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PlayStation 5 Users Face ‘Queued for Download’ Bug Preventing Them From Downloading Games, Apps: Report

first_img– Advertisement – The PS5 game library does show that you already own the game/ app, but the PS5 Store shows that you need to purchase it.IGN mentions that a lot of user reports claim issues with the PS5 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, though the PS4 version of the game downloads without any issues. Other users have reported issues with Godfall, Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man Remastered, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and the Disney+ app.Reportedly, users who got in touch with Activision regarding the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War issue were asked to factory reset their console and that fixed the issue. But it would not be possible for all users to completely erase their PS5’s storage to be able to download these games. There seems to be no other fix in sight.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Gadgets 360 has reached out to Sony for clarity on this bug and will update this report when we hear back.Will Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. PlayStation 5 users are experiencing a bug that prevents them from downloading certain games and apps. This bug is causing games and apps to get stuck at ‘Queued for Download’ or in an error state, as per a report. This seems to be happening when a product is first set to download. What’s even more frustrating than being unable to download a game is that the PS5 library shows that you own the game, but the PS5 Store says that you don’t.According to a report by IGN citing users and its own staff members, PlayStation 5 has been hit by its first bug right after launch. Users have reported that their games and apps are stuck at ‘Queued for Download’ or show a download error. This happens when an item is first set to download and, in this case, the Downloads menu doesn’t list anything. This prevents users from downloading the game or cancelling the game to try and re-download.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The new organizational structure of the Croatian National Tourist Board was adopted

first_imgThe 30th session of the CNTB Tourist Council was held, at which the members of the council adopted a new one Ordinance on the organizational structure of the CNTB Head Office and job systematization, but also other important activities and projects in the field of marketing and advertising.Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić emphasized the importance of reorganizing the work and activities of the Croatian Tourist Board, which, as he said, was necessary to monitor new trends and increase the efficiency of promotional activities in foreign emitting markets. “The existing organizational structure is several years old, and new times and new business trends require the definition of new frameworks for action. Our goal is to be more efficient, more proactive and ultimately more competitive, which is a prerequisite for the continued growth of Croatian tourism. The new systematization will bring more efficient and optimal business, simpler and faster coordination of employees, and thus faster solving of tasks and meeting deadlines.”Said director Stanicic, adding that the new reorganization is the result of an analysis of the situation conducted over the past six months.A special Congress Department has been established within the CNTBThe basic changes brought by the new systematization are the establishment of five sectors, instead of the previous seven, and a special novelty is the establishment of a special Congress Department within the CNTB. Also new is the establishment of the sector for international affairs and the network of representative offices, which will contribute to even better coordination of the network of representative offices, but also stronger representation and better cooperation of the Croatian Tourist Board with world tourism organizations. “With the new systematization, we decided to unite several organizational units into one sector. Thus, we have merged the advertising sectors, the “Croatia” brand and the market research and strategic planning sector into one that will be called the strategic communications sector. This sector will also include PR and marketing activities because we believe that these are closely related activities that require better coordination, closer cooperation and synergy. Another novelty is the return of a special Congress Department within the CNTB, which will be even more focused on the further development and promotion of this important segment of the offer, which significantly affects the year-round business in tourism.”, Concluded director Staničić.In 2018, maintaining positive trendsThe members of the Tourist Board of the CNTB were presented with information on the course of the season and the situation on the markets, and Minister Cappelli announced a good tourist year. “After an extremely successful tourist year 2017, we are entering 2018 with the same goal, ie with the goal of further positioning Croatia as a year-round destination and encouraging the growth of quality and development of Croatian tourism. Positive trends in tourist traffic continued in January, which recorded double-digit growth. With a large number of new investments and activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board aimed at developing special forms of tourism, better air connectivity, I believe that we have another successful tourist year ahead in which we expect growth of about 5 posit”, said Minister Cappelli.We add that the members of the council also adopted the proposal at the session Decisions on special advertising at the Davis Cup Osijek sports event. This is an international sporting event of the Davis Cup World Group, between the tennis national teams of Croatia and Canada, which will be held in Osijek from 2 to 4 February 2018.last_img read more

Tender announced for directors of the Croatian National Tourist Board in seven markets

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board has announced a competition for the selection seven director of the representative office on the market Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia and China. The Tourist Board of the CNTB has formed for the purposes of implementing the tender Committee for evaluation of received candidatures, and which was appointed in the same composition as during the implementation of the competition last year when the directors of eight foreign offices were elected. Barbara Mesić, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, was appointed President of the Commission, and the members of the Commission are representatives of the CNTB Tourist Board Boris Žgomba, Tomislav Fain and Marcel Medak, and Professor Dragan Magaš, who is a member as an external associate. After the deadline for applications, the commission will evaluate the received applications, conduct interviews with selected candidates, which will inform the Tourist Board, to which it will send its nomination proposal.”We expect that quality professionals with creative and interesting work program proposals will apply for the competition. Among the announced competitions is the one for the director of the future office in Shanghai, where we are opening our representative office for the first time, within the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to position our country even stronger in the large and important Chinese market. As a tourist destination, Croatia is very well recognized among our traditional European travelers, so our main long-term goal, while maintaining this status, is to open new and distant markets where we have great potential for further growth and development.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.In addition to the conditions prescribed by the Labor Act and the Ordinance on special conditions that must be met by employees of the tourist office, interested candidates must also meet the conditions prescribed by the competition itself. Candidates, among other things, must have completed at least a specialist graduate professional or graduate university study, have at least three years of work experience in the field of tourism and / or marketing, actively know one language with knowledge of another world language, know the tourism market for which you apply and make a proposal for its representative office work program for the following calendar year.Applications and evidence of eligibility and curriculum vitae of the candidate shall be submitted no later than 15 days from the announcement of the tender in the Official Gazette, ending on April 26, 2018. years. Read the text of the public invitation with all the information in the attachment.Attachment: COMPETITION FOR THE SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE OF THE CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD</p>
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PGGM’s Lindeijer: Dutch schemes need updated risk models

first_imgEloy Lindeijer, PGGMHe said that he would like to divest from Dutch, German and Austrian government bonds, as well as long-duration interest swaps, in favour of inflation-matching investments such as European property and core infrastructure.The FTK gave the wrong incentive by requiring pension funds to hedge their liabilities against a volatile risk-free market rate, he argued. “This leads to significant investments in government bonds and swaps, with the liquidity call on swaps hampering taking additional stakes in long-duration private investments.”Lindeijer also criticised the FTK’s risk model, in which property and infrastructure had a high risk weighting whereas euro-denominated government bonds were deemed low risk.Bespoke risk modelsUnderfunded schemes – including PGGM’s main client, PFZW, and other large sector pension funds ABP, PMT and PME – are not allowed to add investment risk, whereas schemes that can face higher buffer requirements if they raise their risk profile.In Lindeijer’s opinion, pension funds should be allowed to apply their own fine-tuned risk models to bring their investments in line with what is “sound long-term economic policy”.“It is about broadening the selection of approved matching assets, such as the most solid infrastructure projects, European property and long-duration mortgages,” the CIO argued. The Netherlands’ current risk model is “too static” and predates the financial crisis, “when there was a glut of well-returning matching assets”.He emphasised that, post-financial crisis, not even government bonds are always safe given their susceptibility to rising interest rates and default risk from countries such as Italy.Discount rateThe current discount rate for liabilities was a big source of volatility at pension funds, he said, highlighting its pro-cyclical effects.“If equity markets decline, the risk-free interest rate often falls as well, causing an additional hit on schemes’ coverage ratio. Subsequently, underfunded pension funds can’t increase equity risk, while they would like to invest when markets have bottomed,” he explained.Lindeijer said a stable discount rate would enable pension funds to take the right investment decisions.“As the Netherlands doesn’t have sufficient clout to affect ECB policy, it can change the way we deal with the FTK,” the CIO argued.The FTK’s risk model has also been criticised by Dutch-Canadian pensions expert Keith Ambachtsheer. In an interview to be published in IPE’s December issue, he argued that “the constant pressure to reduce solvency risk to avoid further pension cuts has reduced the long-term wealth-creating capability of the massive €1.4trn pool of Dutch retirement savings”.“Too much is dead money, locked up in low-return fixed income instruments,” Ambachtsheer said. “During the past few years we have benefited from the low-rate policy, as equity markets rose and hedging through swaps and bonds was profitable,” Lindeijer explained. “But now the reverse effect looms.” Dutch pension funds urgently need updated risk models as the current financial assessment framework (FTK) means they miss investment opportunities and exposes them to rising interest rates, according to PGGM’s chief investment officer Eloy Lindeijer.Speaking to IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, Lindeijer said schemes were stuck with low-yielding or even loss-making fixed income holdings.“They are a big source of volatility, and investing in them means a direct loss in real terms and comes at the expense of opportunities,” he said.The investments would be hard hit when interest rates rose again, for example as a result of the European Central Bank ceasing its quantitative easing policy, the investment chief said.last_img read more

Malnutrition ‘damages gut bacteria’

first_img 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Going hungry can have long-term effects on a childChild malnutrition has long-term effects on gut health that affect development even after treatment, a study suggests.A team studied the gut health of malnourished children in Bangladesh.Writing in the journal Nature they said the bacterial make-up was not fully restored to normal after food supplements were given.They say the finding might explain why children often fail to grow normally even after treatment.The World Health Organization estimates severe acute malnutrition affects about 20 million children worldwide.Moderate acute malnutrition, a less serious form of the disease, is more prevalent in South Central Asia, where it affects 30 million children.In Bangladesh, more than 40% of children under five are affected by stunted growth.Stunted growth“Friendly” gut microbes play a crucial role in extracting and using nutrients in food.It has been suggested that malnutrition damages this process.Childhood malnutrition can lead to long-term problems such as stunted growth, cognitive problems and weakened immune systems.In this study, a team at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, assessed 64 malnourished children aged from six to 20 months.Malnourished children were either given Plumpy’Nut, an enriched peanut-based food that is the mainstay treatment for severe malnutrition worldwide, or Khichuri-Halwa, which is produced in Bangladesh and has rice and lentils as its main ingredients.Both types of food include milk powder and micronutrients, such as iron.The researchers took faecal samples from the children before they were given the foods and every three days while they were being treated, which usually lasted for around two weeks, stopping when they reached a certain weight.Samples were then taken every month for four months.Supplements?In 50 healthy children of the same age who were studied as a comparison, the gut developed normally.But this was not the case in the malnourished children.All the children gained weight, but there was only a temporary improvement in the make-up of the gut. Once treatment was discontinued, it regressed to a more “immature” state.Dr Sathish Subramanian, of Washington University, said: “Although therapeutic food-based interventions have resulted in a significant decline in deaths from malnutrition, many children never fully recover.“We found that children who were malnourished had gut microbial communities that were not consistent with their chronological ages.“Moreover, the severity of a child’s malnourishment was tied closely with the degree of immaturity of his or her gut microbial community, and this immaturity could not be durably repaired with standard treatments.”The authors suggest children may fare better if they are given nutritional supplements for longer, or if they are given additional gut microbes.Commenting on the study, Prof Colin Hill of University College Cork, Ireland, said: “This is a really important and sophisticated study which focused on severely malnourished children, which further emphasises the importance of a mature diverse gut microbiota in human health.“The findings are novel, unexpected and compelling, and show that purely nutritionally based interventions do not fully restore a mature gut microbiota in these children.“In the future, we will recognise that restoring the health of the gut microbiota is an important precursor to restoring the health of the child.”BBC News HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Malnutrition ‘damages gut bacteria’ by: – June 6, 2014last_img read more

Murder rap puts man behind bars

first_imgNo bail bond was recommended forYwayan’s temporary liberty./PN BACOLOD City – A murder suspect wasarrested in Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Judge Renato Muñez of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 60 in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental issued the warrant datedJan. 7, 2011.  The 24-year-old resident Nexon Ywayanwas caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, apolice report showed. The suspect was detained in the SagayCity police station’s lockup facility.last_img

Syracuse fails to take quality at-bats in 2nd game of doubleheader

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 7, 2014 at 12:21 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman On a picturesque day at SU Softball Stadium on Sunday, Syracuse did something it hadn’t done all season. The Orange played at home. And while the situation was novel for Syracuse (13-18, 6-7 Atlantic Coast), the Orange continued a troubling trend by combining for 16 strikeouts in a doubleheader against North Carolina State (23-10, 12-4 ACC), losing 8-6 in the first game and 7-0 in the second. Strikeouts have plagued Syracuse this season, and the team is trying to cut down on them by taking quality at-bats. “We just have to keep coming back every game and working on our same approach,” said junior outfielder Mary Dombrowski, “and not giving up on the things we’ve been working on all week. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s going to get better with the more pitches you fight off and see.”Fighting off pitches and battling was a strength for Syracuse in game one against N.C. State pitcher Emily Weiman, who threw 137 pitches in a strenuous seven innings. Just 20 minutes after the final out of game one, Weiman returned to the mound again for game two and stymied SU’s offense, shutting it out in an 88-pitch complete game shutout.“I think we need to be better than that,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “We gave away too many at-bats.”Half of the Orange’s strikeouts in game two came on 0-2 counts, as most hitters weren’t seeing pitches as well as they did earlier in the day. Players were confused by their inability to get anything going in the second game after seeing 137 pitches in the first. In the second game, Syracuse had a hit in five of the six innings, but was unable to plate a run. The team’s approach of taking quality at-bats includes moving runners up, seeing a lot of pitches and making solid contact, among other things. The Orange didn’t do those things well, and it showed in the final score. “She mixed up pitch locations more with me in the second game,” said freshman catcher Nicole Lundstrom. “I don’t know, maybe we just weren’t seeing it the same as we did in the second game. It’s hard to figure out.”The Orange doesn’t have much time to figure things out at the plate, with only 11 ACC games left in the season — six of those against Florida State and Virginia Tech, which are ahead of SU in the standings. Weiman had trouble with the Syracuse lineup in the first game of the doubleheader, but found a groove the second time around. Julie Wambold went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in game one, but was held hitless in game two. And Shirley Daniels, another one of the team’s top hitters, reached base and stole three bases in the first game, but didn’t reach base in Weiman’s second start of the day. Ross thinks that the solution isn’t so complicated. She said it’s about coming to the plate with the right approach, which is something she and her staff preach to the players every day, but didn’t see on Sunday. It’s an approach that is slightly more conservative, and not going to change a game with one swing of the bat. Trying to change the game in one at-bat is a mindset that can be fatal to a hitter. “If you’re trying to do too much in one at-bat,” Ross said, “you start to lose exactly what your plan is because you’re trying to think so much about trying to make things change right now.”Freshman pitcher Sydney O’Hara had praise for Weiman, appreciating her ability to intelligently pitch to hitters despite facing some of them up to bat seven times.When asked about what SU needs to do to turn around the offense moving forward, she was quick to the point.Said O’Hara: “Quality at-bats.” Commentslast_img read more

Interactive Holocaust project opens Thursday

first_imgPhotos courtesy of Josh Grossberg/USC Shoah Foundation.The USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute for Creative Technologies will open the first permanent installation of their interactive Holocaust project on Thursday after over five years of work. The installation, New Dimensions in Testimony, features extensive interviews with Holocaust survivors through interactive technology that allows the public to have conversations with the individuals.The Holocaust survivors were selected from a variety of backgrounds that included a large range in ages, experiences and locations during the war. One of the 15 participants in the project was Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, whose interactive work is currently being displayed in New York at a temporary installation.The goal of the project was to recreate the intimacy of learning from Holocaust survivors, which the team working on the project attempted to do by allowing the public to ask the interactive displays any question they wished.“[We wanted] really to preserve as much as possible the experience you can have today talking to a Holocaust survivor in a classroom or a museum,” said David Traum, director for natural language research at the Institute for Creative Technologies. “You hear their testimony [and] ask them questions, getting a sense of immersion, of being in the same environment.”Responses to the demos were unlike anything that had been expected, said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation. Many used the opportunity to ask more difficult questions than they would normally ask survivors.“We didn’t realize how powerful it would be because when you ask a question and the individual answers your specific questions while looking you in the eye, it’s a very engaging experience,” Smith said. “I think people have been more emotionally affected than we realize by what happened. That’s what we were aiming to do, to create that connection, but it’s been at a higher level than we expected.”The emotional connection is attributed to more than the stories of the survivors.“A lot of it is the material and definitely the personality of the survivors coming through, but I think this interactive presentation is really an element of that too,” Traum said. “I don’t think we would have the same kind of responses if they were just seeing the videos passively and not asking questions or in the room hearing the questions answered.”The Shoah Foundation conducted extensive interviews with each Holocaust survivor who participated in the project, asking around 1,500 questions to each of them to cover every topic they expected the public to ask about, Smith said.Before starting the official interviews  for the installation, the team working on the project had to develop trust with each of the interviewees through a three-month process. They conducted extensive research on the individuals and got to know them and their families.“By the time we’re interviewing them, we’re not strangers,” Smith said. “We know them very well and by the time we’re finished they’re kind of like intimate friends because we’ve been through a lot together.”According to Smith, many of the participating Holocaust survivors were surprised about how grueling the process was. Some were familiar with speaking and answering questions at schools, but the process for the installation required more hours of interviewing than they were accustomed to.“These are tough old people,” Smith said. “They’ve been through the worst human experiences, so they feel like [they] can get through everything, [but] when they’re feeling their age and the lights and the tiredness that goes with answering hundreds of questions, I think they found that a little surprising.”Family members were invited to attend the final Los Angeles interview to support the participants throughout the process.During the initial stages of the project, the team overcame several obstacles to make the Holocaust survivors appear realistic.“The first challenge is to figure out what is it we need to record so that it can carry on a conversation,” Traum said. “You can ask me anything and I have a response for you. It may not be exactly the answer you’re hoping to hear, but there’s a way for me to respond someway even if I say, ‘I don’t want to answer that.’ But, when we record somebody, we’re only going to have the material we recorded and that has to be good for any kind of answer, including something completely different than somebody thought of years before.”A prototype was created with Pinchus Gutter, a Holocaust survivor who Smith had previously worked with  and knew well. He answered about 200 questions in an interview, which were then analyzed with respect to his answers and the conditions it was done in, Smith said. The prototype was also set up for the public to use so that those working on the project could observe reactions to the interactive and decide what needed to be developed. This produced a few surprising results.“We hadn’t had to think about how [he responds] if he’s given an opinion or some solace or thanked for his service,” Smith said. “[Gutter’s interactive] would just look at them because that’s not a question.”Traum said the team had originally hoped to make the Holocaust survivors three-dimensional for a more intimate experience, but did not have the technology to do so. The current installations are displayed two-dimensionally; however, the project was done with considerations for future technology.“We wanted it to be able to create high-fidelity 3-D holographic type images even if the projectors didn’t exist in 2011 when we started,” Smith said. “We wanted to film in such a way that 10 years from now, 20 years from now, when the projection system exists, we can project it.”last_img read more

Syracuse maintains 1-1 draw with Pittsburgh despite being a man-down for 45 minutes

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 27, 2019 at 9:57 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman In three minutes, Luther Archimede went from Syracuse’s primary striker, commanding the Orange’s offense and jumpstarting possessions, to its biggest pitfall. Archimede received a yellow card in the 48th minute. Then, a ball came toward him and Pittsburgh’s Sito Sena three minutes later. Archimede went up leading with his elbow, and Sena fell flat to the ground. The medical staff rushed out, Pitt players sprinted to the official and Archimede was forced to walk off the pitch at SU Soccer Stadium for the second game this season.“It’s a big learning curve for us,” midfielder Hilli Goldhar said. “We’ve had to deal with it twice now, so I’d say we’re pretty used to it now.”For 45 minutes of Friday’s match against Pittsburgh (3-3-2, 1-1-1 Atlantic Coast), Syracuse (3-2-4, 0-1-2 ACC) played a man-down. Two early goals cemented a 1-1 tie, but with a 10-on-11 matchup, the Orange dropped their defensive formation and only got offense from counter attacks and set pieces. SU held on down a player in the second half, and five minutes into overtime, Pittsburgh lost a player and evened the playing field. But despite both teams at 10 players apiece in the final stretch, Syracuse couldn’t muster another score en route to its fourth draw in five home games this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s two ACC games that we’ve had to play down a guy,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “In both those games, we worked extremely hard to get something out of them.”In a first half with 22 players on the pitch, Syracuse and Pittsburgh went back-and-forth, showcasing high octane offenses. 12 minutes in, SU’s Massimo Ferrin faked forward and his defender fell backward, trying to catch his footing after the mishap. Trying to find space, he shimmied right-to-left. The defender was late. Then, back to right. The defender was behind the action, again. “You gotta be a little tricky, little unpredictable,” Ferrin said.The senior attack swiped a cross toward the left side of the net. All Goldhar had to do was fall forward to head in his first goal of the season. “Honestly, I haven’t had too many headers in my day,” said 5-foot-9 Goldhar.Edward Kizza, the ACC’s leading scorer last season with 15 goals, was doubled in the box often to limit his production. The Pittsburgh junior didn’t have an assist coming into Friday’s matchup, but in the 36th minute, Kizza snuck deep into the box and three defenders converged. Knowing the pressure would pull toward him, Kizza slid the ball back to a free Veljko Petkovic. As Petkovic saw the ball touch nylon, he let out an echoing yell at Syracuse’s Julio Fulcar, who sat on the pitch. Archimede’s first red card came in Syracuse’s only other home ACC game against Louisville. It happened seconds before the end of regulation, but throughout two overtime periods, the Orange held onto a 0-0 draw. On Friday, the Orange would do the same. McIntyre yelled for players like Severin Soerlie to drop back, playing safe with his midfield and backline. “We were trying to pick our poisoning,” McIntyre said.But the Orange still mustered an even amount of chances. Midfielder Ryan Raposo kept the ball on his foot for two hops, but after twisting for space, lofted a shot into the Syracuse practice fields behind the goal. Defender Nyal Higgins pushed up for a free kick and almost scored after his head grazed the ball, but the shot fizzed wide. Then Ferrin, with seven minutes left in regulation, shot low, almost past Pittsburgh goalkeeper Arie Ammann’s swinging arms.When the Orange pushed overtime, the Panthers lost a man themselves. In the 95th minute, Petkovic received the second red card of the game for an elbow to the head of midfielder Simon Triantafillou. Petkovic patted each referee on the back and sprinted off the field. With a 10-on-10 now, Ferrin crept toward the penalty box 103 minutes into the game. After passing out to Raposo, he was left alone with Ammann again. The senior went for the game-winner, five yards from the net, but the Pitt goalkeeper blocked it. After an eventual boot out of play, Ammann pumped his fist.“I’m a little down on myself,” Ferrin said. “That’s one I could be scoring 10 out of 10 times.”So the Orange settled with a tie. Their longest man-down scenario of the season didn’t change the game. But its offense had plenty of opportunities to clinch a win. Instead, McIntyre’s team will live with just a point in its conference standings, again. “We were absolutely fantastic. Just warriors to hang in there,” McIntyre said. Commentslast_img read more

FEMI’S AFCON 2019 FLAKES

first_img*Mikel Obi, Two Others Return to Egypt  Of the 552 players registered for the 32nd AFCON tournament going on in Egypt, only three players were there 13 years ago when Egypt staged the continental showpiece in 2006. While Captain John Obi Mikel is the only surviving member of the Nigerian team, the other two players who returned to the Land of Pharaohs are Carlos Kameni of Cameroon and Tresor Mputu of DR Congo. Mikel  now 32 and perhaps is his last show at the tournament, Kameni is 35 years old and last appearance at the tournament was in 2010. Mputu now 33 and is still playing for local side TP Mazembe. He had a two-year spell in Angola’s Kabuscorp from 2014-16 before returning home to play for Les Corbeaux.*Indomitable Lions Avoided Nigeria’s No-Show Record Defending champions Cameroon made a last minute arrival at the tournament at the weekend, although CAF regulation stipulates that all teams to be on ground five days to the opening match of the competition. Had Cameroon players failed to show up over dispute on outstanding match bonuses, they would have equaled Nigeria’s unenviable record of  a defending champion that boycotted the next edition. Nigeria, winners in 1994 failed to travel to South Africa because of political issues between the two country and were sanctioned by CAF and thus missed the next edition in 2008 in Burkina Faso.*South Africa Beat Others in Home League PlayersFormer champions, Bafana Bafana of South Africa have the highest number of home-based players registered for the tournament. The Rainbow nation registered 17 players from the domestic league for the tournament and followed by host Egypt with 15 and Tanzania 14 and Angola, Tunisia and Namibia followed with 12, 9, and 9 respectively. However, while others are competing at the top, Nigeria alongside Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Algeria presented only one local player. Only Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Burundi and Guinea with no local player in the mix.*Morocco Joins Nigeria With Most Debutant Players Just like Super Eagles of Nigeria did five years ago in South Africa when Late Stephen Keshi paraded the most debutant players to the tournament, Morocco, one of the favourites to win the tournament have lined up nine players who are debutants to defend the honour of their nation. The Rookies in the team included Hakim Zyech, Oussama Idrissi, Abdelkarim Baadi, Mehdi Bourbiaa, Yunis Abdehamid, Ahmed Reda, Soufiane Boufal and Achraf Hakim. A very ambitious team will square up against Namibia, Côte d’ Ivoire and South Africa in Group D.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ighalo Breaks JinxWhen Odion Ighalo scored Super Eagles lone goal winner over Burundi in Alexandria on Saturday night, it was the first time Nigeria will win its opening group match of the tournament since 2006 when the Nigeria defeated Ghana Black Stars in Port Said, Egypt. The opening matches of Ghana 2008 and 2010 ended in defeat against Nigeria by a lone goal to Côte D’Ivoire in Sekondi and 1-3 to Pharaohs of Egypt in Angola. However the team pulled a 1-1 scoreline against Stallions of Burkina Faso in Nelspruit in South Africa 2013 but still went all the away to win the tournament. Since then Nigeria missed the last two editions before returning to Africa’s football showpiece on Saturday.* Amuneke Equals Keshi’s RecordWhen former African Footballer of the Year and winner of the tournament with Nigeria in 1994, Emmanuel Amuneke led the Taifa Stars of Tanzania to their opening group match against Teranga Lions of Senegal, he became the second Nigerian coach to have won the tournament as a player and coached a foreign country at the tournament after Late Stephen Keshi led Hawks of Togo to the tournament in 2006 in Egypt.last_img read more