Mixing with lower divisions is football’s school of hard knocks

first_img Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Some supporters of lower-league clubs complain the introduction of under-21 Category One academy sides to the Checkatrade Trophy has devalued the competition but my personal experience is very different. I was a lucky participant at the age of 17 in the final of this tournament having played and scored for Bristol City many moons ago and this week as an aspiring coach I travelled to a Checkatrade Trophy game with a young Brighton Under-21 side who were drawn away to Oxford, a team full of professional experience.Five minutes before the kick-off I was in the dressing room, putting a reassuring arm around the shoulder of 17- and 18-year-old players who were being thrown in at the deep end against seasoned professionals. Their greatest fear was that maybe they weren’t ready for the physical test or that with their naive ambition and potential they’d be “found out” as players, take a sound beating and be told they were nowhere near ready or good enough to cut the mustard in the professional ranks. I know that feeling; I’ve been there, just like them.My nerves as the game developed were unfounded as I saw young boys turn into men who not only relished the physical challenge but also expressed themselves technically to a level that resulted in an outstanding performance, a draw then victory in a penalty shootout. In the dressing room after you could feel the pride and belief emanate from every player and a game that to many was peripheral had become a stepping stone to a career in the professional game. It can’t be overstated how important winning a match in a real competition – physical battles, taking charge of the ball – is to a young player’s self-belief.In one game they probably learned more about the career they crave than any number of coaching sessions or tactical briefings over the previous three years – you might not believe it but experience of the job is just as essential in football as it is for an apprentice in any walk of life. It’s fascinating to see the makeup of this England squad where the likes of Dele Alli, Jermain Defoe, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, Michael Keane, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Jamie Vardy all had first-team experience outside the Premier League from a very young age.Playing down the divisions is very much football’s school of hard knocks and minutes before I made my debut in League Two for Torquay United, a senior pro pulled me to one side, looked me dead in the eye and warned me that if we didn’t win the game there would be no bonus and he wouldn’t be able to pay his mortgage. I could tell from the vice-like grip he had on my shirt that if I failed to perform he would be paying me a visit afterwards and there would be less chat and more violence.There is no comparison to experience like that against the nice, pressure-free football played against fellow academies and players the same age. It doesn’t prepare young players in any way for the rigours of winning three points on a Saturday and, given how difficult it is to break into a Premier League team, the involvement of under-21 teams from the top tier in the Checkatrade Trophy is beneficial across the divisions.We are fortunate to have a wonderful structure in our professional league as well as the support and traditions of lower-league clubs in this country so it is unfeasible to have “B” teams from top clubs playing in our professional leagues as is the case in Spain or Germany. Instead of seeing the negatives of the inclusion of young teams in the Checkatrade Trophy we should embrace it in the knowledge we are exposing the next generation of players to a level and style of football that might otherwise evade them.Some of these players will make it at the highest level, some at lower levels, and sadly some will fall by the wayside but exposing them earlier to such competition gives more of them a chance to show their potential. In turn that improves our national game across the board and surely that’s what all of our clubs, academies and youth development programmes should be striving for. Topics Checkatrade Trophy Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reuse this content blogposts Share on Facebook Read more I witnessed something special this week. Pressure on, players so nervous before a game they could hardly speak knowing their individual and collective performances would be analysed, studied and scrutinised by the people who have the power to determine their careers. These 90-odd minutes would be a significant indicator as to which way the team were heading and whether they had the ability to play at the highest level.You might think I’m describing the atmosphere before one of the key World Cup qualifiers being played this week but I’m not. I’m talking about the numerous games being played up and down the country in front of small crowds – usually to a maximum of 2,000 fans.last_img read more

OW Bunker Investors Sue Morgan Stanley and Carnegie

first_imgzoom A consortium of 24 Danish institutional investors is launching legal action against the issuing banks Morgan Stanley and Carnegie in the action for prospectus liability for OW Bunker that went bankrupt in 2014.Specifically, the investors claim that they suffered a loss of DKK 767 million (USD 123 million) following their investment in shares in OW Bunker on the basis of the prospectus which was deemed “insufficient in material aspects.”“The consortium has decided to extend the group of defendants to include the issuing banks Morgan Stanley and Carnegie. This decision is based on new information in extensive exhibits from the bankruptcy estate, which we were given access to only this spring. We believe that the banks knew about OW Bunker’s speculative activities and that the banks contributed to misleading investors. Against this background, we believe that they may be liable to pay damages,” Tomas Krüger Andersen, Head of Legal, Investments, ATP said.The company filed for bankruptcy only six months after its IPO.In December 2014, a number of Danish institutional investors, including ATP, PensionDanmark and Danske Invest, among numerous others, launched an investigation into OW Bunker’s bankruptcy with the purpose of determining whether there was a basis for claiming legal liability.“The investigation focused on errors and deficiencies in the prospectus prepared in connection with the IPO of OW Bunker, liability in connection with the offer and sale of shares in OW Bunker as well as management liability in connection with the operation of OW Bunker,” ATP noted.Based on the conclusions of the investigation, in early April 2016, the Danish institutional investors brought legal proceedings with a view to obtaining compensation and determining responsibility. The action is pending before the Danish Eastern High Court.The latest legal dispute is just part of the legal saga OW Bunker got entangled in since going under.In July 2017, a former director of a Singapore subsidiary of the bankrupt fuel supplier was charged by Danish prosecution office for a breach of trust worth over DKK 800 million (USD 122 million).The prosecution office initiated an extensive investigation into the circumstance surrounding the demise of the OW Bunker Group in November 2014.The investigation found that there were grounds for initiating criminal proceedings against the former director of a Singaporean subsidiary of OW Bunker Group, along with the management representatives from the Danish parent company OW Bunker A/S.To remind, the company’s financial demise was prompted by an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT).last_img read more

Drone operators subject to age limit certification under new federal rules

first_imgMONTREAL — Anyone flying a drone in Canada will have to pass an online exam and get a pilot’s certificate under new rules to be announced today by federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau.The new regulations, which come into effect June 1, apply to all drone operators, whether they fly for fun, work or research.Operators will be required to register their drones and mark them with the registration number. A minimum age limit of 14 for basic operations and 16 for advanced will be introduced.Pilots will have to keep their aircraft below 122 metres — 400 feet — above ground level and stay away from air traffic.The new rules, which cover drones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms, are aimed at countering a growing trend of drone incursions into space reserved for air travel. Violators could be subject to fines of up to $25,000 and prison..@Transport_gc unveils Canada’s new #DroneSafety rules to come into effect on June 1, 2019 https://t.co/U2b6i5Od4T— GC Newsroom (@NewsroomGC) January 9, 2019Transport Canada has documented a spike in the number of incidents posing a risk to aviation safety in recent years. The number of reported incidents more than tripled to 135 in 2017 from 38 when data collection began in 2014.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Poison from former Yellowknife gold mine has spread to surrounding lakes report

first_imgIman Kassam APTN National NewsChemicals from a former gold mine long closed has spread to a number of surrounding lakes according to a new report by researchers at the University of Ottawa.Contaminants, including arsenic trioxide, left behind from the Giant mine that closed in 2004 has spread and is a threat to animals and humans.ikassam@aptn.calast_img

Cashstrapped Bahamasair looking at more Intl routes

first_img BahamasAir back to normal, arrived in TCI today Bahamasair’s unfair advantage exposed by Aviation Minister Related Items:#magneticmedianews, bahamasair, budget communication, fnm Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp“There is more than Nassau to Miami, Nassau to Orlando and Nassau to Fort Lauderdale. We have been beating ourselves up with the Nassau to Florida route for so long, when there are so many other carriers that run that route,” said Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar during the Budget Communication.D’Aguilar made the statements as he shared that Bahamasair may possibly cut back its domestic service. “There are other routes that we can take, other routes that we can make where we can earn something. We want to explore international routes which we can offer as non-stop direct because those are routes that are less competitive,” he added. According to D’Aguilar, competing with private companies for domestic service routes should not be the Government’s priority especially as the airline is “cash-strapped.” However, he said, private companies should be allowed to flourish. “So, as capacity increases, I think we will slowly exit and use our aircraft and resources to try and establish more international routes to bring people here on more non-stop direct flights,” he said.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasair#FNMBudgetCommunicationlast_img read more

MRF Bombay Dyeing Titan ICICI Prudential Life hit new 52week high Idea

first_imgEmployees walk in a lobby at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) during the announcement of the annual budget in Mumbai February 28, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileMRF hit Rs 57,958.65 but ended at Rs 57,040, still 7.66 percent higher from its previous close. Tyre stocks are poised for a bull run after it was reported that imports of tyres from China may pause as the country eyes America that is reportedly planning to lift anti-dumping duty on Chinese tyre imports.”China has raised their TBR (truck, bus and radial) tyre prices for Indian market by 10-15%, rendering them unattractive. Our checks indicate that Chinese factories have nearly stopped catering to tyre demand from India as US markets were more lucrative,” Nitesh Sharma and Dhawal Doshi of Philip Capital said in their note, reported the Economic Times.Ceat ended 2.85 percent higher at Rs 1,258 after hitting an intraday high of Rs 1,270, Apollo Tyres gained 4.58 percent to close at Rs 194 and JK Tyre & Industries was up 3.51 percent higher at Rs 128.New 52-week-highs of other stocks include Titan (Rs 467), ICICI Prudential Life Insurance (Rs 378.95), Bombay Dyeing (Rs 70.15), L&T Financial Holdings (Rs 122.80), Adani Enterprises (Rs 122.85) and Can Fin Homes (Rs 2,122.40).The Sensex closed 45 points lower at 29,398 while the Nifty ended almost flat at 9,091.The rupee is on a gaining spree. After hitting a 16-month high of 65.82 to the US dollar on Tuesday, it gained further and was trading at 65.44 on Wednesday. The appreciation in the domestic currency affected share prices of Indian IT companies, since they derive a large part of their revenues in dollars.The proposed sale of tower business by Idea Cellular is seen as a positive sign for the Aditya Birla Group company.”The sale of the towers business to ATC will help Idea monetize some of its assets ahead of the proposed merger with Vodafone. It is expected that the Vodafone merger may be announced soon. In fact, Idea has already surged by over 50% in the last couple of months since the proposed merger with Vodafone was announced. Its recently launched Idea Select plan also aided sentiments,” brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Wednesday.Gold ended Rs 250 lower to close at Rs 28,650 per 10 gm while silver closed at Rs 40,300 per kg, down Rs 500.last_img read more

Study finds sighted babies of blind mothers find other ways to bond

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B People staring into one another’s eyes is a well known form of communication, and has no doubt been observed between babies and mothers throughout human history. It’s a demonstrated means of bonding—babies that go without, such as those in an orphanage have been found to lack communication and social skills. But what happens when the mother is blind? Without eye-locking, do such babies develop any differently than babies with sighted mothers? That’s what the team members on this new effort sought to discover.To find out, they enlisted the assistance of five babies and their blind mothers. Each of the babies was tested for their communication skills at ages 6-10, 12-15 and 24-47 months. Babies were observed with their mothers and while watching videos of other women communicating—their eye movements were also tracked using face scanning technology. In all of the tests, the five babies were found to have communication skills comparable to babies born to sighted women, and even in some instances, appeared to have gained some advantages, such as better visual memory retention and quicker response times to changing images. It’s all due, the researchers speculate, to both the way the blind mother’s interact with their babies in non-visual ways, and the innate plasticity of the human brain.Interestingly, the babies tested appeared to also have developed separate communication skills for different people—when communicating with their blind mothers, for example, they used more verbal sounds than they did when trying to communicate with other people, such as their sighted father. The researchers compare this kind of adaption to babies that grow up in bilingual homes. Such babies gain a cognitive boost and as a result oftentimes become better communicators. (Phys.org) —A unique study carried out by researchers from the U.K., Australia and Canada has revealed that babies born to blind mothers don’t appear to suffer degraded communication skills compared to babies born to sighted mothers. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers found that not only did the babies of blind mothers perform as well as did babies born to sighted mother’s on standard communication tests, but appeared to develop some advantages as well. © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Study finds sighted babies of blind mothers find other ways to bond (2013, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-sighted-babies-mothers-ways-bond.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: The importance of the eyes: communication skills in infants of blind parents, Published 10 April 2013 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0436AbstractThe effects of selectively different experience of eye contact and gaze behaviour on the early development of five sighted infants of blind parents were investigated. Infants were assessed longitudinally at 6–10, 12–15 and 24–47 months. Face scanning and gaze following were assessed using eye tracking. In addition, established measures of autistic-like behaviours and standardized tests of cognitive, motor and linguistic development, as well as observations of naturalistic parent–child interaction were collected. These data were compared with those obtained from a larger group of sighted infants of sighted parents. Infants with blind parents did not show an overall decrease in eye contact or gaze following when they observed sighted adults on video or in live interactions, nor did they show any autistic-like behaviours. However, they directed their own eye gaze somewhat less frequently towards their blind mothers and also showed improved performance in visual memory and attention at younger ages. Being reared with significantly reduced experience of eye contact and gaze behaviour does not preclude sighted infants from developing typical gaze processing and other social-communication skills. Indeed, the need to switch between different types of communication strategy may actually enhance other skills during development.Press release © The Babylab, Birkbeck, University of London Explore further It’s true – babies do direct their motherslast_img read more

Elon Musks Neuralink Hopes to Put Sensors in Human Brains Next Year

first_imgJuly 17, 2019 While we waited for Neuralink to present the progress it’s made over the last couple of years in brain-computer interface technology, the New York Times and Bloomberg published information from an early briefing and it’s stuff that’s straight out of science fiction. The Elon Musk-backed company claims its “sewing machine-like” robot will be able to implant threads deep into a human brain.The results so far come from testing on lab rats implanted with as many as 1,500 electrodes, which, everyone should be warned, may or may not transfer smoothly to work on humans. If it does work, Neuralink says its intention for the technology at first is to do things like help amputees, or restore the ability to see, talk and listen. Of course, as Elon has said previously, he believes that connecting our brains to computers will eventually be the only way to keep up with the progression of artificial intelligence, so while things may start here the plan is for something much more powerful.One big reveal is that it “hopes” to begin working on human subjects as soon as the second quarter of next year. In the picture above, that was shown during the presentation, that small protrusion at the bottom right with the arrow pointing to it, is the size of the thread that it actually hopes to implant.According to the article, its bundles of flexible threads are about one quarter the diameter of a human hair, implanted using needles to avoid blood vessels on the brain’s surface. Then the embedded sensors capture information and send it to a receiver (the chip above) on the surface of the skull. From there it transmits wirelessly — Elon Musk said it could Bluetooth the information to your skull. Right now implantation requires drilling holes, but researchers hope in the future they can use lasers to avoid “unpleasant” vibration.The pod itself is worn behind the ear, with the wireless, battery and other hardware in there.Whether or not this can work in humans is, again, still unproven, and also whether or not the wires can hold up over time. Whenever tonight’s event at the California Academy of Sciences actually begins, hopefully we’ll find out a few more answers. You can watch the livestream embedded below.According to Musk, its current v1 4x4mm chip is capable of 10,000 electrodes with “read and write” capability, which he says is more than 1,000 times the number of the best deep brain interface currently available for Parkinson’s treatment.Neuralink president Max Hodak went on to explain why it’s embedding sensors directly into the brain, near but not in neurons. Simply, it’s the only way to send and receive the information necessary, from “spikes” of activity. A neurosurgeon is also part of the presentation, showing off some videos of the implantation technology, and how its robot can install thousands of wires directly into the brain while avoiding tissue damage and bleeding. Eventually, they’d like to do it without shaving the patient’s head, although he acknowledged that the first operations will be more like current deep brain implants.Further presentations explained even more about how all the technology works, and a paper will be released shortly with more data on what they’ve achieved so far. One note Musk revealed during a Q&A session is that “a monkey has been able to control the computer with its brain,” in response to a query about animal testing and the results so far. Less surprising is his assertion that two people with the implants could use them to communicate “telepathically” — once the technology is working two-ways in the brain that’s about what we’d expect. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more