FIFPro also asks to suspend all competitions

first_imgThe global FIFPro footballers union has joined the request to suspend competitions due to the threat of the coronavirus, expressed by numerous players from around the world and by the AFE itself, and has called for “transparent, reasonable and consistent decisions to be made throughout the football industry.”“We ask that employers and organizers of competitions respect the wishes of players to take precautionary measures in the short term, including the suspension of training and competitions. We support players who have requested the suspension or postponement of soccer activities in their countries or regions, “FIFPro said in a statement.The union recalled that “international travel and party attendance create a high risk that affects everyone from spectators and players to referees and club staff.” “To provide a reliable and clear course of action that prioritizes people and public health, we ask the authorities and the organizers of the competitions to make transparent, reasonable and consistent decisions based on the advice of governments,” he asked.In addition, FIFPRO stressed that “professional football is greatly affected by this situation in multiple ways.” “Closed matches and cancellations have a considerable effect on the income of small and medium-sized clubs. Therefore, the football industry should consider extraordinary solidarity measures to protect the industry and support clubs that need it through, for example, financial assistance or advance payments “, he proposed.last_img read more

Epiphany celebrated throughout Greece with Blessing of Waters

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The religious feast of the Epiphany — the Twelfth Day after Christmas — was celebrated throughout Greece on Thursday with the traditional “Blessing of the Waters” in ports, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and fountains in front of cathedrals. The ritual commemorates Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan, termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom (from the Greek word for ‘manifestation’, ‘epifaniea’).In Piraeus, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece officiated at a ceremony in the country’s largest port. The government was represented by Maritime Affairs, Islands & Fishing Minister Yiannis Diamantidis, and was also attended by main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party leader George Karatzaferis, numerous officials, and political party MPs.In Athens, the ceremony was held at the Kolonaki rservoir, attended by new Athens Mayor George Kaminis and MPs from various parties, and government vice-president representing the government.The ceremony in Thessaloniki, officiated by Metropolitan Anthimos, was attended by the new mayor Yiannis Boutaris and political party representatives, with the government represented by Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos. Source: ANAlast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals made serious waves improving

first_img The Arizona Cardinals made serious waves improving their pass rush this offseason by trading for Chandler Jones and drafting Robert Nkemdiche 29th overall.NFC West foes will feel the ripples of those moves. They’ll have to find a way to stop the much-improved defensive front.ESPN’s NFL Nation reporter Nick Wagoner, who covers the Los Angeles Rams, writes that the pass rush should benefit the entirety of the Cardinals’ defense. 0 Comments Share The Cardinals tied for 20th in sacks in 2015 with 36, though in fairness they were third in the NFL in creating pressure at 31.9 percent. But here’s where Jones and Nkemdiche should be able to help the most: Arizona again blitzed more than any team in the league at 45.1 percent. One would think the Cardinals’ addition of Jones and Nkemdiche was intended to allow them to generate pressure without having to dial up a blitz nearly half the time.Given the Cardinals’ talent in the secondary, a pass rush that doesn’t have to lean so heavily on the blitz would also allow them to get more creative in coverage and potentially lead to more big plays.Yes, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, the No. 2 cornerback-safety tandem in the league, are grinning from ear-to-ear.An NFC West unit that isn’t so happy about Arizona’s upgrades is the San Francisco 49ers offensive line. 49ers reporter Michael Wagaman believes San Francisco’s offseason planning will have much to do with how it can stop the Cardinals’ front-seven.The 49ers have major concerns along their offensive line, so any additional pass-rushers coming into the division isn’t good news for the team.Having quarterbacks get rid of the ball more quickly is a part of 49ers coach Chip Kelly’s offense. It was a big emphasis during offseason workouts, and Jones and Nkemdiche are a big reason for that.Although having not taken the field for his first game yet, Nkemdiche is already receiving praise from his divisional opponents. Sheil Kapadia, a Seattle Seahawks reporter, views the first-round pick as a force to be reckoned with. Arizona Cardinals first round draft pick Robert Nkemdiche (90) runs drills during an NFL football mini camp, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals clearly felt like they needed to upgrade their pass rush, and Jones is someone who’s posted 30 sacks in his past 41 games. Nkemdiche is the X factor. If the Cardinals’ coaching staff can get him to reach his potential, the Seahawks will face an enormous challenge when the two teams meet.The Cardinals and Seahawks are the favorites to battle for the NFC West title, and the matchup between the Cardinals’ pass rush and the Seahawks’ offensive line will receive plenty of attention before the two teams square off in 2016.last_img read more

The Best Marketing Advice I Ever Got Digital Marketing Influencers Share the

first_imgThe best advice can change your perspective in ways you didn’t see coming. Often it results in an “aha” moment that can even impact the course of your career.Giselle Abramovich, senior editor at Digiday asked a group of digital marketing influencers what their aha moments were, and the results are words of wisdom passed on to you. Erich Marx, director of interactive and social media marketing at Nissan North America, said his moment came when it finally dawned on him that “right doesn’t always equal best. Having support and buy-in across departments divisions to a good plan is often better than shoving what you think the best plan is down everyone’s collective throat.”Marci Troutman, CEO of Siteminis, meanwhile, has received multiple great pieces of marketing advice over the years. “First, it never hurts to take a meeting, you never know where it will lead and what you will learn,” she says. “And second, build your network with only those individuals that will make you a better person, and avoid those that bring you down. Last, don’t hesitate to test an idea out, you won’t ever find out if it works unless its thrown out there.” For more words of wisdom that can inspire you and perhaps even change your marketing approach, read the full post here.Related Content from OpenView:Great advice is worth passing along, and we’ve certainly gathered our fair share. Read this post for a list of the best advice top executives such as Richard Branson (Virgin) and Howard Schultz (Starbucks). And for advice from OpenView partner Firas Raouf, read this post from the OpenView Blog. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more