Rush to Invest $500,000 to Get Green Card

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Kemba’s 41, fast start help Hornets beat Pacers 133-126

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 41 points on 11-for-22 shooting and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 133-126 with the help of a record-setting first quarter Friday night.Buoyed by 16 points from Nicolas Batum, the Hornets scored 49 points in the first, a franchise-best for a quarter. Charlotte connected on 7 of 11 from 3-point range and hit 19 of 23 from the field in that stretch. It marked the highest point total for an NBA team in any quarter this season.ADVERTISEMENT Four other Hornets players scored in double-digits, led by Batum’s 31 points and Dwight Howard’s 12 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte won its second game in a row.Victor Oladipo had 35 points for the Pacers, who halted a three-game winning streak. Myles Turner added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCharlotte led 49-37 after the first, as the Pacers came within a point of matching the most first-quarter points by a Hornets opponent this season.The Pacers outscored the Hornets 34-25 in the third quarter, led by 13 points from Oladipo, to narrow Charlotte’s advantage to 96-91. Cory Joseph’s free throws cut Indiana’s deficit to 128-124 with 40 seconds left, but Charlotte hit five free throws after that to ice it. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injurylast_img read more

Rica Rivera making most of last chance to cap off redemption journey with UAAP crown

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue After recovering from two knee surgeries, Rivera returned to the Golden Tigresses’ lineup in Season 80 but had a dismal season and failed to crack the Best Diggers and Best Receivers list with UST finishing the year at 4-10 for the no.7 spot.Rivera’s fortunes did not immediately turn around at the start of Season 81 with UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes opting for rookie libero Janel Delerio to start most of the games.“I didn’t have a great start this year and now I finally recovered from it, I’m starting to get back up,” said Rivera who closed out the elimination for UST playing stellar volleyball in two straight games against La Salle en route to the finals.“This is my final year, I’m a senior, my mindset now is I won’t have another chance at this.”Rivera closed out the playoff for the no.2 spot against the Lady Spikers with 11 excellent digs in two sets helping UST to the 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated After starting the game at the bench in the no.2 playoff, Rivera was given the starting nod in the Final Four and she rewarded Reyes with 21 excellent digs and 21 successful receptions in UST’s 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-8 win.“The trust that coach gave me was always there and I’m very thankful, as a senior, that I should be the one to help carry this team,” said Rivera. “The composure that he’s searching for should start from me and the other seniors.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—It has been a whirlwind of a collegiate career for Rica Rivera.ADVERTISEMENT In her five years with University of Santo Tomas, Rivera reached the pinnacle of her career when she won two UAAP beach volleyball titles but suffered through a couple of anterior cruciate ligament injuries that slowed her down.Rivera’s fifth year with the Golden Tigresses also had its ups and downs when she initially spent much of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament riding the bench before getting back to her starting position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd entering her first finals appearance in the indoor volleyball circuit, Rivera knows she finally defeated the demons that haunted her in the early part of her career.“I’m happy because this is my redemption year and I know I redeemed myself and somehow my road to recovery wasn’t that easy because of the injuries and a lot of heartaches last year,” said Rivera. Not just Giannis: Deep Milwaukee Bucks roar into East finals Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Honda Cliq scooter first ride review

first_imgHonda Motorcycles in India was always perceived as a very serious competitor who only concentrated on volumes. There was a fun factor which was missing. But all that changed during the 2016 Auto Expo. On one side, the company announced the upcoming made-in-India Africa Twin and on the other it launched the extremely affordable and fun Navi. Suddenly the company announced that it was serious about all aspects of motorcycling.At the Expo, the company also showcased multiple design concepts based on the Navi. Fun, funky and affordable was the theme. While the limelight was surely on the Navi, these design concepts faded away. But we were pretty sure that the company was up to something and our predictions stand true with the Cliq.The headlamp is a fixed unit and sits lower down on the front shield. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Design:The Cliq then is the production version of the design concepts we saw on stands. However the company has completely new positioning for the scooter and intends to take on the 100cc entry level motorcycles which rule the roost in rural India. The Cliq comes with a very unique design. The front end gets a beaky fender and the leg shield is an all-plastic affair much like the rest of the bodywork.Block pattern tyres a good idea. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The headlamp is a fixed unit and sits lower down on the front shield. It surely reminds one of the Dio which Honda still makes. Surrounding the headlamp are two indicator lamps. On top resides a pseudo fairing which houses the instrument panel. The instrument panel is better than that of the Navi and houses a fuel gauge along with a speedo and tell tale lights. Both the headlamp and instrument panel remain fixed and do not move with the handle bar. The handle bar is a motorcycle-like affair and one has to bear the burden of the simple switch gear.advertisementSame 110cc four stroke engine as seen in other Honda scooters. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The flat floor board is very usable but we did miss something like a bag hook. The seat is a long unit and a 743mm seat height means that most Indian frames will be comfortable while riding the scoot.The front end gets a beaky fender and the leg shield is an all-plastic affair much like the rest of the bodywork. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Features:The side panels adopt a motif which one finds on the Navi as well. This is the only common thing which the Cliq shares with the Navi. There is an underseat stowage bin but it is not big enough to house even a half face helmet. Behind sits the fuel tank which surprisingly is smaller than that of the Navi at 3.5 litres as compared to the 3.8 litre unit provided in the Navi. This is something which Honda should surely have addressed. At the back the scooter sports a sporty hue with a large tail lamp and motorcycle-like indicators.At the back the scooter sports a sporty hue with a large tail lamp and motorcycle-like indicators. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The Cliq comes with trailing link suspension up front from the Activa and considering that Honda is targeting the rural market, the company has decide to equip the Cliq with 10in block pattern tyres. Honda has also incorporated the Combined Braking System as seen in the bigger scooters. At the back resides the tried and tested 110cc motor producing 8bhp and 8.9Nm of torque. Now let’s ride.Mounting points for rear mudguard come straight off the Navi. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Ride Quality:Swinging a leg over the Cliq is rather easy thanks to the low seat. It is a comfortable perch and the handlebar falls to hand comfortably. It is actually a very natural position and that should be good for longer rides. The flat floor also offers decent movement space. Start up is simple and all that one needs to do is twist and go.Storage bin handy but cannot accommodate a half face lid. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Acceleration is brisk and the Cliq can accelerate to its top speed of 83kmph in very little time. This gives the feeling of it being a rather fast machine. But once it hits 80kmph, the scooter stays there. At slower speeds, the scooter feels smooth, light and very flickable. The light weight should make things better for most riders. The suspension absorbs well and the ride remains smooth.Cliq gets a fuel gauge along with a speedo and tell tales. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Suspension:advertisementThe brakes also do a good job and offer good bite with the CBS taking up the job of adding safety. The block pattern tyres offer good grip and we could get a feel of that thanks to the fact that most of our ride was on a sandy setup within an artificial village. On certain sections we did encounter large humps and even with a pillion on board, the 154mm ground clearance proved to be adequate. Essential considering the Cliq is all set to take on the rural market in India.The Cliq’s biggest USP is the price. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Verdict:The Cliq’s biggest USP is the price. It is essentially another Honda scooter. So there should be no doubt about its reliability. So if you cannot afford an Activa, get the Cliq. What adds value to this package are the accessories like the rear carrier, crash guards and 12V power socket. Our recommendation is to get the fully loaded deluxe version. Even so, the Cliq is unique and affordable.ALSO READ:Honda launches all new Cliq scooter in India, priced at Rs 42,499ALSO READ:Honda Cliq vs Honda Navilast_img read more

Son fires Spurs to Palace victory

first_imgTottenham 1 Crystal Palace 0: Gazzaniga heroics backed up by Son strike Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 21:54 11/5/17 Son - cropped Getty Images Tottenham were not at their Real Madrid-beating best, but Son Heung-min’s strike was enough to see off Crystal Palace. Paulo Gazzaniga played an unlikely hero act for Tottenham, repelling a dogged Crystal Palace before Son Heung-min struck to secure a 1-0 win at Wembley.Dele Alli’s absence from the teamsheet will have perturbed Spurs fans, but Gazzaniga’s presence was most eye-catching, the former Southampton goalkeeper making his Spurs debut in place of the injured Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm.Gazzaniga had not played in the Premier League since December 2015 and overcame a rocky start to deliver a fine performance, making three excellent saves to stop Palace opening the scoring. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Spurs’ only real moment of attacking quality was enough to seal it, Son slamming home his 20th Premier League goal to become the top-scoring Asian player in the competition’s history, surpassing his South Korean compatriot Park Ji-sung.Such a scrappy affair was some comedown for Mauricio Pochettino’s men after beating Real Madrid at the national stadium in midweek, but a victory was key on a day in which the four teams joining them in the top five – Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United – take on each other.Palace were left to rue Gazzaniga’s heroics and an open-goal miss from talisman Wilfried Zaha. They remain rooted to the bottom of the league, four points away from the nearest team.FULL-TIME: Not at our best, but Sonny’s second-half strike seals an important three points at Wembley. #COYS pic.twitter.com/6BsvcmwKKx— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 5, 2017There was little sign of the highlights to come when Gazzaniga was perhaps lucky not to be penalised in the third minute as he cuffed Mamadou Sakho around the head, rather than play the ball, under a teasing Zaha cross.Palace stuck gamely to their task, repelling numerous crosses and limiting Spurs to long-rangers, and home frustrations soon turned to fears when Harry Kane went down clutching his ankle after taking a kick from Tim Fosu-Mensah.The stand-in skipper was fine to continue, but remained a peripheral figure in the match, heading tamely over under a half-cleared cross that would not sit for a volley.Gazzaniga will have taken a confidence boost from denying Scott Dann’s powerful downward header 10 minutes before the break, the Argentine flinging out a left hand to excellently deny the visitors and he was again sturdy to deny Andros Townsend’s low shot after Serge Aurier gave possession away three minutes into the second half.Aurier was again sloppy on the ball soon after, presenting it to Townsend, who freed Zaha in on Gazzaniga – the keeper misjudged his rush and the Palace star went around him, but scuffed his finish wide.Palace continued to knock at the door, Gazzaniga again forced to save by Luka Milivojevic after the hosts failed to clear a corner.And the Argentine was finally backed up in the 64th minute as Spurs poured forward, Palace’s stretched backline clearing twice but a third fell to Son on the edge of the area and the South Korean blasted past Julian Speroni left-footed.20 – Son Heung-Min is now the all-time highest Asian goalscorer in @premierleague history, with 20 goals. Breakthrough. pic.twitter.com/1pPKqeZPIU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 5, 2017Son ought to have brought up his 21st league goal for Spurs, dragging past the near post after deceiving Speroni one-on-one, and Gazzaniga had time for one final piece of assured play, nicking the ball off Ruben Loftus-Cheek to quell Palace’s late attempts at a comeback. Key Opta Facts:- After failing to win in their first three Premier League games at Wembley, Spurs have now won their last three in a row.- Crystal Palace have failed to score in eight consecutive Premier League away games – only West Ham have had a longer away goalless run in the competition (9 in January 2007).- Indeed, Palace are only the second team to fail to score in their first six away games of a Premier League season, after Derby County in 2007-08 (8).- Son Heung-Min’s goal was his 20th in the Premier League, making him the highest ever Asian goalscorer in the competition, surpassing Park Ji-Sung’s record of 19.- Paulo Gazzaniga is the 15th goalkeeper to play for Spurs in the Premier League, but only the fourth not to concede a goal on his debut (Ian Walker, Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm).- Four points from their opening 11 games marks Crystal Palace’s joint-worst start to a top-flight campaign, though they finished in 11th the other time it happened in 2013-14.  read morelast_img read more

Buzz Meeting: Day 1 Recap

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 4, 2011June 19, 2017By: Sarah Blake, Global Health VisionsClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As the rapporteur for the MHTF Buzz Meeting, my job is really all about keeping track of what questions come out of the meeting, and as I look back at my notes on the first day of the meeting, I’m really struck by just how much of the meeting is about questions. The first question of the meeting, “Do we really know what works?” was posed by Wendy Graham. Within Wendy’s fairly brief question, “Do we really know what works?” the different underlined pieces really pointed to a series of often difficult questions, around the issue of accountability: who is accountable, to whom, for what and how are they held to account? And, further, this led to the question of what accountability looks like now vs. what it should look like.Rather than a dry discussion of how different mechanisms might be used to establish accountability on the part of, say, health and finance ministers, the discussion that followed focused pretty quickly on the more difficult to answer – and more personal challenges. In most of the discussion, the answer to “who is accountable” was “us,” or, as Wendy put it, “the maternal health knowledge community.” From there, a consensus emerged pretty quickly around the to whom question: researchers, advocates and programmers are accountable to the donors who fund their work, a fact which sometimes obscures or creates tension that keeps them from being entirely accountable to the women, families, and health workers are the people who they should answer to. With the question of “for what,” the ultimate answer was clear: improving maternal health, but the steps along the way were not always so clear cut: for example, do next steps mean bringing in new voices to talk about priorities? To challenge policy makers or donors to set priorities that align with ours? Finally, the last question: how led to a huge range of personal reflections on how to make sure that the work we do every day has an impact, that we are open to new questions, or, as one person put it how to “be more of an outlier.”At the same time, there was a lot of discussion of collective and mutual accountability: how do we as a community hold ourselves responsible? One of the questions that followed this seemed particularly apt for the first day of this particular meeting: “How do we make safe spaces for discussing challenges to our assumptions as a community?” I’ll certainly be paying attention to whether there is at least a partial answer to this question by Wednesday.Share this:last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 6, 2012November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:Ask Melinda Gates a question about maternal and child health as she travels in BangladeshThe top ten highlights for maternal health in 2011 from Women DeliverProject updates from CIESAS and ICDDR,BSome reading for the weekend:Taking action to promote respectful maternity careCase studies on taking mhealth projects to scaleAn assessment of quality maternal and neonatal care in Albania, Turkmenistan and KazakhstanPortable ultrasounds saving livesShare this:last_img read more

The journey you are on is a superhero’s story

first_imgStan Lee, former President and CEO of Marvel Comics, recently reflected* on how to weave a great story. He boils it down to a few elements that create a page-turner:1. A good guy trying to do something2. Facing insurmountable odds3. Who keeps getting in trouble in his quest4. So the reader keeps wondering “How’s he going to get out of this one?”5. Until after a lot of suffering along the way, there is a victory of sortsStan Lee focused his career on superheroes, but this advice surely fits your story. If you are trying to advance a cause, you know it’s a heroic struggle. You are on a journey to a far-off destination that may never be reached in your lifetime – an end to poverty, disease or prejudice, for example. There are a lot of obstacles along the way, and the quest is fraught with challenges. But you have your small victories, all the same.Are you telling your organization’s story as a dramatic struggle against the odds and celebrating the victories along the way? You should be. Take it from Marvel Comics — you’re got a rip-roaring page-turner all around you. Tell the tale with the drama and high stakes it surely merits. Because you want everyone pulling for you, each step of the way.*Thanks to Six Pixels of Separation Blog which is where I learned about the Stan Lee interview.last_img read more

How to organize marketing around your supporters instead of your org chart

first_imgA common mistake in marketing (and fundraising, for that matter) is to organize your efforts according to your organization chart. You might have a webmaster, a direct mail department and a digital strategist — all communicating with the same audience but not necessarily to each other. In an ideal world, we would be organized around our supporters. Our organization chart would put them at the center. Take donors, for example. People like to give in a variety of ways: email, direct mail, Facebook,etc. There are not pure “online donors” and “direct mail” donors – there are donors who choose to mix it up. So fundraisers need to mix it up too. We need to start allying internally so we are allied externally.Of course, that’s easier said than done. Unless you wear all those hats for your organization. In which case you can for once be happy – at least you don’t have departmental siloes!Awesome cartoon by Hugh McLeod for Marketing in the RoundI asked Geoff Livingston, co-author of the new book Marketing in the Round, how nonprofits can get started with organizing around their audiences rather than their job functions. His book is all about this idea of coordinated marketing. Here are his three tips.1) Get everybody that communicates to your nonprofit’s external stakeholders in a room for a regular meeting. My co-author Gini Dietrich is adamant that this is the first step in getting people to work together, and based on what I’ve seen in organizations it helps a great deal in breaking down silos. Candidates include PR, social media, web, direct mail fundraising, event staff, and program managers who run advocacy campaigns. Extended parties include HR and of course, the executive director.2) Look at how you incentivize individual disciplines to succeed. If incentives revolve around social media-based online fundraising success, and nothing else, then the social media person/team has little reason to integrate. The larger communications goals must be part of the overall team’s performance and reward metrics.Consider that Google bases 25% of its bonuses on the success of Google+. While this is a public company and not a nonprofit, every employee is incentivized to make + a successful hit. Translate that to a nonprofit, and you can come up with incentives like performance review fore everyone in the department is contingent on a 30% increase in our house database.3) Understand that resources, strengths and weaknesses often determine how you communicate. If you don’t have the capacity to garner Public Service Announcements (PSAs) or media buys, then you need to lead with a different discipline. Audit your capabilities across all outreach mechanisms so you know what’s realistic as far as execution. Build from there.last_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line up

first_imgArsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.After a promising start to the season under new coach Unai Emery, the Gunners have managed to register just two wins in their last six Premier League fixtures, losing three, with their last defeat a 1-0 loss to West Ham.The Gunners are six points behind their London rivals and will be determined to secure a positive result as they chase the coveted top-four spot.Arsenal Injuries Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Rob Holding (knee) Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Mkhitaryan is expected to be back for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against his former club Manchester United next week.Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery could decide to bring Mesut Ozil back into the starting XI after leaving him out of the squad completely against West Ham.Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac look likely to start at full-back, while Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be in attack to give the Gunners extra firepower.Alex Iwobi is the probable option on the flank while Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are expected to be the central midfield partnership.Arsenal XIChelsea Team News Alvaro Morata is expected to return after a hamstring injury but Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces a spell on the sidelines following a back injury suffered during the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.Gary Cahill has been used sparingly by manager Maurizio Sarri while former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has just joined Monaco on a permanent transfer.TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK with a kick-off time of 5:30pm GMT (12:30pm ET) and will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBC.Best Opta Match Facts Arsenal have won just one of their last 14 league games against Chelsea (D5 L8), with that win coming at the Emirates in September 2016 (3-0).   Chelsea are looking to do the Premier League double over Arsenal for the fifth time, after doing so in 2005-06, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2015-16. Only Liverpool and Man Utd (5 each) have done so against the Gunners this many times in the competition.   Only Liverpool (13) have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than Chelsea (10), while only Fulham (2) have kept fewer than Arsenal (3).   Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has kept just one clean sheet in his first 15 Premier League starts – only three goalkeepers (Gavin Ward, Julian Speroni and John Ruddy) have kept fewer in their first 15 starts in the competition (all none).   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 20 goals in 18 Premier League home games for Arsenal (15 goals, 5 assists).   Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could become the second player to score for both clubs in Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Chelsea, after Cesc Fabregas. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

CSK an ageing team: Stephen Fleming concedes MS Dhoni’s side needs rebuilding

first_imgCSK an ageing team: Stephen Fleming concedes MS Dhoni’s side needs rebuildingChennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming said their batsmen weren’t at their best but insisted there was no lack of effort from them in IPL 2019. CSK lost the big final on Sunday to Mumbai Indians by 1 run.advertisement Press Trust of India HyderabadMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 12:50 IST Chennai Super Kings lost IPL 2019 final to Mumbai Indians by 1 run in Hyderabad on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSFleming said planning for IPL 2020 will start after MS Dhoni returns from the World CupCSK won the IPL title in 2018 and finished runners-up in 2019 despite being an ageing teamCSK lost Sunday’s final to Mumbai Indians by 1 run in HyderabadChennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has acknowledged the need for rebuilding an “ageing squad” after a poor show with the bat which has been their Achilles heel throughout the season.CSK squad with an average of 34 for the core team, has proved that age is just a number by winning the IPL last year and finishing runners-up to Mumbai Indians here on Sunday night.But as pointed out by both Fleming and skipper M S Dhoni, they could have done a lot more in the batting department.”We will give some time for the dust to settle down. I think if you win one title and reach the final next time, you have had good two years. We do understand that we are an ageing team. So at some point, we just have to look at recreating the side, obviously, MS as well, said Fleming following the one-run loss to Mumbai.Fleming said that the planning for next season will start after Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back from the World Cup. The former New Zealand skipper said that just like other teams have created a new pool of talent, CSK will cautiously also enter into the rebuilding phase.”He (Dhoni) will be travelling to the World Cup. A lot of talent has been established in other teams. You need to do it carefully and get the balance right, when you try to go for players who you think can deliver for us.”While the bowlers were exceptional, the batsmen could have done better, felt Fleming.advertisement”This year in Chennai was tough (turning track), the conditions were tough to read, hard to play. A little bit of training as well, our batters weren’t big enough from the form point of view. If we look at the aggregate of numbers from our top order, we could have liked a bit more. Batting certainly was a weak part of our game this season, there is a lot of work to do.”But at the same time, how much more do you need? We got to the final, we went till the last ball. Of course, we didn’t have a good season with the bat. But there was never a lack of effort,” said Fleming.Dhoni run out big moment in the final: FlemingShane Waton kept CSK in the game with a fighting 80 in their chase of 150 but did not get the support from the other batsmen. Watson was run out in the final over bowled by Lasith Malinga who managed to defend nine runs.Earlier, Dhoni too was adjudged run out after due deliberation after a direct hit from Ishan Kishan, marking a massive moment in the game.”It was a big moment. Took a long time to give the decision. Always a big moment when MS goes. He was really consistent this year. It’s also the calmness with which he operates that’s different from the other players.”Dhoni’s dismissal was the boost that Mumbai Indians needed at that point of time.”So his dismissal does two things. Our job stops down a bit and it lifts the opposition. So yes it was a big moment.”He did not expect a last-ball finish after CSK reached 53 for one in the first six overs.”Your heart is pumping isn’t it? Lot of emotions. Nine of the last over was probably a position we thought we will never get to after the start we had in the first five overs. I think we were hoping to see one Shane Watson six, which didn’t come eventually.”Malinga bowled a good over. Shane was tired, he was batting that long. It was a great last over of a final, going till the last ball. A crafty old fox like Malinga bowling a great delivery. We can go back and look at different scenarios that could have taken place but the bottom line is it was a good hard-fought final,” said Fleming.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma only 5-time IPL champion after Mumbai Indians win 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019 final, MI vs CSK: Kieron Pollard fined for showing dissentAlso Read | IPL 2019: It was a funny final, we kept passing the trophy to each other, says MS DhoniFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Rameshlast_img read more

The Duke Of Cambridge And David Beckham Launch The WhoseSideAreYouOnCampaign

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham warned of the “devastating” effects of poaching as they launched a new campaign using the power of sport to combat illegal trade in wildlife products.The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham launch the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaignCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe Duke of Cambridge, who is President of United for Wildlife, was joined by the former England player to present the #WhoseSideAreYouOn initiative, which aims to use social media to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals such as rhinos who are hunted for their horns.The Duke, who sat beside David on the stage at the central London event, also gave a short speech in which he spoke of how the “illegal wildlife trade thrives because it is hidden, often invisible, making it easy for criminals.”David Beckham, who addressed the specially invited audience of conservationists and campaigners after The Duke, said he had been “honoured” to be asked to get involved by His Royal Highness.Speaking of the illegal wildlife trade, the former England captain said: “It’s devastating. It really is devastating.“And we’re in a world where our generation, and the younger generation can really, really make a difference and we really need to do it now.“Are we on side of the criminals? Or are we on the side of the animals? I know what side we’re all on and I’m sure you know what side you’re all on.”David Beckham, who worked closely with The Duke on England’s World Cup bid and attended his wedding, heads a team of sporting stars backing the campaign including Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, India’s former batsman Rahul Dravid and retired South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar.Beckham added: “It’s something that we all feel very passionate about.“As lead ambassador I’m very proud to also be part of an amazing team – an amazing array of famous faces that are very important to this organisation and very important to this cause.”The Duke stood with his hands clasped in front of him as a short film was played highlighting the issues facing park rangers who must face the ever present threat of poachers and risk their own lives in doing so.The Duke described United for Wildlife as a “powerful global alliance of seven of the most influential conservation organisations”.His Royal Highness is also involved through the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.The second in line to The Throne went on: “In February we set out our commitments to improve protection and enforcement, reduce demand and to help the business community to tackle international trafficking.“That was our first step, but we knew we needed to do more to bring this trade into the open. The illegal wildlife trade thrives because it is hidden, often invisible, making it easy for criminals to build and expand.“We wanted to find a way to show the world what was happening. Join us and help stop illegal poaching.”It is hoped the #WhoseSideAreYouOn debate will gather pace on social networking via Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and YouTube to raise the profile of the issue.In the run up to the launch, Their Royal Highnesses posed side by side for a photo for United for Wildlife’s Twitter account, each holding a sign bearing the start date “9th June 2014” and their own signature.Speaking to reporters afterwards, David Beckham said: “I want to make a change, I want to make a difference and If I can do that by just shining a light on something as important as this then it’s a good thing.”Asked if he expected to able to influence the parts of the world that drive the illegal wildlife trade, he said: “Obviously I have quite a big following throughout Asia and especially in China and if it can shine a light on something as important as this then it’s job done.“But obviously having The Duke, the future king of England involved in something like this – there’s nothing better.”Last September, The Duke and Beckham teamed up when they recorded two video campaigns against illegal wildlife products for WildAid.The issue is one that is close to The Duke’s heart. In February, he hailed a major international conference in London on the trafficking of endangered wildlife as the ‘“beginning of the end of this despicable trade’’.World leaders agreed concrete steps to help safeguard endangered animals from poachers – putting their signatures to a declaration of intent.The Duke attended the event with his brother Prince Harry and their father The Prince of Wales, who gave the keynote speech, as politicians gathered to discuss how best to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn, tiger parts and elephant tusks which fuels criminal activity worth more than an estimated £11.5 billion each year.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Amina Rachid: A Pioneer of Moroccan Arts

Rabat – Amina Rachid, officially Jamila Ben Omar, was born on 11 April, 1936, in the city of Marrakech. Growing up in the artistic environment of the imperial city, Rachid developed a certain love for the arts,  acting in particular. She discovered her talents as an actress while still a student in primary school. When Rachid reached high school, in the 1950s, she had already gained experience as an amateur actress in school plays.In the early 1960s, Moroccan national radio announced their need for new female recruits. Rachid took the offer and made her debut in the field of radio theater, along with her lifelong colleague Habiba El Madkouri, who passed away in 2011. During her years at the Moroccan radio, Amina Rachid met and worked alongside famous Moroccan artists, including Hamidou Benmessaoud, known as Amidou, Hmadi Tounsi, Abderrazak Hakam, Brahim Ahmed Soussi, and Mohammed Thami Gherbi. Rachid started her official acting career in 1962. She played roles in around 60 plays over her lifetime, she performed more than 3,500 dramas, evening shows, and radio series. Rachid, along with  Madkouri, are known as the first women to start an acting career in Morocco, as only men were allowed to participate in theater before, playing both male and female gendered roles at the time.Read Also: Moroccan Iconic Actress Amina Rachid Dies at 83In 1971, Rachid took an acting training course abroad, before she came back to Morocco to become an employee at the National Company of Broadcasting and Television (SNRT), where she met her future husband and life partner Abdellah Chakroun.Chakroun was also an employee at SNRT when he got engaged to  Rachid, ten years his junior. He went on to become SNRT’s director, then general manager of the Arab Radio and Television Union, and finally an advisor at the Ministry of Culture.Rachid and her husband Abdellah Chakroun were one of the most famous couples in the Moroccan art industry. During their marriage, which lasted more than 50 years,  Rachid always asked her husband for advice when it came to job offers and other decisions. She also accompanied her husband on all his travels, either professional ones or those for medical reasons. Chakroun  devoted most of his free time to writing. He wrote many books about theater and culture. He also wrote a biography about his wife, entitled “Amina Rachid: An Actress in Radio, Theater, Television and Cinema”.The artistic couple had two children during their long marriage. After Chakroun’s death in 2017, Amina Rachid’s health deteriorated until she finally slipped away on Monday, August 26.Over the course of her career in plays, movies, dramas and soap operas,Rachid performed in several emblematic movies that became classics of the Moroccan cinema. She starred in “Lalla Hobby” (My Love, 1996), “Fiha lmelh w skarr w mabghatch tmout” (She has diabetes and blood pressure and she does not want to die, 1999), and “Qoloub Mouhtariqa” (Burning Hearts, 2007) to name a few.Some of Rachid’s most famous dramas and soap-operas are “Lwassiya” (The Will, 1999), “Laouni” (2005), and “Hnia, Mbark w Massoud” (2006).During her impressive career, Amina Rachid earned many awards and distinctions in film festivals, including National Cinema Festival (2001), Marrakech International Film Festival (2003), Tangier National Film Festival (2011), and Agadir Laughter Festival (2015). Her latest distinction was on July 23, 2019, in “Ciné Plage” Festival in Harhoura (near Rabat).In 2006, King Mohammed VI decorated Amina Rachid with a medal of the order of the knight, one of the most prestigious medals of honor that Moroccans can receive. The decoration served as reward to Rachid for her leading role in Moroccan arts.Amina Rachid was and will remain a symbol of Moroccan art, who left her mark on Moroccan radio, theater, television, cinema, and more importantly in the shared memory of Moroccan spectators. read more

Iraq Security Council approves extension of oilforfood scheme through 3 July

By today’s resolution, the Council set out specific principles to guide discussions on possible changes to the sanctions regime, which has been in place since Baghdad’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The text stipulates that any new arrangements must “improve significantly the flow of commodities and products to Iraq” other than arms and related materiel proscribed by earlier Council resolutions, as well as certain additional prohibited items that will be placed on a “Goods Review List” to be elaborated by the Council. The resolution also underscored that any new arrangements must “improve the controls to prevent the sale or supply” of these prohibited items, and must serve to prevent Iraq from receiving unauthorized revenues from the sale of its oil.The Council expressed its intension to “adopt and implement” the new arrangements for a period of 190 days beginning at 00.01 hours on 4 July 2001.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the current President of the Security Council for the month of June, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury of Bangladesh, predicted further talks on the proposed changes. “We will continue discussion on the new arrangements that are envisaged, and we hope that these arrangements would be agreed during that stipulated period and would be applicable for a longer period of time,” he said. read more

Soccer ball production goes green at UN environmental forum

At the Third Global Forum for Sports and Environment organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Sports Alliance (GSA) in Lahore and Sialkot, Pakistan, leaders of the Sialkot sporting goods industry, which produces 60 per cent of the soccer balls used around the world, endorsed the declaration calling for environmental concerns to be taken fully into account. The leaders pledged to reduce and improve the use of water and energy during production, introduce cleaner technology, reduce the amount of toxic and chemical waste and other pollutants in production facilities and raise environmental awareness and action among company workers. “Leaders have courageously tackled the issue of child labour in recent years and have committed to continue to improve working and environmental standards in line with the UN Global Compact initiated by Secretary-General Kofi Annan,” UNEP said in a statement, referring to the UN chief’s initiative to promote better business practices in human rights, labour, the environment and the fight against corruption. read more

Encana to sell Colorado oilgas assets for US900 million to CPPled group

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2015 5:23 am MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – A partnership led by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is snapping up Colorado oil and gas assets from Encana Corp. in the latest effort by the fund to grow its natural resources portfolio.The US$900 million cash deal includes nearly 21,000 hectares in the Denver Julesburg Basin, which at one time was a core part of Encana’s portfolio.The lands produce a combination of natural gas, crude oil and other liquids with reserves estimated at 96.8 million barrels of oil equivalent.The CPP Investment Board, which manages funds for the Canada Pension Plan, would own 95 per cent of the DJ Basin assets and the Denver-based Broe Group would own five per cent.Avik Dey, head of natural resources for CPPIB, said the fund was keen to invest in that region of Colorado. The link-up with the Broe Group, which has a 40-year track record in the area, made the deal even more attractive.“Having that strong local presence attached to an asset that we covet was very compelling,” Dey said in an interview, adding the CPPIB is hoping more opportunities like its latest deal come to fruition.As of March 31, CPPIB’s natural resources portfolio was valued at C$1.5 billion. Last month, it committed $1 billion for energy infrastructure acquisitions in Western Canada in partnership with Wolf Infrastructure Inc., a Calgary-based firm with expertise in the sector.Calgary-based Encana has been selling off non-core assets in the face of persistently low oil and gas prices. The company’s strategy is to focus on four producing areas, two in Western Canada and two in Texas.Encana says the sale of the Colorado assets would increase the total cash it has raised from various divestitures in 2015 to about US$2.7 billion, used largely to reduce the company’s debt.“Our efforts to transform our portfolio, improve efficiency and grow margins are increasing returns and strengthening our balance sheet, positioning Encana for success throughout the commodity cycle,” CEO Doug Suttles said in a release. “The new entity is acquiring a quality asset along with a highly talented team.”The workforce already on the ground was a big plus for the buyers, said Dey.“One of the key reasons we’re excited about this transaction is we’re inheriting a world-class operating organization from Encana, so we’ll augment that with a management team that will be recruiting over the coming months.”The Toronto-based CPPIB manages a fund that was worth about C$268.6 billion as of the end of June, on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan’s contributors and beneficiaries.It’s not the only big pension fund to get involved in the oil and gas sector this year. In June, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan agreed to buy Cenovus Energy Inc.’s (TSX:CVE) royalty lands for $3.3 billion.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. Encana to sell Colorado oil-gas assets for US$900 million to CPP-led group read more

Ski instructor struck down by dementia at 31 in one of youngest

first_imgHer symptoms were recognised by a doctor who had diagnosed her uncle James, who died in his 50s, with the same condition.Ms Barletta’s mother’s cousin Philipa also died in her 40s as a result of the disease.The ski instructor is now living in her parents’ home and is cared for around the clock, but specialists fear she may have less than ten years to live. Her family have said the condition has already transformed her from an outdoor loving, outgoing young woman, altering her personality “beyond all recognition”.Her sister Sophie, 30, told the Cambridge News: “She was outdoorsy and outgoing. Everybody loved Becks, she was beautiful. She still is.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A ski instructor was diagnosed with dementia at 31, just months after her wedding, in one of the youngest cases doctors have ever seen.Becky Barletta has now requires 24-hour care and has been given just years to live after being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia last year.Ms Barletta, now 32, from Hundon in Suffolk, was diagnosed with the hereditary condition after she began acting oddly and saying inappropriate things.Friends and family put her behaviour down to the stress of wedding preparation ahead of her marriage to her husband Luca in October 2015, but pleaded with her to seek medical advice. Becky Barletta on her wedding day with husband LucaCredit:BPM center_img Becky Barletta “They say the younger the patient the more rapid it can be and it has been very rapid. “There is not much of our old Becky left. She repeats the same stories to us and says inappropriate things. I find it so sad to watch.”Despite tests, there is no faulty gene yet discovered to explain why some members of the family develop the condition. The family have begun a fundraising campaign to raise donations for  for the Alzheimer’s Society’s research into the condition.They wrote on a crowd-funding site: “there is currently no cure or treatment for any dementia or even treatment to stop or slow its progression. “We need to change this as soon as possible and can only do this through research and raising money to support this research. “Whilst unfortunately this will not help Becky, we know she would want us to try and halt this vile disease in it’s tracks for the benefit of the future generations in our family and other families who have been affected by dementia.”last_img read more

Anglo American Rio Tinto back World Banks clean technology developments

first_imgAnglo American and Rio Tinto have committed to the World Bank’s Climate-Smart Mining initiative by becoming founding donors to the Climate-Smart Mining Facility.The Climate-Smart Mining Facility is the first-ever fund dedicated to making mining for metals and minerals a more sustainable practice that complements the global energy transition, according to Anglo.Building on the World Bank’s initial $2 million investment, Anglo American and Rio have joined governments (the German government being one) as a donor. Anglo said it would provide $1 million to the facility over the next five years.“The facility’s work will support the sustainable extraction and processing of mining products used in developing clean energy technologies, such as copper used in energy storage and electric vehicles,” Anglo said. “The fund will also work with governments and operators in developing countries to establish strategies for sustainable mining operations and legal frameworks that promote smart mining.”Anglo American said it shares the World Bank’s view that the energy transition will be mineral-intensive, creating economic opportunities for resource-rich countries and the mining sector.Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said: “To have real impact we must work together with governments and operators to bring changes. That is why we are supporting the World Bank with this facility, to provide funds that can transform our industry for the future.“Mining cannot continue its long path of simply scaling up to supply what the world needs. We need to do things in dramatically different ways if we are to transform our footprint and be valued by all our stakeholders. Our first responsibility is to reduce our energy and water usage, and our emissions.“At Anglo American, we have set ourselves on a journey to carbon neutrality operationally, with our 2020 and 2030 targets as staging posts. Our FutureSmart Mining™ technologies will be a key driver of this.”Rio Tinto CEO, J-S Jacques, said: “The transition to clean energy solutions presents both a significant opportunity and responsibility for the mining industry, as it provides the materials that make these technologies possible.“We want to be part of the solution on climate change and the best solutions will come from innovative partnerships across competitors, governments and institutions. Our collaboration with the World Bank and many others is aimed at making a real difference by promoting sustainable practices across our industry. We look forward to supporting the Climate-Smart Mining Facility by contributing not just funding but also expertise as a leader in sustainable mining practices.”The World Bank said the facility focuses on “helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while ensuring the mining sector is managed in a way that minimises the environmental and climate footprint”.The facility, which supports the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar power, and batteries for energy storage and electric vehicles, will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital, the World Bank said.Projects may include:Supporting the integration of renewable energy into mining operations, given that the mining sector accounts for up to 11% of global energy use and that mining operations in remote areas often rely on diesel or coal;Supporting the strategic use of geological data for a better understanding of “strategic mineral” endowments;Forest-smart mining: preventing deforestation and supporting sustainable land-use practices; repurposing mine sites, and;Recycling of minerals: supporting developing countries to take a circular economy approach and reuse minerals in a way that respects the environment.Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice at the World Bank, said: “The World Bank supports a low-carbon transition where mining is climate-smart and value chains are sustainable and green. Developing countries can play a leading role in this transition: developing strategic minerals in a way that respects communities, ecosystems and the environment. Countries with strategic minerals have a real opportunity to benefit from the global shift to clean energy.”The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a five-year timeframe.last_img read more

Yahoo Video throws in the towel

first_imgWhen you think of successful online video sharing sites, these days, you probably only think of the likes of YouTube and Vimeo…. but in the days after YouTube proved how successful a video sharing site could be, everyone crawled out of the woodwork to deliver up their own offering… even Yahoo.Looks, though, like Yahoo Video now intends to give up the fight. They’ve just posted a message on the service saying that they will no longer accept video uploads to the service and will also be removing all user-uploaded content. AdChoices广告Video uploading’s already been killed, but existing content will be nuked on March 15th It appears to be a move to consolidate all video to Flickr.Yahoo’s statement reads:After careful consideration, we will be removing all general user-generated content upload capability and user-uploaded video from Yahoo! Video. As a result, your videos, user profiles, ratings, favorites, and playlists will no longer be available after March 14, 2011. User video content from Yahoo! Video that remains embedded on third party sites will no longer be playable after March 14, 2011.Available on your profile page is a software utility that will allow you to download the videos you have uploaded to Yahoo! Video to your computer through March 14, 2011. You can find your profile by clicking on the \’My Video\’ tab or going to http://video.yahoo.com/mypage.Once you download your videos, you may choose to upload them to another site such as Flickr, which now allows video uploads. You can find out more here: http://www.flickr.com/explore/video. Not a bad idea, frankly. Yahoo’s having hard enough time being profitable with their web portal business… and video sharing’s already a battle lost.Read more at Techcrunchlast_img read more