Bookmark of the month

first_imgBookmark of the month www.mbainfo.comOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today MBA Info A sister site to last month’s featured Management Courses Information(, MBA Info holds details of 2,500 MBA programmes in1,290 universities, business schools and management colleges in more than 120countries. The search engine works in a similar way (but with less parameters)and you can select the structure of study (which includes distance learning),programme focus, location, duration, and there’s a handy start date box.There’s plenty of general advice before you leap to the search engine,including tips on taking the Graduate Management Admission (GMAT) test, thestandard test used by many business schools as part of their MBA assessmentprocedure. Other useful sections include the glossary of terms, funding, schooland college rankings and pre-MBA books and reading. If you want to find outwhere your MBA could take you in your career, you can go to the which has a database of current vacancies and employerprofiles. It allows you to register for free and get a passcode, so you can putyour details and job requirements into the database – this can be doneanonymously if you wish. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

A Facebook Page That Will Please The Human (and New Yorker) In You

first_imgI just got this imaginary fan mail:Hey Conforti. Nice job with The Buzz. It’s a great column-y type of thing, perhaps the greatest one the world has ever seen. In fact, I’m sure of it.I visit all the time for important local news, delightful columns and fascinating investigative stories, but I really enjoy the screaming goats and stuff.Most of what you put up is so hilarious. You are a great judge of what’s great.In fact, I always see the stuff you pick on the news, days after you posted it. It’s like you’re a Psychic of Awesome. I want you to be my friend. My wife thinks you’re so hot.She’s right.That all being said, you usually post funny, goofy stuff. My friend, who is a jerk, says, “There’s no way this Conforti guy could find anything profound, interesting, artistic and so delightfully reflective of the vast greatness of humanity, particularly in the New York area.”Please prove him wrong. Please show my jerk friend that the internet is good for more than weird lip sync performances, basketball trick shots and great pole dancing videos.I’ll be back after watching that pole dancing video again to see if you’ve succeeded.Well. I’m so flattered, thank you. And thank your wife. But I’ll probably thank her myself. In the meantime, I accept your challenge, and deliver unto you, a Facebook page that is profound, interesting, artistic and so delightfully reflective of the greatness of humanity, particularly in the New York area.Click here to visit “Humans of New York” on Facebook.AND AS A BONUS, read about what happened between this guy and DKNY here. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

12 new cases added to WV’s COVID-19 stats

first_img* 30-year-old female from Tubungan, Iloilo (Patient No. 229)* 23-year-old male from Escalante City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 230)* 29-year-old female from Victorias City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 231)* 24-year-old female from San Enrique, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 232)* 48-year-old male from Hinigaran, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 233)* 21-year-old female from Himamaylan, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 234)* 27-year-old male from Cadiz City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 235)* 52-year-old female from Victorias City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 236)* 29-year-old female from Bacolod City (Patient No. 237)* 42-year-old male from Pototan, Iloilo (Patient No. 238)* 25-year-old female from Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 239)* 25-year-old female from Cadiz City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 240)All of them were asymptomatic and under quarantine, said Pulmones. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. Here’s the breakdown of the region’s 240 cases – Aklan, six; Antique, 14; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 23; Negros Occidental, three; Bacolod City, 11; Iloilo City, 20; and repatriates (overseas workers and LSIs), 157. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. These new cases brought to 240 the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region, said Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of DOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, yesterday. According to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6, 10 of these 12 new cases were based in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City while the two others were based in the towns of Tubungan and Pototan in Iloilo province. ILOILO City – Western Visayas has 12 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Eleven of them were newly-returned locally stranded individuals (LSIs) while one was a repatriated overseas worker. Proper disinfection and infection prevention and control measures should be regularly practiced at home, especially focusing on frequently-touched areas like the door, light switches, tables and cellphones among others, Villanueva added. These were the new cases: “Those with history of travel to COVID-19-affected areas or possible exposure to the disease should undergo either home or facility quarantine for 14 days. Wear face mask. Minimize interaction with other people, and frequently wash hands with soap and water,” she said. Patient No. 238 was the only repatriated overseas worker in this batch of COVID-positive cases.Of the 11 LSIs, four were from Cebu while seven were from Metro Manila.DOH-6 assistant regional director Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva urged Western Visayans to continue being vigilant. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PNlast_img read more

EPL: Liverpool destroy Palace, move closer to title

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool were back at their lethal best to beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield on Wednesday, moving within two points of securing the Premier League title.The victory, with goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane, ensured Juergen Klopp’s side could be crowned champions on Thursday if second-placed Manchester City fail to win at Chelsea. Should Pep Guardiola’s side win at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool could finish the job with a victory in their next game, against defending champions City, on July 2.“We’ve worked hard for this over the past few years and as a squad this is what we’ve dreamed of. We’re in a good position so hopefully we’ll be able to get across the line pretty soon,” said right back Alexander-Arnold, whose superb free kick broke the deadlock.It was such a dominant performance from Klopp’s side, who had been held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Sunday, that Palace did not have a single touch in Liverpool’s penalty area — the first time that has occurred in the Premier League since Opta began collating such stats in 2008.After the Liverpool anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was played in front of the empty stadium, Roy Hodgson’s Palace suffered an early blow when Wilfried Zaha limped off injured in the 15th minute.Alexander-Arnold fired Liverpool ahead in the 23rd minute with a perfectly-executed curling free kick into the top corner. Salah doubled the advantage, a minute before the interval, chesting down a cross-field pass from Fabinho before skipping goalwards and slotting home.Brazilian Fabinho made it 3-0 with a thundering drive from 25 metres out before Mane added the fourth, finishing off a classic break from Liverpool’s front three.Mane started the move, slipping the ball inside to Roberto Firmino who found Salah on the right, the Egyptian delivering a perfect pass to the on-running Mane who confidently drove home.Liverpool have 86 points from 31 games with City 23 points behind ahead of their trip to Chelsea.Tags: Crystal PalaceFabinhoJurgen KloppLiverpoolMohamed SalahSadio ManeTrent Alexander-ArnoldWilfried Zahalast_img read more

Cattlewomen’s Corner: Corned beef and cabbage recipe

first_imgTrim fat from meat. Place in a 4 to 6 quart pot; add juices … 3 medium carrots, quartered lengthwise2 medium parsnips or 1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cut into chunks2 medium red onions, cut into wedges10-12 new potatoes (1 pound)1 small cabbage, cut into 6 wedges (1 pound) St. Patrick’s Day dinner is traditionally corned beef and cabbage. This recipe is from Tehama County Farm Bureau News.2 to 2 1/2 pound corned beef brisket.1 teaspoon whole black pepper2 bay leaveslast_img

2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group H

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP HSPAIN Coach: Vicente del Bosque # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperIker Casillas (captain)20 May 1981 (aged 29)103Real Madrid2DefenderRaúl Albiol4 September 1985 (aged 24)22Real Madrid3DefenderGerard Piqué2 February 1987 (aged 23)15Barcelona4DefenderCarlos Marchena31 July 1979 (aged 30)57Valencia5DefenderCarles Puyol13 April 1978 (aged 32)82Barcelona6MidfielderAndrés Iniesta11 May 1984 (aged 26)41Barcelona7ForwardDavid Villa3 December 1981 (aged 28)56Valencia8MidfielderXavi25 January 1980 (aged 30)85Barcelona9ForwardFernando Torres20 March 1984 (aged 26)72Liverpool10MidfielderCesc Fàbregas4 May 1987 (aged 23)47Arsenal11DefenderJoan Capdevila3 February 1978 (aged 32)44Villarreal12GoalkeeperVíctor Valdés14 January 1982 (aged 28)0Barcelona13MidfielderJuan Manuel Mata28 April 1988 (aged 22)7Valencia14MidfielderXabi Alonso25 November 1981 (aged 28)67Real Madrid15DefenderSergio Ramos30 March 1986 (aged 24)58Real Madrid16MidfielderSergio Busquets16 July 1988 (aged 21)12Barcelona17DefenderÁlvaro Arbeloa17 January 1983 (aged 27)14Real Madrid18ForwardPedro28 July 1987 (aged 22)1Barcelona19ForwardFernando Llorente26 February 1985 (aged 25)6Athletic Bilbao20MidfielderJavi Martínez2 September 1988 (aged 21)1Athletic Bilbao21MidfielderDavid Silva8 January 1986 (aged 24)34Valencia22MidfielderJesús Navas21 November 1985 (aged 24)4Sevilla23GoalkeeperPepe Reina31 August 1982 (aged 27)19Liverpool SWITZERLAND Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperDiego Benaglio8 September 1983 (aged 26)25Wolfsburg2DefenderStephan Lichtsteiner16 January 1984 (aged 26)26Lazio3DefenderLudovic Magnin20 April 1979 (aged 31)61Zürich4DefenderPhilippe Senderos14 February 1985 (aged 25)38Everton5DefenderSteve von Bergen10 June 1983 (aged 27)10Hertha Berlin6MidfielderBenjamin Huggel7 July 1977 (aged 32)36Basel7MidfielderTranquillo Barnetta2 May 1985 (aged 25)50Bayer Leverkusen8MidfielderGökhan Inler27 June 1984 (aged 25)34Udinese9ForwardAlexander Frei (captain)15 July 1979 (aged 30)73Basel10ForwardBlaise Nkufo25 May 1975 (aged 35)29Twente11MidfielderValon Behrami19 April 1985 (aged 25)26West Ham United12GoalkeeperMarco Wölfli22 August 1982 (aged 27)4Young Boys13DefenderStéphane Grichting30 March 1979 (aged 31)33Auxerre14MidfielderMarco Padalino8 December 1983 (aged 26)7Sampdoria15MidfielderHakan Yakin22 February 1977 (aged 33)80Luzern16MidfielderGelson Fernandes2 September 1986 (aged 23)21Saint-Étienne17DefenderReto Ziegler16 January 1986 (aged 24)10Sampdoria18ForwardAlbert BunjakuNovember 29, 1983 (age 26)1Nuremberg19ForwardEren Derdiyok12 June 1988 (aged 21)19Bayer Leverkusen20MidfielderPirmin Schwegler9 March 1987 (aged 23)3Eintracht Frankfurt21GoalkeeperJohnny Leoni30 June 1984 (aged 25)0Zürich22DefenderMario Eggimann24 January 1981 (aged 29)8Hannover 9623MidfielderXherdan Shaqiri10 October 1991 (aged 18)1Basel HONDURAS Coach: Reinaldo Rueda # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperNoel Valladares3 May 1977 (aged 33)71Olimpia2GoalkeeperDonis Escober3 February 1980 (aged 30)11Olimpia3GoalkeeperRicardo Canales30 May 1982 (aged 28)2Motagua4DefenderMaynor Figueroa2 May 1983 (aged 27)66Wigan Athletic5DefenderSergio Mendoza23 May 1981 (aged 29)46Motagua6DefenderOscar García4 September 1984 (aged 25)42Olimpia7DefenderVíctor Bernárdez24 May 1982 (aged 28)40Anderlecht8DefenderEmilio Izaguirre10 May 1986 (aged 24)39Motagua9DefenderOsman Chávez29 July 1984 (aged 25)26Platense10DefenderMauricio Sabillón11 November 1978 (aged 31)25Hangzhou Greentown11DefenderJohnny Palacios20 December 1986 (aged 23)4Olimpia12MidfielderAmado Guevara (captain)2 May 1976 (aged 34)133Motagua13MidfielderDanilo Turcios8 May 1978 (aged 32)82Olimpia14MidfielderJulio César de León13 September 1979 (aged 30)74Torino15MidfielderWilson Palacios29 July 1984 (aged 25)69Tottenham Hotspur16MidfielderEdgar Álvarez9 January 1980 (aged 30)46Bari17MidfielderHendry Thomas23 February 1985 (aged 25)39Wigan Athletic18MidfielderRamón Núñez14 November 1984 (aged 25)16Olimpia19ForwardCarlos Pavón19 October 1973 (aged 36)98Real España20ForwardDavid Suazo5 November 1979 (aged 30)50Genoa21ForwardWalter Martínez29 March 1982 (aged 28)34Marathón22ForwardGeorgie Welcome9 March 1985 (aged 25)11Motagua23ForwardRoger Espinoza25 October 1986 (aged 23)10Kansas City Wizards CHILE Coach: Marcelo Bielsa # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperClaudio Bravo (captain)13 April 1983 (aged 27)41Real Sociedad2GoalkeeperMiguel Pinto4 July 1983 (aged 26)13Universidad de Chile3GoalkeeperLuis Marín18 May 1983 (aged 27)2Unión Española4DefenderPablo Contreras11 September 1978 (aged 31)49PAOK5DefenderGonzalo Jara29 August 1985 (aged 24)31West Bromwich Albion6DefenderIsmael Fuentes4 August 1981 (aged 28)25Universidad Católica7DefenderGary Medel3 August 1987 (aged 22)23Boca Juniors8DefenderWaldo Ponce4 December 1982 (aged 27)23Universidad Católica9DefenderArturo Vidal22 May 1987 (aged 23)21Bayer Leverkusen10DefenderMauricio Isla12 June 1988 (aged 21)10Udinese11MidfielderJorge Valdivia19 October 1983 (aged 26)36Al-Ain12MidfielderMatías Fernández15 May 1986 (aged 24)35Sporting CP13MidfielderRodrigo Tello14 October 1979 (aged 30)32Beşiktaş14MidfielderMarco EstradaMay 28, 1983 (aged 27)20Universidad de Chile15MidfielderRodrigo Millar3 November 1981 (aged 28)19Colo-Colo16MidfielderCarlos Carmona21 February 1987 (aged 23)18Reggina17MidfielderGonzalo Fierro21 March 1983 (aged 27)16Flamengo18ForwardHumberto Suazo10 May 1981 (aged 29)41Real Zaragoza19ForwardMark González10 July 1984 (aged 25)38CSKA Moscow20ForwardAlexis Sánchez19 December 1988 (aged 21)26Udinese21ForwardJean Beausejour1 June 1984 (aged 26)23América22ForwardFabián Orellana27 January 1986 (aged 24)13Xerez23ForwardEsteban Paredes1 August 1980 (aged 29)12Colo-ColoPREVIOUS: GROUP G <<last_img read more

Every New Home Should be Zero-Energy Ready

first_imgArmando Cobo is a home designer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Frisco, Texas, with more than 30 years of experience and 450 sustainable custom home designs to his credit. You can learn more about Armando and his work at his website. RELATED ARTICLES A desire to design and build better homes led Armando Cobo, designer, to help develop the LEED for Homes and NAHB Green Building programs and advocate for local, state, and national green building codes. Then, when the Department of Energy developed the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program in 2008, Armando became a DOE-approved instructor and started educating builders and clients on the advantages and processes to design and build the homes of the future.With more than 30 years of experience in designing homes and the past 20 years spent establishing a specialty in designing high-performing homes, Armando is a staunch believer in the ZERH program. “It’s a timely solution for differentiating a builder’s product from existing homes and setting apart their homes from others that merely meet minimum code requirements,” he says. “The DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home label symbolizes homes that are so energy-efficient that most or all of the extra cost for building the home with renewable energy systems is offset by savings in annual energy consumption,” he explains. Practical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy Homes What’s Wrong, and What’s Right, With Residential Building in TexasThe California ModelZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’California Project Tinkers With a Net-Zero Future The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero ProjectsMajor U.S. Builder Tests Net-Zero MarketColorado County Ups Its Net-Zero AnteDenver Developer Focuses on Zero-Energy HomesAn Affordable Zero-Energy House in Massachusetts This post has been updated to correct the name of a builder in a photo caption. No cost to join programArmando stresses that it is free for builders to become a ZERH program partner. All a builder needs to do is to register online by completing their contact information, uploading a company logo, and making some additional commitments. Once the builder has provided an electronic signature and submitted the registration, the DOE sends them a confirmation by email with their password to access their account. The next logical step might be to contact Armando, but he stresses that everyone should truly care about building a structure to the very best standards, and anyone who does can easily understand and meet the requirements of the program — with or without his direct supervision.The ZERH program mandatory requirements stipulate:Homes must be certified under Energy Star version 3.1.Envelopes shall meet or exceed Energy Star requirements for 2015 IECC.Grade 1 insulation installation and airtightness of 2.5 ach50 or less.Window U-factors less than 0.3 with a solar heat gain coefficient of less than .25.Duct systems must be located inside the conditioned space or optimized to comparable performance in a ventilated space (encapsulated or double-wrapped).Minimum efficiencies in HVAC systems and ASHRAE 62.2 whole-house mechanical ventilation system.Hot water delivery shall meet efficient requirements.Indoor air quality certified under EPA Indoor AirPLUS.Renewable-ready checklist must be completed.Builders and homeowners can learn more about the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home by joining Armando at a teaching event or jobsite tour, taking part in online training and webinars, and browsing the ZERH program’s other resources. The program includes free ready-to-use marketing materials to promote consumer awareness of homes that feature high-performance products in their most effective applications. “I urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to be among the one percent of builders in the country by starting to build the homes of the future today,” Armando concludes. The DOE program builds upon the comprehensive building science requirements of Energy Star for Homes Version 3.1, along with proven Building America innovations and best practices. Other special attribute programs are incorporated to help builders reach unparalleled levels of performance and homes designed to last hundreds of years. Armando adds that less than 1% of U.S. builders qualify to build homes to this level of quality and high performance. By BEVERLY SMIRNISReprinted with permission from Dallas/Fort Worth Building Savvy Magazine. Substantially better than codeA DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a home that meets all of the ZERH criteria and is verified by a qualified third-party entity. All homes are at least 45% more energy-efficient than a typical home built to standard new home code. “This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low 50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built,” Armando explained.After working for years with LEED for Homes and NAHB Green, Armando prefers the ZERH program because it allows builders to be more independent in their way of building homes. “They simply achieve the requirements for the ZERH home program. There are no points to count and no army of consultants required other than the HERS rater and verifier,” he said.In order to qualify and build a ZERH, Armando provides his clients with a full set of detailed drawings and specifications to build homes designed with very low utility and maintenance costs in mind. But his involvement in the building process doesn’t stop there. He coordinates the truss layout and design with manufacturers and often puts his native Spanish language to task in training framers on the job site. He works closely with the HVAC contractor and energy rater assigned to each project, both during the design and construction process. The amazing results speak for themselves.In the past 15 years, all the homes that Armando has designed have received HERS ratings of less than 45. His design goals also strive to achieve one air change per hour when tested at 50 pascals of pressure (1ach50). Compare that to the local jurisdictions’ adaption of the state energy code in Climate 3, which includes North Texas; they allow up to 5 ach50, which Armando argues is ridiculously lax.Further, Armando’s successful design formula calls for just one ton of HVAC system per 1200 to 1500 square feet. “It is still not uncommon to find central air conditioners in residences that are far larger than needed to meet the load requirements,” he said. “When you’re significantly improving the house envelope and efficiency of the distribution system, you reduce the necessary heating and cooling loads. Proper sizing of the AC can be a cost-saver and most importantly allows more efficient operation and provides a more comfortable environment.”And what about solar, we ask? Armando says the combination of a good conservation approach, with envelope efficiency, Energy Star lighting, appliances, and hot water distribution, produce such a low energy demand that, if the client wishes, they could install a much smaller and more reasonable photovoltaic system with a great return on investment.Last October at the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) Conference in Atlanta, Armando’s client, Thornhill Custom Homes, earned honors for a project at 5717 Preston Haven in Dallas. Thornhill was selected as a 2017 Housing Innovation Award winner in the custom spec category. Armando says he expects two other builders to compete for the award in 2018 and more in 2019, based on projects currently under construction.last_img read more

Vuvuzela adds noise to Dhaka celebrations

first_imgBangladeshis were celebrating outside the stadium during the 2011 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.Bangladeshi cricket fans have gone completely crazy.And they are making good use vuvuzela, the very desi version, to make their feelings known. The World Cup has barely begun and the residents of Dhaka, especially the young ones, have started celebrating as if Bangladesh have reached the final or, as some people said, won the title.Wild celebrations were witnessed on many streets of Dhaka on Thursday night after the two-and-a-half opening ceremony was over at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Youngsters danced on the streets, on the footpaths, and on open trucks, blowing vuvuzela and cheering as loudly as they could.Foreign nationals returning to their hotels from the Bangabandhu National Stadium encountered long traffic jams. Locals cited two reasons for this.”The streets were closed for the duration of the opening ceremony in the evening and, therefore, the traffic that waited in the queue has now been released it is now headed towards its destination – and thus the jam,” offered Syed Mohammad Nahiyan, a local volunteer attached with the World Cup. ” Second, these youngsters were making their presence felt now as they might not have got the tickets to witness the opening from inside the stadium.” The second reason offered seemed to carry more weight.At one spot, a crazy father made his less-than-a-year-old kid sit on the roof of his car even as it made its way in the long traffic jam. He tried to make him happy by showing the bright lights all around him. But the kid didn’t seem to have any idea as to what was happening around him and he looked completely bewildered. The father, in fact, looked more excited than his son. Hope they reached home safely.advertisementNahiyan said he was not surprised with the celebrations that many others thought was a bit too much, and that too without the Bangladeshi team having even started playing. Their first game is on Saturday, against India at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.”You cannot compare a World Cup with any other sports event. But youngsters do celebrate this way during our other cultural events. So, the celebrations seen on Thursday night were not unexpected for me.Well, that is my personal opinion and I personally expected it,” said Nahiyan, a student of bachelor of business administration at East- West University in Dhaka.The most popular instrument being used by cricket fans here in Bangladesh is vuvuzela, which became a global hit during the football World Cup in South Africa last year. The instrument resembling a long pipe makes so much noise that even the footballers felt that it was a distraction for them while playing. “But ours is a bit different, in the sense that it is made of plastic. It is made in Bangladesh and is shorter in length than the original one,” said the articulate youngster.The celebrations don’t seem to be limited to nights. On Friday afternoon, a group of youngsters, wearing similar T-shirts, with the Bangladeshi flag printed on them, carried a large photo of the national team in front and shouted slogans in support of the players even though they were not around to appreciate. They carried music instruments and were encouraged to shout louder as television cameras recorded their act as they passed by the Sher- e- Bangla National Stadium.The local government seems to encouraging the locals in celebrating the arrival of the World Cup tournament in this cricket crazy nation. It put up colourful bulbs on both sides of streets and decorated the poles with fancy lighting. And this stretched for many kilometres, encouraging people to make their feelings known.You can expect thousands of youngsters blowing vuvuzelas and making deafening noise in support of their team on Saturday.The Bangladeshi team may be short on talent and experience when compared to the Indian side, but they won’t lack vociferous support. ===Ireland more professional now The profile of the Ireland national team has changed over the last few years.From part-time players to full- time professionals, they have come a long way since 2007, when the 15- member team comprised only three professional players. The wheel has turned a full circle, so to say, in the four years. Now, the William Porterfield- led team that is here to compete in the World Cup has 13 professionals and only two amateurs, informs team manager Barry Chambers.”When the Ireland team toured the West Indies for the 2007 World Cup, there were 12 part- time players.advertisementThe part-timers came from different walks of life. There were farmers, a clothing salesman, teachers and students,” Chambers told Mail Today at She-e-Bangla National Stadium.”Now, about half of the 15 players who are here, play in English county competitions and the other half are contracted with Cricket Ireland.The contracted players receive a fixed amount besides the appearance fees when they turn out for the country. So, the professionalism has set in in a big way,” he pointed out.Cricket Ireland has four slabs of the contract. ” It’s not a fortune but good enough money that can sustain them and what they would have got working in a normal office,” he said.The two amateurs in the present team are Andrew White and the New Zealandborn Nigel Jones. Interestingly enough, White is a physical education teacher with Grovensor School in Belfast and Jones with a hotel called Premier Inn, also in Belfast. “White’s boss and former player Kyle McCallan, who retired some two years ago, is the most capped Irish player,” said Chambers.===Ready for medical emergency With rapid increase in the frequency of matches globally, players need medical attention more than ever.And, today, almost every team has an extended support staff, including doctors and physiotherapists, to take care of players whenever they fall ill or get tired. The medical room at the Sher-e-Bangla Naitonal Stadium is well equipped with all necessary equipment and medicines for matches played at this premier venue.Azmal Ahmed ‘Mithu’, a physiotherapist and a permanent member of the medical staff of the Bangladesh Cricket Board ( BCB) is proud of the facilities available.”We have a ECG machine, a suction machine, and other necessary equipment that is required for players,” Azmal told Mail Today . A former national team physiotherapist, Azmal is second-in-command to Debashis Chowdhury, the medical in-charge.BCB has signed an agreement with the Japan- Bangladesh Friendship Hospital as well as Apollo Hospitals for the World Cup and under this tie- up, facilities will be provided both to the players and spectators.===STRINGENT security is in place not just at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and at the hotel where the teams and officials are staying here in Dhaka, but round-the clock security has been given to all the places where journalists are staying. Gun- toting Dhaka Police constables, in their familiar dull green shirts and navy blue trousers, along with fire department members are constantly keeping a close watch at the main gates of the hotels as well as on different floors of the buildings.At the Grand Prince hotel, too, about 10 policemen are posted at night and a few firemen, dressed in the unmistakable bright orange uniform, join them in the evenings for the night duty. The firemen have been given new, crisp uniforms especially for the World Cup. When asked, one of them shyly admitted that the uniform was indeed new.Interestingly, the design of the uniform resembles quite a lot with that of the ball-shaped official 2011 World Cup logo, which contains five different colours.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Jamar Roberts’ ‘Members Don’t Get Weary’. (PAUL KOLNIK) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Iconic American choreographer Alvin Ailey founded his now world-travelled dance company in 1958.It was a turbulent period in his nation’s history. African-Americans were waging a long, hard campaign for civil rights. In celebrating the Black experience through dance, Ailey offered an affirmation of his community’s rightful place in American society and a powerful beacon of hope.By the time of Ailey’s death in 1989 the struggle for equality was far from over, but the broad condition of African-American society had notably improved. Some of the company’s early works began to assume the character of historical artifacts rather than relevant responses to contemporary reality.last_img read more