Alfredo Morelos signs new contract with Rangers

first_imgAlfredo Morelos has signed a new contract with Rangers, extending his deal until the summer of 2023.The Colombian has been a huge success for the Ibrox club since signing from HJK Helsinki in 2017 and currently leads the Premiership scoring charts. The 22-year old has found the net 28 times in 48 appearances this season.His displays have prompted speculation about his future, and Morelos himself told a Colombian radio station that he expected to move on this summer, with the English Premier League his preferred destination.Now, he has extended his current Ibrox deal by 12 months. The striker had signed a three-year contract when he arrived at the club but agreed new terms last March with another year added. He then signed another new contract in September, extending his stay until 2022, with the latest announcement confirming his third new contract in just under a year.“It did not take me long to agree this extension because my career has progressed quicker and better than I could have expected when I joined this great club,” Morelos told Rangers’ official website.“I have come to realise just how special Rangers is and what it means to so many people around the world. Also, I feel a strong connection with the fans and they have made me feel special.“They have been terrific for me and always back me which makes me want to score for them and then celebrate with them.  “I want to score many more goals for them, Rangers, and the manager, who has helped me so much, before this season ends.”Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said he was delighted to see the player sign a new deal. “It’s always important at big clubs like this one to make sure your top players are secured long term,” he said.“Alfredo has been excellent for Rangers and his scoring record tells you he is in tune with what we are trying to achieve.“He is a competitive individual and he is a winner. He is what Rangers needs and it is pleasing that Alfredo feels so much at home with us that he is willing to commit.”last_img read more

Columbus soccer season ends in Arcadia

first_imgBy Paul LeckerARCADIA – Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team’s fantastic season came to an end with a 6-2 loss to Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis in a WIAA Division 4 boys soccer sectional final Oct. 28 at Arcadia.McDonell/Regis (11-4-3) moves on to the 2017 WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament next week at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.McDonell/Regis will play in a Division 4 state semifinal Friday afternoon. Sturgeon Bay, The Prairie School of Racine, and Kohler also qualified in the Division 4 field, which will be seeded and matchups will be announced Sunday. The Division 4 championship game is Saturday, Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m.Columbus Catholic ends its season with a fifth-straight trip to sectionals and an 18-5-1 record.Calvin Brown scored 5:28 into the second half and Matt Olson added a goal with 3:41 remaining for Columbus Catholic’s two goals.Noah Hansen had five saves in goal for the Dons.last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz to train auto technicians

first_imgSuccessful completion of the programme will equip learners with a certificate in automotive repair and maintenance, but the workplace exposure will give them a head-start in their future careers. MBSA and MerSeta will provide funding of R1.4-million per year, while St Anthony’s staff will provide the training competence for the theoretical part of the programme. On the job training The learners receive a stipend during this practical training phase, which also includes a month’s exposure to Mercedes-Benz’s specialised, product-specific maintenance training. The three-year pilot programme will see MBSA collaborating with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MerSeta) and St Anthony’s to provide NQF level three qualifications for an initial intake of 24 learners. “We want to focus on a sound skills base and a pipeline of technically-skilled individuals,” Mangcu said. “The automotive industry is strongly driven by technological advancement, and we have a severe shortage of technical skills.” In a statement this week, MBSA corporate affairs manager Nobuzwe Mangcu said the company shared the concern and commitment of the South African government to educate and equip the country’s youth with skills. “This is an example of the private sector partnering with government towards meeting and addressing key challenges for South Africa,” said MerSeta CEO Raymond Patel. “It also contributes to job creation, the enhancement of skills, socio-economic development and enterprise development.” Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is initiating a technical learnership at the St Anthony’s Centre in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, to help address the shortage of appropriately skilled technicians in the country’s automotive sector. Each learner will have the opportunity to be mentored by a dealership for four months. During this time they will complete their portfolio of evidence for their final assessments, putting theoretical studies into practise. MBSA has enlisted the assistance of their dealer network, which comprises 87 dealerships across the country, to expose the learners to the workplace, and provide on-the-job training. 27 January 2012 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gasperini: ‘Ilicic stupid, but…’

first_imgGian Piero Gasperini admits Atalanta “were below par” in a 2-0 defeat to Cagliari, but believes Josip Ilicic isn’t the only one who deserved to be sent off. “We were below par and didn’t win any individual duels. It wasn’t a physical issue, because we kept pushing to the end, but unfortunately we lost this game in the first half and didn’t start on the right foot,” Gasp told DAZN. The turning point was after 32 minutes, when Ilicic was sent off for a reaction foul on Charalampos Lykogiannis. “They were tussling and Lykogiannis was already on a yellow card, so it wouldn’t have been entirely surprising if the referee had sent both off. That would’ve been a different game. Ilicic was stupid, there’s no arguing with that. “We had a completely different performance in the second half and could’ve suffered more with Cagliari counter-attacks, but we defended well and never stopped attacking. “Now we dive into the Champions League, it’s a tight turnaround yet again, but we’ll try to put in a good performance with Manchester City.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Moto E (2nd gen) vs Yu Yureka and others

first_imgLast evening, Motorola slyly announced the second generation Moto E days ahead of the Mobile World Congress, which begins in Barcelona next week. The first generation Moto E was universally praised for the value for money proposition it was at the time. However, the market dynamics have changed and we have seen a slew of high-quality low-cost smartphones enter the Indian market. Let’s see how it fares against phones like the Yu Yureka, the Lenovo A6000, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, and the Asus ZenFone 5.Moto E vs Yu Yureka Back in December, Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma announced a new brand called Yu and launched a smartphone called the Yureka. The phone, which costs Rs 8,990 is a very impressive offering. Even when compared to the new Moto E, it appears to be very enticing because it is likely to be a better phone on the basis of superior hardware.While the Moto E gets a massive upgrade in the form of a Snapdragon 410 processor, the Yureka is likely to be better because it has a faster Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. The Yureka also has 2GB RAM as opposed to 1GB RAM on the Moto E. Even in terms of photography, the Yureka has a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The Moto E, at least on paper, is inferior with its 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera. It even forgoes a flash, which could make it poorer in low-light.The difference between the screens on both the phone is like chalk and cheese. The Moto E has a smaller 4.5-inch qHD display, while the Yureka has a 5.5-inch HD display. Design wise too, because of the difference in the size of the display, it will be a subjective call. The Moto E has a curvy back, which could be ergonomic in the palm, while the Yureka is large and is an outright phablet.advertisementThe difference between the software will be subjective as the Moto E runs Android Lollipop, which remains close to the stock avatar of the OS. On the other hand, the Yureka runs the tweaker friendly Cyanogenmod 11S, which is based on the older version of Android 4.4 KitKat. Even in terms of pricing the Moto E comes up short as the 4G version of the phone could be more expensive than the Yureka at around Rs 10,000.Moto E vs Lenovo A6000The Moto E and the Lenovo A6000 actually share quite a bit in common. Now that Motorola is owned by Lenovo, the A6000 and the new Moto E are essentially siblings. Both phones are also amongst the first phones to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, which adds a 64-bit architecture, and throws in 4G support.However, like siblings, the difference between the phone could be as big as night and day. While the new Moto E runs on an almost stock take on Android Lollipop, which we have found to be quite fast and fluid on devices like the old Moto E and Moto G, the A6000 is running on Android KitKat which is heavily skinned and runs the iOS like Vibe UI. We found the Vibe UI to be slow and bloated in our review of the phone, so the new Moto E could pull ahead as it uses stock Android.Both are 4G phones with dual-SIM support, but there is a difference between the screens on both the devices. The Moto E has a smaller 4.5-inch qHD screen, while the Lenovo A6000 has a larger 5-inch display with an HD resolution. Technically speaking, the A6000 has the sharper screen, and could prove to be better than the Moto E. The Lenovo A6000 has a 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. The Moto E has a 5-megapixel camera, but it does not have a flash and on the front there is an obligatory VGA camera. Now, the camera on the A6000 is not very good, so things could be quite tight between the two phones in the photography department.In the pricing department, the A6000 costs Rs 6,999 in India. The 4G version of the Moto E could be costlier at around Rs 10,000 as its US price is $149.Moto E vs Xiaomi Redmi 1SCurrently, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is our resident budget champion. It provides a good blend of performance and a solid user experience. However, the new Moto E could be slightly better. The new Moto E has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, which also supports 64-bit applications. This means the Moto E is perhaps the only phone in the sub-Rs 10,000 price bracket that supports 64-bit applications as it is the only one that has the combination of Android Lollipop and a 64-bit capable chip. The Redmi 1S, on the other hand, is stuck on Android KitKat and an older Snapdragon 400 processor.advertisementThat said, the 3G only version of the Moto E uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is the same one the Redmi 1S uses. As the Moto E runs on an almost vanilla Android user interface, it should be faster than the Redmi 1S, which is based on MiUI. While MiUI is refined it also has slow animations that are similar to iOS. This could give the Moto E a critical edge in performance. The gaming performance should also be better on the Moto E as it sports the new Adreno 306 GPU as opposed to the older Adreno 305 GPU on the Redmi 1S.The Redmi 1S excels in the photography department. Its 8-megapixel camera is one of the best in the segment and we don’t think that the Moto E has enough fire power on board to challenge the Redmi 1S. The Moto E does not even have a flash on the back. That said, we never say never.The Redmi 1S also lacks 4G something the Moto E offers in a more expensive model. Both phones have dual-SIM slots, so in that regard the devices are evenly matched. In terms of design, the Redmi 1S has a rather drab and bulky design. It is solid, no doubt, but we feel the Moto E is the looker with the varied customisation options it offers.The one area where the Redmi 1S could come ahead is the display. Its 4.7-inch display has a 720p resolution, which is pin sharp and qualifies for the Retina moniker. The Moto E, on the flip side, has a 4.5-inch qHD panel.Between the Redmi 1S and the Moto E things are very tight, however as the Redmi 1S is not being sold anymore, the matter is kind of sealed.Moto E vs Asus ZenFone 5The Asus ZenFone 5 is a very solid phone in the sub-Rs 10,000 price bracket. It is powered by a speedy Intel CPU, which also supports 64-bit applications and has 2GB RAM as opposed to 1GB of the Moto E. While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is a powerful chip, the combination of the extra RAM and the fast Intel Atom Z2560 processor could make it the more powerful offering between the two. In addition, the Rs 9,999 variant of the ZenFone even throws in 16GB of memory and a microSD card slot, which is the double of what Motorola offers.The big difference between the two is on the software side of things. The ZenFone is based on Android 4.4 KitKat running the Zen UI, which is nice, but we feel, the Moto E could be nicer as it runs on Android Lollipop running an almost stock Android interface.advertisementThe ZenFone 5 lacks 4G support, while the $149 Moto E throws in 4G, which could become important in the long run.The ZenFone should pull ahead in the photography department as its 8-megapixel camera is perhaps the best we have seen on a phone costing less than Rs 10,000. The Moto E has an upgraded 5-megapixel camera, but it does not have a flash and overall we fear it could be inferior to the ZenFone 5.Design wise, the Moto E should come out ahead as its curvaceous customisable design is attractive. We can make that out even from the press renders.On the flip side, the ZenFone has a blocky design, which is quite boring, though it is solid in terms of build.   Features Moto E (2nd Gen) Yu Yureka Xiaomi Redmi 1SLenovo A6000  Asus ZenFone 5 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core clocked 1.2GHz for 4G and Snapdragon 400 quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz for 3GQualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 1.5GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core clocked at 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core clocked at 1.6GHz  RAM 1GB 2GB 1GB 1GB 2GB Memory 8GB, microSD card slot 16GB, microSD card slot 8GB, microSD card slot 8GB, microSD card slot 8GB/16GB, microSD card slot Camera 5-megapixel rear, VGA 13-megapixel rear with flash, 5-megapixel front8-megapixel rear with flash, 1.6-megapixel front 8-megapixel rear with flash, 2-megapixel front 8-megapixel rear with flash, 2-megapixel front  Connectivity4G LTE, dual-SIM, 3G only model 4G LTE, dual-SIM 3G, dual-SIM 4G, dual-SIM 3G, dual-SIM Display 4.5-inch qHD  5.5-inch 720p 4.7-inch 720p 5-inch 720p 5-inch 720p Dimensions  12.3mm, 145 grams 8.8mm, 177 grams 9.9mm, 158 grams 8.2mm, 128 grams 10.3mm, 145 grams OS Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 4.4 KitKat, Cyanogenmod 11sAndroid 4.4 KitKat, MiUI Android 4.4 KitKat, Vibe UI 2.0  Android 4.4 KitKat, Zen UI Price Rs 10,000 (approx) Rs 8,999 Rs 5,999 Rs 6,999 Rs 9,999last_img read more

Food Price Crisis Triggers Questions about Global Food Security

first_imgSkyrocketing food prices have triggered riots across the developing world and forced the world’s largest food aid agency to confront a $500 million deficit. The media are focused on short-term consequences, but there are also concerns about the long-term forecast for global food security, poverty, and hunger.A food line in Africa What Are the Causes?Despite several record-breaking harvests, world cereals production between 2000 and 2007 fell well short of consumption. The shortfall has forced the depletion of world grain stocks—a useful proxy for global food security—which are now at their lowest levels in 25 years.There are several commonly acknowledged drivers behind the current food price spikes, including:High price of oil, manifested in increased fertilizer and fuel costsIncreased demand for meat and dairy products in the developing world, which requires more grain be fed to livestockDiversion of crops for biofuel productionAdverse weather conditions, such as the recent six-year Australian drought that decimated rice productionCommodity speculation by investors, andLack of access to improved inputs and markets amongst smallholder farmers in the developing world—particularly in sub-Saharan Africa—which limits their ability to react to the incentives created by increased demand, andDomestic policy responses to higher food prices in developing countries—such as export taxes, bans, or other restrictions—which exacerbate the problem.These factors together have created a “perfect storm” that has driven food prices up. Although adverse weather conditions and commodity speculation may nudge food prices up in the short term, the rest of these drivers appear to be longer-lasting, and their effects are likely to be felt for several years.Short-Run vs Long-Run Measures for Global Food SecurityThe FAO forecasts a 2.6 percent rise in cereal production in 2008, which would result in a record harvest of over two billion metric tons. If this prediction materializes—much depends on unpredictable weather—the current food crisis should ease somewhat. Even so, experts predict that prices will remain high at least through 2015, indicating that short-term policy interventions are necessary to combat hunger over the coming decade. These actions should include targeted safety nets for vulnerable populations, such as the urban poor; increased support for food aid agencies; and short-run trade policy measures, such as reducing tariffs and taxes on key staples.Over the long-run, ensuring global food security will require greater effort. While most experts believe that the world’s agro-ecosystems, coupled with improved technology, have the physical capacity to satisfy demand through the 21st century, this will not happen if current circumstances prevail. Agricultural trade barriers, environmental degradation, and the under-performance of African agriculture, energy efficiency, and the restoration of marginal lands must all be addressed.Furthermore, climate change threatens to exacerbate food insecurity in the world’s poorest regions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that rising temperatures will decrease yields in 40 developing countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, and that three degrees Celsius of warming will increase the price of food by 40 percent. Without concerted global action to help vulnerable populations adapt to a warming climate, while also addressing the other drivers of food security described above, global hunger will not be tackled this century.Photo by Peter Casier via FlickrRelated LinksBBC News: The Cost of Food, Facts and FiguresWashington Post: UN Warns about High Fuel, Food CostsEBRD and the FAO: Fighting Food Inflation read more

2016 New South Wales Junior State Cup

first_imgNew South Wales’ best junior Touch Football talent will be on display in Port Macquarie this weekend when they compete in the 2016 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior State Cup. 357 teams will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Tuffins Lane precinct for the event, an increase of 26 teams from last year. Teams will travel from all areas across the state for the three day event, which will be played from Friday, 19 February to Sunday, 21 February. Over 17,000 players, coaches, referees, officials and spectators will attend the event, bringing a large economic impact to the Port Macquarie region. Teams from across the state will compete in the following divisions – 10’s Boys and Girls, 12’s Boys and Girls, 14’s Boys and Girls, 16’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Boys and Girls. To watch selected Junior State Cup games live, please click here – Keep up to date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 New South Wales State Cup:Website – Facebook – – (#nswjsc)Instagram – (#nswjsc)YouTube – (stay tuned to the website for live streaming links)Related Links2015 NSWJSClast_img read more

Video: Arizona’s Football Team Celebrates Wildly When Practice Is Cancelled

first_imgArizona players celebrate when practice is cancelled.arizona practice cancelled videoIf you’ve ever gone through late-summer practice for any sport, you know how grueling it can be. Imagine what it’s like in Arizona, one of the hottest states in the country.So it should come as no surprise that when Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez cancelled practice Thursday, his players went absolutely crazy in celebration. Check this out:Arizona won the Pac-12 South last year, posting a 7-2 record in-conference. The Wildcats will be back on the practice field at 9 AM today, getting ready to defend their title.last_img read more