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Controversy then celebration – MBU protest for ‘RESPECT’ then win RSPL final

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) wanted to register their point about not being afforded due respect ahead of yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football final against Portmore United at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in St James. In unprecedented and unceremonious fashion, they did. And they got a bonus after outplaying their opponents to win the 2015-16 Premier League title by a 2-1 scoreline in regulation time. Leading up to the season’s decisive contest, MBU owner and club Chairman Orville Powell had been voicing his disgust about club not being invited to a meeting by the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), at which the date and time of the game was changed. In no uncertain manner, Powell said they had been disrespected. He also challenged the decision and lobbied for the time of the game to be shifted, arguing that it wasn’t the culture of fans in Montego Bay to turn out that early for matches. Powell even threatened that his team would not to turn up for a 4 p.m. kickoff, which had spectators on hand, the opposing team, commentators for radio and television lined up for live viewing, and people in more than 24 countries receiving the feed wondering if they would ever turn up. They did. MBU held true to their promise, only taking the field at 3:55 p.m., fully clad in black with white letters on the back of shirts worn by their players. They wanted to send their message. It was one about ‘RESPECT’, the word spelt with one letter each on the back of the shirts of seven players – when they turned their back to the crowd – who stood in the front line. Then there was another part to the message: ‘IF YOU WANT TO GET IT, YOU MUST GIVE IT.’ That was spelt out when all the players lined up in a different order, again each with a letter on the back of his shirt. Afterwards, they left the pitch and returned clad in their green, blue-and white-coloured outfit, marching out from the tunnel to the playing field, side by side with members of the Portmore United team and FIFA’s anthem blaring over the microphones. This time, MBU were prepared to play. It was, by then, more than 20 minutes past the scheduled kickoff. The protest, it appeared, never affected MBU one bit, as they settled down into a composed passing game from the first whistle and maintained the upper hand throughout against a Portmore team that got to the venue early and went through its warm-up routine on the pitch. MoBay, instead, did theirs at the club’s home ground, Wespow Park, which is close to Catherine Hall. In the final analysis, Dino Williams came on as a second-half substitute to score the winning goal in their 2-1 victory. The win gave MBU a second title in three years and a first league title for Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis as coach. He had won the title twice as a player with the club, before its recent name change from Seba United. “This is an amazing feeling to know we are champions of the league against a very good, a technically sound Portmore side,” Davis said. Mercurial MBU midfielder Jermaine Woozencroft opened the scoring for MBU in the 62nd minute with a well-taken strike, after Portmore goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul raced off his line to block an initial attempt from MBU forward Corey Hylton, but spilt the ball. Portmore responded in fantastic fashion. Michael Binns’ torrid left-footed shot from 32 yards out gave Jacomeno Barrett in goal for MBU absolutely no chance for the equaliser, inciting huge celebration from the small pocket of Portmore supporters. Woozencroft said he knew when he had the ball in his possession that he had to score. “I knew I had to score; the goalkeeper missed the ball and I placed it well inside the post,” he said. “I am very happy for the team. We have gone through a lot this season, and to end it with the title is unbelievable,” Woozencroft added. Portmore’s head coach Jeffrey Hewitt said he was disappointed with the outcome of a keenly contested match of the league’s two best teams. “We started as we liked, but never breached their defence at all. That was our downfall, and when we scored to get back into the match, they got another to win it,” he said. “Congratulations to the MBU team. They played well to win. I thought we had some chances that perhaps we should have done better with. It was a great season for us, just unfortunate not to leave here with the title,” said Hewitt. His Portmore team was looking to seal a historic moment by becoming the first club to gain promotion and win the Premier League in the same season. They had earlier won the first-place cash award of $1 million after amassing the most points this season.last_img read more

HORSE RACING RETURNS TO FALCARRAGH AFTER 14 YEAR ABSENCE

first_imgHorse racing has returned to a Co Donegal town and hopefully it won’t be a wash-out! After a 14 year break, horse racing makes a welcome return to Falcarragh this Bank Holiday Monday when Falcarragh beach hosts an eight race card.The first race goes off at 12 noon and with the good weather expected to last over the coming days, a bumper crowd is expected at the Gaeltacht venue. Because of the tide restrictions, patrons are asked to be at the venue as early as possible to avoid any delays. HORSE RACING RETURNS TO FALCARRAGH AFTER 14 YEAR ABSENCE was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Falcarraghhorse racinglast_img read more

Inside the Warriors’ philosophy on 3-point shooting

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND — The highlight reels often show Stephen Curry sinking a 3-pointer from at least 30 feet away from the basket. Or Klay Thompson draining a corner 3-pointer after holding the ball for only a second.Those plays might capture why Curry and Thompson are nicknamed the “Splash Brothers.” But even if the Warriors arguably have the best shooting backcourt ever, those plays …last_img

Skype: Coming to a Couch Near You

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansoncenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Starting this spring, you won’t need to gather the whole family around a 15-inch laptop screen to talk with cousin Joe on the other side of the country. As a matter of fact, you won’t even need to get up off the sofa after the evening news, because Skype is coming to the big screen – the big TV screen, that is.Skype announced today that they have been working with LG and Panasonic to embed Skype in Internet-connected widescreen HDTVs. Skype claims it is listening to its customers who (gasp!) want to get away from their computers once in a while.“We know that Skype users are increasingly interested in conducting video calls away from their computers,” said Skype CEO Josh Silverman in a press release. “With Skype, consumers […] will now be able to participate in rich, real-time video conversations from the comfort of their couch.”According to Skype, up to 5 million Skype-enabled TVs will be delivered during 2010, but the TV alone will not do it. In addition to a high-speed connection, users will need to purchase a specially designed web cam, which Skype spokesperson Jennifer Caukin told us would run about $150. Caukin said the web cam is designed to pick up audio from a greater distance, so Skype TV users will be able to remain seated instead of huddling around a microphone. It will also provide high-definition video capabilities.Skype will be embedded on LG’s NetCast series and Panasonic’s VIERA CAST series of HDTVs. Tags:#news#web last_img read more

Discover Missteps in Your UX Design

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Stephen Moyers is an out of the heart writer voicing out his take on various topics of social media, web design, mobile apps, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, startups and much more in the cutting edge digital world. When he is not writing, he can be found traveling outdoors with his camera. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenMoyers. Source: Google ImageUse Tools to Check UX Design EffectivenessLuckily, there are tools available that will make it easy to determine if your website is struggling and what the specific issues are. Google Analytics offers many possible reports that can tell you which pages on your site are successful along with other information.Google also has a tool called PageSpeed Insights that will check how long it takes to load your pages, a key aspect of UX design. You can also use Pingdom Tools and Web Page test, which also provide information about the load time of yourwebsite pages.Specific Areas Where Your Site Might StruggleOne of the most common reasons users will bounce from a site is slow page loading speed. If a user needs to wait for a page or image to load, there are many other sites where they can find what they want – and faster. If you know some aspect of your page is slow to load, fix it. No matter how unique or special it is, it doesn’t matter if your user leaves the site. Also, communicate in ways users expect. Many interfaces include signals for the user that an action has been completed. For instance, Twitter includes a swooshing sound when a tweet has been posted. These small signals of completion have become the norm, so it makes sense that you should include them on your site – users will likely expect them.Another issue is having a UX design that does not coordinate with the real world. Websites often use overly complex wording or steps that designers believe are intuitive but aren’t. Imagine your users’ mistakes or confusion before they happen by being empathetic. It also helps to be empathetic when you imagine potential user error.Considering the large numbers of visitors every day, errors are common on most websites. For instance, if your site sells shoes, make sure users can find Tom’s and Toms. It can be helpful to users to offer them prompts when they are searching for things. For example, Google will come up with a list of possible searches after you type just one word of a phrase into the search bar. This helps the user because they don’t always have to remember the specific thing they need to type in.Other websites struggle with having designs that are too complex. While aesthetics are important, it is just as crucial to avoid making your site cluttered or flashy. Prioritize necessary information so it is easy for the user to find what they are looking for.If your site is suffering from a high bounce rate or isn’t seeing the traffic you’d like, it might be time for a UX diagnostic text. Don’t lose customers because of poor UX; spend time considering how to make your site user-friendly and intuitive because there’s no time to drop the mic in this constantly evolving tech landscape. UX design – the process of creating a website that is intuitive to the user – is ongoing and must adjust to the needs of your market and users. While you may feel like dropping the mic after getting your site up and running, it’s not over and done. As users and the digital landscape change, so must your website.In fact, optimal UX could be the factor that determines the success of your company. If your website is struggling to retain visitors, it may be that it needs a UX update. Try these strategies to identify whether your website has a UX design problem and how you can fix it if so.Put Yourself in the Customer’s ShoesA central part of any successful business is thinking like the customer. After all, they are why your business exists in the first place. Use the same strategy when determining whether your UX design needs an update. If you are always analyzing your company from your own viewpoint, you may only see the good. Though seeing what’s positive about your site is important, knowing what doesn’t work is just as crucial. The best way to figure this out is by empathizing with your customer.You can do certain things during this stage of development to make your UX more effective. Think about what aspects of your site may be frustrating for users. Choose a few types of people that are in your target audience. Take time to look at your website from the point of view of each persona. Consider situations when a user would be on your website. The more circumstances that you can address, the more potential issues you will find.For a more clear-cut way to understand the customer’s perspective, ask your customers. Getting direct feedback about your website will make it easier for you to identify the issue. Pay attention anytime a customer contacts you with a complaint or issue, so you can utilize that in diagnosing your UX design problem.Define the ProblemOnce you have started analyzing your UX design from the viewpoint of your customer, you need to specifically define the issue that you need to fix. By putting yourself in the customer’s shoes, you can realize what is frustrating or inconvenient about your website but not exactly what makes it frustrating or inconvenient.To fix the problem, you need to determine what the specific issue is. To get the most out of your site, don’t assume you’re able to see all the issues it may have. Do some research and consider avenues where you can learn how to see the problems at hand.While you are defining the problem, remember that it is a team effort. It is more difficult for one person to figure out the specific problem than for a team of people. Each person will have their own ideas and inspirations about what could be frustrating to your users. When working with a team to diagnose the issue, it might be helpful to create a dashboard where people can put their ideas in an area where everyone can see them.Create a Problem StatementA problem statement is where you outline a guide about what the problem is and strategize about how best to fix it. It is extremely important because it is what you and your associates will use to improve your UX design. There are a few things you should keep in mind while crafting a problem statement: Tags:#User Experience#user interface#user interface design#UX Do not make it too narrow. While it may seem that the narrower a problem statement is, the better, this is not the case. One of the most important steps in diagnosing and fixing a UX design is encouraging creativity. Each person on the team working to solve the issue must be able to access creative solutions. If the problem statement is too specific, it could stifle people’s creativity. By limiting the potential solutions, you could reduce the number of ideas that people will have about how to improve your UX design. Focus on the customer. Some companies, understandably, get caught up in how to best sell their product or service. Instead of framing your business that way, think about how to offer users the best experience. By providing the optimal UX, your sales will inevitably go up. When you are creating your problem statement, focus on the customer. Talk about how to solve the issue so that they will have the most positive opinion of your website possible. The goal of a problem statement is to find ways to improve your UX design. Do not make it too broad. If your problem statement is too broad, it will not be as effective. Make note of the problems specifically because, often broad problems lead to broad answers, and those are often ineffective. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Stephen Moyers Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Board politics behind Eden Gardens’ loss of WC match: Modi

first_imgFile photo of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Training his guns at BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi on Friday blamed dirty Cricket Board politics for Eden Gardens’ loss of India-England World Cup match on February 27.”This tweet is my protest at shifting of Ind-Eng match from the Eden Gardens,” Modi said.”Sorry to see politics again — take away matches from Kolkata. I had restored them when I chaired the tours and fixtures committee. Thou secretary opposed it. Once again dirty tricks department wants to alienate the Fans,” wrote the former BCCI vice-president on his ‘Twitter’ page.Eden Gardens was stripped of the India-England match by the International Cricket Council following an adverse report from its venue inspection team that visited Kolkata.The BCCI has appealed to the ICC to reconsider the decision and give time till February 7 to complete work at the Eden Gardens.ICC chief Sharad Pawar has asked his CEO Haroon Lorgat to talk to member countries, especially England, whether they agree to BCCI’s request and a submit a report on January 30.Besides the India-England encounter, Eden Gardens is had been alloted three more games — South Africa vs Ireland (March 15), the Netherlands vs Ireland (March 18), and Zimbabwe vs Kenya (March 20).-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar fined for late night partying, dope tested

first_imgPakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was on Friday fined for returning late from a private dinner on Thursday. Akhtar and fellow pacer Wahab Riaz were fined $42 each for returning late from a private dinner. He was also among the three teammates who were taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup, with wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and seamer Umar Gul being the others who were tested by the ICC drug inspectors. Akhtar, who has been recalled for the World Cup after being out of action due to a spate of injuries, had tested positive for a banned drug nandrolone in 2006. The pacer has been under pressure to perform as he did not bowl against Bangladesh in a practice match on Tuesday. Coach Waqar Younis had admitted that the bowler was yet to regain full fitness.last_img

2014 Elite Eight Filming Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of RJ Media to professionally film and produce the 2014 Elite Eight series. Both the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight finals will be professionally filmed on finals day of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League, to be broadcast on Foxtel through April and May.  This has been achieved through the ongoing support of the TFA Board of Management and their vision for the elite game into the future as well as the overall benefits associated with the promotion of the sport across Australia.  TFA has a strong track record of working with RJ Media through Richard Scotts on projects including the 2011 and 2013 Elite Eight series as well as the 2012 Trans Tasman and State of Origin series’. To check out some of their work from the 2013 Elite Eight series, please click on the links below:2013 Elite Eight Men’s Finalhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJdH8lmIvrg2013 Elite Eight Women’s Finalhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTrnHxvVueIRelated LinksElite Eight Filminglast_img read more

Photo: Tony Romo, Jason Garrett In Houston To Support Duke vs. Gonzaga

first_imgTony Romo and Jason Garrett support Duke at Elite Eight.Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have never been shy about their love for the Duke Blue Devils – they’ve been spotted attending home games and hanging out with players in the locker room. Sunday night, it looks like the duo will be in Houston to watch their favorite college basketball squad try to reach this year’s Final Four. Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer snapped a photo of them finding their seats behind Duke’s bench.Early Tony Romo and Jason Garrett sighting behind the Duke bench pic.twitter.com/kMXVHx0N3R— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 29, 2015If Duke loses, expects the conspiracy theories to start flying.last_img