Trying to quit smoking? Tips from former smokers

first_imgCut cigarettes out of your life More than 36 million adults in the United States smoke cigarettes, killing nearly half a million lives a year and leaving 16 million with diseases caused by smoking. But the smoking rate is decreasing according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Today there are more former cigarette smokers than current smokers in the Untied States, if you are still smoking and are looking to quit here are some tips on how to put down the cigarette.These tips come from participants of the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers (TM) Campaign, to allow others to hear what techniques worked best for these former smokers in their journey to quit.Choose a quit date and support teamUse a nicotine patch to control cravings, drink water in substitution of smoking in your free time.Once choosing the quit day, keep yourself busy that day to avoid the urge to smoke.Tell a relative to promote daily encouragement to keep the urge down.Create Accountability Avoid situations or things that would trigger you to crave a cigarette. For example, a common trigger for most are going out for drinks with friends.Create accountability by telling everyone that you are quitting. In case they do you see give into temptation by smoking, you can be held accountable for your decision to quit.Manage StressStress can be a trigger to many smokers, learn to use stress reduction techniques like meditation or exercise to release negative energy.Substitute positive for negative Think of quitting as a positive lifestyle change to prolong your time with family as well as benefiting your health.If there are times during this process where you feel you have self doubt, remember who and what reason you are quitting for.Visit the CDC’s Quit Guide Online, to learn of more tips and learn more information about how to stop smoking.last_img read more

Frankie Paul lauded for his contribution to Jamaican music

first_imgFrankie Paul singing at a benefit concert for a prosthetic leg Jamaica’s Minister of Entertainment and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange has expressed sorrow at the passing of the Jamaican reggae/dancehall artiste Frankie Paul.The reggae artiste died late Thursday following a long illness. In a release issued shortly after his death, Grange said although she was aware of Paul’s recent illness, his death came as a surprise.Grange recalled Frankie Paul’s contribution to the music since the 1980s, and the inspiration he had become to people with disabilities, especially the blind and the visually impaired.“Frankie Paul was an extremely talented artiste and musical genius whose skills earned him the title of ‘Jamaica’s Stevie Wonder’ due to his visual impairment, his vocal prowess and skill with musical instruments.  It was not surprising that when Stevie Wonder came to Jamaica in October, 1975 to performlast_img read more

St Maarten Princess Juliana Int’l airport reopens

first_imgThe Princess Juliana International Airport in St Maarten that was damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma, is scheduled to reopen to all commercial flights as of October 10. This was announced on Wednesday by the country’s tourism minister Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher.“We will be back in business,” said the Tourism minister who also noted that damage done to the airport was severe and no quick fix could have been applied.Months away from full restoration“Even as we open our airport, we are still months away from restoring PJIA to its former glory.”The Tourism Minister explained that while the airport is opening, there will be some changes in terms of passenger movement and security within the terminal building to allow for repairs to the building to continue.“There might be some inconvenience here and there, but we only ask a little patience as we work to get back to 100 percent,” the minister said.She added that all airlines will issue information regarding their resumption of service via their respective outlets and agents.In discussion with airlines“We are in discussion with all of the airlines about resumption of service to St Maarten. St Maarten as a destination has been hit hard and the road to recovery is long, but we still do have some hotel inventory that can be serviced and we still want potential investors here. Basically, the message we want to send to the world is we are resilient, we are open for business and we look forward to welcoming you back,” she said.Winair resumes serviceMeanwhile, regional carrier Winair, which is based in St. Maarten, will also restart commercial operations on October 10.Winair will operate limited scheduled service to the destinations Saba, St Eustatius, St Barts, Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts Nevis.Three Curacao – St Maarten– Curacao flights will operate only as currently scheduled this Thursday, October 5; Saturday, October 7; and Tuesday, October 10.Dutch carrier KLM will restart its twice weekly services from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the Caribbean hub, with a stopover in Curacao, on October 29.last_img read more

Buju Banton To Perform At BET’s ‘Saving OurSelves’ COVID-19 Relief Effort

first_imgDancehall legend Buju Banton is scheduled to perform at BET’s ‘Saving OurSelves’: A COVID-19 Relief Effort’ on April 22.The event will be hosted by American actor Anthony Anderson, and Buju Banton is among a star-studded lineup which includes Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, and many more.The focus of the event is to combat the racial disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the event, a global check-in segment will highlight how various regions around the globe are coping through COVID-19.Buju Banton is gearing up to release his 13th studio album, titled “Upside Down”. The project will be his first since releasing “Before The Dawn” in 2010.According to Buju Banton, the album comprises of 20 tracks. Why? “Because it’s 2020… and another reason, after a 10-year absence, we try to give the people some music for that missing time.”The deejay also recently shared via Instagram that he was in the studio with popular American music producer and artiste, Pharrell Williams. Pharrell is responsible for some of the most popular hits of Rihanna, Madonna, Jay-Z, among other artists. The post has sparked excitement among fans that believe Pharrell will produce music on Buju’s project.His first single off the album, “Ganja Man” will be released on April 20.last_img read more

Health Care District to Open New Walk-up COVID-19 Test Site in…

first_imgDelray Beach Primary Care Clinic Beginning next week, the new Delray Beach site will conduct testing Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. The West Palm Beach walk-up site, located at 1150 45th Street, is conducting testing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. The Jupiter walk-up testing site, located at 411 W. Indiantown Rd., began testing today and is operating Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The three sites will enhance access to testing for individuals without personal transportation and those with special needs. Results are communicated by a Health Care District provider as soon as they are available. West Palm Beach, FL – The Health Care District of Palm Beach County begins scheduling appointments today, Friday, May 1, 2020, for a new walk-up COVID-19 testing site in Delray Beach. Beginning Monday, May 4th, medical staff with the Health Care District’s C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics will begin testing patients at the Delray Beach clinic located at 225 South Congress Avenue. Residents can call the Health Care District’s Testing Hotline, 561-642-1000 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be scheduled for an appointment. “The Health Care District expanded testing at its West Palm Beach and Jupiter clinics this week and we are excited to do the same at the Delray Beach clinic starting on Monday,” said Darcy J. Davis, Health Care District CEO. “We recognize the need for more testing in our community and these new sites expand access for residents in underserved areas in both the northern and southern ends of the county.”center_img The Health Care District’s C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics currently operate the county’s largest drive-thru testing site at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach where medical staff has administered 12,529 tests since the site opened on March 31st. The Health Care District’s Brumback Clinics also run a drive-thru test site in Belle Glade. Both sites are supported by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the State Department of Emergency Management, the Florida Army National Guard, and Palm Beach County personnel. “Our primary care clinics are Federally Qualified Health Centers that serve all patients, with or without insurance,” said Belma Andrić, MD, MPH, the Health Care District’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President and Executive Director of Clinic Services. “We’re proud to offer this free testing which is open to individuals of any age who do not need to be symptomatic.” During the pandemic, patients of the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics can still see their medical doctors by calling 561-642-1000 to talk to a primary care provider who will determine if they need to see the patient in person or if care can be provided through a telemedicine visit.last_img read more

Bede promotes Alex Butcher as new MD leading ‘next growth phase’

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Gauselmann Group acquires majority stake in Bede Gaming March 12, 2020 Submit SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Share Share SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Alex Butcher – Bede GamingIndustry software and platform developer Bede Gaming has moved to restructure its senior management team, confirming the promotion of Alex Butcher as new Managing Director.The change in corporate leadership comes as Bede enterprise founders Michael Brady and Dan Smyth are set to take strategic and governance leading roles within the firm’s organisation.Butcher has served as Bede’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) since 2012, delivering on key projects and platform initiatives for the independent technology group.Updating investors Michael Brady, Founder of Bede, said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Alex has accepted this position. His laser-like focus and experience in the industry make him the ideal person for the role. We are confident that he will lead Bede into its next stage of growth with clarity and integrity. We are looking forward to working closely with him to ensure Bede’s global transformation.”Brady and governance stated that Butcher would bring new dynamics to Bede’s day-to-day management, prioritising software development, responsible gaming and sustainable technology values.Taking over Bede leadership Alex Butcher commented: “Bede’s initial growth phase, where we built the team into a 160 strong workforce and conducted the largest migration in the history of the industry, has provided a firm foundation for growth. Our products and team are tried and tested, forging great potential for expansion into new markets. My primary concern will be to ensure we preserve the fantastic culture that lies at the heart of what makes Bede unique.”last_img read more

6 of the Best – Pinnacle’s Ben Cronin

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Ben Cronin, Head of Content Marketing at Pinnacle.Continue reading to discover who was an unlikely hero in the Hammers’ Premier League return, which iconic film director never disappoints and who triumphed in a favourite album dilemma. Best HolidayI would like to be able to recall some great tales of adventure to answer this question, but unfortunately my travels have been fairly boring in comparison to most (I’ve barely ventured outside of the continent). That said, Europe is a beautiful place, and my trip to Sorrento a couple of years ago was the perfect mix of soaking up the sun and hiking in the hills.I don’t know if it classes as a holiday but I did a six month volunteer project in Ghana when I was 18, and I still regard that as one of the best experiences of my life. Best AlbumThis is a bit tougher than I thought – yes, I’m one of those people who usually provide a cop out answer like “I like everything”. I guess I’d have to go with Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division. In addition to classics like Disorder, Shadow Play and Transmission, Unknown Pleasures features one of my favourite songs of all-time – She’s Lost Control. I also love the idea of Stephen Morris using aerosol spray as a drumbeat (which apparently can be heard on the 12” version of the album).Best Sporting ExperienceThis one’s easy. I’ve been a fan of West Ham United all my life, and while I’ve experienced plenty of downs in my time, there have also been a few ups. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to watch the Championship Play-Off Final against Blackpool at Wembley. After a nerve racking 87 minutes, Ricardo Vaz Te scored a scrappy goal to earn West Ham a 2-1 win and a return to the Premier League – I don’t think I’ll ever forget the feeling of celebrating that goal.Best FilmNowadays I find myself watching more documentaries and TV series’ rather than films. I guess it depends on how I’m feeling, as you would probably get a different answer to this depending on when you asked. That said, you can’t go wrong with a good Christopher Nolan film. I’d probably go for The Prestige, but Momento and Inception really aren’t that far behind. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but no matter how much you think you know Christopher Nolan, he always has a surprise in store.Best BookWhile I enjoy reading non-fiction books (especially when the subject matter is related to betting or sport), I studied Creative Writing at university so will always have a soft spot for fiction.I’m a massive fan of Haruki Murakami, I’m into double figures for his books but my favourite has to be Norwegian Wood. Anyone who’s read Murakami’s books will know you go through a rollercoaster of emotions, and Norwegian Wood is exactly that.Best BetIf there’s one thing I’ve learnt after working for Pinnacle it’s that betting is incredibly difficult. Plenty of people kid themselves into thinking they are skilled bettors when really it’s just a game of luck. So while it might not be my best bet, the ten-fold accumulator I won while studying at university was certainly the luckiest.I would regularly put £5 on a Saturday accumulator to make the games my team wasn’t involved in a bit more interesting, and one day the stars aligned and I pocketed just over £3,000 after correctly predicting ten results across the English leagues. Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Mark Woollard: How Pragmatic Solutions laid the foundations for landmark igaming platform deals in 2020

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Mark Woollard, Business Development Director at Pragmatic Solutions, reflects on some of the company’s big breakthroughs for 2019. This includes getting the UK certification for its PAM platform, as well as its GLI-19 certification – a “gold standard stamp” which covers best practice standards across a number of key regulated markets.Meanwhile, Woollard also explains how Pragmatic Solutions can minimise some of the key challenges facing operators in 2020, specifically reacting quickly to regulatory changes, before teasing that it will be announcing “quite a few flagship deals” in Q1 2020.SBC: How would you sum up last year for Pragmatic Solutions?MW: It’s been a very successful 2019 for Pragmatic Solutions. We’ve certified the platform in new markets including the biggest one for us, the UK. We’ve also gained the GLI-19 certification, which is basically the gold standard stamp for platform solutions. And then we’ve really been going out into the market trying to change, or enlighten people, as to what Pragmatic Solutions is. We’re owned by the same group as Pragmatic Play, a company people are very aware of, so we’ve been going out and showing people that we can give the same level of comfort and quality as the Pragmatic Play content, but on the platform side. It’s been a lot of demos for the platform, a lot of conversations and we are confident these will turn into landmark deals with big tier-1 operators in early 2020.SBC: What does the UK certification of your PAM platform mean for the business?MW: The UK certification is big for us, because it opens up the possibility to work with many more operators. Many either started in the UK, or are UK-based, especially historic sportsbook operators so being able to serve that market or take these operators into new markets is a really positive step. In previous conversations, it was a hurdle for us that we had our Malta certification and GLI-19, but when the question of the UK came and what we could do there – that was a stumbling block which we are now over. We can now offer the full package, not just taking them into new and exciting markets but also overhaul their existing platform in the UK which is still, obviously, one of the biggest markets in the world.SBC: Why have the big breakthroughs come in 2019?MW: The platform has been in the development process and start-up phase since 2016. Platforms are a very technical business to get right so what Pragmatic Solutions wanted to do was go into the market with a few key operators that had either been with the business or operating for a while so we could develop the platform. And then 2019 has been the real push to go out and start selling the platform to more operators and onboarding new clients. But also creating some awareness as to what our strong selling points are and how we’ve built a product that is purely client-driven – which is quite a rare occurrence in this market. It’s for sure a long sales process for a solution because an operator will usually take around six months to decide who they want to go through a tender process, how they want to operate, what markets etc.. And then there’s obviously a period of time where you’re migrating from your current platform to a new one. It’s a much longer process than in the games business, so what we’ve been doing in 2019 is going out to shows and demonstrating what we can do, how we can help and start that process with an operator. We’ve had quite a bit of success with that, so in Q1 2020 we will be announcing quite a few flagship deals.SBC: How much of a help is the connection to Pragmatic Play in the sales process?MW: The companies work extremely separately, so there’s no crossover between a Pragmatic Play employee and a Pragmatic Solutions employee. They’re owned by the same group business but what Pragmatic Play has done for us in 2019 is just help the awareness of who runs the company on a whole, which definitely helps when you’re talking to operators. But they’re run by very separate businesses – for example one of the cornerstones of the Pragmatic Solutions platform is that operators choose their own pathway to what they want to do – they’re not locked in to working with a specific sportsbook or casino provider. That rings true for Pragmatic Play too, if people want to take this content it’s of course integrated, but if you want to take content from a direct competitor it’s completely your choice. So it’s definitely helped with awareness, and potentially opened up some conversations, but it’s not something we actually use in the sales process because they are such separate businesses.SBC: On the sportsbook side, which suppliers do you have agreements with?MW: It’s purely customer choice but we do have BetConstruct and Altenar integrated in the platform which can be offered to customers – that’s because two of our clients requested those sportsbooks. But an operator decides who they want to work with for any of the products – sports, bingo, live casino etc. We then go out on an operator’s behalf and integrate that into a platform for their use. They do the direct deal with that product provider and we integrate very quickly – it’s trying to give operators much more comfort that they can go out and work with who they want, and they’re not locked in to working with what we could call a home product system. That’s the key difference between us and pretty much all of the platforms in the market – the operator can choose who they want to work with and we just integrate, there’s no opinion from us. We can offer them if we’re asked on who is good and who isn’t, but generally we try to keep agnostic in that and allow operators to make the decision.SBC: What are the biggest operators you’ve been serving so far?MW: The most well-known in the European space is; they’re growing extremely quickly. We will be announcing in early 2020 some quite large operators coming over to the platform but at the moment they are confidential. What we expect in 2020, especially with the UK certification, is for our portfolio to grow significantly with renowned brands which will only strengthen our current market position. At the moment, we have about half a billion in GGR going through the platform but not through recognisable brands in the marketplace. It is now proven on a scalability level, and for 2020 we will make sure it’s proven with some big names so that people can draw comfort from the fact that they made the decision to come to the platform. It makes it faster for your smaller and medium tier operators to come over as well.SBC: What is your assessment of the UK market going into 2020? How can Pragmatic Solutions minimise some of the key challenges facing its operators?MW: The platform, because it’s been built in recent years, is built on a very good technical base so it’s fully API-driven, it’s very modular. If there’s changes to regulations, we can adapt and make changes extremely quickly compared with others. If you are working with a specific product, which decides not to be compliant, look at other markets external to the UK or is too slow to achieve compliance, we can integrate new products quickly. What we’re trying to say with the UK is if things change quickly we can adapt and move with it, which we don’t feel like other platforms can replicate because they’re built on legacy code and maybe they’re not concentrated specifically on the core PAM platform. They have a sports product which needs to be made compliant before they go away and do the bit on the core platform, which makes the UK a big opportunity for us. There’s going to be a lot of M&A still going on, a lot of consolidation across the market. For those with two or three platforms across six or seven different operators, if you were to get everything running off one system you’d then have just one technical team. If you’re planning to consolidate your other operations, why not do it with the platform too.SBC: And what about outside of the UK, what are the other key target markets?MW: I think markets like Sweden and Denmark, where we aim to be certified. We’re seeing quite a lot of operators going into this market. We’re definitely looking at the North American market as well, we were out at the G2E show and had a great response from a lot of operators who have gone with other platforms, but are not necessarily too happy with what they can do with them. So we’re having a lot of conversations there. Obviously the UK has been big for us, but not just because of the UK market but also for many of the operators that work in the UK but want to go and test out a smaller European market – like Sweden, Denmark for instance etc. They’re looking at our platform to go and do that for them.So the European markets are obviously a target but we don’t necessarily target countries per se, we try and look at a general overview of what the market is doing and then make sure the platform is certified, but we are still operator-led so if an operator wants to go into a market where we’re not certified we try and do this as quickly as possible for them.SBC: And finally, what is next in the pipeline for Pragmatic Solutions?MW: We’re always developing the platform. We’ve built in the last year some very powerful segmentation tools which have gone down very well with our operators meaning you can segment players down to some very specific points of how they interact with your website. We’re always working on bonus tools depending on what the operator wants. For example, we can apply free spins across all our game providers in the slots space as long as they allow it to be done. And we’ve also built in a leaderboard system which people seem to like – particularly the Scandi operators – so we’re trying to build out the platform. The top-notch technology we used in the past 18 months will deliver high GGR clients and tier-1 operators to ensure a great start for 2020. Hopefully, once we release who we’re going to be working with, it’s more about onboarding new clients and helping operators to get to the scale they want. Obviously, everyone wants to see growth on their operation and we genuinely feel like with our platform they can do that because it takes away the headache of platforms and usually how slow they are to make changes. 2020 is going to be a big one for us.Woollard has also signed up to take part in the first SBC Charity Boxing Championship, organised in partnership with Oliver’s Wish Foundation, will see some of the biggest names in the gaming industry going toe-to-toe in the ring to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. He will be taking on Bryan Blake, CEO & Founder at Hexopay, in a three-round bout. Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

The League of Rockets – The 2017 RL World Cup

first_imgYou can play for something greater than yourself. That’s the call to arms of The League of Rockets’ World Cup trailer.This summer will see the first Rocket League World Cup with sixteen countries taking part. We spoke to the person behind The League of Rockets, which is working with Bad Panda and Youtuber JohnnyBoi_i, to produce and run the tournament. Check for the latest updates for the tournament here; it’ll be available to watch live on LoR’s Twitch channel and then afterward on Bad Panda. Esports Insider: Can you introduce us to your backstory and the formation of The League of Rockets?LoR: I’m not going to share too much about myself except that I have been creating videos for quite some time. It’s the foundation for how I approach most of what I do publicly and League of Rockets is no exception.Regarding League of Rockets, it began with one video on my YouTube channel called “Journey To Greatness – Intro”. I made that video after realising that Rocket League was a sport no different than any other major sport  with regards to the discipline of the mind.“It’ll be a competition which will mirror the format of the FIFA World Cup”Players who are at the top in this game are truly talented and I wanted to show that while also showing what it takes to get to that point. This game goes deep and if you want to be good at it, you have to put in the work.ESI: Tell us more about the format for the World Cup competition. Can you give us any dates?LoR: It’ll be a competition which will mirror the format of the FIFA World Cup. So we’ll have a group stage, with groups of four and sixteen nations in total, followed by single elimination finals.We will be announcing the dates shortly. The tournament is being funded by myself and Bad Panda, and the only monetisation of the tournament will be through the Youtube ads from the videos that emerge out of it. ESI: How were the sixteen nations chosen and, moreover, the players representing each?LoR: Back when I was working on Twelve Titans, I asked Johnny Boi for help because I was an outsider and felt he was a great voice in the community who was diligent in his knowledge of the scene as well as being a talented caster. This ended up being a great decision because, along with knowledge of the community, I found that Johnny also cared for the community in a way that a business cannot. This made working with him very easy and I am grateful for his help so far.That being said, we picked the countries based off their depth of qualified players and decided to include some “non-traditional” continents who had proven themselves. Once the countries were set, Johnny and I then decided on a captain of each country and let them choose their two teammates. We felt that artificially picking a whole team would be taking away a chance for the countries to truly represent themselves.ESI: You’ve been putting out some excellent and standout promotional videos and graphics – how key is it to use content to stand out with such a plethora of tournaments now in existence?LoR: Thank you. I only have two things in mind when I’m creating. To make something that I personally want to see and to make it well.If you make something that’s good, the rest will fall into place. If you make something that’s bad, then you will need to load up on sponsors, trends, gimmicks, and so on in order to find some temporary success. Over the years, video creation (and digital art in general) has become an increasingly accessible craft which means everyone is doing it.“Over the years, video creation (and digital art in general) has become an increasingly accessible craft which means everyone is doing it”While, there is nothing wrong with this, the examples we look to for inspiration are being replaced with mass-produced soulless creations which serve no one but their creators. This is true even in Hollywood now. Videos used to have powerful and enchanting qualities about them (and still do), but it’s harder to find them nowadays. I do my best to keep those inspirations in my head along with my own original thoughts and filter out all the rest. It’s the only way I’ll ever enjoy creating.Regarding the “plethora of tournaments” that come out these days, I think the most important thing to ask yourself is “why” when creating a tournament or anything for that matter. If the answer is money, the community will know. They may not know how to explain it but it’s the same way you know when you meet someone who is genuine towards you versus someone who is putting on a front. It might take some time to figure out, but people will lose interest in those looking to serve only themselves. If you can build yourself up as someone who is honest, passionate, and creates with integrity…then that’s the best way to start. You may not have top notch graphic, video or hardware at first but keep working hard and bring in talented people who can provide in the areas you are lacking because quality will matter. This will help things go the right way.ESI: What are your thoughts on British Esports Association’s recent event to promote esports at schools and provide coaching in Rocket League? Bad Panda are involved in coaching…would you like to see this replicated elsewhere?LoR: It’s interesting. I think on one hand it could provide a way for certain people to find community in their school and learn how to put their mind to something. Especially those who don’t have an interest in outdoor sports.On the other hand, video games have an inherent tendency to distract people (especially younger people) from life’s priorities and playtime can get out of hand. If you could sort out those who intend on treating esports with the respect and level-headedness that an athlete treats their sport, then I would consider it a good idea. Otherwise, I’m not sure I could give a clear answer.As for the coaching of course if we want to see improvement in RL as a whole, we should be seeing coaches activated all over the place.  This should already be a common practice in the pro scene, however, it is not even close to that. “A coach allows a player to focus on playing and not to worry too much about constantly re-evaluating the team as a whole”There is a reason major sports have coaches who earn a lot of money. Players can only be successful for so long without getting too introspective causing them to lose sight of the big picture.  A coach allows a player to focus on playing and not to worry too much about constantly re-evaluating the team as a whole. Without this added value, players resort to doing things like constantly changing their rosters, inexplicably collapsing mid season, falling off or becoming “washed up” after a few seasons, and so on. Coaches are there to prevent these things from happening and will dedicate their time to the long term improvement of a team. The only two concerns here are knowing how to find a good coach and knowing how to find a team that is mature enough to respect the inherent authority of a coach.For individuals looking to be coached, I think it is a great thing and you should take advantage of it if you are able. If you don’t have the time or don’t want to pay for repeat sessions, I think getting a replay analysed by an experienced player that is able to articulate their thoughts is just as good or even better.last_img read more

Iker Casillas has retired from football – Reports

first_img Source: AS Iker Casillas has decided to hang up his gloves. Axccording to reports in today’s edition of O Jogo, Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper has retired from actively playing football as a consequence of the heart attack he suffered in training on 1 May. Casillas underwent surgery to have a stent fitted and has since been recovering at home.Casillas, who will turn 38 on 20 May, is keen to put an end to the rumours regarding his future and according to O Jogo, he will shortly announce his retirement from professional football.Casillas “is one of us” – Porto presidentYesterday, Porto president Pinta da Costa hinted that Casillas had most probably played his final game for the club, adding that Iker will be offered a backroom position at the club, whatever he decides to do: “Casillas has one year left on his contract and we would like him to stay at Porto in a different capacity, and not just for the remaining year of his contract. He is one of us and he will always have a place at Porto”.After being discharged from hospital, where he spent five days in the coronary care unit, Casillas made it clear that after his health scare, football is no longer is priority: “I’ll be taking things easy for a couple of weeks or a couple of months; I don’t know and to be honest I don’t care, the most important thing is that I am still here […] I don’t know what the future holds for me, all that matters is being here,” the former Real Madrid and Spain captain said on leaving hospital earlier this month.last_img read more