JOE BROLLY SLAMS ‘SLAVERY’ OF MODERN COUNTY FOOTBALL

first_imgDERRY football legend Joe Brolly has painted a horrific picture of the modern game, describing players as ‘slaves’ and slamming the professionalism creeping into the national game.“The players are little more now than indentured slaves,” he told the ‘Off The Ball’ programme on Newstalk last night.“We’ve imported professional practices into a sport that is community based. The boards are complicit in this. “The winter training ban, which is the hierarchy’s only attempt to deal with the problem, is just laughable. It’s lip service.“We’ve a real problem on our hands because we’ve got all these young lads between 20 and 30 drifting between scholarship to scholarship. They’re not able to work full-time, they’re not able to build careers.“Managers are coming in and wringing every last drop out of them. The ethos we’ve allowed to develop is win at all cost.“We went through the Derry team, the Donegal team, the Armagh team and almost 90pc of the lads are students. Most of lads do not have careers. They drift from a wee coaching job here to a wee coaching job there. Their life has to be put on hold. “You look at Aaron Kernan, he has a wife and a child and he’s trying to build a career now. One of the great footballers in Ulster has walked away. A lot of the big stars of Ulster football are unemployed.”Brolly claimed county boards and the Gaelic Players Association have been part of the problem.“The GPA are a big part of the problem now. The GPA trumpet the welfare work that it does and to an extent that is good, any highlighting of mental health issues are important, but in terms of real welfare, the playing game at county level is unhealthy,” said Brolly.“Players are spending a lot of time doing very little between training sessions and wasting valuable years of their lives. That’s the real concern.”The Dungiven man said the county fixtures – right through to All-Ireland – should be done and dusted by June. “The urgent thing that needs to be done is to re-balance the fixtures,” he said.“The National League should start in January and finish in March, the Championship should start in April and finish at the end of June.“Then you have got June to December for the clubs. That would be a bold statement but it’s what we need.“It’ll set out a basis for the restoration of the GAA.” JOE BROLLY SLAMS ‘SLAVERY’ OF MODERN COUNTY FOOTBALL was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by John2Share 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:JOE BROLLYNewstalkoff the balllast_img read more

Round-up: Zouma keen to stay at Chelsea

first_imgKurt Zouma has told France Football he wants to stay at Chelsea.Chelsea have been tipped to loan out the French defender amid reports they are looking to bring in at least one centre-back this summer.A number of European clubs, including Sevilla, have been linked with Zouma in recent weeks.But he said: “I am very happy at Chelsea. I hear the rumours. It’s flattering.“It means I’m a player people are looking at, but I am not going to stop there. My objective is to stay at Chelsea.“Next season we will start from scratch and there will be a lot of games. It is up to me to work hard.” Shodipo still recoveringEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR winger Olamide Shodipo is still having treatment on an injury which cut short his loan spell at Port Vale last season.Shodipo, 19, made six appearances for Vale before his campaign was ended in March by tendinitis.He remained in London when the Rangers squad departed for a pre-season trip to Portugal at the weekend and appears to be some way off a recovery.Shodipo made his senior debut for the R’s against Leeds on the opening day of last season and featured 11 times in the Championship before moving on loan in January. Bonham makes loan moveEmbed from Getty ImagesJack Bonham has signed a new Brentford contract and joined Carlisle on a six-month loan.West London Sport revealed in May that the Bees keeper was being lined up for a loan move because he wants more first-team games, with Carlisle the most keen.The 23-year-old was about to enter the final year of his contract but has now extended it until 2019.He made just two appearances last season and has managed only seven in total since joining the Bees on a free transfer from Watford in 2013. Reddish retiresEmbed from Getty ImagesHarlequins lock Mark Reddish has retired from rugby for medical reasons after suffering a concussion.New Zealander Reddish, 32, joined Quins from Super Rugby side Highlanders in November 2016, but made only five appearances for the club.“Given the medical advice I have received, it’s the best decision long term for me and my young family,” he said.“I thoroughly enjoyed living in England and I am sad to cut my time short. I wish the boys all the best for the upcoming season and beyond.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

De Villiers, Steyn head Cricket SA award nominees

first_img9 May 2014AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn head the list of nominees for the 2013 Cricket South Africa (CSA) professional awards to be announced at a banquet in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 4 June.The Proteas ODI captain and the world’s leading test match bowler are two of the five nominees for the main award: the South African Cricketer of the Year. The other nominees are Test and ODI batsmen Hashim Amla and JP Duminy, and ODI wicketkeeper/batsman Quinton de Kock.Leading nomineesDe Villiers has also been nominated for the Castle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year Award and the Castle Lager One-Day International Cricketer of the Year.Steyn has been nominated for Test Cricketer of the Year, the Blue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year and the KFC So Good Award, and remarkably has all three nominations for the RAM Delivery of the Year.None of De Villiers, Duminy and De Kock has previously being named South African Cricketer of the Year, so there could well be a first-time winner of CSA’s most prestigious award.De Kock and Duminy also have two nominations each as the former has been nominated for the Castle Lager One-Day International Cricketer of the Year and the latter for the Blue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year.The awards cover the period from 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2014. The period covers two ICC events – the Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20 – as well as the Proteas’ tours to Sri Lanka, where they won the T20 series, and to the UAE against Pakistan, where they won both limited overs series, as well as the home series against Pakistan, India and Australia.‘Riveting’“The individual performances have once again been riveting and are too many to mention,” CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.“This naturally puts extra demands on our eminent panel of judges, who have the tough job of deciding the final winner in each of the various international categories.“I am tempted, though, to mention the century scored by Jacques Kallis in his final test match and the double-century scored by Graeme Smith against Pakistan. And then, of course, Dale Steyn’s bowling contributions in just about every 5est match and also the three successive ODI centuries by the young Quinton de Kock are also worthy of being mentioned.”Convenor commentsColin Bryden, the convener of the judging panel, commented: “Although it was not as outstanding a year for South African cricket as the period covered for the 2013 awards, South Africa remained high among the leading nations in international cricket. There were numerous individual performances, both at international level and in domestic cricket.“While the main focus has traditionally been on men’s cricket, the panel was impressed by the improvement shown by the South African women’s team.”The other members of the judging panel were former Proteas’ and current television analysts HD Ackerman and Victor Mpitsang, internationally renowned statistician Andrew Samson, and senior cricket journalist Stuart Hess.All five nominees will be strong contenders for the Cricketer of the Year award.An exceptional yearEven by his own high standards, it was an exceptional year for De Villiers, who at one stage was ranked the world’s best batsman in both test matches and one-day internationals. He was South Africa’s leading run-scorer in both forms of the game and although he did not achieve the same consistency in Twenty20 internationals his dazzling innings of 69 not out off 28 balls against England was mainly responsible for earning South Africa a place in the World T20 semi-finals.Steyn produced mesmerising spells for South Africa in all forms of international cricket. He was once again his country’s leading bowler in tests but, despite his limited overs workload being managed to enable him to remain fit and fresh, he was highly effective when he played. He took 23 wickets at an average of 8.82 despite playing in only seven one-day internationals and was the go-to man during the World T20 in Bangladesh.Dramatic impactNot since De Villiers burst onto the scene has a young player made such a dramatic impact at international level as De Kock. Having made his debut for South Africa at the age of 19 during the 2012/13 season, he established himself in both the one-day and T20 international teams in the dual roles of opening batsman and wicketkeeper. He made his test debut as a late replacement in the second test against Australia and showed in his second innings of 34 that he was not out of his depth.Amla had another solid year. He was second behind De Villiers in the test averages with 429 runs at an average of 42.90 and contributed 621 runs at 38.81 in one-day internationals. Despite concerns that he might not be best suited to the requirements of Twenty20 internationals, he scored 185 runs in the World T20 as an opening batsman, with an average of 37.00 and a strike rate of 131.20.Duminy was South Africa’s leading T20 run-scorer and was third behind De Villiers and De Kock in ODIs. He made a century, which contributed to South Africa’s win in the second test against Australia. His off-spin bowling was also a valuable second string. Only Steyn and Vernon Philander took more than his 15 wickets in tests.Fans’ voteCricket fans will also have voting powers for two of the Awards on the evening: the Fans Cricketer of the season and the RAM Delivery of the season. Both awards require fans to vote for their favourite player as well as the best delivery of the season.Details of the awards can be found on www.cricket.co.za or on CSA’s official Facebook, Twitter and MXIT pages.The awards will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre and will be televised live on SuperSport 2 from 20:00.As part of the annual CSA celebrations, there will also be an awards function on the morning of 4 June to honour the achievements made in amateur cricket during the 2013/2014 season.NOMINEESINTERNATIONALSA Cricketer of the Year Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Dale SteynCastle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale SteynCastle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Ryan McLarenBlue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Dale SteynKFC So Good Award Jacques Kallis, David Miller, Dale SteynMomentum Women’s Cricketer of the Year Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne KappDOMESTICSunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season Justin Ontong, Dane Piedt, Stiaan van Zyl (all Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras)Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season Craig Alexander (Sunfoil Dolphins), Justin Kemp (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn (The Unlimited Titans)Ram Slammer of the Season Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins)CSA Coach of the Year Paul Adams (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Lance Klusener (Sunfoil Dolphins), Rob Walter (The Unlimited Titans)CSA Umpire of the Year Johan Cloete, Shaun George, Adrian HoldstockCSA Groundsman of the Year Rupert Bailey (Boland Park), Wilson Ngobese (Sahara Stadium Kingsmead), Nico Pretorius (Chevrolet Park)last_img read more

March 18 2015On Sunday March 15 2015 we were tre

first_imgMarch 18, 2015On Sunday March 15. 2015 we were treated to an afternoon of peaceful and meditative flute music performed on silver and Native American flutes by two masters of their instruments, Sherry Finzer and Mark Holland.Sherry Finzer is an international award-winning American flutist and composer. Sherry’s sound is influenced by the different genres of music she plays, by the artists she collaborates with, and by the flutes she uses.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Mark Holland is considered by many authorities on the Native American Flute to be among the top flutists performing and recording today. His unique approach and usage of the flute along with his technical skills brings about such comparisons,  and as the leader and founder of Autumn’s Child, Mark Holland has been called, “the Jimi Hendrix of the Native American Flute”.[photo by Chihiro Saito]last_img read more

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann Modern Times Groups CEO J

first_imgJørgen Madsen LindemannModern Times Group’s CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann and CFO Mathias Hermansson have left the board of Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media, as MTG mulls its options in Russia ahead of the imposition of new rules drastically restricting the scope of foreign ownership of media assets. Lindemann has additionally resigned as co-chairman of CTC.MTG, as CTC’s largest shareholder, is entitled to name the holders of three seats on the company’s board. It has nominated Natasha Tsukanova, CEO of Moscow-based financial consultancy Xenon, and Kaj Gradevik, a former director of CTC Media and former vice-president and head of acquisitions at TeliaSonera, to sit alongside its third representative, MTG Russia chief Irina Gofman, on the board.Both Tsukanova and Gradevik have top-level experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Tsukanova has played an important role in structuring a large number of high-profile transactions in emerging markets,  notably in the energy sector, while Gradevik has worked in acquisitions for Merrill Lynch and advised on the sale of Tele2’s Norwegian operations to TeliaSonera and the the sale of Tele2 Russia to VTB Capital.MTG said that it had established the process and appointed the adviser – UBS – to decide on the best way to comply with the amended Russian mass media law that requires it to restrict its stake in CTC to a maximum of 20%.MTG this week denied suggestions in the Russian press that it was in talks to sell its stake in CTC to minority shareholder Telcrest.Lindemann, said: “Now that the Board has established an ongoing process and put in place advisers to enable the Company to review and decide on its potential actions in order to comply with last year’s amendments to the Russian Mass Media Law, the time is right for us to designate members of the CTC Media Board who are specialists in corporate structuring and capital markets transactions. Natasha and Kaj will continue our work towards the best possible outcome for CTC Media’s stockholders, and Irina will continue to bring her considerable operational experience to bear on discussions with the Board and management.”The changes come as CTC Media posted solid full-year results in what its management described as “a very challenging macroeconomic environment”. The group posted full-year revenues of  RUB27.3 billion (€396 million), up 3%, although revenues for the fourth quarter were flat at RUB8.5 billion. Adjusted OIBDA for the year was down 10% in ruble terms to RUB7.8 billion.The group’s digital activities performed strongly, turning in 50% growth in revenue in the course of the year.CEO Yuliana Slashcheva said that while CTC had outperformed the Russian market, challenges including the economic environment and the impact of a Russian government embargo on foreign food products as well as a weakening in the overall ad market had adversely affected its performance. The offset the impact, CTC has implemented a series of cost-cutting measures, including a potential substitution of Russian for international content.last_img read more

KAIST research team finds cause of sepsisinduced lung injury

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 7 2019A KAIST research team succeeded in visualizing pulmonary microcirculation and circulating cells in vivo with a custom-built 3D intravital lung microscopic imaging system. They found a type of leukocyte called neutrophils aggregate inside the capillaries during sepsis-induced acute lung injury (ALI), leading to disturbances and dead space in blood microcirculation.According to the researchers, this phenomenon is responsible for tissue hypoxia causing lung damage in the sepsis model, and mitigating neutrophils improves microcirculation as well as hypoxia.The lungs are responsible for exchanging oxygen with carbon dioxide gases during the breathing process, providing an essential function for sustaining life. This gas exchange occurs in the alveoli, each surrounded by many capillaries containing the circulating red blood cells.Researchers have been making efforts to observe microcirculation in alveoli, but it has been technically challenging to capture high-resolution images of capillaries and red blood cells inside the lungs that are in constant breathing motion.Professor Pilhan Kim from the Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering and his team developed an ultra-fast laser scanning confocal microscope and an imaging chamber that could minimize the movement of a lung while preserving its respiratory state. They used this technology to successfully capture red blood cell circulation inside the capillaries of animal models with sepsis.During the process, they found that hypoxia was induced by the increase of dead space inside the lungs of a sepsis model, a space where red blood cells do not circulate. This phenomenon is due to the neutrophils aggregating and trapping inside the capillaries and the arterioles. It was also shown that trapped neutrophils damage the lung tissue in the sepsis model by inhibiting microcirculation as well as releasing reactive oxygen species.Related StoriesAPPG report highlights need to improve identification and treatment of sepsisStudy explains why several clinical trials of treatments for sepsis have been failedScientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsisFurther studies showed that the aggregated neutrophils inside pulmonary vessels exhibit a higher expression of the Mac-1 receptor (CD11b/CD18), which is a receptor involved in intercellular adhesion, compared to the neutrophils that normally circulate. Additionally, they confirmed that Mac-1 inhibitors can improve inhibited microcirculation, ameliorate hypoxia, while reducing pulmonary edema in the sepsis model.Their high-resolution 3D intravital microscope technology allows the real-time imaging of living cells inside the lungs. This work is expected to be used in research on various lung diseases, including sepsis.The research team’s pulmonary circulation imaging and precise analytical techniques will be used as the base technology for developing new diagnostic technologies, evaluating new therapeutic agents for various diseases related to microcirculation.Professor Kim said, “In the ALI model, the inhibition of pulmonary microcirculation occurs due to neutrophils. By controlling this effect and improving microcirculation, it is possible to eliminate hypoxia and pulmonary edema – a new, effective strategy for treating patients with sepsis.”Their 3D intravital microscope technology was commercialized through IVIM Technology, Inc., which is a faculty startup at KAIST. They released an all-in-one intravital microscope model called ‘IVM-CM’ and ‘IVM-C’. This next-generation imaging equipment for basic biomedical research on the complex pathophysiology of various human diseases will play a crucial role in the future global bio-health market. Source:https://www.kaist.ac.kr/_prog/_board/?code=ed_news&mode=V&no=95804&upr_ntt_no=95804&site_dvs_cd=en&menu_dvs_cd=060101last_img read more

Japan semiconductor company Renesas to buy US firm IDT for 67bn

first_imgRenesas said it planned to finance the deal to buy IDT using bank loans worth 679 billion yen ($6.1 billion) as well as some cash reserves Citation: Japan semiconductor company Renesas to buy US firm IDT for $6.7bn (2018, September 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-japan-semiconductor-company-renesas-firm.html © 2018 AFP Explore further Shares in Renesas spiked 5.54 percent on the news, before dropping back slightly in the late morning.The deal is expected to be closed in the first half of next year, following approval by IDT shareholders and the relevant regulatory authorities, Renesas said in a statement.Renesas said it planned to finance the deal using bank loans worth 679 billion yen ($6.1 billion) as well as some cash reserves.The Japanese firm said the deal with IDT, also a semiconductor manufacturer, should “strengthen its presence in the industrial and automotive segments.”Renesas Electronics, the world’s biggest supplier of automotive microcontroller chips, was created through a merger of the chip units of Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and NEC.The firm suffered from fierce competition from low-cost rivals and in 2013 was bailed out by a government-backed fund.The loss-making company was forced into sweeping job cuts, including more than 1,000 in Europe but recovered after restructuring and embarked on an acquisition drive.In 2016, it bought smaller US chipmaker Intersil for $3.2 billion.”The Intersil acquisition brought diverse talent and management capabilities to accelerate Renesas’ global operations. The transaction announced today extends this effort and will provide Renesas with further proficiency to execute global strategy,” the statement said.IDT, or Integrated Device Technology, has 1,700 employees worldwide and generated turnover of $842.8 million in 2017-18.center_img Japanese semiconductor firm Renesas on Tuesday announced a deal to buy California-based IDT in a cash deal valued at $6.7 billion. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Japan’s Renesas ups chip outsourcing to Taiwan giantlast_img read more

Most Asean markets fall on weak China data Singapore edges up

first_imgSINGAPORE: Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Friday after weak trade data from China, the region’s biggest trading partner, spelt further weakness for the broader Asian economy.China’s June exports fell and imports shrank more than expected as a trade tiff with the United States continued to erode demand in the country.Fears of a resurgence in trade tensions also weighed on regional stocks after US. President Donald Trump said in a tweet that China was not living up to promises it made on buying agricultural products from American farmers. Singapore stocks closed slightly higher as investors bet on equities benefiting from local monetary policy easing.  Markets 11 Jul 2019 China says US trade row can be resolved through mutual respect World 08 Jul 2019 In jab at U.S., China vice president says world cannot shut China out An index of the country’s 45 most liquid stocks closed down 0.9%.     Investors now await second-quarter GDP data from China due on Monday. A Reuters poll sees growth slowing to its weakest pace in at least 27 years. Equity selling in the country was exacerbated by the central bank’s steps to curb short-term speculative capital flows in a bid to weaken the baht. A stronger local currency hurts the country’s exports. Indonesian stocks closed 0.7% lower and led regional losses, with the maximum  pressure on the benchmark coming from consumer staples and telecommunication stocks. Telekom Indonesia closed more than 2% lower, while cigarette maker Gudang Garam shed more than 3%. Tags / Keywords: Markets Seven of 11 economists surveyed by Reuters expect the central bank to ease policy in October after the island state saw its slowest economic expansion in a decade for the second quarter. – rEUTERS Related News World 04 Jun 2019 Highlights: U.S. President Donald Trump’s news conference with PM May Thai stocks ended 0.5% lower, with losses across all sectors. Oil and gas explorer PTT and hospital operator Bangkok Dusit Medical Services were among the largest drags on the benchmark. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Local stock indexes closed the week largely unchanged as buying in anticipation of U.S. monetary easing was offset by weaker economic readings.last_img read more