Still A Star gets opportunity to shine

first_imgStill A Star gets opportunity to shine Jane Howlett,Minister for RacingI congratulate the connections of Still A Star after the Longford trained thoroughbred gained selection in the 2021 All Star Mile.The list of the top 10 horses was released this morning by Racing Victoria following an extensive campaign by the mare’s connections to gain a start in the illustrious race with the Bill Ryan trained horse finishing fourth in the voting.Congratulations to Bill Ryan, his daughter Monica and Still A Star’s part-owner Ron Riley for running an extensive social media campaign and gathering the support of the Longford community to generate enough votes to make the Top 10.The All-Star Mile in unique to the Australian racing calendar, with the public choosing the top ten horses to line up in the richest mile race in the world worth $5 million.Bred in Tasmania by Alva Stud, Still A Star has won seven races and placed second on five occasions from 12 starts. The mare will also race on Launceston Cup day in the Armidale Stud ‘Vamos Stakes’.The Adam Trinder trained mare Mystic Journey, the inaurgural winner of the All Star Mile, missed out on the top 10, but I am hopeful the mare can gain one of the five wildcard slots to be announced by Racing Victoria on 1 March 2021 to give Tasmania two starters in the race.I wish connections of Still A Star all the best for race which will be run at Moonee Valley racecourse on 13 March 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Armidale, AusPol, Australia, Australian, campaign, community, Government, Launceston, Longford, Minister, Racing, running, Ryan, social media, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Victoria, winner, worldlast_img read more

Action-packed NAFA program now live

first_imgAction-packed NAFA program now live The full program for the month-long North Australian Festival of Arts 2021 is now live, with anyone wanting to get in on the action being urged to book tickets now to avoid disappointment.The program gives revellers a comprehensive look at exactly which performances, exhibitions and experiences will converge on Townsville during the festival. A teaser program highlighting some of NAFA’s best performances was released earlier this month.Mayor Jenny Hill said the program was a testament to NAFA’s status as a leading cultural event in Australia.“There is something for everyone in this program, whether you’re young or just young at heart. Children can experience the best in circus and comedy or try their hands at our writing workshops; adults can make the most of theatre and visual arts, and young people will get a real kick out of the new Tropic Sounds concert being headlined by Tones and I,” Cr Hill said.“Council is extremely proud of NAFA and the Northern Fringe Festival, which are bringing some of the best productions in the country to Townsville for four weeks of outrageous fun.“I would strongly recommend getting in early to secure tickets for NAFA performances and workshops, as they’re sure to sell out fast.”Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said the program showed why NAFA was an award-winning event.“Last year, NAFA was named an Australian Event Award-winner, and it’s not hard to see why with some of Australia’s leading cabaret, comedy, theatre and circus performers all heading to Townsville to celebrate a month of art and culture with us,” Cr Greaney said.“This year’s event is bigger and better than ever before, with more than 400 performances across Townsville.“Not only is this a coup for the arts community, but it will also be a boon to the tourism and hospitality sectors, which need a cash injection following the height of the pandemic last year.”NAFA is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.To get your copy of the NAFA 2021 program, head to the NAFA website. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, children, comedy, community, council, culture, festival, Government, heart, pandemic, QLD, Queensland, teaser, tourism, Townsville, Townsville City Council, websitelast_img read more

New York City teen arrested for killing, robbing man for $1 on Christmas Eve

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — A New York City teen was arrested Tuesday in the death of a 60-year-old man who was attacked and robbed for $1 on Christmas Eve.Abu Conteh, 18, was charged with murder and gang assault after video showed him and several other men punching and stomping Juan Fresnada, who later died from his injuries, according to the New York Police Department.Fresnada was with his husband in the Bronx at around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 24 when at least six suspects approached the men and and demanded money, police said. When they refused, they were attacked, and the suspects fled after pocketing just $1.Police released surveillance footage from the scene on Friday that showed one of the suspects swinging Fresnada onto the ground before punching him in the face and stomping him repeatedly. Other suspects also are seen kicking the man while he was on the ground, while another hit him with a metal garbage can.Fresnada died at a local hospital three days after the brutal assault. Fresnada’s husband refused medical attention at the scene, police said.Conteh was charged with second-degree murder and gang assault in the first and second degree. The NYPD released another video from a nearby surveillance camera that showed the suspect’s faces and asked anyone with information to contact the department.Police reportedly have identified two other men involved in the attack, according to local news outlets, but the NYPD declined to confirm those reports. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Liverpool interested in signing Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez

first_imgLiverpool are interested in bringing Real Sociedad centre-back Inigo Martinez to Anfield. Upd. at 19:55 10/05/2015 The 23-year-old defender was scouted by the Reds at the Camp Nou on Saturday, when his side went down 2-0 to Barcelona. Sport EN It was not a great performance by Martinez on an individual level, though Sociedad as a whole impressed. Martinez was lucky not to give away a penalty for handball, and deflected Lionel Messi’s cross into Neymar’s path, for the opener. He was also left on the deck, like Jerome Boateng, by a quick Messi dribble.  CEST He has a bright future ahead of him and it remains to be seen if that will be on Merseyside or not.last_img

Disney Cruise Line News — Week of November 9, 2019

first_imgShare This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Captain MarvelDumbo Disneynature: PenguinsAvengers: EndgameAladdin Toy Story 4 Lion KingThe Nightmare Before ChristmasMaleficent: Mistress of Evil For future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationIf you love, nay, require coffee to start you day, I have a very important PSA. Very. Important.THERE IS NO COFFEE ON CASTAWAY CAY!When mother nature is cooperating and the ship is safely in port, the all ashore time can be pretty “early” in the morning. (Early is very much a relative term based on sleeping patterns, especially on vacation.) Since time on Castaway is precious, you may feel that you want to maximize every minute – ready to rope drop the gangway as soon as the all clear is announced. Just don’t, don’t, don’t do it without getting your coffee first!There’s many options to get your java fill onboard. There’s all the coffee you can drink in Cabanas, the main dining room, and up on the pool deck at the self-serve drink locations. Looking for a little more? The Cove Cafe will steam up a latte or make you a nice (double) espresso to get going, for an additional fee. One favorite trick – order a carafe of coffee from room service the night before. The carafes are well insulated, and you’ll have a nice warm cup of joe as soon as your feet hit the floor!Why is there no coffee on the island? This seems to be a mystery. I’ve asked and asked, and the answer is always the same – why indeed? If a nice iced coffee on the beach would really make your Castaway day even better – put that note on the comment card on your next cruise! Maybe we can make all our coffee-dependent voices heard!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsOh look at that – more awards for DCL! The 2019 Porthole Magazine Reader’s Choice for most-family oriented cruise line, best children’s programs, and best entertainment all went to Disney!Look at this adorable new pillow that just hit shopDisney – perfect holiday gift for the cruise lover in your life!Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:last_img read more

Building Diverse Design Teams To Drive Innovation

first_img Table of Contents →What Is The Competing Values Framework?The positive correlation between diversity and innovation are undeniable. So how exactly does it work? Having differing and oftentimes clashing perspectives on a team seems to hinder progress rather than drive it. But with the right balance of values, this dynamic is extremely advantageous. Design, as a problem-solving discipline, uses insights to drive innovation, which can only manifest between differences, not commonalities. When different perspectives and values are represented, blind spots become more apparent and implicit biases are challenged.This is illustrated in the Competing Values Framework, a robust blueprint that was devised by Quinn and Rohrbaugh, based on researching qualities of companies that have sustainably produced a steady stream of innovative solutions over the years. This model for organizational effectiveness shows how different perspectives translate into business values, as well as show where their weaknesses are.These are categorized into “quadrants” as follows: HomeWeb DesignBuilding Diverse Design Teams To Drive Innovation Building Diverse Design Teams To Drive InnovationYou are here: Posted on 21st May 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Building Diverse Design Teams To Drive Innovation Building Diverse Design Teams To Drive Innovation Riri Nagao 2018-05-21T12:00:18+02:00 2018-05-21T10:03:12+00:00There has been a surge of conversations about the tech industry lacking diversity. Companies are therefore encountering barriers in innovation. The current state of technology faces inequality and privilege, a consequence of having limited voices represented in the design and product development process. In addition, we live in a challenged political and socio-economic state where it’s easier to be divided than come together despite differences.Design’s role in companies is becoming less about visual appeal and more about hitting business goals and creating value for users. Therefore, the need to build teams with diverse perspectives is becoming imperative. Design will not only be critical to solving problems on the product and experience level, but also relevant on a bigger scale to close social divides and to create inclusive communities.Working TogetherCreating a team who can work well together across different disciplines can be hard. Rachel Andrew solicits some suggestions from the speakers at our upcoming SmashingConf in Toronto. Read article →What Is Diversity And Why Is It Important?Diversity is in perspectives and values, which are influenced by both inherit traits (such as ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation) as well as acquired traits that are gained from various life experiences (cultural influences, education, social circle, etc.). A combination of traits shape people’s identity and the way they think.In particular, conflicts and adversities experienced by people have a significant influence on how they develop their values. The more an individual has stepped outside their comfort zone, the more unique of a perspective they bring to the table and an expanded capacity to be compassionate towards others.Diversity is important because it directly affects long-term success, innovation, and growth. Advantages of working on a diverse team include increased collaboration, effective communication, well-rounded sets of skills represented, less susception to complacency, and active efforts for inclusivity are made earlier in the process. Is your pattern library up to date today? Alla Kholmatova has just finished a fully fledged book on Design Systems and how to get them right. With common traps, gotchas and the lessons she learned. Hardcover, eBook. Just sayin’.center_img The CVF can help you build teams that are optimized for any goal. (Image source)1. CollaboratePeople with characteristics from the Collaborate quadrant are committed to cooperating together based on shared values. They foster trust with each other and with their audience through compassion and empathy. Their priorities are long-term growth of communities and commit to learning and mentoring. While a sense of unity might help a team be more purpose-driven, this can discourage individuals who think differently to bring new ideas to the table because they are averse to taking risks. People here also lose sight of the realities of constraints because they look too far ahead.2. CreateWhile most people are hesitant to change and innovation, those in this quadrant embrace it. They’re extremely flexible with a shifting landscape of user and business goals and aren’t afraid of taking risks. Creatives see risk as an opportunity for growth and embrace different ways of thinking to come up with solutions. Trends are set by creatives, not followed. In contrast, however, those in this quadrant aren’t as logical and practical with the execution needed to bring ideas to life. Their flexibility can become chaotic and unpredictable. Taking risks can pay off significantly but it’s more detrimental without a foundation.3. CompeteAs the name implies, people here are competitive and focus on high performance and big results. They’re excellent decision makers, which is why they get things done quickly. They know exactly how to utilize resources around them to beat competitors and get to the top of the market. Competitors stay focused on the business objectives of increasing revenue and hitting target metrics. On the other hand, they’re not as broad of a visionary in the long run. Since they prioritize immediate results. Because of this, they may not be as compassionate towards their audience and not consider the human side of company growth.4. ControlPeople in this quadrant focus on creating systems that are reliable and efficient. They’re practical and can plan strategically for scaling, and they constantly revisit their design processes to optimize for productivity. They are extremely detail oriented and can identify areas of opportunities in the unexpected. They’re also experts at dealing with multiple moving parts and turn chaos into harmony. But if there are too many Control qualities on a team, they become vulnerable to falling into complacency since they depend on reliable systems. They are averse to taking risks and fear the nature of unpredictability.People and their values don’t always neatly fit into categories but this framework is flexible in helping teams identify their strengths and weaknesses. Many individuals have traits that cover more than one quadrant but there are definitely dominant qualities. Being able to identify what they are on an individual level, as well as within a team and at the company level is important.How Do We Use The CVF To Build Diverse Teams?There are already many great design processes and frameworks that takes aspects of the CVF to help teams take advantage of diverse perspectives. The sprint model, developed by the design partners at Google Ventures, is an excellent workflow that brings together differing values and skill sets to solve problems, with an emphasis on completing it in a short amount of time. IDEO’s design thinking process, also referred to human-centered design, puts users at the forefront and drive decisions with empathy with collaboration being at the core.Note: Learn more about GV’s Design Sprint model and IDEO’s Design Thinking approach.The CVF complements many existing design processes to help teams bring their differing perspectives together and design more holistically. In order to do this, teams need to evaluate where they are, how to fit in the company and how well that aligns with their priorities. They should also identify the missing voices and assess areas for improvement. They need to be asking themselves,What has the team dynamic been like for the past year? What progress has been made? What goals (business/user/team) are the most important?The Competing Values Framework assessment is a practical way to (1) establish the desired organizational outcomes and goals, (2) evaluate the current practices of teams within the organization/company and how they manage workflows, and (3) the individual’s role and how they fit into the context of the team and company.For example, a team that may not have had many roadblocks and disagreements may represent too much of the Collaborate quadrant and need people who represent more of the Compete quadrant to drive results. A team that has taken risks has had failures, and has dealt with many moving parts (Create) may need people who have characteristics of the Control quadrant for stability and scaling on a practical level to drive results and growth.If teams can expand by hiring more, they should absolutely onboard more innovators who bring different perspectives and strengths. But teams should also keep in mind that it’s absolutely possible to work with what they already have and can utilize resources at their disposal. Here are some practical ways that teams can increase diversity:Hire For DiversityWhen hiring, it’s important to find people with unique perspectives to complement existing designers and stakeholders. Writing inclusive job descriptions to attract a wider range of candidates makes a big difference. Involving people from all levels and backgrounds within the company who are willing to embrace new perspectives is essential. Hiring managers should ask thoughtful questions to gage how well candidates exercise their problem-solving skills and empathy in real-life business cases. Not making assumptions about others, even with something simple like their pronouns, can establish safe work environments and encourage people to be open about their views and values.Step Outside The BubbleWhether this would be directly for client work or for building team rapport, it’s valuable to get people out of the office to experience things outside of their familiar scope. It’s worthwhile for design teams to interact with users and spend time in their shoes, not only for their own work as UX practitioners but also to help expand their worldview. They should be encouraged to constantly learn something new. They should be given opportunities to travel to places that are completely different from their comfort zone. Teams should also be encouraged go to design events and learn from industry experts who do similar work but in different contexts. Great ideas emerge when people experience things outside their routine and therefore, should always get out and learn!Drive Diversity Initiatives InternallyHosting in-house hackathons to get teams to interact differently allows designers to expand their skills while learning new approaches to problem solving. It is also an opportunity to work with people from other teams and acquire the skills to adapt quickly. Bringing in outside experts to share their wisdom is a great way for teams to learn new ways of thinking. Some companies, especially larger organizations, have communities based on interests outside of work such as the love for food or interest in outdoors activities. Teaching each other skills through internal workshops is also great.Foster A Culture Of AppreciationSome companies have weekly roundtable session where each person on the team shares one thing he or she is appreciative about another person. Not only does this encourage high morale but also empowers teams to produce better work. At the same time, teams are given a safe space to be vulnerable with each other and take risks. This is an excellent way to bond over goals and get teams with differing perspectives together to collaborate.What Should Diverse Teams Keep In Mind?Acknowledging that while different ideas and values are important, they can clash if conversations are not managed effectively. Discrimination and segregation can happen. But creating a workspace and team dynamic that is open to discussion and a safe space to challenge existing ideas is crucial. People should be open to being challenged and ask questions, rather than get defensive about their ideas. Compromise will be necessary in this process.When diversity isn’t managed actively, or there is an imbalance of values on a team, several challenges arise:Communication barriers — How people say things can be different from how others hear and understand them. Misunderstandings could lead to crucial voices not always being heard. If a particular style of communication is accepted over others, people fear speaking up. They might hold the wisdom to make design decisions that could impact the business. If a culture of openness doesn’t exist, a lot of those gold mines never get their opportunities to see the light of day.Discrimination and segregation — As teams become more diverse, people can stray away from or avoid others who think differently. This can lead to increased feelings of resentment, leading to segregation and even discrimination. People might be quick to judge one another based on stereotypical references, rather than mustering the courage to understand where they come from.Competition over collaboration — People on design teams need to work collaboratively but when different perspectives clash and aren’t encouraged to use their perspectives to create value for the company, they become competitive against each other rather than have the willingness to work together. It’s important to bring the team back to the main goal.Embracing different perspectives takes courage but it’s everyone’s responsibility to be mindful of one another. Being surrounded by people with different perspectives is certainly uncomfortable and can be a stretch outside their comfort zones. Design teams are positioned advantageously to do so and be role models to others on its impact. Conversations about leveraging differing perspectives should happen as early in the process as possible to limit friction and encourage effective collaboration.Conclusion And Next StepsRather than approach it as an obligation and something with a lot of risk, leaders should see it as a benefit to their company and team’s growth. It is often said that roadblocks are a sign of innovation. Therefore, when designers in a team are faced with challenges, they are able to innovate. And only through the existence different perspectives can such challenges emerge. Assessing where the company, teams, and individuals are within the CVF quadrants is a great start and taking steps to building a team with complementing perspectives will be key to driving long-term innovation.I’d like to personally thank the following contributors for taking their time to providing me with insights on hiring for and building diverse design teams: Samantha Berg, Khanh Lam, Arin Bhowmick, Rob Strati, Shannon O’Brien, Diego Pulido, Nathan Gao, Christopher Taylor Edwards, among many others who engaged in discussions with me on this topic. Thank you for allowing me to take your experiences and being part of facilitating this dialogue on the value of diversity in design. 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Meneses steps aside, puts Lasquety as JRU coach in PBA D-League

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lasquety, however, won’t be left alone in the PBA D-League games as Meneses will still serve as the team manager while deputy Cholo Villanueva will be assisting him in the sidelines.The arrangement, however, is just for the PBA D-League as Meneses is still the JRU head coach.The Heavy Bombers will begin their NCAA Season 94 preparation early with the D-League stint as they bank on the leadership of NCAA Most Improved Player Jed Mendoza.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netVergel Meneses isn’t just a hoops legend or the head coach for Jose Rizal University. He’s also laying down the groundwork for the school’s future this early.The 48-year-old bench tactician is handing down the Heavy Bombers rein to Gio Lasquety this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup as he begins his succession plan for the varsity team.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout Saunders seeks to defend title in Lemieux’s back yard “If you’ll look at it, he was listed as the head coach when we submitted our lineup for the D-League,” the mentor bared, making Lasquety the youngest coach in the developmental league’s seven-year history at 23 years of age.Meneses has long been grooming Lasquety as his successor once he decides to move away from Kalentong, even going as far as putting the hardworking swingman as a playing assistant coach in his final year this past NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Even during the NCAA season, he was with us when we’re preparing our game plan in the coaches’ room. Every game, he was there with us preparing,” he said.It was easy for Meneses to let Lasquety take over the job, given his impressive basketball IQ. “He knows what’s happening in the court and what the opponent is doing. He tells me, ‘Coach, what they’ll do is this. What they’ll do is that.’ He really is knowledgeable.” View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Iran

first_imgFulham forward Ashkan Dejagah and German-born Daniel Davari can make or break Iran’s chances in BrazilWith several European-based players in the squad, Iran will be heading to the World Cup with plenty of top level international experience.Forward Reza Ghoochannejhad was born in the Netherlands and plays in England, while winger Ashkan Dejagah was raised in Germany and spent much of his career in the Bundesliga before moving to Premier League club Fulham. Goalkeeper Daniel Davari is another, born in Germany and playing in the Bundesliga.Combined with Javad Nekounam, the team’s captain and one its most experienced players, Iran will need to come together as a team to have any chance of making it out of Group F.Here are five players to watch:REZA GHOOCHANNEJHADReza Ghoochannejhad is a relatively recent addition to the team – visa issues delayed the debut of the Dutch-born player – but the fleet-footed Charlton forward played an important role in Iran’s successful qualification campaign, scoring three goals in his first three qualifiers.He has now scored nine goals in 11 games.A January move from Standard Liege to Charlton in England’s second division has increased his playing time ahead of the World Cup and now the player dubbed “Gucci,” who has become one of Iran’s biggest stars, should arrive in Brazil fit and ready for action.JAVAD NEKOUNAMLong-serving Iran captain Javad Nekounam has been a mainstay of the national team since making his international debut in 2000.The dynamic Al-Kuwait midfielder has a habit of coming up with a goal just when his team needs it most and has found the target 37 times in his 136 international appearances.advertisementNow 33, Nekounam does not cover as much ground as he once did but he reads the game as well as any.This year’s tournament is likely to be his last World Cup.MASOUD SHOJAEIAlthough talented attacking midfielder Masoud Shojaei can be inconsistent, the Las Palmas midfielder can also make a difference. When he plays well, Iran plays well.Injuries have prevented him from showing Spanish fans his best, but there have been enough flashes to demonstrate an eye for an unexpected pass and a fancy flick.Shojaei doesn’t score as many goals as he possibly should, but he can make things happen for others.DANIEL DAVARIGerman-born Daniel Davari could make or break Iran’s chances in Brazil, although with only three international appearances to date there is still something of a question mark hovering over the Eintracht Brauschweig goalkeeper.Davari’s European experience is one reason why Iran coach Carlos Queiroz holds him in high esteem. While Eintracht Brauschweig may not be in the Bundesliga for much longer, being a goalkeeper for the bottom team at least results in plenty of practice.Davari made a positive initial impression on the international stage but made some major mistakes against Guinea. He still has much to learn, but if he can settle with the defense before the World Cup, he could be what Iran needs.ASHKAN DEJAGAHFulham forward Ashkan Dejagah can play on the right side or as the main striker.Dejagah came to prominence in Germany with Wolfsburg, making 150 appearances for the Bundesliga team before moving to the Premier League and Fulham in August 2012.It took Dejagah, now 27, time to settle in England but he has since showed his value with direct running and the ability to take on defenders and chip in with regular goals.Injuries curtailed his first season in the Premier League but if he can stay fit, Dejagah will have a major part to play for Iran in Brazil.last_img read more

10 months agoSantiago Solari: Great 2018 for Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Santiago Solari: Great 2018 for Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSantiago Solari insists 2018 has been a great year for Real Madrid.Despite both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo leaving, Solari believed it had still been a great year for Los Blancos.”It’s been a wonderful year for Real Madrid, another one that adds to its history,” he said.”I hope that people celebrate the last night of the year in peace and face 2019 with hope, work and love, which is the most important.”Real Madrid will return to action on Thursday, January 3, against Villarreal. last_img

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