NPFL-LaLiga U-15 Tournament Set to kick off

first_imgManaging Director, LaLiga Nigeria, Javier del Río spoke about the tournament in Nigeria and said “We are once again thrilled to have the opportunity to develop young talents across Nigeria. We are committed to each of our projects across Africa and hosting this tournament in Nigeria aims to further show our commitment to the development of football in the country through our longstanding partnership with the NPFL”.Also speaking about the initiative, NFF 2nd Vice President and LMC Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko said “ the U-15 promises tournament is very impactful as some of the young talents have already started blossoming into special footballers, three of the players from the 2017 edition are in the current National U17 team, some are in the U20s as well and some have gotten game time with their first team in the league this season. We are committed to developing football from the grassroots as we believe these kids will end up growing up to become representatives of Nigeria in major tournaments in the future.”The NPFL-LaLiga partnership was signed in 2016 and has since recorded a number of exchange projects between the two leagues, including a tour of Spain by an NPFL All-Star team, the opening of the LaLiga Nigeria office in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) and LaLiga have announced the third edition of their annual U-15 Promises Tournament is set to kick off on Monday 8th of April, 2019. The tournament is part of the NPFL and LaLiga’s drive to the develop grassroots football in Nigeria.The 2019 edition will feature 21 teams, and the preliminary stages of the competition will be played across Benin, Abuja, Kaduna and Enugu. The quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final will then be hosted at the Agege stadium in Lagos from the 22nd – 28th April, 2019.The NPFL-LaLiga U-15 Promises Tournament was designed to properly develop young talents using the LaLiga methodology and also encourage NPFL Clubs to set up and maintain youth structures. Managing Director, LaLiga Nigeria, Javier del Ríolast_img read more

Valeria Salazar guides Syracuse to 6-1 win against Cornell in return from respite

first_imgValeria Salazar stepped up a couple of feet on the court. She dug her feet in, ready for her opponent’s return. The ball came and, as it seemed to be headed toward her partner, Anna Shkudun, Salazar stuck out her racket and deflected the ball to the other side of the court.Salazar yelled “point!” and instantly ran to hug her teammate at the service line. As they walked to the net to shake the opposing team’s hands, they were still holding onto each other with grins on their face.“The last match wasn’t very good and we didn’t play very well the first doubles match either,” Salazar said, “so we were happy that we finally played better.”Despite being down 40-15 in the final game, Salazar and Shkudun were able to string together a comeback. Combined with strong serves and being vocal with one another on the court, the duo was able to give Syracuse (3-0) its first point of the meet. The Orange never looked back, beating Cornell (2-1), 6-1, at Drumlins Country Club on Sunday. Shkudun and Salazar have now played three matches together this season, losing just once.“I think (Valeria and Anna) are one of the best teams in the country. They’re very talented,” head coach Younes Limam said. “They both feed off of each other.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile she did appear in the doubles match against Liberty yesterday, Salazar sat out during the singles match to rest and ice herself. The day off did not leave her rusty, proving so in her performance on the court on Sunday.“If anything (the day off) helped. I got surgery during the summer. It’s kind of a chronic injury, I can’t do anything about it,” Salazar said. “We were just trying to save myself so I can last throughout the whole season.”After Salazar and Shkudun’s doubles win to put Syracuse ahead of Cornell by a point, Salazar focused on her singles match. In the first set, the game was back-and-forth.The lead fluctuated often and, at times, Salazar made little mistakes to let her opponent creep back in. Other times, the ball landed just out of bounds, and when Cornell’s Dena Tanenbaum raised her finger, Salazar questioned her and became flustered. Whenever a similar situation happened, associate head coach Shelley George was right there to calm down and refocus the junior.“After every point’s over with, you basically say let it go, let’s start over,” George said. “You have to basically start it up each time. It’s just reminding (Valeria). She’s got good habits on the court.”All the fans shifted their attention to the singles match between Salazar and Tanenbaum. The players who had finished, or did not play, crowded around and cheered on each point. The phrases “Go Red!” and “Go Orange” were screamed over and over. Ahead 6-5 on the tiebreak, Salazar hit a return that Tanenbaum failed to hit over the net. Salazar smiled, as Tanenbaum dropped her head down in anger.Salazar finished the game strong and walked away with another singles win to add to this season’s undefeated singles record. The junior has become one of the more reliable options for Limam and Syracuse, as she is penciled in at No. 1 for doubles and No. 2 for singles.“[Valeria] was awesome today. Valeria is a gamer,” George said. “Whatever the situation is, she’s going to give her best effort. Good things come from a fighter like that on the court.” Comments Published on January 31, 2016 at 4:54 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Would It Kill You to Pick Up the Phone?

first_imgMarried to My Phone I’m going to level with you. I make a lot of calls to a lot of members every week, and while many see it as a chore, it is singularly the most rewarding part of my job. And I’m not the only one who feels this way! Recently, we had 10 super Freelancers Union members help us toward our $10,000 PAC fundraising goal by phone banking fellow members (that’s some of them in the photo to the right!) Lynn, one member, was so transformed from a cold-calling phobic to a phone banking phenom during our past lobbying efforts for the Freelancer Payment Protection Act that she blogged about it! What’s more, Lynn’s time on the phone helped us get this historic bill passed in the New York State Assembly, and we are now working diligently to make sure it gets passed in the next session – which means turning out members in target districts to meet with their elected officials and tell them to move the bill through the Senate! How do we arrange for members to meet with their senators? By calling them! And that’s why the phone is my partner-in-crime. But it’s not like I have an exclusive thing with the phone – if you find yourself in New York, you can jump in, too! ** Who’s There?** From bill collectors to prank calls from the miscreant up the street, to an unknown number on your caller ID, we want to know: Who is it? When it’s a surprise phone call from a person (or organization!) you care about, it can be the best call of all. In an era of Facebook wall posts, the sound of a human being on the other end of the line is refreshing. For me, the sound of my old college roommate’s voice from Texas (Hi Kayla!) can take me right back to warm memories in a way that a text or an email never could. Sometimes, we just catch up about our lives. Other times, one of us might be calling to ask a favor-which is ok, too! I’d like to hope that getting a call from us can help you feel the very same way as a call from your best friend. **We know you’re busy tracking down gigs and making ends meet, so we’d like to be that sliver of sunshine on the line reminding you that you’re not alone in this freelance endeavor. **When we call about events like working together to pass bills that protect freelancers, Freelancers Union is asking because we have your back, just like I know Kayla has mine. And when we call, we come in peace! Pose questions. We’re happy to answer them – it’s part of making our pitch, letting you know we can talk, that we’re in this together. Jump On the Line For those voiceover artists, expert social media communicators, or love-birds-in-an-intense-long-distance-Skype-relationship- with-your-freelancer-travel-journalist-partner in our midst: we could really use your soothing cords and persuasive personality and phone call endurance on the lines next month. We’ll be making thousands of calls to fellow members in target districts to tell them about the legislation.  I can’t do it alone. You’ll get to speak with fellow freelancers and be the friendly voice behind those subway ads. And for this particularly phone bank, we’re pulling together a Phone Bank Leader Board for some good old-fashioned competition. The top volunteer during the two-week Freelancers Union Phone Bank Challenge will win a $50 Amazon gift card. For everyone else – count on being showered with candy and praise during your time with us. So, can I count on you to sign-up for a short phone bank shift between Monday, September 12 and Friday, September 23 in our DUMBO headquarters? Times are flexible during the day and evening and I’ll call you (fancy that!) to set up a concrete and convenient window of time. While you’re considering it, drop us a line on your thoughts. What’s it like getting a call from us? What do you want to talk to us about? Also, can’t make it to the city to phone bank? Let me know in the comments where I can find the best breakfast taco in Austin, so I can repay Kayla for all her kind phone calls when I visit.  I want to be in guacamole heaven. Kaitlyn Freelancers Union Organizer Questions? Find Kaitlyn tweeting at @organizerkait!last_img read more

Facebook is continuing its mission to make the wor

first_imgFacebook is continuing its mission to make the world more connected in its latest research effort. The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) team announced a new approach to neural machine translation. According to the researchers, the approach is able to achieve nine times the speed and accuracy of existing neural systems.This approach is designed to break down language barriers so everyone can consume content in their preferred language, Facebook said. As part of its research, the team is making the sequence modeling tool site source code and trained systems available to the open software community. With the code, researchers can develop custom models for translation, text summarization and other tasks, according to the FAIR team. “A major consideration with neural machine translation for practical applications is how long it takes to get a translation once we show the system a sentence. The FAIR CNN model is computationally very efficient and nine times faster than strong RNN systems. Much research has focused on speeding up neural networks through quantizing weights or distillation, to name a few methods, and those can be equally applied to the CNN model to increase speed even more, suggesting significant future potential,” the team wrote in a post.The researchers hope their process will pave the future for other text processing tasks such as dialogue systems that can respond to complex questions better.last_img read more