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first_imgBy Peter StevensonPHILIPPOS Stavrou’s museum dedicated to Michel Platini may see him enter the Guinness Book of World Records on Sunday morning for collecting a large amount of memorabilia on the UEFA president.A video will be recorded and sent to Guinness of the museum in Mosfiloti devoted to the former France national team captain to see if Stavrou can break the record for the largest collection of sporting memorabilia.The process began a year ago and the current record is held by Fernando Da Silva who had collected 1,625 items related to Portuguese club Benfica five years ago.The museum contains a raft of pictures, posters, jerseys and footballs autographed by the great man himself, all carefully and neatly arranged.Visitors to the museum can also try food from Stavrou’s coffeeshop and snack bar which also doubles as the House of Platini.It’s taken Stavrou more than 20 years to craft this extraordinary memorial in honour of Platini, who shot to fame as star of Italian club Juventus and a member of the French national team in the late 1970s and the 1980s, taking part in three World Cups.Filippos Stavrou PlatiniStavrou estimates that his museum contains far more pieces of memorabilia on Platini than Da Silva has on Benfica and is the reason why he began the process of attempting to break the Guinness World Record.Back in 2009, Stavrou’s dream came true when he met Platini in the flesh. He had received a call from UEFA vice chairman Marios Lefkaritis informing him he would be paying him a visit.“When Lefkaritis arrived, he got out of the car, paused and said ‘Look who’s here’. And lo and behold, out comes Michel Platini. As soon as I saw him I screamed ‘Michel’! I think the entire village must have heard me,” Stavrou said.Stavrou described it as the greatest day in his life. He claims the whole setup was a surprise. It was Lefkaritis who had arranged the meeting. The UEFA Vice Chairman told his boss Platini about Stavrou, and the Frenchman was intrigued enough to agree to visit Mosfiloti, a place he’d most likely never heard of.According to Stavrou, he has completed all of the procedures required by Guinness other than sending them the video.On Sunday morning the museum’s official certification will take place in the presence of various MPs. The event is open to the public and is being organised by the community leader of Mosfiloti, followed by a reception open to the public.The event at the Platini Museum is open to the public and following the recording, Stavrou-Platini will host a reception to all that will honour him with their presence.last_img read more

first_imgRyan Pini, Tegan McCarthy, Sam Seghers and Barabra Vali-Skelton lined up in the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay along with host nation Russia.Ryan Pini got the team off to a great start and put the island team in the lead at 100m securing 56.38 as the atmosphere began to build in the Kazan Arena.“ With a home crowd and a loud noise, there’s always a little bit of nervousness and excitement. In terms of my time I was a little bit better than my time in the individual event which I aimed for.” Ryan remarked.Tegan followed up with a Breaststroke leg in 1 minute 17.87 seconds which she declared that she “was really pleased with that time and probably the fastest I’ve gone all year.”Seghers had an impressive third leg of Butterfly setting the team up for a strong finish. His time of 56.07 seconds for his 100m was the fourth fastest for the third 100m out of the entire 26 team event.“ It felt pretty good after backing up so soon after the Pacific Games. It was a little bit slower than I’ve been before, but I’m happy.”Barbara bought the team home in a new national record of 4 minutes 13.90 seconds and was equally pleased with her performance and that of the team who finished behind winners Russia, who broke the World Record.“ I did a lot better than I thought I would, It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.”It was left to Ryan to sum up their pleasure,“We smashed our record from the Oceania Championships last year with the same team, which was pleasing.”Sam Seghers was in action in the 100m Freestyle, his biggest competition to date, Seghers adapted seamlessly to the big occasion. Weeks before he raced in the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, achieving a time of 51.53. However, the big test came today on the biggest stage yet.“It’s pretty surreal. I’ve never done a comp this big in my life. It’s intimidating at times but it’s a great experience”, he claimed afterwards. The atmosphere is amazing, especially with a Russian in your heat!” he stated with a smile.His first 50m then saw a time of 24.93 registered before a quick second 50m of 26.42. The result was a new personal best of 51.35.Seghers recognised this was the case, stating his second half was much improved.“I felt it was pretty good. The first 50m felt too controlled but I ended up with a PB…The Second 50 went really well and my dive felt really good”.The future is certainly bright, for the young swimmer, and his aim is high;“It’s one step closer to an Olympic Qualifying time and I’m pretty happy with that”.last_img read more

first_img Jose Mourinho has come out in support for Claudio Ranieri 1 Jose Mourinho says the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri is “very, very difficult to accept” and believes the Italian deserved to have Leicester’s stadium named after him rather than the sack.The Manchester United boss, who wore a shirt bearing Ranieri’s initials as a mark of his respect at his Friday press conference, believes the Foxes boss was let down by the “selfishness” of others.Less than 10 months on from shocking the football world by becoming Premier League champions, the Leicester board brought Ranieri’s historic reign to an abrupt end on Thursday night.Ranieri paid for Leicester’s poor form and apparent dressing room unrest, with much of the football world uniting in support of the outgoing manager.Mourinho’s relationship with the Italian has been fraught at times over the years, but he followed up an Instagram tribute to Ranieri with further warm words on Friday, and described his own sacking by Chelsea in December 2015 – again just months after winning a league title – as “peanuts” by comparison.Speaking about the initialled shirt, Mourinho said: “It is my little homage to somebody that wrote the most beautiful history of the Premier League.“Somebody that probably would deserve the Leicester stadium to be named ‘Claudio Ranieri’ – and he is sacked. So I think Leicester made history two years in a row.“One year because they did the most beautiful thing in the Premier League and one of the most beautiful histories in football history.“And now they are also in the highlights with the decision that I think has everyone in football united because it is something very, very difficult to accept.“But at the same time, it is good for all of us to realise how football is at the time and we need to adapt to it.“I thought last season when I was sacked as a champion, I thought it was a giant negative thing. Now I realise it was peanuts compared with what happened to Claudio.“So my Instagram (message) was a little homage, my shirt is another one and I don’t think he needs more homages because nobody can delete what he did.“And if some of the stories that I am reading are true (about a player revolt against Ranieri) or have just a little bit of truth, it is difficult to find words to justify that but it is also something we managers we have to cope with.”Mourinho was asked for his view of the decision the Leicester owners had taken.“I don’t want to speak because I am not inside, I have no right to try to find scenarios,” the United manager said.“You know, I think it is Claudio’s fault because if last season instead of being champion, he finished 12th it would be amazing and this season he would be still in the job because Leicester play not to be relegated. So it is his fault, he is paying for his success.“Probably the season started with the typical selfishness of others, people thinking about new contracts, people thinking about leaving, people thinking about more money, people forgetting who helped them reach a certain level.“But this is not just football, I think this is also a bit of our world. Maybe your world, too.“Some principles are going away a little bit, so I am really sorry about it. But I lived a similar experience. I repeat, peanuts compared with the dimension of Claudio’s.“But there is something nobody can do: delete the history, so no problem Claudio. Nobody can delete.”last_img read more

first_img LATEST Getty Images – Getty Van Dijk was instrumental as Liverpool claimed their sixth European Cup last summer, and he also helped the Reds amass their record points tally in the Premier League (97).However, despite this, the Drive host believes Man City forwards Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez were better in 2019 for what they achieved with their countries. rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate 1 targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Jesus played a pivotal role in Brazil’s Copa America victory, scoring in the final of the South American competition, while Mahrez captained Algeria to Africa Cup of Nations glory.Lionel Messi, who claimed a record sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday evening, came in second in his list, while Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane took top spot.Click above to hear Durham go through his choices in full… Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship update statement latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS PEP TALK Jesus netted against Burnley on Tuesday evening Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Adrian Durham has done it again.The outspoken talkSPORT host has named his top five players of 2019 and incredibly, Ballon d’Or runner up Virgil van Dijk has only claimed FIFTH spot on the list. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son last_img read more

first_imgThe first step in Backsberg’s green wineinitiative was a carbon audit, whichassessed the amount of CO2 producedfrom all winery activities, from vineyardto bottle. Michael Back, proprietor of BacksbergWine Cellars and environment nut. Vineyard planting systems have beenadapted to reduce the number of woodenpoles needed. A selection of carbon-neutral Backsbergwines.(Images: Backsberg)Susan de BruinRed or white wine? At South Africa’s Backsberg Wine Cellars there’s another choice: green. That’s because Backsberg has become one of only five wine producers in the world making carbon-neutral wines.Carbon neutrality means all the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere in the wine-making process is balanced by planting trees to absorb the equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. The other four carbon-neutral estates are Grove Mill Winery in New Zealand, Parducci Winery in California, ConoSur in Chile and Elderton Wines in Australia.Backsberg, which lies between Paarl and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is owned by Michael Back. Known as something of an “environment nut” on the estate, Back began his green wine initiative in 2004.“Care for the environment means care and concern for succeeding generations,” he says. “As custodians of the land, it is our duty to understand and recognise potential threats, and to mitigate against them for the benefit of the next generation.”The first step was a carbon audit, to assess the amount of CO2 produced from all winery activities, from vineyard to bottle – its “carbon footprint”.A carbon technician measured everything from electricity and fuel consumption to grape fermentation and transport of wine bottles to local and international destinations. Each activity was then calculated to produce a specific amount of CO2. The entire process followed the strict guidelines set out by the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emission.From the audit results, the carbon technician calculated the number of trees that should be planted every year to absorb the same amount of CO2 Backsberg produced in that year. This is known as “offsetting”.Backsberg then enlisted the help of South African non-profit organisation Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA). In 2006 FTFA was honoured with the Chevron Conservation Award in California for improving the quality of life for disadvantaged South Africans by planting 2.5-million trees.FTFA and the estate began a village greening programme in nearby Klapmust, an impoverished village that is home to the surrounding wine farms’ seasonal workers. The Klapmust community took the more than 900 trees on a voluntary basis, trees the estate continually monitors to ensure they remain alive and continue to keep Backsberg’s carbon offset in balance. On the estate itself, 3 442 additional trees have been planted over the last 10 years.All these trees finally won Backsberg classification as a Carbon Neutral Estate in 2006, with the right to display the “Carbon Neutral Approved” logo on its bottles. To keep its classification, Backsberg is required to submit a carbon audit every year.Package of green ideasBut Back wanted to do more than simply get a logo on his bottles. A committed environmentalist, he was determined to reduce the estate’s carbon footprint as much as possible. The estate now employs a fulltime environmental consultant to look at all aspects of the business and assess how they could be done in a more environment-friendly way.The estate now has a package of creative green ideas. All farm vehicles and tractors are run on biofuels made from recycled vegetable oil, and the large fuel-guzzling tractors have been traded for smaller ones. The estate now generates its own energy from solar power, and is looking at wind power. Energy demand has been reduced by implementing timers, low-energy bulbs and skylights.The old hot-water “donkey” system, last used over a half a century ago, has been reintroduced, using waste wood to heat the water for washing barrels. Vineyard planting systems have been adapted to reduce the number of wooden poles needed.Back has also reserved 10% of the estate for conservation of the natural habitat, some 40 hectares of Swartland alluvium fynbos. This delicate fynbos environment, one of only a few left in the area, will never be cultivated, even though it might hold soils suitable for more vines.Good economic senseBacksberg remains the only carbon-neutral wine producer in South Africa. But according to John Spiers, chief executive of the estate, other South African winemakers are increasingly interested in environment-friendly production. He said Backsberg’s green initiatives were fairly inexpensive, and will save money in the long term. “It makes good economic sense if you look at where the fuel and energy prices are going,” he says.More than this, Backsberg exports 35% to 40% of its wine to the US, UK and Europe. Recent market feedback from Wines of South Africa (Wosa), which markets South African wine internationally, indicated that the British, American and especially the German markets seek environmentally responsible products. “These three destinations want products that are not only linked to social issues, but also environmentally responsible,” says Andre Morgenthal, Wosa communications manager.Spiers believes it is still early days for the carbon neutral logo to play a deciding role in the minds of the international consumer. But he adds: “In future it will become very important, and then we will definitely benefit from it.”Useful linksBacksberg Wine CellarsFood and Trees for AfricaWines of South Africalast_img read more

first_imgMorfik says that Scriptor, a utility built into their WebOS AppsBuilder platform, enables development of applications for products such as the iPhone. To prove that point, Morfik used Scriptor to develop iChess, a working example of an iPhone application. That link is the iPhone version, but see also for a browser version. It is a chess app, a favorite prototyping app of Morfik. It is running on EC2 now and can be used by purchasers of the iPhone on Friday. Also developers can download the AppsBuilder with Scriptor now from Morfik’s homepage.There is of course a lot of anticipation around third party iPhone apps – indeed there are dedicated sites for this already. As last100 recently noted, Apple will allow third party apps for iPhone – by giving them access through the web (not the OS).What Morfik has created is a web development environment for the iPhone. But they also told us that as soon as Apple announces an API for the iPhone, then Morfik will include that into their platform. WebOS vendor Morfik has created a platform for developers to build applications for Apple’s iPhone, which is being released Friday night. Morfik claims this is the first development tool for the iPhone.Up till this point, no one had announced a development tool for the iPhone – although there have been suggestions by bloggers that Adobe AIR and Google GWT might become iPhone development platforms. However, it seems Morfik is the first to do it. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Apple#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgAs December 31st approaches, let’s review some fundraising basics.  There are a lot of details that go into your year-end fundraising campaign but this week, I encourage you to take a step back and make sure you are doing, or not doing, these 8 basic things:Don’t Make it Hard for Donors to Get to Your Donation PageWhen you ask a supporter for a donation, direct them exactly to your donation page. Don’t make them hunt for it. In a store setting, customers never have to climb a flight of stairs to checkout. It’s right there by the front door with lights illuminating all the cashiers’ stations. Think about this when you write an appeal or ask for a donation on social media. Put your donation page link in an obvious place and add a button that says DONATE NOW in all your email appeals.Do Make Your Online Donation Page Super SimpleToo many fields can discourage the donor from completing the gift, so keep the donation form as short as possible. Remove all the hurdles the donor might encounter to complete that donation, like requiring a login or requesting the donor use a specific browser or payment method. And make sure your donation page is mobile responsive. Let donors choose how and where they make their online donation and ensure each option is accessible and simple.Do Stick to the ThemeYour year-end campaign should focus on a story, a message, or a theme about how donors can impact your nonprofit’s work. Include those same visual cues and your campaign’s message on your donation page so that donors know that they’ve landed in the right place.Don’t Leave the Gift Amount Box BlankDonors need guidance on what’s expected—give them a starting point for making a decision about their gift. Create suggested donation amounts and tie each to a tangible impact if possible. Giving levels can help your donor visualize what their gift will do.Do Segment You Donor ListWhen sending your appeal, create more than one version and make sure the message makes sense to each group of donors who will receive the email. For example, if you had an event recently, you might want to send an email to those who attended or donated to the event with a note about how successful the event was before leading into your ask. Or, if you have volunteers or non-donors on your email list, you shouldn’t begin your appeal with “Thank you so much for your continuing support of our organization. Your donations have made a real difference in the lives of our clients…” the same thing goes for lapsed donors. Don’t confuse your audience by sending a one-size-fits-all donor appeal.Don’t Forget to Share Your Fundraising GoalAdd a thermometer on your donation page to drive urgency and create social proof. Network for Good recommends that our clients turn on their giving thermometer after they have received a few gifts because psychologically, donors don’t want to be “the first”. After those first few gifts are made, that thermometer provides social proof that your donors are coming together with others to help your organization achieve a common goal. We’ve also seen the donation page thermometer spark major donors to offer a matching gift or give that last big gift to make sure the nonprofit surpasses the goal before deadline. When you let your donors know that fundraising goal, and how close you are to getting to it, it helps build urgency and provides a sense of responsibility and then accomplishment when your goal is met.Do Make the Donor the HeroIn your appeal, clearly outline the donor’s impact. Instead of, “Our nonprofit makes sure children get the books they need” you should instead say “You can give a child the books they need to learn.” Avoid “Our nonprofit takes care of homeless veterans” but do say “You will provide a safe haven for homeless veterans.” Make your donor, or someone like them, part of the story. Causes often forget to involve the reader by not writing for them. If you zero in on the “our nonprofit is awesome” message, donors won’t be compelled to give. If your organization is so awesome, then it appears as though you don’t really need your donors’ support.Don’t Focus on the FinancesThis can be hard because many nonprofits want to make sure they fill the gap in their budget shortfall before the next year, but remember: your budget shortfall is not your donor’s problem to solve. They want to help solve the problem that your mission addresses. They want to help end homelessness, or make sure animals have a forever home.  Drive that point home to your donors because your mission is what matters the most to them.For more tips on how to make your year-end appeals shine, download the Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-End Appeals.last_img read more

first_imgAll-rounder Ben Stokes and his team-mate Alex Hales have been retained in England’s list of centrally-contracted players for the 2017-18 international season.The retention came despite the duo’s current unavailability for selection in international matches in the wake of Stokes’ arrest in Bristol last month.Stokes, however, has been withdrawn from the Ashes squad by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in the wake of pending investigation into the incident that led to his arrest in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Hales was with Stokes at that time.The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder was released without charge but remains under police investigation.Meanwhile, the surprise omission in the list of Test contracts is that of Durham fast bowler Mark Wood, who has also not been named in the England’s Ashes squad.However, Wood has been included in the white-ball contract.Meanwhile, Steven Finn has also been left out from the central contract despite being named as Stokes’ replacement for this year’s Ashes series Down Under.Pace bowler Jake Ball has been handed his first contract by earning a limited-overs deal, while Toby Roland-Jones has earned an incremental contract.Ball bagged five for 51 in his ODI debut against Bangladesh besides also being part of the Champions Trophy squad.Roland-Jones, on the other hand, missed out on the Ashes tour after suffering a stress fracture of his back at the end of the season.Although England are Ashes holders, they have lost two out of their past three tours Down Under by 0-5.advertisementEngland will now be desperate to hit the ground running when the two sides meet at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 23.last_img read more