The recent group draw for the Copa Centennial coming up in June, which pits Jamaica in a preliminary group up against Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, has ignited pleasant memories of the Reggae Boyz sojourn in last year’s Copa America in Chile, where they narrowly lost all three games against top calibre teams Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, with the general consensus being that not only were they not disgraced, but they represented and performed quite well.There were, however, some fundamental mistakes made in that run at the Copa America, followed by their run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they historically got to the final.However, the very next game they played after than run was the crucial first round World Cup qualifier at home against lowly Nicaragua. Three of our key players; Wes Morgan, Jobi McAnuff and Gareth McCleary were missing in action, injured and or fatigued. Jamaica went on to lose that game after going down 3-0 and were on the brink of World Cup elimination at the very first hurdle.This was absolutely poor and naive resource management by coach Winfred Schafer and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). World Cup qualifying must be the priority with every other game and or tournament serving as part of the preparation process.Schafer basically ran the players into the ground at the Copa and the Gold Cup and subsequently turned out a weakened and jaded team for the first round of World Cup qualifying. Older players such as Morgan and McAnuff were overused and overworked in those tournaments with conventional football wisdom suggesting that was gross mismanagement on the part of Schafer, as these were key players to the team’s success and should have been handled with ‘kids gloves’ and deployed instead in tip-top shape in the high priority World Cup qualifying assignments.local based playersI have long advocated for the systematic infusion of our best young local based players into the national senior set-up in order to create a wider pool of players overtime for exactly these types of circumstances.If that philosophy was pursued with conviction and the belief that there are qualities that local based players can bring to improve the senior team and the very best of players were being exposed and invested in over the past two or three years, those players would be better and more complete players today and better prepared for international duty.With the clear and present danger of fixture congestion and overwork issues with the overseas-based players, in addition to the understandable injury and fatigue concerns from the clubs of these players, Schafer really had no choice but to finally select a local core of players all be it very late in the proceedings. If, however, as I suspect he does not truly believe in the quality of the local players, then he will hardly deploy them as he should, which would leave us very much back at square one with himself and Captain Horace Burrell more than likely heading off to England to continue begging unwilling mediocre players to become a part of Jamaica’s player pool.It would be far better for the development of our football if Schafer, even if his hands were forced by circumstance, learns to value, respect and believe in the quality of the best of our local players. There is no doubt in my mind that as we venture into this crucial year of football, that we can get quality playing minutes from some players based right here in Jamaica.My understanding is that Schafer will be paid his overdue salaries in very short order and these are the crucial crossroads and the big decision moments in which he should earn every single dollar of that salary.
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Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas steven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Google Apps is an impressive productivity suite. But however good Docs and Gmail are, organizations using Apps are left without the kinds of social software they’re used to having outside of work. Singapore-based startup Socialwok is attempting to fix that by offering a social app that lives on top of Google Apps. Socialwok resembles FriendFeed in many ways. The real-time stream of information can include attachments in-line and can be divided into topical feeds. The big difference is that all of it is nested securely under the umbrella of your Apps login. Social Feeds for OrganizationsThe aim of Socialwok is a provide a communication and collaboration platform on top of Google Apps, one that draws in all kinds of information that needs to be shared quickly in an organization. “In Socialwok the concept is all around feeds,” said Socialwok CEO Ming Yong in a demo video, “You can have feeds for a project, feeds for engineering, feeds for accounting, feeds for anything.” Socialwok feeds don’t refer to RSS feeds. They basically mean activity streams roughly equivalent to FriendFeed rooms. Every user that logs into Socialwok with Apps (there is no other login method) gets a central feed. Other feeds can be created, such as for different teams in an enterprise, and those feeds can be made private so that you only have access to feeds you’re invited to. Organizations can also selectively invite those outside their Apps domain to relevant feeds.In addition to simple short messaging like Twitter, Socialwok feeds are also suitable for sharing content from all the other areas of Google Apps, as well as media from outside Apps, including video. “Think of us like Facebook for groups, enterprise, and businesses, but we wrap around online productivity,” Ming said. In addition to intranet-style communication, Socialwok lets you publish messages to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.Socialwok also supports replying to a feed through email and has good mobile access. There’s currently a BlackBerry app and a dedicated mobile site for iPhone and Android users. All the mobile versions focus more on the microblogging aspects than anything else. What about Wave?The first thing that comes to mind when looking at how Socialwok talks about the “missing social layer” of Apps is that Google Wave is going to provide that layer. Wave is a social platform that sits on top of Apps like Socialwok does, and it does a whole lot more besides, especially since Wave is more than just a lone application. We asked Ming what he thought of the challenge Wave presents, and he showed us an experimental feature for including a Wave inside a Socialwok feed. The company doesn’t see Wave as a direct competitor.The ability to create a private network, and topical feeds within an organization’s Socialwok strikes us as a key difference as well. Whether that and other differences will be enough to build a lasting business in the face of Google Wave is unclear. Socialwok is built on the Google App Engine. It’s user interface is simple, but the core functionality makes perfect sense from the perspective of someone with an enterprise or education version of Google Apps. It’s currently free, though a paid version with advanced features is part of the company’s plan for the future. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
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Transfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Ozil and Wilshere deals close Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:42 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Ozil & Wilshere deals closeMesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are set to hand Arsenal a welcome boost by committing to new contracts, reports The Sun .The Gunners duo are among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium, with no fresh terms agreed as yet.Both are, however, locked in talks and are ready to bring the uncertainty surrounding their respective futures to a close by putting pen to paper. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal’s Auba comments irk DortmundArsene Wenger’s willingness to discuss Arsenal’s links to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “disrespectful”, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.The Gunners boss was quizzed once again on Thursday about his reported interest in the prolific Gabon international.Zorc has hit back by saying: “We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs. We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”Read the full story on Goal.Welbeck on Besiktas’ shopping listArsenal striker Danny Welbeck is on Besiktas’ shopping list, according to Bleacher Report .The Turkish outfit recently sold leading forward Cenk Tosun to Everton, and they are also monitoring Islam Slimani, Javier Hernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.No offers for EvansWest Brom boss Alan Pardew says the club have not yet received an offer for centre-back Jonny Evans.The Northern Ireland international is reportedly a target for Manchester City and Arsenal in this transfer window, with rumours placing his value at around £23 million.Read the full story on Goal.Auba possible, but Arsenal out of Malcom race Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but admits a move for Malcom will not happen.The Gunners have been heavily linked with attacking talents at Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux, but only one of those mooted deals is now a possibility.Find out what Wenger has had to say right here. Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals closeArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”He added on Mkhitaryan: “This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”Read the full story on Goal. Wilshere talks ongoingArsene Wenger insists Arsenal still want Jack Wilshere to stay at the club, as talks over a new contract are ongoing.As well as Gunners stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the midfielder faces an uncertain future as his current deal expires at the end of the season.Wenger has said: “We know what we want. We want him to stay.”Read the full story on Goal. Dortmund in contact over GiroudBorussia Dortmund are in contact with Arsenal over a deal for Olivier Giroud, who the Bundesliga club want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to RMC . The report claims that BVB only want the French striker as a stop-gap for the rest of the season, with a long-term replacement to come in this summer. ‘Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal’Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.Read the full story on Goal. Juve plot Bellerin bidJuventus are ready to make a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport , with discussions having already been opened.The Serie A giants are eager to refresh their defensive ranks over the summer and see the Spaniard as an ideal addition.Malcom to snub Gunners?Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, according to The Times .The Gunners are eager to land the 20-year-old Brazilian amid uncertainty regarding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.They have, however, been unable to agree personal terms with the youngster, while a compromise on a fee is also yet to be reached.Walcott sends message to Arsenal fansTheo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.Walcott completed a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.Check out what he had to say to Gunners fans right here! Juventus eye Ozil and EriksonJuventus are hoping to add Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as options to be their new No.10, according to Corriere dello Sport .Erikson is keen on a new deal with Spurs, while Ozil will hit the open market this summer. The Sun reports that the Serie A champions would end up paying a combined total of £62 million for the pair.Walcott: Rooney conviced meEverton signing Theo Walcott revealed Wayne Rooney played a big role in his decision to make the move to Goodison Park.”I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told evertontv .Read the full story on Goal! Arsenal players want Alexis goneArsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.Walcott joins Everton in £20m dealEverton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun’s arrival from Besiktas.Read the full story on Goal! Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal careerTheo Walcott’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal ‘s Chris Wheatley.Read the full story on Goal! Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contractAlexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph . United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.Chelsea not in running to sign AlexisChelsea are not in the running to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.The Blues have decided not to rival Manchester United for the Chile international, who interested Manchester City prior to them pulling the plug on interest of their own.Alexis is understood to want between £350,000-£400,000-per-week to leave the Gunners, and Chelsea have baulked at the costs involved in pursuing the 29-year-old.Read the full story on Goal! Auba’s father in London as Dortmund eye BatshuayiPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father, who also acts as his agent, is travelling to London for talks with Arsenal, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild . The Gunners have been strongly linked with the Gabon international and it appears negotiations are progressing well, while the Bundesliga club see Batshuayi as a decent option to replace their star striker.