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Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo is untouchable because he has earned it

first_img The debate then spilled into the fact players like Ronaldo don’t like to miss games and ask that they play every minute: “In one way, it’s a problem that he always wants to play, but on the other hand, it’s good that someone like him is always ready to go out on the pitch.”  Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will not play against Rayo Vallecano and defended the Portuguese’ desire to want to play every minute of every game.  Zidane wanted to settle the debate, adding that “Cristiano Ronaldo is untouchable because he has earned it. Cristiano is untouchable because of what his numbers demonstrate. He deserves to be untouchable. He rests when he doesn’t play, but when he plays, he does fucking great.”  Despite all that, Zidane doesn’t consider Ronaldo’s knock an effect of playing too much football. “I don’t see Cristiano exhausted, the injury was an anecdote and is not a problem to do with always wanting to play,” he said. In his pre-game press conference, Zidane revealed that Ronaldo’s thigh strain will prevent him playing in Vallecas: “It’s nothing seious, but tomorrow [Saturday] he is not going to be able to play [against Rayo]. We will see about Tuesday’s game [in the Champions League against Manchester City].”  The Madrid coach admitted that “we have had to put the brakes on, but Cristiano knows that he can’t play against Rayo because he has [a knock]. If tomorrow was the final of the Champions League? I don’t think so, because it would be too much of a risk.” center_img 22/04/2016 at 15:43 Juan Manuel Diaz CEST “Cristiano is no different to any other player and for that reason he always wants to play. He doesn’t have to rest because he is fine. He always wants to play and his committment is something I value and respect.”last_img read more

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Club Hurling Championship Draws on Feb 10th

first_imgMeanwhile, a proposal to change the structure of the Leinster U20 Hurling Championship for 2020, which would have seen 2 Groups introduced and would have guaranteed Galway at least two and possibly three games, has been defeated. Thus the U20 Leinster Championship this year will be run on the same knockout basis as 2019. That means that Galway will play a Quarter Final on July 1st – if they win it they will progress to the semi final, while if they lose they will be out.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Dates for the first round of both the Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championship opening rounds are the weekend of April 4th/5th with the second round a fortnight later. The Senior and Intermediate leagues will commence on February 23/24. The Draws for the Galway Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championship will be held on Monday Feb 10th in the Salthill Hotel. The Draws will be broadcast live on Galway Bay Fm at 8.00pm on the Over the Line Programme.last_img read more

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Softball: April 6 Scoreboard

first_imgMcNeese State improved to 27-10 overall and 11-3 in conference play after completing its conference series sweep against Central Arkansas Sunday with a 5-1 victory while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi split a league doubleheader with Nicholls. The Islanders (8-29 overall, 3-11 Southland) edged the Colonels 2-1 in nine innings in the first game before the Colonels (13-26 overall, 4-9 Southland) tied the series with a 6-5 victory in the second game.McNeese State 5, Central Arkansas 1LAKE CHARLES, La.  – McNeese State completed its conference series sweep over Central Arkansas Sunday with a 5-1 game three victory. The Cowgirls improve to 27-10 overall and 11-3 in the Southland. | McNeese Recap | UCA RecapTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 2, Nicholls 1Nicholls 6, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5THIBODAUX, La. – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi split a conference doubleheader with Nicholls in a combined 18 innings at the Colonel Softball Complex. In the opening game of the series, the Islanders (8-29 overall, 3-11 Southland) edged the Colonels 2-1 in nine innings before the Colonels (13-26, 4-9 Southland) answered with a 6-5 victory in nine innings in the second game. | A&M-Corpus Christi Recap | Nicholls Recaplast_img read more

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‘We’ll be having Bobby Charlton back next!’ – England hero against Terry recall

first_imgTerry Butcher says it would be a major mistake to bring John Terry out of international retirement.New England boss Sam Allardyce has refused to rule out a recall for the veteran Chelsea defender, who quit after 78 caps in 2012 having twice been stripped of the captaincy over off-field reasons.But Three Lions legend Butcher believes it would be a backward step selecting the 35-year-old, telling talkSPORT: “I don’t think it is a good thing to do it all.“The last game he played was September 2012, which is four years ago. I know he has being doing pretty well in the Premier League, but it is a negative thing to do.“The next thing we will be having Bobby Charlton back in the team!“Why go back? Let’s look forward. John Stones has got the move he wanted [to Manchester City] and the best move from England’s point of view as well, he’s improving, so it is someone to play alongside John Stones.”last_img read more

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College Round-up: Highlights on local athletes

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – A number of area students are participating in college athletics.At the UW-La Crosse Twilight track and field meet April 24, Ashley Holubets of Marshfield finished in first place in the 400 hurdles for La Crosse, while Spencer’s Rachel Zastrow took second place in the pole vault for the Eagles. On the men’s side, Eli Temanson of Stratford took first in the pole vault for La Crosse, which took first place in both the men’s and women’s competition.In college softball April 25, UW-River Falls split a doubleheader with UW-Oshkosh, winning game one, 8-4. Marshfield’s Lexi Dupee went 3-for-4, with three singles and an RBI for River Falls. Oshkosh won game two, 10-2. Dupee did not play in that contest.In college baseball, also played April 25, UW-Stout won both games of a doubleheader with UW-Stevens Point, winning game one, 5-2, at the Woodside complex in Mauston. Jack Donahue of Marshfield was the winning pitcher for Stout. He went eight and one-third innings, gave up one earned run and eight hits, while walking three and striking out three.Viterbo lost to Clarke of Iowa 12-10. Billy Young of Marshfield pitched one and a third inning for Viterbo, giving up two earned runs and three hits, while walking one and striking out two.Iowa beat UW-Milwaukee, 12-4. Marshfield’s Trevor Schwecke had a two-run home run for the Panthers. The following day, April 26, the Panthers beat the Milwaukee School of Engineering 5-2. Trevor had a single and a run scored. Schwecke is batting .307 for Milwaukee this season.Also on April 25, UW-Platteville lost both games of a doubleheader with UW-La Crosse. The Eagles won game one 16-2. Spencer’s Mitch Susa had a single and an RBI for the Pioneers. La Crosse won the second game, 12-11. Susa went 2-for-3 with two singles, two walks, a sacrifice fly, an RBI, and three runs scored. Susa is batting .269 for UW-Platteville this season.last_img read more

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SA teen back from Mars mission

first_img8 March 2004South Africa’s aspiring young astronaut, 16-year-old Nomathemba Kontyo, arrived back in South Africa last week after spending two weeks with the National Aeronautical Space Agency (Nasa) in the United States.Nomathemba Kontyo, from Phillippi in Cape Town, joined 15 other student astronauts from around the world in working with the Mars Exploration Rover mission team at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.The grade 11 learner at Fezeka High school in Gugulethu was chosen along with seven other girls and eight boys after excelling in an international essay contest run by the Planetary Society, a non-profit organisation with more than 100 000 members from over 140 countries.The Planetary Society’s “Red Rover Goes to Mars” project is an official part of Nasa’s Mars Exploration Rover mission. This is the first time that an international group of children selected through an open competition were able to participate in an active planetary spacecraft mission.The student astronauts worked with the scientists and engineers overseeing the science payload on Nasa’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers – named “Spirit” and “Opportunity” – robotic geologists that launched from Earth in June and July last year and landed in two different locations on Mars in January.The students participated in examining pictures from the rovers and attending team meetings with scientists and engineers grappling with choices about what orders to send the rovers.The students also served as ambassadors to the world at large, communicating over the Internet and through other media about life inside a Mars mission team. Meet the student astronautsRead the students’ reports from mission operations The students rotated through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in teams of two, with each pair spending approximately one week at the facility. Nomathemba, along with Camillia Zedan from the UK, worked with the mission team from February 20 to 29.In her essay to the Planetary Society, Nomathemba wrote: “I am a female and live in an impoverished community. Being part of the Mars Exploration Rover mission would show that women could achieve anything they put their minds to and show learners from similar environments that through dedication and hard work, everything and anything is possible.“I would like to prove to all women and especially here in Africa that the time of a woman just being a housewife and cooking for a husband is long time over.“I would like to promote the importance of Maths and Science as it is subjects that so many in my community do not see the importance and relevance of.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The Bottom Line on Community Engagement

first_imgCommunity engagement is one of those phrases we hear frequently. We share that we’re involved and that we give back, but what does this really mean for the bottom line of workforce management? After several years in the cyber security community I can tell you it means a lot, not only to your bottom line but also to your retention, recruitment, and training efforts.When I talk about community engagement, I’m not talking about bake sales, but large-scale technical and information security organizations that are completely volunteer run and have existed for over 25 years.After being involved with several organizations, I noticed that my co-volunteers were not only developing their volunteer responsibilities, but also evolving their careers. I asked myself: were these just anomalies, or was this representative of the community as a whole?We globally surveyed information security and cyber security professionals who volunteer to learn more about what they gain from volunteering, how they’re supported by their employers, and what would make them move to a new company. Of our participants, 82 percent were full-time employees and more than 80 percent were supported by their employers. The participants tended to be in their careers for at least 10 years, in their mid to late 30s, and volunteered at least 10 hours a month.In the technical communities, it’s constantly reported that professionals also need non-technical or “soft” skills, but there are rarely training opportunities in the workplace to develop these skills. Survey participants reported that the key skills they learned through volunteering were: Teamwork, 81 percent; organizing, 79 percent; communication, 75 percent; and planning, 74 percent.Information security and cyber security tend to be industries with a lot of negativity, however, 94 percent of survey participants shared they felt they had a positive impact on the community through volunteering. It can also be difficult to find fulfillment in the workplace, but participants shared that 98 percent of them felt fulfilled because of their volunteer commitments.The most common benefit that participants received from employers was paid time off to volunteer. This usually means 3-8 days a year depending on the type of organization and whether it’s local or global. More than 56 percent stayed with their current employer because of support for community engagement, and over 97 percent said that support for community engagement would encourage them to move to a new organization.What’s great about supporting community engagement is that resources can be allocated from different departments such as human resources, training, and marketing, which can benefit the company as a whole and support key areas spanning recruiting, branding, and career development.How can you start? Survey your employees to find out which organizations and conferences they already support and which ones they would like to be involved with. You’ll be surprised at the wealth of information you gather and the level of community engagement currently going on. Get involved, show your support, and reap the benefits of community engagement—you may be receiving benefits already without even knowing it.last_img read more

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How to Minimize the Cost of Cash with the Right Retail Cash Management Solution

first_imgA simple Google search for the term “cashless society” will come up with quite a few results, which might give the impression that we are on the cusp of some sort of global megatrend regarding retail cash management—one wherein cash and currency will become obsolete. This is likely to occur sooner rather than later, or at least at some point during our lifetimes. A lot of the noise is coming from overseas—Northern Europe and Scandinavia, and Australia, in particular.For example, take a look at this story from LP Magazine in 2016: “Electronic Payments Becoming the Norm in Sweden.” In 2014, the legal scholar Cass Sunstein penned an op-ed advocating for a cashless society in order to reduce street crime. Some pundits in Australia even predict that country will be “cash free” by 2022.Despite the ballyhoo, cash isn’t going to disappear from the retail industry anytime soon. This is especially true when it comes to lower-value retail transactions in the United States. While transactions that take place on a mobile platform using a smartphone are becoming ubiquitous, those transactions tend to replace credit and debit cards, rather than becoming a substitute for cash.- Sponsor – The reality is that cash (and in some situations, even paper checks) still remain popular payment choices for many consumers. According to a recent research report from CreditCards.com, cash is preferred by 63 percent of consumers with incomes under $50,000, a group that makes up over 70 percent of the population in the United States.As loss prevention professionals in retail businesses that serve this demographic en masse (i.e. QSR, c-store, big box, etc.) know all too well, cash is still a prominent form of payment. LP professionals know this mainly because they’re the ones most accountable for managing the risk around the store’s cash handling operations. Not only are they faced with the challenges surrounding securing high volumes of cash on a daily basis, but this must be accomplished while complying with various retail cash management restrictions and reporting requirements.To make things extra interesting, the expenses associated with processing and securing currency can be significant, especially if the volumes of cash usage fall. While in some cases these responsibilities may not fall directly under the purview of loss prevention, it would behoove LP professionals to look for ways to minimize all costs associated with retail cash management.Many retail organizations that process cash transactions are looking at and piloting automated solutions that aim to reduce the risks, expenses and resource costs that come with managing currency.Smart SafesFor a location that handles less than $5,000 in daily cash deposits, a “smart safe” solution might be the answer. Most LP professionals are familiar with smart safes, as they have been used in retail for at least 20 years.A smart safe is a retail cash management system that counts, validates, and secures currency; supports end-to-end remote cash deposit; provides a deposit receipt at the end of every business day, and communicates the cash totals to the retailers’ bank, which then provides provisional credit for the deposits while the cash remains inside the safe, awaiting pickup from the armored carrier service.Recycler Solutions for Retail Cash ManagementWhen researching the technology for cash handling, “right-sizing” the solution is a key success factor in retail cash management and optimization. For example, a large chain retail organization may require a setup that is fully scalable for all locations. This is where cash recycler solutions (considered by some to be the next evolution in cash handling best practices) come into play.“Cash recycler” describes a solution suite built around the smart safe device that allows retailers to deposit coins, as well as notes, and make withdrawals for change (notes and coins). It also recycles the smaller bills and coins, thereby reducing the need for change orders.By automatically counting bills and coins and transmitting their value to the company’s bank account before the cash has been physically moved, the solution eliminates the traditional, labor-intensive processing.This effectively turns the cash on location into “bank-owned cash” and enables the retailer to optimize working capital management. With large retail chains, this can scale upwards; as a result, the larger the retail operation, the more valuable the solution could become. Consider the value of all the cash “trapped” at any one time at each one of a chain’s many hundreds (or thousands) of store locations.Cash recyclers are also effective at reducing risk of theft and minimizing costs associated with labor-intensive cash-handling tasks, including armored carrier services. They  collect and store a treasure trove of data around cash requirements, which retailers can harvest and use for operational efficiencies, among other features.Cash recyclers and smart safes offer utility and benefits that span several top retail functions beyond loss prevention, including treasury, IT, human resources and operations.Ultimately, automated cash handling solutions can be valuable tools for retail loss prevention professionals looking to find increased transparency and control over their cash handling and working capital.This post was originally published in 2016 and was updated March 28, 2019.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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