Major increase in ‘Champs’ expense

first_imgThe Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) will have to dip deeper into its pockets to stage this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium, with the 2016 budget climbing by over $13 million when compared to last year.Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, ISSA President, Dr Walton Small, told The Gleaner that it will cost the organisers well over $80 million to stage this year’s showpiece event, an increase on the approximately $67 million that it cost to execute last year’s ‘Champs’.Title sponsors GraceKennedy has certainly thrown their support behind the event, pumping $54 million directly into this year’s event as a part of a wider $100-million investment, with FLOW strengthening their partnership as exclusive telecoms sponsors with an $81-million injection, which covers the next three years.Small underlined security, which has increased from approximately $8 million to over $10 million this year, along with venue rental, food and electrical/information systems as the major expenses being undertaken.COSTS ARE UP”Last year, it was about $67 million in terms of cost to stage Champs, and it has increased to over $80 million,” Small noted. “Just in terms of the appreciation of the whole business of security, we have put in some serious money towards security; rental of the stadium has gone up, the expense of the food has also increased.”The electronic aspect of Champs has really stepped up in terms of cost. We wanted the improvements, for instance, around Stadium East, we are putting in additional systems over there so that the coaches and students can be comfortable,” said Small.Still, Small said he is comfortable with the level of readiness heading into the March 15-19 championships.”We are extremely pleased. Last year with the patrons not being able to come in really had a damper on the entire ISSA organisation, and we have gone all out to change that,” he said.Don Wehby, CEO of GraceKennedy, spoke to the company’s efforts to improve the event and outlined several initiatives.The title sponsors will be awarding $25,000 for each new record to team or individual. The funds will go towards an approved school project to be identified by the record-breaking team or individual.GraceKennedy will also be rolling out a high-school affinity credit card programme through its subsidiary, First Global Bank, which will not only give cardholders special school-branded cards, but will also provide them with an opportunity to give back to their alma mater as well, through its reward set-up. This programme will be launched on March 15.DREAM FUND PROMOTIONHe also spoke on the company’s Dream Fund promotion, which will see $5 million raised to assist three schools – one from each county, with the purchasing of equipment.FLOW’s sponsorship manager, Stephen Miller, noted his company’s wide-ranging sponsorship of sport and its commitment to these championships over the years.”We have provided total commitment for the past 12 years of more than $200 million,” he stated. “I also want to bring to your attention the ongoing efforts to assist some of our top schools to prepare for competing by offsetting some of the cost that they face.”Through our Journey to Champs programme, we have committed an additional $1 million this year in direct donation to the top-performing schools which will be participating in this year’s competition,” added Miller.Chairman of the organising committee, Colleen Montaque, announced that tickets will go on sale on March 12.Entry will be free for the bleachers and grandstand on the opening day of the championships.On Wednesday and Thursday, tickets will cost $100 (children) and $500 adults (for both sections). The price increases to $500 and $350 for students in uniform for bleachers tickets for Friday, with grandstand tickets going for 3,500.Saturday’s marquee day will cost patrons $1,500 for bleachers tickets and $4,500 for a seat in the grandstand. Season tickets will cost $9,000 for Category One and $8,000 for Category Two.last_img read more

My Donegal – with photographer and businessman Adam Rory Porter

first_imgAdam Rory Porter is well-known across Inishowen and Donegal for a variety of reasons. He is probably best-known as a local landscape photographer (check out his pictures of the Northern Lights) and businessman. This is Adam’s My Donegal.Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?That is an impossible question to answer as we have so many amazing places in Donegal.But some of my favourites include Fort Dunree, Grianan of Aileach, Stragill,, Aranmore, Tory, Urris, Glencolmcille, the Isle of Doagh, Glenveagh, the Wee House of Malin, Swan Park, the amazing galleries, studios and museums we have and so many more. The list really could go on and on! Where in Donegal do you call home?The beautiful town of Buncrana in Inishowen.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I have to say again there are so many. But my wife Angela MacLochlainn is a constant source of inspiration, guidance and support. She’s the Queen of our household and keeps our three princesses and I motivated and cared for. Also, my dad, brother, sister, cousins and our extended families are always there for each other and to help one another. I’m so lucky to be part of such a close family. What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Another impossible question but my favourite must be Grianan of Aileach.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?I love them both, and springs, but Donegal autumns are my absolute favourites.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? Set off early with a big picnic packed, a leisurely drive to that days’ destination of choice. Often we have Granny and Granda MacLochlainn in the back of the 7-Seater and we’re seeking a site of historical or archaeological significance to visit as we love our Donegal heritage. After our day spent exploring we’ll often stop for fish and chips in a town on the way back. When we get home, we often review our photos and videos of the day all gathered around the big TV.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football Special is a classic obviously but in every café and restaurant and shop, you find beautifully created locally sourced Donegal-made dishes. The Artists and Crafters of Donegal create the most stunning products also.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Again we have so many! But a few of note would be historically Saint Colmcille and recently Brian McDermott for his winning the world’s best cookery book.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Again with so many great business people in mind, I’d have to give Donagh Kelly of KN Networks and Pat Doherty of Harcourt, Artist Sharon McDaid from the Silver Birch Gallery in Carndonagh and Una Tynan of Blank Canvas Cosmetics. Proud Donegal people striving in business locally and internationally.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?So many again! Honourable mentions will have to be Packie Bonner, Ray Houghton (we’re claiming him!) Nora Stapleton, Irish Rugby legend and of course Michael Murphy who is and will be one of Donegal’s greatest sportspersons.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Yous really aren’t making this easy 😉 My home town of Buncrana has so many fabulous restaurants from The Red Door, the Firebox Grill, The Harbour Inn, The Inishowen Gateway, Drift Inn, The Lake of Shadows, Sherpa, Primavera, and the Ubiquitous restaurant. Always fabulous food in them all. Further afield we’ve had fabulous meals in The Seaview Tavern in Malin, the Butterbean in Carndonagh, The Boathouse in Redcastle, the Redcastle Hotel, all the hotels in Ballyliffin and Nancy’s Barn, The Point Inn, the Town Clock in Moville and The Cosy Cottage.Away from Inishowen The olde Glen bar in Glen, in Downings, The Singing Pub and The Beach Hotel. The Kitchen in Letterkenny, The Lobsterpot in Burtonport, Kitty Kellys in Kill, An Club on Tory Island and many more!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The return of the railways.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Dún na nGall Abú!What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Keeping our environment as beautiful and clean as it deserves to be.What is your favourite Donegal food?Angela my wife grows the most beautiful spuds in the back garden 😊Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?We’re often a self-deprecating bunch of people and we shouldn’t be because we have so much to be proud of.Do you have a favourite local band?Too many to choose from again! Don’t Fear the Natives, 2 shíte dj’s, the Pox men, Rory Gallagher to name a few.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would put the money towards the preservation of our archaeological sites as the amount of devastation in the last 100 years is eroding many of these away.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Couldn’t choose between the two legends.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Its people are the most friendly and welcoming in the world and our love of the Irish language here.My Donegal – with photographer and businessman Adam Rory Porter was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:adam rory porterbuncranaMY DONEGALlast_img read more

Welcome to yet another IoT platform

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#cloud#IoT#platforms#Synapse Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img ReadWrite Sponsors Follow the Puck You’re probably thinking “Really?!? Don’t we already have enough?” And you’d be right. The last count I heard was there are over 125 IoT platforms in the industry. Doesn’t IoT have enough problems reaching maturity without more platforms muddying the waters?That’s not the worst of it, though. If you’re anything like me you are probably asking “What does a platform actually do?” The short answer is…. absolutely nothing by itself. However, I contend that many platforms are incredibly useful.What does a platform actually do?A platform doesn’t solve any end problem on its own. A good platform solves a set of hard yet common problems in such a way that many applications within that domain can deliver the needed functionality much more rapidly. Often, these are problems not directly associated with any unique feature of a solution, but with certain qualities such as scalability, reliability, and security.These qualities are often forgotten in the early design stages of a new product, especially in a new industry. In fact, they don’t matter at all early on, but they then bite hard as the industry attempts to reach maturity. A good platform addresses these general, yet difficult, qualities while allowing the end-solution developer to focus on a more specific set of problems.Cloud platforms are a prime example. By themselves, they aren’t very useful to anyone, but they are great enablers to just about any software application. Historically IT infrastructure has been difficult to resource, build, and maintain. This became more difficult as applications required additional scale, reliability, and security.Cloud platform vendors solve these common problems by providing the infrastructure, the networking, the compute resources, the storage resources, and the security infrastructure as services to other applications. This has allowed IT to scale rapidly in such a way as would never have been possible before because these platforms solve a set of hard problems common to that domain.So, what is an IoT platform?Simply put… An IoT platform solves a set of hard problems common to IoT. That doesn’t really help, though, so can we get more specific?Let’s start by segmenting the IoT solution into two problem domains based on the differences in infrastructure and environment; in other words, the cloud and the things. The “cloud” is the set of stuff that can be done within IT or the cloud today. The “things” refer to the physical devices performing the data collection feeding the IoT solution and the control of the IoT devices themselves.What does an IoT cloud platform do?I mentioned 125 IoT platforms. These are predominately cloud platforms. IoT cloud platforms solve common IoT problems such as large-scale data ingestion, pruning, analysis, learning and decision making. Many make it easy to represent a variety of disparate Thing types in common ways. Some even provide remote management of the Things. All of these are problems common to the IoT domain and greatly aid in bringing IoT to maturity.While solving “cloud” problems for IoT is important, there remain many important aspects of IoT solutions that aren’t handled by IoT cloud platforms. Many IoT solutions fail to launch in any meaningful scope due to the set of problems beneath the cloud… the problems of the “Things” themselves.Daniel Barnes, Director of Product Management, SynapseWelcome the IoT thing platformIoT cloud platforms rely heavily on the controlled environment of the data center to implement their solutions to scalability, reliability, and security. The “T” in IoT changes the environment drastically. Instead of commodity compute resources, ample power supply, and high bandwidth networking, the Things often run with low power, resource constrained embedded processors and wireless networking. In many cases, the networking isn’t based on reliable IP protocols such as TCP. In addition, these Things are placed in non-ideal environments such as orchards, factories, on livestock, and bicycles.And we still want to run software on these Things. Why? Because some decisions cannot be made in the cloud. There are a variety of reasons that decision-making logic must be implemented on the Things themselves. In some cases, decisions cannot tolerate the roundtrip delay from event to actuation. For example, a lighting application requires sub-second response times to a switch being pressed. In other cases, power conservation is necessary to reduce the maintenance costs requiring specialized logic on the Things. For example, a battery-operated sensor that wakes up to transmit data once an hour requires specialized embedded programming to manage the processor sleep cycles, wireless radio, and the reliable data transmission.The point here is NOT that all decisions must be made on the Things, but that the design of any IoT solution must consider where decision making occurs. Once software is introduced onto the Things, then all of the non-ideal environmental constraints start introducing some very interesting problems, such as specialized developer skill sets, wireless site deployments, and long-term software lifecycle maintenance.These are hard problems. However, many of these problems should have common solutions. They must be solved for IoT to reach maturity.So, yes. Let’s welcome the new type of IoT platform. The IoT thing platform.This article was produced in partnership with Synapse Wirelesslast_img read more

Umar Akmal in trouble again after alleged theatre brawl

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started an investigation against its five international players for their alleged involvement in a brawl in Faisalabad, where they were playing National One-day Cup matches.Pakistan television channels reported that Umar Akmal, Muhammad Nawaz, Bilawal Bhatti, Ovais Zia and Shahid Yousuf got involved in a brawl when they had gone out to watch a show at a local theatre on Sunday night.Television channels showed brief footage of Umar Akmal arguing with some people at the theatre and than angrily gesturing at them before being led to his car by a fellow player.Sources said that the brawl broke out when some of the players demanded that a dance song routine be repeated from the female artists on stage. Umar came out with a denial of being involved in any brawl or disorderly behaviour at the theatre and advised the media to stop prying into his personal life.”Talk or write about me or my cricket skills or performances but no one has the right to highlight my personal and social life, it is not fair,” he told reporters in Faisalabad.The Pakistan batsman also denied media reports that the Board was investigating the incident through its security and vigilance department. The youngest of the Akmal brothers is no stranger to self-inflicted controversies.Just few months back during the premier first class tournament, he landed up in trouble when he went to Hyderabad to play for his departmental side. He went to a private dance party with some friends and his outing ended with a police raid and subsequent visit to the police station.advertisementBut a PCB inquiry cleared him on the basis of police report which claimed it did not recognise Umar at the place of the dance party when it raided the place.After that incident, Umar got into a argument with the coach of his departmental side, Basit Ali during the final in Karachi.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Round Three and Four Action in the VT League

first_imgRounds three and four of the VT League were held at Albert Park.In the men’s division, rounds three and four saw the University Blues and Western Districts Dodgers remain undefeated, with the Blues defeating the Cougars in a tight one, eventually winning 8-7. In round four they disposed of their opponents the Vipers pretty easily, winning 7-2. The Dodgers beat fellow newcomers the Falcons 10-2 in round three, whilst in round for they defeated the Lions 6-4. Despite their loss to the Blues, the Vipers won their other match, beating the Lions 8-7. Reigning champs the Cougars defeated the Falcons 6-1 in their second win of the season, while the Lions and Falcons are yet to clock up their first win.In the women’s division, things are a lot closer with no team undefeated in the competition.  The Vipers and the Cougars, previously undefeated, were beaten by the Lions and the Uni Blues respectively in round three. In round four, the Vipers defeated the Blues, with the Cougars beating the Falcons comprehensively 17-0. The Dodgers also defeated the Falcons heavily, winning 11-0 in round four. That was their first win of the season, and leaves the Falcons the only team yet to taste victory. The Lions are also going strong, beating the Dodgers in round four, to go with their defeat of the Vipers in round three. Round ThreeMenVipers – 8 def. Lions – 7Uni Blues – 8 def. Cougars – 7Western Districts – 10 def. Falcons – 2WomenLions – 7 def. Vipers – 6Uni Blues – 5 def. Cougars – 4 Western Districts – 10 def. Falcons – 0Round FourMenWestern Districts – 6 def. Lions – 4Cougars – 6 def. Falcons – 1Uni Blues – 7 def. Vipers – 2WomenLions – 6 def. Western Districts – 2Cougars – 17 def. Falcons – 0Vipers – 7 def. Uni Blues – 4For further information, visit or read more

4 fishermen trapped in swollen Tawi airlifted

first_imgJammu: In a daring operation, an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter on Monday rescued four fishermen who were stuck in swollen waters of the Tawi river in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. They were stranded on a concrete platform at the bottom of a pillar of an under-construction structure to create a lake at Baghwati Nagar, they said. The air force was called after state disaster response force and police personnel failed to reach the fishermen, the officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ IAF personnel landed on the platform and airlifted them to safety using rope ladders, they said, adding that the water level in the river increased due to sudden heavy rains. The stranded people were airlifted two at a time, they said. In another incident near Harki Poudi, a person stranded in the river was rescued by a police team. The operation to rescue Talib Hussain of Udhampur was led by Deputy Superintendent of Police R S Sahi.Hussain is with his family, the officials said.last_img read more

Militarys counterintelligence unit monitored Elsipogtog antifracking protests documents

first_img(RCMP tactical officers scope the situation during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military used its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October’s RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick in preparation for the eventuality the situation went “sideways,” according to internal document obtained by APTN National News.Senior officers with Joint Task Force Atlantic, which is headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to assess who was leading the protests locally and the reaction protests planned across the country following the Oct. 17, 2013 raid, according to the documents, including email, released under the Access to Information Act.Camouflage and black-clad RCMP tactical officers wielding assault rifles dismantled a warrior-anchored camp blocking a compound in Rexton, NB, holding exploration vehicles used by a Houston-based energy firm to search for shale gas deposits near the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.The raid triggered daylong clashes between the Mi’kmaq, their Acadian and Anglophone supporters and the RCMP that led to 40 arrests and the torching of several RCMP vehicles. The RCMP said it seized hunting rifles, ammunition and crude explosive devices from the warriors that day.The protests, driven by concerns the discovery of shale gas would lead to hydraulic fracturing and threaten the areas water, continued into late November and saw tires burn twice on an area highway before the company, SWN Canada, finally ended their exploration work for the season.According to the documents released to APTN National News and previous public comments by the RMCP and the military, no Canadian Forces personnel were involved in the raid. The military did provide the RMCP with space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton Detachment. The RCMP also requested the military provide its officers with field box lunches for between 60 to 100 personnel, according to a “Request for Canadian Forces Assistance” form submitted by the RCMP on Oct. 18.While the Canadian military couldn’t engage directly with the protest without an aid to the civil power request by the provincial government, the documents show individual officers were on alert even the Canadian Forces in the region did not shift posture.“My (commanding officer) just wants to have me link with you in regards to the current events in Rexton,” wrote Capt. Grant McDonald, with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian regiment based in CFB Gagetown, in an Oct. 18 email to Capt. Don MacRea, with operation services of the 5th Canadian Division Support group also on the same base. “No panic here, we just want to have the right names and phone numbers if things go sideways.”At headquarters in Ottawa, the military’s public affairs team was also put on alert.“Team, please stay close to our Blackberries this weekend,” wrote Maj. Andre E. Salloum, in an Oct. 18 email to about 12 other people. “Just in case this situation escalates, we might have to man the office.”Senior officers with joint Task Force Atlantic, headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to gather information on the ongoing local protest and the reaction-protests planned across the country.Capt. Chris Hanley, with J3 Current Operations 2, sent an email on Oct. 18 to several individuals with a list of questions about the leaders of the protests and their level of coordination.“What is the primary group (s) involved in the shale gas protests in NB? Is there any evidence that recent and planned protests are centrally directed or coordinated, or are the uncoordinated?” wrote Hanley. “Is there a direct there a direct threat to (Canadian Armed Forces) personnel/installations?”APTN National News was not provided with the email containing the answer to those questions.The Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit, however, issued a report the same day from its Halifax detachment. The content of the released version of the report is heavily redacted. It does show that the unit was relying on three “tried and trusted” sources to gather intelligence on the situation.The military was also receiving information from Government Operations Centre, which is the central nervous system for Ottawa’s response to incidents with potential national impacts. The federal government was preparing for nation-wide protests in response to the raid near Elsipogtog and distributed a map listing all the potential actions across the country.Download (PDF, Unknown)The Government Operations Centre was also providing situational reports to the military which linked the events unfolding in New Brunswick to the Idle No More movement.“While this incident was an environmental protest, it is linked to ongoing First Nation dissatisfaction with resource development and extraction in Canada as well as general dissatisfaction embodied in the Idle No More movement,” said the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Reports Jordan Sibert to transfer to Dayton

Former Ohio State guard Jordan Sibert has decided to transfer to the University of Dayton, according to multiple reports, and the final step in the process appears to be a mere formality. Sibert, who was released from his OSU scholarship April 16, told several outlets that he plans to become a member of the Flyers’ program. Douglas Hauschild, director of media relations for Dayton men’s basketball, said he read the same reports regarding Sibert’s transfer but could not comment, as the player hasn’t signed paperwork with the university. “At any school for any recruit, no one can comment until that recruit has signed with that school,” Hauschild said in an email to The Lantern. “In the case of a transfer, it is a financial aid agreement, since a student-athlete can only sign one letter of intent.” Sibert told the Dayton Daily News that he feels “Flyer Nation believes in him.” “It feels good to be able to be someplace where everyone is excited for you,” Sibert said according to the Dayton Daily News. “Everyone was excited for me at Ohio State. But when your coaches are excited for you, and you feel the love, feel the need for you, it makes you want to do better, makes you want to build upon it. Instead of being like, ‘I’m out here, I’m just another number,’ it feels better that. ‘Hey, these people believe in me.’” Sibert appeared in 24 games during the 2011-12 season for OSU and averaged more than 11 minutes and three points per game while shooting 30 percent from the floor. Sibert also took the court for 25 games during the Buckeyes’ 2010-11 run to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, and averaged 2.1 points per game. Sibert’s transfer comes after OSU’s No. 3 overall finish in the 2011-12 season, according to the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. OSU posted a 31-8 record and advanced to the Final Four where it lost to Kansas, 64-62, in a National Semifinal match. Sibert did not play in any of the Buckeyes’ five NCAA Tournament games, and is the second player this year to leave the team as forward J.D. Weatherspoon also announced his transfer plans during the off season. read more

Football Urban Meyer to become Ohio State assistant athletic director

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions after announcing his retirement after the season at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter ending his tenure as the head coach of the Ohio State football team, Urban Meyer will not be finished with his role in Ohio State athletics. On. Jan. 2, Meyer will take the position of assistant athletic director at the university, helping oversee the 36 sports at Ohio State. Meyer’s roles as assistant athletic director have not been specified. According to Doug Lesmeises of The Plain Dealer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Meyer will develop other coaches in the university’s athletic department and he will help in raising money for the university. The article also states Smith said Meyer will be on the field during football games.Ohio State announced Thursday Meyer would also teach a class as a part of the Fisher College of Business on leadership and character. Meyer will coach his final game for Ohio State on Jan. 1 when the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl. read more

Hazard on Salah I want to see him in the World

first_imgEden Hazard is hoping that his friend Mohamed Salah will recover in time for the World Cup and he stated that he would even support Egypt for him this summerThe Liverpool star is still recovering from his shoulder injury from last month’s Champions League final and therefore missed Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat for Egypt against Belgium.Egypt boss Hector Cuper has previously expressed his optimism that Salah will make a recovery in time for the World Cup in what will be the Pharaohs’ first appearance in football’s biggest stage in nearly three decades.Hazard, who scored for Belgium in their 3-0 win at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels, praised Egypt and wished his friend a speedy recovery.“Egypt have good players. We managed to take control of the match and scored an early goal which made things easier for ourselves,” Hazard told ON Sport, via Goal.“We are glad about defeating Egypt 3-0. I wish Salah the best and hope he returns. I will support Egypt in the World Cup for him.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“Egypt are so different without Salah but they still performed well with compact lines. Their playing style is close to that of Tunisia.“I spoke with Salah after the Champions League final and sent him a message, as I said he is my friend and I want to see him in the World Cup.”Belgium manager Roberto Martinez added: “Mo Salah is not just a good player, he’s an outstanding footballer, he’s a world-class footballer after what he’s done this season.“Any team is going to miss the goalscoring threat of Mo Salah. We all wish him a speedy recovery and we want to see him in the World Cup.”Egypt will face Uruguay (June 14), hosts Russia (June 19) and Saudi Arabia (June 25) in Group A of the World Cup.last_img read more