Ahmed Hassan is set to be included in Egypt’s new management staff, with Alaa Nabil poised to be named assistant manager.The 38-year-old Hassan, who is still playing for Zamalek, is expected to be named team director in the staff of newly-hired head coach Shawki Gharib.Gharib recommended to have his former Egypt teammate Alaa Nabil as assistant manager, with Osama Nabih and Abdul-Sattar Sabri tipped for coaching roles.Ex-Zamalek striker Nabih is currently the Whites assistant manager, while former Egypt and Benfica star Sabri has been working at Gaish.Meanwhile, Hassan is set to announce his retirement should he be confirmed as Egypt team director.The veteran midfielder will end a glorious 18-year career, which saw him top the list of the world’s most-capped footballers of all time.
Cameron Massey (Wallasey, Cheshire) and Nick Ward (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire), both members of the England under 18 squad, will represent England Golf in the 54-hole Rudersdal Junior Open at Fureso Golfklub near Copenhagen on 29th – 30th June. Massey (image copyright Tom Ward), who celebrated his 18th birthday on 12th June, finished fifth in last year’s Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and tied ninth in the Northern Group Boys Qualifying at Childwall. An equal 11th place in this year’s McEvoy Trophy sees him currently lying 12th on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit. Ward, 18, was the individual winner in the South East Group Boys Qualifying last year at Royal Mid Surrey and fourth in the Welsh Open Youths Championship. He was also equal fifth in the South of England Boys Championship and this year was tied 11th in the South East Boys Qualifying at Studley Wood. In the Rudersdal event 36 holes are played on the first day and the final round on 30th June. 18 Jun 2013 Massey and Ward off to Denmark
????????????????????????????????????Repossession of house lots…citizens, mostly the poor, who are still unable to complete construction on their homes on house lots allocated by the government, are calling on the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to “show mercy” and reconsider its decision to repossess unoccupied house lots.Some land owners told Guyana Times the decision is inconsiderate and may have been taken without proper consultations, since those who are unable to occupy are the poorer class in society.According to the allottees, the CH&PA should take into consideration the financial situations of many families, as well as the current cost of building a house.One land owner, Sarah Williams, currently squatting on a government reserve, explained that while she was allocated a low income house lot in 2013, she spent all of her savings to pay for it. As such, she had no money to commence the construction of her house.“Right now, me got three children’ fuh send to school and it nah easy. Me husband does do labour work and me does do cleaning fuh people. Between the two ah we, we barely managing fuh survive, much less fuh start build,” the woman explained.She related that she plans to commence construction when her eldest child completes secondary school, as the family by then may be in a better financial position.“We plan fuh start the building as soon as meh big daughter done school next year. She could pick up a lil’ wuk and help run the house and the father and me gon see fuh put money fuh the house. Ah just begging fuh them nah tek’ back the land yet. We can’t live in this squatting dam all the days ah we life,” she lamented.Meanwhile, Sally Deonarine, a landowner who currently resides with her mother, explained that she shares a similar plight. The woman explained that while she has had her housing plan drawn and began constructing the foundation of her house; works were put on hold as she is currently experiencing financial difficulties. “My only child and I live with my mother. I started the basic construction works like laying out the foundation and digging it. But I am a vendor and business slow down for the longest while so I had to halt construction cause the money wasn’t coming,” she stated.Jai Singh, a cane harvester at Wales Estate explained that he too is in receipt of a house lot which is located in the Belle West Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara, but due to issues with employment, he was forced to use the savings that were set aside for the construction of his house to maintain his family.“Bai, it nat easy having to maintain three school-age children, run a house an build a house. Cane cutters don’t make no kind ah money. Right now meh living with meh wife family but ah want mek somewhere fuh meh children call they own. I cyah do duh right now, but ah still got time. Is just up to the people at Housing fuh show lil mercy and leff we alone,” he stated.Earlier this week, Chairman of CH&PA Hamilton Green revealed that repossession of lands will commence immediately after completion of an analysis of the situation. It was explained that CH&PA has finalised the list of defaulters and has commenced dispatching letters to landowners, informing them of government’s intention to repossess the house lots while encouraging them to occupy their land.It was disclosed that thousands of persons are affected by this move, given that only 60 per cent of all the lands allocated have been occupied.Green stated that the Housing Authority would “not tolerate defaulters” within the housing sector, especially those who have been in possession of the government issued lands for a number of years, but are yet to begin construction.“If you gave a house lot to an individual and it’s been there and he is not using it for a number of years without good reason… let somebody else get it,” he stated.He further related that those persons who no longer wish to have these plots of land or build on them can return the land to the CH&PA and they would be reimbursed for it.
Netflix is looking for a range of language specialists, leading market watchers to speculate it will roll out in new territories or launch new local language versions of its existing service.A job advertisement for specialists that can help Netflix localise its service in Turkish, Dutch, Hindi, German, Italian, Norwegian, Korean, and Japanese has been posted on its website.It is not clear whether there are plans afoot to launch streaming services in some or all of these markets or whether Netflix plans to offer its service localised into these languages for ex-pat audiences in territories where it already has a presence.“We are looking for experienced linguists with the ability to translate and customize marketing, UI and content materials for the target market,” the post says. “We are looking for highly motivated individuals with the right mix of technical, organizational and communication skills to provide localization for the Netflix experience.”The job post originally appeared last year, but was subsequently withdrawn. It has now been posted again and is on the careers section of the Netflix site.The company launched across Scandinavia last week and has also rolled out in Canada and the UK and Ireland as its refocuses on its international launch plans having returned to growth in its domestic US market.Netflix announces its third quarter results tomorrow.The company was keen to temper speculation about the next steps in its international expansion.A spokesman said that while Netflix wants to operate a global service, there were many other reasons for it to hire language specialists including quality control on translations of movies and TV shows, relationships with content creators and with manufacturers of consumer electronics around the world.“While we do have global aspirations, drawing any short term conclusions from a job ad is wrong,” said Joris Evers, director of global communications at Netflix. “We have not made further expansion announcements.”At last count Netflix had 22.7 million paying subs in the US and 3.02 million in international markets.
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new EPG for its new Smart HD interactive TV platform.Volia said the guide will offer information that is updated to reflect schedule changes, more detail such as cast information and story summaries, and parental controls.At the same time the firm said that from the beginning of April it will offer two new channels in its basic digital TV package – family network SUN and a teleshopping network called TV Sale.The channels will replace the Your Property and the Planet networks, whose contract relationship with Volia is due to expire. A channel called Science 2.0 will also available to Optimum package subscribers.Volia launched Smart HD earlier this month. It will offer over 130 digital channels, on-demand movies and access to other services including YouTube on the TV. Following the initial launch of the service, Volia will introduce a hybrid set-top box in the second quarter that will give access to internet-delivered video-on-demand and catch-up TV services.
Yousef Al-ObaidlyBeIN Media Group chairman Nasser al Khelaïfi has appointed Yousef Al-Obaidly as CEO of the sports and entertainment broadcaster, a role previously held by al Khelaïfi himself.Al-Obaidly was previously deputy CEO of the group, where played a role in establishing it as the leading pay TV sports provider in the MENA region and led the launch of BeIN Sports France, Americas and Asia-Pacific. In 2013 he worked with al Khelaifi to transition the former Al Jazeera Sport into BeIN Sports.Al Khelaïfi said: “I am thrilled to announce Yousef’s appointment as CEO of BeIN Media Group. Yousef’s experience and drive are instrumental to our organisation as we continue to make great strides as a leader in sports and entertainment. I am confident that Yousef’s leadership will help us achieve our growth ambitions and ensure the success of our operations.”Al Obaidly said: “It is a great honour to be given the opportunity to contribute to our organisation’s success in this new capacity. Nasser’s guidance and leadership have been integral to shaping beIN as a global sports and entertainment powerhouse, and I share his commitment to ensuring the success and growth of our organisation.”