Fantomi Started the Fight for the Title of Sarajevo Open with the Victory Over Croatian Representation

first_imgThe 13th international tournament in sitting volleyball “Sarajevo Open 2014” started by playing the first matches.The organizer of the tournament, the volleyball club of disabled Fantomi at the start won against the representation of Croatia with 2:0 in sets, thus successfully started the fight for the title.Fantomi in the second round will play against the team Start from Poland, followed by a match with the German team.The semifinal matches are scheduled for tonight and matches for placement will be played on Sunday.The finals will be played on Sunday, at 14:00.The tournament is being held at the hall “Ramiz Salčin” in Mojmilo.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Argentina stay top of FIFA rankings

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) — Argentina have held their place as the best team in the world in the latest FIFA rankings published on Thursday.Edgar Bauza’s side lead the standings with 1635 points, 106 points ahead of rivals Brazil, who are second.The top five remained unchanged, with reigning World Cup champions Germany third, Chile fourth and Belgium fifth.France was the only team to gain ground in the top 10, jumping one spot to replace Colombia in sixth.Portugal is eighth, Uruguay ninth and Spain 10th.The biggest rise in the top 50 was that of Cameroon, who climbed 29 places to 33rd following their triumph in the African Cup of Nations.Tournament runners-up Egypt moved up 12 places to 23rd.last_img read more

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Badger me

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE “It’s a great day for hockey” was the favorite saying of legendary late Penguins coach “Badger” Bob Johnson. That sentiment sort of echoed the sentiments of Chicago Cubs hall-of-fame infielder Ernie Banks who would, if left up to him, play a doubleheader every day. As I settled into the press box at Mellon Arena to cover my first Penguins game of the 2009-10 season, I ran into colleague Josh Yohe. Josh said, “Aubrey I’m not sure if you know it or not but the Devils have two players of color on their roster, Mark Fraser and Bryce Salvador. I wasn’t aware of that but I do know that it was definitely a tidbit of info that was right on time being as though legendary NHL strongman, Georges Laraque is no longer on my beat. By the way, the former Pens enforcer is now with the Montreal Canadiens and will bring his fearsome style and muscle to Mellon Arena on Nov. 25 when Montreal invades the Igloo.Hockey is a game that more African-Americans will like, the more they are exposed to it. When a player scores a goal, there is no bling-bling. Usually after a few hugs and fist pumps it is back to business. On Jan. 18, 1958 it was a beautiful “night” for hockey because the Boston Bruins shut out the mighty Canadiens 3-0. This was also the night that the first Black man skated in the National Hockey League. But Willie O’Ree cared little about that distinction.“Back then,” he says, “it just didn’t dawn on me. I was just concerned about playing hockey.”Most people of color in America do not even know who Mr. O’Ree is so I can honestly assume that there will probably not be a mass pilgrimage to the Mellon Arena by Black Americans anytime soon but I hope that in the near future the Pens will represent more than just a fashion statement in the African-American community.The Penguins lost to the Devils 4-1 but I agree with “Badger” Bob that every day win, lose or draw is always a “beautiful day for hockey.”CatnippedThe Steelers lost to the Bengals 18-12. Sounds like a soccer match gone awry. It appears as if Chad Ochocinco, the resident mouth of the Cincinnati Bengals is not as insane as everybody thought. The contest was a poignant reminder of just how limited this “great” Steelers offense really is and how uninspiring Bruce Arians is as a “big league” offensive coordinator. Did you see the Patriots and Colts contest on Sunday night? Now that’s play calling and quarterbacking. First and foremost, I refuse to blame Big Ben or the defense for losing the game because except for a few areas of “trickeration,” Mr. Arians showed me absolutely nada, zilch, zippo as an o-coordinator.The last possession the Steelers had before Carson Palmer got his knees dirty to seal the deal, was the worst set of plays called for that situation that I have ever seen. With over a minute and a half remaining you can employ an intermediate dink and dunk passing attack, even throwing a few passes in the middle of the field. Any pass attempted over 10 yards is a wasted down. When teams are playing prevent, nickel and dime defenses against you with the clock running low, then the underneath stuff is all you are going to get until you reach or get near the “red zone.” Ochocinco should send a few bottles of “ketchup” to the Steelers top offensive man. Arians needs to “catch up” with the defensive coordinators of the NFL in order for Steelers to do anything consistently on the offensive side of the ball, be it this year or the next.Big Ben Roethlisberger will never totally reach that elite level unless he has an imaginative coordinator to accentuate and take advantage of all of his positives. If he is better rolling out of the pocket, don’t leave him stationed in the pocket with a “please sack me” or pressure me sign on his chest. If the no-huddle works, use it as your normal offense. Make your QB study film until your entire offensive repertoire can be implemented. Remember former Cincy head coach Sam Wyche and his protégé Boomer Esiason? Well just in case you may have had a memory lapse, they ran the no-huddle to perfection, complete with a play action sleigh of hand element that could be equaled by few teams.Bruce Arians is unimaginative and uninteresting. His offensive philosophy is almost totally predictable. You do not have to illegally videotape the offensive sequences of Mr. Arians because it seems as if his repertoire of plays is as transparent as they are limited.But all of the blame cannot be shouldered by the offense or the defense. Special teams for the Steelers have again become “special ed teams” because last Sunday’s matchup was the seventh consecutive game in which Pittsburgh has allowed a kick or punt to be returned for a touchdown. If I were Mike Tomlin I would have the blacksmith in the backroom sharpening the blades on “all” of the guillotines because when in doubt, off with all of their heads.To prove how dominant that the Bengals defense was, Palmer won the game without even having to pass for a TD. This has not happened since late in the 2007 season. Let’s hope that the Pittsburgh win at Denver was not a fluke because the Cincy Bengals have proven that they are not.last_img read more

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Take a Parenting Page from the Coach’s Book: Review, Reaffirm, Reassure

first_imgAs students enterthe second semester of the school year, this is indeed an opportunity forparents to schedule a “halftime” meeting with their child and provide meaningand context to their results. Such conversations help children evaluate theirown performance and assess their own level of dedication toward the overarchinggoal to do their very best. Over time, self-reflectivechildren become more resilient and optimistic about challenges, quickly learningthe value of honest and candid appraisal. This type of guided halftime talk hasan incremental impact, enabling children to rely on themselves more consistentlyand empowering them with more self-confidence. There is no better motivator thanfeeling in control of the strategies that lead to your own success. Lawrence Sykoff Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ed.D., is Headmaster Emeritus at Ranney School and president of LSS Consulting Group. Guideddiscussions about progress and performance also help children learn about thevalue of course corrections. Such advice can promote motivation and restoreself-esteem. However, if children internalize lack of progress or sub-optimalresults as personal failures, they can easily become discouraged. Parents, likegreat halftime coaches, can play a pivotal role at such junctures by focusingon new learning strategies, helping children actively process old patterns and,perhaps, adopt more effective ones.   Parents can trustthese three Rs to guide halftime conversations with their children as the newsemester is about to begin. ***Reassure*** – Parentalfaith paves the way for children to enjoy and experience significantachievement. While every child is different, parents who deeply believe in theextraordinary potential of their children will more than likely see them achievesustained levels of success. Reassurance that they can control their owndestiny brings them enormous comfort and satisfaction. Combining a reassuringattitude with high expectations – and delivered with compassion, creativity andpatience – mitigates against life’s inevitable tests and trials. Parents arenot supposed to always make life easier for their children. Instead, they oughtto interpret, reassure, oversee and modulate challenges. In this way, childrenlearn to lean toward new opportunities, becoming energized by the prospect of expandingtheir potential. ***Reaffirm*** – Thereis an old saying, “Identify your limitations and then ignore them.” It seemslogical to short-change possibility by believing too much in one’s weaknessesand not building greater confidence in one’s strengths. The truth is thatchildren are built for challenge and adaptation. Helping them internalize theirstrongest competencies counterbalances feelings of defeat with notions of genuinepossibility. Reaffirming qualities such as commitment, persistence and disciplinehelps children process minor setbacks in context. The qualities associated withsuccessful outcomes are likewise transferable to difficult and demanding tasks.It is not unusual to see a young, high-achieving violinist use the concentratedskills and energies required to master the instrument to generate success inacademic areas. The compensation factor is greatly enhanced when children knowwhat they do well. Parents sow the seeds of optimism when they consistentlyacknowledge and reaffirm their child’s innate gifts and talents. ***Review*** – Givinga child the opportunity to review the cycles of growth and stagnation putsprogress into an objective frame. This expanded perspective allows children tosee that we are not genetically prewired and that change is possible. Reviewingthe highlights of the last semester extracts and defines the growth points. Reviewingthe challenges and setbacks illuminates the areas needing new strategies and afresh lens. If parents remain optimistic, a child’s outlook will likely followsuit. Learning that occasional failure can be understood and ultimately conqueredis equivalent to planting the seeds of drive and persistence. This is when achild begins to harness his or her full potential. By Lawrence Sykoff Parents have anopportunity every new semester to set time aside to become a halftime coach. Theconsistency of such guidance and mentoring validates for them that there isalways an opportunity to do more, see more and become more. With such sustainedcommunications, parents can return to the sidelines during the game and watch theirchildren flourish with passion and faith in their talents on the field. In sports,halftime is generally reserved for review of the first half of the game. The coach’sdiscussion with the players often includes a wide-ranging analysis of the game thusfar, highlighting the opportunities, challenges, weaknesses, vulnerabilitiesand overall performance strategy. These brief coaching sessions are centered onoptimizing second-half performance. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 2, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Davie sinks Bruins in overtime to snap Leafs dry spell

first_imgThe best way for a struggling team to right the ship is to jump on the back of one of its leaders.Veteran Jordan Davie delivered in spades, scoring the winning goal in overtime to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The victory, the second time this season Nelson has defeated Grand Forks in overtime, snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Heritage City franchise.The season series is now tied between the teams at 3-3.Davie, finishing the game with three points, scored the winning goal at 2:10 of the second overtime.Nelson played like a desperate team for most of the contest. After falling behind 3-0 to a Bruins team that had posted three straight wins over the Leafs, Nelson out shot the visitors 30-10 in the final 40 minutes to complete the comeback.Second period goals by Sam Weber, on the power play, and defeceman Dash Thompson, cut the margin to 3-2 after the 40 minutes of play.Levi Hulston tied the game early in the third period before Davie completed the rally during the extra period.Hulston and defenceman Cole Arcuri each had two points for Nelson.Former Leaf Tyler Fyfe, Logan Casavant and Trey Mason replied for Grand Forks which has lost three straight games.Patrick Ostermann, who has been playing great for Nelson in goal, registered the win between the pipes stopping 17 or 20 shots.Meanwhile Nikki Maclurzynski faced 40 shots in the Grand Forks nets.Nelson, climbing to within a point of third-place Grand Forks in Murdoch Division standings, will try to make it two straight before the Christmas break when the Leafs visit the Braves Wednesday night in Spokane.Next home game for Nelson is the annual New Years Eve game Thursday, December 31 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Game time is 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Half-time: Leeds 0 Brentford 1

first_imgNew signing Marco Djuricin took just half an hour to score his first Brentford goal as they led at the break at Elland Road.The on-loan Red Bull Salzburg striker provided the finishing touch from Alan Judge’s pass after a counter-attack.The pair had combined a moment before the goal, with Djuricin setting up Judge but he fired over the bar.Austria international Djuricin was involved from the off and Brentford went close in the opening minute, Gaetano Berardi clearing off the line to deny Konstantin Kerschbaumer.At the other end, Bees keeper David Button saved from Charlie Taylor from distance and former Brentford midfielder Sturt Dallas curled a right-footed shot well over.As well as Djuricin, two further Brentford signings were named in the squad, though Liverpool loanee Sergi Canos and former Shrewsbury midfielder Ryan Woods had a watching brief from the bench.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga, Kerschbaumer; Vibe, Djuricin, Judge.Subs: Bonham, Hofmann, Woods, O’Connell, Barbet, Udumaga, Canos.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Big Data

first_imgThis is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLitHi, AleX:In this digital era, there are so many changes swirling around us. At the top of the list is a phenomenon called “Big Data,” a trend with tremendous implications and that likely will have deep influences on the remainder of your career.Big data is a term to describe the colossal amounts of information that are being generated by digital media, sensors, and metadata and that are presenting many entities with all sorts of challenges in the course of storing and assimilating all this data.In mental terms, it’s almost impossible to grasp just how big Big Data really is. Here’s is a weak attempt at putting this bigness into perspective: If the data now stored across the planet were printed in books, these books would cover the entire surface of the United States some 52 layers deep, according to Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of a new book titled “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think.”What do the implications of Big Data hold for you and millions of other young professionals across the planet?For starters, it has the potential of providing you with work tools and ways of looking at things that were scarcely imaginable even a decade ago. Within a larger context, it will provide companies and other large entities with a stunning level of clarity about how their clients respond in everyday life and how they relate to the products they provide.In terms of your work as a professional, Big Data will shed deeper insights into the needs of your clients and your profession that you previously never anticipated. Likewise, your understanding of the wider aspects of your work will grow more refined. You will come to understand your profession less as a something comprised of distinctly different parts, more as a something in which all the parts interrelate. To put it another way, in professional terms, Big Data will afford you a considerably bigger picture.You will also learn that while your face-to-face interaction with your clients is no less valuable, the time you spend in your office reviewing the growing volumes of work-related data and how it can help you better understand your clients’ needs will be of equally immeasurable benefit.In time, Big Data will also afford more diversity in the workplace. There will no longer be a cooker-cutter or one-size-fits-all approaches to how people do their jobs. You will notice greater differences in the way you and your peers tackle day-to-day challenges. You will come to appreciate these differences, and in the course of noting and discussing these differences among your coworkers, your career will become even more challenging and engaging.Granted, Big Data will be no panacea by a long shot. Big data mining of customer Internet surfing and buying habits presents all manner of privacy risks.Likewise, your intuition — all those insights you’ve gained working for years with clients — will be as vitally important as ever, though you will learn that the information you gain from data will work to enhance these intuitive insights.But make no mistake, AleX, there is no turning away from the implications of Big Data. It is the new normal in the workplace. To remain a successful professional, you will have to embrace the challenges that it poses. There is no opting out. Failing to rise to these challenges will put you at a distinct disadvantage among those peers who accept these changes with an open embrace. Author: Jim LangcusterThis article was originally published Tuesday January 7, 2014 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

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10 months agoSouthampton rival PSG for Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton rival PSG for Lille midfielder Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are amongst the scramble for Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes.Telefoot says Lille are prepared to sell Mendes this month and have set a price of €30m for the Brazilian.PSG, in the market for a new midfield addition, are in contact, but face stiff competition.Southampton are keen, with Wolfsburg and several Chinese clubs also in contact. last_img read more

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9 months agoBournemouth, Southampton chasing Brentford defender Chris Mepham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth, Southampton chasing Brentford defender Chris Mephamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth and Southampton are chasing Brentford defender Chris Mepham.The Sun says Bournemouth are set to bid £15m for Mepham as they look to land the young defender ahead of Southampton.Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe wants a centre-back to complete his January spending after landing Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne early in the window.Brentford defender Mepham is a long-term target and Howe failed with a £10million summer bid for the 21-year-old Wales international.But he will move for him again and launch a £15million raid to get him ahead of south-coast rivals Southampton, who are also interested in Bees forward Ollie Watkins. last_img read more

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Duke Basketball Posts Instagram Video Of Freshman Guard Luke Kennard’s Impressive Hops

first_imgLuke Kennard reacts after hitting a three-pointer.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 28: Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 28, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke will be counting on several true freshmen to help the program defend its national championship next season. One of them is five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard.The Blue Devils’ team Instagram account posted video tonight of Kennard throwing down an alley-oop to himself off the backboard with one hand. Pretty impressive. Duke fans are no doubt hoping to see some of that in game action this year.last_img read more

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