Nice Gesture: Two Footballers collected Money for their Opponents

first_imgDinamo football players, including two players of our national team – Armin Hodzic and Amer Gojak, during the weekend made a gesture that touched sport’s world.“Modri” ​​collected the money and handed it to the footballers of Istra, who were without any funding due to the catastrophic situation in the club.The unusual gesture from Maksimir caused a lot of reactions in the public, which were mostly positive.“Although there is no legal basis for donating money to somebody in this way, especially to an opponent team, Dinamo’s players have found a way to be people. The players have once again shown that they are the brightest and the healthiest part of the Croatian football and that they can only sympathize with their colleagues, “ said Mario Juric, Secretary General of the Union of Footballers in Croatia.He says that the Sindikat has no legal means and basis to help in the form of money, but they are always opened to all kinds of help.“When the case of RNK Split was actual, we paid players to get lawyers who will represent them in front of a regular court, not only in the arbitration court. We are the ones who give free legal help, we are opened for all players, as well as for those who have problems in Istra in 1961. For what Dinamo players did, one can say that now Istra will not remove players from Dinamo because they helped them, however, in my opinion, this should be looked only as a human gesture. I say, footballers again showed a big heart, “ Juric said.(Source: read more

Darren Rovell shows how not to react to Redskins harassment story

first_imgSo it was little surprise his take on the Redskins scandal missed the mark entirely. Instead of focusing on the point of the story and the pain of the women involved — 15 employees say they were sexually harassed by coworkers — his immediate reaction was to take a shot at “cancel culture” and focus on what it would mean for fans of the franchise.Sorry to disappoint Redskins fans. Even in the cancel culture that story, while horrific, isn’t going to take down Daniel Snyder.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 16, 2020MORE: Key details of allegations against RedskinsRovell’s comment did not go over well. The king of tone-deaf, widely ridiculed tweets did not miss a beat Thursday after The Washington Post reported allegations of rampant sexual harassment within the Redskins organization.Darren Rovell, a business reporter with Action Network, has built his social following with the help of his jarring approach to Twitter. He’s the guy who tweeted out a graphic JFK assassination video in the early morning, struggled to understand the concept of crediting fellow journalists for their work and minimized the wellbeing of NFL players, among countless other questionable posts. ESPN personality Bomani Jones probably had the most on-point response, but there were many scathing replies.if “cancel culture” was real, you think we’d let you stick around?— bomani (@bomani_jones) July 16, 2020The idea that women who bravely shared their stories about this work environment should somehow “disappoint” fans who wanted more is disgusting— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) July 16, 2020what about in the “sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal law” culture, darren— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) July 16, 2020More than a dozen women alleged sexual harassment by Dan Snyder’s inner circle and this is your first takeaway?!! Have you no empathy or compassion?— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) July 16, 2020I am never surprised at your ability to have the most ghoulish take, and yet I am always surprised at the new levels of ghoul that you fi— katherine fitzgerald 🌵🗞 (@kfitz134) July 16, 2020Rovell’s tweet capped a gross couple of days leading up to the Post’s report, with a number of male reporters from other outlets trumpeting their knowledge of a super secret damning Redskins report as if it were an entertainment spectacle. They recklessly participated in hyping up fans without doing their jobs as reporters to convey actual information.Perhaps it’s fitting, then, for the parade of bad tweets to lead straight to the master himself.last_img read more

Lack of earning power hurting footballers – Alburn Facey

first_imgWestern Bureau: Standout defender Alburn Facey has given up on any realistic hopes of donning the Reggae Boyz jersey and has cited the scarcity of true earning potential for young footballers, as one reason he thinks many of his peers will turn their backs on the beautiful game. At just 24, Facey, became one the most respected players within the Reno FC squad for five years, rising through the ranks to also captain the team before walking away to represent his boyhood club, Downs FC, in St Elizabeth. “My hopes of playing for the national team have died,” said Facey. “I realise this when I look at the lack of endeavour from those who pick the squad to look the way of young players,” he said. “Not being paid what you think you deserve based on your quality, in what is said to be the best league in the country, is a big turn off for me and also for many other players,” Facey stated. The former Manchester High School daCosta Cup team captain is questioning the structure of the game as laid out by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), and how clubs organise funds to pay players. He said too many young, gifted football players have given up on the game because they cannot make a living from it and that the JFF is not taking these factors into account. “What do they (the clubs and the JFF) expect us to do? Many of us have our little families that depend on us. The clubs cannot pay, or they pay minimum, and you are not even likely to expand your horizons by playing in the national team so you can have an opportunity to be seen by international scouts,” the Downs FC defender stated. “I was refused the opportunity to go play in Antigua and earn for my young family by my former club. I recently got my first child. I need to earn, plus the national team, it seems, will never happen, so I decided, at least to give my time to a cause that suits me. “I am from Downs, so I returned to help them push towards the premier league, where, maybe, some other young player can get the chance it seems I will never get,” Facey said.last_img read more

Absa in multi-currency card first for SA

first_img20 May 2013South African bank Absa has launched a multi-currency travel prepaid cash card through MasterCard, which is available in four currencies and is a first for the country and the continent.The bank will also be launching an Islamic Banking multi-currency passport soon, which is a first Sharia’h compliant and unique solution for clients travelling overseas.“Although there are other prepaid travel cards in South Africa, they can only carry one currency at a time,” Absa’s head of retail banking, Arrie Rautenbach, said in a statement last week.“The multi-currency cash passport card has the ability to allow customers to carry foreign exchange loaded with multiple currencies on one card.“When the card is used in the destination country, the system intelligently chooses the correct currency depending on the country the cardholder is in, as long as the currency is available – for example, if in the US the system will automatically debit the US dollar purse on the card,” he said.It is currently available in US and Australian dollars, British pounds and euros.“If an ATM withdrawal or point of sale transaction is made in a currency which is different to any of the available currencies on the card, or exceeds the relevant available currency balance on the card, the amount will be funded by converting the transaction amount onto the next available currency balance on the card,” he said.It also offers security features and emergency assistance if the card is lost, stolen or damaged. “It is chip and PIN enabled and it is not linked to your bank account, which means it is secure and convenient,” Rautenbach said.Customers whose cards are lost or stolen can phone a toll-free number and arrangements will be made to provide emergency cash up to the available balance on the card or courier a replacement card to the cardholder within 24 or 48 hours.“The multi-currency cash passport is convenient for frequent travellers and those who cross multiple borders on the same trip,” said global prepaid travel card management company Access Prepaid Worldwide’s managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Alan King.Access Prepaid Worldwide is part of Mastercard.“Together with Absa, not only are we first to market in South Africa with this innovative product, but it’s a first for Africa,” he said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Urban Flooding: A Problem That’s Getting Worse

first_imgExtreme flooding events were in the news during much of 2018, from January’s heavy rains in Southern California to Hurricanes Florence and Michael in September and October. When many of us think about flooding, we think about events like these: major disasters that upend entire communities and trigger a large response from state and federal agencies. However, the new report, The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge, points out that events like these are only part of the story. This report focuses attention on the widespread and costly destruction caused by a lesser-recognized threat: chronic urban flooding due to city landscapes that cannot absorb or otherwise manage rainfall. Based on the results of a nationwide survey of stormwater and floodplain management professionals, the report (by researchers from the University of Maryland and Texas A&M University) demonstrates how urban flooding is a separate phenomenon from coastal and riverine flooding. It is more frequent, more localized, and not as well understood; in addition (as with other aspects of climate change), it is most likely to affect those who can least afford to deal with it. The triple threat of urban flooding Urban flooding is not just “flooding that happens in an urban area.” This isn’t what happens when a river overflows its banks or when a hurricane drives a storm surge across a coastal neighborhood. Instead, it’s caused by excessive runoff in developed areas where the water doesn’t have anywhere to go.RELATED ARTICLESFlooding Is More Than a Coastal ProblemFlood, Rebuild, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance ReformHome Buyers Face Stacked Deck to Learn of Past FloodsTwice-Flooded City Ponders Another Rebuild Urban flooding can be linked to a major disaster, like Hurricane Harvey and its 33 trillion gallons of rainfall. But more often it happens during more routine circumstances, appearing in the form of wet basements and sewer backups. Even small amounts of rain can overwhelm the deteriorated or inadequate infrastructure found in many neighborhoods, especially in impoverished, neglected, and/or socioeconomically isolated urban communities. Let’s take a look at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) definition of urban flooding cited in the report:  “… [T]he inundation of property in a built environment, particularly in more densely populated areas, caused by rain falling on increased amounts of impervious surfaces and overwhelming the capacity of drainage systems.” We can split the definition into three separate components: urban flooding is (1) caused by rain that (2) falls on impervious surfaces and (3) overwhelms local stormwater drainage capacity. Each of these components — heavy precipitation (which is expected to become more frequent due to climate change), increased urbanization, and insufficient or outdated stormwater infrastructure — presents a challenge in and of itself. With urban flooding sitting at the intersection of all three, it’s no wonder that this is a complex problem. Importantly, FEMA’s definition has no mention of floodplains, rivers, or coastlines. That’s because urban flooding has little to do with bodies of water. We usually assume that flooding is more likely along rivers or coasts; that’s the backbone of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain mapping efforts, and local flood-related planning. However, the report finds that urban flooding happens in places that are well outside of mapped floodplains. Urban flooding is decidedly unnatural and requires different solutions. “The flood losses gnaw away at their well-being” One important issue highlighted by the report is the cascade of effects on affected individuals and communities, “such as loss of hourly wages for those unable to reach their workplaces; hours lost in traffic rerouting and traffic challenges; disruptions in local, regional, and national supply chains; or school closings with resultant impact on parents.” The report’s authors point out that these effects are especially disruptive to lower-income and minority residents, who are more likely to live in flood-prone areas and less likely to be covered by flood insurance. “For those lacking critical resources (savings, insurance, etc.),” they write, “the flood losses gnaw away at their well-being.” That doesn’t even include the physical and mental health effects linked to chronic flooding, such as asthma resulting from mold exposure. A previous study by the Center for Neighborhood Technology found that 84% of people affected by urban flooding in the Chicago area suffered stress; 13% reported effects on their health or the health of someone in their household. It’s clear that urban flooding poses a threat to Americans who are already socially and economically vulnerable. In addition, urban flooding is often too localized to trigger a federal disaster declaration, even when it causes relatively large amounts of damage and disruption. This limits the public assistance available to victims, who are then left on their own to deal with the aftermath, over and over again. Why is urban flooding an under-recognized problem? One of the key observations in the report is that there is no clear responsibility or jurisdiction for urban flooding at the federal level. This complicates data collection, funding availability, and priority setting. Even at state and local levels, flood management and stormwater management are often overseen by different programs, whose responsibilities may not be clearly defined. The NFIP has a clear authority and access to large amounts of data, and it still struggles with a lack of transparency, outdated information, and inaccurate assessments of damage and risk. And because urban flooding often falls outside of the program’s jurisdiction, it doesn’t even have the data and documentation that support the NFIP. This also complicates risk communication, because the NFIP’s flood maps are often the only publicly accessible documentation of flood risk. These Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs, indicate whether a property is located in a “special hazard flood area” based on FEMA’s mapped 100-year floodplains. The report notes that, because the NFIP maps generally do not provide information on urban flooding, “there is currently no tool available to communities to assist in similarly delineating potential levels of urban flood risk.” What can we do? The study team identifies several recommendations to address urban flooding, focusing primarily on additional data collection, better coordination among government agencies, and improved assessment of flood risk. An upcoming study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is expected to investigate some of these issues in more detail. Urban flooding has received some attention in Congress, too, with legislation introduced to define urban flooding and more accurately map areas at risk. However, the report’s most essential suggestion might be the following (emphasis added): Attention should be given at all levels of government to ensure that efforts to mitigate urban flooding reach areas that have the highest risk of flooding and cross all economic and social levels and that locally supported steps are taken to incentivize individual homeowner mitigation efforts. These mitigation efforts should include improved transparency, better risk communication, and more support for flood-weary residents who want to move out of harm’s way. And if 2018 was the year of talking about climate change, let’s make sure that urban flooding is part of that conversation as it continues in the new year.   Anna Weber is a policy analyst in the Healthy People & Thriving Communities program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more

The Canon EOS 5Ds is a Dream for Photographers (but a Bust for Filmmakers)

first_img  Battery  LP-E6N   Sensor  CMOS, 36 x 24 mm Pricing and AvailabilityThe Canon EOS 5DS has the initial retail cost of $3,699 and the 5DS R will retail for $3,899. Both are set to be released in June of 2015.What do you think of these new cameras? Share in the comments below.   Flash  None   Viewfinder  Optical   Sensitivity Range  100-6400, Extended Mode up to 12800   Crop Factor  1.0x, 1.3x and 1.6x optional crop factor   Shutter Speed  1/8000 to 30 Seconds   Storage Media  SD, SDHC, SDXC, CF   Autofocus  Yes, 61-Point Canon has announced two large megapixel cameras with fantastic features. Photographers are sure to love the 5Ds but it may leave filmmakers and video pros feeling underwhelmed.Just as expected, Canon has announced two high megapixel DSLRs, two consumer level DSLRs, a mirrorless camera, and a new ultra-wide angle lens. In this article we will focus on the two high-end DSLR releases, the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R.The Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS RThe EOS 5DS and 5DS R have similar specs. We’ll explore the differences below.The new Canon EOS 5DS is a feature-filled camera designed for professional photographers. The camera features a 50.6MP CMOS sensor that allows users to shoot gigantic images suitable for large-prints and dynamic cropping. This is accomplished using Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors which can handle a high amount of pixel information.The camera has a 61-point High Density Reticular AF sensor – meaning the autofocus is incredibly accurate. Another great feature introduced in this camera is the ability to choose your crop factor. Users have the ability to shoot at full frame, 1.3x crop, and 1.6x crop. Shooting with a cropped image won’t yield 50.6 MP image, but it will allow you to get more versatile results without having to change out your lens.One of the more interesting features is anti-flicker component designed to help your camera get consistent exposures…even when shooting under flickering lights. The camera also includes a built-in intervalometer allowing users to shoot time-lapse photos and videos without having to use an external device.The Difference Between the Canon EOS 5DS and the 5DS RThe main difference between the 5DS and the 5DS R is that the 5DS R has the low-pass filter taken out to increase sharpness. This may or may not be a good thing (depending on your photographic preferences). For example, if you shoot a lot of video or street photography you probably want a low-pass filter on your camera so you don’t have to worry about annoying phenomenon like Mioré. But if shoot a lot of product photography or landscape photography you might want to get the low-pass filter removed so that you can get the sharpest image possible. It depends on your personal preference.If you’re debating between the two models check out this release video from Canon. Tip off to this video from FStoppers: ‘Is The Canon EOS 5Ds or 5Ds R Right For You?’:The (Minimal) Video FunctionsWhile this Canon announcement might be great for photographers, videographers and filmmakers will be disappointed. The 5DS can only record 1080p video at 30 frames per second. It can do 60fps at 720p…but that’s practically useless for filmmaking and commercial work. Maybe there will be added frame rate support in a future firmware release, but for the time being the 5DS looks like a bust for the video crowd.The Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Specs   Image Stabilization  None, In-Lens Only   Display Screen  3.2″ 1,040K-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor   Burst Shooting  5 fps   Video Output  None   Video  1080p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps   Lens Mount  Canon EFlast_img read more

Flat feet

first_imgDefinitionFlat feet (pes planus) refers to a change in foot shapein which the foot does not have a normal arch when standing.Alternative NamesPes planovalgus; Fallen arches; Pronation of feet; Pes planusCauses, incidence, and risk factorsFlat feet are a common condition. The condition is normal ininfants and toddlers.Flat feet occur because the tissues holding the joints in the foot together (called tendons) are loose.The tissues tighten and form an arch as children grow older. This will take placeby the time the child is 2 or 3 years old. Most people have normal arches by the time they are adults. However, the arch may never form in some people.Aging, injuries, or illness may harm the tendons and cause flat feet to develop in a person who has already formed arches. This type of flat foot may occur only on one side.Rarely, painful flat feet in children may be caused by a condition in which two or more of the bones in the foot grow or fuse together. This condition is called tarsal coalition.SymptomsMost flat feet do not cause pain or other problems.Children may havefoot pain, ankle pain, or lower leg pain. They should be evaluated by a health care provider if this occurs.Symptoms in adults may include tired or achy feet after long periods of standing or playing sports.Signs and testsIn people with flat feet, the instep of the foot comes in contact with the ground whenstanding.To diagnose the problem, the health care provider will ask you to stand on your toes. If an arch forms,the flat foot is called flexible. You will not need any more tests or treatment.advertisementIf the arch does not form with toe-standing (called rigid flat feet), or if there is pain, other tests may be needed, including:CT scan to look at the bones in the footMRI scan to look at the tendons in the footX-ray of the footTreatmentFlat feet in a child do not need treatment if they are not causing pain or walking problems.Your childs feet will grow and develop the same, whether special shoes, shoe inserts, heel cups, or wedges are used.Your child may walk barefoot, run or jump, or do any other activity without making the flat feet worse.In older children and adults, flexible flat feet that do not cause pain or walking problems do not need further treatment.If you have pain due to flexible flat feet, the following may help:An arch-support (orthotic) that you put in your shoe. You can buy this at the store or have it custom-made.Special shoesRigid or painful flat feet need to be checkedby a health care provider. The treatment depends on the cause of the flat feet.For tarsal coalition, treatment starts with rest and possibly a cast. Surgery may be needed if pain does not improve.In more severe cases, surgery may be needed to:Clean or repair the tendonFusejoints in the foot into a corrected positionFlat feet in older adults can be treated with pain relievers, orthotics, and sometimes surgery.Expectations (prognosis)Most cases of flat feet are painless and do not cause any problems. They will notneed treatment.Some causes of painful flat feet can be treated without surgery. If other treatments do not work,surgery may be needed to relieve painin some cases.Surgery oftenimproves pain and foot functionfor people who need it.ComplicationsPossible problems after surgery include:Failure of the fused bones to healFoot deformity that does not go awayInfectionLoss of ankle movementPain that does not go awayCalling your health care providerCall your health care provider if you experience persistent pain in your feet or your child complains of foot pain or lower leg pain.PreventionMost cases are not preventable.ReferencesHosalkar HS, Spiegel DA, Davidson RS. The foot and toes. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap. 666.Wexler D, Kile TZ, Grosser DM. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap. 87.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more