3. He knows how to spend on a budget – Over the past three seasons, key players Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Arda Turan have left the Spanish capital, while the likes of Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and David De Gea, too, moved on to new pastures earlier in Simeones Atleti career. The Argentine, however, has not panicked in the wake of such departures nor struggled to sign their replacements. Upon Diego Costas departure, for example, Antoine Griezmann was quickly signed and has become an instant hit at the club. While much of their mastery in the transfer market can be credited to the work of those behind the scenes, whats crucial is Simeones experience in challenging for major honours without the luxury of a £100m+ budget to fall back on, of which he has had few complaints, as Mourinho so often has done. Chelseas summer activity was minimal, suggesting that Abramovich is no longer as willing to provide a large transfer kitty. This may ward off a few of Europes leading managers; its unlikely, however, to be an issue for Simeone. 5 5 5 5 4. It could be his time for a new challenge – Atletico Madrid have arguably overachieved in the past few seasons. Their lifting of the title and reaching the Champions League final in the 2013-14 season was little short of an astonishing 12 months for the Spanish side. It may, however, be some time before they challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga or threaten in Europe, as the clubs around them continue to grow stronger. There is only so much that the Argentine can do with Atleti, and it may now be time for him to assess his options. Chelsea would be a serious challenge, but one that could be appealing, particularly given the array of world-class talent, such as Eden Hazard, whose revival he could be credited with. Jose Mourinho could be running out of time to save his job at Chelsea, with defeat to Liverpool at the weekend almost unthinkable. Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone are all rumoured to be on the wish list of Roman Abramovich, should he opt to dismiss the Portuguese manager.And, out of the candidates listed, Simeone appears to be the overwhelming favourite to take over.So, talkSPORT has put together five key reasons why the Argentine could be an ideal replacement to Mourinho.To discover our reasons, click the yellow arrow above, right. 5 2. He’s unfazed by winning the ugly way – Simeone simply hasnt the personnel to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in their style of play, yet he has still remained within touching distance of the La Liga giants. In the season in which Atleti won the title, their tally of goals scored (77) was far inferior to Barca (100) and Reals (104), yet their defence stronger, as they conceded just 26 goals seven less than the current champions side and 12 less than Los Blancos. Simeone builds a strong unit starting from the back a quality that is key in the Premier League. 1. He knows how to get the best out of Diego Costa – to see four more reasons why Chelsea should consider Simeone, click the arrow above – Diego Simeone can firmly take the credit for Costa earning his European recognition prior to his move to Stamford Bridge two summers ago. It was the Brazil-born strikers 27 goals in the 2013-14 season that fired Atleti to their first La Liga title in 18 years. Simeone warmly wished Costa well after his transfer to Chelsea was agreed, and it could be such affection that the centre-forward needs to rediscover his scoring boots. The Argentine appears to maintain effective relationships with his former players take Filipe Luis as an example which should be a key quality needed if Chelsea begin their search for a manager capable of staying in the job for the long-term. 5. Manchester City could be the more appealing project for Pep Guardiola – While the rumours linking Pep Guardiola to Chelsea have been met with raised eyebrows, theres no question that the Spaniard would deliver the style of play that Roman Abramovich has so craved since his takeover in 2003. Arguably, Arsene Wenger has only avoided the axe in north London because of the philosophy that he has maintained at the club and it may be the failure of Chelseas managers to continue to play attractive football during difficult spells that has resulted in the reign of those appointed by the Russian businessman having become notoriously short. However, if Guardiola sees out his Bayern Munich contract in the summer and receives offers from Chelsea and Manchester City, the latter may be the more appealing. Players such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne would provide the former Barcelona manager with the tools to perform the stylish football that he is renowned for, while the financial prowess of the clubs Shiek owners would be an immense comfort.
Castlefin Notes Whist: 17/12/2014Ladies. 1st Anna may Gallagher, glenswilley 172 2nd Abina Mc Menamin, glenswilley 169 3rd Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn 164. Gents. 1st Tommy Murphy, Letterkenny 177 2nd Malachy brown, raphoe 169 3rd Joe corry, castlederg 1671st Half TIE:Geraldine vambeck, lifford 852nd Half: TIE Kath mc cay Strabane and angus stewart, lifford 82Snowball:Snowball was divided among prizewinners.No whist for 2 weeks, resumes on 7th of January.Happy christmas to all whist patrons Parent and Toddler GroupThe Parent and toddler group wishes all its members a merry Christmas and happy New Year and hope to see you all again in the New Year.Slim R UsSlim R Us fitness classes will return to the CPI on Monday the 5th of january from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Contact Tilly on 086 2490095 for more information on how to join Castlefinn Walking:The walking group every wednesday at 10.30 in the morning. Everyone welcome to join for a relaxing stroll and a chat.ASISTAn Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop will be held in the CPI Castlefinn. This is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first aid. The course will run on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th January 2015 from 9.30 am to 4.30pm each day. If interested contact the CPI on 074-9143976Computer classesInterested in learning about computers? the cpi is organising computer classes in the new year (subject to numbers) if you’d like to know more call the cpi on 074-9143976DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN CPI SET TO LAUNCH COMPUTER CLASSES IN THE NEW YEAR was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:castlefinncOMMUNITY NOTESFeaturesNotices
Most African professionals living abroad would love to return home, and almost all retain strong links of family and friendship to their countries. These were some of the insights from a new survey by Homecoming Revolution, presented by CEO Angel Jones at the brain gain company’s Speed Meet Jozi event in Sandton on Friday 14 August. Homecoming Revolution founder and CEO Angel Jones, at left, during the Speed Meet Jozi networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Mary AlexanderThe Homecoming Revolution Insights Report 2015 comes out of three surveys, of Africans abroad and returned expatriates, conducted from February to May this year. It examines the key reasons Africans move abroad, what they miss most when they are there, what links them to home and the triggers that encourage them to return.Download the Homecoming Revolution Insights Report 2015Most of those surveyed – 68% – have a degree, and 66% work in a senior or executive position. Their fields are demanding: financial services, information technology, engineering, advisory services, marketing and medicine.“We really are looking at the brain drain in a serious light,” Jones said, “and it’s time that this became a brain gain.”Jones was speaking at the Johannesburg leg of the Homecoming Revolution’s Speed Meet networking sessions, regular gatherings of pan-Africans held in major global cities such as New York, London, Nairobi and Lagos.Since 2003 Homecoming Revolution has worked to bring talented South Africans back home, reversing the brain drain. In the last two years its efforts have expanded to include other sub-Saharan African countries, particularly Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.Jones said that in the past five years some 359 000 expat South African professionals have returned home. This has a major ripple effect on joblessness and the economy: a study Solidarity suggests that for every one skilled expatriate who returns, nine new jobs are created in the formal and informal sectors.Of the professionals surveyed for the study, 79% were from South Africa and 21% from Nigeria, Kenya and other sub-Saharan African countries. Forty-four percent were living in the United Kingdom, 13% in the US and 12% in Australia and New Zealand.Problems or opportunities?Despite potentially flourishing careers abroad, many of these professionals still saw opportunities back in Africa.“There’s a wonderful quote I heard from a homecomer recently,” Jones said. “He said, ‘I didn’t come back in spite of the problems. I came back because of the problems. Because I saw there was a problem with our electricity, I wanted to come home and create a new solar power enterprise.’“Those are the kinds of engineers we need. We need our doctors. We need our financial services people.”The stories of returning African professionals help spread the message. “What we do as Homecoming Revolution is inspire people to return home by showcasing stories of other people who have come back, and who are making a really significant difference.”Reasons to leaveJones then turned to why Africans go abroad in the first place.“Why do people leave? This is exciting to know, because the emphasis is often only on the bad stuff,” she said. “The number one reason people go away is for career reasons. And I think that’s a good thing. Travel is number two.”The third reason respondents gave for leaving was the political and economic situation in their countries, and the fourth crime and safety concerns – down one place from a previous Homecoming Revolution study.“This was a significant difference,” Jones said. “Crime has gone down, it seems, and political instability more of a hindrance.”Wanting to returnThe study then turned to the all-important question of whether migrants wanted to come back to Africa. A quarter – 26% – said no, 21% said they didn’t know, and a “whopping” 53% said yes, they wished to return home. “This was exciting,” Jones said, to applause.“And what would people say to someone thinking of returning? We’ve grouped the responses together. Things like, ‘Follow your heart. Go for it. Wish I were you.’“Seventy-one percent of Africans living abroad think the idea of returning is a very good thing. And this is something we are encouraging, on a worldwide scale. We started Homecoming Revolution to encourage South Africans to return to South Africa. For the past two-and-a-half years we have been working with Nigerians, Kenyans, Ghanaians and Ugandans abroad, encouraging them to come back.”Following your heartThe Homecoming Revolution research revealed that the strongest pull of home was emotional, “all about following you heart”. Africans mainly want to return to be close again to friends and family, a reason cited by 61% of respondents.“There really is nothing to beat the grass under your toes, having grannies and grandpas close by, having your kids know that these are their roots,” Jones said.“We see trigger points, when people get to their late twenties and early thirties. They want to get married, or just got married, or had their first or second child, and want to be home where they feel their children will understand their roots.”Lifestyle is the second reason to return, at 35%. “Our wonderful weather. The standard of living is really good here.”The third reason, cited by 31% of respondents, is a sense of belonging. “You can’t get that, no matter where you go abroad,” Jones said. “We have lots of stories of people saying, I was living abroad, but in a gilded box. I never really felt like I belonged.”Links to homeThe African diaspora still have strong personal links to home. Ninety-two percent of respondents said family and friends were their strongest link back to Africa. For 70%, visiting home kept them connected.Financial ties were also important, with 25% saying they still had money invested in their home countries, 12% remitting money and property back home, and 11% citing business connections as an important link.The main thing expats want to stay informed on is the employment market back home. “People are very keen to understand what job opportunities there are back home – 79% of them,” Jones said. “A lot of what we do is working with pan-African employers to showcase these job opportunities for people abroad.”Forty-two percent of those still abroad want to know about entrepreneurial opportunities. “We encourage people abroad to find best-practice models that work, particularly for the African story, so they can do something to create jobs back home,” Jones said.“It’s very exciting to see that 42% – this has been a sharp increase – 42% of people want to know how they can make a difference back home. In the survey we conducted a year and a half ago, this figure was sitting at around 20%. So we are seeing a lot of increased active citizenship from Africans around the world.”Jones concluded: “There is the brain drain. It does exist. But we are working hard to reverse it into a brain gain.”
Brand South Africa calls on all to play their part for the development and empowerment of women this International Women’s Day 8 MarchJohannesburg, Thursday 08 March 2018 – This year, International Women’s Day is anchored on the global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice, in order for the world to recognise that the growth and development of any nation depends extensively on the empowerment of its women.Numerous studies continue to show that countries that have expanded opportunities for women and girls in education and work in recent decades have achieved greater prosperity and social development for their nations.In South Africa, women constitute a large proportion of the economically challenged, especially in the rural areas, and the National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges this by taking gender – along with race and geographic location – into account through theproposal of a range of measures that address this inequality. The NDP proposes that the transformation of the economy should involve the active participation and empowerment of women, and that the role of women as leaders in all sectors of society should be actively supported.Hosted under the campaign theme #PressforProgress – this year International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to set in motion the transformation of empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, as well as to celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “While pressing forward with strategic adjustments of economic structures and innovations of their sustainable growth models, South Africa remains cognisant that equal participationin economic activities and equitable access to economic resources are the basic conditions for the well-being and development of women. Women are increasingly participating in the national development process, as they are essential for the achievement ofsustainable development. We at Brand South Africa call on all sectors of our society to spearhead the development and empowerment of women.”Revered for their strength in building the family unit and homes, as well as their contributions to the community, society and the nation — this International Women’s Day Brand South Africa celebrates the acts of courage and determination by ordinary womenwho continue to play an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.Follow the conversation @Brand_SA and #PressforProgressFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 3716810Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.com Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Marc Naddell is VP of Ecosystems at MediaTek, one of the leading chipset manufacturers behind the IoT ecosystem. He came to the ReadWrite office to sit with Christopher Caen and talk about how one of the leading chipset providers in the industry managed to get ahead of the hardware curve in developing for IoT.“We looked at the potential for IoT and realized it’s either going to be huge, or it’s going to be really huge,” said Naddell. The MediaTek team, based in San Jose, also realized they were uniquely positioned to lead this new market as the major chipset provider for consumer electronics and fabless semiconductors. Last year, MediaTek shipped more than 1.5 billion chipsets overall for various devices, including smartphones and tablets. When they evaluated the opportunities for companies to drive new products and revenue within IoT, they saw the alignment with MediaTek’s capabilities and began to develop new chipsets.To start, they launched MediaTek Labs and their first MediaTek LinkIt™ development platform (LinkIt ONE) in September 2014 and worked closely with IoT developers to understand the next wave of products. Leveraging this knowledge, they were able to design the next wave of developer offerings and released Linkit Connect 7681, adding to its new portfolio of Hardware Development Kits for IoT developers. It satisfied developer demand for simple connectivity to create IoT products like smart door locks, and light bulbs. For more advanced smart home and office solutions, MediaTek followed with a more feature-rich development platform, the LinkIt Smart 7688.In Q2 this year, they announced the new MediaTek LinkIt™ Development Platform for RTOS. This platform is the first from MediaTek delivering a common toolset and application programming interface (API) for multiple chipsets, including MT7687 and MT2523. It offers developers the ability to create a range of IoT devices using one common SDK with support for professional-grade IDEs (Keil µVision and IAR Embedded Workbench) as well as use of command-line tools. New hardware kit rolled out this summerThe first hardware development kit (HDK) for the new platform was made available this summer, the LinkIt 7687 HDK, developed by Silicon Application Corp. (SAC). The HDK is based on the MediaTek MT7687F Wi-Fi system on a chip (SOC), and supports developers looking to create advanced connected appliances, home and office automation devices, smart gadgets and other IoT innovations with secure Wi-Fi. The second development kit for the platform, LinkIt 2523 HDK by SAC, is based on the MT2523G chip which enables you to create Bluetooth-enabled wearables with small footprint, fast and accurate positioning at low power consumption, and high-quality audio playback.The initiative to work closely IoT developers has proved successful with a number of developers using MediaTek solutions to move from prototypes to successful commercial products. Now, many enterprises are replicating the MediaTek method of running a similar “labs” program to better learn from developers. But as MediaTek managed to get ahead of the curve, they appear to have the advantage when it comes to connecting their customers with supply chain partners to manufacture and drive success for their IoT devices.This article was produced in partnership with MediaTek. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces ReadWrite Sponsors Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#MediaTek Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club.
REVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinhoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was approached by Valencia earlier this month.Before the appointment of Albert Celades – after the sacking of Marcelino – Mourinho is being discussed inside the club’s boardroom.Superdeporte says VCF owner Peter Lim would have made an attempt for Mourinho. Before formalising the dismissal of Marcelino on September 11, Lim put in a call to the ex-Real Madrid coach. But no agreement was found, despite the good relations between the two. The Valencians were also interested in Leonardo Jardim, a former VCF coach, who is in trouble at AS Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.”
By Jorge Barrera APTN National News WINNIPEG–Tensions over Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo’s leadership spilled onto the floor of the 8th floor conference hall at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg this week during a meeting between Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan chiefs.During the closed-door meeting, Grand Rapids First Nation Councillor Ovide Mercredie, a strong Atleo supporter and former AFN national chief, took to the microphone on Wednesday and berated the chiefs present over their lack of loyalty to the national chief and the AFN.Mercredi did not return calls requesting comment.“(Mercredi) said I support Shawn and I don’t want to hear AFN bashing or Shawn bashing,” according to a source who was present at the meeting.Mercredi also personally confronted Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day, whose community is in Ontario, on the sidelines of the meeting over the same issue.Day, however, wouldn’t comment on the incident.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said Mercredi’s statements were “offensive” to some of the people in the room.“There was a lot of emotion; there was anger in his statement. He even said he was angry. He used a bit of profanity,” said Nepinak. “There was posturing involved in the statement, which I found to be disrespectful, because where I come from, when people posture it means you are scared of something. I don’t know what he is afraid of. I believe we come together as friends and people who respect one another.”Mercredi still carries considerable political weight within First Nation political circles and he swung it behind Atleo during this past summer’s AFN election for national chief.Mercredi also played a key role in the lead up to the Jan. 11 meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Atleo and First Nations leaders. He was involved in 11th hour discussions with Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright over a demand by a number of chiefs who had travelled to Ottawa that the meeting be held in a larger venue.The Prime Minister’s Office, however, stuck to the original plan and the meeting was held at the Langevin Block, across from Parliament Hill.Chiefs from Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories boycotted the meeting because they claimed it was being done on Harper’s terms and did not meet the demands of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. Spence launched her now-ended fast to force a meeting between the prime minister, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and all First Nations leaders.On the eve before the meeting, Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox, Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and Day called on Atleo to cancel the meeting.Some chiefs from the prairies and Ontario say they feel Atleo is pushing the agenda of British Columbia chiefs at the expense of their own agenda which is based on re-establishing the Crown-First Nations relationship on the numbered and pre-Confederation treaties. Most of B.C. is not covered by treaties and many chiefs there are pushing for modern-day agreements.Atleo wields considerable support in British Columbia and in a conference call following the Jan. 11 meeting, chiefs there expressed their full support for him and criticized his opposition. One of the chiefs on the call blamed former AFN national chief candidate Pam Palmater for fomenting dissent.Atleo’s supporters believe much of the opposition Atleo faces stems from the recent electoral battle that saw Palmater finish a distant second.Nepinak said during a press conference Thursday that there is now a push to hold an AFN all-chiefs assembly in Saskatoon in early March.Nepinak also said there was talk of reviving a treaty alliance to push the treaty [email protected]@JorgeBarrera