Betway will continue to support the football community and other worthy social causes, all for the love of the game,” he concluded.Items donated by Betway include first aid kits, nets, crutches, footballs, bibs, training jerseys, football boots and sports bags. These items will help improve the team in various areas such as training and games to come.Betway, official principal sponsors of English Premier League side West Ham United, has sponsored major sporting events all around the world including Premier League Darts in the UK, Queen Mother Champion Chase, a prestigious horse racing championship and the first ever 5-Aside League in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram International sports betting platform, Betway and sponsors of the first ever five-a-side professional league in Nigeria, has taken its love for Nigerian football a notch higher by embarking on a CSR project, donating valuable items to the Special Eagles, the Nigerian National Amputee Team.This project will go a long way in improving the morale of the amputee Football players who represented Nigeria at the 2018 edition of the Amputee World Cup in Mexico.According to Betway Nigeria Country Manager, Lere Awokoya, “We are happy to support the development of the Nigerian Amputee Football Team with this donation. We truly appreciate the players and staff for their efforts in inspiring other Nigerians for flying Nigeria’s flag with pride.”
Liverpool yesterday erased the disappointment of last season’s Champions League final loss by claiming the trophy for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in Madrid.It was Mohamed Salah, such a disconsolate figure when he was injured early in that loss to Real Madrid, who set Liverpool on their way with a penalty after two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punished for handball.In a final that rarely touched the heights of the blockbuster semi-finals that made this an all-Premier League showpiece, Spurs had chances but were denied by Liverpool keeper Alisson, who saved well from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen. And their failure to capitalise was ruthlessly punished when substitute Divock Origi ensured manager Jurgen Klopp won his first trophy as Liverpool manager by driving low and powerfully past Hugo Lloris with three minutes left.Spurs counterpart Mauricio Pochettino took the gamble of selecting England captain and main striker Harry Kane despite his not having played since April because of an ankle injury, replacing semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura, but he had no impact.Liverpool lifted the trophy that was taken from their grasp in Ukraine last season and now stand behind only Real Madrid and AC Milan as serial winners of this tournament.One of the enduring images of Liverpool’s loss to Real Madrid in Kiev was a tearful Salah being led off midway through the first half as realisation dawned he could not continue with the shoulder injury sustained in a tangle with Sergio Ramos.It was a moment that changed the mood inside the stadium and left Liverpool unable to turn the tide once it went against them – so this was an occasion laced with meaning for the world-class Egyptian.And his moment came almost instantly when he took responsibility from the penalty spot and powered the ball past Lloris.How fitting it was that the player who has contributed so much to Liverpool’s renaissance should make such a significant contribution.Another major difference from last year’s disappointment was the giant presence of Alisson in goal as opposed to the hapless Lloris Karius, who gifted goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in Kiev.Here, the £67m Brazilian was a rock with his safe handling and vital interventions when Liverpool came under stress in the second half.Alisson, along with Virgil van Dijk, has given Liverpool the extra dimension that pushed them so close to a first league title in 29 years and has now made them European champions once more.Liverpool manager Klopp knew one sub-plot to this Champions League final, played out in the searing heat of Madrid, would be his grim record of losing six successive finals.He had lost three with Liverpool, including in this competition last season, and while no-one can seriously doubt the German’s outstanding work it was his legendary Anfield predecessor Bill Shankly who coined the phrase: “First is first and second is nowhere.”Klopp can now cast off that mantle and instead be known as the manager who restored Liverpool to the pinnacle of European competition.Ironically, after a season of sustained brilliance and a single defeat brought the scant reward of second place to Manchester City in the Premier League, this landmark triumph was achieved with one of Liverpool’s least sparkling performances for some time.That will not matter, however, because Liverpool earned this glory with wins such as those over Bayern Munich in the quarter-final and the astonishing 4-0 turnaround against Barcelona at Anfield in the semi-final.Klopp was already a much-loved figure – now his name will be written into club folklore.For Pochettino, the temptation to play Kane was simply too much to resist – and it was easy to understand why.Pochettino knew his world-class striker was a player who had hurt Liverpool in the past and could hurt them again – so he left out Moura, the scorer of that dramatic hat-trick in the semi-final second leg in Ajax that took Spurs to the final.Kane had not played since sustaining another ankle injury in the quarter-final first leg against Manchester City on April 9 and it showed as he failed to exert any influence on the game, Moura introduced belatedly but unable to produce a second miracle.Spurs and Pochettino were left heartbroken and perhaps with a sense of missed opportunity, because Liverpool were nowhere near their best and occasionally looked vulnerable.Pochettino, however, deserves huge credit for taking Spurs to their first Champions League final without strengthening his squad this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven walling Tomorrow, RIM will launch MyBlackBerry, community site for device owners to rate and review apps, as well as share tips and tricks. While indy sites like BlackBerry Forums and CrackBerry have long been active spaces for discussion, this will be the first officially-sanctioned online space for BlackBerry fanatics. In the best of all possible worlds (for RIM anyway), MyBlackBerry will serve as a space for customers to provide support for each other. In the worst, MyBlackBerry will languish, as the lack of a vibrant ecosystem around BlackBerry apps becomes more apparent than ever. By all appearances, MyBlackBerry will feature three basic social features:Individual ProfilesPersonal profiles for MyBlackBerry users will apparently center on the device you own, differentiating the experience for those who carry a Storm or a Bold from others who’ve signed up. Beyond that, what level of detail and user profiling is up in the air at this point, though it’s likely to include a record of your personal contributions to the site.App Ratings & ReviewsA key feature to MyBlackBerry will be ratings and reviews of applications, no doubt to try and bolster the excitement around RIM-specific apps, which has lagged behind significantly in comparison to the App Store. Once the site gets going, reviews should become an important outlet for BlackBerry apps developers. Community ForumsIf you watch the demo video, you can clearly see a forum-type function, whereby a threaded conversation can take place among BlackBerry owners for mutual support. In a success scenario for the community, this will become something like a more social version of the WordPress Codex. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…
Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Last month Gartner released its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting. The report positioned AT&T, Rackspace, Savvis, Terremark and Verizon as the leaders. Controversially, Amazon.com didn’t make the cut as a leader partially because it doesn’t offer certain features such as managed hosting or options for hybrid clouds. Amazon.com and many of the other providers ranked are focused on developers and on providing web services, not hosting virtualized enterprise applications such as ERP. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley Gartner gauges companies based on several criteria for each Magic Quadrant, and one is usually “completeness of vision.” By this measure, Amazon.com does lag some of its competitors. We’ve also noted that even with the recent price reductions Amazon.com’s support is considerably more expensive than its competition. But that doesn’t mean it offers a worse service.When selecting a vendor for anything, whether that’s on-premise hardware or SaaS, it’s important to assess your specific needs. Many of Amazon.com’s customers don’t need or want to the services that Gartner notes are absent. Looking at an analyst ranking doesn’t give you a customized view of the situation – it gives you a very generalized view.This doesn’t meant there’s no value in the reports, but it does mean that there’s very little value in just looking at the quadrant graphic. We had a good conversation about the value of the Magic Quadrant reports in particular in the comments of this post. This thread on Quora dives into how relevant analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester will be in the future. ccLoop CEO Michael Wolfe, makes a great point: “If I want to spend $10m on a piece of enterprise software, I spend $5K on a report written by a single analyst a year ago?” He suggests that what we need is a “Yelp for Enterprise.”Venkatesh Rao suggests LinkedIn could become the Yelp of enterprise. We’ve written before about how LinkedIn Company Pages can be used to evaluate vendors:Although we doubt these social network reviews will take place of journalists and analyst firms, it would be nice to have one more way of learning about a company before signing on the dotted line. The challenge for LinkedIn will be keeping recommendations authentic and keeping the whole thing from turning into a giant spam pit.That remains true today. LinkedIn Pages or some other well-vetted review site for enterprise products and services would make a great compliment to existing resources. Gartner gets customer testimonials while preparing the Magic Quadrant reports. A “Yelp for enterprise” would give decision makers the chance to look at those testimonials directly, decide how relevant the comments are to their organizations and possibly even real customers directly.Another way analyst firms could evolve is by providing more dynamic information sources to replace or compliment static reports. Although Gartner mentions that it might update the Magic Quadrant reports during the year if there’s a significant development, it hardly feels like the reports are up to date. Real-time data – possibly even complimented by aggregating information from multiple “Yelps for enterprise” – could be embedded into reports to keep them fresh.What do you think? What would make it easier for you to make decisions?
Passion projects are ideal for bouncing out of a creative rut, building new skills and taking risks. In this post we’ll look at why YOU should be pursuing self directed passion projects to keep your ‘creative brain’ in top shape.Working in a creative field does not always mean creative work. In fact, the pressure from clients, managers and co-workers can often feel like quite the opposite – with you merely executing on their ideas. Going through an ongoing cycle of projects like this can make you feel dull and creatively stagnant.If you’ve found yourself just “going through the motions” it’s time for a creative reality check. One of the best ways to get the creative juices following again is with a passion project. A project for you, by you. No rules, no clients, no oversight.New and FreshIf you’re a video editor try taking on a project where you have to shoot video. If you’re a wedding photographer try taking on a project shooting portraits or landscapes.Gaining a different perspective will you more well-rounded and give you a different perspective to take back to your full-time work. As a general rule, try to make your passion project something that you don’t do for work. It should feel new and fresh.No Client RestrictionsClients can bog you down with so many details and directions that you’re just following their script line by line. They may dictate every cut in a video edit or tell you exactly how your photography subject should be lit and posed. It’s to your creative detriment that they’re doing all the thinking for you.Embrace the freedom you have with your own project. Take risks. By exercising this part of your brain you’ll be better suited to bring creative ideas to your full time work.How am I going to find the time?Just like you have to make time to go to the gym to stay in physical shape, you must make time for passion projects to stay in top creative shape. You have to remember that a passion project is more than just a hobby, it’s an investment in YOU.WorkAwesome.com shares a good post about their trick for making time for passion projects: tackling it first thing in the day. Check out a few good tips for working early, over on their site.Keep it AttainableProjects that seem unattainable will be abandoned. Since you’re not being held responsible to a client or customer you may be more likely to give up on a project if it is too difficult or too broad in scope. Instead, shoot for something that can be achieved within a few months max and with the financial resources you have at your disposal.Plus, knocking out one passion project will give you more momentum when getting into the next one.Share Your WorkAside from being creatively enriching, you may also want your passion project to be a learning experience. Perhaps you tried your hand at a technical skill that you weren’t previously familiar with. By sharing the results of your work with others that are more experienced, you’ll learn tips and know what better to do next time. You should also pick up a few things that will be helpful in your own full time work (for instance if you’re a video editor you may learn more about lighting, shooting, etc).Remember, passion projects are about enrichment and growth. You’re not just keeping your creative mind active…you should aim to expand it as well!Got tips for keeping your creativity vivid?Got a project you’d like to share with us?Let us know in the comments!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learnby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc says dropping Jadon Sancho yesterday was the right call.Sancho had returned late from international duty with the England squad and was dropped for the win over Borussia Monchengladbach.”We did not make the decision easily, but it was without alternative. Sancho is an excellent player, but we have a responsibility for the club, for the spirit in the team,” said Zorc.BVB coach Lucien Favre also spoke of the former Manchester City winger: “Jadon is a great player, not a discussion. But he still has a lot to learn. He must continue to enjoy training and progress.”
A new study suggests that ketamine, an increasingly popular treatment for depression, has something in common with drugs like fentanyl and oxycodone.The small study found evidence that ketamine’s effectiveness with depression, demonstrated in many small studies over the past decade, comes from its interaction with the brain’s opioid system. A Stanford University team reported their findings Wednesday in The American Journal of Psychiatry.”We think ketamine is acting as an opioid,” says Alan Schatzberg, one of the study’s authors and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. “That’s why you’re getting these rapid effects.”Until now, most researchers have attributed ketamine’s success to its effect on the brain’s glutamate system, which is involved in learning and memory. The opioid system, in contrast, controls pain, reward and addictive behaviors.Ketamine is an anesthetic that is frequently given to children in the emergency room. It is also a popular but illicit party drug that can cause an out-of-body experience at high doses.And in the past few years, ketamine has seen increasing use as an off-label treatment that doctors prescribe for patients with severe depression that doesn’t respond to other drugs. Unlike conventional antidepressants like Prozac, which can take weeks to work, an infusion or nasal administration of ketamine typically produces results in hours.The new study’s findings suggests that taking ketamine for depression could lead to abuse or addiction, says Schatzberg, who has financial ties to several drug companies. Ketamine has a less potent effect on opioid receptors than drugs like fentanyl or oxycodone, he says, “but that doesn’t mean it’s safer.”Other researchers say the study’s implications aren’t so clear.”The results are quite intriguing,” says Carlos Zarate Jr., an investigator at the National Institute of Mental Health who has been studying ketamine’s effects on depression for more than a decade. “However, this study is preliminary and its results need to be replicated.”The new study is “interesting and exciting,” says Ronald Duman, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale University who has published research showing how ketamine causes brain cells to form new connections.But Duman isn’t convinced that ketamine’s effect on the opioid system is the key to its effectiveness in treating depression. He notes that ketamine’s effect on the brain’s glutamate system is quite powerful, while the drug has “a relatively low affinity for opiate receptors.”The Stanford team decided to conduct its study after seeing research that suggested drugs that work on the glutamate system alone aren’t very effective antidepressants, Schatzberg says. The researchers also knew that opioid drugs had once been used to treat depression but were largely abandoned because of concern about abuse.So the team designed an experiment that would treat patients with depression in two ways. The first was by giving them an infusion of ketamine alone. The second involved giving each patient the drug naltrexone, which blocks the effects of opioid drugs, before the patient got an infusion of ketamine.An analysis of a dozen patients who got both treatments showed a dramatic difference. Seven of the 12 saw their depression symptoms decrease by at least 50 percent a day after they got ketamine alone. But when they got naltrexone first, there was “virtually no effect,” says Carolyn Rodriguez, one of the study’s authors and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.Rodriguez, who has pioneered the use of ketamine to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, says the study doesn’t prove that the drug works primarily through the brain’s opioid system. Instead, she calls the result “the beginning of a conversation” and says it “highlights that ketamine’s mechanism of action is complicated.”Rodriguez has served as a consultant for several drug companies including Allergan, which is developing a depression drug that acts like ketamine in the brain.One possibility is that ketamine’s effect on opioid receptors may provide immediate but short-term relief of depression symptoms, Rodriguez says, while the drug’s effect on the glutamate system may be what makes that relief last for a week or more. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG17026.jpg” alt=”last_img” />