CHAN 2018: Morocco favourites in Group A

first_imgHerve Renard hopes to win his first major trophy with Morocco. Courtesy photo.Group AMoroccoGuineaSudanMauritaniaMOROCCO:This years host Morocco only came to CAF’s rescue after Kenya was deemed unfavourable to host the fifth edition of CHAN.Morocco had already qualified for the finals after defeating African giants Egypt 4-2 on the qualifiers with a 3-1 win in the second leg cupping off a fine performance after drawing 1-1 in Alexandria in the first leg.This is Morocco’s third appearance in the tournament having initial taken part in the 2014 edition in South Africa where they were eliminated on penalties by Nigeria at the quarter finals stage and a poor show in Rwanda 2016.In the last CHAN tournament in Rwanda, The Atlas Lions finished third in group A and hence failed to make it to the knock out stages with a Won 1 Drawn 1 and Lost 1 record.Morocco will hope experienced coach Herve Renard can inspire them to at least a semi finals finish this time round.After Waydad Casablanca won the CAF Champions league this season, Morocco will hope the same fortunes can befall the national team at CHAN and judging by the list of players that they have at their disposal, its hard to see them not making it out of the group stages.Star Players.Walid El Karti – Waydad CasablancaAchraf Bencharki – Waydad CasablancaPICK. Group A Runners ups.GUINEA:Guinea are the sole reason why West African power house Senegal did not make it to this years edition after eliminating them 6-3 on aggregate with a breath taking 5-0 win in Conakry in the second leg.In the first round of qualifiers, the West Africans thumped Guinea-Bissau 10-1 over two legs in the heaviest win of the qualifiers.This is Guinea’s second appearance in the finals event after an odd defying fourth place finish in the last edition in Rwanda.The National Elephants are slowly but steadily rising in terms of football on the African continent and if they can replicate the form they show cased in Rwanda, the sky may be the limit for them this time round.Star Players.Seydouba Bissiri CamaraMohamed N’DiayePICK. Group A Winners.SUDAN:This is the first time Sudan have qualified for the CHAN tournament after kicking a ball with their previous qualification coming by virtual of being host(2011).In 2011, Sudan won their group convincingly on route to finishing third in the tournament after defeating Algeria 1-0 in the third placing game.The Falcons of Jedaine put up a strong performance in their only previous tournament although it was on home soil and it remains to be seen if they can replicate such a showing on un chanted grounds.Star players.Saifeldeen Malik – Al-Khartoum SCMuhannad Tahir Osman – Al Hilal SCPICK. Group A Third position.MAURITANIA:Mauritania upset the odds in qualification as they defeated both Mali and Liberia over two legs each.This will be the second time Al-Murabitun will be competing at a CHAN tournament proper after qualifying for the 2014 edition in South Africa.In 2014, Mauritania acted as whipping boys in group D where they lost all their games and conceded eight goals in the three games.What happened to them in 2018 can only be avoided with a spirited perfomance by Mauritania this time round and chances of that happening is low.With the other teams on a different level, 2014 may come back to hunt them.Star Players.Abdoulaye Sileye Gaye – ASAC ConcordeMoussa SambaPICK. Group A Last positionGroup A Matches:Morocco vs Mauritania – 13/01/17Guinea vs Sudan – 14/01/17Morocco vs Guinea – 17/01/17Mauritania vs Sudan -17/01/17Sudan vs Morocco – 21/01/17Mauritania vs Guinea – 21/01/17Commentslast_img read more

Donegal ETB launches new website to mark 6th Birthday

first_imgDonegal Education and Training Board (ETB) has launched its new website,, to mark its sixth birthday on Monday 01 July. Donegal ETB came into existence on 01 July 2013, under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. It had been in existence for the previous 108 years as Co Donegal Vocational Educational Committee (VEC). Twelve months later, the training function of SOLAS, formally FÁS, transferred to Donegal ETB. The ETB is now the largest education and training provider in the county with over 26,500 students and learners completing education and training with it in 2018. It manages 15 out of the 27 post-primary schools in Co Donegal, Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre and Donegal Music Education Partnership and has legal responsibilities for youth work. It is also the largest provider of Further Education and Training (FET) in the county with over 11,000 learners completing courses with it in 2018.  Speaking about their new website, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said, “We are delighted to be officially launching our new website on our sixth birthday. Donegal ETB’s vision is ‘excellence in the delivery of a quality, learner-centred education and training service’ and as the largest education provider in the county through our second level, FET, outdoor and music education provision, we strive to deliver the very best service to the communities of Co Donegal. Our new website will enable the general public to better understand who we are and what we do.”The website contains a number of explainer videos to support a better understanding of its work, including one to explain the whole organisation, which can be viewed here: ETB’s Adult Education Officer Charles Gorney, who chairs the website working group said, “It’s fantastic to see our new website officially launched. We recognised that the creation of a brand new organisation, Donegal ETB, required the creation of a brand new website, not the updating of an old one. A huge amount of work has gone into developing a completely new website to reflect the wider role that Donegal ETB now plays in the development of the county and its people. We would particularly like to thank two local companies, Manna Design and Digital Creatures, for supporting us on this journey over the last two years.”Donegal ETB’s mission is ‘to promote, provide and support accessible and inclusive education and training which enables young people and adults to empower themselves to reach their full potential in a safe and caring environment’. It hopes its new website will go a considerable way towards helping the young people and adults of Co Donegal to reach their best potential. Donegal ETB launches new website to mark 6th Birthday was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal ETBWEBSITElast_img read more

Latest Bombardier jet delivered to Air Baltic

first_imgNothing about flight BT9801 is ordinary, including its scheduled departure time of 2am local time from Montréal on Tuesday.This is the delivery flight of the first stretched C Series model and at 12:30am the complement of 18 souls about to fly over the Atlantic are gathered at the delivery centre at Bombardier’s Mirabel plant.The first Bombardier C series CS300, previously known as MSN 55003 and now registered as YL-CSA, has already been test flown for about 20 hours and it is ready to head to its new home.By 2.23am, and after some last-minute issues are resolved, the aircraft is now officially operated by Air Baltic, the national carrier of Latvia in the Baltic region of north-eastern Europe.There is a short briefing from senior vice president operations Pauls Calitis, who tells those aboard six of the 18 on board are pilots — three from Air Baltic and three from Bombardier — who will take turns in the cockpit.Flight time to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport is estimated at six hours and 40 minutes on a slightly longer than normal route because the the C Series is not yet certified for extended range twin-engine operations, or ETOPS.The cabin is lit in Air Baltic’s corporate green and offers an  impressive first sight as the passengers enter from the darkness outside. It also instantly showcases the impact of the mood-lighting system with which this aircraft is equipped.Air Baltic is the first airline ordering mood-lighting on the C Series and it underscores the fact that the Bombardier jet is a serious airliner along the lines of those produced by Airbus or Boeing.Even the cabin appearance resembles the latest long-haul jets  such as A350 and B787: much bigger windows and a high ceiling contribute to a wide-body feeling, even though the C Series is a single-aisle aircraft with 2+3 seating.Air Baltic has equipped its cabin with 145 “SlimPlus” seats manufactured by Zodiac. The seats are clad in leather of a light grey, almost whitish colour  that might be prone to staining  after some time of heavy-duty utilization. At  present, however, they are pristine and look stylish.Despite a  pitch of  30 inches  (76.2cm), the seats feel roomy  thanks to their slim architecture.The middle seats on the right side of the cabin are even wider at 19 inches, while , while all other seats boast a generous width of 18.5’’, compared to widths on some aircraft of 17 inches.Air Baltic’s seats allow a considerable recline, with the whole seat pan moving forward and upwards, minimizing the impact for the passenger sitting behind.This seems to be a win-win and huge advantage over the dreaded “pre-reclined” seats with fixed seatbacks that many low cost carriers use and which are now seeping into  network carrier’s cabins on airlines such as TAP,  Air Portugal and some Air France Airbus aircraft.Air Baltic has opted not to use different seating for business class —  which Bombardier proposes in a 2+2 layout with a 36-inch  pitch — but rather has stitched  “Seat not to be occupied” signs on the aisle seat of the left and the middle seats on the right side in the first three rows. A curtain that will divide both cabins had yet to be installed.This is a no-fuss flight with no seat assignments or boarding passes, not to mention a  lack of any security checks or passport control before boarding.Instead, the 16 people riding in the cabin are asked to congregate aft of the wings  for take-off so the weight is spread more more evenly in the largely empty cabin. At 3:57 am Montreal time, the engines finally come to life but the noise is subdued in the cabin.Start-up, which can take minutes otherwise, is a pretty swift affair as the engines were doing run-ups just prior to the flight.“We don’t have the same problems with the new Geared Turbofan engines as Airbus A320neo operators complain about, as they use the different PW1100G and we the PW1500G”, explains Air Baltic chief pilot Gerhard Ramcke.At 4:13 am , over two hours late, it’s wheels up for flight BT9801 bound for Stockholm. Takeoff weight today is 57 tons, ten tons short of the CS300’s maximum take-off weight (MTOW).Two hours later, as the flight heads east over the coast of Newfoundland, the sun rises to the right of the aircraft. The route takes the aircraft to the south of the southern tip of Greenland.  Snowy mountain peaks and deep fjords lie 41,000 feet below in pristine sunshine in an orange glow.After about three and a half hours of daylight, the sun sets again, while shortly later, the aircraft flies over Norway, coming into Stockholm Arlanda at 4:54 pm central European time after a flight time of exactly 6 hours, 40 minutes and 39 seconds.The CS300, such as the three CS100s already in service with Swiss, has clearly proven why it will become a favourite with passengers and airlines.It is even well suited for long-haul operations, although this won’t be its mission, and the 5,800 km journey from Montréal to Stockholm is well within the range of a CS300 with a full passenger load.Bombardier puts its range of the aircraft at  6,112 km (3,300 nm) but Air Baltic will put it on short European hops, starting with Riga to Amsterdam on December 14 for the first scheduled flight.Before that, it will tour four important neighbouring markets on demonstration flights  for invited guests, with stops planned in Tallinn, Vilnius, Helsinki and Hamburg.The airline already has 12 pilots certified to fly the CS300, and it will receive the second of 20 ordered aircraft before the end of the year, putting it into service in January.On Wednesday morning, the aircraft made a last short hop to Riga, landing in time for a huge welcome party attended by the President of Latvia.Follow Andreas on @SpaethFlieslast_img read more

You Might Want to Rethink that Email Pitch: Your VCs Have Declared Email Bankruptcy

first_imgTags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Although being overwhelmed by email is a fairly common complaint, entrepreneurs would be wise to take note when two renowned VCs – recipients perhaps, of your email pitches – speak out about their struggles with overflowing email inboxes. On Monday, Fred Wilson declared email bankruptcy. And Mark Suster followed suit a few hours later. Wilson’s blog post describes how three hours of his Sunday evening were spent wading through 400 or so non-spam emails – only a third of his 1200 or so unread messages. After that, Wilson checked to see if he had any pending messages from those with whom he communicates most regularly and who are his most important email relationships. For the rest, “I select all and hit archive. It is a tremendously satisfying feeling.”Wilson contends it’s not simply a matter of efficiency or time management – “the more efficient I get with email, the more of it that comes in.” And Suster’s blog post expands on this, explaining why the norms of email itself make it unsustainable. According to Suster, email is a problem because:1. Anyone and everyone can email you.2. The sheer volume of emails is overwhelming.3. People expect a response.4. Social networks have multiplied messaging.Both Wilson and Suster point to services that help them manage their email communications (namely Gist, X1, and Etacts), and indicate in their blog posts and comments that they’re receptive to new systems of organizing and filtering information.And while many of us can benefit from adopting new productivity tools, the lessons for entrepreneurs from these two VCs’ posts may have little to do with making emails more palatable. Rather, it’s noteworthy that despite being overwhelmed by unread email, Suster and Wilson actively blog – and moreover, they interact with commenters on their blogs. Suster remarks that he prefers this mode of communication, saying “I enjoy the creative outlet of blogging and being able to build relationships with people in a lightweight way that often lead to in person meetings or phone calls down the line where appropriate.” Suster further notes that he generally is more receptive to the shorter, more succinct modes of communication that Twitter and instant messaging services provide.Of course, this isn’t a call to start inundating Suster and Wilson and other VCs’ blogs with pitches. Rather, it’s a reminder to entrepreneurs that email, as with any form of communication, has to be used wisely. And if you are not getting responses to your emails (from investors or others), it may be time to try other tactics, including those old-fashioned modes of phone or face-to-face.center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Nokia 6 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Raw power takes on stock Android coated with nostalgia

first_imgIt’s no secret that Xiaomi has hit bull’s eye with the Redmi Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 is easily among the best selling phones that Xiaomi has ever come out with, and the phone still manages to hold its ground in the under Rs 15,000 price segment even though it was launched in January.Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain, only recently, announced that the company had sold 50 lakh units of the Redmi Note 4 phone in the country in 6 months since launch. The Redmi Note 4, in fact, “broke all records to become No. 1 selling smartphone in Q1 & Q2,” Manu wrote on Twitter. That despite the fact that buying a Redmi Note 4 — like all Xiaomi phones — doesn’t come easy since the phone is almost always out of stock and when it is in stock, it sells out like hot cakes in minutes if not seconds. Backed by a premium design, top-notch performance and fantastic battery life, the Redmi Note 4 still remains to be the smartphone to beat at its price point.Only now we have a phone that can give the Redmi Note 4 a thorough run for its money, in almost all the departments. The Nokia 6, from HMD Global, is that phone. The Nokia 6 may not exactly dazzle from a specifications point of view, but, that’s not something that HMD Global is gunning for, at the end of the day. Instead, the Nokia 6 is relying on the overall experience to woo buyers in India. And that overall experience is something that the company is hoping to offer with three elements: design, the brand appeal — read nostalgia — and pure Android.advertisementDesign and build qualityThe Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 looks (and feels) like an expensive phone, but it isn’t expensive at all. It’s a gradual progression of the Redmi Note 3. With the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi has added curved 2.5D glass with rounded edges and polished antenna lines, into the mix. The Redmi Note 4 weighs in at just over 160 grams, which isn’t quite that much when you consider the fact that it’s housing a 4,100mAh battery inside. And just so you know, it measures a respectable 8.3mm (in thickness) as well. What is remarkable, however, is that even though it crams in such a big battery inside, the phone feels practically the same no matter how you hold it. An even distribution of weight throughout its body, coupled with the curved glass ensures the Redmi Note 4 feels smaller (and more compact) in comparison to other 5.5-inch phones including the Nokia 6.The Nokia 6 is also an all-metal smartphone carved out of 6000 series aluminum with chamfered edges and curved 2.5D Gorilla glass on the front. It has a physical home button on the front that also houses a fingerprint scanner, and is flanked by touch-based capacitive keys which are backlit. The power button and the volume rocker lie on the right, while the SIM card slot rests on the left. The Nokia 6 — that tries to sort of mimic the design aesthetics of Microsoft’s Lumia line-up — undeniably looks classier than the Redmi Note 4. It’s boxy and very solid, feels very reassuring when in the hands, the Nokia 6. But, there’s a flip-side to it. The Nokia 6 has very sharp edges and because the phone is quite broad, you’ll actually feel its chamfers digging into your hands all the time.Also, its fingerprint scanner may be very fast and accurate, but, it’s somewhat teensy and because it’s located up-front at the bottom, chances are it would take some time getting used to. The Redmi Note 4 has an always-on fingerprint scanner on the back which also works quite well.The Nokia 6 may be lacking in all-round polish, but, it picks up right where the Nokias of yore left, in that the phone is built like a tank, it is rock solid and built to last. The front is carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass and the back (although it is prone to scratches) looks and feels like it can take a beating.The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, has a scratch-resistant protective coating on-board but Xiaomi wouldn’t tell me exactly what kind. “For protective glass, we use multiple suppliers and can’t comment on which exact one, but its quality is up to what you’d expect from the premium competition,” is what a Xiaomi spokesperson told me about the phone.DisplayBoth the phones come with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display but the Redmi Note 4 fairs slightly better in this department. The screen of the Redmi Note 4 does well most of the time unless you’re out and about in direct sunlight. Its (above) average brightness levels feel lacking when you’re out and about. Also, the screen is prone to reflection which adds up, hampering the phone’s outdoor legibility further. But, the screen of the Redmi Note 4 has one ace up its sleeve. It handles — and reproduces — colours so well you don’t mind that it’s not as bright as the company’s more expensive phones. Although the screen of the Nokia 6 produces excellent colours — albeit slightly on the warmer end of the spectrum — it is also very reflective and brightness levels are not at par with Xiaomi’s phone, something that affects the outdoor legibility by a great deal.Software.advertisementThe Nokia 6, like all Nokia phones in 2017 and going forward, runs a vanilla version of Android Nougat and will always be “pure, secure, and up to date,” according to HMD Global. The company has already announced that the Nokia 6 is in line to receive an upgrade to Android Oreo in the days to come. In fact, HMD Global is banking heavily on this aspect to sell its new Nokia-branded phones, including the Nokia 6.For someone who’s into the simplicity and ease of use that stock Android brings to the table, the Nokia 6 is just ideal. There are no unnecessary tricks here, no crazy over-the-top gimmicks. It is pure, unadulterated Android, more or less the same deal that you’ll find in a phone from Google, like the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The Nokia 6 comes with a stock build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. Nokia has skinned a few aspects of the software like the design of the icons but overall, the software is as close as it gets, even more so than a Motorola phone.The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, comes with Android Marshmallow-based MIUI. An update to Android Nougat is incoming, but Android Oreo will probably take a lot longer. As expected, you get a user interface with lots of fancy colour schemes and animations, and no app drawer. If, you are not a ‘stock Android fanatic’, the MIUI offers all the bells and whistles that you’d want from a fully-functional operating system, including customisation themes. Some of its features like scrollable screenshots, second space and dual apps are worth mentioning. Additionally, the Redmi Note 4 comes with an IR-blaster that can be used (in tandem with the Mi Remote app or even some third-party solutions) to control smart home appliances.HardwareThe Nokia 6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM under the hood, and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a micro-SD card slot. The Redmi Note 4 is meanwhile powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The Redmi Note 4 is available in three versions: 2GB RAM and 32GB memory, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. All the versions of the Redmi Note 4 support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot.advertisementUnlike a phone like the Redmi Note 4 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) which uses a chipset built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process, the Snapdragon 430 which is inside the Nokia 6 — besides being an entry-level chipset — is based on a 28nm process. There are (of course) differences but for most users it would all narrow down to this: you’re more likely to get (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating in phones powered by a chipset on the lines of a Snapdragon 625 than in phones powered by a Snapdragon 430. The same is true about raw performance.Don’t mind me, both the phones will be quick and responsive in every sense of the word. Xiaomi’s phone, however, will hold an edge in terms if raw power and also thermal efficiency. The Nokia 6, with its humbler CPU (and GPU), will be prone to some occasional lags here and there in comparison to a phone like the Redmi Note 4. Of course, stock Android gives the Nokia 6 an added punch, but, at the end of the day, there’s only so much that stock Android can do. The Nokia 6, you must know, could have done with slightly better hardware, even more so because it costs higher than the Redmi Note 4.Both the phones support 4G LTE and dual-SIM connectivity. The speaker setup on-board the Nokia 6, in addition, comes with dual amplifiers and supports Dolby Atmos sound technology.CameraThe Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase-detection autofocus along with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone captures some good-looking photos — with occasional softness — in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on (if a little oversaturated) colours. Dynamic range could have been better but overall it’s mostly smooth sailing. Also, the Redmi Note 4, surprisingly, does well in macro photography scenarios which means close-up shots come out well (enough) when the light is adequate. Xiaomi’s new phone is also able to capture well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail.The Nokia 6, on the other hand, comes with a 16-megapixel shooter on the back with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the Nokia 6 comes with an 8-megapixel camera. The Nokia 6 does mostly well in well-lit natural conditions, but, its auto-focusing abilities do leave you asking for more. Although its reliable, the phone’s a bit slow when it comes to grabbing on to focus. Also, the relatively underpowered processor rears its ugly head every now and then when the phone has to take a breather while taking multiple shots at the same time. The Nokia 6 hasn’t been designed to do motion photography, but, then even the Redmi Note 4 hasn’t been designed that way either. But, overall the Redmi Note 4 does better job at focusing and there’s almost no shutter lag while taking photos which means you’re more likely to get a slightly better photo of a moving object with the Redmi Note 4 than with the Nokia 6.Although both the phones falter at low light photography, the Nokia 6’s slow focusing woes mean the Redmi Note 4 fares better in such situations at the end of the day.BatteryThe Redmi Note 4 is backed by a massive 4,100mAh battery, which is non-removable. Moderate to extreme usage saw us cross the one whole day barrier with ease, while toning down further should get most users one and a half to two days out of the phone. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 15 hours on the Redmi Note 4, which is phenomenal. Sadly, the Redmi Note 4, supports only 5V/2A charging and not Qualcomm’s Quick Charge.The Nokia 6, on the other hand, comes with a 3,000mAh battery that delivers fairly decent battery life. But, clearly not as much as Xiaomi’s phone. Much like the Redmi Note 4, even the Nokia 6 doesn’t support fast charging.So which one should you buy?The Redmi Note 4 starts at Rs 9,999 and goes all the way to Rs 12,999. The Nokia 6, meanwhile, costs a substantial Rs 14,999.The Nokia 6 has a stellar design (albeit in dire need of some polish) and is built like a tank which is again trademark Nokia. The Nokia 6 also has its software well in place. Then of course there’s the nostalgia bit: the legacy that the Nokia brand brings along is hard to deny or overlooked. Essentially, HMD Global, made a plan, worked on it, and delivered it in the Nokia 6. Someone who’s looking for a phone that can take a beating (and last longer than most phones in the market right now), that ships with unadulterated vanilla Android that’s more likely to be updated faster, and oodles of brand legacy, the Nokia 6 is definitely the phone to buy.Xiaomi’s phone, in comparison, offers a better screen, better all-round performance, better set of cameras and better battery life. Also, it costs less. You can do the math.Also Read: Nokia 8 vs OnePlus 5: To win market, Nokia’s Android phone will have to beat flagship killerlast_img read more