City and England ace Kyle Walker reveals where he’d rather be playing

first_img3 “It was comfortable because of the work I’ve done at City,” Walker added. “The gaffer [Guardiola] really doesn’t like to be overloaded in midfield. So if he does see that then I do tuck in and so we go as a back three. My game has developed tremendously under him. He [Guardiola] has taught me so much.”And he wants to continue his glorious season with the Three Lions. “We are strong in all areas. We have a great bunch of lads, pace to burn and a  great  defensive record.“It’s been a fantastic season for  City. We want to continue that for England now.” 3 In a frank interview, England defender Kyle Walker has revealed he is a reluctant centre-back.A lot of focus has been on national boss Gareth Southgate’s decision to play three at the back, which has seen Walker operate in an unfamiliar position.The 28-year-old plays right-back for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and has also featured in the same position for the majority of his 35 England appearances. “Is it my preferred position?” Walker says. “Of course not. I want to play right-back. I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am now in a World Cup squad, and to showcase my talent on the World Cup stage, playing in my position.“I’ve been playing professionally since I was 18 at right-back, to get to your first World Cup and probably not be playing in your preferred position, where you want to showcase your talent, is not disappointing but it is a little bit of a step back.”Not that it is likely to detract him from his mission of helping his country win in Russia, which starts against Tunisia on 18 June.“I’m a professional. As long as the manager feels it’s going to benefit the team then why not?”Playing under for his club manager, though, where he won the Premier League in his first season has helped with this tactical flexibility.center_img Working under Pep Guardiola has helped Kyle Walker immensely Walker joined City for £50m in 2017 and won the Premier League 3last_img read more

The community of Hout Bay reclaims its shared social spaces

first_imgBrand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.last_img read more

How to Build a WordPress Plugin in 10 Minutes

first_imgRelated Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#How To center_img PHP Heaven is running a tutorial on building WordPress plugins. The tutorial is aimed at developers with a solid understanding of PHP and some familiarity with WordPress. I watched a similar tutorial live at WordCamp Portland in 2009, and it’s true: if you know PHP and the correct WordPress commands, you can build a a marginally useful plugin in less than ten minutes.The steps, as outlined in the tutorial:First: Decide on the name of your plugin and create a plugin folder.Second: Make an index.php file within your folder and add the plugin description code.Third: Create an Admin Page.Check out the tutorial for the details. klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Executing On Mary Meeker’s Vision For America: USA Inc.

first_imgUSA Inc. offers four recommendations to help spread its message:Create a deep, widely held perception of the problem’s reality and stakes involvedReassure citizens that there are practical solutionsDevelop support among key constituenciesDetermine the right time to deliver solutions.Meeker is clearly addressing No. 1 by shining a bright light on the topic whenever she can, but what about the other recommendations?Kleiner Perkins’ Investment StrategiesKPCB’s fund specialties include typical investment sectors: digital, green tech, life sciences and China. There was a Digital Growth Fund and a Green Growth Fund, but no “USA Growth Fund.”Among recently funded companies, KPCB’s digital list numbers 71 companies, excluding Chinese firms. There were also 33 companies in the green-tech portfolio and 18 in life sciences, both included below: Related Posts Tags:#education#Government#health#Venture Funding 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair michael tchongcenter_img When “Queen of the Net” Mary Meeker landed at Kleiner Perkins she added a new initiative: Help people understand how certain trends were negatively impacting America. Her first report, USA Inc. contained a 468-slide presentation detailing these shifts. Meeker provided an update on October 24 in San Francisco, and it was yet another eye-opener.In true Meeker style, USA Inc. is a meticulously crafted, chart-heavy presentation. This one, though, paints a bleak picture. Most startling: America’s entitlement costs accounted for 56% of spending in fiscal 2011, 40 years ago it was just 25%. Here is more food for thought:Expenses have exceeded revenue in all but five of the past 47 years.1 in 50 Americans needed Medicaid when it was created in 1965. Today, 1 in 6 do.Unfunded and underfunded entitlement liabilities now total $66 trillion.Meeker joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2011 and was put in charge of a new $1 billion Digital Growth Fund. On Feb. 25, she issued her first epic report, called USA Inc.: A Basic Summary of America’s Financial Statements Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cleantech is clearly a pro-future investment strategy. But when I examined company descriptions and compared them against Meeker’s recommendations, I found just one that indirectly addressed USA Inc.’s future needs: CodeAcademy, an education innovator.What Kleiner Perkins and Others Could Be DoingUSA Inc. recommends that the reality of America’s fiscal crisis be communicated to the public. There are a number of ways to address this objective, but a good tactic would be to start with the basics: clarity of data.While government agencies produce reams of raw information, access to it is not particularly easy. Many economists and analysts use a data front-end provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, called “FRED,” which features a wealth of information: 61,000 economic time series from 48 sources. But using FRED requires learning complicated database queries.Kleiner Perkins should identify entities that progress the human-machine interface to databases like FRED. A straightforward method would be to use a drop-down-menu interface, à la KISSmetrics Power Report (PDF).Another approach would be to provide a seamless connection to an intelligence platform like Tableau. The best interface would add a natural-language query layer like Siri.To reassure citizens that practical solutions exist would require new-age infomediaries that specialize in connecting problems to solutions. Perhaps Biz Stone and Ev Williams could be persuaded to dedicate a Medium content collection to USA Inc. in exchange for a strategic investment. Their crowdsourcing concept would help redistribute this massive content effort.Toward A “Healthy” EconomyAnother clear challenge arising from Meeker’s presentation is the soaring cost of entitlement spending, most of it due to escalating health-care costs. KPCB has invested in two life-sciences companies that could be of help.Essence Healthcare focuses on Medicare solutions and RedBrick Health aims to reduce avoidable health-care costs. More is needed, such as enterprise software that improves hospital management, given that most hospitals are poorly managed.Another practical problem solver would be a service that forces competition by finally bringing transparency to health care and its opaque pricing schemes, as Harvard professor Regina Herzlinger proposes with an Securities and Exchange Commission-like oversight entity. Is there a way to reverse-engineer that idea?With her thorough insights, Mary Meeker has done an outstanding job of circling the wagons around the digital and financial communities to signal that more needs to be done in order to preserve our pro-growth climate. I encourage everyone to give her a standing ovation and join in.How would you advise Mary Meeker to spend the half-billion dollars still left in her Digital Growth Fund? Sound off in the comments.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

First Edition of Touchline

first_imgWelcome to the first edition of Touchline, a quarterly journal of sport and risk with an international perspective brought to you by Sportscover. We hope that you enjoy it. For further information on Sportscover, visit www.sportscover.comRelated Filestouchline_email-pdflast_img

Brady is all ears for national deaf team

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksDeaf team a possiblity By BEN HARRISAn historic milestone could be achieved at next year’s X-Blades National Touch League tournament if David Brady gets his way.Touch Football Australia’s general manager of business operations is hoping to set-up an Australian deaf team to play at the 2014 national competition.Brady is deaf himself and has to rely on two hearing aids.He has been hearing impaired since he was born but his disability doesn’t stop him from doing day-to-day tasks or participate at this year’s National Touch League.Brady is playing in the men’s 40s division for the ACT Pirates.After orchestrating a very successful inaugural Deaf Touch Football Australian National Championships in January, Brady wants to take that next step by establishing an Aussie representative team.“Next year we hope to have an Australian deaf team here at the tournament,” Brady said.“Already I can see it will be an interesting challenge. It will be completely different for the referees and the opposition but we have to get it together and hopefully this message goes out to all the kids out there, the boys and the girls, we will try and get a team together and come to this fantastic tournament.”Brady said touch football has a distinct advantage over many other sports in the country as it can be played by anybody.“If you can’t play footy anymore when you get to the masters you are able to still play with the ball in hand,” he said.“But more importantly for the kids, a lot of kids who have cochlear implants can’t play contact sport. Touch football is one of those sports that they can aspire to. “If their brothers or sisters play rugby or rugby union and feel left out, touch football is a way of being included and being part of it.“Anybody who is deaf or hard of hearing, get yourself to a touch team and keep on trying. Nothing is impossible.”Unable to hear while playing is very difficult but Brady said he manages.“Playing in the deaf games… it was completely different with styles and tactics and coming into a hearing competition, you see how organised they are and there is a big difference between the communications. It is a big learning curve.Brady is not the only deaf person playing at this year’s NTLs.Greg Quinn is playing for the Pirates in the men’s 45s.“Greg is one of the best players but he has a harder job because he plays in the middle and I play on the wing so I’ve probably got an easier job,” Brady said.“Greg has got to make more calls, try to work out what is happening with his teammates. He is one of the smartest players I’ve met in my life.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.aulast_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Jack Stacey for victory over Everton.Stacey was handed his Premier League debut.Howe said, “I thought Jack did really well. He was up against a really tough competitor in Alex Iwobi who is an outstanding player.“He was examined by him and responded every time. I thought he stepped up defensively and did a really good job for the team.“Usually, he’s a marauding full-back, up and down the line. But he knew he had to be responsible and defend first. He did it really well.“I was really pleased with him. It’s a huge moment for any player to make their debut in the Premier League. He’s done it in impressive fashion and was part of a winning team so credit to him.” last_img read more

19 days agoKurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fear

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told chelseafc.com. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.” last_img read more

Parents Urged Not to Give up on Troubled Teens

first_img Centre Manager at the Teen Hub located at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew, Nicola Walker, speaks to JIS News, recently. Story Highlights Parents are being encouraged to not give up on teens, who display behavioural problems, but instead, spend quality time with them and seek professional help if necessary.Centre Manager at the Teen Hub based at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew, Nicola Walker, in making the appeal, said that many of the issues, which cause difficulties between parents and their teenage children can be resolved through counselling.“Counselling does help, counselling does work. Sometimes it is a mental issue that the child is dealing with, or some other issue that is happening out there,” she said during an interview with JIS News, noting that entities such as the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) can assist.She said that some children, who are labelled “bad”, may have learning difficulties and will need professional help.“Sometimes the parents don’t know how to get the help, and that’s why we (teen hub) are here. Come and talk to us; we will see how best we can get help for your child,” she noted.Mrs. Walker, who interacts with scores of youngsters daily at the hub, told JIS News that they need the support of their parents to navigate the difficult teen years.As such, she is advising parents to sit and talk to their children, noting that such interaction helps to build harmonious relationships.“Explain to them why ‘I don’t want you to go to that party, why I don’t want you out late at nights.’ Just explain your fears so that they can understand that you are not being rigid, or don’t want them to have fun; but that some of their actions may have consequences that they are not ready to deal with. Just spend some quality time with our teen,” she stressed.Mrs. Walker noted too that some parents may be overwhelmed with the pressures of work and making ends meet, which may cause them to neglect their parenting role.“Just get your emotional and mental state straightened out and then help the child. They can be better children, they can do right, they will make mistakes, but it is not the end of the world, and the child is not bad. Don’t throw them on the streets. Your efforts will one day pay off when that child will be able to turn around and be of assistance to you,” she said.The Teen Hub was established in 2017 to offer services such as conselling, career guidance and support to youngsters, and their parents where necessary.It is a partnership involving the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AFH).last_img read more

Rights groups call on Trudeau to raise plight of prisoners held in

first_imgOTTAWA – A Montreal woman whose father has been imprisoned in China wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press for the release of him and more than a dozen other prisoners, but she isn’t optimistic.It has been more than 15 years since Ti-Anna Wang last saw her father, Wang Bingzhang, who has been in solitary confinement in China after his arrest and trial for trying to foster democracy — a legal process widely derided as a sham.Wang pressed her case with Trudeau last year when he first visited China, but she’s sensing a momentum in Sino-Canadian relations that leaves her discouraged: the focus, she says, is all about deepening trade ties with China, and not speaking frankly about human rights.“It speaks volumes about what our government prioritizes in terms of importance,” Wang said Thursday. “It’s indicative of a misguided hierarchy of values.”Her father, one of the first generation of Chinese students permitted to travel abroad, got his doctorate at Montreal’s McGill University, but was abducted by Chinese agents in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China, where he was convicted.The Wang case is one of 16 that a coalition of Canadian human rights groups led by Amnesty International wants Trudeau to raise directly with Chinese leadership after he touches down in Beijing next week.In addition to that list of political prisoners adopted by Amnesty, the daughter of two Canadian winery owners from British Columbia who have been held by Chinese authorities renewed her plea for Trudeau to help her family.Amy Chang, 24, told Trudeau in a letter this week that last 20 months have been a “nightmare” since her parents, John Chang and Allison Lu, were jailed after a customs dispute with the government.Trudeau will be paying his second visit to China in 16 months, part of a renewed push by the government to deepen economic relations.In announcing his return trip, Trudeau’s office emphasized the need to strengthen trade, investment and job creation. He also plans to continue frank dialogue with China on topics like human rights and good governance.Amnesty Secretary General Alex Neve says in a letter to Trudeau that the human rights situation has deteriorated since his visit to China last year.That includes a clampdown on human rights lawyers and moves to curtail freedom of assembly and expression, says Neve.The fact that so many Canadians or people with Canadian connections are behind bars in China has consequences for any future trade deal, he said.“Now is the time to be very serious about this when we are considering taking the Canada-China relationship to even deeper levels.”The coalition wants Canada to push for mandatory human rights assessments in any potential free trade negotiation with China.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne appears to be playing down expectations that Trudeau will announce formal trade talks next week.The minister said in a speech Thursday that Canada wants to ensure a level playing field for small- and medium-sized companies. And he suggested human rights would be part of the discussion.“Canada has always set a bar and has always sought to move the dial for human progress through engagement.”last_img read more