In the dressing room of FC Barcelona do not win for scares. With such a short squad – 16 players available from the first team – any eventuality is received as a real cold water jug. And even more so if this eventuality is not for a justified cause or for a training incident, already worrying enough, but for an activity outside the club’s premises.The first to skip all the protocols and internal codes was Arthur Melo. The Brazilian did not think of anything other than playing against Atlético de Madrid (0-1) in Wanda on December 1, going to celebrate Andorra’s victory, accompanied by his compatriot, goalkeeper Neto. So far nothing criticizable. The problem is that the Brazilian midfielder took advantage of his visit to the Andorran country to enjoy his ski resorts practicing ‘snowboarding’. A totally prohibited activity for a soccer player, and even more if you have a history of pubic injury. In fact, a few days later, the player had to stop because of a galloping pubalgia. Obviously you can’t just point out the practice of ‘snowboarding’ with the injury, but it certainly didn’t help to remedy it either. When Ernesto Valverde learned of this getaway, through TV3, he mounted in anger, especially since it was not the first time that the player had skipped the discipline of the club: the previous year he had traveled to Paris without permission to enjoy the birthday party organized by Neymar when there were only two days left to play a Real Madrid-Barcelona Cup. But after Arthur’s incident it seems that not all players have learned the lesson. And it is that a few weeks ago the Junior Firpo defense was presented with the inflamed left hand and with significant erosions and abrasions. The surprise of the technicians, in this case Quique Setién and his second, Eder Sarabia, was enormous, especially since few days after Jordi Alba’s injury to Getafe, Junior was presented as the only alternative on the left wing. When asked how he had done it, the player was forced to acknowledge that it was during a go-kart race, an activity that although it is not strictly prohibited, its practice is limited to the summer season.Fortunately, everything remained in a mere anecdote, since Junior Firpo could play against Eibar and Naples without major problem, although he did wearing a spectacular bandage on his left hand.
Costa Rica is well-positioned to start attracting more high-tech jobs and improve its workforce, according to one keynote speaker at the Competitiveness Summit, held Wednesday at Escazú’s Hotel Real InterContinental and co-sponsored by the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and global consulting firm Deloitte.“The key to competitiveness is talent – it’s the ability of a society, the ability of a country, to skill and re-skill the population,” said international consultant William Eggers, from the United States.Eggers clarified: “It’s not just about having college graduates and so forth; it’s about the ability to re-skill people who are in their 40s, in their 50s, and even 60s, so they can go from low technology and manufacturing to high-tech manufacturing.”One thing Costa Rica should focus on, Eggers said, is becoming “a talent magnet where businesses would want to move in.“If you can be a place where talent wants to come and you can grow your talent, that brings a lot of other things,” he added.But in order to design good policy to meet that goal, decision makers should evaluate current public policies in education, immigration, intellectual property, licensing and regulation, Eggers said.“Ask how does this enhance our talent competitiveness in Costa Rica, [and] I think you start coming up with different policies, different approaches,” he said.The speech followed the release of a business competitiveness survey conducted by CID-Gallup Latinoamérica on behalf of AMCHAM and Deloitte. The survey polled 172 of Costa Rica’s top company managers. One in five said the main barrier to competitiveness is “tramitomanía,” an ugly-looking word that refers to lots of red tape and bureaucratic headaches.The next two barriers cited were corruption (14 percent of respondents) and the high cost of electricity (13 percent).AMCHAM Vice President Federico Chavarría highlighted a lack of long-term planning as another setback to the country’s competitiveness, which he said was linked to four-year political cycles.“It’s short-term political management and it’s difficult to carry out the changes that are required,” he said.Chavarría recognized, however, that the government can’t resolve all problems, just as the productive sector can’t work to improve the situation on its own.The survey, conducted in early July, concluded that top business managers believe the president should immediately address Costa Rica’s problematic transportation infrastructure, and he should hone the country’s fiscal and monetary policy to provide clarity and improve competitiveness.According to 58 percent of respondents, the Latin American country that best reflects a positive competitiveness environment – from which Costa Rica should learn – is Chile. Tied for having the record for the most outer space flights (seven), Tico astronaut Franklin Chang, right, knows how to spot a silver lining. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesAn oasis from politicsCosta Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, from the Citizen Action Party, also addressed the forum, calling it “an oasis where a politician can come to think.”For the president, who took office in May, another important barrier is inequality – not only in terms of income, but also in terms of territory.“Even in such a small country as ours, it is very troubling to see the inequality between urban centers and the peripheral regions, and on this issue, the state has a lot of work to do to generate the conditions for investment to move out of San José,” he said.Solís also mentioned the inequality between women and men, and the conditions faced by the young and elderly, who he said are excluded from the market. He then highlighted the widening gap between the least dynamic sectors of society and the most dynamic.“In the past 30 years, only one of these sectors has been developed, which involves the external sector and attracting investment. What’s left behind are local and regional economies, and the gap between the internal and the external is causing us problems,” Solís said.Most company managers don’t see things changing soon. Of those surveyed, 43 percent believe the country’s economic situation will be exactly the same in one year. Only 34 percent believe it will improve, and 23 percent say it will worsen.But they remain optimistic when it comes to their own companies.Two out of three respondents believe their companies’ bottom lines will improve in the next year. Just over 30 percent said things would remain the same, while only 3 percent said they expect their companies to fare worse next year.To find the silver lining in all of this, AMCHAM and Deloitte invited the Costa Rican who best understands the sky – renowned NASA astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz, founder and president of the Ad Astra Rocket Company, which has research and development facilities in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.“When we Ticos decide to do something, we are capable of doing it well and sharing it with the rest of the world. I feel optimistic about the future of this country,” Chang said.Referring to his own company, the astronaut added: “We have more than 200 Costa Rican investors. 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Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 6 2018Children living in urban greener neighborhoods may have better spatial working memory, according to a British Journal of Educational Psychology study. Spatial working memory is responsible for recording information about one’s environment and spatial orientation, and it is strongly inter-related with attentional control.In the study of 4758 11-year-olds living in urban areas in England, lower quantity of neighborhood greenspace was related to poorer spatial working memory, and this relationship held in both deprived and non-deprived neighborhoods.”Our findings suggest a positive role of greenspace in cognitive functioning. Spatial working memory is an important cognitive ability that is strongly related with academic achievement in children, particularly mathematics performance,” said corresponding author Dr. Eirini Flouri, of University College London. “If the association we established between neighborhood greenspace and children’s spatial working memory is causal, then our findings can be used to inform decisions about both education and urban planning.” Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/greener-neighborhoods-may-be-good-childrens-brains