Bayern edge Celtic to reach last 16

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich players celebrate the goal of Kingsley Coman midway through the first half against Celtic in Glasgow.GLASGOW, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Javi Martinez grabbed a late winner as Bayern Munich booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League for the 10th successive season on Tuesday with a 2-1 Group B win over Celtic in Glasgow.The German champions took advantage of a Halloween horror show in the Celtic defence to take a 22nd-minute lead through Kingsley Coman. The Hoops responded positively and Callum McGregor’s 74th-minute equaliser looked set to earn them a share of the points.However, it took just over two minutes for Bayern to regain their lead with Martinez bravely heading home the winner that keeps them three points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, whose 5-0 thrashing of Anderlecht ended Celtic’s hopes of progressing from the group.The Scottish champions remain favourites to clinch third spot and a Europa League place ahead of Anderlecht, who they host on matchday six, following their win in Belgium earlier in the campaign.Roared on by a noisy home support, Celtic started brightly and were less wasteful in possession than they had been on their visit to Munich a fortnight ago.Their early determination was epitomised by Kieran Tierney, who helped to create the first real opportunity of the match.His tenacity in a challenge broke up a Bayern attack and released James Forrest down the right wing. The winger’s clever chipped ball to the back post appeared to catch everyone by surprise including the recipient, Stuart Armstrong, with the midfielder somehow poking the ball wide from five yards out.Moussa Dembele then used his pace and strength to get in behind Jerome Boateng but the French striker dragged his shot well wide of Sven Ulreich’s goal.Bayern may have been missing Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller through injury, but Jupp Heynckes was still able to name on-loan Real Madrid star James Rodriguez and Arturo Vidal in the starting lineup.However, it was Coman, an injury doubt in the run-up to the game, who handed the German champions the lead as a comedy of errors let Bayern in.Dedryck Boyata allowed a long ball out of defence to go over his head and Craig Gordon needlessly rushed out his box, only for Coman to round the ‘keeper and slot a low shot into the net from the edge of the box.The goal sparked fury among the Celtic players who claimed the French winger used a hand to flick the ball round Gordon.Celtic didn’t let this affect them for long and Armstrong nearly made amends for his earlier miss as he played a tantalising ball across goal for Dembele, only for David Alaba to clear the danger.The Germans looked content to sit on their one-goal advantage in the second half but McGregor disrupted their game plan with a well-taken equaliser. The Scotland international got on the end of a superb pass from Armstrong to send a low shot through the legs of Ulreich and into the net.Celtic’s joy was short-lived as Bayern soon went in front again.Spanish midfielder Martinez leapt above Nir Bitton to get on the end of Alaba’s cross and head past Gordon, with the Bayern player left with blood streaming from a cut above his eye for his efforts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Space boffins meet in Cape Town

first_img5 October 2011Africa’s involvement in space activities would help address the challenges of telecommunications, energy and food insecurity on the continent, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on the opening day of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town on Monday.The International Astronautical Federation’s prestigious annual congress, this year themed “African Astronaissance”, has attracted thousands of space players from around the globe. It runs through to Friday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.This is the first time the congress is being hosted in Africa, and is good timing for South Africa as it bids to host the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.The Congress also coincides with World Space Week, an annual global space celebration taking place in 55 countries around the world from 4 to 10 October.Africa ‘the new pole of growth’Davies said it was no accident that Africa was hosting the event, as the continent was emerging as “the new pole of growth” in a fast-changing global economy.The minister said that South Africa’s space policy was based on promoting peace, adding that the country was on the verge of concluding a deal with India for use of space for “peaceful purposes.”International Astronautical Federation (IAF) president Berndt Feuerbacher said that his organization had 205 members, which was set to swell to 220 by the end of the conference as more African countries signed up and an African regional group was established.Feuerbacher said the IAF believed that space was not a “playground” for rich countries only, as it brought value to all mankind.No newcomer to major league astronomySouth Africa is no newcomer to major league astronomy. The country has been short-listed to host the Square Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an international €1.5-billion project to build the world’s largest radio telescope.The Northern Cape is already home to one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Southern African Large Telescope or SALT.South Africa also works closely with neighbour Nambia on the HESS gamma ray telescope, and is currently building an 80-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, the Karoo Array Telescope (also known as the MeerKAT).Regardless of whether South Africa wins the SKA bid, the MeerKAT will be a powerful scientific instrument in its own right, comprising 80 dishes each 13.5-metres in diameter. It is being built adjacent to the site proposed for the SKA, in a radio astronomy reserve near the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where it is due to be commissioned in 2014/15.An engineering test bed of seven dishes, called the KAT-7, is already complete.In the process of building the MeerKAT, South African engineers are already working on some of the SKA’s technological building blocks – such as a prototype dish antenna that combines new materials with innovative design processes to meet the SKA’s exacting precision, durability and cost criteria.Skills development and trainingThe SKA South Africa project, including the MeerKAT telescope, is one of the biggest science and engineering projects in South Africa. It thus represents an unrivalled opportunity for the development of very high-level science and technology expertise – paving the way for Africa to contribute significantly to the global knowledge economy and global technology trade.These technologies include very fast grid computing, very fast data transport, data storage, wireless engineering, digital electronics, image processing and software development.In 2005, the South African SKA project initiated a targeted “Youth into Science and Engineering Programme” to develop highly skilled young scientists and engineers.“The young people supported by this programme will serve South Africa, and our African partner countries, in the future in key areas of economic development in addition to their participation in ‘blue skies’ scientific research,” says SKA South Africa’s Kim de Boer.The programme offers comprehensive bursaries to students in engineering, mathematics, physics and astronomy at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Bursary holders also benefit from regular workshops and conferences where they interact with the world’s leading astronomers. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Craft Teams Can Ensure Your People Keep the Skill Sets Sharp

first_imgGeorge Brooks is a digital product designer, strategist, and entrepreneur. He has spent the past 10 years growing a beautiful idea called Crema into a flourishing digital product agency. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture George BrooksFounder of Crema The pace of technological progress has never been faster. In a mad rush to innovate, companies have sought out better and more efficient ways of getting things done. Instead of having large departments that are kept in silos, unable to exchange information rapidly, many businesses are adopting more modern schemas. Craft teams can ensure your people keep the skill set sharp.One of the most effective, and one we have found to be a great fit at my company, is product teams.These product teams are purposefully small — four to 10 members. Smaller member teams quickly become highly collaborative within even cross-discipline teams. This type of collaboration is particularly effective at generating ideas that work in the marketplace.According to a Nielsen study. It found that concepts generated by teams of three or more people had 156 percent greater consumer appeal than a concept from just one or two.Mastering Skill SetsProduct teams, led by a single project manager, include a variety of roles, such as developers, designers, and engineers. Because they are small, cross-disciplined, and flat, the teams work collaboratively, share knowledge, and emphasize peer accountability.But the downside to product teams is that people can start to get isolated and lose perspective and the ability to grow professionally in their crafts.Enter craft teams, which are a collection of team members with similar jobs who share the mission of becoming masters in their skill sets.Craft team members meet regularly to share what they have learned in their product teams. Small numbers in an interactive discussion and ongoing learning is critical and encourage participation and fruitful collaboration. Participation in a group setting, then, hones everyone’s mastery of the latest techniques.New tools are adapted and the team encourages personal and professional development helping to solve a big tech industry problems. Using all of this effort together helps grow and retain tech talent amid a vast set of rapidly evolving options in technology.New languages and frameworks to disruptive technologies like machine learning and blockchain. Other options include new developments in sales, design, and other areas, creating the challenge to keep current. This kind of sharing is crucial to maintain an informed and focused mission companywide.How to Help Your Team Learn and GrowBut it’s often a challenge to know how best to set up groups and ensure they are productive. So let’s take a look at a few ideas that can speed your progress toward a team that is set up for success.1. Start with chats.Putting the craft chat sessions on the agenda every two weeks is vital to establish their importance in everyone’s mind. Meetings can have some open and conversational components to them, but they should not be totally unstructured. Unstructured sessions tend to devolve into passive interactions in which most people shrug and say, “Work’s fine.”Decide in advance who is going to lead the discussion and what topics are on the agenda. The leader is particularly important when it comes to discussing battle stories because we learn the most from what’s not working.The leader should ensure that at least a few such problem areas are discussed during every meeting. For example, if a client hated a new design or feature, that should be discussed openly and with robust input.2. Establish a place to share thoughts and processes.Technology is a critical component for establishing great communication. Get a dedicated channel within chat teams, such as a Slack channel where sharing and collaboration can be nearly instantaneous. Our craft teams each have their own channel so designers can share their newest tool sets or processes, strategists share their latest research, and more.Software can really augment the ability to communicate effectively. We use Zoom, and it’s absolutely key for firing up quick conversations to address questions or concerns. Make sure you have a great videoconferencing solution, including good microphones and cameras.Software tools like Miro allow teams to collaborate on diagramming, brainstorming or outlining product ideas, priorities, and user flows and information architecture structure.3. Foster professional development that fits each person.Make it a priority to support team members’ continual growth and learning through self-guided courses, workshops, books, conferences, and more. Although traditional learning techniques, such as conferences, are still valuable, keep in mind that you cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach to professional development.We have had occasions when we wanted to send a whole team to a conference, but half of the team members said they would rather do a self-guided tutorial. Strive to accommodate these differences, and learn what’s best for each employee’s style of learning. A few popular learning platforms right now are YouTube, Udemy, and Egghead.4. Have craft teams share their knowledge.By presenting aspects of their craft to a larger community, designers, developers, and others will grow confident that they know the best practices of their craft. Our developers regularly give instructional talks about the best practices with React, Redux, and other development frameworks through Meetup groups.The leaders and developers provide a great place to test thought leadership and craft knowledge. Encouraging each member of a team to participate in one of our YouTube themes has proven some great results. We’ve found that the ability to sit behind a camera and talk about your specific type of work is a great way to push yourself and raise your confidence.Plus, we host lunch-and-learns about twice a quarter. This gives the members of a team the ability, at least once a year, to give an update on what their role entails, what technology they use, and what’s changed for their role. This gives the rest of the team a better understanding of the value each craft brings to the organization.5. Empower them to get creative to ensure they keep their skill set sharp.New ideas foster better ways to get the job done. So encourage team members to find new ways to learn and execute in their jobs. One of the greatest ways we see people push themselves creatively is through our Lab Fridays.Every other Friday, we dial down client work and focus on experimenting with new frameworks, technologies, and ideas. This creative idea has introduced us to technology like React and Google’s new Flutter framework for mobile development.Individual teams working within the “craft team” idea have tried out new design tools. These teams have used and then given us information on newer tools like Figma and InVision Studio. This type of creativity work has given teams new ways to collaborate with other designers and even animate their prototypes.We would not often have time to experiment with these new tools and technologies during client work, but this innovative time opens huge doors for creativity. Let’s face it: We’re all moving quickly. Work demands that we execute for our clients quickly and efficiently. But it’s vital for companies to invest in their team members.Using craft teams to ensure your people keep skill sets sharp has had a huge impact on our company. This team work has prevented workers from getting siloed and helps everyone stay current on the latest advancements in tech. There’s no doubt this work is a morale booster returning team players to their product teams refreshed.Best of all, these team memebers head back to work and execute on what they have learned in a whole new way. The teams are refreshed, smarter, more creative, and ready to take on the next sprint’s challenges. Tags:#craft teams#professional development#teams last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over Qatar

first_imgAndray Blatche filled up the stat sheets for Gilas with 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and two steals while Marcio Lassiter had 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.Paul Lee added 13 points and seven rebounds with Jayson Castro and Japeth Aguilar adding 11 and 10 points, respectively.Erfan Ali Saeed led the Qataris with 10 points and eight boards.Qatar holds a 2-9 record and is at the bottom of the standings in Group F.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA D-League: St. Clare-Virtuality dominates Go for Gold-CSB MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Gilas Pilpinas improved to a 6-5 record to get to the fourth seed of Group F, stopping its two-game skid with a game left in its schedule in the final window of the qualifying round.The Filipinos’ chance of making it to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup are slim at best since they have to get a better record than Group E no.4 team Lebanon, which owns a 6-4 record as of posting. They face Kazakhstan on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNonetheless, Gilas made sure the win against the Qataris was a memorable one especially with a gallery full of overseas Filipino workers and their families, displaying a master class in both offense and defense.Already holding a commanding 31-21 lead heading into the break, the Philippines cranked up the ante and went on a 31-9 scoring tear in the third quarter to build a 62-30 wall after Marcio Lassiter’s foul line trip with nine seconds left. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines kept its flickering Fiba World Cup bid hopes alive after demolishing Qatar, 84-46 in the sixth window of Asian Qualifiers early Friday at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoGenoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa president Enrico Preziosi has expressed interest in Sporting CP midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sturaro only left Juventus last summer.Preziosi said, “We need a pair of quality players in midfield, and we’ve made an offer for [Empoli’s Rade] Krunic.“Stefano Sturaro is an idea we have and I’m convinced he could come. He’ll cost us a bit, but he’s an investment.“He won’t be ready for a month or two, because he’s got a problem with his achilles, but he wants to re-launch with us. last_img read more

22 days agoMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liege

first_imgMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli showed Arsenal there is life after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after an amazing performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege.Handed his second start of the season, the Brazilian scored with a superb header after 13 minutes and then backed up the effort with another goal three minutes later.The Gunners were then 3-0 up after 22 minutes thanks to Joe Willock’s goal. Dani Ceballos rounded out the victory in the second-half with his first goal for the club. And manager Unai Emery was delighted with his team when speaking after the game.He told BT Sport: “To have six points after the two matches, it’s really important. We can take confidence. We were consistent over the 90 minutes and we can take a lot of positivity from tonight’s game. The players, when they did all they can like tonight, it is perfect. “We did a lot of good, we can analyse to continue to improve. It’s a fantastic victory.”On how things can improve, he added: “We played with intensity but then we conceded some possession but we kept the clean sheet. We can improve in how to keep the ball and make more chances but for the players today, they are very tired after playing on Monday and they still played fantastic, it’s a fantastic victory.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Alabama Awarded Broadcaster Eli Gold With A 2014 SEC Championship Ring

first_imgEli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring.— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.eli gold thanks Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.last_img read more

Walkers Place of Safety Wards Get Relief Supplies

first_img Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented the supplies to Chief Executive Office of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey at the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston (Jan. 19) where some of the children are being housed. A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility. She said the Government will “seek to put in place whatever safety measures we can to ensure that incidents like these never happen again.  Whatever we can do from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security we will do. A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility.A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, on Friday (Jan. 19), handed over food, clothing and other relief items to benefit wards of the Walkers Place of Safety.Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented the supplies to Chief Executive Office of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey at the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston (Jan. 19) where some of the children are being housed.“We’ve brought toiletries, school bags, sheets, beds, canned goods, sachets of flavoured drinks, rice and a lot more,” she told JIS NEWS.“This is just a symbolic hand over as the bulk of the relief supplies will be delivered to the Duke Street offices of the CPFSA,” she informed.A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility.The 34 wards, who have been displaced, are being housed at residential facilities in Kingston.Minister Robinson expressed sorrow at the incident and the loss of lives.She said the Government will “seek to put in place whatever safety measures we can to ensure that incidents like these never happen again.  Whatever we can do from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security we will do.”Minister Robinson commended persons, who have come forward with donations, and encouraged others to assist the children.“We look forward to even more expressions of generosity to help rebuild the home. We’re dealing with children here and whoever  can contribute, do so with a willing heart,” she urged.Mrs. Gage-Grey, in expressing gratitude, noted that the response to the relief and rebuilding efforts “has been tremendous.”“We want to say a big thank you to Jamaica.  It shows us that together, we really can build a better Jamaica for all our children. This support is really appreciated,” she told JIS NEWS. Story Highlights Prev 1of4 Nextlast_img read more

Brown tap water has members of Potlotek boiling over – but really

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsFor decades, the Mi’kmaq who live in Potlotek First Nation in Nova Scotia have struggled with poor water – from boil water advisories to muddy water coming out of the taps.Indigenous Affairs is working on a fix but not fast enough for the community.And now frustration is boiling over.Find more here: Watertroache@aptn.calast_img

GoFundMe account set up for Tony Brooks

first_imgAt the time of the incident, the detachment had received feedback from Vancouver Doctors who had inquired with the Doctor in charge of the Tactical Medical Program, to applaud the incredible work done by Cst. Brooks, who literally saved this man’s life, shared Sgt. Tyreman in July 2018.The GoFundMe account has almost reached half of its goal amount of $10,000 in three days.To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERETo read more about Brooks saving a man’s life; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A GoFundMe account has been set up on behalf of Tony Brooks, the RCMP Constable that saved a man’s life last year in Fort St. John.Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage Two cancer and will be having surgery and receiving chemotherapy according to the GoFundMe account. The account goes on to say ‘financial help received will help take the stress off of his family so that they can focus on his recovery.’In July 2018, Brooks saved a mans life when he used his advanced medical training and managed to pack the wound to close off the artery inside the man’s arm and stop the flow of blood. The injured man was then airlifted to a Vancouver area hospital for treatment.last_img read more