Hierro leaves job as Spain coach after World Cup exit

first_img“After travelling many kilometres together, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have put an end to their relationship,” the federation said.Hierro declined to return to his previous job as the federation’s technical director and “will undertake new professional challenges”, the federation wrote.Spain were tipped among the favourites until Lopetegui caused chaos by announcing he would become Real Madrid’s new coach after the World Cup.The federation, fearing a split between players from Barcelona and Real, sacked Lopetegui two days before Spain’s opening game against Portugal.He described it as the saddest day of his life since the death of his mother.Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the international team after the defeat to Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fernando Hierro led Spain during their World Cup campaign in Russia © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEMADRID, Spain, Jul 8 – Fernando Hierro, who stood in as Spain coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, will not continue in the role, the Spanish football federation said Sunday.Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to host nation Russia in the last 16.last_img read more

Good Gratitude: To Science or God?

first_imgThere are health benefits to thanksgiving, but motivation is the key.It’s Thanksgiving, and that means scientists want to explain it without any spiritual stuffing.  As can be expected, Live Science is there to tell us all about why you should be grateful without any reference to God (or to any other recipient, for that matter).  Tia Ghose writes,Dozens of studies have found that gratitude can improve well-being, and can even help people curb depression and anxiety, improve cholesterol, and get better sleep, said Robert Emmons, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and author of “Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity” (Jossey-Bass, 2013).“Grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviors, are less likely to smoke and abuse alcohol, and have higher rates of medication adherence,” Emmons wrote in an email. “Gratitude is good medicine.”This all may be true, but isn’t the point of gratitude being thankful TO somebody?  It seems pointless to be grateful to yourself, or to pretend to be grateful for selfish reasons like “emotional prosperity” for yourself.  To give thanks TO somebody for a body (7/25/14) that can eat a home-cooked meal and enjoy it with a brain (7/26/14) that is the most complex and organized piece of equipment in the universe, there’s only one choice of recipient.The Lord had to command human beings to give thanks, not just because it is good and right, but because it is against our natural inclinations as fallen creatures. Although not stated explicitly in the 10 Commandments, it is implied; in fact, thankfulness is a key to keeping them all. Think about it. If I thank God, why would I want to make an idol? If I thank my parents, why would I ever wish to dishonor them? If I’m thankful for what I have, why would I covet? Try that with the other 7 commandments.Giving thanks takes our attention off ourselves. It stops demanding what we consider our “rights.” Remember the grumbling Israelites after leaving Egypt? (Moses, YOU brought us out here; now what are you going to give us to eat?). Gratitude focuses our attention on blessings (Lord, how awesome are your works in opening a path through the Red Sea!). Instead, their thanklessness doomed that generation to fall in the wilderness. A thankful spirit, I’m sure, would have changed the history of Israel and swept them into the Promised Land 40 years earlier. Imagine if the Israelites had said when hungry and thirsty, “Lord, you are so good to us! You saved us from slavery and the Egyptian army; you have shown your mighty power over and over. We can’t wait to see how you will bless us next!” Let’s try that attitude next time we have a prayer need. There’s strong Biblical precedent to believe God will fill that cup with overflowing grace. (Matthew 7:7-11, Philippians. 4:4-7). (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

100th American Farm Bureau Annual Convention coverage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentMonday, Jan 14 This morning’s closing General Session featured the announcement of the Young Farmer and Rancher competition results, the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Awards, remarks from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and keynote speaker President Donald Trump addressed the group.Jess and Adam Campbell did not advance in the Excellence in Agriculture contest.The counties that won the County Activities of Excellence presented at the IDEAg Trade Show.Sunday, Jan. 13OFBF President Frank Burkett proudly represents Ohio. Photo: AFBFThe opening General Session of the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention began with the annual parade of state flags. Notable presenters included Louisiana governor, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mike Strain, commissioner of Louisiana’s department of agriculture and forestry. AFBF President Zippy Duvall delivered his annual address, focusing on the history of AFBF and how it has been a united voice over the last 100 years. He noted the struggles and triumphs of 2018 and looked ahead at 2019, leaving the audience with the question, “How will you answer the call as we break through to the next century of American Farm Bureau?”The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 12th “Book of the Year” award to Lisl Detlefsen for “Right This Very Minute.”Ohio Farm Bureau recognized with awardsOhio Farm Bureau received all four Awards of Excellence, which are given to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrate outstanding achievements in four program areas: Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value. Also at the American Farm Bureau Foundation breakfast, state Farm Bureaus were recognized for exemplary financial support of the foundation. Ohio received the Scholar Award, which is given to the six state Farm Bureaus with the highest total donations to the foundation within their membership groups.  Additionally, Ohio Farm Bureau qualified for one of 25 Apex Awards, which are given to state Farm Bureaus that have increased total contributions to the foundation by 10 percent or more over the previous year.Young Ag Professionals contests continueAnnie Specht (second, right) competed in the Discussion Meet Sweet 16 round, where the contestants discussed the question: Technology is one of the driving forces for innovation and advancement in agriculture. How can the industry attract the best and brightest minds from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into agricultural careers?The crew from Ohio gathered to congratulate @anniespecht after an outstanding Discussion Meet round. #AFBF19 #ofbf pic.twitter.com/1ElGUdJBgz— Ohio Farm Bureau (@OhioFarmBureau) January 13, 2019Jess and Adam Campbell of Warren County are Top 10 finalists in the Excellence in Agriculture competition. Final results will be announced Monday during the General Session.Annie Specht of Tuscarawas County did not advance to the Final Four in the Discussion Meet. Congratulations to all Young Agricultural Professionals contestants. Saturday, Jan. 12Annie Specht gives her opening statement in the Discussion MeetAnnie Specht competed in the first two rounds of the Discussion Meet. During the Discussion Meet, the participants share their thoughts and ideas on specific topics. The two questions today were:In our modern world, the rapid dissemination of information and opinion about agriculture and food technologies can make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Given these challenges, how can Farm Bureau best protect farmers’ and ranchers’ access to production technology options? As the voice of agriculture, how can Farm Bureau be more inclusive of all agriculture and production practices? This includes, but is not limited to, women in agriculture, organic production, fresh produce, forestry and aquaculture. Congratulations to Annie as she advances to the Sweet 16 round, which takes place Sunday.Jess Campbell takes questions from the judges at the end of the Excellence in Ag presentation.Jess and Adam Campbell are in New Orleans for the Excellence in Agriculture competition. Jess presented on Saturday, sharing their story of how Carroll Creek Farms began. The presentation included the couple’s vision for the future, and how they are personally addressing issues that impact Ohio agriculture, such as ag unity, consumer perceptions and the mental health crisis in rural communities. The top 10 finalists will be announced on Sunday.The IDEAg Trade Show opened this afternoon and the day ended with a reception for members hosted by Nationwide.Friday, Jan. 11Many Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff are in New Orleans to celebrate this past year’s achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year.Check in on this page for LIVE updates from the Big Easy at the American Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Convention Jan. 11-16.Eight Ohio county Farm Bureau projects were chosen to participate in the County Activities of Excellence program, and young agricultural professionals Jess Campbell and Annie Specht will be competing in the national Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests, respectively.  Speakers include Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. President Donald Trump is also scheduled to speak.You can also follow the action as it’s happening on OFBF’s social media through Facebook and by following the #AFBF19 hashtag on Twitter.Our partner, Nationwide, is a sponsor of this event.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Continent’s best gear up for Asian Karting Open Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Cignal took Game 1, 78-56, in Game 1 last Tuesday. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Cignal HD may have enough tools to complete a championship sweep but coach Boyet Fernandez reminded how Centro Escolar University could spoil any favorite. ADVERTISEMENT So Fernandez wants his wards to play consistently when his Hawkeyes go for the crown in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday.“This is a team capable of coming back and if you give them that chance, then we have a problem,” Fernandez said of the Scorpions, who stunned No. 1 Flying V in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Scorpions, who rose from a 0-1 deficit in the semifinals, hope to replicate that feat and force a decider in Game 2 of the best-of-three finals at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“We’re not quitting,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “I always push my players to give their best and come out competing. That’s important because it’s not often that we reach the championship.” MOST READlast_img read more