Visakhapatnam: Contours for the prestigious Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency have been drawn. Candidates are out in the field to take on each other with their own set of ‘attractive’ promises for the electorates of the constituency.As voters’ days are out, they are also utilising the opportunity that comes once in five years by raising their pertinent issues to draw the attention of all 20 candidates in the fray to represent the prestigious constituency also known as the Port City of Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Election Commission has also been very active to implement model code of conduct as it covered the faces of statues of Rajiv Gandhi, TDP patriarch NT Rama Rao so that people don’t get influenced by the standstill statues. In the constituency which has over 18 lakh voters, the main contest is among the candidates of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and Jana Sena Party (JSP) of well-known film actor Pawan Kalyan. The TDP has fielded billionaire M Sribharat, who has declared assets of Rs 230 crore. The YSRCP nominee is realtor MVV Satyanarayana, who has declared assets close to Rs 201 crore, while BJP’s nominee and former Union Minister Daggubatti Purandeswari, the daughter of TDP founder NT Rama Rao, has declared assets of Rs 31 crore and Jana Sena Party’s nominee and former CBI Joint Director VV Lakshminarayana (popularly known as JD) has declared assets of Rs 8.6 crore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is a close fight between TDP and YSRCP. The BJP and others are not even in the race. It’s also that people in rural belts are more inclined towards YSRCP, while the urban population is in favour of electing TDP candidate,” said Bhaskar Rao, a resident of Visakhapatnam. Rao, who is a small entrepreneur, opined that it’s a fact that the TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu developed the city in record time after it was dismantled by cyclone Hudhud in 2014, but his policy decisions are in favour of IT corporate. “The government has transferred Rs 10,000 into the accounts of women self-help groups five months prior to the announcement of poll dates. It could have been done much earlier to empower women groups. There need to be more done for the middle-class population for the comprehensive development of the state,” said, Rao who has employed 10 skilled workers to run his printing press. Contrary to Rao, Raja Babu stressed that to give impetus to development, TDP has to win else developments works in the state would come to standstill. “There is no space for BJP or Congress. Both the national parties are irrelevant in the state. Last time BJP had won Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha as TDP had supported it,” Babu told Millennium Post. Interestingly, the sitting BJP MP Kambhampati Hari Babu, who had won this seat in 2014 with over 90,000 margins, has ‘refused’ to be in the ray. Not only him, other BJP MLAs too refused to enter into the war field after the alliance with TDP was severed. Taking a dig at K Hari’s reluctance to contest the poll, TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakaran said, “The BJP candidates are going to lose their deposits on all seats as their leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi has betrayed the people’s mandate of the Andhra Pradesh. People will vote to remove to save the country.” The constituency is spread over the port city of Visakhapatnam, its suburbs and rural areas in neighbouring Vizianagaram district. The contest has become more interesting with the entry of former CBI joint director VV Lakshminarayana into the fray from Vizag. Lakshminarayana is a well-known figure in Andhra Pradesh for heading probes into several high profile cases like the Satyam scam, the OMC mining scam and the disproportionate assets case against Jaganmohan Reddy. It’s him who had arrested Jagan in DA case. Purandeswari, who had won in 2009 election on Congress and became a cabinet minister in Manmohan Singh’s government, is contesting as a candidate of the BJP that she joined after quitting the Congress following Andhra Pradesh’s bifurcation in 2014. It’s a fight of family members for TDP and BJP candidates as Purandeswari is facing Bharat who is the son-in-law of her actor brother and TDP leader N Balakrishna. Purandeswari is the elder sister of N Bhuneswari, the wife of the Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu.
19 July 2007The head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today congratulated the police force of the small Asian country for recapturing an escaped prisoner who has been at large since escaping from custody on 17 February. Jose Da Silva, who was apprehended by the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) in Lusatia earlier this week, had been charged with murder and arson on 6 January.“This is a very important arrest,” said Atul Khare, head of UNMIT. “The rule of law must prevail in Timor-Leste, and criminals must learn that they cannot act with impunity.”Yesterday, UN Police and PNTL held a joint seminar on the reform, restructuring and reconstitution of the police force of the nation which the world body shepherded to independence in 2002.“An effective PNTL are a key part of this new chapter in the story of Timor-Leste,” Mr. Khare noted.
ec14_IS-logo-F.png Microsoft Wins Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 And AWS, Microsoft, Mio, Optanix, and Plantronics-Polycom win in four new breakout categories. See All in Enterprise Connect » Wow! Reflections on Enterprise Connect 2019 Marty Parker March 26, 2019 10 takeaways from an action-packed, information-filled week in Orlando, Fla., at EC19. Winning in Collaboration at EC19 Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 From our ‘Best of’ awards, to new solutions from Microsoft and AWS and a successful digital transformation for Walmart, everyone is winning at Enterprise Connect! The Countdown to Enterprise Connect 2020 Is On! Beth Schultz August 28, 2019 Join us March 30 to April 2 in Orlando, Fla., for our annual enterprise communications & collaboration conference and exhibition. Log in or register to post comments We’ve known for years that our online histories are used to serve targeted ads. Last year, we learned that this data mining can also be used to influence political perspectives. Our online personal data is clearly valuable, but what about the data we generate at work?Our work data isn’t as lucrative to advertisers since most enterprise solutions are ad-free, but that doesn’t mean the data isn’t valuable. Our online data, including from communications and collaboration applications, can reveal a lot about individual work style, productivity, and more.The concept isn’t new. For decades contact center agents have operated under a productivity microscope. It’s common to report productivity, efficiency, re-work, and outcomes. Now, thanks to the cloud, that microscope extends to many more of us.We’ve all observed that some people are more productive than others, but it’s been hard to say why objectively or measure the productivity of knowledge workers. That’s changing; as our work shifts to the cloud, we have new ways to observe productivity.As I’ve mentioned previously, actionable analytics is the theme for this year’s Innovative Showcase at Enterprise Connect, coming the week of March 18 to Orlando, Fla., and we’re seeking solutions that can turn enterprise communications data into actionable insights.Consider Microsoft’s “fitness tracker” for Office 365. The application, MyAnalytics, provides employees with a personal dashboard intended to help manage and improve productivity. It contains graphical reports on where a user’s time goes, such as in meetings and on processing email. It even offers suggestions on how the user could improve productivity.MyAnalytics taps into the data stored in a growing number of Office 365 applications, including Outlook, Skype for Business, Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint (with more coming). This is the information era’s version of counting units and defects.The adage goes that you can’t improve what you can’t measure, and there are surprisingly few tools available that really measure general productivity. Microsoft states that MyAnalytics benefits include increased productivity and potentially reduced burnout. The app also enables companies to model the most productive mix of activities as well as identify poor performers.We create data in every call we make and every message we send, and our digital footprints are revealing more information. It’s not just that we’re in meetings, but who we’re meeting with, topics of discussion, and much more. Cloud applications are clearly changing our workflows, and our expectations and capabilities around analytics continue to increase.The API economy enables analytical tools to generate far more complete views. For example, a traditional call detail report showed dialed numbers and minutes, but combined with CRM data, CRM updates, transcriptions, sentiment scores, and sometimes even order entry, we can see and measure entire transactional lifecycles. Analytics don’t need to be contained to business application data either. It’s not uncommon for solutions to now evaluate external data sources such as the weather, financial market trends, social networks, and more.Today’s version of the infamous TPS Reports from the movie Office Space would be continuously updated and customized to each recipient.In some cases, modern analytics tools are using machine learning technologies to better recognize patterns and even predict outcomes. The concept of using data to identify problems before they occur isn’t new, but the sheer amount of data now available requires totally new approaches — it also offers potentially larger benefits.Our curiosity and desire for more information is creating an opportunity for new insights into our work and processes. Communications vendors are increasingly making usage data available for analytics. Last year, Cisco announced its Webex graph, which can expose APIs for meeting, people, and resource data. Similarly, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has a relationship engine as a central component of its Rainbow services. This is creating an opportunity for specialized engines, algorithms, and expertise to enable more customized insights.During the Innovation Showcase at Enterprise Connect on Monday, March 18, we’ll be introducing several new analytics solutions that provide actionable analytics. It’s not too late to apply for consideration. We have three judges ready to analyze the applications. The deadline to apply is Feb. 22. Learn more about the Innovation Showcase and how to apply here (and be quick about it).If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise Connect, you still have time to catch the Early Bird Rate, which closes on Friday, Feb. 22. Use the code NJPOSTS, and save an extra $200!Tags:News & ViewsActionable AnalyticsInnovation Showcasetechnology trendsDave MichelsEnterprise ConnectAI & AutomationAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceUnified Communications & Collaboration Articles You Might Like 6 Trends Recapping Enterprise Connect 2019 Zeus Kerravala March 25, 2019 EC19 has come to an end, and oh what a week it was.
Credit Suisse reports Q2 net profit rise, plans to boost capital cushion by News Staff Posted Jul 18, 2012 8:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GENEVA – Credit Suisse Group, Switzerland’s second-largest bank, unveiled a new plan Wednesday to boost its capital buffers by as much as 15.3 billion Swiss francs ($15.6 billion) while reporting a 2.6 per cent rise in second-quarter profits.The news cheered traders, who sent the bank’s shares higher. They were up 4 per cent, at 17.83 francs ($18.24), on the Zurich exchange in early afternoon. Until Wednesday, the bank’s shares had fallen 22 per cent this year.The capital increase is seen as a direct response to criticism from the Swiss central bank, which earlier this year warned that Credit Suisse’s capital reserves were below international norms for withstanding a financial crisis. The bank had rejected that criticism, but lost market value when unconvinced investors sold its shares.Credit Suisse said it would raise 8.7 billion francs immediately. Of that, some 3.8 billion francs will come from issuing convertible bonds underwritten by investors from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Norway and Singapore.The rest of the capital would be raised by other measures such as divestments, including sales of real estate, exchanging hybrid capital notes, and paying bonuses in shares.Chief Executive Brady Dougan said the measures “should completely put any capital questions to rest” by almost doubling the bank’s capital ratio compared with the first quarter.The Zurich-based bank made the announcement as it posted its second quarter earnings â€” net profit increased to 788 million francs ($806 million) from 768 million francs in the same quarter of 2011.The bank is trying to turn around its global image after weathering crackdowns in the U.S. and in Europe on tax-evading citizens suspected of stashing resources into Swiss banks.Dougan had successfully led the bank through the 2008-2009 global financial crisis without resorting to a government bailout like UBS AG, Switzerland’s largest bank.In a statement Wednesday the Swiss National Bank welcomed the plan to raise capital, saying that “in an environment that remains particularly challenging for the international banking system, these measure substantially increase the resilience of Credit Suisse Group.”Credit Suisse also said it plans to save another 1 billion francs by the end of 2013, after cutting 2 billion francs in costs by mid-year 2012 and announcing plans last year to shed 3,500 jobs. The bank now has 48,200 employees.
In August, the Indian Law Commission issued a report concluding that the death penalty does not act as an effective deterrent, and recommended its abolition for all crimes except terrorism-related offences, and waging war. “The conclusions and recommendations of the Indian Law Commission represent an important voice in favour of the abolition of the death penalty in India,” said the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns. “I encourage the Indian authorities to implement these recommendations and to move towards the complete abolition of the death penalty for all offences.” Juan Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture, noted that the Commission “recognized the immense suffering caused by the death row phenomenon as a seemingly inevitable consequence of the imposition of the death penalty; this recognition supports the emergence of a customary norm that considers the death penalty as, per se, running afoul of the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” The Indian authorities should review the findings very carefully and ratify the Convention against Torture, he added. China amended several provisions of its Criminal Law after the session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, replacing the death penalty by life imprisonment for several offences, including the smuggling of weapons, ammunition, nuclear materials and counterfeit currency; arranging for a person or forcing a person to carry out prostitution; the obstruction of duty of a police officer; and creating rumours during wartime to mislead people. “By adopting these amendments to its criminal code, China has made progress in the right direction; this needs to be encouraged,” the UN experts noted.“These new developments in India and China are in line with the general trend towards the abolition of the death penalty at a global level, even if there are isolated moves in the opposite direction,” said Mr. Heyns.Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Her comments followed the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir, announced on State television on Thursday, accompanied by the declaration from the defence minister, that a military council would govern the country for up to two years.Those developments come amid protests that erupted nearly four months ago when the Government attempted to raise the prices of bread and basic commodities, and which are also believed to have claimed dozens of lives.Transition back to civilian rule ‘could be shortened’Speaking in the Security Council on Friday morning, Sudan’s Deputy Ambassador, Yasir Abdullah Abdelsalam, said that the military council’s imposition of a State of Emergency for three months, a suspension of the constitution and nightly curfew, had been done in response to “the demands of the crowds…who have expressed their aspirations and their demands”He said the military council was committed to respecting all international agreements, and “a peaceful transition”, in which it would be the “guarantor” of a return to “civilian government”. “We therefore call on our partners in the international community to support peaceful transition in the country in a way that will help to build on gains, and open up the path to stability development and prosperity, and allow us to move away from the scourge of violence which will positively impact the regional and international situation.”‘Critical, volatile moment’ for Sudan“This is a very critical, volatile moment for Sudan and there is deep uncertainty and unease about the future,” High Commissioner Bachelet said in a statement, delivered in Geneva by Ravina Shamdasani, from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Human Rights Chief @mbachelet urges #Sudan authorities to protect human rights and rule of law. The crisis has its roots in #HumanRights grievances – economic, social, civil & political rights. The solution must also be grounded in human rights. ℹ️ https://t.co/WwrCwQUS9B pic.twitter.com/2tMkd6ri3v— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) April 12, 2019 In an update to journalists, Ms. Shamdasani said that it was “encouraging that there was no violence overnight” in the capital Khartoum – “even though the curfew that had been imposed was not respected by peaceful protesters”.The OHCHR official also noted unconfirmed reports that some political detainees had been released, before urging the authorities to release all political prisoners.However, amid uncertainty about how the crisis might play out, Ms. Shamdasani noted that the demonstrators might be unwilling to accept the military council’s declaration.“I wouldn’t want to get into details on who our sources are, but there are clear indications from them that they are not happy with what happened yesterday and that the protests will continue,” Ms. Shamdasani said. “Which, again, is why we are calling on the authorities to address the people’s demands.”Reiterating the High Commissioner’s comments, Ms. Shadasani noted that the protests against President Bashir stemmed from widespread human rights grievances: economic, social, civil and political.“We also understand that the announcement that was made yesterday didn’t indicate any possibility for people to participate in this transition,” she said. “Which is why we are, again, calling on the authorities to ensure that there’s a concerted effort with the meaningful participation of civil society, of dissenting voices, in charting a way forward.”Asked whether former president Bashir should stand trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity including genocide linked to violence in Darfur – issued by the International Criminal Court in 2009 and 2010 – Ms. Shamdasani said: “We would encourage the Government of Sudan to fully cooperate with the International Criminal Court”.“We are also calling for full accountability, including for the use of excessive force that has taken place since December this year”. UN Photo/Manuel EliasSudan’s Deputy Ambassador, Yasir Abdullah Abdelsalam, addresses a Security Council meeting on Sudan and South Sudan on 12 April 2019.“No party will be excluded” from the future electoral process, he added, including armed groups. He told Council member the suspension of the constitution “could be lifted at any point” and the transitional period back to civilian rule “could be shortened, depending on developments on the ground and agreements reached between stakeholders”.But he noted firmly that Sudan’s political crisis was “a domestic matter” and a “delicate situation” that posed a “threat to its immediate and future stability”“Any democratic process requires time and that should not be threatened. We do not wish to see the nascent gradual democratic process unravel in the name of democracy”, he said.
Vena Resources has received an award from Asociación Civil Empresa Peruana del Año as The Best Mining Exploration Company in Peru for 2006. The Asociación Civil Empresa Peruana del Año is a non-profit organization with the mandate to encourage healthy competition amongst corporations in several industries rewarding leadership and social responsible investments as well as efficient management techniques. The committee is comprised of representatives from local universities, mining institutions and corporations.As part of its social responsibility mandate and due to the unusually cold weather at the moment in the Andes of Peru, Vena is currently providing winter clothing to pre-school and elementary school students of the communities of Corani, Isivilla and Ikchuya in Puno, blankets to the families who are participating in the ‘JUNTOS’ programme, computer equipment to the community of Corani as well as infrastructure support efforts around three lakes in the Corani area. In addition, last week, Vena completed a very successful medical campaign in the communities surrounding the Azulcocha Zinc mine. Ten medical doctors and dentists participated in the campaign providing medical support to 300 inhabitants including 120 children of nearby communities.Juan Vegarra commented on behalf of the company: “It is an honour to be recognized for the efforts being done in Peru by our entire team. Vena today employs over 240 people across Peru and it is encouraging to be recognized for the work being done in a socially responsible and efficient way. We continue to build strong relationships with the surrounding communities to our main projects as they are a very important stakeholder for our ongoing exploration and development efforts in Peru.”
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“It’s something I would dearly love to do, but that’s the beauty of the really tough victories: they’re hard fought, the ones you really remember. We know what a big battle we have on our hands to achieve that. It’s about building for the whole week to get to that.He adds: “You have to realise that the next time you play against them that chance [to win] can occur. We’ll put ourselves in the same position training-wise as we do every week in going and treating this as a game we can absolutely win.”But Brian, do you really believe that this Ireland team can beat the almost flawless All Blacks?“Of course, I’m the eternal optimist,” he says with his stitched eyebrow raised.“No one will give us a chance, but that’s okay with us.”Ireland must play angry against All Blacks — O’Driscoll‘You just want to stay on the field’ – George Gregan on concussion BRIAN O’DRISCOLL IS bearing the scars of international rugby.His right eye is darkened and his brow crossed by stitches. The real painful points, however, are not visible from the outside.His calf has sidelined him for most of this season and will again curtail his involvement in training this week. Not that he’s about to let that hold him back from one last tilt at the greatest challenge in rugby.“This calf has slowed me down a little bit,” lamented the 34-year-old yesterday, “it’s kept me out for longer than I thought.”“That’s not any excuse for not playing brilliantly. It’s just one of those things, I’ve managed injuries in plenty of other games.”“I was feeling it a bit at the weekend, but I managed to see out the game – there’s a lot of time I haven’t played 100% fitness, but all going well – if I handle it well this week – I shouldn’t be far off 100% this weekend.”Once he’s mentioned the brief outbreak of wound-licking after the lessons doled out by Ewen McKenzie’s Wallabies, one ideal shapes every other sentence from the former captain’s mouth. It’s not belief or bullishness. It’s simply the goal to have a result worth fighting for with 10 minutes remaining -to be given a chance at doing what no other Ireland team has achieved.In position“With our track record against New Zealand, there’s no point in saying, ‘we’re going to go out there and win it’” he says with refreshing honesty. “We’ve got to put ourselves in a position where we can win the game.”O’Driscoll’s candour is a sign that this Ireland camp certainly won’t be deluding themselves as to the size of the challenge that awaits. New Zealand, the All Blacks to their friends, are 80 minutes away from ending 2013 with a 100% winning record of 14 wins from 14.Now, perhaps the world champions would instead enjoy 13 wins in ’13. Or maybe deputy out-half Aaron Cruden will suddenly wilt under the hot lights of Lansdowne Road and the pressure of standing in for the injured Dan Carter.None of that sounds very likely, of course, but Ireland are dealing with ifs and buts this week. “Like all sides, you can catch them on and off day and you can have a great day yourself. It is possible and it happens in sport the whole time. Granted, it hasn’t happened for us against the All Blacks, but it happens.As the final curtain of his career draws closer with each passing game, every weekend brings up at least one ‘last’ or ‘final’ experience for BOD. There are not many feats that O’Driscoll has to imagine achieving rather than just delving into his memory bank for, but beating New Zealand is the only new accomplishment he can still add to his CV.“It’s definitely one that has eluded me personally. Any Irish side I’ve been involved in, any Lions side I’ve been involved in, haven’t’ been able to beat the All Blacks.
Jun 26th 2018, 4:24 PM 14 Comments Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 5:05 PM Byrne had called for a culture shift at his first promotional press conference on 28 April.Surrounded by a blend of prospects, stalwarts and ‘opponent’-level Irish pugilists, he acknowledged that nobody present at the top table was likely to ever strap a world title belt around their waist.His job, he said, was to find one who ‘could have a chance to be the next Bernard Dunne’, but he pointedly explained to everyone present that even a cult stardom was unlikely if Ireland’s finest fist merchants didn’t start laying down the law in their respective domestic divisions.Byrne maintained that, at the very worst, Irish boxers would pocket more money if they turned on each other, as they wouldn’t be paying upwards of €1500 to import a journeyman from eastern Europe and to put him up for the usual two-day stay.And there were some, like Dublin rivals Victor Rabei and Karl Kelly, who took heed of his sermons, licking their lips at the prospect of busting the other’s.Some other fighters, though – or at the very least their trainers and/or managers – weren’t as gung-ho when the time came to sign on dotted lines.“Like, I’m not expecting everyone to fucking fight their next-door neighbour”, Byrne says, “but there was some great matches that I was making, there, and certain lads just don’t want to know about it.“With some, I even tried to bring in English journeymen so it wasn’t the usual crap with Eastern Europeans coming over. ‘Nah’ – they wouldn’t take an English journeyman. Too risky.“Some of them just want to knock out binmen, and that kind of mindset is ruining boxing in this country as well as all that other crap.I’m really disappointed in some of these people. Some of these Irish boxers are a fucking sham. They really are. So many don’t even want to fight: they just want to sell a hundred tickets and make a thousand euros. They just want to be called ‘professional boxers’ and get to 6-0, 7-0, fighting paper bags.“I’ll say more about that after the show in July – I really will. But if you’re wondering why Irish boxing is in the gutter, and why it’s so far behind the UK, it’s not all to do with crime and stupid nonsense outside of the sport. Some of the people directly involved in the sport are partly to blame. Source: Oliver McVeighByrne’s ire extends beyond even those fighters and trainers unwilling to take any semblance of a risk in the ring beyond stepping into it, however.Unsurprisingly, he had been politely warned off promoting boxing in the Republic by the handful of friends and friendly competitors who remain involved in that capacity south of the border. His wife would probably tell you it’s equally unsurprising that he decided to enter boxing promotion in Ireland regardless. But that’s not to suggest those warnings fell on deaf ears.The financial realities were never lost on the BUI Celtic champion: he was simply willing to have a crack off it in any case. But having seen a small fortune seep from his personal bank account solely in order to get his inaugural card off the ground, he ponders aloud how Ireland can expect to maintain any sort of professional boxing scene.“The costs of running a professional show in [the Republic of] Ireland are extortionate,” he says, “and it’s a wonder why anyone would even bother trying to put on a show down here.The BUI (Boxing Union of Ireland) are charging me over seven grand, which is colossal. That’s on top of a 10-grand bond that you need to put up to them as well. Now, you get the bond back after the show, but you still need to pay it to begin with. So that’s 17 grand straight off the bat, right? On top of that, it’s another four grand to rent the [National] Stadium. You’re more than 20 grand out of pocket before you so much as print a ticket, buy the gloves, buy bottles of water, hire a DJ, do any sort of production.“It’s colossal, like. It’s absolutely colossal. What are you supposed to do? There’s just nowhere to go with that.” Byrne in Irish title action against Craig O’Brien in the National Stadium Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOThe BUI’s total fee – somewhere close to €7,250 – ensures the provision of the various ringside components required for a professional boxing event to be sanctioned. A timekeeper to ring the bell, for example, will set you back €350. A ringside doctor costs €500, but you need two of them. And so on.“That’s what you’re up against,” Byrne exclaims. “It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely unbelievable.“The charges are going to drive promoters away. Well, who are we fooling? They already have driven promoters away. Red Corner are already gone, and they won’t be the last to go.“Just to put it into some sort of context: I can bring my fighters to Latvia, right? I can fly to Latvia on a Friday, put two of my lads in the ring on a Saturday night, fly home on the Sunday; for flights, accommodation and two tune-up wins for my fighters, it’ll cost me €800.“To fight in Dublin, half of that – one tune-up win for one fighter – would cost €2,500.“So for a third of the price of one fight in Dublin, you can go and get two wins for your lads elsewhere. You could run one show a year, two shows a year abroad: bring your fighters away to Latvia, to Hungary, to Mexico and before you know it they have seven or eight wins. It’s not my way of doing it, but I’m just saying it’s a hell of a lot cheaper.“It saves you the stress and the difficulty of banging out a show in Dublin, where the only ones making money seem to be the BUI.Now, in all fairness, I knew there was no money in boxing promotion; we all knew that. I didn’t go into it to make money: I have a good job, I have my own gym, and I make a few bob off me own fights – so this was never about money. All I wanted was to make some excitement: good fight nights, 50-50 fights. A stepping-stone for Irish boxing. By Gavan Casey Short URL ‘Heart’, by Sideline FilmsBOXING IN IRELAND is dead and you can’t put a show on in Dublin anymore because of boxing’s links to crime, or so goes the line peddled in various pubs, publications, and radio slots in the weeks since the fatal shooting at Bray BC.It’s an understandable perception given that egregious incident earlier this month was hardly an outlier, rather the latest in a string of atrocities to trespass upon the sport since February 2016. But it is false, at least for the moment.For one thing, there are more professional boxers in Ireland now than ever before: more than 50 of them entered the punch-for-pay ranks over the two years which followed the Regency Hotel shooting and its subsequent fallout.For another, there are two professional boxing cards taking place in Dublin next month alone – one at the National Stadium on 7 July, the other at Good Counsel GAA Club, Drimnagh, a week later.If you don’t know that, you don’t know boxing in this country.And that’s not intended as a dig, either: you’d scarcely be in the minority if you never found yourself invested in Irish sport’s bastard child even prior to its becoming infected by a putrid criminality, and pro boxing is sure as hell even more unlikely to be your cupán tae now.It’s undeniable that the sport is in rag order south of the border, and nobody could be blamed for steering well clear of it.All of which begs the question as to why Dublin boxer Jay Byrne – he of sound-ish body and mind – would choose the present moment to become a boxing promoter in this neck of the woods.But between the Stadium’s nigh-on nonagenarian walls on 7 July, Byrne – who runs his own gym in Bray – will first ‘have a knock’ in the ring and later take his ringside seat to watch the rest of a show he labelled The Beginning when he set out his stall back in April.And despite the fact that circumstances could now scarcely be less conducive to hosting a pro boxing card in the capital, Byrne has plenty of cause for backing himself to succeed in the new gig.He’s gotten this far, after all: within four years of lacing up the gloves proper, the Loughlinstown native traded the football pitches dotted across Dublin for some of the UK’s most storied boxing venues, fighting live on Sky Sports in front of the odd thousand in attendance as well as the hundreds of thousands tuned in from home.Over the course of his first eight fights he traded leather with three of the most highly-touted young fighters in Britain – including 2016 Olympian Josh Kelly who headlined on Sky Sports 10 days ago – and in his ninth relieved one of Ireland’s most prodigious pugilistic talents, Gerard Whitehouse, of the ’0′ in his loss column to win the BUI Celtic title.All five of his defeats have arrived at the hands of undefeated fighters, and all five of his conquerors remain blemishless a combined 15 fights later. He’s been halted just the once – by Liverpudlian Anthony Fowler (now 6-0, 5KOs).Byrne, though, has rarely had his will tested to the extent that it has been since he donned the promoter’s cap. Jay Byrne walks through some punishment against former British Olympian Josh Kelly live on Sky Sports Source: Press Association“Putting on a professional boxing show in Ireland now, there’s a lot of jokes thrown at you, you know?” says Byrne, who doesn’t hesitate to retell a couple.“People will say to me: ‘Jesus, Jay, is it safe to go to this?’“‘I hope we’re not gonna get fuckin’ shot, Jay, wha?’“I am getting a lot of that, like,” Byrne explains, but he does so with a rueful chuckle, and it’s clear that such messing from those showing an interest is scarcely taking its toll.Tolls are collected elsewhere, mind. And in spades.“I rang to get insurance for the show last night, right?” Byrne continues. “And the cheapest quote I got – for one night – was €3,600. Three-thousand-six-hundred-fucking-euro.But most insurance companies won’t even give you a quote because it’s a boxing show. There’s a company that insures my gym in Bray, and I did four semi-pro shows in a 12-month calendar with them for €1,100 not long ago. They told me yesterday: ‘Sorry, Jay. We can’t even quote it.’ Because… professional boxing. Because of the stuff that’s going on.“Those four shows – that was the full ‘boxing show’ insurance, like: three million public liability, the full and proper job.“Now, you have to have six-and-a-half million public liability. The insurance companies can absolutely fleece you because, as they see it, a member of the public could literally get shot at your event. They don’t care who you are – they just think that’s the story with boxing, now.“I do believe things like that – the crime, the gangland crap – are ruining boxing in Ireland, yeah. That’s a big thing.“But I’ll be honest with you,” adds Byrne. “It’s not only that.” Jay Byrne Source: Presseye/Jonathan Porter/INPHO“I’m going to be honest and straight with you here, right”, he says, “and I’ll leave my hand out to be slapped by other promoters, boxers and coaches, but I think Irish boxing is ruining Irish boxing.“Irish boxing has itself to blame, too, for the state it’s in.”He allows his statement to breathe until the silence is eventually punctuated by this writer’s quite genuine ‘Hmm?’“It might sound like a stupid comment”, Byrne muses, “but bear with me, because you wouldn’t believe the crap I’ve had to deal with while putting on this show on 7 July.“We’ll start with the matchmaking, right?”Right.There are so many fighters out there who just want to be thrown into the ring against brown paper bags. It’s embarrassing. It’s actually embarrassing. I’m offering guys – and their coaches and managers – opponents with, say, two wins and five losses, and they’re saying: ‘Ah, we’d like an easier one.’ I’m looking at it going… ‘What the fuck are they on about? You don’t get easier than that!’“There was one opponent – four wins, 14 losses – and I offered him to a fighter’s coach. His coach said to me: ‘Ah, we’re looking for something a bit easier than that; our lad has had a few tough ones?‘ – Byrne’s own exasperation spills into the end of his character portrayal.“I’m actually scratching my head,” he says. “The bloke has won four out of eighteen fucking fights – all four in his home country. You want easier than that? He’s fucking shite!’“Don’t get me wrong, there’ll be some great fights on this card: Karl Kelly versus Victor Rabei – two cracking young lads who’ll put it all on the line and tear lumps out of each other. We’ve obviously got the headliner – an Irish title fight between Paddy McDonagh and David Bailey.But the embarrassment I’ve come across on the matchmaking side of things, generally speaking, is an absolute joke.”A little promo done for my first promotion July 7th… @promotions_jb pic.twitter.com/VAn48LaZMw— Jay Byrne 🥊 (@JayByrneKO) June 21, 2018 http://the42.ie/4083941 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share144 Tweet Email1 27,908 Views “But you have to look at it logically, like,” Byrne adds. “£5,000 covers the entire running of a show in Belfast. You’d be better off running a show up there. Sell 10 dinner tables at ringside like Mark Dunlop does with his shows up there. 500 quid a table, job done: that covers the whole cost of the show.“In Dublin, you can’t get a hotel or a similar venue – and that’s not the BUI’s fault, to be fair. It’s because of the shootings. So it nearly has to be the Stadium. You really are snookered.“Renting the National Stadium alone costs almost as much as an entire show in Belfast.“Now, with all of that being said, I’m very confident that I’ll run a great show from the weigh-in all the way through to fight night on 7 July.“And if the fighters sell the tickets they’re supposed to sell, I do believe we’ll have about 1500 people in the Stadium. I don’t think we’ll be far off that.”Whatever the eventual tally, those in attendance in a fortnight’s time will notice some changes to the usual Stadium setup: Byrne has already communicated to the BUI – and “won’t take ‘no’ for an answer” – that he wants fans to be able to bring alcoholic beverages to ringside whereas traditionally they would be consumed in either the bar outside or its surrounding area.He has pulled out all the stops on the production side of things, hiring Newry company Sideline Films to shoot promo videos for each fighter. The videos will play to the whole arena prior to each fighter’s ringwalk.‘The Negotiator’ will have his own gee-up clip, of course: in two weeks’ time, he’ll become the first Irish boxer to ever fight on a show they’re also promoting.Having lost his BUI Celtic title fight with undefeated Scot Paul Kean on points at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza last month, Byrne will return to the same venue to challenge Marc Kerr for the British Boxing Board of Control’s version of the Celtic gong in September.On his return from a fifth pro defeat – his fourth reversal to go the distance – he told himself: ‘Get up, get back in and go again.’But rather than pay somewhere in the region of €3,000 in show costs to sharpen his tools ahead of his Glasgow return, he figured he’d take a tune-up on his own bill.In doing so he’ll save himself a decent wad of dosh, but one could be forgiven for presuming the decision will cost him a fair amount of scarcely-needed hassle on an already strenuous night.“It’ll be grand,” says a confident-sounding Byrne. “I’m not going to say it’s on the same level, but I’ve ran amateur shows – and not just little club amateur shows, but shows where I’ve had six or seven-hundred people at them – and I’ve been the main event!“I’ve boxed Declan Geraghty twice as a main event; I’ve boxed Martin Wall as a main event; I’ve boxed Wayne Kelly – who’s been away with the Irish team there lately – as the main event.And that’s while looking after kids – making sure they know how and when to walk out, making sure they’re on time, making sure they’re not stopping to talk to their mammies and daddies. I’ve done that and then gotten in and had fights with lads like Deco [Geraghty] who were miles and miles ahead of me in terms of boxing ability, purely so I’d have a main event for my own show.“In July, I’m not going to fight as the main event or even close to it: I’ll be on early – probably even as early as half-six. I’ll fight, get showered and get back out.“I hope to be able to just sit back and watch from the front row – watch and learn where I’ve made mistakes so I don’t make them again for the next one.”Byrne’s fight career in itself is no mistake, but it did happen almost by accident.He boxed for four or five months when he was 18 but it was some eight more years before he “fell into” the fight game, and all because someone else took a cruel hopper off their bike.The Loughlinstown native was playing football with Greystones in the Leinster Senior League in 2013 when a man associated with the club suffered a motorcycle accident in Thailand, destroying his body so thoroughly that he required surgery even on his eyes.As the local community rushed to his financial aid, Byrne gathered a number of young footballers whom he had previously coached, hosting a white-collar boxing event “just to help raise a few bob” for the injured party.So enjoyable did these restive teenagers find two months’ of boxing training under Byrne, however, they demanded that it continue.Thus, St Margaret’s Boxing Club was born. Cian Cowley, now a mixed martial artist at SBG Ireland, fights on a St. Margaret’s BC event at the Sallynoggin Inn in 2013“It was just to help the lads out”, Byrne explains of his decision to form his first gym, “because they were all after getting into the routine, and some of them I was after kind of taking off the road, if you know what I mean: they were young adults but they hadn’t really been doing anything in a couple of years.“It was June 2013, then, and I brought the lads over to Crumlin [Boxing Club] for a couple of scraps. One of the Crumlin coaches, Sean Carton, was supposed to box but he was left without an opponent for whatever reason. And Phil [Sutcliffe Sr] said to me: ‘Would you not hop in and box him yourself?’“I was just thinking: ‘Jesus, nah – not for me, bud.’ Now, I’d been in sparring with all the lads and that, but I wasn’t into fighting. They persuaded me, anyway, and I ended up boxing Sean Carton, the Crumlin coach. And I boxed really well.”Having caught the bug, Byrne wound up winning the Dublin Novices, the Leinster Year 3 Novices, and reaching the final of the All-Ireland Novices in which he suffered defeat. ‘That’s enough for me as a fighter, really’, he thought: he was still “mad into the football”, as he puts it, and while he enjoyed the odd scrap it was his coaching of other boxers which was really progressing at a rate of knots.He trained his sister to Irish Intermediate and U22 titles, his brother to an All-Ireland Novices final; he trained Karl Kelly – who fights Victor Rabei under Byrne’s promotional banner at the National Stadium on 7 July – to the finals of both the Irish 22s and Intermediates.He also coaxed a future World silver medalist back from the brink of retirement.“She hasn’t done too badly since,” Byrne laughs, recalling how Kellie Harrington – who won her third major international medal a fortnight ago – came down for a singular session in his gym, telling Byrne afterwards that she no longer had the heart for competitive boxing.They trained all the way through Christmas and into February, when Harrington won the Irish Seniors and got her career back on track. Kellie Harrington Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I done well as a coach in the boxing. It’s just I got hooked on the fighting myself, and I couldn’t really tear myself away from it. I finally kind of just said: ‘Right, let’s have a go off it!’”It was a chance phonecall from England which would inadvertently steer Byrne away from the unpaid ranks.“The fella rang and asked me would I be interested in bringing a team over to fight in England, so I said it to the lads, and sure they were buzzing! Your man was going to pay for flights, accommodation and all that – we were all over the moon.But when we got over there they were all grown men, whereas our lads were only 18, 19. Your man had mentioned a few title fights and things like that, and sure I was thinking, ‘Happy days – the lads will love that.’ We rocked up with all our amateur gear – headguards, the lot. Low and behold, it was a semi-pro, unlicenced fight night.“We were like: ‘Fuck.’“But I said: ‘Fuck it, like. We’re here now, sure. C’mere!’“And to be honest, the lads I coached were the same as meself: ‘Fuck it! Let’s have a go!’ I did say to the guy, as well, that our lads would be wearing head gear, and we did.”After his efforts that night, Byrne would return to fight on England’s semi-pro circuit seven or eight times over the couple of years which followed.There was also a trip to Malta, during which he boxed in the prestigious Montekristo Estate “on a week and a half’s notice against some unbeaten guy”. He was joined on the Mediterranean archipelago by his brother and his brother-in-law having been asked to provide two undercard fighters. The three of them enjoyed “a cracking weekend” with all expenses paid for, and each of them took home a few bob after their four-day stay.Noted Dublin boxing brain Tommy McCormack (cutman to Conor McGregor for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather last summer; Byrne also sparred McGregor in the lead-up) still had his work cut out for him in convincing Byrne to turn fully professional in 2016 – this following an impressive knockout win in the unlicensed realm.But sure enough, just three years after he stumbled into a pair of gloves and opened his first gym, the proper football man took out a proper boxing licence and became ‘The Negotiator’. Byrne has developed a fruitful relationship with Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie HearnThe immediacy with which he wound up fighting on Sky Sports rankled with some of a purer boxing pedigree; Byrne fought Felix Cash on a Sky-televised card after just nine months as a professional, and over the course of his three fights on the channel encountered no shortage of begrudgery from peers who felt he’d hardly paid his dues by comparison to their own efforts.But then, that was hardly his problem, either:People say to me: ‘Why did you take the big fights in England’ because I was relatively inexperienced, but I’d say to them: ‘Well, why wouldn’t I? I’m boxing for four years and I’m getting a chance to get in the ring with these Olympians – and live on Sky Sports where I sat and watched boxing for years with the missus on a Saturday night.’“To be honest with you, and I know it’s stupid, but I would have taken those fights for no money! I’d have done it just for the actual experience of getting in and fighting live on Sky Sports,” Byrne continues.“To sum up my boxing career, you could nearly look at me football: I was a high-level footballer, right? Well, at Leinster Senior League level. I went to Bray [Wanderers] but I never really made it into the first team and that. I was in UCD’s reserves as well. But I was a really strong player in the Leinster Senior League, and I was extremely dedicated.“Like, I’ve gone onto the pitch, had me head bust open – got fuckin’ six stitches on a gash in me head – and then come back on and played. I was one like a Roy Keane on the pitch – I was die-hard. I’d jump into a boot to clear a ball off the line, and everyone said it about me. ‘Jesus, Jay, you’ve work tomorrow.’I had murder with my missus, once. I played a match on the Friday night when I was getting married on the Saturday morning. That’s no word of a lie. My missus was saying: ‘Please, please, please don’t play, or if you do play, please don’t get hurt.’ And I’m not going to lie to you, I was flying in and out of tackles like a fucking headcase.“That’s just me, but the reason I mention the football, there, is that I’m the same with boxing now: the Kazakh Olympic gold medalist that Eddie Hearn has just signed [Daniyar Yeleussinov] – I threw my name in the hat to fight him on his debut in Brooklyn back in April.I would have had to fly to New York on the Thursday, and my daughter’s Confirmation was on the Friday. I had told my daughter that I was missing her confirmation to take that fight – and that was before I’d even mentioned money to them or vice versa. I was taking that fight regardless of the purse.“He’s an Olympic gold medalist: that would have been better than Josh Kelly, better than Anthony Fowler, better than Felix Cash – a higher level.“And in America, too. This youngfella from Loughlinstown – who only started boxing four years ago – fighting on a world-title undercard in Brooklyn against an Olympic gold medalist. That’s stuff dreams are made of.Now, people will say: ‘Ah, that’s fucking stupid.’ But to me, it’s all about doing things at the highest level you possibly can – be it football, boxing or whatever. Like, if you’re playing for Enniskerry and someone gives you the option to play against Man United or Greystones next week, who are you going to pick?“And the reason why people would say ‘that’s fucking stupid’ is because they’d be afraid to do it themselves. They’d be afraid to get hurt.“I’m not afraid to get hurt. I’m not afraid to get knocked out, and that’s not me being a hard man. It’s just the way I’m wired. Like, I was sparring [Irish heavyweight] Sean Turner over Christmas and my coach had to roar at us: ‘Lads, will yiz fuckin’ calm down?’ We were going to war and the guy is about twice my weight!“But obviously, you need to be clever as well. It’s not like I’m trying to walk into lads’ fists, or anything.“It’s just that if you’re not ever going to be a world champion, you should make the most of whatever talent you have. This is a tough fucking sport, so if you’re doing it, you might as well make yourself a few bob – get yourself a holiday away with the missus.“Give the fans some entertainment in a real fight. You’re not going to go undefeated, so fight other lads from Ireland, from England. Try make a bit of a name for yourself. Otherwise, what’s the point?” Jay Byrne (L) vs Anthony Fowler, live on Sky Sports Source: Nathan StirkByrne’s assessment of his own ring career sheds further light on his earlier frustration with regards to matchmaking: he’ll rarely shy away from a gamble, and wonders why others are so reticent to put their undefeated records or win streaks on the line when, as he personally sees it, they’re not worth a tuppenny you-know-what.Within the context of the current pro boxing climate in this country, though, one can’t help but feel only the fighters of a similar bloodymindedness will see their careers extended beyond a handful of fights.It’s a small pond as is, but there are already too many fish.“It was definitely something I was looking to push when I started up in promotion,” Byrne says. “Even if an Irish fighter was to fight another Irish fighter and lose on his debut, and he faced the inevitable questions, you know: ‘Most people tend to win their first fight – what went wrong today?’ At least he could say: ‘Well, it was a decent scrap and I have two-and-a-half grand in me back pocket, so not much, really.’“Look at my career, for fuck’s sake. Look at the record I had when I fought Whitehouse after losing a few fights on Sky.“And I know people were thinking: ‘Ah, he’s only after being brought in for Gerard to beat him!’ But look what happened!”As our interview ends, Byrne’s phone buzzes and he lets out a chuckle as he reads it.Fittingly, it’s from Sky Sports’ chief matchmaker, and it reads: ‘Hi Jay, hope you’re well. I have two guys who need a match for Saturday. Please help pal.’Tickets for The Beginning at the National Stadium on 7 July and the boxers involved. Tickets prices are €35 (gallery), €50 (ringside) and €80 (VIP). ‘People say: ‘Jesus, is it safe?’ Insurance companies won’t even give you a quote because it’s a boxing show’ Ahead of his promotional debut on 7 July, Jay Byrne says crime isn’t the only thing holding back pro boxing in Ireland.
SSC Napoli tends to win whenever midfielder Marek Hamsik plays, according to Martin Petras.The Partenopei captain was instrumental in the win at Torino, whereas he was not considered in the loss to Sampdoria before the international break.“It was indubitably the best game since Ancelotti came in,” Martin Petras said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“A new Coach has come in after three years with Sarri and patience is needed, the team is beginning to take the shape the Coach wants.“Obviously we can’t start thinking that every game will be like Sunday’s, but step-by-step you’re beginning to see Ancelotti’s work.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“I spoke to Marek after the game, and he told me: ‘when I play, we win.’ If we look at the recent games, that’s true.“All joking aside, he’s got total respect for the Coach and his teammates, we’ll leave the polemics to others.“I’ve read some things in the newspapers, but Hamsik shouldn’t play just because he’s been at Napoli for ten years, if he does it’s because he has excellent qualities.“I got angry when I read in a Turin newspaper that Marek would leave, I’ll confirm that Hamsik will stay as long as he feels useful to the cause.”
RAPID CITY, S.D. (WSVN) — A police department in South Dakota is making sure their K-9 stays warm during the chilly winter months.Jary, a Belgian Malinois, was outfitted with new snow boots bought by Rapid City police.Video captured the moments when he tried taking his first steps in the boots, prompting him to walk in a comical manner.It took him time to get used to the shoes with encouragement from the officers.Police are urging the public to properly bundle up their dogs as they get cold just like humans.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In a move that will consolidate much of the freelance economy in a single corporate entity, online freelance work platforms Elance and oDesk announced their intent to merge, forming a new company with a yet-to-be-determined name.The resulting company will lay claim to more than 8 million freelancers and 2 million businesses in more than 180 countries, according to a release issued by Elance. Elance and oDesk will continue to exist as separate platforms even after the merger, though no longer as rivals.Related: The Freelance Economy Is Booming. But Is It Good Business?The companies anticipate that joining forces will allow them to improve technical issues, such as matching professionals with relevant jobs, while streamlining internal processes and scaling their business.”Just as Amazon reinvented retail, and Apple iTunes transformed the music industry, we will greatly improve how businesses hire and people work online,” Elance chief executive Fabio Rosati said in the release. “This merger will create unprecedented access and flexibility for people to find job opportunities regardless of their location, and will allow businesses of all sizes to more easily access the best available talent.”In an email to freelancers today, Rosati echoed those sentiments, saying the merger would improve the “online freelancing experience” for the millions of users who depend on it for paying work. To do this, he said, he plans to make “significant investments in technology, including tools for a more effective job search, seamless online collaboration and improved mobile accessibility.” Following the merger, Rosati will serve as CEO of the new company. Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, will be a strategic advisor.Related: 10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual AssistantThe merger is not yet a done deal, with regulatory approval expected sometime in the next four months. Although Elance’s release makes no mention of potential antitrust issues, it’s possible that federal regulators may look askance at a deal that would combine two of the largest online platforms for what Rosati calls “fractional jobs.” The term describes individual tasks performed a la carte by freelancers as opposed to full-time positions with broader job descriptions.While Rosati and others claim that the global turn toward fractional jobs is a net positive for workers and businesses alike, some professionals say platforms such as Elance and oDesk turn knowledge labor into a commodity, with price the main determining factor in who gets hired and who gets left out in the cold. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 19, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Related posts:Costa Rica heads into must-win game against United States Costa Rica pummeled by U.S. 4-0 in Copa America rout Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier All Costa Rica needed against Haiti was a tie to advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying play. The Ticos did one better by notching a 1-0 win and the points required to clinch a spot in the six-team Hexagonal.Still, there seems very little to celebrate after another ugly performance Friday night.Costa Rica nearly got on the board early when midfielder Randall Azofeifa fed a good ball to captain Bryan Ruíz in the second minute. Ruíz’s attempt in front of the goal was rejected by the Haitian keeper, and Haiti stormed back with pressure of its own.Over the next five minutes, the Haitians broke down the Costa Rican defense a few times and had two clear opportunities to score. The first came on a long volley from midfield where Patrick Pemberton inexplicably came far out of goal, as he’s inclined to do, and put himself past the ball.Action continued at an extremely slow pace until Azofeifa’s golazo from distance in the 72nd minute gave Costa Rica its 1-0 lead.By any definition, this is another mediocre performance for Costa Rica. Haiti, which hasn’t scored a goal in this round of qualifying, wasn’t even playing with a fully healthy team.Besides the narrow win, it’s the way the Ticos looked that is so concerning. Their offense was again disconnected and lifeless. Costa Rica is far too talented across the board to not dominate a team like Haiti, but it looks at times like a team more worried about messing up than forcing the issue on offense.Going forward, where the level of teams will be higher, Costa Rica will have to answer glaring questions about its lineup.Johnny Acosta is not a quality starter and barely qualifies as a good backup option. Yet, Ramírez has played him in every single one of La Sele’s five World Cup qualifiers.It’s time for this team to go back to Giancarlo González, who was left on the bench Friday in favor of Acosta.On the other side of the field, Marco Ureña continues to offer nothing. In the 37th minute, Ureña was given a good chance to beat a defender and score, but he was easily stripped of control and blew the promising shot.To have such a vanilla striker like Ureña that defenders don’t need to respect allows backlines to focus on jamming passing lanes rather than keeping all eyes on what should be a roaming striker.It’s somewhat jarring that Ramírez didn’t insert Johan Venegas into that role after his spirited performance in Costa Rica’s previous game against Colombia. Sure it’s not his natural position, but he provides much more activity at the position than Ureña ever could.Venegas ultimately came on for Ureña in the 55th minute.Right now, La Sele’s best offensive threats come off of steals on defense and quick counters from the wings. Still, those opportunities rarely manifest into consistent attacks over the course of a full game.At best, Ramírez’s selection is totally boring. At worst, and probably more honestly, it’s made up of a fragile offense that almost never goes through its best playmakers, instead over-relying on a defense prone to numerous breakdowns every match.Something needs to give quick because fringe contenders in CONCACAF like Trinidad & Tobago or Honduras could top La Sele for one of the three World Cup spots up for grabs if Ramirez’s team keeps up its dull pace.If the current standings hold elsewhere with Trinidad & Tobago winning Group C ahead of second-place United States, then Costa Rica could have to go back to the U.S. to play the USMNT in November, five months after the team was badly embarrassed in a 4-0 rout in the Copa América.Though goalie Keylor Navas would probably be back for that game, the Real Madrid star can’t solve the rest of the issues on a team that looks increasingly mediocre with each game under Ramírez.Costa Rica will return home to play in the National Stadium against Panama on Tuesday. In the game worth little more than a friendly, Ramírez has a chance to experiment more with his lineup. Facebook Comments
AirAsia’s 500 millionth guest Dr Panut Oprasertsawat (centre right) receiving 3 million AirAsia BIG Points, THB50,000 worth of Vidi vouchers and free AirAsia flights for life from AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes and Thai TV superstar Pope Thanawat (second from right). AirAsia hits half a billion guests!In just sixteen years, AirAsia has flown over 500 million guests to over 130 destinations, many of which are unique destinations that only AirAsia flies to.AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We started this airline in 2001 with just 2 planes and 200 Allstars based in Malaysia. Today, we have more than 200 planes, over 20,000 Allstars of 50 different nationalities and half a billion guests, 60 percent of which were first time flyers.Half a billion guests is no small feat – it represents seven times the population of Thailand, sixteen times the population of Malaysia and about 80 percent of the entire Asean population (640 million, 2018*).“We would like to attribute this incredible milestone to every single guest who has flown with AirAsia. We are delighted to have been part of the flying experiences and memories of so many people and communities around the world, especially across Asean. We are also proud to have contributed to the region’s economy through tourism and job creation,” he added.The 500 millionth guest, 34-year old Dr Panut Oprasertsawat took AirAsia over the half a billion mark when he flew from Phuket to Bangkok Don Mueang on 18 March 2018.Dr Panut Oprasertsawat said, “I travel frequently between Bangkok and Phuket for work. AirAsia has always been my preferred airline due to their high flight frequency, affordable price and excellent services. Over the past decade, I have been able to manage my business at both places thanks to AirAsia’s connectivity. I am excited to be part of this milestone.”AirAsia is proud to be a market leader in air connectivity within Asean. Since its early days, AirAsia initiated routes which were previously unheard of, including between East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia. The airline was also the first to introduce international flights to Bandung, Indonesia, which has now grown to be a key international hub.Most recently, the UK-based air travel intelligence company OAG reported that Singapore-Kuala Lumpur is the busiest international route, with AirAsia now holding the largest share of capacity.Source = AirAsia
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