NFF Gets Wish as CAF Notify Libya of Change in Venue,…

first_imgThe Libyan Football Federation (LFF) has announced that they have been notified by the Confederation of African Football that the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria will no longer be held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on October 12.The matchday three fixture in Group E of the AFCON qualifiers is now scheduled to take place at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday, October 13.As previously reported by allnigeriasoccer.com, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr expressed his concerns about the Ahmadu Bello Stadium when he met with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 in London on Monday, September 24. The German added that the pitch was not up to standard and his players would not be comfortable playing on the turf.It is understood that taking the game to Kaduna earlier was a political move by the NFF chiefs which has backfired.It would be recalled that CAF slammed Nigeria with a $5,000 fine for allowing excess spectators at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium for an AFCON qualifier against Egypt in March 2016.Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has affirmed that he cannot afford to take his team’s forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifies against Libya with levity because qualifying the competition could determine his future with Nigeria’s national team.With days ticking away towards the first leg of a double-clash with Libya in the next stage of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers, Rohr said he needs all his key players for the game on October 12, because he has to win and put the qualification campaign on a sound footing.Footballlive.ng can report that the Franco-German gaffer hinted that he will not invite any untested player for the home and away fixtures against Libya, as he cannot afford to experiment during the forthcoming games.Meanwhile, Rohr has stressed that the Eagles will go out full blast against Libya both home and away to secure six points and stand a stronger chance of qualifying for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.He admitted that Libya have a formidable team that can surprise any opponent if underrated, hence his target to beat them in Nigeria and possibly secures a point in Tunisia.The former Bordeaux of France tactician added that all his players are well aware of the task ahead and are happy that they have admitted that they cannot afford to miss AFCON 2019, haven failed to qualify for the past two previous editions in 2015 and 2017.Rohr stated: “You know that qualifying for AFCON will help me keep my job, so I will not take chances.“Only players that are ready to give me 100 per cent at the field of play I will use against Libya.“There will be no time for experiment and only the best I will use for the match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U16 Selects

first_imgNot much rust on those boots.The Nelson Youth Soccer U16 Girls came out of the starting gates a blazing to capture the gold medal at the Kelowna Icebreaker Tournament over the Easter weekend.The Selects finished the tournament with a 4-0 round-robin record, out scoring the opponents 12-0 during the round robin before knocking off Vernon United 2-1 in the Championship Final. Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Championship Weekend with Team of the Week honours.Members of the team include, Bella Guderyan, Anna Milde, Julia Burkart, Emily Taylor, Jodi Surina, Mimi Lockhurst, Lucy Fox, Ali D’Odorico, Ashley Hall, Sophia Arcuri, Hanna Quinn, Allison Bendis and Shianne Michalchuk. Coach of the team is Paul Burkart.last_img read more

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Local Roundup: Christensen, Ubedei named to CCCAA All-NorCal team

first_imgGlendora >> When you rank at or near the top of your conference in multiple categories, people take notice.The California Community College Athletic Association noticed College of the Redwoods softball players Courtney Christensen and Shyann Ubdei enough to name them to the governing body’s All-NorCal team for the 2017 season.“To be honest, I didn’t really understand the significance of it, but when you put it that way — whoa!,” Ubedei said when asked what it means to be one of 17 players to …last_img read more

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Shaun White wins third halfpipe Olympic gold with clutch performance on final run

first_imgBONGPYEONG, South Korea >> Boxing had its pivotal rumble in the jungle. Snowboarding now has its climactic contest. Call it pandemonium in the pipe.With the world’s best boarders spinning and flipping down the Olympic halfpipe Wednesday, it was Shaun White who claimed victory by linking two of the hardest tricks possible — a pair of gargantuan double-cork 1440s. Those tricks sent him past Japan’s Ayumu Hirano and Australia’s Scotty James in a duel for the ages.That frontside 1440 was the same …last_img read more

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South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children

first_imgClose to 15 000 expats from all over the world took part in an online survey asking in which countries they prefer to raise their children. South Africa was in the overall top 20 family life index. Although Austria may be the best country for expats to raise their children, Finland wins the overall vote for best country when it comes to education. (Image: Media Club South Africa) • African history gets animation treatment • How Far from Home? SA couple chronicle their wander list online • Young South Africans plan to stay at home • How our African neighbours helped end apartheid • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Staff writerSouth Africa is one of the top 20 countries in which to raise children, according to a recent survey of expats around the world. The country is also eighth on the list of leisure in terms of the quality of life index.A total of 14 388 expatriates representing 170 nationalities took part in the Expat Insider 2015 survey, conducted by Internations. Of them, 53% were female and 47% were male; 38% were single and 62% were in a relationship The survey ran from 23 February to 9 March.In terms of the family status of the respondents, 21% had dependent children abroad and 79% did not have dependent children abroad.A total of 41 countries were included in this index. “In order to be included, each country needed over 30 survey respondents raising kids abroad who rated the… factors on a scale of one to seven,” the report read.The United Kingdom was not one of the 41 countries included, according to Yahoo. Mexico is the top country where locals go out of their way to make you feel at home. (Image: Media Club South Africa)In terms of availability of childcare and education, South Africa was ranked 11th by expats and 20th for the cost of childcare and education. Austria leads in the family life index, although Sweden beats it when it comes to cost of childcare and education.Finland was rated the overall best in education out of the 41 countries. A total of 92% of expat parents gave it a positive rating. Finland also made it to third place for the availability of childcare and education, as well as the related costs. In total, 66% of parents were generally satisfied with the availability of childcare, while 72% gave the availability of education a positive rating.In the ‘Ease of Settling In’ category, Mexico was named the best country in which to feel at home. In this index, South Africa ranked 20th for expats to adjust to local languages.This article was originally posted on Internations and later on Yahoo.last_img read more

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Blackmagic Releases Eyeon Fusion 7 Free to VFX Artists

first_imgBlackmagic recently acquired professional VFX software Eyeon Fusion and is now giving it away for FREE.In  If you follow the VFX industry or industry related software than you are probably already familiar with the compositing/VFX/graphics program Eyeon Fusion. Eyeon Fusion is an incredibly powerful program with a ton of industry-standard effects and node based workflow. Eyeon Fusion was purchased by Blackmagic Design earlier in 2014. The acquisition came as a surprise to many in the VFX community. Consumers were left in the dark about the future of Eyeon Fusion…until now.Today Blackmagic announced that the latest version of Eyeon Fusion 7 is available for download on Blackmagic’s website for free. Yes you read that right. This announcement has huge implications for the VFX and motion graphics community, as previous versions of Fusion were $2,500 a license.The new version of Eyeon Fusion 7 will come in two varieties, Free and Studio ($995).  The difference between the versions is that Studio has been created and optimized for, you guessed it, studios by allowing such functionality as network rendering, project management tools, and third party OpenFX plugins.This is definitely an industry game-changer. The only downside to this announcement is that currently Fusion 7 is only available for Windows based machines, so if you use a Mac you are going to miss out on the fun (for now).Eyeon Fusion has been used on dozens of Hollywood features including Thor, Noah, Gravity, Edge of Tomorrow, and Avatar. It is a node based application, meaning unlike After Effects or Apple Motion, it doesn’t work by compiling layers on top of one another. Instead users link assets together using nodes (see picture). This way of working can be extremely beneficial if you work with 3D objects or work in the compositing world. If you want to learn more about how node workflows compare to layer based software check out our post on ‘Nuke vs. After Effects: A Realistic Comparison‘.Picture via Blackmagic DesignThere are also a lot of really good Eyeon Fusion tutorials and resources out there to help you get up-to-speed on how to integrate Eyeon Fusion into your current workflow. Including:Digital TutorsToolfarmVFXPedia via BlackmagicThis announcement also comes in the wake of Blackmagic releasing DaVinci Resolve Lite, a video editing and motion graphics application that’s also free to the public. We’ll be interested to see if this now ushers in a new wave of competition between software developers and hardware developers.If you know of any other awesome training resources for learning about Eyeon Fusion we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.Resources Eyeon Fusion via Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic releases free Fusion VFX software – Broadcast NowBlackmagic Design Releases Free Version of Fusion 7 – Studio Dailylast_img read more

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Keys to Victory: Ginebra-Meralco Finals series

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games For the second year, Ginebra and Meralco meet anew in what promises to be a slam-bang clash for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup championship.Last time these two met, fans were treated to six tightly-contested affairs–which were settled by five points or less and which ended in an Justin Brownlee’s buzzer-beater three that gave Ginebra the crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA year after, the Bolts and the Kings— with same faces and new additions in their line ups—are ready for war again and it would be interesting to see how different things turn out this time.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this best-of-seven series. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Now the biggest challenge for the Bolts is consistency in making their shots.All the small thingsWhat makes Ginebra’s league second-best offense work is its efficiency on the floor with its 46.10-percent shooting.Going 50.25-percent from two and 34.87-percent from three, the Gin Kings have been making the most of their shots.But with a series likely to decided on a couple of points, every basket matters, and that’s Ginebra’s achilles heel. The Gin Kings are the league’s worst free throw shooting team, going 64.29-percent from the charity stripe despite hoisting a league-high 434 free throw attempts.Meralco, on the other hand, have been diligent in capitalizing on those free points, going 73.02-percent from the 15-foot line to pair with its 44.68-percent field goal shooting.While a freethrow may just be a point, in a series expected to be down the wire at all times, these small things matter the most for each team.The sixth manIt’s been well-documented how the raucous crowd influence Ginebra games in the past.The Gin Kings have admitted how the audience have helped them get out of danger, while players from the other side also bared being a bit rattled by the rowdy crowd. It’s going to be a battle of adjustments and creativity with both coaches known to stick to a system. With both sides evenly matched, Cone and Black would have to figure out a way to gain the slightest advantage in what promises to be a series to go the distance.Great wall of GinebraAs if Ginebra’s small-ball tactic last season wasn’t dangerous enough, Cone unearthed a scheme opposite of that with the return of Greg Slaughter.With the Cebuano giant back in the fray, the Gin Kings have toyed with their roster and at times, unleashed a killer frontcourt five with a guard joining Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Justin Brownlee, and Joe Devance on the hard court.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that Ginebra is second in the league in rebounds with 55.19 boards per game and first in blocks with 7.75 rejections per outing.Expect the Gin Kings to make the most of their strength and pound the ball down low.Bombs away BoltsHow do you counter that size advantage? Meralco’s way is drawing those bigs to the outside.The Bolts have capitalized on the power of the three-ball, topping the league with their 37-percent clip, much to Black’s delight.Baser Amer, Jared Dillinger, and Reynel Hugnatan have been fearless in hoisting those long balls, but Meralco’s arsenal just got deeper with the additions of Ranidel de Ocampo, Garvo Lanete, and Mike Tolomia, all of whom are ready to light it up once their hands wax hot. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Pasaol reminds Pumaren of ‘joyous’ PBA great Meneses Can we call it a rivalry now?ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary And with Game 1 set at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, as well as Games 5, 6, and 7, if necessary, scheduled at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, expect the troves of ka-barangays to come out and support their team.However, Meralco import Allen Durham shared that after his team’s runner-up finish last year, the Bolts are more than ready to tune that noise out.“The crowd is not going to be a factor,” he confidently said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Coaching chess matchIt’s easy to assume that series going down as offense-versus-defense, given the Gin Kings’ high-octane style against the Bolts’ grindhouse system.After all, Ginebra’s been averaging 103.7 points per game versus Meralco’s 98.19, but the Bolts are only allowing opponents to 89.8 markers per outing against the Gin Kings’ 98.8.But looking past that gives us a meeting of the minds as two of the most decorated and highly respected mentors in the league today engage in a coaching chess match.Tim Cone, seeking for ring no. 20, and Norman Black, who’s in search for his ninth title, square off anew for only the second time in the championship stage, with the first, of course, being last year’s duel.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona winger Malcom is a target for Tottenham.The Daily Star says Spurs are short of firepower with Heung-Min Son joining up with South Korea at the Asian Cup yesterday.He will miss Tottenham’s next five matches if his country goes all the way to the final.Spurs are currently scouring the market for reinforcements up front and are ready to revive their interest in Nou Camp outcast Malcom.The Brazilian, who can play anywhere in a front three, was on their radar last summer before he joined Barca from Bordeaux.But his £36.5m transfer has not worked out and the Spanish giants are willing to let him go this month. last_img read more

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18 days ago​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich days

first_img​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich daysby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has spoken about how he’s changed since his days at Bayern Munich.The Swiss star failed to make the grade at Bayern as a youngster.He eventually moved to Stoke City in the Premier League. Their relegation prompted a cut price move to Liverpool last summer.”Over the years I have become calmer and more patient,” he told Schweizer Illustrierte.”I would probably last longer in Munich today and waited for my chance. I know that I have to give myself more time for my career steps now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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