Keep it clean


first_imgFor employees in bakery retail, foodservice or food processing industries, choices made about handwashing affect not only the employee, but also other people: consumers, diners and the general public. Handwashing among food workers is crucial to prevent the spread of germs that can lead to food-borne illnesses and food poisoning. Efficient hand hygiene needs to become automatic.According to World Health Organisation guidelines, hand washing should not be limited just to the hands; it should also include wrists. The whole area should be washed with soap and running water for a minimum of 10-15 seconds. In the healthcare and food industries hands should then be decontaminated with an alcohol-based waterless hand gel or rub for 15-30 seconds. This stage must be carried out on physically clean hands, as it may be ineffective if the hands are soiled with protein or fat.drain the soapSoap, if in the form of a bar, should be left on a soap rack so it has the chance to drain. It should not be allowed to sit in a pool of water as this encourages micro-organisms to grow, such as pseudomonas, an opportunistic pathogen, meaning that it exploits the break in the host defences to initiate an infection. Liquid dispensers of soap should be cleaned thoroughly every day, and, when empty, the cartridge should be discarded not refilled. Disposable towels should be used for drying hands, ideally with a non-touch dispenser. If there is not a clean, dry towel available, then air drying hands is best and communal towels should be avoided. It is important to dry hands thoroughly because, if wet, they will spread bacteria easily.microbial cautionCaution should be taken when dealing with food with a high microbial loading, such as uncooked meats. Dangerous micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses, mould and parasites can be transferred between surfaces, hands and other foodstuffs by cross-contamination. This happens directly through contact between hands, cutting boards, towels, clothes, utensils and work surfaces. Raw meat in particular contains harmful bacteria and it is important to keep it away from ready-to-eat foods, such as salad, cooked meats, fruit and bread.l Bekie McCloud is EMA marketing/ technical director, Johnson Diverseylast_img read more

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh’s victory


first_imgBoston will soon have its first new mayor in 20 years. Longtime state legislator Martin J. Walsh defeated City Councilor John R. Connolly in Tuesday’s election, leveraging the support of labor groups and a significant cross-section of residents throughout the city. He will take office in January.Steven Poftak, the executive director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, talks about Walsh’s victory and what this means for the city of Boston.QUESTION: Are you surprised by the results?POFTAK: These results are not surprising. The race was close and competitive throughout. During the last few weeks, it felt like the momentum was moving toward Walsh. His campaign seemed to be controlling the narrative and they seemed to be attracting large numbers of enthusiastic participants to their events. Plus, he had a significant advantage in spending on his behalf, close to $1 million more than Connolly with outside groups included. More critically, spending on behalf of Walsh was more efficient, spread across the weeks in between the preliminary and the final, not concentrated in the final two weeks.On Election Day, the Walsh ground troops were everywhere and it suggested that this was Walsh’s day.QUESTION: What unique qualities will Martin J. Walsh bring to City Hall?POFTAK: Walsh brings a very personal narrative to the office — son of immigrants, working-class roots, cancer survivor, recovered alcoholic, shooting survivor, union leader, state representative, and, now, mayor. Voters clearly connected with that narrative and found Walsh personally appealing.QUESTION: What are the biggest challenges facing the new mayor?POFTAK: Continuing the trajectory of education reform will be an important challenge for the mayor. There are persistent pockets of underperformance in the Boston Public Schools that need to be addressed. In addition, the district is facing a facilities planning problem, with under-capacity in the lower grades and overcapacity in the upper grades, as well as implementing a new school assignment system. Walsh will get to appoint a new superintendent to grapple with all these issues.Another challenge will be to nurture continued economic growth and innovation, while also promoting that growth across the neighborhoods. Walsh ran on a platform of equity, so I would expect to hear a lot about this.Lastly, Walsh’s policy proposals have a lot of detail and new programs but every mayor grapples with limited revenues, with little statutory power to change that. He will be challenged to find a balance between fiscal stability and developing new programs.QUESTION: How will Walsh govern?POFTAK: Walsh’s public-sector experience has been in the legislative branch, so it will be interesting to see how that transfers over to an executive position. One of his most striking traits is his ability to build bonds across different interest groups, particularly for a white, Irish guy from a historically conservative section of Dorchester. A key to Walsh’s victory was a string of key endorsements from other preliminary election candidates that gave him great credibility across many neighborhoods that were not his original constituency.Walsh also faces the challenge of taking over for a long-serving mayor who has been in charge while the vast majority of city workers were hired. It remains to be seen how aggressive Walsh will be in replacing appointees with his own people.QUESTION: How will Walsh differentiate himself from Mayor [Thomas M.] Menino?POFTAK: Many of Walsh’s major endorsers appear poised to take positions in the new administration where they would be high-profile public figures. This would contrast with the more centralized style of the current mayor.However, I think Walsh will continue to take an active, neighborhood/constituent service-focused mayoralty that has been a signature of Menino. This election did not represent a repudiation of any ideology, but rather a transition in leadership, so I would not expect Walsh to dramatically differentiate himself.last_img read more

The strata by-laws all Cairns unit occupiers have to know


first_imgDecorating indoors can be subject to strata by-laws.He said owners and tenants in strata properties had to know their scheme’s by-laws inside and out. “But, unfortunately, there are many instances of residents taking actions that are in breach of the by-laws,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“We had a report of a unit owner concreting their courtyard then having to jack hammer it all up as they didn’t have approval for the works. The resident previously lived in a house with only council regulations applying and was not aware he could not make this type of alteration to his courtyard without first seeking approval as stipulated within the scheme by-laws.” Mr Mifsud said even changes to the inside of the unit could be risky without checking the property’s strata by-laws. “Even changing the curtains can be an issue that causes a breach in a strata scheme. There can be by-laws that specify light backed curtains should only be installed in particular windows,” he said. “Similarly, making unauthorised changes to blinds can be a problem, while the same situation can arise with window tinting.” Apartment blocks across the city are subject to their own strata by-laws. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSSTRATA management is meant to create harmony across a townhouse or apartment block, but not sticking to the rules can land owners and tenants in hot water. Archers the Strata Professionals partner Grant Mifsud said even the wrong choice of curtains could result in costly consequences. “As a tenant or owner within a strata property, it’s important to be aware of the things you can and can’t do in your strata scheme,” he said.“Strata schemes have by-laws which regulate common property to help maintain peace and harmony within the community and also to ensure residents can live safely and in an orderly fashion protecting the value of their properties.” Swimming pools are a common cause for contention in apartments and units.The strata expert said common areas like swimming pools were not only strata by-law landmines, but could also raise tension between neighbours. “Some residents treat the pool like it’s their own private resort when in fact it is a shared area which can have strict rules such as ensuring children using the pool are supervised by an adult, for both safety and harmony,” he said. He said other common sources of strata-scheme disputes could involve pets, parking, parties, passive smoking, hanging laundry from the balcony as well as the behaviour of visitors.“Tenants and owners should brief their visitors about the accepted behaviour inside the strata property, particularly when holding any gatherings and be mindful of the other occupants’ peaceful enjoyment of their home,” he said.“To maintain a harmonious, friendly and comfortable atmosphere in a strata property, it’s always good to familiarise yourself with your strata scheme by-laws and play within the rules.”last_img read more

AREC 2019: How a broken toilet seat landed James Packer’s $70m property deal


first_imgMedia mogul James Packer and Erica Baxter after a swim at the “Eden Roc” hotel in Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera, in 2007. AFP PicValery/Hache“She said she liked it but wanted her friend to come through,” Mr Pallier said.“He (Packer) turned up in a Range Rover and was taller than I expected.“I wasn’t intimidated, he was just really tall. He said the house was beautiful and offered the asking price but Erica tapped him on the shoulder and he then said he didn’t know the market well and wanted to get another friend to have a look.“I then got a call saying Erika and James wanted to sign the contract before flying to London so I ran out of the office.“The plane was about to take off. I didn’t realise until then that it was his plane.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoMr Pallier said the contract was signed and then sometime later he received a frantic phonecall from Erica’s personal assistant. First homebuyer interest spikes as interest rate cut looms Mr Pallier personally fixed a broken toilet at Erica’s house and then later landed the listing, and sale, of James Packer’s Vaucluse mansionThe toilet seat was cracked and there was a house party within hours.“They asked if I could fix the toilet seat so I went over, tore of the seat, went to Bunnings and fixed the toilet seat,” he said.“A few years later, they then bought in Vaucluse. The friend (who Packer had called to check out the earlier property) called and said they had appreciated that I had fixed the toilet seat and that they wanted me to sell the big $70 million house.”Mr Pallier said every agent should “do the very best you can” and remember that real estate is a “people business”.He said he spends only one or two days a month in the office, instead working from his black Lexus.But even that has its pitfalls.“I wear a tie and am always on the phone so people think I am an Uber driver,” he said.“This guy Luke Mangan, the top chef, came out of the restaurant with his wife, opened the back door of my car and gave me an address.“It was nearby and I just thought it wasn’t worth explaining (that he was not an Uber driver).“To this day I don’t know if he realises I am not an Uber driver.” “Sometimes its out of your control and you have to move on.“I wake up every day and I must drive my wife crazy. I wake up, give her a big cuddle, we look out and look at the weather.“I am from Woolllongong and my wife is from China so we just look at each other and think, how lucky we are we?“You have to have a goal, a road map of where you want to get to, you have to keep learning and you have have to be accountable.” Market locks in historic rate cut AREC 2019It was when a customer mentioned that he had received better service buying a Rolls Royce than he did selling his house that a light bulb went on for Mr Pallier, who made the decision to move in to property sales.He went to work in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the epicentre for high end sales and mega mansions.“I never doorknock, I never cold call,” he said. “That first three months, I did no prospecting.“I went to other agents open houses and learned about the market.”But it was a young woman interested in a $4 million house in Vaucluse that cemented Mr Pallier’s position in prestige property.Her name was Erica Baxter, the then girlfriend of James Packer, and soon-to-be wife. The couple have since divorced. Prominent agent Michael Pallier and his wife LuLu Sun who deal with lots of Chinese buyers.center_img Michael Pallier is a prestige agent, not an Uber driver.But being a people person has paid off for the unassuming agent from the eastern suburbs.He said the commission on the Packer property was $1.23 million, split between himself and a co-agent.“$660,000 was my share. That was my biggest week,” he said.Mr Pallier’s key message was that consistency was the key to success, and to keep moving forward.“It is horses for courses. Your personality may not match someone else, but you just have to get your fair share,” he said. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Michael Pallier, Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty managing director.Speaking at AREC 2019, he told the crowd that he worked in the ‘experimental department’ where he learned of plans for a vehicle that didn’t require servicing.“I wanted to be a mechanic but then I realised that my job might go,” he said. “And I was pushed in to sales.” Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off in luxury Hamptons twin set James Packer’s house on Vaucluse Rd, Vaucluse.PRESTIGE property agent Michael Pallier started out as a mechanic at Rolls Royce, and used to commute by train from his home in Woolloongong.His day would start at 5am, and he would get in to the workshop early so that he could clean the tools for the more senior mechanics.He became the NSW Apprentice of the Year, and moved to England to work for the luxury car maker. 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Equinor to take over operatorship of Soliton’s UK North Sea license


first_imgSoliton Resources, a privately held oil and gas exploration company, has farmed out its UK Central North Sea Licence P2390 (Blocks 23/26e and 30/1d) to Equinor UK.Hedda Felin, Equinor’s senior vice president for UK and Ireland offshore. (Photo: Equinor/Øivind Haug)Licence P2390 contains the Isolde prospect, a shallow, low risk and potentially sizeable exploration target that has historically been overlooked, partially as a result of seismic imaging limitations on legacy 3D data, Soliton said in a statement on Friday.Solition also said that Equinor will acquire an 85% working interest in Licence P2390 and assume operatorship to undertake an initial work program to improve the quality of existing 3D seismic data.Subsequently, Equinor can elect to drill an exploration well on the Isolde prospect. Equinor will refund license costs incurred to date by Soliton, pay a consideration to reflect inter alia the option to elect to drill and will carry all future costs associated with Soliton’s retained 15% interest, including exploration drilling if elected.In the event of exploration success, the carry will continue through all further activities, including appraisal drilling, until Equinor confirms the presence of a feasible investment project, ready to progress into detailed development evaluation and planning.Regulatory approvals for the transaction have already been received.Soliton Resources’ founder and Managing Director, Graham Goffey, commented: “I am delighted to announce that Equinor are joining Soliton to progress the exploration of the Isolde prospect. The high level of industry interest in what proved to be a particularly competitive farm-out process is a clear indication of the merits of the Isolde prospect and I am very pleased that Soliton is to be joined by an operator of Equinor’s scale, capability and ambition.“Soliton’s application for the Isolde prospect in the UK’s 30th licensing round was facilitated by the Oil and Gas Authority’s flexible ‘Innovate’ license structure and its data access initiatives, which have lowered the barriers to entry for newly established companies such as Soliton.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Barcelona, Juventus confirm Arthur, Pjanic swap deal


first_img Loading… Both players will remain at their respective clubs for the remainder of the 2019/20 seasons including for the Champions League in August, which means they could face their future clubs in the competition – scheduled to be played in Lisbon.Pjanic, 30, joined the Bianconeri from Roma in the summer of 2016 and has clocked up 170 appearances in that timeframe, scoring 22 goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona have signed midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus in a deal worth up to €65m while Arthur Melo will join Juventus in a transfer that could reach €82m.The deals were confirmed on Monday afternoon with the Blaugrana paying an initial €60m for Bosnian midfielder Pjanic alongside a further €5m in add-ons, with his four-year contract including a €400m release clause.Arthur’s move to the Italian champions has been processed for an initial €72m transfer fee with a further €10m in potential add-ons included.center_img Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World12 Countries With The Most Impressive Technological InnovationsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets Read Also: Video: Messi pulls off genius assist from free-kick against Celta VigoArthur joined the Blaugrana in 2018 in a deal from Gremio worth an initial €31m plus a further €9m in variables and he had a contract with the club until the summer of 2024 with a €400m release clause, while transfermarkt gives him a market value of €55m.As has been widely reported, the Brazilian’s reluctance to leave the Camp Nou has been the biggest stumbling block for the exchange deal being processed but that hurdle has now been overcome.last_img read more

Don among Flogas dozen


first_img A Cheltenham Festival winner over hurdles last season, he has excelled over fences and was a good winner of the Topaz Novice Chase over Christmas. However, that was over three miles and he would be dropping three furlongs in trip were he to take up his option this weekend. Advertising the strength in depth of trainer Willie Mullins and owners Gigginstown House Stud, Valseur Lido is another possible. He has not been seen since a very impressive display in the Drinmore Novice Chase in November. Jarry D’Honneur and Adriana Des Mottes are other options for Mullins. Gigginstown also have Mouse Morris’ Rule The World and Band Of Blood under consideration, along with Noel Meade’s Very Wood, who is another previous Cheltenham winner. Morris said of Rule The World: “He will either go to Leopardstown this weekend or Navan a week later, we’ll just see what the weather does. It’s been pretty cold here the last two days. “He’s taken well to fences, I think. “First time he was only just beaten by a smart mare of Willie’s (Adriana Des Mottes) giving her lumps of weight and then the ground was just a little bit testing at Naas. “That’s taking nothing away from the winner (Wounded Warrior), though, because he looks a smart one. “At that time I just had a few not running up to scratch and I think he could have been one” The Tullow Tank, disappointing the last twice for Sandra Hughes, Shanahan’s Turn, Le Vent D’Antan and Draycott Place are the other possibles. The race used to be run as the Dr P.J. Moriarty Chase and the likes of Bostons Angel and Cooldine have won it before winning the RSA Chase the following month, while Lord Windermere was beaten in it two years ago before winning at Cheltenham. RSA Chase favourite Don Poli is among a total of 12 horses in the mix for Sunday’s Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Coleman-Lands carries Miami (Ohio) over Cent. Michigan 76-57


first_imgColeman-Lands carries Miami (Ohio) over Cent. Michigan 76-57 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Isaiah Coleman-Lands had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Miami (Ohio) defeated Central Michigan 76-57 on Thursday night.Nike Sibande had 17 points and nine rebounds for Miami (Ohio) (11-17, 4-11 Mid-American Conference). Milos Jovic added 15 points. Mekhi Lairy had 12 points.Rob Montgomery had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Chippewas (13-15, 6-9), who have now lost seven games in a row. David DiLeo added 10 points. Associated Press February 27, 2020 The RedHawks leveled the season series against the Chippewas with the win. Central Michigan defeated Miami (Ohio) 93-82 on Jan. 4. Miami (Ohio) faces Bowling Green at home on Saturday. Central Michigan takes on Eastern Michigan on the road on Saturday.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Mikel Obi: My Father Wanted Me to Join Alex Ferguson


first_imgDo you hope to empower the youths in any way?Yes, we have several programmes we are working on to contribute to every other efforts going on in the country by others and the government. Our first programme launches in January and it relates to football and other programmes shall follow shortly after. Football fans today are torn between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Who do you think is the best between the duo?I think there is only one greatest footballer that has ever played football and that is Messi. Who were your role models both on local and international scene when you are growing up? I grew up looking up to Kanu and Jay Jay Okocha. I enjoy watching them play for their respective club sides but more importantly, their exploits in the national team was highly motivating. On the global stage, Zinedine Zidane was my all time best. Should they then be involved in politics?In every developed nation, the youths don’t merely take the back seat in decisions affecting their countries. They are active participants and help in shaping in their destinies. That perhaps explains why some of such countries now come out with very young leaders. France is an example. The Nigerian youths should take more than mere ‘sidon dey look’ attitude in our national affairs. They are the future and the future begins now. I am happy to learn that the President has signed the “Not Too Young to Run” bill. That means we are making progress. The youths who constitute the vast majority of our population must prepare to participate in lifting the country up. On the field, you were once a rookie in the Super Eagles, especially in 2005/2006 when you looked up to senior players for inspiration. There is now a shift. You are the most senior player. How do you inspire the team? I lead the team by example. To me that’s very crucial. A good leader should always lead by example, and when we are losing, I inspire my team mates by making sure they keep their heads up and believe. However, my job as a leader in the team is easier because we have players that are hungry, focused and determined to be winners. Winners never give up. We have talented players.Just as the players look up to you for inspiration, so also are millions of youths outside the football field. Do you have any word for them? Youths are the future of any nation or country. They are the future scientists, future teachers, future doctors, future governors and presidents as well as future farmers. My first advice is to our leaders, to please continue to create better environments and opportunities for our youths. And for the youths, put God first, stay focused on your dreams, work hard and be a person of good character. Your name is the most important asset to you in life. Dreams do come true. I am an example of that. Never give up!! We know that a sport, especially as an athlete, is not a life career. What are you going to be doing after eventually hanging your boots? I have several business interests and I have surrounded myself with a team of good business professionals. We are growing partnerships with manufacturers, brands, and Tech. I can also say that Nigeria is a place with enormous opportunities and great business leaders, from industries to banking, to oil and gas.  Any plan for an academy or foundation? The Mikel Obi Foundation will be launched in December 2018 in Lagos and our first major programme will be in January 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img Let’s talk a bit of politics. Nigeria’s general elections are just months away next year. What are your expectations fromNigerian youths? What do you expect them to do?The great thing about democracy is that everyone has a voice and everyone can contribute to changes in our country by voting. I encourage every youth that can vote, to get their PVC and vote. To make their vote count so they can have a say in their own future. Like I said, they are the future. Undoubtedly, Mikel John Obi is one of Nigeria’s most decorated active footballers. He becomes a legend having featured in all FIFA’s tier of football – the U-17 in Finland 2003, the U-20 in the Netherlands 2005, FIFA World Cup in 2014 and 2018, FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, Olympics in 2016 and FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea in 2012. He has also been an Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Super Eagles in 2013 and winners in the UEFA Champions League (2011/12), UEFA Europa League in 2012/2013 as well as being a winner in the English Premier League  (2009/10, 2014/15), the English FA Cup in 2006/07, 2008/09, 2011/12). Obi who is currently the captain of both his Chinese club, Tianjin Teda and Super Eagles in this interview with Kunle Solaja gives insight into his other activities outside footballThe name Mikel sounds unusual. It’s been suggested that it might be an adaptation from Michael. Can you explain how the name came about? Yes. My real name is John Michael Obi. At a tournament, it was miss-spelled and I have since been living with it without any regret. I did not notice it in the first place because of my desire to represent Nigeria at the international competition was uppermost in my mind. It was in 2003 as we prepared for the FIFA U-17 in Finland. All I did was to consult with my dad and he did not see anything wrong in my adopting the name, Mikel. That brings one to your early career. In 2005, you were at thecentre of what is perhaps the fiercest struggle by two major European clubs and the obvious leaders in the Premiership to sign a young player. What were your feelings then and how did you settle?My dad was a Manchester United supporter. He wanted me to join Sir Alex Ferguson. But Chelsea offered to sign me and three other friends who might not have gotten a club otherwise. For that reason, I decided to join Chelsea. Many Nigerian youths are obsessed with going abroad to ply their trade. What advice do you have for such young players hoping to break barriers in the course of going professional abroad?Our league in Nigeria is getting better, but going abroad gives young players better opportunity, a better environment to train and focus and better facilities to also become world class. We are starting a programme in Nigeria in January 2019, to give young aspirants an opportunity to go abroad and become professional footballers. It is called the ‘African Next Superstar’. We are in the process of packaging the event which details will be unfolded after the Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifier with Seychelles. You are a typical sports star who has a life outside the sports arenas. How do you unwind after hectic matches and training schedules?I love spending time with my family, my partner and my two daughters. I also enjoy working on my various business interests with my business team especially in the areas of manufacturing, and infrastructural development. You may be aware that I love Nigerian music a lot. Among my favourites are Tiwa Savage, P-Square and Banky W among others.As a football icon known globally, it is assumed you have taste for fashion like most youths. Can you share your fashion zeal with us as most youths in Nigeria and possibly outside see you as a model they like to share passion with?Everyone says am stylish. I just like wearing what looks good on me and what I feel comfortable in. It also helps to be tall and athletic, because everything fits well. My clothes types depend on the occasion. But it’s all about quality, and not quantity. Finally, I must say that we have some amazing designers in Nigeria, with fantastic ideas. Undoubtedly, you are a success in your chosen field. A captain ofclub and the national team. One of the very few players in the world to have featured in all FIFA men’s tournaments (U-17, U-20, U-23 Olympics, Club World Cup and FIFA World Cup). What has really inspired you for these rare feats and what words do you have for aspiring youths outside sports?My father and mother are my greatest inspirations. Their sacrifices to our family growing up and seeing how we grew up, I was driven to never forget what we went through and how we grew up. I am also an ambitious person. I did not give myself any other choice but to be successful because I never stop pushing myself. For the youths, follow your dreams, don’t listen to people that tell you, you cannot make it, and when thing are hard, pray harder, God will give you strength to go through it. Most importantly, hard work and good name. After China exploit, where is the next destination?Time will tell, I am enjoying my time in China. It is a great country to live and work and I want to continue playing for another four to five years. I will like to retire back in the Premier League in a few years’ time, but we will see what comes.last_img read more

Season over for Wisconsin


first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoEVANSTON, Ill.–The season is over for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Following a devastating 3-0 loss to Northwestern, Wisconsin has been eliminated from Big Ten tournament consideration.Coming into Friday’s matchup, Wisconsin needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive. Northwestern, on the other hand, had already secured a tournament berth with a 3-0 victory over Iowa.It was the Wildcats who came out looking like the team that was facing a must-win situation. In contrast, the Badgers played like a team that had run out of gas after beating the Iowa Hawkeyes 2-0 a week ago.“For me, [the loss] is extremely disappointing,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think your entire season is based on what you do in the postseason — not to make the Big Ten tournament is a major wake-up call to myself and to the players.“There are a lot of things that this program needs to do better,” Wilkins added. “We cannot leave it down to one game like this.”Offensively for Northwestern, senior Shannon Schneeman netted her team-leading ninth goal of the season and eventual game-winner in the 31st minute.The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Badgers late in the first half as freshman Sam Greene tallied her first goal of the season in the 41st minute.Northwestern’s other senior offensive leader — Kelsey Hans — would not be outdone by Schneeman.Hans added the Wildcats’ third and final goal in the 52nd minute — her ninth goal of the season — with a spectacular shot off the crossbar.“[Northwestern] had three great finishes. The third goal, that was a great shot,” Wilkins said. “They were dynamic, and they brought a lot of emotion; they looked like one of the best teams I have seen in recent years.”Despite allowing three goals, Wilkins praised senior goalkeeper Lynn Murray for her play Friday night.“[Lynn] played quite well; I think she did everything she could,” Wilkins said. “Even with the three goals, I was impressed. With the shots that they had, I don’t think many people could have gotten to those.”Wisconsin never seemed to get in rhythm offensively as the team once again struggled to create scoring opportunities. Overall, the Badgers were outshot 16-7 by the Wildcats. Further, they only managed to post three shots on goal while the Wildcats tallied eight.“I think we worry too much about playing defense and trying to have people back there so that the other team does not create opportunities,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “When we do get chances to go forward there are not enough people going forward to make anything happen.”Senior Shannon Terry also noted that Wisconsin’s inability to create scoring opportunities often stems from its concentration on defensive play.“I think our forwards need to have more confidence in our defense rather than thinking ‘I have to go back and help,’” Terry said. “We should remember that Birdie [Leibham] or [Lauren] Rud[zinski] or whoever, can take care of themselves and they don’t need us to come back and help.”Friday’s loss was an emotional and shocking one for Terry and her fellow seniors as it marked the end of their careers in the cardinal and white.The Badgers graduate six seniors — Madison natives Ann Eshun and Katy Meuer, goalkeeper Lynn Murray, defender Lauren Rudzinski, midfielder Marissa Sarkesian and Terry, a forward.“I am really upset,” an emotional Terry said of the loss. “I am kind of in between crying and shock right now. I am really shocked; I cannot believe it is over — I have to be a real person now.”Walsh, who took a medical redshirt her freshman season, started her career with Eshun, Meuer, Murray and Terry. After the loss, Walsh will no longer share the field with her fellow classmates.“I will cry for like 30 seconds and then it will go away and then I will cry again,” Walsh said. “I don’t know what I am going to do without these girls. I cannot imagine playing without them.”As the Badgers transition into the offseason, the team will continue to focus on details as it has the entire season. Additionally, Wilkins plans to put the team through an extensive conditioning program.“We are going to start back with the basics,” Wilkins said. “We need to pick up the tempo and demand more out of players. I think we need to get better with fitness and with the whole spring ahead of us that is going to be our complete and utter focus.”last_img read more