From refugee camps to Socceroos debut together: The journey of 2 childhood friends

first_imgThomas Deng and Awer Mabil are two friends, who have been through thick and thin together. From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide after their families fled Sudan followed by playing in the A-League, the pair has been going strong from the very onset.And on Monday, they started another chapter of their lives together and perhaps the most cherished one so far.The pair of South Sudanese refugees made their Socceroos debut against Kuwait in their thumping 4-0 win over the West Asian country. New Australia coach Graham Arnold handed the ‘next-generation’ of Australian players their debut and they didn’t disappoint. In fact, Mabil put the icing on the cake by scoring the match’s last goal from a move that was started by Deng and fittingly enough, his friend was the first one to run towards him and embrace him.It was a hot and humid night but their joy knew no bounds as they celebrated the incredible moment together amidst smile and warm embraces.”It’s a dream come true,” Deng said.Nine years ago, this was a distant dream but on Monday they were living it and they still couldn’t believe the ‘surreal’ feeling.”We went to the same school. We played at the same club that I played at, called Playford. We go way back. To come through and get our debut on the same day, it’s surreal. It’s amazing,” Deng said.An emotional @mmills05 presented @awermabil17 and @thomasdeng24 with a @Socceroos jersey to mark their debut. #ANewDawnRises #GoSocceroos pic.twitter.com/aPuAFqPbLmadvertisementCaltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) October 15, 2018Mabil, who graduated from Adelaide United to Denmark’s FC Midtjylland three years ago, was all praise for his friend and said that Deng’s presence calmed him, who went on to add that the dream debut will be a story to be told to their grandkids.”When I saw him there, there’s no nerves because he’s behind me. It made it easier with Thomas there. It was a big dream for us to make our debut and especially on the same day. It’s something I will never forget. We will tell our grandkids one day,” said an elated Mabil.Their rise to the top is a story for ages and nothing short of inspirational. Mabil hails from a refugee camp in Kakuma in Kenya while Deng spent his earliest years in Nairobi and coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, both Deng, 21 amd Mabil, 23, found themselves in South Australia after their families sought refuge in Adelaide from a conflict-hit Sudan.However, they will have to part ways now as Deng has to return to Melbourne immediately to play in Saturday night’s Melbourne derby but not before making some calls back home and sharing his moment of joy with his mother.”I’ll probably call my mum first and foremost and thank her for all the years that she’s been taking me to training,” Deng said. “It’s finally paid off I guess. I’m very happy,” said Deng before signing off.last_img read more

VIDEO: Semi-final five-goal thriller!

first_imgConIFA World Football Cup WATCH: Wild scenes as Northern Cyprus book World Football Cup final place Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy CONIFA Northern Cyrpus 07062018 CONIFA ConIFA World Football Cup Videos Northern Cyprus booked a historic place in Saturday’s CONIFA World Football Cup final after twice coming from behind to see of favourites Padania There were scenes of unbridled joy at Carshalton Athletic as Northern Cyprus booked their place in the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup final after a dramatic victory. The Northern Cypriots twice fought back from behind to defeat a talented and well-organised Padania side, who were favourites for the tournament.After a cagey first half-hour in which both sides passed well and defended resolutely, the Italians broke the deadlock with a goal from Riccardo Ravasi. Northern Cyprus had looked in control of the game, but Padania seemed to be playing within themselves and the goal came on the counter-attack.HIGHLIGHTS: Watch Northern Cyprus progress to the to the @paddypower #WFC2018 Final – highlights via @fc_video pic.twitter.com/Xdd8i9D3QT— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 8, 2018But the lead didn’t last long, with Player of the Tournament contender Billy Mehmet equalising just six minutes later. Padania gave the ball away down the right and it was fed into Mehmet’s feet by Kenan Oshan. There was still a lot to do for the former Irish under-21 international, but he turned well, held off a defender, and slid the ball home from inside the box. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Again, the joy was short-lived, however, with Padania silencing the lively Northern Cypriot support with a goal from Nicolo Pavan after some outstanding combination play.It was a dreadful blow for the Northern Cypriots, coming just before half-time, and appeared to take the wind out of their sails for some time.TICKETS: You can buy tickets from Eventim up until 2 hours before kick-off for all matches https://t.co/Qx100tMs11 pic.twitter.com/j6bY6n2hru— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 8, 2018Padania, marshalled brilliantly by former Lazio star Marius Stankevicius, held out stoically until the 80th minute, when a bit of accidental head-tennis from a corner allowed Halil Turan to nod home the equaliser.The balance of the game was changed in an instant, with the crowd loudly and passionately backing the men in red.All of a sudden, the Northern Cypriots were dominant, and they duly grabbed the winner just four minutes later. Up popped that man Mehmet once again with a cool side-footed finish to secure a 3-2 victory and send his side into Saturday’s final in Enfield.Click here for ticketing details or here to watch the CONIFA World Football Cup tournament online.last_img read more

Terrell Owens Released From Seahawks After Ineffective Preseason

The Seattle Seahawks released Terrell Owens on Sunday, perhaps signaling the career end for one of the most talented wide receivers to ever play the game.“I’m no longer a Seahawk,” he said via his Twitter account. “I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I’m truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver.”Owens, who will be 39 in December, has not played in the NFL since suffering a knee injury late in the 2010 season. He had impressed Seattle in workouts, however, and hoped to show enough flashes on the field to stick for a 17th season.But Owens never got going after signing a free agent contract on Aug. 6, managing just two catches for 41 yards in two preseason games. The improved play of Braylon Edwards left Owens as the odd man out in a receiving corps that also includes Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate among others.The release of Owens came as NFL teams have until 4 p.m. today to reduce their rosters from 90 to 75.“We really liked the group that we assembled,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Terrell came in here and busted his tail and he looked really effective right from the start. But as we just took a look at our guys that are coming through the program and growing up with us, we thought that it would be best for us to stay with those guys.”Owens had looked impressive in turning in speedy 40-yard dash times during workouts, but never became the deep threat for which Seattle was looking, struggling with a few key drops.Owens has started 201 of the 219 regular season games in which he has played. He has 1,078 career receptions for 15,934 yards in a career that has included stops in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati and Buffalo. His 153 touchdowns rank as the second-highest total in NFL history.It remains to be seen whether any other team would be interested in Owens. read more

Toilets sinks and showers Smart water is here

first_img Amazon Google CNET Smart Home $79 • Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected By now, there are connected products for nearly every corner of your smart home. Security, lighting, cooking, cleaning and entertainment are all voice-enabled, if you’re willing to spend the money and swap out your dumb systems. Smart plumbing isn’t any different. There’s a steady stream of products that aim to smarten your water supply from all angles, but which ones are worth it? Are they all luxurious add-ons or ways to truly improve your home’s efficiency and convenience? It might depend on the category. Let’s take a look at where smart plumbing products might show up in your home and what they offer. KitchenSmart water in the kitchen is centered around the kitchen sink. Kohler and Delta both offer smart faucets that connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands. Kohler’s Sensate Faucet comes with voice commands and Delta’s VoiceIQ Module smartens up compatible Touch2O faucets.You can do things like ask your faucet to dispense a specific amount of water or turn the faucet on or off. With both models, you’ll need an always-on power supply and you’ll need to put the handle in the “On” position and then turn off the water with motion sensing in order to enable voice commands. Both models are expensive, too.   The Kohler Sensate faucet with voice commands works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.  Chris Monroe/CNET Once you’ve installed your faucet and connected it to your voice assistant, there are some handy functions. You can ask for 12 ounces of water, ask your voice assistant to turn the faucet on or in Delta’s case, ask it to heat up your water.These faucets aren’t perfect, though. You’ll need to use a clunky command like “Hey, Google, ask Kohler to dispense 8 ounces of water,” and the custom commands for things like “fill spaghetti pot” can be tricky to get just right. However, if you’re already in the market for a high-end Delta or Kohler faucet, getting a model with these smarts won’t add much, if any, extra cost. image001Phyn’s new Smart Water Assistant attaches to the water lines beneath your sink.  Phyn There are other options for monitoring water in your kitchen. Phyn’s latest water monitor, the $299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant, attaches to the hot/cold water lines under your sink and doesn’t require professional installation. It can let you know if you pipes are beginning to freeze, monitor your home’s water pressure and show your water consumption all through the Phyn app on your mobile device. We haven’t tested this system yet, but it seems to toe the line between leak detector and whole-home water monitor. BathroomSmartening the water in your bathroom can take several forms. Let’s start with shower systems. A smart shower could mean an entire system or just a connected shower head. Prices range from less than $100 to several thousands.The U by Moen Smart Shower system has a $1,225 MSRP and can create profiles for individuals in your household with specifics for temperature. It can warm up your shower, then pause the water flow until you’re ready to step inside. That’s one way to potentially reduce your water consumption, but installation does require a professional and that high price tag doesn’t include any special shower heads or premium hardware, only the thermostatic digital shower valve and control panel. ubymoensmartshower-12.jpg Chris Monroe/CNET Kohler has a similar DTV+ shower system that works with the Kohler Konnect app. You can create presets for sound, water, steam and special lighting if you have that installed. Smart commands with Kohler’s shower also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Smart showers like these are largely luxurious and not focused on water savings. While there are some economical aspects, your’e paying mostly for the convenience of getting your shower up and running at the sound of your voice. hydraoshowerheads-1.jpgFrench company Smart and Blue’s Hydrao range of showerheads are kitted out with LED lights that change color, from green to blue to purple to red, based on how long you’ve been showering.Of course, there are more affordable ways to smarten your shower, like Kickstarter’s Livin shower head, a gadget that monitors water consumption and allows you to press a button that pauses water flow.That one hasn’t hit retail yet, but you can buy models under $70 from WaterHawk and DreamSpa with integrated LEDs that change colors corresponding to temperature. The Hydrao Smart Shower System is powered entirely by the water flowing through it and lights up with different colors to indicate how much water you’ve used. These easy-to-install, affordable alternatives are a great way to get into smart showering. kohler-smart-lab-18Kohler’s Numi Smart toilet works with the Kohler Konnect app.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Then, there are toilets. Yes, smart toilets are a thing. Not only does Kohler make a smart toilet, but it’s made multiple versions. The newest, $9,000 mega toilet can play music, heat the seat, heat the floor below it, put on a light show, raise and lower the lid and of course, flush automatically. It can save presets for up to six people for custom experiences. We’ve had the Numi Smart Toilet in the CNET Smart Home for a while, and though it can do a lot, I’ve never felt like I’ve had a $9,000 experience. Numi isn’t doing anything to save you water beyond the 1.28-gallons-per-flush rate either, so if water-saving tech is your goal, this toilet isn’t going to do much. Leak detectorsAmong all the smart water products out there, leak detectors are the most affordable and most portable. Put them anywhere you’re concerned about leaks. They’re great for basements, underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks or behind toilets. These battery-powered, small devices connect to a mobile app through a smart home hub or Wi-Fi to warn you if water touches the sensor. You’ll get a push notifications to straight your phone. cnet-security-018-roost-leak-detectorYou’ve got a lot of options when it comes to these handy water watchers. SmartThings, iHome, Honeywell, Fibaro and Roost all make a version of a water sensor. These are great for monitoring places that are prone to water, but they can’t tell you much about what’s happening inside your pipes. For a more thorough look at the temperatures, pressures and flow rates in your home’s water supply, you’ll need a whole-home system. Whole-home water monitoring systemsThere are systems that can monitor your entire home’s water supply. Some can even shut off the water in a catastrophic failure event. These typically install at your water meter or you home’s main water supply and require a Wi-Fi connection and app.Some can be DIY, but most at least recommend a professional consultation. With these systems in place, you can see all kinds of stats from your daily, weekly and monthly consumption to water pressure, temperature and flow rate. Moen recently acquired Flo, a whole-home startup that does just that. You can install Flo yourself, but it’s recommended that a Flo professional comes out to your home. You’ll need to be pretty comfortable working with your own water pipes if you want to install this $500 system yourself. flo-product-photos-2 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Once Flo is installed, it can monitor the water pressure and water flow throughout your home. It can also remotely shut off your water if something goes wrong. Of course, you’ll get notifications on everything Flo is doing as well as the option to perform health tests on your system. A similar system, Flume, straps around your home’s existing water meter and connects via a bridge to your Wi-Fi. Unlike Flo, it is intended to be self-installed. Once it’s set up, you’ll get information on water consumption, pressure and any problems it detects within your home. That system costs $200, but it can’t shut off your water in an emergency like Flo can. For most people, these pricey systems are on the overkill side, but if you live in an area prone to freezing pipes, or you’re trying to keep an eye on a plumbing system that isn’t reliable, whole-home systems could save you from a lot of damage. When it comes to smart water, these are probably the most practical and data-driven devices. Is any of this stuff worth it? Monitoring your water isn’t the most luxurious of smart home capabilities. It’s not the cool, connected thing you’ll show your friends when they come over. However, if you have consistent leak worries in your home or you’re frequently traveling, having at least a leak detector can offer a lot of peace of mind. Smart water value really depends on the category. Sensors, especially the more affordable and portable options are a worthy return on a relatively small investment. However, a $9,000 toilet or $1,200 shower system? Those luxury goods, and they’re obviously not for everyone. The concept behind smart kitchen faucets is intriguing and useful in some cases, but it hasn’t been perfected and is still pricey.That doesn’t mean the average consumer will be locked out of smart water forever. This corner of smart home tech continues to expand and does seem to be working toward real innovation and usefulness. It has the potential to increase our homes’ efficiency and solve problems before they start, and for that reason, it’s worth keeping an eye on.  Tags Best Buy reading • Smart showers, smart toilets and smart sinks: Should you put your plumbing online? 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Dope tests for drivers to be introduced DNCC mayor

first_imgAtiqul IslamIn the face of persistent complaints that drivers on the country’s roads are often drug-addled, Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam has said dope tests for drivers is set to be introduced.”The process of introducing the test is underway,” he said after attending a meeting with a group of students leading the movement for safe roads at the DNCC office in Gulshan.DNCC organised the meeting with the group of students from several universities in Dhaka and representatives of some concerned authorities including Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police.The DNCC organised the programme following a Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student’s death in a recent road accident in the city.During the conversation, the students placed some demands including setting up zebra crossings instead of foot-over bridges, making BRTA free from brokers and corruption, installing of digital traffic signals, stopping the plying of buses on contractual basis, and half-fare for students.Giving consent to those demands, the mayor said, “The city corporation has decided to set up push buttons flashlights on zebra crossings, construct footbridges, passenger shades.”The DNCC mayor requested BRTA to undertake all necessary steps to launch an automated system to check vehicles fitness. He also requested private institutions to come forward for giving driving trainings for the drivers.The DNCC mayor said they had started constructing a model road from Malibagh to Kuril Biswa Road.last_img read more