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JSA president hails team after qualification for Pan Am 2019

first_img THEIR PERFORMANCE It was mission accomplished for Jamaica as the senior national men’s team emerged from the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships having qualified to compete in the prestigious 2019 Pan American Games following on a silver medal win in the men’s singles event, courtesy of Chris Binnie. The team, which consisted of the top four local players, Binnie, Lewis Walters, Bruce Burrowes and Julian Morrison, finished in eighth place at the Championships which wrapped up over the weekend in the Cayman Islands. Jamaica made the top eight after surviving a tough competition draw which saw them beating regional rivals Guyana 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals where they lost to 2-0 to eventual champions, Mexico. Following the loss, the team contested the 5th-8th place draw, where they lost 3-0 to Brazil and 2-0 to Argentina to finish eighth. While not in medal contention, the Jamaicans established themselves among the top 12 teams in the Americas and will now do battle at the Pan American Games scheduled for next July and August in Lima, Peru. The team’s qualification followed on Binnie’s historic silver medal win in the singles draw as Jamaica continues to make a name for itself in international squash. “The boys did exactly what they went to Cayman to do, qualify to play at the Pan American Games next year and earn the right to be counted among the best teams in the Pan American sporting region,” said Chris Hind, president of the Jamaica Squash Association (JSA). “We have a lot to be proud of with Chris Binnie beating high-ranking international players to place second and the team, overall, stepping up their game to have a solid showing in such a competitive arena; and now, we’ll redouble our efforts to ensure we do even better at the Games next year.”last_img read more

Oceania backs FIFA’s Infantino

first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP): The 11-member Oceania Football Confederation says it is backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election. The Oceania group says its executive committee – comprising 11 member federation presidents in New Zealand and the Pacific islands – voted unanimously to support the FIFA leader. Infantino is seeking a full four-year term from 211 FIFA member countries at a June 5 vote in Paris. He was elected in February 2016 to complete the mandate of Sepp Blatter, who was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee. Infantino has no clear challenger yet before a February 5 deadline for potential candidates.last_img

Leeds United linked with 23-year-old international ace

first_img huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Johnson hopes O’Dowda signs a new contract with Bristol City 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Latest Football News BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img shining REVEALED O’Dowda, 23, began his career at Oxford United before joining Bristol City in July 2016.He’s gone on to make 91 appearances for the Robins, and has also been capped 15 times by the Republic of Ireland, appearing in World Cup qualifiers as well as Nations League fixtures. REVEALED Johnson has previously admitted he wants to tie O’Dowda down to a longer deal, but Leeds may test City’s resolve this month by moving for the winger.According to Sky Sports, the Elland Road club are ‘looking into a deal’ for O’Dowda as Marcelo Bielsa wishes to bring in a new wide player before the close of the January transfer window.Dan James, the Swansea and Wales player, is reportedly Leeds‘ first choice target, but a deal for O’Dowda is being considered should James remain at the Liberty Stadium. REPLY Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda, according to reports.O’Dowda, the Republic of Ireland international, has scored two goals for the Robins this season, creating a further four as Lee Johnson’s side fight to finish in the play-off places.Despite starting less than half of City’s league matches this term, O’Dowda is considered an important member of Johnson’s squad and has a contract at Ashton Gate running until summer 2020. ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

Liverpool’s win over Burnley is ideal preparation for Bayern – Robertson

first_img REVEALED ADVICE Robertson says the Burnley thrashing was perfect preparation for the Bayern match 4 4 “We need to give 100 per cent in every single game and whether it gets us a trophy or it doesn’t, we need to deal with that.“The position we’re in now, one point behind with eight games to go, if we perform like that – especially with our attitude – then it’ll stand us in good stead.“We’ve got some tough games coming up but we look forward to the chase and hopefully we can push them all the way.” RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Mane was among the goals once more as Liverpool got back to winning ways against Burnley Klopp’s men face a daunting task against Bayern on Wednesday Getty REVEALED There are 11 live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below… MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Klopp wont rush Oxlade-Chamberlain back into the fray quickly following his injury lay-off Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card center_img no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade shining huge blow “We reacted well and we looked positive, that’s what we needed to get better at. We did that. We kept going and we were ruthless when the chances came.“Last season we were good away from home in the Champions League, we caused teams problems and that’s what we need to do again.“It will probably be a different game, they’ll need to come out a bit more, their fans will demand they try to create.“It’s all about trying to keep them out first and foremost and then hopefully we can take the chances we get and do enough to get through.”A return to winning ways in the Premier League means Liverpool reduced the gap to leaders Manchester City to one point. LIVE on talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson believes the Reds’ “ruthless” display against Burnley was the perfect preparation for their Champions League second-leg against Bayern Munich.Jurgen Klopp’s side converted four of their five shots to seal a 4-2 win against the Clarets at Anfield. In their last six matches in all competitions Liverpool have had three goalless draws but have found the net 12 times in the other three.The performance against Burnley, where Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both scored braces, was ideally timed ahead of facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday, with the last-16 second-leg tie delicately poised at 0-0.So far this season Liverpool have lost all three away games in the Champions League but Sunday’s display has given Robertson confidence they will be better in Germany.“The work-rate from all of us was brilliant, our counter-press to get the ball quickly and our reactions to poor passes or chances missed,” said defender Robertson, on his 25th birthday. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Reading vs Leeds (Tuesday) – talkSPORT 2Bayern Munich vs Liverpool (Wednesday) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Aston Villa (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield United (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Manchester City (Saturday) – talkSPORTWolves vs Manchester United (Saturday) – talkSPORTMillwall vs Brighton (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday) – talkSPORT 4 Meanwhile Klopp has allayed fears over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness after the midfielder’s comeback for the under-23s on Friday ended prematurely.The 25-year-old was scheduled to play 45 minutes in the Premier League 2 match on his first competitive appearance since a serious knee injury last April but came off just before half-time with a minor hamstring issue.His withdrawal was purely precautionary and Klopp said there was nothing to be concerned about.“It’s not really surprising, it’s normal. The good news is the knee is perfect – nothing happened, that was our only concern,” he told Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 For only the third time in their history, they have amassed 73 points from 30 matches. On the previous two occasions they went on to win the title: in 1904-05 in Division Two and the top-flight campaign of 1987-88.“It’s another game down, eight to go. It’s going to be exciting one way or another,” Robertson told “Football games are different to football training, that’s why he felt the muscle a little bit, and thank God we were smart enough to take him off, even if it was only five minutes earlier than we thought.“That made absolute sense. Nothing else happened.“We always said he needs time. Maybe I’m a bit guilty for being too excited about it: if nobody asked me I wouldn’t start talking about Ox, to be honest, but they ask me and I say the truth – and the truth was it looked so exciting in training.“But it’s only small-sided games, shooting situations and all that but, at the end of the day, we all need to make sure we are ready for the big-size pitch.”last_img read more

Juventus ‘prepare £30m bid’ for Tottenham star Trippier

first_img whoops Getty Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa “Obviously this club has been very good for me over the last few years but I’ll enjoy my summer, come back in pre-season and that’s when I’ll sit down with the manager and have a talk about my future.“I see a lot of speculation about me not being here. I give everything, 100 per cent every game, win lose or draw. So we’ll see what happens in pre-season.”Trippier joined Tottenham for £3.5million from Burnley in 2015 and has three years left on his deal. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? punished JIBE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 18.02%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Ian Wright says Spurs must back Mauricio Pochettino in the transfer market this summer Despite Trippier admitting he ‘could have done a lot better’ in the 2018/19 season, the 28-year-old featured 38 times for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and helped them reach the Champions League final. The Sunday Times claim Juventus have touted Trippier as a replacement for Joao Cancelo, who has been linked with a move to Premier League champions City.Citizens boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants Juventus and Portugal ace Cancelo to provide competition for Walker, with full-back Danilo set to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer. When asked about his Tottenham future earlier this month, Trippier, who recently lost his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, said: “I don’t know.“I’ll go home now, spend time with my family, just recover after a long, difficult season. Everybody’s got a decision to make, no matter what. LATEST latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED Juventus are preparing a £30million bid for Tottenham star Kieran Trippier, according to reports.The England international has been Spurs’ first choice right-back since Kyle Walker joined Manchester City in a £50million deal in 2017. IN DEMAND boost Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Juventus’ move for Kieran Trippier will depend on Joao Cancelo’s future amid Manchester City interest Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 2 2 Getty Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kieran Trippier could join Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey at Juventus next season last_img read more

Europa League: Rangers and Hibs learn potential opponents

first_imgRangers and Hibs have learned who they could face in the Europa League play-off round.Both sides must first overcome their opposition in the third qualifying round.Steven Gerrard’s side face Maribor while Neil Lennon’s men take on Molde in Thursday’s first legs.Should the Ibrox side prevail over the Slovenians, they will face either Russian side FK Ufa or Progres Niderkorn who eliminated the Ibrox side in the first round last year. And if Hibs progress in their tie, the Edinburgh club will meet Dinamo Minsk or Zenit St PetersburgNeither Scottish side has played in the group stages of the Europa League since it was reformatted from the UEFA Cup in 2009.The playoff round ties will be played on Thursday 23 August with the return legs a week later on Thursday 30 August.last_img

SAA leads the global field

first_img27 January 2015South African Airways (SAA) will this week become the first airline globally to install the Satellite Authorisation System (SatAuth), which will allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies.The system, first installed on the airline’s cabin trainer for testing in May, would not only allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies, but would also provide pin-point accurate aircraft tracking services for operational purposes, SAA said.SAA installed the device on one of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft at the South African Airways Technical (SAAT) maintenance facility in Kempton Park, Johannesburg on 26 January. “SAAT engineers worked closely with the developers of the solution to ensure certification and engineering procedures, ultimately realising the usability of the product within an aviation environment,” said chief executive, Musa Zwane.SAAT, the driving force behind the innovation, develops testing and engineering procedures for airline maintenance facilities around the world.The system will allow secure credit card transactions to take place at any point and real-time positioning of any flight, anywhere, affecting fuel saving interventions in- flight as well as providing full visibility of actual flight paths versus planned routing at any time. SatAuth is the first product of its kind, and was developed in South Africa.SAAT will manufacture all major aircraft components required for installation of SatAuth in accordance with the international Aviation Certification standards required for installation.“This provides SAAT with substantial commercial impetus with a new revenue stream. The installation is the first of its kind in the world and marks a new milestone in South African avionics engineering. It’s another affirmation of the quality, skill and expertise that SAAT offers in terms of its aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities,” Zwane said.Installation of the solution can be done during a standard A-Check – a regular overnight maintenance procedure that occurs every 200 to 400 cycles (take offs and landings).“SatAuth will provide an economical and secure transaction environment. As a truly South African innovation, the solution would not have reached this milestone without the dedicated support of the SAA Avionics engineers who took it upon themselves to assist us in guiding the SatAuth solution through the numerous certification requirements so endemic to the aviation industry,” said Paul Roux, the founder and chief executive of the SatAuth solution.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Chanel Jackson

first_imgWe Know Next is finding and interviewing HR Motivators at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Below is a Q&A with HR Young professional Chanel Jackson.Q.  What book are you reading right now?A. “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit” of Less by Greg McKeown.  As an HR professional you always feel the need to respond to so many people and you find yourself so stretched that you’re not effective. This book helps you to identify and focus on your top priorities to be more productive.   Q. What advice would you give other leaders about employee engagement?A. Stick to what employees want! Some companies do a great job of surveying and understanding the voice of the employee while others decide to create their own hypothesis of what employees want or need to foster engagement.Q. What qualities do you think are most important for strong leadership?A. Strong leadership requires trust, great listening skills, the ability to plan, execute and effectively communicate what is or will be happeningin a group or organization.Q. What advice would you give to people who would like to work in the HR profession?A. HR is a selfless profession; however, it is no longer just for the “people person(s)”. Decisions, whether comfortable or uncomfortable, should move the company forward while balancing the needs of the employees. It’s a three-legged race, but with many many legs! Chanel Jackson works in Talent Management for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. You can find her on LinkedIn.last_img read more

HR: We Can Help Solve the Youth Unemployment Challenge

first_imgJoin us in ensuring that more youth get that proverbial foot in the door. Do you remember your first job? The skills and lessons you learned? The excitement of that first paycheck you earned? Those early work experiences helped develop your work ethic, grow you professionally and take the first steps along a career path. But today, millions of young people are missing out on this critical opportunity.In the U.S., nearly 3 million youth are being left behind, even as the overall unemployment rate falls. SHRM and other business leaders on a B20 taskforce also identified youth unemployment as one of the top challenges to global economic growth. Being out of work at such an early stage has long-lasting effects on these young people and far-reaching effects on business and society.   Moreover, the millions of unemployed young people in this country represent a tremendous pool of untapped talent.This is why SHRM is proud to partner with Jobs for Americas Graduates (JAG) to make sure our nation’s youth get the opportunities they need today to succeed as citizens, workers and leaders tomorrow.And today we joined 100 thought leaders across business, government and the nonprofit sector to come up with solutions to the youth unemployment challenge. SHRM is doing its part. For example, we supported the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act as it moved through Congress, and gave feedback to the Department of Labor on how to get to a workforce development system that better meets the needs of employers. We are also exploring ways to advocate and promote work-based trainings for youth, including through the new Global Apprenticeships Network, because we know that internships, apprenticeships and other job-related opportunities improve the odds of young people. This is the kind of work happening at the macro level.But perhaps what is most exciting and holds the most promise to move the needle on youth unemployment, is what‘s happening on the ground at the local level. Across the country, SHRM members are finding creative ways to find, hire and skill up fresh talent.·         In Wichita, Kansas, when SHRM member and HR and safety manager Kathy Jewett found that candidates were falling short of the job requirements for open positions at her company, she partnered with a local community college to develop a curriculum that better prepared graduates to meet her needs as an employer. ·         In South Central Michigan, SHRM member and HR manager Angela Grissom is working to connect youth to employment and education at one of the state’s one-stop job centers. Her organization funds wages, provides résumé-writing help and eases the paperwork burden on employers so that some of Michigan’s most at-risk young people get on a solid pathway to employment.·         In Seminole County, Florida, SHRM member and HR Director Ann Speak developed a comprehensive one-year internship program at her organization, complete with rotating assignments, to give students exposure to her industry and build a pipeline of future talent.It’s clear that the HR profession has a lot to offer—and much to gain—when it comes to solving the youth unemployment challenge. Our nation’s young people get the career experience they need and our organizations get the talent we need to succeed now and in the future.last_img read more

Business Technology Leaders are More Successful in Winning Customers

first_imgTo be relevant enterprises need to transition from an IT-focused agenda to one that is business-technology (BT) focused says Forrester Research.Business Technology combines technology, systems and processes with a goal of attracting, interacting and maintaining customers.Forrester proposed three ways for enterprises to be able to transition from IT to BT:Invest in technology.  Businesses need to implement modern digital technologies that can satisfy fickle mobile customers.Use Technology as a Competitive Differentiator.  Legacy IT is slow because it is too focused on optimization and resiliency.  Forrester says that it’s risky to maintain that type of thinking.Prioritize the Customer Experience.  Enterprises need to build new skills, culture, processes and systems in order to use data analytics for creating a customer-obsessed operating model.Forrester divides enterprises into the two categories of BT-Laggards and BT-Leaders.  The BT-Leaders showed significantly better growth compared to the BT-Laggards.  30 percent of BT-Leaders grew by more than 10 percent in 2014, compared to 26 percent of BT-Laggards.As we move forward in the Customer Experience-focused Age of the Customer, companies that blaze a trail in the IT-to-BT transformation have positioned themselves well for success. Therefore, it’s time to embrace this shift or you risk losing customers to the BT-friendly competition.Companies that have been able to transition from legacy IT to BT are well positioned for success.last_img read more