Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35

first_imgFILE-In this Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, Brazil’s Kaka waves as he arrives for a training session ahead of a friendly match against Argentina at the Bird’s Nest National Stadium in Beijing, China. Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35, it was reported on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35.Kaka, who played for Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid, told Brazil’s Globo TV on Sunday that “my last word is that the cycle of my career as a player ends here.”ADVERTISEMENT “I needed time to think and take a decision calmly,” Kaka said. “I have arrived to the conclusion that now is the moment to finish my career as a professional player.”A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and featuring at three World Cups. He was part of the Brazil squad that lifted the global trophy in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Kaka said that he would like to remain linked professionally to soccer, perhaps as a manager or sports director of a team.Kaka was 21 when Milan brought him to Italy from Sao Paulo. The dangerous playmaker won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s World Player award in 2007. He was part of the Milan team that won the 2007 Champions League final against Liverpool, and scored 95 goals across all competitions for the Rossoneri. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel clobbers Phoenix Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kaka joined Real Madrid in 2009 for 67 million euros ($78.7 million) but had an up-and-down stint due to a series of injuries. He returned to Milan on a free transfer ahead of the 2013-14 season. A brief spell back with Sao Paulo preceded three MLS campaigns with Orlando, for whom he enjoyed individual success despite limited results for the Florida franchise.Kaka was a free agent after leaving Orlando in October.Kaka tweeted Sunday that “I’m now ready for the next journey.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Climate Services Underpin Sustainable Development in Africa

first_imgMinisters responsible for meteorology in Africa are meeting to coordinate and accelerate regional efforts to strengthen resilience to extreme weather hazards and adapt to climate change.The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) will be hosted by the government of Cabo Verde from 10th -14th February. It will focus on improving weather and climate services which are vital to food security, water management, disaster risk reduction and health, as well as key economic sectors like transport, energy and tourism, among others.“Every African country should be involved in the collective effort towards the transformative socio-economic development of the continent to build The Africa We Want envisaged in the African Union Agenda 2063,” said African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E Rhoda Peace Tumusiime.“National Meteorological and Hydrological Services are critical actors in supporting sustainable development. There is today increased awareness of the socioeconomic benefits delivered by weather and climate services,” said World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.Ministers will discuss the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services), One of its aims is to increase recognition and funding for NMHSs. They will approve a new regional climate centre for Central Africa to consolidate research and forecasting capabilities. Ministers will also consider input from the meteorological community to a pan-African Space Policy and Strategy.“Knowledge, research and innovation are all vital to the competitiveness of the African economy and to allow us to meet weather, water and energy challenges,” said Dr. Antero Veiga, Minister for Environment, Housing and Territorial Planning“The recent devastating flooding in many parts of Africa, particularly Southern Africa, has highlighted once again how weather-related hazards undermine and disrupt social, political and economic development,” said Hon Saviour Kasukuwere, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate of Zimbabwe and the outgoing Chair of AMCOMET. “There is no doubt that the vagaries of weather and climate will play a critical role in shaping Africa’s development agenda. This requires a collective approach, unity of purpose based upon the shared vision on climate proofing of our beloved continent, genuine partnerships and commitment”  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Swift Economic Recovery in Sight

first_imgThe World Bank Group (WBG) has outlined several development initiatives that would assist Liberia in its post-Ebola recovery exercise. Through its President Jim Yong Kim, the WBG named five strategic areas that the bank is to prioritize in order to get the Liberian economy back on track.The World Bank has also pledged to help government manage the consequences of the Ebola epidemic on the public accounts. The bank, according to its president, is working closely with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in preparing several tranches of budget support to the government.The WBG President, who was on a one day visit to Liberia, said he and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other government officials, during a closed-door meeting, discussed the importance of finishing the job on Ebola and beginning the work on economic recovery.He made the disclosure at a press stakeout with President Sirleaf in the foyer of the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. Dr. Kim was heading a high level World Bank delegation to the country. He noted that the WBG is committed to help Liberian authorities in the coming 18 months in key areas that would help reawaken the economy as quickly as possible.With the Ebola outbreak at a stabilized stage, next up in the hearts and minds of many is the status of the already fragile Liberian economy, which has plummeted further as a result of the epidemic, thus the imminent intervention of the WBG is indeed a highly welcome move.This means that the worries of some government officials, especially President Sirleaf and Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, are at the verge of being alleviated to some extent.It is recalled that Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Konneh, recently said that in the face of the ongoing Ebola crisis, the Liberian economy is being dealt a huge blows, receding by over 6 percent in less than six months.He said the gross domestic product (GDP) was projected to have grown by 5.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, but it is now revised downward to 0.4 percent due to the health crisis in the country. In 2013, projected GDP growth was 8.0 percent, but it was later revised downward to 5.9 percent prior to the Ebola outbreak.GDP growth was further projected downward to 2.5 percent after the Ebola outbreak and has now shrunk into negative growth.With the increasing threats the Ebola outbreak poses to the economy, the Liberian Government also revised its draft fiscal budget downward reducing revenue projections from over US$540 million to about US$470 million. This is happening in the face of increasing government spending.Dr. Kim speaking at the press stakeout said the WBG, which has already provided US$200 million dollars to Liberia for the Ebola crisis, is in collaboration with some financial institutions preparing several tranches of budget support to the government. This will help alleviate some of government’s worries and fears.He said the bank will continue to support the government’s ambitious plan to get to zero cases as soon as possible. This involves making sure that every community is protected from the virus and that all Liberians have access to the health care they deserve.“But we don’t need to wait to get to zero to start working on the economic recovery, so our second area of support is agriculture. Agriculture is a key pillar of the Liberian economy and we are concerned that agricultural production has dropped as a result of the epidemic,”“We will help Liberian farmer recover from this crisis. We must make sure that the Ebola outbreak is not followed by a food security crisis,” he said.The bank is also poised to help improve selected infrastructure that are critical for economic competitiveness, such as urban infrastructure, access to electricity, and the construction of roads and bridges that connect farmers to markets.He congratulated the government for its leadership in handling the emergency response to Ebola, further encouraging President Sirleaf to continue working with neighbors to strengthen the regional response and promote greater regional integration.President Sirleaf welcomed Dr. Kim and his delegation to Liberia and said that the Bank has been a long standing partner to Liberia beginning in the 1960s and has supported much of the country’s development efforts.“In most recent years, we have had from you and your team the kind of support that has enabled us to make a lot of progress on our vision 2030 and our Agenda for Transformation.The Bank’s support cut across many sectors including energy, roads, agriculture, health, education, in all of which the Liberian leader said the country has made much progress as a result of the Bank’s support and that of other partners.She said Dr. Kim has been exceptional in his support to Liberia since the outbreak of the virus by bringing his personal knowledge of the health sector and organizing some of his colleagues in the sector, who in turn have become partners to the government.He has also provided support that have enabled Liberians to combat the disease and “I dare say the progress we have made come from that very support, including budgetary support.“As we continue to work with you, moving along our plans of being able to treat the disease, moving on to making sure that our communities take responsibilities to ensure that we move up to zero and at some point in time being very conscious that we remain resilient as a people,” said President Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Martinez praises desire and work rate despite shocking Everton performance

first_imgRoberto Martinez has praised the desire and work rate from his players, despite Everton being comprehensively outplayed by Sunderland.The Black Cats secured their Premier League survival in convincing fashion, Lamine Kone hitting a brace and Patrick van Aanholt converting a free-kick as the Wearside club romped to a 3-0 win.The result relegated Norwich and Newcastle, but the real worry should be with Everton, as they failed to seriously pose a threat against a team who has spent the majority of the season in the bottom three.Martinez’s team displayed their usual frailties, looking defensively weak and susceptible to conceding the lightest of goals.However, at the Stadium of Light, the Toffees failed to even show their strengths, lacking any real attacking threat and failing to control possession with their usual imposing style.It was a game which is sure to have increased pressure on Martinez’s job, but the Spaniard actually believes his team were doing everything right in the game.When asked whether he was impressed with the performance, given the shocking display against Leicester at the weekend, the Spaniard said: “It was a completely different type of performance.“The desire was there, the work rate was there and the intent was there.“From a purely technical aspect, I think our possession should have ended up with a better threat in the final third in the first-half. In the second-half we had more of a threat.”If there is anything to ease the pressure on Martinez, it will be the excuse that injuries have ravaged his squad this season.For much of the campaign he has had to call upon youth players to fill in his defence, a fact which has not gone unnoticed by the 42-year-old.“We had a lot of injuries, and it is good to have some senior faces back,” he added.“We’ve had so many injuries in the back four that it’s been unfair. Hopefully we have a couple more back against Norwich.”last_img read more

Child molester tracked down

first_imgPALMDALE – A convicted child molester who disappeared from the motel where he was supposed to be living and failed to register as a sex offender was found hiding at his sister’s downtown condominium, officials said. John Czifra, 33, who was supposed to be living in a motel on Sierra Highway in Lancaster, was spotted Tuesday night in an alley outside the 10th Street East condo and ran inside, where officers eventually found him after he first tried to jump off a balcony to escape. “He was hiding under a pile of dirty clothes in the bedroom,” sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Bistline said. Czifra’s sister was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Officials will recommend that the government rent subsidy that helps pay her rent be revoked because methamphetamine and marijuana were found there and she was letting a wanted parolee hide there, Bistline said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA teenager recently released from probation camp was cited at the condo for possession of marijuana, Bistline said. Czifra was paroled in February for an Antelope Valley vehicle theft, but was required under state law to register his whereabouts for an earlier felony conviction for lewd conduct with a child under age 14, state records show. He had been wanted since April 10 after disappearing from the Tropic Motel in Lancaster. Czifra was picked up as Palmdale Partners Against Crime deputies, parole agents and probation officers, as well as a county housing investigator and city building inspectors, visited homes of parolees, probationers and Section 8 rent subsidy recipients where problems have been reported. In all, on Tuesday afternoon and evening, the officers visited eight homes and arrested five people, including a probationer arrested at his East Avenue Q-15 home on a warrant charging him with possession of drugs for sale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgONE million readers of the Sunday Independent got a true taste of Donegal at the weekend – thanks to an article on its attractions.Reporter Sophie Linehan spent a weekend in Rathmullan taking on water sports.You can read her great report here:    PAPER PUSHES THE BOAT OUT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drake edges Stanford, 5-4

first_imgJunior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) pitched 7.0 innings for her sixth win of the season (6-4). Smith gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Drake University softball team earned its second-straight walk-off win as sophomore Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) drove in freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) with a double to defeat Stanford, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at the Easton Crimson Classic. Saturday night the Bulldogs had a walk-off double by senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) to beat Jacksonville, 2-1. Next Game: The Bulldogs were led Sunday by senior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) who went 3-3 at the plate with two runs batted in. Freshmen Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) and junior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) each added two hits and the Bulldogs finished with 12 for the game. Drake also nabbed six stolen bases, including two from Alexander. Drake (14-8) earned the victory over Stanford (12-8) after dropping a 9-0, five-inning game on Friday against the Cardinal. vs. Green Bay 3/10/2017 – 5:30 PM Stanford took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning before Drake responded with a three-run fourth inning. Stanford answered in the sixth with a pair of RBI doubles to lead 4-3 before Finneran’s double tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning. Live Stats Full Schedule Roster Preview Drake plays its final non-conference regular season tournament next weekend at the Jayhawk Invitational hosted by Kansas. Drake will play five games in Lawrence, Kan. from Mar. 10-12, opening the invitational against UMKC on March 10 at 1 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Glitz and glamour at the LYIT Student Achievement Awards

first_imgThe annual LYIT Student Achievement Awards evening took place recently in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny. The evening is a symbol of recognition and celebration of the recreational activities carried out by student Clubs & Societies leaders.Among the awards presented were; Most Outstanding Club Member, Leadership Award, Best Society and the Civic, Charity & Community Engagement Award, which is an award highly regarded in third level education circles and awarded in recognition of the club that best displayed their skills in engaging with the community. Mr Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, who was the guest speaker on the night, presented the Clubs & Societies Awards and commented in his address on the celebration of the work of the individuals and teams involved in the Clubs and Societies Programme at LYIT.The Ladies Basketball team in LYIT who are pictured with Makenzie Burud the winner of the Individual Sports Award at the annual Student Achievement Awards in LYIT. Included are Paul Hannigan, President, Mackenzie Burud, Paddy Gallagher, Sports Officer, Faith Welch, Billy Bennett, Regiatrar. Also included are Niall McDermott, Coach, Janah Rosagarron, Laura Deeney, Aoife Nolan, Aishling Nee and Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, who was guest speaker at the Awrads.Seamus offered his warmest congratulations to all the nominated clubs and individuals and paid tribute to their contributions.He also emphasised that clubs and societies is a hugely important part of the student experience in college life, particularly in terms of preparation for future careers, both as employees and indeed as entrepreneurs.Seamus also stressed the value of the club experiences gained including; team work, time management, organisational, budgeting and people skills, all of which are skills that the students will carry forward to future employment. Clubs & Societies Scholarships were also presented to seven successful candidates. The winners were selected from many applicants.Each of the winners, who are leaders of their clubs and societies, received monetary awards in recognition of their efforts.The Afro Caribbean Society, winners of the Civic, Charity and Community Engagement Award at the Annual Student Achievement Awards in LYIT. Included are Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, who presented the award and Paul Hannigan, President LYIT.Mr Paul Hannigan, LYIT President, presented the scholarships to the winning students and complimented all clubs and societies on the worthy contribution they have made to college life outside of the classroom.Paul, in addressing the audience, complimented the programme as a valuable contributor in growth and learning. Paul also referred to a recent survey carried out in the region which identified the qualities of team-work, persistence and emotional intelligence as among the key factors sought by employers. Paul also underlined that the personal development of the student supports the workplace of the future.In referring directly to the Clubs & Societies Scholarship Programme, Paul encouraged all students applying for scholarships to ensure that they maintain their academic work in tandem with their club activities so that a healthy balance can be achieved. Pictured at the Lyit student Club & Society Scholarship and Achievement Awards held in the Raddission Hoetel Letterkenny are front row (l-r) are Guest of honour Seamus Neeley CEO Donegal County Coucil ,John Ugwu ,Paul Hannigan Lyit president ,Victoria Wilson ,Billy Bennett Lyit Registrar .Back row (l-r) Josephine Wilson (Student Union Administrator Lyit ),Diana Gango ,Luckas Vymlatil , Jo Lauezer , Elisia Gormley ,Rebecca Ross , Anne Marie Kelly ,Paddy Gallagher Student Services officer Lyit .Paul congratulated Josephine Wilson, Paddy Gallagher and all involved in the organising of the event and extended thanks to the Clubs & Societies committees and the Student Union for their work.The award winners on the night were as follows:Clubs & Societies Awards Winners• Jo Lau Ezer, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Most Outstanding Club Member 2018• Afro Caribbean Society, Award for Civic, Charity and Community Engagement 2018• Lukas Vymlatil, International Society, Leadership Award 2018• The International Society, Best Society 2018 Clubs & Societies Scholarship Winners1. Jo Lau Ezer, Ultimate Frisbee Club2. Diana Gango, International Society3. Elisia Gormley, LGBT+ Society4. Rebecca Ross, Badminton Society5. John Ugwu, Afro Caribbean Society6. Lukas Vymlatil, International Society7. Victoria Wilson, Badminton Society Sports Awards Winners1. Makenzie Burud (Basketball Ladies), Individual Sports Star Award 20182. Fearghal Harkin (Men’s Soccer), Special Recognition in Sport Award 20183. Ladies Soccer, Team of the Year 2018The Team of the Year Award went to the Ladies Soccer team, pictured at the Student Achievement Awards 2018 with Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal Co Council, Paddy Galagher, Sports Officer, LYIT and Johnny Baird, Coach. The ladies were Division 1 winners and also winners of the O’ Regan Plate competition.Glitz and glamour at the LYIT Student Achievement Awards was last modified: April 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA develops sustainable blue economy strategy

first_img10 June 2014 The South African government is developing a blue economy strategy to help realise the full potential of its marine resources, Dr Monde Mayekiso, the deputy director general of the Department of Environmental Affairs, said at a meeting in Port Elizabeth on Monday. “South Africa has large ocean spaces and we are beginning to appreciate the value of this vital national asset and how it can contribute to our livelihoods and economy,” Mayekiso said. He said technology was helping to unlock the country’s marine resources, the sustainable use of which could make a meaningful contribution towards job creation in years to come. “Much of our ocean remains unexplored and … there is a need to urgently gather information and describe what resources are available and how they can be used sustainably,” he said.White Paper The White Paper on the National Environmental Management of the Ocean (Nemo) was gazetted on 29 May. Approved by Cabinet in December 2013, Nemo aims to govern activities and marine stakeholders to ensure optimal and sustainable use of the marine environment. The ocean economy has been identified by the National Development Plan as one of the key drivers to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030. Mayekiso noted that the policy would help give effect to the environmental rights in the Constitution. The general statutory framework is provided by the National Environmental Management Act and other relevant legislation, which envisages on a high degree of co-operative governance between organs of state pursuing economic development and those tasked with environmental responsibilities. “A number of key areas such as aquaculture, marine transport, offshore oil and gas exploration are crucial in growing the economy, providing much-needed jobs and improving prosperity while ensuring environmental sustainability and integrity,” Dr Mayekiso said. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 6, 2011

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Accessible Geocaching One of the greatest things about geocaching is that anyone with a GPS-enabled device can participate in the activity. Whether you are a parent with young children, an extreme sports fanatic or a disabled individual, there are geocaches designed with you in mind.As a Cache Owner, you can help fellow geocachers determine whether your cache is a good fit for their needs. Simply add attributes to your cache listing. Attributes are icons that indicate what to expect on the geocache journey and at the cache location. “Recommended for kids,” “climbing gear required” and “wheelchair accessible” are just a few of the dozens of attributes.Cache Owners who are planning to add the “wheelchair accessible” attribute to their cache page or are debating whether their cache deserves a 1-star, 1.5-star, or 2-star terrain rating should check out As you can see from this video, just because the ground is flat does not necessarily mean that a geocache is wheelchair accessible. will help you determine the accessibility of your cache based on five factors: distance to cache, route surface, route slope, route obstructions and cache height. When in doubt, mark the terrain rating as 1.5 stars and explain the details in your Long Description on the cache page.The ability to rate caches based on accessibility is not limited to Cache Owners; everyone can help. All geocachers are welcome to contribute their input at Thank you for your efforts to make geocaching more accessible for all!center_img SharePrint RelatedAccessible Geocaching – Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 20, 2012June 20, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Etiquette 201: Cache OwnershipJune 25, 2019In “Community”9 Tips for responsible cache maintenanceJune 6, 2017In “Learn”last_img read more