Mary Kom lands a counter punch on detractors

first_imgBefore leaving for Mongolia for the Women’s Asian Championships, the much talked-about topic in India was whether five-time world champion Mary Kom will cope with the challenge from the Chinese boxers.Mary Kom’s toughest rival has been China’s two-time world 51kg champion Ren Cancan, who defeated her in the semi-finals of the 2010 Asian Games. But not only did Mary Kom avenge her defeat, beating Cancan at the Asian Championships in Mongolia, her victory was also a fitting reply to her detractors who had doubted her ability to perform consistently at the top level. “People used to say I am ageing, I am short and I can’t play up to the rising standard of the women’s boxing. But I always believe in hard work, so I remained silent and worked hard on my weaknesses. This victory is a reply to all those who doubted my ability,” Mary Kom, who has won her all three Asian titles in the 46kg category, told Mail Today. “People have blamed me for killing youngsters’ chances in the camp. But I am a supporter of fair competition and I say it again that if anyone can prove she is better than me, she has to first beat me in the ring,” she said.The standard of women’s boxing, which will make its debut at the Olympics this year, is on the rise. Like a champion, who realises the changes quickly, Mary Kom understood the importance of improvement after her defeat at an Olympic test event in London last year. She changed her base from Patiala to Pune to focus harder on individual training. The mother of two worked on her defence and learned the technique of landing punches in bunches.advertisementShe said the training played a major role in her success at the Asian stage. “The decision to shift to Pune helped me the most. Since I trained alone in Pune, I could focus on my defence in a better way. Since I am short, I sparred against tall boxers in order to cope with the height problems. These two aspects help me put up an improved performance in Mongolia,” she said.With the medal, she also boosted her chances at May’s World Championships – the solitary qualifying competition for the London Olympics. “The main thing about my victory is that I achieved it in the 51kg which is an Olympic category, and beating a two-time world champion has also boosted my confidence. I want to cash in on the momentum at the World Championships since playing and winning at the Olympics is my ultimate goal,” she said.last_img read more

Lopetegui wants focus on soccer after Pique jeered by fans

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We all have the obligation to create the best atmosphere possible ahead of this game against Albania (on Friday),” Lopetegui said. “And I mean all of us. We are playing to make it to the World Cup. After a year and a half we have the chance to finish the job and we obviously need to focus on this game, which is the only important thing for us this week. We all have to contribute to create this good atmosphere, there is no doubt.”Pique was in tears on Sunday as he criticized the Spanish police after violent clashes erupted during the independence referendum that the Spanish government said was unconstitutional. Officials said more than 890 civilians and about 430 members of the police force were injured across the northeastern region.“I see Pique with the same enthusiasm as before,” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. “He is as happyas he has always been inside our locker room.”Pique continued to criticize authorities on social media on Monday, including just before reporting to the national team.Fans in Madrid chanted and held cards against Pique, including some that said “Spain is your nation” and “Out Pique.”ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Lopetegui said in a radio interview with local radio station COPE on Monday night that the central defender remained “motivated” despite the abuse from fans. He said he talked to Pique and didn’t think he was affected by it.He said Pique’s “behavior with the national team has always been very good” and there was no reason not to have him on the team. He said the player was well liked by his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We don’t analyze the player’s political opinion,” Lopetegui said. “Gerard is an extraordinary central defender and he has been playing with the national team since he was 16. His commitment is tremendous. I don’t see why I shouldn’t bring him to the team. He is available and he wants to play. I know it’s not an easy situation, but I am a soccer coach and I have to prioritize.”The coach said players have the right to express their opinions privately, but have to try to avoid adding to the “unpleasant situation” generated by Catalonia’s bid for independence. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The national team’s practice on Tuesday was closed to the fans.“We are soccer players and coaches, we have to be focused on our main goal, which is to qualify for the World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “We can’t get distracted by anything. I know that this is an unpleasant situation, but I ask for some reasoning and tranquility so we can all play a great match against Albania.”Spain is three points ahead of Italy in Group G. It has a much better goal difference than the Italians, so it can close in a World Cup spot with a victory against Albania or at Israel on Monday.Only the group winner automatically qualifies for next year’s tournament in Russia.On Tuesday, Barcelona and the two other Catalan clubs in the Spanish league — Girona and Espanyol — joined a strike to protest the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia. Barcelona said none of its professional or youth teams practiced and its headquarters was closed. The club played in an empty Camp Nou on Sunday to show its discontentment with the government’s actions during the referendum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img ‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare MOST READ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FILE – In this Monday, Sept 4, 2017 file photo, Spain’s Gerard Pique takes part in a training session a day prior to the World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Liechtenstein and Spain at the Rheinpark stadium in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has defended Gerard Pique from critics who question his loyalty to the national team because of his support for a disputed referendum on Catalan independence. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP, FIle)MADRID — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gerard Pique’s commitment to the national team and called on the squad to be focused only on soccer despite the crisis involving Catalonia’s push for independence.Pique, the outspoken Barcelona defender highly supportive of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to the national team’s training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Juventus is crowning moment of my career, says Maurizio Sarri

first_img‘Starstruck’ David Beckham shares photo with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crown Turin: Maurizio Sarri said his appointment as Juventus coach was “the crowning” moment of his 30-year managerial career as the former Chelsea manager was presented by the Serie A giants in Turin on Thursday. The 60-year-old returns to Italy after just one turbulent season in the Premier League with Chelsea, having previously coached his hometown team Napoli for three seasons. Juventus is the 20th team that Sarri has coached since the former banker took over at Stia, a team in the Italian eighth division back in 1990. “The offer of Juve, the most important team in Italy, is the crowning of a very long career, which for 80 percent of the time has been quite difficult,” Sarri told a press conference at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Sarri, decked out in a Juventus team suit and tie rather than his usual tracksuit, was asked if he would adapt to the Juventus style. “I don’t know what the Juventus style is,” said the Neapolitan who once famously gave the middle finger to some Juventus fans. “Suit and tie or tracksuit? I have to talk to the club. “I would prefer not to wear the suit and tie on the pitch. The important thing is that at my age, they don’t send me out naked onto the pitch.” Despite his long coaching career Sarri only lifted his first trophy last month when he guided Chelsea to the Europa League trophy. “From an emotional point of view, it was a very long path through the lower divisions and then Serie A and then Premier League. “It has been step after step in a gradual way, a very long process.” Chelsea was the only time Sarri has coached outside of Italy but he failed to win over the English fans despite returning the club to the Champions League with a third-placed finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League. “The Premier League was a great experience, but in the latter half (of the season), I felt professional and personal needs to return to Italy,” he said. “I decided to come back to Italy because such an important club wanted me so strongly. “I have never seen so much determination on the part of a club to hire a coach.”Related News Mid-day hosts first-of-its-kind girls football tournament | Ranis of Rink 2019 ‘Best coach for Juventus’Sarri takes over from Massimiliano Allegri, who led Juventus to an eighth consecutive Scudetto title. “He was absolutely the first choice,” said Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici of Sarri. “We chose Maurizio because we felt he was the best coach for Juventus right now, just as Allegri was five years ago and (Antonio) Conte three years before that,” “Sarri showed he can win in the Premier League and internationally, so he’s the right man for the job. Alegri paid the price for another Champions League failure despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100-million-euro ($115 million) signing. Sarri said he was relishing the chance to coach five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo. “I coached some very strong players, but training him will be yet another step forward,” he said. “I’d like to help him break some new records.” The Champions League is the top target for Juventus who have not won the European title since 1996. “At European level we have this dream, this target we have to pursue with great determination but also great difficulty,” he said. “Juventus will start with the target of winning the Champions League but with the knowledge there are another eight or nine clubs that can win.” The former Empoli coach said that he would try to prove his critics wrong once again. “I arrive surrounded by sceptics, but then I always am. I had the same at Empoli, Napoli and Chelsea. “In football, I know only one way of removing scepticism from the minds of people by winning convincingly. “I haven’t won a lot, but I believe that having fun on the pitch doesn’t stop you winning. “You can’t think that just because a team is having fun they are superficial and not determined.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Indian team wear jerseys with mothers names in ODI versus NZ

first_imgMumbai, Oct 29 (PTI) In an attempt to promote gender equality, te Indian cricket team today sported jerseys with their mothers names during the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam.The move is part of the Indian teams sponsorship rights holder and broadcaster Star Indias Nayi Soch campaign.”To make a powerful statement, one that can inspire millions and propel change, our cricket team today sported jerseys with their mothers names at final ODI of the India-New Zealand series. Our cricket team will serve as ambassadors of new thinking and use the power and platform of sport to drive meaningful social change,” Star India said in a statement.It expects the symbolic gesture to champion the cause of women in the country which is ranked 130th out of 155 nations in the world on gender equality, as per the UN Human Development Report 2015.”This is the first time in the world that a team jersey is being used so disruptively to power social change. We compliment BCCI and the team for such a transformational collaboration. This time around both the BCCI as well as Star have put their strength together to highlight the cause of women in our country,” Star India chairman and chief executive Uday Shankar said.”World over sports is a tremendous platform for advocacy and social causes. Our cricketers sporting their mothers names make a powerful and emotive statement and we are thankful to BCCI and the cricket team for partnering with us on this idea. It will support the voice of the emerging women and inspire millions to acknowledge and celebrate the identity and role of women here,” he added.advertisementBCCI president Anurag Thakur said, “with this initiative, our endeavour is to honour each and every woman. Our team have sported their mothers names on their jerseys for the fifth ODI against New Zealand with intent to thank all the mothers for their efforts and sacrifices.” PTI DS BEN NRB PMlast_img read more


first_imgAt Alanganallur, protesters declined to hold the sport byAt Alanganallur, protesters declined to hold the sport by blocking the entry and exit points of the sprawling sporting arena.A group of organisers had removed the bulls from the arena as well.Tension prevailed in Manojipatti village near Thanjavur when villagers refused to conduct jallikattu. They placed barricades en route to the venue where Agriculture Minister Duraikannu is expected to inaugurate it.At Pudukottai, jallikattu was inaugurated by Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar.In Thanjavur, nearly 500 youths reportedly picketed a passenger train from Mayiladuthurai to Tirunelvelli at Kumbakonam as part of the protest.Kangeyam cattle research centre president Karthikeya Senathipathy in a Facebook post appealed to the youths to end the stir as an ordinance has been promulgated for holding the bull taming sport.The inauguration of the Rekla Race (Ox cart race), popular in Western parts of Tamil Nadu, at Coimbatore witnessed protests from students demanding a permanent solution for holding of jallikattu.Even as the race was flagged-off by state Local Administration Minister S P Velumani, a large number of students arrived at Codisia Grounds, venue of Rekla race, and staged a sit-in on the premises.Speaking to reporters, Velumani said some “vested interests” were trying to create confusion among the students about the ordinance.The students said they will “allow the race” to be held only after, what they called a “permanent solution”, was in sight.Jallikattu was banned following a Supreme Court order in May 2014. PTI SSN NVM VGN COR BN TIRadvertisementlast_img read more

What has England’s form been like in previous World Cup finals?

first_imgEngland England’s World Cup record: Opposition, results & statistics on every finals so far Cady Siregar Last updated 1 year ago 02:02 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Getty England World Cup England head to Russia this summer with virtually no expectations, which is a positive difference from previous campaigns For the first time in a long while, England fans have little hope of their country doing well this summer in Russia, which gives manager Gareth Southgate less pressure to deliver on the world’s biggest stage. In previous years, the England team have always notoriously fallen short or even failed to show any sort of determination or statement of intent. Ahead of this summer’s tournament, however, Southgate has picked a fresh team that are sporting diverse levels of experience and success, led by Tottenham star Harry Kane. Less pressure on a team that tends to underperform in major tournaments could be the best possible thing for the Three Lions.Taking into account England’s woes at the World Cup, Goal takes a look at how the side have done in previous finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move How have England fared in previous World Cups?England are only one of eight nations to have lifted a World Cup, but they only managed the feat in 1966. Since then, their best finish in the World Cup was fourth place in Italy in 1990, with recent results ones that have been shrouded in disappointment.Penalty shootouts are often England’s Achilles heel in World Cups but they are not alone in causing the nation woe. There have also been group stage performances that have failed to see the Three Lions capitalise on weaker opposition, controversial refereeing decisions and poor team fluidity and a general sense of motivation on several occasions, despite always boasting big-name players.World Cup 2014, BrazilBrazil in 2014 was Roy Hodgson’s first and last World Cup as England manager following a dispute between the FA and former manager Fabio Capello.England were immediately drawn into a difficult group in Brazil alongside Uruguay and Italy, which meant that it was the first time that three former World Cup champions were all drawn in the same group. Costa Rica proved to be an underdog threat as they progressed out of the group stage at the expense of Italy and the Three Lions.It was a disastrous summer for England as they lost their two group games, drawing one, meaning that they only picked up one point from three matches and failed to register a single win, finishing rock bottom. England were knocked out after two games following consecutive losses to Italy and Uruguay – which involved then club teammates Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard facing each other. Opponents Result Costa Rica 0-0 Uruguay 1-2 Italy 1-2 Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney were the only two goalscorers for England in a hugely disappointing tournament. Brazil was Gerrard’s last World Cup with England, as he announced his retirement from international duty soon after the end of the finals.World Cup 2010, South AfricaDespite England being handed a relatively kind World Cup draw, placed in a group featuring the likes of Slovenia, Algeria and the United States, they failed to capitalise on the gift and stumbled through the group stages. Their opening fixture against the USMNT saw Three Lions goalkeeper Robert Green conceded a horrendous goal after they initially led 1-0, finishing in a draw. Against Algeria, they drew 0-0 and were booed off the pitch by their own fans – with most of the frustrations directed towards Wayne Rooney, who failed to make an impact for the team – but managed to register a 1-0 win against Slovenia.They finished the group stage level on points with the USMNT but placed second due to scoring less goals, and as a result of being runners-up, had to face the winners of Group D, which was Germany. Opponents Result United States 1-1 Slovenia 1-0 Algeria 0-0 Germany 1-4 The game was littered with controversy, as after Germany were leading 2-0 after half an hour, England midfielder Frank Lampard had a goal disallowed. Replays clearly show that the ball had passed the line, but the referee deemed otherwise. By this point, England had already scored a goal through Matthew Upson and had Lampard’s goal counted, the scoreline would have been level at 2-2.With England frustrated and disappointed with the decision to not award the goal, Germany capitalised and scored two more goals to register a 4-1 win, knocking England out at the last 16 stages. It eventually became Germany’s biggest win against the Three Lions at a World Cup.World Cup 2006, GermanyEngland 2006 World CupAs is usually the case with England, they are a team who do well in the qualification stages but always fall short during the actual tournament. Under Sven-Goran Erikssen, England impressed pre-tournament, but were unconvincing in Germany.In the group stages, their 1-0 win over Paraguay was only due to the fortunes of an own goal, while their fixture against newcomers Trinidad and Tobago saw them score only in the 83rd minute through a Peter Crouch effort that proved controversial after he used a Soca Warriors defender’s dreadlocks to head home a David Beckham cross. England would score their second goal coming during injury time. Opponents Result Paraguay 1-0 Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 Sweden 2-2 Ecuador 1-0 Portugal 0-0 (1-3 on penalties) Against Sweden as their last group stage game, they were forced to settle for a draw which saw them progress through to the next round as group winners and avoid Germany in the last 16. David Beckham’s free-kick against Ecuador meant that they cemented a spot in the quarter-finals against Portugal – a game that finished 0-0 in regular time and England lost on penalties.Owen Hargreaves was the only England player to have scored his penalty in the shootout with Gerrard, Lampard and Jamie Carragher all missing theirs in devastating fashion.World Cup 2002, South Korea/JapanThe finals in South Korea and Japan was the first major tournament under manager Eriksson, with their hopes in progressing far in the tournament buoyed by their 5-1 victory over Germany in the lead-up to the finals. Against their manager’s home nation Sweden, England fought a 1-1 draw in the group stages and then managed to exact revenge on Argentina by defeating them 1-0. In the previous fixture between the two sides in 1998, Beckham had been sent off and was able to make amends by scoring a penalty. However, after that, England were only able to manage a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Nigeria – meaning that though they qualified for the next round against Denmark, they finished in second place which meant that they had to face Brazil in the quarter-finals. Opponents Result Sweden 1-1 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria 0-0 Denmark 3-0 Brazil 1-2 England registered a 3-0 win over Denmark but lost to eventual winners Brazil in the quarter-finals following a mistake by David Seaman, with the final score being 2-1. Brazil thus sealed their fourth World Cup match against the Three Lions.World Cup 1998, FranceEngland World Cup 1998Following on from the disappointment of missing the 1994 World Cup in the United States, they managed to qualify for the 1998 tournament in France under manager Glen Hoddle and qualified alongside Italy, finishing above Poland, Georgia and Moldova.During the tournament in France, England managed to beat Tunisia 2-0, though lost 2-1 to Romania but won against Colombia 2-0 in the decisive group stage match – prompting England to finish second and progress through to the last 16. They then met perennial rivals Argentina and once again met a familiar fate – losing on penalties. Opponents Result Tunisia 2-0 Romania 1-2 Colombia 2-0 Argentina 2-2 (3-4 on penalties) In one of the most memorable World Cup fixtures, Beckham was sent off in the 47th minute in a controversial situation where many thought that all he deserved was a yellow card and not a red after he knocked over Diego Simeone. Six yellow cards and two more penalties were given, and both teams scored twice in the first half and the game was forced to go into extra time.As neither team was able to find a winner, the match went to penalties. Goalkeeper David Seaman saved one, though the Argentina goalkeeper managed to save two, including the all-important one from David Batty – knocking England out of the World Cup.Beckham was the target of a brutal reception from home supporters following the events of the fixture, receiving death threats and bullets in the mail.World Cup 1994, United StatesEngland were unable to qualify for the 1994 tournament held in the United States with manager Graham Taylor, after losing out to Norway and Netherlands and finishing third in qualification above Poland, Turkey and San Marino.The side went into their final qualification match knowing that they needed a seven-goal victory in order to qualify against San Marino as well as for Netherlands to drop points against Poland. Davide Gualtieri scored against England inside nine seconds, though England managed to win 7-1 – which proved futile as the Oranje beat Poland 3-1.Manager Taylor’s tenure as England boss ended and he was replaced by Terry Venables, who was sacked after England lost the semi-final of the 1996 Euros – which they had hosted.World Cup 1990, ItalyDue to previous incidents which saw English football hooligans behave badly in Europe, England were forced to play their group games in the 1990 World Cup in Sardinia and Sicily. In the group stages, England opened their first match with a 1-1 draw against Ireland and a 0-0 draw against the Dutch – but then managed to beat Egypt 1-0, which was enough to win their group.Their next round saw them face Belgium when David Platt scored the winning goal in the 119th minute of extra time. They were also forced to play in extra time against opponents Cameroon in the quarter-final stage – who were the first African team to have reached that stage – and England scored their opening goal through Platt, but Cameroon scored twice to lead 2-1. Gary Lineker won and scored a penalty towards the end of regular time and England progress through to the next round on penalties. Opponents Result Republic of Ireland 1-1 Netherlands 0-0 Egypt 1-0 Belgium 1-0 Cameroon 2-3 West Germany 1-1 (3-4 on penalties) In the semi-final tie against west Germany, England lost 3-4 on penalties as Chris Waddle missed his penalty completely, shooting straight over the crossbar, knocking his side out. Though it was England’s best finish in a World Cup since they won the tournament in 1966, it was the last tournament to be played under manager Bobby Robson.World Cup 1986, MexicoEngland Argentina World Cup 1986In the 1986 finals in Mexico, England finished second in the group stage after losing their opening game to Portugal 1-0 and drawing 0-0 to Morocco – but registering a 3-0 win against Poland, which saw Lineker score a hat-trick.England then finished as runners-up in their group and won against Paraguay 3-0 in the next round to set up a match up against everlasting rivals Argentina in one of the most historic matches to have taken place in football. Both goals scored by Diego Maradona for Argentina have gone down in history. The first goal was scored with his hand to steer the ball into the net, dubbing the incident as “the Hand of God”. Maradona then scored his second goal after dribbling from his own half and through several English opponents before finally turning past Peter Shilton. Opponents Result Morocco 0-0 Poland 3-0 Portugal 0-1 Paraguay 3-0 Argentina 1-2 Lineker managed to make the score 2-1 with a strike of his own but it was too little too late as England failed to equalise and were thus eliminated. Despite the loss, Lineker won the Golden Boot with six goals – the prize given to the highest-scoring player in a World Cup final – becoming England’s first ever Golden Boot winner (and the last to have done so to date).World Cup 1982, SpainThe 1982 World Cup was the first time where the European Qualifying Rounds were divided into groups consisting of five teams, where the top two qualify for the World Cup – and England did well in the first round, beating France 3-1, Czechoslovakia 2-0 and Kuwait 1-0.In the next round, however, there was a second group stage of three teams. England drew 0-0 with West Germany and Spain. They needed a two-goal difference in order to progress to the next round after Germany beat Spain, but were unable to capitalise and were eliminated.  Opponents Result France 3-1 Czechoslovakia 2-0 Kuwait 1-0 West Germany 0-0 Spain 0-0 World Cup 1978, ArgentinaArgentina in 1978 was the second time in a row that England failed to qualify for the World Cup, following the 1974 tournament in West Germany. England failed to qualify over Italy, who scored three more goals in qualification after both sides finished with the same amount of points. In this process, goals scored had determined who qualified after the head-to-head record between the two nations finished the same.World Cup 1974, West Germany1974 in West Germany marked the first time that England were unable to qualify for the World Cup, after finishing below Poland in qualification.World Cup 1970, MexicoEngland qualified automatically for the 1970 tournament by winning the 1966 World Cup and were first drawn in a group with Romania, former champions Brazil and Czechoslovakia. The quarter-final of the tournament was a repeat of the 1966 final against west Germany – but fate was reversed as they were eliminated from the tournament despite holding an initial two-goal lead. Opponents Result Brazil 0-1 Romania 1-0 Czechoslovakia 1-0 West Germany 3-2 In the 70th minute, Franz Beckenbauer scored for West Germany to make it 2-1. Uwe Seeler equalised in the 81st minute to take the game into extra time, where Gerd Muller scored the winning goal for the Germans and win 3-2. The match was Bobby Charlton’s last ever game for England.World Cup 1966, EnglandEngland West Germany World Cup 1966Football came home in 1966 when England used their home advantage. Under Alf Ramsey, England won their first and only World Cup on home ground, having played all their games at Wembley Stadium which became the last instance that the hosts were given that privilege. Despite getting their first game against Uruguay to a start with a 0-0 draw, they began a great run which saw victories against France and Mexico, qualifying for the quarter-final stage. Opponents Result Uruguay 0-0 Mexico 2-0 France 2-0 Argentina 1-0 Portugal 2-1 West Germany 4-2 Against Argentina, England won 1-0 in a match that saw the birth of the rivalry between the two nations, when Antonio Rattin was sent off by German referee Rudolf Kreitlein in an intense fixture. England then won 2-1 against Portugal and the final against West Germany ended in a 4-2 win for the Three Lions.World Cup 1962, ChileIn South America in 1962, England were handed a group of Hungary, Argentina and Bulgaria. The Three Lions finished in second place behind Hungary after winning one game, losing one and drawing the other, and had to face defending champions Brazil in the following quarter-final round.England lost 3-1 in the game which led to manager Walter Winterbottom’s dismissal, despite having brought them to four World Cup finals. Alf Ramsey was appointed manager of the Three Lions in May of 1963. Opponents Result Hungary 1-2 Argentina 3-1 Bulgaria 0-0 Brazil 1-3 World Cup 1958, SwedenThe 1958 finals in Sweden marked the first time that England had to play against other countries other than the Home Nations in order to qualify for the tournament. Four months before the tournament was set to start, however, Manchester United players Roger Byrne, Duncan Edwards, David Pegg and Tommy Taylor lost their lives in the tragic Munich air disaster. At the finals, all the Home Nations were drawn in different groups. Opponents Result Brazil 0-0 Soviet Union 2-2 Austria 2-2 Soviet Union (play-off) 0-1 England were drawn against the Soviet Union where the score finished 2-2, then Brazil (0-0), and Austria (2-2). Soviet Union and England each had three points with the same number of goals scored and conceded, which meant that they had to compete in a play-off round to determine who would qualify for the next stage. England lost 1-0 and were eliminated.World Cup 1954, SwitzerlandEngland were drawn against Switzerland, Italy and Belgium, though would not have to play Italy as one of the two seeded teams. England’s opening game in Switzerland saw them experience a shock where Leopold Anould put the Belgians ahead after just five minutes, though England were level 20 minutes later, and the eventful game finally finished in a 4-4 draw.England’s final group stage was against the hosts in a 2-0 win, leading them to progress through as group winners, earning them a fixture against Uruguay in the next round. They were eliminated after they lost 4-2. Opponents Result Switzerland 2-0 Belgium 4-4 Uruguay 2-4 World Cup 1950, BrazilAt England’s inaugural World Cup, which was held in Brazil, they only one won group stage game and failed to progress through to the next round. Opponents Result Spain 0-1 Chile 2-0 United States 0-1 The World Cup will begin on June 14last_img read more

Can Women Deliver a New Development Agenda in 2015?

first_imgPosted on June 4, 2013March 6, 2017By: Schuyler Null, Editor, New Security BeatClick 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 post is part of a series of posts about the recent Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The disempowerment of women and girls is the single biggest driver of inequality today, said Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Program, during a plenary on the final day here at the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, where more than 4,500 people from 149 countries and 2,200 organizations gathered to discuss women’s health, equity, and international development.But there has been significant progress in the last 20 years: “Millions of lives have been improved, and millions of lives have been saved” due to the sexual and reproductive health and rights framework established by the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, said Crown Princess Mary of Denmark speaking during the morning plenary.Kavita Ramdas, the Ford Foundation’s representative in New Delhi, called the global struggle for gender equality the largest and most consequential in history. Women and girls should ensure that in striving for equality, they approach the world differently – shape it to your vision, she urged the attendees.The Drive to 2015So where should advocates for women focus their energies going forward? Clark hammered home the importance of speaking up to shape the new global development agenda that will replace the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The process has three tracks: a high-level UN working group appointed by the Secretary-General, which just launched a new report; an open UN working group that meets regularly in New York; and of course input from the member states, which will ultimately approve or reject any proposal.“Thus, advocacy for sexual and reproductive health rights, gender equality, and girls’ and women’s empowerment will need to be maintained at a high level for close to two more years,” Clark said. “I hope that the energy emanating from this conference will help make that possible.”Fortunately, said Clark paraphrasing Hillary Clinton, “investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do.” As Karen Grépin and Jeni Klugman made clear in their report launched at Women Deliver, investing in girls and women can pay huge economic dividends for families and societies.“We need to convince decision-makers, especially in this time of financial constraints, that it’s something that they should and can do,” said panelist Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland and co-chair of the UN’s high-level task force on the follow-up to the 1994 ICPD. “You don’t need to choose whether you do right or do smart, you can do both.”Re-Thinking the Framework: A More Holistic, Innovative Agenda“When the evidence is so clear, why is this agenda so far from being completed?” asked Princess Mary, pointing out that globally, the targets of MDG 5 – improve maternal health – are unlikely to be met. The answer lies in part, that “we’ve been using largely the same arguments and rhetoric since Cairo,” she said, “which begs the question of scalability…how can we effectively reach larger targets?”“There has also been a strong call for a more transformational, universal, and holistic agenda which does not place challenges in silos but, rather, recognizes the links between them,” said Clark. For example, under the worst case climate change scenarios, human development will slow and perhaps even reverse in some parts of the world, she said, and the poor and marginalized – of which girls and women represent a disproportionate number – are the most vulnerable to these effects.Similarly, “adolescents and youth are largely missing from the current MDGs,” said Princess Mary, but “we cannot afford to leave this resource untapped.” The freedom to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights allows young people to plan their lives, she said, as expressed in the Bali youth declaration.Many of us feel like we came late to the MDGs and didn’t have a voice in their creation, said Theo Sowa, chief executive officer of the African Women’s Development Fund.“But the real danger will be if we drop the MDGs entirely and start over with a whole new framework,” she continued. “Let’s remember what works, and let’s build on that.”“Let’s be bold,” Sowa urged, pointing out that when you talk to someone making $1 a day, they don’t want to make $2 a day – they want much more. “Let’s be imaginative, let’s be innovative, and let’s work together.”Panelist Karl Hofmann, president and CEO of PSI, emphasized the need to work with those outside the normal audience for gender issues. In order to change people, he said, you have to understand where they’re coming from and connect with them.“I think the vision needs to be ‘this can be done,’” Clark said. “You can help – you can be part of something that brings transformational change.”“We live in important times,” said Halonen, and it’s incumbent on us to, as Ghandi said, “be the change you want to see in the world.”Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

USAID Announces New Award to Prevent and Repair Obstetric Fistula

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 7, 2014November 7, 2016By: Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)USAID sent out a press release yesterday announcing the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and the Population Council. We, at the Maternal Health Task Force, look forward to working with EngenderHealth to reduce the incidence of fistula around the world.Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. Obstetric fistula, a hole that develops between the birth canal and one or more of a woman’s internal organs, is caused by obstructed labor without access to timely and skilled medical care, such as cesarean section. Delaying the age of first pregnancy and increasing access to contraception are also critical to the prevention of fistula. Fistula results in chronic, uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces, a devastating lifelong disability that affects a significant number of girls and women in Africa and Asia. New cases, all preventable, are continuing to occur. Often women who have fistula from obstructed labor also bear the sorrow of the loss of the baby.To read the entire press release, please click here.Share this:last_img read more

Why Maternal Mental Health Matters: A Case for Early Childhood Development

first_imgPosted on June 8, 2015October 24, 2016By: Aisha K Yousafzai, Aga Khan University, PakistanClick 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 post is part of “Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health,” a blog series co-hosted by the MHTF, the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr. Jane Fisher of Monash University.Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programmes frequently depend upon the capacity of the primary caregiver, more often than not, the mother, to provide optimal care for her young child. Increasingly, early childhood strategies recognize the importance of addressing the caregiving context, both challenges and enablers, which influence the quality of care that a mother provides for her young child: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: What education has the mother received?What time constraints does the mother face?Does the mother receive social supportTo what extent is the mother able to make informed choices for her own and her child’s wellbeing?Does the mother have access to and control over resources?Is the mother respected in the family?Is the mother physically healthy, is the mother depressed?These factors conspire to moderate the emotional availability a mother has to respond to her young child’s needs as well as the availability of resources she has to invest in herself and her child.ECCD programmes offer an opportunity to address both maternal and child needs. In Jamaica, a home visiting programme designed to promote children’s mental development through play reported a decrease in maternal depressive symptoms among mothers who received at least 25 visits. It is likely that a regular home visit at a sensitive time in the mother’s life enabled a trusting relationship to be established. The quality of the relationship between the home visitor and the caregiver is an important feature of programme effectiveness.In recent years, integrated packages of early childhood interventions with components intended to support both mother and child are receiving more attention. For example, the ‘Thinking Healthy’ programme helped community health workers counsel mothers with empathetic listening, family engagement, guided discovery using pictures, behavioural activation and problem solving. This approach, trialed in Pakistan, was beneficial for the mother’s own mental health as well as for the care she provided for her young child.Social support strategies have also proven beneficial; for example, in Pakistan, mothers who participated in parenting groups delivered by Lady Health Workers reported feeling less stressed due to the opportunity provided by the group to share daily challenges with friends and neighbours. Topics that focused on the mother, such as helping mothers feel confident about caregiving, were included in the series of group sessions. Mothers reported that they felt empowered as they acquired new knowledge to help their child to explore his or her environment and learn new things. However, participation in the groups was dependent upon permission from family elders and/or their husband.A lack of maternal autonomy (freedom of movement and decision making) is a barrier to the potential success of ECCD programmes. A mother might be well informed about appropriate infant and young child feeding, but unable to control what food is purchased for the household. A mother might wish to enroll her child in a preschool, but not have the authority to do so. A mother might receive financial support through social protection and welfare services, but not control how the money is used. In households where mothers may have some say, the value placed on her opinion may be lower than that of other household members. A lack of maternal autonomy may further compound poor maternal mental health and efficacy. In contrast, mothers with greater autonomy will have more access to, and control over, resources that benefit their mental health and wellbeing and that of their families.Interventions in maternal and child health need to recognize maternal autonomy as a critical moderator of programme success, which is often not explicitly considered in intervention design nor evaluated. A gender sensitive lens is needed to understand whether programmes intended to benefit women are supportive and empowering or adding additional burden in their lives. Early childhood interventions may provide a platform in which to leverage opportunities to empower mothers through a common agenda of the child, which families and communities can rally around.Enjoyed this post about maternal mental health? Read more posts in the Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health blog series.Photo: “A woman pictured with her children, recovering from malnutrition at a health clinic in southern Ethiopia” © 2011 Tanya Axisa/Department for International Development, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: this:last_img read more

Teen star Haaland matches Rooney record with UCL hat-trick

first_imgRed Bull Salzburg forward Erling Braut Haaland matched Wayne Rooney on Tuesday with a spectacular first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut.The 19-year-old Norwegian fired three of Salzburg’s five goals in the first half of their group stage opener against Belgian champions Genk.His first came just two minutes into the match, giving the Austrian side the early advantage at home. 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 Haaland added another in the 34th minute before Hwang Hee-chan adding Salzburg’s third just two minutes later.The hat-trick was then completed in the 45th minute, with Dominik Sazoboszlai adding another in stoppage time of the opening half.With the hat-trick, Haaland is the first teenager to score more than once on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney netted a hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6-2 triumph over Fenerbahce all the way back in September 2004.19y 58d – Erling Haaland, aged 19 years and 58 days, is the third youngest player to score a Champions League hat-trick, behind Raúl (18y 113d in 1995) and Wayne Rooney (18y 340d in 2004). Welcome.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 17, 2019Haaland, at 19 years and 58 days, is additionally the third-youngest player to score a Champions League hat-trick, behind only Real Madrid legend Raul (18y 113d in 1995) and Rooney (18y 340d in 2004).The only other teenager to net a Champions League hat-trick is Yakubu, who scored a hat-trick for Maccabi Haifa in a win over Olympiacos in 2002.However, Haaland is the first teenager to ever score a first-half hat-trick on his debut as he also became the eighth player ever to score three in his first Champions League match.The goals were only the latest in the 19-year-old’s breakout campaign, having already lit up his domestic league during Salzburg’s perfect start to the season.Salzburg have won each of their first seven league matches, with Haaland scoring 11 goals.In addition, the forward netted a hat-trick in a 7-1 victory over SC-ESV Parndorf 1919 in the Austrian Cup.Haaland, who played under current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, made headlines over the summer when he scored nine goals in Norway’s 12–0 win against Honduras at the Under-20 World Cup. He has since earned two caps for the senior team.last_img read more

El Tri’s CBs must dominate Panama

first_imgThe Mexico national team we’ll see in Qatar is starting to take shape. Up top, there are players excelling both in Europe’s top leagues and domestically to spearhead the attack. In the middle, the situation is similar. Goalkeeper is rarely an issue for El Tri. And even the new crop of fullbacks should give Mexico fans hope that manager Tata Martino has several prospects in the pipeline who will be ready to produce in late 2022.At center back? The fact that Martino had to repeat the center-back pairing he used in September against Argentina in Bermuda should indicate where things are on that front. Carlos Salcedo and Nestor Araujo are set to pair together again against Panama on Tuesday, and Martino has to be hoping they’ll continue to show growth and inspire confidence that they can be the two men in the middle three years from now.While Martino looks to be preparing for the future with most of his Nations League squad, there are few options behind the 26-year-old Salcedo and 28-year-old Araujo. In addition to that pair, Martino has Queretaro center back Luis Romo, a regular at Martino’s mini-camps who is still awaiting his first international minutes, and Monterrey’s Johan Vasquez in this camp. There are few indications either will start any time soon for the senior side, with the pair more likely brought in as emergency cover. Romo is too old for the Olympics and Vasquez got just under half an hour in the friendly against Trinidad and Tobago. 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 Were Salcedo and Araujo a dominant pair, it wouldn’t be much of a debate. But in addition to being some of the only center backs available to Martino, they’ve also struggled.It’s a struggle that has been a bit of a mystery. Salcedo didn’t look at all out of his depth at the 2018 World Cup, standing out as Mexico’s best defender all tournament, even in the knockout game against Brazil. Even as he wavered between taking an absence from international play after the tournament, it was clear Salcedo was needed for Mexico going forward as a potential foundation of the defense for years to come.Yet, lately things haven’t been going as well, and members of the press have started to take aim at Salcedo as one of the sources of Mexico’s woes.”With respect to the criticism, what can I say? I take it on, but I don’t pay much attention to things that people are talking bout outside,” Salcedo said at a news conference that ironically made more headlines for a comment he made about the Mexican press being out for blood and focusing more on players’ personal lives than play on the field. “I think if you analyze the game well, there are a lot more positive things than negative ones. Ultimately, the score is there.”Carlos Salcedo Mexico 2019The score was good against Bermuda. Mexico kept the Gombey Warriors to just one goal, a rocket off a set piece from Queens Park Rangers forward Nahki Wells, and scored five of its own. But a 4-0 loss to Argentina still looms large. In that game it was individual errors that made the difference, with Araujo having perhaps his worst match in a Mexico shirt and Salcedo committing a careless handball that set up a penalty for the only goal you couldn’t pin on Araujo.For some reason, these players who generally are tidy and careful on club level, understanding their roles in the systems they’re being asked to play and carrying them out well – and even excelling at times with the national team – aren’t working well in tandem. Even against Bermuda, there were moments early on when it didn’t look like things were clicking, when the partnership didn’t look like it was plugged in.The defensive struggles aren’t new. Thanks to standout performances by goalkeepers including, but not limited to, Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s defense often has been able to bend but not break. But when it does break, it snaps cleanly in two and often never gets put back together.The search for new center backs isn’t new either. Since Rafa Marquez started to lose a step, Salcedo and Araujo have been the defenders of the future but so have players like Diego Reyes, Hugo Ayala, Hiram Mier, Oswaldo Alanis, Miguel Herrera and others. What doesn’t quite add up is that both Salcedo and Araujo look different. Araujo is playing each week in La Liga with Celta de Vigo, and while the season hasn’t started as hoped for Los Celestes, Araujo is rarely the problem at club level. He has put in good performances against some of the game’s biggest stars but then falls flat with El Tri.We saw that Salcedo has all the tools last summer during the World Cup. Yet, while other players have excelled despite concerns when coming back to this side of the Atlantic, the move from Eintracht Frankfurt to Tigres doesn’t seem to have helped Salcedo grow. Maybe he doesn’t care, and being part of a title-winning team certainly has been rewarding. But the rumors of a return to Europe with Marseille may be a positive potentially development.Unless someone else emerges, this is what Mexico has got. Hector Moreno, being left-footed and a skilled passer, is a great option as the left center back but while he’s getting a head start to life in Qatar, he’ll no longer be in his prime when the World Cup actually is taking place there. We’ve seen other center backs fall short of their projected greatness. Tuesday’s game against Panama is a chance for Araujo and Salcedo to deliver a dominant performance and ease fears that the center of defense will be the consistent trouble spot in the Martino era.last_img read more

Hurts rallies No. 1 Alabama to 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia

first_img Follow Share: GO By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press Published: December 1, 2018, 6:40pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: “It kind of feels like I’m breaking my silence,” Hurts said.He spoke loud and clear against the Bulldogs. And when he trotted off the field after the winning TD, Tagovailoa was one of the first teammates to greet him. Afterward, they stood side-by-side on the podium in the middle of the field while Alabama received its SEC championship trophy.“When he went into the game,” linebacker Mack Wilson said, “I was telling Dylan Moses, ‘Man, it’s like deja vu.’ I was like, ‘Watch him go in and bring us back and win the game.’ I knew he was going to do that and I’m pretty sure everybody else did, too.”The Crimson Tide is headed back to the College Football Playoff, looking for its second straight national title and the sixth of the last decade under Saban.“I know at Alabama, there’s always an opportunity to win,” Hurts said. “I’m so happy, so happy for everybody.” Tagovailoa won the starting job outright heading into this season and performed brilliantly before Saturday, throwing 36 touchdown passes with only two interceptions.The SEC title game took a different path. Georgia put quite a beating on Tagovailoa, who was picked off twice, spent much of his spare time in the medical tent and was largely ineffective as the Bulldogs built a pair of two-touchdown leads.Finally, with just over 11 minutes remaining, Tagovailoa went down for good after one of his own linemen stepped on his right foot as he attempted to throw.Enter Hurts, who posted a 26-2 record as the starter before Tagovailoa claimed the job. Share: He calmly guided the Crimson Tide (13-0, No. 1 CFP) to a game-tying touchdown with a 10-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy, capping a 16-play, 80-yard drive that consumed more than 7 minutes.After Georgia (11-2, No. 4 CFP) was stuffed on a fake punt near midfield, Hurts took matters into his own hands for the winning score. Spotting an opening up the middle, he took off on a 15-yard TD run with 1:04 remaining.“It’s unprecedented to have a guy that won as many games as he won … start as a freshman, only lose a couple of games the whole time that he was the starter, and then all of a sudden he’s not the quarterback,” Saban said. “How do you manage that? How do you handle that? You’ve got to have a tremendous amount of class and character to put team first, knowing your situation is not what it used to be.”Hurts completed 7 of 9 passes for 82 yards, to go along with five carries for 28 yards in less than a quarter of action. Follow The Columbian on Instagram ATLANTA — Jalen Hurts spent most of the season watching from the sideline, cheering on the guy who took his job and hoping for one more chance to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide.He didn’t pout. He didn’t gripe. He didn’t transfer.On Saturday, Hurts got the call.Boy, did he respond.Hurts threw for one touchdown and ran for another with just over a minute to go, rallying No. 1 Alabama to a 35-28 victory over No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game. It was a stunning twist on the scenario that played out less than 11 months earlier on the very same field.“I’ve probably never been more proud of a player than Jalen,” coach Nick Saban said.If they had pitched this script to Hollywood, it would’ve been laughed out of the room for being too implausible. In last season’s national title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, between these same two teams, Tua Tagovailoa replaced an ineffective Hurts at the start of the second half with Alabama trailing Georgia 13-0. The replacement threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yarder in overtime that gave the Tide a stunning 26-23 victory. FROMM SHINESJake Fromm got the best of his duel with Tagovailoa.Georgia’s sophomore quarterback threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, while Tagovailoa was only 10 of 25 for 164 yards.The Alabama QB did spark the comeback with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle late in the third quarter, cutting Georgia’s lead to 28-21.IT’S A FAKE!With the game tied at 28, Georgia raced fourth-and-11 at its own 50. The Bulldogs lined up for a punt that could’ve put the Tide in a deep hole, but Smart inexplicably called for a fake punt.It never had a chance.Backup quarterback Justin Fields took a direct snap, looked to throw and then took off running. He was quickly swarmed by the Tide defenders, gaining only 2 yards. 2 Photos Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) celebrates his touchdown against Georgia during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Photo Gallery By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Georgia can make a pretty good case for the playoff, too, but the Bulldogs will likely get left out. Big 12 champion Oklahoma avenged its only loss by beating Texas, and No. 6 Ohio State still had a chance to make its case in the Big Ten title game.This was another galling loss for Saban’s former assistant, Kirby Smart. He’s quickly built Georgia into a national powerhouse, but he keeps coming up short against his ex-boss.For the second time in less than a year, the Bulldogs squandered a double-digit lead to the Crimson Tide. While this one didn’t end with the suddenness of that national title game, it hurt just as bad. The Bulldogs had another chance to knock off the team that had been No. 1 in the polls all season, a team that has built perhaps the greatest rivalry in college football history.“With a team like that, you’ve got to be able to put them way because they keep hanging on,” Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta said. “They’ve been doing it for a lot of years.” Hurts rallies No. 1 Alabama to 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia Crimson Tide loses starting QB Tagovailoa to ankle injury Hurts took it from there.“Look, I wasn’t coming here to play to tie,” Smart said.THE TAKEAWAYAlabama: This was the sort of challenge that should serve the Crimson Tide well in the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide had not been in serious trouble all season, beating everyone by at least 22 points, but they showed plenty of grit when finally challenged by the Bulldogs.Georgia: The Bulldogs will be kicking themselves for the way they let this one slip away. Twice, on third-and-short with a chance to extend drives, they failed to convert. And that fake punt will go down as one of Smart’s worst blunders.UP NEXTAlabama: The Crimson Tide heads to the College Football Playoff for the fifth year in a row, undoubtedly as the No. 1 seed and the favorite to win another national title. Alabama is expected to play in the Cotton Bowl semifinals. The opponent could be Oklahoma, Ohio State or maybe even Georgia. Saban endorsed the Bulldogs for a spot in the playoff, saying “they’re one of the four best teams in the country.”Georgia: The Bulldogs are hoping to land a playoff spot but will likely have to settle for a trip to the Sugar Bowl as a consolation prize.last_img read more

Sister surrogate: Columbia River coach helps provide gift of parenthood

first_img The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Alicia Green joins Cristina and Haris Hadziselimovic and their newborn Avyn at the Hadziselimovic’s home in Ridgefield. Green, Columbia River’s gymnastics coach, served as surrogate for her sister Cristina after the couple struggled to get pregnant for years. Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian Photo Gallery A better-fitting description of a role she played is a lead character of an inspiring story conceived in sisterly love. She became an aunt for the third time when she gave birth to her niece Dec. 27 by scheduled Cesarean section.In the parents’ words, a perfect baby on the most perfect day of the couple’s lives. Doctors and other medical staff and specialists called their daughter a miracle.Without a doubt, Mom and Dad say, it’s the truth.“It makes me really know how thankful we are to have her be so perfect,” said Cristina, 35.•••Experts say gestational surrogacy — in this case, an embryo conceived in a laboratory using parents’ eggs and sperm transferred to a surrogate with no genetic link to the baby — continues to grow in popularity. According to the centers of Disease Control and Prevention on its most recent data available, the number of gestational carriers in the United States increased from 727 in 1999 to 3,432 in 2013. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Looking back, the admiration, love, and courage Green has for her sister and brother-in-law’s silent struggle is second to none.“Through that whole journey,” she said, “how easy it would’ve been to reach the emotional cliff. … That shows a lot of strength to be able to continue, even though all you’ve had is failure. And to just keep trying knowing there is even a small chance of success, there is a little chance of success. And we’re going to keep trying for that family.”In turn, Green says she feels a different connection with her niece, whom she called her belly-buddy. This scenario was perfect for her, too, from an emotional standpoint, she added. With family completed, it was time to give to others.“I’ve never felt like I’m missing something,” she said. “I don’t feel like it’s a loss. I know this baby has amazing parents and I can see her anytime I want.” @MegWochnick Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: She and her husband, T.J., have four children of their own — daughter Alex, 11; son Ryland, 8; daughter Logan, 6; and son Jaxton, 3.The Hadziselimovics adore those children as their own. That’s why Haris and Cristina view themselves as the fun-loving aunt and uncle, and were OK with that role if parenthood wasn’t in their cards.Several years went by and despite their efforts of turning to science, it yielded to emotional pain and emptiness.“It’s a lot to go through,” Haris said. “Shots, injections, appointments and seeing (Cristina) be in pain. You get to the point that yes, you want this. But there’s no road map; there’s no answer to why it was working or it wasn’t working. It’s difficult to have one more try and do it all over again.” Sister surrogate: Columbia River coach helps provide gift of parenthood Alicia Green gives birth to her niece via gestational surrogacy for her sister, brother-in-law Subscribe Today Columbia River Chieftains By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: January 26, 2019, 6:40pm Nothing but happy tears learning of the confirmed pregnancy on the first attempt. The couple announced their pregnancy publicly in August at 17 weeks pregnant.The pregnancy didn’t come without complications and scares. First-trimester bleeding required mandatory bedrest for Green in addition to a week-long hospital stay at 23 weeks for placental abruption.Avyn’s birthday arrived at 8:07 a.m. Dec. 27 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver by scheduled Cesarean section at 37 weeks. Both parents were in the operating room.“It’s almost surreal,” Haris said.•••After the birth, Green took a week off from coaching. She’s back leading a Chieftains program seeking a repeat trip to state next month at Sammamish High School, the WIAA’s new location for the state meet Feb. 21-23. Last season, the Chieftains earned the team qualification to state out of the District 3A/2A/1A meet in Battle Ground.center_img GO Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer Avyn is now one month old. Her parents describe an easy-going infant whose looks take more after Dad. They find humor in everyday joys of parenting such as early-morning feedings amidst sleepless nights.Their 8-year storm before parenthood ended, giving way to the pot of gold at the end of the bright rainbow.“We always made clear we were a unit,” Haris said. “Our family, this was a hope and a wish it’d work out in the end.” Haris and Cristina dreamt of having multiple children once they married June 7, 2010 — five years to the day of their first date. The two met as Clark College students after graduating from Columbia River (Cristina) and Hudson’s Bay (Haris) in 2001. Haris, a real estate broker, knew instantly he found his future bride.“I went to work,” Haris said, “and said ‘I met the girl I’m going to marry.’ ”Both come from large families. Each are one of four children and expanding their family was in the couple’s plans not long into their marriage.But this is when their storm began.•••Green, 36, is the oldest of four siblings. Green has been part of Clark County’s high school gymnastics scene as an athlete, coach or judge since the late 1990s. As Alicia Ceccacci, she won gymnastics state titles on vault in 1999 and 2000 while at River, and became the program’s head coach in 2004. 5 Photos As close as two sisters can be, that tight-knit bond is why Cristina confided to her older sister the continuing struggles to expand their family. Cristina got pregnant twice, but miscarried. Rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) also failed from two separate egg retrievals. When genetic testing of the want-to-be parents showed no flaws, it only added to their frustration and disappointment.“She was the person I would tell everything to,” said Cristina, an auditor for the state. “It was easier to talk to her about it.”The fertility train the couple boarded for years, first with Oregon Reproductive Medicine and then the fertility clinic at Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Women’s Health, had one final stop. Doctors and specialists talked surrogacy, and Haris and Cristina had one person in mind. It’s the same woman who went to great lengths to make sure she’d be a good candidate, despite bouts of high blood pressure in pregnancy and children’s births through Cesarean section.The same woman who volunteered to be their surrogate one night at the dinner table in what they called a joking manner. Share: Tags (360) 735-4521 But Green wasn’t kidding.Her husband, T.J., also was 100 percent on board. After all, their family of six was complete following their youngest son’s birth three years ago.The storm slowly began clearing.•••Before 2019, it was illegal in Washington state for a surrogate to be compensated. That changed Jan. 1 as part of new protections under the state’s Uniform Parentage Act to address a number of arrangements related to surrogacy.Even though they were family, both couples hired attorneys to negotiate contracts and underwent psychological evaluations. It took eight months from the time the Hadziselimovics decided to use a surrogate until one of the final embryos left was implanted in Green last April.A few weeks later, a big surprise.“We both were crying on the phone,” Cristina said of the call between her and Green. A framed cross-stitch pattern faces the living room inside the Ridgefield home of Haris and Cristina Hadziselimovic. Created by their sister-in-law Cait Ceccacci, it reads a phrase that characterizes the couple’s journey toward parenthood: The greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow.For eight years, their storm of unexplained infertility meant struggles and frustrations, disappointments and emotional tolls for the Vancouver natives who first met in college.Their rainbow couldn’t be more clear or the pot of gold at the end more rewarding. That’s their daughter, Avyn James, born via gestational surrogacy one month ago.Technically, Alicia Green is a wife, aunt, sister, mother of four and a gestational carrier. But Green, Columbia River High School’s head gymnastics coach and a local CT and MRI technologist, is more than that. meg.wochnick@columbian.comlast_img read more

High School Scoreboard, May 23

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GO High School Scoreboard, May 23 Share: @col_mrice Share: Thursday’s ScheduleTRACK AND FIELD4A, 3A, 2A state meet at Mount Tahoma HS, Tacoma1A, 1B, 2B state meet at Eastern Washington University, CheneyBoys GolfClass 4A State TournamentAt The Creek at Qualchan, SpokaneTeam scores (strokes)  — 1, Kamiak 597; 2, Gonzaga Prep 600; 3, Eastlake 603.Top 3, plus locals1, Drew Warford (Mount Si) 71-71-1422t, Kyle Cooley (Mount Vernon) 17-73-1442t, Nate Plaster (Gonzaga Prep) 69-75-14410t, Owen Huntington (Camas) 73-76-14968t, Camden Mills (Union) 81-93-174Class 3A State TournamentAt Indian Summer CC, LaceyTeam scores (storkes) — 1, Bellevue 602; 2, Lakeside-Seattle 617; 3, Everett and Mercer Island, 620.Top 3, plus locals1, Ethan Evans (Mercer Island), 71-72-1432, Ian Siebers (Bellevue), 71-74-1453t, Graham Moody (Mountain View) 76-71-1473t, Thomas Huang (Bellevue) 75-72-14727t, Willy Yeh (Mountain View) 83-78-161Class 2A State TournamentAt Liberty Lake, SpokaneTeam scores (points) — 1, Ridgefield 128; 2, Sequim 83.5; 3, Ephrata 63.5; 5, Columbia River 50.5.Top 3, plus locals1, Jordan Medcalf (Lynden) 73-742, Conrad Brown (Burlington-Edison) 77-72-1493, Patrick Azevedo (Othello) 76-74-1504t, Kellen Bringhurst (Ridgefield) 74-81-15513, Cade Bringhurst (Ridgefield) 78-82-16014t, Isaiah Lamont (Columbia River) 83-78-16119t, Eli Saenz (Ridgefield) 81-82-16321t, Brady Yackley (Columbia River) 80-84-16424t, Nick Radosevich (Ridgefield) 84-81-16526, Caden Whitsitt (Ridgefield) 84-82-16629t, Kale Suomi (Ridgefield) 82-85-16733, Jarrett Christensen (Hockinson) 82-87-16936, Ryan Snyder (Columbia River) 83-92-175Class 1A State TournamentAt Olympia Golf Club, OlympiaTeam scores (points) — 1, Seattle Academy 153; 2, Charles Wright 98.5; 3, Zillah 62.5; 10 , King’s Way Christian 13.5Top 3, plus locals1, Gyan Baines (Charles Wright) 72-78-1502, Grayson Giboney (King’s) 75-763, Elias Malakoff (Seattle Academy) 69-825t, Sean Ball (Seton Catholic) 77-80-15728t, Ty Mairs (King’s Way) 87 90-17740, Aiden Pisarczyk (King’s Way Christian) 90-104-194Girls GolfClass 4A State TournamentAt Hangman Valley, SpokaneTeam scores (strokes) — 1, Redmond 675; 2, Mead 684; 3, Issaquah 691; 4, Camas 697.Top 3, plus locals1, Julia Bordeaux (Bellarmine Prep) 70-72-1422t, Adethi Anand (Redmond) 70-76-1462t, Kennedy Knox (Mount Rainier) 70-76-14614t, Emma Cox (Camas) 76-84-16025t, Ashley Clark (Camas) 81-86-16729t, Maddy Starwalt (Skyview) 80-89-16946, Elizabeth Gillespie 95-85-18043t, Wenny Cai (Camas) 90-102-19259, Ashley Gillespie (Camas) 96-100-196Class 3A State TournamentAt Hawks Prairie, LaceyTeam scores (strokes) — 1, Bellevue 627; 2, Interlake 653; 3, Mercer Island 677.Top 3, plus locals1, Brittany Kwon (Central Kitsap) 67-72-1392, Lauryn Nguyen (West Seatle) 17-71-1423t, Gihoe Seo (Mercer Island) 72-73-1453t, Leica Shen (Bellevue) 73-72-14520t, Kiana Coburn (Fort Vancouver) 87-83-17035t, Audry Chang (Mountain View) 95-86-18143t, Maria Martos (Mountain View) 95-91-18646t, Hallie Tibbits (Fort Vancouver) 90-97-187Class 2A State TournamentAt Meadowwood, SpokaneTeam scores (points) — 1, Sammamish 107.5; 2, Bellingham 87; 3. White River 78.5.Top 3, plus locals1, Kathryn Crimp (Ellensburg) 75-71-1462, Lily McCauley (Tumwater) 75-74-1493, Jada French (Bellingham) 77-75-15216, Naomi Phelps (Columbia River) 85-85-17020t, Karlyn Gomez (Columbia River) 87-91-17827t, Rayleah Trice (Woodland) 94-89-18335t, Madelin Kim (Columbia River) 94-92-18637t, Abby Bozarth (Woodland) 93-102-195Class 1A/2B/1B State TournamentAt Tumwater Valley, TumwaterTeam scores — 1, Charles Wright 92.5; 2, Pomeroy 78.5; 3, Annie Wright 71.Top 3, plus locals1, Emersyn Walker (Charles Wright Academy) 69-72-1412t, Emi Brown (Klahowya) 76-71-1472t, Emily Chen (Charles Wright) 71-76-14720t, Riley Philbrook (King’s Way Christian) 87-92-179BASEBALLClass 4A State Playoffs (360) 735-4548 Micah Rice Columbian Sports Editor At GESA Stadium, PascoFriday’s SemifinalsOlympia vs. Issaquah, 4 p.m.Skyview vs. Moses Lake, 7 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 1 p.m.Championship, 7 p.m.Class 3A State PlayoffsAt GESA Stadium, PascoFriday’s SemifinalsO’Dea vs. Capital, 10 a.m.Gig Harbor vs. Lake Washington, 1 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 10 a.m.Championship, 4 p.m.Class 2A State PlayoffsAt County Stadium, YakimaFriday’s SemifinalsFife vs. Sehome, 4 p.m.Archbishop Murphy vs. Selah, 7 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 1 p.m.Championship, 7 p.m.Class 1A State PlayoffsAt County Stadium, YakimaFriday’s GamesUniversity Prep vs. Chelan, 10 a.m.Seattle Christian vs. Colville 1 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 10 a.m.Championship, 4 p.m.SOFTBALLClass 4A State TournamentAt Merkel Sports Complex, SpokaneFriday’s GamesFirst RoundPuyallup vs. Eastlake, 10 a.m.Glacier Peak vs. Richland, 10 a.m.Sumner vs. Lake Stevens, 10 a.m.Rogers-Puyallup vs. Skyview, 10 a.m.Central Valley vs. Tahoma, 12 p.m.Camas vs. Jackson, 12 p.m.Chiawana vs. Battle Ground, 12 p.m.Redmond vs. Moses Lake, 12 p.m.Loser-out games, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.Quarterfinals, 4 p.m.Class 3A State TournamentAt Regional Athletic Complex, LaceyFriday’s GamesFirst RoundEverett vs. Lake Washington, 9 a.m.Yelm vs. Southridge, 9 a.m.Bellevue vs. Snohomish, 9 a.m.Juanita vs. Mountain View, 9 a.m.Hermiston vs. Bonney Lake, 12 p.m.Holy Names vs. Meadowdale, 12 p.m.Edmonds-Woodway vs. Stadium, 12 p.m.Prairie vs. Garfield, 12 p.m.Loser-out games, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.Quarterfinals, 4 p.m.Class 2A State TournamentAt Carlon Park, SelahFriday’s GamesFirst RoundNorth Kitsap vs. East Valley-Yakima, 10 a.m.W.F. West vs. Port Angeles, 10 a.m.Lakewood vs. Ridgefield, 10 a.m.White River vs. Ephrata, 10 a.m.Selah vs. Sequim, 12 p.m.Tumwater vs. Sehome, 12 p.m.Lynden vs. Olympic, 12 p.m.Eatonville vs. Woodland, 12 p.m.Loser-out games, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.Quarterfinals, 4 p.m.Class 1A State TournamentAt Columbia Playfield, RichlandFriday’s GamesFirst RoundColville vs. Seattle Christian, 10 a.m.Elma vs. Warden, 10 a.m.Coupeville vs. Montesano, 10 a.m.College Place vs. Deer Park, 10 a.m.Cle Elum vs. Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls, 12 p.m.Forks vs. Lynden Christian, 12 p.m.Mount Baker vs. Royal, 12 p.m.Freeman vs. Castle Rock, 12 p.m.Loser-out games, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.Quarterfinals, 4 p.m.BOYS SOCCERClass 4A State TournamentAt Sparks Stadium, PuyallupFriday’s SemifinalsMount Si vs. Ferris, 6 p.m.Puyallup vs. Jackson, 8 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 12 p.m.Championship, 5 p.m.Class 3A State TournamentAt Sparks Stadium, PuyallupFriday’s SemifinalsLakeside-Seattle vs. Mountain View, 2 p.m.Bellevue vs. Interlake, 4 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 10 a.m.Championship, 3 p.m.Class 2A State TournamentAt Sunset Chev Stadium, SumnerFriday’s SemifinalsSehome vs. Toppenish, 6 p.m.Columbia River vs. Fife, 8 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 12 p.m.Championship, 5 p.m.Class 1A State TournamentAt Sunset Chev Stadium, SumnerFriday’s SemifinalsVashon Island vs. Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls, 2 p.m.Overlake vs. Toledo/Winlock, 4 p.m.Saturday’s GamesThird place, 10 a.m.Championship, 3 p.m. By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor Published: May 22, 2019, 10:18pm micah.rice@columbian.comlast_img read more

Windstar Announces New “Have You Ever” Campaign

first_imgSeattle, WA, April 18, 2017 —  Never have I ever heard the visceral roar of the Monaco Grand Prix from premier grandstand seats, or mingled with the “glitterati” of Monte Carlo before retiring to my yacht. Never have I ever watched a live Russian ballet performance actually in Russia. Never have I ever chased shots of ouzo with plates of mezes in Greece, paired with an epic cerulean sky. Never have I ever taken an intimate, small-ship cruise that brings me to the best, most exclusive, and off-the-beaten-path locations in all of Europe. Today, Windstar Cruises announces its new “Have You Ever” campaign focusing on a Europe 2017 summer sale, aimed at turning these “never have I evers” into “yes, I haves” with prices from $1,299 per guest. More than 20 voyages in Northern Europe, Italy, Greece, and the Mediterranean are included in the sale. Windstar simply does Europe differently than other cruise lines. In addition to the unique itineraries, the ships are so small, they actually engage in picturesque cruising along Europe’s most scenic shorelines (like the stunning Stockholm Archipelago). More time in port means more time to explore local culture and cuisines, and Windstar’s small-group shore excursions give guests a more authentic Europe experience, one that connects them in meaningful ways with the people and cultures they encounter. A sampling of Windstar European shore excursions include: • Ephesus and Private Lunch in Sirince Village (Kusadasi, Turkey) – Cruisers explore the ruined city of ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the glorious Celsus Library façade and Temple of Hadrian to the newly excavated “Terrace Houses”. This shore excursion is complimentary on all Treasures of the Greek Isles voyages. • Dinner at a Local Family Village Home (Dubrovnik, Croatia) – Travelers head to the fertile Konavle Valley where their gracious host and chef prepares local specialties. Available on Venetian Passageways, Quintessential Croatia, Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece, and Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast. • Kayak in the Finnish Archipelago (Helsinki, Finland) – Participants tour the sights of Helsinki before paddling their own sea kayak through the scenic and wildlife-rich Finnish Archipelago on Baltic Delights. • Mountains & Fjords (Alesund, Norway) – Guests climb the famous Trolls Road with its exhilarating hairpin bends, pausing to admire the incredible mountains, gorges, and waterfalls along the way on Lands of the Midnight Sun. Of course, no trip to Europe would be complete without dining like a European, and on Windstar, every effort is placed upon using fresh, local ingredients, with the cruise line recently becoming the official cruise line of the venerable James Beard Foundation. With fresh gravlax while sailing through Norwegian fjords, local cheeses in France (paired with amazing wines), osso bucco in Italy, or souvlaki in Greece, these “Have You Ever” gastronomic questions can all be answered with a resounding, “Mmmm, yes, I have” after joining Windstar in Europe. Rates for Windstar European summer sailings start at $1,299 per person, double occupancy including “Have You Ever” inspired journeys such as the following: Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras – on the voyage from Barcelona to Rome (or reverse), this glamorous sailing stops along the French and Italian Rivieras, including Port Vendres, Sanary-Sur-Mer, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Portofino, and Portoferraio. There are 12 sail dates to choose from, starting at $1,299 per person. Gaelic Explorers – traveling from Edinburgh to Dublin (or reverse), this unique Windstar itinerary heads from the hills to the highlands, with port in Isle of Man, Portrush, Tobermory (Isle of Mull), Portree, Kirkwall, and Invergordon. There are six sail dates to choose from, starting at $2,499 per person. For a full listing of “Have You Ever” Europe sale voyages, visit For additional information on small ship cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit the Windstar Yachts:Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / YouTube / Pinterest / LinkedIn / Instagram / Blog Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small boutique sailing and all-suite yachts visiting 170 ports throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, and adding newly-announced Asia and Arabia. The boutique cruise ships are known for an intimate yacht-style experience, unique itineraries and exclusive access to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in boutique small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths. All ships in the fleet have recently undergone multi-million dollar transformations to embody casually elegant yacht travel. The all-suite yachts Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride serve 212 guests in all-suite accommodations; while sailing yachts Wind Spirit and Wind Star sail with up to 148 guests, and Wind Surfserves 310 guests. The yachts cruise to 59 nations worldwide. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies. More information: read more

Allianz Global Assistance Finds That Americans Are Pro-Connectivity

first_imgAllianz Global Assistance Finds That Americans Are Pro-Connectivity, Even in One of the Few Places Left to Power DownAllianz Global Assistance Discovers That Americans Want Free In-Flight Texting, Wi-Fi and Cellular Calls, but Don’t Want their Fellow Passengers to Use it  Richmond, VA, November 8, 2017 — Those who thought that airplanes might remain a haven from emails, text messages and phone calls may want to think again. The majority of Americans would use free Wi-Fi (76.2 percent) and cellular calls (55.5 percent), and nearly half (44.7 percent) would use free text messaging services if provided on a flight, according to a new survey* conducted by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance. The desire to stay connected is so pervasive that 40 percent of people don’t always put their phone on airplane mode and almost 14 percent of people have secretly snuck a text message or call during a flight**. The main reasons respondents* reported wanting to have free in-flight text messaging and cellular calls are to use in case of an emergency (35 percent text messaging/34 percent cellular calls) and to stay connected with friends and family (38.6 percent text messaging/31.6 percent cellular calls). Additional responses included having the ability to coordinate airport pick-up (14.7 percent text messaging/15.4 percent cellular calls) and connection to work (11.7 percent text messaging/10.4 percent cellular calls). The primary reason that people are not interested in text messaging and cellular calls relates to their fellow passengers’ usage. In fact, 27.7 percent deemed other passengers’ usage as the factor that makes them least interested in free text messaging services in-flight. For cellular calls, 30.9 percent were least interested due to noise level, and 20.3 percent because of fellow passengers’ usage. Other reasons making flyers weary of connectivity include: safety concerns regarding in-flight usage (23.9 percent text messaging/15.2 percent cellular calls), being connected to work (19.9 percent text messaging/11.6 percent cellular calls), safety concerns regarding terrorism (19.6 percent text messaging/15.7 percent cellular calls) and being connected to family and friends (8.8 percent text messaging/6.2 percent cellular calls). Among all three in-flight capability options, free Wi-Fi was preferred over texting and cellular calls, yet nearly half of respondents** (40 percent) feel more obligated to work when they have Wi-Fi. It is no surprise then that the ability to use social media (22.4 percent) and streaming services (22.1 percent) were found most important*, suggesting that while travelers are interested in staying “on” in flight, they prefer to use their devices for personal reasons instead of work. “Despite talk of the need to unplug and a desire to digital detox, we’ve found that many Americans do want to be connected while in flight,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Airlines have recognized this and are beginning to cater to this customer desire by offering free in-flight text messaging and Wi-Fi, and we anticipate they will continue to do so as technologies advance. In the future, passengers may even be able to make phone calls on flights, which could lead to new airline design and sources of revenue, like quiet cabins, which 46 percent of Americans would consider paying extra for if airlines did allow phone calls.” A video highlighting the survey’s findings is available to view here. Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please  *Methodology 1: This 10-question survey was administered to the U.S. internet population from October 19, 2017 – October 21, 2017, receiving 1,520 responses. The methodology is explained here and a snapshot of survey findings are listed below: Would you use free messaging services (e.g. iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger) if provided on a flight?55.3% – No44.7% – YesWould you use free cellular service/calls if provided on a flight?55.5% – Yes44.5% – NoSince sending photos and videos is not supported by free in-flight messaging services, would you consider paying more for the ability to do so?78.4% – No16.6% – Depends on the cost5.0% – YesWhat factor makes you most interested in having free messaging service capabilities on a flight?38.6% – Being connected to family and friends35.0% – Ability to use in case of emergency14.7% – Ability to coordinate airport pick-up11.7% – Being connected to workWhat factor makes you less interested in having free messaging service capabilities on a flight?27.7% – Other passengers’ usage23.9% – Safety concerns regarding in-flight usage19.9% – Being connected to work19.6% – Safety concerns regarding terrorism8.8% – Being connected to friends and familyWhat factor makes you most interested in having free cellular service capabilities/calls on a flight?34.0% – Ability to use in case of emergency31.6% – Being connected to friends and family15.4% – Ability to coordinate airport pick-up10.4% – Being connected to work8.5% – Ability to plan other travel arrangementsWhat factor makes you less interested in having free cellular service capabilities/calls on a flight?30.9% – Noise level20.3% – Other passengers’ usage15.7% – Safety concerns regarding terrorism15.2% – Safety concerns regarding in-flight usage11.6% – Being connected to work6.2% – Being connected to friends and familyWould you use free in-flight Wi-Fi if provided on a flight?76.2% – Yes23.8% – NoWhat factor makes you most interested in having in-flight Wi-Fi?22.4% – Checking social media22.1% – Using streaming services20.4% – Checking emails19.1% – 19.1% – Keeping up with the news16.0% – Ability to work in-flightIf airlines allowed cellular service/calls, would you consider paying more for a ‘quiet cabin’ where cell service is not allowed?53.9% – No27.8% – Depends on the cost18.2% – Yes**Methodology 2: This 10-question survey was administered to the U.S. internet population from October 5, 2017 – October 8, 2017, receiving 1,502 responses. The methodology is explained here and a snapshot of survey findings are listed below: How often do you put your phone on airplane mode or turn off your cellular device during flight?59.9% – Always17.2% – Never10.4% – Almost Always6.4% – Sometimes6.0% – Almost NeverHave you ever snuck a text message or made a call secretly on a flight?86.1% – No, I have never snuck a text or call11.2% – Yes, I have texted2.7% – Yes, I have made a callIf you flight has wi-fi, do you feel more obligated to work on that flight?48.1% – Never25.9% – Sometime12.9% – Almost Never7.1% – Almost Always6.0% – Always  Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company.  We provide insurance to 25 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please or Like us on Facebook read more

Forland Shipping Takes 100 Pct Ownership of Forland …

first_imgzoom Havyard Ship Invest AS has entered into an agreement with Forland Shipping today to sell Havyard’s 25% stake in Forland Subsea AS.LEWEK INSPECTORForland Subsea AS is the shipowning company of the subsea construction vessel “Lewek Inspector”.The Lewek Inspector is an inspection, maintenance & repair vessel, designed to give low fuel consumption in all operating modes, with North Sea IMR operations in mind.Once the transaction is completed, Forland Shipping will own 100 % of shares in Forland Subsea AS.Press Release, May 6, 2014, Image: emaslast_img read more

Royal Caribbean and MiamiDade County Break Ground To Build WorldClass Cruise Terminal

first_imgMIAMI, March 8, 2017 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) together with Miami-Dade County, today broke ground for the new cutting edge cruise Terminal A at PortMiami. Terminal A will be a striking addition to PortMiami, serving as homeport to several Royal Caribbean International ships, including two of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships – Allure of the Seas and the newly announced Symphony of the Seas. “This is an exciting collaboration with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal but an iconic state-of-the-art facility,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Terminal A reinforces our unwavering commitment to our hometown, the city where our company first started nearly 50 years ago.” “Miami-Dade County is happy to welcome Royal Caribbean’s Terminal A, and the economic factors that will benefit Miami-Dade,” said Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor. “Our public-private partnership will have an estimated economic impact of $500 million and generate more than 4,000 jobs. This will make PortMiami Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise port in the U.S., solidifying PortMiami’s status as the ‘Cruise Capital of the World.’” Once completed in October 2018, Terminal A will be LEED certified and accommodate a 1,300-foot long ship. Royal Caribbean will implement the best technologies to deliver a state-of-the-art guest experience. Terminal A will not be the only addition for Royal Caribbean this year, RCL has added a 20,000-square-foot Innovation Lab to its corporate headquarters. The Innovation Lab will continue to generate the design of Royal Caribbean’s industry-leading ships. Currently, PortMiami welcomes approximately 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, representing about 15 percent of its overall passenger traffic. Once the new cruise terminal is completed, it is anticipated that Royal Caribbean will generate at least 1.8 million travelers at PortMiami – representing no less than 30 percent of the port’s projected passenger traffic.  Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns and operates three global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. RCL is a 50 percent joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises, and have a 49 percent interest in the Spanish brand Pullmantur and a minority interest in SkySea Cruises. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 49 ships with an additional thirteen on order. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 535 destinations on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on PortMiami is among America’s busiest ports and recognized across the globe as the Cruise Capital of the World and Global Gateway. PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps generate 207,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs. For more information please visit read more

Topdeck Launches Europe 2020 Brochure with Four New Trips

first_imgNEW YORK – September 5, 2019 – Youth Travel Expert, Topdeck Travel, has officially unveiled its Europe 2020 tours, showcasing four new incredible trips across Malta, Sicily, Bodrum and France, among over 150 unique and refreshed itineraries. To celebrate the release of the full European brochure, Topdeck is inviting travelers to join ‘The Class of 2020’with 10 percent off select Europe trips booked between now and November 30, 2019, for travel April-December 2020. Topdeck is coining 2020 as the year to create milestones, memories and new friends, and will lead the adventure seeking cohort to incredible destinations and experiences. Topdeck General Manager of Sales David Gendle says the upcoming year will be filled to the brim with adventures in Europe and is encouraging eager explorers to secure their golden 2020 ticket there. “Every single trip and destination on offer next year was handcrafted based on what travelers are wanting and yearning for, perhaps beyond their wildest dreams, and 2020 is the culminating moment they finally do it,” Mr. Gendle said. “From summer through winter, there is an immersive energy to every route. Every individual that joins a tour will be a part of an exclusive class of travelers, a page out of a yearbook they’ll look back on with exceptionally fond memories.” The 12-day Sicily and Malta Explored itinerary includes the chance to traverse the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon; a beautiful boat trip to the island of Comino; a full day of four-wheel driving on Gozo; and a guided night tour of the ‘Silent City’ of Mdina. The experience also includes a traditional pizza making class in Sicily and the opportunity to be immersed in the historical sights of Catania, Palermo and Taormina. In addition to the two Mediterranean destinations, three new routes have been added, including an intimate 15-day France only tour; eight days of sailing from Bodrum; and 28 days of European delights beginning in London. For those interested in being charmed by Parisian delicacies, the 15-day Bonjour France trip is just the ticket. Enjoy a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower, soak up the medieval charm of Bayeux, discover Marseille and take in amazing views of the French Alps! Travelers who have always dreamt a life on the open seas can sail the scenic Turkish coastline for eight incredible days from Bodrum, stopping to swim and snorkel in the Aegean Sea. Bodrum Sailing includes visits to the Byzantine ruins in Kisebuku and the quaint fishing village of Tuzla Bay. With so many experiences to try and destinations to visit, having a taste of everything Europe has to offer is now possible on the 28-day European Delights tour. From London to Barcelona, and Greece to Amsterdam, travelers will visit iconic cities and encounter many rites of passage as a tourist, including a traditional gondola ride in Venice. The complete Europe offering caters to all travelers aged 18-39 and ranges in length from 4-49 days. To uncover all 161 trips and book your 2020 departure, view the new Europe brochure here. For destination inspiration, check out Topdeck’s Europe trips at:  About Topdeck Topdeck is the number one provider of epic, hassle-free, authentic group trips for 18 to 39-year-olds that uncover the best of any worldwide destination. Founded in 1973 by a group of friends with a double decker bus and a passion for adventure, Topdeck has grown to offer a variety of culturally rich planned trips spanning Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Topdeckers from around the world enjoy a travel experience led by fun, local trip leaders with the opportunity to travel with and meet likeminded individuals. Terms & Conditions: The offer of “10% off Europe 2020 trips” applies to select Topdeck Europe trips departing between March 26, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Valid for new bookings made between September 3, 2019 to December 15, 2019. Advertised “SAVE UP TO” price is based on the Mega European – Egypt trip. For discount to apply, all Topdeck services must be paid in full by December 15, 2019. The discount does not apply to Limited Edition trips, festivals, short breaks, stopovers or pre/post accommodation. This offer can be combined with other offers, to a maximum discount value of 15%. Quote promo code CAMTDEU202010% at time of booking. Passengers must be aged 18-39 at time of travel. Subject to availability. Topdeck reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time. For general Topdeck booking terms and conditions see read more