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WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Bong LozadaMen’s volleyball national team skipper John Vic De Guzman said Thursday the squad he’ll be leading in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games will be a different one from the 2015 team that failed to bring home a medal.“I can’t say where we are right now but we made sure that this team will be a different one from the 2015 one,” said De Guzman in Filipino in the athletes send-off for the SEA Games last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Bodybuilder breaks neck after failed backflip attempt PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “What I can say is this SEA Games will be more exciting.”The men’s national volleyball team traveled to Korea for its training camp where the team would train for almost 16 hours with meals serving as the only rest for them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd even though De Guzman and his peers went through rigorous activities during their two-week stay in Korea, the captain did not make any concrete promises.“I am not saying that we’re confident we’ll bring home the gold, but what I can say is we’ll do our best, we’ll play to our extent and we’ll take it to heart everything we’ve been through in Korea,” said De Guzman. And one thing the team will definitely remember once they start playing in Malaysia is the injury to hitter Greg Dolor who suffered a broken pinky finger.De Guzman said the injury to one of their offensive weapons deeply hurt the team skills-wise, but it also bolstered the group in the attitude department.“That hurt but we all know now that we’re far more motivated going into the SEA Games and we’re braver now because we’ll be offering our games to Greg.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READ
Perlas boosts hopes for podium finish with Vietnam rout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “At least, this was what we’re waiting for. When I woke up earlier, I had a good feeling that we’ll finally get the win,” said Codiñera.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde (2-7) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Edward Dixon got 14 markers and 14 boards as the Blazers stumbled to their third straight defeat to finish the first round.The Scores:ARELLANO 87 – Dela Cruz 24, Flores 14, Salado 9, Alcoriza 8, Enriquez 7, Nicholls 7, Concepcion 6, Cañete 4, Meca 4, Taywan 4, Filart 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Viloria 0.ST. BENILDE 81 – Leutcheu 21, Dixon 14, Domingo 10, Sta. Maria 10, Naboa 9, Castor 8, Pili 6, San Juan 3, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Quarters: 19-20, 35-47, 58-62, 87-81. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLevi dela Cruz sparked Arellano’s fourth quarter assault as the Chiefs finally snapped a four-game losing slide with a come-from-behind 87-81 victory over St. Benilde Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The 22-year-old playmaker fired 12 of his 24 points in the payoff period, to go with four assists, three rebounds, and a block to help complete the Chiefs’ fightback from 16-points down, 39-23, midway in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dela Cruz triggered Arellano’s telling 15-2 run that turned a 69-63 deficit in the final 7:17 to a 78-71 lead, capped off by his back-to-back treys with 2:57 remaining.“I was surprised with his performance. I hope he consistently does this,” said coach Jerry Codiñera of his guard in Filipino.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 openingLervin Flores added a double-double of 14 markers, 11 boards, and two blocks, while Kent Salado got nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.Arellano finally broke out of its funk and rose to 3-5, just in time for its first round-ending duel against reigning champion San Beda on Tuesday. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments
9.50 pm – That’s it folks. It’s all over. The Delhi Games have come to an end. A bittersweet ride, the controversies of the past months have somewhat been mitigated by India’s glorious run which propelled them to a best-ever second place finish.The Indian athletes’ form bodes well for Asian Games which is in November in Guangzhou, China.9.46 pm – Chak De India, followed by Rahman’s CWG Theme. Fireworks begin. This is it. The Delhi Games are about to end.9.41 pm -Where’s The Party Tonight, Desi Girl and other fast-paced Bollywood numbers being performed now.9.30 pm – Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadev, Shubha Mudgal perform cameos. Old pop hits being dug out of their graves.9.15 pm – Kailash Kher on stage, singing Allah Ke Bande, followed by Sajda. Shiamak Daavar, Shankar Mahadevan, Usha Uthup with him.Ila Arun sings next. Sukhwinder Singh starts Ibn Batuta.Shiamak begins singing We Will Rock You. Blimey.Usha Uthup performs We Are The Champions. Much more convincing than Shiamak. Shiamak sings again. Why oh why?9.11 pm -The laser show begins.9.06 pm – Prince Edwards declares the 2010 Commonwealth Games closed.The Indian contingent at the closing ceremony parade. 9.05 pm – Trecia Smith of Jamaica wins the David Dixon award for being the outstanding athlete of the Delhi Games. Fennell hands over the trophy to Smith, who appears very pleased.She is Jamaica’s triple jump gold medal winner at the CWG.8.57 pm – Mike Fennell comes on. “As the curtains fall on the Games, let us celebrate what has been a wonderful exhibition of Commonwealth sports.”advertisement”Delhi has delivered a truly outstanding Games,” he says.”The Games have given Delhi a rich legacy not just in terms of world class sporting venues, but showing the world India can organise major sporting events.”The CGF boss also praises volunteers and the security apparatus.”Thank you Delhi,” he finishes.8.50 pm – The Glasgow show goes on. The next hosts of the Commonwealth games tell the world what their country has to offer in 2014.8.45 pm – A little film about Scotland plays. Bagpipers enter the venue. Scottish performers begin their act. Crowd cheers them along.8.35 pm – The flag handover begins. But first, another long, boring round of thanks from Tejinder Khanna. The Glasgow representative is here.Khanna finally hands over the flag to Glasgow, the 2014 hosts. 8.31 pm – Sheila Dikshit and Tejinder Khanna in the spotlight. The ceremonial flag is now to be delivered to Glasgow.8.25 pm – Kalmadi goes on: “I thank Sonia Gandhi and young leader Rahul Gandhi for sitting in spectator area, not in the VIP area”.Speech is too long and boring, says S Kannan. More thanks. To Jaipal Reddy. Chidambaram. Sonia, Manmohan, Ambika Soni, Tejinder Khanna, Sheila Dikshit, and who not.”Many feel Games village was the best ever”. Crowd approves.”The impact of the Games has been felt. Delhi has advanced by 10 years.””Games bound India together,” he says.Kalmadi has made this a political speech. People are getting bored.Kalmadi thanks Lalit Bhanot. Crowd booes. Good.Kalmadi signs off: “We wish Glasgow all the best for the 2014 CWG. Thank you Delhi, thank you India. Jai Hind.”Shaan sings ‘Goodbye Oh Shera’ with Shera the CWG mascot. 8.20 pm – Shera waves goodbye. Laser lights trained on him. He walks away from the stadium. Kalmadi’s speech begins. Crowd booes him. He’s an unpopular man. They don’t want his speeech!He address ‘the proud people of Delhi’. Crowd approves.’This is not the end’. More cheers.Kalmadi refers to India’s 101 medals, a record haul. More cheers. He thanks Manmohan Singh for his support.8.16 pm – Images of the 11 day’s action unfold. It’s time to say goodbye to our mascot Shera, says the announcer as she welcomes singer Shaan. ‘Goodbye oh Shera’, Shaan sings in an open-top rickshaw with Shera by his side. Eyes get moist. In a short while New Delhi will be bidding goodbye to the Games. And it will be over to the 2014 hosts ScotlandShera after Appu of 1982 Asiad will be remembered for years to come.8.15 pm – Indian athletes soak in the atmosphere. Dancing all the way. Justified with the medal haul they raked in.Jio, Utho, Badho plays. There is an audio-visual package being beamed on the aerostat. It captures the golden moments of the Games. AR Rahman’s song has crowd in a rocking mood.CWG volunteers at the closing ceremony. (PTI)8.05 pm – Our man at the venue, MT sports editor S Kannan says: This is a long procession of athletes walking in. During the opening ceremony, it lasted 45 minutes. This seems no less. advertisement7.58 pm – More and more athletes troop in, in alphabetic order. Sri Lanka’s flag was prominent. Catch the closing ceremony photos on India Today.7.45 pm – Lesser number of athletes from each nation enter. Most have started leaving after their events over all in track dress mostlyDhanyavaad Delhi united, the volunteers who made these games happen, says the announcer.Team India enters.Gagan Narang leads the hosts. He has won four gold medals. THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE FOR HIM. Indians are happy. A record haul of medals and they get a great reception, loud and raucous.7.39 pm – The athletes parade begins. Volunteers and marshals enter in a curved river formation. The flags of the Commonwealth enter now.Led by India and scotland, the 2014 hosts other flags follow in an alphabetic order. Athletes wave coloured scarves.The closing ceremony kicks off at the JN Stadium. (Subir Halder/India Today) 7.30 pm – School kids now performing Vande Maatram. A riot of colour in the middle, informs Kannan.7.29 pm – The bands’ performing Saare Jahan Se Accha gets the crowd going again.7.16 -Throbbing first segment ends. Air Force, Army, Navy bands enter. Their majestic formations wow the crowd. The decibel levels are high.7.07 pm – The first performance begins. It’s called Agni, featuring martial art performers. Nagas in action. And Silambam from Tamil Nadu. Performers from various cultures in action. Khalsa martial art on display too.7.06 pm – National anthem begins. Followed by the crowd’s loud approval. The countdown begins on the Aerostat. The crowd approves again. The ceremony has begun.7.05 pm – Have the Delhi Games met your expectations? Tell us what you think in the comments.7 pm – Ceremony kicks off. Sonia Gandhi takes her seat. OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi welcomes CGF chief Mike Fennell, who said that the Delhi Games have been delivered successfully.Sri Lanka President Mahendra Rajapakse also at the stadiuim as the chief guest.6.55 pm – Ceremonies will begin in five minutes, informs Mail Today sports editor, S Kannan. The stadium isn’t choc-a-bloc full yet. The performers have taken their positions out in the centre.In the meanwhile, you can revisit the opening ceremony for the Games.Disabled children perform at the CWG Closing Ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI) 6.45 pm – 15 minutes to go for the closing ceremony. Sonia Gandhi arrives at the Stadium. Water tight security.6.40 pm – The MC has got the crowd warmed up. 6.30 pm – The closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games will begin at 7 pm the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The ceremony would involve the passing of the Games Baton back to the Commonwealth Federation, followed by Glasgow’s invitation to the world for the 2014 Games.
Advertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: India TVEngland continued their dominance over the visitors after a brilliant day’s play which saw them stretch the lead to a phenomenal margin of 250. The Lord’s beamed with sunlight much to the dismay of the Indians, and the ploy of including Kuldeep Yadav in place of Umesh Yadav clearly backfired as the chinaman struggled.The openers continued to have a horrible series after they made their way to the pavilion wit yet another poor display. Skipper Joe Root and debutant Ollie Pope had a good stand with the latter looking comfortable in his first outing. Two quick strikes reduced England to 89-4 and one hoped for a comeback by the Indians.Shami with the big breakthrough after lunch.Sends Buttler back to the hut.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/xI8N7cbvP2— BCCI (@BCCI) August 11, 2018But a quickfire knock by Jos Buttler and a stunning 189 run stand for the sixth wicket saw the contest sailing away for the visitors. Chris Woakes’ good game continued as he brought up his maiden test hundred, Bairstow, however, fell short of the three-figure mark courtesy of a brilliant take by Karthik behind the stumps.🗣@chriswoakes: “I didn’t know how to celebrate! It was an amazing feeling” 🎥 https://t.co/Az4LEPC75m#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/i7ES1tsCuH— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 11, 2018England head into Day 4 looking to stretch the lead to frustrate the Indians while the Blues hope that the rain gods be at their side for once.Brief Scorecard:Brief Scores: England 357/6 (Chris Woakes 120*, Jonny Bairstow 93; Mohammed Shami 3-74, Hardik Pandya 2-66) lead India 107 by 250 runs.Read Also:Cricket : Anderson claims that he doesn’t feel old yet and can play as long as he wants toCricket: Ajinkya Rahane says the team made mistakes under challenging conditions
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Draymond Green turned in the all-court performance the Golden State Warriors needed to secure their first victory of the season, and then said what he felt was necessary to preserve maximum humility and hunger in the locker room.“We’re still not a very good team,” Green said.ADVERTISEMENT Green’s layup with 5:07 left put the Warriors ahead 128-99 before the Pelicans made an inconsequential run to make the final score look more competitive than the bulk of the game was.“We were never in the game,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We never had any chance at all to win and I think that’s the most disturbing thing to me — especially playing at home.”Brandon Ingram had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who had not lost any of their first three games by more than seven points before being run out of their own building by the Curry and Co.The Pelicans were playing a second straight game without veteran guard Jrue Holiday, who has a sprained left knee, and also were without starting center Derrick Favors because of right knee soreness.“We have enough guys in here where we feel like we can win basketball games,” Ingram said. “We won’t get discouraged at all.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook helps Rockets beat former team Thunder DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES MOST READ Green had 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, leading the Warriors to a 134-123 victory over winless New Orleans on Monday night.Stephen Curry had 26 points, 11 assists and three steals for Golden State, which dropped its first two games by 19 or more points before dominating a Pelicans squad that was missing three injured starters, including top overall draft choice Zion Williamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We got to continue to compete at a high level. The first two nights we didn’t do that. Tonight we did,” Green said, stressing the Warriors have seven players with three or fewer years of experience in the NBA. “As leaders of this team, we continue to try to bring it every night and give them something to follow and, you know, we’ll win some games.”D’Angelo Russell added 24 points, and Damion Lee set career highs with 23 points and 11 rebounds. This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics OFF THE MARKNew Orleans went 15 of 47 (31.9 percent) from 3-point range and missed 10 of 22 free throws.J.J. Redick had a rough night for the Pelicans. The normally reliable veteran missed nine of 10 shots, including eight of nine from 3.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night.Pelicans: Host Denver on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:23Albayalde concedes: ‘Very inappropriate’ to ask not to enforce an order02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! TIP-INSWarriors: Glen Robinson III had 12 points and nine assists. … Kevon Looney missed his second straight game with right hamstring tightness, while Alec Burks (right ankle sprain), Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot sprain) and Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) have yet to make their season debut.Pelicans: Lonzo Ball had 12 points and nine assists. … First-round draft pick Jaxson Hayes had 19 points in his Pelicans debut. … Kenrich Williams scored 16 points and rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker, picked 17th overall, had 15 points and nine assists. … Veteran guard E’Twaun Moore did not play for a third straight game despite being healthy.NEW REALITYCurry said he and Green are accepting more complicated roles on a team that is trying to assimilate an infusion of youth.“It’s going to be a theme of the season — we have to fight for everything we get this year and it may not be pretty,” Curry said. “It’s not only do we have to perform every night, (but) for lack of a better term, you’ve got to teach.”“We accept that challenge and that responsibility,” Curry added.FIRST IMPRESSIONHayes debuted as a reserve, playing almost 24 minutes and pleasing the crowd with several dunks, including one on a long alley-oop pass from Ball.“It felt great finally being out there and being able to play,” Hayes said. “We just have so many new people. I feel like just getting used to playing with each other, learning the defense, all that type of stuff will just help a lot more.”
Thangavelu said, “I wanted to achieve something and take Thangavelu said, “I wanted to achieve something and take care of my mother (who is a wage labourer) and therefore I started looking for sports. I liked cricket, saw Kapil Dev and Sachin playing and was keen to play for India and win gold. “When I was a student, my friends never used to take me for games, but then I felt that I could do it and started high jump when I was in 8th standard. Then gradually progressed for college and university level. After winning (the medal), when I saw the Indian flag, I was in tears and I am very satisfied that I made my country proud,” he added. Bhati said, “Last time in London only 10 athletes had gone and one medal was bagged. After four years, this time we had 19 athletes and four medals.” Tendulkar said he was extremely proud of all the Paralympic medal winners and the others who took part in Rio and termed them “extraordinarily abled”. “Its a special moment. I am truly honoured to be here. As an Indian, I am extremely proud of all four of you and the other athletes also who participated. The whole world calls them differently challenged and abled. According to me, these champions are extraordinarily abled.” “We all sportsmen have our fair share of trials and tribulations. But, with these athletes, by multiple folds it happens more. “Adversity and challenges to deal with all those things is something, which doesnt happen on its own. It requires lots of focus, effort, determination and dedication and support of your family. And to overcome all these obstacles, I think our champions have come out with flying colours,” the retired batting maestro said. PTI NRB VI SSR NP PDS PDSadvertisement
MONACO (AP) — Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s thumping header sent Monaco through to the Champions League quarterfinals as the home side beat Manchester City 3-1 on Wednesday to progress on the away goals rule in another pulsating match between two attack-minded sides.City fought back from 2-0 down and was momentarily back in control after midfielder Leroy Sane’s 71st-minute goal. But six minutes later Bakayoko rose imperiously to meet Thomas Lemar’s curling free kick and restore the two-goal margin Monaco needed as the contest finished 6-6 on aggregate.Trailing 5-3 from the first leg of their Round of 16 match, Monaco made the perfect start. Confirming his reputation as a rising star of European football, 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe scored from close range in the eighth minute for his 11th goal in 11 games.Brazilian midfielder Fabinho made it 2-0 in the 29th with a crisp shot from near the penalty spot after excellent work by left back Benjamin Mendy.Three weeks ago, City had rallied from 3-2 down with three goals in the last 20 minutes and Pep Guardiola’s side needed another comeback on the French Riviera.City played much better in the second half, with Sane scoring after City top scorer Sergio Aguero had missed good chances.The fleet-footed Sane was one of City’s best players in the first leg and came alive after the break, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after Danijel Subasic’s save from Raheem Sterling’s low shot fell right into his path.That gave City hope.But it was not enough, and Monaco’s players rushed to the center circle to mob each other as the final whistle blew.In the night’s other match, Atletico Madrid also reached the quarterfinals, drawing 0-0 at home to Bayer Leverkusen to advance 4-2 on aggregate.TweetPinShare0 Shares
\R Zagreb, Jul 12 (AFP) Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and his ministers held a session today dressed in red-and-white football jerseys to mark their country’s win over England that sets up a World Cup final against France. Plenkovic, who returned from Moscow where he attended the semi-final, congratulated the squad on a “fascinating success for Croatian sports and football”. The victory of captain Luka Modric’s side is “Croatia’s biggest promotion,” said the prime minister. It shows “the strength of a country which is not big, but has a big heart … and these boys who went a step further than the brilliant 1998 with (Miroslav) Ciro Blazevic,” he added. Plenkovic was referring to Blazevic, the legendary coach with whom Croatia finished third at the World Cup in France twenty years ago. Croatia’s success in the tournament seems to have boosted interest in the country, proud of its more than 1,000 islands and islets. The national tourist board said its online page views grew by 250 percent compared to the same period last year. “Croatia’s passage to the World Cup final is a historic result which has made us the focal point of world attention,” head of the board Kristjan Stanic said in a statement. “It is an exceptional chance for additional promotional activities.” The board has made a shortened version of the country’s 2018 tourism promotional spot “Croatia Full of Life”, featuring football players including Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic. The country of around four million people hosted more than 18 million tourists last year. (AFP) ATKATKadvertisement
Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata insists he’s happy where he is.Zapata is being linked with Manchester United and West Ham.He said, “I am not even thinking about the idea of leaving Atalanta. In football, as in life, you do not know what the future holds, but I have no thoughts other than doing my best for Atalanta.“Our only objective is to be protagonists, so we don’t name targets. “My personal aim is to improve consistently and score as many goals as possible. (Gian Piero) Gasperini is a pleasure to work with, even if it’s exhausting.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Aimed at supporting meritorious and needy students for studying in undergraduate degree courses in recognised institutions in West Bengal, the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship and the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship has been providing 24,000/- per year to 25 and five students, respectively. The scholarship amount is aimed at meeting their expenses for tuition fees, boarding and mess charges, and study material. The scholarships are valid for the entire duration of the selected course like B.A., B.Com, B. Sc, BBA, BCA, LLB, to name a few (not exceeding four years), provided the recipients maintain a certain academic standard. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe Priyamvada Birla Scholarship was introduced by the Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust in 2013, and since then it has been providing scholarship to 25 students. In 2018, the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, instituted by the Lodha Charitable Trust, started providing scholarship to five students. Both the scholarships are executed by the South Point Education Society. Immediately after the Higher Secondary Examination results are announced, copies of the Scholarship application form, brochure/prospectus, poster informing the details of Scholarship, a comprehensive list of recipients of the last five years are sent to the schools affiliated to the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education and many other colleges and universities in West Bengal. There is only one application form for both the scholarships. All the documents are sent in both English and Bengali. Aspirants whose annual family income is less than 75,000 can apply by sending complete applications with all testimonials, supported by the recommendation letter of the head of the institution, where the students last studied, by post/courier by October 19, 2019.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But Alice Glass wasn’t missing at all.“I was just alone in a hotel room, staring at the ceiling, reading the same book over and over again,” she says over the phone from Los Angeles, where she now lives.It wasn’t her choice to skip out on the interview.“It was somewhat of a band rule that I should remain mysterious and talk as little as possible,” she explains. “Although it was a band rule I didn’t come up with or particularly like.” This is not the first time Alice Glass has appeared on the cover of NOW. But it’s the first time she gets to tell her story.Back in 2008, Glass appeared on the cover as part of the Toronto electro-punk duo Crystal Castles. But only her bandmate, Ethan Kath, spoke. Glass was a no-show to the interview, and the article opened with the line “Alice Glass is missing.”At the time, it was seen as posturing, another diva move by a performer whose shadowy disposition was as much a part of the group’s standoffish image as its aggressive live shows. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
NEW YORK — Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause.Target Inc., Kohl’s Corp., Best Buy Co. and TJX Cos. all reported strong sales at stores opened at least a year. That’s a key measure of health for a retailer. Online sales also surged. Target reported a 49 per cent increase in online sales, which was better than expected.But shares of Target and the parent of TJ Maxx took a hit after reporting that their third-quarter profit results were squeezed by higher e-commerce costs. Kohl’s delivered strong third-quarter results, but it issued a cautious annual profit forecast. Best Buy, which has been on a winning streak, couldn’t win over investors even as it boosted its annual earnings guidance.“There are clearly a bit of two worlds. Everything we’re seeing about the consumer is very positive,” Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “Consumer confidence is at an all-time high…unemployment is incredibly low, wages are going up.”But, he cautioned, “The financial market can be a different picture and we’ll see how it evolves.”The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, is expecting holiday retail sales in November and December — excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — to increase as much as 4.8 per cent over 2017 for a total of $720.89 billion. The sales growth marks a slowdown from last year’s 5.3 per cent, which was the largest gain since 2010. But the figure is still healthy and is the latest indication that the retail industry is far from an apocalypse that some feared only a year ago and a half ago. The growth forecast, which includes online sales, is slower than the average annual increase of 3.9 per cent over the past five years.Adobe Analytics, which analyzes visits to retail websites, predicts a 15 per cent increase in online sales to $124.1 billion in online sales for November and December.Still, retailers are facing a host of challenges. They’re grappling with an even stronger Amazon from a year ago, higher labour costs and surging online sales that are putting more pressure on their profit margins. Retailers are also monitoring the impact on tariffs that have been slapped on a variety of different goods imported from China, although holiday merchandise will likely not be affected because they’re already in U.S. warehouses. Any price increases could come starting early 2019.But so far, there seems to be no warning signs that the strong economic times will end anytime soon.“We continue to see a healthy consumer environment as we enter the fourth quarter,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said on a call with reporters. He noted there’s no indication that the consumer environment is slowing down.Retailers have been plowing money into their businesses, remodeling stores while trying to speed up online deliveries.Early last year, Target began a three-year plan to invest $7 billion in its stores and online operations. Kohl’s has been sprucing up its merchandise and is now allowing shoppers to return goods purchased through Amazon at 100 stores.Best Buy has shown resilience in the face of increasing online competition by allowing shoppers to test new technology, and offering speedier delivery options. It’s also been expanding its tech support services, including a free service in a couple hundred markets where salespeople visit customers at home to make recommendations on TVs, setup and more.Meanwhile, TJX, which operates T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, has been bolstering its fashion business, resulting in a hefty 7 per cent increase in consolidated same-store sales in the quarter compared to a year ago. But higher freight costs took a bite out of profits.Despite the snag, “TJX’s overall success underlines the fact that even in a strong economy where disposable incomes are rising, consumers still enjoy getting a bargain,” wrote Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, a retail research firm.____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
Maputo (Mozambique): A powerful cyclone smashed into northern Mozambique, leaving one person dead on Friday, barely a month after a super-storm hit the centre of the country, devastating the area and leaving hundreds dead. Category three Cyclone Kenneth, packing winds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) an hour, struck the north coast’s Cabo Delgado province late Thursday after swiping the Comoros islands. The United Nations warned of flash flooding and landslides as Mozambique’s emergency agency the INGC reported one person was killed by a falling coconut tree in the port city of Pemba, Cabo Delgado’s provincial capital. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOn the tourist island of Ibo, 90 percent of homes for the 6,000 population had been flattened, according to a spokesman for the agency, Antonio Beleza. “I don’t expect to find my hotel undamaged,” said Swiss hotel owner Lucie Amr, who took refuge in Ibo’s fort alongside many local residents. The winds had reduced to about 70 kilometres an hour on Friday, according to the local meteorological institute, but heavy rains are forecast over the next 24 hours, raising fears of flooding and mudslides in Cabo Delgado, which borders Tanzania. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe UN World Food Programme (WFP) said over 600 millimetres (almost 24 inches) of rainfall was expected. That would be nearly double the amount accumulated in 10 days of rainfall that caused flooding in Beira, which was devastated during Cyclone Idai. The most powerful storm to strike the region in decades, Idai cut a path of destruction through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It left more than 1,000 dead, causing damage estimated at around 2 billion (1.8 billion euros) “Although floodwaters have receded in most areas it (Idai)affected, access is still a challenge as infrastructure was severely compromised,” the WFP said. “This second cyclone is an additional blow for the people of Mozambique and bound to complicate the humanitarian response,” adding that it had already provided food aid to 1.3 million people after Idai. It said the government has made public buildings including schools available to people seeking shelter from the flooding and the WFP has “prepositioned” over 500 tonnes of food in Pemba. A helicopter is expected to arrived in Cabo Delgado when weather conditions allow as roads are expected to be impassable because of flooding, making food delivery difficult, it added.
12 December 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a special session today, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on it to rise above “partisan posturing and regional divides” and review the record of every State. “We have come a long way since the Declaration”s adoption. But the reality is that we have not lived up to its vision – at least not yet,” Mr. Ban told the Council in Geneva. “Abject poverty, shameful discrimination and horrific violence continue to plague millions of people. As we mark this milestone, we must also acknowledge the savage inhumanity that too many people in our world must endure. There is no time to rest.“This Council can have a tremendous impact. But you, its members, must rise above partisan posturing and regional divides. One way to do this is with continued vigilance in carrying out the Universal Periodic Review, which assesses the human rights records of all States. The Council must address human rights abuses wherever they occur.”With children reading out articles of the Declaration in their national languages, Council President Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi said 60 years on, the text continued to be a living and relevant document for all, carrying its fundamental message to people everywhere in the world. Noting that the Declaration was born following the utter devastation of the Second World War, Mr. Ban stressed that the General Assembly was still adding to the human rights edifice with such texts as the recently adopted Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the treaty against enforced disappearances and the covenant enshrining the rights of the disabled.“The world did not adopt such an impressive list of human rights instruments just to put them on a shelf somewhere at the United Nations,” he said. “These should be living documents that can be wielded by experts who scrutinize country reports or assess individual complaints.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also stressed that the Declaration gave impulse to a wide and growing legal architecture as well as advocacy vehicles. Today, the principles it embodied had found an echo in the constitutions and laws of more than 90 countries, and dedicated international, regional and national mechanisms, including her Office and the Council, she said.Mr. Ban praised the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the media in helping to uphold human rights. “Courageous journalists have risked and lost their lives to report on threats against others. This anniversary is a milestone for them, too – a day on which to stress again the need for media to be free to do their job, and free of harassment, intimidation and worse,” he added.Speaking to the press later, Mr. Ban said that it is necessary and desirable that the United States takes part as a member of the Human Rights Council. “I would expect and hope that the next Administration will seriously and positively consider my call on this matter.”He also noted his recent conversations with President-elect Barack Obama and other US officials, saying that he expects the new Administration to be much more actively engaged with the UN on climate change, the anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other issues on the world body”s agenda.In his message to the commemorative meeting, UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia said the Declaration placed respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms squarely in the context of the fight against poverty and the promotion of social progress. But its goals and aspirations still remained distant and unrealized for millions of working women and men worldwide, he stressed. The current economic turmoil required all the more a focus on ensuring respect for human rights.In another message to the session, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said fatality figures for the occupied Palestinian territory had surely to make the world question its commitment to upholding the right to life, the most fundamental of all rights. More than 500 Palestinians had been killed this year as a result of the conflict and 11 Israelis had lost their lives this year, she noted.The right to freedom of movement enshrined in the Universal Declaration also remained a distant hope for many Palestinians. With an estimated 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, the declaration that everyone had the right to liberty and security of person and that no one should be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment had a sad resonance today, she added.In Gaza, more than half of the population now lived below the deep poverty line. This was a humanitarian crisis, but one that was deliberately imposed by political actors. Overarching all these rights was the right of self-determination, a right of which Palestinians had been deprived through 60 years of exile and dispossessions, she declared. The chasm between word and deed was a matter of puzzlement to many Palestinians.“But this can be reversed and protection is the place to start,” she said. “Let us make the protection of Palestinian rights the byword of all our interventions. Let us make the vision of the signatories of the Universal Declaration a reality continued failure to do so is to our universal shame.”In New York renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, a UN Messenger of Peace who will perform in a commemorative concert in the General Assembly on Monday with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra composed of Arab and Israeli youth, told a news conference that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could only be solved when each side accepted the rights of the other.“And our very modest project of the West-Eastern Divan is precisely that. It is not a political project, it is a human project that brings together people that already have something in common,” he said, noting that the performers would be Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli and Syrian.
Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told a high-level symposium in Helsinki, Finland, that philanthropists, foundations and other types of non-profit organizations are clearly “serious players that can help us achieve our goals, including the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).”The MDGs are a series of targets – including slashing poverty, reducing maternal mortality, promoting basic education and protecting the environment – which world leaders agreed at a UN summit in 2000 to try to attain by 2015. In September, leaders will gather in New York to chart what progress has been made so far and where future efforts should be concentrated.A study by the UN found that the flow of money from private foundations and voluntary contributions has been rising in recent years, jumping from $7 billion in 2000 to $12 billion five years later, Mr. Sha said. That amounts to about 11 per cent of total official development aid (ODA) to needy countries.Mr. Sha said that the number of religious groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the delivery of aid has also risen.But, speaking at the opening of the two-day symposium, he added that many of the newer participants need to be “better integrated into the overall development cooperation architecture to enhance coherence.”He called on governments and policymakers to “consider how the activities of these organizations could be better aligned with national priorities. Where and how can you foster more partnerships between them and government initiatives?”In his address the Under-Secretary-General also called for greater efforts to ensure that men and women benefit equally from the delivery of aid, noting that progress has so far been too slow in this area.The Helsinki symposium is being held as part of preparations for the 2010 Development Cooperation Forum, a biennial event that is slated to kick off at UN Headquarters in New York on 29 June. 3 June 2010Philanthropists and private foundations are playing an increasing role in providing development aid to poor countries, a senior United Nations official said today as he called on policymakers to work more closely with the new participants to try to reach globally agreed anti-poverty targets.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2012 6:03 pm MDT Former Postmedia exec Malcolm Kirk named new president of The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A former executive at Canada’s largest newspaper publisher has been named president of The Canadian Press, capping more than a year of restructuring and recovery at the national news agency.Malcolm Kirk, formerly executive vice-president of digital media with Postmedia Network Inc., was introduced Tuesday to staff members in Toronto and across the country during a video conference call.“I’m absolutely excited and optimistic about the future for The Canadian Press,” Kirk said during the meeting.“I truly believe that this organization — one that is built on quality content, speed, accuracy, integrity, fantastic journalism — is in a very, very unique position to be a partner in the transformation of media that’s taking place in this country, and beyond.”Kirk — a veteran of newspaper front offices in Vancouver, Calgary and San Francisco — replaces Jim Jennings and Neil Campbell, the co-architects of a strategic review last year that culminated in their being named co-presidents last September.In an interview, Kirk said his first priority will be to ensure the content and services provided by The Canadian Press are meeting the needs of its customer base.“What’s fundamental for any business that serves its customers is to understand their objectives very clearly, and that allows us as an organization to set our goals and strategies so they are in line with what our customers are looking for,” Kirk said.“We will be very proactive with our customers in understanding their goals, and then driving our business strategies to suit those of our customers.”Jennings and Campbell joined the news agency as emissaries of a new ownership group that includes the parent companies of the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Montreal’s La Presse newspapers.The pair presided over a broad restructuring that brought with it staff reductions and a thorough search for new sources of revenue — as well as the return in May of Postmedia’s stable of newspapers after a five-year absence.Both Jennings and Campbell are resuming their careers at the Globe, the statement said.Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank, the co-chairman of the board of directors of Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., described Kirk as an excellent choice to lead the news agency into the future.“He is a proven leader with a passion for news and a distinguished record as a journalist and as a media executive who understands the needs and fast-changing environment for all forms of media outlets, including newspapers, television, radio and digital,” Cruickshank said.Fellow co-chairman Phillip Crawley, publisher and CEO of the Globe and Mail, praised Jennings and Campbell and the company’s management team for the “remarkable turnaround in CPE’s fortunes in the last 12 months.”“The board thanks them for creating such a firm foundation for future growth,” Crawley said. “Malcolm Kirk is very well qualified to lead The Canadian Press through the next stage of its evolution into a content creation company for the digital age.”The work Jennings and Campbell did in helping to put the company on a more secure financial footing allows the agency to focus more directly on generating new revenue opportunities, said Kirk.“With a lot of the work that’s been done over the last year in particular, Canadian Press is in a much stronger position,” he said.“I’m very optimistic about our fortunes … if we drive the right strategy to increase the range of products and services that can be provided.”Guy Crevier, president and publisher of La Presse, called the appointment “excellent news” for the company.“He has an impressive and diversified background in the Canadian and U.S. print journalism industry,” Crevier said.“His achievements in both the digital and traditional media, his extensive know-how and his knowledge of Canada’s media environment are definite assets that will enable The Canadian Press to strengthen its position as the country’s leading news agency.”Kirk, 44, joined Postmedia’s management team following that company’s own restructuring in July 2010, and was tapped with managing an impressive stable of digital newspaper websites, mobile and tablet applications.Prior to his digital media job, Kirk spent several years as a senior vice-president with Postmedia predecessor Canwest Publishing Inc.He has also served as both publisher and editor-in-chief of the Calgary Herald, executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and as managing editor of the Vancouver Province.The Canadian Press, which until 2010 operated as a non-profit co-operative that was owned by dozens of daily newspapers across Canada, has faced financial struggles in recent years — including the loss of some major media clients, Postmedia in 2007 for example, and problems with funding its pension plan.Long a fixture in Canadian newsrooms, where it is known simply as “CP,” The Canadian Press was created almost a century ago to provide the country’s newspapers with a wide selection of news reports from across the country and around the world.Over the years, the news agency expanded to include a broadcast and photo service and most recently, adopted a renewed focus aimed at online news and video.In 2010, CP became a privately owned for-profit company called Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., owned by the Globe, Toronto Star parent Torstar Corp. and Square Victoria Communications Group, the parent of La Presse publisher Gesca Ltee.Asked about dangers on the road ahead, Kirk pointed out that The Canadian Press has long depended on large clients who are themselves facing challenges as a result of the ever-changing media landscape.“We are all invested in each other’s success,” he said.“A large part of our business is brought to us by major newspaper, radio and television partners, and I think we need to be very conscious of the challenges they are facing in their businesses, and be ready — and proactive — in helping them to be successful.“That means, on our part, being much more proactive with them, and we will set our business strategies against what the needs of those customers are. I don’t think as a company that we should set our strategies in isolation; it’s important for us to really understand what those customers are looking for and build our plans around it.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A substantial number of the people who made CBS’ “Under the Dome” the surprise hit of last summer appear to have lost interest in the fate of the fictional town of Chester’s Mill, Maine.The second-season premiere of the show about a town placed under a mysterious dome, written by Stephen King, had 9.4 million viewers on June 30. That’s down from the 13.5 million who watched the series premiere in 2013, the Nielsen Co. said.CBS pointed out that when time-shifted viewing is taken into account — people who watched a recording of “Under the Dome” either a day or two afterward — the viewership increased to 13.2 million last week. Time shifting lifted last year’s premiere to 16.7 million.This week, the live viewership dropped even further to 7.7 million. Last year, the average live viewership of the series was 11.2 million.CBS debuted the second season on the week of July Fourth, traditionally the least-watched week of television each year, or close to it.Miley Cyrus attracted some attention by a parents group that called on NBC to edit Saturday night’s concert special so it would be appropriate for children. It didn’t seem to matter much; the Cyrus special drew only 2 million viewers, making it the 90th ranked prime-time show of the week.In fairness, concert specials often aren’t big draws. A Coldplay special in May on NBC had 1.6 million viewers, and Rihanna had 1.7 million for a special on Fox last year.CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 4.9 million viewers. NBC had 4.7 million, ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 2.73 million, Univision had 2.7 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million and ION Television had 1.1 million.TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.01 million viewers in prime time. USA had 1.93 million, the Disney Channel had 1.87 million, History had 1.65 million and Fox News Channel had 1.51 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.5 million, its 251st weekly win in a row. But it was also the closest competition since September 2012; ABC’s “World News averaged 7.4 million. The “CBS Evening News” had 5.7 million.For the week of June 30-July 6, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.14 million; “Under the Dome,” CBS, 9.41 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.59 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.13 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 9:30 p.m.), CBS, 7.03 million; “Night Shift,” NBC, 6.87 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.479 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.476 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 6.38 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 6.37 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2014 2:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Last year’s hit summer sensation ‘Under the Dome’ off to slow start this season
Record numbers of UK small manufacturers are looking to take on staff as recruitment confidence hits a three-year high.More than half of firms (54%) questioned by the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s (MAS) Barometer are looking to create new jobs, marking a 14% increase on the same period last year. This is the highest level of confidence in staff recruitment seen in the history of the report.Firms are looking to take advantage of new opportunities, including expansion and reshoring of supply chains in automotive, aerospace, and nuclear sectors.The MAS Barometer shares the views of over 800 small manufacturers across the UK, employing more than 24,000 people and realising turnover in excess of £3bn.Responses also reveal a record appetite for investment in new plant and machinery (59%) and in developing new technologies (52%).Business Minister Michael Fallon said, “Britain’s manufacturers are helping drive the UK economic recovery. Through our industrial strategy and economic plan, government will continue to work closely with this vital sector to ensure that confidence stays high, creating more highly-skilled jobs and a stronger economy for everyone.” Steven Barr, Head of MAS, commented, “We have seen consistent signs during the last twelve months that firms are ramping up capacity, in order to meet increasing orders and take advantage of work coming back to the UK.“This is the clearest signal yet that our manufacturers believe the upturn is sustainable. Three record figures for recruitment and investment in machinery and technology suggest many small manufacturers are planning for the long-term and, encouragingly, they are taking action now to manage future expansion.”With manufacturing volumes set for record levels in the next few years, UK automotive companies are investing billions of pounds per year in expanding production facilities. For a comprehensive guide to the UK’s thriving automotive sector, take a look at SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2014 .Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)