Indomitable Lions Dismiss Eagles Threat

first_imgRUSSIA 2018 QUALIFIERSDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportIndomitable Lions Head Coach, Hugo Bross, has insisted that Algeria and not Nigeria that is the real threat to Cameroun’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia were paired in Group B of the Russia 2018 qualifier at the draws made last month in Cairo, Egypt.But the Belgian remains unfazed by the presence of the Super Eagles in the same group with the Lions.The Belgian told Cameroon Tribune wednesday that he is happy at playing away to Algeria in the first group fixture on October 3 – and Nigeria in Cameroun’s third game on August 28, 2017.“I am satisfied with the draw since we will be meeting Algeria and Nigeria at home first,” the 64-year-old former Anderlecht defender was quoted by Tribune.“This will enable us to readjust if necessary at home. But for the first game against the Fennecs, I think the pressure will not be on our side. Algeria knows they cannot afford to drop points at home, especially against direct rivals like us. It is for us to exploit this advantage to get a good result. Anyway, we must be in our best shape to face each of our opponents, especially mentally,” observed coach in his assessment of the chances of the Indomitable Lions.Similarly, veteran Cameroun defender, Henri Bedimo, believes the Lions, who stopped Nigeria from qualifying for Italy ’90, can secure their eighth World Cup berth and pile more misery on the Eagles.Led by the amazing Roger Milla the Lions snuffed Super Eagles out, including a 3-0 flattening.The Super Eagles are to start their round robin play on October 3 against Zambia which on paper will be their easiest match.With Nigeria’s five appearances at the World Cup, ball followers in the land are now apprehensive of what to make of the team’s fate in the quest for a sixth in Russia.Poor funding, organizational hassles and the inability to hire a coach to replace Sunday Oliseh, months after he quit the Eagles job, are some of the problems creating fears as the qualifiers are months away.Yet many of the green-white-green faithful remain optimistic and point out that Nigeria always performed better when either written off or with their backs up against the wall.They will also point out that, head to head, the Eagles have the edge having beaten the Central Africans 10 times and drawing six while losing only four out of the 20 times they have met.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced last week that the list of shortlisted coaches to be interviewed for the Eagles job is to be released tomorrow with all eyes on Frenchman Paul Le Guen seen as the front runner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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49ers seek interior line depth to help protect Garoppolo

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Fortifying the offensive line became an obvious emphasis since the 49ers made Jimmy Garoppolo a very rich quarterback last year.Now it’s up to that entire returning cast of linemen to prove they belong to stay in their roles.Center Weston Richburg’s recovery from leg surgery will keep him out of action until training camp, so perhaps the 49ers’ biggest question on the offensive line is who can fill in for Richburg.Although Mike Person started every game at right guard last …last_img

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The Leadership Playbook: Relentless Accountability

first_imgI watched an interview with Jamie Dimon, famed CEO of Chase. The interviewer had heard about a list Dimon carried with him in his pocket. It was handwritten, and he carries it with him at all times. The list is pages long, and it is a record of everything that any of his direct reports owe him at that time.Whenever one of Dimon’s direct reports sits down to meet with him, out comes the list. Dimon holds them accountable to their commitments by reviewing the list with them.It can’t be easy to run an organization of the size, scope, and complexity of Chase. And a paper record of commitments folded in thirds and carried in your pocket hardly sounds like the sophisticated tool someone in Dimon’s position might need. But it isn’t the tool that matters; it’s Dimon’s relentless insistence on accountability for keeping commitments that matters.Leaders don’t often fail because they have a poor vision. Good leaders normally end up in their role because they can see the future and the path to getting there.Leaders don’t usually fail because the strategy they pursue isn’t right either. Good leaders almost always know what decisions need to be made and what actions need to be taken.Where leaders normally fail is in the execution of the vision and the strategy.A great leader holds people accountable to pursuing the initiatives that move the organization forward. She is relentless in keeping her people–and their people–focused on their priorities because she continually inspects their progress. She knows what commitments have been made, what outcomes are necessary, and she begins and ends every conversation with a review of these commitments.Leaders struggle to maintain this level of disciplined focus. There are too many demands for their time and attention. There are too many urgent matters that require that they make a decision. And there are too many opportunities that might be pursued. All of these distractions, even the important ones, can prevent the leader from insisting on the execution of their initiatives.Execution is about making and keeping commitments to act. A great leader holds her people accountable for those commitments, and by relentlessly verifying their progress, she ensures that the right things are being done and that she is helping where she is needed–and not allowing the organization to spend time on the distractions that might take them off course.QuestionsHow do you hold your team accountable?What do you use to retain all of the commitments that your team makes?How frequently do you need to review these commitments?Is execution your greatest challenge? If not, what is?last_img read more

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9 days ago​Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenal

first_img​Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has admitted that he wanted to join Arsenal instead of the Reds!The German defensive midfielder played over 200 games for the club in the early 2000s.But when he left Newcastle in 1999, Hamann has revealed that his first choice was to go to Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.It is understandable, given the Gunners were competing for Premier League titles in those years.However, Hamann told The Athletic that he never got any serious interest from Arsenal, which meant that Liverpool was his best option for a step up from Newcastle.He signed for the club in an £8 million deal under Gerard Houiller and became a mainstay in the team for the next seven years. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mississippi State Releases Awesome “Relentless” Hype Video

first_imgA Mississippi State player scores a touchdown over an LSU defender.Mississippi State Hype VideoMississippi State suffered a tough loss to Georgia Tech in last year’s Orange Bowl, but all in all, the Bulldogs had a great season. MSU opened the 2014 campaign with nine straight victories, including wins over LSU, Auburn and Arkansas, before falling in a close contest to Alabama. The Bulldogs, in early November, were the No. 1 ranked team in the country. And they posted double-digit victories for just the second time in their program’s history.The 2015 Bulldogs aren’t being picked by many to be quite as successful, but with star quarterback Dak Prescott returning, they may surprise a few people. Thursday, the school released an awesome hype video titled “Relentless” to tease the 2015 campaign. Enjoy, MSU fans:last_img

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Bill proposes reference to rights of Indigenous Peoples in citizenship oath

first_imgThe Canadian PressImmigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has introduced a bill that would change Canada’s oath of citizenship to include a reference to the rights of Indigenous Peoples.The Liberal government says the proposal demonstrates its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and a renewed relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect and co-operation.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the change demonstrates to all Canadians, including the country’s newest citizens, that Indigenous and Treaty Rights are an essential part of the country’s character.The bill contains new language for the oath that includes a pledge for new citizens to faithfully observe the laws of Canada including the Constitution, which “recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.”The proposed change is also part of the Liberal government’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent six years probing Canada’s residential-school legacy before it issued 94 calls for action.Sen. Murray Sinclair, who chaired the commission, says he welcomes the government’s legislation to change the oath, saying it reflects a “more inclusive history of Canada.”[email protected]last_img read more

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Canada Apple back development of carbonfree aluminum smelting tech

Canada and Quebec province, as well as tech giant Apple, announced Thursday their backing of aluminum producers Alcoa and Rio Tinto’s new joint venture to develop a carbon-free smelting process. Citation: Canada, Apple back development of carbon-free aluminum smelting tech (2018, May 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-canada-apple-carbon-free-aluminum-smelting.html © 2018 AFP Aluminum is used in everything from cars and planes, softdrink cans, foil and window frames, as well as in Apple smartphones, tablets and computers Toyota invests Can$1.4 billion in Canada plants 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. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement with executives of the three companies on hand.Apple is investing Can$13 million (US$10 million) in the joint venture, and will provide technical support.Rio and Alcoa are investing Can$55 million (US$43 million), while the Canadian and Quebec governments will each invest Can$60 million (US$47 million) in a first round of financing.The technology promises to be “the most significant innovation in the aluminum industry in more than a century, and marks a decisive step forward in the fight against climate change,” said a statement.”Once fully developed and implemented, the ground-breaking technology will virtually eliminate the Canadian aluminum industry’s carbon footprint.”Aluminum is used in everything from cars and planes, softdrink cans, foil and window frames, as well as in Apple smartphones, tablets and computers.The sector employs 10,500 people in Canada.Alcoa is the largest aluminum producer in the United States and Rio is the world’s second-largest miner.Their joint venture is to be named Elysis and headed by Rio executive Vincent Christ. It will be based in Montreal, with a research facility in Quebec’s Saguenay region.The new technology is expected to be ready for licensing to retrofit smelters or build new facilities by 2024.According to Ottawa, it has the potential to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6.5 million metric tonnes in Canada—the equivalent of taking 1.8 million cars off the road.”We are proud to be part of this ambitious new project, and look forward to one day being able to use aluminum produced without direct greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacturing of our products,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in the statement. Explore further read more

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