Aussie bowlers playing with our patience, says Sehwag

first_imgHe has a reputation of treating opposition bowlers with disdain but India’s stand-in skipper and dashing opener Virender Sehwag on Monday said the current Australian attack is the best he has faced as it has tested his patience like none before.Sehwag, who is India’s captain for the fourth and final Test starting in Adelaide on Tuesday after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was banned for the team’s slow over-rate, has endured a poor run in the series which his side has lost 0-3 already.”This is the best bowling attack I have seen, especially Australia. They are not giving easy balls to hit boundaries, they are playing with your patience,” conceded Sehwag.Sehwag has scored just 118 runs at 19.67 with one fifty from the series and he is still searching for those boundary-balls from the Australians.”I think they are bowling in good areas. They are not giving easy balls to hit boundaries. Generally, when I played in the past, I will get a couple of balls in early overs to hit boundaries but against this attack, I hardly get balls to hit,” he said.Peter Siddle (17 at 19.58) and Ben Hilfenhaus (23 at 16.00) have invariably got the better of Sehwag in the series and the Indian opener is now inclined to rely on patience to get himself back in the groove.”I think I have to show some patience. If I show patience, I will get some balls to hit for boundaries. It’s a challenge, it’s a great bowling attack and everyone is looking forward to do well against them.advertisement”I am looking forward to do well for whenever you do well against Australia, everyone praises and appreciates your performance,” said Sehwag.As an opener, Sehwag, along with his partner Gautam Gambhir, hasn’t given India any start better than 24 in this series.”It’s not only the opening. All the batsmen didn’t score runs. When you go abroad and score 300-400 runs, your bowlers come in the game and try to get the other team out,” Sehwag said.”It’s everyone’s responsibility to score runs, especially outside India. Unfortunately, on the last two tours, the batsmen didn’t score runs.””Yes, it’s important for openers to give good start but sometimes they don’t. It’s the responsibility of others batsmen to go and score. As a batting unit, we haven’t done well. Hopefully, we would do it here,” he added.Sehwag said he could consider going back into the middle order once there is a vacancy in the future.”Not (in the middle order) in this game. We have a very good middle order. It’s only when they retire, then I would think about it. It also depends on what’s the combination and who’s the captain and who’s going to retire. That’s also important.”Sehwag supported the under-fire VVS Laxman and termed any decision to retire completely in the hands of the seniors.”It’s their decision. They would take the call. Nobody is discussing it in the dressing room. As for VVS Laxman, he’s looking forward to it, he’s up for it. He’s concentrating hard, practising hard and also extra (nets).”I am sure the player that he is, he would perform well in Adelaide. Australia is his favourite team and he has scored a lot of hundreds against them. I am sure he would do well.”Though Sehwag began as a middle-order bat in India’s Test line-up in 2001, majority of his 8098 runs have come as an opener — 7719 runs to be precise.But for his debut century at number six against South Africa in Bloemfontein in 2001, the rest of his 22 hundreds have come as an opener.last_img read more

HIL stint key factor in India’s Junior World Cup win

first_imgPromising dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh on Thursday said playing in the Hockey India League (HIL) has helped youngsters like him overcome the fear of playing against tough opponents during India’s successful campaign at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow.The 21-year-old defender, who plays for the Dabang Mumbai franchise in the HIL, alongside 2012 Olympic gold medallist from Germany Florian Fuchs, Australia’s Kieran Govers and David Harte of Ireland, feels constant interaction with players has boosted his confidence.”Getting to play against top players like Mark Knowles or Moritz Fuerste would also mean that I would have to get rid of the fear of playing against great players,” Singh said. (Hockey Junior World Cup winners eye senior World Cup and 2020 Olympics)”Initially, even the thought would make me nervous but I think constant interaction with players within my team (Dabang Mumbai) like Florian made me more confident. The foreign players are very encouraging and they don’t hesitate in correcting our mistakes.””Personally, for me, this made a lot of difference especially when I got a chance to play with the senior squad and faced tough opponents in the FIH Champions Trophy and in the Rio Olympics and the recent Junior World Cup in Lucknow, I knew I had nothing to fear against the top teams and that I must just stick to my game,” he added.Harmanpreet, who was instrumental in the junior team World Cup win after a 15-year hiatus, said every foreign player came with his own style of play and the new combinations which the teams in HIL try, helps the youngsters when they play for the national squad.advertisement”Usually when we play different national teams, the coach brings in different tactics based on that particular opponent’s pluses and minuses.””Our planning for the Junior World Cup was also executed similarly and due to our exposure in the HIL where we learn to adapt to different variations in a very short span of time it just became a lot easier for us to execute the plans Coach Roelant Oltmans had for us,” Harmanpreet said.For Gurjant Singh who is also part of Dabang Mumbai and was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match in the final at the Junior World Cup, HIL taught him how to cope with pressure.”Playing in front of big crowds can be very intimidating and it can also sometimes inflict self-imposed pressure. But I think the experience in HIL helped us cope with such an atmosphere because at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow, the supporters turned out in great numbers and would cheer loudly, so loud that sometimes we could not hear the calls by our own team-mates.””But we learnt to deal with that through HIL,” said the lanky forward. (India hammer Belgium 2-1 to clinch second Junior Hockey World Cup title)”I am looking forward to the start of the league as it’s a very different environment and playing with foreign players is a different joy all together.”.Harmanpreet Singh and Gurjant Singh will be joined by goalkeeper Krishan B. Pathak, Manpreet and S.H. Nilakanta Sharma from the junior squad for Dabang Mumbai.last_img read more



How to get your message out

first_imgWe write a lot about how to inspire supporters with compelling stories and clear calls to action, but even the most well-crafted messages are worthless if no one sees them. In addition to your outreach via email marketing or direct mail, it’s equally important to ensure your cause is well-represented through press outreach, social media, and search. Tomorrow, Network for Good is hosting afree webinar for nonprofits to learn more about effective publicity tactics from our friends at PR NewsChannel. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and pick up some practical PR tips from the pros, just in time to put them into place for your fall events and year-end fundraising campaigns.Register now for the live webinar on Tuesday, July 30 at 1pm ET. (If you can’t attend the event at that time, go ahead and register — you’ll receive an email with the playback recording of the session, plus the slides.)last_img read more

Wow: Recurring Giving Challenge Winners

first_imgStaff Pick Awards: Recurring Giving Challenge Winners: During the challenge we saw our nonprofit customers jump in feet first to new campaigns, ask for feedback about their work, and find success in expanding their base of recurring donors. All of that hard work has paid off big time, not only in new recurring donors providing steady support, but also their share of $20,000 in bonus rewards from the Network for Good Generosity Fund. Join us in celebrating our Recurring Giving Challenge winners. Don’t hesitate to do a happy dance and shout “wow” with us. Most New Monthly Donors in the Challenge Period: On the Bubble (a special award for an organization we saw on the verge of getting on the board throughout the challenge): Sankara Eye Foundation — $1,000 Under the Wire (most new recurring donors in the last week of the challenge): Alameda County Community Food Bank — $1,000 1st Place: VETPAW — $3,0002nd Place: Campus Pride — $2,0003rd Place: The Firecracker Foundation – $1,0004th Place: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation — $5005th Place: Felines & Canines — $500 Best Use of a Dedicated Page: Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scouts of America — $1,000 Largest Percent Increase in Monthly Donors: Most Engaged with Network for Good: Windcall Institute — $1,000 Wow! That’s the general sentiment around here at Network for Good at the conclusion of the Recurring Giving Challenge. We officially ended the challenge last Thursday and while we’ve crunched the numbers and updated the leaderboards we’ve let out a never-ending chorus of wows and today we’re so excited to share the results with you. Most Creative Campaign: Fort Bend Family Promise’s Coffee Club — $1,000 Rookie of the Year Award: Friends of Refugees — $1,000 1st Place: Wildlife SOS — $3,0002nd Place: VETPAW — $2,0003rd Place: Equal Justice Initiative – $1,0004th Place: True Impact Ministries — $5005th Place: Homes for Our Troops — $500 Keep your eye on the blog for updates from these organizations. We’ll be asking them to share their secrets for success and passing their insights along to you.last_img read more

Get Ready for a Major Gifts Fundraising Attitude Adjustment

first_imgYour major gifts fundraising program offers the most bang for your fundraising budget’s buck, costing just five to 10 cents for every dollar received, versus 25 to 30 cents for annual or direct mail fundraising. The giving history in your donor management system can help you decide where to focus your limited time and resources. Pay close attention to those higher-dollar and long-term donors. They’re your best prospects.But before you and your team head out to make that big ask, check your collective prospecting attitudes and adjust accordingly for maximum success. In our Nonprofit 911 webinar 5 Steps to Start a Major Gifts Program, nonprofit expert Gail Perry shared three ways to reframe fundraising to get everyone’s head in the game.1. Major gifts are an investment in time and relationships.Getting to yes with a major donor is about building relationships first and money second. Ask too soon and the donor will feel ambushed and show you the door—if you’re lucky, maybe with a small “go away” gift. Accept that you’re investing—not “spending”—time to learn about your donor and build a solid relationship. The more time you invest, the more money they’ll give to your cause.Tip: Your donor management system offers a great snapshot of your organization’s relationship with major prospects, including important info like contact and giving history, event and volunteer participation, even their relationships with your other donors.2. Fundraising doesn’t equal “selling.”A lot of board members shy away from fundraising because they think it’s just a sales pitch. Or they think they need to create a fancy presentation to “sell” the donor on your cause. Remind your team that a major gift really isn’t about money. (Surprise!) It’s about welcoming that generous person into your organization so they feel like an engaged insider who loves and supports your mission.Tip: The entire team can easily track their cultivation activities—everything from quick phone calls to daylong field trips—in your donor management system so it’s accessible to all. This helps you avoid duplicating efforts or forgetting important things like sending follow-up emails or invitations.3. Your personal attitudes about money make a difference.This is a big one. A million-dollar fundraising mindset means having a positive attitude about money—and the people who have it to give. Lots of us hold notions that “people with money” are different or intimidating or even unsavory. Maybe you find the whole idea of asking for money distasteful or inappropriate. It’s time to drop that baggage.The truth is your major gift prospects are lovely people who love your cause. (You know this because you’ve spent time identifying great prospects in your donor database and building those relationships!) Just like your low-dollar donors, these folks want to make a difference in the world and feel good helping your nonprofit succeed in its mission. The only difference is they have a greater capacity for support. Your major gift request gives them the opportunity to make that difference and feel great about it.Tip: Launching a major gifts fundraising campaign feels doable when you start small. Identify a few donors in your database who’ve given above-average annual gifts, and then begin building those relationships.For more of Gail Perry’s excellent advice, review the on-demand presentation: 5 Steps to Start a Major Gifts Fundraising Program.last_img read more

A Fresh Focus on WASH, Maternal and Child Health

first_imgPosted on March 4, 2013March 21, 2017By: Charles Banda, Executive Director, Freshwater MalawiClick 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)Imagine giving birth, or watching a loved one give birth, in a mud-floored hut without access to clean water or a basic latrine. This is the reality for millions of women in Malawi and other developing nations.In Malawi, approximately 30% of people in rural areas lack access to clean water and more than half lack basic sanitation. Malawi is one of most perilous places for a woman to give birth, with nearly 40% of rural women giving birth at home. The birth rate is among the highest in Africa, at over 40 births per 1,000 people, and the maternal mortality ratio is also exceptionally high, with approximately 460 deaths for every 100,000 live births.As Oliver Cumming of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine pointed out at the Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC2013) in January, but the vast majority of home births in Malawi take place in a home that lacks improved water and/or sanitation facilities. Changing this will require taking on many challenges. For instance, upwards of 80% of Malawi’s inhabitants live in rural areas, so distance to health services is a major challenge. The geographic proximity to emergency obstetric care is a key factor in determining the risk of whether or not rural deliveries will be safe, but even in the presence of medical care, lack of access to a clean water source and sanitation facilities can lead to severe risk of infection for both women and babies. However, efforts are underway to improve conditions for birthing mothers in Malawi.Her Excellency, Dr. Joyce Banda, the President of Malawi, has recently sanctioned the President’s Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood to address barriers faced by women in rural areas to giving birth at a health facility. This is achieved in part through the construction of Maternal Waiting Shelters, which are built adjacent to birthing centers or health clinics, and provide a place where women can stay with an attendant prior to giving birth.The shelters will allow rural expectant mothers to make the long journey to medical clinics before the onset of labor, while providing them a space to wait until they are ready to give birth. The implementation of these new waiting shelters will reduce the risks that go with giving birth at home in remote villages with traditional birth attendants, often far from any medical, clean water or sanitation facilities.In order to further improve maternal health in Malawi, Freshwater Malawi together with its U.S.-based sister organization, Freshwater Project International, has developed an idea that is focused, but comprehensive it its approach. Our proposal is a pilot project that includes a community-driven, social work approach to the provision of a fresh water source (borehole) and sanitation facility (latrine) at a Maternal Waiting Shelter built adjacent to a health center/birth facility in a rural area of southern Malawi. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: The project will also include neonatal hygiene care/behavior change training and resources for healthcare professionals to implement with expectant women in the waiting shelters. A site-specific assessment study of the maternity ward at the health center and delivery of a 40-ft container of obstetric-specific medical supplies and equipment will be implemented by our partner organization, Project C.U.R.E.Monitoring of key health, social, environmental, and performance indicators will be used to quantify and demonstrate the benefit to maternal and neonatal health. The primary objective is to reduce incidences of infection at birth. The expected impact of the project includes a reduction in maternal mortality in the southern region of Malawi. This project is innovative because it utilizes a comprehensive, cross-sectorial approach to saving lives at birth through the provision of safe, sanitary access to WASH resources and further strengthens the obstetric capacity of the health centers. If the pilot project is successful, plans will be made to scale up the initiative at other Maternal Waiting Shelters throughout the country.For more on the WASH and Women’s Health blog series coordinated by WASH advocates, click here, or visit WASH Advocates.Share this:last_img read more

Go Back to School with Network for Good University

first_imgSeptember’s here and you know what that means. It’s time to go back to school!Welcome to Orientation! The learning never stops at Network for Good University, where class isn’t just for kids anymore. We know you’re always searching for the latest and greatest information that will set you up for fundraising success.In honor of all our lifelong students, we are proud to launch our fall “Back to School for Nonprofits” campaign, dedicated to preparing you for successful year-end campaigns.Are you ready for year-end?It’s well known that the end of the year is the most crucial time for nonprofit fundraising. Don’t wait until November and December to plan your campaign. The most successful nonprofits are planning for year-end right now!30% of annual giving occurs in December.10% of annual giving occurs on the last 3 days of the year.And don’t forget #GivingTuesday. In 2017, $274 million dollars were donated online in just that one day.As you prepare for your year-end campaigns this year, take a moment to reflect on what’s preventing you from meeting your fundraising goals. What supplies are you missing? What classes should you enroll in to gain a gold star in fundraising? What schedule should you follow to get into the rhythm for giving season? And what grade would your donors give you?This semester, you’ll learn everything you need to know to prepare you for your year-end campaigns. Whether you’re an A student looking for a refresher, or new to fundraising and in need of a study plan, we’ve got you covered!Course HighlightsOrientation: Go Back to School to Prepare for Year-EndThere’s a quiz already?! Find out if you’re an A student when it comes to individual giving.Interactive Backpack: Do you have all the supplies you need for class?Roadmap to Year-End Infographic: What are the stops you need to make between here and December?Faculty Listing: Sign up for webinars and check out our line-up of visiting professors.PLUS!Donor Segmentation Cheat SheetBack to Basics: Storytelling 101Another Quiz?! Find out how your marketing strategy stacks up.They’re Just Not That Into You: Why donors stop giving.Donor Thank You Letter TemplateAnd much more, including a “Final Exam Study Kit” with everything you need to excel this year-end giving season!Follow our blog for posts about newly-released guides and checklists, year-end fundraising topics and strategies, and links to download the resources you’ll need to get ahead. Go “back-to-school” with Network for Good. We’ll provide you with a course syllabus and the technology you need to become a star pupil—just in time to rock year-end giving.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 listed on Amazon India, tipped to sport Redmi Note 7-like design

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Y3 listed on Amazon India, tipped to sport Redmi Note 7-like designAll Y-series phones from Xiaomi so far — Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y2 — have been about selfie cameras. The Redmi Y3 will be no exception. The Redmi Y3 has now been listed on Amazon India.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 11:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi is all set to launch Redmi Y3 in India on April 24.The Redmi Y3 is teased to come with dot drop notch that will equip 32MP selfie camera.Redmi Y3 is teased to come with a big battery.Xiaomi is all set to launch the successor to the Redmi Y2 — most possibly the Redmi Y3 — on April 24 in India. The company has already confirmed that the upcoming Redmi Y series phone will come with a 32-megapixel camera on the front. All Y-series phones from Xiaomi so far — Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y2 — have been about selfie cameras. The Redmi Y3 will be no exception. The Redmi Y3 has now been listed on Amazon India. This suggests that the Redmi Y3 after it launches in India on April 24 will be available on Amazon.The Amazon listing has revealed some of the key details about the upcoming Redmi Y3. The listing — yet again — suggests that the Redmi Y3 will come with 32-megapixel selfie shooter on the front. The landing page also reveals that the Redmi Y3 will come with dot drop notch on the front which will equip the selfie camera. The phone is also teased to come with gradient finish. Going by the teasers it looks like the Redmi Y3 will look like the Redmi Note 7 series of phones. This means it is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to sport all-design.One of the teasers also suggests that the Redmi Y3 will come with a big battery. We can expect the phone to pack the same battery as the Redmi Note 7 series, 4000mAh battery with Quick charge 4 support. However, as of now Xiaomi hasn’t revealed the battery capacity of the Redmi Y3 but says that the phone can last really long in just a single charge.advertisementAdditionally, the Amazon listing page also reveals that the Redmi Y3 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is yet to be revealed. Considering the Redmi Y2 comes with Snapdragon 625 processor, it is possible for Redmi Y3 to come with Snapdragon 636 processor which also powers the previous generation Redmi Notes.Going by the teasers the Redmi Y3 seems to an upgraded version of the Redmi Y2, which launched in India last year. As of now, there’s no information about the India price of Redmi Y3 but it may be slightly costlier than the Redmi Y2. In India, the Redmi Y2 3GB+32GB model currently sells for Rs 8,999, while the 4GB+64GB model of the phone comes for Rs 10,999. The Redmi Y2 is available in funky colours like gold, dark grey, blue, rose gold, and black. The Redmi Y3 is also expected to come in classy colours.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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow Xiaomilast_img read more

Pilates girl Sara Ali Khan raises temperature in ganji and mini shorts at gym. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYC 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani in spaghetti strap top and mini shorts shows how to add oomph to casual lookOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Sara Ali Khan was recently spotted outside her gym in Bandra, Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The Simmba actress went for a Pilates session with her trainer, Namrata Purohit.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: For her workout, Sara opted for an all black look.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Pilates girl, Sara went with a hot pink sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: And over her sports bra, she wore a black slogan ganji.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: To complete her all black look, the actress went with a pair of black mini shorts.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: The 24-year-old took a large tote bag to her gym.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: And completed her look with a pair of pink chappals.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: After her Pilates session, Sara looked radiant with her after workout glow.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Caption: On the work front, Sara is currently shooting for her film, Coolie No 1.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Sara Ali KhanGym lookSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Sara Ali Khan was recently spotted outside her gym in Bandra, Mumbai. For her workout session, the actress opted for an all-black look.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d8610ac8d0ac1569067180_1601701_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 – 17:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Sara raises temperature in ganji and mini shorts at gymApp headline: Sara raises temperature in ganji and mini shorts at gym1200x675:last_img read more

‘Ronaldo will be even better for Juventus this season’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will “score many more goals” for Juventus this season, says Nicolas Anelka, with the Portuguese backed to be even stronger in 2019-20 with a year of Serie A experience behind him.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner enjoyed a productive debut campaign in Italy following a stunning switch from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018.He broke through the 20-goal mark once more and passed 600 efforts at club level in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The 34-year-old claimed another domestic title triumph during his first year in Turin, but is looking to chase down further Champions League honours with his current employers.Former Juve loanee Anelka is expecting big things from a global superstar this season, with the Frenchman telling Tutto Juve: “I think Ronaldo will do better than last year.“He immediately adapted to Italian football and did very well with Juventus. This year he will be even stronger and I have no doubts about this, without injuries and without suspensions he will score many more goals.”Anelka sees no reason why Ronaldo cannot inspire a star-studded side to European glory, adding on the talent that Maurizio Sarri has at his disposal: “Juve has bought quality players and has been very clever in their recruitment strategy.“The new arrivals will take a few months to adapt to the new football before demonstrating all their qualities.”Nicolas Anelka JuventusThe likes of Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Matthijs de Ligt have linked up with Juve this summer.They are expected to make more of an impact than Anelka managed during his brief spell with the club back in 2013.A forgettable loan move was made from Shanghai Shenhua, with a proven frontman conceding that he made no impression with the Bianconeri.Explaining his switch, Anelka said: “I decided to accept Juve because it is a great club, with a great history and also because they were the best in Italy.“Unfortunately, this will remain my worst experience since I only played 45 minutes and never got the chance to wear the shirt at Juventus Stadium in front of the fans.”Anelka added on a disappointing stint that he would rather forget: “Honestly, when someone speaks to me about Juventus I try to change the subject immediately. I’m ashamed of the transfer!“I played and scored for all of the teams I played for except in Turin. So, without disrespecting this great team, you can’t really say that I was their player because of how that experience went.”Anelka is now retired and recently spent time working with Ligue 1 side Lille as a forward coach within their youth system.last_img read more

Vinicius & Rodrygo strike as Madrid claim three points

first_imgVinicius Junior and debutant Rodrygo Goes earned a much-changed Real Madrid an uninspiring 2-0 win over Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu that sent them top of LaLiga.Brazilian teenager Vinicius was clearly emotional after finding the net for the first time since February, though a deflection helped his effort beat Ruben Martinez in the 36th minute.Luka Jovic had what would have been a maiden Madrid goal ruled out by VAR in the second half, but Rodrygo marked his first appearance since arriving from Santos in the close season by opening his account within two minutes of replacing Vinicius. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The victory should ease the pressure on Zinedine Zidane, but Saturday’s clash with Atletico Madrid – one point behind Los Blancos in second – will be the real litmus test for the security of his position.Zidane made eight changes to the team that beat Sevilla 1-0 at the weekend and Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Toni Kroos were the only players retained.Madrid took 18 minutes to come to life, with Alvaro Odriozola surging down the right and sending in a low cross that Ruben was fortunate to stop Raul Navas turning into his own net. The rebound fell kindly to Jovic, but the striker blazed over from six yards.Kroos sent a blistering effort flashing past the post before Vinicius broke the deadlock when his shot from the edge of the box took a touch off Navas and sailed into the top-right corner, the Brazilian almost reduced to tears.2 – Vinicius Junior’s last 12 shots on target for Real Madrid in all comps:vs Alaves in Feb 2019vs Osasuna in October 2019Explosion.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 25, 2019Jovic was unable to punish a defensive lapse from Osasuna within five minutes of the restart and he had a goal correctly disallowed for offside upon review before the hour mark.Vinicius made way for 18-year-old Brazilian Rodrygo and in the 72nd minute he jinked in from the left, beat Lillo and curled a great finish into the bottom-right corner to consign Osasuna to their first defeat of the season. What does it mean? Zidane keeps stars freshBy resting his first choice attacking trio of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, Zidane will be feeling positive ahead of the trip to the Wanda Metropolitano.Thibaut Courtois, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal were unused substitutes, while James Rodriguez only played eight minutes off the bench.Rodrygo makes instant impactRodrygo was expected to split his time between the first team and Castilla this season, but Zidane may be keen to keep him around after a stellar cameo sealed victory for Madrid.Jovic fails to step upWith Benzema having scored five goals in his past five LaLiga appearances, chances for Jovic to lead the Madrid attack are going to be limited for the foreseeable future. The Serbian was unable to take the chances that came his way and can expect a swift return to the bench.What’s next?Zidane’s side meet Atletico in El Derbi on Saturday and Osasuna travel to Levante the following day. read morelast_img read more

Relief for Liverpool as Salah avoids serious ankle injury

first_imgMohamed Salah has avoided serious injury following Liverpool’s victory over Leicester City on Saturday,  Goal  can confirm.The Egypt international was forced off after a challenge from Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury in the closing stages of the Reds’ 2-1 win at Anfield.Salah left the ground limping, while manager Jurgen Klopp condemned Choudhury’s tackle as “dangerous as hell” while urging the England Under-21 man to calm down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Fortunately for Liverpool, initial scans show no significant injury beyond a twisted left ankle, with no ligament damage or fracture.Salah will continue to be monitored closely at Melwood this week, but Liverpool sources have told Goal that he could yet feature in the Reds’ next game, away at Manchester United on October 20.His recovery will be aided by the fact that he has already been excused from international duty with Egypt, having been given permission to miss his country’s friendly fixture against Botswana.Liverpool’s non-international players will be given time off this week, though all will follow specifically-tailored programmes during the international break. Salah, naturally, will be watched closely by the club’s medical staff.After the international break, Klopp hopes to have pretty much a full squad to choose from, with Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri set to return following calf injuries.Alisson was close to featuring against Leicester, but staff decided there was no need to risk the Brazilian, who has not played since suffering a torn muscle against Norwich in early August.Alisson, Liverpool trainingShaqiri, meanwhile, has made only a couple of substitute appearances and suffered a problem in training last month. The Switzerland man, though, should return to action in the next week, as should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was left out of the squad to face Leicester after being hit on the head in training on Friday.Young defender Adam Lewis, though, is facing around two months on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage. The left-back is on crutches after picking up the injury playing for the Reds’ U23 side against Arsenal last week. Initial scans show Lewis avoided an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, but the homegrown starlet will be given time to recover.He was on the bench for the first team for their Carabao Cup win over MK Dons recently, and would have been in contention to feature against Arsenal in the fourth round.On what became a perfect weekend for the Reds, Liverpool’s U23 side beat Wigan 3-2 on Sunday in the Premier League Cup. Captain Elijah Dixon-Bonner scored twice, while 16-year-old Tom Hill marked his debut at the level with what turned out to be the winning goal for Neil Critchley’s side. Joe Gelhardt, who is being monitored by Reds scouts, scored twice for Wigan.The U18s beat Everton 6-1 on Saturday, with Fidel O’Rourke, Layton Stewart, Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson and Tyler Morton all on target for Barry Lewtas’ team.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘The money is there’ – Solskjaer ready to buy in January

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer claims to need no “assurances” from the Manchester United board regarding his future and says there is money for him to spend in January.Plenty outside of Old Trafford have started to ask questions of the Norwegian coach’s suitability to a high-profile managerial role.With United continuing to struggle for consistency, it has been suggested that another mid-season change in the dugout could be on the cards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Solskjaer is adamant that no indication has been offered to him that such a move is being considered, with the former Red Devils favourite from his playing days still planning for the long-term and expecting to see out his contract.“All the talks I’ve had with the owners, with Ed Woodward and the club have been about me having a three-year contract,” the United boss told Sky Sports .“We’re planning long-term. I’ve been given the job and if you lose a game or two, you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances.“But we started out with a plan and a recruitment plan is in place. I’m 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it is always the manager who has the final say.”Harry Maguire Manchester United 2019-20United were expected to be busy in the last transfer window, but there ended up being more outgoings than arrivals at Old Trafford .As reported by Goal , the Red Devils are closing in on a deal for Mario Mandzukic to arrive in January and Solskjaer confirmed there are still funds available should he need them.He added: “The money is there. We’ve been looking at players and we were close to a couple but it’s not right if you don’t get the right players. The money is there to strengthen in January and in the summer.“We’re planning and we’re looking. We’re refining our targets, but just before the summer transfer window ended, the ready-made players weren’t there. But the resources are there if the right players are available.”He added when asked if United could dip back into the market in January: “Yes, definitely.“Of course, we’re looking at one or two new signings. We’re one or two players light, and we’ve said that, but if the right ones are available in January then we might do something. If not, these players will give everything.”United sit 12th in the Premier League table at present, with nine points taken from eight games, and will return to action on Sunday with a home date against arch-rivals and league leaders Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Boys basketball: Union 72, Bellarmine Prep 54

first_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Published: December 28, 2018, 9:57pm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Tanner Toolson hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 31 points as the Titans improved to 11-0 on the season.Toolson was 12 for 15 from the field, scoring 22 of his points in the first half.“Tanner did a great job of taking what the defense gave him,” Union coach Blake Conley said. “We found the hot hand tonight, and that was Tanner.”Toolson also added seven rebounds. Houston Combs added 10 points and Ethan Smith and nine for Union.UNION 72, BELLARMINE PREP 54UNION (11-0) — Brad Lackey 7, Houston Combs 10, Izaiah Vongnath 0 Ariya Briscoe 2, Josh Reznick 0, Tanner Toolson 31, Alishawaun Taylor 4, Ethan Smith 9, Darien Chase 0, Connor Flanagan 0, Mason Hill 2, Ty McCullum 3, Curtis Youngren 4. Totals 26 (7) 13-14 72. BELLARMINE PREP (1-9) — Summers 3, Elzie 29, Hanly 9, Smith 2, Monroe 2, Davis 6, Meines 3. Totals 19 (5) 11-15 54.Union 13 20 17 22–72Bell Prep 11 11 13 19–54 The Columbiancenter_img GO Tags Boys basketball: Union 72, Bellarmine Prep 54 Union Titans Share:last_img read more

UnCruise Rolls Out a New River Cruise of Adventure in August 2018

first_imgBook by May 31 and save $250 per couple on the Rivers of Adventure small ship cruise  SEATTLE, May 9, 2018 – With 15 years’ experience operating river cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest, UnCruise Adventures changes course to inject more outdoor adventures into the trip with a new Rivers of Adventureitinerary. The 86-guest S.S. Legacy is newly outfitted with adventure gear–kayaks, skiffs, paddle boards, custom boat launch—and an expedition team for eight departures beginning August 24, 2018. Eight-night adventure cruises sail one-way between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington (and reverse) with one night hotel included in Portland. The ship passes through eight sets of locks and dams and diverse scenery from temperate rainforests to the rolling hills of the Palouse and high desert. The small ship adventure cruise line is offering a $250 per couple savings for guests booking their trip by May 31 for travel August through October 2018. Guests must mention promo code RASPRING18 to receive the savings. “Adventure is what we do best, and this section of the Northwest is crying out for adventurous explorations,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, chief executive officer of UnCruise Adventures. Highlights of the itinerary include whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River, biking in the Columbia Gorge, hiking the Rowena Plateau, kayaking, swimming and a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon. Guests also tour the Bonneville Dam, Palouse Falls State Park and Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard. Expert guides share history of the Lewis and Clark journey, Nez Perce and the Oregon Trail. Cruises start at $4,995 (before savings) and are inclusive featuring freshly-made, innovative meals; all beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise and wellness amenities such as complimentary massage. Port taxes and fees are additional. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel professional or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or  About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-86 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panamá.last_img read more

S Hotels & Resorts Pioneers Original Island Vacation Experiences

first_imgUnveiling of SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton  October 11, 2018 LAGOS, Nigeria and MCLEAN, Va. – SAii Lagoon Maldives will open as part of Curio Collection by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands in 2019. Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 60 hotels and resorts around the world, offers travelers unexpected and authentic experiences at more than 60 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts around the world. SAii Lagoon Maldives will be managed by S Hotels & Resorts under a franchise agreement between Hilton and Singha Estate Public Company Limited. Set to open in 2019, the 198-room resort will be located in Emboodhoo Lagoon – an enchanting natural wonder surrounded by white sands and cerulean seas. The resort will be 15 minutes by boat from Velena International Airport and offer easy access to CROSSROADS, the first and largest integrated tourist destination in the Maldives. SAii Lagoon Maldives offers modern travelers a private sanctuary enhanced by creative art and design, artisanal cuisine, a soundtrack of curated music and heart-made hospitality. “We are delighted to announce details of the first Curio Collection by Hilton resort in the Maldives, as it truly embodies the spirit and incredible travel destination of this one-of-a-kind island paradise,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Whether it’s enjoying panoramic sea views and private beach access at Café del Mar beach club or strolling to the nearby marina for an afternoon visiting local attractions, we are confident future guests will enjoy excellent hospitality and unique experiences customized to their travel preferences when staying at SAii Lagoon Maldives or any of our hotels around the world.” The modern resort will feature spacious deluxe rooms, beach villas and overwater villas with inspired tropical designs created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, who has conceptualized some of the world’s most iconic hotels, resorts and spas. All accommodations feature custom-made furnishings, outdoor decks and a host of playful inclusions, such as handcrafted puzzles and ‘creature comfort’ pillows, complemented by comfortable social spaces, quality restaurants and access to the globally-renowned beach club brand, Café del Mar. Additional hotel features and amenities include:HUB The Hub is a unique gathering and social space that offers countless opportunities for guests to kick back and get creative. Guests can pick out their own treats from the Snack Box, which offers a complimentary collection of healthy, family-friendly refreshments, while an inspiring Aroma Lab will allow guests to create their very own bathroom amenities – selecting a base product, such as shampoo, shower gel or body lotion, and pairing it with one of the Lab’s many scents.TREAT The spread of creative in-house dining options at SAii Lagoon Maldives extends from an eclectic daily breakfast at Café del Mar, to gourmet coffees, specialty teas and meals on-the-go at the casual resort café, bean/Co. For a more substantial meal, guests have a choice of stylish and uniquely distinctive themed eateries serving a combination of healthy fare, Mediterranean classics, fresh seafood and Thai-inspired creations.THE MARINA @ CROSSROADS MALDIVESThe first and largest integrated tourist destination in the Maldives is an easy stroll across a footbridge from SAii Lagoon Maldives and will offer an extensive array of attractions for visitors, including a 30-berth marina, retail and dining outlets, Maldives Discovery Centre, a marine life protection centre, an event hall and a junior beach club. “SAii Lagoon Maldives will take visitors on a refreshing journey during their stay,” said Dirk De Cuyper, chief hospitality officer, S Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Singha Estate Public Company Limited. “The resort will offer an engaging array of well-thought-out vacation experiences that immerse guests in the stunning new island location and encourage them to explore and help preserve the colorful natural environment while learning about the local culture.” SAii Lagoon Maldives will be part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit the hotel’s website  or call +66 (0) 2050 5555 ext. 310. The property is owned and managed by S Hotels and Resorts. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit read more

3 Hacks Guaranteed to Save You Money on a Travel Insurance Policy

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018 — Insuring a trip can save travelers from huge financial losses when the unexpected happens, but many take the risk rather than adding the expense of an insurance policy. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, shares 3 travel insurance hacks to save money on a policy, proving coverage doesn’t need to come at a huge cost. Insure Only Non-Refundable Trip CostsTravelers insuring the cost of a trip can expect to spend 4-10% of their trip cost on a travel insurance policy, so it is important to remember: the lower the trip cost, the lower the premium. To save from spending too much on a policy, travelers should only insure expenses they would lose if they are unable to travel as planned, such as airfare and hotel costs. For example, if a hotel requires travelers to pay a 50% penalty to cancel a hotel reservation, they should insure just that amount, rather than the full cost of the hotel. Skip Cancel For Any Reason CoverageWhile the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade can offer greater flexibility if a traveler needs to cancel their trip, it typically increases the cost of a policy by as much as 40% and only reimburses a portion of the trip cost. Since most common Trip Cancellation concerns are covered by standard cancellation policies, there is no reason for travelers to pay more for the benefit unless they have a unique concern that isn’t otherwise covered.Compare Your OptionsThe best way for travelers to find the least expensive policy that fits their needs is by shopping around and using a third-party comparison site, such as, to compare premiums and coverages. While policies typically have similar benefits, premiums vary widely depending on the insurance provider. Travelers who are offered a policy through their cruise line, airline, or credit card should compare it with other policies on the market to make sure they are getting the coverage they need at the lowest cost.  About SquaremouthSquaremouth compares travel insurance products from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at read more

France Christmas Market Attack: Terrorism Travel Insurance Can Cover Travelers

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. December 13, 2018 — On Wednesday, December 11, 2018, a shooting at France’s largest Christmas market has left at least three dead and been declared an act of terrorism. With the gunman still on the loose and the country reeling from the recent riots in Paris, travelers may be concerned about their upcoming trips. Fortunately, most travel insurance policies include cancellation coverage for terrorist attacks, as long as specific conditions are met. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains what travelers need to know now about coverage related to this shooting and possible future attacks. If You Do Have Travel InsuranceTravelers with an upcoming trip to France may be eligible to cancel if their policy includes Trip Cancellation coverage for terrorism. In order to qualify for this benefit, policies must meet some or all of the following requirements:The traveler’s trip departure date must be within 7-30 days of the Christmas market attack on December 11thThe traveler’s itinerary must include Strasbourg or an area within 50-100 miles of the cityTravelers currently in Strasbourg can be covered to cut their trip short and return home early if their policy includes Trip Interruption coverage for terrorism.Travelers experiencing delays due to the attack and subsequent transportation shutdown may also have coverage under the Travel Delay benefit.Travel Delay reimburses additional expenses such as meals and accommodations if travelers experience an unexpected transportation delay for 3-12 hours, depending on the policy requirements. If You Do Not Currently Have Travel InsuranceUninsured travelers that no longer wish to go on a scheduled trip to France due to the Christmas market attack can no longer purchase a policy with coverage to cancel due to this specific event.Travelers who are concerned about future attacks in France or other destinations can still buy a policy to include Trip Cancellation coverage for terrorism.Squaremouth recommends that travelers specifically concerned with canceling a trip due to a terrorist attack review their policy specifics, as some policies may not cover a terrorist attack if a previous terrorist attack has occurred in the same city within the past 90 days. Squaremouth launched the France Christmas Market Attack Travel Insurance Information Center to keep travelers up-to-date with coverage for this event. This resource will be regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts as information becomes available.  About SquaremouthSquaremouth compares travel insurance products from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at read more

TIP Friendly Society Awards 40 Scholarships Valued $1.78M

first_img Forty students have received scholarships valued at $1.78 million from the TIP Friendly Society for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September.Thirty-two scholarships were awarded to students who successfully sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), while the remaining eight were presented to tertiary students.Twenty-six GSAT students received scholarships valued at $30,000 each. The other six scholarships, valued at $35,000 each, were presented to students whose parents are members of TIP Society branches in Westmoreland, Manchester and St. Catherine.The $35,000 scholarships were named in honour of past TIP parish Board members. They include Stafford Blake (Westmoreland), Judith Thompson (Manchester), and Livingston Allen (St. Catherine).All eight tertiary scholarships were awarded to students who are members of TIP. Three are undergraduate students, who were each awarded the $100,000 Sylvia Spence Scholarship, named in honour of the former TIP Board member.The five postgraduate students were each awarded the $110,000 Vilma Lawes-Munroe Scholarship, also named in honour of a past Board member.The presentations were made at the 16th TIP scholarship awards ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday, August 25.Guest speaker, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, congratulated the students for their academic achievements, and lauded TIP for its partnership ineducating the nation’s youth.The Minister also reiterated the Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child has access to education.He further noted that the Administration remains steadfast in its undertaking to diversify the education sector’s provisions to ensure every child receives the requisite support to achieve academic excellence.This, Senator Reid pointed out, is being targeted through the early-education component of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) which has assisted more than 40,000 children; and the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which has seen 48,301 students trained in technical and vocational skills and 5,622 enrolling in the general programme of literacy and numeracy.“I am excited that we are extending the capacity and that we now have the opportunity to have everybody in not just a five-year programme but a seven-year programme to guarantee that every youngster will have the opportunity to fulfil their dream of education and development. That would be a fantastic programme for Jamaica’s future development,” he said.Meanwhile, General Manager of TIP, Wilton South, challenged the scholarship recipients to participate in nation building through academic excellence.“As we offer (these) 40 scholarships to some of the brightest young minds across Jamaica, we feel honoured (that) we are able to give back to our TIP family that has supported us over the years.We (will continue to) support education from the primary to the tertiary level,” he said.TIP Friendly Society (TIP) is a non-profit insuring society for persons employed in the field of education. Story Highlights Twenty-six GSAT students received scholarships valued at $30,000 each. The other six scholarships, valued at $35,000 each, were presented to students whose parents are members of TIP Society branches in Westmoreland, Manchester and St. Catherine. Forty students have received scholarships valued at $1.78 million from the TIP Friendly Society for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September. TIP Friendly Society (TIP) is a non-profit insuring society for persons employed in the field of education.last_img read more