manufacturing process.Living buildings: Imagine buildings of the future hosting lichens and mosses that can absorb excess C02. That’s becoming an option, reported Science Daily, with a drawing of a building with a “vegetated facade” making the most of the sunlight. The new material, designed at a university in Barcelona, Spain, “offers environmental, thermal and aesthetic advantages over other similar construction solutions.” It also improves the thermal comfort of people inside. “The innovative feature of this new (vertical multilayer) concrete is that it acts as a natural biological support for the growth and development of certain biological organisms, to be specific, certain families of microalgae, fungi, lichens and mosses.” The layered structure captures rainwater for use by the organisms, and as they grow, the buildings will change in color over time. The researchers see their patented concrete being used for renovating buildings, creating “vertical gardens” and designing architectures that blend into the landscape.Everyone can love biomimetics. Many of the above are unique stories, not mentioned here before. Faster, better, cheaper – nature shows us the way. Darwin-talk drops out of the discussion when the focus is on natural design we can use to improve our lives.
The disappearance of flight MH370 could have only involved human input according to a veteran Boeing 777 check captain.Speaking exclusively with AirlineRatings.com the check captain said given the facts we know, that MH370 ended its flight in southern Indian Ocean, “human input was essential.”“We are not dealing with an out of control plane. “It is impossible for the Boeing 777 to fly this course by itself,” said the check captain.“It required a pilot or someone with knowledge of the 777 flight systems.”MH370 made three course changes and at least two altitude changes according to the Malaysian military.“To change course requires the pilot to either disengage the Flight Management Computer and dial in a new heading to the autopilot/flight director or fly manually”The plane apparently increased its altitude from 35,000ft to 45,000ft according to returns to Malaysian military radar before descending as low as 5,000ft.“This would have required input to reselect altitude in the autopilot/flight director or manually to fly the plane and typically reduce engine thrust.”MH370 then made two more turns the first to the north-west and then due south.According to the check captain the 777 would have had to climb back to 35,000ft as it would never have reached the southern Indian Ocean with the fuel load it had onboard.“At say 12,000ft it burn 8 tons of fuel an hour but we can only fly at a top speed of 340kts (629km/hr).” “But at 35,000ft we would burn 7 tons of fuel an hour and fly at 480kts (890km/hour),” said the check captain.If MH370 had remained at say 12,000ft it would have only reached Carnarvon.When MH370 ran out of fuel and if nobody was in control the Boeing 777 would not have glided down slowly according to the check captain.“With no power and no-one flying it would have gone into a spiral and straight down possibly reaching supersonic speeds.”“Parts would have started to break off – like aerilons and trim tabs.”The 777 could have also gone into a flat spin.There would have been standby battery power for critical functions.However, within one minute of the engines quitting the plane’s auxiliary power unit located in the tail, with its own fuel supply, would have started automatically and brought full power back to the electrical and cabin systems.This may account for the final partial ping from the plane picked up by Inmarast at 8.19am.No response was received from the aircraft at 9.15am, when the ground earth station sent the next log on / log off message or ping. This indicates that the plane was no longer logged on to the network and is consistent with the limit of its range with its fuel load.The check captain noted that all the course changes could have all be re-programmed at the same time but the altitude changes could not.MH370 Tributes Page
13 October 2009 South Africa’s energy equity policies, which have successfully increased access to electricity across the country, have won praise in a new survey of the climate and energy policies of 88 countries worldwide. The World Energy Council, a multi-energy industry organisation with member committees in 100 countries, published its first Assessment of Energy and Climate Policy on Tuesday. Published in the run-up to the crucial Copenhagen climate summit taking place in December, the report reviews the performance of 88 countries on issues such as access to energy, reliability of supplies, and levels of greenhouse gas emissions, scoring countries across 46 relevant indicators.‘Fast growth’ countries South Africa is identified in the report as one of the top performers in the “emerging” or “fast growth” country category, on its way from being a lower income to a higher income country, and on the verge of crossing the line from the net energy importing to the net energy exporting category. It is South Africa’s energy equity policies, however, which merited special attention in the report. While the country does not score highest for equitable access to energy – given how recently it began implementing its post-apartheid policies – its national electrification programme has transformed the level of electrification the country, raising it from 36% to 90% of urban households, and 12% to 52% of rural households, since 1994. To achieve this, South Africa had to overcome a number of hurdles, including formulating the design and construction process, perfecting the technology, and addressing social issues such as affordability.Logistical hurdles “The project management aspect was the key component in the construction process,” the report notes. “In the course of one year, over 200 individual electrification projects had to be planned, designed and executed. “A connection had to be made every 30 seconds for five years. A pole had to be placed in the correct position every 10 seconds. Two hundred metres of cable had to be strung and attached every minute. “It was the introduction of a detailed planning, design and project management process, as well as detailed standard technical building blocks and indicators, that have made the achievement of 1.5-million connections in five years, with an accompanying 50 percent reduction in cost, possible.” Besides the reduction in cost per connection, the report states, South Africa’s electrification programme has brought major health benefits through “fewer paraffin burns and poisoning, as well as vaccine refrigeration, water pasteurisation and a decrease in respiratory disease.” South Africa still has a long way to go in reducing its historical dependence on coal, which still makes up around 72% of the country’s primary energy mix, the rest comprising oil (12%), gas (3%), nuclear (2%) and renewable energy sources (11%). The report notes, however, that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa has approved renewable feed-in tariffs “that should encourage the use of renewable energy sources and increase energy security. “Further, in a bid to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, South Africa has introduced carbon emission reduction credits, and is developing a carbon storage atlas.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#search#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The launch of the “computational knowledge engine” Wolfram Alpha was one of the most anticipated product launches of early 2009. Since then, it’s been rather quiet around Wolfram Alpha, even though the company continues to add new features and data on a regular basis. Today, we had a chance to talk to Wolfram Research’s founder Stephen Wolfram about the first year and the company’s plans for the future.Looking BackAs Wolfram told us, the most basic question he tried to answer when the company started development was simply to see if it was even possible to take all this data and make it computable. Now, a year later, his answer to that question is an emphatic “yes.” Wolfram, however, also acknowledged that right after the launch the user experience for first-time users wasn’t necessarily ideal, as Wolfram Alpha didn’t yet have data for a lot of knowledge domains. The choice at that point, he said, was to either delay the launch and get more data, or to release Wolfram Alpha and be able to learn how its users would use it, and then enhance the experience over time. Wolfram says that today, most users are aware of the difference between a search engine and Wolfram Alpha, and the experience for first-time users has become far better. He stressed that the team (which consists of about 200 employees and 500 volunteers) is currently adding new data at an increasing pace. That’s gotten easier as the team has learned how to import information from a large variety of knowledge domains and sub-specialties.Getting the Data is Just 5% of the Work Unlike Google, Wolfram thinks that the Web “isn’t useful for getting raw data.” Indeed, whenever the Wolfram Alpha team experimented with this, the data simply wasn’t up to par. Instead, the company will continue to mostly work with data from primary sources. Getting this data, however, is only 5% of the work. The real difficulty is to understand how to compute this data and to understand how people talk about this data: What kind of questions do they ask? What are the alternate names for a specific chemical element? In addition, the Wolfram Alpha team and volunteers also check for anomalies in the data they receive. If there are major outliers, the team will track down more information to verify the original source. Sadly, though, not all data is free and Wolfram Alpha has to pay if it wants to include some databases. To make Wolfram a viable business and still offer this data, the team is considering a subscription plan that will give paying users access to deeper datasets from subscription databases. Challenge: Bringing Wolfram Alpha to More UsersThe question now, however, is how to get more users and how to bring Wolfram Alpha to more users through more channels. As we noted earlier this year, the company’s newly minted managing director Barak Berkowitz thinks that the team’s “number-one priority is to get Wolfram|Alpha in the hands of everyone.” To get to this point, they will soon release more and better tools for third-party developers who want to use the company’s APIs to integrate Wolfram Alpha’s functionality in their own sites and services. It’s also worth noting that Wolfram Alpha now offers an appliance that companies can install behind their firewall to curate and compute their own data. Looking Ahead: Analyzing Your Own Data, More Knowledge Domains, Programming with Natural Language QueriesBesides looking back, we also asked Wolfram about his plans for the future. In answering this question, he stressed that this new approach to computing is just getting started and it usually takes him about 10 years to develop his projects before he fully understands what’s possible once this new paradigm has arrived.For the near future, however, Wolfram hopes that Wolfram Alpha’s users will be able to upload their own data and perform complex computations on this data and use Wolfram Alpha to find correlations within Alpha’s vast database. The usage scenarios for this could include anything from analyzing sales data to doing personal analytics on data from devices like the Fitbit. In addition to uploading data, Wolfram Alpha will soon make it easier for users to download data to use in presentations.Wolfram also wants to bring Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica closer together. One development that Wolfram is especially excited about is using Wolfram Alpha’s ability to understand and compute natural language queries in order to create Mathematica programs. By building on this capability, Mathematica users may soon be able to write and manipulate their code using natural language queries just like in Wolfram Alpha. Obviously, the team behind Wolfram Alpha will also continue to add more data across an every-growing number of knowledge domains. Today, for example, the team is launching real-time space weather data, 12 complete genomes and local maps, as well as numerous other knowledge domains related to math, biology, physics and geography.
By Carol ChurchIn our first installment on this topic, we went over the definition of a side hustle and their pros and cons. In our second installment, we discussed finding the right side job, and do’s and don’ts for success. Today, we present a list of side job possibilities that might work for military spouses–some of which you may not have heard of.Of course, each job will have its pros and cons, and all require further research. If they will be operating a business out of military housing, spouses need to get advice on what is and isn’t permitted. And don’t forget about taxes, which can be complicated for ventures such as these.20 Military Spouse Side HustlesDog walker/pet sitterIt’s easier than ever to get into this due to new websites such as Rover and DogVacay, although companies like this also will take a cut of earnings. Those interested will want to consider their own expertise and comfort with animals of all size and type.Blogger (especially on a niche subject)While some bloggers are enormously successful, this is typically a low-profit business. However, those with specialized knowledge or marketing and media experience may be able to make this work. Visit ProBlogger for job listings and career advice.Virtual assistantThose with a variety of proven, useful skills may be able to do well working as a virtual assistant. Sites like Zirtual are for more professional responsibilities that an assistant would handle, such as bookkeeping and travel scheduling. Fiverr offers the chance to do almost anything (legal) one can think of for a “fiver” or more. Taskrabbit is more about local, in-person tasks, such as cleaning or deliveries.Photospin/Tom Baker“Social selling” companies, such as LulaRoe, Pampered Chef, Jamberry, Avon, etc.While not everyone is a fan of these systems, which typically involve reselling products to friends and acquaintances through parties or online, they definitely can and do work for some. It’s best to sell something one personally uses and feels passionate about. Take the time to research the particular company of interest, and remember that some of these systems also ask workers to “recruit” others.Perform assorted small tasks for pay on Mechanical TurkMechanical Turk offers a variety of small, short tasks (such as transcription, photo labeling, or completing surveys) available to do online. While most pay very little, the flexibility and ease of entry is nice, and those who know how to locate the highest-paying tasks sometimes are able to make a decent wage.Work for Uber or LyftBecoming a driver for one of these 21st century taxi services requires a clean record, ability to drive safely (there is a screening) and a car that meets their standards. The company will keep a certain percentage; drivers get to keep any tips. Note that location is a factor; those in populated areas will get more jobs.Fitness instructor, Zumba teacher, yoga instructor, or personal trainerThis opportunity may require investment in training or studio rental, but for some it is very lucrative.Start a house cleaning businessThis is a pretty easy business to start up (not a lot of costs) and run out of a home. Those interested can use their network by starting off offering services for people they know, then getting them to submit testimonials and make recommendations. Consider becoming bonded and insured.Tutoring studentsObviously, this is especially suited for those with a background in education, but others with solid knowledge in a subject and good people skills may be able to make this work as well. This business typically takes places at odd hours and may require a lot of travel time and gas money. Startup costs are low.Start a catering business, or work for an established catererMany caterers need servers, bartenders and assistants for short-term work, and the pay can be fairly good. Night and evening work is the norm, however.Starting a catering business is certainly more complex and requires knowledge of and possibly certification in food safety, but those with a knack for cooking and economical food purchasing can do well.Start a gardening or yard work businessThis is another one where people may be able to start off working for those they know and parlay that into a business through referrals and recommendations. The startup costs here are high, since workers typically will need mowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, and even a trailer.Selling baked goods, jam, or other prepared foods at farmers’ markets or other eventsIt’s possible to make a good profit selling prepared foods at events, local businesses, or through the Internet. There are food safety and “cottage industry” laws that affect this business, so those interested need to do their homework ahead of time.Making and selling jewelry, soaps, bath items, candles, or other crafts and selling on Etsy or at local marketsPhotospin/Mykola LunovA wealth of articles cover the pros and cons of this business idea. Marketing is generally key, as is creating an attractive and well-priced product. Workers need to be careful not to undersell their time with this option.Bartending freelance for eventsThose who are willing to go to bartending school can market themselves as qualified for this and earn money at private events. Personal safety may be a factor here.Babysit or start an in-home child care servicePart-time babysitting for friends and acquaintances is another low-startup business that can pay well. One can also consider working for a site like SitterCity. If the interest is more serious, workers can consider starting a business in their home, which will require vetting for safety and purchasing materials. All caregivers should be certified in CPR and first aid, and those with an in-home business may need state certification.On-site photo booth operatorThough there is a substantial investment, this business can be profitable in the right market and does not require a high degree of technical skill once one has learned the ropes. On the downside, work is typically on nights and weekends.PhotographyThough there’s a lot of competition in the market for family and wedding photographers and/or freelance photography, some will may be able to make it if they market well.Short-term positions from the “gigs” section of CraigslistThere are typically many scams in this section, so workers need to beware. However, some report being able to put together multiple part-time legitimate gigs.Sign up with a temp agencyTemping can be an easy and low-commitment way to earn money, though employees have to remember that the agency gets a substantial cut. New online temp marketplaces like Wonolo are an interesting option.Reselling antiques, used clothes, used books, etc. on eBayThose who are great shoppers or thrifters with an eye for a deal may succeed here. Photography skills and the ability write a detailed description are important, as is the ability to monitor auctions.This is really just the tip of the iceberg for unconventional “side hustles,” but it’s a starting place. What’s really important is knowing that there are many ways to get around the limitations of the military lifestyle and to contribute to family financial security.
“But they’d say that he was selling out his homeland for not wanting to play with the national team.“Messi has given up a lot of privileges.“He doesn’t have to return to the Argentina team, nor does he have to go back to Newell’s Old Boys.“Sadly for all those who admire him, he cannot keep paying the high price of ruthless criticism, as they say he is cold, that he doesn’t sing the anthem and that he doesn’t feel the shirt.“I think the footballing atmosphere doesn’t deserve Messi.”Lionel Messi has also been compared with the legendary footballer Diego Maradona who has lifted the World Cup for Argentina. But Lionel Messi has missed the Golden chance to win the World Cup in 2014 as they were beaten by Germany with a solitary goal of Mario Gotze in the extra time. In this year’s World Cup, Argentina were knocked out by France in the quarter final stage of the tournament. This Argentina National side are too much dependent on Lionel Messi and that’s why the Barcelona superstar has to take huge amount of pressure. According to Fernando Signorini, Lionel Messi would have lifted the World Cup if he had chosen to play for Spain. The former fitness coach of Diego Maradona has also stated that the drug addiction has badly affected the health condition of the legendary footballer of Argentina. Advertisement “I wish he had taken Spanish nationality and he would already be a world champion,” Lionel Messi AdvertisementDiego Maradona’s former fitness coach Fernando Signorini has stated that he would be happy if Lionel Messi had chosen to play for Spain instead of Argentina. According to him, the Argentine superstar has to take a lot of pressure while playing for the National side.Fernando Signorini told,
The recent ODI performances of the Pakistan team has put their ODI skipper Azhar Ali under serious pressure. Pakistan suffered a humiliating 169-run loss in the third ODI against England yesterday and also lost the five-match series in the process.Azhar Ali, a senior member of the squad was a surprise choice for the ODI captaincy after Misbah-ul-Haq retired from ODI cricket following the World Cup. But, his inability to lead the side to glory in England and a heavy defeat last night have raised concerns over the batsman’s place in the squad as calls for sacking Ali are already doing the rounds.Former players are upset after England posted the highest ever One-day International total of 444 for three and romped home to a big win to seal the series. (Also read: England smash 444/3 vs Pakistan, record highest ever ODI score)”It is time for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to admit they made a mistake in appointing Azhar as the ODI captain and appoint someone else for the series against the West Indies next month. It made no sense to appoint Azhar last year even though he was not in the ODI team since 2013,” the former great said,” former Test captain Javed Miandad said.Miandad also backed wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmad as the obvious choice for the captaincy.”One-day cricket has changed a lot since we played and today I think England gave us an abject lesson in how to play 50 overs. We were outclassed and humiliated,” he said.Pakistan legend Wasim Akram has also backed Sarfaraz as the next obvious choice to be ODI captain.advertisementAhmad was appointed the captain of the T20 side after Pakistan’s poor performance in the World T20 at India as Shahid Afridi was removed immediately. (Also read: England hit world record 444/3 to hammer Pakistan in 3rd ODI)Akram said Pakistan quickly needed to change its approach on how to play ODI cricket and for this a change in captaincy was required.”I think it is the right time to give responsibility to Sarfaraz and make him ODI captain. He is a performer under pressure and he can bring about a change,” Wasim said on ‘Geo News’ channel.Another former Test captain Ramiz Raja also felt that Azhar Ali must be feeling a lot more pressure after Pakistan’s slide in limited overs cricket.”I am just concerned that eventually all this pressure and criticism might affect his Test cricket performances.”Azhar, a regular in the Test squad as well, has also come under criticism for his slow batting style.(With PTI Inputs)
Puducherry, Jan 4 (PTI) Centrally sponsored JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research) here will have an indoor sports complex at a cost of Rs 13.5 crore, a top official said today. JIPMER Director S C Parija, who laid the foundation of the complex on the precincts of the institute, said the complex would come up in 10 months time in an area measuring 40,299 sq ft. He said that there would beï¿½volleyball, basketball, throw ball and badminton courts in the complex. JIPMER had been feeling the need for indoor sports facility and this is being met now, he added. Medical Superintendent Ashok Sankar Badhe was among those present. PTI CORR SS