Don’t allow Lionel Messi to leave, Ronaldo warns Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona legend Ronald Nazario has warned the Catalan giants to do everything possible to keep Lionel Messi at the club this summer. Messi has been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou ahead of the 2020-21 season, amid growing reports he told new manager Ronald Koeman he has doubts over his future in Catalonia.Advertisement However, former Brazilian international Ronaldo believes Barcelona would be on a downward slope if Messi leaves in the coming weeks. “Messi is the reference point for this team, and if I was Barcelona, I would not let him leave in any case,” he told an interview with Marca. Loading… Promoted Content10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMost Amazing Advanced Robots That Will Change Our World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhonePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled23 Marvel Heroes Reimagined By Caricaturist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian “He has been a great player, and has a very intense relationship with the club.“The situation has been exaggerated by their Champions League defeat. However, Messi needs his teammates to help him.“Barcelona need to try something new next season. But their main player leaving is not the solution.”The Catalan giants remain committed to retaining Messi at the club, despite the Argentinian international entering into the final 12 months of his contract, with no extension agreed.Koeman has already spoken with the 33-year old to inform him of his plans for next season, with Messi at the heart of the project.Ronaldo is one of the few players to retain cult status at Barcelona, despite also playing for arch rivals Real Madrid.Read Also: Barcelona board struggling to pin down MessiHe netted an incredible 47 goals in 49 games in all competitions for Barcelona in his one season at the club in 1996-97.After joining Inter Milan in 1997, he moved to Real Madrid in 2002, scoring 104 goals in 177 games, and winning the La Liga title in 2003.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Onika Fraser sets new record in Teachers Over-40 discus throw

first_imgWEST Demerara’s Oneka Fraser of District 3 has set a new record in the Teachers’ Over-40 discus throw. Her district will enter the final day of competition at the National Schools Championships safe in the knowledge that they have been putting up a sturdy defence of their title in the Teachers’ competition of the event. They ended the day in the lead with 214 points at the Guyana National Stadium.As their teachers continued to excel in the field and on the track, District 3 continued to rake in the points and enter today’s competition as the only district to pass the 200-point mark. Their nearest competitors, South Georgetown (District 13), have just 177 points, while following not too far behind are Bartica (District 7) with 153.5 points and North Georgetown (District 11) with 152 points.North West (District 1) have 143 points, closely challenged by East Georgetown (District 12), with 129 points and Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10) with 101 points.With double digit points are Corentyne (District 6) 93 points, East Bank Demerara (District 14) 87 points, and East Coast Demerara (District 4) 56 points.In addition to Fraser who copped some of the big wins for District 3 were Kevin Paul in the sprints, and Alexander Clarke in the distances and Oneka Fraser out on the field.Fraser flung the discus 22.97m to erase the seven-year-old 22.44m record that Neibert Hale set in 2009. She outdid both Cindy Bourne (17.62m), and Nima Flue-Bess (17.11m).In the male teachers 21-30, Paul and Clarke took the sprint and distance doubles respectively. Paul yesterday clocked 23.5 seconds in the 200m to add to his win in the 100m on Wednesday.In the 200m, District 11’s Floyd Phillips celebrated second-place after clocking a time of 24.1 seconds, while Roy Haney picked up six points for District 10 when he ran 24.5 seconds for third.Clarke won the 1500m in a time of 5:14.8s surpassing the 5:15.0s that District 6’s Cleon Smartt clocked to gain second place. Another 30 seconds away Andrew Campbell finished in third.There was also the Teachers’ Over-40 200m, won by District 3’s Kharlyn Henry in a time of 35.6 seconds.last_img read more

Pensioners experience hardship to collect payments

first_imgDear Editor,Some form of action needs to be taken by the Ministry of Social Protection to avoid the unbearable punishment that keeps recurring when old age pensioners have to collect their monies. The pensioners are made to endure several challenges when they turn up at the Suddie Post Office to collect their monies at the beginning of every month.From as early as 06:00h on the first day, senior citizens can be seen conveying in front of the building, scattered sitting or standing by the roadside parapets or under trees waiting on the doors to open. However, when the gate is opened, there are limited seating accommodations in the compound.Most seriously affected in the ugly state of affairs are many Amerindians, including women, living in the backlands having to cover long distances walking out, possibly without a meal like many others as well to be attended to.As recent as two Fridays ago, payments did not commence until shortly after 10:30h. With the long wait, some pensioners left out of frustration in a situation where there is not even drinking water.On the same day as would usually happen, all the pensioners could not have been paid because the money ran out; this causing further hardship and inconvenience to return the other day.From my own experience, the next pay day, I went to collect my pension at 07:30h and saw dozens of pensioners already there waiting, but upon enquiring, I was told that payments will be made later in the day.Eventually, they started to pay at 10:45h.The pensioners deserve better and should be paid promptly – the only way to end the problem once and for all.Sincerely,Balram Persaudlast_img read more

Raiders’ Gabe Jackson placed on IR, Emmanuel Lamur waived

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders placed Gabe Jackson on injured reserve Tuesday with a left elbow injury, meaning the fifth-year guard will miss the last two games of the season.Jackson was injured in the Raiders 24-21 win over Pittsburgh and did not play in a 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.Coach Jon Gruden acknowledged Monday at his weekly press conference that Jackson’s injury was problematic. “Gabe Jackson is suffering from a very legitimate elbow injury and it’s hard to block …last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders fade, fall to Chiefs 28-10

first_imgThe Chiefs make their final appearance in Oakland as they look to go 2-0 after opening with a 40-26 win over the Jaguars in a game that saw Mahomes injure his ankle and still go 25-for-33 for 378 yards passing and three touchdowns. Mahomes, though, comes to Oakland without Tyreek Hill. The speedy receiver broke his … Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when the underdog Raiders take on NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs at the Coliseum.last_img

Raiders promote Ateman, Cotton because of injury concerns

first_imgFaced with injury issues at wide receiver and guard, the Raiders promoted wide receiver Marcell Ateman and guard Lester Cotton Jr. from the practice squad Saturday.Ateman, a seventh-round draft pick last season out of Oklahoma State, caught 15 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown last season after getting the call from the practice squad. Cotton is an undrafted rookie out of Alabama who didn’t make the 53-man roster at what was at the time a deep position but was signed to the practice …last_img read more

South African rhinos need technology to curb poaching

first_img30 September 2015We Are Protect is planning field testing of high-tech devices to stop rhino poaching in Africa.The British conservation group recently completed proof-of-concept trials in South Africa of high-tech devices such as spy cameras, heart rate monitors and GPS trackers on black rhinos. It is now aiming to move to field testing of its Real-time Anti Poaching Intelligence Devices (Rapid).There had been 1 617 positively identified poacher activities in the Kruger National Park so far this year, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs. This implies that there are three incursions each day, anywhere along the thousand-kilometre long Kruger border.By 27 August, 749 rhinos had been killed by poachers across the entire country. Of these, 544 were poached in the Kruger. This is an increase over the 716 rhino killed by poachers countrywide by the end of August 2014. Of that number, 459 rhinos were poached in the Kruger.How Rapid worksThe Rapid unit is fitted inside the horn of a wild rhino. This operation is painless because rhino horn is made of keratin, just like human nails or hair. The data from the device are then relayed live to a control centre, which could be many miles away.If the animal’s heart rate suddenly becomes heightened or declines, it triggers immediate analysis of the in-horn camera footage while an armed anti-poaching team scrambles on a rapid response mission to intercept the poachers at the location provided.The original impetus for Rapid came from the inability of teams on the ground to detect poaching quickly and effectively enough to catch the poachers and prevent the horn from reaching the illegal markets. The reality is that the group aims to save the rhino, not just its horn.Jason Gilchrist, an ecologist, wrote that to achieve this goal, Rapid should operate as a deterrent, not just an arrest mechanism. “This has raised the question of whether Rapid-tagged rhinos should ‘advertise’ that they are carrying the device. But that could simply drive poachers to target untagged rhino.“So, in order to achieve the aim of the project, to render poaching a ‘pointless exercise’, we need all individual rhinos to be fitted with Rapid and tagged to indicate so. That sounds expensive and it is not clear who would foot the bill.”Watch the world of a rhino through his horn:The We Are Protect team is already looking beyond rhino, and aims to expand the use of Rapid to other endangered creatures under attack from poachers, including elephants and tigers.“We need to throw everything we have, from all angles, at wildlife crime,” said Gilchrist. “If we cannot save iconic species like rhinos, elephants, and tigers it does not bode well for the less celebrated animals out there that are also suffering.”South Africa’s fight against rhino poachingSpecies conservation, including the conservation of rhino, formed part of her department’s strategic intervention, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on 30 August. She was giving a progress update on the fight against rhino poaching. Her department is working in partnership with the Security Cluster departments, namely Defence and Military Veterans, Police and State Security, to put interventions in place to curb poaching of wildlife.“As I have constantly emphasized, were it not for the measures we have undertaken as part of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros the situation would be worse, given the escalation of poacher activity,” said Molewa.Their teams had made physical contact with heavily armed poachers 95 times so far this year, close to three times a week. “To illustrate the escalation of the threat, let me remind you that for the whole of 2014, there were 111 contacts with heavily armed poachers,” she said.“In response to this escalated threat, we have stepped up our efforts, which include traditional anti-poaching policing strategies. In this regard, the utilisation of K-9 units, night capability as well as air and land capability, is now bearing fruit.”At the core of this strategy, the minister added, was a wildlife sector transformation agenda to ensure provision of sustainable alternative livelihood strategies for South Africans, which would help to curb poaching. “This strategy seeks to promote inclusive economic opportunities, reflected by a sector which will be equitable and dictate fair processes and procedures in the distribution of natural resources and access to markets, and undertaking of projects that will assist to uplift the financial and economic status of our people,” she concluded.Watch the Security Cluster speak about their intervention programmes to stop rhino poaching:Meanwhile, Collet Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane were in New York City on 27 September to accept the United Nations top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award, on behalf of their organisation, Black Mambas.Both women are two of the original members of the 24-strong group, South Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching team. Black Mambas was set up in 2013 to protect the private Balule wildlife reserve, a park that borders the Kruger, and its resident rhino.Over the past two years the team, which does not carry guns, has reduced snaring by 76% in the reserve, saving the lives of rhino and putting poachers out of action.UN Environment Programme deputy executive director Ibrahim Thiaw said the success of the Black Mambas in reducing poaching raised the question of how and where this programme could be replicated.Source: The Conversation and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Plant a tree for life

first_imgAfter racking up a considerable number of air miles Misha Teasdale decided to offset his carbon footprint.Through its School Trees project the organisation plants fruit trees at schools, institutes and organisations around South Africa and Zambia and works with students to understand the importance of trees and how to care for plantsIn September 2010 Teasdale decided to try planting 1000 trees in one month, and to get as many people as possible involved in his project; the team planted more than the targeted 1000 trees at various schools in the Cape Flats in the Western Cape.The project’s success prompted Teasdale to turn his idea into something bigger. With the help of friends Lauren O’Donnell and Jeremy Hewitt he founded Greenpop.Greenpop promotes planting trees and sustainable living by educating people about the importance and benefits of trees.“I was a freelance writer and copy editor so I started at Greenpop doing PR [public relations] to try and attract attention to what we were doing,” says O’Donnell, director at Greenpop.“At that point we were just a group of friends trying to plant 1000 trees in one month so that’s all I expected. I didn’t think it would gain so much traction and continue.”ROOTS OF LIFE“Humans are inherently connected to nature so as soon as people are reminded of this and of the fact that our planet is our one precious home, we are easily reconnected,” O’Donnell says.“It’s human nature to know that trees are important, we just need to be reminded now and then.”Trees and other forms of vegetation are primary producers in the food chain; they provide a major and indispensable form of food and help sustain life by absorbing carbon dioxide to produce oxygen.Trees also prevent soil erosion; purify ground water by filtering out toxins; form wind barriers; and are a natural resource easily turned into useful goods.They also beautify spaces and attract diverse animals.“Green spaces make people happier, they increase pride of place, create shade and cool spaces down.“They encourage biodiversity and so much more,” says O’Donnell.GREENPOP’S MISSIONGreenpop encourages people to plant indigenous vegetation as indigenous plants are more suited to South Africa’s dry climate and don’t use up scarce water resources.Through its School Trees project the organisation plants fruit trees at schools, institutes and organisations around South Africa and Zambia and works with students to understand the importance of trees and how to care for plants.Every July Greenpop hosts a reforestation and eco-educational project in Livingston, Zambia (images: Sarah Isaacs)Greenpop’s reforestation project is aimed especially at rural communities, where residents cut down trees for firewood. The organisation wants to encourage communities to plant more trees to replace the ones they cut down. Some plant species also help improve soil quality, helping rural communities grow better crops to feed their families.During its annual Reforest Festival at the indigenous Platbos Forest in the Western Cape, Greenpop invites tree-lovers to participate in a two-day tree planting spree. Dates for the festival will soon be released.During the organisation’s 2013 Reforest Festival some 5000 trees were planted.PLAY YOUR PART“Plant a tree, either in your own neighbourhood or gift a tree on our website and we will plant it on your behalf and send you a certificate with the GPS coordinates of where your tree is growing,” says O’Donnell.To learn more about Greenpop visit its website, email the organisation or call +27 21 461 9265.last_img read more

WordPress for iPhone 2: Mobile Blogging Just Got Easier

first_imgfrederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The new version of WordPress for iPhone just arrived in the App Store (iTunes link). While the first version was already quite usable, this update brings a number of new features and usability enhancements to the WordPress experience on the iPhone. The new interface makes it easier to switch between comments, posts and pages. The comments interface now also displays Gravatars. Throughout the app, the WordPress team has tweaked the interface and it’s now easier to manage your blog from the iPhone.FeaturesThe new version also now automatically saves posts and restores them if the network connection is lost during the publishing process.Just like the first version, WordPress for iPhone 2 is an open-source program. It’s important to note that this new version will not appear as an update to the old version. Instead, users will have to install a new app, which can run side-by-side with the older version. The new version, of course, still offers the same basic feature set as the earlier version. These include support for multiple blogs, photo uploads and post previews, as well as full support for tags, categories and password protected posts.Blogging on the iPhone There can be little doubt that the iPhone – or any mobile phone for that matter – isn’t the ideal platform for writing long, thoughtful blog posts. Maybe that’s why WordPress for iPhone 2 puts more emphasis on comment moderation than the first version. For a quick blog post on the road, though, the app is perfectly adequate, especially if you just want to upload a few pictures. It’s not as easy to use as the more specialized PicPosterous, but WordPress for iPhone 2 is a far more flexible application and WordPress has a different user in mind for this app. Tags:#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Selective Color Masks in FCPX

first_imgIn this video tutorial by MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark show us how to create selective color masks in FCPX.Whereas it was initially met with speculation by the industry, Final Cut Pro X seems to be gaining a loyal video editor user base. Many FCPX users tout the app for a quicker editing workflow and Apple continues to add new features/updates on a regular basis.Final Cut Pro X is also quite powerful when it comes to color correction. In the following video by MacBreak Studio we take a look at a few easy color correction techniques in FCPX. The video covers what’s called secondary color correction, instead of primary color correction. The difference between primary and secondary color correction is secondary color correction deals with individual colors in the shot while primary correction deals with the entire frame. To perform secondary color corrections FCPX creates masks which are explained in detail in the video. The video covers:Basic Color Correction TechniquesPrimary vs. Secondary Color CorrectionAdding Color MasksUsing WaveformsUsing the Duplicate ButtonOne of the useful keyboard commands brought up in the tutorial is holding down the shift key to add more color variations to your mask. This is super helpful when you are wanting to select more than one color to mask out.This video was first shared by the awesome guys out at MacBreak Studio. You can check out all 200+ FCP tutorials on the Pixel Corps YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for color correcting in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more