How to End the Year Strong

first_imgChances are, if you are going to struggle to reach your goal, the cause is to be found in your habits earlier in the year. If your pipeline lacks the deals you need to make your number now, the opportunities you need would have already been created and well down the path. That said, you have to do your very best to turn in the best result you can while there is still time. Here are some ideas about what you might do now.Follow up every deal and gain the next commitment necessary to move the deal forward. In The Lost Art of Closing, I provided ten commitments that one generally finds in a B2B sale. Go back over those commitments to see where you lost control of the deal and call your prospect to ask for a meeting to do whatever it is you may have missed. My guess is that you missed the Commitment to Change, the Commitment to Build Consensus, or the Commitment to Resolve Concerns.Look for early-stage deals with stakeholders who are more compelled to change and offer to shift their “go live” timeline. One common mistake is to focus only on closing late stage deals. But highly motivated, engaged, and compelled prospects who want change now are just as likely to move forward with a deal—and in some cases, more so. See if you can move their timeline up for them.Remove any known barriers to buying. If you know some concern is preventing your prospective client from buying from you, ask to resolve or address any concerns or provide whatever proof they believe necessary to move forward. You may be tempted here to remove price as a barrier, and maybe you are right to do so, but I worry about you training your clients to wait you out, especially when you renew their contract.Fire every weapon. You have to do everything you can to win, even when it means you ask other people for help. Engage your sales manager, your sales leader, your executive leadership, a client reference, or even a board member to engage with a prospective client that isn’t moving and need a nudge. Sometimes having a leader call another leader can smooth the path.Gain agreement on the start date and outline the milestones between now and that date, including the date you’d need to have an agreement in place. If your dream client needs to go live on March 1st, then explain why you need to a contract in place now, and what you are going to need to do together between the date they sign and the date you go live. You can also use these milestones to demonstrate when you are going to your best resources available for your prospective client.What are you going to do to ensure that you end 2018 strong? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Ram Vilas Paswan joins chorus for concurrent polls

first_imgAdding to the chorus favouring simultaneous polls for Parliament and State Assemblies, Lok Jan Shakti Party chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the time was ripe to introduce the process to save time and money.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating simultaneous polls since March 2016. Phased moveThe AIADMK, which has not officially joined the NDA yet, has also been making positive noises. Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai wrote a three-page letter to Mr. Modi proposing that by 2019, 20 States should go for polls and by 2024, all Parliamentary and Assembly elections could be fully synced. Mr. Paswan also said his party had been proposing simultaneous elections since 1989. The counter-argument that the arrangement would reduce accountability to the voters was fallacious, he said. Turmoil in Tamil NaduAsked how the changed system would handle political turmoil as currently seen in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Paswan said the answer lies within the Assembly. “If, say, a Chief Minister or a party loses the confidence of the House, instead of going back to the people, the members of the House should vote to pick the alternate leader or party,” he said. The Lok Jan Shakti Party also strongly opposed proportional representation. It informed the parliamentary panel discussing the electoral reforms that this would increase caste-based politics. “Look at the election posters put up today; we will be representatives of all castes and communities. If we bring in proportional representation, no one will work for an entire constituency. The social equations will be disrupted and the schisms will grow deeper,” he said.However, the Opposition parties have remained unconvinced of the advantages of the system. In the Standing Committee of Law and Justice’s December 2015 report on the subject, both the Trinamool Congress and the Congress rejected it as anti-democratic and unconstitutional. The CPI and the NCP have said the process is “not feasible.”last_img read more

SEA Games basketball to be held at MOA Arena, after all

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “As requested by POC president and PBA chair Ricky Vargas, to the SBP which we agreed, we want to bring nothing less but the best PBA talent that we can assemble. We want to win the gold medal in baseball and the SBP is fully committed to make this a reality,’ said Panlilio.The Philippines has won 17 of the 19 previous stagings and has held the championship for the past 12 SEA Games.It would be the first time SEAG basketball is held here since 1991 Manila edition. The country was under sanction by the Fiba (international basketball federation) when the Philippines also hosted in 2005.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This was confirmed by Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chief operating officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara who had a meeting with Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas officials.Suzara, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas and SBP president Al Panlilio issued a statement Wednesday.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“We heard the voices of our people. We were also made aware that some sectors have started to put the blame on certain agencies without really understanding the complexities of the situation,” said the statement.“Holding an event in this magnitude is a shared responsibility among different sports elders and even our people,” added the statement. “This event is a showcase of our capacity to hold massive regional sporting events.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIEScenter_img Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Warriors overcome Timberwolves to regain no. 1 spot in West Suzara said they MOA Arena has finally accommodated the basketball meet which is considered the main attraction in the biennial meet, besting the traditional centerpiece events of track and field and swimming.Basketball events will be held Dec. 4-10, although practice for men’s and women’s is set for Dec. 1-3.The MOA Arena staged the Fiba Asia Championships in 2013 and the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in 2016.But it was reported last week that it couldn’t hold the basketball games due to several events that were booked already.Instead, the smaller FilOil Flying V Center was tapped, triggering reaction from the basketball-crazy nation.ADVERTISEMENT The highly anticipated basketball events in the Southeast Asian Games will be held at SM Mall of Asia Arena, the modern, 15,000-seater venue that was earlier said to be unavailable for the meet.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Bengaluru’s Sunil Chhetri lauds team-mates for reaching AFC Cup final

first_imgAfter I-League champions Bengaluru FC scripted history by reaching the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup final, skipper Sunil Chhetri heaped praise on his team-mates for the achievement.Bengaluru FC on Wednesday defeated defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim 3-1, 4-2 on aggregate over two legs, to book a final clash with Air Force Club of Iraq on November 5 in Doha, Qatar.Chhetri scored twice to lead from the front after Bengaluru conceded an early goal. (Bengaluru FC banks on its army of ardent blues)”The best part of the club is whoever is associated with Bengaluru FC, right from Sajjan Jindal, our coach, our ball boy everyone puts in so much effort to achieve the result. It’s a closely knit family,” he said at the post-match press conference on Wednesday.”You don’t believe how happy I’m now. In fact, I’m at a loss for words expressing it. This result is not just an achievement of the eleven players. Rather this has been possible because of the entire Bengaluru FC family.””We don’t know what we’re going to achieve next but one thing is for sure that we’ll keep on pushing hard and we’ll stay together whatever happens,” he added.Meanwhile, Bengaluru coach Albert Roca didn’t mince his words praising the skipper as the architect of the historic win.”He’s (Sunil) the right captain. He’s an example to all of us present here. Bengaluru FC can’t have any better captain than him. He doesn’t only work on his game but helps other players a lot. Undoubtedly, he’s a big part of the success which we achieved,” Roca said.advertisementRoca also had a word of praise for the electrifying atmosphere created by the Bengaluru FC fans.”It was terrific. Really I mean it. The constant cheer from the first minute made our oppositions’ life uneasy and it paved the way to winning the match eventually.”last_img read more

Lightning Don’t Scare Islanders

first_imgSYOSSET, N.Y. — The New York Islanders know there are several areas they need to improve to avoid falling behind in their second-round series against Tampa Bay.They need to find a way to beat the Lightning’s defensive pressure, step up their passing and just be more aggressive.Returning home after the loss in the last game evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece, the Islanders will look to get back on the winning track when they host the Lightning in Game 3 on the night of May 3. (7 p.m. EDT, NBCSN).“As a group, we know we can do more, guys have seen it on video,” coach Jack Capuano said May 2 after the team’s practice. “We just weren’t ourselves there for a big part of that game. So we all need to be better and I’m sure we will.”Islanders captain John Tavares agreed, adding: “We obviously want to play a lot better than we did on Saturday. We know it wasn’t our best.”New York, held to eight shots over the final two periods in the 4-1 loss on April 30, knows it has to generate more offensive chances — and that starts with shooting more.“I think it’s just a function of us not moving our feet,” Capuano said. “(The Lightning) are a good team. They rely on their speed and skill and quickness and deception, and if you’re going to stand around and watch, it’s going to be a long period for you.”The coaching staff made it clear that the players needed to pick up their intensity and be more physical.“Message was served,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said, “and that’s the style of our play that we’ve had all year, quite frankly, since I’ve been here my six years. … It’s probably one of those things where it’s quite never good enough, you can always try to do more and be more physical.”New York displayed some of that in latter parts of the third period with some pushing and shoving in the closing minutes, and seeing his players backing each other up was one of the positives for Capuano.“When things got a little edgy there, we had some pushback,” he said. “We play hard, we’re resilient and we want to continue to see that.”Playing more aggressively could help against the Lightning’s speedy forwards, including Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Drouin. Those four have combined for five goals and four assists in the first two games.Tavares believes one way to slow them down would be for New York, outshot 67-42 in this series, to step up its own intensity on offense.“Any time you can make those guys defend and use their energy in their own zone, having to get the puck and have to defend, you see it wears them down,” Tavares said. “They’re less effective down there, so make it harder on those guys, I think all over the ice. Use our size, our strength, and obviously use our speed, too.”Better puck movement could also help against Tampa Bay’s strong penalty-kill, which has allowed two goals in nine chances in this series, and just three in 34 overall in this postseason.The Islanders dealt with a packed schedule down the stretch with six games in the final nine days of the regular season, then beat Florida in the first round in six games over an 11-day stretch. They’ve had to contend with extra rest in this series — due to arena availability issues in both Tampa and Brooklyn — with two off days between each of the first four games.“It takes you out of the rhythm a little bit,” fourth-line forward Matt Martin said, “but at the same time it allows you to spend some time with each other, with your families and get some rest along the way. They’re dealing with the same thing. We just got to be ready for (Game 3).”The Islanders might be benefiting from the extra gaps between games as forward Josh Bailey and defenseman Ryan Pulock — both injured in the opening round against the Panthers — have had time to heal and could be back in the lineup May 3.New York will also be looking to be energized back home in front of the raucous Barclays Center crowd that was fired up in the first round as the Islanders — playing their first season in Brooklyn after 43 years at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island — advanced to the second round for the first time since 1993.“Our crowd obviously has always been a big boost for us,” Tavares said. “(We’re) looking to feed off them, play with some controlled emotion and be able to fuel some of that and get some of that energy.”(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Budapest Assembly Passes Motion to Withdraw 2024 Olympic Bid

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budapest’s assembly approved a motion Wednesday to withdraw the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.The decision leaves Los Angeles and Paris as the only remaining candidates. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September.Budapest’s decision to withdraw came after a new political group appeared to have successfully gathered enough signatures to force a city-wide referendum on the bid. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government said the change of heart by opposition politicians who earlier supported the bid had shattered consensus on the issue.The withdrawal of the bid was decided with 22 votes in favor and six against, with support coming mostly from councilors from Orban’s governing Fidesz party.“Everything that is going on is no longer about sports,” Mayor Istvan Tarlos said during a heated debate at the extraordinary session of the assembly. “The saddest thing … is what kind of image the country is creating itself abroad with this circus surrounding the Olympics.”The opposition said the city government was letting down voters by preventing them from expressing their opinions about the bid.“If over a quarter of a million Budapest citizens have determined that they want to decide in a referendum about the Olympics, it is only right if we give them this opportunity,” said Antal Csardi of the Politics Can Be Different party.The Momentum Movement, a new political association, gathered more than 266,000 signatures in 30 days in favor of holding a vote. Some of the other opposition parties helped collect the signatures, far more than the 138,000 minimum needed.The opposition also criticized the government for apparently reneging on its promise to carry out the Olympic-related infrastructure developments even if the city did not win the bid.Despite comments from Orban’s chief of staff that the money originally earmarked for the Olympics could be spent on rural projects instead, Tarlos said he would wait for the government’s official position before getting involved in the debate.Political analysts said holding the referendum and keeping the issue on the agenda for months did not favor Orban’s plans to seek a fourth term in elections scheduled for April 2018.Hamburg, in 2015, and Rome last year also withdrew their bids. The IOC reiterated last week it would review its bid process because it now produces “too many losers.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India win first medal in sepak takraw. All you need to know about the sport

first_imgThe Indian men’s Sepak takraw team lost to Thailand 2-0 in the semi-finals, but had already assured themselves a bronze.The bronze was India’s first medal in the event. But what is sepak takraw?Sepak takraw is a traditional sport of the nations in Southeast Asia. Each team is strengthened 3 players who must take across wicker or plastic balls onto the pitch field.Sepak takraw has been part of the Asian Games since the 11th edition in Beijing 1990.There are four types of sepak takraw games for men and women – circle, double regu, regu and team – and Thailand is traditionally the most dominating country in Asia.READ – Asian Games 2018: India grab first sepaktakraw medalSepak takraw or kick volleyball is a sport from the southeast Asia, with similarities like Volleyball which is played with hand but sepak takraw is played with the feet, knee, head and chest.A match is played by two regus (teams) each made up of three players.Sepak takraw field are sized 13.4 x 6.1 meters and are separated by a net which has high of 152 cm (men) or 142 cm (women).The regus that must serve first shall start the first set, and the side that wins the first set shall have the option of choosing Service.As soon as the Tekong Kicks the ball all the players are allowed to move freely in their respective courts.The service is valid if the ball passes over the net, and inside the boundary lines of the opponent, whether it touches the net or not.advertisementThe referee shall toss a disc or coin, and the side that wins the toss shall have the option of choosing service the change of side takes place when one regu reaches 8 points.A point is awarded when either serving or receiving side commits a fault also serving the next ball.last_img read more

Realme C2 quick review: Small price for a Pie-powered phone

first_imgWhile the Realme 3 Pro launch event on Monday was understandably about the much-awaited flagship phone, the company kicked things off with the Realme C2 – an entry-level smartphone with a starting price of Rs 5,999. Honestly, Realme kind of knocked it out of the park with its pricing as both the Realme C2 and the Realme 3 Pro are some of the best-priced smartphones from the company yet, giving Xiaomi a few reasons to worry.Our Realme 3 Pro review is out already and you can check that out here if you’re wondering whether the hype is real. Now, we’re shifting our attention to the Realme C2, which is an incremental upgrade over last year’s Realme C1. The phone touts a dewdrop display, diamond-cut design, Helio P22 chipset and a large 4,000mAh battery, among other things. Here is our first impressions of the Realme C2.Starting off with the design, the Realme C2 looks pretty good for its budget pricing. The first thing you notice is the 6.1-inch HD+ display. So, the iPhone X-like wide notch on the Realme C1 has been reduced on the Realme C2, offering more screen and fewer bezels all around. On first look, the display looks decent with deep colours on screen and adequate brightness indoors. The rear panel has also been changed from glossy to a matt finish. It’s a plastic shell with micro pattern on it which feels nice to touch. The diamond-cut design, which has been a popular choice for Realme in the past, makes a comeback here with the pattern looking more pronounced on a matt finish. The Realme C2 is offered in Diamond Blue and Diamond Black colours.advertisementThe back of the Realme C2 is smooth and mostly clean apart from a camera setup and the Realme logo. There is no fingerprint sensor on the Realme C2, so you will have to rely on face unlock or the pattern/PIN method to unlock the device.Powering the Realme C2 is an octa-core 2Ghz MediaTek Helio P22 chipset based on a 12nm process. The Realme C1, in comparison, is powered by a 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450 chipset. With a faster MediaTek processor, the Realme C2 should see a bump in performance over its predecessor, but I couldn’t test its performance capabilities during my brief hands-on time.I did try to open a few apps, which initially takes a bit sluggish to load, but that’s understandable from a phone in this segment. A quick browsing through the UI was generally a smooth experience.The Realme C2 is offered in two storage option – 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB. Notably, the dual VoLTE smartphone gets a triple card slot that can support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Realme C2 is also one of the cheapest phones to run on Android Pie. With ColorOS 6 on top, you get an app drawer and a lot of preloaded apps like Amazon, DailyHunt, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Wynk Music, UC Browser, Webnovel, Opera browser and so on. These apps can be uninstalled if you want a cleaner-looking interface.As for the cameras, the budget Realme C2 sports a 13MP primary camera along with a 2MP secondary depth camera. On the front, the Realme C2 gets 5MP AI selfie camera, which remains the same as the Realme C1. The Realme C2 doesn’t come with Nightscape, but it does get Chroma Boost, which bumps up saturation and contrast to offer attractive photos. It also gets slow-mo video support that can record at 80 fps at 480p, which doesn’t sound spectacular.Another notable aspect about the Realme C2 is its large 4,000mAh battery. For an entry-level smartphone that touts an HD+ display, the battery should be able to last for a long time and we are perhaps looking at a battery life that can deliver close to two days on a single charge.Overall, the Realme C2 looks like a solid upgrade over its predecessor. It feels like a relevant, 2019 device that follows the trends like offering a waterdrop display and shipping with latest Android Pie software, which is more what most other phones offer in this price point. It also comes with a large battery and a faster chipset compared to the Realme C1, which adds to its charm. We hope to get our hands on the Realme C2 soon for an in-depth review.The first sale of the Realme C2 will be on May 15 on Flipkart and Realme.com.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launched: Key specs, features, price in India and Flipkart sale dateadvertisementlast_img read more

Steven Pienaar retires from professional football

first_imgSteven Pienaar Former Bafana Bafana and Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar retires from professional football Ernest Makhaya South Africa Chief Editor Last updated 1 year ago 05:03 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steven Pienaar of Everton Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images PSL Everton Bidvest Wits Premier League African All Stars Pienaar returned to South Africa at the start of the current campaign to join Bidvest Wits, but he was released towards the end of 2017 Former Bafana Bafana captain and Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has officially retired from professional football. The 35-year-old announced the decision to call time on his playing career on SABC TV show, Sport At 10 on Wednesday night. Pienaar couldn’t hide his emotions as he bid farewell to South African football fans. He also thanked all the teams he played for during his 18-year long career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “From day one… the love and everything. I know sometimes, you [the fans] were happy when we won games. Looking back, we let people down a few times. I don’t know what to say to you guys [the fans], but I know the love and I appreciate wearing the [Bafana Bafana] jersey,” Pienaar said on the SABC TV show.  “And also to all the clubs that I have worked for or that gave me the opportunity to wear their jersey, I’m really grateful. It’s been a long [journey]; a lot of ups and downs throughout my career, but like I said, I really appreciate your love, and thanks for everything. God bless you,” he concluded. Asked about his future plans, Schillo played his cards very close to his chest, saying he will make an announcement in the next few months. Pienaar began his professional career with Ajax Cape Town in 1999, before moving to Europe to sign with Ajax Amsterdam in 2001. He made a name for himself during his five-year stint at the Eredivisie giants between 2001 and 2006, scoring 15 goals in over 90 official appearances for Ajax. During his time with Ajax, Pienaar won two Eredivisie titles, two KNVB Cup titles and two Super Cup titles. He was snapped up by Borussia Dortmund in 2006, but Everton came knocking for his services a year later following a series of impressive performances in the Bundesliga. Pienaar spent four consecutive seasons at Everton between 2007 and 2011, before moving to London to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. However, things didn’t work at Spurs, and he went back to Everton for a second spell.Following his release from Everton at the end of the 2015/16 season, Pienaar reunited with David Moyes at Sunderland, but the club later relegated from the Premier League.  He returned to South Africa to sign for Bidvest Wits, who terminated his contract barely six months into its existence after struggling to replicate the form that made one of the most respected players in the world. On the international stage, Pienaar, represented Bafana 62 times between 2002 and 2012. He named Bafana’s captain soon after the 2010 Fifa World Cup, taking over from former Blackburn Rovers defender Aaron Mokoena. However, he retired from international football months before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on home soil.last_img read more

Premier League: Southampton stay alive after thrilling draw with Bournemouth

first_imgPremier League: Southampton stay alive after thrilling draw with BournemouthSouthampton played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Bournemouth to secure their Premier League future for the year. Cardiff City defeated by Fulham 1-0, while Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Watford 2-1advertisement Reuters SouthamptonApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 22:57 IST Southampton with the draw vs Bournemouth have secured their Premier League future for the year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouthampton drew 3-3 Bournemouth to secure their Premier League future for the yearCardiff City defeated by Fulham 1-0, while Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Watford 2-1Cardiff stay in the relegation zone, while Wolves are 7th in the table on 54 pointsSouthampton secured their Premier League status for another year after a thrilling 3-3 home draw with Bournemouth on Saturday as Cardiff City slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Fulham.The draw put Southampton in 16th place on 38 points, seven ahead of Cardiff and four clear of Brighton & Hove Albion with two games left to play.Fresh from scoring the fastest goal in Premier League history against Watford, Irish striker Shane Long again got Southampton off to a flying start with a goal in the eighth minute, but Dan Gosling equalised eight minutes later.Long missed a sitter in the 24th minute, stabbing the ball against the post with the keeper stranded and the goal at his mercy, and it was to prove costly as Callum Wilson pounced to rattle home a rebound in the 32nd minute.James Ward-Prowse put the Saints level with a skimming shot that flew in at the foot of the post 10 minutes into the second half.Matt Targett thought he had put the icing on the cake for Southampton when he leapt to meet Yann Valery’s cross, sending his header into the net to spark scenes of wild celebration.They were interrupted when Wilson scuffed home his second, but news that Cardiff had gone behind to Fulham had filtered through to the ground and Southampton were able to enjoy confirmation of their survival in the top flight.FULL-TIME Fulham 1-0 CardiffA Ryan Babel worldie proves the difference as Cardiff’s hopes of #PL safety are dented#FULCAR pic.twitter.com/JoYp8xbqzeadvertisementPremier League (@premierleague) April 27, 2019Babel strike leaves Cardiff on brink of relegationRyan Babel struck a potentially deadly blow to Cardiff City’s Premier League survival chances with a stunning 25-yard strike that secured Fulham a deserved 1-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday.The defeat left Cardiff three points adrift of Brighton & Hove Albion, who play Newcastle United later on Saturday, and means they are likely to join Fulham in the Championship next season.Somewhat bizarrely, Fulham equalled their own Premier League record of three successive wins as Dutchman Babel struck a fierce first-time shot 11 minutes from time to register his sixth goal of the season.The game was delayed for seven minutes in the first half after Fulham’s Denis Odoi was accidentally kicked in the face by team mate Maxine Le Marchand.The defender was knocked out cold and had to be revived with oxygen before being carried off to a standing ovation.FULL-TIME Watford 1-2 WolvesRaul Jimenez and Diogo Jota secure victory for Wolves at Vicarage Road#WATWOL pic.twitter.com/hB9aNnzh1gPremier League (@premierleague) April 27, 2019Wolves avenge FA Cup heartbreak with 2-1 win at WatfordWolverhampton Wanderers got some revenge for a stinging FA Cup semi-final defeat by Watford as they beat them 2-1 in a lively Premier League clash on Saturday.They also stayed in contention for a Europa League berth, seventh in the table on 54 points from 36 games, four ahead of closest challengers Everton and Watford.Having thrown away a two-goal lead in their 3-2 Cup defeat by the Hornets at Wembley, Wolves enjoyed better fortunes this time after goals by Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota gave them the win at Vicarage Road.Also Read | West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadiumFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow SouthamptonFollow BournemouthFollow Premier leagueFollow Cardiff CityFollow FulhamFollow Wolverhampton WanderersFollow Watford Nextlast_img read more

French Open 2019: Federer excited about Nadal clash, ready to give his best shot

first_img Next Reuters ParisJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 09:41 IST Roger Federer excited to try and solve Rafael Nadal puzzle. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer has reached the semi-final on his return to French Open11-time champion Rafael Nadal eased past Kei Nishikori to the semi-finalI have the match with Rafa, and I’m clearly excited: FedererRoger Federer has never solved the riddle of playing Rafael Nadal at the French Open but still believes he can find the answer when the pair clash for the 39th time in Friday’s semi-final.The Swiss have suffered five French Open defeats by the marauding Mallorcan, four in finals and once in the 2005 semi-final when Nadal burst through as teenager to win the first of his 11 titles on the Parisian clay.The last time Federer beat Nadal anywhere on clay was in Madrid in 2009, one of only two times he has got the better of him on the Spaniard’s favorite surface.”I knew that when I signed up for the clay that hopefully that’s gonna happen (play against Nadal),” the 37-year-old Federer told reporters after his 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 victory over fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.”Like against any player, there is always a chance. Otherwise, nobody will be in the stadium to watch because everybody already knows the result in advance.”You just never know. He might have a problem. He might be sick. You never know. You might be playing great or for some reason, he’s struggling.”That’s why you need to put yourself in that position. Now I have the match with Rafa, and I’m clearly excited. I hope I can recover well in the next couple of days, which I’m sure I will, and I’ll give it my best shot on Friday.”Federer has played superbly on his first appearance at the French Open since 2015 and crucially he has avoided having any marathon battles on route to face Nadal.advertisementThe 2009 champion breezed through his first four rounds without dropping a set before stepping up a level to fend off Wawrinka in a high-quality contest.He will need another level, or two, against left-hander Nadal whose vicious topspin game has given him mastery over Federer at Roland Garros where he has never even been taken to five sets by the Swiss maestro.He is relishing the challenge though, having not played Nadal at the French Open since 2011 when he lost in four sets.”I’m looking forward to the test,” he said. “You have to be fearless to some extent to take on the spinny balls, the sliding balls, the kicking balls, and that’s what I will do on Friday.”Also Read | Andy Murray to play doubles at Queen’s ClubAlso Read | French Open 2019: Djokovic eases into quarters, Nishikori battles past PaireAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Rafael NadalFollow French Open French Open 2019: Federer excited about Nadal clash, ready to give his best shotFrench Open 2019: Roger Federer came up with a stunning effort against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in Tuesday’s quarter-final, beating him 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal.advertisementlast_img read more

Nova Scotians Get Better Access to Community Transportation

first_imgGovernment is helping Nova Scotians access affordable, accessible and reliable transportation options. This year, 11 organizations will receive funding under the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program to help purchase accessible vehicles. Eighteen organizations will receive funding under the Community Transportation Assistance Program to support annual operating costs. “Access to public transportation is essential for connecting people to employment, important appointments and maintaining independence,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine. “These investments will support a stronger and more vibrant Nova Scotia.” One of the grant recipients is Kings Point to Point Transit. It will receive over $100,000 toward the purchase of two new accessible vans. This organization also receives $150,000 in annual operating funding. “Last year Kings Point to Point Transit had an exceptional year with a 25 per cent increase in ridership,” said Helen Juskow, chair of Kings Point to Point Transit Society. “We are grateful to the province for their funding support, otherwise we would not have the vehicles needed on the road to meet our increasing demand.” The Community Transportation Assistance Program provides over $1.7 million in operating funding to 18 door-to-door community transit services. For more information and a complete list of Community Transportation Assistance Program grant recipients visit https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-funding-operating-costs-community-based-transportation-service-community-transportation-assistance-program . The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program is an application-based program that provides over $700,000 to organizations to help purchase accessible vehicles. The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program supports government’s efforts to achieve an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. Last year, government released the province’s strategy for accessibility, Access by Design 2030, which identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act. A list of all organizations receiving grants and more information on the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program is available at https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-funding-buy-or-modify-accessible-vehicles-accessible-transportation-assistance-program . Improving access to community transportation is a cornerstone of government’s Poverty Reduction Blueprint and is identified as a priority in SHIFT – Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.last_img read more

UK PM Johnson loses majority

first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost his working parliamentary majority ahead of a crucial Brexit vote on Tuesday after Conservative MP Phillip Lee defected to the pro-EU Liberal Democrats. “The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Bracknell MP Phillip Lee has joined the party,” the Lib Dems said in a statement.last_img

Eva Longoria And Ricky Martin Launch Global Gift Foundation Dinner

first_imgEva Longoria and Ricky Martin will launch the Global Gift Foundation Dinner on December 3, 2015 at the Related Groups’ Auberge Residences & Spa sales office located at 1400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FloridaThe Global Gift Initiative Miami edition will feature red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, dinner, special performances, a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and an awards ceremony. The evening will be hosted by Lili Estefan from ‘El Gordo y La Flaca’ and TV actor and presenter Michael Yo.This Global Gift Initiative will be supporting The Eva Longoria Foundation – an organization which provides education and entrepreneurship opportunities to women; The Ricky Martin Foundation – an organization which advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as education, health, social justice and education; and the Global Gift Foundation USA – whose simple mission is to create positive change in the development, welfare, health and social inclusion of societies most vulnerable.WHEN: Thursday, December 03, 2015LOCATION: Related Groups’ Auberge Residences & Spa sales 1400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Floridalast_img read more

Ban Kimoon urges greater efforts to tackle silent crisis of safe water

“Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation are crucial for poverty reduction, crucial for sustainable development, and crucial for achieving any and every one of the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Ban stated, referring to the global targets to slash poverty, illiteracy, disease and other social ills by 2015 collectively known as the MDGs. Speaking at the opening of the exhibit on water and the interlinked issue of sanitation, organized by the American Museum of Natural History and the UN Department of Public Information, Mr. Ban noted that living in New York makes it easy to sometimes forget just how precious water is and to take it for granted. “We turn on a tap, and it gushes out. We walk into any corner store, and shelves groan under its bottled weight. Yard space, rather than sprinklers, is the scarce commodity. And rain brings consternation, not relief,” he said. However, the “sobering reality” is that the planet’s water supplies are under great stress due to high population growth, unsustainable consumption patterns, poor management practices, pollution, inadequate investment in infrastructure, and low efficiency in water-use. Every day, a lack of safe drinking-water and adequate sanitation claims about 6,000 lives, most of them children, the Secretary-General pointed out. Some 700 million lives in 43 countries are affected by water scarcity. By 2025, these ranks could swell to more than 3 billion. In addition, in many areas climate change will likely make a bad situation worse; causing floods in some parts and droughts elsewhere, he added, stressing the urgent need for integrated and sustainable approaches to water resource management. Mr. Ban also said the Museum’s initiative was timely, given that General Assembly has declared 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation in order to spotlight this “silent crisis.” The Headquarters display – containing over 50 images from the gigantic water tunnel under construction beneath New York City to a fishing village floating on the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia – is part of a new major exhibition, “Water: H20 = Life,” that opens at the American Museum on 3 November and will travel to venues in Canada, Asia and South America next year. 24 October 2007Unveiling a new exhibit at United Nations Headquarters highlighting one of the earth’s most precious resources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater efforts to ensure the most basic of human needs – safe water. read more

Cold alert back to the deep freeze for Hamilton area

Brace yourself for a cold snap later today. The city of Hamilton has issued a cold alert for tonight. Alerts are issued when the temperature drops below -15, or -20 with the wind chill, and will remain in effect until temperatures increase. It’s expected to feel like -27 degrees with the wind chill tonight. People are reminded to bundle up when heading outdoors.

Germany shuts down illegal data centre in former NATO bunker

BERLIN — German investigators say they have shut down a data processing centre installed in a former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities. Seven people were arrested.Officials said Friday that the former military bunker in Traben-Trarbach, a picturesque town on the Mosel River in western Germany, was acquired in 2013 by a Dutch man who turned it into a heavily secured data processing centre.Prosecutor Juergen Bauer said 13 people are under investigation, including three Germans and seven Dutch citizens.Seven were arrested in raids Thursday. They are suspected of membership in a criminal organization because of a tax offence, as well as being accessories to hundreds of thousands of offences involving drugs, counterfeit money, forged documents and the distribution of child pornography.The Associated Press read more

Annan urges countries to back treaty aimed at stemming desertification

“Every year, an estimated $42 billion in income and 6 million hectares of productive land are being lost because of desertification, land degradation and declining agricultural productivity, and 135 million people who depend primarily on land for their livelihood are at risk of being displaced,” Mr. Annan said in his message on the occasion.Over the next 20 years some 60 million people in Africa are expected to leave the Sahelian region if desertification there is not halted, he said. In north-east Asia, “dust and sandstorms have buried human settlements and forced schools and airports to shut down,” while in the Americas, dry spells and sandstorms have alarmed farmers and raised the spectre of another “Dust Bowl,” reminiscent of the 1930s. “And in southern Europe, lands once green and rich in vegetation are turning barren and brown,” he noted.The Secretary-General called on States to implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, which integrates environmental and developmental concerns. “I urge developed countries to follow through on the commitments they made both in adopting the Convention and at the ‘Earth Summit’ 10 years ago in Rio de Janeiro – including the provision of financial support,” he said.Looking to the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development, which will review progress since the Rio conference, he called for delegates to grapple with how to halt land degradation. “We need to reverse the decline in agricultural productivity, especially in Africa, so that food production keeps pace with the number of mouths to feed,” he said. “We need, in short, to implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification as a key element in the world’s quest for sustainable development.” In his message on the Day, the President of the General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, also underscored the value of the treaty. “The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is a cooperative quest of the human community to address the environmental and social causes of desertification and its consequences, in particular poverty, food insecurity and forced massive migrations,” he said. “I urge all countries to join their efforts to stop desertification, which will help secure [a] healthy and green Earth for us and our future generations.” read more

Cameroon and Nigeria set to adopt UNsponsored withdrawal plan

At a two-day meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon, starting today, the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission is expected to accept the plan, according to a communiqué issued yesterday by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah.Mr. Ould-Abdallah said a working group set up last month to arrange the details of the withdrawal of troops and transfer of authority in the Lake Chad area had found the local population and authorities to be “peaceful and ready for the handover.”Representatives from the UN will witness the troop withdrawal and handover to ensure it is peaceful and amicable, the draft plan states.The Yaoundé meeting is also expected to discuss the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria, cross-border security and the setting up of confidence-building measures.Mr. Annan established the Mixed Commission last year at the request of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon. It is chaired by Mr. Ould-Abdallah and includes delegations from both countries. This week’s meeting in Yaoundé is the Commission’s seventh since it began work last December. read more