Haiti coach focussed on Gold Cup qualification

first_imgCOUVA, Trinidad & Tobago, (CMC) – Haiti coach Jean-Claude Josaphat hailed his side’s performance in the Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff against Suriname and hosts Trinidad & Tobago.Josaphat was handed the coaching reins just prior to the start of the tournament, due to a pay dispute between the Haitian Football Federation and previous head coach Patrice Neveu, but the Caribbean’s No.1 side still prevailed over spirited opposition.Following a 4-2 win over the Surinamese and 4-3 extra-time victory over the Soca Warriors, the Haitians earned a place in a two-game playoff with the fifth-place side from this month’s Copa Centroamericana for the last ticket to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.“I have had wonderful experiences in the coaching world,” said Josaphat. “Beating T&T, the most successful team in the Caribbean Cup however, and progressing to the next round is the proudest moment of my coaching career. This is a good moment for the Haiti national team.“If you look at how we approached the two games, we played with lots of confidence. The team showed a lot of character and really put in a solid effort in two tough games. I am sure that if we can play with this same determination and intensity that we can qualify for the 2017 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.”Two years, French Guiana defeated Honduras 3-1 at home in the first leg of the Caribbean/Central American playoff for the 2015 Gold Cup, only to drop a 3-0 decision on in the return match.Jospahat said there was no preference for a Central American opponent, but helping Haiti reach the Gold Cup for the seventh time was his main goal.“I am not necessarily hoping to get a particular team and avoid another in the playoff against the Central American team,” he said.“All teams in Central America are tough, so we will have to play as well as how we did in Trinidad in order to qualify for the Gold Cup. It won’t be easy, but we can do it.”last_img read more

Our 49ers-Giants picks: Can the Nick Mullens Train flatten Eli and OBJ?

first_imgNick … No one is conjuring dramatic visions of the NFC Championship game that got away from the 49ers on Jan. 22, 2012 at Candlestick (Thanks, Kyle Williams!) or the crazy Jeff Garcia-led wild-card comeback a decade earlier.But our guys are calling for an interesting football game Monday night when the 1-7 New York Giants come to town to face the 2-7 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. (5:15 p.m., ESPN)Here’s what they’re predicting. Pick your own winner below.Cam Inman49ers 31, Giants 24last_img read more

Sharks’ Jones rebounds with a shutout as trade rumors swirl

first_imgPITTSBURGH — As reporters filed into the dressing room following the Sharks’ win in Pittsburgh on Thursday, backup goalie Aaron Dell blurted out: “Glad Haley is back.”Micheal Haley, who rejoined the Sharks after getting plucked off waivers on Wednesday, made his presence felt immediately in his first game back with the team he played the enforcer role with during the 2016-17 season. Late in the third period, Haley found himself in the middle of a line brawl that got ignited during a TV …last_img read more

Why I’ll Buy An iPhone 5 (& Mark Zuckerberg Will, Too)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I always wanted a Swiss Army knife when I was a kid. A Swiss Army knife packed everything a boy needed into a sleek, pocket-sized frame. In high school, the desire for a Swiss Army knife gave way to longing for a mythical gizmo my friends called The Device: a mobile computer that did everything. A few years later, I had it in my pocket. The iPhone is my Swiss Army knife, and a brand-new one was announced today. Here’s why I’m itching to get my hands on it.At one of its classic, exclusive press events Wednesday, Apple introduced the iPhone 5. It has a taller screen with five rows of icons, a thinner case and a metal back. The CPU and graphics are twice as fast, the display has more accurate colors, the cameras are better, the wireless radios are faster. It looks perfect for me — a more rugged Swiss Army knife with room for additional tools.This will be my second iPhone. In fact, not counting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus test unit I’ve been checking out, it will be my second smartphone, period. I’ve used the iPhone 4 since the week it became available in June 2010. My home button went bad a few months ago, and Apple replaced my phone with an identical copy, but that doesn’t count. It’s the same phone, and I’ve kept its tools extra sharp.I love Google. Even as an iOS person, I use Google to handle my email, calendars and maps (until iOS 6 comes out), and I like it that way. But I’m never going to rely on the cloud. I don’t even rely on iCloud. I need a device that runs the best native software in existence to do everything I do digitally, and it has to do so quickly and smoothly all day long, whether I’m online or not. The iPhone is the only one for me.Mobile Computing In The Real WorldEvery week, I run into a scenario in which every computer at my disposal fails me – except the iPhone. On Tuesday, I was at TechCrunch Disrupt to cover Mark Zuckerberg’s first interview since Facebook went public. I should have learned my lesson at Google I/O, but I didn’t; the only computer worth bringing to a tech convention is an iPhone. I should have left the rest at the office.There weren’t any seats left when I arrived an hour and a half early, so I sat on the floor behind all the camera tripods, next to a trash can. As I prepared my Mac apps, I used the iPhone to take photos and laugh with my Twitter people.I was content to type on my laptop, even after standing people blocked my view of the screen – but then the Wi-Fi went dead, and there were no Ethernet ports around. So I stood up and pulled out the iPhone.Byword is a smart enough app that I could thumb-type like crazy and be sure everything would be legible. I entitled my note “Zuckerborg” (on purpose), pre-typed a few headers, and then I watched the show and tapped along with my thumbs.Zuck’s posture was as ridiculous as ever, moreso because of how Mike Arrington dwarfed him on stage. But he nailed the interview. And to my delight, much of it was about the iPhone.“Mobile is what matters in the long term,” Zuckerberg said. He admitted that Facebook’s decision two years ago to base its mobile strategy on HTML5 was a mistake. Facebook needed native mobile apps, so it turned the ship around and built them. Now that Facebook has a real iPhone app, the number of Newsfeed stories read by its users on the iPhone has doubled.“Now we are a mobile company,” Zuckerberg told the audience. Facebook bought Instagram, one of the most beloved iPhone-first apps ever, because he wanted to keep that app and its team as a close partner, he said. Instagram is an iPhone-built, quintessential smartphone experience, and Facebook wants that in its DNA.Arrington poked Zuckerberg repeatedly about a rumored Facebook phone, and Zuck repeatedly denied it existed. “It’s so clearly the wrong strategy for us,” he said. Everybody is building a phone, Zuckerberg pointed out, and Facebook is “going the opposite direction,” building a network that lives everywhere. Arrington kept asking anyway, and Zuckerberg kept saying no, Facebook is not building a phone.Of course, Steve Jobs said the same thing before 2007. But a Facebook phone wouldn’t be a Swiss Army knife like the iPhone, and Zuckerberg has clearly decided that Facebook needs to be a blade on that device.“I basically live on my mobile device,” Zuckerberg said at the end. He wrote the founder’s letter for Facebook’s S–1 filing on his phone. That’s a pretty cool Swiss Army knife story.So now that Apple’s updated Swiss Army knife is out, I’ll be getting one. The iPhone is my personal computer. It’s with me when I need it. It works when all the bigger ones fail. If a given tool doesn’t work for me, I can swap it out for a different one, thanks to the intrepid army of iOS developers. A new row of icons on the iPhone 5 will bring me the same joy my eight-year-old self felt when he beheld a gleaming, red pocket knife.center_img Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Clutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City He did it in the Final Four in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over Far Eastern University when he hit the game-tying three that sent the game into overtime and an improbable kneeling bank shot in the extra period.And Go did another of his backbreaking baskets this time in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals when he punched home a bank shot with 10.4 seconds left that gave Ateneo a 75-70 lead over defending champion De La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGo said it was his team’s collective trust on each other that made the shot possible for him.“First off, I have to thank God because without him none of this would be possible,” said Go Saturday after their 76-70 win at Mall of Asia Arena. “Second, I guess, it’s the trust again. Thirdy [Ravena] passed me the ball to show that we don’t care who scores the last two points or the crucial baskets.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn just two games, Isaac Go turned from Ateneo’s jovial center to a cold-blooded, clutch-shot maker. Go’s still the same lighthearted big man for the Blue Eagles but he’s established himself as one reliable scoring option when Ateneo is in dire need of points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsRavena first shook off the double team of Ricci Rivero and Abu Tratter before bouncing a pass to Go, who then had to get a shot up against Kib Montalbo and Ben Mbala that earned him a trip to the foul line for the game’s final point.Go, who finished with five points, two rebounds, and two assists, was quick to defer the praise given to him saying that any Blue Eagle could’ve taken the clutch shot.“Even though I could’ve scored it, or anybody else, we would’ve looked at that rather than saying I scored or Matt scored or anybody else,” said Go. “At the end, it’s for Ateneo.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bloodied Nieto willing to ‘sacrifice anything’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View commentslast_img read more

Pak worst prepared for World Cup but can still win: Imran

first_imgThe current Pakistan cricket team has had the “worst” possible preparation for the World Cup but is still capable of lifting the trophy if it manages to stay united through the mega-event, feels the country’s 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan.”The team had the worst preparation for the World Cup but it is all a matter of some players putting up their hands and performing consistently in the tournament and the team clicking and gelling together after a good start and anything can happen,” Imran said when asked about the team’s chances in the event starting February 19.But Imran said the team management and the captain need to be very clear about how they approach the tournament.”My mind is clear and my planning is clear the specialist players can win you matches so play them at the top. The top three or four batsmen should all be specialists and you can’t have ‘pinch hitters’ coming in at the top even on the sub-continental pitches,” the former captain said.Imran feels the responsibility lies primarily with seniors such as Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq as far as batting is concerned.”They have to play central roles in every match. The team management must focus their plans and strategy for every game around them. Because the World Cup is all about pressure and once you lose quick, wickets it becomes difficult for the incoming batsmen to handle the pressure,” he said.The cricketer-turned-politician also felt that it was wrong for critics and pundits to describe captain Shahid Afridi as a batting all-rounder.advertisement”I don’t consider him a batting all-rounder. To me he is a very energetic captain on the field a very good stock bowler and brilliant fielder. His batting is a bonus. We should not depend on it we should consider his captaincy, bowling and fielding as his main assets,” he explained.”He has all the batting talent in the world but he lacks management while batting and that has always been his weakness.”Imran said there were a number of players in the team who were not doing justice to their talent.”Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Afridi and even Abdul Razzaq are examples they have immense batting abilities but don’t manage their innings well,” he said.Imran also felt that Afridi should never have left playing Test cricket last year.”If he had decided to fight on and not left the test captaincy he would have been a much better captain today.Because test cricket is the real cricket and if as a captain you can learn to deal with the pressures of Test cricket then captaining in ODIs become much easier.”last_img read more

Gary Reynolds appointed coach of Scottish Men’s team

first_imgSydney University Touch Club stalwart, Gary Reynolds, has been appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Scottish Men’s Open National team. Reynolds, who recently moved to Edinburgh for work, was approached by the Scottish Touch Association’s National Squad Management Committee to take on the job of coaching the country’s elite Men’s players.“It is obviously an honour to be appointed to coach a National team, and it is a role that I am excited about.”  Reynolds said. The Scottish Touch Association will host the 2009 Home Nations Touch Championships in August. The tournament will see sides from Scotland, Wales, Jersey and England compete.“I hope that I can provide the team with the required knowledge, skills and direction to achieve their goal at the upcoming Home Nations tournament this August.  There are players with real potential in this squad, and now it is my job to harness that and turn it into success.”Reynolds has his work cut out for him with the Scottish Men’s team, who are currently ranked 7th in the world, failing to make the final of the last Home Nations event.For the Scottish teams this is the beginning of their push for better results at the next World Cup in 2011, which will be played in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Reynolds has an extensive Touch background and was responsible for the formation of the Sydney University Touch Club in 2001, holding the role of President for five years. He is a qualified referee, coach and selector and competed for his home region, the Hunter Western Hornets, in the Mixed Open division at the 2004 National Touch League.last_img read more

10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta cools Conte rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta cools Conte rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta denies he’s in talks with Antonio Conte.The former Chelsea boss is being linked with Luciano Spalletti’s job at Inter.Marotta said, “I said Spalletti is a very good Coach, who did well throughout his career, so we’ve got to let him work. “I want to underline he too came to Inter last season, climbed into some important positions after a long time out, so must be left to work with calm.“It is up to the club to make the right moves on the market and work with the Coach and all together to form a winning project.” last_img read more

Work of Embassy Praised

first_img The work being done by staff at the embassy in Washington, D.C., to represent Jamaica in the United States (US), has come in for high praise from Minister of Finance and Planning. “We are indebted to you all for what you do for the country and people of Jamaica,” WASHINGTON, D.C.- The work being done by staff at the embassy in Washington, D.C., to represent Jamaica in the United States (US), has come in for high praise from Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.Dr. Phillips, who met with members of the embassy on October 11, told them that their work to promote Jamaica’s interest in the United States at the diplomatic level and among the Diaspora, is worthy of the highest praise.“I don’t think the people at home understand how well we are served by the efforts and sacrifices of those who serve the country in our overseas missions. We are indebted to you all for what you do for the country and people of Jamaica,” he said.The Minister, in updating staff on the status of Jamaica’s economy, said that “there is no way the country can continue with the level of debt we have, and all efforts are being made through the present reform programme to reduce the level of debt and to move forward towards a path of growth.” Story Highlightslast_img read more