Press Association Ticket prices have long been a thorny issue within the modern game, particularly for the away supporters, who often feel they are not being given a fair price especially those of the leading clubs. A recent survey by the FSF showed the likes of Arsenal’s top price for visiting supporters was £64, QPR charged £55 while Sunderland were cheapest at £39. Crystal Palace charged both home and away fans £40 at Selhurst Park. FSF chief executive Miles believes making such a gesture would not only show a level of good will to paying customers, but also maintain the unique live atmosphere which makes the Premier League such an attractive proposition. “The uplift on domestic television rights alone, not including the overseas deal, is the equivalent of more than £40 for every single ticket sold at each game over the three years, so that gives you an idea of how much manoeuvre the clubs have got – and with that much money going into the game, how they could afford to treat people a lot better,” Miles told Press Association Sport. “The Premier League has already set one or two precedents, there are already rules to benefit away fans, like how many seats they have to allocate in the stadium and how they cannot charge away fans more than the home fans for similar accommodation. “They also ring-fence money via the ‘Away Fans Initiative’ to be invested into increasing numbers of away fans. “What we are proposing out of this huge increase in money is they increase the amount of money involved.” Miles continued: “Our ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ idea to be implemented, we believe would cost the clubs around £20million a season, which is £1million per club, then talk to the fans about how they want that money used, it could make a huge difference to the experience of away support. “They could make this contribution easily and relatively cheaply, to guarantee the atmosphere with participation of away fans to keep their numbers up, which have declined over the last 10 years and that is something which needs to be addressed.” Miles believes any moves to increase the travelling supporters at all Premier League stadia could only have a positive impact. “Part of the reason the Premier League is able to generate so much money for the television rights is precisely because of the whole atmosphere and spectacle. It would be short-sighted to think it is just all about what happens on the pitch,” he said. “The battle is sometimes you have to convince the clubs that it is in their best interest as well as ours, and stress the importance of what fans contribute to what they are selling. “The Premier League did a survey of television audiences in Thailand when they were looking at overseas matches, what they found was actually fans did not want to see Manchester United against Liverpool in Bangkok, they would love the chance to go to Anfield or Old Trafford to witness the real thing. “So there are signs the Premier League are starting to look at these things and recognise the importance of it.” Chairmen of English football’s 20 elite clubs met in central London on Wednesday for the first time since the bumper new £5.14billion television broadcasting deal was announced. The FSF presented an open letter to the chairmen, which was co-signed by fan groups from every Premier League club, detailing what it believes are key elements such as the cost of attending live matches, facilities for away fans, more supporter engagement as well a fairer distribution of football’s wealth throughout the domestic game and grassroots. The Premier League can easily accommodate an initiative to limit away fans tickets at £20 to protect the “spectacle” of its product, according to the chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation Kevin Miles.
The Children Day event which remains one of the biggest highlights yet at the ongoing international polo fiesta, has received high profile accolades as an occasion that enables children to cherish their buoyant freedom and rekindle their childhood and the potentials within them.Hundreds of school pupils and their teachers spent the whole day at the foremost Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club in Kaduna, engaging in various sporting activities and dance with the Mother of the Day, who called on other good spirited organizations and individuals to emulate the Access Bank partnership example.Revered as one of the biggest charity polo tournaments in the world, the charity shield which has been under the exclusive sponsorship of Access Bank for more than a decade now offers four major prizes, the Usman Dantata, the UNICEF cup, Access Bank Cup and the High Goal Charity Shield.Fifth Chukker team had earlier in the first stage of the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield International Polo Tournament upstaged favourites and former winners, Tila Farms 8-41/2, to win the prestigious Usman Dantata Cup.The ten-day annual event is a robust corporate social responsibility partnership platform set up in 2003 by Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in conjunction with Access Bank Plc. For almost two decades now, this annual event has been raising funds to support UNICEF projects for vulnerable children and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kaduna State and its environs.The 2019 grand finale of the premium charity polo extravaganza that was inaugurated in 2003 is billed to climax Saturday at the foremost Kangimi Resort with first class Emirs, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and several notable personalities in attendance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Hajia Aisha Ummi El-Rufai Kaduna State Government has lauded Access Bank Plc and its partner, Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Polo Club for its leading campaign to alleviate the plights of vulnerable and orphaned children in the state.Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Aisha Ummi El-Rufai who was the Special Guest of Honour at the Children’s Day event in the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament in Kaduna thumb up the partners for using the Charity Shield polo platform to enhance the educational and health well being of children in a most special way.“There is an important need for both private and public sectors to do a lot more in support of the Nigerian child, particularly the orphans and vulnerable children to enable them look forward to a better tomorrow,” the Kaduna State First Lady added.
A day off in Chicago did wonders for Ferris Bueller. Why not the A’s?After another unusual scheduling quirk — consecutive nights off in Chicago during a week-long span that began with a rare Friday night off at home — the A’s return to action on the South Side of town with an afternoon game on Friday to open a three-game series against the White Sox.The A’s are coming off a 10-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, their second loss in three games in the first half of …
(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The idea of a circumstellar habitable zone – a radial range around a star where an earth-like planet could support life – may be too simplistic. Science Daily reported that “Tides can render the so-called ‘habitable zone’ around low-mass stars uninhabitable.” Astronomers at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam studied the effects of tides on planets around low-mass stars (the most numerous stars in the galaxy) and found that the lack of seasons, the increased heat (and volcanism) and synchronous rotation make them uncomfortable at best, and perhaps uninhabitable. “I think that the chances for life existing on exoplanets in the traditional habitable zone around low-mass stars are pretty bleak, when considering tidal effects,” lead researcher Rene Heller remarked. “If you want to find a second Earth, it seems that you need to look for a second Sun.”So far we have narrowed the habitable zone to:Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Other constraints are bound to be realized from time to time, emphasizing the rarity of the sweet spot we inhabit. This would be, of course, predicted from the Architect’s message that he formed the Earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), but today’s scientists have a bad habit of ruling out Architects from their master plan. Make a good habit of studying the Architect’s plans whenever starting life construction on our habitable Privileged Planet.
SharePrint RelatedAin’t no Mountain High Enough… for Geocachers – Interview with Team GCTransAlpsJune 8, 2015In “15 Years”From the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the SnowDecember 18, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community” Editor’s Note: Kiet and Jill Callies (kietc) along with their daughter visited Groundspeak HQ on June 18th, 2010. It was their 1001st straight day of geocaching. The journey began on September 22, 2007 and ended that day at HQ. Kiet authored this guest blog. This is his story. These are his words. Here’s what you can learn from a team that completed a geocaching streak of 1001 days. Kiet and Jill Callies with daughter McKenzie. Geocaching username “keitc” When we started our streak on September 22, 2007, it was a reboot of a previous 41-day streak, broken by work commitments, which just whetted our whistles for the big one. No other commitments would interrupt our next streak until June 18, 2010 – a thousand and one days later. In that time, if stringing our finds together like a necklace of pearls, we traveled nearly 60,000 miles and made finds in 15 states.The original streak probably began as a pacesetter for reaching a milestone by the year’s end. The big streak was to prove we could go all the way. We started setting the goal of 100 days, then a year and, if a year, why not a thousand days. Then, again, why not be literary, like A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, A Thousand and One Geocaching Days.I almost carried the whole load alone. However, this was never meant to be a loner’s endeavor. My wife and daughter stepped in my place a couple of times. Once, during one of life’s frustrating moments of defeatism when I decided to give up on everything and pick a fight with the world, my wife, unable to witness the regret I would face in the after-moment, took my daughter and made a find to keep the streak alive.The next generation of geocacher, McKenzie Callies.Now, to maintain such a streak, the quality of some caches suffers. Though we have seen and discovered some amazing things in the course of our adventures, both obvious and hidden, we often had to settle for some mundane finds – a film canister tucked under a lamp post cover or inside a guard rail, which can be demotivating when these are the majority of your finds. Then I stumbled upon the Danboard and Stormtroopers 365 photo projects and was inspired.One of the things we enjoy about geocaching is the context of location. There is a reason why someone chose a particular location and decided to share it with others. Now you can argue whether the location is worth sharing, but you cannot deny that it now has context, a story. I decided to lay another narrative on top, and my medium was Legos and Star Wars.Legos are small and portable, perfect for travel, and like in Star Wars, we as geocachers use technology to get us close to the truth, the cache, and then use the mystical, or our geo-senses, to actually find it. Over-thinking it? Probably. I grew up under the strong influence of the original trilogy, and besides that, Star Wars is just so cool. On Day 779, I introduced the Star Wars Lego storyline and have managed a few chuckles here and there.Click the picture to view Kiet Callies Flickr pageNow that the streak is over, and I have had time to digest it all, I will tell you that I did experience withdrawal and guilt the next day, June 19th. What’s next? In celebration of geocaching’s 10-year anniversary, to find a cache placed in each month of geocaching’s existence. Isn’t setting goals fun?Share with your Friends:More
Screenr tops the list of FREE programs, getting bonus points for it’s ease of use and web based interface (no need to download software). You can quickly publish your screencast to YouTube or embed on your own site. However, the free version only allows for recordings up to 5 minutes. Jing is a straightforward free screen capture software, from TechSmith, the makers of popular paid screencasting apps Camtasia and SnagIt. Jing gives the option to ‘mark up’ your screencasts with text, arrows and highlights. Supported on both Mac & PC. CamStudio is an open source free screencasting application that create AVI or SWF video files. The software is currently only supported on Windows. Screencastomatic is another web based free screencasting app that allows instant publish to YouTube HD. Alternately, you can create standalone MP4, AVI and FLV movie files. The free version allows you to record 15 minutes of video, but does include a watermark when publishing. If you’re looking to create simple screencasts, check out these 5 FREE screencasting software and apps!While usually low-tech, screencasts are quickly becoming one tool that video professionals have to include in their arsenal. Whether you’re recording a video tutorial, demoing a website or product, or saving a complex post production workflow, screencasting can be useful for many different applications. If you’re just needing the bare bones, the following free screencasting software can get the job done.Do you know more free screencasting software options that didn’t make our list? Feel free to share in the comments below! EZVid is a software based free screencasting software that runs on PC (they recently discountinued development of a Mac version). Features include the ability to draw on the video image and add text.
Birkirkara name Liverpool hero Riise as ‘first’ sporting directorby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool Champions League winner John Arne Riise has been named new sporting director of Maltese club Birkirkara FC.Birkirkara have announced the role has been created for Riise.“John shall work together with the Club Technical Director, Mr. Michael Valenzia and Senior Team Manager, Mr. Jeffrey Farrugia in a new set-up which shall commence with immediate effect,” a club statement read.“Further details of the clubs plans for the future shall be published in the next few days.”Birkikara are four-time Maltese League winners, winning the title the last time five years ago. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny: Why I had to leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny has opened up on his departure from Arsenal.The French defender left Arsenal under somewhat of a cloud as he forced his way out by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour to America.But the 34-year-old has now revealed he wanted to leave for the sake of his family.Koscielny told L’Equipe: “A Premier League season is very long. It requires a lot physically and mentally. I didn’t feel I could play 40-50 matches and I didn’t want to end my career with injuries.”I’ve gone down a level, but to take more pleasure.”Either I finished there or changed clubs. With my family, we felt it was time.”Everything was in my thinking: football, my physical state, my wife, my children, the daily life we could have.”I can only say that I left with my head held high. All of those I worked with for nine years… everyone respected my decision to return home with my family.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard ready to face Spainby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard is ready to play for Norway against Spain on Saturday night.The two nations will meet in Oslo as they look to take a step towards qualification for the 2020 European Championship.Odegaard is set to go up against his current Real Sociedad teammates, as well as his teammates at his parent club, Real Madrid.”It’s going to be very special because I’m going to play against teammates and friends,” he told the Norwegian press.”But we’re only thinking about the game and we want to do our best.”We know that the first thing tomorrow is to be good in defence. The work that we’re doing on the pitch and our positioning will be the most important things.”
What would life look like if we followed through on our intentions? A former Stanford lecturer and behavioural designer, Nir Eyal spent over a decade researching the psychology behind habit-forming products. The result was his international bestseller, ‘Hooked’. Now, the man who identified the habit has delivered the cure in ‘Indistractable – How to Control your Attention and Chose Your Life (Bloomsbury)’. The Israeli author describes how to manage the discomfort that drives distraction and explains why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off your devices. With a four-step, research-backed model, ‘Indistractable’ lays bare the secret to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of you. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAmong the chapters are Master Internal Triggers, Make Time for Traction, Hack back External Triggers, Prevent Distraction with Pats, How to Make Your Workplace Indistractable. “Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will allow you to control your time and attention – and live the life you really want.” Eyal has taught courses on applied consumer psychology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies.