NU stumps FEU for 1-0 lead in UAAP men’s volleyball finals

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Richard Solis had 17 points to lead FEU while John Paul Bugaoan added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Season MVP Bryan Bagunas finished with 18 points to lead NU while getting additional firepower from Rookie of the Year James Natividad, who put up 16 points.“We had a small problem in the first set because of the adjustments our opponents made,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino. “It’s a good thing once the second set started we were able to recover and carried that momentum in the third and fourth sets.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I hope this continues in the second game.”Madzlan Gampong and Kim Malabunga also finished in double digits for the Bulldogs with 10 points apiece. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion National University moved on the cusp of the title after turning back Far Eastern University in four sets, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball finals Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bulldogs need just one more win to repeat as champions and take their fourth title overall.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ NCAA committee proposes moving 3s to international line Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli was born to lead India: Nine wins out of 16 Tests as skipper

first_imgLed by Virat Kohli, India reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings after crushing New Zealand by 178 runs at the Eden Gardens on Monday. In the process, India also took an invincible 2-0 lead in the three-Test series. Remember, India had also won the first match in Kanpur rather handsomely.It was not just a special victory for India who won their historic 250th match at home, but also for Virat Kohli, who has reinstated with the win that he was born to be India’s captain. (Kohli’s real test will start when India play overseas: Ganguly to India Today)Kohli took over in 2014 under extraordinary circumstances. In December 2014, he led his first Test match against Australia in MS Dhoni’s absence, scoring twin tons ( 115 and 141) as India nearly pulled off a sensational victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval. He was then named full-time Test captain after Dhoni’s unexpected retirement before the final match of the four-Test series against the Aussies. Kohli marked the event with a fluent 147. Then a hundred followed immediately in Sri Lanka, albeit in a losing cause. By then, Kohli had hammered four hundreds in his first four Tests as India skipper. In just his 18th innings after taking charge, he reached 1000 runs as Test captain.Virat Kohli led his first Test match against Australia in MS Dhoni’s absence, scoring twin tons (AP image) Kohli, in the post-Tendulkar era, is easily the most celebrated cricketer in the country. More importantly, Kohli has shouldered the responsibilities well. He has led India to nine victories in 16 Tests as captain and has scored five hundreds, including his maiden double ton (against the West Indies). There has been a slump in form since and Kohli has generally struggled to get going at home on turning pitches but his class and quality are beyond doubt. (Victory is my biggest craving, says record-breaking Virat Kohli)advertisementIndia’s most successful captains (in terms of wins):  Mts Won Lost  Drawn Win% MS Dhoni 60 27 18  15 45.00 Sourav Ganguly 49 21 13 15 42.86 Mohammad Azharuddin 47 14 14 19 29.79 Virat Kohli 16 9 2 5 56.25 Tiger Pataudi 40 9 19 12 22.50 Sunil Gavaskar 47 9 8 30 19.15 Rahul Dravid 25 8  6 11  32.00Kohli is well and truly on his way to becoming India’s most successful Test captain ever. He is still some distance away from the 27 wins registered by MS Dhoni or the 21 victories achieved under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership but the young Delhi ace is quickly catching up with Mohammad Azharuddin, who had overseen 14 victories in 47 Tests as captain. Kohli is already more successful (in terms of percentage) than MAK Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar. In fact, Kohli has already overtaken Rahul Dravid, who had managed eight victories out of 25 Tests as captain. Kohli’s run as India captain has been spectacular. He is yet to lose a Test at home and has lost only two matches outside home from seemingly strong situations. On those two occasions, India simply did not roll over; they had fought hard but could not overcome the might of the hosts in conditions heavily suited to them. (Virat Kohli exclusive: Don’t compare me with Sachin Tendulkar) Virat’s record as Test captain:      Mts Won Lost Drawn Win% at home 6 5  0 1 83.33 away  10 4 2 4 40.00 overall  16 9 2 5 56.25Known for his strict diet and disciplined fitness regimen, Kohli, helped India turn around their fortunes when it stood seventh in the ICC’s Test rankings, a point below Sri Lanka in 2015. In little over a year under Kohli’s shrewd leadership, India have bounced back to the top of the world. (Virat Kohli on record-shattering fourth hundred: It was unbelievable!)Kohli is a leader of the masses. At the Eden Gardens, as his bowlers toiled away against the Black Caps, Kohli fired up the crowd to make some noise and put more pressure on the New Zealand line-up. His fitness mantras have been adopted in totality by the young players in the side. Kohli is well-respected across the board and he has also shed his overtly aggressive gestures on the field. He is today, a truly global sporting icon. (India’s future safe in Virat Kohli’s hands: David Warner)These are still early days for Kohli but it looks like the Delhi boy is well on his way to estabilish himself as one of the greatest leaders of all time.last_img read more

Trouble connecting? Plug into identity.

first_imgIn just 68 words, Seth Godin recently summed up a fundamental truth of human behavior that all nonprofit fundraisers should take to heart. (Read it here: “People like us do stuff like this.”) Rather than focusing on need or showing a donor what their gift can accomplish, those looking to move proverbial mountains should spend more time understanding and appealing to shared identity. When individuals perceive themselves as part of a community (or “tribe”, as Seth would say), they’re more likely to act in a way that supports conformity and loyalty to this group. If you can show or suggest that a group would act in a certain way as part of their shared identity, the individuals who identify with this group are much more likely to act in the same way. This means that if you’re a graduate of Virginia Tech, you’re more likely to give to a cause if other Hokies are also supporting the cause. If you’re a Mets fan, you’ll sign up for the blood drive in Queens — because that’s what Mets fans do. If you live in the Lone Star State, you won’t mess with Texas.There are many types of shared identity, such as those created through:Location — a neighborhood, a nationalityCommon experiences — graduating classes, survivorsShared passions — birdwatchers, mountain bikersBy plugging into these social norms of community pride and self-identity, fundraisers and changemakers can inspire people to change behaviors, take action, and give.How are you appealing to your audience’s identity and sense of community to rally support for your cause?last_img read more

New Study: Are You Leaving Money in the Middle?

first_imgMind the gap.That’s the advice in a new report on mid-level donor programs. The folks at Sea Change Strategies caution that nonprofits are missing out on a ton of money simply because they’re overlooking a committed and productive audience: middle donors —the donors who give more than low-dollar direct marketing donations, but less than major gift targets. THE MISSING MIDDLE: Neglecting Middle Donors Is Costing You Millions, by Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner, does double duty as a wake-up call and roadmap for creating effective mid-level donor programs. The study is based on interviews and data from 27 organizations and experts, including heavy hitters like Roger Craver and nonprofits such as The Nature Conservancy and the Human Rights Campaign. The free whitepaper includes:8 habits of highly-effective mid-level donor programsA sample framework for a 30-day action planIn-depth profiles of two highly effective mid-level programsFresh from the AFP conference in San Antonio, Alia McKee shares some more insight about The Missing Middle:How do you distinguish mid-level giving from a major donor program? Is it simply the dollar amount or are there other things going on here?Alia: It’s really about the dollar amount. Of course the definition of middle donor varies from organization to organization, but it tends to hover anywhere between $250-$9,000 cumulative in a year.In the report, you touch on possible challenges on getting executive buy-in. Can you give us some ideas on how to make the case for investing in a mid-level donor program?Alia:1. Among the groups participating in the Wired Wealthy Study, donors at the $1,000 to $10,000 levels (annual giving via all channels) represented roughly one percent of the donor population, but were giving more than a third of the dollars. That’s a HUGE amount of revenue.2. Middle donors are actually an organization’s most committed donors. They will be retained and upgraded far more than smaller donors and far more than major donors. They represent a very significant block of money, commitment and loyalty.3. A functional and philosophical gap exists between direct marketing programs and major gifts programs. Hence, middle donors often receive lackluster treatment that is driven by attribution wars and resentment across the organizational divide. But their capacity to give is huge—so minor tweaks to their treatment can yield big results in revenue. What was the biggest surprise for you in this research?Alia: Despite the fact that every fundraiser and expert we talked to universally agreed that mid-level donors are exceptionally valuable, they also agreed that most organizations haven’t made the kinds of investments necessary to make the most of this immense opportunity.Can small shops pursue a mid-level donor program?Alia: Absolutely. Small changes in stewardship of middle donors can yield results regardless of an organization’s size. Of course, capacity is an issue. But many nonprofits we spoke to approached this creatively including:Staff pizza parties to stuff personalized mailers to middle donorsVolunteer phone calls to middle donors thanking them for their supportMore substantive content to middle donors culled from other organizational communicationsCan your online efforts help your mid-level strategy?Alia: Digital outreach is not the silver bullet when it comes to middle donors. You must communicate with those donors across channels (e.g. be channel agnostic) and give them substantive communications in person, via phone, by notecard or by email. Ideally, you’d reach them through their self-selected preferred channels. Just for fun: Monie in the Middle or Malcolm in the Middle?Alia: Malcolm in the Middle, but only because of Bryan Cranston!Get in touch with your Missing Middle. Join our free webinar with Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner on Tuesday, May 6 at 1pm EDT. Register now for your chance to hear from these two fundraising gurus and get your mid-level donor questions answered. (Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway to get a copy of the recording sent directly to you via email.)last_img read more

Addressing Knowledge Gaps: Plasmodium Vivax Infection in Pregnancy

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 6, 2012June 16, 2017Click 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 blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. A couple of months ago, I had the chance to meet again with the members of the Plasmodium Vivax Infection in Pregnancy (PregVax) Consortium in Dehli, India– a country that contributes to nearly 80% of the malaria cases in Southeast Asia. P.vivax is the most common of human malaria species and causes up to 80 million cases annually with the majority occurring in Asia and the Western Pacific, Central and South America and the Middle East.The PregVax Consortium started back in 2008 to address the knowledge gaps in P. vivax infection in pregnancy. Approximately 25 million pregnant women exposed yearly to malaria live in areas where P. vivax is endemic. While the effects of P. falciparum malaria in pregnancy have been well characterised and are responsible for considerable maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, surprisingly little is known about the impact of P. vivax infection during gestation.The PregVax project is a cohort observational study of pregnant women from five P. vivax endemic countries (Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, India and Papua New Guinea) that represent most of the world’s P. vivax infections. It aims to describe the epidemiological and clinical features of P.vivax malaria in pregnancy. Compiling this information in a methodologically standardized way is essential to describe the impact of P. vivax malaria in pregnancy. In addition, the project has been working to determine whether there are pregnancy specific P. vivax immune responses and characterize genotypically and phenotypically the parasites of the placenta. In an unprecedented effort, almost 10,000 pregnant women have been enrolled at the different project sites during their routine antenatal care visits and followed-up at the health facility until delivery or end of pregnancy.More accurate data of vivax malaria during gestation are essential to improve its clinical management and to guide control policies. Furthermore, elucidating the mechanisms involved in the pathology of P. vivax in pregnancy will help to develop specific control tools such as more effective drugs and vaccines.Although P. falciparum is the most deadly species and the subject of most malaria-related research and literature, more attention should be given to P. vivax. Furthermore, understanding the mechanism involved in P. vivax malaria may also help to elucidate important gaps in the knowledge of P. facilparum infection in pregnancy.Coordinating the PregVax project  is challenging because of the ambitious objectives and the large cohort size. In fact, this is the first study of this kind in this area. As we are reaching the final stages of the PregVax project, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the European Commission whose research program, 7th Framework Program, made Malaria in Pregnancy one of its priorities and our consortium partners together with our collaborators from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Melbourne. I left Dehli with the sense that we are making progress as we gain insight on critical aspects of this issue. Results will soon be shared with the scientific community.P. vivax was usually considered to be the benign malaria. However, its infection often leads to severe disease–and quality of life and productivity are negatively affected. Absenteeism from work and school and the anaemia that this disease leads to hampers the development of endemic areas. The economic impact of P. vivax malaria mandates that more resources be allocated specifically to research on this parasite.I think I can speak for everyone at the PregVax Consortium when I say that we look forward to assisting in any way that we can to achieve this vision.Prof. Clara Menéndez leads the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and is the PregVax Consortium Co-ordinator.Share this:last_img read more

How To Write Memorable Donor Thank Yous

first_imgGratitude comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether your method of choice is an email, a letter, or a phone call; those two little words —thank you— go a long way to brightening someone’s day and making them feel appreciated.A heartfelt, sincere gift acknowledgment can be the difference between a first-time donor and a lifelong donor. The best acknowledgments engage donors, show them what their donation will do, and gives them confidence that their gift was well placed.4 Qualities of Memorable Donor Thank YousGo beyond “thank you” with these tried and true ways of expressing your donor gratitude. Send thank you messages that are:PersonalYour donors are friends of your organization. Being personal, warm, and authentic with them is essential to the longevity of your relationship. Send updates of your work and how their support makes it possible. Take the time to customize your thank you letters, using the segmentations you’ve created in your donor management system.TangibleDonors want to know that their dollars matter, so tell them what you did with their money. Share a story that highlights how a donor’s gift is making a difference. Invite your local donors to tour your facility or visit a program site. If possible, arrange for them to meet some of the people you serve. There’s nothing like having an unforgettable experience to make a cause tangible.CreativeSending photos or videos of your work is a great way to create a strong, emotional connection with your donors. Vary who the thank you comes from. Notes from volunteers, community members, or someone helped by the gift can be just as powerful as a message from your executive director.Donor-CentricYour donors make your work possible. Give them proper credit. List the accomplishments they’ve made possible and put them front and center in all of your outreach. As you write your thank you letters, make it about them and the difference you are making together.4 Things to Avoid in a Thank YouNow that you’ve mastered the “do’s” of saying thank you, here are some “don’ts” to keep in mind. Avoid thank yous that are:All About YouLetters that are all about your organization and the work you do risk sounding boastful, rather than emotionally connecting the donor to the cause. Focus on your appreciation of the donor and their gift, so your thank you message is just that: a message of thanks.LateA quick turnaround on your part shows the donor that their gift was valued. Use your donor management system to generate the email and direct mail thank you messages. Set aside time every week to produce and send your thank yous. If your donor intake process doesn’t allow for a thank you to be delivered quickly, it’s time to make a change.ComplicatedThanking donors should not be complex or time-consuming. Expedite your thank you process with templates for each version of your thank you emails and letters that you can tailor to specific donors. This will help you avoid having to start from scratch each time. Create one for major donors, first-time donors, events, etc. Discuss with your executive director about her or his involvement in the donor thank you process. Which letters do they want to personally sign or add hand-written notes to?Your Final ContactAfter the thank you, keep your donors involved and engaged. Add them to your newsletter list, invite them to special events, send them holiday greetings, and give them the opportunity to connect with you if they have any questions. This should be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.How will you say thank you? Download our guide, “How to Write Better Donor Thank Yous,” for more insights into donor acknowledgments, samples of unique ways to thank your donors, and a template to craft your own memorable thank you messages.last_img read more

Klopp: Coutinho is like Del Piero

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has likened Philippe Coutinho to Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero and admitted that he rarely played the Bayern Munich new boy in his favoured position.The Brazil international has been on the move again this summer some 18 months after leaving Anfield.Back in the winter transfer window of 2018, the 27-year-old playmaker completed a big-money move to Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? A dream switch to Camp Nou quickly became a nightmare for the South American, as he struggled to produce his best while operating in the sizeable shadow of Lionel Messi.Bayern have offered him a fresh start, in an agreement which includes a €120 million (£110m/$133m) purchase option, and Klopp is backing a proven performer to flourish in his native Germany. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!The Liverpool coach told Kicker: “Coutinho didn’t get to play in his preferred No.10 role all that much when he was with us, but he’s a great No.8 and is a fantastic left winger because he’s incredibly good in tight spaces and has the pace to exploit bigger spaces.”He dominates football matches, and is a real asset if he can put his stamp on the team.”Bayern needed him, and Bayern wanted him. If they can integrate him and get the very best out of him, the Bundesliga will have a top player on its hands.”Philippe Coutinho Bayern Munich 2019-20Coutinho has inherited the No.10 jersey from the retired Arjen Robben at Bayern.He will now get the chance to prove himself in the position he considers to be his best, while donning an iconic jersey.Klopp is expecting big things, with it his opinion that Coutinho shares many qualities with a World Cup winner who once excelled in the 10 shirt for Serie A giants Juve.He added: “Coutinho has an unbelievable eye for goal from range.”I haven’t seen a player coming in off the left and striking the ball with such regularity and precision from those kind of positions since Del Piero.”Coutinho will be looking to make an immediate impact with Bayern and deliver on his big billing, with it possible that a debut outing could be made on Saturday during a trip to Schalke for the Bundesliga champions. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain: It’s like Champions League win didn’t happen

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain says it is like Liverpool’s Champions League success did not happen as the team are so hungry for more trophies.Jurgen Klopp’s side triumphed against Premier League rivals Tottenham to be crowned kings of Europe for the sixth time in the club’s glittering history.Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the vast majority of the 2018-19 season due to a serious knee injury but he signed a new long-term deal, reported to run to 2023, on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? The England midfielder feels the desire for further silverware is fuelling Liverpool, who have won their opening two Premier League fixtures as well as clinching UEFA Super Cup glory against Chelsea.”I think it is obvious to see the team is progressing. Even when we’re not playing well, we still manage to grind out results and that’s a really positive thing,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool’s official website. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!”In times when we are playing well, it sort of speaks for itself, we thrive and we have the ability to steamroll teams. From the outside, it would look like a really good time to sign – and I can speak even more from the inside about how good the group of lads is.”It is a really, really good group of players, not only talent but characters and how much everyone respects each other. The manager and the coaches, the backroom staff, they’re all a massive part of it. The whole set-up, the structure, is perfect at the moment.”Last year was the first sign of that going in the right direction with the Champions League. Now, in a weird way, it is almost like it didn’t happen, but I think that’s credit to everyone around the building – everyone is hungry for the next thing and what’s next.”That’s the right attitude to have to go on and be more successful and go on to win more things. That’s the plan, hopefully we can follow it through and win some more things.”Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is similarly thrilled to have Oxlade-Chamberlain commit his future to Anfield.”When I heard Ox had signed his new contract with us, I am sure my emotions were the same as every Liverpool fan hearing the news tonight – absolutely delighted,” Klopp said.”This is because an absolutely outstanding player and person has shown his belief and commitment to our project here and it’s a deal I think makes sense on both sides.”I think Ox has said himself it feels to him like he has been here a lot longer than he actually has and that is something I would agree with. I think that’s down to his personality around the place here at Melwood.”I have said in the past, one of the best things about him is what an outstanding human being he is, one of the nicest guys you will meet. Of course, he is also an outstandingly talented footballer, too.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lewandowski: Bayern contract extension ’95 per cent’ done

first_imgRobert Lewandowski says talks over a contract extension at Bayern Munich are “95 per cent” done. Poland striker Lewandowski played a starring role as Bayern rolled Schalke aside with minimal fuss in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick in the 3-0 win. There was further reason for fan celebrations after the match as Lewandowski – who is contracted until 2021 – confirmed he is close to securing a reported two-year extension.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? When it was put to him the deal was 99 per cent concluded, Lewandowski told Sky: “Not yet, maybe 95 per cent.” Lewandowski hit 22 goals last term to finish as the Bundesliga’s top scorer and he is confident he will have another stellar campaign in 2019-20. “I can always play better, and I have the potential improve each season,” he added. “I can do something special on my own every season, but I try to help the team. No matter who I play against, I always try to score goals.” His coach Niko Kovac was similarly upbeat about Lewandowski, saluting the 31-year-old’s impact on German football. “[His performance was] sensationally good, that’s what he’s there for,” the Croatian said. “That’s what he can do. “He has already proved in the last five, six, seven years – I don’t know how long he has been in Germany – that he’s the best striker in the Bundesliga. “Not only in the last game, but also today. His efficiency and accuracy are unique. We are glad that we have him and I hope that he will continue like this in the next weeks and months.” Kovac was also impressed with new signing Philippe Coutinho, but it was the Brazilian who heaped even more praise on Lewandowski, claiming that the big forward is even more impressive in person than he was from afar.  Having drawn their first match of the season against Hertha, Bayern find themselves two points back of the three teams who have opened the Bundesliga with two wins from two, including last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund.  They’ll look to close that gap when they return to the pitch next Saturday to take on Mainz.last_img read more

ESPN Says There Are 14 Teams Still In Playoff Contention

first_img The 14 teams are:AlabamaAuburnClemsonFloridaGeorgiaIowaLSUNotre DameOhio StateOklahomaOregonPenn StateTexasWisconsinESPN believes there are still some teams “on the fence” who could possibly make it if things broke in a perfect way.However, it seems like your College Football Playoff foursome will come from that group above.What four teams do you want to see making it?Personally, an Alabama-Oklahoma and Ohio State-Georgia College Football Playoff would be awesome to see, strictly for the quarterback storylines. Of course, that would mean Clemson does not make it, and it’s hard to envision that happening right now. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)We’re five weeks into the 2019 college football season and it would appear that there are still several teams in College Football Playoff contention.According to ESPN, though, only 14 teams currently have a serious chance at making it.ESPN’s College Football Playoff “eliminator” believes that most of the country is already out, with just 14 teams left in serious contention.“In the first 2019 edition of the Eliminator, 14 teams remain in contention for those four CFP berths, and nine of those are from the Big Ten or SEC, which means that crowd will continue to thin out. There are 31 other teams with work to do, but 85 teams have already been eliminated, including all of Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference,” writes ESPN.last_img read more

ESPN Releases College Football Playoff Picks After Week 6

first_imgLee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s analysts have updated their picks for the College Football Playoff following Week 6 of the regular season today.Week 6 wasn’t too eventful, though teams like Florida and Michigan did notch impressive victories, defeating Auburn and Iowa, respectively.The season is going to heat up soon, with Week 7 featuring some massive conference games, including Oklahoma-Texas and Florida-LSU.ESPN’s college football analysts seem to think there are six teams truly competing for playoff spots at the moment. Here are their latest picks:Andrea Adelson: 1. Alabama; 2. Clemson; 3. LSU; 4. Ohio State Edward Aschoff: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson Kyle Bonagura: 1. Alabama; 2. Oklahoma; 3. Ohio State; 4. Clemson Bill Connelly: 1. Alabama; 2. Ohio State; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Clemson Heather Dinich: 1 Alabama; 2. LSU; 3. Georgia; 4. Ohio State David M. Hale: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Ohio State; 4. Georgia Sam Khan Jr.: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Alabama; 4. Georgia Chris Low: 1. Alabama; 2. Ohio State; 3. LSU; 4. Georgia Ivan Maisel: 1. Ohio State; 2. Oklahoma; 3. Clemson; 4. Georgia Ryan McGee: 1. LSU; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Clemson Adam Rittenberg: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Alabama; 4. Georgia Alex Scarborough: 1. Clemson; 2. Oklahoma; 3. Alabama 4. Ohio State Mark Schlabach: 1. Alabama; 2. Ohio State; 3. Georgia; 4. LSU Tom VanHaaren: 1. Alabama; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. OklahomaThere are six teams – Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma – getting picks right now. Perhaps that will change in the weeks to come.[ESPN]last_img read more

‘Wenger tried too hard to make Arsenal like Barca’

first_imgFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been accused by Martin Keown of trying too hard to emulate Barcelona, with Unai Emery now charged with the task of restoring a blend of creativity and physicality.Towards the end of the French coach’s iconic reign in north London, the Gunners are considered to have placed too much emphasis on technical ability.The club was once famed for its defensive resilience, with great pride taken in shutting opponents out as “1-0 to the Arsenal” became a common occurrence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Wenger sought to move things in a different direction, and enjoyed considerable success along the way.He did, however, lose control of deficiencies at the back before walking away after 22 years, with Emery now looking to redress the balance after inheriting the reins at Emirates Stadium. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!Former Gunners centre-half Keown told Sky Sports: “The balance between physicality against technical players went too far one way.”I think it was done in pursuit of trying to match the excellence of Barcelona, which is the team Wenger wanted to copy most of all. The balance at Arsenal was lost.”Unai Emery is trying to get that back but he needs to get a better balance to the group because they forgot how to defend and for fifty per cent of every game, you are going to be without the ball. It is still their Achilles heel, particularly away from home.”I am encouraged by the signing of Nicolas Pepe. He is exceptionally quick with very quick feet. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette need service and I’m sure Pepe will provide that as well as weigh in with goals himself. But the squad will need balance.”Unai Emery ArsenalKeown believes Emery is the right man to take Arsenal forward.The Spaniard offered cause for optimism in his debut campaign, despite missing out on Champions League qualification, and has opened the 2019-20 season with back-to-back Premier League wins.”I have watched Emery with great interest,” added Keown.”He has been working, urging, cajoling these players to be at the Arsenal level that you would expect. He wants them at boiling point and they lost that in the latter years under Wenger. There is a lot of pressure on him but I think the manager was inheriting a fairly difficult situation.”It looked for a while like he had solved those defensive problems away from home but then they fell away at the end of the season and the problem returned. It probably cost them fourth place and the Champions League. That pops them into the Europa League and makes life much more difficult with the calendar and the regular Thursday night football.”If I was still a competitor I would be thinking that fourth place is up for grabs. Frank Lampard is a talented manager but he’s a novice and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t much more experienced at this level. From that point of view, Emery looks a much better bet. But are the players good enough? Can he get them to be more defensively resolute?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mariners acquire Santana from Brewers for Gamel

first_img GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Published: December 21, 2018, 6:49pm The 26-year-old Gamel appeared in 101 games last season for the Mariners and hit .272, but started just 69 games. He was a regular defensive replacement and can play both left and right field. Two seasons ago, Gamel started 127 games and hit .275 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs.“During his young career, Ben has proven that he can hit at the major league level. His left-handed bat and outfield versatility also provide solid fits for our roster,” Milwaukee general manager David Stearns said.Stearns said adding Zavalos was a boost after the Brewers had targeted the right-hander in the 2018 amateur draft. Zavalos was selected in the 18th round by Seattle and was 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 19 appearances at a pair of Single-A stops in his first season. SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor-league pitcher Noah Zavalos.The swap of young outfielders adds a right-handed power bat to the Mariners’ lineup and provides the Brewers with a versatile corner outfielder.The 26-year-old Santana is two years removed from hitting 30 home runs and having 85 RBIs, but he struggled to find a consistent spot in the Brewers’ outfield last season after the additions of Lorenzo Cain and NL MVP Christian Yelich. Santana appeared in just 85 games and hit .265 with five homers and 20 RBIs. He played even less in the field, appearing in only 55 games defensively a year after starting 138 games in right field for the Brewers.“Santana was one of the most productive outfielders in baseball in 2017,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “He did not have the same opportunities last year, but his age and power bat from the right side make him a very good fit for our club moving forward.” Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Share: Seattle Mariners’ Ben Gamel is congratulated after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) By Associated Press Mariners acquire Santana from Brewers for Gamel Trade gives Seattle right-handed power bat in lineuplast_img read more

Vancouver’s Ricky Simon wins at UFC 234

first_img Buy this Photo Ricky Simón of Vancouver is pictured at Gracie Barra Portland on Jan. 24, 2019. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) Published: February 9, 2019, 9:58pm Follow The Columbian on Instagram Share: GO MELBOURNE, Australia — Vancouver’s Ricky Simon won by unanimous decision over Rani Yahya at UFC 234 on Sunday (Saturday night Pacific Time) at Rod Laver Arena.According to the ESPN report, Simon dropped Yahya several times but let him up every time in the first two rounds. Simon, a Union High graduate, landed punches all fight, stopped all 10 takedown attempts — and finished by dropping down punches right to the final horn as he won his eighth in a row.“He’s a specialist,” Simon said of his opponent from Brazil. “His jiu-jitsu is, I feel like, one of the best in the UFC. I kind of picture him as the Demian Maia of the bantamweight division.”Two of the judges gave Simon (15-1) all three rounds, while the other scorecard was him a 30-25 winner. Follow Silva appeared to have won the second round, and chants for the Brazilian went up in the crowd to start the third and final round. But Adesayna dominated the third for a unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 as per the judges’ cards.After the fight, Silva was heard saying to Adesanya: “I pass the baton onto you.”“I’m very happy, guys. Thank you God, for giving me one more chance to come here and do my best. I love my job,” Silva said at ringside during the presentations.The Nigerian-born Adesanya, 29, is considered one of the UFC’s most high-profile title contenders, with a spectacular fighting style that reminds many of the 43-year-old Silva in his prime. By Columbian news servicescenter_img Also elevated on the card was the lightweight bout between American Lando Vannata and Brazilian Marcos Mariano, which Vannata won by submission near the end of the first round. Vannata improved to 10-3, two by no contest, while Mariano fell to 6-5.UFC president Dana White said the 28-year-old New Zealand-born Whittaker, who has a record of 20-4, became ill Saturday night and complained of pain in his abdomen before being diagnosed at a hospital with a hernia. White said Whittaker could have died if he went into the ring with such an injury.In a later statement, UFC said Whittaker had undergone emergency surgery due to a “severe abdominal injury.”Whittaker’s manager Titus Day said Whittaker first reported some issues around 6 p.m. on Saturday. Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. “Rob said he was a bit bloated and a little bit tired which is not uncommon when you are going through the process they are going through, reloading and putting some food back in your body,” Day told Australian Associated Press.“Then about 10 o’clock we got a call from (Whittaker’s wife) Sofia saying he’s got some bad stomach cramps and he’s in quite a lot of pain and can’t sleep … it got to the stage at about three in the morning where he was taken to hospital.”Gastelum tweeted with “much sorrow” that the fight was off.“I wish @robwhittakermma a speedy recovery champ! Get well soon!”Tickets for the 15,000-seat arena sold out in eight minutes. UFC has offered full refunds due to the cancellation of the main bout.It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight in Australia. Injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth last year.Earlier this week, White had said the winners of the Whittaker-Gastelum and Adesanya-Silva fights would meet later this year. Robert Whittaker provided most of the early drama at UFC 234 in Australia and Israel Adesanya quite a lot at the end.About eight hours before their scheduled fight, Australia’s UFC middleweight champion Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum because of a serious abdominal injury and subsequent emergency surgery due to a perforated hernia.That moved up the highly anticipated No. 1 contender match between rising New Zealand star Adesayna (15-0) and Brazilian veteran Anderson Silva (34-8) to the main event on the sold-out Rod Laver Arena card.In an evenly matched fight over the first two rounds, Adesayna landed the first blow — an outside kick to Silva’s leg — then followed it up with a kick to his opponent’s right thigh, but Silva fought back with two shots to Adesayna’s chin. Despite the late flurry, Adesayna appeared to have marginally taken the first round. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Vancouver’s Ricky Simon wins at UFC 234 Whittaker pulls out with injury, Adesanya prevailslast_img read more

“Alexa, ask Cruise Planners About its Annual Convention”

first_imgInnovation and industry-first artificial intelligence at the forefront of Cruise Planners’ 2017 Convention  Cancun, Mexico – October 15, 2017 – Cruise Planners®, an American Express Travel Representative, hosted hundreds of their travel advisors in Cancun, Mexico for its annual convention. With the fiery mantra “CP Ignite” as this year’s theme, the Cruise Planners executive team set the room ablaze as they announced the latest Cruise Planners marketing and technology innovations. Cruise Planners announced an artificial intelligence program – the first ever in the industry for home-based travel advisors.  Cruise Planners developed two Alexa Skills compatible with Amazon devices – one skill is designed for consumers, another for Cruise Planners travel agents. “At convention, we’re celebrating our success, bringing the heat and sparking inspiration with our newest developments, proving that we are the trailblazers of the travel industry,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “When Cruise Planners designs new technology and marketing, we’re building solutions for our home-based travel agent network, which allows them to focus their time on growing their sales.” Intuitive Technology for Business EfficiencyCruise Planners showcased its newest technology solution, CP Maxx™, its next-generation booking and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. CP Maxx, a now faster and more streamlined platform, was introduced with new features and benefits and was designed strategically with feedback directly from internal teams and the Cruise Planners Agent Technology Advisory Board – created by travel agents, for travel agents to help “Maxximize” their efficiencies and profits. A Travel Franchise First: Skills for Amazon’s AlexaCP Maxx will integrate seamlessly with the new Cruise Planners Alexa Skills designed for both Cruise Planners agents and their clients. Developed in-house by Cruise Planners’ award-winning technology team, the Alexa Skills are designed to strengthen the connection between Cruise Planners travel agents and their clients and be yet another way that Cruise Planners travel agents provide tremendous value and are the high-tech, high-touch solution for their clients. Booming Luxury, Land and Cruise SalesThe themes of luxury and land travel were heavily emphasized as Cruise Planners continues to expand its training and marketing resources in both areas, resulting in record growth in 2017 and 2018 is already showing even stronger record sales. As always, cruising remains an integral part to Cruise Planners’ strong growth. Executives from all the major ocean and river cruise brands presented during general session and hosted intimate roundtable discussions throughout the convention. New Strategic MarketingCruise Planners uses its propriety technology and business intelligence to power its marketing allowing agents to make smarter, more precise decisions. Cruise Planners embraces the use of video in marketing and introduced the CP Video Network, a new series of customizable video commercials, which can be used to attract consumers through social media, email marketing and their websites. “Technology impacts the way people buy travel and we are proud to say Cruise Planners has kept up with the fast-paced world of technology and we are not slowing down,” Fee said. “We want to be the high-tech solution, so our Cruise Planners agents can be the high-touch ingredient.”last_img read more

Majority of new cos yield good returns this year gain up to

first_imgNew Delhi: A majority of the newly-listed companies are trading well above their issue price, giving investors returns of up to 21 per cent this year. Since the start of 2019, as many as six companies have got listed on the bourses. Of this, five firms are trading above their issue price, fixed after their initial public offerings, as per an analysis of the performance of the new listings showed. Among the new entrants, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which got listed on April 11, has seen the biggest rally in its scrip, which jumped 21.31 per cent from its initial public offer (IPO) price on the NSE. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraWires and cables manufacturer Polycab India, whose scrip debuted on April 16, zoomed 19.94 per cent as compared to its issue price. The scrip of Chalet Hotels climbed 14.64 per cent and those of Xelpmoc Design and Tech Limited rose by 7.57 per cent against the price at which they had issued shares to investors. Both the companies had made their market debut earlier in February this year. Xelpmoc Design and Tech Ltd is a provider of professional and technical consulting services, offering technology services and end-to-end technology solutions and support. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysMarket analysts said that price band of the offers as also the overall trend in market play key role in the success of isssue. Besides, the scrip of Metropolis Healthcare gained 6.82 per cent from its issue price after getting listed on April 15. MSTC is the only firm to take a hit in its share price, falling 11.66 per cent since its listing on March 29. MSTC’s initial share sale was extended and also its price band was revised. Meanwhile, Neogen Chemicals, which concluded its initial public offer on Friday, is yet to list its shares on the bourses.last_img read more

MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Scarborough Brzezinski engaged

“Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski say they are engaged, confirming rumours of an off-screen romance that have been swirling since last year.The MSNBC personalities revealed their engagement to Vanity Fair in an interview for an article published just after their show ended Thursday morning. The engagement was first reported by the New York Post’s Page Six earlier Thursday and confirmed with MSNBC by The Associated Press.Regular panelist Harold Ford Jr. offered his congratulations at the top of Thursday’s show. Brzezinski thanked him before fellow co-host Willie Geist joked that Ford was congratulating the pair on the show’s ratings.Brzezinski told Vanity Fair that Scarborough proposed during a recent trip to France for Brzezinski’s 50th birthday, which was May 2. They were walking up a hill to a hotel bar in the coastal town of Antibes when Brzezinski said Scarborough got down on one knee, presented Brzezinski with an oval-shaped diamond ring and asked the question.“Absolutely,” Brzezinski replied.Plans for the couple’s wedding have yet to be finalized, but they’re ruling out an offer from President Donald Trump to do the honours. The couple told Vanity Fair that Trump told them during a meeting shortly after his inauguration that they should consider getting married at the White House or his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida and he could perform the ceremony.Brzezinski, the daughter of national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, told Vanity Fair that a White House wedding might be something to think about, “if it weren’t Trump.”Scarborough and Brzezinski said they aren’t sure how going public with the romance will affect the show’s dynamic, but Scarborough told Vanity Fair they aren’t concerned.“We want to spend the rest of our lives together and that’s more important than what management will think and critics will think or anybody else,” he said.This would be 54-year-old Scarborough’s third marriage following his divorce from Susan Warren in 2013. An MSNBC spokesperson told the New York Post last year that the Brzezinski and WABC-TV reporter Jim Hoffer had divorced after 23 years of marriage. by Patrick Mairs, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2017 6:50 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Monday April 22, 2013, file photo, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, right, attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. MSNBC confirmed Thursday, May 4, 2017, that the “Morning Joe” co-hosts are engaged. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ hosts Scarborough, Brzezinski engaged read more

Woman who stole gold chain from boyfriend and buried it to

Police have confirmed that a 21-year-old Essequibo resident is likely to be charged later this week for reportedly robbing her boyfriend of a gold chain valued at $912,000, sometime last week.Based on information received, the duo reportedly concluded a night out at a Hotel located in Charity, Essequibo Coast, where they reportedly fell asleep.However, according to the victim, he awoke the following day to find his girlfriend had already left the room. Upon inspection, he later discovered that his gold jewelry was missing too.As a result, he quickly reported the matter to the Charity Police Station after his attempts to make contact with the accused via mobile phone proved futile.To this end, investigators managed to arrest the woman at her home, where she allegedly admitted to stealing the bit of jewelry and burying it in her backyard.The item has since been recovered. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibo teen critical after ex attempts to burn her, new lover aliveFebruary 5, 2018In “Crime”Woman stabbed to death by obsessed manFebruary 28, 2019In “Crime”Repeat gold chain thief jailedApril 10, 2018In “Court” read more

EHF CL TOP 16 German and French derby time at the end

← Previous Story CSM Bucharest via FTC to Final4? Derby Buducnost VS Larvik Next Story → HC Tatran Presov statement about “unfair and corrupted defeat” in Povazska Bistrica RK Vardar Skopje and FC Barcelona Lassa will skip the first phase of knock-out stage. The 12 other teams will fight for the place at TOP 8 of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017. The French and German derby will be the highlights of the two last weeks of March.Enjoy…PSG Handball – HBC NantesTHW Kiel – Rhein Neckar LowenVive Tauron Kielce – HC MontpellierTelekom Veszprem – PPD ZagrebPICK Szeged – Bjerringbro SilkeborgSG Flensburg – Brest MeshkovQuarter-finals:RK Vardar – SG Flensburg / Brest MeshkovFC Barcelona Lassa – THW Kiel / Rhein Neckar LowenVive Tauron Kielce / Montpellier – Telekom Veszprem / RK PPD ZagrebPSG Handball / HBC Nantes – PICK Szeged / Bjerringbro Silkeborg read more