JFF reaffirms selection policy

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has reiterated its selection policy for all players looking to get into its national teams.The federation released a statement yesterday saying that selection of players is the responsibility of the respective national coaches and their technical staff, based on the needs of their respective teams.The statement comes after a furore regarding Bayer Leverkusen player Leon Bailey and his requests made to the body, which he wants granted before he accepts an invitation to represent the senior men’s team.”Players are scouted at the local and international level and depending on the needs of the particular unit, as well as the competencies displayed by the player he or she is extended an invitation,” the JFF said. “The motivation of the Federation is to always have the best players representing the country. The Federation has in place existing policies, code of conduct or contracts for relevant units that guide issues of accommodation, per diem, transportation, match fees, disciplinary matters, etc. This is applied across the board to players and staff. There is no room for special negotiations for individual players.”Equal opportunityBailey had said that he wants the JFF to give equal opportunity to all players for national selection and many have interpreted this to include his adoptive brother Kyle Butler, currently signed to Austrian Division Two side FC Juniors OO.The federation continued in the statement that it has been spending overtime to put in place cohesive units that will result in good performances on the field. However, it added that players invited to its national teams must exhibit undeniable worth to the team.”Although there is still room for improvement, there is no room for special considerations outside the norm or for any special considerations,” it said. “Where there are no contracts for some units, guidelines exist in relation to the same matters listed above. The federation has an open-door policy to any player that, in the assessment of the respective coaching staff, will add undisputed (which the statement stressed) value to the success of the teams.”last_img read more

Teen refused bail for Mash Day robbery

first_imgEighteen-year-old Shawn Smith, of Sussex Street, Georgetown, was on Monday arraigned before city Magistrate Judy Latchman and remanded to the Camp Street prison for larceny.The charge stated that the teen, on February 23, 2017, at Brickdam, Georgetown, while in the company of another, robbed Virtual Complainant (VC), Shivanie Sooklall, of one T-shirt and a Samsung Edge cellular phone, valued a total of $258,000, property of the VC.Smith entered a not-guilty plea to the charge when it was read by the Magistrate. He was remanded to prison after an unsuccessful bail application was made by defence counsel.The teenager will return to court on March 20, 2017 when the matter will continue at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic to miss Arsenal clash

first_img0Shares0000Ibrahimovic scored twice against Swansea but will miss the tie against Arsenal on November 19,2016. PHOTO/SKY.Manchester, United Kingdom, Nov 7- Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to watch his side’s November 19 encounter with Arsenal from the sidelines after he was shown a yellow card on Sunday. Ibrahimovic picked up his fifth booking of the season for a foul on Leroy Fer in his side’s 3-1 win over Swansea City and gets an automatic one-match suspension. As a result, the Swede, who scored twice against Swansea in United’s win, will miss his first game for United in the Premier League as he has featured in all 11 of their games thus far.Ibrahimovic, though, doesn’t believe that his tackle on Fer deserved a yellow card, and he told BBC Sport: “I thought we played rough in England? I play rough and I got a yellow card. What was it for? I don’t know. Maybe I was too tired to hear why the referee gave it.”The 35-year-old’s ended a six-game scoring drought in the Premier League with his brace against Swansea. His last goal prior to that match came against Manchester City in a 2-1 loss on September 10.Ibrahimovic’s absence will be a big blow for United as he has found the back of the net eight times and notched up one assist in 17 appearances in all competitions this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Parade rolls through Uptown

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Yorba Linda resident Rob Burns, 44, said he was looking forward to seeing his daughter, a cheerleader, come down the street. This is Burns’ first year at the parade and he said he liked the feel of things in Whittier. “They do a great job,” he said. “It is very organized.” Diana Schultz, 48, of Whittier said she and her family have been attending the parade for more than 15 years. “It’s really fun to spend time with friends. It’s fun to see the different groups,” she said. • Photo Gallery: 12/02: Whittier Christmas Parade WHITTIER – For the 53rd year, participants rode, marched, danced and strolled down Greenleaf Avenue in the Uptown Whittier Business Association’s annual Christmas parade Saturday. Thousands of spectators lined the curbs on both sides of street on the look out for their favorite type of performance among the pageantry. “I like to see the dancers because I am a dancer,” said 10-year-old Kaitlyn Rose, who was visiting from Pasadena. “It’s very festive and it gets everybody’s spirits up.” This year, Schultz said she was touched when a group of soldiers – veterans and enlisted – went by. “It was encouraging to hear all the clapping,” Schultz said. “People do still support our soldiers.” Others enjoyed watching the bands perform and seeing the instruments adorned with colorful tinsel. One of bands came all the way from Mesa, Ariz., to perform in the parade. “I like the music,” said Brandon Santiago, a 6-year-old from Santa Fe Springs. “And Santa.” Of the 126 entries, parade organizer Larry Trujillo said the most unique was from Llama Nation and featured 12 llamas decorated differently and each bearing a gift on its back. “Like they were on a pilgrimage,” Trujillo said. As for generating business in Uptown, Trujillo said it was a mixed bag. “Some businesses that offer food and beverages do a brisk business,” he said. Others may not see an increase in customers during the parade. Visitors, however, might discover a business and return on a different day. “Most people don’t realize the number of businesses we have here,” he said. “Having this parade helps market the business district.” Although it enjoys a large audience – estimated at between 20,000 and 25,000 – Trujillo said the parade still has a community feel. “It’s become a family tradition to come and see the Whittier Christmas Parade.”160Want 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

Chris Coleman sacked by Hebei China Fortune after fans tell him to ‘go home’

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury getty Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LIVE ON talkSPORT Unhappy supporters unfurled a banner in their recent 3-2 home defeat by Henan Jianye reading: “Hello Mr Coleman, please go home! You’re fired!”And the disgruntled fans were granted their wish on Wednesday when Hebei confirmed they had parted company with Coleman. gameday cracker 2 Hebei fans had been pressuring the club to sack Coleman Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January A statement on the club’s website read: “After reaching an agreement following friendly negotiations between the two sides, Chris Coleman will no longer serve as head coach of Hebei Football Club.“We sincerely thank Coleman for his hard work and contribution.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Leeds vs Derby (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTPortsmouth vs Sunderland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT ADVICE Hebei China Fortune have sacked manager Chris Coleman, the Chinese Super League club have confirmed.Coleman, the former Wales manager, leaves with the club second from bottom in the CSL table, only ahead of Beijing Renhe on goal difference. getty deals shining no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Coleman, who guided Wales to the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2016, took over at Hebei last June following his dismissal by Sunderland.The club finished sixth last term but six defeats, two draws, and one loss from their opening nine matches leaves them battling relegation.His wife, the former Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Coleman, tweeted: “Our time in China has come to an end. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LATEST Coleman spent just under a year at the Langfang Stadium REPLY REVEALED “We hoped to leave before the season started but were not allowed to, after losing players and not being allowed to sign any replacements. Things weren’t as they should be but we had a great experience.“Really proud of my husband for taking a club in a difficult relegation battle to 6th last season under testing circumstances.”last_img read more

Motherwell manager puts blanked handshake down to misunderstanding

first_imgHowever, McGhee then told BBC Scotland: “What actually happened was, at the beginning of the game, I felt as if when I went over to shake hands with the Celtic staff they blanked me.“I’ve spoken to Ronny about it and it was a total, 100 per cent misunderstanding on my part, and I accept totally he didn’t see me. That’s fine, and he and I have shaken hands.”Unusually, Deila did not attend the post-match press conference, with Kennedy deputising, and he did not offer much more information.“I have no idea, I will need to find out. I don’t know,” the former Celtic defender said when asked about the incident.” Motherwell manager Mark McGhee claimed a misunderstanding on his part led to him failing to shake the hand of Celtic counterpart Ronny Deila following the Hoops’ 2-1 victory at Fir Park.Leigh Griffiths’ double – one either side of a Scott McDonald leveller – took the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders eight points clear of Aberdeen going into the split, but at the final whistle McGhee appeared to walk past Deila then shake the hand of Parkhead coach John Kennedy, leaving the Norwegian looking somewhat bemused.Asked what had happened at the end of the game, McGhee said: “I have no idea what you are talking about.”When pressed if he had blanked Deila’s handshake,” he replied: “That’s not true…I have nothing to say about that, not a thing.” Turning to the game, Kennedy conceded that Celtic were in a “very good position” to remain ahead of Aberdeen, who lost 2-1 to Hearts at Tynecastle on Friday night.He said: “It was important that we took advantage of Aberdeen slipping up last night.“The first half performance was good, we had some good chances but we didn’t quite capitalise and in the second half we had to dig very deep but at this time of the season it is about results, that is the most important thing.“It gives us an extra cushion but take nothing for granted in this game.“With five games to go and eight points clear I would like to think we could see the job through.”last_img read more

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares knocked out of Tour Finals

first_imgJamie Murray and Bruno Soares have been knocked out of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.The Scot and his Brazilian partner lost 7-6, 6-2 to Murray’s former teammate John Peers and Henri Kontinen in the semi-finals on Saturday night.Murray and Soares served well but failed to create many opportunities to break.After a tight first set, Peers and Kontinen took control of the match and will play world number one team Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in Sunday’s final.last_img

37Signals’ Backpack Getting Major Upgrade – Losing Focus?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But while Basecamp and Backpack still have some major differences when it comes to things like permissions handling, which drastically effects the use cases for each, they do now share most of the same features. That brings me back to the question about whether 37Signals has lost focus with the app.When I saw Jason Fried speak at the BIF-3 Collaborative Innovation Summit last fall, Fried was asked by the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, how do you avoid feature creep? According to Fried, the key is the ability and willingness to say no. “You have to be a hard ass,” he told Mossberg. So with Backpack going from a simple, single person organizational tool to what Fried now describes as a “company intranet,” has 37Signals lost focus and succumbed to feature creep? Are they not eating their own dogfood, so to speak?The answer is a firm maybe. When talking about feature selection in their popular book about their software development methods Getting Real, the company writes that when building a web application you should start with just the single core feature. Say “no” to all the others. But that doesn’t mean to you always have to say no to new features. “Start off with a lean, smart app and let it gain traction,” they write. “Then you can start to add to the solid foundation you’ve built.”That is more or less what they’ve done with Backpack. Started lean, let is get traction, then expanded it to where they thought it should go. But as an application Backpack has clearly evolved beyond a simple organizational tool to something that is starting to resemble their Basecamp application (which we, incidentally, already basically use as our intranet). Whether they’ve fallen prey to feature creep will really be measured by the response of their users. If people remain confused over the difference between Backpack and its cousin Basecamp, then the answer is yes, somewhere they stopped following their own advice and said “yes” to one too many feature that was better suited to one of their other applications. But if people embrace both apps as complimentary offerings, as Fried clearly hopes they will, then they’ve made the right decisions.37Signals offers a range of applications, from simple, single-function apps like Ta-Da Lists (to-do lists), Writeboard (collaborative word processor), and Campfire (group chat) to more complicated apps like Basecamp (project management) and Highrise (group contact manager).In the past, 37Signals has often integrated its simpler products into its more complicated offerings. Basecamp has Campfire chats, Writeboard shared writing spaces, and to-do lists clearly based on Ta-Da, for example. Along with their slow shift toward full OpenID support, this points to the potential for a modular, create-your-own app system from 37Signals, where users could pick and choose which of the company’s applications to install. That’s completely speculation on our part, but we really hope that’s the direction 37Signals is headed.What do you think? Has 37Signals lost focus with Backpack? Or do you still see differences distinct enough between Basecamp and Backpack that you could see yourself using both? Do you wish the functionality of both applications was merged into a single app? Let us know in the comments below. josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts This week, 37Signals started to preview the upcoming update to their Backpack service, which received its last major update in July. Though most of the new features seem very useful, they also seem to transform the app from a simple organizational tool into something else entirely. We can’t help but wonder, considering the company wrote the book on keeping things simple in software development, has 37Signals lost focus with Backpack?First, the updates. Monday, 37Signals CEO Jason Fried posted a preview of the new Backpack multiuser feature on the company’s popular blog. Users have always been allowed to share Backpack pages and update them collaboratively — a helpful feature that I have personally used to do things like manage a closed alpha test of a web app. The new multiuser feature takes that collaborative ability a step further by letting people create and link Backpage pages from a single common area.Then yesterday, Fried announced two more new Backpack features: messages and newsroom. Messages is just what it sounds like, a message board where users of the same Backpack project can talk to one another. While newsroom is an activity feed for the Backpack. For any 37Signals fan these features should sound familiar because they already exist in one of the company’s other popular applications, Basecamp. Basecamp is a great groupware tool that we rely on daily to manage our activities here at ReadWriteWeb. Backpack is starting to feeling a lot like Basecamp in a different skin.With the addition of messages and an activity feed, both apps now sport more or less the exact same feature set. Both have lists, messages, files, and writeboards. The main difference is in the way those things are displayed and how much control users have over them. While Basecamp breaks everything out into separate pieces, Backpack combines them all on a single page in any configuration you want. Both approaches have their merits, but is it necessary that they exist as separate apps?The implications of the upcoming changes haven’t been lost on users. “Cool. So Backpack is the new Basecamp with a better calendar,” wrote user Jim on the 37Signals blog. “Does anyone else now feel like Backpack will have too much,” chimed in Tim. “With the announcement of these new features (which are great), the difference b/w Basecamp & Backpack is starting to blur.”When others echoed the sentiment, Fried responded. “Basecamp is your project management tool, Backpack is your company intranet,” he wrote. “Basecamp and Backpack are entirely different products for different purposes. We use both for very different things.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

25 Million People Are Using iOS 5, Despite Early Hiccups

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Apple proudly touted its latest iPhone 4S sales numbers this morning, having succeeded in selling more than 4 million of the devices over the weekend. Alongisde that announcement comes the news that more than 25 million iOS device owners are now using iOS 5. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system went live last week, five months after being unveiled by Steve Jobs at the World Wide Developer’s Conference. The new operating system seems to be having a strong first week, despite issues experienced by many users when the software was first made available last Wednesday. The initial demand for iOS 5 put a serious strain on Apple’s activation servers and interrupted the upgrading process for many users. Things got so bad at one point that the phrase “3200 error” was trending on Twitter. The issues were mostly cleared up by Thursday morning. iPhone 4S Helps Drive iOS 5, But That’s Just a Minority of Installs Despite a lukewarm initial response to its launch, the iPhone 4S has shattered the company’s sales records, first by exceeding 1 million devices sold in its first day of pre-sale availability, and then this weekend by more than doubling the iPhone 4’s first weekend sales, according to Apple. While iPhone 4S owners comprised a few million of these iOS 5 users, the vast majority are owners of other devices who have eagerly made the upgrade themselves. This includes all iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS owners, as well as third and fourth generation versions of the iPod Touch. iOS 5 is one of the most substantial upgrades Apple has pushed out for its mobile operating system. In addition to wireless syncing of apps and content across devices, the new version of the OS features a radically overhauled user notification system, deep Twitter integration, a digital newsstand and about 200 other features. One feature that doesn’t come with iOS 5 on non-iPhone 4S devices is perhaps the new iPhone’s most talked-about feature: Siri, the voice-controlled “digital personal assistant” that retrieves data and performs actions based on the user’s vocal commands. One developer has claimed to port Siri to the iPhone 4, but it’s not clear how effective that hack is. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

This button-size device could tell you whether you’re getting too much sun

first_img When it comes to catching some rays, it can be tough to strike the right balance. Too little sun can lead to a deficiency of vitamin D and disrupted sleep, whereas too much can leave you with a nasty sunburn and a higher risk of developing skin cancer.Anyone wishing to measure their ultraviolet exposure must currently rely on devices known as dosimeters, which are the size of a name tag or a wristwatch and use a light-sensitive material to calculate exposure to different types of radiation, including sunlight. But these are often expensive, rely on battery packs sensitive to water damage, and must be fastened to clothing with straps or clips, making them cumbersome for a day at the beach.Enter the minidosimeter. The device—which looks like a button—sticks directly to skin or clothes, even when they’re wet. It uses a photodiode, a kind of semiconductor that converts light into electricity, to not only measure the sunlight to which it’s been exposed, but for power, eliminating the need for batteries. A tiny antenna sends measurements wirelessly to the user’s smartphone.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To test the technology, researchers had volunteers wear multiple chips on different parts of their bodies while participating in a variety of outdoor activities, like hiking and swimming, over 4 days. They also wore a larger, traditional dosimeter for comparison.The minidosimeter performed just as well as the bigger models, the team reports today in Science Translational Medicine. And because the volunteers could wear multiple minidosimeters at once, they could simultaneously track how much sunlight different parts of the body receive. The device could even have applications beyond the beach, says the researchers, for example monitoring the therapeutic light treatment given to preterm infants with jaundice. This button-size device could tell you whether you’re getting too much sun By Frankie SchembriDec. 5, 2018 , 2:00 PMlast_img read more