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A towering cultural icon

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first_imgThe massive cooling towers are receivinga bright and colourful makeover.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) “The Suncatcher” by the late Father FransClaerhout, a Bloemfontein-based RomanCatholic priest, is one of the subjects shownin large scale and glorious colour.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) The Soweto towers are a popular culturaldestination, and one that is also soughtafter by crazy thrill-seeking visitors.(Image: Soweto Towers )Janine ErasmusBloemfontein, the City of Roses, is looking even more cheerful these days. The city’s cooling towers are receiving a facelift and will soon be covered in vibrant home-grown artwork, courtesy of First National Bank (FNB), one of the country’s major banking groups. FNB is a major sponsor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and in line with its sponsorship of the much-anticipated event, is transforming the skyline of one of the host cities.Bloemfontein, also known as Mangaung (place of the cheetahs), is a city rich in cultural heritage and has played a significant role in South Africa’s growth as a nation. Many of the city’s most acclaimed citizens and distinctive features will be immortalised in the gigantic works of art that are soon to completely clothe the vast surfaces of the cooling towers.Two of the four towers, which belong to a currently decommissioned power station, will carry FNB’s 2010 Fifa World Cup branding. The other two will take on a bright and colourful depiction of the area’s heritage and are expected to become a source of community pride.Sieg Maier, who heads up FNB’s Free State division, said that the company is proud of its investment. “The physical and psychological landscape of Bloemfontein will be transformed into a more positive and vibrant place that beams with hope,”The artworks are reproduced on canvas – about 12 800m2 of it – and the wraps weigh between 700 and 900kg each. The project, which is not yet complete, is expected to consume 12 000l of paint, while the artistic team will take about 720 hours each to complete their sections. Each tower is 60m high with a circumference of 120m at the bottom and 70m at the top.A city of pioneersBloemfontein is something of a pioneering city, and its residents are responsible for many notable milestones and inventions both at home and abroad. Among them are Olympians Ryk Neethling, a member of the first South African swimming team to win a gold medal, and record-breaker Zola Budd, who was the first Olympic athlete to run barefoot.The significance of the city goes back much further than that, though, and the area abounds with rock art paintings that show the lifestyle of the San people, its first inhabitants. Later the city, after its establishment in 1912, became an important military base with both an army and air force presence. The Rooivalk (Afrikaans for “red kestrel”), South Africa’s attack helicopter, is based at Bloemspruit air force base.Bloemfontein is renowned as a centre of learning and literature, as well as science and engineering. J.R.R. Tolkien, renowned author of The Lord of the Rings, was born in Bloemfontein in 1892. The city is the judicial capital of South Africa, and the country’s current ruling party, the African National Congress, was founded in Bloemfontein in 1912.In 1955 the first parking meter in Africa was installed in the city, and later Fred Brownell, who went to school in Bloemfontein and became the State Herald, was the principal designer of the new South African flag. The flag made its début on 10 May 1994 at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, and is the only six-coloured national flag in the world.There are two international astronomical observatories within the city limits – the Boyden Observatory and the Lamont-Hussey Observatory, which is now a cultural venue known as the Observatory Theatre. While the latter was still in operation it housed the imposing 27-inch Lamont refractor which at one time was the largest refractor in the southern hemisphere.Soweto towersIn 2003 FNB performed a similar feat on the cooling towers of the mothballed Orlando power in Soweto. The two towers can be seen for miles around and have become cultural landmarks in the area. A number of contemporary artists lent their talents to the initiative, which is now an important tourist attraction in the area.Not only conventional, but also adventure tourists are keen to visit the site, because the Soweto towers have been transformed into a popular vertical adventure centre. The centre, which opened in July 2008, boasts a 100m-high viewing platform at the top of the west tower with a 360 degree view of Soweto. The platform leads to a power swing and a tandem swing, both of which allow thrill-seekers to plunge downwards for 40m and then swing between the two towers – either alone or with a friend. The towers are also used for base jumping, rap jumping and abseiling.FNB commissioned a mural that would depict slices of life in Soweto. Notable features, in much larger-than-life size, are a smiling Nelson Mandela, who lived in Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, famous singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Madonna and child, which is a symbol of Soweto’s Regina Mundi Catholic church, a football stadium, a female vendor selling her wares, taxis, and many other iconic images of the bustling township.The other tower bears the FNB branding. The mural, which took six months to complete, is said to be the largest in Southern Africa – but soon it will have competition.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksMangaung local municipalityFNBSoweto towersBloemfontein towerslast_img

New Profiles Turn Windows Live Into a Social Networking Service

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first_imgMicrosoft announced Windows Live Profiles today, which takes some lessons from social networking sites and FriendFeed. The new profile page provides a central hub for all your online activities on Windows Live. More interestingly, your profile can also aggregate updates from other services, such as your Twitter account, your blog feed, reviews from Yelp, or photos you have posted on Flickr. You can also feed any standard RSS stream into your profile. While Microsoft doesn’t state this explicitly, these new profiles really tie all of the new and old Live Services together into a social networking site.PrivacyYou can choose the amount of personal information you want to display in your profile and Microsoft gives you very granular control over what parts of your profile you want to share with others. You can, for example, choose to share your last name and location only with friends, but make information about your relationship status and hometown public. You can also choose to make some items only available to a small sub-set of your friends.FavoritesLive Profiles also allows you to create an annotated list of favorite books, movies, and music. One of the nice features here is that Microsoft matches your text entry with images from its Zune catalog or Amazon’s book store, and links to both stores directly, which gives this feature more depth than just a simple list of favorite things in Facebook or other social networking sites. Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic... A Little Bit of Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeedOverall, it seems that Live Profiles and the new Windows Live Homepage will tie Microsoft’s Live Services together into a very comprehensive social network. While it doesn’t have widgets that let you poke your friends, it does have a broad set of applications like Photos,Spaces, Contacts, Groups, Calendar, and Events that can all be integrated into your Live Profile. You can also post Twitter-like messages (Microsoft calls them ‘notes’) to your profile that will then appear in your friends’ accounts as well.While Microsoft isn’t directly marketing it as such, Windows Live is, in reality a formidable challenge to other social networks. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai... Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

Accounting for Environmental Externalities Is Good for Business and the Planet

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first_imgLearning from Puma’s Environmental Profit and Loss StatementPuma is one company that thinks this is an important issue. While all companies have to develop profit and loss statements, Puma is the first to develop an environmental profit and loss statement. The company valued the environmental impact of its operations and supply chain in 2010 at about $190 million, factoring in impacts like water use, greenhouse gas emissions, land use conversion, air pollution, and waste. The company is now using this statement as a way to drive environmental initiatives, which it views as key to its long-term commercial survival. Puma’s environmental profit and loss statement is helping employees, shareholders, and suppliers understand the magnitude of the company’s environmental impacts, prioritize which ones to tackle first, and incorporate this information into decision-making.Evaluating Externalities to Drive SustainabilityAs the World Resources Institute reports in its recent working paper, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry, other companies are also finding ways to value the cost of environmental impacts to drive sustainability and growth. For example,Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company, is reducing the environmental impact of its supply chain by including in its supplier selection criteria the estimated cost of various suppliers’ environmental footprints. Natura estimates the financial cost of purchased products’ impacts, such as carbon dioxide emissions, waste generation, water use, and more. By reflecting these impacts into product costs, the company is able to select the suppliers that not only deliver the most cost-effective product, but have the lowest environmental impact. This helps Natura keep costs down and meet its commitment to sustainable sourcing.Greif, an industrial packaging products and services company, does not price environmental impacts directly, but does take a lifecycle view of its products’ footprints in its business planning. For example, Greif expanded its business to include re-manufactured and re-conditioned shipping containers, after finding them to have a lower environmental impact while better meeting the needs of customers. Using Policy to Account for Environmental CostsWhile some companies are taking the lead in developing their own ways of factoring environmental impacts into financial decision-making, public policies that put a price on environmental impacts would help all companies account for environmental externalities. These policies include those that put a price on greenhouse gas emissions or water use, as well as policies that create demand for more efficient products like vehicle fuel efficiency standards or building codes.While the impact of policies like this will vary across businesses, some companies are already benefiting. Environmental regulations, high energy prices, and a price on carbon in Europe, for example, have helped Siemens grow its portfolio of environmental products, including things like wind turbines, highly efficient combined cycle power plants, and efficient trains. Siemens has not only helped its customers reduce 332 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions—equivalent to about 40 percent of Germany’s annual emissions—but it generated $44.6 billion in revenue from its environmental product portfolio in fiscal year 2012.Alcoa is another example. The aluminum manufacturer found that the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards are driving demand for lighter vehicle materials. The company is well-positioned to provide these materials as result of its R&D investments. It recently invested $300 million in an Iowa facility in order to provide lightweight aluminum for the 2014 vehicle model year.Factoring environmental impacts into business decision-making is critical in helping companies minimize their footprints in commercially smart ways. It’s encouraging to see corporate leaders starting to account for environmental externalities, but to really mitigate environmental and financial risk, we need more action. We look forward to tracking the innovations that help more companies incorporate environmental costs into their financial and product planning.LEARN MORE: Tune in for our blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability, every Thursday. For more information, download WRI’s full report, “Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry.” Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability Blog SeriesRead other installments of our five-part blog series, "Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability."4 Barriers to Overcome in Achieving Corporate Environmental SustainabilityFinding the Money: How Businesses Can Fund Environmental Sustainability ProjectsFactoring Sustainability into Financial Decision-Makingcenter_img This post also appears on Greenbiz.com.This is Part Four of a five-part blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability. Each installment explores solutions to help businesses overcome barriers that prevent them from integrating environmental sustainability into their everyday operations. Look for these posts every Thursday.David Roberts at Grist, the online environmental news organization, commented on Twitter last week that “people talk about ‘externalities’ like they are just bad vibes or something. But that money is real money. Those costs are real costs.” How real is that money? Dr. Pavan Sukhdev, author of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity and Corporation 2020, claims that these “externalities”—or costs to society from carbon emissions, water use, pollutants, and other byproducts of business activities—are more than $2 trillion.Putting a financial value on these environmental costs can help businesses make better informed decisions about how they manage their environmental risk. Not all companies recognize this—and even fewer actually know how to value these externalities correctly. But a few corporations are starting to show us the way.last_img

13 days agoChelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattaren

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first_imgChelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattarenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven prospect Mohamed Ihattaren.The 17 year-old has been a revelation for PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring one goal and producing three assists in seven appearances in the Eredivisie.Calciomercato.com says the teen is attracting interest from Chelsea.Ihattaren is tied to PSV until 2022.Chelsea, dependent on appeal, cannot buy new players until next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

In the news today July 23

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first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, July 23———FOOD GUIDE, BUTTS IN PRE-CAMPAIGN FIGHTConservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre took aim at the Liberals Monday morning for bringing back former prime ministerial aide Gerald Butts to work on their election campaign. An hour later, from the same dais in the national press building, Liberal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of spewing untrue statements on Canada’s new food guide. With three months to go before the federal election and public opinion polls indicating the two are in a neck-and-neck fight for power, the Liberals and Conservatives are drawing clear battle lines: Liberals say they’re the party of science and the Tories are the party of pandering. Conservatives say they’re the party of honour while the Liberals are the party of self-interest.———CRIME RATE UP IN 2018: STATCANThe rate and severity of crime both ticked up in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, according to Statistics Canada. The national statistics agency said Monday the overall crime rate was up two per cent over last year, with over two million incidents reported by police in 2018. That works out to a rate of 5,488 incidents per 100,000 people. The severity of crime also rose by two per cent, according to a Statistics Canada calculation called the crime-severity index. But Statistics Canada noted both the rate and severity of crime were still substantially lower than they were a decade ago, both down 17 per cent compared with 2008.———COP DAD SAYS 2 MURDERS DEVASTATING FOR FAMILIESThe father of an Australian man who was gunned down with his girlfriend while travelling on a remote British Columbia highway says the deaths are a tragic end to a love story between the inseparable couple. Chief Insp. Stephen Fowler of the New South Wales Police Force said he spoke with his globe-trotting 23-year-old son Lucas Fowler within hours of his leaving on a road trip from northern B.C. with his 24-year-old American girlfriend Chynna Deese. Fowler said his son was having the time of his life travelling the world. He said he had met a beautiful young lady and they teamed up, were a great pair and they fell in love.———EXPERT WARNS OF HUAWEI MONOPOLY IN FAR NORTHOttawa is creating conditions for the telecom giant Huawei to create a monopoly on high-speed internet in Canada’s Far North, leaving its residents vulnerable to Beijing’s will, says a leading analyst. Michael Byers, an Arctic-affairs expert at the University of British Columbia, said there’s no immediate security threat to Huawei Canada’s Monday announcement that it will partner with a northern telecom company and an Inuit development corporation to extend high-speed 4G wireless services to 70 communities in the Arctic and northern Quebec. That technology is already common in more populous southern Canada, especially in cities.———MORE HELP NEEDED FOR RIGHT WHALES: MINISTERCanada’s fisheries minister says many of the people working to save the dwindling population of North Atlantic right whales are feeling drained by the ongoing ordeal, but he says more needs to be done to protect the critically endangered species. “This work has been labour intensive and … emotionally and physically exhausting for many of those involved,” Jonathan Wilkinson told a news conference Monday at an airport in eastern New Brunswick. Flanked by two red aircraft, Wilkinson said Ottawa recently committed to closing more fisheries, reducing speed limits for ships and increasing aerial surveillance in an attempt to prevent the lumbering whales from being hit by boats or becoming entangled in fishing gear.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde delivers opening remarks at the AFN Annual General Assembly. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is also scheduled to speak.— Justice Minister David Lametti makes a funding announcement on addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.— Young Albertans will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Awards in recognition of their outstanding citizenship and artistic merit.— Shayla Orthner, 27, of North Battleford, has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body; and theft of a motor vehicle in the death of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere. The Edmonton woman went missing in mid-May and her remains were discovered by a police dog in a rural area in mid-July.— The first-degree murder trial before a jury of Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann. He is charged in the November 2017 death of Abbotsford police Const. John Davidson.———The Canadian Presslast_img

Sudan protesters threaten civil disobedience after army delays

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first_imgKhartoum: Sudanese protest leaders on Wednesday threatened to launch a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after accusing the country's military rulers of delaying the transfer of power to a civilian administration. Thousands of people remain camped outside the military headquarters in Khartoum nearly four weeks after the armed forces toppled autocratic president Omar al-Bashir as demanded by a months-long protest movement. The two sides are grappling over whether an overall ruling council that would replace the existing army council — made up solely of generals — should have a civilian or military majority. Last week the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest group handed over its proposals for a civilian structure, including executive and legislative bodies, that it eventually wants to rule Sudan after replacing the generals. The 10-member military council late on Tuesday said it agreed to the overall proposals, but had "many reservations". The protest leaders said on Wednesday that the military council was delaying the entire transfer of power. "The military council's response to the proposals of the Alliance for Freedom and Change was disappointing and risked putting the country in jeopardy," protest leader Khalid Omar Yousef told reporters. Responding to a journalist's question on what steps demonstrators would take after the army expressed reservations, Yousef threatened "escalatory measures". "The measures of escalation for us are defined — they are continuing with the sit-in, and we are now preparing for a civil disobedience" campaign across the country, he said. The alliance also expressed concerns about the military dragging the process out. "The military council's response... is moving in the direction of extending the negotiations and not in the direction of a transition" of power, it said in a statement. On Tuesday the military council said the alliance had remained silent in its proposals on ensuring that Islamic sharia remains the bedrock of Sudanese legislation. The protest leaders said the generals "raised irrelevant issues including the language and sources of legislation in a tedious repetition of the biddings of the former regime". "We call on the military council to reach an agreement to transfer power," they said in the statement. The Alliance for Freedom and Change is made up of several political groups, leaders and activists, many of them of the view of building a new secular Sudan. Sudanese media and websites have often reported that for the protest leaders the issue of legislation and Islamic law is something that can be discussed later, but they first want a civilian body established in order to govern the country.last_img

London Brings Out The Best In The NFLs Dregs

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2017Cleveland1321Minnesota15011405-95 2010Denver1401San Francisco14181409-91 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYELODESIGNATED HOMEELOHARMONIC MEAN+/- AVERAGE The NFL will take over London for the 18th time — and the 11th consecutive year — this weekend when the Baltimore Ravens take on veteran overseas travelers the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. The game will be the first of four set in England this season, the most that have been played in a calendar year.For the NFL, the additional game — there have been three in London each of the past three seasons — represents a concerted effort to expand the popularity and global reach of its brand.1The NFL will also return to Mexico City this season. For the British, it’s another chance to watch lousy football.It’s no secret that the teams that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has sent have been overwhelmingly bad — and we aren’t just talking about the Jaguars. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pre-game Elo ratings, the harmonic mean of both teams’ ratings — a balanced measure of matchup quality that can better detect when both teams in a game are either good or bad — has been below average in 13 of the 17 games played in London.2Compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team. On top of that, all four games to be played in London this year will be below average, according to the team’s current Elo ratings. 2007New York Giants13Miami103✓ 2012New England1678St. Louis1393152222 2013San Francisco1642Jacksonville12461417-83 2015Detroit1432Kansas City15141472-28 2015New York Jets1478Miami14491463-37 2016Washington1509Cincinnati1525151717 2007N.Y. Giants1553Miami13581449-51 London NFL games have been consistently below averageThe harmonic mean of the Elo ratings of the teams in each matchup compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team 2010Denver16San Francisco248✓ 2013Pittsburgh27Minnesota347✓ 2014Miami38Oakland1424 2017Arizona1529L.A. Rams14181471-29 2015New York Jets27Miami1413 2011Chicago1543Tampa Bay1527153535 2017New Orleans1460Miami15191489-11 2014Dallas31Jacksonville1714 2013San Francisco42Jacksonville1032 2009New England35Tampa Bay728 2015Buffalo1512Jacksonville13101404-96 2016New York Giants17L.A. Rams107✓ 2014Dallas1557Jacksonville12981416-84 Ten of the 17 games — or 59 percent — have been decided by one score. That might not sound so thrilling, but just 35 percent of all NFL games played since 2007 have been decided by 8 points or fewer. One of last year’s London games was so tightly matched, no one won it. (Fortunately for Cincinnati and Washington, they were playing in the one NFL location where fans are content with a tie.)Low-quality games usually lead to drops in attendance toward the end of the season. Not in London, though. All but two games have attracted a crowd of more than 80,000, with the highest NFL London crowd at 84,488 — for last year’s tie at Wembley. To put that in context, that average draw would have been the second-highest home attendance of any team in the league last season (behind only the Dallas Cowboys).As Goodell continues to push some of his most mediocre teams onto the international scene, it turns out that they’re rewarding fans with some of the league’s most competitive play. All 2017 games are based on Elo ratings before Week 3. 2014Detroit22Atlanta211✓ 2009New England1630Tampa Bay13751492-8 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYPOINTSDESIGNATED HOMEPOINTSPOINT DIFFWON BY ONE SCORE 2008San Diego32New Orleans375✓ Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2017Baltimore1539Jacksonville13961464-36 2013Pittsburgh1448Minnesota14771462-38 2011Chicago24Tampa Bay186✓ 2015Detroit10Kansas City4535 2016Indianapolis27Jacksonville303✓ The Jaguars are a big part of this, of course. Jacksonville has played in London four times, and the Elo rating of each of those four Jaguar teams ranks in the bottom five (among all 34 teams). Joining them in that bottom five are the 2014 Oakland Raiders. And it turns out that the Raiders’ game against the Miami Dolphins that year was the worst London matchup so far based on our Elo ratings. That game was so dreary that those Raiders, who fell to 0-4 after losing to Miami, fired their coach, Dennis Allen, not long after their plane touched down in the U.S. Perhaps by no coincidence, the Dolphins coach that year, Joe Philbin, would be fired the next season after starting 1-3. Philbin’s last game would be a loss to the Jets … in London.But not every game played in London has been between NFL bottom feeders — sometimes a good team makes the trip (and, sure, plays a bottom feeder). The Brits have experienced Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice, as well as the San Francisco 49ers the season after their latest Super Bowl appearance. But if you remove those three teams, the average London team,3Based on the harmonic mean. including this year’s Ravens and Jags, has an Elo rating of 1444. That’s roughly on par with this year’s 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals.NFL fans will generally tune in regardless of who is playing. So perhaps the NFL’s intention was that the consistently poor quality of opponents would be scratched out by competitive, exciting contests. If that’s the case, the plan is generally working. 2016Washington27Cincinnati270✓ 2008San Diego1600New Orleans1470153232 2014Detroit1541Atlanta14051470-30 2014Miami1449Oakland13271385-115 2016Indianapolis1469Jacksonville13501407-93 2016N.Y. Giants1466L.A. Rams14811473-27 2012New England45St. Louis Rams738 Blowout or bustThe point differential for regular-season NFL games played in London 2015Buffalo31Jacksonville343✓

Perotti says there is nothing between Messi and Dybala

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first_imgFollowing Dybala’s absence from both of the friendly games of his national team against Italy and Spain, there have been speculations of issues between the Argentinians, which would be the main reason the Juve player did not receive a call-up for the international team.However, Roma winger Diego Perotti recently shared he thinks there is nothing between the two players and this is just something the media wants to create, even though Dybala himself shared that he finds it difficult to play alongside Messi, and Messi, on the other hand, said he and Dybala play the same football and cover each other’s functions in a team.“I don’t think he [Dybala] said it in the sense that he can’t play with him and that they don’t work together,” Perotti explained, according to Football Italia.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev - September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“But they play in the same position, or in a similar style, so since Leo is the best he won’t take his place.”“He was referring to the position, that sometimes they can collide on the pitch, but it was a controversy the media wanted to create,” Perotti went on to add.last_img

Adriano the player that never was due to drinking problems

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first_imgBrazilian former striker Adriano finally spoke in public about his dreadful problems with alcohol when he played for Internazionale Milano, right after his father died.This past week we wrote about football’s biggest flops and we talked about Brazilian striker Adriano, but we put him at the end of the list because the reasons of his failure in football are very sad and there is no reason to mock him for the tragic life he suffered. During his time at Internazionale Milano in Italy, Adriano Leite Ribeiro got so good as a striker that people were already calling him the next Ronaldo Nazario. Yes, he was getting that good at playing football and we were all excited for the incredible career that was in front of him. But in 2004 just as he was living his best moment in football, Adriano’s father died of apparently natural causes and suddenly the whole world came crumbling on him. The striker had his father as the only major support and his passing proved to be his downfall in professional football, suddenly he became more inclined to drinking and a life filled with excess that eventually pushed him completely out of football. Not too soon after he returned to Brazil with all those problems, Adriano started hanging out with members of Brazilian crime groups that got him mixed in crowds he later regretted.Talking to Brazilian magazine R7 that got an exclusive interview with the former player who is retired from football and tries to lead a quiet life now: “Only I know how much I’ve suffered. My father’s death left a huge void in my life, it made me feel so alone and I isolated myself when he passed away. It was the worst. I saw myself alone, sad and depressed in Italy, that’s exactly when I started drinking. I was only happy when I drank every night. I would drink anything they put in front of my: wine, whiskey, vodka, and lots of beer too. I just couldn’t stop and the time came when I had to leave Inter. I didn’t know how to hide it anymore, I used to come drunk into many training sessions in the morning. I trained even if I was drunk out of my mind. The staff took me to the infirmary to sleep it off and they told the press I was having muscular problems. Later in my life, I understood the crowd I was hanging out with, friends who only took me out partying with women, alcohol and just lose myself without thinking about anything else. Today I gave up all the millions and decided to buy happiness instead,” said the former striker.This interview just another one of football’s examples of where a life filled with excess can take you, it also reflects how professional players who don’t have their families close or end up losing them for any reason can affect them on a deep level. Adriano who lost everything, was never able to find his way back into the world of football and has always been regarded as a wasted talent. However, it’s very easy for people to just point their fingers without realizing the damage their judgment can inflict on a fragile soul that has been through so much suffering in his life. Maybe if all this criticism had been funneled in a more positive manner, we might have gotten that amazing striker back and he could’ve become one of Brazil’s biggest players in football history. Because trust me when I tell you, Adriano in his prime was just as good as any of the biggest Brazilian players who ever played the game. It’s a damn shame he never had that shoulder to cry on when he was feeling down, that person who helped him make the right decisions that would’ve eventually helped him recover. Let this be a lesson to everyone.How far do you think Adriano could’ve gotten if he wouldn’t have lost himself after his father’s passing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img

Salmonella contamination forces Dole Spinach recall

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first_img Health Department gives dangers on Stomach Flu & Kraft Mac & Cheese Related Items:DOLE, recall, salmonella, spinach Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NIAGARA bottled water recall Recommended for you Plastic plagued Purdue Nuggets taken off TCI store shelves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Oct 2015 – A Dole Spinach recall due to a possible Salmonella outbreak in Michigan may not affect the Turks and Caicos; Magnetic Media’s check with major grocers in the country has revealed that the product is not carried at their stores. The FDA recall affects 33,600 bags or 2,800 cases of Dole Spinach in 13 states. Salmonella can be deadly especially for young children, frail and elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. last_img