Salah’s World Cup bid ends with a whimper

first_imgSalah returned to action for the first time in three weeks for his side’s do-or-die clash with hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but was a pale imitation of the player who dazzled for Liverpool last season, scoring 44 goals.He did get on the scoresheet late on from the penalty spot in Saint Petersburg but it was too little, too late, with Russia already 3-0 up and steaming towards the last 16.The hosts and Uruguay, both in Group A, became the first two sides into the knockout round on Wednesday after the South Americans beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Rostov-on-Don.Salah carried his country to their first World Cup since 1990, scoring five of his side’s eight goals in the the third qualifying round.But Egyptian excitement that he was appearing on the biggest stage in club football last month turned to fear when he trudged off the field in tears after being hauled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Floored: Mohamed Salah never fully recovered from a shoulder injury in time for the World Cup © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY“This is very bad for Mo, very bad for us, very bad for Egypt,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, minutes after seeing his side lose 3-1 in the Ukrainian capital.The Spanish captain quickly became a hate figure for furious Egyptian fans on social media, but there was no quick remedy for the damage Ramos inflicted.– Salah risk –Salah could only watch from the bench as Egypt conceded late to lose 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game, leaving coach Hector Cuper little choice but to risk his best talent for the must-win game against Russia.He manfully tried to carry the expectations of a nation on one good shoulder but Stanislav Cherchesov’s men were in no mood to play the role of accommodating hosts.On the eve of the match, Cherchesov said he saw nothing wrong in Ramos’s challenge, insisting he only saw the Real skipper “holding the cup of the Champions League” at the end of an action-packed night in Kiev.One Russia fan even attended the game with Ramos’s name and number on the back of a Real shirt. After the game Cherchesov said his mission to stop Salah had been successful.“If he was not injured, it is very difficult to know what would have happened but we know the quality he has,” lamented Cuper, who admitted at the very least Salah’s match sharpness had been blunted.“He wasn’t in all the preparation with us and that cost him a little bit of his physical ability. He would have worked almost three weeks with us before the first game, with the same intensity as the rest of the team.”Salah, whose team still have a dead rubber to play against the Saudis, celebrated his 26th birthday on the day of the Uruguay defeat, meaning time is still on his side for him to return to the World Cup stage.But injury at the most inopportune time has soured the season that made him a worldwide phenomenon.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will not progress from the group stages in Russia after two defeats © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Mohamed Salah’s World Cup campaign arguably ended when Egypt’s talisman tumbled to the turf in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.Uruguay administered the last rites on Wednesday but the Pharaohs already knew the writing was on the wall.last_img read more

Deaths up after earlier decline

first_imgAlthough the overall number of deaths increased, the rates for heart disease, stroke and cancer all declined. The death rate was 210 per 100,000 for heart disease; 184 for cancer; and 46.5 for stroke. The overall age-adjusted rate for all deaths in 2005 fell to 799 per 100,000 population, down from 801 per 100,000 in 2004. The 2005 rate was an all-time low, but the rate has been in a general decline for more 50 years, according to government data. The success against heart disease is at least partly due to better treatments, which overcame the impact of an aging, growing population, Thorpe said. But with total cancer deaths, there was no such offset in 2005. “That’s unfortunate news,” he said. “You continue to hope with earlier detection, diagnosis and treatment, we will pick these things up faster” and prevent deaths. But because a growing number of Americans lack health insurance, many may not be getting those services, Thorpe said. U.S. life expectancy inched up to 77.9 from the previous record, 77.8, recorded for 2004. The increase was more dramatic in contrast with 1995, when life expectancy was 75.8, and 1955, when it was 69.6. A final report will be released later, and the numbers may change a little. Last year, when releasing its preliminary death data for 2004, the government reported a 77.9 life expectancy. That figure later dropped to 77.8 in the final report. “If death rates from certain leading causes of death continue to decline, we should continue to see improvements in life expectancy,” said study co-author Hsiang-Ching Kung, in a prepared statement. Researchers also noted continued differences by race and sex. Life expectancy for whites in 2005 was 78.3, the same as in 2004. Black life expectancy rose from 73.1 in 2004 to 73.2 in 2005, but it was still nearly five years lower than the white figure. Life expectancy for women continues to be five years longer than for men, the report also found. The infant mortality rate remained roughly the same as in the previous year, about 6.9 per 1,000 live births. Also, there were 5 percent increases in the rates for Alzheimer’s disease, the No. 7 leading cause of death, and for Parkinson’s disease, which was No. 14. The United States continues to lag behind at least 40 other nations. Andorra, a tiny country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, has the longest life expectancy, at 83.5 years, according to a U.S. Census Bureau analysis of 2004 international data. It was followed by Japan, Macau (part of China), San Marino and Singapore.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – Deaths in the United States rose in 2005 after a sharp decline the year earlier, a disappointing reversal that suggests the 2004 number was a fluke. Cancer deaths were also up. U.S. health officials said they believe the drop in deaths seen earlier may have been due to 2004’s unusually mild flu season. Deaths from flu and lower-respiratory disease jumped in 2005. The new mortality information was released Wednesday in a report by the National Center for Health Statistics. It was a preliminary report, based on about 99 percent of the death records reported in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for 2005. Last year, statistics from 2004 showed U.S. deaths fell to 2,397,615. A decline of about 50,000 from 2003, it was the largest drop in deaths in nearly 70 years. Some experts saw it as a sign of the triumph of modern medicine. But the preliminary 2005 death count was up by more than 50,000 – to about 2,447,900 – and almost back to the 2003 level. “The best way to look at this is in five-year groupings, because every once in a while you are going to have an aberration,” said Ken Thorpe, an Emory University health policy professor. An unusually mild flu season in 2004 cut the flu death rate – deaths per 100,000 population – by 7 percent. And it likely had a ripple effect by not worsening the condition of frail patients who ultimately died of something else, government health scientists said. The 2005 flu season was closer to normal, and deaths from the virus rose by more than 3,000 from 2004. Deaths from chronic lower-respiratory diseases increased by nearly 9,000. Heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death, and stroke, No. 3, killed fewer people in 2005 than in 2004. But deaths from the No. 2 cause, cancer, rose to about 559,000 from 554,000, according to the report. last_img read more

‘Spend £250m and resort to lumping it to an ineffectual Fellaini!’ – Man United fans blast tactics in PSV draw

first_imgIf Manchester United are going to reach the Champions League knockout stages they’re going to have to do it the hard way.After a drab 0-0 draw at home to PSV, the Red Devils know they have to better the Dutch champions’ result against CSKA Moscow when they travel to Wolfsburg in two weeks.In need of a moment of inspiration, Louis van Gaal introduced Marouane Fellaini off the bench in the hopes of forcing a breakthrough.But it backfired, and United fans were quick to blast their manager and team’s performance on a frustrating night at Old Trafford.Some of the best reactions are below: Marouane Fellaini 1center_img [View the story “‘Spend £250m and resort to lumping it to an ineffectual Fellaini!’” on Storify]last_img

Croatia and Liverpool defender floors protester during World Cup final

first_imgCroatian centre-back Dejan Lovren pushed a pitch invader to the floor during his country’s World Cup final defeat to France.The game was briefly halted when four protesters ran onto the Luzhniki pitch in the 52nd minute. The band are known critics of Russian president Vladamir Putin. They demanded an end to illegal arrests at rallies and that all political prisoners are released.A statement from the group read: “NEWS FLASH! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ‘Policeman enters the Game’.“Today is 11 years since the death of the great Russian poet, Dmitriy Prigov. Prigov created an image of a policeman, a carrier of the heavenly nationhood, in the Russian culture.”All four protesters were dressed as members of security and were eventually dragged off the field by stewards and police. Lovren shouted at the protester Croatia were trailing 2-1 at that stage and the Liverpool defender was less than impressed with the untimely interruption.When a male protester approached him, apparently trying to get a high-five, Lovren shoved him to the ground and told him to get off the pitch.Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot have claimed responsibility for the incident. Lovren pushes the protester to the floor 2 2last_img read more

Police arrest Bright Stars at Lugogo

first_img Tags: bright stars fcpolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premier League Police (in Blue) now move into 7th on the tableStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC 1-0 Bright Stars FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 12-12-2018LUGOGO – Simon Mbazira’s first half strike was enough to give Police FC a 1-0 victory over Bright Stars in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played Lugogo on Wednesday.His performance on the day, earned him a man of the Match award courtesy of Pilsner Lager and in process, took home Sh100,000.“We chased the ball right today, and I believe we were the better team that deserved to win, Mbazira briefly noted shortly after the game.The victory takes Police to seventh spot on the 16 team log with 17 points, displacing Kirinya Jinja. This is the fifth win for Abdullah Mubiru’s side this season. The Cops had already beaten up on Ndejje University, Nyamityobora, Tooro United and Mbarara City before victory over the Stars on Wednesday.Speaking after the game, Coach Mubiru noted: “We didn’t create many chances today, we didn’t keep the ball as well as we wanted but managed to defend well. It is a clean sheet for us and a big result.”How the game unfolded:Galiwango’s cross into the area was chest controlled by Juma Balinya before Mugume poked the ball in Mbaziira’s slot to unleash the trigger into the upper corner of Hamzah Muwonge’s goal posts in the 23rd minute for the only goal of the game.Two minutes to the half hour mark, Bright Stars’ captain Senkatuka was denied by goalkeeper Davis Mutebi through a well taken free-kick.Ronald Nyanzi had an attempt fly across goal in the 30th minute as Police fought to double the lead.Bright Stars’left winger Samuel Ssekitto had an in-swinging dangerous free-kick well handled by the busy and alert Mutebi as the first half neared its climax.Hassan Kalega nearly doubled Police’s lead on the stroke of half time but he missed the connection off Balinya’s delivery inside the goal area with the goalie Muwonge beaten at the near post.As the second half kicked off, there was a five minute injury break to allow Police goalkeeper Mutebi who lay down in pain following a knock.Desperate to pull off a positive result, Bright Stars technical team led by Fred Kajoba called for a double change. Mahad Kissekka and Jjunju paved way for the fresh legs of Alfred Onek and Henry Kiwanuka respectively in the 60th minute.Five minutes ahead, Police called for their first change, pacey left-footed winger Johnson Odongo replaced the largely effective Ashraf Mugume before towering forward Norman Ojik came in for the injured Ronald Nyanzi with 18 minutes left on the clock.Senkatuka was booked out of frustration inside the final quarter.Bright Stars’ last change of the evening witnessed Andrew Kaggwa take Samuel Sekitto’s place in the 75th minute.Substitute Kiwanuka combined with Juma Ssebaduka but the former’s shot towards the goal was a routine collection for goalkeeper Mutebi on 79 minutes.Ruben Kimera got cautioned as the minutes ticked towards the death point before he was pulled off for Shakur Makeera.Bright Stars had the final attempt towards goal, striker Brian Kayanja with a back headed effort off Faruku Katongole’s chipped free-kick.The effort did not yield any dividends before the game elapsed.This wasPolice’s 5th victory of the season, good enough to displace Kirinya-Jinja S.S out of 7thplace.Police, justl ike Kirinya-Jinja S.S both have 17 points (the former has a superior goal difference).Bright Stars lose their unbeaten run, remaining in third place with 20 points.Comments last_img read more

After 80 year gap, 103 year old Ruby goes back to the cinema!

first_imgA 103-year-old woman who visited her local cinema for the first time in more than 80 years told friends “Make sure you bring me to the sequel.”Ruby Druce was last at the cinema when she cycled there in the 1940s.But a combination of married life and working for more than 45 years in a local shirt factory in Co Donegal meant Ruby never got back to the silver screen. All that changed last weekend however, when Ruby’s niece Margo Butler decided to take her to see period drama Downton Abbey.Margo revealed “Ruby used to love the cinema but it must be 80 years she was last there. She used to cycle from her home in Castlefinn and across the border into Strabane in Co Tyrone.“She likes watching Downton Abbey on the television and I just happened to say to her that there was a film of it on in the cinema and she decided she’d like to go.”Owner of Century Complex in Letterkenny, Mark Doherty, heard about Ruby’s special occasion and put on a slap-up meal at the adjoining Backstage Bar and Grill. Margo, who used to work at Century Cinemas, said that Ruby was delighted to meet Mark whom she had heard so much about.“She was treated like royalty and she was so happy to meet Mark. He couldn’t do enough for her asking her if she wanted tea and anything else.“She didn’t bother ordering popcorn or sweets because we’d had such a lovely meal beforehand.“She really, really enjoyed the film and the whole occasion. She even asked us on the way out to let her know when the sequel is on so we can go again,” revealed Margo.However, Margo would have to be quick as bright-as-button Ruby’s diary is filling up fast. She turns 104 on December 31st and has already booked her party night out in another local venue.“She’s a great character. Sharp as a tack and she is so aware for her age. It’s up to the rest of us to keep up with her,” laughed niece Margo.Ruby with the one and only Mark Doherty from Century Complex.After 80 year gap, 103 year old Ruby goes back to the cinema! was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:century complexMargo ButlerMark DohertyRuby Drucelast_img read more

Letter: I’m sure that it’s true that Toronto’s better than this

first_img Lett … I’m sure that it’s true thatToronto’s better than thisRe: “Apology to Warriors, fans for cheering Durant’s fall” (Letter to the editor, June 12):Thank you to letter-writer Rick Romain, in Toronto, who sent an apology on behalf of his fellow basketball fans for their unconscionable rudeness toward the great Kevin Durant.Rick says, “Toronto is better than this,” and I’m sure it’s true, just as we in the U.S. are better than somebody we supposedly “elected.”Related Articleslast_img

Forrester: Middle-Aged Developers Driving Cloud Computing

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Amazon#Azure#cloud#cloud developers#developers#enterprise IT#Open Source Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Matt Asay Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In other words, as with open source, these developers can’t be bothered with corporate bureaucracy. In an earlier Forrester survey, developers said the primary benefit of the cloud is that it’s the “Fastest way for me to get my project done and deployed.” This calls to mind Redmonk analyst Stephen O’Grady’s assertion that “Convenience trumps just about everything” when it comes to cloud adoption.A Race To Capture Middle-Aged Hearts And MindsAmazon was the first to spot this market, and is now the preferred  Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering for 71% of developers, according to Forrester, with Microsoft Azure (25%) and Google (23%) playing catch-up. Cloud developers overwhelmingly want IaaS because they want “deep platform access” to things like app servers, web servers, and databases, as Staten noted in his OSBC presentation.Again, cloud developers are not neophytes. They’re serious developers who understand core IT infrastructure but want the freedom to get work done without waiting on corporate procurement or legal policies to catch up.As such, the IaaS platform that best serves this need will win.Image courtesy of Jørund F Pedersen, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Enterprise IT keeps trying to shove the public cloud genie back into a private cloud bottle, but the majority of developers are having none of that, according to Forrester principal analyst James Staten (@staten7), speaking at the Open Business Conference (OSBC) on Tuesday in San Francisco. Interestingly, these cloud-savvy developers aren’t newbie troublemakers just getting started in enterprise IT, but instead skew older and more experienced. Perhaps with Twisted Sister cranking on their Walkmans, this rising breed of middle-aged cloud developer isn’t “gonna take it anymore.”Which, of course, is exactly how open source made its way in the enterprise.Open Source: Not So Young But Very RestlessBack in 2002, Boston Consulting Group surveyed (PDF) the open-source developer community to get a feel for the demographics of the movement. While early open-source development was thought to be marshalled by anarchists and free code-loving hippies, BCG’s study revealed that the open-source community was actually comprised of experience IT professionals with an average of 11 years of programming experience.And while the open source ranks weren’t filled with Baby Boomers, they also weren’t being pushed by Generation Y. The average age was 30 years old. While not exactly middle aged, it skewed much older than expected.This shouldn’t have been surprising. Often, those who have the most value to contribute are more experienced programmers. In addition, such programmers have also been working in enterprise IT long enough to recognize a better, more efficient way of developing software, and to have the job security needed to take a risk on coloring outside the lines of enterprise IT policies.Cloud As An Antidote To Corporate BureaucracyIt’s therefore not surprising to see cloud computing also driven by experienced developers, rather than newly minted graduates. According to Forrester’s Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013, 71% of cloud developers have at least six years of programming experience, and some 11% have been writing code for over 20 years. These aren’t novices trying the cloud because it’s “cool.”Indeed, delving deeper into Forrester’s data, the primary reason developers turn to the cloud is speed of development:last_img read more

How To Compress the Sales Cycle

first_imgTrying to go fast can slow down an opportunity. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to compress the sales cycle. You do want to produce the results your prospective client wants faster, so they receive the benefits now. You also want to book the revenue for your company now, too.Achieve all of the outcomes necessary at each stage. In the discovery stage, gain all of the information, access, and commitments you need to successfully move the opportunity forward. To ensure you gain all the commitments you need, you need to know what your sales process requires of you. You’ll also need to plan your sales calls.Time is lost by doing in three meetings what might be done in one. If discovery takes more meetings, then booking those meetings one after the other speeds things up. You lose time by failing to ask for an obtain the commitments you need.Present when you are certain your proposal has the support and is something to which your prospective client can say “yes” to. Deals move faster when you do the work to dial in your proposal to meet the needs of the stakeholders who determine whether or not to move forward with you and your solution.You lose time by presenting a solution that isn’t right, or by ignoring the needs of some stakeholders. When you do the work of tailoring the proposal before presenting, you make it easy for your prospect to move forward with your solution.Map out the rest of the process with your prospect. By asking for a verbal commitment and gaining the commitments for meeting to resolve your prospect’s concerns and fears, you help them make a decision faster and with greater confidence.You create a lot of slack in the time it takes to win a deal by failing to gain agreement on the next steps you and your dream client will need to take together after your proposal. You also add time by not asking for a verbal commitment and by leaving your prospect to resolve their fears and assess their risks on their own.To win deals faster, do better work at every stage of your sales process. Plan your calls. Know your outcomes. Earn the right to ask for the commitment to move forward at every stage.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 22

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Azures celebrating after winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Photo Credits: Associated PressGreetings folks! We are back again with today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature. Read about all the interesting trivia associated with your favourite footballers and teams right here.Here is an excerpt of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1950 – The second and final round of the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. The second part of the competition adopts a four-team round-robin format and does not include a final; the 1950 edition is still the only FIFA World Cup tournament without a final. On this day, hosts Brazil defeat Sweden 7-1 while the eventual champions Uruguay draw 2-2 with Spain. The competition winners would subsequently be determined by a decisive game between Uruguay and Brazil (2-1).2006 – In Berlin, Italy win their fourth FIFA World Cup by defeating France 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 extra-time draw in the final. Both goals are scored in the first half of regular time, a penalty by Zinedine Zidane and a header by Marco Materazzi.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: July 9 Read also: Football: Fernando Hierro steps down after World Cup exitlast_img read more