Group A is the only one with 2 FIFA World Cup winners, in France and Uruguay. Uruguay who won in 1930 and 1938, and have never impressed, thereafter. Mexico, in fact, have been more dominant than Uruguay, on the world stage, with several FIFA WC appearances.
France, of course, were the winners in 2002, and are the best of the group, though their controversial qualification dominated the headlines, recently. Nothing much is expected of the fourth team, South Africa, whose best claim to fame is as hosts to the tournament.
France have an all-win record of three matches, against South Africa, in 2 friendlies in 1997 and 2000, and 2002
The football fever has gripped onto people as the year approaches June 11, when FIFA World Cup 2010 will commence in South Africa. After all, this tournament is the world’s most watched sports event which will be held for the very first time on the African continent. Triumphed with passion and vigor, there are various predictions and presumptions which are being made already across the world.
Considering the fact that Argentina has got such a huge potential in it, there are chances of it getting a well-placed position in the entire tournament.
Between Portugal and France, Portugal seems to be the likely winner of FIFA 2010. This team has got the potential to be in the finals, more so because of the fact that it has got one of the finest players in the team, that is, Ronaldo. France does not have the possibility of winning as much as Portugal.
We should keep in mind that this time the FIFA is not being played in Europe but in South Africa. There might be fewer chances for the European teams to make their way through qualifying rounds.
What is even more interesting to add here is that Brazil still remains to be one of the favorites amongst all. Although Ronaldo is no more a part of the team, and it seems the Ronaldhino has also been excluded, Brazil has still produced some of the best attacking players who will be able to score goals. They have both the quality to attack as well as defend themselves. Hence, the other teams will be running high on competition with Brazil.
Spain is the current European champions this season. Hence, Spain can be one of the likely winners of FIFA World Cup. Nonetheless, Spain does not have a good record in football World Cup. However, the team has got enough potential at the moment to break all its past records.
As an example of the way in which people are predicting likely results of the tournament, as at early April, the betting odds being offered for teams in the tournament include:
5 to 1
6 to 1
6.5 to 1
10 to 1
12 to 1
13 to 1
USA (a long shot)
51 to 1
Therefore, some of the predictions which are on the rounds are making news at the moment, and there are still likely to be further surprises as individual players are either ruled in or ruled out of teams due to injuries and other issues..
Nevertheless, football is a sport where there can be all sorts of unexpected possibilities to turn the tournament in a completely different direction.
Hence, let us expect the unexpected this time.
John Kumm, Trip Survival dot com.
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San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in January 2010. This includes the first box set of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN in regular and special editions, the next installments in POKÉMON ELEMENTS, as well as the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro.
SHONEN JUMP releases include:
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Special Edition Box Set 1 • Rated ’T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $69.97 US / $99.99 CAN • Available January 26
Naruto Uzumaki is back! After two and a half years of training on the road with Jiraiya of the Sannin, Naruto is back in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, and he’s ready to show off his new skills. He and Sakura team up to take on their old master Kakashi, who’s pretty impressed with their progress. They’ll have plenty of opportunity to put it into action when news arrives from the Sand Village that Gaara, Naruto’s former rival and now Kazekage of the Sand, has been kidnapped! And the culprits are the very same group who are after Naruto–the Akatsuki! The Special Edition Box Set features 13 episodes on 3 discs and also includes a collectible NARUTO Shippuden Mininja figure.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Box Set 1 Standard Edition • Rated ’T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN • Available January 26
DVD-only collection featuring 13 episodes from the hit series on 3 discs; (collectible figure is not included.)
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Volume 5 • Rated ’T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available January 12
Team Guy and Team Kakashi finally reach the Akatsuki hideout, only to encounter a tricky five-seal barrier that triggers an even stranger trap. While Team Guy face some pretty tough opponents–themselves!–Kakashi and Naruto must take off after Deidara who has absconded with Gaara. Sakura and Granny Chiyo are left behind to confront Sasori of the Red Sand. Granny Chiyo may be the only one with the ability to see through his many complex traps and skilled puppetry, but even one scratch from his poisoned weapons could mean instant death!
BLEACH Volume 24 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available January 19
Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya is assigned to lead the defense of the Soul Society and mobilize the Soul Reapers to find and kill the intruding Bounts. But the Bount leader Jin Kariya has gathered a huge mob of ruffians and plans to use them in his quest for revenge. Meanwhile, it is discovered that Maki Ichinose, the banished Soul Reaper helping the Bounts, has infiltrated the Seireitei and has been secretly manipulating their data. What strategies will play out, and how can Ichigo and his allies stop them?
New POKÉMON Releases Include:
POKÉMON ELEMENTS, Volume 7: Psychic • Rated ’A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $9.98 US/ $14.99 CAN • Available January 26
POKÉMON ELEMENTS, Volume 8: Dragon • Rated ’A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $9.98 US / $14.99 CAN • Available January 26
Following the POKÉMON All Star series set, the POKÉMON: ELEMENTS collection consists of the most important episodes commemorating the different types of Pokémon characters. Each disc showcases a Pokémon type with three all-time favorite episodes.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.
Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.
The Caribbean side had lost the first Test in Brisbane by an innings and 65 runs within three days.
The second Test will begin here on Friday.
The West Indies Cricket Board said Taylor will return home today.
Team manager Joel Garner the 25-year-old injured his left hip and back while bowling on the opening day of the first Test Match at the Gabba. He bowled nine overs but was able to bat in both innings.
He will return to Jamaica on Tuesday to continue his rehabilitation. No replacement player has been named at the moment.
The Team Management and selectors are in the process of discussing reinforcement, a WICB statement said.
Meanwhile, middle-order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been responding well to treatment for a back injury sustained ahead of the first Test, the statement
26 November, Pune, India – After 10 years in business, Extentia Information Technology Pvt. Ltd. is celebrating in style. Rather than marking the milestone with a one-off event, Extentia has instead opted for a series of events throughout the year.
The 10 year anniversary kicked off in February with ‘Live It!’ – a special event for all Extentia staff. Employees were randomly assigned to into themed teams (such as ‘Village’, ‘Disco’, ‘Beach’, and ‘Railway Station’) before team members dressed up in costume and really ‘lived’ their assigned theme for the day.
The response was impressive. As Celina Ramchandran (HR Manager) explains, “Staff participation is already huge part of the Extentia company culture. But the response for Live It! was amazing. The Rock Concert team set up a real stage, the Disco team set up their own dancefloor, and best of all, the Village team arrived on a bullock cart. Everyone had a great time.”
Next up was the Extentia 10 Year Anniversary Party, held at Pune Club on 6 March. The party was a great opportunity for Extentia team members, friends, family and customers to get together. Again, employee participation was significant, with team members showing off their hidden talents through several songs, choreographed dances, and skits. Guests were also able to learn about Sakaar – Extentia’s corporate social responsibility wing.
A further celebration was a small event to honor Extentia’s longest-serving staff members, during which a specially prepared cake was enjoyed by everyone. “Extentia has some of the best staff retention rates in the industry,” says Ramchandran. “So it’s not surprising that we have team members who have been with us over a number of years.”
Marc Cremer (Director) describes the original Extentia ethos. “When we started Extentia we knew we wanted to do something different. We don’t just provide IT services to our customers – we actually provide IT solutions. It’s this level of expertise that distinguishes us from others in the industry.”
Although Extentia is now firmly established, the company continues to innovate, points out Umeed Kothavala (Director). “We’ve just launched iXtentia.com, specifically to highlight our design and development services for Apple’s iPhone platform. It’s an exciting move for us and demonstrates how enthusiastic we are about exploring new opportunities.”
Despite taking time to reflect about the past decade, it seems that Extentia isn’t standing still. “It’s a definitely a milestone for us, but we’re also looking towards the future,” says Kothavala. “We’ve got some great projects lined up for 2010 and we’ll continue to provide excellent service to all our customers and partners.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Involving family members of pediatric cancer and hematology patients in medical rounds benefits both the family and the medical team, according to a new Indiana University School of Medicine study.
Riley Hospital for Children, where the study was conducted, is now one of only a small number of hospitals nationwide routinely offering the parents of pediatric cancer and hematology patients the opportunity to join their childs medical team as active participants in the discussion and planning of their sons or daughters care.
Medical rounds in hospitals across the United States have changed over the years. They have evolved from formal didactic presentations conducted with great pomp in auditoriums with theater seating where the patient sat quietly on display; to bedside rounds as portrayed in television programs such as Scrubs, Greys Anatomy and House. The current practice of sit-down team rounds physically removed from the family and patient have become standard due to heighted sensitivity to medical privacy.
The composition of rounding teams has evolved as well. At leading medical institutions, like Riley Hospital, the rounding team has expanded to include nurses, social workers, nutritionists, clinical pharmacists, and others in addition to the traditional medical students, residents, fellows and the attending physician. The more medical participants involved, the less likely parents were to participate as team rounds moved from the bedside to the conference room.
Parents of children with cancer are often in an unsettling environment and are under a lot of stress. They frequently feel unable to communicate effectively with the many people who are taking care of their daughter or son. They may be reluctant to leave their childs bedside for fear of missing the opportunity to talk with members of the medical team, said Holly M. Knoderer, M.D., M.S., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and clinical pharmacology at the IU School of Medicine and a Riley Hospital oncologist, who conducted the study and published its results in the November 2009 issue of Academic Medicine.
The importance of the familys involvement in caring for children with cancer and blood disorders is as tremendous as the need to successfully educate our medical students and residents about the value of effective communication and family-centered care. Despite initial reluctance from fellows and nurses, having family members join in rounds was hugely successful and improved the standard of care, said Dr. Knoderer, who is a member of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
Each weekday morning, patients families are given the opportunity to sign up to attend sit-down team rounds when their childs case is discussed. Participation is voluntary, and family members can both ask questions and offer input. Together, medical students, residents, fellows, family members, and the attending physician formulate the treatment plan for that day. Doctors are the medical experts, but the parents are the expert on their child. Treating parents as valued team members not only increases family satisfaction but improves care, says Dr. Knoderer.
An unexpected benefit of the new style of rounds was that parents were less distracted in team rounds than at the bedside. In the childs room, parents and physicians often balance a ringing phone, computers, television/video games, a demanding sibling or a patient request. We observed that parents sitting in rounds were more focused and often came with a list of specific questions or concerns. Because the family understood that they had limited time in team rounds, they were more focused, wrote Dr. Knoderer. Additionally, parents were no longer afraid to leave their childs room in fear that they would miss an opportunity to talk with the attending physician.
The presence of family members in team rounds minimally prolonged team rounds. Overall, medical team work load was either unchanged or somewhat shortened during the study, as most families who attended team rounds needed far less time later at the bedside, and plans were less likely to change as a result of discussions made earlier in the day during team rounds.
One hundred percent of families who participated in the program indicated that family inclusion in rounds should be continued. For some patients, both the mother and father attended. Other days, one parent attended while the other stayed at the bedside. Older siblings or grandparents who were active participants in the patients care often attended rounds. Teenage patients were also invited. In fact, it was often the teenage patients who attended most regularly. Families reported increased feelings of inclusion, respect, and having a better understanding of their childs care, Dr Knoderer reported.
While medical students and resident physicians recognized the value of family inclusion for patient care and family satisfaction, some doubted the benefit to their own training. Yet, all acknowledged that parents should be allowed to participate in team rounds. Attending physicians indicated that parental inclusion in team rounds was an important teaching opportunity. It allowed attending physicians to better observe, evaluate, and give feedback on the trainees communication skills.
Parents of children with cancer become quite savvy. They reserve their toughest questions for the attending physician. When the attending makes rounds alone, the medical team cant witness these sensitive discussions. Allowing the medical trainees to witness difficult conversations about diagnosis, treatment and prognosis gives trainees a basis from which they develop their own practice style. Each interaction between parent and attending physician allows trainees to determine how the trainee can most effectively communicate with their patients. We hope that our trainees can use these interactions to model their own style of interaction with patients and families. We aim to provide the foundation on which each trainee can build effective communication skills, said Dr Knoderer.
Dr Giles Johnson and his team at The University of Manchester have identified a protein that helps plants ‘track’ the environment and increase their capacity to photosynthesise ( capturing light energy through the leaves which enables them to grow ). This protein is produced according to the expression of a particular gene.
Some plants, including important crops, are less able to track their environment and are thus unable to cope with environmental changes. But if the team is able to help plants to respond to changes in their environment by traditionally breeding or genetically modifying them, crop yields could be increased, especially in vulnerable land.
The study – which used thale cress, a common weed that is in the same family as cabbage and oil seed rape – is published in Plant Physiology today ( 26th November 2009 ).
Dr Johnson, of the Faculty of Life Sciences, said: “Over the last 200 years, industrial society has transformed the atmosphere of our planet, increasing CO2 concentration by 50%. Climates are becoming warmer but, crucially, more unstable with increasing frequencies of extreme weather events such as droughts and heat waves – it is this variability of climate that poses most threat to agriculture. Even short periods of extreme weather can trigger crop failure.
“If we wish to secure food production, we urgently need to breed plants with an increased ability to tolerate change in their environment.”
He and his team grew thale cress at low light then transferred it to high light for nine days, which resulted in a 40% increase in photosynthesis. This corresponded with an increase in the expression of a gene that encoded the production of the protein GPT2. This process, in which fully developed leaves change their photosynthetic capacity, is known as dynamic acclimation.
However the team found that if the gene was disrupted, the thale cress was unable to undergo dynamic acclimation and respond well to the changes in environment.
Since crops such as wheat, rice and barley are less able to track the environment, they may be unable to express the gene that triggers production of the protein GPT2. The team believe that ultimately, we could breed this ability into those plants through genetic modification or a selective breeding programme.
Dr Johnson said: “Seed production is 60% lower in plants that are unable to cope with environmental change, which you can translate into a farmer’s yield. Wheat cannot dynamically acclimate, we don’t yet know why, but may be able to induce that ability.
“Some members of the public have their misgivings about genetically modifying crops. However we urgently need to improve our crop yields and must use all the tools available to us.
“Climate change means increasing extreme weather; meanwhile the world’s population is growing and the use of fertilisers is expensive in terms of production and oil costs.
“In addition we need to make the crops give better yields because we haven’t got any more land to spread into. In fact we are losing agricultural land due to irrigation strategies that increase its salt content.
“Finally the recent Royal Society report said we would need to double productivity by 2050 to meet UN goals on poverty.”
The team now plan to study the genetic basis of the process further to find out how the trait of responding to environmental changes can be transferred to other plants.
Notes for editors
A copy of the paper ‘Dynamic acclimation of photosynthesis increases plant fitness in changing environments’ by Dr Giles Johnson, Dr Kleo Athanasiou, Dr Rachel Webster and Beth Dyson is available at http://www.plantphysiol.org/cgi/content/short/pp.109.149351?keytype=ref&….
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Electing to bat first, the team got a decent opening with Mohammad Iqbal smashing 42 in 26 balls with Raza (21 in 18 balls) and Khurram Khan (16 in 15 balls) also making valuable contributions to the score. Bowlers Moner Ahmed (2-13), Nadeem Ahmed (2-29) and Irfan Ahmed (2-30) then tightened the screws on the batting order to limit the score to 114-8 and late order fireworks by Shoaib Sarwar (13 in 12 balls) helped the home team finish at 137-9 in 20 overs.
In response, Hong Kong batsmen failed to keep the run-flow going under tight UAE bowling and fielding performances. Raza picked up 4-8 and Mohammed Tauqir finished with figures of 2-21 to limit the opposition to 110-9. Hussain Butt (37 in 31 balls) and Moner Ahmed (22 in 37 balls) were the top scorers for the team.
Colin Wells, UAE coach, praised his teams efforts in the victory: I am very excited with this win. Weve had good performances with both bat and ball with a four-wicket haul by Raza being the highlight of the game. Our spinners and active fielding won the match for us today.
We will look into the next game against Saudi Arabia as a fresh challenge since it has also beaten a strong team like Hong Kong in the opening day. It is true that we have a home-ground advantage, but in a Twenty20 game, the match can swing either way, he added.
Hong Kong coach, Afzal Haider, was disappointed after his team lost its second consecutive game in the tournament. He said: It is disappointing that both matches did not go our way so early in the tournament though we put in our best efforts. Our bowling was good today, but we need to improve in our batting performance. Going into the next game, we may shuffle a few players to improve our scoring line-up.
We know we are capable of winning the tournament having won the ACC Trophy 2008 earlier as well. We are well-suited for the Twenty20 format and would like to win this tournament, he added.
In the other game played at the same venue, Malaysia defeated Bahrain by 84 runs to win its second game of the event.
Bahrain won the toss and elected to field, a questionable decision as the Malaysian batsmen made light work of the bowling attack. Openers Damith Warsuwitharne (51 in 33 balls) and Rakesh Mahadevan (35 in 34 balls) put in an excellent opening stand to push the scores to 100-1. Ahmed Faiz (39 not out in 28 balls) and Thushara Kodikara (46 in 14 balls) then added more runs to finish the innings at a massive 218-4 in 20 overs. Bowlers Sarfaraz Ahmed and Huzaifa Mohammed ended picking up a wicket each.
In response, Bahrain was able to score 134-9 in 20 overs with only Mohammed Ashraf making a valuable contribution of 65 runs in 41 balls. Suresh Navarathnam was the pick of the bowlers with his figures of 3-39 followed by Thushara Kodikara (2-26) and Eszrafiq Ramly (2-22).
Malaysia captain, Suhan Alagaratnam, was excited to win against Bahrain after losing to the same team in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 6 in Singapore. He said: We had lost to Bahrain earlier in Division 6 by run-rate and the team is happy to get back in this game.
Damith and Thushara helped build up a huge total and our bowlers were effective in defending the score. We displayed an all-round performance today considering most of our players in our current squad are under-19 players.
According to Bahrain skipper, Mirza Rizwan Baig, lack of effective spinners in the team contributed to the teams defeat. He said: Our current squad lacks quality spinners and our bowlers are mainly medium pacers. Our team for the tournament is made up of youngsters, with senior players focusing on WCL Division 5 event in Nepal next year, but we consider this event to be a good exposure for the younger squad.
At Al Dhaid Cricket Village, Sharjah:
UAE v Hong Kong
UAE 137-9, 20 overs (Mohammad Iqbal 42; Moner Ahmed 2-13)
Hong Kong 110-9, 20 overs (Hussain Butt 37; Ahmed Raza 4-8)
UAE won by 27 runs
Bahrain v Malaysia
Malaysia 218-4, 20 overs (Damith Warsuwitharne 51; Huzaifa Mohammed 1-29)
Bahrain 134-9, 20 overs (Mohammed Ashraf 65; Suresh Navarathnam 3-39)
Malaysia won by 8
We know the families who buy our products also care about the environment and are trying to make a difference in their homes, such as by recycling. We wanted to team up with these consumers to make a difference, together, explained Kelly Semrau, Vice President of Global Public Affairs and Communication for SC Johnson. Knowing the average mom spends 12 hours online each week* researching, connecting with friends and family, and sharing information – we knew an online program would be a fast and easy way for her to participate.
The new blog, at www.scjohnson.com/TeamEarthTips, invites families to share stories about how they minimize their impact on the earth. From now through November 18, for every tip or tactic posted on the blog, SC Johnson will contribute $1 to Conservation Internationals Team Earth effort aiming to raise $25,000 by the end of the program on the 18th.
Team Earth is a worldwide sustainability effort uniting businesses, non-profit organizations, scientists, educators and individuals to address the most pressing environmental issues facing humanity. SC Johnson is a founding member of Team Earth, and was proud to kick off the initiative with actor Harrison Ford, the CEOs of Starbucks and Harrahs Entertainment, and others. More information is available at the Team Earth website: www.teamearth.com
Conservation International says that every year, the earth loses 32 million acres of tropical forests – an area the size of England. We want to help, and to engage our consumers as we do so. Online efforts like our Team Earth Tips are one small way to get the dialogue started, said Semrau. Facebook has over 300 million active users. One in five Internet users now Tweets or uses other tools to share updates about themselves.** We can all do a lot of good if we put the power of these tools into spreading and supporting Team Earth and other sustainability initiatives. Together, we can do so much more.
About SC Johnson:
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the worlds leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE°, OFF!°, PLEDGE°, RAID°, SCRUBBING BUBBLES°, SHOUT°, WINDEX° and ZIPLOC° in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN°, BAYGON°, BRISE°, ECHO°, KABIKILLER°, KLEAR°, and MR. MUSCLE°. The 123-year old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in more than 110 countries. www.scjohnson.com
* Source: Yankelovich MONITOR 2009.
** Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project
SAN DIEGO, California — BAE Systems has formed a team to compete for the next development phase of the U.S. Navy’s primary intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting, or ISR&T, system. The team is competing for a contract to transition the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy to an application-based system through the DCGS-N Prime Mission Product, known as DCGS-N PMP.
The BAE Systems-led team consists of BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Sun Microsystems, MTCSC, Space Dynamics Laboratory, InVisM, and Athena consulting. DCGS-N, the network-centric operations “backbone” for the Navy, enables the actionable and timely distribution of ISR&T data, processes, and systems. It helps naval commanders make better decisions in major combat operations.
“Knowledge and intelligence are essential elements in providing an advantage to our warfighters,” said Gene Glazar, president of information solutions for BAE Systems. “This team is dedicated to ensuring that our Navy maintains information dominance in any battle space. We look forward to continuing our history of performance on the current DCGS-N contract in pursuing DCGS-N PMP.”
“General Dynamics will leverage its mission systems integration and information assurance experience to deliver mature, leading-edge technologies,” said Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. “Our open and scalable architecture approach will enable the integration of information into the DCGS-N environment across multiple-level security domains, providing Navy commanders with the information they need to achieve mission success.”
With DCGS-N PMP, the Navy is moving toward applications and services on a common infrastructure to share and disseminate vital ISR&T data for analysis and targeting in support of a wide range of missions. As the gateway to joint and government-agency intelligence systems, DCGS-N allows the Navy to exchange information and data across multiple security domains, warfare areas, environments, and theaters.
“Key to DCGS is the timely, accurate, and efficient movement of ISR&T data not only between service components, but up and down echelon within each service,” said Tracy Morgan, vice president of technical transformation for MTCSC. “MTCSC’s DCGS Integration Backbone architecture and DCGS family of services experience will bring value to the BAE Systems team and the DCGS-N PMP program.”
BAE Systems, Sun Microsystems, Space Dynamics Laboratory and Athena Consulting are current contractors for DCGS-N. General Dynamics, MTCSC, and InVisM bring valuable experience and technologies to the team.
The team will co-locate at the BAE Systems command, control, communications, computing, and intelligence development center in Point Loma, California. The Navy is expected to award the DCGS-N PMP contract in March 2010.
As the nation mourned the loss of India by mere 3 runs, some of the big boys of the Indian team were seen partying with a gaggle of girls. The losers’ party saw Indian Captain M S Dhoni enjoying the evening with his fellow players including Ravindra Jadeja, Ashish Nehra, Virender Sehwag and Praveen Kumar. Perhaps the gang chose to ‘celebrate’ the defeat and move on!
Sachin Tendulkar, meanwhile, was the only Indian cricketer to have given the party a miss. After all, he had scored a memorable 175 earlier that evening.
The question, however, arises: Are the Indian players out of line in behaving like this after a harrowing day’s play? Or they just wanted to relax this way? Looking at the pictures, it is difficult to play judge on this one…
NewsX got access to exclusive picture to the losers’ party from a hotel in Hyderabad where Indian players were seen partying after the Indian team lost to Australia. Stay tuned to NewsX for more updates.
Every team in college basketball has a predictable side and an
unpredictable side. No team exemplifies that more than Kansas,
this year’s preseason No. 1. In “Seen this One Before,” in the
new issue of ESPN The Magazine on sale today, writers Elena
Bergeron and Luke Cyphers break down the Jayhawks’ yin and
yang. While KU has the squad built for another NCAA title run – a
seasoned point guard in Sherron Collins, a dominant center in Cole
Aldrich and a deep and experienced front line – there is more than meets
the eye. Top recruit Xavier Henry, who will probably stay for only one
year, joins the team and recent-off court antics, such as a fight with
members of the KU football team, makes this “boringly consistant” team
volatile and worth watching.
Like the Jayhawks, many college basketball teams have a split
personality. The Magazine’s 2009-10 College Basketball Rankings
take a look at the top 64 teams and break down what makes each of them
tick, as well as what could make them unravel. “Where
the Wild Things Are” predicts how the college basketball
season will pan out for some players, systems and conferences—from the
maniacal to the mundane. And The Mag shines the spotlight on Geno
Huskies who went an amazing 39-0 last season and look to dominate
women’s hoops yet again.
NEXT: THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES
And the NEXT countdown continues: meet the latest five-spot of future
phenoms, as The Mag marches toward the summit of NEXT. Who will
claim the top spot? Find out in our Dec. 14 issue.
15. J.R. Celski, speed skating
14. Simona De Silvestro, auto racing
13. Australian National Soccer Team
12. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
11. Jake Locker, LSU football
PLAYER X. In his
sixth column for The Magazine, “Player X,” an anonymous NFL
star, talks money and how player’s riches can disappear just as quickly
as that contract was signed.
“Truth is, you’re lucky to bank $4 million of a $10 million contract
these days. And it’s tough to make that money last when there’s
pressure to live the pro lifestyle.”
ONE SMALL STEP FOR A DEFENSE, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR THE OFFENSE. For
offense, a little trick and misdirection goes a long way—a league-best
427.3 yards per game, to be exact. David Fleming reports.
“YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS.” One year from now, Georgia
State football, the subject of The Mag’s How
to Build a Program in Two Short Years series, plays Alabama in
a mismatch for the ages. Guess what? GSU can’t wait. Justin Heckert
Life of Reilly. Rick Reilly experiences the scariest minute in
sports – calling a horse race.
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With the formalities now over and the draw finalized, the seven nations competing in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2009 Qualifier Dubai, 7-11 November, can now begin preparing for their first group match on Saturday afternoon at Jumeriah Beach, Umm Suqeim.
The team seeded number one, Japan, has been pitted against 2006 Asian Champions Bahrain and Uzbekistan in Group A, while an inexperienced Australian team will be tested when it faces Iran, China and Oman in Group B. The draw was held earlier today at the Zabeel Hall at the Dubai Sports Council in front of dozens of spectators, including the Australian and Oman squads, as well as delegates from the Japanese team.
Among the special guests were Salah Tahlak, LOC Tournament Director, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009; Joan Cusco, FIFA Beach Soccer General Manager; and United Arab Emirates Head Coach Marcelo Mendes, whose team will play two friendly matches during the qualifier against the resting team in Group A. Eric Cantona€s French team will play the third friendly match on 9 November.
Because Group A has only three teams, during the group phase one team at a time will be resting. To ensure that all the teams play an equal number of matches during the group phase, friendly matches have been scheduled for the resting teams. These three friendly matches will not count in the final Group A standings.
The top two nations in each group will progress to the semi-final. The two finalists will then represent the region at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009. The winner from Asia 1 will face Spain, Cte d€Ivoire and El Salvador in the group stage, while Asia 2 has the tough task of taking on the current world champions, Brazil, as well as Nigeria and Switzerland in Group D.
Although Australia took part in the inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Brazil in 2005, this is the first time the team from down under has competed in a Beach Soccer qualifier. In fact, the Australian team has never played together competitively. It was pulled together in a short time and given a crash-course in playing Beach Soccer. Five members of the team played at Rio de Janeiro 2005, while the rest of the players come from New South Wales and South Australian football clubs.
&We didn€t have the chance to play any competitive matches before we came here,& said Australian coach Airton Andrioli. &Because we don€t play beach football competitively in Australia, what we did, we went all over Australia and selected players who we felt could adapt to beach football. After we finalized the team, we went to a few camps in which we explained the rules. We didn€t have the chance to play any games so far.&
The Australian team has managed to organize two friendly matches, one against Nigeria this afternoon and the other on Wednesday against Bahrain, a team that shocked the Asian Beach Soccer community in 2006, when it won the Asian qualifier against Japan. Bahrain shares a similar story with Australia; in 2006 it had pulled a team together just for the tournament.
Joan Cusco says not to rule out the Aussies: &The first time Bahrain built a team, they came just like Australia, scouting players, making camps and building a team and they won the tournament in 2006.& As a result, three players from that team went on to play for Bahrain€s national football team.
&I have a good group of players here and have been working hard for the last few weeks and we€re confident that we can qualify,& Andrioli said during a press conference. Australia will play Iran in its first qualifier match on Saturday afternoon.
Oman coach Talib Al Thanawi believes his team is under pressure to qualify, after the team won the Beach Soccer title at the Asian Beach Games in Bali last year. However, this is the first time the team makes an appearance at a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier. Oman takes on China in the first qualifying round on Saturday.
The ration packs are designed to be used all year round by frontline troops. A total of 450,000 packs of the new rations have been issued to troops who will be fighting in temperatures between -5C and 15C. The winter trials will make sure that the food inside the rations is fit for the harsh conditions.
These trials build on the success of the new 24-hour Multi-Climate Rations (MCR) summer trials where over 750,000 boxes were tested by deployed troops working in extremely hot temperatures.
At the Combined Services Culinary Challenge (CSCC), chefs from across the Armed Forces have been putting their culinary skills to the ultimate test by going head-to-head in the three-day competition to serve a feast fit for frontline troops.
Their efforts will be judged by a panel which includes Michelin-starred chefs to test the standards of the competing teams.
Defence Food Services Team Leader, Captain Jeremy Rigby RN, said:
One of the mostimportant requirements is to provideincreased variety to troops operating for long periods on rationswhich will help reduce menu fatigue. These new menus have been developed to meet the needs of service personnel operating in the extreme climates of Afghanistan, providing them with a wider range of nutritionally balanced meals.
Feedback from the summer trials has been extremely positive and we look forward to responses from the troops on any improvements we can make.
The ongoing trials of the ration packs will continue until Spring 2010. Results of these trials will inform long-term, future menus for the 24-hour Operational Ration Pack (ORP) as part of the continuing process of improving food for frontline troops.
The three-day competition features all types of skills needed by the Armed Forces, with cooking on operations tested in the outside field catering competition, where teams of military chefs use field kitchens and ration packs to produce a 2-course meal for 20 people.
In the Parade de Chefs team competition, one Service team per day will prepare, cook and serve a VIP meal for 64 diners. Other categories include the team buffet, international military team and junior military chef of the year.
The event is a showcase for the professionalism, skills and expertise of catering staff across Defence, highlighting the importance of continual professional training and development.
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Sports celebrities inaugurate the unique marketing-sports event.
— IIFT, Delhi is currently holding a weeklong event called UWL- ‘United Warriors League’. The event serves as an innovative platform for students to learn concepts of marketing in a ‘hands on’ manner as well as enjoy sports at the same time. Earlier this week Sports celebrities like Vijay Dahiya, Indian ODI player and Badrinath Pathri, Physiologist to Sania Mirza inaugurated the sporting and branding event at IIFT Delhi campus.
UWL is a sports and marketing event based on the lines of IPL where the participating teams comprising of MBA students are not only competing in ten disciplines but are also being judged on their branding. Each team is having its own Brand Managers and Owner. A team not only has to win on the field but also the attention of the ‘junta’ to win branding points. The teams are vying for the attention with innovative marketing activities like sending promotional SMSes, running ‘Enthusiastic Fan’ contests, launching blogs and websites, releasing promotional videos on youtube, hiding chocolates in classroom, Launching campus cleaning drive to outright crazy ideas like Running dating contests . “Marketing is a very practical art, books alone cant teach you that. UWL is both fun and learning marketing in a very simulated and hands on environment”, Satvinder Kumar, IIFT student and an UWL organizer. Students managing their team brand are ideating and trying to come up with innovative ideas to break the clutter and get ahead in the branding. With so much of promotion going on emails, through SMSes that one of the team also launched a ‘Do not disturb’ services like the cellular companies do to gain appreciation while another supporter made a floor graffiti in support of her team.
“The environment is very real and simulated like what actual market could be. It’s an interesting and engrossing learning experience” Said Harihar Adarsh, owner of one of the teams.
The event earlier also involved the owners bidding for the players of their choice with each team allotted Rs. 1000 to buy all their favorites players bringing some real action to the event with teams strategizing and scheming to buy the players of their choice. The event this year has been even more impactful than the one last year.
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