Iceland name Swede Hamren as new coach

first_img0Shares0000Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren has been named as the new Iceland boss © AFP/File / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDREYKJAVIK, Iceland, Aug 8 – Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren was on Wednesday announced as Iceland’s new manager, replacing Heimir Hallgrimsson who stepped down after leading the island nation to its first World Cup in Russia.Selected ahead of 30 other candidates, the 61-year-old now faces the task of taking the team to Euro 2020, which would be their third major championship in a row after reaching the Euro 2016 quarter-finals in France and the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer. “I like the challenge and I believe we can do it,” said Hamren, who has been a coach for more than 25 years at the highest level in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.“I’m coming into a new country and new team. It’s important that I won’t change everything. We have to hold onto the things that have worked well in the past.”Iceland’s former coach Hallgrimsson, 51, stepped down in July, saying it would be “good for the team to have a new vision”.Hamren signed a two-year contract with the possibility of an extension for another two years.Under his leadership, Sweden qualified for Euro 2012 and Euro 2016, but were knocked out in the group stage on both occasions.But Hamren failed to take Sweden to the 2014 World Cup after losing in a playoff to Portugal.He previously coached several clubs in his home country, but won his only league titles with Denmark’s Aalborg and Norway’s Rosenborg.Hamren had been the technical director of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns since January before resigning two days ago to take on the Iceland job.He will be assisted by Freyr Alexandersson, who has been coaching the Icelandic women’s team for five years.The two men will begin work in September for the start of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.“I’m very happy getting Freyr into the setup with me,” Hamren added. “In the short time since I met him he has impressed me hugely.”Iceland are to face Switzerland on September 8 and Belgium on September 11.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA huge crowd attended the highly-anticipated Dungloe GAA Fight Night on Saturday evening – with close to 1,000 people descending on the Sports Hall for a night of great entertainment.In the main billing, St Michael’s clubman Michael ‘The Rock’ Gallagher defeated Adrian Hanlon in what was a tactical affair from two astute boxers. In the first fight of the night, JP O’Donnell enthralled the crowd with his extravagant entrance.The Maghery Band played their ‘Price of Maghery’ into the ring for his bout with Christopher Walsh.O’Donnell won unanimously and that fight set the tone for what was a great night of action.There was some excellent bouts thereafter with wins for Martin McGlynn over Conor Comack, Gavin Ward over Phillip Melly, Marty Boyle over Patrick Boyle and Michael Boyle over Daniel Gallagher. There was then an interval taken for half an hour before the action resumed.After the break Benny McGarvey defeated Cathal Brennan and was later named Fighter of the Night.His brother Martin McGarvey then defeated Tarlach Bonner, while Conor Greene got the better of Ciaran Sharkey in a superb fight.Fight of the Night occurred between Doalty Boyle and Robert Wherley, with Boyle winning narrowly.Ryan Greene defeated Mark Sweeney in another super fight, before Adrian Hanlon and Michael Gallagher faced off.All in all it was a fantastic night’s entertainment, and well done to all who helped organise the event – and to the fighters who took part. ‘ROCK’-Y BEATS ADRIAN AT DUNGLOE GAA FIGHT NIGHT – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dungloeFIGHT NIGHTGAApicture specialSportlast_img read more

Mint looking forward with its new nickel

first_img For the past two years, the Mint has changed the design of the nickel every six months to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition, both of which occurred during Jefferson’s administration. The new five-cent coin, which will go into circulation early next year, is the last scheduled change in the nickel’s appearance. It will feature Jefferson’s Monticello home on the reverse side of the coin but in an updated image from the Monticello that first began appearing on the nickel in 1938. The image of Jefferson will be accompanied by the word “Liberty” in Jefferson’s own handwriting, a detail that was introduced last year in the Westward Journey series of nickels. Since Abraham Lincoln became the first president to be depicted on a circulating coin, in 1909, presidents have always been shown in profile, in part because profile designs remain recognizable even after extensive wear on the coin. The Mint, however, believes it has produced an image of Jefferson for the new nickel that can stand up to heavy use. For next year, between 1.4 billion and 1.8 billion of the new nickels are expected to go into circulation. The coins will be called the Jefferson 1800 because Franki’s image of Jefferson is based on a Rembrandt Peale portrait of Jefferson done in 1800, the year Jefferson was first elected president. WASHINGTON – After nearly 100 years of depicting presidents in somber profiles on the nation’s coins, the U.S. Mint is trying something different: The new nickel features Thomas Jefferson, facing forward, with the hint of a smile. “It isn’t a silly smile or a smirk, but a sense of optimism that I was trying to convey with the expression,” says Jamie Franki, an associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. His drawing was chosen out of 147 entries. In unveiling the design Tuesday, Mint officials said they believed the new image of Jefferson was an appropriate way to commemorate his support for expanding the country through the Louisiana Purchase and sending Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the territory in 1804-05. “The image of a forward-looking Jefferson is a fitting tribute to that vision,” said David Lebryk, the acting director of the Mint. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Savory beef and cheese roll-ups

first_imgThis recipe for savory beef and cheese roll-ups comes from pound deli roast beef, thinly sliced2 packages, 6 ounces each, garden vegetable flavored soft spreadable cheese4 large, 10-inche, flour tortillas 1 cup shredded carrots1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese, optional8 leaves green leaf lettuceSpread cheese evenly over one side of each tortilla; top each with 1/4 cup shredded carrots and 1/4 cup Jack Cheese. Layer lettuce and deli roast beef over …last_img

Trailblazer: David Kramer

first_imgCEO: Sci-Bono Discovery CentreWhy is David a Trailblazer?David Kramer is not your average museum curator. Flying in the face of convention, he has been heralded as a modern-day pioneer at the forefront of preserving and showcasing the best that maths and science has to offer.Thanks to David, what used to be the Electric Warehouse in Newtown, Johannesburg has been transformed into the revolutionary Sci-Bono Discovery Centre – the largest of its kind in Africa.Characterised by hands-on exhibits, science stage shows and innovative workshops, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre provides uniquely designed “edu-tainment” for people from all walks of life.Unlike the traditional static museum model of “look but don’t touch”, the Sci-Bono centre guarantees a tangible experience – typified by the incredible 1 200 square metre Science Tunnel.In his own words .“Our job is to change both attitudes and capacity in maths and science. We’ve got to get kids enthusiastic about what maths and science can do for them in the future.Fast FactsSci-Bono Discovery Centre is comparable to similar centres across the globe, such as the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, and the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris.It is aligned with national and provincial priorities and initiatives to promote science, engineering and technology among learners – particularly girls and previously disadvantaged individuals.It bridges exciting contemporary science and technology, plus the numerous scientific achievements that shape our lives.Sci-Bono (“bono” is the Venda word for “vision”) is primarily about interactivity.How can I help?Find out more about the centre and when you can visit by logging on to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre website or calling (011) 639-8400.Story published on SAinfo on 19 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

‘Buy Proudly SA this festive season’

first_img19 October 2012The Proudly South African national “buy local” campaign is calling on consumers nationwide to buy locally made products in the run up to, and during, this year’s festive season.Stores are already beginning to stock their shelves with Christmas products. We would like to encourage shoppers to buy products and gifts made in South Africa,” said Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe.“When we ‘buy local’ we help to stimulate our own economy and create jobs locally. As we head into the season of ‘goodwill’, let’s do our part for the good of the economy.”The call forms part of Proudly SA’s nationwide “Buy Local” campaign, which runs under the theme “Be Proudly South African – Buy Local to create jobs”.A team from Proudly SA is currently in the Eastern Cape to host high-level business forums, mall activations and school visits. The aim is to create awareness around buying local, supporting local service providers and the positive spin offs of buying products “Made in South Africa”.As part of the awareness campaign, Proudly SA is hosting a business forum in East London on Friday morning, in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation.“The nationwide Proudly South African business forums are a golden opportunity for the business community to network and forge partnerships that have the potential to contribute towards job creation,” said Sedibe.“Delegates are also equipped with information on how businesses can benefit from the Local Procurement Accord, DTI programmes and government funding for small businesses.”Proudly South African member companies will also showcase top-quality homegrown products and services at the Hemmingways Mall in East London this weekend. Shoppers will have the opportunity to see what South Africa has to offer and buy local products. There will also be competitions and giveaways throughout the weekend.Sapalast_img read more

Puppet Labs Goes for the Enterprise

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Tags:#cloud#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Insuring configurations are deployed identically across servers. If you have ten web servers, how do you know that all ten are identical? (if you’re asking “why do I care if the servers are identical?” I have an upcoming post for you. Trust me, you want this.Insuring that your web servers continue to be identical over time, and that only “trusted” changes are deployed.Tracking changes over timeEnabling the ability to roll back configurations to a point in time, across your ten servers automatically.Reducing the amount of build and implementation time for each server. At a previous employer, we used Puppet to reduce build times from 2.5 hours with our in-house system to 10 minutes.Configuring Virtual MachinesThis is an interesting space to watch and has connections to the IT services market. Puppet has an advantage. They’ve commercialized the open source code, which they in essence helped create. Puppet has proven itself with a roster of companies. Now it’s the rest of the market that will need to define how to automate its data centers. Puppet is without a doubt, one of the most viable options.. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Puppet Labs is now officially a software company. The data center management technology company introduced Puppet for the Enterprise this week. The software is a major advancement for the company. It reflects on the cloud management space that is growing fast in concert with the move to virtualization, the need for data center efficiencies and automatic provisioning.Puppet provides a framework for managing data centers. It can be used for operations of most any size. Users include, Red Hat, Twitter, Zynga and thousands of other customers. Puppet automates the provisioning, patching and configuration of operating system and application components across enterprise and cloud infrastructures.Puppet for the Enterprise takes much of the manual work out of integrating by hand. For years, IT managers have used scripts and images to manage networks. But these days data centers may have tens of thousands of virtual machines. Puppet for the Enterprise allows system administrators to install the framework and use it manage the network as it grows in complexity.For example, let’s say you want to start using Amazon EC2. To do that you create a template or an Amazon Machine Instance (AMI). The AMI contains your applications, libraries, data and associated configuration settings.That’s fine and well. But it can be a task to update an AMI. It has to be done manually. Puppet takes the labor out of the equation. Rebuilding an AMI does not have to be done from scratch. Instead, the AMI becomes a base server with Puppert running on top of it. Puppet keeps the AMI updated with the correct configurations. As a result, scaling can be done far easier than if an AMI was rebuilt in the traditional manner.Puppet for the Enterprise is the paid version of the open-source framework. It is available via download. You can try a version at no cost. The original Puppet will continue to be free and open source. Puppet competes with services such as Opscode, which also provides cloud management technology.Rooflabs provides a decent overview of the two companies:last_img read more

The Evolution of B2B Sales Transcends and Includes

first_imgThe competencies that were once necessary to succeed in sales have not been eliminated or replaced. That isn’t how evolution tends to work, it tends to transcend and include what came before, making modifications and adaptations, not whole scale changes.Prospecting has not been replaced by inbound marketing. Inbound marketing has been added to the traditional forms of creating new opportunities. Like all methods and mediums, different strategies produce different results based on dozens of variables.The idea of closing, asking the client for their business and securing a contract, is still very much necessary, despite any protestations to the contrary. If anything, the evolution of commercial relationships likely includes more commitments than would have been necessary in the past.If anything has truly changed, it’s the very idea of discovery. Now, in addition to the new outcomes of helping your dream client discover something about themselves (the reason they should change, the implications of not changing, how they should change, the trade-offs they may need to make), you also have to discover who is necessary to a deal and how to build consensus. Do you still need to know what keeps your dream client up at night? I doubt it could hurt you.Differentiation is more pronounced than ever. You, in fact, are a large part of the differentiation because you are a large part of the value proposition. Your company, your product, and your solution might also be different, but the added value that creates a preference is mostly on your shoulders. Would it help to have differentiation across the four levels of value? Stacking it up isn’t going to harm you, as long as you get things in the right order.Most salespeople aren’t taught to negotiate, and when they are, you’d think they’re being taught to execute Shuttle Diplomacy ala Henry Kissinger. Even though the largest part of a negotiation in which a salesperson is responsible is about the value each party captures, competition and commoditization has massively raised the stakes.You can add to these fundamentals things like business acumen, a relatively new modification to the skill necessary in B2B sales. The idea that one knows their business, their client’s business, and the intersection of the two well enough to consult isn’t new, but it is certainly more pronounced—and it is recognized as missing when that is true.Change management, building consensus, and leading a group of people through the process of change, starting with the decision to do so, is another higher level skill that builds on what came before.It is likely true that you need to be generally smarter to sell than in times past as it pertains to the complex, B2B sales. Would the client suffer from having a salesperson who was exceptionally good with people and capable of helping them persuade their teammates to change? Would fast rapport and relationships make selling more difficult for either the buyer or the seller? Or might it provide the benefit of being able to work together on difficult problems.As you read and think about how sales has changed over time, wherever you see an “or,” change it to an “and.” Not much is being taken away, but much is being added. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

New political outfit still a distant dream in Odisha

first_imgThere has been widespread speculation in Odisha that the leaders who had been ousted from the ruling BJD over the past 18 years are planning to form a new political outfit before the coming elections. But going by the mood, it may remain a distant dream.The speculation about formation of an outfit had gained momentum after senior BJD legislator from Paradip Damodar Rout was expelled from the party on Wednesday last.Mr. Rout was expelled in the wake of his allegations of irregularities in various State government departments and schemes which had evoked strong criticism from party workers.Lok Sabha MP from the Kendrapara constituency Baijayant Panda, who had resigned from the BJD in May this year, had met Mr. Rout at his residence a day after his expulsion from the party.Panda-Rout meetingMr. Panda’s meeting with Mr. Rout added to the speculation that all those who had been ousted from the ruling party may get-together in their efforts to take on the Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.The Kendrapara MP had been suspended from the primary membership of the BJD for “anti-party” activities in January. Although an impression had been created that he may join the BJP soon, he has not done so till date.Mr. Rout, who had been sacked from the Ministry by Mr. Patnaik in December last year in the wake of his derogatory remarks against the Brahmin community, has been crying foul over his dismissal alleging that the BJD president was getting rid of his father Biju Patnaik’s loyalists one by one.He has said that he will join the Biju loyalists who were outside the BJD, including former Minister Bijoy Mohapatra, BJP legislator Dilip Ray and Mr. Panda, if they form a new political party.Mr. Patnaik, however, sees no threat from the ousted leaders. “Mr. Rout has always been making irresponsible statements and his allegations are ridiculous.”“If they are to form a political party, that’s their business. It will not have any impact in the State,” Mr. Patnaik has said.Political analysts are also sceptical about the proposed party. They feel that formation of a new party in the name of Biju Patnaik, as Mr. Rout suggests, may not be possible.last_img read more

ScienceShot: String Theory Sung A Capella

first_imgTim Blais, 23, had an unusual personal project last year while he worked on his master’s thesis in physics at McGill University in Montreal: making a capella exploration of string theory on YouTube. “Bohemian Gravity,” as he calls it, is sung to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and has gone viral online, racking up more than 867,000 views on YouTube since being posted on 16 September. Impeccably arranged and edited, the parody shows Blais singing in harmony with himself, featuring lyrics like “Space is a pure void / Why should it be stringy? / Because it’s quantum not classical / Nonrenormalizable.” Blais, who sings and plays several instruments, says now that he’s graduated he wants to pursue life as a musician, though he’s considering other science themed videos in the future. Among the hundreds of online mentions of the video he’s most proud of one from astrophysicist Brian May, the Queen guitarist, who linked to it on his blog.See more ScienceShots.last_img read more