first_img…on NGSAIt’s said “Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” This Eyewitness really believes some folks making policy at the Education Ministry may be “mad” – in the sense of how the ancients used it. Doing things that just doesn’t stand to reason. Take this latest decision on the NGSA – to now have the kids write their names on the exam papers.Why in the world would they want to do this? Well let’s look at the reasons they provided. For Paper I – which is all multiple choice – they claim the students writing their names will guarantee they were the ones who actually answered the questions!! Well they should tell the long suffering students and their parents, what will be different if stand-ins write those same names.Is the Ministry going to have a data bank of signatures of these 11-year-olds to compare the written signatures against? But really!! The NGSA’s written in the same schools the kids attend. Can anyone really think an “imposter kid” can show up among kids who spent six years together and not be outed? What a crock!!And even if some precociously cunning kids are gaming the system by having “imposters” take their place – wouldn’t it be better to install the system in place for CSEC. Have the cherubs submit their pics which can be presented with their Candidate Numbers on the Exam Day?For Paper II, the students will now have to not only write their names – but also their addresses, date of birth and gender on a page that’s kept by the administrators – but doesn’t go up to the markers! We’re not told why the administrators need that data – which should be already in the system. Or what they’ll do with it. But with Paper II going up to the markers without the names on the kids’ submissions, couldn’t the aforesaid precociously cunning kids substitute their “stand-ins” for them?But we all know this is all BS…isn’t it? So will the powers-that-be who will determine the life chances of the next 14,500 kids writing the NGSA (specific high school attended and income are highly correlated) give us the real scoop? As it is, folks out there think the present Administration wants to fiddle with the present randomised distribution of the top 10 per cent. In a country so divided that people look at the origin of people who’re selected as dog catchers. Can you imagine the rap the Government will take if they allow this hare-brained scheme to go through?Hope they’re learnt from the present imbroglio that silence may be golden, but not in politics.…on Holder in Costa RicaWe know Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s out in Costa Rica…no one is sure why…but he’s there all right. Our media says he’s there for development of our livestock sector. But this Eyewitness thinks that’s only because the fella in charge of our livestock programme accompanied him. However, the Costa Rican media says:“Among the areas for discussion are the systematic, participatory, and organised approaches to dealing with agriculture in the region; support for the construction of medium and long-term visions, enabling each country to achieve its development goals and to look at the international vision for dealing with global phenomena related to agriculture and rural life.“The objective of the visit is to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural sector, strengthen agriculture’s contribution to the development of territories and well-being of the rural population and improve agricultural capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”In other words – more bloviating BS.…in closing LBIMinister Holder was heavily criticised for not visiting Wales Estate when he closed it down and threw 1700 sugar workers into the streets.They can’t do that with the closure of LBI throwing another 700 out on their ears.The man’s not in the country!!last_img read more

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first_imgAs Banks DIH prepares for its 61st Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 28, 2017, the company has announced that it has recorded a whopping .788 billion after-tax profit for the year 2016.The report, presented by Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis, showed that the profit after tax for the company was some $4.357 billion, compared to $2.569 billion in 2015, an increase of $1.788 billion.Included in this profit is a gain of $1.409 billion arising from the sale of its holding of ordinary shares in Banks Holdings Limited and Desnoes & Geddes (Jamaica) Ltd, and the dissolution of BCL (Barbados) Ltd, which resulted in a surplus of $29.2 million over the cost of the investment.According to Reis, the profit after tax from the company’s operating activities was some $2.948 billion, compared to $2.569 billion achieved in 2015, an increase of $379.0 million or 14.7 per cent.“These improved results were attributed to increases in revenues and physical unit sales, improvement in cost reduction and prudent management of our capital, human and financial resources,” Reis said in his four-page report.During the year, he said the company operated in a global environment where sluggish economic growth in most advanced economies continued, owing in part to the decline in commodity prices and incremental increases in oil prices. The reduction in export earnings for sugar, bauxite, rice and timber, he said, has negatively affected the domestic environment. This, in combination with reduced public spending, caused consumer uncertainty, which led to reduced demand.“We rose above these challenges and achieved growth through investment in our quality brands and strategically placing our resources against the biggest growth opportunities. Necessary steps were taken to strengthen our company’s operating capabilities to drive sustainable growth and value creation for our shareholders, customers and employees,” Reis reported.Meanwhile, the group’s turnover net of taxes was $25.516 billion compared to $24.875 billion in 2015, an increase of $641.0 million or 2.6 per cent. The group’s operational profit before tax was $6.528 billion compared to $5.285 billion, an increase of $1.243 billion or 23.5 per cent. The group’s profit after tax attributable to shareholders was $4.468 billion compared to $2.945 billion, an increase of $1.523 billion or 51.7 per cent.The group’s net asset value per share has increased from $28.6 to $31.7 or by 10.8 per cent, and the company has increased its dividend proposal to shareholders to $0.88 per share unit resulting in an overall cost of $880 million. This is in addition to the special dividend of $0.60 per share unit that was paid in February 2016. Total dividends proposed for the current year equate to $1.480 billion.In recent years, the company made capital expenditure decisions regarding investments in fixed assets as part of its journey of consolidation. These investments benefited the company’s operations by increasing output capabilities, reducing costs and providing quality products to satisfy consumers’ taste and new demand. During the year, a new Krones state-of-the-art filler, along with associated conveyors, a bottle inspection facility and CIP Systems were installed in the Beer Plant.An on-line blow moulding machine was commissioned in the Water Bottling Plant and the upgrade of the electrical power distribution system continued. The upgrading of Demico Restaurant and Bar facilities and the Fleet Replacement Policy with the acquisition of additional trucks and forklifts continued during the year. Our ICT Department’s capacity and capability were improved by way of system upgrades.The company has also shared the reduction of its revenues from Citizens Bank Guyana Inc, a 51 per cent owned subsidiary, which was $3.266 billion compared to $3.708 billion, a reduction of $442.0 million. Profit after tax was $479.0 million compared to $907.0 million in 2015. The total assets increased from $43.1 billion by $7.1 billion or 16.5 per cent to $50.2 billion. Loan assets decreased from $30.7 billion to $29.2 billion and customers’ deposits increased from $34.9 billion to $42.1 billion. Earnings per share is $8.05 and Net Interest Income decreased from $2.65 billion in 2015 to $2.11 billion. Meanwhile, the company also announced that its 61st AGM will be held at Thirst Park on Saturday. At the AGM, shareholders will receive the financial statements for the year ended September 30, 2016 and the reports of the directors and auditors among other activities.last_img read more

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first_imgBut not everyone is in agreement. “Although big bridges are eliminated after 35km, nearly a dozen small hills are introduced, and the total elevation gain over the marathon distance may be higher,” said former Tokyo, Boston and Chicago winner Toshihiko Seko. “It is not a world record course.”Either way, at the pre-race press conference on Friday afternoon, Wilson Kipsang confirmed that he will go after the world record of 2:02:57.When asked what is his target time, Kipsang stated 2:02:50. “In the Berlin Marathon last fall, I went out too fast (1:01:11). On Sunday, the plan is to run the first half in more reasonable 61:30 (and comeback with 61:20).”Kipsang also talked about his other goal. “My goal is to win all the Marathon Major races. I have won Berlin, London and New York, but not Tokyo. So I decided to run Tokyo immediately after Berlin.”The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist broke the world record in 2013 with 2:03:23. He improved his PB to 2:03:13 in Berlin last year to get within 16 seconds of the current world record.Kipsang, the fastest runner in this year’s field, has run faster than 2:04 three times and has bettered 2:05 for the marathon in seven straight seasons.Even if the world record is not possible, Kipsang has several other targets to chase: the race record of 2:05:42 set by Dickson Chumba in 2014, the Japanese all-comers’ record of 2:05:18 set by Tsegaye Kebede at the 2009 Fukuoka Marathon, and the Asian all-comers’ record of 2:04:11 set by Tamirat Tola at the 2016 Dubai Marathon.Chumba, the 2014 Tokyo Marathon champion with a PB of 2:04:32, and Kebede, the 2008 Olympic and 2009 world bronze medallist with a PB of 2:04:38, are both set to race in Tokyo.When asked about their target times, Kebede spoke of an ambitious 2:02:50, while Chumba had a more modest target time of 2:05:20.Five of the invited runners have personal bests faster than 2:05 and a further five have personal bests faster than 2:07.Ethiopia’s 2013 world bronze medallist Tadese Tola and Kenya’s Bernard Koech are the other sub-2:05 runners in the field, but neither has run faster than 2:08 for nearly three years.Evans Chebet, who set a PB of 2:05:31 at last year’s Berlin Marathon, could challenge for the victory on Sunday.He has made it on to the podium in his five most recent marathons and he ran faster than 2:06 in both of his marathons last year.Bernard Kipyego, a medallist at the 2007 World Cross and 2009 World Half Marathon Championships, has twice contested the Tokyo Marathon, both times finishing on the podium with a 2:07 clocking.If he were to take 80 seconds off his PB on Sunday, he would become just the fourth man in history to have run faster than 27 minutes for 10,000m, 60 minutes for the half marathon and 2:05 for the marathon.The only other men to accomplish that feat are Paul Tergat, Haile Gebrselassie and Eliud Kipchoge.Marius Kipserem, Alfers Lagat and Solomon Diksisa are the other sub-2:07 runners in the field.For Japanese runners, the race is one of the qualifying races for the 2017 World Championships marathon team.Top domestic runners who will be vying for the coveted spots are Masato Imai, Hiroaki Sano, Koji Gokaya, Takuya Fukatsu, and Yuki Takamiya.But the most intriguing runner in the field may be Yuma Hattori. The 23-year-old has a marathon best of 2:11:46 from the 2016 Tokyo Marathon, his only outing at the marathon distance.But his 30km PB of 1:28:52 suggests that he could be capable of taking a few minutes off his marathon best. Hattori’s target time is 2:08:00, the fastest target time among the Japanese runners.Saina takes on top EthiopiansBetsy Saina.PHOTO/FILEKenya’s Betsy Saina is the most intriguing entrant for the women’s race.The 28-year-old will be making her marathon debut in Tokyo, but expectations will be high after a stellar 2016 season which included a fifth-place finish in the 10,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where she clocked a PB of 30:07.78.She went on to record a PB of 1:07:22 to win the Great Scottish Half Marathon in just her second race over the distance.Saina will face a trio of top Ethiopians, including 2015 Tokyo Marathon winner Berhane Dibaba. The 23-year-old finished fifth in Tokyo last year and second in 2014, setting a lifetime best of 2:22:30.Like Dibaba, Amane Gobena will also be returning to the Tokyo Marathon. A former winner in Toronto, Osaka, Seoul, Xiamen and Istanbul, Gobena finished second in Tokyo last year with a lifetime best of 2:21:51.Compatriot Amane Beriso recorded one of the fastest marathon debuts of all time when she finished second in Dubai last year in 2:20:48.When asked about their target times on Sunday, Beriso said 2:20:20, Gobena said 2:20:00 and Dibaba said 2:21:00 – all of which are faster than the Japanese all-comers’ record of 2:21:18.Nobody has twice won the Tokyo Marathon, but past winners Chumba and Dibaba could become the first two-time winner in Tokyo.MenWilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:03:13Dickson Chumba (KEN) 2:04:32Tsegaye Kebede (ETH) 2:04:38Tadese Tola (ETH) 2:04:49Bernard Koech (KEN) 2:04:53Evans Chebet (KEN) 2:05:31Marius Kipserem (KEN) 2:06:11Bernard Kipyego (KEN) 2:06:19Solomon Deksisa (ETH) 2:06:22Alfers Lagat (KEN) 2:06:48Masato Imai (JPN) 2:07:39Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 2:07:40Arata Fujiwara (JPN) 2:07:48Kazuhiro Maeda (JPN) 2:08:00Gideon Kipketer (KEN) 2:08:14Hiroaki Sano (JPN) 2:09:12Koji Gokaya (JPN) 2:09:21Geoffrey Ronoh (KEN) 2:09:29Takuya Fukatsu (JPN) 2:09:31Yohannes Ghebregergis (ERI) 2:09:48Yuki Takamiya (JPN) 2:10:57Ryo Hashimoto (JPN) 2:11:20Yuma Hattori (JPN) 2:11:46Hiroyuki Yamamoto (JPN) 2:11:48WomenAmane Beriso (ETH) 2:20:48Amane Gobena (ETH) 2:21:51Berhane Dibaba (ETH) 2:22:30Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 2:24:13Marta Lema Megra (ETH) 2:24:32Sara Hall (USA) 2:30:06Betsy Saina (KEN) debut0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00002:06:13 course record for Wilson Kipsang at Lake Biwa (Kazuo Tanaka/Agence Shot) © CopyrightNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – With a new course that has eliminated some of the toughest elements, fast times are expected at the Tokyo Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday.Japan’s 2000 Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, who ran the first sub-2:20 marathon in Berlin, said: “If I was preparing to run this course and was in great shape like I was in Berlin in 2001, then I would be going after sub-2:20 clocking.”last_img read more

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first_imgAnd in the post-match interview he was critical of the England international defender for leaving the field of play, a player who has come under the microscope of Mourinho’s public criticsm this season.“Luke Shaw must be a big injury, because to leave the pitch after 10 minutes, I am expecting a very big injury,” he said.Aside from Shaw, United also lost centre-back Eric Bailly during their tenth draw at Old Trafford this season.The Ivory Coast international joins the ever growing injury list that includes Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Paul Pogba.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luke Shaw left the pitch after eight minutes in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Swansea at Old Trafford on April 30, 2017. PHOTO/SKY.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 1 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at defender Luke Shaw after the left back was forced off the field eight minutes into their clash with Swansea City.The Red Devils dropped crucial points when they drew 1-1 with the relegation threatened side – spurning a golden opportunity to move into third place ahead of fierce rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency is suing Irish Water and a local council claiming the public water supply in a Co Donegal town is not up to standard.Council to appear in court over Letterkenny’s water supply.The EPA is taking both Irish Water and Donegal County Council to court over the water supply for Letterkenny and its 19,000 residents.The agency first introduced a directive in August 2011 informing the council to take measures to improve its supply. An examination of the Letterkenny Regional Public Water Supply showed concerns for the treatment of the water supply.One of the areas of concern was for the treatment of Crytosporidium as well as excessive levels of trihalomethanes.The complaint from the EPA alleges that Donegal County Council “failed to comply with a Direction issued by the EPA under Regulation 10(4) of the European Communities (Drinking Water) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 in that they failed to implement the action programme approved by the EPA on 31 August 2011 for the improvement of the quality of water intended for human consumption from the Letterkenny Regional Public Supply to meet the parametric values specified in the said Regulations for trihalomethanes within the period specified by the EPA and provided for in the said Regulations.”However the council has failed to do so within a timeframe set down by the EPA. Now a court summons has been issued to both Donegal County Council and Irish Water to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Tuesday next.As Irish Water now holds the remit for drinking water, they too have been summoned to appear in court. COURT CASE OVER LETTERKENNY’S WATER SUPPLY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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:courtDonegal County CouncilEnvironmental Protection AgencyIrish Waterlast_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles retailers are facing one of the toughest markets ever as the Internet draws more shopping dollars, competition grows among stores, and a changing customer base now features a mushrooming Latino population. “The landscape has changed for everybody,” said Al Frank, a consumer business expert at the consulting firm Deloitte & Touche, which recently released two reports that address the changing nature of retailing. “Everybody has to figure out in their own way how to stand out in the crowded market.” Nationwide, the Latino population is expected to triple by 2050, making up 24 percent of the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In the San Fernando Valley, Latinos have increased from about 18 percent of the population in 1980 to 42 percent in 2004, said Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsMany immigrants are undocumented, living without a Social Security number or checking account. Saving up to buy pricey items can be difficult, and finding a retailer who can give credit without the traditional qualifiers is even more of a challenge. One retailer, La Curacao in Pico-Union, is turning a profit by offering nontraditional credit to a community largely ignored by the mainstream, Frank said. La Curacao gives credit based on well-researched personal references, not yearly income or Social Security numbers. “Surprisingly, the default rate is not that much higher – slightly higher, but not that much higher – than a prime kind of customer,” Frank said. Many retailers are aware that Latinos will become an ever more important part of their clientele. Stores catering only to Latinos have popped up, and mainstream retailers have added clothing lines that appeal to Hispanics. Others have hired bilingual staffers, added Web sites in Spanish and printed bilingual advertisements. “It’s a growing market segment,” Blake said. “It’s growing in terms of people and in terms of money spent.” To survive the new retail landscape, Deloitte offers a few tips. Stand out from other stores. “If you’re in a rural area, maybe you’re going to go to Wal-Mart to buy your clothing,” Frank said. “If you are standing in downtown Los Angeles, there are a million retail choices. Why are people going to choose to drive over to Paseo Colorado rather than go to The Grove?” For a store to create a different brand means knowing the customer intimately. Without that understanding, it’s difficult to build a business around a particular niche. Big-box stores like Home Depot and Barnes & Noble are going to have a hard time growing, partly because they appeal to such a wide customer base, Frank said. Boost the percentage of browsers who buy. Some outlets, like grocery stores, convert nearly all the people who enter into shoppers, but others have a harder time. Internet retailers make a sale just 2 percent of the time, and department stores convert customers about 25 percent of the time, according to Frank. Using technology to understand what inventory moves quickly – and in what sizes – will improve chances that customers will find the item they are looking for. And shorter lines will reduce the number of shoppers who are ready to buy but leave because of the wait. Pump up the customer service. Creating a friendly atmosphere with good service will entice customers to return. Retailers such as Jamba Juice and Best Buy already have aggressive greeting policies in place, with employees saying hello to each person who walks in the door. Target ups the ante by referring to customers as “guests.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgDan Windle is joined by comedian Lloyd Griffith and Adam Virgo to dissect the FA Cup 4th round and discuss the latest news from the EFL too.They are joined by Coventry captain Michael Doyle after the Sky Blues confirmed their spot in the 5th round of the FA Cup. New Swindon striker Marc Richards also joins the show to talk about his dream debut against Crewe.last_img

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first_img Wyscout 12 Initially in this example Wednesday look to be relatively well set with key passing lanes covered.The ball is being circulated around the defensive line and we see Phillips moving towards the ball before moving out further to the near side. In doing so Phillips drags the Wednesday midfielder out of position and allows the pass to be progressed dangerously into the advanced central areas. targets If you take a look at the advanced metrics at the time of writing then the concept of Leeds as the dominant force is only reinforced. In terms of expected goals (xG) and expected goals against (xGA) Leeds are dominant. These metrics suggest that over the course of the whole season we should see them finish in the top two or three.Advanced metrics, of course, only tell part of the story as they give a more long term view. Despite a strong start to the season we have seen Leeds struggle in recent weeks.Losses to Charlton and Millwall and draws with Derby and Preston have seen Leeds drop down from the top of the table.Sheffield Wednesday promised to provide another test for Leeds in this match. After appointing Gary Monk as head coach Wednesday have developed into an extremely tough side to break down but that is combined with excellent finishing in transition. on target stalemate 12 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Darren Bent says Granit Xhaka is ‘done’ at Arsenal We see an example of this movement above as Wednesday launch an attack down the left hand side. The ball has just been swept across to the left-back, Morgan Fox, by Barry Bannan and immediately both Fox and Harris ahead of him are isolated against Leeds defenders with a large amount of space just inside them.They are confident enough in possession of the ball to connect with a 1-2 with Fox moving past his marker easily to collect the return pass.The left-back then looks to underlap in possession of the ball as Harris also spins and runs wide. From these areas Wednesday presented a danger to Leeds as Fletcher thrives of wide passes into the penalty area that he could attack.Leeds were more patient in the way that they attacked with the obvious patterns of play that Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching staff have taught them on the training ground.Building up with a back-three is obviously very different from doing so with a back-four and in this match Leeds used the space defender, against two pressing Wednesday forwards, to find routes out of pressure. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips before the match We see an example of this here. With Leeds in possession as they progress towards the Wednesday half the first piece of movement saw Phillips move from close to the ball away to the centre of the field. Mateusz Klich, the Polish international, then moves deep towards the ball.Look at how these two simple pieces of rotational movement affect the Wednesday defensive block. Bannan has dropped off to cover the threat of Phillips and Pelupessy has pushed on to cover the short pass to Klich.This staggers the midfield line of Wednesday and effectively creates space in their defensive block. The ball is then played into this space as Patrick Bamford makes a run off of the front line to offer for possession.Throughout the entirety of the match though Wednesday were resolute in defending when Leeds were able to progress into the final third.They collapsed back towards their own goal and denied the away side any space in which they could play their normal passing combinations in order to create a chance on goal. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES latest statement 12 update Wyscout Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Getty Images – Getty PEP TALK The most interesting aspect of the Leeds pass map is the dominant position in the centre of the midfield taken up by the aforementioned Phillips. He continually offered to take possession of the ball from the back three and looked to progress the ball efficiently forward.Leeds employ a lot of rotations in the midfield with players moving to empty space and allow teammates to move into that space from wide or high areas.These rotations normally allow for Leeds to progress the ball into the final third but in this match they struggled to play through a difficult Wednesday side.Contrasting build-upsWith the match ending 0-0 it was interesting to see the contrasting approach that both of these teams had in their build-up phase.Wednesday were direct and focussed on moving the ball forward in the wide areas with combination play between the fullbacks and wide midfielders a common means of moving the ball into the Leeds half.The two central midfielders for Wednesday, Barry Bannan and Joey Pelupessy retained a deeper position to protect the centre of the pitch and allow the wide midfielders and full-backs to move high and join the attack. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Total Football Analysis 12 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta rookie error Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 12center_img The pass map for Sheffield Wednesday, as seen above, shows the general pattern throughout this match for the home side.Leeds dominated the possession but Wednesday were quick in trying to attack in transition. Kadeem Harris played wide on the left and looked to retain width whilst on the opposite side Adam Reach was more narrow in his positioning.For Leeds we saw a return to their 3-4-3 shape that has been used by Marcelo Bielsa at times so far this season.Patrick Bamford was again preferred as the loan striker despite the challenge being mounted by Eddie Nketiah, on loan from Arsenal. In the midfield Kalvin Phillips was the key player that dictates the play. Wyscout 12 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Wyscout 12 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty 12 Wyscout We saw this kind of shape above from Leeds constantly as the back three spread across the width of the pitch in possession of the ball.With Wednesday only pressing with their front two in the first instance this meant that Leeds always had a spare player. The ball was moved across until the spare man had a clear lane in front of him into which he could either pass or run forward.These passing lanes were enabled by the rotation of the Leeds midfield with Kalvin Phillips in particular understanding when to move short to pick up the ball or move out of space to drag a Wednesday midfielder away.This would then allow another Leeds player to occupy that space to offer a passing option. The ball progression in this manner for them was effective but perhaps a little slower than we have come to expect.Wednesday’s stubborn defensive blockWhile Leeds were getting strong ball progression from the back into the midfield they then struggled to progress the ball cleanly into the final third of the pitch.This was largely down to the two banks of four in the 4-4-2 that were set up by Gary Monk and his coaching staff.In the initial stages Wednesday struggled with the constant movement of the Leeds midfield and they often found themselves out of position and staggered as opposed to compact. Wednesday lined up in their expected 4-4-2 shape. The former Scottish international forward Steven Fletcher is an excellent striker for this level and he tends to lead the line with the Kosovan international Atdhe Nuhiu playing just off of him.They tend to attack either through direct passes into Fletcher’s feet or accessing the wide areas where Kadeem Harris, on the left, in particular, is a real threat. Adam Reach of Sheffield Wednesday is tackled by Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United Wyscout Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 12 LATEST 12 Wyscout 12 Team News appointed As Leeds shift the ball centrally having tried to go down the right-hand side we can see that Wednesday already have eight players, not including the goalkeeper, between them and the goal.There is no central occupation from Wednesday but this is because Leeds have also left that space clear. As soon as the away side tried to push forward into that space they were pressed and closed down.Kalvin PhillipsIt should come as no surprise that Kalvin Phillips has emerged this season as a true key player for this Leeds side.He has been heavily linked in recent days to the likes of Aston Villa and Manchester United and there is a definite sense that he is a Premier League midfielder in waiting.In this match we saw the intelligence and technical abilities of Phillips shine through as he played in a key tactical role. Wyscout The Championship is notorious as one of the most difficult leagues to be promoted out of. Despite having three promotion places, two automatic and one via the play-offs, the amount of strong teams vying for these places makes securing one a genuine challenge.On the surface Leeds United should be the dominant side in the division. They have excellent balance in their squad between proven first-team players and talented youngsters and in Marcelo Bielsa they have the only genuine world-class coach in the division. ConclusionWhile Leeds were impressive in possession during this match their attacking momentum was consistently broken by the Wednesday defensive block.The entire match produced an interesting contrast in styles and Wednesday are still challenging for the playoff positions following this draw. They are intelligent positionally and defensively robust and will provide a difficult opponent for any side this term.Leeds remain favourites for automatic promotion and with good reason. They are lacking an incisive threat in attack but everything else appears to be in place for them to make this their season.If you enjoyed this piece and are keen to read many more articles like this then head over to totalfootballanalysis.com and get a digital copy of their latest magazine for just £4.99 – containing over 100 pages of pure tactical analysis and coaching content. Annual subscriptions are also available. Wyscout 12 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:25Loaded: 6.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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He also dropped back into his defensive line when needed in order to help progress the ball forward.We see an example of this above with the midfielder dropping back and taking possession. He then immediately looks to progress the ball quickly. The ball is originally played out to Luke Ayling on the right side but Phillips does not stop there.He continues his forward run and moves into space behind Barry Bannan who is oblivious to the threat. Ayling is then able to complete the move with a simple pass back to Phillips and the midfielders immediately drives forward.last_img read more

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first_imgFootball fans are now able to get thelatest on everything relating to the WorldCup, such as information about theMbombela stadium in Nelspruit.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471• Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524• Jermaine Craig, media managerLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121• Tyrone SealeGCIS 2010 Project Management Unit+27 83 575 7440Source: GCISThe Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has launched its 2010 Fifa World Cup website on a mobile platform, allowing fans access to football information from their mobile phones.The official government 2010 mobisite is a handy mobile service that gives fans access to host city and stadium information, Park and Ride/Walk locations, tourist information, Fifa Fan Fests and public viewing areas.It also includes the match schedule together with updates on match results and news.Government spokesman Themba Maseko said the mobisite can also be accessed by sending an SMS with the keyword 2010 to the number 34747.Alternatively people can simply type the address – http://m.sa2010.gov.za – into their mobile browsers.“By extending the sa2010.gov.za website onto a mobisite, fans both locally and internationally can access a host of information about the World Cup directly from their mobiles, from wherever they are,” he said.The mobile site is continually updated, said Maseko, ensuring that fans are kept up to date with all the latest World Cup news. They can also explore government’s involvement in the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.“Those with mobiles that cannot access the mobile web, can still access essential information through dialling *120*12010# from anywhere in South Africa,” said Maseko.“The mobisite is packaged into three easy-to-use sections: SA 2010 Fan Guide, Information and SA communities.“The site facilitates two-way communication between government and the people using the service, and aims to supply interesting content, along with useful location-relevant information for wherever they are in South Africa.”While use of the site is free, data charges do apply. It costs 20 cents (3 US cents) for 20 seconds on the USSD menu with the SMS service costing R2 (US$2.6).http://www.sa2010.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_img5 February 2014 The upgrading and expanding of South Africa’s rail network will relieve the burden on the roads, significantly increase the country’s export capacity and stimulate further investment and job creation, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Monday, Gigaba said a total of 6 405 kilometres of rail would be replaced on South Africa’s general freight, coal and ore lines, increasing the country’s freight capacity by 149.7-million tonnes. “Existing logistics corridors will be expanded and new ones will be established, and 1 317 new locomotives and 25 000 new wagons will be procured [over the next five years],” he said. “We will be able to increase our exports of coal by over 50%. Our ability to move general freight on rail will have more than doubled in capacity, and Transnet’s container handling capacity will increase by 75%.”Catalysts for further investment, employment Gigaba said that state-owned companies were acting as catalysts for additional investment in the economy. Infrastructure development was a critical stimulant, Gigaba said, with Eskom planning to invest over R500-billion in the economy over the next five years, and Transnet set to invest over R300-billion over a seven-year period. State-owned companies falling under the Department of Public Enterprises invested R53-billion in the economy three years ago, Gigaba said; this year they would be investing over R113-billion – an increase of over 100%. “Our infrastructure state-owned companies are already key providers of employment, and with the additional infrastructure capacity that will be built, [they] will become even more important sources of employment.” By 2017, he said, Transnet alone would support the direct and indirect employment of approximately 30 000 people. The company had also secured R175-million from the Department of Higher Education and Training to recruit and train 1 000 learners to study maritime engineering. “State-owned companies are playing a leading role in skills development and will be investing over R2.8-billion in the current financial year,” he added. “Over the last year, more than 16 000 learners were trained in scarce and critical learning programmes within state-owned companies of the DPE.” Also addressing Monday’s briefing, outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dame said the power utility was “serious about helping black business to bloom”, and that Eskom had “finalised the structure of a fund for developing mines to assist emerging black miners”. Gigaba added: “By 2015, we will ensure that over 50% of coal for Eskom comes from black miners.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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