first_imgIt will also be used in next year’s UEFA Super Cup and in the Europa League from the 2020-21 season.In addition, it will be used in the finals of the new Nations League competition, although only from 2021.UEFA’s move follows the use of VAR at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, when it was deemed largely to be a success.“We’re confident that introducing VAR in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient, successful implementation of VAR in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s flagship club competition,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.UEFA were meeting at their Swiss headquarters ahead of the announcement later of the winning bid to host Euro 2024, with Germany and Turkey competing for the right to organise the tournament.VAR has also been introduced in the top divisions in Spain and France this season, with those leagues following on from the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A, although the English Premier League has been more cautious.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Video assistant referee (VAR), which was tested in Germany, can now be consulted even if the onfield referee did not commit an obvious errorNYON, Switzerland, Sep 27 –  Video Assistant Referees will be used in the Champions League from the 2019-20 season and will also be introduced at the 2020 European Championship, UEFA said on Thursday.European football’s governing body revealed a decision had been taken at a meeting of their executive committee to bring in the technology, which will be used from the playoff round preceding the group stage of the Champions League.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Matteo Guendouzi (R) has earned rave reviews in his first appearances for Arsenal. © AFP / Roslan RAHMANSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 30 – French whizz Matteo Guendouzi said he hopes he’s embarking on a “big adventure” with Arsenal after a scintillating start which has drawn comparisons with the great Patrick Vieira.The 19-year-old midfielder, instantly recognisable by his long hair, had fans salivating in friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore. Guendouzi, a strong tackler with confident distribution, was a dynamo at the base of midfield, where against PSG he played alongside the similarly hirsute Mohamed Elneny.Arsenal have long missed a midfielder of the stature of Vieira, a member of the “Invincibles” side, which went through the 2003/2004 Premier League season unbeaten.With only three appearances so far — also including this month’s outing against Boreham Wood — it’s early days for Guendouzi, an under-20 international signed from Lorient.But he said there was a positive feeling at Arsenal as the London club opens a new era under Unai Emery, following Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign.“I’m very happy about how the team played,” he told AFP, after Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition of a youthful PSG side at the International Champions Cup in Singapore.“It gives us confidence and it really made things easy for me. With such a good team and a good feeling around the team, I think we can really do some good things here.”– ‘Working, working, working’ –Arsenal is traditionally one of England’s biggest clubs but Guendouzi’s arrival is well timed as Emery rebuilds a team which finished only sixth in the Premier League last season.However, Emery has plenty of midfielders to choose from including Uruguay international Lucas Torreira, another new signing, and Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka.Guendouzi said he hopes to get his chance in competitive games but that he also wants to learn from team-mates such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.“Yes I hope to play, that’s true but this is a big squad, with a lot of great players with a lot of experience,” he said.“It’s a question of working, working, working, and afterwards the coach will make his choices. But I hope to play a few games.”Arsenal complete their pre-season against Chelsea and Lazio before a tough start to the season when they play champions Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two games.But they have the advantage of working with a nearly full-strength squad as many of their rivals await the return of players after the World Cup.Emery has been drilling his players hard and his tactical changes have already been in evidence with a high-pressing, possession game with plenty of attacking threat.“It’s a great atmosphere. It’s a great environment to work in, we’re working really well in training and we’re playing well in the matches,” Guendouzi said.“But it’s only the start,” he added. “Hopefully this will be a big adventure with Arsenal.“These are only friendly matches so I need to keep working — that’s the most important thing for the future I hope to have at Arsenal.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgThe brand new Cooney’s Home and Garden store in Letterkenny.JOB VACANCIES: Cooneys Home and Garden in Letterkenny Retail Park is going from strength to strength and is looking to find dynamic individuals to become part of their team.The business currently employs THIRTY people and approaching their first year anniversary are looking to recruit for the following key positions.Retail Supervisor for Garys Pet World: This full time role has become available due to internal promotion.It requires retail experience with good merchandising skills and a passion for pets.This role could afford the right candidate a good opportunity for career progression within the company.Retail Supervisor for Our Garden Centre:This new exciting position will require the candidate to look after the day to day running of our successful Garden Centre.The successful candidate will have benefit of working with existing experienced team.Experience of working in a similar role essential.Warehouse operative:The role will require the candidate to look after the everyday operations involved in maintaining our Stores and Stock.Experience of working in a similar Warehouse environment would be preferred.The candidate must hold a C and a forklift licence.Attention to detail with the ability to communicate both verbally and written is essential.Online administrator: Experience in Magento and wordpress essential.The successful candidate will spend their day working on all aspects of our companies commerce.This is a full time position.Financial controller:Outstanding opportunity to join the management team of a fast-growing company, gearing up for a period of further growth and expansion.Reporting to the MD, the position will carry full operational responsibility for all aspects of the finance function, and for supporting strong profitable growth of the business.gary@petworld.ieT:+353 74 9176555M:+353 86 2520482 JOB VACANCIES: COONEY’S HOME AND GARDEN LOOKING TO RECRUIT NEW STAFF was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cooneys Home and GardendonegaljobsletterkennyVacancieslast_img read more

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first_img 2 The Chelsea goalkeeper is currently on international duty with Belgium Courtois is away with Belgium preparing for Tuesday’s friendly against Portugal – a fixture which was switched to Leiria having initially been cancelled for security reasons in the wake of Tuesday’s Brussels terror attacks.And he believes he is training at a higher standard with his international colleagues than when with his club.“The level of training is higher among Devils,” he said. “There are only world-class players (here), while at Chelsea, there are some players a little less rated and we often train with youngsters as well.”Courtois is one of a host of Premier League-based Belgium stars to have suffered injury-plagued seasons, along with the likes of Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Manchester City pair Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne.And that is not something that has come as a surprise to the former Atletico Madrid loanee.“We have matches every three days, no winter break, there are many cup matches,” he said. “The pace is high and the contacts are tough.” 2 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, while on international duty with Belgium, refused to give any assurances when quizzed about his long-term future.The London Evening Standard reported earlier this week that the 23-year-old is attracting interest from Real Madrid and the Blues were hoping to ward off interest with a £73m price tag.Speaking to Belgian broadcaster RTBF, however, Courtois admitted Chelsea’s unexpectedly troubled season had ‘changed’ him, and was diplomatic when asked if he would leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.Questioned if he will remain with Chelsea beyond the end of the season, the stopper crypitcally replied: “I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know: I still have three years on my contract. We must see what Chelsea want.“It is true that it (this season) has changed me. Until now I had always won a trophy every season. We hope that next season will be better.”Courtois, who missed three months of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery in September, insisted he has never doubted his ability even in testing times.“Especially mentally, you have to be strong,” said the former Genk stopper, whose sister and both parents have all played volleyball at a high level. “But with my character, and having grown up in a family of top athletes, I do not have too many problems with it. I never doubt.”last_img read more

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first_imgDD EXCLUSIVE: THIS is the first picture of the Polish woman at the centre of wrong claims this week – Gaia Kowalik.The 38-year-old, originally from Gdansk in Poland, now lives in Dunfanaghy.Known until now by the name ‘Magda’ she has been unemployed for the past two years and is hoping to start a new massage business in the seaside town. Ms Kowalik is pictured doing a fashion shoot for the popular Dunfanaghy magazine D2D.It’s understood she plans to fly abroad later today to get away from the growing media storm after an interview she gave to a Polish newspaper last month was mistranslated earlier this week.One friend told donegaldaily.com: “She has booked a week away in the sun and is flying out today (Saturday) for a week to get away from it all.”Said Gaia of her ordeal: “At first I was completely shocked. You don’t know what to think. How is it possible for anybody to publish something that is just not true, completely not true and it’s not just misinterpretation, you know, or mistranslation – it’s just a completely different story.” She said things had been added to even the Polish version of the story but said most of it was about her actual life in a town near Letterkenny in Donegal.“The thing is that jobs are scarce here. It is difficult, especially as I don’t drive so I can’t go to bigger towns.“The other thing is that I worked in the hospitality industry and qualified as massage therapist and that’s something I wanted to do for a really long time and I decided that’s an option to start my own business, to do what I really want to do.” Advertisement Gaia said that she has done a number of FÁS courses to help her set up her own business which she hopes to set up by Easter.Of her actual lifestyle on the dole she added: “My needs are not very high. That is in the article, I really try to live as cheap as possible. I don’t spend money on clothes, cosmetics, going out to the pub.“I don’t have money for that. I have money for basic survival and that’s okay with me.”Meanwhile the Poland-based Irish journalist who filed the controversial mistranslation of the story to the Irish Independent has apologised. Advertisement Norma Costelloe wrote on her blog: “The quotes I used were inaccurate. I apologise to anyone I have hurt or upset or anyone suffering from the fallout of a story never intended to inspire racism. I have spent years traveling abroad and living in different countries and have experienced racism myself.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com DD EXCLUSIVE: MAGDA GOES PUBLIC – SHE’S GAIA, FROM GDANSK was last modified: February 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DD EXCLUSIVE: MAGDA GOES PUBLIC – SHE’S GAIAFROM GDANSKlast_img read more

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first_imgWe won’t say a star was born when 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin had the biggest game of his career on Monday night.But we will recommend you get to know a little more about the guy who torched the Green Bay Packers secondary under the prime time lights in Wisconsin. Goodwin did a lot of special things that shouldn’t get lost in San Francisco’s soul-crushing 33-30 loss on the game’s final play. For instance, his two first-half touchdown catches were a rarity for a 49ers receiver — it had …last_img read more

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first_imgPhotosynthesis, the light-harvesting capability of plants, was a black box 30 years ago, but more and more details have been elucidated by advanced probing techniques.  In the March 18 issue of Nature,1, a team of Chinese scientists determined the X-ray structure of a principal component acts like a light-harvesting antenna.  The structure utilizes special molecules that not only gather the energy of light, but also get rid of excess energy that could damage the plant.  They write, “Four carotenoid-binding sites per monomer have been observed.  The xanthophyll-cycle carotenoid at the monomer-monomer interface may be involved in the non-radiative dissipation of excessive energy, one of the photoprotective strategies that have evolved in plants.”1Liu et al., “Crystal structure of spinach major light-harvesting complex at 2.72 � resolution,” Nature 428, 287 – 292 (18 March 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02373.Nice observation, but another example of the Darwinian bad habit of assuming what ought to be proved.  Plants don’t evolve protective strategies.  That requires intelligence.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img23 December 2004Following months of preparations and construction, South African National Parks (SANParks) officially opened South Africa’s newest park to the public on Heritage Day, 24 September 2004.Previously known as Vhembe Dongola National Park, Mapungubwe National Park is situated in Musina, north-east of Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo. It is found at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers.The new park comprises the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape and the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in an area covering well over 28 000 hectares. Tourist offerings at the park The park forms part of an ambitious project to develop a major transfrontier conservation area, the Limpopo/Shashe Transfrontier Park, which will cross the borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, linking the Mapungubwe National Park with Botswana’s Tuli Block and Zimbabwe’s Tuli Safari area.Blown away by MapungubweLucille Davie pays a visit to the “place of the stone of wisdom”, home to South Africa’s first kingdom – and finds herself unprepared for its historical potency and natural beauty.Speaking at Tourism Indaba 2004 in Durban in May, SANParks chief executive David Mabunda said the decision to develop Mapungubwe National Park was based on the rich biodiversity, scenic beauty and immense cultural and historical significance of the area.The archaeological treasures discovered at Mapungubwe “rank among the most important pieces of ancient art yet found in sub-Saharan Africa”, Mabunda said. “They also document the rise of the Zimbabwe culture.”Until its demise at the end of the 13th century AD, Mapungubwe – “place of the stone of wisdom” – was the most important inland settlement in the sub-continent, extending over an area of about 30 000 square kilometres on either side of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers.Declared a National Heritage Site in 2001, Mapungubwe was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 2003, bringing to five the number of South African sites that have been awarded World Heritage status.SA’s World Heritage sites: see box down right.The findings of gold artefacts, beads, burial grounds and other remains indicate that Mapungubwe was one of the major centres of this culture, and bear testimony to the way of life of African people more than 1 000 years ago.The whole area around Mapungubwe National Park boasts a substantial amount of San Rock Art sites dating from 15 000 years back.“Together with its surrounding areas, Mapungubwe National Park has a potential to be a sanctuary for viable populations of some of the most threatened large mammals on earth, such as the black and white rhinoceros, wild dog, and the continent’s flagship species, the African elephant”, Mabunda said.SANParks believes the development of the park, due to its positioning on the international border of Botswana, South African and Zimbabwe, will also serve as a southern African growth point for tourism and conservation.Tourist offerings the parkMajor infrastructure development in the area in the last couple of months, with substantial funding from the department of environmental affairs and tourism, saw the establishment of a new road network allowing sedan vehicle access to all the sites mentioned below, the Leokwe Rest Camp, the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, and the Vhembe Trails Camp.The entrance to Mapungubwe National Park is situated on the Musina-Pondrift Road. The park’s tourist facilities include:Leokwe Rest Camp. The park’s main rest camp is situated in a valley flanked by sandstone ridges. The camp’s theme is based on the rich history of the area, with the design derived from the typical Venda village. Facilities on offer include:A reception complex with swimming pool, kitchen and small convenience store.Fourteen two-bed cottages with open-plan kitchens.Two four-bed family cottages with open-plan kitchens.Two two-bed cottages with shower and toilet for physically disabled persons.Limpopo Forest Tented Camp. Situated within the riverine forest of the Limpopo River, this tented camp offers spacious rooms and outdoor areas catering for 16 people, with eight two-bed self-catering units. It also boasts seven semi-luxury forest tents each with a two-bed bedroom, kitchen, shower and toilet. Physically disabled people are catered for with one semi-luxury forest tent with two bed-bedroom, kitchen, shower and toilet.Tshugulu Lodge. This luxury lodge sleeps 14, with six bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a swimming pool and an exclusive eco-trail.Vhembe Trails Camp. Based on the successful wilderness trails offered in the Kruger National Park, the Vhembe Trails Camp is situated on the perimeter of the Mapungubwe Valley. Trailists will be able to explore the rich archaeology of the area on foot with a guide, and will visit the famous Mapungubwe mountain where the golden rhinoceros was found. Visitors will be based at the camp for the duration of the three-day trail. The camp can accommodate eight people – two people per unit, each with its own ablutions.Viewpoint, tree-top walks, bird hide. In addition to the above, the park boasts a viewpoint offering breathtaking views of the Limpopo-Shashe Rivers confluence, tree-top walks allowing access to the Limpopo River, and a bird hide at Manoutswa pan.Museum & interpretation centre. The archaeological site at Mapungubwe Mountain will soon have a museum detailing the rich culture of the people who once lived in a major African trading post pre-dating Great Zimbabwe. The museum will display artefacts showing how African people lived more than 1 000 years ago, and will form part of a cultural interpretation centre whose staff will narrate the history of Mapungubwe to visitors.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgAs the online and offline worlds converge, geographic location technology is getting hotter everyday. From lightweight consumer apps like Foursquare and Yelp to big enterprise and open source applications, place data is enriching the internet and the internet is enriching the way we experience the offline places we go. This is a super-hot field of technology right now and it’s hard to keep track of all the daily developments.Bloggers to the rescue! Fortunately, thinkers, doers and companies in this market are writing blogs about geo technology every day. We’ve compiled a list of 300 of these blogs so far and you can find them listed below. (My wife said I shouldn’t say 300 in the headline, as 300 sounds overwhelming!) They are ranked, too: we ran the blogs through Postrank, a service that scores the blogs by social media engagement. The blogs are ranked in order of the number of comments their posts are getting, inbound links from other blogs, mentions on Twitter, bookmarks on Delicious and much more. Read on to see who wrote the hottest blog in geo this week.Update! Chris Thompson, blogger at independent Foursquare-tracking blog AboutFoursquare.com emailed to point out that his blog wasn’t included in our list! I must confess, I read his blog all the time and felt pretty silly about that. I felt even sillier when I added his site to the index and found out that it is in fact the reigning champion!Congratulations to the independent map-collecting blog Google Maps Mania for winning the [second to] top spot this week. It’s written by freelance London designer Keir Clarke and is a super fun blog to read. Clarke took over from blog founder Mike Pegg in 2008 when Pegg was hired by Google.Congrats also to the Paris, Dublin and Norwich based blog GeoGraphika for making a giant leap from #166 last week to #8 this week!Is your blog or your company’s blog about geo technology and not included on this giant list? (Control-F will let you find by title if it’s there.) If you’d like to add a blog to this index, feel free to post a comment below or email me at Marshall@Readwriteweb.com with the word “geoblog” in the subject line. I hope to make this a weekly series here on ReadWriteWeb, for geo tech blogs and other topics, including blogs about data.If you’re a casual reader, I invite you to click around through this incredible list of resources. It’s an overwhelming amount of content, but here at ReadWriteWeb we’re tracking all these blogs as closely as we can and writing up what we think will be of most general interest. You can also follow a dedicated Twitter account for this topic at @RWWGeo.Earth pic from Flickr user AussieGal, by Creative Commons license. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisementOn Monday, Epic Sports & Entertainment has won a purse bid for the IBF heavyweight title eliminator between former heavyweight world title challenger Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) and Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs). Epic Sports won the purse bid with a winning bid of $2,111,111.Kubrat Pulev is ready to face IBF No. 3 rated contender, Jarrell Miller from Brooklyn, NY.“I’m happy to welcome Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller to Bulgaria. It will be an opportunity to showcase this exciting heavyweight matchup between us in front of grateful boxing fans,” Pulev announced via Twitter.I’m happy to welcome Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller to Bulgaria! @SkySportsBoxing @EddieHearn @BoxingNewsED 🥊⬇️⬇️⬇️🥊https://t.co/lGsTHh9JCl— Kubrat Pulev (@KubratPulev) June 27, 2018“Miller’s promoter told the IBF that they wanted the fight and that Miller was available,” said Ivaylo Gotzev, CEO of Epic Sports.“Contracts have been sent and it’s time for this battle to take place on September 1st in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. There is so much at stake as this bout will determine the mandatory challenger for the Champion Anthony Joshua.”“Bulgaria is a Land of Beauty with great hospitality,” continued Gotzev.“The red carpet will be laid out for Miller like he has never seen before and he and his team will be welcomed with open arms.  Since we won the purse bid on Monday, we’ve been in regular contact with Jarrell’s co-promoters, Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.  We explored with them doing the event here in the U.S., but Miller is apparently not yet a big enough draw to interest the major U.S. boxing networks and they have all turned down doing the fight here which is why we are taking it to Europe, where Kubrat is a huge celebrity and draw.  All that is left is for Miller to sign.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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